HotAir Daily Express 11/07/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Democrats urge White House to attack health insurance companies
11/7/2013 10:01:17 AM  Bruce McQuain
If you’re wondering why, please remember that whenever the Democrats or the White House get in trouble, step one of escaping that trouble is to use the bully pulpit to blame someone else.  Oh, and there’s the fact that in the past, attacking

Krauthammer: ObamaCare turned what should have been a landslide in Virginia into a cliffhanger
11/7/2013 9:21:58 AM  Erika Johnsen
After it finally became clear that Terry McAuliffe was definitely going to win the Virginia governor’s race on Tuesday night, one of the big debates that instantly popped up was whether or not the floundering of ObamaCare had an eleventh-hour

Total Number of ObamaCare Enrollments in Delaware…Four
11/7/2013 8:41:21 AM  Morgen Richmond
The Washington Post calls it a “slow start” but I think that’s a little unfair. This actually represents progress for the State of Delaware: the First State’s first enrollee wasn’t reported until October 16. Forward: More

In praise of secession (to a degree)
11/7/2013 8:01:13 AM  Jazz Shaw
Right up front, let’s get one thing out of the way. I’m not here today talking about states picking up their ball and going home, leaving the union, declaring civil war or anything of the sort. If that’s what you’re looking for,

Quotes of the day
11/6/2013 10:01:22 PM  Allahpundit
Chris Christie said Wednesday that he’s ignoring – for now – the fevered speculation about his presidential ambitions following a decisive re-election victory as a Republican in deep-blue New Jersey. But his words and actions suggested otherwise. “It’s

Video: Best expert MSNBC panel ever?
11/6/2013 9:21:07 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You have Ed Schultz declaring he has no problem with sex in a slightly creepy comment that would be denounced by all three of his panelists if it came from a right-leaning host. You’ve got at least one panelist who doesn’t know the name of

Wendy Davis declares she’s totally “pro-life” outside the womb
11/6/2013 8:41:02 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
You see, she’s pro-life because she cares deeply about those humans who are spared in the womb. She cares so much that after she’s done fighting to increase the probability that every single one of them could die for no particular pressing

Rand Paul: Can you believe that certain people who shall remain nameless used Sandy relief funds for campaign commercials?
11/6/2013 8:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
Alternate headline: “GOP primary campaign officially under way.” New Jersey got $60 billion of federal funds for Sandy relief, $25 million of which went to a “Stronger than the Storm” tourism campaign that showcased a certain

Marco Rubio: Let’s not read too much into this Chris Christie victory, okay?
11/6/2013 7:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
Obligatory, just because it’ll be fun to watch commenters try to decide whether to grumble about Christie here or about Rubio. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the RINO-iest RINO of them all? Rubio’s right about this, of

Green groups feeling pretty jazzed about the EPA’s latest “wetlands” power grab
11/6/2013 6:41:22 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last month, we caught wind of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest attempt to further expand the already extravagant bounds of their authority with some, ahem, “clarifications” to the Clean Water Act that would more specifically

Panic room: Frustrated Senate Dems up for reelection next year meet with Obama, Biden over ObamaCare debacle
11/6/2013 6:01:24 PM  Allahpundit
Jeff Zients, the new tech czar in charge of repairing, was there too. Here’s another reason why I feel no schadenfreude over Obama voters having their plans canceled. I need to save all my schadenfreude for stories like this. The

Sen. Mikulski declares ObamaCare launch debacle has created a “crisis of confidence”
11/6/2013 5:21:38 PM  Bruce McQuain
Major Garrett points out something that gives one an idea of the depth of worry Democrats have over the ObamaCare misfire: When Sen. Barbara Mikulski speaks, President Obama ought to listen. Attentively. Mikulski, after all, was a social worker before

Report: Is Big Labor about to get some of its doggedly sought-after ObamaCare relief after all?
11/6/2013 4:41:24 PM  Erika Johnsen
Big Labor’s gigantic retrenchment away from actively advocating for ObamaCare before its passage to openly hating on the law over the past year (after they finally figured out that it is going to pretty much ruin the makeup of their union benefits

Meet the Obama-supporting couple who just got hosed by ObamaCare
11/6/2013 4:01:10 PM  Allahpundit
Read it in full — and do not quit before the end or else you’ll miss the most important part. A simple premise from Pro Publica: Let’s take an ObamaCare “sob story” from someone whose plan just got canceled and give it a

Sebelius tells Senate during ObamaCare hearing: Delay is not an option
11/6/2013 3:21:25 PM  Allahpundit
I know 10 Democrats who disagree. Republicans and some Democrats are calling on the Obama administration to extend the open-enrollment period or delay the individual mandate in light of the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act. But Health and Human

The 2013 federal deficit was “only” $680 billion
11/6/2013 2:41:45 PM  Steve Eggleston
This got lost in all the Obamacare exchange shuffle, but the federal government posted a $680 billion deficit in fiscal year 2013: The U.S. government’s budget deficit dropped sharply in fiscal 2013, pushed to its lowest level in five years by record

European Union’s official backpedaling on green-energy subsidies really picking up speed
11/6/2013 2:01:41 PM  Erika Johnsen
It wasn’t so very long ago that European bureaucrats were so confidently and overwhelmingly convinced that the hassles and expenses of forcibly integrating more and more renewable (read: wind and solar) energies into their various infrastructures

RNC: Hey, don’t blame us for Cuccinelli’s loss
11/6/2013 1:21:46 PM  Allahpundit
A footnote to Erika’s post about lessons to take from Cuccinelli’s almost-but-not-quite upset. Fun fact: The RNC spent $9 million to help Bob McDonnell win the governor’s seat four years ago. This year, in a much tougher election, they

Economy still in the dumps? Let’s blame Germany!
11/6/2013 12:41:01 PM  Bruce McQuain
Liz Peek points out that the latest Obama administration scapegoat for our underperformance economically is … Germany: IObama is going global with his war on success. Not content with blaming domestic bogeymen — the GOP, Rush Limbaugh,

WSJ: More lawmakers, states gently urging insurers to extend soon-to-be cancelled policies
11/6/2013 12:01:20 PM  Erika Johnsen
With their online marketplace still in a state of virtual chaos, the state of Vermont has already bitten the bullet and enacted an emergency provision to allow individuals who buy their own insurance as well as small businesses to extend their current

Incoming RGA chair Chris Christie to SC Republicans: I want to help Lindsey Graham get reelected
11/6/2013 11:21:21 AM  Allahpundit
If we’re going to burn Christie in RINO effigy, we might as well have lots of gasoline for the fire. In the interview, Mr. Christie said intelligent voices were being drowned out in Washington, and described the effort led by Senator Ted Cruz of

Venezuelan health care system collapsing
11/6/2013 10:41:06 AM  Steve Eggleston
The Associated Press ran a surprisingly scathing look at the current state of health care in Venezuela, In a word, the whole system, and especially the parts run by the government as part of a 1999 constitutional mandate to provide “free”