HotAir Daily Express 12/13/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Obama administration considering support for Islamists in Syria?
12/13/2013 9:41:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s bad enough watching the US’ main secular ally in the Syrian civil war — the man who was supposed to control the rebellion on behalf of the West — get chased out of his own country by the Islamists critics warned would take

Boeing machinists reject “best and final” labor deal for 777X
12/13/2013 8:51:20 AM  Jazz Shaw
Almost exactly one month ago we looked at the hissy fit being thrown by the machinists union at Boeing and how they appeared to be forcing the biggest employer in their area to look to Right to Work states when they start building the new 777X. (This led

Totes Obvs. Michigan teachers union demands $10K severance pay for child molester teacher
12/13/2013 8:01:10 AM  Jazz Shaw
There comes a point for anyone writing about labor union issues where you have to begin to wonder, why do I bother? There is apparently no story, be it ever so shocking, which is going to make any difference. But you still maintain the hope that there

Quotes of the day
12/12/2013 10:41:53 PM  Allahpundit
The schism at the heart of conservative politics in the US was laid bare on Thursday when John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, launched a stinging attack on the collection of rightwing lobby groups that hold sway over the


Did Obama Ship Out the Gold?
The U.S. government has NOT done a public audit of the gold in Fort Knox since 1974.
Worse yet, news just broke that $982 million worth of gold just flew from JFK International Airport
in New York to somewhere in South Africa. Scary, isn’t it?
Do you think Fort Knox is empty? Click here to cast your vote.

Report: Cruz coloring book selling like crazy
12/12/2013 10:01:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Capitalism, how I love thee. AUSTIN, Texas — He’s known for coloring outside the lines in the staid U.S. Senate. Now children large and small can color in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Just in time for the holidays, St. Louis publisher Really Big Coloring

Video: Press corps flips out on Carney over restricted access
12/12/2013 9:31:57 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
While there are other things to which I’d prefer to see them bring this level of passion, I encourage aggressive questioning of a Democratic administration however I can get it. Today, it was about access, which the most transparent administration

Hallelujah: Aversion to the Renewable Fuel Standard seems to be catching on in Congress
12/12/2013 8:31:28 PM  Erika Johnsen
This certainly isn’t the first time the Senate has introduced legislation designed to mitigate the many economically injurious effects of Renewable Fuel Standard, that insidious little mandate that manipulates the market on behalf of biofuels

Chaos: HHS “asks” insurers to extend multiple ObamaCare deadlines
12/12/2013 7:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
The December 23rd enrollment deadline? Time to move that to next month. The deadline to pay your first month of premiums? Let’s go ahead and move that back too. Emergency treatment needed from an out-of-network provider? It’d be swell if that

Congratulations, Barack Obama, on winning PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”!
12/12/2013 6:51:28 PM  Allahpundit
As my pal Nathan said, this might be the first award he’s gotten that he truly deserved. But give him time. A few more years of dithering until Iran has a nuclear weapon and he might earn that Nobel Peace Prize after all. “If you like your

CoveredCalifornia would like young people to drop it like it’s hot. Wait, wha…?
12/12/2013 6:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
ObamaCare officials and advocates have always blithely claimed that the evident lack of young people signing up for health insurance through the exchanges at the program’s outset would be no immediate cause for panic, despite the absolute necessity

Open thread: House to vote on Boehner/Ryan budget deal soon; Update: 332-94; Update: Boehner votes yes
12/12/2013 5:05:04 PM  Allahpundit
Stupid me, I thought there was a tiny chance that the grassroots backlash to the bill early yesterday would make today’s vote a cliffhanger. Nope: After conducting a series of closed-door briefings and polling members during a late-afternoon vote,

Hot news topic of the week: Is Santa white?
12/12/2013 4:21:07 PM  Allahpundit
This story fills my bloggy heart with dread, not because of what it’s about but because of the timing. If news is so slow two weeks out from Christmas that Fox News’s 9 p.m. hour needs to fill airtime with a panel on whether a fictional

Surprise: Insurers begin granting grace periods to pay first month of premiums on new ObamaCare plans
12/12/2013 3:31:45 PM  Allahpundit
When you’re staring at 95 percent nonpayment in some cases and an unholy clusterfark in January of people not realizing that their coverage hasn’t taken effect yet, you’re going to do everything you can to mitigate the problem. And this

Crunching the budget deal numbers
12/12/2013 2:41:27 PM  Steve Eggleston
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its cost esimtate on the current bipartisan budget deal. The topline of a net $16 billion in direct “spending reductions” and $7 billion in brand-new revenues (read – taxes) in

Obama administration looking to crack down on Iranian-sanction evaders while still lobbying lawmakers
12/12/2013 1:51:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s looking less and less certain by the day that the bipartisan group of senators pushing for a fresh round of Iranian sanctions will be able to do so before the legislative year is up; the Obama administration’s foreign-policy team has

Boehner slams righty PACs over budget deal again: “Frankly I think they’ve lost all credibility”
12/12/2013 1:01:53 PM  Allahpundit
Confession: I did not expect that this lame budget deal would be Boehner’s red line for tea-party criticism. But maybe it had to be that way. If he’d slammed them in October, when Cruz and Lee had galvanized the base against the bete noire of

Paul Ryan to Rubio: Try reading the budget bill before you criticize it, okay?
12/12/2013 12:11:54 PM  Allahpundit
Should a guy who’s trying to jam a bill through in 36 hours really be scolding people for insufficient diligence? Ryan reacted in an animated fashion when asked about Rubio saying the deal would make it harder for people to achieve the American

Do ObamaCare refusers skew a bit older?
12/12/2013 11:21:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
ABC News argues today that the perception of younger Americans refusing to buy comprehensive health insurance is mistaken, based on a long survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation.  According to the survey, “the political lens is the most

Oh, by the way: Obama issues executive order to triple government’s renewable-energy usage by 2020
12/12/2013 10:31:56 AM  Erika Johnsen
I mean, I suppose he has been pretty up-front about his intentions to flout this pesky representative democracy of ours in order to pass the progressive agenda items that those spitefully obstructionist Republicans would otherwise prohibit. There’s