HotAir Daily Express 12/17/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Sebelius: Hey, some of you may pay more for insurance
12/17/2013 10:06:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Is this backtracking, or just a little CYA via weasel-word play? Daniel Halper writes that Kathleen Sebelius “admitted” that people will pay more for their health insurance under ObamaCare, and Bay 9 News leads the story the same way while

Latest fad in Christmas shopping: Staying open all night long
12/17/2013 9:26:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Retail employees are used to working long hours during the Christmas shopping season, but usually the stores will close for a few hours each day. Anyone brave enough to enter a retail store this close to Christmas knows why — the shelves need

Germans mull whether to continue intel partnership with US over NSA revelations
12/17/2013 8:46:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
One key indicator of the health of an international relationship might be how often one gets compared to a brutal Big Brother apparatus. If so, then Barack Obama discovered that the US-German relationship needs a little medicine ASAP.  According to the

Next up for ObamaCare market disruption: small businesses
12/17/2013 8:08:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
The White House may be breathing a little easier lately on ObamaCare, having weathered the initial storms of a still-dysfunctional website and the cancellation of millions of individual policies.  The latter won Barack Obama the Lie of the Year at


Quotes of the day
12/16/2013 10:31:18 PM  Allahpundit
National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency… The NSA official in charge of

Fine print: State can seize your assets to pay for care after you’re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare
12/16/2013 9:41:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
My, this is an unpleasant consequence of Obamacare. I’m not going to call it unintended because in its current form, it potentially earns a bunch of money for states, so I’m pretty sure that’s intentional. What I think is unintentional

France is on the brink of an official recession. Again.
12/16/2013 8:51:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
It wasn’t so very long ago that France’s Socialist ministers were making what sounded like such confident predictions about how it was only a matter of time before their economy would be back in the money (relatively speaking, of course

“Homeland” grumble thread: Hang ‘em high
12/16/2013 8:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
I need to break with tradition and do a non-Walking Dead grumble thread because I’m desperate for answers. Did I miss something or did we never find out who the Langley bomber was? When I tweeted that question last night, various people tweeted

White House: These GOP attacks on navigators are just another effort to sabotage ObamaCare, you know
12/16/2013 7:11:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
In advance of another of the ObamaCare-related field hearings that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been holding around the country throughout the past few weeks — this time on the thousands of “navigators”

Will any Democratic candidates run on single-payer in 2016?
12/16/2013 6:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
A good question from Philip Klein. Bernie Sanders will challenge Hillary from the left if no one else does, but he’s no threat. Will any serious Democrats run on single-payer in 2016? Maybe. Single-payer advocates had argued that it would have been

Poll: The most popular 2016 candidate among Iowa Republicans is … Paul Ryan?
12/16/2013 5:41:18 PM  Allahpundit
You know the old saying: Iowa loves a RINO! Seriously, though, of course it’s Paul Ryan. The earlier the presidential poll, the more the results are purely a function of name recognition. He was on the ticket last time so he’s the one guy

Ho ho no: Santas brawl on NYC street
12/16/2013 5:01:31 PM  Ed Morrissey
Over the weekend, we saw a lot of reminders about the SantaCon tradition in New York, which is remarkably similar to the St. Patrick’s Day tradition, only in elf costumes. Men dressed as Santas show up for an epic pub crawl, and later spread

Report: U.S. energy industry flirting with all-time high crude-oil production record
12/16/2013 4:21:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
In yet another testament to just how big a thank-you the Obama administration owes to the oil-and-gas industry and particularly hydraulic fracturing for helping to spur onward what has otherwise very largely been a paltry excuse for an economic

Federal judge finds NSA phone metadata collection probably violates the Fourth Amendment
12/16/2013 3:44:20 PM  Allahpundit
The headline says “probably” because the ruling was on a preliminary injunction. He’ll issue a ruling on a permanent injunction after this order is inevitably appealed and he hears further arguments from both sides, assuming this issue

Video: Abbott looking into appealing the “affluenza” sentence
12/16/2013 3:01:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
Texas Attorney General is already considered a heavy favorite to replace fellow Republican Rick Perry as governor in the 2014 election, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to just rest on his law-and-order laurels. Thanks to widespread

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
12/16/2013 2:31:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss last night’s curious 60 Minutes segment on the NSA, and all of the hot political stories of the

Kerry: If North Korea has a nuke, why, that would be a problem
12/16/2013 2:21:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
How’s this for a confidence-builder as John Kerry prepares to sign off on a deal with Iran that will supposedly keep the mullahcracy from developing their own nuclear weapons? In an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, the Secretary of

Revealed: EPA’s highest-paid employee did no work for years, told colleagues he was secret agent for the CIA instead
12/16/2013 1:41:11 PM  Allahpundit
His expertise? Climate change. He defrauded the feds out of nearly $900,000 in salary and expense, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in first-class airfare and high-end hotels that more than doubled his per diem limit but were somehow approved

Blitz: Insurance companies ratcheting up their ObamaCare promotional spending into 2014
12/16/2013 1:01:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Despite the many glitches, hitches, mistakes, and malfunctions still plaguing the rollout of President Obama’s crowning legislative achievement, the fact of the matter is that millions of Americans — whether they were individually insured and

Video: CBS News gives the NSA a chance to make its case
12/16/2013 12:21:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
Last night, I was too tired from recent travel to do any real work, so I skipped the 60 Minutes segment hosted by John Miller that delved more deeply into the NSA than any news organization had been allowed to do before now.  Because I was tweeting about

Paul Ryan on the budget deal: Hey, we might fight on the debt ceiling instead
12/16/2013 11:41:29 AM  Allahpundit
The key bit runs from 5:45 to 7:15. My pal Karl asks a good question: Some argued the crappy budget deal was OK because it avoided a shutdown. So how to explain this? — Just Karl (@justkarl) December 16, 2013 The whole point

HHS: 15,000 enrollments never made it to insurers
12/16/2013 11:01:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
We have wondered for more than two months about the impact of the flawed and mostly still-missing back end had on the few consumer sign-ups that actually appeared to succeed. In today’s AP/GfK poll, only 24% of the 11% of respondents