HotAir Daily Express 12/18/2013


Video: “We thought he was going to be … the next Messiah”
12/18/2013 10:01:10 AM  Ed Morrissey
Who has been hurt by Barack Obama’s plummeting poll numbers? The President himself, of course, and his administration, and incumbent Democrats running for re-election and away from the “you can keep your plan” promise. However,

Reuters: West warms up to Assad regime
12/18/2013 9:21:41 AM  Ed Morrissey
Just four months ago, the question in the West was whether to bomb Bashar al-Assad’s military assets after finally acknowledging that the Syrian regime had crossed the “red line” on chemical weapons after an attack so blatant that

Ryan to pass on 2016 presidential race?
12/18/2013 8:41:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Most people viewed the budget deal crafted by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray in the context of the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but that group may not have included Paul Ryan. After a solid campaign performance as Mitt Romney’s running

Video: Will this ad be Democratic Kryptonite in 2014?
12/18/2013 8:01:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
It’s rare that one single ad in a state-wide contest gets this kind of attention — especially this far out from an election.  Of course, it’s rare to see an entire political party adopt the same blatant lie to sell an unpopular program,


Quotes of the day
12/17/2013 10:31:17 PM  Allahpundit
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has offered to collaborate with a Brazilian investigation into the NSA surveillance program he revealed earlier this year, according to a letter published in a local newspaper on Tuesday. In

Carney: Why no, we have no idea how many young people have signed up for ObamaCare
12/17/2013 9:41:45 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The Big Data White House. The most advanced data operation in the history of American politics. The most sophisticated manipulators of vast swaths of information evah: Almost three months after the launch of the Obamacare website and enrollment period,

No Obamas, Bidens, Cabinet members will attend Sochi Olympics
12/17/2013 8:51:58 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sorry, we’re not sorry, Putin. WASHINGTON — The United States will not be sending any of its top officials — either President or Mrs. Obama or Vice President or Dr. Biden — to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as part of its delegation to the

Germany just lowered some retirement ages and raised pension spending. For real.
12/17/2013 8:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Evidently, this was all apart of same grand scheme so that Chancellor Angela Merkel, embarking on her third term, could form the German equivalent of a supermajority with a united coalition pact between her own center-right party and the Social Democrats

Mitch McConnell: I “can’t imagine” that Republicans would accept a clean debt-ceiling hike in February
12/17/2013 7:11:05 PM  Allahpundit
Really? Because I can imagine it reeeeeeeal easily. But since I made my argument at the last link for why the GOP will end up with another big cave-a-roo on the debt limit, let me play devil’s advocate here. What if circumstances conspire to force

Coburn: This is what $30 billion in government waste looks like
12/17/2013 6:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
Sen. Tom Coburn’s office has been compiling a report on some of the most egregious examples of government waste for a few years now, and the “nearly $30 billion in questionable and lower-priority spending in Wastebook 2013 is a small fraction

Iowa poll: Christie leads Hillary by five, Rand Paul trails her by just one
12/17/2013 5:31:51 PM  Allahpundit
Laying aside the inconvenient fact that presidential polls this far out from 2016 are meaningless, what’s the biggest news here? That Christie’s strong enough to now lead Her Majesty in a state where she, er, finished third in 2008? Or that

McCain: Republicans who vote against this budget deal without proposing their own plan lack some intellectual integrity
12/17/2013 4:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
Via Charlie Spiering, for once Maverick really is engaged in some straight talk. He’s not voting for the Boehner/Ryan bill because it’s a good deal, he says, he’s voting for it because his top priority here is to avert another shutdown.

Cuomo has zero plans to lift that New York fracking ban anytime soon
12/17/2013 4:01:13 PM  Erika Johnsen
Never mind yesterday’s Energy Information Administration report that pointed to hydraulic fracturing as a major driver behind the United States’ spectacular oil-production forecasts and indefinite natural gas-production forecasts, and that

Breaking: House Democrat Jim Matheson retires, clearing the way for Mia Love
12/17/2013 3:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
That was fast. CRYSTAL BALL RATINGS CHANGE: UT-4 moves from Leans Democratic to LIKELY REPUBLICAN after Rep. Jim Matheson (D) retires — Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) December 17, 2013 Here’s Matheson’s announcement. He’s only 53 years

The Ed Morrissey Show: Flip Pidot, John Nolte
12/17/2013 3:19:40 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we’re going to talk to one of my original blog pals, Flip Pidot from Suitably Flip, who has a new venture — the American Civics Exchange, a market to test the likelihood of political outcomes. In the

Obama: I wish Washington was as ruthlessly efficient as it is in “House of Cards”
12/17/2013 2:41:41 PM  Allahpundit
I don’t know what he’s talking about. For starters, this is true: False. Frank Underwood does not get anything done except an absurdly implausible federal ed reform law. And murder. — Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) December 17, 2013 And

Scott Brown puts MA home on market, heads for NH
12/17/2013 2:01:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Guy covered this in the Green Room, but it’s worth a longer look on the front page, too. Four months ago, former US Senator Scott Brown announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination for governor in Massachusetts.  Brown lost his

Catholic groups win battle against HHS mandate in federal court
12/17/2013 1:21:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
This decision is worth noting despite the fact that it doesn’t (yet) have precedential power, and that the appellate courts have split in various ways on the question at the center of it.  In New York, US District Court Judge Brian Cogan ruled that

The energy industry is preparing to move beyond Keystone XL — and that’s no eco-lobby victory
12/17/2013 12:41:30 PM  Erika Johnsen
If there is one overarching lesson to be found in yesterday’s Energy Information Administration report on the United States’ relatively newfound and positively dizzying energy abundance largely unlocked by the auspices of the private sector

Breaking: Microsoft exec to take over rescue
12/17/2013 12:01:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Everyone who loves Internet Explorer and Windows 8 will rejoice at the latest appointment from the White House to rescue its core policy from incompetence.  The rest of us will just marvel at the irony: The White House is tapping the private sector for

WaPo/ABC poll: Obama, ObamaCare unpopularity levels off
12/17/2013 11:21:38 AM  Ed Morrissey
The latest Washington Post/ABC poll has good news and bad news for President Barack Obama and the White House.  The good news: ObamaCare and Obama haven’t gotten any more unpopular over the last month.  The bad news: They’re not gaining much,

Breaking: Budget deal passes key test vote in the Senate, 67-33
12/17/2013 10:31:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Passage was, of course, a foregone conclusion of holding the vote in the first place.  Thanks to the intricacies of Senate rules, the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal had to withstand a cloture vote to limit debate to 30 hours, which will allow the