HotAir Daily Express 12/19/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Let’s not have any reality in our reality television, please
12/19/2013 10:01:00 AM  Ed Morrissey
I’ll start off my rant on A&E and the Duck Dynasty contretemps with a couple of disclosures. First, I have never seen the show, although I’ve seen plenty of advertising for and commentary about it.  I mostly stopped watching A&E when

Weekly jobless claims jump to 379K
12/19/2013 9:21:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
Over the last few weeks, my travels have put me out of touch with the weekly initial jobless claims metric, although I know Steve Eggleston kept Hot Air readers up to date on it. In October, the level of new claims went below the 300K barrier, at least

Two guilty of hacking British soldier to death
12/19/2013 8:41:11 AM  Ed Morrissey
It didn’t take long for a British jury to decide on guilt for Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, but then again, neither defendant denied murdering and nearly beheading Lee Rigby.  Both pleaded not guilty, but claimed that the horrendous

Paul: Clapper’s crimes are more injurious to US than Snowden’s
12/19/2013 8:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer focuses this segment with Senator Rand Paul, who has certainly been vindicated more than he probably expected by Barack Obama’s task force on NSA surveillance, by asking whether he plans to sue the NSA to stop the more

Quotes of the day
12/18/2013 10:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
Long-time Clinton hand John Podesta is in trouble with Republicans just days after joining the Obama White House, after he described the House GOP as a “cult worthy of Jonestown.” But the comment — considering the severity of the

War on Moms: MSNBC pundits plot to fraudulently claim our Amazon benefits
12/18/2013 10:11:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
First, Matt Yglesias shamelessly wrote a how-to for those looking to defraud a company of the benefits meant for budget-conscious moms: Amazon has a program called Amazon Mom that’s a pretty neat way to save some money on common household items.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson suspended by A&E for comments on homosexuality
12/18/2013 9:31:29 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the very popular Robertson family of the very popular A&E show, “Duck Dynasty.” The Robertsons, who run a multi-million dollar duck call and hunting gear company, are beloved for their good-natured

Ugh: Senate Democrats pushing for an eleventh-hour extension of wind’s all-important tax credit
12/18/2013 8:51:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Why won’t you die. Via The Hill: In a letter sent to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Monday, 25 senators urged the committee not to let tax credits expire for offshore wind investments and cleaner vehicles, among

Backfire: Instead of whitewashing NSA surveillance, Obama’s handpicked review panel urges change
12/18/2013 8:01:11 PM  Allahpundit
Not the result His Majesty expected, needless to say. Remember, he chose this panel because he trusted they’d go face-first into the tank for him by rubber-stamping mass surveillance. In the end they recommended 46 changes to the program, the most

Mia Love: I probably would have voted for that lame budget deal
12/18/2013 7:21:20 PM  Allahpundit
A nice catch by the Right Scoop and a useful complement to yesterday’s post about Jim Matheson’s retirement. The budget deal by itself is too penny-ante to imperil her standing among grassroots righties, I think, but between this, her

Panel of reporters: Yes, the media leans left
12/18/2013 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico, a nice illustration of how members of the guild have grown more willing over the years to cop to institutional biases. You could replace Tapper, Kelly O’Donnell, Mark Leibovich, and Peter Baker here with virtually any four reporters

Gallup: More Americans than ever name “big government” as the biggest threat to U.S.
12/18/2013 6:01:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
That escalated quickly. Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government

Done: Senate passes Ryan/Murray budget bill, 64/35
12/18/2013 5:21:45 PM  Allahpundit
After cloture passed 67/33 on Monday, final passage of the budget bill was a fait accompli. The only mystery was whether any Republicans who voted with Reid two days ago would switch now, knowing that Democrats could pass this thing on a party-line vote,

Sen. Menendez: Don’t even talk to me about allowing more oil exports
12/18/2013 4:41:29 PM  Erika Johnsen
Last week, Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz finally, mercifully acknowledged the increasingly undeniable fact that the United States’ energy outlook is much changed from the 1970s scene in which oil disruptions and artificially induced

Surprise: Insurers extend deadline to pay first month of ObamaCare plan premiums until January 10th
12/18/2013 4:01:26 PM  Allahpundit
The deadline was December 31st, but faced with the prospect of 50 percent or more of their new enrollees going uncovered in January due to nonpayment, some individual insurers had already begun granting grace periods. Then HHS announced that it was

Video: “Is anybody going to buy health care because Barack Obreezy tells them to?”
12/18/2013 3:21:17 PM  Ed Morrissey
No, this isn’t a quote from Twitter or talk radio, but from ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl at yesterday’s press briefing.  Karl asked Jay Carney about the PR campaign from the Obama administration that’s attempting

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
12/18/2013 2:51:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), it’s time again for our Salem All-Stars! Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham join me today to discuss cults, Kool-Aid, New Tone, and much much more. Don’t miss it! The Ed Morrissey Show and its dynamic

Did Obama “hijack” tech summit over NSA snooping to pitch ObamaCare?
12/18/2013 2:41:36 PM  Ed Morrissey
After months of increasing criticism over the NSA’s activities in on-line surveillance and the impact it has had on American Internet service providers, the White House arranged to have a summit meeting with executives to air out their issues. Once

The obligatory “Pajama Boy” post
12/18/2013 2:01:25 PM  Allahpundit
Liberals were getting snippy on Twitter last night over how much fun conservatives were having with this because the jokes were too masculonormative or whatever. Which means it’s a must-post. A major political operation puts their spokesman in a

K Street raking it in with the onslaught of new regulations
12/18/2013 1:21:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
It’s no secret that the administration waited until after they had secured President Obama’s reelection to really let loose on all of the new rules and regulations they’d been waiting to unleash on America; plenty of the rules relating

CBS poll: ObamaCare hurts more than it helps, say insured and uninsured
12/18/2013 12:41:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
The uninsured continue to be almost as unimpressed by ObamaCare as the insured, according to new results released from the last CBS/New York Times poll. Majorities of both populations oppose the law, and only small minorities think it helps more than it

New WH advisor thinks Republicans are “a cult worthy of Jonestown”; Update: Apologizes
12/18/2013 12:01:18 PM  Ed Morrissey
This piece from Politico on the man brought in by Barack Obama to rescue his second term from hubris and incompetence contains no small amount of irony, especially coming within hours of Barbara Walters’ admission that the media saw Obama as

Shock: The new documentary about Mitt Romney looks … really good
12/18/2013 11:21:34 AM  Allahpundit
It’s early for a palate cleanser but I’mnot sure this doesn’t qualify as legit news. I … did not expect to find myself eager to revisit the Romney 2012 campaign on film, but here we are, my friends. Here we are. It’s true

MNSure director forced out after taking vacation while ObamaCare burned
12/18/2013 10:41:47 AM  Ed Morrissey
Minnesota’s ObamaCare exchange hasn’t attracted a lot of attention, except for its strange ad campaign and a jaw-dropping security breach this autumn, but MNSure hasn’t exactly distinguished itself as a success, either. The technical