HotAir Daily Express 12/03/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Rogers: WH wouldn’t brief us on security gaps – even in closed session
12/3/2013 10:01:40 AM  Ed Morrissey
Rep. Mike Rogers provides a cheery thought on personal security as the White House gears up to sell ObamaCare all over again.  Last night, he told Greta van Susteren that data security on didn’t even meet “minimal

Insurers: Where are the reconciliation and payment systems?
12/3/2013 9:21:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
While the White House returns to “sales mode” on ObamaCare, insurers are more worried about their delivery mode. With less than a month before the individual mandate begins, the back-end systems for still don’t work

The Democrats’ #Fail on the NRCC “Happy Holidays” shirt
12/3/2013 8:41:31 AM  Jazz Shaw
Last week we told you about the NRCC online store offering some shopping opportunities for conservatives this holiday season. (Including a special discount for Hot Air readers.) It all seemed like good fun, but of course there were some Left side spoil

WaPo: One-third of all 834s failed
12/3/2013 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
The White House touted the success of its “fix” yesterday by focusing on the improved customer experience, which turned out to be not all that much improved after all.  The biggest change was that the site now had a formal waiting line, which


Quotes of the day
12/2/2013 10:11:32 PM  Allahpundit
The health care website faced its first big test Monday since the Obama administration said it met its deadline to make work smoothly for the vast majority of shoppers. Trouble since the site’s debut in October has cut into

Um: Social-media savvy administration refers to young supporters as #WHYouth?
12/2/2013 9:21:56 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
I’m with Ben Howe. I think it’s a trap: They didn’t seriously call it #WHYouth did they? Is this some perverted form of Godwin’s law where they do it for us? — Ben Howe (@BenHowe) December 2, 2013 The White House declared on Twitter

Study: Having daughters makes households more likely to be Republican
12/2/2013 8:31:30 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Hm. In newly published findings that challenge earlier research, Dalton Conley of New York University and Emily Rauscher of the University of Kansas found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first “significantly reduces the

“Walking Dead” grumble thread: Everybody hurts
12/2/2013 7:41:30 PM  Allahpundit
Just this once, I’ll start with someone else’s grumble. They’ve lost Lileks for good: Last night’s episode had the obligatory Big Thing for the mid-season climax, and while it’s nice that everyone’s out of the prison, it’s too bad about

Oh, boy: CoverOregon’s executive director taking a leave of absence
12/2/2013 6:51:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
The federal ObamaCare exchange is a tough act to beat in terms of their epically botched website design, but the state of Oregon’s individually designed exchange has been presenting some stiff competition with nary an enrollee signed up through the

Obama administration finally holds a wind company accountable for eagle deaths
12/2/2013 6:01:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Throughout its tenure, the Obama administration has demonstrated a particular penchant for employing their “prosecutorial discretion” to aggressively prosecute oil-and-gas companies for infractions against any and all wildlife-related federal

Kuwaiti paper: Obama wants to visit Tehran next year
12/2/2013 5:21:15 PM  Allahpundit
Well, if anyone would know, it’s a random Kuwaiti newspaper. Odds that this is propaganda fed to the paper by the Saudis or Saudi sympathizers in order to punish O for making nice with the Shiite menace: North of 99 percent. (Why would a diplomat

Carney: No, I would not employ the term “mission, accomplished” to describe HealthCare.Gov
12/2/2013 4:41:14 PM  Erika Johnsen
I’ll say. Today’s talking points were pretty much exactly the blather you would expect for the inevitable followup to this weekend’s predictably anti-climactic observance of their self-imposed November 30th deadline by which they

Pro Publica: Why, this new and improved ObamaCare website seems barely improved at all
12/2/2013 4:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
Just one user’s experience, but he’s a noteworthy user: It’s Charles Ornstein, Pulitzer winner and author of that much-linked piece a few weeks ago about a couple in San Francisco who found their new O-Care coverage worse than their old

Oregonian: It’s time to have “the talk” with … union members
12/2/2013 3:21:52 PM  Ed Morrissey
Before Thanksgiving, Organizing for America urged ObamaCare advocates to have “the talk” with family members over the holiday dinner table.  “The talk” was supposed to urge activists to push their relatives into the ObamaCare

The Ed Morrissey Show: Bill Whittle, Jim Pethokoukis
12/2/2013 2:51:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have a great line-up! First, Bill Whittle joins us for the first time ever to discuss his Virtual Presidency and the Common Sense Resistance, and the ongoing failures in the Obama administration. In the

Insurers: The back end of still isn’t working
12/2/2013 2:41:05 PM  Allahpundit
A perfect follow-up to the “are these people really enrolled or aren’t they?” post earlier. The White House is working on two fixes right now: One is the website, of course, and the other is its political problem with Democratic

Franken in trouble in MN for 2014?
12/2/2013 2:01:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t get too excited about the latest St. Cloud State University poll in Minnesota, but it does at least offer a glimmer of hope for a Minnesota Republican Party that still finds itself in financial and organizational straits. Just a year after

Farm bill talks still stalled out as the clock winds down
12/2/2013 1:21:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
The House and Senate are only in session at the same time for a grand total of five days before the Christmas holiday hits, and there are still several big-ticket items lingering on the potential Congressional docket. Among them: A defense authorization

Sebelius: Behold the power of our dramatically improved web portal, or something
12/2/2013 12:41:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
I guess Kathleen Sebelius wrote this essay for USA Today before Robert Gibbs offered the White House a little advice on honesty, huh? The cheerleading from the author of the fiasco is notable more for what it doesn’t claim than what

Pope Francis and the media: Missing the forest for a couple of trees
12/2/2013 12:01:35 PM  Ed Morrissey
After reading the gasps of despair from some of my fellow conservatives over Pope Francis’ remarks in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), I decided to make that my holiday reading this weekend.  Based on the laments

Report: 100,000 people selected a plan on in November
12/2/2013 11:21:53 AM  Allahpundit
By “selected a plan,” do they mean people who’ve completed enrollment or people at some lesser step in the process, like placing a plan in their virtual shopping cart without proceeding to checkout? Remember, you’re not officially

Dems wonder: Why hasn’t Obama fired his advisers yet?
12/2/2013 10:41:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
Good question, especially concerning those whose jobs revolve primarily around keeping the President informed.  President Barack Obama would be less knowledgeable about what happens in his own administration than most low-information voters if not for