HotAir Daily Express 12/05/2013

Hot Air Daily Express


Second look at third-quarter GDP: +3.6%
12/5/2013 9:41:50 AM  Steve Eggleston
Last month, the advance estimate for the third quarter GDP was a 2.8% annualized increase. Today, the second of three revisions was released, and the topline news was, in a word, stunning: Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and

Nuance: Wendy Davis says her top priority as governor will be, er, the children
12/5/2013 8:51:42 AM  Guy Benson
“Investing” in them, that is.  As MKH quipped last month, Davis is all about furnishing The Children with cradle to grave government benefits, provided they’re fortunate enough make it to the cradle before the grave: As governor, I’ll

New Hampshire pushing to stop online sales tax collection
12/5/2013 8:01:29 AM  Jazz Shaw
In case you missed it, there were some recent developments in the battle over the Marketplace Fairness Act and related state level proposals. Earlier this week, a challenge by Amazon to a New York State law requiring the collection on online sales taxes

Quotes of the day
12/4/2013 10:41:48 PM  Allahpundit
It was seven months after Hurricane Sandy when Christie paid a visit to Ocean City, New Jersey. He planned to spend thirty minutes walking a few blocks on the boardwalk. Ninety minutes later, he hadn’t made it as far as one. He posed for nearly one


Member of Obama family viciously assaults adorable child at Christmas party
12/4/2013 10:01:41 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Oh, I kid. I kid. It’s Sunny Obama causing trouble at a Christmas gathering at the White House. Sunny, a Portuguese water dog who joined the first family and its other dog Bo in August, got a little out of hand, jumping on 2-year-old Ashtyn

Winner of HHS YouTube contest for ObamaCare is called “Forget About the Price Tag”
12/4/2013 9:11:09 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
No, really. Young Erin McDonald won $2,000 for her Obamacare-promoting YouTube video based on Jessie J’s hit, “Price Tag.” The vocals and rewrite of the lyrics aren’t bad, but I give you the chorus. Sung seemingly without irony: Ain’t about the,

There’s only one man who can save ObamaCare now
12/4/2013 8:21:29 PM  Allahpundit
Tongue firmly in cheek (I think), Ben Domenech tells the political equivalent of a campfire ghost story. The odds of Mitt Romney actually being interested in the ultimate salvage operation are south of one percent, I’d guess, but on a news day as

Trey Gowdy to liberal law prof: If Obama can ignore parts of ObamaCare, could he ignore election laws too?
12/4/2013 7:31:42 PM  Allahpundit
The post on Jonathan Turley’s testimony at yesterday’s House hearing was well received, so here’s another seven minutes on executive power grabs from the same proceeding. Simple question from Gowdy to the legal panel: How far can Obama

Please, no: Obama to use presidency as stepping stone to SportsCenter gig
12/4/2013 6:41:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
So, the plan is finally revealed. He’s been building his resume by inserting himself into every March Madness, Super Bowl, and World Series for the last five years while casually mucking up giant parts of his day job. Now, we know why. If you have

Obama, Dems hope minimum wage distraction will take Obamacare heat off
12/4/2013 5:51:35 PM  Kevin Glass
With Obamacare still buggier than a summer day in the Amazon, Democrats are trying their best to divert the media narrative. Today, President Obama addressed income inequality and the economy as a way to encourage the media and his fellow Democrats to

Where is the Democrats’ primary push to the Left?
12/4/2013 5:01:48 PM  Jazz Shaw
Some of the way, way too early 2016 speculation surrounding Hillary Clinton this month has gotten me to wondering about one of the key differences between the parties, particularly when it comes to primary races. One of the defining characteristics in

Obama: How terrible of Congress to ruin Christmas by … causing people to lose their insurance
12/4/2013 4:11:30 PM  Allahpundit
Via RCP, he’s talking about unemployment insurance, but no matter. When the man’s right, he’s right. What kind of monsters would sandbag an unsuspecting middle class by … taking away their coverage? How are people supposed to pay

Confirmed: Martin Bashir too nasty even for MSNBC
12/4/2013 3:34:02 PM  Allahpundit
They’re calling it a resignation to let him save face but Politico heard through the grapevine yesterday that he’d been suspended for what he said about Palin. Essentially he gambled that, on the left’s cable news network of choice, you

ADP report: 215K private-sector jobs added in November
12/4/2013 2:31:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
For the first time in almost a year, the ADP Employment Report shows above-200K growth in private-sector job creation.  November’s addition of 215,000 in the series follows two straight months of job growth at 185,000, which worked out roughly

Whodunit: Hezbollah leader killed in Beirut
12/4/2013 1:41:49 PM  Ed Morrissey
Hezbollah blamed Israel for an assassination of one of its top militant leaders in Beirut today, an assassination in which silenced pistols killed Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss. Little known to outsiders, Lakiss served as one of the top deputies to Hassan

Report: 29,000 sign-ups on in first two days of December
12/4/2013 12:51:59 PM  Allahpundit
A big improvement over October, when there were fewer than 27,000 in the entire month. But are these actual enrollments or the wink-wink “enrollments” that HHS has been using to bloat its numbers? Inquiring insurance-industry minds would like

Waterloo: Obama now below 40 percent approval on nearly every issue polled
12/4/2013 12:01:13 PM  Guy Benson
A handy companion piece to AP’s item  from yesterday on Obama’s RCP job approval average dipping below 40 percent for the first time.  You know what this presidency needs?  More Obamacare speeches.  Crash: Barack Obama’s overall job approval

New Mark Pryor ad: If God can forgive me for voting for ObamaCare, why can’t you?
12/4/2013 11:21:40 AM  Allahpundit
I’m paraphrasing, natch, but there’s a reason why this ad is heavy on human imperfection and verrry light on party identification. Pryor’s rightly worried about how the Democratic agenda’s playing at home in Arkansas, and by

Harvard poll: Millennial meltdown for Obama
12/4/2013 10:41:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Maybe millenials finally started paying attention to the bills due from ObamaCare, or perhaps they’ve just had enough sales pitches to last them a lifetime. According to a new poll of more than 2,000 adults conducted by Harvard, young voters have