HotAir Daily Express 08/16/2013


Axelrod: Hey, we’ll fix ObamaCare as it rolls out
8/16/2013 10:01:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Old and busted: The only thing wrong with ObamaCare is Republican sabotage! New hotness: We have to fix the problems with ObamaCare as we go along!  Consider this an extension of Nancy Pelosi’s famous sales pitch for the program, “We have to

ObamaCare “navigators” get $67 million without delay
8/16/2013 9:21:24 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration has awarded $67 million to fund its ObamaCare “navigators,” the contractors who will receive training (but not background checks, apparently) to assist Americans in putting their private data into the ACA exchanges

Video: Egypt braces for “day of rage”
8/16/2013 8:41:12 AM  Ed Morrissey
Cairo has battened itself down in anticipation of a massive backlash after this week’s massacre, one that produced a death toll that is now over 600 and still counting. The Muslim Brotherhood promises a “day of rage” after Friday

Internal audit shows NSA broke privacy rules “thousands of times per year”
8/16/2013 8:01:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
This Washington Post exposé surprises me only in one regard.  If the NSA and the Obama administration knew this internal audit existed, why not pull a Lois Lerner and do a Friday-night apology to defuse it?  Hey, that worked really well in the IRS


Quotes of the day
8/15/2013 10:21:28 PM  Allahpundit
President Obama played his fourth round of golf in five days on Thursday after breaking from his vacation to condemn the violence in Egypt. After wrapping up his public address, in which he announced the cancellation of joint military exercises with

State attorneys general warn HHS of ObamaCare’s “privacy disaster waiting to happen”
8/15/2013 9:31:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius complained about the continuing opposition to ObamaCare from those damnable red states, and warned that combating the “misinformation” those uncooperative lollygags are

Report: Snowden began downloading documents on NSA programs nearly a year earlier than thought
8/15/2013 8:46:09 PM  Allahpundit
Is this more damaging to Snowden or to Dell and the NSA, which had 11 more months than thought to sniff out what he was doing and pinch him before he started working at Booz Allen Hamilton to harvest even juicier stuff? Former intelligence contractor

Christie takes veiled shots at Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal at RNC luncheon; Update: Team Paul fires back
8/15/2013 8:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
Say this for the guy: He knows what his audience wants to hear. I guess this is going to be his approach, whether or not it alienates righty votes he’ll need in the general election. Being “brash” and confrontational got him two terms

Good news: Four Planned Parenthood clinics getting more than $1 million total to help sell ObamaCare
8/15/2013 7:21:16 PM  Allahpundit
You’d think, after all The One’s done for them, they’d be willing to push his signature boondoggle gratis. Good lord. It’s not like the abortion business is hurting for revenue. There’s still time left to comp him. Who

Federal judge: Yeah, there’s a good chance the EPA has been using secret e-mail accounts “in bad faith”
8/15/2013 6:41:52 PM  Erika Johnsen
Through their efforts, the Competitive Enterprise Institute first shed some light on the rather mysterious life and times of one Richard Windsor, the extralegal nome de plume used by Obama’s former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson

Progressive group poll shows “huge majority” wants Clapper prosecuted for perjury
8/15/2013 6:01:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Who says that progressives and conservatives can’t agree on anything?  When Barack Obama put DNI James Clapper in charge of picking a panel to get past all of the lies told about NSA surveillance activities over the last couple of years to Congress

OFA’s latest ObamaCare ad: “It’s nice to see somebody’s looking out for the little guy”
8/15/2013 5:21:39 PM  Erika Johnsen
Here’s the latest ad, the third in “part of a paid-media campaign that will total more than seven figures by the end of the summer,” from the Obama campaign-turned-advocacy group on the many supposed ways in which Obama is already

Father confronts Christie on medical marijuana: “Please don’t let my daughter die”
8/15/2013 4:41:07 PM  Allahpundit
A bill’s been sitting on his desk for more than a month that would make it easier for kids in Jersey to have medical marijuana prescribed to them. The fact that he hasn’t signed it yet, even though MM’s already legal in the state and

Rush Limbaugh: Let’s face it, I’m too famous to moderate a GOP debate
8/15/2013 4:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, I think he’s half-joking but he’s right, isn’t he? If Rush moderates, Democrats will see to it that the debate becomes as much a story about him as it is about the field. It’ll be a pretext to revisit last

The DOE’s loan-guarantee program: “What’s there to be defensive about?”, wonders Moniz
8/15/2013 3:21:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
Yes, what is the problem with a top-down federal program that selects “investments” based off of political choices made by bureaucrats of self-fancied moral nobility rather than consumer preferences manifested in free-market competition? Who

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kerry Picket, Steven Crowder
8/15/2013 2:51:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kerry Picket brings us up to date on the goings-on inside the nation’s capital, and Steven Crowder returns to discuss his latest video efforts. Note: Start time may be a little late depending on how quick I

Bob Filner’s newest accuser: A great-grandmother
8/15/2013 2:41:19 PM  Allahpundit
This news comes packaged with an extra frisson of shamefulness because of her age, but it really shouldn’t. The implication is that it’s kinda sorta understandable that he was coming on to younger women whereas coming on to a great-granny is

Video: Catholic bishop becomes Republican over abortion, same-sex marriage
8/15/2013 2:01:07 PM  Ed Morrissey
The Republican Party picked up a convert recently, WPRI reported on Tuesday evening, and one of a rather remarkable nature. Disgusted by the spectacle of the celebration of abortion at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and the recent passage of

Obama’s plan to raise taxes for Internet in schools: A “no-brainer”?
8/15/2013 1:21:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
One idea that we’re sure to hear about when President Obama once again goes bus-touring next week, this time on behalf of education, is “ConnectEd” — the White House’s new initiative to expand high-speed Internet access in

Will: Obama’s worse than Nixon on the Constitution
8/15/2013 12:41:06 PM  Ed Morrissey
Richard Nixon once argued to David Frost in a now-famous post-resignation interview that anything a President does is by definition legal: George Will writes today that the spirit of Nixon has returned with a vengeance in President Barack Obama, who has

Obama cancels joint exercises with Egypt’s military, but not aid
8/15/2013 12:01:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government,” Barack Obama announced in a statement from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard — but that’s about all the United States

New “Crystal Ball” frontrunner for GOP nomination: Scott Walker?
8/15/2013 11:21:48 AM  Allahpundit
Worth blogging just because it’s the first time I’ve seen a major elections analyst name Walker as the man to beat. I agree with the basic outline: There’ll be a centrist champion, a right-wing champion, and then a compromise candidate

Video: Paul shifting to delay strategy?
8/15/2013 10:41:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
“People want us to stand up,” Senator Rand Paul told Sean Hannity earlier this week about the Republican drive to end ObamaCare. “I ran on being against ObamaCare,” he continued, and called the defunding strategy pushed by his