HotAir Daily Express 09/18/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: Walgreens to dump employee coverage for 160,000
9/18/2013 10:01:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Remember “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”? For 160,000 employees of Walgreens, that’s now old and busted.  The new hotness will be receiving a flat-rate bonus to spend in private exchanges in order to get out from under

Did the Navy Yard shooter try to buy an AR-15?
9/18/2013 9:21:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
That’s what the New York Times reported yesterday, after gun-control demagoguesin the media had to at least partially retract their claims that the shooter used an AR-15 to murder 12 people.  It took them several hours to acknowledge the

IRS targeted groups for “anti-Obama rhetoric”?
9/18/2013 8:41:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
Did the IRS take it upon itself to enforce lèse-majesté — or did the White House demand it?  USA Today uncovered internal IRS documents from 2011 that show targeting of groups for “anti-Obama rhetoric” and “emotional”

Franchise owners plead for changes to ObamaCare
9/18/2013 8:01:33 AM  Ed Morrissey
The kickoff date for the employer mandate in ObamaCare got put off for a year, but that doesn’t mean small-business owners don’t have to start making adjustments now to the ACA’s requirements — especially in the definition of

The Most Profitable Company in the History of the World?
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But one company could be on the verge of joining their ranks. It's already more profitable than just about every company on the globe. And yet, you've likely never heard of it. Details here.

Quotes of the day
9/17/2013 10:31:39 PM  Allahpundit
House Republican leadership will attempt to pass a government-funding bill with language that defunds Obamacare, according to senior aides… The attempt to defund Obamacare, which has almost no chance of being enacted into law, signals that Speaker

Video: Freaky-deaky Oregon Obamacare ad gets psychedelic with your tax money, man
9/17/2013 9:46:54 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Hey, man, we’re just living in a Yellow Submarine world in which the Yellow Submarine is a taxpayer subsidized acid trip. This ad for Cover Oregon, the state’s Obamacare-pushing entity cost taxpayers a mere couple million, according to

Retaliation and escalation in the U.S.-China solar trade war
9/17/2013 9:01:51 PM  Erika Johnsen
And the entirely self-defeating and economy-shrinking trade war that comes from first heavily subsidizing your own domestic industries, and then imposing tariffs on foreign ones, rolls on. President Obama has often complained about China

Blogger has a bad feeling about this “Walking Dead” spin-off
9/17/2013 8:16:24 PM  Allahpundit
They’ve spent three years struggling to make one show about the zombie apocalypse dependably interesting from week to week. How can they possibly sustain another? Is all the non-boring dialogue being left in the writers’ room right now for

Classic: Energy company probably won’t be building the Virginia offshore wind-farm tract it leased until wind’s costs go down
9/17/2013 7:31:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
Well, this is rich. The Obama administration continues to dismiss out-of-hand even the faintest possibility of allowing for more offshore oil-and-gas development in the near future; their minds are intractably made up on that score, let the fact that oil

New Fox News primetime line-up: Greta at 7, O’Reilly at 8, Kelly at 9, and Hannity at 10
9/17/2013 6:46:05 PM  Allahpundit
As expected. A friend in media e-mailed me after this post to say that he’d heard through the grapevine that it would be Hannity at 7, then O’Reilly, Kelly, and Greta in her familiar 10 p.m. slot. C’mon. No overtly

Bill Clinton on the U.S.-Russia plan for Syria: “Who cares” whose idea it was?
9/17/2013 6:01:57 PM  Allahpundit
Via Politico, between this and Hillary’s infamous line to Congress about Benghazi, they’re developing a nifty theme for the next presidential cycle. “Clinton 2016: What difference, at this point, does it make?” Not surprisingly,

Report: Navy Yard shooter passed federal, state background checks when buying shotgun; Update: RI police warned Naval police?
9/17/2013 5:21:58 PM  Allahpundit
A scooplet from the Washington Times. If you’re wondering how he managed to slip through the security cracks and gain access to a Navy installation, consider this a clue. Nothing he’d done in the past gave the FBI reason to ding him in buying

Poll: McAuliffe still gaining ground in Virginia
9/17/2013 4:41:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
Via Conservative Intel, it’s yet another polling blow for the Cuccinelli camp in the decidedly negative and now Democratic-leaning Virginia gubernatorial race. Interestingly, a few of the previous polls on the contest haven’t actually

D.C. mayor: I can’t be sure, but maybe sequestration’s partly to blame for this Navy Yard shooting
9/17/2013 4:01:04 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Blaze, skip to 2:40 for the key bit. What’s worse? The fact that Gray’s obviously spitballing here, chattering reflexively about sequestration when a camera’s stuck in his face without any idea whatsoever of whether it played a

Surprise CBO report: United States on an “unsustainable” budget course
9/17/2013 3:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
Here’s some oh-so-pleasant news to keep in mind as Democrats casually insist that we should simply raise the debt ceiling again and again and again, with no end in sight, and fiercely rip Republicans for even daring to suggest budget cuts to

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/17/2013 2:52:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), my friend Andrew Malcolm joins us as always on today’s TEMS at 4 pm ET! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss the media coverage of the Navy Yard shooting, Obama’s speech during it, and all of the

Piers Morgan: On second thought, does it really matter what kind of gun was used at the Navy Yard?
9/17/2013 2:47:37 PM  Allahpundit
Is there anyone in American media who trolls more people with less effort than this insufferable wanker? I’m not even mad. It’s a talent. If you don’t have an actual fan base, the logical thing to do when you’re not playing

Scarborough blasts Obama’s “harsh partisan speech” during Navy Yard shooting
9/17/2013 2:01:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
How bad was Barack Obama’s timing yesterday on his speech attacking Republicans for “hurting” Americans while the Navy Yard shooting was still under way?  All of the major networks — including MSNBC — cut away from the

Another poll: Nope, ObamaCare’s popularity still not improving
9/17/2013 1:21:15 PM  Erika Johnsen
On Monday, Ed summarized three separate new polls from NBC/WSJ, Pew, and Rasmussen all attesting to Americans’ generally unfavorable opinions of ObamaCare and just how big of a challenge the Obama administration is facing in persuading enough

Congressman: CIA suspends Benghazi survivor over refusal to sign NDA
9/17/2013 12:41:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
CIA Director John Brennan assured Congress last week that the agency was not forcing survivors of the Benghazi attack a year ago to sign non-disclosure agreements or take polygraphs.  In a handwritten addendum to a letter sent to the House Intelligence

State Dept-cited expert on Syrian rebel “moderates” never was in doctorate program
9/17/2013 12:01:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
That would be 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy, who worked her way up from intern at the Institute for the Study of War to the house expert on Syrian rebels — providing helpful analyses to those arguing for American intervention on their behalf

Assault weapons, poor base security, untreated mental illness: No easy scapegoats yet in Navy Yard shooting
9/17/2013 11:21:13 AM  Allahpundit
Usually after a horrendous shooting, the conventional wisdom on what’s “really” to blame has congealed 24 hours later. Not this time. Alexis didn’t use an “assault weapon,” as you already know if you read Ed’s

Bill Daley stuns Illinois, drops out of gubernatorial race
9/17/2013 10:41:06 AM  Ed Morrissey
A Daley who doesn’t want to run for office? We have to admit that this comes as a shocker even to those outside of Illinois. Former White House chief of staff and brother and son to two of Chicago’s mayors, Bill Daley spent the last six