HotAir Daily Express 09/26/2013

Hot Air Daily Express

Video: Did CNN fumble translation of Rouhani Holocaust denial?
9/26/2013 10:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
CNN denies it did any such thing, but the Wall Street Journal and Michael Moynihan at the Daily Beast beg to differ.  New Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive at the United Nations this week began with an exclusive interview with

Final estimate of Q2 GDP still 2.5%
9/26/2013 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
The final iteration of Q2 GDP reaffirmed the previous estimate released last month, showing that the US economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.5% in the second quarter.  However, a few adjustments might portend a slowdown rather than an acceleration

Benghazi scapegoat finally leaving federal custody
9/26/2013 8:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
More than a year after the terrorist attack in Benghazi claimed the lives of four Americans, including the first American ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years, critics of the Obama administration like to point out that none of the terrorists

NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali, members of Congress during Vietnam War
9/26/2013 8:04:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last large-scale scandal at the NSA came after the exposure of its Minaret program, which conducted illegal domestic surveillance during the Johnson and Nixon administrations.  Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) largely

Quotes of the day
9/25/2013 10:41:20 PM  Allahpundit
“Where is the outrage?” Cruz asked at one point. The message is crystal clear: I get why Democrats are acting the way they are, but I don’t understand why Republicans aren’t doing more to stand by me. Cruz’s speech then is rightly understood as an

Colorado: Our exchange won’t calculate subsidies online for at least a month, either
9/25/2013 10:01:22 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Allahpundit asked, “If D.C.’s in as bad a shape as this, what shape are other exchanges that need to serve bigger, more complicated markets in?” And, Colorado answers: Pitched to the public as a Travelocity-style online marketplace for health

Oof: California is officially raising its minimum wage to $10/hour by 2016
9/25/2013 9:31:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
Democrats have been trying to make some hay over the issue of raising the minimum wage laws in preparation for the 2014 midterm fight next year, with such staunch advocates as California lawmakers Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Barbara Boxer — er

Uh oh: D.C. ObamaCare exchange announces website won’t be able to calculate subsidies until November
9/25/2013 8:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
Read it now so that you know what Boehner and McConnell are talking about next week if/when they start pounding the table for a one-year delay for the individual mandate. The more smoke we see coming from the exchanges, the stronger that case

Bad news from Politico: Dr. Seuss would have hated Ted Cruz
9/25/2013 8:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
I thought the grassroots attempt to get Cruz ceremonially expelled from an intellectual class to which he obviously doesn’t belong would be the most inane shot taken at him today, but no. No, apparently, Politico decided that Cruz reading

White House explains HHS report’s rationale: You can’t compare wormy apples to fresh and delicious ones, obviously
9/25/2013 7:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
A short yet painful addendum to my earlier post on the Department of Health and Human Service’s new report excitedly detailing the “lower than expected” premiums that Americans will soon be paying under ObamaCare — which, of

House Republicans to avoid Monday shutdown with one-week continuing resolution?
9/25/2013 6:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
Government by stopgap, via Robert Costa: Multiple GOP senators tell me House Republicans will likely pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into early October. “It’d be a short-term, clean CR,” as one describes the legislation.

Debate night in the Old Dominion: McAuliffe vs. Cuccinelli, round two
9/25/2013 6:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
We have less than six weeks to go until Virginia’s November 5th gubernatorial election, and Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will face off for the second time tonight in a debate at 7 P.M. eastern (you can watch a livestream

Reason: Your kids should be watching South Park
9/25/2013 5:21:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, I forbade my son from watching South Park when it first came on the air because of the content.  I only became a fan of the show after his teenage rebellion phase ended, and I didn’t have to worry about encouraging disrespect and

Senate Republicans to call Obama’s bluff on chained CPI
9/25/2013 4:41:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
With Ted Cruz wrapping up his 20-hour-plus marathon speech against ObamaCare in the Senate debate over the continuing resolution to keep government funded, Senate Republicans still have to deal with the upcoming fight on raising the debt limit.  They

Terror: FBI releases surveillance video of Navy Yard killer moments before murders
9/25/2013 4:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
Why they decided to put this out, I don’t know. I suppose they decided that the public has a right to know, although nothing much happens in the video; the right to know naturally doesn’t extend to the mayhem itself, just the prelude. But the

More of HHS’s ObamaCare rates are out, and good news: They’re “lower than expected”!
9/25/2013 3:21:17 PM  Erika Johnsen
I always have to wonder: Lower than who expected, exactly? I suppose the “who” is meant to be a practically irrelevant 2012 CBO estimate in this case, and sure, such optimistic and friendly-sounding spin is a good way to mask the inconvenient

The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
9/25/2013 2:51:56 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 the filibuster, the debt-ceiling fight, and Obama’s dropping numbers on foreign policy. Don’t

CBS/NYT poll: Obama tanking on foreign policy
9/25/2013 2:41:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
Remember when Barack Obama’s campaign strategy depicted him as the foreign-policy President? Good times, good times.  The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows his approval rating plummeting on foreign policy among all political demographics,

Video: McCain delivers the Democratic response to Cruz
9/25/2013 2:02:42 PM  Allahpundit
That headline is Justin Amash’s joke, not mine, but it’s not much of an exaggeration. This is, essentially, the Democratic response: ObamaCare was duly passed, it was an issue in a presidential campaign that the GOP lost, end of story —

Jindal: DOJ’s latest school-choice lawsuit maneuver “nothing more than a PR stunt”
9/25/2013 1:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
The Obama Justice Department’s relentless campaign to deny low-income and often minority children the opportunity to escape failing public school systems — capriciously and malignantly conducted under the guise of “protecting civil

Open thread: Senate to vote at 1 p.m. ET on bringing House’s CR defunding ObamaCare to the floor; Update: Motion passes unanimously
9/25/2013 12:41:16 PM  Allahpundit
This is not, as I understand it from ABC’s timetable, the key vote that Cruz and Lee want filibustered. This is the vote to end debate on the motion to proceed; after 30 hours, they’ll have another vote on the motion itself, at which point

Video: Ted Cruz does Darth Vader
9/25/2013 12:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
If you want to talk for twenty hours about a topic in order to get attention for an issue, you have to find entertaining ways of telling the story.  Pop-culture references are one of the most effective ways to make memorable points — as Dennis

Oddly, media less excited about Ted Cruz’s futile filibuster than Wendy Davis’s
9/25/2013 11:21:10 AM  Allahpundit
Cruz’s floor speech technically isn’t a filibuster because he can’t delay today’s vote on the House CR, but so what? Davis wasn’t going to stop the Texas legislature from passing new restrictions on late-term abortion

Video: Terrorists in Nairobi rented store for months before the attack
9/25/2013 10:41:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
As investigators sift through the rubble of the partially-collapsed Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, a major new development in the aftermath of the terrorist attack has been made public. The al-Shabaab operation didn’t start at the mall on the