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Thursday
Oct032013

HotAir Daily Express 10/02/2013 

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Did the White House play Find the Fatwa?
10/2/2013 10:01:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Barack Obama explained his personal-diplomacy strategy regarding Iran’s Hassan Rouhani in part as driven by signs of moderation in Tehran, and not just the election of Rouhani himself.  Specifically, Obama pointed to a fatwa issued by Supreme
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ADP jobs report: 166,000 private-sector jobs added
10/2/2013 9:21:08 AM  Ed Morrissey
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If the government shutdown lasts the rest of the week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics won’t issue its jobs report for September on time, so ADP’s look at private-sector hiring may be all we get for now.  We will eventually get the BLS report
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Rand Paul: Some government idiot sent goons to barricade the memorial; Update: Honor Flight Chicago still a go for today
10/2/2013 8:41:35 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Is the Honor Flight endangered by the government shutdown? Even though TSA remains funded as an essential national-security function, the agency couldn’t answer questions from local media in Toledo as to whether the government would stop a flight
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Two arrests in Jacksonville airport closure, one “destructive device” found; Update: Suspect identified
10/2/2013 8:01:29 AM  Ed Morrissey
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No one is quite sure yet what happened last night at the Jacksonville airport last night, but two arrests have been made, and at least one “destructive device” has been found.  Security shut down the airport for several hours and evacuated it
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Quotes of the day
10/1/2013 10:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
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President Barack Obama placed blame for a government shutdown squarely with the GOP on Tuesday, labeling the cessation in government business a “Republican shutdown” that threatens to damage the economy. “This Republican shutdown did
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It begins: First Obamacare security breach leaks 2,400 Americans’ info
10/1/2013 10:01:55 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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Beyond the glitches. An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private information at the mercy of a nearby insurance agent. One exchange staffer’s simple mistake gave
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Treasury: This is really, seriously the end of the line with the “extraordinary measures”
10/1/2013 9:21:45 PM  Erika Johnsen
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However long the federal government’s current shutdown status lasts, there is the possibility that any Congressional compromise (or lack thereof) that might emerge will be reached with the understanding that results on some of the ObamaCare and
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Cheer up: The shutdown backlash might not be as bad as you think
10/1/2013 8:41:50 PM  Allahpundit
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I figure I owe you at least one non-eeyorish post a month. Might as well take care of October early. (Kidding, kidding.) If you feel ill from that toxic Quinnipiac poll this morning, take your medicine by reading Sean Trende at RCP. Even if you think the
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Maduro expels U.S. embassy officials for their obvious role in Venezuela’s toilet-paper shortages; Update: State Dept may take “reciprocal action”
10/1/2013 8:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Most unfortunately, the nefarious and shadowy forces of imperialist aggression just never seem to let up on their evil machinations to persecute and undermine the righteously socialist people’s regime of Venezuela — or, anyway, that’s
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Why hasn’t Obama responded to the GOP’s ObamaCare demands with counter-demands?
10/1/2013 7:21:27 PM  Allahpundit
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Joel Pollak of Breitbart asks a good question. President Barack Obama told National Public Radio recently: “I shouldn’t have to offer anything.” That sounds tough, but those are words the president and his party may live to regret. As
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The Obama administration’s new-and-improved student-loan crisis plan, isn’t
10/1/2013 6:41:53 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Yet another consequence of our stubbornly stagnating economy is the degree to which young people increasingly find themselves unemployed, underemployed, and otherwise delayed in starting down the road of their adult career paths. That, in turn, rather
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Mike Lee on funding the government: “Let’s leave ObamaCare for another day”
10/1/2013 6:01:32 PM  Allahpundit
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Everyone understand what he’s trying to do here? I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t initially. The link to his floor speech this afternoon started circulating a little while ago on Twitter, with lefties and righties alike marveling
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Russia will charge Greenpeace activists with piracy
10/1/2013 5:21:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Who didn’t see this coming?  Greenpeace activists attempted to return to a Russian oil rig in the Arctic last month where they had earlier staged a protest occupation, and found the Russians a little more prepared.  They have since been held
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Milwaukee County sees ObamaCare as an escape route
10/1/2013 4:41:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Remember how public-employee unions in Wisconsin howled when the legislature and Governor Scott Walker proposed and implemented reforms that took benefit packages off the table in union negotiations, allowing the state to get out of the union’s own
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Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”
10/1/2013 4:01:04 PM  Erika Johnsen
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It’s Day One of ObamaCare, and — as predicted — the brand-new online insurance exchanges are off to a bumpy start across the country with technological glitches galore. Never fear, however; the Obama administration is here to blithely
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Tales from the shutdown apocalypse: FLOTUS’s official Twitter account forced to limit updates
10/1/2013 3:21:54 PM  Allahpundit
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This isn’t America. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013 Alternate headline: “Yes, you’re paying someone to
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
10/1/2013 2:51:22 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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 shutdown, the ObamaCare trainwreck, and all of the hot political stories of the day.
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Oh my: CNN looking to dump Piers Morgan?
10/1/2013 2:41:10 PM  Allahpundit
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I think the writing was on the wall when they hired Jake Tapper, as that represented a sharp lurch away from the “trollish wanker” programming strategy that had inexplicably landed Piers in prime time. On the one hand, it’s just a
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Pentagon sacks two Marine generals for security lapses in Afghanistan
10/1/2013 2:01:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Accountability exists within the military when failures occur, as the Pentagon made clear late yesterday.  In a surprisingly public action, the Marine Corps cashiered two generals after a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion a year ago left two Marines dead
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Krauthammer: This shutdown is pretty much a lifeline for a drowning administration
10/1/2013 1:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Krauthammer had some solid points on O’Reilly last night concerning the question of whether or not a government shutdown is actually helpful or hurtful to the Obama administration’s overall image as well as to their grand opening of the
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“Honor Flight” vets cross shutdown-imposed barricades to visit WWII Memorial
10/1/2013 12:44:23 PM  Allahpundit
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The video will no doubt be glorious but I can’t find any yet. For the time being, we’ll have to rely on Stars & Stripes reporter Leo Shane, who was on the scene when GOP Rep. Steve King distracted a park cop so that the vets could stream
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Is the shutdown “the beginning of the end for Washington”?
10/1/2013 12:01:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
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The normally more reserved Ron Fournier thinks so.  The National Journal analyst foresees a “Millenial revolution” on the cusp of the breakdown in functionality in Washington DC, and the GOP tearing itself to pieces will give them the opening
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What You’re Missing Today
10/1/2013 11:45:31 AM  Mike Antonucci
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The TV news has wall-to-wall coverage of what is affected by the shutdown of the federal government, but it’s far from comprehensive. Here are just a few of the federal agencies whose services we’ll have to manage without until Congress
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Life’s a glitch: ObamaCare websites plagued by bugs on launch day; Update: Feds apologize; Video: MSNBC reporter tries, fails to enroll
10/1/2013 11:21:30 AM  Allahpundit
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Ed touched on this earlier but it’s worth risking redundancy to give it extra attention, especially now that I’m seeing tweets like this (from a Huffington Post reporter, no less): Looks like the health care website glitches are a real issue.
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Paul: Let’s get a 1-week CR to give us time to negotiate in conference
10/1/2013 10:41:53 AM  Ed Morrissey
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“When we disagree,” Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s New Day, “historically we’ve gone to conference committee.” Republicans in the House tried that, and Kate Bouldan tells Paul that Dick Durbin declared that Democrats are
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Wednesday
Oct022013

HotAir Daily Express 10/01/2013 

Hot Air Daily Express

Videos: ObamaCare rollout performance … “lower than projected”
10/1/2013 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
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“Lower than projected” was, of course, the Orwellian description from HHS of skyrocketing premiums last week, approved for today’s rollout of ObamaCare.  It’s also a good way to describe today’s rollout of ObamaCare itself,
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DC worries: Will shutdown mean we’re finally going to feel the recession?
10/1/2013 9:21:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
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The Washington Post ran this as a straight news story, which tells you all you need to know about irony in DC. We’ll start with the story itself.  Here’s Washington DC today: Washington, a company town unlike any other in America, was on the
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Christie: This shutdown is a failure of executive leadership
10/1/2013 8:41:27 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Chris Christie isn’t terribly impressed with leadership on either side of the aisle on Capitol Hill in the shutdown, but he’s even less impressed with leadership on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Appearing in a panel discussion at an
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Shutdown
10/1/2013 8:01:55 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Last night, the federal government shut down for the first time in over seventeen years. At the last moment, John Boehner pushed through a conference rule, but Harry Reid rejected it, demanding a six-week clean CR before agreeing to negotiate any further
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Entitled federal workers tell Washington Post they’re totally essential
9/30/2013 10:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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In an impressive display of Beltway mentality, the Washington Post invited federal workers to sing the blues about their possible furloughs, should the government shut down. These federal workers already have better pay and benefits than most of the
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Federal judge to DOJ: No, you may not dismiss this Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it
9/30/2013 10:01:16 PM  Erika Johnsen
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The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-”botched” gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no
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Maryland ringing up record gun sales as deadline approaches
9/30/2013 9:21:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
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ObamaCare isn’t the only deadline that arrives tomorrow.  Maryland residents face new restrictions on the purchase — but not ownership — of firearms starting tomorrow, thanks to Governor Martin O’Malley’s push on gun control
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China cracking down on newsy mobile apps for impeding progress, or something
9/30/2013 8:41:49 PM  Erika Johnsen
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If the the prospect of a potential government shutdown later this evening has got you feeling down, or if perhaps you find yourself lamenting the degree of so-called “dysfunction” that the present budgetary climate has inspired on Capitol
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Game over: After CNN documentary on Hillary is canceled, NBC drops Hillary miniseries
9/30/2013 8:01:14 PM  Allahpundit
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Too bad. There were rich dramatic possibilities in the story of a wronged spouse who became a passable U.S. senator and then a subpar presidential candidate before rising above it all to achieve mediocrity as secretary of state. They can always revisit
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Open thread: The obligatory “late-night shutdown drama in the House” post
9/30/2013 7:06:25 PM  Allahpundit
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A traditional “Quotes of the Day” post won’t cut it today with a shutdown looming at midnight and Boehner trying to find a way between the RINO/tea party Scylla and Charybdis, so here’s your evening thread to banter about
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House re-couples, staggers “farm bill” as the clock winds down
9/30/2013 6:41:01 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Not unpredictably, it looks like the mid-summer drama that was the House’s legislative divorce of the traditional omnibus “farm bill” into its two parent issues of food stamps and ‘agricultural’ policy was all for naught, at
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Video: Reason’s Nanny of the Month is …
9/30/2013 6:01:55 PM  Ed Morrissey
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It’s the fourth birthday for Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month, and they have an interesting range of choices today.  Banning paparazzi and curtailing party buses take a back seat (groan) to the latest effort to watch for zero-tolerance
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Jindal to Obama admin: By all means, come tell Louisiana parents why their children should be stuck in failing schools
9/30/2013 5:21:05 PM  Erika Johnsen
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About a month ago, the Department of Justice made the bizarre and by almost all accounts counterproductive decision to sue the state of Louisiana for working to turn around the state’s low-performing public school system and allowing low-income
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Open thread: Obama to make undoubtedly helpful statement about shutdown at 4:45 p.m. ET; Update: “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job”
9/30/2013 4:30:01 PM  Allahpundit
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Two ways he could go with this. One: Something conciliatory designed to make it easier for Boehner to agree to an eleventh-hour face-saving compromise. Two: Tough talk designed to show Republicans he intends to use the bully pulpit every day during a
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House Dems to Boehner: If you drop the ObamaCare demands and pass a clean CR, we’ll accept sequestration spending levels; Update: Could next House CR fail?
9/30/2013 4:01:51 PM  Allahpundit
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I’m surprised they’d even offer. A little while ago, I tweeted out a question: Since there are surely more than 30 Republicans who’d vote for Reid’s clean CR, why doesn’t Pelosi bring a discharge petition forcing Boehner to
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Video: CNN anchor not handling this shutdown thing very well
9/30/2013 3:21:34 PM  Allahpundit
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You know the coverage is likely to be especially fragrant, shall we say, when they’re warning you in advance to hold your nose. A vignette from “Morning Joe” via Newsbusters: WILLIE GEIST: Mark, at this point then, what is President
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Jim Geraghty, Kevin McCullough
9/30/2013 2:51:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Jim Geraghty returns to discuss the impending shutdown showdown in Washington DC. Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about the Steelers and
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Mitch McConnell offers Plan C: How about funding the government for one week while we continue negotiating?
9/30/2013 2:41:12 PM  Allahpundit
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As expected, in the past hour Reid and the Senate Democrats killed the House’s Plan B bill calling for a one-year delay in ObamaCare. And so, inevitably, the one-week stopgap option appears. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is floating a
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AP fact check: No, you can’t keep your plan, and other things we should have already reported
9/30/2013 2:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
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With just one day left to go before the federal government makes health insurance mandatory through its glitchy and unsecured exchanges, the Associated Press decided to do a fact check on recent claims by politicians on both sides of the issue. Among the
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Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare
9/30/2013 1:21:02 PM  Erika Johnsen
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ObamaCare and its exchanges finally open for business tomorrow, and the ensuing six-month enrollment period is going to mean a concerted effort from the Obama administration and its many progressive allies to persuade the young and healthy people they
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Boehner: If this shutdown standoff is an emergency, why didn’t the Senate meet yesterday?
9/30/2013 12:41:31 PM  Allahpundit
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Via the Corner, something to keep you occupied while we wait for shutdown fee-vah to resume at 2 p.m. ET. That’s when Reid will — finally — call the Senate into session to reject the House’s new CR demanding a one-year delay to
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CNN poll: Republicans will get more blame than Democrats in a shutdown, you know
9/30/2013 12:01:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
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Color me shocked, shocked by this finding from CNN’s latest poll on the possible shutdown.  Also, color me shocked by the rather strange questions in the poll itself: If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter
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U.S. intel: Official’s leak to media about Al Qaeda’s terror plot may have hurt us more than Snowden’s leaks
9/30/2013 11:21:49 AM  Allahpundit
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To refresh your memory, the terror threat that forced the closing of 19 U.S. diplomatic outposts abroad in early August was treated as unusually dire by U.S. counterterrorism because of the people involved in the communications about it. They
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Producer of CNN’s Hillary documentary throws in the towel
9/30/2013 10:41:26 AM  Ed Morrissey
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The last word on the two attempts to make Hillary Clinton into broadcast-network entertainment had NBC rethinking its determination to make a Diane Lane-starring miniseries, but CNN on track to make a documentary in time for a 2016 release.  Now,
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Tuesday
Oct012013

HotAir Daily Express 09/30/2013

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Popes John XXIII, John Paul II to be canonized April 27th
9/30/2013 10:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Two of the great figures of the Second Vatican Council will be canonized on the same day next year.  The Vatican announced that they will add Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to the list of saints on April 27th next year.  That falls on Divine Mercy
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Holder to sue North Carolina over voter-ID law
9/30/2013 9:21:14 AM  Ed Morrissey
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It’s not just Texas where Attorney General Eric Holder wants to get around the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County. The Department of Justice will announce this morning that they will file a lawsuit to block North Carolina’s
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Obama, Netanyahu to meet as Israel announces arrest of Iranian spy
9/30/2013 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Today’s summit meeting between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu promised a renewed focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace effort, but a phone call last week changed the calculus.  With the US talking about normalization of relations with Iran
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Poll shows plurality of small-business owners supporting gov’t shutdown
9/30/2013 8:01:16 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Democrats and the White House warn that a government shutdown over the budget impasse and the fight over ObamaCare will damage the economy. Those on the front lines of the economy seem ready to make that sacrifice, at least for a while.  According to a
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The Fed Just Guaranteed $9 Gas and $3800 Gold

The Scary Truth Behind Washington Budget Fights

Obamacare Projected to Spike Gold Prices


Quotes of the day
9/29/2013 8:01:31 PM  Allahpundit
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McCarthy, the third-ranking House Republican, said his chamber will send the continuing resolution back to the Senate with “another provision” attached, and said there are “few other options” for those provisions… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
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Film review: Rush
9/29/2013 6:31:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
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The rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt captured the attention of the Formula 1 racing world in 1976, but it started years earlier — and was more than just a clash of personalities.  The rivalry drove both men to excel and perhaps take too
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To aid their finally, barely positive economic growth, France decides to… raise taxes. Again.
9/29/2013 5:01:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
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It almost seems like it was only a short time ago that France’s Socialist-with-a-capital-S government was finally starting to come to grips with the fact that the tax burden they’ve taken to imposing on their citizens has been so huge as to
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On the eve of destruction, a government spending spree
9/29/2013 3:31:07 PM  Jazz Shaw
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Dr. Joyner points us to an example of what is, sadly, an all too common practice in Washington, but perhaps one which is coming with the worst timing and optics possible. As Congress battles back and forth over spending and whether or not we’ll
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Video: SNL zings ObamaCare in cold open
9/29/2013 2:01:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
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I saw a lot about this on Twitter last night before hitting the sack, but didn’t see it until this morning. It’s a Mulligan stew of references and zingers, including one about Ted Cruz (meh), and another about how we could save $5 billion a
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NFL Week 4 open thread
9/29/2013 12:31:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
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So far, this season has been less than successful for either my Pittsburgh Steelers or my own picks.  The Steelers are 0-3, having lost to the Bears last week in a particularly ugly manner.  Today they’re in Jolly Old London to play the equally
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Dewhurst: Texas could turn blue if you get complacent
9/29/2013 11:01:05 AM  Jazz Shaw
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I haven’t heard much from (or about) Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst since he came in second in his Senate primary race with Ted Cruz. But he’s still on the job in the Lone Star state and taking an active role in state politics. He probably
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Friday
Sep272013

HotAir Daily Express 09/26/2013 

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Video: Did CNN fumble translation of Rouhani Holocaust denial?
9/26/2013 10:01:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Final estimate of Q2 GDP still 2.5%
9/26/2013 9:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Benghazi scapegoat finally leaving federal custody
9/26/2013 8:41:59 AM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali, members of Congress during Vietnam War
9/26/2013 8:04:15 AM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Quotes of the day
9/25/2013 10:41:20 PM  Allahpundit
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“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
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Colorado: Our exchange won’t calculate subsidies online for at least a month, either
9/25/2013 10:01:22 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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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
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Oof: California is officially raising its minimum wage to $10/hour by 2016
9/25/2013 9:31:42 PM  Erika Johnsen
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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
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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
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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
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Bad news from Politico: Dr. Seuss would have hated Ted Cruz
9/25/2013 8:01:48 PM  Allahpundit
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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
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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
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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
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House Republicans to avoid Monday shutdown with one-week continuing resolution?
9/25/2013 6:41:36 PM  Allahpundit
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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.
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Debate night in the Old Dominion: McAuliffe vs. Cuccinelli, round two
9/25/2013 6:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
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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
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Reason: Your kids should be watching South Park
9/25/2013 5:21:39 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Senate Republicans to call Obama’s bluff on chained CPI
9/25/2013 4:41:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Terror: FBI releases surveillance video of Navy Yard killer moments before murders
9/25/2013 4:01:17 PM  Allahpundit
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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
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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
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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
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Guy Benson, Mary Katharine Ham
9/25/2013 2:51:56 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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CBS/NYT poll: Obama tanking on foreign policy
9/25/2013 2:41:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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,
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Video: McCain delivers the Democratic response to Cruz
9/25/2013 2:02:42 PM  Allahpundit
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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 —
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Jindal: DOJ’s latest school-choice lawsuit maneuver “nothing more than a PR stunt”
9/25/2013 1:21:11 PM  Erika Johnsen
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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
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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
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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
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Video: Ted Cruz does Darth Vader
9/25/2013 12:01:20 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Oddly, media less excited about Ted Cruz’s futile filibuster than Wendy Davis’s
9/25/2013 11:21:10 AM  Allahpundit
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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
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Video: Terrorists in Nairobi rented store for months before the attack
9/25/2013 10:41:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
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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
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Syrian Archbishop Darwish: Why did the West intervene in this conflict?
9/25/2013 10:01:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Lee Stranahan is in Lebanon reporting on the plight of Syrian Christians, and interviewed Archbishop Issam Darwish of the Melkite Greek community of Zahleh e Furzol, which is part of the Catholic Church.  Archbishop Darwish spoke to Lee about the nature
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Lerner negotiating with Oversight for immunity?
9/25/2013 9:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Just when we thought Lois Lerner might be safely out of the public spotlight, the House Oversight Committee might reel her back in.  The Daily Caller reports that Lerner’s attorneys are negotiating with the House panel to strike an immunity deal
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Little Sisters of the Poor file lawsuit to stop HHS from forcing them to fund contraception coverage
9/25/2013 8:41:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
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In any other context, this would be political satire.  Instead, it’s a tragedy for religious liberty and just plain old common sense.  A group of Catholic nuns dedicated to social service — and, needless to say, chastity — had to file a
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Live video: Still going
9/25/2013 8:01:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
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Right now as I post this, Senator Pat Roberts is giving Sen. Ted Cruz a break, allowing him to rest during a 17-hour stretch of holding the floor of the US Senate.  Roberts is scolding Harry Reid for blocking amendments in defiance of Senate traditions,
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Quotes of the day
9/24/2013 10:41:41 PM  Allahpundit
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In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted Cruz any day. Today, Senator Cruz has taken the fight to defund ObamaCare to the Senate floor. I hope you will join me in standing with him in solidarity. As Republicans, we must remain
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Charlie Rangel: We all know Jesus said you’re going to Hell if you don’t support big gov’t
9/24/2013 10:01:48 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
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Let’s call him the Left’s Pat Robertson, though the comparison might not be entirely fair to Robertson because he’s probably paid more of his taxes than Rangel. If a Republican uttered anything near this level of nasty, particularly
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Paris cosmetics store forced to close early due to labor laws despite employees lining up to work
9/24/2013 9:21:57 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Despite its almost 11 percent unemployment rate and only freshly barely-there economic growth rate, Socialist President Francois Hollande insists that “growth is starting to take off again” and that “we are almost there” on
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Endgame: 61% of Americans, including near-majority of Democrats, don’t think Redskins should change their name
9/24/2013 8:41:27 PM  Allahpundit
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Via Paul Bedard. I’m using “endgame” ironically, of course. The liberal intelligentsia is patient, my friends. They know what’s right for America. If they need to wait awhile until America realizes it too, well, that’s the
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Bill Clinton on ObamaCare: “This only works if young people show up”
9/24/2013 8:01:48 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Why yes, President Clinton, that’s absolutely true — thank you for fulfilling your role as “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” so thoroughly and describing the matter so clearly and in a way that even young people can surely
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Report: British former Marine armed with handgun saved as many as 100 people during Kenyan mall attack
9/24/2013 7:21:09 PM  Allahpundit
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Details are thin, but I figure that if the Daily Mail gets enough traffic from various sites for this story, they’ll have to flesh it out in a follow-up. If they’re willing to run shameless click bait like this, they’ve got to be
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Fun new issue in NYC mayoral race: Is the Democratic nominee an actual communist?
9/24/2013 6:41:58 PM  Allahpundit
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Granted, the fact that he became an “ardent supporter” of the Sandinistas while working as an activist in Nicaragua in the late 80s and chose Cuba as his honeymoon spot after he got married is troubling but doesn’t necessarily mean
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The Senate won’t ratify the UN’s arms control treaty, but John Kerry is going to sign it anyway
9/24/2013 6:01:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
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Obama administration officials already signaled that they have every intention of ignoring the wishes and demands of the legislature on this one earlier this year, but the now infamous United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty is finally just about
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Plan B: House may vote to end ObamaCare subsidies for members of Congress and staff
9/24/2013 5:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
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David Vitter’s been pushing that idea for weeks, Rand Paul started pushing something similar himself in the past few days, and now, per NRO, Boehner may be inching towards it as a fallback option if/when the House’s ObamaCare defunding bill
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Report: Obama offered to meet with Iranian president at UN — and was rejected
9/24/2013 4:41:45 PM  Allahpundit
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As soon as I saw the first news about it on Twitter, I guessed it was Iran that torpedoed the meeting, not O. Plain and simple: Which side can less afford to blow off the other at this point? Obama just backed down from a strike on Iran’s chief
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Terry McAuliffe totally on board with more gun control for Virginia
9/24/2013 4:01:40 PM  Erika Johnsen
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A pair of new polls released this morning on the state of the Virginia gubernatorial race had rather less uplifting news for the Cuccinelli camp than some of the numbers from last week, with McAuliffe again opening up some statistically significant gaps.
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Video: Pelosi confuses Constitution, Declaration of Independence
9/24/2013 3:21:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
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We may have our disagreements on strategy and tactics, but I think we can all agree on a mid-afternoon Pelosi palate cleanser, right?  (Or perhaps more than one.) This one comes to us from The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier, who waded through a
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The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm
9/24/2013 2:51:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
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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 media coverage of the Nairobi attack, ObamaCare, and all of the hot political stories of the
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Media can’t seem to get enough of Pope it can’t understand
9/24/2013 2:41:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
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The media narrative of Pope Francis as a rules-free Pontiff who wants to change the doctrine and dogma in the Catholic Church took a bit of a hit this week in Australia.  A priest who defied the Vatican on gay marriage and ordination of women into the
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Mitch McConnell: Ted Cruz’s filibuster would shut down the government and keep ObamaCare funded; Update: Cruz to launch “talking filibuster” at 2:30
9/24/2013 2:01:37 PM  Allahpundit
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Via Roll Call, if the House defunding bill can’t pass the Senate then obviously the money appropriated for ObamaCare will continue to flow. And a filibuster would, of course, prevent it from passing the Senate. Alternate headline:
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Green groups to Obama: “Let’s make a deal” on Keystone? Don’t even think about it.
9/24/2013 1:21:08 PM  Erika Johnsen
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It’s now been just over five years since TransCanada first filed an application for a presidential permit to build a cross-border pipeline, but that hasn’t done anything to temper the radical eco-lobbies’ relentlessly combative campaign
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Sowell: Defunding strategy “futile and foredoomed”
9/24/2013 12:41:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
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It’s no secret that Republicans and conservatives have split on the strategy to stop ObamaCare, and that the fight has gotten personal on the Right.  Instead of arguing tactics and strategy, it’s been replaced in many cases by name-calling
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Obama at UN: We’re going to talk with Iran
9/24/2013 12:01:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
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So far, we still haven’t heard whether or not Barack Obama met with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani backstage at the United Nations General Assembly today, but Obama seemed to symbolically meet him on the podium.  Extolling a fatwa issues by
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Gallup: Number of Americans who think federal government has too much power reaches record level
9/24/2013 11:21:25 AM  Allahpundit
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As someone on Twitter said yesterday: If only there was a political party of some kind that could capitalize on this increasingly popular sentiment. Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above
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American malls raise alert level after Nairobi attack
9/24/2013 10:41:13 AM  Ed Morrissey
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And for good reason, and not just because of copycats.  The Daily Beast’s Miranda Green writes that American retail centers have tightened security and begun reviewing their resources in the wake of a terrorist attack by Somalia terror group
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