HUFFPOST HILL - MAY 26, 2010
As Bill Nelson urged Obama to get into the oil clean up racket, the Fish and Wildlife Service made inroads in the walrus genital market. The stars seem to be aligning for DADT repeal in Senate Armed Services, prepaid cell reform and summer movies on the National Mall. Somewhat less cheery news from GOP circles: the Nikki Haley scandal won't die and death is apparently all that Sue Lowden can think of. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday May 26th, 2010:
DADT REPEAL CHANCES GROW - Don't Ask Don't Tell opponents were handed a victory today when a key member of Senate Armed Services Committee came out in support of ending the policy. Ben Nelson signaled he would support the overturn. "In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policy encourages deceit," Nelson said. The proposal still must face a committee and full chamber vote, expected to be begin tomorrow. Joe Morton in the Omaha World Herald http://bit.ly/ahjtrP
Other crucial Armed Services moderates: Bill Nelson, Susan Collins and Evan Bayh are expected to vote yes. Jim Webb is likely voting no. No word from Robert Byrd, who can vote by proxy. Even if Byrd's a no, they'd still have the votes to include the repeal in the committee's version of defense authorization. Ben Smith nails the politics: "The problem: Obama and the Pentagon kicked the issue down the road with the traditional method, a study group. But Congressional Democrats and gay rights advocates, fearful of losing their majorities in November, have decided they can't wait." http://politi.co/aFoZod
The Hill will lead tomorrow with Roxana Tiron reporting that House and Senate Democrats are confident they have the votes to repeal the Pentagon's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy
Rep. Patrick Murpy will introduce an identical amendment to a defense authorization bill tomorrow on the House floor where it is expected to pass.
John McCain has released a series of letters addressed to Congress from military brass opposing an expedited DADT overhaul. The chief officials from the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army voice their opposition in the correspondence. http://bit.ly/9aadBO HuffPost Hill was sent this response letter from former Joints Chief Chairman General John Shalikashvili addressing the concerns of the brass (pdf) http://bit.ly/cDx1ry
DEMS RETREAT FROM CLASS WARFARE OVER EXTENDERS, SUPPLEMENTAL - On one side: teachers, doctors and their patients, the jobless, disaster victims, the troops. On the other: private equity firms, hedge funds, venture capitalists, real estate partnerships and bond holders. It would be hard to fashion from scratch a more politically potent standoff, yet the Republican Party is barely being forced to fight -- as Democratic lawmakers balk at deficit spending and hesitate to close a tax loophole on a wealthy class of investors with close social and political ties to powerful Democrats. http://huff.to/ceyePa
TOMORROW'S VOTES: HOUSE JOBS BILL, SENATE WAR FUNDING Following a House leadership meeting, Dems said they'd vote on the class-war rich extenders bill tomorrow. The Senate had planned to vote on a few immigration/border security amendments tonight but a deal collapsed late in the evening. A a final tally is scheduled on the war supplemental for 10:30 tomorrow, but negotiations over the tax extender are now seeping into the war funding fight, leaving it all up in the air.
BP DOCUMENT SAID LEAK COULD BE 14X PUBLIC ESTIMATE - Bloomberg reports, "A BP Plc document shows the company's well in the Gulf of Mexico may be leaking about 14,000 barrels of oil a day, more than publicly estimated, U.S. Representative Edward Markey said today. The internal BP document from April 27 put a high estimate for the leak at 14,266 barrels a day, Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said today at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing. At the time, BP was saying publicly that its well was leaking 1,000 barrels a day, Markey said."
Late-afternoon AP feature on the oil industry/MMS revolving door -- the head-in-hands lede: "At a 2005 workshop, a senior official in the U.S. government's Minerals Management Service raised concerns about ultra-deepwater drilling and included the bullet point, "Few or no regulations or standards." Within two years, Jim Grant left his post as chief of staff of the government's Gulf of Mexico region to take a job with BP PLC - one of the companies his former agency regulated in its oversight of offshore drilling." http://huff.to/cSqJup
via @kate_sheppard: 300 sea birds, nearly 200 turtles and 19 dolphins have been found dead along the U.S. Gulf Coast http://bit.ly/9EN9m4
"Top Kill" attempt underway. - At 2:15PM ET, BP announced it had begun the process of plugging the well with heavy drilling mud. AP: "The oil giant's chief executive earlier gave the procedure, known as a top kill, a 60 to 70 percent chance of working... [T]he company will pump mud for hours, and officials have indicated it may be a couple of days before they know whether the procedure is working." http://huff.to/awaF0e
John Kerry shoots down talk of banning offshore drilling. "Now we are not going to stop drilling in the Gulf tomorrow, folks. Let's be realistic. There are 48,000 wells out there. One of them went sour. About 30 percent of our transportation fuel comes from the Gulf. You think Americans are going to suddenly stop driving to work tomorrow? Do you think people are going to stop driving the trucks to deliver the goods to the department stores? Not going to happen." http://bit.ly/aUw0Mj
The NRDC is running an ad urging Democratic lawmakers to adopt sweeping drilling overhaul. The ad targeting Bill Nelson: http://bit.ly/d8w3hu
A new USA Today/Gallup poll shows 53% of Americans think the White House's response to the slick is "poor." http://bit.ly/cASCJc
AND/BUT Obama's approvals are in the green (48-43) for the first time this year, according to a Quinnipiac poll out today. http://bit.ly/9eQohq
The same poll shows Americans support Elena Kagan's nomination 48-32 while 72 percent of them haven't formed an opinion of Kagan herself, according to a CBS survey. http://bit.ly/99BkiJ
ISSA ASKS: "The Sestak Affair - Obama's Watergate?" - Let's see: After eight years of torture, war on false premises, warrantless wiretapping, the firing of US Attorneys -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has at long last found the next Watergate. You think it's bad now, just wait until he has subpoena power. http://bit.ly/bjLsQA
...and Republicans are demanding a special prosecutor. AP: "Seven Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the Department of Justice launch a probe into whether any illegal activity took place." http://huff.to/cunZew
Contra Issa: TNR's Jonathan Chait writes, "The plain fact is that there's no credible reason to believe that any law was broken. You don't have to rely on the 'the word of White House officials.' There's no such thing as offering somebody a job in return for them dropping out of a Senate race. The acceptance of a job means dropping out of a Senate race. The concept of offering somebody a job 'in exchange' for them declining to seek another job is like offering to marry a woman in exchange for her not marrying some other guy. It's conceptually nonsensical." http://bit.ly/dcDFaR
WaPo's Dave Weigel also notes that the timeline does make sense if, as is often floated, Sestak was offered the Navy Secretary gig. http://bit.ly/c19u79
HARD FEELINGS IN HARTFORD - Ex-Rep. and failed GOP CT-Sen primary candidate Rob Simmons "tells National Review Online that he does not think that Linda McMahon can win in the Nutmeg State. 'No, I don't think so at all,' he tells us. And if McMahon asks Simmons for help on the trail, he says he'll say he is 'preoccupied.'" http://bit.ly/a4xhFj
Arkansas Times Endorses "Off-Putting" Halter: "For Democrats, the election season comes down to this: Assuming that a Democrat has any chance to beat the old Republican left tackle for the Razorbacks for the U.S. Senate, is it more likely to be Sen. Blanche Lincoln or Lt. Gov. Bill Halter? Forget Senator Lincoln's Agriculture chairmanship and her lovely personality and Halter's wretched lottery and his off-putting ambition. Halter is a Democrat's only chance, and in this cheerless year it is not a great one." http://bit.ly/atrbnO
Schumer's "Racket" - Chuck Schumer's running a racket, says Tim Carney. The Examiner's conservative lobbying columnist zeroes in on former Schumer "banking person" Carmencita Whonder, who left the Hill to go downtown and now works for the Managed Funds Association. The upshot, Carney says, is lots of fund manager money for Dems and Reform Lite for fund managers. http://bit.ly/bDez3g
However, "Wall Street Chuck," as he's long been known, has as many enemies on Wall Street as friends after turning on the industry over the past year or so. In response to Carney, Schumer's office sends over a letter written by Wall Street opponent Heather Booth of AFR that highlights the new Schumer: "Thank you for all you have done to hold the big banks accountable. Congratulations on making such significant progress, even as there is more to be done. You have been an extraordinary champion--thoughtful and dedicated. It was terrific to partner with you and your staff to protect people against predatory practices and the recklessness of Wall Street. It was especially important and remarkable that you provided this leadership from the position of such an understanding of Wall Street. We owe you such gratitude."
ABC JOURNALIST GOES ON COMBAT FLIGHT - World New Tonight will air a feature on Martha Raddatz who became the first journalist to be embedded in a live Air Force mission Pre and in-flight photos here: http://bit.ly/bCeYEA
...we're still waiting for GMA's exclusive on Jake Tapper piloting a Virginia-class nuclear submarine.
Sandy Koufax will be among the attendees at a White House reception tomorrow honoring Jewish American month. Regina Spektor performs. http://bit.ly/9TvlAU
Tonight in Roll Call: Matthew Murray writes, "Jim Dalton got nowhere trying to convince five consecutive Congresses to reduce the time it takes for property owners to recoup their investments of sprinkler systems, even after a deadly fire at a glam-rock concert in 2003 brought widespread attention to the issue. Now Dalton is moving away from the safety argument to a new angle that the hopes resonates with the times: unemployment."
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NRCC Loses Badly In Idaho Primary National Republicans recruited Vaughn Ward to take out Walt Minnick in early 2009 and he's been running hard, with NRCC Sarah Palin backing, since then. Late last night, the designated "Young Gun" lost to a badly outspent challenger in the GOP primary who doesn't have the fundraising capacity to match Minnick. In a Republican year, the GOP nominee still has a shot of knocking off Minnick, but if the party is struggling this much in an R+17 district, what's the plan to take back the House? Dems are giddy. "Ward's loss is a nothing short of a cataclysmic failure," said their release.
SALAZAR TESTIFIES ON OIL SLICK - Appearing before the House Natural Resources Committee, the Interior Secretary said his department is taking action to prevent future disasters, touting his plan to break up the Minerals Management Service (MMS). He also defended the administration's plans to allow drilling expansion by Shell in Alaska, saying the depths of Shell's drills will be much more shallow than the deep sea well that is spewing oil into the Gulf.
George Miller cautioned restraint, urging Salazar and the White House to meticulously review all drilling contracts OK'd by the federal governrment. http://bit.ly/bnie93
GROWING FRUSTRATION OVER SPILL - Sick and tired of being sick and tired Bill Nelson urged President Obama to take control of cleanup operations. "If this thing is not fixed today, I think the president doesn't have any choice, and he better go in, completely take over," he said on CNN this morning. "Perhaps with the military in charge, not because the military can do this, but the military has the apparatus, the organization by which it can bring together the civilian agencies of government and to get this thing done." http://huff.to/cRyzkA
HuffPost Hill is weary of any initiative that begins with a lawmaker uttering "Perhaps with the military..." Plus the Coast Guard chief just yesterday conceded the government is ill-equipped to handle the spill (http://bit.ly/byQLQj). With crude reaching the Florida Keys, however...
James Carville went on TV this morning and appeared flabbergasted. For whatever reason this decidedly Carvillian behavior caught people off guard. Check out James's rant on Obama's Gulf Coast efforts (or lack thereof): http://huff.to/9gG2Gl
Speaking of shoddy resource extraction, Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine has been hit with 23 safety violations in the last two weeks alone. http://bit.ly/cJEDBE
EVEN MORE shoddiness: here's the critical line in a Matt Bai New York Times A1 analysis this morning about what the Richard Blumenthal and Rand Paul stories mean: "And yet here we are two years later, arguing over Vietnam and segregation..." No. Nobody is arguing about either. One guy said he was in Vietnam and wasn't; another guy belatedly endorsed the 1964 Civil Rights Act after saying businesses should legally be able to turn away customers based on their skin color. But nobody's "arguing over Vietnam and segregation." Mark Schmitt has it right: http://bit.ly/bqvFEh
MICHAEL DUKAKIS FINDS VINDICATION IN KAGAN - Sam Stein: "[T]ime has a funny way of providing vindication. Dukakis fell short in his White House bid. But the people who staffed his campaign -- including those who did political interference on his behalf -- have had uncommonly illustrious careers and long-lasting legacies. This year may bring the weightiest achievement of all...In the summer of 1988, [Kagan] made her first entree into the world of partisan politics when she took a position with team Dukakis."
Greg Sargent picks apart a new GOP line of attack against Kagan: "
The latest: Conservative writers are upset because Kagan offered kind words of praise for a retired Israeli judge who is one of the most forthright advocates of judicial activism in the world. The only problem with this attack line: This judge also received equally effusive praise from the Supreme Court justice who was appointed by a president named Ronald Reagan and goes by the name Antonin Scalia." http://bit.ly/cE5tNt
An e-mail blast today from the National Organization for Marriage: "A vote for Elena Kagan is a vote to impose gay marriage on all 50 states."
Daily Kos is eight today -- eight whole years of a website that makes HuffPost look like a bastion of minimalism. Happy birthday, Kos.
FACEBOOK UNVEILS NEW PRIVACY CONTROLS - Changes include a new privacy control center and less mandatory public display of information. Read about them on HuffPost: http://huff.to/bNNRZ8
ALSO: APPLE OVERTAKES MICROSOFT AS "MOST VALUABLE TECH COMPANY" - AP: "Apple has surpassed Microsoft as the largest technology company in the world by market capitalization. Apple's move comes as the company's iPhone, and now its iPad tablet computer, take on more of the personal computing tasks once handled by computers running Microsoft programs." http://huff.to/dmLSNe
SCHUMER, CORNYN UNVEIL PREPAID CELL LEGISLATION - Security experts and "Wire" fans rejoice. From the release: "Under the new proposal, buyers of prepaid cell phones would be required to present identification at the point of sale, and phone companies would have to keep the buyers' information on file as they already do with users of landline phones and subscription-based cell phones." No word yet from Bodie.
"What is the single biggest lesson learned from health care reform?"The Atlantic Philanthropies posed this question to 10 political observers recently and compiled the responses here: http://bit.ly/9g2Eln
NIKKI HALEY'S ALLEGED OTHER MAN RELEASES TEXTS - Will Folks, through his blog FITSNews, released a series of text messages with Halley's campaign manager and several other local politicos purported to have been sent in the days leading up to his disclosure of the affair. One heated exchange occurs between Folks and Palmetto State political operative Wes Donehue, culminating with this testy message from Donehue: "Now, I don't give a fuck of [sic] you believe me or not. Your the one who screwed her. You're the one who bragged about it. She's the one who told BJ. Yall point fingers at your own damn selves and leave me the fuck out of it."
Donehue confirmed he texted with Folks: http://bit.ly/aMJ7rx So did Pearson: http://bit.ly/c9PH07
For all the texts, head to FITSNews post: http://bit.ly/a7Lc0t
For a more coherent overview, try TPM: http://bit.ly/9AIf8I
SUE LOWDEN REALLY BUMMED BY CHICKEN-GATE - Elyse Siegel: "Sue Lowden's campaign to capture the Republican nomination for Senate in Nevada has hit yet another speed bump as one of the GOP hopeful's most prominent supporters is now referring to her as 'Suicidal Sue.' Reno Mayor Bob Cashell first coined the nickname for Lowden last week amid the fallout from the Republican contender's 'chickens for check ups' fiasco and charges that she violated FEC campaign finance laws." http://huff.to/9IcCY7
This as the Club for Growth, who is backing Lowden's opponent Sharron Angle, released an ad attacking Lowden for her ties to Harry Reid: http://bit.ly/c82YSF
Time's Jay Newton-Small thinks Reid might be on the rebound...sort of: "But in the last month, things have started to look up for the bloodied one-time professional boxer. Reid finally passed a bill popular with Nevadans: financial regulatory reform. He also convinced the Obama Administration to cut all funding to Yucca Mountain, a controversial project to house spent nuclear fuel in Nevada, a plan detested by locals...But in a year where clout has been reviled -- look no further than Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Bob Bennett in Utah -- is running on one's ability to bring home the bacon going to play with Nevada voters? Reid's betting the house on it." http://bit.ly/bbYgIn
RAND PAUL SHAKES UP CAMPAIGN, MAY FACE LIBERTARIAN CHALLENGE - AP: "Libertarian Vice Chairman Joshua Koch said Rand Paul has betrayed the party's values with stands he's taken, and they were considering finding a candidate to run for the seat...The news came on the same day that Paul named Jesse Benton, one of his father's former aides, as his campaign manager." http://huff.to/bE83w4
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's an overweight cat farting and coughing at the same time...Journalism! http://bit.ly/9MwaDu
VITO NOT RUNNING - Democratic operatives and snarky newsletter writers everywhere are inconsolable today after former Staten Island congressman Vito Fossella announced that he won't run for Congress again. Fossella, who resigned his seat in 2008 after being arrested for drunk driving while en route to his mistress and love child, earned the unsolicited support of Staten Island's GOP to run against Michael McMahon last week. "I'm frankly at a very good place in my life," he said. "I'm where I need to be and where I want to be." http://bit.ly/bNiiWz
Also not running (for NY-GOV): Alec Baldwin. His HuffPost blog post, "What New York Needs Now in a Governor (And It's Not Me)" http://huff.to/b7TFz0
BIDEN TEASES BLUMENTHAL FOR 'NAM CONTROVERSY - Speaking at a barbecue for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed hospital, the Vice President tore a logical muscle by making a gaffe about not gaffing. "I didn't serve in Vietnam. I don't want to make a Blumenthal mistake here," he told the soldiers. "Our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him." The Hill: http://bit.ly/c5zSeq
The DSCC posted, then removed The Hill piece on Biden's Blumenthal gaffe. Newsweek: http://bit.ly/cRynZ8
OBAMA AND GRAHAM IN TALKS ON MIRANDA RIGHTS - A White House aide has confirmed to HuffPost that the president and Lindsey Graham are haggling over legislation that would alter Miranda rights to expand the window that law enforcement officials have to interrogate a suspect. Hill Dems seem amenable. Sam Stein: http://huff.to/cfag4m
ONE MORE BAD DECISION COURTESY OF BEER - Speaking to an audience in Dallas yesterday, George W. Bush said giving up alcohol put him on the path to the presidency. Recounting his new, toned-down existence, Bush recalled picking up his dog's droppings, telling the crowd, "There I was, former president of the United States, with a plastic bag in my hand, picking up what I had been dodging for eight solid years." From AP via Politics Daily: http://bit.ly/bwFYIT
FROM SEA TO SHINING SE--VERED GAZELLE HEAD - The Fish and Wildlife Service is selling its stockpile of preserved animal parts to benefit conservation efforts. The National Wildlife Property Repository contains items seized at U.S. ports of entry for violating import laws. For the guy that has everything...a beribboned walrus penis. WSJ: http://bit.ly/d9Fh3z
WE GOT A GREAT BIG CONVOY: The House today passed a measure "Supporting the goals and ideals of RV Centennial Celebration Month." The GOP, implementing a new legislative strategy, did not attach porn riders to it.
No justice, no peace: James O'Keefe didn't get any jail time, just probation and community service for pleading guilty. http://huff.to/9uql75
Screen on the Green is back! HBO and Comcast made the announcement today. The schedule: July 12: GOLDFINGER, July 19: THE GOODBYE GIRL, July 26: 12 ANGRY MEN, August 2: BONNIE AND CLYDE.
- The ten best "Sex and the City 2" slams: http://bit.ly/bRyySx
- The bra turns 100 today! http://huff.to/brX9Zc
- ...and here are some cats wearing bras. http://bit.ly/a4xBpa
- A gallery of epic rejection letters. http://bit.ly/a828Mz
- In the television programming system the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The networks who jump start shows and the B-raters who extend ones with anemic ratings: TNT won't save "Law and Order." http://huff.to/d59bKI
- ...and here is the Law and Order performed by Legos. http://bit.ly/cEUY36
- Serena Williams and Common have broken up. In other news, kittens will no longer playfully toy with balls of yarn and flowers will cease to bloom. http://huff.to/cJ3Vza
- Some choice movie poster mash-ups. http://huff.to/agYhIo
- Local TV investigates REAL TEEN WEREWOLVES. http://bit.ly/dzRy4v
- Dogs: Man's best friend. Monkeys: Terror from above: http://bit.ly/9jj85I
@michaelianblack: Can't decide whether to watch "American Idol" tonight or BP's special episode of "Top Kill." http://bit.ly/drk9RS
@ConanOBrien: BP's attempt to cap the oil gusher with mud and cement will be televised. Finally, something to fill the void left by "Lost" and "24". http://bit.ly/bbkMRP
@pwgavin: Not sure how confident I am in any operation called "Top Kill" that doesn't also knock off online the camera filming nearby... http://bit.ly/bLp4GG
@digby56: Has anyone ever known Mary Matalin to give a damn about the environment before today?
@wired: This might be the best Google image search ever. http://bit.ly/aQYyjz
@MPOTheHill: Re: Armed Services Committee -- while Finance managed to update, SASC still looks to run on Geocities: http://armed-services.senate.gov/
@HeyItsLiam: Why would you tell Facebook, a website you don't control, everything about you, and then be surprised that you've surrendered your privacy? http://bit.ly/deqSHx
Chris Matthews spoke with Jim Webb about North Korea's posturing. Ed Schultz talks to Luis Gutierrez about Arizona's immigration law. Gabrielle Giffords takes the immigration baton on Olbermann. Edward Markey opines on the oil spill with Maddow.
Tom Coburn, Bernie Sanders and Mike Pence are on Morning Joe. Mary Landrieu clarifies her slippery views on the oil slick.
Colin Powell weighs in on Obama's foreign policy on This Week.
6:00 pm: Like Woodstock for the "This American Life" set: The Progressive Network Happy Hour brings together some of D.C.'s most talented and social climb-y young professionals. [Local 16, 1602 U Street NW].
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Celebrate the opening of the new art show "Delicacies" at the Biagio with free chocolate [Biagio Chocolate, 1904 18th Street NW].
7:00 pm: The 7th Annual Congressional Blues Festival comes at you with all the swampy ennui you can handle. Robert Randolph and the Family Band headline [National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest Washington, DC].
7:00 pm: NoMa Summer Screen continues with a screening of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." BBQ at 7, movie at 9 [L St between 2nd & 3rd Street NE].
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: No better recipe for lobster than a little lemon juice, salt and polyvinyl chloride acetate. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) hosts his 8th annual "Traditional Maine Lobster Bake" at the Credit Union House [Credit Union House, 403 C Street NE].
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) doesn't even have the decency to bring lobster [Patton Boggs House, 417 New Jersey Ave SE].
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Serrano's Congressional Hispanic Caucus colleagues will convene at the Fed Ex Townhouse for a fundraising reception [Fed Ex Townhouse - 300 Maryland Ave NE].
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) hosts his birthday "Tex-Mex Fiesta" a week early at the Strategic Healthcare Townhouse. Dude could use a taco: he's been in the House since 1983 and has only mustered an Armed Services subcommittee chairmanship [Strategic Healthcare Townhouse, 230 Second Street SE].
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) holds an evening reception for none other than Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) [Tortilla Coast, 400 First Street SE].
8:00 am - 9:00 am: A simple "Keep doin' what you're doin', Ronnie" would have sufficed but Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is pulling out all the stops. He hosts a reception in honor of Ron Klein (D-Fla.) [Bistro Bis, 15 E Street NW].
8:00 am: We hope it's healthy: Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) hosts a "Physician Industry Breakfast" [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].
8:00 am: Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) will gladly recite her latest talking points for $500 [Bistro Bis, 15 E Street NW].
8:30 am - 9:30 am: No better way to start and end your day in one fell swoop than at a steakhouse breakfast. Allow Dina Titus (D-Nev.) the opportunity to weigh you down [Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave NW].
8:30 am: Unsure whether there will be any steak at Douglas Lamborn's (R-Colo.) breakfast fundraiser but there's only one way to find out...[Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].
9:00 am: Another day, another Railroad Industry Breakfast. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) passes the hat around at the Association of American Railroads [AAR, 425 3rd Street SW].
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