06/14/2010 05:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011


Congress hasn't even gotten down to business and already folks are bringing the crazy: Sarah Palin wants to meet Margaret Thatcher, Michele Bachmann thinks she's running for Senate, Steve King is accusing Obama of racism and Bob Etheridge is manhandling aspiring muckrackers. Don't expect your puzzlement to subside anytime soon: the White House this week will try to shoot down derivatives reform and Harry Reid might not muster the votes for the jobs bill. Happy Flag Day, everyone (which we like to think of as an amuse-bouche for Independence Day). It's Che Guevara's 82nd birthday and this is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, June 14th, 2010:


JUST IN: OBAMA FILLS OUT BP SPILL COMMISSION - The newly announced members: Frances G. Beinecke, NRDC president... Donald "Don" Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and editor of "the seminal 1987 work, Long-Term Environmental Effects of Offshore Oil and Gas Development"... Terry D. Garcia, Executive Vice President for Mission Programs for the National Geographic Society... Dr. Cherry Murray, Dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), past president of the American Physical Society... Fran Ulmer, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Alaska's largest public university, serves on the board of the Alaska Nature Conservancy, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

REID MOVES ON JOBS BILL - Arthur Delaney: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture on the bill Monday afternoon after rejecting a Republican attempt to bring up an alternative version paid for with unused stimulus funds. Reid will need 60 votes Wednesday morning to set up a final vote as early as Thursday. It might not happen: Reid still needs to round up some Republicans and solidify support among Democrats. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), for one, said last week he probably would not vote for the bill because of its deficit impact. Go-to Republicans Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Susan Collins (Maine) have both said they're against the bill in its current form. And even if the Senate passes the bill this week, senators have already made changes to the version the House passed in May, meaning the House will have to vote again -- and the House doesn't like those changes...So far, according to data from the Department of Labor, 323,400 people who have been out of work for six months or longer have prematurely exhausted their unemployment benefits. By the end of this week, 903,000 will have missed checks." http://huff.to/b2mnFF

OBAMA SAYS TALKS HAVE STARTED WITH BP ON SPILL CLAIMS - Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama said he expects to get an agreement with BP Plc on setting up a fund to make sure that economic claims resulting from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are dealt with 'justly, fairly, promptly.' Obama said the government and BP are in 'preliminary talks' about creating a mechanism to handle claims from Gulf coast residents and businesses affected by the spill. Obama spoke after getting a briefing from federal and local officials and touring a staging facility in Theodore, Alabama. He said the fund will be discussed when he meets June 16 in Washington with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and other company officials." http://bit.ly/awaLzr

The visit comes as a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds the public is losing faith with Obama's management of the crisis. Seventy-one percent of respondents say that Obama hasn't been tough enough with BP. CNN: "Twenty-four percent of people questioned in the survey rate the president's handling of the spill as very poor, up five points from last month. Twenty-nine percent say Obama's handling of the crisis is poor, with one in three rating it as good and 11 percent terming it very good... Nearly half of those questioned in the USA Today/Gallup survey say BP's handling of the oil spill is very poor, with another 32 percent calling it poor and just 18 percent saying it's good or very good." http://bit.ly/abcSI7

Speaking of cleanup, the Chamber of Commerce sent out a press release today "clarifying" comments its president, Thomas J. Donohue, made last week, suggesting that taxpayers should pay for the spill cleanup. He still kinda says that: http://bit.ly/bkP2qu

OBAMA RAMPS UP ENERGY PUSH - Ahead of his Oval Office address, Obama sent a signal this afternoon that he wants broad energy legislation WITH a climate element, via an email blast from his political arm Organizing for America. That follows earlier rhetoric that any energy bill must include putting a price on carbon. http://bit.ly/aKxXIZ

WALL STREET REFORM STAYING STRONG IN CONFERENCE - It's long been assumed that removing Blanche Lincoln's tough derivatives reform from the Wall Street bill was more a matter of when than if. Yet there it remains, picking up momentum as the public conference committee negotiations reconvene tomorrow. Look for two more regional Fed presidents to come out shortly in support of it. Meanwhile, FT has Paul Volcker warming to it. Lincoln released a set of clarifications today, hoping to satisfy her colleagues that her reform can be implemented smoothly and won't harm small businesses with legitimate hedging needs. It no longer seems crazy to think it could survive.

FRANK V FRANKEN ON RATING AGENCY REFORM - Al Franken is battling Barney Frank, who isn't convinced that Franken's amendment, which would end the practice of bank's choosing their own rating agencies, is the right way to go. Frank is offering a study instead. "The House language is very concerning. We don't believe a study is necessary," said Franken spokeswoman Jess McIntosh. "We know what went wrong with Wall Street's credit rating system - conflicts of interest eroded it by rewarding cozy relationships instead of accuracy. And we know how to fix it - the Franken amendment that passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support. The upside of a study is that they usually end with findings. And you can be sure that if such a study came back, it would confirm the conflicts of interest. It just makes more sense to end the delay and instate the reform now."

THE UNDERCARD: Adamske vs. McIntosh on Rating Agency Reform - Steve Adamske, spokesman for Frank's Financial Services Committee, shoots back at Franken's McIntosh. "The time for debate will be tomorrow at 11:00 am, not through the press by spokespeople protecting the people who sign their paycheck. Mr. Franken needs to talk to his Senate colleagues," Adamske tells HuffPost Hill. (Franken did send a letter, notes McIntosh along with Carl Levin and Roger Wicker, to conference committee leaders, defending the rating agency amendment.)

CONFERENCE MEETS TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY - The conferees will debate Titles 3, 4, 5 and 9 on Tuesday, dealing with merging OTS and OCC, insurance, hedge funds and credit rating agencies. The hedge fund and rating agency questions are still live debates. Reformers want the House language on hedge fund reporting requirements to prevail and want Franken's rating agency amendment to survive. The Senate, though, adopted two conflicting amendments: Franken's, which regulates which rating agencies can be used for a particular project, and one from Republican Senator George LeMieux that removes mentions of rating agencies from the legal code. AFR's Heather Booth said she thinks there's a way that the spirit of both can survive. Topics for the rest of the week haven't been set.

Abortion groups come around on Kagan. From NARAL's talking points, blasted around today: "Elena Kagan's writings indicate a respect for women's freedom and privacy as defined by Roe v. Wade -- and the writings are consistent with the pro-choice position adopted by the Clinton White House."

WILL NEW DEMS CAVE? - Wall Street is increasingly becoming the fissure that divides the pro-business New Democrat Coalition. New Dems who want the coalition to shed its tight allegiance to Wall Street may make it difficult to hold the coalition together in the final stage of the reform fight.

EVERGREEN ALERT: DEMS FOLD TO NRAThe NRA, with 4 million members, would fall into the exempted category and will not oppose the DISCLOSE Act now, according to Democratic sources. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce still opposes the legislation, and it's not clear that the Senate will take it up even if the House passes it. The exemption for a huge group like the NRA is sure to outrage smaller special interest groups." http://politi.co/d1J7cA

TOMORROW'S PAPERS TODAY Roll Call: David M. Drucker on how Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is working hard to elect more Republicans to the Senate and hasn't ruled out personally targeting incumbent Democrats but is not campaigning against Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. The Hill: Bob Cusack and Susan Crabtree reporting on a House ethics office requesting lobbyists to fork over information on eight lawmakers. http://bit.ly/9al5Lg

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WHITE HOUSE TRYING TO DEFEAT DERIVATIVES REFORM - The Treasury Department continues to oppose the measure to force banks to shed their lucrative yet risk-laden derivatives units, say Senate aides, who add that Treasury is supporting Wall Street over Main Street by opposing the measure considered of "utmost importance" to financial stability. "It shows the access of the major Wall Street banks in the Treasury Department in spades," one Senate staffer said on the condition of anonymity. Assistant Treasury Secretary for Financial Institutions, Michael S. Barr, is said to be leading Treasury's efforts. http://huff.to/bPQp9C

Steve King (R-Redstate.com Comment Boards) had some choice words about the president today, telling G. Gordon Liddy "...the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race - on the side that favors the black person."

WOMAN SHOOTS SELF TO GET HEALTH CARE- A North Carolina woman shot herself to receive ER attention for her shoulder pain. Laura Bassett: "Kathy Myers, 41, said she was pushed to the brink of desperation Thursday night because she was "crazy in pain," and the local hospital emergency room wouldn't help her. 'Pain will make you do silly, crazy things," the 41-year-old Niles, Mich., woman said in a YouTube.com interview with News 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 'I knew they wasn't going to do anything, again. They said if it wasn't life-threatening, no health insurance, you can't get no help." http://huff.to/8ZUXOd

DEMS ASK BP FOR $20 BILLION ESCROW ACCOUNT - ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: "Senate Democrats today demanded that BP create a special $20 billion escrow account to pay for cleanup and liability from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Essentially, they say thanks to BP for admitting liability and promising to pay all 'legitimate' claims, but, say the Senators, 'history has taught us that corporations often fail to live up to their initial promises.'" http://bit.ly/bYEYQc

BIG OIL PROTEST COMING TO THE HILL - Public Citizen, CODEPINK, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Friends of the Earth plan to disrupt a variety of Capitol Hill events to support clean energy legislation and oppose Big Oil. Your handy HuffPost Hill guide to the protest action:

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.: 2123 Rayburn for a subcommittee hearing.

Wednesday, noon: White House, Lafayette Park side on Pennsylvania Ave., while BP reps meet with Obama.

Wednesday, 8 p.m.--until next morning: Rally/press conference at BP headquarters, 1101 New York Ave NW from 8pm-9pm and all-night camp-out outside Rayburn, waiting in line for seats for BP CEO Tony Hayward's testimony the next morning.

Thursday, 10a.m.: 2123 Rayburn--Hayward testifies.

Saturday, all day: Protests at BP gas stations all over the country. Marisa Tomei, Darryl Hannah, Q'orianka Kilcher, Ed Begley and others take "collective, creative action. For a listing of events nation-wide: http://bit.ly/doT4Cy

FORMER MMS CHIEF NOW CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN STAFFER - The Casper Star-Tribune's Jeremy Pelzer: "Democratic candidate David Wendt blasted incumbent U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., for employing the controversial former director of the federal Minerals Management Service... In a letter sent last week, Wendt demanded Lummis explain why she employs Johnnie Burton, who came under fire during her five years as head of the MMS, the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling and revenues from energy exploration on federal lands." http://bit.ly/aDYlxU

GREEN GROUPS TARGETING SENATORS AFTER EPA VOTE - Sam Stein: "A double-barreled ad campaign was launched Monday morning with two progressive groups respectively thanking Democratic Senators for voting against a provision that would have ended the EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions and punishing Republicans who backed the proposal. Americans United For Change played the role of bad cop, going up on air with a $400,000-plus-ad purchase attacking Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.)... Running in conjunction with the AUC ads will be a good-cop campaign from the group Clean Energy Works, which is airing spots that applaud a number of Democrats for voting against the Murkowski provision." Video: http://huff.to/9furA5

GROUP CLAIMS ANOTHER BP WELL IS UNSAFE - From Lucia Graves: "In court filings, watchdog group Food & Water Watch alleged that BP's Atlantis well is unsafe and moved for a preliminary injunction that would order the government to shut down the rig, which produces 200,000 barrels of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas each day. The Interior Department's response was underwhelming: Production at the Atlantis will continue while regulators investigate the allegations, according to a recent statement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar. 'Their inability to close a rig that is operating without any evidence of safety, especially in light of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, has led us to conclude that Secretary Salazar is serving oil interests, not the public interest,' said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch." http://huff.to/90L8MU

DCCC RELEASES ADDS TO RED-TO-BLUE LIST - The main Democratic House campaign organization today added to its list of its top House challengers today. Added to the list are : Chad Causey (AR-01), Tarryl Clark (MN-06), Joyce Elliott (Ark.-02), Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Denny Heck (WA-03), Julie Lassa (WI-07), Gary McDowell (MI-01), Mike Oliverio (WV-01), Tommy Sowers (MO-08), Manan Trivedi (PA-06) and Trent Van Haaften (IN-08).

Vulnerable House Dems are withholding contributions to the DCCC, a sign of their November worries. AP: "Only 16 of the 254 members of the Democratic caucus have paid their full obligation to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. Of those, dozens have outstanding balances of at least $125,000. Lawmakers in unexpectedly tight re-election campaigns and those who could face serious challenges are keeping their dollars in their accounts. The situation is hardly unique to Democrats; all political campaign committees establish such benchmarks and then struggle to collect millions that fund Washington-approved ads and polling. But the House Democrats' report shows several retiring lawmakers who are sitting on cash that could help defend incumbents in this political environment." http://bit.ly/aSwv21

WATCHDOG GROUP CHALLENGING ALVIN GREENE'S ELECTION - A good government group is filing a FCC complaint against out-of-the-blue Senate nominee Alvin Greene (D-Mechanic Fortune Teller From "Big"). AP: "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington confirmed Sunday that it wants an FEC review of Alvin Greene. CREW executive director Melanie Sloan expects to file a complaint Tuesday. Greene did not file FEC reports tied to his bid for Senate." http://huff.to/9TMEOH

Now that she has to contend with a general election electorate, Sharon Angle is toning down her views. Sam Stein: "On Monday morning, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharon Angle told "Fox and Friends" that, contrary to popular belief, she does not in fact want Social Security to be privatized. '[T]hat's nonsense,' said Angle. 'I have always said we need to make the lockbox a lockbox, put the money in there for our senior citizens.'" http://huff.to/bmyeQX

DON'T GET IN BOB ETHERIDGE'S GRILL - The North Carolina Rep has a PR nightmare on his hands after video of him roughing up a student reporter this weekend surfaced. When the reporter in question asked him about his support for the president's agenda, Etheridge repeatedly asked who the reporter was and aggresively jostled him. http://huff.to/bL7avb

Today Ethridge released a statement expressing regret over the incident. "I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved," Etheridge said, "I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse." http://bit.ly/c2XbTC

Ben Smith on the Democrats' defense of Ehtridge: "A national party official emailed around a set of talking points about an hour ago, under the subject heading, 'Etheridge Gotcha Video Background.' Democrats are seeking to raise questions about the video, which first appeared on Andrew Breitbart's Big Government, because of what's widely viewed as the media's mishandling of the ACORN story, which emerged without context from edited videos. In particular, party officials say the video was likely taken by a tracker for the Republican Party, which would explain the effort taken to conceal his identity." http://politi.co/d8hQKw

RAND PAUL A BOARD CERTIFIED FIBBER - AP: "Rand Paul, who touts his career as a Kentucky eye doctor as part of his outsider credentials in his campaign for U.S. Senate, isn't certified by his profession's leading group. He tried Monday to bat away questions about it by calling it an attack on his livelihood, saying the scrutiny stems from his challenge of a powerful medical group over a certification policy he thought was unfair. The libertarian-leaning Republican helped create a rival certification group more than a decade ago. He said the group has since recertified several hundred ophthalmologists, despite not being recognized the American Board of Medical Specialties - the governing group for two dozen medical specialty boards." http://huff.to/a3BreB

Michele Bachmann for Senate? The outspoken Minnesota congresswoman's campaign website accidentally sent an auto-reply listing her as a candidate for Senate. Whoops? The Minnesota Independent: http://bit.ly/9hyuzo

Iron Lady, meet Wolf Shootin' Lady: Sarah Palin wants to meet Margaret Thatcher. WSJ: http://bit.ly/cTEqg9

Oh thank God, there's another crazy Alabama campaign video - Move aside, Dale Peterson, there's a new sheriff in town. Jason Linkins: "Here's Rick Barber -- who recently held on in the GOP primary in Alabama's second district to force establishment candidate Martha Roby into a runoff -- with a new spot in which he summons the poltergeists of Sam Adams and George Washington and Benjamin Franklin to shout at them in a drunken rant about an armed insurrection against the Internal Revenue Service." Video: http://bit.ly/c6q6ZW

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a tortoise helping his upturned friend get back on his feet. http://bit.ly/aTtctG

IS THE PENTAGON HYPING AFGHANISTAN'S MINERAL RESERVES? - "'The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials,' the New York Times' James Risen reported on Monday...opponents of the war have questioned whether Monday's Times story is the Pentagon's latest attempt to persuade an increasingly frustrated American public that Afghanistan is worth the costs in blood and treasure." http://huff.to/afpPG4

Wired's Katie Drummond elaborates: "[T]he military (and observers of the military) have known about Afghanistan's mineral riches for years. In a 2007 report, the Geological Survey and the Navy concluded that 'Afghanistan has significant amounts of undiscovered non-fuel mineral resources,' including 'large quantities of accessible iron and copper [and] abundant deposits of colored stones and gemstones, including emerald, ruby [and] sapphire.'" http://bit.ly/aIC64D

FBI RELEASES TED KENNEDY'S FILE - The FBI today announced it would release over 2,000 files it produced in the course of the late Massachusetts senator's life. A statement by the bureau claims the documents primarily concern death threats made against Kennedy, adding that it did not play an investigatory role in the Chappaquiddick incident. Also investigated were Kennedy's trips to Latin America. "Given the Bureau's long interest in the influence of Central American revolutionaries and communists on American radicals," the statement read, "the Bureau took an interest in Kennedy's travels." http://bit.ly/dzyflj

Check out the trailer for the Jack Abramoff biopic "Bagman" staring Kevin Spacey. http://bit.ly/cnuprf

JEREMY THE INTERN'S WEATHER REPORT - Tonight: Everything balances out, with rain blanketing the area. Thunderstorms possible. There's a good chance of follow-up thundershowers tonight, with showers overnight until mid-morning tomorrow. By noon, things should clear up. Tomorrow: The upside though is that it will be a lot cooler and a lot less muggy tomorrow. There's also a funky occluded front -- stemming from the low pressure system causing the Oklahoma flash floods -- hanging over the area. This will give us pretty wild weather swings over the next few days. Bring an umbrella just in case. Thanks, JB!

A comment about the past weekend: There are times when the ingredients are there, but nothing develops. This weekend, for most, was one of those times. Aside from a medium-sized cell in the Springfield, VA area on Saturday, and some bands of brief, strong rain on Sunday, it was hot and muggy. Noted, JB!

Follow JB on Twitter for the latest weather and political commentary @jbinckes


- A Father's Day gift for those acquainted with Chris Hansen. http://huff.to/c6MoRY

- Move aside VJs, MTV is looking for a TJ, a Twitter Jockey. http://yhoo.it/cXuSmN

- Some attempts at Chatroulette sexiness gone awry. http://bit.ly/9NfuLJ

- Really, really, REALLY creepy. A Dutch artist is sculpting with human ashes. http://bit.ly/aegk5l

- Try Googling "World Cup" and you get this. http://bit.ly/cyUvVG


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TONIGHT>: Former Gulf Senators Trent Lottand John Breaux were on Hardball. Diana DeGette, Jeff Merkley and our own Sam Stein are on Ed Schultz. TOMORROW: Robert Gibbs and James Clyburn pay a visit to Morning Joe.



6:30 pm: Once again, it's Dollar Movie Night at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Tonight they're airing "Clash of the Titans," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Hot Tub Time Machine" [Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington].

7:00 pm: Another free movie, this one in Crystal City. The NoVa Star Trek film festival continues, this time with a screening of "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" [18th and Bell Streets, Crystal City].

7:00 pm: Alt-Country rockers Blitzen Trapper perform at 9:30 Club [9:30 Club, 915 V Street NW].

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Another week, another chance to make a bad decision in the Grotto. Join Tom Petri (R-Wisc.) for a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) hosts a shindig for Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) at the lobbying firm Williams and Jensen's Capitol Hill row house [The Williams & Jensen Townhouse, 324 Independence Ave SE].

7:00 pm: Share a romantic evening afloat with the sexiest member of the Friends of Switzerland Caucus. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) holds an "Evening on the Potomac" soiree [The DC Police Harbor, 550 Water Street SW].

7:00 pm: Probably the LEAST sexy congressional quartet since the Singing Senators joins the Quattro Formaggi Dinner Club (John Sullivan (R-Okla), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)) for an evening of fine Italian dining. And yes that's the Four Cheeses [Il Mulino, 1110 Vermont Ave NW].


8:00 am - 9:00 am: Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) solicits cash at Johnny's Half Shell. Quite frankly, we're running out of oil spill/seafood restaurant jokes because Congress can't stop hosting these things [Johnny's Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street NW #175].

8:15 am: Dave Camp (R-Mich.) let's you kiss the ring and eat an omelet at his breakfast fundraiser [Bistro Bis, 15 E Street NW].

8:30 am: Is it just us or is holding a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Club as uncreative as getting your nephew a gift certificate for his birthday? Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) lazily raises funds at the Republican party den [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

8:30 am: Ditto Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

12:00 pm: ...AND Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Props to Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) for putting some effort into it (and his awesomely spelled first name). The New York pol hosts a fundraiser at the Democratic version of the Capitol Hill Club, the Democratic Club Townhouse, but claims it's in honor of Flag Day [National Democratic Club Townhouse, 40 Ivy Street SE].

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