HUFFPOST HILL - JUNE 22ND, 2010

06/22/2010 06:07 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We're not sure who had the worse day, General Stanley McChrystal or the French national soccer team. Whatever the case, neither could stay mum about their bosses and now both are out (almost). On the Hill, party bigwigs continue to hammer out a Wall Street reform agreement this week and the Senate finally passed an unemployment benefit extension (just kidding, OF COURSE it didn't!). For those of you in D.C., stay cool and hydrated. For those of you in Baltimore, go say hi to Jack Abramoff, who is spinning pies at a kosher pizza joint. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010:

BREAKING

STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL READY TO RESIGN - Time's Joe Klein on CNN this afternoon: "I think he's probably going to lose his job. A little bit of news: I was just talking to a very reliable source who tells me that McChrystal has submitted his resignation and it's going to be up to the president...to accept it or not tomorrow." Klein later clarified: "Gen. McChrystal has 'offered to resign' he has NOT submitted his resignation." http://huff.to/ctOW4k

NBC's Chuck Todd tweeted moments ago: "Senior admin aides: McCrystal has not offered his resignation but has informed superiors he is prepared to do so."

Obama responds: From remarks after his cabinet meeting: "General McChrystal is on his way here and I am going to meet with him. Secretary Gates will be meeting with him, as well. I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed a poor -- showed poor judgment. And -- but I also want to make sure that I talk to him directly before I make any final decisions. Let me -- actually, let me make one last point about this. Even as General McChrystal is on his way here, I want everybody to keep in mind what our central focus is, and that is success in making sure that al Qaeda and its affiliates cannot attack the United States and its allies. And we've got young men and women there who are making enormous sacrifices, families back home who are making enormous sacrifices. And so whatever decision that I make with respect to General McChrystal or any other aspect of Afghan policy is determined entirely on how I can make sure that we have a strategy that justifies the enormous courage and sacrifice that those men and women are making over there, and that ultimately makes this country safer."

ROLLING STONE REPORTER: McCHRYSTAL SHOWED 'RECKLESSNESS' - Diane Sawyer talks to freelancer Michael Hastings: "It was a sort of natural kind of recklessness that General McChrystal had, which has been with him through his entire career, as I understand it. And inviting me in was a obviously a risk, as it always is when you invite a journalist in."

Hastings also said that he was shocked at how pessimistic many of McChrystal's senior aides are about the war's progress. Sawyer asked him about one passage in the piece, where an aide says that things are going so badly in Afghanistan that "if Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular." Hastings said he had to ask the man to repeat himself: "I couldn't believe it...I said, 'well, you're saying if people looked into it it would be more popular,' and he said, 'no, no, no,'...and that's when I realized there were serious doubts and frustrations that went to the highest levels." http://huff.to/9QcpG7

WHAT DID MCCHRYSTAL SAY? - On McChrystal's first meeting with Obama: "McChrystal thought Obama looked 'uncomfortable and intimidated' by the roomful of military brass." On Joe Biden: "I never know what's going to pop out until I'm up there, that's the problem." On Jim Jones: A "clown" who remains "stuck in 1985." On Richard Holbrooke: "'The Boss says he's like a wounded animal,' says a member of the general's team. 'Holbrooke keeps hearing rumors that he's going to get fired, so that makes him dangerous. He's a brilliant guy, but he just comes in, pulls on a lever, whatever he can grasp onto. But this is COIN, and you can't just have someone yanking on Shit.'" http://huff.to/b50BYX

Read the full article: http://bit.ly/cepMPs

HuffPost Hill searched all day for any Members who came close to suggesting that POTUS should not fire McChrystal. The only one: Sen. Jim Inhofe, whose statement ended with this line on McChrystal: "As for the future of U.S. military leadership in Afghanistan, I think he is the most qualified but that is the President's decision."

Steve Clemons makes a key point about how Obama's team must be viewing this dust-up. "McChrystal was the only one whose job was 'not' in danger over Afghanistan. While Holbrooke, Jones and Eikenberry scuffled -- McChrystal sat comfortably with a near monopoly of resources, a handful of strategists and press staff, and the certainty that he had the confidence of Barack Obama. He has now -- all on his own -- thrown his own legacy and America's operation in Afghanistan into chaos. Tens of thousands of American men and women serving under his command deserve better leadership and also vitally need someone who can partner with other key players in the US government." http://huff.to/aPLVwJ

EXCLUSIVE: JUSTICE DEPT. MAY SEEK STAY ON MORATORIUM RULING - The Obama administration is considering a host of options, including seeking a stay from the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in order to maintain a moratorium on deepwater drilling after it was overturned by a federal judge. Officials at the Department of Justice and within the administration convened Tuesday afternoon shortly after U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ordered an end to the halt in drilling put in place following the explosion at Deepwater Horizon. The administration had already pledged to immediately appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court. But in the interim, companies could legally restart drilling operations that had been put on hold.

The judge who handed down the decision has a MAJOR conflict of interest. Lucia Graves: "The federal judge who lifted Obama's six-month drilling moratorium had interests in Transocean and a number of other offshore energy companies, according to financial disclosure forms from 2008. Martin Feldman, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, held energy stocks in Transocean and Halliburton, as well as two of BP's largest U.S. private shareholders -- BlackRock and JP Morgan Chase."

@BPGlobalPR: Cleaning up oil spills is expensive. Buying judges so we can keep drilling? Relatively cheap. http://bit.ly/cqpCtQ

TOMORROW'S PAPERS TODAY - The Washington Post: Michael Gerson takes on Al Franken "who, in the months since his election to the Senate, has tried to control his bile addiction, at least in public. Speaking last week to the American Constitution Society, he relapsed." Roll Call: Paul Singer writes about a handful of members of Congress who have accepted more than $100,000 worth of free international travel from the religious organization that is affiliated with the "C Street House," the D.C. residence for several lawmakers and the center of several recent Congressional sex scandals. The Hill: Molly K. Hooper asks whether Joe Barton will survive as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's ranking Republican. Politico: We don't know what they'll be highlighting. They refuse to tell us!

NEW YORK DEM INSURGENCY FIZZLING - The New York House Democratic uprising on behalf of Wall Street is faltering a bit. Last week, Rep. Gary Ackerman of Queens warned his House colleagues that if Blanche Lincoln's derivatives language wasn't significantly scaled back, the 26-strong New York delegation would have a difficult time supporting final passage. He circulated a "We-are-deeply-concerned" letter and predicted to HuffPost Hill that, other than the New Yorkers who were on the conference, he'd have "almost the full delegation." When his office sent the letter to reporters, however, it didn't have the signatures on it. We have a copy. He found 13 others to sign. How many of that baker's dozen would actually vote against the final bill is an open question (and one we'll be asking tonight), but it's certainly not all of these signers: Joe Crowley, Steve Israel, Brian Higgins, Yvette Clarke, Scott Murphy, Daniel Maffei, Eliot Engel, Carolyn McCarthy, Nita Lowey, Anthony Weiner, Michael Arcuri, John Hall and Michael McMahon.

ROCKY: DEM "IGNORANCE" MAKES CLIMATE CHANGE PERSUASION TRICKY - Asked if President Obama should use his powers of persuasion on Democrats holding out on climate change legislation, Jay Rockefeller reminded reporters why he's one of the best quotes in the Capitol: "On climate change, it's a tiny bit different than health care. On health care, the people he could influence tended to know what he was talking about, if he was talking about, I don't know, whatever it was, reimbursement or the independent Medicare commission, etc. There I think he could exercise some pressure usefully. On this one I think it's a little bit harder because I think people are a little bit more fixed in stone and the stone may be ignorance, but that's not easy to shift either. Because it's like a plate of jello. How's that? Quote me word for word." West Virginia's Rocky, to be sure, is one of those opposed to doing climate change legislation this year, but he knows exactly why: Coal.

AUTODEALER CARVEOUT SURVIVING BUT STRONG CFPB EMERGING - Luis Gutierrez's amendment to allow the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to have some authority to regulate autodealer lending failed 10-9, with all the Republicans joined by Democrats Dennis Moore, Gary Peters (Mich.) and Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio). Back in December, we wrote a long story about how House Dem leadership undermined reform by stuffing the Financial Services Committee full of vulnerable freshmen placed there for fundraising purposes. Kilroy and Peters are two of them and were put on the conference committee, too, to help them with their reelection bids. The consequence of that decision came today, as they cast the deciding votes to exempt autodealers from CFPB jurisdiction.

The Pentagon pleaded with Congress to rein in autodealers, saying that so many soldiers were getting ripped off that it had become a national security issue.

CFPB WILL HAVE INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR, FUNDING - Reformers beat back an effort to have a commission lead the CFPB or otherwise bury it under banking regulators. It will have one head and a dedicated source of funding, though a small amount of its funding will be congressionally appropriated, which leaves room for michief. It'll still be housed within the Fed, but the Fed will have no authority over it. They'll just, like, share a coffee machine or something.

GUTIERREZ WILL INTRODUCE TOUGH VOLCKER RULE IF SENATE DOESN'T, SWIPES "MISREPORTING IN THE BLOGOSPHERE" - Wall Street conferee Luis Gutierrez says that he will introduce a tough Volcker Rule amendment if the Senate doesn't and defends himself against a previous (not HuffPost!) report that lumped him in with three Wall-Street-friendly Dems. "I will wait to see what the Senate offers because it is their prerogative, but if the Senate fails to address the Volcker rule satisfactorily, I will," he said in a statement sent to HuffPost Hilll. "There was some misreporting in the blogosphere about where I stand, but I not only support the Volcker rule, I am willing to fight for it. Just as I am fighting to eliminate the auto dealer exemption and fighting to include the ex-ante fund, I see the Volcker rule as a key taxpayer protection issue."

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS STILL LAPSED - Arthur Delaney: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have winnowed the 'tax extenders' bill, as it is known, to meet the demands of Senate Democrats variously worried about adding to the deficit and closing a loophole that allows rich investment fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries. They've softened the tax provision and reduced the bill's original $134 billion 10-year deficit impact to just under $55 billion, a feat accomplished by doing things like cutting $25 per week from every unemployment check and shortening the duration of 'Doc Fix,' the provision that takes care of Medicare physicians. It's not enough: To win the necessary Republican votes, Democrats will need to add revenue raisers to offset the deficit impact further still."

RUSSELL SIMMONS BLASTS HUFFPOST HILL, THREATENS TO JUMP IN OCEAN - Simmons, who won a carveout in the swipe fee deal for his reloadable, prepaid debit cards, called HuffPost Hill last night to object to a reference to his card's fees as "exorbitant." "You did a snide remark about how I charge exorbitant fees and you don't really understand it. I wish you'd get a check and not get a bank, and see how you, after you come out of the check-cashing place, then I want you to go out there and pay all your bills one by one, with cash, take your kids with you while you do it. That's where they were when I started. Take their kids and stand on line at the phone place. And then go stand in line at the heating pace. So they had difficult situations. So I didn't find it as a, 'Oh, here's a hole in the market. It's a wide space so big you can drive a truck though.' But I went in there and I lost a lot of money trying to find the cheapest and most creative ways to help them...And I just feel like what you wrote about my exorbitant fees--like I'm robbing some poor people. And I run five charities. I don't really feel like I do this for money." Stipulating that it is very hard, and often humiliating, to operate in this economy without a bank account, Simmons' Rush Card allows people to use a debit card and charges the following fees, according to his website: $9.95 monthly fee, $3 activation fee, $1 fee to use the card for a purchase (with a cap at $10 per month), $1 for online bill pay, $2.50 ATM fee (one free per month).

SIMMONS ISN'T MAD, HOWEVER - "We're an alternative to the banking system to them, and to the 80 million Americans who are locked out of the banking system, we're all they have. We're all they have. They're the guys who used to have only cash, and only cash in America; you're fucked. That's how we came in. And by the way, I'm right now going to go jump in the ocean and meditate. I don't really give a shit, I talk like this the whole time. So you know my energy. I'm not mad at you, I'm just saying.
STEELE PLAYS INTO DEM HANDS AGAIN, SUGGESTS TRUSTING WALL STREET TO CREATE JOBS - Are we sure this guy's not a plant? "Don't trust the federal government to get it done," he said when asked about job creation on CNBC's "Squawk Box". "We're here on Wall Street. We are on Main Street. Trust those people who built the economy in the past. The federal government has never created one job that is sustainable long term." That was too financial-friendly for even Erin Burnett: "Good luck telling the American people to trust Wall Street to create jobs," she advised the head of the RNC. "There are bad apples in any situation, in any scenario, no doubt about that," Steele replied. "But you cannot demonize, demagogue against the entire system because the regulatory process broke down because individuals, both in government and the private sector, got greedy." He added: "That doesn't mean you put yourself in a position where you demonize against everything that happens here on Wall Street."

Good Mortgage Makes It Into Wall Street Bill - Wall Street reform will allow the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate "reverse mortgages" - financial instruments that shifty brokers sell to old people, who often end up losing their shirts or their homes. Chris Dodd credited Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.) and Sens. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) with pushing for the reform. Sen. Jeff Merkley's steering provision survived, meaning brokers can't get a high commission for steering some sucker into a more expensive loan. No prepayment penalties will be allowed exept on plain vanilla loans and then only for three years. The law will also require that lenders get an affirmative okay from a borrower before moving them into a higher priced loan. It also bans "liar loans."

EXCLUSIVE: JUSTICE DEPT. MAY SEEK STAY ON MORATORIUM RU - The Obama administration is considering a host of options, including seeking a stay from the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in order to maintain a moratorium on deepwater drilling after it was overturned by a federal judge.Officials at the Department of Justice and within the administration convened Tuesday afternoon shortly after U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ordered an end to the halt in drilling put in place following the explosion at Deepwater Horizon. The administration had already pledged to immediately appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court. But in the interim, companies could legally restart drilling operations that had been put on hold.

The president plans on appealing the decision, Sam Stein reports: "We will immediately appeal to the 5th Circuit the president strongly believes as the Department of Interior and the Department of Justice argued yesterday that continuing to drill at these depths without knowing what happened does not make any sense and... potentially puts the safety of those on the rigs and the environment in the Gulf at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford right now," said spokesman Robert Gibbs during Tuesday's briefing. http://huff.to/bnpTsc

The judge who handed down the decision has a MAJOR conflict of interest. Lucia Graves: "The federal judge who lifted Obama's six-month drilling moratorium had interests in Transocean and a number of other offshore energy companies, according to financial disclosure forms from 2008. Martin Feldman, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, held energy stocks in Transocean and Halliburton, as well as two of BP's largest U.S. private shareholders -- BlackRock and JP Morgan Chase."

@BPGlobalPR: Cleaning up oil spills is expensive. Buying judges so we can keep drilling? Relatively cheap. http://bit.ly/cqpCtQ

Now that's a spicy meatball (or matzah ball?): The Baltimore Jewish Times is reporting that the former (self-proclaimed) super lobbyist and inmate is now kneading dough at Tov Pizza, a kosher pizza joint in Charm City. http://bit.ly/aUdoyO

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TRENDING

INSURANCE LOBBY GUTTING WALL STREET REFORM MEASURE - The insurance industry is poised to rip a gaping hole in Wall Street reform's investor protections, working to insert a provision in the conference committee report that was passed by neither the House nor the Senate. The measure would exempt securities products created by insurance companies from regulation, leaving the job instead to state insurance commissioners. Insurance companies do a lucrative business in selling annuities that guarantee a return to investors but limit the upside and often come with exorbitant commissions. High surrender fees that make access to the money in times of financial need difficult. The insertion is being pushed by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, a state with a heavily-concentrated insurance industry. His House ally is Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.), who often represents corporate interests despite having a heavy trade union presence in his district. http://huff.to/bbuhfq

FRANK WANTS CONFERENCE COMPLETE BY THURSDAY - The Barney Frank quote to keep in mind this week: "If we are not able to finish up by Thursday, then this bill will not be able to pass until the middle of July," Frank told conferees today. His reasoning is that the House and Senate will need all of next week for final passage before leaving town for the week-plus recess for the Fourth of July. Congress returns early on the week of July 12th.

SENATE DEMS URGE HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO PASS DISCLOSE ACT - Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer penned a letter to their House counterparts, urging the lower chamber to pass the legislative fix to a Supreme Court ruling allowing unions and corporations to invest unlimited amounts of money in campaign ads. "We fully agree that Congress must take a stand against this naked power grab sanctioned by the Roberts Court and pass the DISCLOSE act... We commit to working tirelessly for Senate consideration of the House-passed bill so it can be signed by the president in time to take effect for the 2010 elections." NYT: http://nyti.ms/9LZTO8

Supporters of the bill are insisting that the NRA will still be subjected to increased transparency standards even with its exemption. Sam Stein: "On Monday night, the office of Rep. Chris Van Hollen -- who wrote the bill -- got in touch with the Huffington Post to point out that under DISCLOSE, the NRA, like every other 501c4 organization, would be subject to two new major disclosure requirements. The gun lobby would not be permitted to use a single corporate dollar on a campaign-related expense. More importantly, it would be forced to "stand by their ad" in a similar fashion to a candidate, with its president or executive director (most likely Wayne LaPierre) appearing in the clip." http://huff.to/blKsL0

Orrin Hatch is pushing ahead with his goal of having the unmployed get drug-tested. Utah voters have reacted enthusiastically to his proposed legislation to drug test the unemployed and those receiving other forms of government cash assistance, the Utah Republican told HuffPost Hill after introducing his measure last week. http://huff.to/c8YXCo

Whoops! A top aide to McChrystal resigned in the wake of the article. "Duncan Boothby, a senior media aide to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has resigned...The Washington Post reported that Boothby, a civilian press aide, 'was heavily involved in arranging access for journalist Michael Hastings to McChrystal and his staff this year so Hastings could write the profile..." http://huff.to/90TwBb

Sam Stein speaks with Rolling Stone's editor: http://huff.to/bjDDRd

FYI, from the Uniform Code of Military Justice: "Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct." http://bit.ly/acrrzL

The Senate Armed Service Committee heard testimony today about a shocking rise in suicides among deployed troops. "In the U.S. Army alone, among active soldiers, 197 took their own lives in 2008, 245 in 2009 and 163 through May of 2010. In 2009, for the first time since 2001 - that is, since the beginning of the Afghan War -- more soldiers died of suicide than from combat." International Business Times: http://bit.ly/a6bbls

ELECTION PREVIEW - Voters in the Carolinas, Utah and Mississippi head to the polls today. In South Carolina, state lawmaker Nikki Haley is expected to win her runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett. However there are other interesting (if not more so) Palmetto state showdowns...

Today might be Bob Inglis's electoral swan song, as the TARP-supporting Republican may lose his runoff against prosecutor Trey Gowdy. Jimm Phillips: "Inglis placed second in the primary with only 28 percent of the vote, while Gowdy placed 11 points higher. Inglis, a six-term incumbent, has come under fire mainly for his vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. If he loses, tonight, he will be the third incumbent member of the House to lose renomination." http://bit.ly/9GMdzU

Strom Thurmond's son is expected to lose his GOP primary battle for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District against Tim Scott, an "establishment-backed, Sarah Palin-endorsed, African American, Tea Party conservative." If Scott wins the general, he will be the first black GOP lawmaker in Congress since J.C. Watts. Nick Wing: http://huff.to/bhcYZo

In North Carolina, former state Senator Cal Cunningham and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall are vying to challenge Richard Burr for his Senate seat. Kos: "Secretary of State Elaine Marshall led after the first round of balloting, and earned the endorsement last week of MoveOn. Former state legislator Cal Cunningham has the quiet (but unambiguous) support of the DSCC. This race has been surprisingly under-polled: The most recent poll was a month ago, and had the runoff election tied." http://bit.ly/cooC1D

Firedoglake with a summary of the Utah contests: "Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater are competing for the Republican nomination for Senate. In the convention, they both managed to get enough delegate votes to prevent incumbent GOP Sen. Bob Bennett from running in the primary, effectively ending his career. The winner of this contest will likely go on to be the next Senator from Utah. Bennett is endorsing Bridgewater in the primary [who polls show is the frontrunner]. On the House side, there is some interest in the UT-02 Democratic primary. Liberal Claudia Wright had a surprisingly strong showing in the party convention and won the right to take on incumbent Jim Matheson in the primary. Matheson is expected to win, though, with the latest poll showing him in the lead, 52 to 33 percent." http://bit.ly/d8InI4

A new poll from PPP finds Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak are tied at 41% for Arlen Specter's Senate seat. http://bit.ly/aZbopx

Here's something of a surprise: the Texas gubernatorial race is a dead heat. Gov. Rick Perry is tied with his Democratic challenger, former Houston Mayor Bill White, at 43%. PPP: http://bit.ly/cdPlQ6

Could it be that Sharron Angle holds the same misguided belief that her most ardent followers do? Elyse Siegel: "Is Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle a birther?...When Nevada journalist Jon Ralston sought comment from Angle's campaign on whether or not she identifies herself as a birther, he had no such luck in reaching the Senate hopeful. 'She no longer answers her cell phone and her press secretary's voicemail is full,' Ralson said. 'Well I'm sure one of those conservative talk show hosts will ask her about it.'" http://huff.to/agAuq8

JEREMY THE INTERN'S WEATHER REPORT - Tonight: Scattered thunderstorms popping up all night. Tomorrow: The heat goes on, as we'll cross into the high 90s. We stand a chance to break the all-time record of 98 degrees, set in 1988. There's also going to be a high UV index (paging people who burn easily), so wear sunscreen. Actually, you should always wear sunscreen, so it's a moot point. Thanks, JB!

COMFORT FOOD

- The 1980s... in a watch. http://bit.ly/adAAPH

- Manute Bol (RIP) may have helped popularized the phrase "my bad." http://bit.ly/c6LiSW

- Oh wait, no he didn't. http://bit.ly/aCFfFJ

- Don't pee on rattlesnakes, FYI. http://bit.ly/aseDix

- The best quotes from Courtney Love's recent "Behind the Music." http://bit.ly/bUPuLL

- A collection of gorgeous photos of New York City. http://bit.ly/9oL8w6

- Any Nintendo enthusiasts who also own an iPhone/iPod Touch should really click the link. http://bit.ly/bbRGFz

- Some notable escalators. http://bit.ly/anFPza

TWITTERAMA

@peterdaou: If I were the Telegraph, I'd simply write "Sources: McChrystal Out" and I'd look prescient. http://bit.ly/chGO74

@pourmecoffee: I think I heard that TIME's Joe Klein has submitted his resignation to Obama. Weird, but good. http://bit.ly/9CqEgO

@BorowitzReport: Thanks to #McChrystal, the BP oil spill has now dropped to second-worst leak. http://bit.ly/aA4p1S

KagroX:RT @StephanieWDC: Did Politico seriously run a full PDF of the McChrystal story w/o permission from Rolling Stone? || Steal the morning! http://bit.ly/aXi9lK

@Todd_Zwillich: Oops. Sen Stanenow wishes Sen Murkowski Happy BDay at electric car hearing. "It was last month" Murkowski sez. http://bit.ly/92LpSt

@carriedann: Early warning sign of possibly imprudent candor in this Rolling Stone piece: Gen. McChrystal admits his favorite beer is Bud Light Lime

@kingsthings: If a year ago you would have told me I would be RTing @JustinBieber, I would have said, "I am doing what to who?" http://bit.ly/cBoEMa

@LilJon: GYM TIME THEN STUDIO THEN THE CLUB #CRUNKROCKLIFE http://bit.ly/crkWI0

THE TUBE

TONIGHT: Mary Landrieu and Maria Cantwell discussed the latest oil spill developments with Ratigan. Steve Scalise and Bart Stupak did the same on Hardball. Ed Schultz has Sherrod Brown on. Elizabeth Warren discusses TARP on the PBS Newshour. TOMORROW: Susan Collins, Maria Cantwell and Richard Shelby stop by Morning Joe.

ON TAP

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) hosts his 8th annual "Gulf Seafood & Bluegrass" fundraiser [UPS Townhouse, 421 New Jersey Ave SE].

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) wants you to eat his meat. Pay a visit to the Illinois congressman at his "Chicago-Style Italian Beef Reception" [Erickson & Co. Townhouse, 38 Ivy Street SE].

5:00 pm: The always pleasant Pete King (R-N.Y.) welcomes you to his reception at the Capitol Hill Club, the Fuddruckers for deficit hawks [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Nothing says "I Heart Mexicans" quite like a Texas Republican. Join Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) for his Tex-Mex fundraiser [Tortilla Coast, 400 First Street SE].

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) bucks the trend of hyper-unhealthy campaign events with her "End of Quarter Healthy Cooking Reception" [National Democratic Club Townhouse, 40 Ivy Street SE].

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: "Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is hosting an ice cream social at the Dutko Group." Say that to yourself a few times and try not to shiver [The Dutko Group - 412 First Street SE Suite 100].

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: John Boehner (R-Ohio) shills for NY-24 candidate Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and shows him the coziest spots in the Capitol Hill Club grotto [Capitol Hill Club, 300 First Street SE].

6:30 pm: Greg Walden (R-Ore.) raises funds for his New Pioneers PAC [Stanton Park Group Offices, 1325 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 700].

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