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Mitt Romney forgot what donuts are, so don't expect any photos to emerge of him looking sad while eating Krispy Kreme. House Republicans work in a building that has its own subway system yet couldn't agree on a single item to cut from its budget. And President Obama lost the day when he stated that the private sector "is doing fine." Or, to put it in perspective, the president lost the day to a guy who doesn't know what donuts are. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, June 8th, 2012:

HOUSE BRAVELY VOTES AGAINST CUTTING ITS BUDGET - Really? There isn't a single item that could be pared down or cut entirely? Some LD somewhere couldn't have thrown in a line that scaling back teriyaki day in the Longworth cafeteria from three times a year to once annually?? Jesus H. Christ, Congress. AP: "Members of the House of Representatives voted Friday to protect their own office expense accounts from budget cuts. The bipartisan 307-102 vote came on a $3.3 billion measure funding congressional operations. Republicans controlling the House have been trying to cut domestic agency budgets by about 5 percent. But when it came to their own staff, travel and office expenses, GOP leaders opted to freeze their $574 million budget after two years of cuts. The funding bill includes a 1 percent cut that comes chiefly from cutting back on repairs to the iconic Capitol dome, which dates to the Civil War. After passing the measure, lawmakers immediately left Washington for a weeklong vacation." [AP]

Members of Congress, who earn three and a half times the median household income, haven't cut their own pay since 1933. Just sayin'.

POLL: HISPANIC VOTERS PREFER OBAMA, NOT CRAZY ABOUT RUBIO'S DREAM ACT - Elise Foley: "The poll from Latino Decisions, a nonpartisan firm, found that with Latino voters, Obama leads Romney by 43 percentage points, mirroring other reports that show the former Massachusetts governor with a considerable disadvantage among the Hispanic population. More than 60 percent of Latino voters support Obama while Romney has support from just 23 percent of these voters.The poll also poked a hole in the idea that Romney's supporting Rubio's 'Dream Act' would dramatically aid Romney with Latino voters. That bill, which has not yet been released, would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to stay under certain conditions but without a path to citizenship. Romneyhas said that he commends Rubio's efforts generally but he won't consider officially endorsing it until there is actual legislation." [HuffPost]

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - The poor-people-spend-their-welfare-on-drugs unicorn has been spotted in Michigan. "Some Michigan welfare applicants and recipients would be required to pass drug tests under legislation approved Thursday by a 71-37 vote in the state House. The measure now moves to the Senate. The legislation would require the Department of Human Services to establish a program of suspicion-based substance abuse screening and testing for Family Independence Program applicants and recipients who are at least 18 years old. The screening would start as a pilot program in January and expand statewide by 2015." Have a bad weekend. [Associated Press]

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BOEHNER CALLS FOR BUSH TAX CUT EXTENSION - But is obtaining a trillion-dollar tax cut really worth the number of times "Bush" will be said during an election year? Fox News: "House Speaker John Boehner says the way to create jobs is for President Barack Obama to quickly extend expiring tax cuts and stop issuing regulations clamping down on businesses. Boehner spoke to reporters Friday after Obama said Republican policies are hurting the economy. The Ohio Republican says the House will vote next month to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire Jan. 1. He said Obama should assure the country he will sign an extension of current tax rates. Republicans want all the tax rates extended, while Obama opposes renewing them for people earning more than $250,000 a year." [Fox News]

OBAMA SAYS DUMB THING - Luke Johnson: "President Barack Obama said the private sector is 'doing fine' Friday, citing the slowdown in state and local government hiring, and calling on congressional Republicans to consider aid to them. 'We've created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. The private sector is doing fine,' said Obama. 'Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility of the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.'" [HuffPost]

Romney's obligatory response? "He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch?" Romney said in Iowa. "I think he's defining what it means to be out of touch with the American people." God this is tedious.

Mitt Romney on donuts: "Can you see that one of those chocolate, um, uh, chocolate goodies finds its way to our ride?" [BuzzFeed]

HOUSE REPUBLICANS STREAMLINE XENOPHOBIA, VOTE DOWN EVERY IMMIGRATION INITIATIVE EVER - Elise Foley: "The House voted on Thursday to kill nearly every action by the Obama administration to reform the immigration enforcement system, approving amendments that would separate U.S. citizens from their undocumented spouses and end prioritization of deporting dangerous unauthorized immigrants... That amendment, and the 11 others offered and adopted by the GOP, stripped funding from government programs meant to make the immigration process, and treatment of immigrants, more humane and targeted toward the most dangerous. Many of the adopted measures transferred funding to border security, even though Customs and Border Protection would receive a $208 million increase in funding under Obama's proposed fiscal year 2013 budget." [HuffPost]

@DylanByers: Ugly, fast. RT @mlcalderone: Sunday's "This Week" roundtable: Ed Rendell, Mike Huckabee, Ann Coulter and Van Jones.

WHEN WILL DELAWARE STOP KILLING DEMOCRACY? - More like "The Worst State," amirite? Mike McAuliff and Paul Blumenthal: "David Wilmot, who runs the bipartisan Ocean Champions Voter Fund, paid an outfit called Waterfront Strategies $49,867 to run an ad attacking Maryland congressional candidate Andy Harris in 2010.... Federal election filings reveal only an address in the expensive Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Georgetown near the Potomac River. A trip to that address on Wisconsin Avenue finds no Waterfront Strategies listed among the building's tenants...Waterfront is not actually an independent outfit. The building in Georgetown where it is located is the home of GMMB, the powerhouse media consulting shop that produces President Barack Obama's ads, and where Obama's top consultant there, Jim Margolis, boasts that he represents more Democratic senators than anyone else, among them Majority Leader Harry Reid. Waterfront, it turns out, is an internal branch of GMMB. It was incorporated in Delaware, and its president is listed as Raelynn Olson. She is GMMB's managing partner... Waterfront Strategies exists so that GMMB has a separate corporate entity where it can employ people to handle outside expenditures -- in this case mostly from the House Majority PAC that aims to retake control of the House from Republicans, and the Majority PAC that is trying to preserve Democratic control of the Senate. The arrangement keeps the money legally separate from people who may be working more directly with Senate or House candidates. Thus campaign laws barring coordination are not violated." [HuffPost]

OBAMA PUSHES BACK AGAINST LEAK CRITICISMS - If you ask us, administration officials should've leaked the "kill list" and Iran cyberattacks stories to Highlights, the magazine of pediatrician waiting rooms. It would've gotten the news out through easily digestible illustrations while confusing everyone about the motive. Call us, Ax! We've got ideas! Sabrina Siddiqui and Jack Mirkinson: "President Barack Obama strongly denied Friday that his administration deliberately leaked classified national security information. Obama responded to a mounting controversy over two blockbuster stories in the New York Times, both of which divulged highly sensitive details about his national security policies. One story focused on Obama's so-called "kill list." Another looked at his ordering of cyberattacks against Iran...'The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It's wrong,' he said." [HuffPost]

Remember when Barack Hussein Obama's politburo crammed Socialism down our throats? Of course you do! You have socialism lodged in your trachea! Jeffrey Young: "The rate of young adults without health insurance has dropped because of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, but expanded coverage for the age group could disappear if the Supreme Court strikes down the statute, a Gallup poll out Friday shows. When health care reform became law in March 2010, 28 percent of Americans aged 18-25 did not have health insurance. During the first quarter of this year, that rate had fallen to 23 percent. Obama's law allows people under age 26 to remain on their parents' insurance plans, which has provided health benefits to a population that historically has been less likely to have coverage." [HuffPost]

FRED UPTON'S L'AMOUR FOU RELATIONSHIP WITH TRANSPARENCY - Erin Mershon: "Energy and Commerce Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sharply criticized the Obama administration in a recent Fox Business News interview for refusing to disclose key emails and information as part of an investigation into an alleged secret deal between White House and the pharmaceutical industry to pass health care reform... Upton himself had a different attitude toward disclosure when a Republican sat in the Oval Office. In 2004, when Democrats demanded information from President George W. Bush about the activities of Vice President Dick Cheney's secret energy task force, Upton voted against the request for disclosure." [HuffPost]

Whoops: "Pennsylvania Democrats are attacking the Republican U.S. Senate nominee over comments he made at a primary campaign forum where he indicated he wanted to "hang" U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D), a remark the Republican said was taken out of context." [HuffPost's John Celock]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Sleeping kitteh bores friend.

WEEDLORD BONERHITLER STRIKES - Gawker: "[T]he National Republican Congressional Committee invited anyone on the internet to sign a petition to repeal Obamacare, then livestreamed a printer as it printed out the personalized petitions, one-by-one...It seems the "Watch Your Petition Print" livestream ran for only a few glorious minutes before it was shut down...But not before 'Connie Lingus,' 'Detective Rex Hardbody,' 'Pointless Empty Gesture,' 'Weedlord Bonerhitler,' and many, many others had voiced their support of an Obamacare repeal." [Gawker]

COMFORT FOOD
By @bradjshannon!

- The little story of a pug who couldn't run. [http://bit.ly/MoIm2B]

- Another reason to go to New Zealand: incredible zipline. [http://chzb.gr/MoHk6M]

- Some Republican set up a website that lets you print your name on a petition form. You get to watch the printer via webcam. This was a bad idea. [http://bit.ly/LdFdzk]

- Foto Friday: A bunch of puppies. [http://bit.ly/LdF7YA]

- Foto Friday: "7 Photographs That Show Society's Debt to Photography" [http://bit.ly/MoDTx8]

- Foto Friday: Transit of Venus. [http://bit.ly/MoDMS5]

- Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, now translated into funny cat images. [http://bit.ly/MoEG12]

- BONUS COMFORT: Bulldog hungry for glass door? [http://bit.ly/MoJe7q]

TWITTERAMA

@delrayser: "Mr. President! Ed Henry, Fox News. One question: Ajobkillersayswhat?"
#Obamapresser

@indecision: Obama: "The private sector is doing fine." Republicans: "Thankyouthankyouthankyou!"

ON TAP
By @christinawilkie

THIS WEEKEND

Friday 6:00pm - the wee hours: TV and radio political correspondents, long known for their humility and moderation, pat themselves on the back (for once!) at the 68th Annual Radio & TV Congressional Correspondents' Dinner. [Washington Convention Center]

Friday 6:00pm: Not for the squeamish is a good way to describe Steny Hoyer's 32nd Annual Bull Roast And Birthday Bash. [Newton White Mansion, Mitchellsville, Md.]

Sunday 8:00pm - In case you've been living under a bridge this spring, it's the Mad Men season finale, and Lounge 201 is hosting a Mad Men Viewing Party. Expect to see only moderate MM fans -- the real fans are at home, where it's not so loud. [201 Massachusetts Ave NE]

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