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It was raining cats and dogs in D.C., and thanks to the Supreme Court, those cats and dogs will soon enter our polygamous marriages. Louie Gohmert says gay marriage will sweep America into the "dustbin of history," which is appropriate, because America would never stoop to environmental extremists and put itself in the recycling bin. And the GOP tweeted that Republicans should "allow" women into leadership roles, which is even more ridiculous when you read it aloud in a 1940s newsreel announcer's voice. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, June 28th, 2013:

PFOO, THE HOUSE SPITS ON YOUR SILLY SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL - Elise Foley: "Jose Diaz-Balart and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), two members of a House group working on a comprehensive reform bill, said... that their efforts haven't stalled, despite a setback earlier this month when Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) dropped out of negotiations. Diaz-Balart is a strong supporter of immigration reform, and said he remains optimistic the House can get it done. But they're not discussing details, or how their bill might differ from the 'gang of eight' bill that passed the Senate, or when the legislation will be released... Although he wouldn't get into specifics -- the group has been impressive in its ability to keep its work quiet -- Diaz-Balart said he thinks legislation like theirs is the only thing that can pass the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate. The group is working on an approach that would deal with undocumented immigrants, along with border security, enforcement and legal immigration...Although the House Judiciary Committee has considered multiple bills, none of them deal with the undocumented population other than to criminalize being in the country without status, Lofgren noted. It's possible that a path to citizenship, deemed vital by President Barack Obama and Democrats, cannot pass the House, given the Republican opposition." [HuffPost]

Don't expect Eric Cantor to read that copy of "War and Peace" you got him: "I can't tell you what's in that big Senate bill, and the well over 1,000 or 1,500 pages that it may be, and that's my concern...I don't know if you could ask a lot of the senators what's in that bill. And that's my concern." [HuffPost's Jason Linkins]

Judicial watch FOIAed Jay-Z and Beyonce's State Department files relating to their trip to Cuba. That is what Judicial Watch does.

HOUSE ABORTION BILL WILL INCREASE SPENDING: CBO - Accountant Jesus wept. Luke Johnson: " A Republican bill that passed the House of Representatives June 18 banning abortions after 20 weeks conflicts with another one of the party's priorities -- to cut spending. The Congressional Budget Office scored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and said Thursday the bill would increase Medicaid costs from $75 million to $400 million over 10 years, mostly due to an increase in births. Estimating that one-quarter of pregnancies that would have been terminated after 20 weeks would instead, under the law, be carried to term, the CBO said federal spending for Medicaid would increase by $225 million. The CBO also predicted that the bill would add another $170 million in Medicaid costs to states over 10 years, since the program is partly funded by the states." [HuffPost]

Chuck Schumer, thanking his staff on the Senate floor yesterday: "The people I spoke about on the floor a few minutes ago are embodied in the Frescos. How about Sofie, Leon's wife. Sofie got pregnant during all of this, so he wasn't devoting 100 percent of his time to immigration reform, but close to it. And there she was, Sofie, indomitable and quiet, doing the job."

Today is Brian Fallon's last day in Chuck Schumer's office. He is heading to DOJ to manage comms for Eric Holder. Matt House will take over Fallon's role in Schumer's office and the DPCC.

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - From our ongoing series PASTED: The Email of the Jobless: "I feel like I'm trapped and I can see no way out of this. I can't remember a time where I've felt as hopeless as I do right now. Hell, I've almost forgotten what it's like to be happy. I simply don't care about life anymore because I have nothing to look forward to. I know I'm not alone but that's not exactly a comfort." [Hang in there!]

Programming note: Eliot will be out next week. He'll be vacationing in Nicaragua, which sounds like a euphemism you'd hear around Langley.

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RECESS APPOINTMENT TIME - ThinkProgress: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) office tells ThinkProgress that the Senate is now adjourned until Monday, July 8, with no 'pro forma' sessions planned during the coming week. This is significant because these pro forma sessions, sham sessions where a single senator briefly gavels the Senate into session for a few minutes, are a legally controversial method the Senate uses to cut off the president's recess appointment power. Without these sham sessions, President Obama's power to recess appoint several officials currently being filibustered by Senate Republicans likely just roared back to life. Admittedly, an unusually conservative panel of the conservative United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held earlier this year that the president's recess power does not exist unless it is invoked during the very brief period once every two years, among other things. This widely criticized opinion, however, is unlikely to be upheld by the Supreme Court because it would require the justices to retroactively invalidate literally hundreds of recess appointments in just the last several presidencies...Currently, several of President Obama's recess appointments are in limbo. These include several members of the National Labor Relations Board, and Richard Cordray, Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. " [ThinkProgress]

RICK PERRY TRIES TO 'SPLAIN HIS MANSPLAINING - Laura Bassett: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) may have offended state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), the woman who famously filibustered an anti-abortion bill for 11 hours on Tuesday, when he said that she should have 'learned from her own example' as a teenage mother that abortions are never okay. But Perry claims he was only trying to pay her a compliment. Perry's office told the New York Daily News on Friday that Perry was 'praising Sen. Davis for her success despite coming from difficult circumstances.' In a speech to the National Right to Life Convention on Thursday, Perry pointed out that Davis was the daughter of a single mother and then became a teenage mother herself at age 19. She went onto graduate from Harvard Law and was elected to the Texas state Senate in 2008." [HuffPost]

"Allows?" @GOP: We need to be a party that allows talented women to rise to the top. #WomenAreRight

Davis has raised $240,000 from MoveOn pledges, which is about 330 bucks-a-minute. Luke Johnson: "Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), who became an overnight sensation Tuesday when she filibustered a restrictive abortion bill, has secured more than $240,000 in pledges for her next run for office from members of, the progressive group shared with The Huffington Post. The pledges suggest that Davis would have major progressive backing if she chose to make a jump to higher office. Running would inevitably be expensive and likely difficult in a deeply conservative state that has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994. Davis has said that she is interested. 'I would be lying if I told you that I hadn't had aspirations to run for a statewide office,' she said on MSNBC's 'All In With Chris Hayes' on Wednesday. The MoveOn members have not given money yet; however, the group has recorded pledges from over 6,500 members." [HuffPost]

We're not quite sure what to make of this video produced by Robert Menendez's staffers.

COAKLEY CONSIDERING RUN FOR GOVERNOR - Martha Coakley, America's greatest politician, is hungry. Boston Globe: "Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose political standing has rebounded after her embarrassing defeat in the 2010 US Senate race against Scott Brown, is giving serious consideration to running for governor, Democratic Party operatives said on Thursday. Those people said Coakley is gauging the political climate and reviewing the dynamics of jumping into what is becoming a crowded Democratic primary race, and is on the verge of making a final decision. 'She's seriously thinking about it,' said a person familiar with her decision-making. 'She knows she has to make a decision soon.' A number of women's activist groups, including EMILY's List, are encouraged by polls that show Coakley to be one of the most popular political figures in the state and have asked her during the last few months to consider a run for governor, according to those familiar with the conversations." [Boston Globe]

LOUIE GOHMERT HAS THOUGHTS ON THE DOMA DECISION - Plus it was raining in D.C. today, which was obviously Jesus crying, per Mike Huckabee's forecast. Mike McAuliffe: "The Supreme Court's decision finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional opens the door to legalized bigamy and polygamy, conservative Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert suggested Friday. Gohmert made his comments in his typical week-ending remarks on the House floor, belittling the "holy quintet" of justices who wrote the majority opinion by saying they had broken the wise words of the biblical King Solomon that "there was nothing new under the sun.'...'Once you move marriage beyond the scope of a man and a woman, you really don't end up with a good place to put a limit,' said Gohmert, who also argued that such practices were a mile-marker on a nation's way to the 'dustbin of history.'" [HuffPost]

JESUS WON'T LET GAY LAWMAKER DELIVER FLOOR SPEECH - Jesus died for our sins, and so we can revise and extend our remarks. Mollie Reilly: "An openly gay lawmaker was silenced by colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he attempted to speak about the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) took to the House floor on Thursday to discuss the high court's landmark ruling, which found the federal law barring the government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by states to be unconstitutional. However, as WHYY News and report, Sims' remarks were blocked by several state lawmakers using a procedural maneuver. One of those lawmakers, conservative state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), told WHYY that he believed Sims' comments would be a violation of 'God's law.' 'I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God's law,' Metcalfe said." [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Dogs perform Miley Cyrus.

Congressman Steve Stockman doesn't. give. a. damn. Ashley Balcerzak: "Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) announced Thursday that he plans to give away a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle. Another one. 'Why am I giving away an AR-15 rifle? It's just one way to thank you for defeating Obama's anti-gun agenda this year,' said an email from Stockman's campaign arm. 'But the battle for the right to keep and bear arms is heating up again. President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid [D-Nev.] are not happy that they didn't pass any gun control yet, so they're coming back for more.'" [HuffPost]


- This week's New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie reveling in the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision is creating a lot of buzz. Here's a slideshow of the magazine's previous same-sex themed covers. []

- David Lynch directed Nine Inch Nail's latest music video. []

- The KKK has a children's web show, which is upsetting. Not sure if the pug in the video is also racist, but we'll assume it is. []

- Never leave a fallen soldier behind... unless you're in a brigade of life size toy soldiers. Then it's every man/thing for him/itself. []

- Behold the Pele of battlebots. []

- Channing Tatum stars in the upcoming blockbuster, "Waffle House Down." []

- "Random Access Memories Memories," a remix of the Daft Punk album. []


@ChuckGrassley Surprise. Still more history on history channel. Now. Cleopatra

@stefanjbecket: All over America today: RT @zengerle: Emails my Dad sends: "Did you know Bert and Ernie were gay?"

@TPCarney: You checked? RT @lachlan: FACT CHECK: Bert and Ernie don't have reproductive organs, making the sexual orientation question basically moot.

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