A German guy is leading a group of Americans in an effort to outmaneuver Belgium's defenses … history is weird. The White House is warning of a coming transportation funding deficit, which could just be the administration softening the ground for another "put more air in your tires" push. And the blogger who brought George Allen's "Macaca" comment to light is now flacking for the Redskins. To be fair, "Macaca" is a slur that conjures centuries of oppression and humiliation by a foreign white power and "Redskins" is… shut up. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, July 1st, 2014:
OBAMA SPEAKING BEFORE THE GAME: "It is hot and Team USA takes the pitch in a couple hours, so we’ve got to get down to business."
PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: The U.S. should kick the ball into Belgium's net.
BOEHNER: COMMITTEE CHAIRS AREN'T SELLING OUT ENOUGH - Roll Call: "Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has said he intends to hang on to the reins, and now he is cracking the whip. Boehner is exerting pressure on top committee chairman to raise more money for the National Republican Congressional Committee as the party tries to win a dozen or more seats in November’s elections. Boehner has told members affiliated with the NRCC to urge committee and subcommittee chairman to chip in, and he is leading by example. Last week, at a closed-door House Republican meeting at NRCC headquarters, Boehner announced a donation of $1.5 million to the House GOP’s campaign wing with a matching donation from Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. They were joined by Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, who each handed over checks of $1 million to the NRCC...Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a former chairman of the NRCC, said many members are not contributing enough money, particularly as the NRCC finds itself down millions of dollars compared with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Boehner, Cole said, has tasked him and others with compelling underperforming chairmen to empty their pockets." [Roll Call]
CHRIS CHRISTIE'S DOCTOR TOLD HIM TO LAY OFF THE HUFFPOST - Marina Fang: "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a unique way to make sure he Thrives:Try to avoid The Huffington Post. In an interview on CNBC's 'Squawk Box,' he joked that reading the site raises his blood pressure. 'Squawk Box' hosts Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen had asked Christie about New Jersey's budget and pension woes. On Monday, the governor signed New Jersey's new budget into law, using a line-item veto to slash about $1.1 billion in appropriations, which included cuts to the state pension fund. Kernen argued that cutting pensions would exacerbate income inequality and could fuel animosity against the rich. Christie disagreed. 'Listen, people aren't stupid,' he told Kernen. 'I can show you 50 percent of the country that is stupid on this issue ... read The Huffington Post,' Kernen responded. 'Well, listen. I try not to do that. I like to keep my blood pressure at a reasonable level,' Christie said." [HuffPost]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - "This morning as I stopped at the gas station, my card was declined. My gas light was on, but I drove my daughter to school anyways. Driving home, the car sputtered a few blocks from home and I pulled over. This is my life -- the middle-class single parent, wages too high for help but too low to get ahead." [As told to HuffPost's Kasey Varner]
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TRANSPORTATION FUNDING ABOUT TO TAKE A MAJOR HIT - Sam Stein: "Starting in August, the Obama administration will dramatically revamp and cut back the formula it uses to send transportation funds to the states unless Congress replenishes the Highway Trust Fund. 'This cliff is coming. I’ve been saying it for six months and I’m worried that we may find ourselves running over it,' Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Tuesday. In a briefing with reporters at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast series, Foxx announced that he had sent letters to the Departments of Transportation of all 50 states that very morning outlining the steps the administration was planning to take as the trust fund approaches zero. During the first week of August, Foxx said, the administration anticipates that the funds will dip below the critical $4 billion threshold (and it anticipates they will run out completely by the end of the month). When the funds fall below that threshold, states will no longer be reimbursed for transportation projects as they send in the bills. Instead, the administration will “implement a new process of cash management” in which states will be paid every two weeks as revenues from the gas tax (which feeds the Highway Trust Fund) come in. Foxx spoke in largely vague terms about the potential impact that such a change in formula would have. Governors, he said, were “going to have to make judgments based on a more limited allotment of dollars.” In some states, projects would be slowed down. In others they would be stopped altogether. And in others, it might be determined that they should proceed, with the state issuing IOUs in lieu of payments. Overall, Foxx said, the situation was dire." [HuffPost]
KENTUCKY: JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE - Courier-Journal: "A federal judge today ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in Kentucky. 'In America, even sincere and long-hold religious beliefs do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted,' U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II wrote, invalidating Kentucky's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Heyburn held in February that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states. Heyburn put his ruling today on hold, staying it pending the outcome of several gay marriage cases at the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Maurice Blanchard, one of the plaintiffs, said he and his partner, Dominique James, who were denied a marriage license last year, were 'elated and relieved' by the ruling. The two were denied a denied a marriage license last year. The decision "forcefully lays to rest that Kentucky's anti-gay marriage laws were based on anything but invidious discrimination against homosexuals," said Dan Canon, one of their lawyers. Attorney Leigh Latherow, whose Ashland firm was hired by Gov. Steve Beshear to defend the ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so, referred questions to a spokesman for the governor, Terry Sebastian, who said only that state would appeal." [Courier-Journal]
Elizabeth Warren, corporate shill: "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a strong case earlier this year for the need for more professional diversity on the federal bench. The judiciary is stacked with corporate attorneys, she has said, and it's time to make room for judges with backgrounds representing the public interest. 'Power is becoming more and more concentrated on one side,' she said in February. 'Professional diversity is one way to insulate the courts from corporate capture.' But it appears Warren isn't sticking by her own principle. The senator has recommended Allison Burroughs to the White House as a nominee for a Massachusetts federal court, according to a source close to the process. Burroughs, a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, has spent much of her career as a corporate attorney or prosecutor." [HuffPost's Jen Bendery]
'MACACA' BLOGGER NOW DEFENDING REDSKINS - We'll be sure to let you know if Sandra Fluke becomes a men's rights activist. BuzzFeed: "Last week, the Washington Redskins hired an unusual defender for the team’s beleaguered name: the man who famously sunk George Allen’s political career with a video of the Republican senator using the word 'macaca.' Ben Tribbett, a blogger who first found and then promoted the video of Allen calling a Virginia man 'macaca,' joined the front office of the Washington Redskins and owner Dan Snyder’s team of consultants and paid staff who are defending the NFL franchise’s name. The effort also brings Tribbett on the same team as Allen whose brother, Bruce, is the Redskins’ general manager. Tribbett won’t talk about Allen or what exactly he plans to do to defend the Redskins’ name, but he argues his new job is consistent with his long-held belief that the name 'Redskins' is neither racist nor divisive. The critics are only a small number of “well-intentioned” elites, Tribbett told BuzzFeed, 'who are not Native American, by the way.' On D.C. sports radio Monday, Tribbett dismissed the concerns over the team’s nickname as 'a PC campaign.'" [BuzzFeed]
Majority leader lulz: "Want to make Harry Reid laugh? Ask him what he thinks about Scott Brown's chances of returning to the Senate. 'HuffPost: Are you nervous that with Republicans expanding to Colorado, Michigan and New Hampshire, it will that take away [Democratic resources] from Arkansas? Reid: New Hampshire? HuffPost: They would like to think so. Reid: Hahahaha. HuffPost: You don't think Scott Brown will pull this one out? Reid: Um ... We're doing fine in Michigan. We're doing fine in Iowa. Colorado, I think [Sen.] Mark Udall is just an exceptionally good candidate.'" [HuffPost's Stein and Grim]
AMERICA GETS ITS FIRST FEMALE FOUR-STAR ADMIRAL - Can a woman command a fleet of billion-dollar death vessels AND have it all? Amanda Terkel: "The Navy has promoted Michelle Howard from vice admiral to admiral, making her the first female four-star admiral in its 236-year history and the service's new vice chief of naval operations. Howard paid tribute to the nation's service members Tuesday morning at her promotion ceremony, held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. In her brief remarks, she said that the 'willingness to step up and contribute to a noble cause in your life is a sign of true selflessness.'... Howard graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982, and she was the first black woman to command a ship...But she has still encountered obstacles. 'There were individuals who didn't want me there or wanted to undermine what I was trying to do,' Howard told WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. That sort of skepticism has followed Howard. In 2013, a Navy report found that one of her peers told others that he believed Howard's promotion to vice admiral was sped up because of her race and gender, and she 'may not have had to cross as many hurdles in the same fashion to get where she was at.'" [HuffPost]
Fox Watchers local 99: "he staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employees International Union on Monday, a union spokesman confirmed. SEIU Local 500 spokesman Christopher Honey said he could not provide an exact ballot count but said the union had won a clear majority during the Monday election. The results would not yet have been ratified by the federal labor board." [HuffPost's Dave Jamieson]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here are animals being tickled.
FLORIDA FLORIDAS - If states were Baldwin brothers, Florida would be Stephen. NO QUESTION. Alex Lazar: "Gloreatha 'Glo' Scurry-Smith, who is running in the Florida GOP primary to take on Rep. Corrine Brown (D) in November, recently experienced a very disturbing case of racial discrimination. On Sunday, Smith tweeted a picture of a vandalized campaign sign, in which her face was covered in white spray paint...Smith, who says her husband found the sign in Jacksonville, Florida, told National Review that she 'expect[ed] signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.' 'Throughout this entire incident, I go back to Marin Luther King’s comment that we look forward to a time when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,' Smith added. 'I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this.' Brown said regarding the incident that "to be talking about signs is ludicrous to me -- and you know, and whatever happened was unfortunate but I personally do not get involved in campaigning months in advance." [HuffPost]
- Algeria's goalkeeper will not take crap from anyone. [http://chzb.gr/1iVDQLX]
- If the various factions from "Game of Thrones" had soccer uniforms. [http://bit.ly/1kaHD35]
- "Daniel Radcliffe was seen smoking a cigarette while walking 12 dogs in New York City's Bryant Park on Monday." [http://some.ly/1iRD9Dz]
- Just a friendly song about Canada. [http://bit.ly/1iVA1Gr]
- Today is the 20th anniversary of Aerosmith debuting a single on Compuserve. [http://bit.ly/1pGUMo9]
- It's amazing how adding bleeps over a video can make it exponentially more dirty. [http://bit.ly/1xc9iIU]
- Outtakes from some of history's most famous photos. [http://wrd.cm/1iQEmuT]
- A song consisting of 29 celebrity impressions. [http://bit.ly/1qO0vtP]
@luketadams: Hobby Lobby has agreed to continue to pay their employees a salary on the condition that they don't spend any of it on alcohol or porn.
@joshgreenman: IS BELGIUM TWEETING IN FRENCH OR DUTCH OR GERMAN HOW DO THEY DECIDE
@emmaroller: I will not respond to dumb tweets
I will not respond to dumb tweets
I will not respond to dumb tweets
I will n--DID YOU EVEN READ MY POST
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