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You know D.C. reporters shop at Jos. A Bank when one day of talking about the president's suit turns into two -- free! A judge dismissed Chris McDaniel's election lawsuit, because yes, black people, it turns out, are now allowed to vote in Mississippi. And Chelsea Clinton stepped away from her job at NBC News, where network executives plan to burn a $50,000 pile of cash each month to replace her. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, August 29th, 2014:

WHITE HOUSE PUTS BRAKES ON EXECUTIVE ACTION SPECULATION - Faced with opposition from vulnerable Democrats, the Obama administration is considering waiting until after the November elections to take actions that could keep many undocumented immigrants from being deported, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. President Barack Obama promised a review of his deportation policies earlier this year, and the changes are expected to be announced in coming weeks. ... Officials cautioned, however, that no final decisions have been made. "Those who are speculating about how those recommendations might be implemented are a little ahead of themselves at this point," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. [HuffPost]

TEXAS ABORTION CLINICS IN LIMBO - Laura Bassett: "In May of 2013, Texas had 41 licensed abortion clinics to serve its more than 5 million women of reproductive age. On Monday, if a major provision of a new anti-abortion law goes into effect, the state will be left with only seven clinics -- all concentrated in urban areas of the sprawling state. A federal judge is expected to rule in the next several days on HB2, a law signed by Gov. Rick Perry (R) in 2013 that requires all abortions to take place in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), or mini-hospitals. Most of the 19 abortion clinics that remain in the state cannot afford to undergo the extensive renovations and pay the monthly operating costs to become an ASC, so they will have to close." HuffPost

NO NEW TERROR THREAT FOR U.S. - You still have to remove your belt and shoes at the airport, though. "The White House does not expect the U.S. to raise its terrorism threat warning level. That's after British authorities raised their terror threat level. Now it is at severe, the country's second highest level. The decision is related to developments in Iraq and Syria, though there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest says authorities don't expect to raise the level in the U.S." [AP]

AMERICANS HATE ISIS - We would like to see some mission accomplished and to keep our shoes on at the airport someday, please. Emily Swanson: "A majority of Americans think the United States should expand its military campaign against insurgents in Iraq into Syria as well, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. According to the poll, 60 percent of Americans now support airstrikes against insurgents in Syria, while 20 percent are opposed. That level of support approached the 64 percent of Americans in the survey who said they support the current airstrike campaign against Iraq." [HuffPost]

BUT DO SUNNIS? - Alan Grayson penned a letter to ten Sunni nations -- we would love to be there as they open it -- asking if any of them would be willing to send troops to battle the insurgency formerly known as ISIL. "If yes, then the problem is solved, and if no, then that certainly tells you something, doesn’t it?" Grayson tells HuffPost Hill. Yes, it certainly does.

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Haircuts: Andrew Kaczynski (h/t Evan McMorris-Santoro)

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Congress created Labor Day at the same time the federal government was sorta killing people in response to labor unrest.

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COCHRAN WINS AGAIN - The latest development in the Sore Loserman saga of 2014. Associated Press: "A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff. Judge Hollis McGehee said Friday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran, failed to start the election challenge on time. McDaniel may appeal McGehee's ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court." [CBS]

VACATION: ALL WE EVER WANTED - Dave Jamieson and Emily Swanson: "Americans overwhelmingly support the idea of requiring large U.S. employers to provide their workers with at least some paid vacation time, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. In a poll conducted ahead of Labor Day, 75 percent of respondents said they believe in placing such a mandate upon the business community. A mere 17 percent said they oppose it. The support crossed party lines to include 87 percent of self-identified Democrats and 65 percent of Republicans. The United States is an outlier among the world's advanced economies in having no law to guarantee workers paid time off from work. [HuffPost]

DENNIS KUCINICH SHOWS UP IN HALLUCINATIONS BURNING MAN - Kevin Roose: "Former U.S. Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich joined the parade of celebrities and quasi-celebrities who made it to the Nevada desert for Burning Man this year. But someone apparently forgot to tell him that on the playa, you're allowed to let your freak flag fly. Kucinich spoke yesterday at Ideate, a camp geared toward start-up founders. His business-casual look set him apart from his audience, which included a man wearing a HUG LIFE hat, several dreadlocked Caucasians, and a naked man with a pierced penis. Despite looking like he was about to reprimand the Burners for missing curfew, Kucinich's speech went over well. (Although it was interrupted several times by EDM-blasting art cars driving by.) His condemnation of government surveillance drew applause, as did, somewhat predictably, his calls for marijuana legalization. 'I've never understood people's obsession with 'reefer madness' or whatever,' Kucinich said. It's Kucinich's first time at Burning Man, and as is customary for first-time Burners, he also got a 'playa name' given to him: Charge." [Daily Intel]

SUITGATE ENTERS SECOND DAY - A scandal tailor-made for idiots. Andrew Kaczynksi: "Republican Rep. Peter King of New York is no fan of tan. The conservative member of Congress from Long Island blasted President Obama for wearing “a light suit, light tan suit” to talk about the threat of ISIS on Thursday. 'There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,' King said of President Obama on NewsMaxTV. 'When you have the world watching. When you a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out, I’m not trying to be trivial here. In a light suit, light tan suit saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy." King ultimately said he was mad about Obama's "We don't have a strategy comment." [BuzzFeed]

Men's Wearhouse begs to differ: "Joseph Abboud, fashion designer and chief creative director of Men's Wearhouse, praised Obama's decision to wear a tan suit in an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday. Wearing a tan suit in August is hardly a fashion faux-pas, he said, and it has been a seasonal part of men's business dress code for around 75 years. Businessmen on New York City's Madison Avenue have long worn the tan or khaki suit as a summer uniform, he noted. 'I applaud him for wearing a tan suits,' said Abboud, who previously made clothes for Obama as head of suit-maker Hart Schaffner Marx. 'You don't want to look the same every day of your life. It's boring as hell.'" [HuffPost's Kim Bhasin]

BUSINESS AS USUAL ALERT - Shahien Nasiripour: "The Obama administration plans to reward Navient Corp, the student loan specialist formerly owned by Sallie Mae, with new business some three months after federal prosecutors accused the company of intentionally cheating troops on their federal student loans, according to three sources familiar with the administration's plans. The move is likely to stoke comparisons to recent multi-billion-dollar settlements reached between big banks and federal authorities over financial crisis-era misdeeds. Banks agreed to pay sizable sums, but public interest groups have criticized the settlements because the banks suffered few business consequences and their executives escaped criminal and civil charges. 'It's very disappointing,' said Jason Collette, national organizer for Alliance For A Just Society, a network of state-based advocacy groups. 'Until a company loses its federal contracts or a senior executive is punished, these fines are just the cost of doing business.' In May, Navient and its former parent, Sallie Mae, agreed to pay a combined $139 million to resolve Department of Justice allegations that the two companies had swindled up to 60,000 service members out of tens of millions of dollars and forced other borrowers to pay unfair fees on their student loans." [HuffPost]

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM? Sam Stein: "In the latest episode of Drinking & Talking, The Huffington Post posed that question to the reporters and operatives on the front lines. The insights offered by Frank Sharry, founder and executive director of the pro-reform America's Voice, Doug Heye, communications director to former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Esther Lee, immigration reporter for ThinkProgress, and HuffPost's Elise Foley provide one of the most detailed accounts of the failure to date: from the missteps made by activists to the precise moment when it went haywire in the House." [HuffPost]

SCOTT BROWN IS, LIKE, LOSING - The latest PPP poll has him down in the New Hampshire Senate race 44-50 to incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. [PPP pdf]

SENATORS HAVE BEEN CREEPY FOREVER - Karen Tumulty: "The buzz over a new book by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) this week has been all about her revelation that some of her male colleagues seem to have a fixation about her weight. ... [T]o anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on Capitol Hill, none of this should seem surprising. Change comes far more slowly there than in just about any other workplace. ... [In 1993] Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had been elected as part of that 1992 wave, took the floor and warned that for the Senate to close ranks around one of its own 'sends a clear message also to every woman in this country: If you are harassed, keep quiet, say nothing; the cards are stacked against you ever winning.' The next day, 94 senators took the vote that doomed Packwood’s Senate career. A disturbing incident happened after that — one that C-SPAN cameras did not capture. As recounted in journalist Clara Bingham’s 1997 book 'Women on the Hill,' Murray found herself alone in an elevator one evening with 91-year-old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), who did not recognize her as a colleague. He inquired whether the 'little lady' was married -- and then proceeded to grope her breast, Bingham wrote." [Washington Post]

MARCO RUBIO'S FAKE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE IS A HUGE FAILURE - Tia Mitchell: "Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website. At the same time, they refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans. Six months after the launch of the state's effort, called Florida Health Choices (floridahealthchoices.net), just 30 people have signed up. Another seven plans were canceled either because consumers changed their minds or didn't pay for services.... Florida Health Choices was the vision of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio back in 2008 when he was speaker of the state House. He believed the state should operate a website that allowed residents to purchase affordable insurance….Asked whether Florida Health Choices was fulfilling Rubio's vision, his office would only say he did not approve of the federal Affordable Care Act." [TampaBay.com]

CHELSEA CLINTON LAID OFF, WILL BE POOR NOW - Ha ha. Joke's on you. Sharon Cotliar: "Chelsea Clinton says she's stepping out of her correspondent job as she looks forward to taking on mom duties. After not quite three years as a special correspondent for NBC News – and with just a little while until she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expected to become parents – the former first daughter is now leaving that position, she tells PEOPLE in a statement, 'to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child.'" [People]

Clinton earned about $27,000 per minute of airtime, Erik Wemple reported.

"Celebrity. Banality. Boring conflicts of interest." -- Matt Stoller's take on our Democratic politics as it's reflected in this Dylan Byers story: "President Barack Obama is slated to attend the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner on Saturday. Kass and Wagner, dubbed by Vogue the political "'It-couple' of the year," are getting married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Kass is the Obama family's personal chef and the president's senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. He is also the executive director of 'Let's Move.' Wagner hosts the MSNBC weekday program 'Now with Alex Wagner.'" [Politico]

@nickconfessore: Ben Carson: "When we get through with ISIS it should be IS-was."

TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS CAN'T AFFORD FOOD - National Guard troops deployed to the border in Texas are visiting a food bank because they can't afford food and gas ahead of their Sept. 5 payday, according to a report Friday by local station Action 4 News and a state senator. Action 4 News reported that a Rio Grande Valley food bank had been contacted about 50 Texas National Guard troops who needed assistance. The troops are reimbursed for their meals, but pay for them upfront, stretching the finances of some troops who were called to southern Texas earlier this month to address an increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally. ... Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced in July that he was deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the southern border, which has borne the brunt of a recent influx of unaccompanied minors. Texas officials said at the time that the project, dubbed Operation Strong Safety, would cost about $12 million per month, which they plan to bill to the federal government. The Texas National Guard said in a statement that it offers financial support services to its service members and will continue to do so in light of the recent reports. "The well-being of our service members remains a top priority…" [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Lisa Desjardins' goodbye CNN video is really something.

COMFORT FOOD

- Overly thoughtful reasons to hate brunch. http://huff.to/1lzY7bs

- Rob Ford dancing to reggae. http://bzfd.it/1qOcEME

- Winter the Lamb hops happily. http://bit.ly/1tKSyYH

- Large dog has "subwoofers." http://on.fb.me/1vV2FcT

- An acceptable offering of autocorrect fails. http://huff.to/1rEUvaz

- Dog pets man. http://huff.to/1pda8y6

- Pixar's making a short movie about lava. http://bit.ly/1n5e0Sr

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@robdelaney: I cannot - I WILL NOT - get over the tan suit. This is worse than 1000 9/11s.

@darth: seriously got confused between rick perry and mitt romney this week which one is coming back or is it both of them

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