The Senate failed to do one of its most basic functions: approving legislation funding airport thigh groping. The left is embroiled in a debate over whether Elizabeth Warren should run in 2016 -- this being the left, the debate will probably wrap up in 2036. And a spokesman for the Log Cabin Republicans said his organization is more than just "Gay marriage Republicans," which is almost as far-fetched an idea as an organization of gay Republicans. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, February 23rd, 2015:
ANOTHER FAILED SENATE VOTE ON DHS FUNDING - Democrats and their pesky filibuster. Carl Hulse and Ashley Parker from before the vote, which just failed: "After promising an era of responsible governance and an end to federal shutdowns, congressional Republicans find themselves mired in an immigration fight that could cause funding for the Department of Homeland Security to run out on Friday." [NYT]
@hillhulse: Amazing thing in Senate is not how quickly the parties switch positions on the filibuster, its how sincere they are doing it.
@kasie: Senate voting shortly on Homeland Security funding. Sen. Marco Rubio currently holding town hall meeting in...New Hampshire. #2016
LEFTIES SPLIT ON WARREN FOR PRESIDENT - Sam Stein: "'We have different strategies,' explained Adam Green, PCCC's co-founder. 'We do not oppose the Draft Warren campaign. But what we are doing is organizing in early states like New Hampshire and Iowa to incentive all presidential candidates on the Democratic side to endorse and campaign on Elizabeth Warren's agenda.' The prospect of Elizabeth Warren running for the White House has been a quixotic, sometimes confusing element of the pre-primary campaign. The school of thought that holds that such a run would be good for the Democratic Party -- if only to help presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton rid herself of rust -- is overwhelmed by Warren's dutiful insistence that she has no interest. And yet, the talk persists. Within the progressive universe, that persistent chatter has begun causing strain. All sides may share the objective of shaping a Democratic Party in Warren's populist, pugnacious image. But as PCCC's distance from the Draft Warren movement suggests, not everyone agrees on the means to get there. For DFA and MoveOn -- and, more recently, New York’s Working Families Party -- the steps are clear. The groups have raised money, conducted polls, hosted launch events, opened offices, showed up at open house events, and hired staffers in key states with the express purpose of showing Warren that an infrastructure exists should she discover her presidential aspirations." [HuffPost]
OBAMA ADMIN FIGHTING IMMIGRATION ORDER - Elise Foley: "The Department of Justice officially filed on Monday an appeal and a request for a stay of a judge's recent decision to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The appeal would overturn U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's order last weekto halt Obama's policies from moving forward. A request for a stay was filed separately and would, if granted, allow Obama's actions to be implemented even while a case brought by 26 states against the federal government works its way through the courts." [HuffPost]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are launching a series of events focusing on Democratic solutions to the woes of the middle class… The Middle Class Prosperity Project, billed as an opportunity "to give a voice in Washington to those who need it most," will first hear from a panel of economists including Jared Bernstein, Beth Ann Bovino, Joseph Stiglitz and Gerald Jaynes. The event is not a formal hearing of a congressional committee. [HuffPost]
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CARTER BACKS TRANSGENDERED AMERICANS SERVING IN THE MILITARY - Jen Bendery: "Newly installed Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that he's 'very open-minded' about transgender people serving in the U.S. military -- a sign that the department may be moving closer to lifting its ban. Carter, who became defense secretary this month, was asked for his thoughts on transgender people serving in combat during a Q&A with troops in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The U.S. military explicitly prohibits transgender people from serving, though an estimated 15,500 transgender people are serving anyway, in secret, according to a 2014 Palm Center report. 'I'm very open-minded about ... what their personal lives and proclivities are, provided they can do what we need them to do for us. That's the important criteria,' Carter said. 'Are they going to be excellent service members? And I don't think anything but their suitability for service should preclude them.'" [HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE ASKS PEOPLE TO DO THEIR JOBS, PEOPLE FURIOUS - This comes on the heels of the White House wading into the "duck season/rabbit season" sign debate. Dave Jamieson: "Over the objections of Wall Street and some financial regulators, the White House announced Monday that it plans to move ahead with a new rule that will hold investment brokers to a higher standard, requiring by law that they act in the best interests of their clients. The so-called fiduciary duty rule would prevent certain brokers from considering their own profits when they steer clients into particular investments, likely cutting into the fees those brokers receive when they advise clients on 401(k)s and other retirement accounts. White House officials said on a conference call with reporters that in the coming months, the Labor Department will release a proposed rule that lays out the full details of the plan. Jason Furman, chair of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, said on the conference call that the "economic theory" behind the proposal is 'very clear.' 'When you have a broker who has their compensation directly tied to the advice they're giving to a person -- often with that person not knowing that that's the case -- they're going to ... have a big incentive to steer people [to products] that aren't necessarily in the best interest of the client but offer them the greatest compensation,' Furman said. A version of the rule was first rolled out in 2010 but was later tabled, thanks to heavy lobbying by the financial industry. Consumer advocates and backers of stricter Wall Street regulation have since been calling on the White House to press ahead with reform." [HuffPost]
MORE WEIRDNESS BETWEEN CPAC AND LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS - Sam Stein: "After complaining about their exclusion from the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Log Cabin Republicans are now set to participate in a panel on Russia and Vladimir Putin. The arrangement came after two days of discussions between the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, and the advocacy group, which had earlier aired its disgust over not being named an official sponsor. 'In years past, in addition to sponsorship, we have asked the ACU about the potential for LCR representation on a CPAC panel,' said Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans. 'Obviously, not being allowed to sponsor this year's event is disappointing, but I'm not going to make the perfect the enemy of the good. This panel is an important opportunity to show LCR is more than just 'the gay marriage Republicans,' and to bring a unique perspective to CPAC not represented anywhere else during this year’s conference.' The Log Cabin Republicans, as Angelo notes, go to great lengths to present themselves as a conservative group that supports gay rights, rather than a pro-gay rights group that just happens to be conservative. So the fact that it has been asked to participate in the foreign policy panel -- titled 'Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?' -- may not be a complete head-scratcher." [HuffPost]
STATE REP FAILS ANATOMY CLASS - Kimberlee Kruesi: "An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam." So it turns out that doesn't work. [Associted Press]
WISCONSIN GOING RIGHT-TO-WORK - "This week, Republican state legislators in Wisconsin plan to take up right-to-work legislation in a special session. If the measure passes and is signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), Wisconsin would become the 25th state in the country with a right-to-work law on its books." What's that mean? Only Dave Jamieson can explain.
Richard Shelby defies Alabama's conventional wisdom and speaks out AGAINST gay rights. So brave: "Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Monday he understands why Alabama's probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after a federal judge ruled that the state's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional...Shelby told AL.com on Monday that he found Moore's argument valid. 'We had a federal district court in Mobile make a ruling, then they had a ruling from the 11th Circuit, but the Supreme Court hasn't. So I think that's the point he's making, that it's not a final ruling, as I understand it,' Shelby said, 'I'm not a probate judge,' he added. 'But that would be very confusing to the probate judges, to have one ruling from the state Supreme Court and one from a federal district court, it would be confusing.'" [HuffPost's Amanda Terkel]
TROUBLE IN THE CAPITOL POLICE - Look, as long as they don't put the kibosh on Louie Gohmert's foam party when it goes to three in the morning, we're fine. Roll Call: "The State of the Union night car chase that ended without arrest added new strains to already tense relationships inside the law enforcement community on Capitol Hill. Capitol Police officers who were disturbed and embarrassed by the Jan. 20 incident allege it’s part of a frustrating pattern. They say commanders have instructed the rank and file to refrain from 'low-value' stops — including traffic violations involving drunk driving and drug impairment on streets around the Capitol campus, multiple sources confirmed — because those arrests do not contribute to thwarting terrorism and protecting Congress. Within the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin were frustrated when they were unable to get an accurate portrayal of the facts about the high-speed chase that ended on Washington Avenue Southwest, adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building. Tensions came to a head during the late January Capitol Police Board meeting with Chief Kim C. Dine and Deputy Chief Daniel B. Malloy, according to a source with knowledge of the conversations, because of a perceived lack of information from the scene. Discussions about communication between commanders and the troops are ongoing." [Roll Call]
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@BuzzFeedAndrew: Would we even still be having winter if de Blasio didn’t murder that groundhog?
@richardrushfield: Cant wait to see Glenn Greenwald speak truth to canapes at the Vanity Fair party
@toddzwillich: CLOTURE VOTE IV: FOURLIBUSTERS
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