HUFFPOST HILL - Robert Gibbs No Longer Welcome In First Lady's Vegetable Garden

06/09/2015 04:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 09, 2015

Conservatives are upset that the New York Times looked at Marco Rubio’s finances, even though scrutinizing politicians’ finances is the most common type of Times article, right after trend pieces on pants and how Queens is having its moment. Lindsey Graham said if he's elected to the White House, he will have a "rotating first lady," which sounds like he plans to install an animatronic Dolly Madison from a Disney exhibition. And Robert Gibbs shocked even jaded political observers by joining McDonald’s as its head of communications. The burger chain hasn’t made waves in the political sphere since Grimace founded Purple Strategies a few years back. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, June 9th, 2015:

HASTERT PLEADS NOT GUILTY - Chris Frates, Bill Kirkos and Tom LoBianco: "Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded not guilty to all charges related to lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to 'cover up past misconduct.' Hastert was arraigned in court in Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, amid reports he allegedly sexually abused former students. The former House speaker has hired high-profile white collar crime lawyer Thomas Green to defend him in court. Green has defended clients involved in Watergate, Iran Contra and Whitewater. Judge Thomas Durkin is allowing Hastert to be released on a pretrial release. Hastert had to sign and appearance bond of $4,500 which he forfeits if he fails to appear." [CNN]

ROBERT GIBBS IS AWFUL - Bah bah bah bah baaaaaaah, I'm -- *going to have to refer you to the relevant agency.* Reuters: "McDonald's Corp said it hired Robert Gibbs, U.S. President Barack Obama's press secretary during his first term, as its chief communications officer. The world's biggest restaurant chain by sales also named Bacardi Ltd's Silvia Lagnado as its chief marketing officer, a position vacant since 2010. Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook laid out plans in May to overhaul the company's businesses and management as part of efforts to make the fast-food chain a 'modern, progressive burger company.' McDonald's, which on Monday reported its 12th straight decline in monthly same-store sales, is fighting to lure back customers lost to more nimble rivals and increasing demand for fresh, less-processed food." [Reuters]

LOL, "modern progressive burger company."

WHITE HOUSE BOMB THREAT ANNOYS REPORTERS - AP: "The White House briefing room was briefly evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat was called into police, the Secret Service said. Secret Service officers interrupted a live, televised press briefing with White House press secretary Josh Earnest and evacuated the James S. Brady Briefing Room shortly after 2 p.m. Roughly 20 minutes after being evacuated, journalists were allowed back into the White House. Uniformed Secret Service officers on the scene said an all-clear had been issued." Then, for another 20 minutes, journalists basically complained to Josh Earnest about the interruption. [AP]

@AdamPasick CNN accidentally (?) describes white house press corps as "repeaters"http://t.co/k4OIvzA3Wp h/t @HeatherLandy

JEB BUSH ALSO AWFUL - An excerpt from his 1995 book, Profiles in Character from a chapter titled, we kid you not, "The Restoration of Shame”: "One of the reasons more young women are giving birth out of wedlock and more young men are walking away from their paternal obligations is that there is no longer a stigma attached to this behavior, no reason to feel shame. Many of these young women and young men look around and see their friends engaged in the same irresponsible conduct. Their parents and neighbors have become ineffective at attaching some sense of ridicule to this behavior. There was a time when neighbors and communities would frown on out of wedlock births and when public condemnation was enough of a stimulus for one to be careful." [HuffPost's Laura Bassett]

As Bassett notes, Bush put this theory into practice: "As governor of Florida in 2001, Bush had the opportunity to test his theory on public shaming. He declined to veto a very controversial bill that required single mothers who did not know the identity of the father to publish their sexual histories in a newspaper before they could legally put their babies up for adoption. He later signed a repeal of the so-called 'Scarlet Letter' law in 2003 after it was successfully challenged in court." [Ibid.]

Looks like Obama might have enjoyed a cigarette the other day.

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Kansas lawmakers are already revisiting a new law that imposed harsh restrictions on how the state's welfare recipients can use their benefits. The law capped ATM withdrawals with welfare debit cards at $25 per day -- an unprecedented restriction. It also banned the cards from being used at a long list of establishments, including swimming pools, fortune tellers and cruise ships. Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed the law in April. Now, prompted by concerns that the cash withdrawal limit went too far and would jeopardize the state's compliance with federal rules, Kansas lawmakers are revisiting that provision. An amendment that cleared the Kansas State Legislature on Saturday would give the state's Department for Children and Family Services leeway to loosen the limit or get rid of it altogether. [HuffPost]

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MARCO RUBIO HAS MONEY PROBLEMS - Mo' money mo' problems -- although less harassment from creditors (le' harassment from creditors?). Steve Eder and Michael Barbaro: "Among the serious contenders for the presidency, Mr. Rubio stands out for his youth, his meteoric political rise -- and for the persistent doubts about his financial management, to the point that Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign flagged the issue when vetting Mr. Rubio as a possible running mate in 2012, interviews show…A few weeks ago, he disclosed that he had liquidated a $68,000 retirement account, a move that is widely discouraged by financial experts and which probably cost him about $24,000 in taxes and penalties. In the past week, he suffered a new loss when he sold his second home in Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, for $18,000 less than he and a friend paid for it a decade ago. The house had previously faced foreclosure after Mr. Rubio and his friend failed to make mortgage payments for five months. These were not isolated incidents. A review of the Rubio family’s finances -- including many new documents -- reveals a series of decisions over the past 15 years that experts called imprudent: significant debts; a penchant to spend heavily on luxury items like the boat and the lease of a $50,000 2015 Audi Q7; a strikingly low savings rate, even when Mr. Rubio was earning large sums; and inattentive accounting that led to years of unpaid local government fees." [NYT]

Rubio in the pocket of Big Bootstrap: "But Rubio hasn't always been in favor of easing the burden of student loans. Earlier this year, he joined his Republican colleagues in voting to block an increase in funding for Pell Grants over the next 10 years. In March, he voted, on party line, to block an amendment offered by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that would have allowed borrowers to refinance at interest rates from the 2013-2014 academic year. Two years prior, Rubio voted in favor of an amendment proposed by his 2016 presidential rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act but also stripped out money for Pell Grants and historically black colleges and $2 billion community colleges. While serving in the Florida state house, Rubio also supported budgets that called for increases to tuitions of in-state college students." [HuffPost's Igor Bobic]

Depsite conservative outrage that the Times was simply running a hatchet piece on Rubio, the Times has run a number of looks at the other side's finances.

LINDSEY GRAHAM APPEALS TO BACHELOR VOTE - We're registering RotatingFirstLady.com to serve as the domain for our Washington-specific Ashley Madison site. Judy Kurtz: "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a lifelong bachelor and long-shot presidential candidate, disclosed in an interview published Tuesday how he might go about the issue of first lady if elected. 'Well, I've got a sister. She could play that role if necessary,' Graham, 59, told the Daily Mail during an interview at a recent campaign event. 'I've got a lot of friends. We'll have a rotating first lady,' Graham added, chuckling. Just two U.S. presidents, James Buchanan and Grover Cleveland, were unmarried when they assumed the Oval Office, though Cleveland married later. Graham's sister, Darline Graham Nordone, lives in their native South Carolina and is married with two daughters, according to the Daily Mail." [The Hill]

Rick Santorum, meanwhile, is experimenting with a rotating supporter: "When just one Iowan showed up to Rick Santorum's 2 p.m. campaign stop at a restaurant here Monday, the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses made a quick decision: Might as well order lunch. 'I haven't eaten, actually, all day,' he said to his guest, Peggy Toft, an insurance agent and chair of the county's Republican Party. For Santorum, who's making a second go at the Republican nomination for president, the low turnout wasn't surprising, he said, but all part of the plan." [Des Moines Register's Josh Hafner]

TERRIBLE PEOPLE FIND EACH OTHER - Luke Mullins: "McCutcheon was just another American success story, running his own engineering firm near Birmingham, Alabama, and leading a fairly anonymous life, having never attended an event like this. He had, however, begun writing checks to benefit Republican candidates across the country...The affable engineer from Alabama turned out to be the perfect plaintiff. McCutcheon v. FEC wound its way to the Supreme Court, and last April the court sided with him …But even his buddies in DC Republican circles know there’s one person out there who has them beat when it comes to capturing McCutcheon’s attention. (And it’s not Sarah Palin.) It came up when I chatted with that same fundraiser, a friend of McCutcheon’s for several years. 'So I suppose he’s told you about Paris Hilton?' she asked me. I had certainly seen the pictures. They’re all over his Instagram account. There was the shot of McCutcheon with his arm around Hilton in Beverly Hills, the one of her kissing him on the cheek in Atlantic City, the one of him smiling at her while wearing an I PARTIED WITH PARIS HILTON T-shirt and matching hat—so many that if you didn’t know him, you might think they were a couple. " [Washingtonian]

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DON YOUNG NEWS - And we're happy to report it doesn't involve swearing in front of young children. Lisa Ruskin: "Alaska Congressman Don Young tied the knot today, on his 82nd birthday. Young married 76-year-old Anne Garland Walton, a flight nurse from Fairbanks, in a small civil ceremony at the chapel of the U.S. Capitol. Young, in a written statement, noted that they both have two adult children and several grandchildren, and they were both widowed after happy marriages. 'In many ways, neither of us ever thought we would find love again,' he wrote, 'but sometimes life surprises you.'" [APRN]


- The "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme as a blues song.


@mobute: I hope the Keep Calm and Carry On designers are proud of winning World War Two and the Meme War.

@CNNyourmom: China Won't Confirm Or Deny Your Mom

@daveweigel: Anyway, the main function of a “candidate X is toast” piece is for that candidate to cite it proudly when he surges or wins.

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