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06/12/2015 05:00 pm ET

Obama's trade agenda fell apart in the House, meaning John Boehner’s emergency alert system has been upgraded from “red” to “another glass of red.” A veteran NAACP official in Washington turned out to be white -- that, or James O’Keefe has gotten into long cons. And Mark Halperin will co-host a morning Pilates session with Ann Romney at an exclusive GOP retreat, a move we give an “A” for source building and a “D” for ethics. Using that Halperin-patented system of grading, we give him an “F.” This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, June 12th, 2015:

CONGRESS DERAILS TAA - But building the TPA superhighway to Asia was going to create so many jobs! *Throws hardhat to ground, resumes attendance of Bilderberg Conference*. Mike McAuliff and Laura Barron-Lopez: "Democrats rebelled against President Barack Obama's ambitious trade agenda Friday, spurning his last-second personal appeal and blocking a measure in the House that would have granted him the power to fast-track sweeping, secretive international agreements through Congress. The Democrats' revolt focused on a provision that they would normally back -- something called Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA, which would pay to help retrain workers whose jobs get shipped overseas by trade deals -- knowing that killing it would bring fast-track down with it. But weeks of telephone calls from the White House, countless meetings, negotiations, public feuds and a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill from the president himself did nothing to sway Democrats and the GOP's conservative wing against Obama's trade agenda. In an especially stinging rebuke, Obama lost the key vote, 302 to 126, despite his personal lobbying just hours before. Fast-track passed, 219 to 211." [HuffPost]

GOP leadership plans to bring TAA back up by Tuesday, said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), adding that there will not be another vote on TPA.

Quack quack quack quack quack quack quack quack: "President Barack Obama ventured to Capitol Hill on Friday to make a last-minute plea to House Democrats to support legislation designed to allow him to expedite major trade deals through Congress. It fell on deaf ears. Obama met privately with Democrats for about 20 minutes in a caucus meeting at the Capitol, just ahead of a vote on a package of bills that will shape U.S. negotiations with countries on major trade deals. One of the trade deals in the queue, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, would encompass over half of the world’s economy. But the president's 11th-hour pitch may have backfired. Some of the Democrats leaving the meeting said Obama promptly insulted their integrity, took no questions and left." [HuffPost's Barron-Lopez, Ryan Grim and Jen Bendery]

"I don't fault him for trying to get what he wants, but I do reserve the right to disagree with him when he says 'play it straight,'" Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told HuffPost. "He doesn't really care about -- he cares about trade adjustment assistance, but he is using adjustment assistance as a bargaining chip to get what he really wants, which is TPA. Is that playing it straight?"

@jbendery: "Another procedural snafu has emerged." -- WH spox Earnest on House Dems tanking TAA.

Your friendly neighborhood Nazi comparison update: "Politicians can't seem to resist comparing their opponents to Nazis, and it usually doesn't go well for them. But Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) found a new and perhaps unintentionally ironic way to do it Friday while denouncing unions' arguments against President Barack Obama's trade agenda. He said the things unions were putting out to counter the free-trade push were "crazy." Then he likened their work to an infamous Nazi. 'Goebbels would be very proud of them,' said Schweikert, referring to Joseph Goebbels, the infamous propaganda minister for the Third Reich." [HuffPost]

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Wanda Perdue of Rocky Mount, Virginia, said she signed up for a federal program that helps workers whose jobs are shipped overseas when her job was, in 2010. With Uncle Sam paying the tab, Perdue, who had worked for furniture manufacturer Stanley Furniture, enrolled in an 18-month office administrator certificate program at Patrick Henry Community College. "It was beneficial to me because I learned things that I didn't know -- how to really do office work, how to use Windows on the computer," Perdue, 61, said in an interview, adding that she relished using her mind and got good grades, too. It wasn't beneficial in the way the program is supposed to be, however, because Perdue didn't get an office job. "I had several interviews but evidently someone else was more qualified to do the work," Perdue said. Uncertainty over the effectiveness of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program -- the 41-year-old program meant to help people like Perdue get better jobs -- partly explains why Democrats were willing to vote against it Friday. [HuffPost]

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IOWA STRAW POLL: HE DEAD - Any hope we had for a last-minute entry from Herman Cain is effectively kaput. Jennifer Jacobs: "The Iowa Straw Poll is dead, leaving a heavier burden on winnowing an oversized GOP presidential field on Iowans who will cast the nation's first votes in February in the caucuses. The governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously Friday to cancel the straw poll, a milestone on the path to the White House that had passed the strategic tipping point. It was no longer a political risk for presidential campaigns to walk away from the straw poll, and too many of the 2016 contenders had opted to skip it for it to survive. 'We set the table and they didn't come to dinner,' Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann told The Des Moines Register and Radio Iowa Friday morning...There was too little interest from the presidential contenders; the fundraiser likely wouldn't have made enough money to break even; and there were concerns about jeopardizing Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses — Iowa party officials were getting blowback from national influencers for appearing to be bullying contenders to compete." [Des Moines Register]

Elizabeth Warren tells the HuffPost Politics Podcast we're gonna need to call in mansplainers regarding her fight with Jamie Dimon.

MARK HALPERIN'S DOWNWARD-FACING ETHICS - If it's any consolation, he has to see Seth Klarman in yoga pants. Dylan Byers: "Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mark Halperin and Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, will co-host an early morning pilates session for wealthy Republican donors at this weekend's Romney retreat in Deer Valley, Time's Zeke Miller reports. Mitt Romney's annual retreat, dubbed the 'Club Med' for GOP megadonors, takes place at the Stein Ericksen Lodge, at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Donors are invited to participate in recreational activities with Republican presidential candidates, including flag football with Sen. Marco Rubio and skeet shooting with Sen. Lindsey Graham...Roughly 250 people are expected to attend the weekend retreat, including presidential hopefuls Graham, Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina." [Politico]

Jason Linkins had a take on the Halperin story: "Huffington Post Columnist Jason Linkins Accidentally Ingests Powerful Hallucinogens"

GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE: GUNS DO - Er, yeah. Samantha Lachman: "A 1995 law that made it more difficult to purchase a handgun in Connecticut radically reduced gun-related homicides in the state, according to a Johns Hopkins University study released Thursday. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the law reduced gun homicides by as much as 40 percent. It was conducted by researchers at the university's Center for Gun Policy and Research. The law required people to apply for a permit from the police, in person, in order to purchase a handgun from any licensed dealer or private seller. The legislation also raised the minimum handgun purchasing age from 18 to 21 and included a mandatory safety training provision." [HuffPost]

UNDOCUMENTED CENTRAL AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS INCREASINGLY DETAINED IN MEXICO - Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to---ahhh screw it. Elise Foley: "The crisis of Central Americans fleeing to Mexico and the U.S. hasn't ended, despite smaller numbers of migrants making it across the U.S. border. It's just that more people are being apprehended in Mexico than in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by the Washington Office on Latin America. The nonprofit found that from October 2014 to April 2015, Mexico detained 92,889 Central Americans, according to figures from the country's National Institute for Migration. During the same period, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 70,448 non-Mexicans -- mostly from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala -- at the U.S.-Mexico border. The trends are a flip from the same time a year before, when the U.S. detained 162,751 non-Mexicans and Mexico detained 49,893 people from Central America, according to the Washington Office on Latin America report." [HuffPost]

Sister of another mother: "The race of one of the most prominent faces in Spokane, Washington's black community is under question after her estranged mother claimed she is white but is 'being dishonest and deceptive with her identity.' Rachel Dolezal, 37, is the head of the local chapter of the NAACP and has identified herself as at least partly African-American. But her Montana birth certificate says she was born to two Caucasian parents, according to that couple, which shared that document and old photos with CNN." [CNN]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's the funniest thing we've seen all week.

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WIN SOMETHING - This being Congress, it's only a matter of time until someone signs an endorsement deal (does the American Petroleum Institute have a cereal box on which someone can appear?). Bridget Bowman: "It might have been the first and only time fans at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. chanted about a trade measure and a president (who was not one of the running mascots) gave them a thumb’s up. President Barack Obama’s surprise appearance at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night shocked and excited fans, as well as the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who were playing in the yearly partisan face off. Democrats ultimately scored their seventh victory in a row, besting their GOP opponents 5-2." [Roll Call]

COMFORT FOOD

- An edible LEGO wedding cake.

- A look at this year's DARPA robot challenge contestants

- The trailer for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's unexpected Lifetime drama.

TWITTERAMA

@aedwardslevy: TRADER NOES

@OKnox: This Pelosi speech is like somebody let a bumblebee out of a jar, and it's just sorta flying around the room, bumping into stuff, exploring.

@LEBassett: Do you think the trade deal and the straw poll are holding hands in heaven?

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