Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, defenders of our nation's family values, cursed at people and took small children to "disturbing" movies. The Supreme Court began consideration of whether they should be death paneled (heh, they're old) or if the Republic should be restored. And "more flexibility" is Obama's Etch A Sketch, while "transmit to Vladimir" is this fabulous new thing everyone's talking about. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, March 26, 2012:
NLRB MEMBER SHARED SENSITIVE INFO WITH ROMNEY CAMP - The inappropriate disclosure is the right size. Dave Jamieson: "In the wake of an inspector general investigation at the federal labor board, labor unions are calling on the Mitt Romney campaign to dismiss an adviser to the GOP presidential hopeful. In a report made public Friday, investigators found that National Labor Relations Board member Terence Flynn had inappropriately shared sensitive agency information with former board members, including Peter Schaumber, a former board chairman and advisor to Romney on labor issues. The AFL-CIO on Monday called for the dismissal of Schaumber from the Romney camp, as well as a Justice Department investigation into Flynn's actions. 'A key advisor has been found to have used his inside connections in a way that resulted in the violation of ethics rules,' AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. 'Allowing Schaumber to remain as an advisor will speak volumes about candidate Romney and the value he places on ethics in government officials. He should renounce these violations and dismiss Schaumber.'" [HuffPost]
REPUBLICANS IN HOUSE, SENATE DISAGREE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH TRANSPORTATION BILL - After the Senate came together in a rare moment of accomplishing things and passed a two-year extension of transportation authority, House Republicans plan to bring up a 90-day extension instead. Democrats are not pleased. John Stanton: "GOP leadership aides said discussions were continuing on how to proceed with the bill. But because the bill is being brought up under suspension -- meaning it would need two-thirds of the House to vote for it -- passage of the short-term extension is uncertain at best, and leadership could be forced to scrap tonight's planned vote if it cannot pull together enough Democratic support. According to a Democratic leadership aide, 'Democratic leadership will be urging members to vote no on the short-term, 90-day extension of the highway bill on the floor today.'" [Roll Call]
Romney told Wolf Blitzer he saw The Hunger Games with his grandkids.
BLITZER: It's PG-13 -- is it a little too violent though for young kids?
ROMNEY: I think it's a little disturbing for young kids. I think the PG-13 is an indication of the seriousness of the film, but I'm over 13 now.
BLITZER: But you went with young kids, right?
ROMNEY: ... Just about that age.
NO WE CARE MORE ABOUT SMALL BIZ - Mike McAuliff: " In the battle to claim the mantle of responsible tax-cutters, Senate Democrats offered a plan Monday that competes with a House Republican push to give small businesses a 20 percent tax holiday. ... On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and policy maven Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that in the coming weeks they would introduce a bill that would give small businesses a 10 percent tax credit for any new hiring or raises in 2012 and would allow them to write off the entire cost of new capital investments that go to expanding their operations. 'Our tax cut is targeted to help small businesses, while Republican efforts are just camouflaged handouts to the wealthiest in America,' said Reid." [HuffPost]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Linda Hall of Spokane, Wash. has worked hard all her life but hasn't earned any respect from the labor market. Laid off for the first time at age 62, Hall has no health insurance, not enough savings for retirement and almost no chance of getting hired again. "A year ago I was absolutely certain that I had job security," Hall said. "Change is a part of life. But, truthfully, until a few weeks before [getting laid off], I just didn't see it coming and couldn't imagine such a thing happening." Hall said she had a poignant experience during her first visit to the local workforce center. "I saw so many sad, lost looking people and my heart just went out to them," she said in an email. "One lady had her teenage daughter helping her with paperwork; they were both struggling to be strong for each other, tears in their eyes." The scene resonated later. "Not long after that, my daughter Emily called me crying. She had just gotten laid off, from her job of five years in Research and Development at a successful local genetics lab that got bought out by a multi-national corporation. We cried together; then I helped her figure what to do next." [HuffPost]
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OBAMA: HERE'S SOME FODDER FOR YOU, REPUBLICANS AND PEOPLE WHO MAKE JOKES ON TWITTER - A hot mic caught Obama apparently saying he could hold off on diplomatic discussions with Russia over a missile defense system until after the election, when Romney can do them. (We added that last bit.) Kathleen Hennessey: "Television footage shows Obama telling Russian leader Dmitri Medvedev that 'after my election I will have more flexibility.' An advisor to Obama later said the two were talking about Russia's objections to the system, agreeing to talk later because of political concerns on both sides. ... Medvedev's response is that he will 'transmit' the information to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the former president who is scheduled to return to that post on May 7 after being declared the winner of a controversial election earlier this month." [Los Angeles Times]
@SpeakerBoehner: When the president returns from S. Korea, we look forward to hearing what he meant by having "more flexibility" on missile defense
DEEP SADNESS WITHIN ROMNEY KEEPS BUBBLING UP - Mitt Romney's accidental bursts of honesty are start to depress us. Today Jonathan Chait flagged him telling the Weekly Standard that when he told people what he'd do in 1994 if he was elected, he wasn't elected. So now he just won't say. "One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don't care about education," he said. "So will there be some that get eliminated or combined? The answer is yes, but I'm not going to give you a list right now." [New York]
HEALTH CARE THROWDOWN BEGINS - One-hundred-seventeen reporters, including five former Nina Totenberg interns, crowded into the Court to find out whether John Robertson planned to destroy the liberal project swiftly or build a little capital and pillage it later. Mark Sherman: "A decision is expected by late June, in the midst of a presidential election campaign in which all of President Barack Obama's Republican challengers oppose the law and promise its repeal if the high court hasn't struck it down in the meantime. With demonstrators chanting outside, eight of the nine justices eagerly jumped into questioning of lawyers about whether the case has been brought prematurely because a 19th century law bars tax disputes from being heard in the courts before the taxes have been paid." [AP]
Dennis Kucinich press release after the hearing: The "ruling will simply be the next step in the inevitable path towards single-payer health care."
SANTORUM: LOOK AT MEEEEE - Rick Santorum stopped by the Supreme Court today to talk about why he hates Obamacare. (Remember, Democrats can use the term now, because Obama Likes Obamacare, officially, on his website.) Santorum, via Jon Ward: "'[Romney] may say he wants to repeal Obamacare but he won't have the mandate from the course of this campaign to be able to win the argument, not just here in Congress but across the country,' Santorum said. 'I'll be making that argument throughout the course of our campaign. If we're successful it will be very clear where the American public is.'" Santorum also pointed out that Romney was not standing outside the Supreme Court. Touche. [HuffPost]
ILikeRomneycare.com redirects to Obama's "I like Obamacare" site.
RICK SANTORUM CURSES FOR FIRST TIME - Santorum, whom we'd assumed only used words like "gosh," said "bullshit" on Sunday to The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny. Better pull out your rosary, Rick. Luke Johnson: "Rick Santorum on Monday defended cursing at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny on Fox News as normal for a 'real Republican.' 'If you haven't cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you're not really a real Republican, is the way I look at it,' he said on 'Fox & Friends.'" [HuffPost]
WHAT IS OUR CHILDREN LEARNING??? Our favorite Paranoid Self-Loathing GOP Lobbyist emerged from his bunker this morning for the first time in weeks and was shocked that noted family man Rick Santorum would use such language. "I sure wish Sen. Santorum would stop cursing. Golly, kids are watching and I worry he's setting a bad example for our nation's youth," PSLGOPL wrote. Asked if he was in the bag for Newt, he replied: "I want an Obama second term. We'll have 68 senators in 2014."
BIG ARREST HuffPost DC: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced an "arrest in the March 11 anti-gay shooting at the Columbia Heights IHOP.
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Well played, BuzzFeed. Well played.
HERMAN CAIN GIVETH, YOUTUBE TAKETH AWAY, THEN REGIVETH DISTURBING RABBIT SNUFF FILM - Have you ever seen someone use a skeet trap to launch a rabbit into the sky and then shoot it, because of taxes on small business? No? Herman Cain thinks it's something you should see. [HuffPost]
- Parakeets, like twins, create a language only they can understand. [http://chzb.gr/GRBg6K]
- Ask Jeeves. He'll vouch for us. [http://bit.ly/GTJowt]
- Neil deGrasse Tyson didn't kill Pluto, but he drove the getaway car. [http://bit.ly/GRE8Ax]
- This guy does on bikes what normal people would never choose to do under any circumstances. [http://chzb.gr/GTKhoR]
- I ride on slide. [http://bit.ly/GREjLW]
- Hall and Oates covered by Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Kazoo solo. [http://chzb.gr/GREMxV]
- DARPA improves robo-tank's suspension, give the video an orc-slaying soundtrack. [http://bit.ly/GTK6tM]
@LOLGOP: At what point do you stop being a journalist and start becoming Newt's enabler?
@DanFosterNRO: I will transmit this meme to Vladimir.
@toddzwillich: I'm tweeting 'In Mother Russia, Vladmir transmits to YOU!' so you don't have to.
6:00pm - 8:00pm: GOP Senate hopeful Jon Bruning (Neb.) promised to battle the big scary healthcare law all the way to the Supreme Court. But now that he's here, Bruning's apparently decided that shaking down K Street is a better use of his time. [212 7th St NW]
6:30pm - 8:30 pm: While most industry receptions on the Hill have to beg people to show up for free food and drinks, the National Beer Wholesalers reception at Charlie Palmer's isn't one of them. [101 Constitution Ave, NW]
6:30pm: A kick-off party for the annual Ball on the Mall, a tented, black-tie affair where rich, attractive white people pay to stomp all over the grass they claim to be protecting. [1177 15th St., NW]
4:00pm - Good old Jon Bruning, tired from a day of
fighting the noble fight against Obamacare raising money, raises more money at a fundraiser at the lobbying firm of WIlliams and Jensen. [701 8th St. NW]
6:00pm - 8:00pm: Bruning again, fresh from a K Street fundraiser, scoots over to Carmine's for yet another fundraiser, this time at the biggest political fundraising venue in DC. So much for fighting the good fight, enjoy the baked zitti! [425 7th St NW]
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