11/28/2012 06:10 pm ET Updated Jan 28, 2013

HUFFPOST HILL - Susan Rice: Responsible For Everything Bad... Ever

A good guest brings a gift, but Mitt Romney should probably leave his at home when he visits the White House tomorrow. Glenn Beck gave a whole new meaning to "Goldline" when he put a jar of his own urine up for sale. And Grover Norquist said Republicans open to tax hikes are being visited by "sugar plum dancing fairies," though we're guessing if they keep at it Grover will be forced to go full Nutcracker. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, November 28th, 2012:

SUSAN COLLINS SAYS POSSIBLY THE DUMBEST THING ABOUT BENGHAZI TO DATE - Has anyone confirmed whether Susan rice was in a certain grassy knoll on November 22nd, 1963? And just what WAS she doing in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964? We have some questions. Politico: "Collins (R-Maine), the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, accused Rice of playing a 'political role' during the presidential election by going on five Sunday talk shows and incorrectly describing the deadly Sept. 11 assault as something spurred by spontaneous protests rather than a deliberate terrorist attack. And Collins said Rice's response to Benghazi had an 'eerie echo' of the 1998 bombings of two African embassies, which occurred when Rice was an assistant secretary of state for African Affairs. 'Those bombings in 1998 resulted in the loss of life of 12 Americans as well as many other foreign nationals, and 4,000 people were injured,' Collins told reporters after her hourlong, closed-door meeting with Rice. 'And what troubles me so much is that the Benghazi attacks echoes the attacks on those embassies in 1998 when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department. ... She had to be aware of the general threat assessment and of the ambassadors' request for more security.'" [Politico]

NOPE, JIM INHOFE TAKES THE PRIZE: BENGHAZI IS THE 'BIGGEST COVERUP IN HISTORY' - The Oklahoma senator -- who, if we recall correctly, also believes that global warming is simply the Earth experiencing menopause -- made the claim during a hit on Fox News. "This is gonna go down as the biggest coverup in history," he said. "The administration deliberately covered this up and misrepresented what happened in Benghazi." He confirmed this belief when pressed on the matter by Bill Hemmer. According to HuffPost Hill's coverup-o-meter, the Benghazi attacks only register one Strom Thurmond Secret Black Offspring out of a possible five, too low to be deemed a "coverup." label. Sorry! [HuffPost's Nick Wing]

Republican governors keep lining up to have the federal government come to their states and run something. Jeff Young: "Arizona won't help implement a key component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said in a letter to a federal health official Wednesday. Including Arizona, there currently are 17 states that won't create so-called health insurance exchanges -- online marketplaces where uninsured people and small businesses will choose health plans and learn whether they're eligible for tax credits...Although the federal government has the authority to step in and create exchanges in states that don't build their own, lack of cooperation from states could hamper how well they function, and how many uninsured people get coverage." [HuffPost]

FORMER SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR SET TO RUN FOR SENATE - The DSCC's headache is not going to go away anytime soon. Sioux City Journal: "Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds appears poised to announce Thursday that he's running for the U.S. Senate. Rounds in a statement Wednesday said he's planning stops in Pierre, Rapid City and Sioux Falls. State Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes, said Rounds will undoubtedly announce that he will run.' Not only is he running, he is going to be our next U.S. Senator from South Dakota,' said Lederman, a close friend of Rounds. State Democratic Party Executive Director Ben Nesselhuf said he also expects Rounds to make things official Thursday...U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., has two years left in a six-year term and has not indicated whether he would run again. Nesselhuf said all indications are that Johnson is heading for a 2014 re-election bid, but the senator's decision will likely hinge on whether he is up to the rigors of a campaign."

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - From our ongoing series PASTED: The Email of the Jobless: "I'd much rather have a job paying less than I'm used to making than trying to subsist on unemployment of $200/week. However, being over 55, well, it's obvious age discrimination is a factor these days. This is sick to say, but sometimes I feel as though I'd stand a better chance of being murdered by a serial killer than getting a job lol." [Hang in there!]

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BOEHNER HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES - Good news for those of you who are wondering whether you'll be able to budget a new BMW X6 xDrive50i or be forced to settle for an X6 xDrive35i: John Boehner has your back. Mike McAuliff and Jen Bendery: "House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled no new willingness to bend on raising taxes for the rich Wednesday after one of his more respected GOP colleagues suggested the party should take President Barack Obama's offer to extend Bush-era tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans. Rep. Tom Cole, a five-term Oklahoma Republican, told others in his party Tuesday that even though he does not want to let the top federal income tax rate rise back to the Clinton-era level of 39.6 percent, his party should take that deal for the time being. He stood by that assessment Wednesday, telling reporters the GOP would be wise to act on his idea 'soon.' Boehner, however, was not buying it. 'I told Tom earlier in our conference meeting that I disagreed with him,' the speaker told reporters Wednesday." [HuffPost]

GROVER NORQUIST GOES FULL FANTASIA - In an interview with Mike McAuliff, the Americans for Tax Reform chief took aim at the growing number of Republicans -- including Tom Cole, Lindsey Graham,. Saxby Chambliss and Pete King -- have suggested one way or another that taxes be left on the table in the fiscal cliff negotiations. "Quote unquote, the Republicans who are open to tax increases, every one of them has sugar plum dancing fairies in their head of fundamental entitlement reform, and some of them, fundamental tax reform," Norquist said. It's only a matter of time until Michelle Obama incepts those Republicans and replaces their sugar plum fairies with beet and radish fairies. [HuffPost]

WHITE HOUSE ENDORSES REID'S FILIBUSTER REFORM - Sam Stein: "Jumping squarely into the white-hot debate currently being waged in the Senate, the White House on Wednesday said it supports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's efforts to change the rules of the upper chamber. 'The President has said many times that the American people are demanding action,' White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement to The Huffington Post. 'They want to see progress, not partisan delay games. That hasn't changed, and the President supports Majority Leader Reid's efforts to reform the filibuster process.'" [HuffPost]

@mollyesque: Charlie Crist, man of the people. pic.twitter.com/NSahLfBk

ROMNEY & OBAMA TO LUNCH, EXCHANGE FORCED NICETIES - Well this will be awkward. The real question is whether Romney can keep it together as his victorious foe leads him through the presidential mansion he won't get to live in, or whether he'll meekly remark about the view of the Monument, collapse on the floor in tears and demand someone get him a juice box. The Hill: "The administration announced the meeting on Wednesday and noted it will be closed to the press. Romney will also meet with his vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday, a Ryan aide has confirmed to The Hill. The Romney and Obama sit-down comes amid a heated battle between Democrats and Republicans over the upcoming fiscal cliff. Following his overwhelming election victory, Obama said he wanted to meet with Romney to discuss how he could work with the GOP nominee and Republican Party leaders on the economic challenges facing the country." [The Hill]

PERRIELLO CONSIDERING GUBERNATORIAL RUN - The former one-term member of Congress, who is a favorite among progressive activists, would hypothetically challenge Terry McAuliffe, who is a favorite among bug-eyed people with Red Bull dependencies, for the nomination. With Amanda Terkel: "The news was first tweeted on Tuesday night by Ben Tribbett, a prominent Virginia Democratic blogger, who said Perriello 'hasn't totally ruled out a run for Governor in 2013.' Sources close to Perriello confirmed to The Huffington Post that he is considering a gubernatorial bid. In 2010, Perriello lost to Republican Robert Hurt. The Democratic congressman faced a wave of negative ads from groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity. During the race, Perriello played down partisan differences, defining the race as being between the corporate establishment versus the people. Currently, Perriello leads the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress Action Fund." [HuffPost]

The last time a conservative talk show host ran a high-profile campaign we got "Imagine There's No Pizza," so we wholeheartedly endorse this candidacy: "Erick Erickson is looking at a move from editing RedState to representing a red state. The leading conservative blogger told his radio audience that he is 'prayerfully considering' a primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in 2014. 'What I do know is that Saxby Chambliss has spent twenty years in Washington and in that time has been complicit in growing Washington,' Erickson told local station WMAZ on Tuesday." [TPM]

GOP PRIMARY BARRIERS TOO LOW, SAYS GUY WHO WON ONE PERCENT OF IT - Like, why isn't Mandarin a pre-requisite? Sam Stein: "In an interview with The Huffington Post, Huntsman laid out his vision for the Republican Party going forward. He called for neo-conservatism to be sidelined, for states' rights on issues like gay marriage to be respected, for comprehensive immigration reform to be pursued. He also said the party had to be open to compromise, including on the idea of raising marginal tax rates (as a last resort)..."Some do it professionally. Some were entertainers," he said of the Republican presidential field. "I looked down the debate stage, and half of them were probably on Fox contracts at one point in their career. You do that. You write some books. You go out and you sell some more. You get a radio gig or a TV gig out of it or something. And it's like, you say to yourself, the barriers of entry to this game are pretty damn low." [HuffPost]

THERE'S NO FIGHTING TITILLATING EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE IN THE WAR ROOM! - NYT: "Two and a half weeks after Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced an inquiry into e-mail exchanges between Gen. John R. Allen of the Marines and a socialite in Tampa, Fla., some 15 investigators working seven days a week in the Pentagon inspector general's office have narrowed their focus to 60 to 70 e-mails that 'bear a fair amount of scrutiny,' a defense official said. The official did not disclose the content of the e-mails, but senior Pentagon officials have described the voluminous correspondence between General Allen, the top NATO commander in Afghanistan, and the socialite, Jill Kelley, as potentially 'inappropriate communication.' Law enforcement officials say the e-mails number in the hundreds and cover a period of two and a half years starting in 2010, when General Allen was the deputy commander of Central Command, based in Tampa." [NYT]

THE ONE ABOUT A JAR FULL OF GLENN BECK'S PEE - BuzzFeed: "In a video discussing a protest of a recent art exhibit featuring a painting of Obama as Jesus on the cross, Glenn Beck went the extra mile to really illustrate his point regarding the importance freedom of speech. In a beret and a French accent, he showed off a piece of controversial art he created himself: a mason jar of his own pee that he dropped a dashboard bobblehead figurine of Obama into." [BuzzFeed]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Animals feeding other animals, the mashup.

"If you have a message, any message, you'd like to bring to the White House, let Philadelphia-based artist Emily Squires know. She'll march on Pennsylvania Avenue holding a sign that proclaims just about anything 'with the exception of ones that I feel are hate speech,' she says. "Which is very few so far."" [ TARGET="_HPLINK">HuffPost]


- Cee Lo and Kermit sing a rendition of "Bein' Green." [http://bit.ly/Y5mfX4]

- Pretty French woman goes on TV to demonstrate her surprising death metal skills. [http://chzb.gr/TkVTJ1]

- Pinterest food photos gone wrong. [http://huff.to/QJRVhQ]

- "Cab Roulette," a new series in which a comedian interviews random New York cabbies. [http://bit.ly/Y5aXSK]

- NYU students discover they can "reply all" the entire university. We're guessing some Gallatin students turned this incident into their major. [http://bit.ly/Rh2d8Y]

- Bill O'Reilly and a very unfriendly psychiatrist discuss "Gangam Style." "This is a little fat guy from Pyongyang or some place..." [http://bit.ly/UXeWex]

- "Flight" parody set on a school bus, The star does a phenomenal Denzel Washington. [http://bit.ly/TtXe35]


@BCAppelbaum: Has anyone heard from ordinary people in Ohio lately? I've been wondering how they're doing.

@pourmecoffee: Plan for traffic to be crazy in DC tomorow when Romney rides in on Rafalca for lunch at White House.

@daveweigel: 2008's Chris Matthews for #PASen speculation = 2012's Erick Erickson for #GASen speculation



5:00 pm: If only America could hold a debt retirement session at the National Republican Senatorial Committee's headquarters... but sadly America is not Ted Cruz. [NRSC, 425 2nd Street NE]

6:30 pm: We're very pleased to see that Tom Coburn has lately been dressing like an English professor. We hope he takes his tweedish look to his fundraiser benefiting his TAC PAC. [Trattoria Alberto, 506 8th Street SE]

6:30 pm: Congress' foremost climate change denier, Jim Inhofe, celebrates his birthday with his annual "Joe's Stone Crab" reception. No word on whether he'll wantonly spray some aerosol cans in celebration. [Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave NW]

7:00 pm: Ted Cruz continues to retire his debt, this time with an assist from Mitch McConnell. [The Source by Wolfgang Puck, 575 Pennsylvania Ave]


12:30 pm: Rand Paul, America's next president, raises money for his RAND PAC, which sounds like the nickname of a Canadian football team's offensive line... or not. [Johnny's Half Shell, 400 North Capitol Street NW]

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