POLITICS
09/10/2014 05:49 pm ET

HUFFPOST HILL - But Is It Good For The Cruz?

Congress isn't really debating President Obama's plans for yet another U.S. military intervention in Iraq, maybe because of some kind of buy 3, get the 4th free arrangement. David Perdue said his dad played a major role in desegregation, and by that he really meant "was alive during desegregation." And Ted Cruz will headline a conference that also features pro-Hezbollah and Pro-Assad speakers, though neither of them pose any real danger to Canada so we don't see what the big deal is. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, September 10th, 2014:

HOW BAD ARE THE BAD GUYS? Zeina Karam and Vivian Salama: "President Barack Obama is outlining plans Wednesday for an expanded military and political effort to combat the group in Syria and Iraq, ushering in what is likely to be a long-term engagement by the U.S. and its allies to destroy the militants in those countries. It is useful to remember, though, that while it is a formidable force that controls roughly a third of Iraq and Syria, there also has been an inclination to exaggerate the group's capabilities. 'I think sometimes there's been a tendency to sort of overestimate the technical sophistication of the Islamic State,' said Charles Lister, visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center." [Associated Press]

HOUSE DECIDES FIRST WEEK BACK IS GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO NOT DO ANYTHING YET - Emma Dumain: "The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels against terrorist insurgents operating under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." [HuffPost]

KS-SEN: REPUBLICANS HAVING AN 'OH CRAP' MOMENT - "Step one: Have Pat Roberts move to Kansas." Politico: "The GOP’s political machine is kicking into overdrive to save a Senate seat in Kansas that’s suddenly complicating its path to the majority. With polls showing Sen. Pat Roberts in serious trouble against independent Greg Orman, top Senate Republicans including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah are leaning on big-ticket donors to fill the long-time Kansas senator’s campaign coffers. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are planning to barnstorm the state on Roberts’ behalf. And in a bid to boost the senator’s sagging poll numbers, the Roberts campaign is planning an ad blitz to cast his long record and seniority in Washington in a more positive light." [Politico]

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Jon Herskovitz brings the bleak: "Texas plans to execute Willie Tyrone Trottie on Wednesday for killing two people during a shooting spree sparked by a breakup with his girlfriend…. Lawyers for Trottie have tried to seek a stay, saying the lethal injection drug may have passed its expiration date." [AP]

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NOT TOO MUCH DEBATE ABOUT THIS WAR STUFF - Jen Bendery: " It's a rare day in Washington when lawmakers in both parties agree on something. But when it comes to the Islamic State, members of Congress are practically in lockstep pushing for an expanded fight against the militant group overseas. The Huffington Post spent Tuesday talking to a random sampling of 10 lawmakers -- Democrats and Republicans, from both chambers -- about the need to step up America's role in countering the Islamic State as it expands its terrorist stronghold in Iraq and Syria. All but one were quick to frame the group as an imminent threat to the United States and one that must be snuffed out immediately. 'There's been no pushback against the Islamic State and they have made breathtaking advances. We haven't seen anything like this since Hitler and the blitzkrieg in World War II,' said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee." [HuffPost]

HMMM… "I think how direct it is now may not be clear, but they're such a threat that they are, in that respect, a direct threat," said Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) "What's meant by direct, it may not be tomorrow, but the fear is it could be soon thereafter … The emphasis should not be on the word direct; the emphasis should be on the word threat." HMMM…

"It's fear-mongering. It's what happened after 9/11. 'Oh my god, they've got these planes crashing. Now they're going to take over America.' That's nonsense," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the only lawmaker who unequivocally dismissed the idea that Islamic State militants pose a direct threat to the United States. An indirect threat, yes, he said, but not more.

Bush alum David Frum thinks there's no good reason to bomb Iran's enemy if we're not gonna get something out of Iran.

SENATE GOP ACTUALLY LETS EQUAL PAY BILL MOVE FORWARD - Binders full of last-minute vote getting techniques. Laura Bassett: "Senate Republicans have blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act on all three previous occasions it has been brought to the floor. But they changed their strategy on Wednesday, voting for the first time ever to allow debate on the equal pay legislation. The bill needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and proceed to debate, and the Senate voted 73 to 25 to advance it. The vote comes just a week after the Republican National Committee claimed in a tweet to be the party that supports equal pay for women...The timing of the vote may be significant, coming as it does in the last, two-week session ahead of the midterm elections. But there is no guarantee the bill -- which is unchanged from the last time it was blocked -- will actually come to a vote." [HuffPost]

SPORTS BLINK! Actually you might want to just close your eyes. "A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: 'You're right. It's terrible.'" [AP]

RAND PAUL REALLY NOT AN ISOLATIONIST, HE SWEARS - Besides, the past is fiction, like the Aqua Buddha, we must focus only on the present. Igor Bobic: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday denied that he had changed his views about expanding the campaign against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The Weekly Standard caught up with the Kentucky Republican on Capitol Hill and inquired about his hawkish turn toward advocating for more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: 'TWS: Senator Paul, could you say what's changed in the last couple months in your thinking on ISIS? You were still uncertain about bombing back in August. Now you support it. What in your mind has changed? PAUL: I still have exactly the same policy. And that is that intervention militarily should be through an act of Congress.'" [HuffPost]

TED CRUZ FINDS HIMSELF BETWEEN A ROCK AND A TERRORIST PLACE - RINO! "Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is headlining a conference on Wednesday funded by a controversial Clinton donor that will feature pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad speakers in Washington, D.C. The “In Defense of Christians” summit is a gathering of Middle Eastern Christian leaders that seeks to raise awareness about the threats to Arab minorities from ISIL. However, critics fear several of the speakers will try to use the event to bolster Washington’s support for the Syrian regime in its ongoing civil war and help Bashar al-Assad restore his legitimacy and power." [Free Beacon]

Dick Cheney want WAR! Cheney WAR NOW! ::eats child's heart::: "Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute event in Washington, Cheney urged the president to counter Islamic State militants in the Middle East by expanding airstrikes in Syria, training Iraq's military forces, and partnering with allies to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad. He stopped short, however, of calling for more U.S. ground troops in the region." [HuffPost's Igor Bobic<]

Harry Reid disagrees: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), walking a careful line Wednesday morning in backing the military options for Iraq that President Barack Obama is expected to lay out later in the day, expressed some mockery of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who on Tuesday counseled tough action in the nation he helped invade..."There are people here in Congress who are taking advice from Dick Cheney," Reid said in a Senate floor speech. "I think they better be very careful with the advice that they take from Dick Cheney. Dick Cheney is more responsible than anyone else for the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the country -- the invasion of Iraq.'" [HuffPost's Mike McAuliff]

CALIFORNIA HEAVIN': GOVERNOR TO SIGN SICK DAY PAY BILL - Much to the consternation of conservatives, working Californians will no longer have to vomit themselves up by their boostraps. Dave Jamieson: "In the largest expansion of its kind to date, the state of California on Wednesday extended paid sick leave to millions of workers who would otherwise have to choose between a day's pay and working while ill. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) signed a bill making California the only state other than Connecticut to have a sick-leave mandate on its books. Under the law, employers will have to let workers accrue one hour of sick time for every 30 hours they work, to be capped at three days per year at employers' discretion...Brown's office estimates that the mandate will bring paid sick leave to 6.5 million Californians who currently don't have it. The state senate passed the bill by a vote of 52-21 earlier this month, sending the legislation to Brown's desk. The law goes into effect next July." [HuffPost]

DAVID PERDUE: FRIEND OF THE BLACK MAN The arc of history is long, but it bends toward half-assed attempts at coalition building in the south. Amanda Terkel:"On March 21, Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue spoke with some GOP students at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In an effort to connect with the young voters at the historically black college, Perdue said his father played a key role in desegregating the Houston County schools in Georgia....But Perdue exaggerated his father's role. It is true that David Perdue Sr. oversaw desegregation as superintendent of the Houston County School System in central Georgia from 1961 to 1980. But the school board, like many others in the South, put together a 'freedom of choice' plan in the mid-1960s that essentially was 'desegregation light' -- allowing the option of integration but not forcing it. The NAACP challenged the plan as inadequate, and full desegregation in Perdue's schools came only after a court order." [HuffPost]

Black guy not admitted to golf club: "A few of New York’s elite golf clubs wouldn’t let President Barack Obama play over Labor Day weekend because they didn’t want to inconvenience their high-paying members. After the president attended the wedding of his longtime chef, Sam Kass, he wanted to get in a round of golf. According to a report from NBC New York, the Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were some of the exclusive golf communities that snubbed the president. The report says club managers were unwilling to shut down their courses to accommodate the president...But Obama wasn’t the only one to get shut out. King Mohammed VI of Morocco was also denied golf access over the holiday, and former President Bill Clinton was snubbed at these same clubs while he was in office." [HuffPost]

Rhode Island: one of America's biggest little states breaking one of America's biggest little color barriers: "Rhode Island has never before elected a governor who wasn't a white man. But in Tuesday's primary, Democrats and Republicans both nominated candidates who, if elected, would change that. Democrats chose General Treasurer Gina Raimondo over Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and former Obama administration official Clay Pell. On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung beat businessman Ken Block. If elected, Raimondo would be the Ocean State's first woman governor, while Fung would be its first Asian-American governor." [HuffPost's Alex Lazar]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a father and daughter dancing to T.Swift.

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- Photos of sad and/or bored dads at a One Direction concert.

- Let the torrent of Apple Watch parodies begin!

- Dog imitates a dolphin.

- A 1974 young adult fiction novel accurately forecasted the rise of drones.

TWITTERAMA

@BrettLoGiurato: More like Roger Badell

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