Martin O’Malley thinks WiFi is a human right, just like extra rounds of Candy Crush, static-free laundry and Starbucks baristas who spell your name right on coffee cups. The Obama administration announced new airport screening measures, meaning all Ebola-stricken passengers will board in Zone 4. And the deficit shrank, begging the question, why isn’t Obama doing more about ISIS? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, October 8th, 2014:
OBAMA'S 'YEAR OF ACTION' NOT MUCH OF ONE - It can join the Recovery Summer in the forgotten promises support group. Politico: "President Barack Obama vowed to make 2014 the “Year of Action,” but the reality is that the action is often limited and the full impact won’t be felt for years — if at all. A POLITICO analysis of the more than 60 executive actions announced since January found that not even the president’s vaunted 'pen and phone' can deliver quick or sweeping results. Many of the major initiatives launched as part of the policy and messaging offensive will take years to implement and touch only a fraction of Americans. A higher minimum wage and anti-discrimination protections for gay workers won’t reach all federal contractors until at least 2019. That new retirement savings plan unveiled at the State of the Union? Not ready yet. A new program to ease student loan debt is still more than a year away. And a slate of ambitious pro-labor workplace reforms won’t phase in until just before the next administration takes over." [Politico]
"'Your' rhymes with 'Common Core,' which is probably how you were educated." -- Steve King responds to the haters.
DEMS PUTTING MONEY IN SOUTH DAKOTA - Mark Halperin and Michael Bender: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will spend $1 million in South Dakota — mostly on television and the rest on field operations — in a last-minute attempt to hold a U.S. Senate seat they now view as winnable, Bloomberg Politics has learned. A DSCC official said advertising will likely be on the air by Monday. As in the Kansas Senate race, Democrats believe they now have a chance to offset inevitable losses elsewhere and maintain control of the Senate." [Bloomberg]
What would a Senator Greg Orman be like? Nobody knows.
DEFICIT SHRINKING - Debt scolds still shrieking, of course. CBO: "The federal government ran a budget deficit of $486 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates—$195 billion less than the shortfall recorded in fiscal year 2013, and the smallest deficit recorded since 2008. Relative to the size of the economy, that deficit—at an estimated 2.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—was slightly below the average experienced over the past 40 years, and 2014 was the fifth consecutive year in which the deficit declined as a percentage of GDP since peaking at 9.8 percent in 2009." [CBO.gov]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Security officials will start taking an extra look at travelers coming to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken countries, the government announced Wednesday. People traveling from West Africa will have their temperatures taken via "non-contact thermometer" at five U.S. airports, according to the announcement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We believe these new measures will further protect the health of Americans, understanding that nothing we can do will get us to absolute zero risk until we end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa," CDC director Tom Frieden said in a press release. [HuffPost]
There might be a second Ebola case in Texas but it seems a lil sketchy.
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The Free Beacon should hire this guy: "[GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter] said U.S. Border Patrol 'sources' told him that 'at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.' 'If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border -- it’s that simple,' he said. "They caught them at the border, therefore we know that ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or 10 of them then you know there’s going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the border patrol," he said on Fox News’ 'On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.'" [HuffPost's Igor Bobic]
MITCH MCCONNELL LIKES THE SPORTS... SPORTS RADIO, NOT SO MUCH - Sabrina Siddiqui: "Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a surprise appearance Wednesday on 'Kentucky Sports Radio,' one of the state's most popular radio shows. But... McConnell came off sounding defensive. Listeners later described the appearance as 'combative,' and host Matt Jones chided McConnell for getting 'needlessly angry.' ... But at several points during the interview, McConnell grew agitated by Jones' aggressive questioning. When McConnell said he would like to pull Obamacare out 'root and branch,' Jones began to point out that full repeal would take away coverage from 500,000 Kentuckians who had enrolled in health care through the state-run exchange Kynect. 'Can I finish my answer?' said McConnell, who then went on to discuss the health care law's cuts to Medicare." [HuffPost]
James O'Keefe tries, fails: "In Kentucky’s Senate race, Democrats think the 'canary in the coal mine' for Mitch McConnell might be the arrival of right-wing activist James O’Keefe...O’Keefe didn’t find much: a bland, secretly recorded video of low-level Grimes organizers chatting cynically about whether their candidate really was committed to the coal industry. Neither Grimes not any of her top aides are on the tape or anywhere near it. It’s not a smoking gun; it's not really even a gun." [HuffPost's Howard Fineman]
AFL-CIO President and mustache canvas Richard Trumka hasn't been sitting still: "Having talked with voters on the ground, Trumka predicted McConnell would lose because he hasn't made an adequate case for himself and his record, instead campaigning largely against the president, who's deeply unpopular in Kentucky...Trumka has been barnstorming on behalf of Democrats not just in Kentucky but also around the country over the past month. He's spent most of that time in the labor federation's higher-priority states: Alaska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Maine; he'll soon head to Colorado, Connecticut and New Hampshire." [HuffPost's Dave Jamieson]
TEXAS: ABORTION ACCESS PRIMARILY IN WEALTHY AREAS - Everything's bigger, and more economically inequitable, in Texas, Laura Bassett: "A series of draconian anti-abortion laws in Texas has closed all but eight of the 44 clinics that operated across the state in 2013. The remaining clinics are all concentrated in urban, high-income areas of the state, leaving poor women unable to reach them easily. A new Huffington Post map of abortion access in Texas shows the locations of the remaining clinics crossed with the median household income in that area. The eight clinics are all in the Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio metro areas, home to most of the highest earners in the state." [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's the angriest cat on the internet.
MARTIN O'MALLEY REALLY WANTS TO WIN OVER THE LIBERAL GRASSROOTS - Kombucha in every pot, a wifi hotspot in every garage. Amber Ferguson: "Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said 'Wi-Fi is a human right' while comparing the generational differences between baby boomers and young people. In a CNN profile, O’Malley spoke about how young adults view success differently from their parents and grandparents. 'Baby boomers and older were often told that if we specialize in terms of our skills, we will be more secure and prosperous, that the definition of 'making it’ was living out in the suburbs as far way as possible with the biggest lawn possible,' O’Malley said." [HuffPost]
- An infographic on the history of wedding engagements.
- Checking in with Ted Williams, the golden-voiced homeless man.
- A mashup of animals giving up.
- Are you on Ello?
@jordanzakarin: Inbox: DR. OZ WEIGHS IN ON EBOLA AND BUTT IMPLANTS ON THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW
@pourmecoffee: If we lower taxes on the rich, job creators will unleash powerful entrepreneurial antibodies that will eradicate Ebola.
@daveweigel: Added bonus for #SDSen: Unlike Kansas, no cliches for headline/lede-writers to beat to death. We’re not in… uh… Rapid City anymore!
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