David Vitter says President Obama’s Ebola response should focus less on Africa and, presumably, that his border policy focus less on Mexico. Pat Roberts promised a marathon filibuster of President Obama’s possible Guantanamo detainee transfer, probably because he just loves staying in D.C so much. And a new report finds the majority of the migrants who crossed the U.S.’s southern border last year weren’t Mexican. DUH, when was the last time you heard of a Mexican ISIS agent? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, October 10th, 2014:
ROBERTS PROMISES FILIBUSTER OVER GITMO - The Hill: "Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Friday vowed to block all legislation in the Senate with a prolonged filibuster if President Obama tries to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. A day after Tea Party hero Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned with him in Wichita, Roberts threatened to wage a marathon talk session similar to the one Cruz held last year to protest the implementation of ObamaCare. 'I stopped him once from trying to send a Gitmo terrorist to Leavenworth. I shall do it again, I shall do it again and if he tries it again I will shut down the Senate,' Roberts said, referring to the military prison located sixty miles east of his campaign headquarters in Topeka where he spoke to campaign volunteers." [The Hill]
LOL: @mckelmer: Michelle Obama said Bruce "Bailey" three times. #FlotusIA
RAND PAUL VISITS FERGUSON - Michael Scherer & Alex Rogers: "Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments." [Time]
DAVID VITTER.... WOW - "David Vitter's opponents say they're for Louisiana, but did you know that they believe in germ theory?!? Amanda Terkel: "Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is urging his colleagues to oppose President Barack Obama's request for $1 billion to fight the spread of Ebola, in part because the plan 'focuses on Africa' instead of 'our own borders.' More than 3,800 people have died from the disease so far. All of them have been in Africa, except one man in the United States who contracted the disease while in Liberia. Vitter aired his objections in a letter to top members of the Senate Armed Services and Appropriations committees Wednesday. He said the administration had not fully briefed Congress on its plans and was 'not exercising its ongoing powers of implementing its authority under federal immigration law to bar the entry of a foreign national on specific health-related grounds.'" [HuffPost]
The police report from the Palin family brawl is now available and it doesn't disappoint.
OBAMA STEALS MOUNTAIN - Locals mad. Louis Sahagun & Kate Mather: "Holding up signs that said 'Monumental mistake' and twirling gold-and-silver hula hoops, a handful of protesters gathered in San Dimas on Friday to express their opposition to President Obama’s designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. 'We are hula-hooping to attract attention,' Tracy Sulkin, of the community of Mt. Baldy, said as a fleet of U.S. Forest Service trucks and Secret Service sedans filed past on their way into Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, where Obama was scheduled to speak at about 12:30 p.m." [LATimes]
The "young invincibles" who burned their Obamacare draft cards have all quietly obtained health insurance.
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - "The total number of deaths attributed to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen above 4,000, the World Health Organization said Friday. The Geneva-based U.N. agency said that 4,033 deaths confirmed, probably or suspected to have been caused by Ebola have now been recorded." [Associated Press]
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JOHN WALSH LOSES DEGREE :-( - If it makes him feel any better, plagiarizing is just about the most senatorial thing a person can do. AP: "U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana says the U.S. Army War College has revoked his master's degree after an investigation into plagiarism allegations. The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college launched the probe in August after The New York Times published a story showing Walsh borrowed heavily from other sources for a research paper he wrote in 2007. Walsh's office released a statement Friday saying the Army War College has revoked his status as a graduate. The statement says the senator disagrees with the findings but accepts the decision. Walsh was appointed to his Senate seat in February and was the Democratic nominee for the seat. He dropped out of the race after the plagiarism allegations surfaced." [AP]
SUSAN COLLINS KILLS OBAMACARE REPEAL... BECAUSE IT WASN'T DEAD ALREADY - Sabrina Siddiqui: "Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Sabrina Siddiqui: "Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. 'You know at this point, I think we’re past that,' Collins said. 'I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such as prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.' 'I think at this stage what we should do is a number of bills that would fix flaws in Obamacare. I think we’re past the point of being able to repeal the bill altogether," she added. 'And as you point out, there are some good provisions in the bill, as well as some that have increased the cost of health care.'" [HuffPost]
GUESS PEOPLE JUST REALLY LIKE LIVING IN WASHINGTON - And what with its ample supply of small plates restaurants, who can blame them? We do things a little differently here. Politico:: "Larry Pressler, who is running for Senate in South Dakota as an independent, has his principal residence in Washington, according to District of Columbia tax records. Pressler, who served as a Republican in Congress from 1975 to 1997, and his wife receive the homestead deduction, a generous tax break meant for people who use their D.C. home as their “principal residence,” according to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. The tax break reduces a property’s “assessed value by $70,200 prior to computing the yearly tax liability,” the District says." [Politico]
American's don't like mandatory minimums: "According to a Reason-Rupe poll released Thursday, 77 percent of Americans support putting an end to mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders, most of whom have been convicted of drug-related crimes. While only 17 percent of Americans opposed the proposal, 8 out of 10 respondents think judges should be granted greater discretion in assigning individualized sentences for nonviolent offenders instead of "one size fits all" prison terms. Thursday's poll marks a 6-point increase in support for eliminating mandatory minimum sentences since Reason-Rupe posed the same question in December 2013." [HuffPost]
PIPING HOT MIGRATION NEWS! - Elise Foley: "Over the last fiscal year, there has been a shift in the nationalities of people apprehended crossing the southwest border: for the first time in history, a majority of them were from countries other than Mexico, according to a new report. The analysis, published Thursday by the Bipartisan Policy Center, found that fewer than half of those caught crossing the southwest border in the 2014 fiscal year were Mexican...According to information from Customs and Border Protection, agents apprehended 242,329 non-Mexican migrants along the southwest border over that 11-month period. Those apprehensions make up slightly more than 50 percent of the total figure of people caught along the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2014 fiscal year, even without the figures for September." [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's an anteater intimidating a kangaroo.
Fake president proud of work, terrified to think of job at White Castle come January 2017: "Louis Ortiz has created a full-time career out of having a strikingly similar appearance to the commander-in-chief. Yet life as President Barack Obama’s impersonator doesn’t involve traveling to campaign fundraisers or teeing off at golf courses. There’s no private chef, no Michelle, no Bo. Ortiz calls himself 'the lightning rod' for information -- when there’s big news going on, everyone comes to him. During an interview with HuffPost Live Ortiz joked, 'They want me to take care of ISIS, they want me to take care of the Ebola, you know the economy, it’s a tough job.' Although Ortiz says it's difficult for him "to get from point A to point B," being an impersonator has its perks. Ortiz has been in rap videos, has performed for the Dalai Lama and was a fixture at Inauguration 2013." [HuffPost]
- Olive Garden is one step closer to losing its unlimited breadsticks.
- Someone spliced together "The Empire Strikes Back" entirely from fan-made segments.
- We want this Burt Reynolds paperback almost as much as people wanted Burt Reynolds back in the 1970s.
- The trailer for "Merry Friggin Christmas," one of Robin Williams' final movies, is up.
@pourmecoffee: Kim Jong Un reached the very top and then just completely disappeared. Dan Snyder is going to want to draft this guy.
@frmajoo: I hate how people say “wheels up/down” when they’re traveling, as if they’re POTUS. Also hate how people not characters in Veep say POTUS.
@KagroX: RT @chucktodd: @joesonka @AlabamaHoover how do you make tough decisions in the Senate if you can't answer a simple question. || Adjourn?
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