POLITICS
10/17/2014 04:46 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2014

HUFFPOST HILL - Ebola To Loiter Outside Polling Places, Intimidate Republicans

Republicans are upset that Obama's "Ebola czar" doesn't have a medical background, though our nonexistent surgeon general doesn't and that hasn't stopped him. Joe Wilson thinks terrorists might infect themselves with Ebola and enter the country, referencing a highly cited white paper, "Dude, What If 'Mission Impossible 2' Happened, like... ::takes hit:: FOR REAL?" And President Obama's credit card was mistakenly declined, though you think the credit card companies would have learned their lessons after they had to un-cancel all those jet skis Joe Biden purchased in Daytona. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, October 17th, 2014:

OBAMA'S JUDICIAL NOMINEES THREATENED BY A GOP SENATE - Also under threat: basically everything he wants to do. Jen Bendery: "There's plenty of residual anger among Republicans over Democrats changing filibuster rules last year, and that anger could well translate into payback...'I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you’ll regret this,' Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said as Democrats pushed through the change in rules. 'And you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.'...Some observers are already predicting a nominations crisis if Republicans win the Senate. Norm Ornstein, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, said he expects approximately zero judges would get confirmed for the rest of Obama's term." [HuffPost]

Scott Brown says we wouldn't be worrying about Ebola if Mitt Romney were president.

WHITE HOUSE RESPONDS TO CRITICISM OF EBOLA CZAR - Obama should just call him "Surgeon General" to really drive his point... also to flip the bird every time he's asked about it. The Hill: "The White House dismissed Republican criticism of the selection of longtime Democratic aide Ron Klain to head the federal Ebola response, suggesting the GOP was 'seeking to score political points' before Election Day. 'That's a shocking development there,' press secretary Josh Earnest said when told Republican lawmakers had criticized the selection of Klain because he does not have a public health background. 'Three weeks before an Election Day, and Republicans are seeking to score political points,' Earnest said. 'Stop the presses!'" [The Hill]

KAY HAGAN BOARDS TRAVEL BAN BANDWAGON - The Ebola freakout is getting freakier. Sabrina Siddiqui: "'I am calling on the Administration to temporarily ban the travel of non-U.S. citizens from the affected countries in West Africa. Although stopping the spread of this virus overseas will require a large, coordinated effort with the international community, a temporary travel ban is a prudent step the President can take to protect the American people, and I believe he should do so immediately.' Hagan isn't the only Senate Democrat to call for flight restrictions in light of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but she is one of the first Democrats who is facing a tough re-election battle to do so. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is also struggling to hold onto his seat, endorsed a travel ban Thursday on non-citizens coming to the United States from affected regions in West Africa as well." [HuffPost]

INVESTMENT BANKER AND JOE BIDEN'S KID? - Of course homie is riding a yay-fueled jetpack to the sun. CNN: "The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed. The discharge of Biden, a 44-year-old lawyer and managing partner at an investment firm, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. He confirmed the report in a statement to CNN." [CNN]

FALPAT IMPRESSED BY HUNTER BIDEN - HuffPost Hill's congressional ethics correspondent, the Former Abramoff Lobbyist Pissed At Things, said he wants to party with Hunter. "He's got all the right ingredients for a good time: connections, Russians, coke, sense of entitlement. What I really want to know is how he does dumb sh-t all the time but never REALLY gets in trouble and still finds employment? The guy is more resilient than Ebola. FALPAT took people to too many lunches and dinners and got 10-years of DoJ hyenas and a million dollars in legal bills." Thanks, FALPAT!

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - The World Health Organization reported today there have been 9,216 Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America, with 4,555 deaths. [WHO PDF]

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AMERICA'S EBOLA RESPONSE: THWARTED BY SCIENCE - Good thing science isn't real. Sam Stein: "The role that money plays in finding vaccines has come under sharp dispute in recent days after the NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins, told The Huffington Post that the country 'probably would have had a vaccine in time' for the current Ebola epidemic if not for a “10-year-slide in research support.'... The real issue is far more complex, as shown by the efforts of Integrated BioTherapeutics and Protein Sciences to find a vaccine. Even if NIH provided unlimited funding, it wouldn’t necessarily guarantee a vaccine. Science is an inherently unpredictable proposition, and the process of discovering and producing a drug for market is arduous. As Sarah Kliff of Vox pointed out, “from the lab to the pharmacy, a typical drug takes about 12 years to build.” [HuffPost]

JOE WILSON REALLY OUTDOES HIMSELF - What if a Hamas agent eats a dirty bomb? Think about it, sheeple. BuzzFeed: "A Republican congressman says terrorists from Hamas could purposely infect themselves with the Ebola virus and then travel to America. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina was asked Thursday, during a question-and-answer after a speech, about the threat of Ebola entering the country through the U.S.-Mexico border. Referring to the 'hypothetical,' Wilson said, 'I’m very concerned. We had people who, I’ll repeat it, the creed of Hamas: We value death more than you value life. What? That’s their creed.' The South Carolina congressman suggested that to promote their ideology, Hamas militants could send themselves to the United States, a situation he said could be avoided by sealing the southern border." [BuzzFeed]

Also, let's defund ACORN: "A member of Congress who wants to ban travel from countries afflicted by the Ebola outbreak appeared to be unaware of a key fact -- that there are no direct flights between the U.S. and Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone. In a Friday morning appearance on MSNBC, Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) argued that instituting a flight ban, regardless of what experts say, makes sense and said he plans to introduce a bill doing so once Congress reconvenes in November." [HuffPost's Igor Bobic ]

BUT WILL BETTER AIR CIRCULATION CREATE JOBS?!? - Samantha Lachman: "Lest we forget the infamous 'Fan-gate' incident of 2014, Florida Democrats are parlaying Gov. Rick Scott's (R) initial refusal to debate former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) Wednesday night because of the presence of Crist's beloved electric fan into television ads and merchandise. Scott held up the debate for nearly eight minutes because Crist had a fan stashed under his lectern, claiming that it violated the debate's 'no electronics' rule. Crist's campaign countered by saying they had signed a debate agreement with a fan exemption penned-in." [HuffPost]

Move aside, colorful leggings, racist, fear-mongering campaign ads are the latest 80s retro craze sweeping the nation!

PRESIDENT EMASCULATED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS - If we had the money and "President Obama's credit card was rejected last month at a restaurant in New York. "I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was -- during the U.N. General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected,' Obama said Friday while signing an executive order to protect consumers from identity theft. 'It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough. They were -- they thought there was some fraud going on. Fortunately, Michelle had hers." And, yes, Obama had to defend himself. 'I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills,' Obama said. 'Even I’m affected by this.'" [WaPo]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a cat in a pile of leaves.

DICK TAKE: STATE SENATOR MOCKS JOBLESS JOURNALIST - Smart fire. Paige Lavender: "Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) mocked a local journalist after that reporter was laid off from her job this week. Cari Gervin and her colleagues at Knoxville's alt-weekly paper Metro Pulse were let go this week as part of a round of layoffs by the paper's owner, the Knoxville News Sentinel. After tweeting about the layoffs, Gervin posted a screenshot of a Facebook message she received from Campfield: 'So, Do YOU Have Any Comments Now?'" [HuffPost]

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TWITTERAMA

@elisefoley: I like when instruction manuals say things like “Getting to know your charger,” but I wish they’d suggest conversation topics or something.

7im: nice for Hunter Biden that he's "moving forward" after his coke use, and not moving to the big house like so many other drug using Americans

@EWErickson: GOP'ers trying to close this election are like the Cialis dude who takes the pill and gets in the separate bathtub from the lady.

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