POLITICS
10/20/2014 05:35 pm ET Updated Oct 20, 2014

HUFFPOST HILL - Congress Successfully Wards Off Ebola Epidemic For Another Day

The next "Sharknado" installment will feature scenes set in Washington, which will likely renew the debate over whether sharknadoes are attributable to human activity. Lanny Davis supports President Obama's Ebola czar pick, so you can pretty much kiss everyone you've ever known or loved goodbye. And Colorado health officials are pushing to outlaw edible marijuana products, saying they appeal to children. We're going to go ahead and put the kibosh on our "Air Bud" line of weed cookies. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, October 20th, 2014:

PRESIDENT CONSIDERING ASKING FOR MORE EBOLA FUNDS - Politico: "President Barack Obama is weighing his options for asking Congress for more funding to support the U.S. response to Ebola at home and abroad but has not made any formal requests of lawmakers, the White House said here Monday. 'At this moment we have not made any decisions about whether we need increased resources so there’s no proposal that we are sending up at this time,' White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters gathered near the president’s Kenwood home...There have been some reports of the White House talking about funding options with members of Congress, on which Schultz declined to elaborate. The Obama administration’s new Ebola 'czar,' Ron Klain, will officially start work on Wednesday and 'will be coordinating the administration’s whole-of-government Ebola response,' Schultz said." [Politico]

OBAMA'S EBOLA CZAR IS TERRIBLE - "'Ron Klain as Ebola Czar: The Right Person for the Right Job at the Right Time' by Lanny J. Davis" [The Hill]

LAWMAKER ACTUALLY DOES RESPONSIBLE EBOLA THING - Let's all pause and thank Barbara Mikulski for saving us the horror of a pre-election ebola hearing ("Doctor, yes or no, do you think President Obama and his allies in ACORN could've done more to stop this?"). Roll Call: "As the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the polls. The hearing is set for Nov. 6, and would be the first in the Democratic-run Senate since the first U.S. Ebola case was discovered in Dallas. The hearing could take on increased urgency if the Obama administration follows through on sending over a supplemental spending request. A Democratic aide said appropriators were told to expect a request for Ebola funding as soon as this week but did not have any details on its scope or whether it would be designated as emergency funding." [Roll Call]

"The suited sharks of Washington D.C. are going to meet real sharks in the next installment of Syfy's Sharknado franchise. The network announced on Monday that Sharknado 3 will see the finned flying terrors devour the entire Eastern seaboard, starting with a stop in Washington D.C. before heading down for some sun in Orlando, Florida." [Mashable]

Brian Schweitzer appeared in Playboy. Go ahead, click.

FOLEY FROWNER: "In 2011, a then-14-year-old orphan fled Honduras for the U.S., fearful that gang members would come after him after he had refused to join them. He'd grown up in an orphanage and on the streets, and thought that if he stayed in Honduras, he would be killed. He'd seen it happen before. He made the trip to the U.S. through Mexico and was apprehended soon after crossing the border. Now, he lives in foster care in Zeeland, Michigan. Later this month, he will be forced to return to Honduras, despite desperate efforts from his foster family to allow him to stay. ... [H]e is fully integrated into the family. He attends high school, plays on the soccer team and dotes on his nephew. 'We consider him our son. Our children consider him their brother,' Margit de Jong said. But that doesn't change the fact that he lacks authorization to remain in the U.S." [HuffPost]

DAILY DELANEY BABY - Mazel tov to Arthur and Laura, who welcomed their first son, Jack, into the world on Saturday. With a name like Jack Delaney, we suspect he'll either wind up a reporter who wears a fedora with a "PRESS" ticket sticking out of it or a mustachioed prize fighter.

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GREG ABBOTT DODGES QUESTION ON INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE - And here we thought Texas had seen the last of its sweaty white dude political candidates yelling about "ALL THE MISCEGENATIN'!!!" San Antonino Express: "'Right now, if there was a ban on interracial marriage, that’s already been ruled unconstitutional,' Abbott pointed out. 'And all I can do is deal with the issues that are before me … The job of an attorney general is to represent and defend in court the laws of their client, which is the state Legislature, unless and until a court strikes it down.' When I said I wasn’t clear if he was saying he would have defended a ban on interracial marriage, he said, 'Actually, the reason why you’re uncertain about it is because I didn’t answer the question. And I can’t go back and answer some hypothetical question like that.'" [San Antonio Express]

BACHMANN GIVEN SECURITY DETAIL - Politico: "Federal law enforcement officials are taking an ISIL threat against Michele Bachmann so seriously that Capitol Police have given the Minnesota Republican her own security detail. An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources. Members of the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection Division were briefed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The police security will continue until Bachmann, who will retire at the end of this Congress, is no longer in office. A police detail of this type typically means 24-hour protection when a member of Congress is on Capitol Hill or back in the home district." [Politico]

YOUR TAX DOLLARS NOT AT WORK - Lisa Rein: "Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month -- and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more -- while they wait to be punished for misbehavior or cleared and allowed to return to work, government records show. During a three-year period that ended last fall, more than 57,000 employees were sent home for a month or longer. The tab for these workers exceeded $775 million in salary alone. The extensive use of so-called administrative leave continues despite government personnel rules that limit paid leave for employees facing discipline to 'rare circumstances' in which the employee is considered a threat." [WaPo]

President votes (probably twice, y'know?): "President Barack Obama voted Monday in the midterm elections, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans who have also taken advantage of early voting. Obama, who is in Chicago to campaign for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), stopped by his polling place, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Center, to cast his ballot... As of Monday, voters in 34 states plus the District of Columbia are eligible to vote early in person. As The Washington Post notes, both Republicans and Democrats are eager to boost early voting turnout, particularly in down-to-the-wire Senate contests. According to the United States Election Project, nearly 2 million voters have voted early so far this cycle." [HuffPost's Mollie Reilly]

Babies, yes. Staffers, no: "With just a dozen contributors giving a total of less than $15,000, the 'kissing congressman' from Louisiana is clearly suffering from bad publicity after getting caught on a surveillance video kissing a married staff member (not his wife). He’s compensated by lending his own campaign $795,000." [WaPo]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a sleeping dog.

BIG GOVERNMENT ONCE AGAIN HARSHING YOUR BUZZ - AP: "Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told marijuana regulators that many forms of edible marijuana 'are naturally attractive to children' and violate the law's 'requirement to prevent the marketing of marijuana products to children.' The recommendation was obtained by The Associated Press in advance of a third and possibly final workgroup meeting Monday to draw up rules for identifiable markers or colors for edible marijuana products so they won't be confused with regular foods." [AP]

COMFORT FOOD

- A new installment of "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" went live.

- This is one very foul-mouthed crow.

- Clingy pandas have some serious emotional dependency issues.

- An American prison superintendent visits a Norwegian jail.

- The definitive guide to beer glasses, not to be confused with beer goggles.

TWITTERAMA

@michaelroston: I mostly want the Senate to go 50-50 b/c I look forward to the “Diamond Joe Biden” coverage from The Onion.

@NickBaumann: Ready for (Earl) Warren

@KagroX: I recently visited someone who has an African violet in their house. Should I stay home from work for three weeks?

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