POLITICS
10/28/2014 05:13 pm ET Updated Oct 28, 2014

HUFFPOST HILL Obama Pals Around With Ebola

President Obama will continue to hug Ebola responders, though just to be safe, we should figure out some way to keep random people from coming in contact with the president. Bobby Jindal has gained 13 pounds in an apparent effort to bolster his presidential bid, but HuffPost Hill has been unable to confirm if he even lifts, bro. And Organizing for Action is undergoing a major shakeup. Officials insist that its mission of sending you an insufferable amount of emails titled "We Need You" and "Spare A Moment?" remains unchanged. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, October 28th, 2014:

UNCLE JOE'S VACATION: HE KNOWS A GUY - Time: "Vice President Joe Biden, his wife and 11 other family members spent four nights on vacation this August at a lakeside log cabin overlooking the snowcapped peaks of Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park. The four-bedroom Brinkerhoff Lodge, where they stayed, is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Under a policy adopted in 1992, after controversy over VIPs using the cabin for vacations, the National Park Service banned purely recreational activities by federal employees at the property, restricting its use to 'official purposes.' But in recent years, the park service has interpreted that same rule so broadly as to again allow senior officials to take cheap vacations in Grand Teton with friends and family. While visiting the park, Biden held no events, kept no public schedule, and his staff initially declined to answer a reporter’s question about where he spent the night. Last week, after TIME uncovered documents confirming his stay at the lodge, Biden’s office said the Vice President planned to personally reimburse the park $1,200 for “renting the Brinkerhoff” for his family’s vacation." [Time]

OBAMA VOWS TO HUG EVERY EBOLA NURSE IN AMERICA - The United States shouldn't do anything to discourage health care workers from traveling to Ebola-stricken countries, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in remarks that contrasted sharply with the actions of governors who have sought to quarantine doctors and nurses returning from West Africa…. Obama also said he would meet Wednesday with health care workers en route to and returning from West Africa "not only to say thank you to them and give them encouragement, but to make sure we're getting input from them, based on the science, based on the facts, based experience, about how the battle to deal with Ebola is going and how our policies can support the incredible heroism that they are showing." [HuffPost]

Chris Christie to the New Jersey nurse threatening to sue him over her quarantine after testing negative for Ebola: "Whatever. Get in line, I've been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I'm happy to take it on." Never change, governor! [NBC News]

HuffPost Haircuts: Igor Bobic (h/t Igor Bobic), Sara Bondioli (h/t Sara Bondioli).

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Harmless plant under siege: "Federal agents along with local Denver police conducted multiple raids on marijuana growing operations around Colorado's capital city Tuesday morning." HuffPost's Matt Ferner]

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PRESIDENT TO TRAVEL TO AMERICA - Also taking time out from telling everyone to wash their hands. AP: "President Barack Obama is kicking off a weeklong, six-state campaign spree with a visit to Wisconsin. Obama will attend a rally at a Milwaukee high school Tuesday for Mary Burke, the Democrat trying to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Defeating Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender, would be a major coup for Democrats. The president has been a rare sight on the campaign trail this year, where his low approval ratings make him a potential liability for his party. But in states like Wisconsin, Democrats are hoping high turnout among die-hard Obama supporters will put them over the top in hard-fought races for governor. Republicans, too, are trying to use Obama's efforts to drive up turnout and enthusiasm among their own supporters. In a fundraising pitch on Tuesday, Walker said the presidential visit showed Burke's campaign was being powered by the Obamas, the Clintons and special interests in Washington." [AP]

Jesus Christ: "According to a source close to Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, the governor has gained 13 pounds over the past few months. At 5′10″, Jindal has always looked slight; this is the first indication that, with the 2016 election on the horizon, he is looking to beef up." [National Review]

A source tells HuffPost HIll Jindal's campaign memoir will be titled "The Whey Forward."

SHAKEUP AT ORGANIZING FOR ACTION - Sam Stein: "Organizing for Action, the nonprofit advocacy group birthed for President Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns, is getting a face-lift. Jon Carson, the organization’s first and only executive director, will step down on Dec. 1 to be replaced by Sara El-Amine, the organization’s national grassroots organizing director. Abby Witt, OFA’s deputy national issues campaign director, is being promoted to managing director. The change in leadership signals a refined focus for the group, moving more toward training advocates than advocating policy. But officials with OFA say they will continue to do both." [HuffPost]

Pro tip: Don't do these things during political debates.

HOW'S EVERYTHING GOING UP THERE, SHAHEEN CAMPAIGN? - Mike McAuliff: "With New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race tightening, [New Hampshire Democratic officials] are reaching deep into their bag of tricks to cast doubt on Scott Brown, accusing the Republican candidate of using his last campaign for office in Massachusetts to sell his book and boost his publishing payday. The charge, which Brown's campaign vehemently denies and could easily disprove, is hard to make stick, since Brown got the Federal Election Commission's opinion in advance, granting his 2012 Massachusetts Senate campaign committee permission to buy several thousand copies of his book, Against All Odds, as long as the profits were donated to charity and never wound up in Brown's pockets. That appears to be what happened." [HuffPost]

Also, this, from AP: "Brown, who moved to New Hampshire late last year, hopes to sink Shaheen by linking her to Obama, whose favorability and job approval remain at all-time lows. And while Brown's favorability numbers are just as dismal — one poll shows voters liking him less the more they get to know him — he's running neck-and-neck with the considerably more popular Shaheen." [AP]

HuffPost Pollster's gives Shaheen a slight edge, 47 percent to 45 percent, but Brown has been closing the gap.

STATES EXPANDING ACCESS TO OVERDOSE DRUG FOLLOWING PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S DEATH - Matt Sledge: "Legal changes in the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's February death of a drug overdose have dramatically expanded access to a lifesaving drug that can reverse overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. Eight states have passed laws allowing firefighters, police or members of the public to more easily administer the drug, called naloxone...Naloxone is a safe prescription drug administered via needle or nasal inhaler that blocks the brain receptors to which heroin or other opioids bind. Researchers first developed it in the 1960s, and it has been widely used in emergency rooms. Since around 2000, its distribution has been broadened to members of the general public who are not themselves opioid users, as part of a larger shift toward more pragmatic approaches to drug use. The trend has been accelerated by state laws passed in recent years shielding prescribers as well as those administering naloxone -- from cops to concerned parents -- from any fear of legal liability." [HuffPost]

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BITCOIN NOT CATCHING ON IN POLITICAL CIRCLES - Dana Liebelson: "The Federal Election Commission voted earlier this year to allow political candidates and committees to accept donations in bitcoin. But a week before Election Day, candidates who accept the popular virtual currency reported that their total bitcoin donations were small to nonexistent, though they remained optimistic about the currency's political future...Candidates who have entered the Wild West frontier of accepting bitcoin donations said they have been unable to turn bitcoin into a major fundraising strategy -- yet...Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), an enthusiastic early adopter of bitcoin, told HuffPost that his campaign had received 'over $2,000' in bitcoin donations, but he expected that the number would have been higher if the FEC had allowed donations up to the full federal limit. "With a $100 limit, it's hard for it to be a major part of a fundraising strategy," Polis said." [HuffPost]

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- An honest trailer for "Saw"

- The unhealthiest Halloween candy.

- The Times says Olivia Pope of "Scandal"isn't drinking her wine correctly.

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