POLITICS
11/07/2014 05:05 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2014

Obamacare Tantalizingly Close To Cliff's Edge, Supreme Court Feeling Pushy

A local TV station reported the mayor of Minneapolis of making a gang sign with a convicted felon, possibly the worst breach of decorum for an elected official since Barack and Michelle Obama did a terrorist fist jab in front of the whole country. The Supreme Court agreed to settle once and for all whether a Democratic Congress intended Obamacare to help people buy insurance. And President Obama had John Boehner and Mitch McConnell for lunch, but sources couldn't confirm whether they made Obama eat white turkey chili. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, November 7th, 2014:

UM - "The U.S. military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq, which now total around 1,400, as Washington seeks to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday." [Reuters]

REVENGE OF THE MOOPS: "Obamacare once again faces death before the Supreme Court. The justices announced Friday they will decide on a lawsuit claiming that the language of the Affordable Care Act doesn't allow the government to provide tax credits to low- and moderate-income health insurance consumers using the federally run Obamacare exchanges operating in more than 30 states. The lawsuit contends that the ACA only permits subsidies to be distributed by state-run exchanges. President Barack Obama's administration maintains this argument is baseless and that Congress always intended these subsidies to be available nationwide….The Supreme Court is taking up the case -- a decision that required the consent of at least four of the nine justices -- despite the fact that no appeals court has decided in favor of the plaintiffs. The Obama administration had asked the court to hold off on hearing the King lawsuit or similar cases including Halbig v. Burwell, given there was no split decision at the appeals level." [HuffPost's Jeff Young]

Ed Gillespie conceded to Mark Warner today.

THE NEXT AG? Ryan Reilly: "Brooklyn's top federal prosecutor, who served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, is emerging as the leading candidate to replace Attorney General Eric Holder as the nation's top law enforcement official. Reports from NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times indicate that Loretta Lynch is likely the top candidate to replace Holder, one of the longest-serving attorney generals in American history." [HuffPost]

OBAMA HAS LUNCH WITH HIS BEST FRIENDS - These two teams just don't like each other. Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan: "Republican victors of Tuesday's U.S. congressional elections broke bread with Democratic President Barack Obama on Friday. On the menu besides sea bass: whether the two sides can put aside bitter battles over healthcare and immigration and enact some legislation in the two years to come. In a small private dining room, Obama was sandwiched between Republican Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who will lose his title as Senate majority leader in the new Congress after a wave of Republican support swept Democrats out of power. Beside Reid: Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, whose party takes control of the Senate in January." Reuters

Apparently Obama did not have any Kentucky whiskey with Mitch McConnell today. :(

FROM THE SPEAKER'S OFFICE: "The Speaker warned that unilateral action by the president on executive amnesty will erase any chances of doing immigration reform and will also make it harder for Congress and the White House to work together successfully on other areas where there might otherwise be common ground."

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: "The President reiterated his commitment to taking action on immigration reform in light of the House’s inability to pass a comprehensive bill."

@jbendery: Senate's first action when they're back Nov. 12: votes teeing up confirmation of two judicial nominees (in DC and GA).

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Ben Walsh: "Friday delivered another solid-if-not-amazing jobs report. Unfortunately, the "not-amazing" part continues to involve your paycheck….Pay rose a paltry 0.1 percent in October and is up 2 percent in the past year. That's just 0.3 percentage points above inflation, which is currently rising at an annual rate of 1.7 percent." [HuffPost]

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BIG ORRIN HATCH FLIP-FLOP - He was for it before he was against it. Jen Bendery: "A day after Republicans swept control of the Senate, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a plea to his party: Keep current filibuster rules in place, even though we hated it when Democrats pushed through reforms last year. 'Simply put, if Republicans re-establish the judicial-nomination filibuster, it would remain in place only until the moment that a new Democratic majority decided that discarding the rule again would be useful,' Hatch warned in a Wednesday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal….But it was just over a month ago -- and before the GOP clinched the Senate -- that he was saying the complete opposite, calling for restoring filibuster rules back to a 60-vote margin to make the Senate function better. 'We should get it back to where it was,' Hatch told Politico in September." [HuffPost]

WHAT DOES THE MIDTERM ELECTION MEAN FOR HILLARY 2016? The New York Times is on it..

Senate Democrats are pleased with their GOTV game, for some reason.

TODAY IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY - Paige Lavender and Nick Wing: "A racist report by ABC affiliate KSTP accuses Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges of throwing up a 'gang sign' while posing for a photo with a voting rights advocate during a charity event….

While that may look like just an innocent point, to KSTP and local law enforcement, it's apparently a 'known gang sign.' KSTP noted it was tipped off to the photo by law enforcement sources, who said they were browsing Gordon's Facebook page while doing 'investigative work.' 'She's putting cops at risk,' Michael Quinn, a retired law enforcement officer, said in KSTP's report. 'The fact that they're flashing gang signs back and forth at each other, showing solidarity with the gangs, she's legitimizing what they're doing, she's legitimizing these people who are killing our children in Minneapolis.'" [HuffPost]

Amanda Terkel found many other recent instances of black people allegedly using gang signs.

STRONG JOBS REPORT - October was the ninth consecutive month of job growth above 200,000 and the unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent. There were fewer unemployed people and more Americans participating in the labor force. [BLS.gov]

DOES DARRELL ISSA BELIEVE HE IS BEING MARCHED TO HIS DEATH BY ANDREW JACKSON? Dylan Byers: "Issa warned that the country’s democracy will only survive if a press is willing to undertake investigative reporting and work with whistleblowers, crediting journalists like [Sharyl] Attkisson as the only way his committee 'has been able to succeed at anything.' 'My committee is a desert island if not for a press that will look at something fairly, scrutinize it, but if they see a there, there, report it,' he said. 'When an administration says 'no,' it's no different than when Andrew Jackson marched Indians down the Trail of Tears, to their death.'" [Politico]

Reminder that soon after Ted Cruz compared himself to death march victims last year he sincerely apologized.

PRIEBUS: NEVERMIND ABOUT IMMIGRATION - Sam Stein: "After the 2012 elections, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, asked his team to complete what was dubbed an 'autopsy report' to figure out how the party could turn around its political fortunes. In that report, the authors concluded that if the next GOP presidential candidate were to have a chance of winning, the party 'must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.' But on Friday morning, after the Republican Party won sweeping victories in the midterm election -- without having passed such comprehensive reform -- Priebus appeared to be backing away from that diagnosis…. 'What I think [the president] has done is unified the country and the electorate around one big principle and that’s that we need to secure the border,' said Priebus." [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Annual reminder that if you take the vowels out of "Reince Priebus" you're left with RNC PR BS.

BEN CARSON GETTING SERIOUS - Ashley Alman: "While potential candidates have been dodging the 2016 question for months -- for the sake of midterm candidates, the element of suspense or honest indecision -- the race to the White House is about to seriously pick up steam. Dr. Ben Carson has long fanned speculation that he may pursue the Republican nomination for president in 2016. That speculation could turn to reality this weekend, as ABC News has confirmed the conservative plans to air a 40-minute introductory ad." [HuffPost]

COMFORT FOOD

- Jerry Seinfeld says he thinks he's on the autism spectrum. http://huff.to/1xgdqsE

- It might snow in D.C. next week. http://wapo.st/1uHDI7A

- Taylor Swift song fits perfectly with 1989 aerobics video. http://huff.to/10vtIRs

- Mike Honda's very lively victory speech. http://bit.ly/1z7i9we

TWITTERAMA

@igorbobic: I don’t understand why the Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to Obamacare when the new GOP Congress will replace it in January.

@lizzieohreally: I WILL NOT CLICK ON YOUR SLIDESHOW.

@rinsana: @CGasparino @FoxBusiness And you shall remain a single-source shill for whomever whispers in your ear. As for the smack down, not worried

@CGasparino: thats cause ur not just fat but dumb @rinsana @FoxBusiness

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