Steve Scalise refused to vote for a bill apologizing for slavery, perhaps because dynamic scoring wasn't available. Despite Mike Huckabee’s career focus on family values, his distaste for Beyonce suggests he doesn’t want America's youth to put a ring on it. And Randy Weber apologized for comparing President Obama to Hitler. Speaking of which, you know who else antagonized an American president? This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015:
YOUR MOVE ON DC POT, GOP - Aaron Davis: "The District of Columbia defied its new Republican overseers in Congress on Tuesday, challenging the House and Senate to either block or let stand a voter-approved ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) sent the voter-approved measure to Capitol Hill, starting the clock on a 30-day review that Congress has invoked only three times in 40 years to quash a local D.C. law." [WashPost]
Tee hee: "District officials received signed confirmation from both the House and Senate that they had accepted the ballot measure for review just after 4:20 p.m." Weed. Get it?
SONY HACK PART OF OBAMA CYBERSECURITY PITCH - Dana Liebelson: "President Barack Obama is citing the cyberattack against Sony to drum up support for cybersecurity legislation that would expand information-sharing between private companies and the U.S. government. But privacy advocates say they have concerns about details of the proposal released so far. 'The events over the past year ... culminating with the destructive and coercive attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, really highlight the growing threat that we face in cyberspace,' a senior administration official said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters." [HuffPost]
PIZZA IS A VEGETABLE, 2015 EDITION - Rarely is the question asked: Is our children consuming an adequate amount of Pepsi products? Philip Brasher: "A top lobbyist for food and beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. who was formerly a top aide to Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is taking over as the Agriculture Committee's chief of staff as it prepares to rewrite federal child nutrition policy." Joel Leftwich is his name. [Agri-Pulse.com]
WAR AUTHORIZATION ACTION COMING IN A FEW WEEKS: CORKER - Jen Bendery: “Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he expects the White House to send war authorization language to Congress in the coming weeks -- a step that would move lawmakers closer to finally putting parameters on the nation's months-long war against the Islamic State. Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters he's been having 'fairly positive discussions' with the White House about the need to get moving on a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force for the military actions against the Islamist militant group. He said he talked directly to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during a joint event in Tennessee on Friday, and to the White House legal counsel on Monday. ‘I'm hopeful they're going to send something over in the next few weeks,’ Corker said. ‘Hopeful.’ It's been five months since the U.S began bombing Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. In that time, the U.S. has spent more than $1 billion, participated in more than 1,700 air strikes, authorized roughly 3,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and lost three U.S. soldiers. All of this has gone on without new war authorization.” [HuffPost]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Atlantic City is so sad right now that the U.S. Labor Department's doing special grants for all the people who've been laid off. "The losses including as many as 4,000 jobs at the Revel Casino Hotel, the Trump Plaza, the Showboat Hotel and Casino and 40 other businesses." [DOL.gov]
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SOME DEMS SEE MINIMUM WAGE HIKE IN EXCHANGE FOR KEYSTONE - Sam Stein, Dave Jamieson and Sam Lachman: “At a recent conference meeting, Senate Democrats eager to see the federal minimum wage increased from $7.25 an hour were presented with a proposal. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) suggested that Democrats could offer a trade to their Republican colleagues: In exchange for agreeing to legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Heitkamp said, Democrats could demand that Republicans consent to raising the wage floor. Several Democratic aides, who confirmed that Heitkamp made the proposal, say she mentioned a minimum wage increase as one of several items the party could extract from Republicans in exchange for backing the pipeline. 'Her pitch was basically we should use Keystone as a chit to trade for other things,' said one aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. The idea was dismissed without much discussion, another aide said, since the majority of Senate Democrats don't share Heitkamp's fervent desire to see the pipeline built. Nevertheless, the episode was a revealing one, raising questions about the party's ability to enact its legislative priorities with the opposition in power. It also fed into growing concerns that, absent some form of action, Democrats risk being outmaneuvered by Republicans on one of their bread-and-butter issues.” [HuffPost]
GOP BASE NOT EXCITED BY MITT ROMNEY, PART 1,000,000 - I mean, I, figured Mitt had to be in retire, but he wasn't in retire!"Igor Bobic: “[T]he prospect of another Romney campaign failed to capture the hearts of social and fiscal conservatives gathered this week in the nation's capital to hammer out the policy agenda for the new Republican-controlled Congress. The two-day ‘Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None’ conference was hosted by the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank. The event brought together activists and Republican lawmakers looking to promote conservative solutions on education, defense, religious liberty and marriage -- issues that potential 2016 candidates will need to tackle ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious primary. But when asked about Romney, an establishment Republican who failed to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012, several attendees said thanks, but no thanks.” [HuffPost]
What about the gifts? “[Romney’s] argument to his former supporters, says one who spoke with him, is that he came very close in the last election against an incumbent president with a good economy. He wouldn’t face an opponent with those kinds of advantages again. (Romney ran against Obama arguing that the economy was terrible; now its health in 2012 is part of the case why he should run again.) He also feels, says one supporter who has spoken with him recently, that he would be crazy to pass up a chance to challenge a ‘beatable candidate’ like Hillary Clinton and let someone like Sen. Rand Paul have a shot at it.” [Slate]
Mac isn’t back. Mitt is, though. “As he mulls a third run for the White House, Mitt Romney put in a call Tuesday to another failed two-time presidential contender, Sen. John McCain, to talk about it, the senator said. ‘He’s seriously considering it,’ Mr. McCain said of Mr. Romney’s intentions for the 2016 race, as he recounted the call to reporters at the Capitol...Mr. McCain said that he would respect Mr. Romney’s decision if he throws his hat in the ring. He said he told Mr. Romney that he ‘can understand some of the reasons why you are interested in running again.’” [Washington Times]
ROMNEY FACE TATTOO GUY NOT LOVING ROMNEY THIS TIME - Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Apper: "The Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney 2012 campaign logo tattooed on his face in October 2012 will not support Romney this time around….'He’s going to say something later on to mess it up,' he said." Aww. [BuzzFeed]
STEVE SCALISE POSITION ON SLAVERY UNCLEAR - The Hill “Six years before he spoke to a white supremacist group, while he was a state legislator, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted against a resolution apologizing for slavery, according to a 1996 article from New Orleans's Times-Picayune. Scalise later backed a watered-down version that expressed ‘regret’ for slavery. But the article identifies him as one of two lawmakers on the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee who tried to kill the original resolution, which apologized to African-Americans for the state’s role ‘in the establishment and maintenance of the institution of slavery.’ According to the paper, Scalise argued that there was no reason to apologize for something that had been done more than a century ago, before he was born. ‘Why are you asking me to apologize for something I didn't do and had no part of?’ Scalise is quoted as saying in the newspaper. ‘I am not going to apologize for what somebody else did.’ Scalise spokeswoman Moira Smith did not respond to two emails and a voice message seeking comment about the congressman’s vote.” [The Hill]
RANDY WEBER GOES ON APOLOGY TOUR - From his office: “I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate. The terrorist attacks in Paris should remind us of the evil that still exists. Hitler was the face of evil, perpetrating genocide against six million Jews and millions of other victims. Today, we are facing the evil of Islamic extremists who are attempting to instill fear and murdering the lives of innocent people from Paris to Nigeria to Jerusalem and all over the world. The President’s actions or lack thereof is my point of contention. Islamic extremists have shown they are not going away, and instead are hungry for more blood.”
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a dog reclaiming what’s his.
MIKE HUCKABEE TELLS DUDE HOW TO PARENT HIS KIDS - Also, this from a guy who jokingly referenced prison rape in a chapter in his book. AP: “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle of parenting by double-standard, in an interview published Tuesday, saying they shelter their daughters from some things but allow them to listen to the music of Beyoncé. While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, ‘I don't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything - how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school ... and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable’ in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography ‘best left for the privacy of her bedroom.’” [AP]
- Dad is the king of 90s dance moves.
- Beagle really enjoys a blow dryer.
- Dog rides the bus all by itself.
@pourmecoffee: Whatever your views, feel good that "The Newsroom" won't have a chance to oversimplify the Charlie Hebdo story. We can all share that.
@elisefoley: Beyonce teaches good manners, like “Driver, roll up the partition, please.” Very polite.
@NoahCRothman: The next GOP nominee needs to hate the most popular artist in America. That should energize the caucus-goers.
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