Democratic dollars helped elect Republicans last cycle, a departure from the norm when Democratic *strategy* helps elect Republicans. Lawmakers in West Virginia want to outlaw the teaching of socialism, yet proponents of the "sharing is caring" curriculum still roam our streets. And the Senate passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, thus fixing forever all of America’s job and energy problems while also ensuring your descendants prosperity until the sun swallows the Earth billions of years from now. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, January 29th, 2015:
KEYSTONE!!! Kate Sheppard: "The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to approve a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline over the presidential approval process, capping off weeks of debate over amendments. Following the vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) praised the passage, calling it a victory 'for jobs in this country, for energy security, for good trade relationships with our neighbor in Canada.' 'For all the right reasons, it was important that we pass this legislation in front of us here today,' said Murkowski. The bill passed by a vote of 62 to 36, with all Republicans and nine Democrats voting in favor. The Houseapproved similar legislation earlier this month. It's unclear at this point whether the two chambers will need to conference on a bill, or whether the House will pass the Senate bill as amended. But the bill is destined for a veto either way, as the White House has said President Barack Obama will not sign it into law. Press Secretary Josh Earnest reiterated that veto threat in a press conference Thursday afternoon." [HuffPost]
When she was a senator Hillary Clinton really enjoyed private planes.
MCCARTHY HINTS AT NEW GOP IMMIGRATION STRATEGY - The strategy of yelling "Go Back From Whence You Came," while holding a shotgun and chewing on tobacco has not worked. Roll Call: "Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent House Republicans a legislative memo Thursday, laying out a February agenda of repealing Obamacare, taking on unfunded mandates, and permanently providing a tax deduction for charitable giving. But more than messaging, McCarthy may have also begun planting the seed that Republicans might need a different vehicle to fight President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration other than the Department of Homeland Security funding bill. 'We hope that the Senate will send the House-passed Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill to the President,' McCarthy writes near the end of the 1,566-word memo. 'In the event the Senate passes something different than the House-passed bill, we will be discussing with the Conference the best way to continue to challenge the President’s unconstitutional amnesty.' What that best way would be is not mentioned. But Republican leadership has started to mention another lawsuit against the president could be in the cards. Additional legislation might also be another avenue, though it won’t have the same force as the DHS funding bill, which is a must-pass measure if Congress wants to fund the agency past Feb. 27." [Roll Call]
Code Pink is never getting their frisbee back: "Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called protesters 'low-life scum,' after they interrupted a hearing by calling for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be arrested for war crimes. Protesters from the group Code Pink chanted, 'Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes!' and raised signs in the air as Kissinger entered the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing room. McCain, the chairman of the committee, at first asked, 'Could someone find out where the Capitol Police is?' Kissinger sat calmly in his witness chair, as protesters and photographers gathered around." [The Hill]
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - America could cut child poverty 60 percent by investing 2 percent more in stuff like housing assistance, food stamps, refundable tax credits and other elements of the Won't Never Happen Act. [CBPP.org]
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PRESIDENT PROPOSES TO UNDO SEQUESTRATION - He's also going to take back that time he let you idiots force him into presenting his birth certificate. Sam Stein: "President Barack Obama will propose a budget on Monday that calls for an estimated 6.8 percent increase in discretionary spending -- an approach diametrically different from the last time Democrats sustained major midterm election losses. The spending proposal will almost assuredly get strong pushback from Republicans in Congress, who now control both the House and the Senate and wield even more power than they did four years ago. For that reason alone, the budget is another sign of a president feeling unhindered in his final years of office and eager to take advantage of an improving economy. Details of the budget have been guarded closely by administration and Capitol Hill officials. But sources on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue said Obama will propose increasing discretionary spending by about $70 billion (several sources cautioned the proposed increase likely will be slightly less). The money would be divided equally between defense and non-defense accounts." [HuffPost]
GOVERNMENT TARGETING REVENGE PORN -So if you're wondering why today's edition ended up in your spam folder, here you are. Dana Liebelson: "The Federal Trade Commission made an unprecedented move against 'revenge porn' on Thursday, reaching a settlement with the alleged operator of one such website that bans him from posting nude photos or videos of people online without their consent. Revenge porn refers to the practice of sharing nude photos or videos of a person in order to exact revenge against or otherwise humiliate that person. The FTC's agreement is with Craig Brittain, who allegedly operated the website Is Anybody Down out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to the agency's complaint, Brittain acquired nude images of women in a number of ways, including posing as a woman on Craigslist and soliciting images from users. He then allegedly posted the photos on the website, sometimes with the women's personal contact information." [HuffPost]
FUN GAME - It's not quite as much fun as "Marry, Bang, Kill: House Transportation Committee Edition," but it'll be time well spent. Igor Bobic: "If Mitt Romney decides to run for president in 2016, he'll do so with a focus on poverty, education and income inequality. At least that seems to be the takeaway from several speeches Romney has given since his announcement that he is weighing entering the ring for a third time. He's not the only possible Republican contender to embrace a more populist tone -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida have done the same. But the new rhetoric from Romney is puzzling, given that his unsuccessful 2012 campaign focused on everything but these ideas. At times, he has even managed to come across as a bit of a progressive. So, we thought it'd be fun to ask, who said it: Mitt Romney or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)?" [HuffPost]
LIBERALS ELECTING CONSERVATIVES - Bipartisanship is very much alive, however accidentally, thanks to dark money. Paul Blumenthal: "Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) got a boost in the last election from a little-known nonprofit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. The group calls itself conservative, but its support for greater federal funding of alternative energy drew the attention of Tennessee tea party groups, who decried what they saw as its liberal agenda. Tea party activists were further agitated by the scant information available about Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions….A Huffington Post examination of tax records, accessed on CitizenAudit.org, found that in its first year of operations, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions was funded with $1 million in seed money from two nonprofits often linked to liberal causes. From June 2012 through June 2013, the group received $500,000 each from the Advocacy Fund and the Trust for Energy Innovation...In last year's elections, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions wound up spending $1.5 million on direct electoral efforts to support three establishment Republicans -- Alexander, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Rep. Mike Simpson (Idaho) -- against tea party primary challengers and five others -- Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), Rep. Joe Heck (Nev.) and House candidates Barbara Comstock (Va.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) and Richard Tisei (Mass.) -- in general election races against Democrats. Except for Tisei, all these candidates won in November." [HuffPost]
See you in the clink, Eugene Debs: "A proposed bill in West Virginia would require students to learn about America’s founding before learning about 'social problems, economics, foreign affairs, the United Nations, world government, socialism or communism.' Under the bill, teachers who stray from this order could face fines. Eleven West Virginia legislators sponsored the bill earlier this month before it was referred to the Committee on Education and Judiciary." [HuffPost's Rebecca Klein]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here is an insane cat
WHICH MEMBERS HATE THEIR EMPLOYEES? MATERNITY LEAVE EDITION - Dave Jamieson: "Though it may surprise many Americans, each congressional office currently acts as its own fiefdom when it comes to paid leave for employees. The Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees congressional staffers 12 weeks of unpaid leave with a new child, but the members themselves get to decide how much paid time off their staffers receive. The generosity inevitably varies from office to office...Our rate of return on the full Congress hasn't been much better. So far, 26 Senate offices and 60 House offices have disclosed their paid leave policies to us. Of those who responded, nearly all of them give their workers at least some paid maternity or paternity leave. That's consistent with the most recent survey on paid leave within the House, which showed that roughly 90 percent of offices provided it as of 2010. Democrats were more likely to share their policies than Republicans. That should come as no surprise. Democrats, by and large, support expanding paid leave not just to government employees but to Americans in general, while most Republicans do not support expanding paid leave in the workforce through federal law. " [HuffPost]
- Nifty map translating any inputted word into the local translation
- Jeff Bridges wants to put you asleep
- Super slow motion video of the inside of a camera.
@WarOnXMASVet: RT this if you're a conservative constitutional patriot that respects ALL cops including the PC Police
@jbendery: House Dem retreat so far: We're very, very, very, very, very excited about middle class messaging! Also, TPP is annoying. But we're excited!
@morninggloria: Can't wait for the all-girl reboot of the US government
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