A group of ducks was spotted in downtown D.C., though it’s unclear which lobbyist facilitated their fly-in. The U.S. is declassifying Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, meaning Cuba no longer has to show up to the airport extra early. And Republicans want to repeal the federal inheritance tax, because too few of America’s children will grow up using
"summer" as a verb. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, April 14th, 2015:
GOP PROPOSES REPEALING THE MUMSY AND POPOP TAX - Also known as the Let's Make All Those Douchebag Coachella Kid' Lives Even Easier Act. Zach Carter: "House Republicans this week will vote to hand the heirs and heiresses of America's largest fortunes a $269 billion tax break by repealing the federal inheritance tax. The legislation would shield the very richest families from taxes on the fortunes they inherit. After years of GOP attacks on the inheritance tax, also known as the estate tax, only a few thousand of the wealthiest families are subjected to it -- 4,700 total in 2013, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Only individual fortunes worth over $5.43 million can be taxed under current law, an amount that doubles to $10.86 million for wealthy couples. The Republican proposal would eliminate all of these estates -- which are over 15,700 percent richer than the median American household-- from taxation." [HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE REMOVING CUBA FROM TERRORIST WATCH LIST - But does the watch list recognize Israel? NBC News: "President Barack Obama is nixing Cuba from the list of countries the U.S. considers sponsors of terrorism, according to the White House. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernst said the president has submitted to Congress all of the necessary reports and certifications, indicating the president's plans to remove Cuba from the list of terrorism sponsoring countries that also includes Syria, Sudan and Iran. Cuba was put on the list in 1982. The highly anticipated move follows a historic meeting between Obama and Cuba President Raul Castro in Panama at the Summit of the Americas over the weekend. Just before that meeting, the State Department recommended to Obama that Cuba be taken off the list...But the decision also drew a harsh rebuke from Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who was born in Cuba and whose aunt was the first wife of Fidel Castro. He said Obama jeopardized U.S. national security 'by choosing to absolve the Castro dictatorship of its dangerous anti-American terrorist activities across the globe.'" [NBC News]
SHOCK STAFFERS SUBPOENAED - This only one day after Thomas Barrow announced his presidential candidacy. Politico: "Four members of former Rep. Aaron Schock’s staff reported to the House that they have received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury in Illinois. Dayne LaHood, Schock’s district chief of staff; Bryan Rudolph, his district manager; Mark Roman, his chief of staff; and Sarah Rogers, his former executive assistant, all received subpoenas to testify to the grand jury in the central district of Illinois. Earlier, POLITICO reported that they received subpoenas, but since they still work on Capitol Hill, they are required to notify the House of Representatives." [Politico]
HILLARY DOES THING IN PLACE! - Stop trying to locate illuminati symbols in Clinton's campaign logo and get this: a politician held a staged event in Iowa.
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Gilbert Garcia: "Joan Cheever, founder of the nonprofit mobile food truck known as the Chow Train, was cited last Tuesday by San Antonio police officers for feeding the homeless in Maverick Park… Over the years, police officers have passed by and waved as she fed homeless people, but last Tuesday night four bike-patrol officers stopped in the park and gave Cheever a ticket that carries a potential fine of $2,000. Cheever has a food permit for her mobile truck, but she was cited for transporting and serving the food from a vehicle other than that truck." [MySanAntonio.com]
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SENATE REACHES IRAN DEAL - Sam Stein, Jen Bendery and Jessica Schulberg: "A tentative deal has been reached by senators on a bill to apply congressional oversight to a nuclear deal with Iran. And early signals from the White House suggest the president will drop his veto threat and sign the measure. Under the deal, the president would still be required to submit any final agreement before Congress and Congress would continue to have a say over whether he can lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. But the new deal, hammered out between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would reduce the time frame the Senate has to consider the lifting of sanctions -- from 60 days to 52 at most -- and would keep demands on Iran limited primarily to its nuclear program and not, for example, against its sponsorship of terrorism." [HuffPost]
Obama's in: "President Obama will sign bipartisan compromise legislation on Iran if it emerges from committee as now formulated, the White House said, after Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee crafted an accord with overwhelming support. While Mr. Obama is not 'particularly thrilled' with the bill, said Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, he finds the new proposal put together by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a more acceptable measure that takes into account the concerns he had raised about the original." [NYT]
HELL NO YOU CAN'T, RULES COMMITTEE EDITION - PRO TIP: Defying leadership while holding a spot on the Rules Committee is a bit like pissing on a bouncer's shoes. You're going to get thrown out. The Hill: "Two Republicans who were booted from the House Rules Committee after opposing Rep. John Boehner's (R-Ohio) reelection as Speaker have officially been replaced. The Speaker is filling the two empty seats on the panel with Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), the committee announced Tuesday. The slots had been vacant since January, when Florida Republican Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent received notification that they had been kicked off the committee, apparently in retribution for voting against Boehner for Speaker. Webster ran as a long-shot candidate for Speaker and won votes from 12 fellow Republicans, including from Nugent." [The Hill]
SHOWDOWN OVER PAY EQUITY BILLS - Laura Bassett: "Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), joined by GOP Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), introduced the Workplace Advancement Act last week, which would make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for talking to each other about their salaries. The retaliation provision is one of many in the Democrats' Paycheck Fairness Act, which would also require employers to report wage data broken down by gender to the federal government, set up negotiation skills training programs for women and girls, and help women sue for back pay once they realize they've been earning less than their male colleagues for the same work…Fischer's bill paints Democrats into a corner. If they vote against it, they risk being accused of hypocritically blocking equal pay legislation. But they can't accept Fischer's legislation as a replacement for their own, more comprehensive bill, which they've been fighting to pass for years." [HuffPost]
SENATE HAS PACKED SCHEDULE - Possibly too packed. How can you expect a guy to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Johnny's Half Shell with crap like this? Niels Lesniewski: "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday that Corker’s legislation is a high priority for the full Senate, as part of a detailed outline of the chamber’s upcoming legislative activity...Turning to other business, McConnell said he viewed legislation that’s arrived from the House to resolve the recurring issue of the risk of draconian cuts to payments to doctors treating Medicare patients as deserving of a Senate vote, even though some senators have expressed opposition...In addition to the Medicare payment deal and the Iran legislation, McConnell reaffirmed his position that the Senate needs to pass legislation designed to address human trafficking that’s sponsored by Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas before moving ahead with confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general. It is now more than 150 days since President Barack Obama nominated Lynch." [Roll Call]
@capitalweather: One mama duck and six adorable ducklings mistake our soggy DC streets for a loverly new pond.
DEVAL PATRICKS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIEND - Take your university presidency and shove it. Beth Healy: "Deval Patrick is joining the Boston investment giant Bain Capital, where the former governor will start a new line of business, directing investments in companies that produce profits but also have a positive impact on social problems...The move is a new avenue for Bain Capital, an $80 billion firm best known for investments in companies like Dunkin’ Donuts and Staples. Patrick will help give Bain its first foothold in the growing field of “social impact” investing, tackling social problems such as hunger and climate change with for-profit investments. Patrick, 58, will become one of Bain’s managing directors, and the first African-American to do so." [Boston Globe]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a baby otter.
- We're assuming this on-set freakout by Dennis Quaid is staged, but it's still worth watching for the introduction of "dopey the dick" into the vernacular.
- App helps you find the most depressed people on Twitter so you can cheer them up.
- Can a dog get an "amen?"
@frankthorpNBC: Can confirm (after totally botching my question) that Sen Schumer is not endorsing Sen Reid for Democratic Whip in 2016
@toddzwillich: They're not campaign embeds. They're Hillary's personal tracker-Katos. Get her in shape, on her toes.
pourmecoffee: Hillary is on to something. The presidential election should BE a cross-country van race like Cannonball Run.
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