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09/28/2016 05:06 pm ET Updated Sep 29, 2016

HUFFPOST HILL - Wow, It Seems Like Obama's First Veto Override Was Only Yesterday

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 Eric Trump called his father “brave” for not bringing up Bill Clinton’s infidelities, so if you’re wondering why a bunch of eagles are perched atop Trump Tower, each solemnly shedding a tear, now you know why. Pepe the Frog was labeled a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League, so it’s only a matter of time until Doge is targeted by the Southern Poverty Law Center. And does Donald Trump use cocaine? Some Democrats don’t want to speculate whether Trump uses cocaine and they don’t want to fuel such baseless allegations that Donald Trump uses cocaine, so they won’t comment on whether Trump uses cocaine...cocaine...Donald Trump...cocaine. No sir. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016:

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Congratulations to Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, a Spider-Man PEZ dispenser. 

CONGRESS OVERRIDES OBAMA’S SAUDI 9/11 VETO - Oh man this is going to really cause some furrowed brows at the next Illuminati potluck. Jennifer Bendery: “Congress delivered a powerful rebuke to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by overriding his veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged ties to the terrorist attacks. It’s the first time one of Obama’s vetoes has been overruled. It takes a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate to override a presidential veto, which is why it’s so rare. In this case, both chambers had well above that threshold: The Senate voted 97-1 to override, and hours later, the House voted 348-77. The bill now automatically becomes law without the president’s signature. Wednesday’s vote brings an end to a months-long scuffle between the White House and Congress over the measure known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The bill prevents Saudi Arabia and other countries with alleged ties to terrorist groups from invoking their legal immunity in U.S. courts. It trumps the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which grants immunity to countries that aren’t designated state sponsors of terrorism.” [HuffPost]

Hot damn, the White House is seriously giving Congress too much credit: “The White House lashed out at the Senate Wednesday for overriding President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. ‘I would venture to say that this is the single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done, possibly, since 1983,’ Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. Earnest was responding to a reporter who told him Wednesday’s vote was the most overwhelming since a 95-0 veto override vote in 1983. In that year, the Senate overrode President Ronald Reagan’s veto of a land bill to give a few acres to six retired couples who paid for it, but later learned that it was still government property because of a surveying error.” [The Hill]

Check out Eliot’s earnest, not terribly successful ― and let’s just call it what it is: awful ― foray into the world of Trump-based dance beats.

CONGRESS AVOIDS SHUTDOWN - Time to put away that overused B-roll of “closed” signs in front of national parks. Matt Fuller: “After weeks of delays and haggling, the Senate quickly advanced a measure Wednesday afternoon that would fund the government until Dec. 9 and allow lawmakers to return to the campaign trail. The Senate voted 72-26 to pass the so-called continuing resolution, or CR. The bill could be approved by the House later Wednesday and make its way to the president’s desk with more than 48 hours to spare before a shutdown. Senate Democrats and some Republicans had voted to block the bill Tuesday out of concern that the stopgap spending measure would not provide any money for victims of lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan.... A House vote on the CR is possible later Wednesday, which would allow members to get back to campaigning as they look ahead to Election Day. The CR, a short-term spending bill that will extend government operations past Sept. 30 and give lawmakers time to come up with a broader spending deal when they return in November, also includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and $500 million for flood relief in areas such as Louisiana. The bill also appropriates a small amount of money to implement legislation combating the opioid epidemic.” [HuffPost]


If you’re not doing anything at noon tomorrow: Eliot will be doing a Facebook Live interview with Salon about his new book, The Beltway Bible. The book is just barely beating out Phyllis Schlafly’s pro-Trump screed on Amazon’s political bestseller list. Do the right thing and order yourself a copy so it stays that way.   

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Alec Baldwin really does have an up-and-down relationship with NBC

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TRUMP SURROGATES CAN’T BRAVELY ENDURING BURDEN OF BEING HUGE TOOLS - Jenna Johnson: “Donald Trump announced at the first presidential debate on Monday that he would not be ‘extremely rough’ to Hillary Clinton and her family. He explained later that he meant he wouldn’t bring up examples of former President Bill Clinton’s infidelity. Trump’s surrogates have no problem doing it for him.... Meanwhile, Trump’s son Eric Trump said Tuesday that it ‘took a lot of courage in so many regards’ for his dad to ‘restrain himself’ and not ‘take the bait’ when Clinton accused him of ‘sexism’ in the final minutes of the debate. It’s unclear how embarrassing the Clintons on this issue helps Trump win new support from voters — especially from white women with college degrees, who have often been the most hesitant to back him. Plus, the topic is a reminder of Trump’s own behavior during his three marriages, the first of which ended following a high-profile affair that was closely followed by the tabloids.” [WaPo]

THE MYSTERY OF TRUMP’S MEXICAN HELICOPTER - A news story, or the title of the WORST children’s book of all time? Zeke Miller: “A couple days after Donald Trump’s trip to Mexico City, his campaign posted a video on YouTube showing his arrival at Los Pinos, the official residence and office of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.... The details of who paid for the helicopter trip, however, remain shrouded in mystery, raising concerns in the capitals of Mexico and the United States. Campaign finance experts say U.S. election law likely prohibits the Mexican government from picking up the tab of Trump’s helicopter flight, under statutes that bar ‘any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.’ Mexican legislators, meanwhile, have fumed at the possibility that the Mexican people subsidized Trump’s August visit.” [Time]

Whadda guy: “Going off the teleprompter Tuesday night in Florida, Donald Trump told rally-goers that he would ‘get rid of’ his opponent, Hillary Clinton. The GOP presidential nominee’s aggressive tone came a day after losing a pivotal debate to Clinton and on the same day that he attacked Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe, for gaining too much weight after winning his beauty pageant.” [HuffPost’s Ryan Grim]

SCOTT GARRETT BEGGING NRCC TO PAY ITS DUES - Just make sure you rub some Purell over your donations to his campaign to make sure all the gay is off. Jake Sherman and Rachel Bade: “Top conservative leaders — including the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus — met with Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday evening to sound the alarm bell about Rep. Scott Garrett’s (R-N.J.) race, and to urge the National Republican Congressional Committee to get involved, multiple sources told POLITICO. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a leading member of the group, alerted Ryan personally of Garrett’s electoral challenges this November. He’s facing Josh Gottheimer in a northern New Jersey district. Garrett has been under fire since POLITICO reported that he refused to donate to the NRCC because of its support of gay candidates.” [Politico]

LOOK, WE’RE NOT SAYING TRUMP DID COCAINE BEFORE THE DEBATE, IT’S JUST A THING WE’RE HEARING - LOL, Howard Dean and Harry Reid are basically playing that game where participants yell “Penis!” at increasingly loud volumes ― just in the media and with Trump rumors. Tom Kludt: “Howard Dean claimed, with no evidence, that Donald Trump’s sniffling at the debate could be due to cocaine use ― a comment that’s being ripped as way out of bounds, even by those in his own party. The former Vermont governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee tweeted during Monday night’s first presidential debate, ‘Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?’ Dean, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, and the Trump campaign have not responded to a CNN request for comment. The Clinton campaign, for which Dean has acted as a surrogate, also hasn’t responded for comment. Trump has said throughout his life that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, often citing the substance abuse issues his late brother had as a deterrent.” [CNN]

 

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Jeez, Joe, things aren’t *that* bad. Also, Joe Biden’s “Law and Order: SVU” cameo airs tonight! 

VOTER FRAUDDDDDDDDDDDDD - If you’re not too busy defending against white genocide, be sure to be on guard for this. Arthur Delaney: “The Indiana state government took the unusual step earlier this month of warning all voters to ‘remain on high alert’ after it said it uncovered a possible voter fraud scheme. The state accused a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project of turning in 10 forged forms that changed a voter’s address without the voter’s knowledge. The group emphatically denies the allegation. ‘I encourage all Hoosiers to be vigilant at this time and to monitor their voter registrations until the close of the voter registration deadline,’ Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a Sept. 15 press release. She urged voters to double-check their registration information at Indianavoters.com. A political consultant with Patriot Majority, the liberal nonprofit that funded the registration project, said Lawson’s fraud claims are bogus.

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR - Here’s a cat that thinks it’s a herding dog. 

THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN - Mary Bowerman: “Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character turned Internet meme, has been added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols. The character was added to the database Tuesday, after Pepe the Frog was depicted as a slew of racially charged caricatures including Hitler and a Klansman, according to the group. ‘Once again, racists and haters have taken a popular Internet meme and twisted it for their own purposes of spreading bigotry and harassing users,’ Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO said in a statement.” [USA Today]

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TWITTERAMA

@cushbomb: 30 Years War II began when a representative of the Pepe Imperium was thrown from a window by Anime Protestants in the Defenestration of Frog

@jamieson: One time when I was a little boy, my dad showed the courage to not punch a stranger in the face. That stayed with me

@SimonMaloy: we’re at a place where Republicans are scrambling and desperate to prove their nominee opposed the Iraq war

ass-backwards into progress 

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