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HUFFPOST HILL - 2016 Election Enters 'Your Mama' Phase

In a new campaign video, Chris Christie blames President Obama for sanctuary cities, the heroin epidemic, ISIS beheadings, general lawlessness and Iran getting the nuclear bomb, because America needs a president who can cause traffic problems for all these things. Jeb Bush tried to ease tensions with Latino voters who were offended by his "anchor babies" comments by explaining that he was just trying to offend Asians. And Joe Biden is strongly considering a presidential run, because he can't let these other candidates put y'all back in chains. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, August 24th, 2015:

JEB BUSH HASN'T THOUGHT OF ANOTHER WORD FOR 'ANCHOR BABY' YET - Carrie Dann: "Jeb Bush continued Monday to dismiss criticism for using the term 'anchor babies,' saying that it is 'ludicrous' that he is being accused of using a term that insults immigrants. 'Nothing about what I've said should be viewed as derogatory towards immigrants at all,' the GOP presidential candidate said after meeting with local officials near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, TX. 'This is all how politics plays. And by the way, I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness that somehow you have to be scolded every time you say something.' Bush said that he used the term 'anchor babies' specifically to refer to fraud in a 'specific targeted kind of case' involving mothers who travel to the United States only to win citizenship for their unborn children. 'Frankly it's more Asian people,' he added."
[NBC News]

Donald Trump burns Jeb with an Instagram of Barbara Bush saying America has had enough Bushes.

SCOTT WALKER DOES STATECRAFT - The Walker campaign thinks President Obama should cancel an upcoming state visit: "Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today's markets driven in part by China's slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy. Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests." Thanks, Walker campaign!

:( @wpjenna: Scott Walker: “Just because the media covers some candidates more than others doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t talking about things.”

BIDEN RUN COULD BE BIG F***ING DEAL - Carol E. Lee and Reid J. Epstein: "Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Biden still could opt to sit out the 2016 race, and he is weighing multiple political, financial and family considerations before making a final decision. But conversations about the possibility were a prominent feature of an August stay in South Carolina and his home in Delaware last week, these people said. A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), a darling of the party’s liberal wing, represented a pivot from potential to likely candidate, one Biden supporter said. ... [T]he vice president’s deliberations illustrate how, with just six months before the first presidential nominating contests, both major parties’ campaigns are in a state of flux. Democrats are increasingly insecure about Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, given her dipping approval ratings and continuing questions about her use of a private email server while secretary of state." [WSJ]

Watch Jared Polis and Thomas Massie eat potentially unsafe food as a political protest.

WHITE HOUSE STAFFER PRAISES COWORKER - This was met with some surprise on Twitter, where people thought Josh Earnest might say the #2 of the country is a big dummy. Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey: "The White House on Monday praised the political acumen and experience of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering whether to run for president in the November 2016 election. President Barack Obama 'has indicated his view that the decision that he made seven years ago now to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he had ever made in politics,' White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing." [Reuters]

CHRISTIE: THANKS (FOR THE HEROIN CRISIS), OBAMA - Jason Cherkis: "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the first Republican presidential candidate to blame President Barack Obama for the country's heroin epidemic in a political ad. In a newly released campaign ad, Christie rattles off a list of criminal elements that have had free rein during the Obama administration. Near the top of the list, Christie references the spike in opioid drug use. ... The heroin epidemic actually began nearly two decades before Obama took office. It started with the spread of OxyContin and Percocet addictions. 'Pill mills' helped spur these painkiller addictions in Florida, Kentucky and West Virginia. But during the Obama administration, a crackdown on the mills helped spur a resurgence in heroin use. .... Christie critics also point out New Jersey's rise in overdose deaths -- nearly triple the overall U.S. rate. Although Christie has successfully negotiated for discounts on naloxone, the medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, drug treatment options in his state have not been able to meet the overwhelming demand." [HuffPost]

You, too, can enjoy Kevin McCarthy's vacation.

HAIRCUTS: Matt Ramos, Kevin McAlister.

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CABLE NEWS NOT INFORMING YOU ABOUT WORLD - Sam Stein: "From the morning of August 20 through Sunday evening, the fact that the month we had just endured was the hottest on record was mentioned on major cable news networks all of 10 times…. Just how little coverage is that? Consider this: During that same period, the name 'Donald Trump' was mentioned more than 245 times on MSNBC, more than 265 times on CNN and more than 240 times on Fox News." [HuffPost]

OHIO LIKELY TO PASS BILL RESTRICTING ABORTIONS - Marina Fang: "Anti-abortion activists in Ohio want to bar women from getting abortions solely because they do not wish to have a baby with Down syndrome, rallying around a bill endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee. The Ohio House and Senate will likely pass the bill sometime this fall, according to the New York Times, because most of the state’s legislators oppose abortion and have been endorsed by the committee. However, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has not yet taken a position on the bill, so it is unclear if he will authorize it, though he has signed many other abortion restrictions into law. ... Critics of the bill say that the ban would be difficult to enforce and likely violates the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling, which delineates that women can choose to get an abortion at any point until the fetus is viable." [HuffPost]

LABOR SECRETARY PRO-LABOR - Dave Jamieson: "Fast-food workers who are hoping to raise the minimum wage will find an ally in the Obama White House this week, with Labor Secretary Tom Perez traveling to Detroit on Tuesday to show his solidarity with the so-called Fight for $15. 'I'm proud to stand with the Fight for 15 movement,' Perez told The Huffington Post. 'And it really is a movement. It's for shared prosperity.' The union-backed Fight for $15 and its allies have roiled the service sector with intermittent strikes over the past three years, demanding a $15 wage floor and union recognition.... Perez' support of the workers shouldn't be read as an endorsement of a federal $15 wage floor -- the White House and Labor Department instead back a $12 proposal recently put forth by Congressional Democrats -- but the labor secretary said he views the Fight for $15 as a model for how workers can boost wages by banding together." [HuffPost]

Chris Cillizza takes a detailed look at that amazing Donald Trump rally photo.

IRAN DEAL HAS GOOD DAY - Jessica Schulberg and Ryan Grim on the Senate whip count, currently featuring 28 supportive Dems -- "meaning Obama is six votes shy of the number he needs. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he will be whipping his colleagues in an effort to make sure they can at least sustain the president's veto. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has even suggested that the chamber may get 41 Democrats to support the nuclear accord, meaning Obama might not have to use his veto power." [HuffPost]

Three awesome Americans save Europe from a terroristic attack, dress casually for hero ceremony.

TRUMP'S FIRST 100 DAYS WOULD BE BORING - Trump supporters would be disappointed that the country wouldn't have been reduced to a smoldering hellscape. Bill Scher: "As much as Trump likes to project an aura of someone who plays by his own rules and always gets his way, once in the Oval Office he would be just another politician, bound by the laws of political gravity. He may want to break some china, literally and figuratively. But in his first 100 days, the constitutional constraints of the office would become apparent, and the fears of instantaneous disaster would dissipate." [Politico]

PHOTOS OF SAD BROKERS - Alexander Kaufman and Ben Walsh: "Wall Street woke up to, if not a Black Monday, at least a Blackish Monday. Markets around the world tumbled toward historic losses amid a toxic cocktail of financial volatility. As the global sell-off hacksawed European and Asian markets, U.S. traders braced for the worst. The New York Stock Exchange invoked the rarely used Rule 48, allowing stocks to open without any price indications. But don't panic. The market is already correcting the reverse." [HuffPost]

BUY SEEDS @LHSummers: As in August 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008 we could be in the early stage of a very serious situation.

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Daniel LaRusso was the real bully.

ELIZABETH WARREN UNSURE WHO PUT HILLARY IN CHARGE - Jon Keller from the local CBS affiliate "asked Warren about Clinton’s email controversy and polling struggles, and wondered if it was a mistake for the Democratic party to 'anoint' her as the nominee so early on. 'I don’t think anybody’s been anointed,' Warren said. 'What’s going on right now is that presidential candidates on both sides, Republican and Democrat, are laying out their agendas and this is going to give voters a chance to look at them and decide.'" [Boston.CBSLocal.com]

COMFORT FOOD

- The best Ikea trip ever.

- What if there was a skateboarding version of Mario Kart?

- Here’s what Jon Stewart is up to post-Daily Show.

- This guy spent a weekdressing like Prince George.

TWITTERAMA

@adamconner: Wouldn't Jay Gruden waiting in the parking lot and "accidentally" running over RG3 with his car have been a more subtle way to do it?

@AriRabinHavt: I have a solution to the naked lady in Times Square problem . . . Winter

@aterkel: Market crash is exactly what we all knew would happen when marriage equality became legal.

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