Ben Carson’s book outsold Donald Trump’s, though Trump insists that unsold copies of his book will be reconstituted into the classiest pulp ever. Carson’s foreign policy pronouncements have us genuinely concerned that, if elected, he’ll nominate a DVD copy of "Machine Gun Preacher" to be secretary of State. And states with criminal background check requirements for firearm purchases have fewer mass shootings, according to a flawed study that didn't control for the effect of members of Congress' thoughts and prayers. This is HUFFPOST HILL for November 12th, 2015:
IT'S 3AM, THERE'S A PHONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, AND HILLARY CLINTON IS USING IT TO RIP INTO BIBI NETANYAHU - A small excerpt from Amir Tibon and Tal Shalev's excellent retrospective of Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu's relationship:" Four months earlier, when Netanyahu accepted the settlement freeze, Clinton had publicly flattered him for taking an “unprecedented" step for peace. At the time, the White House feared (correctly) that Netanyahu would use her comment to blame the Palestinians if the peace process later collapsed. This time, however, Clinton was just as mad as her colleagues. Three days after the incident, she called Netanyahu at his weekend home in Caesarea, an affluent suburb north of Tel Aviv, and ripped into him. The call lasted 43 minutes. One Israeli official described it as 'violent.' Another called it 'one of the most shocking moments of my career.'" [HuffPost]
SENATOR SLAPFIGHT - Elise Foley: "Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is increasingly coming under fire from his GOP opponents over immigration reform -- something that could make it harder in months to come for him to get away with vague responses about deportations. Rubio has long been a master of talking points on immigration. He supports 'enforcing the law' and opposes 'amnesty.' During his bid for the presidency, he's said border security must come first and that he'd end programs that block people from deportation. But his record includes helping draft and push through a 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill, and fellow candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't letting him forget it. 'My reaction in all of politics is talk is cheap,' Cruz said of Rubio Thursday on Laura Ingraham's radio show. 'That you know where someone is based on their action. ... When politicians say the exact opposite of what they've done in office and I'd treat that with a pretty healthy degree of skepticism.' Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another presidential contender, have both ramped up criticism of Rubio over the 2013 'gang of eight' bill, which was drafted by Rubio, three Republicans and four Democrats." [HuffPost]
SAM FARR RETIRING - The California Democrat has served in Congress since 1993. "Today, after over 40 years in elected office I am announcing that I will not seek re-election in 2016 and will retire at the end of my current term in January 2017," Farr wrote on Medium. "For years my wife Shary has asked me to come home. She’s right. It’s time." Aw.
OH CHRIS CHRISTIE - God. Igor Bobic, whose haircut we forgot to mention earlier this week: "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday alleged that President Barack Obama's 'lawlessness' contributed to recent unrest at college campuses. Over the last several weeks, a number of racially charged incidents prompted protests at Yale University and University of Missouri, putting a spotlight on racism, free speech and student athletics. Asked about the matter while campaigning in Muscatine, Iowa, Christie said it was a 'product of the president’s own unwillingness and inability to bring people together.'" [HuffPost]
MAYBE BACKGROUND CHECKS REDUCE MASS SHOOTINGS - Melissa Jeltsen: "States that require background checks for all handgun sales have significantly fewer mass shootings than states without them, according to a new analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun violence prevention organization backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Under federal law, licensed gun dealers are mandated to conduct criminal background checks to identify those who are prohibited from owning guns. But in many states, individuals can skirt background checks by purchasing a gun online or through private sellers. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have closed that loophole by requiring background checks for all handgun sales, including online and at gun shows." [HuffPost]
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HOUSE GOP MULLS EXPANDING STEERING COMMITTEE - Emma Dumain: "As part of a broad overhaul of conference rules, Republicans are poised to vote next week on a proposal to change the configuration of the Steering Committee, which assigns members to most House committees...According to sources, the current plan would call for five of the six committee chairmen on the Steering Committee to be replaced with members elected by the GOP Conference. The sixth slot would be reserved for any committee leader who needs the Steering Committee to recommend appointment of a new member to his or her panel...The proposal could be good news for committee leaders not already serving on the Steering Committee. It would also mean two Ryan allies -- Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia and Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas -- would not have permanent seats on the Steering Committee." [Roll Call]
SANDERS SCORES MAJOR UNION ENDORSEMENT - Every union endorsement is just one more whiskey shot photo-op that Hillary Clinton will have to endure. Dave Jamieson: "Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the endorsement of the American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, giving the self-described democratic socialist a boost as he seeks more support from organized labor in the Democratic primary. APWU represents 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees. It's the second major national union and member of the AFL-CIO labor federation to endorse Sanders over rival and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders 'stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country,' said Mark Dimondstein, the union's president, in a statement. The endorsement came from the union's 13-member executive board." [HuffPost]
One less whiskey shot event! "Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled a $30 billion plan Thursday that would protect coal miners' benefits and prepare their communities as the U.S. transitions to cleaner energy sources. While Clinton has embraced strong policies to combat climate change and ultimately voiced her opposition to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the Democratic front-runner’s new proposal makes clear she won’t forget about coal. As the last pillar of her energy and climate agenda, Clinton’s plan, provided to HuffPost by a campaign official, focuses on safeguarding coal miners' health and retirement benefits, and shifting local economies away from coal production rather than injecting more money into the ailing industry." [HuffPost's Laura Barron-Lopez]
WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T LIKE TASTE OF BEN CARSON'S WORD SALAD - In ten years, maybe we'll get a chance to watch a live stream of Ben Carson watching his debates. Michael Memoli: "In Tuesday's Republican debate the presidential hopeful warned that not only was Russian President Vladimir Putin trying to 'spread his influence throughout the Middle East,' but the Chinese are engaged there as well…Asked about the comment Thursday at a White House news conference, National Security Adviser Susan Rice first seemed puzzled by the remark, asking what kind of involvement he thought China might have had - diplomatic or military. 'I have not seen evidence of Chinese military involvement in Syria,' she said." [LA Times]
You best go back from where you came ::spits into spitoon::, Chinese edition: "The United States flew two B-52 bombers over the weekend near man-made islands constructed by China in the South China Sea, a U.S. official tells The Hill, in a clear challenge to China’s territorial claims to the area. The bombers made one pass within 12 nautical miles of the islands, the official said, in what the military refers to as a 'freedom of navigation' operation. During the operation, the Chinese military radioed the bombers, telling them to 'get away from our islands.' The bombers did not comply, according to the U.S. official." [The Hill's Kristina Wong]
@AP_oddities: MLB recalling 2016 Washington Nationals calendars that mistakenly include images of Boston's Fenway Park: http://apne.ws/1M9RHJQ
GIRD YOURSELF FOR NYT BESTSELLER TRUTHERISM - Looks like Donald Trump's smiling mug will reside in fewer toiletside wicker baskets than was expected. McKay Coppins: "Trump’s new book, Crippled America, will debut on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list at #5 -- one spot below Carson’s book, A More Perfect Union. The yet-to-be-released list was sent to BuzzFeed News by a publishing industry source, and will appear in the Nov. 22 edition of the New York Times Book Review. Trump’s title does edge out Carson’s in the less-closely-followed 'combined print and e-book' category: On that list, Crippled America is at #4 and A More Perfect Union is at #5. But many industry observers expected Trump’s book to dominate the bestseller list." [BuzzFeed]
OBAMA ORDERS DHS EMPLOYEES TO STAY IN PJs - Just so long as TSA agents don't telecommute, you do you, federal government. Jonathan O'Connell: "[T]he new DHS plan would constitute perhaps the most dramatic and expansive shrink job in Washington...Gone is 35 percent of the space for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a planned expansion of an underground operations center. So too go a reference room, a tech resource center, a dry cleaner and a barber-and-beauty shop. Space dedicated to child care is sliced in half and total cafeteria space would be cut from 60,000 square feet to 14,400, about the size of a Walgreens. A large share of the space savings come from the amount allotted to each employee, which would drop from 230 square feet per person to 155 in the new plan. Although there would be 17,000 people working there, the facility would have only 12,800 desks." [WaPo]
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BAR WILL BAR ON - Smash cut thirty years in the future: "Venerable Buca di Beppo, Longtime Reason Magazine Hangout, To Close." Steve Hendrix: "The Post Pub, a venerable Washington drinking hole, will stay 'Post' even after its namesake newspaper moves away next month and the Federal National Mortgage Association sets up shop catty-corner from one of downtown’s last dive bars...the move will mark the end of a symbiotic relationship between pub and publication that goes back more than 50 years. Journalism, the city and neighborhood nightlife have all changed dramatically from the days when pressmen used to cross the street for a quick one between editions...Post reporter and now columnist Dana Milbank organized a series of happy hours in the months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 'We called it the Coalition of the Swilling,' Milbank said." [WaPo]
- Snoop Dogg has his own weed brand.
- Sister tries to sell brother.
@timothypmurphy: what is the point of dc
@SimonMaloy: [inside a darkened, bombed-out hovel, Homs]
"who you with?"
"Gifted Hands PAC"
@Olivianuzzi: "why isn't the media covering this story more?" a question usually asked by members of the media
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