The White House is getting advice on the tired, poor and huddled masses from the well-rested, rich and legroom-y few. HuffPost Hill celebrated one year of not calling ourselves "Fast Break." James O'Keefe's new music video answers the age-old question of what "Party All The Time" would sound like if Eddie Murphy misread "Conscience of a Conservative." And Rand Paul already filed candidacy papers for 2016. A long way off, sure, but he needs time to flush his toilet. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, April 19th, 2011:
OBAMA DRAFTS CAMPAIGN FINANCE EXECUTIVE ORDER - Sam Stein: "After exhausting normal legislative avenues, the Obama administration has prepared a draft executive order that would enact some campaign finance reform provisions. Several Democratic sources confirmed that a document being circulated by the administration would require government contractors to disclose campaign contributions made by directors, officers, affiliates or subsidiaries to federal candidates, political party committees and "third party entities" involved in electioneering." [HuffPost]
DEFICIT NEGOTIATIONS INCREASINGLY POLITICIZED - In a sign that that Republicans don't view Joe Biden's May 5 deficit negotiations as a serious opportunity to shape policy, GOP leadership in both chambers have selected politically-inclined representatives for the meetings, rather than policy-inclined ones. Majority Leader Eric Cantor will represent House Republicans and Jon Kyl -- that angry, angry man -- will represent Senate Republicans. This is in stark contrast to the Democrats, who are sending budget/appropriations-affiliated lawmakers Chris Van Hollen, Max Baucus and Daniel Inouye. At least partisanship blows up good stuff and bad stuff alike. [HuffPost's Jen Bendery and Elise Foley]
Tomorrow's 420. For the third year in a row, our story on where the term comes from.
WOLIN WHINING FROM PARANOID SELF-LOATHING GOP LOBBYIST - Neal Wolin, a top Treasury guy, said today Obama would nominate a director for the CFPB "sooner than later." They've been saying that forever. He ignored the part of the question about what would happen if no director was confirmed by the July deadline. His speech, at the Pew office on E Street, was intended as a rebuke to critics of Dodd-Frank. One critic wasn't mollified. Our favorite Paranoid Self-Loathing GOP Lobbyist, who watched the speech from his panic room, wanted something more from Wolin today. "A disclosure at the beginning of his remarks wouldve been nice," wrote PSLGOPL. "You know, something like, 'take it from me...I personally made a small fortune as an executive at company that needed more taxpayer money than any other in its sector.'" Thanks, PSLGOPL!
PSLGOPL is gentler on Wolin today than we were on him when he was first nominated.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US: HUFFPOST HILL TURNS ONE - A year ago we set in motion a bold journalistic experiment: to find out whether incremental developments in the political arena could be treated with shocking glibness and paired with videos of dogs doing silly things, all while ruthlessly mocking our core readership and sponsorship. We figured that, deep down, Washington types really hate themselves and want nothing more than to have a fart joke slipped into their Playbook update of which government relations hot shot turned 2-5 today. Not only did you respond favorably, you responded REALLY favorably. Like, really really REALLY favorably. It was kind of weird. You people really like abuse. Anyway, thanks for reading and choosing our political digest as a means to exorcise your crippling guilt for taking that corporate lobbying gig over the one at PIRG.
HUFFPOST HAIRCUTS - Arthur Delaney, Jon Ward... EXPECTING: Elise Foley (hat tip: Elise Foley), Kevin Bunkley (hat tip: Kevin Bunkley)
DAILY DELANEY DOWNER- Robin St. Louis of Charlotte, N.C. lost her gig as a sales rep just before Christmas in 2009 and said she hasn't had much luck with her job search since then. "Looking for a job, it seems your résumé goes into a black hole," St. Louis, 46, told HuffPost, describing the process of flinging one job application after another at unresponsive potential employers and staffing agencies. St. Louis said her family is grateful for the $325 she's received every week in unemployment insurance since her layoff: "This money's sustaining us." But now the sustenance has been cut off, as North Carolina is one of several states shunning some of the federal benefits Congress reauthorized in December. It would be neat to know what members of Congress think of this, but good luck finding one who understands it. [HuffPost]
The White House had a meeting today with immigration stakeholders, minus any immigrants or groups who represent them. But not to worry, they remembered to invite Arnold Schwarzenegger and the COO of Facebook (John Podesta, Michael Bloomberg and Richard Trumka also made the invite list -- Republicans were notably absent). We don't have the agenda for the meeting, but we imagine topic number one began, "Sweet mother of God, we've done everything the GOP asks, why won't they give us some damn visas already?"
Breitbart went on Dylan Ratigan this afternoon. Boycott of GE around the corner, no doubt.
LIKE TIM FERNHOLZ, U.S. CORPORATIONS HATE AMERICA - Large U.S. companies increasingly hire abroad and fire in America, according to new government data. In the last decade, American multinational corporations, which together employ one-fifth of all U.S. workers, decreased domestic employment by 2.9 million workers while adding 2.4 million jobs overseas, the Commerce Department reported on Monday. [HuffPost's Lila Shapiro and Yepoka Yeebo]
AMERICA HOPELESS - "At the end of 2010, the fourth year of the housing collapse, the share of people who said a home was a safe investment dropped to 64 percent from 70 percent in the first quarter. The December figure was the lowest in a survey that goes back to 2003, when it was 83 percent." [Bloomberg]
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HOUSE GOP PAYING HALF A MILL TO ATTACK GAY MARRIAGE - In one of the textbook-est cases of how the legal profession works ... ever, House Republicans are paying a lawyer hundreds of thousands of dollars to work on a case that won't go anywhere. The GOP conference is planning on using taxpayer funds to hire former Solicitor General Paul Clement and his law firm King and Spaulding to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. "The General Counsel agrees to pay the Contractor for all contractual services rendered a sum not to exceed $500,000.00," reads the contract drawn up by House officials obtained by Amanda Terkel. House Republicans vowed to defend the law after the White House opted to instruct the Department of Justice NOT to defend its constitutionality. Also, King and Spaulding is in our building ... awk-warddddddd. [HuffPost]
Oh hey, a new CNN poll finds a majority of Americans support gay marriage. While the issue is still incredibly divisive -- 51 percent support it while 47 percent don't -- anti-gay rights sentiment has proven to be anything but rock solid as attitudes have shifted dramatically in the last few decades. [CNN]
ONE YEAR AFTER SPILL, BP DONATING HEAVILY TO POLS - Mike McAuliff is reporting that a year after BP made the Gulf Coast resemble a really big robot's toilet, the company has resumed donating heavily to political campaigns. "The gas and oil giant's North America Political Action Committee filed its latest report with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, which revealed $29,000 doled out to federal campaigns on its behalf...House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee each received $5,000 from BP last month. Indiana Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky got $3,000, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) bagged $1,000."
Corbin Hiar reports on nationwide protests tomorrow marking the anniversary
SUBJECT OF INCREDIBLY UNPOPULAR MOVIE MIGHT RUN FOR SENATE - John Crowley, a New Jersey biotech executive, is mulling a Senate campaign for the seat currently held by Bob Menendez. Crowley this week said he will step down as CEO of Amicus Therapeutics "to devote more time to interests related to public policy, civic service, and philanthropic endeavors." Crowley was the inspiration for Brendan Fraiser's character in the 2010 feel-good movie Extraordinary Measures. According to Wikipedia, which never lies, "The film opened at #8 on its opening weekend, taking in $6 million. The film experienced sharp declines and only remained in theaters for four weeks as it only earned $12 million, making it a box office disappointment." Unless the protagonist from Kevin Costner's Waterworld is actually out there somewhere and is interested in running for elected office in his watery domain, we don't think you could find a real life movie protagonist with less name recognition among the electorate. Seriously, someone at the DSCC or NRSC needs to get Patch Adams on the horn ASAP. [Roll Call]
Rand Paul has already filed campaign papers for his 2016 reelection campaign. The papers were actually filed on March 9, well over a month ago. That is about five years before he has to seriously begin his campaign for a second term. Paul has said that he won't run for president -- the idea of which seems even more long shot than his chances of actually winning -- if his father, Ron Paul, decides to. Five years is a long time, but maybe he could start working toward an actual medical degree. [Courier-Journal]
BARBOUR AND PAWLENTY SEEKING BORING WHITE GUY REDEMPTION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - Jon Ward, just back from the Granite State, files this report on how professional white dudes Haley Barbour and Tim Pawlenty are using New Hampshire as a laboratory to hone their unbelievable dullness. "Haley Barbour counts on a retail approach here. His strategy -- if he decides to run by the end-of-the-month deadline he's given himself -- will be based largely on John McCain's guerrilla tactics from the 2000 and 2008 campaigns. McCain won the state both times by meeting as many voters as he possibly could. In 2008, his work on the ground brought his candidacy back from the dead...Tim Pawlenty plays it safe. His speeches are short and peppered with applause lines and well-worn, call-and-response moments...It would be hard to be more predictable. But Pawlenty is trying to embrace the Tea Party, to become the candidate they turn to after giving up hope on several lesser-known options." [HuffPost]
The Pawlenty Puker has resigned. In lieu of flowers, mourners are encouraged to donate to another candidate.
Commander-in-Cheeky: "President Obama sat down for a series of interviews with local television outlets Monday, one of which ended with some presidential scorn for a Texas reporter... 'Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?'" [HuffPost]
GOV. JAN BREWER AXES BIRTHER BILL - It takes a special type of crazy to offend the sensibilities of the person who led the charge for legislation that basically makes requires Mexican-Americans to carry papers if they want to dine anywhere more lowbrow than Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Governor Brewer vetoed a bill that would require presidential candidates to provide a birth certificate before their names could appear on her state's ballots. "I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth to submit their 'early baptismal or circumcision certificates,'" Brewer told a local Fox affiliate. "This measure creates significant new problems while failing to do anything constructive for Arizona." But it does, governor. It absolutely does. How else can we prevent a second Mau Mau uprising from plaguing our homeland? [AP/HuffPost]
The Times-Picayune is reporting that Bobby Jindal is all for the birther bill introduced the Louisiana legislature. "It's not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it we'll sign it," his press secretary told the paper. You mean to tell us that the Napoleonic Code doesn't already contain a provision that weeds out potential Kenyan Manchurian candidates? Sacrebleu! [Times Picayune]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - HuffPost Comedy asked some Onion writers and other comedians to re-caption Family Circus comics. [http://huff.to/gaZSKX]
JAMES O'KEEFE PUBLISHES INCOHERENT MUSIC VIDEO - Bored angry guy with rich parents James O'Keefe III has released a seven-minute music video for "The Landrieu Dance." The video features a highlight reel of his most ardent media detractors, a skit featuring Mary Landrieu thirsting for O'Keefe blood, a retrospective of his most famous pranks, some FBI agents pointing guns at him, the debut of O'Keefe's irresistable dance moves and a lengthy Michael Jackson spoof. Whatever the enabling opposite of an editor is, O'Keefe definitely has one. [YouTube]
KEVIN THE INTERN'S 'THIS DAY IN HISTORY' - Michele Bachmann may think this happened in New Hampshire, but on this day our nation's "War for Independence" erupted in Massachusetts. The Declaration of Independence had yet to be written, but dang it the two sides were going to start a war. Thomas Gage, the governor of the Massachusetts colony, had a British army stationed in Boston, and the Americans wanted them out. Despite an attempt by the British to arrest John Hancock and Paul Revere (who was actually busy doing his famed horse ride with William Dawes), the militia fought back. The Boston Patriots made a stand at Concord, and the British fled all the way to Boston, with 300 casualties. Thanks, KB!
- "The easy kind of a job to cover was a murder." Really interesting video of legendary news photographer Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee, discussing his craft. [http://bit.ly/dF6RfW]
- A spoof trailer for Monopoly, the Movie. It's kind of like Tron but with more Mr. Moneybags... and more strippers. [http://bit.ly/fyqo8b]
- In case you're having a bad day, Wikipedia can always offer some much-needed perspective. [http://bit.ly/56cR]
- In honor of the come-and-gone Record Store Day, some web designers have released "LP Roulette," which simulates browsing through a record store. [http://bit.ly/gBBDnI]
- Hipster Animals. The artisanal charcuterie maker pig is a little disturbing. [http://bit.ly/gOwF7e]
- Our corporate cousins at TechCrunch outline why Twitter's potential acquisition of Tweetdeck would kill the social networking program. [http://tcrn.ch/hqVTs5]
- We're very fascinated by the yips -- the phenomenon when an athlete totally forgets to do what they've done a million times -- here at HuffPost Hill. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander suffered from a bad bout of the yips the other night. [http://bit.ly/e8JV3M]
- A study finds that swearing can reduce pain levels. Goddamn right. [http://ti.me/i34LG7]
@daveweigel: Not true. I type #fail a lot. That's comedy gold. RT @RAMansour: @daveweigel you really have zero sense of humor.
@FakeJimVandeHei: At our office we have crying rooms RT @ariannahuff At our offices we have napping rooms
7:00 pm: If Trainspotting is one of your favorite books and/or Movies, chances are Mogwai is one of your favorite bands. The group performs at 9:30 Club. Good times [9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW].
8:00 pm: More British music! The way more ethereal British Sea Power takes their atmospheric brand of British pop to Black Cat. Not the most appropriate music for a nice day but good music, nonetheless. [Black Cat 1811, 14th Street NW].
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Hey, Women of Philadelphia, you can now be a Woman of Politics. Allyson Schwartz hosts a "'Women in Politics Reception" in the city of Lady-ly Love [Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust Street, Philadelphia].
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