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“Law and Order: SVU” will film a Donald Trump-themed episode, even though the GOP candidate could sue over the depiction of his hands in the fingerprinting scene. Trump lambasted Paul Ryan for his “sinister deal,” recalling the “corrupt bargain” in which Russian hackers put John Quincy Adams in the White House. And Trump supporters wondered aloud about repealing the 19th Amendment, prompting others to wonder if “ban men” could get the support of three-quarters of the country’s statehouses. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, October 12th, 2016:

‘TEEN BEAUTY PAGEANT’ IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT PEOPLE GOOGLING ALONGSIDE YOUR CANDIDATE’S NAME - Trump/Pence 2016: Alright, Alright Alright. Kendall Taggart, Jessica Garrison and Jessica Testa: “Four women who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant said Donald Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants — some as young as 15 — were changing. ‘I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’’ said Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA. Trump, she recalled, said something like, ‘Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.’ Three other women, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of getting engulfed in a media firestorm, also remembered Trump entering the dressing room while girls were changing. Two of them said the girls rushed to cover their bodies, with one calling it ‘shocking’ and ‘creepy.’ The third said she was clothed and introduced herself to Trump.” [BuzzFeed]

TRUMP UPSET PAUL RYAN DIDN’T CALL, IS ALSO INCREDIBLY PARANOID -Typically only National Review staffers exhibit such a mixture of emotions. Christina Wilkie: “Speaking at a rally in Florida, Trump pointed to the fact that Ryan did not call him after Sunday’s debate to congratulate him on his performance as evidence of the conspiracy. ‘Instead of calling me and saying, ‘Congratulations, you did a great job. You absolutely destroyed her in the debate like everybody said,’’ he didn’t hear from Ryan at all, Trump said. ‘So wouldn’t you think that Paul Ryan would call and say, ‘Good going?’ In front of just about the largest crowd for a second-night debate in the history of the country?’ Trump asked the crowd. ‘So, you know, you’d think that they’d say: ‘Great going, Don. Let’s go. Let’s beat this crook. She’s a crook. Let’s beat her. We gotta stop it.’’ Ryan’s silence, he said, was proof that ‘there’s a whole deal going on there. I mean, you know, there’s a whole deal going on. We’re gonna figure it out, I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.” [HuffPost]

THIS IS WHAT THE ELECTION WOULD LOOK LIKE IF IT WERE A BLURB IN HUFFPOST HILL -  There’s a great “not all men” joke to be made here ― get back to us. Seema Mehta: “As polls show that Donald Trump would overwhelmingly win if only men were allowed to vote, the GOP nominee’s supporters have spawned a new Twitter hashtag: #repealthe19th. That’s a reference to the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The Twitter commentary began after Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight website published an article Tuesday looking at men’s and women’s voting patterns. He found that if the election only counted the male vote, Trump would swamp Clinton, 350 electoral votes to 188. A candidate must win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.” [LA Times]

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PANTING GOP LAWMAKERS THROW LUGGAGE ABOARD TRUMP TRAIN, TRY TO JUMP ABOARD - Elise Foley: “Multiple Republicans who called for Donald Trump to step down as the Republican presidential nominee over the weekend are now saying they will still vote for him. In an impressive bit of rhetorical gymnastics, some are also saying that they never technically un-endorsed Trump in the first place ― even though they all said that he should be replaced by his running mate Mike Pence as the Republican nominee for president. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) all confirmed on Tuesday that they will support the Republican ticket, even if it’s led by Trump instead of Pence, the governor of Indiana. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said the same day that he would likely vote for Trump. Over the weekend, the four were among the many high-profile Republicans who dropped their support for the nominee...” [HuffPost]

LOL U CRAZY, UTAH - Maybe it’s all that three percent ABV beer you’re serving in Salt Lake. Janie Velencia: “Donald Trump may be losing ground in Utah, according to a new poll that was conducted after the release of the tape in which the Republican presidential nominee boasts about sexually assaulting women. The Y2 Analytics poll finds Trump tied with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at 26 percent. Independent candidate Evan McMullin, who has been considered a long-shot candidate, trails close behind with 22 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson takes 14 percent in the poll. Prior to the poll, Trump was averaging 45 percent and Clinton 27 percent in the largely Mormon state, according to the HuffPost Pollster aggregate of publicly released polls. The last time Utah voted for a Democratic candidate was in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won.” [HuffPost]

Speaking of longshot candidates, Gary Johnson is super gungho for private prisons: “Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, who campaigns for criminal justice reform, expanded private prisons as governor of New Mexico. And if he is elected president, he does not plan to end the use of these controversial facilities, he told The Huffington Post.” [HuffPost’s Dana Liebelson]

PHILIPPE REINES IS JUST A MAN WITH A HUMBLE MISSION TO EAT HIS ENEMIES’ HEARTS -  Marina Fang and Ryan Grim: “A top aide to Hillary Clinton was incensed by MoveOn.org’s campaign to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) into the presidential race. The aide, Philippe Reines, suggested using Clinton’s ‘Hollywood friends’ to force the group to ‘cool it’ with the whole ‘Run Warren Run’ thing. ‘This is more than a little annoying. Making noise is one thing. Spending seven figures is another. She voted for the war, you punished her already, get over it,’ Reines’ email reads. ‘I don’t know who funds them, but don’t we have Hollywood friends with ties to MoveOn who can tell them to cool it?’ … Reines’ remark is contained in hacked emails from now-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, which were published by WikiLeaks earlier this week. MoveOn declined to comment on Reines’ suggestion.” [HuffPost]

CITIZENS UNITED IS AS AWFUL AS YOU’D SUSPECT - Betsy Woodruff: “[Citizens United] has a history of sending out mailers that raise serious ethical questions—and that may prey on senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer’s… Jennifer Bell, who runs the blog Drowning in Junk, knows all about this. She helped care for an elderly relative—now deceased, who we will not name out of respect for the family’s privacy—who once wrote a $100 check to Citizens United. Bell said the relative suffered from dementia, and after writing that first check, received frequent mailings and phone calls asking her to give more. Sometimes she would get five pieces of mail per week from the group. The woman was eventually hospitalized, so Bell had her mail redirected to her own address to help her manage the onslaught. That’s when she started to notice how disturbing some of the mailers were. One mail piece, which had Bossie’s name on it, said the relative had sent Citizens United a $50 check which was lost in the mail.” [Daily Beast]

HOW ONE DUDE IS SINGLEHANDEDLY KEEPING HOPE ALIVE FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS - Nate Cohn: “There is a 19-year-old black man in Illinois who has no idea of the role he is playing in this election. And he has been held up as proof by conservatives — including outlets like Breitbart News and The New York Post — that Mr. Trump is excelling among black voters. He has even played a modest role in shifting entire polling aggregates, like the Real Clear Politics average, toward Mr. Trump. How? He’s a panelist on the U.S.C. Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Daybreak poll, which has emerged as the biggest polling outlier of the presidential campaign… Just about every survey is weighted — adjusted to match the demographic characteristics of the population, often by age, race, sex and education, among other variables. The U.S.C./LAT poll is no exception, but it makes two unusual decisions that combine to produce an odd result.  It weights for very tiny groups, which results in big weights.” [NYT]

DISPATCH FROM TRUMP’S AMERICA - Elise Foley: “Ten years ago, Hazleton, Pennsylvania, approved one of the most restrictive immigration ordinances in the country in hopes of driving out undocumented immigrants… In recent years, the animosity began to dissipate. Courts blocked the most controversial provisions of Hazleton’s ordinance, the Latino population ballooned and many residents moved on… Then came Donald Trump… When I arrived here in early September, I witnessed it at my very first stop: a local Wendy’s. It was midday. A middle-aged woman waiting behind me became agitated that our line wasn’t moving fast enough. When a man in front of us began speaking Spanish to the cashier, her frustration boiled over. ‘Hurry up,’ she blurted out at him. She then turned to an elderly white man and to me, hoping we’d commiserate: ‘That’s why I’m voting for Trump.’” [HuffPost]

YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, HUFFPOST INVESTIGATED BENGHAZI - And what Jessica Schulberg, Nick Baumann and Nick McKenzie turned up was incredible: “A middleman the State Department relied on to hire unarmed guards at the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, previously worked with a company that’s now at the center of a massive international bribery scandal. The FBI and law enforcement agencies in at least four other countries are investigating allegations ― first published by The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media ― that a Monaco-based company called Unaoil bribed public officials to secure contracts for major corporations in corruption-prone regions. In Libya, Unaoil partnered with a Tripoli-based businessman named Muhannad Alamir. A former Unaoil employee who served as a confidential source for the FBI told investigators that Unaoil and Alamir bribed Libyan officials. Unaoil and Alamir deny they bribed anyone.” [HuffPost]

*DUN DUN* - We still have our fingers cross for a very cathartic appearance by Donald Trump on “Wipeout.” Cynthia Littleton: “NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” has a long history of developing stories inspired by real-life headlines. This season, one of the show’s most provocative episodes is sure to be ‘Unstoppable,’ which features a Donald Trump-esque character running for president who gets tangled up in a sordid case when several women come forward with damaging accusations. Gary Cole stars as a character described by a source as a wealthy and boorish man who makes a run for the White House. Aspects of the story were said to be inspired by the civil lawsuit pending against Trump, the Republican nominee for president, by a woman who alleges she was raped by Trump when she was 13 in the mid-1990s. Trump’s attorneys have vehemently [denied] the allegations by the woman identified in court documents as Jane Doe.” [Variety]

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MAYBE JOHN PODESTA IS THE GUY WE SHOULD SEND OUR ‘CONTACT’ FAN FICTION TO -  Lee Spiegel: What does the Vatican know about alien life? And is there a threat of a war in space? These are among the issues that a former astronaut wanted to discuss with John Podesta, who was a top adviser to President Barack Obama and now serves as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to new emails published Friday by WikiLeaks… The emails are from Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. He wrote to Podesta on Jan. 18, 2015, asking for a meeting ‘ASAP’ to discuss government disclosure of extraterrestrial life forms and zero point energy, an alleged alien technology that Mitchell strongly believed could be used as an unlimited source of infinite free energy for our planet.” [HuffPost]


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@mims: In the last 6 months Obama threw a DC version of SXSW, declared an interest in becoming a VC and guest edited WIRED. Next stop: Burning Man

@jonathanvswan: When I asked him just now if he misses the House GOP conference, John Boehner smiled & said: “I wonder if they’ve taken my picture down.”

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