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Donald Trump's presidential campaign has made Erick Erickson look momentarily reasonable, and for the first time we're concerned that Trump's lead in the polls might not be durable. The New York Times compared Bernie Sanders to Howard Dean circa 2004, because Sanders is going to go to Washington to take back the White House, YEAAARRGGHHH. And some states' attorneys general ate roasted pig with Monsanto and Comcast execs at a corporate-funded shindig in Hawaii, because nothing says "good government" like politicians and lobbyists literally gorging themselves on pork. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, August 10th, 2015:

SANDERS NABS NURSES NOD - Blue scrubs for Bernie, Dave Jamieson reports: "A national labor union of registered nurses provided another big boost to the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders on Monday, becoming the first major union to endorse the Vermont senator's White House bid. National Nurses United, which represents 185,000 nurses, most of them women, hosted a brunch with Sanders on Monday in Oakland, California. The union's leadership announced there that they would formally back the senator and campaign on his behalf as he competes with front-runner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination… The NNU endorsement is one of the strongest indications yet of Sanders' appeal to labor unions, which is shaping up to be a problem for the Clinton campaign. The only other endorsement yet from a major national union broke Clinton's way, from the much larger American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.6 million workers." [HuffPost]

Melissa Gilbert, childhood star of "Little House on the Prairie," is running for Congress.

DONALD TRUMP LITERALLY PHONING IT IN - Michael Calderone: "Presidential candidate Donald Trump dominated the political news cycle over the weekend, after suggesting in a Friday phone interview with CNN that Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked such tough questions during Thursday's GOP debate because she was menstruating. The offensive comment got Trump subsequently disinvited from the RedState conference on Saturday, and made him a hot 2016 topic this past weekend on social media and TV news shows -- with the exception of Fox News, which has been uncharacteristically quiet about the swipe…. Yet, as commentators and candidates filled studios to talk Trump this weekend, Trump failed to make any in-person appearances. Instead, he did a half-dozen TV interviews by phone." [HuffPost]

St. Louis County officials have declared a state of emergency because of unrest on the first anniversary of Michael Brown's killing.

TRUMPMENTUM CONTINUES - Reid Wilson: "Real estate magnate Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican field grew in the several days after his performance at the first GOP presidential debate, according to a new Morning Consult survey, even after he invited a new round of scorn from fellow candidates over impolitic comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Trump leads the Republican field with 32 percent of the vote, up 7 percentage points over last week’s Morning Consult tracking poll. Trump’s nearest GOP rival, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, clocked in at 11 percent." [MorningConsult.com]

Our ranking experts rank Marco Rubio as most likely to outrank Trump when people realize Trump is rank.

ERICK ERICKSON HAVING A MOMENT - He's feeling vindicated because jerks have sent him racist, sexist emails over his fight with Trump, Gabriel Arana reports: "The irony, of course, is that the vitriol is no different from that which regularly appears in the comments at RedState. Erickson also has his own history of making disparaging remarks toward women, having calling Michelle Obama a 'Marxist harpy' and Wendy Davis an 'abortion Barbie.'" [HuffPost]

HILLARY CLINTON TARGETING 'PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY' NICHE AUDIENCE - Rich people should pay more taxes so everyone else can afford college, the Clinton campaign (basically) said. Shahien Nasiripour: "The centerpiece of Clinton's proposal... promises that students who commit to working at least 10 hours a week can attend college without having to take out loans for tuition. Families would still have to contribute, but less than under current guidelines. State and federal funding would make up the balance." [HuffPost]

Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean Are Not The Same Person, and the New York Times Is ON IT

PUTTING THE 'MEAN' IN 'MEANS TEST' AT THE VA - Jen Bendery: "More than 35,000 combat veterans are being denied health care enrollment by the Department of Veterans Affairs because of a computer system error, according to an internal document obtained by The Huffington Post. Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta and a past whistleblower on VA mismanagement, provided HuffPost with a recent VA analysis of the number of combat vets, by city, who are listed as 'pending' for health care enrollment because they didn't complete a so-called means test, which assesses their household income. Many vets have to submit a means test to be enrolled, but it's not required for combat vets, who are automatically eligible for five years of free care. The policy is spelled out on the VA's website. The document shows that 35,093 combat vets who applied for health care aren't getting it because the VA system has erroneously flagged them as needing to submit a means test." [HuffPost]

DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - Our national forests -- where the Second Amendment thrives undisturbed in its natural habitat. "Perched around a secluded campfire in the Rocky Mountains, Glenn Martin jerked forward, said, 'Ow,' and died. The wayward bullet that struck him in the national forest has campers and other users calling for changes in recreational shooting policy. Martin, 60, died July 3 in the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, 30 miles southwest of Denver. The 3.1-million-acre forest holds the record for the most gun-related violations reported in the country, a review of federal records by the USA TODAY Media Network shows." [USAToday.com]

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BERNIE SANDERS TIRED OF GETTING INTERRUPTED - Marina Fang: "A day after being interrupted by Black Lives Matters protesters at a campaign event in Seattle, Washington, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a detailed platform on combating racial inequality. Sanders' campaign posted the platform on his website on Sunday, and he addressed the issue of racial justice that evening in front of more than 20,000 supporters in Portland, drawing his largest crowd yet along the campaign trail. Nearly 12,000 people attended Saturday’s event in Seattle. The platform delineates policy proposals pertaining to what Sanders calls 'the four central types of violence waged against black and brown Americans: physical, political, legal and economic.' Sanders proposes a series of police reforms, including the demilitarization of police forces, a federal program giving police body cameras, and increasing police transparency and accountability. He also calls for an end to mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenses and bemoans the disproportionate rate at which blacks are targeted by police." [HuffPost]

SOMETIMES REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TALK TO EACH OTHER: MIKE LEE EDITION - A story about strange bedfellows? What'll politics reporters think of next! Jennifer Steinhauer: "As lawmakers rapidly confront a deadline over spending that threatens another government shutdown next month, Mr. Lee faces a stark choice: Will he continue defying Republican leaders who are trying to demonstrate their ability to govern, or will he instead focus on building a legacy of serious libertarian-leaning policy, with the help of Democrats?" [New York Times]

ADORABLE BACKBENCH LAWMAKERS ACTUALLY BELIEVE COLLEAGUES WILL LISTEN TO THEIR IDEAS - The self-styled "centrist" New Democrat Coalition wants to something something bipartisanship something something. Lauren French: "Moderates are tired of being overshadowed in a party where liberals have long dominated the agenda, even as Democrats slipped further into the House minority after the 2014 midterm elections." [Politico]

CHINA STEALING OUR HACKING JOBS - Robert Windrem: "China's cyber spies have accessed the private emails of 'many' top Obama administration officials, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and a top secret document obtained by NBC News, and have been doing so since at least April 2010. The email grab -- first codenamed 'Dancing Panda' by U.S. officials, and then 'Legion Amethyst' -- was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014." [NBCNews.com]

PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS LIVING WITHOUT LIBERTY (OR CANCER) ON THE RISE. THANKS, OBAMA! - The Affordable Care Act is proving that if you help get poor people health insurance, they will have health insurance, and if you refuse to do that, they won't. Jeffrey Young: "Nationwide, the uninsured rate fell from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 11.7 percent through the first half of this year, following two years of sign-ups for private health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges and for expanded Medicaid benefits, the pollsters found. The contrast between Obamacare-friendly states and those hostile to the law is stark. Rhode Island has the lowest uninsured rate, 2.7 percent, while Texas comes in last at 20.8 percent." [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here is a story about a bear that steals grape sodas from hardworking Americans.

MAHALO, MONEYED INTERESTS! - A whole mess of top prosecutors had a lovely time in Hawaii partying with corporate bigwigs and other fatcat types at the Conference of Western Attorneys General. Dana Liebelson: "At the opening night Grand Luau, shirtless men carried in a skinned pig that had been roasted for hours in an underground oven called an imu. Performers in traditional regalia danced the hula. CWAG members could then retire to scenic rooms they -- but not private-sector attendees -- could stay in for a discounted rate of $279 a night. The cheapest room at the hotel usually goes for about twice that amount. The Waldorf treated its guests -- not all of the AGs stayed there -- to a tropical lei, Hawaiian punch and complimentary yoga." [HuffPost]

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