John Kasich said providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is like letting people skip the line at a Taylor Swift concert, which explains why Kasich favors a border fence manned by several buff dudes in SECURITY shirts. Hillary Clinton asked her Twitter followers to lament their student loan debt in emojis, finally securing the smiley poo face its rightful place in our political discourse. And Scott Walker compared Iran nuclear inspections to making sure his teenage sons didn't misbehave in their rooms, which is known as Crusty Sock Diplomacy. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, August 12, 2015:
JIMMY CARTER HAS CANCER - "Former President Jimmy Carter announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in a brief statement issued Wednesday. 'Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,' Carter said in the statement released by the Carter Center. 'I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.'" [AP]
THE FARMER IN THE D'OH - Apparently it's just a coincidence this is the same financial transaction law that got Dennis Hastert in so much trouble. Rachel Weiner: "Lawmakers in both parties are pushing the Treasury Department to give back $30,000 to a Maryland dairy farmer who lost his cash in a controversial seizure more than three years ago. Randy Sowers, who runs a popular farm near Frederick, Md. was targeted in 2012 for making regular bank deposits of under $10,000. Such payments were deemed 'structuring' to avoid reporting requirements of deposits over that amount. He signed a settlement giving up about half of $63,000 seized by the Internal Revenue Service. But Sowers has since testified against the seizure in Congress, saying he agreed to a settlement only to keep his business going." [WashPost]
Gawker asks if Ted Cruz regrets the eradication of polio and somehow it seems like a reasonable question.
SCOTT WALKER GIVES HAND UP TO STRUGGLING BILLIONAIRES - Travis Waldron: "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Wednesday that commits hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to a new arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, a move that could complicate the Republican presidential candidate’s efforts to paint himself as the most ardent small-government conservative in a crowded field... The deal requires the team's current and former owners to cover half of the arena's $500 million projected cost, while taxpayers will cover the rest -- with interest, the public cost could rise to as much as $400 million. But at the signing ceremony Wednesday, Walker repeated claims that the arena would return $3 for every $1 invested into the project. 'We think this is a good, solid move, as good stewards of the taxpayer's money,' Walker said." [HuffPost]
Julia Ioffe reports for Huffington Post's Highline on six women from five different countries with one thing in common: Their kids joined ISIS.
BERNIE TOPPING HILLARY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - But can he have it all? Janie Valencia and Ryan Grim: "In a Franklin Pierce-Boston Herald poll released late Tuesday night, Sanders leads his Democratic rival with 44 percent to Clinton's 37 percent, within the survey's margin of error. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not entered the race, places third, with 9 percent of the vote, and all other Democratic candidates place below 1 percent." [HuffPost]
We ran down some of the problems with polls this far out from an election.
WE WILL FINALLY LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HILLARY WANTS FOR DINNER -- "Hillary Clinton agreed to turn over her private email server to authorities on Tuesday, the same day an intelligence community inspector general told congressional committees that at least five emails from the server did contain classified information. The decision to hand over the server, as well as a thumb drive of all her work-related emails to the Justice Department, represents an effort to blunt an expanding probe into her use of a private email account." [CNN]
JEB CAMPAIGN POWERED BY RICH LOBBYISTS - You knew that already, but still. Paul Blumenthal: "At least 43 donors who have given $100,000 or more to Bush’s Right to Rise super PAC are connected to companies employing lobbyists in Washington. Another five are members of industry lobbying organizations with a presence in the capital. Dozens more donors from big companies that are lobbying the White House have also pooled large sums to contribute to the Bush super PAC." [HuffPost]
HAIRCUTS: Janie Valencia, Preston Maddock
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JOHN KASICH ON A PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS: "I don't favor citizenship because, as I teach my kids, you don't jump the line to get into a Taylor Swift concert." [CNN]
THIS IS HOW LEGIONS OF CONSULTANTS ARE ENRICHING THEMSELVES IN THE MOST DRAWN OUT, MONEY-DRENCHED ELECTION IN AMERICAN HISTORY: @HillaryClinton How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.
EFFORTS TO DISENFRANCHISE BLACK PEOPLE NOTED - Samantha Lachman: "President Barack Obama said he was inspired by 'the unsung American heroes' who decades ago were forced to jump through degrading hurdles before they could vote, in a letter to the editor The New York Times published Wednesday. Obama's letter was in response to a New York Times Magazine cover story by Jim Rutenberg called 'A Dream Undone,' which chronicled how opponents of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Aug. 6, have worked to unravel its gains. The feature highlighted the story of Rosanell Eaton, who was one of the first black voters to register in her North Carolina county in 1939. Eaton had memorized the Constitution's preamble in order to pass the test she was subjected to. But Eaton's ability to cast a ballot has recently been tested by a new government-issued photo identification requirement in the state; she and her daughter had to make nine trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles, totaling more than 250 miles of driving, to acquire the papers Eaton needed to obtain an accepted form of ID. Eaton served as a plaintiff in a trial over the states's new voting restrictions, which concluded last month." [HuffPost]
Today the president golfed with Cyrus Walker, Alonzo Mourning and Ray Allen.
POOR JOHN KASICH - Igor Bobic: "A man stood up at a town hall for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in New Hampshire on Wednesday and asked how the presidential candidate planned to curb the influence of money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The answer he received was long on platitudes but short on actual substance. 'Every time we change the laws, we have laws that we think are worse than laws that we had, Kasich said at the event, which was hosted by the Derry branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars. 'I don't know what I believe the answer is, but I will tell you if I win I will think the system works pretty well. And if I don't win, I'm going to blame it on the system,' he joked." You will not win, John Kasich. [HuffPost]
SCOTT WALKER'S FOREIGN POLICY EXPERTISE COMES FROM HIS TRIPS UPSTAIRS - Christopher Massie: "Scott Walker said on Wednesday that the United States should treat the inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities the way parents treat inspections of teenage boys’ bedrooms.... 'I’ve got two boys in college now, but when they were in high school, we’d have a rule that they could have friends over, including girls, as long as the door to their room was open.' He added that 'the provisions in this deal' would be like allowing teen boys keep their doors closed and warning them before entering the room. 'To me, the provisions in this deal are like telling teenage boys, not only can you have the doors closed, but we got to shout up the stairs before we walk up the steps, ‘Hey, we’re coming up to check and see what you’re doing. Just want to give you advance notice.’ It makes no sense,' Walker said." [BuzzFeed]
CLAIRE MCCASKILL COMPARES BERNIE AND THE DONALD - Both men are veteran statesmen with deep policy knowledge, after all. Jacob Kerr: "Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) compared Sen. Bernie Sanders' rise in popularity within the Democratic presidential race to that of real estate mogul Donald Trump on the Republican side on Wednesday. McCaskill, who declared her support for Hillary Clinton back in 2013, told CNN's 'New Day' that both Sanders and Trump are tapping into public 'cynicism and frustration with the government.' 'People are really aggravated at the government right now,' McCaskill said. 'There are a lot of people that are just going, 'Really? You guys can't get anything done? All you do is fight.''" [HuffPost]
SO MUCH FOR YOUR GLUTEN-FREE, SMALL BATCH KIBBLE - Zach Carter looks at how the pet food industry has responded to an estimated 8,000 pet deaths caused by tainted food. Which is to say, they haven't: "As the recalls dominated headlines, Blue Buffalo ran a new ad campaign online and in newspapers, informing concerned consumers its products were a safe alternative to those that had been taken off the shelves. For a while, the ads appeared to bolster the company's image. But in late April -- more than a month after its competitors had faced the music -- Blue Buffalo acknowledged similar problems with one production run of its kitten food. A week later, the company expanded its recall to include all of its canned dog food, an entire line of canned cat food and treats it had marketed as 'health bars.' Blue Buffalo's story is about more than one company's advertising excess. It represents almost everything wrong with the pet food business, and just how little the industry and the government agencies that oversee it have changed since the most catastrophic pet food safety event in modern history. It's a story with clear implications for human food safety, and serves as a warning for other sectors of the American economy where outgunned regulators are struggling to keep pace with global supply chains that grow more complex by the day." [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here are 30 photos of tigers.
CONGRESSIONAL POPULARITY TICKS DOWN - Probably because Americans don't know how devastatingly handsome Chris Coons is. Andrew Dugan: "Now on August recess, members of Congress returning to their districts may receive a skeptical reception from constituents, as 14% of U.S. adults approve of the job Congress is doing, down slightly from 17% in July." It's called a District Work Period, Andrew! [Gallup]
@GoldenGateBlond: What 'Frozen' didn't show were Republicans wandering around Arendelle blustering how all that snow proves global warming is a myth.
@JemeleHill: If I'm Brady, I'd rather be photoshopped w/ the MJ cry-face than this court sketch. Got him looking like Ray Liotta
@LianaMaeby: Buying ad time now in case the revolution ends up being televised.
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