An Iowa teenager who is running for president as "Deez Nuts" is polling well in a few states, but it's not yet clear whose nuts. Jeb Bush can't think of a nicer term for "anchor babies," telling reporters today he doesn't know what else to call the outcome when two anchors make love. Claire McCaskill made fun of Scott Brown for being a total meathead, to which Brown responded with a sick burn about McCaskill's FEC compliance. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, August 20th, 2015:
LOTSA STUFF HAPPENING ON BOBBY JINDAL'S LAWN - Laura Bassett: "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he plans to screen controversial undercover videos of Planned Parenthood on the lawn of his mansion Thursday evening in response to a rally protesting his actions against the family planning provider. The protest at the GOP presidential candidate's Baton Rouge home Thursday afternoon is in response to the governor's recent announcement that he will block Medicaid recipients in Louisiana from receiving care at Planned Parenthood. Jindal also launched a state investigation into Planned Parenthood, even though the provider does not offer abortions in the state, because a series of undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group shows Planned Parenthood doctors discussing fetal tissue donations after abortions." ICYMI: Jindal is running for president. [HuffPost]
RICK SANTORUM: WE SPLIT UP FAMILIES ALL THE TIME, WHATS A FEW MILLION MORE? - "It’s like someone who robs a bank because they want to feed their family," the former Pennsylvania senator said in a speech at the National Press Club. "Do I feel bad that they don't have enough money and they felt the need to rob a bank and provide for their family? Of course I feel bad, we all feel bad. ... But that doesn't obviate the fact that they've broken the law and that there are consequences to breaking the law." Santorum seemed frustrated about being asked whether he is all right with the fact that his hardline positions on immigration -- the focus of Thursday's speech -- would split up families. After all, he said, the U.S. separates families all the time by sending people to jail. "It's a tragic thing -- I don't like it, I wish they weren't separated," he said. "But the fact of the matter is that we are a nation of laws." [HuffPost]
The Washington Department of Football has a field hearing tonight and it's going to rain and umbrellas aren't allowed.
HILLARY EMAIL HEADACHE CONTINUES TO THROB - Sure, Outlook is terrible, but this is worse. Josh Gerstein: "A federal judge indicated Thursday that he believes Hillary Clinton violated government policy by storing official emails on a private server when she worked as secretary of state. During a hearing on a Freedom of Information Act case, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the actions had complicated the State Department’s ability to respond to requests for the agency’s records on various topics. 'We wouldn’t be here today if this employee had followed government policy,' Sullivan said, apparently referring to Clinton." None of us would be here. We could all be on a beach somewhere. [Politico]
AP published the text of that controversial side deal between U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran.
JEB BUSH CAN'T THINK OF SOMETHING NICE TO SAY - Thought he was supposed to have a more grownup brand or something. Ed O'Keefe: "A feistier, combative Jeb Bush said Thursday that he doesn't believe the term 'anchor babies' is offensive and blamed Democrats for perpetuating the idea that it's a loaded term. In one of his most aggressive exchanges with reporters to date, Bush dismissed suggestions that the two-word term deemed offensive by many Hispanics and denounced by Democrats is improper. 'Do you have a better term? You give me a better term and I'll use it,' he snapped at a reporter who asked him." [WashPost]
@HillaryClinton: How about "babies," "children," or "American citizens."
TED CRUZ IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE - His earlier position on the 14th Amendment? Not good for the Cruz. Igor Bobic: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he 'absolutely' supports ending automatic citizenship for children born on American soil, as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 'We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children of those who are here illegally,' Cruz said in an interview on Michael Medved's radio show. 'That has been my position from the very first day of my running for the Senate.' But the Texas conservative actually felt differently about the matter while running for the Senate. In a 2011 interview with 'The Duke Machado Show,' Cruz called efforts to change birthright citizenship misguided because they stood on shoddy legal footing. 'I've looked at the legal arguments against it, and I will tell you as a Supreme Court litigator, those arguments are not very good,' he said. 'As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it's in the U.S. Constitution. And I don't like it when federal judges set aside the Constitution because their policy preferences are different.'" [HuffPost]
DONALD TRUMP HOLDS HIMSELF IN HIGH REGARD - Time Magazine asked Trump why he's running for president. "So it was really important that I do it, for myself," he said. "I didn’t want to look back in ten years and say I could have done that or I could have done that. My family would look at me and say, 'Ugh, stop.' I had to do it for myself." Jesus, Donald. The correct answer is "for America." [Time]
HUFFPOST HILL WORD OF THE DAY - megalomania - n - delusion about one's own power or importance (typically as a symptom of manic or paranoid disorder).
Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It's free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHill
SENATE GOP'S SECRET WEAPON: HUGE PILE OF MONEY - Emily Cahn: "As Republicans look to defend their newfound Senate majority in 2016, early television and digital spending has more than quadrupled from this same point last cycle, a CQ Roll Call analysis shows. More than a year out from Election Day 2016, Republican incumbents and GOP-aligned outside groups have shelled out at least $13.3 million to boost their re-election prospects and attack potential Democratic challengers in Senate contests across the map. That’s seven times more than the $1.9 million Republicans spent by this point last cycle -- when the GOP was looking to win the Senate majority for the first time since 2006." [Roll Call]
The Daily Beast has the best explanation of the political phenomenon known as Deez Nuts, which hopefully we can all forget about soon.
JIMMY CARTER'S CANCER SPREADS - Sam Levine: "Former President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that he has melanoma that was discovered in his liver and has spread to four spots on his brain. Carter, 90, said that he will receive the first of four radiation treatments for the disease on Thursday. The treatments will be spread out over three week intervals. Carter said that he will drastically cut back his work at the Carter Center while he receives treatment. The former president seemed optimistic during a press conference on Thursday. 'I feel good. I haven't felt a weakness,' Carter said." [HuffPost]
Seems like Mark Kirk has been having a hard time lately.
HAS SCOTT BROWN MENTIONED THAT HE WORKS OUT? - Marin Cogan drank beer with Sen. Claire McCaskill. Sounds like it was fun: "I'm about to ask her what she thinks of Scott Walker, but McCaskill has a question of her own. 'What's Scott Brown up to these days?' I tell her that the last I heard he was appearing as a guest on a celebrity cruise and pushing diet pills. 'No! Who goes on a celebrity cruise ship to see Scott Brown?' she scoffs. 'Do people even know who he is? Wow. He will do anything to show his body. It was so surreal, all of the women in the Senate used to talk about how he would figure out some way, every time he had a conversation, to work in something about his body. Like, 'I was on the treadmill in the gym this morning and I saw you on MSNBC,' or 'You know, I was running at lunch today and' -- and he did it to all of us! We all compared notes.'" [NY Mag]
MORE TERRIBLE NEWS FOR JOHN KASICH'S CAMPAIGN - Expanding Medicaid in Ohio helped poor people go to the doctor, which is politically unfavorable. "According to the 2015 Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey, the state's uninsured rate for adults fell to 8.7 percent in 2015, while the rate of uninsured children was 2 percent." [Associated Press]
Paul Volcker would be sad if Congress blocks the Iran deal, the former Fed chair tells Greg Sargent.
TED CRUZ, CQ ROLL CALL MAKE LITTLE BOY'S DREAM COME TRUE - Niels Lesniewski, hero: "When Sen. Ted Cruz took questions at a campaign town hall in Huntsville, Ala., on his bus tour of SEC country last week, a boy scout from the area raised his hand. But the Texas Republican called for the last question before his staff could get the presidential candidate’s attention. So CQ Roll Call approached the young man and his parents later that evening to ask what was on his mind. Nine-year-old Paul Byrd wanted to know what Cruz thought about the future of manned spaceflight.... 'Some 50 years after President John F. Kennedy’s clarion call for the exploration of space for the betterment of all mankind, we’ve unfortunately lost sight of that vision. Now is the time to refocus our investment in NASA toward the hard sciences, on getting men and women into space, on exploring low-Earth orbit and beyond,' Cruz said in a statement to CQ Roll Call." Nice work, Ted Cruz & The News! [Roll Call]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Conan O'Brien got Aimee Mann and Ted Leo to perform a campaign song for Lincoln Chafee. It is excellent.
AMERICANS THINK BIG PHARMA IS A BIG RIPOFF - They must be reading the news or something. Jeffrey Young: "Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey." [HuffPost]
@JasStanford: Shi ! My bu on is broken. his so irri a ing.
@steveniweiss: Seriously, a Topless Individuals Task Force, aka Tit Force. How did the mayor's people let that release go out?
@randygdub: fuck no to anchor babies. babies giving me the news? did they even go to journalism school? go be amazed at some jingling keys, babies
Got something to add? Send tips/quotes/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Eliot Nelson (email@example.com) or Arthur Delaney (firstname.lastname@example.org). Follow us on Twitter @HuffPostHill (twitter.com/HuffPostHill). Sign up here: http://huff.to/an2k2e