Asked if he had any plans to jump into the presidential race, Michael Dukakis said, "No tanks." Scott Walker said he would beat ISIS the same way he defeated organized labor in Wisconsin, which will work so long as ISIS sticks to its usual strategy of recall elections and patchouli-scented drum circles. And Ben Carson lamented the "war on what's inside of women," presumably a reference to their brains. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, August 28th, 2015:
SLAIN REPORTER'S DAD CALLS OUT MARK WARNER AND TIM KAINE - Amanda Terkel: "Andy Parker, the father of murdered WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, renewed his call Friday for politicians to enact 'reasonable' gun control measures. He said the cause was so important to him that he was willing to become an advocate even if it puts his life in danger. 'When you're in the media, as you know, and when you're taking on an issue like this, there are a lot of people who take exception to what you're saying,' Parker said during a press conference Friday afternoon. He added that he doesn't own a gun but he may buy one to protect himself. Although he hasn't received any threats yet, he said he doesn't want to 'take any chances.' … Parker's father praised Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) response to the tragedy, noting that the governor was the first public official to call him. He said he has not heard from Virginia's two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), although both put out statements expressing their condolences after the shooting. Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said the senator called and left a message for Parker this afternoon, but they haven't yet been able to connect. 'The senator knows Mr. Parker and wanted to be respectful of the family’s privacy at a time of unimaginable grief,' said Hall." [HuffPost]
@CarlyFiorina: Our campaign car just hit a deer in Iowa. Everyone is fine, but per @ChuckGrassley, assume deer dead.
MORE LIKE DONTKAKIS - Sam Stein: "On Friday, something happened on Twitter. Specifically, an account surfaced encouraging 1988 Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis to run again in 2016. Could it be? Another potential Democrat in the race? …. Asked over email if he would be drafted into the race, Dukakis replied, 'Absolutely not. Kitty and I are supporting Hillary.'" [HuffPost]
JOSH EARNEST CHAINS SELF TO WHITE HOUSE FENCE - Niels Lesniewski: "White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is 'pro-war.' Earnest said the gathering in opposition to the international nuclear agreement with Iran will be 'a big pro-war rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.'" [Roll Call]
BUSH RETURNS TO NOLA, DEMONSTRATES CONCERN FOR BLACK PEOPLE - Sam Levine: "Former President George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that devastated the city. Bush, who has pushed back on criticisms that the federal government's response to the storm was inadequate, spoke at Warren Easton Charter High School, where he also spoke on the first anniversary of the storm… In his remarks, Bush focused on the resilience of New Orleans and praised leaders who have rebuilt and improved the city's education system since the storm. Those people, Bush said 'looked into the eye of the storm, and refused to back down.' 'On this anniversary, the work of making a stronger and more hopeful New Orleans goes on,' Bush said. 'The darkness from a decade ago has lifted, the crescent has risen again, and its best days lie ahead.'" [HuffPost]
The definitive history of "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People."
SCOTT WALKER DEFENDS TED CRUZ AGAINST JOHN BOEHNER'S HURTFUL WORDS - Al Weaver: "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the aid of Sen. Ted Cruz Friday after reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner called him a 'jackass' during a fundraiser. Appearing on 'The Hugh Hewitt Show,' the Republican presidential hopeful called Boehner's reported Wednesday night statement 'just wrong.' Boehner made the comments at a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, according to the Daily Caller. 'I think it's just wrong,' Walker said. 'Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him quite a bit out on the campaign trail.'" [Examiner]
AWW - @TedCruz: Thanks, @scottwalker Appreciate the kind words of support.
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THESE TWO TEAMS JUST DON'T LIKE EACH OTHER - Matt Wilstein: "Hillary Clinton’s contentious history with Fox News’ Ed Henry got another chapter on Friday when the reporter attempted to ask her multiple questions during a press conference at the DNC’s summer meeting in Minneapolis. 'I wonder if you could answer a couple of questions,' he said, as the Democratic candidate gave a slight eye roll to the crowd. 'Let me answer one of your questions,' Clinton said in response, 'because I think that’s what you’re entitled to.' She opted to answer Henry’s first question about her husband Bill Clinton’s paid speeches and ignore his follow-up about her private email server." [Mediaite]
BEN CARSON LAMENTS 'WAR ON WHAT'S INSIDE OF WOMEN' - But he forgot to say what that might be, specifically. Samantha Lachman reports: ""They tell you that there's a war on women,' he said at a campaign event in Little Rock, Arkansas. 'There is no war on women. There may be a war on what's inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.' A casual reader of this comment may, understandably, be confused. What is Carson referring to? An assault on women's hearts? An attack on their spleens? A campaign against their esophagi?" [HuffPost]
Apparently, Sarah Palin will interview Donald Trump tonight.
O'MALLEY, WASSERMAN SCHULTZ HAVE AWKWARDEST MOMENT EVER - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley thinks the Democratic Party’s decision to limit the number of primary debates is tantamount to rigging the nomination process. 'Four debates and only four debates -- we are told, not asked -- before voters in our earliest states make their decision,' the presidential candidate said at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Summer Meeting on Friday. 'This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before,' he added… After O'Malley's speech wrapped up, observers noted palpable tension as he greeted DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz." The video is worth the click. [The Hill]
SCOTT WALKER VOWS TO DEFEAT ISIS - Trip Gabriel reports that Walker's speech today was pretty great, "But the speech contained an apparent echo of an earlier claim that also drew scrutiny of Mr. Walker’s lack of foreign policy experience: that his facing down thousands of protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol in his first term as governor prepared him to take on the Islamic State. His victory over the protesters, and in a recall election, are the crucible of Mr. Walker’s career and his top argument for his candidacy. 'Now is not the time for untested leadership,' Mr. Walker said in South Carolina. 'I have been tested like no other candidate in this race.'" [NYT]
SUPREME COURT TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT HOW STATES KILL PEOPLE - Cristian Farias: "The Supreme Court won't be reconsidering an explosive ruling it issued in June that upheld the legality of the lethal injection in Oklahoma. In a one-line order on Friday, the court denied rehearing Glossip v. Gross, a fractious decision that commanded five separate opinions, four of which the justices read aloud from the bench on the very last day of the last Supreme Court term. On paper, the entirety of Glossip ran for 127 pages -- far longer than the decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage. Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick, who was in the courtroom when the decision was announced, described the scene as "really weird" -- the tension among the justices was palpable." [HuffPost]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's video of George W. Bush doing a weird, slightly charming, and strangely characteristic thing.
EVEN IN SCHOOL, DONALD TRUMP WAS INSUFFERABLE - Very nice piece by Matt Viser: "His former classmates said he seemed to them a student who spoke up a lot but rarely shined in class, who barely participated in campus activities, shunned fraternity parties, and spent most of his weekends and spare time pursuing his dream: using his advantages as the son of a prominent New York real estate developer to get an early start on the business career that would make him very, very rich." Ugh. [HuffPost]
- Donald Trump doing what he does best.
- Cats puking to techno is oddly hilarious.
- This Optimus Prime birthday cake actually transforms.
- Straight Outta Compton, Canada.
@MrDanZak: Killing me softly with your rectangular Instagrams.
@rachelsklar: You know an enterprising baker could make eclairs the new cronut with the slogan "Life is short. Have an eclair."
@dceiver: Why do airlines want to fight me on carry on bag charges when I'd willingly part with SO MUCH $$ for a child-free flight? Let's make a deal!
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