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Bobby Jindal mocked Donald Trump for not reading the Bible, because of course Jindal had to gripe about the one thing Trump has in common with ordinary people. The Obama Administration wants to welcome 10,000 Middle East refugees to the U.S., a departure from the usual strategy of dropping 10,000 bombs on the Middle East. And Senate Democrats successfully blocked the resolution disapproving the Iran deal, once again demonstrating their longstanding embrace of that majestic senatorial tradition, the filibuster. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, September 10th, 2015:

DEBT CEILING SOON - Sam Stein: "The United States government will be unable to pay its bills shortly after the end of October, the Treasury Department warned Congress on Thursday. In a letter to lawmakers, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that the government was close to exhausting all of its extraordinary means for paying its obligations unless the debt ceiling was raised. The timeline was similar to the one Lew gave Congress when he last updated them on the country's monetary situation in late July. Since then, nothing has been done by Congress to a prevent the potential default." [HuffPost]

'WAR' HAVING WORST WEEK IN WASHINGTON - Jessica Schulberg: "The two-month Republican-led effort to kill the Iranian nuclear accord in Congress failed Thursday, after 42 Democrats filibustered a procedural vote related to the nuclear deal…. Thursday’s action in the Senate effectively renders moot the ongoing legislative process in the House. Opponents of the nuclear accord would have needed a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate to kill the agreement. Nevertheless, House Republicans are pursuing a three-pronged vote on the Iran deal, partially aimed at finding President Barack Obama in violation of the law. The first vote, expected Thursday evening, will be on a resolution declaring that Congress’s two-month review period of the nuclear deal has not actually started yet, because lawmakers do not have access to a set of confidential agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency over its investigation into Iran’s alleged past nuclear weapons development. Because of legislation passed in the spring, the president is obligated to provide Congress with the complete text of the nuclear agreement with Iran." [HuffPost]

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OPEN TO ONE (1) HUDDLED MASS - Elise Foley: "President Barack Obama told his administration to prepare for a 'significant scaling up' of Syrian refugee admissions, under which the U.S. will take in at least 10,000 Syrians next fiscal year, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday. With refugees from Syria spilling into the surrounding countries and Europe, the U.S. is under pressure to conduct more resettlement, in addition to the approximately $4 billion in aid it gives to assist refugees overseas. About 4 million Syrians have left their homes since the beginning of the civil war there in 2011. Earnest told reporters at a press briefing that the U.S. is on track to have taken in 1,500 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30....For the past three years, the refugee admission number has been about 70,000, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the administration is 'committed to increasing the number.' He did not offer reporters details about the exact figure, although a Senate aide said Kerry told lawmakers it would be at least 75,000 refugees total and he was aiming for even more. The latest plan to admit 10,000 refugees, though larger than the number Kerry floated, is unlikely to appease refugee groups and others advocating for the U.S. to resettle more people. The International Rescue Committee called for the U.S. to accept at least 65,000 Syrians by the end of 2016, and some Democratic lawmakers have echoed that figure." [HuffPost]

GEE I WONDER IF PETE KING LIKES THIS IDEA - Oh, I see. @hillhulse: Rep Pete King blasts WH plan to admit Syrian refugees. Says it will put US lives at risk. No "capability to vet these individuals."

Haircuts: Nick Baumann, Arthur Delaney.

FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT ALERT - Laura Barron-Lopez: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that all options are on the table in the fight to stop the Iran nuclear deal from moving forward, including suing the president. Boehner said a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over the deal is 'an option that is very possible.'...Pressed on realistic options Republicans could use to stop the deal, Boehner said he is looking at everything. 'We are pursuing a number of options and ideas that members have for what could happen in the weeks to come. We [will] continue to investigate those and look into them and see if they are viable or not,' he said. Asked if Republicans would try to attach something on Iran to a continuing resolution to fund the government, which needs to be passed by Sept. 30, Boehner said, 'All options are on the table.'" [HuffPost]

DELANEY DOWNER - Tomorrow is September 11th, so of course somebody has reportedly beaten up a Sikh. [NBCChicago.com]

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BOBBY JINDAL UNLEASHES 1,000 BURNS ON DONALD TRUMP - Igor Bobic: "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) went all out Thursday in a tirade against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, calling him a "madman" who isn't fit for the White House. In a series of sharply worded attacks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Jindal called into question Trump's conservative record and urged Republican voters not to nominate a 'non-serious, unstable, substance-free narcissist.' 'Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. He believes in nothing other than himself. He’s not a liberal, he’s not a moderate, and he’s not a conservative. He’s not a Republican, Democrat or independent. He’s not for anything or against anything. Issues and policies and ideals are not important to him. He’s for Donald,' Jindal said at the event, which was attended by approximately 20 people. He went on to call Trump an 'egomaniac,' a 'carnival act,' 'shallow,' 'insecure,' 'weak' and a 'madman.'" [HuffPost]

These are way better insults than the ones Rick Perry tried.

IT'S ALMOST AS IF TRUMP SUPPORTERS DON'T CARE WHAT TRUMP SUPPORTS - This may not be one of those elections where it's the media's fault no one understands the candidates' positions on things, like the Iran deal, for instance. Sam Stein: "Of all the speakers at Wednesday’s affair, none drew more buzz than Trump....But among those rally-goers, there was some obvious ignorance (willful or otherwise) about how Trump actually felt about the Iran deal. The business mogul has called it atrociously negotiated. He’s warned that it will endanger Israel and set back U.S. interests in the region. He’s mocked Secretary of State John Kerry’s intelligence and political acumen. But, alone among GOP presidential candidates, he has said he’d improve it rather than toss it." [HuffPost]

MIKE HUCKABEE IS SUCH A PAIN - Christopher Massie: "While defending Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses out of her religious opposition to same-sex marriage, Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s 1857 ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford -- which held that all blacks, free or enslaved, could not be American citizens -- is still the law of the land even though no one follows it." Note: The 14th Amendment overturned Dred Scott. [BuzzFeed]

Yesterday, we promised you video of Hillary Clinton dancing on Ellen Degeneres' show. Here is that video. You are welcome.

SENATE GOP SO BORED OF TED CRUZ - It's almost as if a guy who uses to a giant painting of himself to keep "grounded" lacks modesty. Burgess Everett: "Even some of his closest allies from past battles -- fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah -- aren’t exactly jumping to join Cruz’s latest crusade. Same goes for Cruz’s onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month in his presidential campaign with his high-profile Planned Parenthood push, his colleagues in the Senate are more agitated with him than ever. The effort, they say, carries more than a whiff of his losing strategy to defund Obamacare in 2013 -- which culminated in a government shutdown, damaged the GOP’s political standing and left the health care law unscathed." [Politico]

Brian Williams returns to TV Sept. 22, and must have a ton of great new anecdotes to share by now.

MAYBE HE SHOULD PRETEND A DIFFERENT COMMITTEE CALLED FOR WORSE PUNISHMENT - Remember that male state legislator in Michigan who allegedly faked a sexual encounter with a male prostitute to cover up his very real extramarital affair with a female legislator? Jonathan Oosting: "Michigan Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat should be expelled for engaging in misconduct and misusing taxpayer resources to hide their extra-marital affair, according to a special House panel." [MLive]

THIS IS SPARTA (WISCONSIN!) - That's a real town, by the way. Jenna Johnson: "Standing on a stage at Eureka College where Ronald Reagan gave his first major speech as a college student, Scott Walker railed against Republicans in Washington, saying they have not achieved what they promised voters. Again and again, Walker promised that if he is elected president, he will 'wreak havoc on Washington.'" [WashPost]

Little-known fact: Women are sometimes senators, not just wives.

ACTORS ARE NOT SMART - Daniel "James Bond" Craig, who isn't even American, might have been ripped off by a dodgy pro-Bernie Sanders super-PAC, because this is the world we live in now. Michael Beckel: "Daniel Craig, the actor famous for portraying the British spy, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity that he donated nearly $50,000 this summer to Americans Socially United, an organization purporting to support Sanders’ upstart presidential campaign. What Craig apparently didn’t know: The super PAC’s founder, Cary Lee Peterson, has routinely run afoul of creditors and the law -- including stiffing one of the nation’s largest news companies out of a six-figure sum." [Center For Public Integrity]

#NEVERFORGET MAYBE MEANS #FORGETAFTER15YEARS - Federal health programs for ailing World Trade Center first responders might expire next year, and it's not clear the Congress will stop that. David B. Caruso: "Bills in the House and Senate would keep the health program going indefinitely while making billions of additional dollars available for compensation for people who fall ill. But the debate over an extension is taking place in a fog of ambiguity. Many 9/11 responders, like Charles Diaz, are trying to figure out whether some or all of their care might be covered by private, public or union health insurance plans when the programs end." [AP]

A $26 million visitor center and museum dedicated to the passengers who died on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001, opened today.

WHAT'S ANOTHER FEW DECADES OF A POINTLESS WAR ON DRUGS? - You know thinks the war on drugs is awesome? Drug czars! Nick Wing and Ryan Grim and Roque Planas: "For most Americans, including some presidential candidates, the record on the U.S.-led drug war is settled: After spending more than $1 trillion on efforts that have taken or destroyed the lives of millions around the world, drug purity has risen, prices have fallen and rates of use have remained the same. It has, in no uncertain terms, been a catastrophic failure. But in an op-ed published in The Boston Globe this week, two former drug czars say we have it all wrong." [HuffPost]

THERE GO THOSE LAWMAKERS, LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN SELF-INTERESTS AGAIN - Some folks in Congress want to make it easier for ex-cons to get jobs. Dana Liebelson: "The Fair Chance Act echoes growing nationwide support to 'ban the box,' where applicants must check on an application whether they have a criminal record. At least 70 million Americans qualify to some degree." [HuffPost]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Note that pro football returns tonight, featuring handsome Tom Brady.

IT SAYS HERE, THERE ARE DEMOCRATS OTHER THAN HILLARY CLINTON - Who says Democrats are weak-kneed? Patrick Healy: "Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Al Gore: Each has been discussed among party officials in recent weeks as an alternative to Mrs. Clinton if she does not regain her once-dominant standing in the 2016 presidential field and instead remains mired in the long-running email controversy, with its attendant investigations." [NYT]

COMFORT FOOD

- Watch Martin O'Malley go unrecognized, earn chump change busking on Wall Street.

- Watch this TV weather dude totally nail the pronunciation of a crazy town in Wales with a 58-letter name.

- Jerk tries to kick dog, fails.

- Our sun is plotting to kill us, and there's video to prove it.

TWITTERAMA

@elisefoley: It must have been rough in the days before Twitter to not know how many people thought you were a stupid piece of garbage.

@sbellelauren: ahhh the pumpkin spice latte has returned signaling the start once again of white history month

@FrankConniff: Trump is lobbying to insert "No Fat Chicks" into the 2016 Republican Party platform.

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