Marco Rubio will continue to ride a wave of momentum after last night’s debate, unless something unpredictable occurs or someone says something provocative, but that never happens. Democrats asked the FEC if its candidates can start coordinating with super PACs or if they must continue coordination through their @Free_Ipads_420 Twitter account. And today is Veterans Day, when America solemnly airs highly produced commercials of gratitude and serves free Bloomin' Onions to active and retired service members with valid military ID. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, November 11th, 2015:
RICH UNCLE PENNYBAGS NOT GIVING A DIME - He seems to think the GOP candidates are kinda losers right now. Fredreka Schouten: "Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch said Wednesday he’s unlikely to back a candidate in the crowded Republican presidential primary, the latest sign that one of the most influential figures in conservative politics seems less than enthusiastic about his choices. 'I have no plans to support anybody in the primary now,' Koch told USA TODAY during a wide-ranging interview that touched on politics, his management theories and what he views as increasing threats to free speech at universities…. 'If they start saying things we think are beneficial overall and will change the trajectory of the country, then that would be good, but we have to believe also they’ll follow through on it, and by and large, candidates don’t do that.'" [USAToday]
TROOPS, SALUTED - "President Barack Obama urged the nation to keep veterans in their thoughts long after Veterans Day and ensure that they receive the care and benefits they've earned. Participating in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, the president said the nation is boosting funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and making progress on longstanding problems such as veteran homelessness and in reducing a backlog of disability claims. But other problems must still be addressed. 'Still the unacceptable problems that we've seen, like long wait times and some veterans not getting the timely care that they need is a challenge for all of us if we are to match our words with deeds,' Obama said." [AP]
MOST VETS DON'T GET VA DENTAL CARE - Eleanor Goldberg: "After years of neglect, William Bell’s teeth had deteriorated to the point that he looked liked he had been 'smoking meth every day for years.' And though the U.S. veteran had kidney cancer, diabetes, PTSD and depression, he wasn’t 'disabled enough' to qualify for dental care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 'I was trying to get my teeth worked on for three years. They wouldn’t do it,' Bell, who served three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan before retiring in 2013, told The Huffington Post. 'I can get major surgery done, but I can’t get my teeth done.' In order for veterans to qualify for full VA dental benefits, they have to be 100 percent disabled,have been a prisoner of war or have developed a dental condition during their service." [HuffPost]
'POT OVER PILLS' PROTESTERS CAMPING OUT AT MCPHERSON SQUARE - Phil Lewis: "Protesters spent the night camped out in front of the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who die by suicide a day -- and the possibility that pot could help. The protesters want the VA to recognize cannabis as a safe alternative to the pharmaceutical drugs that are regularly prescribed to veterans. 'A patient should have the right to choose the best health care to save his life,' Brandon Wyatt, an Army veteran who said he served in Iraq in 2003, told The Huffington Post. 'Because we hate cannabis so much, we're willing to let 22 veterans die per day? How can you ignore that?'" [HuffPost]
@bug_facts: here's a painting of jeb! as elmer fudd and a wascally hitler baby. probably going to destroy it tomorrow
INTRODUCING: REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC - Our "Real Housewives of Shirlington Village" petition has gone nowhere, however. "Potomac is Maryland's best kept secret, and the only way in is through class, pedigree, or lineage." Okay! [BravoTV.com]
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AMERICA STILL HATES CONGRESS - Still more popular than some of the world's dictators, so there's that. Jeffrey Jones: " Americans' current 11% job approval rating of Congress is its worst rating so far this year. It is also barely better than the all-time low of 9% from November 2013, after the last major government shutdown. The 86% of Americans who disapprove of Congress in the Nov. 4-8 poll ties the high disapproval figure in Gallup's 41-year trend, found in the November 2013 poll and two others." [Gallup]
FEC UNSURE WHETHER TO LET CANDIDATES CREATE SUPER PACS - Paul Blumenthal: "A request to relax limits on coordination between candidates and super PACs left the Federal Election Commission divided and, at times, confused at a hearing on Tuesday. Marc Elias, lawyer for [Democratic] House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC, laid out 12 questions asking the commission to decide when a candidate becomes a candidate under federal election laws, and whether candidates can coordinate with super PACs or nonprofits that plan to support them prior to publicly announcing their candidacy. The request laid out plans for House and Senate Democrats to establish single-candidate super PACs for prospective candidates to coordinate with prior to officially announcing their candidacy. This would dramatically expand the already overlapping worlds of campaigns and super PACs. Elias’s questions to the FEC follow months of a presidential campaign in which some Republican contenders directly coordinated with their super PACs and other groups while saying publicly they hadn't decided whether to run. The central questions in Elias' request asked whether prospective candidates could form super PACs, staff them, create advertising materials for them, raise money for them and share strategy." [HuffPost]
@aterkel: There’s now a candidate for president named “DJ Ultrapervert” ht @davelevinthal
Per usual, Fox News is the biggest winner "Tuesday’s GOP debate -- the first the Fox Business Network has ever hosted -- raked in an average of 13.5 million viewers, according to ratings agency Nielsen, setting a record for the 8-year-old network. In the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demographic, FBN drew 3.7 million viewers." [HuffPost's Gabriel Arana]
CONGRESS CONTINUES SCREWING OF 9/11 RESPONDERS - Feel better, screwed over residents of Kunduz! You're not alone! Mike McAuliff: "When Congress rushed to finish a 9/11 health and compensation bill in 2010, just before Christmas, supporters of the legislation were forced to scale back their proposals to win over skeptical Republicans. Now the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has revealed how much 9/11 responders were shorted in that deal -- somewhere between $11.5 billion and $14.5 billion. The CBO came up with those figures in estimating how much it would cost to replace the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which started to expire this year, and, according to the CBO estimate released Tuesday evening, was never fully funded from the start. Almost five years ago, the Zadroga Act set aside $2.8 billion to compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and $1.6 billion to treat illness. The new estimate for what it would cost to pay for a permanent bill that meets all the the needs came in at $8 billion to $11 billion more for compensation, and about $3.5 billion more to treat the cancers, lung ailments, and other illnesses afflicting survivors." [HuffPost]
ProPublica has assembled a searchable database of missed vote explanations from members of Congress.
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's the National Zoo's new baby panda taking its first steps.
WASHINGTON PLAGUED BY CRIME, BUT THIS TIME CRIME AFFECTING WHITE PEOPLE - So, you know, time to pay attention. Peter Hermann: "A recent wave of street robberies has scared residents of this neighborhood that stretches out from the U.S. Capitol, spilling into Hill East and the Navy Yard neighborhood and up to the H Street corridor. Attackers have stolen not only cellphones and money, but also a sense of security...Five people were robbed in 40 minutes one night last month on Capitol Hill and near the Navy Yard, and police made arrests that closed those cases and others. On Nov. 4, police reported three more robberies and assaults within a block of where Pitluck was robbed. Five juveniles were arrested. In 2011, the District recorded 2,810 unarmed robberies and 1,212 robberies with guns. The attacks dropped to 1,832 unarmed robberies and 926 armed robberies in 2014. This year, unarmed robberies are down but armed robberies are up." [WaPo]
- The notorious R.B.G. raps the Notorious B.I.G.
- The $8.5 million dollhouse which is also the size of many $8.5 million New York City apartment.
- "Smooth Criminal" like you've never heard it before.
@RosieGray: upside of the Yale controversy is the number of opportunities it has provided for people in the media to mention that they went to Yale
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