HUFFPOST HILL - Mass Shootings, Donald Trump And Other Updates From Our Awful, Awful Country

Donald Trump appeared on Alex Jones’ radio program, where he discussed the economy, national security and how Tom Brady is one classy, classy Lizard Person. Someone in San Bernardino shot a lot of people, something that will keep happening until we stop making excuses and once and for all block people displaced by war from immigrating here. And while the shooting will undoubtedly add fuel to the ongoing debate over gun control, we can proudly announce that our Kickstarter campaign to end gun violence has reached its stated goal of 35,000 thoughts and prayers. We will use these proceeds to do absolutely nothing. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday December 2nd, 2015:

OBAMA NOTES 'PATTERN OF MASS SHOOTINGS' - Mollie Reilly: "President Barack Obama commented Wednesday on the shooting in San Bernardino, California, where at least 14 people were killed and an additional 14 were injured according to police. 'We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there's some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently, common-sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks,' Obama said during an interview with CBS News' Norah O'Donnell. The interview with CBS occurred as the situation in San Bernardino was unfolding." [HuffPost]

@deirdrewalshcnn: At Capitol Christmas tree lighting @SpeakerRyan just led moment of silence for those injured/killed in CA shooting & asked for prayers

Our updates on the San Bernardino shooting are here -- latest is that as many as 14 people are dead and the suspects might still be at large.

THAT CALIFORNIA SHOOTING IS AWFUL, BUT DON'T WORRY, CONGRESS IS ON IT - But, omg, Paul Ryan has a beard, you guys. Dennis Slattery and Cameron Joseph: "House Republicans blocked a debate Tuesday on a bill that would close a loophole allowing suspected terrorists to legally buy guns...House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tore into her GOP counterparts after they unanimously voted against having a floor debate on the federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which would bar gun sales to those on the government’s no-fly list. 'It is outrageous that Republicans are protecting suspected terrorists’ ability to walk into a gun store and buy lethal weapons,' Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement following the procedural motion Tuesday afternoon...More than 2,000 suspects on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist bought weapons in the U.S. over the past 11 years, according to the federal Government Accountability Office. A floor debate never stood a chance on Tuesday -- even the Republican who authored the bill, Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.), voted with his colleagues against it." [Daily News]

DEMS REJECT GOP OMNIBUS OFFER - Damn thing has more riders than a Dreamliner. Matt Fuller: "House Democrats have reportedly rejected Republicans' first offer of a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, raising the specter of a government shutdown that almost no lawmaker believes will happen...the package included 30 appropriations riders that Democrats objected to, including the language passed in the House two weeks ago that would functionally halt Syrian and Iraqi refugees from coming to the United States. The Democratic aide also mentioned 'numerous anti-environment, anti-worker, anti-Dodd-Frank riders.' While this is just the first offer -- one that was almost certainly going to include provisions from Republicans that they know won't make it into the final bill -- it's striking that the two sides are so far apart just nine days away from a potential government shutdown. It's also noteworthy that these negotiations now seem to be playing out in the press." [HuffPost]

GOP warming to tired, poor huddled masses: "Some Republican lawmakers are expressing concerns about the House bill, saying refugees pose less of a national security threat than foreigners who arrive by other means. They are joined by a growing number of prominent conservatives -- including national security elders such as Henry Kissinger -- who are speaking out against the legislation, urging lawmakers to reconsider a bill passed in haste." [Politico's Nahal Toosi and Patrick Temple-West]

DEMS READY COUTNER-OFFER - Tamar Hallerman, Emma Dumain and Ryan McCrimmon: "House Democrats on Wednesday were preparing a counteroffer after they formally rejected Republicans' opening proposal on the largest outstanding policy and funding sticking points in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill. Appropriations ranking member Nita M. Lowey of New York said she expected the Democrats' reply to be finalized by the end of the day. "We've been working on it all day," Lowey told reporters in the early afternoon, "and when it's complete they will get it." The GOP proposal fell in the Democrats' court late Tuesday, when Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi with a pitch. During the 30-minute conversation, the Wisconsin Republican reportedly urged Pelosi, of California, to consider the offer, given the short timeline before government funding expires on Dec. 11." [Roll Call]

Creepy snowmen placed on the White House grounds. Still not as creepy as the White House Easter Bunny (via @JudyKurtz).

Sander Levin collapses: "Levin, 84, fainted after having a coughing fit. He is being treated by the attending physician in the Capitol, an aide said...Sources said that after the coughing fit, which occurred in the Capitol, Levin got up and walked out of the briefing of some Democratic lawmakers." [Politico's Lauren French and John Bresnahan]

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TRUMP HEDGES ON ABORTION - Scott Conroy: "Republican front-runner Donald Trump refused to say whether he supports overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, raising new questions about his commitment to opposing abortion rights. At a campaign rally here on Tuesday night, a man in the audience cited the infamous Kermit Gosnell case to question Trump about his abortion views. 'You can see how when a bill is enacted as the Roe v. Wade thing, all of these things tend to decay, decay, decay and just devolve in this butchering we see now,' the man said. 'Will you try to --' 'Defund,' Trump said, referring to his position in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. The man in the crowd, however, wasn’t satisfied with Trump’s initial attempt to deflect the question. 'Defund that, and repeal Roe v. Wade?' he asked the candidate. 'Well, the answer is yes, defund,' Trump said. 'The other, you need a lot of Supreme Court justices. But we’re gonna be looking at that also very, very carefully. But you need a lot of Supreme Court judges. But defund, yes, we’re going to be doing that.'" [HuffPost]

when bae won’t stop talking chemtrails but u wanna make a hotfire point bout FEMA camps

SANDERS POLLING STRONG AGAINST GOP - Not that it will matter. Janie Valencia: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, is gaining steam against top Republican rivals, according to a national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. In a hypothetical matchup against the current GOP front-runner, business mogul Donald Trump, Sanders takes 49 percent of the vote to Trump's 41 percent. Against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sanders leads 44 percent to 43 percent. He also beats Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 10 percentage points and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson by 6 points." [HuffPost]

MIKE ALLEN AND RAHM EMANUEL HAVE WORDS - This is funny because 1. Rahm revealed SO MUCH MORE about his family in going after Allen. 2. Mike Allen’s whole life has basically been lived to avoid being publicly dressed down by former White House chiefs of staff at Bank of America-sponsored events. Callum Borchers: "What set off Emanuel was a seemingly innocuous inquiry from Allen, Politico’s chief White House correspondent and Playbook author, about world travels and why he picked Cuba this year. 'Well, first of all, thanks for telling everybody what I’m gonna do with my family,' Emanuel replied, sarcastically. 'I really -- you just had a private conversation with me, and now you decided to make that public. I really don’t appreciate that, for one. I really don’t...This year — if my wife doesn’t kill me now because of what you just did — we will take our kids to Cuba to be exposed to that culture... I can’t wait — can you give me your cell number? Because I’d like you to listen to Amy.” [WaPo]


SANDY BERGER DEAD - One of the lions of #ThisTown has departed #ThisValeOfTears. Jordan Fabian: "Sandy Berger, who served as President Bill Clinton’s national security adviser, has died, his firm said Wednesday. The Albright Stonebridge Group, a Washington-based strategic advisory group Berger co-founded, said he died in the early morning after battling cancer. Berger was 70 years old... Berger became Clinton’s national security adviser in 1997, during the former president’s second term, spearheading the response to attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and advising Clinton during the Balkan wars. He also pushed Clinton to back free-trade deals. Before that, he served as a deputy on the National Security Council staff and worked on Clinton’s 1992 campaign." [The Hill]


- If Chewbacca was voiced by Peter Griffin.


@desusnice: Time magazine gotta name "active shooter" person of the year

@samfbiddle: Imagine: if we abolished the Department of Education and replaced it with an array of tech equity-backed LLCs, how our children could soar
@monique_mulse: The most Canadian scrum ever, via @jbourbeau

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