The House is locked in a pitched battle over whether children or unrefined crude are our most valuable resources. Ben Carson threatened to leave the GOP, something that would undoubtedly upset his tens of remaining supporters. And Donald Trump has better favorability numbers than Jeb Bush, even though one has called for Muslims to be prohibited from this country while the other has mumbled about eating meat and how hot Supergirl is. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Friday, December 11th, 2015:
13 DEMS POSSIBLY HAVING ROLL CALL REGRET ON VISA WAIVERS - Elise Foley: "More than 90 percent of the House of Representatives supported a bill last week to stiffen requirements for a program that allows some foreign nationals to visit the U.S. more easily. The White House supported the legislation, and many members of the Senate do, too. But a group of House Democrats is hoping that before a bill makes it to the president's desk, it will be changed to avoid discriminating against some people based on their national origin. Thirty-three Democratic lawmakers signed on to a letter released Friday urging amendments to the visa waiver bill -- including 13 who voted in favor of the bill. Those 13 are: Reps. Bill Pascrell (N.J.), Michael Capuano (Mass.), Marcy Kaptur (Ohio), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Doris Matsui (Ariz.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Judy Chu (Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Mark Takai (Hawaii) and Ted Lieu (Calif.)." [HuffPost]
MCCONNELL PROMISES ACTION ON 9/11 BILL - Looks like Jon Stewart… wait for it… wait for it… waaaaiiiit for iiittt... Mitch McCowered the Senate majority leader! Eh? Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim: "After weeks of withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed on Friday that a health care bill for 9/11 first responders will be included in a must-pass, year-end spending deal. Stewart has barnstormed Capitol Hill and blanketed the media, including his old show this week, in an all-out lobbying campaign for the roughly $8 billion measure. In an interview with POLITICO on Friday, McConnell shrugged off the negative attention he’s attracted over the expiration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. But the Senate leader said unequivocally that the legislation viewed as critical to caring for first responders will be approved by the end of the year. 'Everybody’s for it. It’s going to be included,' McConnell said." [Politico]
Not so much a punt as an onside kick: "With a deadline looming in less than 12 hours, the House laced up its can-kicking shoes Friday and passed a bill that will give congressional negotiators another five days to finalize a roughly one-trillion-dollar measure to fund the government until next October. The short-term bill, known as a continuing resolution, had been passed by voice vote in the Senate on Thursday and was also approved by voice vote in the House. Congress thereby approved roughly $50 billion in spending without a single recorded vote. The measure, which was less than a page, simply pushes the funding deadline back to Dec. 16, when lawmakers are expected to have a massive omnibus bill ready for approval." [HuffPost's Matt Fuller ]
PELOSI OPPOSES TAX EXTENDERS - This sucker could go down, so long as our children can't have cheap, cheap gas. Laura Barron-Lopez: "Republicans and Democrats have gone back and forth over the tax package and a 1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill. The spending bill needs to reach the president’s desk by the middle of next week to avoid a government shutdown…Negotiations surrounding the two pieces of legislation have become intertwined, and Republicans leaders have indicated that the omnibus and tax extenders bills will come to the floor together in one large vehicle. That won't fly with Pelosi, who fiercely opposes the tax package in its current state...Making the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit permanent has been a priority for Democrats in negotiations. While the Child Tax Credit is in the extenders package, Pelosi wants it to be indexed, meaning its benefits will rise with inflation -- something Republicans haven’t been responsive on. Another sticking point is the sheer size of the tax extenders package, which could cost upwards of $700 billion over the next decade. Republicans are also pushing hard to include a measure that would lift a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports to the tax deal." [HuffPost]
NOT EVERY REPUBLICAN TREMBLES WITH TRUMP FEAR - Unlike many of the Republican Party's leaders and presidential candidates, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) is willing to both bash Donald Trump andrule out supporting him if he becomes the party's nominee. "My first oath is to the Constitution of the United States. Donald Trump has taken positions contrary to that document, so I could not support him and uphold my oath," Ribble told "So That Happened," the HuffPost Politics podcast. [HuffPost]
The American Academy of Actuaries has an online game that makes solving Social Security seem incredibly easy.
DELANEY DOWNER - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) is telling Syrian refugees they'll get Nathan if they apply for food stamps. Jeremy Redmon reports: "A Syrian refugee family of three arrived in the Atlanta area last week and applied for food stamps and Medicaid Thursday. Mohammad and his wife Ebtesam -- who asked that their last names not be published to protect relatives still living in Syria -- have not heard whether their applications for themselves and their four-year-old son Hasan would be processed, said Joshua Sieweke, the Atlanta office director for World Relief, which is helping them resettle in the Atlanta area….Last month, Gov. Nathan Deal joined more than two dozen of his counterparts in moving to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states." Deal is the only one denying food stamps to refugees. [AJC.com]
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HILLARY CLINTON WOULD ALLOW BILL CLINTON IN WHITE HOUSE - But not always in the situation room. Sam Levine: "During an appearance on NBC's 'Late Night,' host Seth Meyers asked the former secretary of state how difficult it would be to keep the former president out of the situation room. Clinton also said if she were president she would ask the former president for advice on the economy and world affairs. 'Well maybe there will be occasions when I don't want to,' Clinton said, noting that her husband had been asked to do work by President Barack Obama and other former presidents. 'There's a lot you can learn and there are all kind of special missions.'" [HuffPost]
NEO NAZI KIND OF WEIRDED OUT BY TRUMP - The enemy of my enemy is … well, this one's a Nazi so he's still my enemy. But LOL. Andrew Kaczynski: "Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigration has drawn rave reviews from America’s most prominent white nationalists, but at least one prominent racist, who has spoken favorably of Trump in the past, is throwing cold water on the idea: the chairman of the American Nazi Party. Rocky Suhayda, who runs the American Nazi Party said he didn’t see how Trump would be able to implement any of his plans, saying he would be blocked after every turn. 'Look, this phrase ‘muslims’ is simply a PC code word to cover the reality of all these THIRD WORLD peoples invading OUR country,' Suhayda told BuzzFeed News in an email. 'Don’t you realize that in about 2025, if these trends continue, White people will become a continuing MINORITY in our own land(s)?'" [BuzzFeed]
CARSON THREATENS TO LEAVE GOP - Tal Kopan: "Ben Carson on Friday took a page from Donald Trump's playbook by threatening to depart the Republican Party. Ahead of Tuesday's GOP presidential debate, the retired neurosurgeon slammed the party after reports emerged that Republican insiders were discussing the possibility of deal-making to decide the eventual nominee at the Republican National Convention. 'If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described in the Washington Post this morning.' Carson said in a statement. 'If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party.'" [CNN]
@aedwardslevy: Current avg nat'l net faves:
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's a child who likes music.
FORMER NEW YORK SENATE HEAD CONVICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES - William Rashburn and Susanne Craig: "The former State Senate majority leader Dean G. Skelos and his son were found guilty of federal corruption charges on Friday, a quick and devastating follow-up punch to the state Capitol in Albany, which has now seen two entrenched leaders convicted and removed from office. The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan took eight hours over two days to reach its verdict against Mr. Skelos, 67, and his son, Adam, 33, finding them guilty of all eight bribery, extortion and conspiracy counts. The Skeloses were charged with using the father’s position as majority leader to pressure a Manhattan developer, an environmental technology company and medical malpractice insurer to provide Adam Skelos with roughly $300,000 via consulting work, a no-show job, and a direct payment of $20,000." [NYT]
- John Lennon once put an interesting twist on "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
- Damn, that's a lot of tumbleweeds.
- Dumb Amazon kitchen products.
@RyanLizza: Today in Trump: the chairman of the American Nazi Party and France's Marine Le Pen have both condemned his Muslim ban
@emmaroller: That thing where a secretary says the person you’re trying to talk to “isn’t in the office,” then puts you on hold to talk to that person
@SimonMaloy: .@JebBush if you can't stick to your diet how will you beat ISIS
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