HUFFPOST HILL - Trump Goes 12 Hours Without Offending Nation

Donald Trump held court at the Republican National Committee today, making it the last time he appears at something abbreviated "RNC" without the assistance of riot police. Trump lies 71 times an hour, a clip that places him just behind Ain't It Cool News movie reviews and just ahead of those “one weird trick” ads you see on the internet. And according to our Twitter feed, today is National Border Control Day. Remember to leave a chair empty at your dinner table to symbolize Louie Gohmert. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Thursday, March 31st, 2016:

TRUMP, GOP BRASS MEET AT RNC - No concealed carry at this RNC, either. Christina Wilkie: "Donald Trump met Thursday afternoon with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and other party leaders in Washington. The meeting came as a surprise to many -- it was not announced ahead of time, and the agenda wasn’t made public. But it’s a pretty safe bet that Priebus and his party’s presidential front-runner talked about Republican convention delegates, and the process for awarding them to candidates. If that’s the case, the meeting didn’t come a moment too soon. Trump and his campaign have lately been fanning conspiracy theories about how the GOP will try to choose a presidential nominee in “secret” and override the will of the Republican voters who cast ballots for Trump." [HuffPost]

SPEAK GOOD LIKE TRUMP, AMERICA'S MOST BIGLY TALKER - Andrew Romano: "Perhaps the most marked characteristic of Trumpese is the way its sole speaker is always veering off on mid-sentence tangents — to provide real-time color commentary on his own remarks; to revise, amend or even contradict his previous thought; to assure his audience that he 'loves' the person, country or ethnic group he just mentioned, or vice versa; to say whatever happens to pop into his head at any given moment. Even his parentheticals have parentheticals...Trump repeats himself in a different way. He repeats phrases one after the other, often in the same sentence — not as deliberate parallelism but as a compulsive placeholder...In linguistics, a grammatical expletive that increases the emotional content of an expression is known as an intensifier. 'Very' is the basic intensifier; others include 'so,' 'such,' 'really' and 'totally.' Trump is obsessed with intensifiers...even when his sentences don’t end with punch lines, he simply follows them with a one- or two-word declaratory judgment — both in real life and on Twitter. One of his favorite codas is 'sad!'" [Yahoo]

Some bama-ass bull, right here: Aaron C. Davis says Bernie Sanders will get on the ballot in D.C. despite some really arcane and headache-inducing paperwork nonsense causing a holdup: "If the D.C. elections board (which has had problems of its own) is not willing to certify Sanders, [D.C. Democratic Party chair Anita] Bonds has another solution to make sure Sanders makes the ballot. Bonds said she will ask the D.C. Council to pass emergency legislation on Tuesday to make clear that the party has 24 hours from when it stops accepting checks to submit the names to the elections board. Three D.C. Council members called the situation embarrassing and sloppy, but said they would be willing to make sure all candidates who had submitted their information in good faith before the deadline make the ballot. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson echoed that sentiment. 'I think the intent would be to make sure the process treats candidates fairly,' Mendelson said." [WaPo]


DELANEY DOWNER - Scilla Alecci and Nicky Forster bring the sad about lead paint in New York City: "In December 2011, just two months after she and her husband moved in with their 1-year-old twins, Abdul-Majeed got a call from her pediatrician’s office. The level of lead in her daughter Zoe’s blood was alarmingly high at 21 micrograms per deciliter — an amount four times the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention threshold of 5 micrograms per deciliter. The pediatrician and a nurse explained that at that level, Zoe was at risk for learning disabilities, lower intelligence and behavioral disorders." [HuffPost]

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DONALD TRUMP NOT POPULAR: POLL - Philip Rucker and Robert Costa: "If Donald Trump secures the Republican presidential nomination, he would start the general election campaign as the least-popular candidate to represent either party in modern times. Three-quarters of women view him unfavorably. So do nearly two-thirds of independents, 80 percent of young adults, 85 percent of Hispanics and nearly half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Those findings, tallied from Washington Post-ABC News polling, fuel Trump’s overall 67 percent unfavorable rating — making Trump more disliked than any major-party nominee in the 32 years the survey has been tracking candidates." [WaPo]

Jonathan Cohn has written a wonderful story about the evil TV ads for sleeping pills. The story has a "Snowfall"-level presentation, too.

LOOK UP 'LIAR' IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA AND YOU'LL SEE DONALD TRUMP - No you won't -- that was a lie. Dana Liebelson, Jen Bendery and Sam Stein: "On Wednesday, The Huffington Post assigned five and a half reporters to look into a roughly 12,000-word transcript of Trump’s town hall event on CNN the night before. It took us hours, but in all, we found 71 separate instances in which Trump made a claim that was either inaccurate, misleading or deeply questionable. That’s basically one falsehood every 169 words (counting the words uttered by moderator Anderson Cooper), or 1.16 falsehoods every minute (the town hall lasted an hour, including commercial breaks)." [HuffPost]

About as effective as that other Republican Savior: "There's been a lot of talk about Republicans possibly nominating Romney or Ryan at a contested convention, but both under perform a generic Republican candidate. Romney is incredibly unpopular nationally now -- his 23/65 favorability rating is even worse than the 29/63 Trump comes in at. Clinton (45/32) and Sanders (48/31) each lead Romney by double digit margins. Ryan would trail Clinton 44/39 and Sanders 45/38, numbers not terribly dissimilar to how Trump polls against each of them. It's not clear Romney or Ryan would do much to save the party this year." [PPP Polling]

The union makes us strong *America great again*: "A prominent immigrants rights group is asking the AFL-CIO labor federation to expel a member union that represents border patrol agents after it endorsed Donald Trump for president." [HuffPost's Dave Jamieson]

'TOUGH ON CRIME' AN INCREASINGLY BAD CAMPAIGN TACTIC - Try, "Don't criminalize horses in midstream," instead. Kim Bellware: "In fact, some experts now say that a string of incumbent defeats across the country suggests it doesn’t take a Black Lives Matter-specific flashpoint for voters to reject incumbent prosecutors. For many DAs, their longstanding embrace of tough-on-crime policies is reason enough...In November, Mississippi voters sacked District Attorney Forrest Allgood after 27 years in office. The Washington Post described Allgood as 'one of America’s worst prosecutors' due to his aggressive prosecutions against vulnerable defendants, including a 13-year-old boy and an intellectually disabled young woman. Both convictions were overturned... In the 1980s and 1990s, when crime rates were significantly higher than they are today, prosecutors embraced policies like 'three strikes' laws and mandatory minimum sentences...As crime rates have declined, however, prosecutors have been slow to adjust to the new reality." [HuffPost]

Speaking of lousy African-American outreach: "The Republican National Committee is losing the person who leads the GOP’s outreach to black communities, as first reported by NBC News and confirmed by The Huffington Post. Kristal Quarker-Hartsfield, the national director of African-American Initiatives at the RNC, is leaving the organization to work for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan..Quarker-Hartsfield joins several other staffers of color who have departed the RNC recently. Orlando Watson, communications director for black media, left earlier this month. Tara Wall and Raffi Williams, son of Fox News political analyst Juan Williams, both left their press positions at the RNC late last year." [HuffPost's Tyler Tynes]

BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here's an upset cat.

TENNESSEE AND THE BIBLE, SITTIN' IN A TREE… - A resounding "Meh" to the Good Book. AP: "Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he remains opposed to a renewed effort to make the Holy Bible the official state book of Tennessee. Haslam initially voiced opposition to the measure before it was derailed over constitutional concerns in the state Senate last year, and sent back to committee. The bill is now awaiting a new vote in the upper chamber of the Legislature. 'The Bible is the most important book in my life, and I think in the world,' Haslam told reporters at the state Capitol. "But that's very different than being the state's official book.' But the governor stopped short of saying he would veto the bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown, because he wants to see the measure in its final form before making up his mind. Southerland told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that his bill is aimed at honoring the historical significance of the Bible in Tennessee, and not as a state endorsement of religion." [AP]


- A look at the work of Zaha Hadid, the world's most famous female architect, who passed away today.

- Let a serene feeling of tranquility overcome you as this video of an ice cream cake assembly line lulls you into acceptance of the robot revolution.

- Hall of Fame NBA star Adrian Dantley is refereeing kids basketball in Montgomery County.



@elisefoley: I’m offended by Gen X-ers misspelling millennial out of a lack of respect. Micro-agression.

PRIEBUS: thanks for coming
TRUMP: sure thing, Ron
PRIEBUS: it's, uh, it's Reince
TRUMP: you got it, Royce
TRUMP: let's go, Rick

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