HUFFPOST HILL – GOP’s Hippie Punching Wing Enjoys Highlight
The administration will argue for transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay by saying it makes fiscal sense — cruel and unusual budgeting, you possibly can say. North Korea’s internet went down, maintaining its residents from their “23 The reason why Nice Leader Invented the iPad and Smells of 91670 Lilacs” listicles. And it is necessary to establish oneself in prison on the first day, so we counsel Congressman Michael Grimm threaten to throw somebody off a balcony when he will get to the clink. That is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, December 22nd, 2014:
OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE ‘FLURRY’ OF GITMO TRANSFERS – WSJ: “President Barack Obama aims to make 2015 a landmark year in his lengthy-stalled effort to close the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, with plans to announce a flurry of detainee transfers in coming weeks, senior administration officials said. Mr. Obama is also looking for to reshape the national debate over closing the power in Cuba by casting it as a fiscal difficulty, arguing that preserving it open is value-prohibitive. The aggressive push on a difficulty Mr. Obama sees as critical to his legacy units him up for a pitched battle with lawmakers in Congress over one of the controversial international symbols of the U.S. fight towards terrorism, some 13 years after it was opened in the wake of the Sept. Eleven, 2001, terrorist assaults. ‘I’m going to be doing every thing I can to close it,’ Mr. Obama stated in a CNN interview that aired Sunday, renewing a pledge he made during his first presidential marketing campaign.” [WSJ]
Republicans will block Doug Elmendorf’s Congressional Finances Office affirmation, Dave Weigel reviews, until the CBO changes its financial analysis yellow stone island membrana to be more favorable to tax cuts for the rich.
Peter King says President Obama never praises police officers, even though, exterior of giving shout outs to people throughout speeches and golfing, that’s mainly all he does. Amanda Terkel: “The congressman [mentioned on Fox News Monday] that it was now up to the two Democratic officials to say one thing good concerning the police, which would help heal race relations in the United States. ‘Right now I believe it’s vital for the president and the mayor, if they are critical about healing what they consider is this rift — or this feud if you will, this chasm, in race relations — for them to come back out and begin giving reward to the police,’ stated King. ‘Say the police have carried out extra to avoid wasting minority lives than anybody on this country. The police do a phenomenal job underneath powerful circumstances. Yes, there can be enchancment. There additionally has to be improvement among the leaders in the minority communities.’” [HuffPost]
PARANOID SELF-LOATHING GOP LOBBYIST GRATEFUL – Together with being thankful that “they” haven’t “found me,” HuffPost Hill’s Paranoid Self-Loathing GOP Lobbyist considers himself #blessed for numerous issues this yr, which he has come out of semi-retirement in his panic room to enumerate. “I am grateful that I get to eat in Washington, D.C.’s best and most expensive restaurants and see among the rich white liberals who complain about wealthy and out of contact Republicans before their Tv appearances,” PSLGOPL writes. “I am grateful that the HPH guys (and Jason Linkins) make enjoyable of POLITICO for printing their advertisers’ points of view AND their birthdays. Think about if no one said anything Properly, it type of looks like no one does anyway. I am grateful that Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer are really, actually outdated white folks. Minority candidates scare me as a Republican. I am grateful Democrats never nominate any for statewide places of work.” Thanks, PSLGOPL!
Every day DELANEY DOWNER – Centers for Illness Control and Prevention boss Tom Frieden, again from West Africa, studies Ebola still raging: “The outbreak continues to surge in Sierra Leone, and there was a troubling spread in Guinea’s capitol city. We’ve bought a protracted way to go and this is not any time to relax our grip on the response.” Also, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) traveled to Liberia this week, partly to remind the American those who an Ebola epidemic is still going on. “My hope was to remind the American folks that this is an funding that helps keep the world protected, not just assist Liberians, though helping Liberia is a worthy aim in and of itself,” Coons said on a convention name in response to a query from HuffPost. [HuffPost]
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GRIMM TO PLEAD Responsible – He can most likely just copy-and-paste the contrition part of his courtroom plea into his victory speech when he inevitably wins reelection in two years. Daily News: “Rep. Michael Grimm will plead responsible on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restaurant he co-owned earlier than coming into Congress, the Daily News has discovered. The Staten Island Republican will enter the plea in Brooklyn federal court docket. A 1 p.m. listening to in the case has been scheduled, a courtroom official mentioned. Grimm was charged in a 20-depend federal indictment in April with hiding greater than $1 million in gross sales and wages on the restaurant, and with hiring undocumented immigrants. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and his trial was to start in February….Beneath federal law, the tax-evasion cost he will plead responsible to carries a penalty of up to three years in prison. But as a primary-time offender, Grimm may not have to serve any time behind bars. That call will likely be up to the sentencing decide.” [Every day Information]
Girls actually win one in court docket: “A federal appeals court docket declared as unconstitutional on Monday a North Carolina regulation requiring abortion providers to indicate a lady an ultrasound and describe the photographs in detail before she will have an abortion. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling upheld a lower-courtroom choice in January. The problem might now make its option to the Supreme Courtroom. The legislation was passed by the state’s Republican-managed legislature in 2011 over the objections of then-Gov. Bev Perdue (D). The Girl’s Proper to Know Act, which Perdue vetoed, requires a doctor to give a woman an ultrasound previous to the process and to explain the fetus in detail, regardless of the patient’s needs. The doctor additionally would be compelled to give the patient the selection as to whether she wants to take heed to the fetal heartbeat.” [HuffPost’s Samantha Lachman]
Someone HAS Onerous TIME TAKING JOE ARPAIO Critically – Elise Foley: “U.S. District Decide Beryl Howell on Monday seemed skeptical of a lawsuit filed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff” on immigration, over executive actions by the president that would protect as much as 5 million people from being deported.It was the primary hearing on a case brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s govt actions on immigration, specifically those who present deferred action and work authorization to undocumented immigrants who came to the country as youngsters or are the mother and father of U.S. citizens or legal everlasting residents. Arpaio, who comes from Maricopa County, Arizona, sued the same day that Obama introduced the brand new packages, saying they had been unconstitutional and would harm regulation enforcement by allowing undocumented immigrants to stay within the U.S. and commit crimes. It was adopted by one other lawsuit, now backed by 24 states, claiming the government actions violate the Constitution.” [HuffPost]
Maybe we will mend ties with some form of bilateral LAN social gathering: “North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Web went completely darkish on Monday after days of instability, in what Web displays described as one of many worst North Korean community failures in years. The lack of service came simply days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a ‘proportional response’ to the current assaults on Sony Footage, which government officials have linked to North Korea. Whereas an attack on North Korea’s networks was suspected, there was no definitive proof of it.” [NYT]
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Like Uber, but for “Serial” case ideas: “Columbia College’s Graduate College of Journalism will conduct an independent evaluation of Rolling Stone’s disputed November story on an alleged 2012 gang rape on the College of Virginia, the journal announced Monday. Rolling Stone apologized on Dec. 5 after several information organizations revealed issues in contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s article. Nonetheless, the magazine has not absolutely retracted the story.” [HuffPost’s Michael Calderone]
– Patton Oswalt’s brilliant mashup of ”Rudolph The Purple Nosed Reindeer” and “Apocalypse Now.”
– Questlove recalls his years lengthy struggle to have Patti LaBelle cook him chicken.
– Master woodcarver makes a pair of plyers with solely 10 cuts with a knife.
@daveweigel: Grimm might have lost re-election had the Dems put up a sentient being
@pourmecoffee: Looking over 2014 — and that is loopy — appears to be like like all the occasions once once more confirmed the validity of all my beliefs.
@elisefoley: Going via my mentions and responding “It was a joke” to the individuals who thought I seriously suppose males must be banned from questions.
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