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HUFFPOST HILL - Cherry Blossoms, Gunfire

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Workplace attendance was light around Washington today because hey, Jesus took three days, too. A deranged gunman exercised his Second Amendment right to ruin thousands of tourists' day. And Georgia's governor vetoed a bill that would have prohibited vendors at Hartsfield-Jackson and the state's six other employers to refuse service to gay people. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, March 28th, "A lockdown of Capitol Hill was lifted Monday afternoon after reports of shots fired at the U.S. Capitol closed the multi-building complex just before 3 p.m. The Capitol Police announced the Capitol was again open for official business, though the Capitol Visiter Center remained closed as of 4 p.m. A House alert email to Capitol Hill staffers after 3:30 p.m. informed them the House, Senate and Library of Congress buildings had been returned to normal operation, but noted, 'The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center will remain closed until further notice.' The Senate sergeant at arms issued a statement Monday afternoon as the reports began streaming in: “Shooter has been caught. One police officer shot, but not seriously. Remain sheltered in place.” [HuffPost]
@hillhulse: Capitol Visitor Center was constructed in response to shooting in Capitol that killed two police officers in 1998.
SPEAKING OF GUNS AND OUR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT - A Yosemite Sam-style wanton firing of guns into the air upon the official nomination of a Republican presidential candidate does seem appropriate, however. Katherine Faulders: "The petition to allow the open carry of firearms at the Quicken Loans Arena during the GOP convention in Cleveland in July has upwards of 44,000 signatures, with supporters arguing that the ban is an infringement upon their Second Amendment rights given that Ohio is an open carry state. ... The U.S. Secret Service said today that no firearms will be allowed at the Republican convention in Cleveland this July. Ohio’s open carry law allows private employers to prohibit the presence of firearms on their property or in motor vehicles owned by the employer. In this case, that private employer is the Quicken Loans Arena, which bans handguns, firearms and any other weapons on their premises. A spokesperson for the Secret Service told ABC News today that 'firearms will not be allowed in the Quicken Loans Arena' and 'only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site.' 'Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event,' Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said." [ABC News]
TODAY'S TRUMP IDIOCY - Dave Weigel on Donald getting pwned by right-wing radio host Charlie Sykes: "After congratulating the candidate for the birth of a new grandson, Sykes asked him to close the book on the interminable story of his threat to bring Heidi Cruz into a fight over reputation and looks. 'Wouldn’t it be a good way to start off your Wisconsin campaign by saying that wives should be off-limits and that you apologize for mocking her looks?' asked Sykes. 'I think it’s true, Charlie, actually,' said Trump, apparently agreeing that wives were off limits, albeit in a confusing way. Later, he said he did not know Cruz’s wife but assumed she was 'incredible.' Given several chances, he just couldn’t clean up the story." Ugh. [WaPo]
DELANEY DOWNER Jack Smith has a good report on a proposal to broaden Lifeline, best known as "Obamaphone" even though it started under Ronald Reagan: "Americans living in poverty are drastically less likely to have internet access, and [San Francisco resident Bridgid] Skiba is one of the 55 million Americans without broadband at home. They're also most in need of Wi-Fi when looking for more gainful employment…. Forty-eight percent of Americans making less than $25,000 a year are without a broadband connection — one of the tools they need most to achieve financial stability. In 2016, broadband isn't a privilege — it's a necessity. Access to it can make or break someone's ability to find a job, reeducate herself or keep in touch with loved ones. In order to bring it to more people, the government is proposing a radical addition to American welfare benefits. On the morning of Thursday, March 31, at an open meeting, the FCC will vote on whether or not to expand an old program called Lifeline to give families a $9.25 monthly subsidy toward putting broadband in their home." []
Like HuffPost Hill? Then pre-order Eliot's book's, The Beltway Bible: A Totally Serious A-Z Guide To Our No-Good, Corrupt, Incompetent, Terrible, Depressing, and Sometimes Hilarious Government.Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It's free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHillGEORGIA GOVERNOR VETOES ANTI-GAY BILL - We'd make a RINO joke here, but who the hell is actually an R these days? Jen Bendery and Elise Foley: "Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed a bill Monday morning that would have allowed open discrimination against gay people, a huge victory for the LGBT community and for businesses that had been threatening to boycott the state if Deal signed the laww. 'Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people. And that is what we should want,' Deal said during a press conference. 'I intend to do my part to keep it that way. For that reason, I will veto House Bill 757.' The bill would have prevented the government from taking action against organizations or people with 'a sincerely held religious belief regarding lawful marriage between... a man and a woman.' It would have opened the door to all kinds of discrimination against same-sex couples. A state-contracted counselor, for example, could refuse to provide services to people in a same-sex marriage. Taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies could refuse to place children in their homes. Government employees, a la Kim Davis, could refuse to file official forms for same-sex couples." [HuffPost]
GOP CANDIDATES VYING FOR COLORADO INSIDER DELEGATES - This being Colorado, anyone who gains access to the smoke-filled backroom might want to bring some Pringles. Eli Stokols: "When Colorado Republicans scrapped their binding straw poll as part of the state’s March 1 caucuses, it looked like they were forfeiting their relevance in the GOP’s front-loaded nomination process. Now, they’re back in the game. With a still unsettled three-way primary fight appearing to be headed for a contested convention in July, Colorado’s GOP assemblies over the next week offer Donald Trump and Ted Cruz a major opportunity to win a significant pile of delegates chosen almost completely by party insiders. Now, it’s up to the three candidates to convince the party to pick delegates who promise to vote in their favor…'It’s chaos. It’s a cluster. It’s the ultimate insider’s game,' said Josh Penry, a GOP operative in Denver who chaired Marco Rubio’s campaign in Colorado. 'There are so many delegates in play.' Cruz confirmed Monday that he will attend the Colorado GOP’s state assembly on April 9. And Trump and John Kasich are also tentatively planning to attend the confab of roughly 6,000 party activists in Colorado Springs, where 27 of the state’s 34 delegates to the RNC convention will be elected." [Politico]
CLINTON THINKS A TRUMP SUPREME COURT WOULD NOT BE CLASSY - Amanda Terkel: "Hillary Clinton will make the case that the Supreme Court is at the center of the 2016 election in a speech Wednesday, warning what will happen if Donald Trump becomes president and is allowed to choose new justices. 'Based on his positions on a number of issues, there is good reason to believe a Trump nominee would seek to roll back our rights, further empower corporations, and undo so much of the progress we’ve achieved,' a Clinton aide said in an email, providing an advance look at the remarks the Democratic presidential candidate is set to deliver at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The former secretary of state will argue that the 'core pillars of the progressive movement' are at risk of being overturned by the court during a single term if a Republican wins the White House in November. " [HuffPost]
Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis interviewed Anthony Weiner about losing: "The new revelations turned his campaign into a media circus. The weeks that followed were agonizing, filled with tense interactions with voters, suffocating news coverage, and declining poll numbers. He even got into a shouting match with a customer at a Kosher bakery…'I was just falling apart at that point. I mean, I was just falling apart,' he said. 'Now admittedly the guy — he was a racist asshole and he said something very nasty about my wife and I snapped. But yes, it was a function of me just kind of being at my wits’ end.' ... 'I would be a better elected official than a lot of these people are,' Weiner said of the possibility of yet another comeback. 'But I think I’m practical enough to realize it is not going to happen'" [HuffPost]
'I SHOWERED WITH DONALD TRUMP' - "Lately, people who know I went to military school with Donald Trump have been asking, “Did you ever take a shower with him?” They want to know, of course, if he is as well endowed as he claims. Although I must have been in the same gang shower with him many times, the truth is I never looked. And as far as I know, nobody else did, either. In fact, as I’ve confessed elsewhere, I have only positive memories of Donald from my school years. Once at military school, when I really needed it, he helped me out of a difficult jam with a brutish barracks commandant who was his role model and whose influence we see in Trump the bullying presidential candidate." [Daily Beast]
BECAUSE YOU'VE READ THIS FAR - Here are photos from this year's White House Easter Egg RollFOMO-STOCK: WEALTHY CONSERVATIVES GATHER AT WORLD FORUM - Matt Ferner: "[T]here is a public list of attendees [at this year's American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum]... thanks to congressional disclosure rules. Flimsy as they are, they do require members who have AEI pay for their trip to the luxurious golf resort on Sea Island, Georgia, to submit a full agenda of the weekend’s activities and a list of attendees. Among the more interesting attendees were the Dalai Lama, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former presidential candidate Ross Perot and former George W. Bush administration official Karl Rove. Billionaires present included Philip Anschutz (whose reported net worth is over $10 billion), President and CEO of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy, former chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company Pete Coors, executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels Thomas Pritzker and co-founder of the Carlyle Group Dan D’Aniello." [HuffPost]
- A short film of people describing their most George Costanza-ish breakups.
- A history of the lens flare.
- Mean teenage girls read Donald Trump's tweets.
TWITTERAMA@edzitron: a-woke me up, before ya go go don’t go and call me a bernie bro
@swin24: woman outside talking to press about #capitolshooting: "say we're here lobbying for HR 2759, hashtag medicare... I'm not kidding"
@emmaroller: Read my book forthcoming in 2018 "The Reddit Election: How Pepe the Frog Explains the Rising American Electorate"
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