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HUFFPOST HILL – Happy Birthday To Us

The White House is getting advice on the tired, poor and huddled masses from the well-rested, rich and legroom-y few. HuffPost Hill celebrated one year of not calling ourselves “Fast Break.” James O’Keefe’s new music video answers the age-ol…

The White House is getting advice on the tired, poor and huddled masses from the well-rested, rich and legroom-y few. HuffPost Hill celebrated one year of not calling ourselves “Fast Break.” James O’Keefe’s new music video answers the age-old question of what “Party All The Time” would sound like if Eddie Murphy misread “Conscience of a Conservative.” And Rand Paul already filed candidacy papers for 2016. A long way off, sure, but he needs time to flush his toilet. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, April 19th, 2011:

OBAMA DRAFTS CAMPAIGN FINANCE EXECUTIVE ORDER – Sam Stein: “After exhausting normal legislative avenues, the Obama administration has prepared a draft executive order that would enact some campaign finance reform provisions. Several Democratic sources confirmed that a document being circulated by the administration would require government contractors to disclose campaign contributions made by directors, officers, affiliates or subsidiaries to federal candidates, political party committees and “third party entities” involved in electioneering.” [HuffPost]

DEFICIT NEGOTIATIONS INCREASINGLY POLITICIZED – In a sign that that Republicans don’t view Joe Biden’s May 5 deficit negotiations as a serious opportunity to shape policy, GOP leadership in both chambers have selected politically-inclined representatives for the meetings, rather than policy-inclined ones. Majority Leader Eric Cantor will represent House Republicans and Jon Kyl — that angry, angry man — will represent Senate Republicans. This is in stark contrast to the Democrats, who are sending budget/appropriations-affiliated lawmakers Chris Van Hollen, Max Baucus and Daniel Inouye. At least partisanship blows up good stuff and bad stuff alike. [HuffPost’s Jen Bendery and Elise Foley]

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