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On the roster: such As Mueller, the storm supernatant – Washington is lagging in the direction of shutdown – the California of the early primary is already remaking The race – Obamacare ruling creates headache for Trump, GOP – Sweet and unusual punishment

AS MUELLER SURVIVED THE STORM
It was about a year ago at this time, the White house and the Republicans in Congress dug in for siege warfare, with Robert Müller.

Team the first and most urgent task is to start several months in advance, the discrediting of the former FBI Director and his investigation was the trump card in the Russian interference in the last presidential election.

A similar Bill Clinton was successful 20 years before Kenneth Starr, Trump necessary to the man to examine him a kind of power-mad partisans of captain Philip Queeg in the public imagination. After a rather sporadic efforts during the summer and autumn of 2017, works ended with the Republicans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are continuously and dedicated to undo Mueller.

So, how’s it going?

For a while it seemed the way things were going , President of Trump‘s way. Now, we should remember, we are talking here about the investigation itself, the contents can only be guessed at, and endless, endless speculation about the. We note only that the question of whether Trump was winning the public-relations-and-throw effort, the self as a victim and Müller as corrupt.

And on this count, Trump has, with some success. Trump began with about 30 percent of the voters on his side, many of which would stay with him, even if it is revealed that he and his campaign had helped the Russian saboteurs. Müller, on the contrary, have wide, but shallow entertainment.

As we arrived in the late summer, we saw polls show that support for Müller, softening over the years to 2018, and more voters expressed that it was time for Mueller, to wrap it up. In the WSJ/NBC News poll, taken in August a new low of 41 percent, said that the investigation should be continued.

Trump’s numbers were overall, and it looked like maybe he and the GOP have been successfully Müller in loops to the bottom. Since the summer, though, there is a distinctive change in the public opinion about Müller and the President with his behavior and honesty.

In new WSJ poll, the shift is clear. Now, 62 percent believe the President has lied – this is up six percentage points since August. Support for the continuation of the probe bounced 4 points. The FBI, which looked a bit of a trough, again as one of the most valued institutions.

This is part of a larger story for trombone, in the core remains substantially undisturbed, but the mood is hardening against him in the broader constituency.

The degree of General satisfaction in the trump-base-voters is about the same as it was for Barack Obama was prior to the re-election in 2012. The survey found 35 percent of respondents, Trump has brought the right kind of change for the country, which is almost identical with Obama. The difference is? Only 32 percent of Americans thought Obama had brought the wrong changes. Trump is 13 points higher on the wrong side of the track.

So what’s happening here?

of this is cumbersome. After Trump zapped ‘ s former lawyer and Chairman of the campaign this summer, Müller, significantly, they were down until after the midterm elections. Now that he is back on the public potion of his work, the theme is again in the news daily.

It is also the President of the reaction and the possibility of its defenders in Congress. Despite the year-end-piñata-ing celebrity-witness James Comey, the house Republicans were not able to regain the former excitement over alleged abuse of office in the Department of justice. And with his own loyalists in as Deputy attorney general, it is harder and harder to say for Trump is that he somehow as a boxed.

Plus, Rudy Giuliani is hurtling through the media landscape as a driver caroming off parked cars, during an ice storm. Trump is the public advocate has an error-per-minute ratio, to see the truly amazing managed to do.

Then there is Russia itself. There was a time when rank-and-file Republicans seemed to be warming up to Vladamir Putin. Not more. Putin’s actions, coupled with revelations such as this week about how repulsive his 2016 campaign against the United States at the end of the former trump’s dream to be some kind of a Russian-American partnership.

The verdict at the end in 2018, is that Trump has so far not widespread contempt for Muller in a significant way on the same core voters, who were with him, even before the first “witch hunt!”

Even worse for the Republicans, and Trump, the deepening of the consensus that Trump was lying about some of the facts, it is much more difficult for him to refute the conclusions of the report, if he comes. To deceive his decision to the voters about the comparatively small role, and his payment of hush money to a sex worker can prove very expensive when it comes time for the closing argument.

THE RULES AND REGULATIONS: THE DUTY ON DEFICIENCIES
“Without any questions as to the accuracy of the distinction on which the objection is founded, it will be necessary to set a just estimate of its force, first, to determine the true character of the government in question; to inquire, secondly, how far the Convention were authorized to propose such a government; and thirdly, how far the duty, you could deliver owed their country in the absence of regular authority.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 39

TIME OUT: ‘THE Flowing ROBES, THE GRACE, SOON…’
Author Louie Lazar went to Tibet, to the mountain nation, the love for basketball. The Atlantic: “[Coach Bill Johnson] said to me, in a dreamy voice, that the people in Tibet were crazy for tires. Johnson described to me the upcoming Norlha Basketball Invitational and Tibetan Hoop Exchange with a tournament, he said, present would the top teams—some from nomads, monks, in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. (Gannan is part of China’s Gansu province and is located in the traditional Tibetan region of Amdo.) Johnson called it a “turning point” for his team— ” our big test.’ …. Johnson’s vision for Norlha basketball is to create a program with so much respect on the high level, which is the best and most the players are driven to be spread in droves to train in Ritoma and then back to their towns and villages as a player-coach, what they have learned. Johnson knows this is a goal to achieve, is to a large extent depends on Dugya Bum.”

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INDICATOR
Trump job performance
Average Level Of Agreement:
42%
The average of the rejection: 53%
Net Result: -11 Points
Change from a week ago: 0.2 points
[Average, includes: Gallup: 38% approve, reject – 57%; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve, reject – 54%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 52%; CNN: 40% approve – 53% reject; NPR/PBS/Marist: 43% approve – 49% oppose it.]

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WASHINGTON LIMPS IN THE DIRECTION OF SHUT DOWN
Fox News: “Trump administration on Sunday reiterated the President’s insistence that he would allow a partial shutdown of the Federal government, if the Congress does not provide $5 billion to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, with a senior Advisor Stephen Miller called it a” matter of principle.’ ‘At stake is the question of whether the United States remains a sovereign state,’ Miller told CBS News’ ‘Face The Nation.’ “The democratic party has a simple choice. You can choose whether you fight for the America of the working class or the promotion of illegal immigration. You can’t do both.’ When asked if the administration was prepared to allow parts of the government, the operation does not cease at midnight Friday, when the wall financed, Miller replied: “If it comes to that, absolutely.’ On NBC News’ ‘Meet The Press’ – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., insisted that President Trump ‘is not to the wall in any form.'”

CALIFORNIA, THE PRIMARY ONE IS EARLY ALREADY REMAKING THE RACE
WSJ: “If Iowa Democrats hold their February 2020 presidential-parliamentary parties, millions of Californians have already received their primary ballot. The nation’s most populous state moved its primary up to 3. March 2020 so that it can have more influence in picking presidential candidates. The move to a June primary in 2016, the campaign will be press to consider beacon of hope in West coast perspective on issues such as immigration and the environment, the authority of the state’s growing Latino and Asian populations, and drastically reduces the amount of money, increase need to mount the charge to the candidate, a competitive. To change California calendar, is one of several developments reshaping Democrats ” in the primary process. After the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucasus and the New Hampshire primary are two of the mostly-white electorate, the traditional vetters of presidential candidates—at least six of the next nine States on the 2020 calendar Democrats by a swath of States in which the black and Hispanic Democrats in the primary elections dominate, including Texas.”

The liberal eye Beto suspicious – Axios: “But now, activists on the left are questioning [Beto O’rourke‘s] ideology and if he’s progressive enough to represent their party in the year 2020. Why it is important: on the left is where the energy is in today’s Democratic party. Almost half of the Democratic voters call themselves liberal, up 17 percentage points more than a decade ago, according to the Pew Research Center. After Bernie Sanders doesn’t expect the nomination in 2016, the activist base organized in a way that behind him, even more challenging 2020, all candidates. “I can’t remember, something from Beto’s campaign, which seems like a great political idea,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director of the justice Democrats, the progressive political action committee that also worked with Sanders in the election of 2016.”

Perez throws with state party leaders about the data – Politico: “Democratic National Committee Chairman , Tom Perez launched an attack on his own party and the governmental organizations on Saturday with a long and angry E-Mails about the future of the party, which is the most precious asset — its voter data-file. Just a few days before an important meeting Tuesday in DC on the future of data-operational, Perez sharply criticized a new proposal from the state and party leadership out to prominent state used officials names. For some inexplicable reason, this proposal would do away, only to find out everything about our current data structure, to reverse so much of the progress we made in the past ten years,’ wrote Perez. The Federal Chairman, of the description of his own response to the state proposal, such as ‘disappointed’ and ‘speechless’ accused the President of the Association of State Democratic committees, Minnesota Ken Martin, undermining DNC by that other Contracting state officials ‘in the loop’ prompt scathing criticism of Perez from state party leaders.”

Iowa looks like Trump country for 2020-the Caucasus – Des Moines Register: “President Donald Trump remains popular among Iowa Republican voters, but they want the door politely held open for the GOP Challenger. A new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa poll shows Trump an 81 percent approval rate among registered Republicans in Iowa. Sixty-seven percent say they would. in any case, the re-election votes trump card, if the election were held today Nineteen percent of Republicans say they would be thinking of someone else, and 10 percent say they would. in any case, someone else votes to select However, almost two-thirds – 63 percent — say, Iowa welcome Challenger to Trump in the Republican party of Iowa Caucasus, scheduled for Feb. 3, 2020. The group meetings will be held in schools, libraries, fire stations, Church basements and a variety of other places, in all 99 Iowa counties. Survey respondents Nicole Clark, 31, of Indianola, is a special education teacher in a suburb of Des Moines and a registered Republican. You said that you should definitely be Trump’s re-election, but thinks the Challenger is located.”

Collins: “I see nothing wrong with the Challenger’ – WaPo: “Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that it is open to the potential Republican primary Challenger of President Trump also declined to support the President’s 2020 re-election. Collins, who helped defeat the Republicans tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2017, it is argued that the primaries are shaping policy by “a lot of opinions to the surface.” Several other Republican senators approved Trump’s 2020 aspirations, including majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S. C.), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). ‘fcI-nothing to see, nothing wrong with the Challenger — this is part of our democratic system,’ Collins said on CNN’s ” State of the Union.” “It’s healthy for our democracy.'”

Alexander will not seek a fourth term in the year 2020 – Fox News: “Republican sen. Lamar Alexander announced Monday that he is not up for re-election in 2020, say it is time for ‘someone else’ will have the privilege of representing Tennessee in the Senate. “I’m not a candidate for re-election to the Senate of the United States in the year 2020,” the 78-year-old Alexander said in a statement. Alexander, who served as Chairman of the Senate health, education, labor and pensions Committee, and previously as Governor of Tennessee. He also worked as the Secretary of the Department of Education under the then President George H. W. Bush. “The people of Tennessee were very generous, the choice to serve me, more joint years as a Governor and senator, as somebody from our state,” he said. “I am deeply grateful, but now it’s time for someone else the privilege.’ He added, ‘I think every day that I could be of help to our state and make the country a little better, and went to bed most nights thinking that I have. I will continue to serve with the same spirit, during the remaining two years of my term.'”

OBAMACARE RULING CREATES HEADACHE FOR TRUMP, GOP
Bloomberg: “to pay off An explosive ruling, Obamacare has shot it back in to bitter health care battle in Washington and threw a political bomb in the President of Donald Trump’s, as he is gearing up to again be a candidate. Can not be solved in the case in which the courts have said that before 2020, legal experts, which could make it a defining issue in the race for the White house and the Congress. Democrats immediately jumped to warn on Friday evening, ruling that health insurance for millions of Americans on the game due to the Republican-led lawsuit, which is trying to empty popular parts of Obamacare, including the protection for pre-existing conditions and a ban on annual lifetime limits. Also, the rules are compromised, the impact on the wider health insurance market, as the adults on their parents policy until the age of 26 years.”

N. C. REPUBLICANS CAN CORRUPTED DITCH CANDIDATE IN the RACE
AP: “legislation quickly, the North Carolina legislature passed would prepare this week for a path for Republicans to throw their candidate in a still-undecided U.S. house race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (lawmakers) are concerned that Mark Harris may be damaged goods, and you want to have the possibility of another Republican candidate,” said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and Advisor to former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and others for more than 40 years. ‘That’s how I read the tea-leaves.’ If the state elections Board will decide ballot irregularities or other problems throw the true output in question, and force a redo, the legislation — if allowed to go into law by democratic Gov. Roy Cooper — would the new PV-elections in the 9. Constituency races, in addition to a new General election. Would allow the Republicans to have a look at Mark Harris, the Republican, led Democrat Dan McCready of 905 votes in the unofficial results. Harris has not yet been certified, the winners, and an investigation is looking into missing absentee ballots in rural Bladen County and whether the unsealed ballot papers dealt with illegal collection teams, it would have changed.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
McMorris Rodgers says ‘ no ‘ to fill the prong interior-position – appeal

Boehner for the publication of his memoirs in the spring of 2020 – Politically

To take house, Dems actions on gun violence legislation come January – Politically

Pergram: “DC not go quietly preparing for the shutdown, so as not to disturb the Yellies’ – Fox News

AUDIBLE: NEVER TWEET
“He said, ‘do you think I tweet oughta?'” – Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recalled what President Trump said to him during a phone call for over a week. The call was about the ” criminal justice reform bill, sat in the Senate because of Sen. Mitch McConnell. The President tweeted on Dec. 7, and the Senate vote to open debate on the bill on Monday evening.

BEST JOURNALISM IN 2018
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NICE AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT
Fox News: “A Missouri poachers involved in the illegal killing of” hundreds of deer ” over three years, where they have to watch their heads and leave their bodies to rot, as the Disney classic ‘Bambi’ once in a month, while he remains behind bars, a judge reportedly ruled. David Berry, Jr., was one of three men from southwest Missouri-a family is sentenced in what the state monument care Department as one of its ” largest nature conservation cases in which the illegal taking of deer.’ After he was convicted guilty, Berry Jr, was to a year in jail in Lawrence County, Dec. 6, according to a press release. The 29-year-old was also sentenced to 120 days in jail in a nearby County for a crime with a firearm probation violation. As part of his sentence, Berry Jr ” is the view of the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first sighting will be on or before Dec. 23, and at least one reader each month thereafter while he remains in prison, according to court records, the Springfield News-Leader.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“If something — say a health insurance to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your own risk. … There is a reason, not a Western democracy with a system of national health care will always be abolished.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on November 16. In March 2017.

Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? You can register here.

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