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The President attacks the Democrats online, according to Speaker Pelosi notes a delay in the transmission of the impeachment articles in the Senate; Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.

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CHARGE THE CIRCUS A USEFUL DISTRACTION
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed a not unfounded concern on this morning, the charges could be the standard for future American President, rather than a “once in a generation” affair.

Maybe he’s right. Perhaps, like the Star Wars movies, pre-marital sex, and open collar in the office, indictment, only one other thing that was exciting in the 70s, but is now everyday life.

Maybe he is wrong. Perhaps President Trump is a special case.

Like Andrew Johnson before him, Trump seemed almost to want to be accused of. He made his fateful call to squeeze his Ukrainian counterpart, the day then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller had said grace over his two-year probe, the in the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Trump had emptied just the last hurdle and immediately turned back to the Racecourse of Slavic shenanigans.

Maybe we can find a President whose contempt for Congress exceeds that of even the knock-kneed institution with a desperate desire to avoid relevance.

But if McConnell is right, that we have entered in an era of serial, partisan impeachments, or whether Trump is a one-time no longer applies to us right now. It is up to future presidents and future congresses. The question at hand is how this little melodrama plays out in our current political moment.

Here is the first obvious consequence is that This Orgy of negative partisanship is the great cover for the two parties to the facility to do other things.

We were not with a charge we would be a lot of talk about the 2020 Democratic race. Joe Biden can get more annoying than a wet hen when people ask him about his son, and foreign influence on the pedals, the object of Trump’s offense — but the former Vice-President was to walk away with the democratic nomination in no small part because the race takes place in a relative vacuum. It is hard for an outsider to make a move, if the race is the seventh biggest story of the day. Barack Obama has never failed to have Hillary Clinton under these circumstances.

But the real miracle is what the charge is, so that in the Congress and in the White house.

The President and the Congress are sending each other hate mail and the demi-demagogues of both parties audition to see who is the strongest contempt for each other. No camera in a 30-mile radius is safe from the saliva-flecked exhortations of brain-dead partisans. It is a civil war! It is the end of the Republic! It is a constitutional crisis!

Bah humbug.

What we observe is really a remarkably productive season for the Federal government.

Given the coverage of the impeachment process, that both sides have their respective political bases, you are free to as you please. And whatever the politicians like to reward their patrons and the expansion of their power.

Take, for example, the new authorization of 2 million Federal government created simply for our nation’s civilian employees. While workers in the private sector, employees do not get usually with a few months of unpaid leave after the birth of a child, Federal now a 12 weeks of paid vacation. This is a multi-come to billion-dollar commitment for generations to come.

Maybe you think that is a good idea. Maybe you think that is a bad idea. But it certainly would have gotten much more attention, we were going through the motions of this indictment. Certainly Republican incumbent would be concerned about such generosity to one of the most resented classes of American citizens.

Or how about the news that a Federal government increase in the minimum age for purchase of tobacco was pinned on the back of a giant spending bill provided for the passage, just before the lights go out for Christmas.

Again, like it or like it, such a measure would generate huge controversy, when all the partisans ducks were not all croaking charge throughout the day.

And remember “the wall” and how Democrats would never, never asked, never Fund a penny of the President? Remember how we had a government shutdown over what was essentially a $3 billion disagreement about the border security funding? Now? JK! LOLZ!

The Federal government is over large trade agreements, the expenditure of huge sums of cash, the extension of his authority, doubling down on massive military involvement around the globe and no one has time to care, because you need to rush to repeat the cameras, the same partisan pap on an indictment and acquittal, were foregone conclusions for months.

So maybe McConnell really is right, the charge is the new norm. If this also works for distracting the tyrannical bases of the two parties, impeachment at the end as a greater cross-party enthusiasm as a trillion-dollars deficits.

TRUMP SAYS BELOVED MICHIGAN LEGISLATORS IN HELL
Fox News: “Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said President Trump’s” hurtful “words at a rally in your state Wednesday, implies her late husband, former Rep. John Dingell could be in hell made of their” the cure much more difficult.’ Trump attacked Dingell and her husband with a ‘Merry Christmas’ – rally in Battle Creek, Mich., about two hours away from her district as the house voted to impeach him. ‘Debbie Dingell, this is a real beauty,’ Trump told a reverent audience booed the mention of Dingell’s name. The President said he gave Dingell ‘A+ treatment’ after his death last February, and Debbie had called him to say ‘it is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened, thank you so very much. John would be so thrilled. He is looking down.’ ‘I said, ‘That’s OK. Don’t you worry.’ Maybe he is looking up. I know I don’t,’ he laughed with mixed reactions from the audience. “Maybe, but let’s assume he is looking down.’ Dingell, elected to the accusations of the President Wednesday, responded on Twitter…”

Putin defends Trump – AP: “Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump was accused, for “far-fetched” reasons, the call of the movement of Democrats, a continuation of the fight against the Republican leader. “The party that lost (2016) elections, the Democratic party, trying to achieve results, the said other means,’ Putin at his annual press conference in Moscow. He compared trump to the indictment of the former US-probe, in agreement with Russia, which played down Putin, as unfounded. Former special counsel Robert Müller closed earlier this year, the Russian government to handle in the year of 2016, the US presidential elections in a ” sweeping and systematic way.'”

Pergram: Senate study, could be the biggest reality TV show of all time – Fox News: “The Senate has a certain set of 25 rules of operations for a Senate impeachment trial. But the Senate, led only 17 impeachment trials in history. No one knows how President Trump ‘ s can look the prospective Senate trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, wrestled for days about the possibilities of a Senate study. So far, no side is, the of each quarter. Senate impeachment rules are vague. … A Senate trial is not expected to begin until January. And, Lott and Daschle, Clinton began not to their agreement, until shortly before the study two decades ago. And if Trump could no Pact to a Senate study, find themselves in a familiar place: the stars in a Senate study.”

The judgment of the judge: the indictment required? – This week, Fox News Senior judicial Analyst judge Andrew Napolitano discusses the historical and legal aspects of the indictment: “The rule of law is a cornerstone of American democracy and is an integral part of the Constitution. It stands for the principles that no person under the laws ” of protection. No person is to be informed about the laws.” And the laws apply equally to all people. This is the theory of the rule of law. In practice, as the power of the Federal government has grown almost exponentially since 1789, and the power of the presidency, the President claimed immunity from the need to comply with the law while in office. They have also claimed immunity from the consequences of non-compliance with the law.” More here.

THE RULEBOOK: IT IS IN THE DETAILS
“To find out the true character of the government, it can be considered in relation to the Foundation on which they are established; to the sources from which its ordinary powers, in order to be drawn; to the operation of those forces to the extent of them; and the authority by which future changes in the government are to be introduced.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 39

TIME-OUT: UNDER THE SEA
The Atlantic: “Many people imagine the sea-floor is a huge area of sand, but it is a branched and dynamic landscape with so much variation, like any other place in the country. Mountains surge of underwater plateaus, canyons slice of miles deep, hot springs billowing through cracks in the rock, and flows of heavy salt water may seep hanging down, pooling in underwater lakes. These peaks and valleys are laced found with most of the same minerals in the country. Scientists have proven that their deposits since at least 1868, when a dredging ship is a piece of iron ore from the sea floor moved to the North of Russia. … For more than a century, oceanographers continued to have new minerals on the sea floor—, copper -, nickel -, silver -, platinum -, gold and even precious stones—looked during the mining enterprises to a practical way to exhume. Today, many of the largest mineral are corporations in the world, under water-mining programs”.

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 26.2 points (↓ 1.4 points from last wk.)
Sanders: 18.6 points (↑ 0.4 points from last wk.)
Warren: 16.2 points (↓ 2.2 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 9.4 points (↑ 0.8 points from last wk.)
Bloomberg: 5.2 points (first listing)
[Averages NBC News/WSJ, CNN, Quinnipiac University, USA Today/Suffolk University and NPR/PBS/Marist include:.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Approval: 43.8 Percent
The average of the rejection: 51.4 percent
Net Rating: -7.6 Per Cent
Change from a week ago: ↑ 2 points
[Average, includes: NBC/WSJ: 44% approve, reject – 54%; CNBC: 40% approve – 49% reject; CNN: 44% approve – 52% oppose; Quinnipiac University: 43% approve, reject – 52%; USA Today/Suffolk University: 48% approve, reject 50%.]

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I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: WAXY AND DISAPPOINTING
This week Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt to discuss the obstacles Democrats face, while moving forward with impeachment, Chris gives his take on the recent Fox News survey, and Dana shares a story about a special delivery. Plus, impeachment trivia. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE

FIGHT NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA
AP: “A winnowed the field of Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage Thursday for the sixth and last time in the year 2019, as the candidates try to convince anxious voters that they are the party which is the best hope to deny President Donald Trump for a second term. The televised competition before Christmas brings seven rivals, the heavily Democratic California, the biggest prize in the primary season and home to 1 in 8 Americans. And a day after a politically divided US comes to elected house, to accuse the Republican President, the debate, which is of the utmost importance for the Democratic voters Who can trump beat in November? In the electorate process distracted by the holidays and the impeachment-in Washington, the debate in Los Angeles, could the observed least so far. … The race in California largely mirrored national trends, with the former Vice-President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts sen. Elizabeth Warren clustered at the top of the field, followed by South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, businessman Andrew Yang and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer.”

Warren continues to lag NBC News: “Ex-Vice President Joe Biden remains the frontrunner in the race for the democratic nomination, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has returned to the level of the support, the front of her autumn surge, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows. Biden is the support of 28 percent of Democratic primary voters get, statistically unchanged from his standing in the NBC/WSJ October survey, while Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders stands at 21 percent, and Warren has 18 percent. Warren ‘ s 18-percent share is a 5 point drop from your level of support, the fall in October and a 7-point from a peak in September. The trio of top candidates, the residue of South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9 percent, Minnesota sen Amy Klobuchar at 5 percent, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at 4 per cent., and businessman Andrew Yang at 3 percent. Both Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard , and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have the support of 2 percent of the Democratic primary voters, while the Rest of the candidates … received 1 percent support or less.”

Sanders, Floral take different approaches to California – AP: “No two Democratic presidential candidates make, how many resources in the fight for California as Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former New York mayor, and Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator. Sanders is marshaling its passionate volunteers, in order to win the biggest prize of the presidential primary season, while Bloomberg, comes with an almost unlimited checkbook after a late entry into the race. For now, the deployment of different strategies. Bloomberg focuses on TV advertising, long regarded as the best way, the voters in the state, the home of 40 million people, while Sanders focuses on the door-to-door election campaign on the ground. But they all have to do with the resources and plans, both, and sooner than most of their rivals.”

Warren, with the leaders of the tribe – WaPo: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) you will meet privately with tribal leaders the state of Oklahoma lose this weekend in their first trip in their home-as a presidential candidate, the last in a nearly three-year effort of Native Americans to their earlier claims that she was ” American Indian.’ Representatives from all of the approximately 40 federally recognized tribes in the state were invited to a round table meeting with Warren in Tulsa on Sunday morning, in front of the town hall meeting, hosting the evening in Oklahoma City. … Of the previously unreported meeting will focus on Warren’s agenda for aboriginal people and is part of a broader effort to highlight themes that are important to you. Warren is trying to blunt the criticism, she has, over the years, for the appropriation of native American culture by identifying as such, according to three people familiar with the meeting…”

Booker to run the first TV ad during the debate – Fox News: “He has not the stage, but many TV viewers on Thursday evening, the Democratic presidential primary debate will probably – and short – see, sen. Cory Booker. The senator from New Jersey to run the first TV ad of his Democratic campaign during the debate, which aired National on PBS and simulcast on cable TV of CNN. Booker’s campaign announced early on Thursday that its display is specially designed for the audience the mood of the debate, and will be seen in 22 TV markets across the country, including the four early primary and caucus States of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as well as in New York City, Washington DC and Los Angeles. In the 30-second spot, entitled ‘Together,’ Booker ‘jokes how long these things are? 30 seconds? Are you sure we can afford to do this can?'”

The brains behind the Biden-campaign – Political: “While most of the election campaigns produce, strategists and activists to high profile political characters in a years-long drama, you have probably never heard of Joe Biden’s brain trust. … But team Biden, a group of people, who navigates well him through 2019 is better than all of his opponents, and hold the candidates to the top of the national polls for the entire year, was largely invisible. Since the start of the Biden campaign, he relied on a core group of half a dozen people. … But if the upper ranks of the Biden-mounting operation at the campaign headquarters in Philadelphia, the Center City, the group looks a lot like Biden: old and white with a long experience in the Democratic party to a bygone era of battles. The average age of the six—Steve Ricchetti, Mike Donilon, Ron Klain, Biden, Valerie Owens, Bruce Reed , and Anita Dunn—is 62.”

MEADOWS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM CONGRESS
WaPo: “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N. C.), one of President Trump’s closest allies and most loyal defenders in Congress, announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election next year, but remain ‘in the fight’ with trump in a non-closer role. “For everything there is a season, meadows, said in a statement. ‘After the prayer and the discussion with the family, today I am announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress come to the end of this term.’ Meadows, a former Chairman of the conservative house freedom Caucus, has served in Congress since 2013, is to announce the 25 house Republicans, he will not be election next year to try again, according to a record by the house Press gallery. Meadows, 60, was for the position as the Trump-chief of staff in the last year, but Trump ultimately said to him, he wants him to stay on Capitol Hill.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Federal appeals court strikes down ObamaCare rule set up Supreme Court showdown – Fox News

AUDIBLE: UNDER THE HEAT
“There is room for every vote that we take. It is a kind of what we signed.” Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-S. C., after its first procedural vote on the impeachment, per Politico.

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PAW PATROL-TO THE RESCUE
BBC: “A three-year-old boy whose father suffered a seizure took a main road, on his toy truck alarm. Stefan Snowden, of Twenty, Lincolnshire, [England] covered a quarter of a mile on his Paw Patrol truck after his father, Marc, sick at home. He was then discovered by two women on the A151 main road as passing traffic beeped and drove round the youngster. Stefan later told police his ” daddy was bad.’ His mother, Carla Neve, 25, said Stefan had to get out of the apartment of the family, according to Mr. Snowden, 28, suffered a seizure on the sofa at home. “He loses consciousness, if he has a seizure,” she said, as she praised her son for his courage. ‘Stefan weiß, as it was said from the front door and to his truck,” the couple. TÜV Rachel Blackwell, of the Lincolnshire Police, also praised the women who stepped in to help… TÜV Blackwell added Mr. Snowden was now ‘doing fine’ and the family ‘so grateful for these two wonderful people’ that your son helped.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Bat meet of the spring on the left to the happier sound of the ball. The sound — what the President calls the American sound — makes the last a deadly trap against football. If the baseball exists, why football?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on Jan. 25, 1985.

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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