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Sen. Al Franken, to make communication on Thursday
Two more women accuse the Democratic senator from Minnesota from sexual misconduct; to give democratic U.S. senators call for Swiss francs; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.
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On the roster: Dems cornering GOP creeps – Trump talks tough ahead of Friday’s shutdown deadline – Bannon hits Romney on Mormon faith – claim: Flynn texted nuclear plans at the inauguration – If you’re too good
DEMS CORNERING GOP ON CREEPS
Democrats will win the arms race on the handling of mighty men, the act of women abuse.
But it will benefit you at the ballot box?
With a clumsiness, the as a trademark for his entire reaction to the allegations of sexual misconduct levied against him, the soon-to-be-former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., responded to calls from his fellow Senate Democrats to cancel today, he said, he had a press conference on Thursday.
If he was still working for Lorne Michaels, the Swiss franc has been made would be to cut this sketch is much shorter.
Whether or CHF, occurs in the public comments, with a press release, or by semaphore from the roof of the Union Station, it doesn’t matter. He can ask John Conyers: resigned is resigned.
Still, Nevada Congressman Ruben Kihuen. He has a novel defense for his behavior with the argument that he can resign to refuse, in spite of the requirements that his party is the leader, because you knew that about him before.
Kihuen the adoption of the Trumpian standard, that is to say, that all past misdeeds are covered by an in-between choice. Kihuen may be able to do some damage to Nancy Pelosi , on his way through the highlighting of their hypocrisy for backing him for re-election despite alleged knowledge of his misdeeds. But he will also go.
Whether it’s Wilbur Mills or Bob Packwood , or Larry Craig, it can take some time, but you usually go, Ted Kennedy notwithstanding.
Forced, in view of their many sins of the past, in significant part, because Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand , D-NY was ready to confront the now-wheezing Clinton machine, Democrats in the house to clean.
We don’t want to be cynical, and certainly believe that Gillibrand and who sounded Franken & co. are sincere. But there is also the consideration for Democrats on how best to use the brains of Republicans that do not yet been able to beat, similar to the cleaning of the rooms.
Like what the New York Post has a perfectly synchronized “pervnado” has wreaked destruction through the bastions of power, from Hollywood to Manhattan to Capitol Hill, the Republicans mostly stayed in the root cellar.
This is partly understandable, as the storm really started with the accusations against then-candidate Donald Trump.
Our collective memory places a lot of importance to Trump the cruel hot-mic humor women by their genitals. But what’s really trump in trouble, the women came forward to accuse him of misconduct. What Trump said Billy Bush was the only explanation.
As you recall, many Republicans, including the party Chairman, did what the Democrats do now, and demanded that Trump left the race, took a step to the side so that Mike Pence, of the run. If Trump is the Republicans, waited for a small, according to what they assumed would be a retaliatory wrath of female voters in November.
The rage that materialized never complete. Trump-elected, and Republicans in General, she came to embrace Trump’s point of view, if it did not matter enough to voters him the choice-then the issue was settled.
As the followers of the Apocalypse-cult, trump, disappointed Republicans decry had to go back to real life.
This embarrassment of the party, whopperjawed on the Problem of sexual misconduct. The same people who lost at that time, the two House speakers and the accused, a President on this stuff, the nerve.
Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold is still sitting, is that the people of Lockhart in corpus Christi in spite of sticking the taxpayers with the bill for his own misadventures with his former communications director.
And Trump is trumped by his party on the role of Roy Moore, the Senate nominated in the state of Alabama, who famously defended his amorous interest in the teenager, who as a Prosecutor with the note that he always asked her mother’s permission.
What the Democrats can see clearly now, is that if you want to be able to Trump and his party on these issues is to be effective, they must be flawless, on the topic. You remember how Trump used, of the many alleged abuse of power by Bill Clinton blunt the accusations against him. This time you don’t want to have the marbles, you call the President and other Republicans.
What we don’t know yet is whether the voters react differently than they did last year? Pervnado has changed the way Americans do business, but will it change how you vote?
We get a look into the future next week in Alabama.
THE RULES: MILD, MEDIUM OR HOT?
“…a principle, in short, if you want to run, substitute the violent and sanguinary Agency of the sword to the mild influence of the magistracy.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15
TIME-OUT: BOOMTOWN BUST
NYT: “Chicago in the year 1850 … [had] nearly 30,000 people. Within two decades, it was 10 times as large. Within two decades, the number tripled was triple. 1910, Chicago, … had more than two million inhabitants. … But … to its migration behavior as the fed Chicago collapsed in America today. Interstate mobility nationwide has years of slows down in the course of the last 30. But, to be more precise, and more cause for concern, the migration stalled in the very places with the most opportunity. As Mr Schleicher, it is not, the local economic boom create boom towns in America. … The places that are booming in the size are not the economic boomtowns,… In theory, we would expect that these metros such as the Bay Area, Boston and New York, to its rapid growth, there attract people from regions with high unemployment and meager wages to those with high salaries and the strong labour market. We do not see such a pattern indicates that something is wrong fundamentally. The magnets don’t work.”
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TRUMP TALKS TOUGH AHEAD OF FRIDAY’S DEADLINE TO SHUT DOWN
AP: “President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend, because the Democrats demanded that the” illegal immigrants pour into our country,’ throw incendiary rhetoric in a partisan showdown, had signs of loosening. Trump’s comments risked stirring up a White house meeting with congressional leaders of both parties planned for Thursday aimed at averting a shutdown, and sorting by year-end disputes over the budget, immigration and other topics. With money for Federal authorities plan a law by Congress this week funding the government through Dec. to be running at midnight on Friday, the Republican leader- 22. Would giving bargainers time to work through your disagreements, but you need the Democratic votes in order to be successful. Democrats have to pass with your leverage, the spending increases for health care, infrastructure and other domestic programs that would fit, increases the Republicans want for the defense.”
Tax lawyers to find cracks in the tax-bill – Politico: “Republican” tax-and-rewrite-plans are riddled with errors, gaps and other potential problems, which plague could the legislature long after their legislation signed into law. Some of the provisions could easily say gamed, tax lawyers. Their plans to cut taxes on “pass-through” companies could, in particular, to open wide opportunities for tax evasion. Others would keep unwanted results, such as a last-minute decision by the Senate to the alternative minimum tax, which is designed to ensure that the rich and businesses is not a flight control. For many companies, that would negate the value of a popular break for expenditure on research and development.”
New Jersey GOPers are trying to undo a tax increase, and Politically: “With many New Jersey taxpayers likely to be hit hard by the tax cut bill making its way through Congress, a bipartisan House duo from the garden state proposes a “shot”. Republicans-Rep. Leonard Lance and the Democratic Republic of the Josh God Heimer announced a proposal to the house of the conciliation Committee to save the state and local tax deduction, or SALT, in its entirety, under the bill would be reduced to $10,000. … Lance and God Heimer both well-heeled suburban districts, where many homeowners are paying over $10,000 per year in property taxes alone.”
Is falling apart ObamaCare fix? – Axios: “Only a few weeks, the Affordable Care Act stabilization bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray looked like a common-sense fix with a decent shot on its way into the Congress” big end-of-the-year package. But that was before the Republicans were on the verge of repealing the individual mandate. Now the bill is being eroded on every front. … [Sam Baker] asked some of the smartest experts on the question of whether you prefer to enter this new reality, with or without Alexander Murray. They agreed — it is better to take your chances, without higher premium instead of keeping the subsidies. … Not the Wall Street Journal reported that it participates in the two-week spending bill to the Congress this week…”
MCCONNELL IS NOT BUDGING ON MOORE MONEY
Politico: “Senate Republicans continue to try to distance, to keep from Roy Moore, the creation of a fresh break-up with President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, which re-embraced Moore less than a week before a key special-Senate-election despite the allegations of child abuse against the Alabama Republican. Both the National Republican Senate Committee and the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC controlled by allies of Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that they plan to stay in the competition. Several Republican senators are angry with the RNC protested the decision on Tuesday. To block but there is a clear feeling of resignation among the GOP senators who have tried Moore to win the race in the knowledge that explicit kindness has left a seal of of Trump no good options in the Dec. 12-competition. McConnell has confirmed that he has no force Moore out of the race.”
Contradictions surface in terms of how Moore and wife hit – WashEx: “Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s account of when he began dating his wife, Kayla would be the start of their courtship prior to her divorce from her first husband, according to court documents. … On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Examiner asked Moore campaign to explain apparent contradictions between his account of his relationship with Kayla Kisor and information in the public records. … Moore claims in his 2005 book, “So help Me God’ met Kayla in a Church, the Assembly in the week before Christmas in 1984.”
Jones calls the recent sex scandal in the call reject Moore – AL.com: “In a major speech on Tuesday in the week before election day, Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones urged Alabama voters, across the political party with the delivery of your ballot and the election is a referendum on Roy Moore’s character. “We need to us the voters, the parents, not the. We will tell our daughters when they are misused-and if you speak, she thought, and Alabama will be with you, no matter when you come to the front?’ Jones said in a speech via a live Stream on its Facebook page. “Or we tell our young sons to this behavior, this annoying behavior is OK?’ … In his speech, Jones noted that former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was forced to resign earlier this year on charges of an alleged affair with his senior political adviser.”
Flake gets Sassed – WashTimes: “sen. Ben Sasse criticized fellow Republicans Sen. Jeff Flake for a political donation to the Democratic Alabama Senate candidate, Doug Jones, as a protest against embattled GOP candidate Roy Moore, is calling the stunt-and a ‘bad idea.’ “This donation is a bad idea,’ Mr Sasse, of Nebraska, tweeted on Wednesday. “It is possible, BOTH against partial birth abortion AND child abuse. Fortunately, most Americans are.’… Mr Sasse said Mr. Jones, and Mr. Moore should have both bad choices for Alabama, and Mr. Flake from Arizona, just stayed out of it.”
BANNON HITS ROMNEY ON MORMON FAITH
WaPo: “Former White house political strategist Stephen K. Bannon rallied for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, by the selection of other fight with a character from the so-called Republican establishment: 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity, the pinkie finger than your entire family has said in its DNA, ‘bannon, in his 30-minute speech at the Oak Hollow Farm. “You hid behind your religion. She went to France to be a missionary, while boys to die in rice paddies in Vietnam. Don’t talk to me about honor and integrity,” he said, referring to Romney’s Mormon faith. Romney, one of the many Republicans, who called Moore to finish the race in the last month, had another swing to the candidate, after President Trump supported officially him. As all but one of those Republicans — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — Romney criticized Moore without the urging of voters to support his Democratic rival.”
Ohmy… Conway says Trump, Romney had a ‘wonderful’ talk – WashTimes: “Kelly Anne Conway said on Wednesday that President trump, and Mitt Romney have a good relationship, but she declined to say whether the President would support, the former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate in a possible Senate run in Utah. “She had a wonderful conversation, according to President Trump. They discussed, among other things, what President Trump has cuts the day before in Utah, national monuments, and talk about historical control, and the like,’ Mrs. Conway, Advisor to the President, said on CNN. She said that the President and Mr. Romney spoke late on Tuesday, but said, if Mr would support Trump Mr. Romney to run in a possible Senate. Mrs. Conway said that the current Utah sen. Orrin Hatch has no decision on his plans, and until then the President would not show support for other candidates.”
TRUMP CALLS JERUSALEM CAPITAL OF ISRAEL
Fox News: “President Trump on Wednesday formally Jerusalem recognizes as the capital of Israel, and say, it’s time to ‘confirm the obvious,” he ordered to move the State Department to begin the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I have found that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,’ the President said during a speech in the Diplomatic reception room of the White house. The movement fulfilled a campaign promise to the religious conservatives. But it can also ignite tensions across the Middle East. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,’ Trump said. “It is also the right thing to do. It is something that needs to be done.’ Trump paid tribute to the resistance of other countries in the Middle East, his decision, said Vice-President Mike Pence – ‘travel in the region” in the coming days. … During his remarks, Trump said he is still committed to a peace Treaty between the two sides.”
Continetti: ‘Why President Trump is right to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel’ – Free Beacon: “It is one of the most daring moves of all US-presidents since the beginning of the Oslo ‘peace process’ in 1993. This process broke down in Camp David in 2000, when Yasir Arafat rejected President Clinton‘s offer of a Palestinian state. And the process has been forgotten since then… This is the reason why the warnings of Trump’s critics, his decision to wreck the peace process is hollow. It is to destroy any peace process. The conflict is frozen. And the biggest obstacles to the resumption of negotiations is to be found, not in US or Israeli policy, but in the Palestinian autocracy, corruption and incitement to hatred. … President Trump has no background in, or admiration for, the routines, manners and norms of the U.S. foreign service… This has enabled him to state clearly the fact to avoid the other rather…”
Richard Cohen: “American Jews against Israel’ – WaPo: “When I was a kid, I went door-to-door in my neighborhood asking for donations to the Jewish National Fund, best known for his Israel-afforestation program. … When I went to my neighbors today, my imaginary grove could be infertile. Of all areas of the business in relation to Israel — Arabs vs. Jews, etc. — perhaps the most consequential in the long run, the gap between American Jews and the policies of the Netanyahu government. This does not mean that the American Jews largely in line with the Democratic and liberal — no more support for Israel. You have to do. But this support is conflicted, full of concern and dismay, and, increasingly, among the younger generation, sometimes almost non-existent.”
CLAIM: FLYNN TEXTED NUCLEAR PLANS AT THE INAUGURATION
Politically: the “Congress-Democrats said on Wednesday they have evidence of a secret whistleblower within minutes of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the national security Advisor, Michael Flynn, sent assurances to former business partners, a plan for the construction of nuclear reactors on the Middle East was good to go.” Democrats on the house oversight committee, said in a letter dated Wednesday that a whistleblower reported that participation in an inauguration day event with the Flynn’s former business partner , Alex Copson, managing partner of ACU’s Strategic partners. The whistleblower, said Copson raved that Trump the inauguration was ‘the best day of my life”, because it meant that his company was the effort to create a U.S.-Russia energy partnership in the Middle East, according to reports, more than two dozen nuclear power plants in the region, would have to move forward.”
Trump Jr asked for info about the Clinton Foundation, NBC News: “Donald Trump Jr, asked a Russian lawyer who in June of 2016, Trump Tower meeting, whether they had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in written answers to questions, exclusively by ABC News. The lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the Committee that they do not have such evidence, and that she believes that Trump incorrectly understood the nature of the meeting after the receipt of the E-Mails from a music promoter promising incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, his Democratic opponent. Once, it was not obvious that you have useful information about Clinton, Trump seemed to lose interest, Veselnitskaya said, and the meeting petered out.”
Control for the bank of Russia gang, supported trump – WSJ: “the Deutsche Bank received a subpoena earlier in the fall of the US special counsel Robert Mueller ‘ s office in relation to individuals or entities associated with President Donald Trump, according to a person informed about the matter. The subpoena requested documents and data on accounts and other business relations tied to relationships with Mr. Trump and people close to him, the person said. … Ty Cobb, the White house chief lawyer dealing with Russia in the investigation, said bank records of Mr Trump and his family were not subpoenaed. “Earlier reports today about subpoenas for financial records relating to the President and his family are false,” … the relationship of the German Bank, Mr. Trump goes back decades. Since 1998, the lender has led, participated in, or loans in the amount of at least $ 2.5 billion to companies associated with Mr Trump…, Deutsche Bank is exposed to, the ongoing questions about a series of Russian occupations, the carefully tested in several studies in the United States and Europe…”
Nunes to receive texts, which cost an FBI agent his post on Muller’s team – Fox News: “The Ministry of justice is in the process of handing over of the House Intelligence Committee, the anti-Trump-text-messages, got a key FBI officials removed of Robert Müller-Russia, probe, Fox News has learned — a step that, if the plate weighs a possible contempt resolution. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had claimed that text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and Lisa page, an FBI lawyer, with whom Strzok was in a relationship. Both were part of the Müller-Russia team at the time. Page has assigned, in the meantime, back at the FBI, and Strzok was new to the FBI, the HR-Department after the discovery of the anti-Trump texts. … A source familiar with the discussions between the DOJ and the house panel, told Fox News on Tuesday that Nunes was assured that these messages will be turned over in the coming days.”
Democrats move to defend, Müller against Trump ally – Political: “Democrats are making a fresh push to defend, special counsel Robert Müller as conservatives escalate their political attack on the Russia-investigators. President Donald Trump-allies in recent days have reiterated their attacks on Müller amid reports that a top Deputy, acted anti-Trump texts over the summer that prove what they claim is a festering bias. … The developments are new alarms among Democrats, Trump could Flirt to follow through on his past with burn Mueller, although the Republicans say that they don’t see an urgent need for the protection of the special counsel. … Advance of the Müller-assurance certificates is an “absolutely necessary” step after the confession of Michael Flynn, Sen. , Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in an interview.”
John Conyers III arrested earlier this year for domestic violence suspicion – NBC News
Kirstjen Nielsen officially confirmed as the new Homeland Security secretary – Political
AUDIBLE: IT IS ALSO ABOUT THE VOICES…
“Like I said, it comes to Democrats, this is what is democracy. It is not about Republicans, it is the fate of our Republic.” – Rep. Al Green , in a memo to his house colleagues of his resolution to accuse trump. The legislature elected immediately to effectively kill his resolution today.
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IF YOU’RE TOO GOOD
Page Six: “A dog ran amok in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s” Cats ” this week. Spies at the Neil Simon Theatre tell us, for a member of the audience is a service dog ” got away from its owner and ran after [the character] Bombalurina, performed by actress Mackenzie Warren, in the opening number.’ Fortunately, a fast-moving usher ‘intervened and returned the wayward dog to his aggrieved owner.’ A spokesman for the mega-musical, confirmed the incident and added, ” In the turbulent history of the ‘cats’ this is the first time, if one of the actual cats was involved in an incident with a dog. We are pleased to report that no animals or people were harmed in the dust, and the performance went without a hitch.'”
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? Sign up here.
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