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DEMS TRY TO STAY IN THE OFFENSIVE
Politico: “house Democrats are plotting an all-out offensive against President Donald Trump , how to track an indictment request, the announcement of the plans on Sunday with the optimization of their messaging operation, and help vulnerable lawmakers, given the potential blowback in their districts. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies explained the strategy during a private conference call on Sunday afternoon. The plan reflects a deepening of the mood among the Democrats, that trump was able to convince the latest scandal in Ukraine, public support for the prosecution. But it is also long-standing concerns about stresses that a prosecution slide jeopardize some of the toss-up seats in the year 2020 could be contributed to the fact that the party wins the majority in the past year. … Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, who leads the house Democrats ” campaign arm, advised the group of the most vulnerable members, in order to measure, support, and test your message by polling in the respective districts…”

No recess impeachment pressure for house Dems – NYT: “Orange County was the epicenter of the 2018 house-democratic takeover, where the Republicans lost four seats in what was once the heart of Ronald Reagan – conservatism in California. On Saturday night, as the three of the victorious Democrats honored, a new battle was at an annual political dinner on everyone’s mind: How you can protect these profits in the year 2020, through the sale of voters on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. At the dinner, representatives of Harley Rouda warned Democrats not to ” rest on our laurels.’ Representative Mike Levin solemnly said: “times have found us.’ And representative Gil Cisneros, who came for the investigation, as recently as last week, with his campaign website twice to ask for donations and noted, ” The Republicans are after me now.” A difficult balancing act is well underway for house Democrats to double as they return to their districts for a two-week break is a crucial time for the design of a coast-to-coast debate on the impeachment, and the nation’s priorities.”

Pergram: Meanwhile, back at the House – Fox News: “The house Intelligence and judiciary committees, will put forth effort, behind-the-scenes to investigate and, eventually, crafting the actual indictment. More on this in a moment. … The subpoenas are part of a two-pillar strategy of the Democrats. Get serve the information, the indictment, or convert a rejection into an impeachment article itself. House Democrats say, the recess period is important, to educate the public about the impeachment process and gin up support for you.”

McConnell says, ‘no other choice’, but for the Senate to take charge – USA Today: “Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said on Monday that the Senate would have “no other choice” but to hold a study on whether to remove President Donald Trump out of the office, if the house votes to submit the indictment. The Kentucky Republican, told CNBC, that the obligation to hold a study is part of the Senate rules, and it would change a two-thirds majority of the chamber. “I would have no choice but to take it to a said, is based on a Senate rule on impeachment,’ McConnell. … While the Constitution provides for the responsibility of the holding company establishes a removal procedure in the hands of the Senate, there was an attempt some speculation that McConnell will refuse to hold one.”

Biden wants Giuliani-ban – NYT: “Joseph R. Biden Jr.‘s presidential campaign, contacted, top TV anchors and nets on Sunday “demand,” the Rudolph W. Giuliani, the President of Trump’s personal attorney, to be kept from the air, because of what you, as his misleading comments about the Biden family, and the Ukraine. ‘We write to you today with great concern, to book that you will continue to be Rudy Giuliani on their air spreading of false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,’ a pair of top-Biden campaign Advisor, Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield wrote in the letter. “Give Rudy Giuliani valuable time on the air, this slide is in the first place, it is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism,” the consultant wrote. The note, which was That of the New York Times, which was sent to executives and top political anchor at ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC, including the star-Interviewer like Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd and Chris Wallace.”

Trump’s scorched earth attacks off, some on his side – WaPo: “the Sunday began with President Trump, the former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, said he was ‘profoundly disturbed” by the implications of his call to the Ukrainian President, and ended with a GOP-Congressman Adam Kinzingersays one of trump’s tweets ” beyond disgusting.’ While key-rallied Republicans to the President of the defence, because the house Democrats, a charge request, opened last week, and ran out the framework for the day underlined the risk of a verb-earth-defense-strategy is based on an insistence that Trump has absolutely nothing wrong. The President runs the smashmouth playbook he learned of Roy Cohn, his mentor, and Joe McCarthy‘s hatchet man. It is the study of racial discrimination worked for Trump, from the fight against the Ministry of justice on his family the rental housing in the 1970s to overcome Bob Mueller investigation of the last two years.”

It is 1998 redux, but the economy play? – Politico: “The U.S. economy has sailed through a President’s impeachment before. In the year 1998, when the GOP-controlled house moves charges of President Bill Clinton, the stock market rose and the economy grew almost 5 percent. But the economists and the Wall Street-note the analysts, that the conditions to push quite differently than the Democrats to a possible impeachment of the President, Donald Trump. During the Clinton impeachment, the dot-com boom in the process, Americans are exuberant about the economy. To the brakes today, the economy, consumer confidence plunging, and corporate America is facing a gauntlet of concerns, including the trade war with China, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a slowdown in the growth of the world. And now investors, consumers and entrepreneurs, the prospect of a Washington consumed for months by the impeachment drama and the uncertain reactions of the volatile President with a penchant for lashing out under stress.”

THE SET OF RULES: R-A-P-E-C-T
“The claims of justice, both on one side and on the other hand, will enter into force, and must be fulfilled; the rights of humanity must in all cases be duly and mutually respected…” – James Madison, Federalist No. 43

TIME OUT: “THE JANUARY BELONGS TO KALE’
The Atlantic: “the January is one of the green cabbage. This annual cycle of vegetation is evident in the last decade of the Google Trends data, which is compiled, how often the Americans trawl the internet for information on certain terms. Since about 2011, when Gwyneth Paltrow taught the world, such as Kale chips on the Ellen show, green cabbage entered the cultural lexicon as a status symbol for a generation of young adults drawn to striking health-consciousness. … But Kale’s cultural omnipresence is not exactly what it seems. After the Kale briefly overtook spinach as America’s favorite cooked green in mid-2014 by Google to measure interest in kale has been steadily declining. The green digital assets are currently back to about where they were in the year 2011… search data are not the end-all-to-all-the measurement of popularity, but the more leads you follow, the more you will begin to question the narrative of Kale is domination. In fact, America may never have been in Kale in the first place.”

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 27,6 points, (↓ 0.6 points from last wk.)
Warren: 20,8 points (↑ 0.6 points from last wk.)
Sanders: 16 points (↑ 0.8 points from last wk.)
Harris: 6.6 points (↓ 0.6 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 5.4 points (↑ 0.4 points from last wk.)
[Mean values Quinnipiac University, Fox News, NBC News/WSJ, CNN, and ABC News/WaPo are:.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Approval: 43 Percent
The average of the rejection: 54%
Net Result: -11 Percent
Change from a week ago: ↑ 1 point
[Average, includes: Quinnipiac University: 40% approve, reject – 55%; Fox News: 45% approve, reject – 54%; NBC News/WSJ: 45% approve – 53% reject; Gallup: 43% approve – 54% lean; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapprove.]

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THORNBERRY AS TEXODUS MORE
Texas tribune: “U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2020, giving him the sixth GOP Congressman from Texas, to say he’s retired in the last few weeks. “It was a great honor for me, you represent the people of the 13th district of Texas for the last 25 years,” he said in a statement. “We are reminded, however, that” for everything there is a season, and I think the time has come for a change. So, I’m not a candidate for re-election in 2020 election.’ Thornberry includes five other Texas Republicans in Congress not running for re-election — U.S. Reps. Kenny Marchant, Pete Olson, Mike Conaway, Will Hurd , and Bill Flores. But Thornberry’s exit is a little different than other Republicans of ” shocking retirements in the course of the summer. The last remaining Texan from the class of 1994, and the Dean of the GOP delegation, Thornberry was expected by many to retire soon. He is in his post, the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee in January 2021, thanks to Republican term limits for Committee chairs.”

BOOKER BEATS ITS BENCHMARK
Fox News: “democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker says he has achieved his self-set funding goal to continue his White house bid. “I have some incredible news for you, friend. Last night around 8:16 p.m., we reached our goal of $1.7 million — a full day before the deadline, we ask ourselves, ” the Democrat from New Jersey, the Mail wrote in an E-to supporters on Monday morning. “Thanks to this wave of support, we see a viable way in the future to continue to grow a winning campaign. I’m a guest in this race and I’m winning in it,’ Booker said. … Top-of-Booker-consultants have warned that while the campaign can continue in the current size and strength, it needs more resources if it wants to expand and compete with the top-tier democratic nomination rivals.”

Bern has its Shine lost – Politically: “With only four months until the first-in-the-nation Caucasus, [Bernie] Sanders is in trouble. So he delivered his populist gospel to large amounts of camouflage-clad students, liberal arts college students, and members of a trade Union about Iowa last week, is a problematic narrative was hardening around him: His campaign is in disarray, and Elizabeth Warren has urged him as the progressive standard -bearer in the primary. He sunk to third place at the national level, behind Warren and Joe Biden, and some polls in the early nominating States, showing him holding double-digit growth. He is shaken, his staffs in Iowa and New Hampshire. He lost the support of the working families party, a left group that supported him in 2016, Warren. … Sanders is still a top-tier candidate, and many voters have not decided yet. But to run the time begins shortly.”

Biden recall digital ads – NYT: “Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign, has significantly scaled back its online advertising expenditure to reduce, so strong it is since August that he will now invest only a fraction of what its top competitors are on Facebook and Google, the two dominant internet platforms. In a race where many voters are following politics on their smartphones, Mr. Biden’s pullback is an unusual and potentially troubling sign about his appeal to Democratic activists, young people and donors, particularly engaged in the social media. The candidates rarely withdraw as much money from their online campaigns, unless you see the weak results in the online-fundraising, according to interviews with digital strategists.”

Biden looks for the Hispanic Caucus to break his way – Politically: “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has remained largely out of the presidential primary so far — partly out of respect for Julián Castro, the only Latino in the race and the brother of CHC Chairman Joaquin Castro. But with Julian, surveys approximately 1 percent languish at the bottom of the support, at least a handful of the group are Biden 38 members on the sidelines of the announcement of their support for Joe, according to sources familiar with the effort. Your effect could be a shot of adrenaline in a Democratic competition, where most of the campaigns are fighting to win over the Hispanic voters — a Block that has a key role in the early state of Nevada and the Super Tuesday. … Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris currently leading the democratic primary field in the CHC notes with a three-piece.”

Dems head to K-Street fund convention – Politico: “Two top agents of planning of the Democratic party of the “Europe 2020” convention in Milwaukee, went to K Street last week to pitch the lobbyists on their plans for the 70-million-Dollar event. Against the background of the Democratic primaries, it was an awkward pairing for the representative of the special interests meet with top Democrats, while the party’s leading presidential candidates to refuse corporate PAC and lobbyist cash. But Democratic National Committee officials explained during the meeting how companies can help foot the bill for the Convention, regardless of who the candidate is, dealing with some of the lobbyists’ concerns that a missionary to refuse dessert-try-left candidate like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren could, of corporate money, embarrassing to the sponsors of the Convention. The DNC does not plan the repayment of the company-the money donated is going to the Convention regardless of the nominee, the Congress-CEO Joe Solmonese told POLITICO.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Markey comes hot in the Senate re-election campaign against Kennedy – Political

Federal judge blocks Trump admin, the intention of the fast-track deportations – Politico

AUDIBLE: QUAAAAAAAAAACK
“It seemed to perish.” – Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., talk about a duck, which you accidentally hit with a golf ball, per CNN.

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DON’T GET SIDEWAYS WITH THIS BEAR
NY Post: “A black bear with a discerning palate was used caught on camera munching on grapes in a California vineyard – but only picking those for Pinot Noir, according to a report. Video shows the refined mammalian pounding to Navarro Vineyards in Philo, Calif., and stop to pick up the Pinot Noir vines – ignoring the eight other grape varieties grown on the vineyard. ‘He will go for the premium fruit,’ Aaron Bennett, co-owner of the family company, told the Los Angeles Times. The alcohol-loving animal has been with the vineyard as his personal snack bar for years, but the business has only recently caught the fiend in the act on the security footage. ‘Navarro’ s taste-tester is back to ‘when the gettin’ posted, well,” business on Facebook last week, along with security footage of bears. … The bear can be pulled, the specific grapes, because they grew up in a secluded part of the vineyard. Or maybe he’s just good taste has said Bennett.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
Meg Greenfield was a wonderful journalist, editor and writer. Washington, journalism, and American politics will sorely miss the mind and the pen. I also. But most of all, I’m going to miss from the heart.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on may 24, 1999.

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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