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Flake forces the GOP leadership to pause, press Kavanaugh
Senate judiciary Committee advances Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in the party-line vote, such as Sen. Jeff Flake seeks delay; and chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.
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FLAKE & CO. YOU TRY TO TAME PARTISAN WILDFIRE
Who knew that the staging of high-pressure-gladiators-struggle between emotionally ragged individuals on national television would be a good way to have a Supreme court?
Republicans are angry today because at least three of their senators have announced that they would not vote for the confirmation of judge Brett Kavanaugh , the high court until after the FBI had of the completion of an investigation into the claims of a woman who says he sexually abused her in 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17.
The GOP plan was to keep the Thursday attack of a single battle between Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, to declare the matter unknowable and you can proceed to a confirmation vote as soon as possible.
That was a good plan, as long as at least 50 of the 51 Republicans in the Senate were willing to take this unusual approach, the expression of deep concern and sympathy, but nothing else about them.
There was a good reason for you to think that it would be the unity of the party. Democrats had disreputably traded in their processing of the original charges against Kavanaugh – hide the load and licks it up were carried out after the first hearings, and long after the background investigation was completed.
In a tit-for-tat sense to get Democrats deserves to be, overwhelmed. The Republicans could your conscience, calm in the knowledge that it is Democrats miss Ford had had during the majority member of the judiciary Committee tried to give her a fair hearing.
But this morning, Sen. Jeff Flake, a lame-duck Republican from Arizona, announced he would hold back its final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, unless and until the FBI is investigating the claims. Flake was soon joined fellow Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. With three members of the blockade, Kavanaugh’s nomination was not.
For the same Democrats that the stunt was pulled with Ford’s statement, this immediately sounded like good news. More time means more opportunities to defeat Kavanaugh. We have already seen, other allegations about a number of seriousness and credibility, so you’re wrong in your assumption.
The Republicans are wrong in the assumption that what is always finds the FBI is likely to be quite satisfactory on both sides.
But as we thought about the long-term consequences, also here it can be, a Democrat, has been the Flake joined the brigade, the most important thing. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia in a bad political bind. He is one of the most Republican States in the country and one in which a survey by a pro-Kavanaugh group, the 58 percent support for the nomination, including more than half of the female voters.
Now, the President, Trump has agreed to meet the demands of the holdouts and to the FBI insight into the claims we restored the possibility of that was gone after the Thursday hearing.
If Kavanaugh is disabled, or even be found plausible in his denials, Manchin, and maybe other red-state Democrats ‘ support for the final confirmation.
After a week of some of the most miserable, bitter partisanship that we have seen in today’s time, this sudden, delayed eruption of bipartisanship can not only help you save some frayed fibers of the Senate, but also get help from the appreciation for the Supreme court.
Neither hard-line Democrats, and the hardline Republicans will be satisfied with this solution, but it is a kind of power, the politics, all of their own.
THE RULES: $
“The importance of THE Union, in a commercial light, is one of those points, about which there is little room to entertain a difference of opinion, and has, in fact, the General consent of men, who have no acquaintance with the subject.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 11
TIME-OUT: MANY, MANY MAYA
Discover magazine: “From the top, the vastness of the Guatemalan jungle extends to the horizon in a continuous strip of dense green. … But step through the go under of wood in the Northern Guatemalan lowlands, the buried remains of the ancient Mayan civilization. The jungle hidden fields, roads, canals, and even entire settlements. And that civilization just got a whole lot bigger. Thousands of previously hidden structures recently uncovered in Central America thanks to a powerful technology, known as LiDAR. And now, a new estimate of the Maya population on the basis of these surveys suggest that as many as 11 million people once lived in the region as a whole. The LiDAR analysis also shows that Mayan cities and the surrounding settlements, urban sprawl for miles around the town centres, connected by a network of roads and dense networks of farm fields. First publication earlier this year, scientists report that a LiDAR survey has revealed the unprecedented size of over 60,000 new structures on more than 800 square miles in the Petén region of Northern Guatemala.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 42.8 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52.8 percent
Net Score: -10 Points
Change from a week ago: up to 5.4 points
[On average contains: Pew Research Center: 40% approve – 55% lean; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 49% reject; Gallup: 40% approve – 56% lean; Fox News: 46% approve – 52% lean; NBC/WSJ: 44% approve – 52% disapprove.]
Control of the house
Republican Average: 42 Percent
Democratic means: 50.2 percent
Advantage: Democrats plus 8.2 points
Change from a week ago: the democratic advantage down 2.2 points
[On average contains: Pew Research Center: 52% Dems 42% GOP; NPR/PBS/Marist: 48% Dems 41% GOP; Gallup: 51% of Dems and 42% GOP; Fox News: 49% Dems 42% GOP; NBC/WSJ: 51% of Dems, 43% of GOP.]
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RECORDS GILLUM CONFIRM TIED TO CRIMINAL PROBE
Politico: “the travel records in relation to democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum with an “active criminal investigation” and not to be published, unredacted by the state, according to an audit with the Florida Department of Highway and motor vehicles. … The list shows Gillum records was accessed 106 times, but a vast majority were defaced, by the Department, and not specific information provided could be. … Gillum, who is the mayor of Tallahassee, has long been dogged by an FBI investigation into the city’s community Redevelopment Agency. Gillum accused in the past of misconduct as part of the probe, and said publicly, that the agents told him, he is not a target of the investigation. However, he has been on more than one occasion, adopted directly with the man now that an undercover FBI agent who led the investigation.”
Candidates in Ryan’s district are struggling, and manufacturing neckties – WaPo: “Who has the most manufacturing street cred in this Wisconsin house race? House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in the retirement, and the main party contenders for his seat are Randy Bryce, mustachioed iron workers and the democratic candidate, and Bryan Steil, a lawyer and former Ryan aide runs as the Republican. Steep in its display, the wearing of protection appears briefly in a factory days glasses, as the sparks fly in the background, and speaks of the ” work in production.’ Bryce, in his own ad features a woman gets Steep, a liar who ‘has not produced anything in his life.'”
McCaskill, Sinema attend the fundraiser, triggered by anti-Trump donor – Fox News: “Endangered red-state Democrats vying for the U.S. Senate to be the seats to a $2,000-per-guest fundraiser hosted by a prominent Democratic donor, called on President trump supporters ‘traitors’ implicit conservative ideas were “low IQ” and suggested that the members of the GOP were members of the KKK. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat running in Arizona, and Claire McCaskill, a sitting senator in Missouri, is participating in the fundraiser on Friday in Edwardsville, Ill., hosted by Jeff Cooper, a St. Louis-area legal representatives turned football executive, at a state dinner at the Obama White House in 2011.”
The centrists split of Paulson ‘s appeal: “Erik Paulsen has a survivor. IfHillary Clinton conducted the Minnesota 3. District in the last cycle, by 9 points, the Republican Congressman won re-election by 14 points. So, how is it that the five-term lawmaker is in trouble in this year against a well-funded moderate Democrat? The short answer is: President: Donald Trump. … For Paulsen, the choice faced again with a Republican in the White house, that could be enough to turn from his district in the infamous ticket-splitting voters. Waiting for him in November is the democratic businessman Dean Phillips, a first-time candidate, the trump to be selected as fuel for his campaign, but didn’t really talk a lot about the President. Instead, Phillips takes the fight directly to Paulsen, accusing him of being an inaccessible representatives caught up in a corrupt political system. A New York Times upshot/Siena College poll earlier this month gave Phillips a 9-point edge. No page published polling, but Democrats are optimistic that the race is moving in your direction.”
Delaware poll shows blowout races in the Senate, the house – Delaware Online: “the Incumbent Democrats Sen. Tom Carper and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, and holds a clear lead over their respective Republican challengers, six weeks before the election, according to a new survey from the University of Delaware center for Political communication. The survey showed that Carper wins about 61 percent of likely voters compared to 24 percent for the Republican Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett– the largest margin to the centre in the course of the last three legislative periods. … Of Rochester is one of the leading Republican Scott Walker by a slim margin of 58-28, with 15 percent of voters undecided. The 30-point difference in the house races might be the more surprising result. The Delaware GOP on Thursday to deny Walker after a series of Facebook posts, in which the 61-year-old Milford candidate Blunt Rochester – Delaware is called the first black or female members of Congress – an ‘aunt Tom’ and accusing the top state Democratic officials racist.”
House heads until after the election, a symbolic reduction in taxes – CNBC: “A three-bill legislative package, known as the tax reform 2.0, the disabled, the GOP-dominated house during voting on Thursday and Friday. While the legislation is expected to be dead on arrival in the Senate suggested some changes to the pension scheme could remain in the game. Among other changes, the bills recently enacted tax cuts for individuals would make, durable, expand the retirement and education accounts and create tax-advantaged Universal Savings Accounts. While supporters say that the second round of tax cuts would lead, to a continuation of the economic growth, critics point to $627 billion Euro price over the next 10 years, based on an analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation. This is on top of the $1.5 trillion that past cuts are expected to cost in the same period. … That bill, would remove the retirement Enhancement Security Act (S. 2526), the 70½ age limit for contributions to traditional individual retirement accounts and would make it easier for small companies that together offer the band to a 401(k) plans, among other provisions.”
FREEDOM CAUCUS WINS IN HILL GRILLING FOR ROSENSTIEN
WaPo: “house Republicans have decided, deputy attorney general staff. J. Rosenstein back to Capitol Hill and subpoena him if he didn’t show, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N. C.), who tweeted early Friday that it reached an agreement with the GOP leadership for the plan. “Leadership on demand Rod J. Rosenstein agreed prior to the Congress . . . so he can explain his alleged comment on “wiring” the POTUS wrote to meadows, like the other inconsistent statements, refers to President Trump.’If Mr Rosenstein does not appear, we will subpoena him.’ The representative of the speaker of the house of representatives Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and government Reform Committee chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S. C.) did not immediately respond to requests for comment.”
More subpoenas – WaPo: “The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Thursday for former FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe‘s memo and the supporting documents that the FBI used, the application of the implementation of the surveillance on the former trump campaign consultant Carter page. Republicans requested the McCabe-memos from the justice Ministry, over the summer, and we were told that they would not be divided according to several legislators. But the revelation last week that McCabe suggested in his notes that the Deputy attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein , a recording of President Trump , in an apparent effort to remove him from office, and put new urgency behind the GOP’s request to see the documents. Rosenstein denied that he made such a suggestion.”
Judge, the claim about Trump’s finances can go rules – WaPo
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to serve in office – LAT
Problem solvers Caucus makes bid for rules change – The hill
Cicilline makes a play for the leadership of the post – Roll Call
AUDIBLE: STILL BETTER THAN A MAN BUN
“[The President] took hold of me more than I grabbed him, okay? Anyway, there are no hugs. You know how to do guys the you come across.” – Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., in an interview with GQ magazine.
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THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY, AND CALAMINE LOTION
WLS-TV: “Pesky mosquitoes, brought a high-speed police chase to end in Wisconsin, Fond du Lac County. The mosquitoes are pretty abundant lately in Central Wisconsin thanks to the recent rain and flooding, but they bugged a guy so much, he preferred that of the police. It all started when a man allegedly three bottles of Jägermeister stole on Tuesday at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Campbell sport, Wisconsin, and was captured on video surveillance. Manager Kevin Harvey saw him loading up a cart with more than $1,400 of alcohol. … Harvey chased him from the store, but the getaway driver, John Wilson, drove off and caused a 3-mile chase. The thief tucked and rolled out of the vehicle while hunting. However, Wilson then parked and ran into a cornfield. Police surrounded the area, but the mosquitoes were on the prowl. It was so bad that the police were in search of bug spray for yourself, said chiefThomas thorn brook, the Campbell sports police. … An hour later, Wilson put his hands and surrendered, he said, he could not stand, and swarms of mosquitoes.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Like I said, this is all about raw power. In the case of the Democrats it had, you used it. The Republicans today are saying completely justified, you will not allow this to outgoing President to tilt the balance of the Supreme Court. The matter should be decided by the upcoming elections. Someone has doubts that the Democrats would indeed be exactly that if the circumstances were reversed?” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) write in the Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2016.
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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