History reasserts itself


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On the roster: the story reasserts itself – It is the day of the election for the real – Power Play: GOP eyes of member States for health insurance on the agenda for the Senate panel about Russian interference – If he offers you an Apple, say no

The story has an impeccable timing. Just when we think that we have found to come the shape of things – blam-o!

Today is the assassination of Russia’s Ambassador in Turkey is looming over our screens, to the strains of Franz Ferdinand and Gavrilo Princip. Maybe we remember today, filming in a century, so clearly, as we now Ferdinand memorize ‘ s death in Sarajevo?


Maybe Russia will use the assassination as a pretext for the attack on Turkey. Maybe the NATO is drawn itself into the conflict, as one of its members is under fire. Perhaps, President-elect, Donald Trump takes office with a real war. Or, maybe, the enemy forces will be involved to find a way to talk through it, without spinning, until all of the warheads.

The word “maybe” is a difficult question for the people. We yearn for certainty and predictability, the false promises, all the more in this era of smart-technology and pre-programmable of life.

All of us, especially the Americans, want the Ron Popeil : “set it and forget it.” But the events that matter, our decisions are important, and our ration of time increases, never decreases: it is always a day.

To understand how bad the people are, predict the future, considering what today is happening in statehouses all over the country. Members of the election Committee to free the election of 2016, out of their misery.

And then remember what happened on this date in 1998.

Hillary Clinton‘s post-White House book, Living History, and while they certainly lived a lot of it, your knack for prediction, there seems to be little improved by the experience.

Clinton goes down to the accused to the release of their last official defeat, exactly 18 years to the day after her husband was. They marched arm-in-arm with him on the South Lawn, to overcome the for a now historic press conference, in which he can rise to the famous promise “the resentment, the pain and division, a repairer of the breach.”

[Ed. Note: Yeah, about that…]

The two-count indictment approved by the house on Dec. 19, 1998 – perjury for lying to a federal grand jury about his Rendezvous with a White House Intern and obstruction of justice in the subsequent investigation made Bill Clinton only the second President ever to be accused, the first in 130 years.

It was also the same day that the former speaker of the house Bob Livingston resigned after the revelation of his own dalliances.

A President’s impeachment and the resignation of the speaker of the house of representatives all in one day would be hard for someone to have predicted even a few years earlier. But back another two decades, and the scenario would have been completely unimaginable, even in the relatively fresh wake of Richard Nixon‘s resignation.

There is air in the fresh December, the first lady could imagine that you, one day, run for President yourself, and maybe win. You would have imagined they would lose twice, once on a one-to Outdo term Senator with the middle name Hussein, and for a second time?


As Clinton, the last sheaves from their second defeat of the reaping today, many in politics and the press are prognosticating.

This urge or threaten to defy the members of the election Committee to the voters of their States, say, disloyalty demanded by patriotism and allegiance to the Constitution. Fascism, they say, is stalking in the Republic.

Well, duh. Fascism is always stalking freedom, and only very rare, the stone has become fractional, the hunter. Governments want more power. Presidents want more authority. The governments will always find freedom annoying.

This tendency extends, certainly across party lines, but also over two centuries of our history, and millennia before us. To find the balance between freedom and order, the Central work of the founder was, and also of the claim of any certain leader is liable for.

But Trump, they say, is something else. His attacks on the free press, his demagogic style and his intolerance, lack of respect, make him a Mussolini, and wait, as if history only began the day after the election in 2016.

Paul Krugman in the NYT, and many others issued dire warnings about the end of the Republic and promised that the rest of the facilities to keep Trump at Bay too weak to stand.

Maybe you’re right. Maybe this is the end.

Or, maybe Trump is an enlightened leader who seeks the balance between freedom and order. Or, maybe he will be, but these other institutions will find new strength against him.

We just don’t know, because we have not received it yet.

The hysterical cry of Clinton supporters and trump-haters, the possibility that we don’t know yet, to come the shape of things to come.

And this is Trump a gift.

After winning an election, by addressing the rock-bottom expectations of him by his opponents and the press, the trombone is from the White house with a chance to seem, a modern-day Thomas Jefferson simply can not order the internment camp for those found guilty of inadequate America size.

Some of these, no doubt, is a cynical attempt to delegitimize the trump card. To bring by saying the election was stolen by the Russians or sewing chaos in the electoral vote, Democrats could hope to Trump the budding honeymoon phase with the electorate to an abrupt end.

This is particularly dangerous, since the elections-Trick at the expense of the institutions, the trump card of the critic to protect the allegedly. When the bulwarks of freedom in our Republic are as weak as you say, it seems to chop little time.

We do not know what is the appearance of the trump years ago, when Hillary Clinton knew what would hold for their future, as 18 years ago, as she stood trembling on the South Lawn.

The Turks know not what the Russians do today, not more than Kaiser Wilhelm II. in 1914.

The story is not part of the seer, but the ones with the best reflexes.

“No senator, Congressman or other person to a place of trust or profit under the United States, men from the number of choice. So, without damage to the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election, at least you give the task free from any sinister bias.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 68

After more than 500 years in the business, the company that cast the Liberty Bell ceasing operation. Smithsonian: “East London Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd., a company of almost five centuries old, cast many of these colonial voices, including the 12 bells, which are hidden during the Revolutionary war. In a statement released announced on December 1, the Foundry, that within the next six months, it would cease its operations on Whitechapel Road, his home since 1738. Owner , Alan Hughes, whose family owned the foundry since more than a century, has sold the property and think ‘the future, the ownership and location of the company.” It is an abrupt shift for a company that is in the business since about 1570, and perhaps even earlier…In London alone, the work of his hands tolling of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster.”

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Despite the best efforts of the participants, the American electoral system churn is his work product today. Here’s what you can expect, how the Republic to convene the 538 presidential electors.

[Watch Fox: follow the results of the Electoral College votes here all day.]

How to vote – time: “the electors convene in each state to cast two ballots–one for President and another for Vice-President select the next administration. The 538 members of the politicians are not necessarily, although most, but to be selected-papers of the state, party leaders cast vote. Each state has as many electors as members of Congress, both the house of representatives and the Senate. After the ballots are cast, they will convene in the US Congress, to accept the beginning of January the votes.”

Why the system works this way –
Bloomberg: “Each state is allocated as many Electoral College votes as members of Congress, a formula that reinforces the importance of small States. In the early 19th century, States that in order to maximize their effect, winner-take-all adopted ” approach, which awards all of their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the most votes in that state on election day. (Maine and Nebraska are the only exceptions.) The electoral votes of many States, including reliably Democratic California and Republican Texas – for, of course, can be taken. The vote usually comes down to whether swing states in favor of the Democrats or the Republicans.”

Rouge? – ABC News: “In an open letter Sunday addressed to Republican voters on his Facebook page, [polemicist Michael Moore] wrote: ‘…personally, I’m going to step in and pay for your order, this is my right to do that.'”

But probably close…- AP: “An Associated Press survey of voters found only very little appetite to vote for the alternative candidates…. The AP is trying to reach all the voters, and interviewed more than 330 of them, to find widespread anger among the Democrats with the election process, but little expectation Trump would be derailed.”

[David Axelrod argued that, although he is worried about trump, electors vote with their States, as usual.]

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., what he had to replace ObamaCare with Republican vows to repeal and replace the law in 2017. A part of his plan? If the States want to keep the law, you can. How? HERE IS A LOOK AT.

The former U.S. coast guard Admiral Thad Allen has to himself as a “serious competitor” for Veterans Affairs Secretary, transition, sources say, Fox News’ Serafin Gomez. All the meeting with Trump today in the president-elect’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he spends the holidays with his family. Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has also said that he is in the race for the job.

Appeal: “A bipartisan group of four senators calling for a select Committee to investigate Russian interference in the election of 2016. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, and Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., Armed forces ranking member Jack Reed, Dr. I., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., said Sunday the Senate should be the creation of a temporary Committee, the matter to be investigated. The new Committee would also develop comprehensive recommendations for the improvement of cyber-security.”

Priebus: Trump would be the find of the Russian misconduct – Fox News: “Incoming White house chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday suggested that President Donald Trump accepted that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democrats,” E-Mail accounts during the 2016 White house race if the leaders of the US intelligence services report that they reached a consensus. “I think he would be the conclusion to accept to when you get together, put out a report and show the American people they are on the same page,’ Priebus said on ” Fox News Sunday.'”

Tillerson headed Exxon’s Russian subsidiary, leaked docs show – The guardian: “Rex Tillerson, the business man, nominated by Donald Trump on the next US Secretary of state, was a long-time Director of a Russian-American oil company, based in the tax haven of the Bahamas, the leaked documents show.”

“Don’t go looking for insults.” – President Obama in his NPR exit interview, his advice to ” progressives.’

Ya think? Lynch now regrets, Asphalt meeting with Bubba – Fox News

Nate Silver‘s advice to the Democrats: a view to the South – FiveThirtyEight

Wha? John Kerry praises Tillerson’s pick for State –
Boston Globe

China puts a news, of course, to a showdown with trump – Bloomberg

Meh: election workers get almost no reports of ballot fraud – NYT

Josh Kraushaar explains sen. Heidi Heitkamp‘s spoilt for choice – National Journal

Trump keeps his private security force, in a move that may frustrate, Secret-Service – Politically

Trump holds off-the-record meetings with reporters, with more than 140 days since the last press-conference – The hill

The time Trump celebrated with Richard Nixon. No, seriously!!! – NYT

“Much has been said lately about the Electoral College and the fact that every state has 2 senators (regardless of size or population)… I need not remind you as to why these two elements were designed in our Constitution, as they were originally. My comment to you is this: It would be very grateful if you explained to your readers what is hoped our fathers, to reach them, can these two elements… and why/how it is in the interest of the politicians, the power to change you… and how dangerous that would be for the future of our country.” – Richard A. Battista, Johnson City, NY

[Ed. Note: One of our favorite questions, Mr. Battista! As we discussed above, the Americans are not very familiar with the concept, so that a primer is always helpful. The first point of the election Committee, as well as the homogeneity of the Senate, the representation, was the preservation of the rights and the influence of the small States against the large. By States, non-voters as a whole elect the President, there is additional clout to States that may be overlooked otherwise, in the process, an idea very close to the soul of our Federal system. The other reason for the Electoral College is more difficult born for Americans to grasp after the Progressive Era. Before 1830, were elected to the electors, by the state legislature, as well as the senators were until 1913. In the first time the direct election of the electors, which was the delegation of authority much clearer. Before the Progressive Era, many voters would probably have understood, they were the choice of a panel of electors, rather than the actual presidential candidate. This was partly a practical consideration, to represent as in the days of the hard journey, limited communication and inefficient choice of systems of representation of a group of persons who are citizens of a state, as you did it for the independence and the making of the Constitution, the sense. But it is also a reflection of the authors was the desire for the indirect democracy, mitigated by (gasp!) Elites. The trend in the 20th century was in the direction of more democracy and less and less Republican. This choice, or to prove it can, the tipping point, the uprooted is one of the last remnants of the original system. But for now, it still serves as a tap on the shoulder from the founder.]

“Please excuse me if I simplify excessively, but everyone seems to overlook a VERY important point: even if the Russians hack the Dems, loathsome filth and moral decay that was revealed, is what did the damage, not so? The Hacker sold the rope, the hackees hanged.” – Doug Brodie, East Windsor, N. J.

[Ed. Note: Mr Brodie, you argue similar to the discussion of the police monitors, if you did nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. The American system abjures this idea on the ground that the determination of the government to keep track of the power and deprive you of the freedom of its citizens is more important than the prevention of crime. If you cross in a hostile foreign actors to penetrate, you enter a room with no guarantees on due process or any restrictions. The next concern is the incorrect information. Some of Hillary Clinton’s enemies trompeteten the reliability of the hack is good and his sources. This may be so at this time. It may not be so the next time. Plus, if you talk to the “disgusting filth and moral decay” of the, is hardly isolated within a campaign or a party. Add the possibility of fakes, and you have the makings of an endless cycle of destruction, which really benefits only the enemies of America. But one suspects that is the whole idea. You’re not wrong, it is the content of the E-Mails was not the hacking of them, the corrupt Clinton. Mostly it was due to distraction and division of the Democrats against each other, but every American should be concerned about our enemies play gatekeeper to information available to the American voters.]

“A comment to the topic, I had never tried mayo on grilled cheese, but I must admit, it is a winner! Today’s version, smoked provolone on sour dough-rye, perfection. By the way, you and Dana talk like I do, walking all over the map, but in the end all topics with humor and great information. I could listen to all day :)” – Cathrine McLaren, Victor, Mont.

[Ed note: Work with your friends a joy. Work with a friend who is smart, reasonable, friendly, and empathetic as Dana Perino is a rare privilege, in fact – even if you are frugal butter on your quesadillas.]

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The Guardian: “It’s not a partridge in a pear tree, but a Melbourne wife got a seasonal surprise when a tiger snake wrapped around under the tinsel on your Christmas tree. The Frankston woman discovered the snake in your tree on Sunday morning and called in a professional snake catcher Barry Goldsmith. “It is one of the more different, but we find them in all kinds of places,’ Goldsmith said. Tiger snakes are very good climbers.’ Goldsmith, the running Snake Catcher Victoria, said the woman did the right thing by taking a photo of the snake then seal the room until a professional arrived. With the warmer weather, snakes are more active, but people should let it rest and try not to kill them, Goldsmith said. “It is dangerous, it is illegal and it is cruel.'”

Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Sally persons, who contributed to this report. Will FOX News mid-term report in you Inbox every day? Sign up here.

Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, DC in addition, he is the author of the daily “Fox News First political news note and hosts “Power Play,” a feature video series, on Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including “The Kelly File”, “special report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.

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