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McConnell slams door on impeachment of witnesses

nearvideo McConnell rips Schumer requirements for Senate impeachment proceedings: This might be a ‘disturbing precedent’

Senate majority Leader sen. Mitch McConnell accuses Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer letter from misquoting the Constitution and a misunderstanding of the impeachment process.

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On the roster: McConnell slams door on impeachment of witnesses – Congress prepares to rush the vote on porky spending-plan – Dems pay union hash to store debate – the house GOP veteran Walker finished, after redistricting – the Next time, stay with the small trees

MCCONNELL SLAMS DOOR ON IMPEACHMENT OF WITNESSES
WaPo: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday rejected calls by his Democratic counterpart to the summons of new witnesses in the Senate trial of President Trump, calling it ” a strange request at this point.’ McConnell was responding to a letter from Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), according to a statement from senior administration officials, including acting chief of staff of the White house Mick Mulvaney, declined, appears to be in the house impeachment proceedings. The house was now expected to come a step closer to impeachment Trump on Tuesday, when the rules Committee to be prepared, the parameters of the historical debate on Wednesday about Trump with his behavior towards Ukraine. … Two democratic aides said Tuesday that a procedural measure, the establishment of debate on the article will be empowered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to call managers, the vote at any point ” after the house to accuse trump.”

Swing-district Dems to fall, setting up a Wednesday vote – WSJ: “More Democrats from competitive house districts said they will back the impeachment of President Trump, by the efforts on the track to pass this week, despite some fears that their position could be your seats will be in danger. The house plans on Wednesday to vote on it. With Mr Trump, the prosecution to seek, probably, democratic leaders are also soon announce which members had suggested that as an indictment-Manager – in essence, as prosecutors during the Senate trial, which is expected to kick-off in January. Democrats have largely United behind impeachment. By Monday afternoon, at least 17 of the 31 Democratic-held districts, the Mr Trump’s 2016 presidential won in the year-races, had announced that she was going to say the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, two, that you are against it.”

Voters are not budging – WaPo: “As the house prepares to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump, Americans remain both deeply divided and locked in their positions, of course, the legislators should pursue, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. … Despite the stalemate, most Democrats and Republicans alike expect that a likely Senate impeachment proceedings to give Trump a fair hearing. Cross-party majorities, including nearly 2 in 3 Republicans who say he should allow his top aides to testify, something that he blocked, while the house request. On the eve of the vote, 49 percent of Americans say trump should be indicted and removed from office, while 46 percent say he should. These are substantially identical to the results at the end of October, when 49 percent of the beneficiaries of impeachment and removal, and 47 percent against it.”

Q-survey: self-employed against impeachment – Quinnipiac University: “the Republicans say, President Trump should not be accused of, from office 95 to 5 percent, independents say the President should not be indicted and removed from office, 58 – 36 percent, while Democrats say President Trump should be indicted and removed from office 86 – 11 percent. Almost 9 of 10 voters who have an opinion, 87 percent say their opinion is on charge, while 12 percent say they might change their minds.”

THE CONGRESS IS PREPARING TO RUSH VOTE ON PORKY SPENDING PLAN
AP: “house leaders on Monday, a $revealed 1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, which carries an unusually large load of independent provisions, catch a ride on the last train out of the Congress this year. A vote is scheduled for Tuesday on the sprawling package, some of 2,313 pages long, as the lawmakers wrap countless unfinished work — and the vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The legislation to forestall a government shutdown this weekend, and Trump to give steady support for the U.S.-Mexico border fence. The year-end is anchored to the package by a $1.4 trillion spending measure that caps a difficult, months-long battle over spending priorities. … The bill would also at a higher age nationwide for the purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21, and offers business-friendly provisions on the export-financing, flood insurance, and guest workers.”

THE RULES: PEN, PENCIL, OR SWORD?
“It is a unique example of the capriciousness of the human mind, after all the admonitions we have had from experience on this head, there should still be men who object to the new Constitution for deviating from a principle which has been found the Bane of old, and is in itself manifestly incompatible with the idea of GOVERNMENT; a principle, in short, if you want to run, at all, the replacement of the violent and sanguinary Agency of the sword to the mild influence of the magistracy must.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15

TIME-OUT: THE DNA OF ABC GUM
Smithsonian: “Some of the first chewing gum, tar and other natural substances, preserved for thousands of years, including a 5,700-year-old piece of chewing gum unearthed in Denmark. For the archaeologists, with the help of sticky stuff, the longevity can, piece together the lives of ancient peoples chewed on the tough tar. The old birch gum in Scandinavia get enough DNA to reconstruct the complete human genome of its old chewer, identify the microbes living in your mouth, and even show the menu of the prehistoric meal. … Birch tar, by heating of the tree bark that was often used in Scandinavia as a prehistoric adhesive for fixing of stone tools. If found, it often contains the tooth-marks. Scientists suggest several reasons why people would have it chewed to make it easier for pain malleable once more, after it is cooled, to relieve tooth, because it is slightly antiseptic, to clean the teeth, hunger, pain, or simply because they enjoyed it.”

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 26.6 points (no change in points from last wk.)
Sanders: 18 points (↑ 0.6 points from last wk.)
Warren: 14.8 points (↓ 3.4 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 9.2 points (↓ 0.8 points from last wk.)
Bloomberg: 5.4 points (first listing)
[Mean values Quinnipiac University, USA Today/Suffolk University, NPR/PBS/Marist, Fox News, and IBD include:.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Approval: 44.4 Percent
Average of the refusal: with a high of 51.8 percent
Net Score: -7.4 Percent
Change from a week ago: ↑ 2.2 points
[Average, includes: CNN: 44% approve, reject – 52%; Quinnipiac University: 43% approve, reject – 52%; USA Today/Suffolk University: 48% approve – 50% refuse; NPR/PBS/Marist: 43% approve, reject – 53%; IBD: 44% approve – 52% disapprove.]

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DEMS PAY UNION HASH-TO-SAVE DEBATE
Fox News: “A preliminary agreement was reached in a labour dispute between food service workers and their employers at Loyola Marymount University, which threatened to derail Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. The food Service company Sodexo negotiated late Monday evening with your staff to secure at Loyola Marymount University, a provisional contract. A formal vote is expected on Tuesday. Unite Here Local 11 – the Union that represented the workers, said last Friday that they would picket the debate in the Los Angeles-area school, if there is no agreement with Sodexo. All seven Democratic presidential candidates qualified for the debate, you would not post the cross strike to the stage that threw the debate in limbo. The three-year tentative agreement includes a 25 percent wage increase, a 50 percent decrease in health care costs, and increasing employee job security. All sides expected to release more details at a Tuesday afternoon press conference in Los Angeles.”

Biden still rising in Q-survey – Quinnipiac University: “In the Democratic primary race for President, the former Vice-President Joe Biden leads the field with 30 percent of votes for Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic. Biden is followed by sen. Elizabeth Warren with 17 percent, sen Bernie Sanders with 16 percent, and South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 9 percent. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has 7 percent, while the business man Andrew Yang and sen. Amy Klobuchar will get 3 percent. No other candidate for the top 2 percent. There are still a lot of room for movement in the Democratic primaries than 61 percent say they might change their opinion, while 38 percent say their opinion is.”

New control for the old actions for harassment against Bloomberg – ABC News: “Mike Bloomberg has in repeated occasions to be confronted and fought allegations that he directed crude and sexist comments to women in his office, including a statement in the 1990s, he said a member of staff who just announced she was pregnant, to ‘kill.’ …[O]ver the years, a number of women have alleged in legal filings, promoted by Bloomberg, use of lewd comments about co-workers, a frat-like culture at the company, which he founded and still owns. … Quotes attributed to include him in the court filings, “I would like to do to that piece of meat’, and ‘I would DO you in a second.’ Court records post by ABC News show that at least 17 women have taken legal action against the company in the past three decades, with three cases, specifically, Bloomberg designate, for his role in ” the culture of the company. None of the cases made it to trial…”

Can Warren and Sanders, they remain friendly? – NYT: “For the centre-left Democrats, this is exactly their hope is that [Warren and Sanders] share of votes in as many competitions that are neither in the position to capture the nomination. The moderates in the party fear that if Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders are moving away — or if they ultimately come together — the ticket would be nervous, independent voters, and go down in defeat to President Trump. Interviews with volunteers from both camps— not to criticize spoke on the condition that they are not named, to warn because of you, your own Surrogate, what are the other to produce a common refrain. The two candidates are not willing each other to attack, because they would be afraid of negativity, just the other supporters upset. The only way to finally the other voters, each campaign, believes poaching sessions, by winning significantly more votes in the first group and primaries.”

HOUSE GOP VETERAN WALKER FINISHED, AFTER REDISTRICTING
Politico: “Rep. Mark Walker (R-N. C.) will not seek public office in the next year, backing off after threatening to primary GOP Sen. Thom Tillis , and two members of his own delegation. He announced his decision on Monday, a stunning result for the ambitious politician, asked only a few weeks after the court, redistricting turned reliably Republican seat in the North of North Carolina into safe Democratic territory. Walker, a member of the house GOP leadership and a former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, was first elected to an open seat in 2014. In the statement, Walker said he would seriously consider running for Senate in 2022, if the GOP sen. Richard Burr is expected that after the completion of his current term of office. Walker seemed at first to remain in despair, on the ballot in 2020.”

Dems play favorites in the Texas Senate primary – the Texas tribune: “The democratic senatorial campaign Committee endorses MJ Hegar, in the crowded primary to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. The move by the DSCC, the political arm of the Senate Democrats, is one of the biggest developments yet in the nomination contest that has drawn a dozen candidates — some more seriously than others but not a decisive lead group. The approval drew pushback from at least four of the Hegar ‘ s competitors, two of which are accused national Democrats snubbing of diverse candidates for Hegar, who knows.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Walter Russell Mead
: A Burkean landslide in Britain – WSJ

GOP push to FISA reform is gaining momentum in the Wake of the Horowitz report – Fox News

AUDIBLE: ICONOGRAPHY
“Obviously his hair is, of course, how big it is, and only his eyes. I mean just everything about him.” – NYT photographer Doug Mills in an interview with CBS News, which explains why President Trump is the most revered President, he was photographed.

FROM THE STANDS
“I’ve got you [Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the upcoming Democratic debate and the qualification rules to prevent that some minority candidates on the debate stage. Not Cory Booker and Julian Castro just ask the Democratic party for a little “affirmative action”? It seems sacred to me, to be pushing for the Democrats affirmative action, for all the others, but not themselves. Your Thoughts?” – Kevin Koch, Farmers Branch, Texas

[Ed. Note: I don’t know, but I know that is the most important purpose of the political parties to compete for the selection of candidates, and they hope to win elections. It is reasonable to argue that the Democrats would be ill-served in the choice to have a white, male candidate in his late 70s, when the mobilization of younger, female and minority voters is a party. It is just as reasonable to argue, however, that it is important to have for the Democrats, a candidate, a connection with the working class, the older white voters who are refraining from can. the party in 2016 But the debates are between the candidates and campaigns, not for the party itself. I also think that the DNC a raw deal here. Their discussions were threshold values, if anything, far too lenient, as can be seen by the fact that we only see less than 10 candidates on stage for the first time in December.]

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THE NEXT TIME, STAY WITH THE SMALL TREES
Fox News: “A driver in England accidentally his car exploded when he lit a cigarette after spraying air freshener inside, officials said. The unknown man sprayed an “excessive” amount of aerosol spray in his car, which was parked in Halifax, West Yorkshire, on Saturday, when he decided to grab a cigarette. Witnesses told the Manchester Evening News, they heard a ‘huge bang” and saw the car, the Windows shatter and in the vicinity of the building shake. The driver is reported to have it out of the car with minor injuries and was treated by first responders, but West Yorkshire police said in a statement that the situation ” could have been worse.’ “The owner of a car parked and used on the road and had a air freshener but is not vented his car before lighting his cigarette, West Yorkshire Police, said in a statement. ‘The smoke exploded and blew out his windshield, along with some windows in the nearby business premises.'”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“A standardized math test was given to 13-year-olds in six countries last year. The Koreans have the best. The Americans did the worst, coming in behind Spain, Britain, Ireland, and Canada. Now the bad news. In addition, triangles, and equations, which were shown to the children, the statement ” I am good at mathematics.’ is shown, Koreans came last in this category. Only 23% answered Yes. The American Convention were No. 1, with an impressive 68%. The American students may not know their math, but they have evidently absorbed the lessons of the newly fashionable self-esteem curriculum wherein kids are taught to feel good about themselves.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in Time magazine on Feb. 5, 1990.

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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