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THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE HACKERS HANDED TWIN DEFEATS
National Review: “Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, vetoed legislation on Thursday that would, as a precaution, committed to the state presidential voters, which candidate won the national popular vote. “After due consideration, thought, I have decided to veto Assembly Bill 186 and insert’ Sisolak said in a statement. ‘As soon as effectively, the the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact could reduce the role of smaller States, such as Nevada, the select in national elections, contests, and power Nevada elector on the page with who wins the nationwide popular vote, rather than the candidate Nevadans.’ “I realize that many of my fellow Nevadans can contradict in this point, and I appreciate the legislature with the thoughtful discussion of this important issue,” he added. The legislation, which passed the Senate last week that would have made Nevada a signatory of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which technically preserves the Electoral College, but undermines his authority by requiring that the signatories to award all of their voters to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.”

Maine – WMTW: “The Maine house of representatives on Thursday rejected a plan for the allocation of the state’s four electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote instead of the candidate who wins the Electoral College. The vote against the referendum proposal comes about two weeks after the Maine Senate narrowly the plan is approved. In the election of 2016, Maine split its electoral votes. The three of them went to the Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and you went now-President Donald Trump. Maine is one of only two States to split votes of his choice men, and in 2016 the first time the split marked happens. It seems now, Maine will not sign the Pact of the 14 other States that allocate their electoral votes on the basis of the candidate who wins the popular vote.”

THE RULES OF THE GAME: A FINE CONSERVANCY
“WE HAVE seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger, as the conservator of peace among ourselves, as the guardian of our Commerce and other common interests, as the only substitute for military institutions that undermine the liberties of the Old world…” – so Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 14

TIME OUT:I’M GOING TO NOT DISAPPOINT YOU TO NOT FALL AND LEAVE YOU’
NatGeo: “[David Burnett] went first to Normandy in the year 1974. [He] was a 27-year-old news photographer, the French presidential election, and [his] visit happened to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the D-Day landings. … Since this trip, [he] returned to the beaches nearly a dozen times in the last half of the century, with each visit to this Holy Sand to watch, and to the testimony, as the past refuses to be erased. … [Burnett sees its] responsibility, which will help gap with photography, people, especially young people, understand the importance of what happened there—not only the soldiers who died, but also how the invasion of the allies in occupied France changed the world. … [Burnett believes] the story has a way back. Our memories are second hand, then third hand, and, finally, just words in a book of history. But [Burnett’s] not sure that the same fate awaits the Normandy. … [He says] there is something very powerful about the fact that you put your feet on the sand.”

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INDICATOR
Trump job performance
Average Approval:
41.6 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53.2 percent
Net Rating: -11.6 Points
Change from a week ago: no change
[Average, includes: CBS News: 41% approve, reject – 52%; Monmouth University: 41% approve, reject – 52%; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve, reject – 57%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 53%; Gallup: 42% approve – 52% disapprove.]

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BIDEN LOCK BUTTON FOR CONGRESS-ENDORSEMENTS
Politico: “the Former Vice-President , Joe Biden, is expanding its leadership in Congress-notices Thursday, landing the support of the second-term Rep. Al Lawson of Florida. ‘They don’t make ’em like Joe anymore,’ Lawson said in a statement, the POLITICAL. “We now have a Chance to meet head-on the greatest challenges of our time and make sure that our best days are still ahead of us and that’s why I replied in the affirmative, he was the next President of the United States.’ Lawson, said Biden ‘has to do with a long history to what is right and not what is easy, the causes of America’s working families.’ Lawson is the latest in a series of Democrats to line up behind Biden in Florida, a key battleground state in the 2020 presidential election. He Biden quotes ‘to bring a proven track record of people together to deliver results’ on issues such as health care and the environment, citizens ‘ rights and the rights of women.”

DNC complicated debate rules – Refinery29: “With more women in the presidential race than ever before, the Democratic National Committee, is necessary that each of the 2020 Democratic presidential debate includes at least one female moderator, Refinery29 is exclusively reporting. “The DNC is committed to an inclusive and fair debate process, DNC senior Advisor Mary Beth Cahill told Refinery29. ‘This means that all 12 of the DNC sanctioned to ensure debates on a diverse group of presenters and discussion participants, including women and people of color, that the discussions reflect the concerns of all Americans.’ [Refinery29 ‘ s] knowledge, this is the first time the DNC has this kind of rule.”

Booker follows Trump cue in Biden steals – HuffPo: “New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a likely candidate for the 2020 democratic presidential nomination, sharply criticized one of the signature legislative achievements of the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, the contest’s front-runner,” calls a decades-old crime, the law that Biden helped write and pass ‘awful’ and ’embarrassing’ for his role in the rise of mass incarceration. In an interview with HuffPost while driving to a campaign rented the RV between two stations in Southeast Iowa during the Memorial Day weekend, Booker ― who has said criminal justice reform at the centre of his White house bid ― he did not agree with Biden’s assertion, not to increase the 1994 law clearly, the US prison population.”

Ouch: Warren fried Cherokee ancestry claims WashTimes: “In an appearance on ‘The Breakfast Club’, which has become a must-stop for the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, the hosts grilled Mrs [Elizabeth] Warren , why she identifies as a legacy of the native American, the Texas bar, warranty card, and at Harvard University, and whether you won something. Mrs Warren said that it was a mistake and again apologized, she stated that she believed the story of the family were passed on from the parents and the extended family. …Charlamagne Tha God, one of the hosts, threw a, ” you sound just like the original Rachel Dolezal, a little.’ ‘Rachel Dolezal was a white woman, that pretends to be black,” he said. … Mrs. Warren replied, ‘Well, this is what I learned from my family.'”

Tim Alberta: Gillibrand failure to launch – Political: “But at this point, [Kirsten] Gillibrand is not focused on winning the primary. She is worried about the survival of the next few months. Despite a rising national profile in the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand will not liftoff has achieved as a President in a view. She has not broken 2 percent in one national survey, as officially declaring her candidacy in mid-March, and 0.4 percent average in the real clear politics aggregate of polls puts them behind the likes of Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard , and geeky long shot Andrew Yang. Your bigger problem is fundraising. To secure a place in the first double header of the Democratic primary debates at the end of June candidates must meet two criteria: better than 1 percent in the three recognized national surveys and the gathering of 65,000 unique campaign contributions. Gillibrand, the first box, however unimpressively examined. However, the second mission remains incomplete.”

TAKE THE PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO THE CLAIMS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT
Sabato’s Crystal Ball: “the Incumbent members of the house hardly ever primaries to lose. In the post-World war II era, more than 98% of the house members stand for re-election appointed by their own parties. But even such a sublime re-nomination rate suggests that some members of the house loses primaries in the next year. And the high win rate for incumbents in primaries, not taking into account that some members who have retired in the face of potential primary challenges. There are several sitting members of the house should take seriously the threat, one of the primary schools in the year 2020. As it is now, it seems that there are more primary action is on the Democratic side than the Republican side. … This 98% renomination figure may actually under-estimate the security of incumbents in primaries, at least in this election. The reason for this is that in 2020, not a national redistricting cycle. While it is possible that some member States have new cards in the next year, based on a pending decision of the Supreme court, the lion’s share of the countries — if not all — households in the next year, the elections are the same cards, the this States first census created after people in 2010 and in the run-up to the 2012 election.”

Curly hair: Top Trump Ally On the ropes in Kentucky – National Journal: “Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is the least popular Governor in the country. The businessman-turned-politician has lobbed insults at his critics, preventing him from building a lot of support beyond his base His Plan was thwarted by internal opposition, the Republicans, and a flood of lawsuits from his leading Democratic rivals. He regularly impolitic statements, the cause of endless controversy. And he hopes to re-election win by painting his opponent as too liberal for Kentucky, while getting a boost from the healthy state-wide economy. If this sounds like President Trump, you can rest assured, his upcoming re-election campaign also straight out of the Trump playbook. Bevin is betting that he can win, bringing its fresh-baked opponent, attorney General , Andy Beshear, in an unreasonable, ideologically extreme alternatives.”

TRUMPF MEXICO TARIFF THREAT GOES KABLOOEY
WaPo: “President Trump’s surprise announcement of a escalating number of new duties on all imported goods from Mexico will likely be again hopes for an early Congress’s action overturning on its proposed North American trade offer and trigger economic upheaval on both sides of the border, to act according to analysts and executives. The managing Director has reacted with dismay to Trump’s statement on Thursday that he would require a new 5-percent tariff on all goods the force from Mexico in the beginning of June 10, the Mexican government, to prevent aggressive actions of Central American migrants from crossing its territory en route to the United States. And a prominent member of the President’s party, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, blasted Trump’s move as ” an abuse of the President-tariff authority, and is contrary to the congressional intent.’ The implementation of the tariffs, he said, would “seriously passage’ of the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) at risk.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Recovered hard drives with a powerful blow to Trump the effort to add citizenship question to Census – NYT

Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz team up to Lobby-ban – Politico

Nikki Haley re-emerges – Political

AUDIBLE: FRIDAY FEELING?
“Everyone dies … I believe that in the Homeric notion that … immortality comes by … the odes sung about, you know, in the course of centuries, have you?” Attorney General William Barr said in an interview with CBS News.

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FROM THE STANDS
“Hear and read about how house Democrats are divided into two camps, to believe on the impeachment of President Trump, I am inclined that your Department is based on a focus on the short-and long-term benefits. This challenge to his removal from office seem to be only focused on the short-term benefits of such an action. TV cameras and breathless reporters are hanging on every word (of house members), the is makes a big sound for a lot of good exposure, that is, those with greater political aspirations. You know, impeachment will go nowhere (in the Senate), but try to milk every last bit of good media for a short period of time. This is at the expense of the longer-term negative outcomes of the prosecution of the indictment for the democratic party seem to be. Speaker Pelosi, on the other hand, seems to be playing the “long game” and the absence of short-term benefits in favor of whatever they can, to benefit the eventual Democratic presidential candidates (as well as the Democratic house and Senate candidates), in the coming elections. I think Speaker Pelosi is really playing all of these carefully and refined by her and the Democrats biggest advantage – all in good time. I don’t agree with your politics, but hat that your strategic wits and skills! Caution, anyone who underestimated you all!” – Kent Haldorson, Beaverton, Ore.

[Ed. Note: I’d better watch my back, Mr. Haldorson, because your analysis is right on the money!]

“I get a huge laugh from those angry about whether or not Trump a good President or a bad President. This debate is reminiscent of the words of comedian Robert Wuhl, who said, ‘We will get over it. Because Bad presidents are as American as apple pie.'” – Chuck Howard III, Munford, Tenn.

[Ed. Note: Good Point, Mr. Howard. We would all do well less fixed – favorable or not – on the current residents of the executive mansion.]

“Your answer, Mr. Lawrence may be the best thing you’ve ever written. I know that it hits home for me. I have even quoted vinegar Joe many times in my long life. Thank you for your sensible advice.” – Gerald B. Stuyvesant, Albuquerque, N. M.

[Ed. Note: thank you, Mr. Stuyvesant! Richard Thaler is the father of modern behavioural Economics – the branch of the discipline taught, that the rest of the economists, that people do not always act rationally. Thaler and his colleagues reveled, that people value other things than money and ease. It doesn’t help, the answer to the ongoing frustration of economists who can’t understand why people act in their own interest – to save for retirement, to go to the doctor, etc., As Thaler says about his work: “We believe that people are stupid. We think the world is hard.” If I’m doing my best I remember, this applies to politics and government. We would all find better, more mercy for others, even our accusers.]

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DUDE.
AP: “A West Virginia client accused of plagiarism commit Ashton Kutcher in a speech at his school graduating class, he says he didn’t mean, someone else’s work. The News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss in a statement Wednesday said, he should have cited his sources in the 23. May-speech, but claimed that the “thoughts and ideas”, were his own. A graduate posted a video on Facebook that spliced DeMoss’ speech with Kutcher 2013 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards speech, and has amassed since then, over 100,000 views. The talk uses a similar formulation and presented in identical phrasing. DeMoss says he is upset by the speech that stole the focus from the graduates. Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook says it is a personnel matter that is the subject of the investigation.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Many things are beautiful about the U.S. Constitution. The first is that, somehow, on this edge of the civilized world, two and a half centuries before, it had a collection of such political geniuses like actually have written it.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) a column is an excerpt from Krauthammer’s posthumously published book, “The Point of It All”, published in the Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2018.

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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