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Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kninzinger responds to Trump the decision to move troops from Syria.
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TRUMP SUCKS IN SYRIA
WSJ: “The U.S. military is preparing for a rapid withdrawal of its troops from Syria, administration officials said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of America’s strategy in the Middle East. As America ‘ s four-year-old military campaign against the Islamic state draws to a close, President Trump has ordered a quick exit for about 2,000 American armed forces in Syria, a U.S. official said, could unfold over the next 30 days. The American officials began the Information of the ner in northeast Syria on Wednesday on their plans, according to people informed about the planning. “The Pentagon has to move an order to troops from Syria as soon as possible,’ the U.S. official said. The withdrawal plan drew concerns from the White house and Capitol Hill, the State Department and in the entire U.S. army, three U.S. officials said. The decision will have far-reaching consequences for American policy in the Middle East where the trump administration has worked to defeat the Islamic state, Iran included, and expansionist ambitions and to counter Russia’s influence in Syria, where Moscow has a base with a major Navy.”
Josh Rogin: Move, leaves the military brass, Hill allies sputter – WaPo: “Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) Wednesday told me this morning that the timing of the movement is counterproductive. There is no rational reason to proclaim the United States that it will give all the levers just as the next round of negotiations begins. “The story to consider as one of the dumbest strategic moves in front of a negotiation,” he said. “To be a successful diplomatic outcome, they have a military option, and a military presence.” What is worse, he said, is that Trump is repeating the same mistake President Barack Obama made the Iraq withdrawal, leaving a vacuum that the Islamic state and other extremists are sure to fill.”
Graham beats Trump to Fox News: “Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday blasted President Trump the decision to pull all troops out of Syria, calling it an” Obama-like decision, and would signal to Middle East allies can’t rely on America. U.S. officials told Fox News that the United States consider all of the 2,000 American troops on the ground in Syria. … He said, it would also be America’s Kurdish allies in danger.”
Senate vote on stopgap to avoid shutdown – Politico: “Mitch McConnell moved to bail out Congress and President Donald Trump, a persistent shutdown cul-de-SAC, the preparation on Wednesday to Fund the government in the early February and avoid a financing, the expiration of the right before the holidays. The Senate majority leader a bill on Wednesday that funds Feb by the government. 8, one day, was rejected after a long-term deal by the Democrats in Congress on Tuesday in the midst of a prolonged struggle between Trump and Democrats in the Congress over its border wall. With Trump softening his demands for $works for 5 billion for the wall in the last days of the GOP Congress, McConnell to avoid a political mistake, four days before Christmas. The house is expected to vote on the package Thursday — a whole day before the deadline — where it is likely to receive broad support from both parties, per several helpers.”
Trump to say, the military build the Berlin wall – US news and world, “President Donald Trump has confirmed a Directive on Wednesday that the Pentagon quietly released last week– that the military assumes responsibility for the construction of a wall along the southern US border. Trump’s announcement follows reports that the President withdrew his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall in the midst of a lack of support in Congress as lawmakers try to jeopardize any funding, keeping open the government. Trump also claims, repeatedly, that a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico to generate revenue, it is the promise of the fulfillment of its choice to force America’s southern neighbor, pay for the wall. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on Tuesday that the administration was in search of other elements in the government, which could fulfill one of the President’s signature campaign promises.”
THE RULES: INNATE ABILITIES
“Civil power, right, and exercised, is organized, is cluster capable of its force to a very great extent; and can, in a manner, reproduce itself in every part of a great Empire by a sensible arrangement of subordinate institutions.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 13
TIME: “A GENIAL SHADOWING FORTH’
The Paris Review: “Gently but insistently, [Charles Dickens] educates his readers about the need of the connections in a world that might otherwise shiver in isolated fragments. [H]is the collection of objects and urgent cross-referencing of ideas, would restore his joy to reflect in the great diversity of its expression of the world… [Dickens seems to be] less worried about his ability to find a style that correspond to the dense weave of affection and obligation, should the rich with the poor, to bind the living with the dead. And the author with his readers? Who could be better for us to remember that other people are “fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures, the binding on other trips” [Ebenezer Scrooge‘s] nephew puts it, as a writer, whose story prompted generations of readers to the same trip, as every pair of eyes wanders over the page to make that clinching last sentence, at once coherent and comprehensive, “God bless Us, Everyone’?”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 41.2 Percent
The average of the rejection: 53.6 percent
Net Rating: -12.4 Points
Change from a week ago: minus 1.6 points
[Average, includes: Quinnipiac University: 39% approve – 52% lean; Gallup: 38% approve, reject – 57%; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve, reject – 54%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 52%; CNN: 40% approve – 53% disapprove.]
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I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DELIVERY
This week, for a special holiday edition, Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt welcome to Dana’s husband, Peter McMahon, again on the podcast! The trio discuss their favorite holiday traditions, answer a few questions and compete in some of the citizenship trivia. Plus, Dana has to say their 2019 sports before. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE
Q-POLL: DEMS LIKE BIDEN, BERNIE AND BETO BEST
Quinnipiac University: “American voters give, the Ex-Vice-President Joseph Biden , a 53 – 33 percent favorability rating, topping President Donald Trump‘s negative 40 – 56 percent favorability rating, and suggested a list of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has the highest unfavorable rating on the list, a negative 32 – 61 percent favorability, the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll finds. … Results for the other on the Democratic Guessed list are: A split 44 – 42 percent favorability for Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders… 24 to 20 percent for Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’rourke… Negative 30 – 37 percent for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; 22 – 26 percent for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker… Negative 22 – 32 percent for the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg; A split 20 – 22 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris… 14 – 17 percent for New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand… 12 – 9 percent for Ohio sen. Sherrod Brown, with 77 percent, which is still not enough. … American voters President Trump a negative 39 – 52 percent approval rating, compared to a negative 41 – 54 percent approval rating. November 20. … But the voters 60 – 35 percent say that Congress should start the process President Trump charges. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a fair investigation into possible links between 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government, the voters say 48-38 percent. Voters approve 45 – 38 percent Müller is handling his job.”
A Beto PAC exists, no word if Beto wants the cash – BuzzFeed News: “The new organizers are trying to raise money, to convince, Beto O’rourke to run for President you are not sure, just yet, if Beto O’rourke wants nothing to do with them. O ‘ Rourke, lost his Texas Senate race in November, is already taking into account the public-2020 campaign. Organizers with the design Beto PAC, started this week, I really spoke with O’rourke, or close to the people around him. You don’t even know if O’rourke, has already proven to be a unique, experienced fundraiser, who promised not to take PAC would accept money during his Senate campaign, whatever money you raise in your design effort, should he decide. Design Beto PAC — a patchwork group of social media activists and campaigns-helper — is the procurement of money set-aside for O’rourke if he is, and keeps the money in an escrow account. The aim of the group is, is to create a grassroots network and raise $to prove 1 million that O’rourke — who raised almost 80 times the amount for his Senate campaign that he has national support.”
South Carolina GOP can’t primary to help Trump to Fox News: “the South Carolina Republican party potentially decide to abandon 2020 a primary election, when President Trump is running for re-election-but a concrete decision has not yet been made, the state GOP Chairman, Drew McKissick told Fox News on Wednesday. The Washington Examiner first reported, the state party can give up a primary to protect this year, ” Trump, setting off a flood of speculation about the South Carolina GOP plans for the upcoming election. But McKissick emphasized that a decision would not be made until after the party, the Executive Committee meets in the summer of 2019. Then, McKissick, together with a voting member from each County in the state, determine wide of your plan for a primary school to the Republican National Committee. To unite “the purpose of the political parties, a platform and elect candidates who would advance the platform,’ McKissick said, adding that the entire state party supported the trump card in this respect.”
FED LIFTS RATES, IN SPITE OF PRESSURE FROM TRUMP
WSJ: “Defying pressure from President Trump to stop raising short-term interest rates, the Federal Reserve is nudging up for the fourth time this year, but hinted that it could be slow. the pace will increase in the next year in the light of the new economic headwinds Fed officials are on the increase, unanimously, to Wednesday, what is the benchmark federal funds rate to a range between 2.25% and 2.5%, the ninth such increase since December 2015. You also indicated that you think that you will need to raise interest rates, how much the next year, as they had expected three months ago. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the Central Bank officials continue to expect healthy growth and a robust economic background’ in the coming year. But he added, ” We have seen developments that indicate some softening relative to what we had expected, a couple of months ago.’ He pointed to the slowing of economies abroad and increased financial-market volatility, the less growth-promoting.”
DEMS DO NOT JUDGE, AGREE TO PACKAGE
The hill: “Senate democratic leader Charles Schumer (New York), under pressure from groups on the left, do not agree to, the usual year-end package of judicial nominees, according to a Senate Democratic aide. Schumer and his Democratic colleagues are not in the mood, on a year-end business after a Federal judge in Texas struck the entire Affordable Care Act last week, including the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The judge, Reed O’conner, was a George W. Bush appointee confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote in 2007 — when Democrats held the majority. Schumer wiped his questions about when the renting O’connor clearly, a voice vote in 2007 was a “bad deal” say NBC, Chuck Todd on Sunday that the senators could not predict how a magistrate would rule more than a decade after his nomination was before the Senate.”
Ryan gives his farewell address – AP
Loretta Lynch questioned behind closed doors on Capitol Hill – Fox News
Judge deported asylum seekers to return to the US Fox News
The members of the reg. Phil Murphy‘s employees knew about sexual assault to help NYT
AUDIBLE: BABY, WHY DON’T YOU MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE?
“I think he is agnostic But he is in the middle of things, he’s in the mix.” – Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., talk about your fellow West Virginian, Sen. Joe Manchin, with Politico.
BEST JOURNALISM IN 2018
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YOU BETTER BE SASQUATCH HIMSELF
Idaho statesman: “A Montana man was target shooting, as he is said to be a target themselves-and there was a man “mistook him for Bigfoot’, to the authorities. The 27-year-old Helena told the dispatcher on Monday, a day earlier, he had been the setting up of goals on public lands outside of the city, where the bullets flew to him, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said in a telephone interview with McClatchy. The man said, a bullet hit three feet to his left on a Sunday, and the other whizzed past him on the right side. He explained that he ran into the trees for cover, as more shots came his way. Finally, he came out to confront the man with the black Ford F-150, and shot at him, he said. “I thought you were Bigfoot,’ the gunman told the victim in the victim tell of the story, according to Dutton. … But, Dutton said he doesn’t think the public is in danger. … A study in the year 2017, found that — despite sightings across the country believe every year — only 16 percent of Americans, that Bigfoot is real, McClatchy reported. Compare that with 50 percent of the people who believe in ghosts, and 35 percent who believe that ancient aliens visited the planet.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Most of the politicians to approve. But Trump lives for the worship.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on Aug. 4, 2016.
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