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Voters fired, but Dems hold the edge

closeVideoFox News poll: Joe Biden remains a Democratic presidential frontrunner

Biden, Sanders and Warren all beat President Trump in a head-to-head matchups according to the latest Fox News poll.

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On the roster: the voters fired, but Dems hold the edge – I’ll Tell you What: A lovely fry – Congress penetrates into Trump’s alleged improper promise – Netanyahu comes to short, creeping, for the survivalArrrrrrrrrr you ready, kids?

VOTERS FIRED, BUT DEMS HOLD THE EDGE
Fox News: “Fifty-nine percent of voters are very interested in the 2020 presidential election. This is a number usually only seen right before an election. It is 27 points higher than at the same time, in the last presidential cycle — and only one point from the report, 60 percent very interested, in the week before election day in 2008. In addition, more Democrats (65 percent) than Republicans (60 percent) are extremely interested in the election, and more Democrats (69 percent) than Republicans (63 percent) are extremely motivated about the vote in the year 2020. This helps the Democratic top candidate for President Donald Trump in possible head-to-head matchups. Joe Biden continues to be the best performance of the Democratic candidates tested, according to a new Fox News poll. He has the largest projection on the trombone (+14 points), is the only one who received 50 per cent support, and to hold the only Trump under 40 percent (52-38 percent).”

Fox poll shows Bernie boost – Fox News: “Biden, captures the support of 29 percent of Democratic primary voters, according to a new Fox News poll. That’s down 2 points since last month and down 6 points since May, when he supported to a high of 35 percent. … [Bernie] Sanders rises again in the second with 18 per cent (+8 points since August), followed by Elizabeth Warren 16 percent, (4), constitute the clearest three top candidates animal seen in this race so far. The next layer contains Kamala Harris at 7 percent, Pete Buttigieg at 5 percent, Beto O’rourke at 4%, Cory Booker at 3%, and both Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar at 2 percent.”

Bernie shook up Iowa team – WaPo: “sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) parted ways with his Iowa political Director in the last weeks of his campaign Wednesday, part of a series of personnel shake-ups confirmed in the key early States. The campaign, announced in March that Jess Mazour would be a political Director in the first in the nation caucus state, part of a first wave of early hires. She is no longer on the team. ‘We will continue to make moves that we feel is best to position this campaign to win,’ Sanders ‘ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a written statement, according to The Washington Post reached the campaign about the matter. A campaign official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Mazour, we had to go in the late summer and was not replaced. Mazour, who was a senior campaign aide, not the Director of the Iowa effort, did not respond immediately to a request for comment. The campaign does not publicly announce your flight in time.”

Harassing Harris is trying to turn it around in Iowa – Politico: “Kamala Harris, the your stumble campaign on the line with a new Iowa-or-bust strategy is the shift away from the closed door, fundraising, the dominated is your summer calendar, to focus on the retail and power posturing in the crucial Kick-Off state. Harris huddled with top to discuss campaign officials Tuesday in Baltimore the next steps, such as a number of surveys show, its decline in the mid single-digit range. It is not expected to substantially change your message. Instead, Harris is planning weekly visits to the state and nearly double the size of its 65-strong ground operation, sources familiar with the discussions told POLITICO. The re-engagement in Iowa — where the California senator, a 17-stop bus tour in August, but not again since — held is part of a broader recognition within the campaign that you are not already in the early States. It was designed to be the realignment of your campaign and clarify their narrowing path to the nomination.”

THE RULES: WHY WE ARE HERE
“It is to presume early for the politicians to forget the on our that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people is the Supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value, as it can be mounted for the realization of this object.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 45

TIME-OUT: ZIP-IT
Writer Amos Barshad offers an overview of fashion history of the few pieces of clothing really to transcend the social strata: the training suit. New York: “Adidas launched its now internationally recognised training suit in the year 1967, with a campaign with the West German football legend Franz Beckenbauer. Joanne Turney, a professor of fashion at the University of Southampton, the Winchester School of Art, has followed the American embrace of the tracksuit to James F. Fixx‘s” The Complete Book of Running’ in 1977, which became a Bestseller. Fixx evangelized to run, such as extending the life, Turney, she explains in her book ” Fashion-crimes.’ This place, the runner, in his training suit, the in a ” God-like role,’ as well as ‘man and Superman, ego and super-ego, the implementation of a Foucaultian battle, which ultimately resulted in the mastery of the spirit over the weakness of the flesh.’ By the beginning of the eighties, acts from the Bronx and Hollis, Queens, had made the track suit, the uniform of the hip-hop.”

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 28,2 Points
Warren: 20.2 Points
Sanders: 16 Points
Harris: 6.6 Points
Buttigieg: 5.4 Points
[Means Fox News, NBC News/WSJ, CNN, ABC News/WaPo and IBD include:.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Approval: 41.4 Percent
The average of the rejection: 54.2 percent
Net Rating: -12.8 Percent
Change from a week ago: up to 2 points
[Average, includes: Gallup: 43% approve – 54% lean; NPR/PBS/Marist: 41% approve, reject – 54%; CNN: 42% approve – 54% disapprove; ABC News/WaPo: 40% approve – 55% lean; IBD: 39% approve – 55% disapprove.]

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I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: A LOVELY ROAST
This week Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt to discuss the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Dana explains why she was late to the podcast taping and Chris answers a few failed campaigns-slogan-Quiz. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE

CONGRESS digs IN TRUMP’S ALLEGED Improper PROMISE
WaPo: “The whistleblower’s complaint has triggered a tense showdown between the US intelligence services and Congress, includes the President of Trump‘s communication with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Trump, the interaction with the foreign leaders don’t contain a ‘promise’, which was regarded as so disturbing that you will be asked an official in the U.S. intelligence community file said a formal whistleblower complaint with the general-inspector of the intelligence services, the former official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are entitled to discuss the matter publicly. It was not immediately clear which foreign leaders Trump language, or to deliver what he promised, but his direct involvement in the matter was not previously revealed. It raises new questions about the president’s dealing with sensitive information and services can further strain its relationship with the US intelligence. A former official said the communication was a phone call.”

Trump denies – are Politically: “‘It never ends!’ Trump wrote, complains in a further tweet that the explosive charges were another example of ‘presidential harassment!’ The President’s rejection came as the intelligence community inspector General informed the members of the House Intelligence Committee about the complaint. Its existence first came to light earlier this week when Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) required to be turned over to the Congress.”

THE KENNEDY-MARKEY PRIMARY LOOKS TO BE A DONNYBROOK
Politico: “Rep. Joe Kennedy III to challenge Sen. Ed Markey for his Senate seat in the year 2020, the establishment of a Democratic primary battle that has the potential to parts of the Massachusetts political class, and to draw national attention. Kennedy will officially announce his plans on Saturday morning at a Breakfast in East Boston, according to a source familiar with the news. In the days after the announcement, Kennedy plans for a tour across the state, the source said. News of Kennedy’s announcement was first of Boston, reports the Globe. Kennedy met with Markey on Wednesday afternoon to inform him of the message, according to the source. Markey and Kennedy have avoided each other since the news broke that Kennedy was given a challenge for the seat. Over the weekend, Kennedy a meet-and-greet with the activists held after the state of the democratic party to collect the annual Convention, the input to the Senate run.”

GOP frets about Kobach effect in Kansas – WSJ: “Former Kansas Secretary of state Kris Kobach trails Democrat Barry Grissom by 10 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup for Kansas’ open Senate seat in the year 2020, according to internal GOP polling data reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The so far unpublished results show why some Republicans are deeply concerned that Kobach’s candidacy cost the party a Senate seat in Kansas—and why Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has long been so difficult for Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, a former Congressman from Wichita, to demand, Mr Kobach for the GOP nomination. “It is ridiculous that someone is serious to take a survey on a hypothetical match-up carried out, 18 months before the election and before even the Secretary Kobach entered the race,” said Steve Drake, Mr. Kobach campaign manager.”

Ocasio-Cortez-to-face primary challenge – Fox News: “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, have to go through a primary Challenger, if you want to hold on to their place in 2020. Democratic activists Badrun Khan, who has challenged Ocasio-Cortez, for the democratic nomination to represent New York’s 14th district, says on its website that it ‘ ll give ‘REAL results… Not Empty promises’ – an obvious side-swipe at the socialist darling. When asked about Khan’s challenge, Ocasio-Cortez said: “I just focus on delivering for my district and do the best job. I try not to focus too much on other people in the area, ” according to The hill. Khan filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Committee in July. The website for New York City government confirmed that Khan served on Queens Community Board 2.”

NETANYAHU COMES TO SHORT, CLIMBS TO SURVIVAL
NYT: “Take the initiative in Israel’s post-election political stalemate, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to his main rival, Benny Gantzto immediately meet to discuss the formation of a national unity government. Mr. Netanyahu, facing an impending indictment in three cases of corruption, fighting for his political survival, and, potentially, his freedom. To win his only chance of immunity from prosecution, that would remain in the top office, although neither he nor Mr. Gantz, the election was Tuesday with a clear path to the premiership. Mr. Gantz had already insisted on the need for a unit of the government, but for Mr Netanyahu, the time. He has a special hearing with the attorney General for Oct. 2, and the charges could be filed soon. Tuesday redo the election of Israel was the second in five months, according to an April ballot also ended inconclusively.”

Trump distancing itself from longtime allies – Axios: “President Trump appeared to distance themselves from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, after its failure to win a parliamentary majority in Tuesday’s elections. Trump told reporters in California that he had spoken yet, nor is Netanyahu about the outcome of the elections and stressed that his government’s relations with Israel.” These cool comments are a slap in the face for Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political survival. During his election campaign, Netanyahu and his personal relationship with Trump as an asset. Netanyahu used images of himself and Trump on billboards across the country and in ad-campaign under the heading ‘a different League’ a message should stress be advantageous when it comes to foreign policy experience. Trump gave Netanyahu his enthusiastic backing during the April elections, it offered a less active PR-support in the run-up to this week’s the voice.”

THE JUDGMENT OF THE JUDGE: DON’T SMILE FOR THE CAMERA
This week, Fox News Senior judicial Analyst judge Andrew Napolitano explains why the police-surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology threaten Americans privacy: “The Fourth Amendment makes no distinction between intelligence or law enforcement or governmental curiosity. Rather, the Fourth amendment is – the essence of which is the right to be left alone – was written to expressly prohibit what the British police do to the British public, and what the American police and the National security Agency have to do to the American public – the beginning of the investigations of the innocent without any suspicion. The Fourth Amendment is a deliberate obstacle for the government, an obstacle is presented, necessary to cut through the history of tyrants. Could happen to the British model here? Digital, it has. The ever-present cameras could be far behind?” More here.

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Congress agrees to handle short-term expenses, avoids Oct. 1 shutdown – Bloomberg

Former blackface enthusiast Justin Trudeau faces campaign firestorm – The [Toronto] star

Pergram: Cokie Roberts‘ important lesson – Fox News

To hear Dems launch longshot bid for DC statehood, rare – Fox News

Nebraska dumps populist Bryan’s statue in favor of Ponca chief Standing Bear – Roll Call

AUDIBLE: NAH, BRO
“I can tell you one thing: Beto O’rourke is my weapons away from me. You say, Beto, okay?” – Sen Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., quoted by the WSJ.

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ARRRRRRRRRR YOU READY, KIDS?
Asbury Park [N. J.] Press: “It is Sept. 19 International Talk Like A Pirate Day and we have your guide to the five sentences that should, we think, their way back into the everyday lexicon. Try around the office today, and let us know how it goes! HORNSWAGGLE — To cheat, deceive, fraud. “I’m tired of Pam always horn waggling all from the last donut!’ CACKLE FRUIT — chicken eggs, a rare treat for the pirates on the sea. “Hi, I would like to please a sausage, pepper and cackle fruit sub for the delivery.” LICK-SPITTLER — A kiss-up, self-promoter. ‘Jack picked up the boss’ dry cleaning once AGAIN, the lick-spittler!’ CAPE HORN FEVER — An imaginary disease used to get out of the responsibility. “It is terribly coincidentally, Jane is sick in the same time, in the big report is due. Cape Horn Fever Must.’ BILGE RAT — A rodent that lives in the dark, dankest part of a vessel; an insult. ‘Ugggh. Howard cooked his fish in the microwave, the bilge-rat!'”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“This is a gift that we have inside, this feeling of reverence for the Constitution. And it is important to remember that it is a gift from the past. It is not something that we can credit in any way to us.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) in an extract from his posthumously published book, “The Point of It All”. This excerpt was published on Nov. 29, 2018, in the Washington Post.

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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