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Mayor Pete Buttigieg will be attacked by sen. Elizabeth Warren for the conduct of a fundraising event for wealthy donors in a ” wine cave.’ Karl Rove and Donna Brazile respond to the night’s biggest headlines.

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WARREN APPEARS YOUR CORK ON BUTTIGIEG
NYT: “the way to the White house by a wine cellar? That was the question that electrified the democratic debate in Los Angeles on Thursday. It was specific, based on the location of a recent fund-raiser that Pete Buttigieg held had in the Napa Valley. But it was also, metaphorically, a stand-in for the larger argument among Democrats about the pragmatism versus purity, compromise vs. idealism, a candidate like Buttigieg, or Joe Biden , compared to a candidate like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. As Warren Buttigieg blasted kiss up to wealthy donors and he portrayed them as impractical hypocrites — they weren’t really sparring over cabernet, and cash. They were to promote separate strategies for victory in the presidential election, different ways to position your party and vanquish the Donald Trump. It was the same conflict in the Democratic primaries from the beginning, but with extra rage. Passions often burn hot, if alcohol is in the game.”

Biden sure-footed for a change – Politically: “But the most important story of the intense, substantive engagement with the 2020 Democratic cycle is that Joe Biden – a almost Standard top tab that has managed to stumble at one point or another in each of the last debates—may finally have found his footing in an environment in which he has demonstrated, persistent complaints. Spinning In a Democratic primary, the sound is often like a fight for the heart of the progressive blogosphere, the candidates are outdoing themselves, from the most inclusive, most environmentally friendly, most vision of America, redistributed, Biden has frequently still felt like a step backwards—a visitor from the Obama world and other vanished lands, the votes of effort to parry the attacks sharper and fresher. In Thursday’s debate, but Biden again not shown, to defend that the ability to not only themselves, but to turn that defense into effective arguments for his candidacy.”

Nate Silver: Klobuchar shines – FiveThirtyEight: “I thought that was not only [Amy Klobuchar‘s] best debate, but one of the better discussions that every Democrat has so far in the cycle. I say this because she was both pretty good on the substance, and smart, tactical, go to Buttigieg, by emphasizing electability and experience, the strategy I advocated is exactly for you at the beginning of the evening. I don’t know if we are in the process of Klobuchar surge — she is only 3 percent across the country, so you have to go a loooong way! — but if it’s in the cards, tonight may have been the catalyst for that.”

Huckabee Sanders apologizes for mocking a speech defect – USA Today: “the Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has apologized for a tweet to appear to mock, former Vice-President Joe Biden, as he mentioned, children with language disorders, who asked him for advice because of his own experience with a life-long stutter during the Democratic debate. ‘There is not a line that I go through, I don’t have at least half a dozen people come up and hug me and say: ‘Can you help me?…” Biden said, as he look rounded off his engagement. ‘The little child who says, ‘I-I-I-I can’t speak, what should I do?’…’ In a tweet, which was deleted in the meantime, Huckabee Sanders said, ” I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhave I I have absolutely no idea what Biden.'”

Dems nudge up qualifications for January-debate – Des Moines Register: “The Democratic National Committee announced Friday that it pulled to the survey of the performance and the donations criteria for the presidential candidates to qualify for the January debate in Iowa. The debate, scheduled for Jan. 14, hosted by CNN in collaboration with the des Moines Register and held at the Drake University campus in Des Moines. … You will qualify for the January, the candidate must Receive 5% support in at least four different surveys, which may be in the national polls, or state polls in the early voting States of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada. The night of 4% for the December debate, instead of Thursday. … [The second skill:] donations of at least 225,000 total donor and at least 1,000 donors in at least 20 States. Of the 200,000 total donor and 800 donors in 20 States for the December debate.”

Bloomberg already has the largest early-state staff – McClatchy: “Michael Bloomberg‘s presidential campaign set has more than 200 employees work in 21 States, aides said McClatchy, the New York billionaire with the biggest organization that, according to the early voting States of each of the 2020 Democratic candidates. Bloomberg, a later participant in the White house race, completed by a fleet of state leadership hires in this week, signing on a squad of former campaign hands to Barack Obama, past the presidential and gubernatorial races and the national and state party committees. It means that Bloomberg, who is the skip of the first four nominating contests in February, and now teams in nine of the 14 Super Tuesday States that vote on 3. March, and as a helper in the four States that vote in April. The campaign spiced up ground game to complement the North spent of $80 million, the former New York City mayor has already, on TV advertising this week.”

THE RULES: THE RACE WILL
“If the States know that the Union can apply yourself, without their Agency, it is a strong motive for the effort on your part.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 36

TIME-OUT: THE Big fun ON THE BAYOU
Garden&Gun: “Rather than out-cookies by the fireplace, Cajun country of Santa Claus are greeted with the actual fire—miles-long row of fire on the levees along the Mississippi River. “As children we were taught, was to light the way for Papa Noel to find his way in the swamps,” says John Folse, the heralded chef and author of ” The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole cuisine, which grew in the parish of St. James [Louisiana], the epicenter of the tradition started by early German and French settlers. … Beginning to watch Christmas eve, families gathered together and cooked, the fire, and celebrated in the glow of the crackling flames. Everyone in attendance brought a dish… But in the midst of the feast was always gumbo. “At every camp-fire of a different kind,’ Folse made says. … As the early Cajun and Creole settlers have in front of you, if Folse and his family finished their meal, they went to Church for the midnight mass, stop fires on the way to warm up and chat with the neighbors.”

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 26.2 points (↓ 1.4 points from last wk.)
Sanders: 18.6 points (↑ 0.4 points from last wk.)
Warren: 16.2 points (↓ 2.2 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 9.4 points (↑ 0.8 points from last wk.)
Bloomberg: 5.2 points (first listing)
[Averages NBC News/WSJ, CNN, Quinnipiac University, USA Today/Suffolk University and NPR/PBS/Marist include:.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Approval: 43.8 Percent
The average of the rejection: 51.4 percent
Net Rating: -7.6 Per Cent
Change from a week ago: ↑ 1.8 percentage points
[Average, includes: NBC/WSJ: 44% approve, reject – 54%; CNBC: 40% approve – 49% reject; CNN: 44% approve – 52% oppose; Quinnipiac University: 43% approve, reject – 52%; USA Today/Suffolk University: 48% approve, reject 50%.]

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PELOSI, MCCONNELL, SHOWDOWN LOOMS IN THE NEW YEAR
Bloomberg: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell deepened their cul-de-SAC on the conditions of President Donald Trump‘s impeachment trial Thursday, as the Congress Washington left for the holidays, without, when, and how it would take place. Pelosi many house Democrats Wednesday evening surprised indicted after house, Trump when she said she would designate the delay in the transmission of the indictment, and the impeachment managers — who argue that the house-until the Senate sets its own procedures for the trial version. “If we can see what you have, we will know who and how many we send over,’ Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday. Pelosi threw the timing as a procedural matter, and gave the Senate the opportunity to come up with a non-partisan study plan, after President Bill Clinton was accused of.”

Traitor, The pining for Trump, promises his “undying support’ – NJ.com: “New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who voted against President Donald Trump 90 percent of the time, while in the U.S. house, promised him his ‘undying’ support ‘ in the White house on Thursday for the President, as he joined the Republican party. Democrats were not happy. Van Pulled the pages changed, a day after he was one of only two house Democrats to vote against the impeachment Trump, a Republican, for the abuse of power, and only three against impeachment him for the disability of the Congress. … On Thursday, Van Drew met in the Oval Office with trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the house Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California, and the other on Thursday. “Two more things I would like to say,’ Van Drew said as reporters looked on. ‘Man, you have my everlasting support.’ ‘Thank you,’ Trump said. “I thank you very much.’ And always, Van Drew said.”

Mulvaney, already marginalized, are preparing for the departure – Politico: “Acting White house chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is generally expected that from its current position, as soon as the Senate closes its impeachment process and the Intensive monitoring of the West wing is, after five aide-de-camp and confidant of President Donald Trump. Trump allies, and White House aides met with the President in recent weeks, a new leader for the team in a crucial re-election campaign, have been circulating lists of possible replacements for weeks, shows up. Mulvaney no longer exercises much control over the staff in the White house. Lately, he has been to the left out of the major personnel and policy decisions, and it is not the strategy of the prosecution, although he assumes what is historically the most powerful job in the West Wing. “He is it. I’ll leave it at that,” said the Republican close to the White house, when asked about Mulvaney’s status. “He is like a child. To see its role at the table and not listen.'”

Christie-backed PAC provides charge air cover for GOP senators – Politico: “Chris Christie is the introduction of a ” big-money effort aims, the Senate Republican air cover on the indictment and the positioning of the former New Jersey Governor as a counter-weight to liberal billionaire Tom Steyer. The newly formed issue advocacy organization, Correct the direction of America, is set to ad-to begin a seven-figure TV and digital-offensive Monday. The non-Profit group that focuses on a half-dozen States in which Central 2020-Senate races: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine and North Carolina. Christie is looking to offset a multi-million-dollar offensive funded by Steyer, a Democratic presidential candidate, and hedge Fund Executive, who is targeting Senate Republicans over impeachment. Steyer, the organization, the charges, spent about $3.5 million on a handful of States, GOP senators are pushing.”

Trump rages Evangelical magazine, after it secures its removal – WaPo: “The Evangelical magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham published a surprising editorial Thursday called on President Trump removing, and describes him as” an almost perfect example of a human being, morally lost and confused.’ “If Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by referendum for the next election — that is a matter of prudential judgment,’ said the piece, written by editor-in-chief , Mark Galli. “That he should be removed, we believe, is not a question of party-political loyalty, but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten commandments.’ Galli, who is retiring from the magazine Jan. 3, wrote that the facts of the case leading to Wednesday’s indictment of trump card are clear. … But the editor has not only to call trump. He called his faithful followers. … Trump blow in the magazine in a couple of early in the morning “-tweets Friday, the Christianity Today is a ” far left magazine … which was bad.'”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
North American trade pact in the house – WSJ

Before the Christmas recess the Senate more trump court confirmed 12 judicial nominees is Politically

To report to McMorris Rodgers Treasury for the misused resources according to the ethics of the ruling – WaPo

Washington state REP Matt Shea hung up GOP caucus for domestic terrorism ties – The ” Seattle Times

Georgia lawyers for voters purge, 22,000 defend back to the voting rolls – AJC

Pompeo has executed a new Deputy, a further sign of the impending Senate – AP

AUDIBLE: DUDE
“If you want to talk, the capacity to win, try to put together a coalition to bring you back to the office with 80% of the votes as a gay Dandy in Mike Pence‘s Indiana.” – Mayor Pete Buttigieg in response to Sen. Amy Klobuchar‘s questioning of his experience during the Thursday night in the debate.

ANY SUNDAY
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FROM THE STANDS
“I’m a retired Federal employee. You say [Thursday:] ” the Republican incumbent, worried would be a matter of such generosity to one of the most resented classes of American citizens.’ I actually went in search of web results to support this widely held resentment idea quantitatively, but not much. It’s not worth it to argue with me, and it would not surprise me greatly if you’re right, but — how do you know?” – Steve Tulloss, Ellicott City, Md.

[Ed. Note: I’m not going to share with you some of the other answers we had about the new paid family leave benefits for Federal workers, but suffice it to say that it is a long-standing aversion to Federal workers, especially on the American right. We were ready only to the fact that the Problem has become threatening. During the Obama administration, increases in pay and sometimes they pay freezes for Federal workers, the big political fights were often. Here is adopted a new, very generous benefit, without a peep.]

“Could the Republicans in the house, a lawsuit, not to say these current charges rise to the level the Constitution requires, and ask to rule the Supreme court? I love to read your report every day!” – Jim Arthur, Seattle

[Ed. Note: Nope. There are no appealing the judgments of the house in impeachment proceedings. The same is true for the Senate in an impeachment trial. Congress ” makes in the matter is absolute. To write thanks for reading and taking the time!]

“What it says about my Boomer generation that three of the four impeachments of the President have taken place in my life?” – Ron Smith, Larned, Kan.

[Ed. Note: you guys have certainly played a cruel joke with the American policy in the last 50 or so years. If we had the view of the bow of the events of the 1968 election to today, it’s a doozy. But when you put it on the longer term, the upheavals of their time were modest compared to other, so don’t be too hard on yourself.]

“I’m sorry, so old and out, but in the ‘charge-Circus” piece [Thursday], she wrote to JK! LOLZ! What on earth does that mean?” – Bill Newton, Berkeley, Calif.

[Ed. Note: No need to apologize, Mr. Newton! The first J(ust) K(idding) is. LOLZ is a variant of L(aughing) O(ut) L(oud) is. The Z is, for some reason, ironic, or mocking laughter.]

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QUACK IN YOUR HEART AGAIN
Bangor [Maine] Daily News: “The ducks are brought together by scale-like singles-display are to beat it. Yellow duck has warmed up, the Mallard was introduced, until Sunday, said her owner Chris Morris, who wrote a personals ad on a community bulletin board in the Blue Hill Co-op last week, looking for a companion for his lonely duck. ‘… At the beginning she was a little wary of him, but now they follow each other everywhere.’ Morris scored the ad, because to be a Yellow duck is feeling blue seemed after a bobcat grabbed her two colleagues ducks out of the Morris farm on the Dry moon Lane about three weeks ago. ‘Duck seeks duck,” Morris wrote in the ad. “Lonesome runner duck companion. ner recently passed away. Serious answers only.’ … The Morris’ and named their new duck Mr. Graham… The nickname is a tribute to Aubrey Graham, the rapper known as Drake, which is also the term used to describe male ducks sexually Mature to be.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“In the last hundred years, Americans have elected 13 Republican administrations and 12 democratic. The power could not be divided evenly. American presidential elections are, in essence, a flip of the coin. This time the coin landed on its edge.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in Time magazine on Nov. 20, 2000.

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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