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Sen Bernie Sanders’ cancel plan, student loan debt continues, as a democratic presidential rival Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to Kristin Fisher reports from Washington.

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On the roster: Warren ready for your close-up? Müller agrees to witnesses-Congress – house passes more migrants-the help bill, the showdown in the Senate – Audible: Squeeze play – humility helper

WARREN READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP?
The hill: “The run-up to the first presidential debate is a dream stretch for [Elizabeth Warren]. The glowing media profiles, roles. Your poll numbers are high, and she is trapped, and in some cases, the Sanders, their prime competition to the party of the progressive flag-bearer surpassed. Warren’s flood of ambitious policy proposals was a hit at the liberals. Warren is the only candidate polling in double-digits on the first night, in the debate. Their biggest competition for air time is Sen. Cory Booker (N. J.) and former Rep. Beto O’rourke (Texas), none of which is the setting of the primary race in a fire. Some believe that Warren was suffering, not on the stage with the other top contenders. But if Warren is on the stage, as in the last town halls and campaign events, you will be in good shape to continue their upward trend in the next phase of the race.”

Who’s on first? – USA Today: “tonight, the Democratic primary is real: Ten presidential hopefuls will take the stage in a debate, which the race. Then ten more doing the same thing tomorrow. … On Wednesday: Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney. (Warren and O’rourke is in the middle of the stage.)”

But maybe chill out a little – NYT: “presidential debates can be dramatic. The effect on the audience (and voters), however, are more subtle. As you prepare to watch the first primary debate Wednesday-Thursday (and the 11 to follow), let go of the idea that every single moment is a shift in the Stand of the race overnight. This is not to say that the discussions are important, but real consequences tend to be characterized only in the days and weeks after the debate, as the media, candidates and voters to respond. It is easy to believe, the stakes are high. Tens Of Millions Of People Are Watching. Opponents take it to another. Anything can happen. … Data suggest, however, that none of these memorable moments of the election results changed.”

Kurtz: snooze fest or a slugfest? – Fox News: “Some Democrats and liberal activists are concerned that the first round of the presidential debates starts tonight, could be in a circular firing squad. The concern is that with crowded stadiums, and so many candidates desperate for a breakthrough, the events in a series of personal attacks designed to spread virally. I think it is equally likely that the debates, which is a snooze fest. The time restrictions, the 10 candidates on a stage will not allow for much discussion, and many of them will still be in the public knows little or nothing about them. And with MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, the questions, the focus will probably be on the policy, and not an effort by the Democrats to pummel each other.”

Team trump card ready to play, insult – Political: “Democrats spar on the debate stage this week, the President of the campaign to unleash dozens of Donald Trump behind men on the airwaves in the year 2020, swing states, radiation from embarrassing moments on social media and planning talking points to ensure everyone stays on message. It’s all part of a robust response Team Trump has nights quickly pulled together in the last few weeks for the Democrats ‘ first presidential primary debate, the routes on Wednesday and Thursday. The strategy includes traditional elements — a rapid-response Team of field reporters questions, round-the-clock talking points and a “ground force” in Miami, where the discussion is taking place, but also a digitally-focused room was looking for a viral clip.”

Tim Alberta breaks it off with the campaign, vets – Political: “What is in store for this year, the Democrats? An insider’s view, POLITICO Magazine invited four of the Republican strategists, who managed this 2016 campaigns, a literal smoke-filled room in Washington to talk shop: Danny Diaz (Jeb Bush), Beth Hansen (John Kasich), Jeff Roe (Ted Cruz) and Terry Sullivan (Marco Rubio). Over drinks and cigars in the civil cigar Lounge, the discharge to the difficulties to break through, to be broadcast in a huge box, gossiping about the strengths and weaknesses of this Democratic harvest, the old complaints are still ongoing, starting in 2016 and offered some tactical advice on how to face off against President Trump.”

[Watch Fox: Tune in to Fox-News-team coverage of the debate starting at 6 PM ET with “special report with Bret Baier is live from Miami. After the debate, tune in for “Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream at 11 a.m. ET, live from Miami, for analysis and comment.]

THE REGULATIONS: GENERAL
“But a minute detail of particular rights is certainly far less for a Constitution like that under consideration to the rules, the only thought, the General political interests of the nation, as a Constitution, the regulation of every species of personal and private concern has.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 84

TIME-OUT: SUPPORT OF LOCAL NEWS
AP: “In a time when the journalists are vilified as” the enemy of the people, the employees in the capital-Gazette Newspapers, feel the embrace of the grateful municipality, and a year after a gunman went on a newsroom rampage that left five colleagues dead. Reporters that the worst of it survived the attack on journalists in U.S. history say the trauma has not faded, but their connection with their readers is a source of comfort and inspiration. … The paper was awarded a special Pulitzer prize citation and $100,000 for the coverage of the attack and the insistence, on the next day the paper. The staff was named, along with other journalists, as a Time magazine-2018 for the Person of the year. … Journalists at the newspaper say, the honors and awards that have helped not have made but, the trauma. Some have to heal your craft. Some have consecrated themselves again to the journalism.”

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INDICATOR
Trump job performance
Average Approval
: 44.5 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52 percent
Net Score: -7.4 Points
Change from a week ago: 0.8 points
[Average, includes: Monmouth University: 42% approve, reject – 51%; USA Today/Suffolk: 49% approve, reject – 48%; Fox News: 45% approve, reject – 53%; NBC/WSJ: 44% approve – 53% reject; Gallup: approve 43% – 55% oppose it.]

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MÜLLER AGREES TO TESTIFY TO CONGRESS
WaPo: “Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III , testifying to Congress in a public meeting next month to his investigation of the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, a recalcitrant witness long sought by house Democrats. The house judiciary and intelligence committees, in a notice late on Tuesday, said that ” due to a subpoena,’ Müller has her say before both boards on 17. Müller, who was responsible for the 22-month investigation, is perhaps the only person who was missing from the legislature and the nation to hear from the most. “We are pleased that the American people hear directly from Special Counsel Müller. Our national security is threatened and the American people deserve answers,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has pushed back against calls to any of the charges Trump said in a statement. Müller, testify in back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and the house Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.).”

Trump remains unhappy – Fox News: “key democratic lawmakers, who triumphantly announced that Robert Mueller, to testify under subpoena next month over his report on alleged Russian agreement played might have the right in Republican hands, several legal and political expert, told Fox News. And for his part, President Trump complains that the testimony is another Chapter in the Russia-probe-saga. ‘It never ends,’ Trump said Wednesday in an exclusive interview on Fox Business Network’s’ the Morning with Maria.’ The President reiterated that the investigation found collusion, while complaining that Müller and his team were biased against him. ‘You will be caught and you will run around wildly to try to do everything you can, but you looked at my campaign, it’s as simple as,’ Trump said, referring to the probe’s origins date back to the FBI.”

HOUSE MIGRANT AID BILL, A SHOWDOWN PASSES IN THE SENATE MORE
Fox News: “The house approved the night is a $4.5 billion additional spending bill on Tuesday to address the humanitarian issues at the U.S.-Mexico border with additional resources for food, water, medical care and stronger protection measures for unaccompanied children, among other things — setting up a showdown between the Democrat-led house and the Republican-led Senate. The house bill, which 230-195, contain features that would prevent, that the trump administration, so that is also a promotion to complement the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel at the border, is likely to be a point of contention with the Republicans. President Trump warned Monday that he would veto the house bill if it’s over… The House version of the bill focuses heavily on the creation of safe living conditions for unaccompanied and separated children, and access to legal services that you need. Some Republicans, on the other hand, called the situation a crisis that began under former President Obama‘s watch”.

Pelosi still felt pushback from four freshman members – The hill: “Four house Democrats on Tuesday evening, contrary to party leadership and voted against a bill to $4.5 billion in emergency border funding. The Democrats who voted against the bill were and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Me.) The handful of customers in loss come in the Wake of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) evening meeting on Monday with progressive and Latino legislators who were hesitant to support the measure. The speaker urged the members of your party to support the legislation, which earlier in the day, with the argument that defecting would be a victory for President Trump. ‘Understand what we are up against the White house. The President would like to go for this law to today, ” Pelosi said in a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Mnuchin, says U.S. and China conclude a trade deal – CNBC

House oversight agreed Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for Kelly Anne Conway – Axios

Bill Weld ‘s hopes for a debate with Trump – Fox News

AUDIBLE: SQUEEZE PLAY
“How was that for you an icebreaker?” Attorney General William Barr began his speech to the U.S. attorneys’ National conference on Wednesday morning, after surprising the group with a bagpipe performance.

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HUMILITY HELPER
[Easton, Pa.] Express Times: “A dirt bike rider ‘mock’ an Allentown police officer wiped just as another patrol car arrived on the Sunday afternoon, and a city, the woman got the crash on video. The police said they were called around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday for the motorcycle rider, had T-shirts, parts of their faces. Jeni Betancourt said she was sitting in her backyard, where you can usually hear dirt bikes and ATVs race on Hanover Street… the driver of The blue and white bike, then drove past, said Betancourt. She said that he has to draw five or six passes through the officer and was taunting him, doing stunts and flipping the middle finger. The last pass, though, would bike to his last, on the. The driver popped a wheelie, just as another strip pull cart, said Betancourt. The driver attempted to pass the cruiser on the right side, but hit a wire mesh fence and hit a somersault over the handlebars, she said.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“If I made the picture, I know, what we think, at the moment, in which it was recorded: to me It is always like that. The Brothers. Always young. Always Summer.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) write for the Washington Post on Jan. 27, 2006.

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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