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On the roster: the White house sound less proud about shutdown – It is McSally, after all – trump-campaign-to-absorb RNC Jeffries tops Ocasio-Cortez, a hit-list for the 2020 primaries – you don’t say So, that you are going to live on a farm?

White HOUSE SOUND LESS PROUD ABOUT SHUTDOWN
WaPo: “President Trump on Tuesday withdrew his request for $5 billion to build, border, wall, congressional Republicans maneuvered to avoid a partial government shutdown before funding expires at the end of Friday. But Democrats immediately Republicans ” follow-up offer is rejected, so that the two sides still in the cul-de-SAC, as hundreds of thousands of Federal government workers await word on whether they are sent unpaid to the home shortly before Christmas. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said Trump did not want a government shutdown, and the administration identified had ‘other ways’ to Finance a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Sanders’ comments on Tuesday reflect a significant shift, if trump last week said that to get the Democratic leader, he would be ‘proud’ to shut down the government boundary wall-financing. “We have other ways we can get $5 billion,’ Sanders on Fox News.”

Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate – AP: “legislation, which would facilitate federal sentencing laws for some offenders, disabled the first big test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties, even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final passage would come up in a debate later in the week, but not up into the chamber and matched to a series of changes of opponent, which will be brought up Tuesday. The bill will give judges would have more discretion in the sentencing of drug offenders, and allow for over 2,600 Federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the option to petition for a lower penalty. The bill also promotes develops, the prisoners to participate in programs to reduce the risk of relapse, with the reward of the accumulation of credits that can be used to terminate a previous Version to a halfway house or home confinement sentence.”

House GOP prepares a hail Mary at the end of the year tax cuts – appeal: “house Republicans will try this week to pass a year-end package of tax cuts after the transformation of the measure for a second time to win broader political support. The latest version of the draft law benefits, an extension of two expired tax: a for a biodiesel-tax-credit-and others, for a railroad track maintenance credit. The biodiesel credit, which is extended and then phased out until the year 2024, was of particular concern to Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the likely Chairman next year of the Senate Finance Committee. The house rules Committee plans on the bill Wednesday to act, a step that could pave the way for a floor vote as early as Thursday. But it was not a guarantee for a floor vote in an already turbulent year-end calendar in the interests of the lame-duck lawmakers fleeing the Capitol in advance. And with the clock point ticking in the direction of a partial government shutdown beginning Saturday morning, it could be the vehicle for whatever end-game means of parliamentary maneuvers.”

The GOP can tack pro-Israel measure to spending bill – NYT: “Just a few days away from a partial government shutdown, the legislature consider adding a controversial measure, a disabled-spending package that would keep American companies from participating in boycotts against Israel to be carried out by international organizations. … The bill, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott law is one of several pieces of pet legislation, that the legislature add in the last days of the session, in the hope of a package of seven spending bills, need to keep to happen, the government is fully funded past Friday.”

THE RULES: TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
“The reason of man, like man himself, is timid and cautious when left alone, and acquires firmness and confidence in proportion to the number with which it is associated.” – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 49

TIME-OUT: IT IS FAR FROM A FLOP
Voice of America: “Our story begins at the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892. The people came to see the first performance of ‘The Nutcracker.’ Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the music and Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov created the ballet’s dance movements. The ballet is based on a story called “the Nutcracker and The mouse king” by the German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann. The French writer Alexandre Dumas later wrote of Hoffman’s story. Tchaikovsky did not much like the ballet or the story of ‘The Nutcracker.’ He, allegedly, a friend wrote, that the music he had written was far worse than the music of his earlier ballet ” The Sleeping beauty.” A lot of people watching “The Nutcracker” that night did not like the ballet and criticized it. … Tchaikovsky probably would not have believed that his ballet would one day become an international success. He did not live long enough to find out. He died in 1893, at the age of 53.”

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INDICATOR
Trump job performance
Average Level Of Agreement:
42%
The average of the rejection: 53%
Net Result: -11 Points
Change from a week ago: 0.2 points
[Average, includes: Gallup: 38% approve, reject – 57%; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve, reject – 54%; Fox News: 46% approve, reject – 52%; CNN: 40% approve – 53% reject; NPR/PBS/Marist: 43% approve – 49% oppose it.]

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IT IS MCSALLY, AFTER ALL
Fox News: “Republican Rep. Martha McSally, only a few weeks after the loss of one of the mid-term elections’ closest and most contentious Senate races, was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday to fill the state’s other U.S. Senate seat. McSally will serve for at least the next two years in the seat, held by longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain until his death in August. “With their experience and years of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to stand up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate,’ Ducey said in a statement. Ducey definitely had the former sen. Jon Kyl , to the seat in September, but Kyl, after he for several months, announced to withdraw at the end of the year. According to Ducey’s office, Kyl’s retirement is effective Dec. 31. McSally has defeated democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in this year’s midterm elections for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.”

TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN TO ABSORB RNC
Politico: “President Donald Trump is planning the roll-out of an unprecedented structure for 2020 his re-election, a lean organization, the Republican National Committee and the presidential campaign in a single unit. It is a powerful expression of Trump’s for the Republican party: the stranglehold Traditionally, a presidential re-election Committee worked in tandem with the national party Committee, not subsumed. According to the plan, the already in the works for several weeks, the Trump re-election campaign and the RNC to merge all of your field and fundraising programs in a common outfit called Trump the victory. The two teams will share office space rather than work out of separate buildings, as is custom. The goal is the creation of a single, seamless organization of the seam, moves quickly, saves resources, and — perhaps most important — minimizes employee overlap, and the kind of infighting that marked the year 2016, the relationship between the Trump campaign and the party. While a fragmented field of Democrats fighting for the nomination, to expect the Republicans, an organizational advantage.”

Dems confront data-deficit – Fox News: “Democrats are on a high after winning back the house in the last month, but you have an impending problem, you know that, you need to: data. Specifically, get all your voter data under one proverbial roof. Heading in 2018, Democrats made a concerted effort to build a voter database that could compete with President Trump campaign, the operation and the sophisticated data-sharing program, the Republican National Committee. But, the Democratic National Committee is to take the search a step-by-step through the unification of their data under a for-profit, but it is prompted pushback between the state, the party leader…”

JEFFRIES TOPS OCASIO-CORTEZ, A HIT-LIST FOR THE 2020 PRIMARIES
Politico: “Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is eyeing a new member in the house democratic leadership as 2020 main target: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). Ocasio-Cortez, a displaced House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley at the beginning of this year, in a shocking primary victory, the members on the announcement for the future of primaries only a few days after the November election, told a live audience that you and an allied group, the justice Democrats, the work would, together, to boost anti-incumbent challengers, although no name calling. But a person who has discussed the project with Ocasio-Cortez and her team, said the Congressman has been set to elect an African-American woman to challenge Jeffries, who was only elected to replace Crowley as caucus Chairman, the No. 5 house democratic leadership position. The person who spoke with Ocasio-Cortez and her team, asked to discuss anonymity, a private conversation, called Jeffries the “highest priority” the primary objective of the Ocasio-Cortez. A second person with direct knowledge of the justice Democrats ” primary plans said the group is sitting in the ‘search’ Jeffries’. As justice Democrats singled out a call for potential targets, the group of supporters of Jeffries as a member, you would be ‘thrilled’ to oppose it.”

Dems eye on the 2020 challenge for Kansas’ Roberts – McClatchy: “sen. Pat Roberts looks vulnerable for Democrats and some Republicans, and this is an important reason, the 2020 race was quickly drawn, a prominent potential Challenger, former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom. Grissom confirmed on Monday that he is considering a run for U.S. Senate as a Democrat for about a year. He is not officially made his decision, but he is active, sets the Foundation to mount a challenge against Roberts, the Kansas Republican, was in Congress for almost four decades. Based on Kansas’ history, and voters make-up, Roberts’ place should be safe. But the 82-year-old Republican, is not assured of a fifth Senate term. Roberts survived a key challenge in the year 2014 with less than 50 percent of the vote, as a first time candidate Milton Wolf points, moved to within 8 per cent by questioning the senator’s conservative credentials and attack for him not to spend enough time in Kansas. Roberts needed a flood of national money, power him through the General election.”

N. C. GOP IS IN the LINE BEHIND the WINNER of THE TAINTED VOTES
[Raleigh] News&Observer: “North Carolina Republicans rallied behind the 9. District congressional candidate Mark Harris on the Monday before the trial-like hearing on the allegations of electoral fraud could nullify his victory. … In the meantime, the state board of elections guidelines for the Jan. 11 hearing of witnesses and cross-examinations from lawyers. The hearing will be held in the courtroom of the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh. Harris ‘ victory over Democrat Dan McCready in 9. The constituency was marred by a probe into the allegations with the absentee ballot in Bladen County The state Board declined to certify Harris the choice, and could allow a new election. The hearing will take place a week after a new, Democratically controlled Congress takes over on Jan. 3. And two democratic members of Congress from North Carolina said on Monday that they expect to sit Harris.”

Cooper plans to veto the bill for the race, repeat – AP: “North Carolina’s Governor says he will Veto legislation Director elections, if the fraud in a controversial U.S. house race, because the hastily approved the draft law also adds a new cover for the lobbyists and people in violation of campaign-Finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper , said on Tuesday that he would sign the legislation if the state legislature remove the portion. Cooper objects to details, such as the requirement that state elections officials find apparent campaign Finance crimes, a separate Commission for a confidential review of whether the state will be notified lawyers. The bill would also require that new PV elections, in addition to a new General election, if the treated ballots, or other problems exist, the doubts about the true result in 9. The constituency race and force a redo.”

JUDGE FLYNN CONVICTION ADDS MORE DRAMA
Fox News: “A Federal judge delayed sentencing for the former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, pushing the case after a dramatic trial. Flynn pleaded guilty, more than a year to making false statements to the FBI. During sentencing, U.S. district judge Emmet G. Sullivan went to the defendant for his alleged misdeeds. Sullivan called Flynn and his attorneys to the stand and asked a series of questions to ensure Flynn want to, in fact, to plead guilty. Flynn said he did not want to withdraw his plea. Later in the hearing, though, Sullivan tore into Flynn called his plea for ” very serious.’ The judge asked prosecutors if Flynn could have, entrusted with the task to respond to the betrayal, you hesitated. ‘Well, you sold your country,” Sullivan Flynn said, said he would not hide your ‘disgust’ or ‘contempt’ for the offence. The court then went into a short break. After returning, Flynn’s lawyers, the judge took on a bid to delay court proceedings. Sullivan set a conference hearing for March 13.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Trump dole out more taxpayer cash-the beat farmers, by its tariffs – WSJ

To get the Trump shutters its inception in the offer authorities to drop the fraud-probe – WaPo

AUDIBLE: WHATCHADOIN?
“She calls don’t ask me about the weather or my Christmas plans.” –Tri-County [Iowa] Democrats Chairman Kurt Meyer, told the Des Moines Register, about a call he received from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., At The Beginning Of December. The senator has Iowa Democrats, as you a decision on whether she should run for President in the year 2020.

FROM THE STANDS
“We will take the surveys first of all, correct. If you do, it’s no wonder, given the constant flood of the Democrats, media, and never Trumpers go on every airwave? On the contrary, I think you and the surveys are wrong. The people elected this man to the conviction that he cares about the PEOPLE, not the institution. Therefore, and in spite of the Cohen and Comey ‘ s is not, this is the way of the trump-haters want.” – Ron Lawrence, Of St. Cloud, Florida.

[Ed. Note: Mr. Lawrence, I can assure you, from the tips of my toes to the top of my head, I have no idea how this story ends. And anyone who tells you, what you do is either a joke or you yourself. There are so many possible scenarios how this ends, and we know so little of the overall picture, the puzzle only pointless, but also counter-productive is not rates. We were able to see, the President relieved significantly, we were able to him, inculpated see through has employees. Who knows? I think, to fool the President the decision of the voters on the payments to prostitutes was a serious political mistake, that has to offer a great deal to its credibility with persuadable voters. It was unnecessary because it was not necessary for the Fans like you, are eager to forgive a violation of the rules, as long as it helps defeat the “establishment” and did nothing to convince skeptics that his denials sounded fanciful, from the beginning.]

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SO DO NOT SAY THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE ON A FARM?
The Palm Beach Post: “Amei Francesco-Folsom came home on a Thursday afternoon to have the blood all over the streets in your Palm Springs [Fla.] Neighborhood. Her husband, Greg, informed her it was the blood of neighborhood ducks, and then you called your city’s maintenance Department, in order to clean it. However, she soon discovered, she was there by chance. The Lakewood condominium remove duck nod. At the end of November, the men, dressed in dark blue, carrying of weapons, and orange buckets began to walk through the neighborhood. They work to Remove the Allstar animal to a licensed wildlife removal company, on behalf of the community of owners. … “You explained to us that the people complain about this, your children’s slip on (duck) poop on the Playground and on the sidewalks,’ the house owner Aaron Nagler told The Palm Beach Post. “As a resident of Lakewood, it bothered me to see two boys chasing a duck around with a hold of what appeared to be a gun in his hand.'”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“This time you have gone too far, Big Bro’. The sleeping giant is awakening. You take my shoes, remove my belt, waste my time and try my patience. But don ‘ T touch my junk.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the “National Review” on Nov. 19, 2010.

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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