Kasich Comes Out For Trump Impeachment
The former governor and 2016 candidate, like Mitt Romney, used to be a classic hard-core conservative. The GOP has changed a lot.
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vision 2020
Gabbard Demands Clinton Enter 2020 Race, Calls Her ‘Queen of Warmongers’
The bizarre tweets follow the 2016 nominee’s implication that the current candidate is an agent of Russia.
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vision 2020
Trump Believes He Has a Mandate for Tyranny
Given the vast powers Trump thinks voters gave him in 2016, what will he be like if he wins reelection? The mind reels.
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the national interest
Locating G7 Summit at Trump’s Own Property Is Genius, Conservative Argues
The Federalist columnist David Marcus argues that Trump is not only within his rights but brilliant for securing “home field advantage.”
democratic primaries
democratic primaries
Pete Buttigieg’s Chicago Fundraiser Debacle Won’t Help Him With Black Voters
He needs black support for his new strategy: capturing Biden supporters if the former vice-president falters.
The Zuck’s Speech
The Facebook CEO’s speech defending his right to not do anything and take no responsibility misses the point.
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vision 2020
Bernie’s Back. And It’s Make-or-Break Time for His Campaign.
The senator and presidential candidate has made his return to the trail, buoyed by an endorsement for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. What happens next?

Boeing only turned these messages over to the FAA on Thursday

Text messages between Boeing employees in 2016 indicate that the company was aware of major problems with an automated feature on the 737 Max jet that made the aircraft difficult to control, the messages show.

Safety investigators say the system, known as MCAS, had repeatedly pushed the noses of planes down in Indonesia and Ethi­o­pia, contributing to crashes that killed 346 people in the past year.

One text message with a misspelling said the feature was engaging “itself like craxy.” Another termed the problem “egregious.”

Another indicated that the Boeing employees misled the Federal Aviation Administration. “So I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly),” read one message.

“It wasnt a lie, no one told us that was the case,” came the response.

the national interest
the national interest
Trump Writes Unhinged ‘Legal’ Letter Demanding That CNN Pay Him Money
Trump’s authoritarian side and his toddler side are both on display here.

Pompeo thinks its unfair that House Democrats won’t let State Department attorneys gather inside information on impeachment proceedings

Pompeo curtly declined to discuss Giuliani — “I have nothing to add,” he said — or Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador of Ukraine, who testified in the impeachment inquiry following a congressional subpoena. But America’s top diplomat took aim at the Democrats for what he sees as an unfair process, where state secrets are being put at risk and the department is being afforded little visibility into what its current and former employees are saying.

“They’re not letting State Department lawyers in the room … they have not let State Department lawyers be part of these hearings,” Pompeo said. “That’s unheard of … I haven’t seen you all report that.”

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vision 2020
Late-Entry Third-Party Threats Haunt Democrats
The sudden talk about centrist billionaires and “Russian assets” entering the 2020 sweepstakes reflects Democratic nightmares and rivalries.
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foreign interests
Boris Johnson’s Make-or-Break Saturday Session in Parliament
The U.K. Parliament will convene for a rare and historic weekend vote in what could be the climax of the Brexit saga.

Meanwhile, up in space

NASA reached a milestone on Friday morning when two Americans ventured out of the International Space Station to replace a power controller: The astronauts, Jessica Meir and Christina Koch, had undertaken the first all-female spacewalk.

Shortly before 8 a.m., live video of the event showed two bulky white figures — first Ms. Koch, then Ms. Meir — emerging slowly from the space station, which glowed against the blackness of space.

The women could be heard talking to each other, and a helmet camera showed Ms. Meir’s view as she clambered along the outside of the space station on the way to her work station.

At one point, she could be seen crossing beneath the dangling feet of Ms. Koch. “Right beneath your feet, so don’t move down,” she said.

The spacewalk was expected to last for more than five hours.

What We Know About Trump’s Potential Senate Impeachment Trial
Impeachment trial procedures are an amalgam of constitutional provisions, standing Senate rules, and ad hoc procedures controlled by McConnell’s GOP.

Trump stands to profit off the kind of bigotry presidents used to denounce

Another anti-Muslim group has scheduled a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, prompting the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group to again ask the Trump Organization to cancel an event sponsored by such a group.

The Center for Security Policy, a Washington, DC think-tank whose founder, Frank Gaffney once suggested President Barack Obama was a Muslim and that Sharia law threatens American society, intends to host its annual Flame Dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 23. Tickets for the event start at $650, according to the Center’s website.

Fred Fleitz, the Center’s president and CEO, said the group was not deterred by the Trump Organization’s abrupt decision on Oct. 6 to cancel an event hosted by another anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, after news of that group’s dinner plans grabbed national headlines and drew widespread criticism.

“We are honored to have this event at Mar-a-Lago,” said Fleitz, adding that he has dined at the club many times.

Former Defense Secretary Mattis saved his Trump jabs for the Al Smith dinner

Delivering the keynote address at the 75th Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, Mattis — a retired four-star U.S. Marine general — said he felt he had finally “achieved greatness.”

“I’m not just an overrated general, I am the greatest, the world’s most overrated,” he said to laughter.

“I’m honored to be considered that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress,” Mattis continued. “So, I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals. Frankly that sounds pretty good to me.”

… “I earned my spurs on the battlefield … Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor,” he said in a reference to a medical deferment for bone spurs that kept Trump from serving in the military during the Vietnam War.

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world view
Trump Is Letting Turkey Bully the United States
The U.S. delegation got to announce a Syria cease-fire, but only after Ankara gave them a taste of the humiliation that weak nations endure regularly.
7 Unhinged Moments From Trump’s Dallas Rally
Trump said that forces in Syria need to “scrap a little” and that Hurricane Harvey made Texas a “fortune,” though it killed over 100 people.
federal courts
federal courts
As Trump Fumes, GOP Advances Party Goal of Appointing Lifetime Federal Judges
The Senate Judiciary advanced the nomination of a lawyer who has never tried a case, a reminder of why the GOP Establishment tolerates Trump.
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trump impeachment
Poll: Only a Minority of Republicans Are Sure Trump Is Innocent
New findings from Pew suggest there are more Democrats certain Trump committed impeachable offenses than Republicans who are certain he didn’t.
America Owed Better to Elijah Cummings
The congressman died trying to protect vulnerable Americans from Trump.
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intelligencer chats
Is Annoying People the Right Way to Combat Climate Change?
Intelligencer staffers discuss the intentionally divisive tactics of an upstart movement.
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climate change
Florida GOP Regrets ‘Lost’ Decade on Climate Change
The party is recovering from Rick Scott’s ban on using the phrase “climate change” ⁠— though isn’t quite ready to embrace climate policy.

Rikers Island is set to close, in a momentous change to New York’s prison system

One 886-bed jail will tower over shops and restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn. Another will be next to a subway yard in Queens. In the Bronx, a jail will replace a Police Department tow pound. And another jail will rise in the shadow of City Hall in Manhattan.

That is at the heart of a plan for a landmark overhaul of New York City’s corrections system, which will culminate with the closing of Rikers Island, the jail complex with nearly 10,000 beds that has become notorious for chronic abuse, neglect and mismanagement.

The City Council approved the proposal on Thursday, a decision that seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago and that supporters say immediately places New York City at the forefront of a national movement to reverse decades of mass incarceration that disproportionately affected black and Hispanic people.

You could also just say nothing

Sen CRAMER on holding the G7 at Trump Doral: “I don’t have any concerns about it other than just politically how it appears.”

“It may seem careless politically, but on the other hand there’s tremendous integrity in his boldness and his transparency,” he says.
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foreign policy
Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed to Cease-fire in Syria
Turkey has reportedly agreed to halt its invasion for five days so that Kurdish forces can peacefully withdraw from the contested region.

Another one bites the dust

Scoop: Energy sec Rick Perry notified the president in writing on Air Force One on the way to Texas that he will be leaving his post soon, sources tell me, @jendeben and @AriNatter.
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the national interest
‘We Do That All the Time, Get Over It.’ Mulvaney Boasts About Ukraine Plot
Administration no longer denying the quid pro quo.

Always good when your own Justice Department contradicts you

Mulvaney: Ukraine $$ withheld over “whether or not they were cooperating in an ongoing investigation with our DOJ.”

DOJ Official: “If the White House was withholding aid in regards to the cooperation of any investigation at the Department of Justice, that is news to us.”

Correct sentiment from Mitt

“What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain in the annals of American history,” Romney says
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medicare for all
Biden’s Attacks on Medicare for All Undermine the Entire Democratic Agenda
There are ways to oppose single-payer without demonizing the very concept of tax-financed social programs. Biden’s picked one that does.

Of course he is


Trump brags about selling out the Kurds and making a deal nobody except the Turks was asking for

This is a great day for civilization. I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!
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the top line
WeWork Is Slouching Toward Its Least-Worst Rescue Option
It looks like SoftBank is going to overpay again, even if not by as much as it did last time.

Surely a Democratic president would get this kind of benefit of the doubt from Republican lawmakers

“Show me where there is a violation of law. I’m not sure that there is,” Sen. Rounds says about G7 being hosted at Trump Doral

Good news, but too late for hundreds of thousands of Kurds

Pence: “Today the U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.”
Here’s Why Chicago Public-School Staff Are on Strike
By linking up with SEIU Local 73, the Chicago Teachers Union has put up an impressive display of force.
White House Chooses Trump’s Own Florida Property to Host the 2020 G7 Summit
But only because it was the perfect location for it, insists Mick Mulvaney.

No biggie

To be clear: Mick Mulvaney is acknowledging that there was a quid pro quo involving the military aid and a Ukraine-led investigation into a conspiracy theory that Trump’s former homeland security adviser calls “debunked.”

Utterly shameless

Mulvaney concedes that Trump’s desire to investigate “DNC server” was part of the reason Ukraine aide was held up

reporter: so it was a quid pro quo

Mulvaney: we do that all the time. get over it. politics is going to be involved in foreign policy elections do have consequences

He’s a selfless man

Trump’s Doral golf course has been having trouble filling its rooms since he became president.

Now United States taxpayers will put tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s cash registers.

Mick Mulvaney said this just now of Trump: “He’s not making money off of this.”

Jimmy Carter had to sell his peanut farm

Mulvaney says from the White House podium that the G-7 will be at Trump National Doral, Trump’s golf course.

More kids are killing themselves and experts aren’t sure why

Suicide and homicide rates have increased in recent years among young people in the U.S., according to a new federal report.

The suicide rate among people ages 10 to 24 years old climbed 56% between 2007 and 2017, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of homicide deaths decreased by 23% from 2007 to 2014 but then increased by 18% through 2017. …

Despite concern over the rising suicide rates, researchers aren’t sure of the exact causes. A rise in depression among adolescents, drug use, stress and access to firearms might all be contributing factors, experts say.

Some mental-health experts suggest that social-media use among teens might be fueling the increase in mental-health conditions and leading to greater suicide risk, and some early studies have linked smartphone use to anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation among adolescents.

He’ll fit right in

President Trump’s new pick for the Commission on Presidential Scholars “is a prolific author of self-help Illuminati books whose education company has been accused of handing out certificates to undeserving applicants.”
World’s Least Self-Aware Person, Donald Trump Jr., Attacks Bidens for Nepotism
Where would Donald Trump Jr. be if his name was not Donald Trump Jr.?