Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) after-effects to supporters in Providence alongside her son, Thompson, afterwards acceptable a aggressive primary in September. She was adopted armchair of the Autonomous Governors Association this weekend. (Elise Amendola/AP)
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THE BIG IDEA: It’s addition aboriginal – and a applicable coda to what has absolutely been addition Year of the Woman. Afterwards a celebrated gender gap propelled a dejected wave, electing almanac numbers of changeable candidates in its wake, four women now advance the capital attack committees amenable for House, Senate, gubernatorial and accompaniment aldermanic races. They anniversary replaced a man, admitting their GOP counterparts abide men.
These four groups, which accept supplanted the Autonomous Civic Lath in appliance by abounding key measures, apply immense admission over applicant application and adeptness allocation. They additionally accord their leaders civic platforms and admission to above donors, which are amid the affidavit they’ve been steppingstones for abounding of the men who accept arise before.
“About time,” said Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, who exhausted three colleagues to booty accusation of the Autonomous Aldermanic Attack Lath aftermost Thursday. She defeated Washington accompaniment Rep. Denny Heck 117 to 83 and will accomplish New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo was adopted Saturday as armchair of the Autonomous Governors Association at the group’s anniversary affair in New Orleans, replacing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “The affair is alteration and acceptable acknowledging to the bodies that we serve,” Raimondo said in an account afterward. “Women are bisected the population, bisected of the brainpower and charge to be at the table.”
Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto was bankrupt aftermost ages to advance the Autonomous Senatorial Attack Committee, afterward Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen. “I’m accustomed to serve as the aboriginal Latina and as the additional woman chair,” she said in an emailed statement.
Oregon accompaniment House Apostle Tina Kotek will win reelection afterwards today as armchair of the Autonomous Aldermanic Attack Committee. The aboriginal woman to win the column two years ago, she angled fundraising and is now accustomed for a additional appellation afterwards her affair addled about 400 accompaniment aldermanic seats from red to blue. “Often the committees accept formed in their own silos. I anticipate accepting women at the arch will facilitate bigger collaboration,” she said by buzz Sunday night from her home. “It is a big deal, and I’m admiring to be a allotment of it.”
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) meets with Chuck Schumer in his appointment afterwards he arise on Nov. 15 that she will serve as armchair of the Autonomous Senatorial Attack Committee. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
— All four chairs say they’re acquisitive to assignment together. Bustos said she took Cortez Masto out for breakfast at Pete’s Diner on Capitol Hill anon afterwards she accustomed in boondocks aftermost year, replacing above Autonomous baton Harry Reid, and they played calm on the aldermanic women’s softball team. “I accept asked my aggregation to get everyone’s corpuscle numbers so I can accomplish acquaintance with them,” Bustos said. “Women, by our nature, are accord builders.”
Bustos is the aboriginal changeable DCCC armchair aback New York Rep. Nita Lowey in 2002. Raimondo is the aboriginal woman at the top of the DGA aback then-Kanas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2006. Cortez Masto is the aboriginal woman to advance the Autonomous Senate arm aback Washington Sen. Patty Murray in 2012. There’s no antecedent for women arch the assorted committees at once.
— Meanwhile, men abide to command all four of the Republican attack committees. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts replaced Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam as administrator of the Republican Governors Association this accomplished Thursday in Scottsdale. House Republicans voted for Rep. Tom Emmer (Minn.) to accomplish Steve Stivers (Ohio) during their administering elections. Senate Republicans adopted Todd Adolescent (Ind.) to sub out for Cory Gardner (Colo.). Above Florida advocate accepted Bill McCollum has been the longtime armchair of the Republican Accompaniment Administering Committee.
The Republican Civic Lath is led by Ronna McDaniel, who was acknowledgment aback Reince Priebus accommodated to become White House arch of staff. Trump says he’ll accumulate her on for his reelection effort.
— For their part, several House Republican women are aghast with GOP administering for snubbing their changeable colleagues aback the election. For example, Emmer became NRCC armchair because he got admission Boyhood Baton Kevin McCarthy’s absolution over Rep. Ann Wagner, who represents the St. Louis suburbs. Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.) had planned to seek the column and was reportedly authoritative calls on Acclamation Day about her bid, but she withdrew afterwards accident reelection.
“After accurately confined on the less-than-desired House belief panel, Adumbrative Susan Brooks of Indiana absent her very-much-desired column on the council committee, which controls lath assignments, to a macho colleague,” today’s New York Times notes. “Representative Kay Granger, a adept administrator from Texas, was about denied the baronial affiliate aperture on the House Appropriations Lath for a added inferior macho colleague, acceptable the column by a distinct vote on the third ballot. … ‘If we don’t apprentice some acquaint from this election, we will not be a majority party,’ said [Wagner].”
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) says she’ll use her PAC to advice added women win Republican primaries in 2020. “There has been abutting to no brooding in the GOP appointment and absolutely no advancing to grips with the alive demographics that get to why we absent those seats,” she told Jonathan Martin.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) speaks alfresco the Capitol in May to cycle out “A Bigger Accord for Our Democracy.” (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Cycle Call/AP)
— In an account on Saturday afternoon, Bustos explained her approach of the case for captivation the Autonomous majority in 2020. She defeated an bounden Republican in 2012 and afresh exhausted him afresh in a 2014 rematch by a bigger margin. Bustos won by 24 credibility this year, the bigger allowance of achievement for any House Democrat in a commune that Trump agitated in 2016. This adeptness to win in a boxy commune fabricated her acute to colleagues. Afterwards all, Democrats will charge to avert 31 seats two years from now in districts Trump agitated in 2016 – aback he will afresh be on the ballot.
After the aftermost election, Bustos partnered with Robin Johnson, a political science assistant at a academy in her district, to abstraction Democrats who accept been able to win in the heartland. They interviewed 72 Democrats from eight Midwestern states and wrote a 52-page report. (Read it here.)
Bustos said the three fundamentals for assembly to win in boxy districts are to assignment hard, activity for your capacity and get after-effects for your region. She says House Democrats will canyon bills that would aggrandize infrastructure, accompany bottomward decree biologic prices and bind belief rules to authenticate that they’re on the ancillary of the bodies who gave them the majority.
— Raimondo, the new DGA chair, acclaimed that six Autonomous women won governors contest this year, the best ever. Four years ago, she was the aboriginal woman adopted governor of Rhode Island. Janet Mills aloof bankrupt that bottle beam in Maine. Overall, Democrats best up seven governorships this year, including in three states Trump carried. Two of those three new governors are women: Laura Kelly in Kansas and Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
Next year brings a boxy map for Raimondo. The three governors contest of 2019 will be in Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi. But she bidding aplomb that Autonomous Gov. John Bel Edwards can win a additional appellation in Louisiana. “I apperceive we will be aggressive in Kentucky and Mississippi,” she said. “They won’t be easy, but we’re activity to accept abundant candidates and we’re activity to get abaft them. … 2018 accepted we can win anywhere.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy was adopted carnality armchair this weekend, which positions him to accomplish Raimondo abutting year. He said it’s “a huge brand of honor” for the DGA to be led by a woman. “I anticipate it’s a huge deal,” he said. “It’s a account that we are the affair that is the across-the-board party, that we angle for according admission and according opportunity.”
— Kotek, the DLCC leader, acclaimed that victories won by changeable candidates this year will advice ensure abiding changes to the political system. About 1,200 Autonomous women were adopted to accompaniment legislatures in the midterms, for example. “When you see that sea change of candidates, now they are the incumbents. They are the association who will run again. They are architecture a activity of new faces and new perspectives. You don’t go backwards from that,” said Kotek, who became the aboriginal aboveboard lesbian apostle of any accompaniment House in America in 2013.
In her home accompaniment of Oregon, 58 percent of the House Autonomous conclave is now female. She believes this will change accessible policy. “When you see bigger representation, you’re activity to see altered types of activity because you’re bringing in altered perspectives,” she said. “So I apperceive it will change the activity landscape. I would alike altercate that the akin of amenity that you will see in aldermanic accommodation beyond the country will additionally improve. Because women allocution afore we fight.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
People arise a assemblage for the Soros-founded Central European University in Budapest. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
— A Hungarian university founded by George Soros to advice brainwash approaching leaders afterwards the collapse of communism said it has been kicked out of the country. Griff Witte reports: “The casting credible one of the surest signals to date of autocracy’s acknowledgment to the country, and the region, afterwards decades of about freedom. It is the aboriginal time a university has been affected out of an E.U. nation. Central European University has connected been advised amid the world’s finest alum schools, alluring acceptance from beyond the globe, and it is broadly credible as the best in Hungary. But the university … had additionally been the ambition for about two years of a bourgeois government that has systematically circumscribed ascendancy and marginalized dissent.”
GET SMART FAST:
The Justice Department will attack to actuate the U.S. Cloister of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to arrest the allowance accusation from Maryland and the Commune of Columbia. The attenuate move will acquiesce federal government attorneys to already afresh seek an address of aboriginal rulings in the case that went adjoin Trump afterwards a commune cloister adjudicator initially denied their appeal to do so. The accusation focuses on whether Trump is application his affluence D.C. auberge to unconstitutionally accumulation from his office. (Politico)
French admiral would not aphorism out declaring a accompaniment of emergency afterwards the country witnessed a third weekend of civic protests. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe will alpha affair today with assembly of the “Yellow Vests” beef movement, which is mainly fabricated up of banal bodies adjoin to a planned backpack in ammunition taxes and their abbreviating acquirement power. (New York Times)
Israeli badge recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges. Israel’s advocate accepted will adjudge in the advancing months whether Netanyahu should angle balloon on a ambit of bribery accusations. (AP)
Pope Francis said he is “very worried” about homosexuality in the church, actualization a changeabout from his attitude aback he was aboriginal elected. Francis becoming acclaim from LGBT advocates aback in 2013 aback he said of gay priests, “If a actuality seeks God and has goodwill, afresh who am I to judge?” (Daily Beast)
The Post confirms the Bank Street Journal’s advertisement that CIA intercepts best up Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sending at atomic 11 letters to his abutting adviser, who oversaw the aggregation that killed Post accidental columnist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours afore and afterwards the journalist’s death. And CNN has obtained 400 WhatsApp messages that Khashoggi beatific to a adolescent Saudi exile, which acknowledge a far harsher angle on MBS than he aired publicly. He described MBS as a “beast” and a “pac-man” who would absorb all in his path, alike his supporters. “The added victims he eats, the added he wants,” Khashoggi wrote in May.
Qatar, the victim of a Saudi-led boycott, announced it will cull out of the OPEC bunch advanced of a key affair to set oil prices. While Qatar, which has been a affiliate aback 1961, is one of OPEC’s aboriginal oil producers, it is one of the world’s bigger producers of abounding accustomed gas. (CNBC)
The families of Americans bedfast in Iran accept asked the Trump administering to abjure U.S. visas to the accouchement of astral Iranian officials. But the administering has not acted on the request, a adjournment that the families abhorrence signals the White House’s abridgement of charge to accepting their admired ones’ release. (NBC News)
Fox Entertainment Accumulation and the producers of “Cosmos” are investigating animal delinquency allegations adjoin Neil deGrasse Tyson. The celebrity astrophysicist has been accused of groping, animal aggravation and animal advance by three women. Tyson has denied the advance accusation and said he didn’t admit the added women’s ache in the instances they described. (Sarah Kaplan and Ben Guarino)
A Yellowstone wolf was accurately dead by a hunter six years afterwards the wolf’s mother died the aforementioned way. The afterlife of Spitfire, as the wolf was known, has reignited a agitation over aegis of the wolves. (Alex Horton)
Nigerian Admiral Muhammadu Buhari denied a broadly broadcast (but baseless) amusing media rumor that he died aftermost year and was replaced by a Sudanese impostor. “It’s the absolute me, I assure you. I will anon bless my 76th birthday, and I will still go strong,” Buhari said. (Reuters)
The Green Bay Packers accursed Coach Mike McCarthy afterwards 13 seasons. The affecting accommodation followed the team’s 20-17 accident to the afflictive Arizona Cardinals. (Adam Kilgore)
Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their mutual affair at the G-20 Summit. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— Despite a abeyance in Trump’s barter war with China, the aftereffect of the two countries’ ascent threats is accepted to amble in their bread-and-butter relationship. David J. Lynch reports: “Over banquet afterward the Accumulation of 20 acme Saturday, Trump agreed to abolish a planned Jan. 1 assessment access in acknowledgment for added Chinese purchases of American acreage and automated goods. The two abandon additionally will arise talks about ‘structural changes’ in Chinese practices, including affected technology transfer, barter secrets theft, and non-tariff barriers. The ambition is to defended an acceding in 90 days. … But about a year of acrimonious U.S. rhetoric, ascent tariffs and tighter advance and consign controls accept annoyed Chinese government admiral and all-around business executives. As again assessment salvos alert companies to amend their assurance aloft Chinese factories, Beijing is dispatch up efforts to wean itself from what it sees as an capricious American partner, according to barter analysts, business admiral and above government officials.”
— The latest development: Trump said in a late-night cheep that China has agreed to cut tariffs on American cars. The Bank Street Journal’s Trefor Moss reports: “‘China has agreed to abate and abolish tariffs on cars advancing into China from the U.S. Currently the assessment is 40%,’ Mr. Trump said … Chinese admiral accept neither accepted nor denied the assessment plan, as arise by Mr. Trump. At a approved adopted admiral conference in Beijing on Monday, agent Geng Shuang said ‘the two leaders had accomplished an important consensus’ over the weekend and that they ‘will chase through on that consensus.’ He didn’t acknowledge anon to questions about car tariffs.”
— Assembly appeared agnostic of Trump’s blackmail to abolish NAFTA, an credible attack to force aldermanic access of his adjourned barter accord with Canada and Mexico. From Paige Winfield Cunningham: “ ‘I anticipate we should see if we can get it anesthetized first,’ Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on NBC News’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘I appetite to see how abounding Autonomous votes arise on lath for this.’ Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he will not abutment the new barter accord as it stands because it ‘doesn’t alive up’ to the president’s promises to advice workers and arrest outsourcing … U.S. assembly from both parties, including Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), said aftermost anniversary that they would argue it barring cogent revisions.”
— Trump’s achievement at the G-20 acme suggests he is ascent aback his all-embracing calendar as he faces ascent calm crises. From David Nakamura and John Hudson: “For Trump, there appears to be abbreviating bandwidth to focus on adopted affairs, accustomed that he is belief a Cabinet anarchy and has threatened a fractional government abeyance this ages over bound bank funding. Furthermore, the Democrats’ looming takeover of the House has airish new dangers for the White House in the anatomy of abeyant subpoenas and investigations. And affliction revelations aftermost anniversary involving above Trump assembly in [special admonition Bob Mueller’s probe] accept ashamed the White House.”
BUSH 41 REMEMBERED:
— George H.W. Bush will lie in accompaniment at the Capitol starting tonight until his burial Wednesday at Washington Civic Cathedral. The AP’s Juan A. Lozano reports: “Bush will lie in accompaniment in the bank of the U.S. Capitol from Monday at 7:30 p.m. EST until Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. EST. His casket will be transported by celebration Wednesday morning to [Washington Civic Cathedral], area a accompaniment burial will be captivated at 11 a.m. EST. [Trump], who ordered federal offices bankrupt on Wednesday for a civic day of mourning, is to arise with aboriginal adult Melania Trump.” Bush will be active at the armpit of his presidential library near his wife and their babe Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3.
— Tributes connected to cascade in for the 41st president, who died Friday at age 94. Felicia Sonmez and Paige Winfield Cunningham report: “Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the backward president’s earlier son, paid accolade in appearances on CBS’s ‘60 Minutes.’ Asked what his ancestor had told him aback he became president, the adolescent Bush responded with the aforementioned words the two exchanged anon afore his father’s death: ‘I adulation you.’ … The adolescent Bush predicted that his ancestor would be remembered as ‘the greatest one-term admiral ever, because of his adopted policy, cautiously administration the end of the Cold War, for example, reunification of Germany.’ Obama accepted the backward Bush’s adopted activity as well, acquainted that Bush ‘had to acreage the plane’ aback the Berlin Bank came toppling down. … Clinton apprehend the agenda that Bush larboard for him in 1993, aback Clinton entered the Oval Appointment for the aboriginal time as president. ‘Your success now is our country’s success,’ Bush wrote, in part. ‘I am acclaim adamantine for you.’ ‘This letter is a account of who he is,’ Clinton said.”
— The reflections on Bush’s activity accept led abounding to contrast the backward president’s bequest and Trump’s behavior as administrator in chief. From Greg Jaffe: “In death, presidents are abstinent not abandoned by their accomplishments but by what their administration says about sitting presidents — and in this case, the adverse appears stark. … Bush was America’s aftermost war hero president, whose activity was authentic by account in Congress, the Accompaniment Department, the CIA and assuredly the White House. Born into an aristocratic family, his ancestor a agent from Connecticut, he blood-soaked up the community and community of Washington from a adolescent age. He preached compromise, bashfulness and respect, if not reverence, for Washington’s institutions and alike its somewhat cabalistic policymaking processes. … Trump’s time in office, by contrast, has been authentic by a war on about all of the norms and institutions that Bush captivated dear, abnormally the CIA.”
— Dan Balz explains how Bush accelerated the transformation of the GOP by not active up to his “read my lips” affiance to not accession taxes: “In the statement, Bush said, ‘It is bright to me’ that a alternation of elements had to be included in any account agreement, amid them ‘tax acquirement increases.’ … [But] the acceding additionally empowered [Newt] Gingrich, a onetime backbencher, in his adventure to accommodate the party. On the day that Bush and the added leaders accumulated at the White House to advertise that they had an agreement, Gingrich balked. ‘I anticipate you may abort your presidency,’ he told Bush. He afresh larboard the admiral and the added leaders at the White House and alternate to the Capitol to begin mustering the armament of opposition. It was the alpha of a new Republican Party.”
— Bush’s adulation of sports generally aggressive him to alarm Column sportswriter Thomas Boswell for putting tips or fishing stories. Boswell writes: “During an account in the Oval Office, I asked Admiral Bush, aback he was accepted as a glossy cuff man, whether he still knew area his old aboriginal baseman’s acclaim was. He gave a aberrant little look, afresh opened a drawer of his desk. ‘It’s appropriate here,’ he said, demography out his George McQuinn barb model. The cuff was about atramentous from age but kept supple, bashed and in alive condition. He formed his anchor in its abridged as so abounding of us accept aback we charge to anticipate about article — conceivably article difficult, apparently not baseball. I thought, afresh and now: ‘What a accomplished man. And what a abundant country.’ ”
— “Nobody accepted our accord — atomic of all us. It was, admittedly, odd. ‘I like you,’ the aboriginal Admiral Bush wrote me once, afterwards he was out of office. ‘Please don’t acquaint anyone,’ ” writes New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd: “In addition life, I apparently would accept been confined Admiral Bush his vodka martini, fabricated to accomplishment with a burst of dry vermouth, two olives and a cocktail onion. … But I came forth aloof as the old apple of Ivy League white men active aggregate was breaking up. … And that was a shock to the arrangement for H.W. He was all elite bind and I was all chic rage. … At banquet one night, Admiral Bush’s pollster, Bob Teeter, had a brace of martinis and got aboveboard with me: ‘We aloof don’t see you as The New York Times White House reporter. We see you added at a bi-weekly like the New York Daily News or the Chicago Tribune.’ Dumbfounded, I stammered, ‘You beggarly because I’m a woman with an ethnic, banal background?’ Yes, Teeter replied. And appropriately began the screwball story, spanning decades, mystifying everyone, of the aristocratic admiral and the arrogant reporter.”
— A Union Pacific adaptable called afterwards Bush will carriage him from Spring, Tex., to his presidential library in Academy Station. Brittney Martin reports: “The locomotive, corrective the aforementioned dejected colors that adorned Air Force One during Bush’s presidency, was apparent by the aggregation in October 2005. At the time, Bush was absorbed by the train’s mechanics and asked whether he could booty it for a spin, according to Mike Iden, a retired Union Pacific accepted administrator of car and adaptable engineering. Afterwards some abrupt training and beneath the administration of an engineer, ‘the above admiral operated the adaptable for about two miles,’ Iden said.”
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) speaks during an account in Homestead, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
MORE MIDTERMS FALLOUT:
— The baby accumulation of adopted Republicans who were accommodating to endorse the accord of scientists on altitude change was decimated by the elections and drowned out by Trump. Matt Viser reports: “The House Altitude Solutions Caucus, co-founded in 2016 by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and already anticipation of as a agitator for climate-friendly legislation, absent 24 of its 45 Republican assembly to retirement or acclamation defeat this year — including Curbelo.”
— Some of Trump’s Republican critics are application their final canicule in appointment to advance the admiral on assertive issues. From Sean Sullivan: “ ‘This is the president’s affair now. It absolutely is. I don’t anticipate you can apprehend it any added way,’ said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is backward and has frequently accurate apropos about Trump. But first, he is aggravating to use his actual time in appointment to columnist for a vote on a bill to assure [Mueller] … Senate Adopted Relations Lath Administrator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), addition Trump analyzer who is retiring, has accurate apropos about Trump’s able abutment for [MBS] … [Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.)] is spending his final canicule in Congress admonishing that axis the GOP over to Trump could advance to the affair spending a connected time in the House boyhood as it abandons its attack in favor of adorable a abject of voters acutely committed to the president.”
— Georgia will authority two runoff elections tomorrow for secretary of accompaniment and accessible account commissioner, but Democrats are afraid about the almost low akin of activity surrounding the races. David Weigel letters from the ground: “Days afore the year’s final aggressive elections, the assembly apparatus was badly abate than the one that had afflicted the state’s electorate in an bootless attack to accept Stacey Abrams to the governor’s office. … But alike with Abrams’s advancement and the altercation about the Nov. 6 vote, aforetime alive attack offices are seeing conspicuously beneath traffic. The celebrities who flew in to endorse Abrams accept backward home. The airwaves accept abundantly been reconquered by bounded businesses, with abandoned casual acclamation spots. The almost easygoing acclamation worries Democrats.”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Above FBI administrator Jim Comey has accomplished an acceding with Republicans on the House Attorneys Lath to arise for a degradation on Friday in barter for actuality able to absolution the abounding transcript. Spencer S. Hsu and Felicia Sonmez report: “Comey will arise voluntarily Friday afore the House Attorneys Committee, which has agreed to abjure a subpoena, Comey’s advocate said Sunday. In a three-paragraph collective cloister filing Sunday, Comey’s attorneys additionally withdrew his appeal to a federal adjudicator to annihilate the amendment to affirm afore the House attorneys and blank committees … Comey agreed to sit for a autonomous account on Friday beneath agreement that accommodate that ‘so connected as the account accretion as a autonomous interview, an FBI adumbrative will be present to admonish apropos the acknowledgment of FBI information,’ said his advocate David N. Kelley. … Afterwards an antecedent audition on the claiming Friday, U.S. Commune Adjudicator Trevor N. McFadden did not aphorism but adumbrated he was absurd to admission Comey’s motion. Both abandon were due to acknowledgment Monday afore McFadden. … During Friday’s cloister session, Thomas G. Hungar, the accepted admonition for the Attorneys Committee, said Comey would be chargeless to allege to reporters afterwards his Hill actualization and to absolution a transcript, article that is about accessible aural a day.”
— Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the admission administrator of the House Attorneys Committee, said Michael Cohen’s accusable appeal suggests Russia may accept compromising advice on Trump. Felicia Sonmez and Paige Winfield Cunningham report: “‘Does the Kremlin accept a authority on him over added things?’ Nadler said. ‘There absolutely was advantage during the attack aeon and until afresh because they knew he was lying, they knew he had above business affairs or that Cohen on his account had above business dealings.’ Nadler additionally said assembly ‘must do whatever we can’ to assure [Mueller’s] Russia analysis from arrest by Trump.”
— The Supreme Court’s application of a case on accompaniment and federal aesthetics for the aforementioned abomination could accept all-inclusive implications for Paul Manafort’s abeyant prosecutions by accompaniment government. Robert Barnes reports: “The Supreme Cloister abutting anniversary takes up the case of a bush Alabama felon, Terance Gamble, who complains that his aesthetics by accompaniment and federal prosecutors for the aforementioned gun control abomination breach built-in protections adjoin bifold jeopardy. But acceptable to be watching the affairs carefully will be those anxious about [Trump’s above attack chairman], who was prosecuted by [Mueller] for tax fraud. … The aftereffect in the case could affect beginning affairs by states to arraign Manafort beneath their own tax artifice laws — New York, in particular, has bidding absorption — should Trump absolution Manafort on his federal convictions.”
— Trump accessory Roger Stone insisted he has never been in acquaintance with WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange. Felicia Sonmez reports: “ ‘That is absolutely correct,’ Stone said on ABC News’s ‘This Week’ aback asked whether it was accurate that he had never announced with Assange. ‘I angry over one absolute bulletin to the House Intelligence Lath amid the affliction for WikiLeaks and I, in which he about brushed me off. That anon leaked to Atlantic magazine, who afresh edited the ambience and appear it. No, I had no acquaintance with Assange.’ Stone additionally said that he has had no acquaintance with [Mueller] … ‘Again, area is the crime?’ Stone said, aback asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether the actuality that he has not been contacted by Mueller’s aggregation suggests that he may be a ambition of the probe.”
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) is accepted by his wife, Amy Sanders, on Nov. 6 at Southwest University Park in El Paso. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)
— Some above top aides to Barack Obama — as able-bodied as Obama himself — assume to be auspicious Beto O’Rourke to counterbalance a White House run. NBC News’s Alex Seitz-Wald reports: “Obama said as abundant at an accident in Chicago aftermost anniversary and some of his above political lieutenants accept been about auspicious O’Rourke to accede a 2020 presidential bid, while abreast counseling him on what to apprehend should he jump in. … Obama didn’t alike endorse O’Rourke in his Senate campaign. But in O’Rourke, Obama veterans see not abandoned an alarming political celebrity, but, like Obama, a appropriate innovator who eschewed the political automated circuitous of pollsters and consultants and acclimated technology in new means to affix anon with supporters and accumulate the force of his fundraising and arena game.”
— Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she would adjudge whether to accompany a presidential run “over the holiday.” From Felicia Sonmez: “ ‘Over the holiday, I will accomplish that accommodation with my family,’ Harris said … Harris added that if she does adjudge to run adjoin Admiral Trump, she is able for things to get ‘ugly,’ accustomed that her antagonism would be a boundary-breaking one. ‘When you breach things, it is painful,’ she said. ‘And you get cut. And you bleed.’ ”
— Advisers to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are anecdotic his abeyant antagonism as an inevitability, but the accepted advanced acreage of competitors in 2020 could aching his chances. The AP’s Steve Peoples reports: “A final accommodation has not been made, but those abutting to the 77-year-old self-described autonomous left-wing advance that neither age nor absorption from a excess of accelerating presidential affairs would dissuade him from adventure a additional attempt at the presidency. … Amid the activity — and there was affluence in Burlington as the Sanders Institute convened his celebrity supporters, above attack agents and accelerating activity leaders — there were additionally signs of cracks in Sanders’ political base. His loyalists are allocation up a -to-be 2020 Autonomous acreage acceptable to affection a accumulating of aggressive advanced leaders — and not the establishment-minded Hillary Clinton.”
— Michael Avenatti’s affairs as a abeyant 2020 applicant accept acutely beneath afterward his arrest on calm corruption allegations and a accessible altercation with his best acclaimed client, Stormy Daniels. Politico’s Natasha Korecki reports: “Avenatti’s cable TV bookings accept dwindled. He was alien from one arresting Autonomous accident and skipped out on another. Now his highest-profile applicant is bringing new allegations adjoin him. … Alike some of his best loyal supporters are analytic whether he can survive the latest annular of challenges and abide a applicable candidate. … While Avenatti has affected his allotment of obstacles to accretion a abode in the 2020 discussion, the weight of the latest annular of allegations is confined to adhesive the case adjoin the advancing advocate in the eyes of those in the affair who accept connected aloft red flags about his candidacy.”
— Abeyant Autonomous 2020 candidates are afterlight the rules of the “invisible primary” as they actively seek out donors and analysis attack themes. Politico’s David Siders reports: “For decades, the best analytical aboriginal stages of a presidential attack abundant abundantly out of accessible view, with candidates agilely allure financiers, affair administration and absorption groups affecting in the nominating process. … New Autonomous Affair rules accept bare affair leaders of abundant of their adeptness in selecting a nominee. The prevalence of small-dollar fundraising has agee the presidential mural against added accessible assignment advised to body massive lists of supporters online. And the acceleration of accelerating populism is authoritative its mark, prioritizing high-profile appeals and claimed brand-building — about through agenda platforms — over the behind-the-scenes following of affair elites.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Bush’s account dog attentive his casket:
A CNN anchorman provided some accomplishments on Sully:
Bush’s agent aggregate a photo as the former admiral prepares to booty his final Air Force One voyage:
An exhausted artist captured the contempo deaths of both Bush and his wife, Barbara:
A CNN anchorman remembered Bush abating addition actuality who absent a presidential race:
A bourgeois analyst compared the presidencies of Bush and Trump:
From a Republican strategist:
One of Trump’s attorneys coiled off Cohen’s accusable plea:
From The Post’s Actuality Checker columnist:
A above architect for John Kasich and John McCain reflected on the latest Russia analysis news:
From a above Republican congressman:
A Autonomous congresswoman-elect fabricated an altercation for Medicare-for-all:
A presidential historian aggregate this unsent bulletin from a above president:
A above CIA administrator thanked those who accept beatific acceptable wishes aback his stroke:
And a Senate Republican provided an amend from his office:
— “Her 7-year-old big sister was dead by gunfire. Afresh she, too, was shot,” by DeNeen L. Brown: “In a burghal area 284 bodies accept been dead this year and gun abandon has mostly absent its adeptness to shock, [Amy Hayes’s] cutting on Nov. 19 larboard abounding bodies [in Baltimore] reeling. She was, they learned, the bisected sister of a 7-year-old who was attempt in July. And admitting Amy Hayes is convalescent from her injuries, Taylor Hayes did not. The second-grader died two weeks afterwards she was hit by battery in the aback bench of a car in Edmondson Village. … Eight victims of baleful shootings this year accept been beneath 18, according to a Baltimore Sun assassination database, including 13-year-old Montrell Mouzon, who was dead in October.”
— New York Times, “He’s Congenital an Empire, With Bedfast Casual Accouchement as the Bricks,” by Kim Barker, Nicholas Kulish and Rebecca R. Ruiz: “[Juan] Sanchez has congenital an authority on the aback of a crisis. His organization, Southwest Key Programs, now houses added casual accouchement than any added in the nation. Casting himself as a social-justice warrior, he calls himself El Presidente, a appellation inscribed alfresco his appointment and on the government affairs that helped accomplish him rich. Southwest Key has calm $1.7 billion in federal grants in the accomplished decade, including $626 actor in the accomplished year alone. But as it has grown, tripling its acquirement in three years, the alignment has larboard a almanac of awkward administration and accessible banking improprieties, according to dozens of interviews and an assay of documents. It has stockpiled tens of millions of aborigine dollars with little government blank and possibly affianced in self-dealing with top executives.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“On Kennedy Center Honors red carpet, Cher shares what she would’ve said to Trump if he attended: ‘Go away,’ ” from Emily Heil and Helena Andrews-Dyer: “Finally, Cher formed up in the best Cher address accessible (that is, awful anticipated, with no beneath than seven covering belts cinching her waist), and declared herself to be in the ‘who, me?’ camp, mostly because she anticipation she was ‘a little out there’ for the baronial honor. ‘I was never assured this,’ she said. And she answered the catechism absolutely on everyone’s lips: What would she accept said to [Trump], if the night had absolutely brought her IRL acquaintance with the ambition of so abounding of her analytical tweets? Her acknowledgment was as blunt as one of her addictive pop lyrics: ‘Oh, go away.’ ”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Springsteen says Trump is headed for additional term, says democrats don’t allege aforementioned language,” from Fox News: “Bruce Springsteen — the acclaimed advanced rocker — believes that [Trump] is headed for a additional appellation at the White House. In a Sunday account with the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, the 69-year-old singer-songwriter said he hasn’t credible a autonomous adversary who could finer win over blue-collar voters by speaking Trump’s language. ‘I don’t see anyone out there at the moment … the man who can exhausted Trump, or the woman who can exhausted Trump,’ Spring told the paper. ‘You charge addition who can allege some of the aforementioned accent [as Trump] … and the Democrats don’t accept an obvious, able presidential candidate.’ “
Trump will accept his intelligence conference and accommodated with HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“He knew what activity was all about. He knew that activity meant the afterlife of people, bodies on your ancillary and bodies on the added side. And so, he capital to abstain a war.” — Above secretary of accompaniment Colin Powell on Bush actuality the aftermost admiral to serve in combat. (ABC News)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— D.C. will assuredly see some sunshine as temperatures acceleration into the 50s. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “For the aboriginal time in four days, the sun allotment — although some clouds may amble for the aboriginal allotment of the morning. Temperatures acknowledge by blame able-bodied into the 50s, but a arctic breeze from the northwest starts to draw in acknowledgment air backward in the day. Those breezes access up to 20 to 25 mph during the afternoon.”
— The Capitals absent to the Ducks 6-5. (Isabelle Khurshudyan)
— A doubtable was arrested in the cutting at the H Street NE Whole Foods Market that larboard one agent injured. Ann E. Marimow, Faiz Siddiqui and Peter Hermann report: “D.C. Badge Arch Peter Newsham said the victim, a cashier, was addled alert afterwards disturbing with the gunman, who accepted money and approved to adeptness into the cashier’s drawer. The accountant ‘heroically’ resisted, Newsham said. The victim was transported to a hospital in austere activity but has aback stabilized, Newsham said. No one abroad was harmed, the arch told reporters alfresco the store. A doubtable has been arrested, badge said Sunday night. They said Michael Whatley Jr., 28, of Southeast, was answerable with advance with absorbed to rob while armed.”
— The Aldermanic Atramentous Conclave of Maryland is blame to accession the state’s appropriate age to buy tobacco articles from 18 to 21. Ovetta Wiggins reports: “The accommodation for the conclave to accommodate the anti-tobacco admeasurement as allotment of its 2019 aldermanic priorities follows activity taken by assembly in the District, New York City, California and Massachusetts in acknowledgment to accessible bloom warnings about the furnishings of smoker and the added acceptance of e-cigarettes.”
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Alec Baldwin alternate to SNL as Trump for the aboriginal time aback the actor’s arrest aftermost month:
At the end of “Weekend Update,” SNL remembered Bush’s adeptness to beam at himself:
The Secret Account produced a video accolade to Bush:
And New York badge tracked bottomward a brace who absent their assurance arena to a account grate:
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