Supporters hear as Donald Trump speaks throughout a rally on the eve of the 2016 election in Raleigh, N.C. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: Republican ladies who voted for President Trump in North Carolina stated throughout a spotlight group Wednesday evening that they’re embarrbaded by and exasperated with him.
— Annie Anthony, 56, voted for Trump final 12 months as a result of she opposes abortion and didn’t like how Hillary Clinton dealt with Benghazi. Now she fears that Trump is marching us towards conflict with North Korea. She describes the primary 10 months of his presidency as “chaotic, stressful and an uphill battle.”
“While I thought his ideas appealed to me, since he’s been in there he’s embarrbaded me by his behavior,” stated Anthony, a divorced faculty graduate who runs an area nonprofit volunteer heart and drives for Uber to make ends meet. “He behaves so unpresidential. The phrases he makes use of. The tweeting. I imply, he attire good. And Melania is trying good. When he was away (in Asia), he was nice at being a president. He’s the showman. But right here at residence, I can’t think about how they let him construct a rustic membership — not to mention be in a single. Because adults don’t behave that approach. I’ve been stunned billionaire would behave the best way he has …
“I don’t have an issue with him tweeting,” she continued. “I comply with him as a result of I need to see what he’s saying myself and never have somebody interpret it for me. But I believe that his language is unprofessional. He makes use of phrases like ‘sad’ and ‘bad.’ That’s first grade language. We’re an clever inhabitants who elected you. Represent us!”
Anthony, a registered Republican, stays hopeful that Congress will quickly cross tax cuts, however she’s nervous that they’ll take away the deduction for charitable donations. She’s additionally anxious that, if her medical insurance charges proceed to go up, she gained’t be capable to afford to go see the physician any extra. (She makes lower than $50,000 a 12 months.)
Looking forward to the midterms, she provided an ominous warning for the GOP: “I think the swamp is still full. I might be voting to drain that swamp some more.”
— Veteran pollster Peter Hart organized the two-hour-and-15-minute session in Wilmington for Emory University. Five independents, 4 Republicans and three Democrats participated. The Washington Post was invited to watch.
Coinciding with Trump’s 300th day in workplace, the wide-ranging dialog with a cross part of voters in a swing state illuminated why Trump’s job approval ranking nationally is at 37 p.c in Gallup’s each day monitoring ballot. In the historical past of polling, no president has ever had a 57 p.c disapproval ranking at this stage of his presidency.
— When Hart requested for one phrase or phrase to explain Trump, the group initially erupted in laughter. Only two of 12 stated one thing optimistic (“bold” and “fights back”). The others referred to as him incompetent, a baffling idiot, childlike, a free cannon, an immature narcissist and ignorant.
Emily Bell, a 32-year-old occupational therapist who voted for Trump, described him as impolite and traumatic. “I feel like he told people that he had all these big ideas and big plans, and it just seems to kind of roll to something else. It’s like nothing is ever accomplished,” stated Bell, who’s married and has a postgraduate diploma. “I’m going to stay optimistic, but I lean more toward being independent. Really it will come down (in 2020) to who I can trust more.”
— Melissa Hight, a 62-year-old married retiree who has a postgraduate diploma and voted for Trump, used the phrase “antagonistic” to explain him. “I had high hopes, but he just goes about things in a way that gets everybody’s back up against the wall,” she lamented. “He doesn’t facilitate working collectively. He comes out with these grandiose concepts, and there’s no comply with by way of. It’s loads of speak. … He hasn’t acted presidential in any respect. The tweets hbadle me. They could also be enlightening to some individuals. I’m not a tweeter. But to me, firing off these tweets is simply infantile. … He needs to be above that. … I’ll name a spade a spade as a result of I’m a conservative greater than a Republican.”
— Only one of many 12 members emerged as an unapologetic defender of the president. Cynthia Layton, a 64-year-old nurse, stated she loves Trump’s tweets. “I like him because he talks like my neighbor talks to me,” she defined. “I don’t need an elitist person talking down to me. The media does not give an honest opinion. That’s why I turned off cable 10 years ago. I read my sites. I listen to his tweets. … That’s how I hear from him. The media doesn’t tell you what’s going on, so you have to find out what’s going on on your own. … To me, I think his tweets are simply what he honestly feels because he uses white and black language and doesn’t give you all these flowery descriptions about everything. I appreciate that he’s direct and tells it like it is.”
— Hart is a Democrat, however he performs it very straight when he moderates these focus teams and by no means tries to tip the scales. The clbades he convened earlier than the presidential election all the time wound up underscoring Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses, as an example. (Check out my write-up of Hart’s August 2016 focus group with swing voters in Milwaukee, which foreshadowed Clinton’s defeat in Wisconsin.)
Donald Trump, then president-elect, visited Fayetteville, N.C., final December for a “thank you” rally. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
— Trump carried North Carolina by 4 factors final 12 months. With 15 electoral votes, the Tar Heel State was a hotly contested battleground and shall be once more in 2020. Barack Obama gained right here in 2008, and Mitt Romney picked it off in 2012.
The economic system and well being care have been the problems that everybody cared about most. Seven of the 12 members stated they badume Trump is doing an excellent job on the economic system; 10 stated he’s not doing an excellent job at addressing racial tensions.
Asked to call their prime issues, nobody talked about Russian interference or the continuing investigation by particular counsel Robert Mueller. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who bought reelected final 12 months, is main one of many inquiries into Moscow’s meddling as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
— Hart had a lightning spherical during which he requested everybody to say the primary phrase that got here to thoughts once they heard a politician’s title.
All 12 used a destructive phrase to explain Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Two stated spineless. Others stated sleazy, insecure, incompetent and narcissistic.
About half the group hadn’t heard about Roy Moore. Those who have been aware of the Alabama story referred to as him troubled, a scumbag and disgusting. The sole exception was Layton, who referred to as him a scapegoat.
The room remained fairly downbeat about Clinton. Participants described her as annoying, crooked, a thief, outmatched, troubled, despicable and a sore loser.
Interestingly, Joe Biden obtained widespread reward as savvy, good, good and levelheaded.
— The focus group actually underscored the extent to which the deep unease that propelled Trump’s victory a 12 months in the past has solely gotten worse. Asked for one phrase to explain the state of America right this moment, the solutions have been chaotic, twister, backward, troubled, disrupted, fearful, anxious and embarrbading. Only Layton used a optimistic phrase: “Improving.”
Hart prompted everybody to call the final president who they badume united the nation. For essentially the most half, the Democrats stated Obama and the Republicans stated Reagan. Someone picked John F. Kennedy. No one named George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.
Then he instructed everybody to think about that they’ve a magic wand and will take a optimistic high quality from a former president and switch it over to Trump. What wouldn’t it be? The solutions included Reagan’s humorousness, JFK’s grace below strain, Abraham Lincoln’s skill to carry the nation again collectively and Obama’s professionalism.
— The 2020 election isn’t for 3 years, which is an eternity in politics. There have been some indicators that Trump has not fully depleted the reservoir of goodwill among the many of us who voted for him.
Michael Leimone, 41, cooks pizzas at a series restaurant and backed Trump final 12 months. Asked to explain how the presidency has gone, he used the phrases “whirlwind” and “vacant.” “He’s not been there when you needed him to be there,” he stated. “After Charlottesville and (the hurricanes), he was out doing other stuff.”
Leimone — who’s married, has youngsters at residence and didn’t go to varsity — added later that he nonetheless thinks Trump might be doing a greater job than Clinton would have. “We kind of knew what we were getting with him,” he stated. “He’s kind of a loose cannon — I don’t like that — but what we’ve had for years and years — not just Obama, but leading up to that — they weren’t getting the job done in terms of leading the country. So he’s still better than the alternative of a career politician.”
He stated he stays optimistic. “I expected a lot out of him … but nobody can do it all,” Leimone stated. “He has a harder road because everyone hates him, not just the Democrats. He still has a lot of time to prove himself.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
Gena Richardson, proper, who was requested out by Roy Moore whereas working at Sears. Her clbadmate Kayla McLaughlin, left, labored at Sears too and remembers Moore coming in continuously. (Kayla McLaughlin)
TWO NEW MOORE ACCUSERS:
— Two extra ladies have described undesirable overtures by Roy Moore at an Alabama mall — the place his habits started making younger workers so uncomfortable that some would “draw straws” to determine who would cope with him throughout his frequent visits. Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites report: “Gena Richardson says Moore pursued her throughout her senior 12 months of highschool whereas she was working within the males’s division at Sears. “Richardson says Moore … requested her the place she went to highschool, after which for her telephone quantity, which she says she declined to provide, telling him that her [father] would by no means approve. A couple of days later, she says, she was in trigonometry clbad at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s workplace over the intercom in her clbadroom. She had a telephone name.
“I stated ‘Hello?’” Richardson recollects. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig clbad.’” Richardson says Moore requested her out once more on the decision. A couple of days later, after he requested her out at Sears, she relented and agreed, feeling each nervous and flattered . . . They met that evening at a movie show within the mall after she bought off work, a date that ended with Moore driving her to her automotive in a darkish parking zone behind Sears and giving her what she referred to as an undesirable, ‘forceful’ kiss that left her scared.”
- “In all, The Post spoke to a dozen individuals who labored on the mall … and recall Moore as a frequent presence — a well-dressed man strolling round alone, leaning on counters, spending sufficient time within the shops, particularly on weekend nights, that among the younger ladies who labored there stated they grew to become uncomfortable.”
— Another Alabama lady, Tina Johnson, 28 on the time, says Roy Moore groped her in 1991 whereas she was visiting his legislation workplace together with her mom. The encounter can be the primary alleged to have occurred throughout Moore’s marriage. AL.com’s Anna Claire Vollers stories: “At one point during the meeting, she said, Moore came around the desk and sat on the front of it, just inches from her. He was so close, she said, she could smell his breath. According to Johnson, he asked questions about her young daughters, including what color eyes they had and if they were as pretty as she was. She said that made her feel uncomfortable, too. Once the papers were signed, [her] mother walked through the door first, she said, Moore came up behind her. It was at that point, she recalled, he grabbed her bad. ‘He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,’ said Johnson. She was so surprised she didn’t say anything. She didn’t tell her mother. She said she told her sister years later how Moore had made her feel uncomfortable during that meeting. Her sister told AL.com she remembers the conversation.”
— BUT, Alabama Republicans are standing behind Moore. NBC News’s Alex Johnson and Vaughn Hillyard report: “The steering committee of the state Republican Party — the only entity with the power to remove Moore from the Dec. 12 special election ballot — took no action on Moore’s nomination at a meeting Wednesday [night]. Two members of the committee said late Wednesday that the state party is continuing to support Moore[.]”
— Moore punched again: “If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you,” a marketing campaign spokesman stated in a press release responding to the Post story. “If you are a conservative and love Judge Moore, you know these allegations are a political farce.”
He additionally tweeted this:
Dear Mitch McConnell,
Bring. It. On.
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 16, 2017
Which prompted replies like this, from a New Republic editor:
“Bring It On” was a film about highschool cheerleaders, so not stunning the phrase caught in Judge Moore’s thoughts. https://t.co/JytG87651p
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) November 16, 2017
MCCONNELL AND COMPANY ARE GETTING DESPERATE:
— Republican management hoped Trump would deal with the controversy after getting back from Asia, however no such luck. Sean Sullivan, Philip Rucker and David Weigel report: “Senate Republican leaders more and more see Trump as pivotal to restoring some order to a race that has spiraled rapidly out of their management. … [But] Trump didn’t reply to questions from reporters about Moore after touting his Asia journey on the White House on Wednesday afternoon. The president sidestepped questions on Moore throughout his travels. … But there’s consensus amongst senior White House aides that the president is in a bind. If he publicly calls on him to withdraw and Moore demurs — or, worse for Trump, wins the race however — the president might endure one other embarrbadment in Alabama. Yet continued silence from Trump is probably not tenable.”
- One particular person not avoiding the subject: Ivanka Trump. The president’s daughter instructed AP, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
— With a brand new NRSC ballot displaying Moore down 12 factors to Democrat Doug Jones, Republicans are contemplating drastic choices to maintain the seat of their arms. Politico’s Alex Isenstadt and Eliana Johnson report: “Mitch McConnell and his prime advisers are discussing the authorized feasibility of asking appointed Sen. Luther Strange to resign from his seat as a way to set off a brand new particular election. McConnell aides categorical warning, saying they’re unsure whether or not such a transfer, considered one of a number of choices being mentioned, is even potential. Yet the talks underscore the despair amongst prime Republicans over relinquishing a seat in deep-red Alabama, additional diminishing their slim Senate majority. … McConnell’s workforce had been excessive on the thought of asking Jeff Session … to run as a write-in candidate. But the committee polled the prospect of Sessions waging a write-in bid and the end result was unfavorable[.]”
— The controversy raises the true risk that Alabama might have a Democratic senator for the primary time in 25 years, Paul Kane writes. “It’s still too early to say that Jones is the front-runner, but what had been a fairly comfortable lead for Moore has been upended . . . as long as Moore stays in the race, the contest is going to continue to be a referendum on his behavior and the allegations against him — and not a referendum on the state’s traditional conservative posture and the leftward lurch of Democrats at the national level.”
— Who is Doug Jones? The Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey paints an image: Jones “is buoyed not only by the salacious allegations against Moore, who has long been divisive, but also by his own strong standing as a law-and-order candidate with some cross-over appeal to Republicans. The Democrat is betting that the voters, especially the younger generation living in the suburbs, have changed with the times and are willing to turn away from the state’s past and its legacy of divisive leaders[.] … His message to them evokes the concept of a New South willing to exorcise racist ‘demons’ — a word Jones uses.”
— Meanwhile, in Alabama, those that have spoken out in opposition to Moore are getting vicious threats and insults. Marc Fisher writes: “On Twitter and Facebook, in texts and in telephone calls, Alabamians say they’re on the receiving finish of a muddy river of threats, soiled tips and offended badaults, all aimed toward undermining allegations [against] Moore[.] … After Blake Usry instructed AL.com, an Alabama information website, that he knew ladies Moore tried to flirt with, Usry obtained threatening telephone calls and Facebook messages, in addition to texts informing him that he had been sued for defamation. … Lawyers representing Moore and his marketing campaign have despatched letters to information organizations, together with AL.com and The Post, warning that they’re making ready to file swimsuit in opposition to the shops for ‘making false reports.’”
Kayla Moore at a Veterans Day occasion in Vestavia Hills, Ala. (Marvin Gentry/Reuters)
— Moore’s spouse, Kayla Moore, has emerged as her husband’s most seen and aggressive champion. Jenna Johnson, Ellie Silverman and Lindsey Bever report: “[Moore] has used Facebook to query the credibility of her husband’s accusers, threaten lawsuits and unfold info that generally seems to be false. … Upon studying that Washington Post reporters have been contacting individuals she is aware of for this text, Moore on Wednesday posted one of many reporters’ private cellphone numbers on her Facebook web page, and a commenter posted a duplicate of that reporter’s résumé, which included her residence deal with. Later within the day, Moore posted a hyperlink to the marketing campaign web site the place individuals can now report any interplay they’ve with a reporter.
“’In the previous month our hometown, county, and state have been invaded by the Washington Post and liberal media,’ Moore wrote. ‘We have had numerous reports of phone calls, cellphone calls, Messages, emails, even to the point of them showing up at peoples houses[.] … It’s referred to as a witch hunt. We are submitting swimsuit.’”
— Steve Bannon and Breitbart News should not backing down. Paul Farhi stories: “Rush Limbaugh started backing away … as did the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial web page[.] … The Drudge Report put a dagger firmly into Moore on Wednesday; its lead headline referred to him as ‘Judge Whore.’ That left Breitbart because the odd man out, or presumably nonetheless in, in its help of Moore’s troubled candidacy among the many most influential organs of the precise.
“‘Steve is caught between a rock and a tough place,’ stated [former Breitbart spokesman] Kurt Bardella[.] … Bardella doesn’t badume Breitbart or Bannon will abandon Moore, however, he stated, their loyalty shall be expensive. Bannon’s ambitions for the 2018 midterms have been depending on momentum for Moore and demonstrating that he might discover and recruit viable candidates, he stated. ‘Now,’ said Bardella, ‘that rationale has been obliterated . . . Bottom line, this debacle is devastating to Brand Bannon.’”
— After warning that Moore had “24 hours” to give you a believable excuse for the allegations or “get out of this race,” Fox News’s Sean Hannity backed off. Callum Borchers stories: “By the time the deadline arrived on Wednesday evening, Moore had not cleared his title. … Yet Hannity misplaced his nerve, telling viewers on Wednesday that Moore’s health for workplace ‘shouldn’t be determined by me.’ Hannity declined to say whether or not he believes Moore or his accusers and didn’t name for the previous Alabama chief justice to exit the race, though Moore did not ‘remove any doubt’ throughout the 24-hour window. Instead, Hannity devoted most of his program to rehashing accusations of badual misconduct by Bill Clinton.”
— With this and the #metoo motion following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, liberals are reexamining the allegations about badual impropriety by Bill Clinton. The New York Times’s Peter Baker writes: “The cultural dialog about ladies, energy and badual misconduct that has consumed the United States in latest weeks has now raised a query that’s eagerly promoted by these on the political proper simply because it discomfits these on the political left: What about Bill? … The rising revisionism might affect a historic legacy that Mr. Clinton and his allies have spent the previous 17 years scrubbing of scandal. Despite his impeachment on perjury and obstruction for protecting up badual liaisons with [Monica] Lewinsky, Mr. Clinton till recently had made progress in framing the nationwide reminiscence of his presidency as a time of peace and prosperity. But the arrival of President Trump on the political stage has chipped away at that.”
GET SMART FAST:
- UCLA stated Wednesday it’s going to “indefinitely” droop three members of its basketball workforce who have been arrested for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton retailer in China. Their arrests created a global incident — prompting direct intervention from Trump, who later scolded them on Twitter. (Tim Bontemps)
- Trump used a White House speech to take a type of victory lap after his Asia journey, claiming that Asian leaders now have a brand new resolve to confront North Korea. “America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now,” Trump stated. (Anne Gearan)
- A bipartisan group of lawmakers launched payments within the House and Senate to badist deal with Capitol Hill’s badual harbadment drawback. The transfer comes amid contemporary tales of misconduct in Washington — together with some accusations in opposition to sitting members. (CNN)
- An Ohio state lawmaker with ties to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was compelled to resign over “inappropriate behavior.” Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman’s title had been thrown round as a potential alternative for Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), who just lately introduced his retirement. (Cleveland.com)
- The Trump administration reversed an Obama-era ban on importing trophies from elephant hunts in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Though listed as a “threatened” species, the Fish and Wildlife Service decided that cash collected from the transfer might badist develop the elephant inhabitants. (Darryl Fears and Juliet Eilperin)
- The demise toll within the Northern California taking pictures rampage rose to 5, after authorities found the shooter killed his spouse earlier than trying to badault an elementary faculty. (Mark Berman, Susan Svrluga and Ellie Silverman)
- The Virginia dad and mom of a Four-year-old with leukemia can not purchase a plan on the Obamacare state trade that covers her hospital care. The Briggses have purchased medical insurance from Anthem for years, which covers the hospital the place their daughter receives therapy, nevertheless it pulled out of a lot of Virginia counties for the upcoming 12 months. (Colby Itkowitz)
- Actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan turned herself in to Virginia authorities after they issued a warrant for her arrest on a drug possession cost. McGowan has disputed the costs and beforehand prompt the medication — which have been present in her pockets after she left it on a airplane — might have been planted. (Dana Hedgpeth)
- Actor Terry Crews recognized the Hollywood government who allegedly groped him final 12 months. He instructed “Good Morning America” that Adam Venit, who runs the movement image division at a serious expertise company, was the alleged perpetrator. “I will not be shamed. I will not be shamed. I did nothing wrong,” Crews stated. (Marwa Eltagouri)
- Detroit law enforcement officials bought right into a fistfight after undercover drug sellers tried to promote their product to undercover drug customers. The Detroit Police Department has launched an inner investigation. (Fox2 Detroit)
An extended-lost unique portray by Leonardo da Vinci was auctioned for a world-record-setting value of $450 million. The portray modified arms amongst royalty, spent centuries in obscurity and ultimately landed within the arms of a really fortunate NYU artwork professor. (Travis M. Andrews)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). (picture by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
THEN THERE WERE TWO (ON TAXES):
— Republican’s hopes for a speedy pbadage on tax cuts may be dashed, as one GOP senator has come out in opposition to the plan and one other has voiced main issues. Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis report: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he opposed both the Senate and House versions of the tax legislation because they benefited corporations at the expense of other, typically smaller companies. Earlier in the day, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Republicans had erred when they changed their tax bill this week to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, which requires every American to have health insurance or pay a fine.”
The math is in opposition to the GOP on its greatest legislative precedence in additional methods than one: “Without Johnson and Collins, Republicans would want each different member of their caucus to vote for the plan — removed from a badured consequence. And neither senator’s concern will be simply addressed with out adjustments that would drive different Republicans to oppose the invoice. Adding extra tax breaks for smaller companies might appease Johnson, nevertheless it might pressure the GOP to lift taxes elsewhere. Leaving the [ACA] alone might make the measure extra enticing to Collins and different moderates. But it could run in opposition to the needs of many conservatives and Trump and create different challenges in making the invoice adjust to Senate guidelines permitting pbadage with fewer than 60 votes.”
Any likelihood of Democratic help went out the window with the person mandate repeal, and some extra Republican senators who’ve expressed hesitation concerning the plan – together with Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and John McCain (Ariz.) – nonetheless haven’t firmly established how they’ll vote.
— Reality examine: Johnson made comparable noise concerning the Senate GOP’s health-care plan — and ended up voting for it. Before that vote, Johnson instructed Politico: “’It’s not a bluff,’ Johnson [said]. ‘Until I’ve the data the place I’m sure that is … in the perfect curiosity for the oldsters in Wisconsin — that this places us in a greater place tomorrow than we’re right this moment — I’m not going to be voting sure.’ The vote totals are right here.
— In higher information for Republicans, the House is anticipated to cross its tax invoice right this moment. Our colleagues report: “As of Wednesday night, fewer than a dozen GOP members had come out in opposition to the invoice — most of them from the high-tax states of New York, New Jersey and California, the place the invoice’s partial elimination of a tax deduction for state and native taxes is controversial. But different members from these states … stated in latest days they’re supporting or leaning towards supporting the invoice. … Trump is anticipated to go to Capitol Hill on Thursday morning and ship a pep speak to House Republicans moments earlier than they go to the House ground to advance the laws.”
— How it is enjoying in D.C.: “House tax plan faces bipartisan backlash over repeal of growth incentives,” by Peter Jamison: “The grand opening Wednesday of Archer Park, an reasonably priced housing complicated of 190 models in a long-troubled neighborhood of Southeast Washington, had the trimmings of comparable ceremonies prior to now. But together with outsized ribbon-cutting scissors and celebratory speeches, the gathering had one thing much less typical: An undertone of alarm over looming adjustments to the federal tax code that D.C. officers say would make developments like Archer Park unattainable.“
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray listens to a speaker throughout a a listening to in Denver. (Brennan Linsley/AP, File)
PERSONNEL IS POLICY:
— Richard Cordray introduced he’s stepping down as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director by the tip of the month – abruptly ending his six-year tenure and clearing the best way for Trump to reshape the watchdog company lengthy loathed by Republicans and Wall Street financiers alike. Renae Merle stories: “Cordray didn’t clarify the timing of his resolution, nevertheless it clears the best way for him to probably run for Ohio governor. It additionally comes only a month after the CFPB suffered a serious rebuke from Republicans in Congress who took the weird step of blocking an company rule that may have allowed customers to sue their banks for the primary time.
“Cordray’s [tenure] was marked by aggressive efforts to rein in banks, payday lenders and debt collectors that usually drew protests from the enterprise group. Republicans had change into more and more exasperated that Cordray [had] not stepped apart when Trump took workplace, and as a substitute continued to press for aggressive guidelines disliked by the enterprise group. … Under the company’s present construction, Trump might solely hearth Cordray for trigger.”
— Lawmakers are expressing rising alarm over anticipated cuts to the State Department. Carol Morello stories: “Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to elevate a hiring freeze and promote skilled Foreign Service officers, requesting in a letter extra particulars about Tillerson’s reorganization plan. Citing stories of declining morale, recruitment and retention ranges, the senators wrote that ‘America’s diplomatic energy is being weakened internally as complicated, world crises are rising externally.”
— CIA Director Mike Pompeo is a number one contender to exchange Tillerson if he resigns. Politico’s Eliana Johnson and Annie Karni report: “It’s not clear when Tillerson may go away — he has vigorously denied rumors that he plans to resign anytime quickly — however Pompeo has instructed badociates that he expects the president to faucet him for the place and that he’d settle for the job if it’s provided to him. Trump’s relationship with Pompeo mirrors the shut bond he developed with John Kelly whereas the retired Marine common was serving as secretary of Homeland Security[.]”
— Julia Duin profiles Paula White, the televangelist who has change into a “half life coach, half pastor” to White House employees – together with Trump: “Not all Christians, including evangelicals, are fans of the wealthy, thrice-married White, who has long been badociated with the prosperity gospel, a set of beliefs that says God will reward faith, and very generous giving, with financial blessings. Detractors point to a congressional investigation of her former church’s finances and accusations that she has taken advantage of her mostly African American parishioners through her fundraising. … White has no title and no official position at the White House but plays several roles. After helping to put together an evangelical council for Trump during the campaign, she is now, she explains to me, the convener and de facto head of a group of about 35 evangelical pastors, activists and heads of Christian organizations who advise Trump.”
— New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi takes a glance contained in the “Breitbart Embbady” – the Capitol Hill townhouse the place Steve Bannon plots populist takeover by day and entertains political elite by evening – and perhaps lives as a everlasting resident. (The verdict continues to be out.) “The Breitbart Embbady of yore had been a fringe enclave; but in 2017, it’s a venue for Bannon to showcase his unusual, if overstated, political power,” she writes. “[In] the deeply bizarre environs of Washington within the Trump period, the [Breitbart Embbady] has taken on a way of ominous gravity — regardless of being greater than just a little ridiculous. If, like in Ghostbusters, there have been a vortex above one constructing on this troubled metropolis, it could possibly be this one fairly than the White House or the Capitol.”
At a latest get together, Bannon was “surrounded” by institution political varieties, Olivia writes. “The room wasn’t smoke-filled, however visitors fairly actually slapped Bannon’s again and whispered into his ear. I even noticed one man I’d met in Iowa when he was working for Hillary Clinton; he walked round along with his eyes bulging, like he’d sleepwalked his approach into the get together and had simply been jolted awake. ’It’s quintessential Bannon,’ stated a journalist who attended the get together. ‘He desires to be seen as this populist, flame-throwing, take-on-the-whole-Establishment — and but he has a Dean & Deluca get together and clearly covets everybody being there, standing below chandeliers and taking selfies, and his non-public safety carrying his luggage out to the non-public airplane to California.’”
— At least 10 Justice Department legal professionals and paralegals, whose salaries are paid by taxpayers, are devoted to circumstances about Trump’s companies. USA Today’s Nick Penzenstadler stories: “Neither the White House nor the Justice Department will say how a lot it’s costing taxpayers, however federal payroll information present the salaries of the federal government legal professionals badigned to the circumstances vary from about $133,000 to $185,000. The authorities authorized workforce is defending President Trump in 4 lawsuits stemming from his uncommon resolution to not divest himself from a whole lot of his corporations which are entangled with clients that embrace international governments and officers. In the circumstances, Justice Department attorneys should not defending coverage actions Trump took as president. Instead, the taxpayer-funded legal professionals are making the case that it isn’t unconstitutional for the president’s non-public corporations to earn income from international governments and officers whereas he is in workplace.”
Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in London. (Victoria Jones/AP)
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— Former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, who authored the notorious Trump file, instructed The Guardian’s Luke Harding that he believes the doc is “70 percent to 90 percent accurate.” “I’ve been dealing with this country for 30 years. Why would I invent this stuff?” Steele instructed Harding, who just lately printed a guide on Russian meddling efforts within the 2016 election.
— “One of the reasons his dossier was taken seriously in Washington in 2016 was Steele’s reputation in the US for producing reliable reports on [Russia],” Julian Borger explains. “Between 2014 and 2016, he authored greater than 100 stories on Russia and Ukraine, which have been commissioned by non-public shoppers however shared broadly throughout the state division and handed throughout the desks of [John Kerry] and the badistant secretary Victoria Nuland, who led the US response to the annexation of Crimea and the covert invasion of jap Ukraine. The sources for these stories have been the identical as these quoted within the file on Trump …”
— Meanwhile, the top of British intelligence flew to the U.S. to personally transient John Brennan concerning the seriousness of Trump-Russia connections, after brokers tasked with spying on recognized Kremlin operatives noticed they have been speaking with individuals in Trump’s orbit. Harding stories: “The precise nature of these exchanges has not been made public, but according to sources in the US and the UK, they formed a suspicious pattern [and] continued through the first half of 2016. The matter was deemed so important that it was handled at ‘director level’, face-to-face between the two agency chiefs. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, later confirmed the ‘sensitive’ stream of intelligence from Europe. After a slow start, Brennan used the [British] information and other tip-offs to launch a major inter-agency investigation.”
— The prime Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), expressed confidence in Steele. “The biggest thing that I think people need to realize about the dossier is that Christopher Steele discovered that the Russians were embarked on a broad effort to help the Trump campaign before our own intelligence agencies came to the same conclusion,” Schiff stated in an interview. “In the broadest outline of what he investigated, he proved more than prescience—he proved accurate in terms of the Russian involvement and what their motivations were.” (The Wall Street Journal)
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) November 16, 2017
— In an interview with Mother Jones, Hillary Clinton slammed Trump’s requires the Justice Department to badyze her as “abuse of power [that] goes right at the rule of law.” “As secretary of state, I went around the world bragging about America’s rule of law,” Clinton stated. She added, “If they send a signal that we are going to be like some dictatorship, some authoritarian regime where political opponents are going to be unfairly, fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract that we have that we can trust our justice system.”
— Related: New polling suggests issues about an getting older Democratic management echo past Washington: A nationwide SurveyMonkey ballot requested Americans to select between two issues concerning the Democratic Party, discovering 59 p.c saying “the older generation of leaders will stay in power too long” whereas 36 p.c predict “the next generation of leaders will not rise to the challenge.” Concerns about older Democrats overstaying their time have been decrease amongst self-identified Democrats at 53 p.c. But this concern resonated amongst 69 p.c of independents who lean towards the Democratic Party, a key part of the get together’s base that will want further motivation to turnout in off-year elections like 2018. (How the ballot was carried out)
THE BIBLE MUSEUM IS OPENING:
— The fundraiser for the Bible Museum’s opening is being held at Trump’s D.C. lodge, elevating issues concerning the museum’s political ties. Michelle Boorstein stories: “The leadership of the Museum of the Bible has been working hard in the run-up to this weekend’s opening to emphasize the inclusive, academic, apolitical nature of the museum, which organizers say will be the world’s largest dedicated to the Bible and sits just off the Mall. And so its opening black-tie gala Thursday night is presenting a challenge: The $50,000-a-table fundraising event is at the Trump hotel. Officials at the nonprofit museum say the decision was for pragmatic, scheduling reasons but some museum employees and academic consultants refused to enter the hotel affiliated with the controversial president.”
— Art critic Philip Kennicott writes that the museum might set a brand new customary for mixing leisure with academic displays: “It is wealthy in content material, stocked with historic treasures and punctiliously plotted to attraction to audiences of all ages. It brings to museum design the delicate advertising and marketing intelligence of the Oklahoma City-based Green household, who’ve used a fortune created from the Hobby Lobby retail chain to advertise evangelical Christian causes. Their newest enterprise is a museum that provides a one-stop-shopping cultural expertise, with historical past, artwork, structure, theater and music conveniently packaged below one roof. What it does nicely, it does as nicely or higher than any museum within the nation, and its failings, that are vital, shall be tough to detect for anybody who isn’t a scholar, or firmly dedicated secularist.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Trump spent his day on Twitter attacking the New York Times:
The failing @nytimes hates the truth that I’ve developed an important relationship with World leaders like Xi Jinping, President of China…..
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
…They ought to understand that these relationships are an excellent factor, not a nasty factor. The U.S. is being revered once more. Watch Trade!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
It is definitely exhausting to imagine how naive (or dumb) the Failing @nytimes is relating to international coverage…weak and ineffective!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
He additionally patted himself on the again for asking the Chinese president to intervene within the UCLA gamers’ case:
Do you badume the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thanks President Trump? They have been headed for 10 years in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
But then issued these ominous tweets this morning:
To the three UCLA basketball gamers I say: You’re welcome, exit and provides an enormous Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made…..
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 16, 2017
….your launch potential and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be cautious, there are numerous pitfalls on the lengthy and winding street of life!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 16, 2017
And he accused Democrats of obstruction:
Why are Democrats preventing large tax cuts for the center clbad and enterprise (jobs)? The motive: Obstruction and Delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@actualDonaldTrump) November 16, 2017
CNN’s senior White House correspondent responded to Trump’s harsh criticism of his community:
If solely he have been this robust on Duterte https://t.co/la3Dieus7s
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 15, 2017
These images of the Treasury secretary and his spouse on the U.S. mint just about made everybody’s day on Twitter:
— Ken Thomas (@OkThomasDC) November 15, 2017
From a CNBC reporter:
Louise Linton is sporting black leather-based opera gloves and a black leather-based maxi skirt to go to the U.S. Mint. Just wow. pic.twitter.com/zPpNK3zmdQ
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017
From considered one of The Post’s knowledge reporters:
Find somebody who seems to be at you the best way Louise Linton seems to be at Steve Mnuchin holding a sheet of greenback payments along with his title on them pic.twitter.com/3fGXmJti6c
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 15, 2017
From a nationwide political correspondent for The Post:
Whichever staffer it’s who didn’t throw his or her physique in the best way of this picture needs to be fired instantly — https://t.co/h0ZzSRxNUr
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 15, 2017
From the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol:
Maybe not the perfect picture on the eve of vote on a tax invoice that is being attacked for favoring the rich? If the Democrats have been a reliable political get together, this picture could be in adverts in each GOP swing district tomorrow, with a contest for finest caption to get voters engaged. pic.twitter.com/reTgsfY2Zo
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) November 15, 2017
From one other Post reporter:
“Honey, I found the perfect wallpaper for the guest room.” https://t.co/X6l5jNAUWP
— Roxanne Roberts (@_RoxanneRoberts) November 15, 2017
From Obama’s former NSC spokesman:
After this picture was taken, Linton went again to torturing 101 dalmatians. https://t.co/lUEs4OEyD9
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) November 15, 2017
From George W. Bush’s former speechwriter:
When the Jacobins haul me to the guillotine they’ve erected on Lafayette Square, I’m holding these two personally accountable https://t.co/T1GIWabHqC
— David Frum (@davidfrum) November 15, 2017
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) retweeted this in what he referred to as “a moment of weakness:”
Obamacare vs. trumpcare…you determine. pic.twitter.com/eoJtFp3ZLC
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) November 15, 2017
The director of U-Va.’s Center for Politics altered his Alabama prediction:
We cannot imagine we’re doing this, however a minimum of for now AL-SEN–that’s ALABAMA–Leans D (Doug Jones). The GOP might discover a approach out of this mess, however the party–thanks to Roy Moore–is on the verge of blowing what was as soon as a positive factor. More tomorrow within the Crystal Ball.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) November 15, 2017
Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), refused to endorse Moore:
Those of you who’ve the audacity to demand i defend Roy Moore for the sake of his senate seat – your soul could also be on the market, however mine isn’t.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 14, 2017
A Post reporter offered this snippet from Capitol Hill:
Congress, circle of life: Tom Udall (D) simply sitting with McCain throughout this vote, speaking. In McCain’s early years in Congress, each week he visited Rep Mo Udall – the senator’s uncle – as he battled Parkinson’s.
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) November 15, 2017
Trump drew comparisons to the notorious Marco Rubio (aka “Little Marco”) second when he stopped throughout a speech to sip water:
Pres. Trump stops for a sip of water, recalling notorious Marco Rubio State of the Union response. pic.twitter.com/AtrIB27msT
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) November 15, 2017
Trump mocks Rubio’s SOTU water incident @CNNPolitics https://t.co/cpZ2KkCTKp
— David P Gelles (@gelles) November 15, 2017
Rubio commented on the clip:
Similar,however wants work on his kind.Has to be completed in a single single movement & eyes ought to by no means go away the digital camera. But not unhealthy for his 1st time https://t.co/s49JtyRo3S
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017
A Hillary alum on the brand new coverage concerning elephants:
ABC: Trump admin. to reverse ban on elephant trophies from Africa https://t.co/Y9eBFvuXhM
Can anybody consider a motive they’d have completed this?? pic.twitter.com/GiEjt25RoF
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) November 16, 2017
Papa John’s apologized for its proprietor’s “divisive” remarks on the NFL:
We imagine in the precise to protest inequality and help the gamers’ motion to create a brand new platform for change. We additionally imagine collectively, as Americans, we should always honor our anthem. There is a approach to do each. (2/three)
— Papa John’s Pizza (@PapaJohns) November 15, 2017
And Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) was a solution to a Jeopardy query:
Guess who was reply to Jeopardy query? pic.twitter.com/piFeUmkv0g
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 15, 2017
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Politico, “GOP strategists worry incumbents aren’t ready for a blue wave,” by Elena Schneider: “Nearly three dozen Republicans were outraised by their Democratic challengers in the most recent fundraising quarter. Others, the strategists say, are failing to maintain high profiles in their districts or modernize their campaigns by using data badytics in what is shaping up as a stormy election cycle. After Democrats’ sweeping victories last week, Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm, wrote a pointed memo — titled ‘Surviving the 2018 Election’ — addressing Republican incumbents. The firm counseled incumbents to start their reelection campaigns earlier than planned, to do early message testing, and to begin planning their voter turnout operation now, as opposed to next fall.” “Some [members] get it and some don’t,” stated GOP pollster Glen Bolger. “First thing we’re saying to them is, ‘don’t be in denial, this can happen to you.’”
— The Daily Beast, “‘Unsafe and Just Plain Dirty’: Women Accuse Vice of ‘Toxic’ Sexual-Harbadment Culture,” by Brandy Zadrozny: “[Phoebe] Barghouty says [Kaj] Larsen would touch her at work—on the small of the back, on her bare thigh—in ways that he didn’t touch the other employees. And she wasn’t producing much journalism. Instead, Larsen, a former Navy SEAL turned journalist, had her do things like accompany him to parties in the Hollywood Hills. At one party, Larsen demonstrated headsets, telling the group that he would be the first person to report in virtual reality from a war zone. Larsen told her he was ‘grooming her,’ but Barghouty felt instead like she was being shown off as arm candy.”
— Politico, “The IRS Is Building a Safe to Hold Trump’s Tax Returns,” by Michael Grunwald: “[Recently retired IRS Commissioner John] Koskinen basically believes the IRS and its professional culture are virtually impregnable to political agendas. He hasn’t spoken to Trump or anyone in the White House in 2017, even though he’s known the president since they negotiated the sale of the Commodore Hotel in New York City in 1975. He’s never looked up Trump’s tax returns—legally, he can’t, and neither can any other IRS employee who isn’t working on them—and says the agency not only keeps them in a locked cabinet in a locked room, but is replacing the cabinet with a safe.”
— Rolling Stone, “Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow,” by Neil Strauss: “A hoop of crimson kinds round his eyes as he stares ahead and sits frozen in silence. [Elon] Musk is a titan, a visionary, a human-size lever pushing ahead large historic inevitabilities – the type of one that comes round only some instances in a century – however on this second, he looks like a baby who’s afraid of abandonment. And which may be the origin story of Musk’s superambitions, however extra on that later. In the meantime, Musk has one thing he’d like to indicate me. ‘If you say anything about what you’re about to see, it would cost us billions,’ he says, rising from his desk. ‘And you would be put in jail.’”
HOT ON THE LEFT
“Cards Against Humanity is doing ________ to stop Trump’s border wall,” from Amy B Wang: “That’s right, Cards Against Humanity wants to kill Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. How, you ask? The company claims it has purchased some vacant land along the border that it will apportion into plots and give away to all who signed up for this year’s holiday promotion. Sometime in December, those customers will receive in the mail ‘an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards and a few other surprises,’ it said.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT
“Local pastor calls GOP ‘sissies’ for asking Moore to ‘step aside,’” from Fox10: “Dr. David Gonnella is the pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore. He is one of the pastors who supports Moore after the badual misconduct allegations surfaced. … As more Republicans in Congress call for Moore to ‘step aside,’ Gonnella says this leaves a sour taste in his mouth about the GOP. ‘It’s funny how the Republican Party is. What a bunch of sissies! The Democrats rally around their candidate even when they’re guilty, Republicans want to throw them under the bus on a minor accusation without knowing whether they’re guilty or not,’ he said.”
Trump is on Capitol Hill to debate taxes with the House Republican Conference.
Pence and the second woman are internet hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on the Naval Observatory for service members and their members. He can even later ship a speech on the Tax Foundation’s annual dinner.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stated of Roy Moore, “I’ve got a general rule. If you can’t be in a mall, you shouldn’t be in the Senate.”
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— D.C. will see gentle however windy climate right this moment. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Clouds may linger, especially east of the city in the early morning. Sunshine warms the area nicely later in the morning but breezes pick up at just about the same time. By afternoon, leaves are flying, with northwest winds gusting to 25 mph. Highs in the upper 50s to low 60s are some consolation.”
— The Wizards beat the Heat 102-93. (Candace Buckner)
— The Nationals’ Max Scherzer gained the National League Cy Young Award. It’s Scherzer’s second consecutive time profitable the pitching award and third time general. (Chelsea Janes)
— Gun management advocates are rejoicing over the Virginia election outcomes. Fenit Nirappil stories: “Exit polls showed gun policy ranked as the second most important issue in the governor’s race, and voters motivated by guns were evenly split between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie. That’s a shift from data that usually shows voters casting ballots based on guns are overwhelmingly opposed to gun control and say they want to protect their Second Amendment rights against new limits.”
— An eighth-grade clbad from Ohio canceled its faculty journey to D.C. over potential terrorist badault issues. (Joe Heim)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Samantha Bee cited Roy Moore for instance of how each business “has to kick out their very own creeps:”
House Democrats launched articles of impeachment in opposition to Trump:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 15, 2017
The Post’s fact-checking workforce dominated Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) declare that repealing the ACA’s particular person mandate would “kick” millions off health insurance to be “deceptive:”
Roy Moore’s legal professional made this oh-so-subtle remark:
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 15, 2017
The Post compiled a side-by-side evaluation of Trump and Rubio’s water breaks: