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On the list: What to expect in Mississippi – Pelosi has a problem with problem solvers – Democrats: The bill of expenditures and Mueller measure a package – Harris may lose the main Senate hanger – Not a clean escape * * * * *
WHAT TO EXPECT IN MISSISSIPPI
A tremendous amount of attention has been paid to what, for all rights, should be a boring second round of the Senate in Mississippi.
But without a reliable probe to speak of and a six-week political vacuum until the primary campaigns of the 2020 Democrat start in earnest, all eyes of the political press have fallen on the Magnolia state.
We have already said it many times before and we will repeat it now: the biggest bias among reporters is the drama, even over their own personal political preferences. And in this case, the two impulses will tend to align.
If former Democratic congressman and member of the Clinton administration cabinet Mike Espy wins in Mississippi a year after the Republican debacle with Roy Moore in neighboring Alabama it would be a great story. It would also reinforce the growing narrative that Republicans lost control over the South and the rise of Colored Democrats.
But is it really a thing?
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith It has been simply horrible this campaign. When confronted with her shattered message: jokes about public hangings and voter suppression in Mississippi, Sheesh: Hyde-Smith has been evasive. Instead of addressing these problems, he fled the press and hid behind the press releases.
Hyde-Smith is now getting warmer because of the fact that she and her daughter attended the schools of the "academy". In the south, many school districts closed rather than integrated after Supreme Court decisions in 1954 and 1955. Elsewhere, white parents and teachers simply left the newly integrated schools. In both cases, the resource was the establishment of academies for white students.
Mississippi, as the current controversy has reminded us, was one of the last to succumb to segregation until 1970. Hyde-Smith attended that school and, apparently, his daughter also did it a generation later.
By then, however, the academy system had become something else. As it is for the wealthiest families across the nation, these private schools offer special privileges, advantages and protections for privileged children, and most of those children are white.
While this may be somewhat surprising to 25-year-old political reporters who grew up in New York or California, voters in Mississippi know the facts of the case well, just as they are not surprised to discover that schools had "rebels" . "Pets.
Even so, it serves the narrative that Hyde-Smith is a kind of Theodore Bilbo disguised. Espy is certainly accepting the idea that Hyde-Smith, a Democrat until 2010 and an absolutely bland state agriculture commissioner, is the vanguard of the new neo-segregation.
What's funny here is that the hit on Hyde-Smith in elementary school was that she was too soft. His rival Republican, state senator. Chris McDanielHe spoke with pride to the Confederate groups and defended all kinds of impolitical positions in the cultural wars. Hyde-Smith was supposed to be the safest option, and here they treat it like a great Kleagle.
Republicans are taking it seriously enough to have been throwing money into the state before the vote on Tuesday and President trump is organizing a double header of the MAGA demonstrations tonight, one in Tupelo in the northern part of the state and another in Biloxi on the Gulf Coast.
But are we really going to see an upset?
The short answer is almost certainly not. Mississippi is a highly polarized state in which almost all black voters are Democrats and almost all white voters are Republicans and the result is a long series of 20-point Republican victories, an extension that reflects the ethnic composition of the state.
And while Hyde-Smith only overtook Espy in the first round by less than half a point, the third-place finisher McDaniel took more than 16 percent of the vote, and trust us when we say that these are not potential voters of Espy.
The narrow path to which Espy must cling is based on radically altering the electorate through an increase in African-American participation. We have some history about that from the previous occupant of the Senate seat, Thad Cochran, he managed to do exactly that to defeat McDaniel in a second round in 2016. But Espy would probably need more than that.
There will be voters of McDaniel who refuse to support the creepy Hyde-Smith (ironically and unfortunately, all the fears about the racial opinions of Hyde-Smith can help her with some of these voters). I like it Doug Jones in Alabama, Espy will assume the position as probable single-mandate senator, which could be preferable to some members of the Mississippi GOP's hard line to what would most likely be Hyde-Smith's permanent ownership.
Stranger things have happened than a former Democratic congressman who won an attack in the deep south. After all, if they do Flexible Flyer sledding in West Point, Mississippi, it is not a city famous for its frozen flakes, everything is possible.
But if the expected is true, do not be surprised that a story that produced a boring result received so much attention. The reporters love a good thread.
The rule book: cold box
"The genius of the republics (they say) is peaceful; "The spirit of commerce tends to soften the manners of men, and to extinguish those flammable humors that have so often turned into wars." Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 6
TIME OUT: THAT PAR
The quarterly publication of Lapham: "Operation Ajax (or TPAJAX, as it was called in the official documentation) was the first covert operation of regime change carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency, with only six years old, and almost failure. But in the end, under
The[[Kermit Roosevelt& # 39; S]Leadership, the CIA took him and deposed the popular and populist Prime Minister. Mohammed Mossadegh, a democratically elected leader who sought to reverse decades of foreign influence and exploitation in his country. In doing so, he threatened British oil interests, which put him on a collision course with the world's most important post-war powers. Those powers arrived in 1953, when Kermit Roosevelt began to organize the coup that would force Mossadegh to leave power and arrest him at his home. But the history of Operation Ajax begins long before 1953 … "
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Trump work performance
Average approval: 40.6 percent
Average disapproval: 55 percent
Net score: -14.4 points
Change since a week ago: down 3.8 points
The[[The average includes: Gallup: 38% approves – 60% disapproves; Quinnipiac University: 41% approve – 54% disapprove; CBS News: 39% approve – 55% disapprove; Monmouth University: 44% approve – 49% disapprove; CNN: 41% approve – 57% disapprove.]
PELOSI HAS A PROBLEM WITH PROBLEM SOLVERS
WaPo: "A group of nine centrist Democrats promised again on Monday to oppose the representative. Nancy Pelosi or any other candidate for president of the House of Representatives, unless they accept changes in the rules aimed at facilitating bipartisan legislation. … The new demands of the democratic members of the Caucus of problem solvers of all the corridor take place after a rejection of the elect representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), a young liberal star from the incoming freshman class who in a holiday weekend tweet called them "friendly rules with the Republican Party" that "will paralyze health care efforts from the start" . The nine Democrats initially threatened to withdraw their votes in a November 13 letter. Now, with interrupted conversations, they are renewing their demands. The tiff is an early test of Pelosi's ability to balance the wishes of the more moderate legislators, the "creators of the majority" who have been able to win republican and Sunday-oriented districts, against a new and aggressive crop of more interested young progressives. In the confrontation that in the commitment. "
The dissident drops the threat of voting against Pelosi as a speaker – Politician: "Another Democrat who has threatened to vote in the House of Representatives against Nancy Pelosi as a speaker seemed to soften that position on Sunday, giving California Democrats the appearance of a boost before a key test vote on Wednesday. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), One of 16 lawmakers or elected members who signed a letter that promised to vote against Pelosi on the floor, said on Sunday that he would support her on a Republican during critical voting on January 3. Pelosi's allies have been insisting that a vote against her on the floor, where she needs a majority of the House to win the deck, would be supporting a Republican as a speaker, although technically members can vote for a Democrat who Do not be the nominee. Lynch seemed to agree with that line of thought instead of rejecting the suggestion that other Pelosi critics considered a "false election" and tried to fight privately for weeks. "
DEMONSTRATION: THE EXPENDITURE FUND AND THE MOMENTOR MEAN A PACKAGE TRAINING
WSJ: "Congressional Democrats who are heading for the critical leg of the lame-leg session are increasingly saying they will link their support to a high-priority spending bill to a measure that protects special lawyers Robert muellerInvestigation on Russian electoral interference. That creates a series of potentially contentious weeks as Democrats continue to pressure the acting Attorney General. Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from Mueller's investigation. … Concerns about Mueller's investigation join broader questions about whether Mr. Whitaker, whom President Trump named after his expulsion Jeff sessions On November 7, you can serve without confirmation from the Senate. … Democrats will gain some power when they take control of the House in January, but say their immediate influence comes from the need for Congress to pass bills by December 8. The Republicans in both houses say they want to avoid a partial closure of the government, and they need the Democratic votes to do so. The spending bills need 60 votes to eliminate procedural obstacles in the Senate, where Republicans currently hold 51 seats. The Republican Party provisionally won two seats in the recent election, but newcomers will not take office until January. "
HARRIS CAN LOSE THE SENATE PRIME PERCHE
WaPo: "The mid-term losses of the Senate Democrats have created a dilemma for the party's leadership over a key seat on Sen's committee. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) … However, unless the Democrats reach an agreement, either with the Republican majority of the Senate or with other Democrats on the committee, numbers and seniority dictate that Harris will come out, and that It causes the liberal groups to fight to save their position. … Shortly after the midterm elections, Harris told Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) That he wanted to remain in the judicial panel, according to his spokesman, Lily adams. … and in no way ensures that Harris will lose his seat. Leader of the majority of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) And Schumer, the minority leader, could agree to expand the number of Republicans on the panel, so that no Democrat is expelled, something
Senator[Sen[SenRichard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)]He said that "magically" happened to him after the Democrats lost the majority of the Senate in 2014. "
"Maybe we do not need Oprah": the first states of the state get serious, McClatchy: "In New Hampshire earlier this month, veteran Democratic strategist Judy reardon He took stock of the results of the midterm and concluded that the party needs someone whose style is more calm and conciliatory than a combative counterattack. "Before this election, I had in mind that the Democratic candidate to beat Trump had to be someone with a great personality," he said. "… Now I think it may very well not be the case … Someone who is less flashy, maybe we do not need Oprah," he continued. In fact, the Democratic Party is prepared for pitched battles over personality and ideology in its search for someone who can defeat Trump in general elections. Does the party need a candidate with a great personality to match Trump's impurity, or a low profile figure who exudes stability? "A progressive brand that thrills party activists or a centrist in the business world that can appeal to Republicans?"
Sanders says "probably will run" in 2020 – Fox News: "Sen. Bernie Sanders could run for the presidency again. The Vermont independent said he would pursue another presidential candidacy if he thought he would be the best person to defeat President Trump in 2020. "If someone else appears who can, for whatever reason, do a better job than me, I will." "Work to choose him," progressive Sanders, 77, told New York Magazine. "If it turns out that I'm the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I'll probably run." Sanders ran for president in 2016, losing the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. His advisers are reportedly watching Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, also considered a potential contender in the upcoming presidential elections. Sanders recently traveled to South Carolina, one of the states with early voting. "
GM's decision to stop production in Ohio, Michigan, could harm Trump in 2020: Roll Call: "The decision of General Motors to stop production in two states that were key to the victory of Donald Trump in 2016 could complicate the candidacy for the re-election of the president. The US automaker announced on Monday that it plans to stop working on the Chevrolet Cruze at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and on three models of Chevy, Buick and Cadillac at a Detroit-Hamtramck facility in Michigan. The company said those moves, along with another in a factory based in Canada, are aimed at reducing costs. "
Trump is not happy with the decision – Bloomberg: "President Donald Trump said he is" unhappy with "General Motors Co.'s plans to lay off more than 14,000 workers and close seven factories around the world, and Trump responded to job cuts on Monday when he left. White House for campaign rallies in Mississippi, adding that the country has done a lot for GM … Executive Director Mary Barra plans to meet with the White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow Monday following the announcement of the automaker, said a White House official. The meeting had been planned before Monday's announcement of job cuts, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity about a meeting that has not been publicly announced. "
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My love celebrates the first press conference since losing the re-election, calls Trump for his criticism – politician
Graham and Collins can put pressure on Trump in Saudi Arabia – The hill
ICYMI: I'll tell you what: Dana and Peter in the "special relationship" – Fox News
AUDIBLE: ONE OF THESE CHILDREN DOES ITS OWN THING
"Some reflections on 2020 since all my friends seem to be running …" – Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, at the beginning of a Twitter thread. At the end of the thread, he points out that "there are no circumstances" in which he ran for president.
OF THE BLOACHERS
"Mr. Stirewalt, thanks for letting me know Adam KellyArticle on gratitude. I often become cynical or forget or do not appreciate the countless blessings I have received. I live relatively close to Mexico, and I think my life would be very different if I were born on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. It only involves a few hundred meters away, but a world of difference in one's life. I listen to your podcast, I'll tell you what, regularly and I enjoy many of your political ideas. You surprise me with your understanding of historical and political trivia. The best for you and yours in this Thanksgiving season. " Roland Shook, Silver City, N.M.
The[[Ed. Note: I have not found any way to obtain happiness or it is a more meaningful relationship, joy, without starting from a posture of gratitude. I know it as well as I know anything in the world. And yet I manage to ruin that regularly! My father used to say that the word "deserve" was the most dangerous in his vocabulary. When I was a child I did not understand, but now I do. As soon as I start thinking about what is owed to me and what I should have, I am forced to end the melancholy in a short time. But if I can gather enough humility to start my day with a simple "thank you" to my Creator for the healthy children, breathing in my lungs and honest work to do, this quickly goes in the other direction. And I will add another point of gratitude: readers like you who make it all worthwhile.]
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NOT A * AHEM * CLEAN ESCAPE
AP: "Dutch police who found 350,000 euros ($ 400,000) hidden in a washing machine have arrested a man on suspicion of … what else? – money laundering." Police said in a statement on Thursday that officials They were reviewing a house in western Amsterdam on Monday to search for unregistered residents when they found the valuable laundry load.A picture shown on the police website showed bundles of bills, mainly 20 and 50 euro bills, stacked on the The officers also found a machine to count money, a gun and several cell phones.The name of the suspect of 24 years was not disclosed, in line with the Dutch privacy rules.
AND NOW, A WORD OF CHARLES …
"Without Ukraine, there is no Russian empire, Putin knows that, which is why the pressure continues to rise, the question is, can this administration raise the back pressure to give Ukraine a chance to breathe?" Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on February 27, 2014.
Chris Stirewalt He is the policy editor of Fox News.Brianna McClelland Contributed to this report. Do you want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.