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On the roster: Bidens acknowledge ethics woes – Time Out: Growth – Ambassador lays Ukraine claims off on Trump – Audible: Blammo – Didn’t imply to horn in on you
BIDENS ACKNOWLEDGE ETHICS WOES
NYT: “Hunter Biden, whose abroad enterprise dealings have drawn relentless assaults from President Trump and posed a risk to the candidacy of his father, Joseph R. Biden Jr., intends to step down from the board of a Chinese language firm, BHR, by the top of the month, his lawyer mentioned on Sunday, a transfer his father later lauded in a forceful protection of his son’s integrity. The lawyer additionally mentioned in an announcement that if Mr. Biden have been to be elected president, his son would ‘agree to not serve on boards of, or work on behalf of, foreign-owned firms.’ The choice is the primary motion the pro-Biden camp has taken that seems to acknowledge the extent to which Hunter Biden’s enterprise practices have created an untenable drawback for his father’s 2020 marketing campaign. With the fourth Democratic main debate solely two days away … Mr. Biden’s lower-polling Democratic rivals have steered his son’s work abroad raises questions on battle of curiosity.”
Rolls out ethics, marketing campaign finance plan in reply – Reuters: “Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden would look to ban non-public cash from federal elections, his marketing campaign mentioned on Monday in a plan for presidency ethics that doubled as an assault on President Donald Trump. … The previous U.S. vp is promising to match particular person donations for elections with authorities funding, and to dam money from non-public sources. Biden would additionally set up a brand new fee to implement anti-corruption legal guidelines, bar lobbying by overseas governments and require candidates to reveal their tax returns.”
Dems nonetheless hedging on Warren – NYT: “Senator Elizabeth Warren has constructed her following partially by taking footage with 1000’s of voters deep into night after marketing campaign occasions, however her dinner viewers [in Washington] one evening final month was far smaller. And Ms. Warren’s friends have been extra inquisitive about listening to, and politely difficult, her marketing campaign pitch… Addressing just a few dozen members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus at a Chinese language restaurant just a few blocks from the Capitol, she laid out her case… However just below a month for the reason that family-style meal, the Massachusetts senator has the identical small variety of endorsements from congressional colleagues past her dwelling state as she did beforehand: three. … [H]er rising crowd sizes, hovering fund-raising and surge to the highest of quite a lot of nationwide and early-state polls solely shine a brighter gentle on one of the vital revealing components of this main: the widening hole between the preferences of many Democratic voters and the lawmakers who symbolize them.”
Trump mentioned to nonetheless need Warren – Axios: “President Trump’s allies nonetheless worry a common election matchup in opposition to a banged-up Joe Biden greater than a run in opposition to an invigorated Elizabeth Warren, individuals near the president inform Axios. Warren has surpassed Biden in some main polls, seemingly helped by the early protection of Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to analyze conspiracy theories involving Biden and his son Hunter. And a Fox Information ballot now reveals Biden and Warren every would lead Trump, 50% to 40%. … A number of advisers in Trumpworld informed [Axios] that Warren is arguably a greater candidate when it comes to being fast on her ft and ready on a debate stage. However these advisers say her liberal stances on some points and her ‘likeability’ drawback with segments of common election voters make her weaker in opposition to Trump than even a Biden hindered by gaffes, generational dissonances and a son with private drama and a lobbying file.”
Sanders slams Warren as ‘capitalist’ – Fox Information: “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders … is in search of to chop into the assist of his rival by dismissing her as a ‘capitalist.’ ‘There are variations between Elizabeth and myself,’ Sanders mentioned throughout an interview Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘Elizabeth I feel, as you recognize, has mentioned that she is a capitalist by her bones. I’m not.’ The feedback come amid an increase in socialism within the Democratic Get together, as candidates change into extra prepared to brazenly embrace socialism over capitalism. It additionally follows polling exhibiting that Democrats now view socialism extra positively than they do capitalism. Final 12 months, when requested if she was a capitalist, Warren reportedly mentioned, ‘I’m a capitalist to my bones.’ Sanders defined he’s not a capitalist as a result of he ‘won’t tolerate for one second the sort of greed and corruption and revenue and wealth inequality and a lot struggling that is occurring on this nation immediately, which is pointless.’”
THE RULEBOOK: CAREFUL, NOW
“The hope of impunity is a robust incitement to sedition; the dread of punishment, a proportionably robust discouragement to it.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 27
TIME OUT: BOOM
Historical past: “[On this day 72 years ago] U.S. Air Power Captain Chuck Yeager turns into the primary particular person to fly sooner than the pace of sound. Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a fight fighter throughout World Struggle II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, however he escaped seize with the help of the French Underground. After the struggle, he was amongst a number of volunteers chosen to test-fly the experimental X-1 rocket aircraft, constructed by the Bell Plane Firm to discover the potential for supersonic flight. … Yeager flew the X-1 over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. The X-1 was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 ft by a B-29 plane after which launched by the bomb bay, rocketing to 40,000 ft and exceeding 662 miles per hour (the sound barrier at that altitude). The rocket aircraft, nicknamed ‘Glamorous Glennis,’ was designed with skinny, unswept wings and a streamlined fuselage modeled after a .50-caliber bullet.”
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DEMOCRATIC 2020 POWER RANKING
Biden: 28 factors (↑ 0.eight factors from final wk.)
Warren: 26.2 factors (↑ 1.6 factors from final wk.)
Sanders: 14.Four factors (↓ 0.2 factors from final wk.)
Buttigieg: 5.Four factors (↓ 0.eight factors from final wk.)
Harris: 4.2 factors (↓ 0.Four factors from final wk.)
[Averages embrace: Fox Information, Quinnipiac College, IBD, Monmouth College and NBC Information/WSJ.]
TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Common approval: 42.eight p.c
Common disapproval: 53.Four p.c
Internet Rating: -10.6 p.c
Change from one week in the past: ↑ 2.Four factors
[Common contains: NPR/PBS/Marist: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; Fox Information: 43% approve – 55% disapprove; NBC/WSJ: 43% approve – 53% disapprove; Quinnipiac College: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; IBD: 43% approve – 54% disapprove.]
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AMBASSADOR LAYS UKRAINE CLAIMS OFF ON TRUMP
AP: “A U.S. ambassador is anticipated to inform Congress that his textual content message reassuring one other envoy that there was no quid professional quo of their interactions with Ukraine was primarily based solely on what President Donald Trump informed him, in response to an individual conversant in his coming testimony within the impeachment probe. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the European Union, is amongst administration officers being subpoenaed to seem on Capitol Hill this week in opposition to the needs of the White Home.”
Former high Russia aide talks, too – Politico: “President Donald Trump’s former high Russia aide arrived on Capitol Hill Monday to testify earlier than Home impeachment investigators, as Democrats speed up efforts to unearth the info of Rudy Giuliani’s shadow diplomacy with high Ukrainian officers. Democrats view Fiona Hill’s closed-door testimony as crucial to their understanding of the extent to which Giuliani, the president’s private legal professional, bypassed official U.S. authorities channels by pressuring Ukrainian officers to dig up dust on former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s attainable opponent within the 2020 presidential election.”
Bushy state of affairs: Contained in the botched effort to rent Trey Gowdy – NYT: “For 24 hours final week, Trey Gowdy, the previous South Carolina congressman finest recognized for main congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the brand new face of President Trump’s exterior authorized protection and a logo of a streamlined effort to answer a fast-moving impeachment inquiry. A day later, the association fell aside, with lobbying guidelines prohibiting Mr. Gowdy from beginning till January, presumably after the inquiry is over. Now, in response to two individuals conversant in occasions, Mr. Gowdy isn’t anticipated to affix the staff. And Trump advisers are again to sq. one, looking for a special lawyer.”
Home impeachment roadmap shaping up – Axios: “Forward of this week’s subpoenas and depositions, new paperwork obtained by Axios present how Democrats are taking the impeachment inquiry in two tightly centered instructions: Ukraine and obstruction of justice. Why it issues: There are new temptations for Democrats to broaden the scope of their inquiry after developments final week together with President Trump’s present to Turkey, new questions on coordination with the Chinese language over Hunter Biden, and the dramatic airport arrests of two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates with Japanese European backgrounds and their indictments on marketing campaign finance violations. However for now, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be sticking together with her instincts to maintain the probe tight and so simple as attainable for Individuals to know.”
RNC spends to tweak weak Home Dems on impeachment – McClatchy: “Republicans are planning to focus on Democrats in swing districts with a brand new spherical of advertisements on impeachment this week as lawmakers return from their fall recess. The Republican Nationwide Committee will spend $350,000 on a multi-media purchase as a part of a method that features digital advertisements, textual content messages and cellphone calls beginning Tuesday calling on Democratic Home members to ‘cease the insanity.’ The hassle is primarily focused on the 31 Democrats in districts President Donald Trump carried in 2016. ‘We’ll emphasize it’s time to maneuver on,’ RNC spokesman Rick Gorka informed McClatchy. ‘There are actual points they may very well be engaged on, something however this.’ Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Georgia, who helps an impeachment inquiry, is likely one of the GOP targets.”
Trump administration scrambles as U.S. troops are withdrawn from Syria – WaPo
Trump, Pence plan journeys to stump for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin – Politico
Will Supremes deal with ‘faithless electors’ forward of 2020? – NYT
“I get it. He wants to choose a battle with a view to keep related.” – Mayor Pete Buttigieg mentioned about his gun battle with Beto O’Rourke within the latest episode of the Snapchat present Good Luck America.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Was Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch an Obama appointee or a Trump appointee? If she was a holdover from the Obama years doesn’t make just a little little bit of sense for Trump to do some housecleaning? From what I perceive some Ambassador appointments are given to pals and individuals who do one thing (within the marketing campaign) to assist the president get into workplace.” – Mary Blanton, Alpharetta, Ga.
[Ed. notice: There are all totally different sorts of ambassadors, Ms. Blanton. There are two important classes: political appointees and profession diplomats. Among the many “political” there are two broad teams: Positions of such import that presidents need trusted confidantes and loyalists. Then there are postings to locations so protected and secure that they are often doled out to donors and key supporters as patronage plums. The divide on the “profession” aspect is analogous. Some are to locations of little strategic significance however are so poor and/or distant that fats cats wouldn’t need to perch there. However many are to locations the place the work is simply too delicate to threat amateurism. Our ambassadors face horrible dangers regularly in locations world wide the place, however accomplish that in service of essential American objectives. We would like high individuals with deep data of the language, tradition and historical past of locations like Iraq, Turkey and, sure, Ukraine, to serve in such posts. Yovanovitch is certainly one of these people. She was appointed to her former publish by then-President Obama. However earlier than that, George W. Bush appointed her to the strategically vital former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. She began within the International Service in 1986. She’s a lifer. So whereas it’s true that she was an Obama appointee, it’s most likely higher to think about her as a product of our International Service system greater than anything.]
“I’d love to listen to your response to the next thought: There ought to be a legislation that the federal authorities can’t tax any citizen at a fee in extra of 33 1/3%. That is to stop any candidate from getting votes by merely suggesting that they’ll tax ‘the wealthy’ at 50%, 60% or 70%. Low revenue individuals are apt to vote for these candidates for the incorrect motive. What say you?” – Ted Boers, Grand Rapids, Mich.
[Ed. notice: I hear you, Mr. Boers, however you’d should rapidly give you a LOT of extra dough. Wealthy individuals – the 40 p.c of highest earners – pay one thing like 70 p.c of all of the taxes. In case you knock down the 2 high tax charges – 37 p.c and 35 p.c – that may be some huge cash off the desk. Leaving apart that sensible consideration, there’s this one: You’d really want a constitutional modification to do what you’re describing. It’s very arduous to think about getting supermajority assist for one thing that may instantly be unpopular with the underside 60 p.c of earners. Within the coming fiscal disasters awaiting America, we’re going to have some powerful fights over taxes and spending – the very fights lawmakers have been pushing off for many years. It’s going to be ugly and peculiar and quite a lot of proposals as soon as thought of unthinkable will abruptly sound mainstream. Fiscal conservatives would most likely do higher to prepare for that second.]
“In fairly deservedly praising Cardinal shortstop Paul DeJong you parenthetically requested ‘(whoever heard of a slugger shortstop?).’ Does the identify Ernie (Let’s play two) Banks ring a bell? Within the 4 years from 1957 by 1960 when he was the Cubs common shortstop he hit 176 dwelling runs (yearly common 44), main the league twice. Over that very same interval, he drove in 491 runs (yearly common 123), once more twice main the league. He wasn’t simply an offensive pressure, profitable a Gold Glove for his defensive play in 1960. Moreover, he was the Nationwide League Most Helpful Participant in each 1958 and 1959 regardless of taking part in for a sorry staff that in each years completed fifth in an eight staff league. So, to reply your query — I’ve, as have the numerous others who undoubtedly have written to level out your egregious error. (I nonetheless love you).” – Bob Foys, Chicago
[Ed. notice: There’s all the time a Cubs fan on the market! At all times! You’re fairly proper, Mr. Foys. Aside from to a lesser diploma Robin Yount and Derek Jeter, Banks is the cream of the facility hitting shortstop crop. I’m together with your notice for 2 causes: 1) Goodness is aware of Cubs followers want one thing to be cheerful about in October 2) Possibly this expression of goodwill will assist snap the Cardinals out of their slough of despair in opposition to the Nats!]
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DIDN’T MEAN TO HORN IN ON YOU
Metro: “A rhino was filmed going for a walkabout in a crowded market. The animal casually strolled previous liquor outlets and garments showrooms in Nepal as shocked members of the general public appeared on. What was most likely extra stunning is no-one gave the impression to be afraid of the rhino, which had strayed from the favored Chitwan Nationwide Park. Some vacationers have been so comfy they even took selfies with the big beast on Thursday. Shankar Kandu Ravi, 31, from Uttar Pradesh in India, adopted the elusive animal for about ten minutes after which took an image with it. … Mr. Ravi mentioned the rhino even got here face-to-face with a pair however didn’t assault anybody. He added: ‘It was simply appearing to scare the couple. It warned individuals to not come shut.’ ‘Subsequent morning, I had inquired about it and learnt that it returned to the jungle early within the morning.’”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“If we’re not ready to wage whole struggle in response to whole struggle, we threat catastrophe on a scale now we have by no means seen and may barely think about.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in Time journal on Oct. 28, 2001.
Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox Information. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Need FOX Information Halftime Report in your inbox day by day? Join right here.