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On the roster: Biden’s lead could also be greater than you assume  Time Out: Baking up an American victory – White Home opens door to impeachment cooperation – And in spite of everything we did to them final week…

NYT: “Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. might lose the Iowa caucuses. However he’s betting on sturdy assist from black voters in Southern states and concrete areas to assist him accrue the 1,990 delegates wanted to clinch the nomination. It’d work. That’s as a result of an awesome majority of delegates are awarded from areas extra racially various than Iowa and New Hampshire. If Mr. Biden retains his power with black voters, he’d have a structural benefit within the nomination race that’s better than his uneven lead in nationwide polls suggests. Consider it this manner: Candidates acquire delegates primarily based on voting in each states and districts, that are Congressional districts in all however a couple of locations. Whereas Iowa and New Hampshire might generate political momentum for a winner as a result of they vote first, the 2 states award only a few delegates. In contrast, a candidate who’s widespread in California, Texas and predominantly black districts within the South may choose up large shares of delegates.”

Buttigieg appears to black church buildings for a lift – WaPo: “Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor who has turned the heads of largely white voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, bowed his head Sunday in a church based by ex-slaves. The Greenleaf Christian Church is pastored by the Rev. William J. Barber II. Barber’s effort to revive Martin Luther King Jr.’s final main undertaking — the Poor Folks’s Marketing campaign of 1968 — has impressed a multiracial motion to oppose President Trump, with plans for an meeting and ‘Ethical March on Washington’ in June 2020. Buttigieg’s choice to worship with the Disciples of Christ congregation underscored the duty that awaits him as he seeks to persuade voters that he can credibly lead a various coalition to seize the White Home. … Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, has framed his religion as a counterpoint to the spiritual proper. And scripture turned the frequent floor between the soft-spoken mayor — clad in his signature darkish swimsuit — and the pastor with a priest’s collar and gold-accented clerical stole.”

Booker defends his flagging marketing campaign, refuses PAC funds – Fox Information: “2020 Democratic presidential main hopeful Cory Booker defended his flagging marketing campaign on Sunday and pleaded with voters to assist his White Home run after he swore off taking cash from political motion committees. ‘We have to unite and the subsequent president needs to be a healer and get us again to 1 nation beneath God,’ Booker stated throughout an look on CBS’ ‘Face The Nation.’ ‘Partisanship has divided us and made tribalism. We want a pacesetter to encourage.’ Booker is sitting in the midst of the crowded Democratic discipline with a marketing campaign that’s struggling to deliver funds after swearing off donations from PACs. Earlier within the week, an excellent PAC fashioned to assist Booker’s Democratic presidential marketing campaign introduced it was shutting down.”

One county’s election meltdown the nightmare for officers nationwide – NYT: “The snafu in Northampton County didn’t simply expose flaws in each the election machine testing and procurement course of. It additionally highlighted the fears, frustrations and distrust over election safety that many citizens are feeling forward of the 2020 presidential contest, given how religion in American elections has by no means been extra fragile. The problematic machines have been additionally utilized in Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs — areas of Pennsylvania that might show decisive subsequent 12 months in one of the vital presidential swing states within the nation. In an period the place some candidates and incumbents attempt to problem or discredit a detailed loss by questioning the system, both with unfounded allegations of voter fraud or claims of a ‘rigged’ election, the correct functioning and safety of election machines have by no means been extra essential.”

Bullock formally out – U.S. Information: “Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who sought to differentiate himself in a crowded main discipline because the Democrat who can attraction to rural and red-state America, suspended his marketing campaign for president Monday morning, saying he may not compete for the money and assist needed to remain within the race. ‘Whereas there have been many obstacles we couldn’t have anticipated when getting into this race, it has turn into clear that on this second, I will not be capable to break by means of to the highest tier of this still-crowded discipline of candidates,’ Bullock stated in an announcement. … Bullock turns into the second Democrat in as many days to drag out of the presidential race, after former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania withdrew from the competition Sunday. That pares the Democratic discipline – as soon as numbering greater than two dozen – right down to a still-crowded 16 contenders.”

“No man could be a competent legislator who doesn’t add to an upright intention and a sound judgment a sure diploma of information of the themes on which he’s to legislate.” – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 53

Historical past: “Legend has it that on the evening of December 2, 1777, Philadelphia housewife and nurse Lydia Darragh single-handedly saves the lives of Normal George Washington and his Continental Military when she overhears the British planning a shock assault on Washington’s military for the next day. Through the occupation of Philadelphia, British Normal William Howe stationed his headquarters throughout the road from the Darragh residence, and when Howe’s headquarters proved too small to carry conferences, he commandeered a big upstairs room within the Darraghs’ home. … On the night of December 2, 1777, Darragh overheard the British commanders planning a shock assault on Washington’s military at Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, for December four and 5. Utilizing a canopy story that she wanted to purchase flour from a close-by mill simply outdoors the British line, Darragh handed the knowledge to American Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Craig the next day. … It’s stated that members of the Central Intelligence Company nonetheless inform the story of Lydia Darragh…”

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Biden: 26 factors (↓ 1.6 factors from final wk.)
Warren: 19.four factors (↓ 3.2 factors from final wk.)
Sanders: 17.2 factors (↓ 0.four factors from final wk.)
Buttigieg: 10.2 factors (↑ 2.6 factors from final wk.)
Harris: 3.four factors (↑ 0.2 factors from final wk.)
[Averages embrace: Quinnipiac College, CNN, Monmouth College, NBC Information/WSJ and ABC Information/WaPo.]

Common approval: 43 %
Common disapproval: 52.eight %
Internet Rating: -9.eight %
Change from one week in the past: ↑ 1.6 factors
[Common contains: Quinnipiac College: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; CNN: 43% approve – 53% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; Gallup: 43% approve – 54% disapprove; Monmouth College: 45% approve – 52% disapprove.]

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WaPo: “Because the impeachment inquiry strikes right into a vital week, President Trump and his Republican allies are debating the diploma to which the president ought to take part in a course of they’ve spent greater than two months attacking. On Sunday night, White Home counsel Pat A. Cipollone advised the Home Judiciary Committee in a five-page letter that Trump wouldn’t take part in its first impeachment listening to, scheduled for Wednesday. The invitation from Chairman Jerrold Nadler ‘doesn’t start to offer the President with any semblance of a good course of,’ Cipollone wrote. 4 constitutional students — three chosen by Democrats, one by Republicans — are anticipated to testify on the requirements for impeachment. Nadler (D-N.Y.) advised Trump he had till 6 p.m. Sunday to inform the committee that he or his attorneys would attend; he has given Trump till Friday to determine whether or not to take part extra broadly within the impeachment course of.”

Trump appears for pals overseas, will tout NATO accomplishments – NYT: “The leaders of NATO are touring to London this week to commemorate the alliance’s 70th birthday — however they’ll accomplish that at a fastidiously crafted, foreshortened gathering, not at a full-blown summit assembly. The low-key celebration appears supposed to keep away from extra awkward feedback from President Trump, who practically blew aside the final summit assembly in Brussels in July 2018, musing about quitting the alliance and strolling out in the midst of an announcement by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Usually, the 70th anniversary, just like the 50th, would have been held in Washington, the place the alliance’s founding treaty was signed…”

Johnson, main within the polls, hopes Trump butts out – CNBC: “President Donald Trump’s arrival within the U.Okay. simply 10 days earlier than Britons head to the poll field may spell bother for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, political analysts advised CNBC. … Britons head to the poll field on Dec. 12 in a vote more likely to determine the destiny of the U.Okay.’s departure from the European Union and the course of the world’s fifth-largest economic system. Johnson has urged Trump to not get entangled within the election, fearing he may say one thing that threatens to derail the Conservative Celebration’s marketing campaign. ‘What we don’t do historically as loving allies and pals, what we don’t do historically, is get entangled in one another’s election campaigns,’ Johnson, who’s center-right celebration holds a commanding lead within the newest opinion polls, advised LBC radio on Friday. The prime minister additionally stated he would stroll out of commerce talks with the U.S. if the well being service was a precondition to negotiations.”

Mike Pence, good cop – Politico: “When Donald Trump’s reelection workforce shamelessly acknowledged throughout a World Collection marketing campaign industrial that America’s 45th president is ‘no Mr. Good Man,’ it was doing greater than shock-and-awe promoting. Noticeably absent from the 30-second spot was the president’s genteel sidekick: Mike Pence. … For Pence to be an efficient surrogate in 2020, marketing campaign officers say his fame have to be preserved. If the aim is to construct a successful coalition that features seniors, suburban girls and swing-state residents affected by Trump fatigue, somebody needs to be the great man. … It’s the identical good cop, unhealthy cop routine voters noticed in 2016, however it will likely be much more pronounced on the marketing campaign path this cycle because the president’s workforce works to beat an anti-Trump animus that has seeped into suburban pockets of electorally essential states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. A lot of the technique is pushed by inside information and public polling that Pence and marketing campaign officers have paid shut consideration to since final 12 months’s midterm elections…”

Over 300 Trump social media advertisements taken down – CBS Information: “Whereas political advertisements on social media don’t adhere to completely different guidelines than political advertisements on TV, they’ve come beneath particular scrutiny due to their distinctive capacity to disseminate – broadly and quickly — unhealthy info, and the platforms’ incapacity to correctly police them. In comparison with TV, on-line advertisements can unfold lies at an alarming fee — bolstered by machine-learning algorithms that may determine goal audiences at huge velocity and scale. … [60 Minutes] discovered that over 300 video advertisements have been taken down by Google and YouTube, largely over the summer time, for violating firm coverage. However the archive would not element what coverage was violated. … The advertisements decided to be offending are usually not accessible to be screened. [60 Minutes] discovered little or no transparency within the transparency report.”

Supreme Courtroom takes up first gun rights case in practically a decade – Fox Information

Pergram: Senate impeachment trial is the wildest wild card – Fox Information

“Politics just isn’t a precise science. That’s why at school I cherished arithmetic. Every thing in arithmetic was clear to me. You possibly can resolve an equation with a variable, with one variable. However right here it’s solely variables, together with the politicians in our nation.” – President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in an interview with Time journal.

“Simply noticed this within the WSJ, [“Why Vinegar Pie Belongs on Your Holiday Table”]. Surprise if Chris has a reminiscence of it, me I’m a Polish jellied pigs ft sort of man, mother usually made it at Christmas, we served it with pepper and vinegar.” – Mike Golan, Cape Cod, Mass.

[Ed. notice: Nice discover, Mr. Golan! I’ve had West Virginia vinegar pie a couple of instances and it’s much better than its novelty-sounding identify implies. Vinegar pie is a desperation various to lemon chess pie, getting its tangy tartness from apple cider vinegar quite than harder-to-find and dearer lemons for the custard. A lot of the meals we love is born of poverty or necessity — breadcrumbs to stretch scarce meat, soups and stews to profit from each ingredient at hand, substituting native produce for these from our homelands, lengthy braising of the hardest cuts to make them tender and scrumptious, and many others.. Consuming these dishes connects us to a previous when, even for the rich, the sort of culinary abundance frequent at the moment would have been unparalleled. Once we eat vinegar pie, or, in your case, some jellied trotters, we’re doing greater than sustaining custom. We’re holding religion with our forebears and the teachings they left for us. On this case it’s about resourcefulness and a refusal to let obstacles of the second stop us from celebrating collectively.]

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KPIX 5: “A wild turkey gave a Bay Space driver one thing to be pleased about because it stopped a Livermore police officer from issuing the driving force a site visitors ticket. Livermore Police posted a bodycam video on their Fb web page from the officer pulling over a driver for rushing. Because the officer is about handy over the quotation, a big turkey runs up unexpectedly on him. ‘You’re not getting a ticket, he doesn’t need you to get a ticket!’ the officer will be heard saying. The turkey’s act appeared to have labored–the officer finally ends up driving away, letting the driving force go with out incident. The division labeled the intervening fowl ‘No Ticket Turkey.’”

“Deterrence is inherently a barely plausible bluff.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing within the Washington Publish on June 1, 2017.

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