Ep. #45: Why Is Wilbur Ross Fighting For Citizenship Question On The Census?
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Ep. #45: Why Is Wilbur Ross Fighting For Citizenship Question On The Census?
TPM reporter Tierney Sneed has been covering a trial in NYC on a controversial question that Wilbur Ross has pushed for on the Census. If Ross prevails, the que...
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What’s Going On With Those Reported Charges Against Assange?
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We learned late yesterday that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had been secretly charged by the U.S. government with… something. What, exactly, remains unclear, but what is clear was that we weren’t supposed to learn about the charges in this way.

Here’s what happened.

Today’s Agenda: Will Mueller Break His Silence?
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The midterms are over and the White House seems to be on edge. Russia probe-related developments — specifically, indictments — tend to come on Friday. And so we’re all waiting to see if Mueller does something today.

Slash and Burn

I wanted to point your attention to an interview Rep. Marcia Fudge (D) did yesterday with Huffpo. Fudge is seen by many – I think accurately – as basically a stalking horse for a handful of anti-Pelosi members on the right of the Democratic caucus. Reps. Moulton, Ryan, Lynch, et al. Her interview gives a taste of the kind of slashing contest Pelosi’s most vocal opponents have in mind.

Coming Home To Roost

Avowed neo-Nazi who praised Pittsburgh synagogue shooter cited the “migrant caravan” as justification in interview with FBI, according to new filing by prosecutors.

More on the DC Neo-Nazi Tied to Pittsburgh Shooter

Lot more detail on Jeffrey Clark Jr, the DC neo-nazi tied to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.

Seems Plausible

Former federal public corruption prosecutor speculates on why Trump’s going particularly nuts this week …

It is hard to say what’s causing Trump’s current Mueller meltdown. But if reports are true that he and his lawyers are working on answering written questions from the Special Counsel, that probably has him especially on edge. One question in particular poses a huge dilemma for Trump: Did you know in advance about Don Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with the Russians? Obviously, he did. He likely authorized the meeting and got a read out right after it. Why else would he have dictated the bogus “adoption” cover story? Why else, in the days prior to the meeting, would he have promised explosive information about Hillary to come out shortly after it? And Mueller no doubt has additional evidence of Trump’s foreknowledge (from Gates, Manafort, Cohen, phone records, etc.).

More on Pelosi

Last night I wrote up my take on whether Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker of the House under the incoming Democratic majority. Short answer: Yes. For the longer answer, click here. But the day so far as even more convinced me of a point that was partly implicit in what I wrote last night: that any question about Pelosi is quickly resolved when you look at the folks leading the charge to replace her.

Today’s Agenda: Democrats’ Leadership Fight Intensifies
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The Democrats are convening on Capitol Hill today as the party considers who should lead it in its battle against Trump for the next two years. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

Do the Dems Need Nancy Pelosi?

I wanted to share a few thoughts about the House Democrats’ leadership election. First, I’m ambivalent about Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker again. Turnovers in leadership are good. The dozens of new House Democrats converging on Capitol Hill this week visibly shows the power of generational succession. The Democrats’ current House leadership has been in place for more than 15 years, an extraordinary length of time by historical standards.

Today’s Agenda: Strange Addendum To The Pittsburgh Massacre
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We’re digging into the bizarre story of two Washington, DC-based brothers and avowed neo-Nazis who interacted with Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers on social media. Here’s more on that and other stories we’re following.

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Trump: I’ll Submit ‘Very Simple’ Answers To Mueller Questions ‘At Some Point Very Soon’

Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace spoke with Trump Friday for an interview aired Sunday:

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President Trump tells Chris that his written answers for the special counsel will be submitted "at some point very soon." Watch the full interview on Fox News Channel at 2P/7P.

Posted by Fox News Sunday on Sunday, November 18, 2018

Trump On Ricardel: ‘She Was With Me For A Long Time, Although I Don’t Know Her’

President Donald Trump flip-flopped mid-sentence when describing ousted Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel (pictured, right), who was removed from that position after a statement urging as much from first lady Melania Trump.

Abrams Won’t Say Kemp Is ‘Legitimate’ Gov-Elect: ‘Words Have Meaning’

Democrat Stacey Abrams, who acknowledged defeat Friday in her bid to be Georgia’s next governor, refused to say Sunday that her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, was the “legitimate” governor-elect.

Gillum Concedes, Again, In Florida Gov Race

After initially conceding and then un-conceding as the race to be Florida’s next governor entered a recount due to its close margin, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded the race for good on Saturday.

Corker: ‘Everything Points’ To MBS Order In Khashoggi Killing

Trump: ‘This Would Be A Very Good Time’ To Shut Down Gov’t Over Border Wall Funding

Trump Holds GOP Speaker Votes Over Pelosi’s Head: ‘I Will Give Her The Votes’

As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to count votes for her bid to regain her former title of Speaker of the House when Democrats occupy a majority in that chamber next year, President Donald Trump said repeatedly Saturday that he “would help” Pelosi by urging some House Republicans to vote for her if necessary.

He not-to-subtly used the offer as an opportunity to talk about “presidential harassment.”

Trump On Acosta: ‘If He Misbehaves, We’ll Throw Him Out’

Though President Donald Trump has been forced to restore Jim Acosta’s press credentials, he’s already threatening to boot the CNN reporter if he “misbehaves.”

“If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “If I think somebody is acting out of sorts, I will leave and say thank you very much…Those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that is acting up.”

Watch here:

Trump’s New Solution To Unruly Reporters: Tells Staff To ‘Just Leave’

President Donald Trump said Friday that if reporters echo Jim Acosta’s aggression in the press room, he’s instructed his staff to “just leave any time you want.”

“We always have the option of just leaving. You know?” Trump said in a quick press conference after CNN won their lawsuit against the White House. “If we feel that things aren’t being treated properly, that people aren’t being treated properly, we always have the right to leave…I’ve instructed my people, when they’re not treated properly, you have the right to just leave any time you want.”

Watch here:

Trump Reacts To Ruling For CNN: ‘We Have To Practice Decorum’

President Trump on Friday reacted to a judge’s ruling to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, saying, “We have to practice decorum.”

“We want total freedom of the press … we’re setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting,” Trump said, according to a White House pool report.

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