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Trump’s Strongest Allies In Congress Don’t Care How History Will Remember Them

WASHINGTON ― With President Donald Trump headed for a partisan impeachment in the House and a largely automatic acquittal in the Senate, liberals like to console themselves that history will be unkind to Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress ― that the Republican members turning a blind eye or offering bad-faith excuses for the president will rightfully be recorded as enemies of truth.

But if Trump’s biggest fans in Congress are concerned about their place in history, they’re not showing it.

“I don’t care how I’m remembered,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told HuffPost. “I care that the American people elected this guy president, he’s doing a great job, and [the Democrats] have zero facts on their side to remove this guy from office.”

Jordan said he was worried about Democrats never accepting the 2016 election outcome, as well as the “arrogance” of people like Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, who testified before the Judiciary Committee last week that Trump should be impeached. 

“The arrogance that lady had for hillbillies like Jim Jordan from Ohio, or Mark Meadows from the mountains of North Carolina, or anyone across the heartland who voted for this president,” said Jordan, a seven-term congressman, “the disdain that she had for us, you know, regular folk.”

And if you think Jordan insisting he doesn’t care is just some defense mechanism because he knows it will turn out badly, Jordan will tell you that actually, he hasn’t given any of that “a second’s thought.”

“The first time that even entered my mind was 20 seconds ago when you asked me,” he said.

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Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images From left, Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) speak to the media after Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was blocked by the State Department from appearing for a deposition about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine on Oct. 8, 2019. 

Meadows also reported that he doesn’t worry about his place in history. 

“Most of the historical commentary will be about the process more than the individuals,” Meadows said.

And he claimed that history hadn’t really remembered specific members of Congress in past impeachment cases. “If you can find one member of Congress who can name more than 10 people who voted one way or another, I’ll treat you to a steak dinner,” he said.

Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, was similarly untroubled.

“History writes itself,” Collins said, adding that he was only concerned with doing what feels right. 

“The person who decides what history is gonna say about him is a fool,” he said.

It makes sense that Republicans aren’t thinking about their place in yet-to-be-written textbooks; defending Trump on the Ukraine scandal almost requires a blithe ignorance of history’s judgment. 

It’s not that the public doesn’t know the facts, or that there are legitimate defenses of Trump. The president clearly sought to use his office to pressure a foreign country to announce an investigation into one of his chief political rivals. And he was willing to withhold roughly $400 million in congressionally appropriated security aid to accomplish his goals. 

In a rational world ― one unpoisoned by partisan excuses and conspiracies ― this impeachment would be unanimous. The facts are so damning, so overwhelming; and yet not a single House Republican cares. 

Not a single Republican will stand up for the rights of Congress to subpoena White House officials and have them answer questions. Not a single Republican in the House will hold the president accountable.

In a rational world ― one unpoisoned by partisan excuses and conspiracies ― this impeachment would be unanimous.

And while history should remember Trump’s strongest allies ― the ones who unflinchingly and reflexively defend the president no matter the situation ― history ought to also remember the Republicans who could have broken from the president, the Republicans who were unnatural allies, the Brian Fitzpatricks and Will Hurds and Francis Rooneys.

Because the truth is, Jordan is very much a natural ally. Meadows is a natural ally. So, too, are Devin Nunes and Matt Gaetz and Doug Collins. (The Partisan Voting Index scores for their districts, respectively, are R+14, R+14, R+8, R+22 and R+31, and Trump won their districts by 34, 17, 10, 40 and 58 points.)

Republican voters stand strongly behind Trump. And in many ways, the continued support of elected Republicans is best explained by their voters.

Trump’s popularity among congressional Republicans is partly a function of his support from the GOP electorate. When HuffPost asked Meadows last week what made him and the Freedom Caucus go all-in on Trump, Meadows presented the lawmakers’ support as a result of the will of the voters.

“The American people,” Meadows answered. “I mean, he tapped into a group of people that had been largely ignored.”

Meadows recounted that someone came up to him during the 2016 GOP convention in Cleveland and said, ‘Look what you’ve started.’

“‘Nah,’” Meadows recalled saying, ‘I just recognized it before anybody else.’”

What Meadows claims to have recognized is a frustration with business as usual in Washington. And in his cheerful view of Trump, the president is just a wrecking ball for the norms of Washington, much the same way the Freedom Caucus was a wrecking ball.

Jordan offered a similar take, that Trump was a guy who “was going to come here, and change this place, and get things done, and take on this town.”

But those tired lines gloss over the worst aspects of Trump ― policies that have separated families, undermined health care, hurt the environment or personally enriched the president — dismissing them like Trump’s quirks, such as his penchant for tweeting or going off the teleprompter at a rally.

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When we pointed out to Meadows that he’s been willing to ignore a lot of things about Trump ― whether it be policy (resulting in a trillion-dollar deficit), personal (Trump made it a sport to attack the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Meadows’ friend), or religious (the thrice-married president is accused of cheating on his pregnant wife with a porn star) ― Meadows said he chooses to “give grace publicly, and privately, perhaps, express my opinion in a more direct manner.”

“Oftentimes, we expect perfection from our leaders, and the minute I find a perfect leader, I will let you know,” he said.

Meadows also said he recognizes that voters largely don’t care about policy. “I don’t think that most Americans are policy-driven,” Meadows said. “It’s why many members of Congress make a huge mistake by getting up and giving stump speeches on what bills they’ve done.”

In that view, partisanship, not ideology or accomplishments, is what is most important to the Republican Party. Partisanship has become the core ideology. It perhaps explains why Rep. Justin Amash ― one of the most conservative members in Congress ― left the party and now, as an independent, is an enemy of the GOP. Or why one of Amash’s closest ideological allies, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has gone all-in on Trump. Massie recognized that he can almost always vote whichever way he wants, as long as his constituents know he’s ultimately with the president.

For the record, Amash doesn’t believe every Republican thinks Trump is innocent. He breaks the GOP down into three groups: the Republicans who truly believe Trump did nothing wrong, the Republicans who know better, and the other Republicans who basically don’t care and take their cues from the loudest voices in the party.

“I think some of them genuinely believe what they’re saying,” Amash said. “There’s no doubt about that. I’ve had conversations with them. They believe it. There are other people who know they’re lying.”

But the GOP has thoroughly disincentivized speaking out. There’s really no place for a Republican who breaks with Trump on something so fundamental as impeachment ― as Amash knows well.

The most interesting thing about asking Republicans how they think history will remember them when it comes to Trump’s impeachment is that no one really claims history will mark them down as heroes.

Even the most self-aggrandizing answers were offered as conditionals. Conservative Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said it was a stretch to think they’d be remembered at all, but if they were, their role would depend on the final outcome. According to Perry, Republicans could be remembered as “complete rubes” or as “unbelievable patriots.”

“We’re far from the final chapters of this whole thing,” Perry said.

One of the darkest answers came from Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), a former history teacher himself. Bishop said the idea that history would remember what Republicans do assumes “that we’re going to survive in this country long enough to have a history.”

(When Bishop got a little more serious, he said he believed in doing what was right “and everything else will take care of itself.”)

The most interesting thing about asking Republicans how they think history will remember them when it comes to Trump’s impeachment is that no one really claims history will mark them down as heroes.

Not to discount Amash’s three categories, but the vast majority of Republicans really do seem to believe they’re doing what’s right ― or they’ve convinced themselves that it’s right enough.

Republicans have found so many ways to get behind Trump. Jordan reported that he liked Trump more and more every day, partly because the president is unafraid of doing things that so many politicians promise but fail to accomplish. His case in point was moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

But another reason the Freedom Caucus is so devoted to Trump is that he’s the empty policy vessel in which they can place their own ideas. Meadows and Jordan were two key architects of the GOP tax cuts, and they tout a number of other quieter wins.

Just last week, the administration formalized a new work requirements rule for food stamps that will result in roughly 700,000 people losing benefits. That policy was practically written by the Freedom Caucus.

Jordan also points to Trump’s transformation of the Republican Party from a country club “wine and cheese” base to a home for “beer and blue jeans” voters. “We’re a populist party rooted in conservative principles,” Jordan said.

And if you challenge Jordan that cutting food stamps for 700,000 low-income people doesn’t sound very populist, Jordan will respond that it’s “totally populism.”

“You go talk to the union workers in Wisconsin, ask them if they think there should be a work requirement for able-bodied adults on welfare,” Jordan said, “I bet it’s 100%.”

Whether Jordan realizes it or not, the explanation reveals another truth: For the modern GOP, perception is more important than reality. 

It doesn’t really matter what Trump did; it matters what voters think he did, and if Republicans can throw enough dirt in the air, if they can convince enough of their voters that this is really about Hunter Biden, or about rooting out Ukrainian corruption, or that this is just another partisan witch hunt, the facts take a back seat.

At least at this moment. Maybe all Americans will one day recognize what’s painfully clear to anyone open-mindedly watching this spectacle. That’s the hope of many liberals, who don’t want to believe that Trump’s biggest defenders will get away with this.

As HuffPost left Jordan’s office on Friday, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) just happened to be standing in the hallway, alone, checking his phone. We approached Schiff and told him Jordan said the facts were on Trump’s side.

Schiff, in his own sort of disbelief that even Jim Jordan could believe Jim Jordan’s defenses, said the facts were “uncontested and overwhelming.”

“They apparently belong to the Kellyanne Conway School of Communications that believes they’re entitled to their own alternative facts,” Schiff said.

And he didn’t mince words on how he thought history would remember Trump’s most stalwart allies.

“History will not be kind to those that refuse to do their duty in the face of this unethical president,” he said.

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William Barr Rejects Inspector General Report’s Findings On FBI’s Trump Probe

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Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department’s inspector general report, saying he didn’t buy its finding that the FBI had no political bias in opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia in 2016.

Barr told NBC News the day after the report came out that he thought there was a “possibility that there was bad faith” in the probe. 

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said. “I think there were gross abuses … and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”

He laid blame on Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who released the report after reviewing a million documents and interviewing 100 people.

“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn’t find anything to contradict it. … He hasn’t decided the issue of improper motive,” Barr said. “I think we have to wait until the full investigation is done.”

The attorney general’s remarks renew questions about his allegiance to President Donald Trump. Barr, who replaced Jeff Sessions in February, has been a steadfast defender of the president. Last month, he faced calls for his own impeachment after attacking Democrats for declaring a “war of resistance” against Trump and claiming “scorched earth, no-holds-barred” challenges to the president’s power amount to a “systematic shredding of [constitutional] norms and undermining the rule of law.”

Barr also promoted conspiracies in his NBC News interview.

“It was clearly spied upon,” he said of the FBI using confidential informants to record conversations with Trump campaign officials. “That’s what electronic surveillance is … going through people’s emails, wiring people up.”

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Greenland ice melt ‘is accelerating,’ new study reveals

The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated dramatically since the 1990s and it’s now losing more than seven times as much ice per year, according to a new study.

The new assessment comes from an international group of 89 scientists that reviewed satellite observations over a 26-year period.

According to their research, published Tuesday in the journal Nature, Greenland’s contribution to overall sea-level rise is now tracking at what had been seen as a pessimistic projection of the future.

This means an additional 7 centimeters (2.7 inches) of ocean rise could be expected by the end of the century just from Greenland, experts say.

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A new study shows that Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a faster rate. (Getty Images)

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“The simple formula is that around the planet, six million people are brought into a flooding situation for every centimeter of sea-level rise. So, when you hear about a centimeter rise, it does have an impact,” Andy Shepherd, of Leeds University, told BBC News.

The group of scientists reanalyzed data from 11 satellite missions flown from 1992 to 2018 — looking at repeat messurements of the ice sheet’s thickness, flow and gravity, BBC News reports.

Greenland, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, is the world’s largest island. The gigantic ice sheet that covers the island is over a mile thick at the center.

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Mexico’s ex-public security secretary arrested in US, accused of taking millions in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former public security secretary, has been arrested in the U.S. on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the cartel controlled by ruthless drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, was arrested Monday in Dallas. The charges against him were contained in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York.

“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes.”

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Genaro García Luna when he was Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security. (UNIVERSAL/Roberto Armocida/RCC)

Garcia Luna was Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012, a role that put him in charge of Mexico’s war against the drug cartels in thousands have died.

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The president at the time was Felipe Calderon, who said on Twitter Tuesday that he learned of Garcia Luna’s arrest on social media and was unaware of the details.

“My position will always be in favor of justice and the law,” he said.

Garcia Luna was accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel from 2001 to 2012, a period that covers the years when he was Mexico’s top federal police official.

In exchange, Garcia Luna provided protection to the cartel for its drug trafficking activities, prosecutors say.

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A news release from Donoghue’s office said that on two occasions, the Sinaloa cartel personally delivered bribe payments to Garcia Luna in briefcases containing between three and five million dollars.

According to financial records obtained by the government, by the time Garcia Luna relocated to the United States in 2012, he had amassed a personal fortune of millions of dollars, the news release said.

During El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn, former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified that he personally made at least $6 million in hidden payments to Garcia Luna.

Zambada told the jury the cash was delivered during two meetings at a restaurant in Mexico between the start of 2005 and the end of 2007.

Garcia Luna denied the claims.

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In July, El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison on drug smuggling charges.

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Barr blasts FBI’s Trump probe, accuses investigators of ‘gross abuse’

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Attorney General Bill Bar is blasting the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, saying investigators relied on “flimsy” evidence in launching the probe and disputing key conclusions from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report released Monday.

Horowitz was critical of the FBI for their practices in using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, but he concluded that the investigation itself was launched properly, without evidence of political bias.

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“It’s hard to look at this stuff and not think that it was a gross abuse,” Barr said during a discussion Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council forum in Washington. He referred to the investigation as a whole as a “travesty.”

“Where I disagree with Mike, I just think this was very flimsy,” he said about the basis for the investigation. The FBI cited comments by Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to an Australian official as sparking concerns about the campaign’s possible involvement with Russia. Barr dismissed this as “a comment made by a 28-year-old volunteer on a campaign in a bar.”

Barr also pointed to the FBI’s failure to include key evidence in their FISA warrant applications that would have gone in Page’s favor.

“They withheld from the court all the exculpatory information,” he said, calling the anti-Trump dossier used to bolster the warrant applications a “sham.”

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He also pointed out that the Russia investigation was supposed to be a counterintelligence probe, yet there was no effort to warn the Trump campaign about suspected Russian activities.

“The normal thing to do in this situation,” Barr said, “is to go to the campaign, and here I don’t think there’s a legitimate explanation for why they didn’t.”

Barr made it clear that he does not know for sure that there was political bias.

“I don’t know what the motivations were,” he said, stating it is premature to make a determination on that.

“That’s why we have Durham,” Barr said, referring to the ongoing investigation by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, which is broader in scope than Horowitz’s review. “Durham is able to look at all the evidence,” Barr said. He specifically referred to Durham’s ability to talk to other government agencies and private parties, and to compel testimony.

Barr’s remarks echo what he said in a blistering NBC interview earlier Tuesday.

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Barr said that despite the report saying Horowitz did not have evidence that political bias played a factor in the investigation, he believes the IG left open “the possibility that there was bad faith” involved.

“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn’t find anything to contradict it,” he said. Barr also pointed a finger at the media, saying: “I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press.”

And he said the Trump campaign was “clearly spied upon” during the investigation.

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Mexico’s ex-public security secretary arrested in US, accused of taking millions in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ cartel

Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s former public security secretary, has been arrested in the U.S. on charges of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the cartel controlled by ruthless drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, was arrested Monday in Dallas. The charges against him were contained in an indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York.

“Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico’s Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. “Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes.”

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Genaro García Luna when he was Mexico’s Secretary of Public Security. (UNIVERSAL/Roberto Armocida/RCC)

Garcia Luna was Secretary of Public Security from 2006 to 2012, a role that put him in charge of Mexico’s war against the drug cartels in thousands have died.

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The president at the time was Felipe Calderon, who said on Twitter Tuesday that he learned of Garcia Luna’s arrest on social media and was unaware of the details.

“My position will always be in favor of justice and the law,” he said.

Garcia Luna was accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel from 2001 to 2012, a period that covers the years when he was Mexico’s top federal police official.

In exchange, Garcia Luna provided protection to the cartel for its drug trafficking activities, prosecutors say.

MEXICAN DRUG KINGPIN ‘EL CHAPO’ DRAWS LIFE SENTENCE IN US PRISON

A news release from Donoghue’s office said that on two occasions, the Sinaloa cartel personally delivered bribe payments to Garcia Luna in briefcases containing between three and five million dollars.

According to financial records obtained by the government, by the time Garcia Luna relocated to the United States in 2012, he had amassed a personal fortune of millions of dollars, the news release said.

During El Chapo’s trial in Brooklyn, former cartel member Jesus Zambada testified that he personally made at least $6 million in hidden payments to Garcia Luna.

Zambada told the jury the cash was delivered during two meetings at a restaurant in Mexico between the start of 2005 and the end of 2007.

Garcia Luna denied the claims.

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In July, El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison on drug smuggling charges.

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Michigan Democrat responds to poll showing swing-state voters turning against impeachment

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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said that while she is worried about division within the nation, it is “highly unlikely” she will vote against impeaching President Trump.

On Tuesday morning, House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against the president, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress regarding his interactions with Ukraine.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with hosts Bill Hemmer and Heather Childers, Dingell echoed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., statements that it is a “sad day for our country.”

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Dingell said that, while she is waiting to read the formal recommendations by the House Judiciary Committee, she thinks there has been a “lot of evidence that the president did hold up money to the Ukraine that had been appropriated by the Congress in exchange for investigating a potential political candidate.”

“I was elected to protect our Constitution and our democracy,” the congresswoman continued. “And, that’s what my vote is going to reflect. Have we in some way endangered our national security? And I think things that I’ve seen and the obstruction of justice lead me to be very concerned.”

She added that her voting “no” on impeachment is probably “highly unlikely,” but that she thinks it’s a “very individual moral decision.”

“I’m worried about interference on our next election,” she said.

Meantime, a new poll showed support for impeachment going down among voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Impeachment and removal is opposed by 50.8 percent of voters in Michigan, 52.2 percent of voters in Pennsylvania, and 57.9 percent of voters in Wisconsin, according to the Firehouse/Optimus December Battleground State Poll.

Dingell responded by saying she “wasn’t elected to do what was popularly right.”

“I did not come out for impeachment last summer when everybody else around me was. And, as I’ve said before, Tom Steyer bought 40 ads against me, because I am worried about how divided the country is.”

In contrast to the extreme partisan division over impeachment, within an hour of House Democrat Committee Members’ news conference, it was announced that the United States, Mexico and Canada have reached a historic trade deal — with bipartisan support.

“There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,” Pelosi said, announcing her caucus’ support of the agreement.

“Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA. That would be great for our Country!” the president tweeted.

A House vote, delayed as Democrats fought to improve enforcement mechanisms after winning a majority in the chamber in November 2018, is slated for next week.

HISTORIC USMCA DEAL IS MUCH BETTER THAN NAFTA: PELOSI

“It will help Americans keep manufacturing in this country, keep jobs in this country, and that’s what we were sent to Washington to do,” Dingell said, adding she is happy to see the action being taken even though impeachment is moving forward.

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“I think, for the country, we need to do what’s right,” she told Hemmer and Childers. “We need to be transparent and we need to be very thorough, and we need to make sure the American people know what we are looking at and studying.”

“I don’t think this daily drama of dividing us is a good thing for protecting our democracy, either,” Dingell stated.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Fox Business’ Jonathan Garber contributed to this report.

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Impeach Trump or Work With Him? Democrats Are Pushing Forward on Both

WASHINGTON — On the day that House Democrats formally accused President Trump of high crimes and misdemeanors, something unusual happened in the capital: Divided government actually started to work.

Within minutes of announcing on Tuesday that Democrats would charge Mr. Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was behind closed doors with her rank and file, informing them that she was ready to deliver the president his biggest economic priority: passage of a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

That was not all. Democrats are also on the brink of approving a bipartisan defense bill, the largest in the nation’s history, after weeks of negotiations with Republicans, and intend to pass legislation this week on another issue that Mr. Trump has made a top priority: lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

The sudden outbreak of bipartisan cooperation, almost certain to be fleeting, was hardly an accident. Ms. Pelosi has long insisted that Democrats could “walk and chew gum at the same time” — that they were willing to work with the president on legislation even as they tried to oust him from office.

But she needed to prove it. Ms. Pelosi is well aware that if she is going to keep her majority, and her job as speaker, she cannot send her members — especially nervous moderates in Trump-friendly districts — home for the holidays empty-handed after they had voted to impeach the president.

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So Tuesday turned into a split-screen morning in the Capitol, as Democrats and the press grappled with what amounted to a case of whiplash. Ms. Pelosi appeared before cameras at 9 a.m. with her top lieutenants to announce the impeachment articles, and again at 10 a.m. to announce a deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Some Democrats were blunt about the strategy.

“U.S.M.C.A. being brought up at this moment is a very strange diversion,” Representative Marcy Kaptur, Democrat of Ohio, who has expressed concerns about the trade pact, told reporters. “It’s a way of trying to get you to talk about more than one issue in the news.”

Ms. Pelosi insisted it was not politics, but the calendar itself, that dictated the one-two punch of calling for the president’s removal in one moment and handing him one of his biggest priorities in the next.

“It’s just as we get to the end of a session, there have to be some decisions made,” she said during the news conference on trade, adding, “We didn’t know what day it would be.”

But the optics were hard to miss. Wearing an American flag pin with the words “One Country, One Destiny” on her lapel, Ms. Pelosi turned the trade news conference into a show of Democratic strength. She surrounded herself with more than two dozen of her members, including relieved-looking freshmen who represent districts won by Mr. Trump and have been pining for broadly popular accomplishments to show to voters ahead of their re-election races.

The impeachment articles, narrowly focused on Mr. Trump’s effort to enlist Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, also reflected Ms. Pelosi’s worries about protecting those moderates facing political risk. Democrats opted not to charge Mr. Trump with obstruction of justice based on his attempts to thwart Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

Congressional Democrats “are getting more done in two weeks than the U.S. Senate has done in the last year,” said one vulnerable freshman, Representative Tom Malinoswki of New Jersey, adding, “The heart of the Democratic Party right now is the Democratic Congress and the House of Representatives.”

With time running out before the end of the legislative year, Democrats will be in a rush to get everything done. There is likely to be a vote on the defense bill in the House on Wednesday, with the final passage expected next week in the Senate so that the bill can be sent to Mr. Trump. Next week in the House, there will be back-to-back votes on the trade bill and impeachment.

That creates the specter of one, or perhaps two, presidential bill-signing ceremonies at the White House on legislation that Democrats will have delivered to Mr. Trump at the precise moment that they have impeached him. While it is unclear whether Mr. Trump will need to sign the trade pact, the president will certainly sign the defense bill into law — perhaps, if tradition holds, with Ms. Pelosi at his side.

Democrats are already highlighting that as a win — the first time that “paid family medical leave for millions of federal workers, including military workers, will be the law of the land,” Representative Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said in an interview.

There was so much news breaking on Tuesday that Mr. Jeffries postponed his usual Tuesday morning news conference until Wednesday; he plans to use it to promote the prescription drug bill.

When Ms. Pelosi became speaker in January, Democrats sought to pursue a triangulation strategy of circumventing the Republican-led Senate to work directly with the White House on issues like prescription drugs and infrastructure. Democrats thought they might replicate what happened in 2018, before they took the majority, when they worked with Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, on an overhaul of criminal justice laws.

That strategy has yet to work, and Republicans on Tuesday accused Democrats of pushing a partisan prescription drug bill that has little chance of being signed by Mr. Trump. But nothing clarifies the congressional mind as much as the end of the year, and Democrats, who ran for office on kitchen-table economic issues like jobs and the high cost of prescription drugs, are clearly in a hurry to make good on that promise.

And as to the case of whiplash she was inflicting on the Capitol, Ms. Pelosi had a wry answer: “The day is young.”

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On the roster: Dems announce two impeachment charges – House Dems, Trump admin reach trade deal – Warren continues to drop – GOP does Election Day ‘dry run’ – Calendar grille

DEMS ANNOUNCE TWO IMPEACHMENT CHARGES
AP: “House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol for what she called a ‘solemn act.’ Voting is expected in a matter of days in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House. Trump insisted he did nothing wrong and his reelection campaign called it ‘rank partisanship.’ … The outcome, though, appears increasingly set as the House prepares for voting, as it has only three times in history against a U.S. president. Approval of the charges would send them to the Senate in January, where the Republican majority would be unlikely to convict Trump.”

Senate looks to push impeachment trial to January – Politico: “Senators are unlikely to let a little thing like impeachment ruin their holiday plans. As soon as the House impeaches President Donald Trump, the Senate is, in theory, required to immediately begin a trial. But for a multitude of reasons, both strategic and mundane, senators say they are aiming to reach an agreement to take a breather and come back for the trial in January. Despite bipartisan hopes of not letting impeachment drag on, no one in the Senate seems to want to sacrifice their Christmas or New Year’s. And though nothing has been finalized, senators expect party leaders who have sway on the matter to agree in the coming days. ‘That’s the last thing we want to do is be here over Christmas,’ Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said. … ‘Impeachment is a huge issue. And I don’t think we should rush into it,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said. ‘We ought to find a way to wait till January, get through the holidays and then tackle it.’”

Trump lashes out at FBI director – WaPo: “President Trump lashed out Tuesday morning at FBI Director Christopher A. Wray, saying that ‘he will never be able to fix the FBI’ based on his reaction to a Justice Department inspector general’s report examining the bureau’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign. ‘I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,’ Trump tweeted. ‘With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!’ The 434-page report rebutted conservatives’ accusations that top FBI officials were driven by political bias to illegally spy on Trump advisers as part of the investigation of election interference by Russia, but it also found broad and ‘serious performance failures’ requiring major changes. In a statement Monday, Wray, a Trump appointee, said he had ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the report’s recommendations, adding that he would not hesitate to take ‘appropriate disciplinary action if warranted.’”

Poll: Trump approval remains steady – Monmouth University: “Just over 4-in-10 (43%) registered voters feel that Trump should be reelected, while a majority (54%) say it is time to have someone new in the Oval Office. These numbers have not really budged in the past month (42% reelect and 55% someone new in November). The current results are statistically similar to late September when news broke about the Ukraine call (39% reelect and 57% someone new) and August when the House impeachment inquiry was just getting started (39% reelect and 57% someone new). … Trump currently has a personal rating of 46% favorable and 52% unfavorable among registered voters. The president’s personal rating has grown slightly more positive since news of the Ukraine call first broke, but the shifts so far are not statistically significant.”

HOUSE DEMS, TRUMP ADMIN REACH TRADE DEAL
Fox Business: “The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached a historic trade deal. ‘There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a press conference announcing her caucus’s support of the agreement. Major U.S. stock indexes turned positive after the announcement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland are expected to be in Mexico City on Tuesday for a signing ceremony. The deal must now be ratified by all three countries. A House vote, delayed as Democrats fought to improve enforcement mechanisms after winning a majority in the chamber in November 2018, is slated for next week. The modifications had delayed Congressional approval, raising the possibility that the deal might not be ratified this year since Congress adjourns Dec. 20, and prompted criticism from President Trump and his allies.”

THE RULEBOOK: AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” – Alexander Hamilton or James MadisonFederalist No. 51

TIME OUT: UP, UP AND AWAY
Smithsonian: “Near the beginning of the new film The Aeronauts, a giant gas-filled balloon called the ‘Mammoth’ departs from London’s Vauxhall Gardens and ascends into the clouds, revealing a bird’s eye view of London. To some moviegoers, these breathtaking views might seem like nothing special: Modern air travel has made many of us take for granted what we can see from the sky. But during the 19th century, the vast ‘ocean of air’ above our heads was a mystery. These first balloon trips changed all that. Directed by Tom Harper, the movie is inspired by the true story of Victorian scientist James Glaisher and the aeronaut Henry Coxwell. (In the film, Coxwell is replaced by a fictional aeronaut named Amelia Wren.) In 1862, Glaisher and Coxwell ascended to 37,000 feet in a balloon – 8,000 feet higher than the summit of Mount Everest, and, at the time, the highest point in the atmosphere humans had ever reached.”

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SCOREBOARD
DEMOCRATIC 2020 POWER RANKING
Biden: 26.6 points (↑ 0.6 points from last wk.)
Warren: 18.2 points (↓ 1.2 points from last wk.)
Sanders: 17.4 points (↑ 0.2 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 10 points (↓ 0.2 points from last wk.)
[Averages include: Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, CNN, NBC News/WSJ and ABC News/WaPo.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE 
Average approval: 43.2 percent
Average disapproval: 52.8 percent
Net Score: -9.6 percent
Change from one week ago: ↑ 0.2 points 
[Average includes: Monmouth University: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 40% approve – 54% disapprove; CNN: 43% approve – 53% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; Gallup: 43% approve – 54% disapprove.]

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WARREN CONTINUES TO DROP
Monmouth University: “Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters continue to be divided over who they want to put up against Trump in 2020. The top contenders continue to be [Joe] Biden (26%), [Bernie] Sanders (21%), and [Elizabeth] Warren (17%). However, these three are in a slightly different order than where they stood last month (23% Biden, 23% Warren, and 20% Sanders) or in late September (28% Warren, 25% Biden, and 15% Sanders). [Pete] Buttigieg is the preferred choice of 8% of Democratic-identifying voters (similar to 9% in November and 5% in September). [Mike] Bloomberg enters the race at 5% support nationally. … Other candidates registering support in the current poll are Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (4%), [Andrew] Yang (3%), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (2%) and seven other candidates who earn 1% or less. The poll also finds that more Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters continue to prefer a candidate who would be stronger against Trump even if they disagree with that candidate on most issues (56%) than say they want a nominee who aligns with them on the issues but would have a hard time beating Trump (30%).”

Move over Green New Deal, Warren wants it blue – Axios: “Elizabeth Warren is out with new plans to speed up offshore wind projects, expand marine sanctuaries, and bolster use of oceans to soak up carbon emissions. Those are three pillars of the far wider ‘Blue New Deal’ — a riff on the ‘Green New Deal’ concept — on ocean policy that the Democratic White House hopeful unveiled Tuesday. Politically, the plan’s arrival follows Warren’s recent slide in the polls after challenging Joe Biden for frontrunner status in the fall. There’s plenty of competition for the green mantle as Bernie Sanders, Warren’s rival for progressive voters, touts his plans. Billionaire climate advocates like Mike Bloomberg — who is at UN climate talks in Spain today — and Tom Steyer are spending heavily.”

Warren shakes up campaign strategy – Fox News: “From Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina, presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shaking up her routine, changing her format on the campaign trail to include more interaction with voters and getting more aggressive with a top-tier rival for the Democratic nomination. And the progressive senator from Massachusetts appears to continue to back away from a once-orthodox approach toward a government-run, ‘Medicare-for-all’ health care system. The changes come as the one-time co-front-runner in the Democratic nomination race has seen her poll numbers deteriorate the past month in national surveys… Out was the long stump speech and in was an abbreviated version, which allowed for a big increase in the number of questions she takes from the audience.”

Consulting group gives Buttigieg okay to disclose clients – NYT: “Mayor Pete Buttigieg will disclose his management consulting clients, open his fund-raisers to reporters and reveal the names of people raising money for his presidential campaign, his campaign announced Monday, a series of significant concessions toward transparency for a candidate under increasing pressure to release more details about his personal employment history and campaign finances. The announcements follow several days of intense questioning surrounding Mr. Buttigieg’s work for McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm that was his first post-college employer. The company said on Monday that it would allow Mr. Buttigieg to disclose the clients he worked for at the firm from 2007 to 2010, acceding to a request the Buttigieg campaign made last month and the candidate himself amplified in public last week.”

Gabbard opts out of next Dem debate without qualifying – Fox News: “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, announced late Monday that she won’t be attending the Democrats’ next debate ‘regardless’ of whether she qualifies. Gabbard, who previously flirted with the idea of skipping an earlier debate, appeared more assertive about bowing out of the upcoming debate being hosted by PBS and Politico on Dec. 19. ‘For a number of reasons, I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls,’ Gabbard tweeted. ‘I instead choose to spend that precious time directly meeting with and hearing from the people of New Hampshire and South Carolina.’ Gabbard had met the donor requirement to qualify for the December debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls…”

GOP DOES ELECTION DAY ‘DRY RUN’
AP: “A full year before Election Day 2020, Republicans quietly executed a ‘dry run’ of President Donald Trump’s massive reelection machine. They activated tens of thousands of volunteers and tested phone bank capabilities and get-out-the-vote operations in every state in the nation. Before and after the sprawling exercise, GOP officials coordinated thousands of so-called ‘MAGA Meet ups’ to organize and expand their network of Trump loyalists, paying close attention to battlegrounds like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And on Tuesday, Trump himself will face thousands more cheering supporters in Pennsylvania, his fourth appearance in the swing state this year. … Defiant Democrats insist that Trump is not getting a free pass in the nation’s top general election battlegrounds. They note that the ‘dry run’ played out on the same week that Republicans suffered embarrassing losses across several states. But others are willing to acknowledge the reality: Much of the Democratic Party’s energy and star power will ignore critical swing states like Pennsylvania for much of the next six months.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., to retire from Congress, honor term-limit pledge – Fox News

Former Trump physician Ronny Jackson running for congress as a Republican – Texas Tribune

US deficit soars to $342 billion in two months – Fox Business

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to be deposed in election fraud suit – AJC

The Editorial Board: How Purdue is changing how we do higher education – WSJ

AUDIBLE: SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
“He’s a politician with a thin skin and a fondness for the limelight and the music of his own voice — sound familiar? — and his political success drives his political adversaries to political apoplexy. That, too, sounds familiar.” – Journalist Philip Terzian in his NYT opinion piece, “Whom Does President Trump Remind You Of?”

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“[In Monday’s note], you called for the real Main Street citizens to ‘stage a rebellion of informed, optimistic liberty.’ May I suggest a fresh outbreak of the traditional Merry Christmas greeting?” – James Kinney, Houschton, Ga.

[Ed. note: For those who celebrate, they should most certainly say “merry Christmas” with hale heart and good cheer. I sometimes even drop in a “feliz Navidad,” “Fröhliche Weihnachten” or “joyeux Noël” for good measure. And certainly no one who does not celebrate should take offense at being wished a joyous Christmas unknowingly. Now, when I know someone does not celebrate or have context cues that suggest they may not, I refrain. I wouldn’t seem to match the joyous occasion of mankind’s manumission to use the greeting to poke at someone else. I also understand why corporations avoid the term. Three in ten Americans aren’t Christian and it would be bad business to antagonize them.] 

“What’s up with the criticism of Apple’s new show – The Morning Show? My expectations were low, yet I have enjoyed it. The writing is good, characters are interesting, plots have some twists and a few turns and even some surprises. It focuses on how corrupt a News Organization can be and how they don’t care about ‘goings on’ until their dirty laundry becomes public. In no way does the show demean viewers of news programs – your critique. What am I missing? Sure it’s not Aaron Sorkin level craft but that does not come along very often. Well done Apple, I’ll take another bite.” – Rick McGee, Longmont, Colo.

[Ed. note: As what we would have once called a “Primetime soap opera” in the tradition of “Dallas,” I’m sure it’s plenty good. People love that stuff. I personally love “House.”   

“I thought this and then a local pundit said it. Kamala Harris won’t be a VP choice.  She’s from California which is already a lock for the Dems. Not to mention she didn’t even poll well in her home state.” – Ruth Anne, Folsom, Calif.

[Ed. note: You could argue that Joe Biden helped Barack Obama with Pennsylvania, but Democrats weren’t particularly worried about the Keystone State in 2008. You have to go back quite a ways to find a vice presidential candidate chosen as a running mate for their home-state clout. Lyndon JohnsonRichard Nixon? Running mates are more about the vibe the candidate wants to emit. The Democratic nominee may need to shore up things with black voters or women and Harris, regardless of her home state, could still answer those questions.]

“Your commentary today put me in mind of the fact that it is the end of the year. I would love to see and expanded end of year review on Fox Nation. Will you do it?” – Martin Jarvis, Wright City, Mo.

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CALENDAR GRILLE
NJ.com: “Capt. Andy Grossman knows a good idea when he sees it. A few years back, Grossman, the owner of RipTide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine, [N.J.] created a beach tow membership service for 4x4s that run into trouble on the sometimes all-too-soft sand on the beach. And that is what led to his next great idea: the Beached Cars of Brigantine calendar, featuring photos of some of the ‘mishaps’ when people try to drive their non-4×4 vehicles out to the water’s edge. ‘Cars are not allowed on the beach,’ said Grossman. ‘That’s why I kinda think they’re fair game and I’ve been posting them (on Facebook).’ Before helping them get off the beach, Grossman or a member of his Brigantine Beach 4×4 Assist crew takes a photo, and locals usually get a good laugh out of it. …He sold out the first run in just a few hours, and is now taking orders for more. … The proceeds are being donated to True Spirit Coalition, a local organization which helps provide meals to local families.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“The women’s movement, to which the idea owes its currency, is right to insist that the father do more. … But we both know, we all three know, the truth: Nature has seen to it that anything I can do, she can do better. Mine is literally a holding action.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on June 28, 1985.

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