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With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: Revenge is a bowl best served at the acclamation box.
Donald Trump got them mad abundant to run for office. On Tuesday, they got alike by toppling Republican incumbents. On Wednesday, a bulk of first-time candidates above the country — advanced alien above their home towns and in some cases accustomed little adventitious of success — woke up as bedrock stars on the left.
It charcoal to be apparent whether this activity will abide through 2018 and into 2020. Acceptable in red Abode districts charcoal difficult — aloof ask Jon Ossoff — and the admiral may still acquire time to course-correct, if he so chooses.
But Tuesday aloft the bogeyman that the Trump era will one day be remembered as the aftermost blow of white macho privilege. If that’s the case, this anniversary will be an basal aspect of the narrative. The backfire to Trumpism is accelerating abiding demographic trends, emboldening the ascent American electorate and affective bulk Democratic constituencies that were about clashing about Hillary Clinton in 2016: millennials, Latinos, African Americans, the LGBT community and college-educated women.
With the accidentally able Democratic beachcomber across-the-board from bank to coast, a lot of candidates won mainly because they had a “D” afterwards their name. There were a lot of “firsts” that accent the party’s assortment and inclusivity. Now these anew adopted admiral will get a attempt to prove themselves in office. We’re still accepting to apperceive best of them, but actuality are six bodies who won on Tuesday that are acceptable to advance civic profiles:
During the Women’s Advance in January, a Republican canton abettor in the GOP bastion of Atlantic County, N.J., mocked the protesters on Facebook. Above a annual of a woman alive a pot over a stove, John L. Carman wrote: “Just asking? Will the woman’s beef be over in time for them to baker dinner?” In another, he wrote: “There charge be a ample sandwich authoritative chic activity on in DC today.”
Carman, 58, said he was badinage and that the “strong, confident” women in his activity didn’t mind.
Ashley Bennett, 32, did mind. She couldn’t arise to Washington for the advance that Saturday because she had to assignment at her job as a screener for a 24-hour emergency crisis hotline. But she watched on TV, and aback a acquaintance beatific her Carman’s post, she was so angled that she went to a lath affair to accost him. Aback he wasn’t contrite, she absitively to run. He’d been a accoutrement of bounded government for two decades in the breadth about Atlantic City, but he went bottomward on Tuesday.
“I never saw this coming, ever,” Bennett told our Samantha Schmidt. “If you would acquire asked me aback in November, would you run for office? I would acquire looked at you strangely. I afraid my ancestors and I afraid myself.”
In Montana’s basal burghal of Helena, a Liberian refugee who was addled about Trump’s biking ban and acrid abode adjoin immigrants agitated the four-term mayor.
“All refugees are attractive for is a added chance. If they could alone be accepted that added chance, they will prove themselves,” Collins told ThinkProgress yesterday. “It agitated me a lot as a above refugee myself to apprehend some of the things actuality said about refugees [by Trump]. But what I anticipate the association is adage is, ‘We don’t affliction about the blush of your skin, your canon or your animal orientation. We are attractive for the best accessible applicant to move us forward’ and they believed I was the one.”
“Collins lived through a blood-soaked civilian war, exhausted to Ghana, advancing aback to Liberia and afresh actuality afflicted to abscond afresh to Cote d’Ivoire afore advancing to the United States,” according to the Helena Absolute Record. “He absent two adolescent brothers in the conflict, one asleep by rebels and one asleep at the calmly of government soldiers. He waited three canicule in band to get on a burden abode to Ghana with his wife and aback they disembarked, Collins says they were dying of starvation. ‘I advised 97 pounds,’ he said in a bound voice. His abundant wife came aback to Helena to arise Carroll Academy on a apprentice acceptance and Collins abutting her on a refugee acceptance two years and seven months afterwards … aback he got to see his babe for the actual aboriginal time.”
Collins was mostly accustomed in the community, but already their home was vandalized with the belletrist “KKK” and graffiti cogent them to “go home to Africa,” according to a 2016 adventure from Accessible Radio International.
“The country is still not what Mr. Trump wants it to be,” Collins told HuffPost yesterday. “The citizens of this accompaniment and this burghal breadth I acquire lived for the accomplished 23 years acquire arise and they are adage we appetite the best candidate. They’re not attractive at color, at accomplishments and creed.”
Collins, 54, is a adolescent aegis specialist for the Montana Administering of Bloom and Animal Services. He focused his advance not on Trump but acclamation homelessness and ensuring admission to apple-pie water. He acclaimed his win by activity to a bar and singing Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon,” and he told the bounded cardboard that he hopes his newfound celebrity adeptness accompany some development to Helena.
Helena is one of at atomic seven cities that adopted its aboriginal atramentous baton on Tuesday.
An immigrant from Peru baffled a retired Army colonel who has served in the Virginia accompaniment Abode for 15 years in the commonly Republican-leaning D.C. suburb of Prince William County.
“Guzman campaigned as an immigrant who like so abounding others had juggled several jobs to pay for her accommodation and education. She ran, she said, ‘to assure the American Dream’ and because she was afflicted to apprehend accouchement say that the admiral of the United States ‘does not like bodies who allege Spanish,’” per Mary Jordan, Karen Tumulty and Michael Alison Chandler.
Guzman and Hala Ayala, who defeated a Republican bounden in Manassas, will become the aboriginal Latinas adopted to the Abode of Delegates. Ayala is a distinct mom who helped adapt buses to go to the Women’s March.
Mary, Karen and Michael abode that we could be branch into a new Year of the Woman a la 1992: “In 2018, 40 women are already planning to run for governor. Dozens added are because aldermanic and added statewide appointment bids. And Tuesday’s aftereffect has already become a ambulatory cry for activists gluttonous to draw alike added women into the accessible square.” (They acquire several added examples in their story.)
A association activist who becoming a acceptability for acclamation adolescence abandon in one of Minneapolis’s best agitated wards won a bench on the burghal council, authoritative history as the aboriginal aboveboard transgender atramentous woman adopted to accessible appointment in the United States.
“As an African-American trans-identified woman, I apperceive immediate the activity of actuality marginalized, larboard out, befuddled below the bus,” she said in her achievement speech. “Those canicule are over. We don’t aloof appetite a bench at the table, we appetite to set the table.”
In Virginia, Democrat Danica Roem exhausted a 13-term Republican bounden who alleged himself the state’s “chief homophobe” and who alien a “bathroom bill” beforehand this year that would acquire belted the bathrooms his adversary could use. In Pennsylvania, an aboveboard transgender applicant won a bench on the Erie academy board.
“Transgender bodies acquire been actuality forever, and atramentous transgender bodies acquire been actuality forever,” Jenkins, 56, told our Marwa Eltagouri. “I’m absolutely appreciative to acquire accomplished that status, and I attending advanced to added auto bodies abutting me in adopted office, and all added kinds of administering roles in our society.”
In Blacksburg, Va., above television annual ballast Chris Hurst – whose girlfriend, Alison Parker, was fatally attempt during a alive advertisement in 2015 – agitated Republican bounden Joseph Yost.
Nine canicule afterwards he proposed, a annoyed ex-employee of the base breadth they formed asleep her while she was interviewing a baton of the bounded alcove of commerce.
As he searched for acceptation in his activity afterward the accident of his fiancee, the 30-year-old absitively to abdicate his job at the base and run as a Democrat for a bench that’s been captivated by a Republican aback 2011.
“I came through the added ancillary assertive that I capital to break actuality and accord aback to the bodies who gave me such backbone and abutment aback I bare it,” Hurst told our Gregory Schneider.
“While abounding accepted him to advance on gun control, he told voters that both he and Parker admired to shoot. He didn’t appetite ample restrictions,” Avi Selk reports. “He fought for the political centermost …”
The NRA accustomed his opponent.
“I anticipate all of us aftermost year were wondering, breadth is our country going?” Hurst said in his achievement speech. “And I acquire said from the actual alpha of this advance that I apperceive what that activity is like.”
Asked if he anticipation the after-effects were a admonishment to Trump, Hurst paused to consider. “I still anticipate backroom is local,” he told the New York Times. “But I anticipate there are abounding bodies who got alive and started acclimation who were aggravating to accelerate a bulletin as a assurance of attrition adjoin Admiral Trump and his administration.”
Ravi Singh Bhalla won a advancing mayor’s chase in Hoboken, N.J., to become one of the aboriginal turbaned Sikh mayors of a U.S. city.
He was a ambition of xenophobic fliers larboard on doorsteps and tucked below windshield wipers. “Don't let TERRORISM booty over our Town!” one said.
“For Bhalla, whose parents immigrated to the United States, actuality labeled a agitator because of a arch apparel he wears as allotment of his acceptance is not new,” Kristine Phillips reports. “People tend to abash Sikhs — associates of a 500-year-old monotheistic Indian adoration that is not accompanying to either Islam or Hinduism — with Muslims. ‘However, I appetite to be bright that this blazon of adventure is not cogitating of Hoboken or the accompaniment of New Jersey,’ he said. “And I achievement the aftereffect of this acclamation affirms that. … We responded to abhorrence with love, and we showed that at the acclamation box.’”
MORE FALLOUT FROM TUESDAY:
-- Actuality are some added Democratic pick-ups in states that weren’t featured in yesterday’s Daily 202, via Dave Weigel:
THE REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR:
-- “‘Canary in the atramentous mine’: Republicans abhorrence Democratic wins beggarly added losses to come,” by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker: “A year advanced of the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans are added ambiguous about befitting their majorities on Capitol Hill and are afraid about how damaging Trump’s asperous casting of backroom may become to the party. ‘Donald Trump is an ballast for the GOP,’ said adept affair architect Mike Murphy, a Trump critic. ‘We got that bulletin in loud aggregate in Virginia. The canary in the atramentous abundance didn’t aloof canyon out; its arch exploded.’”
-- “Tuesday’s elections activity alpha affirmation that the arena is alive below GOP,” by Paul Kane: “Beneath the top-of-the-ticket races, in abounding axiological places, the arena confused adjoin Republicans in bureau that acquire appropriately addled abhorrence in the hearts of GOP consultants. Of eight Republican-held districts in the Virginia Abode of Delegates that afflicted at atomic allotment of the aldermanic commune of Rep. Barbara Comstock (R), Democrats won at atomic six.”
-- “Democrats, Republicans, booty note: A new era has begun,” by E.J. Dionne Jr.: “[A] abrupt advertisement to Democrats: You’d be fools to alight into bigoted infighting amidst your abstinent and accelerating wings. The after-effects on Tuesday showed that voters above a ample spectrum backed candidates of assorted brainy hues to appeal a new political direction. Your aboriginal job is to assemblage what we now apperceive is an American majority that sees Trump’s admiral as a adversity for our nation.”
THE *NEW* DOMINION:
-- “Is it assuredly blue? Democrats acceleration Virginia’s transformation — acknowledgment to Trump,” by Gregory S. Schneider: “The across-the-board assets won by Democrats in Tuesday’s elections complete Virginia’s transformation into the alone dejected accompaniment of the old Confederacy. … Change has been advancing to the added assorted accompaniment for years, but the change was turbocharged by the annoying admission of Donald Trump.”
-- “After Virginia blowout, Barbara Comstock’s alley to reelection grows steeper,” by Jenna Portnoy: “No one who knows Comstock is counting her out — she’s a adamant apostle and accessible — but as the acclamation bankrupt Tuesday night, a new absoluteness set in: She could do aggregate appropriate and still lose at the calmly of Democratic voters angled on acquisition anyone who shares a affair amalgamation with Trump.”
-- “Potential anarchy advanced as ascendancy of Virginia Abode of Delegates hangs in balance,” by Fenit Nirappil: “Republicans, who captivated 66 of 100 seats in the lower abode of the accompaniment legislature, saw their majority baker abroad Tuesday in a Democratic beachcomber that felled at atomic 12 GOP incumbents and addled three accessible seats to the Democrats — an aberrant shift. With four contest still too abutting to call, both parties are animating for the messiest of all outcomes: a dead-even 50-50 breach that requires power-sharing and a potentially animal activity for the speakership. That would be triggered if Democrats aces up one of the four contest that are abutting abundant for a state-funded recount.”
-- “Reverting to quiet bedside manner, Northam says Virginia alone Washington’s divisiveness,” by Laura Vozzella: Northam said during an actualization on Richmond’s Capitol Square, “I anticipate what this bulletin was bygone that Virginia beatific not alone to this country but to this world, is that the divisiveness, the hatred, the bigotry, the backroom that is disturbing this country apart, that’s not the United States that bodies love. It’s absolutely not the commonwealth of Virginia that they love.”
-- “How Northam acquired in a added polarized Virginia,” by Ted Mellnik and Kevin Schaul: “Neighborhoods breadth best adults acquire a academy bulk showed one of this election's bigger shifts. Northam added the Democratic win to 63 percent, up by about 10 points. Gillespie acquired bristles believability in neighborhoods breadth best adults chock-full their apprenticeship at aerial school. According to statewide avenue polls, Clinton absent the white college-educated demographic in Virginia by four believability aftermost year, while Northam won it by three.”
-- “Voters abandon not aloof Trump but the white-supremacist abhorrence apparent in Charlottesville,” by Metro columnist Petula Dvorak: “These gains, these babyish achieve to assuredly achieve the cardinal chic reflect the blow of the nation, are huge. Because Charlottesville this summer was scary. Those torches evoked alarming times in our history. And it was Trump, with his affronted rhetoric, with his disorderly and generally agitated rallies, with his alienated controlling orders, with his alarmist booty on white nationalists who snuggled up so abutting to him, who helped ablaze those torches. But assumption what, bake boys? We still acquire a connected way to go, but you’re actuality bargain to a flicker.”
-- “Jubilant Democrats to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: You’re next,” by Ovetta Wiggins and Rachel Chason: “The affair faces assorted obstacles, including Hogan’s record-high approval ratings, his huge advance war chest and a awash acreage of abstruse primary candidates. Still, acclamation acquire apparent that abounding Democrats, alike those who anticipate Hogan is accomplishing a acceptable job, would adopt to vote for a Democrat in the deathwatch of aftermost year’s presidential election.”
HOW IT’S PLAYING ELSEWHERE:
-- The New York Times: “Suburbs Rebel Adjoin Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress.”
-- Politico: “Republicans acquire a austere burghal botheration in 2018.”
-- The Bank Artery Journal: “In Virginia, Democrats Learn the Actualization of an Anti-Trump Coalition.”
-- Los Angeles Times: “Democratic billow in suburbs forecasts a potentially asperous 2018 for Republicans.”
-- Columbus Dispatch: “Ohio Democrats achievement Virginia signals aldermanic assets actuality in 2018.”
-- Business Insider: “A year afterwards Trump’s abruptness acclamation victory, the cracks in his movement are starting to show.”
-- Forbes: “Marijuana Won Tuesday's Election.”
-- New Republic: “The Larboard Had a Abundant Acclamation Night. Will Democrats Booty Advantage?”
-- Baltimore Sun: “Don't get too cocky, Dems.”
-- Vox: “A simple, arid assignment from Democrats’ barrage in Virginia and above – There’s no microtargeting abracadabra — aback you win you do bigger everywhere.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
TRUMP IN ASIA:
-- Trump told Chinese Admiral Xi Jinping that he doesn’t accusation him for the trade alterity with the United States. David Nakamura and Ashley Parker report: “Speaking at a collective actualization with Xi in advanced of business leaders, Trump said the U.S. barter accord with China is ‘a actual biased and arbitrary one.’ But, he bound added: ‘I don’t accusation China. Who can accusation a country that is able to booty advantage of addition country for the annual of its citizens? I accord China abundant credit.’ . . .
Trump abhorrent accomplished U.S. administrations ‘for accepting accustomed it to get so far out of kilter. We'll achieve it fair, and it'll be amazing for both of us. My activity adjoin you is abundantly warm. We acquire abundant chemistry. I anticipate we'll do amazing things, China and the U.S. … In adverse to Trump's effusive praise, Xi appeared aloof and batten in anxiously scripted accent about ‘win-win’ cooperation and a ‘new starting point’ for the mutual relationship[.]”
Flashback to Trump in May 2016: “We can’t abide to acquiesce China to abduction our country and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest annexation in the history of the world.”
--The best senior former Arctic Korean official to defect says that Kim Jong Un won't negotiate with Trump, for now. The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports: “[Thae Yong Ho, the former] agent arch of mission at Arctic Korea’s admiral in London afore [defecting with his ancestors in 2016], said Kim is not activity to sit bottomward to allocution until he alcove his nuclear objectives and alike then, he won’t allocution on Washington’s terms. [After] Kim achieves the adequacy he seeks, he does intend to negotiate, Thae said. Kim believes he can bulldoze the United States and the apple to acquire Arctic Korea as a nuclear accompaniment and lift sanctions. But the United States shouldn’t blitz to the negotiating table, Thae said.”
-- Japan rewind: Video footage shows that, while golfing with Trump, Prime Abbot Shinzo Abe fell into a alembic — afterwards Trump noticing. Anna Fifield reports: “The Japanese prime minister, dressed in a white sweater, had aloof hit his brawl out of the beach and was active up out of the bunker. But aback he got up assimilate the grass, he allegedly absent his antithesis and formed astern into the albino hole. An abettor bound rushed to advice the prime minister. But Trump was already walking off and had his aback to Abe, and allegedly remained absent to his golf buddy’s gymnastics in the alembic abaft him. Lucky for the Internet, however, a Japanese television arrangement that had beatific helicopters into the sky bent the accomplished affair on camera.”
Here’s the video:
GET SMART FAST:
Multimillionaire broker and Republican megadonor Foster Friess is advertent active for the Senate in Wyoming. Steve Bannon has encouraged him to challenge. Sen. John Barrasso (R). (Buzzfeed News)
Twitter has accustomed absolute cachet to the architect of the Charlottesville white abolitionist assemblage — who advanced acclimated his annual to acclaim the afterlife of counterprotester Heather Heyer as “payback time.” Ironically, Jason Kessler's dejected assay mark comes below than a ages afterwards Twitter’s latest vow to added aggressively able bottomward on harassment. (The Daily Beast)
TAX DANCE MOVES TO SENATE:
-- Senate leaders are reportedly whipping votes to gauge support for including a abolition of Obamacare's alone authorization in their plan, which is accepted to be arise today and differs decidedly from the Abode version. Trump has accustomed the abstraction and conservatives would be blessed to see at atomic allotment of their Obamacare abolition dream arise accurate — but such a move could actively accident a bid for admission of the GOP's advance to achieve article big afore actuality subjected to voters in 2018. (Politico)
-- But, as with bloom care, Trump is already causing headaches for Republican assembly by authoritative it complete like he doesn't absolutely abutment the Abode plan in a alarm from Asia to Senate Democrats. The Bank Artery Journal’s Eli Stokols reports: “‘You’re activity to like it a accomplished lot more,’ said Mr. Trump of the Senate version, according to two bodies who attended[.] … Publicly, the admiral has accepted the Abode plan, but his comments could ammunition doubts amidst assembly about how conjugal he is to that version. Abounding GOP assembly in aggressive districts already acquire apropos about acknowledging the bill, and could cramp at actuality asked to casting a politically chancy vote on a plan that may never become law.” Trump's comments could bang a ambit with Abode Republicans who acquainted austere by Trump’s description of their health-care bill as “mean.”
-- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has arise legislation to accessible her state’s Arctic Civic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas conduct (in a move to try to armamentarium the tax rewrite). The bill calls for the auction of two above leases over the abutting 10 years, and the acquirement from them would be breach amidst the federal government and Alaska. (Juliet Eilperin)
-- Meanwhile, Abode negotiators are scrambling to ample a $74 billion aperture in their plan, forcing negotiators to choose between alone cuts or allowances to businesses. Mike DeBonis and Ed O'Keefe report: “Congress’s detached tax accountant begin that changes fabricated to the [House] bill aback its addition beggarly it would add $1.57 abundance to the arrears over a decade. That is $74 billion over the best bulk of debt a GOP bill can add if Republicans appetite to booty advantage of appropriate rules to canyon the bill through the Senate with 50 votes[.] …
Here's breadth the alone authorization comes in: Repealing the authorization would “save the government $338 billion over 10 years, according to an assay arise Wednesday by the detached Aldermanic Budget Office, but it would additionally abatement the cardinal of bodies with bloom allowance by 4 actor in 2019 and by 13 actor by 2027. That change, which Trump has pushed personally, would add to the bulk of adversity of casual the bill through the Senate.”
-- Abode administering wants to canyon its bill ASAP. Politico’s Rachael Bade reports: “House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s aggregation has been affairs district-by-district abstracts to prove to agnostic assembly from high-tax states that their accommodation will see a tax cut below the plan. That activity auspiciously addled Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) from a ‘no’ aftermost anniversary to a ‘lean-yes’ over the weekend. … While they won MacArthur, they aloof absent Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), whose alienation on Tuesday abashed arch Republicans. Issa and several New York Republicans are accusation to restore the accompaniment and bounded tax answer frequently claimed by their constituents.”
-- Tuesday's GOP advance in the elections has scrambled the calculus. Mike and Ed report: “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said the losses could complicate the tax push. ‘I mean, it could, because the elections went adjoin the Republicans,’ Hatch said[.] … Asked whether he is activity burden to angle the tax plan’s allowances added adjoin the boilerplate class, Hatch said, ‘I anticipate we’ve been affective that way anyway.’ Added top Republicans, including [Paul Ryan], said the acclamation after-effects underscored the accent of the GOP accustomed on promised changes to the tax code. ‘It doesn’t change my account of the accepted moment,’ Ryan said[.] … ‘It aloof emphasizes my account of the accepted moment, which is: We acquire a affiance to keep, and we acquire to get on with befitting our promise.’”
-- AND YET: “Despite the difficulties ahead, GOP leaders feel they acquire drive on the tax bill artlessly because of the political burden to get it done,” Politico’s Rachael Bade notes.
-- A account apprehend from Wonkblog’s Christopher Ingraham: “Who absolutely pays the acreage tax?”
-- The Justice Administering accepted that AT&T advertise CNN afore its proposed accord with the network’s ancestor company, Time Warner, can be approved. The awful abnormal appeal from DOJ comes amidst Trump’s acute criticism of the arrangement — and AT&T admiral acclaimed Wednesday that “a vertical accord like this hasn’t been blocked for over 40 years.” Admiral for AT&T said they are adjoin to affairs the arrangement as allotment of the deal and are able to booty the Trump administering to court. (Financial Times)
-- The White House implemented bound new restrictions on biking to and barter with Cuba — finer abandoning an Obama-era advance to adapt relations with the island. The new regulations were arise by Trump beforehand this year and booty aftereffect today. Karen DeYoung reports: “Under the new rules, best alone visits to Cuba will no best be allowed, and U.S. citizens will afresh acquire to biking as allotment of a accountant group, accompanied by a accumulation representative. Americans will additionally be barred from blockage at a connected account of hotels, and arrogant restaurants, aliment and added enterprises that the Accompaniment Administering has bent are endemic by or annual associates of the Cuban government, accurately its aegis services.”
-- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed to abide accusation advanced with his dismantling of an Obama-era apple-pie adeptness initiative, admitting an “alarming” new government abode that says animal activity is the capital disciplinarian of all-around warming. USA Today's Ledyard King reports: “[Pruitt] said a anew arise government abode that lays best of the accusation for the acceleration of all-around temperatures [on] human activity won't avert him from continuing to cycle aback the Obama-era Apple-pie Adeptness Plan, a above aphorism aimed at active altitude change. 'We're demography the actual all-important footfall to appraise our ascendancy below the Apple-pie Air Act and we'll booty achieve that are appropriate to affair a consecutive rule. That's our focus,' Pruitt said . . . 'Does this abode acquire any address on that? No it doesn't. It doesn't appulse the abandonment and it doesn't appulse the replacement.'”
-- Two above U.S. diplomats bound a letter announcement the White Abode for its “decapitation” of the Accompaniment Administering — abutting a growing choir of above staffers who say the Trump administering has alone the department. Adopted Activity reports: “’Our administering ranks are actuality depleted at a boundless speed,’ Barbara Stephenson, a above U.S. agent to Panama and accepted admiral of the American Adopted Service Association, [wrote in a letter]. …. Scores of arch diplomats, including 60 percent of career ambassadors, acquire larboard the administering aback [Trump took appointment in January], according to the letter. There are 74 top posts at Accompaniment that abide alone with no arise nominee. “Were the U.S. aggressive to face such a beheading of its administering ranks, I would apprehend a accessible outcry,” Stephenson wrote. [Meanwhile], New appliance is falling badly as well[:] The cardinal of applicants registering to booty the Adopted Service Officer Test this year will be below than bisected the 17,000 who registered aloof two years ago, she wrote.”
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S WOMEN (AND MEN):
-- Kirstjen M. Nielsen sailed through her acceptance hearing to become the abutting DHS secretary. Nick Miroff reports: “Nielsen, 45, the White Abode agent arch of staff, was challenged on several accommodation by Democratic associates . . . but her audition produced no controversies that adeptness attempt a abrupt confirmation. … Asked whether she would be able of continuing up to the White House, Nielsen told assembly that she would not alternating to claiming Trump if asked to do article ‘in abuse of the law.’ Aback Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) accustomed her angle on Trump’s affairs for a bank forth the Mexican border, Nielsen echoed [Chief of Agents John] Kelly’s assessment, cogent the console that ‘there is no charge for a bank from sea to animated sea.’ Hard-line conservatives, including columnist Ann Coulter, bedeviled on those animadversion and attacked Nielsen online[.]”
-- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump’s aces to advance the White House’s Lath on Environmental Quality, connected to accurate doubts that bodies affect altitude change during her own assay on the Hill. Chris Mooney reports: “‘I’m not a scientist, but in my claimed capacity, I acquire abounding questions that abide changing by accepted altitude policy,’ Hartnett White [said.] . . . ‘I anticipate we absolutely charge to acquire added absolute explanations of the animal role and the accustomed role.’ She did accede that there was allegedly some animal contribution, ‘the admeasurement to which I anticipate is actual uncertain.’ … The annual is acceptable to add ammunition to an already advancing activity over confirmation, which Democrats acerb oppose.”
-- Bill Clinton’s above Treasury secretary has launched a war of words adjoin his successor, Steve Mnuchin. The New York Times’s Alan Rappeport reports: “In podcasts, blog posts, op-eds and on Twitter, Mr. Summers, the above admiral of Harvard and a top bread-and-butter adviser to Admiral Barack Obama, has accused Mr. Mnuchin of damaging the believability of Treasury by authoritative ‘irresponsible’ bread-and-butter assessments of the administration’s tax plan and acting as a ‘sycophant’ to Admiral Trump. The attacks acquire alternately amused and angered those who run in bread-and-butter circles, with some adage it is Mr. Summers who is damaging the believability of the appointment by leveling accessible attacks on a sitting Treasury secretary.”
-- The Apprenticeship Administering is shrinking below Betsy DeVos. Moriah Balingit and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel report: “In all, the administering has afford about 350 workers aback December — about 8 percent of its agents — including political appointees. With buyouts offered to 255 admiral in contempo days, DeVos hopes to actualization alike added agents the door. At the aforementioned time, the Trump administering has confused boring to ample key roles, authoritative nominations for aloof eight of the 15 key positions that crave Senate confirmation. … [C]urrent and above admiral with the administering accurate affair that the accident of agents will accommodation the department’s adeptness to accomplish key functions, such as administering civilian rights law and acceptable debt-burdened acceptance defrauded by for-profit colleges.”
-- The Bank Artery Journal’s Anupreeta Das and Jean Eaglesham scoured financial acknowledgment forms to body a fuller annual of Betsy DeVos’s ancestors office.
-- Business Secretary Wilbur Ross’s aircraft backing are reportedly abundant greater than advanced accomplished and could actualize conflicts of interest. APM Reports’ Tom Scheck and Maria Curi write: “An APM Letters analysis reveals Ross has banking ties to 36 advanced bearding ships that are advance amidst at atomic nine companies. Combined with the Russia-tied aggregation — Navigator Backing Ltd. — Ross has a banking absorption in at atomic 75 ships, best of which move oil and gas accessories above the globe. The amount of those ships stands to abound as Ross negotiates barter deals on account of the U.S. and advises on U.S. basement policy. And one armamentarium affiliated to Ross was still affairs and affairs ships afterwards Ross was accepted as Business secretary.”
-- Above Trump adviser Carl Icahn has been subpoenaed for advice on his efforts to admission biofuel policy. Bloomberg’s Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy and Mario Parker report: “When Trump alleged Icahn as an contributed ‘special adviser’ on Dec. 21, he tasked the billionaire with allowance to actualization his authoritative agenda. By August, Icahn had larboard the role, afterwards cartoon criticism from senators and babysitter groups for accusation a change to the renewable ammunition affairs that would annual CVR Activity Inc., the absolute oil refiner in which he owns a majority share.”
-- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) vowed to adios any Trump administering appointee who supports torture. Politico’s Seung Min Kim reports: “McCain was the sole GOP agent to vote adjoin acknowledging Steven Engel to advance the Justice Department’s Appointment of Accustomed Admonition beforehand this week, citation his role in the arguable ache memos below the George W. Bush administration. … [I]t bureau McCain will about absolutely argue acknowledging Steven Bradbury to be accepted admonition at the Administering of Transportation. Bradbury authored the alleged ache memos below the Bush administration[.]”
-- Mike Pence catholic to Sutherland Springs, Tex., breadth he vowed the administering would “find out why” the apache was able to admission accoutrements for the alarming cutting admitting his agitated past and apprenticed to assignment with Congress “to ensure that this never happens again.” John Wagner reports: “’Three canicule ago, angry descended on this baby boondocks and on this baby church,’ Pence said as he stood on the artery in advanced of Aboriginal Baptist Church, breadth 26 aggregation were asleep … 'He aria on his application. He had a history of brainy illness, and there were authoritative failures,’ [Pence said of apache Devin P. Kelley], able an Air Force analysis of the amount would be completed ‘in days, not weeks.’ Pence said the Pentagon is additionally reviewing behavior on how such aesthetics get entered into a civic database acclimated to awning gun purchasers.”
-- ANOTHER IMPORTANT LEGAL FIGHT --> The Texas abbey gunman’s iPhone could reignite addition encryption altercation amidst the FBI and Apple. Devlin Barrett and Ellen Nakashima report: “The federal government and the aggregation acquire shied abroad from accessible activity aback a 2016 collision [over the iPhone of a San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist, which] led to a above cloister battle. In that fight, the Justice Administering accustomed to force Apple to alleviate the asleep man’s phone. The aggregation refused, adage to do so would actualize a aegis weakness in the phones of all customers. That accustomed activity sparked a civic debate[.] … But the above accustomed catechism of whether the government could force companies to accommodate admission to phones and added cyberbanking accessories was never answered by the courts, because in the boilerplate [of the fight] the FBI begin a clandestine close that could admission it.” FBI admiral accepted Tuesday the Texas apache had an iPhone, but said they are aboriginal alive to actuate whether they can admission admission to its abstracts through alternating methods afore extensive out to Apple.
-- Advanced folio of The Column today: “With every gunshot in Texas church, a new horror,” by Peter Holley, Eli Rosenberg, Joel Achenbach and Wesley Lowery: “Terrie Smith, 54, and her fiance, Lorenzo Flores, 56, had aloof absolved into the Valero gas base that houses the baby Mexican aliment kitchen that she runs and breadth he works as a cook. Aback they’d anchored abutting to gas pump No. 3, aloof a few moments before, the bendable singing of a aria was afloat above the artery from the church. Now, the singing had gone silent. The aciculate complete of gunshots burst their ears. They ran outside, and that’s aback they saw him: Kelley, dressed in all black, accustomed a connected burglarize and continuing above the street, below the tall, dejected assurance that reads ‘First Baptist Abbey of Sutherland Springs.’”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
-- Michael Flynn has bidding affair about the abeyant accustomed acknowledgment of his son in Robert Mueller’s ascent Russia analysis — which could bureau into any decisions about how to acknowledge to the appropriate counsel’s probe. CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Marshall Cohen report: “[Flynn's] wife, Lori, shares his apropos about their son's accessible accustomed exposure, according to a actuality who knows the family. Interviews conducted by appropriate admonition board acquire included questions about the business affairs of Flynn and his son such as their firm's advertisement of assets from assignment above … [Lobbying acknowledgment law] requires bodies acting as agents of adopted entities to about acknowledge their accord with adopted countries or businesses and banking advantage . . . Flynn Jr., who served as his father's arch of agents and top aide, was actively complex in his father's consulting and lobbying assignment at their firm, Flynn Intel Group. That included abutting his ancestor on above trips, such as Moscow in December 2015. During that trip, Flynn dined with [Putin] at a black-tie bright for the RT television network[.]”
-- Meanwhile, above Trump advance adviser George Papadopoulos — who pleaded accusable to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts — met with an official from the British Adopted Appointment for a “working level” affair two months afore Acclamation Day. The BBC letters that the British government “apparently advised him with the blazon of acquiescence due to a top-level political adviser.”
-- Joseph Mifsud, the Maltese assistant who allegedly told Papadopoulos he had damaging advice on Hillary Clinton, appears to acquire vanished. CNN’s Tim Lister and Nic Robertson report: “Last Thursday he abolished from the clandestine university in Rome breadth he teaches. Repeated attempts to adeptness him aback acquire been unsuccessful, admitting he appears to acquire apprehend some letters from CNN. … An accessory additionally told CNN that [Mifsud] again bragged about how Moscow had ‘compromising material’ on the Clinton advance in bounce 2016, contradicting Mifsud's affirmation that he never talked about Russian ‘dirt’ on the Democratic presidential bid.”
-- Corey Lewandowski said that his “memory has been refreshed” apropos an email barter with Carter Page, a above Trump adviser who requested his permission to biking to Moscow during the election (and whom Lewandowski, in March, claimed to acquire “never met”).
Page provided accommodation of the pair's exchange during his affidavit afore the Abode Oversight Committee, which was fabricated accessible on Monday. Politico’s Cristiano Lima reports: “During an actualization on Fox Annual Tuesday, Lewandowski maintained that he hardly knew Page, whom he declared as a ‘low-level volunteer’ … ‘To the best of my recollection, I don't apperceive Carter Page. To the best of my knowledge, Carter Folio . . . had no academic role in the campaign,’ Lewandowski said. … Lewandowski, who'd advanced rebuffed questions about whether he knew of Page's planned Moscow trip, accustomed afterwards actuality challenged that he had been acquainted and had announced with Folio about the trip. ‘My anamnesis has been refreshed,’ Lewandowski said, while acquainted that the barter came aloof above-mentioned to him departure the advance and so ‘there were abounding added things on my mind.’ Lewandowski fatigued that he told Folio the cruise was not to be done below the blind of Trump advance business.”
-- The U.S. adjudicator administering the balloon of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates issued a gag order, barring all parties — including abeyant assemblage — from authoritative statements that could possibly taint jurors. Spencer S. Hsu reports: “In a two-page order, [U.S. Commune Adjudicator Amy Berman Jackson] … barred any prejudicial statements ‘to the media or accessible settings’ to aegis the defendants accepting a fair trial, ‘and to ensure that the Cloister has the adeptness to bench a board that has not been attenuated by pretrial publicity.’ The cardinal activated to all participants in the case, including the parties, abeyant assemblage and attorneys.” On Wednesday, Jackson said she was because catastrophe home bonds for Manafort and Gates — but additionally acclimation the men to break abroad from busline facilities, accommodated a alarm and abide cyberbanking GPS monitoring. Jackson set a Dec. 11 audition to schedule a balloon as aboriginal as April.
-- Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) has asked the DOJ to explain why U.S. Attorney Dana Boente was asked to resign, a development that was arise aloof hours afore annual of Mueller’s aboriginal indictments broke. Rachel Weiner and Matt Zapotosky report: “While aspects of the analysis initially complex the U.S. attorney’s appointment in Alexandria, it is now actuality handled by the appropriate counsel’s appointment and the cases fabricated accessible are in federal cloister in the District. … While it is archetypal for a new admiral to ask for resignations of U.S. attorneys to achieve way for new appointees, Boente had advanced been told by Attorney Accepted Jeff Sessions that he could abide in his Virginia column as connected as he liked[.] … Bodies who had arise with Boente and were accustomed with the activity to alter him said, as far as they understood, his abatement was alone to annihilation accompanying to Mueller.”
-- Meanwhile, aldermanic board are acid yet addition looming catechism in the 2016 race: whether the Trump advance fabricated its affair belvedere added Russia-friendly as allotment of a broader accomplishment to bolster Kremlin relations. Politico’s Josh Meyer reports: “Congressional board acquire interviewed ex-Donald Trump aides and admiral including J.D. Gordon, the civic aegis activity adumbrative at aftermost year's GOP convention, about the campaign's advance to abolish proposed accent from the 2016 Republican belvedere that alleged for giving weapons to Ukraine. Bodies complex with crafting the belvedere additionally were assured absorption from appropriate admonition Robert Mueller's team, such as attestant interviews or bearing documents, some of those sources said …”
-- Alex Jones’s cabal armpit InfoWars has affected over 1,000 accessories from the Kremlin-backed arrangement RT afterwards the broadcaster’s permission. (BuzzFeed News’s Jane Lytvynenko)
FIGHTING KREMLIN AGGRESSION ON THE WORLD STAGE:
-- As tensions with Russia acceleration to about a three-decade high, NATO aegis ministers acquire absitively to aggrandize the alliance’s operations for the aboriginal time aback the Cold War. Michael Birnbaum reports: “[Jim Mattis] abreast adolescent aegis ministers Wednesday morning about Russian violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Armament Treaty, underlining the nuclear accident that is a worst-case aftereffect of the absinthian back-and-forth. [Meanwhile], aegis ministers accustomed affairs that would bolster their adeptness to accumulate an eye on Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean, breadth acute undersea communications are at accident of actuality cut. They committed to establishing a command committed to across-the-board abroad barriers preventing their armament from actuality deployed bound above Europe in the accident of war. And they said that cyberweapons would now acquire as big a role in NATO planning as accoutrements and tanks.
“The holes that opened in NATO’s aegis came as the accord confused in the years afterward the 1991 annihilation of the Soviet Union. … Now, with a activity in eastern Ukraine still burning, leaders acquire alternate to planning for a accepted war with Russia.
THIS STORY JUST GETS WEIRDER:
-- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted that he suffered six burst ribs and a “pleural effusion” aback he was assaulted by a neighbor. His activity could access the severity of accuse adjoin his attacker, who is slated to arise in cloister today. (Ed O’Keefe)
-- And the adventure of Paul’s “dispute” with his acquaintance keeps accepting weirder as Paul allies are adjoin the angle that acquaintance Rene Boucher attacked the agent over a agriculture conflict. Aaron Blake writes: “Paul's arch strategist, Doug Stafford, is allegedly calling the agriculture approach into question, tweeting a articulation to a Breitbart adventure that casts agnosticism on it. Stafford has not abundant further.”
There's some appealing busy acclaim for Paul from his neighbors in that Breitbart piece, which you should read. One acquaintance wrote in an email to Breitbart, “As a acquaintance and acquaintance of the Paul family, I acquire been abashed by the inaccuracies in abundant media accounts of the advance that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The belief of a ‘landscaping dispute,’ or a altercation of any array amidst Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded. The acumen for Mr. Boucher’s camp advance is accepted alone to him. Statements to the adverse are capricious and unnecessary.”
-- Paul Bedard from the Washington Examiner says that Boucher “was aggressively anti-Trump and anti-GOP in his amusing media, calling for the allegation of the admiral and advancement Russia investigator Robert Mueller to “fry Trump’s gonads.”
ONE YEAR AFTER WINNING THE PRESIDENCY, TRUMP'S PERSONAL BRAND IS TAKING ON WATER:
-- At the Trump Tower in Manhattan, abode prices acquire collapsed acutely compared to added agnate backdrop in the city. The Bank Artery Journal’s Josh Barbanel reports: “The boilerplate auction amount and boilerplate amount per aboveboard bottom both are bottomward acutely aback 2015, aback Mr. Trump launched his advance for president, and now are accouterments base aftermost visited during the banking crisis. Brokers aren’t abiding whether the weakness is due added to Trump Tower-specific issues, such as anchored security, demonstrations and abhorrence adjoin Mr. Trump or to a slowing affluence address bazaar in accepted … In bristles affairs so far this year, the boilerplate amount per aboveboard bottom in Trump Tower of about $2,100 was bottomward 13% from 2016 and 23% from 2015[.] That was the everyman amount aback 2009. The boilerplate auction amount of $2.2 actor … was the everyman aback 2007. In contrast, prices per aboveboard bottom above Midtown [Manhattan] acquire risen 0.3% aback 2015, while the boilerplate amount has added 5.6%, …”
-- Meanwhile, Trump has additionally fatigued the ire of conservationists in Scotland — who doubtable architecture on his Aberdeenshire golf resort will acceptable band the amazing dunes abode of its accustomed protection. The Guardian’s Severin Carrell reports: “Expert ecologists, including one who backed the US president’s aboriginal affairs for the advance of 10 years ago, accept the beach dunes will be bare of their cachet as a armpit of appropriate accurate absorption (SSSI) by the government’s attention agency, Scottish Accustomed Heritage. The bureau has accepted that it is reviewing whether the diffuse amplitude of dunes arctic of Aberdeen, accepted as Foveran Links, which is partly covered by Trump’s course, still qualifies for appropriate attention status. These disclosures acquire added to ascent apropos that Trump has bootless to honour the promises he fabricated in 2008, which led to a planning enquiry over-riding the bounded development plan and blank the dune’s cachet as an SSSI to accord the golf advance the go-ahead. Normally, both the bounded plan and its attention cachet would acquire prevented any cogent development on the site."
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
One year afterwards acceptable the admiral — and one day afterwards his affair suffered adverse losses at the acclamation — Trump acclaimed his 2016 victory:
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama applauded Democratic victories:
Joe Biden alleged Danica Roem afterwards she became the aboriginal transgender administrator adopted in Virginia:
Biden retweeted the photo with a agenda for Roem:
This New York Times contributor airish a catechism to Democrats:
This adduce from Trump in China elicited shock, per a White Abode anchorman for The Post:
An FCC abettor batten out adjoin the DOJ's demands afore AT&T can absorb with Time Warner:
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) alleged for investigating the matter:
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) warned of approaching civic aegis threats afterward letters that Alex Jones's InfoWars republished agreeable from the Kremlin-backed RT:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) offered his thoughts to his colleague, Rand Paul (R-Ky.):
Obama's above NSC agent criticized Donna Brazile's media appearances announcement her new book:
Former White Abode official Sebastian Gorka has a new gig:
"Meet the Press” is adulatory its 70th birthday:
Barack Obama arise for board assignment at Baker County's courthouse. From an NBC Chicago reporter:
The above admiral befuddled calmly with his adolescent abeyant jurors:
Obama was afterwards absolved from duty:
And government agencies had fun with their 280 characters:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
-- Politico Magazine, “Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Adulation Him Anyway,” by Michael Kruse: “Over the advance of three rainy, black canicule aftermost week, I revisited and befuddled calmly with the president’s base—that thirtysomething percent of the electorate who advisedly accept of the job he is doing, the articulation of voters who allotment his actualization that the Russia analysis is a ‘witch hunt’ that ‘has annihilation to do with him,’ and who acclaim his administrative nominees and his assurance to gut the federal authoritative apparatus. But what I wasn’t able for was how readily these aforementioned bodies had alone the arrangement he had fabricated with them. Their achievement with Trump now seems untethered to the things they already said mattered to them the most.”
-- The New York Times, “Puerto Rico Deaths Spike, but Few Are Attributed to Hurricane,” by Frances Robles: “Puerto Rico officials, adverse accretion questions about the accurateness of the official afterlife assessment from the storm, accustomed for the aboriginal time that 472 added bodies died this September compared with the aforementioned ages aftermost year. The storm fabricated landfall on Sept. 20. The government’s official afterlife assessment is 55. The numbers accepted what had been speculated for weeks: Afterwards the amnion receded and the anchorage were cleared, bodies actuality connected to die at ante far above normal.”
HOT ON THE LEFT
“Emails Actualization Richard Spencer Bounced A $10,565 Assay For Florida Event,” from HuffPost: “Spencer has spent the aftermost several months blowing universities into absolution him deliver his racist eyes to academy students. Best recently, he batten at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The event, which the university accustomed to adverse by allure an actualization from allegorical above quarterback Tim Tebow, eventually took place, with Spencer affectation assimilate campus to his own alone Depeche Mode-heavy playlist. But in the leadup to his speech, Spencer and his colleagues at the Civic Activity Institute — Spencer’s white nationalist anticipate catchbasin — struggled to complete basal affairs appropriate to date the event, according to hundreds of pages of university emails acquired by HuffPost. They bungled money, forgot appointments, and arise to acquire bootless to apprehend all of their rental contract.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Members angered afterwards aristocratic NY golf club refuses to adhere Trump portrait,” from Folio Six: “[Trump] is a affiliate of the aristocratic Winged Bottom Golf Club in Westchester, and associates acquire arise out accepted because the club will not account him by putting up a POTUS portrait. Insiders say that the Republicans amidst the 800 associates of the absolute golf club — which accuse as abundant as $200,000 in admission fees — acquire been lobbying for a account of Trump to be afraid central Winged Foot’s bean clubhouse. But opponents aren’t putting up with it. One cabal said, ‘Trump has been a affiliate aback 1969[.] We should be appreciative … But the arch club administration has banned to put up a Trump portrait[.]’ The Winged Bottom cabal added that club administration assume to be aggravating to abolish signs of Trump’s membership. ‘Each affiliate has a locker with their name on it, but Mr. Trump’s name has been mysteriously taken down.’”
Trump is still in China, breadth he abounding a accompaniment banquet beforehand today.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Speaker Paul Ryan made his adherence bright during an barter with Fox Annual radio host Brian Kilmeade yesterday. Discussing the acclamation results, the host asked if Republicans are accepting added thoughts about all-embracing the president. “Is it activity to be a best for Republicans: (George W.) Bush or Trump?” Kilmeade asked. “We already fabricated that choice: we’re with Trump,” Ryan said. “We already fabricated that choice. That’s a best we fabricated at the alpha of the year. That’s a best we fabricated during the campaign.”
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
-- It will be blurred with some afternoon rain accessible in D.C. The Basal Weather Gang forecasts: “Clouds are anytime present with alone a few attenuate break able-bodied arctic of the city. Patchy ablaze rain and dribble are best acceptable south of the burghal but could occasionally bedew abundant of the area. Winds are mainly calm, which makes highs in the low to mid-50s bearable.”
-- Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Attorney Accepted Brian E. Frosh are at allowance over the cross-shaped cairn in Prince George’s County. Ovetta Wiggins reports: “Frosh said in a letter to the governor he had not absitively whether to book an amicus brief, as directed by Hogan, in the federal court’s cardinal that the monument, which sits on accessible land, is unconstitutional. Instead, he said he would abide to adviser the situation. Frosh’s letter resulted in a able admonishment from Hogan.”
-- Iconic D.C. bookstore Backroom and Prose is expanding. The abundance wrote in a website post, “The contempo closing of Regal Customs Cleaners abutting to P&P has opened the way for a added amplification of the bookstore. Affairs alarm for a allotment of the above cleaners to be adapted into new retail amplitude for books and non-book items. The blow will be angry into offices and accumulator areas[.]”
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Samantha Bee arrive the Harlem Gospel Choir to her actualization to adjure for activity on gun control:
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) alleged for the abandonment of Robert Mueller on the Abode floor:
The Post's “Department of Satire” absurd a apple breadth Hillary Clinton won aftermost year:
The aboriginal bivouac for “The Post,” which covers our acknowledgment to the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, was released:
And two Abode Republicans — Steve Scalise (La.) and Sam Johnson (Tex.) — faced off in a “scooter race”:
Former agent John Dingell (D-Mich.) capital in on the fun: