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Light the fuse on the next Trump Twitter storm...

“ Haley recounts a closed-door encounter with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren't being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country … Tillerson went on to tell me the reason he resisted the president's decisions was because, if he didn't, people would die…."

O'Donnell asked, "You memorialized that conversation? It definitely happened?"

"It absolutely happened," said Haley. "And instead of saying that to me, they should've been saying that to the president, not asking me to join them on their sidebar plan. It should've been, 'Go tell the president what your differences are, and quit if you don't like what he's doing.' But to undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing. And it goes against the Constitution, and it goes against what the American people want. And it was offensive."

[We asked them to respond. John Kelly tells "Sunday Morning": "If by resistance and stalling she means putting a staff process in place … to ensure the (president) knew all the pros and cons of what policy decision he might be contemplating so he could make an informed decision, then guilty as charged."]


Inside Pete Buttigieg's Iowa surge: Loud crowds, strong ground game

Chicago Tribune

Deb Tekippe spent much of this year convinced she would support Joe Biden in his 2020 bid for president, but the more she has seen of him on the stump in Iowa and in debates on television, the less confident she has become.

So, on a recent rainy evening she found herself crammed up against the bleachers in Decorah’s high school gymnasium to see South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. She came away intrigued.

“I was all in for Joe Biden, but now I’m wondering what happened with him, you know? It’s obvious that he’s fading,” said Tekippe, 63, a retired nurse who now says she won’t caucus for Biden and is strongly considering Buttigieg. “Pete is on his way up. There is a lot of enthusiasm for him, and there are so many people who really want to believe in their candidate, and you have to see him in person to see how impressive he is.”

Fifty Years Ago Today.....

Republican witness list for Impeachment Hearing


"Michael's a solid guy"


Michael Bloomberg: the optimistic engineer

(This was written by a personal friend)

The Lancet

As 2019 opened, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, billionaire donor to international health and climate change causes, was considering making a run for US President. It wasn't the first time he'd contemplated residing in the West Wing, but on this occasion the awful antics of President Donald Trump offered some urgency. On March 5, however, after weeks of dangling his possible run over a public desperate for leadership, Bloomberg said no, he would not join in the pool of politicians then vying for Democratic Party endorsement. “I believe I would defeat Donald Trump in a general election”, he wrote in the news agency that bears his name, but, he added, he was “clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field”.

Trump to Appeal Ruling on Vance Subpoena to Supreme Court

Source: Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s lawyers told a judge they’ll ask the U.S. Supreme Court next week to block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking his tax filings and other financial records.

Lawyers representing Trump and District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a joint letter Friday that Trump will ask for high court review by Thursday and both sides will file legal arguments by Nov. 25, setting up a possibility of finding out quickly whether the Supreme Court will hear the case.

If the court declines, that could clear the way for Trump’s accountants, Mazars USA LLP, to begin turning documents over to Vance’s office as early as next month.

The move comes at the end of a week that saw the federal appeals court in New York reject Trump’s argument that he has broad immunity from criminal investigation. The panel ruled 3-0 that Trump can’t block the grand jury subpoena.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-08/trump-to-appeal-ruling-on-d-a-s-tax-subpoena-to-supreme-court?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Jeff Sessions announces AL-SEN bid


Tom Perez: we'll,pretty much know our nominee by April 28...

...mid-Atlantic Primaries

(On a phone call right now)

Trump says he hasn't agreed to rolling back China tariffs

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump said today he hasn't agreed to lift or reduce any tariffs on Chinese goods, one day after a Chinese government spokesperson said the two sides were in agreement on that.

"Well, they would like to have a rollback. I haven't agreed to anything," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. "China would like to get somewhat of a rollback. Not a complete rollback because they know I won't do it."

Trump also reiterated that discussions were continuing. "They want to make a deal. Frankly, they want to make a deal a lot more than I do," he said. "I'm very happy right now. We're taking in billions of dollars" in tariff payments.

A person who spoke with Trump on Thursday night told POLITICO the president remains confident that some kind of deal could be worked out but discussions haven't concluded. There also have been internal disagreements in the administration against going easy on China.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/08/donald-trump-china-tariffs-no-agreement-067829
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