WE PROMISED YOU A FEW MONTHS BACK that we would retain you updated on the progress of USMCA, the tweaked NAFTA, which the White Home has instructed us is President DONALD TRUMP’S single greatest legislative precedence this Congress.
REPUBLICANS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS LAY OUT THIS TIMETABLE: a deal announcement before Thanksgiving, and a vote before the head of the year. Democrats don’t necessarily disagree with this timetable, however warning that it’s miles going to moreover change. Substance will resolve timeframe, they teach. Dems discontinue teach they’re valid down to determining a handful of disorders, as Ways and Capability Chairman RICHIE NEAL (D-Mass.) mentioned on a caucus call earlier this week. Both sides are working properly collectively, and, no topic the din of impeachment-fueled insanity, this direction of is transferring along in a if truth be told non-Trump-like usual vogue.
OF COURSE, each sides warning there are many ways this direction of can bound off the rails. Republicans are privately annoyed that Democrats quiet appear to have some disorders with labor. Some within the TRUMP administration are at their wits’ discontinuance with the Dems and desire them to time table a vote quickly. SENATE REPUBLICANS are somewhat bearish and advise the calendar is working in opposition to the total direction of, given the oxygen impeachment and govt funding will absorb within the following six weeks.
DRAIN THE WHAT? SINCE LEAVING FLORIDA STATE GOVERNMENT, PAM BONDI — who’s now helping the White Home on impeachment — has been registered to foyer the federal govt on behalf of the American Avenue & Transportation Builders Association, Balsam Producers Inc. …
… Bakers Monetary Corp., Carnival North The usa, General Motors, KGL Funding Company, Predominant League Baseball, Republic Services and products Procurement, the Geo Community and the Children’s Clinic Association. She has moreover been a international agent for the Qatari govt.
Correct Thursday morning. OBAMA ALUMNI grew to turn into out in drive for Joe Biden on Wednesday evening, with extra than 50 attending a fundraiser on the house of Jeff Zients, old Obama White Home nationwide financial director. SPOTTED, thru pooler Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic: Pete Rouse, Kathy Ruemmler, Tom Daschle, Bill Daley, Anthony Foxx, Mike Froman, Bob Bauer, Anita Dunn and Steve Ricchetti.
NEW … WAPO: “Trump wished Barr to withhold news conference pronouncing the president broke no legal tricks in call with Ukrainian leader,” by Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey and Carol Leonnig: “President Trump wished Attorney General William P. Barr to withhold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no legal tricks all over a phone call by which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival, though Barr sooner or later declined to whole so, individuals awake of the topic mentioned.
“The demand from Trump traveled from the president to varied White Home officials and in the end to the Justice Division. The president has mentioned Barr’s demurral to friends in recent weeks, pronouncing he wished Barr would have held the news conference, Trump advisers teach.” WaPo
FROM 30,000 FEET … ANDREW DESIDERIO: “Impeachment transcripts expose a relentless, unfavorable story for Trump”: “Rudy Giuliani used to be President Donald Trump’s enforcer, circumventing legitimate channels and bewildering expert diplomats as he forced Ukraine to focal point on Trump’s political opponents.
“Along the means, occupation international carrier officers grew to turn into collateral damage — and questions of a Trump-authorized quid pro quo emerged, blowing up valid into a scandal that now imperils the Trump presidency.
“These are the unchallenged miniature print published up to now in 5 transcripts of depositions launched this week as fragment of the Home impeachment inquiry. And as Democrats prepare for public hearings next week, they’re underscoring the usual thread running thru the witnesses’ accounts.”
WAPO’S PAUL KANE: “Election outcomes reassure Home Democrats as they pursue impeachment inquiry of Trump”: “Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) used to be no longer on the ballotTuesday in dispute and local elections across the nation, however she and her Democratic majority have been amongst the greatest winners.
“The outcomes ratified the 2018 midterm election draw, by which Pelosi’s Democrats received assist the Home majority by storming thru the suburban blocs that have been onetime GOP strongholds and tapping into the energy there of a big backlash in opposition to President Trump. On Tuesday voters sent the identical message open air Philadelphia, all over Virginia’s suburbs and in functions of northern Kentucky, reassuring Democrats of the course they’re on and strengthening their political spines as they develop closer to impeaching the president.
“One key tag of power in their approach came within the special election for a dispute legislative seat open air Houston, the set up a Democrat received potentially the most votes and heads valid into a runoff election as a that it’s likely you’ll presumably presumably presumably factor in favorite. This comes in an arena the set up early last decade a GOP enforcer, then-Catch. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), carved up the dispute’s draw to bolster the Republican majority on Capitol Hill, most attention-grabbing to now gape that terrain dawdle away.” WaPo
IMPORTANT STORY … BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “Trump’s impeachment trial hinges on McConnell and Schumer”: “Sooner than the Senate can divulge a verdict on whether to oust Trump from position of work, the ‘world’s greatest deliberative physique’ need to first pickle floor guidelines on the president’s impeachment trial. At venture is what roughly amendments or witnesses to have in tips, besides how prolonged the complaints will bound on and what roughly evidence will most likely be launched, all of which is willing to shape the trial and its fallout.
“It’s a direction of fraught with uncertainty and political wretchedness, particularly with an impeachment trial to advance assist ethical within the warmth of a Democratic presidential principal by which six senators are running to defeat Trump. Whether the Senate can advise some semblance of unity before plunging into what’s sure to be a deeply acrimonious trial will rely on McConnell and Schumer and their potential to retain their caucuses in line.
“‘There’s no motive we are able to’t advance up with an settlement. … I’m open to attempting to be comely and down the heart and letting the facts advance out and be nonpartisan,’ Schumer mentioned in an interview on Wednesday. ‘There’s no motive we are able to’t advance up with ethical, comely and appropriate guidelines.’ …
“Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has quietly met with McConnell and Schumer to ask for a senators-most attention-grabbing meeting — equivalent to the illustrious session that came about within the Former Senate Chamber on Jan. eight, 1999 — to hash out a deal on the vogue to proceed with a Trump trial, if it involves that. The 1999 impeachment guidelines kit, crafted by then-Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Phil Gramm (R-Texas), handed on a 100-0 vote, which used to be hailed by senators as a momentous fulfillment, yet seems nearly no longer doable to factor in going down in lately’s Senate.” POLITICO
RUDY’S WOES … NYT’S MAGGIE HABERMAN, WILLIAM RASHBAUM and MICHAEL ROTHFELD: “President Trump’s private legal expert, Rudolph W. Giuliani, mentioned on Wednesday that he had assembled an ethical team to signify him within the prison investigation into his actions linked to Ukraine, an announcement that came after weeks of sputtered attempts to search out a legal expert tantalizing to take him on as a consumer.
“Mr. Giuliani mentioned on Twitter that he might perchance presumably presumably be represented by three lawyers, including his longtime pal, Robert J. Costello. The hires advise how extreme Mr. Giuliani is treating the inquiry by federal prosectors in Manhattan, who’re investigating whether he violated lobbying legal tricks in his efforts to dig up unfavorable details about Mr. Trump’s rivals. …
“[A]t least four well-known attorneys declined for diverse causes, constant with individuals awake of the topic. They integrated Mary Jo White, who moreover as soon as led the US attorney’s position of work for the Southern District, besides Theodore V. Wells Jr., a trial legal expert at Paul, Weiss, constant with individuals awake of these discussions.
“One other used to be Daniel L. Stein, a old senior prosecutor who currently held high posts within the Southern District, the set up he oversaw the prosecutions of public officials including Sheldon Silver, the old speaker of the Fresh York Hiss Meeting, and Dean Skelos, the Hiss Senate majority leader.” NYT
— NYT: “In the assist of the Deal That Place Giuliani Together With a Grime-Attempting Accomplice,” by Ken Vogel, Ben Protess and Sarah Maslin Nir
ABOUT LAST NIGHT …
— AP/MONROE, LA.: “President Donald Trump labored up a sweat in a steamy Louisiana arena Wednesday evening as he tried to spice up Republican businessman Eddie Rispone’s effort to usa incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards within the nation’s last governor’s budge of the year. …
“The gubernatorial runoff election in Louisiana affords Trump a likelihood to bewitch up a acquire in a uncommon Democratic-held governor’s seat within the Deep South and change the story after a pair of obvious setbacks this week for the Republican party in Kentucky and Virginia. ‘You’re going out to change an intensive, liberal Democrat as your governor,’ Trump mentioned. ‘John Bel Edwards has no longer completed the job.’” AP
— THE BACKSTORY: “Trump races to manual obvious of a 2nd electoral debacle in Louisiana,” by Alex Isenstadt: “Donald Trump might perchance presumably presumably no longer save Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Now, the stress is on the president to manual obvious of a 2nd dismal leer in Louisiana next week.
“Trump is thrusting himself into the dispute’s gubernatorial contest: He [rallied] there on Wednesday evening … for Republican candidate Eddie Rispone, who’s attempting to usa Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, and will make every other bound to two days before the Nov. sixteen election. The president is moreover expected to myth secure-out-the-vote videos and robocalls, and on Wednesday morning he referred to as valid into a most favorite Louisiana morning radio advise to chat in regards to the budge.
“Trump moreover plans to encourage the Louisiana Hiss vs. Alabama college football game on Saturday. Though the sport is Alabama, the marquee match-up is predicted to plot huge viewership amongst Louisianans. The blitz underscores the importance of the budge to the president. Trump has been heavily centered on the Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana gubernatorial contests this descend, playing that a sweep would bolster his political standing within the face of impeachment and heading into 2020.” POLITICO
BUT, BUT, BUT … NOT GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT … “Bevin cites ‘irregularities’ in asking for Kentucky recanvass,” by Steven Shepard: “Matt Bevin isn’t going quietly. Kentucky’s Republican governor is broadly casting doubt on the consequences of Tuesday’s election, with the unofficial tally showing him trailing Democrat Andy Beshear by appropriate over 5,000 votes, or about four-tenths of a percentage point.
“Speaking before reporters Wednesday evening in Frankfort, the dispute capital, Bevin mentioned his campaign might perchance presumably presumably be searching out an legitimate recanvass of the consequences — however it’s miles moreover compiling evidence of ‘irregularities’ within the vote casting direction of to be investigated. ‘What we know is that there if truth be told are a alternative of irregularities,’ he mentioned, adding that ‘there’s extra than a miniature little bit of history of vote fraud in our dispute.’” POLITICO
TRUMP’S THURSDAY — The president will take part in a greeting to acknowledge the Nationwide Day for the Victims of Communism within the Oval Office at 2:15 p.m. He’ll expose the Presidential Voters Medal at 6 p.m. within the East Room. Trump will bound away the White Home at 7:35 p.m. en route to the Trump Worldwide Lodge. He’ll give a speech at a fundraising reception at eight p.m. before returning to the White Home.
JOSH GERSTEIN and DARREN SAMUELSOHN: “5 takeaways from Roger Stone’s first principal day in court docket”: “Name it the Cliff Notes version of the Mueller myth. That’s what a brand recent panel of Washington, D.C., jurors heard Wednesday morning as federal prosecutors delivered a tight synopsis of how Roger Stone came to be a defendant within the last indictment to advance assist from the special counsel’s position of work.
“It used to be a courageous moment delivered completely to a court docket viewers. Any individual who’s been following Robert Mueller’s work closely would acknowledge the total objects of the epic. Nonetheless to the 12 jurors who will likely be coming in cool, it used to be a stark and concise opening story explaining how the shiny characters in Trumpworld gossiped and plotted around Russia’s digital thefts of Democratic emails all over the 2016 election — and the position Stone played in that epic.” POLITICO
HAPPENING TODAY — Historical A.G. Jeff Classes is predicted to convey his candidacy for his used Senate seat. He’s moreover expected to seem on Tucker Carlson’s Fox Files advise, a Trump favorite, this evening. AP’s Brian Slodysko in D.C. with Kim Chandler in Sir Bernard Law
— AL.com: “Classes might perchance presumably presumably be a part of a Republican principal arena that involves U.S. Catch. Bradley Byrne of Fairhope, old Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, old Supreme Courtroom Chief Justice Roy Moore, Secretary of Hiss John Merrill, dispute Catch. Arnold Mooney of Birmingham, and businessman Stanley Adair of Haleyville.”
— NOTE: Trump is heading to Tuscaloosa to ogle Saturday’s Alabama-LSU game. ELIZABETH CRISP, The Recommend’s D.C. correspondent, notes that Trump mentioned he’d preserve just between the two SEC powerhouse groups.
YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN: Here’s an commerce between Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his old deputy Tom Watson, who appropriate resigned his seat amid a dispute over the leftward lurch of the party below Corbyn.
— WATSON: “Our many shared pursuits are much less properly-known than our political variations, however I will proceed to commit myself to the things we regularly discuss: playing reform, tune and humanities, stopping press intrusion, weight problems and public health and for sure horticulture and biking.” CORBYN: “I am hoping the horseradish flowers I gave you thrive.” More on Labour’s leadership shakeup from London Playbook
WHAT THE LEFT IS READING — “Joe Biden: An Anti-Endorsement,” by The Nation: “His prolonged myth of unlucky judgment and cozying as much as bankers make him the unsuitable candidate to take on Donald Trump.”
THE TV-WATCHER-IN-CHIEF … CNN: “As Democrats circulate towards the general public fragment of their inquiry with an leer to boosting beef up for Trump’s impeachment, White Home officials are inviting for every other : a President consumed by the traits.
“Trump has already discovered the specter of impeachment laborious to put out of your mind, interspersing references to the ‘scam’ he believes Democrats are pursuing into nearly every White Home meeting and pickle of unrelated public remarks.” CNN
VALLEY TALK — “Google Weighs Adjustments to Political Advert Policy,” by WSJ’s Emily Glazer: “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is in discussions about changing its political ad policy, constant with individuals awake of the topic, about per week after Facebook and Twitter publicly diverged on the vogue to tackle these adverts amid the spread of misinformation.
“Google has been holding inside of meetings about changing its political ad policy and is predicted to share extra details with workers this week, the individuals mentioned, though it’s miles unclear what the adjustments will likely be. Some Google workers are speculating the adjustments will likely be linked to what form of viewers targeting the company permits ad merchants to position.” WSJ
— “Historical Twitter workers charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics,” by WaPo’s Ellen Nakashima and Greg Bensinger: “The Justice Division has charged two old Twitter workers with spying for Saudi Arabia by having access to the company’s details on dissidents who exercise the platform, marking the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the kingdom of running brokers within the US.
“The sort of implicated within the contrivance, constant with court docket papers, is an associate of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA has concluded likely ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.” WaPo … The complaint
— AP: “The complaint moreover alleged that the employees — whose jobs failed to require entry to Twitter customers’ private details — have been rewarded with a dressmaker ogle and tens of 1000’s of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, and Ali Alzabarah, a Saudi citizen, have been charged with acting as brokers of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. govt.”
MEDIAWATCH — “Fox Files brass to community hosts and personalities: Construct no longer name the whistleblower,” by CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter: “[O]n October 31, a Fox govt sent an e mail to staffers that mentioned the community had no longer ‘independently confirmed [the] name or identification of the anonymous whistleblower.’ A duplicate of the e mail used to be bought by CNN Industry. The govt. additional instructed production staffers to ‘NOT fulfill any video or graphic requests’ linked to the whistleblower’s identification.” CNN
— VANITY FAIR’S JOE POMPEO: “Files Stores Grapple With Unmasking the Whistleblower”: “Don. Jr. might perchance presumably moreover no longer have been able to nook the mainstream press valid into a position the set up it had no alternative however to acknowledge the knowledge he used to be inserting out into the arena. Nonetheless his tweet did appear to alter the landscape a miniature. What happens if, teach, his father, or any individual else unignorable, have been encouraged to whole the identical ingredient?” Conceitedness Stunning
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SPOTTED: Rod Rosenstein on the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon for a lecture. … Ted and Lynn Leonsis and Chris Wallace and Lorraine Smothers at BLT Steak on Wednesday evening.
TRANSITIONS — Historical Catch. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) is now chief commercial officer at Leading Edge Energy Suggestions. … Departing Fresh York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill will likely be SVP and world head of bodily security at Visa. AP
K STREET WATCH — Erik Smith’s Seven Letter communications and public affairs store is increasing as soon as more. The company is acquiring Tessio Labs, which is headed up by John Corrigan and Michael Treon, and will amplify its digital programs offering with Seven Letter Labs.
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Liz Allen, SVP on the Glover Park Community and old Obama White Home deputy comms director, is 35. What she thinks deserves extra consideration: “Much less a pattern than one thing I am hoping we delivery talking extra about is elder care and discontinuance-of-life preparation — from each the non-public and systemic perspectives. Especially the tragedy of dementia and Alzheimer’s touches households no topic geography, budge, class or politics — including my believe — and I are seeking to gape a increased collective dialogue in regards to the vogue to type out it and make individuals if truth be told feel much less alone in caregiving for family members.” Playbook Q&A
BIRTHDAYS: Catch. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) … Catch. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) is fifty six … Catch. Susie Lee (D-Nev.) is 53 … Catch. Rick Allen (R-Ga.) is sixty eight … old CIA Director David Petraeus, now a partner at KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute … Sheila Nix … POLITICO’s Elena Schneider … Brad Woodhouse, govt director of Defend Our Care … Jen Friedman, SVP for world public affairs at Blackstone … Caroline Tabler, comms director for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) … Adams Nager … ABC’s Kaylee Hartung … Jonathan Tannenwald … Meghan Roh, director of public family members at Story … Ben Golnik … old Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.) is 89 … POLITICO Europe’s Agathe Legris …
… Siobhan Gorman, partner at Brunswick Community (h/ts Tim Griffin and George Minute) … Facebook’s Erin Green … Avi Zvi Zenilman is 35 … Jeff Bjornstad is 52 … Trey Graham … Daniel Libit … Olivia Lucas … Phil LaRue … Max Viscio … Perry Goffner … Kate Murphy … Betsy Bourassa … Burson Taylor Snyder, deputy COS for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) … George Thompson, partner at Banner Public Affairs (h/t Jon Haber) … Jamila Bey … Liz Llorente … Kathy Killeavy … Kyle Kerchaert … Jeanneane Maxon … Adnaan Muslim, partner at Bring Strategies (h/t Gabby Adler) … Jackie Lemaire … Glennis Meagher … Pat Devlin … Democracy Companions’ David Grossman … Tory Mazzola