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On the roster: House to vote on anti-hate resolution, won’t address Omar – I’ll Tell You What: Peter returns! – Brown out – House Dems thinking big for 2020 – Yo quiero Uber
HOUSE TO VOTE ON ANTI-HATE RESOLUTION, WON’T ADDRESS OMAR Fox News: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats plan to hold a vote in the House on opposing all ‘forms of hatred,’ after days of infighting within the caucus led to the revision of language in a resolution originally intended to condemn anti-Semitism. But Pelosi, during a press conference, said the resolution won’t single out Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who provoked the outcry over comments seen as anti-Semitic. ‘It’s not about her,’ Pelosi said of Omar. ‘It’s about these forms of hatred.’ Text of the seven page resolution was released Thursday afternoon. It condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as ‘hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.’ The resolution doesn’t mention Omar by name, but it says ‘imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse.’ …The resolution also references the 2017 white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, the 2015 murder of black congregants at a Charleston church and the 2018 murder of worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The resolution originated after Omar’s comments.”
This comes after many unforced errors – NYT: “More significantly, the battle overshadowed what was supposed to be a week when Democrats focused on the rollout of the For the People Act, or H.R. 1, a comprehensive government reform package intended to embody the party’s progressive policy response to Mr. Trump. While Democrats fought with one another, Republicans held news conferences, released videos and tried to define the centerpiece of the House Democratic agenda as an immoral giveaway to politicians. … Formulating a unified political message and enforcing party discipline have always posed challenges for House Democrats, who represent a broader demographic and political coalition than the Republicans they supplanted in last year’s midterm elections. … Message control has grown far more difficult since Democrats lost the majority in 2010, thanks to social media — which gives backbenchers like Ms. Omar the power to dominate the news cycle by pressing send on her cellphone.”
Republicans delight –Politico: “GOP leaders had been weighing whether to take their own action against Omar… But Republicans, who already successfully used procedural tools to rebuke Omar for using anti-Semitic tropes last month, are instead choosing to not respond right now, forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to pick from a difficult set of options. ‘I would like to see what the Democrats are going to do,’ Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday. ‘We’ve already led on this issue.’ …Republicans think their best strategy is to just let Democrats tear each other apart over the issue. And the GOP’s options are limited in the minority anyway: they likely can’t use procedural tools on the election reform bill to punish Omar, because it wouldn’t be germane. And forcing a vote on a censure resolution rebuking Omar could spark a nasty tit-for-tat with Democrats.”
Bernie, Warren, Harris stand with Omar –The Hill: “Presidential candidates on Wednesday defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) amid an avalanche of criticism over her comments slamming pro-Israel groups and politicians. … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is Jewish, expressed fear that a House resolution intended to rebuke Omar could hinder a larger conversation over U.S. support for Israel. … Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wrote in a statement obtained by HuffPost that continued attention directed at Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, puts her at risk of possible violence. … Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) later condemned reported threats against Omar and pushed back on the notion that criticizing Israel is inherently anti-Semitic.”
THE RULEBOOK: PRIDE GOETH…
“In the third place, those ties which bind the representative to his constituents are strengthened by motives of a more selfish nature. His pride and vanity attach him to a form of government which favors his pretensions and gives him a share in its honors and distinctions.” – Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Federalist No. 57
TIME OUT: BLAGODARYU VAS, OLGA! Time: “Russian mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya overcame personal and political hurdles and had a lasting impact on a range of scientific fields, from weather forecasting to cardiovascular science and oceanography. On Thursday Google celebrated her life and achievements with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 97th birthday. Ladyzhenskaya was best known for her studies on partial differential equations. … Ladyzhenskaya inherited a love for algebra from her father, a mathematician who came from Russian nobility. When she was 15 …her father was executed by the Soviet authorities, who called him an ‘enemy of the state.’ … Despite earning a place at Leningrad State University with her impressive school grades, Ladyzhenskaya was banned from attending because of her father’s ‘enemy’ status. …[S]he was eventually given spot at Moscow State University in 1943… In recognition of her impressive contribution to mathematics, Ladyzhenskaya was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal by the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002.”
Trump job performance
Average approval: 42.4 percent Average disapproval: 53.2 percent Net Score: -10.8 points Change from one week ago: up 1.8 points
[Average includes: Monmouth University: 44% approve – 52% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 38% approve – 55% disapprove; Gallup: 43% approve – 54% unapproved; IBD: 41% approve – 53% disapprove; NBC/WSJ: 46% approve – 52% disapprove.]
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I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: PETER RETURNS!
This week in Chris Stirewalt’s absence, DanaPerino’s husband Peter McMahon joins the podcast. They discuss the health care, the 2020 Democratic candidates and the upcoming Brexit votes. Plus, find out why Peter had to apologize to Dana. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE
BROWN OUT WaPo: “Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio announced Thursday that he will not seek the presidency, a decision he said came after a tour of early primary states left him more confident that his party was focusing more on labor and workers than it had in 2016. ‘I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020,’ Brown said in a statement. ‘The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate.’ Brown, 66, is the second Democratic senator to pass on a White House bid this week; Oregon’s Jeff Merkley had released a similar statement Monday. Both senators had hired staff in some early states and had begun to sketch out the argument that a populist Democrat with a record of winning white, working-class voters could break the coalition that narrowly elected Donald Trump.”
Biden for real, reportedly – NYT: “The pieces for a Joseph R. Biden Jr. presidential campaign are falling into place: His nucleus of advisers has begun offering campaign positions to seasoned Democratic strategists. They are eyeing a headquarters in Delaware or nearby Philadelphia and a launch date in the beginning of April. Mr. Biden’s family is on board — his wife, Jill, enthusiastically so. Mr. Biden has also been privately reaching out to a range of influential Democrats, including party donors, members of Congress and allies in the early primary states, to gauge their support. A pillar of organized labor, the International Association of Fire Fighters, is prepared to support him in the Democratic primary. And in recent weeks, Mr. Biden’s strategist, Steve Ricchetti, has called a handful of would-be candidates and their aides to signal that the former vice president is likely to enter the race and of late has been telling Democrats that he’s 95 percent committed to running, according to officials directly familiar with the discussions.”
Drucker: Haley’s path – WashEx: “Republican Nikki Haley is meticulously laying the foundation for a presidential bid in 2024, forming a nonprofit organization to sustain her political-rock-star profile while she builds a financial nest egg so her family can afford her political ambitions. Party insiders keeping tabs on Haley say the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wouldn’t challenge her old boss, President Trump, in the 2020 primary. … With a coterie of advisers, Haley is choosing each step to maximize her notoriety and chart a course to the White House. Amid quiet maneuvering, Haley’s immediate priority is making money. … Haley in February launched Stand For America, a political nonprofit group, ostensibly to provide her a platform to influence national policy. … Stand For America provides Haley a mechanism to interact with the lawmakers, conservative thought leaders, grassroots activists, and major Republican donors she’ll need in her corner if she runs for president.”
HOUSE DEMS THINKING BIG FOR 2020 NBC News: “Fresh off a 40-seat pickup in 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching its 2020 campaign on Thursday hoping to preserve and even bolster the party’s House majority. The DCCC, House Democrats’ official campaign arm, is making an initial multi-million-dollar investment, deploying 60 grassroots organizers — the largest number this early in the campaign season. In an interview with NBC News, DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., acknowledged House Democrats currently hold a ‘fragile majority’ that needs protection. Still, she said the committee sees opportunities to expand its reach in traditionally Republican-leaning districts in states including Texas and Arizona. The DCCC’s paid grassroots organizers are being sent to 33 Republican-held or open districts and protecting newly elected Democrats in at least 14 states, Bustos said. Most will be based in middle class and upscale suburban areas that are diversifying, such as Orange County, California; Las Vegas and Minneapolis.”
THE JUDGE’S RULING: SUCH TORMENT
This week Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains the president’s many “tormentors”: “While the world watched the pseudo-negotiations in Hanoi, House Democrats were conducting a public hearing, over the objections of their Republicans colleagues, about Trump’s alleged unlawful behavior before and while he was president. The sole witness at the hearings was Michael Cohen… While this was happening, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate were joining their House colleagues in opposition to the president’s expenditure of funds that Congress had expressly declined to authorize. … While all this was going on, The New York Times revealed that the FBI and the CIA declined to authorize a top-secret security clearance for the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner… The president has serious and powerful tormentors whom he cannot overcome by mockery alone.” More here.
PLAY-BY-PLAY Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to see Trump’s tax records if House Dems obtain them – Reuters
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp faces House probe over election tactics – Roll Call
Pergram: ‘Why Senate may not see new ‘nuclear option’ any time soon’ – Fox News
AUDIBLE: GOBBLE GOBBLE
“I believe we can actually win elections against people who vote for this turkey.” – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussing his opposition to House Democrats’ campaign finance, elections and ethics overhaul called HR 1. The House is set to vote on this measure on Friday.
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