POLITICO Playbook PM: The uncomfortable Democratic debate – PoliticoBy Blair Morris
February 29, 2020
IT’S DISPUTE DAY. PBS NewsHour and POLITICO are hosting this year’s final Democratic presidential main dispute tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, and we could not be more excited.
ONLY 7 PROSPECTS WILL BE ONSTAGE: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang. Kamala Harris qualified however dropped out, and Cory Booker and Julián Castro didn’t make it– putting a varied Democratic Celebration in the uncomfortable position of hosting a dispute with a distinctly non-diverse cast.
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IT’S ALSO A BIT AWKWARD to be holding a debate a day after your home voted to impeach the president, a subject these prospects want to avoid like an inebriated colleague at the business vacation party; they ‘d rather outline their plans on healthcare, trainee financial obligation and household leave. Still, surveys show that’s precisely what Democratic citizens wish to hear about. Impeachment isn’t going to affect their lives one iota, as the majority of realize by now that Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere.
THAT STATED, IMPEACHMENT IS ALSO AN CHANCE for among the candidates to cast themselves as something very various from the sturm and drang of Washington. Could this be PETE BUTTIGIEG? The South Bend mayor has been checking an outsider message in a field dominated by D.C. experts, however he’s been a bit sidetracked by his pillow fight with ELIZABETH WARREN and limitless stories about his Harvard days, McKinsey clients and wine-cave fundraisers in Napa.
OR WILL IT BE AMY KLOBUCHAR? The Minnesota senator has been placing herself as the sensible Midwestern answer to the sweeping pledges of Warren and BERNIE SANDERS, and she’s had a couple good minutes in the last 2 debates. There’s JOE BIDEN, who has yet to turn in a sterling dispute efficiency however appears to take pleasure in the confidence of an incredibly stable part of the Democratic base.
IN THE CAPITOL TODAY, SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI soft-pedaled the chatter that she may hold the posts of impeachment from the Senate indefinitely. “We are all set. When we see what they have, we will know who and how many [impeachment managers] we will send over,” Pelosi stated in her weekly presser, referring to the Senate. “We don’t know what arena we are in.” Previously: ” McConnell taunts Pelosi as ‘too afraid’ to send impeachment posts”
PELOSI ON IMPEACHMENT: ” Appears like people have a spring in their step due to the fact that the president was held liable. … I have a spring in my action because of the moral courage of our caucus.”
Good Thursday afternoon. Blake Hounshell here, substituting Jake and Anna, along with Garrett Ross. We’re anticipating the your house to approve the revised USMCA this afternoon with a strong bipartisan bulk. The Senate will not be taking it up until the new year.
IMPEACHMENT CLIP PACKAGE … MARIANNE LEVINE and BURGESS EVERETT: “Senate Republicans pray Trump will not tweet throughout trial”: ” Trump has not precisely concealed his feelings about your house impeachment procedures, frequently tweeting that it’s “fake” and a “scam.” The president even posted tweets attacking a number of witnesses who affirmed during the House’s impeachment questions.
” And if he continues the barrage throughout his impeachment trial in the Senate, it could derail the Senate GOP’s technique, annoy uncertain senators and end up injuring his efforts to win unanimous acquittal from the Republican Celebration. POLITICO
— “Chief Justice to Get In Spotlight in Trump Impeachment Trial,” by WSJ’s Jess Bravin: “Chief Justice [John] Roberts, seated during the trial at the Senate chamber’s rostrum, may appear to be the authority before whom the president’s accusers and protectors plead their cases.
” The Trump trial procedures will be adjusted from the Senate’s 1986 impeachment standards, which allow the chief justice to decide ‘questions of relevancy, materiality, and redundancy of evidence,’ to name a few matters. But the Senate can overthrow those decisions by easy majority, akin to letting seven of 12 jurors reverse a trial judge on any given motion in a regular case.” WSJ
— NYT DEEP DIVE: ” How 2 Soviet Émigrés Fueled the Trump Impeachment Flames: ‘ Lev and Igor’ were obscure businessmen who became fixtures of the Republican donor set. Then they played a not likely role in the procedures grasping the country,” by Michael Rothfeld, Ben Protess, William Rashbaum, Ken Vogel and Andrew Kramer
— POLITICO PUBLICATION: ” Impeachment: What’s the Decision of History?”
THE VIEW FROM MOSCOW– “Putin says Trump was impeached for ‘far-fetched’ reasons,” by AP’s Vladimir Isachenkov and Harriet Morris in Moscow: “Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump was impeached for ‘far-fetched’ factors, calling the move by Democrats a continuation of their fight against the Republican leader.
“‘ The party that lost the (2016) election, the Democratic Celebration, is attempting to achieve outcomes by other methods,’ Putin said at his yearly press conference in Moscow. He likened Trump’s impeachment to the earlier U.S. probe into collusion with Russia, which Putin played down as groundless.” AP
IMPEACHMENT FALLOUT … FROM DARREN SAMUELSOHN: ” House Democrats and the Justice Department have discovered something they can agree on: less documentation.
NBC INVESTIGATION: “Chinese parts, concealed ownership, growing scrutiny: Within America’s most significant voting device maker,” by Ben Popken, Cynthia McFadden and Kevin Monahan in Omaha, Neb.: “The secrecy of [Election Systems & Software LLC] and its competitors has pushed political leaders to send the business letters asking for info on security, oversight, financial resources and ownership. …
” NBC News examined publicly readily available online shipping records for ES&S for the previous 5 years and found that lots of parts, consisting of electronic devices and tablets, were made in China and the Philippines, raising issues about innovation theft or sabotage. … Chinese producers are a threat for U.S. business since they can be forced to comply with demands from Chinese intelligence officials to share any info about the innovation, stated NBC News expert Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director of the FBI for counterintelligence.” NBC
FEATURED VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are proposing major taxes on the richest Americans. It’s been attempted abroad, however could it work here?
2020 WATCH– ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP … HOLLY OTTERBEIN: ” Bernie Sanders captures essential progressive group recommendation” … BUZZFEED’S DARREN SANDS AND HENRY GOMEZ: ” More Black Leaders In Indiana Are Backing Joe Biden For President,” … NBC’S @amandawgolden: ” New today: @amyklobuchar’s New Hampshire campaign announces the recommendation of over 100 NH women who act as political leaders and activists in their communities.”
— “Elizabeth Warren to hold personal meeting with tribal leaders Sunday in effort to atone for past claims,” by WaPo’s Annie Linskey: “Agents from all of the roughly 40 federally acknowledged tribes in the state were welcomed to a round table meeting with Warren in Tulsa on Sunday morning, ahead of a city center meeting she is hosting that night in Oklahoma City. By Tuesday evening, about a lots had actually indicated they will go to, according to a person familiar with the schedule who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the fact that they were not authorized to discuss it openly.
” The formerly unreported meeting will focus on Warren’s program for Native Americans and belongs to a more comprehensive effort to highlight issues crucial to them. Warren is also attempting to blunt the criticism she has actually dealt with for many years for appropriating Native American culture by identifying as such, according to three individuals acquainted with the conference who likewise spoke on the condition of privacy because they were not licensed to discuss it.” WaPo
— “Andrew Yang Is Onstage, however Offstage, Asian-Americans Marvel Where They Suit,” by NYT’s Jennifer Medina and Matt Stevens in Los Angeles: “The debate in among America’s a lot of ethnically varied cities will not consist of any prospect who is black or Latino. It will include 2 women– Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar– and a gay guy, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. the lineup does not please some in the celebration who think that Democrats might pay very much if the demographics of its candidates do not show its citizens. …
” The intense focus on racial identity in politics has as soon as again left some in the Asian-American community considering what diversity truly indicates– and how exactly they fit in. … After years of immigrant exclusion, second-generation Asian-Americans have actually matured and specialists say they are showing increasing interest and engagement in American politics.” NYT … Eugene Daniels: ” Andrew Yang simply desires some regard”
THE FATE OF OBAMACARE– “7 unanswered concerns left by the Obamacare judgment,” by Adriel Bettelheim and Susannah Luthi: “Wednesday’s remarkable court judgment striking down Obamacare’s private required lets President Donald Trump guarantee Americans their insurance coverage is safe while informing his base he’s combating the law to the death in court.
” It also enables Democrats to re-assert that Trump and his GOP allies are hellbent on gutting securities for individuals with preexisting conditions.
“[T] he timing of the choice makes it highly not likely that the Supreme Court will weigh in on the matter before the 2020 election, leaving the ultimate fate of the health law in limbo.
” The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals choice for the most part punted on the central concern of whether the Affordable Care Act is still legitimate now that Congress eliminated the penalty for not having insurance. Rather, the question will go to a federal judge in Texas who’s currently ruled the whole law unconstitutional, keeping a cloud over Obamacare’s future. A group of Democratic-led states is appealing to the Supreme Court.” POLITICO
CENSUS SEE– ” Facebook will bar posts, advertisements that spread disinformation about the U.S. census,” by WaPo’s Tony Romm in San Francisco
DEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP– ” USDA tariff tracker removes Wakanda, fictional house of Black Panther, as free trade partner,” by NBC’s Phil McCausland
MASSIVE NYT PROJECT: “Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, No Personal Privacy: What we learned from the spy in your pocket,” by Stuart Thompson and Charlie Warzel: “Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of business– mostly uncontrolled, little inspected– are logging the movements of 10s of millions of individuals with mobile phones and keeping the details in enormous data files.
” Each piece of details in this file represents the exact place of a single smartphone over a duration of several months in 2016 and 2017.
” After investing months sorting through the information, tracking the motions of people throughout the country and talking to dozens of information business, technologists, attorneys and academics who study this field, we feel the exact same sense of alarm. In the cities that the information file covers, it tracks people from nearly every neighborhood and block, whether they reside in mobile homes in Alexandria, Va., or high-end towers in Manhattan.
” One search turned up more than a lots individuals visiting the Playboy Mansion, some overnight. NYT … Tweet thread from Thompson showing pings at the Pentagon, White Home and Mar-a-Lago
END-OF-DECADE CLICK– NYT: ” The Years in Pictures”
PLAYBOOK CITY SECTION– “Democratic Senators Have Actually Been Independently Pushing A Major Museum In D.C To Modification An Exhibition ‘Sterilizing’ Torture,” by BuzzFeed’s Emma Loop and Jason Leopold: “The display at the International Spy Museum, which includes a reproduction waterboard and cartoonlike illustrations of abuse, has actually already gone through one change, and more are possible in the brand-new year, according to a letter from the senators.” BuzzFeed
MEDIAWATCH … MICHAEL CALDERONE: “‘ Spectacular piece of propaganda’: Journalists blast One America News series”: “[F] or much of the media world, OAN’s decision to provide Giuliani a direct role in preparing its Ukraine report presents an uncomfortable ethical development in the media landscape. Where as soon as viewpoint shows began supplanting standard news, now openly partisan material– provided mainly unfiltered by the president’s personal lawyer– is seeking to supplant content that’s opinionated but still independent.” POLITICO
— @mlcalderone: ” Fox News names @edhenry co-anchor of ‘America’s Early morning,’ as @BillHemmer heads to 3pm slot.” … Nick Baumann is signing up with The Atlantic as politics editor. He formerly was senior enterprise editor at HuffPost.
FOUND: Paul Ryan and Joe Crowley walking into Bobby Van’s on 15 th Street on Wednesday afternoon. Photo of Ryan outside … FOUND at the Harvard Club of D.C. annual award’s dinner Wednesday night at the University Club, where Harvard President Larry Bacow presented the award to David Rubenstein: Fed Chairman Jay Powell. Pic
SHIFTS– Joseph McMonigle will be secretary general of the International Energy Forum executive board starting in August2020 He presently is president of the Abraham Group, senior energy policy expert at Hedgeye Threat Management and a principal at Blank Rome. … Minhee Cho is now a media relations associate for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She previously was director of public relations for ProPublica. … James Maloney and Milan Dalal have actually co-founded Tiger Hill Partners. Maloney previously was creator and president of the JHM Group. Dalal previously was of counsel for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
ENGAGED– Noah Weinrich, press secretary for Heritage Action For America, and Danielle DiQuattro, partner at Baron Public Affairs, got engaged Wednesday night in front of the Capitol Christmas Tree. Picture … Another picture
— Lizzy Guyton, interactions director for Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and a Scott Brown and Jackie Walorski alum, and Tim Johnson, a principal at CSQ Realty, got engaged Wednesday night in front of the Massachusetts state home. Picture … Another pic