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Brazile breaks Hillary’s spell over Dems

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On the roster: Brazile violates Hillary’s spell over Dems – I’ll Tell You What: The best roast – GOP goals top earners with taxation plan – Northam flips, says he’d ban sanctuary cities – Waaaayyyy too hoppy

BRAZILE BREAKS HILLARY’S SPELL OVER DEMS
There’s a lot of juicy detail within an progress excerpt out today from former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile’s forthcoming publication.

Brazile, who came in the fall of 2016 to tidy up the wreckage from ousted party boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz, found that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had basically bought out the cash-strapped celebration and used it to obstruct upstart independent Bernie Sanders.

But we kind of knew that. After all, Schultz was ousted within the contents of mails hacked and dispersed by Russian operatives that revealed her and her staff deriding his supporters and Sanders.

The particulars of Brazile’s analysis are fascinating to the politically obsessed among us. However there’s a more significant message behind her dirt dishing: The Clinton’s are.

Forged from the brutal struggles of Arkansas politics and hardened by the 1992 primaries, the Clinton performance was among the deadliest in memory. By now the scandal that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment was in full flower, the performance’s ruthlessness and vindictiveness was so feared that even conscience-stricken Democrats didn’t speak too boldly.

The message in the celebration by the end of the Clinton years: They always live and they never forget. Lists, vengeance that is long-delayed and career-killing leaks. Whatever it takes.

In the wake of her next bid for the presidency, Hillary Clinton was from Brazile & rsquo; s selling a variant of 2016 very distinctive on a weeks-long publication tour. In her own telling, Clinton was just too decent to be like Republicans’ corruption and cruelty. Her chastening message to her celebration: when I needed you You let me down.  

Some have even suggested that the book tour could, as her last one did, morph into another presidential campaign.

However, the fact that a veteran operative like Brazile with ties to the Clintons would be willing to call the former first lady out so directly and unsparingly states otherwise.

Hillary Clinton may hawk novels at every Costco from Sault Ste. Marie to San Berdoo, but it’s apparent now that the spell is broken. Whatever Democrats believed of Brazile&rsquodirection of this party, they all owe her a debt of gratitude for it.  

THE RULEBOOK: SELECTIVE SPECIFICITY 
“The qualifications of the elected, being less carefully and properly defined by the State constitutions, and being at exactly the exact same time more susceptible of uniformity, have been very properly considered and regulated by the convention. ” — Alexander Hamilton or James MadisonFederalist No. 52

TIME OUT: PAGING BEN CARSON 
Character: “Physicists have used that the by-products of cosmic rays to show a large, previously unidentified chamber Within the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The end result is the first discovery since a major new space inside the pyramid’s nineteenth century. Egyptologists are quick to dismiss some notion of finding lost treasure in the 30-metre-long void. ‘There’s zero chance of hidden burial chambers,’ states  Aidan Dodson, an Egyptologist at the University of Bristol, UK, who studies ancient Egyptian tombs. But experts hope that the finding will result in significant insights into this pyramid was built. The excellent Pyramid was constructed with the pharaoh Khufu (also known as Cheops), who reigned from 2509–2483 BC. Constructed from granite and limestone cubes, and climbing to 139 [meters], it’s the earliest and biggest of the pyramids and among the structures to live from the early world. ”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump net job-approval rating: -19.4 points
Change from 1 week past: down 0.4 points

[President Trump’s score is determined by subtracting his typical job disapproval rating in the five latest, methodologically solid public polls out of his normal approval rating, calculated in exactly the exact same fashion. ]

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT: THE MOST PERFECT ROAST 
This week Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt  talk about the aftermath of Tuesday’s terror attack, the current controversy within  John Kelly’s Civil War remarks and the future of taxation reform. The mailbag is shared by the duo this week and reminisce on a delicious meal that they shared over the weekend & hellip; such as the bibb lettuce.   LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE

GOP TARGETS TOP EARNERS WITH TAX PLAN
Fox News: “House Republicans on Thursday introduced their paychecks invoice which preserves the favorite 401K retirement accounts, reduces rates for several individual families but trims deductions for state and local taxes … reduce the cap to the favorite deduction to interest on mortgages to $500,000 for recently purchased homes. The current cap is $1 million. The program restricts the deductibility of local property taxes to $. Republicans in states like New York and New Jersey had come out strongly against it. ‘I see the removal of this deduction as a geographical redistribution of riches, picking winners and losers,’ New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin explained. … Called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the GOP plan would also leave the top individual tax rate in 39.6 percent. The child tax credit will rise to $1,600 from $1,000, although the $4,050 per kid exemption would be repealed. ”

They have to sell it to everybody else – The Hill: “Thursday marked the start of Republicans’ mad dash to rally support from Washington and across the country for its ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ — the GOP’s attempt to overhaul the U.S. taxation system for the first time in more than three decades. [Paul Ryan’s] message is directed as much at his own 239-member GOP summit as it’s the voting public. As before he became Speaker, and with the Republicans controlling all levers of power he believes now is the time to make legislation a 41, tax reform was Ryan & rsquo; s highest priority. The pressure is on Republicans to produce a major legislative gain to President Trump, particularly after their failure to repeal ObamaCare before this season. ”

But opposition has already started – Mr: “The bill ran into opposition almost immediately Thursday. It would cap the mortgage-interest deduction on home sales at $500,000 — a departure from the current cap of $1 million for couples filing jointly. The National Association of Realtors, which was wary said lsquo & that step;appears to confirm many of our biggest concerns. ’ The president of a federal small-business group smashed the bill, stating it ‘leaves a lot of tiny businesses behind’ with a tax reduction for partnerships, limited liability companies and other so-called ‘pass-throughs’ this ‘does not help modest businesses. ’ As a result, the National Federation of Independent Business won’t support the invoice ‘in its existing shape,’ said President Juanita Duggan. Another supply which’s most prone to provoke controversy would taxation big university endowment income at 1.4 percent. ”

Can it stay intact prior votes? – 
Vox: “However, the bill will probably not stay in its existing form. As written, it is guaranteed to raise the budget deficit and quite possibly keep after 10 years are up, increasing the deficit. That’s a problem: Under Senate rules, some legislation can pass with 51 votes if it doesn’t raise the long-term deficit. So the current draft of this legislation would need 60 votes meaning major Democratic support, which Republican leaders harbor’t been even hoping to court. They need legislation that may pass with 51 votes, and therefore, they need the invoice to not raise the long-term deficit. ”

George Will: ‘On Tax Reform, Republicans are Defining Victory Down’ – National Review: “Implementing a victory to validate their majorities, congressional Republicans have chosen not to emulate Shakespeare’s Henry V  until Agincourt. He recommended summoning up the bloodstream stiffening the sinews, and lending the eye a terrible aspect. The Republicans would rather specify down victory. What started with a bang of promises of comprehensive tax reform will finish with a whimper: The sole change is going to be to the federal debt. Think about a small proposal — repeal of the estate tax. It will be paid with an estimated 5,500 people dying this season, raising about $20 billion — a pittance in the $3.88 trillion budget. Repeal’s meaning would be philosophic rather than economical. ”

NORTHAM FLIPS, SAYS HE WOULD BAN SANCTUARY CITIES 
Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam  said Wednesday that he’d sign a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities if a Virginia locality attempts to become one in the future. Republican nominee Ed Gillespie has pushed the problem of sanctuary cities to the forefront of their Senate’s race. The term is loosely defined but understood as a locality which won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities. No Virginia city or county has attempted to embrace policies to impede such cooperation. Northam, Virginia’s sitting lieutenant governor, has insisted he opposes sanctuary cities while also accusing of making the problem for political advantage Gillespie. But in a meeting Wednesday with the Norfolk TV station WAVY, Northam said for the first time that, under certain circumstances, he’d sign a bill like the one he voted against this season, a vote which spawned a wave of threatening ads from the Gillespie campaign linking Northam to the Latino gang MS-13. ”

Prominent black Dems for Northam – WaPo: “Virginia’s Democratic ticket got a Wednesday evening boost in northern Virginia from among the celebration’s nationwide figures — Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Keith Ellison, the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee — who repeatedly worried the federal bets of following week’s election. In a recreation center hall in deep-blue Arlington, Booker urged attendees by sending the Senate & rsquo Ralph Northam, to reestablish Democrats;s residence. ‘This country is searching for trust,’ Booker explained. ‘This country at this time is currently waiting to discover what will happen on Tuesday in Virginia. ’ Later, Ellison joined Northam, lieutenant governor candidate Justin Fairfax, Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and Democratic candidates for local legislative seats in a fire house hall in Prince William county, a swing region. ”

Rand Paul endorses Arizona’s Kelli Ward – USA Now: “Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward  got her first Senate endorsement Wednesday from Kentucky’s Rand Paul. ‘Now shows that conservatives are currently coalescing around the candidacy of rsquo, & Kelli Ward; Paul said in a telephone with reporters Wednesday afternoon. ‘I think she is feared by that the establishment and will work overtime to oppose her candidacy. ’ Paul said he’d also be becoming involved with different conservatives throughout the country ‘to  really make sure that this election is conservatives vs. the establishment. ’ ‘We need a new generation of GOP leaders which are fighting to come join you,’ Ward responded about the telephone to Paul. ”

TRUMP NOMINEE TANGLED IN RUSSIA PROBE WITHDRAWS
WaPo: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist nominee, Sam Clovis withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday amid revelations that he was one of    leading officials on the Trump campaign who was aware of attempts  by foreign policy advisor  George Papadopoulos to agent a connection between the Russian and campaign officials. Court documents unsealed Monday revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to creating false statement to FBI investigators on his contacts with foreigners claiming to get high-level connections that were Russian.   In August 2016, Clovis encouraged a & lsquo; rsquo & off the record; meeting with Russian officials to be organized by Papadopoulos, according to court documents. ‘I’d encourage you’ and yet another foreign policy adviser to the campaign to ‘make the trip, if it’s possible,&rsquo. … In a letter to the president Wednesday, Clovis explained that he did not believe he could get a fair thought from the Senate, which was supposed to hold a hearing on his appointment on Nov. 9. ”

Russian hackers had other goals besides U.S. election – AP: “The hackers who interrupted the U.S. presidential elections had ambitions well beyond   Hillary Clinton’s campaign, targeting the mails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and thousands of other people of attention to the Kremlin, based on a previously unpublished digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press. … The AP findings draw to a database of hyperlinks collected by cybersecurity firm Secureworks, dozens of bogus mails, and interviews with more than 100 goals. … The list revealed that a direct line between the hackers and the leaks that rocked the presidential contest in its final phases, most notably the personal emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. ”

U.S. prosecutors contemplate charging Russian hackers – WSJ: “The Justice Department has identified more than six members of the Russian government involved with hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers and swiping sensitive information that became public during the 2016 presidential elections, according to people familiar with the analysis. Next year prosecutors and agents have gathered evidence to control the officers and could bring a situation, these people said. Discussions concerning the situation are in the first phases, they said. ”

He’s not mad, he just wants to talk –   NYT: “President Trump projected an air of calm on Wednesday after charges against his former campaign chief and a foreign policy aide roiled Washington, insisting to The New York Times that he wasn’t ‘mad at anybody’ which investigations into his campaign’s hyperlinks to Russia had not come near him personally. ‘I’m not under analysis, as you probably know,’ Mr. Trump said in a brief phone call late Wednesday afternoon. … The telephone call seemed intended to dispel the belief of a president and a White House . ”

The Judge’s Ruling: Where’s all of this going? – Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explains what could happen next in the Special Counsel’s Russia probe and what it has to do with President Trump: “The ultimate target of Mueller’s analysis is President Trump. It is standard operating procedure when prosecutors possess a high level target to control those under the target with something to get them to cooperate. Though the charges against [Paul Manafort] and [Richard Gates] shouldn’t be related to the Russians or to Trump, they must be real. As each is facing more than 20 years in prison it & rsquo; s apparent that they may be. Mueller believes that that prospect is enough to dispatch their lawyers to make deals. ” More here.

TRUMP WANTS DEATH PENALTY FOR N.Y. TERRORIST 
NYT: “President Trump touched off a harshly partisan debate over a few of the most divisive issues in American life on Wednesday as he mentioned this week’s terrorist attack in New York to advance his own agenda on immigration and national security while assailing Democrats for endangering the country. A day after a  immigrant from Uzbekistan was detained on suspicion of plowing a pickup truck along a busy bicycle route in Manhattan, killing eight people, Mr. Trump denounced the American criminal justice system as ‘a joke’ and ‘a laughingstock,’ adding that he was receptive to sending ‘this creature’ rather to the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Shortly before midnight, the president took it a step further, posting a message on Twitter declaring that the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, should be implemented. ‘NYC terrorist was happy as he requested to hang ISIS flag into his hospital room,’ he wrote, referring to the motorist’s reported interest from the Islamic Condition extremist group. ”

Trump receives assistance from senators to end visa lottery program – The Hill:“Senators indicated  on Wednesday that they are open to finish an immigration plan which President Trump wants to shut down in the wake of this New York City terrorist attack. Trump on Wednesday called for ending the diversity visa lottery program and said he’d start ‘the practice of terminating’ it. An immigration law in 1990 made the program, therefore ending it would take action. When there are early signs of divisions on how best to scrap the program, senators worried that they were supportive of this idea. … ‘There’s always going to get to be a combo of family-based immigration, but we also need to reward people who we would like to see come to the country and help us develop our economy,’ Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who supports the president’s attempts, told reporters. ”

JEROME POWELL NOMINATED AS NEXT FED CHAIRMAN
WSJ: “The White House has notified Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell which President Donald Trump plans to nominate him as the next chairman of the central bank, according to a individual familiar with the matter, a move likely to combine continuity on interest-rate policy together with perhaps a lighter touch on monetary regulation. If confirmed by the Senate, ” Mr. Powell would triumph Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen, the central bank’s first female chief, whose four-year term as Fed chief expires in early February. In his five years at the Fed, Mr. Powell was a dependable ally of Ms. Yellen and would probably  continue the Fed’s current cautious approach to reversing the central bank’s crisis-era stimulus policies as the economy expands. That would mean slowly raising short-term rates of interest in quarter-percentage-point measures through 2020 while slowly shrinking the Fed’s $4.2 trillion portfolio of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities it bought to lower long-term rates. ”

PLAY-BY-PLAY 
Trump-backing billionaire dumps trolling website – Bloomberg

AUDIBLE: HAVE YOU TRIED REBOOTING?
“I don’t believe you get it. ” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif.  Said to technology general counsels whotestified on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“I’ve been an avid follower of your always-appreciated Halftime Report  since its beginning, but only now have I been transferred to send you a comment motivated by your on-target criticism now about the growing incidence of insipid acronyms in public policy discourse and from your apropos call for Congress to enact a SMARM Act, for ‘Stop Making Acronyms Really Monstrously. ’ For my own part, as a long-time pupil of American security and defense affairs, I too have frequently bridled in the pervading acronymania which has long since become the stock-in-trade of my calling and have more than once been tempted to advocate in a similar vein to get a full and verifiable ban on the indiscriminate use of UFLAs–that is, ‘Unintelligible Four-Letter Acronyms. ’” — Ben Lambeth, Paso Robles, Calif..

[Ed. Note: I join you, Mr. Lambeth in opposition to UFLAs! The government’s usage of jargon in any way levels is a reflection of how important and special those denizens believe themselves to become and, it & rsquo; s denizens want people to know its actions. ]

“The NFL/NBA ongoing controversy appears to have gotten much too convoluted. To view it as simply as it might be, it is seen by me as the property rights of the team owners being jacked from the malcontents/social justice warriors. Let’s eliminate any discussion regarding the Flag, the Military or patriotism. Let’s make the metric return.   As an owner, my franchise is designed to deliver a product at a profit to your fan base/national audience. The crowd that comes to this sport or songs in through the media, is ‘my crowd’. The viewers want to see that the product they paid for, the merchandise they expected to see. For a moment, let’s assume that the protests about injustices are entirely superfluous for this discussion. By ‘taking a knee’, the protesters are influencing the product’s profitability. That’s not only. If you want to protest, STOP MISAPPROPRIATING MY CROWD. The fans/viewers paid to determine my merchandise. Go get your crowd and demonstration to rsquo & your heart;s content. ” — Gary J. Graupmann, San Marcos, Calif..

[Ed. Note: I’d imagine, Mr. Graupmann, that the majority of the owners on your hypothetical league would need desperately for the controversy to just go away. Professional sport franchises are businesses, and this issue is bad for the business. They would alienate those enthusiasts sympathetic to their cause or the players, if the owners crack down on protesting players. If the protests go on unabated, an volume of fans will alienate for the reasons you described. Money-minded owners would have definitely done it already when there was a very simple way to address this. ]  

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WAAAAYYYY TOO HOPPY
AP: “It’s lawful to drink beer from German film theaters — but it’s probably not a great idea to attempt to open your beer bottle with a pepper spray canister.   However, rsquo & that;s precisely what a thirsty moviegoer attempted doing in a cinema in the northwestern German town of Osnabrueck.   Rather than opening his beer, then the guy struck some 200 people and his pepper spray container had to quickly leave the theatre in tears. The theatre’s manager told the news agency dpa on Wednesday that it was ‘chaos. &rsquo he maintained his head, offering moviegoers drinks calling authorities and opening the windows. He says that the film was resumed after 30 minutes. Police say so far no moviegoers have complained about respiratory or eye problems. ”

Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox News.  Brianna McClelland contributed to the report. Want FOX News Halftime Report on your inbox daily? Sign up   here.

Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in July of 2010 and serves as politics editor based in Washington, D.C.

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