Friday, September 27, 2019


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TRADITIONAL FRIDAY WILD WORLD OF NEWS QUIZ: IMPEACHMENT EDITION

1. The Republican Senator who currently represents the biggest threat to Donald Trump’s presidency is

a. Mitt Romney.
b. Susan Collins.
c. Richard Burr.
d. Ben Sasse.

2. The adult who is most likely to warn Trump that he must reorient his White House towards saving his presidency is

a. Kellyanne Conway.
b. Mike Pence.
c. Steven Mnuchin.
d. Jared Kushner.

3. The Democrat who will play the biggest role in determining if the party can convince the country (especially independents) that impeachment is warranted is

a. Nancy Pelosi.
b. Adam Schiff.
c. Phil Schiliro.
d. Jerry Nadler.

4. The biggest impact the media’s nonstop focus on the prospect of impeachment will have on the Democratic presidential nomination battle is

a. It will hurt Joe Biden’s campaign.
b. It will help Joe Biden’s campaign.
c. It will allow candidates such as Kamala Harris who are expected to have underwhelming third-quarter fundraising numbers to stay in the race.
d. It will winnow the field down to three or four candidates by Halloween.

5. The biggest miscalculation of the week was

a. The White House releasing the partial transcript of the president’s phone call.
b. The Democrats staking their case on the whistleblower without knowing all the facts around him or his account.
c. The president thinking Mitch McConnell has his back.
d. Nancy Pelosi abandoning her long-held belief that impeachment shouldn’t happen without broad-based and bipartisan support.

6. The piece that should most unsettle the president’s supporters is

a. “’Total panic’ as ‘shell-shocked’ White House struggles to find impeachment footing” (NBC News)
b. “Rudy Giuliani: ‘You Should Be Happy for Your Country That I Uncovered This’” (The Atlantic)
c. “Democrats Set a Bear Trap” (Peggy Noonan)
d. “Support for impeachment jumps in new poll” (Politico)

7. The person most enjoying the march towards impeachment is

a. Nancy Pelosi.
b. Bill Kristol.
c. Rachel Maddow.
d. Vladimir Putin.

8. Team Trump sees the whistleblower’s biggest vulnerability as

a. Partisan affiliation.
b. Lack of first-hand insight into what transpired.
c. Deep-state status.
d. They haven’t figured it out yet.

9. The biggest reason to think Trump can survive this — or even thrive — is

a. He survived “Access Hollywood.”
b. He survived Mueller.
c. Democrats haven’t shown they know how to run a high-stakes hearing yet.
d. Once the man finds his footing, he knows how to orchestrate the world’s biggest fog machine.

10. Grassroots Trump supporters are least likely to blame the president’s predicament on

a. Nancy Pelosi.
b. The liberal media.
c. Donald Trump.
d. The deep state. 


Answers: 1-c; 2-a; 3-c; 4-a and b; 5-c; 6-a,b,c,d; 7-d; 8-d; 9-I have no idea; 10-c.

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Friday

As of now, the president has no public events until 6:30pm ET, when he delivers remarks at an Hispanic Heritage Month reception in the East Room.
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Speaker Pelosi holds a press conference with some of her House colleagues at 9:30am ET, ostensibly to criticize Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for a failure to act on bills passed by the House.

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The Most Important Quotes and Reporting of the Last 24 Hours


1. “To transfer a call from the normal storage system to the National Security Council’s code-word-protected network, a senior White House official — someone as high as the chief of staff or the national security adviser — must make a formal written request to do so, according to two people who worked with memos of calls with foreign leaders.” – Washington Post

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2. “But while the White House disparaged the whistle-blower’s complaint as full of secondhand information and media-reported events, it did not directly deny the sequence of events as outlined. Moreover, other officials amplified the narrative on Thursday with details that were not in the complaint. For instance, they said, at one point an order was given to not distribute the reconstructed transcript of Mr. Trump’s call electronically, as would be typical. Instead, copies were printed out and hand delivered to a select group.” – New York Times

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3. “Aboard Air Force One on the way back to Washington on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Trump grew angry after watching televised news coverage about the whistle-blower, staff members said.” – New York Times

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4.  “Trump’s advisers said they envision a ‘split screen’ strategy in the coming weeks. The president is considering stepping up his fall schedule of campaign rallies at arenas across the country to galvanize his supporters outside of Washington and portray House Democrats as liberal insiders who are focused on impeachment instead of governing.” – Washington Post

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5. “House Democratic leaders are eyeing a fast-paced investigation into the possible impeachment of President Trump, instructing the committees handling the probe to wrap up their findings within weeks in hopes of concluding before the holiday season….Some Democratic lawmakers and aides said Thursday that they believed impeachment articles could be ready for a House vote around Thanksgiving.” – Washington Post

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6. “The stakes are extraordinarily high politically, and if we do this wrong and we get ahead of the majority of Americans, this could actually lead to a much worse fate, which is Trump getting reelected, Democrats lose in the House and lose in the Senate. This process is going to take time. Nobody knows how long it will take to shift public opinion.”
Democratic Capitol Hill aide

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7. “One of the first credible polls to test the Democratic impeachment push following Pelosi’s Tuesday announcement found the public almost evenly split. An NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist Poll conducted Wednesday found Americans approving 49 percent to 46 percent of the House inquiry, with independents disapproving 50 percent to 44 percent.” – Washington Post

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8. “Among the public, interviews with more than 60 voters across four of the most important counties in the 2020 election showed Republicans largely confident the impeachment process will backfire and Trump will win re-election. Democrats, on the other hand, are worried they may be right.” — Reuters

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9. “I get the need to remove this unfit man from office. But this process will not produce that outcome. An election can save the country. An inside-the-Beltway political brawl will not.” — David Brooks

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10. “Speaker Pelosi was dealing with pressure from her caucus and, when you talk about pressure from the left, there is a highly leftist component to the Democratic Party that she was feeling pressure [from].” – Andrew Cuomo

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11. “The whistleblower is a son of a bitch who lied about me.” – Rudy Giuliani


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