SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK … Monday: THE PRESIDENT will participate in a welcome ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He will have lunch with VP Mike Pence and then participate in the swearing in of Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. Wednesday: TRUMP will meet with the president of Finland, and will hold a press conference with him. …
… Thursday: THE PRESIDENT is traveling to The Villages, Fla., to sign an executive order on Medicare. On the schedule, it says “an Executive Order Protecting Medicare from Socialist Destruction.” Friday: THE PRESIDENT will speak at the Young Black Leadership Summit.
HOW THE PRESIDENT WILL RUN IN 2020 … President DONALD TRUMP posted a video on Twitter yesterday, which seems quite instructive when thinking about how he will run in 2020. The message is: “they’re trying to stop me because I’m fighting for you.” He says Democrats are looking to take away health care Video
WAPO’S PHIL RUCKER ZOOMS OUT … “Staring down impeachment, Trump sees himself as a victim of historic proportions”: “Donald Trump is not the first American president staring down impeachment to nurse a deep sense of persecution and self-pity. But he is the first to broadcast that mentality to the world.
“In the five days since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opened an impeachment inquiry following revelations about President Trump’s conduct with his Ukrainian counterpart, Trump has been determined to cast himself as a singular victim in a warped reality — a portrayal that seems part political survival strategy, part virtual therapy session.
“As Trump tells it, he is a hard-working and honorable president whose conduct has been ‘perfect’ but who is being harassed and tormented by “Do Nothing Democrat Savages” and a corrupt intelligence community resolved to perpetuate a hoax, defraud the public and, ultimately, undo the 2016 election.” WaPo
CNN’S DANA BASH and PAMELA BROWN: “Mulvaney on shaky ground in wake of whistleblower fallout, sources say”: “The sources say the President is not upset with Mulvaney for the White House releasing the summary of his July 25 call with Ukraine's leader or the whistleblower complaint because he had been convinced that it was necessary.
“What Trump and other aides are frustrated with, according to the sources, is that Mulvaney did not have a strategy for defending and explaining the contents of those documents as soon as they were publicly released.
“One of the sources says it's not just the President, but also widespread frustration in the White House about the lack of a response plan to deal with the fallout after the release of the whistleblower complaint ignited more controversy surrounding the President. The sources say Mulvaney is taking the heat for that.” CNN
Good Sunday morning. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight. THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS have secured home field advantage in the Wild Card game, which is Tuesday night.
SPOTTED IN AUSTIN: Rosario Dawson at the Elephant Room.
IMPEACHMENT CLIP PACKET …
L.A. TIMES: “California delegation essential to inquiry” … NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE: “Louisiana delegation to play role in impeachment inquiry” …
… CONNECTICUT POST: “Himes in limelight with major role in impeachment” … PALM BEACH POST: “Trump’s PB County base is steadfast”
CHRIS WALLACE spoke to STEPHEN MILLER on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”: MILLER: “The President is the whistleblower here. The president of the United States is the whistleblower. And this individual is a saboteur trying to undermine a democratically elected government.”
WALLACE: “Is he a spy? Is he committing treason?” MILLER: “I do not know.” WALLACE: “Well the president said this you know.” MILLER: “The president correctly pointed out that the behavior of this individual is close to a spy. I don’t know who the individual is. At some point, we have to focus on the real scandal. And that is three years of deep-state sabotage.”
CHUCK TODD spoke to REP. ADAM SCHIFF on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “How much of your investigation is about the specifics of what the president did with the aid, with Ukraine, with Rudy Giuliani, and how much of your investigation is about your attempt to keep that from you?”
SCHIFF: “I think really the gravamen of the offense here is the president using the power of his office to coerce a foreign nation into helping his presidential campaign to, once again, interfere in our election and at the same time withholding foreign aid that that country so desperately needs to fight off who? The Russians. That to me is the most serious constellation of issues, and I know that many people may have suggested and it may have been true in the past, that the cover-up is the bigger crime.
“Sometimes the cover-up is the easier crime to prove but here yes, the cover-up is very serious but I don’t want to lose sight of that fundamental breach of the president’s oath of office, the duty to defend our country, our constitution, and here the president is once again not just inviting but coercing a foreign nation to get involved to try to help him with yet another presidential election. So to me, that is the most serious set of offenses.”
MAYBE TRUE MAYBE NOT! … GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS spoke to RUDY GIULIANI on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: GIULIANI: “Well, let me ask the following question to anybody at home. If I change the names of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden to Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr., $8 million from Ukraine while under an investigation, $1.5 billion from China while negotiating with China, would I be sitting here? …
STEPHANOPOULOS: “The $1.5 billion is simply not true.” GIULIANI: “It is simply true.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “That is -- it is not true.”
GIULIANI: “How do you know it's not true? Have you seen the documents?” STEPHANOPOULOS: “We have seen -- the fund that you're talking about was set up. Hunter Biden was on the advisory board. He wasn't an investor until 2017. And there's no evidence that they have gotten $1.5 billion.
GIULIANI: “There's evidence that they got $1 billion directly from China, specific date, 12 days after they returned from a trip to China. There's evidence that another $500 million went in. And there are three partners, Rosemont Seneca. That's Hunter Biden and the stepson of the -- of the secretary of state. The second partner is the Bank of China. And the third partner is a company called Thornton Group. And the principal at Thornton Group is...
STEPHANOPOULOS: “Others -- others have counterevidence. And I'm responding with that counterevidence.” GIULIANI: “OK. Well, then investigate it. Maybe I'm wrong.”
JAKE TAPPER spoke to REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-N.Y.) on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: TAPPER: “Let me ask you, sir. In May, the Ukrainian prosecutor general told Bloomberg News -- quote -- ‘We do not have any grounds to think that there was any wrongdoing’ -- unquote -- by Joe or Hunter Biden.
“So these charges that the president keeps pushing aren’t -- have no basis in evidence. But Senator Harris, Kamala Harris, yesterday said that she probably not -- would not be comfortable with the child of her vice president sitting on the board of a foreign company such as Hunter Biden was on. Do you agree with her?”
-- BUZZY ... TAPPER also had REP. JIM JORDAN (R-OHIO). Tapper fact checked Jordan in real time. Read the entire transcript
JEFFRIES: “No. At least three different Ukrainian prosecutors have uncovered no wrongdoing with respect to the Joe Biden situation.”
“It's my understanding that authorities in Great Britain looked into this situation, found no evidence of wrongdoing. No evidence of wrongdoing has emerged here in the United States of America.”
NYT: “How a Shadow Foreign Policy in Ukraine Prompted an Impeachment Inquiry,” by Ken Vogel, Andrew Kramer and David Sanger
WAPO: “The gas tycoon and the vice president’s son: The story of Hunter Biden’s foray into Ukraine,” by Paul Sonne, Michael Kranish and Matt Viser: “When then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son joined the board of an obscure Ukrainian gas company half a decade ago, it was a stunning coup for its owner, a former Ukrainian minister working to remake the company’s image as he faced a money-laundering investigation.
“For Hunter Biden, the job came with risks: Ukraine was in the throes of political upheaval, and there was building scrutiny of former government officials profiting in the lucrative gas industry. His father was the face of the Obama administration’s effort to get Ukraine to crack down on corruption.
“The region was so unsettled that one of Hunter Biden’s investment firm partners at the time — former Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s stepson — believed that joining the board of Burisma Holdings was a bad idea and ended his business relationship with Biden and another partner, his spokesman told The Washington Post.” WaPo
NYT: “Kremlin Says It Hopes Putin’s Calls With Trump Won’t Be Made Public,” by Ivan Nechepurenko in Moscow: “Two days after the White House released a reconstruction of Mr. Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitri S. Peskov was asked if he worried about the confidentiality of the American president’s contacts with Mr. Putin.
“‘We would like to hope that we would not see such situations in our bilateral relations, which already have plenty of quite serious problems,’ he said in a conference call with reporters.” NYT
WHAT ABOUT HER EMAILS! … WAPO: “State Dept. intensifies email probe of Hillary Clinton’s former aides,” by Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Karoun Demirjian: “The Trump administration is investigating the email records of dozens of current and former senior State Department officials who sent messages to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email, reviving a politically toxic matter that overshadowed the 2016 election, current and former officials said.
“As many as 130 officials have been contacted in recent weeks by State Department investigators — a list that includes senior officials who reported directly to Clinton as well as others in lower-level jobs whose emails were at some point relayed to her inbox, said current and former State Department officials. Those targeted were notified that emails they sent years ago have been retroactively classified and now constitute potential security violations, according to letters reviewed by The Washington Post. …
“‘This has nothing to do with who is in the White House,’ said a senior State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing probe. ‘This is about the time it took to go through millions of emails, which is about 3½ years.’” WaPo
FRONT PAGE OF THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS … “Cracks inside Texas’ firewall?” by Todd Gillman in Conroe, Texas: “Donald Trump’s 9% spread over Hillary Clinton in Texas was the worst showing in decades for a GOP presidential nominee. Sen. Ted Cruz survived in 2018 with less than 51% of the vote, the closest call for any statewide Republican candidate in a quarter century.
“Democrats showed surprising strength in Dallas suburbs, for instance, toppling a congressman and two state lawmakers.
“‘People, Democrat or Republican, they think this is a solidly red area. The demographics are changing. ... I look at my high school pictures, and it was very white here. That’s definitely changed,’ said one of the freshman Democrats, state Rep. Michelle Beckley of Carrollton. The 2020 elections will hinge on the battle between the old and new, the traditional suburbs and those in transition.” DMN … Dallas Morning News front page
ANDREW DESIDERIO in Laguna Beach, Calif.: “Did Republicans Lose Orange County for Good?”
STEPHANIE MURRAY in Lawrence, Mass.: “Ed Markey ‘gets his Irish up’”
THE PRESIDENT’S SUNDAY … No events scheduled.
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman (@dlippman):
-- “Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze,” by Tess McClure in The Guardian: “Demand for ‘healing’ crystals is soaring – but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries. And there is little evidence that this billion-dollar industry is cleaning up its act.” The Guardian
-- “Four Years in Startups,” by Anna Wiener in The New Yorker: “Life in Silicon Valley during the dawn of the unicorns.” New Yorker
-- “How TikTok Holds Our Attention,” by The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino: “On the popular short-video app, young people are churning through images and sounds at warp speed, repurposing reality into ironic, bite-size content.” New Yorker
-- “Inside Aspen: the mountain retreat for the liberal elite,” by Linda Kinstler in the Oct./Nov. issue of 1843 Magazine – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “What it’s like to take the Aspen Institute Executive Seminar: It’s like the edited highlights of a humanities course at a liberal arts college, apparently. You fill in a Goopy-sounding questionnaire about your ‘leadership journey’; you discuss texts from Plato, Marx and Hobbes; on day three or four the people in your group start getting on one another’s nerves and breaking down in tears; you stage a potted version of Antigone to round off the week; you go home better-connected. Price: $11,350 all in.” 1843
-- “Mongolia’s President Is a Genghis Khan-Idolizing Trump of the Steppe,” by Matthew Campbell and Terrence Edwards in Bloomberg Businessweek: “Battulga Khaltmaa is a wealthy businessman riding a wave of discontent to the land’s highest office and cozying up to Putin. Sound familiar?” Bloomberg Businessweek
-- “How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife,” by Brendan I. Koerner in Wired: “If researchers can figure out how pigeons and rats evolve to thrive in hostile city habitats, it could help other beasts—including us—adapt to climate change.” Wired (h/t Longform.org)
-- “Keeping Up Appearances As a ‘Model Minority’ Can Have Serious Mental Health Consequences,” by Shayla Love in Vice: “The importance of maintaining ‘face’ in Asian cultures goes back thousands of years. In the U.S., where Asian Americans also grapple with a rampant high-achiever stereotype, people are suffering silently.” Vice
-- “The simple words that save lives,” by William Park in BBC – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “In a fraught situation, the choice of a single word can make all the difference. Recordings of police hostage negotiations show that offering to ‘talk’ with a hostage-taker is almost always a bad move. ‘Talk’ is perceived as a weasel word. ‘Speak’ is the better choice. The negotiator who says, ‘I want to come in and speak to you,’ is far more likely to get a positive response. Also: If you want comments at the end of a meeting, don’t ask people if they have ‘anything’ to add, ask if they have something to add.” BBC
-- “Why Are Rich People So Mean?” by Christopher Ryan in Wired: “Call it ‘Rich Asshole Syndrome’—the tendency to distance yourself from people with whom you have a large wealth differential.” Wired
-- “Waze Hijacked L.A. in the Name of Convenience. Can Anyone Put the Genie Back in the Bottle?” by Jonathan Littman in LA Magazine – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “It seemed impossible to make Los Angeles traffic any worse, but Waze was equal to the task. The Google-owned street navigation app combines the madness of crowds with the tragedy of the commons. No street is safe from being Wazed into a makeshift freeway. When a few drivers had Waze, it was a great way to find shortcuts. Now that everybody has Waze, it is a great way of turning shortcuts into traffic jams.” LA Magazine
-- “‘He is Trying to Play a Very Difficult Game’: The Once and Future Imran Khan,” by Aatish Taseer in Vanity Fair’s October issue: “After a hard-partying life as a cricket star and sex symbol, Pakistan’s prime minister has transformed himself from revered sportsman into international statesman. Now, as he seeks to navigate the crisis over Kashmir, Khan remains torn between his years as an Oxford-educated playboy and his growing role as a critic of Western decadence.” VF
-- “Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life,” by NYT’s Claire Cain Miller and Sanam Yar: “Gen Z-ers and millennials have been called lazy and entitled. Could they, instead, be among the first to understand the proper role of work in life?” NYT
-- “The Psychology of Serial Killer Movies,” by Abe Callard in Garden of Forking Paths: “Most serial killer movies follow a similar structure: The killer is set up as a killer, and then commits a series of grisly murders. ‘Psycho’ radically breaks this structure. It’s a movie about what it is like to be killed. It is told not from the eyes of a killer, but from the eyes of his victim.” Garden of Forking Paths (h/t TheBrowser.com)
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WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Jesse Hunt, communications director at NRSC, married Kim Kaiser, assistant director of program management at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, on Saturday at Keswick Vineyard in Charlottesville, Va. Their maltipoo, Rue, was the ring dog. Pool report: “The couple met in 2014 when Jesse spotted Kim in their apartment building and pretended he needed to borrow her vacuum as a ruse to talk to her.” … SPOTTED: Matt Gorman, David Seawright, Liz and Matt Whitlock, Jack Pandol, Kerry Rom and Richard Sant, Elliott Schwartz, Maddie Anderson and Paul Harris, Hooff Cooksey, Alleigh and Zack Roday, Shashank Tripathi, Luke Thompson, Dave Martinez and Hanna Allred, Jeremy Adler and Kaitlyn Seago, Colleen O’Kane, Karim Addetia and Robyn Casper. Pic
-- Anthony Welcher, VP of the Millennium Challenge Corp and a CFPB alum, married Erin Winland, on Saturday afternoon at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va. Father Paul Scalia.presided over the ceremony, with a reception at the Metropolitan Club. … SPOTTED: Charlie and Lisa Spies, Mick Mulvaney, Nick Owens, Emma and Brett Doyle, Michael and Jana Toner, Maureen Scalia, Marc and Emily Lampkin, Bill and Loretta Greene and Damien and Jennifer Patton. Pic
BIRTHDAYS: Doug Frantz, OECD deputy secretary-general, is 7-0 … Sandra Sobieraj Westfall ... Lucy Spiegel ... former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is 77 ... former Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Texas) is 67 ... Bryant Gumbel is 71 ... Anton Vuljaj is 32 ... Melissa DeRosa ... David Nather is 55 … Robbie Kaplan ... Liz Sidoti, managing director at Abernathy MacGregor ... CBS’ Tory Coughlan ... Stephen Parker … POLITICO’s Ryan Hutchins and Oma Seddiq ... Jessica Cochran … Bobby Schmuck ... Mary Pharris … Carlos Watson, co-founder and CEO of Ozy … Riley Swinehart ... Lee Lilley, director of legislative affairs for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ... Michael Mauro ... Scott Widmeyer ... Salena Zito, Washington Examiner national political reporter, N.Y. Post columnist and CNN contributor (hat tip: Alex Rosenwald) ... Kevin Kellems … Slate’s Will Saletan is 55 ... Douglas E. Baker ...
… Aviva Rosenthal, senior adviser at the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs (h/t Julie Mason) … Bank of America’s A-T Connell ... Brian Shankman is 47 … Ryann DuRant, USDA press secretary, is 3-0 … Lisa Osborne Ross, president of Edelman’s D.C. office ... Shawn Pasternak of S-3 Public Affairs ... Matthew Cornelius ... Laura Gaffey, deputy COO at Precision Strategies ... Ashley Bryant (h/t Max Clermont) … Mike McGuire … Jessica Ross, managing partner at Finn Partners in D.C. ... Douglas Baker ... Mike Ting ... Katie Wilmeth ... Elizabeth Tannen ... Karin Fischer … Joanna Acocella … Trey Nix … Leslie Phillips ... Barry Weprin is 67 ... Beatrice Motamedi ... Josh Sawislak ... Katie Roberts Jackson ... Scott Hoeflich ... Paul Bock (h/t Jon Haber) … Kelly Ward, executive director at NRDC … Priscilla Burton ... Deb Sutinen ... Dave Hamrick ... Jack Corrigan (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)