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Like the quiet planning by presidential candidates for their hoped-for transition to office, House Democrats are already choreographing their opening moves if — as looks likely — they get the gavel back in the midterm elections.
Democrats are playing down talk of impeachment. But depending on the contents of Robert Mueller's report, that could well become a transcendent issue for the new Congress.
The three legislative packages are also centerpieces of House Democrats' "For the People" national campaign theme, distilled from the larger "A Better Deal" platform.
Polls show that health care and wages are voters' top concerns:
The reform package would include efforts at "voter empowerment," including voting rights and campaign ethics.
If you read one long thing today ... Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker, "The former mayor’s theatrical, combative style of politics anticipated — and perfectly aligns with — the President’s":
"Before Giuliani joined the defense, [Trump's former lawyer John] Dowd and Mueller came close to an agreement for the President to voluntarily testify. They even scheduled a date and a location: January 27, 2018, at Camp David. ... Talks between the Trump and the Mueller teams later broke down. ...
"If the negotiations over a voluntary interview fail, as now seems likely, Mueller may decide to subpoena the President. Giuliani has weighed in on the legality of Presidential subpoenas in the past.
"In 1997, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that President Clinton was legally obligated to submit to a deposition in Paula Jones’s sexual-harassment case against him. As the special prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Clinton intensified, the following year, Charlie Rose put the question to Giuliani in an interview: Would the President have to obey a grand-jury subpoena for his testimony? 'He’s gotta do it. He doesn’t have a choice,' Giuliani responded. 'Under the criminal law, everyone should be treated the same. ... As far as the criminal law is concerned, the President is a citizen.'"
Officials in Brazil blame lack of funding for a huge fire that has ravaged the country's National Museum last night, BBC reports:
"There had been complaints about the dilapidated state of the museum":
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"One of the big winners from President Trump’s push for a new military service called 'space force' may be one of his least favorite places — California," the L.A. Times' David Cloud and Samantha Masunaga report:
"A Myanmar judge [today] found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress toward democracy in the Southeast Asian country," Reuters' Shoon Naing and Aye Min Thant report from Yangon:
"The reporters had told the court two police officials handed them papers at a restaurant in ... Yangon moments before other officers arrested them."
"West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants," AP reports from Grant Town, W.Va.
"Nationally, the EPA says, 350 to 1,500 more people would die each year under Trump's plan."
WPP has chosen company veteran Mark Read as the new CEO of the world’s largest ad firm, following the departure of founder Martin Sorrell, The Wall Street Journal's Nick Kostov reports (subscription):
"He’s worked at the same pancake house for 54 years — and still makes minimum wage," by Chicago Tribune's Christopher Borrelli:
"He had never left, never graduated to serving tables, never became a manager or a chef — he says he never asked to do anything else. So, he had stayed a busboy, for 54 years. The title had evolved since 1964; he was now a 'busser.'
Read about his commute: two hours, each way.
Thanks for sharing some holiday time with us — excited for the historic fall ahead.