Congressional Democrats request augmenting vigour on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign
Acosta, in his former purpose as a U.S. profession in Florida, sealed on to a 2008 defence understanding for Jeffrey Epstein; Doug McKelway reports from Washington.
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On a roster: Labor secretary in hazard over pedophile defence understanding – Time Out: R.I.P., Ross Perot – Steyer readies $100 million intrusion of Dem margin – McConnell gets challenger – Just your customary snake-carjacking-pole-vault story
LABOR SECRETARY IN PERIL OVER PEDOPHILE PLEA DEAL
Politico: “White House officials are closely examination a coverage of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s past impasse as a prosecutor in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s defence understanding in 2008, endangered that a new detonate of disastrous broadside could mistreat him over repair… ‘The subsequent 72 hours are vicious for Acosta,’ pronounced a former Trump adviser, who stays tighten to a White House. ‘This is a staid matter for people in a White House … yet it’s customarily a response that kills you.’ … Trump isn‘t approaching to glow Acosta unless he stays a consistent in a news, streamer to some-more snub by those who cruise Epstein, a billionaire who depends Trump and former President Bill Clinton as friends, was given a kindly judgment for his crimes. Some people have called for his resignation, yet many Democrats and their allies, including a AFL-CIO, have stayed comparatively still given they see Acosta’s temperate proceed to deregulation as tolerable.”
Acosta defends – The Hill: “Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Tuesday shielded a 2008 non-prosecution agreement with billionaire banker Jeffrey Epstein, that he helped broker, yet concurred new sex-crimes charges could ‘more wholly move him to justice.’ ‘The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and we am gratified that NY prosecutors are relocating brazen with a box formed on new evidence,’ Acosta wrote in a fibre of tweets. ‘Now that new justification and additional testimony is available, a NY charge offers an critical event to some-more wholly move him to justice.’”
Wasn’t in good figure before – Bloomberg: “Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s station in a Trump administration was in hazard even before a complaint of Jeffrey Epstein expel a uninformed spotlight on a former prosecutor’s purpose in a decade-old defence understanding for a financier, according to several people informed with a matter. Corporate lobbyists and some White House officials have grown undone that Acosta hasn’t changed quick adequate on deregulation and other business-friendly initiatives, a people said. No preference has been done on Acosta’s destiny in a administration, they added, yet dual people pronounced that his time is short.”
Barr recuses – Fox News: “Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday he has recused himself from a high-profile box opposite banker and purebred sex delinquent Jeffrey Epstein, citing his past authorised work. Barr, during a revisit to South Carolina on Monday, was asked possibly he designed to get concerned in a Epstein case… ‘I’m recused from that matter given one of a law firms that represented Epstein prolonged ago was a organisation we subsequently assimilated for a generation of time,’ Barr told reporters. Barr assimilated a law organisation Kirkland Ellis in 2009, that had represented Epstein during a apart box opposite him in 2008.”
White House: Trump hasn’t seen Epstein for during slightest 10 years – AP: “A tip confidant to President Donald Trump says Trump hasn’t oral to or had any hit with billionaire banker Jeffrey Epstein in ‘years and years and years.’ White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Trump told her on Tuesday that he hasn’t oral with or seen Epstein in 10 or 15 years. Conway adds that, like everybody else, a Republican boss sees a sex trafficking charges opposite Epstein as ‘completely excessive and apparently criminal. Disgusting.’ Trump told New York repository in 2002 that he’d famous Epstein for 15 years and that Epstein was a ‘terrific guy’ and ‘a lot of fun to be with.’ Federal prosecutors contend Epstein paid underage girls for massages and afterwards molested them during his homes in Florida and New York.”
Bill Clinton tries to lowball his travels with pedophile – Daily Beast: “Former President Bill Clinton said Monday he knew zero about Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘terrible crimes’ and attempted to downplay a time he spent on a billionaire’s private plane. In a matter expelled hours after Epstein was arraigned on a sex-trafficking indictment, Clinton pronounced he took ‘a sum of 4 trips’ with a banker in 2002 and 2003—to Europe, Asia and Africa. It’s not transparent how many flights were concerned in any outing or how that series would block with moody logs that reportedly uncover Clinton on 26 flights on Epstein’s craft between 2001 and 2003. Gawker reported in 2015 that a logs also seem to uncover Clinton on a 2002 domestic moody between Miami and Westchester County, with Epstein also on board.”
THE RULEBOOK: QUALITY COUNTS
“If, according to a eminent precept, it be official to accept good recommendation even from an enemy, shall we set a degrading instance of refusing such recommendation even when it is offering by a friends? The advantageous inquiry, in all cases, ought positively to be, not so many FROM WHOM a recommendation comes, as possibly a recommendation be GOOD.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 40
TIME OUT: R.I.P., ROSS PEROT
NYT: “Ross Perot, a wiry Texas gadfly who done a happening in mechanism services, vacant a republic with weird paramilitary missions to Vietnam and Iran and ran for boss in 1992 and 1996 with populist pronounce of restoring Norman Rockwell’s America, died on Tuesday during his home in Dallas. He was 89. The means was leukemia, a family spokesman, James Fuller, said. They called him a male from Texarkana, yet he unequivocally came out of an epoch … when boys had paper routes, folks tuned in to a radio and patriots rolled adult their sleeves for Uncle Sam and built innovative companies and a absolute nation. … He was no quitter: an Eagle Scout, a Navy officer out of Annapolis, a tip I.B.M. salesman, a owner of extravagantly successful information guess enterprises, a crusader for preparation and opposite drugs, a billionaire philanthropist.”
[Listen to Chris’ speak with Tucker Carlson, who lonesome Perot on a debate trail, on a billionaire’s life and domestic bequest – Fox News]
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Trump pursuit performance
Average approval: 43.6 percent
Average disapproval: 51 percent
Net Score: -7.4 points
Change from one week ago: no change
[Average includes: ABC News/WaPo: 47% approve – 50% disapprove; CNN: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; Gallup: 41% approve – 54% disapprove; IBD: 43% approve – 49% disapprove; Monmouth University: 42% approve – 51% disapprove.]
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STEYER READIES $100 MILLION DISRUPTION OF DEM FIELD
NYT: “Tom Steyer, a former sidestep account financier incited impeachment activist, announced on Tuesday that he would plea President Trump in 2020, reversing a prior decision not to enter a race. In a video announcing his campaign, Mr. Steyer positioned himself as a populist outsider, vituperation opposite corporate interests that he described as holding too many lean over a domestic system. … Included in a video were images of group who, Mr. Steyer seemed to imply, represented a excesses of crime and greed, including Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s jailed former adviser; Bernard Madoff, a scandalous Ponzi schemer; and Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who was indicted this week on charges of sex trafficking. … Yet his candidacy now remade a financial figure of a primary. Alberto Lammers, a orator for his campaign, pronounced Mr. Steyer designed to spend ‘at slightest $100 million’ on a race.”
Iowa, Nevada to launch congress by phone for 2020 – AP: “Democrats in a early presidential competition states of Iowa and Nevada will be means to expel their votes over a write instead of display adult during their states’ normal area congress meetings subsequent February, according to skeleton denounced by a state parties. The tele-caucus systems, a outcome of a charge from a Democratic National Committee, are directed during opening a local-level domestic gatherings to some-more people, generally dusk shift-workers and people with disabilities, whom critics of a caucuses have prolonged pronounced are blocked from a process. The changes are approaching to boost voter coming opposite a board, presenting a new event for a Democratic Party’s 2020 possibilities to expostulate adult support in a essential early voting states. ‘This is a no-excuse option’ for participation, said Shelby Wiltz, a Nevada Democrats’ congress director. Party officials don’t have an guess of how many electorate will take advantage of a call-in option. But in Iowa, some new polls uncover as many as 20% of Democrats will attend virtually.”
Warren tries to kick a Beltway – Politico: “When Elizabeth Warren said progressing this year she was irreverence off fundraisers, many Democratic strategists saw it as a pointer of recklessness from a flailing candidate. But that play opposite required knowledge — that is profitable off handsomely, given a $19.1 million she lifted in a second entertain — is distant from a customarily proceed Warren is defying a normal playbook for using a complicated presidential campaign. The debate has left though an outward polling firm, and says it has no skeleton to sinecure one, even yet it is customary handling procession for many critical candidates. Instead of primarily stockpiling resources for a home-stretch TV ad blitz, she’s amassed a payroll of 300-plus staffers in a early months of a campaign… Taken together, Warren’s proceed is a reprove of a consultant-heavy indication of campaigns… If carried out for a duration, a moves would emanate a many strong in-house media prolongation and shopping group in new presidential politics.”
Gillibrand has an ad – Fox News: “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accuses President Trump of damaged promises in a initial TV blurb of her Democratic presidential bid. Behind in a polls, a senator from New York’s debate on Tuesday announced what they touted as a ‘first anti-Trump radio conflict ad of a 2020 presidential cycle.’ Gillibrand aides pronounced that a 30-second spot, patrician ‘I Promise,’ will run on wire TV and digital this week in a media markets in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio; and Detroit, Lansing and Flint, Mich. Those media markets counterpart a debate train debate Gillibrand will make on Thursday and Friday by a 3 Rust Belt states. … The blurb highlights what Gillibrand calls Trump’s damaged promises on restoring production jobs, obscure medication drug prices and building adult a nation’s infrastructure.”
MCCONNELL GETS CHALLENGER
Louisville Courier Journal: “Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath is suiting adult to enter a 2020 U.S. Senate competition opposite Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The former Marine warrior commander finished months of conjecture over possibly she would make a run for one of a Bluegrass State’s tip seats in Washington, creation a proclamation with a video posted to YouTube early Tuesday morning brazen of an coming on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In a video, McGrath says she wrote to McConnell when she was 13 revelation him she wanted to fly quarrel jets and quarrel for a U.S. when she was an adult. ‘He never wrote back,’ she says in a video. ‘I’m Amy McGrath, and I’ve mostly wondered, how many other people did Mitch McConnell never take a time to write behind or even cruise about?’ McGrath’s name has been bounced around as a probable contender for a Democratic assignment given her unsuccessful 2018 try to hit off Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.”
Republicans pull Pompeo to solve their Kansas woes – Politico: “Kris Kobach, a polarizing former Kansas secretary of state, launched a debate for Senate on Monday — shocking Republicans who fear his candidacy could put a GOP-held open chair in danger subsequent fall. Kobach is a third Republican to announce a run for a chair hold by Sen. Pat Roberts, who is not seeking reelection subsequent year. Kobach customarily mislaid a statewide competition — a 2018 competition for administrator to Democrat Laura Kelly — and some Republicans worry that a differently protected Kansas chair could spin rival if Kobach emerges from a GOP primary, that could endanger a party’s Senate majority. Republican leaders’ elite claimant is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman and pivotal fan to President Donald Trump. … If Pompeo doesn’t run, a swarming margin of possibilities is likely…”
Team MAGA tries to frustrate tip GOP womanlike partisan in runoff competition now – Roll Call: “Voters in eastern North Carolina are streamer to a polls [today] for a low-profile special selecting with a lot during stake. Regardless of who wins a Republican primary runoff, a 3rd District chair before hold by a late Rep. Walter B. Jones will roughly positively sojourn in GOP hands after a special ubiquitous selecting on Sept. 10. … State Rep. Greg Murphy, a urological surgeon, has a subsidy of a domestic arm of a tough regressive House Freedom Caucus. The group’s stream chairman, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, and a former chairman, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, have both campaigned for him in a district. But all 13 Republican women in a House, including a sole female member of a Freedom Caucus, have sided with pediatrician Joan Perry, who represents a House GOP’s best possibility of adding another lady to a conference.”
Trump debate dives into dogfight over Pennsylvania GOP leadership – Politico
Dems prepared subpoenas prepared for Kushner, Lewandowski, Kelly and other tip Trumpworld figures – Washington Times
Barr to try again on Census citizenship question – AP
AUDIBLE: *GRIMACE EMOJI*
“You are who?” – A enthusiast during a drink gymnasium and distillery in West Des Moines, Iowa asked former Gov. John Hickenlooper per the WaPo.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
“I am a 26 year aged polite operative now vital in a best city in a country, Pittsburgh, yet we was innate and lifted in Johnstown, PA. we have been afforded a payoff of removing supposed to grad propagandize during Duke for a arriving fall. The passion with that we pronounce about West Virginia desirous me to make a expostulate from Pittsburgh to Durham several times instead of flying. we can demonstrate that a landscape of a WV plateau is truly remarkable! Everybody should cruise creation a outing to New River Gorge. we honestly conclude a discernment we move to a domestic contention and demeanour brazen to a I’ll Tell You What podcast any week! Also, we found Every Man a King a unequivocally beguiling review and it has been upheld around my whole office. My question/suggestion: Have we ever deliberate possibly essay a book or formulating a podcast about a initial fathers?” – Nicholas McCombie, Pittsburgh, Pa.
[Ed. note: That was so good of we to contend that I’m going to forget wholly that you’re a Dukie (I customarily wish we didn’t go to Pitt, too)! I’m so blissful we enjoyed “Almost Heaven.” we am so unapproachable of my state and wish some-more Americans could see a existence and not customarily politicians and reporters looking for ways to feat a tellurian wretchedness of a lowest and many exposed of my associate Mountaineers. There’s got to be a balance. I’m mulling my subsequent book plan and have nosed around a few topics. It substantially won’t be a biography, though… I’m intrigued with your thought about a Founding Fathers podcast. we competence have to take it adult with his eminence Jason Bonewald. #content]
“I’d like to know how a Dems can consistently flout Pres. Trump’s limit policies and supervision warnings of an imminent (and now existing) predicament during a border, afterwards spin around and unexpected (the stickler word is ‘suddenly’) announce we have a charitable limit crisis… and afterwards not opinion for appropriation to solve that crisis. we collect a Dems here as a many new example, yet we trust a Republicans follow a identical Playbook on occasion. How can these folks play this form of diversion with these genuine issues? Who, in their right mind, would elect and afterwards re-elect folks with this mindset? It is no consternation that concede and genuine ruling are now cramped to a rubbish heap.” – Rick Randell, Bradenton, Fla.
[Ed. note: There are a lot of good things to contend about a two-party system, yet there are some flattering awful things, too. In this epoch of baleful pronouncements from both sides about a dangers of a other side, there’s small inducement for leaders to compromise. We pronounce a good understanding about what is indispensable to correct a damaged domestic system. we increasingly cruise that a answer lies in relocating divided from primary elections for selecting celebration candidates.]
“I was astounded to see a Hamilton quote per expenditure taxes. As a prolonged time FairTax advocate, we insincere it was a comparatively new idea. we would also indicate out that Andrew Yang’s offer to give everybody $1,000 per month is along a lines of a FairTax (if not Hamilton). In effect, these forms of proposals (Yang and FairTax) would discharge all or many taxes on simple needs (food, shelter) by ‘prebating’ an volume representing a taxation apportionment of a cost of simple needs. we would be meddlesome to hear your views on a FairTax.” – Pat Conroy, West Lake Hills, Texas
[Ed. note: Income taxes are a comparatively new thought compared to expenditure taxes. The initial kinds of taxation were income taxes in a sense. You had to give certain shares of what we lifted or grew to your rulers, temporal and spiritual. As we changed divided from such taxes, taxes on consumption, including tariffs, came unequivocally many into favor. We didn’t get to a thought of an income taxation unequivocally until renouned view demanded supervision expenditures over what expenditure taxes could reliably deliver. As for my views, Mr. Conroy, we would customarily contend that opinions are oppulance items. we try not to have some-more than we can afford!]
“Your essay stated: ‘As president, Monroe upheld abolition, yet he deferential adult to 250 people in his lifetime.’ we cruise that could have been settled with a lot some-more accuracy. we cruise it rather approaching that he purchased people who had ALREADY been deferential (usually in Africa) rather than going there or anywhere else and enslaving them himself. Remember, ‘enslaving’ is an movement noun definition to place into slavery. It doesn’t meant to keep in slavery.” – Dave Jeffries, Rapid City, S.D.
[Ed. note: we hear you, yet we cruise you’re rupturing it flattering thin, Mr. Jeffries. While it would have been some-more accurate to contend that Monroe “kept enslaved” those tellurian beings rather than holding them serf himself, I’m not going to oppose too many with a author of the excellent piece you’re referring to. She addresses some-more engaging questions about a inlet of family and temperament for a descendants of slaves. It’s a courteous and nuanced story about those descendants, yet unequivocally small about Monroe. His possess story on a emanate of labour is fascinating and too-little told itself. Monroe generally gets brief shrift given of unavoidable comparisons to his associate Virginian founders, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, yet unequivocally was a good boss in his possess right. (UVA’s short biography is a good place to start for anyone looking for a fuller picture.) But his position on labour – a slave-owning abolitionist who sealed a Missouri concede into law – reflects a awful complexities of his time. In many ways, Monroe presaged a dilemma Abraham Lincoln would face 41 years later. Would it be Union and labour or cut and abolition? In a ongoing bid to know a changeable arguments around America’s strange sin, Monroe is a smashing place to start.]
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JUST YOUR TYPICAL SNAKE-CARJACKING-POLE-VAULT STORY
AP: “Police contend a lady stole a car after throwing a nonpoisonous lizard during a driver, afterwards crashed by barricades set adult for a stick vaulting muster in a South Carolina city. In a news release, Greenville Police identified a think as 29-year-old Hilmary Moreno-Berrios. They she was harm in Friday’s crash, and expelled from a sanatorium on Monday. Authorities contend Moreno-Berrios demanded a woman’s keys and threw a live, black lizard during her. They contend she afterwards gathering a stolen SUV with a lizard still in it into barriers set adult for a Liberty Bridge Jump-Off. Moreno-Berrios is charged with carjacking, antagonistic repairs to skill and 5 trade violations. It wasn’t famous if she had a lawyer. Police contend a lizard was expelled in circuitously woods.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“There are wars of choice, and there are wars of necessity. Wars of choice – Vietnam, Kosovo, even a Gulf War – are fought for reasons of principle, ideology, geopolitics or infrequently pristine humanitarianism. Passivity competence cost us in a prolonged run. But we do not have to go to war. A fight of prerequisite is a life-or-death onslaught in that a reserve and confidence of a homeland are during stake. The fight on terrorism is such a war.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing for Time repository on Oct. 28, 2001.
Chris Stirewalt is a politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox any day? Sign up here.