Trump says he discussed a mutual defense treaty with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump’s call comes only three days before Israel’s election. Netanyahu faces a tough re-election bid after a more than 13-year tenure as Israel’s prime minister.

KEY POINTS
  • President Trump’s call comes just three days before Israel’s election. Netanyahu faces a tough re-election bid after a more than 13-year tenure as Israel’s prime minister.
  • The right-wing leader has promised that if re-elected, he would extend Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements and up to a third of the occupied West Bank.
  • The controversial move would encircle the 2.5 million Palestinians living there and make a two-state solution more difficult.

Source: Trump says he discussed a mutual defense treaty with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Who won the Democratic debate? – CNN

CNN Opinion curates commentary on Thursday’s Democratic primary debate.

With each debate, former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance has improved. He handled the predictable incoming questions much better than past debates with greater passion and authenticity. Biden finally began to remind voters of his experience and accomplishments, not only as a senator, but as vice president, proudly serving at the side of the Democrats’ most popular living president. No one else in this race has that resume.

Going forward, Biden needs to continue to focus on his proven ability to get things done, his readiness to lead on day one and his ability to restore normalcy to the presidency. He may have flubbed a few answers, but I attribute that more to the debate format than his competency. The bigger picture is what matters — not nitpicking at inconsequential gaffes.

When he’s speaking from the heart, rather than as a policy wonk, Biden thrives. His final answer of the evening about personal setbacks was a perfect example. Biden was relaxed, empathetic, personally raw and relatable. Biden’s campaign needs to put him in more situations that showcase these attributes. There’s a reason the former vice president is the frontrunner and his camp must capitalize on those assets. The country is crying out for decency, stability and respectability to once again occupy the Oval Office.

Source: Who won the Democratic debate? – CNN

Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeaching Donald Trump? – Bloomberg

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are planning a step Thursday to make their de facto impeachment inquiry into something more formal. They’re doing it, however, in what Greg Sargent describes as a “muddle.” He has it right: This isn’t a messaging failure as much as it is a substantive one.

The basic problem is that House Democrats can’t seem to agree on where their impeachment effort stands. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says that “formal impeachment proceedings” are underway. Others, including in the House leadership, have expressed much more ambiguous views of what’s happening.

Source: Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeaching Donald Trump? – Bloomberg

For Pa. Parole Board Chief, helping others gain clemency is a personal mission – Pittsburgh Current

With the eagerly anticipated Clean Slate law soon to go into effect, Pa. Reps Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley said it was time for a crash-course in the different paths to pardons the commonwealth has to offer.

In that vein, elected officials, residents, and an assortment of experts gathered Sept. 5 at the Hosanna House in the heart of Wilkinsburg to learn the ins and outs of obtaining a clear record.

Under the state’s Clean Slate Law, after 10 years the criminal records of those convicted or found not guilty of non-violent offenses will be automatically sealed, barring any further brushes with the law. However, for others with convictions on record, problems can persist. For some people, this means difficulty in gaining employment or even being able to find housing.

Source: For Pa. Parole Board Chief, helping others gain clemency is a personal mission – Pittsburgh Current

Texas gun laws: Governor Greg Abbott issues 8 executive orders after El Paso and Odessa-Midland shootings – CBS News

The orders aim to stop potential mass shooters through strengthening reporting techniques

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued eight executive orders Thursday that aim to stop potential mass shooters by strengthening reporting techniques, although he conceded in a release that “legislative action” is still needed. Abbott’s orders come as the Lone Star State reels from two mass shootings in August that left 29 people dead.

Source: Texas gun laws: Governor Greg Abbott issues 8 executive orders after El Paso and Odessa-Midland shootings – CBS News

CNN’s climate town hall: Takeaways and what it means for 2020 – CNNPolitics

CNN’s marathon town hall Wednesday night put the climate crisis closer to the center of a presidential election than ever before.

Ten Democratic candidates took to the stage as Hurricane Dorianmenaced the East Coast and at a time when the impact of a warming Earth is no longer just a vision of a catastrophic future but is increasingly visible.
At times, candidates waged a bidding war to show liberal activists their plan was the most audacious — and even expensive. But with an eye on November 2020, others warned against throwing the economy out of the window.
The contenders, who all embrace the science of climate change, offered voters an alternative to a President who views climate change as a “hoax” and slams their “dreams and windmills.”

Source: CNN’s climate town hall: Takeaways and what it means for 2020 – CNNPolitics

Texas Rep. Flores says he won’t seek reelection – POLITICO

His solidly Republican district includes Waco and the northern Austin suburbs and is home to two major universities.

“When I originally announced that I was running for Congress in 2009, I was firm in my commitment that I would run for six or fewer terms,” Flores, 65, announced in a statement on Wednesday. “After much prayer over the past few days and following conversations with my wife, Gina, during that time, I have decided that my current term will be my last.”

Source: Texas Rep. Flores says he won’t seek reelection – POLITICO

Another One Bites The Dust: Gillibrand Is Out

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who presented herself in the presidential race as a champion of women and families, said Wednesday that she was withdrawing from the Democratic primary after failing to qualify for a third debate next month — a development she described as fatal to her candidacy.

Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but had not yet picked a favorite. Though she stopped short of saying she would endorse a woman, Ms. Gillibrand, who has made electing women to Congress a personal cause, said the next president had to be capable of uniting the country and suggested that a woman might be best suited for the job.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Ms. Gillibrand said, adding, “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

But she added: “I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”

Source: Another One Bites The Dust: Gillibrand Is Out

Taliban says near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – Reuters

Negotiations over how to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan have been held in Doha, capital of Qatar, since late last year. The ninth round of talks began last week.

“We hope to have good news soon for our Muslim, independence-seeking nation,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha.

Source: Taliban says near agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – Reuters

Attorney General Barr Books Trump’s D.C. Hotel for $30,000 Party

Last month, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr booked President Trump’s D.C. hotel for his annual holiday party—and it’s estimated to deliver Trump’s business more than $30,000 in revenue, according to a new report by The Washington Post. 

About 200 people are expected to attend Barr’s “Family Holiday Party” in the hotel’s presidential ballroom on Dec. 8, which will feature a buffet and four-hour open bar, for which Barr has already signed a contract.

A Department of Justice official said that the event was not meant to curry favor with the president, and Barr is paying for the party himself. The official added that Barr chose Trump’s hotel after finding that other hotels, including the Willard and the Mayflower, were already booked.

Source: Attorney General Barr Books Trump’s D.C. Hotel for $30,000 Party

Trump meets with Britain’s Boris Johnson, promises ‘very big trade deal’ between US, UK after Brexit | Fox News

The U.S. and Britain will work out a “very big trade deal” once the U.K. has left the European Union, President Trump said Sunday morning in France, where Trump and other leaders have gathered for the G-7 summit.

The president also praised new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit during their working breakfast on the second day of the summit.

“He needs no advice. He’s the right man for the job,” Trump said.

Source: Trump meets with Britain’s Boris Johnson, promises ‘very big trade deal’ between US, UK after Brexit | Fox News

Federal appeals court rules Colorado’s electors don’t have to vote for winner of state popular vote

 

DENVER – Colorado’s electors do not have to follow state rules and vote for the presidential candidates who received the most votes in the state, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on Tuesday.

The court’s 2-1 ruling against the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office could have major effects on future presidential elections if it stands.

The case stems from an ordeal during the 2016 election , when three of the state’s nine electors attempted to vote for John Kasich instead of Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote in Colorado that year.

Source: Federal appeals court rules Colorado’s electors don’t have to vote for winner of state popular vote