Morning Digestion – 11-6-19: SONDLAND REVERSES TESTIMONY: YEAH I TOLD UKRAINE IT WAS A QUID PRO QUO. OK, BUT DID TRUMP?

Democrats now throwing around the word “extortion” to describe Trump/Ukraine. Mostly based on Ambassador Sondland’s “revised” testimony.

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IMPEACHMENT:Gordon Sondland flips, “revises” testimony, says was quid pro quo.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/impeachment-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
He’s worried about lying to Congress charge, like Roger Stone.MQ: Mr. Sondland’s disclosure appeared intended to insulate him from accusations that he intentionally misled Congress during his earlier testimony, in which he frequently said he could not recall key details and events under scrutiny by impeachment investigators.
Repubs on Sondland reversal: Who cares?https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/05/republicans-sondland-senate-066221
MQ: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump will probably be acquitted by the Senate in any impeachment trial. While each deposition seems to bring Trump ever closer to being impeached by the House, much of his Senate jury is tuning it out, according to interviews with more than a dozen GOP senators. It’s a sign that there may be almost nothing Democrats can unearth in their impeachment inquiry that will move many GOP senators to support Trump’s removal from office.
House subpoenas Mick Mulvaneyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/impeachment-mulvaney.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
After this “get over it”, it figures.
Senate Repubs consider including Biden’s in impeachment trialhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-republicans-consider-including-bidens-in-trump-impeachment-trial/2019/11/06/bde22272-fff3-11e9-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html
MQ: Among a group of Trump’s allies inside and outside Congress, there is intense and growing interest in countering the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry with their own scrutiny of Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings in Ukraine and China. Because his father was vice president at the time, these allies believe it could be a way of explaining why Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to “look into” the Bidens, who have denied any wrongdoing.
WP says Trump’s defense coming unraveled as his diplomats testify.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-makes-falsehoods-central-to-impeachment-defense-as-incriminating-evidence-mounts/2019/11/05/a1fbc382-ffd6-11e9-9518-1e76abc088b6_story.html
MQ: Without evidence, Trump has claimed that his own administration officials who have complied with congressional subpoenas are “Never Trumpers.” He has recounted conversations in which senators deemed him “innocent,” only to have the lawmakers deny making the statements. He has dismissed polls that show growing support for impeachment as “fake,” while repeatedly claiming levels of Republican support that exceed anything that exists in public polling.
State Dept’s #3 set to testify today about firing Yovanovichhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/state-department-official-to-testify-in-impeachment-probe-11573038000?mod=hp_lead_pos4
not really a MQ, but a rundown of who has been called and won’t show. Rick Perry et al.
TRUMP:SCOTUS may have to face case of prosecutor demanding Trump’s taxes.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/trump-tax-returns-supreme-court.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: “We note that the past six presidents, dating back to President Carter, all voluntarily released their tax returns to the public,” Judge Katzmann wrote. “While we do not place dispositive weight on this fact, it reinforces our conclusion that the disclosure of personal financial information, standing alone, is unlikely to impair the president in performing the duties of his office.”
Kentucky outcome embarrasses Trump. Worries Repubs.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kentucky-outcome-embarrasses-trump-and-worries-many-republicans-ahead-of-2020/2019/11/06/e6dac50c-0049-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html
Bevin lost by 5k votes. Recount coming. Trump was just there for a rally.
News Orgs know the WB’s name. They won’t say it. And they admit they know.https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/news-organizations-resist-trumps-pressure-to-release-whistleblowers-name/2019/11/05/b6bfebb4-ffee-11e9-9518-1e76abc088b6_story.html
MQ: One online publication, Real Clear Investigations, offered a lengthy, if unconfirmed, account about the whistleblower’s identity last week. But its reporting was largely ignored. Outside of a few conservative news sources such as RedState.com and Breitbart and personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, the story didn’t get much traction. Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti said The Post wasn’t naming an individual because it “has long respected the right of whistleblowers to report wrongdoing in confidence, which protects them against retaliation.”
DOJ trying to finish its report on the launch of the Russia investigation by Thanksgiving.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/justice-dept-trying-to-finish-report-on-russia-probe-before-thanksgiving/2019/11/05/b28e5b78-0018-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html

His businesses are in decline.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/who-built-this-beautiful-place-despite-trumps-visits-to-his-properties-some-of-his-businesses-show-new-signs-of-financial-decline/2019/11/05/819869cc-f691-11e9-8cf0-4cc99f74d127_story.html
MQ: It was another presidential trip that brought Trump private benefits. The hotel was paid about $100,000 for the lunch, according to a Republican official who helped coordinate it.

Trump’s presence also gave a boost to a property that, like some of his others, is suffering from financial decline. Profits fell 89 percent from 2015 to 2018, from $16.7 million to $1.8 million, according to documents filed with Cook County, Ill. Trump’s hotel struggled even as other Chicago hotels held steady or thrived.
POLITICS:Lib Bill Galston says Warren’s Health Care plan is the longest suicide note in politics.https://www.wsj.com/articles/elizabeth-warrens-health-care-hara-kiri-11572997998?mod=hp_opin_pos_2
MQ: Ms. Warren insists that if Democrats are willing to put up a fight, they can get Medicare for All done. As I recall, the Light Brigade was full of fight, but its charge into enemy lines still yielded an epic catastrophe. Ms. Warren should be commended for the wealth of detail in her plan, which allows voters to judge it for themselves. This said, she may well have penned the longest suicide note in recorded history. There’s no reason for the entire Democratic Party to sign it.
Democrats win big in Virginia.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/us/politics/ky-va-ms-elections-recap.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
Honestly this is not a surprise. MQ: In Virginia, where Mr. Northam and two other statewide Democrats were pressured to resign following a series of scandals earlier this year, the party overcame its own self-inflicted challenges by harnessing voter antipathy toward Mr. Trump to win a series of seats. For the first time since 1993, Democrats control both chambers in the legislature and the governor’s office — allowing them to redraw the state’s legislative boundaries after next year’s census.
New reality for Repubs in Va. No shit. They lost everything.https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/republicans-wake-to-a-blue-virginia/2019/11/06/241923dc-0004-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html

Now the left hates the Nationals because several were public Trump supporters.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-uniting-washington-on-the-field-the-nationals-become-latest-proxy-for-nations-sharp-divisions-in-trump-era/2019/11/05/da52421a-ffd6-11e9-9518-1e76abc088b6_story.html
MQ: Zimmerman was the target of an anonymous editor angered by the ballplayer’s praise of President Trump at a White House ceremony earlier in the day, catcher Kurt Suzuki got it worse. Bill Palmer, a liberal political analyst, tweeted that the Hawaii native should be “banned from baseball” for donning a red “Make America Great Again” hat that Palmer called “a form of racist hate speech and an implicit threat of violence.”

TECH:Uber’s lockup expires tonight. Probably no rush to sell because stock has tanked.https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Uber-IPO-stock-lockup-expires-Wednesday-but-no-14811816.php AWWW POOR BABIES.
MQ: Tepid quarterly results reported on Monday sent the stock to an all-time low on Tuesday — although the $1.16 billion loss on revenue of $3.81 billion was better than analysts had expected. Uber closed at $28.02 Tuesday, down 9.85% for the day, and down 37.7% compared to its IPO price of $45.
Tech giants pledge billions for house. But will it help?https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/business/economy/california-housing-apple.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: the biggest question is the one California has long wrestled with: how to get much-needed housing built when local governments and homeowners do everything they can to prevent it.
Airbnb defeated in Jersey City. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/nyregion/airbnb-jersey-city-vote.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage
Big deal because it’s so close to NYC.

SJW:Harvard traces origins to Antiguan slave owner. The country wants reparations.https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/11/06/harvard-law-school-antigua-barbados-reparations/
MQ: In an urgently worded letter recently sent to Harvard, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne demanded that the university pay his country reparations “for the gains Harvard enjoyed at the expense” of Antiguan slaves.

That plantation owner was Isaac Royall Jr. — the wealthy benefactor of Harvard’s very first law professorship in 1815, whose name is still attached to Harvard’s distinguished Royall Professor of Law position today.

CALIFORNIA:250 tons of debris pulled from Oakland homeless camphttps://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/philmatier/article/250-tons-of-debris-pulled-from-Oakland-homeless-14812171.php

They’re woke: MissionDolores was torture chamber. No sainthood for Sera.https://www.sfchronicle.com/chronicle_vault/article/Mission-Dolores-dark-legacy-for-Indians-From-14785648.php

The October fire hell month is over but it will come back again.https://www.sfgate.com/weather/article/will-pge-turn-off-power-again-california-wildfires-14808021.php
MQ:  “Both the weather components and the non-weather components … I think we can agree that every single one of them is trending in a direction that will make events like this more likely in the future,” says Alison Bridger, a climate scientist and professor at San Jose State University.
WTF:Massacre ambush of americans in mexico show how helpless the government is.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/05/world/americas/mexico-mormons-killed.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Russians gobbled up American University.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/arts/american-university-russian-influence.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

The Mormon massacre in Mexico probably cartel mix up. Suspect in custody.https://nypost.com/2019/11/06/suspect-arrested-in-massacre-of-mormons-in-mexico-cartel-shootout/

Harry Shearer sues the shit out of universal music group and winshttps://nypost.com/2019/11/05/this-is-spinal-tap-creators-umg-strike-deal-on-soundtrack-rights/

Axios…what the hell?https://www.axios.com/rising-seas-global-warming-locked-in-7593594c-34d3-4d1d-a367-b60ddb1ccb24.html

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