Morning Digestion – 11-8-19: NYT ENRAGED BARR DEFENDED TRUMP, NOW ALARMED BARR ISN’T DEFENDING TRUMP. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, GUYS.

Atty Gen Bill Barr defended Trump on the Mueller probe. Now he’s silent about Zelensky call. Media can’t make up its mind which it wants.

listlinksand MQ’s

IMPEACHMENT:Trump and Barr split? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/us/politics/trump-william-barr.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
mq: Rather than publicly join the fight against House Democrats pursuing the president, Mr. Barr has remained out of the fray, resisting requests by intermediaries from Mr. Trump to go before the cameras to say no crime had been committed. While Mr. Barr exonerated the president in the spring at the end of the Russia investigation, he has been more reticent in the current matter.
Repubs offer falls guys to protect Trump. Like Rudy.https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-gop-looks-to-protect-trump-by-raising-doubts-about-motives-of-his-deputies/2019/11/07/aaa14efa-0173-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html
MQ: The suggestion that Sondland, Giuliani and possibly Mulvaney made demands of Ukrainians without Trump’s explicit blessing has emerged among several theories that Republicans have offered in Trump’s defense, as witnesses testify that they believed Ukraine was being squeezed.
Another diplo was alarmed that he discovered Trump was actually the boss.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/us/politics/trump-impeachment-hearings.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
mq:That would suggest that Mr. Trump had politics in mind — not just a broader interest in Ukraine’s anticorruption agenda, as his defenders have insisted — when he pressed Mr. Zelensky to take action. But Mr. Kent acknowledged during his testimony that his account of the conversation was not firsthand, and other witnesses have not mentioned it.
House Freedom caucus emerges as Trump’s main defenderhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/house-freedom-caucus-emerges-as-trumps-main-defender-11573214400?mod=hp_lead_pos6

Dems subpoena Mulvaney to appear today. He’s a no show.https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/impeachment-inquiry-11-08-2019/index.html

TRUMPAnonymous author makes case against re election.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/books/review/a-warning-anonymous-book-review-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepagemq:Attempts by the “adults in the room” to impose some discipline on a frenzied (or nonexistent) decision-making process in the White House were “just a wet Band-Aid that wouldn’t hold together a gaping wound,” Anonymous writes. The members of the “Steady State” (the term “Deep State” clearly stings) have done everything they can, to no avail. Anonymous is passing the baton to “voters and their elected representatives” — only now the baton is a flaming stick of dynamite.
Anonymous says Trump is cruel. And inept. And dangerous.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/book-by-anonymous-describes-trump-as-cruel-inept-and-a-danger-to-the-nation/2019/11/07/b6b6c6f2-0150-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html
MQ: “I have decided to publish this anonymously because this debate is not about me,” the author writes. “It is about us. It is about how we want the presidency to reflect our country, and that is where the discussion should center. Some will call this ‘cowardice.’ My feelings are not hurt by the accusation. Nor am I unprepared to attach my name to criticism of President Trump. I may do so, in due course.”
Should I even bother telling you about DonJr on The View?https://pagesix.com/2019/11/07/inside-donald-trump-jr-s-wild-appearance-on-the-view/?_ga=2.206987089.393423724.1572963857-1532260336.1569418806
MQ: Things got even more out of hand once the taping began, when co-host Whoopi Goldberg lectured the crowd during a commercial break to stop booing Trump’s comments, sources said.
Politico asks “Who will betray Trump?”https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/11/08/trump-impeachment-republicans-congress-229904

POLITICS:Bloomberg preparing to jump in.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-president-2020.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could cause a seismic disruption in the Democratic race. With his immense personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present an instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been struggling to raise money and is already defending his ideologically moderate base on multiple fronts.
Mike will spend whatever it takes.https://www.axios.com/michael-bloomberg-2020-presidential-race-decision-8d6f720f-5b7e-467f-abca-2d64a81bfab3.html

Yeah,he’s a billionaire, you know. and old.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2019/11/08/the-finance-202-michael-bloomberg-s-potential-bid-sharpens-debate-over-wealth-and-inequality/5dc4952788e0fa10ffd20cf4/

Hey the whole bunch of them is old. So old they’re not even boomers.https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/can-we-talk-about-the-senior-citizens-running-for-president-and-how-they-try-to-look-younger/2019/11/06/d18850e8-f4ff-11e9-a285-882a8e386a96_story.html

Sessions wants his Senate seat back. Trump is against.https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/07/jeff-sessions-senate-alabama-000323

Dem/Left condescension to ordinary voters will re elect Trumphttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/opinion/warren-biden-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
mq: Ordinary voter voting for Trump “Why? One reason is what she hears from the other side. Many Democrats, she says, are dismissive of her religious beliefs and condescending of her lot in life. She’s turned off by the virtue-signaling know-it-alls.”
Dems in battleground states prefer a moderate.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/us/politics/democrats-poll-moderates-battleground.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

The billionaire’s are getting nervous. NYT ed board cheers on the fortune grabbershttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/opinion/bill-gates-warren-tax.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Editorials
MQ: You got it, we want it. “The federal government needs a lot more money. Decades of episodic tax cuts have left the government deeply in debt: The Treasury is on pace to borrow more than $1 trillion during the current fiscal year to meet its obligations. The government will need still more money for critical investments in infrastructure, education and the social safety net.”

SJW:

TECH:Car seats in Italy have alarms so kids won’t be forgotten.https://nypost.com/2019/11/07/italy-requires-car-seats-to-have-alarms-so-kids-arent-forgotten/

WTF:Mormon massacre shows no one is safehttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/world/americas/mexico-mormon-massacre.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

Should they get out?https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/after-the-massacre-a-new-reckoning-should-the-american-mormons-of-la-mora-remain-in-mexico/2019/11/07/998ec2ce-01c7-11ea-8341-cc3dce52e7de_story.html

Hostile architecture now an issue in NYChttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/nyregion/hostile-architecture-nyc.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage
mq: hostile architecture, in New York and other cities, has increasingly drawn a backlash from critics who say that such measures are unnecessary and disproportionately target vulnerable populations. They have assailed what they call “anti-homeless spikes” for targeting those who have nowhere else to go at a time when many cities are grappling with a homelessness crisis.
Who wants to live in California and put up with all this crap?https://www.wsj.com/articles/blackouts-fires-high-gas-prices-who-wants-to-live-in-california-today-11573209000?mod=hp_lead_pos5
MQ:Long known as the home of easy living, with its beaches and year-round sunshine, California is increasingly seen as a perilous and unlivable place where the government and corporate institutions can’t reliably offer basic services.

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