Morning Digestion – 11-14-19: “MR. TAYLOR, MR. KENT, WHERE IS THE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE IN THAT CALL?” CRICKETS.

 

The two witnesses seemed nice. Once had a very deep voice. One had a bow tie. They had nothing to pin on the President, except they didn’t like Rudy mucking around in their diplomatic business.

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IMPEACH:Got him! That call! Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/impeachment-hearings-begin-with-revelation-of-phone-call-implicating-trump-in-ukraine-scandal/2019/11/13/de8d21b8-063b-11ea-b17d-8b867891d39d_story.htmlMQ: The call, overheard by one of Taylor’s aides, puts the president more squarely in the middle of the swirling Ukraine scandal that has led Democrats to allege that the White House tried to withhold military assistance and an Oval Office meeting from Ukraine until Kyiv announced investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, as well as an unfounded theory that Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 presidential election to hurt Trump.
Libs reach for straws: Taylor aide overheard Trump on phone asking about “investigations.”https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/impeachment-hearing-day-1.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage
Paydirt? MQ:Mr. Taylor testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he learned only recently of a July telephone call overheard by one of his aides in which the president was preoccupied with Ukraine’s willingness to say it would look into Mr. Biden and work by his son Hunter Biden for a Ukrainian energy firm. Immediately afterward, Mr. Taylor said, the aide had been informed that Mr. Trump cared more about “investigations of Biden” than he did about Ukraine.
In LA Times opinion guy says swing and missihttps://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-11-13/impeachment-hearings-donald-trump-adam-schiff-ukraine?fbclid=IwAR0XFz3prH3eD1PMQ4QSYrgT5TedlRkOFgg8UVSqM4MsEp6WvkJgnTfytmA
MQ: “What I can do here for you today is tell you what I heard from people,” Taylor said at one point to the Democratic counsel, which is not exactly compelling evidence if you are trying to convince the American people that what happened is worthy of taking down a presidency. In Taylor’s defense, he said he did not appear as a witness for either side of this debate, but obviously Democrats were hoping people would view him as a witness helpful to their impeachment ambitions.
NYT admits swing miss.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/bill-taylor-impeachment-hearing.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: It was not clear that minds were changed. Certainly they were not inside the room, and most likely not elsewhere on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats were locked into their positions long ago. Nor were there any immediate signs that the hearing penetrated the general public. While major television networks broke into regular programming to carry it live, there was little sense of a riveted country putting everything aside to watch à la Watergate.
WSJ takes measure approach: Trump pressed for Ukraine investigations. That’s it.https://www.wsj.com/articles/stage-set-for-first-public-impeachment-hearing-11573641000?mod=hp_lead_pos5

WP shocked the Republicans have a narrative, insist nobody can follow it.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dueling-narratives-separated-by-a-polarized-media-collide-at-first-public-impeachment-hearing/2019/11/13/2f6dccac-0643-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html
MQ: The competing information streams are epitomized by MSNBC and CNN, which have reported heavily on the impeachment inquiry, and Fox News, Trump’s favorite network. But those outlets and others trained their attention on the same scene on Wednesday — giving viewers from each world a rare glimpse into the other.
Politico says “brutal day” for President.https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2019/11/13/impeachment-trump-nixon-clinton-070837

CNN’s Toobin: yeah it’s a problem for dems that neither witness ever even met Trump.https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-jeffrey-toobin-ambassador-bill-taylor-george-kent

Taylor becomes online heartthrob because of that Cronkite voice.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-tried-to-make-him-impeachments-star-witness-bill-taylor-became-an-internet-meme-instead/2019/11/13/c063f2d2-061a-11ea-ac12-3325d49eacaa_story.html

Schmuck, it was really all about the bow tie.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/style/george-kent-bow-tie.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Style

Schmuck it’s really all about Jordan’s shirtsleeveshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/11/13/love-dignity-civility-jim-jordan-put-jacket/

TRUMP:Big warm welcome for Erdogan while Impeachment hearings underway.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/world/middleeast/erdogan-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
The emails that are supposed to bring Stephen Miller down.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/stephen-miller-white-nationalism.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage
SPLC is after him. Yawn.

POLITICS:Republicans consider longer impeachment to scramble Dem primaries. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-discuss-a-longer-senate-impeachment-trial-to-scramble-democratic-primaries/2019/11/13/d7e46d24-064c-11ea-b17d-8b867891d39d_story.html
MQ: The discussions raise a potential hazard for the six Democratic senators running for president, who had previously planned on a final sprint out of Washington before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and the Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary.
Deval Patrick is IN! Because Biden…https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/politics/deval-patrick-2020.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: Joining the campaign less than three months before the first votes are cast in Iowa, at a moment when candidates are usually dropping out and not jumping in, Mr. Patrick will face long odds. Yet his decision to run reflects the fractured nature of the Democratic race at a moment when Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, has also taken steps to enter the primary.

SJW: Student protesters angry newspaper ran their picture asked them questionshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/college-campus-journalists-newspapers.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
MQ: At a time when some say heightened sensitivities have become the norm on American campuses, it is not uncommon for college newspaper editors to be confronted by students who are upset at being photographed in a public place without being asked for their permission; who view receiving a text message or phone call from a reporter as an invasion of their privacy; and who expect journalists to help assuage their concerns that graphic images in a newspaper could cause trauma to readers.
Student body President invited Don Jr to speak. Now he’s being impeachedhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/university-florida-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
Supposedly it’s about the $50k
Kaepernick hasn’t been told who will attend his workout.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/sports/football/colin-kaepernick-workout.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Sports
MQ: A league employee, who requested anonymity, said on Wednesday that the N.F.L. had never promised to send Kaepernick a list of people who would attend the workout but that multiple clubs would be there. The league has not specified whether the representatives will be people with influence over team rosters.
Disney’s ‘outdate cultural depictions” is not enough. Just say it’s racist dammithttps://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/11/13/disney-plus-warns-outdated-cultural-depictions-some-films-thats-not-enough-experts-say/

MILLENIALS:They don’t like milk anymore. Milk company goes brokehttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/business/dean-foods-bankruptcy.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

TECH:Distracted walking is illegal some places. Walking and texting could get you killed.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/technology/personaltech/distracted-walking-twalking.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Technology
 FB says took action against tens of millions of posts. Like mine.https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/11/13/facebook-reports-it-took-action-against-tens-millions-posts-breaking-rules-hate-speech-harassment-child-exploitation/

We Work lost $1.5bil LAST QUARTERhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/weworks-loss-balloons-to-1-25-billion-11573686790?mod=hp_lead_pos4

WTF:Prosecutors call Roger Stone “chronic liar”. Defense: Yeah, so?https://www.wsj.com/articles/prosecutors-cast-stone-as-a-chronic-liar-his-defense-says-so-what-11573686226?mod=hp_listb_pos3

That pompous dick Steve Kerr is in last place. Awwwww.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/sports/basketball/golden-state-warriors-kerr.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Cows can swim.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/us/hurricane-dorian-cows.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=US%20News

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