BREAKING … AP: “Iraqi MPs accept premier’s resignation amid ongoing violence,” by Samya Kullab and Murtada Faraj in Baghdad: “Iraq’s parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday, amid ongoing violence and anti-government demonstrations in the capital that saw one protester shot dead. Protesters also continued to close roads, including those leading to a major commodities port, in mass demonstrations in southern Iraq.
“Parliament enacted Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation without putting it to a vote, according to two lawmakers in attendance. Existing laws do not provide clear procedures for members of parliament to recognize the prime minister’s resignation. Lawmakers acted on the legal opinion of the federal supreme court for Sunday’s session.”
THE LATEST ON IMPEACHMENT — “Intelligence Committee to begin circulating draft Ukraine report Monday,” by Melanie Zanona, Kyle Cheney, and Heather Caygle: “Members of the House Intelligence Committee will begin reviewing a report Monday on the panel’s investigation of President Donald Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate his Democratic adversaries, a crucial step in the House’s fast-moving impeachment inquiry.
“Lawmakers on the panel will get a 24-hour review period, according to internal guidance sent to committee members and obtained by POLITICO. On Tuesday, the panel is expected to approve the findings — likely on a party-line vote — teeing it up for consideration by the Judiciary Committee, which is in turn expected to draft and consider articles of impeachment in the coming weeks.
“Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff had indicated in a letter to colleagues earlier this week that a report would be coming "soon" from his committee but had not provided a specific timeframe.” POLITICO
— SUNDAY BEST … CHRIS WALLACE interviewed Rep. DOUG COLLINS (R-Ga.) on FOX NEWS’ “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” via Matt Choi: “Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee would have House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff testify in their impeachment hearing and claimed the parameters of the impeachment investigation were skewed against the president. ‘If he chooses not to’ testify, Collins said Sunday of Schiff (D-Calif.), ‘then I really question his veracity in what he’s putting in his report." …
“Speaking with host Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Collins complained that Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) gave Republicans on his committee an unrealistic timeline to digest the findings of the Intelligence Committee’s report. Collins said Nadler gave them until Friday to present a list of witnesses to testify, which he said was too soon after the expected release of Schiff’s findings.
“Why are they hiding the stuff from us?’ Collins said. ‘If they think they have such a case, give us all the materials and don’t let Jerry Nadler write a crazy letter that says on the sixth, let us know who your witnesses are. We don’t even have the information from the Intel committee yet. This is why this is a problematic exercise and simply a made-for-TV event coming on Wednesday.’” POLITICO
— MARTHA RADDATZ spoke with Rep. VAL DEMINGS (D-Fla.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: RADDATZ: “Any sense of how many future hearings your committee will hold? Do you expect any fact witnesses to be called or recalled from the Intelligence Committee’s proceedings?”
DEMINGS: “Well, we have not really made the decision on future hearings or future witnesses yet. I think our main focus right now is to have the president and his counsel who you know are given the same privileges as President Nixon and President Clinton had to participate and engage in this impeachment process, even to the point of — if we have any executive sessions of the Judiciary Committee.
“They’re invited to participate. So, we would certainly hope that the president, his counsel will take advantage of that opportunity. If he has not done anything wrong, we’re certainly anxious to hear his explanation of that.”
RADDATZ: “Have you gotten any indication the White House will be involved or the counsel?” DEMINGS: “We have not. As you may know, Chairman Nadler sent a letter. I know they’ve been in conversations with the White House counsel side. They sent a letter again inviting the president, making sure that he and his counsel are aware of the opportunities to fully engage and participate in this process. We are certainly hoping that he will as I said, take advantage of that opportunity.”
THE STEPBACK: “Long Before Trump, Impeachment Loomed Over Multiple Presidents,” by NYT’s Peter Baker: “While President Trump is just the fourth commander in chief in American history to confront a serious threat of impeachment, the prospect hung over many of his predecessors, a nagging worry in the back of the mind for some, a constitutional sword of Damocles for others.
“Impeachment has served not just as a means for removing a corrupt president from office, as outlined in the Constitution — in fact, it has never actually accomplished that purpose. Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House but acquitted after Senate trials, while President Richard M. Nixon resigned before the full House could vote. But impeachment has served as a deterrent, a consequence that presidents had to consider when making decisions that crossed into questionable territory. …
“Beyond Johnson, Nixon, Mr. Clinton and now Mr. Trump, lawmakers have filed formal impeachment resolutions against at least seven other presidents, meaning that one out of every four occupants of the White House has faced accusations of high crimes and misdemeanors, while others were threatened. Most of the time, the effort posed no serious jeopardy.” NYT
— “The new ‘three amigos’ riding into Trump impeachment inquiry,” by AP’s Lisa Mascaro: “The ‘three amigos’ used to stand for one thing in Washington — the pack of globe-trotting senators led by John McCain who brought American idealism to the world’s trouble spots.
“Now it refers to another trio, the Trump envoys who pushed Ukraine to pursue investigations of Democrats and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The shift represents more than the appropriation of a name. It also marks a departure from efforts by the late Arizona senator to build bipartisan alliances and further broad foreign policy ideals pursued by Republican presidents from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. That approach is unrecognizable today as the GOP has become the party of Donald Trump and his ‘America First’ approach.” AP
COURT WATCH — “DOJ’s election-year conundrum: How to probe team Trump,” by Darren Samuelsohn
Good Sunday morning.
TRUMP’S WASHINGTON — “Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance,” by NYT’s Dave Phillips, Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Helene Cooper : “The case of the president and a commando accused of war crimes offers a lesson in how Mr. Trump presides over the armed forces three years after taking office. While he boasts of supporting the military, he has come to distrust the generals and admirals who run it. Rather than accept information from his own government, he responds to television reports that grab his interest. Warned against crossing lines, he bulldozes past precedent and norms.
“As a result, the president finds himself more removed than ever from a disenchanted military command, adding the armed forces to the institutions under his authority that he has feuded with, along with the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies and diplomatic corps.” NYT
MARIANNE LEVINE and SARAH KARLIN-SMITH — “Quicksand engulfs a bipartisan plan that even Trump backs”: “President Donald Trump has vowed to lower the cost of prescription drugs. A Senate committee has approved a bipartisan bill to do just that. And the plan is going nowhere fast.
“Sen. Chuck Grassley, the bill’s sponsor and chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, expressed pessimism in an interview that the measure would soon hit the floor, saying Trump would have to lean on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and more Republicans would need to get behind it. ‘It would be dependent upon the White House asking him to do it at this point,’ said the Iowa Republican.
“The standstill — even on an issue that has bipartisan backing and the support of a fickle president — reflects the unceasing gridlock of today’s Senate and how difficult it is to move any major legislation through the upper chamber.” POLITICO
MORE SUNDAY BEST …
— CHUCK TODD spoke with Sen. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-Minn.) on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: TODD: “You seem particularly insulted by Bloomberg’s entry. No I mean, and I, look, I understand of other — but look, he’s coming — this is your space. You’re saying hey, I’m the compromise — I’m the one that if Biden falters, and all of a sudden ‘Hey you, you’re getting into my space!’ That’s what you sounded like.”
KLOBUCHAR: “Well, it is more about money and politics for me. I have admiration for the work that he’s done. But I don’t buy this argument that you get in because you say ‘Oh everyone else sucks.’ I just don’t. I think we have strong candidates. I don’t think that any of the polling or the numbers show that people are dissatisfied with all their candidates. They’re just trying to pick the right one.
“So my case is to make that it’s me. I’m the one from the beginning that has set that path. That you look people in the eyes, you tell them the truth. That no, we’re not going to give free college to everyone, but we are going to match our economy with the jobs and the education system that we have. I am the one that is the only one on the stage that didn’t get on that bill for kicking people off their current health insurance in four years.”
— DANA BASH also spoke to KLOBUCHAR on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION”: BASH: “So, as someone who just started to gain traction, will you be at a disadvantage because of this [impeachment] trial?
KLOBUCHAR: “I meet whatever obstacle is put in front of me. And this is more than an obstacle. It’s my constitutional obligation. But I have many people that are going to be out there for me if I can’t leave for a few weeks. That includes my husband and daughter, who are excellent campaigners. But it also includes all of our endorsers.”
— ON IMPEACHMENT: BASH: “From what you have seen, is there any chance that you would vote to acquit the president?” KLOBUCHAR: “At this point, I don’t see that. But I’m someone that wants to look at every single count. I have made very clear I think this is impeachable conduct.”
DEEP DIVE — DARIUS TAHIR: “’Black hole’ of medical records contributes to deaths, mistreatment at the border,” by Darius Tahir: “The Department of Homeland Security’s inadequate medical technology and record-management for the thousands of migrants who pass through its custody are contributing to poor care and even deaths, according to lawsuit records reviewed by POLITICO.
“A review by POLITICO of 22 deaths of detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody between 2013 and 2018 revealed malfunctioning software and troubling gaps in use of technology, such as failure to properly document patient care or scribbling documentation in the margins of forms. Those reviews echo persistent complaints from experts and advocates for migrants rights who say attention to the medical needs of asylum seekers is indifferent at best. Recent reports indicate that Customs and Border Patrol rejected a CDC recommendation to administer flu shots to people in its custody; two children later died of flu in the agency’s facilities.
“‘You can’t take proper care of patients if you don’t document care,’ said Stan Huff, chief medical informatics officer at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, who reviewed the paper trail of many of the deaths for POLITICO. The publicly released death records are cited in a lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others in August that alleges that ICE’s ‘centralized policies, practices, and failures of meaningful oversight’ have led to unnecessary death and suffering.” POLITICO
2020 WATCH …
— NATASHA KORECKI was on the ground with JOE BIDEN in Caroll, Iowa, as he kicked off his eight-day “No Malarkey” bus tour as the former VP tries to regain some momentum in the key 2020 state. She sends this note from the trail: “In a Council Bluffs kickoff event, Jill Biden made a pitch for her husband and as she gestured, her hand nearly brushed the former VP’s face, so he leaned down and nibbled on her finger. Bad photo moment.
“He and Jill brought doughnuts to a nearby fire station where there was just four-person crew and a fan turned on in the middle of the visit so the media couldn’t hear much of their exchange. And at another stop at the Cornstalk Cafe, Biden couldn’t even get a local to look up from the Iron Bowl to say hello.
“But Biden’s final event of the night was a real highlight. Local political celebrities Tom and Christine Vilsack, made a passionate pitch for Biden in front of about 125 people. Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor and ex-Secretary of Agriculture under Obama, helped Biden develop his rural policy, noted that Biden is beating Trump in battleground states.
“But the room grew still when Vilsack talked about the death of his own 5-year-old granddaughter, and how Biden approached Vilsack’s son to console him: ‘This is a man of great compassion, great empathy and great heart … I want my president to have compassion and empathy and heart.’”
— “‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden,” by AP’s Erinn Haines
TRUMP’S SUNDAY — The president and First Lady Melania Trump will leave Mar-a-Lago at 4 p.m. and return to Washington.
ACROSS THE POND: “Trump isn’t running in Britain’s election. That hasn’t stopped him from getting in the middle,” by WaPo’s William Booth and Karla Adam in London: “Donald Trump just can’t seem to stay away from British politics. He’s fired off comments on topics including Brexit, his low opinion of a British ambassador, and how his Trump-branded golf course in Scotland ‘furthers U.K. relations.’
“So there’s little surprise that the American president is playing an outsize role in Britain’s upcoming elections — for good or bad, depending. In Britain, more than any other country aside from the United States, Trump has sought to bolster his political allies and trash his detractors.” WaPo
WASHINGTON INC. — “Goldman Sachs seeks to rebrand as wealth takes center stage in the Democratic presidential race,” by WaPo’s Tory Newmyer in Ankeny, Iowa: “An unlikely corporate name kept popping up when Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) visited a community college campus here for a recent forum dedicated to small-business issues. …
“The forum, sponsored by Goldman’s small-business program, is one of six such events the bank has staged with 2020 Democratic presidential contenders in Iowa and New Hampshire so far this year. Goldman executives say their purpose is to elevate small-business concerns in the contest. Small businesses employ nearly half the private workforce, and Goldman argues they lack a voice in Washington and have received scant attention on the campaign trail — a realization executives say they reached after shepherding more than 9,100 through the entrepreneurship program they launched nearly a decade ago.
“But the effort is also a subtle rebranding exercise by a firm at the center of a knockdown political fight between Wall Street and Main Street. For populists such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the banking giant remains a totem of runaway Wall Street greed that helped precipitate the 2008 financial crisis and continues to reap a windfall under the Trump administration. To Wall Street titans and the uber-rich, liberal Democratic candidates are villainizing their success and threatening it with their economic plans.” WaPo
CULTURE WARS — “How a Divided Left Is Losing the Battle on Abortion,” by NYT’s Elisabeth Diaz and Lisa Lerer in Atlanta
BONUS GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman (@dlippman), filing from Los Angeles:
— “Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City,” by NYT’s Scott Shane in Baltimore: “For most people, it’s the click that brings a package to their door. But a look at Baltimore shows how Amazon may now reach into Americans’ daily existence in more ways than any corporation in history.” NYT
— “Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick,” by Jamie Lauren Keiles in the NYT Magazine: “He became America’s most reliable comic star without ever leaving his comfort zone. So what’s he doing in this year’s most anxiety-inducing film?” NYT Magazine
— “Exclusive: Inside a controversial South African lion farm,” by National Geographic’s Rachel Fobar in Lichtenburg, South Africa: “At facilities geared to tourists, visitors pay to pet, bottle-feed, and take selfies with cubs and even walk alongside mature lions. Critics say the cub-petting industry leads to abuse, commercial breeding, and discarding of exotic animals. As the lions age, they become too dangerous to pet, and they’re often sold to breeding and hunting ranches.” NatGeo
— “This Is Why Your Holiday Travel Is Awful,” by Marc J. Dunkelman in POLITICO Magazine: “The long, sordid history of New York’s Penn Station shows how progressives have made it too hard for the government to do big things—and why, believe it or not, Robert Caro is to blame.” POLITICO Magazine
— “Trump Got His Wall, After All,” by Rachel Morris in HuffPost Highline: “A small, dedicated crew of hardliners has put bureaucratic barriers that are far harder to overcome than any hunk of concrete on the Southern border.” HuffPost Highline (hat tip: Longreads.com)
— “Florida Cracks Down on Violent Crime at Strip Mall Casinos,” by Felix Gillette in Bloomberg Businessweek: “‘Adult arcades’ offer video slots and unlimited soda. They’re also magnets for armed robberies. One city may have figured out a way to stop the mayhem.” Bloomberg Businessweek
— “Nine Secrets I Never Knew About Airports Until I Worked at LAX,” by Brandon Presser in Bloomberg: “From dead bodies in the security line to a cobra in a Pringles can, you wouldn’t believe the crazy things that happen at America’s busiest airport of origin.” Bloomberg
— “The Fall of WeWork: How a Startup Darling Came Unglued,” by WSJ’s Maureen Farrell, Liz Hoffman, Eliot Brown and David Benoit: “[Adam] Neumann … hired family members in key roles, and bought buildings and leased them to WeWork. He even had the company pay him $5.9 million for the rights to its own name after he trademarked it. … One person emerges in good shape. Mr. Neumann is getting a $185 million four-year consulting contract and can sell up to $970 million of his shares to SoftBank.” WSJ
— “India: Intimations of an Ending,” by Arundhati Roy in The Nation: “The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right.” The Nation
— “Borneo is burning,” by Rebecca Wright, Ivan Watson, Tom Booth and Masrur Jamaluddin in Kalimantan, Indonesia, in CNN: “Deep within the jungles of Indonesian Borneo, illegal fires rage, creating apocalyptic red skies and smoke that has spread as far as Malaysia and Singapore. People are choking. Animals are dying. This is no ordinary fire. It was lit for you. Farmers are clearing land the fastest way they know how to cash in on growing demand for palm oil, which is used in half of all supermarket products, from chocolate to shampoo.” CNN
— “In the 2010s, White America Was Finally Shown Itself,” by Zak Cheney-Rice in New York magazine in an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates: “‘Before Obama, most famous black people were all entertainers. And now you got an actual head of state who conducts himself in a way that you would want your son to conduct himself.’” NY Mag
— “Prepping for Parole,” by Jennifer Gonnerman in The New Yorker: “A group of volunteers is helping incarcerated people negotiate a system that is all but broken.” New Yorker
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SPOTTED: Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at Georgetown’s Brasserie Liberté on Saturday night.
ENGAGED — Alex DiNino, associate programs and partnerships manager at POLITICO and a Hillary for America advance alum, and Rachel Davis of Capitol Point Group got engaged. They met while working at the Markham Group. Pic
WEEKEND WEDDING — “Ellie Krupnick, Daniel Aronhime,” via NYT: “Ms. Krupnick, 30, is the managing editor of Eater, the food and dining website of Vox Media in New York. [She is also a HuffPost and Mic alum.] She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College. … Mr. Aronhime, 32, is the founder of Seedible, a producer of organic sesame butter in New York. He graduated from Yeshiva University.” With a pic: NYT … Another pic
BIRTHDAYS: Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is 61 … Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is 67 … Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas) is 37 … Karen Tumulty, WaPo political columnist … Hayley D’Antuono, special assistant to the president and director of operations to the first lady … Jen Psaki, VP at the Carnegie Endowment and a CNN contributor, is 41 (h/t Doug Farrar) … Shin Inouye (h/ts Ben Chang) … Jack Sewell … NPR’s Carrie Johnson … Natalie Wyeth Earnest (h/t husband Josh) … Jason Maloni, president of JadeRoq … POLITICO’s Elizabeth Ralph, Jacqueline Feldscher, Carlos Prieto, Jake Senkbeil and Joshua Sztorc … Joel Miller … Charlie Anderson, senior adviser for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) … Kyle Lierman … Tessa Gould …
… Josh Kraushaar, politics editor at National Journal, is 38 … Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is 33 … Ani Toumajan … Marylouise Oates … Sean Higgins, Iowa press secretary for Joe Biden’s campaign … Wayne Ting … Raul Alvillar … Moses Mercado of Ogilvy Government Relations (h/t Randy White) … Jared Scott Small … Alex Howard … Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle, is 58 … Tyler Haymore, COS for Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) … Natalie Ravitz … Jenny-Lynn Buntin … Ed Fox … Bill Manger … Bruce Kieloch … Yochi Dreazen … Jordan Lieberman is 44 … Mona Salama … Katie Wetstone … Terri New … Bruce Young … Becky Weissman … David Seldin of the University of Pittsburgh … Donnie Fowler … Berry Kurland … Tim Purdon
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