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Trump offers to help Mexico 'wage WAR' on cartels:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE reacted to the news that at least nine people were killed during an ambush by drug cartels near the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for both countries to "wipe them off the face of the earth."


Trump tweeted: "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth. We merely await a call from your great new president!"

Read his full series of tweets on the attack:



Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined the offer, saying, "It's not in agreement with our convictions. The worst thing is war."


What happened -- at least nine Mormon women and children were killed at the border: 

At least nine Americans -- three women, four young children and two infants -- were shot and burned alive in an ambush while driving on the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Seven children were also injured and flown to hospitals in Arizona.

What happened: "Willie Jessop, who is related to one victim, told NBC News by phone from Utah that the attack occurred on a motorcade consisting of several families, and that survivors at the scene told him that three cars were shot at and one was set on fire."

Why: It's still unclear, but "the family members suspect the shooting attack may have been a case of mistaken identity by drug cartel gunmen."

Where they were headed: "The families were headed from Sonora state to Chihuahua for a wedding on Monday."


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Now that we have had enough time to comb through the released transcripts...:

House Democrats released transcripts yesterday from depositions with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Senate eyes sending stopgap spending bill back to House | Sondland delivers bombshell impeachment testimony | Pentagon deputy says he didn't try to block official's testimony Five bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony MORE

The gist: The transcripts largely describe how Yovanovitch was recalled from her post. "The U.S. ambassador was seen as insufficiently loyal to Trump and was the subject of a campaign by the White House and its allies to undermine her."  

Here are five takeaways: 

  1. Witnesses describe a heavily politicized environment at State
  2. Testimony provides new details on the political probes
  3. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to come under more scrutiny
  4. Democrats are seeking to keep pressure on President Trump
  5. More shoes to drop – expect more than a dozen transcripts released



Via Vox:

^ This is actually worth bookmarking for throughout the impeachment process.



Roger Stone’s trial is gearing up:

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, jury selection begins today in the trial of longtime Republican operative and President Trump associate Roger Stone who allegedly lied to Congress about his role as a liaison between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.

Stone’s sentence if convicted: Stone could face up to 20 years in prison, though it would likely be less severe. 

Back story: “Stone is accused of lying to lawmakers about his contacts with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign in 2016 as the organization was preparing to release a batch of emails stolen from John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign. He also faces charges of witness tampering for allegedly pressuring his intermediary with WikiLeaks — believed to be the radio host Randy Credico — to not cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into alleged Russian election interference.” 



Today is Election Day:

Via NPR's Jessica Taylor, "These off-year contests may not be as high profile as the 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be a year from now, but they could offer some important hints on how voters are feeling about President Trump, impeachment, guns and more."

Which states to watch: Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi. Kentucky and Mississippi are electing governors. Virginia is deciding control of the state legislature.

Plus: "There are also political offices and referendums on the ballot in Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado on Tuesday."

For New York voters: Via The New York Times, here's a cheat sheet to voting today:


It's Don's world:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "New battleground state polls sent tremors through Democratic circles Monday, underlining that President Trump has a fighting chance of reelection despite his mediocre national standing." 

How so: "The polls, from The New York Times and Siena College, tested the three leading Democratic 2020 candidates -- former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE (D-Mass.) -- against Trump in the six states that Trump carried by the narrowest margins in 2016." 

The results: "The polls showed Warren defeating Trump only in Arizona, Sanders doing so in three of the states and Biden doing so in four. All of the Democrats lost to Trump in North Carolina, which President Obama carried narrowly in 2008. Even in Biden's case the results were hardly conclusive. His edge was 5 points in Arizona and smaller everywhere else: 3 points in both Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and just 2 points in Florida." 

How this could play out:


Welcome to the top tier. You're going to hate it here:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson in Indianola, Iowa, now in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Gabbard, Buttigieg battle over use of military in Mexico MORE has become a target of attacks.


Senate Democrats seem to all agree -- not yet, Joe Kennedy:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Democrats are nearly united in their opposition to Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), the scion of their party's most fabled family, in his bid to unseat Sen. Ed Markey (D)."

What Kennedy running for Senate would mean: "Kennedy, a 39-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, is putting his political career on the line by taking on a Democratic incumbent who has been a fixture in Congress since 1976. His campaign also marks the best hope of putting a Kennedy back in the Senate or White House in the foreseeable future." 



What we're hearing from Graham

*clap* Investigate *clap* Biden. *clap* Investigate *clap* Biden.:

During an interview with Fox News's Laura IngrahamLaura Anne Ingraham Vindman's lawyer requests Fox News retract guest's allegation about espionage Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Sessions vows to 'work for' Trump endorsement MORE, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.) called for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to investigate any ties between the Bidens and Ukraine.

In Graham's words: "We need to look at whether or not Hunter Biden corruptly engaged in lobbying. Did Joe Biden ask the prosecutor to be fired because he was investigating his son?" 

Watch Graham's full comments:




Are we calling cat interference on this touchdown?:

A black cat ran across the field during "Monday Night Football" yesterday.

Video of the incident: Omg, the audio is hilarious.

This attracted other cats: Here are three black cats who are anxiously following the developments. Watch:

Where's the cat now?: Via ESPN, MetLife Stadium tweeted out that the black cat is still at large.

On Air Force One: "the back cabin of af1 erupted in cheers when the [Monday Night Football] cat crossed the goal line" (Via Bloomberg's Justin SinkPhoto





I repeat: The jersey has arrived.:



The Senate is in. The House is out. 

President Trump has no public events on his schedule. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EST: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence participates in the Republican lunch. 

2:15 p.m. EST: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today:

5:30 p.m. EST: Two roll call votes in the Senate.



2 p.m. EST: Senate Republicans hold their regular press conference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: Senate Democrats hold their regular press conference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: FBI Director Christopher Wray and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan testify before the Senate Homeland Security Committee about security threats. Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EST: NBC News's Harry Smith sits down with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) for a new series, "What Matters." 



Today is National Doughnut Day! Yes, there are two National Doughnut Days. The other is on June 5.


It's that time of year when Jimmy Kimmel makes children cry:

Here are the results of Jimmy Kimmel's annual, "I told my kids I ate all their Halloween candy." Watch:


And because you made it to the end, here's a baby and a husky puppy hanging out: