YOUR DAILY RUDY … RUDY GIULIANI mentioned throughout a information convention on the RNC that President DONALD TRUMP is the sufferer of “a plan from a centralized place to execute … various acts of voter fraud specifically focused on big cities and specifically focused on big cities … controlled by Democrats. ”
— GIULIANI talked about Philadelphia and Detroit. GIULIANI mentioned individuals come from Camden, N.J., to Philadelphia to vote “all the time.” He mentioned the fraud extends to voting boards, legislation enforcement and judges. He didn’t present a lot particular proof. But held up a single affidavit. He mentioned he couldn’t make public different affidavits as a result of individuals will probably be harrassed.
SIDNEY POWELL mentioned that the fraud was a communist plot that was related to Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, George Soros and the Clinton Foundation.
SQUARE THAT WITH … KYLE CHENEY: “Trump campaign drops remaining lawsuit in Michigan”
WHAT TRUMP HAS BEEN UP TO … AP’S ZEKE MILLER, CHRISTINA CASSIDY sau COLLEEN LONG: “A person familiar with the matter said Trump reached out to the [Wayne County, Mich.] canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, on Tuesday evening after the revised vote to express gratitude for their support. Then, on Wednesday, Palmer and Hartmann signed affidavits saying they believe the county vote ‘should not be certified.’”
— WAPO, by way of Tom Hamburger, Kayla Ruble and Tim Elfrink: “‘I did receive a call from President Trump, late Tuesday evening, after the meeting,’ Monica Palmer, one of two Republican members of the four-member Wayne County canvassing board, told The Post. ‘He was checking in to make sure I was safe after hearing the threats and doxing that had occurred.’”
GOOD POINT by The Daily Beast’s SAM STEIN: Why are many Dems mainly silent on this and Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) calling round to secretaries of state?
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY mentioned he has not spoken in any respect with Speaker NANCY PELOSI about Covid aid, however has spoken to the White House and Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL.
— MCCARTHY menționat PELOSI is a “big wall” standing in the way in which of a Covid deal.
— MCCARTHY on California Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM’S French Laundry dinner: “What’s concerning to me is who was around the table too — from the medical association. And then to say at the very beginning that they were outside. They weren’t even wearing a mask. I mean, I know what Gavin Newsom has said before — he’s told us in California, even if we’re out to eat in the last month, we’d have to wear a mask, take a bite, put the mask back on. I think he lost a lot of credibility in California.”
— MCCARTHY mentioned he would have Thanksgiving along with his spouse, daughter and canines.
VP MIKE PENCE’S workforce alerted a coronavirus activity power briefing at 4 p.m. Will ATU present?
— @briantaff6abc: “Pennsylvania announces a staggering new 24 hour case count: 7,126 infections since yesterday.”
THOSE EAST COAST ELITES … KANSAS CITY STAR: “Josh Hawley, who owns a house in Virginia, uses sister’s home as Missouri address" “[A] review of property records shows that the first-term Republican is no longer a Missouri homeowner and that he is registered to vote at his sister’s home in Ozark, Missouri, while he is in-between homes in the state. Hawley owns a $1.3 million house in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he spends most of his time with his wife, Erin Hawley, and their three children.”
THE UNEMPLOYMENT PICTURE — “U.S. jobless claims rise to 742,000; millions to lose aid,” by AP’s Christopher Rugaber: “The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut jobs. …
“The Labor Department’s report Thursday showed that applications for jobless aid rose from 711,000 in the previous week. … The number of people who are continuing to receive traditional unemployment benefits fell to 6.4 million, the government said Thursday, from 6.8 million.” AP
Good Thursday afternoon.
REP. PETE AGUILAR (D-Calif.) has gained the House Dem caucus vice chair slot, besting Illinois Rep. ROBIN KELLY, 148-82.
RISING STAR IN OHIO … CINCY ENQUIRER: “Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld arrested on federal corruption charges,” by Sharon Coolidge and Dan Horn: “FBI agents arrested Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld early Thursday on federal charges accusing him of accepting bribes in exchange for favorable votes on development deals.
“Sittenfeld, a Democrat and the presumptive front-runner in next year’s mayoral election, becomes the third member of the city’s nine-member council to be arrested this year on bribery-related charges.
“The charges against Sittenfeld … accuse him of orchestrating a scheme to funnel money from developers into a political action committee (PAC) that he secretly controlled. According to the indictment, the developers were actually undercover FBI agents who handed Sittenfeld checks totaling $40,000 on three different occasions.
“The indictment states Sittenfeld solicited the money in exchange for his support of a plan to develop the former Convention Place Mall at 435 Elm St., which Cincinnati developer Chinedum Ndukwe, a former Bengals player, sought to develop as a hotel and office complex with sports betting.
“Sittenfeld did not pocket the cash himself, the indictment states, but instead funneled it into the PAC, which he is not permitted under the law to oversee himself. He also made clear in conversations with the undercover agents how they should donate the money, how much they should donate and what they could expect in return, federal prosecutors said.”
HMM … SINCLAIR’S @JamesRosenTV: “BREAKING: While @POTUS @realDonaldTrump hunkers down, refusing to concede to President-elect @JoeBiden, a well placed source tells me the staff @WHNSC, including @robertcobrien, are quietly ‘doing the transition work…clean-up work…to ensure that the transition moves smoothly.’”
THE TERRIS TREATMENT … WAPO: “All the president’s ‘Guys,’” by Ben Terris
IMMIGRATION FILES — “White House killed deal to pay for mental health care for migrant families separated at border,” by NBC’s Jacob Soboroff, Julia Ainsley and Geoff Bennett: “The Trump White House blocked the Justice Department from making a deal in October 2019 to pay for mental health services for migrant families who had been separated by the Trump administration, two current and two former senior administration officials told NBC News.
“Three sources involved in the discussions who requested anonymity said the Office of White House Counsel made the decision to reject the settlement of a federal lawsuit after consultation with senior adviser Stephen Miller, the driving force behind many of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including family separations. … The White House’s refusal to accept the deal ended up costing taxpayers $6 million. … A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not say why the White House counsel’s office rejected the settlement and denied that Miller was involved.” NBC
THE TRANSITION — “Biden transition steps up fundraising as Trump withholds federal money,” by Elena Schneider and Theo Meyer: “President-elect Joe Biden’s team is appealing to its high-dollar donors to help raise millions of dollars more for his presidential transition, amid concerns the Trump administration will continue to block public funding. … So far, the transition has raised more than $8 million, according to three people familiar with the total, hitting their initial $7 to $10 million goal.
“Now they’re upping it by ‘several millions of dollars in anticipation of GSA not relenting before the inauguration,’ said one person familiar with the transition efforts. … A half-dozen Democratic donors, bundlers and others familiar with the transition’s fundraising efforts, granted anonymity to speak candidly about private meetings, described a palpable shift in urgency in recent days, driven by what they described as the increasing likelihood that President Donald Trump wouldn’t relinquish the money before he leaves office in January, as well as the multiple crises facing the incoming administration.” politico
AT LEAST THERE’S THIS … BLOOMBERG: “Trump Administration Promises Hospital Beds Without Moving to Slow Virus,” by Josh Wingrove, Dina Bass and Jennifer Jacobs: “The Trump administration has assured states they’ll have enough hospital beds and equipment to handle the alarming nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, but it isn’t advocating for additional measures to slow the virus’s spread and continues to shut out Joe Biden’s advisers. …
“In a call with governors two days earlier, Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the federal pandemic response, said that the nation has thousands of hospital beds in reserve and ample supplies of protective gear, with vaccines around the corner. ‘I want to assure you at the outset that America has never been more prepared to fight this virus,’ Pence told the governors, according to a summary provided by Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s office.” Bloomberg
COVID AROUND THE GLOBE — “Someone in Europe is dying every 17 seconds from covid-19, WHO says,” by WaPo’s Michael Birnbaum
JOANNE KENEN: “The Biden adviser focused on the pandemic’s stark racial disparities”: “President-elect Joe Biden tapped [Marcella] Nunez-Smith, an expert on health care inequality, to help lead the transition’s coronavirus advisory board. That puts the fight against the virus in devastated Black, Latino and Native American communities smack in the center of his pandemic response. …
“Nunez-Smith isn’t a fixture on the national policy conference circuit. She wasn’t active on … Biden’s campaign. An academic and clinician who a few months ago was named an associate dean at Yale’s School of Medicine overseeing equity research, she talks in science, not sound bites. She has spent a lot more time partnering with community organizations in New Haven, including serving on Connecticut’s coronavirus reopening panel, than on TV. And Biden liked all that. Last week he added her to his coronavirus transition team, making her part of a triumvirate alongside [Vivek] Murthy and former Food and Drug Commissioner David Kessler.”
DEEP DIVE … WAPO: “Kenosha: How two men’s paths crossed in an encounter that has divided the nation,” by Joyce Sohyun Lee, Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Elyse Samuels: “A Washington Post examination of video and police records, along with other documents, sheds new light on the mindsets of the two people principally involved — one a gun enthusiast who thought of himself as a medic, the other a homeless man with a criminal record who was discharged that day from a psychiatric hospital.
“The Post found that Rittenhouse, who was too young to buy a rifle, had arranged for an adult friend to buy the weapon for him using money Rittenhouse had received from a government stimulus program. … The Post interviewed Rittenhouse, who spoke publicly for the first time since his arrest. He said he did not regret that he had a gun that night. … The examination also reveals new details about Rosenbaum’s struggles with mental illness and includes the first on-camera interview with his fiancee, Kariann Swart.”
VALLEY TALK — “State, federal antitrust lawsuits likely to challenge Facebook for buying rivals and weaponizing data,” by WaPo’s Tony Romm: “State and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook that will challenge the tech giant’s acquisition of two rivals, Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the deals helped create an anti-competitive social networking juggernaut that has left users with few quality alternatives.
“The charges form a critical part of what could be a wide-ranging legal salvo, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, ultimately threatening to saddle Facebook with its toughest regulatory challenge in its nearly 17-year history. As the state and federal probes enter their final phases, investigators have explored how Instagram and WhatsApp changed in the years after Facebook purchased them, according to the three people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a law enforcement proceeding.” Wapo
CLIMATE FILES — “U.S. greenhouse gas emissions set to drop to lowest level in three decades,” by WaPo’s Steven Mufson: “Greenhouse gases generated by the U.S. economy will slide 9.2 percent this year, tumbling to the lowest level in at least three decades, a new BloombergNEF study says. …
“As a result, the United States has been inadvertently pushed back on track to meet the commitments the Obama administration made at the Paris climate agreement in December 2015, despite the fact the Trump administration pulled the country out of the pact. … Still, net emissions are expected to be 6.4 percent lower after taking into account the unusually extreme forest fires that swept the West Coast and Rocky Mountains earlier this year, pumping carbon dioxide and other pollution into the air and offsetting much of the drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.” Wapo
MEDIAWATCH — “In the waning days of Trump’s presidency, White House press pool reports are getting snarkier,” by WaPo’s Paul Farhi: “While pool reports generally don’t get wide circulation among the general public — most news organizations just use the nuggets of information buried within to write their own stories — their tone has nonetheless started to irritate White House press staffers. …
“Faced with such objections, the leadership of the White House Correspondents’ Association, which oversees the daily pool rotation among news organizations, has recently discussed what it can do about pool reports that stray from its rules of the road, according to people involved in the discussions.”
WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Erin Davis, comms supervisor at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Rob Davis, grasp deputy sheriff with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, welcomed Lily Constance Davis on Tuesday. She joins massive brother Braden.