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Hold on to your triple-venti soy no-foam latte. Howard Schultz is running for president. Probably.
The former Starbucks chief told The New York Times on Sunday that he was preparing a 2020 bid as an independent. He’ll spend the next three months traveling the country, while simultaneously promoting his memoir.
Now, could this all be a ploy to sell books? Of course. But when a guy who can self-fund his candidacy announces that he’s considering running, it’s probably worth paying some attention.
And a lot of people did. Mr. Schultz’s announcement immediately made him the Twitter villain du jour, with Democrats, anti-Trump Republicans and Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor (a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat), jumping over each other to explain why his bid is likely doomed — and bad for anyone who wants to defeat President Trump next year.
Here at On Politics, we thought Mr. Schultz’s greenroom candidacy — as in, made to appeal to the kinds of people you meet in a cable news greenroom — was the perfect opportunity to present our first On Politics rule of 2020: “Morning Joe” is not the electorate.
Running as a “moderate” is hard. In the Trump era, it’s only grown harder.
Let’s spend a minute unpacking what we know about Mr. Schultz’s positions. The coffee billionaire is a longtime Democrat who’s worried that the party is moving too far to the left. He’s concerned about the deficit and is raising questions about a lot of the policies that have come to define the party’s platform.
“When I hear people espousing free government-paid college, free government-paid health care and a free government job for everyone — on top of a trillion debt — the question is, how are we paying for all this and not bankrupting the country?” Mr. Schultz told The New York Times.
In short, he’s an economically conservative, socially liberal businessman espousing a set of views that you tend to hear repeated a lot at Washington book parties, but not so often from actual voters.
To understand Mr. Schultz’s potential appeal, we turned to Lee Drutman, a political scientist and friend of the newsletter, who’s done some fascinating research on political polarization.
Mr. Drutman says that voters with Mr. Schultz’s profile are basically the equivalent of the Yangtze finless porpoise: They no longer exist in great numbers and are probably going extinct. (Check out this sparsely populated bottom-right quadrant. That’s Mr. Schultz’s target zone. Yikes.)
“Those voters exist in the imagination of Washington, D.C., think-tank panels and not much beyond that,” says Mr. Drutman.
They’re also the kind of voters who might be attracted to the Democratic economic policies that Mr. Schultz is decrying — programs, by the way, that are popular not only with Democrats but independents and a surprising number of Republicans, according to surveys.
For all the murmurs of a Trump primary challenge, the president’s coalition has largely stuck with him. A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 78 percent of Republicans still approve of the president, even as a majority blame him for the government shutdown. We can’t know what the race will look like in the fall of 2020, but right now, if Mr. Schultz were to pull votes from either general election candidate, they’d likely be more from the Democratic side.
Perhaps that explains why one person seemed particularly excited by his candidacy: Mr. Trump. This morning, the president tweeted an attack that sounded an awful lot like a dare.
(And for the record, the coffee order mentioned at the top was in no way an endorsement of said order, which sounds disgusting, no matter your political affiliation.)
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____________________Congress gets back to work
Because the shutdown started before the 116th Congress was sworn in, this week is something like an unofficial launch for the new session, our colleague Nicholas Fandos writes. With reopening the government off their plate (for now), lawmakers can press for the issues they campaigned on. That is most apparent in this week’s slate of committee hearings and meetings, which offer a glimpse of where the priorities lie for both chambers.
The Senate remains in Republican control, and their committees are getting right to work on issues close to President Trump’s agenda:
• The Judiciary Committee will meet on Tuesday to consider the nomination of William P. Barr, Mr. Trump’s pick for attorney general. They will also consider a long list of federal judges, continuing this administration’s rapid pace of stocking the courts with conservatives.
• The Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing about worldwide threats, while the Armed Services Committee meets to discuss China and Russia.
• The Finance Committee will hold a hearing about prescription drug prices, a favorite policy of Mr. Trump’s.
In the House of Representatives, meanwhile, Democrats are poised to spend this week making a show of their newfound majority:
• The Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for the “For the People Act,” a voting-rights bill that was symbolically introduced as the first of the new session. It hits a number of popular ideas among liberals, including expanding online voter registration and mail-in ballots, limiting gerrymandering and making Election Day a federal holiday.
• The Armed Services Committee will get a chance to poke at Mr. Trump — as the House is expected to do quite a bit — with a hearing about the cost and rationale behind the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to the southern border.
• The House Oversight and Reform Committee is also holding a prescription drug pricing hearing. Given Mr. Trump’s stance on the issue, which is out of step with some conservatives, this is one of the few areas where Democrats and Republicans may be able to find common ground.
Read Nicholas’s story here: As Government Reopens, the New Congress Tries to Begin Again
• A mesmerizing visual traces the pre-congressional career of every House member in the 116th Congress, from law school blue bloods to blue-collar workers.
• Our new political reality: Minnesota is the only state in the country where party control of the State Legislature is split.
• The Associated Press gives a deeply personal glimpse into what it’s like to be living through the worst drug crisis in the country’s history.
The New York Times assistant managing editor Sam Dolnick notes this sick burn in Chris Christie’s new memoir. A coded insult to Jared Kushner’s salad days in Washington, perhaps? Or just a dig at salad?
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佛祖救世网99477【竹】【林】【中】，【沈】【羽】【与】【朱】【雀】【女】【皇】【握】【手】，【达】【成】【合】【作】。 【再】【度】【闲】【谈】【了】【一】【些】【关】【于】【合】【作】【的】【事】【情】【之】【后】，【朱】【雀】【女】【皇】【率】【先】【离】【去】。 【沈】【羽】【走】【出】【竹】【林】，【回】【到】【飞】【行】【魔】【兽】【背】【上】。 “【她】【怎】【么】【找】【上】【你】【了】？”【云】【韵】【柳】【眉】【挑】【了】【挑】，【问】【道】。 “【这】【女】【人】【说】【看】【上】【我】【了】，【非】【逼】【着】【我】【娶】【她】，【唉】，【只】【怪】【本】【宗】【主】【太】【过】【风】【流】【倜】【傥】【啊】，【只】【因】【为】【在】【宗】【门】【大】【会】【上】【多】【看】【了】【本】【宗】【主】
【再】【看】【那】【倒】【在】【地】【上】【抽】【搐】【着】【的】【林】【碧】，【简】【直】【是】【惨】【不】【忍】【睹】【啊】！ 【小】【桃】【红】【看】【到】【这】【么】【暴】【力】【的】【场】【景】，【吓】【得】【后】【退】【了】【一】【步】。 “【你】，【你】【竟】【然】【打】【了】【她】！【她】【可】【是】，【可】【是】，【就】【是】【霄】【王】【都】【极】【为】【看】【重】【的】【人】！【你】【打】【了】【她】，【这】【是】【不】【要】【命】【了】？”【小】【桃】【红】【颤】【抖】【着】【说】【道】。 “【打】【不】【打】，【还】【不】【都】【是】【一】【样】【的】【结】【果】！”【源】【夏】【冷】【哼】【一】【声】，【对】【于】【这】【个】【林】【碧】，【简】【直】【是】【毫】【无】【好】
【从】【发】【文】【到】【今】【天】【的】【完】【结】，【短】【短】【的】【一】【本】【书】【却】【让】【我】【纠】【结】【了】【很】【久】。 【因】【为】【是】【第】【一】【本】【书】，【因】【为】【是】【萌】【新】【作】【者】，【更】【因】【为】【时】【间】【不】【充】【足】！ 【幸】【好】，【还】【算】【顺】【利】。 【未】【来】【的】【道】【路】【还】【有】【很】【长】，【相】【信】【我】【们】【能】【够】【越】【走】【越】【远】。 【在】【此】，【谢】【谢】**【爱】【们】【对】【小】【婉】【的】【支】【持】【和】【喜】【欢】！ 【我】【会】【调】【整】【好】【最】【佳】【的】【时】【间】，【携】【带】【新】【书】【去】【面】【见】【你】【们】【的】。 【么】【么】【哒】～
【想】【到】【此】【处】，【便】【将】【威】【压】【收】【了】【起】【来】。【喝】【道】： “【说】【的】【好】，【不】【过】【我】【的】【弟】【子】【也】【不】【能】【白】【白】【被】【你】【所】【伤】，【也】【罢】，【我】【只】【出】【一】【掌】，【你】【若】【接】【得】【下】，【今】【日】【我】【便】【不】【与】【你】【为】【难】，【否】【则】【就】【别】【有】【什】【么】【怨】【言】。” “【既】【是】【如】【此】，【晚】【辈】【便】【接】【阎】【前】【辈】【一】【掌】。”【高】【志】【远】【此】【时】【只】【能】【硬】【着】【头】【皮】【上】【了】，【但】【口】【中】【咬】【定】【前】【辈】【的】【字】【眼】，【散】【修】【大】【都】【没】【什】【么】【规】【矩】，【就】【算】【自】【己】【侥】【幸】【接】
【方】【才】【一】【剑】【西】【来】【已】【经】【受】【了】【重】【伤】，【慕】【紫】【苏】【不】【经】【意】【一】【瞥】，【看】【到】【他】【缠】【着】【纱】【布】【的】【手】【臂】，【心】【里】【有】【些】【担】【忧】。 【他】【清】【冷】【削】【瘦】，【风】【采】【灼】【灼】【的】【背】【影】【依】【旧】【让】【人】【看】【了】【很】【有】【安】【全】【感】。 【没】【有】【人】【见】【过】【这】【么】【轻】【的】【剑】【法】，【轻】【描】【淡】【写】【仿】【佛】【剑】【刃】【拂】【过】【碎】【雪】，【斩】【乱】【了】【盛】【开】【的】【红】【梅】，【却】【在】【悄】【无】【声】【息】【间】【如】【长】【虹】【贯】【日】。 【剑】【气】【缥】【缈】，【剑】【光】【凛】【冽】。 【这】【么】【漂】【亮】【优】【雅】【的】佛祖救世网99477【兰】【曦】【去】【拉】【苏】【霖】【往】【后】【退】，【辰】【诡】【去】【叫】【凌】【昀】【和】【唐】【一】【山】。 【看】【着】【凌】【昀】【眉】【头】【一】【直】【锁】【着】，【辰】【诡】【安】【慰】【道】：“【你】【放】【心】，【爷】【爷】【只】【是】【难】【得】【有】【兴】【致】，【让】【你】【们】【开】【开】【眼】【界】，【不】【会】【伤】【了】【林】【岚】【的】，【你】【强】【行】【让】【林】【岚】【醒】【来】，【反】【倒】【会】【伤】【了】【她】，【上】【次】【爷】【爷】【出】【手】，【好】【像】【还】【是】【在】【我】【成】【人】【礼】【的】【时】【候】，【距】【离】【现】【在】【已】【经】【很】【久】【了】。” 【兰】【曦】【也】【道】：“【是】【啊】，【以】【前】【我】【们】【怎】【么】【求】【他】
【屋】【子】【里】【顿】【时】【响】【起】【了】【一】【个】【女】【人】【的】【声】【音】，【顾】【瑜】【霓】【仔】【细】【地】【去】【辨】【别】，【怎】【么】【说】【呢】，【顾】【瑜】【霓】【觉】【得】【这】【个】【声】【音】【就】【像】【是】【置】【身】【森】【林】【里】【面】【猛】【然】【间】【听】【到】【的】【毒】【蛇】【捕】【捉】【猎】【物】【的】【声】【音】【一】【样】，【都】【会】【在】【不】【知】【不】【觉】【中】【让】【人】【丢】【掉】【性】【命】。 “【这】【位】【女】【士】，【咱】【两】【见】【过】【吗】？” 【顾】【瑜】【霓】【觉】【得】【这】【个】【人】【和】K【的】【前】【首】【领】【一】【定】【有】【着】【千】【丝】【万】【缕】【的】【联】【系】，【要】【么】【是】【爱】【情】，【要】【么】【是】【亲】【情】【的】
【宁】【西】【暗】【叹】【一】【口】【气】，“【我】……【不】【走】。【不】【过】【你】【不】【准】【伤】【害】【我】【的】【朋】【友】。【我】【现】【在】【出】【去】【让】【飞】【机】【走】，【可】【以】【吗】？” 【雅】【各】【仔】【细】【观】【察】【着】【她】【的】【每】【一】【丝】【表】【情】，【不】【敢】【漏】【掉】【一】【分】，【她】【说】【的】【是】【真】【的】【吗】？【她】【真】【的】【会】【留】【下】【吗】？ 【不】！【她】【一】【定】【是】【骗】【人】【的】！【雅】【各】【不】【相】【信】【有】【人】【会】【这】【么】【傻】，【傻】【到】【放】【弃】【逃】【跑】【的】【机】【会】。 【他】【拖】【着】【宁】【西】【来】【到】【了】【门】【口】，【只】【见】【那】【巨】【大】【的】【花】【园】
【丁】【杰】【带】【着】【科】【技】，【征】【服】【世】【界】，【成】【为】【世】【界】【首】【富】！ 【全】【书】【完】！ （【科】【技】【文】【不】【好】【写】，【写】【不】【动】【了】【抱】【歉】！）
【是】【的】，【新】【书】【又】【双】【叒】【叕】【完】【本】【了】…… 【好】【吧】【首】【先】【得】【承】【认】，【这】【本】【书】【后】【期】【因】【为】【现】【实】【中】【的】【事】【务】【影】【响】【确】【实】【有】【些】【草】【率】，【情】【节】【路】【线】【大】【致】【是】【按】【照】【定】【好】【的】【大】【纲】【去】【走】【的】【但】【是】【细】【节】【处】【理】【得】【确】【实】【粗】【糙】【了】【些】。【就】【像】【之】【前】【说】【的】，【工】【作】【出】【现】【调】【动】【之】【后】【这】【阵】【子】【实】【在】【太】【忙】【了】，【因】【为】【同】【样】【的】【理】【由】【一】【时】【半】【会】【可】【能】【也】【都】【没】【法】【开】【新】【坑】【了】…… 【关】【于】【穿】【越】【去】DC【以】【及】【联】【动】