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Kamala Harris Takes Aim at a Rising Elizabeth Warren

September 21
08:33 2019
  • Democratic presidential hopeful faults rival’s fundraising, and Georgia Republicans tell governor to ‘just make a pick’ for a new senator


By : Gabriel T. Rubin

KAMALA HARRIS, now a distant fourth in the Democratic presidential race, took aim at poll-climber Elizabeth Warren for doing big-money events. In response to a question about Warren, Harris said at a closed-door fundraiser it was hypocritical for her rival to claim she wasn’t taking money from large donors when Warren transferred around $10 million from her Senate funds before denouncing big money donations. Harris moved $1.2 million into her presidential fund. Harris lamented that she now needs to be in places like New York to keep the campaign financially afloat but prefers to spend time in early voting states.


On a later press call, Harris’s campaign didn’t name Warren directly but noted repeatedly that Harris came into the campaign with less than other candidates because “we spent 2018 raising for other candidates.”


INSIDE MARK ZUCKERBERG’S DINNER with senators: The Facebook CEO asked Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to arrange a dinner with senators to discuss election security, consumer-data protection and social-media competition.


They kept the group small at eight people—Zuckerberg and senators including Richard Blumenthal —dining around the table for two hours at Ris, a New American bistro located by the Ritz-Carlton in Washington’s West End. Their menu included mushroom-crusted Icelandic cod and bittersweet chocolate semifreddo.


The meal cost $100 a person. It’s unclear who picked up the tab. Zuckerberg was in town to press senators on their plans for regulating internet giants.


ISRAELI ELECTIONS could yield wins for Democratic consultants and a loss for Trump’s pollster. Joel Benenson, known for his work for Hillary Clinton, guides center-left Blue and White party to a neck-and-neck result with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ’s Likud party, pending coalition negotiations. Netanyahu accused Benenson of delivering a “false leak” in the campaign’s final days about Israel spying on the White House, which Benenson denied.


Mark Mellman, known for his work for former Sen. Harry Reid and an informal adviser to Blue and White, told the Journal he has high hopes for Democrats’ ties to Israel in a post-Netanyahu era: “It’s a tremendous opportunity for Israel to reset its relationship with Democrats.” But he said a new government wouldn’t change the relationship with Israel’s “implacable foes” in Congress, such as Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.


John McLaughlin, a Trump pollster, appeared with Netanyahu in the campaign’s final days to warn of low right-wing voter turnout.


GEORGIA GOV. Brian Kemp angers state Republicans with the unusual decision to invite the public to apply to be named to succeed retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. Some worry that it forces public and private sector figures to declare their political ambition publicly—and risk being attacked as ladder climbers. “Just make a pick, like every other governor in America would do, and let’s all move on,” says one Georgia GOP operative.


BOURBON AND BEGGING: Diplomats, journalists and lawmakers gathered at the home of the European Union ambassador to the U.S. for bourbon and bluegrass music—and to hear a plea not to raise tariffs. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis reminded the audience, including members of Congress and Kentucky politicians, that the EU was the biggest source of foreign investment in Kentucky and a growing importer of whiskey. Guests got a swag bag containing a “Recipe for export growth.”


BIG CHALLENGES for Sen. Bernie Sanders appear in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll: He leads among young Democratic voters, but is the top choice of just 3% of voters over 50 and 5% of African-Americans, two crucial groups in party primaries.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The papers of Justice John Paul Stevens, who died in July, will begin opening to the public in October 2020. They’ll offer insights into the inner workings of the Supreme Court that decided epochal cases such as Bush v. Gore. The Library of Congress will open files extending through Sept. 30, 2005, starting next year, with papers covering the justice’s final five years on the court set to open in 2030.


MINOR MEMOS: Warren cheers—but silently, because she is in the quiet car of Amtrak’s Acela—to celebrate Working Families Party endorsement. … Joe Biden jokes that where he grew up, “you either became a firefighter, a cop, a tradesman or a priest—but I wasn’t qualified for any of those.” … Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski reproaches Rep. Jamie Raskin for calling the tooth fairy imaginary in a televised hearing his children were watching.


Courtesy : Wall Street Journal

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