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Wake Up To Politics - November 9, 2015

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Monday, November 9, 2015
365 Days until Election Day 2016
84 Days until the Iowa Caucuses It's Monday, November 9, 2015, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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  • 2016 Catchup Here’s what you need to know about the presidential race today:
  • Jeb Bush will appear with former Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) at a Monday education event. Bush and Walker will visit La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha, Wisconsin to meet with “charter and private school students…who participate in Wisconsin’s school choice programs,” according to Bush’s campaign.
  • Walker ran a short-lived presidential campaign earlier this year, announcing in July and dropping out in September. He has not yet endorsed anyone; today’s event does not necessarily signal Walker is supporting Bush: their joint appearance is hosted by Hispanics for School Choice, separating it from a campaign event.
  • Ben Carson responded to attacks on his biographic story this weekend, after numerous reports finding inaccuracies in his memoir, “Gifted Hands”. Many points of his narrative (his claimed West Point scholarship, his childhood violence, and other stories) have been found to be inaccurate by many news outlets. These fabrications are summarized in a Wall Street Journal report released Friday.
  • Carson spent much of the weekend defending himself against these reports, accusing the media of focusing on this scandal, and vetting him in much more unfair ways than their vetting of President Obama. The frontrunner expanded: “Every single day, every other day or every week, you know, they're going to come out with, ‘Well, you said this when you were 13’. The whole point is to distract the populace, to distract me. If you've got a real scandal, if you’ve got something that’s really important, let’s talk about that,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
  • Hillary Clinton will receive the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) endorsement Monday in an event in Nashua, New Hampshire. Clinton will appear with LCV president Gene Karpinski and LCV board chair Carl Browner, an environmental advisor for Presidents Clinton and Obama, at an Environmentalists for Hillary event.
  • The LCV is picking Hillary over her rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, who have both received higher voting record scores from the group, because “the stakes are so high” in a general election. THE LCV is a major liberal advocacy organization that endorses pro-environment candidates and spends millions on their behalf.
  • Bernie Sanders pushed back against charges that he planned a 2012 primary challenge to President Obama in an interview Saturday. “The idea that I’ve worked against Barack Obama is categorically false,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week,” although a BuzzFeed report with interviews of Obama staffers shows the threat of a Sanders run in 2012 may have been a bit more realistic.
  • Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” on NBC this weekend, bringing in huge viewers for the comedy show, and SNL’s biggest overnight ratings in over three years. Even so, Trump’s performance drew mixed reviews, CNN reports.
  • The Republican frontrunner was on-screen for much of the show, participating in a sketch where he does not even appear but “live-tweets” criticisms of the actors on the bottom of the screen, in a parody of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” and other sketches. Trump’s hosting duties also included a monologue to open the show.

White House Watch

  • The President’s Schedule At 10:30am, President Barack Obama will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The two have a lot on their agenda to discuss, including the Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and a two-states solution to these situations, as well as Syria, and U.S. military support of Israel.
  • A White House statement expanded on the meeting’s goal, saying “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel as well as the unprecedented security cooperation, including our close consultations to further enhance Israel’s security.”
  • According to Mark Knoller of CBS, this will be President Obama's 13th meeting with Netanyahu (although their first in over a year: the two have not sat down together since October 1, 2014).
  • Obama and Netanyahu have long had a frosty relationship, and this meeting is a chance to salvage their partnership in hopes of Middle Eastern peace before the President leaves office in January 2017.
  • Also today – at 1:55pm, President Obama meets with Secretary of State John Kerry, an at 4:55pm, Obama will speak at a meeting and a fundraising dinner for Organizing for Action (OFA), the non-profit group formed from the remains of Obama’s two presidential campaigns to promote his White House agenda.
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