THE BIG IDEA: Carly Fiorina won the debate, but she is already facing meaningful logistical challenges and a lot more scrutiny.
— She has no real organization in the early states. “Unlike campaigns with larger staffs, Fiorina’s does not yet appear to have the capacity to stage multiple events in a single day,” Karen Tumulty and Jenna Johnson write on the front page of today’s Washington Post. “A typical appearance on the stump features Fiorina and a microphone. She sometimes lacks a second one for those in the audience to use when they ask her questions.”
— Her corporate record is getting a second look. During the debate and in the day since, there was a huge spike in Google searches for information related to why she was fired as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. A blistering 2010 ad that Barbara Boxer ran against Fiorina in their 2010 Senate race made the rounds yesterday. It features a clip of Carly noting she was behind “massive layoffs” and talking about sending jobs overseas as, a narrator notes, she tripled her own salary. Watch here:
— There’s lots more oppo out there. “In recent days, a supporter of one of Fiorina’s Republican rivals shared Boxer’s opposition research book from the 2010 campaign with reporters,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “The 219-page tome includes her tenure at HP, her net worth and property holdings, and details about her divorce. Critics who railed against Fiorina during that campaign, such as the granddaughter of HP co-founder David Packard, could reemerge.”
— One of the biggest donors to her super PAC is the former head of Univision, something that might not play well with the Breitbart crowd. “Fiorina’s campaign declined to provide details about fundraising, but the candidate headlined a fundraiser Thursday night in Los Angeles hosted by notable GOP donors, including former Univision chief Jerry Perenchio,” the LA Times story notes, adding that he already donated more than $1 million to the super PAC.
— The Day Two clips are not ideal for Fiorina—
- New York Times: “Fiorina Grew HP’s Sales, but Not Its Profits.” In the debate, she bragged that she “quadrupled” the company’s “topline growth rate,” Josh Barrow notes. “A company’s top line is its revenue — how much money it takes in, before expenses. What shareholders really care about is the bottom line, or profit. … Hewlett-Packard’s profits in 2005 were $2.4 billion, a billion less than in the year Mrs. Fiorina started as C.E.O. That is a key reason she was fired.”
- FORTUNE: “Fiorina didn’t have a great run as CEO of Hewlett-Packard”
- FORBES: “Trump’s Right … Carly Fiorina Was A Disaster For HP Shareholders” (It’s the lead story on their site and was written by a staff writer.)
- MSNBC: “Will HP’s past ties to Iran hurt Fiorina?”
- NBC News: “Fiorina Super PAC Tests Legal Limits of Campaign Coordination”
- CNN: “For Fiorina, money hasn’t yet followed the hype”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Donald Trump didn’t correct a man after he called President Obama a Muslim who is “not even an American.” The questioner at Trump’s New Hampshire town hall went on to ask the Republican for his plan to get rid of “training camps” for Muslim terrorists that supposedly exist within the United States. Trump responded: “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to look at that and plenty of other things.” Trump is not the first candidate to be asked about reports on sites like World Net Daily, which accuse the FBI of looking the other way as camps spring up across the deep South, though his response — that they may be worth looking into — is unique. Watch the video here. (Jenna Johnson)
- Trump’s close adviser, Michael Cohen, told Sean Hannity that there’s “a better than likely chance” Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin when he comes to New York City for the United Nation meeting. (Audio via BuzzFeed)
- Trump will fly to Iowa for a high school homecoming Saturday night in Urbandale after students invited him, according to Des Moines affiliate KCCI.
— The Virginia Board of Health voted to make life way easier for abortion clinics. Fulfilling a campaign promise by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the board rolled back Bob McDonnell-pushed requirements that clinics comply with the same rules as a hospital for admitting patients. The amended regulations, once finalized, will take away a mandate that providers have transfer agreements with area hospitals and will prevent the state from imposing strict construction standards. The original rules were intended to make it as difficult as possible for women to seek abortions. (Jenna Portnoy)
GET SMART FAST:
- The Federal Reserve decided against raising interest rates for now.
- FBI agents arrested a friend of alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof yesterday afternoon, who gave him a place to stay in the weeks before the massacre. It’s not clear if Joey Meek will be charged with making false statements to federal officials or concealing advance knowledge of the crime. “He don’t think he did anything wrong,” his girlfriend told The Post.
- The 8th Circuit in St. Louis ruled that forcing two Missouri organizations to offer contraceptive coverage to employees — even indirectly — violates the groups’ religious freedoms. This contradicts another appellate court, setting the stage for a Hobby Lobby sequel before the Supreme Court next term. (Robert Barnes explains.)
- Bowe Bergdahl‘s lawyer says a board of psychiatrists concluded that the Army sergeant was suffering from a severe mental defect when he walked off base in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban, suggesting that his legal team plans to play the insanity defense against desertion charges. (Dan Lamothe)
- The Senate voted unanimously to block six-fold pay increases for the CEOs’ of Freddie and Fannie. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the two mortgage finance firms, had approved raising their salaries from $600,000 to $4 million each. (Jena McGregor)
- Senate Republicans are confirming federal judges at the slowest rate in more than 60 years, according to a report from the Alliance for Justice. In the seventh year of George W. Bush’s term, Senate Democrats confirmed 29 judicial appointees. So far this year, Republicans have confirmed six of President Obama’s.
- ZMapp, an experimental drug that was given to the first American treated in the United States for Ebola, has been granted fast track approval by the FDA. (CNN)
- Fiat Chrysler will invest $5.3 billion in U.S. plants over the next four years but it will move production of the Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart and a Jeep crossover to Mexico as part of its tentative agreement with the UAW. (Detroit Free Press)
- Two Tennessee lawmakers introduced a bill to nullify the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision. (Tennessean)
- The Pope will stay on Massachusetts Avenue, at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See, when he’s in Washington next week. It’s effectively the Vatican’s embassy. In New York, he will overnight at the residence of the Apostolic nuncio to the United Nations. (Steve Hendrix has an A1 story on the preparations.)
- Two dozen teenagers were suspended from their southwestern Virginia high school for wearing clothing emblazoned with the Confederate flag, a protest of their school’s ban on such apparel. (T. Rees Shapiro and Moriah Balingit)
POWER PLAYERS IN THE NEWS:
- John F. Kerry appointed a career foreign service officer, Stephen D. Mull, as the new czar responsible for implementing the Iran deal. He’ll coordinate among U.S. agencies and negotiating partners, reporting directly to the Secretary of State. Before becoming U.S. ambassador to Poland, he played a key role in early negotiations with Iran. (Karen DeYoung)
- The head of the Draft Biden super PAC, who was senior adviser to the late Beau Biden, was reportedly overheard on an Amtrak train saying he thinks the vice president will announce that he’s running in mid-October. A passenger told National Review that Josh Alcorn said, “I am 100 percent that Joe is in.” (NR’s Ramesh Ponnuru)
- Hillary defended her 2001 vote for a Senate bankruptcy bill that progressives hate by suggesting that Joe Biden encouraged her to do it. The burn of the VP suggests that she’s taking his potential bid more seriously than she lets on publicly. (The Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey)
- When Biden said he’ll go to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala, Hillary invited black lawmakers to a private reception. (Politico’s Lauren French)
- Bernie Sanders raised $1.2 million in the 48 hours after David Brock’s pro-Hillary super PAC, Correct the Record, clumsily pitched opposition research on him to the Huffington Post. (John Wanger)
- Michelle Obama picked a native of Iran to be the new White House florist, replacing the one she reportedly fired and had escorted out of the building in February. Roshan Ghaffarian, who now lives in California, will take over ahead of the Chinese state dinner next week. “Ghaffarian’s selection comes after months of speculation and a top-secret auditioning process so hush-hush one might have thought the matter at hand was nuclear codes, not color schemes,” reports the Reliable Source.
- The Maryland State Ethics Commission will not launch an inquiry into Martin O’Malley’s purchase of furniture from the governor’s mansion, the Attorney General’s office announced last night. When he left office in January, O’Malley paid the state just $9,638 to take dozens of items with him for his new house in Baltimore that had cost taxpayers $62,000. (John Wagner)
- New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, the likely Democratic nominee against Sen. Kelly Ayotte, will endorse Hillary today. (Union Leader)
- The House has 435 members again after Republican Darin LaHood, Roy’s son, got sworn in to replace Aaron Schock, who resigned under a cloud of scandal. The current House breakdown is 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats.
- Jeb Bush’s first post-debate rally, in Nevada, drew only 100 people. The room at a Las Vegas rec center was half-full. Several attendees, when asked about the debate by David Weigel, talked not about Bush’s performance but Fiorina’s comebacks.
- Bob Woodward joined Twitter.
— “Amid dropping poll numbers, Scott Walker will retreat to focus on Iowa,” by Jenna Johnson and Matea Gold: “The Wisconsin governor also faces growing pressure from some financial backers to make staffing changes in an attempt to turn around his campaign. … Many backers have directed their ire at campaign manager Rick Wiley, who some Walker supporters believe expanded the staff too quickly and has failed to calibrate spending during the summer fundraising season. A recent count put the number of full-time Walker campaign staff at around 90 … ‘There is a substantial amount of chatter that he needs to go,’ said one major Walker fundraiser, requesting anonymity to discuss private conversations. ‘People are worried.’”
— “E.U. nations pull welcome mats for migrants, imposing new restrictions,” by William Booth, Anthony Faiola and Michael Birnbaum: “European nations once friendly to refugees abruptly yanked their welcome mats Thursday, as Germany considered slashing its benefits and Croatia announced it was closing most of its road links with Serbia…The German measures would overhaul asylum codes to stem the massive flow of migrants into Europe…In a 128-page draft law produced by the German Interior Ministry and obtained by The Washington Post, the government would speed asylum procedures, cut cash benefits, hasten deportations and punish those with false claims and phony paperwork.”
— “Congress inching ever closer toward a government shutdown,” by Steven Mufson and Kelsey Snell: Harry “Reid and [Nancy] Pelosi met with Obama [yesterday] for about 90 minutes to prepare for negotiations. They said they are willing to back a continuing resolution to keep the government open, but insisted that such a stopgap measure be a short-term one and include the same size increases for military and non-military spending. They said that they will also demand that it not include any language about ideological issues, such as funding for Planned Parenthood…But with seven working days left on the legislative calendar, GOP feuding so far has prevented any real negotiation on a funding package.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Carly gets her moment. She got 17 percent of all 2016 related mentions yesterday among the GOP contenders, compared to 4 percent last week. Via our analytics partners at Zignal Labs, here’s a breakdown of who people were talking about during the 24 hours following the debate across TV, traditional media and online:
–Pictures of the day:
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) cast her 6,000th consecutive Senate vote — she hasn’t missed a single vote in 18 years!
Lawmakers showed off their pocket Constitutions for Constitution Day on Thursday. Here is Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus':
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) expressed his support for Ahmed Mohamed, the Houston 14-year-old who was detained by police after bringing a homemade alarm clock to school that officials thought was a fake bomb:
–Tweets of the day:
Early ratings suggest 22.9 million people tuned in for Wednesday’s debate, short of the 24 million who watched last month’s debate on Fox, but the largest audience in CNN’s 35-year history. Fun fact: Their previous high was the 16.8 million who tuned in for a 1993 debate over NAFTA between Al Gore and Ross Perot on “Larry King Live.”
Trump touted his role:
Will they send me flowers & a thank you note?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2015
Hugh Hewitt also celebrated the big number:
Well it turns out I am part of CNN history; never thought that would go on resume. — Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 17, 2015
George Pataki snapped a photo with Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“The view from Clinton HQ is all calm and bright tonight,” tweeted Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri:
–Instagrams of the day:
Jenna Bush Hager posted a photo of daughters Mila (2) and Poppy (one month):
Bernie Sanders stopped by 30 Rock in New York City:
Chris Christie gave an interview to Sean Hannity when he got back to the East Coast. “3 hours of sleep? Who cares!” he wrote:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Global Post, “South America has become a safe haven for the Catholic Church’s alleged child molesters,” by Will Carless: Father Federico Fernandez Baeza “is just one of scores of Catholic priests who have been accused of abusing children in the United States and Europe, but who have avoided accountability simply by moving to a less-developed country… In a yearlong investigation, we tracked down and confronted five such priests. All were able to continue working for the church despite serious accusations against them. When we found them, all but one continued to lead Mass, mostly in remote, poor communities in South America. Some of these men faced criminal investigations, but went abroad without charges being brought against them.”
— Wall Street Journal, “Vatican disputes White House guest list for papal visit,” by Francis X. Rocca: “On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia…According to a senior Vatican official, the Holy See worries that any photos of the pope with these guests at the White House welcoming ceremony next Wednesday could be interpreted as an endorsement of their activities.”
— New York Times, “Abortion bills advance, setting up a showdown,” by David Herszenhorn: “Senate Republicans said on Thursday that they would take up legislation outlawing all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the House voted to move forward with a bill that would end government financing for Planned Parenthood, intensifying a fight over abortion that threatened to paralyze budget talks and force a government shutdown at the end of the month…At a news conference on Wednesday, [Mitch] McConnell was nonchalant about an impending shutdown. ‘The question was, am I losing sleep?’ Mr. McConnell said, not quite smiling. ‘No, I’m not. We’re going to fund the government. We’re not going to shut the government down.’”
— Wall Street Journal, “U.S. rethinks Syria strategy,” by Carol E. Lee and Dion Nissenbaum: “The Obama administration is considering scrapping its effort to create a large-scale Syrian force to fight Islamic State as it searches for alternatives to prevent the American-led effort from collapsing…Under one proposal being crafted at the Pentagon, the $500 million train-and-equip program…would be a more modest effort focused on creating specially trained militants empowered to call in U.S. airstrikes…The White House is also debating a Russian proposal for talks on military activity in Syria as Moscow builds up support for President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime.”
— USA Today front page, “Hillary Clinton’s real troubles may be with moderates, not the left,” by Heidi Pryzbyla: “You may have heard this before: Hillary Clinton’s poll ratings are free-falling as democratic socialist Bernie Sanders rides an anti-establishment wave of support. It’s a great story that’s not quite right…Her more immediate troubles, as demonstrated by national polls, are with self-described moderate Democrats hedging their bets on an alternative named Joe Biden — who isn’t even a candidate, at least not yet — not liberals feeling ‘the Bern.’”
HOT ON THE LEFT
UC goes back to the drawing board on revamp of free-speech policy. From the Los Angeles Times: “A proposed new [University of California] policy against intolerance was criticized by some regents and Jewish groups as too weak in dealing with what they contend are rising numbers of anti-Semitic incidents on campuses. Others complained that it went too far and would stifle dissent. The UC regents on Thursday withdrew the controversial policy statement and launched a new effort to rewrite it over the next few months. The task ahead for UC will be closely watched nationally, experts said.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT
Watchdog finds widespread fraud at U.S. Census Bureau. From the Washington Examiner: “Dozens of government employees at the U.S. Census Bureau have been billing taxpayers for time they never actually worked, wasting more than $1 million. The 40 officials were supposed to be performing background checks on the census personnel who walk door-to-door throughout the country to collect information about Americans. Instead, they ‘engaged in pervasive misconduct over several years,’ according to an investigation by the Commerce Department’s inspector general.”
— What’s happening today on the campaign trail: Eleven Republican presidential candidates, including all the frontrunners, attend the Heritage Action for America Presidential Forum in Greenville, S.C. Jeb Bush also speaks at the Michigan Republican Party’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference (other candidates will follow later in the weekend). Bernie Sanders attends a fundraiser in New York City and appears on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Hillary Clinton campaigns in Durham and Plymouth, N.H., and Portland, Maine. Lindsey Graham holds events in West Des Moines, Des Moines, Indianola, Winterset, Waukee and Boone, Iowa. Mike Huckabee speaks to the California Republican Party Executive Committee Lunch in Anaheim, Calif.
— On the Hill: The Senate is in recess. The House meets at 9 a.m.
— At the White House: President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Later, Obama delivers brief remarks to an audience of criminal justice activists, state and local elected officials, and community leaders.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lot of them do jobs that they’re willing to do and, uh, that’s why in the hotel you leave a little tip,” said John Kasich, referring to Latinos at a Thursday luncheon at a fancy Orange County golf club.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— “We have a lock on mostly sunny skies—especially today and tomorrow—but humidity is slowly on the increase ahead of our next cold front. As it approaches the area on Saturday night into early Sunday, we could see a shower or two, but not enough to quench our water table’s/gardens’ thirst,” the Capital Weather Gang reports.
— Capitol Hill residents protested the idea of rebuilding a new home for the Redskins at RFK stadium.
— The Nats fell to the Marlins 6-4, putting us eight games behind the Mets.
— An air show at Andrews tomorrow will feature the Air Force’s Thunderbirds and vintage planes. The sequester forced the cancellation of the popular event in 2013 and 2014. At the last show, in 2012, 200,000 people attended.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
— Scuffles broke out in Japan’s parliament over a series of military bills, a scene that was quickly compared to a “rugby match”:
— Via Funny or Die, Arnold Schwarzenegger calls Trump, creating “Darnald”:
— A Bernie Sanders’ impersonator appeared on Comedy Central’s “Midnight” game show:
— Going viral overnight: Watch video of nine — yes, nine — police officers arresting an unarmed teenager who was jaywalking in Stockton, California.
— Check out photos of a seal hitching a ride on a whale’s back here.
— New NASA photos capture a breathtaking sunset on Pluto. See the images here.
— Finally, The Fix created a Secret Service code name generator. Input your name, the generation you identify with and whether you’re currently running for president. The Post’s National staff had fun yesterday as reporters and editors sent around what they got. Mine, aptly enough, is “EARLY START.” Find out your’s here.