Bull’s Eye: CrossFit, Katy Perry, and Postelection Cruises

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Nov. 13, 2016, 8 p.m.

THE EDGE

Soon, Donald Trump may be NATO’s problem. But this week, he’s also Barack Obama‘s problem, as the president travels to Germany and Greece. Certain to be on the agenda: assuaging our allies’ concerns about Trump’s intentions. Meanwhile, back on Pennsylvania Avenue, a march will urge Trump to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He may not take much urging.

President Obama reaches to hold the hand of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they test virtual reality goggles. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

QUOTEMEISTER

“Trump won. Signed, Daddy. P.S. You’ll live.”
—Commentary editor John Podhoretz’s “letter” to his daughters that mocked screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s now-famous letter to his own daughters on the election results

“Pig stomach paradise.”
—How a local butcher shop refers to Kallstadt, the Trump family’s ancestral village in Germany, according to NBC News

ON DECK FOR NOV. 14

11 a.m. The Atlantic and 1776 host an event on the present and future of the U.S. military with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

11 a.m. Bernie Sanders appears on The View.

1 p.m. Michelle Obama delivers opening remarks at a White House event to celebrate those who have supported the military community.

7 p.m. The International Center for Journalists holds its 2016 awards dinner, with Wolf Blitzer and Charlie Rose.

BEST DAY

CrossFit. The fitness craze’s founder, Greg Glassman, claimed he helped defeat California House candidate Isadore Hall, who he said was in the pocket of “Big Soda.”

WORST DAY

Chinese fans of Katy Perry, who canceled a concert there last week. They believe she was too distraught by the election to perform.

Katy Perry performs during a concert supporting Hillary Clinton on Nov. 5 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

DATA DIVE

9,212 miles: Approximate distance from Washington to Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, where John Kerry traveled the day after the election.

QUICK TAKES ON THE NEWS

SPOTLIGHT ON POLITICS: How Rubio and Bayh changed Senate race

Looking back, it’s clear that Marco Rubio‘s last-minute decision to run for reelection is what signaled a shift in the fight for the Senate majority and, along with Donald Trump‘s remarkable rise to victory, ultimately led to a loss of just two Republican seats.

“I always knew we were going to have a shot” at holding the majority despite a challenging map, National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Ward Baker told reporters. “When Florida happened, I had a strong feeling.”

Before the return of Rubio, Florida looked like one of the GOP’s three most vulnerable seats. But the recruitment of Rubio by Baker and Senate Republicans eventually prompted Democrats to cancel millions of dollars in television ads. Rubio wound up winning by eight points over Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Former Sen. Evan Bayh‘s surprise return to Indiana in July promised to have a similar galvanizing effect for Democrats, but Republicans systematically dismantled Bayh’s candidacy with opposition research that focused on his lucrative lobbying career and questioned how much of a connection he still had with his home state. Bayh ended up losing to Rep. Todd Young by 10 points.

Kyle Trygstad

Sen. Marco Rubio smiles as he speaks to supporters after winning a second term in office. Rubio defeated U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a two-term congressman. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
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