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After Bernie Sanders’ landslide Nevada win, it’s time for Democrats to unite behind him | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian

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It was a landslide. Bernie Sanders had been expected to win the Nevada caucuses, but not like this. With just 4% of the vote in, news organizations called the race for Sanders, since his margin of victory was so large. Sanders has now won the popular vote in all of the first three states, and is currently leading in the polls almost everywhere else in the country. He was already the favorite to take the nomination before the Nevada contest, with Democratic party insiders worrying he was “unstoppable.” His campaign will only grow more powerful now.

Importantly, Sanders’ Nevada victory definitively disproved one of the most enduring myths about his campaign: that it could attract left-leaning young white people, but was incapable of drawing in a diverse coalition. In fact, voters of color were a primary source of Sanders’ strength in Nevada; he received the majority of Latino votes. Entrance polls showed Sanders winning “men and women, whites and Latinos, voters 17-29, 30-44 and 45-65, those with college degrees and those without, liberal Democrats (by a lot) and moderate/conservatives (narrowly), union and non-union households.” The poisonous concept of the white “Bernie Bro” as the “typical” Sanders supporter should be dead.

Some members of the media establishment had no idea what to make of Sanders’ Nevada victory. On MSNBC, James Carville said that “Putin” had won Nevada, and Chris Matthews declared the primary “over” (ill-advisedly comparing Sanders’ victory to the Nazi invasion of France). Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post admitted that Sanders had been stronger with nonwhite voters than she expected, and it might now be “too late” to do anything about him.

The other candidates and their supporters did their best to spin a humiliating defeat. Amy Klobuchar said her sixth-place finish “exceeded expectations”—if sixth place is better than you expected, you’re probably not a viable candidate. Biden vowed, implausibly (and for the third time) that he would bounce back. Pete Buttigieg took to the stage to denounce Sanders, who he said “believes in an inflexible, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans.” A Warren supporter rather charmingly said that while Sanders had won, Warren had the “momentum,” and the Warren campaign itself said the Nevada “debate” mattered more than the Nevada “result.”

Source: After Bernie Sanders’ landslide Nevada win, it’s time for Democrats to unite behind him | Nathan Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian

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Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada Democratic caucuses with wide lead over his competitors

Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.

Source: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada Democratic caucuses with wide lead over his competitors

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Bill to legalize recreational marijuana introduced by Pa. state rep from Pittsburgh

A state representative from Pittsburgh announced new legislation Thursday in his ongoing effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.

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Las Vegas Democratic debate live updates: Six candidates face off in Nevada

The ninth Democratic presidential debate kicks off Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with five veteran debaters and one newcomer facing off on the stage.

This is the first debate for billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who only met the polling qualifications on Tuesday. He’ll go head to head with several top contenders vying for primacy in the critical early nominating contests.

The debate, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent, puts pressure on Bernie Sanders to defend his position as a leading candidate in the run-up to Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, while moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — and now Bloomberg — look to widen their bases, and Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren seek a boost after failing to meet early expectations.

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2020 presidential candidates have begun filing to get on the Pennsylvania ballot

President Donald Trump, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg have all submitted their paperwork to get on the ballot for the Pennsylvania primary.

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Klobuchar draws crowds in New Hampshire as she hopes for a surge in Tuesday’s primary – CNNPolitics

Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar had a request of the overflow crowd gathered to see her on the eve of the New Hampshire primary: Surprise the country on Tuesday.

“So, as you probably heard, we’re on a bit of a surge,” she said. “To think this all happened in New Hampshire, well, maybe I am not surprised.”
Tuesday’s primary is a crucial day for Klobuchar, who after placing fifth in the Iowa caucuses, turned in a strong performance at Friday’s debate that boosted her fundraising and has given her campaign a sense of much-needed momentum.
A stronger-than-expected showing could keep her competitive in a Democratic primary that soon turns to much tougher terrain for the Minnesota senator: Nevada and South Carolina. Klobuchar has not registered any support with non-white voters in recent polls, and her campaign has not invested in those two states compared to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Source: Klobuchar draws crowds in New Hampshire as she hopes for a surge in Tuesday’s primary – CNNPolitics

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These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

State Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver) owns stake in his brother’s fracking-related company, among other ties to the industry. State Sen. Elder Vogel (R-New Sewickley) invests in two energy companies with ties to Pittsburgh regional fracking. And state Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Monongahela) has leased the mineral rights of her property to natural-gas companies.

Source: These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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In Another Trump Win, Court Tosses Democrats’ Suit Over His Businesses

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers that accused Donald Trump of violating anti-corruption provisions in the U.S. Constitution with his business dealings, capping a week of political victories for the Republican president.

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Alec Baldwin and ‘The View’ Clash With Meghan McCain Over Rush Limbaugh State of the Union Honor

At one point, Alec Baldwin joked that he might run for president just so he can give the Medal of Freedom to Louis C.K.

Source: Alec Baldwin and ‘The View’ Clash With Meghan McCain Over Rush Limbaugh State of the Union Honor

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the president of the United States. The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards of the United States. The presidential medal seeks to recognize those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.[2] The award is not limited to U.S. citizens and, while it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.

It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy,[3] superseding the Medal of Freedom that was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1945 to honor civilian service during World War II.

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Iowa caucus results: DNC chair calls for a recanvass as chaos ensues – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez called for a recanvass of all results in Iowa on Thursday, as the state’s Democratic Party continues to struggle to verify the data from Monday night’s caucuses.

The move is a significant step and raises further questions about how long the results of the key Iowa caucuses will remain outstanding. In a recanvass, all the numbers that were released by the state party would be checked against the results that were recorded at caucus sites.
“Enough is enough,” Perez tweeted. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
Perez followed up his initial tweet by writing, “A recanvass is a review of the worksheets from each caucus site to ensure accuracy. The (Iowa Democratic Party) will continue to report results.”
Perez, in the tweet, is specifically raising questions about how the Iowa Democratic Party is adhering to the plan they submitted to the national party. That plan guided how the state party would allocate delegates.
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released a statement responding to Perez, saying the party is prepared to conduct a recanvass “should any presidential campaign” request one.

Source: Iowa caucus results: DNC chair calls for a recanvass as chaos ensues – CNNPolitics

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Trump To Give Post-Impeachment Speech; Watch Live At Noon ET : NPR

President Trump is declaring victory on Thursday, a day after being acquitted by the Senate on two articles of impeachment. He is scheduled to make public remarks at noon ET. Watch his remarks live here when they begin.

After the vote, Trump immediately claimed that he had been “totally vindicated,” following a months-long investigation that the White House called a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.”

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Live updates: Senate acquits President Trump on both articles of impeachment in historic vote

President Donald Trump has been acquitted of both articles of impeachment: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Nancy Pelosi should resign | TheHill

Her drop the mic moment will have a lasting impact on the House. While many will celebrate her trolling of the president, she tore up something far more important than a speech. Pelosi has shredded decades of tradition, decorum, and civility that the nation could use now more than ever. The House speaker is more than a political partisan, particularly when carrying out functions such as the State of the Union address. A president appears in the House as a guest of both chambers of Congress. The House speaker represents not her party or herself but the entirety of the chamber. At that moment, she must transcend her own political ambitions and loyalties.

Tensions for this address were high. The House impeachment managers sat as a group in front of the president as a reminder of the ongoing trial. That can be excused as a silent but pointed message from the Democrats. Trump hardly covered himself with glory by not shaking hands with Pelosi. I also strongly disliked elements of his address which bordered on “check under your seat” moments, and the awarding of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom inside the House gallery like a Mardi Gras bead toss. However, if Trump made the State of the Union look like Oprah, then Pelosi made it look like Jerry Springer.

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Omar’s State of the Union Trivia Tweet – FactCheck.org

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar asked on Twitter: “Have we ever had an impeached President, deliver the State of the Union address while he is on trial in the Senate?” Answer: Yes. President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar asked on Twitter: “Have we ever had an impeached President, deliver the State of the Union address while he is on trial in the Senate?” Answer: Yes. President Bill Clinton in 1999.

Omar tweeted the inquiry on Feb. 2, two days before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, adding, “Given the audience in the room will be both his prosecutors and jurors on said trial.”

Clinton was impeached by the House on Dec. 19, 1998, and the Senate trial began on Jan. 7, 1999. He gave his State of the Union speech on Jan. 19, 1999, without mentioning the ongoing impeachment trial, as a transcript, and video, of the address archived by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara shows.

“Several GOP House members boycotted the speech to show their displeasure with Clinton, who faces removal from office for charges of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky,” CNN reported at that time.

Clinton was acquitted by the Senate on Feb. 12, 1999, more than three weeks after his address. On the morning of Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address, Feb. 4, the Senate trial was wrapping up, with senators speaking from the floor about the articles of impeachment. Trump is expected to be acquitted on Feb. 5.

Source: Omar’s State of the Union Trivia Tweet – FactCheck.org

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Trump takes on ‘radical left’ in defiant and dramatic State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up speech

President Trump went on the offensive against socialism and left-wing policies during a defiant third State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night — drawing groans from Democrats in attendance and prompting a furious House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to rip up her copy of Trump’s speech as soon as it concluded in a remarkable scene.

Asked about the moment by Fox News afterward, Pelosi said she had destroyed the speech “because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.” She also said she was “trying to find one page with truth on it” but “couldn’t.”

The White House responded almost immediately by referencing several of the guests of honor whom Trump had introduced during the State of the Union address.

“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up: One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen. The survival of a child born at 21 weeks. The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller. A service member’s reunion with his family,” the White House said in a tweet. “That’s her legacy.”

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Chaos in Iowa: Caucus results unclear after reporting issues

Chaos in Iowa: Caucus results unclear after reporting issues

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Iowa Is About To Reshape The Presidential Race — Here’s What You Need To Know

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the favorite heading into the caucuses, but polls have shown a tightly jumbled race at the top. Here are key questions and answers about Monday night.

Source: Iowa Is About To Reshape The Presidential Race — Here’s What You Need To Know

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Brexit’s happened… so what now? – BBC News

What now? It’s happened.

A dreary night didn’t discourage those celebrating in Parliament Square. We wake this morning out of the European Union. But we follow their rules until the end of the year, without a say.

We are separate after more than 40 years, but remember much of the status quo will hold for now – the UK and the EU, the awkward couple, finally divorced – but still sharing a house and the bills.

But what the prime minister hails as a new era, a bright new dawn, starts months of hard bargaining with our neighbours across the Channel.

The UK’s requests: a free trade agreement, cooperation on security, and new arrangements for fishing are just some of the vital arguments that lie ahead.

Within days, Boris Johnson – and the EU too – will set out their opening positions. And at home, the government must hurry to adapt many of our systems that are plumbed into the EU. The prime minister is adamant that process must not run beyond the end of the year.

Source: Brexit’s happened… so what now? – BBC News

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John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race days before Iowa caucus

Delaney did not endorse another Democrat for president but vowed to support the eventual Democratic nominee.

Source: John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race days before Iowa caucus