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Bernnie Federko

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"Pete Buttigieg has rocketed to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll," the Des Moines Register reports.

  • "Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president."
  • Why it matters: "For the first time, ... he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind."
The tale of the tape:

  • Buttigieg: 25%
  • Warren: 16%
  • Biden, Sanders: 15%
  • Klobuchar: 6%
  • Booker, Gabbard, Harris, Steyer, Yang: 3%
  • Bloomberg: 2%
  • Bennet: 1%
 

Klubmasta Will

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I'm on Team Buttigieg, although I'm concerned that he hasn't connected with black U.S. voters and reports that many older communities especially in Southern and swing states are still homophobic. I have confidence that he would dominate Donald Trump in debates, and hopefully the potential to elect the first openly gay President would help energize the youth vote. I hope his recent surge will earn him more airtime at Wednesday's debate.

I still haven't written off Joe Biden, and think one strong debate performance could revive his campaign.

I love Elizabeth Warren's energy and passion, and expect her numbers would surge if/when Bernnie Sanders drops out. I think she's too far left on healthcare, although she seems to have softened her "Medicare For All" stance recently, likely in recognition that she's got a real shot to win this.
 

Bernnie Federko

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The 2020 field is growing. Mike Bloomberg officially announced his campaign today, with the slogan "Rebuild America":

We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. ... I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead.
Why it matters: Bloomberg's late entrance reflects Democrats’ burning desire to defeat Trump.

  • Bloomberg, 77, has vowed to spend at least $150 million of his fortune on various pieces of a 2020 campaign, including more than $100 million for internet ads attacking Trump, between $15 million and $20 million on a voter registration drive largely targeting minority voters, and more than $30 million on an initial round of television ads. (AP)
Bloomberg's policy strengths for the primary include his leadership on gun control and climate change. Two of his biggest challenges include building alliances with African American and women voters.

  • Bloomberg said he will not accept donations and will self-fund his campaign.
What to watch: One of Bloomberg's biggest advantages — his wealth — is also his biggest obstacle. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will likely take aim at the new billionaire candidate.

  • Bloomberg hopes to use compressed Super Tuesday contests and divided sentiment about frontrunners to his advantage, since he’s unlikely to make much of a dent in early-voting states like Iowa or New Hampshire.
 
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Bernnie Federko

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Ignoring early states and refusing donations, Michael Bloomberg is trying an unorthodox route to the Democratic nomination that's based on skipping the usual slog and running a national campaign against President Trump from Day 1.

  • Polling shows a daunting road.
  • But Bloomberg insiders tell me the 77-year-old billionaire calculates that he has room to grow rapidly, since his backstory as a businessman, philanthropist and successful New York mayor isn't well known.
One of the tabs on Bloomberg's website, which went live yesterday, is "Getting Stuff Done."

  • The plan is to show him as the antipathy of Trump: programmatic, disciplined, focused.
  • But voters want an emotional connection, one of Bloomberg's challenges.
First look ... Bloomberg today will announce a hot surrogate: journalist and author Tim O’Brien is becoming a senior adviser to the campaign, leaving his role as executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.

  • The former N.Y. Times reporter and editor got to depose Trump after the mogul sued him in 2006 over O'Brien's biography, "TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald." The case was tossed in 2011.
  • From the forthcoming release: "O’Brien will advise the Bloomberg campaign on strategy, policy, and messaging, and serve as a surrogate."
 
I just don't think that Buttgieg is ready yet to be the DNC choice. I think he definitely has potential, but his troubling disconnect with non-white voters needs to be addressed and refined for next cycle's run.

I'm not happy to say it, but I really think that Biden is the best out of all of them and probably the most prepared for the campaign and the job.

Warren I like as well, but her stance against the 1% is going to be the biggest battle she's going to face and I'm not sure she has the means of doing it. Definitely a cabinet position person potential to get the plan going under a Democratic President, but I think she might be a bit too abrasive for voters during this cycle.
 

Bernnie Federko

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I just don't think that Buttgieg is ready yet to be the DNC choice. I think he definitely has potential, but his troubling disconnect with non-white voters needs to be addressed and refined for next cycle's run.

I'm not happy to say it, but I really think that Biden is the best out of all of them and probably the most prepared for the campaign and the job.

Warren I like as well, but her stance against the 1% is going to be the biggest battle she's going to face and I'm not sure she has the means of doing it. Definitely a cabinet position person potential to get the plan going under a Democratic President, but I think she might be a bit too abrasive for voters during this cycle.
 

Bernnie Federko

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Bernie Sanders' $35 million fourth-quarter fundraising, which easily tops 2020 Democrats, is a timely reminder that the socialist senator from Vermont is the single most consistently popular and viable Democrat of the past half-decade.

  • Why it matters: The media rarely treats Sanders, 78, with the seriousness warranted by his sustained popularity and fundraising.
  • Like in 2016, Sanders has a legit shot to win the nomination — and an unshakable base to brace him.
The data:

  • Since 2015, Sanders has raised more from small contributions (under $200) than any other Democrat, highlighting his grassroots support.
  • In both the 2016 and 2020 cycles, about 57% of his total fundraising came from small contributions. Joe Biden's share of fundraising from small contributions so far is only 35%.
  • Sanders' campaign says it took in 1.8 million donations during the fourth quarter — an average of $18.53.
The bottom line: Despite his age, and even after a heart attack and the insertion of stents this past fall, Sanders is surging again.

Between the lines: "His anti-establishment message hasn’t changed for 50 years, and it resonates with working-class voters and young people who agree the system is corrupt," the N.Y. Times wrote from Iowa last week.

  • "Sanders's revival has reshuffled the Democratic primary race, providing a counterweight to the shift toward centrism in recent months that has elevated Mayor Pete Buttigieg."
 
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Bernnie Federko

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HILLARY CLINTON
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: THE DOJ’S HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN A BUST
After more than two years, an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s tenure at State is nearly done—and there’s reportedly absolutely nothing to show for it.
BY ALISON DURKEE
JANUARY 10, 2020
Back in 2017, buoyed by President Donald Trump’s calls for investigations into “Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” the Justice Department launched an inquiry into Hillary Clinton and Republicans' pet conspiracy theories about her and her career. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to look into concerns that the FBI hadn't fully pursued cases related to the Clinton Foundation, as well as Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, including the baseless “Uranium One” conspiracy theory championed by conservatives. Now, Huber is finally almost finished with his much-vaunted Clinton investigation—and, unsurprisingly, there isn't really anything to show for it.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that after continuing on for more than two years, Huber's investigation “has effectively ended with no tangible results.” After combing through documents and conferring with federal law enforcement officials looking into the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Post reports that Huber has “found nothing worth pursuing,” let alone any criminal charges. The U.S. attorney has not yet officially reported any results to the Justice Department, however, and the inquiry is technically still ongoing. But officials cited by the Post say that Huber's years-long investigation has by this point “largely finished”—and with nothing to show for it.
Despite Republicans' long insistence on Clinton's wrongdoing—and Trump's favorite “lock her up” rallying cry—the fact that the Huber investigation has reportedly been a bust doesn't seem to come as much surprise to those inside the Justice Department itself. Senior Justice officials cited by the Post said that the investigation had largely been viewed as little more than a way to appease Trump and his Republican allies, and officials expected the inquiry was “unlikely to lead to anything of significance.” “We didn’t expect much of it, and neither did [Huber],” one source told the Post. “And as time went on, a lot of people just forgot about it.”

The news of the DOJ's fruitless investigation comes just a few months after the State Department completed its own investigation into Clinton's emails and use of a private server, which found that while 38 individuals did commit 91 security violations in emails sent to or from the private server, ultimately the server largely wasn't used for transmitting classified information. “While there were some instances of classified information being inappropriately introduced into an unclassified system in furtherance of expedience, by and large, the individuals interviewed were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them in their operations,” a report on the investigation said. “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” Of course, Clinton being cleared of wrongdoing by Trump's own executive branch isn't about to stop the president from bashing Hillary nonetheless. (Never mind the fact that six of Trump's own associates have been convicted of crimes, or that private email use has reportedly been rampant throughout the Trump administration.) Less than an hour after the Post report came out, Trump was back on the campaign trail attacking Hillary, repeating his favorite 2016 talking points to a crowd of supporters—Clinton's innocence be damned. “Crooked Hillary—you should lock her up, I'll tell you,” Trump told supporters.
 

Mondieu

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HILLARY CLINTON
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: THE DOJ’S HILLARY CLINTON INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN A BUST
After more than two years, an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s tenure at State is nearly done—and there’s reportedly absolutely nothing to show for it.
BY ALISON DURKEE
JANUARY 10, 2020
Back in 2017, buoyed by President Donald Trump’s calls for investigations into “Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” the Justice Department launched an inquiry into Hillary Clinton and Republicans' pet conspiracy theories about her and her career. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to look into concerns that the FBI hadn't fully pursued cases related to the Clinton Foundation, as well as Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, including the baseless “Uranium One” conspiracy theory championed by conservatives. Now, Huber is finally almost finished with his much-vaunted Clinton investigation—and, unsurprisingly, there isn't really anything to show for it.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that after continuing on for more than two years, Huber's investigation “has effectively ended with no tangible results.” After combing through documents and conferring with federal law enforcement officials looking into the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Post reports that Huber has “found nothing worth pursuing,” let alone any criminal charges. The U.S. attorney has not yet officially reported any results to the Justice Department, however, and the inquiry is technically still ongoing. But officials cited by the Post say that Huber's years-long investigation has by this point “largely finished”—and with nothing to show for it.
Despite Republicans' long insistence on Clinton's wrongdoing—and Trump's favorite “lock her up” rallying cry—the fact that the Huber investigation has reportedly been a bust doesn't seem to come as much surprise to those inside the Justice Department itself. Senior Justice officials cited by the Post said that the investigation had largely been viewed as little more than a way to appease Trump and his Republican allies, and officials expected the inquiry was “unlikely to lead to anything of significance.” “We didn’t expect much of it, and neither did [Huber],” one source told the Post. “And as time went on, a lot of people just forgot about it.”

The news of the DOJ's fruitless investigation comes just a few months after the State Department completed its own investigation into Clinton's emails and use of a private server, which found that while 38 individuals did commit 91 security violations in emails sent to or from the private server, ultimately the server largely wasn't used for transmitting classified information. “While there were some instances of classified information being inappropriately introduced into an unclassified system in furtherance of expedience, by and large, the individuals interviewed were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them in their operations,” a report on the investigation said. “There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” Of course, Clinton being cleared of wrongdoing by Trump's own executive branch isn't about to stop the president from bashing Hillary nonetheless. (Never mind the fact that six of Trump's own associates have been convicted of crimes, or that private email use has reportedly been rampant throughout the Trump administration.) Less than an hour after the Post report came out, Trump was back on the campaign trail attacking Hillary, repeating his favorite 2016 talking points to a crowd of supporters—Clinton's innocence be damned. “Crooked Hillary—you should lock her up, I'll tell you,” Trump told supporters.
AGAIN... Where are Shit-stain, Wikiken and JamesM?

Nowhere to be found.

...like tiny, tiny sharts in the gitch of a half-blind humanity.
 
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It doesn't help that you have 70 year olds who are asking to call their vote in and refusing to adapt to the new methods of collecting the data.

What a sorry clusterfuck.
 
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Bernnie Federko

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Mike B ain't fucking around
Check this shit out

Bloomberg is creating a parallel, unofficial party structure in case the DNC can't make the eventual Democratic nominee competitive with President Trump, Alexi McCammond and Stef Kight write.

  • Why it matters: In just over a month, Bloomberg spent more than the top 2020 contenders, including Trump, for the whole final quarter of 2019 combined, according to FEC data.
  • He also outspent the entire RNC and DNC.
Inside the machine: With 2,100 paid staff, Bloomberg has three times as many as Trump, five times as many as Joe Biden and more than twice as many as Elizabeth Warren, according to data the campaigns provided to Axios.

  • He pays his staff more than any other 2020 Democrat, and offers housing if they have to move to New York City, according to a campaign official.
  • Bloomberg has locked down big names in Democratic politics, many of whom were crucial to Barack Obama's election.
"He’s building his own infrastructure [and investing] in the tech and data to really build his own operation," a Bloomberg campaign aide said.

  • "If you look at what happened in Iowa, it’s a good problem for us to have that we are self-reliant."
By the numbers: Since January, Bloomberg has spent more on Facebook ads than Biden, Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg combined.

  • Trump is the king of Facebook ads, but Bloomberg has spent $5.7 million more than the president's campaign in the past month.
  • Stories about Bloomberg have remained in the top 5 for social media interactions for the past few weeks, according to the Axios-Newswhip 2020 Attention Tracker.
The bottom line: Bloomberg's campaign has repeatedly said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to beat Trump.

  • There’s nothing stopping Bloomberg from topping $2 billion.
 

Bernnie Federko

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No U.S. partner will fear a change in administrations more than Saudi Arabia.

Flashback: Trump’s first overseas trip was to Riyadh. Since then, his administration has worked to shield Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from bipartisan outrage, most notably over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The leading Democrats were all asked what they would do about the Saudi relationship in a Council on Foreign Relations survey. All condemned Khashoggi’s murder, but their answers for what should change going forward varied widely.

  • Bernie Sanders went furthest. He said the U.S. could not rely on “corrupt authoritarian regimes to deliver us security,” adding that the relationship was based on cheap oil, arms sales and a blind eye toward human rights and extremism.
  • Pete Buttigieg called for a suspension of arms sales due to the war in Yemen and called for a reset in relations, though he said intelligence sharing must continue.
  • Elizabeth Warren said the U.S. and Saudi Arabia share “common objectives,” but the relationship must be dialed back unless Saudi behavior changes.
  • Joe Biden accused Trump of writing Saudi Arabia “a dangerous blank check” and said consequences must be imposed for “reckless” actions, though cooperation is needed against Iran.
  • Michael Bloomberg also used the phrase “blank check,” but he began by calling the relationship “critical” for energy markets and regional stability. His was probably the most dovish response
 
Bloomberg got annihilated last night. I'm glad he did, there's no need for another billionaire to replace the corrupt one in charge.

And refusing to release his tax returns? A non starter for me.
 
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