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The Westminster Dog Show: What’s the winningest breed in the event’s history?

We can all agree that the competitors in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — past, present, and future — are all just the goodest boys and girls ever. But that being said, the judges are forced to declare one of those dogs as “Best in Show” each and every year.

And as it turns out, those judges definitely have a type.

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Since 1907 — the first year that Best in Show was awarded — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has awarded the title to a dog from the Terrier group a whopping 48 times. And of those 48 winners, 15 were Wire Fox Terriers. The second-winningest breed, Scottish Terriers, has won a total of eight times.

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No wonder this Wire Fox Terrier is so happy. (iStock)

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The rest of the doggie groups don’t even come close to putting up the same numbers as the Terrier group, either. For example, the Sporting group has produced the second-highest number of Best in Show winners, which amount to just 20 since 1907. (The English Springer Spaniel, a Sporting dog and the third-most winningest breed, has only won Best in Show six times.)

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King, the winner of Best In Show in 2019, was also a Wire Fox Terrier. The breed has won the Best In Show title 15 times since the category’s inception in 1907. ( Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Of course, one group always seems to fall to the back of the back. Of the seven groups judged at Westminster — the Terrier, Sporting, Hound, Working, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups — only two Herding dogs (both German Shepherds) have ever been recognized as Best in Show. (It’s worth noting that the Herding group has only existed since 1983, when it broke away from the Working group to have its own category.)

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The results don’t appear to reflect the popularity of a given breed, however. The Labrador Retriever, which has been ranked as the American Kennel Club’s “most popular breed” in the United States since 1991, has never won a single Best in Show title.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place on Monday and Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Spectacular ‘rainbow cloud’ in space created by cosmic battle between stars

A stunning rainbow-colored cloud of gas surrounds two stars that battled in deep space several hundred years ago.

Astronomers were able to observe the binary star system known as HD101584 by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and saw a strange gas cloud that they think resulted from the two stars doing battle, according to a European Southern Observatory (ESO) statement.

The new observations from ALMA have shown scientists that what happened with HD101584 was something like a stellar confrontation.

The main star grew large enough to swallow its lower-mass partner. In response, the ESO explains, the smaller star zoomed towards the giant’s core but didn’t collide with it. Instead, the larger star was triggered into an outburst, scattering its gas layers and exposing its core.

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array captured the bright blue and red clouds of gas surrounding the binary star system known as HD101584. (ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Olofsson et al. Acknowledgement: Robert Cumming)

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“This stunning image of the circumstellar environment of HD101584 would not have been possible without the exquisite sensitivity and angular resolution provided by ALMA,” co-author Elizabeth Humphreys, from ESO in Chile, said in the statement.

Researchers hope to gain more insights into the final evolution of stars like our sun.

“Currently, we can describe the death processes common to many Sun-like stars, but we cannot explain why or exactly how they happen. HD101584 gives us important clues to solve this puzzle since it is currently in a short transitional phase between better studied evolutionary stages. With detailed images of the environment of HD101584 we can make the connection between the giant star it was before, and the stellar remnant it will soon become,” said co-author Sofia Ramstedt, from Sweden’s Uppsala University, in the statement.

Their research was published in the March issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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Who are the House committee chairs?

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The United States House of Representatives has 28 committees, 23 of which are permanent committees and five are joint committees with the United States Senate.

The committees consider legislation and have oversight of executive branch agencies and programs within their jurisdiction.

Each committee has a chairman and a ranking member. The chairmanship is held by a congressman or congresswoman from the party of the majority party, while the ranking member is held by a congressman or congresswoman from the party of the minority party.

During this Congress, Democrats hold the majority, meaning all chairs of all committees are Democrats, and the ranking members of all committees are Republicans.

Here are the House Committee Chairs and Ranking Members:

House Agriculture Committee:

Chair: Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Ranking Member: Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas

House Appropriations Committee:

Chair: Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.

Ranking Member: Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas

House Budget Committee:

Chair: Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.

Ranking Member: Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.

House Education and Labor Committee:

Chair: Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.

Ranking Member: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

House Energy and Commerce Committee:

Chair: Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

Ranking Member: Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.

House Ethics Committee:

Chair: Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

Ranking Member: Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas

House Financial Services Committee:

Chair: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Ranking Member: Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

House Foreign Affairs Committee:

Chair: Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.

Ranking Member: Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas

House Homeland Security Committee:

Chair: Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.

Ranking Member: Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.

Committee on House Administration:

Chair: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

Ranking Member: Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

House Judiciary Committee:

Chair: Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

Ranking Member: Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.

House Natural Resources Committee:

Chair: Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

Ranking Member: Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah

House Oversight and Reform Committee:

Chair: Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

Ranking Member: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

House Rules Committee:

Chair: Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

Ranking Member: Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

House Science, Space and Technology Committee:

Chair: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas

Ranking Member: Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla.

House Small Business Committee:

Chair: Rep. Nydia Velasquez, D-N.Y.

Ranking Member: Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:

Chair: Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

Ranking Member: Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee:

Chair: Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.

Ranking Member: Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.

House Ways and Means Committee:

Chair: Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.

Ranking Member: Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

Chair: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Ranking Member: Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

House Select Committee on Climate Crisis:

Chair: Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.

Ranking Member: Rep. Garret Graves, R-La.

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House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress:

Chair: Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash.

Ranking Member: Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter praises Pelosi for ripping page from Trump’s ‘playbook’ at State of the Union

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CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter showered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, with praise after she tore up her copy of President Trump‘s State of the Union address, calling the move an “effective” way to steal the spotlight from the president.

“It was unprecedented behavior for a speaker, aggressively rude and unapologetically meant to rile up her base. It was divisive, but effective,” Stelter wrote in a report on Wednesday. “It took the Democrats three years, but they may have finally figured out how to control a news cycle in the Trump era.”

Stelter pointed to several examples of headlines and commentary as proof as Pelosi “hijacking attention” in the media.

“Ripping up a piece of paper is only a big story if members of the media decide to make it a big story, and if members of the public respond by reading and watching and reacting,” Stelter continued. “Whether these attention-grabbing tactics are in the best interest of the country, well, that’s a debate that requires more than one TV segment worth of time. Producers would rather move on to the next controversy instead.”

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The Hill media reporter Joe Concha insisted that such a “partisan opinion piece” would “never see the light of day” if a Republican House speaker took similar actions against a Democratic president, explaining that it would be “condemned in the most self-righteous of terms as another example of toxicity with a call for a return to civility.”

“[I’m] old enough to remember Joe Wilson shouting, ‘You lie!’ at President Obama over Obamacare at the State of the Union. The press was outraged at such horrific decorum. Today, Pelosi is celebrated a genius meme creator who has successfully hijacked the news cycle from people asking about incomplete results in Iowa, as one example. It’s amusing as it is predictable,” Concha told Fox News.

Concha also pointed to a CBS News poll that showed that 97 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents approved of Trump’s State of the Union address, asking if that was included in Stelter’s analysis, which he added, “Of course not.”

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck slammed Stelter for “parroting liberal gripes” about Trump’s address, insisting to Fox News that CNN was “thrilled” by Pelosi’s actions.

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“There was no way Brian was going to stop with the words ‘divisive’ and ‘aggressively rude, which are both correct. He couldn’t help but add that positive connotation before all but justifying it and parroting liberal gripes about the speech being little more than a tale of lies. Of course, CNN was thrilled by this move, giving them an exit ramp to avoid talking about the president’s speech as a serious, substantive matter that attempted to pull in independent and even Democratic voters who might have otherwise written him off for this election,” Houck said.

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Mom shares photo of teenage son’s messy bedroom on Twitter, sparks hilarious responses from other parents

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If there’s one thing that will never change, it’s teenagers’ bedrooms being nightmares.

A reporter shared a photo of her 19-year-old son’s bedroom on her Twitter page, apparently having some fun with how messy his room is. The post sparked a reaction from other parents who, not surprisingly, also have teenagers who don’t keep their rooms sparkling clean.

Sky News presenter Jacquie Baltrao posted the photo to her social media, where she captioned it, “Just got back from my holiday popped into my 19-year-old son’s room to drop off four sweatshirts he’d left on the sofa and his room looks like this. Can anyone compete with that?”

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One parent commented, “You got off lightly, you can still see some of the floor. I found the best remedy was to become a guarantor for the rent of a flat.”

Another joined in, revealing her teen’s surprising response, writing, “I was told it’s all the rage and it’s called a ‘floordrobe,’ that was my daughter’s attempt of an excuse. I told her if it didn’t make its way back to her wardrobe ASAP I had a ‘bindrobe’ it would be going in!”

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Apparently, “floordrobe” is an actual term, as another parent wrote in and said, “I can totally relate to this. My 18-year-old son’s room looks just like this! He has two wardrobes to put his clothes in but prefers the ‘floordrobe.’ Drives me insane.”

Another parent chimed in with a suggestion, “Put them in a cupboard and tell him they’re in the charity shop.”

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Others claimed to be dealing with worse situations, with one writing, “Thank goodness you can’t see my son’s room. Unfortunately, they seem to have run out of hazmat suits and masks (can’t think why?!) so can’t get in the room enough to take a pic.”

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Fox News Exclusive: Romney says he had to follow ‘conscience’ on vote to convict Trump, expects ‘enormous consequences’

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Wednesday in an exclusive interview that he “had to follow my conscience” in deciding to vote to convict President Trump on abuse of power, a decision that’s likely to lead to serious blowback from Trump and others in the Republican Party.

“I believe that the act he took, an effort to corrupt an election is as destructive an attack on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can imagine,” Romney said. “It is a high crime and misdemeanor within the meaning of the Constitution, and that is not a decision I take lightly. It is the last decision I want to take.”

Romney later told Wallace: “I had to follow my conscience,” when asked about the likely blowback from Trump.

“I understand there’s going to be enormous consequence,” he said, “and I don’t have a choice in that regard. That’s why — that’s why I haven’t been anxious to be in the position I’m in.”

Romney is not voting to convict Trump on obstruction of Congress, which was one of the two impeachment articles passed by the House of Representatives. He is splitting his vote to convict Trump on the abuse of power article.

The former Republican nominee for president also said his deep Mormon faith played a significant role in his decision. When Wallace asked Romney about Trump’s reaction to his comments saying the Mueller report “sickened” him, Romney said that any political benefit he would gain from voting to acquit Trump on abuse of power would not overtake his faith and the oath he took when being sworn in as a Senator at the impeachment trial.

“Yeah, again, I can’t let personal considerations, if you will, overwhelm my conscience and overwhelm my oath to God,” Romney said. “I mean, this for me is … well it’s the most difficult decision I’ve ever made in my life. There’s been nothing that compares to this.”

It’s likely Romney will face blowback from both Republican voters in his deep-red state of Utah and other Republican members of Congress for his vote to convict Trump. He told Wallace he was ready for the repercussions.

“Yeah, it’s going to get very lonely,” he said. “And again, the consequences are significant. They’re, um, uh — they’re enough that it made this a very difficult process for me. There has not been a morning since this process began that I’ve slept beyond 4:00 a.m.”

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Coronavirus testing kits to be sent to labs across US to speed up diagnoses: FDA

In an effort to speed up coronavirus diagnoses in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week granted state laboratories permission to use the rapid coronavirus diagnostic test created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The test was previously only available at CDC laboratories. States with suspected coronavirus cases would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, from patients to the CDC for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case.

Now, however, the test — 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel — will be available to state public laboratories after the FDA issued a so-called “emergency use authorization” on Tuesday.

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Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), which is a part of the CDC, told reporters during a teleconference that the testing kits were shipped out to qualified laboratories on Wednesday.

Scott Becker, the executive director of the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), told Reuters that laboratories could start using the tests about four or five days after receiving them. At first, their results will also be sent to the CDC for confirmation purposes, he added.

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A medical staffer works with test systems for the diagnosis of coronavirus. (AP)

“We hope to send at least one to every state health department and maybe more than one,” Dr. Joe Bresee, an epidemiologist with the CDC, told Reuters.

Though the move could help speed up testing time, the FDA warned in a news release that negative results “do not preclude 2019-nCoV infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or other patient management decisions.”

“Negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history, and epidemiological information,” it added.

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The death toll from coronavirus reached 490 on Wednesday. More than 24,000 people have been infected worldwide. Overall, at least 25 countries have reported cases of coronavirus.

Currently, the U.S. has confirmed 11 cases — six in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S., and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

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At least 138 migrants deported to El Salvador from US killed, report says

At least 138 people who were deported from the U.S. to El Salvador in recent years have been killed, according to a Wednesday report from Human Rights Watch.

A majority of the deaths documented in the report occurred less than a year after the deportees returned to El Salvador, some within days. The organization also confirmed at least 70 cases of sexual assault or other violence following their arrival.

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The violence highlights the risk faced by people forced to return by U.S. law, which mandates the deportation of non-citizens convicted of crimes and Trump administration policies that make it harder for people to seek asylum in the U.S., said Alison Leal Parker, the group’s U.S. managing director.

“Our concern is that many of these people are facing a death sentence,” Leal Parker said.

Between 2014 and 2018, the U.S. deported about 111,000 Salvadorans back to their homeland, which has long been in the grip of fierce gang violence.

The. U.N. reported last year that killings in El Salvador – most of which are linked to gang conflict – have declined from a peak of more than 6,000 in 2015. But the country still retains one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

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Meanwhile, the number of Salvadorans seeking asylum in the U.S. grew by nearly 1,000 percent between 2012 and 2017. Only about 18 percent are granted asylum.

Human Rights Watch confirmed the 138 deaths during that period through official records, interviews with families, and media accounts but believes the actual toll is much higher.

President Trump has made immigration enforcement central to his administration, and that has included a policy of forcing asylum-seekers from Central America to wait in Mexico while their claims are evaluated.

Many of those asylum-seekers could previously have been released on parole in the U.S. while awaiting a decision on their case that could take a year or more. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s trying to make the process more efficient and crack down on fraudulent claims.

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Human Rights Watch urged the administration to repeal the policy that requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico along with the agreements that allow Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans to be settled in other countries of Central America while seeking refuge. They also want the attorney general to reverse restrictions that made it harder for them to claim U.S. asylum because of threats posed by gang violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Biden sinking, Bloomberg rising

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On the roster: Biden sinking, Bloomberg rising – Trump set to beat the rap in Senate today – Audible: Chocolate rain – Never too late for love

BIDEN SINKING, BLOOMBERG RISING
AP: “Joe Biden’s third presidential bid enters a critical stretch after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses sent the former vice president on to New Hampshire with a skittish donor base, low cash reserves and the looming threat of billionaire rival Michael Bloomberg and his unlimited personal wealth. In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Biden insisted he had a ‘good night’ in Iowa even as he trailed [Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders] … That leaves some establishment Democrats, including some Biden supporters, questioning his contention that he’ll reclaim clear front-runner status in the race against President Donald Trump once the primary fight moves beyond overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire to more racially diverse electorates. And it’s a reminder of how Biden’s previous presidential campaigns never advanced beyond Iowa. … Most precarious for Biden: Some of the would-be donors he could win over with a strong showing are giving new looks to Bloomberg…”

New Hampshire set for split decision – St. Anselm College: “Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden lead the field in a virtual tie with 19% support among first-in-the-nation primary voters. Sanders is up 10 points from the Saint Anselm College Survey Center’s November poll. Biden is up four points, but his support has remained consistent since he entered the race last April. After leading the November poll, Pete Buttigieg has dropped to 14%. He remains ahead of Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who round out the top of the field at 11% each. ‘Sanders’ rise is testament in part to the fact that hard campaigning in New Hampshire does persuade voters,’ said NHIOP Executive Director Neil Levesque. … Tom Steyer (5%), Andrew Yang (4%), and Tulsi Gabbard (3%) have some support in the Granite State, as does Mike Bloomberg (2%) who did not file for the New Hampshire primary. With a week to go until primary day, 11% of voters remain undecided.”

Iowa still flailing – Fox News: “Pete Buttigieg is narrowly leading the Democratic presidential field in the Iowa Caucuses, according to initial returns that the party at last began reporting late Tuesday afternoon following a massive delay linked to technical breakdowns. But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is close behind the former South Bend, Ind., mayor, with 71 percent of precincts reporting in the first batches released by the embattled state party. Sanders is also ahead in the popular vote, with 24 percent to Buttigieg’s 21 percent, Elizabeth Warren’s 19 percent and Joe Biden’s 15 percent. It was still not clear when the party would release the complete vote totals. The returns relevant to delegate count show Buttigieg with 26.9 percent and Sanders with 25.2 percent. Warren trailed with 18.4 percent and Biden was hovering in fourth with 15.4 percent, just ahead of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.”

South Carolina GOPers try to prank Dems – The [Charleston, S.C.] Post and Courier: “A group of prominent Upstate Republicans is preparing to launch a wide-scale effort this week to encourage GOP voters across South Carolina to vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Feb. 29 Democratic primary…”

THE RULEBOOK: ARMY STRONG
“Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger.” – James MadisonFederalist No. 46

TIME OUT: ORANGE YOU A GOOD BOY
Smithsonian: “Tim Gottwald [a plant pathologist with the United States Department of Agriculture] will never forget … the signs he’d learned to associate with huanglongbing, or citrus greening—a devastating and wildly infectious bacterial infection that slashed the United States’ orange juice yields by more than 70 percent in the span of a decade. … Once they’ve begun to sport splotchy foliage and stunted fruit, trees can be diagnosed with a single glance. … Unfortunately, the converse isn’t true: Infected trees can appear normal for months, sometimes years, before visibly deteriorating, leaving researchers with few reliable ways to suss out sick citrus early on… [Gottwald and his colleagues have] taught dogs to recognize the telltale scent of a huanglongbing infection—an odor that eludes the attention of humans, but consistently tickles the super-sensitive schnozz of a mutt. Once trained up, canines can nose out the disease within weeks of infection, trouncing all other available detection methods in both timing and accuracy…”

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SCOREBOARD
DEMOCRATIC 2020 POWER RANKI​NG
Biden: 27.6 points (↓ 0.4 points from last wk.)
Sanders: 22.4 points (↓ 0.8 points from last wk.)
Warren: 14.2 points (no change from last wk.)
Bloomberg: 8.4 points (↑ 0.6 point from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 6.2 points (↓ 0.6 point from last wk.)
[Averages include: NBC News/WSJ, IBD, Quinnipiac University, ABC News/WaPo and Fox News.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE 
Average approval: 45 percent
Average disapproval: 51 percent
Net Score: -6 percent
Change from one week ago: ↑ 1.2 points
[Average includes: Gallup: 49% approve – 50% disapprove; NBC News/WSJ: 46% approve – 51% disapprove; CBS News: 43% approve – 51% disapprove; IBD: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; Quinnipiac University: 43% approve – 52% disapprove.]

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TRUMP SET TO BEAT THE RAP IN SENATE TODAY
Roll Call: “A day after President Donald Trump presented what amounted to a summary of how he’ll campaign for reelection, the Senate will vote on whether he should continue his first term. The 4 p.m. vote, all but assured to acquit Trump, will close a formal, bitter four-month fight over whether Trump abused his office and tried to obstruct Congress in its investigation. Trump didn’t bring up the ‘I’ word in his address to Congress on Tuesday, but there were plenty of signs that it was the background against which he was speaking, from the House impeachment managers sitting together in a prime spot in the House chamber to Trump refusing to shake Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand after presenting her with a copy of the speech before he delivered it. Senators will have one more opportunity to explain their vote and offer their opinion on the president and investigation into his conduct.”

Jones a ‘yea’ – Fox News: “Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones announced Wednesday morning that when the Senate convenes to decide a verdict in President Trump’s impeachment trial, he will vote to convict. Jones, seen as a possible swing vote because he is running for reelection in a state that heavily supported Trump in 2016, issued a statement in which he referenced his oath of office and how he resolved to ‘keep an open mind’ during the trial before making a difficult decision. ‘After many sleepless nights, I have reluctantly concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the president for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,’ Jones said…”

Impeachment a fundraising goldmine – Politico: “Impeachment has become a gold mine — turning even some rank-and-file lawmakers into fundraising juggernauts as they took starring roles in prosecuting or defending President Donald Trump. A number of Democrats and Republicans who sit on the key committees investigating Trump saw their war chests flooded with cash — and their national profiles raised — during the months-long impeachment fight, which has consumed Washington and dominated headlines since September. And there is real evidence that impeachment played a role in the fundraising boom, at least for Republicans. Donation pages for WinRed — the GOP’s online fundraising tool — that included the word ‘impeach’ or ‘impeachment’ raised 300 percent more than pages that did not, according to a source familiar with the fundraising platform’s operations.”

State of the Union a partisan food fight – NYT: “For President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday night, the State of the Union was hostile. The mutual snubbing began the moment Mr. Trump walked into the House chamber and continued until he finished speaking, when Ms. Pelosi stood, an expression of vague disgust on her face, and tore up her printed copy of his speech — in full view of the television cameras, while Mr. Trump had his back turned. The interaction between Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi, who had led the drive to impeach him, was one of the most anticipated moments of the president’s appearance at the Capitol the night before the Senate is expected to acquit him in his impeachment trial. The two had not seen each other since October, when Ms. Pelosi abruptly left a White House meeting after lecturing a scowling Mr. Trump.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Mfume, Klacik in race for the Rep. Elijah Cummings’ House seat – WaPo

AUDIBLE: CHOCOLATE RAIN
“I was fixing to put it in the plastic recycling one day at home, and I thought, shoot, I can put water in that.” – Tennessee state Rep. Kent Calfee explaining to the Tennessean why he was drinking from a chocolate syrup bottle while waiting for Gov. Bill Lee‘s second State of the State address to begin Monday night.

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NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE
WIVB: “Watching Ray Kinz and his 6-year-old dog Bonita together, it’s easy to see they are inseparable. With such a close bond they’ve formed, it’s hard to believe the two just met this past December. The Pitbull Terrior mix was passed over at the Niagara [Niagara, N.Y.] SPCA for nearly 500 days. … ‘When I went in I just asked them which one’s been there the longest and which is the oldest,’ said Kinz. ‘And that’s where Bonita came from,’ he laughed. ‘The two of them just fell in love,’ said Niagara SPCA event coordinator, Kim LaRussa. Just a day later, Kinz made the adoption official and it was quite the celebration. … ‘[W]hen we got in everyone was waiting to see her off. They had confetti, balloons and treats,’ he said. ‘It was a pretty big deal.’ The video of Bonita excitedly leaving the shelter, as staff cheered her on went viral.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“A war of necessity is a life-or-death struggle in which the safety and security of the homeland are at stake. The war on terrorism is such a war. So was World War II.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in Time magazine on Nov. 5, 2001.

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Nadler threatens Bolton subpoena after impeachment ends

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned Wednesday that investigations into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine may not end after the Senate’s afternoon vote in the impeachment trial, and that he may issue a subpoena for former national security adviser John Bolton.

Bolton, who was said to have referred to dealings between the Trump administration and Ukraine as a “drug deal,” received a request from House Democrats to testify during the impeachment inquiry. After the White House instructed him not to cooperate, however, House Democrats opted not to issue a subpoena and said the president’s instruction — based on an assertion of privilege — was evidence that could be used to justify an obstruction of Congress charge.

DEMOCRAT DOUG JONES, SEEN AS IMPEACHMENT SWING SENATOR, ANNOUNCES HE’LL VOTE TO CONVICT

When asked if it was likely that his committee or others would subpoena Bolton, Nadler said, “Yeah,” and indicated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given approval.

Bolton had said he would testify if subpoenaed by the Senate during the impeachment trial, but the GOP majority decided that additional witnesses and documents were unnecessary. Bolton did not say anything about a House subpoena.

Nadler said he did not know when a Bolton subpoena may come, but he may hold off for the time being. His committee is presently awaiting a ruling in a case where they have been seeking to compel the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn over Trump’s assertion of privilege. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in that case in early January, and a ruling could come as soon as Friday.

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Meanwhile, the impeachment trial is set to reach its conclusion when the Senate votes Wednesday afternoon in a decision expected to result in Trump’s acquittal.

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