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Victor Davis Hanson: 2020 presidential race will ‘split’ the Dems in a way the Republicans have never fractured

The 2020 presidential election will split the Democratic Party in a way that the Republican Party has never, Stanford University professor and author Victor Davis Hanson predicted Thursday.

In a wide-ranging interview on host Bill Hemmer’s “Hemmertime” podcast, Hanson said that during Wednesday’s ninth presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, Democrats should have gone for front-runner Sanders’ jugular instead of billionaire Mike Bloomberg who was making his onstage debut.

“Democrats should have been going after Bernie Sanders because he poses an existential threat to the Democratic Party,” he said.

“I mean, we talk about the Republican fractures and Never-Trumpers. But, Donald Trump ran on … essentially a Reaganesque agenda: conservative judges, tax reform, more energy. … Even the thing with China — get tough with China — was nationalistic,” Hanson continued.

“But Sanders,” he notes is “not running on anything remotely similar to what Bill Clinton embodied or even Barack Obama. This is a radically socialist agenda that will split the Democratic Party in a way the Republican Party has never fractured.”

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Furthermore, numbers show the Democratic race is increasingly neck-and-neck between the former three-term New York City mayor and the millionaire Democratic socialist.

The RealClearPolitics average and a new 8 News Now/Emerson College poll released ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses show Sanders continues to emerge the clear front-runner after strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sanders soars above the pack at 30.4 percent. In tow, former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg follows with 16.9 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden at 16.1 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 12.1 percent and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar trailing with only 11 percent.

Bloomberg was not included in the poll because he is not listed as a candidate on the Nevada caucus form.

In addition, Hanson pointed out that despite all of Bloomberg’s $400 million spent on a massive ad campaign, he’s still coming in behind Sanders.

“Bloomberg was supposedly going to ‘save’ the Democrats and Sanders because he was going to win the election by peeling off suburban and independent women,” Hanson explained.

Bloomberg, as a “big city” mayor, was supposed to know how to “get along” with minority voters.

But, in the wake of blowback from newly unearthed controversial comments, Bloomberg has “nullified all of those advantages,” said Hanson.

“So, you can get the impression that this train is going over the cliff and they can’t stop it. Unless, you know, at times Bernie doesn’t look healthy,” he told Hemmer.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hanson said he agreed that Bernie was a front-runner but noted that it’s a “little bit like 2016” — in the way that the president was a front-runner.

“People kept saying, ‘Well, he has never gotten the majority of all of the primary aggregate vote,'” he remarked.

“Bernie Sanders is authentic. He doesn’t change that Brooklyn accent. He doesn’t change his arms. You put him anywhere in the world. He’s the old socialist from Vermont,” said Davis.

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“So, one of the reasons that he’s doing well is the same reason that Trump is, well, he’s authentically somebody. And Biden and Warren change their identities, their race? Mayor Pete has been all over the map depending on the polls,” he concluded. “But, Bernie is right there as a hardcore socialist. He’s unapologetic and he never retracts or apologized for his prior positions — just the way Trump is.”

Fox News’ special coverage of the Nevada caucuses begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Bette Midler slams Trump over Oscar remarks: ‘I’m more upset that a parasite won the White House’

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Bette Midler fired back at President Trump on Friday over his criticism of best picture winner “Parasite” at this year’s Academy Awards.

During a campaign rally in Colorado on Thursday, Trump asked supporters, “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” before slamming the South Korean film.

“The winner is a movie from South Korea. What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea, with trade,” Trump said during the campaign stop in Colorado Springs. “And after all that, they give them best movie of the year?”

The film, directed by Bong Joon-ho, depicts two families at both ends of the class spectrum. It was the first non-English film to win the best picture category at the Oscars. It also won awards for directing and original screenplay.

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Midler, a Trump critic, took to Twitter to slam the president over his remarks.

“At his rally, complained about winning the Oscar,” she wrote. “I’m more upset that a parasite won the White House.”

The movie studio behind the film, NEON, responded to Trump with a tweet of its own.

“Understandable, he can’t read,” the studio said.

Trump also took a swipe at actor Brad Pitt, 56, who won an award for his role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” During his acceptance speech, Pitt took a jab at Republican senators who voted against requests by Democrats to call new witnesses during Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, specifically former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who claimed he was willing to testify.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”

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On Thursday night, Trump brought up his comments.

“And then you have Brad Pitt, I was never a big fan of his,” said Trump. “He got up, said a little wise guy thing. He’s a little wise guy.”

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‘Impact Agency’ tackles youth issues affecting African-American males by building tomorrow’s leaders

They dress for success — full suit and bow tie — and not only look the part, but also live it.

A group of African-Americans young men, grades six to nine, have been chosen as leaders in the Impact Agency to help break the cycle of incarceration so prevalent in their community in Lake Charles, La. Through the now 3-year-old agency, they receive mentorship, tutoring and networking opportunities.

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“From the criminal justice system, we observed there were problems involving young black males becoming involved in violent crimes from the age of 11 years old to high school,” Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier told Fox News.

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Young men, grades 6-9, are in the Impact Agency’s mentorship program to change their school and community for the better. (The Impact Agency)

“In order to address that increasing problem, we coordinated with the Lake Charles Police Department, sheriff’s department, City of Lake Charles, parish office and Calcasieu Parish School Board and determined the necessity in starting a positive-change impact program,” DeRosier added.

Impact Agency Program Director Braylon Harris, who is also a pastor, said they are “creating a continuous pipeline of inspired, intelligent and innovative young leaders.”

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Ronald Blanchard, 65, who had been retired after 40 years of teaching, returned to join the initiative as curriculum coordinator. He said the name is based on baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s quote: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

School principals and counselors recommend student leaders who lead either positively or negatively — the idea is to pick those who are the most impactful — and the program brings them together to build them up as life-changers.

“We actually created change agents through the youth of this area,” said Blanchard, who is in the National Teacher Hall of Fame. “I’ve always believed in our children. If you invest in them, you’re going to get a great return.”

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Pictured left to right: Cary Chavis (community relations, Impact Agency); Braylon Harris (director of Impact Agency); Dennis Naicker (pastor of Trinity Ministries from South Africa); Eric Doshier (recruitment coordinator of Impact Agency); and Ronald Blanchard (education coordinator for Impact Agency). (The Impact Agency)

The young men recently hosted a symposium for 25 schools in the area with 1,300 students attending. They discussed issues like bullying, reaching academic achievements and respecting authority, and encouraged their peers to be more active in volunteering.

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“I’ve never seen, in 40 years of education, anything like this. How do we impact change and the kids in the classroom were like, ‘Why don’t you ask us?'” Blanchard noted. “The answer was always sitting there, waiting for us to ask.”

Students Tyler Mouton and Ian Richards shared how the mentoring program has changed their lives.

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Tyler Mouton, a student from The Impact Agency, volunteers at a soup kitchen. (The Impact Agency)

Mouton said it’s helped him develop a voice: “I will use that voice to speak for my community and help others to have a better voice.”

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The program “taught me that I matter and now I am in a better place to take a stand for African Americans to ensure they have equal opportunity and equal rights,” Richards said.

The kids have traveled to the state penitentiary, where many of them have family, and they’ve traveled to Houston and met with government officials, and gone to historically black colleges and universities. Ultimately, though, they want to go to Washington and impact change nationwide.

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CPAC aims to turn tables on Democrats after impeachment saga

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EXCLUSIVE: CPAC, the premier conservative conference set to kick off outside Washington next week, will aim to turn the tables on Democrats in the wake of both the Russia collusion investigation and impeachment of President Trump.

The Conservative Political Action Conference will consist of a five-part program highlighting what conservatives have called a “tragic narrative” since Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, Fox News has learned.

Part one of the program, according to conference organizers, will focus specifically on Trump’s 2016 campaign and on how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign allegedly leveraged its connections in the Obama administration to go after Trump. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., is the lawmaker who will present on this topic.

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Part two of the program is expected to focus on “Spygate” and how the intelligence community pursued surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is expected to present on this topic.

The program will then shift into a deep dive into the initial Russia investigation at the FBI and the appointment of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as his nearly two-year investigation that followed. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., now a GOP Senate hopeful, is slated to speak on this topic.

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Next, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, will lead the conversation on part four of the program, which is focused on Ukraine and the impeachment of the president — specifically on “the Biden Influence Operation.”

Trump was acquitted earlier this month on both impeachement charges — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — related to the Ukraine controversy. At the center of the inquiry was Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other efforts to pressure him to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s dealings in Kiev. Trump allies have sought to return focus on what Trump wanted investigated in the first place — Hunter Biden’s lucrative role on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas firm and his dad’s involvement in removing a prosecutor who had been looking into the firm’s founder.

In part five, Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union who presides over the event each year, will join Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to discuss how these investigations will impact the 2020 election and the future of the country and the presidency.

“The point of framing it this way is to cut through the noise and confusion that happened when all of this is going on,” CPAC Communications Director Ian Walters told Fox News. “And to try to give Americans a sense of what really happened.”

CPAC will take place from Feb. 26 to 29 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor outside Washington, D.C.

The event will feature Republican politicians, White House officials, officials from President Trump’s reelection campaign, and members of the conservative media. Organizers are hopeful that Trump and Vice President Pence will show up, as they have in prior years, but their speeches are not yet confirmed.

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Girl’s funny reaction to meeting newborn brother goes viral: ‘Look at the state of him!’

Tell us how you really feel, kiddo.

A young Scottish girl’s hilariously skeptical reaction to meeting her baby brother for the first time in the hospital has gone viral on social media with hundreds of thousands of views.

On Tuesday, Skye Masson of Glasgow welcomed a baby boy named Carter. When big sister Harper, 5, met her new sibling in the postnatal ward, however, she was brutally honest in sharing her feelings on the new bundle of joy. The hilarious moment was caught on film by Masson’s younger sister Renèe Shaw, and has since received over 300,000 views on Twitter, the Daily Mail reports.

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A young Scottish girl’s hilariously skeptical reaction to meeting her new baby brother, pictured, for the first time in the hospital has gone viral on social media. (Jam Press)

In the quick clip, loved ones gathered around Masson’s hospital bed, while the beaming mom held the flushed, sleeping newborn in her arms. Intrigued, the little girl wiggled around the edge of the bed and stared at her new sibling.

“Look at the state of him!” Harper suddenly exclaimed, shocking her mom with her sass.

“Can confirm she’s talking s—,” Shaw added in a follow-up tweet, sharing photos of adorable baby Carter.

Commenters were thoroughly amused with the little girl’s candid take, agreeing that her honesty left them “howling” with laughter.

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In the days since, Harper’s aunt has confirmed that the youngster has fortunately warmed up to the newest family member.

“I was shocked when Harper said that about her baby brother and Skye was shocked also,” Shaw told the Mail. “But now Harper adores her baby brother and cannot wait until he is home.”

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Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC endorses several progressive challengers in bid to counter establishment Dems

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., continued her crusade against establishment Democrats on Friday when she announced her new political action committee was endorsing several progressive congressional candidates who sought to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Announced in January, the Courage to Change PAC is likely to deepen rifts within the party as the 2020 elections approach. It’s reportedly set up to serve as a counterweight to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which Ocasio-Cortez flouted earlier this year by not paying party dues. Fox News reported in January that the progressive icon took issue with the committee “blacklisting groups that help progressive candidates.”

While the freshman congresswoman has already feuded with incumbent Democrats, Friday’s announcement made it clear that she would marshal substantial resources to achieve a progressive majority in Congress. According to The New York Times, the PAC’s fundraising email directly accused the DCCC of trying to discourage “working class candidates” who lacked the necessary resources for a congressional run.

The PAC’s endorsements included four House candidates running to unseat Democratic incumbents: Marie Newman for Illinois’ fifth district, Samelys Lopez for New York’s 15th district, Jessica Cisneros for Texas’ 28th district, and Teresa Fernandez for New Mexico’s third district.

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Two of the candidates are seeking office in seats held by Republicans, including the Texas seat occupied by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. One of the endorsements is for Georgette Gomez, a California Democrat who wants to fill the state’s open 53rd district.

In an interview with the Times, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the need to reward political courage. “It’s important for us to create mechanisms of support because so much of what is happening in Washington is driven by fear of loss,” she said.

“We can really create an ecosystem that makes people more comfortable into making the leap to make politically courageous choices.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s own campaign received attention for taking on one of the most powerful Democratic incumbents and winning in 2018. Behind her candidacy was Justice Democrats, an organization that, like “Courage to Change,” seeks to prop up progressive candidates across the country.

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One of the congresswoman’s closest allies, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has already joined the movement to unseat establishment Democrats in 2020. At the end of January, Sanders endorsed Cisneros, who’s running against a perceived moderate, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

Cuellar, who has spent more than a decade in Congress, has received criticism over support for anti-abortion legislation. He also received an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and took donations from KochPAC, a PAC representing the interests of Koch Industries.

Ocasio-Cortez’s announcement also signaled that pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, Ill., will face additional challenges in a race that’s already become a struggle for him. At a fundraiser in January, Lipinski indicated he faced a tough reelection bid. Both his opposition to abortion and his support for President Trump’s impeachment set him up for opposition with a wide swath of the electorate.

Both Lipinski and Cuellar have panned the outside endorsements.

“While our opponent focuses on out-of-district and celebrity endorsements, we are focused on endorsements from people who actually live and work in the district,” Cuellar spokesman Colin Strother reportedly said. “That’s why we have over 225 local elected officials endorsing Henry Cuellar for reelection.”

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Lipinski argued in September that Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement highlighted how extreme his challenger was.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Marie Newman makes crystal clear that Ms. Newman is an extreme candidate who is completely out of step with the voters of Illinois’ Third District who do not want to be represented by a fifth member of the ‘Squad,'” Lipinski said.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Will Sanders pass the Nevada test?

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On the roster: Will Sanders pass the Nevada test? – Dems feel the cash crunch – Trump butts heads with intel team over Russia warning – Trump trolls Dems with rallies out west – There’s no ceiling on stupidity

WILL SANDERS PASS THE NEVADA TEST?
Politico: “Nevada presents the first test of [Bernie Sanders’] ability to turn out Latinos. If he does well among the key demographic — which could account for 20 percent of caucus-goers — it could provide a recipe for continued success among Latinos on Super Tuesday, in states such as California, Texas, and North Carolina. The campaign says it’s spent millions on Latino outreach in Nevada. Of the 250 staffers in the state, more than 100 of them are people of color and 76 are Latinos. Sanders is targeting Latinos on digital platforms like YouTube, Hulu, and Pandora; with mailers, TV ads, phone calls, and texting; and via old-fashioned door-knocking and community events. The campaign has held 35 of those in Spanish. Polling backs up Sanders advisers’ confidence that the efforts — crafted with the knowledge of their 2016 missteps in mind — will pay off in the first nominating contest with a diverse voting population.”

Bloomy makes ready for a contested convention – Politico: “Mike Bloomberg is privately lobbying Democratic Party officials and donors allied with his moderate opponents to flip their allegiance to him — and block Bernie Sanders — in the event of a brokered national convention. The effort, largely executed by Bloomberg’s senior state-level advisers in recent weeks, attempts to prime Bloomberg for a second-ballot contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poaching supporters of Joe Biden and other moderate Democrats, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the talks and unaffiliated with Bloomberg. The outreach has involved meetings and telephone calls with supporters of Biden and Pete Buttigieg — as well as uncommitted DNC members — in Virginia, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and North Carolina, according to one of the strategists who participated in meetings and calls. … It’s a presumptuous play for a candidate who hasn’t yet won a delegate or even appeared on a ballot. And it could also bring havoc to the convention…”

Harry Reid: Dem candidates need more than plurality to win nomination – WaPo: “Former Senate majority leader Harry M. Reid said Thursday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or any presidential candidate should not get the Democratic nomination if they end the primary process in first place but are shy of the requisite majority of delegates. Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed suggestions from Sanders and his supporters that he should become the nominee if he finishes with a plurality lead ahead of the rest of the candidates but short of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination outright. Reid even suggested that a group of moderate candidates, trailing Sanders overall, could assemble a coalition ahead of the Democratic convention in July in Milwaukee to hand the nomination to someone else.”

DEMS FEEL THE CASH CRUNCH
Politico: “Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren each started the month scraping perilously close to the bottom of their campaign bank accounts… While Sanders started February with nearly $17 million in the bank, according to campaign finance disclosures filed Thursday night, his next closest rival (nonbillionaire class) was Biden, at $7.1 million. Warren was closest to the red, with just $2.3 million left in her account, while Buttigieg ($6.6 million) and Klobuchar ($2.9 million) were in between. The cash crunch comes at a critical time in the race, with nearly one-third of the delegates available in the primary up for grabs on Super Tuesday on March 3 — and only a handful of candidates able to marshal resources to advertise to voters in those 14 states. It’s why super PACs, demonized at the beginning of the 2020 primary, are suddenly jumping in to assist most Democratic candidates, and it’s why the campaigns are now making ever more urgent pleas for financial help.”

Warren flips on super PACs as campaign struggles for cash – Fox News: “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reversing her position on opposing support from outside groups such as super PACs. The progressive senator from Massachusetts had long spoken out against such political action committees — but as she attempts to mount a comeback for the nomination after disappointing third- and fourth-places finishes in the Iowa caucuses and last week’s primary in neighboring New Hampshire, respectively, she’s changing her stance. Speaking to reporters on Thursday after a stop at a campaign field office in North Las Vegas ahead of Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, Warren said: ‘If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in, I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them and one or two don’t.’

S.C. poll shows Biden still ridin’ – Winthrop University: “Joe Biden remains the top choice for South Carolina voters for the Democratic Party presidential nominee but other candidates are gaining ground and nearly 1 in 5 likely voters are still undecided, according to the latest Winthrop Poll. Given the margin of error, his lead of 24% to Sanders’ 19% may be scant indeed. South Carolinians head to the polls on Feb. 29 to participate in the Democratic Party Presidential Primary. Voters in the Palmetto State do not register by party. … Of the African American voters contacted, Biden had even higher numbers, at 31%. Other candidates planning to run in the S.C. primary with support were U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, 19%; billionaire businessman Tom Steyer, 15%; and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 7%; and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 6%. The remaining two candidates fell under 5%. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not on the S.C. ballot.”

But Sanders is holding on to California – Monmouth University: “Bernie Sanders leads the field in California’s Super Tuesday primary, despite the fact that only 1 in 4 likely voters currently support him. The Monmouth University Poll finds that Sanders’ vote share could increase, though, if it came down to a two-person race. Latino voters are a core constituency for Sanders in the Golden State. With early ballots already rolling in, few voters say there is a high possibility they will change their candidate choice. Among California voters who are likely to participate in the March 3 Democratic primary, support currently stands at 24% for Sanders, followed by 17% for Joe Biden, 13% for Mike Bloomberg, 10% for Elizabeth Warren, and 9% for Pete Buttigieg. Support for other candidates includes Tom Steyer at 5%, Amy Klobuchar at 4%, and Tulsi Gabbard at 2%. Another 13% of likely primary voters remain undecided and do not lean toward any candidate at this time.”

Klobuchar makes a play with Super Tuesday ads – Politico: “Amy Klobuchar is launching three new ads and going up with a seven-figure TV ad buy covering half of the Super Tuesday states on Thursday, joining a small group of Democratic presidential candidates advertising in the delegate-rich primaries looming on March 3. The Minnesota senator’s campaign will start airing TV and digital ads on Thursday in Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia. The campaign did not say how it will divvy up the buy among the states. Two of Klobuchar’s new ads contrast her with President Donald Trump. … The third spot features a condensed version of Klobuchar’s longtime stump speech, appealing to people who ‘feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics and are tired of the noise and the nonsense,’ Klobuchar says.”

THE RULEBOOK: USE YOUR WORDS
“One thing, at all events, must be evident, that a government like the one proposed would bid much fairer to avoid the necessity of using force, than that species of league contend for by most of its opponents; the authority of which should only operate upon the States in their political or collective capacities.” – Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 27

TIME OUT: COMRADE SEUSS
Paris Review: “Russia had a Dr. Seuss. … Name: Kornei Chukovsky. Dates: 1882 to 1969. Number of supremo-supremo classic children’s books to his credit: ten or twelve. His stuff is a lot like Green Eggs and Ham: about that long; rhymes bouncing around like popcorn; no real point in sight. … He was a young father; his son was sick … so Chukovsky wound up on a train in the middle of the night with that poor kid, age like four or something, sick and moaning. To take the kid’s mind off the horribleness, Chukovsky got him engrossed in some kind of collaborative improvisation game, rhyming like crazy around a story of a crocodile who comes to Saint Petersburg and eats a dog and then a cop or something… there’s a war … the crocodile runs around … Chukovsky’s kid was just a teeny thing, but he knew inspiration when he saw it. He forgot all about his guts and helped Mozart compose his first symphony.”

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SCOREBOARD
ESTIMATED DELEGATES FOR DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION
Buttigieg: 23
Sanders: 21
Warren: 8
Klobuchar: 7
Biden: 6
[Ed. note: 1,991 delegates needed to win]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE 
Average approval: 46 percent
Average disapproval: 50.4 percent
Net Score: -4.4 percent
Change from one week ago: ↑ 3 points
[Average includes: Gallup: 49% approve – 48% disapprove; ABC News/WaPo: 46% approve – 52% disapprove; NBC News/WSJ: 47% approve – 50% disapprove; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; Monmouth University: 44% approve – 51% disapprove.]

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TRUMP BUTTS HEADS WITH INTEL TEAM OVER RUSSIA WARNING
NYT: “Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him. The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, the president berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump was particularly irritated that Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the leader of the impeachment proceedings, was at the briefing. During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that he had been tough on Russia and that he had strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying the conclusions could have been delivered in a less pointed manner or left out entirely to avoid angering Republicans.”

Taps partisan brawlers to steer spy network – Politico: “Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played a key role as a Hill staffer in helping Republicans discredit the Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, according to four people familiar with the matter…. He had previously worked as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)’s top staffer on the House Intelligence Committee and was the lead author of a report questioning the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials investigating Russia’s election interference. Republicans later used the report to bolster arguments that the probe was a plot to take down President Donald Trump. Grenell, who has not served in any U.S. intelligence agency and will also continue as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will not require Senate confirmation to serve as acting director. Nor will Patel in his new role.”

TRUMP TROLLS DEMS WITH RALLIES OUT WEST
NYT: “President Trump is not exactly a fan of life on the road. He agreed to a four-day Western trip this week on the condition that he spend every night at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. And that location had another attraction: It placed him at the current center of the 2020 presidential race — Nevada, where Democrats will vote Saturday in caucuses that could reshape the campaign. The trip was meant to showcase the president’s aggressive re-election push to drum up funds from high-dollar donors in California, a Democratic state where Mr. Trump is widely unpopular but enjoys some concentrated pockets of support. But the president believes that wherever he goes, he can force the news cycles — and political fortunes — to turn in his favor.”

Republicans see surge in House, Senate candidates – Fox News: “A record number of candidates have filed to run for office in the House and Senate, breaking last cycle’s history-making numbers from the same point in time. But unlike the 2018 midterms when the surge was driven by Democrats, the congressional boom this time is on the Republican side, according to the latest federal candidate and financial activity report obtained exclusively by Fox News. In 2019 alone, 781 Republicans filed federal paperwork to run for the House, the most ever recorded in an odd year at the Federal Election Commission. That’s up from 593 GOP candidates in 2017, when Democrats had an astounding 937 candidates at the same point. Republican candidates across the country interviewed by Fox News said they feel momentum is on their side this time. Energized by President Trump and his impeachment acquittal, congressional hopefuls are making the case that Trump needs a fighter like them in the House or else the country will succumb to ‘socialist’ Democratic plans.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Doug Collins
 spurns Trump Intelligence post, will maintain his Senate primary challenge – Fox News

AUDIBLE: OH, HELLO 
“As I accept all movies offered (2 so far) I accept.” – Comedian John Mulaney said in a tweet with a clip of Pete Buttigieg answering rapid-fire questions at town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. When Buttigieg was asked, “Who would play you in a biopic?” his response was, “I’m hoping for John Mulaney.”

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FROM THE BLEACHERS
“How about this scenario. Bloomberg comes out on top. Sanders runs as an independent. Democrats concede, they lost the presidency, but, with a Sanders third party bid, they have a whole lot of energized voters who go and vote and keep the House and flip the Senate. That, to me, is the worst scenario for a Republican.” – Jim Dobbyn, Traverse City, Mich.

[Ed. note: I’d say the worst case scenario for Republicans would be Democrats uniting behind an electable moderate, thumping President Trump, flipping Senate seats and expanding their House majority. As for Sanders as an independent, it would be next to impossible. By the time the primaries are over, it would be too late for him to get on the ballot nationally as an independent. Even if he could convince, say, the Green Party, to give him their nomination, sore loser laws, though legally untested, would probably make it impossible for him to run any kind of national campaign.] 

“As I saw the Democratic delegate counts in today’s message, I think it is interesting that essentially all the Democratic contenders (and many in the Senate and Congress) have talked about abolishing the electoral system. Obviously they don’t like that they won the popular vote but still lost the Presidential election. But what are they using now to determine who the party’s presidential candidate will be? It seems to me to be basically a variation of the electoral system. Seems somewhat hypocritical to me. I am only guessing, but if they tried to approve a ‘popular vote winner’ system for the party nominee, there would be many small states who would not jump on the bandwagon. Am I wrong — what are your thoughts?” – Mike Vesel, Weston, Wis.

[Ed. note: Bernie Sanders certainly agrees with you! Yes, delegates are a form of indirect democracy similar to the Electoral College. And if things get weird, the democracy may get even more indirect if there isn’t a winner on the first ballot in Milwaukee. Now, I don’t think of it as hypocrisy. I don’t pay much attention to what partisans say about matters of process since we know that they will reliable argue for whichever position they believe will benefit them. I mean, they are politicians.]

“Given the debate performance all around [Wednesday], I think a more appropriate Norm Peterson reference would have been ‘It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and I’m wearing Milk-Bone underwear!’ at some point in the commentary.” – Tim Roshak, North Canton, Ohio

[Ed. note: Woof!]

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THERE’S NO CEILING ON STUPIDITY
WOIO: “An inmate’s attempt to escape from jail ended in embarrassing fashion when she fell through the facility’s ceiling. Surveillance video from the Montgomery County Jail facility in Dayton [Ohio] captured the moment Jessica Boomershine pulled over a chair and climbed through the ceiling by removing the tiles. Other inmates can be seen watching the 42-year-old woman’s attempt and seemingly cheering her on while she ascended. After about 15 seconds, debris started to fall from the ceiling and corrections officers rushed to the area as Boomershine came crashing through. One officer grabbed onto Boomershine, who landed in a trash can instead of slamming to the floor. Jail records from Montgomery County show that Boomershine, as well as Billy Joe Farra, were being held for allegedly assaulting and robbing an 85-year-old man the two befriended at a Miamisburg casino. Boomershine faces new charges for escape and destruction of property for her attempt to flee from prison.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Longevity for a columnist is a simple proposition: Once you start, you don’t stop. You do it until you die or can no longer put a sentence together. It has always been my intention to die at my desk, although my most cherished ambition is to outlive the estate tax.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2009.

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John Oates of Hall & Oates says he slept with ‘thousands’ of women during the ‘70s: ‘I’ve lost track’

John Oates was keeping busy in the ‘70s — and it wasn’t just with music.

The mustachioed half of pop duo Hall & Oates told Page Six on Friday he doesn’t know how many women he slept with during that decade alone.

“I’m sure it was thousands,” the 71-year-old admitted to the outlet. “I’ve lost track.”

“If you didn’t live through the ‘70s and ‘80s, if you weren’t a rock star during that time, there’s no way you can comprehend what it was like,” he continued. “There were no cell phones and people taking pictures of everything you did. There was no social media. It was much more innocent. I used to meet girls in various towns and sort of have a relationship. I might see them and then see them six months later.”

Oates also said he never had a drug problem during those decades despite cocaine being the preferred choice for artists.

JOHNNY RAMONE’S WIDOW LINDA TALKS ROMANCE, ALLEGED JOEY RAMONE LOVE TRIANGLE: ‘THE BAND ALWAYS CAME FIRST’

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Portrait of American musicians Darryl Hall (left) and John Oates at the Whitehall Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 1981. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

GLEN CAMPBELL’S WIDOW SAYS MUSEUM BROUGHT ‘SOME PURPOSE OUT OF THE HORRIBLE TIME WE’D JUST GONE THROUGH’

“Coke was ubiquitous,” he said. “Daryl [Hall] and I never had our issues with it because we never did it. I tried it back in the Studio 54 days and it made me feel so uncomfortable that I couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t my thing.”

“Both Daryl and I knew that we were going to be musicians for the rest of our lives and the only way for us to be musicians for the rest of our lives was to keep our s—t together,” added Oates.

However, the band did suffer from one thing — money mismanagement. According to the outlet, Oates had homes in New York City, Connecticut and Aspen, as well as an airplane and a garage full of vintage cars. However, he was penniless.

“It’s embarrassing to me to realize now that I should have been more aware and knowledgeable of what was going on but I was swept up in being a pop star,” said Oates. “It was too easy to party, to play my music.”

Oates went on to sell everything, except his condo in Aspen. It was there where the musician chose to give himself a fresh start. He even went on to shave his famous mustache.

SCORPIONS REVEAL INSPIRATION BEHIND ‘ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE,’ FAVORITE ‘CRAZY’ MOMENT ON STAGE

‘TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT’ STAR LYDIA CORNELL RECALLS OVERCOMING ALCOHOLISM: ‘A RIVER OF TEARS JUST FLOWED’

“[It felt like] shedding my skin metaphorically,” he explained. “I wanted to be a different person. I didn’t want to be that ‘80s guy with the giant mustache and it was more of a ceremonial shaving. I shaved it off, it was gone. I became someone else.”

In 1994, Oates married floral designer Aimee Oates. They welcomed a son named Tanner in 1996.

As for Hall & Oates, they are performing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28.

Today, Oates said his past financial hardships were important lessons he had to learn as part of his growth.

“It changed everything,” he said. “If I had stayed with all the accouterments and just continued to live that lifestyle, who knows where I would be. So, in the end, it was a blessing in disguise.”

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Where does Donald Trump stand on the issues?

President Trump surprised most political observers when he won the 2016 presidential election and has presided over an administration that has been chaotic at times. He’s managed to deliver on some of his 2016 campaign promises, while failing on some others, and is now making the case to voters on why they should give him four more years in the White House.

Here is where Trump stands on some of the top issues voters care about in the 2020 campaign.

Health care

One of the largest efforts the Trump administration has undertaken on health care has been a move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), although it has not been able to succeed as of yet.

After Republicans in 2017 failed to repeal the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, after taking control of both chambers of Congress, the Trump administration took another step in dismantling the ACA — removing the penalty associated with ObamaCare’s individual mandate.

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President Trump gathers with Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican healthcare plan, on May 4, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

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Later, the administration backed a lawsuit by several conservative states arguing that because the individual mandate no longer imposes a penalty, it cannot be read as a tax and the ACA should be struck down as unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently remanded the case to a lower court, so it is unlikely to be resolved soon.

Also on health care, the Trump campaign touts its work to lower drug prices, including increasing the number of generic drugs approved by the FDA.

Criminal justice

To the surprise of many, Trump has taken up the mantle of criminal justice reform, particularly on mass incarceration. He’s worked with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the issue and signed the First Step Act into law.

Trump featured the Frist Step Act in a Super Bowl ad, which touched on themes similar to those in his State of the Union.

TRUMP’S SUPPORT FROM AFRICAN-AMERICANS WILL RISE 50 PERCENT OR MORE, TIM SCOTT PREDICTS

While the president’s ideas on criminal justice reform are unlikely to go as far as Democrats would like in most areas, the fact he is doing something might get the attention of black voters in 2020, according to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

“It will go from 8 percent in 2016 to a minimum of 12 percent in 2020,” Scott told Neil Cavuto on Fox News, referencing Trump’s potential vote share among African-Americans. Trump could even get support from as much as 15 percent of black voters, he said.

“And that is ‘Game over,’” he added.

Immigration

The president’s rhetoric on immigration has been a constant target for Democratic presidential candidates, particularly his comments on drugs and illegal immigrant crime. But the president has been quite consistent on this issue since his 2016 campaign and is still trying to follow through on his campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S. southern border.

In January, for example, the Trump administration announced it would reallocate $7.2 billion designated for the Pentagon to build a border wall.

The administration then followed that move by waiving a group of laws requiring that the Department of Homeland Security allow open competition for wall contracts, justify its contractor selections and secure bonds that protect the government from financial loss should the project not be completed correctly, among other things. The point of that move was to speed up the process of building the wall.

Additionally, Trump has worked to reduce the number of refugees entering the U.S., hire new border agents, deport illegal immigrants and more.

Climate and the environment

While Democratic presidential candidates sound the alarm about climate change, Trump has mostly brushed aside the concerns of environmentalists.

His administration began to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on the first day it was allowed to under the accord, sparking heated derision from climate activists. Trump, however, argued that the accord “protects the polluters, hurts Americans, and cost a fortune.”

WHERE DOES JOE BIDEN STAND ON THE ISSUES?

Trump has also worked to build out America’s oil and gas pipelines over the objections of environmentalists and began to allow oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

Many of these actions have led the Trump administration to be targeted in lawsuits by state attorneys general, with some using attorneys funded by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg to pursue their climate litigation.

Economy and minimum wage

Trump has presided over a mostly strong economy, passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and cutting regulations in an effort to make the U.S. more attractive to businesses.

He does not support a minimum wage increase, unlike most Democrats, who have said that the federal government should raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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Trump has also pushed for new trade deals with other countries, worrying some in the Republican party who are more supportive of free trade. His biggest accomplishment in this area has been a trade deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, called the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement.

Trump has yet, however, to come to such a comprehensive agreement with China, and a back-and-forth tariff battle between the two countries has hurt some American industries that rely on trade with China.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Hugh Jackman, Brad Williams and more stars show support for bullied Australian boy Quaden Bayles

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Celebrities are rallying around a 9-year-old Australian boy after a heartbreaking video about him being bullied went viral.

Quaden Bayles’ mother posted a video of the distraught youngster, who was born with dwarfism, moments after he was bullied at school. In the video, which has more than 21 million views as of this writing, Quaden’s mother explains that he endures bullying from his classmates every day and notes that she’s run out of ideas to fix the problem. Meanwhile, Quaden cries in the video and says alarming things about wanting to kill himself.

“This is what bullying does,” his mother, Yarraka, says.

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Once the video gained viral attention, it didn’t take long for some celebrities to notice. Comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism, started a Go Fund Me page with the hope of raising money to send Quaden to Disneyland. As of this writing, the page has raised more than $285,000, well exceeding its initial $10,000 goal.

“I’m setting up this GoFundMe to let Quaden know that bullying will not be tolerated, and that he is a wonderful human being who deserves joy,” Williams wrote in part on the fundraiser page.

The comedian wasn’t the only star to share their support for Quaden.

Comedian and “Avenue 5” actor Josh Gad shared the Go Fund Me page on his Twitter, writing: “Let’s send a wonderful kid to Disneyland!”

CELEBRITIES REACT TO TRUMP’S SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: ‘THIS IS A DISGRACE’

“Punisher” and “Walking Dead” actor Jon Bernthal also penned a heartfelt tweet to the youngster on Thursday.

“Hey little man. For what it’s worth you have taught my family so much. You have inspired us and in our home you are a hero,” he wrote. “Thank you for your courage, stay strong the world is watching and you have so much beautiful power. From me and my boys. We are with you and we thank you.”

Fellow Australian native Hugh Jackman shared a video message.

“Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate,” the actor began. “And no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me. So, everyone let’s please be kind to each other. Bullying… Bullying is not OK, period. Life is hard enough. So, let’s just remember every person in front of us is facing some kind of battle. So let’s just be kind.”

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Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill was moved by the video as well, taking to Twitter to write: “The cruelty is as astonishing as it is heartbreaking.”

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