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Jeanne Zaino: Iowa Democratic debate – Winners and losers

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The six Democratic presidential candidates who met for a televised debate in Iowa Tuesday night – the last before the state’s all-important caucuses Feb. 3 – focused most of their attacks on President Trump, with only a few fiery exchanges with each other.

With no clear front-runner, rising tensions and high stakes, the debate led many to expect it would be a truly memorable clash – one when the gloves would finally come off.

Instead, we saw a gathering of ladies and gentlemen who politely disagreed on a number of issues but who did not turn the debate into an angry brawl.

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The debate at Drake University in Des Moines was far more tame and congenial than heated. Anyone expecting that the back-and-forth between Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont over the last few days would boil over was sorely disappointed.

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And anyone who thought that given recent tension with Iran and the focus on foreign policy that perhaps former Vice President Biden was going to have to spend much of the night defending his support for the Iraq War against the doves on the stage was left wanting.

Biden acknowledged he was wrong to support the start of the war under Republican President George W. Bush when Biden was a senator, but the discussion quickly moved on.

No one came out swinging, not even former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg or Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who polls suggest really needed to make their case.

The subdued debate so close to the caucuses can mean only one thing – the impact of the debate on the polls will be negligible at best.

This isn’t to suggest the debate lacked substance. In the first hour candidates were asked everything from their views on Iran and troop withdrawals from the Middle East, to trade, nuclear weapons, and whether a woman can be elected president.

In the second hour, the candidates were given the opportunity to address issues of the environment and climate change, health care, child care, the cost of a college education, and the impeachment of President Trump before making their closing arguments.

And when it was all over, the winners and losers of the night were:

WINNERS

BIGGEST WINNER – Bernie Sanders

When you’re ahead in the polls the only rule going into a debate is to not make any unforced errors. Bernie Sanders has stunned many just months after a major heart attack by breaking fundraising records. Tuesday night was no exception, with the Sanders team reported they raised more money in the first hour of the debate than ever before.

And Sanders currently leads in some of the latest Iowa and New Hampshire polls, although many voters say they could change their minds in the final days leading up to voting in the two early states.

Tuesday was the first night when Sanders went into debate as the front-runner. Normally this means he should have been the one not just taking center stage but more of the criticism, but he managed to avoid that with one exception.

The exception was the claim by Warren that Sanders had told her in a private meeting in 2018 that he didn’t believe a woman could be elected president. It was, quite literally, a he-said-she-said situation, with Warren standing by the claim and Sanders denying he ever made the comment.

Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, said that since Clinton won more than 3 million popular votes than Donald Trump in the general election – although losing in the Electoral College – it would be absurd for him to claim a woman could be elected president.

The attack on a woman’s electability seems to fizzle, and in any case, it seems hard to believe that this will be a major issue determining who voters support in the Democratic nominating contests.

Given that no one laid a glove on him, Sanders remains the leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party – a formidable fundraiser with a huge following that looks likely to serve him well in Iowa and beyond

WINNER – Joe Biden

Biden just seems to get better with every debate – not great mind you, but better. He proved that again Tuesday night. He’s not leading in the state polls in Iowa or New Hampshire, but he is still leading in South Carolina and nationally.

More importantly, Biden seems to have a Teflon character in this race – surviving some really poor early debate performances and improving as he goes. Whether he wins Iowa or not – and the likelihood is he won’t — he is in the for the long haul and his performance Tuesday night proved that he has the moderate wing of the party locked up at this point.

 WINNER – Amy Klobuchar

The senator from Minnesota is an authentic Midwesterner and she put that on full display during the debate. She was tough on Trump, which is what most Democrats want and she proved tonight that when it comes to the moderate lane, she is a strong competitor for Buttigieg.

Klobuchar doesn’t have the poll numbers or fundraising prowess of the top tier, but she has two things in her favor. She gave a good enough performance that – as something of a regional favorite –may enable her to do better than expected in the caucuses.

Under Iowa’s complicated caucus system, second choices matter because candidates with little support must drop out before a second round of voting.  Klobuchar could be the second choice of enough voters to enable her to make a respectable showing in the caucuses.

WINNER – President Trump

While the Democrats were battling it out in Iowa, Trump was campaigning where they should have been – in the swing state of Wisconsin.

None of the Democratic candidates can be held responsible for this, but it shows the Democratic primary process is broken.

As billionaire presidential candidate and former New York City Mike Bloomberg has pointed out, the candidates he is running against are spending huge chunks of their time and money in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire that likely will vote for Trump in November, rather than focusing on swing states that will matter in the general election.

Bloomberg – who didn’t appear in the debate because he is self-funding his campaign and so can’t meet the target for fundraising from other contributors – is skipping the four early nominating contests and concentrating and vote-rich states that cast ballots afterward.

Democrats will have to figure out after the election if they want to continue devoting so much attention to the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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LOSERS

BIGGEST LOSER – Pete Buttigieg

There was a lot at stake for Buttigieg, who ended his term as mayor of South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 1 and is now a full-time campaigner.

The former mayor is struggling in the polls and he has staked his campaign on a strong showing in Iowa. It wasn’t that he had a bad night Tuesday. It was – as is the case with Klobuchar – that he didn’t do enough to change the dynamics of the race.

As the only military veteran on stage, Buttigieg had ample opportunity when it came to foreign policy, which dominated much of the first hour. Yet he was unable to make much headway either there or on the issue of health care, where he tried to stake out a pragmatic path.

LOSER – Elizabeth Warren

Warren is always a strong debater, and she proved that again Tuesday night. What she didn’t do was to capitalize on the back-and-forth which her campaign started with Sanders regarding statements she claims he made about the electability of a female presidential candidate.

Tuesday night was an opportunity for Warren to show progressives that she – not Sanders – is the real deal. She was unable to do that.

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LOSER – Tom Steyer

Billionaire Steyer gets credit for qualifying for the debate and for avoiding any questions regarding the fact that he bought his way on to the debate stage. He also performed better than he did in the last debate.

Despite that, Steyer did little to change the dynamic in the race. He certainly has the money to continue – but at some point Democrats are right to ask if his money would be better spent supporting other candidates or causes.

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Steyer knocks ‘Washington establishment’ foreign policy in post-debate interview

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DES MOINES, IA – In what appeared to be a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer took aim at foreign policy decisions by “the Washington establishment” in an interview with Fox News following Tuesday night’s presidential primary debate in Iowa – a showdown where the current crisis Iran and other Mideast flashpoints took center stage.

The former hedge fund manager turned billionaire environmental and progressive advocate once again spotlighted his outsider status as he runs against a field full of former and current politicians.

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Steyer – who was the only candidate on the stage without any government or military experience in dealing with foreign policy – dispelled any notion that he couldn’t hold his own on foreign policy with his 2020 rivals.

He appeared to take an indirect jab at Biden, who touted his foreign policy experience during the debate. Biden also called in 2002 Senate vote to greenlight the Iraq War a mistake.

Steyer told Fox News that “when you say to me we really need to go back to the experience that Washington has brought us, I would say actually we need something new here.”

Touting his private sector global business experience, Steyer emphasized that “I’ve traveled around this world working for three decades. I’ve dealt with people all over this world. If you want to know someone who actually understands how America engages internationally, actually I’m that person.”

And Steyer emphasized that “we tend to want to look at foreign policy as this question about America being the policeman of the world and it’s all about military policy, but if you actually look at what America has to do in terms of coordinating with our traditional allies, being value-driven, and understanding what goes on in the real world, in a different way of looking at it, I’m the person who has that experience.”

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Early Top 25 for 2020

The 2019 season is in the books. It’s time to start thinking about how the Bowl Subdivision will look in 2020. (Kickoff is only eight or so months away, after all.)

Here’s USA TODAY Sports’ first crack at next season with the very early Top 25, which is topped by the four familiar faces to the College Football Playoff: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and LSU.

Clemson will bring back quarterback Trevor Lawrence and its entire defensive line while adding into the mix the best recruiting class in the country. Alabama and LSU will battle for SEC supremacy, followed by Florida and Georgia. Ohio State will reload on both sides of the ball and make another run at an unbeaten regular season.

Oregon is the favorite to win the Pac-12, though Southern California, California and Washington will play a factor in determining the conference championship. The Golden Bears return most of this year’s starting lineup and are an under-the-radar team to watch in the Rose Bowl chase.

The best of the best includes the usual suspects: Oklahoma, Penn State and Notre Dame, among others. (2019 record is in parentheses.)

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1. Clemson (14-1)

The team of the second half of the last decade is poised to dominate the start of the 2020s. While it’ll be difficult to replace running back Travis Etienne, linebacker Isaiah Simmons and receiver Tee Higgins, Clemson has proven itself to be more than just the sum of its parts in making the case to rank among the great dynasties in the history of the sport. Remember: Lawrence is back for his junior year.

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2. Alabama (11-2)

The Crimson Tide are loaded and ready for life after Tua Tagovailoa, though that battle to replace the NFL-bound star will dominate headlines this offseason. (Keep an eye on incoming freshman Bryce Young.) As we’ve seen throughout Nick Saban’s tenure, Alabama always bounces back from disappointment — and in Tuscaloosa, going 11-2 and winning the Citrus Bowl qualifies as a letdown.

3. Ohio State (13-1)

There are going to be several key holes to fill, notably with the departures of stars Chase Young, J.K. Dobbins and Jeff Okudah. But the Buckeyes are in steady hands in second-year coach Ryan Day and quarterback Justin Fields, and very likely motivated to leave no doubt after feeling robbed by officiating during the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson.

4. LSU (15-0)

Keeping assistant Joe Brady in Baton Rouge is the Tigers’ top priority, followed closely by identifying a replacement for Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. LSU could also be slammed by early departures for the NFL, though some draft-eligible starters could opt to come return in 2020. Overall, the Tigers will be firmly in the mix to take home the SEC and return to the playoff.

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5. Oklahoma (12-2)

There are questions to answer on defense, as always seems to be the case, though there is some young talent on board. But the offense looks to be in strong hands with young quarterback Spencer Rattler, whose arm strength and ability as a passer should lead the offense to more closely resemble the teams lead by Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Keeping defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is almost mandatory for the Sooners’ postseason hopes.

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6. Oregon (12-2)

The Ducks are a program ready to take the next step after barely missing out on the playoff and winning the Rose Bowl earlier this month. While quarterback Justin Herbert leaves big shoes to fill, rising sophomore Tyler Shough seems up for the challenge. The offensive line rebuilds around perhaps the nation’s best overall player in tackle Penei Sewell while the defense is the most talented in the Pac-12.

7. Penn State (11-2)

It would’ve been great to keep wide receiver KJ Hamler, who brought some danger to the Penn State offense. Even still, the Nittany Lions stand as the greatest threat to Ohio State in the Big Ten and a solid pick to land in a New Year’s Six bowl or take home the conference championship outright and book a trip to the national semifinals.

8. Florida (11-2)

Given Georgia’s offseason losses — though it’s not all bad for the Bulldogs, as we’ll discuss in a moment — Florida represents the surest bet in the SEC East after back-to-back successful seasons under coach Dan Mullen. The biggest key will be manufacturing a running game to take pressure off quarterback Kyle Trask.

9. Notre Dame (11-2)

The Irish will have one of the best senior quarterbacks in the country in Ian Book. Former QB Tommy Rees, 27, will lead the offense. This is an interesting team: Notre Dame looks to have good depth and solid experience but doesn’t have any returning starters who are no-doubt contenders for preseason All-America honors, which means this could be a team that gets to double-digit wins without being a huge factor in the Playoff chase. Games against Wisconsin and Clemson will tell the story. 

10. Iowa (10-3)

Here’s your sleeper pick coming out of the Big Ten West. Yeah, there’s going to be a new face at quarterback in place of longtime starter Nathan Stanley, but impressive skill talent returns and the foundation of a good offensive front. Two big contributors might be gone on defense in end A.J. Epenesa and safety Geno Stone, but there’s a significant collection of talent along the back seven. Iowa doesn’t always match expectations, but hopes should be high heading into September.

11. Georgia (12-2)

Georgia has found its new quarterback in Wake Forest transfer Jamie Newman, though it remains to be seen whether Newman can thrive in an offense that scuffled in the second half of the season. There are also losses on the offensive line and the typical rash of exits for the NFL. As of today, there are enough unknowns to put the Bulldogs a peg behind Florida in the race for the SEC.

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12. Michigan (9-4)

It’s not quite make-or-break time for Jim Harbaugh, but we’re getting close. Let’s ignore the matchup against Ohio State, which again seems destined to go in the Buckeyes’ favor. Overall, Michigan matches up well with the second tier of elite teams in the FBS and should be considered a strong contender for the Rose Bowl. Here’s the question: When, if ever, will the offense find the balance it needs to take the next step?

13. Auburn (9-4)

Good news, bad news. On the good side, look for Auburn’s offense to improve under sophomore Bo Nix after his up-and-down rookie season. On the other hand, the defense should undergo a decline in production as the Tigers overhaul up front; it’s impossible to see how Auburn replicates the impact Derrick Brown from the middle of the defensive line.

14. Texas (8-5)

Yeah, Texas. Why not? Well, because the Longhorns have become impossible to predict under Tom Herman, with this year’s team pegged for greatness in August before an underwhelming season after the 2018 squad seemingly broke through by beating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. But Texas does bring back a strong senior starter in quarterback Sam Ehlinger, continues to add depth and experience, and could carry over a strong bowl win against Utah to start the offseason on a high note.

15. Memphis (12-2)

This is the best team in the Group of Five. That Memphis brings back quarterback Brady White for another year bodes well for the offense, which has another star in running back Kenneth Gainwell. There’s also the benefit of continuity gained by promoting former offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield as Mike Norvell’s successor. (Let’s worry about the long-term future in the future.) Even with all that and most of the defense back in the fold, it’ll be hard to match this year’s success.

16. Cincinnati (11-3)

And if the best Group of Five team isn’t Memphis, it’s almost certainly Cincinnati. A huge amount of talent returns, as does head coach Luke Fickell, for a program with 11 wins across the past two seasons. The Bearcats have an opportunity to make a statement against Nebraska in late September and draw Memphis at home in conference play, though Temple and Central Florida come on the road.

17. Southern California (8-5)

Clay Helton gets another shot at cementing his job security and will have depth at quarterback along with greater familiarity with the Trojans’ pass-happy offensive scheme. As always, there’s plenty of talent but a lack of proven depth and questions about the team’s general experience. But there’s reason to think USC can make a run at nine or more wins during the regular season.

18. Wisconsin (10-4)

Wisconsin will be Wisconsin, meaning a team that will land somewhere in the Top 25 and potentially be in the thick of the playoff race in October and November. There are some big losses, however, including several seniors from the front seven on defense and, of course, All-America running back Jonathan Taylor and star center Tyler Biadasz. The Big Ten West will have few easy outs, which could keep Wisconsin in the eight-win range during the regular season.

19. Texas A&M (8-5)

The schedule is a breeze until the last two, against Alabama and LSU, so barring a complete collapse — still possible, to be honest — A&M will enter that final pair sitting between 8-2 and a perfect 10-0. But this doesn’t look like a team capable of riding to the top of the SEC West and knocking off that two national powers. It would help to have more confidence in an offense that has a senior quarterback in Kellen Mond but seems tired and stale compared to the high-flying acts in the SEC.

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20. Boise State (12-2)

The Broncos might’ve exceeded even the strongest preseason expectations heading into this past season in winning 12 games and the Mountain West, though the year ended poorly with a bowl loss to Washington. Getting back there is possible given the youth of this year’s offense, including freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier, though the Broncos do need to develop a new top target at receiver. The defense will be heavy on seniors but will miss the production of star pass rusher Curtis Weaver.

21. Iowa State (7-6)

Losing six games in 2019 was a disappointment, even if most were of the single-possession variety, which speaks to the program’s growth and high expectations under coach Matt Campbell. The Cyclones will have a great backfield pairing in quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall and is set to bring back key contributors at each level of the defense.

22. Baylor (11-3)

Baylor must find a replacement for Matt Rhule, which should be complete with enough time to add more pieces to the roster during the second national signing day. But there’s no sugarcoating how much losing Rhule impacts the Bears’ bottom line heading into 2020, even if the foundation and structure he leaves in place will ensure the team stays in the mix for the Big 12 title.

23. California (8-5)

There’s a tremendous amount of experience coming back for coach Justin Wilcox, who did an admirable job slowly building the Golden Bears into a Top 25 contender. With few questions at all surrounding the defense, the biggest key may be keeping quarterback Chase Garbers healthy; he went unbeaten as a sophomore in games he started and finished.

24. Washington (8-5)

We’ll have to wait and see what new coach Jimmy Lake does to the Huskies’ offense, let alone where he goes in choosing the successor to Jacob Eason at quarterback. But after a slight dip in 2019, Washington should be sparked by Lake’s promotion from defensive coordinator and rediscover the form that had the program in annual playoff contention for the middle portion of Chris Petersen’s tenure.

25. North Carolina (7-6)

UNC is a breakout candidate coming out of the ACC in Mack Brown’s second season. A deeper and stronger roster is headlined by rising sophomore quarterback Sam Howell, who had one of the best rookie seasons by a quarterback in FBS history. While there’s no catching Clemson at the top of the conference, UNC should be seen as the preseason favorite in what is always a hard-to-predict Coastal Division.

Just missed the cut: Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Utah, Arizona State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas State, Louisville, Central Florida.

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Laura Ingraham on impeachment Senate trial: ‘If anyone should be charged with abuse of power, it’s Pelosi and Schiff’

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Laura Ingraham blasted Democratic leadership Tuesday and urged Republicans to stand united during next week’s likely Senate impeachment trial.

“From Day 1, Schiff and company made it clear that they wouldn’t go to court to enforce subpoenas. What does that tell you that told you? They had no confidence in their case. They claim there was no time. They pointed to the urgency of the matter. ‘We had to stop Trump.’ He was going to do it again,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “Remember all that. But it was, like, hurry up and wait for an entire month.”

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“If anyone should be charged with abuse of power, it’s Pelosi and Schiff,” Ingraham added.

Ingraham argued that Democrats have failed to make the process bipartisan as the framers intended.

“The politics of this impeachment stinks to high heaven. Always have. Democrats didn’t get a single Republican to vote for it. Not one,” Ingraham said. “The framers made it very clear that impeachment had to be bipartisan, to be legitimate, and the underlying conduct had to be egregious.

The host also called on Congress to pay attention to more pressing issues facing Americans.

“We face a wide array of challenges that need the president’s undivided attention,” Ingraham said. “Iran, infrastructure, the skyrocketing costs of health care still. This is all a dangerous distraction and McConnell should continue to call it out as such.”

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Ingraham called on Republicans to stand united and against new witnesses.

“Allowing new witnesses into the process at this point, it only empowers the partisans that began this madness from the beginning. “It’s imperative that they stop the Democratic senators itching for a show trial. Allowing this impeachment to go forward only serves to set a poisonous precedent for future commanders in chief. Long after Trump has gone.”

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Sen. Ted Cruz floats idea of ‘witness reciprocity’ for Senate impeachment trial

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pitched the idea of “witness reciprocity” on Tuesday during a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders who convened to discuss strategy for the upcoming impeachment trial that will decide if President Trump is removed from office, Fox News has confirmed.

The idea would mean if Democrats call a witness, such as Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Republicans would in turn be allowed to call a witness.

Likely candidates to be subpoenaed by the GOP include former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the unidentified whistleblower who reported a July phone call between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine.

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McConnell appeared receptive to Cruz’s idea in remarks to reporters after the meeting.

“We’ll be dealing with the witness issue at the appropriate time into the trial. And I think it’s certainly appropriate to point out that both sides would want to call witnesses if they wanted to hear from them,” McConnell said. “So if you get to that issue, I can’t imagine that only the witnesses our Democratic colleagues want to call will be called.”

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also tweeted support for Cruz’s suggestion.

“I love @tedcruz’s plan of witness reciprocity. The American people want to hear from #wheresHunter Biden, #sleepyJoe Biden, #fullofschiff, the phony “whistleblower” etc. much more than they do anyone on our side especially since the house had free reign of witnesses for months,” Trump wrote.

McConnell, R-Ky., has distanced himself from an earlier notion that the GOP-controlled Senate would simply dismiss the articles of impeachment once House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hands them over from the House. He called on Cruz, as well as Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah to talk strategy as the party plays a careful numbers game to prevent Democrats from commandeering the trial.

A simple majority is required to win a motion in the Senate. Though Republicans control 53 seats, three GOP senators have indicated they’re open to hearing testimony from Bolton, who was ousted from the Trump administration in September after clashing with the president on a number of foreign policy issues regarding Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

Bolton has indicated that he would appear before the Senate if subpoenaed  — but President Trump told Fox News last week that he might use executive privilege to block Bolton from testifying.

Three moderate Republicans — Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have either said explicitly or suggested they’re deciding whether they want to hear from Bolton later in the trial after House Democrats have presented their case.

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Democrats in the Senate would need only a fourth Republican vote to effectively move to call a witness. The “witness reciprocity” rule, which Fox has learned Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul also pitched as a suggestion to the broader Senate Republican Conference at their weekly luncheon Tuesday, would ensure the party doesn’t completely forfeit control of trial proceedings over to Democrats should enough votes move for Bolton to testify.

Fox News’ Kevin Kirby contributed to this report.

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Where does Bernie Sanders stand on the issues?

Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist senator from Vermont, is making another run at the Democratic presidential nomination after making a name for himself but falling short in his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. Though he is an independent in the Senate, where he has served since 2007, the former Burlington mayor and Vermont congressman has rallied Democrats’ progressive base to sit near the top of most national and early-state polls.

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

Health Care

Sanders is the author of the “Medicare-for-All” bill in the Senate and is fond of reminding his fellow presidential contenders that he “wrote the damn bill.” Sanders, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., advocates a full single-payer health care system that would essentially outlaw private health insurance in the U.S.

This is in contrast to the stance taken by most of the primary candidates, who would continue to allow private health insurance to exist but would present a government option to consumers. Pete Buttigieg dubs his plan to this effect, calling it “Medicare-for-all-who-want-it.”

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Sanders has been transparent about the cost of his up to $40 trillion health care plan, as well as the fact most Americans would have to pay more taxes in order to fund it.

“It is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up,” Sanders said last year. “For virtually everybody, the tax increase they pay will be substantially less than what they were paying for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.”

Also like most of his primary opponents, Sanders would allow government-run health plans to cover illegal immigrants.

Climate and environment

Sanders, like much of the Democratic primary field that is currently in Congress, was a co-sponsor on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. What separates him from his opponents, however, is the scale of his plan to fight climate change.

Sanders’ $16 trillion climate plan dwarfs those of his opponents ⁠— Warren proposes spending $3 trillion on the issue while former Vice President Joe Biden has said he would commit $1.7 trillion.

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Despite the massive price tag of his climate agenda, Sanders falls in line with much of the Democratic field in setting 2050 as the target date for the United States to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

Sanders does clash with the likes of Buttigieg and Biden, however, on a fracking ban. Sanders would ban the controversial natural gas extraction method in the U.S. while the other two would allow the practice to continue.

Economy and minimum wage

Sanders often highlights income inequality on the campaign trail and his corporate tax plan actually takes the degree of income inequality within individual companies into account. He, like some other Democratic candidates, would roll back the 2017 Trump tax cuts, returning corporate income tax rates to 35 percent instead of 21 percent. But Sanders would actually boost corporation’s tax rates if their CEOs make what he considers to be too much money.

He proposes incremental increases in a corporation’s tax rates if their “CEO-to-median-worker pay ratios” are above 50 to 1. For example, a company with a CEO who makes between 50 and 100 times what its median worker does would see its tax rate boosted by half a percent. If a CEO makes more than 500 times what a company’s average worker brings home, it would pay an extra 5 percent in taxes.

Sanders, like Warren, Buttigieg and billionaire Tom Steyer, supports a wealth tax despite questions that have been raised about such a levy’s effectiveness and constitutionality.

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“Taxing the extreme wealth of the top 0.1% is not radical,” Sanders wrote on Twitter in September. “What’s radical is that the Walton family makes $25,000 a minute while their workers at Walmart are paid poverty wages.”

His wealth tax would feature several brackets, extracting 1 percent per year from those with a net worth over $32 million and 8 percent per year from those with a net worth above $10 billion, with several levels in between. This contrasts with Warren’s plan which features only a 2 percent levy for every dollar of net worth for families worth over $50 million and a 6 percent tax on net worth above $1 billion.

Additionally, Sanders would raise the federal minimum wage to $15, as he has advocated for several years.

Immigration

Sanders is staunchly opposed to President Trump’s immigration agenda, including limits on refugees, the border wall and the travel ban.

“Millions live in fear because of Donald Trump’s racist immigration agenda,” he tweeted in November. “Together, we will confront this hatred and create an immigration system that treats asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants with dignity.”

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Sanders opposes a border wall and would change illegally entering the United States from a criminal offense to a civil offense. The latter is a position that puts a distance between himself and the most prominent establishment candidate in the race, Biden.

But like nearly every Democratic candidate, including Biden, Sanders supports a pathway to citizenship for those who are in the U.S. illegally.

Criminal Justice

While Sanders is not an official co-sponsor on the Senate’s version of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, a bill that would legalize marijuana federally while providing support to individuals in marginalized groups who start cannabis businesses, his campaign website hits many of the same social justice points addressed in the bill.

Sanders says he would use executive action to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days while expunging previous marijuana convictions and boosting marginalized communities.

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“Our job now is to legalize marijuana and vacate and expunge past marijuana convictions, and ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs,” his website says.

Like most Democrats, Sanders says he would abolish the death penalty, but he takes a position unique in the primary field by strongly supporting full voting rights for incarcerated felons. Many 2020 Democrats support allowing felons to vote after their jail terms, and the only person besides Sanders to indicate she would be open to allowing felons to vote from behind bars is Warren.

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Dem field gets less diverse

WASHINGTON – The 2020 Democratic presidential field has been heralded as the most diverse in history.

It at times has included a Latino man, an Asian American man, a Samoan American woman, three black men and one black woman. In addition to its racial and ethnic diversity, the field also included a gay man and a record number of women.

But less than three weeks before the first votes are cast in Iowa — and after Sen. Cory Booker dropped out Monday — only three non-white Democratic presidential candidates remain: former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

“The Democratic Party tried to evolve … this year. It still has some work to do,’’ said Keneshia Grant, a political scientist at Howard University and author of an upcoming book, “The Great Migration and the Democratic Party.”

“It has to figure out how it can be a party that makes space for people who look like their most important constituency to hold the big offices or even having a chance to hold the big offices,” she said. “It’s a sad day, a day that we saw coming, but sad no less that we didn’t end up with a candidate of color in the party that is home to people of color.”

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Black, Latino and Asian American voters are key to Democratic electoral victories and overwhelmingly vote Democratic.

In 2018, 90% of black voters said they voted for Democratic candidate in the race of the House of Representatives, according to Pew Research Center. Among Asian voters, 77% said they voted for the Democrat, while 69% of Hispanic voters said they went for the Democratic candidate. 

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Fundraising woes plague candidates of color

Booker, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Kamala Harris all cited fundraising issues when they ended their campaigns. 

“Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage,” Booker wrote in an email to supporters Monday.

Harris in an email to supporters when she dropped out last month said her “campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” 

“I’m not a billionaire,” Harris said in the email. “I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”

Grant said another challenge for the party is holding the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Castro in November made the lack of diversity of the two early voting states a key part of his pitch to voters, saying they’re “not reflective of the diversity of our country, and certainly not reflective of the diversity of the Democratic Party.”

MSNBC national correspondent Joy Reid hinted at some of those same sentiments Monday.

“At some point shouldn’t the Democratic Party — which is the party preference or lean of most people of color — figure out a way to not let state voting order and money reduce the options its voters have for president?” she wrote on Twitter shortly after Booker announced he was ending his campaign.

Grant also pointed to the debate thresholds in particular as a factor for candidates of color. 

Despite meeting the donation threshold necessary, Booker and Castro both failed to qualify for December Democratic debate due to low poll numbers. Harris did make it to the December debate stage, but dropped out about two weeks before. 

Some candidates of color tried to fight back against the criteria.

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Yang was the only non-white candidate to make it to the debate stage in December. Last month, he called on the Democratic National Committee to commission additional polls in an effort to make the debate stage more diverse.

“With the upcoming holidays and meager number of polls currently out in the field, a diverse set of candidates might be absent from the stage in Des Moines for reasons out of anyone’s control,” Yang wrote to DNC Chairman Tom Perez in a letter dated Dec. 21.

The DNC denied to commission polls, saying it has been “more than inclusive throughout this entire process.” Yang didn’t make the polling mark for the debate. Every candidate on the debate stage Tuesday is white.

Who is getting the support of voters of color?

Despite the historic diversity among the candidates, voters of color largely have not flocked to candidates of the same race or ethnicity.

Among black voters, Booker was netted 4% in a recent Washington Post-Ipsos poll. Former Vice President Joe Biden led with black voters in that poll, earning 48% support, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders with 20%. Warren trailed at 9%, according to the poll.

When Harris was still in the race, she also struggled to gain traction with black voters. Some progressives criticized Harris for her record as California attorney general, arguing she was part of an era of “tough on crime” Democrats. 

And Castro struggled to gain support from Latino voters. Only 2% of Hispanic Democratic voters said they support Castro, according to a Noticias Telemundo poll conducted in late October. Biden led with 26%, followed by Sanders at 18% and Warren at 10%.

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Grant said some black voters are making a calculation that they want to win above anything else, which means supporting candidates like Biden. Biden has touted his role as vice president to President Barack Obama, who is still widely popular among black voters. Grant said Biden is seen by many black voters as the “pragmatic choice.’’

And unlike Obama, she said, Booker and Harris lacked the resources and ground game to pull off a win in Iowa. 

“They couldn’t fight back against this idea of pragmatism or Joe Biden being the only pragmatic (candidate) because they didn’t have the money to play the game,’’ she said.

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Bloomberg campaign raises eyebrows with a meatball featuring the candidate’s face

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The Bloomberg campaign raised eyebrows Tuesday evening over a bizarre tweet featuring the face of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a meatball.

Bloomberg may not have been participating in the Democratic debate in Iowa among the other top tier candidates, but his social media team was busy with an image of meatballs, although one of them certainly did not look like the others.

“Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE,” Team Bloomberg challenged Twitter users.

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The tweet caught the attention of many on social media.

“The social media team for Bloomberg has been…interesting,” journalist Yashar Ali tweeted. “Like I have to wonder if this is some sort of insane strategy to get attention?”

“They went all in to take away media coverage of tonight’s debate since he isn’t on stage.” political strategist Seth Weathers agreed.

“Billionaire stop-and-frisking reactionary Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is going so badly, after many millions flushed down the drain on awful annoying ads, that they are already in the terminal ‘meatball lookalike’ stage,” progressive journalist Ben Norton reacted.

The Bloomberg campaign responded to one of its critics who claimed that “the left can’t meme.”

“Not all meatballs that look like Michael Bloomberg are memes,” Team Bloomberg shot back.

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Team Bloomberg was so confident in its post,  it temporarily even changed it’s Twitter profile picture with the image of Meatball Mike.

The account was sending rapid-fire tweets while Bloomberg’s competitors were clashing on the debate stage, offering wacky “fun facts,” cracking jokes, and running Twitter polls like “what is the part of the body to get a Bloomberg 2020 tattoo?”

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Klobuchar compares Trump to Joseph McCarthy

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Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., likened President Trump to the infamous ringleader of the 1950’s ‘Red Scare,’ Joseph McCarthy, in an answer during Tuesday’s Democratic debate.

After being asked whether or not she was concerned Trump would be “emboldened” by a Senate acquittal now that House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is set to transmit the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber, Klobuchar replied that she was not, saying members of Congress needed to do their constitutional duty and check the executive.

“I think the best way to think about this trial and what we’re facing in this election is a story of a man from Primghar, Iowa,” she said, giving a shout-out to the debate’s host state, which also will hold the first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3. “He came from humble beginnings, the son of immigrants. He became the Army Counsel, and he was the one who went to the Joseph McCarthy hearings and …  said, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir?’ Have you no sense of decency?”

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Klobuchar was referencing former U.S. Army Counsel Joseph Welch, who asked, “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” to McCarthy in a hearing for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. That moment is widely considered to be the beginning of the end of the Red Scare and the start of McCarthy’s downfall. McCarthy would use false information and conspiracy theories to stoke Americans’ paranoia about communist subversion and the Soviet Union, putting many Americans on blacklists for their alleged communist beliefs.

“This is a patriotism check,” Klobuchar said. “Not only is this trial that, but also this election. And no matter if you agree with everyone here on this stage, I say this to Americans, you know this is a decency check on this president.”

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Klobuchar, who has polled in the middle-single-digits in Iowa, came into Tuesday’s debate needing to make a splash with four of the candidates on the stage significantly ahead of her. Tuesday is the last time voters will see the top candidates on a stage at the same time before the Iowa caucuses, which can make or break presidential primary campaigns.

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Warren appears to snub Sanders’ handshake after debate

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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., seemed to reject Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as he offered a handshake following Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa.

The two candidates, who are competing for the most progressive voters in the Democratic Party, had seen their apparent nonaggression pact fray in recent days — seemingly culminating in Warren spurning Sanders’ gesture on national television. She shook former Vice President Joe Biden’s hand just moments before.

The rift between the senators was accelerated by a story, first reported by CNN, that Sanders had told Warren in late 2018 he did not think a woman could win a presidential election.

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“Well, as a matter of fact, I didn’t say it,” Sanders said Tuesday evening in response to a question from the CNN moderators asking him why he had made that statement to his fellow senator. “Anybody who knows me knows that it’s incomprehensible that I would think that a woman could not be President of the United States.”

That answer did not appear to satisfy Warren, however, who responded, “I disagreed,” when CNN moderators asked her what she thought, “when Senator Sanders told you a woman could not win the election.”

Warren went on to point out that she and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Mass., had won every single election they had ever run in, a feat none of the men on the stage could claim.

‘Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they have been in are the women ⁠— Amy [Klobuchar] and me.’

— Elizabeth Warren

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“Can a woman beat Donald Trump?” Warren asked. “Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they have been in are the women ⁠— Amy [Klobuchar] and me.

“And the only person on this stage who has beaten an incumbent Republican any time in the past 30 years is me,” she continued, referencing her 2012 victory over former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.

Tuesday’s debate was the final chance voters will get to see all the top candidates on the same stage before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, which can make or break presidential primary campaigns.

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