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The Bloomberg campaign argues that Washington needs a ‘steady leader, the honor of those who serve’; Bloomberg weighs in at 2020 campaign manager Kevin Sheekey.

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TRUMP, BLOOMBERG HEATS UP THE FIGHT
AP: “On Thursday [Michael Bloomberg] started to run, a new nationwide ad, condemned trump is the treatment of decorated military and his campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, went on Fox News to mark. Your fight will be a test for the power of television and the digital ads against the effects of Twitter, and the megaphone of the presidency. A Central question is whether Bloomberg will do attacks on Trump, damage to an incumbent who does not have a serious primary Challenger. The President and his campaign team were suspiciously observed by Bloomberg buying frenzy, as the former mayor, the late entry in the presidential election. Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, recently told employees that he would not have to worry about Bloomberg until he cracked double digits (Bloomberg had 9% support in the Monmouth poll this week), while the mockery of the amount of money that the former mayor spent, according to two Republicans close to the White house, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.”

Is Bloomy stress for trump is worth? NYT: “For weeks, the President of Trump‘s advisers urged him to ignore, Michael R. Bloomberg, country-wide televised needling… Mr Trump heeded the advice for a while… the President of The focus on Mr. Bloomberg is not appropriate with the former mayor stands in the polls so far. Mr Bloomberg is still under double digits in almost all the polls after the expenditure of more than $256 million on ads in less than two months. To charge Mr. Bloomberg has benefits, but is mostly ignored by his primary rivals, some of whom do not want him in the race, but also do not want to alienate him and his ability to support Democratic candidates in the Bundestag election. And the most Democratic strategists remain skeptical that a candidate who once supported more aggressive police strategies, the changed has, parties three times, and approved by President George W. Bush in 2004, will be able to win the nomination.”

Printer: Trump is focused on the GOP contest in the bid to run the score – WashEx: “The trombone campaign is quietly speed up robust field and data programs through Iowa, to generate a show of force in the Feb. 3 group meetings by crushing his opponents during the work the kinks out of his state political operation. President Trump faces marginal opposition, and the result is not in doubt. But trump is heading to Des Moines for a Jan. 30 rally, and Vice-President Mike Pence, the is provided to conservative Western Iowa energy, to supply Republican turnout. “The group meetings will be a good Training for our ground game, as we prepare ourselves to win Iowa in November,’ Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. To take with Democrats, elevation of the Iowa spotlight, the represent campaign Iowa activities, an effort, some of the attention away from Trump’s rivals.”

Warren faced Iowa father about student loan plan – Fox News: “An angry father confronted Sen. Elizabeth Warren say those who responsibly saved to pay for student loans, the themselves would get ‘screwed’ under your student debt relief plan. “I just wanted to ask a question. My daughter is out of school. I have saved all my money. You don’t have all the student loans. I’m getting my money back?’ the father asked Warren in a photo line, after a campaign town hall in Grimes, Iowa, on Monday. ‘Of course not,’ Warren replied, without hesitation. … Warren as a campaign platform has introduced universal free public school, but also the resignation of Federal student loan debt for up to $50,000 for those under $100,000 per year. She even said she would do so on their first day in the White house and bypass Congress, if necessary. They claimed that this policy would eliminate ” the debt for more than 95 percent of the almost 45 million Americans with student loan debt.'”

Local trade unions come out strongly for Bernie – Political: “the Majority of the national unions still have not picked a favorite yet in the Democratic presidential primary. It is a treat for Bernie Sanders. To work to harm rather than Sanders, a longtime labor ally, has promised to double the membership in a trade Union as President, to offer the dislike endorsements at the national level has made it possible to come to more progressive-minded local unions and labor groups in power, for the Vermont senator. Sanders has already racked up 11 work entries, more than any of his Democratic rivals, most of which are of local, regional, and country-wide trade unions. And some are among the most powerful unions in the early voting and Super Tuesday States.”

Biden leans in electability argument – ABC News: “With the Iowa Caucasus are just 10 days away, Ex-Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the airwaves with a new campaign ad that claims he is the first choice when it comes to the defeat of President Donald Trump in November. The campaign is the last display, the first of ABC News, focused on a possible Federal election match-up between Trump and the former Vice-President, and makes the strongest argument to Biden’s electability. ‘Every day, he’s the President, Donald Trump poses a threat to America and the world. We have him to beat. Joe is the strongest candidate is Biden to do it,” says the 30-second ad… The ad suggesting Biden is the Democrats’, which comes as the first choice in the year 2020, Iowa caucus-goers their final decisions about who to support in the “first in the nation” contest on the 3. February, and the Senate in the impeachment process is currently in Washington, DC”

Harris allegedly weigh Biden endorsement NYT: “Senator Kamala Harris weighs in with a recommendation, to Joseph R. Biden, Jr, according to multiple Democratic officials familiar with their deliberations. Such a step could raise, to improve, Mr. Biden, campaign, and maybe even more, Ms. Harris ‘ chances of vice president, but also anger their liberal base in California. An endorsement of Mrs Harris, if you will be wading in the first race at all, probably would not happen until after the Senate impeachment trial, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private talks. But have you and Mr. Biden, former Vice President, remained in contact since she was out of the race and had a long conversation immediately after her departure, had.”

The former Obama finance director back Biden – Political: “Rufus Gifford, one of the Democratic party, is best associated with fundraising, throwing his support behind Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, just before Biden and his rivals dip into an expensive line from the early primaries and Caucuses. There are a few democratic donors or workers with fundraising networks as far as Gifford’s and of its compounds could Biden help compete with other top riders, the typed have, the online small-dollar donors outraise the former Vice-President so far. Gifford served as finance director for former President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign, the record-setting push to raise $1 billion to win a second term for Obama in 2012.”

[Ed. Note: the Fox News Channel host a town hall with the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in Iowa on Sunday, Jan. 26, moderated by Chris Wallace. Make sure you tune in on Sunday at 7 pm ET.]

THE RULES: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Were the pictures which have been drawn by the political jealousy of some among us, faithful likenesses of the human character, the inference would be that there is not sufficient virtue among the people, governing themselves; and that nothing less than the chains of despotism can retain, destroy and devour each other.” – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 55

TIME-OUT: KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STARS
The Atlantic: “Supernovae are almost impossible to predict. But astronomers have recently begun the discussion, a rare opportunity, with a bit more enthusiasm than usual, thanks to the strange behaviour elsewhere in the milky way. … In the starry sky, the constellation Orion is a row of three bright stars is most known for his belt. For the last couple of months, when astronomers around the world are particularly interested in his right shoulder, the home is a star called Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky. Betelgeuse—the, Yes, pronounced like Beetlejuice—was dimming more than it ever had before. Astronomers have long known that Betelgeuse is getting older, and like many old stars, is bound to explode, sooner or later. Could mean this is a secret that dimming that a supernova may be imminent? The view would be mind-boggling, day or night. The Orion constellation can be from almost anywhere on the earth, which means that almost everyone could see the exploding star.”

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INDICATOR
DEMOCRATIC 2020-POWER-RANKING
Biden: 25.6 points (↑ 1 point from the last wk.)
Sanders: 17.8 points (↑ 3.2 points from last wk.)
Warren: 16.6 points (↓ 0.2 points from last wk.)
Buttigieg: 8.4 points (↑ 0.2 points from last wk.)
Bloomberg: 5.6 points (↑ 0.6 points from last wk.)
[Mean values are: CNN, Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, IBD and NBC News/WSJ.]

TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Average Level Of Agreement: 43.4 Percent
Average of the refusal: in the case of 52.4 percent
Net Score: -9
Change from a week ago: ↑ 0.2 points
[Average, includes: CNN: 45% approve, reject – 51%; of the Monmouth University: 43% approve, reject – 52%; Quinnipiac University: 43% approve, reject – 52%; NPR/PBS/Marist: 42% approve – 53% reject; Gallup: 44% approve – 54% disapprove.]

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TRUMP AND DEMS YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH FOR GOP MODERATES
WaPo: “they are the most closely watched senators, the President Trump‘s impeachment — the moderate Republicans who might vote with Democrats to call new witnesses and subpoena documents. But, a week in the test version, they are also isolated weird. Trump has always warned his route to the White House adviser to him, that publicity would not help his cause. Democrats say there are no serious efforts to privately lobby the Republicans, the party, and relies instead on public opinion, and to squeeze the house prosecutors in to break ranks. The group of senators, some could be facing a difficult election in November is crucial next week, defying GOP leaders and vote with the Democrats for the witnesses and evidence that Trump’s government has always denied Congress. Such a step could make the trial extend for an indefinite period of time, throw new light on Trump’s behavior and represent a serious threat to his presidency.”

The charge wildcard: Lamar Alexander – Politically: “If you want to know how President Donald Trump, the impeachment procedure could play, keep your eyes on Lamar Alexander. The main question of the study— whether the subpoena of witnesses — is the 79-year-old Tennessee Republican senator a wild card. Private, senior Senate Republicans expected to seek the vote to fail witnesses, but they are to watch, Alexander and several other Republicans closely. And wherever Alexander comes to the position of the majority in the Senate is almost certain. Three GOP senators have expressed some level of support for the calling of witnesses, and if you are defeated, all Democrats, would result in a 50: 50 draw and probably. Unless Chief Justice John Roberts shocked Washington by wading in with a tie-break, Democrats need another Republican to break ranks and again overturning GOP plans for a quick Trump acquittal. Both parties eagerly looked at Alexander.”

Pelosi still has a role in the process – NYT: “Ms. [Nancy Pelosi‘s] role in the impeachment of Mr Trump may be formally over, but by their own design, the thing is also not from the Hand. In your absence from the Capitol this week, as the speaker traveled through Poland and Israel in memory of the 75 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, she had her hand firmly on the tiller of the prosecution of the President. In many ways, Ms. Pelosi, the eighth, largely invisible manager of the Democrats’ case. … Mrs. Pelosi has sold to sit in your hand-picked House general counsel at the table in the session hall of the Senate, with the help of the state act lawyers as their eyes and ears. You checked all the managers’ written briefs before they were filed. And the diversified media campaign is running the case for Mr. Trump to remove, from their office, through their communication Director and other staff.”

Pergram: Senate impeachment proceedings that could boil down to a ‘pettifogging’ – Fox News: “The Senate is full of precedents. And Roberts cited the impeachment trial of Federal judge Charles Swayne in 1905. Senators discussed whether it would make sense, the word “pettifogging’ on the floor during the trial period. The word means to project under-served attention to the smaller details. Roberts told senators that he would like to emphasize that a standard of decorum so strict that you can not use the ‘pettifogging’ in Trump’s trial. And this brings us back to the case at hand. The Republicans are assailing ship, Nadler and tactics of the Democratic Manager are. Democrats think that the President committed ” high crimes and misdemeanors.’ And whether it is allowed on the ground or not, the Republicans think the Democrats are just went pettifogging trump.”

Continetti: Nadler’s folly – Free Beacon: “The cynicism behind the Democratic strategy has brought the Republicans together. There is little evidence that the unit has dissolved from the opening votes. This can change, of course. Democrats hope to convince four Republicans to the trial version will extend by calling witnesses and requesting documents from the Trump administration. But you are in trouble. You can say, because Chuck Schumer‘s press conferences are louder than usual. He is not convince with you, the draw (if such people there). He seizes the opportunity to draw a partisan, however, that he hopes will Republicans hurt in the fall.”

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT WARNS OF TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN
Guardian: “The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has warned Israel and the US not to cross “red lines” as anxiety mounts over the impending release of Donald Trump ‘ s peace plan proposal, which is expected in General that the angle of inclination is strongly in Israel’s favor. A spokesman for Abbas said the Palestinian leadership had rejected a “clear and unwavering position’, the Trump-initiatives. In a separate statement, and refers to reports that the plan could Israel allow permanent control of Palestinian territory, the spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, said: “We are warning Israel and the American government against the crossing of red lines.’ Trump has said he will likely release details of its long-delayed plan for the Middle East before the next Tuesday, after he invited the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the leader of the opposition, Benny Gantz, to Washington for talks.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
To increase RNC approves plan to send 300 field employees in 18 target States Trump – Politico

Early voting has begun in Minnesota – AP

AUDIBLE: THE REAL SUMMONS THE PEOPLE WANT
“I see myself as a house manager, I certainly we hope we can subpoena [former national security advisor] John Bolton, a subpoena [acting White house chief of staff] Mick Mulvaney, but maybe we can all agree to subpoena the Baseball Hall of Fame.” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., joked that the legislature should be a summons to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the almost unanimous vote for the anchoring of the former New York Yankee Derek Jeter on Thursday the Senate impeachment proceedings.

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A SPILL THE WINE, AND THE
AP: “More than 97,000 litres of red wine, spilled from a tank at a winery in Sonoma County and eventually seeped into the Russian river, an accident that officials said violated the water quality in the 110-mile tributary flowing into the Pacific ocean. The cabernet sauvignon grapes, enough to fill eight large tanker trucks, spilled into the Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg Wednesday after a door near the bottom of a large blending tank popped open, spilling all of the wines, the reports she held in a sewer on the plot, the Press Democrat. The wine spilled into a drainage ditch that feeds into Reiman to be a Creek, and finally made his way to the Russian River. The winery is conducting an internal investigation and cooperation with authorities, Rodney Strong speaker Chris O ‘ Gorman said on Thursday.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly-elected presidents enjoy a wave of good will that allows you to fly high, at least in the first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon is already come and gone.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on Jan. 12, 2017.

Chris Stirewalt , the politics editor for Fox News. Brianna McClelland contributed to this report. FOX News mid-term report in your Inbox every day wants? You can register here.

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