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Will Sanders pass the Nevada test?

in the vicinityVideoPoll: Bernie Sanders is the favorite to win the Nevada Caucuses

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On the roster: Will Sanders pass the Nevada test? Dems are feeling the cash crunch – Trump butt heads with intel team on Russia’s warning – Trump trolls Dems with rallies in the West – There is no upper limit for stupidity

WILL SANDERS PASS THE NEVADA TEST?
Politico: “Nevada presents the first test of the [Bernie Sanders‘] ability to prove the Latinos. If he’s not advertising well below the relevant and the could-goers account for 20 percent of the caucus — it’s a recipe for continuing might success among Latinos on Super Tuesday in States such as California, Texas and North Carolina. The campaign says there were a million on Latino outreach in the state of Nevada. Of the 250 employees in the state, more than 100 of them people of color and 76 are Latinos. Sanders targeting Latinos on digital platforms such as YouTube, Hulu, and Pandora; with Mailings, TV commercials, phone calls and SMS; and old-fashioned door knocking and community events. The campaign has 35 of which are in Spanish. Polling Sanders consultant ensures confidence that the efforts of in-hand work with the knowledge of their 2016 missteps in the back of the head — will pay off in the first nomination the competition with a diverse voter population.”

Bloomy is getting ready for a controversial convention – Politico: “Mike Bloomberg is a private lobbying of the Democratic party, the officials and the donor of the allies with his moderate opponents flip their loyalty to him, and block-Bernie Sanders — in the case of a brokered national convention. The effort, largely run by Bloomberg, a senior state-level consultants in the last few weeks trying to prime Bloomberg for a second round contest at the Democratic National Convention in July by poaching Fans of Joe Biden , and other moderate Democrats, according to two Democratic strategists familiar with the talks, and uninvolved with Bloomberg. The promotion, interviews and phone calls with the supporters of Biden and Pete Buttigieg , as well as uncommitted DNC members in Virginia, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and North Carolina, according to one strategist, who participated in meetings and calls. … It is presumptuous to play, for a candidate, the delegate is not yet won, or even appeared on a ballot. And it could also bring disastrous effects to the Convention…”

Harry Reid: The candidates need more than a plurality to win the nomination for the WaPo: “Former Senate majority leader Harry M. Reid , said on Thursday that sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or every candidate, not the democratic nomination, if you are at the end of the primary process in the first place but shy of the required majority of votes of the delegates should be. Reid (D-Nev.) dismissed suggestions of Sanders and his Fans that he should be the candidate, if he ends with a plurality of protrusion to the rest of the candidates, but just before the 1,991 delegates, the securing of the nomination. Reid even suggested that a group of moderate candidates, trailing Sanders could, overall, put together a coalition, prior to the Democratic Convention in July in Milwaukee to hand the nomination to someone else.”

DEMS ARE FEELING THE CASH CRUNCH
Politico: “Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar , and Elizabeth Warren each month or part of a month scraping dangerously close to the bottom of their campaign Bank accounts… While Sanders began in February with almost $17 million in the bank, in the framework of the campaign Finance disclosures filed on Thursday, his closest pursuer (nonbillionaire class) was Biden, at $7.1 million. Warren was the closest to the red, with only $ 2.3 million in your 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 almost a third of the delegates available in the primary grippers for Super Tuesday on 3. March — and only a handful of candidates are able to Marshal resources to Woo the voters in these 14 States. It is the reason why super-PACs, demonized at the beginning of the 2020 primary, are suddenly jumping in to help, most of the Democratic candidates, and it is the reason why the campaigns are now becoming more and more urgent request for financial help.”

Warren turns to super-PACs, the campaigns, battles for the cash – Fox News: “democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the reversal of your position on enemy support from outside groups such as super PACs. The progressive senator from Massachusetts, had long spoken out against such political action committees — but when they tried to mount a comeback for the nomination after a disappointing third-and fourth-places finishes in the Iowa Caucuses and last week’s primary in neighboring New Hampshire, or, change your attitude. In an interview with journalists on Thursday, after a stop at a campaign field office in North Las Vegas, on Saturday in Nevada, the group meetings, Warren said: “If all the candidates want to get rid of the super PACs, count me in, I will lead the charge. But this is must be how it is. It can’t be that a few people hold, and one or two don’t.”

S. C. poll shows Biden still ridin’ – Winthrop University: “Joe Biden remains the first choice for South Carolina voters for the democratic party presidential candidates but also other candidates are on the rise and nearly 1 in 5 likely voters are still undecided, according to the latest Winthrop poll. Given the margin of error, his lead from 24% to Sanders’ 19%, in fact, hardly can. South Carolinians head to the polls on Feb. 29 to participate in the Democratic y Presidential Primary. The voters in the Palmetto state, you do not register by party. … Of the African-American voters contacted, Biden had even higher numbers, with 31%. Other candidates planning to run in the S. C. primary, with the support of 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 two remaining candidates fell below 5%. The former New York city 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, in spite of the fact that only 1 in 4 likely voters currently support him. The Monmouth University poll finds that Sanders’ voice was able to increase share, even though, when it came down to a two-person race. Latino voters are a core constituency for Sanders in the Golden State. With early ballots already rolled, a few voters say that there is a high possibility of changing their candidate choice. Under the California voters who are likely to participate in the March 3 primaries, support is currently 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%. A further 13% of likely primary voters are undecided and do not lean against all the candidates this time.”

Klobuchar makes a game with the Super-Sunday-ads – Politico: “Amy Klobuchar has launched three new ads and a seven-figure TV ad buy for the half of the Super Tuesday States on Thursday, joining a small group of Democratic presidential candidates in advertising to delegate-rich primaries looming at the 3. March. The Minnesota senator, the campaign aired TV and digital ads on Thursday in Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia. The campaign has not said how they split the buy among the States. Two Klobuchar, new ads, compare them with President Donald Trump. … The third spot has a shortened version of the Klobuchar long stump speech, appealing to those who ” feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics, and are tired of the noise and the nonsense,’ Klobuchar said.”

GAME INSTRUCTIONS: USE YOUR WORDS
“One thing, at all events, must be evident, that a government like that proposed would avoid bid fair to, the need of the use of force, than that species of League fight most of his opponents; the authority should only work on the States in their political or collective capacities.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 27

TIME-OUT: COMRADE SEUSS
The Paris Review: “Russia had a Dr. Seuss. … Name: Kornei Chukovsky. Dates: 1882 until 1969. Number of supremo-supremo of classic children’s books to his credit: the first ten or twelve. His stuff is a lot like Green eggs and ham: the long; rhymes 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, that poor child, age four or so, sick and whining. The kid’s mind off the horribleness, Chukovsky did engrossed him, in a kind of cooperative improvisation, play, rhyming like crazy, a story of a crocodile who comes to Saint Petersburg, and eats a dog and then a cop or something… it’s a war … the crocodile is running around … Chukovsky the child was just a tiny little thing, but he knew that they inspiration when he saw it. He forgot his courage and helped Mozart’s composition of his first Symphony.”

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INDICATOR
ESTIMATED DELEGATES FOR THE NOMINATION OF THE DEMOCRATS
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
The average of the rejection: 50.4 percent
Net Score: -4.4 Percent
Change from a week ago: ↑ 3 points
[Average, includes: Gallup: 49% approve – 48% disapprove; ABC News/WaPo: 46% approve, reject – 52%; NBC News/WSJ: 47% approve 50%, reject; NPR/PBS/Marist: 44% approve, reject – 51%; Monmouth University: 44% approve – 51% disapprove.]

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TRUMP BUTT HEADS WITH INTEL TEAM ON RUSSIA WARNING
NYT: “Intelligence officials warned house lawmakers last week that Russia in the 2020 campaign, to try and President of the Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, in a disclosure to the Congress, angered, Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him. The day after the Feb. 13 briefing legislators, the President insulted Joseph Maguire, the outgoing Deputy Director of national intelligence, to ensure that it takes place, the people familiar with the exchange said. Mr trump was particularly annoyed by the fact that representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat from California, and the leader of the charge to process at the briefing. During the briefing of the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, with the argument that he’s tough with Russia, and that he strengthened the European security. Some intelligence officers saw the briefing as a tactical error, to say that the conclusions could have been delivered in a less pointed way, or to the left to avoid completely, angering Republicans.”

Taps partisan brawlers to control a spy network Political: “Kash Patel, a former top National Security Council official who also played an important role, as a Hill staffer to help the Republicans to discredit Russia probe, is now a senior adviser for the new Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, according to four persons familiar with the issue…. Previously he had worked as a Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)’s top staffer on the house Intelligence Committee, and the leading author of the report behind the questions was the behavior of the FBI and DOJ officials, Russia’s choice, interference investigate. The Republicans later used the report to substantiate and arguments that the probe was a conspiracy to take down ” President Donald Trump. Grenell, who has it not served in any U.S. intelligence and will continue to require, as the US Ambassador in Germany, to serve the Senate confirmation as Deputy Director. Yet Patel in his new role.”

TRUMP TROLLS DEMS WITH RALLIES IN THE WEST
NYT: “President Trump is not 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 this place is another attraction: they placed him at the current middle of the 2020 presidential race in Nevada, where the Democrats vote Saturday in the Caucasus could make the campaign. The trip was intended to present, the President of the aggressive re-election push to drum up funds from high-dollar donors in California, a Democratic state, where Mr. Trump is widely unpopular, however, some concentrated pockets enjoys support. But the President believes that, wherever he goes, he can turn the power of the cycles of news and political fortunes to his favor.”

The Republicans see a surge in house, Senate candidates – Fox News: “A record number of candidates have filed to run for office in the house and Senate, to break the last cycle is history-do numbers from the same time. But in contrast to the mid-term elections in 2018, when the increase was driven by the Democrats, the Congress-boom, this time on the Republican side, according to the latest Federal candidate and financial activity report is obtained exclusively by Fox News. In the year 2019 alone, 781 Republican Federal paperwork filed to run for the house, the most ever recorded in an odd-numbered year the Federal Election Commission. This is of 593 GOP candidates in 2017, when the Democrats had an amazing 937 candidates in the same place. Republican candidates across the country interviewed by Fox News said they feel momentum is on their side this time. Acquittal, Congress, aroused by President Trump and his indictment hopefuls make the case that Trump needs a fighter like you in the home or other country to succumb to the “socialist” Democratic plan.”

PLAY-BY-PLAY
Doug Collins
spurned Trump Intelligence, publish, maintain his Senate primary challenge – Fox News

AUDIBLE: OH, HELLO
“As I accept all of the movies offered (2 so far) I accept.” Comedian John Mulaney said in a tweet with a clip of Pete Buttigieg to answer quick-fire questions in the town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. When Buttigieg was asked, “Who do you play in a biopic would be, was it?” his answer, “I am hoping for John Mulaney.”

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FROM THE STANDS
“How about this scenario. Bloomberg comes out on top. Sanders runs as an independent. Democrats admit that they lost the presidency, but with Sanders in the third commandment, you have a whole lot of excited voters go to the polls and hold the house and flip the Senate For me the worst scenario for a Republican.” – Jim Dobbyn, Traverse City, Michigan.

[Ed. Note: I would have to say the worst-case scenario for the Republicans, would Democrats unite behind an electable moderate, Bumm-Bumm-President Trump, to reflect seats in the Senate and expanding the house majority. For Sanders as an independent, it would be impossible. By the time the primaries are over, it would be too late for him to be on the ballot nationwide as an independent. Even if he could convince, say, the Green party, to offer him their nomination, sore loser laws, although legally untested, would likely make it impossible for him, any kind of national campaign.]

“When I saw how the Democratic delegate counts in today’s message, I think it is interesting that essentially the democratic candidates (and many in the Senate and Congress) have spoken all about the abolition of the electoral system. Obviously they don’t like you, that she then lost in the popular vote, but still the presidential election. But what you are now using to determine who the party’s presidential candidate? It is a variant of the electoral system seems to me to be basically. Seems a bit hypocritical to me. I’m just guessing, but if you tried to approve a “popular vote winner” system for the party was nominated, it would be a lot of small States that do not jump on the train. I’m wrong-what are your thoughts?” – Mike Vesel, Weston, Wisconsin.

[Ed. Note: Bernie Sanders certainly agrees with you! Yes, the delegates are a form of indirect democracy that is similar to the Electoral College. And if things get weird, the democracy can be indirect, even more so, if it’s not a winner in 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 questions of the process, because we know that they argue is reliable, depending on which position you believe that it is of use to you. I mean, they are politicians.]

“In view of the debate performance all around [Wednesday], I think, an 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 comments.” – Tim Roshak, North Canton, Ohio

[Ed. Note: Woof!]

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THERE IS NO UPPER LIMIT FOR STUPIDITY
WOIO: “A prisoner escape from prison ended in embarrassing ways, if you fell through the plant to the ceiling. Video surveillance from the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton [Ohio] captured the moment, Jessica Boomshine pulled over a chair and climbed through the ceiling, through the removal of the tiles. Other inmates can be seen, observed, the 42-year-old woman trying and seemingly cheer you while you are ascended. After about 15 seconds, debris fell from the ceiling, and corrections rushed by officers to the area as a boom Shine came crashing down. An officer grabbed on Boomshine, which is landed in a trash can, rather than slamming on the ground. Prison records of Montgomery County show that Boomshine, as well as Billy Joe Farra, were detained for allegedly attacked and robbed an 85-year-old man, the two befriended in a Miamisburg casino. Boomshine is facing new charges, to flee for the escape and the destruction of property for their attempt from the prison.”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“Longevity for a columnist is a simple sentence: Once you start you will not stop. You do it until you die, or no longer can put together a sentence. It is my intention to die was always at my Desk, though my favorite destination is over the inheritance tax.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writes in the Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2009.

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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