We’ll have to see how Biden does, he has to win South Carolina, and big, to even have a chance to head off Bernie. Meanwhile Warren is picking up in the polls and all the not Bernie votes are being split.
Former Vice President Joe Biden needs to win South Carolina. I mean, he really needs to win the Palmetto State—and not just by a few points. Sen. Bernie Sanders stomped everyone out in Nevada. Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa, won New Hampshire, and now could do well in South Carolina. The momentum is solidly behind him. There doesn’t appear much that could stop him.
Biden has always said the South Carolina will be his firewall. Sanders had trouble with black voters in 2016. This state was where Hillary Clinton pretty much put the contest away. Her strength with black Democrats in the South gave her a delegate lead that Sanders could not overcome. Now, the former vice president hopes to hit the brakes on the Bernie train. Yet, it’s possible that Sanders does well with black voters this go-around. CNN’s Abby Phillip made that point in the aftermath of the Nevada caucuses. And right now, Joe Biden’s support with black voters has dipped 19 percent (via Newsweek):
An FBI agent faulted for some of the most significant problems laid out in the Justice Department’s inspector general report on FISA abuse against a Trump campaign associate has been identified.
The New York Times, citing people familiar with the FBI’s Russia probe, identified Stephen A. Somma, a counterintelligence investigator who works out of the bureau’s New York field office, as “Case Agent 1” from the inspector general’s (IG) report.
India will purchase several military-grade helicopters from the United States as part of a $3 billion defense deal, President Trump announced during his state visit.
Prior to his stop by the Taj Mahal in Agra, Trump delivered a speech on Monday alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Sardar Patel Stadium, India’s largest cricket stadium, which can house more than 100,000 people. He said the U.S. approved India’s purchase of several military helicopters as part of a larger defense deal between the two democracies.
“The United States looks forward to providing India with the best and most-feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made — airplanes, missiles, rockets, ships. We make the best, and we are dealing now with India,” the president said.
I ate meat every day growing up in India. Beef, chicken and pork. Many Hindus also eat meat, as of course do Muslims and others. The idea that Trump is in for a dietary “shock” in India simply reflects CNN’s cultural ignorance https://t.co/vYpaOFhxNJ
The liberal network that once hyperventilated because President Trump is sometimes served an extra scoop of ice cream has struck again – this time mocking the president because he might have to eschew a cheeseburger or two during his trip to India.
CNN published an article on Sunday – “’I have never seen him eat a vegetable:’ Trump braces for a beef-free menu in India” – co-written by Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak and Vivian Salama.
“When President Donald Trump travels abroad … his hosts usually try make him feel at home with his favorite meal: steak with miniature bottles of ketchup on the side. But what’s a beef-lover to do in India? The president, whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf, faces a potential shock as he prepares to travel to three Indian cities this week,” CNN wrote.
Capping one of the most dramatic falls from power in Hollywood history, Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday on one rape and one criminal sex act count, guilty verdicts that could put him in prison for up to 29 years.
The shamed former movie producer, 67, was found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcibly performing oral sex on former “Project Runway” production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and rape in the third degree for an attack on hairstylist Jessica Mann.
But the verdict wasn’t a total victory for prosecutors. The seven-man, five-woman jury found Weinstein not guilty of the top charges of predatory sexual assault, which carried a life sentence, and rape in the first degree involving Mann.
Today marks 75 years since the Marine Corps launched an amphibious assault onto the island of Iwo Jima, beginning one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history. Join us over the next 36 days as we honor the uncommon valor that was a common virtue because #WeAreIwo. pic.twitter.com/6h4ct5qpeo
Today marks the 75th anniversary of U.S. forces raising a flag on Iwo Jima, a brief moment in time captured in an iconic photograph that both recognized one of the World War II's bloodiest battles and became a symbol synonymous with the Marine Corps. https://t.co/reU61v3oxdpic.twitter.com/4OySG2xLG7
The federal judge presiding over Roger Stone’s case turned down the Trump associate’s attempt to disqualify her.
U.S. Judge Amy Berman Jackson argued Sunday evening that there is no legal basis as to why she should recuse herself from the case after Stone filed a motion on Friday requesting that she be removed from the case for alleged bias.
Stone, who also asked for a retrial, raised concerns about the judge’s partiality, pointing out that Jackson praised the jurors in his trial for their “integrity.” The judge, however, shredded Stone’s argument in her six-page filing, saying that her “general comment that ‘jurors’ served with integrity” did not “purport to, and did not address” Stone’s new trial request.
“There is no rule and no case law that would justify the recusal of a judge for bias simply because he or she says something about an issue on the docket, on the record, at some point before a reply has been filed, or before a hearing — which may or may not be required in the Court’s discretion — has concluded,” she wrote.
A former adviser to President Bill Clinton speculated that Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton are plotting a way for her to become the 2020 Democratic nominee even though she’s not in the race.
“Here’s the deal that I think is going down. I think Hillary and Bloomberg have gotten together and cooked up a scheme,” Dick Morris told John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable radio show on Sunday.
He said Bloomberg would stay in the race, even if he has no chance of winning, in an effort to get at least enough support to keep Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from running away with the nomination.
“Nobody will be nominated on the first ballot, and it’ll go to a second ballot,” Morris said of a brokered convention. “The problem is that the party establishment doesn’t have a candidate. They can’t do Bloomberg because he got killed in the debate. … Can’t do [Joe] Biden because he’s already lost the front-runner status. … [Pete] Buttigieg looks like a high school kid at the Model UN. … [Elizabeth] Warren is third, but she’s pretty far to the Left, and they’re not going to want to trust her.”