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Judge Judy rules in favor of Mike Bloomberg, will join him on campaign trail

The Hill

Mike Bloomberg just released a new campaign ad featuring the most trusted jurist in America. It’s not the Chief Justice, but — for a billionaire candidate who needs to connect with working class voters — someone much better: Judith Sheindlin, known in most homes as TV’s “Judge Judy.”

Celebrity endorsements are a well-worn part of politics, of course, but they typically deliver less than candidates hope for: A quick rush of headlines, maybe, but most voters don’t ultimately make choices based on their favorite television characters.

Sheindlin could be different.

That has a lot to do with her brand of television and how her massive audience — nearly ten million people a day — views her.

Deval Patrick campaign ad: "Not Too Late"

Scoop: Trump officials tried to stop Iraqi expulsion vote


The Trump administration tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade top Iraqi officials to kill a parliamentary effort to force the U.S. military out of Iraq, according to two U.S. officials and an Iraqi government official familiar with the situation.

Why it matters: The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution today calling on the Iraqi government to expel U.S. troops from Iraq, after the U.S killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and a leader of an Iraqi militia with a drone strike near Baghdad airport.

This resolution could ultimately lead to the U.S. military being forced out of Iraq. But the outcome remains uncertain, and the prime minister who needs to sign it recently resigned.

"I think it would be inconvenient for us, but it would be catastrophic for Iraq," said a U.S. official familiar with the Trump administration's effort to block the vote. "It's our concern that Iraq would take a short-term decision that would have catastrophic long-term implications for the country and its security."

Missing From Democratic 2020 Ad Wars: Attacks on Rivals

New York Times

In total, Democrats spent nearly $30 million on the airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2019, according to Advertising Analytics, an ad tracking firm.

Not a single candidate has run a negative ad on television targeting other Democrats.

The relatively placid ads of the 2020 Democratic campaign reflect the risk-averse primary contest, in which candidates have been loath to unleash any negativity on an opponent. Instead, they are channeling voters still unnerved by the 2016 election and so wholly concerned with defeating Donald Trump that any potential damage done during the Democratic primary could be viewed as unforgivable.

While Democratic voters in Iowa find negative advertising particularly off-putting, it appears that they want to both get rid of Mr. Trump and eradicate his confrontational approach to politics.

Seth Moulton endorses Joe Biden

“There’s only one candidate who has had to make life-or-death decisions involving American lives, and that’s Vice President Biden,” said Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who ended his own presidential campaign in August and had not endorsed anyone else. “There’s no combat veterans left in the race. I have tremendous respect for Pete’s service as an analyst, but analysts don’t make decisions.”


BREAKING: Lincoln Chaffee files for Presidential campaign as a Libertarian


I don't support Trump's actions against Iran (or anything else), BUT...

I won't disregard the Intelligence warnings cited. To do so is to buy in to Trump's message to disregard the CIA/NSA et al (before today). And if your argument is that Trump just made the warnings up, point to the leak from the Intelligence community saying that they didn't give him such a warning.

Border Patrol denies claims of order to detain Iranian-Americans

Source: The Hill

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials released a statement Sunday evening denying reports circulating on social media claiming Iranian-Americans were being detained by CBP authorities at a border crossing in Blaine, Wash.

"Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false," CBP spokesperson Mike Friel said in a statement.

"Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false," he added.

A CBP official confirmed that border crossings have been subjected to increased security measures as a standard response to the increased threat environment caused by heightened tensions with Iran, and stressed that longer wait times were an unintended consequence for some travelers.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/476866-cbp-denies-claims-of-orders-to-detain-iranian-americans




I'm booked for New Hampshire...

Flying up to spend the weekend before the Primary taking in the field of candidates. This will be the sixth Primary we've come up to visit. Part of it is political tourism and part is getting a read on which campaigns have their act together and which do not...

IA and NH polls suggest Jan debate will be Biden-Buttigieg-Sanders-Warren-Klobuchar

Everyone else (esp Yang and Steyer) at 3% or less
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