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No word on fundraising from Elizabeth Warren...

Is tomorrow (Friday) the time for a data dump?

No Presidential Statement tonight...


Iranian State TV...


Guess what got posted on Twitter this morning...


Biden isn't my choice, but I look at data realistically...

...nobody has been gaining on him since October.


Spain Set for Government at Last as Separatists Back Sanchez

Source: Bloomberg

Spain is set to finally get a new government after the acting premier, Pedro Sanchez, persuaded a Catalan separatist party to help him take office for a second term.

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya agreed to abstain in a confidence vote in parliament, giving Sanchez the numbers he needs to form a Socialist-led coalition, Pere Aragones, a senior party official, said Thursday. A final vote in the Spanish Parliament is expected Jan. 7.

Spain has been without a proper government since Sanchez dissolved parliament in March for the first of two elections last year.

With the parliament splintered between five major national parties and a host of smaller regional groups after a second ballot in November, Sanchez turned to Esquerra to help swing the numbers in his favor. A pact with the anti-austerity party Podemos got him closer to the line and upped the pressure on the Catalans.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-02/sanchez-wins-catalan-backing-needed-to-govern-in-spain-el-pais

This either says something impressive about Gabe Flesicher...

(...High School Junior who does one of the best political news aggregators on the Internet) or something about the decline of the Williamson campaign:


Mike Bloomberg on the critical question of the day...


Sanders gets cold shoulder from New Hampshire unions


CONCORD, N.H. — The labor unions that powered Bernie Sanders to a decisive victory here in 2016 are declining to get on board with his campaign this time around — a potential warning sign for the neighbor-state senator’s hopes of a repeat performance.

One of the largest labor groups, which represents more than 10,000 New Hampshire state employees, broke with its national leadership when it issued an early endorsement of Sanders in the 2016 primary. Electrical workers joined a coalition of other unions to turbocharge the Sanders turnout operation that year.

Now, both organizations are remaining on the sidelines, refusing to pick a single candidate when several would suit them fine. Sanders is going to great lengths to lure their support — his campaign recently offered a free steak dinner to union members and hosted a rally for state employees who are fighting for a new contract. But nothing has moved the needle.

“There's a lot of candidates talking about what he talked about last time,” said Rich Gulla, the president of SEA-SEIU Local 1984, which represents the state’s employees. “Look at the field and look at the polling. I could talk to a dozen different members and get a dozen different responses on who they like. There's just too many in the field right now to narrow that down.”

Republican senators, congressmen ask Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade

Source: CBS News

Over 200 members of Congress asked the Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the right to an abortion, in a brief urging the court to uphold a Louisiana law severely restricting abortion.

The 39 senators and 168 House members submitted the amicus brief in the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which the Supreme Court will consider this spring.

June Medical Services challenged a Louisiana law, passed in 2014 and currently not in effect, which required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed. If the law is allowed to be implemented, all of Louisiana's abortion clinics would close, as first reported in October by CBS News.


All 39 of the senators who signed the brief were Republicans. Another Republican senator, Josh Hawley, had previously submitted a separate amicus brief. Only two of the 168 House members who signed the brief were Democrats — Dan Lipinski and Collin Peterson. Lipinski has been singled out by abortion rights groups for his opposition to abortion, and is facing a primary from the left.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/republican-senators-congressmen-ask-supreme-court-to-consider-overturning-roe-v-wade/
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