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Bernie Sanders staff shake-up: Top strategists leave his presidential campaign

From NBC News:

The chief strategist of the Vermont independent's 2016 campaign and two other aides cited creative differences as they parted ways.

In a major shake-up to Bernie Sanders' just-launched presidential bid, some of his top strategists have left the campaign.

Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey, partners in a political consulting firm who all played leading roles in Sanders' 2016 campaign for the White House, are parting ways with the senator, citing creative differences.

"The entire firm has stepped away. We're leaving the campaign," Longabaugh told NBC News on Tuesday. "We just didn't have a meeting of the minds."


From Fortune Magazine:

Three of Senator Bernie Sandersí top strategists have departed his 2020 campaign, citing creative differences.


Although itís been just a week since the launch, Sandersí 2020 bid has been markedly successful in its grassroots outreach. In the first 24 hours of his campaign, Sanders received $5.9 million from about 223,000 donors. Within the first six days, one million people signed up to support his campaign.

Sanders will still need to overcome reports that his 2016 campaign perpetuated a culture of sexism and harassment. The senator has twice publicly apologized for the alleged behavior, after first saying he was too busy to be aware of the mistreatment.


Here's a chance to use a smilie that you've always wanted to use,

but that never seemed to fit the occasion.

I'll start.

Some 2020 candidates appear to be running on a theme similar to "Stronger Together"

including one politician who won fame and fortune by dividing us last time around and who continues to profit off stoking division in order to enhance his personal brand and build a hefty war chest (Donald Trump).

Is "strength through unity" a winning message this time around?

Will voters be fooled by a divisive politician like Donald Trump who co-opts and appropriates a former opponent's message out of pure ambition and jaded self interest?

Snow Day Calculator

A friend who teaches elementary school told me about the Snow Day Calculator website. If snow is in the forecast, kids (and teachers!) check in several times a day to get the odds on the chance of school being closed.


Help save London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry which dates to 1363.

Does London really need another boutique hotel? Help stop NY based Raycliff Capital from destroying a piece of London's heritage.

ANYONE can register an objection to the proposed demolition of the foundry and the construction of the "bell-themed boutique hotel" than will replace it.


Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard

As per NBC News:

Experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.


The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020.

An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016.

Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard.

Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of "Russia's state-run propaganda machine."

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