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Iowa Democratic vote-reporting meltdown hands opening to Trump

Source: CNN

The Democratic 2020 crusade to oust President Donald Trump could not have got off to a more disastrous and embarrassing start.

The party couldn't even deliver a first-in-the-nation election night winner after a vote-reporting debacle in Iowa — where candidates spent months and millions of dollars vying for a glittering opening prize in their nominating duel.

"Iowa, you have shocked the nation," said former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. It was a bold attempt to declare victory in the absence of a result, but the 38-year-old inadvertently cast an ironic judgment on a political train wreck.

The big Hawkeye State miss will be agonizing for whoever comes out on top but for any candidates who under performed -- perhaps former Vice President Joe Biden -- it might turn into a priceless lifeline.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/politics/election-2020-iowa-caucuses-democrats-donald-trump/index.html



I have never seen anything like this. Hopefully, this all gets sorted out by later this morning at the latest.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Source: MSN

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball's highest honor on Tuesday.

The longtime New York Yankees captain appeared on 396 of 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, falling just shy of the standard set when longtime Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection last year. Jeter's 99.7% moved above Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3%) for the second-highest.

"I was speechless when I got the call," Jeter said. "Quite frankly, I was pretty nervous, and when I got it I really didn't know what to say."

It was not immediately known which voter didn't choose Jeter, who was listed on all 219 ballots made public before the announcement. The BBWAA will release additional ballots on Feb. 4 of writers who chose a public listing.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/derek-jeter-larry-walker-elected-to-baseball-hall-of-fame/ar-BBZc0lB



One hater voted no...

8 years ago today was the New Hampshire primary

Does anyone else miss super-early primaries? I sure do, I can't wait for the first one.

New Emerson New Mexico poll out just now

Sanders 28, Biden 27, Yang 10, Warren 8, Buttigieg 7, Bloomberg 3, Klobuchar 2, Booker 2, Gabbard 2, Steyer 1.

https://emersonpolling.reportablenews.com/pr/newmexicopoll

Donald Trump Jr. shares image of AR-15 with depiction of Hillary Clinton behind bars

Source: CBS News

Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday posted three photos on Instagram of his AR-15 that features a depiction of Hillary Clinton apparently behind bars. In the images, President Trump's eldest son smiles while holding the assault rife. The former secretary of state can be seen on the weapon's magazine.

"Nice day at the range," he wrote. "@rarebreedfirearms and @spikes_tactical adding a little extra awesome to my AR and that mag ..." he wrote.

The image apparently shows the 2016 Democratic nominee behind jail bars. "Lock her up" became a frequent rally cry for supporters of Donald Trump Jr.'s father during the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. The AR-15 also shows a medieval knight's helmet with a Crusader cross above the magazine. It also has "Made in the USA" and "Crusader" emblazoned on the rifle.

The president is facing articles of impeachment as well global scrutiny for authorizing an airstrike that killed Iran's top military official Qassem Soleimani.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-jr-instagram-ar15-weapon-rifle-hillary-clinton-behind-bars/

Should there just be one nationwide Democratic Primary?

If you think about it, primaries/caucuses are sorta like the Electoral College, the only difference being that they are spread across different days/months, with some as early as January and some as late as June. It's not really based on the total number of votes that a candidate gets, but how many delegates they have. Like the EC, if a candidate doesn't have the required amount, it gets decided by someone else.

Imagine if we had one nationwide super-primary, based entirely on who gets the most votes. We can do it early but not too early, let's say first Tuesday in April. That's still more than enough time to rally behind the candidate that is our nominee. Sure, it takes a lot of the fun out of primaries like adding up delegates, but it has many pluses as well. What do you think?

What if John Roberts refuses to go to the Senate trial?

Since the Constitution mandates that he be there, what if he says no and doesn't show up? Does he get arrested by the Sergeant At Arms, US Martials, or someone else? Does the trial not start until he arrives?

There is no mention of a backup, but who would that be anyway? There are only two ranks on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice and Associate Justice. Perhaps longest serving member?

Edit: I know he won't refuse, what I'm asking is what happens if a Chief Justice were to refuse.

Senate sends massive defense bill for Trump to sign, creating Space Force

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a $738 billion defense policy bill that creates President Donald Trump’s “Space Force” and gives federal employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave, sending it to the White House, where Trump has promised to quickly sign it into law.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 86 to 8 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The Democratic-led House approved the bill by 377-48 last week.

Trump said on Twitter last week that he would sign the bill as soon as it passes, saying it included all his priorities.

The NDAA also does not bar the Republican president from using military funds to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-congress/senate-sends-massive-defense-bill-for-trump-to-sign-creating-space-force-idUSKBN1YL24C



I really hate that last part... ^^^

Please tell me that today's USA Today's polls aren't accurate

From the article on removing Trump from office:

In the wake of combative impeachment hearings, those surveyed oppose by 51%-45% a Senate vote to convict Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Though those results may be sobering – almost half of Americans support removing the president from office – they are a bit better for him than the survey's findings in October, when Americans split 47%-46%.

On Trump's approval ratings:

Trump's job approval rating in the new poll is 48% approve-50% disapprove, a tick better than in October, when it was 46%-52%.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/15/poll-impeachment-looms-narrow-majority-opposes-convicting-trump/2657549001/

Supreme Court Refuses to Revive City's Outdoor-Sleeping Ban

Source: Bloomberg Law

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that said homeless people have a constitutional right to sleep on public property outdoors if no other shelter is available to them.

The justices without comment on Monday turned away an appeal by Boise, Idaho, which said the federal appeals court ruling would leave cities “powerless” to address residents’ health and safety concerns.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Boise would be violating the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishments by enforcing criminal penalties under its anti-camping ordinance when its three homeless shelters are full.

“The state may not criminalize conduct that is an unavoidable consequence of being homeless -- namely sitting, lying, or sleeping on the streets,” the 9th Circuit said.

Read more: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/supreme-court-refuses-to-revive-citys-outdoor-sleeping-ban?campaign=9B4A0578-2013-11EA-8AE6-81B54F017A06&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=lawdesk
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