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7:00 AM · Feb 11, 2020·Sprout Social
1. New Hampshire primary voters hit the polls

The New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary got underway early Tuesday when Dixville Notch and two other tiny townships voted just after midnight. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg led in Dixville Notch, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar got the most midnight votes overall, with eight. She was followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), with four. Sanders led CNN's last tracking poll before the vote with the support of 29 percent of likely primary voters. Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, fresh off a razor-thin victory over Sanders in the still-contested Iowa caucuses, trailed with 22 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 11 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with 10 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) with 7 percent. [CNN, The Boston Globe]

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2. Trump criticizes Democrats in New Hampshire rally

President Trump traveled to New Hampshire Monday on the eve of the state's presidential primary to hold his first rally since the Senate acquitted him in his impeachment trial. Trump sought to both energize his base and rattle Democrats, noting that Republicans could influence the vote in the state's open primary. "A lot of Republicans ... will vote for the weakest candidate," he said. "My only problem is I'm trying to figure out who is the weakest candidate. I think they're all weak." Trump also stirred up fears that helped him win the 2016 primary in the state, warning that some undocumented immigrants were "murderers, rapists, and some other things." Trump faces a longshot challenge in his own primary from former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. [The New York Times]

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3. U.S. charges 4 Chinese military members in Equifax hack

The Justice Department on Monday charged four members of the Chinese military with hacking Equifax credit reporting agency records and stealing personal data belonging to more than 145 million Americans. The 2017 breach compromised information including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and driver's license numbers. The suspects, all members of the Chinese military's People's Liberation Army, also allegedly stole database designs and other Equifax trade secrets. The hackers allegedly gained access to the company's computers by exploiting a software vulnerability. "The scale of the theft was staggering," Attorney General William Barr said. The accused hackers are based in China, whose embassy made no immediate comment. [The Associated Press]

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4. China coronavirus deaths exceed 1,000

China's death toll from coronavirus continued to surge on Tuesday, rising above 1,000, Chinese state media reported. China's Hubei province — epicenter of the epidemic — reported more than 100 new deaths on Tuesday, a one-day record. The number of cases in mainland China reached about 42,300, bringing the global to more than 42,700. To slow the spread of the flu-like virus, Chinese authorities have imposed partial lockdowns on more than 80 cities, and even restricted access to some residential areas. The crisis has dragged down crude oil prices as it reduced China's demand for oil by up to three million barrels a day. [South China Morning Post, CNBC]

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5. China's Xi emerges to visit coronavirus facility

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been largely out of view during his country's coronavirus epidemic, made a public appearance Monday at a Beijing "front line" coronavirus facility. Xi's absence over the last two weeks as the outbreak's death toll mounted had triggered questions about whether he was trying to avoid blame for the rapid rise of infections. "Someone has to take responsibility for the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, and he may not want to be that person," George Washington University China expert Bruce Dickson said last week. Xi, wearing a medical facemask, said the situation was "grim" but told officials they would beat the flu-like virus, calling the outbreak a "major test" for China's disease control system. [The Washington Post, South China Morning Post]

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6. Coronavirus cases spike on quarantined cruise ship

The number of coronavirus infections on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan nearly doubled on Monday, reaching 135. The 65 new patients included as many as 11 Americans. The rapid spread of the outbreak on the Diamond Princess prompted panicked pleas for help from some of the 3,700 passengers and crew members stuck on board. "Very soon we will all be infected," said Binay Kumar Sarkar, an Indian national on the 1,000-member crew. Passengers are confined to individual staterooms, but crew members live up to four in a room and have to circulate to deliver meals, increasing exposure to possible infection. Public health experts have started questioning the quarantine strategy imposed Feb. 5, with one saying it had created "almost like a shooting gallery for the virus." [The Washington Post]

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7. More than 100 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with brain injuries from Iran attack

The number of U.S. soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injury from Iran's missile attack on their Iraq base last month has risen to more than 100, Reuters reported Monday, citing U.S. officials. The figure marks a jump of more than 50 percent from last month, when 64 such injuries were reported. The Pentagon did not immediately comment on the report, but it previously has said numbers can lag because it can take time for service members to report the injuries or experience the symptoms, which include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and extreme sensitivity to light. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that most of the cases were mild. [Reuters]

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8. Prosecutors recommend up to 9-year sentence for Roger Stone

Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended a seven- to nine-year prison sentence for President Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone. A jury in November found Stone guilty on all seven charges he faced, including lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 20. Stone was convicted of lying to hide his role in the 2016 Trump campaign's effort to get information from WikiLeaks about damaging information on Hillary Clinton that had been stolen from Democrats by Russian military hackers. Stone's defense team on Monday asked that he be sentenced to probation because of his age (67) and clean record. Trump tweeted that Stone was being treated unfairly, saying: "Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!" [The Washington Post, Donald J. Trump]

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9. U.N.: North Korea violated sanctions with nuclear, missile work

North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs last year, violating United Nations sanctions, Reuters reported Monday, citing a confidential U.N. report. "In 2019, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not halt its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which it continued to enhance, in violation of Security Council resolutions," the independent U.N. sanctions monitors wrote. The 67-page report also said North Korea defied restrictions by importing refined petroleum, and exporting $370 million worth of coal. North Korea has faced U.N. sanctions since 2006. [Reuters]

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10. Oscars draw smallest audience ever

The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday drew an estimated 23.6 million viewers, the smallest audience in the show's history, numbers reported Monday showed. This is down from the 29.6 million people who tuned into the 2019 Oscars, which was the first time the ratings for the show had improved in five years. The previous low for the Oscars was 26.5 million viewers in 2018. This continues the trend of awards show ratings slipping after the most recent Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys all shed viewership. Sunday's Academy Awards saw Parasite, which grossed $165 million at the worldwide box office, surprisingly take Best Picture in a history-making upset over 1917. This year's Oscars was also the second in a row with no host. [Variety]

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Trump just saddled himself with a major campaign liability

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Feb. 10, 2020 at 3:39 p.m. GMT

President Trump is cruelly working overtime to gut health care for millions of Americans — while simultaneously demanding that we spend billions on the wasteful, useless, hateful border wall that he vowed to make Mexico pay for.

If Democrats are looking for campaign arguments against Trump, that juxtaposition is one place to start. It highlights two big issues on which Trump stands in opposition to majority opinion.

More broadly, it encapsulates an argument that could expose deeper vulnerabilities — Trump’s embrace of the orthodox GOP drive to shred government programs for poor and working people; his hollow, impulsive, reckless threats; his divisiveness and megalomania.

The White House is set to propose a new budget that includes hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid. It also reportedly calls for at least $2 billion in new spending on Trump’s wall — above and beyond the billions Trump has already been trying to reprogram for it.

This new budget is being widely described as a blueprint for Trump’s argument for a second term. It’s actually a very good argument against a second term.

Trump’s big betrayal

It’s hard to overstate how dramatically Trump’s efforts to gut Medicaid have betrayed his campaign promises. As Jeff Stein and Erica Werner note, in 2015 Trump vowed not to cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security — but once in office, he only exempted the latter two and has been ferociously swinging his ax at Medicaid ever since.

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Trump claims that the coronavirus will be gone when the warm weather reappears.  Apparently the virus dies when temperatures hit 132 degrees fahrenheit.

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Re: Trump's plan to slash food stamps: Not sure if he knows that four of the five states with the most people (as a percentage of population) that depend on them are states he won in 2016: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia—a total of 28 electoral votes
 
Trump wants to cut all sorts of programs ranging from student loan assistance to housing. Guess which states depend the most on this sort of socialism, er, federal aid? Four of the top five backed Trump in 2016: KY, AZ, LA, MS—33 electoral votes
 
7:29 AM · Feb 11, 2020·Twitter Web App
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17 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

 I have a funny feeling that none [Dem nomination] of this is really going to be decided until the convention.

It would be fun to see a good old-fashioned convention for a change.

The Democrats were always so much more interesting than the Republicans at convention time.

The '64 GOP convention with the war between Goldwater and the Rockefeller GOPers got pretty intense.  It was the beginning of the extremist conservative control of the party.

I have a feeling that the Super Tuesday primary with Bloomberg all in may eliminate some candidates.  Heard on news that Warren may actually be on her way out now.   Klobuchar and Biden will be on shaky ground even after the S.C. primary (Feb. 29).  Then SuperTuesday will probably eliminate them.

So, my prediction is that after Super Tuesday, we will have Sanders, Bloomberg and Buttigieg as serious contenders.  By convention time it will be Bloomberg with Buttigieg being offered the VP slot.

Then the Sanders/Warren/AO-C crowd and many blacks and younger people will sit out the election and four more years of the Great Dictator.  Pray that I am wrong.

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7 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Trump claims that the coronavirus will be gone when the warm weather reappears.  Apparently the virus dies when temperatures hit 132 degrees fahrenheit.

Like the flu, he's referring to seasonality. 

https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/coronavirus-spread-wuhan-summer-winter/

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“Coronaviruses have seasonality," says Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. “We do know that certain environmental conditions favor the transmission of viruses and that cold weather, the humidity, all of that, affect trajectory. There's a good reason to believe [this virus] will have that seasonality."

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8 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Trump claims that the coronavirus will be gone when the warm weather reappears.  Apparently the virus dies when temperatures hit 132 degrees fahrenheit.

It’ll be gone from Death Valley.

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President Trump and his top allies took the opportunity to blast Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg as “racist” over an unearthed 2015 clip featuring the former New York City mayor defending his controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy
 
2:00 PM · Feb 11, 2020·SocialFlow
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#SCOOP Source familiar with process tells @CBSNews staff assigned by AG Barr, outside Main Justice, to review Ukraine matter. CBS News told this review is separate John Durham probe into origins FBI 2016 Russia case and being handled by US Attorney Pittsburgh. Source familiar with process also tells @CBSNews
the review goes beyond the Biden-Ukraine matter, and records ARE already under review. On the timeline, CBS News is told the review has been “quietly” under way for “several weeks.” DOJ declined to comment.
 
 
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The Justice Department is backing away from its sentencing recommendation for Trump confidant Roger Stone, a source tells AP. Federal prosecutors had asked for seven to nine years in prison for Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress, other charges.
 
12:27 PM · Feb 11, 2020·SocialFlow
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5 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

The criminalization of the White House continues unabated.  Absolutely disgusting that millions of Americans could care less.

that has always been the prerogative of a free people...

not to give a ****.

something that democrats claim they understand.

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The DOJ is changing its sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, according to a Senior DOJ official. “The Department finds seven to nine years extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate," the source said, adding the DOJ will clarify its position on sentencing later today
 
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Excuse me, what? The Department already spoke - in court. Obvious, highly inappropriate presidential interference in what has always been an independent prosecutorial function.
 
I hope Judge Jackson demands that DOJ explain why it is changing its position, with sworn statements from officials up to and including the attorney general.
 
11:56 AM · Feb 11, 2020·Twitter Web App
 
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This is a brazen act of political interference on a matter usually left to prosecutors—and in a case where the president has a clear conflict, as he just Tweeted out. Moreover, I suspect this will do more harm than good with Judge Jackson, who actually makes the decision.
 
12:19 PM · Feb 11, 2020 from Nashua, NH·Twitter for iPhone
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8 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

that has always been the prerogative of a free people...

not to give a ****.

something that democrats claim they understand.

What do you think about trump cutting Social Security SSI, Medicaid, food stamps/SNAP and federal public housing support?

If he says that before an election, if he gets elected again he'll just go ahead and also cut Social Security and Medicare too.

Millionaires and billionaires don't need those things.

Plus Social Security and Medicare are paid for by Americans and have been gutted by the Republican Party.

They're not freebies, we pay for them while we're working.

We paid for them!

And we pay a fee for Medicare every month just like private insurance.

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