THE FEED
authoritarianism
authoritarianism
President Trump Has Never Been More Dangerous Than He Is Now
In the aftermath of impeachment, Trump’s poll numbers have been rising in tandem with his assaults on democracy.
coronavirus
coronavirus
What We Know About the Trump Administration’s Mishandling of the Coronavirus
With a pandemic looming, there are signs the Trump administration is improvising much of its response while Trump worries about the politics.
vision 2020
vision 2020
No You Drop Out: Why Bernie’s Rivals Are All Stubbornly Staying in the Race
Anti-Sanders moderates generally agree that the field needs to shrink for anyone else to have a chance, but no one is ready to walk away.
russia
russia
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien Denies Russia Is Meddling to Aid Trump
The national security adviser said there is no intel stating that Russia is aiming to benefit Trump — but did not extend that analysis to Sanders.
democratic primaries
democratic primaries
Nevada Results 2020: Live Updates
Everything you need to know about the Nevada caucuses, including vote totals — when available — and Bernie Sanders’s path to victory in the state.

Intelligence community sources are pushing back a DNI official’s claim that Russia was trying to help Trump get re-elected

The US intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views Trump as a leader they can work with. But the US does not have evidence that Russia’s interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said.


“The intelligence doesn’t say that,” one senior national security official told CNN. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker.” …


One intelligence official said that [DNI official Shelby] Pierson’s characterization of the intelligence was “misleading” and a national security official said Pierson failed to provide the “nuance” needed to accurately convey the US intelligence conclusions.

covid-19
covid-19
Pandemic Seems Likely As Coronavirus Outbreaks Worsen in Several Countries
A surge of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Iran, South Korea, and Italy indicate it is now a matter of when — not if — the virus spreads across the globe.

Bernie says he would defend Taiwan

COOPER: If China took military action against Taiwan, is that something you would—

SANDERS: That’s something—yeah. I mean I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow—invasions to take place…pic.twitter.com/R3LXIoXJlH
@RiegerReport
vision 2020
vision 2020
The Murky Path Out of Nevada for Candidates Not Named Bernie
Biden’s still not quite dead, and others have long shots left, but it’s going to be tough to take down the new front-runner.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Bernie Wins Big in Nevada Caucuses
The other candidates’ order of finish remains unclear, but Sanders exceeded high expectations.

Trump’s NSA is apparently denying Russia’s support for Trump while attacking Sanders

National security adviser Robert O’Brien tells ABC in interview to air tomorrow that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Russia seeking to help Trump. Asked whether Russia might be helping Sanders, he says reports could be credible. “That’s no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
@jdawsey1
let's talk politics
let's talk politics
Clint Eastwood’s Got the Moves Like Bloomberg
Presidential endorsement alert.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Why Bernie Is Not George McGovern and 2020 Isn’t 1972
Sanders has a vastly better opportunity to win a general election than McGovern did, but it may require uniting the Democratic Party first.

Well-funded social media campaign, or bot network?

The Bloomberg campaign broke the rules with its paid social media blitz, says Twitter. It just suspended 70 accounts, some belonging to campaign employees who were copy-pasting messages. Scoop from @suhaunah and me. https://t.co/M065RB0Ogm
@jeffbercovici
vision 2020
vision 2020
How Beating Up Bloomberg Has Reinvigorated the Democratic Field
A Bloomberg campaign memo suggested his rivals clear his path to take on Sanders. His disastrous debate gave them an opening instead.
vision 2020
vision 2020
What to Expect From Nevada’s Caucuses
Sanders is the heavy favorite, but the order of finish for the rest of the field may matter a lot — assuming we have quick returns.
vision 2020
vision 2020
U.S. Officials Warned Bernie Sanders Russia Is Trying to Help His Campaign
Sanders acknowledged he was briefed on the meddling a month ago and insisted he did not care who Putin wanted to win.
insurgents
insurgents
AOC Wants to Expand the Squad
Her new PAC will help elect other left-wing candidates to Congress.
racism
racism
Oklahoma Will Require Its Schools to Teach the Tulsa Race Massacre
The decision comes as the state makes plans to memorialize the tragedy’s centennial.
sexual harassment
sexual harassment
Bloomberg Releases Women Who Complained About His Comments From Their NDAs
The billionaire presidential candidate also said that his company would stop using confidentiality agreements for sexual harassment claims.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Love Wanting to Die? Then Check Out Bloomberg’s Anti-Trump Billboards
Look on Mike’s works, ye Mighty, and despair.

In California, Bloomberg’s entry may ensure that Bernie emerges with a huge delegate lead

New California poll:

Sanders 24
Warren 16
Biden 13
Buttigieg/Bloomberg 12https://t.co/LpTZ93dNVR
@AaronBlake
media
media
Can Twitter Fix ‘Misinformation’ Like Mayor Bloomberg’s Manipulated Video?
On March 5, Twitter is rolling out new policies around misinformation. Will they work?
the national circus
the national circus
Frank Rich: The Intelligence Community’s Bill Barr Moment
President Trump’s team of national security hacks will stand idly by as Russia tries to meddle in another election.

Why Nancy Pelosi wants to emphasize health care all the time

New Kaiser Family Foundation poll:

A clear majority of the public views the Affordable Care Act favorably (55%), while slightly more than one-third (37%) of the public hold unfavorable views.
@kylegriffin1
interesting times
interesting times
Trump’s Presidency Isn’t a Dark Comedy — It’s an Absurd Tragedy
There’s a tendency among many to see Trump primarily as a bumbling and ineffectual clown. The reality is far more nightmarish.
life after warming
life after warming
Jeff Bezos’s $10 Billion Climate Pledge Is Actually Tiny
Judged by the standards of the climate crisis, the sum is, practically speaking, almost nothing.
vision 2020
vision 2020
No, Democrats Didn’t ‘Go After the Wrong Guy’ in Las Vegas
Bloomberg’s wallet was as big a threat to other candidates as it was to Bernie, who is the career non-Democrat who best fits today’s Democratic Party.

Good coordination here

After Trump says he’s considering him for DNI, Doug Collins says no thanks: “This is not a job that interests me at this time it’s not one that I would accept, because I’m running a Senate race down here in Georgia,” he says on Fox Biz
@Kevinliptakcnn
michael bloomberg
michael bloomberg
Op-Ed Asks: ‘Is Bloomberg Racist?’ Voters Should Answer: ‘Who Cares?’
To argue that Bloomberg’s policies as mayor were racist because he’s dense rather than evil is not consoling.

Pompeo announces deal with Taliban

After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant reduction in violence across #Afghanistan. This is an important step on a long road to peace, and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity.
@SecPompeo
trump rally
trump rally
Trump Enters Full Conspiracist Mode at Colorado Springs Rally
The president appeared to combine multiple conspiracy theories in one indiscernible claim.
what?
what?
Trump Is Angry That Parasite Won Best Picture Instead of Gone With the Wind
It’s so … metaphorical.