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Eliot Spitzer Will Not Vote for Anthony Weiner

Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer, the one who resigned for having sex with prostitutes, cannot believe Anthony Weiner, the one who resigned for having cybersex with all sorts of women. “You don’t go back at the very top,” Spitzer said on Hardball this afternoon, distancing his own campaign from Weiner’s troubled run. “I’m not trying to become the mayor or the governor again.” And if a state employee was caught pulling a Carlos Danger, said Spitzer, he should be fired. It’s this moral compass that will guide Spitzer’s choice as a voter in the forthcoming election.

If you had to vote for mayor right now, who would you vote for?” Matthews asked. Spitzer, understandably, stammered. “Show your different than most politicians!” bullied Matthews. Spitzer stammered some more. “You’re not going to vote for Anthony Weiner, can you just say that right now? You don’t think he should be mayor of New York,” said Matthews.

Fair point. That is correct,” said Spitzer, defeated.

Rival comptroller candidate Scott Stringer’s campaign pounced right away. “It’s clear that Eliot thinks there are two standards – one for him, and one for everybody else,” said Stringer’s spokesperson. “His comments are the height of hypocrisy.”

Eliot Spitzer Will Not Vote for Anthony Weiner
THE FEED

SCOTUS hands Trump administration another immigration win

BREAKING: On 5-4 vote, Supreme Court lets Trump administration start enforcing new immigrant wealth test, designed to screen out green card applicants seen as being at risk of becoming “public charges”.
@GregStohr
impeachment
impeachment
The Clinton Trial Rules That Are Shaping Trump’s Trial
The precedents set in 1999 are brief and businesslike and provide for later votes on hearing witnesses.

Is he really the best messenger here?

*Ken Starr* says impeachment invoked *too often* recently.

Says this is now the “Age of Impeachment.”
@StevenTDennis
the top line
the top line
Why the Stock Market Is So Worried About Coronavirus
History suggests that outbreaks like the one in China can have negative effects that go well beyond their death tolls.

If “curious” means “yes,” Democrats need just one more Republican to force Bolton testimony

Sen. Lisa Murkowski to reporters just now: “I said before I was curious about what Ambassador Bolton might have to say. I’m still curious.”
@byrdinator

…yes?

Why wouldn’t the Senate want to hear from a firsthand witness?

Sen. Josh Hawley: “Well, I don’t know. Is he a firsthand witness? I’m not sure.”
@byrdinator
the national interest
the national interest
John Bolton Blows Up Trump Impeachment Defense on the Launchpad
Trump’s argument hinged on nobody having testified that Trump ordered a quid pro quo. Now there is a witness.

The coronavirus story is only getting scarier

Even as China takes more stringent measures to limit the movement of the vast country’s population during the biggest travel period of the year, there are increasing fears that the quarantine will not be enough to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, which so far has infected at least 2,800 people in China and killed 81. Here’s what we know:


● With 81 dead so far, Beijing has broadened the extraordinary quarantine to more than 50 million people, but the mayor of Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter, said 5 million people have already left his city.


● Wuhan’s mayor admitted that the city did not release information about the virus in a timely manner but hinted that it was prevented from doing so by central authorities.


● China’s health minister said the coronavirus is increasing in virulence and now could be contagious even before people exhibit symptoms, making apparently healthy people possible carriers.


● A scientific assessment of the spread of the disease, assuming an optimistic 90 percent quarantine, still predicted more than 59,000 infections and 1,500 deaths — twice the toll of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.


● In the United States, health officials confirmed five cases of the pneumonia-like illness, while infections also have been confirmed in France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan and Canada.

Yes, nobody at the White House would ever have thin skin

WH Press Sec. Stephanie Grisham on Fox News just now says Schiff has “shockingly thin skin” and is “playing the pity card” after he said Trump tried to intimidate him by tweeting that he hasn’t yet “paid the price.”
@hayleymiller01
aviation
aviation
How Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter May Have Crashed
Low visibility due to clouds and fog and rugged, rising terrain have killed many helicopter pilots in similar conditions over the years.
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senate trial
John Bolton Undercuts Trump’s Impeachment Defense in Book Draft: Report
John Bolton reportedly undercuts Trump’s impeachment defense that Ukraine aid was separate from investigations, proving the need for his testimony.
obits
obits
NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash
The 41-year-old superstar, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and as many as seven others died after Bryant’s helicopter crashed outside Los Angeles.

What Bolton could testify to

President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton.


The president’s statement as described by Mr. Bolton could undercut a key element of his impeachment defense: that the holdup in aid was separate from Mr. Trump’s requests that Ukraine announce investigations into his perceived enemies, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, who had worked for a Ukrainian energy firm while his father was in office.

kobe bryant
kobe bryant
Kobe Bryant Was Just Getting Started
The NBA legend, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, was a longtime fixture of American culture. But he had a whole life left to live.
impeachment
impeachment
In Apparent Threat, Trump Says Schiff Has ‘Not Paid the Price’ for Impeachment
Schiff said Trump’s tweet was “intended to be” a threat, days after audio emerged of the president telling associates to “take out” an ambassador.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Polls Show Bernie Sanders Surging at Just the Right Time
Eight days before the Iowa caucuses, polls show Sanders leading Iowa by seven points and New Hampshire by nine, while competing with Biden nationally.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Des Moines Register Endorses Warren in Run-up to Iowa Caucuses
The paper has often failed to pick caucus-winners, but could give a boost of momentum to Warren in a close four-way race.
senate impeachment trial
senate impeachment trial
The Impeachment Trial Became Saturday Detention for Senators
The mood was subdued as members sat through “Death Valley” and earned a 49-hour break.
ukraine scandal
ukraine scandal
Watch: Tape of Trump Saying ‘Get Rid of’ Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
The lawyer for former Trump operative Lev Parnas has released the full recording in which the president tells his associates to fire the ambassador.
impeachment
impeachment
What We Learned on Day Five of the Trump Impeachment Trial
Team Trump took just two hours to preview their case, which mostly revolves around the claim that House Democrats have no real evidence.

The faux-trial

This does not even remotely resemble a trial. Sekulow is offering evidence that’s not part of record in House. Dems should object or ask CJ Roberts to permit fair response with rebuttal witnesses. Let Senators vote to overrule and expose their contents for the truth. #impeachment
@BarbMcQuade
the national interest
the national interest
Republicans Feign Anger at Schiff ‘Head on Pike’ Speech to Justify Cowardice
Senators threaten to cover up presidential crimes because they’re upset the Democrat quoted a news report.
the national interest
the national interest
Pompeo Dares Veteran Foreign Correspondent to Find Ukraine on Map (She Does)
Secretary of State has wild meltdown with Mary Louise Kelly.
impeachment
impeachment
What We Learned on Day Four of the Trump Impeachment Trial
House impeachment managers wrapped up by arguing that Trump’s obstruction of Congress was egregious and ongoing. Next up: the White House’s defense.
vision 2020
vision 2020
Why Is Bernie Sanders Surging Now?
Intelligencer staffers discuss the Vermont senator’s improved standing as the Iowa Caucuses loom.
the final frontier
the final frontier
Why Did Trump Just Rip Off Star Trek?
The new Space Force logo looks awfully familiar.

A true professional

Wow. @NPR’s @NPRKelly just now on @npratc says @SecPompeo was furious about being questioned about Ukraine in her interview. Took her into his office, cursed at her, dropping f-bombs, made her point to Ukraine on an unmarked map (she did). It’s just…shocking.
@lourdesgnavarro

This is what counts as a good showing for Trump’s popularity

President Trump’s approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship even as Americans remain deeply divided on whether the Senate should remove him from office, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.


The Post-ABC poll finds 44 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s overall job performance and 51 percent disapprove. While views of Trump remain negative, Trump’s approval rating is significantly improved from his 38 percent mark in late October.


A 56 percent majority approves of Trump’s handling of the economy, up 10 percentage points from September and his strongest rating on his marquee issue since entering office. By contrast, 39 percent approve of Trump’s handling of his impeachment, while 50 percent disapprove.