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January 1, Bernie Sanders Looks to New Hampshire for a Big Win



This Day in History | 1962

American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is released by the Soviets in exchange for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy who was caught in the United States five years earlier.

Good morning Middle Americans, 

We are just a couple of days away from the New Hampshire primary contest. And despite the fact that New Hampshire and Iowa are two very different states with voters who seem to have a different set of priorities, the results look to be pretty similar.  The latest polling data shows that Bernie Sanders is leading, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg is right there with him at the top, and everybody else is competing for everything else.  There is one significant difference than Iowa though, and it seems like  more Democrats are starting to accept the fact that Bernie Sanders might actually be the nominee. 

Did you watch the Oscar’s last night? If you did, you were once again lectured by Hollywood’s elite about the way things ought to be. We sure did like “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – but we could have done without Brad Pitt giving us his take on impeachment last night. 

Also a gunman responsible for attempting to assassinate NYC police officers is in custody. Investigators are now trying to figure what motivated the suspect to turn on cops. 

Finally, we continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus.  40,000 people are infected with the disease, 900 have died.  And more and more people are living under government mandated quarantines.  But in China, the Communist Party continues to round up people who are suspected of having the coronavirus.  Are they putting them in hospitals? Prisons? Or something worse.  

Read all about it. 

– Fraser Dixon

Sanders Glides Toward Primary Day as Moderates Brawl

(Politico) – Bernie Sanders was battered in Iowa with more than $800,000 in TV attack ads that labeled him a socialist and argued he couldn’t beat President Trump.

Here in New Hampshire, the opposite has happened: The airwaves are free of anti-Sanders spots in the days before the first-in-the-nation-primary, and he’s watching the moderates shank each other.

Tom Steyer is largely training his advertising firepower onto Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden. The former vice president is mocking Buttigieg’s experience and targeting him in a digital spot. Fighting back against Biden, the ex-mayor says he’s tired of being a punchline.

The strength of the Vermont senator — who is polling first in the state with Buttigieg closely behind him — and the sudden lack of resistance to him on the airwaves is sparking anxiety among some moderate Democratic leaders.

“It’s fratricide at the moment,” said a prominent moderate in Washington. “It’s super bad. Too many mods against Bernie and a fading Warren. Very, very scary.”

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Brad Pitt Slams GOP, Trump Impeachment Trial at the Oscars

(Variety) – Brad Pitt continued his awards season (and acceptance speech) domination on Sunday night, winning the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

During his speech, Pitt also got political, calling out the Trump impeachment trial for blocking the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said on stage. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it — in the end, the adults do the right thing.”

He went on to further pay tribute to Tarantino: “Tarantino, you are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you.”

Backstage in the press room, Pitt was asked about his comments concerning Bolton. “I was really disappointed with this week,” he said. “I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day, and I don’t think we should let it slide. I’m very serious about that.”

As for what’s next, Pitt said backstage, “I think it’s time to go disappear for a while now, and get back to making things.”

See Pitt’s acceptance speech here

Outrage After Gunman Ambushes NYC Police Twice in 12 Hours

(AP) — A gunman was taken into custody Sunday after he ambushed police officers in the Bronx twice in 12 hours, wounding two in attacks that ignited outrage from officials who blamed the violence on an atmosphere of anti-police rhetoric.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was captured after he walked into a police station in the Bronx and started shooting shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday. His shots struck a lieutenant in the arm and narrowly missed other police personnel before he ran out of bullets, lay down and tossed his pistol.

That attack came just hours after the same man approached a patrol van in the same part of the Bronx late Saturday and fired at two officers inside, wounding one before escaping on foot, police said.

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Beijing Begins Rounding People Infected with Coronavirus

(The Daily Mail) – Video showing a man suspected of having coronavirus desperately sprinting away from officials trying to put him in quarantine has emerged, as the communist regime starts rounding up suffers in Wuhan and taking them to camps.

The clip, believed to be taken in Changqing Garden, Wuhan, shows a group of officials approaching the man who who is backed up against a wall.

The man suddenly starts running away from the officials who rapidly pursue him. 

Some officials appear to be carrying large metal sticks as they run after him along nearly-deserted streets. 

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