Bloomberg, polling at 4%, unlikely to affect race even as a spoiler

Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire threatening to enter the Democratic primary race due to Joe Biden's supposedly weak showing for the center, scores only 4% in the first poll to include his name. This puts him in sixth place, behind not only Biden but other moderates who might benefit from his support. Interest in him is so low that it isn't even possible to see where he's getting the 4% from; all the front-runners' own numbers seem unaffected by his entry to the polling pool.

Bloomberg’s initial entrance would do little to disrupt the current state of play, according to the national survey of 2,225 registered voters who indicated they may vote in the Democratic primary or caucus in their state, which had a margin of error of 2 percentage points. At 31 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden held his spot as the race’s front-runner, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), with 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively, continue to vie for second.

It's obviously a vanity candidacy, even assuming Biden is a sinking ship. I can't help but suspect that the only reason for a rich centrist to run instead of supporting Harris, Klobuchar, Buttigieg or Booker is what might generously be called "historical thinking" about the electability of minorities in general and women in particular. Read the rest

Mike Bloomberg "campaign logo" reminiscent of ZALGO text

It's not official, by any pronouncement or claim, but this is reportedly the provisional design for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign logo. (UPDATE: denied by the campaign; it's apparently the work of a Mike Bloomberg fansite)

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Trump may attend Russia Victory Day in May with Putin at Kremlin in Moscow

Traitorous Trump is making spring travel plans with Vladimir Putin. Read the rest

Trump on Gordon Sondland: 'I hardly know the gentleman'

Donald is throwing Gordon Sondland under the Trump bus.

You knew this was inevitable.

Remember that time Sondland gave him a million dollars? Read the rest

Trump says something stupid: 'They shouldn’t be having public hearings'

“They shouldn’t be having public hearings,” said acting president of the united states Donald J. Trump today, about a week after he demanded public hearings. Read the rest

Listen to the entire Mueller Report in one podcast, all 448 pages

Grab your headphones. Read the rest

President tweets something dumb again, slurs 'three lowlife reporters' at Washington Post

This was just explained to him. Read the rest

Trump pushed AG Barr to hold press briefing to say POTUS broke no laws in Ukraine phone call

Even Bill Barr knew it was dumb

DOJ charges former Twitter staff with spying for Saudi Arabia, digging into MBS critics' accounts

Twitter has some very serious security explaining to do. Read the rest

House Democrats schedule first open hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry

House Democrats have scheduled the first open hearings in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. The publicly televised hearings will begin next week with William Taylor, top US diplomat for Ukraine, and the State Department official George Kent. Read the rest

Rudy Giuliani almost starred in ‘Fraud Guarantee’ cable TV infomercials

Rudy Giuliani

Oh, imagine the internet content glory we almost had. Read the rest

Roger Stone leaves jury selection early, food poisoning blamed

Roger Stone had to leave jury selection early today because he had 'food poisoning.' Read the rest

Conservative politician apologizes for saying people on welfare "needed putting down".

Francesca O'Brien, the Conservative candidate for the Gower constituency in the forthcoming UK elections, said that people appearing on the TV show "Benefits Steet" needed "putting down".

In the posts following the broadcast of the first episode of Benefits Street five years ago, Ms O'Brien said: "Benefit Street..anyone else watching this?? Wow, these people are unreal!!!"

Responding to another user's comment, she said: "My blood is boiling, these people need putting down."

In a statement released on Sunday, Ms O'Brien said: "These comments were made off the cuff, a number of years ago.

"However, I accept that my use of language was unacceptable and I would like to apologise for any upset I have caused."

Benefits Street was a Channel 4 documentary about people on welfare, broadcast in 2014, criticized at the time for "vilifying and misrepresenting benefits claimaints" in tabloid fashion. O'Brien neglected to delete her social media history before launching her bid for office. Read the rest

Nothing wrong with quid pro quo? "Perhaps so", says Trump.

As evidence mounts that President Trump tied Ukraine aid to that country announcing a sham investigation into Trump's political rivals, some Republicans are backing off their claim there was no "quid pro quo". Instead, there was a quid pro quo, but there's nothing wrong with quid pro quos. Trump, of course, agrees with them.

Perhaps so.

The context is particularly damning testimony from a highly-placed national security official and GOP aides caught trying to out the original whistleblower's name.

A good example of the goalposts being loudly hauled comes courtesy of Ben Shapiro, the cool kids' philosopher:

The next version of the question is "whether it was a criminal quid pro quo" or simply "whether it is an impeachable quid pro quo" to which the only answer is "no." Read the rest

British far-right leader Dick Braine resigns

Richard Braine has only been leader of Britain's far-right UK Independence Party for three months, and he's already calling it quits.

Mr Braine's resignation comes a week after he was suspended by UKIP over allegations of data theft, which he denies. In a letter, Mr Braine said he had been been "prevented from building a successful leadership team by blocked appointments".

"I did not join UKIP in order to waste time on internal conflict, but I have found myself powerless to prevent a purge of good members from the party.

Things went badly for him from the outset, after snubbing his own party's conference and failing to resolve internal splits and weak polling.

Potential candidates to replace Braine include Penis Cerebellum and Beefspear Graymatter. Read the rest

Feds blew the door off a safe in Giuliani associate raids

Agents of the U.S. government have issued multiple subpoenas and conducted searches of various properties in the course of investigating Rudy Giuliani's “Fraud Guarantee” associates, and in one instance feds literally blew the door off a safe to access its contents, reports CNN. Read the rest

Trump administration ends program to monitor animal diseases that could spread to humans (like Ebola)

The bizarre move worries public health experts

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