Bernie Sanders leads Iowa Poll for the first time, just weeks before Iowa Caucus

NEW Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows 20% of likely Democratic caucusgoers name Sanders as their first choice for president.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the Iowa Poll for the first time, and just 3 weeks remain before the Iowa caucuses. Read the rest

Commemorative 2020 election chess set lacks two important pieces

You can own a tasteful, beautiful chess set commemorating the forthcoming 2020 presidential election. On one side – red and blue, which allows either party to play as white or black — you have Trump as king, Pence as queen (nice), Justices Kavanaugh and Roberts as bishops, party leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy as knights, and President G.W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney as rooks. On the other side, the rooks are President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the knights are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the bishops are Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotormayer, and the king and queen are empty plinths, because the Democrats haven't picked them yet.

You will receive two empty podiums to play now. When the democratic nominees are announced, you will be notified to complete your set.

Assume they'll charge you extra for the nominees, and again for a new rook should Biden be either.

Embedded above is the television ad for the set, described by Jimmy Traina as the "most batshit crazy commercial I’ve ever seen."

2020 chess set [chess2020.com]

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IRAQ: Multiple Katyusha rockets fall in Baghdad's Green Zone (VIDEO)

By various reports, multiple (two or three) Katyusha rockets hit targets inside Baghdad's Green Zone in the past hour. Read the rest

Trump sniffed 58 times and slurred during Iran address, here's the supercut video

Why all the sniffing? Why the slurring? Read the rest

TeenVogue/Facebook/2020 Election Security thing blows up badly

Wow, this blew up and imploded and tried to disappear quickly and totally did not disappear at all. Read the rest

Brazil's fascist Bolsonaro Facebooks himself watching Trump's Iran speech

This is the future, I guess. Read the rest

Something Awful's "Fuck You and Die" forum went from freewheeling jokesters to Nazi shitposters, so it's dead

Long before 4chan and other anything-goes forums existed, every major online community had a similar community: the Well had its "weird" forum, Usenet had alt.syntax.tactical (among others), and Something Awful had the "Fuck You and Die" forum, where people were funny, mean, obscene, and gross, sometimes all at once. Read the rest

Bloomberg and Trump to buy competing $10 million Super Bowl ads

Yes, it has come to this. Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and acting U.S. president and warmongering dumbass Donald Trump are both buying duelling $10 million dollar campaign ads to run against each other during the Super Bowl. Read the rest

Michael Moore just launched a new podcast and it's great, full of hope and anger

I just got back from a longer-than-usual family holiday during which I did much less work than I usually do when I'm off (I recommend both to you!), but one exception I made was tuning into Michael Moore's outstanding new podcast, Rumble, which Moore records from his apartment, usually with a special guest (I tuned in when I saw that he'd done an episode with the wonderful Anand "Winners Take All" Giridharadas (previously). Read the rest

Mike Bloomberg created 'Hawkfish' tech firm working on his 2020 campaign, ex-Facebook CMO and ex-Foursquare CEO on board

New York billionaire and 2020 US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is working with former Facebook and FourSquare executives on technology systems for Bloomberg's campaign. Read the rest

The 2010s were the decade of Citizens United

Slate has dubbed the 2010s as the decade of Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that paved the way for unlimited, anonymous corporate election spending. In 2010, the year of Citizens United, the largest political donors were Robert and Doylene Perry ($7.5m for Republicans); in 2019, it was Sheldon and Miriam Adelson ($122m). Read the rest

Christianity Today: Trump should be impeached and removed, 'morally lost and confused'

Yep.

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Trump impeachment heads to Senate, but...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald J. Trump last night. The 45th President of the United States became the third ever to be impeached last night, on abuse of power, and obstruction of justice.

What's next? The impeachment process goes to the Senate, where the President goes on trial. Read the rest

New Jersey AG says 5 politicians took thousands in cash bribes via envelopes, paper bags, coffee cups

Well, it's nothing if not on brand for New Jersey politics. Read the rest

Wakanda removed from official U.S. list of trade partners

Someone is going to get a bollocking at the U.S. State Department, because they added Wakanda—the fictional high-tech African kingdom from the marvel Black Panther movie—to an official list of trade partners. Read the rest

Trump impeached: U.S. House of Representatives votes

On a party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Trump on two counts this evening. Trump is only the third U.S. head of state to be impeached, and now proceeds to the U.S. Senate for trial. There is no illusion about what will happen there, as leaders of his party have already signaled they will not convict him irrespective of the evidence presented. Read the rest

TRUMP IMPEACHED — ABUSE OF POWER & OBSTRUCTION OF CONGRESS

HOUSE VOTES FOR IMPEACHMENT IN HISTORIC VOTE

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