Congress is finally getting back to its normal, chaotic self after impeachment -- clamoring to address two different but fast-approaching dilemmas with no clear solution in sight. With a March 15 expiration date for key surveillance provisions and an increasingly urgent need to deliver billions to fight the expanding coronavirus, some senior lawmakers have even floated the idea of addressing both issues in a single piece of legislation that could move quickly. read more
Democrats and the Media are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That's a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn't succeeded in cutting the budget. The Trump Administration proposed cuts but Congress ignored them and increased financing instead. read more
Bernie Sanders was unequivocal during the Democratic debate Tuesday. "I have opposed authoritarianism all over the world," said the senator from Vermont and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. " ... Authoritarianism of any stripe is bad. But that is different than saying that governments occasionally do things that are good."
Unfortunately, video tells another story.
In 1985, Sanders praised Castro for his education and health-care programs. In 1986, he recalled being "very excited" by Castro's revolution. And after he returned from a trip to Cuba in 1989, Sanders called Cuba a "model of what a society could be".
Returning from Nicaragua in 1985, Sanders downplayed reports of abuses by the Sandinista government, instead lauding the country's democratic rights, civil liberties and food lines and dismissed the government's media censorship by pointing to previous U.S. crackdowns on press freedoms during the Civil War and first and second world wars. read more
The snarling incoherence of the latest Democratic debate Tuesday evening made it painfully hard to follow. The evening was defined by peevish exchanges, raised voices, feeble attempts at humor, complaints about fairness in being allowed to speak and extended passages of cross-talk in which moderators lost control of the debate and it was impossible even to understand what was being said. The noise was hardly conducive to a sustained or intelligible argument about whether Sanders is the strongest nominee or the one most representative of the views and temper of the party.
There was no evidence that this particular debate stage was any candidate's natural setting. Nor was it a win for Democrats wondering about the party's future. There were plenty of legitimate things to argue about, and for stretches this actually occurred. But for longer stretches it didn't. This was mostly a wasted couple hours for a party and for candidates who don't have time to waste.
Joe Biden has lost nearly one-fifth of his support among black voters in South Carolina, a new poll released Sunday finds. The CBS News/YouGov data released over the weekend exposes a crack in his plan to draw overwhelming support from the majority-black primary voters on February 29.
Biden's overall support in the country's next primary state, which he has staked as his struggling campaign's turnaround, has fallen to just a single-digit lead over Senator Bernie Sanders versus his massive 28 percent lead over all candidates just three months ago.
The poll released Sunday also identifies another problem with Biden's potential wooing of black voters -- Tom Steyer. The billionaire Democratic presidential candidate has skyrocketed from just 2 percent support among black South Carolina voters in November to 24 percent today. And in that same time period, Biden has lost 19 percent of support, 54 to 35 percent, from black voters in South Carolina.