Election Year Open Thread: Nevada Caucuses (End) Today

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:06

Random scenes from the sausage factory. For some reason, seems like it was easier for reporters to visit Las Vegas in February than Iowa…

Because she represents MASSACHUSETTS:

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The Weaponization of Intelligence for the President’s Political Purposes: The Coming Influence Operation Against Senator Sanders

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:04

Last night I wrote that it was a problem that Senator Sanders sat on the information that Vladimir Putin was interfering in the Democratic primaries to elevate his candidacy for a month. That by waiting, by not finding a way to get the information released or even leaked in a manner that he could control to get ahead of the information, he placed himself at the mercy of someone else leaking it. Someone else did leak it. And that leak was not done to assist Senator Sanders or his campaign. By sitting on the information, Senator Sanders made himself vulnerable to the other two principal leaders who also had the information: the President and Vladimir Putin. Neither of whom wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because they want him to become President. Rather the President wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because he has determined that Senator Sanders will be the easiest of the Democratic primary candidates to defeat. Vladimir Putin wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because he has assessed that Senator Sanders is the most likely to create chaos within the Democratic Party, which furthers his goal of seeing the President reelected.

As was easily predictable, the information is now being weaponized by the President’s surrogates.

Assistant to the President-National Security Advisor (APNSA) O’Brien’s statement clearing the President of suspicion, but reaffirming the negative information against Senator Sanders will just be the first of many. Expect the Acting DNI, Ambassador Grennell, to make similar statements. Likely backed up by further leaks and/or official disclosures. US intelligence will be weaponized to dirty up Senator Sanders by the political loyalists the President has placed in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The narrative will be to tie the information that Putin is interfering in the primaries on behalf of Senator Sanders with Senator Sanders long history of support for hard socialist and communist leaders and officials in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. This may not be fair, but this is what is going to happen.

This influence campaign, one which will be carried out not just by surrogates and supporters outside of government, but by actual appointed senior officials in the President’s administration like APNSA O’Brien has done with his statement today are not really intended to effect Senator Sanders’ core supporters. Nor is it really intended to influence the Democratic primary. What it is intended to do is create material for Facebook ads to micro-target more moderate Democrats, Democratic leaning Independents, and formerly Republican leaning Independents, as well as to provide material that can be weaponized to reach these same people on Twitter and other social and digital media platforms. The point of doing this will be to depress Democratic turnout, as well as the turnout of non Democrats that will be needed to ensure an Electoral College victory against the President should Senator Sanders be the Democratic nominee. It is also intended to effect down balance races to maintain the Republican majority in the Senate, flip the House majority back to the Republicans, and capture as many Democratic held governorships and state legislatures as possible before the next round of redistricting after the 2020 census.

I’m not writing this to harm Senator Sanders. I guarantee that there is a similar influence operation already planned for each of the potential Democratic nominees. Whichever Democrat gets the nomination is going to face something similar. We’ve been watching the operation against VP Biden for well over a year now. And we know, because I’ve put it on the front page at least eight times, that the seeds of that influence operation against VP Biden were first sown in 2o14. And that should be a concern to Senator Sanders, his campaign, his key surrogates, and his supporters because Senator Sanders has over 40 years of taking controversial, hard left positions and supporting some of the worst hard left, socialist, and communist leaders outside the US. And because the Soviet Intelligence Services were collecting video and audio on him the entire time he was in Soviet Russia for his honeymoon; video and audio that Vladimir Putin will weaponize if and when he feels the need too. And that’s before the President, his campaign, and his surrogates decide to juxtapose the now leaked intelligence that Putin is acting to aid Senator Sanders in the Democratic primary with Senator Sanders voting record regarding Russia – a voting record that leaves a lot to be desired. He voted against the Magnitsky Act in 2012, the sanctions against Russia in 2014 and 2017, and didn’t vote at all when the sanctions against Russia bill came up in 2019. This voting record combined with the now leaked intelligence that Putin is interfering in the Democratic primary on his behalf is all the President, his campaign, and his surrogates need to argue that the President is the one who has and will continue to stand up to Putin, not Senator Sanders who always votes in Putin’s favor. That’s not my argument, that is me anticipating the President’s argument.

This is the reality of the 2020 election. I warned everyone who reads Balloon Juice that the 2020 election was going to be open information warfare back in March 2019. What is happening should not be surprising to anyone. And if Senator Warren or Mayor Buttigieg or Senator Klobuchar were the front runners right now, we would have different weaponized information to produce influence being deployed against them right now. And if one of them should become the front runner, we will.

Open thread.

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Live coverage #3: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:30

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors open at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses begin at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

No official figures yet from the Nevada Democratic Party. But with 88 of the 2096 Nevada precincts counted on the final alignment in the caucus (4% of the state total) CNN calculates that Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead with 41%.  Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren follow in double digits. The rest of the field are coming in with single digits.

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Deadly WW2-era racism, the fight for voting rights, and more: This week's Community Picks

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:17

Hey there! Need a break from obsessing over the Nevada caucuses? I got you covered. Whether it’s debates or town halls or primaries, let’s be real: It can be overwhelming to even watch the lengthy and intense fight to release the nation from the grips of an ochre tyrant like Donald Trump. To be an active combatant in that fight is downright exhausting. Nevertheless, we persist. 

By now, most of us have a preferred candidate. I do! Thus I understand the reflexive confusion and frustration when others fail to see the same light that, in your eyes, is so obviously shining on the person you want to become POTUS 46. I totally get it. I do. But as someone who reads every single Community diary every week, as someone who’s only been here since 2017, I find myself longing for the unity of the 2018 election. I cannot wait till the primary pie is eaten up and we can unite in the battle against the shrieking, semi-sentient Creamsicle™ with hair stuck in it who currently is dripping all over the Oval Office. 

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OPEN THREAD: Nevada Caucus

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:57

Things seem to be going pretty quickly so far in Nevada, with things like card draws and actual math making the news, at least over at MSNBC. What are your thoughts on the day so far?

Open Thread below:

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Live coverage #2: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:30

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors opened at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses began at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 · 9:32:26 PM +00:00 · Meteor Blades

It’s apparent that those Nevadans who cast early ballots make up the bulk of the Democratic caucus. 

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The (Blog) Doctor Is In. Tell Me What Ails You.

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:22

Hey everybody!

John will tell me this is crazy – never ask people for complaints!  In fact, if Cole were Leroy Jethro Gibbs, that would be Rule 1-15.

But, even it it is crazy or stupid, I feel the need to do it anyway because I plan to have a conversation with the developers this week about any issues that remain, so I need to be clear about what those issues are, how frequently they occur, and just how many people are being affected by them.

My Girlfriend on the Side

To reiterate, my primary goals are to determine the following:

·  What problems remain?

·  How frequently do they occur?

·  How many people are affected by each issue?

If you you talk about an existing issue in the comments, it will be most helpful if you include the Identifier, eg A-1 or B-3. 

Confirmed That these Issues Have Been Resolved (yay!)
  •  A-1.  Sometimes comments do not show up until a manual refresh, or multiple manual refreshes.
  •  A-2.  Sometimes people lose the ability to Edit their comments.
  •  A-3.  Sometimes people bounce to the top after making a comment.
Top Tier Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  B-1.  Clicking @nym in a reply no longer anchors you in the way that clicking the date/time stamp anchors you.
  •  B-2.  Back arrow no longer reliably takes you even one step back.  The back arrow took you back many steps during testing before the rollout.
  •  B-3.  When clicking on Reply, sometimes @nym does not show up in the popup reply box.
Second Tier Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  C-1.  Visual and text tabs are not always visible; when that happens it defaults to text with no tabs showing. (Question: is that true in the comment box only or also in the reply popup?)
  •  C-2.  Recent comments not updating properly for just a few people.
More Obscure Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  D-1.  Titles with quotation marks: open quote is correct; close quote is missing or shows as an apostrophe. (Google Font Library Issue)
  •  D-2.  Balloon Juice pages resize after/while loading.
  •  D-3.  RSS issues with SharpReader.
  •  D-4.  Line spacing in text mode adds an extra line between the final two lines.  (Firefox issue)
  •  D-5.  Strange problem with videos in Safari – when trying to enlarge videos to full screen, instead the entire web page enlarges to full screen.
  •  D-6.  The navigation bar items (comment, refresh, & arrows) at the top are not working most of the time (one person Sony Xperia X: Firefox)
  •  D-7.  Nym and email not sticking for one person (I have sent email asking if private browsing or no cookies is a possibility, but no reply yet.)
  •  D-8.  One-time Safari phone problem, the site suddenly rendered as a long blank page.
  •  D-9.  Twitter embeds not showing up in posts in Firefox (may be a configuration issue).
These Should Never Happen (If this ever happens to you, please share details below)
  •  E-1.  You should never be able to post an identical comment that has already been posted.
  •  E-2.  Comments should never get eaten for no reason.  Please report it if that happens, so I an look into it.)

I was going to post this later this evening, but since posting is light this afternoon, I thought maybe earlier would be better.

Edit: I kind of have a crush on John’s new girlfriend, so I used her for the image.

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Horrible pro-Trump group glues MAGA hats and Trump wig to Las Vegas pigeons to 'protest' Democrats

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:17

In an unapologetic display of animal cruelty, an anonymous group of terrible people released over two dozen pigeons into Las Vegas, with political accessories affixed to their heads. The group, which will not be named here, released the abused birds on Tuesday, in a “sarcastic” protest of the Democratic presidential debate the next day. 

According to the local NBC affiliate, the group was inspired by a “Cold War-era CIA operation.” The BBC reports that the formerly secret details of that operation were just released in September.

The 1970s' operation was codenamed Tacana and explored the use of pigeons with tiny cameras to automatically take photos, newly released files show.

It took advantage of the fact that the humble pigeon is possessed of an amazing ability - almost a superpower. They can be dropped somewhere they have never been before and still find their way hundreds of miles back home.

The use of pigeons for communications dates back thousands of years but it was in World War One that they began to be used for intelligence gathering.

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AOC Trolls Murdoch's New York Post

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 15:53

This morning The New York Post had one of their typical catty columns about Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's apparel (usually rented) and her daring to wear a sparkly luxury designer dress on ABC's The View a few days ago. AOC responded soon afterwards to the column with some withering clap back tweets.

Source: NY Post

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic socialite!

The lefty darling set tongues wagging when she donned a luxe designer dress for her Wednesday appearance on “The View.”

“Don’t you love it when an avowed SOCIALIST wears $580 dresses from Rickie Freeman? I mean, who doesn’t need a sequin leopard dress to be an effective Congresswoman?” snarked Conservative Erica Nurnberg in a tweet.

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Live coverage: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 15:00

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors opened at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses began at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 · 8:03:08 PM +00:00 · Meteor Blades

Two hopes for today:
No major screw-ups with caucus procedures.
Tweety Matthews will let at least one interviewee finish an entire sentence without interrupting them.

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Saturday snippets: Dwindling snowpack cuts Colorado River flow; TN inmates choose electric chair

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 14:30

Saturday Snippets is a regular weekend feature of Daily Kos.

The climate crisis is reducing the flow of the Colorado River, a major source of water in the West: In a new study published in the journal Science, two U.S. Geological Survey scientists have concluded that the 40 million people depending on Colorado River water face a drier future. The pair says that global warming is shrinking the Rocky Mountain snowpack that feeds the river. For every 1°C (1.8°F) increase in temperature, the flow of water from the river falls 9.3%, the study says, noting that there is “a growing potential for severe water shortages in this major basin." The decline, the scientists say, is tied to the loss of albedo, the reflective quality of the snowpack. As with ice in the Arctic, the snowpack reflects back much of the solar radiation that strikes it. But as it dwindles, the ground and air above it warm up. Water from melting snow evaporates instead of feeding the river. Brad Udall, a climate scientist with the Colorado River Research Group, said the research "adds another brick in the wall of evidence that it's very likely we're going to see significant declines in Colorado River flows.

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Cool Guitar Video of the Day: Joe Satriani, "Nineteen Eighty"

Little Green Footballs - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 14:11

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Elizabeth Warren's back in the ring and she ain't looking back

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 14:00

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren put everyone on notice within the first few minutes of Wednesday night's debate that she wasn't kidding around anymore. She raised her hand, trained her sights on late entrant Michael Bloomberg, and neutralized him as a sexist billionaire who called women "fat broads and horse-faced lesbians" and would doom Democrats in November. "Understand this," she said, "Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another. This country has worked for the rich for a long time and left everyone else in the dirt. It is time to have a president who will be on the side of working families and be willing get out there and fight for them."

Warren came to the debate armed with fire, grit, heart, and intelligence, exercising them all judiciously throughout the night. As Warren rescued the other woman on the stage, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, from a pile on over her cringeworthy inability to name the president of Mexico in a pre-date interview, Warren also leveled the health care plan on Klobuchar's website as a "Post-it note" sized couple of paragraphs. The biting line came amid a riff in which, one by one, Warren blasted the health care plans of nearly all her chief rivals as sadly perfunctory and insufficient, leaving each of them stumbling to respond yet unable to engage her in a one-on-one. 

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Trump's new head of Intelligence is unqualified, but that's not the only reason he's dangerous

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:59

As we now know, the reason that Donald Trump appointed an inexperienced, Trump loyalist named Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence—replacing former director Joseph Maguire—boils down to a fit of pique. Trump was reportedly furious that Maguire’s election security czar, Shelby Pierson, briefed House members on the latest U.S. intelligence. That intelligence confirmed Russian plans to interfere with the 2020 election; specifically, efforts to ensure that Trump is re-elected. That was something that Trump most emphatically did not want revealed to the American people.

Trump wanted to hide that information from the American public because it directly contradicted the lie that he and his administration have been pushing since his election: The Russian government’s efforts to sway the 2016 election are a “hoax,” perpetrated by Democrats and the “fake news” media. This denial has endured, despite the clear and unambiguous findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and countless others in the intelligence community, who have exhaustively documented the sophisticated and widespread Russian infiltration of both social and news media in order to ensure Trump’s election in 2016.

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A small California agricultural community defeats ICE—for now

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:30

The town of McFarland sits in the Central Valley of California, and agricultural hamlet of some 15,000 where as many as half are both undocumented and long-time residents. This town, undocumented and citizens alike, just came together to reject the takeover of two state prisons by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Maribel Ramirez, an undocumented vineyard worker who has lived in McFarland for 20 years with her husband and family, helped lead the fight when a private prison corporation wanted to contract its facilities, which were just outlawed by California, to ICE for immigrant detention.

“We have lived here in peace. We built our lives in McFarland, working to support our family without any fear,” she told The New York Times. An ICE detention facility would have ended that, and she was prepared to move north to Oregon or Washington if the city's planning commission approved the contract. That didn't happen, thanks to her and her community joining together to amass what the Times reports as "overwhelming public sentiment" against it.

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Ric Grenell As DNI Is Trump’s Latest Move To Destroy Our Government

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:13

Kirschner sounded the alarm in an AM Joy discussion today that began with host Joy Reid confirming that the firing of previous acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, was because one of his deputies briefed Congress that Russia favors Trump in the 2020 election. Reid cited a tweet from Vox national security reporter Alex Ward saying that a “senior White House official” told him that was "absolutely" the case and that anyone opposing Trump will get fired.

The flip side, Reid noted is that “blind, naked loyalty to Donald Trump,” not expertise, is the only job requirement.

But it’s even worse than that. Kirschner laid out how Trump is destroying the government for the sake of it.

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Trump Wants Fox’s Neil Cavuto Fired Over Critical Guest

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:08

Donald Trump upped his attacks on Fox News and Fox Business host Neil Cavuto yesterday by suggesting he should be pushed out like Shepard Smith was.

As we have previously posted, Donald Trump had a meltdown after RealClear Politics associate editor A.B. Stoddard ripped Trump over his “disastrous” 2016 debate performances when she appeared on Cavuto’s Your World show Thursday.

The Crybaby in Chief responded in a tweet: “Could somebody at @foxnews please explain to Trump hater A.B. Stoddard (zero talent!) and @TeamCavuto, that I won every one of my debates, from beginning to end. Check the polls taken immediately after the debates. The debates got me elected. Must be Fox Board Member Paul Ryan!”

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Midday Open Thread: McDonalds To Release Burger-Scented Candles

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 12:48

Hard to say which was more viral, the McDonald's line of burger scented candles, or the subsequent raunchy jokes about 'meat'-scented bedrooms and Gwynneth Paltrow's hoo ha.

Open thread below...

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NOAA report shows January was the warmest ever, as Great Lakes suffer rising water and huge waves

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 12:36

Past years that have had particularly warm weather in January also have one other feature in common—El Niño. The appearance of that strong Pacific current helps push temperatures up across the Americas, and brings up averages around the globe. But on Thursday NOAA published the National Climate Report for January, and it showed two remarkable things. One, as earlier estimates had already hinted, this was the warmest January ever recorded around the globe. The second thing was that this record was reached even while there was no sign of the warming El Niño.

Much of the United States has experienced a winter that is warm, but not so exceptionally warm that it seemed all that unusual. Except it was. Temperatures have averaged 3-6 degrees above average over most of the 48 contiguous states, with areas like Michigan and Minnesota seeing temperatures 10 degrees above average. And if you think it was cold in your neighborhood … you’re wrong.

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Bloomberg Trolls Trump With Giant Billboard On Vegas Strip

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 12:13

I've got to admit, "Donald Trump went broke running a casino" probably has a great deal of resonance on the Vegas Strip. And people who cheat at golf are indeed the lowest of the low.

Source: AFP

Las Vegas (AFP) - Democratic White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg mocked Donald Trump with a giant billboard on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, fueling their feud as the US president visits the city for a rally.

"Donald Trump lost the popular vote," read one slogan on the world-famous street lined with casinos, while another read "Donald Trump's wall fell over."

The giant digital billboard is just two miles (three kilometers) down the Strip from Trump's own hotel, where the president is staying while in Las Vegas.

Bloomberg is vying for the Democratic nomination to take on Trump at November's election, and has focused his fire on the president rather than candidates from his own party.

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