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Elizabeth Warren’s evisceration of Mike Bloomberg should make Donald Trump nervous
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shown on a screen during a debate watch party at the Brooklyn field office of Mike Bloomberg’s campaign on February 19, 2020. | Jeenah Moon/Getty Images Bloomberg is proof that billionaires are right to worry about Warren. Turns out Mike Bloomberg is exactly what Elizabeth Warren needed to break through in the 2020 Democratic primary. And he’s not just a foil for her on the campaign trail — this is something she believes in, and it shows. Warren was quick to go after the billionaire at Wednesday’s debate in Nevada, noting his Trump-like history of calling women “fat broads” and “horse-faced lesbians.” And the Massachusetts Democrat did not relent. She went after his history on stop-and-frisk policing as New York City’s mayor. She called out his refusal to release women who have worked for him and accused him and his company of harassment and discrimination from nondisclosure agreements. And broadly, it’s clear that whether or not she gets the Democratic nomination, she absolutely, positively, does not want it to be Bloomberg. “Look, I’ll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this,” Warren said on Wednesday, “Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.” Beyond the ins and outs of the jabs on the debate stage, Warren’s disdain for Bloomberg and others like him is very real. Warren, like Bernie Sanders, isn’t just a critic of the so-called “billionaire class,” but she is a critic of a very specific type of billionaire class: those who used the advantages of an overly-complex system to get ahead while everyone else falls behind. Bloomberg made his more than $50 billion with the Bloomberg terminal, a financial computer system that costs upwards of $20,000 annually and gives the Wall Street crowd a crucial edge in playing the markets and amassing their wealth. It’s the place to be for traders, analysts, and executives, and if you want to make it in finance, it’s an exclusive way in. Warren built the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency aimed at eliminating complexities in the financial system that make it next to impossible for American consumers to navigate many aspects of their economic lives. While she was setting up the CFPB, she’d look at loan forms and ask, “Could you please make this simpler?” It’s something Warren highlighted in a speech at an event hosted at the think tank the Roosevelt Institute in 2010, as Vox’s Ezra Klein noted in his case for Warren’s presidency. The banking industry constructed a “complexity machine” to “make it all very complicated so only the experts can understand it,” she said. Types like Bloomberg helped build and perpetuate that system. Billionaires should be worried about Elizabeth Warren. Mike Bloomberg is proof of that. As Warren’s poll numbers rose last summer and into the fall, so did the hysteria of rich guys worried about the prospect of her in the White House. Trump versus Warren would be the choice between “sickness and death.” We don’t need someone who “vilifies successful people.” One hedge funder was brought to tears on national television over the idea of Warren winning. As the Nevada debate evidenced, turns out all these rich guys had reason to worry about Warren: she, um, really doesn’t like them. Case in point: her performance in the face of Bloomberg. Warren has positioned herself as a folksy figure who has a plan for everything on the 2020 campaign trail, but as the primary goes on, OG Liz is coming out. It’s the Warren who called for “blood and teeth on the floor” in her fight to get the CFPB into the Dodd-Frank financial reform. The Warren who assailed Wells Fargo’s CEO and told him he should be criminally investigated. The Warren who made so many enemies not only among Republicans but also within the Obama administration that she didn’t get the directorship of the agency she’d conceived of and fought for — and who went into the 2012 Senate race in Massachusetts and won. She’s running for president to finish what she started when she got into government, and root out the corruption she sees at the heart of so many of the country’s problems. Bloomberg is the perfect foil for Warren — and a preview of a potential Warren vs. Trump Bloomberg, predictably, took a lot of heat at the Nevada debate. He’s spent upwards of $400 million on ads to catapult himself to third place in the polls nationally, and much of his messaging up to now has largely been uncontested. All of the candidates took aim at the former New York City mayor, but Warren took some of the sharpest hits. It makes sense: Warren isn’t just incensed that inequality exists in the United States, she also understands how the systems work to propel it. For example, footage of Bloomberg discussing the elimination of the practice of redlining, where banks discriminated against racial minorities in making loans, and its role in the financial crisis emerged earlier this month. Warren, who after the financial crisis was the head of a congressional panel overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), a $700 billion bank bailout, quickly called it out. I'm surprised that someone running for the Democratic nomination thinks the economy would be better off if we just let banks be more overtly racist. We need to confront the shameful legacy of discrimination, not lie about it like Mike Bloomberg has done. https://t.co/Lzavpie7Iy— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 13, 2020 Warren has spent much of her career as an academic and in politics fighting against moneyed interests. She’s campaigning on a sweeping anti-corruption message, and one of her signature agenda items is a wealth tax on the ultrarich. Her campaign has been selling “Billionaire Tears” mugs for months and launched a billionaire calculator for people to tabulate how much they would owe under her “ultra-millionaire tax” proposal. Among the billionaires the site links to help them figure out how much they would owe is Bloomberg. On the debate stage and in the 2020 primary, Bloomberg has emerged as a sort of proxy to Trump, even though he’s running against him: a billionaire New York businessman with a checkered record on race and gender. But Bloomberg has better credentials than Trump — he’s richer, has been more successful in business and philanthropy, and was the mayor of the country’s most populous city for 12 years. Warren’s ability to take on Bloomberg isn’t just a warning sign to their future run-ins, it’s also a warning to Trump: Warren is here for a fight, and she’s pretty good at it.
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Jake Marisnick refutes Gleyber Torres’ Astros cheating theory
PORT ST. LUCIE — Jake Marisnick offered a denial Wednesday to the assertion the Astros were guilty of cheating last season, too. Earlier this week, the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres asserted that Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scheme from 2017 spilled over into last year, when the Astros beat the Yankees in the ALCS. Marisnick, now a Mets...
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Ex-boyfriend of Amie Harwick, Drew Carey's ex-fiancee, arrested again in connection with her death
A Los Angeles man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, a prominent family therapist and the former fiancee of comedian Drew Carey, was charged Wednesday with her murder.
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Mike Bloomberg is a disaster
Mario Tama/Getty Images He’s bad at politics and running scared from his own record. Not only has Mike Bloomberg spent a lot of money on buying TV airtime, the ads his team has made for him are generally really good. If you knew him primarily through those ads, plus a vague sense that he seemed to be a popular mayor of a big city and made a lot of money running some kind of business, then it’s easy to see why you’d be impressed by his campaign. What we saw on the debate stage in Nevada Wednesday night is a reality New Yorkers have long been aware of: The man is a wooden charisma vacuum with no natural talent for campaigning. On one level, that shouldn’t matter so much. The presidency is not primarily an acting gig, after all, it’s a matter of substance. On the other hand, in a campaign where “electability” has loomed so large as a consideration, it’s important to be clear that possession of vast wealth is the entirety of the electability case for Bloomberg. In terms of his political skills, he’s well below replacement level and compensating for it with money. Money genuinely is valuable in politics, and the fact that Bloomberg has plenty of it to spend shouldn’t be totally discounted. But to the extent that he is sincere about getting President Trump out of office, it’s clear that what he should do is keep paying his talented ad team to keep making attack ads against Trump and keep paying to put them on the air — then let a better politician be the nominee. But on another level, Bloomberg’s inability to speak from the heart in a convincing or plausible way cuts to a much deeper problem with his candidacy — much of his policy agenda appears to have been cooked up by consultants over the past few months and has no connection to ideas he’s espoused over the rest of his career. There’s nothing wrong with changing your mind over time, but you ought to be able to come up with some explanation of what’s going on. And Bloomberg can’t. Bloomberg is running from his record Early in the debate, the question of “stop and frisk” policies in Bloomberg-era New York came up and Bloomberg repeated what he’s been saying since he launched his campaign — it was a mistake and he’s sorry. One might doubt his sincerity about this given that even while apologizing he misstates how stop-and-frisk came to an end, acting like it’s something he did away with rather than something he was ordered to stop by a judge (he appealed the decision, and then his successor Bill de Blasio dropped the appeals). But sincerely sorry or not, the larger problem is that his image as a successful crime fighter was absolutely central to his image as a successful mayor of New York City. Stop-and-frisk was controversial while Bloomberg was mayor, but crime was also falling — New Yorkers liked the falling crime and Bloomberg took credit for it. The realization that crime kept falling after stop-and-frisk was halted invalidates that record, and leaves Bloomberg with a resume of accomplishment that’s otherwise rather slim. He was involved in a lot of contentious education policy fights, but relatively little changed in terms of New Yorkers’ educational outcomes. He did some admirable things on bicycle lanes but failed to get congestion pricing done — now, years later, the relevant laws have finally passed and will come into effect soon. During this time, Bloomberg also staked out a lot of positions on national economic policy issues that would be totally unacceptable in a Democratic Party primary. He called the Affordable Care Act “a disgrace.” He called the Dodd-Frank financial regulation overhaul “stupid.” He opposed raising the minimum wage. He vocally opposed the nuclear deal with Iran. And as recently as 2017 he said “Obama did basically nothing” on climate change. Indeed, even while endorsing Obama’s reelection in 2012 he complained in an op-ed that “rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice” Obama “engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it.” He also dinged Obama for failing at “developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists” which he said “doomed hope for any real progress on illegal guns, immigration, tax reform, job creation and deficit reduction.” There’s no explanation for the New Bloomberg Today we see on television a totally new Bloomberg who wants to defend and expand the ACA, loves Obama, and puts himself forward as the would-be savior of mainstream Democrats from the menace of Bernie-ism. Throughout his current campaign, Bloomberg has offered no explanation for this wholesale makeover of his thinking on economic policy issues and the legacy of the Obama administration. Of course the reasons for it aren’t mysterious. Bloomberg said back at the Bermuda Executive Forum in March 2019 that he couldn’t run for president because “it’s just not going to happen on a national level for somebody like me starting where I am unless I was willing to change all my views and go on what CNN called an apology tour.” Then eventually he decided he did want to run after all so he went and changed all his views. But he didn’t want to do the apology tour, so instead of going on television and discussing in detail who or what is driving his current thinking he’s mostly avoided questions from the press and let his ads speak for themselves. The debate was his first big encounter on a level playing field and it was a total disaster — a disaster that somehow managed to barely scratch the surface of some of the content of his record. We didn’t hear about his unapologetic support for the invasion of Iraq or the intrusive surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers during his time in office. Most likely Bloomberg would mostly stick to most of his new policy positions if he becomes president, but there’s just no compelling reason for mainstream Democrats to chance it. There’s nothing really to his campaign except money. If Bloomberg wants to spend big on beating Trump, spend big All that said, Bloomberg is by all indications sincerely outraged by Donald Trump and his presidency. He’s long been a generous donor to climate change and gun control causes, and since Trump’s election has been a singularly partisan benefactor of Trump’s opponents. The fact that Bloomberg’s actual political beliefs are not that progressive overall makes this more rather than less admirable. There are lots of rich businessmen in America who have some qualms about Trump but are happy to support him because they think low taxes and business-friendly regulation are more important than the rule of law. Bloomberg is the opposite — a person who’s been willing to put cash on the line to help stop a president he sees as dangerous even though he’s not in love with his opponents’ ideas on many issues. But if this is the admirable side of Bloomberg then he ought to go back to doing what he was doing a year ago — spending money in admirable ways and winning admiration for it. There’s just no reason he should be a presidential nominee. He’s a stiff, irritable, incompetent political performer with a record in office that’s so-so at best and who is aware that his authentic policy views are too politically toxic to run on. The simplest, best solution to that is the one he hit on last March — don’t run.
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Everybody came for Mike Bloomberg, and other top moments from the February Democratic debate in Las Vegas
Mike Bloomberg made his first appearance on a Democratic primary debate stage, and the five other candidates targeted him in myriad ways.       
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3 winners and 4 losers from the Nevada Democratic debate
Mike Bloomberg, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on February 19, 2020. | Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images Warren won. Bloomberg lost. And more! The Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday night came at an important, even pivotal, time in the primary. Bernie Sanders’s strong results in Iowa and New Hampshire, Joe Biden’s national decline, and Bloomberg’s ad-fueled rise have shaken up the race — and everyone’s looking to take advantage. The result was two of the most heated hours of the primary, starting with the opening criticisms of billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The feisty tone never really let up, leading to a series of aggressive attacks from one candidate to another rarely seen in the eight previous debates. And at this important time, some candidates did well, while others … well, they had rougher nights. Here’s our sense of who came out ahead at the end of the night and who lagged behind. Winner: Elizabeth Warren The Massachusetts senator had performed poorly in the last two primaries, declined in the national polls, and faded into the background in the last few debates. It looked like her campaign was on death’s door. It seems like Warren needs a miracle to save her campaign, and while strong debate performances haven’t always translated into good polling in the past, tonight was still one hell of a start. Warren dominated the stage, delivering striking answers in one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from a presidential candidate — not just in this cycle, but period. It helped a lot that she was facing her perfect foil for her anti-oligarchy message in Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire (strike one) using his fortune to try and buy the primary through advertising (strike two), who also has a track record of treating his female employees poorly (strike three). She wasted no time in getting after him — this was literally the first thing she said: I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse faced lesbians, and no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Later in the debate, Warren grilled Bloomberg on his refusal to release women who have worked for him from non-disclosure agreements, showing off her questioning skills honed on the Senate floor. She got Bloomberg to say that “none of [the women] accuse me of doing anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told” — which is basically admitting that he created a hostile workplace for women on national television. Those weren’t Warren’s only standout moments. She had characteristically strong policy answers, strong hits on other candidates, and even a reasonably compelling defense of the other woman on stage (Amy Klobuchar) in a way that bolstered her feminist positioning. She owned the night — a vital first step towards making her campaign top-tier again. — Zack Beauchamp Loser: Michael Bloomberg Up until tonight, Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign has been a grand experiment. Bloomberg’s eschewed the typical marks of a political campaign — public events, speeches, actual interactions with voters — in favor of an unprecedented ad blitz funded by his seemingly unlimited personal fortune. Bloomberg’s spent more than $400 billion of his own money on political ads. As my colleague Ezra Klein noted, “if you ignore Tom Steyer, the other self-funding billionaire chasing the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg has spent more than three times as much as all the other Democratic candidates combined.” Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images Pete Buttigieg walks past Mike Bloomberg during the ninth Democratic debate on February 19, 2020. The big question underlying Bloomberg’s campaign has been whether it’s possible to win the Democratic nomination — and potentially the presidency — by muscling out the competition with massive amounts of money. He arrived at tonight’s debate with a target on his chest, and spent the evening taking incoming attacks. When Bloomberg got a chance to respond to Warren’s opening, he had no real answer, instead launching into a generic speech about how he can beat Trump because, among other things, Bloomberg is a “New Yorker.” The harsh take on Bloomberg’s performance tonight is that a billionaire seeking to paper over his record with truckloads of money is simply not the candidate Democrats are looking for in 2020. The more charitable take is that campaigning is a learned skill, and it’s hard to compete with five grizzled veterans if you’ve spent the bulk of the 2020 primary season buying ads. Whichever take you believe, Bloomberg had a terrible night. -Ian Millhiser Winner: Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders went into the debate as the frontrunner. He won the popular vote, but not the delegates, in the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s ahead by 10 points in the national polls, according to RealClearPolitics’s average of the polls. And he’s polling well in Nevada and South Carolina, the next two states to vote. Nothing that happened at the Nevada debate really changed that. It’s not that Sanders did particularly well, but he didn’t do anything to lose his lead. With most of the attacks of the night focused on Bloomberg, and a lot of the attention going to the ongoing feud between Klobuchar and Buttigieg, Sanders managed to come out of the debate with few scrapes. Mario Tama/Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden speak during a break during the Democratic debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020. When he did face criticisms, Sanders handled them well — reiterating his message instead of getting bogged down in drawn-out fights with other candidates. Asked whether his single-payer plan is realistic, he pivoted to his argument that the current health care system leaves hundreds of millions of Americans uninsured or underinsured and costs people way more than health care in other countries. Asked if he’s polarizing, he argued that it shouldn’t be polarizing to speak “to the needs and the pain of a long neglected working class.” Asked if his self-label of “socialist” could hurt him in the general election, he argued that “we have socialism for the very rich, rugged individualism for the poor.” Agree or disagree, using attacks to simply reiterate fairly popular talking points is a tried-and-proven debate strategy. It all added up to a performance that may not win Sanders many new supporters, but it at least isn’t likely to cost him any supporters. As the frontrunner, that’s exactly what he wants to see. — German Lopez Loser: Moderates Rather than coalescing behind one candidate and focusing on Bernie Sanders, the moderate Democrats running for president have been fighting with each other. Wednesday night was no different. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — who came in second and a surprisingly close third in the New Hampshire primary last week — kept that fight alive. The two clashed first when Klobuchar was asked about a recent interview during which she seemingly forgot the name of the Mexican president. Buttigieg pounced, pointing out that Klobuchar sits on Senate committees overseeing border security and trade and was “not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south.” “Are you trying to say that I’m dumb? Are you mocking me here, Pete?” Klobuchar said angrily. Later, she pointed out that she — not Buttigieg — has won statewide races, including Republican congressional districts. “I will say when you tried in Indiana, Pete, to run, what happened to you?” Klobuchar said. “You lost by over 20 points to someone who lost to my friend Joe Donnelly. So don’t tell me about experience.” Later, Buttigieg went after Klobuchar again on immigration, in particular her past Senate vote to make English the national language (a vote she recently disavowed), and for voting to confirm Kevin McAleenan, Trump’s former US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, who oversaw the agency during the administration’s family separation policy. Klobuchar was, to put it mildly, not happy about the South Bend mayor putting her on the ropes again. “I wish everyone was as perfect as you Pete,” Klobuchar said, her voice dripping with sarcasm, before launching into a defense of her record. “I’m so proud of the work I’ve done on immigration reform. And you know what? You have not been in the arena doing that work. You’ve memorized a bunch of talking points and a bunch of things.” Klobuchar and Buttigieg sharpening their attacks on each other might make for good television. But electorally, it may not amount to more than mutually assured destruction — especially in a diverse state like Nevada where both of these candidates are struggling to connect with nonwhite voters. In the aftermath of Biden’s poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, one of these candidates could be poised for a big breakout. The fighting Wednesday didn’t allow either of them to shine. Sanders, the progressive polling well among Latinos, sailed through the debate largely unchallenged. Buttigieg and Klobuchar tearing each other apart ultimately won’t elevate either one; Sanders benefits the most. — Ella Nilsen Loser: Diversity The 2020 Democratic field began as the most diverse in history; now it contains just one person of color — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — and she failed to make it onto the Nevada debate stage. Instead, leading up to the first primaries where voters of color will get a say, viewers were left with a stage that was all white. It wasn’t particularly diverse in terms of age, socioeconomics (as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg pointed out), or background. It did feature two women, and one gay man, but the lack of diverse candidates meant the debate lacked pointed, personal responses to matters related to race and class in the few times they were brought up. There was, for example, no Sen. Cory Booker to give Americans a personal view into the effects of redlining by talking, as he often did, about his parent’s struggles to buy their first home. Instead, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “It came about because the people who took the mortgages, packaged them and others bought them. That’s where the disaster was.” Beyond this absence of narratives that directly speak to the experiences and realities of Americans of color was a relative lack of discussion about issues that affect those Americans. Warren was an exception, mentioning how pollution disproportionately affects communities of color, advocating for HBCUs, and pledging support for childcare workers of color. But much of the other discussion of people of color revolved around candidates being asked to defend their records on issues affecting black Americans. Bloomberg was attacked over his support for New York’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar was asked about her role in sentencing a black then-teenage boy to life in prison for a shooting he says he didn’t commit. The end of the debate did feature a question on immigration, but the response was dominated by Klobuchar and Buttigieg sparring with one another about experience. It shouldn’t take a candidate of color to be on stage for a debate to feature substantive discussions of race in America and the unique challenges people of color face, particularly when that debate is in Nevada, where 30 percent of the population is Latinx. But it seems that it does. — Sean Collins Loser: “Tough on crime” policies Something remarkable happened at the debate on Wednesday: No one defended “tough on crime” policies — not even the people who actually implemented such policies in the past. It began with Bloomberg’s record on policing. At the core of his approach as mayor was stop-and-frisk, which deployed police officially in an attempt to get guns and drugs out of the streets but in reality disproportionately targeted minority communities for policing and hassled people of color on a daily basis. Bloomberg has apologized for his support for stop-and-frisk. But in recent weeks, a 2015 video resurfaced in which Bloomberg described his past support for stop-and-frisk in racist terms; he claimed that “95 percent of murders, murderers, and murder victims” were “male minorities 16 to 25” and that you could “take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all cops.” He added, “We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.” Other candidates hit him hard for the both the policy and his previous defense of it. Warren, in particular, called him out for not stating clearly in his apologies that the policy seemed to target minority communities: “It targeted communities of color. It targeted black and brown men from the beginning. And if you want to issue a real apology, then the apology has to start with the intent of the plan as it was put together and the willful ignorance day by day by day of admitting what was happening even as people protested in your streets, shutting out the sounds of people telling you how your own policy was breaking their lives.” Bloomberg, meanwhile, apologized again: “If I go back and look at my time in office, the one thing that I’m really worried about, embarrassed about was how it turned out with stop-and-frisk.” Later on, Klobuchar faced questions about her prosecution of Myon Burrell, a black teen accused of murder, when she was the top prosecutor in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The question, though, wasn’t about whether Klobuchar was too lenient on Burrell but if she was too tough — leading to the incarceration of a potentially innocent person. Klobuchar said she supported further investigation into the case if necessary. These moments reflect the massive shift in crime politics in just the past two decades. It wasn’t too long ago that both parties were actively supporting draconian criminal justice approaches. It was Democrats, particularly Biden, that led the charge on the 1994 crime bill, which critics say led to harsher prison sentences, more prison cells, and more aggressive policing. But in the era of Black Lives Matter, the candidates on the Democratic stage weren’t just distancing themselves from these policies, but harshly criticizing and even apologizing for them. It’s a notable turnaround from just several years ago. — German Lopez Winner: Viewers Grab your popcorn, everyone. The Nevada debate was a far cry from a two-hour long snoozefest. The gloves were fully off from the starting question — which each candidate take their turn roasting Bloomberg before going after each other. The barbs were plentiful. From Warren pointing out that Bloomberg had once allegedly called women “fat broads and horse faced lesbians,” to Klobuchar looking at Buttigieg and asking, “are you trying to say that I’m dumb?” to Sanders and Bloomberg squabbling over the Vermont senator’s summer camp, there was clearly no love lost between many of the candidates after Iowa and New Hampshire raised the stakes significantly. And unlike the 2016 Republican debates, which were entertaining and watchable but also petty and personal, some of the most fiery moments were also on substantive issues, like the role of money in politics (personified by Bloomberg’s very presence on the stage), and some candidate’s records on immigration (which prompted a very heated exchange between Klobuchar and Buttigieg). It’s too early to tell which candidates were boosted by the debate. But boy, it was entertaining television. — Ella Nilsen
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USC cancels 2021 matchup in football with UC Davis
USC has told UC Davis that the scheduled 2021 matchup between the teams is off. The Trojans have never played a team in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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Why Klobuchar and Buttigieg fought over the Mexican president’s name
Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. | Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images Klobuchar says forgetting his name doesn’t reflect what she actually knows. Buttigieg found it disqualifying. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar admitted during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate that she couldn’t name the Mexican president when pressed by a reporter from Telemundo last week — a slip-up that South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg used to question her overall qualifications for office. On February 13, Telemundo reporter Guadalupe Venegas asked Klobuchar, “Who is the president of Mexico?” after a candidate forum ahead of the Nevada caucuses. It was a timely question given that about 78 percent of Nevada’s almost 800,000 Latinos are of Mexican origin. But a flustered Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate committees that oversee trade with Mexico and border security, couldn’t come up with his name even after Venegas pressed her twice more. pic.twitter.com/XmMrVc6ww2— PoliticsVideo23 (@politicsvideo23) February 16, 2020 For the record, his name is President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, otherwise known as AMLO. And since he’s taken office in December 2018, he’s become one of Mexico’s most popular presidents in recent memory, despite a record-high homicide rate and bowing to President Donald Trump’s demands that he step up immigration enforcement on the country’s southern border with Guatemala. When asked about the interview again on Wednesday night, Klobuchar chalked it up to a lapse of memory. “I don’t think that that momentary forgetfulness actually reflects what I know about Mexico and how much I care about it,” Klobuchar said. “I said that I made an error. I think having a president that maybe is humble and is able to admit that here and there maybe wouldn’t be a bad thing.” But Buttigieg said that the name of the leader of America’s southern neighbor is a piece of knowledge any candidate should know, especially one who touts their “Washington experience.” (Venegas asked the same question of Buttigieg, and he named AMLO.) “You’re staking your candidacy on your Washington experience,” Buttigieg told Klobuchar on the debate stage. “You’re on the committee that oversees border security. You’re on the committee that does trade. You’re literally part of the committee that’s overseeing these things. And you were not able to speak to literally the first thing about the politics of the country to our south?” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came to Klobuchar’s defense, claiming that it’s understandable she might momentarily forget a name, but that if she can’t answer questions about US trade policy with Mexico, she “ought to be held accountable.” In an effort to show just how much she knows about Mexican foreign policy, Klobuchar tried to pivot to how she and Buttigieg actually differ: He would classify Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, as Trump has previously suggested, whereas she wouldn’t. The US government has already designated some cartels as “transnational criminal organizations.” Reclassifying them as terrorist organizations would give the US additional authority to issue sanctions against those who support the groups, prevent their members from entering the US, and deport those who have already reached American soil. It would also pave the way for the US to send active-duty troops to Mexico to engage in counterterrorism operations. But it could also undermine cooperation with Mexican forces in combating the cartels and escalate tensions between the two governments. “That is a very valid debate to have,” Klobuchar said to Buttigieg. “I don’t think that would be good for our security coordination with Mexico, and I think you got that wrong.”
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Democratic Debate: Bloomberg says he's 'fan' of Obamacare - but Biden suggests a fact check
Mike Bloomberg gave glimpses into where he stands on health care, taxes at Democratic Debate and spoke of how he treats his female employees.       
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Chris Cillizza's winners and losers from the 9th Democratic debate
The top six candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination gathered on a debate stage Wednesday night, just days before the critical Nevada caucuses.
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Yankees great Andy Pettitte has some tips for Masahiro Tanaka
TAMPA — Yankees legend Andy Pettitte has been talking to Masahiro Tanaka about using the cut fastball, and manager Aaron Boone couldn’t be more pleased. “Anytime those two are having conversations about pitching, that is a good thing. I think it is great. Andy is obviously revered by a lot of guys in our clubhouse...
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Bloomberg tears into Sanders on stage: ‘We’re not going to throw out capitalism’
The flare-ups between former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont extended late into Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Nevada – as the multi-billionaire and the populist senator battled over income inequality.
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Two Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers die from coronavirus: reports
Two elderly cruise ship passengers that were on board Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess have died, according to the Japan's health ministry.       
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Girls' water polo: Southern Section semifinal results and championship pairings
Girls' water polo: Southern Section semifinal results and championship pairings
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Amy Klobuchar wants credit for Minnesota’s consistently high turnout
Might as well give it a shot.
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Bloomberg, Sanders spar over ‘communism’ during Democratic debate
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg invoked “communism” while slamming Sen. Bernie Sanders’ economic plan on Wednesday night. “I can’t think of a way to make it easier for Donald Trump to get reelected than listening to this conversation,” Bloomberg said during Wednesday night’s primary debate in Nevada. “This is ridiculous. We’re not going to throw out capitalism....
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The 7 most dramatic, eye-popping moments from the Democratic debate in Las Vegas
Democratic presidential hopefuls Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden are seen on screens in a media room during the ninth Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. | Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images Everybody piled on Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg went after Bernie Sanders, and much more. At the Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mike Bloomberg took a lot of heat, Elizabeth Warren looked feisty, and Bernie Sanders started to get the frontrunner treatment from his competitors. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, was the target early and often for the other Democrats onstage; they attacked him for his billions of dollars in wealth, the sexual harassment allegations he’s faced, and his record as mayor, particularly his continuation of the “stop and frisk” policy that disproportionately affected nonwhite New Yorkers. Warren was his most relentless foil, going after him again and again on a range of subjects. Sanders faced plenty of scrutiny, too, from his opponents and from the debate moderators, befitting his status as the tentative frontrunner with voting finally underway. With three days before the Nevada caucuses, Wednesday night’s debate performance was pivotal for several candidates. With votes already cast in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders has established himself as the early frontrunner, but the race still seems very volatile. Pete Buttigieg narrowly won Iowa and finished a strong second in New Hampshire, but he might struggle as the primary moves to more diverse states. After dismal showings in the first two states, Joe Biden is still betting he can turn his campaign around in Nevada and then South Carolina before having a big Super Tuesday on March 3. Warren and Amy Klobuchar have done enough to keep their campaigns afloat, but they need to break through soon to make a serious run at the party’s nomination. And the new face onstage, Bloomberg, has shaken up the race by exponentially outspending the other candidates on television ads, and he has been correspondingly rising in the national polls. His campaign starts in earnest on Super Tuesday. But Wednesday’s debate was the first chance voters have had to see him on the debate stage with his opponents. If you missed the ninth Democratic debate, and Bloomberg’s debut in the debates, these were the most important moments. Everybody piled on Bloomberg The shiny new object on stage was Bloomberg, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on TV ads and seen his polls numbers rise accordingly. The first time every other candidate spoke onstage, they trained their sights on the billionaire. “Mr. Bloomberg had policies in New York City of stop and frisk, which went after African American and Latino people in an outrageous way,” said Sanders, who got the debate’s first question about why he would be a better electability bet than the centrist ex-mayor. “That is not a way you’re going to grow voter turnout.” But it was Warren who landed the biggest blow, with a clever bit of misdirection: I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And, no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women. And of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk. Look, I’ll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this: Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another. WATCH: Sen. Warren kicks off the #DemDebate by launching a direct criticism of Mike Bloomberg's previous comments about women. pic.twitter.com/SROJoQXU9Z— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 20, 2020 Biden dinged Bloomberg over stop and frisk, too. Buttigieg wondered why Democrats seemed stuck between choosing a democratic socialist in Sanders or a former Republican billionaire in Bloomberg. Klobuchar blanched at the Bloomberg campaign’s suggestion that the other moderate candidates should get out of the race, that he was the only center-left candidate who could beat Sanders and win the nomination. “I’ve been told many times to wait my turn and to step aside. And I’m not going to do that now,” Klobuchar said. Pete Buttigieg went after Bernie Sanders While everybody was happy to slam Bloomberg, Buttigieg also focused his attention on Sanders, who is actually the candidate leading the national polls and the one with the best chance of winning the 2020 Democratic nomination for the time being. “We shouldn’t have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out,” Buttigieg said. “We can do better.” Mario Tama/Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders, addresses Pete Buttigieg as former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on February 19, 2020. Sanders parried back, referencing Buttigieg’s support among wealthier donors — 46 billionaires, specifically. The ex-South Bend mayor seemed indignant at Sanders’s insinuation that he didn’t have middle-class voters’ best interests at heart. “Look, we’ve got to unite this country to deal with these issues,” Buttigieg said. “You’re not the only one who cares about the working class.” The conversation then turned to social media and the behavior of Sanders’s most fervent online supporters. In particular, the Culinary Union in Nevada, which represent 60,000 workers in the hospitality industry and has came out against Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, said they’ve been harassed and threatened for opposing the senator’s health care bill. Sanders said he disowned anybody mistreating others in the name of his campaign, but Buttigieg wouldn’t let it go. He tried to turn the issue into a fundamental critique of the independent senator’s whole leadership style. “Leadership is also about how you motivate people to treat other people. I think you have to accept some responsibility and ask yourself what it is about your campaign in particular that seems to be motivating this behavior more than others,” Buttigieg said. “Because in order to turn the page on the Trump era, we’re going to need a president — not just a candidate who can win but a president who moves forward.” Warren dragged everybody over their health care plans Inevitably, health care and Medicare-for-all specifically came up early in the debate. The moderates, led by Buttigieg, criticized Sanders over his proposal’s expense and for not coming up with a detailed plan to pay for it. Sanders countered that the incremental reforms supported by Buttigieg and others are insufficient to the problem at hand, given the US spends so much money on health care now yet fails to cover everybody. But it was Warren who landed the biggest punch, ticking through her opponents and the ways she thinks their health care plans fall short: But we need to get everybody’s health care plan out here. Mayor Buttigieg really has a slogan that was thought up by his consultants to paper over a thin version of a plan that would leave millions of people unable to afford their health care. It’s not a plan, it’s a PowerPoint. And Amy’s plan is even less. It’s like a Post-It note: Insert plan here. Bernie has a good start. But instead of expanding and bringing in more people to help, instead his campaign relentlessly attacks everyone who asks a question or tries to fill in details about how to actually make this work. And then his own advisers say, eh, probably won’t happen anyway. Look, health care is a crisis in this country. My approach to this is we need as much help for as many people as quickly as possible. And bring in as many supporters as we can. And if we don’t get it all the first time, take the win and come back into the fight to ask for more. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on the attack. Watch the facial expressions of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar as she rips their health care plans. pic.twitter.com/bMkw8plTUj— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 20, 2020 Warren has proposed passing a public option in the first year of her presidency and then trying to pass a full version of single-payer health care later in her first term. It is a halfway point between what Buttigieg proposes and Sanders’s plan. Political analysts have blamed her dip in the polls on the hard questions presented to her about her support for Medicare-for-all and how she would come up with a way to finance it. On Wednesday, after being defensive over health care for so long, Warren tried to go back on offense. Biden and Warren criticized Bloomberg over stop and frisk There were many attacks candidates levied against Bloomberg Wednesday — and several of them centered on his decision to promote the stop-and-frisk policy as New York City mayor. As Vox’s Sean Collins has written, the policy, which was first implemented by Rudy Giuliani during his tenure as mayor, was adopted by Bloomberg and empowered police to arbitrarily stop and question residents, disproportionately discriminating against people who were African American or Latino. It’s since been declared unconstitutional and widely criticized as a racist policy that did little to reduce crime. Mario Tama/Getty Images Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren speak during the Democratic debate on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bloomberg has apologized for his role in implementing stop and frisk, though such apologies have conveniently emerged as he began his run for the presidency and taken place even as videos have surfaced of him touting its benefits. He tried, once more, to apologize on Wednesday: “Well, if I go back and look at my time in office, the one thing that I’m really worried about, embarrassed about, was how it turned out with stop and frisk,” he said. Both Warren and Biden, however, were among those who called out the hollowness of the gesture. “When the mayor says that he apologized, listen very closely to the apology,” Warren cautioned: The language he used is about stop and frisk. It’s about how it turned out. Now, this isn’t about how it turned out, this is about what it was designed to do to begin with. It targeted communities of color. It targeted black and brown men from the beginning. And if you want to issue a real apology, then the apology has to start with the intent of the plan as it was put together and the willful ignorance day by day by day of admitting what was happening even as people protested in your own streets, shutting out the sounds of people telling you how your own policy was breaking their lives. You need a different apology here, Mr. Mayor. Biden, too, jumped in and emphasized the steps the Obama administration took to push back on the use of stop and frisk. Joe Biden criticizes Mike Bloomberg on stop and frisk policy, and Bloomberg responds. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/4cUOv80SSJ— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 20, 2020 Before the policy was deemed unconstitutional, the administration filed a brief signaling that it backed an independent monitor who would oversee changes in New York City: The reason stop and frisk changed is because Barack Obama sent moderators to see what was going on. When we sent them there to say, this practice has to stop, the mayor thought it was a terrible idea we send them there. A terrible idea. Let’s get the facts straight. Let’s get the order straight. And it’s not whether he apologized or not, it’s the policy. The policy was abhorrent. And it was in fact a violation of every right people have. And we are the one, my — our administration sent in people to monitor it. And at the very time, the mayor argued against that. This idea that he figured out it was a bad idea, figured out it was a bad idea after we sent in monitors and said it must stop. Even then he continued the policy. Sanders and Bloomberg faced tough transparency questions With his move to the front of the 2020 field, Sanders has been dealing with more pointed questions over his health. He had a heart attack late last year while on the campaign trail (in Las Vegas, actually) and had to have stents put in. His opponents and journalists have been pressing him to release more medical information, citing prior comments he made promising full transparency on his health. The 78-year-old senator would, after all, be the oldest person elected to his first term in the White House if he were to get the nomination and prevail in November. The moderators asked Sanders whether the physician letters he’s released are sufficient, given his previous pledge to release his full medical records. His response: I think we did. Let me tell you what happened. First of all, you’re right, and thank you, Las Vegas, for the excellent medical care I got in the hospital two days. And I think the one area maybe that Mayor Bloomberg and I shared, you have two stents as well. Well, we both have two stents, it’s a procedure that is done about a million times a year. So we released the full report of that heart attack. Second of all, we released the full — my whole 29 years in the Capitol, the attending physician, all of my history, medical history. And furthermore, we released reports from two leading Vermont cardiologists who described my situation, and by the way, who said, “Bernie Sanders is more than able to deal with the stress and the vigor of being president of the United States.” They follow me around the campaign, three, four, five events a day; see how you’re doing compared to me. Bloomberg got some very different pressure from his opponents and the moderators, who asked whether it was fair that people were already voting and yet he had not yet released tax returns documenting his vast wealth. “I don’t care how much money anyone has. I think it’s great you've got a lot of money, but I think you’ve got to come forward with your tax returns.” - @amyklobuchar to @MikeBloomberg Watch #DemDebate NOW: https://t.co/U4UZMHn7bF pic.twitter.com/AvJ6v9hmmA— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) February 20, 2020 Bloomberg made it sound like it was out of his hands: He has so much money, you see, it takes a long time to compile his records for release. “Fortunately, I make a lot of money and we do business all around the world and we are preparing it. The number of pages will probably be in the thousands of pages,” Bloomberg said. “We will put out this one. It tells everybody everything they need to know about every investment that I make and where the money goes. The biggest item is all the money I give away, and we list that every single donation I make. And you can get that from our foundation anytime you want.” Warren hit hard on prior sexual harassment allegations Bloomberg has faced In one of the most stunning moments of the night, Warren confronted Bloomberg directly and repeatedly about the nondisclosure agreements that past employees have signed regarding allegations of a hostile work environment. When moderator Hallie Jackson initially asked Bloomberg to respond to the accusations he’s faced, including ones about making sexually suggestive remarks to women in the workplace, he dodged. There were plenty of other women who worked at his company and foundation that he’d helped build successful careers, he emphasized, deploying a common tactic those who have been accused have used in the past to evade responsibility for their alleged behavior. Warren, however, wasn’t having it. After Bloomberg failed to answer the question, she pointedly asked him again. “I hope you heard his defense. ‘I’ve been nice to some women,’” she said. “Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements? So we can hear their side of the story?” Bloomberg dodged, again. “We have very few nondisclosure agreements,” he said. That Bloomberg eyeroll pic.twitter.com/ODQaugDSOG— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) February 20, 2020 But Warren kept calling him out. “How many is that?” she said repeatedly. “Some is how many?” Bloomberg, despite multiple attempts at trying to answer the question wasn’t really able to provide a satisfactory response. In his defense, he said, these agreements were entered into with the agreement of both parties — and at most, they involved employees who were concerned with a joke he’d made. He never directly committed to releasing the women of the NDAs they are still bound by to this day. The exchange, which grew increasingly tense, culminated in Warren emphasizing how the sexual harassment allegations facing Bloomberg posed an obstacle to his electability — and made it tough to draw a contrast between him and Trump, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by more than twenty women. “We are not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who has who knows how many nondisclosure agreements and the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against,” she said. Bloomberg didn’t have much to say in return. Sanders fended off attacks over “democratic socialism” Bloomberg also tried to take the electability question to Sanders, coming off an exchange between Buttigieg and Sanders over raising taxes to pay for their policy ideas. “I can’t think of a way to make it easier for Donald Trump to get reelected than listening to this conversation. This is ridiculous,” Bloomberg said. “We’re not going to throw out capitalism. We tried that. Other countries tried that. It was called communism and it just didn’t work.” Moderators brought the question to Sanders, citing a recent poll that found many voters do say they’re uncomfortable with the “socialist” label. “What was the result of that poll? Who was winning?” Sanders asked — before quickly pointing out he was in fact in the lead. And then he made the case that what America has right now is “socialism for the rich,” benefitting Bloomberg and other wealthy people at the expense of the working and middle classes: Let’s talk about democratic socialism. Not communism, Mr. Bloomberg. That’s a cheap shot. Let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark where people correctly pointed out, they have a much higher quality of life in many rms handle the we do. What are we talking about? We are living in many ways in a socialist society right now. The problem is, as Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us. We have socialism for the very rich. Rugged individualism for the poor. When Donald Trump gets $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury condominiums, that’s socialism for the rich. We have to subsidize Walmart workers on medicaid and food stamps because the wealthiest family in America pays starvation wages, that’s socialism for the rich. I believe in democratic socialism for working people. Not billionaires. Health care for all. "Let's talk about Democratic Socialism." Sen. Sanders and Mayor Bloomberg face off on the definition of socialism and how it appears across the world. #DemocraticDebate https://t.co/ZzvuOLpmmZ pic.twitter.com/pyDbWpnrBc— CNBC (@CNBC) February 20, 2020 If Sanders gets the nomination, Donald Trump and Republicans will try to paint him as a leftist out of touch with American values. He’s already starting to workshop his response to those attacks, practice made all the easier with a billionaire like Bloomberg on stage.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during NBC News' 2020 Democratic debate on if he would release women who alleged sexism and misogynistic behavior from non-disclosure agreements they'd signed at his company and allow them to describe their experiences.
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The next Democratic debate is the last one before South Carolina and Super Tuesday
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), arrive onstage before the start of the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images Six candidates have made the stage so far. The third (yes, third) Democratic primary debate of the month will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, on Tuesday, February 25. It is co-hosted by CBS and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and will air from 8 pm to 10 pm ET on CBS, BET, and Twitter. The debate is the last of a deluge scheduled for February, and it’s taking place just days before the South Carolina primary, which will happen on Saturday, February 29. Candidates’ performances onstage could play a critical role — in New Hampshire, many voters who made up their minds late in the race indicated that the debate right before the primary influenced their ultimate decisions. This debate will also be the final one to occur ahead of the all-important Super Tuesday contests and a slew of additional races in early March. Unlike past debates, Twitter is a partner for this one, and viewers will be able to tweet their questions with the hashtag #DemDebate and maybe see their tweet picked up and asked by the moderators. The criteria to qualify for this debate is very similar to the requirements for the Nevada debate: Candidates will need to hit a 10 percent polling threshold in at least four Democratic National Committee-sanctioned polls, or 12 percent in two South Carolina polls released between February 4 and February 24. They could also qualify for the debate by winning one delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the Iowa, New Hampshire, or Nevada races. The set of candidates onstage is expected to be nearly identical to the one we saw at the debate in Las Vegas: Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg; and former Vice President Joe Biden have already qualified to be onstage. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer could potentially qualify as well, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is not expected to. The South Carolina primary, like Nevada’s caucuses, is one of the first races where voters of color will be strongly represented. In the Palmetto State, 60 percent of the Democratic electorate is made up of African American voters, and the outcome of the primary will signal exactly which candidates are resonating with this constituency. The debate on Tuesday offers the latest opportunity for candidates to make their case. The state of the race, briefly explained The field hasn’t really winnowed much: While some candidates, including Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet, have dropped out, the slate of frontrunners in the race is poised to stick around, at least for a few more states. In South Carolina, Joe Biden still has a slight edge on Sen. Bernie Sanders in the RealClearPolitics polling average. Tom Steyer, meanwhile, comes in third. ... and it’s still fluid for many voters: State after state, the refrain from voters seems to be the same: Many are still making up their minds. Given the unique size of the Democratic field and the disparate strengths of various candidates, voters are continuing to wade through their choices down to the final days. South Carolina, too, is more “muddled” than it’s been in previous years, experts tell Vox. Bloomberg isn’t on the ballot until Super Tuesday: Despite all the chatter around Mike Bloomberg and his debut at the Las Vegas debate, he won’t be on the ballot in South Carolina. Super Tuesday, on March 3, marks the first time he’s set to appear. South Carolina is the last of the four early states, right before Super Tuesday South Carolina’s primary is the last race ahead of Super Tuesday, which is set to include 14 states and more than 1,300 delegates. South Carolina has historically served as a bellwether for how candidates will do with African American voters in subsequent states, include those on Super Tuesday like Alabama and North Carolina. California and Texas, states with more than 400 and 200 delegates, respectively, are major Super Tuesday prizes as well. Candidates’ debate showings — and their ability to speak to policies in a way that addresses the interests of a diverse electorate — could prove to be a critical factor for voters across these states.
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Buttigieg: Let's put forward somebody who's actually a Democrat
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Bloomberg's Beating
Everyone came to Vegas to fight—everyone, that is, except Michael Bloomberg.Tonight’s debate at the Paris Theater on the Las Vegas strip was the feistiest free-for-all of a marathon campaign that only saw its first votes cast two weeks ago. The candidates went after each other with abandon—frontrunners filleting the underdogs, zingers criss-crossing the stage like lasers. A newly energized and combative Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tried to reassert herself in the race by taking down just about all of her five competitors—but particularly the former New York mayor.Bloomberg made his debate debut after entering the race 10 weeks ago, and his lack of experience on the national stage was apparent from the evening’s opening moments. Bloomberg, who has muscled his way into the top tier on the back of nearly a quarter billion dollars in advertising, came under withering criticism from his rivals on a broad range of issues. Again and again, he struggled to respond. Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden assailed the “stop and frisk” policing policy Bloomberg presided over as mayor, and which he defended for years despite data that showed it disproportionately affected young men of color. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont knocked him for his Republican past, noting his endorsement of President George W. Bush in 2004 and the financial support he has given to GOP candidates in the many years since.Read: [The debate that progressives have been waiting for]No one, however, attacked Bloomberg harder, or with more gusto, than Warren. She began the debate by reminding voters of the “billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians.”“No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,” she said. “Look, I’ll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this. Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another.”Later in the debate, Warren directly confronted Bloomberg over the allegations of workplace harassment at his eponymous financial company. With help from Biden, she tried to force him to release women from the non-disclosure agreements they had signed. After Bloomberg countered that he had hired and promoted women both at his company and at City Hall, Warren summarized his defense as, “I’ve been nice to some women.”And after Bloomberg repeated the apology he had issued for “stop and frisk,” saying that New York City police officers had “stopped too many people,” Warren replied, “You need a different apology, Mr. Mayor.”The closest thing to a national debate Bloomberg has taken part in happened during the last race he ran for mayor—more than a decade ago. Tonight the 78-year-old that viewers saw on TV was a far cry from the one in the well-produced ads that have flooded the airwaves across the country and catapulted him into second place behind Sanders in some national polls. He seemed irritated at the attacks, asked the moderators for more time to respond, and snapped at Biden, “Let me finish, please.”Viewers also saw a vastly different Warren from the candidate that largely eschewed attacks on her opponents for the campaign’s first year. Fighting both a cold and the irrelevancy of the second tier, she came after not only Bloomberg but Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg as well. “It's not a plan, it's a PowerPoint,” Warren said of Buttigieg’s healthcare proposal, which she said had been handed to him by consultants. “And Amy's plan is even less. It's like a Post-It note: ‘Insert plan here.’” (Warren did later defend Klobuchar, however, after Buttigieg criticized his moderate rival for forgetting the name of the Mexican president.)Indeed, it was hard to keep track of all the attacks the candidates deployed, making this debate nearly unrecognizable from the often snoozy—but substantive—affairs that preceded it. (Even The Onion noticed the change in tone.)It wasn’t difficult, though, to find a reason for the shift. The voting has started, and the next contests in Nevada and South Carolina could turn the primary campaign into a two-man race between a 78-year-old billionaire and a 78-year-old democratic socialist, neither of whom were registered members of the party as of a few years ago. For Warren, Biden, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg, tonight’s debate was perhaps one of their final chances to change the trajectory of the campaign before Super Tuesday.And so, on a February night in Las Vegas, they collectively decided to show up and fight.
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