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    Elizabeth Warren is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

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    Elizabeth Warren ‘Very Selfish’ for Not Endorsing Bernie Sanders

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday at the White House that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was “very selfish” for refusing to exit the presidential race and taking votes from Sen. Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday.

    “Had Elizabeth Warren endorsed Bernie, you’re talking about a whole different subject,” Trump continued. “And that’s not even a question.”

    Trump said that if Warren had dropped out, Sanders could have won in states such as Massachusetts, Texas, and Minnesota.

    “She was really a spoiler,” he said adding, “I think there’s a lot of bad blood there.”

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    Cenk Uygur Exposes Media’s ‘Biden Is Still Sharp’ Gaslighting Campaign

    Young Turks founder and co-host Cenk Uygur fears the ongoing media cover-up of Joe Biden’s mental decline will ensure Donald Trump’s reelection.

    In the wake of Biden’s shocking Super Tuesday comeback, Uygur, a passionate Bernie Sanders supporter, lashed out at the establishment media, not only for covering up what he describes as Biden’s “lies, lies, lies,” but the fact that Biden is “either near senile, or actually senile.”

    “Biden is either near senile, or actually senile. Watch any of the tapes. Biden lies non-stop. He’s going to get caught,” Ugyur told his online audience, adding, “Okay, the media is covering for him, but they’re not going to be able to cover when the Republicans come for him, and when Trump comes for him.”

    Uygur cited a specific example, Biden’s utterly bizarre claim he had been arrested in South Africa 30 years ago to show his support for Nelson Mandela. On at least three occasions in the days leading up to Super Tuesday, Sanders told this lie.

    “Joe Biden did not get arrested with Nelson Mandela,” Uygur accurately pointed out. “Who makes up a lie like that? An incredibly stupid person makes up a lie like that; an incredibly immoral person makes up a lie like that.”  (Or a senile person)

    In some places, Uygur’s monologue is being characterized as a meltdown, but it’s really not.

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    Joe Biden declares himself an “Obiden-Bama Democrat.”

    However, Mr. Biden awkwardly endorsed President Trump on Saturday.

    “We cannot win this re-election — Excuse me — We can only reelect Donald Trump.” Biden said in a rare moment of lucidity.

    President Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino tweeted out a completely unedited video of Biden saying “we can only re-elect Donald Trump” and Twitter came in to shield old Joe from scrutiny.

    Twitter labeled raw video of Biden’s St. Louis rally where he jumbled sentences as “manipulated media.”

    Nothing in the video Scavino tweeted was manipulated or edited. Twitter is interfering in the 2020 election by protecting Joe Biden and falsely labeling a video of his gaffe as “manipulated media.”

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    The 3 likeliest outcomes from Super Tuesday II

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    Updated 11:52 AM ET, Tue March 10, 2020

    (CNN) It’s only been a week since Super Tuesday, but the shape of the 2020 Democratic presidential race has been radically altered.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden has surged into the delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, boosted by an avalanche of endorsements from his former rivals including Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker. Sanders has spent the week on defense, insisting that he remains very much a relevant player in the race.

    Which brings us to today, aka “Super Tuesday II.”

    All told, six states — Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington — will cast ballots. The big prize is Michigan, with 125 delegates at stake; both Biden and Sanders have spent time in the state, and Sanders has made plain that he needs the state.

    “We’re working as hard as we can because Michigan is very, very significant in terms of the primary process,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday. “We hope to repeat the victory we had in 2016.”

    That’s especially true since Biden is well positioned to win big in Mississippi and Missouri — and with Washington state looking competitive as well.

    Below are the three most likely scenarios coming out of Super Tuesday, from less likely to most likely. (Nota bene: These are projections based on current polling. As last week showed, polling can often run behind where the public actually is.)

    3. Sanders wins Michigan: Four years ago, all of the polling suggested that Hillary Clinton would edge Sanders out in Michigan. Clinton had all the establishment support. Everyone — including the Sanders people — expected her to win. And she lost.

    Which means, in the immortal words of Kevin Garnett, anything is possible! The state — in terms of demographics — shapes up well for Sanders. In 2016, 7 in 10 voters in the primary were white and more than 1 in 3 were whites without a college degree, a group that has been one of the pillars of the Vermont senator’s support in this election and in 2016. The state is not, however, significantly Hispanic — just 3% in 2016 — which makes it more difficult for Sanders since Latinos have been a reliable voting bloc for him.

    Still, surprises happen! And if this one comes to pass, the race will reset for a second time, with it looking like a potential delegate photo finish between Biden and Sanders.

    2. Biden wins Michigan by single digits: A win is a win — and given Biden’s polling strength in Mississippi and Missouri — he would still likely be perfectly fine with this sort of outcome. But the narrower a Biden win in Michigan, the more ability Sanders has to make the case that even with the full weight of the party establishment behind him, Biden wasn’t able to put him away totally in the Wolverine State.

    It would be a blow to Sanders’ campaign, no doubt, but maybe not one that makes it clear he simply has no viable path to the nomination. It would allow him to make the case that Biden’s surge is beginning to abate and, because of Sanders’ remarkable (and ongoing) fundraising as well as the loyalty of his core supporters, he still can win this thing particularly with other Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Ohio yet to vote.

    1. Biden wins big In Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri (at least): Ever since he won the South Carolina primary on February 29, Biden has looked like an absolute juggernaut.

    Polling in Michigan suggests that Biden is comfortably ahead of Sanders in a state where the Vermont senator beat Clinton in 2016. And Sanders’ decision to effectively pull out of Mississippi to focus more time on Michigan raises the likelihood that Biden could sweep all or the vast majority of delegates among what is expected to be a heavily African American electorate. There’s been little polling in Missouri, but what’s out there suggests another major Biden win.

    Sweeping all three of those states by double digits, which seems likely at this point, would not only give Biden a delegate win for the day but also cement the idea that the race is his to lose at that point. But would Sanders leave the race? Color me skeptical.

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    BREAKING NEWS: Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison after addressing his accusers

    New York (CNN) Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday in a New York courtroom, the culmination of a case that fueled the global #MeToo movement and encouraged women to speak out against sexual abuse.

    “I really feel remorse for this situation,” the former Hollywood producer said, his voice barely audible, as he addressed the court before the sentence was handed down. “I feel it deeply in my heart. I will spend my time really caring and really trying to be a better person.”

    “I’m not going to say that these aren’t great people,” he also said of his accusers. “I’ve had wonderful times with these people.”

    Weinstein wore a blank face as he was taken out of the courtroom. His accusers cried together in the front row.

    Times Up and others react to Harvey Weinstein sentence

    Prosecutors and leaders of the #MeToo movement praised the lengthy sentence, while Weinstein’s defense attorney Donna Rotunno called it “obscene,” “obnoxious” and “cowardly.”

    Weinstein, 67, arrived to his sentencing hearing in a wheelchair and handcuffs. He had faced between five and 29 years for last month’s convictions.

    Judge James Burke sentenced him to 20 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual act and three years in prison for third-degree rape. The sentences will run consecutively and both come with five years of supervision after release.

    The charges were based on testimony by Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, who both spoke at Wednesday’s sentencing.

    “If Harvey Weinstein had not been convicted by this jury, it would have happened again and again and again,” Haley told the court. “I’m relieved he will now know he’s not above the law. I’m relieved there are women out there who are safer because he’s not out there.”

    Weinstein’s statement came as a surprise

    Weinstein’s comments in court were unexpected. In general, defendants planning to appeal a guilty verdict or who face other charges do not speak at sentencing because what they say can be used against them, according to Michelle Simpson Tuegel, an attorney who has worked in criminal defense.

    Weinstein, who did not testify during the trial, spoke Wednesday for about 20 minutes, continuing even as defense attorney Arthur Aidala repeatedly and quietly asked him to stop talking.

    Weinstein said he believed the relationships with women who spoke out against him were consensual, mentioning Mann. “I really, really was under that impression that I had that kind of relationship, five years with Jessica,” he said.

    He lamented how the allegations had impacted his personal life.

    “I haven’t seen my three older children since the day the New York Times article came out,” he said, referring to the October 2017 story that broke open a wave of claims against Weinstein. “I haven’t seen them. I have no idea what they’re doing. That, to me, is hell on Earth.”

    Weinstein said he’s worried about this country and people’s right to due process. He also told the judge that he wanted to testify during the trial but his attorneys warned him that it would hurt his case.

    Outside court, Rotunno said Weinstein feels “terrible” and is “confused” about the sentence, adding that she supported his decision to speak in court.

    “I’m happy that Harvey spoke. Harvey has been silent for years. I think Harvey could have said anything today and it wouldn’t have mattered,” Rotunno said. “From Harvey’s perspective, Harvey needed to do that, and I’m glad that he was able to do so.”

    Haley, Mann and the four other women who testified against Weinstein at his trial — actress Annabella Sciorra and three “prior bad acts” witnesses — arrived to court with prosecutors and sat in the front row. Actress Rosie Perez, who testified in support of Sciorra’s claims, walked in with them and sat in the second row.

    Weinstein was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault, which could have come with a life sentence.

    Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon had asked Burke on Wednesday to sentence Weinstein to the maximum or near the maximum sentence.

    Defense attorneys had asked that he get the minimum possible sentence: five years. Anything more than that is “basically the death penalty,” Aidala said, citing Weinstein’s health and age. He called him a “broken down man.”

    Weinstein has been in state custody since the verdict and has had several health issues. He had a heart procedure last week during which doctors inserted a stent, and on Sunday he fell while at Rikers Island jail, his publicist Juda Engelmayer told CNN.

    Victims describe how Weinstein changed their lives

    In court before the sentence was delivered, Haley broke down crying as she described during her victim impact statement being assaulted by Weinstein.

    “I believe that when he attacked me that evening with physical force, with no regard for my cries and protests, it scarred me deeply — mentally and emotionally,” Haley said.

    Haley said the past two years have been excruciating, filled with paranoia and daily fear of retaliation. And while testifying against Weinstein was difficult, it did help Haley process what had happened to her, she said.

    Haley felt Weinstein showed a lack of remorse or acknowledgment for his crimes, she said, and she asked the judge to consider a sentence “long enough for Harvey Weinstein to acknowledge what he has done.”

    Mann minutes later asked Burke to impose the maximum sentence for rape in the third degree, with sentences served concurrently.

    Mann wants the “gift” of knowing exactly where Weinstein is at all times, she said, adding she hopes he’ll be rehabilitated in prison.

    “Twelve people found Harvey unanimously guilty of raping me. That is not an easy task,” she said.

    Mann also referenced drug charges that she said carry longer sentence recommendations than third-degree rape.

    “How am I not worth more than cocaine?” she said.

    Weinstein also faces felony charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say he raped one woman and sexually assaulted another in separate incidents over a two-day period in February 2013.

    Weinstein has not turned himself in or been arraigned on the California charges.

    He has denied all allegations of “nonconsensual sexual activity” related to the New York case and other claims made against him.

    Defense asked for 5 years in prison

    Illuzzi-Orbon on Wednesday referenced the submitted sentencing memo that she said detail additional accounts of victims of Weinstein’s abuse and show his lack of human empathy, selfishness, and a life rooted in criminality. One assistant told prosecutors Weinstein threatened to kill her and her entire family, Illuzzi-Orbon said.

    The prosecutor also described the glamorous lifestyle Weinstein lived as a giant of the movie industry.

    “He got drunk on the power,” Illuzzi-Orbon said. “Young struggling dreamers were not real people to him.”

    Illuzzi-Orbon read a profile of Weinstein given to hotel employees in which they were cautioned, “Do not go near the car. Do not speak at him. Do not look at him. Stay away.”

    Illuzzi-Orbon also noted Weinstein’s significant legal representation, saying she thought his defense team made every reasonable argument it should have and could have made on his behalf.

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s office argued in an 11-page court filing last week that Weinstein should receive a sentence that “reflects the seriousness of defendant’s offenses.” He led a “lifetime of abuse towards others, sexual and otherwise,” prosecutors argued, and they highlighted three dozen uncharged incidents and accusations.

    “Starting in the 1970s, he has trapped women into his exclusive control and assaulted or attempted to assault them,” Illuzzi-Orbon wrote in a letter.

    Weinstein’s defense attorneys wrote in a sentencing letter that Weinstein’s personal charitable giving, advanced age, medical issues and lack of a criminal history should lead to a lower sentence. They wrote that his life “has been destroyed” since the publication of an article in The New Yorker in October 2017 that alleged systemic abuse of women in the entertainment industry.

    “His wife divorced him, he was fired from The Weinstein Company, and in short, he lost everything,” the attorneys wrote.

    The attorneys also cited the “collateral consequences” he continues to face.

    “Mr. Weinstein cannot walk outside without being heckled, he has lost his means to earn a living, simply put, his fall from grace has been historic, perhaps unmatched in the age of social media,” according to the letter signed by attorneys Damon Cheronis, Rotunno and Aidala.

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    Trump will suspend all travel from Europe to the US for next 30 days

    President Trump announced tonight that all travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for the next 30 days, except for the UK.

    Trump made the decision in order to “keep new cases from entering our shores.” He said the new rule will go into effect beginning Friday at midnight.

    “We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight. These restrictions will are be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground,” the President said from the Oval Office.

    Trump said there will be certain exemptions made for certain Americans “who have undergone appropriate screenings.”

    “These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing. These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom,” Trump added.

    NBA suspends its season after player tests positive for coronavirus

    by David Close and Amanda Jackson, CNN

    Updated 10:42 PM ET, Wed March 11, 2020

    (CNN) The NBA is suspending its season after a player preliminarily tested positive for coronavirus, the league announced Wednesday.

    The news came after the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly postponed on Wednesday night.

    Players for both teams were on the court at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City for warm-ups but were called back to the locker rooms. The NBA said the affected player was not in the arena and the test results were reported shortly before tip-off.

    “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” said the statement from the organization.

    “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
    Juan Guerra II, who says he is an avid Thunder fan, told CNN they had presented the National Anthem and announced the starting lineups.

    “And then boom, a guy in a suit started a joint conversation with all the referees, then both head coaches — next thing you knew the Jazz went into the locker room and then the Thunder,” he said.

    The announcer at the game was heard telling fans that they were safe and to please leave the arena.

    CNN has reached out to the team for a statement.

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced many sports leagues to consider making adjustments, including canceling events and holding games without fans. Before the NBA’s decision to suspend its season, the Golden State Warriors announced that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.

    The NCAA also announced Wednesday that its annual basketball tournament would go forward but with only “essential personnel” and “limited family” in attendance.

    In light of the NBA’s decision, the National Hockey League released a statement that it is still evaluating the options around the league’s season and will have an update on Thursday.

    CNN’s Lauren Johnson and Homero DeLaFuente contributed to this report.

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    The NCAA is canceling March Madness
    by Steve Almasy, CNN
    Updated 4:42 PM ET, Thu March 12, 2020

    Here’s how the novel coronavirus outbreak unfolded

    (CNN) The NCAA announced Thursday it is canceling March Madness, the men’s Division I basketball tournament, and other winter and spring NCAA championships, due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    “This decision is based on the evolving Covid-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.

    The decision involves men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in divisions I, II and III.

    The men’s Division I championship has been played every year since its inception in 1939.

    The decision appears to include the College World Series, which was scheduled for June.

    How major sports leagues in the US are responding to coronavirus

    The news comes as many sports leagues are pausing their seasons.

    Earlier, five-time national champion Duke University said it would not play in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — had it be held.

    The private university in Durham, North Carolina, is suspending its sports programs for the “foreseeable future,” it said in a statement.

    Another basketball blue blood, the University of Kansas, said in a statement it was canceling athletic travel indefinitely. and athletics competitions have been suspended indefinitely.

    It was unclear whether next week’s NCAA basketball tournaments were part of the Kansas halt to athletics.

    Mike Krzyzewski, coach of the 10th-ranked Blue Devils, said he emphatically supported Duke’s decision.

    “The welfare of our student-athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority,” he said.

    The unranked Duke women’s team finished third in the ACC regular season and was expected to be selected for the NCAA tournament.

    CNN’s David Close contributed to this report.

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    The NHL has shut down!

    This is catastrophic…and the MLB is on hold!

    It is like the end of the world.

     

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    Also they shut down the World Figure Skating Championships, and they were to be held in Montreal…what a shame

    The MLS is shut down, too.

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    Millennials And Gen Z’ers Are Calling Coronavirus “Boomer Remover”

    With their complete understanding of the world and answers to every problem, along with their disdain for past generations, the teenagers of Generation Z, along with their spiritual predecessors of the Millennials, are calling the coronavirus “Boomer Remover,” as a reference to the baby boomers being most susceptible to the virus. This is actually trending on twitter.

    MRC ponders if this violates Twitter’s policy of “hateful conduct”. But seeing as how it’s crazed leftists peddling the term, Twitter won’t remove any of it and is instead promoting the hateful hashtag.

    Millennials And Gen Z’ers are facing their own ‘remover’. CDC Data Show U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline (AAFP).  Too bad for them, eh?

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    5 takeaways from the Biden vs. Sanders debate

    (CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden brought olive branches to Sunday night’s debate. But Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders preferred what might be one final fight.

    The 11th Democratic presidential debate took place as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic, with the candidates’ podiums set six feet apart serving as a reminder of the global public health emergency.

    It was the first one-on-one showdown between the primary’s two finalists. The delegate math suggests their race is approaching its end, with the former vice president building a clear lead that’s expected to grow Tuesday with primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio. But Sunday night showed that how the end occurs remains an open question.

    Sanders repeatedly laid into Biden’s record on Social Security and bankruptcy legislation, trade and more. But Biden — who appeared to accept midway through that the two wouldn’t find much common ground — also decided to directly engage with Sanders on his record as well.

    He also had an ace in the hole. Biden said for the first time he would pick a female vice president — a significant development that Sanders didn’t quite match.

    Here are five takeaways from Sunday night’s debate:

    Coronavirus response: Results vs. revolution

    The vast gulf between Sanders and Biden on politics and policy, as well as how they would approach the presidency, was on display in their responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Biden sought to offer competency and showcase a detailed understanding of the federal government. He also touted his own experience, pointing to decisions he made during his eight years as vice president.

    “This is like a war, and in a war you do whatever is needed to be done to take care of your people,” Biden said, adding later that he would use the US military to respond.

    Sanders, by comparison, argued the spread of the coronavirus was something that has exacerbated — and even highlighted — the flaws in the current US health care and economic system, casting himself as offering the wholesale change that he feels the country needs.

    The Vermont senator also channeled the anger about Trump’s leadership during this crisis.

    “First thing we have got to do, whether or not I’m president, is to shut this president up right now,” Sanders said, echoing other Democrats as he knocked Trump for “undermining the doctors and the scientists” who are leading the response.

    The clearest illustration of their vast differences came in an exchange over economic inequality and the response to the coronavirus. Biden pledged to make people “whole,” but offered a more focused approach on tackling the issue, while Sanders disagreed, saying it is “not good enough not to be understanding how we got here and where we want to go into the future.”

    “People are looking for results,” Biden said, “not a revolution.”

    Biden pledges to pick a female running mate

    Biden calmly dropped the biggest news of the night into an answer on protecting women’s rights: He would pick a woman to be his running mate if he wins the Democratic nomination.

    “There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president,” Biden said.

    CNN’s Dana Bash followed up with Biden, asking point blank if he would pick a woman as his running mate. “Yes,” he said.

    The announcement has huge implications. Biden is currently the delegate leader in the Democratic primary and the odds-on favorite to be the party’s nominee. His commitment could end up becoming reality.

    Biden has long said he wants someone “simpatico” on policy as his running mate. He has also at times named a number of women as potential vice presidential nominees. He has singled out California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, and New Hampshire Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen.

    Sanders was less committal about the idea of having a woman running mate.

    “In all likelihood, I will,” Sanders said. “For me, it’s not just nominating a woman. It is making sure that we have a progressive woman and there are progressive women out there. So, my very strong tendency is to move in that direction.”

    The nation has only ever had two women vice presidential candidates: Geraldine Ferraro ran as Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984 and Sarah Palin ran as John McCain’s running mate in 2008.

    “I agree with Bernie”

    Biden tried to extend olive branches to Sanders and his supporters Sunday night — though his rival wasn’t ready to bridge their ideological divides.

    The former vice president pointed to his moves within the previous two days to embrace free public university tuition for those whose families make less than $125,000 per year and to embrace Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to undo much of a bankruptcy bill they’d fought over 15 years earlier.

    “I agree with Bernie,” Biden said as they discussed surging help to hospitals facing the coronavirus pandemic.

    “I agreed with Bernie,” he said later when noting they both believed those on Wall Street responsible for the 2008 financial crisis should have gone to jail.

    Sanders mostly didn’t reciprocate, which a frustrated Biden pointed out.

    “He’s making it hard for me right now. I’ve been trying to give him credit for things and he won’t even take the credit,” Biden said.

    Still, the former vice president sought to minimize his differences with Sanders in a bid to create an open door for the Vermont senator’s supporters to migrate to Biden’s campaign if he wins the Democratic nomination. Though Sanders disagreed, Biden said the two have the same priorities on health care, student debt, education, and climate change.

    “We disagree on the detail of how we do it, but we don’t disagree on the principle. We fundamentally disagree with this president on everything,” Biden said.

    After a debate in which Biden touted Sanders-backed policies he’s embracing, Biden’s campaign made clear it views Sanders himself as an annoyance to be batted away. Senior Biden adviser Anita Dunn said Biden “for two hours graciously dealt with the kind of protester who often shows up at campaign events.”

    Can Biden win? “I have my doubts”

    Sanders, meanwhile, directly questioned whether Biden can defeat President Trump in the general election.

    Sanders pointed to his strong support from young voters and Latinos. He also nodded to exit polls showing his own proposals on issues like Medicare for All being more popular among Democratic primary voters than Biden’s positions, even as Biden has overwhelmingly won most states.

    “I have my doubts about how you win a general election against Trump, who will be a very, very tough opponent, unless you have energy, excitement, the largest voter turnout in history,” Sanders said.

    “I have my doubts that Vice President Biden’s campaign can generate that energy and excitement and that voter turnout,” he added.

    Sanders starts a policy brawl

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in the Democratic debate in Washington, on Sunday, March 15.

    Sanders arrived Sunday night ready to lay into Biden over votes he’d cast and comments he’d made over decades, casting the former vice president as too moderate for the modern Democratic Party.

    They clashed over climate change, free trade, same-sex marriage and more. But the most illustrative battle was over Social Security, with Sanders bringing an attack that’s been a fixture in his campaign ads into a debate.

    “I am saying that you have been on the floor of the Senate time and time again, touting the need to cut Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ programs,” the Vermont senator said to Biden.

    “That is not true,” Biden shot back.

    Sanders told those watching at home to visit YouTube — where the first search result for “Joe Biden Social Security” is a video posted by Sanders’ campaign in which Biden says to “put all of it on the table.”

    Biden said he was willing to put changes to Social Security on the table “in order to get the kinds of changes we need on other things related.”

    “But we did not cut it,” Biden said.

    “I know,” Sanders shot back, “because people like me helped stop that.”

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    Coronavirus: Justin Trudeau Shutting Down Canadian Border to Foreign Travelers

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced that Canada is drastically restricting its borders as the country moves to prevent additional cases of the deadly coronavirus.

    Addressing reporters in Ottawa, Trudeau said the country is shutting down its borders to non-citizens, with the exceptions of permanent residents, diplomats, aircrews, and U.S. citizens.

    Good call, Justin Trudeau

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    “Coronavirus: Globalists May Soon Become an Extinct Species,” Bloomberg’s headline reads.

    George Soros is going nuts. He is paying his minions to write foreign policy columns like: “The Coronavirus Is Killing Globalization as We Know It. The outbreak has been a gift to nativist nationalists and protectionists, and it is likely to have a long-term impact on the free movement of people and goods.”

    You’ll recall, Soros’ baby is his “Open Society” organization that he pumps millions into to push globalization and open borders.

    “But the coronavirus crisis is likely to have a lasting impact, especially when it reinforces other trends that are already undermining globalization. It may deal a blow to fragmented international supply chains, reduce the hypermobility of global business travelers, and provide political fodder for nationalists who favor greater protectionism and immigration controls,“ writes Phillipe Legrain, one of Soros’ puppets.

    Legrain says: “As a result, the coronavirus crisis threatens to usher in a less globalized world. The coronavirus crisis is a political gift for nativist nationalists and protectionists.”

    Soros and his minions see the writing on the wall.

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    Logic and Reason should prevent any thinking person from electing a China Tool (Useful Idiot)

    If one didn’t know better, they could think that China unleashed the Wuhan virus upon the world purposely to get their man, Joe Biden, elected president.

    There’s a reason why Forbes wrote last summer that “Joe Biden Is The Only Man Who Can Save China In 2020” and why the “announcement of his campaign alone was enough to encourage Beijing suddenly to take a harder line on trade negotiations with the Trump administration,” as Senator Tom Cotton recently wrote at National Review. It’s that unlike “many other Democrats, he takes its side, reliably,” writes Cotton. (Certain other Democrats take China’s side only unreliably.)

    For example, as senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the ‘90s, Biden made sure China got most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership (the latter in 2001). “Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing,” Cotton informs. “Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.”
    While we should have withered Beijing on the vine instead of creating a monster (thanks, Richard Nixon), Biden compounded earlier mistakes and continued feeding the dragon. In fact, even as China’s fascist regime (yes — with its market reforms, it’s as “communist” as Bernie is capitalist) grew in power and Xi Jinping strengthened his dictatorial hold, Biden continued lobbying for increased trade and more intimate ties.

    Just consider that while standing next to Xi in 2012, Biden rationalized that competition from China was good for us. Yet millions “of American jobs were disappearing as he spoke,” Cotton reminds us, “and the militarization of the South China Sea was just around the corner.

    What’s for sure is that, call it “competition” or collusion, the relationship was very good for the Biden family.  “Reporters thought it unusual when Hunter Biden, Biden’s prodigal son, accompanied him on a trip to Beijing in 2013,”

    So, as the Ukraine/Burisma situation evidenced, “Biden Inc.,” as Politico put it last year, was very good at monetizing Jumblin’s vice presidency. And though we don’t know how much Hunter made off the China deal, we can bet he’s doing better than laid-off American workers.

    Moreover, though he sometimes may not know what state he’s in, what office he’s running for, his wife from his sister or that he’s not married to himself, Jumblin’ Joe hasn’t forgotten how to defend today’s evil empire. When President Trump imposed travel restrictions on China a few weeks back to combat the Wuhan virus, Biden called it “hysterical xenophobia.” Of course, our real problem today in multicult America is xenophilia — and in Jumblin’s case in particular, Sinophilia.

    This is the nation, do note, whose economy is six to eight times the size of that of Russia, which the left says is our big boogeyman (do I hear Obama saying that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back”?). But it’s not just that China has been stealing our manufacturing base and technology, though that’s bad enough.

    We in addition now rely on China for sensitive components used in our weapons systems (what could possibly go wrong?).

    We’re also dependent upon the nation for our pharmaceuticals, including an estimated 95 percent of our antibiotics. Oh, and note here that via Beijing’s official news service and mouthpiece, Xinhua, it just threatened to cut off our medication and intensify the Wuhan virus epidemic. China has threatened to kill us, in other words.

    This isn’t surprising, mind you. Beijing’s aggressive, fascistic regime oversees what it considers a superior culture and race, and it apparently believes that this übermensch status entitles it to dominate the world. In fact, there already is a cold war between China and the United States.

    In keeping with this, Beijing censors our movies (how pathetic is that?), bullies American businesses into spouting its propaganda and manipulates our schools’ curricula via its Confucius Institutes. Biden is now infamous for threatening to assault voters, he and other free “traiders” have long been helping China assault us.

    So, the main problem with Biden isn’t that he doesn’t know what state he’s in, but that he doesn’t know what nation state he represents. Combine this with his rapid mental decline and we have the perfect Democrat candidate for president.

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