The battle for Iowa

The Iowa Caucuses are tonight. Bernie Sanders has a slight lead over Joe Biden and the rest of the field according to the latest polling average from Real Clear Politics.

Democratic presidential hopefuls made their closing arguments over the weekend [Washington Post].

Here's how the Iowa Caucuses work and what's at stake tonight [Vox].


Whoops!

The final poll ahead of the Iowa Caucuses was scrapped on Saturday night after irregularities in the methodology [New York Times].


Impeachment

After Republicans successfully blocked calling additional witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a vote to acquit will likely pass on Wednesday [CNN].

Experts worry Trump's acquittal would damage the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of the government [Washington Post].


Whoa!

Former Secretary of State John Kerry was overheard discussing a hypothetical 2020 presidential bid if Bernie Sanders starts to run away with the Democratic nominating contest [NBC News].

Kerry unloaded on NBC, calling the report "f***ing (or categorically) false" [Politico].


Coronavirus

Experts say the coronavirus outbreak looks increasingly like a pandemic [New York Times].

The number of deaths rose past 360 with more than 17,000 confirmed cases. The Chinese stock market plunged more than 8-points because of the outbreak [Bloomberg].

China's zeal for secrecy and order delayed the fight against the spread of the virus [New York Times].


2020

Michael Bloomberg spent more than $188 million on his presidential bid in the 4th quarter of 2019 [Axios].

President Trump and Bloomberg traded insults on Sunday as both campaigns air multi-million dollar ads during the Super Bowl [Los Angeles Times].


Uhhh...

President Trump congratulated the Kansas City Chiefs for representing "the great state of Kansas" following their win in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are from Missouri [Kansas City Star].


Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

A Montana Republican lawmaker claims the U.S. Constitution says socialists can be jailed or shot [Washington Post].