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2020 Democratic Presidential nomination Update….Sept 1, 2017

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The nomination campaign marathon race is out of the gate….

A quiet but consequential battle for staff and cash has begun among ambitious Democrats with their eyes on the 2020 presidential race. The party is likely to start with a bigger field — perhaps much bigger — than the unwieldy Republican batch that produced Donald Trump as the nominee.

  • Our conversations with well-wired Democrats produced a list of three dozen names that range from possible to plausible to probable. Other potential candidates seem certain to emerge, based on who looks strong after the 2018 midterms.
  • Several have begun to actively talk to potential staff members, and a few more have put out feelers, according to Democrats familiar with the conversations.
  • It’s of course unlikely that whoever we’re buzzing about 1,159 days before the election(“Bullish on Bullock!”) will be the correct answer.

Breaking the potential candidates into formal tiers at this point would be silly. But here are groupings that emerged with our conversations with veterans of past Democratic presidential campaigns, as well as younger operatives likely to be involved in the 2020 campaign:

  • Watched most closely: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • The classics: Joe Biden, John Kerry, Al Gore, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
  • Outsiders: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper
  • Has begun seeking staff: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.), Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio).
  • Many in Obamaworld like: former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass), former Missouri SecState Jason Kander.
  • Many in Clintonworld like: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former Ag Secretary and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro….

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I would not include Gillibrand or Cuomo in the first tier….

I would include ‘classic’ Biden up front….For now…

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2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination race updates 8/31/17….

Book Releases….

Former Vice President Joe Biden will release a new book this fall that could also serve as a test for whether the country is interested in seeing him run for president.

Longtime advisers to Biden see his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose” as the ultimate test for whether or not he’ll wade into a potentially crowded 2020 field.

“It’s a chance to step out on his own terms with a character reinforcing narrative that reintroduces himself to America as more than a vice president,” said one former senior aide. “

His book tour will be a vital test. Can he generate enthusiasm and crowds, and subtly market his character and conviction, his values and vision to a national audience?

“It’s a great soft launch for a potential campaign,” the confidant said.

Biden’s book is due to be published on November 14th, nearly a year after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

He’s just the latest potential 2020 candidate to come out with a new book.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) have also released books this year, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came out with a book this month aimed at young readers: Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution.”…

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Bernie Sanders….

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will hold two events in New Hampshire on Labor Day, a schedule that only intensifies speculation that he’ll make another bid for the White House in 2020.

Sanders will speak first at a breakfast in Manchester for New Hampshire’s AFL-CIO, an event which requires a $30 donation, his campaign arm announced on Thursday.

The senator will then head to a rally in Concord that is hosted by Rights & Democracy New Hampshire and is open to the public. Sanders will end the day with two other events in his home state of Vermont…..

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Snoop Dogg hugging up on Martha Stewart?

In case you didn’t know, lifestyle entrepreneur Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Doggco-host a food show. And there’s one thing the duo wants viewers to know: They have chemistry in the kitchen.

To promote the show’s second season, the Emmy-nominated hosts recreated the iconic and oh-so-sensual scene from the film “Ghost.”….

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The 2020 Democratic Presidential primary race has begun….

Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina are getting their drop-in’s from the early field Democrats testing the waters for the run for the 2020 Presidential Nomination…Unlike 2016?

The field is wide open…..(Though Biden, Warren, and Sanders are in the lead with Harris rising fast)

Just like that, the 2020 retail campaigning for president began right here in a strip-mall campaign headquarters Monday, when Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti showed up for what he called “the most important race in the country.”

He was talking about the Manchester mayor’s election. Joyce Craig, the Democratic candidate, invited him to join her for an afternoon that also included a speech to the Manchester Young Democrats and a fundraiser. Garcetti worked the crowds, introduced himself as “Eric,” and took a bumper sticker and put it on the back of the black SUV he was driving around in.

“Pay no attention to the Virginia plates,” he said. “It’s a rental.”

On Tuesday, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), the only one to have already officially announced, will be here for a two-day trip, trying to get attention for his long-shot bid. On Labor Day, both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jason Kander, the Democrat who narrowly lost his U.S. Senate bid in Missouri last year, will be back.

And on Thursday, Sanders — who was in Indiana and Michigan last week — will be in Iowa, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon will be there in October. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who made his own teasing stop here in Manchester at the end of April, is headed to South Carolina in September.

New Hampshire is the first in the nation primary, but even that’s 29 months away.

Like always, the chatter began the morning after the election, stunted a little by Democrats’ surprise at losing. Behind the scenes, big donors have been getting chased nonstop by candidates who like to deny that they’re anywhere near thinking about being candidates. Strategy sessions are quietly being held. Preliminary calls are going out about potential staff hires. That’s normal, though a little accelerated….

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Apple iPhone 8 coming out in few weeks….

Multiple rumors have suggested the upcoming “iPhone 8” could be the most expensive that Apple has ever released, with several analysts calling it a “premium” device costing upwards of $1,000. While not exactly contradicting those rumors, a report out this week indicates Apple’s OLED iPhone line-up may in fact start at a fraction below that figure.

In a column for The New York Times, Brian X Chen quotes anonymous sources who reveal that among Apple’s refreshed iPhones next month will be a “premium model” priced “at around $999”.

Chief among the changes for the new iPhones: refreshed versions, including a premium model priced at around $999, according to people briefed on the product, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Apple made room for a bigger screen on that model by reducing the size of the bezel — or the forehead and the chin — on the face of the device. Other new features include facial recognition for unlocking the device, along with the ability to charge it with magnetic induction, the people said.

Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber believes Chen’s source indicates the iPhone 8 will indeed start at $999, with a higher storage capacity model at $1099 and maybe another at $1199. Based on alleged leaks earlier this week, these price points could correspond with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB, respectively.

One other possible scenario previously suggested by Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski is that the iPhone 8 will be available in 128GB and 256GB capacities, for $999 and $1,099, respectively (the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus already sells for $969). It’s unclear how these prices will reflect in other countries, in particular the U.K., where many Apple products now mirror dollar prices in pound sterling….

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The smart cell iPhone 8′ models  are due out during Sept (12?…Release Sept 22?)

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A diagram of improvements ….

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Donald Trump IS the Media’s fault….

The craziest part of Donald Trump’s 77-minute loon-a-thon in Phoenix earlier this week came when he rehashed his shtick about the networks turning off live coverage of his speech. Trump seemed to really believe they were shutting the cameras off because “the very dishonest media” was so terrified of his powerful words.

“They’re turning those lights off so fast!” he said. “CNN doesn’t want its failing viewership to see this!”

Trump is wrong about a lot of things, but it’s hard to be more wrong about any one thing than he was about this particular point.

No news director would turn off the feed in the middle of a Trump-meltdown. This presidency has become the ultimate ratings bonanza. Trump couldn’t do better numbers if he jumped off Mount Kilimanjaro carrying a Kardashian….

 

For more than two years now, it’s been obvious that Donald Trump is a disaster on almost every level except one – he’s great for the media business. Most of us who do this work have already gone through the process of working out just how guilty we should or should not feel about this.

The Trump presidency is like a diabolical combination of every schlock eyeball-grabbing formula the networks have ever deployed. It’s Battle of the Network Stars meets Wrestlemania meets Survivor meets the Kursk disaster. It’s got the immediacy of a breaking news crash, with themes of impending doom, conflict, celebrity meltdown, anger, racism, gender war, everything….

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I’ve been saying this from the jump….

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The Hyped fight of the Decade has the Boxer Mayweather winning….

The winner in the REAL?

Money….

LOTS of Money…..

Floyd Mayweather also moves to 50 – 0 in the boxing ring….

It was closer than many thought it would be…But the result was no surprise….

Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena. The fight was later stopped in that round and Mayweather was declared the victor by TKO.

In the end, the equation we all knew coming in turned out to be true: The best boxer in the world beat one of the best mixed martial artists in a boxing match.

How we got there, however, was completely surprising.

In his return from a two-year retirement, Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO over an incredibly game Conor McGregor in their pay-per-view superfight at T-Mobile Arena. But the storyline was just as much about McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, in defeat than it was about the 40-year-old Mayweather in victory.

McGregor, 29, who was making his debut as a boxer, never fought recklessly or overly aggressively, in contrast to his prediction of a first-round knockout. What he did was present Mayweather with a poised and credible challenge, teasing a bright future in the boxing game should he consider it.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “He used different angles. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.

“We talked about how he’s a tough competitor, and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I chose a hell of a dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”

Mayweather, who officially announced his retirement after the fight, was true to his prediction throughout the fight’s build when he promised it wouldn’t go the distance. He also stuck to his guns about standing in front of McGregor looking for a finish.

After a slow start in which Mayweather gave away the first three rounds in order to pick up McGregor’s rhythms, the former pound-for-pound king began his attack…..

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Kid Rock and the made up bull shit polls….

 over at Five Thirty Eight does  long piece on some suspicious doings in the polling business….

He tracks down the poll that had Kid Rock leading in a possible Michigan  US Senate Race….

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Enten got worried when things  started to point to the poll involved was NEVER actually done?….(My comment here when the poll came out was it could be a marketing gimmick)

Could some people do things like this to produce false positives for whoever, which the media would  pick up and carry as a real post that could affecting voting? …..

Is Kid Rock leading the U.S. Senate race in Michigan? A story like that is essentially designed to go viral, and that’s exactly what happened when Delphi Analytica released a poll fielded from July 14 to July 18. Republican Kid Rock earned 30 percent to Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s 26 percent. A sitting U.S. senator was losing to a man who sang the lyric, “If I was president of the good ol’ USA, you know I’d turn our churches into strip clubs and watch the whole world pray.”

The result was so amazing that the poll was quickly spread around the political sections of the internet. Websites like Daily Caller, Political Wireand Twitchy all wrote about it. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted it out. And finally, Kid Rock himself shared an article from Gateway Pundit about the poll.

There was just one problem: Nobody knew if the poll was real. Delphi Analytica’s website came online July 6, mere weeks before the Kid Rock poll was supposedly conducted. The pollster had basically no fingerprint on the web.

Indeed, Delphi Analytica isn’t a polling firm in any traditional sense, and it’s not entirely clear they even conducted the poll as advertised.

The story of Delphi Analytica, its mysterious origins and its Kid Rock poll show that the line between legitimate and illegitimate pollsters is blurring. Much of the polling industry is moving online, where conducting a survey is far less expensive than making thousands of phone calls. But that lower price has also opened up polling to all sorts of new people: Some are seasoned professionals trying an old craft with a new tool or well-informed, well-meaning amateurs trying to break into the industry, but other characters have less noble goals — they’re pranksters seeking attention and scam artists trying to make a quick buck.

If you’re a political observer interested in polls or a journalist who writes about them, you need to be more careful than ever…..

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Delphi Analytica, the mysterious publisher of the poll, had had its site taken down and had deleted its Twitter account. (One person who contacted Enten said that the purpose of the poll was to move political betting markets, a charge the pollster denied.)

But real or fake, the news story enhanced Kid Rock’s potential political career, and may be more likely to run as a result. Already, former New York Governor George Pataki has endorsed him….

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The Govt. isn’t gonna shut down over Donald Trump’s border wall…

Nope…

Not gonna happen…

The numbers of border crossing apprehensions are down over 80%...

The number of border cops hasn’t risen….

They lose up to 20% of those applying for the job…

Trump has said the Mexicans would pay for the wall…

That isn’t gonna happen…

He said he’d get a border tax….

That isn’t gonna happen either…

(But the media has ANOTHER one its scare the public stories to run for there next few months!…They LOVE this stuff!….That’s Entertainment!)

His admin has actually had to DOUBLE the Visa’s for out of country workers too come work the fields in the Southwest…

Folks?

This is just another example of how Donald Trump is trying to leverage something he KNOWS he won’t get to pressure establishment Republicans….

He’s from the beat’m over the head school and has never deveated from that course in the past year and half….

Sure, few Republican lawmakers will have the balls to stand up to this….But as those in Congress do?

The vast majority will wait and pray that several of of their party will stand up in the end like with the healthcare repeal failure…..

While Trump and his supporters don’t give a shit?

Most Republicans do…

…Lawmakers in both parties anticipate that Mr. Trump will back down in the end and claim victory over any border security money included in the package. But by threatening the shutdown over the wall funding at this stage, it is Mr. Trump who has fenced himself in….

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I’m betting that come next year there WILL BE a budget and the US Government won’t skip a beat in running day by day…..

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Yes…The Media can’t get enough of Donald Trump…

The Washington Post has a piece today about Alec Baldwin and the media’s obsession with Donald Trump…

Frankly ?

I don’t care to discuss Baldwin….

But I DO agree that the American media HAS tied it’s profits  and share prices to the New York Real Estate guy…

He actually isn’t out in public these days, not like a Obama or Bush , who might show up in places to eat , or just press the flesh…No, Trump spends his spare time making sure you the tax payers is reimbursing him for where he sets foot…

And he plays pretend like he doesn’t like the media even though he gives his comment every morning on anything they write that he doesn’t like…Remember…this guy IS an entertainer…

And THAT is the hook….

Every utterance someone makes AGAINST the Donald Trump’s view of the Universe is reported, with the media knowing full well that they have a two or even three day story ….

There IS a world going on around America and the World….

But it just goes by under the weight of a guy who wasn’t supposed to get elected and shows us everyday why….

…..Trump has a way of attracting an inordinate amount of coverage. Bloomberg reported this week that evening cable newscasts have boosted their ratings this year by focusing heavily on Trump; meanwhile, over-the-air competitors at NBC, CBS and ABC have suffered by devoting airtime to a wider range of stories.

TV audiences can’t get enough news coverage of Donald Trump. Reporting on pretty much anything else is ratings poison.

Cable networks have figured out how to successfully capitalize on Trump’s outrageous antics, but viewership for NBC, ABC and CBS newscasts have declined as much as 14 percent this year among coveted younger viewers. Broadcasters’ strategy of offering a wider range of stories — from human interest to health and local crime — is falling flat with some viewers who have migrated to cable news for coverage of White House drama….

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Yes…

I admit I feature the guy here way too much…

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Donald Trump goes back to the campaign…

If you haven’t noticed?

Donald Trump is back campaigning against the people he ran against during last years campaign…

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He is blasting his adopted parties Senate  and House leaders….

He doesn’t seem to care that he NEEDS these same guys and fellow party people to get anything major done…

But he’s more comfortable in front of crowds that start off wildly in his favor….

Crowds??

Yup, crowds for a guy who was in the entertainment business ….(And says whatever he wants)

Crowds that bring media attention even though he ‘claims’ he doesn’t like them….

The Grand Ole party have him as a leader…

Their party people out in the country don’t really care WHAT he says…Or that he doesn’t know much about how things actually work in government, something they distrust anyways…

They KNOW he won’t get most of what he wants…

But THAT just endears them to him…

Go figure?

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Single Massachusetts Powerball ticket wins $758.7M jackpot…

Damn!

Wasn’t even close!

A single winning ticket purchased in Massachusetts has won the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing, officials said.

The winning Powerball numbers are 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and the Powerball number is 4.

The Massachusetts State Lottery said Thursday morning that the single ticket was sold at Pride Station and Store in Chicopee, correcting an earlier tweet that the ticket was sold in Watertown.

Hours before Wednesday night’s $758 million drawing, seemingly everyone was giddy — from the hordes of players dreaming of riches to merchants frantically ringing up sales.

With the second-largest prize in U.S. lottery history up for grabs, ticket sales in New York topped $1 million-an-hour Wednesday, officials said…..

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The Statue Of Liberty Is Hiding….

…from The Oligarch Kings….

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“Is it safe to come out yet?”

Note:  This is a reworking of a photo used in a 2012 edition of “The Week” about Hurrican Sandy.  Personally I think the reworking funnier.

David Macadam 2017

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Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras and 6.3-Inch AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’

…from maceumors…..

At its “Unpacked” event in New York City today, Samsung unveiled the all-new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, following months of speculation about the device’s August debut. The event began with a recap video of the Note line’s history, including user testimonies following the Note 7’s fire-catching scandal and how they continued to support Samsung during the recall.

Looking forward at the new device, the Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “Infinity Display,” with an edge-to-edge screen that represents the largest screen ever on any Note device. The display has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which allows users to see more content than ever before, according to Samsung. This includes access to a new multitasking feature called “App Pair,” which lets users create custom pairs of their favorite apps on the Edge side panel, simultaneously launching two apps to interact with them at once.
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Hillary Clinton says Trump creeped her out during campaign debate…

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She isn’t gonna get much support on this, a preview of her forthcoming book….Hillary ‘s number’s are still not good….

Hillary Clinton said her “skin crawled” as Donald Trump loomed behind her at a presidential debate in St. Louis, and added that she wished she could have pressed pause and asked America, “Well, what would you do?”

The words, Clinton’s most detailed public comments about what happened during one of the campaign’s more memorable moments, are included in her new book, “What Happened,” which she called an attempt to “pull back the curtain” on her losing bid for the presidency.

Some of the moments during the campaign, she said, “baffled” her. Others seemingly repulsed her: In recounting the October incident, she referred to Trump as a “creep.”

The book comes out Sept. 12, but audio excerpts, read by Clinton, were played Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In the recording, Clinton noted that she wrote about moments from the campaign that she wanted to remember forever — as well as others she wished she could “go back and do over.”

The moment from the debate appeared to fall into the latter category.

“This is not okay, I thought,” Clinton said, reading from her book. “It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.

“It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled…

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Turns out a good amount of last night’s Arizona Trump crowd walked out on him….

The Washington Post reports that with all the reporting by media types ?…They neglected to mention….

The crowd got tired of his 75 minute rant….

On the ground?

The speech wasn’t all that…But the media made it so….

Trump spent the first three minutes of his speech — which would drag on for 75 minutes — marveling at his crowd size, claiming that “there aren’t too many people outside protesting,” predicting that the media would not broadcast shots of his “rather incredible” crowd and reminiscing about how he was “center stage, almost from day one, in the debates.”

“We love those debates — but we went to center stage, and we never left, right?” the president said, reliving his glory days. “All of us. We did it together.”

Over the next 72 minutes, the president launched into one angry rant after another, repeatedly attacking the media and providing a lengthy defense of his response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, between white supremacists and neo-Nazis and the counterprotesters who challenged them. He threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t receive funding for a wall along the southern border, announced that he will “probably” get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement, attacked the state’s two Republican senators, repeatedly referred to protesters as “thugs” and coyly hinted that he will pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who was convicted in July of criminal contempt in Arizona for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants.

President Trump spoke about possibly pardoning former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff Joe Arpaio during a rally in Phoenix on Aug. 22. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt in July. (The Washington Post)

Three times, the crowd burst into chants of “USA! USA! USA!” And once, at the mention of Trump’s former rival Hillary Clinton, they chanted: “Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!” Several parents put their young children on their shoulders so they could get a good look at the president.

But as the night dragged on, many in the crowd lost interest in what the president was saying.

Hundreds left early, while others plopped down on the ground, scrolled through their social media feeds or started up a conversation with their neighbors. After waiting for hours in 107-degree heat to get into the rally hall — where their water bottles were confiscated by security — people were tired and dehydrated and the president just wasn’t keeping their attention. Although Trump has long been the master of reading the mood of a room and quickly adjusting his message to satisfy as many of his fans as possible, his rage seemed to cloud his senses….

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