Rubio increases his fundraising last Qtr….

The Florida GOP Senator wasn’t in a hurry to release his 3rd Qtr total’s last time….

This quarter he has….

It’s reported to be $14.2 Million….(Cruz took in $20 Mil)

Rubio has a high burn rate though….

Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign raised nearly $14.2 million in the final three months of last year — more than double the amount it hauled in the prior financial period and the biggest sum the Florida senator has raised since announcing for president in April, according to a campaign memo obtained by POLITICO.

But while Rubio’s contributions were a record high for him, so was his spending in the last quarter of the year. He dropped almost $14.8 million as he faced a barrage of negative ads trained on him, primarily from backers of Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, who likely raised the most of the top-tier GOP candidates from October through the end of the year: $20 million.

Rubio said he was confident he’d have enough money to keep his campaign running for the long haul.

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The DNC will Ok more Dem Primary Debates before New Hampshire…

Hillary , Bernie and Martin will do more debates now that it appears  that Hillary Clinton feels that she will win Iowa and needs to work to cut down Sanders lead in New Hampshire…

A person familiar with the discussions said on Sunday that the DNC will sanction the MSNBC debate for this Thursday in New Hampshire once the Democratic candidates all agree on the details. The Union Leader, however, will not be a sponsor of the debate….

CNN also announced on Sunday afternoon that the three Democratic presidential candidates — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — will appear at a town hall in Derry, N.H. on Wednesday evening….

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Political Dates to Remember…Feb/March

Mardi Gras, Carnavál and the NH primaries are on Tuesday, February 9th (not 8th), followed by Ash Wednesday the 10th.

Nevada’s Democratic caucuses and South Carolina’s Republican primary will be on Saturday 20 February,

Nevada’s Republican caucuses are on Tuesday 23 February.

Southern Super Tuesday, inc SC Dems (+ Mass. & Vt), are on St David’s Day, Tuesday, March First.

The Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina primaries are two weeks later, on the Ides of March (the 15th) after which half the Democratic delegates and three-fifths of the Republican ones will have been chosen…..

DSD….

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Ex-Iowa Gov Vilsack thinks neither Sanders or Trump will win in Iowa…

Tom Vilsack , The US Agricuure Sec,  IS a Clinton supporter…

(There are a LOT of Obama Admin people on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire FOR Hillary Clinton…None for Sanders who nonetheless is drawing big crowds)

But even so?

He feels that the lay of the land WHERE the the votes are in Iowa could rob Sanders AND Trump of wins in the Iowa caucuses….

Mr. Vilsack said polls that showed Mr. Sanders and Mr. Trump in front were misleading because they did not reflect the geographic distribution of their support. Most of the passion for both men is concentrated around Iowa’s cities, Mr. Vilsack said. That will help them win caucus gatherings near the cities, but it won’t help them across the rest of rural Iowa, he said.

“Trump has the same challenge that Sanders has, I think,” Mr. Vilsack said. “If you have a big turnout in Des Moines, that’s great. But if you lose Plymouth, O’Brien, Cass, Montgomery, Mills Counties, it can overshadow the fact that you had 350 people at Ward 1 in Des Moines. You’ve got to be smart about this.”

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Cruz…Trump has More in common with Bernie Sanders…

I agree with Ted Cruz ….

Both barely talk about issues in depth…

Both rant against the establishment to deflect their lack of concerte policy should they become President…

Both are Independents running for President in different parties….

While Marco Rubio IS a Conservative Republican…Donald Trump is NOT….

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to question the conservative credentials of Donald Trump and Marco Rubio on Sunday.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” the Texas senator said Trump’s stance on expanding the Affordable Care Act is more in line with the outlook of the Democratic primary than the Republican.

“Donald Trump supports expanding Obamacare to make it full-on socialized medicine like Bernie Sanders,” he said.
He also said the real estate mogul is focusing on personal attacks about Cruz’s birthplace because he isn’t prepared to engage in a serious policy debate.

“He called me a Canadian anchor baby and that’s fine, he’s entitled to do that, but there’s a reason he’s engaging in personal attacks and its because he doesn’t want to talk about the issues,” Cruz said…..

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Sanders uses that ‘establishment’ slur again…This time for the WashPost…

He first used the word ‘establishment’ as slur against Planned Parenthood and NARAL….

He then spent the next week explaining he didn’t REALLY mean it as a ‘diss’…

He NOW has used the word in referring to the Washington Post which wrote that the Vermont, Independent Senator was ‘peddling  fiction’…..

“I am not greatly beloved by the economic establishment, by Wall Street, by the big money interests, or by the major media of this country including the Washington Post,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Washington Post editorial published last week said Sanders is peddling “fiction” to progressive voters.

“Mr. Sanders is not a brave truth-teller,” the editorial stated. “He is a politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it.”

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This sounds a LOT like a Trump thing, eh?

And how long has one Bernie Sanders been an elected official?

And he currently serves in the US Senate?

Where he is NOT know for ranting against the machine….until LATELY?

Wouldn’t THAT qualify HIM as a ‘establishment’ figure?

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Trump goes humble on Iowa…Acknowledges he could lose…

No matter what?

Donald Trump KNOWS he could in fact lose in the Iowa Caucus…

He knows THAT would be a BIG story…

And he has made sure to quietly have a fall back place should that happen…

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in an interview broadcast Sunday morning rejected the notion that he has to win the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

“No, I don’t have to win it,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“I have a very substantial lead in New Hampshire. But I think it would be really good to win Iowa. I’d like to win Iowa. I’m doing really well with the evangelicals in Iowa. But I’m also doing tremendously well all over the country with the evangelicals. I’m leading by a lot. I’m doing great with the Tea Party. I’m doing well with all groups. I now have a fairly substantial lead in Iowa. I think we have a good chance of winning Iowa. I’d like to.”

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There could be more Democratic Presidential nomination Debates….

Democartic Natioanal Committee Chair Debbie Wasserm-Shulz said no a couple of months ago….

That WAS fine for the Clinton campaign…..Then

But things change…..

Clinton has done well in the sessions…

She always does….(She bested Obama back in 2008 in most of the debates)….

Bernie Sanders  up to now didn’t really much debate….

He DID get his message out to his supporters….

Hillary Clinton now  seems to be taking a page from Donald Trump…..

She has moved to get herself in the media more and MORE…

So why not do more?

The debates won’t mean anything if she wins big in South Carolina as expected….

The race will be over….

And Sanders will be able to still get his message out….

And THAT was what he thought he was doing by running anyways….

So more debates have become a win-win for both Democratic contenders….

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed in principle to contest four more Democratic presidential primary debates.

Should the Democratic national committee sanction the move, the new schedule would begin with a proposed “unsanctioned” debate on 4 February in New Hampshire, hosted by the New Hampshire Union Leader and MSNBC.

Three more debates would then follow this spring, in a development that was first reported on Saturday by Buzzfeed…..

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The US may have Spec Ops troops in Libya…

It appears the small contingent of Speciual Operators where sent to get a ‘feel of the land’ in the country….

There are reports that the group may have left the country….

OR….

Could still be gathering info in the country…

Their mission is said to be to find groups that are willing to after ISIS forces in Libya and could a pathfinder mission for more ‘advisors’ to arrive in that country…

The Pentagon is considering fresh military action in Libya more than four years after conducting an air campaign that helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Officials are currently “looking at military options” to stop the Islamic State militant group from gaining ground in another oil-rich Mideast nation, said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook.

At present, US efforts in Libya are focussed on identifying local allies to work with, for what a senior military officer has envisioned as a “decisive” confrontation with Isis….

Cook acknowledged that the “metastasis” of Isis beyond its primary base in Iraq and Syria has prompted the Pentagon to revisit the question of a renewed war in Libya.

A “small group” of US forces had made contact with Libyan militiamen, “simply to get a sense of who the players are”, Cook said, amid a fractured security landscape with multiple and overlapping combatants.

Although the US personnel are likely to be special operations forces, Cook did not specify how many of them had taken part in the mission, nor if they were still operating in Libya. Cook portrayed the contact as closer to a broad assessment mission than the so-called “shaping operations” that precede imminent combat….

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Liz Cheney to run for the sole Wyoming US House seat….

Let’s see if she sticks to this….

Last time she said she’d run for Senate…

She didn’t…..

The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident only for the past few years.

Liz Cheney filed federal election documents Friday showing she’s running for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Campaign officials said she plans to formally announce Monday in Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming town hit hard by the downturn in the coal industry. The plans suggest she will base her campaign on fears that the Obama administration is waging a “war on coal” with climate-change regulations and a recently announced moratorium on federal coal leasing…..

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Final Gold Standard Iowa poll is out…Clinton & Trump in the lead in Iowa…Close races..

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have small leads in the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa poll before Monday’s caucuses.

Trump leads Ted Cruz in the Republican race, 28 percent to 23 percent, the poll shows. Marco Rubio is in third place at 15 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 10 percent.

Clinton leads Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, 45 percent to 42 percent, with Martin O’Malley at 3 percent.

The poll, conducted by legendary Iowa pollster J. Ann Selzer, has long been influential and accurate: Selzer’s surveys predicted victories by Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee in 2008, and foresaw Rick Santorum’s late surge in 2012.

The poll surveyed 602 likely Democratic and Republican caucus-goers; each party’s results carry a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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For Democrats.….

This is good news for Hillary Clinton who is leading in just about ALL of the other polls and has a 40 to 50% lead in the Nate Silver forecast….In this poll Clinton is 5% ahead of Sanders which is above the MOE of 4%….O’Malley is far behind….

For Republicans….

This is Good but mixed news for Donald Trump…He leads, but he’s followed pretty close by Cruz AND Rubio…..

For BOTH Trump and Sanders ?

Their support is from young voters, who do NOT tend to trurn out as strongly as regular party voters , who are for Clinton and maybe more for Rubio…

The weather for Iowa is for snow on Tuesday…..

For Nate Silver and his projections?

He’s on point…..

He had Trump and Sanders both leading…..

But his percentages for the Clinton win are MUCH higher (80% polls +) than the DMR poll….His percentages for Trump (48.5 vs 41.5% polls +) are more in line with the final Selzer poll….The crosstabs on the poll DO support Silver’s bigger numbers for Clinton…..

One must also never forget that a poll, no matter who’s?

Is just a PROJECTION.…It’s up to the voters in the end….And how many that actually come out and cast their ballots…

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President Obama to visit Baltimore Mosque…

After Obama paid the first visit of an American President to speak at the Israeli Embassy in Washington…..

The President will visit pay a visit to Mosque next week….

The President is making the appearances to promte religious tolerance and solidarity ….

The visit is sure to spun by Republicans (And Trump) as Barack Hussein Obama going to ‘his’ Muslim roots….Over 20% of American’s STILL believe Obama IS a Muslin from Africa…..

The President, who is a Christian, has visited  mosques around the globe in his travels and is generally liked by Muslims around the world….

President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is becoming more voluminous.

On Wednesday the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the the city’s western suburbs, that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website. It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring “to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner.”

On Saturday, a White House official said in an e-mail that the president is making the visit: “to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.

“The President believes that one of our nation’s greatest strengths is our rich diversity and the very idea that Americans of different faiths and backgrounds can thrive together – that we’re all part of the same American family. As the President has said, Muslim Americans are our friends, and neighbors; our co-workers, and sports heroes – and our men and women in uniform defending our country.”

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Facebook/Instagram to ban private gun sale on its sites…

It already bans illegal drug sales on its sites…..

Facebook is banning private sales of guns on its flagship social network and its Instagram photo-sharing service, a move meant to clamp down on unlicensed gun transactions.

Facebook already prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs for sale, and the company said on Friday that it was updating its policy to include guns. The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram.

Although Facebook was not directly involved in gun sales, it has served as a forum for gun sales to be negotiated, without people having to undergo background checks. The social network, with 1.6 billion monthly visitors, had become one of the world’s largest marketplaces for guns and was increasingly evolving into an e-commerce site where it could facilitate transactions of goods.

The ban thrusts Facebook into the center of another major societal debate. Discussions over gun control have flared anew after the mass shootings last year in San Bernardino, Calif., and a community college in Oregon, among others. In January, President Obama gave a speech promising to tighten enforcement of laws governing unlicensed gun sales. In response, some individual sellers said they would turn to sites like Facebook, which allowed them to freely advertise guns for sale…..

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Marco Rubio THINKS he can catch Ted Cruz on Tuesday….

The censuses is that Ted Cruz has the ground game in this Tuesday’s Iowa Caucus vote for the Republicans Presidential contest….

Both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are relying more on media that their ground games which are reported to be weak and lacking direction….

But Ted Cruz had a bad debate a few days ago without Trump on stage……

Iowa is known to change things up at the last minute….

Marco Rubio is trying to sell that change is going in his direction….

And a Rubio coming in second Tuesday night probably would be the story of the night and NOT good news for Donald Trump…..

With just 72 hours before the first votes are cast in the Iowa caucuses, the Florida Republican was exuding confidence on the campaign trail — cracking impromptu jokes, pointedly criticizing his main competitor Sen. Ted Cruz and spending more time taking questions from the press and donors.

His campaign has gotten in on the action, too, blasting emails and tweets with the hashtag “Marcomentum” and photos of packed rallies.

The renewed confidence comes as Cruz’s campaign flipped its ad strategy to go after Rubio, redirecting money for negative ads that had been slated to hit Trump. The business mogul and Cruz have consistently polled higher than Rubio in recent weeks, though Rubio has made up some ground.

Internal polling from several campaigns shows Rubio with late momentum, rising a few points in recent days into the mid- to high-teens and within striking distance of Cruz……

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New York Times supports John Kasich for the Republican Nomination for President…

…..Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race. And Mr. Kasich is no moderate. As governor, he’s gone after public-sector unions, fought to limit abortion rights and opposed same-sex marriage.

Still, as a veteran of partisan fights and bipartisan deals during nearly two decades in the House, he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state…..

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New York Times supporting Clinton for the Democratic Nomination for President……

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…..Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.

Mrs. Clinton’s main opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, has proved to be more formidable than most people, including Mrs. Clinton, anticipated. He has brought income inequality and the lingering pain of the middle class to center stage and pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left than she might have gone on economic issues. Mr. Sanders has also surfaced important foreign policy questions, including the need for greater restraint in the use of military force.

In the end, though, Mr. Sanders does not have the breadth of experience or policy ideas that Mrs. Clinton offers. His boldest proposals — to break up the banks and to start all over on health care reform with a Medicare-for-all system — have earned him support among alienated middle-class voters and young people. But his plans for achieving them aren’t realistic, while Mrs. Clinton has very good, and achievable, proposals in both areas…..

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