The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking — Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon asked Trump DOJ to reimburse his legal fees from Russia probe: report Feds charge members of Three Percenters militia group over Jan. 6 attack Biden's anti-corruption memo is good news — and essential to US national security MORE sentenced to over three years in prison | Nevada debate fallout | Brutal night for Bloomberg | Trump mocks Bloomberg's performance: 'They're pounding him' | Winners and losers | Sights and sounds from Vegas | Warren rakes in $2.8M on debate day | Dems fear 'nightmare' brokered convention | Trump taps Grenell for intel chief | Trump holding Colorado rally tonight



Roger Stone is sentenced: 

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, longtime Trump ally Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering. http://bit.ly/2HKfFj6

Back story: "A jury convicted Stone in November of seven counts of lying to Congress and witness tampering following a trial that featured testimony from former Trump campaign officials Stephen Bannon and Richard Gates." http://bit.ly/38KbVKH 

The controversy with his sentence: "Last week, the prosecutors in the case, which stemmed from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recommended that Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison. But the next day, the Trump administration retracted the sentencing memo and suggested a lighter punishment. That prompted an uproar as the original prosecution team withdrew from the case, with one of the attorneys even resigning from his post." http://bit.ly/38KbVKH



Via Politico's Darren Samuelsohnhttps://politi.co/37LAx4m



Via The New York Times's Sharon LaFranierehttps://nyti.ms/2PbTuXj


FROM President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE BEFORE THE SENTENCING:

President Trump tweeted at 10:45 a.m. EST: "'They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.' @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?" http://bit.ly/2V7Ykc4


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That was more brutal than a UFC Fight Night:

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's domestic and global challenges on COVID vaccinations Press: Even Jeff Bezos should pay income taxes What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship MORE took a beating last night during his first presidential primary debate. http://bit.ly/2SJO4Fe

Yikes, this line: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: The center strikes back Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax MORE (D-Mass.) said, "I'd like to talk about who we're running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. No, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

Keep in mind about Bloomberg -- he is one of the most biggest Democratic donors: "Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Democratic causes in recent years, including funding hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising for the candidates who won back control of Congress in 2018 and pledging hundreds of millions more to defeat President Trump." 

^ But that all went out the window last night: "His fellow candidates savaged him more viciously than they have at almost any other point during his campaign, using their opening answers in the first minutes of the debate to hit the billionaire."



  1. The Bloomberg bubble might have popped
  2. Sanders's momentum should continue
  3. The anti-Sanders movement is about to go into overdrive
  4. As desperation rises, candidates go on the attack
  5. Health care divides the field like none other

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jonathan Easley: http://bit.ly/2SILD5J



Winners: Warren, Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: The center strikes back Sanders against infrastructure deal with more gas taxes, electric vehicle fees Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Mixed: Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm MORE,

Losers: Bloomberg and Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE.

Reasoning for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/38LuPRl



Lol: The Huffington Post's Ariel Edwards-Levy tweeted earlier yesterday, "One of you has already pre-written a post-debate wrap that starts with something like 'What happened in Vegas tonight might not stay in Vegas,' and you should delete it post-haste." http://bit.ly/2SK5XUw 

Side-by-side comparison from the last debate: http://bit.ly/37IyYE8

Yesterday in Vegas: Warren went on a walk with her husband. Photo: http://bit.ly/329mq7N

Yang got more talking time!: Here's a photo of businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Memo: The center strikes back Yang, Garcia campaign together three days before NYC mayoral primary Adams, Wiley lead field in NYC mayoral primary: poll MORE, who dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, on CNN's debate coverage last night. Photo -- still not wearing a tie: http://bit.ly/37G4W3T


Oh man, I see it.:

Right after the debate: "Mike Bloomberg walked off the stage immediately while the other candidates stayed to greet voters." And then right after: He walked back out. (Via Bloomberg's Jennifer Epsteinhttp://bit.ly/2vNrzWU  


The best tweet of the night: 


Tidbit from the spin room:



Bloomberg's three new friends:

Three Democratic members of Congress endorsed Bloomberg's presidential bid this morning this morning, despite struggling in his debate debut last night. http://bit.ly/2ujHRqe

Who: Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Omar feuds with Jewish Democrats House moderates unveil .25T infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.J.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyLobbying world Progressives fight for leverage amid ever-slimming majority Biden needs to tear down bureaucratic walls and refocus Middle East programs MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarPelosi signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (D-Calif.)

In total: 16 members of Congress have endorsed Bloomberg. 


Money, money, money:

Warren raised $2.8 million on the day of the debate. http://bit.ly/2Pa5KHU

Specifically: Her campaign announced that she raised $425,000 in the 30 minutes after the debate.


President Trump has some thoughts:

As six Democratic presidential hopefuls tore into each other on the debate stage, President Trump took shots at the candidates. http://bit.ly/2SZw7l0

Trump told supporters in Phoenix: "Now they have a new member of the crew, mini Mike. We call him 'no boxes ... I hear he's getting pounded tonight. I hear they're pounding him."

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/3bWwzca



Meet your new acting DNI: 

President Trump has officially chosen Richard Grenell, who is also serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as his acting director of national intelligence. http://bit.ly/38KYeeq

From White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE: "[Grenell] is committed to a non-political, non-partisan approach as head of the Intelligence Community, on which our safety and security depend. The President has every confidence that Ambassador Grenell will perform his new duties with distinction."

Grenell is a controversial pick: "Democrats and some career officials have raised concerns about the interim appointment, casting doubt on Grenell's qualifications to lead an intelligence agency and pointing to his tendency to weigh in on political issues while serving as ambassador, such as when he said he wanted to empower conservatives in Europe." 



OK, fiiiiiine:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Democrats who were initially skeptical of the prospects for a brokered convention now see it as a likelier scenario with eight candidates still battling it out for the nomination." http://bit.ly/32c6C3V  

How so: "As the Nevada caucuses approach, strategists say it's becoming clear that none of the Democratic candidates are likely to win the majority of the delegates before the convention in July." 

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/32c6C3V



The Times is getting trendy:



The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, Colo. today.

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves Las Vegas and heads to Colorado Springs, Colo.

8:55 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves Colorado Springs and heads back to Las Vegas for the night.

9:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence lands in Las Vegas.



2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump delivers the commencement address at the Hope for Prisoners Graduation Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ugA4cL


7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Colorado Springs. Vice President Pence also speaks. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2vSV61f



Today is National Cherry Pie Day.


And because you made it this far, here's a pup working on his service dog training. I wouldn't say it's going ... well: http://bit.ly/3bVkrZ2