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

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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.

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." 

The controversy with his sentence: "Last week, the prosecutors in the case, which stemmed from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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."



Via Politico's Darren Samuelsohn



Via The New York Times's Sharon LaFraniere


FROM President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?"


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That was more brutal than a UFC Fight Night:

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown on the NRA lawsuit: 'Come November, we're going to make sure they're out of power, too' Hillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump MORE took a beating last night during his first presidential primary debate.

Yikes, this line: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package 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:



Winners: Warren, Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Mixed: Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE,

Losers: Bloomberg and Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE.

Reasoning for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:



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." 

Side-by-side comparison from the last debate:

Yesterday in Vegas: Warren went on a walk with her husband. Photo:

Yang got more talking time!: Here's a photo of businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology 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:


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 Epstein  


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.

Who: Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer wins House primary New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries MORE (D-N.J.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHelping our seniors before it's too late House approves .3 trillion spending package for 2021 House approves two child care bills aimed at pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarHouse passes legislation to create Smithsonian Latino museum House panel approves amendment barring DACA deportations Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs 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.

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.

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."




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.

From White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump posts video of herself wearing mask during stop at women's center Melania Trump's spokeswoman slams 'inappropriate and insensitive comments' about Barron Trump Melania Trump is 'behind-the-scenes' but 'unbelievably influential': book 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."  

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:



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:


7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Colorado Springs. Vice President Pence also speaks. Livestream:



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: