The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders gains momentum, putting Democrats on edge | Weinstein convicted on two of five charges | Markets drop amid coronavirus fears | Trump to seek emergency funds to deal with outbreak | Congress back this week | Memorial for Kobe, Gianna Bryant at Staples Center today | Schumer spent nearly $9K on cheesecake | 'Friends' reunion confirmed  



The Democratic establishment is freaking out a lil:


Via Politico's Natasha Korecki and David Siders, moderate Democrats are watching Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) gain momentum and worry that it's too late to stop him.

"Moderate Democrats watched in horror as Bernie Sanders soared to a landslide victory in Nevada. It wasn't the win that was surprising -- it was the walloping Sanders gave his opponents, his ability to dominate among Latino voters, and the momentum he gained moving into South Carolina and Super Tuesday. The performance sent already worried Democrats into a full-blown panic." 

Why establishment Dems are worried: They fear that Sanders as the Democratic nominee would seal the deal for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE's reelection. 


How this could play out: https://politi.co/32oCGBG



Via The New York Times's Sydney Ember and Jonathan Martin: https://nyti.ms/2w1JXv8



Specifically, African American voters in South Carolina. http://bit.ly/37WcmjH

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2VdJ4KK


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Just now -- Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on two of five charges: 

Via NBC's Daniel Arkin and Adam Reiss, "Harvey Weinstein, the once-powerful Hollywood mogul, was found guilty of rape in the third degree on Monday but acquitted on the two most serious criminal charges, capping a landmark trial of the #MeToo era." https://nbcnews.to/2VguqlW

His guilty charges: "The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first-degree against former production assistant Mimi Haley."

His not guilty charges: "[T]he jury found him not guilty on two counts predatory sexual assault, which could have resulted in a life sentence. He was also acquitted on a count of first-degree rape against Mann." 


The markets didn't react well to the coronavirus:

U.S. stock markets dropped this morning amid fears of the coronavirus spreading outside of China. http://bit.ly/2SVcsUz

How so: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 900 points, or 3.1 percent, among its biggest one-day drops in recent years, while the S&P 500 Index dropped 100 points, or 3 percent, less than a week after reaching a record high." 



Tidbit -- Bernie won't attend AIPAC:

Sanders slammed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and said he will not speak at its annual conference. 

He tweeted: "The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference ...  As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region." http://bit.ly/2HRbLW4



What to know about the U.S.-Taliban deal:

Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel, "The United States and the Taliban are on the verge of signing what would be a historic agreement aimed at winding down America's longest war, potentially fulfilling one of President Trump's key promises." http://bit.ly/2SRJfK6

  1. This week is not a cease-fire
  2. Potential spoilers abound
  3. The US isn't ready for a full withdrawal yet
  4. The hardest part is yet to come
  5. Lawmakers remain skeptical

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2SRJfK6



We're watching: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Congress has until March 15 to reauthorize controversial surveillance programs after punting the fight last year for more time to negotiate. 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2To1Igz 



Anti-lynching legislation: "The House is slated to vote this week on legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime, paving the way for the bill to head to President Trump's desk." When the House will vote: Wednesday.

Smoking: "The House will take up a bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, a move aimed at reducing youth vaping rates." 

Abortion: "The Senate will vote on two abortion-related measures by the end of the week. Neither is expected to get the votes required to overcome an initial procedural hurdle, but it will force Democrats to go on record months ahead of the November election." 

Nominations: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate approves two energy regulators, completing panel On The Money: Biden announces key members of economic team | GOP open to Yellen as Treasury secretary, opposed to budget pick | GAO: Labor Department 'improperly presented' jobless data Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE (R-Ky.) has teed up four nomination votes this week. 

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke: http://bit.ly/38YBG9W



I have so much respect for this:

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-N.Y.) admitted to spending nearly $9,000 in cheesecake from a Brooklyn-based company in the last 10 years. http://bit.ly/2vbHTRm

Watch: http://bit.ly/2wGlRXf


Bernie Sanders is not impressed:




The Senate meets this afternoon. The House is out. President Trump is in India. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

3 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers.

4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence holds a swearing in ceremony.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a cloture vote on a nomination. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/37p0jLq

Wednesday: The Hill is hosting an event, "America's Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned & A Way Forward." Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2HQtnRN

Wednesday ­– Saturday: CPAC 2020. The agenda: http://bit.ly/3c2yoVh

Saturday: The South Carolina Democratic Primary. The full nominating schedule: https://nyti.ms/2VkcSFs

March 3: Super Tuesday.



6:30 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations USAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 MORE toured the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Livestream: https://cs.pn/32jXc6K

1 p.m. EST: A memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant at the Staples Center arena. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Vgmi4U

8 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. Preview: http://bit.ly/2VhBm2b



Today is National Tortilla Chip Day.


So no one told you life was gonna be this way:

The cast of 'Friends' are getting together for an unscripted reunion on HBO Max. What we know so far: https://on.today.com/2PimVas


And because this made me laugh, here's a musical audition for a jazz band. Make sure your sound is on: http://bit.ly/2Pmy4Hf

^ And after you watch this, here's the same musical audition, but with classical music. I can't decide which is funnier!: http://bit.ly/2VkquQX