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 SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president 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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE's reelection. 


How this could play out:



Via The New York Times's Sydney Ember and Jonathan Martin:



Specifically, African American voters in South Carolina.



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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."

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.

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."



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."

  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:



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: 



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 McConnellLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash Phase-four virus relief hits a wall 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:



I have so much respect for this:

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHealth care workers account for 20 percent of Iowa coronavirus cases Pressure mounts on Congress for quick action with next coronavirus bill Schumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House MORE (D-N.Y.) admitted to spending nearly $9,000 in cheesecake from a Brooklyn-based company in the last 10 years.



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:

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

Wednesday ­– Saturday: CPAC 2020. The agenda:

Saturday: The South Carolina Democratic Primary. The full nominating schedule:

March 3: Super Tuesday.



6:30 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump shakes up WH communications team The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump gets new press secretary in latest shake-up Grisham leaves role as White House press secretary MORE toured the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Livestream:

1 p.m. EST: A memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant at the Staples Center arena. Livestream:

8 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. Preview:



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:


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

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