Washington Post: “The White House is preparing to propose a budget that would fail to eliminate the federal deficit over the next 10 years, missing a longtime GOP fiscal target. Three years of spending increases and tax cuts have pushed that goal out of reach.”
“Instead, White House officials plan to say that their budget proposal — if enacted by Congress without changes — would close the deficit by 2035.”
“The budget proposal President Trump will release Monday is expected to lay bare how much he has adjusted to the political and practical limits of Washington, with some of his biggest campaign promises from 2016 cast aside and replaced with more limited policy ambitions,” the Washington Post reports.
“On immigration, health care, infrastructure and the deficit, the final budget pitch of Trump’s first term will look much different from the campaign platform he offered four years ago.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that the Justice Department is vetting information that Rudy Giuliani has delivered regarding Hunter Biden’s work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, the Washington Postreports.
However, he warned that Giuliani might be getting bad information from his trips to Ukraine as part of a disinformation campaign by Russian security experts, citing their effort to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign.
Los Angeles Times: “The former vice president was cloistered — seen by reporters but not available for questions — until his dire political situation left him no choice but to shed his front-runner’s presumption and show a bit of stagy swagger. Finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses will do that to a candidate whose White House bid is heavily premised on supposed electability.”
“For the loquacious Biden, standing in a campaign field office in a former American Legion Hall, it was like a dam burst open. Or a shaken soda bottle, uncorked. He talked. And talked and talked some more: about his rivals and their extravagant promises — ‘C’mon, man’ — about the absurdity of those crowded debates, where seemingly everyone and their brother has been allowed on stage.”
A new Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire finds Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic primary race with 24%, followed by Pete Buttitieg at 22%, Elizabeth Warren at 13%, Joe Biden at 10% and Amy Klobuchar at 9%.
Said pollster David Paleologos: “Amy Klobuchar’s strong debate performance had not only stopped Pete Buttigieg’s momentum but now she is the interesting person to watch”
A new CNN poll finds Sanders ahead with 28%, followed by Buttigieg at 21%, Biden at 12%, Warren at 9% and Klobuchar at 6%.
A new 7NEWS/Emerson College poll finds Sanders leading with 30%, followed by Buttigieg at 20%, Klobuchar at 13%, Warren at 12% and Biden at 11%.
A new CBS News poll finds Sanders leading with 29%, followed by Buttigieg at 25%, Warren at 17%, Biden at 12% and Klobuchar at 10%.
FiveThirtyEight gives Sanders a 66% chance of winning the New Hampshire primary.
“A handful of Republican senators tried to stop President Trump from firing Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified in the House impeachment hearings, but the president relieved the diplomat of his post anyway,” the New York Times reports.
“The senators were concerned that it would look bad for Mr. Trump to dismiss Mr. Sondland and argued that it was unnecessary, since the ambassador was already talking with senior officials about leaving after the Senate trial, the people said. The senators told White House officials that Mr. Sondland should be allowed to depart on his own terms, which would have reduced any political backlash.”
“But Mr. Trump evidently was not interested in a quiet departure, choosing instead to make a point by forcing Mr. Sondland out before the ambassador was ready to go… Mr. Sondland conveyed to the State Department officials that if they wanted him gone that day, they would have to fire him. And so the president did.”
“This guy’s not a Barack Obama. Barack Obama had been a United State senator of a really large state… I do not believe we’re a party at risk if I’m the nominee. I do believe we’re a party at risk if we nominate someone who has never held a higher office than the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.”
— Joe Biden, speaking to reporters about rival Pete Buttigieg.
“Pete Buttigieg is pushing into Super Tuesday and beyond with a round of digital ads in seven states, targeting counties that flipped from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in 2016 — shedding light on the former South Bend, Ind., mayor’s strategy in the next phase of the primary,” Politicoreports.
“Buttigieg, who has not yet built out a robust on-the-ground infrastructure in Super Tuesday states, is going up with a six-figure digital ad buy in Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia.”
“Ireland’s three biggest political parties are likely to face a difficult process of forming a new government, with an exit poll suggesting they finished in a virtual dead heat in parliamentary elections Saturday,” the AP reports.
The biggest surprise of the three partiers: “While Sinn Fein is a major force in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom region where it is part of the power-sharing government that helped end decades of sectarian violence, it has long been a minor player south of the border in the Irish Republic. But the party has attracted voters with left-wing proposals for tackling Ireland’s housing crisis and bolstering the nation’s creaking health-care system.”
Politico: “Tom Steyer has blanketed South Carolina in cash. Over the past seven months, he’s spent $14 million in TV and radio ads, spent over $100,000 on ads in black-owned newspapers, hired 93 staffers, an army of volunteers and assembled the largest state-wide operation of any other campaign.”
“The billionaire activist has poured more money into South Carolina in a short period of time than anyone in the state can remember — and it’s beginning to reshape the contours of the Feb. 29 primary.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to tell NBC News when he’ll release more of his medical records. Said Sanders: “We’ve released a substantive part.”n Release them all Bernie. All your records. Stop being like Trump.
A new UMass Lowell poll found that 62% of New Hampshire Democrats would rather see a giant meteor strike the earth and extinguish all human life than see President Trump get re-elected.