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Former Vice President Joe Biden has picked up the endorsement of three California unions --

https://twitter.com/TexasBluein20/status/1217094286883409921

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Former Vice President Joe Biden has picked up the endorsement of three California unions — the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13 (Longshore), Local 63 (Marine Clerks) and Local 94 (Foremen), who represent 10,000 longshore workers in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Union president Ray Familathe says his membership — which keeps millions of containers flowing through two of the country’s busiest ports — hopes Biden can help with “ongoing challenges with the threats of automation and port tariffs.

Video surfaces of Putin, Assad laughing about Trump at Damascus summit

https://twitter.com/Brindlepooch/status/1217181743855423488

New Joe Biden Ad-Why are you so obsessed with me, Mr. President?

https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1217091659076337664

Jonathon Capehart-Biden leads among black voters for a reason

https://twitter.com/CapehartJ/status/1216775340976214016

Before you @ me, remember the truism: No candidate will win the Democratic presidential nomination without significant support from African Americans. They are the foundation of the party, and black women are its backbone. And the Post-Ipsos poll, like many national polls before it, makes it clear that they want Trump defeated and they think former vice president Joe Biden is the person to do it.

Biden snagged 48 percent of those surveyed when asked which candidate they would vote for or caucus for in their state. The next-closest was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), with 20 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in third with 9 percent.

Biden had the highest net approval rating among registered Democrats (69 percent) and overall (78 percent). Sanders followed with 63 percent and 71 percent, respectively. And Warren came in third with 51 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

Biden led on “best chance to defeat Trump” (53 percent), “handles issues important to blacks” (32 percent), “would unite the country” (43 percent), “strong character” (33 percent) and “closest on issues” (35 percent). Sanders is second to Biden on all these questions. But Warren comes in third on just “would unite country“ (6 percent), “strongest character” (10 percent) and “closest on issues” (9 percent). Interestingly, former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg did better with black voters on “best chance to defeat Trump” (6 percent) than Warren (5 percent). And Booker did better on “handle issues important to blacks” (14 percent) than Warren (7 percent)…..

What this new Post-Ipsos poll of African Americans voters has done is confirm that my Aunt Gloria has her finger on the pulse of black America. At the family barbecue, I asked her why she thought Biden was the person to take on Trump. Her answer left me slack-jawed and remains the best explanation for Biden’s continued strength. “The way the system is set up now, there is so much racism that it’s going to have to be an old white person to go after an old white person,” Aunt Gloria said. “Old-school against old-school.”

Russians Breached Burisma During Trump Impeachment Probe

Here we go again. Russia hates Biden and wants trump to face a weak candidate

https://twitter.com/rickwtyler/status/1216896552427577345

Hackers believed to be affiliated with Russia’s military breached the Ukrainian gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden’s son had served on the board as it became a focus of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to a U.S. cybersecurity firm.

Attempts to hack into Burisma Holdings began last November as Congress was holding hearings on whether Mr. Trump abused his office by pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Mr. Biden and his son Hunter, according to research published Monday by Area 1, a California-based company.

The hacking attempts are ongoing and linked to the Russian military intelligence unit previously known as the GRU, which hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election, Area 1 said.

The Russian Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Russia has denied hacking into U.S. elections.

It wasn’t known what information the hackers were seeking or what they obtained, the firm said. In at least one instance, the hackers tricked the recipient of a phishing email into sharing login credentials that allowed them access into one of Burisma’s servers, the company said. Area 1’s findings were earlier reported by the New York Times.....

Oren Falkowitz, co-founder of Area 1 and a former National Security Agency official, said the company was “100%” confident that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for the breach. Mr. Falkowitz said that the company had made a series of disclosures about its findings to U.S. intelligence agencies before its publication of the research Monday. Area 1 wasn’t hired to conduct the research.

Mr. Falkowitz said the company discovered evidence of a Russian phishing campaign on New Year’s Eve and determined in the following days that each of the targets were subsidiaries of Burisma.

Russians Breached Burisma During Trump Impeachment Probe

Here we go again. Russia hates Biden and wants trump to face a weak candidate

https://twitter.com/rickwtyler/status/1216896552427577345

Hackers believed to be affiliated with Russia’s military breached the Ukrainian gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden’s son had served on the board as it became a focus of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to a U.S. cybersecurity firm.

Attempts to hack into Burisma Holdings began last November as Congress was holding hearings on whether Mr. Trump abused his office by pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate Mr. Biden and his son Hunter, according to research published Monday by Area 1, a California-based company.

The hacking attempts are ongoing and linked to the Russian military intelligence unit previously known as the GRU, which hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential election, Area 1 said.

The Russian Embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Russia has denied hacking into U.S. elections.

It wasn’t known what information the hackers were seeking or what they obtained, the firm said. In at least one instance, the hackers tricked the recipient of a phishing email into sharing login credentials that allowed them access into one of Burisma’s servers, the company said. Area 1’s findings were earlier reported by the New York Times.....

Oren Falkowitz, co-founder of Area 1 and a former National Security Agency official, said the company was “100%” confident that Russia’s military intelligence was responsible for the breach. Mr. Falkowitz said that the company had made a series of disclosures about its findings to U.S. intelligence agencies before its publication of the research Monday. Area 1 wasn’t hired to conduct the research.

Mr. Falkowitz said the company discovered evidence of a Russian phishing campaign on New Year’s Eve and determined in the following days that each of the targets were subsidiaries of Burisma.

Adam Schiff-Russia has a favorite. They don't want Joe Biden ... This would help Donald Trump."

https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1216964687415468032

01/14 Mike Luckovich: Nose team

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1216845888884219904

Obama campaign guru: Trump would love to run against Bernie

https://twitter.com/politico/status/1216457343472410625

Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager is warning that Democrats would struggle in a general election against Donald Trump if Bernie Sanders is the nominee.

In an interview with POLITICO, Jim Messina predicted that Trump would exploit Sanders’ stamp of socialism in battleground states needed to defeat Trump, keep control of the House and have a shot at winning the Senate.

“If I were a campaign manager for Donald Trump and I look at the field, I would very much want to run against Bernie Sanders,” Messina said. “I think the contrast is the best. He can say, ‘I’m a business guy, the economy’s good and this guy’s a socialist.’ I think that contrast for Trump is likely one that he’d be excited about in a way that he wouldn’t be as excited about Biden or potentially Mayor Pete or some of the more Midwestern moderate candidates.”....

“From a general election perspective, socialism is not going to be what Democrats are going to want to defend,” Messina added.“If you’re the Democratic nominee for the Montana Senate race, you don’t want to spend the election talking about socialism.”

Messina is the latest Democrat to raise concerns about Sanders at the top of the ticket. Endangered House Democrats are coalescing around Biden because of concerns that Sanders or Elizabeth Warren could threaten their reelection hopes, POLITICO reported Saturday.


Opinion: Biden's advantage is underestimated

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1216749262492618754

On favorability, the extent of Biden’s advantage among African Americans is just as pronounced. At 69 percent favorable and only 13 percent unfavorable, Biden’s net favorability (plus-56) tops that of Sanders (plus-48), Warren (plus-39) and Buttigieg (plus-8). The good news for Buttigieg is that 34 percent of African American voters haven’t even heard of him and 21 percent have heard of him but have no opinion. He has room to grow, in other words. If Biden were the nominee, he would get 82 percent of African Americans. No other candidate would draw more than Sanders’s 74 percent.

Part of the explanation for their preference for Biden may be that African Americans overwhelmingly prioritize winning (57 percent) over agreement on issues (33 percent). In addition, by a 61 percent-to-21 percent margin, African American voters favor continuing President Barack Obama’s policies over policies that are more progressive than his. Whether this is based on loyalty to Obama, an assessment of what the voters as a whole will accept or their own moderate ideology (or some of each) is debatable. (When Warren talks about “big” and “fundamental change,” she probably is not endearing herself to these voters.)

There has been a long-standing debate in the Democratic Party about the continued status of two overwhelmingly white states in the first and second positions in the primary schedule. When one candidate dominates among African Americans to the extent Biden does, Iowa may prove predictive of nothing at all. If Biden eventually wins the nomination, it might be the perfect time to rethink the entire primary process, by rotating states, giving primacy to states that are the most diverse or moving to a regional primary system with a series of Super Tuesdays.

Finally, the media should take stock of their coverage to date. The overwhelmingly white national press corps has consistently devalued Biden’s strong base of support and harped on things that are entirely irrelevant to supporters or even endear him to them (e.g., gaffes, his hokey language). Mainstream outlets that pay more attention to Twitter than to African American voters, especially older African American voters who are not active on social media, may have underestimated Biden’s chances and overestimated the chances of candidates who, like them, are active on social media. This should be a reminder for the chattering class that their assessments of candidates do not necessarily correspond to reality.
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