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Biden begins his Sunday morning at Corinthian Baptist Church in Des Moines,

https://twitter.com/MariannaNBCNews/status/1213858705608990720
https://twitter.com/katieglueck/status/1213856288704212992

Don't look now, but the betting markets are now strongly going for @JoeBiden .

https://twitter.com/ChrisDJackson/status/1213277385979772933

Yeah for the Texans

https://twitter.com/MycahABC13/status/1213631652414574592

trump is tweeting intent to commit war crimes

https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1213608133706293251

Poll: Biden holds double-digit lead over 2020 Democratic rivals

https://twitter.com/pavanvan/status/1213276098806603776

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls by double digits a month ahead of the Iowa caucuses, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.

The poll shows Biden registering 30 percent support among Democrats nationally. In a relatively distant second place is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who notched 17 percent in the survey.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is lingering in the No. 3 spot with 12 percent support. No other candidate registered double-digit support. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in fourth place at 7 percent, while former tech executive Andrew Yang notched 3 percent support.

“Biden continues to be the front-runner but the surprise is really the growth of Sanders while Warren has shrunk,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll. “Just a few months ago this was a Warren race — today it’s more likely to come down to Biden vs. Sanders.”

Biden campaign is launching the "We Know Joe" tour across Iowa featuring great Biden supporters

https://twitter.com/schultzohio/status/1213226066380304384

Washington Post-Opinion: Why Democrats need to talk about their faith

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1212873359417053184

Aside from that group, however, there is a large universe of Americans (nonwhite evangelicals, white mainline Protestants and Catholics, white non-Christians, etc.) who will listen for Democrats’ expressions of faith and explanations of his or her religious-based values.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg commented on his faith in a November interview with Rolling Stone. “I mean, to me, obviously as a progressive, it has more to do with the stranger and weakest among us and the poor and so on,” Buttigieg said. “But the shocking thing is that [evangelical leaders] have betrayed not only my understanding, but as recently as when I was growing up in the Clinton years, they seemed to think that it was important that a president be a moral leader and subscribe to certain concepts of family and decency and rectitude. And it turns out that when power comes into the equation, they don’t care so much.”

Former vice president Joe Biden speaks and writes eloquently about his faith. “The nuns [in Catholic school] taught us reading, writing, math and history — as well as core concepts of decency, fair play and virtue,” he related in a piece for the Religion News Service. "They took as a starting point the teaching from the Gospel of Matthew: 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” He continued: “My whole idea of self and family, of community and the wider world, stems from those lessons. They drilled into me a core truth: Every single human being deserves to be treated with dignity. Everyone. The poor and the powerless, the marginalized and vulnerable, the least of these. That has been the animating principle of my life and my faith.”

In short, whether it is Buttigieg talking about the religious precept to welcome the stranger, or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sharing her favorite Bible verse, or Biden relating the basis for his views on social justice, or Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) discussing his deep faith and commitment to “radical love” (“Deeper than any defining part of my being, is my faith, and if I divorce that from public dialogue, then I am not sharing with the country ... my constituency, the truth of who I am”), Democratic candidates can reach millions of Americans for whom religion is critically important and provide reassurance to religious progressives and to religious voters who might not have ever voted for a Democrat for president.

Armed with faith-based values, Democrats can offer a searing critique of Trump’s cruelty, dishonesty, racism, narcissism and materialism as well as a defense against Trump’s claims that they are some sort of crazy, godless socialists. There is no better opportunity for Democrats to present themselves as the values party, thereby appealing to voters of all faiths or no faith at all.

@JoeBiden Leads by 14 in New @Rasmussen_Poll !

I do not give much credit to Rassie's polls but this is interesting
https://twitter.com/ChrisDJackson/status/1212816130512957445

Chuck Todd's MTP Daily may be axed

https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/1213228582887215104

01/05 Mike Luckovich: Beat it!

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1213174949986406404
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