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10:50 AM ET, February 4, 2020


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This Is The Buzzy Democratic Firm That Botched The Iowa Caucuses  —  Shadow, a Democratic digital firm, created the app that was supposed to deliver quicker caucus results.  —  The tech arm of ACRONYM, a Democratic digital nonprofit group that has rapidly expanded in recent years …
Tom Perez:
How We Prepared for 2020  —  Tonight, our party's presidential nominating process officially kicks off in Iowa.  Today, I'm reflecting on the three years we've spent preparing for this moment, the changes we've made to make sure we are ready.  I'm proud of the historic reforms we passed …
New York Times:
App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested  —  The state Democratic Party commissioned a new app to tabulate caucus results.  It did not appear to go as planned.  —  DES MOINES — The app that the Iowa Democratic Party commissioned to tabulate and report results …
Clare Malone / FiveThirtyEight:
That Last, Unreleased Des Moines Register Poll Of Iowa Really Did Show Biden In Fourth  —  If you're the sort of person who was glued to political Twitter on Saturday night — and God help you if you are — you would have seen a mass freak-out when it was announced that that the Des Moines Register …
New York Times:
‘A Systemwide Disaster’: How the Iowa Caucuses Melted Down  —  Unexplained “inconsistencies” in results, heated conference calls and firm denials of hacking left the contest in a strange state of almost suspended animation.  —  DES MOINES — Sean Bagniewski had seen the problems coming.
Tim Alberta / Politico:
The death of Iowa  —  DES MOINES — There can be no doubting it now, not after so many years spent in the crosshairs, not after active presidential candidates began challenging its privileged position atop the nominating calendar, and certainly not after Monday night's debacle that left seven candidates …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Democrats Did the Russians' Work for Them  —  Iowa Democrats brought this conspiracy theory on themselves.  —  The Iowa Democratic party had one job: tally the results for the party's first-in-nation caucus.  It's almost unbelievable the Democrats could fail to perform what has been, in previous years, an exceedingly trivial task.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Iowa caucus mess nothing compared to intra-Democratic Party chaos on the horizon  —  The Iowa caucuses reveal not only a Democratic Party deliriously incompetent at handling a vote tally — this from the folks who have been screaming about voting fraud and irregularities for years …
New York Times:
Iowa Caucus Results 2020: Live
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Move Fast and Break the Caucus
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Campaign Ejects Bloomberg News Reporter From Iowa News Conference
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
R.I.P. the ‘First-In-the-Nation’ Iowa Caucuses (1972-2020)
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
After Iowa  —  Everyone loses.  Literally everyone.
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Democratic Party Withholds Results Of Iowa Caucuses, Citing Tech Errors
Discussion: The Capitolist and Townhall
John F. Harris / Politico:
The winner is ... no one  —  “Iowa,” a smiling Pete Buttigieg said …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
The Iowa caucuses just died forever
Discussion: Washington Post
Myah Ward / Politico:
Trump claims he'll protect Iowa's first-in-the-nation status
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘It kind of failed us’: With eyes of the world on Iowa, another hiccup in American democracy
Discussion: Vox, Associated Press and Raw Story
The Iowa caucus ends in a meltdown thanks to app's “coding issue”
Discussion: Reason, The Hill and Disrn
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Frustration, questions as delays hamper Iowa caucuses
Discussion: The Nation
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Job Approval at Personal Best 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump's job approval rating has risen to 49%, his highest in Gallup polling since he took office in 2017.  —  The new poll finds 50% of Americans disapproving of Trump, leaving just 1% expressing no opinion.
David Enrich / New York Times:
The Money Behind Trump's Money  —  The inside story of the president and Deutsche Bank, his lender of last resort.  —  One Day in early 2017, Mike Offit went to the Yale Club in Manhattan for a lunch hosted by a group called Business Executives for National Security.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iowa Might Have Screwed Up The Whole Nomination Process  —  In trying to build a forecast model of the Democratic primaries, we literally had to think about the entire process from start (Iowa) to finish (the Virgin Islands on June 6).  Actually, we had to do more than that.
Nick R. Martin / The Informant:
Threat against Adam Schiff  —  Hi, and welcome to The Informant, a publication covering hate and extremism in America, written and edited by me, Nick R. Martin.  —  A lot has happened in the past several days, so today's intelligence briefing is packed full of links and information.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Brian Stelter / CNN:
White House excludes CNN from annual pre-SOTU lunch with news anchors  —  New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump's targeting of CNN is moving to yet another arena: The annual presidential lunch with television network anchors.  —  CNN anchors are being excluded from Tuesday's lunch, three sources said on Monday night.
Sarah Blaskey / Miami Herald:
As others stand at attention for anthem, Trump fidgets, points, pretend-conducts the band  —  President Donald Trump has repeatedly said all Americans should “stand proudly” during the national anthem, and publicly chastises those who don't as disrespectful of the troops.
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Federal Judge Reverses Conviction of Border Volunteers, Challenging Government's “Gruesome Logic”  —  A federal judge in Tucson, Arizona, reversed the conviction of four humanitarian aid volunteers on religious freedom grounds Monday, ruling that the government had embraced a “gruesome logic” …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Trump's Jokes About Defying Election Results Could Create Chaos  —  There's a real possibility he could declare victory before all the ballots are counted.  —  As President Donald Trump plans a triumphant State of the Union address anticipating his likely acquittal by the Senate …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bloomberg says he hopes Sanders changes  —  Mike Bloomberg tells me he'd support Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump if those were his two options, but that people should understand Sanders at this moment is “so far to the left it's not practical” and that “what he wants to do would never get through Congress.”
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Sean Colarossi / POLITICUSUSA:   Nicolle Wallace Tells Bernie Backers That Their Vicious Attacks On Fellow Dems Are Helping Trump
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘An unacceptable and upsetting environment’: 2020 Democratic Host Committee under investigation  —  The two top officials overseeing Milwaukee's host committee for the 2020 Democratic National Convention were sidelined Monday amid allegations of a toxic work culture.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David J. Neal / Miami Herald:
Congresswoman will bring Jeffrey Epstein victim to State of the Union as guest  —  California Congresswoman Jackie Speier's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address will be Courtney Wild, who was molested by wealthy Palm Beach sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein when she was a girl and after whom a victims' rights bill is named.
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
On health care, is Trump malicious or just incompetent? Yes.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Schiff's appeal to truth, decency and justice falls on deaf Republican ears
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Vanity Fair:
“I WANT THAT GODDAMN FUCKING STATEMENT”: Behind the Scenes of Trump's Secret Birther Implosion
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Racism at the Heart of Trump's ‘Travel Ban’
Discussion: Slate
Lindsay Wigo / The Daily Caller:
CNN's Brian Stelter Crowned Winner Of Twitter ‘Liberal Hack’ Tournament
Discussion: Redstate
 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's post-impeachment strategy for Ukraine and Bolton borrows from familiar playbook
Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
What Swing Working-Class Voters in Battleground States Are Thinking
The Boston Globe:
Joe Biden for president
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, Raw Story and Axios
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Joe Biden kisses granddaughter on lips during Iowa rally
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Tom Piatak / Chronicles Magazine:
an arrogance justified by nothing
Discussion: Instapundit