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February 4, 2020

The Democrats’ Iowa Caucus Debacle

This Day in History | 1789

George Washington is unanimously elected the first president of the United States. 

Good morning Middle Americans!

What a fiasco! We may have just witnessed the death of the Iowa caucuses. We still don’t have the results as of 7 am ET this morning. Meanwhile, you have several candidates declaring victory and getting out of town. On to New Hampshire! Bernie Sanders’s team posted polling results that claim to show he won. But the biggest winner of the night may have been South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Remember, when it comes to Iowa – it’s not whether the beat your opponents, it’s more about betting expectations. On that note, it looks like Joe Biden was the biggest loser. The question everyone is asking about Biden on this Tuesday morning is, will the former Vice President still be a viable candidate come Super Tuesday? 

Also today we are sending our best to talk radio legend, the original of the species, Rush Limbaugh, who announced on his show yesterday that he has advanced stage lung cancer. 

You may have already moved on, but the rest of Washington looks like it’s getting ready to turn the page on impeachment. Closing argument wrapped up yesterday, and the Senate is expect to vote tomorrow on acquittal for President Trump.  It must feel like Christmas eve to the commander in Chief. Only on this night he also gets to address the nation with a prime time speech and talk a victory lap on everything from the economy to killing one of the worst of all time, Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi.  There will be a lot of upset people, including the people who work here at Middle American news, if Conan the Dog doesn’t get top bill as one of the president’s special guests tonight. 

Finally the CDC says everyone needs to be more aggressive with our prevention strategies to combat the ‘unprecedented threat’ of the deadly coronavirus.  This while many experts say the Communist Party of China continues to cover up the real size and scope of the virus. 

Read all about it!

– Fraser Dixon 

‘It’s a total meltdown’: Confusion Seizes Iowa as Officials Struggle to Report Results

(Politico) – A technical meltdown in Iowa Monday night set off bedlam in the critical first contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, triggering competing claims of victory and stoking doubts about the legitimacy of the eventual outcome.

No results had been reported by midnight Eastern, and two campaigns told POLITICO that after a conference call with the Iowa Democratic Party, they didn’t expect any returns until Tuesday morning at the earliest.

Candidates stepped into the void. Pete Buttigieg went first by claiming victory — misleadingly, in the view of Bernie Sanders, whose campaign responded by releasing unofficial figures showing his strength. Amy Klobuchar also joined in by citing unverified results she said demonstrated a robust performance.

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Rush Limbaugh Announces He has ‘Advanced Lung Cancer’

(Fox News) – Talk radio king Rush Limbaugh stunned his 20-million member audience Monday with the announcement he’s been diagnosed with “advanced lung cancer.”

The 69-year-old conservative talk pioneer closed his broadcast with the grim news, saying he will be leaving his golden EIB microphone for treatment, but hopes to return later this week.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”

Watch Limbaugh’s emotional on-air announcement here

Schiff’s Closing Argument: “Trump Will Not Change and You Know It”

(Axios) – Closing arguments in President Trump’s Senate trial concluded on Monday, leaving one final step in a saga that officially began on Sept. 24 with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry.

Next,the Senate will vote to acquit Trump on Wednesday, a conclusion that was always a near-certainty with a Republican conference that largely voted against witnesses and fell into line behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed in his closing arguments during the Senate trial Monday that President Trump cannot be trusted to shun further foreign interference in the election and that voting to remove him from office is the only solution.

It matters becauseSen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who has said that Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was “inappropriate” but not impeachable, suggested on Sunday that the impeachment process will make the president “think twice” about soliciting foreign interference in the future.

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CDC: Aggressive Action Needed to Counter ‘Unprecedented Threat’ of Coronavirus

(NBC News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday defended what it called “aggressive actions” to control the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, including stern advisories against traveling to China and mandatory federal quarantines for those arriving from the part of China with the vast majority of cases.

The characterization comes as the agency is working to provide state and local health departments with the tools needed to diagnose the virus themselves.

Currently, the CDC headquarters in Atlanta is the only place in the country with a test for the new coronavirus. That means lab results take at least 24 to 36 hours, including the time it takes to send samples overnight to Atlanta, plus four to six hours to perform the actual test.

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