Bernie Sanders Hospitalized For Artery Blockage

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced his campaign appearances have been canceled due to ‘chest discomfort’ experienced Tuesday night:

“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing, he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

(image via ABC News)

Sanders, Buttigieg Announce Big Campaign Fundraising Results

L-R Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

As we begin a new quarter, Democratic candidates are touting their fundraising prowess with email blasts.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign writes that Pete for America pulled in over $19 million during the 3rd quarter, which brings his total haul from the beginning of the year to more than $51 million.

And Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his campaign took in $24.8 million in the 3rd quarter.

More to come…the day is early.

News Round-Up: September 30, 2019

InstaHunk Dan Tai (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Ok, who knew hottie Dan Tai (above) even owned this much clothes??? Btw – Dan shares in his Instagram post wise words about cherishing the moment you’re in. Follow him here.

Billboard: Rapper Lil Nas tells CBS This Morning’s Gayle King he knew he was gay early on and used to “pray, pray and pray.” When King asked what he prayed for, he said, “That it was a phase.”

CNN: The latest polling by SSRS shows 47% of Americans support impeaching Donald Trump and removing him from office, up from 41% who felt that way in a CNN poll in May. Opposition stands at 45% in the new poll, down from 54% who said so in May and the lowest point in CNN polling. There’s equally bad news for Trump in the latest Quinnipiac (47% support) and CBS News (55% support) polls.

Buffalo News: Rep. Chris Collins (R) – most famous as the first member of Congress to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – resigned from Congress today after pleading guilty to criminal insider trading.

LGBTQ Nation: Abrahm DeVine, a 23-year-old collegiate swimmer who came out as gay in a 2018 interview with Swimming World magazine, says he was kicked off of the Stanford University swim team due to “systematic homophobia.” DeVine is a member of the U.S. men’s national swim team and was an NCAA champion at Stanford.

Out Music: Peter Thomas drops his latest single, “If You’re Happy Now,” about the aftermath of a breakup.

“Heartbreak has been replaced by a less intense heartache,” explains Thomas. “I find myself wondering about you. Are you okay? Do you have someone new? Are we in the same time zone? Maybe we’re not ready to talk yet, and maybe we won’t end up together, but I still care. I’ll always care. And I want to know if you’re alright.”

I have stood in the center of that emotional landscape. Hit the play button below.

Pelosi: “It Doesn’t Matter” If Impeachment Inquiry Threatens Democratic House Majority

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, during an appearance over the weekend in Texas, said Democrats will push ahead with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump whether it could threaten the Democrats hold on the House in the 2020 elections or not.

Via Yahoo News:

“It doesn’t matter,” Pelosi said in the wrap-up event of a weekend festival for politicians and journalists. “Our first responsibility is to the Constitution.”

Pelosi, a California Democrat who reclaimed the gavel in the House after her party captured the majority in the 2018 November elections, spoke just blocks away from the Texas Capitol at the festival put on by the Texas Tribune.

In a conversation with Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Pelosi said the decision to move ahead with the possible impeachment was dictated by the president’s actions.

“This is a sad time for our country,” Pelosi said. “There is no joy in this.”

Pelosi said her early hesitance to move ahead with impeachment was because the facts were insufficient until a whistleblower brought to light a phone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

In that conversation, a rough transcript released by the White House after the whistleblower’s concerns were made known showed Trump seeking politically damaging information against former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I think right now, there is a coverup of the coverup,” she said.

Former Ukraine Prosecutor Told Giuliani ‘No Evidence Of Wrongdoing’ By Bidens

Donald Trump (screen capture)

Yuri Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general for Ukraine, says he repeatedly rebuffed demands by Rudy Giuliani to investigate Joe Biden and his son, insisting he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing that he could pursue.

From the Los Angeles Times:

In an interview, Yuri Lutsenko said while he was Ukraine’s prosecutor general he told Rudolph W. Giuliani that he would be happy to cooperate if the FBI or other U.S. authorities began their own investigation of the former vice president and his son Hunter but insisted they had not broken any Ukrainian laws to his knowledge.

Lutsenko, who was fired as prosecutor general last month, said he had urged Giuliani to launch a U.S. inquiry and go to court if he had any evidence but not to use Ukraine to conduct a political vendetta that could affect the U.S. election.

“I said, ‘Let’s put this through prosecutors, not through presidents,’ ” Lutsenko told The Times.

“I told him I could not start an investigation just for the interests of an American official,” he said.

The revelations are at the heart of the House impeachment inquiry into whether Trump improperly delayed congressionally mandated military aid to Ukraine while urging leaders there to help find dirt on his political opponents to boost his 2020 reelection bid.

Giuliani had reportedly been pushing Lutsenko to investigate the Bidens for over a year. Lutsenko described Giuliani as “obsessed” with finding dirt on the Bidens.

And then there’s this from Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent:

South Carolina & Nevada Polls Show Two Different Races

Sen. Elizabeth Warren surges past former Vice President Joe Biden in latest Iowa poll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren surges past former Vice President Joe Biden in latest Iowa poll

The first polls from CNN/SRSS on the upcoming South Carolina Democratic primary and the Nevada Democratic caucuses show two very different races.

In South Carolina, former Vice President Joe Biden is miles ahead of everyone.

Biden garners 37 percent support compared to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 16 percent support.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled 11 percent support, and no other candidate got above 5 percent.

But in Nevada, it’s Biden and Sanders neck-and-neck with 22 percent, and Warren at 18% among likely Democratic caucus-goers.

No one else received more than 5 percent in Nevada.

Hillary Clinton: Trump “Knows He’s An Illegitimate President”

The Washington Post reports former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says in an interview scheduled to air on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend that Donald Trump is an ‘illegitimate’ president who won’t be reelected in 2020.

Clinton was asked whether it angers her that none of the current Democratic candidates invoke her on the campaign trail while Trump’s rally crowds still break out into “lock her up” chants.

“No, it doesn’t kill me because he knows he’s an illegitimate president,” she said. “I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used, from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories — he knows that — there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did.”

In June, former president Jimmy Carter used similar language to diminish Trump’s presidency.

She compared Trump’s latest effort to spread negative stories about Biden, who is leading in most polls to be the 2020 Democratic nominee, to what he did to her during their campaign.

Clinton also predicted Trump would lose in 2020 because “there were many funny things that happened in my election that will not happen again.”

Additionally, Clinton shares that she supports an impeachment inquiry as there are “a number of grounds” for it but says that Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, when Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son, is “incredibly troubling.”

Warren Passes Biden In New National Poll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren surges past former Vice President Joe Biden in latest Iowa poll

Sen. Elizabeth Warren surges past former Vice President Joe Biden in latest Iowa poll

A new national poll by Quinnipiac shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the number one spot among Democratic White House contenders.

Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, Warren garnered 27 percent support with former Vice President Joe Biden at 25 percent.

Sen. Bernie Sanders came in a distant 3rd at 16 percent support.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg received 7 percent, and Sen. Kamala Harris just 3 percent.

RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden around 28.4 percent and Warren at 21.7 percent support.

DNC Increases Debate Requirements Again

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris with former Vice President Joe Biden

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris with former Vice President Joe Biden

The Democratic National Committee has upped the requirements to qualify for the November primary debates, but the jump this time isn’t as steep as the last increase.

According to the New York Times candidates will need to have received donations from at least 165,000 individual donors (up from 130,000) and must meet one of two polling requirements.

They must either receive 3 percent support (up from 2 percent) in four national or early-state polls conducted by qualifying pollsters, or 5 percent support in two polls in the four early states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Eligible polls must be released between September 13 and midnight seven days before the debate.

GOP Challenger: Trump Committed Treason – Pure And Simple

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden constitutes treason.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld says Donald Trump's pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden constitutes treason.

Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, one of the few Republicans who have announced they will try and challenge Donald Trump in a GOP primary, told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Trump’s efforts to press the Ukrainian government into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son amounts to “treason pure and simple.”

“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere and control a U.S. election,” said Weld. “It couldn’t be clearer. That’s not just undermining Democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason pure and simple.”

Noting that the penalty for treason in the U.S. is death, Weld said being removed from office would be “a pretty good alternative” for the Donald.