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6 things to watch in tonight’s Nevada caucuses

6 things to watch in tonight’s Nevada caucuses

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is looking for a breakaway win in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses. Everybody else in the Democratic presidential race is trying to keep it close. Just a week from the South Carolina primary and 10 days from Super Tuesday, when 14 states will vote, candidates are running out of time and opportunities to…

Russian meddling was out of a spy novel in 2016. It’s turning 2020 into a horror movie.

Russian meddling was out of a spy novel in 2016. It’s turning 2020 into a horror movie.

The Washington Post reported late Friday that intelligence officials told Sen. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, that Russians are actively trying to help him in an effort to split the party. They’re also meddling generally on behalf of President Donald Trump, although we knew that already. Officials notified Sanders about a…

Intelligence community feels immediate impact of Trump’s diplomatic ‘disruptor’

Intelligence community feels immediate impact of Trump’s diplomatic ‘disruptor’

Richard Grenell, the newly installed acting director of American spy agencies and loyalist to President Donald Trump, began his temporary tenure by moving aggressively to put his stamp on the intelligence community that Trump has repeatedly attacked. Grenell ousted a veteran intelligence officer on Friday who served as the number two at the Office of…

Roger Stone asks to disqualify judge from his case

Roger Stone asks to disqualify judge from his case

Roger Stone is asking to disqualify Judge Amy Berman Jackson from his case, taking issue with her praise for the jurors at his sentencing Thursday. She is still weighing his request for a new trial after Stone alleged juror misconduct. Stone claims that Jackson’s statement at his two-and-a-half-hour sentencing Thursday — she said jurors “served…

Melania Trump next in long line of first ladies to visit India

Melania Trump next in long line of first ladies to visit India

For decades, America’s first ladies have made India an essential global visit, a sort of rite of passage for the job, either alone or in a supporting role with the president. And next week, first lady Melania Trump is set to travel to India, alongside her husband, President Donald Trump, for a brief, two-day visit…

Anderson Cooper challenges Blagojevich claims in heated interview

Anderson Cooper challenges Blagojevich claims in heated interview

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday declared himself a “political prisoner” in a contentious interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper over the substantial evidence prosecutors used to convict him on a host of public corruption charges. Blagojevich’s sentence was commuted earlier this week by President Donald Trump after the Democrat and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant…

Buttigieg hits Sanders by name over health care in new South Carolina TV ad

Buttigieg hits Sanders by name over health care in new South Carolina TV ad

Pete Buttigieg will begin airing a new television ad in South Carolina on Friday night that attacks Sen. Bernie Sanders by name over his “Medicare for All” health care plan. The ad, which will run for a week ahead of the South Carolina primary later this month, is the first time Buttigieg has put money…

Supreme Court allows rule to take effect that could reshape legal immigration

Supreme Court allows rule to take effect that could reshape legal immigration

A 5-4 Supreme Court is allowing a rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits like food stamps and housing vouchers to go into effect in every state. Last month, a 5-4 court greenlighted the so-called “public charge” rule across the country except for Illinois,…

Here’s how the Nevada caucuses work

Here’s how the Nevada caucuses work

Nevada Democrats head to their precincts Saturday under nationwide scrutiny to participate in the second presidential contest this year using a caucus system. After issues with an app and a communications breakdown led to a meltdown during the Iowa caucuses earlier this month, the Silver State is determined to run and report results properly from…

DHS will waive contracting laws for first time to speed up construction of border wall

DHS will waive contracting laws for first time to speed up construction of border wall

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it will waive several contracting laws, an unprecedented step that is intended to speed up wall construction on the US-Mexico border. DHS, for the first time, is using its authority granted by Congress to bypass a handful of federal procurement laws, including ones that encourage open…

This week in 9 headlines

This week in 9 headlines

Monday: Trump aims West Coast swing to raise cash and counterprogram Democrats Tuesday: Barr has said he’s considered resigning over Trump’s interference in Justice Department matters, source says Wednesday: Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuting sentence and declares himself a ‘Trump-ocrat’ CNN Poll of Polls: Bernie Sanders tops Democratic field Thursday: Russia is looking to help…

The 5 most likely scenarios in the Nevada caucuses

The 5 most likely scenarios in the Nevada caucuses

The third vote of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is set for Saturday afternoon, when Nevadans head to caucus sites around the state. So who will win? And who, well, won’t? Below, the five most likely scenarios — with a big caveat: There is very limited quality polling in Nevada, raising the unpredictability quotient. 5.…

Trump joined by ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team at Las Vegas rally

Trump joined by ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team at Las Vegas rally

President Donald Trump welcomed members of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team at a Las Vegas rally on Friday, who were celebrating the anniversary of their historic win against the Soviet Union. Introducing the team, Trump called the game “one of the greatest moments in the history of sports.” The team took the stage, some…

No Scrubs: TLC to perform at Tom Steyer rally

No Scrubs: TLC to perform at Tom Steyer rally

Don’t go chasing waterfalls. Chase the Democratic nomination instead. Iconic R&B group TLC is taking their hit songs to the 2020 presidential race. The Grammy award-winning group is performing at Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer‘s “Battle Ready” rally in Las Vegas Friday night, making them the first celebrities to perform live at one of Steyer’s…

Ousted acting spy chief Maguire formally resigns from US government

Ousted acting spy chief Maguire formally resigns from US government

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire has formally resigned from US government service after President Donald Trump made it clear he would not be nominated for the full time intelligence chief job, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. The office of DNI also officially announced the second-ranking official there, Andrew Hallman,…

President’s new personnel head tells agencies to look out for disloyal staffers

President’s new personnel head tells agencies to look out for disloyal staffers

President Donald Trump’s new personnel chief told agency officials at a meeting on Thursday to expect staffing changes and movements across the government, people familiar with the meeting told CNN. A White House official said John McEntee, the President’s former body man who was elevated to run the presidential personnel office, made it clear his…