GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! And even though we know we both fly, we give each other space and not the evil eye. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
Bernie Sanders emerged victorious in the New Hampshire primary last night, closely trailed by Pete Buttigieg and (surprisingly) Amy Klobuchar. Elizabeth Warren finished a distant fourth, followed by (insert sad trombone sound here) Joe Biden. Also, as of last night, Andrew Yang ended his run for the Democratic nomination as did Michael Bennet whose exit caused many in the Democratic party to say, "Who's Michael Bennet?" Next stop for the candidates: South Carolina and Nevada.
Today in yet more BLATANT TRUMP CORRUPTION: On orders from William Barr, the Justice Department said it planned to reduce its sentencing recommendation for Trump crony and criminal Roger Stone. Meanwhile Trump is doing his damnedest to intimidate a federal judge. In response four prosecutors have walked off the case, and one quit his job entirely out of protest. In a time of repeated alarming bullshit, this is some ALARMING BULLSHIT.
President Trump congratulated William Barr for intervening to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, broadening concerns that the department is ceding its independence to White House influence https://t.co/MJLnZcciRJ— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 12, 2020
Trump's campaign of vengeance continued yesterday with a thinly veiled call to the military to punish Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (who testified against Trump) in any way they pleased. Meanwhile the Republican senators who vindicated Trump are now desperately afraid that the Senate will be flipped in November. LET'S MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
Murkowski asked by reporters if Trump learned a lesson from impeachment: “There haven’t been very strong indicators this week that he has.”— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) February 12, 2020
Rich candidate Michael Bloomberg is fighting off attacks from Trump and others after a 2015 audio clip was released in which he defended the racist "stop and frisk" policy.
New cases of the coronavirus have slowed, but China remains on lockdown. The death count has surpassed 1,100.
In "Welp, I guess we better prepare for an alien invasion" news: "Mysterious radio signal from space is repeating every 16 days."
A standard poodle named Siba has won best in show at the Westminster dog show, and she is a very good doggie.
New Wes Anderson film alert!
IN LOCAL NEWS: It's time once again for the city to engage in contract negotiations with the Portland Police (AKA the union that makes all other unions look bad). It will be as terrible as you suspect, and our Alex Zielinski has more.
Ten years into Portland's Bike Plan which promised to turn the town into a world-class biking city, cycling advocates are disappointed with the progress being made. Our Blair Stenvick has the details.
Psychologists called by the defense testified yesterday in the Jeremy Christian trial, saying the accused murderer suffers from some brain impairment but, as OPB reports, "not from any injuries he got in a past altercation with police where he was shot in the face." Wow.
HEY LOVERS! Valentine's Day is Friday—looking for some romantic stuff to do? As always, the Mercury's Things to Do calendar has you covered!
Now let's examine the meteorological phenomenon known as the WEATHER: Dry and occasional sunbreaks today with a high of 51!
And finally, I don't care what HILARIOUS, HORRIBLE PRANK she plays on me, guys... I still love her!!