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Warrens blistering debate performance puts her back into play.
Warren's blistering debate performance puts her back into play. David Becker / Getty News

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Eye to eye, so alive, we're beautiful like diamonds in the sky. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Because Trump despises democracy, the president is reportedly FAH-URIOUS about a confidential intelligence service briefing to Congress that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election in an attempt to get him reelected. HOWEVER, he's not mad about Russia's interference—he's mad because Democrats could use the information against him. This is why he's temporarily replacing outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire with internet troll/loyalist Richard Grenell, who knows fuck-all about intelligence. JESUS CHRIST.

Though he hasn't done it yet, Trump is expected to grant a pardon to his criminal pal Roger Stone who has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. Now the president wants a retrial, and is calling members of the Justice Department "dirty cops" who only prosecute his enablers instead of his enemies. (Maybe because most of his enemies aren't criminals?)

In other corruption and clemency news: Former congressman Dana Rohrabacher has confirmed he told Wikileaks' Julian Assange that Trump would pardon him if he could help prove that Russia was not involved in leaking Democrat emails during the 2016 election.

Voters will begin caucusing in Nevada on Saturday, and at this point in the race Bernie Sanders has the lead—but Dems are fearful of a contested primary in which Sanders may have the most delegates, but not a majority, which could lead to another Iowa-style shit show that Trump will absolutely love. Or it'll prove that democracy is messy, but still works. WE SHALL SEE.

Frankly, I'm still reeling in ecstasy from Elizabeth Warren's cold-blooded decimation of the Democratic pack during Wednesday's debate (which, according to her campaign, garnered her $2.8 million in donations in one day alone). Want to relive the glory? Check out this super fun (and clip-filled) recap!

New swing state polls reveal that while Trump is leading over the top Democrats in Wisconsin, he's behind in two other critical states, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Against the CDC's wishes, 14 Americans infected with the coronavirus were allowed by the state department to board a plane from Japan back to the US—a move that could double the spread of the virus in this country.

Conservatives in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Nebraska, and South Dakota are trying to block the effort to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the US constitution—because they hate women.

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IN LOCAL NEWS: The lawyer for Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson wants to move the right-winger's trial out of Multnomah County because no one likes him here. Ummmmm... wasn't it Gibson's choice to come to Portland and act like a butthole? In any case, our Alex Zielinski has the details.

An Oregon bill that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions is getting pushback from some liberal groups, including the formidable Sunrise PDX. Find out why in this report from our Blair Stenvick.

Related: In order to forestall another chickenshit Republican walkout in the Oregon legislature, Gov. Kate Brown is trying to broker a deal to keep the cap-and-trade bill on the table.

In news that makes you go "hmmm": "Macklemore gets new job: Dutch Bros. Executive Creative Director of Cold Brew."

HEY, YOU LOVE COCKTAILS, RIGHT? Then don't miss the upcoming Mercury HIGHBALL week, featuring 50 craft cocktails for only (*checks notes*) $5?? Wow!

Now let us stare longingly toward the WEATHER: A mild and sunny Friday and Saturday with highs in the upper 50s!