Bloomberg’s Climbing in National Polls

12%

A new Morning Consult poll finds Michael Bloomberg at 12% nationally and in fourth place, just behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 14%. “Upon entering the race in November, Bloomberg’s net favorability (or the share of voters with favorable views minus those with unfavorable views) was just +5 among Democratic primary voters and +4 among black voters. In the latest poll, he was at +33 among all Democratic primary voters and +32 among black voters.”

Kelly Believes Bolton

“If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton… John’s an honest guy. He’s a man of integrity and great character, so we’ll see what happens.”

— When asked if former National Security Adviser John Bolton should testify at President Trump’s impeachment trial, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that he supports calling witnesses, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.

Trump’s Toadies Evolve Into Turncoats

“No one scares President Trump as much as people who used to work for him. They know the truth about him, and some of them tell it. When they do, Trump denies it and smears them. … It’s amazing how many people have turned on Trump in just his first term. He is a man who prizes loyalty above all else, and yet one toady after another has betrayed him.”

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Bloomberg Backs Statehood for Puerto Rico

“I’ll state it clearly: I support statehood for Puerto Rico. And as president, I will work to pass a bill making it a reality, subject to approval by the people of Puerto Rico — who will make the ultimate decision. … We believe taking Puerto Rican voters seriously starts in the Democratic primary, and that’s why I’m opening up an office in San Juan and building a ground operation — because the best way to stop Puerto Rico from being ignored in the future is to stop ignoring it right now.”

— Michael Bloomberg writing in the Orlando Sentinel