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Ari Berman: “The 48 Senators who voted to convict President Trump represent 18 million more Americans than 52 Republicans who voted to acquit.”
While Amazon said it paid “billions” in taxes in 2019, the company actually paid $162 million in federal income tax—a tax rate of 1.2 percent on profits of more than $13 billion, according to Yahoo News.
“I had always thought that our institutions would forever protect us against individual transgressors. But it turns out that our institutions need us as much as we need them; they need the American people to protect them or they will be hollowed out over time, unable to serve and protect our country.”
— Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, writing in the Washington Post.
“I’m running against Donald Trump — they’re running against each other. And my polls are going up, and their polls are going down. If I were them, I’d change their strategies.”
— Michael Bloomberg, in an interview with WPRI, on his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The FiveThirtyEight forecast now shows Bernie Sanders with a 37% chance at winning the Democratic nomination, followed by Joe Biden at 21%, Elizabeth Warren at 10% and Pete Buttigieg at 6%. There is also a 27% chance no one will receive a majority of delegates, which would mean a contested convention.
“In private, many of my colleagues agree that the president is reckless and unfit. They admit his lies. And they acknowledge what he did was wrong. They know this president has done things Richard Nixon never did. And they know that more damning evidence is likely to come out. … I have asked some of them, ‘If the Senate votes to acquit, what will you do to keep this president from getting worse?’ Their responses have been shrugs and sheepish looks.”
President Trump’s State of the Union address drew a considerably smaller audience on the broadcast networks — down about 25% from the comparable figure last year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Associated Press: “At least 138 people deported to El Salvador from the U.S. in recent years were subsequently killed, Human Rights Watch says in a new report that comes as the Trump administration makes it harder for Central Americans to seek refuge here. … The organization also confirmed at least 70 cases of sexual assault or other violence following their arrival in the country.”
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it. We took a gut punch in Iowa.”
— Joe Biden, quoted by Politico.