Encore of Revival: America, February 1, 2016


Donald keeps making headlines. Just ahead of the Hawkeye Cauci, two polls report Trump and Cruz in a dead heat, the rest give Trump a 9-ish point lead. But only Iowans know how Iowans will caucus. Corn could a problem for Cruz. He may have gotten his message out too late. Or, perhaps too may Iowans like government subsidies for Cruz to ever win. Or, maybe ethanol doesn’t matter at all.

We’ll see. So will Microsoft. And so will Bernie see whether Microsoft sees clearly. This is the first time the election results are being calculated by the tech giant, inviting watchdogs. There are a lot of firsts in this election.

Trump’s absence at the Fox debate didn’t seem to matter to anyone but Fox—before the debate. And it didn’t seem to matter to anyone else before, not even Fox during or after. Debates themselves are being tested as to their worth, other than profitability. Thought-to-be campaign rules are being set on end so much, it is as if the Andrew Jackson campaign were making a comeback. Strategy books will write about these times, placing Trump alongside Drew, Abe, and Theo.

RCP Iowa polls

TV Ratings: Fox News Debate Rises Without Donald Trump, Hits 12.5 Million Viewers | Hollywood Reporter

Donald Trump Solidifies Lead Over GOP Rivals in First States to Vote | WSJ

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Endorse Donald Trump in Iowa | NY Times

Russian Fighter Conducts Dangerous Intercept of U.S. Recon Jet | Free Beacon

Huckabee and Santorum to Attend Trump Event During Fox News Debate | NY Times

Ted Cruz’s Iowa Mailers Are More Fraudulent Than Everyone Thinks | New Yorker

Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa | The Hill

Sanders camp suspicious of Microsoft’s influence in Iowa Caucus | MSNBC

Former House Oversight chairman: ‘FBI director would like to indict Clinton and Abedin’ | Examiner

This is why the Drudge Report poll matters: In a bad year for polls, this online vote keeps demonstrating Trump fervor | Salon

It’s Still Bill Clinton, but the Old Magic Seems to Be Missing | NY Times

Campaigning in style: How Jeb Bush blew through his war chest | Yahoo-Reuters

Apple beats on earnings, but revenue and iPhone sales come up short | CNBC

Massive Politico shakeup: Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, 3 others departing | CNN

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