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Monday, February 18, 2019

Party Leaders Unveil New Rules for Democratic Presidential Debates

The opening presidential debates for the Democrats’ 2020 nomination will begin next June and July with two prime-time televised back-to-back debate nights to accommodate a field that will be capped at the 20 most popular candidates, the party announced on Thursday.

The first debate will be televised on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, while CNN will host the second debate, the party’s announcement said. Qualifying candidates will be ranked according to mainstream media polls and grassroots donor support.

“Both debates will have the option of occurring over consecutive nights in prime time to make room for as many as 20 candidates, with the lineups for each night determined at random,” the DNC’s announcement said. “This approach will provide each candidate with a fair opportunity to make his or her case to a large, national audience.”

To qualify, a presidential candidate must show at least one percent support in three polls released between New Year’s Day 2019 and two weeks before the forum.…

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Can Corporate Scams Keep Suckering People?

Reprinted with permission from Creators Syndicate.

A photograph ran in newspapers throughout the U.S. last June portraying three guys in suits and ties shoveling dirt.

The three were Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics conglomerate. They were in a vacant lot in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, doing a PR groundbreaking of a new plant that Foxconn promised would hire thousands of blue-collar workers to make flat-screen televisions.

For Trump, the photo was proof that he was delivering on his campaign promise to ignite a made-in-the-USA manufacturing renaissance in the hard-hit upper Midwest.…

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Danziger: Not So Calm

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at