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From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democratic candidates add Mike Bloomberg to their bashing of billionaires

Money can buy almost anything, but it can’t buy safety from the arrows of the envious. That’s the takeaway from televised debate crossfire that a six-pack of bitter 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls trained on one another, and on a billionaire newcomer just entering the race. It’s hard to pick a winner out of the chaos, but the losers are obvious: Michael Bloomberg and the American people.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats panic that Bernie Sanders is back

Bernie Sanders may be irascible but he’s real; he may be off-putting but he’s not without purpose; he clearly has full-throated spleen for corruption and greed in the private sector, but also a full-spirited passion for the plight of the downcast and the down-trodden.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., pauses during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Russia Collusion Two wafts into being

- The Washington Times

The New York Times just released a report about the intelligence community's concerns that Russia is winding into gear to reelect President Donald Trump this November. Make way for the Russia Collusion Two, same as the first: all lies, lots of impeachable possibilities.

A barren Democratic field

After watching the blithering and blather of the Democratic candidates for president in Las Vegas, I am convinced there was zero leadership potential on that stage. Michael Bloomberg was dense and unprepared, but the most outrageous candidate of all was Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose mindless policies, ill-defined and opaque, would financially overwhelm American society with endless promises of free goods and services for everybody — except, that is, the wealthy, who would undoubtedly leave this country before the destruction of the Sanders policies were finalized.

'The Splendid and the Vile' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Splendid and the Vile'

"The Splendid and the Vile" tells of a resonant time when a ship-of-state flounders through chartless seas with a feckless harlequin on the bridge while citizen-passengers argue and anguish.

This April 28, 2011, file photo shows President Barack Obama with then-outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and then-Defense Secretary-nominee Leon Panetta, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Richard Grenell critics ought to remember Leon Panetta

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the new acting director of national intelligence, and now the anti-Trumping faction is going nuts, claiming Grenell does not possess the necessary requirements to successfully serve in the position. Hmm. But Leon Panetta, ex-CIA chief, did?

Former Trump adviser Roger Stone is hoping the flashy headlines and political firestorm from his sentencing recommendation bring fresh scrutiny to allegations of political bias that his supporters raised in November. (Associated Press)

Justice gone wild

Hell hath no fury like a deep stater scorned. Anyone believing that losers in the campaign to take out President Trump would apologize or slink away is sadly deluded or comfortably stoned. Though the core of their strategy failed when the Senate acquitted the president of articles of impeachment, the president's enemies battle on to wound him by grinding up his associates while protecting their own.