Thursday News Executive Summary
Spirited Democrat debate, Trump’s counterattack, new intelligence director, and more.
NO HOLDS BARRED: Sparks flew during the ninth Democratic presidential debate, with five veteran debaters and one newcomer (Michael Bloomberg) facing off on stage on Wednesday (NBC News)
COUNTERATTACK: President Donald Trump slams Michael Bloomberg at Phoenix rally, pushing MAGA message during Democrat debate (Fox News)
ECONOMIST/YOUGOV SURVEY: Trump takes 2020 lead, 52%-48%; all Democrats “probably lose” (Washington Examiner)
REMINDER: Denmark tells Bernie Sanders it’s had enough of his “socialist” slurs (Investor’s Business Daily)
Government & Politics
NEW DNI: Trump taps U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as nation’s top intel official (AP)
PURGE CONTINUES: John Rood, top Defense Department official who contradicted Trump on Ukraine, latest to be ousted after impeachment saga (The New York Times)
TWO OLD MEN DEBATE HEALTH: Bloomberg, Sanders teams squabble over medical records (Politico)
Culture & Heartland
DEFAMATION: A group of Covington Catholic High School students are suing nine media personalities over tweets and commentary about the incident at the Lincoln Memorial last year (Cincinnati Enquirer)
SCOTUS BOUND? A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday it was unconstitutional to force Florida felons to first pay off their financial obligations before registering to vote, siding against state Republican lawmakers who imposed the restriction last year (Tampa Bay Times)
SOME 200 VICTIMS: Pennsylvania diocese, facing more abuse claims, files for bankruptcy (The New York Times)
POLICY: A blueprint for the U.S. response to China over the next decades (The Heritage Foundation)
POLICY: Reconciliation with Turkey should only come with a price (Washington Examiner)
HUMOR: Disheveled and covered in $100 bills, Bernie Sanders claims he was attacked by a group of billionaires (The Babylon Bee)
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