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February 10, 2020
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“Send your calculators to Manchester.”

In This Episode

Democrats try to break out of the pack in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary, Joe Biden hits Pete Buttigieg on his experience, Bernie Sanders coasts, Mike Bloomberg rises, and Donald Trump hands Democrats a gift with his budget. Then Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir talks to Jon F. about their strategy for the rest of the primary.

Show notes

New Hampshire Debate

  • WaPo: Candidates brawl in New Hampshire, with Pete Buttigieg a target and Joe Biden seeking redemption 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Who Won The New Hampshire Democratic Primary Debate? 
  • NYT: 7 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in New Hampshire
  • NYT: Which Candidates Got the Most Speaking Time in the Democratic Debate
  • WaPo: Fact-checking the eighth Democratic primary debate 
  • Politico: Debate shows desperation of everyone but Bernie
  • Vox: Bernie Sanders showed us he’s a very skilled politician
  • NYT: 7 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in New Hampshire
  • Politico: Pete Buttigieg’s big New Hampshire moment
  • NYT: Victors in Iowa, Sanders and Buttigieg Are Targets in Democratic Debate
  • NYT: 7 Takeaways From the Democratic Debate in New Hampshire 
  • Daily Beast: Pete Buttigieg Is Already Planning for Life After New Hampshire 
  • Politico: Klobuchar joins the swelling ranks of Democrats with a shot
  • ABC News: Klobuchar hits $2M in fundraising less than 24 hours after the ABC News Democratic debate
  • NYT: They’ve Both ‘Won Every Race’ So Far, and Want a Win in New Hampshire
  • NYT: They’ve Both ‘Won Every Race’ So Far, and Want a Win in New Hampshire
  • NYT: Elizabeth Warren Has a Pete Buttigieg Problem
  • Associated Press: To win New Hampshire, Warren has to go through Sanders
  • New York Magazine: How Iowa’s Chaos Affected Each of the Top 4 Democrats — and Why New Hampshire Is Bigger Than Ever
  • Politico: Biden goes on clean-up duty after debate
  • NYT: Wobbly After Iowa, Biden Confronts a Perilous Moment 
  • NYT: Joe Biden Shakes Up Campaign Leadership, Elevating Anita Dunn
  • FiveThirtyEight: The Calendar Isn’t Helping Biden, But His Iowa Performance Points To Bigger Problems 

New Hampshire Primary 

  • CNN: Bernie Sanders holds lead in second release of CNN’s New Hampshire tracking poll 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Election Update: The Polling Picture In New Hampshire Is Actually Pretty Clear
  • Politico: Poll: Sanders, Buttigieg lead in New Hampshire
  • WaPo: Buttigieg responds to Biden’s Obama jab: ‘I’m not, and neither is he’ 
  • NYT: Biden Slashes Into Buttigieg: ‘This Guy’s Not a Barack Obama!’
  • WSJ: Buttigieg Seeks to Turn Biden Attack to His Advantage in New Hampshire Countdown
  • The Hill: Buttigieg rips Biden attack ad: Small communities ‘frustrated’ with being made into a ‘punchline’
  • Daily Beast: Mayor Pete Weaponizes Biden’s Attack Ad Against Him 
  • The Hill: Buttigieg responds to Sanders ‘billionaire’ attacks: ‘Bernie’s pretty rich and I would happily accept a contribution from him’ 
  • The Hill: Democrats ramp up attacks on opponents in final pitch before New Hampshire
  • NYT: New Hampshire Live Updates: The Democrats’ Attacks Get Personal
  • The Guardian: Democrats step up attacks against each other as New Hampshire primary looms 
  • Politico: Sanders, Buttigieg swap barbs across morning TV shows
  • NYT: Joe Biden Attacks Bernie Sanders’s Record on Guns


  • Axios: Bloomberg’s big bet on the power of money
  • Buzzfeed News: The Democratic Primary Is A Mess. Michael Bloomberg Is Taking Advantage
  • Detroit Free Press: Bloomberg gets key endorsement from Michigan congresswoman, who says he will be president
  • CNN: Bloomberg courts wealthy donors for their influence, not money
  • FiveThirtyEight: Election Update: There’s A New Face In Our Forecast. (It’s Bloomberg.)
  • WaPo: How Michael Bloomberg could win
  • NYT: Navy Secretary Pushed Out by Trump Says He’ll Endorse Bloomberg 
  • The Hill: Bloomberg picks up first gubernatorial endorsement
  • The Hill: Bloomberg rises into third-place tie with Warren in national poll
  • The Atlantic: Democrats Are Freaking Out About Mike Bloomberg 
  • The Guardian: Bloomberg may make it to Democratic debates following rule changes 
  • Politico: Bloomberg’s rise sets off alarms on the left 

Trump Campaign

  • NYT: On Trump’s To-Do List: Take Back The Suburbs. Court Black Voters. Expand the Electoral Map. Win.
  • WSJ: Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With Big Safety-Net Cuts
  • WSJ: White House to Reduce Budget Request for Border Wall
  • WaPo: Trump’s new budget proposal expected to show how far he has moved away from some 2016 campaign promises