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On the debate stage, the implosion of Mike 2020 and another setback for Never Sanders democrats

At the angriest debate yet, Mike Bloomberg gets owned, Elizabeth Warren sets the stage on fire, and Bernie Sanders soldiers on

On the debate stage, the implosion of Mike 2020 and another setback for Never Sanders democrats

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At the angriest debate yet, Mike Bloomberg gets owned, Elizabeth Warren sets the stage on fire, and Bernie Sanders soldiers on

At the angriest debate yet, Mike Bloomberg gets owned, Elizabeth Warren sets the stage on fire, and Bernie Sanders soldiers on

On the debate stage, the implosion of Mike 2020 and another setback for Never Sanders democrats

At the angriest debate yet, Mike Bloomberg gets owned, Elizabeth Warren sets the stage on fire, and Bernie Sanders soldiers on

On the debate stage, the implosion of Mike 2020 and another setback for Never Sanders democrats

The fire rises

This week’s State of the Race: a grim contest between Sanders and Bloomberg

The fire rises

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This week’s State of the Race: a grim contest between Sanders and Bloomberg

This week’s State of the Race: a grim contest between Sanders and Bloomberg

The fire rises

This week’s State of the Race: a grim contest between Sanders and Bloomberg

The fire rises

The fire rises
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
The fire rises
The fire rises

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media

Variety is reporting that Vice will relaunch its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight, on March 4th. It’ll air Monday through Thursday at 8PM on VICE TV. The show previously aired for three years on HBO, before it was cancelled last year.

Following the departure of Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel and Executive Producer Madeleine Haeringer, this new iteration will be run by MSNBC veteran Nikki Egan. The show will run for an hour—twice as long as it did on HBO—and include live in-studio segments in addition to the field pieces VNT is commonly known for.

After a year of uncertainty, Vice News is establishing its post-HBO future. The organization is focusing on projects funded by partners, building out its online presence, and serving as the centerpiece of the relaunched Vice TV cable channel. Formerly known as Viceland, the struggling network is pivoting from lifestyle content to news coverage.

We broke the story of Vice TV’s rebranding earlier this year. (Someone should tell AdAge.)

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Variety is reporting that Vice will relaunch its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight, on March 4th. It’ll air Monday through Thursday at 8PM on VICE TV. The show previously aired for three years on HBO, before it was cancelled last year.

Following the departure of Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel and Executive Producer Madeleine Haeringer, this new iteration will be run by MSNBC veteran Nikki Egan. The show will run for an hour—twice as long as it did on HBO—and include live in-studio segments in addition to the field pieces VNT is commonly known for.

After a year of uncertainty, Vice News is establishing its post-HBO future. The organization is focusing on projects funded by partners, building out its online presence, and serving as the centerpiece of the relaunched Vice TV cable channel. Formerly known as Viceland, the struggling network is pivoting from lifestyle content to news coverage.

We broke the story of Vice TV’s rebranding earlier this year. (Someone should tell AdAge.)

Vice News Tonight is officially relaunching on March 4th

Variety is reporting that Vice will relaunch its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight, on March 4th. It’ll air Monday through Thursday at 8PM on VICE TV. The show previously aired for three years on HBO, before it was cancelled last year.

Following the departure of Vice News chief Josh Tyrangiel and Executive Producer Madeleine Haeringer, this new iteration will be run by MSNBC veteran Nikki Egan. The show will run for an hour—twice as long as it did on HBO—and include live in-studio segments in addition to the field pieces VNT is commonly known for.

After a year of uncertainty, Vice News is establishing its post-HBO future. The organization is focusing on projects funded by partners, building out its online presence, and serving as the centerpiece of the relaunched Vice TV cable channel. Formerly known as Viceland, the struggling network is pivoting from lifestyle content to news coverage.

We broke the story of Vice TV’s rebranding earlier this year. (Someone should tell AdAge.)

Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered

Biden’s defeat in Iowa was years in the making

Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered

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Biden’s defeat in Iowa was years in the making

Biden’s defeat in Iowa was years in the making

Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered

Biden’s defeat in Iowa was years in the making

Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered

Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered
Joe Biden’s invincibility myth is shattered

Iowa will never end

Iowa will never end

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Iowa will never end

Iowa will never end

Iowa will never end
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

Image

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Iowa will never end

Image

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Iowa will never end

Image

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Drink full and descend.

The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within.

This is the water.

And this is the well.

Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher

Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher

Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher

Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher
Tim Grieve/Protocol
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Technology
Interested to see what the Politico take on tech looks like.
Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher
Protocol: New tech publication from POLITICO publisher

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

The Axios redesign makes some Choices

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

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The Axios redesign makes some Choices

The Axios redesign makes some Choices

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

The Axios redesign makes some Choices

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density
Smart Brevity, Not Informational Density

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

To preserve The Ringer, Spotify needs to get into words. Will it?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

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To preserve The Ringer, Spotify needs to get into words. Will it?

To preserve The Ringer, Spotify needs to get into words. Will it?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

To preserve The Ringer, Spotify needs to get into words. Will it?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?
Does Spotify want The Ringer or The Ringer Podcast Network?

So what the fuck happened?

Thoughts on the non-result in Iowa

So what the fuck happened?

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Thoughts on the non-result in Iowa

Thoughts on the non-result in Iowa

So what the fuck happened?

Thoughts on the non-result in Iowa

So what the fuck happened?

So what the fuck happened?
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
So what the fuck happened?
So what the fuck happened?

Statement from Iowa Democrats

Statement from Iowa Democrats

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Statement from Iowa Democrats

Statement from Iowa Democrats

Statement from Iowa Democrats
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

Just breaking:

“The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now around 25% of the precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”

No ETA on results. Surprising to see turnout is on pace with 2016, since many were expecting higher. Low turnout likely hurts Sanders. Maybe helps moderate candidates.

Surprisingly, the statement makes no mention of the reported issues around the app being used to log caucus results. Ruby Cramer at Buzzfeed says that campaigns are currently being briefed by state party representatives on a “technical issue” delaying results.

David Plouffe just said on MSNBC that “we may be seeing the last Iowa Caucuses” that are first on the primary calendar. This is not a good look for the state party.

Statement from Iowa Democrats

Just breaking:

“The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now around 25% of the precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”

No ETA on results. Surprising to see turnout is on pace with 2016, since many were expecting higher. Low turnout likely hurts Sanders. Maybe helps moderate candidates.

Surprisingly, the statement makes no mention of the reported issues around the app being used to log caucus results. Ruby Cramer at Buzzfeed says that campaigns are currently being briefed by state party representatives on a “technical issue” delaying results.

David Plouffe just said on MSNBC that “we may be seeing the last Iowa Caucuses” that are first on the primary calendar. This is not a good look for the state party.

Statement from Iowa Democrats

Just breaking:

“The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now around 25% of the precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”

No ETA on results. Surprising to see turnout is on pace with 2016, since many were expecting higher. Low turnout likely hurts Sanders. Maybe helps moderate candidates.

Surprisingly, the statement makes no mention of the reported issues around the app being used to log caucus results. Ruby Cramer at Buzzfeed says that campaigns are currently being briefed by state party representatives on a “technical issue” delaying results.

David Plouffe just said on MSNBC that “we may be seeing the last Iowa Caucuses” that are first on the primary calendar. This is not a good look for the state party.

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

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Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Culture

From Tyler Pager of Bloomberg:

“One precinct chair just told me had still hasn’t been able to report his results because the phoneme app is not working and he’s been on hold for the call hotline for more than 30 minutes.”

The state party is using a new app to tally the results from different caucus sites, which apparently has been eating shit today. The party told Bloomberg earlier today that the issues would be resolved, but it seems like they haven’t. What a mess.

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

From Tyler Pager of Bloomberg:

“One precinct chair just told me had still hasn’t been able to report his results because the phoneme app is not working and he’s been on hold for the call hotline for more than 30 minutes.”

The state party is using a new app to tally the results from different caucus sites, which apparently has been eating shit today. The party told Bloomberg earlier today that the issues would be resolved, but it seems like they haven’t. What a mess.

Ah, maybe it’s a fucking app

From Tyler Pager of Bloomberg:

“One precinct chair just told me had still hasn’t been able to report his results because the phoneme app is not working and he’s been on hold for the call hotline for more than 30 minutes.”

The state party is using a new app to tally the results from different caucus sites, which apparently has been eating shit today. The party told Bloomberg earlier today that the issues would be resolved, but it seems like they haven’t. What a mess.

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

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A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

In the absence of any real data, we are seeing folks on the left and from Trump’s campaign insinuate that something fishy is going on. You may remember that there was widespread criticism around how the state party counted the results in the 2016 primary.

Until we know what’s going on, I think this is premature, although I understand why those on the left would be suspicious of anything being done by state parties. The Trump people, of course, are just trying to provoke Democrats into a civil war. It’s cheap.

On the cable news front, Wolf Blitzer is officially bored and angry. “Something must be going on,” he said as CNN came out of a break.

Four years ago, we had 90% of results in. Obama began his victory speech around 11pm eight years ago, or under an hour from now. We’ve still got nothing.

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

In the absence of any real data, we are seeing folks on the left and from Trump’s campaign insinuate that something fishy is going on. You may remember that there was widespread criticism around how the state party counted the results in the 2016 primary.

Until we know what’s going on, I think this is premature, although I understand why those on the left would be suspicious of anything being done by state parties. The Trump people, of course, are just trying to provoke Democrats into a civil war. It’s cheap.

On the cable news front, Wolf Blitzer is officially bored and angry. “Something must be going on,” he said as CNN came out of a break.

Four years ago, we had 90% of results in. Obama began his victory speech around 11pm eight years ago, or under an hour from now. We’ve still got nothing.

A CONSPIRACY? (Probably not.)

In the absence of any real data, we are seeing folks on the left and from Trump’s campaign insinuate that something fishy is going on. You may remember that there was widespread criticism around how the state party counted the results in the 2016 primary.

Until we know what’s going on, I think this is premature, although I understand why those on the left would be suspicious of anything being done by state parties. The Trump people, of course, are just trying to provoke Democrats into a civil war. It’s cheap.

On the cable news front, Wolf Blitzer is officially bored and angry. “Something must be going on,” he said as CNN came out of a break.

Four years ago, we had 90% of results in. Obama began his victory speech around 11pm eight years ago, or under an hour from now. We’ve still got nothing.

A holding pattern...

A holding pattern...

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A holding pattern...

A holding pattern...

A holding pattern...
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

We’re well over two hours into the Iowa caucuses and have not received any official results from the state party. For comparison sakes, in 2016 we had the majority of results in by now. In 2008, the highest turnout in history, the press was just about to declare Obama the winner at this point.

It’s weird. The state party is saying that they are taking the extra time to do “quality control” on the results, which makes sense considering the barely healed wounds over the way the party counted votes in the Hillary-Sanders caucus four years ago. But...they haven’t been transparent about what measures they are taking. CNN is now asking if something is wrong, a sentiment I’ve also seen expressed on Twitter.

Until I get some real data, all I know is the scattered results I’ve been seeing from people on the ground at individual caucus sites. From what I’ve gathered: Sanders and Buttigeg (especially) are performing quite well, and Biden is not. Again, though, there are over 1600 caucus sites in Iowa, and scattered results handwritten on pieces of paper don’t say much.

Results should come in any minute now, or things are going to get seriously weird. Until then, I’ll be watching cable news hosts attempt to fill time, a truly horrible experience for all involved. Stay tuned.

A holding pattern...

We’re well over two hours into the Iowa caucuses and have not received any official results from the state party. For comparison sakes, in 2016 we had the majority of results in by now. In 2008, the highest turnout in history, the press was just about to declare Obama the winner at this point.

It’s weird. The state party is saying that they are taking the extra time to do “quality control” on the results, which makes sense considering the barely healed wounds over the way the party counted votes in the Hillary-Sanders caucus four years ago. But...they haven’t been transparent about what measures they are taking. CNN is now asking if something is wrong, a sentiment I’ve also seen expressed on Twitter.

Until I get some real data, all I know is the scattered results I’ve been seeing from people on the ground at individual caucus sites. From what I’ve gathered: Sanders and Buttigeg (especially) are performing quite well, and Biden is not. Again, though, there are over 1600 caucus sites in Iowa, and scattered results handwritten on pieces of paper don’t say much.

Results should come in any minute now, or things are going to get seriously weird. Until then, I’ll be watching cable news hosts attempt to fill time, a truly horrible experience for all involved. Stay tuned.

A holding pattern...

We’re well over two hours into the Iowa caucuses and have not received any official results from the state party. For comparison sakes, in 2016 we had the majority of results in by now. In 2008, the highest turnout in history, the press was just about to declare Obama the winner at this point.

It’s weird. The state party is saying that they are taking the extra time to do “quality control” on the results, which makes sense considering the barely healed wounds over the way the party counted votes in the Hillary-Sanders caucus four years ago. But...they haven’t been transparent about what measures they are taking. CNN is now asking if something is wrong, a sentiment I’ve also seen expressed on Twitter.

Until I get some real data, all I know is the scattered results I’ve been seeing from people on the ground at individual caucus sites. From what I’ve gathered: Sanders and Buttigeg (especially) are performing quite well, and Biden is not. Again, though, there are over 1600 caucus sites in Iowa, and scattered results handwritten on pieces of paper don’t say much.

Results should come in any minute now, or things are going to get seriously weird. Until then, I’ll be watching cable news hosts attempt to fill time, a truly horrible experience for all involved. Stay tuned.

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

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CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

CNN is reporting that the early leaders according to their Entrance Poll are Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, and Warren.

Now, you may say “duh”. But this result is an early indication that there will be no dark horse surge for Klobuchar or Yang. Excepted, yes, but it is good to know with some amount of certainty.

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

CNN is reporting that the early leaders according to their Entrance Poll are Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, and Warren.

Now, you may say “duh”. But this result is an early indication that there will be no dark horse surge for Klobuchar or Yang. Excepted, yes, but it is good to know with some amount of certainty.

CNN’s Early Caucus Leaders

CNN is reporting that the early leaders according to their Entrance Poll are Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, and Warren.

Now, you may say “duh”. But this result is an early indication that there will be no dark horse surge for Klobuchar or Yang. Excepted, yes, but it is good to know with some amount of certainty.

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

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The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media

Via Claire Malone, confirming reports circulating around Twitter over the last 24 hours:

  1. Sanders 22%
  2. Warren 18%
  3. Buttigieg 16%
  4. Biden 13%

This is the most respected Iowa poll, but it’s still only one poll, so treat it with a massive grain of salt. That said: this could be a real bad night for Biden.

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

Via Claire Malone, confirming reports circulating around Twitter over the last 24 hours:

  1. Sanders 22%
  2. Warren 18%
  3. Buttigieg 16%
  4. Biden 13%

This is the most respected Iowa poll, but it’s still only one poll, so treat it with a massive grain of salt. That said: this could be a real bad night for Biden.

The leaked (and unreleased) Register/CNN final poll

Via Claire Malone, confirming reports circulating around Twitter over the last 24 hours:

  1. Sanders 22%
  2. Warren 18%
  3. Buttigieg 16%
  4. Biden 13%

This is the most respected Iowa poll, but it’s still only one poll, so treat it with a massive grain of salt. That said: this could be a real bad night for Biden.

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

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IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics

The worst case scenario for Joe Biden tonight is a fourth place finish. Biden’s allies will attempt to spin it as unreflective of his actual abilities, but it will severely diminish his electability appeal, which is basically his main selling point to voters.

And every bit of hesitation among voters chips away at his fire-wall in the South, which is significantly weaker than Clinton’s in 2016 and more akin to Clinton’s in 2008, which (partially) fell to Obama after his win in Iowa.

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

The worst case scenario for Joe Biden tonight is a fourth place finish. Biden’s allies will attempt to spin it as unreflective of his actual abilities, but it will severely diminish his electability appeal, which is basically his main selling point to voters.

And every bit of hesitation among voters chips away at his fire-wall in the South, which is significantly weaker than Clinton’s in 2016 and more akin to Clinton’s in 2008, which (partially) fell to Obama after his win in Iowa.

IOWA DIARY: The worst case scenario for Biden

The worst case scenario for Joe Biden tonight is a fourth place finish. Biden’s allies will attempt to spin it as unreflective of his actual abilities, but it will severely diminish his electability appeal, which is basically his main selling point to voters.

And every bit of hesitation among voters chips away at his fire-wall in the South, which is significantly weaker than Clinton’s in 2016 and more akin to Clinton’s in 2008, which (partially) fell to Obama after his win in Iowa.

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple
By John Koblin/NY Times
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
This could be a very big deal depending on the scale of the deal. Most streaming services have avoided current events coverage. An obvious question: would journalists feel comfortable working for a mega-tech company like Apple?
Richard Plepler and Josh Tyrangiel May Revive Their HBO Act for Apple

Welp, they tried!

Institutions cannot save Democrats.

Welp, they tried!

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Institutions cannot save Democrats.

Institutions cannot save Democrats.

Welp, they tried!

Institutions cannot save Democrats.

Welp, they tried!

Welp, they tried!
March 14, 2019 12:55 PM
Politics
Welp, they tried!
Welp, they tried!

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

A new service for circumventing ads shows promise, yet is hampered with limitations

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

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A new service for circumventing ads shows promise, yet is hampered with limitations

A new service for circumventing ads shows promise, yet is hampered with limitations

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

A new service for circumventing ads shows promise, yet is hampered with limitations

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience
First impressions of Scroll, an ad-blocker with a conscience

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist

Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist
By Mihir Zaveri/New York Times
March 14, 2019 7:13 PM
Media
Smith built Buzzfeed News into a journalistic force against the expectations of most in the mainstream press. It’s quite stunning to see him leave right before the 2020 election.
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist
Ben Smith of BuzzFeed Named New York Times Media Columnist