Trump: Heat will kill coronavirus

At a recent campaign rally President Donald John Trump (I) gave the cheering crowd his predictions regarding the fast-spreading coronavirus rocking mainland China and the rest of Asia. (Reports that no “Orientals” were allowed at the rally have not been confirmed.)

Calling it “rough stuff,” Trump assuaged the crowd that it will “work out fine,” and that with warmer weather, the virus will die.

New Hampshire and Iowa leave Democrats in disarray

The results are in from New Hampshire and Iowa. (Actually, not sure if the results are really in from Iowa. Does anyone know where Steve Kornacki is? Oh, never mind.)

The small number of voters in those two states have spoken and from this perch it appears that Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are building momentum, Amy Klobuchar is strengthening a bit, and Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are seriously fading.

Roger Stone sentence reduced

The Washington Post and the New York Times both reported today that in an unusual step, the Justice Department will back off its sentencing recommendation for Roger J. Stone Jr., President Trump’s former campaign adviser and longtime friend. A department spokesman said that senior department officials intervened to overrule front-line prosecutors who tried the case.

Neither the Times nor the Post reported what the revised sentence will be. But Around the Block can!

Zei gezunt*, Alan Dershowitz

In a stunning argument, Alan Dershowitz, the once-revered Harvard Constitutional law professor and current hack TV lawyer/Trump (I) apologist, said that that any action taken by the president to help his own re-election is, by definition, in the public interest.

So Trump really can shoot someone on 5th Avenue and get away with it if he decides it’s in the “public interest.”