5 things you need to know now – All 4 Roger Stone prosecutors quit over Justice Department sentencing reversal

5 things you need to know now – All 4 Roger Stone prosecutors quit over Justice Department sentencing reversal.

Bernie Sanders projected to win New Hampshire primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the projected winner of Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic primary. With 91.3 percent of precincts reporting, several news outlets are calling the race for Sanders, who has 25.9 percent of the vote. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is close behind with 24.4 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also had a strong showing, receiving 19.8 percent of the vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a distant fourth with 9.3 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 8.4 percent. Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in 2016, defeating eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a margin of more than 22 percent.

Source: Politico
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All 4 Roger Stone prosecutors quit over Justice Department sentencing reversal

Four Roger Stone prosecutors resigned on Tuesday after the Justice Department backed off its earlier sentencing recommendation. The DOJ reversed its previous recommendation that Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump, receive seven to nine years in prison following his seven-count conviction last year for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a House investigation into possible coordination between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Trump had criticized the possible sentence, calling it a “horrible and very unfair situation.” The DOJ pivoted to call the sentence “grossly disproportionate,” spurring all four prosecutors to resign from the case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Zelinsky withdrew from Stone’s case but will remain with the DOJ, while Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Kravis, Adam Jed, and Michael Marando resigned altogether.

Source: The Associated Press, CNN
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Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet end presidential campaigns

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) have officially ended their presidential campaigns. As New Hampshire voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Yang spoke with several news outlets, and made it clear he’s a “numbers guy,” and the numbers didn’t forecast him earning delegates in future caucuses and primaries. “I’m not someone who wants to take people’s donations, support, time and dedication if I don’t think we have a chance to win or advance our goals in the right direction,” Yang told The Daily Beast. Early results show Bennet receiving just 0.3 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, and he told supporters, “They’ve decided tonight, and tonight is not gonna be our night. But let me say this to New Hampshire: You may see me once again. So, thank you.”

Source: The Daily Beast, NBC News
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WHO proposes new name for coronavirus

In an attempt to avoid stigma, the World Health Organization has come up with a new name for the coronavirus illness now affecting people in 25 countries: COVID-19, which stands for “coronavirus disease 2019.” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Tuesday that WHO “had to find a name that does not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual, or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease.” The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and was first detected at the end of last year. Chinese officials on Tuesday said 1,017 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, and there are 42,700 confirmed cases; there are 393 additional cases reported in 24 other countries.

Source: The New York Times
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Siba the standard poodle wins Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show

Siba, a 3-year-old standard poodle, was the big winner at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, with the judges naming her Best in Show. A whippet named Bourbon came in second. “She’s just a great dog,” Siba’s co-owner, Connie Unger, told USA Today. “She loves the showing, she’s in her element when she’s being shown. She’s really an all-around great dog.” This is the fifth time a standard poodle has been crowned Best in Show, with the previous wins in 1935, 1958, 1973, and 1991. Siba’s handler, Chrystal Clas, said the poodle would celebrate by eating some chicken.

Source: USA Today
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