What Joe Biden’s Facebook ads reveal about his campaign strategy

What Joe Biden's Facebook ads reveal about his campaign strategy.

Has Joe Biden given up on courting younger voters?

Judging by the former vice president’s Facebook ad buys, that seems to be the case. From the time he joined the 2020 presidential race, Biden has “disproportionately focused” his Facebook ads on voters 45 years and older — a strategy “no other top Democratic candidate” has taken on, Politico reports.

Biden has spent $1.2 million on Facebook ads since launching his campaign in April. And from then until May 25, Biden has directed 83 percent of that funding toward ads targeted at voters 45 and up. Those voters “make up an estimated 62 percent of likely Democratic primary voters,” Politico reports via data from Democratic digital firm Pulpit Interactive, making them a pretty solid path to the Democratic nomination.

The ad spending has matched Biden’s overall centrist strategy, marked by leftward-moving but not-quite-groundbreaking stances on abortion rights and climate change. He’s alone in this approach, and it has earned him tacit criticism from the more progressive challengers in his party. And yet it’s definitely working, seeing as poll after poll shows Biden putting the constant second place finisher Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) further behind him.

Read more about Biden’s strategy at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk

party like it’s 1972
GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert asks John Dean if he ordered the Watergate break-in

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Former White House Counsel John Dean headed to Congress on Monday to testify about the Mueller report and ended up facing a grilling about his role in Watergate nearly five decades later.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) while questioning Dean, who was a key Watergate witness, at one point directly asked him, “Did you ever order or convey an order to break into the Democratic headquarters at Watergate hotel?” Dean shook his head and offered a flat, “No.”

Dean during the hearing argued as he has in the past that there are key similarities between Watergate and the Mueller report. President Trump tweeted before the testimony began that Dean is “disgraced,” and numerous Republican lawmakers used their time to go after the former White House aide, with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) accusing him of making a “cottage industry” out of comparing presidents to Nixon. To that, Dean responded, “Mr. Gaetz, I appreciate you were not born at the time that this all happened.” Brendan Morrow

Louie Gohmert is using his questioning time to relitigate John Dean’s role in the Watergate break in, which took place 47 years ago pic.twitter.com/hA4mTmymaz

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 10, 2019

iran tensions
Iran’s foreign minister says U.S. ‘cannot expect to stay safe’ while ‘economic war’ continues

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Tehran continued its tough-talking rhetoric on Monday when Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned that the United States “cannot expect to stay safe” as it continues to wage an economic war against Iran.

Zarif, who helped broker the 2015 nuclear pact and is known for seeking diplomatic solutions to Iran’s foreign policy problems, reportedly uncharacteristically ramped up his rhetoric on Monday. “The only solution for reducing tensions in this region is stopping that economic war,” he said, adding that “whoever starts a war with us will not be the one who finishes it.” His comments likely signify that Iran is hardening its stance toward the U.S. and other countries who choose to align with its policies toward Iran, The Associated Press reports. Over the weekend, Iran urged European countries not to comply with U.S. sanctions and normalize their economic relationships with Tehran.

Zarif’s comments on Monday were while he was sharing a press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who is trying to salvage the 2015 nuclear pact along with France and the United Kingdom after the U.S. dropped out in 2017. But those countries have yet to help Iran find a way around the latest U.S. sanctions. Zarif’s frustration with Europe was reportedly palpable during the press conference, as he blamed the U.S. and its allies, namely Saudi Arabia, for causing instability in the Middle East following Maas’ assertion that Israel’s right to exist was non-negotiable. Read more at The Associated Press. Tim O’Donnell

on the hill
Nixon White House counsel John Dean argues there is evidence of collusion in the Mueller report

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Former White House Counsel John Dean during a congressional hearing on Monday drew parallels between the Mueller report and Watergate, arguing the report does contain evidence of collusion.

Dean, a key Watergate witness who served as Richard Nixon’s White House counsel, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday and told lawmakers, “I think there is evidence, incidentally, in the report of collusion.” He went on to say argue there have been “a number of well-done articles that draw on the different contacts between the Trump people and the Russians and make a fairly strong case for collusion.”

Mueller in his report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia, and he did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice. Mueller’s report noted that the investigation was looking into “criminal conspiracy as defined in federal law, not the commonly discussed term ‘collusion.’”

Dean in his testimony also drew parallels between the Mueller report and the Watergate road map. “In many ways, the Mueller report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate road map…was to President Richard Nixon,” he said.

In prepared remarks submitted to the committee, Dean walked through what he called “remarkable parallels” between the Mueller report and Watergate; for instance, he compares Trump telling FBI Director James Comey to let go of an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to Nixon asking his chief of staff to ensure the FBI would not to go further with its Watergate investigation.
“The words Nixon used were strikingly like those uttered by President Trump,” Dean writes.

Trump ahead of this congressional testimony on Monday slammed Dean on Twitter, saying that he is “disgraced” and again writing, “No Collusion – No Obstruction!” Brendan Morrow

Jonathan Van Ness of Queer Eye reveals he is nonbinary

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In an interview with Out, one fifth of Queer Eye’s “Fab Five” revealed that he is not, in fact, a gay man.

Jonathan Van Ness, the Netflix show’s grooming expert, told Out, “I’m nonbinary — I’m gender nonconforming,” explaining that he doesn’t identify solely with masculinity. “I feel like my feminine identity is what makes me the strongest,” he said, listing idols like Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Aretha Franklin.

Asked about identifying with the label “nonbinary,” Van Ness clarified that his identity is nothing new. While he grew up “wearing heels and wearing makeup and wearing skirts,” he “just didn’t know what the name was.”

Van Ness also discussed his partnership with nail polish brand Essie for Pride month. “Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I’m here for it,” he said, speaking about partnering with a brand marketed mostly towards women. As for what the rest of us can do to celebrate Pride, Van Ness recommended a healthy dose of activism: “We really need to get this Equality Act passed.”

Read the full interview at Out. Shivani Ishwar

This just in
1 person is dead after a helicopter crashed on top of building in Manhattan

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One person has died after a helicopter crashed on top of a building in Manhattan, the New York Fire Department says.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday confirmed that a helicopter crashed onto the building, which is located at 787 7th Avenue.

Cuomo said that “people who were in the building said they felt the building shake” but that nobody inside has been hurt. The New York Times reports that the pilot of the helicopter, who was the only person in the aircraft, has died.

The New York Fire Department has confirmed that at least one fatality is reported. It has also confirmed that the fire at the building has been extinguished.

Cuomo on Monday said that while “as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, my mind goes wherever New Yorkers’ minds go,” there’s “no indication of anything more than” a helicopter making an emergency landing. Brendan Morrow

health and wellness
Even twins don’t get the same results from the same diets, study finds

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As it turns out, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all — at least not when it comes to diets.

New research, presented at the American Society of Nutrition conference on Monday, has found that even twins can’t reliably expect the same results from following similar diet plans, Time magazine reported. The study, which hasn’t been published in a peer-reviewed journal yet, analyzed 1,100 people from the U.S. and U.K., including 240 sets of twins, to see how different foods and eating habits affected them.

What they found goes against the conventional wisdom that “eating healthy” means more or less the same thing for everyone — even twins, whose bodies are almost identical, could experience vastly different effects from eating the same foods on the same schedules. And even the same person might react very differently to “the same meals when they were eaten at different times of day,” Time explained. That led the researchers to conclude that “nutrition facts alone cannot predict how a certain food will affect health and weight.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can ignore all of the conventional wisdom — “there are some guidelines and recommendations around the world that near-everybody agrees on,” said Tim Spector, one of the researchers involved in the study. Eating fruits and vegetables and getting your daily dose of fibers can be agreed upon as healthy for almost everyone. But on the questions that don’t have clear-cut answers — Should you eat breakfast every day? Is fasting a good way to lose weight? — those answers may change from person to person.

Unfortunately, we’re not yet at a point where we can give concrete advice to everyone on what diet plan will suit them best. Until we better understand what affects each person’s nutrition and health, the diet you choose will most likely be trial and error. But if nothing else, this study proves you don’t have to follow every trendy new diet to be healthy.

Read more at Time. Shivani Ishwar

a sign of the times
Americans would prefer a gay candidate to one over 70, poll suggests

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2020 candidates, take note.

A far bigger portion of Americans say they’d reject a presidential candidate who is older than 70 than would reject one who is gay, a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Monday shows. That’s a big change from what public opinion polls showed about a decade ago, and is especially relevant given 2020′s crop of Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Overall, 48 percent of U.S. adults said they would be “much” or “somewhat” less likely to support a presidential candidate who is over 70 years old. Just 34 percent said the same about a gay candidate. And on the flip side, 12 percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for a candidate because they are gay, while 11 percent they’d be more likely to back one over 70.

The poll directly applies to three frontrunners in the 2020 race: President Trump, who is 73, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is 76, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is 77. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, meanwhile, is only 37, and is openly gay. Contrary to this surveys’s findings, Biden and Sanders have risen to the largely unvarying top spots in 2020 Democratic primary polls and have proven the most likely to beat Trump in head-to-head polls. Still, Buttigieg has spent time in the spotlight, even pulling up to nearly match Biden in a New Hampshire primary poll conducted in April.

Reuters/Ipsos surveyed 2,27 American adults online between May 29 and June 5, with a credibility interval of two percentage points. Kathryn Krawczyk

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