Stone made the Hail Mary request Friday night for Jackson’s recusal, the day after she sentenced him to 40 months in prison. Meanwhile, the President publicly has been criticizing a juror on his case, attacking the fairness of the judicial system and repeating his sympathies for his ally.
Stone is asking the court for a new trial because of a juror’s alleged impartiality, and Jackson is still considering that request.
But in Jackson’s six-page order Sunday refusing her recusal, the judge quickly disposed of Stone’s legal arguments.
Stone had claimed Jackson’s statement at his sentencing — that the jurors on his case “served with integrity”– meant she had already made up her mind on his retrial request.
“The Court’s very general comment that ‘jurors’ served with integrity — three words on the 88th page of the 96-page transcript of a two-and-a-half-hour hearing — did not purport to, and did not address” Stone’s new trial request, Jackson wrote.
“There is no rule and no case law that would justify the recusal of a judge for bias simply because he or she says something about an issue on the docket, on the record, at some point before a reply has been filed, or before a hearing — which may or may not be required in the Court’s discretion — has concluded. If parties could move to disqualify every judge who furrows his brow at one side or the other before ruling, the entire court system would come to a standstill,” according to Jackson.
The judge also defended her impartiality, noting on Sunday that she has insured fairness for Stone throughout his case, including after he posted a threatening photo on Instagram about her as he awaited trial.
“It granted,” she wrote, writing about her court using the third-person pronoun, “important evidentiary motions in his favor; it proposed utilizing a written questionnaire to ensure that the parties could receive more information than is usually available for jury selection; it struck 58 potential jurors for cause based on the defendant’s motions or on its own motion; and it repeatedly resolved bond issues in his favor, even after he took to social media to intimidate the Court, after he violated conditions imposed by the Court, after he was convicted at trial, and after he was sentenced to a term of incarceration. Moreover, at the sentencing hearing that forms the sole basis for the defendant’s motion, the Court concluded, based in part on many considerations put forth by the defendant, that it was appropriate” to sentence him to less time in prison than the Department of Justice asked for and that Jackson had calculated was appropriate for his crimes and behavior.
“Bernie Sanders has taken a stand, and Bernie Sanders has been taking a stand for a very long time. He has been consistent, he has been convicted, he has been committed. And now it’s time, I’m here and you’re here, because it’s time for us to take a stand with Bernie,” Williamson told the crowd in Austin.
Williamson dropped out of the Democratic race on January 10. She had endorsed Sanders in his first presidential run in May 2015.
On Sunday, she argued that Sanders is proving the Democratic establishment wrong.
“We’re being told oh, it can’t happen. He can’t beat (President Donald) Trump. Bernie can’t beat Trump, it can’t happen,” Williamson said. “I’ll tell you what’s already happened to those who say it cannot happen. You just tell them this. It already happened. He won Iowa. It already happened, he won New Hampshire. It already happened, he won Nevada,” Williamson added, pointing to Sanders’ growing momentum.
The recanvass of more than 100 Iowa caucus precincts ended last week, resulting in former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s lead over Sanders tightening to a fraction of a standard delegate equivalent. The tightening did not, however, impact the national delegate count, which awarded Buttigieg 14 national delegates out of Iowa, compared to Sanders’ 12 delegates, according to the Iowa State Democratic Party.
Ahead of the Iowa caucuses in January, Williamson, who had already dropped out, had said she would campaign for Andrew Yang in Iowa, hoping to keep him in the race, but stopping short of an outright endorsement.
“Bernie and Elizabeth will make it past Iowa and beyond; I admire them both, but right now they don’t need my help,” Williamson wrote last month. “I’m lending my support to Andrew in Iowa, hopefully to help him get past the early primaries & remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.”
But on Sunday in Austin, Williamson touted her support for the Vermont senator.
“Today, we’re tired of saying pretty please. We’re going to stand up, we’re going to show up because we woke up, “Williamson said. “We’re here and we’re with Bernie.”
Dow futures were down more than 300 points. Meanwhile, S&P 500 futures were down 1.4% and Nasdaq futures were down 1.6%.
US stocks closed lower for the second-straight day on Friday as worries about the coronavirus outbreak weighed on markets around the world. The Dow closed 228 points lower on Friday, and all three indexes recorded a weekly loss.
The number of deaths due to the coronavirus has risen to 2,465 worldwide, with 79,930 globally and 20 deaths outside of mainland china. In Europe, Italian authorities have announced sweeping closures in the country’s north as they scramble to contain the continent’s biggest outbreak coronavirus. Italy’s confirmed cases surged from three on Friday morning to more than 130 by Sunday morning.
Italy’s spike marks the biggest outbreak outside of Asia.
The 20-year-old driver from Twentynine Palms, California, “while injured, was conscious, suffering and speaking with officers when they arrived” shortly after midnight, according to a press release from the Santa Monica Police Department.
Firefighters extricated him from badly damaged Jeep and he was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, the Santa Monica Fire Department said.
Two passengers in the Jeep managed to jump out before it was driven off the parking garage, the fire department said.
Firefighters work next to the Jeep still hanging from the building housing the McDonald's.

Because the driver was receiving medical treatment, officers were unable to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, according to police, who added that the investigation is ongoing.
The incident happened at a public parking garage just a few blocks away from the Santa Monica Pier.
Both the top of the parking garage and the McDonald’s, located on a four-lane street across from the garage, were significantly damaged, the fire department said.
According to an analysis of FEC filings between 2009 and 2016, the Friends of Schumer PAC gave disbursements in amounts ranging from $46 to $516.45 as “supporter acknowledgments” to Junior’s Cheesecake in New York. In total, $8,638.85 was spent at the restaurant during this time, CNN confirmed. The New York Post first reported on Schumer’s cheesecake spending.
During a news conference in New York City on Sunday, Schumer addressed the reporting about his sweet tooth and shared his love for the famed restaurant’s desert.
“I give them as gifts. I use them for bets, you know when someone wants to bet something, you know for a Brooklyn thing versus a Wisconsin thing,” the New York Democrat said as he held up a copy of the news report and a platter of six cheesecake slices. “So I say to the New York Post and others, guilty as charged. I love Junior’s cheesecake. It’s the best cheesecake in the world.” Schumer said he’d been a fan of restaurant since he was a young boy.
“It’s my guilty pleasure,” he said before he shared the treat with reporters.
Angelo Roefaro, Schumer’s press secretary, on Sunday confirmed they have bought cheesecakes over the past decade and told CNN the senator “likes any flavor, but plain allows one to really savor that Junior’s recipe.”
The restaurant, which has proclaimed itself “The World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake,” was founded in 1950.
According to an analysis of FEC filings between 2009 and 2016, the Friends of Schumer PAC gave disbursements in amounts ranging from $46 to $516.45 as “supporter acknowledgments” to Junior’s Cheesecake in New York. In total, $8,638.85 was spent at the restaurant during this time, CNN confirmed. The New York Post first reported on Schumer’s cheesecake spending.
During a news conference in New York City on Sunday, Schumer addressed the reporting about his sweet tooth and shared his love for the famed restaurant’s desert.
“I give them as gifts. I use them for bets, you know when someone wants to bet something, you know for a Brooklyn thing versus a Wisconsin thing,” the New York Democrat said as he held up a copy of the news report and a platter of six cheesecake slices. “So I say to the New York Post and others, guilty as charged. I love Junior’s cheesecake. It’s the best cheesecake in the world.” Schumer said he’d been a fan of restaurant since he was a young boy.
“It’s my guilty pleasure,” he said before he shared the treat with reporters.
Angelo Roefaro, Schumer’s press secretary, on Sunday confirmed they have bought cheesecakes over the past decade and told CNN the senator “likes any flavor, but plain allows one to really savor that Junior’s recipe.”
The restaurant, which has proclaimed itself “The World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake,” was founded in 1950.

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5. The Clyburn primary: House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the most prominent African-American elected official in South Carolina, told NBC’s Chuck Todd Sunday that he plans to announce an endorsement Wednesday.
That’s a big deal for whoever wins Clyburn’s support. Clyburn is widely regarded as a vote-mover in the black community in the Palmetto State and has been courted for months (and years) in some cases by the 2020 crowd.
The assumption has been that Clyburn would endorse former Vice President Joe Biden because of Biden’s long relationship with not just the congressman but the African-American community more broadly.
But in the NBC interview, Clyburn said that Biden had “suffered” in the race “because he didn’t do enough” in the debates to date and needed a better performance in Tuesday’s 10th debate.
Clyburn also praised Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the interview. “I’ve worked very closely with Bernie Sanders on many issues — community health centers, we’ve been working on that together for 15 years,” he said. “I think that Bernie Sanders brings a lot to the table for people to consider.”
This could get verrrrry interesting.
4. Bloomberg is (still) very rich: To say that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bad in the ninth debate in Las Vegas last week is to undersell the weakness of his performance.
But, but, but — Bloomberg was just as wealthy (if not slightly wealthier) the day after the debate than he was the day before it. And if past is prologue, Bloomberg will continue to spend heavily from his $60+ billion fortune on ads in Super Tuesday states and beyond.
That spending (more than $450 million to date) makes it very likely that Bloomberg will begin to win delegates starting on March 3.
The question is whether his weak debate performance — particularly if Bloomberg is weak, again, in Tuesday’s debate in South Carolina — impacts his ability to win delegates or whether his massive TV ad presence overwhelms the negative media coverage for his poor effort(s).
I tend to think Bloomberg’s money mitigates his debate performance, but doesn’t erase it. I don’t think you can win the nomination on TV ads alone.
3. Who drops?: There’s broad agreement in the pragmatic/centrist/moderate wing of the party that there needs to be a thinning of the herd in order to consolidate support against the threat posed by Sanders.
The problem is everyone thinks they are the candidate that people should rally around! (This same problem led to Republicans not named Donald Trump playing an extended game of chicken during the spring of 2016 that effectively handed the nomination to the billionaire businessman).
The two leading candidates to be the Sanders alternative at the moment are Bloomberg (because, well, rich) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (who has placed in the Top 3 in each of the first three contests).
Which leaves Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer out in the cold.
A Biden win in South Carolina (scroll down for more on that) followed by a solid showing on Super Tuesday could boost him into the conversation as a credible Sanders alternative.
It’s much harder to see how any of the others catch fire. But as of right now, no candidates seem likely to drop before at least Super Tuesday. The longer the field stays large, the better for Sanders.
2. Can Biden hang on in SC?: The former vice president has six days to save his presidential campaign.
Simply put: If Biden can’t win the South Carolina primary, his campaign is over. And there is reason to believe that Biden’s longtime firewall could be fading.
In Nevada, Biden won black voters over Bernie Sanders, but not overwhelmingly — the former VP had a 12-point edge, according to entrance polling.
While the South Carolina electorate will be much more African-American (upwards of 60% of the primary voters will be black, if history holds), Biden may well need a broader margin among that key group considering the fact that Sanders doubled Biden’s support among white voters (29% to 14%) in Nevada.
Biden knows the stakes in South Carolina — and will spend every dime he has to win. But will the firewall hold?
1. It’s Bernie’s race now: If there was any doubt before Nevada, there’s none now: Bernie Sanders is the clear front-runner to be the Democratic presidential nominee in November.
That doesn’t mean Sanders can’t lose. He clearly can! But his overwhelming victory in Nevada — across virtually every demographic group — is sobering evidence to the Democratic Party establishment that this isn’t a niche movement the Vermont democratic socialist has built.
The dynamic of the remainder of the race is now totally clear: There is Sanders and then there is the scramble among all of the other candidates to be the anti- or alterna-Sanders.
But Sanders will be there in the end — whether he is the nominee or the runner-up. And taking the nomination from him, especially given the likelihood of a very good delegate haul on Super Tuesday for Sanders, is going to be very, very tough.
“Meeting with people who are antagonistic is, to me, not a bad thing to do,” the Vermont senator said during a “60 Minutes” interview slated to air Sunday, referring to a meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. “I think, unfortunately, (President Donald) Trump went into that meeting unprepared. I think it was a photo opportunity — and did not have the — kind of diplomatic work necessary to make it a success.”
Sanders, a Vermont independent who solidified his status as the front-runner vying for the Democratic presidential nomination after claiming victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday, has before praised Trump for his meetings with Kim. But the Vermont senator has also ripped the President for his foreign policy.
Sanders has repeatedly argued that military action should be a last resort, and he recently led an effort to freeze funding for any military action in Iran without express approval from Congress — a bill he introduced shortly after the Trump administration held a classified briefing in which advisers outlined the case for their military strike that killed a top Iranian general.
In the interview with Anderson Cooper, Sanders also spoke to the conditions under which he would use military force, saying he would be willing to take military action if threats were made against Americans and US allies across the world. When asked how he would react if China took military action against Taiwan, Sanders said he would do so in alliance with other countries.
“I mean, I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow invasions to take place, absolutely,” he said.
But that wasn’t the issue Gigi Hadid had with Jake Paul after he came for her boyfriend Zayn Malik.
“Almost had to clap up zane from 1 direction because he is a little guy and has an attitude,” Paul wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
“Zane ik you’re reading this… stop being angry cause u came home alone to ur big a** hotel room hahaha.”
Paul, a YouTuber known for playing Dirk Mann on Disney’s “Bizaardvark,” wrote in a second tweet that Malik “started yelling and freaking” out and that he felt bad for “childhood stars.”
The pop singer didn’t respond to Paul’s comments, but his girlfriend Gigi Hadid sure did.
“Lol cause he doesn’t care to hang w you and your embarrassing crew of YouTube groupies ..?” the supermodel wrote. “Home alone with his best friends like a respectful king cause he has me, sweetie. Unbothered by your irrelevant ugly ass. Go to bed.”
Hadid is known for not taking crap from anyone. She was attending Milan Fashion Week when she fought back against a celeb prankster who grabbed and lifted her in the air after she left a fashion show.
She also confronted and escorted away a French YouTuber who crashed Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2020 show at Paris Fashion Week.
On February 15, Hood held a plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, which Guinness World Records confirmed was the new record.
George Hood held a plank for 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, a new world record.

Hood, a former US Marine and retired Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory special agent, has broken the record for longest plank before, in 2011 when he held it for 1 hour and 20 minutes. But when he tried to set it again in 2016, he lost to Mao Weidong from China, who held a plank for 8 hours, 1 minute and 1 second.
Hood, of Naperville, Illinois, said he was determined to reclaim his title. He trained every day for an average of 7 hours for the 18 months leading up to the big day.
“It’s 4-5 hours a day in the plank pose,” Hood told CNN. “Then I do 700 pushups a day, 2,000 situps a day in sets of a hundred, 500 leg squats a day. For upper body and the arms, I do approximately 300 arm curls a day.”
In total, Hood did around 2,100 hours of planking to prepare for the event, according to Guinness World Records.
When Hood finally got up on the platform to break the world record, he said he thought of his three sons. His rock music — including Van Halen and “Du Hast” by Rammstein — also kept him going.
“When it gets tough, you know what I do? I turn that music up so loud, you’d think you’re at a rock concert. I always had a fantasy of being a rock star back in the ’80s,” Hood said. “And at least for those 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, I was a rock star.”

Hood said the phases of prolonged planking are similar to the walls one encounters while running a marathon.
“The burning will set in those elbows. The skin will break and they will bleed,” Hood said. “When that happens, (my coach) talks me through it and I take lots of water and eventually they go numb. When the numbness sets in, I’m generally pretty good. It’s just a matter of being tired and wanting to stop.”
But no matter how much he wanted to stop, Hood said he had to keep going because he was doing this for a bigger reason than just himself. He was doing it to help raise mental health awareness.
With his experience in the military and law enforcement, Hood said he knew mental illness is often stigmatized. So he completed the challenge at 515 Fitness, a gym that helps address mental illness through exercise and professional help.
“When you’re in a combat situation, and even in law enforcement with the agents that I used to work with, we get involved in shootings,” Hood said. “Some people don’t handle it well because they’re burdened with other issues that are running in the background, whether it be marital issues, kid issues or financial problems. Sometimes those things can push people over the edge and they don’t know how to flush it out, how to talk about it.
“But when they walk through the door at 515 Fitness, there’s hope because there’s licensed clinicians there and trainers that will help them get well,” Hood added.
He could have stopped planking at any time after the 8 hour and 1 minute mark, but Hood said he pushed toward 8 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds to get the “515” numbers in there and dedicate it to the gym.
To celebrate the reclaiming of his world record title, Hood finished off the event with a quick 75 pushups.

Hood said this will likely be his last time breaking the world record for planking, but his next goal is to set the Guinness World Record for most pushups completed in one hour, which currently stands at 2,806.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from this, Hood said it’s this: “Anybody can do what I do.”
“Everybody has to start somewhere,” Hood said. “Every tree that’s planted has roots. Once that tree is planted and those roots start to grow, whether it be 30 seconds or a minute or 5 minutes or an hour (of holding a plank), you start repeating the process and taking care of your tree, it will grow and you will improve and you will actually get better.”