Weekend News Roundup for Jan. 12-13, 2019

La luna!

Coming next weekend: Total lunar eclipse – and of a ‘supermoon’ 



Headquartered in Newark and centered on a message of ‘unity & love’: Cory Booker’s campaign begins to take shape as he closes in on 2020 decision.

Jersey’s drug companies once gave lots of money to Cory Booker. Now he’s trying to force them to lower their prices.

The wind-up: Trump claimed millions of illegal voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. The hit: Court decision in NJ voter intimidation case could bring ‘new wave of voter suppression’ in 2020 election, expert says.

Mikie Sherrill is assigned a leadership position in the pro-corporate New Democrat Coalition. Sherrill is Freshman Whip(Roll Call)

House Dems seek to protect pre-existing conditions and the rest of Obamacare. Pallone: “We have seen the Republicans in the House, the president, consistently sabotage the Affordable Care Act.”

Hey, New Jersey federal workersDo you like basketball? 

Incumbent Dems are most annoyed by AOC’s threat to back primary opponents against members of their ranks she deems too moderate. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

From Politico: Exasperated Democrats try to rein in Ocasio-Cortez: “ It’s an open question whether Ocasio-Cortez can be checked. She’s barely been in Congress a week and is better known than almost any other House member other than Nancy Pelosi and John Lewis. A media throng follows her every move, and she can command a national audience practically at will.”

Making it official: Tulsi Gabbard & Julián Castro.

During the shutdown: Protected Joshua trees at California national park – cut down by vandals.

Not The Onion: Ivanka Trump under consideration to lead The World Bank.

6 months old, but NJ-specific & related to how Trump runs the country like he runs business.

New York Times: FBI Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working On Behalf of Russia: In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Not New Jersey, but brilliant and worth seeing: High School transforms hallways into iconic book covers


Here’s what NJ is doing to protect the poor during the shutdown.

Alan Steinberg: The Gilmore indictment plays Trump destroy the New Jersey Republican brand.

A business mission to Germany & Israel and two very nice overseas vacays. Here’s how many days Phil Murphy was out of state in his first year. Was it more than Christie? Yup. Bigly.

The People’s State of the State: Why it’s important, what’s being missed as Phil Murphy & the Legislature grind on.

Murphy emissaries fan out to try to find somebody for his chief of staff.

Can Dems use the shutdown to help immigrants? Tom Moran tries to help Democrats think Trump’s tantrum through.

No smoking on the beach. Shore towns prepare for statewide ban coming Wednesday.

Communities are talking in the fallout of NJ.com’s research on police use of force in NJ, The Force Report. Here are events coming up around New Jersey.

Home rule and the history of the tiniest town – 3 houses!in New JerseyBelow, 2 of the 3.


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