- Fiorina and Christie believe more money is needed toward drug treatment but oppose marijuana legalization, and Jeb talked to the Huffington Post about seeing his daughter in jail during her struggles with addiction. A recent heroin epidemic has made drug addiction a salient issue, particularly in early primary state New Hampshire.
- Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live is drawing significant protests from Latino organizations due to his immigration positions. One group is even offering a $5,000 reward to anyone in the studio who manages to call him a racist on air. The likelihood of this happening is probably minuscule given that NBC will be on alert for it, but a live show is a live show.
- Can you guess which Democratic candidate just withdrew from the race? What about if I said he’s a Harvard professor running solely on campaign finance reform and his initials are LL? Lawrence Lessig dropped out after saying the Democratic Party conspired to keep him out of the next debate. He kind of has a point, it doesn’t take a Harvard degree to see that his candidacy was mostly a stunt anyway.
Democratic candidate breakdown:
Hillary Clinton: Things have been going pretty dandy for HRC these days, some recent polls have had her up big in early primary states (though some of the polls’ methodologies have been questionable), her Benghazi testimony didn’t hurt her and she turned some in-artfully worded comments from the Sanders campaign into a rallying cry for feminists and women voters.
Bernie Sanders: In the tough position of needing to change course and start pushing against Clinton in order to draw more support after initially stating that he would not run a negative campaign. He is now saying the investigation is valid into Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State.