J.K. Rowling Clarifies We're Not Getting A New 'Harry Potter' Novel

News of a so-called “eighth” Harry Potter book
 flooded social media yesterday after publisher Little, Brown, announced
 it would be releasing the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” script in book format on July 31. 

But, J.K. Rowling wants us all to know, it is not a novel like her seven others in the series. Like the publisher tweeted
, it’s a script in book format. 

Technically, calling it the “eighth Harry Potter book” is correct. An official site
 refers to “The Cursed Child” — the two-part play opening in London this summer that is curiously not a sequel or a prequel to the series, but stars the same beloved characters — as “the eighth story” in the Harry Potter series. As a book containing that story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II will be the eighth book. 

The whole thing deals with our main character’s adult life after the great Battle of Hogwarts.

“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted,” a description on the play’s website reads
. “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” 

The play debuts on July 30, but fans who can’t make it to England can buy the book just one day after — which also happens to be Rowling’s (and Harry’s) birthday.

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Auschwitz Guard, 94, Goes On Trial Over Murder Of 170K People

A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz lowered his eyes as he arrived at a German court on Thursday to be tried as an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people in what is likely to be one of the last few Nazi war crimes trials.

Reinhold Hanning was 20 years old in 1942 when he started serving as a Waffen SS guard at the death camp in occupied Poland, where more than 1.1 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.

There was a heavy police presence around the court in the western town of Detmold as Hanning walked in, wearing glasses and a dark brown tweed jacket and looking at the ground, for a session limited to just two hours due to his age.

Prosecutors said Hanning had joined the Waffen SS, the armed wing of the Nazi party, voluntarily at the age of 18 and fought in eastern Europe during the early stages of World War Two before being transferred to Auschwitz in January 1942.

Accused by the prosecutor’s office in Dortmund as well as by 38 joint plaintiffs from Hungary, Israel, Canada, Britain, the United States and Germany, Hanning will hear the testimony of former camp inmates in court.

One of them is Erna de Vries, who was deported to Auschwitz along with her mother in 1943, at the age of 23. Considered a “Jewish crossbreed” as her father was Protestant, she was saved from the gas chamber and transferred to a labor camp.

“I survived, but to this day I don’t know exactly how my mother was killed,” she told Reuters ahead of the trial. “The last thing she said to me was: ‘You will survive and explain what happened to us.’

“I am not hateful but it somehow feels like justice to see this man, who was working there when my mother died, on trial.”

Germany’s Nazi war crimes office in Ludwigsburg has found that Hanning served as a guard at Auschwitz until at least June 1944.

He has admitted to having been a guard, in a statement to the prosecution, but has denied involvement in the mass killings, part of the Nazis’ “Final Solution” for the extermination of Europe’s Jews.

Investigators say he also served at Auschwitz’s Birkenau sub-division, where about 90 percent of more than 1.2 million killings in the camp were carried out in four gas chambers

Prosecutors maintain that the Nazis’ machinery of murder hinged on people like Hanning guarding the prisoners, and they accuse him of expediting, or at least facilitating, the slaughter.

A precedent for such an approach was set in 2011 when death camp guard Ivan Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to mass murder.

Last year, 94-year-old Oskar Groening, known as the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, was sentenced to four years in prison for being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people in Auschwitz.

There other former death camp workers in their 90s – two men and one woman – are due to go on trial in the next few months.

Because of their age, their hearings, like Hanning’s, will be restricted to two hours per day, assuming they are fit to face trial.

But Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, responsible for war crime investigations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said from his office in Jerusalem that age should not be an obstacle to prosecution.

“When you think of these cases, don’t think of frail, old, sick men and women,” he said, “but of young people who devoted their energies to a system that implemented the Final Solution and aimed to obliterate the Jewish people.”

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Ryan Reynolds Fell In Love With Blake Lively On A Double Date

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s love story began while they were both on a date with other people. Who would’ve thought? 

“About a year after ‘Green Lantern’ had come and gone and we were both single we went on a double date
 — she was on a date with another guy and I was on a date with another girl — and it was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across,” he said while on SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Wednesday. 

Reynolds and Lively met on the set of 2011’s “Green Lantern.” They married in 2012 and welcomed daughter James last year

“We were buddies for a long time, which I think is the best way to have a relationship, to start as friends,” he said on Sirius. 

The two have been hitting up red carpets
promoting his new superhero flick “Deadpool,” and are having some fun along the way. 

Two Deadpools, one cup. Your turn # L

A photo posted by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on Feb 6, 2016 at 8:15am PST

 

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Living the Good News

I think the Bible tells us to live and love like Jesus, and the scriptures tell us a lot about how He lived and loved. You can see for yourself what the Bible says about loving our neighbors as ourselves, as servant leaders.

I’ll tell you what living like Jesus is not about. It’s not about health, wealth and prosperity; at least, not the way the prosperity Gospel preaches it. Those are things that God chooses to bless us with as He sees fit. There is a season for all of these things, but they are not meant to be our focus as followers of Christ. Whether you are blessed with them or not, you can still be fulfilled through discipleship.

We get into this salvation mentality. We get saved, and then we think we’re done. I truly don’t believe that’s where it ends. I truly believe that salvation is just the beginning. It’s the beginning of a life of discipleship. It’s the beginning of living the Good News.

What is the Good News? I mean, what is the Jesus Gospel? The lifestyle of Jesus is a huge part of it! The life He lived, and taught us to live, is very good news! Salvation and justification are part of it. That’s the beginning of our life in Jesus. But then, we’re called to discipleship. We’re called to live the Good News!

I’ve heard people say that Jesus didn’t speak the Gospel. They say He couldn’t have. They say the Gospel came after He died. That’s a little mind-boggling to me. I mean, Jesus is the Gospel! Jesus is the Good News! He was It! Of course He preached the Gospel, because He was the Gospel! He did the Gospel!

When I hear people say that Jesus didn’t speak the Gospel, it says to me that we’re stuck in a salvation mentality. We focus everything on Jesus’ death. We think we’ve completed our lives as Christians as soon as we acknowledge His death for our sins. But that’s just where we start. What about Jesus’ life? How can we ignore that, when the Bible contains a detailed account of it? It tells us what He did and said, and it contains the instructions He gave to everyone who wanted to be His disciples.

Sometimes I ask myself why I live the way I live, and that nails what I’m saying here. Why do I live the way I live? I don’t ask myself why I am the way I am. I know the answer to that. I’m saved. I’m justified by Christ. That’s who I am. But I don’t assume that means I’m good. I’m not necessarily good. I’m not necessarily right. I’m not necessarily on the right path. I examine the way I live, because I want to be a disciple of Jesus.

Do I mess up? Yes. Am I always good? No. Am I always on the right path? No. But when I get off on the wrong path, I ask the Spirit to lead me back. And I believe that the Spirit does, because I want to be a disciple of Jesus. I want to be a servant leader like HIm. I want to be deeper. I want to go further. I want to always be on His path.

How do I know when I’m on His path? I’m there when I’m serving the way Jesus served. I’m fulfilled, happy, and full of joy.

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Jeremy Affeldt, pitcher for the three time Baseball World Champion San Francisco Giants
and Major League pitcher for 14 years, recently retired. His streak of 22 consecutive scoreless appearances in the post season trails Mariano Rivera’s mark by only one. He is an all-time leader in postseason ERA, with a minimum of 30 innings, with an 0.86.

Jeremy is a humanitarian, philanthropist, author, public speaker, and co-founder of Generation Alive
. He works to end human trafficking, feed the hungry and end poverty. He is the author of To Stir A Movement, Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball. He is available for speaking engagements, appearances and interviews Follow him on twitter, Instagram and Facebook @JeremyAffeldt.

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Thrill-Ride Thursday – Markets Collapse as Sweden goes Negative

Really, Sweden?  

Well, it’s just an excuse to sell off on a 30-year auction day (happens almost every one) because it panics people into TBills at ridiculously low rates and makes it look like the Fed is doing its job and people really do want to lend the Government money for 30 years at 2.5% rather than do something productive with the money.   Why?  Because if people don’t want to by 30-year Treasury Notes at 2.5% then one would have to question our Government’s $19,000,000,000,000 debt load which, at 2.5%, costs $475Bn in interest payments alone to sustain and if we were to assume rates climb to 5%, then another $475Bn per year would have to be figured into the budget (without asking the Top 1% or Corporations to contribute, of course!).  

On the other hand, with Sweden now CHARGING 0.5% to put money in the Riksbank, 2.5% on US debt looks like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it?  I already sent out an Alert this morning (tweeted too, with the hashtag #CurrencyWars
) on what happened and how we’re playing the Futures, so I won’t rehash all that boring stuff here.

Oil, meanwhile, is down another 4% this morning ($26.25) and that’s on me as I told Canada that oil was not going to make a comeback on Money Talk last night
– and it was not a happy conversation.  We would like to play the $25 line for a bounce on /CL but we’re EXTREMELY concerned about the MASSIVE overhang of FAKE!!! contracts (see Monday’s post
and here is a good place to say “I told you so!“) with 324,000 open orders still remaining in the March contracts (but they did cancel 191,000 fake orders in 3 days, so catching up).  

In fact, since I get a lot of mail from people who can’t believe the NYMEX is a complete and utter scam used only to defraud the American people by creating a false demand for oil and driving up prices, let’s compare the “open order “demand”” (had to double quote demand as it’s such BS) from Monday morning to yesterday’s close.  Here’s Monday’s NYMEX contract strip:

Here’s yesterday’s closing strip:

Where did the fake orders for 191,000,000 barrels (1,000 per contract) go?  We know they can’t possibly be delivered since Cushing, OK can only handle 40M barrels a month (less than 10% of the fake order capacity) so what happened?  Well, if you noted the next 4 months from Monday – they totaled 665,000 contracts and now, amazingly, they total 875,000 contract – that’s a gain of 210,000 contracts!  

In other words, there is no actual change to the fake, Fake, FAKE!!!
orders at the NYMEX, they just roll them along to the next months so they can pretend there is demand there as well.  Since all those trading and rolling losses are worked into the price of oil – only the consumer suffers the losses while the traders and the Banksters that work with them make Billions in fees for their barrel-rolling trick.

And I will tell you now that, as usual, 90% of the remaining 324M barrels worth of contracts to buy oil at $27 will be CANCELLED and not delivered to the US in March – in hopes of screwing you with higher prices later.  

And this is the problem Canada, and the rest of the World have now.  There has been a scam, pretty much since the deadly Commodity Futures Modernization Act Revisions, which were literally signed into law the day after Bush won his Presidency in the Supreme Court (hidden inside an 11,000 page appropriations bill that HAD to be signed to avoid a Government shut-down a week before Christmas
).  This bill and it’s repercussions are now wreaking havoc with the Global Economy for the 2nd time.  

The first time, aside from Enron (Bush’s biggest single donor
) et al (made possible by the deregulation in the Act, which was sponsored by Enron) ripping off consumers all over the country, the unregulated trading caused oil to jump from $20 per barrel under Clinton to $140 a barrel under Bush, which ultimately broke the consumers’ backs and led to our 2008 market collapse.  

Now it’s time for round two as the misallocation of capital towards energy projects, based on the assumption that $100 oil was a REAL price based on market demand (it’s not, it’s completely unaffordable) has caused MASSIVE over-production of oil all around the World and the companies and countries that borrowed money to finance that production growth AND the banks that lent them the money are now in BIG TROUBLE with oil back at it’s NORMAL price of $26.50 per barrel.  

As I said on BNN last night, countries like Canada, where 20% of their GDP comes from the energy sector, are going to have a very painful time adjusting to normal oil prices but the sooner they come to grips with that reality, the better.

The worst thing they can do is attempt to prop up a failing industry that is drastically in need of a consolidation wave as they are currently over-producing, according to the IEA
, 1.75Mb of oil per day.  That’s about 2% of global production that needs to go off-line before we’re even close to sopping up the GLUT of oil that has flooded Global storage facilities to near capacity
.  

The worst part is (for OPEC and the North American Energy Cartel – you know who you are!) is that the sanctions lifted on Iran are now going to put another 1.5Mb/d of production on-line by the end of this year (already over 500,000/day) which is accelerating the problem.  OPEC has, so far, not made any moves to cut back – part of their problem is they now only control 30% of the World’s oil because their previous policy of holding back production to jack up oil prices has backfired as the high prices led 60M daily barrels of competing oil to come to market and their share of the global market has fallen 50% since they held us hostage in the 70s
.  

And now we head towards the end game and it’s the Chinese curse of living in “interesting times” indeed for oil producers.  As I told Canada last night – don’t rush to find “bargains” in the energy sector – a lot of these guys are never coming back!  

 

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This CEO Wants You To Know Your Essential Oil Air Freshener Has Hundreds Of Chemicals In It

Avoiding products
with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients in favor of natural components
has been common sense for health-conscious shoppers for years.

S.C. Johnson & Son
is declaring war on that conventional wisdom.

The family owned company on Thursday became the first major player in the household chemicals industry to list 100 percent of the ingredients used to create fragrance in one of its lines of scented products, the Glade
 Fresh Citrus Blossoms collection of wax melts and air fresheners. That includes the chemicals ordinarily glossed over with catch-all phrases like “natural ingredients” or “essential oil.”

Its goal, in part, is to create a new standard of transparency that would challenge upstart competitors, who sell themselves as greener alternatives, to disclose every single component in their fragrances.

“It’s important to lay it all out there for the scrutiny of the world what goes into our products if consumers are going to trust us,” Herbert Fisk Johnson III, the company’s chairman and chief executive, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. “In the absence of information, people tend to think the worst.”

On the face of it, the plan seems like a radical, if straightforward, way to woo shoppers who are increasingly spending money on products they deem ethical. But, by publishing
the ingredients used to mimic the scent of fresh citrus blossoms, S.C. Johnson is gearing up for a multi-pronged battle against tight-lipped fragrance producers and a 30-year-old right-to-know law
in California that the company says exempts many of its competitors from revealing chemicals in rival products.

The move will likely shake up the fragrance industry, which guards the ingredients used in the essential oils it sells to consumer-goods companies like S.C. Johnson as trade secrets. But as technology enables rivals to easily decode the compounds, that may be a moot point, Johnson said. Revealing that rose oil, for example, contains 101 different chemicals was “inevitable,” he added.

“I can’t really speak for the fragrance houses, but I think they would say — because we’ve talked to them — that they have intellectual property concerns,” said Johnson, whose great-great grandfather Samuel Curtis Johnson Sr.
founded the Racine, Wisconsin-based company in 1886. “In today’s world, with the methods available to analyze what’s in products and what’s in fragrances, it’s easy to do that, so I’m not sure about the validity of that concern.”

It wouldn’t be the first time S.C. Johnson has challenged its suppliers. Under the leadership of Johnson’s father, Samuel, the company eliminated chlorofluorocarbons
— chemicals, used as aerosol propellant, that erode the Earth’s ozone layer — three years before they were banned in the United States. Suppliers, and even some employees
, were not happy.

“He was giving a speech in front of a bunch of people and the CEO of a major chemical company stood up in the middle of his speech, interrupted him, and said, ‘You’re going to ruin this industry,’” Johnson recalled. “But my dad was very principled and we just went ahead with it anyway. You look back on that decision today, in light of the strong laws that came in, and that was a very prescient decision.”

Back then, S.C. Johnson was ahead of new regulation. Now, it’s dogged by an old one.

Johnson faces a challenge in the form of Proposition 65, also known as California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The law, originally meant to force businesses to warn the public of exposure to artificial and harmful chemicals, is the reason for labels that say when products contain chemicals “known to the State of California to cause” cancer and other ailments. However, chemicals that occur naturally in foods are exempt
.

People have a fundamental right to know what’s in the products we give them, and for that matter, what everyone else gives them.

But identical chemicals derived from other sources require a warning label. By being transparent, the company is courting a warning label that makes shoppers think it has something to hide.

“If we just list essential oils, there’s no warning. If we list the ingredients in the essential oils, there’s a big warning,” Johnson said. “If you put a product with a big warning label on it, it’s not going to sell.”

To be sure, informed shoppers may avoid S.C. Johnson’s Glade products anyway. The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit consumer advocate, warns against
 using any air fresheners and ranked most Glade products with an F, the lowest possible grade. 

“The ratings indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product — not the product itself — compared to other product formulations,” the organization said in a statement. “The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors that determine actual health risks, if any.”

Still, Johnson said “natural” is too often conflated with “nontoxic.” 

“The fact is that nature has some of the most toxic and carcinogenic materials known to humankind,” Johnson said. “There’s nothing that correlates ‘natural’ to ‘better.’”

The biggest challenge for the company now may be getting people to question the one thing that modern marketing has deemed infallible: nature.

“This is a first step in a long road ahead of us, but we feel really strongly and passionate about taking this step,” Johnson said. “People have a fundamental right to know what’s in the products we give them, and for that matter, what everyone else gives them.”

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Wife Of Monty Williams Dead At 44 After Car Accident

The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died on Wednesday following a car accident the night before, the NBA said.

The crash took place in the Oklahoma City area and Ingrid Williams, 44, succumbed to the injuries on Wednesday.

“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing,” the Thunder said in a statement.

Monty Williams is a former NBA player and well-regarded coach around the league who is an assistant for the USA Basketball program.

He joined Oklahoma City’s staff this season after serving as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans the preceding five years.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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Kylie Jenner Rocks Sheer Lace Bodysuit For Night Out In New York City

Kylie Jenner may have just worn one of her sexiest outfits yet. 

The 18-year-old reality TV star and Snapchat queen stepped out in a totally sheer lace jumpsuit
last night to watch boyfriend Tyga perform at the V Files runway show
 in New York. 

The ensemble featured a high neck, long sleeves and flared bottoms, adding a ’70s vibe to her overall look. Jenner kept her hair down and paired the outfit with gold pointy-toe heels. 

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star shared a few photos from the night on Instagram. 

@renellaice

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:29pm PST

@renellaice

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:28pm PST

She also gave Starbucks a nice little shoutout: 

Starbucks tho

A photo posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:52pm PST

We’re sure they won’t mind the extra promotion. 

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Bernie Sanders Amps Up Poll Spending By 900 Percent

The Bernie Sanders campaign is boosting its polling budget, but it’s hard to tell exactly how much candidates are spending. Nonwhite voters may be up for grabs in Nevada and South Carolina. And favorability ratings show why Trump might have problems in a general election. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

BERNIE SANDERS TURNING SERIOUS ABOUT POLLING – HuffPollster with Ryan Grim: “Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) famously eschewed polling
in the runup to his bid, instead drawing on his decades of well-known political positioning to put together a platform. It appears he has had a change of heart…. MSNBC reported last week
that Sanders spent $500,000 on polling last quarter, up from the $52,000 he spent in the previous quarter….A Huffington Post analysis of Sanders’ campaign filings from last year found that he spent at least $500,000, and perhaps as much as $1 million, on polling….Sanders’ increased poll spending is a sign that his campaign has gained momentum, said Lonna Atkeson, the director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy at the University of New Mexico.”  [HuffPost
]

Other candidates are spending big on polls too, but it’s hard to say how much – Federal Election Commission filing codes make it difficult to interpret exactly how much any candidate is paying for polls. Some candidates file poll expenditures under codes like “polling” or “survey research” and others show no direct evidence of poll spending, leaving the possibility that they’re filing under other codes, like “strategy consulting.” Viveca Novak, the editorial and communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics, told the Huffington Post that candidates can report in polling expenditures in lump sums under such codes so it’s difficult to say how the money is being used.

Estimates show considerable variation in spending – HuffPollster sifted through the data and created a range of estimates for each candidate. The minimum calculation includes campaign expenses defined as some variation of “polling,” “survey[s],” or “research” on polls. The maximum includes expenditures classified under some variation of “strategic consulting,” which may or may not include polls. Hillary Clinton may have spent anywhere from $2.8 million to $3.3 million. Ted Cruz may have spent the most money on the Republican side at anywhere from $600,000 to $3.7 million, with $3.1 million going to the data firm Cambridge Analytica. An additional 1.5 million was allocated to other strategy analysis.

HOW BERNIE SANDERS COULD WIN OVER NONWHITE VOTERS – Nate Cohn: “[I]t is clear that Mr. Sanders is faring much better among less educated and working-class white voters than Barack Obama did in 2008, or than other idealistic liberal candidates like Howard Dean and Bill Bradley did….The exit polls show Mr. Sanders doing best among less affluent voters — and it’s not just because young voters, with whom he’s very popular, make less money. The actual returns also show that Mr. Sanders fared well in many of the places where Mr. Obama was weakest, like far western Iowa and southeastern New Hampshire….Mr. Sanders’s success with white working-class Democrats at least raises the possibility that he could make similar gains among nonwhite voters, who are less affluent than white voters. Whether he could make enough gains to win the nomination is an entirely separate question. We’ll find out the answer soon enough, in Nevada and South Carolina — the first two states with a meaningful number of nonwhite voters.” [NYTimes
]

DONALD TRUMP COULD LOSE MANY SWING STATES IN A GENERAL ELECTION – Matt Dabrowski (R): “Gallup’s venerable Frank Newport has noted that Trump would be the least popular major-party nominee in that firm’s long history
of tracking such data….But as long as presidents are chosen by the electoral college, we need state-level data….Trump’s best (lowest) unfavorable is 51%, from Florida Atlantic’s survey. Trump’s worst (highest) rating came in New Hampshire, where Tom Jensen’s PPP team reported him at 64% unfavorable (!) in their January survey. If our rule of thumb is accurate, Trump is set to lose all seven swing states, since his unfavorable number is over 50% in each. In 2008, John McCain lost all these states. In 2012, Mitt Romney won one (North Carolina). So based on this (very incomplete) data, Trump may do at least as well as John McCain.” [HuffPost
]

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THURSDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data:

-Utah residents are the most confident about their economy, while Illinois residents are the least. [Gallup
]

-“Unbound” delegates complicate how votes translate into delegates in New Hampshire. [FHQ
]

-Hillary Clinton should fare better in more diverse primary states, unless Bernie Sanders is able to make inroads with minorities. [Center for Politics
]

-Michelle Hackman finds that Bernie Sanders won demographic groups in New Hampshire that should have been easy wins for Hillary Clinton. [Vox
]

-Amy Walter explains why Marco Rubio is the most likely Republican to emerge as the establishment candidate. [Cook Political Report
]

Josh Barro says former Arizona Gov.Jan Brewer foreshadowed the rise of Donald Trump. [NYT
]

Kayla N. Jordan and James W. Pennebaker say the Democratic debates are associated with more formal and logical thinking than the Republican debates. [WashPost
]

Hilary Fung contributed reporting. 

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