Political Cornflakes: What the Democratic candidates have to do to win tonight’s debate


Happy Tuesday! Sen. Elizabeth Warren needs to stand out as the unequivocal leader. Former Vice President Joe Biden needs to prove he can handle attacks from President Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals at the same time. Sen. Bernie Sanders, recovering from a recent heart attack, needs to fend off concerns about his health while staying focused on the issues. As Democratic presidential candidate again take the stage to debate, The Washington Post breaks down the ways leading candidates can stay in the lead and the struggling ones can break through. [WaPost]

Topping the news: Mayoral candidates Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall crossed swords over neglect of Salt Lake City’s west side and the shelter-bed gap in Utah’s new homeless services plan during a debate Monday sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune and Fox13. [Trib]

-> Winter is still weeks away and already beds for women in new homeless resource centers are full, leaving some to seek overflow shelter. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A new poll shows a third of Utahns believe there’s sufficient evidence to begin an impeachment inquiry, while 19% say Congress should continue investigating. Forty-seven percent said Congress should not hold impeachment hearings. [UtahPolicy] [Trib] [DNews]

Tweets of the Day: From @Bill_Tibbetts: “Both of these candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor are better than any of the ones I have seen since moved to the City in the early 90s. I now live outside the City and am envious of decision City voters who live a couple blocks away get to make.”

-> From @Jeandioslc: “Just a reminder–emergency shelter is not a home. Ending homelessness requires getting people into homes where they have some control, not into emergency shelter.”

Also in the news: For a second year in a row, San Juan County is holding a controversial special election that is fueling division in the Native American-majority county. [Trib]

-> Ogden City has cut a tentative deal to sell the old Swift warehouse to a California aerospace manufacturer after a massive hazardous-waste cleanup that is supposed to be completed next month. [StandEx]

-> Utah’s Kurdish community is horrified by what it sees as a betrayal by the United States to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria. [DNews]

-> South Salt Lake Councilwoman Corey Thomas recounts how election to public office resulted in two separate stalkers. [DNews]

-> Nearly 200 birds seized from a West Valley home are expected to be up for adoption at the city’s animal shelter. [KUTV]

-> Columnist Robert Gehrke details just how much clout the billboard industry has in Utah politics. [Trib]

-> Cartoonist Pat Bagley gives his take on what happens when you combine religion and Donald Trump-style politics. [Trib]

Nationally: The Trump administration called for an immediate cease-fire by Turkey and said it had imposed economic sanctions on the country for its swift invasion of Syria and attacks against U.S. Kurdish allies. [WaPost]

-> Turkish-backed forces are freeing Islamic State prisoners that previously were under lock and key by Kurds. [ForeignPolicy]

-> Trump’s former top Russia adviser reportedly told impeachment investigators that the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, ran a shadow foreign policy that was aimed at personally benefiting Trump, according to unnamed sources. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> President Trump condemned the violent video, shown by supporters at his Miami golf resort, featuring a fake Trump shooting, stabbing and beating members of the news media and opponents. A White House spokesman said the president had not seen it. [AP]

-> A new Quinnipiac poll released the day before Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate shows Elizabeth Warren with a 3 percentage point edge over Joe Biden — although that’s within the margin of error. [Quinnipiac]

-> As President Trump nears his 1,000th day in office, the Washington Post fact checker says his false and misleading claims have soared to more than 13,400. [WaPost]

-> China reportedly wants more talks before agreeing to the “Phase One” trade deal touted by President Trump. [Bloomberg]

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