Bernie Sanders dominates CNN’s last New Hampshire poll

New Hampshire might just be an Iowa repeat — in terms of the results, not that whole app disaster.CNN has released its final poll before Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, and it puts Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) firmly on top of the pack with 29 percent support among the state’s likely primary voters. The only candidate who comes close to touching that total is former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 22 percent support.The poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, also forecasts a similarly disappointing result for former Vice President Joe Biden come Tuesday. He got just 11 percent support in the CNN poll, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) narrowly behind at 10 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) earned seven percent support, and no other candidate polled over five percent.Just about half of respondents said they were committed to their candidate of choice when they took the survey Feb. 6-9, meaning things could completely turn upside down by Tuesday. Sanders was far and away the candidate with the most dedicated backers, with 42 percent of his supporters saying they’d definitely vote for him Tuesday. Just 18 percent of Buttigieg’s voters said the same.The University of New Hampshire Survey Center interviewed 365 likely Democratic primary voters via landline and cell phone from Feb. 6–9, and the poll had a margin of error of 5.1 percent.More stories from For better pasta sauce, throw away your garlic Why Amy Klobuchar would win by subtraction Iran’s missile attack reportedly left more than 100 troops with traumatic brain injury

Vindman dismissal spurs Chuck Schumer to request all 74 inspectors general look into potential whistleblower retaliation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to have a word with all 74 of the United States’ 74 inspectors general.In a letter sent Monday, Schumer requested the inspectors general “take immediate action to investigate any and all instances of retaliation against anyone who has made, or in the future makes, protected disclosures of presidential misconduct to Congress or inspectors general.”Schumer’s call for investigations was inspired by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s dismissal from his post at the National Security Council last week, months after he provided damaging testimony against President Trump during the House’s impeachment inquiry. Schumer clearly sees Vindman’s firing as an act of revenge by the White House, and said he wants to make sure witnesses and whistleblowers, whose rights are protected by law, don’t face professional or personal consequences for disclosing information about the president.”Regrettably, these rights are now being challenged like never before, creating a chilling effect among those who, in previous administrations, may have come forward to expose abuses of power,” Schumer wrote. “If this chilling effect persists, it will inhibit our ability to hold public officials and institutions accountable and it will irreparably harm the ability of Congress to fulfill its constitutional oversight responsibilities.” > Here’s the letter:> > — Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 10, 2020More stories from Trump floats death penalty for drug dealers — a big twist from his criminal justice push The Oscars just drew its smallest audience ever For better pasta sauce, throw away your garlic

Taiwan again scrambles jets to intercept Chinese planes, tensions spike

Taiwan’s air force scrambled for a second day in a row on Monday to intercept Chinese jets that approached the island claimed by Beijing as its own, as tensions between the two took on a potentially dangerous military dimension. Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said Chinese jets, accompanying H-6 bombers, briefly crossed an unofficial mid-line in the Taiwan Strait that separates the two, prompting its air force to rush to intercept and give verbal warnings to leave. The H-6s were on a training mission in the Pacific having passed through the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan from the Philippines, the ministry added and shared a picture of a Taiwan F-16 accompanying one of the H-6 bombers.