Mathematica: Rounding May Decide The GOP Debaters, Super PACs vs. Super-Super PACs and more

By Allen McDuffee
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Some of today in numbers…

  • John Kasich leads Rick Perry by .6 percentage points, which means rounding could decide who does and does not get on the GOP debate stage on Friday.
  • Top-Heavy Super PACs vs. Super Top-Heavy Super PACs is the difference between $38 million and $103 million.
  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 might only really be worth $12.
  • No, it isn’t good enough for you to be in bed for 8 hours.
  • Puerto Rico misses its $58 million debt payment.

The Rundown

1. Mitch McConnell’s Trump Calculation 

Jane Mayer at The New Yorker takes a deep dive on the risk of McConnell’s refusal to restrain the chief executive of the United States. 

2. 500,000+ Zoom Accounts Are For Sale on the Dark Web

Credentials of individuals and high-profile companies like Chase have been swept up, marking a new headache for the videoconferencing giant.

3. Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden

Sanders told Biden, “We need you in the White House,” during a teleconference. But how many of his supporters heard him?

4. Paul Manafort Is Seeking Prison Release Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Trump’s former campaign manager claims he is “high risk.” 

5. Joe Biden Could Get a Critical Boost From a Black VP Pick

New polling suggests Biden could garner more enthusiasm among black voters in battleground states by picking a black woman.

6. Sanofi and GSK Partner on COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sanofi-GlaxoSmithKline vaccine will enter clinical trials later in 2020, but still won’t be available until late 2021.