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Inside the machine: With 2,100 paid staff, Bloomberg has three times as many as Trump, five times as many as Joe Biden and more than twice as many as Elizabeth Warren, according to data the campaigns provided to Axios.
"He’s building his own infrastructure [and investing] in the tech and data to really build his own operation," a Bloomberg campaign aide said.
By the numbers: Since January, Bloomberg has spent more on Facebook ads than Biden, Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg combined.
The bottom line: Bloomberg's campaign has repeatedly said he'll spend "whatever it takes" to beat Trump.
President Nixon's purge trended on Twitter after the Friday-evening news that President Trump had fired EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was escorted out of the White House.
For good measure, Vindman's twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, an Army officer and Iraq war veteran assigned to the NSC, was also escorted from the White House "suddenly and with no explanation," his lawyer said.
Vindman's lawyer, David Pressman, said in a seven-paragraph statement:
What's next, per the N.Y. Times: "Alexander Vindman, who had been expecting the move and had begun removing personal items, was told he would go to the Pentagon before moving to the National War College in July as ... planned."
P.S. Trump tweets this morning:
Sen. Bernie Sanders' rivals treated him as the front-runner in last night's Democratic debate in Manchester, N.H., tearing into Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, who's brimming with momentum after a top-two finish in Iowa.
Sanders adroitly parried punches, seeming unfazed by attack after attack.
Joe Biden got the first question, and began by conceding he'll likely lose on Tuesday:
Go deeper: Axios' 4 takeaways.
A Sanders supporter plays debate bingo while watching at Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester, N.H.:
Pete Buttigieg moved into a statistical tie with Sen. Bernie Sanders (25%/24%) among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, in a Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll released after the debate. (Boston Globe)
That continues the Buttigieg bounce in these earlier polls:
The big headline out of yesterday's jobs report "was that employers added 225,000 jobs in January, comfortably more than analysts had expected," writes N.Y. Times senior economics correspondent Neil Irwin (subscription).
The bottom line: "There are plenty of structural problems in the United States economy, including inequality and a lack of mobility and opportunity for many people."
This is a letter Charles Dickens (1812-1870) wrote to his butler with instructions for a dinner party that was attended by the editor of Punch magazine.
"Dickens was precise with instructions for his dinner party: no champagne and as little wine as possible for guests before the food and definitely only he and his magazine editor friend to be given gin punch during the meal," per The Guardian.
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