Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 9, 2016
February 9, 2016
Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
It's Primary Day in New Hampshire. Some of the latest polls:
--BERNIE SANDERS has erased HILLARY CLINTON's lead since the start of the year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Clinton leads Sanders 48-to-45-percent, but that's within the poll's 5-point margin of error.
And that poll still has a lot of potential to shift. Nearly a quarter of Democrats and two-fifths of Independents say they are still not that familiar with Sanders. Clinton, in comparison, has almost total name recognition among voters.
On the Republican side in that same survey, DONALD TRUMP has 40-percent national support. TED CRUZ is second with 16-percent and MARCO RUBIO came in third with 13-percent.
--A new Emerson College survey gives DONALD TRUMP 31-percent support among New Hampshire Republicans, with Jeb Bush (16-percent), John Kasich (13-percent), Marco Rubio (12-percent) and Ted Cruz (11-percent) separated by just five-points.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders maintains a lead over Hillary Clinton of 54-to-42-percent.
--The latest CNN/WMUR poll gives Donald Trump 31-percent support among New Hampshire Republicans, with Marco Rubio at 17-percent and Ted Cruz at 14-percent. (Pacelli)
Today is Fat Tuesday --the culmination of 11 days of partying and parades called Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Traditionally, Mardi Gras (and the companion holiday, Carnival in Brazil and other places) are supposed to be the last days of partying before the 40 days of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday (tomorrow).
Being Shrove Tuesday, today is also the 67th annual International Pancake Day. You know the drill; the contest between the folks in Liberal, KS, and Olney, England. This whole thing started when Christian Lenten rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products. So housewives would make pancakes to use up their supplies of eggs, milk, butter and other fats. The event has grown from one race lasting just over a minute to a whole weekend of great events for the whole family. Phoner: 620-624-6423. Facebook page HERE.
Recipes for English pancakes back in those days called for wheaten flour, eggs, butter or lard, a liquid (water, milk, ale or wine) and flavorings such as white or brown sugar, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger), orange flower water, scented sugars or liqueurs! They were fried in butter and either served flat or rolled and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Editor's note: today is not National Pancake Day. As far as National Pancake Day is concerned, that's a yearly celebration held at the International House of Pancakes, which serves up a "short stack" of free buttermilk pancakes, and in return, the company hopes they'll make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network. Donations are strictly voluntary. This year's date is a month from now, on Tue, Mar 08.
FYI: Last year IHOP served more than 2.5 million free pancakes, and since 2006 when they began, they've raised nearly $13 million for charity.
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