Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. ― Albert Einstein
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm, humor, and bluntness.
This week’s topics include Sandmann vs. Washington Post, Bernie 2020, unemployment, polls about the wall, Pelosi vs. Trump poll, universal background check bill, Spring Training 2019, and much more!
Teenager Nicholas Sandmann’s family is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, saying it targeted the Covington Catholic High School student and defamed him for political purposes when it reported on a January encounter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial between Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips. (NPR)
Good luck with that…
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders raised just under $6 million from about 223,000 people in the 24 hours after he announced his bid for president — making the Vermont senator the clear frontrunner in grassroots fundraising. (Roll Call)
If Bernie teamed up with someone like Beto O’Rourke or Kamala Harris, they might be unstoppable…
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
Fifty-nine percent say they oppose President Trump’s declaration of an emergency to build a wall on the Mexican border, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released Wednesday. (The Hill)
A Fox News poll found that 50% opposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and 46% favor it. (Fox News)
And this was Fox News…
Another question in the Fox News poll asked who you think looked stronger politically after the recent government shutdown ended — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or President Donald Trump. Pelosi received 43% and Trump 35% and 17% said the same. (Fox News)
Pelosi has owned Trump so far – imagine what they could accomplish if they teamed up…
That’s how many retired top military commanders, leaders and advisers, whose careers spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations, are throwing their weight behind a bill in the House and Senate that would require universal background checks for all U.S. gun sales. The bill, known in the House as HR 8, targets private gun sales that don’t require background checks under current federal law. (Roll Call)
The first game of the 2019 Major League Baseball Spring Training season begins today (Feb 21). The Mariners and A’s will meet at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., for the Cactus League opener.
Check out the rest of the schedule HERE.