2020 Democrats make their final appeals ahead of the Iowa caucuses

Candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination made their final pitches to voters this weekend ahead of tomorrow’s first-in-the-nation caucus in Iowa, crossing the state for events and television appearances.

Recent polls show an incredibly tight race in the state on the eve of Monday’s caucuses, making these final events incredibly important opportunities not just to energize their bases, but for candidates to try to win over new supporters in the eleventh hour.

RealClearPolitics’s Iowa polling average currently places Sen. Bernie Sanders at the top of the polls, with a 3.7 percentage point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden. …

Alexander argues it’s important to weigh Trump’s wrongdoing against his accomplishments

Friday, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) became one of a number of GOP lawmakers to say President Donald Trump had committed misdeeds with respect to his actions with Ukraine, but that he should not be removed for it.

On Meet the Press Sunday, Alexander refined that argument, arguing that Trump’s misconduct may have stemmed from a desire to do the right thing that was marred by his inexperience. And he suggested that the fact Trump has been successful in accomplishing Republican priorities may outweigh any wrongs he’s committed.

Alexander was widely watched as lawmakers debated the question of calling new witnesses …

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?

Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has stepped up to answer this eternal question. He’s the author of a new book, The Asshole Survival Guide, which is basically what it sounds like: a guide for surviving the assholes in your life.

In 2010, Sutton published The No Asshole Rule, which focused on dealing with assholes at an organizational level. In the new book, he offers a blueprint for managing assholes …