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Kirsten Gillibrand is in.

From bitter personal experience, I can tell you this is true:

Six hours: That's the minimum amount of sleep per night you need to help your heart stay healthy, new research suggests. The study found that chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries -- a condition known as atherosclerosis, which increases the odds of heart attack and stroke.

There are many ways to fight heart disease, including "pharmaceuticals, physical activity and diet," said lead researcher Jose Ordovas. "But this study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease -- a factor we are compromising every day."

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but people who slept less than six hours a night were 27 percent more likely to have body-wide atherosclerosis than those who slept seven to eight hours a night, Ordovas and his colleagues reported.

Eight hours a day is what you need. Don't settle for anything less (it doesn't have to be uninterrupted).


It's all over for the Charlady:

THERESA May could be gone as Prime Minister within 24 hours after Labour tabled a vote of no confidence over her mammoth Brexit defeat. The PM attempted to outflank Jeremy Corbyn by effectively calling a vote of no confidence in the Government in the wake of her defeat by 432 to 202.

After the Labour leader formally tabled the motion, it was confirmed MPs will vote on whether or not to kick the Government out of power at 7pm tomorrow - which would trigger a General Election likely to take place just weeks before Brexit.

Mrs May is likely to win tomorrow's confidence vote after the DUP confirmed they will continue to back her as PM despite opposing her Brexit strategy.If two t hirds of MPs vote in favour of a motion which reads "This House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government" then there's 14 days for the Government to pass one in favour. If that doesn't happen, a general election could be sparked.

Doesn't really matter at this point whether she survives the no-confidence motion; she's toast. And now the real fun begins: who will replace her as head of the Conservative Party? And will, in the chaotic aftermath of her Brexit-plan defeat, Labour and the Tory Remainers connive to force another Brexit vote? Stay tuned....


Gee, that's too damn bad:

After a painful midterm election for Florida Democrats that showed this crucial swing state drifting away from them, a group of party activists gathered at a Cuban restaurant last month to receive some bitter medicine — and a sober warning — to go with their croquettes and plantain chips.

Democrats started organizing Latino voters too late, didn’t tailor their message for an increasingly diverse community and ultimately took Latino support for granted, a Florida pollster told about 50 members of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Broward County. Democrats will lose again in 2020 if they don’t move swiftly to win over Hispanics, the pollster, Eduardo Gamarra, told the group. “You just need to start now,” he said.

With the swearing-in last Tuesday of two newly elected Republican leaders, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Senator Rick Scott, Florida has become a more reliably red political bastion, making the path to Electoral College victory that much tougher for the 2020 Democratic nominee.

Maybe there's hope for Florida Man yet...