January 15, 2020

It was a "dull," "plodding" Democratic debate in Iowa this week in which none of the six candidates came away looking particularly good, according to MSNBC's Morning Joe.

The panel on Morning Joe weighed in Wednesday on the latest Democratic debate, and Joe Scarborough once again didn't come away feeling great about it.

"Nobody looked good on the debate stage last night," Scarborough said, noting that "everybody" he's been talking to has come to the same conclusion. "It was probably everybody's weakest performance."

Analyst John Heilemann, meanwhile, concluded "it was a dull and plodding debate" that didn't fundamentally change the race and for the most part will "quickly fade from memory."

Later, Scarborough concluded the "whining and whimpering" Democratic candidates are "still not ready for prime time," which should "send a chill up Democrats' spines." He was particularly bothered by the focus in the debate on the 2018 conversation between Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); Warren has claimed Sanders told her a woman couldn't be elected president in 2020, which Sanders denies.

"Our government, and everything that we have believed that it was striving to be, is at risk, and Democrats are debating what somebody may have said on the telephone two years ago," Scarborough said. "Kids are watching the show this morning, so I can't tell you what I think that is. I'll just say, that's messed up." Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.