Bernie gets grumpy during Democratic debate

Bernie gets grumpy during Democratic debate

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WASHINGTON — Bernie got grumpy and Hillary got detailed in a policy-focused PBS debate that played to her strengths and exposed some of his big weaknesses.

Here’s what you missed if you didn’t catch Thursday’s Democratic debate.

Everyone loves Obama – now

Clinton and Sanders rushed to prove the other one hasn’t been so nice to the president, in an effort to bearhug Obama. The two candidates are clearly aware they’re going to need to do well with African American voters, who make up big a sizable portion of the Democratic electorate in the next states on the calendar. Read more…

Sanders gets testy, Hill stays chill

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Sanders and Clinton fight over who loves Obama more

Sanders and Clinton fight over who loves Obama more

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders played tug-of-war over President Obama’s heart at Thursday’s Democratic debate, with each arguing the other has been more disrespectful to the president.

Clinton lit into Sanders for his Thursday comments that President Obama hasn’t been able to work with Congress well enough, accusing him of Republican-like attacks.

“I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves,” she said. “The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans, I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama.” Read more…

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Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in the Iowa caucus Monday — behind Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

But you wouldn’t know it from the speech Rubio delivered to his supporters, where he praised Iowans for helping him exceed expectations in the first primary contest of 2016.

“Tonight we have taken the first step, an important step, toward winning the nomination,” Rubio, the first candidate to address his supporters Monday night, said to raucous applause.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Rubio held the third-place spot behind Trump, having won a little more than 23.1% percent of the vote against Cruz’s 27.6% and Trump’s 24.3% Read more…

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Ben Carson is heading home to Florida to do laundry

Ben Carson is heading home to Florida to do laundry

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WASHINGTON — Speculation abounded Monday night that GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson might drop out of the race, after news broke that Carson was not sticking around in Iowa to wait out caucus results, nor heading directly to New Hampshire or South Carolina for the next primaries on the calendar.

But Carson said he is remaining in the race, and that he was simply heading to his home in Florida to “get a fresh set of clothes.”

Twitter erupted in jokes about Carson’s soiled laundry.

As of this writing, Carson is in a distant fourth as Iowa caucus results trickle in. Read more…

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Martin O'Malley ends 2016 presidential campaign

Martin O’Malley ends 2016 presidential campaign

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Martin O’Malley ended his run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday night, sources close to the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor confirmed to Mashable.

Earlier in the day, O’Malley was defiant, telling his supporters to “hold strong” and vowing that he would continue his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We’re in this all the way,” O’Malley told Mashable after he was repeatedly asked by a reporter whether he would remain in the race

His campaign took out a $500,000 loan in December, according to Federal Election Commission filings, and some staffers in Iowa had been working without pay. Read more…

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Ted Cruz's daughter really doesn't want a kiss from her dad

Ted Cruz’s daughter really doesn’t want a kiss from her dad

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Ted Cruz might be a contender for the GOP presidential bid — but not everyone’s equally enthused

Earlier in the day, the 45-year-old senator went to give his 7-year-old daughter Christine a hug and a kiss. But Christine didn’t, um, feel the same way. She tried to keep it subtle.

“NO NO NO!” she shouted, as he went to embrace her

Must have been painful for him, but it was oh-so-amusing for us.

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There was a big Microsoft fail at the Iowa caucus

There was a big Microsoft fail at the Iowa caucus

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Maybe we should stick with the hand-written ballots. 

The website tracking the Republican caucus results in Iowa experienced intermittent outages on Monday, a stumble for what had been a highly touted new system from Microsoft on its Azure cloud computing platform.

The reason for the outage was not immediately clear. People that tried to access the site were met with a messages: “The service is unavailable.”

The new system had been lauded as a significant leap forward in technology for a process that is often done with paper ballots sorted by hand.  Read more…

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Hillary Clinton fires back at young voter who confronted her for being 'dishonest'

Hillary Clinton fires back at young voter who confronted her for being ‘dishonest’

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton on Monday fired back at a young voter who questioned her honesty and why she was losing to Bernie Sanders with young voters, telling him she’s been pushing for progress since before he was born.

“I’ve been around a long time. People have thrown all kinds of things at me,” she fired back during a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, the final time she’ll be at the same event as Sanders before next Monday’s crucial caucuses.

“But if you’re new to politics, if it’s the first time you’re really paying attention, you go ‘Oh my gosh, look at all of this.’ And you have to say to yourself, ‘Why are they throwing all of that?’ Well, I’ll tell you why. Because I’ve been on the front lines of progress since I was on your age.” Read more…

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Bernie Sanders: 'We will raise taxes' to expand healthcare

Bernie Sanders: ‘We will raise taxes’ to expand healthcare

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WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders handed Hillary Clinton’s team a line made for attack ads Monday night, admitting his plan to expand Medicare to everyone would raise middle-class taxes.

“We will raise taxes. Yes we will,” he said at a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa — the final time he’ll appear at the same event as Clinton before next Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The two are neck-and-neck in recent polling in the key, early voting state.

Sanders argued it was “demagogic” to portray the plan as a tax increase on the middle class, however, because they’d be saving more on their healthcare plan than they’d be paying for taxes. Read more…

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