Morning Joe Mix: Friday, February 12

Friday February 12th, 2016 05:41:00 PM
Morning Joe Mix: A recap of the day's big news and interviews with Ben Carson.

This Week in Pictures: Feb. 6-12

Friday February 12th, 2016 05:28:19 PM Elissa Curtis
The U.S. campaign trail heats up and, around the globe, both celebrations and tragedies make headlines. See all that and more in this week's photos.

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 2.12.16

Friday February 12th, 2016 05:00:22 PM Steve Benen
Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Clinton's trust in Kissinger may be tone deaf

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:49:35 PM Adam Howard
The Democratic debate exposed a deep ideological divide — as well as a split in terms of mainstream political perceptions of the Kissinger legacy.

Trump: ‘I won’t use foul language’

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:34:07 PM
Donald Trump appears to be adjusting his style to appeal to conservative Christians in the south by not using vulgar language in rally on Thursday night. Republican strategist Hogan Gidley talks to Tamron Hall about Trump’s recent vulgar comments and...

Setting a high standard for presidential supp

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:24:56 PM Steve Benen
No matter who wins, it'll be a long time before Americans see a president as pro-science as Barack Obama.

Clinton, Sanders and Black Lives Matter

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:19:55 PM
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are reaching out to African American and Hispanic voters ahead of their next contest in Nevada and then South Carolina. The Sanders’ campaign released an emotional video narrated by Eric Garner’s daughter who...

Here's your chance to be a NASA astronaut

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:09:51 PM Tom Costello
NASA has put out the word — it's hiring the next generation of astronauts, the first new class in four years.

Clinton and Sanders battle at debate

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:00:59 PM
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell gives an recap of Thursday night’s debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Northeast plunged into deep freeze

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:48:33 PM Alexander Smith
Millions across the Northeast should brace for what could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade this Valentine's Day weekend, forecasters warned Friday.


Ohio Cop On Leave After Saying Black Activist's Suicide Was 'Happy Ending'

Friday February 12th, 2016 05:03:41 PM
An Ohio police officer was placed on paid administrative leave this week after he allegedly posted an inappropriate comment about the suicide of a Black Lives Matter activist, the Dayton Daily News reported. MarShawn McCarrel, 23, fatally shot himself Monday on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Fairborn, Ohio police officer Lee Cyr commented "Love a happy ending" on a Facebook link about McCarrel, according to the report. Fairborn Police Department policy prohibits officers from posting on social media while on duty.Police chief Terry Barlow told the newspaper that the paid leave was standard practice and the department was investigating the comment."(A) post that may discredit the police department are against policy," Barlow said. "... We take this seriously. We will ensure the professional standards of the department are upheld."Dayton NAACP President Derrick Forward told local TV station WRGT that the officer should be fired if he wrote it."At the end of the day these are the people we entrust with guns to legally kill people to legally protect and serve people. We are glad that the chief of police has taken swift and decisive action," Forward said.

First Nevada Poll In Weeks Shows Sanders Tied With Clinton

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:50:39 PM
A Washington Free Beacon/TargetPoint Consulting poll released Friday shows between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sander (I-VT) in Nevada. It's the first poll conducted in the state this year. The poll showed support for Clinton and Sanders tied at 45 percent of respondents. This is the first poll of Democratic voters in the state by this pollster, as well as the first conducted there since December. Most previous polling showed Clinton holding a double-digit lead in the state, indicating a collapse in her support consistent with the rapid tightening of the race following Clinton’s narrow win in Iowa and substantial loss in New Hampshire.There has been so little polling in Nevada that there is no TPM PollTracker Average for the state.The poll was carried out from Feb. 8-10 with a population sample of 1,236 likely Democratic voters and a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

Obama Thanks Ellen For 'Changing Hearts And Minds' On Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:30:03 PM
President Barack Obama thanked talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres for "changing hearts and minds" to advance marriage equality during his stop at "Ellen" on Thursday. "I said it to my staff, I said, as much as we've done with laws and ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, etc., changing hearts and minds, I don't think anybody's been more influential than you on that," Obama told DeGeneres."Your courage, and you're just really likable," Obama added.Obama said DeGeneres' decision to live her life openly and incorporate her personality into her work was very important."You being willing to claim who you were suddenly empowers other people. Then suddenly it's your brother, you uncle, your best friend, your co-workers. Then, attitudes shift and the laws followed," he said. "But it started with folks like you. I'm so proud of you."Obama also talked about his daughter's upcoming high school graduation and made a Valentine's Day video for his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama.

Obama Downplays Race As Main Reason For GOP Obstructionism

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:28:26 PM
While discussing congressional Republicans' fierce opposition to his agenda on Wednesday, President Obama downplayed the idea that they are motivated primarily by racial animus. He suggested instead that it was merely hardball politics, because if things in Washington, D.C. aren’t working, it’s bad for incumbent president."Although there’s no doubt that there are pockets of the country where some dog whistles blow and there’s underlying racial fears that may be exploited, overall, what’s more the case, I think, is just the straight hardball politics of running against an incumbent and beating the heck out of him and softening him up," Obama said. "Because if a whole bunch of stuff gets done, he’s going to get the credit." Obama made the remarks after his speech on bipartisanship in Illinois on Wednesday when he joined the Chicago Tribune for a roundtable interview with three Illinois state senators who worked with Obama when he held office there.Obama lamented that it is hard to get things done in Washington, explaining that by preventing anything from happening, Republicans gained a political advantage by making Obama look ineffective.Former Illinois state Sen. Denny Jacobs suggested that Republican lawmakers were actually "afraid" of Obama because he is black."I talked to my Republican friends, and I’ve got a lot of them, and that’s all they could ever talk about, was the race card," Jacobs said.Obama first addressed his election, and how his race may have been a factor."Look, I’ve always said this, that I’ve no doubt that there are people who voted against me because of race or didn’t approve of my agenda because of race. I also suspect there are a bunch of people who are excited and voted for me or I got political benefits because the notion of the first African American president," he said. "So, those things cut both ways," the President continued. "I think that a lot of proof that we are a lot further along than we were is, I got re-elected. So it’d be one thing if the first time that was just an accident. The second time, I won again, and each time, I got more votes in consecutive terms."Obama also see less racism among younger Americans."The attitudes you talk about Denny, they’re there, but they’re there a lot less with young people," the President later added, talking about how kids have now grown up with a black president."You got a whole generation of kids growing up where the first president they’ve known is an African American," he continued. "Even if they’re hearing their parents say; 'He’s terrible,' it kind of seeps in that it’s not a crazy thing. So that sometime later, if there’s a Hispanic, or a woman or another African American, that won’t seem as exceptional. These things change over time."

Trump Leads GOP Field In South Carolina By 16 Points After NH Win

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:14:11 PM
Former reality-television host Donald Trump has a substantial 16-point lead in the Republican primary contest in South Carolina on the heels of his New Hampshire primary victory, according to an Opinion Savvy poll released Friday. The poll, which was the first taken in South Carolina since before the New Hampshire primary, also indicates that competition for second place remains tight in a spread that is consistent with much national polling and with most previous poll results. The poll showed support for Trump in South Carolina at 36 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at 20 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) at 15 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) at 11 percent. This indicates only minor shifts in the South Carolina race following the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. When Opinion Savvy polled the state last month, it found Trump leading at 32 percent, followed by Cruz at 18 percent, Bush at 13 percent and Rubio at 11 percent.TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Trump leading in the state by 36.8 percent, followed by Cruz at 19.7 percent, Rubio at 13 percent and Bush at 9.8 percent.The Opinion Savvy poll of likely Republican voters was carried out from Feb. 10-11. Pollsters surveyed 779 people using Interactive Voice Recognition software, with a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

Police: 2 Shot At Glendale, Arizona High School

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:37:47 PM
UPDATE: Feb. 12, 2016, 11:37 AM ETPolice responded to reports of a shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, ABC 15 reported Friday morning. Police confirmed on Twitter two people were shot at the high school. Unnamed sources told the local ABC affiliate there was one fatality, which police have not publicly confirmed.In a statement provided to the network, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said two teens were involved in the shooting, and there was no danger to the rest of campus.The scene was not active, and police told the network they were not looking for a suspect, it was an isolated incident, and the school was safe.We are investigating a double shooting at Independance HS. The incident was isolated. The school and neighborhood are safe.— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) February 12, 2016The school remained on lockdown Friday morning, and the investigation was ongoing.Police said no one allowed to enter or exist the school until police lifted the lockdown.Watch ongoing live coverage over at ABC 15.

GOP Rivals Go After Potty-Mouthed Trump As He Vows To Stop Cussing (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:43:10 PM
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday criticized the foul language their rival Donald Trump has used on the campaign trail during their respective stops in South Carolina. The subject of Trump's choice words came up after MSNBC aired video of a focus group of South Carolina voters viscerally reacting to Trump saying things like, "We're going to knock the shit out of ISIS" and "You can tell them to go fuck themselves!"Cruz said in Fort Mill, South Carolina that voters aren't "excited" by a candidate who resorts to "vulgarities" when rattled."I'm not sure a lot of voters are excited about having a President, who when he gets rattled, when gets upset, begins cursing and yelling vulgarities," he told reporters.Cruz himself was the target of Trump's cursing when he called Cruz a "pussy" at a rally. Trump insisted he was only repeating what one of his supporters said. "It was like a retweet," he explained to Fox News.Rubio framed his criticism of Trump's profanity in terms of parenting during a town hall in Okatie, South Carolina."I teach my kids to be respectful. There are certain words you don't say," Rubio said. "No matter what setting you're in, act with dignity and hold yourself up."Trump promised rally attendees Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that he'd stop using foul language. "Even if it's not a bad word, if it's a little bit off, they kill me, so I won't do it. I'll never do it again," he told the noisy crowd.Watch their comments below:

Donald Trump Signed A Baby Trump Fan At A Rally. Really. (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:41:04 PM
You can't accuse Republican Donald Trump of only pandering to voters. The real estate mogul took a moment to interact with a very small human fan after a Thursday campaign event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The child was dressed in red, white, and blue, with his blond hair styled into a sort of mohawk. Trump scribbled a "T" on the baby's hand in permanent marker."Trump baby," Friday morning's MSNBC's "Morning Joe" guests cooed back and forth about the video.There was no word on whether the baby, who was intently focused on a bedazzled pacifier at the rally, was moved by the experience.Last night in Baton Rouge, Trump swore of swearing, jabbed at his rivals + signed this baby #CNNElection pic.twitter.com/7xH3pqTkC6— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) February 12, 2016Watch Trump marking the child, captured by TPM:

Scarborough Explains What Black Voters Want To Head Of Urban League (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:04:51 PM
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough on Friday morning explained what it is exactly that he thought black voters wanted from a presidential candidate to Urban League National President Marc Morial. Scarborough asked Morial what he thought of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) record on civil rights after Rep. John Lewis's (R-GA) questioned Sanders' commitment to African Americans on Thursday. Lewis said, “He didn’t see (Sanders),” but he “met Clinton. I met President Clinton.”"I think he's a credible individual and I think he's sincere," Morial said of Sanders. "But the real question, the real question is who would make the best person to carry the banner the fall for the Democratic Party? Who would make the strongest candidate? And who would make the best President?"Clinton was expected to meet with representatives from the group on Tuesday, Morial said. The invitation had been extended to Sanders and all other presidential candidates as well, he added.Scarborough questioned what the group's motivations were."If you're the Urban League, isn't the question who would help black voters the most?" he asked Morial. "Whose policies would actually break away the ongoing vicious cycle we have where the rich get poorer, the poorer—I mean the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, isn't that what's critical? Because it's black Americans who share the disproportionate burden of those numbers."Morial said his organization wants to know which candidate would give African Americans the "opportunity" to be a part of the country's policy discussions."I would frame it this way, who offers to African-Americans an opportunity to be a significant part of their governing coalition once they become President? That's the issue," Morial said.Scarborough continued to press Morial on what would be the most important issue for African-American voters. "Is that more of the issue than jobs?" he said. "Getting black teenagers back to work? Black Americans back to work instead of who is going to give me a job in the administration."Morial said that being involved in how "policies are shaped" was critical."You don't understand what I'm saying," he told Scarborough. "Being a part of a governing coalition means you will have a seat at the table to be a participant as policies are shaped."Watch below:

Cliven Bundy Requests Court-Appointed Attorney At First Court Appearance

Friday February 12th, 2016 02:41:32 PM
During his first court appearance since his arrest, Nevada rancher and anti-government icon Cliven Bundy requested a court-appointed attorney Thursday, according to The Oregonian.U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart said she needed to see Bundy's financial documents to assess whether he should receive a public defender."The court only appoints counsel for those who can't afford an attorney," Stewart said, according to The Oregonian. Bundy appeared in federal court in Portland, where he was arrested Wednesday night for charges related to the 2014 standoff with federal authorities at his ranch in Nevada He faces six charges, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and assault of a federal officer.Stewart ordered Bundy to remain in custody until Tuesday when he will appear in court again, according to The Oregonian.Bundy was appointed an attorney for the initial appearance, who said that Bundy was separated from his blood pressure medications when he was arrested, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. Attorney Ruben Iñiguez said that Bundy has been suffering from the effects of not taking his medication, and the judge said Bundy would be examined by doctors and prescribed the proper medication, according to OPB.

Cruz Denies Using 'Push Polls' To Attack Trump, Rubio

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:19:59 PM
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday said he had nothing to do with reported push polls to South Carolina residents denounced by both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Donald Trump."I have no idea. We had nothing to do with them. I don't know what they were. We had nothing to do with them. So I had read reports of what is being said but somebody else is doing them, not us," Cruz told reporters on Thursday when asked about reports of the polls, according to Politico. According to a Thursday report in the Washington Post, residents in South Carolina have received calls with a poll conducted by Remington Research, a firm founded by Jeff Roe, Cruz's campaign manager.South Carolinian Natalie Barrett told the Washington Post that after she answered a few questions and expressed her support for Rubio, the automated poll made "negative" and "unfair" statements about Rubio and Trump."That’s when he said, ‘Did you know that Marco Rubio and the Gang of Eight are for amnesty?'" Barrett told the Post. "And then the gentleman said he’s for letting 11 million illegal immigrants stay in the U.S. and that he was for letting Syrians cross the borders freely."Nicole Walukewicz, who says she also received the automated poll, told the Post that she found the call "especially offensive" given reports that Cruz's campaign spread rumors that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race during the Iowa caucuses."It just felt like Cruz, or whoever was behind it, was willing to lie to get the presidency," Walukewicz said.Rubio's campaign denounced the poll after a friend of Barrett told the campaign about the automated poll."These tactics are becoming all too common in this race and indicative of our opponents’ campaigns that are willing to say or do anything to win an election,” Rich Beeson, Rubio’s deputy campaign manager, told the Washington Post. "This is nothing more than a deliberate effort to peddle false information in the hopes of deceiving voters."And Trump bashed Cruz on Twitter over reports on the poll.We are getting reports from many voters that the Cruz people are back to doing very sleazy and dishonest "pushpolls" on me. We are watching!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2016Cruz caught cold in lie after denial of push polls like lies w/ @RealBenCarson. How can he preach Christian values? https://t.co/p3yGL02ABA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016Cruz's research director, Chris Wilson, suggested to the Washington Post that someone may simply be posing as Remington Research."We’re not doing any robo-polls in South Carolina," Wilson said. "It’s not us making those calls. Anyone can make those calls as Remington Research to screw with reporters and make Jeff look like he’s doing something."

Carson: 'South Carolina Will Be The Turning Point' For Campaign

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:25:17 PM
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Friday morning that South Carolina will be "the turning point" for his flagging presidential campaign. "It's a long race. It's a nine-inning game, we don't call it after the second inning," Carson told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts. "We're going to do just fine and I think South Carolina will be the turning point."TPM's PollTracker Average puts Carson in fifth place with 8.8 percent support in the South Carolina primary.When asked about the most important issues to South Carolina voters, Carson slammed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)."People don't understand that our financial foundation is crumbling and when somebody comes along and says 'Free college for everyone.' Everybody says, 'Oh, wow, this is great.' They have no idea we're just marching off the cliff," he said.Carson said the tactics by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the Iowa caucus nights were "despicable" but "water under the bridge."Carson also dismissed his eighth place finish in the New Hampshire Republican primary. (This put him behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former technology executive Carly Fiorina. Both have suspended their campaigns.)"I had no expectation of doing well in New Hampshire and, you know, a lot of people who spent millions of dollars there and many, many weeks there didn't do that well, either," Carson said. "I was able to foresee that and you have to pick your battles."

Jimmy Kimmel Sent Sarah Palin The Oddest Birthday Card (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 12:58:06 PM
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" sent an odd birthday message Thursday from one young girl to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for her 52nd birthday. "Hi everybody, I'm Sarah Palin! Is today my birthday? You betcha," Lindsey said, already practicing her Palin impersonation. "I'm 29-years-old, but the lame-stream media says I'm 52."Lindsey covered Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump and her Alaskan roots.To close out her presentation, she said, "Well, I gotta go make my husband Todd a moose pie. Obama's the Anti-Christ!"Watch the clip, from ABC, below:

'The Daily Show' Went To A Trump Rally And Had The Best Time (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 12:20:32 PM
"The Daily Show" sent resident frat boy Jordan Klepper to a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire for Thursday's episode to see what all the fuss was about.And he had a great time. He talked to supporters who think Trump's presidency will help with "the defea-tion of ISIS" and think he will be bombing the terrorist organization around "probably Israel area."The rally Klepper attended was where Trump made his now infamous "pussy" comment about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "She said he's a pussy," Trump said.Klepper even got to meet Ivanka!Watch the clip, from Comedy Central, below:

Ted Cruz Is Mad At Fox News And Bill O'Reilly Is Having None Of It (VIDEO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 12:17:53 PM
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday night called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for complaining about the network's coverage of his rival in the Republican presidential primary, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). O'Reilly played a clip of Cruz in South Carolina on Wednesday sarcastically noting the attention Rubio received after he finished third in the Iowa caucus. "I am looking forward to a week of wall-to-wall coverage of Fox News on the impressive third place finish which Marco Rubio got," Cruz said. "So I’m sure that’s what we’re gonna see on every show on Fox today — the shockingly impressive third place finish of Cruz."O'Reilly said he often sympathizes with candidates who are not treated fairly by the media, but the Fox host seemed to think Cruz's complaint was unfounded."Well, I can’t speak for all of Fox News, but I can tell you that Sen. Rubio has been much easier for us to book than Sen. Cruz. In fact, Marco Rubio will be with us in about two minutes. And Senator Cruz will not be with us, even though we invited him tonight," O'Reilly said.He added that he's invited Cruz on his show numerous times recently, but the Texas senator apparently declined."I don’t really know what else to do. I’ll even buy him dinner," O'Reilly said.Watch the clip via Fox News:Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a>H/t Mediaite

Debate Moderator Reacts To Sanders Talking Vietnam: 'Oh God' (AUDIO)

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:40:19 AM
Once Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) started talking about former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's policy in Vietnam during Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate, a moderator could be heard sighing "Oh God" into her microphone. Sanders and his rival Hillary Clinton had been debating foreign policy when Sanders attacked her for taking advice from Kissinger. The senator didn't stop the onslaught after Clinton said that she takes advice from a "wide variety of voices" with foreign policy expertise."It's just a very different historical perspective here," Sanders said. "Kissinger was one of those people during the Vietnam era—"Then as Sanders took a breath, a moderator was caught on the microphone saying "Oh, God."Listen below:h/t: Gawker

A Clarifying Encounter

Friday February 12th, 2016 05:15:04 AM
I cannot help noting the quality of this debate itself - how it was organized, the moderators, the quality of the questions. It was a throwback, but a good one. I do not think it was an accident that this one was organized by PBS or that they managed to bring it to a punctual conclusion. After all, this wasn't a ratings or a ad sales driver for them.On the candidates, I thought the debate began very well for Clinton and quite shaky for Sanders. He got a very basic question about the size of government, one he would certainly get in a general election and one which I do not think he should shy away from. But he wouldn't touch it. Clinton was as strong and specific as he was hesitating and resistant to addressing specifics. As the debate went on though I thought it became more of an even match. I cannot help but say that it surprises me that Sanders is as quick on his feet as he's managed to get in these debates. That may sound a bit condescending. After all Sanders is in his seventies and he's been in politics for decades. But there's nothing quite like the intensity of big national presidential debates. I don't care how long you've been a politician or how many local or even state debates you've been in. There's nothing like it. And virtually no one is a natural. Clinton has been in the national spotlight for going on three decades and this is arguably her third national campaign. Obviously she's only run for president once before. But it was one of the most debate-intensive presidential campaigns ever. And her first run for Senate was so high profile as almost to amount to a national campaign. She's had tons of practice. He hasn't. The real crux of this contest at this point is one between Sanders who has a coherent, readily understandable and often inspiring message versus Clinton who commands specifics, addresses a variety of issues at a very complex level and wants to pull the debate to concrete questions, to pros and cons, mundane but immovable realities. I think I said in the last debate that her motto was something like "I'm going to make everything better. Whatever you got, I'll fix it." It has no real magic to it. There's no central critique unifying her message. And Sanders has that in spades. I get the resonance and appeal of that. On the specific issue of guns, I made a similar argument last year. Gun control advocates have argued themselves into a corner of such minimal and almost trivial reforms that they are not only meaningless but politically enervating because we can't even get the meaningless reforms we say we support. Gun rights advocates can credibly note that these reforms would accomplish hardly anything. Let's draw back and say what we really think and build from there.And yet there's a vague hint of Rubio-ism in Sanders. When pressed on specifics he comes back to this very general if powerful critique about a rigged economy, a corrupt campaign finance system that undergirds that rigged economy and so forth. He keeps coming back to those same talking points. Now, he's no Rubio of course. Rubes really is a callow pretty boy who's had a series of elegantly crafted paragraphs produced for him to fit a certain political moment. What Sanders is saying is what he's been saying for decades. It is rooted in a lifetime of a very specific way about thinking about the political economy, economic policy and the nature of equality itself. In a way the country or rather a decent chunk of it has simply caught up with him. But different kinds of people, perhaps the same people at different moments, are going to resonate with one or the other of these approaches. And much of this campaign is going to come down to which group is bigger. In a very basic sense the two of them were simply talking past each other. I think one meta strategy that Hillary brought into this debate was hitting specifics precisely to push Sanders back on to his same recitation.I will say that I thought Hillary's close was a key moment in the debate, perhaps in the campaign. It's not that she crushed him or anything. But it was the first time I heard her pull together her essential message in a coherent, memorable way. Here's the key passage ... We agree we've got to get unaccountable money out of politics. We agree that Wall Street should never be allowed to wreck main street again. But here's the point I want to make tonight. I am not a single-issue candidate and I do not believe we live in a single-issue country. I think that a lot of what we have to overcome to break down the barriers that are holding people back, whether it's poison in the water of the children of Flint or whether it's the poor miners who are being left out and left behind in coal country, or whether it is any other American today who feels somehow put down and depressed by racism, by sexism, by discrimination against the lgbt community against the kind of efforts that need to be made to root out all of these barriers, that's what I want to take on.In a sense, it's just another recitation of her laundry list of to-dos. But here it's a coherent critique of Sanders. It's memorable. Something you can frame a key part of a campaign around. One can buy it or not buy it. But I think Hillary has many potential supporters who've been listening to her and found her just sort of scattered and all over the place. I imagine that when Hillary and Bernie supporters argue over their candidates, you'll have Hillary supporters come back to "She's not a single issue candidate." It sums it all up. My only other big takeaway was that there was a palpable sense in this debate, though I wouldn't tie it to any single moment, that we're now on to parts of the country where the Democratic electorate is not made up solely of white liberals. How this all plays in that very different political terrain will of course tell the final story. I think they both had good debates. But I think she helped herself a bit more.

Clinton Dings Sanders In Debate: 'I Am Not A Single-Issue Candidate'

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:22:53 AM
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton closed Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate with one last shot at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), saying that while they have many similarities, she isn't "a single-issue candidate." Clinton highlighted her breadth of policy experience in her closing statement in the PBS NewsHour debate, casting Sanders as a one-note candidate."We agree we've got to get unaccountable money out of politics. We agree that Wall Street should never again be allowed to wreck Main Street again," Clinton said. "But here's the point I want to make tonight. I am not a single-issue candidate, and I do not believe we live in a single-issue country."Opponents have long criticized Sanders for his singular focus on income inequality and campaign finance reform, coupled with perceived shortcomings on foreign relations and national security issues.Late last month, President Obama signaled support for Clinton with a veiled reference to Sanders in an interview, saying "the one thing everybody understands" about the presidency is "you don't have the the luxury of just focusing on one thing."

Clinton Says She'd Expect Sanders' Criticism Of Obama From GOP

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:10:12 AM
Hillary Clinton went after rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his critiques of President Barack Obama during Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, calling them the kind of criticisms she'd "expect from Republicans.” Clinton, who served as secretary of state in the Obama administration, went on an unprompted mini-diatribe about her Democratic opponent for calling the president “weak” and “a disappointment.” Earlier in the day, Sanders told an MSNBC reporter that he didn't think Obama was able to close the gap between Congress and the American people.“From my perspective, maybe because I understand what President Obama inherited—not only the worst financial crisis but the antipathy of the Republicans in Congress,” Clinton said. “I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for being a President who dug us out of that ditch, put us on firm ground and himself sent us into the future.” Clinton got some of the loudest applause of the night for that defense.Sanders called the attack “a low blow,” pointing out that he has served as a senator under Obama for the last seven years and admires what the president has accomplished. “When President Obama came into office, we were losing 800,000 jobs a month—800,000 jobs a month," Sanders said. "We had a $1.4 trillion deficit and the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. As a result of his efforts and the efforts of [Vice President] Joe Biden against unprecedented—I was there in the Senate—unprecedented Republican obstructionism, we have made enormous progress.""But you know what?" he continued. "Last I heard we lived in a Democratic society. Last I heard a United States senator had the right to disagree with the president, including a president who has done such an extraordinary job.”

Sanders: I'd 'Absolutely' Improve Race Relations More Than Obama

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:57:00 AM
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Thursday at the Democratic presidential debate that he would be better at improving race relations in America than President Barack Obama. Sanders said he thought the African-American community in particular had been gravely affected by the financial crisis."We are looking at an economy in which the rich get richer and the poor get poorer," Sanders said. "And sadly in America today, in our economy, a whole lot of those poor people are African-American."Debate moderator Judy Woodruff asked Sanders to clarify whether he thought race relations would be better under a Sanders presidency "than they've been." (Previously, she'd asked Hillary Clinton why she thought race relations would be better if she were President)."Absolutely," Sanders responded. "Because what we will do is say, instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low-income kids so they're not hanging out on street corners," he explained. "We're going to make sure that those kids stay in school or are able to get a college education. And I think when you give low-income kids, African-American, white, Latino kids the opportunities to get their lives together, they are not going to end up in jail. They're going to end up in the productive economy, which is where we want them."


Congressman Wants To Allow States To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:56:57 PM Bryce Covert
The move would help Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has already started drug testing people who need food assistance. The post Congressman Wants To Allow States To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients appeared first on ThinkProgress.

This Is What It’s Like To Raise Venture Capital As A Black Woman

Thursday February 11th, 2016 10:04:36 PM Lauren C. Williams
A new report shows points to venture capital firms as the reason tech companies lack diversity. The post This Is What It’s Like To Raise Venture Capital As A Black Woman appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rubio Would Give The Biggest Tax Breaks To The Richest Of The Rich

Thursday February 11th, 2016 07:56:42 PM Bryce Covert
More than 70 percent of the benefits would go to the richest Americans. The post Rubio Would Give The Biggest Tax Breaks To The Richest Of The Rich appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Flint Residents Demand State Do More As Snyder Releases His Budget

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 07:29:01 PM Bryce Covert
Nakiya Wakes, the mother of two children who tested positive for lead and who miscarried twins, traveled to the state capitol to protest. The post Flint Residents Demand State Do More As Snyder Releases His Budget appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Republican Plan To Cut Welfare With Just 51 Votes

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 05:31:56 PM Bryce Covert
"Major pieces of legislation, like welfare reform, should be debated through the regular deliberative process." The post The Republican Plan To Cut Welfare With Just 51 Votes appeared first on ThinkProgress.

University Under Fire After Terminating Professors Who Spoke Out Against Administration

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 05:13:40 PM Bryan Dewan
The president firing them once compared college students to "cuddly bunnies" and told faculty "you just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads." The post University Under Fire After Terminating Professors Who Spoke Out Against Administration appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Liberal Indoctrination Through Common Core And Other Fears Stoked By Conservatives

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 03:42:57 PM Casey Quinlan
Republicans are angry over a "federal takeover" of education, but this is a stark contrast with Republican education policy. The post Liberal Indoctrination Through Common Core And Other Fears Stoked By Conservatives appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Solving The Growing Health Needs Of America’s Elderly Homeless

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 02:40:58 PM Alex Zielinski
"Once someone is housed, depression often lifts, stress fades away, infections heal. It's instant." The post Solving The Growing Health Needs Of America’s Elderly Homeless appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Former Flint Mayor Comes Clean About The Water Crisis

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 01:00:13 PM Bryce Covert
"It's hard to think back, knowing what I do now about lead levels rising in the water supply, and having made those those kinds of comments." The post Former Flint Mayor Comes Clean About The Water Crisis appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Welfare Drug Tests In Tennessee Are Coming Up Pretty Close To Empty

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 04:44:25 PM Alan Pyke
Checking in on welfare drug tests in Tennessee, 18 months into the experiment. The post Welfare Drug Tests In Tennessee Are Coming Up Pretty Close To Empty appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Obama Calls For $11 Billion To End Homelessness In His Last Budget

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 04:01:24 PM Bryce Covert
The administration set ambitious goals for ending homelessness and now it wants to see them reached. The post Obama Calls For $11 Billion To End Homelessness In His Last Budget appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Rick Snyder May Be Recalled For His ‘Unconstitutional’ Takeover Of Schools

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 02:57:44 PM Casey Quinlan
A Michigan state board decided to approve a petition to recall the governor, but not over the Flint water crisis. The post Rick Snyder May Be Recalled For His ‘Unconstitutional’ Takeover Of Schools appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Pennsylvania Governor Unveils Next Year’s Budget While This Year’s Gridlock Crushes His Schools

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 01:00:18 PM Alan Pyke
Before Tuesday, no Governor of Pennsylvania had ever laid out a budget plan for next year without having a budget in place for the current one. The post Pennsylvania Governor Unveils Next Year’s Budget While This Year’s Gridlock Crushes His Schools appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The University Of Phoenix Goes Private As It Struggles To Attract Students

Monday February 8th, 2016 09:46:11 PM Bryan Dewan
Students may be catching on. The post The University Of Phoenix Goes Private As It Struggles To Attract Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

How Intel Eliminated Its Own Gender Pay Gap

Monday February 8th, 2016 03:44:16 PM Bryce Covert
Intel, no flashy new startup, can now boast that women make the same pay for doing the same work as men. The post How Intel Eliminated Its Own Gender Pay Gap appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Responses To ‘The Hunting Ground’ Illustrate How Rape Culture Is Alive And Well On Campus

Monday February 8th, 2016 01:05:07 PM Casey Quinlan
Campus rape is a significant problem, but not enough institutions of higher education are willing to acknowledge it. The post Responses To ‘The Hunting Ground’ Illustrate How Rape Culture Is Alive And Well On Campus appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Overwhelmingly White Maryland County Bans All School Field Trips To Baltimore

Saturday February 6th, 2016 08:15:17 PM Judd Legum
"When I heard about this continuing ban on school travel to Baltimore, I was, frankly, totally flummoxed" The post Overwhelmingly White Maryland County Bans All School Field Trips To Baltimore appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Story Behind Clinton’s Jab At Sanders’ One Wall Street Vote

Friday February 5th, 2016 07:37:13 PM Alan Pyke
Unpacking the story behind Clinton's debate night dagger at the heart of Sanders' political brand. The post The Story Behind Clinton’s Jab At Sanders’ One Wall Street Vote appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5 Percent For First Time Since 2008

Friday February 5th, 2016 01:30:45 PM Bryce Covert
Not as many jobs were added to the economy as had been expected in January, but the unemployment rate keeps falling. The post Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5 Percent For First Time Since 2008 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New Report Debunks Key Conservative Argument For Corporate Tax Breaks

Thursday February 4th, 2016 07:25:56 PM Alan Pyke
Politicians should stop letting the shiny bauble of corporate relocations guide their budget policy, research suggests, and focus instead of supporting the home-grown firms that deliver nearly all job growth. The post New Report Debunks Key Conservative Argument For Corporate Tax Breaks appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Arizona High School On Lockdown After Two Students Shot And Killed

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:50:48 PM Kira Lerner
There is no longer an active shooter, and police have secured the campus. The post Arizona High School On Lockdown After Two Students Shot And Killed appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump’s Wild Conspiracy Theory About Pope Francis And Immigration

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:13:36 PM Jack Jenkins
"I think Mexico got him to do it." The post Trump’s Wild Conspiracy Theory About Pope Francis And Immigration appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Inside The Most Important Supreme Court Case In Human History

Friday February 12th, 2016 02:17:40 PM Ian Millhiser
The challenge to the Clean Power Plan is more than just a threat to the Obama administration's efforts to ward off a global catastrophe. It is also one of the most ambitious attempts to rethink the role of government to reach the Supreme Court in years. The post Inside The Most Important Supreme Court Case In Human History appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NYPD Officer Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Akai Gurley

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:47:03 PM Carimah Townes
He faces up to 15 years in prison. The post NYPD Officer Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Akai Gurley appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:07:41 PM Jack Jenkins
Mormons were accused of being nonwhite. Yes, THOSE Mormons. The post What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Democratic Senators Want To Provide More Lawyers To Help Immigrant Kids Avoid Deportation

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:00:12 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
"We know that having a competent attorney can make the difference between life and death." The post Democratic Senators Want To Provide More Lawyers To Help Immigrant Kids Avoid Deportation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Name That Explains Why Racist Policing Came Up In The Democrats’ Wisconsin Debate

Friday February 12th, 2016 03:50:44 AM Aviva Shen
The story behind the talking point. The post The Name That Explains Why Racist Policing Came Up In The Democrats’ Wisconsin Debate appeared first on ThinkProgress.

L.A. Public Schools Will Now Be ‘Safe Zones’ Where ICE Can’t Get To Immigrant Students

Thursday February 11th, 2016 09:18:20 PM Bryan Dewan
Immigration agents will no longer be allowed to interrupt class. The post L.A. Public Schools Will Now Be ‘Safe Zones’ Where ICE Can’t Get To Immigrant Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Terrifying Details Of The FBI’s Standoff With Cliven Bundy’s Militia

Thursday February 11th, 2016 09:02:18 PM Emily Atkin
The Nevada rancher was arrested on Tuesday. The post The Terrifying Details Of The FBI’s Standoff With Cliven Bundy’s Militia appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Oregon Occupiers Formally Surrender After A Tense Night Nearly Turned Violent

Thursday February 11th, 2016 04:11:56 PM Alan Pyke
The last stragglers are due to surrender Thursday after thousands listened in to an overnight standoff. The post Oregon Occupiers Formally Surrender After A Tense Night Nearly Turned Violent appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Cleveland Sues Tamir Rice’s Family For Not Paying For The Ambulance That Came Too Late (Updated)

Thursday February 11th, 2016 02:22:56 PM Carimah Townes
"This adds insult to homicide." The post Cleveland Sues Tamir Rice’s Family For Not Paying For The Ambulance That Came Too Late (Updated) appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The $5 Million Proposal To Hold Border Patrol Agents Accountable For Shootings

Thursday February 11th, 2016 01:00:58 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
It could have huge implications for immigrant advocates. The post The $5 Million Proposal To Hold Border Patrol Agents Accountable For Shootings appeared first on ThinkProgress.

FBI Surrounds Oregon Militants, Dramatic Confrontation Streamed Live Online

Thursday February 11th, 2016 03:14:08 AM Judd Legum
Is this the end? The post FBI Surrounds Oregon Militants, Dramatic Confrontation Streamed Live Online appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Disturbing Rise Of Islamophobia In America

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 05:00:31 PM Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani
"It’s time people started talking about how real Islamophobia is -- that it’s not just a word tossed around for political purposes." The post The Disturbing Rise Of Islamophobia In America appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ferguson Refuses To Make Police Reforms Proposed By The DOJ

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 04:39:04 PM Carimah Townes
The DOJ may be getting ready to sue the city. The post Ferguson Refuses To Make Police Reforms Proposed By The DOJ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

After Beyonce’s Super Bowl Statement, Activists Draw 3 More SFPD Victims Out Of The Shadows

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 01:00:18 PM Carimah Townes
The world now knows about Mario Woods, but activists wants you to know these names too. The post After Beyonce’s Super Bowl Statement, Activists Draw 3 More SFPD Victims Out Of The Shadows appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Virginia Argues Centuries Of Racism Are ‘Not Relevant’ To Current Voter ID Law

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 12:54:31 AM Emily Atkin
"Virginia’s history as a former Confederate state is simply not relevant," attorneys for the state said. The post Virginia Argues Centuries Of Racism Are ‘Not Relevant’ To Current Voter ID Law appeared first on ThinkProgress.

BREAKING: The Supreme Court Just Gave The Finger To Obama’s Plan To Slow Climate Change

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 11:52:29 PM Ian Millhiser
The order casts a cloud of doubt over whether the United States of America is capable of taking steps needed to mitigate climate change. The post BREAKING: The Supreme Court Just Gave The Finger To Obama’s Plan To Slow Climate Change appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Arizona State House Says All Invocations Must Mention A ‘Higher Power’

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 06:56:35 PM Jack Jenkins
The ban also excludes moments of silence. The post Arizona State House Says All Invocations Must Mention A ‘Higher Power’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Wage Theft, Sexual Assault, And No Sick Leave: The Horrible Conditions Facing Poultry Workers

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 06:33:47 PM Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
This is about dignity and justice for the workers. The post Wage Theft, Sexual Assault, And No Sick Leave: The Horrible Conditions Facing Poultry Workers appeared first on ThinkProgress.



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