• Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden
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    Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden

    Bernie Sanders said it is “irresponsible” for his supporters not to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Tuesday, one day after his former press secretary refused to do just that.In an interview with the Associated Press, the Vermont senator laid out the choice his supporters face now that he has officially suspended his own campaign to secure the Democratic nomination: “Do we be as active as we can in electing Joe Biden and doing everything we can to move Joe and his campaign in a more progressive direction? Or do we choose to sit it out and allow the most dangerous president in modern American history to get reelected?”He went on to say, “I believe that it’s irresponsible for anybody to say, ‘Well, I disagree with Joe Biden — I disagree with Joe Biden! — and therefore I’m not going to be involved.'”Also Read: CNN's John King Apologizes for Falsely Saying Sanders Wasn't 'Nice' to Biden When Dropping OutOn Monday, after Sanders announced his support for Biden, his former press secretary Briahna Joy Gray tweeted, “With the utmost respect for Bernie Sanders, who is an incredible human being & a genuine inspiration, I don’t endorse Joe Biden. I supported Bernie Sanders because he backed ideas like MedicareForAll, cancelling ALL student debt, & a wealth tax. Biden supports none of those.”Asked about that by the AP, Sanders distanced himself, pointing out that she, like his other staffers, is now a “former” employee and “not on the payroll.”Read original story Sanders Suggests Former Press Secretary Is ‘Irresponsible’ for Not Endorsing Biden At TheWrap

  • CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate
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    CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate

    CNN and Univision announced the moderators for the March 15 Democratic debate Thursday morning. CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash and “The Lead” anchor Jake Tapper will moderate alongside Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Univision’s Ilia Calderón will also be on hand to facilitate questions from the audience.The debate will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.The announcement came the same day Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the race and one day after former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg suspended his campaign, too. The only candidates left in the race are Sen. Bernie Sanders, former vice president Joe Biden and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Qualification threshold announcements for this debate are forthcoming, but Gabbard has not yet met the criteria for any debates this year.Also Read: Democratic Candidates Fling Attacks, but Few Stick in Latest DebateViewers — and listeners — interested in the 11th Democratic debate of the primary season will be able to catch it live as it airs exclusively on CNN’s cable channel as well as CNN en Español, CNN International and Univision. The debate will also stream live without a requisite cable login on CNN.com’s homepage, on mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. It will also stream on Univision’s digital properties. The audio of the debate will stream on CNN’s Amazon Echo, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio Network channels.Read original story CNN and Univision Announce Moderators for March Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night
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    Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night

    Former Vice President Joe Biden came roaring back into the hunt for the Democratic presidential nomination on Super Tuesday with big wins in at least nine states — including surprise upsets in Texas, Minnesota and Massachusetts (where Sen. Elizabeth Warren finished in a surprising third place).Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was widely expected to cement his lead as the front-runner, managed to win in Utah, Colorado and his home state of Vermont.As of early Wednesday, Sanders also held a strong lead in delegate-rich California, while Biden had the edge in Maine, which had been widely expected to lean toward Sanders. Still, the strong showing for Biden, including in California, gave new life to his campaign since he could also emerge as the lead in delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination. (In addition to Texas, Massachusetts and Minnesota, Biden secured victories in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina.)It was a disappointing showing for both Warren and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who only claimed a win in the U.S. territory of American Samoa despite spending $500 million-plus on ads and infrastructure in all the Super Tuesday states. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) picked up only a single delegate, from her birthplace in American Samoa.There were a total of 1,357 delegates up for grabs this Super Tuesday, with California — which hosted its primary on Super Tuesday for the first time since 2008 — representing 415 of them. Given that Californians have until March 3 to postmark their mail-in ballots, as well as the sheer size of the state, the final results for California’s primary will likely not come until several days — or weeks — after Super Tuesday.Vermont (16 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersVirginia (99 delegates, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenNorth Carolina (110 delegates, 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenAmerican Samoa (6 delegates)Winner: BloombergAlabama (52 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenMaine (24 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Expected winner: BidenMassachusetts (91 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenOklahoma (37 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTennessee (64 delegates, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenArkansas (31 delegates, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenColorado (67 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersMinnesota (75 delegates, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenTexas (228 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: BidenUtah (29 delegates, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersCalifornia (415 delegates, 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET)Winner: SandersRead original story Super Tuesday 2020: Sanders Leads in California but Biden Has a Big Night At TheWrap

  • Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment
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    Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment

    Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile clapped back at Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel Tuesday, responding to her comment about the Democratic primary being “rigged” against Sen. Bernie Sanders.In fact, Brazile told McDaniel to “go to hell.”Earlier on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” McDaniel discussed the ongoing Super Tuesday voting and what the evening’s vote tallies will mean for remaining campaigns: “It does depend on how big a lead that Sanders takes out of California is, if he picks up a huge proportion of delegates. I don’t see anybody getting out soon and it’s leading towards, potentially, a brokered convention, which will be rigged against Bernie if those superdelegates have their way on that second vote.”Also Read: Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary; Sanders Is Distant Second“First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans. First of all, stay the hell out of our race,” she said after co-hosts Ed Henry and Sandra Smith rolled the clip of McDaniel’s comments. “I get sick and tired, Ed and Sandra, of listening to the Republicans tell me and the Democrats about our process.”After she lambasted the GOP for, in her estimation, not having its own primary process, she concluded, “Ronna, go to hell!”Henry audibly said, “Whoa,” so Brazile doubled down: “No, go to hell! I’m tired of it, Ed. We’re not trying to prevent anyone from becoming the nominee. If you have the delegates and win, you will win.”Her comments came one day after Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed former vice president Joe Biden, just as former Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke did.On NBC’s “Today” Tuesday morning, Klobuchar denied that the coalition of former candidates behind Biden was an attempt to quash Sanders’ progressive campaign.Read original story Donna Brazile Tells RNC Chair to ‘Go to Hell’ on Fox News Over ‘Rigged’ Primary Comment At TheWrap

  • Protesters Interrupt Biden’s Closing Remarks at Nevada Democratic Debate
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    Protesters Interrupt Biden’s Closing Remarks at Nevada Democratic Debate

    In what has become something of a tradition at Democratic primary events, protesters interrupted Joe Biden as the former vice president was about to deliver his closing remarks at the Las Vegas Democratic debate on Wednesday night.The protesters began shouting from the back of the room just after Biden was invited to speak. It was difficult to make out precisely what they were chanting while watching the debate on television, but early on, one protester could be heard saying “You deported 3 million people!,” a frequent criticism of the Obama administration’s immigration policies.Toward the end of the demonstration, which lasted around a minute, other members of the audience began cheering; it was not entirely clear if the cheering was in support of the protest or to drown it out. Biden began his closing remarks after the protesters were escorted out of the auditorium.Also Read: Elizabeth Warren Rips Michael Bloomberg Over His Response to Sexual Harassment NDAsMoments later, the activist wing of Immigrants-rights organization RAICES claimed credit for the demonstration. “We are interrupting @JoeBiden at the DemDebate chanting DontLookAway and NoKidsInCages. We need a Democratic candidate to adopt the MigrantJusticePlatform and commit themselves to improve the lives of migrants and refugees!,” the organization said on Twitter.For his part, Biden looked around silently as he waited for the demonstration to stop.It was actually the fourth time protesters have interrupted a Democratic primary event, and the second time it’s happened to Biden. Protestors interrupted him during the third round of Democratic debates in September 2018, just as the former Delaware senator was preparing to answer a question about how he has responded to professional setbacks and resilience.In that instance, the chanting was audible but not clearly identifiable due to the location of the protesters and fact they weren’t chanting in unison, but activist Jess Davidson, who attended the debate, said they were shouting, “We are DACA recipients. Our lives are at risk.”Protesters also interrupted New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opening remarks during the Democratic debate in July. And in October, trans rights protesters interrupted Pete Buttigieg during a CNN town hall.WATCH: Protesters interrupt the DemDebate as the debate nears end. pic.twitter.com/pybqj99BKE– MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 20, 2020 Read original story Protesters Interrupt Biden’s Closing Remarks at Nevada Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • Elizabeth Warren Rips Michael Bloomberg Over His Response to Sexual Harassment NDAs
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    Elizabeth Warren Rips Michael Bloomberg Over His Response to Sexual Harassment NDAs

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren attacked Michael Bloomberg Tuesday night against over his use of non-disclosure agreements in settlements with former female employees who brought sexual harassment lawsuits against his company.Warren called for Bloomberg to release the women from their NDAs and urged the audience to reflect on his defense in the face of those accusations, saying, “I hope you heard his defense. I’ve been nice to some women … That just doesn’t cut it.”She continued, “He has gotten some number of women — dozens, who knows? — to sign non-disclosure agreements, both for sexual harassment and for gender discrimination in the workplace. So, Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those non-disclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story?”Also Read: Bernie and Warren Waste No Time Going After Bloomberg at Nevada Democratic DebateWarren’s question was met with rowdy cheers from the in-house audience at the Paris Las Vegas Theater. Once the crowd died down, Bloomberg was able to respond, “None of them accuse me of doing anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told.”Bloomberg’s answer was met with gasps and groans from the audience.After Warren pressed Bloomberg again to release the women from their nondisclosure, Bloomberg gave an answer that indicated he has no plans to do so, saying, “They decided when they made an agreement that they wanted to keep it quiet for everybody’s interest. They signed the agreements and that’s what we’re going to live with.”Also Read: Who Would Buy Bloomberg Media if Bloomberg Becomes President - and for How Much?The heated exchange came after a fast and furious start to the debate, in which all of the candidates seemed to take turns piling on Bloomberg, who was making his debate debut.Bernie Sanders began by criticizing Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk policy during his tenure as New York City’s mayor, which he noted “went after African American and Latino people in an outrageous way. That is not a way you’re going to grow voter turnout. What our movement is about is bringing working-class people together. Black and white and Latino, Native American, Asian American, around an agenda that works for all of us and not just the billionaire class.” Sanders also pitched universal health care, a minimum wage increase, and fighting climate change as reasons.Warren was blunt with her criticism of Bloomberg, calling attention to his history of numerous, and well-documented accusations of sexist and profane comments made by Bloomberg in front of his employees. “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”Read original story Elizabeth Warren Rips Michael Bloomberg Over His Response to Sexual Harassment NDAs At TheWrap

  • Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’
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    Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’

    During his appearance on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” Joe Biden responded to comments made by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh about Pete Buttigieg, saying that Buttigieg has “courage” and is “smart as hell.”On Wednesday, Limbaugh questioned Buttigieg’s electability on his radio show, describing the former Indiana mayor as “a 37-year-old gay guy kissing his husband on stage, next to Mr. Man, Donald Trump.”“What’s going to happen there?” Limbaugh postulated. He then prompted his audience to imagine Trump having “fun with that” during a general election battle against Buttigieg.Some, including “The View” host Joy Behar, felt Limbaugh’s “Mr. Man” comment was homophobic. During the Hot Topics section prior to Biden’s appearance, the panel reminded viewers that Buttigieg served in the military, while Limbaugh and Trump were disqualified from the draft due to medical reasons.“Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell,” Biden said of his rival. Both men are seeking the Democratic nomination for president.Also Read: Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed With Advanced Lung CancerLimbaugh’s comments came one week after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump, the highest honor a civilian can be bestowed. Biden said the bestowment was “part of the depravity of this administration.”Returning to his defense of Buttigieg, Biden added: “We used to say in Claymont, Delaware, ‘He ain’t a…'” Biden trailed off. “I won’t get into it. I shouldn’t say it. I shouldn’t say it.”“We get it,” Whoopi Goldberg assured the candidate as the panelists pivoted to another topic.Watch the exchange below:.@JoeBiden reacts to Rush Limbaugh questioning Pete Buttigieg’s electability because of his sexuality: “Pete and I are competitors, but this guy has honor, he has courage, he’s smart as hell.” https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/1ohsu7Wdpu\- The View (@TheView) February 13, 2020Read original story Joe Biden Responds to Rush Limbaugh: Pete Buttigieg Has ‘Courage’ and Is ‘Smart as Hell’ At TheWrap

  • Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers
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    Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers

    CNN’s Democratic presidential debate Tuesday drew 7.3 million total average viewers with 2.1 million in the key demographic between 25 and 54, according to the network. Additionally, the live stream of the debate had a total of 4 million live starts, translating to an average audience of 467,000 total viewers.Tuesday’s debate, co-hosted with the Des Moines Register in Iowa, was CNN’s third ahead of the  2020 election and was the seventh overall. It was broadcast live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International, as well as streamed on CNN.com and DesMoinesRegister.com. The 7.1 million viewers tuned in to see former vice president Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Also Read: Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg's Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic DebateIn November 2019, 10 candidates debated in Atlanta, Georgia, during the sixth Democratic debate, hosted by MSNBC. With 6.506 million overall viewers, it was the least-watched of the debates. CNN’s debate, the first of the year, outscored it Tuesday.Part of the appeal of Tuesday’s debate was its status as the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Democratic presidential primary process in 2020. The caucus takes place Monday, Feb. 3.Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who appeared in the December debate, reached the donor requirement for the January debate but not the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls). He is still in the running.The debate was held one day after New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker suspended his bid. Booker failed to qualify for the December debate.Read original story Latest Democratic Debate on CNN Tops Previous Two With 7.3 Million Viewers At TheWrap

  • Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate
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    Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate

    Just weeks away from the Iowa caucuses, six candidates appeared on stage in Des Moines for the seventh Democratic debate. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Tom Steyer fielded questions about tensions with Iran, climate change, trade, and more.Getty Images1\. Sanders and Warren on a woman winning the presidencySanders and Warren declined to argue over who was correct about a 2018 meeting where Sanders allegedly told Warren that a woman could not win the presidency.“I didn’t say it. And I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time on this, because this is what Donald Trump and maybe some of the media want,” Sanders said at the debate. “Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes. How could anybody in a million years not believe that a woman could be president of the United States?”“If any of the women on this stage, or any of the men, win the nomination — I hope that’s not the case, I hope it’s me — I will do everything in my power to make sure they are elected to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of the country,” he added.Warren, who has said Sanders did, in fact, make those comments, said she “disagreed” with him but attempted to de-escalate the situation.“Bernie is my friend, and I’m not here to try to fight with Bernie,” she said. “Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost ten elections. The only people that have won every single election they have been in are the women: Amy and me.”Spencer Platt / Getty Images2\. DemDebateSoWhiteNo candidates of color were on stage for Tuesday’s debate. Andrew Yang, who was the only person of color who qualified for the December debate, missed the polling threshold (5 percent in at least four national or early-state surveys approved, or 7 percent in two early-state polls) for the January debate.The debate also took place one day after New Jersey Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the race.Scott Olson / Getty Images3\. Klobuchar’s small stumbleAmy Klobuchar reminded voters why she’s still in the race: her victories against Republican candidates, her Midwest working-class roots and her ability to pass bills.But the Minnesota senator had a stumble that social media jumped on after struggling to recall the first name of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly when discussing women in higher office.“Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach,” Klobuchar uttered. “And her name is … I’m very proud to know her … and her name is uh, um Gov. Kelly.”AMY KLOBUCHAR: Kansas has a woman governor right now, and she beat Kris Kobach, and her name is — I’m very proud to know her — and her name is Governor Kelly. pic.twitter.com/czfpgtBPGI— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 15, 2020After the mishap, Kelly tweeted at Klobuchar in support, “You’re right. Democratic women can win red states.”@Mike2020 / Twitter4\. Bloomberg’s campaign trolls the debateFormer New York City mayor turned presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg wasn’t on stage for Tuesday’s Democratic debate — but his campaign’s Twitter account was having fun taking the piss out of the night.The @Mike2020 account began the evening by sharing outlandish “BloombergFacts” about the presidential hopeful, including that he would sing “Shallow” with Lady Gaga in lieu of an inaugural address and would be the “first president with functioning gills.” And not to be outdone by itself, the campaign shared a cursed image of Bloomberg’s face edited onto a meatball.Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE. pic.twitter.com/CkzdgwpzdI— Team Bloomberg (@Mike2020) January 15, 2020Read original story Warren and Sanders Spar, Bloomberg’s Twitter Trolls and 2 Other Highlights From 7th Democratic Debate At TheWrap

  • CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup
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    CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup

    CNBC’s “Squawk Box” misidentified two Democratic presidential candidates Monday morning. In a pictorial lineup shown on the program, the networked showed incorrect pictures for entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.The photo lineup, which showed individual candidate fundraising for Q4, correctly used pictures of President Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Cory Booker. Above Yang’s name, however, was a picture of Redpoint Ventures founding partner Geoff Yang. Where Gabbard’s photo should have been, there was a picture of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who suspended her presidential campaign in August.Gabbard retweeted a viewer who called out the error without additional comment. Yang — Andrew, not Geoff — responded on Twitter with a simple emoji that was laughing and crying. The error came moments after the campaign announced an endorsement from actress Teri Hatcher.Also Read: Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: 'Americans Around the Country Know Different'Representatives for both campaigns didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did a representative for CNBC. The video of the segment was unavailable on CNBC’s YouTube channel.BoycottMSNBC trended on Twitter in November after Yang — again, Andrew, not Geoff — announced he wouldn’t be going on the network until he got an on-air apology for coverage of his campaign. MSNBC, a sister network to CNBC, issued corrections for inaccuracies in its reporting.Scott Santens, a Yang supporter who tracks inaccuracies in reporting on the campaign, tweeted about the moment, “This actually just happened. This is not fake.”Read original story CNBC Misidentifies Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard in Candidate Lineup At TheWrap

  • Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’
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    Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’

    Andrew Yang came out swinging during Thursday’s Democratic debate by criticizing the ways cable news networks have covered the Trump administration.“If you turned on cable network news today, you would think [Trump’s] our president because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton, and emails all mixed together. But Americans around the country know different,” Yang said.His statement came after an awkward on-stage interaction with moderator Judy Woodruff.Also Read: MSNBC Has Corrected Reporting on Andrew Yang, So Why Is He Still Snubbing the Network?As candidates were asked about their response to President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Woodruff began to address a question to Yang but was looking toward the opposite end of the stage toward billionaire Tom Steyer.“I’m over here,” Yang said, while clapping at Woodruff to get her attention.Woodruff apologized and said she meant to address her question to Steyer, not Yang. And after Steyer finished his response, Yang offered a differing stance on the impeachment news.“The more we act like President Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can see what’s going on in our communities,” Yang said. “We need to stop being obsessed with impeachment and start actually digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place.”Yang is one of the seven Democratic candidates who qualified for this month’s debate, co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico.Andrew Yang on loss of manufacturing jobs: "If you turned on cable network news today, you would think (Trump's) our president because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton and emails all mixed together. But Americans around the country know different." pic.twitter.com/jcHJm8mXdG— Axios (@axios) December 20, 2019Read original story Andrew Yang Criticizes Cable Network News: ‘Americans Around the Country Know Different’ At TheWrap

  • Rudy Giuliani Butt-Dials NBC News Reporter, Leaves Embarrassing Voicemail: ‘We Need Some Money’
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    Rudy Giuliani Butt-Dials NBC News Reporter, Leaves Embarrassing Voicemail: ‘We Need Some Money’

    Rudy Giuliani’s cell phone accidentally called an NBC News reporter on October 16, leaving a voicemail in which he was clearly heard discussing the kingdom of Bahrain and saying, “The problem is we need some money.”The call came in at 11:07 p.m. while reporter Rich Schapiro was asleep. In the audio, portions of which were published by NBC News on Friday, Giuliani can be heard saying “Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case, because he didn’t do any due diligence.” It’s unclear who Charles is.Giuliani can also be heard telling an unidentified person “Tomorrow I gotta get you to get on Bahrain,” then telling the person they need to contact another person named Robert because “the problem is we need some money. We need a few hundred thousand.”Also Read: Joe Biden Campaign to TV Networks: Stop Booking Rudy GiulianiThe other person in the conversation was largely inaudible, though he does say “if you want options, I got options, I got options,” to which Giuliani replies “yeah give me options, yeah.”It wasn’t even the first time the former New York City mayor accidentally called Schapiro and left a voicemail. The previous butt-dial and subsequent voicemail happened on Sept. 28 at 3:37 p.m. In that message, Giuliani railed against the Biden family, accusing former vice president Joe Biden of “trading in on his public office since he was a senator” and son Hunter Biden of trying to get high-profile jobs because of his father’s position.“And most people wouldn’t hire him because he had a drug problem,” Giuliani added.Also Read: Giuliani's Former Press Secretary on Mayor: His 'Ferocious Lying' on TV Makes Me 'Re-Examine' LegacyThat was just one day before Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign sent out a letter to multiple TV network heads, calling on them to stop booking Giuliani on their news programs because “his relationship with the truth is casual at best.”Read original story Rudy Giuliani Butt-Dials NBC News Reporter, Leaves Embarrassing Voicemail: ‘We Need Some Money’ At TheWrap

  • Bernie Sanders Says 3 People Are Wealthier Than Half of All Americans. Here’s Who They Are
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    Bernie Sanders Says 3 People Are Wealthier Than Half of All Americans. Here’s Who They Are

    Sen. Bernie Sanders said in Tuesday’s Democratic debate that the three wealthiest Americans have more money than the bottom half of all Americans — an assertion he’s made before, including at the Democratic debate in June. Sanders is referring to billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett. And according to the fact-checking news organization Politifact, Sanders is right that they’re richer than half of all Americans.In 2018, Forbes said that Bezos and his family are worth $160 billion, Gates is worth $97 billion, and Buffett is worth $88 billion. That comes to a total of $345 billion dollars.The Guardian reported that Bezos’ ex, MacKenzie Bezos, will receive $36 billion in their divorce. That would drop his worth to a paltry $124 billion, and the total worth of Bezos, Gates and Buffett to $309 billion.Also Read: Bernie Sanders Released From Hospital After Heart AttackBut that still makes their combined wealth significantly higher than the roughly $250 billion in combined wealth for the bottom half of Americans, according to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies. The institute is a progressive think tank.Politifact has rated Sanders’ statement as true.As the Institute reported, “almost one in five American households now resides in our Underwater Nation. These households often have no savings at all or owe more than they own.”Sanders brought up the statistic in response to a question from CNN’s Erin Burnett, who asked if he wants to tax billionaires out of existence. Sanders said he does indeed want significantly higher taxes on the wealthiest people in America.“When you have a half-million Americans sleeping out on the street, 87 million people uninsured or underinsured, when you have hundreds of thousands of kids who cannot afford to go to college, and millions struggling with the oppressive burden of student debt… and you have three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society, that is a moral and economic outrage,” Sanders said.   Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she agreed, and accused fellow Democrats on the debate stage of wanting to protect billionaires. Sen. Amy Klobuchar fired back that “not even the billionaire” onstage wanted to protect billionaires, referring to Tom Steyer.Lawrence Yee contributed to this story.Read original story Bernie Sanders Says 3 People Are Wealthier Than Half of All Americans. Here’s Who They Are At TheWrap

  • Robert De Niro: 'I hope they impeach Trump'
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    Robert De Niro: 'I hope they impeach Trump'

    The actor revealed his feelings at a screening of his new movie 'The Irishman'.