Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on Capital Hill today facing questions from members of the Benghazi Committee in an important moment with serious implications for the 2016 election.
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In one of the most awkward videos you will watch today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ripped apart Mike Allen, a reporter for Politico after his line of questioning got a bit too personal for the politician’s liking.
Emanuel was participating in a conversation at a Politico Playbook event in Chicago.
Things were going fine… until they weren’t.
In all fairness to Emanuel, the man is going through a whole lot right now. He just fired his police chief yesterday and is facing down calls for his resignation.
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Rise News live blog: Here’s our snarky take on what is happening in the debate.
RR: Rich Robinson
CB: Chris Beacham
CB 10:53PM: @RR I agree, another solid night for Clinton.
CB 10:52PM: Instead of watching Clinton’s closing remarks referencing Star Wars, America was actually watching Star Wars.
RR 10:50PM: Hillary has a real chance to position herself as a sort of “America’s grandmother” type of figure. Very solid closing.
RR 10:48PM: A bit meandering from O’Malley in the closing. A bit of family history, student loans, climate change. A hot mess as far as closing statements go.
RR 10:45PM: Solid closing from Sanders. Bringing the family history into it really helped soften him and make him more three-dimentional.
RR 10:42PM: Sorry @CB: I literally fell asleep there for a second.
CB 10:39PM: ABC is the biggest fail of the night. Just awful. Questions, moderation, not allowing candidates to respond to remarks made about them, moving on without Clinton for a minute, etc. CNN looks really good next to this.
RR 10:33PM: I don’t like this question about the President’s spouse. Seriously could not care less.
RR 10:30PM:Hillary is the only one that has come across as presidential tonight. O’Malley sounds like he is still Governor of Maryland and Bernie is trying to be everything to all people.
CB 10:27PM: It is an important issue-Clinton’s stance is just more reasonable.
CB 10:25PM: O’Malley wants to put 12 billion dollars towards the drug epidemic. Let’s talk about reducing the national debt.
CB 10:23PM: Sanders says he wants to legalize marijuana and in the same breath says we need to get strict on opiates that are gateways to heroin. One can make the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug, and some doctors believe pot works like an opiate despite not technically being one.
CB 10:17PM: This debate just feels so unimportant despite the important issues.
CB 10:14PM: ……..zzzzzzzzz
RR 10:07PM: Back to Maryland for ole Martin. Is Maryland a utopian state? Sounds like it by the way he talks it up.
RR 10:03PM: Hillary questioning Sanders’ plan on healthcare and education.
CB 9:59PM: I agree with Sanders on colleges too. Spend a lot of money on unnecessary things that should be towards education or scholarships.
RR 9:59PM: Bernie sounds like he really doesn’t have a plan to pay for his universal healthcare plan.
CB 9:53PM: Obamacare does need a lot of fixing. But getting rid of the idea of universal healthcare shouldn’t be the answer.
CB 9:51PM: @RR Lol yeah, those had been there for awhile.
RR 9:49PM: Hillary finally gets to dust off those O’Malley opposition research reports sitting on the nightstand.
CB 9:48PM: We need some Trump to liven this up. Somebody needs to say something totally ridiculous.
CB 9:47PM: @RR Yeah, and that’s the DNC’s fault. It annoys me how rigged this is.
RR 9:45PM: “The greed of the billionaire class and the greed of Wall Street is destroying this economy,” Sanders.
CB 9:45PM: Sanders nails it on Wall Street
RR: 9:44PM: The problem for O’Malley is that he doesn’t have a lot of cash and the cash he does have, he is spending at a pretty high rate. He could have made a splash if these debates were higher profile but they really don’t mean anything.
CB 9:40PM: I think this is O’Malley’s worst debate. May be his last.
RR 9:39PM: I just don’t think that O’Malley constantly pivoting to his record in Maryland really works. People aren’t that interested. They want to hear about the future.
CB 9:38PM: Just wait for Clinton, ABC. This is a shitshow
RR 9:37PM: Hillary comes back late to the podium after ABC was on air for over a minute.
CB 9:36PM: Uh, where’s Hillary?
CB 9:30PM: Clinton wants to take out Assad? News to me.
RR 9:29PM: His name is Sanders, not Saunders. David Muir is having a hard time with that one.
RR 9:28PM: @CB: Interesting that O’Malley is using that tact. There are a whole lot of older folks in early states who will not appreciate it. (And many of them are activists who make a whole bunch of phone calls.)
CB 9:27PM: Audible gasps at O’Malley generation remark.
RR 9:26PM: Is O’Malley not a big NATO fan? Not really understanding his point in terms of how the US pivots to a new system of alliances.
CB 9:24PM: ABC is doing a terrible time. CNN has mastered the “let the person that was referenced respond” tactic
RR 9:23PM: Yeah, if we leave now then we can make the 10 PM showing.
CB 9:23PM: Wanna go see Star Wars?
CB 9:22PM: LOL @RR yeah this sucks
CB 9:22PM: Clinton actually is knowledgeable about foreign policy. No fear-mongering
RR 9:21PM: Oh wait a minute… Bernie is starting to go after Hillary on her penchant to support regime change. But he is not really being forceful about it.
RR 9:21PM: This is without a doubt, one of the most boring things I have ever watched in my entire life.
CB 9:18PM: Oh, so they’re letting Clinton break the rules…
RR 9:16PM: Hillary is getting pressed on foreign policy this evening. It is actually interesting to see her present a plan about how to engage with the Arab world.
RR 9:08PM: Hillary just went all grandma up in that answer. I don’t know the internets too good.
CB 9:04PM: Yes, it is okay to profile if there is suspicious behavior. Although I wouldn’t emphasize it excessively like the GOP, I agree political correctness shouldn’t be a primary motive.
RR 9:03PM: Meanwhile…
RR 8:56PM: O’Malley knows this is one of his last moments to make a difference and wants to drag it in the mud.
CB 8:56PM: O’Malley did some coke before the debate.
CB 8:54PM: Although I don’t know that they were moving on to something entirely different.CB 8:54PM: O’Malley deserved to speak on that topic.RR 8:54PM: MARTIN SMASH RULES OF DEBATECB 8:50PM: “Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism.”-Clinton.CB 8:48PM: I agree about O’Malley. Rehearsed for a fight and went with it even when there wasn’t one.RR 8:46PM: O’Malley having a hard time finding his footing in the early going. I think he hoped for a Sanders/ Clinton fight about the DNC.CB 8:45PM: Haha I like “snarky”.
CB 8:45PM: (Insert Star Wars Spoiler)
CB 8:42PM: Nicely handled by Bernie. O’Malley is overboard here.
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MIAMI, FL- You wouldn’t know at first glance walking throughout Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus that the next potential leaders of the free world were about to arrive.
Other than a seemingly higher presence of police officers and little bit more traffic, the clues were subtle.
Students casually walked to and from their classes, people studied around tables and benches, nothing truly unusual.
It wasn’t until you headed out to the front of the campus – literally all the way into the sidewalk off of 104th St that you were able get a taste of the energy surrounding tonight’s significance.
Florida has been a notorious swing state over the last couple of presidential elections. This has to do with the fact that South Florida (Liberal) has a completely different political culture than North Florida (Conservative) and Central (Moderate).
For Democrats, one of the most important differences in South Florida is the large population of young voters that have an ethic connection to one of the dozens of different Latin and Hispanic ethnicities, something that both Democratic candidates want to capitalize off of.
So far, it looks like Hillary is winning that fight.
In a Washington Post poll released on March 9th, Hillary Clinton led Bernie Sanders 68% to 21% among Hispanic Democrats in the Sunshine State. Among all Democratic voters in the state, she leads 64% to 24%.
With all this being said, it’s no coincidence that one of the hottest issues from the Miami debate was immigration policy.
Over half the population of the city of Miami are immigrants or are the literal children of immigrants.
The stakes are high as Sanders and Clinton play tug of war with Florida’s diverse electorate ahead of the March 15th primary election.
For such a large scale event at a college campus, the turnout wasn’t as huge as you would expect, but the lack of participants was made up for in passion.
The size of the rally fluctuated from a few hundred people to a few dozen by the time the debate started at 9:00 PM; at its peak the crowd spanned about two blocks.
There wasn’t a single person not chanting, or yelling in many cases, for their respective candidates.
A small group of Clinton supporters had left the area earlier in the evening, leaving it as an nearly exclusive unofficial Sanders rally.
As heavy rush hour traffic slowly drove on by, protesters urged drivers to honk in support, creating a symphony of loud cheers and car horns that could be heard from the other side of the campus.
Spirits were high across the entire crowd.
Jamie Friend, being a mid-aged activist, felt optimistic about the rejuvenating spirit that Sanders has brought to the electorate.
Friend transformed recycled Styrofoam into light up boxes that spelled out “Bernie”, activated by the flashlight of your phone, and let anyone who wanted to borrow them.
She plans on driving up to Tampa to continue lending out her light up boxes at the next Sanders rally.
Patrick Mesa came out with his own sign and high hopes, having complete confidence in Sander’s chances after his Michigan win.
“Truthfully speaking, I will not vote,” Mesa said, highlighting a fear of the Sanders campaign.
With the exception of about three Trump protesters (which I couldn’t tell if they were serious or just trying to pull a laugh out of the rally), there was an overwhelming grassroots support for Sanders outside of the debate venue.
People also took the opportunity of the mass exposure to express their own concerns and views, with marijuana legalization and anti-big-money sentiment being the major topics from the gathered activists.
Florida will become a deciding factor for the longevity of Sanders’ candidacy, and for the strength of Clinton’s campaign.
No matter who you support, you should get involved in the campaign. Create a sign, attend a rally, hold a fundraiser, annoy anyone that follows you on social media with political propaganda (actually try not to do that last one), maybe you’ll find a new appreciation for the political state of our country and its future.
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