Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he bolted the Republican Party because it was perceived as being "anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment."
Crist, who switched his party affiliation from Republican, to Independent, to Democrat, is trying to unseat Gov. Rick Scott (R) this fall and take back his old job. And in an interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos on Tuesday, Crist denied that he left his old party because he was afraid of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. (Crist changed his party ID in 2010 when polls showed Rubio destroying him in a hypothetical Senate primary.) Rather, Crist said he switched sides because the GOP leadership "went off the cliff," and because some in the party had "intolerable" attitudes toward minorities.
"I couldn't be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president," he said. "I'll just go there."
"Now that I am liberated as a Democrat, my true soul is able to be seen," he added, "and I couldn't be happier about it." Jon Terbush
Super Bowl 50 started off with a bang, as Lady Gaga sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. In an earlier interview with the NFL Network, the pop star said performing at the Super Bowl was an "honor" and "a total dream come true." Catherine Garcia
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The United Nations Security Council condemned North Korea on Sunday for defying international warnings in launching a long-range rocket that many believe is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile that could reach the United States mainland.
All 15 Security Council members approved a statement at an emergency meeting emphasizing that using ballistic missile technology violates four resolutions, The Associated Press reports. The group also vowed to adopt a new resolution soon with "significant" sanctions for North Korea. Julie Kliegman
In a Monmouth University poll released Sunday, Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30 percent of the support from likely New Hampshire primary voters. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are tied for 13 percent, with Ted Cruz notching 12 percent.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton, 52 percent to 42 percent.
The poll's margin of error is 4.4 percentage points. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will be the second state to vote in the primaries. Julie Kliegman
Bernie Sanders distanced himself Sunday from "Berniebros," a wide-ranging term that some have used to describe sexist supporters of the Vermont senator.
"It's disgusting," he said on CNN's State of the Union. "We don't want that crap. Anybody who is supporting me and doing sexist things, we don't want them. I don't want them. That's not what this campaign is about."