September 21, 2011

A record 28 million viewers may have tuned in to see Ashton Kutcher's debut as Charlie Sheen's replacement on Two and a Half Men, but some argue that it's Sheen who's still "duh, winning." Many critics attributed the ratings spike to curiosity over how the show would handle Sheen's departure, and found the all-too-frequently naked Kutcher less than hilarious. Perhaps the series' new star could cover up with this referential t-shirt ($27). The Week Staff

10:10 p.m. ET

"So beautiful. So beautiful," Trump said on the stage during his first victory speech of the 2016 election. After being called the winner of the New Hampshire primary only minutes after the polls closed, Trump blew out his closest competition, John Kasich, 33 to 16.

In his speech, Trump then went on to thank his parents, his wife, his children, and his staff at length. Finally he added "I wanted to congratulate the other candidates," before blurting, "Now that I got that over with!"

Trump went on to say he would help the U.S. win "the old fashioned way," beating countries like Russia and China. "Nobody is going to mess with us. Nobody. Nobody," Trump said.

"We're going to make America so great again," Trump promised. "Maybe greater than ever before." Jeva Lange

9:54 p.m. ET
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Bernie Sanders told a raucous crowd in New Hampshire that he won the Granite State's primary due to his volunteers, who "worked day and night" and "knocked on a heck of a lot of doors."

"We won because of your energy," he continued. "Together, we've sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California: That is, that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy, campaign contributors, and their super PACs." When Democrats and progressives win, he said, it's because voter turnout is high, and "Republicans win when people are demoralized and voter turnout is low." His victory, he added, serves notice to "the political and economic establishments of this country" that "the American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy and we will not accept a rigged economy in which ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages while almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1 percent."

Sanders promised pay equity for women, to raise the minimum wage to $15, and to ease the burden of student loans by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculation. "The greed, the recklessness, and the illegal behavior on Wall Street drove our economy to its knees," he said. "The American people bailed out Wall Street, now it's Wall Street's time to help the middle class." He also said he is looking forward to continuing an "issue-oriented campaign" that brings "new people into the political process." In a few months, it will be time to "unite the party and this nation," he said, "because the right-wing Republicans we oppose must not be allowed to gain the presidency." Catherine Garcia

9:51 p.m. ET
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CNN and The New York Times are projecting Bernie Sanders as the winner of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. With 43 percent of 300 precincts reporting, Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton 59.1 percent to 38.2 percent, with 55,248 votes to Clinton's 35,666. Catherine Garcia

9:49 p.m. ET
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Both CNN and The New York Times have called Donald Trump the winner of the New Hampshire primary, where he holds 34 percent of the vote with 42 percent of precincts reporting. A number of news organizations, including ABC News, have called John Kasich the valuable second place winner with 15.7 percent. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio are locked in a battle for third place, virtually tied with between 11 and 10 percen Jeva Lange

9:44 p.m. ET

Bernie Sanders celebrated his New Hampshire victory Tuesday night by shooting some hoops in the gym where his election night party was being held — and he wasn't half bad. The 74-year-old Vermont senator made all his baskets, to the amazement of those looking on.

"Is this some kind of a joke? How is he making every single one?" one Fox News commentator marveled while watching the footage.

The other commentator had an answer ready for her: "He's from Brooklyn."

Watch for yourself, below. Jeva Lange

9:23 p.m. ET
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may or may not make history as the first self-described democratic socialist to win a major party's nomination, but he already notched a famous first on Tuesday night, becoming the first Jewish candidate — and the first non-Christian — to win a presidential primary. Sanders has been projected to easily beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, just nine days after coming in a close second in the Iowa caucuses (where Sanders was the first Jewish candidate to win delegates in a presidential primary, something Joe Lieberman never achieved).

And those aren't the first bits of history made in this unusual presidential race, just two contests into the election.

American Jews were thrilled with Lieberman's shot at the vice presidency in 2000 and presidential run four years later, but is there any "hoopla over a Jewish challenger holding a strong lead in the New Hampshire polls"? asks Ami Eden at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. "Nope. Bubkes." And he has some theories why:

Since Lieberman's dance on the national stage an African American was elected president, a Mormon won the Republican nomination, and a woman is widely viewed as the favorite to win in 2016. Suddenly the whole first-Jewish-president thing seems like a yawner. There is also the fact that Lieberman wore his Judaism like a yarmulke. He proudly put his faith front and center while embracing the role of religious trailblazer and Jewish role model. Sanders, not so much. [JTA]

Still, history is history. Congratulations, Sanders. Peter Weber

9:23 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton congratulated Bernie Sanders and thanked her New Hampshire supporters in the aftermath of her primary loss Tuesday night.

"I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes to make your lives better," Clinton vowed. She also went on to say that even if younger voters aren't currently supporting her, "I am supporting them."

Race was also a major topic in Clinton's speech — something her allies say she will be addressing much more strongly in the weeks ahead.

With 30 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton currently trails Sanders 58-40 in New Hampshire. Jeva Lange

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