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January 3, 2020

Will today be remembered as the day that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) "locked up" the 2020 Democratic nomination?

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News, suggested Friday there's a "decent chance" of that, noting how Sanders' response to President Trump's ordering of a drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani stands out among the top candidates in the Democratic field.

Democratic presidential candidates have been weighing in on Trump's decision, with Sanders describing the strike as an "assassination" and a "dangerous escalation" that "brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars."

Though all of the 2020 Democrats were critical of Trump's decision, BuzzFeed notes that "Sanders took a different tone, one drawn from a wing of the party that has opposed American wars since Vietnam," while most other leading contenders "took more cautious" stands, being sure to begin their statements by condemning Soleimani.

Politico's Holly Otterbein made a similar observation, noting that while former Vice President Joe Biden noted that "no American will mourn Qassem Soleimani's passing" and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Soleimani a "murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands," Sanders' statement "does not have such a beginning."

Sanders was initially the only one of the Democratic candidates to describe the killing as an assassination, though Warren later on Friday did so as well.

Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg also weighed in on Friday, releasing a statement that Smith described as "more Biden than Sanders," adding, "I'm just not sure which Democratic primary voters want this." Brendan Morrow

October 8, 2019

A number of President Trump's confidants don't think it's a wise idea for the White House to try to equate the Ukraine scandal and the Russia investigation, Politico reports.

"Russia was never real," an outside Trump adviser said. "Ukraine is." Another source close to the Trump re-election campaign called the Russia investigation a "complete and utter fantasy," but said that Trump's communications with Ukraine's governments were "unseemly...not a ghost like Russia."

Trump's allies told Politico that they're reluctant to challenge the president directly about how to handle the impeachment inquiry, but they don't think he'll be able to skirt around this as successfully as he did the Russia probe. One Republican close to Trump said that his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, showed a "lack of sophistication" and "familiarity with how the government works and the campaign works."

As for the campaign? That's what the advisers and consultants are most concerned about. Politico notes that the sources don't believe Trump will ultimately be removed from office because of the Ukraine situation, but they don't buy the campaign's argument that the impeachment inquiry could actually help boost his support, and believe that it could do real damage to his 2020 hopes. Read more at Politico. Tim O'Donnell

July 12, 2018

By Wednesday evening, House Republicans were threatening to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress for failing to show up to an interview with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, despite a subpoena. President Trump, apparently watching Fox News in Brussels, noticed, tweeting: "As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify. ... Where is the Attorney General? @FoxNews."

On Fox News, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he and his colleagues had given Page two new options to comply with the subpoena: Testify publicly Thursday alongside former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, with whom she exchanged texts critical of Trump, or appear for a closed-door interview by Friday.

Page's lawyer said her client was more than willing to cooperate but "simply needs clarification of the scope of the committee's interest in interviewing her and access to relevant documents so that she can provide complete and accurate testimony." The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Jarrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), called the GOP's contempt threat a "charade," and former FBI official Josh Campbell told CNN that "the idea that Lisa Page has something to hide is laughable, because Congress has already released her personal text messages for all the world to see."

Page wasn't the only woman who disappointed Congress on Thursday, Fox News reports — Taylor Swift was a no-show, too. "Swift was in town for a pair of concerts this week," including a Wednesday night show just blocks from the Capitol, and "it's not clear exactly what spark lit the fuse Wednesday," but rumors of Swift appearing on the Hill spread like wildfire, causing mass hysteria among otherwise serious people. "Until Page does come to Capitol Hill, she and Taylor Swift will have at least one thing in common," Fox News notes. Peter Weber

November 6, 2015

They might be vying for the same party's nomination, but Bernie Sanders wants everyone to understand that he disagrees with fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "on virtually everything."

"What is important is to look at the record, the track record that Hillary Clinton has had for her long and distinguished career as a public figure," Sanders told The Boston Globe's editorial board.

Sanders spelled out the differences between himself and Clinton, noting that while he's "delighted" Clinton announced she opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, she kept mum when liberals needed to get the votes to block legislation limiting Congress' input to a yes or no vote. Sanders also pointed out that while Clinton recently came out in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, he questioned why it took her so long. "How many years do you have to think about whether or not we excavate and transport the dirtiest fuel in the world? It didn't take me too long to think about that," Sanders said.

"You asked me about the differences between Hillary Clinton and myself? I have taken tough votes throughout my entire life," Sanders added. Jeva Lange

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