Sunday, February 21, 2016

Video: Clinton, Sanders Supporters Court Undecideds at Casino Caucus

Posted By on Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 2:46 AM

Nearly 300 people showed up Saturday morning to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino to take part in Nevada's Democratic presidential caucuses

Six of them couldn't decide whether to support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

It took the undecideds 12 minutes to make up their minds. During that time, Sanders and Clinton precinct captains lobbied them individually, answered their questions and delivered brief speeches seeking to persuade them. All the while, reporters swarmed around them and activists on either side of the room chanted their respective candidates' names. 

Here's what it looked like:

In the end, the six undecideds split evenly between the two Democratic candidates. 

Overall, 196 people at the New York-New York caucus site supported Clinton, while 97 supported Sanders. Clinton earned 23 county-level delegates, while Sanders picked up 11.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Bernie Bits: Sanders Drinks Beer on 'Colbert,' Eats Ice Cream on 'The View'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:49 AM

A day after winning the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders took a victory lap in New York City, appearing all over your television screen.

He helped CBS' Stephen Colbert get "The Late Show" going:

He explained to Colbert how he differs from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

He even drank beer and ate boiled peanuts with Colbert. (For that video, click here and skip ahead to 31:48.)

Earlier Wednesday, Sanders took "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley on a tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood in which he was raised:

And he sat down for an interview with Pelley:

Sanders even made time to eat some Ben & Jerry's on ABC's "The View."

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

'Bernie Sanderswitzky' Steals the Show on 'Saturday Night Live'

Posted By on Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 12:35 PM

It's hard to upstage Larry David, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may have pulled it off this weekend on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

The Democratic presidential candidate took a brief break from the campaign trail Saturday to appear with David, who was guest-hosting the program. The "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator drew rave reviews last fall for his spot-on impression of the curmudgeonly candidate.

Sanders starred in just one sketch, but it was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Here it is:

Earlier in the show, David appeared as Sanders in a "Curb"-style digital short called, "Bern Your Enthusiasm." Though the candidate himself was absent from the sketch, David more than filled his shoes.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Video: Sanders Addresses Iowa Volunteers Hours Before Caucuses

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Just hours before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped by his Des Moines headquarters Monday morning to rally the troops. 

"We got a tie ballgame. That's where we are," he said. "We will win tonight, if the voter turnout is high."

Watch the (shaky) video here:

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Welch Criticizes 'Attack Ad,' But Concedes Its Claims Are True

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns, Sierra Club Vermont conservation program manager Robb Kidd, Congressman Peter Welch and dairy farmer Bill Rowell - PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Vermont Public Interest Research Group executive director Paul Burns, Sierra Club Vermont conservation program manager Robb Kidd, Congressman Peter Welch and dairy farmer Bill Rowell
After the ethanol lobby aired a television advertisement slamming him, Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called it a "corporate-funded, deceptive attack ad" financed by "out-of-state, subsidized corporations."

"The corn ethanol industry is spreading a Washington-sized load of manure across Vermont," he said in a written statement released Saturday.

But at a press conference Monday in Barre, Welch conceded that the ad's central claim — that he signed a letter drafted by an oil industry lobbyist — is true. 

The dustup comes as the Obama administration finalizes regulations governing how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. The corn and agribusiness industries have lobbied for the Environmental Protection Agency to increase those levels, while the oil and restaurant industries have lobbied to decrease them.

For years, Welch has taken the latter position, arguing that ethanol mandates drive up corn prices for farmers and food producers, hurt the environment and damage small engines. Two weeks ago, he and four other members of Congress, including Rep. Bill Flores (R-Tex.), authored a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calling for stricter limits on biofuels. Another 180 members signed the letter.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bernie Bits: Larry David Returns to 'SNL' As Bernie Sanders

Posted By on Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Donald Trump may have hosted this week's "Saturday Night Live" episode, but Bernie Sanders stole the show. Or, at least, Larry David did.

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star returned to SNL to parody Friday's Democratic candidates forum in South Carolina. As he did three weeks ago, David played an irascible, slightly unhinged Sanders — and, of course, he nailed it. 

As of this writing, Sanders' presidential campaign hadn't yet sent a fundraising solicitation asking for "vacuum pennies," but we're confident it will soon.

Watch the sketch below (and skip ahead to 4:04 if even a parody of former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley bores you): 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bernie Bits: Sanders Talks Pot, God and Electability on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suggested Wednesday that he would be open to legalizing marijuana if elected president. 

"You know, I'm looking at what's going on in Colorado and elsewhere," Sanders told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "But I am not unfavorably disposed to moving toward the legalization of marijuana."

The Vermont independent made the remark at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where the Los Angeles-based comedian has been taping ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" all week. 

Sanders frequently talks about ending the so-called war on drugs. He supports legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing pot. During last week's Democratic presidential debate, he said that if he were a resident of Nevada, he "suspect[ed]" he would vote in favor of an upcoming ballot measure that would legalize it in the state. But Sanders has thus far refrained from issuing his full-throated support for nationwide legalization.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Larry David Impression Prompts Bernie Sanders to Talk Underwear

Posted By on Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 11:58 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wants to talk about the issues. But on Sunday, thanks to comedian Larry David, he found himself talking about his underwear.

On this week's Saturday Night Live, the irascible Brooklynite famous for his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm delivered a brilliant sendup of the irascible Brooklynite famous for running for president. During the show's cold open, David appeared as Sanders in a sketch skewering last week's Democratic debate. Channeling Sanders' unmodulated intensity, he immediately pledged to "dial it right up to a 10."

"We're doomed!" David-as-Sanders shouted. "We need a revolution! Millions of people on the streets. And we gotta do something! And we gotta do it now!"

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Gary Sinise Rips Howard Dean Over American Sniper Comments

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Howard Dean on "Real Time with Bill Maher" - SCREENGRAB
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What happens when you refer to the audience of America's most popular movie — a movie about a Navy SEAL, no less — as "very angry" and as card-carrying members of the Tea Party?

You piss off Lieutenant Dan. And nobody wants to piss off Lieutenant Dan. 

That's exactly what former governor Howard Dean did Friday night when the discussion on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" turned to American Sniper, the Clint Eastwood action flick that brought in more than $200 million in its first 10 days in theaters. After Maher referred to the film's hero, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, as a "psychopathic patriot," Dean said the host made "a very interesting point."

“There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry. And this guy basically says ‘I’m going to fight on your side,'" Dean said, referring to Kyle. "I bet you if you looked at a cross-section of the Tea Party and people who go to see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection.”

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sanders Talks Presidential Politics With Colbert

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

In an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) achieved the impossible: He looked like he was having a good time.

Sanders, who typically vacillates between stiffness and anger, ably parried with faux-conservative host Stephen Colbert over socialism, Denmark and even Sanders' status in Vermont's congressional delegation.

"First of all, as a 73-year-old man, how does it feel to be the junior senator?," Colbert asked. "Do you ever shake your fist at Pat Leahy? Say, 'Get out of town, old man!'"

"No, he's doing just fine," Sanders said with a laugh. "He and I are pretty good friends."

"But compared to you, he's like Rush Limbaugh. He is so right-wing," Colbert said. "He's a Democrat. You're a socialist. That's the bogeyman of Washington. Do you frighten people when you walk around the Capitol? Are they afraid you're going to take their tractor and give it to the whole village?"

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