Transcript: GOP New Hampshire Primary Debate (2-6-2016)

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MUIR: So let’s get started. We welcome you all to the debate stage here tonight. We’re going to tackle the issues Americans are most concerned about, the economy, ISIS, Homeland Security. And here in New Hampshire, some of the most heated rhetoric yet over who is best suited to step in on day one, who has the experience, who has the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
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Bill Maher Has Strong Two-Word Response When Asked If Bernie Sanders is Ready to Lead the Country

While Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has been criticized when it comes to foreign policy issues, controversial comedian Bill Maher is ready to have Sanders lead the U.S. “F**k yeah,” Maher responded emphatically on his HBO show “Real Time” Friday night when asked if he was ready for…

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Video: Sanders’s campaign fact-checks Clinton’s ‘smear’ defense with Elizabeth Warren charges

Democratic voters are more concerned with economic policy than foreign policy. Witness last night’s debate, in which the candidates clashed on bank policy, and the Sanders campaign promptly fact-checked Clinton assertions with Elizabeth Warren’s book showing Clinton’s obedience to bank interests. When will Clinton’s credibility gap begin to hurt her perceived foreign policy strength”?

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President Obama’s Misleading Employment Numbers

The low unemployment rate that Obama likes to tout is misleading. It doesn’t take into account the near record low labor participation rate. Millions of Americans are not included in the employment numbers because they’ve stopped looking for work. That means they are not included in the unemployment rate:

Estimates about ‘good’ monthly job creation vary. One financial manager, Ed Butowsky, estimated that 350,000-400,000 net new jobs would be needed in order to close projected budget shortfalls at current tax revenue levels.The Economic Policy Institute forecast in 2015 that the economy would need to create an average of 246,000 jobs per month in order to absorb potential job-seekers in the labor market and reach pre-recession employment levels by August 2017.

Hillary’s Hypocrisy: Clinging to Obama After Her Racist Dog Whistles in 2008

I received an email today from a black elder asking me to reprint a column I wrote for an African American newspaper in April of 2008 detailing the persistent racism in the Clinton campaign as it tried to derail Barack Obama’s historic run for the American presidency. She wanted me to “remind the American people of how far the Clintons had stooped” a mere eight years ago. I am reproducing the column below, following Sunday night’s presidential debate, in which Hillary Clinton clung to the Obama mantle despite her — and her husband’s — racist dog whistling against Obama in 2008.

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Hillary Clinton, enough with your ‘plans’ already

Hillary Clinton is the Great Underestimator. Eight years ago, she underestimated Barack Obama and now she has underestimated Bernie Sanders. We know this not only from what happened in 2008 and what is happening now but from the pitiful confessions of her campaign staff who admit they never saw Sanders coming. That’s understandable. It’s not so much that Sanders was underestimated, it’s that Clinton is overestimated.

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Hillary misleading about email probe during debate, former FBI agents say

Another Clinton lie:

Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night’s Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents.

In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested.  It is being carried out.”

Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.

“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”