IN A NUTSHELL: MUST READ
#pnut4prez: It’s Almost Cute When Mom And Dad Argue
With the other three guys out of the way (who were they again) Clinton and Sanders enjoyed three hours of non-stop head butting. MSNBC’s split-screen coverage made sure we could see every side-eye, and while both candidates sparred, there was an endearing level of civility we hadn’t seen in recent debates.
Hillary Clinton kicked things off by accusing Sanders of an “artful smear” against her campaign backers and tried to establish herself as a progressive candidate. While she still appeared weak on her Wall Street defense, she hit Sanders hard on foreign policy. When questioned about her vote for the Iraq War, she quipped, “a vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS,” shifting the focus onto Sanders’ limited foreign policy experience. Despite a few hard punches, she later said that if she becomes the nominee, Senator Sanders will be the first person she calls. Isn’t that precious?
Bernie Sanders continued to rail against the campaign finance system and prod at Clinton’s Wall Street ties. It wasn’t the first time he juxtaposed the young kid in jail for pot with the exonerated bankers who destroyed the economy, but with Hillary’s inability to defend her relationship with Goldman Sachs, the comparison still seems to work- at least on social media.
Even as the argument became tense, there were lines he wouldn’t cross. When asked to comment on Hillary’s email controversy, he sighed, “I have refrained from [attacking her on this issue] and I will continue to refrain from doing that.” Aren’t they just the cutest?
Refugees: We Will Give You Ten Billion Dollars If You Stay Over There
Donors gathered in London yesterday pledged $10 billion to alleviate the plight of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. Money will be spent on providing housing, food, jobs and education for the millions of people in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The hope is that this will keep refugees from making the perilous journey to Europe and make it more likely they return to Syria if/when the conflict ends (which won’t be soon given the breakdown in talks).