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June 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans on using a speech at George Washington University on Wednesday to educate President Trump on his version of democratic socialism.

Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, released excerpts of the speech on Tuesday night. Trump has been critical of socialism as a whole, declaring in his last State of the Union address that the United States will "never be a socialist country." Sanders plans on pointing out that Trump "and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism," but they "don't really oppose all forms of socialism. They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires."

Sanders will also tout the success of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, which "helped create a government that made huge progress in protecting the needs of working families." Today, he will add, Americans need to "take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion. This is the unfinished business of the Democratic Party and the vision we must accomplish." Catherine Garcia

June 12, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) just cooked up a sick burn for Senate Republicans. On Monday afternoon, Sanders tweeted that Senate Republicans had finally released "the schedule of hearings, committee markups, and public testimony" for the GOP-backed American Health Care Act. And then — drum roll, please — Sanders attached a picture of said schedule:

Yes, that is a blank piece of paper — a not-so-subtle commentary on the total lack of hearings and public testimony surrounding Republicans' plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Sanders certainly isn't the first Democrat to complain about Senate Republicans' lack of transparency. Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) went off on Republicans after learning there would not be a hearing on the bill, which she noted affects "one-sixth of our economy." On Monday, Axios reported that Senate Republicans would not release their draft health-care bill, a move that's sure to further irritate fuming Democrats. Becca Stanek

May 10, 2017

Since President Trump abruptly axed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) came up with another way Comey could still be involved in the investigation of Trump's ties to Russian election meddling. King suggested that Comey could be "named to head the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation of Trump-Russia ties," The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman reported.

Of course, if Trump really fired Comey because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as Trump has claimed, then this wouldn't bother him one bit. But, King pointed out in an interview with NPR, the White House's explanation for the ouster "doesn't add up." Becca Stanek

October 19, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave Donald Trump a harsh reality check Wednesday, when she suggested maybe the reason he's not doing so hot in the polls was because of his "creepy bullying":

She then suggested his comments about women and immigrants might also have something to do with his slipping poll numbers:

Warren said that while Trump "didn't come up with the 'rigged' election" idea on his own — she credited Republicans trying to "delegitimize" Democrats for that — his whining about it was rather unbecoming:

Warren topped off her tweet storm with some words of advice for Trump:

Trump has yet to fire back. Becca Stanek

October 14, 2016

When a heckler tried to interrupt President Obama at a Hillary Clinton event in Ohio on Friday, he pulled out the perfect zinger to shut him down. After getting the crowd to drown out the guy's yelling with chants of "Hillary," Obama threw some shade: "I keep on telling folks, you gotta organize your own rallies. If you're confident about the other guy, just go to his rallies. I feel confident about my candidate, that's why I'm at this rally."

Instead, Obama suggested the protester spend his time knocking on some doors for "your guy." "That's a better way for you to spend your time — unless you're just being paid to be here," he said.

Watch Obama nail it, below. Becca Stanek

September 13, 2016

While stumping for Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, President Obama tore into Donald Trump for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reminding voters that the Republican nominee raved about Putin's "82 percent" approval rating, Obama noted that former Iraq President Saddam Hussein had a "90 percent poll rating." "I mean, if you control the media and you've taken away everybody's civil liberties, and you jail dissidents, that's what happens," Obama said, in what marked his first solo appearance on the campaign trail this election.

"Think about the fact that that is Donald Trump's role model," Obama said, before asking the audience if they could ever imagine Ronald Reagan "idolizing somebody like that."

Watch the moment, below. Becca Stanek

May 1, 2016

In April, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) made a seriously uncomfortable joke at a comedy show.

Here's a quick refresher: De Blasio, joking about his chronic lateness, said he was running on "CP Time." Colored People's Time has long been a reference to the racist stereotype that black people are frequently late. Clinton jumped in, jokingly claiming the acronym really means "Cautious Politician Time."

President Obama took Clinton and de Blasio to task Saturday during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. He apologized for being late and said he was running on CPT, which stands for "Jokes That White People Should Not Make." Watch the zinger below. Julie Kliegman

March 23, 2016

Mitt Romney continued his campaign against Donald Trump at a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) dinner Tuesday night. This time, the former Massachusetts governor didn't go after Trump's failed business ventures or his "third-grade theatrics," but his "several foreign wives":

Trump's first wife, Ivana, was born in Czechoslovakia and his third (and current) wife, Melania, is from Slovenia.

To even things out, Romney made a joke about his own marital situation, referencing Trump's recent pondering over whether Romney actually is Mormon because "Mormons are very smart people" and, in his opinion, Romney just isn't that smart.

Trump has yet to make his inevitable response. Becca Stanek

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