Clinton, Sanders to face off on Sunday

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will go head-to-head on Sunday night for NBC’s Democratic debate.

On Sunday night, three Democratic presidential candidates will take to the stage in South Carolina for the first debate of 2016. Meanwhile, the NFL playoffs will be live, and PBS are airing a new episode of the wildly popular Downton Abbey, which has many commentators questioning who will tune in.

Sunday night’s debate will kick off at 9pm ET, and will be aired on NBC. Lester Holt will be moderating the debate.

You can tune into the debate on your television, online at the NBC News website, over on the NBC News Youtube channel, or through any of the NBC News mobile or smart TV apps.

The debate will be the final one before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

Environmental group airs ads for Sanders

Friends of the Earth are airing television ads in support of Bernie Sanders in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Environmental advocacy organization Friends of the Earth will begin airing ads to support presidential candidate Bernie Sanders next week.

The ad will feature Sanders’ positions on the Keystone XL pipeline and trade. It will begin running in Des Moines and Manchester on Tuesday.

“Bernie Sanders had the courage to stand up against the Keystone pipeline from day one. He introduced the bill to keep fossil fuels in the ground on federal land and he opposes unjust trade agreements that damage our planet,” the ad’s narrator says.

“It is why Friends of the Earth Action urges you to support Bernie Sanders for president.”

Clinton accuses Sanders of going negative

Before an interview on Thursday, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused her opponent Bernie Sanders of going negative with a so-called ‘attack ad.’

Hillary Clinton sat down with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday, where she accused Sanders of being the first one to go negative.

“Honestly, it is not much of an attack,” Maddow noted when pressing Clinton on the issue.

“Basically, it is also a very direct criticism of President Obama, who took a lot of money from the financial industry,” Clinton told Rachel Maddow.

“You are saying he is the first candidate to go negative, you’re calling that an attack ad. Recently your campaign has said he can’t level with the American people, he has not done what he has promised, he is shifting answers,” Rachel Maddow said to Clinton, pressing the former Secretary of State on her allegations.

The TV ad they are discussing is called Two Visions and was released by Sanders’ campaign earlier in the week. It focuses on Sanders’ plans to reform Wall Street, contrasting them with Secretary Clinton’s.

You can see the full interview at MSNBC.

Former DNC chairman endorses Bernie Sanders

Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee Paul Kirk has endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Paul Kirk announced his endorsement of Senator Sanders at a press conference in Hanover, New Hampshire on Thursday evening.

“Among all the Presidential candidates, only Bernie Sanders is telling that truth: The unlimited amounts of money flooding our political system from a narrow and immensely wealthy slice of American society is the most pernicious internal peril threatening the fundamental tenets of economic, political, moral and social justice and, not least, the fairness and vibrancy of our representative democracy,” Kirk said in a statement.

“For his outspoken and courageous leadership, his candid and consistent pledge of allegiance to that All-American ideal, I am proud to be here to join this ‘untiring effort’; and, as a former Chairman of the National Democratic Party, to endorse Bernie Sanders for our Party’s nomination for President of the United States of America.”

Paul Kirk served as chair of the Democratic National Committee between 1985 and 1989, and served in the Senate for a short time following Ted Kennedy’s death. Previously, Kirk endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama for the presidency in 2008.

Sanders also received the endorsement of John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, PA and Pennsylvania senate candidate. He made the announcement in a Facebook post on Thursday.

You can read Kirk’s complete statement on Sanders’ website.

Sanders rejects Clinton ‘reforms’ in new TV ad

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will air a new television ad, highlighting differences between him and Hillary Clinton on Wall Street reform.

The new ad, which will be broadcast in Iowa and New Hampshire, draws contrasts between Sanders and Clinton when it comes to reforming Wall Street.

“There are two Democratic visions for regulating Wall Street,” Senator Sanders says in the 30-second ad.

“One says it’s okay to take millions from big banks and then tell them what to do. My plan: break up the big banks, close the tax loopholes, and make them pay their fair share. Then we can expand health care to all and provide universal college education.”

A total of 170 economist have signed a letter in support of Sanders’ Wall Street reforms, despite Clinton claiming her approach would be more effective.

“Secretary Hillary Clinton’s more modest proposals do not go far enough,” the economists and financial experts write in the letter.

“They call for a bit more oversight and a few new charges on shadow banking activity, but they leave intact the titanic financial conglomerates that practice most shadow banking. As a result, her plan does not adequately reduce the serious risks our financial system poses to the American economy and to individual Americans. Given the size and political power of Wall Street, her proposals would only invite more dilution and finagle.”

Sanders receives endorsement of major magazine

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has scored the endorsement of the Nation, a 150-year-old magazine described as a ‘flagship of the left.’

For just the third time in its history, liberal magazine the Nation endorsed Bernie Sanders for president in an editorial published Thursday morning.

“Voters can trust Sanders because he doesn’t owe his political career to the financial overlords of the status quo. Freed from these chains of special interest, he can take the bold measures that the country needs,” the editorial read.

Bernie Sanders and his supporters are bending the arc of history toward justice. Theirs is an insurgency, a possibility, and a dream that we proudly endorse.”

The Nation has only ever endorsed three candidates in its 150-year history; Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and now Bernie Sanders.

The magazine’s endorsement, which has been in the works since last year will be part of a cover story to be published on February 8.

Sanders and Clinton tied in Iowa

A new poll out Thursday morning shows Hillary Clinton tied with Bernie Sanders in Iowa, with her 9 point lead vanishing in just months.

The new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll showed Clinton with a two point lead, well within the margin of error of 4.4 percentage points, putting her in a statistical tie with Senator Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton is the preferred nominee of 42 per cent of likely Democratic caucus-goers, while Sanders sees the support of 40 per cent, according to the poll.

The Iowa Poll of 503 likely Democratic caucus-goers was conducted between January 7 and 10 by Selzer & Co in Des Moines.

New Sanders TV ad focuses on social security

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is set to air a new television ad in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, focusing on social security.

In the ad, Sanders outlines his plan for social security, affirming that rather than cutting social security, he would expand it.

Senator Sanders has introduced legislation to make the wealthiest Americans who make more than $250,000 a year pay the same share of their income into the retirement system as everyone else.

Current law now caps the amount of income subject to payroll taxes at $118,500.

“I hope Hillary Clinton joins us because I believe that we’ve got to stand with seniors,” Sanders said.

“We need not only to extend social security benefits, we need to expand them.”

The advertisement will hit the airwaves on stations in Iowa and New Hampshire beginning Wednesday.

Sanders dominates Clinton in New Hampshire

Presidential contender Bernie Sanders is dominating his key rival Hillary Clinton in the first primary state of New Hampshire, a new poll reveals.

The Monmouth poll released on Tuesday showed Sanders with a whopping 14 per cent lead over Clinton in the early-voting state of New Hampshire, compared to a 3 per cent lead Clinton held over Sanders in November.

Support for Senator Sanders has skyrocketed in recent months. The poll showed that he would be the first choice of 53 per cent of likely Democratic primary voters, while just 39 per cent said they would support Secretary Clinton.

“New Hampshire Democratic preferences are getting baked in, with Sanders gaining the upper hand. The final question will be who does a better job at turning out their respective voting blocs,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey.

This poll reinforces recently conducted polls in New Hampshire, which also show Sanders leading Clinton. A FOX News poll released just last week showed Sanders ahead by 13 per cent.

MoveOn endorses Bernie Sanders

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won the endorsement of political group MoveOn, by the largest margin in the organization’s history.

Sanders received 78.6 per cent of the vote casted by almost 350,000 MoveOn members, reaching the threshold for an endorsement from the group.

Senator Sanders said he was proud to have MoveOn and its members join his campaign for president.

“MoveOn has spent more than 17 years bringing people together to fight for progressive change and stand up against big money interests. MoveOn’s fight to give the American people a voice in our political system was reflected in the group’s internal democratic process. I’m humbled by their support and welcome MoveOn’s members to the political revolution,” Sanders said.

Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn executive director, said that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by Sanders’ message.

“MoveOn members are feeling the Bern. We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign.”

MoveOn will work to mobilize its millions of members in support of Sanders, initially focusing to turn out its members in Iowa and New Hampshire.