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Colbert-Busch slams Sanford’s Argentina trip in debate

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It took just over 25 minutes for the South Carolina congressional debate between Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and former Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to veer toward the personal on Monday.

“When we talk about fiscal spending and we talk about protecting the taxpayer, it doesn’t mean you take that money we save and leave the country for a personal purpose,” said Colbert-Busch, in a direct attack on Sanford’s 2009 trips to Argentina to engage in an affair.

“She went there, Governor Sanford,” said one of the moderators, WCBD-TV anchor Brendan Clark.

“I couldn’t hear what she said,” Sanford said in response, which drew a laugh from his Democratic opponent. “Repeat it, I didn’t hear it. I’m sorry.”

Colbert-Busch’s response began as a critique of the execution of the federal sequester, before turning into a direction the event host, Newsweek and Daily Beast political director John Avlon, mentioned to the crowd.

“The national conversation on this election has been a little bit off topic,” Avlon told the audience before the debate started. “Some folks in the national media seem to think this is a race between [Sanford’s ex-wife] Jenny Sanford and [Colbert-Busch’s brother] Stephen Colbert.”

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For his part, Sanford — who lost the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee — focused most of his attack on painting his opponent as a beneficiary of Democratic party largesse supplied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“She spent $370,000, right here in the 1st Congressional District,” Sanford said to a mixed reaction from the audience. “With all due respect to her and others, they have not pushed for financial discipline in Washington D.C. So to disavow the million dollars that’s come in in support of your candidacy from people who have pushed for more spending in Washington D.C., to me, doesn’t make great sense.”

The Monday night confrontation was the only scheduled debate between the two candidates before their May 7 election to fill the congressional seat vacated by now-Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Sanford is scheduled to be in court two days later to answer to charges of violating his divorce settlement by trespassing on his ex-wife’s house.

Watch Colbert-Busch zing Sanford for his past indiscretions, in video from the Associated Press, below.

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The entire debate was posted on YouTube by the state’s public educational broadcasting network, South Carolina ETV, and can be seen below.

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We’re going to fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) started a petition Saturday seeking to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds for abortions, arguing the restriction overwhelmingly harms low-income Americans and women of color. AOC emailed her supporters:

“Since 1976, our government has banned federal funding for abortion care — specifically, for Medicaid recipients. Countless studies have shown that due to this amendment, millions of women have been forced to go through with pregnancies that, given the funding, they would have otherwise terminated. "

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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