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What would a presidential debate between Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul look like? Something like this

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What would a presidential debate between Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) look like? We may never know, as neither candidate is guaranteed to clinch their respective nomination. But past scuffles between the two White House hopefuls give us a glimpse of how a Sanders versus Paul debate would play out.

The libertarian-leaning Paul and progressive Sanders actually share some common ground. Both senators, for instance, oppose the NSA’s mass surveillance of American’s telephone records. They both also support softening the nation’s drug laws. Neither of them are happy about America’s prison population — the highest in the world.

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But the two couldn’t be further apart when it comes to health care, taxes, net neutrality, welfare and a host of other issues.

Sanders considers health care to be a human right, and has advocated for a single-payer system to provide universal medical care. Paul, on the other hand, is a staunch opponent of Obamacare and wants to keep health care privatized. The two senators clashed over health care during 2011 hearing, where Paul compared “the right to health care” to slavery.

Sanders and Paul also clashed during a 2011 Senate hearing on the Older Americans Act, where Paul complained “that only in Washington can you spend 2 billion dollars and claim you are saving money.”

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In another 2011 hearing, the two clashed yet again over the government’s role in reducing poverty. Sanders warned that poverty was a “death sentence” for Americans, but Paul replied that poverty was only a death sentence under impoverished socialist regimes.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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