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On eve of Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders under fire for anti-Obama book blurb

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On the eve of the Iowa Caucuses, and with a tight race between Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the insurgent Sanders is under fire for endorsing a book critical of President Barack Obama.

The forthcoming book, “Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down”, was written by liberal radio host Bill Press.

In his short blurb Sanders wrote that Press made “the case why, long after taking the oath of office, the next president of the United States must keep rallying the people who elected him or her on behalf of progressive causes. That is the only way real change will happen. Read this book.” The tame critique of Obama caused some former Obama aides to lash out at Sanders.

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Former White House aide, and current Uber executive David Plouffe, tweeted:

While another former White House staffer, Ben LaBolt, hit Sanders as well:

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Throughout the campaign Clinton has sought to position herself as Obama’s natural heir and the late focus on Sander’s criticism of Obama may have an impact just hours before caucusing begins.

Sanders spokesperson Michael Briggs defended his boss and lauded the Obama administration for its achievements. Briggs also added, according to CNN, “The next president can try to achieve bold proposals because of the foundation they put in place. Obviously, telling someone to read a book doesn’t mean you agree with everything that’s in the book.”

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Meanwhile Sanders was interviewed on Meet The Press where he sought to broaden the discussion beyond Obama.

“The reason that the rich get richer,” Sanders said, “everybody else gets poorer, is big money controls what goes on in Congress. The answer though to that is a political revolution involving people in the political process.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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