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WATCH: Vermont public radio station uses Legos to explain how the Iowa caucuses work

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Vermont Public Radio has a handy way of illustrating how the much talked about Iowa caucuses work: They used Lego figurines.

The YouTube video posted by VPR explains that Democratic and Republican caucuses work differently. So they set about explaining the Democratic caucuses.

Iowans who are registered Democrats from the same area gather based on their caucus precinct, the video explains. They then group around the candidate they support. Campaigns send “precinct captains” who, in part, try and convince undecided voters to join their ranks.

Candidates with less than 15 percent of supporters are knocked out of contention as they are considered “not viable.” The remaining candidates who get the most supporters have the best chance of winning Iowa as party members select who will be their party’s presidential candidate in the general election.

According to VPR, the Republicans use a secret ballot.

Watch VPR’s video, as posted to YouTube, here:

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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2020 Election

Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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