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Hillary Clinton named ‘apparent winner’ over Bernie Sanders in Iowa caucus squeaker: NBC

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Hillary Clinton overcame a strong challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to do something she could not eight years ago: win the Iowa Democratic caucus, according to NBC News.

Several new outlets reported that Clinton earned 700 delegate votes vs. Bernie Sanders’ 695 votes — making the Democratic Party’s 2016 Iowa caucus the closest contest in its history.

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Clinton picked up just 29.5 percent of the vote in the 2008 Iowa caucus, losing to both Barack Obama and John Edwards.

Polls released over the weekend showed Clinton with a slim edge over Sanders in what looked to be a tight race.

Sanders could slow Clinton’s momentum in New Hampshire, which votes next and borders his home state of Vermont, before heading into primaries in Southern states — where large populations of black voters favor the former First Lady, U.S. senator and Secretary of State.


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White House tells Corey Lewandowski to keep his mouth shut when appearing before Congress

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Corey Lewandowski is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but President Donald Trump's White House is telling the possible Senate hopeful to keep his mouth shut.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted about the instruction Monday, less than 24 hours before Lewandowski is scheduled to be sworn in.

"White House has instructed Corey Lewandowski not to testify about his conversations with POTUS or other White House officials that are not already delineated in Mueller report, per aide familiar with strategy. He testifies tomorrow," Dawsey tweeted.

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Trump’s California donors are freaking out about the social consequences of attending his fundraisers: report

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President Donald Trump has generated a huge amount of election campaign money from fundraisers in California — a state where he is underwater 30 points and an epicenter of legal and legislative opposition to his agenda.

Fundraisers in California are incredibly lucrative for the president, as the state is home to a number of tech and entertainment millionaires. But its heavily liberal lean has many of his donors scared of social consequences for their support — and according to Politico, that fear is leading the Trump campaign to cloak these events in secrecy.

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Damage control: Eugene Robinson explains why beating Trump won’t be the next president’s greatest challenge

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Democrats have spent months fighting over the tiniest details of each policy during the handful of Democratic debates and forums. While they may agree on 98 percent of the policies, it's the two percent that campaigns are zeroing-in on. The reality, however, is that few if any of the policies or campaign promises will ever come to fruition. As Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson explained in his latest column, the greatest challenge of any Democratic leader post-Trump will be fixing the things the president broke.

In his Monday column, Robinson demanded to know not just how Democrats plan to actually beat Trump, but how they'll repair the damage he'll leave. He doesn't doubt Democrats can accomplish the goal of kicking the president out of the White House, but the aftermath is another matter.

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