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The Democratic National Committee has barred Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign from accessing its voter database after a software glitch allowed it to review Hillary Clinton’s private campaign information, a DNC official told NBC News.



The breach happened after a software error at the technology company NGP VAN, which provides campaigns with voter data. As a result of the glitch, “all users on the system across the Democratic campaigns were inadvertently able to access some data belonging to other campaigns for a brief window,” DNC spokesman Luis Miranda said in a statement.



Sanders’ campaign said it had fired a staff member who accessed the Clinton campaign’s data. A DNC official told NBC News that it is believed a total of four people breached Clinton’s data.

In a statement, Sanders’ campaign faulted NGP VAN, the data systems vendor, for continuing to “make serious errors.”



“On more than one occasion, the vendor has dropped the firewall between the data of different Democratic campaigns,” the campaign said. “Our campaign months ago alerted the DNC to the fact that campaign data was being made available to other campaigns. At that time our campaign did not run to the media, relying instead on assurances from the vendor.



“Unfortunately, yesterday, the vendor once again dropped the firewall between the campaigns for some data.”

The Washington Post was the first media outlet to report the breach.

Sanders and Clinton will meet next at the Democratic debate on Saturday.




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Does this sound suspicious to anyone else?


Senator Bernie Sanders received the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America & another resounding endorsement on Thursday, from Democracy for America!

CWA's 700,000-member union’s board voted to make the endorsement on Thursday. In a telephone interview before the vote was cast, Chris Shelton, the labor group’s president, said that while the union has worked with Hillary Clinton in the past, his members wanted someone who was not part of “politics as usual.” Mr. Sanders, he said, was seen as an attractive candidate for “standing up to the big banks.”

Mr. Sanders was the choice of 89 percent of Democracy for America’s members, compared with 10 percent for Mrs. Clinton and 1 percent for Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland.


YAS BERNIE! RISE! RISE!
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Somehow, without his name being mentioned a single time, Bernie gained 5,258 new twitter followers during the 12/15 GOP debate. More than any other candidate in any party-- Bless the #GOPdebate hashtag.

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ABC reporting those stats



Five Big Takeaways from the GOP Debate
By Benjy Sarlin

The five:

+ Jeb made the most of it - Despite his low poll numbers, he went for the jugular in debating Trump. Choice quote: "Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency."

+ Rubio forced Cruz to the right - They debated over path to citizenship for immigrants who are already in the country illegally. Cruz stated, "I have never supported legalization, and I do not intend to support legalization."

+ Cruz defused Trump - Possible Republican ticket forming? Trump and Cruz seemed to find common ground and mutual respect for one another. Trump said of Cruz, "Let me just say that I have gotten to know him over the last three or four days. He has a wonderful temperament."

+ To dictator or not to dictator - Cruz, Trump, and Paul vs Rubio on whether or not invasion to rid countries of dictators is the right choice to make.

+ Chris Christie’s new pitch - Claims he's fought terrorists and won by being a federal prosecutor. He also said he planned to work with King Hussein of Jordan, who's been dead for almost 17 years.

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And Carson was asleep the whole time, so none for him.

So, aside from the obvious, what did you guys think about the debate last night? If you HAD to vote for one of the Republicans, who would you vote for? Be honest!

Still bummed Trump and Bush's feud didn't come to this:




Also, I'm trying to figure out how to add tags so we can get an election 2016 tag in here, as well as get the other candidates their own tags

BONUS! Infographic showing how many verbal attacks were by and for each candidate:

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Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, tonight (9pm to 11pm ET)

Where to watch/listen:

Pre-debate coverage: Join Senior Political Editor Steve Chaggaris and White House correspondent Major Garrett for CBSN's livestream coverage of debate preparations will air online at CBSnews.com/live starting at 6pm ET.

CBS News is hosting the debate in conjunction with CBS' Des Moines affiliate, KCCI, and the Des Moines Register. "Face the Nation" anchor John Dickerson will be the principal moderator, and he will be joined by CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, KCCI anchor Kevin Cooney and the Des Moines Register's political columnist, Kathie Obradovich.

Alternative sources: HUFFPO (CANADA) and GLOBAL NEWS


ETA: IT'S OFFICIAL.
CANADA HAS NEW PRIME MINISTER (JUSTIN TRUDEAU)
AND NEW LIBERAL PARTY MAJORITY GOVERNMENT.







WHERE TO CATCH:

CNN or GoCNN's LIVE STREAM.
Live update page on CNN (just because).

ETA: CNN sucks, try this link.
Decline "sign-up" repeatedly. Video will show eventually.




Four federal party leaders are squaring off in the second French-language debate, which could be one of their last chances to make major inroads in Quebec.

For NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, it's an opportunity to reboot his party's political support in the province.

The controversial issue of the niqab and the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations could spark some of the most heated exchanges tonight in the final leaders' debate.

Where: TVA, or on CPAC with English interpretation (TV). Or, CPAC's live stream online. Social media watchers can get involved in the discussion using the hashtag #faceafaceTVA.

Canada's 2015 federal election will be the most important and dramatic in a generation. Who wants your vote? And what will they do with it? Watch and engage during the Maclean’s National Leaders Debate, Thursday, August 6 at 8 pm ET. Maclean's political editor Paul Wells will moderate as Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May go head to head on the issues affecting Canadians before the nation heads to the polls this October 19.



Thomas Mulcair.
Stephen Harper (incumbent).
Justin Trudeau.
Elizabeth May.


Whitest. Debate. EVER.

Nevertheless:
LIVE STREAM IS HERE
(YouTube)

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I have my Bloody Caesar (Clamato or BUST) ready. Do youuuuu?

We are now four full months into the 2016 election cycle, and the battle for the Senate is starting to take shape.

Retirements in California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland and Nevada have set up open-seat contests -- though only two of them are considered top-tier races. And with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) gearing up for reelection and saving Republicans major headaches in the process, we have a pretty good idea of where the battleground races will be.Read more...Collapse )

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My state, Illinois, is in the number one spot, and I don't mind admitting I'm pumped. This district can be counted on to elect one Republican douche after another to the House and the state legislature, so I usually own get excited about the Senate and Presidential races. It's nice to think I have a good shot at being able to help elect a Democrat to the Senate this time around. Also, I've been a big fan of Tammy Duckworth for years, and ever since she got elected to Congress, I've been sitting here in my extremely red district, which is right next door to her rather purple one, feeling very envious of her constituents. If she wins the Senate seat, I WILL be one of her constituents. :-p
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