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BERNIE: It's 'beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) fired off a fund-raising solicitation on Thursday based on a recent interview in which Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein discussed Sanders' campaign.

"Make a $3 contribution today to say you have had ENOUGH of Lloyd Blankfein and the billionaire class buying up candidates and elections in this country," Sanders wrote to his supporters.

During a Wednesday interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Blankfein was asked about Sanders' criticism of him. He replied by saying Sanders' populism had the potential to be a "dangerous moment."

In his fund-raising message, Sanders said he found "it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about 'dangerous moments' after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country."


Sen. Sanders rushes to help man who passed out during press conference


Sanders stopped mid-sentence and rushed to the aid of the man, who laid on the ground for a bit before being helped up and walking out of the room, NBC reported.

Sanders is on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.

He is scheduled to participate in a CNN town hall in Derry, N.H., on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. with rival Hillary Clinton.

In 24 hours after Iowa caucuses, Sanders donors pony up $3 million, aides say

An aide to the Democratic presidential hopeful said Tuesday that the campaign had raised $3 million since Monday night’s Iowa caucuses, in which Sanders finished right behind Hillary Clinton, according to Iowa Democratic Party figures.

“It’s been our best day ever,” Sanders communications director Michael Briggs said of the fundraising haul.

He also benefited from new donors in the hour afters his speech on Monday night. Four in 10 who gave during that stretch had not contributed previously to the campaign, Briggs said.


Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time

While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it’s easy to say who was luckier.

The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight in the Iowa caucus Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said.

While it may seem a chancy way to break a deadlock, official state rules lay out the procedure. Iowa’s Democratic caucus guide says: “Note: In a case where two or more preference groups are tied for the loss of a delegate, a coin shall be tossed to determine who loses the delegate,” the Independent newspaper pointed out.

As for that statewide Democratic race, it was too close to call for most of the night. Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning, with all but one of the Iowa precincts reporting, with 49.9% of the delegates to the state convention. Sanders was a squeak behind, with 49.6% — perhaps the real winner, with that unexpected showing.

Ezra Klein on the results and speeches

The Dem results in Iowa are a tie, but the speeches make tonight a win for Sanders, imo

Bernie Sanders’ wife visits Davenport hospice patient

Jane Sanders goes to ailing supporter's home after being touched by her story

On Friday, the Bernie Sanders campaign personally delivered a bit of hope to Deborah Gilbert of Davenport.

She and her family never saw it coming.

“We were just flabbergasted!” Gilbert says. “I think that’s the only word for it, just flabbergasted.”

Now in hospice care, Gilbert’s dying wish is to attend her first caucus Monday night to support Bernie Sanders.

Occupy movement protesters fight on — now in support of Bernie Sanders

A few hours after Bernie Sanders announced he was running for president, a group of activists associated with Occupy Wall Street sent an email blast endorsing his candidacy.

It was a perfect match. The protesters, whose ragged encampments across the United States in 2011 sought to call attention to growing income inequality, finally had a presidential candidate who vowed to tax Wall Street and take on the "billionaire class." Sanders even embraced their movement's catchphrase, haranguing the nation's wealthy elite as "the 1%" in nearly every speech.

The activists quickly went to work for Sanders in early primary states and online, where one Occupy organizer coined the #FeelTheBern hashtag that became the campaign's de facto slogan.

"We went from this moment in Occupy where we were just beginning to shed a light on these issues in a profound way on the national stage to the moment we're in now, where we actually have a candidate for the highest public office in the country who has a platform that is addressing all of the issues that Occupy raised," said Jorgensen-Briggs, who was involved with the Des Moines Occupy movement.


Sen. Sanders to Visit New Hampshire Tuesday

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to New Hampshire on Tuesday for one week of campaigning before the first-in-the-nation primary. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will rally supporters and urge them to vote by discussing his plans to take on a rigged economy held in place by a corrupt campaign finance system.

Here is the itinerary:

Tuesday, February 2
3 p.m. Get Out the Vote Rally, The Colonial Theater, 95 Main Street, Keene
Information for the public: Doors open at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged.
6 p.m. Get Out the Vote Rally, Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont
Information for the public: Doors open at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged.


Sanders Announces Huge Fundraising Haul


“On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders’s campaign will announce that it has raised $20 million over the last month, an enormous haul that backs up the campaign’s assertion that it will have enough money for a long, hard-fought nominating fight against Hillary Clinton,” the New York Times reports.

Politico: “More than 770,000 people gave to the Vermont senator’s bid in January, with online contributions averaging just $27, the campaign said. And Sanders has so far received more than 3.25 million contributions — more than any presidential campaign at this point in the cycle ever.”

Bernie Sanders' Small Donor Fundraising Continues To Set Records

Sanders: No surprise 'establishment' Washington Post doesn't like me


"I am not greatly beloved by the economic establishment, by Wall Street, by the big money interests, or by the major media of this country including the Washington Post," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The editorial, published last week, said Sanders is peddling "fiction” to progressive voters.

“Mr. Sanders is not a brave truth-teller,” the editorial stated. "He is a politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it."

Sanders said on Sunday he's being attacked because he's too ambitious, noting campaign proposals to expand Social Security and reform healthcare.

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