Congress urges Americans to stand against anti-Asian attacks

Jessica Wong, of Fall River, Mass., front left, Jenny Chiang, of Medford, Mass., center, and Sheila Vo, of Boston, from the state’s Asian American Commission, stand together during a protest, Thursday, March 12, 2020, on the steps of the Statehouse in Boston. Asian American leaders in Massachusetts condemned what they say is racism, fear-mongering and misinformation aimed at Asian communities amid the widening coronavirus pandemic that originated in China. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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UPDATED 7:09 AM PT — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

House Democrats have joined President Trump in condemning attacks against Asian-Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, the chairs of the Asian-Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus all backed a resolution that calls on “all public officials to condemn and denounce any and all anti-Asian sentiment.” It also proposes the government document hate crime incidents connected with COVID-19.

“We’re asking all fair minded Americans to educate others to learn about this and share facts, and speak about the fact that this is a global pandemic that’s not related to ethnicity,” stated Rep. Judy chu, (D-Calif.), chairwoman for the Asian-Pacific American Caucus. “And also, if people see something then say something, say something to make sure that people stop it, that they stopped this kind of verbal harassment and in some cases physical harassment.”

A report from the Asian-Pacific Planning and Policy Council documented more than 650 direct reports of Asian discrimination since March 18, 2020.

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Nevada Democrat Party asks caucus volunteers to sign nondisclosure agreements

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo sign in on tablet computers at an early voting location in the Chinatown Plaza, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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UPDATED 7:01 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

Nevada’s Democrat Party has reportedly asked volunteers working during Saturday’s caucus to sign nondisclosure agreements, which will prevent them from speaking with the media. A former volunteer provided CNN with a copy of the agreement on Friday and said he could not sign off on it “in good conscience.”

A spokesperson for the state’s party has claimed the agreements are “standard procedure.” However, aides that participated in the Iowa caucus have said they were not asked to sign NDAs.

Nevada’s Democrat caucus is slated to take place this weekend.

FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, a woman votes at an early voting location at the culinary workers union hall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Meanwhile, Congress is expected to receive a briefing on election security next month. According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House and Senate will receive separate briefings on March 10th.

Recent reports claimed Russia has been “actively working” to reelect President Trump by interfering in the 2020 campaign.

The president later railed against this on Twitter, calling these reports a Democrat-led “misinformation campaign.”

The security briefing is scheduled for the week after Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states will be voting in their primary elections.

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President Trump disregards Russia meddling report as Democrat ‘misinformation campaign’

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 1:17 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

President Trump has dismissed new reports that claimed Russia is, once again, attempting to sway the presidential election in his favor. On Friday, the president slammed Democrat lawmakers for what he called “another misinformation campaign.”

The president has labeled the move “hoax number seven” and noted the party still, after two weeks, has yet to finalize the results of the recent caucus in Iowa.

The president’s son took to his defense later that day, tweeting, “Here we go again with the Russia, Russia, Russia nonsense.”

Russian government officials have also denied these reports, which they called “paranoid.” On Friday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov denounced the allegations and emphasized they will only escalate closer to the election.

FILE – In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

This came after several media outlets reported that Russia is trying to meddle in the 2020 elections. According to those reports, intelligence officials told the House Intelligence Committee that the country is aiding President Trump’s reelection efforts.

Democrats in Congress reacted to these reports by saying this was “exactly as we warned he would do.”

“We count on the intelligence community to inform Congress of any threat of foreign interference in our elections,” stated Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “If reports are true and the president is interfering with that, he is again jeopardizing our efforts to stop foreign meddling.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has called on members of Congress to “condemn the president’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy and to politicize our intelligence community.”

“American voters should decide American elections, not Vladimir Putin,” she added.

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Kerry: Democrat debate was something of a food fight

Former Secretary of State John Kerry at a campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, in Rock Hill, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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UPDATED 6:25 PM PT — Thursday, February 20, 2020

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has slammed the fiery Democrat primary debate as “something of a food fight.” On Thursday, Kerry criticized candidates’ theatrics, but praised former Vice President Joe Biden for seemingly rising above the fray.

He accused the top Democrat contenders of fighting among themselves rather than addressing issues and policies.

“I thought the debate overall was something of a food fight among a lot of candidates,” stated Kerry. “I think Joe Biden managed to stay above that fray.”

According to Kerry, Biden has the potential to win battleground states in the general election due to his policies. In a jab at candidates’ progressive ideas, he noted the former vice president also didn’t propose anything that would be impossible to achieve.

“He didn’t put things on the table that are not possible to achieve,” said Kerry. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to be talking about a healthcare plan that’s going to kick 150 million Americans off of their health insurance, that doesn’t even have the support of half the Democratic caucus.”

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Kerry’s remarks came after he endorsed the former vice president back in December. He has campaigned for Biden ever since.

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Experts say ‘brokered convention’ for Democrat nominee is possible’

From left, Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, try to answer a question during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Political analysts are floating the possibility of a brokered convention if no presidential candidate has a clear path to winning the 2020 Democrat nomination.

Ahead of the Saturday Nevada caucuses, election strategists believe none of eight remaining candidates are likely to win the 1091 delegates needed to win the July convention.

At a party’s respective convention, if a candidate does not gain a majority of delegates for the nomination in the first round of voting then delegates can switch their candidate pick before the next round of voting.

Harry Reid, the former senator of Nevada, said he thinks the Democrat National Committee delegates should choose the candidate in that case. He made the following comments on the matter:

“I don’t think we’ll have one, but we could have one. It’s not the end of all worlds. We’ve had a brokered conventions before and we always come up with good candidates. It’s not the end of the world, just slows the process down.”

The last brokered convention was in 1952 during the presidential runs of Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.

Adlai E. Stevenson and President Dwight Eisenhower shake hands at the White House in Washington, Feb. 17, 1953. A few months before, Eisenhower had defeated Stevenson in the presidential election. (AP Photo)

Critics have said the thought of a split delegate terrifies some Democrats who warn it could cause further division in the party.

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Nev. Democrat Party gears up for state caucus

FILE -In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Christie Leavitt checks her sample ballot during primary election voting at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson, Nev. I (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, file)

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UPDATED 3:23 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The state of Nevada is gearing up for its presidential primary vote. However, some residents are concerned over how the Democrat caucus will be run following the chaotic vote in Iowa earlier this month.

“I’m hoping we have success with the caucus. Knowing the people that are running the caucus, I expect it to be screwed up. They have a track record of screwing up the caucus. They screwed up Iowa a couple of weeks ago. The same people are saying that everything was going to be good again, so we’ll see.” – Mark Edward Rumpler, local business owner

The state’s Democrat Party has assured voters that a plan is in place to count votes and announce the results in a timely manner.

“When everything went the way it went in Iowa, we had contingencies in place (and) we evaluated those contingencies to pick the best plan,” stated Chairwoman Donna West. “We are now in the process of providing pretty much around the clock training to everybody that is a precinct chair or a site lead.”

Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez expressed optimism that the caucus would run smoothly. On Wednesday, he said he was confident this time would be more successful.

“I have a lot of confidence in Nevada,” said Perez. “We have gone to school on the lessons of Iowa (and) we’re as low-tech as humanly possible while still preserving efficiency.”

The chairman concluded by saying thousands of caucus volunteers have already been recruited and trained for the vote this Saturday.

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, a volunteer holds a Presidential Preference Card before the start of a Democratic caucus at Hoover High School, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Despite some uncertainty, most voters have said they’re excited to pick their candidate.

“I don’t see (Democrats) them promising anything better than what we have going on right now,” said one local. “The market’s going up, the job increase here is going up.”

While early voting has been open since Saturday, the official caucus will be held on February 22nd.

“We’re one of the most diverse states in the nation, and we are certainly the first state of diversity to vote,” said West. “If we want to know how America is going to vote, watch the Nevada results.”

Democratic caucus-goers wait more than an hour in line in an early caucus ballot precinct site at an AFL-CIO union office in Henderson, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo by Ken Ritter)

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Ariz. Sen. Martha McSally takes aim at Democrat opponent Mark Kelly

FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly is facing a stiff battle for Arizona’s Senate seat, which was once held by late Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and is now occupied by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).

In a new campaign ad, McSally drew parallels between Kelly and Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). In the ad, Kelly’s stance on providing health care for all is directly aligned with that of Sanders, who is currently running to unseat President Trump.

Screengrab from Sen. Martha McSally’s official “Bernie Bro” campaign ad.

This is McSally’s second bid for the Senate after she lost in 2018 to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). McSally was later appointed to the seat, which was previously held by late Sen. John McCain until his death in 2018.

She would need to win this year’s special election to keep the position. The McSally campaign recently released a video featuring several of her supporters, who pushed her to continue serving in the Senate.

“I’m inspired everyday by the incredible stories of resilience,” said Sen. McSally. “Often times, the very things that almost crush us are the things that can help strengthen us and propel us.”

FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., right, listens as her husband Mark Kelly, left, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

McSally is a vocal supporter of President Trump. She has slammed Democrats by saying her constituents are “tired of their obstruction, their investigations and their impeachments.”

Kelly has been a champion of strict gun control measures after his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), was nearly killed in a mass shooting in 2011. After a lengthy recovery, Kelly and Giffords began lobbying for states to implement red flag laws and legislation banning the sale of AR-15 style rifles.

McSally is largely expected to take the Republican nomination while Kelly is speculated to be the Democrat front runner. Recent polls showed the pair in a virtual tie, but President Trump said he hopes to cut Kelly’s numbers. He is set to stump for McSally at his rally on Wednesday in Phoenix.

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President Donald Trump arrives at SNHU Arena for a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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N.M. GOP candidate Claire Chase releases ad against Democrat proposed gun law

In this undated photo provided by Claire Chase for Congress, Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a “red flag” in an online campaign ad shot in Caprock, N.M. to protest a state proposed red-flag gun law. (Claire Chase for Congress via AP)

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UPDATED 2:54 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

New Mexico Republican congressional candidate Claire Chase is speaking out against new gun legislation in the state. Chase released a campaign ad on Thursday and said the proposed ‘red flag’ gun law approved by the state’s Democrat-led legislature is unconstitutional.

The legislation allows law enforcement officers to take guns away from individuals who they think pose a danger to themselves or others. Chase and other gun rights advocates have said the legislation doesn’t allow legal due process and is based on unconfirmed evidence.

“This piece of legislation is an attack on our constitutional rights that would make ‘innocent until proven guilty’ into ‘guilty until proven innocent,’” she said. “Today, I have a few words for those liberals in Santa Fe: Come and take ‘em.”

The GOP candidate is hoping to unseat Democrat Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), who narrowly won the seat in 2018. The race will be crucial for Republicans as they aim to regain control of the House.

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Democrat key figures spend big money on private plane trips, despite promoting green policies

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accompanied by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, takes the stage at campaign stop at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 9:43 AM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

As Democrats continue to give warning about so-called climate change, reports have revealed the party’s key figures have some of the biggest carbon footprints themselves.

Authentic. Real. Genuine. Those are some of the words used to describe 2020 Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), the self proclaimed Democrat socialist who won New Hampshire’s primary. His supporters have said he’s one of the only Democrat contenders who actually lives by his policies.

However, they may not know about last quarter’s report, which revealed just how much Sanders spent on private airplane travel. According to a recent filing on the last three months of 2019, Sanders’ campaign spent nearly $1.2 million using a luxury private jet charter service. This makes him the largest air travel spender among all 2020 Democrat candidates.

The travel data came despite the Vermont senator’s continued attacks on the fossil fuel industry and his stance as a leading proponent for legislation curbing carbon emissions.

As Sanders is scrutinized for being hypocritical, so too is his progressive 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). A recent video of the congresswoman, who has said she wants to decarbonize every sector of the U.S. economy, has prompted widespread backlash on Twitter. It shows her apparently trying to hide behind one of her staffers as she is exiting a private plane she took from Iowa to New Hampshire

The Democrats’ double standard on the environment is nothing new. Nearly a decade ago, reports found that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used Air Force aircraft for a total of 85 trips from 2009 to 2010. This made her carbon footprint astronomically higher than the average American.

Meanwhile, her fellow climate activist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has failed to abide by her own warnings about the planet.

“Climate change and our environmental challenges are one of the biggest existential threats to our way of life,” she stated.

According to reports, her campaign spent almost $2,000 on ride hailing services in 2019. While pushing for the sweeping Green New Deal in Congress, she has been heavily relying on gas-powered cars. Reports also noted that AOC’s team used the metro significantly less than cars, even though there was a subway stop a one minute walk away from her headquarters.

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‘Muslims for Peace’ removes former Democrat N.Y. assemblyman for challenging Rep. Tlaib on anti-Semitism

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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A former New York assemblyman was forcibly removed from an Islamic event for asking congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about an anti-Semitic tweet.

According to reports Wednesday, Democrat Dov Hikind was kicked-out of the ‘Muslims for Peace‘ event at Rutgers University earlier this week. He was removed after demanding that Rep. Tlaib apologize for what he called “blood libel” against the Jewish community.

Last month, Tlaib retweeted a false report alleging Israelis kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old Palestinian boy. The statement sparked outrage among the Jewish community.

“And we came out here to voice our outrage that Rashida Tlaib is permitted to speak in a university,” stated protester Karen Licktbruam. “She is a known anti-Semite, she’s a Jew hater.”

Hikind warned that Tlaib’s anti-Semitism may encourage dangerous sentiments in the Islamic community going forward.

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‘Muslims for Peace’ removes former Democrat N.Y. assemblyman for challenging Rep. Tlaib on anti-Semitism

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 7:50 AM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

A former New York assemblyman was forcibly removed from an Islamic event for asking congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about an anti-Semitic tweet.

According to reports Wednesday, Democrat Dov Hikind was kicked-out of the ‘Muslims for Peace‘ event at Rutgers University earlier this week. He was removed after demanding that Rep. Tlaib apologize for what he called “blood libel” against the Jewish community.

Last month, Tlaib retweeted a false report alleging Israelis kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old Palestinian boy. The statement sparked outrage among the Jewish community.

“And we came out here to voice our outrage that Rashida Tlaib is permitted to speak in a university,” stated protester Karen Licktbruam. “She is a known anti-Semite, she’s a Jew hater.”

Hikind warned that Tlaib’s anti-Semitism may encourage dangerous sentiments in the Islamic community going forward.

RELATED: Attorney General Barr Meets With Jewish Leaders To Discuss Ways To Combat Anti-Semitism

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Iowa Democrat Party agrees to partial caucus result recanvass

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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UPDATED 3:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Iowa Democrat Party has accepted requests from two presidential campaigns for a partial recanvass of the caucus results. On Wednesday, party Chairman Troy Price sent letters to the Sanders and Buttigieg campaigns to inform them of the decision.

The process is expected to last two days and will begin on Sunday. The candidates will get more information about cost and a timeline on Friday before having to decide if they want to move forward.

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

After days of delay, the state party released results last week, which showed Buttigieg narrowly leading Sanders. However, they failed to declare a winner outright.

“In every step of the process, we have held high our responsibility to not rush to judgement, to ensure the information we share are the facts and nothing else, and to stay focused on our end goal and not let distractions hamper us from our progress,” stated Price.

The requests for a recanvass cover 82 precincts and all 61 in-state satellite sites. Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign has signaled it may request a recount in the future.

RELATED: Iowa Democrat Party Chair Calls For Probe Into Caucus

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Democrat candidates make last efforts to rally voter support ahead of Tuesday’s N.H. primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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UPDATED 10:23 AM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 presidential hopefuls are hoping to lock down voter support with New Hampshire’s Democrat primaries just around the corner. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) is eyeing a comeback after seemingly falling just short of first place in the Iowa caucuses.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared to take the lead at the nation’s first test of electability in a shocking upset for the Sanders campaign. He managed to pull in a record 1,800 person crowd in a campaign event Sunday, which was the largest turnout among all Democrat candidates in New Hampshire.

During a Saturday Town Hall featuring his fellow contenders, however, Buttigieg was taunted by a large group of attendees. The group was protesting his acceptance of donations from billionaires and PACs.

Buttigieg also took a hit during last week’s Democrat debate when asked about the rise in African American arrests in South Bend after he took office in 2012.

“These things are all connected, but that’s the point,” he stated. “So are all of the things that need to change in order for us to prevent violence and remove the effects a systemic racism not just from criminal justice, but from our economy, from health, from housing and from our democracy itself.”

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Plymouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Meanwhile, a new Emerson survey showed Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) polling third place in New Hampshire, which is likely due to her performance at the Friday debate.

Klobuchar took fourth behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in Iowa. She attributed her rise in popularity to her message of unity and not budging to calls from the far-left to advocate for some of the controversial issues championed by progressives.

As for Klobuchar’s message to voters in New Hampshire:

“I’m the one with the receipts that can bring people with me. I think that’s why we have growing momentum in New Hampshire. And the most important thing, I’ve passed over 100 bills as a lead Democrat the U.S. Senate.”

New Hampshire voters will head to the polls Tuesday, where Sanders has recently dominated and as Buttigieg holds off on clinging to his more liberal agenda.

With President Trump’s approval numbers remaining steady, it will be up to the Democrat Party to find the nominee they believe can hold off a second victory for Republicans come November.

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Iowa Democrat Party Chair calls for probe into caucus

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus results Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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UPDATED 3:33 PM PT — Saturday, February 8, 2020

The chair of the Iowa Democrat Party is calling for an independent investigation into what went wrong with the caucus this week. On Friday, Troy Price said while 100 percent of reporting has been achieved, delays and inconsistencies have hindered the final result.

Price added the review will take as long as needed.

“We will be undergoing an independent forensic review of the challenges that we saw on Monday night,” he said. “What went right, what went wrong, from start to finish, and what we can do better in the future.”

The Iowa Democrat Party will also give 2020 campaigns the chance to submit evidence of inconsistencies and file a request for a recanvass. Candidates will have until noon on Monday to submit discrepancy claims from the caucus results.

“This morning, we informed campaigns of two new steps over the coming days to ensure that the numbers we reported match the records from caucus night,” stated Price. “First, we are providing presidential campaigns the opportunity to submit evidence of data entry inaccuracies, and we will work to make necessary corrections.”

The chairman went on to say “the IDP will compare the reported numbers with the results from caucus night to ensure the integrity of their reporting.”

This combination of Jan. 26, 2020, photos shows at left, Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Jan. 26, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa; and at right Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo)

According to reports, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won 13 pledged delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders took 12 from the flawed Iowa caucus. Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren walked away with eight delegates, former Vice President Joe Biden got six and Sen. Amy Klobuchar received one. The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to finalize those numbers.

The Associated Press calculated how the 40 delegates would be distributed, revealing an extra delegate yet to be claimed. Many believe it could be withheld due to the chaos surrounding the precincts’ reporting.

However, this may give Buttigieg and Sanders an opportunity to tie for the top spot. This would make quite the déjà vu for Sanders, who virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016.

The Iowa Democratic Party will hold a press conference to provide updates next Monday.

RELATED: Report: Iowa Caucus Results Are Still Flawed

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Rep. Paul Mitchell rips up Democrat resolution on House floor, appears to take jab at Speaker Pelosi

FILE – Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

Republican Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) ripped apart a Democrat resolution regarding Medicaid funding on the House floor. On Thursday, the Michigan lawmaker referenced Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) latest political stunt during the State of the Union address, where the House speaker sparked outrage after ripping President Trump’s speech in half.

Rep. Mitchell said he watched “the debate over expressing one’s opinion and First Amendment rights” after the State of the Union and then proceeded to mimic Pelosi’s actions.

The resolution Rep. Mitchell ripped up essentially disagreed with the Trump administration’s plan to allow states to convert Medicaid spending into block grants.

Republican lawmakers in the House criticized the Democrat resolution by suggesting they are more concerned about opposing President Trump’s policies than their willingness to debate and enact meaningful legislation.

RELATED: House Speaker Pelosi under fire for behavior during the president’s State of the Union address

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Buttigieg takes lead in race for Democrat nomination, former mayor gets 26% of Iowa vote

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at Community Oven Pizza for a campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Hampton, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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UPDATED 7:47 AM PT — Wednesday, February 5, 2020

According to updated results of the Iowa caucuses, Pete Buttigieg is leading the Democrat race for the presidential nomination. Preliminary results from 71 percent of Iowa precincts show the former South Bend mayor carried just under 27 percent of the delegates’ vote.

Buttigieg is closely trailed by Bernie Sanders with 25 percent and Elizabeth Warren with 18 percent. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the vote went to Joe Biden, who was considered a front-runner in the Democrat race.

Iowa Democrats apologized for the delay in releasing the results, while citing an unspecified “technical failure.”

“As chair of the party, I apologize deeply for this,” said Troy Price, chairman of the Iowa Democrat Party. “Last night, we were faced with multiple reporting challenges and decided out of an abundance of caution to protect the integrity of the Iowa caucuses and their results by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data.”

According to officials in the state, the delay was caused by a coding error in election software. Iowa Democrats are expected to roll out more results throughout Wednesday.

Meanwhile, election officials also expressed concern over the low turnout at the recent Democrat caucus. On Tuesday, Dubuque County Democrat Party chairman Steve Drahozal said he was “blown away” after only 217 voters showed up to caucus in a city with a population of 57,000.

Drahozal said Iowa Democrats expected “much higher” turnout, although it did surpass 2016 levels. Observers have said the numbers may reflect fading enthusiasm for the Democrat Party among Iowa voters.

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Some voters in the state have expressed their frustration with the chaos at the caucus, which caused delays in the publication of its results.

“I was a little embarrassed. It’s a great process, we love, we love meeting the people. I have met a lot of the candidates and the young people that come and work for them. I love the process, but I can see where it’s flawed, too.”

— Susan Hawk, Iowa voter

Some Iowa Democrats have even admitted their aggressive campaigning in the rural parts of the state didn’t help improve the turnout numbers this year.

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Reports: Iowa’s Democrat Party knew of problems with election app one week before caucus date

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt Hight School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Officials in Iowa reportedly knew there were problems with the mobile app used to tally the results in Monday’s caucus. The state’s Democrat Party released a statement late Monday to announce its decision to delay the release of the official results. They cited “inconsistencies” in the results as the reason for the postponement.

The Democrats went on to specify the delay was not because of a hack in an apparent effort to quell possible theories of election interference. On top of the supposed “inconsistencies,” however, many county chairs in Iowa have said they reported problems with the new app in the week before the caucus date. One chair from Polk County said not only were there unresolved problems with the app, but local Democrat officials weren’t provided any training on how to use it.

There were also reports of the phone lines being backed up for counties to report their results, with some reports suggesting county officials were on-hold for over an hour. Many counties were forced to switch to recording the votes on paper. Despite all this, the state’s Democrat Party has assured voters the underlying reporting was sound, but it would take time to tally the votes.

During the so-called “quality checks,” multiple candidates addressed their supporters with all of them claiming to be doing well in the state.

“Thank you, thank you and let me begin by stating that I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point, the results will be announced,” said Bernie Sanders. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling, we’re going to be doing very well here in Iowa.”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Elizabeth Warren also expressed hopefulness in Iowa. “This is the moment we have been called to, our moment to make history, our moment to dream big,” she told her supporters. “Fight hard and win.”

Besides being the first state to kick-off the presidential primaries, Iowa’s caucus has also historically been a good predictor of who will go on to win the Democrat primary. Seven of the past 10 Democrat presidential nominees won in Iowa.

Most Democrat contenders headed over to New Hampshire Monday night in anticipation of the state’s primaries, which are scheduled for February 11, 2020.

RELATED: President Trump hosts ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Iowa

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Bernie Sanders pulls ahead of Democrat opponents

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., walks on stage at a campaign rally Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden is saying Monday’s Iowa caucus will be a very tight race.

“I think it’s going to be really close, we’re neck and neck. Bernie’s up, I’m up. They’re basically a statistical tie, and we’ll see who shows up.” – Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States

His remarks came in response to a newly released Wall Street Journal and NBC poll, which showed 27 percent of Democrat primary voters nationwide favored Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden followed closely behind with 26 percent of the vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren garnered 15 percent support.

The data showed Sanders has a remarkable lead among young Democrat voters, whereas Biden’s support came mainly from older Democrats. Sanders polled nearly 30 points ahead of Biden with Democrat voters under age 50 and nearly 40 points higher with those under age 35. As for Democrat voters over 50 years old, the former vice president held a strong 25 point lead.

Supporters of democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hold up signs as Portugal. The Man performs at a campaign rally Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

When asked whether or not he had fallen out of touch with today’s politics, Biden said that’s not the case.

“The next president, from day one, is going to have to stand on that world stage and not have any time for on the job training,” he said, “I’m running because of the fact I have this experience, not in spite of the fact I have this experience.”

Candidate Pete Buttigieg polled at seven percent, Sen. Amy Klobuchar captured five percent and Andrew Yang drew four percent of the support. The survey was conducted across 428 registered voters earlier this month.

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President Trump slams top Democrat lawmakers as defense team delivers opening arguments in impeachment trial

President Donald Trump speaks to a bipartisan group of the nation’s mayors in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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President Trump blasted top congressional Democrats as his defense team delivered opening remarks in Saturday’s impeachment hearing. In a tweet, the president said, “Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam ‘Shifty’ Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi…and the entire radical left starts today.”

He encouraged his followers to catch the trial on One America News. He also joked they could tune in to “Fake News CNN” or “Fake News MSDNC.”

House Democrats have argued the president abused his position by soliciting help from foreign country to investigate a political opponent. President Trump has long denied wrongdoing and said he’s confident in his case against them. Prior to the proceedings, he advised his legal team to “just be honest, just tell the truth.”

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

President Trump’s defense team is expected to lay out a case against allegations of abuse of power by the president. Among those set to speak are White House Counselor Pat Cipollone, Clinton impeachment investigator Ken Starr and attorney Jay Sekulow.

On Saturday, Cipollone slammed the Democrat-led effort as a push to redo the 2016 presidential election. He said Democrats do not have enough evidence to remove President Trump from office and added the Senate cannot make a decision without merit.

“They’re asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country, on your own initiative, and take that decision away from the American people,” he said. “I don’t think they spent one minute of their 24 hours talking to you about the consequences of that.”

In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Sekulow said the team intends to show there is overwhelming evidence the president did nothing wrong. During Saturday’s proceedings, the attorney said disagreeing with the President Trump’s decisions on foreign policy, or whose advice he is going to take, is in “no way” an impeachable offense.

He also accused House impeachment managers of trying to re-litigate the Mueller probe. He suggested they are making false inferences about others’ intentions.

“This case is really not about presidential wrongdoing. This entire impeachment process is about the House managers’ insistence that they are able to read everybody’s thoughts. They can read everybody’s intention, even when the principal speakers (and) the witnesses themselves insist that those interpretations are wrong.” – Jay Sekulow, Counsel for President Trump

The attorney also pointed out the president has placed holds on aid a number of times to foreign countries.

In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Saturday marked the fifth day of the Senate impeachment trial. The legal team is set to argue for three days and will reportedly focus on Joe Biden’s efforts to get Ukraine’s former top prosecutor dismissed on corruption concerns.

RELATED: President Trump’s Legal Team Could Opt For Shorter Defense & Sen. Ernst Blasts Democrats Over Double Standards When It Comes To Ukraine Aid

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