Democratic presidential forum open thread #2

U.S. Democratic presidential candidates  Hillary Clinton (R) is joined on stage by Martin O’Malley (C) and Bernie Sanders for the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1KR

Rachel Maddow has questioned Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, producing some great moments for both. Now she’s on to Hillary Clinton. As a reminder, this is a forum, not a debate, because the Democratic National Committee put limits on debates.

Democratic presidential forum open thread

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks out to the crowd as she is flanked by rivals Senator Bernie Sanders (L), Lincoln Chafee (2nd R) and Martin O'Malley (R) at the end of the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTS4CVH

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are participating in MSNBC’s “First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum,” moderated by Rachel Maddow. According to Maddow:

It’s not a debate. Both the Republican and Democratic parties made decisions this year that they would pick a specific number of debates and require that the candidates would only participate in those. […] And that means I am not allowed to put these candidates on the stage at the same time. I have to talk to them sequentially, one on one.

So it will be a series of interviews with the candidates. But Maddow is a good interviewer, the candidates are smart and engaging people, so it should still be fun. Not as much fun as a debate, but still.

The forum runs from 8:00 to 10:00 PM ET. You can stream it

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Intelligence review concludes Clinton emails didn’t contain classified information

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question as she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. The congressional committee is investigating the deadly 2012 attack on

Hey, guess what. Claims of “top secret” information in Hillary Clinton’s email are, according to the intelligence officials tasked with investigating it, untrue.

The determination came from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office and concluded that the two emails did not include highly classified intelligence secrets. Concerns about the emails’ classification helped trigger an on-going FBI inquiry into Clinton’s private email set-up. […]
“The initial determination was based on a flawed process,” the source said. “There was an intelligence product people thought [one of the emails] was based on, but that actually postdated the email in question.”

So there you go. Apparently the dispute between the State Department and the intelligence community was based on the intelligence community flagging information in one of the emails as being from a classified source, but the State Department emails were written before the intelligence effort in question, based on other,

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Weekly poll roundup: Carson and Clinton rising

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with rival candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and thanks him for saying that he and the American people are sick of hearing about her State Department

On the Democratic side, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue to rise, though the former at a higher rate. A week ago, October 29, Clinton led 54.4 to 29.9 in the Pollster composite of national polls. Today, that’s at 56.4-31.1 percent.

I thought Sanders’ ceiling was 30 percent. He’s now exceeded that. Congrats! But the overall picture continues to look bleak for his candidacy. Clinton’s numbers range between 50 and 62 percent in the last week’s national polls. Time is chipping away, yet over half of Democrats continue to back Clinton with her trend on the upswing. Sanders’ numbers have ranged between 26 and 35, meaning that he’s got just a quarter to a third of Democrats. I keep saying this and I’ll say it again, he’s not breaking through his demographic base.
Once upon a time, the early states were a bright spot for

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Bernie Sanders calls investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails ‘valid’

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/L

In what the media is casting as a major shift, Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday that he supports ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as secretary of state:

If her email practices foiled public-records requests or compromised classified information, those are “valid questions,” Mr. Sanders said. […
On the issue of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, Mr. Sanders didn’t say he regretted his debate remarks. “You get 12 seconds to say these things,” he said of the debate setting. “There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly.…Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

These comments are something of a shift, but the media is also probably overselling them. It’s not a gaping contradiction to say that American voters are sick of the media hype over Clinton’s emails and the degree to which that hype has crowded out substantive discussion of policy and

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House Republicans split over how much more to make fools of themselves over Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question as she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, on Capitol Hill in Washington October 22, 2015. The congressional committee is investigating the deadly 2012 attack on

Because grilling Hillary Clinton for 11 hours, spending a lot of that time focusing on her emails rather than on Benghazi, worked so well for Republicans, they’re debating how hard to keep going after her emails. Former House Speaker John Boehner had kept committee chairs like Jason Chaffetz from making total asses of themselves “investigating” Clinton’s email set-up, but there’s a new speaker in town and some Republicans are hoping Paul Ryan will let them take the reins. Some of the usual suspects are all for it:

“I just think it needs to happen. … We already know [Clinton] messed up,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a member of the Benghazi and Oversight committees who remains skeptical of Clinton because a handful of her emails have surfaced from other sources, even though Republicans asked for all her Libya-related correspondence from the State Department. “It seems to me we have to

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