Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bernie Sanders held what he said was the largest grassroots campaign event of the 2016 president race so far Wednesday night, broadcasting a video message over his website to tens of thousands of people at gatherings around the country.

“Tonight really is an historic night,” said Sanders. “To the best of our knowledge, there has never been a political online organizing event this early in the campaign which involved 100,000 people in 3,500 locations in every state in the United States of America. And that’s pretty impressive.”

While those numbers could not be independently verified, there was a good deal of online chatter leading up to the live broadcast.

The number of people who RSVP’d to the events ranged from four to hundreds of people.

Michelle Tiegs in Souix Falls, South Dakota, said she was not sure what to expect, but then received RSVPs every hour after posting her event. She ended up moving her event to a new location after over 200 people signed up to attend. “We are just completely overwhelmed, mystified by how many people have signed up,” she said.

People signed up to host through the Sanders campaign website and volunteers helped answer questions. “What we gave seen across this campaign is RSVPs actually under-sell the Senator’s events, and we’re expecting the same thing tonight,” said the campaign’s digital director Kenneth Pennington.
After the senator delivered his message, one of his campaign organizers spoke to viewers about need to turn their enthusiasm into a “coordinated grassroots movement.”

“To win this election and build a real political revolution we need to be everywhere. We need you to bring this movement to your community by doing un-glamorous but essential work like knocking on doors, calling voters,” digital organizing director for the campaign, Claire Sandberg, told those watching online.

Manisha Sharma, who hosted the house party in southeast Washington, D.C. where Sanders delivered his message, said that was why she volunteered to have a party.

“He doesn’t have name recognition,” Sharma said. “He has conscious recognition. I feel he’s doing God’s work,” she said. She has a tech start up and said she believed in his message about regulating banks and supporting community banking.

Sharma signed up online like thousands of others about a week ago to host an event, and a few days ago was asked by the campaign if they would let the Senator deliver his message from her party.

Besides the network cameras and intensive internet setup, it looked like a regular house party with homemade signs, guacamole and Bernie cocktails.

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Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

“Let’s get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story in the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was “trying so hard.”

“But it’s not about trying,” he said, according to the story. “It’s about energy, it’s about brainpower, it’s about toughness.”

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump’s camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Stewart F. House/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest Wednesday in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate — or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough.

“Let’s get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”

In a story in the Daily Mail, Trump said that Perry was “trying so hard.”

“But it’s not about trying,” he said, according to the story. “It’s about energy, it’s about brainpower, it’s about toughness.”

Trump, who is competing for the Republican nomination and is polling well ahead of Perry nationally, tweeted earlier this month that Perry “should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

Trump’s camp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — State Department official Daniel Rosen, 45, on Wednesday plead guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking for peering into women’s homes and secretly recording videos.
Rosen struck a plea agreement after police found videos of dozens of women in “various states of undress” on his iPhone.

Over a three year period, he recorded at least 20 victims, mostly women, in northwest Washington D.C., by recording through windows, cracked blinds and metal gates into the bathrooms and bedrooms of basement level apartments.

In one instance he recorded a woman from her private backyard as she posed for her boyfriend on Facetime. On another occasion he recorded a different women as she lay naked in the bathtub reading a book.

All of the video recordings took place in the late evening under the cover of darkness, usually while he walked his dog. He went back and filmed some of the women multiple times. His victims were unaware at the time that he was making videos of them.

Rosen was arrested in February in Fairfax County, Virginia for soliciting a minor for sex. Virginia police notified the Metropolitan Police Department once geolocation revealed that videos found on his phone were taken in Washington, D.C. He is still facing charges in the Fairfax case.

Rosen’s wife sat in the courtroom as all 11 counts were read aloud. Rosen stood and listened as the prosecuting attorney read through the salacious details of his actions. He and his wife walked side-by-side out of D.C. Superior Court.

“He pled guilty and he wants to get a grip on his life,” said his attorney Bernard Grimm after the hearing.
Rosen was put on unpaid administrative leave from the State Department, according to Grimm.
Grimm said that his client’s security clearance had been revoked and he was not expected to be allowed back to his job.

The State Department refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

Rosen was released until sentencing under strict home confinement and electronic monitoring. He faces up to 11 years in prison and a possible fine of $11,000.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The “shrug” emoticon is just a combination of punctuation marks, but for Senate Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it speaks volumes.

Whitehouse brought a sign featuring little more than the now-universal signal for “I don’t know” to the Senate floor, as he and some Democratic colleagues discussed what they said was the Republican Party’s lack of a plan on climate change.

“We’ve seen exactly nothing,” he said. “That is to say, nothing but complaints.”

The use of a shrug emoticon is more than just a ploy for a senator to get people tweeting out CSPAN screengrabs of their floor speeches (which it does) — it’s part of an organized policy strategy, said Whitehouse’s spokesman Seth Larson.

“It’s a graphic that we worked with Senate Democratic leadership to put together to highlight the fact that the Republicans call the clean power plan a war on coal but at the end of the day they try changing the subject or ignore the reality,” Larson said. “We wanted to drive point home: the Republicans have no credibility, have no plan of their own.”

Larson likened this debate to that over the Affordable Care Act, which he said Republicans complained about but had no plan of their own, and added that using an emoticon is a way to infuse humor to convey a serious point.

And it’s not the first time the shrug has appeared on the Senate floor. Back in May, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, also a Democrat, used it to demonstrate what he said was the GOP’s plan to respond to the Supreme Court if it decided that Obamacare subsidies in states that were using the federal health exchange were in fact unconstitutional.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The “shrug” emoticon is just a combination of punctuation marks, but for Senate Democrats like Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, it speaks volumes.

Whitehouse brought a sign featuring little more than the now-universal signal for “I don’t know” to the Senate floor, as he and some Democratic colleagues discussed what they said was the Republican Party’s lack of a plan on climate change.

“We’ve seen exactly nothing,” he said. “That is to say, nothing but complaints.”

The use of a shrug emoticon is more than just a ploy for a senator to get people tweeting out CSPAN screengrabs of their floor speeches (which it does) — it’s part of an organized policy strategy, said Whitehouse’s spokesman Seth Larson.

“It’s a graphic that we worked with Senate Democratic leadership to put together to highlight the fact that the Republicans call the clean power plan a war on coal but at the end of the day they try changing the subject or ignore the reality,” Larson said. “We wanted to drive point home: the Republicans have no credibility, have no plan of their own.”

Larson likened this debate to that over the Affordable Care Act, which he said Republicans complained about but had no plan of their own, and added that using an emoticon is a way to infuse humor to convey a serious point.

And it’s not the first time the shrug has appeared on the Senate floor. Back in May, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, also a Democrat, used it to demonstrate what he said was the GOP’s plan to respond to the Supreme Court if it decided that Obamacare subsidies in states that were using the federal health exchange were in fact unconstitutional.

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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national investigation into that practice.

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday in regards to the videos, which were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions.”

Clinton, however, did not waiver in her overall support of the organization, and said there are two points to make: “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

Clinton added that if there’s going to be a congressional inquiry into the videos, “it should look at everything,” and not just one organization.

Clinton made the remark on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video which it says shows the harvesting of fetal tissue, as well as current and former Planned Parenthood employees discussing the procedures and pricing.

Several Republicans — including many GOP presidential candidates — have cited these videos as a reason why Planned Parenthood should lose federal funding. And Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has called for Clinton to return the group’s donations to her campaign.

In response to the claims of illegal behavior in the video, Planned Parenthood has asserted that all of its actions are legal as well as ethical.

In addition, the organization said the video was “heavily edited,” stating that “similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades.”

“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” Cecile Richards, the president of the non-profit, said on ABC News’ This Week. “We have the highest standards. The care and health care and safety of our patients is our most important priority.”

Clinton, who is pro-choice, vowed to defend Planned Parenthood over the weekend, even adding in a new line to her campaign stump speech.

“I will defend a woman’s right to choose,” Clinton said in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, “and I will defend Planned Parenthood.”

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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has staunchly defended Planned Parenthood in the wake of recently released videos that an anti-abortion group claims to show employees with the organization discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue.

But, in a new interview, she calls the graphic videos “disturbing” and says there should be a national investigation into that practice.

“I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday in regards to the videos, which were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to answer questions.”

Clinton, however, did not waiver in her overall support of the organization, and said there are two points to make: “One, Planned Parenthood for more than a century has done a lot of really good work for women: cancer screenings, family planning, all kinds of health services. And this raises not questions about Planned Parenthood so much as it raises questions about the whole process, that is, not just involving Planned Parenthood, but many institutions in our country.”

Clinton added that if there’s going to be a congressional inquiry into the videos, “it should look at everything,” and not just one organization.

Clinton made the remark on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video which it says shows the harvesting of fetal tissue, as well as current and former Planned Parenthood employees discussing the procedures and pricing.

Several Republicans — including many GOP presidential candidates — have cited these videos as a reason why Planned Parenthood should lose federal funding. And Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has called for Clinton to return the group’s donations to her campaign.

In response to the claims of illegal behavior in the video, Planned Parenthood has asserted that all of its actions are legal as well as ethical.

In addition, the organization said the video was “heavily edited,” stating that “similar false accusations have been put forth by opponents of abortion services for decades.”

“Planned Parenthood has broken no laws,” Cecile Richards, the president of the non-profit, said on ABC News’ This Week. “We have the highest standards. The care and health care and safety of our patients is our most important priority.”

Clinton, who is pro-choice, vowed to defend Planned Parenthood over the weekend, even adding in a new line to her campaign stump speech.

“I will defend a woman’s right to choose,” Clinton said in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, “and I will defend Planned Parenthood.”

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