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We are bombarded with a torrent of "election 2016" news coverage every day now…
A Google search of that very term, "election 2016," yielded a whopping 288 million results today. That's after U.S. politics took an unexpected shift over the weekend in the wake of Friday's tragic attacks in Paris. The Democratic debate scheduled for Saturday night continued on, but with an unanticipated focus on the plague of terrorism.
We at Money Morning have boiled down the latest, most relevant 2016 election news to give you a quick update on the most important stories to know right now….
Today's Biggest Election 2016 News
- Presidential candidates from both parties took to social media over the weekend to offer sympathy and condemn the Paris attacks on Friday night. Terrorist acts of violence killed 129 people. U.S. President Barack Obama called it "an attack on all humanity" and pledged support to France, the U.S.' oldest ally.
- Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood by his remark from the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13, when he claimed climate change is the greatest threat to national security. "Climate change," Sen. Sanders said, "is directly related to the growth of terrorism." He went on to briefly explain that when resources continue to run dry – water, land, crops – international conflict and terrorism will grow increasingly prevalent.
- During Saturday night's debate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley referred to GOP presidential favorite Donald Trump as "that immigrant-bashing carnival barker, Donald Trump." This prompted the real estate mogul to tweet the following statement:
- The glaring ties between Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Wall Street also became an unintended highlight of Saturday night's Democratic debate. It all began when Sen. Sanders took an opportunity to criticize the former secretary of state about her campaign contribution affiliations. Specifically, he criticized her for accepting millions from Wall Street donors who she claims she'll reign in should she win the Oval Office. Clinton was aghast that her political integrity was being called into question. It was at this point she probably should have admitted that, yes, Wall Street does give her money because they believe she'll help them if she wins, but that such bribery simply won't work. Instead, Clinton gave CBS's 8.5 million viewers a sinuous answer that did her campaign far more harm than good...
- The Republican Party of Florida no longer belongs to GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush. This was made clear at the Sunshine Summit this past weekend, where a great number of attendees expressed their true feelings for the once-favored Floridian. "Jeb hasn't been in a competitive race in a long time," said Brian Ballard, a Florida fundraiser who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Bush campaign and his super PAC, according to a report released by The Daily Beast on Monday. Ballard quit "Team Bush," citing the negative attitude of his campaign. Right now, neither Bush nor fellow GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is leading in the state of Florida. In fact, according to a Real Clear Politics poll released on Nov. 11, Donald Trump is in first in the Sunshine State, with Rubio in third and Bush in fifth.
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