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Archive for December 21st, 2015

Top 10 Things that Happened in 2015: President Obama’s Weekly Address

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President celebrated the end of the year tradition of list-making with a year-in-review list of his own. The President offered his roundup of the top 10 things that happened in 2015, all of which should make us optimistic about the prospects for 2016. This past year has been one where we’ve seen unprecedented progress in areas ranging from the Iran deal to marriage equality to concluding a historic trade agreement. The year 2015 brought economic growth, with our unemployment rate dropping to five percent; the normalization of our relations with Cuba and a newly opened U.S. Embassy in Havana; and a historic agreement in Paris to take real action on climate change. The President acknowledged the significant progress of the past year, and looked forward to 2016 and all we have yet to accomplish.

 

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Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
December 19, 2015

Hi, everybody. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not just for spreading holiday cheer – but also for list makers. You’ve got wish lists; Santa’s list; and of course, a blizzard of year-in-review lists. So I decided to get in on the action. 

As a nation, we face big challenges. But in the spirit of 2015 retiree David Letterman, here – in no particular order – are my top 10 things that happened in 2015 that should make every American optimistic about 2016.

Number ten: The economy. Over the past 12 months, our businesses have created 2.5 million new jobs. In all, they’ve added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job growth. And the unemployment rate has fallen to 5 percent – the lowest it’s been in almost eight years.

Number nine: More Americans are getting health coverage. The rate of the uninsured in America dropped below 10 percent for the first time ever. In all, 17.6 million people and climbing have gained coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect. And don’t forget, you can still sign up through January 31st at HealthCare.gov.

Number eight: America’s global leadership on climate change. Last week, in Paris, nearly 200 countries came together to set the course for a low-carbon future. And it was only possible because America led with clean energy here at home and strong diplomacy around the world. 

Number seven: Progress in the Americas. We turned the page on an outdated, half-century old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopening embassies in both our countries, allowing us to build greater ties between Americans and Cubans.

Number six: Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. We succeeded in forging a strong deal to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  In fact, Iran has already dismantled thousands of centrifuges that enrich uranium. 

Number five: Standing strong against terrorism.  Even as we continue to grieve over the attack in San Bernardino, we’re leading a global coalition and hitting ISIL harder than ever.  In Syria and Iraq, ISIL is losing territory, and we’re not going to stop until we destroy this terrorist organization. 

Number four: A 21st century trade deal that makes sure our businesses can sell goods “Made in America” across the Asia-Pacific.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the strongest, most pro-worker, pro-environment trade agreement in our history. And it means that America – not China, not anyone else – will write the rules of the global economy for the century ahead.

Number three: A pair of Christmas miracles in Washington! This week, Congress passed a bipartisan budget that invests in middle-class priorities, keeps our military the strongest in the world, and takes the threat of shutdowns and manufactured crises off the table for 2016. Plus, I signed a bipartisan education bill into law to help our students graduate prepared for college and their future careers.

Number two: Love won. No matter who you are, here in America, you’re free to marry the person you love, because the freedom to marry is now the law in all fifty states.

And the number one reason I’m optimistic going into 2016:  It’s you—the American people. All of this progress is because of you—because of workers rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done, and entrepreneurs starting new businesses.  Because of teachers and health workers and parents—all of us taking care of each other.  Because of our incredible men and women in uniform, serving to protect us all.  Because, when we’re united as Americans, there’s nothing that we cannot do.

That’s why it’s has been a good year. And it’s why I’m confident we’ll keep achieving big things in the New Year. So happy holidays, everybody.

Today in Chicago: Show Rahm Emanuel it’s Time to Resign

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On Monday, December 21st in Chicago: Turn up the pressure on Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez

Join progressive activists on Monday to keep the pressure on Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez and send a strong message that it’s time for both of them to resign.

Democratic politicians cannot claim that Black Lives Matter and then act as if their own careers matter more. Every day, the calls grow louder for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign. People in Chicago and all over the country are outraged at the way these leaders have stood in the way of police accountability and failed to stand with the communities bearing the brunt of police brutality and overreach.

Tens of thousands of CREDO activists have joined local activists and activists from Democracy for America, ColorOfChange, and MoveOn to demand that Emanuel and Alvarez resign. But they seem to think they can ride out the storm.

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It’s time to turn up the pressure. This Monday, December 21, our friends at ColorOfChange are working with local activists to deliver your petition signatures directly to Emanuel and Alvarez’ offices in the Loop. Can you join them?

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What: Petition delivery demanding that Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez resign.

When: Monday, December 21, 11:00 a.m.

Where:Thompson Center Plaza (corner of Randolph and La Salle Streets), 100 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601

Details: Meet delivery organizers for a short press conference in the plaza at the Thompson Center, at the corner of Randolph and La Salle Streets, then walk across the street to the Mayor’s Office to deliver petitions urging Rahm Emanuel to resign. Then walk two blocks to Anita Alvarez’s office and deliver petitions urging her to resign.

 

The people of Chicago are taking to the streets because they know that Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez have spent years shielding violent, killer cops from justice. They understand that until both resign, it will not be possible to fix Chicago’s police department and ensure everyone gets justice.

Join CREDO and our allies from Chicago and across America to deliver your message and your signatures directly to Rahm Emanuel and Anita Alvarez.

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Thank you for standing up for black lives and police accountability.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets


For more information, contact Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action <act@credoaction.com>

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s Flawed Rationale

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
 
By Marc H. Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is under fire for remarks suggesting that that African-Americans belong at “a less-advanced school, a less — a slower-track school” and “most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas.”

As a proud graduate of elite universities which Justice Scalia apparently believes are too difficult for the likes of me – the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University – I’m both concerned and disappointed by the Justice’s remarks.

His insensitivity is matched only by his apparent ignorance of the thousands of Black scientists, lawyers, teachers, doctors and other successful professionals who excelled at elite institutions of higher learning. The nation’s best-known Black scientist, Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in fact did earn his Master’s degree at the University of Texas – after earning his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard and before earning his PhD at Columbia.

In the case under the court’s consideration, 42 of 48 students admitted to UT who had lower grades and test scores than the plaintiff were white. Do those students belong at a “less-advanced, slower-track-school” than UT.

Furthermore, his comment is absurd on its face. Most professionals of all races and ethnicities do not study at elite universities. The fact that a small minority of students graduate from elite universities is, of course, what makes them elite.

All Americans who cherish the Supreme Court’s responsibility to uphold fairness and promote equality should raise their voices in opposition to Scalia’s flawed rationale.

City of Chicago Offers Free Business Workshops

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

 

January 2016 Workshop Calendar
1/1     No Workshop Due To Holiday1/6     City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers  
 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you must know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a healthy business.
1/8    5 Steps Guaranteed to Land You MORE New Business in 2016
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Eleanor Anne Sweet, Adjunct Professor of Loyola University Chicago – Quinlan School of Business
5 steps will be highlighted to turbo charge your business in 2016 and DOUBLE your business leads!  Learn habits you need to break to beat your competitors.

1/13    Accounting in the Cloud: QuickBooks Online
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Maribel Del Real, CPA, MSA Del Real Tax Group, Inc., Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books in the cloud using QuickBooks Online. We will identify advantages of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important online features and benefits. Attendees will learn how to navigate the user interface as well as the sales and expense processes.

1/15    The Values and Benefits of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Sales Automation    
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Adam Tuttle, Active Campaign
CRM can increase productivity, improve time management, and manage large volume     of leads. The benefits dramatically increase when paired with a sales automation tool. This workshop will discuss the things small businesses should look for when choosing a CRM and also what sales automation is doing to change the game with existing technologies.

1/20       How to Obtain a Sidewalk Cafe Permit
9:30  to 11:00 a.m. [Special Workshop Time]
Presented by BACP, Small Business Center – Public Way Use (PWU) Unit, Anthony Bertuca
Take the mystery out of the Sidewalk Cafe Permit Application process by attending this informative workshop.  We will explain the application process, inform you of all the requirements, and help you get prepared to submit an application. The entire application process may take 30 – 45 days, and the 2016 Sidewalk Cafe Season begins on March 1st, so make sure to reserve your seat now.

1/20      How to Manifest All Your New Year’s Resolution 2016
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Presented by Tim Smithe,Creative Director/CMO of Walter E Smith
If you are like many Chicagoans, you will not fulfill the important resolution you made just before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. Yet still, one well-executed New Year’s resolution can change Your Life. Relationships. Career. Health. Wealth. Two-time Emmy® Award winner Tim Smithe will help you bring back to life, and then materialize your resolution, with his proprietary Resolution-Realization System. This is a step-by-step process that he has demonstrated to audiences around the world over and is now ready to share it with his hometown.

1/22      How to Open a Concession at O’Hare or Midway Airport
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Chicago Department of Aviation – Concessions Department
Are you interested in operating a restaurant or shop at O’Hare or Midway International Airports, but don’t know where to begin? Come and learn about the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, how to operate a business at the airports, and a summary of the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program.

1/27     Trademarks, Patents, Trade Secrets, and Copyrights: How To Recognize Your Company’s Assets
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Patrick J. Smith, Partner, registered patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. 
Learn the difference between a copyright and a trademark as well as a patent and a trade secret.  Learn how to differentiate between the various types of intellectual property and learn the steps you can take to protect your company’s IP assets.

1/29    How to Write a Business Plan – What you Need to Know!
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Donna R. Rockin, Executive Director, Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at IIT
Learn how to create a comprehensive business plan.  It’s easier than you think when you understand all the components that get included.  You’ll receive a complete list of what to include to demystify the process. Writing a solid business plan is your roadmap to business success.

Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.

Urban League’s “Save Our Sons” Program Boasts High Job Placement Rate

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

For two years, Tyrell Stalling sent off job applications to no avail. Sometimes, he was homeless.

“At one point I took all the resumes I did and just threw them away. Because I was like, there’s no help. This world is just unfair,” Stalling said. Stalling is one of 114 men who this year have completed a new job training effort by the Urban League.

In January, the nonprofit established the Save Our Sons program as a response to last year’s upheaval in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer. Corporate sponsors raised $1.25 million to support the program.

After completing the July session of the program, Stalling found work at a Burger King in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport — something that keeps him going while he pursues a passion for animation.

“Out in the real world you’re going to have people who are going to treat you well and people who’s not going to stick with you. This program is one of the ones that really came through and it worked,” Stalling said.

For a month, participants attend half-day classes at one of two Urban League locations. When the nonprofit’s new building opens on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, on the site of the burned QuikTrip gas station, classes will move there.

>>Click here to read the full article on St. Louis Public Radio.

Drone for the Holidays? Remember the Pre-flight Checklist

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

IDOT Reminds Public of Safety Regulations for Popular Christmas Gift

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With drone sales taking off approaching the holidays, the Illinois Department of Transportation urges the public to get up to speed on safety guidelines before going airborne.

“While drones can be a lot of fun and make a great gift, they also come with a responsibility,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Safety always should be the top priority. We are asking both recreational and commercial drone users to take some time to become familiar with a few commonsense rules and avoid running into turbulence.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is predicting as many as one million unmanned aerial vehicles — drones or UAVs — to be sold during the holiday season, making it one of the more popular gifts this year. The agency cited more than 650 incidents this year where aircraft pilots encountered UAVs while in flight.

According to federal regulations, all drones are considered aircraft, even ones purchased at your local department store. When you fly a drone in the nation’s airspace, you become a pilot.

Before taking to the skies, please go through a preflight checklist:
* Do not fly your drone more than 400 feet above the ground.
* Always maintain a line of sight with the drone when you are flying
* Federal rules prohibit drones from being flown within five miles of an airport, without first contacting the airport.
* Avoid flying over large groups of people, including stadiums and sports events, or emergency response efforts, such as fires or traffic accidents.
* Do not fly under the influence.

Gov. Bruce Rauner this year created the Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force to
decide rules for drones in Illinois. Recommendations are due July 1, 2016. For more information on drone safety, please visit KnowBeforeYouFly.Org.

The FAA requires that UAVs used for recreational purposes to be registered prior to operation outdoors, if they are purchased on or after Dec. 21. For more information and to register, visit
www.faa.gov/uas/registration

Lead Defendant Sentenced in $5.8 Million Mortgage Fraud Ring

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

ATLANTA, GA — Chiedu “George” Chukwuka has been sentenced in connection with his lead role in a mortgage fraud ring that spanned five years and caused millions in losses. Chukwuka, along with his co-defendants and other co-conspirators, engaged in a massive property-flipping scheme resulting in over $5.8 million in actual losses to financial institutions between 2006 and 2011.

“At the height of the recent mortgage-fraud crisis, this property-flipping scheme caused scores of homes to fall into foreclosure, costing financial institutions millions of dollars in losses,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Many communities in our district have been decimated by mortgage fraud during the last 15 years and even now struggle to recover from the effects of these schemes.”

“The sentencing of Mr. Chukwuka brings to a close a lengthy investigation and prosecution of a criminal enterprise that targeted the banking industry through their prolific mortgage fraud schemes. Mr. Chukwuka, considered by law enforcement and prosecution to be head of this enterprise, caused extensive damage with high loss amounts to those victim banks involved. The FBI is pleased with the role it played in bringing about this sentencing to federal prison of Mr. Chukwuka as well as the previous sentencings of his co-defendants in this matter,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.

According to U.S. Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: Chukwuka, along with his co-defendants and co-conspirators, recruited straw buyers to purchase homes at a discounted price, typically a bank-owned or distressed property. The group then recruited a second straw buyer to purchase the same home at a dramatically inflated price. In turn, Chukwuka, his co-defendants and co-conspirators applied for an acquisition loan for the second straw buyer, supporting the loan application with false income, fake employment, and fraudulent net worth data.

The group profited from their scheme by pocketing the acquisition loan proceeds paid by the victim bank to the straw seller (who was the straw purchaser in the first transaction). The amount of profit was the difference between the price paid by the straw purchaser in the first transaction and the price paid by the straw purchaser in the second transaction, less transaction costs. Since none of the straw purchasers made any significant loan payments, the targeted properties usually went into foreclosure, resulting in over $5.8 million in actual losses to financial institutions between 2006 and 2011.

Chiedu “George” Chukwuka, 47, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. to serve nine years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,868,243.80. Chukwuka was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on August 10, 2015, after he pleaded guilty.

The following five defendants also pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme, and were previously sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. as follows:

  • Shelly Gee, a/k/a Shelly Baker, 48, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on November 10, 2015, to one year, six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,243,909.99. Gee was convicted after pleading guilty on June 17, 2015.
  • Sandra Petgrave, 43, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced on December 4, 2015, to one year, six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,051,970.77. Petgrave was convicted after pleading guilty on August 18, 2015.
  • Kennedy Simmonds, 54, of Snellville, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to three years, ten months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,868,243.80. Simmonds was convicted after pleading guilty on July 6, 2015.
  • Marcelle Welch, 37, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to two years, three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,554,189.25. Welch was convicted after pleading guilty on July 29, 2015.
  • Leah Freeman, 43, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced on December 17, 2015, to two years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,828.532.94. Freeman was convicted after pleading guilty on June 19, 2015.

In a related case, Chinedum Oli, 42, of Snellville, Georgia, was sentenced on February 19, 2013, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob to five years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,373,281.63. Oli was convicted after pleading guilty on October 9, 2012.

These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jamie L. Mickelson and Steven D. Grimberg prosecuted the cases.

This announcement is part of efforts underway by President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) which was created in November 2009 to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations. Since fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department has filed over 18,000 financial fraud cases against more than 25,000 defendants. For more information on the task force, please visit www.StopFraud.gov.”

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 18, 2015
  • Northern District of Georgia (404) 581-6000

State Senator Raoul: Body Cams, Other Policing and Criminal Justice Reforms Take Effect in the New Year

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) reminded Illinoisans that the start of the new year will bring sweeping, positive changes to the way law enforcement and the criminal justice system accomplish their vital work. On Jan. 1, 2016, several landmark justice measures, including long-awaited standards for the use of police body cameras, will take effect.

“For far too long, our criminal justice system has reinforced racial disparities and provided poor outcomes for taxpayers, ex-offenders, families and communities alike,” Raoul said. “We are finally seeing a bipartisan movement to examine and, when necessary, overhaul law enforcement, sentencing and corrections practices so they’re fair and they work.”

Raoul sponsored and secured passage of a major policing reform measure in May. Changes in the law that take effect in the new year include

·        Establishing minimum policies and standards for the use of body cameras by law enforcement agencies that choose to deploy the uniform-mounted devices

·        Requiring an independent investigation of all officer-involved deaths and creating a mechanism for the appointment of a special prosecutor in sensitive cases, including alleged police misconduct

·        Prohibiting the use of chokeholds by police

·        Expanding mandatory law enforcement officer training to include cultural competency, implicit bias, the proper use of force and interacting with sexual assault victims and persons with disabilities

·        Requiring officers to issue a “stop receipt,” including the officer’s name and badge number, to a pedestrian stopped for any reason

·        Creating a database of officers who have been dismissed due to misconduct or resigned during a misconduct investigation, so rogue cops aren’t hired unknowingly by other departments

On Jan. 31, 2016, a task force assembled under the new law is scheduled to submit its recommendations on licensing police officers in Illinois for added accountability.

Raoul, who serves on the governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, also sponsored two important juvenile justice laws that will take effect Jan. 1.

One will eliminate all automatic transfers of children charged with crimes from the juvenile system to adult criminal courts and give judges greater discretion to decide the best setting for trying and sentencing minors based on the particulars of each case. Another will prevent juveniles from being committed to Department of Juvenile Justice facilities for misdemeanor offenses. It also ensures that no minor will be confined to a DJJ facility for longer than an adult would be incarcerated for the same offense.

“Whether it’s a young African-American man encountering a police officer on the street, a mother concerned about her children’s safety on the walk to school or an ex-offender trying to turn his life around and support his family, we are working hard to achieve the American dream of equal access to safety, security and justice,” Raoul said. “As the Commission continues its task and as both lawmakers and the public become more aware of the disparities and shortcomings in our criminal justice system, I’m confident we’ll see additional policies enacted to supplement the major reforms poised to take effect.”

Bernie Sanders Scores Big Win; Breaks Major Fundraising Record

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From: Bernie Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won a major victory in Saturday night’s third Democratic presidential debate, according to social media measures and in polls by Time, The Wall Street Journal and other major media websites.

During the debate, Sanders also reached a major milestone in grassroots financial support. His campaign has now received more contributions than any other candidate at this point in any White House bid.

President Barack Obama was the record holder. Through Dec. 31, 2011, his re-election campaign reported 2,209,636 donations. The Sanders campaign crossed that mark during the debate as grassroots supporters flooded the BernieSanders.com website. The average contribution for the night to the Sanders campaign was below $25.

On social media, where Sanders’ grassroots revolution began, there were more Google searches for Sanders than for any other candidate. His campaign had the most retweeted tweet of the night, according to Twitter. He gained more followers on Twitter than any other candidate and Facebook said people talked about Sanders more than any other candidate online.

After the debate, Sanders was named the winner by viewers who voted in large-sample polls from Time, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Telegraph.co.uk and The Washington Times.

On Time’s website, for example, 84 percent of the 27,246 who had taken the poll in the first 90 minutes after the debate said Sanders won.

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