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Fans of the Democratic presidential hopeful can now purchase underwear with his face silk-screened on the rear, along with the popular slogan "Feel the Bern." Thank to comedians Larry David and Ellen DeGeneres for inspiring the latest political fashion statement, which is not sanctioned by the campaign. After Sanders told DeGeneres last month that he preferred briefs over boxers, David picked up the thread during his ace impersonation of the Vermont democratic socialist on "Saturday Night Live."

"I own one pair of underwear, that's it," David/Sanders said during an SNL send-up of the Democratic primary debate. "Some of these billionaires, they've got three, four pairs!" That viral scene inspired a team of three Vermont-based Sanders supporters to launch the Bernie-branded briefs, which go for $15, with 10% of the profit donated to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to benefit veterans.

"Bernie is known as a champion of veterans so we wanted to give (some of the proceeds) to an organization that he would appreciate the money going towards," said Todd Bailey, one of the creators of the undergarment line and a partner at KSE Partners, a government affairs and communications firm in Montpelier.


Here is the SNL sketch, with the bit about Bernie (comic Larry David) having only one pair of underwear.
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The debate is being broadcast live on CNN, starting 8:30 PM. CNN will also make the debate available on their website (no login required), as well as on CNNgo.
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Looks like a crowded Republican field in Georgia is headed for a July run-off.

Meanwhile, in an irony of the this election cycle, "dynasty" Democrats (typically conservative "Blue Dogs") in such red states as Georgia, will be the hope Democrats retain a majority in the Senate. Michelle Nunn is the daughter of popular Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, and she hasn't been bruised in a tough primary race and the popularity of her family name has helped with fund raising; and has a significant amount of money for the Autumn race.

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Bill Maher closed Friday's episode of "Real Time" by giving Democrats a rhetorical kick in the ass. With the midterms coming up later this year, Maher insisted that Democrats need to let the American people know what they actually stand for and to start honoring their achievements — particularly with Obamacare — rather than cowering and apologizing. He also excoriated them for accepting the Republican narrative about former President Jimmy Carter: "Carter was branded a wimp, but the real wimps are the Democrats who never had his back for the achievement of never firing a shot while in office and the courage of being the last president to ask Americans to sacrifice."

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New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person. And then they should be afraid. Because while right-wingers are taking over places like North Carolina and Texas and even Wisconsin, California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. And not only can't the rest of the country stop us — we're going to drag you with us. (audience cheering and applause) Now, it wasn't that long ago that pundits were calling California a failed state and saying it was ungovernable. But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it — Jerry Brown. And without a Republican governor and without a legislature cock-blocked by Republicans, (audience laughter) a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus.


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