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Clinton vs Sanders…and that other guy

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)CNN hosted a town hall meeting with the three democratic presidential candidates on Monday night in what was the last chance for each to reach out to the voters in Iowa before the state's caucus kicks off the election season on February 1. The town hall format was an interesting shift from the debates that have largely defined the race so far. Each potential nominee took a turn on the stage with moderator Chris Cuomo fielding questions from the audience while the other two remained back stage. CNN selected the questions prior to the meeting but did not share them with the candidates, meaning that they did not have time to work on their answers before going on stage (though they had likely spent countless hours preparing for what might be asked).

Senator Sanders was the first to take the stage and was relatively candid about his policies and the differences between his campaign and that of Hillary Clinton. While his statements regarding the latter's political history were not as pointed or combative as commonly seen in the Republican debates thus far, he was also very clear on the reasons why he believes himself to be better equipped to serve as the next President.

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Is political correctness bad or a chance to be creative?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 16, 2016 (Credit: AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)Political correctness is like duct tape in this political cycle. Duct tape may be valid in certain situations, but it is often the go-to remedy for all of life's problems. Something broken? Slap some duct tape on it. Something or someone bothering you? Slap some duct tape on them. It tears easily, attaches strongly, and provides temporary relief for life's reminders that we live in a broken world.

Consider the remarks from some presidential candidates. Donald Trump noted to Megan Kelly:

"I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people, and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either."

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Obama's pursuit of legacy in the State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 12, 2016 (Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. It ran for just under an hour and provided a list of his presidential accomplishments. The president also previewed what we can expect over his final months in office and called for greater unity and courage in situations where fear is often our first response. Overall, it largely met pundits' expectations and set the stage for Obama's planned tour of the nation in which he will continue to advocate for the key points of his speech.

As part of that tour, many expect the president to begin trying to lay the necessary groundwork for the Democratic nominee to have a better chance of succeeding him this November. As CNN's Stephen Collinson speculates, ensuring that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the next president is especially important for Obama because "Republicans have vowed to dismantle key aspects of [his] legacy immediately if they win back the presidential mansion after eight years, including Obamacare, a nuclear deal with Iran, executive actions shielding immigrants and policies designed to slow or reverse climate change."

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Man claiming to be Jesus tried to kidnap President's dog

Sunny, foreground, and Bo, Portuguese water dogs belonging to President Barack Obama and his family, walking with White House employee along the West Wing of the White House in Washington, September 10, 2013 (Credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Scott Stockert was just a troubled man from North Dakota before his foray into canine abduction made him a national story last week. It would appear that Stockert intended to storm the White House and steal one of the Obama's two dogs, though it is unclear at this time if Bo or Sunny was the intended target. As he revealed to the Secret Service agents that questioned him at a hotel in downtown Washington, he had brought two unlicensed guns, a twelve-gauge shotgun and a rifle, along with over 300 rounds of ammunition and a machete with him to complete the task.

If that kind of firepower seems ill-equipped for raiding the White House, perhaps it's simply because you are unaware that, as he told the Secret Service agents interrogating him, he is none other than Jesus Christ (though he is also apparently the son of JFK and Marilyn Monroe). Given those credentials, I'm not sure why he felt that he needed the guns in the first place, but I suppose that's just one of life's many mysteries.

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Man walks into church with gun, walks out with God

North Carolina Pastor Disarms Vet During New Year's Service (Credit: NBC)Twenty minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve, a gunman walked into a church and down the center aisle. With his gun in one hand and an ammunition clip in the other, this unidentified gunman walked into a Fayetteville, North Carolina church's prayer meeting "troubled" according to The Blaze.

What could trouble a man to hoist a gun in a church with sixty-plus people? NBC News reported that he was a military veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. With a wife who had been recently diagnosed with a serious illness, he was stressed, in need of money, and off his medication. Telling NBC News, "He got the gun because he was going to rob to get money," Pastor Larry Wright said. "He was going to do what he had to do to take care of his family."

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