Trump has dominated the Republican field for months, drawing on voter anger and the media access he gets from his celebrity. But Trump wields another weapon -- his keen sense of showmanship. Michael Finnegan took a careful look at Trump as entertainer. It will tell you a lot about how the GOP front-runner achieved that status.
Meantime, on the Democratic side, Sanders hopes to follow the pattern of then-Sen. Barack Obama, whose campaign generated a surge of new voters en route to winning Iowa. Most candidates who have tried that, however, have ended up failing, as former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean found out. Which model better fits Sanders? Evan Halper and Chris Megerian set out to answer that question. Here's what they found out.
And Javier Panzar has that long awaited Tommy Chong video supporting Sanders. The comedian is releasing the 2-minute spot on social media Friday afternoon.
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On BuzzFeed, Ruby Cramer took a long look at a side of Hillary Clinton that has often been obscured by the political fights she has engaged in -- an idealistic streak that stretches back to the commencement speech at Wellesley that first brought her to public attention. Even for those who know Clinton's record well, the piece is worth the time.