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Dr. Paul Song, a healthcare activist who spoke at Bernie Sanders’s rally last night in Washington Square Park, apologized shortly after his speech for saying that “corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to big pharma” are responsible for preventing the adoption of a Medicare-for-all system, which would require transitioning away from the employer- and private insurance-based system in the Affordable Care Act.

In his apology, Park said that he was referring “to some in congress who are beholden to corporations and not us,” though many in Hillary Clinton’s camp took his remarks as an over-the-top attack on their candidate.

Bernie Sanders responded early this morning:

The Sanders campaign has had to respond in recent months to so-called “Bernie Bros” — whose numbers are, predictably, debatable — known for their harassment of journalists and Clinton supporters, especially women, who speak critically of Sanders on the internet.

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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