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Dem debate draws 5.6M

A high-stakes debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 5.6 million viewers, a relatively small audience for this campaign season’s presidential debates.

The debate, aired by CNN, was marked by bitter clashes between the candidates who will face each other in New York’s primary contest Tuesday. Thursday’s live telecast ranked No. 7 in viewership among other Democratic debates in the primary race, according to preliminary Nielsen company figures, the news channel said Friday. The first Democratic debate in October drew 15.8 million viewers.

Sanders releases taxes

Bernie Sanders’ full 2014 federal tax return shows he mostly lives off a six-figure government salary and donated about 4 percent of his family’s income to charitable causes.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, donated $8,350 to charity while reporting an adjusted gross income of $205,000 that year. The share of his family’s income that went to charity was about half of the percentage that his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, gave to charitable groups.

The Sanders campaign released the return a day after a heated Democratic presidential debate in New York in which Sanders pledged to release the single return but hesitated to say when he would release additional years of his taxes.

Apprentice players’ view

A winner of “The Apprentice” and three other former contestants on Donald Trump’s reality show denounced the Republican front-runner’s presidential campaign.

Randal Pinkett, a business consultant who won the show’s fourth season, said he is grateful for the opportunities that have come his way as a result of “The Apprentice” but added, “because our allegiance to our country supersedes our relationship with Donald, we see today as an act of patriotism, not disloyalty.” Trump has the support of other former “Apprentice” contenders, including Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who is also black.

From Detroit News wire services

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