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Bernie Sanders to Stephen Colbert: Here's Why Young People Love Me

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Stephen Colbert congratulated Bernie Sanders on his New Hampshire landslide and overwhelming (86 percent!) youth vote Wednesday night. "It's like you're puppy monkey baby," Colbert said, referencing the Super Bowl ad. "Why do you think the young ones like you?"

"Two reasons," Sanders responds. "One, by definition young people are idealistic. And they look at a world with so many problems and they say 'why not'? Why can't all people in this country have healthcare? Why can't we make public colleges and universities tuition free? Why not?," he said as the crowd cheered. "But the second part that I think young people are thinking about is how does it happen that even with all the technology and productivity and our economy, they are likely to have a lower standard of living than their parents, while almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent. They're not dumb. They're saying 'we want a fair share as well,'" he continued.

"And how do you achieve that fairness," Colbert presses. "Because the top 1 percent has a lot of influence with the government. They're not just going to give it up. They're going to fight you tooth and nail and I'll tell you how I know," Colbert continued. Sanders listens, dubiously. "I am in the top 1 percent," Colbert tell him, adding, "to hell with that, the top 1 percent parks my car! I'm way higher than that."

Colbert also asked Sanders about potential similarities between him and Trump, the GOP winner in New Hampshire. "Polls show there were a lot of people in New Hampshire that up until the last minute, hadn't made up their mind between you and Donald Trump," he tells the Senator.

"I think a lot of Donald Trump supporters are angry. They're in many cases, working longer hours for low wages. They're people who are really worried about what's going to happen to their kids." So yes, Sanders understands that people have a right to be angry, but scapegoating Mexicans or Muslims, as suggested in Trump's "false message," will not solve the underlying issue.

"People have a right to be angry. But we need to be rational in how we address the problems," Sanders declared.

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A volcano erupts on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island on Dec. 9, 2019. Michael Schade / Twitter

A powerful volcano on Monday rocked an uninhabited island frequented by tourists about 30 miles off New Zealand's coast. Authorities have confirmed that five people died. They expect that number to rise as some are missing and police officials issued a statement that flights around the islands revealed "no signs of life had been seen at any point,", as The Guardian reported.

"Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," the police said in their official statement. "Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already."

The eruption happened on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, an islet jutting out of the Bay of Plenty, off the country's North Island. The island is privately owned and is typically visited for day-trips by thousands of tourists every year, according to The New York Times.

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At the time of the eruption on Monday, about 50 passengers from the Ovation of Seas were on the island, including more than 30 who were part of a Royal Caribbean cruise trip, according to CNN. Twenty-three people, including the five dead, were evacuated from the island.

The eruption occurred at 2:11 pm local time on Monday, as footage from a crater camera owned and operated by GeoNet, New Zealand's geological hazards agency, shows. The camera also shows dozens of people walking near the rim as white smoke billows just before the eruption, according to Reuters.

Police were unable to reach the island because searing white ash posed imminent danger to rescue workers, said John Tims, New Zealand's deputy police commissioner, as he stood next to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a press conference, as The New York Times reported. Tims said rescue workers would assess the safety of approaching the island on Tuesday morning. "We know the urgency to go back to the island," he told reporters.

"The physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island," Tims added, as CNN reported. "It's important that we consider the health and safety of rescuers, so we're taking advice from experts going forward."

Authorities have had no communication with anyone on the island. They are frantically working to identify how many people remain and who they are, according to CNN.

Geologists said the eruption is not unexpected and some questioned why the island is open to tourism.

"The volcano has been restless for a few weeks, resulting in the raising of the alert level, so that this eruption is not really a surprise," said Bill McGuire, emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, as The Guardian reported.

"White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years," said Raymond Cas, emeritus professor at Monash University's school of earth, atmosphere and environment, as The Guardian reported. "Having visited it twice, I have always felt that it was too dangerous to allow the daily tour groups that visit the uninhabited island volcano by boat and helicopter."

The prime minister arrived Monday night in Whakatane, the town closest to the eruption, where day boats visiting the island are docked. Whakatane has a large Maori population.

Ardern met with local council leaders on Monday. She is scheduled to meet with search and rescue teams and will speak to the media at 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EST), after drones survey the island, as CNN reported.

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