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I was supposed to be writing a wrap-up piece about the South Carolina Republican primary this afternoon, but an attack of writers' block led me to more inspiring territory: the compilation of the (mostly) complete music playlists of every candidate I've seen speak over the last two weeks, in New Hampshire and now South Carolina. Shazam: It's every political reporter's best friend.

This list is incomplete, and can change a lot depending on the candidate's audience or the whims of the artist (heaven forbid Rachel Platten decides to endorse Bernie Sanders). I don't ascribe any deeper meaning to these musical selections either, although suffice it to say there is a pretty big difference between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and for that matter, between Donald Trump and everyone else.

See for yourself.

Hillary Clinton:

  • Jill Scott, "Run, Run, Run"
  • Mary J. Blige, "Real Love"
  • Katy Perry, "Roar"
  • Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger"
  • American Authors, "Best Day of My Life"
  • Bon Jovi, "We Weren't Born to Follow"
  • Pharrell, "Happy"
  • Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"

Bernie Sanders:

  • Simon and Garfunkel, "America"
  • Janelle Monae, "Tightrope"
  • Pearl Jam, "Lightning Bolt"
  • Bob Marley, "Revolution"
  • Disco Infernor, "The trammps"
  • Muse, "Uprising"
  • John Lennon, "Power to the People!"
  • Tracy Chapman, "Talkin' bout a Revolution"
  • Steve Earle, "The Revolution Starts Now"
  • Neil Young, "Rockin' the Free World"

John Kasich:

  • Florida Georgia Line, "Round Here"
  • Zak Brown Band, "Jump Right In"
  • Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel"
  • Jake Owen, "Anywhere With You"
  • Diekes Bentley, "Free & Easy"
  • Rodney Atkins, "It's America"
  • John Fogerty, "Centerfield"
  • Eric Paslay, "Friday Night"

Marco Rubio:

  • Kid Rock, "Born Free"
  • Montgomery Gentry, "This is My Town"
  • Darius Rucker, "Homegrown Honey"
  • MercyMe, "Greater"
  • Eric Church, "Springsteen"

Donald Trump:

  • Elton John, "Tiny Dancer"
  • The Beatles, "Hey Jude"
  • The Beatles, "Revolution"
  • Rolling Stones, "Can't Always Get What You Want"
  • Rolling Stone, "Sympathy for the Devil"
  • Rolling Stone, "Brown sugar"
  • Adele, "Rolling in the deep"*
  • Twisted Sister, "We're not Gonna Take It"
  • Danude, "Sandstorm"

Jeb Bush:

  • Of Monsters and Men, "Dirty Paws"
  • Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone"
  • Billy Currington, "That's How Country Boys Roll"

Ted Cruz:

*Pulled at request of the artist.

When Bernie Sanders was a 21-year-old University of Chicago undergrad, he was arrested for resisting arrest at a 1963 anti-segregation protest on the South Side. As we've reported, the Vermont senator was a civil rights activist in college, leading his campus chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality in sit-ins on and off campus. He also attended the 1963 March on Washington. Now, the Chicago Tribune has unearthed a photo of the young presidential candidate being hauled away by police that same year. 

Check it out:

Donald Trump ended his final campaign rally of the South Carolina primary Friday night with a story about a four-star general, Muslim insurgents, and bullets dunked in pig blood. Forty minutes into his address at a not-quite-full convention center in North Charleston, after mocking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's lack of enthusiasm for waterboarding, the Republican presidential front-runner told the crowd that he wanted to share an anecdote he'd heard about General John Pershing.

"General Pershing was a rough guy," Trump said. He explained that during the early 1900s, when the general was battling Muslim insurgents in the US-controlled Philippines, he decided to make a point:

He caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage…and he took the 50 terrorists and he took 50 men and dipped 50 bullets in pig's blood. You heard about that? He took 50 bullets and dipped them in pig's blood [which is considered haram]. And he has his men load up their rifles and he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said, you go back to your people and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years there wasn't a problem.

"We've got to start getting tough and we've got to start being vigilant and we've got to start using our heads or we're not gonna have a country, folks," Trump concluded.

Snopes, the online mythbuster, classifies the Pershing tale—which is popular on the right—as a "legend." "We haven't eliminated the possibility…but so far all we've turned up are several different accounts with nothing that documents Pershing's involvement," it explains.

But a lack of evidence has never stopped Trump, especially when it comes to the anti-Islam invective that has helped keep him atop the polls in South Carolina. His proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is hugely popular among Republicans; a recent survey of his supporters found that just 44 percent believed Islam should even be legal. So with his candidacy on the line, he's sticking with what got him to this point.

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