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  • FIX IS IN: PBS Moderators Ignore Clinton Scandals

    02/12/2016 3:40:49 AM PST · by detective · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Peter Schweizer
    So let me get this straight: on the same day that the Washington Post reports that the State Department issued subpoenas to a family foundation bearing Hillary Clinton's name as part of a federal investigation, the PBS debate moderators didn't ask her about it.
  • Sanders and Trump: Magic sells

    02/12/2016 1:12:08 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11 Feb 16 | Charles Krauthammer
    The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency. Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame President Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating — a wasteland of...
  • The Enemy Within­–and It's Not Donald Trump

    02/11/2016 4:07:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Despite calls from people who claim they will flee the county if Donald Trump is elected president, this new book is sort of a timeout from the partisan noise. As some already know, especially the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, both sides are up to their necks concerning the expansion of government power. In short, Democrats federal expansion when it comes to social services and the welfare state; Republicans act in a similar manner when it comes to national security policy and the Pentagon. Both areas are fraught with danger concerning trampling American civil liberties and constitutional rights,...
  • WaPo: The utter ugliness of Donald Trump’s campaign should scare us all

    02/11/2016 1:51:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2016
    THE STUNNINGLY handy wins by two anti-establishment candidates in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday are prompting conversation about similarities between New York businessman Donald Trump, the Republican victor, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist victor on the Democratic side. The similarities are important - but the differences are more so. Both have positioned themselves as outsiders appealing to voters who believe the system, and the leaders of the two major parties, have failed them. The grievances they speak to are real: a sense that the economy has left too many people behind, that globalization and technological change are helping...
  • Gregg Popovich’s Priceless Reaction to New Hampshire Primary Results

    02/10/2016 12:32:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2016 | Andrew Lynch
    SNIP On Tuesday night, with his Spurs facing the Miami Heat, Popovich once again delivered on his between-quarters interview with sideline reporter David Aldridge. He gave obvious reasons for the Spurs trailing after the first, then offered a terrific reaction to the news that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won their respective New Hampshire presidential primaries: SNIP
  • What Passes for Anti-School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening

    02/09/2016 1:56:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | Tim Benson
    The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss has inadvertently done the country an invaluable service by allowing the rest of us to travel through the looking-glass into a universe where things are the opposite of real life: the world of far-left thought on education. Strauss gave premium blogspace to a bitter article by a former education fellow for The Progressive magazine, Sarah Lahm. The piece, titled "What Passes for School Choice Rhetoric is Frightening," is rife with errors and half-truths. It is hard to imagine a more factually bankrupt anti-school choice "argument" could be written, and by shining a gigantic spotlight on...
  • Washington Post Columnist Accuses Ted Cruz Of Using “Anti-Semitic Dog Whistle”

    02/06/2016 3:27:37 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 45 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | 2/6/2016 | Streiff
    The Washington Post’s one-man Fifth Column, Dana Milbank, is at it again. Apparently, he has been shadowing Ted Cruz’s campaign. Unable to come up with anything substantive, what he’s produced is one of the most juvenile screeds ever to appear in any major newspaper: "When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump’s “New York values,” it wasn’t entirely clear what he was implying. This week we got a clue: For Cruz, “New York” is another way of saying “Jewish.” At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and...
  • The utter nastiness of Ted Cruz (and the utter ZOT-ness of the moron who posted this)

    02/06/2016 3:21:58 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 103 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02/05/2016 | Dana Milbank
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month mocked Donald Trump‘s "New York values," it wasn‘t entirely clear what he was implying. This week we got a clue: For Cruz, "New York" is another way of saying "Jewish." At an event in New Hampshire, Cruz, the Republican Iowa caucuses winner, was asked about campaign money he and his wife borrowed from Goldman Sachs. Cruz, asserting that Trump had "upward of $480 million of loans from giant Wall Street banks," said: "For him to make this attack, to use a New York term, it‘s the height of chutzpah." Cruz, pausing for laughter...
  • A guide to what Ted Cruz wants to abolish, bar or change

    01/18/2016 8:50:12 AM PST · by Isara · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    ...U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv The U.S. Embassy in Israel is currently in Tel Aviv. Cruz wants to move it to Jerusalem, Israel's "once and eternal" capital.Commerce DepartmentIn a piece for the National Review, Cruz said shuttering the department would "close the congressional cookie jar" and promote free trade.Education DepartmentAnother standard line from Cruz: "U.S. Department of Education, which should be abolished." Cruz is a states' rights guy -- he wrote his college thesis on the 10th Amendment -- and wants to give control of schools to states or localities....Energy DepartmentCruz has said the country needs an "energy renaissance." .......
  • Why was a 9th century Viking woman buried with a ring that says ‘for Allah’ on it?

    02/05/2016 12:57:25 PM PST · by beaversmom · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | Adam Taylor
    By Adam Taylor March 18, 2015 Follow @mradamtaylor (Statens historiska museum / Christer Ahlin) In the modern-era, Scandinavian countries have become known for their sometimes awkward embrace of migrants from the Arab and Muslim world. But the history behind that relationship goes back far further than you might expect.Consider the case of a ring discovered in a Viking grave in Birka, a historic trading center in what is now Sweden. The woman in the grave died in the 9th century and was discovered around a thousand years later by the famous Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe, who spent years excavating...
  • The Republican establishment badly needs to thin the candidate herd. Like, now.

    02/04/2016 3:37:55 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 2/4/16 | Chris Cillizza
    Since the Iowa caucuses ended Monday night, three Republican candidates have ended their presidential campaigns. The problem for establishment GOPers? None of that trio is named Jeb Bush, John Kasich or Chris Christie. The thinning of the Republican field has occurred entirely outside of the "establishment" lane -- with Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul all calling it quits. That's a very bad thing for an establishment badly in need of finding a unity candidate soon if they want to have any hope of unseating the two favorites -- Donald Trump and Ted Cruz -- as the race moves...
  • CARS LINED UP OUT OF TOWN as Hordes Attend Trump NH Rally

    02/04/2016 2:45:34 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 87 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/04/16 | Kristinn Taylor
    Donald Trump is drawing a huge crowd for his campaign rally in Exeter, New Hampshire at noon Thursday. The rally is being held at the historic Exeter Town Hall. CBS News reporter Jacqueline Alemany posted a photo to Twitter showing a long line of parked cars of rally attendees on a street that extended out of town. "Squeezing a Trump rally into the Exeter Town Hall is a sight to behold. Crowded, steamy, and scores of disappointed Trumpeters locked out." A photo posted to Twitter by the Cook Report's Dave Wasserman shows Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and crew...
  • Loretta Lynch Thanks Prosecutor in Michael Brown Case For Calling Police ‘Substandard…Lazy…’

    02/04/2016 1:27:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 4, 2016 | 12:10 PM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    After giving a speech focusing in part on the erosion of trust between citizens and the police, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thanked the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case for saying police officers in Missouri are "substandard," "lazy" and "incompetent." “You talked earlier about the support of varied and various departments," said Robert McCulloch, prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County, Missouri. "What I'd like to suggest, though, is that in my jurisdiction we have a number of departments that are substandard... and they tend to get substandard officers and they're paying them minimum wage in some cases - or...
  • Donald Trump says he came in first in Iowa. He didn’t, by any measure.

    02/04/2016 1:33:15 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 04, 2016 | Philip Bump
    Iowa, Donald Trump told a crowd in Little Rock, Ark., last night, is a great place. A great state, amazing people. Trump remains a big fan of Iowa, despite the results of the caucuses that took place there on Monday. Or, perhaps, because of those results. After all, Trump thinks Trump came in first.
  • How Ted Cruz may benefit from Rand Paul dropping out

    02/03/2016 11:41:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    HENNIKER, N.H. - For months, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has tried to poach libertarian-leaning voters here away from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Now, with Paul's exit from the race, Cruz has even more of an opening to make inroads with supporters of the Kentucky Republican. Cruz is running as a tea-party darling and evangelical Christian, constituencies that helped propel him to victory in the Iowa caucuses. But he is also attempting to expand that base, particularly with libertarian-leaning supporters. Here in New Hampshire, Cruz speaks of limited government, gun rights and privacy. "But part of the reason we're more competitive...
  • At Baltimore mosque, President Obama encourages U.S. Muslims: “You fit in here”

    02/03/2016 12:58:23 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 75 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 3 at 2:50 PM | Michelle Boorstein
    At Baltimore mosque, President Obama encourages U.S. Muslims: “You fit in here” By Michelle Boorstein February 3 at 2:50 PM President Obama Wednesday delivered the comforting sermon to U.S. Muslims that their community leaders have been requesting for years, framing Islam as deeply American and its critics as violating the nation’s cherished value of religious freedom. Obama’s comments came in his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque. The historic 45-minute speech at a large, suburban Baltimore mosque was attended by some of the country’s most prominent Muslims. In what appeared to be a counter to the rise in...
  • Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign

    02/03/2016 7:36:11 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3 Feb 16 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, bringing an end to a bid that began with aspirations of expanding the libertarian base that his father, Ron Paul, built into a powerful national coalition. "It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House," Paul said in a statement. "Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of Liberty."
  • Shock-Headline In Washington Post Attack On Trump's Faith Not Supported By Story

    02/01/2016 2:50:38 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | John Nolte
    Although Barack Obama spent 20 years in a radical, racialist church with a pastor who asks God to damn America; although Obama is a supporter of the infanticide known as partial-birth abortion, bashes Christianity, and uses ObamaCare as a means to persecute Christians through the power of the state, Obama’s longtime supporters at the Washington Post still write gushing articles about Obama’s Christianity and lash out harshly at those who don’t vouch for the president’s questionable faith.
  • China strongly condemns US for sending warship near island

    01/30/2016 8:20:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2016
    The missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Triton Island in the Paracel chain "to challenge excessive maritime claims of parties that claim the Paracel Islands," without notifying the three claimants beforehand, Defense Department spokesman Mark Wright said Saturday in Washington.. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the Paracels and require prior notice from ships transiting what they consider their territorial waters. The latest operation was particularly aimed at China, which has increased tensions with the U.S. and its Southeast Asian neighbors by embarking on massive construction of man-made islands and airstrips...
  • Black people had the power to fix the problems in Ferguson before the Brown shooting. They failed.

    09/19/2014 12:31:39 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18, 2014 | Charles Cobb
    Many images that came out of Ferguson, Mo., last month looked like scenes from Birmingham, Ala., in the 1960s: the gun-wielding police officers, the sign-carrying protesters and the chants demanding equal treatment and human dignity. But thats where the similarities ended. For all the righteous indignation it inspired, the Ferguson turmoil has become the latest in a series of flash-in-the-pan causes that peter out without inspiring lasting movements for racial justice. As an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi during the 60s, what I learned was the importance of organizing at the grass-roots and how even...
  • Trump Shows Off Family Bible, Touts ‘Christian Values’

    01/30/2016 7:55:21 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 37 replies
    thehill.com ^ | January 30
    "I really appreciate the support given to me by the evangelicals. They've been incredible. Every poll shows how well I'm doing with them," Trump says in the ad, filmed from what appears to be his office in Trump Tower. "And, you know, my mother gave me this Bible, this very Bible, many years ago," he added, holding up the holy book to the camera. "In fact, it's her writing, right here. She wrote the name and the address, and it's just very special to me." The billionaire businessman closed the 30-second spot by vowing he would never let the evangelical...
  • Here are 76 of Donald Trump's many Campaign Promises

    01/30/2016 8:36:56 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Jenna Johnson
    51. Reduce the $18 National Debt by vigorously eliminating waste fraud and abuse ... 52. Cut the budget by 20% by simply renegotiating ...
  • Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination

    01/30/2016 9:13:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination The Editorial Board For the past painful year, the Republican presidential contenders have been bombarding Americans with empty propaganda slogans and competing, bizarrely, to present themselves as the least experienced person for the most important elected job in the world. Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, after a substantive debate over real issues, have the chance to nominate one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history. Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New...
  • Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week

    01/30/2016 9:34:03 AM PST · by yoe · 39 replies
    The Wasington Post ^ | January 30, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein and Juliet Eilperin
    President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week, the White House announced Saturday, as the administration tries to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is becoming more voluminous. On Wednesday the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the the city’s western suburbs, that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, (according to its website). It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring “to be the...
  • Why Bernie Sanders doesn't participate in organized religion

    01/27/2016 1:46:04 PM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/16 | Frances Stead Sellers
    Growing up, Bernie Sanders followed the path of many young American Jews. He went to Hebrew school, was bar mitzvahed and traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz. But as an adult, Sanders drifted away from Jewish customs. And as his bid for the White House gains momentum, he has the chance to make history. Not just as the first Jewish president — but as one of the few modern presidents to present himself as not religious. "I am not actively involved with organized religion," Sanders said in a recent interview. Sanders said he believes in God, though not...
  • Sources: Bloomberg Willing To Spend $1B On Possible Presidential Bid

    01/25/2016 5:45:42 PM PST · by correctthought · 57 replies
    CBS NY ^ | January 25, 2016 6:21 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking a look at the 2016 presidential landscape, and putting the pieces in place for a possible presidential run, sources close to Bloomberg said.
  • Could a Mars colony become a nation?

    01/24/2016 8:30:07 PM PST · by Marcus · 66 replies
    Blasting News ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    Could a Mars colony become a nation? That question was posed by Michael Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in a Washington Post article. Byers’ answer to his question was yes. A body of international law has evolved over time that recognizes the rights of people to self-determination.
  • Poll: Donald Trump gained 15 points on Ted Cruz in Iowa in two weeks

    01/24/2016 11:47:08 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 01/24/2016 | Philip Bump
    Earlier this month, Fox News released a poll showing Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump by four points. The two had a sizable lead over everyone else in the state, and the poll was confirming what others were showing: Cruz had an advantage. On Sunday, Fox released another Iowa poll, with substantially different results. Now, Trump is up by 11 points, a 15-point swing in the two weeks between surveys. This poll, too, mirrors the recent trend: Trump has regained the advantage.
  • Donald Trump is the favorite to be the Republican nominee. Period.

    01/24/2016 4:32:39 AM PST · by GonzoII · 125 replies
    WP ^ | January 22, 2016 | Chris Cillizza
    The Iowa caucuses are 10 days from Friday. And Donald Trump, the larger-than-life real estate reality star, is -- still -- the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. Not only has Trump not disappeared or imploded -- as everyone everywhere predicted he would -- he appears to be getting stronger in both early-state and national polling as actual votes draw closer. At this point, Trump's path to putting the nomination away quickly is far easier than the one Hillary Clinton must travel to capture the Democratic nomination. That doesn't mean Trump is a sure thing just yet, but he has,...
  • Washington, D.C., snowfall total called into question after improper measurement

    01/24/2016 12:01:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2016 | Angela Fritz
    It has become apparent this afternoon and evening, through multiple conversations with the weather observers at Reagan National Airport, that the snowfall totals submitted to the National Weather Service for that location have not been measured properly. As of 8 p.m., 17.8 inches of snow had been recorded at National - Washington, D.C.'s official weather monitoring location. That reflects just a 0.3-inch increase in the three hours since 5 p.m. during which time light to moderate snowfall was being reported at the airport. The National Weather Service has clear guidelines on how to measure snowfall for one simple reason: snowstorms...
  • National Review loses GOP debate sponsorship over anti-Trump issue

    01/23/2016 5:02:45 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2016 | David Weigel
    The Republican National Committee has ended a debate partnership with National Review after the venerable conservative magazine devoted its new issue to a "symposium" of reasons why voters should reject Donald Trump's presidential campaign. "We expected this was coming," the magazine's publisher Jack Fowler wrote in a blog post late Thursday night, just 90 minutes after the symposium went live. "Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald." RNC spokesman Sean Spicer Fowler's account of events, and added in a comment to Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray that "a debate moderator can't have a predisposition." That leaves CNN, Salem...
  • The inside story of National Review’s big anti-Donald Trump issue

    01/23/2016 3:29:26 AM PST · by AdaGray · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/22/2016 | Callum Borchers
    It’s one thing to publish an editorial denouncing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump; any news outlet can do that, and plenty have. It’s another to get almost two dozen leading conservative thinkers to write essays arguing against the Manhattan billionaire’s nomination and agree to print them under a single banner: “Against Trump.”
  • A YUGE number of conservatives just shredded Donald Trump in the National Review

    01/22/2016 6:43:10 AM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 97 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/22/16 | Callum Borchers
    In their editorial, National Review editors put it this way: There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones. Paraphrasing a line of scripture from 1 Timothy, Erickson writes this: We should not put a new conservative in charge of conservatism or the country, so that he does not become puffed up...
  • The Old Guard Stands stands guard at Tomb of Unknowns during historic snowstorm

    01/22/2016 3:29:22 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 26 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 22 January 2016 | WTOP News (Washington DC)
  • D.C. is Shutting Down because of Snow, But Look At The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier…

    01/22/2016 6:29:43 PM PST · by xzins · 85 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | January 22, 2016 | John S. Roberts
    Washington D.C. is currently being bombarded with snowfall, so most government employees thought it would be best to take the day off. I mean, if it's dangerous, then sure - take the day. But it's pretty typical of the government to do nothing while others go about their business, isn't it? Check out what's happening during the blizzard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, VA...
  • Marco Rubio once "arrested for drinking beer in public park"

    01/21/2016 8:33:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 86 replies
    Marco Rubio once "arrested for drinking beer in public park" By Robert Tait, Los Angeles 3:23AM GMT 22 Jan 2016 Marco Rubio, the Republican presidential contender who has been touted as a possible choice of the party's "establishment", was once arrested in a Miami park notorious for gang violence, drug-dealing and prostitution, a newspaper profile has revealed. He was detained along with two friends while going through a wayward late teenage phase for drinking alcohol in his home city's Alice C Wainwright Park after it had been closed to the public for the night. Mr Rubio, a United States senator...
  • Flashback - Palin's Big Oil infatuation [End of snow forever in DC]

    01/22/2016 1:20:38 PM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    RFK jr.com ^ | September 24, 2008 | RFK Jr
    I was water-skiing with my children in a light drizzle off Hyannis, Mass., last month when a sudden, fierce storm plunged us into a melee of towering waves, raking rain, painful hail and midday darkness broken by blinding flashes of lightning. As I hurried to get my children out of the water and back to the dock, I shouted over the roaring wind, "This is some kind of tornado." The fog consolidated and a waterspout hundreds of feet high rose from the white ocean and darted across its surface, landing for a moment on a moored outboard to spin it...
  • How the WaPo whitewashed the Flint water disaster [What is this “EPA” of which you speak?]

    01/21/2016 7:29:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m one of those masochists who signs up for daily email alerts from several news services just to keep tabs on the stories I might miss on cable news. I get a couple of them from the Washington Post, one of which is the “Five Minute Fix.” These breaking news alerts provide not only a quick glance at the news of the day, but frequently a good look at how reporters at one of the nation’s largest newspapers view the news and choose to project it to the public. Last night’s Fix was a great example of the latter...
  • Nate Silver: CNN poll implies a turnout of about 320K in the Iowa GOP caucus

    01/21/2016 3:05:15 PM PST · by TBBT · 27 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/21/16 | Nate Silver
    A lot of differences in these polls are based on how tightly polls are screening voters. Looser screens help Bernie & Trump. For instance, the CNN poll implies a turnout of about 320K in the Iowa GOP caucus, versus ~120K in 2012. There are sometimes reasons to prefer looser screens. It can be hard to predict who will vote. Also, self-selection in who responds to poll.
  • Former White House supervisor charged with embezzling

    01/21/2016 12:34:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2016 | Ann E. Marimow
    A former White House switchboard supervisor was charged Wednesday with embezzling thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds by manipulating an employee's time sheets. Prosecutors accuse Andrea Turk of Upper Marlboro of stealing nearly $11,000 by funneling money through an employee she supervised. Turk, 46, was director of switchboard operations at the White House, supervising 15 operators, from 2009 until she was fired in August 2013. Her duties included overseeing employee work schedules and approving overtime hours, according to federal court records filed Wednesday in Washington. The alleged thefts began in early 2012, according to an FBI affidavit, when Turk called...
  • De Blasio delivering on policy, stumbling on politics

    01/20/2016 9:57:22 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 1 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/20/16 | Who Cares
    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio loped into a Brooklyn homeless shelter one day late last month, eager to demonstrate his command over a mushrooming homeless crisis that had already forced out two of his top advisers. Folding his 6-foot-5 frame in half, the Democratic mayor crouched down to hand out gifts to children, praised his team for “extraordinary work” and then faced a pack of reporters, one of whom asked why it took “so long” to make homelessness “a top priority.” “It’s been a priority from the beginning,” de Blasio insisted before adding, “No administration has cracked the...
  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s list of enemies just keeps growing

    01/19/2016 1:23:30 PM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2016 | By Janell Ross
    We will start by admitting this: It's not immediately clear what makes for a top-notch chair of a major political party in the super PAC era. Is it the ability to raise big sums of money or skillfully lob bombs at the other party? Is crafting a successful strategy and tactics to expand the party's representation and voter base? Is it the willingness to put in one of those let's-get-this-debate-party-started performances like the one Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus delivered Thursday night (complete with the dubious claim that the GOP is the party of diversity)?
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: Don’t count out non-Trump, non-Cruz candidates yet

    01/18/2016 11:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Waco Tribune ^ | January 19, 2016 | Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post
    Following the Thursday GOP presidential debate, the campaigns are trying to make the most of their gains and minimize their problems coming out of feisty face-offs with their rivals. Donald Trump is continuing to bash Sen. Ted Cruz over his "New York values" slur; Cruz responded with a snarky dig at liberal politicians, which was non-responsive considering his crack was about the values of New York. More forcefully, Trump is keeping the flap going about Cruz's Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans, telling Jake Tapper, "How are you going to be president if you didn't know about a million-dollar loan from...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP 'Nuts' for Not Backing Minimum Wage Boost

    01/16/2016 6:55:48 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 1/14/16 | Bill Hoffman
    Mitt Romney has bluntly criticized the Republican Party for not supporting a raise in the nations' minimum wage. The former governor of Massachusetts, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, told the Washington Post his party is missing the boat in opposing a wage boost touted heavily by President Barack Obama. "As a party we speak a lot about deregulation and tax policy, and you know what? People have been hearing that for 25 years, and they're getting tired of that message," Romney said in a recent interview with the newspaper. "I think we're nuts not to raise the...
  • BREAKING: Saeed Abedini, WaPo Reporter Among 4 US Prisoners Released from Iran

    01/16/2016 12:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Some incredible news Saturday morning out of Iran, if you can believe it: The nation has released 4 U.S. prisoners, according to FARS, Iran's semi-official news agency. Among those released are Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, and Nosratollah Khosrawi. They were all being held on various charges. "Based on an approval of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the general interests of the Islamic Republic, four Iranian prisoners with dual-nationality were freed today within the framework of a prisoner swap deal," the Tehran prosecutor's said, the news agency reports. Their release...
  • Six debates in, Donald Trump shows more polish and control

    01/15/2016 12:41:43 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 29 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 15 at 12:35 PM | Jenna Johnson
    It was one of the most memorable moments of the night: Donald Trump defended his “New York values” with a calm, forceful, deeply personal reflection on what it was like to be a New Yorker after the 9/11 attacks. That moment showed just how far Trump has come as a candidate, revealing a style that was more purposeful statesman than bombastic showman. ...... Instead, Trump explained himself and his city. “When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York,” Trump said to warm applause,...
  • 10 reasons that Goldman Sachs loan is a nightmare for Ted Cruz

    01/14/2016 9:22:14 PM PST · by GilGil · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/14/2016 | Jennifer Rubin
    1. He is still indebted to Goldman. (“As for the Goldman Sachs loan, it remains outstanding, though the balance has been reduced to between $50,000 and $100,000.”) Goldman, among other things, employs hundreds of workers on H-1B visas. Cruz used to advocate a huge increase in the number of H-1B visas, without, of course, saying he was on the hook to Goldman. Now, of course, Cruz wants to end H-1B visas. Maybe he should have taken out a loan from a bank that employed more Americans. 2. He didn’t simply “forget” to file the disclosure; he made up a self-reverential...
  • Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president

    01/12/2016 10:29:09 PM PST · by RC one · 372 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/12/16 | Mary Brigid McManamon
    <p>Donald Trump is actually right about something: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is not a natural-born citizen and therefore is not eligible to be president or vice president of the United States.</p> <p>Cruz is, of course, a U.S. citizen. As he was born in Canada, he is not natural-born. His mother, however, is an American, and Congress has provided by statute for the naturalization of children born abroad to citizens. Because of the senator’s parentage, he did not have to follow the lengthy naturalization process that aliens without American parents must undergo. Instead, Cruz was naturalized at birth. This provision has not always been available. For example, there were several decades in the 19th century when children of Americans born abroad were not given automatic naturalization.</p>
  • On CNN, WashPost's Parker Mangles Ted Cruz's Remarks, Christianity

    01/12/2016 12:27:17 PM PST · by Isara · 19 replies
    News Busters ^ | January 12, 2016 | Matthew Balan
    On CNN's AC360 on Monday, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker revealed her own ignorance of Christian teachings, as she targeted Senator Ted Cruz for something "astonishing" he recently said at a campaign stop: "I don't think there's any chance Ted Cruz can win a general — and here's why....He said...'It's time for the Body of Christ to rise up and support me.' I don't know anyone who takes their religion seriously who would think that Jesus should rise from the grave and resurrect himself to serve Ted Cruz. I know so many people who are offended by that comment." [video...
  • Former Putin Aide Is Found Dead in Washington Hotel

    11/06/2015 10:36:09 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Mikhail Lesin, a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who helped found the English-language news service Russia Today, has been found dead in an upscale Washington hotel room. The Russian Embassy in Washington on Friday confirmed the death of Lesin, whose body was discovered Thursday. Russia Today reported on its website that Lesin, 57, died of a heart attack. Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Sean Hickman said that officers were called to the Dupont Circle Hotel about 11:30 a.m. Thursday and found a man dead. Russian Embassy spokesman Yury Melnik confirmed that the man was Lesin. Russia...