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  • Trump and His Fans Are Stuck Inside a Feedback Loop

    11/30/2015 12:09:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The National Review ^ | November 29, 2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    On Meet the Press this morning, Donald Trump insisted that: he was "100 percent right" when he said he saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, New Jersey, cheering the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, even though fact-checkers have debunked his assertion. In a phone interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Trump said he has heard from "hundreds of people that agree" that there were televised Muslim celebrations of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which he used as evidence to show his remarks were true. "I saw it. So many people saw it," said Trump, who, in the...
  • The Latest: Obama Visits Site of Paris Concert Attack

    11/29/2015 9:41:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2015
    President Barack Obama has paid a late-night tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, shortly after his arrival for climate talks in the French capital. The American president's motorcade went straight from Orly Airport on Sunday to the famed French concert hall, the Bataclan, site of the worst bloodshed when the terrorists struck on Nov. 13.
  • GOP establishment to back Hillary if Trump nominee

    11/29/2015 8:19:03 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 140 replies
    WND ^ | 11/29/2015 | JOE KOVACS
    'They want a puppet that they can control, Donald will never be that person' Although Donald Trump has signed a pledge to support the Republican Party's nominee, that doesn't mean the party's establishment will support him, should he win the GOP presidential nod. A report by the Hill suggests the big money Republican donors are actually looking to support Hillary Clinton for commander in chief if Trump is at the top of the GOP ticket. Yes, the Democrat Hillary Clinton could be getting millions of dollars from Republicans. The website says: "In conversations over the past month, GOP establishment donors...
  • How The Abortion Rights Movement Is Going To Turn Colorado Into A Rallying Cry

    11/29/2015 7:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 29, 2015 | Evan McMorris-Santoro and Tarini Parti
    WASHINGTON — This week, abortion rights activists are going to use tough language and modern political tactics to make the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Friday into a political moment they say will put abortion opponents on the defensive after a year that has seen them score a number of political victories against legal and accessible abortion. That means abortion rights supporters using the word “terrorism” to describe what happened in Colorado Springs. That means confronting pro-life Republicans and asking them about what activists call “a culture of violence” directed toward abortion providers. And that means trying...
  • Twisted Sister: Trump can use 'We're not Gonna Take It'

    11/29/2015 6:44:34 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/15 | Joshua Axelrod
    Donald Trump has drawn the ire of musical acts like Neil Young, Aerosmith and R.E.M. for using their songs on his presidential campaign trail. But it appears Trump has finally found an ally from the music industry in the form of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who explicitly gave the billionaire mogul, who currently leads the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings, permission to use their 1984 hit "We're Not Gonna Take It" as a campaign rally cry. Snider told Canadian Business that Trump called and asked for permission to use the song, a gesture that he appreciated. "I said, 'Look,...
  • Ted Cruz Calls Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter 'Transgendered Leftist Activist'

    11/29/2015 6:39:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | November 29, 2015 | Samantha-Jo Roth
    NEWTON, Iowa -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) downplayed the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and suggested the suspect was a “transgendered leftist activist" at a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday. Speaking with reporters following the event, Cruz rejected suggestions that the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement, taking issue with the “vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life.” Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was taken into custody Friday night after allegedly opening fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs,...
  • Fiorina: Obama 'delusional' about magnitude of climate change as security threat

    11/29/2015 6:11:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/29/15
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Sunday called President Obama “delusional” to think climate change is the country’s biggest terror threat and criticized liberals and others trying to make a political statement about the recent Planned Parenthood shootings.“That’s delusional for President Obama, Hillary Clinton or anyone else to say that climate change is the biggest security threat,” Fiorina told “Fox News Sunday.”Obama has made several speeches in which he has said climate change is “an urgent and growing threat,” including his 2015 State of the Union address in which he said: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations...
  • Republican race promises to shift rapidly in final 2 months before Iowa caucuses

    11/29/2015 6:03:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/29/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump still holds a lead in the Republican presidential polls in Iowa, but Ben Carson is fading and Sen. Ted Cruz is catching up fast as the first-in-the-nation caucuses prepare for another wild finish.Four years ago at Thanksgiving, it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who had climbed to the top of the polls, unseating pizza baron Herman Cain who dropped out of the race altogether. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, the eventual Iowa winner, was languishing in the low single digits.It is a reminder of how fast things can change as the candidates jockey for position heading into the...
  • Thousands cheer on insult-throwing Donald Trump at Sarasota rally

    11/29/2015 5:49:33 PM PST · by Red Steel · 60 replies
    TampaBay ^ | Nov 29, 2015 | Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor
    SARASOTA Thousands of Donald Trump fans packed inside and outside a Sarasota arena Saturday to hear the Republican front-runner rip Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, super PACs, "phonies" in the press corps (especially the New York Times), Obamacare, "weak" generals leading America's military, political correctness, Hillary Rodham Clinton and assorted people who have doubted or criticized him. The billionaire reality TV star who has upended the Republican primary drew booming cheers and chants of "Trump! Trump! Trump!" as he delivered a disjointed, borderline stream-of-consciousness speech heavy on knocking critics and vague on promises about reviving the American dream and making it...
  • Huckabee defends Obama 'Koran verse' comments

    11/29/2015 5:47:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/29/15 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he wasn't trying to lump President Obama together with Islamic terrorists by saying the president wants Americans to "memorize a Koran verse." "Heavens, no," the GOP presidential contender said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked by the moderator whether that was his intention. Huckabee said he rather intended to make his point that Obama isn't showing enough anger toward the Islamic State after its recent attacks in Paris and Mali. "I'm simply pointing out the irony," Huckabee said. "This president has shown more intensity of anger toward Republicans than toward ISIS ......
  • Cruz Condemns Colorado Shooting, Rejects Anti-Abortion Link

    11/29/2015 4:53:20 PM PST · by Isara · 36 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 29, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with reporters during an event in Iowa on Nov. 28, 2015. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) NEWTON, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is condemning the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado but also aggressively pushing back on suggestions the shooter was part of the anti-abortion movement. Speaking reporters after a stop here Sunday afternoon, Cruz rejected a potential connection between anti-abortion activism and the shooting, instead taking issue with "some vicious rhetoric on the left blaming those who are pro-life.” The shooting, which happened Friday in Colorado Springs, left a police officer and...
  • Ted Cruz Does 'Princess Bride' Impression

    11/29/2015 4:03:22 PM PST · by Isara · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 29, 2015 | Jessica Hopper
    He's quoted "Jerry Maguire," "The Usual Suspects" and "Scarface" on the campaign trail, but it's clear, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz loves "The Princess Bride" the most.At a church service today in Des Moines, Iowa, the presidential hopeful was prodded by the pastor of Christian Life Assembly of God to offer an impression from his favorite movie. It didn't take much prodding. "I will confess to knowing an awful lot of that movie," Cruz said. Cruz has previously said it's his favorite movie.He admitted to the congregation that while he loved the movie, he's "never shared on a Sunday morning" his...
  • Trump abruptly cancels black clergy press conference

    11/29/2015 3:40:44 PM PST · by springwater13 · 92 replies
    The campaign originally announced the press conference in a press release on Wednesday, writing, “Trump will be joined by a coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders who will endorse the GOP frontrunner after a private meeting at Trump Tower.” But some of those listed as invitees quickly took to social media to condemn the billionaire businessman. Detroit pastor Corletta Vaughn called Trump “an insult and embarrassment” in a Wednesday Facebook post. Amid the furor, the campaign canceled the public portion of the event. The private meeting will go forward as planned, and Scott said that the...
  • Clinton will unveil $275 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs

    11/29/2015 2:49:30 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 98 replies
    Clinton will unveil $275 billion infrastructure plan to create jobs By Amanda Becker BOSTON U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to make job creation the focus of her campaign over the next month, beginning with a $275 billion infrastructure spending plan that will be released this week. Clinton's plan to increase the federal government's spending on infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years will be fully paid for by changing how businesses are taxed, a campaign aide said, without providing any details. Of the total amount, $25 billion will be earmarked for an infrastructure bank. Clinton's campaign...
  • Editorial: Prioritizing fighting terrorism over climate change is a no-win scenario

    11/29/2015 2:21:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 29, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    The start of the Paris climate summit on Monday should be a moment of glory for President Obama. His administration has instituted the country's first serious action against climate change by requiring dirty coal plants to drastically lower emissions. He played a key role in China's dramatic attitude shift on climate. His rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline prompted a change of heart in the Canadian province where the tar sands that produce the oil are located; the premier of Alberta has announced that the province will cap greenhouse gas emissions from the tar sands and place new emphasis on...
  • Trump to Chuck Todd on 9/11 Claim: “Take it Easy, Chuck. I’m Not Taking it Back”

    11/29/2015 1:46:06 PM PST · by SMGFan · 72 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | November 29, 2015
    Donald Trump told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday he was not taking back his comments that American Muslims in New Jersey were cheering after September 11, 2001. Todd repeatedly grilled Trump for saying last week “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City, NJ, celebrated the World Trade Center attack. In fact, Todd spent more than half of the interview questioning and even rejecting Trump’s claim. “You demand and you’ve demanded of me pinpoint accuracy when I report on things about you, including, for instance, your net worth,” Todd said in his very first question of the...
  • Trump Announces 100 Black Pastors To Endorse Him, Lying Black Pastors Say NO WE'RE NOT!!

    11/29/2015 1:30:29 PM PST · by EveningStar · 66 replies
    SooperMexican ^ | November 28, 2015 | SooperMexican
    It's clear that the mainstream media is trying to destroy the noble and godly Donald Trump by absolutely smearing him and lying their mendacious lies about this statement that 100 African-American pastors were going to endorse el Trumpo, our savior and lord: ... I bet Trump will show up on Monday with a THOUSAND Black Pastors to endorse him and then the media will look sooooo stupid!! Hahahahah!!
  • Trump’s rhetoric turning Muslims against the US, McCain says

    11/29/2015 12:43:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 178 replies
    The Hill ^ | Novemebr 29, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric is only serving to turn the international Muslim community against the U.S. "Oh, I think it has an interesting effect of turning Muslims all over the world against the United States of America, which is 99.44 percent people who practice an honorable religion," the Arizona senator said of Trump on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "As all of our candidates bloviate about the refugees, [Syrian President] Bashar Assad is a major cause of the refugees which are now flooding Europe and causing such consternation in the United States," he said....
  • Carly Fiorina Slams 'Delusional' Obama, Left for Pushing Climate Change as National Security Threat

    11/29/2015 12:05:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 29, 2015 | Curtis Houck
    Appearing on November 29th Fox News Sunday, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina slammed President Barack Obama and his allies as “delusional” for continually pushing the notion that climate change is a chief national security threat for the United States and the world at-large.  Fiorina was asked about the issue by host Chris Wallace in context of this upcoming week’s United Nations climate change summit in Paris and the argument that addressing climate change makes the world safer and rebukes Islamic terrorists. Carly Fiorina Slams 'Delusional' Obama, Left for Pushing Climate Change as National Security Threat The GOP candidate immediately...
  • My Donald will be best president ever says Trump's wife Melania

    11/29/2015 10:50:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 47 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11/28/15 | Ben Hoyle
    In a presidential campaign of mould-breaking idiosyncrasy, Donald Trump struck a rare conventional note this week when he paraded his wife and children before the American people two days before Thanksgiving. Introducing them at a rally in South Carolina, the billionaire property mogul and reality TV star announced: "I haven't done this yet. I brought my family, OK? I brought my family." His third wife, Melania, a former model from Slovenia who is 24 years his junior, spoke 16 words to the crowd. "Good evening. Isn't he the best? He will be the best president ever," she said. "We love...
  • After Colo. shooting, Carson decries "hateful rhetoric"

    11/29/2015 9:45:58 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/29/15 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson denounced "hateful rhetoric" across the political spectrum in the wake of a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility that left three people dead. Abortion rights supporters have said that such rhetoric has motivated violence against Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. "There is no question that you know hateful rhetoric no matter which side it comes from - right or left - is something that is detrimental to our society," Carson said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday when asked about their claims. "Our strength in this country has traditionally been in our unity....
  • Kasich: 80 Percent of Republicans Don’t Support ‘Outrageous,’ ‘Divisive’ Trump

    11/29/2015 9:23:51 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 122 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said his rival Donald Trump will not be the nominee because “80 percent of Republicans don’t support him.” Kasich said, “It’s about whether we want to have a leader who unifies the country. Donald Trump has criticized and insulted women, his Hispanics, Muslims, reporters.” Guest host Martha Raddatz asked, “Do believe what Donald Trump is saying that he didn’t know he was insulted the reporter?” Kasich said, “He has insulted other reporters this one he absolutely mocked who was disabled. Martha, you’re been offend by him I think....
  • Thousands Cheer Donald Trump at Raucous Rally in Sarasota

    11/29/2015 9:21:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NBC South Florida ^ | 11/29/15 | NBC South Florida
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has boasted about his high standing in polls, slammed super PACS as "a scam'' and dismissed rivals Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush at a campaign stop in their home state of Florida. Thousands jammed into the Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Florida, to hear the billionaire celebrity speak at a raucous rally on Saturday afternoon. -snip- He says super PACS are "a scam'' because millions of dollars raised go to high-priced consultants and advisers, and make candidates beholden to big donors.
  • Jeb Bush: Trump is 'uninformed' and 'preying on people's fears'

    11/29/2015 8:32:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/29/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Donald Trump is "uninformed" - but would be a better president than Hillary Clinton, according to GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Bush, knocked off the top of the Republican pack earlier this year by Trump, made the comments about the business mogul on Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" in response to a question about Trump's calls for a national database to track Muslims. "Look, I just think he's uninformed. He knows what he's saying. He's smart. He's playing you guys like a fiddle, the press, by saying outrageous things and garnering attention," Bush told moderator John Dickerson. "That's his...
  • Jeb Bush: Prospect of Donald Trump presidency 'scary'

    11/29/2015 8:25:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/29/15 | Eric Bradner,
    eb Bush says the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is "kind of scary." The former Florida governor blasted Trump, saying he doubts the real estate mogul's readiness for the White House, in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt to see how the campaign unfolded," Bush said. "But if you listen to him talk, it's kind of scary to be honest with you, because he's not a serious candidate." "He doesn't talk about the issues at hand that are of national security importance for our country --...
  • Jeb Bush Says Trump 'Uninformed,' Not a Serious Candidate

    11/29/2015 8:18:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/29/15 | AP
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says rival Donald Trump is not prepared to be the nation's commander in chief. Bush says Trump is "uninformed" on major issues facing the U.S, especially defense and foreign affairs. During an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Bush says the 2016 front-runner is "not a serious leader."
  • An Exasperated Chuck Todd Grills Trump: 'You're Running for President! Your Words Matter!'

    11/29/2015 8:05:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 110 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11/29/15 | Josh Feldman
    Chuck Todd once again confronted Donald Trump on Meet the Press and appeared to get more and more exasperated with Trump's false claim that thousands of New Jersey Muslims cheered on 9/11. Todd pointed out that Trump has demanded "pinpoint accuracy" from the media--and at pretty much every rally Trump has called the press "dishonest"--and asked, "Why shouldn't we demand the same pinpoint accuracy in the claims that you make? Isn't it hypocritical of you calling us out if we're not calling you out when you stray from the truth?" He repeatedly challenged Trump on that 9/11 claim, and Trump...
  • Trump doubles down: ‘Muslims worldwide celebrated 9/11’

    11/29/2015 6:34:23 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 105 replies
    NY POST ^ | november 29, 2015 | Aaron Short
  • Trump Breaking Away Among Likely Rep Primary Voters Per Reuters [Trump 35% Rubio 14% Cruz 13%]

    11/29/2015 2:58:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 23, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015 (5 Day Rolling) | Reuters
    Time Frame: Nov 23, 2015 - Nov 27, 2015 (5 Day Rolling) Businessman Donald Trump 35.0% Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio 14.0% Tex. Sen. Ted Cruz 13.0% Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush 11.0% Surgeon and author Ben Carson 10.0% Ohio Gov. John Kasich 5.8% Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee 4.0% Former Sen. candidate and business executive Carly Fiorina 3.6% NJ Gov. Chris Christie 1.6% Ken. Sen. Rand Paul 1.1%
  • The Villages Tea Party Interviews Kris “Tanto” Paronto (Benghazi) [Videos]

    11/29/2015 11:20:40 AM PST · by Randall_S · 7 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 29, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Our friends at The Villages Tea Party just hosted hero Kris "Tanto" Paronto. KRIS "TANTO" PARONTO Former Ranger, 2nd Battalion, 75th Regiment Security and Military Consultant Hero of Benghazi Attack Kris Paronto - "Tanto" as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles - is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government's Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Mr. Paronto was part the CIA...
  • Donald Trump compared to Hitler in new Republican attack ad [Kasich for America add a Laugher]

    11/29/2015 10:34:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    ibtimes.co ^ | November 29, 2015 | Taku Dzimwasha
    "You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you're not one," says Moe over ominous music, before going on to list other groups targeted by the former The Apprentice presenter. The colonel concludes: "But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there's someone left to help you."
  • Andrea Mitchell:Trump Is "Lighting Fires,Turning People Against People"

    11/29/2015 10:01:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 82 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” after an interview in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump strongly stood by his claims thousands of American Muslims celebrated on 9/11, veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News Andrea Mitchell accused Trump of “turning people against people.”
  • 100 detained after Paris climate conference rally

    11/29/2015 9:50:18 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | Updated 58 mins ago
    PARIS -- Tens of thousands of people have taken part in rallies around the world on Sunday, calling on leaders to halt climate change on the eve of a major conference in Paris. Because of a state of emergency in France imposed after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, many of the rallies are taking place outside the country. But French police and activists clashed in Paris, with riot police firing tear gas to disperse protesters throwing projectiles. Here are some of the rallies that took place on Sunday. PARIS Thousands of demonstrators gathered in central Paris and formed a human...
  • A Ted Cruz moment for me

    11/29/2015 9:48:44 AM PST · by Isara · 144 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Sunday, November 29, 2015 | William A. Jacobson
    The confidence to engage rather than avoid. This video has been around since July. I had heard about it, but never watched it. I’m not sure how, but I stumbled upon it last night.In the video, Ted Cruz’s rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal was interrupted by Medea Benjamin and other Code Pink protesters.Cruz could have reacted many ways. He could have shouted down the people shouting him down. He could have insulted them. He could have had security push them away.But instead, he engaged. That’s what was important to me. The confidence to engage rather than avoid. Standing face...

    11/29/2015 8:18:40 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Asharq al Awsat ^ | 21 Nov, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    The other evening in New York when Secretary of State John Kerry came to talk about President Barack Obama's foreign policy, everyone thought he had come to praise it. An hour and 6000 words later, it was clear that he had come to bury it. The expected encomium became an unintended obituary. Kerry started by building an edifice of excuses for what he knew, and didn't want to admit, was failure on a grand scale. To heighten his profile, Kerry told the audience that he had just had lunch with Henry Kissinger who had admitted that the world was more...
  • Trial of Baltimore police officer charged in man's death to start (Freddie Gray)

    11/29/2015 7:52:20 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 11-29-2015 | Ian Simpson
    November 29, 2015 Trial of Baltimore police officer charged in man's death to start by Ian Simpson (Reuters) - Trial begins on Monday for a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a black man from an injury he suffered while in police custody that triggered rioting and protests and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality. Officer William Porter, 26, is the first of six officers scheduled for separate trials in Baltimore City Circuit Court for the death in April of Freddie Gray. Trial will begin with jury selection. Judge Barry Williams last week ordered the identities of...
  • Few Thoughts Now On A Republican Establishment That Just Doesn't Get It & Effort Against Trump

    11/29/2015 7:42:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Fox via Youtube ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | Lou Dobbs via Youtube
    A Few Thoughts Now On A Republican Establishment That Just Doesn't Get It & Their Pitiful Effort To Take Down Front runner Donald Trump - Lou Dobbs' Commentary
  • Jeb Bush says he would support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton

    11/29/2015 7:18:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 68 replies
    The Guardian via newsvine.com ^ | Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:47 AM | Matti Viikate
    Jeb Bush would support Donald Trump if the real estate billionaire were to win the Republican presidential nomination, "because anybody is better than Hillary Clinton".
  • The Bush presidency was my fault: I am so sorry my work stopped the Florida recount

    11/29/2015 7:09:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 121 replies
    Salon ^ | November 29, 2015 | John Allen Paulos is a professor of mathematics at Temple University
    An example of an extremely significant, decidedly unintended result of a relatively tiny event can be nightmarish. This one is, at least for me. It concerns the role I played in getting George W. Bush elected president in 2000. That I was the butterfly whose fluttering cascaded into Bush's election still pains me. I had written an op-ed for the New York Times titled "We're Measuring Bacteria with a Yardstick" in which I argued that the vote in Florida had been so close that the gross apparatus of the state's electoral system was incapable of discerning the difference between the...
  • 18-Year-Old’s Short Film on Abortion Will Blow Your Mind

    11/29/2015 6:59:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 28, 2015 | NANCY FLANDERS
    (LiveActionNews) -- One decision can change everything. Mitosis, a short film from 18-year-old director Hannah Victoria (Worth Saving), aims to prove that. It may seem that the choices we make for ourselves will affect us and us alone, but it simply isn't true. There is always a ripple effect, whether small or large. Mitosis tells the story of a young doctor, who after making a promise to a childhood friend, sets out to find a cure for cancer. The film, from Victoria's company Expressionistic Studios, was released on YouTube this week and promises to shine a light on the magnitude...
  • Why Evangelical Christians Should Not Support Donald Trump

    11/29/2015 6:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 253 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Michael Brown
    I understand the tremendous popularity of Donald Trump in America in 2015. He is a larger than life reality TV star; he is incredibly rich and not beholden to anyone; he is fearless and speaks his mind; he articulates the frustrations and anger of millions of his countrymen; he gives the impression that he can fix our economy and will put an end to illegal immigration; he is not a Washington insider; he could be a strong leader who could face down our global enemies; he can even be winsome and self-effacing at times. Yes, I do understand all this...
  • Tear gas, scuffles at banned Global march for climate in Paris (VIDEO)

    11/29/2015 6:00:52 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 29 Nov, 2015 13:48
    Crowds gathered in the French capital on Sunday to attend a global march for the climate, despite the ban on gatherings enforced by French authorities. When one of the groups charged a police cordon, tear gas was deployed to push them back. "Huge amounts" of tear gas were fired at protesters near Place de la Republique in central Paris, according to witnesses’ reports on Twitter, with objects flying in the direction of security forces. The march, which was set to take place in dozens of cities around the world, was restricted in the French capital falling under the ban on...
  • McConnell's Loophole to Make NRSC More Powerful than PACs and Campaigns

    11/29/2015 5:37:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 11/27/15 | Amanda Carpenter
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a problem. The political organization he sits at the head of, designed to protect incumbent Republican senators, is losing power. And so, in this year's omnibus spending bill, which is considered “must pass” in order to keep the government running, he plans to give the National Republican Senatorial Committee and other party-aligned groups even more extraordinary privileges in the political process. McConnell is preparing to attach a rider that would eliminate all coordination limits for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and other national party committees run by Washington insiders, such as the Republican National...
  • GOP's hell-bent on tearing us apart:decades-long (southern) strategy to win by divisiveness...

    11/29/2015 4:51:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | November 29, 2015 | Heather Cox Richardson, .....a professor of history at Boston College
    Republican candidates for the presidential nomination claim that Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell them, insist the U.S. is at war with an "evil state of consciousness," compare Muslims to rabid dogs, and call for closing mosques and registering Muslims. These are not fringe candidates. They are the front-runners. American politics has descended from principle into tribalism. The descent began in 1968. That year's presidential election looked to be a principled fight, with Democrats Hubert Humphrey and Robert F. Kennedy articulating a vision of an inclusive America in which the government expanded efforts to guarantee equality. For...
  • How Donald Trump Could Swing the Senate

    11/29/2015 4:47:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 11/28/15 | Patricia Murphy
    Imagine, for a moment, the once unthinkable scenario that Washington Republicans are beginning to contemplate: The GOP convention in Cleveland with Donald Trump as the nominee. After Melania Trump and the Trump kids get prime time spots to talk about how The Donald will make America great again, every Republican senator and Senate nominee will get a turn at the podium to talk about the Republican Party and its new leader, Donald Trump. New Hampshire’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte describes the “beautiful wall” coming between the U.S. and Mexico. Sen. Rob Portman talks about waterboarding, which Trump has endorsed with a...
  • GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination

    11/29/2015 4:35:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 11/29/15 | Jonathan Swan
    When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: "I would probably go find a deserted island." "I think Hillary is disgusting," said Riordan, a wealthy investor who has exceeded $500,000 in political donations throughout his career. "And I think Trump is crazy," Riordan added in a telephone interview Monday. Riordan is not alone. In conversations over the past month, GOP establishment donors have confided to The Hill that for the first time in recent...
  • GOP donors wrestle with possibility of Trump nomination [Are They Coming Around?]

    11/29/2015 4:30:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2015, 07:00 am | Jonathan Swan
    When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: "I would probably go find a deserted island." "I think Hillary is disgusting," said Riordan, a wealthy investor who has exceeded $500,000 in political donations throughout his career. "And I think Trump is crazy," Riordan added in a telephone interview Monday. Riordan is not alone. In conversations over the past month, GOP establishment donors have confided to The Hill that for the first time in recent...
  • France Uses Emergency Laws to Place Climate Activists Under House Arrest

    11/29/2015 2:46:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    At least 24 activists who advocate for climate change have been placed under house arrest ahead of the highly anticipated United Nations talks in Paris. France used emergency laws that were implemented after the Paris shootings to arrest the green campaigners, the French government confirmed on Saturday. Earlier, the Guardian had reported the news, noting that the warrants delivered to the activists cited state of emergency laws that were imposed after 130 people were killed in terrorist attacks earlier this month....... ......It's not that the French government thinks green campaigners are tantamount to terrorists, but rather that their actions could...
  • Poll: Trump [30%] retakes lead, Cruz [21%] surges in IA; Rubio second in NH

    11/28/2015 10:22:07 PM PST · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    cbsnews ^ | Updated Nov 22, 2015 7:24 PM EST | Anthony Salvanto, Jen De Pinto, Sarah Dutton, Fred Backus
    Donald Trump has returned to the lead in Iowa while Ted Cruz has now surged past Ben Carson into second place. Carson has slipped from a first-place tie into third. Cruz's move has come directly at the expense of Carson, as nearly one-quarter of his voters switched. In New Hampshire, Donald Trump keeps his commanding lead, keeping up support from conservatives, Republicans and the independents who say they're coming into the GOP primary to vote for him. This month finds Marco Rubio nearly doubling his support and pushing into second place -- albeit far back of Trump -- at 13...
  • No, Trump is Not Receiving the Endorsemnent of 100 African American Pastors

    11/28/2015 11:27:29 PM PST · by UncleRicosFootball · 17 replies
    Race42016 ^ | 11/28/15 | Matt Coulter
    By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the news and seen the posters: on Monday, 100 African American pastors will be endorsing Donald Trump at a press conference following a private meeting. The only problem? It’s not true. Oh, Donald Trump says it’s true. His campaign says it’s true. And those flyers the campaign designed says it’s true. But the pastors who are listed as attendees and endorsers disagree... So apparently, Donald Trump’s campaign sent invitations to 100 African American pastors to meet with him on Monday. Then, regardless of whether or not the pastors said they were coming, Trump’s campaign threw...