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The Jeb Bush Guide To Selfies: "It's Cooler To Do It Diagonally"

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has some advice about taking “selfies.” “The selfie is now the Eleventh Amendment of the Bill of Rights,” he said. “It’s inspired by our framers and founders, apparently. It is a requirement that you take one, and I do it with great joy in my heart.” “It wasn’t that long ago that people wanted your signature on things,” the former Florida governor observed. “And now, forget that, I just want my damn selfie and I’m not leaving until I get it.” He admitted that he hopes the person taking the photo with him “has a long enough arm.” “Or I will take over,” he assured the crowd. He also noted, “For the record, young people do it better than older people.” “It’s cooler to do it diagonally rather than straight up, … Read entire article »

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Rebecca Berg: Trey Gowdy's Endorsement Of Marco Rubio Won't Get Him Any Trump Voters

RCP reporter Rebecca Berg said on last night’s Hardball on MSNBC that Chairman of the House Benghazi Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy’s endorsement of Marco Rubio probably won’t win him any converts from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz supporters, but it might help his positioning within the establishment tier of Republican candidates. JOY-ANN REID, MSNBC: Is it a good thing for Marco Rubio to have the backing of an establishmentarian like Mr. Gowdy? REBECCA BERG, REALCLEARPOLITICS: Maybe in an alternate political universe, not in the one we are currently living in. Here’s the thing. In this election cycle, Republican voters have been drawn to Donald Trump because he is not a Republican elected official, because he represents the exact opposite of what we consider the Republican establishment. Trey Gowdy, though … Read entire article »

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Caitlin Huey-Burns: Donald Trump's New Hampshire Gambit

RCP reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns speaks to MSNBC about Donald Trump’s lead in the polls in New Hampshire. Will his headline-grabbing strategy translate into votes or will the traditional ground game strategy beat Trump? … Read entire article »

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"Right To Rise" Super PAC Hits Marco Rubio For Skipping National Security Breifings For Fundraisers

This ad from the “Right to Rise USA” Super PAC targets Sen. Marco Rubio for missing important national security breifings in the Senate in order to raise money for his presidential campaign. “Politics first,” it says. “That’s the Rubio way.” … Read entire article »

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Howard Dean Teases Martin O'Malley: "Every Candidate Complains About The DNC"

2016 Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley says that the party needs more debates, the country needs new leadership and that power and wealth is accumulating at the top in the Democratic Party. “I was actually the architect of the six debates,” Dean tells O’Malley, “it was actually to protect our candidates.” … Read entire article »

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"Special Report" Panel: What Is Trump's Strategy To Attack Bill Clinton?

Charles Krauthammer, Steve Hayes. … Read entire article »

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"Hardball" Roundtable: Can Sanders Appeal To Trump Voters?

If Donald Trump voters can be swayed by another candidate…could that candidate be Sen. Bernie Sanders? The socialist from Vermont thinks he can sway Trump’s populist supporters who are fed up with the status quo. The Hardball Roundtable discusses. … Read entire article »

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Trump's Rambling, Scathing Attack On The "Pile Of Garbage" And "Controlled" New Hampshire Union Leader

For about 15 minutes during an event in Nashua, New Hampshire last night, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump waved a copy of the New Hampshire Union Leader at the crowd, and engaged in a rambling, scathing, captivating diatribe against the paper, its publisher Joseph McQuaid, and N.J. Governor Chris Christie, who he just endorsed for president. “You have a very dishonest newspaper up here. It’s also a failing newspaper – it’s really going down the tubers.” “I remember when this was a big paper. Look at the size of this thing, its so thin,” Trump said, waving a copy of the paper around. “If they cut any more out of it you won’t be able to find it, it will be like –what do they call those things at the grocery … Read entire article »

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Bernie Sanders: Audit The Department Of Defense, Contractors Wasting Money While Soldiers Are On Food Stamps

At an event Monday night in Storm Lake, Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says that, “when we talk about making government more cost effective, it doesn’t simply mean cutting Medicaid and food stamps.” “What it does mean is taking a hard look at an agency which recieves $600 billion per year where there is an immense amount of waste and fraud,” Sanders said. “We have massive cost overruns with defense contractors, we’ve got deployment after deployment for our soldiers, and we’ve got military families on food stamps.” BERNIE SANDERS: The day before 9/11 — September 10, 2001, this guy that I have nothing to do with, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, he gave a speech and he said that there are trillions of dollars in the Dept. of Defense that we … Read entire article »

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Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia: A Crisis Of Trust & Confidence In Rahm Emanuel's Chicago

Former mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia discusses Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s unacceptable response to criminal justice problems. … Read entire article »

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What Could Happen If China Relaxes Its Grip on This Mountain Pass

What Could Happen If China Relaxes Its Grip on This Mountain Pass

NAMCHE BAZAR, Nepal—A network of cameras now monitors China’s side of the Nangpa La pass, say Tibetan traders who used to cross it regularly. A series of guard towers manned by border patrol troops lines the way. The Nangpa La bridges the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet. Chinese soldiers on this mountain pass shoot at anyone trying to sneak across, traders who attempted crossings after 2009 say. Using these cameras and observation posts, the traders say, Chinese units … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government

Why These Women Want to Repeal an LGBT Law in Alaska’s Biggest City

Why These Women Want to Repeal an LGBT Law in Alaska’s Biggest City

A gender identity law in Anchorage, Alaska, has met with opposition from a dozen women who say they are concerned about safety and privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms. The group—made up of mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and wives—submitted an application to Anchorage officials for a ballot question to repeal the law, which grants protected status to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. “We think that it comes down to a safety issue, that it comes down to … Read entire article »

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Law Enforcement Groups Cry Fowl After Congress Seizes Money From Controversial Forfeiture Fund

One of the largest and most significant civil forfeiture programs has just been suspended and possibly ended. Last week, the Justice Department announced that it is temporarily suspending payouts under the federal “equitable sharing” program. That initiative encouraged state and local law enforcement agencies to bypass restrictive state forfeiture laws by allowing them to transfer seized property to federal authorities rather than comply with the strictures imposed on them by their legislators. What Is Civil Forfeiture? Civil forfeiture is a legal tool that empowers law enforcement authorities to seize cars, money, homes, and any other type of property that is suspected to have been derived from, or used to facilitate, criminal activity. The program was ramped up by Congress in the 1980s to fight organized crime and drug gangs by targeting their ill-gotten … Read entire article »

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Bill Regulating Tax Preparers Faces Criticism for Impacts to Small Businesses, Consumers

New legislation aimed at regulating tax preparers has opponents of licensing and regulations warning that the new requirements would hinder competition and lead to increased costs for consumers. Earlier this month, Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Pat Meehan, R-Penn., introduced a bill that would give the Internal Revenue Service the authority to regulate tax preparers. The legislation, called the Tax Return Preparer Competency Act, mandates tax preparers undergo examinations, participate in annual continuing education courses, and submit to a background check. Black and Meehan argue that the bill would protect taxpayers from bad actors working as tax preparers with the intention of stealing people’s identities and carrying out tax return fraud. “While Congress continues working towards a fairer, flatter, simpler tax code that will enable more Americans to complete their taxes on their … Read entire article »

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Important Lessons One Senator Has Learned After First Year in Congress

Almost a year ago, I stood next to my wife Bonnie, put my hand on my Father’s Bible, and swore to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of Georgia in the United States Senate. This is a role I never imagined, but one I take very seriously. To emphasize the magnitude of this responsibility, I held my first staff meeting at the National Archives—home of the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We reflected deeply on the role of our federal government and the need to hold it accountable to the people we represent. I came to the Senate with a sense of urgency to make a difference. In my first weeks, I sponsored three bills that would help put in place a system that is … Read entire article »

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What’s Driving the Latest Surge of Illegal Immigration From Central America

What’s Driving the Latest Surge of Illegal Immigration From Central America

In a reprise of the humanitarian crisis of summer 2014, rising numbers of Central American children and families are crossing the Rio Grande Valley into Texas, causing a reckoning over whether the U.S. is facing a “new normal” of illegal migration from countries facing violence and poverty. Though the U.S. is better prepared to handle the influx compared to last time, immigration experts caution that the problem is likely to sustain beyond a surge, with many … Read entire article »

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Why Sexual Orientation Laws Are a Threat to Local Education

Since the Department of Education was founded in 1979, the federal government has been increasingly involved in public education. The newest encroachment by the federal government into education comes with the arrival of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) laws. The Department of Education has unilaterally decided that “sex” in Title IX (a federal law that forbids discrimination on the basis of sex) now includes “gender identity” and is imposing these policies on local schools that receive federal funds. The problem is that SGOI laws, which are being pushed by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) activists, represent a serious danger to local school communities. Ryan Anderson, a researcher at The Heritage Foundation, explained in a recent report that SOGI laws “threaten Americans with liability for alleged ‘discrimination’ based on subjective identities, not objective … Read entire article »

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A Medicaid Budget Gimmick That’s Defrauding Taxpayers

The Washington Post editorial board has long considered itself the “adult in the room” on fiscal matters, all but endorsing the Simpson-Bowles plan and other trendy fiscal proposals. It also allied itself with respectable centrist groups like the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in calling out Congress for engaging in budget gimmicks to hide its spending appetite. However, a major recent flip-flop from the paper’s editorial writers should turn heads and spark action in Congress. The issue at hand is a budget gimmick used by states regarding Medicaid provider taxes. In truth, this gimmick could more accurately be referred to as straight-up fraud (were the federal government not complicit in it). Here’s how it works: Under Medicaid, the federal government promises to reimburse states for a majority of their Medicaid spending, most of which … Read entire article »

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Va. lawmaker wants to defund Gov. McAuliffe's armed guards over gun dispute

A Virginia state senator has thrown down the gauntlet with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a brewing battle over gun rights — pushing to defund the governor’s armed bodyguards unless he revokes an order that banned firearms in most state buildings. … Read entire article »

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US spying on Israel reportedly ensnares members of Congress

President Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. … Read entire article »

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