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Palin Bashes 'Distrusted' Media During Trump Rally in San Diego

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance at the Donald Trump rally in San Diego, Calif., on Friday. During her remarks, she slammed “those sheep” in the “mainstream media” for opposing the Republican presidential nominee. “Donald J. Trump stormed the primary arena to fight for us with nothing to lose,” said Palin, “not giving a flying flip about Wall Street special interests, nor political correctness, nor those sheep in the media.” “And media, you know, their head is still a’spinning,” she went on. “What you have tried to do to Donald Trump and to all of his supporters has only proven that we were right.” “Do you know how thoroughly distrusted you are, mainstream media?” Palin asked, prompting the audience to boo members of the press seated to the left of the stage. “Well, … Read entire article »

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Now’s the Time to Leverage Technology and Transform California’s Campaign Disclosure Laws

Image credit:  istock Featured Commentary via Eureka This year’s national election may be unlike any we’ve seen before, especially at the top of the ticket.  But a disconcerting constant remains up and down the ballot: the influence of large sums of undisclosed money. … Read entire article »

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Top-Two Primary Limits Voters’ Choices

Image credit:  istock Featured Commentary via Eureka If a California-style Top Two primary were in place for presidential races, in 2008 the nation’s voters would have had to choose between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the general election. There would have been no “third party” candidates on the ballot – and no chance for voters to show their disgust by writing in “Mickey Mouse.” … Read entire article »

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From the Ivory Tower to the Mean Streets of Santa Monica

Image credit:  istock Featured Commentary via Eureka With two elections under the belts of California voters using the “Top Two” primary system, the verdict is in: the new primary is accomplishing the goals stated by supporters when Proposition 14 was passed in 2010. Well…sort of. … Read entire article »

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California’s Open-Primary Reform Leaves Open Questions as to Its Effect on Golden State Politics

Image credit:  istock Introduction via Eureka A funny thing happened to California on the way to its moment of glory as the decider of the fate of the next Republican presidential nominee. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich abruptly quit the race in early May, a month before California’s June 7 vote, leaving the California landscape wide open to Donald Trump. … Read entire article »

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Bernie Sanders Isn't Interested In Answering Questions About Socialism In Venezuela

During an interview with Univision this week, Sanders was specifically asked about the current failing of socialist systems throughout South America. Sanders avoided commenting. MRC has the video and transcript: LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure that you know about this topic: various leftist governments, especially the populists, are in serious trouble in Latin America. The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure? BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: You are asking me questions… LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: I am sure you’re interested in that. BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: I am very interested, but right now I’m running for President of the United States. LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: So you don’t have an opinion about the crisis in Venezuela? BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Of course I have an … Read entire article »

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President Obama Memorial Day Speech at Arlington National Cemetery

“Less than one percent of our nation wears the uniform, and so few Americans see this patriotism with their own eyes or know someone who exemplifies it,” the president said. “But every day, there are American families who pray for the sound of a familiar voice when the phone rings or the sound of a loved one’s letter or email arriving. More than 1 million times in our history, it didn’t come, and instead a car pulled up the the house, and there was a knock on the front door, and the sound of taps floated through a cemetery’s trees.” “Truly remembering means that after our fallen heroes gave everything to bring their battle bodies home, we make sure we give everything they have earned, from health care to a … Read entire article »

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Doug Schoen: The Two Most Unpopular Presidential Candidates

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Cenk Uygur to Sanders Supporters: Barbara Boxer Deserved To Be Booed — It Is Time To Get Louder

Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks,” looks at the events of the Nevada Democratic convention in hindsight, and decides that it is time to double down. CENK UYGUR: There was a huge bruhaha about, were they violent, was there chair throwing? And we’ve been over that a lot already, and we have proved that at least there was no evidence whatsoever of any chair throwing. Or any violence. So if there was any violence on tape, they never showed it, if there was any chair throwing they never showed it, so at the end they brought it down to the “chair brandishing,” haha, so I guess we were right. But we’ve been over that already, and we don’t have to rehash that. But there’s one thing I said at … Read entire article »

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Stefan Molyneux: "We Who Reason Demand Freedom"

Stefan Molyneux celebrates his philosophy talk show, Freedomain Radio, for passing 100 million views on YouTube, and delivers a call to arms for freedom of expression. Partial transcript: STEFAN MOLYNEUX: Do you ever get those moments, where you go from juggling each little grain of sand to zooming out to see the whole beach, the whole world? Yeah, I’m going to turn 50 this year, which is great – as a cancer survivor, there’s no such thing as a bad birthday – but also (and this kind of crept up on me) my philosophy show Freedomain Radio just passed 100 million views on YouTube… Here I stand, currently delivering around 10 million philosophy injections to a hungry world every single month. I honestly believe that never before in the history of human thought … Read entire article »

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Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Forced to Get Rid of Health Care Benefits or Face Fine Up to $500K

When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told The Daily Signal. “Usually it’s the opposite.” Kunkel owns Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland, and employs 21 full-time workers and up to 10 part-time employees. While he doesn’t provide them with health insurance, Kunkel cuts his workers a monthly check through a Health Reimbursement Agreement. Obamacare, he said, would allow a lot of his employees with pre-existing conditions conditions to get insurance, especially those who had trouble purchasing coverage in the past. “That was the biggest … Read entire article »

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Memorial Day Tributes Should Include What Soldiers Fought for

Is Memorial Day a vestigial holiday? Today, a plurality of Americans believe it was a mistake to drop the atomic bombs and many have little understanding of World War II, the Korean War, or the Civil War. It is our duty, not just to commemorate our fallen soldiers, but to understand the causes and principles they fought and died for. On May 30 in 1865, a Charleston school superintendent took a group of black schoolchildren to a mass grave to place flowers and give tribute to the men buried there. “Quietly the ugly mounds were covered with flowers strewn by black hands which knew only that the dead they were honoring had raised them from a condition of servitude,” wrote historian Paul H. Buck. The 249 Union soldiers entombed in that grave died … Read entire article »

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Sanders on witnessing Warriors comeback: 'I like comebacks'

Daniel Chaitin If Bernie Sanders was looking for some inspiration on how a team can achieve a come-from-behind victory, he got a taste of it Monday. The Democratic candidate attended Game 7 of the Warriors-Thunder Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., in which Golden State completed a three-game win streak, by a score of 96-88, to move on to the NBA finals. According to a pool report shared by the Sanders’ campaign, the Vermont senator arrived at halftime with actor Danny Glover, a Bay Area resident and Warriors fan who has also rallied for Sanders. They walked in with a Secret Service escort and sat in Section 108, row 15… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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WATCH: Secret Service jumps to protect Sanders

Daniel Chaitin Secret Service agents jumped into action to protect Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in Oakland, Calif., on Monday. Video posted online shows Sanders’ security detail surrounding the Vermont senator as at least four people jumped a fence and rushed the stage. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Carson: America is about to sail off Niagara Falls

Daniel Chaitin With a renewed threat of a third-party candidate playing spoiler in the upcoming general election, Ben Carson compared the U.S. to a boat about to take a dangerous plunge off America’s most famous waterfall. “America right now is like a cruise ship that is about to go off of Niagara Falls with tremendous carnage and death,” Carson said Monday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Hawking: Trump supporters are 'lowest common denominator'

Daniel Chaitin Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is an expert on many esoteric scientific subjects, such as black holes, relativity and quantum mechanics. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Byron York: Why Trump attacked Martinez

Byron York Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Clinton abruptly cancels N.J. event to focus on California

Daniel Chaitin Hillary Clinton is bailing on a New Jersey appearance to campaign in California with little over a week to go before the both states’ primaries, a move that some speculate is in response to the threat in the Golden State posed by rival Bernie Sanders. On Monday, the Clinton campaign announced in a pair of emails sent out less than five minutes apart that the former secretary of state is cancelling an event in New Jersey that had been scheduled for Thursday, while committing to a last-minute campaign push in California from Thursday until Monday. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Holder: Snowden performed a 'public service'

Paige Winfield Cunningham Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by prompting a debate over national surveillance tactics, even though leaking classified documents was still inappropriate and illegal, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says. Holder praised the result of Snowden’s decision to leak intelligence information while working as a contractor for the National Security Agency in 2013. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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To your health! De Blasio cracks down on sodium, but public urination not a big deal anymore (Open thread)

To your health! De Blasio cracks down on sodium, but public urination not a big deal anymore (Open thread)

**Written by Doug Powers Another Sunday has rolled around, and with it another open thread for whatever’s on your mind. A few starters… With everything else in NYC humming along like a well-oiled machine, Mayor Bill de Blasio cheered a court’s decision that will assist him in doing battle against public enemy #1: Salt! New York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting … Read entire article »

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