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  • The tortured things GOP Senate candidates have said about Donald Trump, to date

    05/04/2016 5:06:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2016 | Amber Phillips
    But many senators left wiggle room to back away from Trump if necessary; Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), who is in a tough reelection battle back home, said he intends to support the nominee "unless something crazy happens." And according to our March survey, at least 22 Republicans aren't sure or wouldn't say. Newly minted Indiana GOP nominee Todd Young hasn’t said anything we could find about whether he'd support Trump. Only one Republican senator — Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) — has said clearly that he won't be on Team Trump.
  • Kasich: Seriously, you guys, I can win this

    05/04/2016 4:51:03 AM PDT · by kevcol · 68 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 3, 2016 | Erica Brown
    Reacting to Cruz's exit, Kasich tweeted his support saying the Senator "should be proud of his strong and disciplined campaign" and added that Texans were "lucky" to have him represent them. Taking advantage of a narrow opportunity to garner financial support after Cruz ended his White House bid, Kasich's campaign also blasted out a fundraising email to supporters, soliciting donations as the only candidate who can "stop Trump and unify the party." Kasich continues to defend his staying in the race, touting his electability as the only Republican candidate equipped to beat Hillary Clinton in the fall, and hopes his...
  • Trump's impending nomination means it's time for a third candidate

    05/03/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 3, 2016 | Eliot A. Cohen
    Eliot A. Cohen served in the Defense and State departments in the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, respectively. It's over. Donald Trump, a man utterly unfit for the position by temperament, values and policy preferences, will be the Republican nominee for president. He will run against Hillary Clinton, who is easily the lesser evil but is trailed by clouds of scandal and misconduct and whose party's left wing poses its own threats to liberties of speech, religion, enterprise and association. It is time for a third candidate, and probably for a third party.
  • Clinton says she'd take Bill 'out of retirement' for White House jobs role

    05/03/2016 4:09:54 PM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 3, 2016 | Foxnews
    Hillary Clinton already has a certain someone in mind for the role of manufacturing jobs czar: her husband. In one of the first real indications of the role Bill Clinton might play if the Democratic presidential front-runner brings the family back to the White House, Hillary Clinton told hard-hit workers in coal country that she plans to take her husband "out of retirement" so he can work on bringing jobs back. "I've told my husband he’s got to come out of retirement and be in charge of this, because you know he’s got more ideas a minute than anybody I...
  • Campaign puts merchandise on sale as John Kasich, Ted Cruz brace for bad night in Indiana

    05/03/2016 3:38:29 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    WCPO ^ | May 3, 2016 | WCPO Staff
    Team Kasich announced a discount on all campaign gear Tuesday afternoon, while Indiana voters are headed to the polls. From Kasich drink koozies to baby onesies, everything in the store is 15 percent off.... Some speculated the timing of Kasich’s campaign sale is a sign of not-so-good things to come for the Ohio governor’s presidential hopes. Not so, said Team Kasich in a rebuttal Tweet this afternoon. The sale, according to the campaign, is the result of new goods available at the Kasich store because of new goods coming in and thanked reporters for getting the word out.
  • GOP elites to host yacht party, gather at Florida resort to discuss Trump’s delegates

    04/20/2016 7:47:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Binder
    It pays to be part of the 168-member Republican National Committee (RNC). RNC party leaders are expected to discuss GOP front-runner Donald Trump's delegates thus far at the Hollywood, Florida Diplomat Resort & Spa, which also includes a party on a 128-foot yacht, according to a report by CNN. . . . The yacht party can accommodate 550 people, and includes 18,000 feet of deck space, a covered sky lounge, two sun decks and 13 high-definition televisions.
  • Kasich camp calls on Republicans to rally around him to stop Trump

    04/20/2016 6:36:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jonathan Swan
    John Kasich's campaign is urging "every Republican in the country" to rally around his candidacy, despite his overwhelming loss to Donald Trump in Tuesday’s New York primary. "The next 7 days are absolutely critical and every Republican in the country who wants an open convention and to win the White House should rally around Gov. Kasich in the upcoming April 26 states," said Kasich's chief strategist, John Weaver, in a memo issued on Tuesday night after Trump won New York by some 30 points. The Ohio governor's campaign also blamed the "Never Trump," movement, castigating the conservative outside groups opposed...
  • When an ankle bracelet goes off at the White House

    04/20/2016 6:27:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 20, 2016 | Henry Percy
    Last weekend, Barack was holding a "Brother's Keeper youth initiative ... to keep men of color out of trouble" at the White House when the ankle bracelet of one of the rappers in attendance went off. Rick Ross, the "artist" in question, was recently arrested for the second time in a month, this time for kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery after pistol-whipping a man working at one of his houses and refusing to let him leave the house.
  • Mexican 'exploitation movie' suggests Trump will hunt, kill illegal border crossers

    04/19/2016 11:35:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    A new Mexican movie promoted by Univision host Jorge Ramos portrays a drunk vigilante motivated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rant killing at least four illegal immigrants at the border. The trailer for the movie, Desierto, now in Mexican theaters, blasts out Trump's initial criticism of illegal immigrants as a man armed with a rifle guns down targets crossing under barbed wire.
  • Cruz: I'm an outsider like Sanders

    04/19/2016 7:41:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Alan He
    "I'm so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months. And it has nothing to do with a politician winning his home state tonight," Cruz said without offering any congratulations. The Texas Senator spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the site of President Obama's speech 2008 on race and referenced the then freshman Senator famous "yes we can" slogan multiple times. "Our sitting president ran on a slogan that should have been a great first step," Cruz said. "It promised us, 'yes we can.' Now it is time to take that slogan...
  • Lindsey Graham blocks Saudi 9/11 bill

    04/19/2016 3:41:06 PM PDT · by kevcol · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Lindsey Graham has placed a hold on legislation that would open the door for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Graham (R-S.C.), who is a co-sponsor of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, put the hold on his own bill over concerns that new changes could expose the U.S. to legal attacks.
  • VIDEO: Clintons campaign at polling place — in violation of NY law?

    04/19/2016 3:28:29 PM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | April 19, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    It pays to have Clinton Privilege. New York election regulators seem to be looking the other way today as Bill and Hillary Clinton campaigned outside their polling location this morning. Video published by Reuters shows the Clintons posing for photos inside their precinct, as well as “greeting voters” outside the door. Campaign signs and stickers are clearly visible.
  • Kasich snaps at reporter who asks him about his single win

    04/19/2016 7:36:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | April 18, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    John Kasich apparently doesn’t like being asked why he's only won a single state in the Republican presidential primary. On Saturday, the Ohio governor — whose lone victory was in his home state — was talking up his chances when Demetri Sevastopulo, a reporter for the Financial Times, interrupted him. . . . "I'm answering the question the way I want to answer it," Kasich said. "You want to answer it?" Kasich then snatched Sevastopulo's voice recorder out of his hand and turned it toward him: "What do you think?"
  • Guantanamo Bay one step nearer to closing as nine prisoners moved to Saudi Arabia

    04/17/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 17, 2016 | Fraser Moore
    The notorious Guantanamo Bay came one step closer yesterday to shutting its doors after nine Yemeni prisoners were transferred to Saudi Arabia. The US-controlled prison camp on Cuban soil now has 80 detainees, with 26 expected to be released in the summer. The prisoners were unable to be sent back to their native Yemen due to a bloody civil war in the country. A Pentagon spokesperson said: "The United States is grateful to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."
  • Watch Stephanopoulos in disbelief when Hillary claims she’s ignorant about 9/11 legislation

    04/17/2016 8:01:51 PM PDT · by kevcol · 59 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 17, 2016 | Michael Dorstewit
    Hillary Clinton claimed surprising ignorance of a bill she should be intimately acquainted with as a former secretary of state and New York senator. ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos brought up the legislation introduced by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, which would allow 9/11 victims to sue state sponsors of terror for the attack that took nearly 3,000 lives in 2001. "Your senior senator here in New York, Chuck Schumer has sponsored a bill backed by the 9/11 families that would give them the right to sue state sponsors of terror in federal court," he said Sunday on "This Week." "Now,...
  • Trump convention chief: 'There's not going to be a second ballot'

    04/17/2016 7:14:46 PM PDT · by kevcol · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | Curt Mills
    "The dialogue and the narrative of this campaign isn't focusing on the real issue," Trump convention manager Paul Manafort said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "The real issue is there's not going to be a second ballot." "There are many paths to [a delegate majority] for Donald Trump, between now and middle of June," Manafort said. "We are working all of those paths." . . . "The states that we just finished — this was the time when Cruz was supposed to be ahead," Manafort said. "With Cruz, he wins the reddest of red states, where you get voterless primaries,...
  • Kasich tells supporters of religious freedom laws: 'Get over it'

    04/17/2016 6:56:38 PM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    "What I'd like to say is, just relax," Kasich said on CNN. "If you don't like what somebody's doing, pray for them, and if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it? You know?" Kasich's comments were a reply to a question about his harsh reaction to Mississippi's new law that allows companies not to serve gay couples. Last week, Kasich asked "What the hell are we doing in this country?" in reaction to that law.
  • Kasich declares victory in Indiana delegate elections but questions remain

    04/16/2016 5:09:27 PM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    John Kasich is declaring victory over Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Indiana in the battle to elect loyal convention delegates. There was no way to immediately verify the Kasich campaign's claim. The Ohio governor's top delegate strategist declined to offer names of Kasich delegates or say exactly how many delegates are his among the delegation of 57. . . . "This past week in Indiana we gained more committed delegates than Cruz and Trump out of the 57 elected," Michael Biundo, a Republican operative directing Kasich's delegate strategy, said in an email exchange with the Washington Examiner. "Our team...
  • ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’: How Monica Lewinsky has turned her life around since the day Bi

    04/16/2016 12:09:24 PM PDT · by kevcol · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 16, 2016 | Kate Samuelson
    Monica Lewinsky has described the public humiliation she suffered after her affair with President Bill Clinton was exposed as 'excruciating', and said it brought her 'very close' to attempting suicide. The 42-year-old former White House intern became a household name after her friend Linda Tripp secretly recorded conversations with Lewinsky discussing the affair and passed them on. . . . One day she told him 'I have a crush on you' and he responded 'Well, do you want to come into the back office?'. . . . She recalls attending a press conference held a week before the launch of...
  • Customers File Lawsuit Against Victoria's Secret Alleging Racial Profiling

    04/16/2016 10:31:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 15, 2016
    Two black women are each seeking $4 million in damages from Victoria's Secret, claiming they were treated like criminals and ordered out of the Beverly Center store by management after a confrontation with an aggressive customer. A lawsuit filed by Shaunda McDaniel and Tammi Robinson alleges negligence, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest and violations of various state codes. . . . According to the complaint, the plaintiffs went to the Victoria's Secret store, located in a predominantly white and affluent area, last June 16 for the chain's semiannual sale. They were perusing the sale items when a...
  • Undocumented immigrant students in Tennessee rally for in-state tuition bill

    04/16/2016 9:44:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 64 replies
    The Tennessean ^ | April 13, 2016 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — Dozens of undocumented immigrant students from Chattanooga and other parts of Tennessee rallied Tuesday at the state Legislature and spoke with House members in hopes of reviving stalled legislation that would let them pay in-state tuition rates to attend public colleges and universities. The bill failed last year in the House by a single vote after passing the Senate overwhelmingly. . . . Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, who sponsored the Senate bill and passed it overwhelmingly last year, said, "I'm hoping they bring it out. Let's have a vote one way or the other." Earlier this year, Gardenhire...
  • Chelsea Clinton Gets Personal At Downtown LGBT Center

    04/16/2016 9:07:05 AM PDT · by kevcol · 71 replies
    New York Observer ^ | April 15, 2016 | Felipe De La Hoz
    Asked about her experiences learning about LGBT issues at a forum in downtown Manhattan, Chelsea Clinton struck a deeply personal note. "I think the first time I heard the word 'gay' was when one of my mom's law partners killed himself because he couldn't figure out how to come out to his family," Ms. Clinton said, adding that she was 7 years old at the time. . . . She went on to explain that she had first heard of mental illness when a neighborhood friend and her family had been killed by the friend’s father in a murder-suicide
  • College Cancels Debate Between Conservative And Liberal because Conservative was participating

    04/16/2016 7:58:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 16, 2016 | Eric Owens
    At the last minute, officials at the State University of New York at New Paltz curtly canceled a planned campus debate between a notable left-wing media critic and a notable right-wing media critic because the right-wing media critic has right-wing views. . . . School officials had blasted out emails promoting the event as late as March 28. Then, on the afternoon of March 30, SUNY New Paltz student activities director Mike Patterson declared that the debate would not occur. "The intended purpose for our community would likely not be achieved," Patterson explained, according to The New Paltz Oracle, the...
  • Texas GOP officials urge statewide secession vote

    04/16/2016 7:36:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 77 replies
    WND ^ | April 15, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Republican officials in Texas may find themselves debating secession at the state GOP convention in Dallas this May 12-14 due to a surge in resolutions passed at the county level. A Nederland-based activist group called the Texas Nationalist Movement claims at least 22 resolutions on a secession vote have passed, which puts pressure on GOP officials to discuss the issue at the state's convention. The Houston Chronicle confirmed passage of 10 resolutions before its story was published Friday. Texas Nationalist Movement said just one resolution passed four years ago. "I absolutely think the people should have an opportunity to vote...
  • American Professor Instructs Students That It’s Ok To Rape and Murder Non-Muslims

    Meet Abu Ammaar Yasir Kazi. He's not some crazy Imam in the Middle East. He’s a college professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, who was described by New York Times Magazine as "one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam." In lectures to students at this American college, he blasts those in his class as being filthy and impure. He then steps up his vitriolic diatribes, by tearing into Christians, where he compares them to feces and urine, saying they are the "most evil of evils." He then instructs his students that they should engage in jihad...
  • Watch man confront defiant Kasich: Your 'responsibility to democracy' is to leave race

    04/15/2016 7:40:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 15, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    Despite only winning his home state of Ohio, Kasich continued to defend his staying in the race as he spoke to voters and host Chris Matthews at an MSNBC town hall in New York Thursday. Audience member Steve Young confronted Kasich on his "responsibility to voters," reminding the Ohio governor that his poll numbers don’t seem to indicate a GOP nomination. "Don't you think at some point you have a responsibility to voters to recognize the fact that they're not voting for you," Young asked, noting that Kasich’s message does not seem to have resonated. ... Kasich again made the...
  • Oregon parents fury as nine-year-old kids see 'explicit' depictions of sexual acts...school library

    04/15/2016 6:43:38 PM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2016 | James Wilkinson
    Parents of fourth-graders at an Oregon elementary school were 'furious' to discover that their children - some as young as nine - had read an explicit sex education book featuring cartoons of sex acts and masturbation, Fox 12 Oregon reported Thursday. In a letter to parents, Hudson Park Elementary School admitted that copies of 'It's Perfectly Normal,' a guide to sexual health aimed at children ten and up, were passed around to students. . . . The book is aimed at children aged 10 and up, and features cartoon depictions of male and female teens and adults. Acts featured in...
  • NBA keeps 2017 All-Star Game in North Carolina for now despite 'anti-LGBT' law

    04/15/2016 12:58:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2016 | Ahiza Garcia
    The NBA said Friday it is not currently planning to move the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, despite the state's anti-LGBT "bathroom law." . . . The law, which took effect in March, prevents cities in North Carolina from creating non-discrimination policies based on gender identity. (The law was enacted after Charlotte passed such an ordinance.) It also mandates that students in state schools use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. . . . The announcement comes after six U.S. senators wrote an open letter to Silver asking him to move the...
  • Budding socialist, Bernie supporter battles Cavuto; declares capitalism 'illegitimate'

    04/15/2016 10:30:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 15, 2016 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One of the organizers of Wednesday's "Million Student March" locked horns with Neil Cavuto Thursday, calling capitalism an "illegitimate" economic system. Wednesday's demonstration called for free college education, forgiveness of all student loan debt and a $15 minimum wage for all student campus workers. Darletta Scruggs, one of the organizers and a Sen. Bernie Sanders supporter, called Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton "a candidate of Wal-Mart, Wall Street and war," during a contentious 18-minute interview where she constantly talked over the Fox Business Network host. She wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase, "Socialist Alternative," and went on to say...
  • Maine On Track to Uncover Record Amount of Welfare Fraud

    04/13/2016 4:03:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it expects to surpass last year's record number of uncovered welfare fraud. "We're seeing an awful lot of welfare fraud," Director of Fraud Operations Tom Roth told WCSH-TV. "We definitely have more calls coming in than we have people to handle. Having the support from the state and the public is paramount, I think, to our success."
  • Bbillboard reading 'Islam Bloody Islam' sparks worldwide outrage and a petition to have it removed

    04/13/2016 9:45:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    A billboard in St. Augustine, Florida, that criticizes Islam is causing international outrage. The words 'Islam Bloody Islam' are written in a red, tattered font on a black background across the 14-foot high sign. Written in in white below the red words the billboard reads: 'Doomed by its doctrine'. . . . 'This is horrifying because this tells me that they want everyone in our whole city to read this,' she said. A petition, started by a woman named Becky Williams, hopes to bring the sign down. 'We should always stand up for those in our community who are shown...
  • University bans golf team from using Trump course because of campaign rhetoric

    04/13/2016 5:43:04 AM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 12, 2016 | Peter Fricke and Anthony Gockowski
    One of the top golf programs in the country is no longer allowed to practice at the Trump Doral golf course because administrators deemed Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric to be inconsistent with Barry University's values. Late last year, Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Administration, determined that Trump's campaign rhetoric conflicts with the university's mission, triggering an automatic severing of relations with all businesses and organizations in which he holds a senior leadership position. . . . Neither the Trump campaign nor the Trump Organization seem to have taken notice of Barry’s...
  • Syrian surge! 'Refugees' flood into U.S. at rate of 358 per week

    04/13/2016 5:14:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    WND ^ | April 12, 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    A flood of Muslim refugees from Syria, an average of 358 per week to be exact, is expected to arrive in the United States between now and the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The Obama administration has decided to implement a "surge" in Syrian refugees, fast-tracking the arrival of those fleeing civil war in that country to make good on its commitment of bringing 10,000 by the end of fiscal 2016. . . . To fulfill its promise, the administration has now decided to expedite the process, cutting the screening period from 18-24 months down to three...
  • Senators ask NBA to pull All-Star game from North Carolina

    04/13/2016 5:04:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    A bipartisan group of senators has asked NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to pull the league's 2017 All-Star game from North Carolina because of a law in that state that many say discriminates against gay and transgender people. . . . Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Pat Leahy, D-Vt., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., all signed onto the letter sent Tuesday. Kirk is the only Republican signed onto the letter and is running for reelection this year.
  • Hillary agrees as panelist says gunmakers are turning US citizens into terrorists

    04/12/2016 7:28:27 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 12, 2016 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Hillary Clinton seemed to steadily agree with a panelist that gun and ammunition manufacturers turn American citizens into terrorists. At a gun violence forum in Port Washington, New York, aired by ABC News on Monday, an unidentified woman eviscerated the firearms industry. "We're so worried about terrorism but we have terrorism on our own soil," the woman said as Clinton animatedly nodded like a bobblehead. "Our gun manufacturers, our ammunition manufacturers are making terrorists out of our citizens."
  • 'Worst threat ever': Oh no! Here's how Michael Moore is punishing N.C. for 'bigoted law'

    04/12/2016 6:45:24 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 12, 2016 | Sarah D
    I have asked my distributor NOT to book my film in any theater in North Carolina due 2 their bigoted law against LGBTQ ppl. They have agreed — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) April 12, 2016
  • California Man Dressed as Woman Busted for Videoing in Ladies Bathroom

    04/12/2016 9:36:04 AM PDT · by kevcol · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2016 | Bob Price
    A Palmdale, California, man wearing women's clothing was arrested in a Lancaster Macy’s store after he was seen in a women's bathroom. The man was allegedly videotaping women in the bathroom. . . . On Tuesday, Pomare was formally charged with six counts of unlawful use of a concealed camera for purposes of sexual gratification. The charges are misdemeanors under California law. . . . In October 2015, Breitbart Texas reported on an illegal alien who was caught filming women in a Walmart bathroom in San Angelo, Texas. Jose Santos Argueta was sentenced to 270 days in jail and was...
  • Transgender professor files sex discrimination lawsuit against SVSU

    04/12/2016 8:47:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    MLive ^ | April 8, 2016 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — A transgender adjunct professor at Saginaw Valley State University has filed a federal lawsuit against the school that alleges she was fired from her administrative position because of her gender transition. . . . Davenport, who began presenting as a female in March 2014, still remains an adjunct English professor at the university in Saginaw County, she also served as the assistant to the director of Academic Programs Support until December 2013, when university officials eliminated that position, "allegedly for budgetary reasons," the lawsuit claims. . . . Davenport, a Hazel Park resident, alleges violations of Title...
  • Nuisance challengers irk GOP senators

    04/12/2016 8:20:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2016 | Burgess Everett
    Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire will spend their summers under attack by underfinanced tea party opponents. In Nevada, the reemergence of Sharron Angle — who infamously blew a chance to defeat Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid in 2010 — means the GOP's hand-picked candidate for the open seat, Rep. Joe Heck, has a fight on his hands to get to the general election. And Republicans also are fretting over primaries in Colorado, Indiana and Florida, as well as the fate of a former leader of their campaign arm. It's a nuisance the party could...
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich calls for open convention: "It's a bizarre process"

    04/12/2016 7:47:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 36 replies
    Fox8 ^ | April 12, 2016
    WASHINGTON– Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the Republican presidential primary delegate process "bizarre" on Monday and said the Republican National Convention should adopt rules that would open up the nomination to more candidates. . . . Kasich brushed off the notion that the Republican National Convention rules committee might block him from contention for the nomination in July — despite Cruz and Trump saying they will support a rule that requires a majority of delegates in eight states to be eligible. "He spent $1 million making stuff up about me in Wisconsin, of course he would say that," Kasich said...
  • Driving 'exposes women to evil' claims Saudi Arabia's top Islamic cleric as he defends ban

    04/11/2016 2:48:33 PM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 11, 2016 | Katie Mansfield
    Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin-Abdullah al-Sheikh attempted to justify the ban on religious television channel Almajd. He warned "weak-spirited" men who are "obsessed with women" could hurt female drivers. The cleric added family members would not know where their female relatives were if they were allowed to drive. . . . The sheikh is known for being outspoken and in 2014 claimed Twitter was "the source of all evil". He has also spoken out on animation films, reportedly issued a fatwa allowing men to eat their wife if they are starving and banned Muslims from playing chess.
  • WSJ: 'Chameleon' Cruz sold voters 'bill of goods'

    04/11/2016 12:09:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2016 | Eddie Scarry
    The conservative Wall Street Journal has come out with an intensely critical editorial of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for, the paper says, his "largely synthetic" aggression toward the GOP "establishment." . . . "This rage-against-the-machine bill of goods catapulted Mr. Cruz to prominence on talk radio, digital media and within a rump wing of the Republican Party," the paper said. "But the same fury also paved the way for [his rival Donald] Trump, who exploited it with a more blunt-spoken populism on immigration, trade and foreign policy ... The difference is that Mr. Cruz knows better, giving himself a...
  • Alaska Senate votes to allow concealed guns on UA campuses

    04/11/2016 11:32:44 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Alaska Dispatch news ^ | April 7, 2016 | Rashah McChesney
    The bill's sponsor, Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, said gun-free zones on campuses make them targets for killers. He highlighted the growing number of mass shootings in the United States in recent years. "I don't want the students and the faculty at the University of Alaska to be a soft target as the dial seems to be ratcheted up over the last few years," he said. The measure passed by a vote of 13-5.
  • North Carolina: We won't be bullied by big business hypocrites

    04/11/2016 9:49:14 AM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    "The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture," CEO Dan Schulman wrote in a memorandum on the company's website. That's what a corporate bully looks like, folks. Conform to the demands of radical cultural militants or pay the price. "It is corporate blackmail," Lt. Gov. Dan Forest told me. But PayPal is not just a big business bully – they are also hypocrites. "PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including five where the penalty is death," NC Rep. Robert Pittenger wrote...
  • Local cake decorator denies service to gay wedding, receives social media backlash

    04/11/2016 9:26:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | April 8, 2016
    ESCANABA, Mich. — An Upper Peninsula cake decorator is in hot water with several Facebook users as a controversial post slowly catching viral waves makes its way through the social network. A recent status update by Bake It U.P. Cakes explains that the business denied services to a same-sex couple after it was commissioned to decorate a cake for an upcoming wedding. The decorator was unaware it was for a same-sex couple, and as soon as she found out, the business backed out of the transaction. The post states, "This has nothing to do with the person, or the lifestyle...
  • Jindal: GOP may become useless, but will win in November

    04/11/2016 8:38:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    The former Louisiana governor told the Washington Examiner the danger facing the Republican Party is not a single candidate such as Donald Trump, but an identity crisis brought on by ignoring conservative principles. "It's certainly fair to describe the Republican Party as the worst political party out there except for all the alternatives," Jindal said. "I don't see at this point in time a viable alternative for conservatives to go out there and implement and present our principles, but I do think if the Republican Party continues to move away from our conservative principles, at some point it is fair...
  • Jeb Bush is available for paid speeches

    04/11/2016 4:40:31 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Sacramento Business Journal ^ | Apr 6, 2016 | Ed Goldman
    A brief news item appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal under the headline, "Jeb Bush Available For Paid Speeches." This struck me as dubious news. The guy — who I suggested in a recent column should team up with Dr. Ben Carson and go on tour as the Ambien Twins — is being hyped as a paid speaker? But not just any paid speaker. As the article pointed out, Bush (and this really had me scratching my head) "reported last year earning nearly $10 million in speaking fees since 2007, receiving as much as $40,000 a speech in...
  • "Astonishing" two in three British Muslims would NOT give police terror tip-offs

    04/11/2016 4:07:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 31 replies
    Express-UK ^ | April 11, 2016 | Laura Mowat
    Two thirds of British Muslims would not inform the police if they thought that somebody close to them had become involved with terrorist sympathisers, according to a poll. This alarming revelation suggests that more than 100,000 British Muslims could sympathise with suicide bombers and people who commit terrorist acts. The investigation is further proof that the Government's counter-terrorism programme, Prevent, is not providing intelligence to the police from Muslim groups. Former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, described this revelation as "astonishing" and "troubling". The survey also discovered that more than half of Muslims think that...
  • Kasich: 'Establishment' not going to let Trump, Cruz become nominee

    04/10/2016 7:26:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 233 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2016 | By Rudy Takala (@RudyTakal
    Republican delegates are not going to be likely to support either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when they get to the party's national convention in July, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday. . . . "Here's what's interesting," Kasich said, suggesting that he was prepared to go down in history. "I am the second choice of both the Cruz people and also the Trump people. As you know, we've had 10 contested conventions, and only three times has the front-runner won. I don't want to go back in history too far, but I think old Honest Abe...
  • Fiorina: 'Never say never' to VP spot

    04/10/2016 6:38:00 PM PDT · by kevcol · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Carly Fiorina isn't ruling out sharing a presidential ticket with Ted Cruz as his VP pick. "I learned in life to never say never about all kinds of things," the former Republican presidential candidate said in an interview on WABC Radio's "Election Central with Rita Cosby." "I didn't think I'd run for president, either, but I did." Fiorina dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and has since been one of Cruz's strongest surrogates. She said she's flattered by talk of her being the Texas senator's pick for vice president, but she is focusing...