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  • Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh says he wasn’t calling for violence when he vowed to grab ‘a musket’ (trunc)

    10/26/2016 5:22:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    yahoo news ^ | October 26, 2016
    Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh started a firestorm on Wednesday afternoon when he tweeted that he would be “grabbing a musket” if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump loses the election to Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8. But in a conversation with Yahoo News as an avalanche of responses to his post began rolling in, Walsh explained that he merely was “talking metaphorically” and not about actual violence.
  • Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

    10/25/2016 4:57:24 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    MSN AP ^ | October 25, 2016
    FALMOUTH, Maine — Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day. The fear is that the ugly rhetoric of the campaign could escalate into confrontations and even violence in school hallways, endangering students. "If anybody can sit there and say they don't think this is a contentious election, then they aren't paying much attention," said Ed Tolan, police chief in this seaside community, which decided to call off classes on Election Day and put...
  • Saudi Arabia executes prince for murder - official media

    10/18/2016 6:52:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | October 18, 2016
    A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, official media reported, in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to the death penalty. Prince Turkic bin Saud al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said in a statement on state news agency SPA. It did not say how the prince was killed. Most people executed in the kingdom are beheaded with a sword.
  • Spoiler alert: DC state name to be State of Washington, DC

    10/18/2016 5:12:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    MSN AP ^ | October 18, 2016
    District of Columbia leaders have come up with a new name for the city in the unlikely event that it becomes a state: State of Washington, D.C.
  • Conservatives fall for joke tweet about ripping up Trump ballots

    10/17/2016 5:19:12 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2016
    Powerful figures in conservative media fell for a joke tweet in which someone claiming to be a postal worker in Ohio said he was ripping up absentee ballots cast for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, The Daily Beast reports.
  • Bus driver charged in boy's death was in 10 accidents, had 9 license suspensions: officials(JC,NJ)

    10/17/2016 3:31:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 17, 2016
    The commuter bus driver charged with killing an 11-year-old boy on Friday while driving with a suspended license has been in 10 accidents and had nine license suspensions, an official said today.  Raul O. Delatorre-Galarza, 44, of Elizabeth, was behind the wheel of a commuter van at about 8 a.m. Friday when it struck George Gonzalez as he crossed Kennedy Boulevard at Neptune Avenue on his way to catch his school bus, authorities said. The 11-year-old, who lived with his aunt nearby, was pronounced dead a short time later at Jersey City Medical Center.
  • North Carolina GOP headquarters firebombed

    10/16/2016 3:39:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    Fox news ^ | October 16, 2016
    A Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed and a nearby building was vandalized on Saturday night and police were hunting for those responsible on Sunday. The inside of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough was severely damaged and an adjacent building was marked with spray painted graffiti reading “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else,” The Charlotte Observer reported. “The office itself is a total loss,” state GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.” A bottle of flammable...
  • Driver of commuter bus that killed 11-year-old is charged; had suspended license

    10/15/2016 5:04:41 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | October 14, 2016
    The driver of the commuter bus that struck and killed a Jersey City 11-year-old boy has been charged after police found that he was driving with a suspended license, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said tonight. Raul Delatorre-Galaza, 44, of Elizabeth, has been charged with causing a death while driving with a suspended license and he is being held at Hudson County jail in Kearny on $50,000 bail. Schillari said Delatorre-Galaza has had multiple license suspensions in the past. George Gonzalez was struck at the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Neptune Avenue just after 8 a.m., authorities said. He had just...
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson stands by Trump in debate

    10/15/2016 1:33:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    MSN AP ^ | October 15, 2016
    Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson stuck by Donald Trump in a debate Friday without actually saying the presidential candidate's name. Referring to Trump as "our Republican nominee," Johnson said he supports him on a number of issues, including securing the border and fighting the Islamic State terrorist group, but that he's also "not going to defend the indefensible." Johnson's Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, challenged Johnson to renounce Trump, who's been battered by accusations of sexual misbehavior. Trump has denied the allegations.
  • 'Who’s on First?’ copyright suit tossed again on appeal

    10/12/2016 4:43:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    NYPost ^ | October 11, 2016
    A federal appeals court Tuesday called out a lower-court judge for tossing a copyright infringement lawsuit over the 80-year-old sketch “Who’s On First?” — but upheld the dismissal anyway. A three-judge panel from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said Manhattan federal court Judge George Daniels erred in throwing out the lawsuit brought by the kin of Abbott & Costello, who claimed they owned the copyright to the famous comedy routine.
  • Commuter who lost middle finger in crash moves to sue NJ Transit

    10/11/2016 4:29:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Sheldon Kest lost half the middle finger on his right hand in the Sept. 29 NJ Transit crash, so he's using a different gesture to let the agency know how he feels: a lawsuit. Kest, a 66-year-old technology manager who lives in Tenafly, was on the Pascack Valley Line train when it crashed at Hoboken Terminal on Sept. 29, killing one person and injuring Kest and 107 others. Graphic photographs displayed during a press conference Tuesday at the Hilton in Newark called by Kest's lawyers included one of him being led away from the train with blood running down his...
  • Justin Verlander Apologizes for ‘All Lives Matter’ Tweet after Social Media Backlash

    10/11/2016 4:21:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 11, 2016
    Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander backed off using an “All Lives Matter” hashtag after a backlash on social media. On Sunday, while viewing the Toronto Blue Jays’ complete their sweep of the Texas Rangers in the American League Divisional Series, Verlander grew impressed with TBS broadcasters singing word for word the Canadian national anthem. Immediately Verlander reflected on “Black Lives Matter” sympathizer Colin Kaepernick and his legion of followers who don’t even stand for America’s national anthem, let alone sing the words.
  • Feds renew contested allegations in Menendez case

    10/10/2016 4:39:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    More than a year after a judge dismissed four counts of bribery in the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen, a federal grand jury Thursday renewed the accusations in a superseding indictment. Menendez, a Democrat from Paramus, was originally indicted in April 2015 along with Melgen, who prosecutors allege gave the senator more than $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for Menendez intervening in federal matters involving Melgen. The bribery charges returned in Thursday's superseding indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark, concern a $20,000 payment Melgen made to the...
  • Amber Tamblyn shares sexual assault story in response to Trump comments

    10/09/2016 3:23:19 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    page 6 ^ | October 9, 2016
    Actress Amber Tamblyn shared a disturbing story about her abusive ex-boyfriend Sunday in hopes that it would affect Trump voters who are brushing off the latest lewd comments he made about women. The 33-year-old “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star posted a lengthy story about a time she was at a concert with some pals when her ex showed up and sexually assaulted her along with a picture of Trump planting a kiss on a beauty
  • Lt. Gov. Guadagno breaks with Christie, won't vote for Trump

    10/09/2016 1:26:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is breaking with Gov. Chris Christie and says she will not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and hasn't decided if she'll vote for a third party candidate or not at all. So, too, is the only declared 2017 GOP governor candidate, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-Somerset), who says he likely won't vote in November, and is calling on Trump to voluntarily step aside. For years, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has been a Christie loyalist, never publicly taking a position that differed from that of her boss and deflecting most of political questions to the governor to...
  • Donald Trump will live tweet the VP Debate

    10/04/2016 1:00:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    Donald J. Trump Twitter ^ | October 4, 2016
    I will be watching the great Governor @Mike_Pence and live tweeting the VP debate tonight starting at 8:30pm est (sic)! Enjoy!
  • Kim Kardashian held at gunpoint in Paris, thieves steal millions in jewelry

    10/03/2016 2:06:23 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 3, 2016
    Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint during Paris Fashion Week, with thieves stealing more than $10 million worth of jewelry from the reality star, according to media reports. “Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers,” Kardashian’s spokesperson said in a statement to CNN, which first reported the incident. “She is badly shaken, but physically unharmed.” A police source told Reuters that Kardashian was locked in a bathroom and tied up during the attack, which involved five men wearing ski masks and jackets with police signs. The attackers stole a jewelry...
  • Supreme Court to begin new term short-handed as its ideological balance hinges on fall vote

    10/02/2016 2:39:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2016 | By Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court’s new term begins Monday with the focus not on the court’s docket but on the court itself and a future that will be defined by the presidential election. For the first time in decades, there will be only eight justices, not nine, to begin the new term. Also absent are the kind of big-ticket cases — involving immigration reform, affirmative action, abortion, same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act — that in recent years have catapulted the Supreme Court to the fore of American civic life. Instead, the short-handed court has assembled a docket of more-modest cases...
  • Illegal tire tracks mar Death Valley dry lake famous for mysterious moving rocks

    10/01/2016 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    Review Journal ^ | September 21, 2016
    The National Park Service is trying to track down a motorist who defaced a remote dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park famous for its mysterious moving stones. Despite its name, Racetrack Playa is strictly off-limits to motor vehicles. But that didn’t stop an unidentified park visitor from taking an illegal joyride across the lake bed, leaving behind about 10 miles of looping tire tracks that could scar the landscape for years.
  • NTSB has not yet interviewed engineer in fatal Hoboken train crash

    10/01/2016 8:38:28 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    With the investigation into the fatal train crash hindered by safety concerns in the Hoboken Terminal, the National Transportation Safety Board has shifted focus to the NJ Transit train crew and data recovery. The NTSB Vice-Chairwoman Bella Dinh-Zarr said that the transit employees who were on board the train that crashed Thursday, killing one and injuring more than 100, have "been very cooperative." The engineer has not yet been interviewed by federal officials, according to Dinh-Zarr.  Investigators started to meet with members of the crew Friday and scheduled an interview with the engineer, Thomas Gallagher.
  • Sorry, Hillary Clinton’s the one who’s unfit for the White House

    10/01/2016 7:41:38 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    NYPost ^ | September 30, 2016
    “Hillary Clinton has the temperament to be president.” That statement is as absurd as confusing a wheelbarrow for a fighter jet. After 40 years in public life, Clinton speaks clearly and often presents herself with poise and occasional flashes of elegance. But beneath this bright surface, deeply unpresidential traits linger. Clinton is an unreconstructed elitist who disdains her fellow Americans. She notoriously told Barbra Streisand and a room full of rich, giggling liberals: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’” Speaking Sept. 9 at a $6 million Manhattan fund-raiser, she added: “They’re...
  • NJ gas tax hike announced alongside a sales tax decrease

    09/30/2016 4:00:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Metro ^ | September 30, 2016
    Gov. Chris Christie announced a deal on Friday to increase New Jersey’s gas tax by 23 cents. The Republican governor and Democratic leaders of the state legislature reached an agreement that satisfied Christie’s wishes to include a cut in sales tax with the eight-year-deal. In January 2017, sales tax will be cut from 7 percent to 6.875 percent. A year later, sales tax would be further reduced to 6.625 percent, NBC4 reported. Estate tax would be phased out over the next 18 months and tax credits for veterans and the working poor would be introduced. The deal will raise $2...
  • He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.

    09/29/2016 4:50:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2016
    The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state. One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday. “His family members were very distraught,” said Garst, who confirmed the existence of the FBI and police investigation but said she could provide few details because the case is ongoing.
  • ‘Wonder Woman’ Comics Writer Confirms Diana Has ‘Obviously’ Had Relationships With Women

    09/29/2016 4:02:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    Variety ^ | September 29, 2016
    “Wonder Woman” just became wonderfully inclusive. In an interview with Comicosity, Wonder Woman comics writer Greg Rucka discussed the new thematic elements his comic series following the superhuman Diana, including the much talked-about sexual orientation of its titular character. When asked about the subject, Rucka confirmed that his Wonder Woman is, indeed, queer. “When you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same-sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise,” he
  • Fulop announces re-election bid, ending flirtation with governor run

    09/28/2016 5:36:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | September 28, 2016
    Mayor Steve Fulop ended his three-year flirtation with a 2017 gubernatorial run this afternoon, saying during a brief address in front of City Hall that he will instead seek re-election as mayor and back Democrat Phil Murphy's bid to become governor.
  • ‘Modern Family’ Will Feature Transgender Child Actor

    09/26/2016 6:24:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Variety ^ | September 26, 2016
    This Wednesday’s “Modern Family” will include an openly transgender child actor on TV. In the upcoming episode — entitled “A Stereotypical Day” — parents Cameron “Cam” (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date. Both parents are filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment. Lily’s playmate Tom will be played by 8-year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker
  • 'Souvenir Tickets' to 1st Presidential Debate Misspell Candidate's Name

    09/26/2016 5:06:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    NBC New York ^ | September 26, 2016
    Amid the frenetic preparations for the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, there's one thing the school apparently overlooked: how to spell the Democratic candidate's name. "Souvenir tickets" issued to the 350 students for the first Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate had one glaring error: Clinton's name was spelled "Hilary," with one L. Hofstra University spokeswoman Karla Schuster said in a statement emailed to NBC 4 New York, "These tickets are not official tickets to the debate. They were printed at the last minute to create a souvenir for the students. We'll be reprinting them for all those who...
  • Heartbreaking image of newborn babies being kept in cardboard boxes in Venezuela due to (Trunc)

    09/21/2016 7:39:25 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | September 21, 2016
    Newborn babies are being kept in cardboard boxes due to Venezuela's healthcare crisis, an opposition party claims. Heartbreaking images were posted online by Mesa de la Unidad Democratica today showing dozens of tiny infants lined up in makeshift cots. Each is wrapped in a blanket in half a cardboard box with their medical notes sellotaped to the front on a piece of paper.
  • Daniel Radcliffe: Hollywood undeniably racist

    09/20/2016 4:16:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | September 20, 2016
    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has said it is "pretty undeniable" that Hollywood is racist. He told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme the film world was seen as "very, very progressive", but was "lagging behind" industries in encouraging diversity. Radcliffe also said it was hard for gay actors to come out for fear of being typecast in gay roles. And he stated that he did not want to play Potter again "at this point". The 27-year-old British actor has starred as JK Rowling's child wizard in several films since 2001. But his latest screen role, in the thriller Imperium, is...
  • Donald Trump Jr compares Syrian refugee problem & Bowl of skiitles

    09/19/2016 5:58:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Donald Trumo Jr. Twitter ^ | September 19, 2016
    "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016"
  • Bam! Jersey City school to get Obama name after all

    09/18/2016 1:06:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | September 16, 2016
    Facing a crowd of about 100 people in support of renaming School 34 in honor of President Obama, the Jersey City school board last night reversed its opposition to the move and advanced a measure approving of the name change. "We did it and we did it TOGETHER!" Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, who led the effort to name the Kennedy Boulevard school after the president, wrote on Facebook last night after the vote. If the renaming is formalized next month as expected, Obama would be the second president whose name graces a Jersey City school. Lincoln High School is named for the nation's...
  • This 18-Karat Gold Toilet Is Now Open For Public Use

    09/18/2016 12:06:51 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 16, 2016
    Starting today, the Guggenheim museum in New York City really wants to you to give its solid gold toilet a go. The 18-karat gold, fully-functioning toilet was created by Italian artist and sculptor Maurizio Cattelan, and is a part of an exhibit called “America” at the Guggenheim. The exhibit is meant to “remind us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” according to the museum’s blog.
  • Poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton tied across battleground states

    09/18/2016 8:10:48 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | September 18, 2016
    The race across the combined battlegrounds is as tight as can be, tied 42 percent to 42 percent.  Clinton was up one point last week, and was up two points back on Labor Day weekend. Voters in these states are still looking for change, while the partisan divide remains particularly deep. Fifty-five percent of battleground voters want to see “big changes” in the nation’s politics and economy in the next few years. Forty-three percent want “some changes” and only 2 percent think things are fine and not in need of much change. Trump leads by a wide margin on being trusted to change Washington: Forty-seven...
  • Pipe bombing at New Jersey race probed as possible terrorism

    09/17/2016 5:30:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    MSN Reuters ^ | September 17, 2016
    A pipe bomb exploded in a New Jersey beach town on Saturday along the route of a charity race to benefit military veterans, but no injuries were reported in what investigators were treating as a possible act of terrorism. The explosive device went off in a trash can about 30 minutes after the scheduled start of the race, which coincidentally was delayed, in Seaside Park, a resort about 80 miles (129 km) south of New York City, officials said. No damage to surrounding structures was reported, and no runners or bystanders were in close proximity to the 9:30 a.m. (1335...
  • CBS All Access Delays 'Star Trek' Launch, Dates 'Good Wife' Spinoff

    09/14/2016 2:50:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | September 14, 2016
    'Star Trek: Discovery,' originally planned for a January rollout, will now air largely outside of the broadcast season. CBS Access will boldly go where no streamer has gone before. It's just taking slightly longer to get there. The over-the-top hub for the broadcast network, which will launch two original series of its own in 2017, announced Wednesday that its new spin on Star Trek will launch four months later than originally announced at the request of the creative team. Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery will now premiere in May
  • Democrats May Have Been Overconfident About Capturing the Senate

    09/14/2016 11:04:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    NYMag ^ | | Ed Kilgore
    Part of the August of Democratic Complacency that revolved around robust poll numbers for Hillary Clinton (and the assumption they would get better and better as Americans shrank in revulsion from Donald Trump) was a consensus that Democrats would very likely win back control of the Senate and might even get the House if Trump continued to implode. Donkey Party optimism about the Senate actually began to spike in July when former senator Evan Bayh suddenly jumped into the race for the seat of Republican Dan Coats, who is retiring. Bayh had big sacks of money left over from his...
  • Trump’s Path to Victory Is Starting to Look Very Real

    09/14/2016 11:01:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    NYMag ^ | September 14, 2016 | Ed Kilgore
    The week before last I looked at Donald Trump’s likely “path to victory” and adjudged it as “a tightrope walk down an insanely narrow path to 270 electoral votes.” I’d now take out the adjective insanely and maybe even suggest it’s a walk along a balance beam rather than a tightrope. As the popular-vote margin separating Clinton and Trump gradually shrinks, putting together a map of states Trump might carry involves less conjecture about where he might make gains and more confidence that he might be able to consolidate gains he has already made. ________ Something similar has happened in...
  • In a snap, heavenly image is captured above WTC site

    09/14/2016 8:20:12 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | September 13, 2016
    Like countless other people, freelance photographer Rich McCormack of Jersey City snapped a photo of the Tribute in Light at the World Trade Center site last week. But unlike the others, McCormack captured something more than the beams of light reaching up into the night sky. Just what it is that the frequent contributor to The Jersey Journal captured in his image is open to interpretation. It looks like "a vision of the Lord (Jesus) with his arms folded," said McCormack, who took the photo Friday night, Sept. 9, from the Hoboken waterfront.
  • NY GOP lawmaker wins primary days after killing himself

    09/14/2016 6:07:52 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    MSN AP ^ | September 14, 2016
    Days after killing himself, a vocal advocate for gun rights and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has won a New York primary election. Assemblyman Bill Nojay was facing a fraud trial in Cambodia and reportedly under FBI scrutiny when he went to his family's cemetery plot in Rochester and shot himself in front of an arriving police officer on Friday. Now the defeat Tuesday of challenger Richard Milne coupled with a quirk in state election law means that local GOP leaders, who encouraged voters to choose Nojay despite his death, get to pick someone to take on Democrat Barbara Baer...
  • Clinton is less of a sure bet as odds of Trump win increase

    09/13/2016 11:11:22 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 13, 2016
    While Hillary Clinton remained the favorite to be elected president in November, the odds of Donald Trump winning the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  have increased, according to European betting houses. London-based William Hill, whose name adorns the sports book at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, and Dublin-based Paddy Power both set Clinton's current odds to win at 8 to 15, giving her a 65 percent chance of becoming the first female U.S. president. Trump's odds at both bookmakers were 6 to 4, giving him a 40 percent chance of winning the White House. When he first began his presidential campaign, betting houses were offering...
  • Traditionally dressed Muslim woman set on fire in Midtown; police investigate possible hate crime

    09/13/2016 9:35:59 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 70 replies
    NYDaily News ^ | September 13, 2016
    A 36-year-old Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim garb had her blouse set on fire in a bizarre incident outside a pricey Fifth Ave. boutique, police sources said Monday. The victim noticed the sleeve of her blouse was charred and smoldering in the Saturday night attack, just hours before the ceremony marking the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. She was not badly hurt.
  • Review: Voter ID states, including Wisconsin, have no voter impersonation problem

    09/13/2016 9:14:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies ^ | September 11, 2016
    Politicians and voting rights advocates continue to clash over whether photo ID and other voting requirements are needed to prevent voter fraud, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is widespread.
  • US Supreme Court declines to restore early voting in Ohio

    09/13/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    WLWT ^ | September 13, 2016
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a request to restore a week of early voting in swing-state Ohio. The state's Democratic Party had asked the high court to suspend a ruling that allowed for the cut while Democrats and other plaintiffs appealed the issue. A lower court decision from last month upheld a law eliminating days in which people could register and vote at the same time, a period known as golden week. Democrats had claimed the reduction, along with other voting changes, disproportionately burdened black voters and those who lean Democratic.
  • ACLU to Newark: Stop arresting city's prostitutes

    09/12/2016 7:09:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 12, 2016
    The New Jersey ACLU is slamming the city's police department for a sting operation that netted 13 prostitution-related arrests this weekend, arguing that the department is wasting its time targeting "consenting" adults. The arrests, according to a lengthy statement from ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer, "raise concerns yet again about Newark's embrace of failed and destructive 'Broken Windows' policing strategies." "Using our criminal justice system to harass, arrest and incarcerate consenting adults who agree to exchange sex for money is a poor use of the NPD's limited resources," he said.
  • Pence declines say David Duke is ‘deplorable’ because he ‘is not in the name-calling business’(truc)

    09/12/2016 4:36:50 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2016
    Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, neatly illustrated the trickiness of the candidate's response to Hillary Clinton's comments about a "basket of deplorables" who are supporting Donald Trump. The issue was broached in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday afternoon.
  • Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields named Miss America 2017

    09/12/2016 2:30:02 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    MSN AP ^ | September 11, 2016
    Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City. She topped a field of 52 contestants to win the crown and the title of Miss America 2017, succeeding the outgoing Miss America Betty Cantrell. Shields performed a jazz dance to a song from the TV show "Smash," for which she won a preliminary competition earlier in the week. During the onstage interview portion of the competition, she was asked what she thought of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, one of several political questions asked of the contestants. "Both of the contestants have done a good...
  • Supermodel Kate Upton calls Dolphins players taking a knee on 9/11 'unacceptable'

    09/11/2016 4:24:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | September 11, 2016
    And while different teams have chosen to protest differently -- Chiefs' players interlocked arms instead of kneeling -- the issue remains a politically divisive one. Last month, CBS NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason called Kaepernick's actions "disrespectful," and on Sunday evening, supermodel and actress Kate Upton tweeted her displeasure with the Dolphins' players decision. @KateUpton This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other. Upton's remarks didn't go unnoticed (which, we imagine, was the point):
  • 'Crazy Eddie,' electronics chain kingpin with 'insaaane' prices, dead at 68

    09/11/2016 1:14:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    —He was known as Crazy Eddie. Eddie Antar, the electronics kingpin who once presided over a retail empire spanning four states, died Saturday, according to a family member. Antar's company was known for its  frenetic television advertising of a seemingly crazed pitchman—before it all collapsed like a house of cards in a multi-million-dollar securities fraud.
  • 'There is special needs there': Texas congressman jokes that Hillary Clinton is 'mentally impaired'

    09/09/2016 10:57:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 9, 2016
    Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert joked Friday morning at the Values Voters Summit that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “mentally impaired.” “We need to be praying for Hillary Clinton,” he said at the conference in Washington, DC. “There is special needs there. There’s mental impairment. I mean, seriously. She can’t remember.” He added that a joke he told earlier in the week was “not a proper thing to say, because again, I’m making fun of the mentally impaired and that’s not right.”
  • Mark Levin bans Reince Priebus from his radio show

    09/08/2016 3:26:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 153 replies
    washington examiner ^ | September 8, 2016
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin announced Wednesday night that he has banned Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus from appearing on his radio show, labeling him as Donald Trump and the alt-right's "new friend." After telling his audience that he is setting up times for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and radio host Glenn Beck to appear on the program, he said that a representative from the RNC had reached out on Priebus' behalf. Levin went on to say that Priebus is banned after playing too many "games" with him, adding that he doesn't trust him.