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  • At Baltimore Mosque, Obama Crushes the Muslim Haters

    02/04/2016 6:28:12 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 68 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02.04.16 | Dean Obeidallah
    The president's speech at that Baltimore mosque reassured a nervous population and struck just the right note-we're Muslim and American.
  • Ted Cruz Will Get Crushed in New Hampshire

    02/04/2016 12:30:40 PM PST · by McGruff · 128 replies
    daily Beast ^ | February 4, 2015 | Tim Mak
    Republican operatives from inside and outside New Hampshire agree: Sen. Ted Cruz is all but doomed to finish below the top tier in the Granite State. The winning coalition Cruz put together in Iowa won't work in New Hampshire, they say, pointing to the fact New Hampshire has the second-lowest rate of church attendance in the country. So the edge that Cruz had among evangelicals isn't particularly applicable there. "I would advise Cruz to skip New Hampshire and go to South Carolina. I believe you shouldn't compete anywhere where it's not a favorable battlefield to win," said Stuart Stevens, a...
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 83 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • Head of Glenn Beck’s Media Empire Quits as The Blaze Burns Down

    01/29/2016 9:20:33 PM PST · by drewh · 115 replies
    Kraig Kitchin will stay with the company, but resigned from the top job after friction with fellow Beck executive Jonathan Schreiber. A ‘mass exodus’ of staff may follow. In what knowledgeable observers say is a sign of increasing turmoil in Glenn Beck’s troubled media empire, Beck’s longtime mentor and corporate executive, Kraig Kitchin, has quit as CEO of The Blaze. Kitchin’s replacement, Stewart Padveen, a digital startup entrepreneur who joined Beck’s company last summer, will be the fourth leader of The Blaze since late 2014. Kitchin, 54, who took over operations of Beck’s conservative-leaning subscription digital and cable television enterprise...
  • 'Planet Earth' Really Hates Donald Trump: “People are in disbelief" "People are kind of scared"

    01/30/2016 12:17:25 AM PST · by drewh · 76 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1.29.16 2:30pm
    LONDON — No doubt Donald Trump will be thrilled that the entire world is mesmerized as he steamrolls over his Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. He probably doesn’t care that most of the international publicity is bad publicity—but even the master of ill-tempered putdowns and Twitter vitriol will struggle to keep up with the sheer number of attacks and jibes pouring in from every corner of the globe. He does have a select band of fans—more on those later—but they are being drowned out by an incredulity that stretches from Europe’s capitals to post-conflict Afghanistan; from the African deltas...
  • Obama’s Dirty Little Secret to Winning the 2012 Presidential Election

    01/24/2016 6:36:30 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.12.12 | Michael Medved
    ...there’s no basis for the common claim Obama won through a superb, unprecedented, supremely effective get-out-the-vote effort by the Democrats. Even downcast Republicans have hailed the opposition’s turnout operation as magnificent, but they fail to note that it resulted in far fewer voters showing up for President Obama. - The president drew 7.6 million fewer votes than he did in the hope-and-change election of 2008. - Exit polls showed that Obama got a slightly smaller percentage of the black vote than last time and that turnout was sharply down, delivering at least 1.5 million fewer African-American ballots for the Democrats....
  • Bill Maher: We Must Stop ‘Evil’ Ted Cruz Before It’s Too Late

    01/14/2016 5:50:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marlow Stern, entertainment editor and writer
    The host of HBO's Real Time, which returns Friday, on why he's scared of Cruz, and the 'underage hookers' scandal that could sink Hillary Clinton's campaign. For the past month and change, there's been a void in the political commentary arena--and political incorrectness, in general. Yes, Bill Maher was on vacation. But the acerbic satirist seems recharged and ready to dive headfirst into election season--which he'll do by kicking off the return of his late-night series Real Time with Bill Maher with a big campaign of his own. You'll have to tune in to HBO Friday night to see exactly...
  • America’s Political Parties Are Just Tribes Now

    01/02/2016 9:20:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 2, 2016 | Matt Lewis
    In 2015, once high-minded disagreements over policy and ideology descended into something much more primitive.When it comes to politics, in 2015 we witnessed nothing less than a paradigm shift. The old rules are out the window. Technology and changing mores have conspired to lower barriers of entry--and acceptability. Gatekeepers no longer exist. What we have right now is closer to direct democracy than we've ever seen, and our civilization is regressing as a result. One party (the Democrats) already represents the liberal half of the nation. The other half seems to consist of modern, Buckleyite conservatives, but also an increasingly...
  • Documentary: Chuck Norris Helped Open Communist Romania to West

    01/01/2016 5:24:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 1, 2016 | Sarah Stites
    During the darkest days of communism, Romanians had something to brighten their oppressed existence illicit American movie parties. Under Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship, the Eastern European country had very little contact with the West. But thanks to Teodor Zamfir who was willing to smuggle VHS tapes, and his translator Ilina Nistor who dubbed them, over 3000 movies made it over to Romania between 1985 and 1989. Millions of lives were changed and uplifted as a result. Chuck Norris v. Communism (Variety Interview)After recognizing Nistor's voice at a film festival, Ilinca Calugareanu chatted with the woman whose inflection and tone were nearly...
  • Former Trump Aide: He’s Doomed

    12/30/2015 8:27:24 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 116 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/30 | Tim Mack
    o be sure, predictions of Trump’s demise have so far proven wrong—he has defied conventional wisdom, and continues to be the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary despite controversies that would have eliminated almost any other candidate. But the trajectory of the campaign thus far, Nunberg says, means that it is more likely than not that Trump will lose the first presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, then hobble into South Carolina having lost frontrunner status and ceded momentum to his competitors. If Trump loses Iowa and New Hampshire, he’ll stumble into South Carolina. “Once Cruz wins Iowa, and...
  • Hezbollah Fighters Are Fed Up With Fighting Syria's War

    12/30/2015 1:26:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/29/2015 | Jesse Rosenfeld
    They joined to fight Israel in Lebanon, but after multiple combat tours in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, and around Damascus, Hezbollah reservists tell The Daily Beast that they are no longer willing to die in Syria's unending, bloody civil war. As a result of their refusal to continue volunteering to prop up the embattled government of Bashar al-Assad, they say that the Shia Party of God has cut off the money they were accustomed to receiving: reservist paychecks and permanent family benefits packages. What other consequences there may be remain to be seen. Imad, as we'll call...
  • Trump’s NH Leftovers: Angry, Amped and Anonymous

    12/29/2015 2:49:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 29, 2015 | Garrett Quinn
    Hundreds of fans were unable to get into his crowded rally Monday. But given the disorganized campaign in New Hampshire, they likely weren't missed or even counted in the first place. Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters received terrible news just moments before he took the stage in the gymnasium of a Nashua, New Hampshire, middle school: The event was over capacity. Some had stood in the cold for more than 90 minutes, waiting to hear Trump talk about how he is going to Make America Great Again. They were grumpy, sad, frustrated, and, well, angry like the man they love....
  • Get Ready: Why 2016 Will Be Totally Nuts

    12/27/2015 9:35:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 28, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    You want predictions? After a year like this?! Who knows. I will say in my defense that after Donald Trump went after John McCain, and nearly everybody in Punditland was saying that’s it, he’s cooked, I wrote no, not so fast. Five-plus months later, that column reads pretty well! So here I go. Who Will Be the Republican Presidential Nominee?: As I write these words, I’m gonna go ahead and say Ted Cruz, although I actually kinda think it will be Trump, and I’m aware that I’m just saying Cruz to sound respectable (Cruz! Respectable!). Marco Rubio...well, here’s the thing....
  • The Religious Right Is Right to Be Scared: Christianity Is Dying in America (Barf alert)

    12/27/2015 9:00:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 26 Dec 15 | Jay Michaelson - LGBT Activist
    <p>Among the Christian Right, and most Republican presidential candidates, it’s now an article of faith that the United States is persecuting Christians and Christian-owned businesses—that religion itself is under attack.</p> <p>Why has this bizarre myth that Christianity is under assault in the most religious developed country on Earth been so successful? Because, in a way, it’s true. American Christianity is in decline—not because of a “war on faith” but because of a host of demographic and social trends. The gays and liberals are just scapegoats.</p>
  • Can Marco Rubio Even Win a Primary?

    12/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 4, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    He’s the GOP’s strongest candidate, right? But what if he can’t win a single early primary? The Rubio problem no one is talking about—yet. Everybody I know, I mean everybody, thinks Marco Rubio is the strongest Republican candidate. Yes, there’s a debate about how strong. Some say he’d beat Hillary Clinton, some say that what with some of the extreme positions he’s taken so far in this race, he’d be hard-pressed to do much better than Mitt Romney’s 206 electoral votes plus maybe his own Florida. So there’s a debate about that. But there ain’t much debate that he’s the,...
  • It’s Time for a Muslim-Moderated Presidential Debate

    12/23/2015 12:04:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 23, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian/American comedian
    If all these candidates are going to pop off about Islam and Muslims, how’s about they at least have to do it front of one?Last Tuesday’s GOP debates were all about Muslims. The word “Islam” or derivations of it like “Islamic” were mentioned 27 times in the primetime debate and 31 times during the earlier “kid’s table” debate. If you had played a drinking game where you had to do a shot of whiskey every time the word “Islam” was uttered during those GOP debates, you would’ve been dead about 30 minutes in. And the discussion about Islam during the...
  • Kurt Russell: Bill Maher Is a Fake Libertarian

    12/22/2015 10:20:38 AM PST · by DFG · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/22/2015 | John Nolte
    Out promoting his new film “The Hateful Eight,” longtime libertarian Kurt Russell opened up again about his politics, this time to the Daily Beast, where he pointed out an obvious fact: that Bill Maher is nothing close to a libertarian. “I’m not a Bill Maher libertarian,” Russell said. “That’s faux-libertarianism. He doesn’t know what it is. I like him, and he’s a nice guy, but seriously, that’s not libertarianism.”
  • How the Left really sees Republicans: neo-fascist white people

    12/14/2015 4:23:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Donald Trump is truly bringing out the best in everyone this Christmas season and that’s just as true among liberals as conservatives. (I’ve given up on sarcasm tags in these articles.) Seriously, if you’d like a look at the type of honest debate partners who are staring across the aisle at you this season, look no further than the Daily Beast’s own Michael Tomasky. He’s very worried about the current state of the GOP and wants to warn you all against slipping further into a futile maelstrom of racism and hate. With that in mind, he reminds us that Republicans...
  • Daily Beast Spins History: Second Amendment Linked to 'Right' to Slavery

    12/12/2015 4:31:44 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    newsbusters ^ | december 7, 2015 | matthew balan
    On Sunday, The Daily Beast's Christopher Dickey, a veteran of Newsweek and the Washington Post, furiously tried to connect the Second Amendment to the protection of slavery before the Civil War. Dickey touted how Charles Dickens and "several British visitors to American shores...discerned...[that] people who owned slaves...wanted to carry guns to keep the blacks intimidated and docile." He also wildly claimed that "the Second Amendment...was essentially written to protect the interests of Southerners" to crush slave revolts: "To keep slaves in slavery, you needed militias and they needed to be armed. Such is the fundamental 'right' assured by the Second...
  • How Ancient Rome Killed Democracy

    12/10/2015 4:13:10 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2015
    It didn’t take all that much to tip a great civilization into the shackles of empire. Rome holds a special place in the popular imagination. Cast as a culture steeped in myth, with values reminiscent of our own, it is often treated as the forebearer of our own political system, an ancestral democracy that provides a republican link between the present and the ancient past. From architecture to literature to political system, Rome is where it all began. But in his latest book, Richard Alston wants us all to think a little more critically about our beloved Rome. Alston is...
  • When Donald Trump Accused Pamela Geller of 'Taunting' Muslims

    12/08/2015 6:58:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 8, 2015 | Gideon Resnick
    The GOP frontrunner has become synonymous with Islamophobia, but mere months ago he criticized a prominent anti-Islam activist for antagonizing Muslims.
  • Rick Wilson: Trump Keeps Insulting Our 9/11 Dead

    12/06/2015 1:22:20 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 6, 2015 | Rick Wilson
    ... I should know by now that arguing with diehard Trump supporters is largely futile but, if any of you are reading this, I pray you'll take this issue seriously. Two equally grim prospects can explain your behavior. The first that you know Trump's claim is untrue, but enjoy living in his Reality Distortion Field simply to tweak mainstream America and the news media. You've become inhabitants of a funhouse-mirror version of the liberal culture and media you mock: insular, aggressively contrarian, obsessed with narrative over fact and anger over history. The second is that you want it to be...
  • Donald Trump Is Our Jean-Marie Le Pen

    11/27/2015 3:51:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 27, 2015 | Barrett Holmes Pitner, politics and race-and-culture journalist based in Washington, DC.
    Compare their quotes; uncanny. But there’s more to it than that. We may be entering a post-two party era. Guess who could start a new one? The continued radicalization of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has quickly become a movement centered on the fear and anxiety of foreign or non-white American bodies, and the hate-filled propaganda and lies that sustain it. He is coalescing his own American far-right political party with roots in white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements. He is copying the modus operandi of the resurgent far-right movements that are sweeping across Europe. He is becoming America’s own Le Pen—Marine...
  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isnt sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. Its dispatching units that spearheaded Russias slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last weeknot only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • Nastiness threatens online reader comments (Liberals don't like being told they suck)

    11/07/2015 12:58:43 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 11/7/2015 | Rob Lever
    Washington (AFP) - The Internet was supposed to facilitate better exchange between the public and news media. But vile and hateful comments changed all that. In the face of rising vitriol -- attacks, bigotry and general nastiness -- news organizations are increasingly throwing in the towel on online comments. Last month, Vice Media's Motherboard news site turned off reader comments, saying "the scorched earth nature of comments sections just stifles real conversation." It instead began taking "letters to the editor" to be screened by staff. Vox Media's online news site The Verge said in July it was "turning off comments...
  • U.S. Brings Dogfighters to Counter Russians Over Syria

    11/03/2015 1:33:27 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 47 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 11.03.151:00 AM ET | David AxeIcemen
    The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs—supposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the real adversary is Russia. The U.S. Air Force is deploying to Turkey up to a dozen jet fighters specializing in air-to-air combat—apparently to help protect other U.S. and allied jets from Russia’s own warplanes flying over Syria. Officially, the deployment of F-15C Eagle twin-engine fighters to Incirlik, Turkey—which the Pentagon announced late last week—is meant to “ensure the safety” of America’s NATO allies, Laura Seal, a Defense Department spokesperson, told The Daily Beast. That could...
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isnt Religious Freedom, Its Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A Christian wedding chapela private businessin Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most wedding chapels are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit companys blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Eleanor Clift Praises Trump's No Labels Performance

    10/13/2015 12:28:46 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It looks like we have yet another Flying Pigs Alert. Reliably liberal Eleanor Clift has praised Donald Trump's performance at the No Labels convention yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Not only that, Clift was also surprisingly critical of Bernie Sanders at the same event. Will political wonders never cease?Of course, Clift did deliver a bit of obligatory liberal slam against Trump in the first paragraph of her Daily Beast column so let us get that out of way before proceeding to her glowing praise of The Donald:
  • How Trump is Beating the Koch Brothers

    10/12/2015 2:34:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 12, 2015 | Dmitri Mehlhorn
    After shunning the GOP for decades, Charles and David Koch tried to take it over. And then the Donald came to town The Republican Partys ongoing civil war involves lots of fireworks and sub-plots, but the overarching fight is between two visions and three billionaires. Charles and David Koch are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to take over the GOP and push America towards libertarianism. Donald Trump joined the Republican Party to run for President and push the country in the opposite direction, toward populist nationalism. Tragically, the Koch brothers mistakes are steadily handing victory to the Donald. Many...
  • Trumps No. 1 Fan is a Ricky-Martin-Hating Latina Birther

    10/10/2015 11:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 9, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Trump's most passionate worshipper thinks he was sent from Heaven, and has blanketed her social media accounts with pro-Trump, anti-establishment messages. IM HISPANIC AND I VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! YES, MR. TRUMP! WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE! That was the resounding, loud endorsement given by Myriam Witcher, a devout Trump fan who was invited on-stage by the Republican presidential frontrunner during a Las Vegas rally on Thursday. Witcher, a Colombian immigrant, was picked out of the crowd after Trump spotted her flaunting a copy of the issue of...
  • Russias Giving ISIS An Air Force

    10/09/2015 4:23:45 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 85 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10.08.15 | Michael Weiss
    Putins air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, its giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Last June, the U.S. embassy in Damascus accused Bashar al-Assads air force of clearing a path for an ISIS advance on Syrian rebels in the Aleppo town of Azaz. Reports indicate that the regime is making air strikes in support of [ISISs] advance on Aleppo, aiding extremists against Syrian population, the embassy account tweeted, following up with a broader accusation: We have long seen that the regime avoids [ISIS] lines, in complete contradiction to the regimes claims to be fighting...
  • Russias New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syriaa staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in actionand that Putins missileers are now among the planets most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • GOPs 2016 Festival of Hate: Its Already the Most Racist Presidential Campaign Ever

    09/29/2015 2:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It’s not just Trump. Cruz, Carson, others—it’s a festival of hate out there. And it’s only going to get worse, and worse.It appears that the GOP has traded in its dog whistle for a bullhorn when it comes to bigotry in the 2016 race for president. It’s as if the Republican presidential candidates are regressing to a time long gone. There was a time decades ago that conservatives, and even Democrats like George Wallace, could and would openly demonize minorities in the most vile terms to attract white voters. But soon they realized the need to be subtler because times...
  • Black Lives Matter Is Living in the Past

    09/28/2015 6:33:40 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09.28.15 | John McWhorter
    Yes, black lives taken by cops matter. But so do black lives taken by other blacks. BLM wont win over America until it acknowledges this. It is considered the height of sophistication to declare that America doesnt want to talk about race. I say its time to retire this phrase. Imagine being from a foreign country and hearing that phrase, watching a room full of earnest people nodding warmly, after just the first eight months of this year. Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Sam Dubose, Sandra Bland, the Justice Departments report on Ferguson, the Charleston shootings, Rachel Dolezal, Bill Cosby, Ta-Nehisi...
  • We just got the clearest sign yet that Russia doesn't really care about fighting ISIS in Syria

    09/12/2015 2:46:19 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 95 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12 Sep 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    Moscow will reportedly provide Russian troops in Syria with an advanced antiaircraft missile system as part of its military support for Syrian president Bashar Assad. "This system is the advanced version used by Russia, and it's meant to be operated by Russians in Syria," a Western diplomat who is regularly briefed on US, Israeli, and other intelligence assessments told Reuters. And as The Daily Beast's Michael Weiss points out, any antiaircraft missiles deployed by Russian troops in Syria won't be directed at ISIS, since ISIS has no air force. In fact, none of the rebels do only government forces...
  • Finally, Trump and the GOP Start Muslim-Bashing

    09/18/2015 10:28:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 18, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian-American Comedian
    It took a while, but Trump is finally hating on Muslimsgoing along with a supporter who called Obama a Muslim born in another country. Donald Trump gave us a profile in cowardice on Thursday night, remaining silent as one of his supporters served up a big heaping of vile anti-Muslim comments at a packed New Hampshire campaign event. The Trump supporters words were so off the charts that part of me thought the guy might be joking. But sadly it appears he was deadly serious when he told the GOP frontrunner: We have a problem in this country. Its called...
  • Hillary Was the CNN Debates Real WinnerSeriously

    09/17/2015 10:54:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 9-17-2015 | Michael Tomasky
    Sure, shes had a rough few months, but shes still the massive favorite to win the Democratic nomination. But more than that, its clearer than ever that these people are jokers. Well, that was all kind of...interminable. For a time there in the middle, I thought Ben Carson had strolled out to perform some elective surgery. I guess we kind of agree that Carly Fiorina won, since she did manage to convey some real or at least manufactured-real passion on about three or four occasions. But you wanna know who really won that debate? Hillary Clinton. Go ahead, go ahead,...
  • How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trumps Troll Party

    09/16/2015 1:10:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 16, 2015 | Rick Wilson, national Republican message and media strategist
    As the candidates gather at the Reagan Library for the second 2016 presidential debate, a longtime conservative consultant says the Tea Party has morphed into the Troll Partyand its a fight for the soul of the GOP.All my life, the Republican Party has been my political home. Helping it succeed has been my work for decades. It was never perfect, but families never are. Flawed, and given to wrong turns from time to time, we had good years and terrible years. We elected presidents, took back Congress after decades, lost it, and took it back again. Our leaders ranged from...
  • Who the Hell Are Latinos for Trump?

    09/15/2015 3:19:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/15/2015 | Gideon Resnick
    Only 20 percent say they support The Donald for president. We talked to a few, who even say they agree with him on immigration. Trump will be lucky to win 20 percent of the Latino vote if he makes it to the general election, according to todays polls. He called Mexicans rapists, threw the most prominent Latino reporter out of a press conference, and wants to put his name on a wall running the length of the border with Mexico. Piatas are literally being made out of him and selling like hotcakes in Mexico. So who the hell are the...
  • Why Do Rappers Idolize Noted Racist Donald Trump?

    09/13/2015 11:58:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 13, 2015 | Stereo Williams
    Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and others have referenced him in their tracks, but rappers should know better than to venerate someone who couldnt care less about their community. Donald Trump references have peppered hip-hop tracks for decades. Everybody from Ice Cube to A Tribe Called Quest to Lil Wayne have name-dropped the famously-coiffed billionaire in their rhymesusually as an acknowledgement of great wealth or a lavish lifestyle. His presence has been so pervasive in rap music that emcees like Gucci Mane, Jeezy, E-40, and Mac Miller have released songs literally bearing his name, and The Huffington Post recently created a...
  • Daily Beast Exclusive: 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked (by Obama Admin)

    09/09/2015 6:48:58 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef
    Its being called a revolt by intelligence pros who are paid to give their honest assessment of the ISIS warbut are instead seeing their reports turned into happy talk. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaedas branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned. The complaints spurred the Pentagons inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how...
  • Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs [wayback machine]

    09/07/2015 1:58:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 8, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    ".....The reform-minded Trump of decades past is a far more attractive figure than his current incarnation, at least in the eyes of the pro-legalization advocates of today. Well, I certainly think he had it right in 1990, and what he said then actually seemed to understand the situation, David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Beast. My sense is that looking for consistent philosophy or even policies in Donald Trumps statements is a pretty fruitless exercise. Boaz also pointed out that Trump recently voiced his support for medical marijuana, and that when asked about...
  • David Petraeus' bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

    09/02/2015 5:26:53 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept 2, 2015 | Trevor Trimm
    The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA director David Petraeus, still somehow entrenched in the DC Beltway power circles despite leaking highly classified secrets, is now advocating arming members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaida and a designated terrorist organization. Could there be a more dangerous and crazy idea?
  • Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS

    09/01/2015 6:33:00 AM PDT · by maggief · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | August 31, 2015 | Shane Harris
    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from Americas arch foe. Members of al Qaedas branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaedas Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast....
  • Why Trump Will Never Make the Ballot

    08/20/2015 9:46:44 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.20.156:15 AM ET | Stuart Stevens
    Making political predictions rarely turns out well, but heres one: Donald Trump will not be a candidate for president in 2016. What? Yes, I know, hes already announced. In my view, though, he wont take this all the way to the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the Republican caucus or primary elections. Why? Because hes Donald Trump and everything we know about him tells us he wont do it. Lets step back from the Trump frenzy and consider the realities of a possible Trump run. First is the essential question: Will Donald Trump be the next president...
  • Cruz, Trump in Secret Talks

    08/19/2015 2:51:01 PM PDT · by onyx · 154 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 08.19.15 -- 1:15 AM ET | Tim Mak
    ‘Playing the Long Game’ It’s a bromance with a payoff—the senator has been developing the billionaire’s support and their aides are even discussing joint events, but if Trump drops out, Cruz aims to clean up.Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s mutual admiration is turning into a conservative bromance—one that could have a huge strategic payoff for the Texas senator’s presidential campaign.Behind the scenes, Cruz has been methodologically developing Trump’s support. The two candidates have met in person at least five times and talk by phone occasionally. And in the future, they may even hold events together.The two campaigns privately discussed...
  • Daily Beast: Its 'Violence Against Women' if Ronda Rousey Fights Floyd Mayweather

    08/15/2015 7:55:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/15/15 | Melissa Mullins
    Emily Shire at The Daily Beast thinks its a terrible idea for UFC champion Ronda Rousey to go head to head in the ring with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Why? Because Mayweather has a history of domestic abuse (hes been convicted of violence against women five times, though only served one sentence) and, as Shire writes: A future fight between Rousey and Mayweather wouldnt strike a blow for equalitybut would likely underscore how appalling violence between men and women really is. Rousey thinks differently. Shes been going after Mayweather, notoriously slamming him fresh off her win of the ESPY award,...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Getting ugly: Why the Trump spousal rape story was unfit to print

    07/29/2015 3:57:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 69 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Howard Kurtz
    On one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a rape, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense. What a scoop, huh? Now it would be one thing if Ivana was making this allegation today. Instead, the first Mrs. Trump issued this statement to CNN yesterday: The story is totally...
  • Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel Violated During Sex

    07/27/2015 6:28:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 261 replies
    http://www.thedailybeast.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Dark Tower
    Ivana Trump once accused the real estate tycoon of rape, although she later clarified: not in the criminal sense. Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being rapists and bringing crime into the country. I mean somebodys doing it!Whos doing the raping? Donald Trump said, when asked to defend his characterization. It was an unfortunate turn of phrase for Trumpin more ways than one. Not only does the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have a history of controversial remarks about sexual assault, but as it turns out,...