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  • Donald Trump’s Emotional TV Ad Slams Illegal Immigration

    02/13/2016 2:22:00 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | February 12
    Donald Trump has rolled out a hard-hitting and emotional TV ad in South Carolina that shows how African-Americans are suffering from illegal immigration.
  • 'Pro-Faith' or 'Profane?' Trump Surrogate Gets Heckled at Faith and Family Forum

    02/13/2016 12:24:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 193 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 12, 2016 | Leigh Munsil
    "...[Pastor Mark Burns] repeated four times: "Donald Trump is pro-faith. He is pro-faith. He is pro-faith. He is pro-faith." But an attendee called out loudly that Trump is "profane" - presumably referring to Trump's use of the word "pussy" on stage to mock opponent Sen. Ted Cruz and other such statements over the course of the campaign. Burns responded by admitting that Trump's language is profane. "Let me tell you one thing, I'm grateful you said that, that Donald Trump is profane, and that's what you're saying," he said. "Donald Trump is profane, but guess what? ... I don't know...
  • Four GOP Candidates Pledge To Pass FADA In First 100 days

    02/12/2016 10:44:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nate Madden and Robert Eno
    Four remaining Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush have pledged to push for passing the First Amendment Defense Act within their first 100 days in office, while others still in the race have not. The pledge, a joint effort of the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action, reads "If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President." "Our future President, whoever he or she may be,...
  • Free Republic Caucus 2016 02/13

    02/12/2016 9:00:02 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 116 replies
    My own workup | 02/13/2016 | DoughtyOne / for Free Republic
    Welcome to the Free Republic CaucusPlease read the rules, and participate according to the guidelines provided. Thank you. REMEMBER: To find the Caucus thread for the day, Search "Caucus". The South Carolina Primary takes place inseven days. STEALTH LINKS ...to the FR Caucus threads are a new feature to help you find the caucus each day. After the thread drops off the Front Page listing, I start posting stealth links.. If you see what looks like a blank post by me, move your cursor over the post slowly. A note will pop up, and you can click...
  • No escape? China's crackdown on dissent goes global

    02/12/2016 7:47:24 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:25 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2016 | Ivan Watson, Pamela Boykoff, Kocha Olarn and Judy Kwon
    Last October, two members of a small exile Chinese opposition political party -- Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping -- were arrested by Thai police. Several weeks later, despite protests from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the two men were extradited to China and promptly thrown in prison. Since the extradition of Dong, his wife, Gu Shuhua, and daughter fled Thailand for Canada. Speaking from Toronto, she says Dong's capture has devastated her small family. "The Chinese government put pressure on my husband for so long that he ran away [from China]. Why did they still need to chase...
  • FReeper Canteen - Valentines For Our Troops - 13 Feb 2016

    02/12/2016 5:57:42 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 115 replies
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  • Women Are Reshaping the Gun Industry

    02/12/2016 2:45:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | Aaron Smith
    Women are buying handguns in record numbers -- especially weapons that are small enough to conceal. But they are frustrated by the lack of firearm accessories catering to them. So some are starting companies of their own to tailor products to women. "I thought to myself, 'Where's all the women's stuff?'" said Lorelei Fay of Boise, Idaho. Fay couldn't find a suitable holster when she got her own concealed carry license. Her mother had taught her to sew, so she made her own: an elastic belly band with a holster for her Sig Sauer semiautomatic handgun. It also has pockets...
  • Jim Gilmore ends campaign for president

    02/12/2016 1:42:10 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 12, 2016 | Daniel Chaitin
    ormer Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore announced he is suspending his campaign for president. "My campaign was intended to offer the gubernatorial experience, with the track record of a true conservative, experienced in national security, to unite the party." Gilmore said, "My goal was to focus on the importance of this election as a real turning point, and to emphasize the dangers of continuing on a road that will further undermine America's economy and weaken our national security."
  • US, Cuba to sign agreement on restarting commercial flights

    02/12/2016 1:30:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 4:24 PM EST | Michael Weissenstein
    U.S. officials say the United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to restart commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flies to Havana on Tuesday to cement the deal. It will let U.S. airlines bid on routes for dozens of U.S.-Cuba flights per day. That's more than five times the current number of flights, all of which are charters. ...
  • Just a fraction of the world's oil supply isn't profitable at $35 a barrel

    02/12/2016 12:52:48 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/12/2016 | Bob Bryan
    Wood Mackenzie's report, cited by the energy news service Platts, said about 3.4 million barrels' worth of oil a day was not profitable below $35 a barrel. According to the International Energy Agency, the world's supply is 97.07 million barrels a day. While today's oil prices are below this threshold, the report suggests the price at which US shale and other producers would be forced out of the market is lower than previously thought. As Platts writes, "For many producers, being cash negative is not enough of an incentive to shut down fields as restarting flow can be costly and...
  • CBS Announces Republican Debate Line Up

    02/12/2016 12:30:04 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 89 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 2-12-2016 | sundance
    February 12, 2016 CBS Announces Republican Debate Line Up by sundance Posted on February 12, 2016 by sundance (Via CBS) The six remaining major GOP presidential candidates have all qualified for CBS News’ Republican debate in South Carolina on Saturday night, the network announced Friday.Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and John Kasich have been invited to participate in the debate at the Peace Center in Greenville.Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who had only previously participated in undercard debates, did not qualify for the main stage, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina dropped...
  • Sanders campaign plans clash with political realities

    02/12/2016 11:33:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 7, 2016 8:27 PM EST | Lisa Lerer and Catherine Lucey
    Bernie Sanders promises voters a "political revolution" that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems. [...] Often left unsaid by Sanders, but increasingly at the center of Hillary Clinton's arguments against her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is that the political reality of achieving such goals is likely to be a whole lot more complicated. It would require Sanders not only to win the White House, but to sweep a wave of Democratic lawmakers into office along with him. While Democrats may be able to gain the four or five seats necessary to...
  • Lawmakers vote to make W. Virginia right-to-work state

    02/12/2016 11:18:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2016 1:49 PM EST | Jonathan Mattise
    West Virginia is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law. State lawmakers rebuked Thursday's veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, voting along party lines in their House and Senate. Some House Republicans voted "no," though only a simple majority was required. ...
  • Roots miniseries remake gets intense first trailer

    02/12/2016 8:47:12 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    ew.com ^ | 2/11/2016 | James Hibberd
    The all-star remake of the iconic miniseries Roots has an intense first trailer.
  • 95% of Arab Students Who Study Abroad Do Not Return Home

    02/12/2016 9:57:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, February 12, 2016
    Lack of resources and instability main causes of emigration Arab governments need to create the opportunities for young people to fulfil their aspirations if they are to reverse the brain drain which sees 95 per cent of students who study at universities in the United States and Europe stay overseas. According to Mohammed Gawdat, Vice President - Business Innovation at Google(X), the Arab brain drain is the result of two major factors: lack of resources and instability in the region. 'It is not about money. It is about taking the right decisions to allow young people to succeed. Once...
  • Federal charges filed against Cliven Bundy in Nevada standoff — VIDEO

    02/12/2016 9:35:50 AM PST · by redreno · 29 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/11/2016 | By Jeff German
    A six-count criminal complaint was filed Thursday in Las Vegas against Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy stemming from the April 2014 armed standoff with federal law enforcement officers. Bundy, 69, who was arrested in Portland, Oregon, late Wednesday, was charged with leading a "massive armed assault" against authorities outside his ranch to force them to abandon roughly 400 Bundy cattle they had rounded up. He had "trespassed his cattle" on federal public lands for more than 20 years, refusing to pay for required permits and thwarting federal court orders, the complaint alleges. "Bundy was the leader, organizer and chief beneficiary of...
  • New Cruz ad: Damn, it feels good to be a Clinton

    02/12/2016 8:15:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 12, 2016 | ED MORRISSEY
    As Matthew Continetti remarked on Twitter, whoever handles Team Cruz' campaign ads deserves a raise - assuming this comes directly from the campaign, as MSNBC reported today. While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued over the record of Henry Kissinger and the foreign policy of the Nixon administration, the Cruz campaign launched a pitch-perfect shot at Hillary in this Office Space spoof. Rather than destroying a printer, however, "Hillary" and two aides destroy an e-mail server while the soundtrack raps out, "Damn, it feels good to be a Clinton": ...
  • Polls: Cruz Would Fare 5 Points Better Versus Clinton Than Trump Would

    02/12/2016 6:28:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 197 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 12, 2016 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Among the two candidates whose results look at all like those of an eventual GOP presidential nominee, polling suggests that Ted Cruz would do significantly better than Donald Trump in the general election. According to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, Cruz would fare 5 points better versus Hillary Clinton than Trump would. Polling has consistently shown Cruz to have an advantage over Trump in this regard: Fox News found that Cruz would fare 4 points better than Trump, beating Clinton by 7 points (50 to 43 percent) to Trump's 3 (47 to 44 percent). NBC News and...
  • Reuters/Ipsos Poll: 28% of Independents Say Cruz's Birthplace Disqualifies Him

    01/15/2016 6:55:13 AM PST · by sunrise_sunset · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/15/2008 | Ginger Gibson
    "Republican voters nearly mirror independents and the broader electorate in their belief that Cruz cannot hold the White House, with 27 percent of all voters and 28 percent of independents responding he should be disqualified." --- "Only 47 percent of all voters surveyed responded that they thought Cruz is qualified to be president with regard to his citizenship, with 26 percent saying they were not sure."
  • Without Social Security numbers, illegal immigrants face eviction

    02/12/2016 6:11:42 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10 Feb 2016 | By Antonio Olivo
    The owners of a Northern Virginia mobile-home park are trying to evict about 15 residents who don’t have Social Security numbers and are in the country illegally, an effort that attorneys for the families say violates federal and state fair housing laws... Waples is owned by a limited partnership headed by Albert J. Dwoskin, who did not return calls for comment. Dwoskin’s property management company — A.J. Dwoskin & Associates — said it insists on Social Security numbers from all new tenants as a way to conduct background checks on those residents... “Everyone has to have an ID, a Social...
  • Parched Earth soaks up water, slowing sea level rise: study [what we didn't realize....]

    02/12/2016 4:43:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 12, 2016 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - As glaciers melt due to climate change, the increasingly hot and parched Earth is absorbing some of that water inland, slowing sea level rise, NASA experts said Thursday. Satellite measurements over the past decade show for the first time that the Earth's continents have soaked up and stored an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, the experts said in a study in the journal Science. This has temporarily slowed the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, it said. "We always assumed that people's increased reliance on groundwater for...
  • The brutal BDS tactics that harmed hundreds of Palestinians

    02/12/2016 3:56:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/2/16
    For over eight years the Israeli company SodaStream has been dealing with ongoing attacks by the BDS movement, calling to boycott it over its factory in Mishor Adumim to the east of Jerusalem that eventually it was forced to move to the Negev in late 2014. Large economic losses inflicted by the BDS boycott movement forced the company to make the move - but the big losers in the story are the hundreds of Palestinian Arab employees of SodaStream who lost their jobs and income. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum spoke to Yedioth Aharonoth about the hardships which came to the...
  • FIX IS IN: PBS Moderators Ignore Clinton Scandals

    02/12/2016 3:40:49 AM PST · by detective · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Peter Schweizer
    So let me get this straight: on the same day that the Washington Post reports that the State Department issued subpoenas to a family foundation bearing Hillary Clinton's name as part of a federal investigation, the PBS debate moderators didn't ask her about it.
  • Pope unleashes 'super confessors' to tackle special sins

    02/12/2016 3:00:24 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Ella Ide
    Dubbed 'super confessors', for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself. And on Wednesday over 1,000 of these "missionaries of mercy", handpicked by Pope Francis, were sent forth to win back the hearts of those who have left the Catholic Church and open the door to repentant sinners across the world. There are certain evils the Vatican ranks above other sins, from attempting to assassinate the pope to defiling the Eucharist -- the rite of consuming consecrated bread and wine in Church -- by spitting it out or using it in a...
  • Sanders: 'I Believe in Efficient Government'

    02/12/2016 12:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | February 11, 2016 | Tom S. Elliott
    Bernie Sanders said in tonight's Democratic debate that as a senator, he's well aware there is "an enormous amount of waste and inefficiency and bureaucracy throughout government." Asked if there are any areas of government he would like to reduce, Sanders said, "I believe in government, but I believe in efficient government, not wasteful government." Here's the exchange: WOODRUFF: Welcome back to the Democratic presidential debate. Before we return to our questions, we have a follow-up question from our Facebook group. And it is to Senator Sanders. Senator, it comes from Bill Corefield, he's a 55-year-old musician from Troy, Ohio....
  • Obama creates 3 new national monuments to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert

    02/11/2016 10:50:14 PM PST · by Drago · 58 replies
    The L.A. Times ^ | 01/11/2016 | Louis Sahagun
    President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.
  • Clinton hits Scott Walker in his home state

    02/11/2016 10:31:43 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jonathan Swan
    "While you took big speaking fees, we froze tuition 4 years in a row to make college affordable. #DemDebate," Walker tweeted, addressing Clinton directly.Hillary Clinton scored points with the Wisconsin Democratic debate audience by attacking the state's governor, Republican Scott Walker. Clinton criticized presidential rival Bernie Sanders's plan for free college tuition as unworkable, saying it depended on Republican governors like Walker. "Sen. Sanders's plan really rests on making sure that governors like Scott Walker contribute $23 billion on the first day to make college free," Clinton said. "I'm a little skeptical about your governor actually caring enough about higher...
  • Free Republic Caucus 2016 02/12

    02/11/2016 9:00:07 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 219 replies
    My own workup | 02/12/2016 | DoughtyOne / for Free Republic
    Welcome to the Free Republic CaucusPlease read the rules, and participate according to the guidelines provided. Thank you. REMEMBER: To find the Caucus thread for the day, Search "Caucus". The South Carolina Primary takes place in eight days. Only vote on this thread on: 02/12/2016 another thread will pop up moments before: 02/13/2016Wait to vote until 12:00 midnight EST, and don't vote after 12:00 midnight EST at the at the end of the day. Look for the new thread. Votes outside the 24 hour period, will not be counted. Give it three minutes or so on each end,...
  • Asia markets extend rout as Nikkei plunges 5.3% [Japan]

    02/11/2016 7:39:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2016/02/12 | Saheli Roy Choudhury
    Asia markets extend rout as Nikkei plunges 5.3% Saheli Roy Choudhury | @sahelirc Markets in Asia dropped sharply on Friday, with the Nikkei tumbling, after a sell-off on Wall Street as oil remained volatile and concerns about how central banks' easing measures will affect banks' earnings persisted. "The idea that central banks are now fully targeting the interest rate structure and putting a gun to domestic banks heads in a fight to stoke credit growth is in no way an equity friendly story," wrote Chris Weston, chief market strategist at spreadbetter IG, in a morning note. The Bank of Japan...
  • New group formed by Beshear looks to defend health initiatives that Bevin wants to shutter, amend

    02/11/2016 6:27:50 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/11/2016 | Kevin Wheatley
    Former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, two months out of office, said Thursday that his conscience would not allow him to "ride off into the sunset" as he unveiled a nonprofit group that will advocate to retain federal health reforms he enacted. Save Kentucky Healthcare, a 501(c )(4) organization, will be launching an online advertising campaign, said Beshear... He also cited an economic report by Deloitte Consulting that Bevin has called "baloney." "Look, Gov. Bevin prides himself on being a successful businessman, and he should recognize and appreciate hard numbers, facts and evidence," Beshear said at a press conference at the...
  • Questions grow over banks as profit warnings pile up

    02/11/2016 6:18:56 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 11 Feb 16 | GREG KELLER
    PARIS (AP) -- Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. France's Societe Generale became Thursday the latest bank to issue a confidence-shattering profit warning, which helped trigger a new sell-off in financial stocks. The bank saw its share price stumble 12 percent and major rivals like Deutsche Bank and UniCredit saw losses of nearly 10 percent. European banks are not the only ones to suffer. Japanese bank Mitsubishi Financial fell 7 percent on Thursday. In the U.S.,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 12 February 2016

    02/11/2016 6:00:21 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 117 replies
    February 11, 2016 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • N.M. official blasts EPA over Gold King spill

    02/11/2016 8:42:49 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | February 10, 2016 | SUSAN MONTOYA
    The head of the New Mexico Environment Department blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday during a legislative committee meeting in the New Mexico Legislature, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill. ... Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn told members of the House agriculture committee that the agency has been pressuring communities to get behind a proposal that calls for monitoring water quality for only a year. Flynn also argued that the proposal would look at whether the water is safe for recreation rather than digging deeper into recurring spikes in the readings...
  • Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

    02/11/2016 5:25:41 PM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    AP ^ | February 11, 2016 | MICHAEL BIESECKER and JULIE BYKOWICZ
    His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones -- tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign. That information and more is then fed into a vast database containing details about nearly every adult in the United States to build psychological profiles that target individual voters with uncanny accuracy. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month -- the first proof, his campaign said, that the system has the potential to...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry announces ceasefire in Syria 'within a week' following a summit in Munich

    02/11/2016 4:55:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Secretary of state John Kerry has tonight announced a deal that will see a ceasefire in Syrian within a week following a meeting of The International Syria Support Group in Berlin. Earlier in the day, Kerry tweeted that he had spoken with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, about the need for an end to fighting in the Middle Eastern nation. However, it is unclear which of the multiple forces fighting in Syria have signed up to the ceasefire, or how it will be enforced.
  • CNN's Jake Tapper Calls Anti-Trump Headlines 'Very Height of Elitism'

    02/11/2016 4:51:35 PM PST · by onyx · 21 replies
    TheWrap ^ | February 11, 2016 | Brian Flood
    “I think journalistically, to not take Donald Trump seriously is a mistake,” Tapper tells TheWrap “I think journalistically, to not take Donald Trump seriously is a mistake,” Tapper tells TheWrap CNN’s Jake Tapper is not impressed with Huffington Post and New York Daily News headlines mocking Donald Trump.“I think those are business decisions that they are making, not journalistic decisions. They think that will appeal to readers and allow them to carve out a niche to get clicks or have newspapers purchased,” said the host of “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” in an interview with TheWrap.“But, I think journalistically,...
  • Former Obama Defense Chief Says Hillary Should Drop Out

    02/11/2016 4:27:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/11/16 | Tyler O'Neil
    **SNIP** "I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out," Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) told The Daily Caller. Flynn led the DIA from July 2012 until August 2014. He said anyone who compromised intelligence at this level of classification has no business running for president. The documents "had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system," Flynn said. "Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a...
  • Jeffrey Epstein underage abuse victims sue government saying they were kept in the dark...

    02/11/2016 4:12:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/11/16 | Chris Spargo
    Jeffrey Epstein underage abuse victims sue government saying they were kept in the dark about 'sweetheart deal' giving billionaire immunity after he pleaded guilty to hiring teen for sex A decade after police began an investigation into claims that financier Jeffrey Epstein had solicited teenage girls for sex, two women who the government designated as underage victims at the time have filed a lawsuit over his 'sweetheart deal.' The women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, claim in court papers filed Wednesday that they were unaware of the secret deal being made between the defense team and...
  • GOP field running out of time to stop Donald Trump

    02/11/2016 4:06:14 PM PST · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Benjy Sarlin
    Time is running out fast for the “anyone but Trump” wing of the Republican Party. Donald Trump’s march to the nomination is far from inevitable after a resounding New Hampshire victory, but the state’s failure to whittle down the field to a manageable number is threatening to tip the delegate race in his favor before anyone can stop him. Unless the field can consolidate behind one or two alternatives in the next few weeks, Republicans warn, the odds of a Trump victory or a brokered convention will increase dramatically. “I think if Trump is the front-runner on March 15 and...
  • Body cam debunks accusations of racially charged language, physical force during arrest

    02/11/2016 3:58:36 PM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The State ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2016 | HARRISON CAHILL
    Full Title: Deputy's body cam footage debunks accusations of racially charged language, physical force during arrest KERSHAW COUNTY, SC A Camden man was charged after an officer's body camera footage debunked accusations that the officer used racially charged language and physical force while taking the suspect into custody. Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies were dispatched to a fast-food restaurant in Lugoff on Feb. 2 in reference to a fight in progress. When deputies arrived, Matthews said they separated two groups of females and one male with a baseball bat which were involved in a physical altercation. Matthews said as one...
  • Israel’s Apartheid Libel: South African Students Weigh In

    02/11/2016 3:35:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 2/11 | Eitan Arom
    About two-dozen people filed into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus last Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she's attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader -- both non-Jewish black people -- were the stars of this one, brought to campus by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel education and advocacy organization, and Students Supporting Israel,...
  • Gold King Mine Spill: Six Months Later

    02/11/2016 3:24:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    On Aug. 5, 2015, contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. Six months later, questions about the effects of spring runoff, Superfund status and remediation remain unanswered.N.M. official blasts EPA over Gold King spill‘When storm events occurred, the sediment was remobilized’ Where the Animas goes The Gold King Mine blowout on Aug. 5, 2015 sent 3 million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River, which flows into the San Juan River. The San Juan flows into the Colorado River. The Colorado River is dammed,...
  • Don't Forget About Ted Cruz

    02/11/2016 2:40:23 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jessica Taylor
    When Ted Cruz took the stage at his primary night party in Hollis, N.H., he gave what sounded like a victory speech. And in some ways, he may have been an overlooked winner of the night."Washington insiders were convinced our wave of support would break in the Granite State," the Texas senator thundered. "The men and women of New Hampshire proved them wrong."The TVs flanking him showed the results; he was edging out former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Cruz finished with just under 12 percent, good enough in the crowded field for third place.All the attention out of New Hampshire...
  • California Coastal Commission Ousts CEO Charles Lester

    02/11/2016 2:34:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | February 11, 2016 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    The powerful agency that manages development on California’s coastline fired its executive director Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner workings of government. The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to dismiss Charles Lester, who has held the post since 2011. The shake-up raises questions about the direction of an agency often caught in the clash between property rights and conservation. The panel has broad sway over construction and environmental issues in coastal areas that include some of the most coveted...
  • [All Right, Listen Up] How to win ANY argument using science

    02/11/2016 1:11:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 11, 2016 | Victoria Woollaston
    [SNIP]THE BEST WAYS TO WIN AN ARGUMENT EVERY TIMETiming:Typically, the first person to reply to the thread has a greater chance of swinging the original person's (OP) view than someone who joins the debate later on.Alternative terminology:Use words that are different to those used in the post.For example,if discussing climate change,describing it as global warming in a reply makes more of an impact than using the same terminology as the OP.Use calm language:The study suggests using 'calm' language to make a point is more effective than swearing or using aggressive terms.In the paper,examples of 'calm' words include those that are...
  • The War on Cash is About to Go into Hyperdrive

    02/11/2016 1:04:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 66 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11 Feb 16 | Phoenix Capital Research
    The global Central Banks have declared War on Cash. Historically, one of the safest things to do when the markets begin to collapse is to move a significant portion of your holdings to cash. As the old adage says, during times of deflation, "cash is king." The notion here is that cash is a safe haven. And while earning 1-2% in interest doesn't do much in terms of growing your wealth, it sure beats losing 20%+ by holding on to stocks or bonds during their respective bear markets However, in today's world of fiat-based Central Planning, cash represents a REAL...
  • South Carolina Anti-Cruz Group Pours $1.5 Million Into Ad Blitz

    02/11/2016 12:12:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    The conservative group American Future Fund will begin airing a TV commercial in South Carolina that labels Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz as "weak" on national security, an especially damaging claim in the military-heavy state. The ad likens Cruz to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and President Barack Obama. According to the ad, "Ted Cruz talks tough on national security. But look at his record. Cruz voted with Bernie Sanders against defense spending," and the ad also claims "Cruz sided with Obama to weaken our ability to track terrorists." The Anti-Cruz group - run by GOP bigwig Nick Ryan, is spending...
  • Hillary Clinton’s week just went from bad to worse

    02/11/2016 12:27:22 PM PST · by McGruff · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 11, 2016 | Chris Cillizza
    Losing New Hampshire by 22 points to an avowed socialist was bad enough for Hillary Clinton. But then came the news -- first reported by WaPo -- that the State Department had opened a inquiry regarding the activities of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation during her time time as secretary of state. And bad went to way, way worse. By my count, this latest State Department inquiry makes for three active investigations by the federal government that touch directly or indirectly on the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner. 1. The newly revealed State inquiry into the Clinton Foundation and...
  • David Cameron’s Mum Joins the Fight Against Tory Cuts

    02/11/2016 9:55:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Metro (UK) ^ | Tuesday 9 Feb 2016 | Harry Readhead
    Here’s something unexpected. David Cameron's own mother has signed a petition which hopes to stop Conservative cuts to 'essential services'. Mary, 81, has put her name down on a 38 Degrees petition calling for the end to Oxfordshire County Council plans to close 44 children's centres in the area. The Conservative-run council is hoping to save around £8million plans through the closure of centres described in the petition as ‘a lifeline to new parents who rely on locally accessible advice and support at a time when it is most needed.’ Mary, a retired magistrate, told the Mirror: 'My name is...
  • Report: Webb may re-enter presidential race

    02/11/2016 9:27:01 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Former presidential candidate Jim Webb is expected to discuss whether he will make another run at the White House during a speech in Dallas today, according to a local television station. Sources told CBS 11 News that Webb, who dropped out of the Democratic primary race in October, will make his intentions known during a speech the World Affairs Council this afternoon. The group only said that the former Virginia senator will share his “5 Most Important Principles for Foreign Policy.”