Politics

Stunning Interactive Map Depicts Refugee Crisis

Take Part reports: It’s been called the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. But while the stories of people fleeing violence and oppression have shocked the world, grasping the scale of the number of migrants seeking asylum on the continent can be difficult. That’s where Lucify, a data visualization company based in Helsinki, hopes to help. The ...

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John Oliver On Medicaid Expansion [VIDEO]

Last night John Oliver ripped into Republican leaders who oppose expanding Medicaid coverage in their home states. Raw Story recaps: According to Oliver, 20 Republican-led states opted out of accepting what is essentially free money from the federal government in order to provide needed health care for residents who can’t afford health insurance. One state that has had overwhelming success ...

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Former Sen. Fred Thompson Dies At Age 72

Former US Senator, actor, and ad pitchman Fred Thompson died of lymphoma today at the age 72. NBC News reports: Thompson, a towering, burly man with a deep, Southern-inflected voice, parlayed his fame as a key investigator of the Watergate scandal into a TV and movie career before he was elected to finish the Senate term of Al Gore of ...

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CALIFORNIA: GOP House Candidate Confesses That She Made Up Death Threats Against Her

Last year the US House candidacy of GOP former Stanislaus County Clerk and anti-abortion activist Karen Mathews Davis gained national attention when she claimed to have gotten death threats from anonymous writers who threatened to shoot her and her husband in the head if she didn’t withdraw from the race. While the feds investigated, Davis told the local press that ...

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Obama & Biden: Vote “YES” On Houston LGBT Rights

With the referendum now five days away, today President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up in the battle to retain Houston’s LGBT rights law. Two recent polls show the “Yes” side leading by a slim margin with a large percentage still undecided.

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Rachel Maddow To Moderate Democratic Forum

Rachel Maddow will moderate a “forum” for the Democratic presidential candidates which will be held at South Carolina’s Winthrop University on Friday, November 6th. The event will be carried by MSNBC and coverage will begin at 6PM with a special live edition of Hardball co-hosted by Chris Matthews with Steve Kornacki. Anderson Cooper hosted the first Democratic debate so this makes ...

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Paul Ryan Elected House Speaker [VIDEO]

In a huge humiliation for Teabagistan, Paul Ryan was elected to House Speaker minutes ago with 236 votes, 18 more than needed. As is tradition, all of the Democrats voted for Nancy Pelosi. Teabagger Daniel Webster, who abstained, got eight votes. And interestingly, one vote went to Colin Powell.

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Politifact: Carson Lied During Debate About Relationship With Scam Nutritional Company [VIDEO]

During last night’s GOP debate, Ben Carson got very indignant when the moderator pointed out his long-running relationship with a nutritional supplements company which has paid out millions over deceptive marketing. Carson: “That is total propaganda. And this is what happens in our society — total propaganda. I did a couple speeches for them. I did speeches for other people. ...

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House Panel Blocks Vote On Equality Act [VIDEO]

Yesterday Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) attempted to introduce the Equality Act as an amendment to an anti-union bill before the House Committee On Education & The Workforce. The amendment was blocked by a voice vote of the panel after Rep. David Roe (R-TN) objected on the grounds that the Equality Act is not germane to the main bill. More from ...

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Trump Tops Drudge Report Debate Poll

According to 54% of Drudge Report poll respondents, Donald Trump was the winner of last night’s GOP debate. Trump also topped the last two Drudge Report debate polls. Coming in dead last is Teabagistan’s least favorite candidate Jeb Bush with only 0.52% of the votes at this writing.

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China To End One-Child Policy

The BBC reports: China has decided to end its decades-long one-child policy, Xinhua news agency reports. All couples will now be allowed to have two children, the state-run news agency said, citing a statement from the Communist Party. The controversial policy was introduced nationally in 1979, to reduce the country’s birth rate and slow the population growth rate. However, concerns ...

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LIVE THREAD: CNBC Main GOP Debate [VIDEO]

Pundits are saying that Lindsey Graham won tonight’s undercard debate, where we also learned that Rick Santorum doesn’t have a problem with beer monopolies. Other than that, meh. Now comes the debate that might actually mean something, although if the earlier debate is any indication, candidates won’t feel compelled to stick to the supposed sole topic of economic issues. Watch ...

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LIVE THREAD: CNBC Undercard GOP Debate [VIDEO]

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the debate undercard format “sucks” but at 6PM Eastern he’ll be onstage with Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and George Pataki. You can watch live online with your cable system login or via the live stream below (if it works!) Tonight will likely be the end of at least one if not more of these four.

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Former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty In Molestation Hush Money Scheme

CNN reports: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators about plans to pay someone he had wronged $3.5 million in hush money. As part of a plea deal, Hastert could serve a prison sentence, or possibly walk away with no prison time. Prosecutors recommended that the judge consider the federal sentencing guidelines, which given ...

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TONIGHT: GOP Debate On Economic Issues

Tonight’s third GOP debate on CNBC will focus on economic issues. CNN tells us what to expect: On Wednesday night, the moderators of the third GOP debate — CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood — will try to add a little more gravitas by focusing on what they view as the most important issue in the race: The ...

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PFAW: The GOP Is Way Too Extreme [VIDEO]

People For The American Way today issued the below clip which recaps some of declarations made by candidates during the first two GOP debates. In the clip: women’s health, immigration, Obamacare. (At least Scott Walker won’t appear in the NEXT such recap.)

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REPORT: De Blasio To Endorse Hillary Clinton

In January 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in by Bill Clinton, but so far de Blasio has been coy about making a presidential endorsement. That will soon change. Via the New York Daily News: After months of playing hard to get, Mayor de Blasio is finally planning on endorsing Hillary Clinton and will publicly declare his support ...

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INDIANA: City Council Candidate Who Opposes LGBT Rights Outed For Gay Dating Site Profile

Brent Randall doesn’t want LGBT protections added to the civil rights ordinance of his Indiana town, where he is running for city council as a Republican. And as these things so often go, Randall has been outed for having a profile on Adam4Adam. The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports: A prominent public personality, Randall serves as the radio voice for ...

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Ford Motor Calls Out Trump’s Lies About Mexico Plant

“Ford has not spoken with Mr. Trump, nor have we made any changes to our plans. We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. President. We are proud that Ford has invested $10.2 billion in our U.S. plants since 2011 and hired ...

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POLAND: Anti-LGBT Right Wing Party Takes Parliament

The chance of any advances for LGBT rights in Poland were dashed yesterday as an anti-LGBT right wing party won a commanding number of seats in Parliament. Reuters reports: Poland’s eurosceptic Law and Justice party (PiS) claimed victory on Sunday in a watershed election that risks putting the ex-communist state on a collision course with key European Union allies. Run ...

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