Politics

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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GUATEMALA: Anti-Gay Comedian Elected President In Landslide Win Against Former First Lady

Anti-gay television personality Jimmy Morales has been elected president of Guatemala in a landslide win against a former first lady. And according to Breitbart, that means television personality Donald Trump will probably beat a former first lady too. They write: Because worldwide political trends are often contagious, the outcome of Guatemala’s presidential election could have a serious effect on the …

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Clinton To Rachel Maddow: DOMA & DADT Were “Defensive Actions” Taken By My Husband [VIDEO]

Last night Hillary Clinton told Rachel Maddow that DOMA and DADT were “defensive actions” taken by her husband. Andy Towle has the quote: “On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, …

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Jeb Bush: Trump’s Success Has Cost Me [VIDEO]

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: Today, Jeb Bush joined televangelist Pat Robertson for an ostensibly nonpartisan presidential forum, where the former Florida governor received a warm introduction from Religious Right legal activist Jay Sekulow, whose son just so happens to work for Bush. Robertson himself has put Bush at the top of his 2016 “dream ticket.”Towards the end …

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Breitbart Mocks As Jeb Bush Curtails Campaign

The Bush campaign is running out of the money and nobody is happier than Breitbart, where they love to mock Bush’s fluency in Spanish. They write: Going well beyond prudent cost cutting and a defensive posture, Team Jeb Bush will begin making such significant campaign cuts effective November 1, they can’t be seen as anything other than a big red …

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INDIANA: Wingnuts Post Scare Clip To Warn Of “Sneak Attack” To Pass LGBT Protections [VIDEO]

According to some nutjob named Eric Miller, Indiana businesses and legislators are secretly conspiring to pass a broad LGBT rights bill on the first day that the state legislature convenes. Which would be just AWFUL. The Indianapolis Star reports: The video appears to target leaders of the Republican-controlled General Assembly, where gay rights issues have put them in the middle …

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Lincoln Chafee Drops Out Of Presidential Race

And nobody was surprised. Via CNN: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee ended his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination Friday, his campaign announced in a statement. Chafee is set to speak on his decision momentarily at the DNC’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington. “As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through …

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Paul Ryan: I’m Running For House Speaker

Despite the lack of full-throated support from Teabagistan following Tuesday’s ultimatum, Paul Ryan this afternoon declared his intention to run for House Speaker. Ryan says that he believes that Republicans in the House are “ready to move forward as one, united team.” Uh huh. Ryan is expected to easily win next Wednesday’s GOP vote.

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Democratic Rep. Don Beyer Wins “Politicians Vs Press” National Press Club Spelling Bee [VIDEO]

Some welcome lightheartedness on Capitol Hill: Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) outlasted a team of journalists Wednesday night to win the National Press Club’s “Politicians vs. Press” spelling bee. The event, a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute, pitted a team of seven journalists against seven lawmakers. Helping to judge the competition were 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champions …

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Trump: Iowa Voters Have Chemical-Addled Brains

For the first time ever, Donald Trump is behind Ben Carson in an Iowa poll issued early today. Trump has responded by suggested that the brains of Iowa voters have been damaged by chemicals in the corn. This, we suspect, will not go over well in the Hawkeye State. UPDATE: Deleted!

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