Politics

President Obama Opens American Idol Finale With Praise For Show And Call For Voter Registration [VIDEO]

American Idol ended its 15-season run last night and the finale began with a message from the president. Via Deadline: Acknowledging “not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson,” Obama told viewers of the very last episode of the Fox series “all of our voices matter.” Opening up the jam packed 2-hour end to Idol’s fifteen season run, the …

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MISSISSIPPI: Openly Lesbian Journalist Robin Roberts Is The New Face Of State’s Official Tourism Agency

The Advocate reports: Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State. The 2016 official tour guide for the state of Mississippi, which features Roberts on the cover, came out well before the …

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MEXICO: Political Party Demands Respect From Donald Trump With Ad Calling Him A “Faggot” [VIDEO]

Andres Duque writes at Blabbeando: Earlier today a Mexican political party which bills itself as the 4th largest in the country launched a television spot demanding respect from U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump… by calling him a faggot. In the ad a member of the Nueva Alianza party expresses frustration at how Mexicans are currently being portrayed worldwide and takes …

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Subway Swiping: Clinton Vs Sanders

From the New York Daily News: Hillary Clinton hopped aboard a Bronx 4 train Thursday — and took a shot at her old-school rival Bernie Sanders in the process. As Clinton swiped through the turnstile at the 161st St.-Yankee Stadium Station she referenced Sanders’ much-mocked comment to the Daily News editorial board revealing his mistaken belief New Yorkers still use …

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Obama Thanks Sen. Mark Kirk For Meeting Garland

This morning GOP Sen. Mark Kirk tweeted out the above message from President Obama thanking him for meeting with SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland. Right wingers on Twitter are responding with messages like “Get used to saying SENATOR Tammy Duckworth.” But not if the HRC has their way, amirite?

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New York Daily News: F-U Ted Cruz

From the New York Daily News: Value this. Ted Cruz got the Bronx cheer Wednesday from angry New Yorkers upset over the Republican presidential candidate’s callous “New York values” crack and his harsh stance on immigration. Cruz was crucified during a stop in the Bronx, where residents and elected leaders derided him for insulting the city and the borough, only …

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Sanders And Cruz Win Wisconsin Primary

Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz have been projected to win the Wisconsin primary. At this writing Cruz is leading Trump by 22 points and will take all of the 24 GOP delegates. Sanders’ margin over Hillary Clinton is just six points at this writing and they will each get about the same number of Wisconsin’s 84 Democratic delegates. Tonight is …

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REPORT: Charles Koch Is Determined To Get House Speaker Paul Ryan Nominated At The GOP Convention

From the Huffington Post: Charles Koch is confident House Speaker Paul Ryan could emerge from the Republican National Convention as the party’s nominee if Donald Trump comes up at least 100 delegates shy, he has told friends privately. Koch believes Ryan would be a “shoo-in” at a contested convention, should the campaign get to that point. Though Koch’s wealth gives …

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THEOCRACY ALERT: Tennessee Senate May Vote Today On Making Christian Bible The Official State Book

Last year Tennessee state Rep. Jerry Sexton failed in his attempt to make the Christian bible the official state book. But the bill has been revived and calendared for a vote today by the state Senate. Here’s what happened last week: A contentious bill seeking to declare the Holy Bible the official book of Tennessee is headed back for a …

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Electoral College Prediction On Clinton Vs Trump

The University of Virginia Center For Politics has posted its “Crystal Ball” electoral college prediction on a Clinton vs Trump match-up, which shows Clinton winning the general election by a huge margin. The group acknowledges that their map is “ridiculously premature.” They write: Yes, more than seven long months remain until the election, and all kinds of unexpected twists and …

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Media Matters Exposes “Web Of Self-Dealing & Dark Money” Behind Smearing Of Merrick Garland [VIDEO]

As I noted a few days ago, the Judicial Crisis Network was known as the Judicial Confirmation Network before President Obama took office. Clip recap: A Media Matters investigation of the discredited right-wing group Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), the main source of baseless smears against, and false characterizations of, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, reveals a familial web of self-dealing …

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John Oliver Rips Into Candidate Fundraising [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: The deep-dive on Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took a look at the role of money in politics, but not in the we-all-know-there-should-less-money-in-politics sort of way. Instead, the segment examined the hours lost to congressional fundraising, and the mind-numbingly dull process for elected officials to ensure that they stay competitive in their reelection bids. Oliver …

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Andrew Sullivan Joins New York Magazine

Andrew Sullivan is coming out of semi-retirement to join New York Magazine as a contributing editor. From their announcement: He will write features throughout the year, and cover the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He begins his new role today. “I have had the privilege of working with Andrew from the beginning of his career (mine too). He is …

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NEW YORK POLL: Trump Hold Yuge Lead Over Cruz But Would Be Trounced By Clinton Or Sanders

As you can see above, Donald Trump has taken a massive lead over Ted Cruz according to a New York poll released today. But here’s the real story: New York remains solidly blue as either Clinton or Sanders top any Republican in the head-to-head general election matchups, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds, with some margins approaching 2-1. November …

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WaPo: The US House Is In Play Thanks To Trump

The Washington Post reports: It’s one of the most controversial things to say on Capitol Hill, sparking looks of shock and disbelief: The House majority is in play this fall. For almost five years, ever since state legislatures and commissions finished drawing the new congressional districts for this decade, the Republican stranglehold on the House has been taken for granted …

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POLITICO: Teabagistan Is Ready To “Pounce” If Republicans Cave On SCOTUS Nomination Hearing

Via Politico: There are plenty of plausible reasons why Republicans might eventually fold in the standoff over the Supreme Court: Overwhelming public opinion, a Democratic pressure campaign, and vulnerable GOP senators trying to save their jobs, to name a few. But there’s another even more persuasive reason they won’t: The wrath of the right wing. The activist right has been …

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Ivanka Trump Has Baby Boy

USA Today reports: Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, has given birth to a baby boy, she announced via Twitter Sunday. Theodore James is her third child with her husband Jared Kushner. “Jared and I feel incredibly blessed to announce the arrival of Theodore James Kushner,” Ivanka Trump tweeted. Donald Trump has made frequent reference to his …

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CUBA: Rolling Stones Play Historic Concert [VIDEOS]

CNN reports: It may have only been rock ‘n’ roll — but Cubans seemed to like it. On Friday, the Rolling Stones became the first major international rock band to play in Cuba, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to a free concert at a decrepit sports complex on the road to the airport. For years, following the Cuban revolution, …

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Bernie Sanders May Sweep Today’s Caucuses

Via Politico: Washington state, Alaska and Hawaii all hold Democratic nomination contests on Saturday, and Sanders has a fighting chance for a sweep. All three states are holding caucuses, an activist-heavy format that Sanders has thrived on. Washington state and Alaska are also heavy on white Democrats, a core Sanders constituency, and have relatively few African Americans. Hawaii is a …

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Trending Today On Twitter: #CruzSexScandal

Teabagistan is aflame today over the National Enquirer’s claim that Ted Cruz made sexytime with five women not married to him in Jesus’ name. They write: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is trying to survive an explosive “dirt file” on the finger-wagging conservative senator! And the new issue of The National ENQUIRER — on newsstands now — reveals how the reports …

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