Politics

Paul Ryan To Hold “Secret Meeting” With Top GOP Donors, Reports Paper Owned By Trump’s Son-In-Law

The Observer is owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner so regard this story accordingly: The Observer can now report that Todd Ricketts, the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs who is also the son of the founder of Ameritrade, is arranging a meeting of some of the GOP’s top financial bundlers, to be attended by Mr. Ryan. The meeting is …

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TEXAS: Feds Charge GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton With Fraud For Role In Tech Company Scam

From the Dallas Morning News: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and several others involved in promoting a north Texas tech company. Paxton and a former member of the board of Servergy, Inc., a north Texas tech firm, were charged with allegedly convincing others to buy stock in the …

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SNL Mocks Hillary’s Losing Streak [VIDEO]

The Hill recaps: “Saturday Night Live” in its latest show poked fun at Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton over her string of recent losses. “It’s true, I have not been winning as of late. In fact, I have not won a state in almost three weeks,” cast member Kate McKinnon, as Clinton, said in the show’s opening. “Clinton” said she …

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Obama On Fox News: I’ll Keep Garland As SCOTUS Nominee Through The End Of My Term [VIDEO]

Via Talking Points Memo: President Barack Obama railed against the Republican senators who are stalling a consideration of his Supreme Court nominee, D.C. circuit judge Merrick Garland and vowed to support him through his term as President in an interview aired Sunday. I think there’s no doubt that Democrats and Republicans have gotten into a fix inside the Senate in …

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Robin Roberts On Her Mississippi Tourism Cover

“Last year well before recent events, I was interviewed and photographed to be on the cover of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication. I’ve often boasted about the beautiful people, delicious food and my picturesque hometown of Pass Christian. My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of …

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Rick Scott Posts Revenge Clip Against Critic [VIDEO]

The Wrap reports: Way to spend those tax dollars, Florida. After a video of a woman cursing him out in a coffee shop went viral this week, Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to unleash his own retaliatory clip on the world — and his very vocal critic. The video, titled “Latte Liberal Gets an Earful,” begins with a brief replay …

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Bill Maher: It’s Time For The GOP To Punt [VIDEO]

HuffPo recaps: Bill Maher has a radical suggestion for Republicans: They should take a punt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this November. The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host said on Friday night the GOP would lose the presidential elections under Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), so he advised Republican supporters to do themselves a favor and …

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US Airlines Battle For Routes To Cuba

The Hill reports: U.S. airlines are in vicious competition for the chance to provide direct service to Cuba, even as the impact of the new business on their bottom lines is unclear. Last month, the Department of Transportation opened bidding from airlines to operate 20 daily round-trip flights to Havana, and 10 flights to nine smaller airports on the island. …

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DELAWARE: Gov. Jack Markell Denounces States That Have Singled-Out Trans Citizens For Exclusion [VIDEO]

In a video posted today to the YouTube channel of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell denounces states that have “chosen to single-out their LGBT residents and transgender people, in particular, for exclusion.” More from the clip recap: Delaware Gov. Jack Markell stands up for transgender equality and combats the misinformation and scare tactics being utilized …

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Is This Paul Ryan’s First 2016 Campaign Ad? [VIDEO]

A lot of journalists certainly think so. Via Breitbart: A new video released by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan has reporters chattering about whether or not it serves as a subtle campaign ad, as his supporters continue to whisper his name as a potential Republican presidential nominee in a brokered convention. The video features footage from Paul Ryan’s speech calling …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley Hints That She May Veto “Unnecessary” Anti-Transgender Bill

The State reports: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday that a proposed law to limit the bathrooms that transgender people can use is not needed. Haley said her office has not received any complaints about the issue, adding South Carolinians are respectful to people of different backgrounds. “I don’t believe it’s necessary,” the Lexington Republican told reporters. “There’s not one …

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Senate Intelligence Committee Readies Encryption Bill Mandating Assistance From Technology Companies

The Hill reports: A long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee encryption bill would force companies to provide “technical assistance” to government investigators seeking locked data, according to a discussion draft obtained by The Hill. The measure — from Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — is a response to concerns that criminals are increasingly using encrypted devices …

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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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