Politics

Salt Lake City Elects Utah’s First Gay Mayor

Another bright spot from last night. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Salt Lake City voters elected Jackie Biskupski as Utah’s first openly gay mayor and only the second female top executive in the capital city, according to the unofficial election-night count. Those vote tallies had Biskupski with 52.19 percent to two-term Mayor Ralph Becker’s 47.81 percent — less than a …

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Jon Stewart Inks Four-Year Deal With HBO

You KNEW he couldn’t stay away, right? NPR reports: Announcing what could be a string of projects from the former host of The Daily Show, HBO says it has reached an exclusive four-year deal with Jon Stewart. In the first phase of the deal, Stewart will produce “short-form digital content,” HBO says. “Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly …

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Obama Rips GOP Crybabies: If They Can’t Handle CNBC, How Can They Handle Putin? [VIDEO]

Ah, satisfying. CNN breaks it down: President Barack Obama tore into Republican presidential candidates Monday night at a Democratic fundraising event in New York, saying their complaints about CNBC’s debate moderation aren’t an encouraging preview for their governing abilities. “Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to …

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POLL: Hillary Retakes Slim Lead In New Hampshire

USA Today reports: Hillary Clinton has regained the lead over Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, site of next year’s first Democratic primary, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Clinton leads Sanders 48% to 45%, according to the Monmouth University Poll. Sanders, a Vermont senator, held a 7-point lead in the same poll in September when Vice President Biden, Lincoln …

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Al Franken: Democrats Can Flip The Senate In 2016

Sen. Al Franken has launched a year-long battle to help Democrats flip the five Senate seats needed to assume the majority in 2016. Politico reports: In a rare interview in his Capitol office, the Minnesotan described his most ambitious effort yet to help elect Democrats in his more than six years in Washington. Franken is using his celebrity to help …

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Religious “Nones” Now Dominate Democrats

Well, this is encouraging. From a just-issued study by Pew Research: Pew Research Center surveys consistently show that not all religious “nones” are nonbelievers. In fact, the majority of Americans without a religious affiliation say they believe in God. As a group, however, the “nones” are far less religiously observant than Americans who identify with a specific faith. And, as …

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Bush Launches New Slogan: Jeb Can Fix It

Gone is the “Jeb!” ABC News reports: Jeb Bush launches his “Jeb Can Fix It” tour today. The embattled GOP presidential candidate is beginning the tour in his home state of Florida, traversing the state with three events in three different cities. He’ll begin with remarks in Tampa, head to an event near Orlando and end with a town hall …

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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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