Politics

Sen. Rand Paul Literally Gives Media The Finger, Won’t Attend Tonight’s GOP Kids Table Debate

No more kids table for Rand Paul, he just won’t show up. Which will totally teach everybody not to treat him bad. The Hill reports: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn’t going quietly after being dropped from the prime-time stage at the Republicans’ next presidential debate, literally flipping off the media during an interview. Paul reiterated during a radio interview on …

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Former AG Eric Holder Endorses Hillary Clinton

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder today issued his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The Associated Press reports: As she works to maintain an advantage among African-American voters in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has secured an endorsement from the nation’s first black attorney general. The Clinton campaign announced Eric Holder’s support in a statement to the …

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Matt Baume: The State Of The Union Is Gay [VIDEO]

Our scrufftastic friend Matt Baume is back with a look at last night’s SOTU. Clip recap: “There’s been a lot of LGBT change in the last 8 years, thanks in large part to the Obama administration. Now the House GOP wants to take over — but their bizarre animated GIF of Louis Virtel snapping just proved that they don’t understand …

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Obama Takes Last Look At US House [VIDEO]

After President Obama finished his final State Of The Union address, he lingered at the exit to the US House chamber, saying, “Let me look at this thing one last time.” The president’s last look was brief as moments later he was swarmed by well-wishers. Watch below.

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama’s Final SOTU

President Obama’s final State Of The Union address begins at 9PM Eastern. Embedded below is the official White House video stream, which at this writing is broadcasting prerecorded messages from the president and vice president. All eyes tonight will be on Jim Obergefell and Kim Davis, the hero and villain of same-sex marriage. Watch along with us.

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Iranian Military Seizes Two US Navy Boats

Really unfortunate timing with the SOTU only hours away. NBC News reports: Iranian military forces seized two U.S. Navy boats Tuesday and are detaining them on Iran’s Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf, senior U.S. officials told NBC News. The 10 American sailors were on a training mission around noon ET when one of the boats may have experienced mechanical …

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Gay Jeopardy “Snap” Champion Slams House GOP: Don’t Use My Image, You Homophobic Scary-Ass Losers

Last May, Jeopardy! contestant Louis Virtel earned social media fame when he gaily snapped after providing the right question during the Daily Double. Today Virtel is furious because House Republicans are using a GIF of his snap to promote their “exclusive behind-the-scenes look at President Obama’s final State of the Union address” via Snapchat. Virtel: “Hey, GOP! Your candidates are …

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LANDSLIDE: MoveOn Members Endorse Bernie Sanders

The membership of the progressive activism group MoveOn has overwhelmingly voted to endorse Bernie Sanders. Politico reports: The Vermont senator prevailed in online balloting that ran from last Thursday through Sunday night, winning 78.6 percent of the vote out of 340,665 ballots cast — both records in terms of most votes cast and largest margin of victory. Just 14.6 percent …

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LOUISIANA: Bobby Jindal Out, Gov. John Bel Edwards In, 100,000 Residents To Gain Access To Medicaid

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was sworn in yesterday and as Bobby Jindal hits the exit things will immediately get better for the state’s impoverished families. Via Daily News Bin: Edwards says that he’s signing off on Medicaid expansion this Tuesday. That means at least 100,000 low-income residents of Louisiana will gain access to health care immediately. The Affordable …

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Bloomberg Mulls Independent Run For President

Yesterday the New York Times reported that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has commissioned a poll to assess his chances in a three-way race against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. From New York Magazine: Some pundits have speculated that a Trump nomination would leave most white-collar Republicans looking for a less gauche representative of their interests. But it’s …

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GALLUP: Democratic Party Identification At New Low

But GOP isn’t doing much better. Via Politico: The share of Americans identifying as Democrats dropped to a record low in 2015, according to the latest Gallup results published Monday, in the latest indication that Americans’ attachment to either political party is at or nearing historical lows. Overall, 42 percent over the course of the past year identified as independents, …

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Openly Gay Army Acting Secretary Eric Fanning Steps Aside As Senate Drags Feet On His Confirmation

The Associated Press reports: Acting Army Secretary Eric Fanning is stepping aside, at least temporarily, because Senate hasn’t confirmed his nomination, officials said Monday. The Army’s undersecretary, Patrick Murphy, was confirmed last week, so he will oversee the Army. Fanning is expected to step down and move into another Pentagon post for now. He would return to the Army leadership …

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TRAILER: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Indie Wire recaps: Tackling a subject that has been political fodder for a good chunk of the year, John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens, David Giuntoli, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and David Costabile, are the men enlisted for [director Michael] Bay’s version of the tale, which he insists will be an “in-depth look at what’s going on inside that …

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NEW POLLS: Early Races Remain Close

NBC News reports: Three weeks until the first presidential nominating contest, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are running neck and neck in Iowa, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are also locked in a tight race in the Hawkeye State. What’s more, Clinton and Sanders are within the margin of error in New Hampshire, while Trump has built a 16-point …

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White House: No Endorsement Before Primaries

Speaking this morning on Meet The Press, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said that President Obama will not endorse a candidate until the Democratic nominee is chosen. Via Politico: McDonough said Obama won’t endorse in the presidential primary, despite his recent signal that he’ll weigh in on down-ballot races over gun control issues. “That’s not our job. That’s …

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Obama Vetoes Obamacare Repeal Bill

Teabagistan has been patting itself on the back all week for finally getting an Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk after literally dozens of attempts. You know how this ends. NBC News reports: President Obama vetoed a bill Friday aimed at repealing his signature health care law. “This legislation would not only repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, …

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Marco Rubio Tries To Out-Jock Everybody [VIDEO]

A few days ago Marco Rubio tried to out-Jesus everybody with a campaign ad trumpeting his faith. Today he reminds everybody that he played college football and married a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. Via Politico: The Florida senator is out on Friday with a new ad, which will air during the NFL playoff weekend, featuring Rubio catching footballs and taking questions. …

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson Announces 2016 Presidential Bid As Libertarian Candidate [VIDEO]

Well, this might be interesting. CNN reports: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has announced that he will run for president as a Libertarian. He was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Johnson says America’s debt is the biggest issue facing the country, telling Fox’s Neil Cavuto that he estimated the nation’s debt will be $20 trillion by the time …

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SCOTLAND: Trump Threatens To Pull Alleged $1B In Investments Over Proposed Ban From Britain

The Donald is furious about the coming Parliament debate on banning him from UK. The Guardian reports: The US Republican presidential candidate, who became the focus of the petition after his call for Muslims to be banned from entering the US, reacted on Wednesday by saying his organisation had plans to invest more than £200m in the development of his …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gov. Cuomo Lays Out Ambitious $3 Billion Renovation Plan For Penn Station

Gothamist reports: Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he is spearheading a comprehensive overhaul of Penn Station. In conjunction with Amtrak and the MTA, the renovation will seek a private developer to convert the Farley post office building on Eighth Avenue into a grand, sun-soaked waiting area. Maybe this time the stories will be true? The project—dubbed the Empire Station …

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