Politics

FLORIDA: Senate Advances Bill To Void Anti-Fracking Measures, Everglades & Water Supply At Risk

Environmentalists are rallying in Tallahassee today after the Florida Senate advanced GOP Sen. Garrett Richter’s bill that would override any local laws against fracking and oil exploration. Under Garrett’s proposed bill, all energy-related regulations would be placed in the hands of a Republican-run state agency. From the Guardian: Opponents fear that removing the rights of cities and counties to prohibit …

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Satisfaction With Acceptance Of Gays At New High

Gallup reports: A new high of 60% of Americans say they are satisfied with the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.S. — up from 53% in 2014 and 2015. As recently as 10 years ago, satisfaction was as low as 32%. The latest poll marks the first time that majorities of Americans from within the three major political …

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LIVE VIDEO: Parliament Debates Trump Ban

Parliament’s debate on banning Donald Trump from entering the UK is due to begin at 11:30AM Eastern. Watch below. Most observers do not expect an actual vote, but the debate will certainly be entertaining. For his part, Trump has vowed to pull an alleged $1 billion in planned investments in Scotland should he be banned.

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Senate Finally Sets Confirmation Hearing For Openly Gay US Army Secretary Nominee Eric Fanning

The Hill reports: A Senate confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, President Obama’s pick for Army secretary, is now scheduled for next week, months after he was nominated. Fanning stepped aside as acting Army secretary last week, after senators raised concerns that he was in the position without being yet confirmed. The confirmation hearing for Fanning, who would be the first …

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Linda Tripp: Bill Clinton Had Thousands Of Affairs

In today’s top story on Breitbart, Linda Tripp claims that Bill Clinton has had thousands of affairs. Yes, thousands. Tripp also declares that she saved Monica Lewinsky’s life by coming forward. They write: In a rare interview, Linda Tripp, a pivotal figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, revealed on Sunday it was common knowledge while she worked in the West …

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Nate Silver: Cruz And Clinton Will Win Iowa

Via Politico: Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz have the greatest chances of winning the Iowa caucuses two weeks from Monday, new polling-based forecasts from FiveThirtyEight show. Cruz has a 51 percent chance of winning Iowa when national and state polls as well as endorsements are taken into account. In that forecast, Donald Trump trails Cruz with a 29 percent chance …

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LIVE VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Debate

The first Democratic presidential debate of 2016 begins at 9PM Eastern from Charleston, South Carolina. NBC News will live-steam the event on their YouTube channel embedded below and their pre-debate coverage is already underway. Watch along with us. Unlike earlier Dem debates, expect sharp elbows tonight.

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POLL: Hillary Widens Lead To 25 Points

The Hill reports: Hillary Clinton heads into the next Democratic presidential debate with a 25-point lead over Bernie Sanders, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The former secretary of State has the support of 59 percent of Democratic primary voters nationally, pollsters found, compared to 34 percent for the Vermont …

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Obama Weighs In On Dog Pants [VIDEO]

Via USA Today: President Obama has weighed on the hottest Internet debate since the blue-or-gold dress. Dogs should wear their pants on two hind legs, not on all four. That presidential declaration came Friday during a series of interviews with YouTube stars in the East Room of the White House. Adande Thorne, also known as sWooZie, asked the president about …

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Slate: Hillary Dresses Like A Lesbian

A Slate piece today aims to “decode” Hillary Clinton’s fashion sense. Vanessa Urguhart writes: Hillary Clinton’s sense of style has been criticized for as long as she has been on the national political scene. One of the uglier forms this mockery has taken, most often in barbed private jokes and comments but occasionally openly by anti-gay activists, has been the …

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Lindsey Graham Endorses Jeb Bush

Moments ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared at a South Carolina press conference to endorse “the next president of the United States” Jeb Bush. Graham’s statement included jabs at Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies. Bush took the stage afterwards, thanking the “extraordinary” Graham and vowing to continue to seek out his advice.

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Hillary Does Lengthy Interview With Rachel Maddow, Won’t Rule Out Choosing Female Running Mate [VIDEO]

You’ll want to watch this especially if you endured last night’s GOP debate. Via Politico: The conversation ended with Maddow asking Clinton pointedly whether she would consider a woman as a running mate should she be the nominee. “In any other year they would definitely be short-listed for vice president,” Maddow said of a list that included Missouri Sen. Claire …

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Carly Fiorina Attacks Clintons’ Marriage, Flails About Awkwardly In Post-Debate Interview [VIDEO]

Mediaite nails it: Sweet Jesus did things get uncomfortable on MSNBC Thursday night following the undercard GOP debate. Hardball host Chris Matthews cornered Republican candidate Carly Fiorina on a very simple question that she utterly refused to answer: “Do you believe the Clintons have a real marriage?” Matthews brought this up because, at the start of the debate, Fiorina jabbed …

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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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