Politics

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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Roy Moore’s Son Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges

Reported yesterday by the Associated Press: The son of Alabama’s chief justice has pleaded not guilty to drug charges. Court documents show Caleb Moore pleaded not guilty on Dec. 21 to two counts. Moore, who is 25, faces charges of felony possession of the prescription medication alprazolam and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Caleb Moore was arrested in March in Troy. Police …

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The New York Daily News Strikes Again

The New York Daily News today again strikes effectively at the gun lobby, calling the GOP “the party of pro-death.” Today’s front page calls out Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Paul Ryan for their “blood-soaked chase for cheap votes.” Yesterday the tabloid blasted the NRA for its “act of terror” in tweeting out a bullet-strewn image of pro-gun …

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NORTH KOREA: We Tested An H-Bomb [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: North Korea says it has successfully carried out its first underground test of a hydrogen bomb – a more powerful weapon than an atomic bomb. If true it would be its fourth nuclear test since 2006 and mark a huge advance in its nuclear capabilities. The announcement was swiftly criticised by world leaders with South Korea calling …

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Fox News Host Andrea Tantaros: Check Obama’s Podium For Raw Onions, He Faked Those Tears For Children Murdered In Mass Shootings [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story:  Fox News host Andrea Tantaros suggested on Tuesday President Barack Obama had used a “raw onion” to produce fake tears for shooting victims during his press conference on gun violence. After a commercial break, Fox News replayed a clip of Obama with tears flowing down his face. Tantaros said that she didn’t buy the emotion because “he …

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Obama Unveils Executive Action On Guns [VIDEO]

“The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage but they cannot hold America hostage. We cannot make carnage the price of freedom.” USA Today reports: President Obama announced a series of executive actions on guns Tuesday, focusing on the victims of gun violence in a White House event intended to prod Congress to take further action. Speaking to an East …

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