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Marco Rubio leads GOP field in new national poll

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Sen. Marco Rubio leads all Republican presidential hopefuls in a new poll released Thursday morning, capturing some momentum in the weeks after he became the third major Republican to announce his presidential campaign.

The Florida senator garnered support from 15% of the registered Republicans polled by Quinnipiac University, giving him a slight edge over his mentor Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who won 13% of the vote in the poll.

Rubio also performed the best of all the potential Republican candidates in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, trailing her by only two percentage points.

The poll — surveying national Republicans and coming nine months before the first votes will be cast in the Iowa caucuses — serves as a signal that Rubio has the potential to make a run at the nomination.

“This is the kind of survey that shoots adrenaline into a campaign,” said Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, in a statement. “Marco Rubio gets strong enough numbers and favorability ratings to look like a legit threat to Hillary Clinton.”

Most early opinion polls have shown Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading the Republican field. Walker earns bronze in the new Quinnipiac poll, with 11% of respondents saying they would vote for him. A significant number of Republican primary voters — 14% — said they didn’t know who they planned to support.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz earned 9% of the vote in the poll, and his Senate colleague from Kentucky, Rand Paul, won 8%. Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tied with 7% support — the rest of the field earned 3% or less. The margin of error for Republicans in the survey is 4.1 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac findings track closely with a CNN/ORC poll issued this week, though Bush beats Rubio by 5 percentage points in that survey.

All GOP candidates in the Quinnipiac poll trail Clinton, but the difference between Rubio and the former secretary of state is the smallest in all one-on-one battles: two percentage points. Paul lost to Clinton in a hypothetical match-up by four points; Christie, Walker and Huckabee by 5; and Cruz and Bush by 7.

In the CNN/ORC poll, the differences between Clinton and her rivals are much wider, with Rubio faring best by keeping the distance to 14 percentage points. CNN/ORC polled all adults, rather than registered voters, and asked the head-to-head questions with different wordings than did Quinnipiac, which could factor into the varied findings.

On the Democratic side in the Quinnipiac survey, Clinton continues to widely pummel the rest of the field. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not said he is running for the presidency, trailed Clinton by 50 percentage points for second place. Yet a majority of those polled say Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, a poorer rating than some of her Republican rivals.

“Yes she is a leader, but can she be trusted? Mixed review for Hillary Clinton on key character traits,” Malloy said.

Quinnipiac surveued 1,354 registered voters on landlines and cell phones — about half of whom are Democrats and half of whom are Republicans — yielding an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Theodore Schleifer, CNN

GOP Delays Benghazi Report Until 2016 Proving It’s All About Politics, Not Those Who Died

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If only the GOP was this adamant about getting to the bottom of the tragedy on 9/11/01, but wait… that was under Republican leadership, and Bush was instead made a hero. It’s always about politicizing tragedies to their favor. Always.

Republicans have no shame. None whatsoever. When the September 11 attacks happened, on American soil mind you, we were told that we were attacked… because we just were, and Republicans didn’t blame President Bush and his administration – even though they did ignore intelligence that said attacks were imminent.

However, when the attacks on an American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, occurred on 9/11/12, well that was obviously the fault of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And godammit! Republicans are going to make sure they drag out and politicize the deaths of four Americans as long as they can in an effort to derail Clinton’s attempt at becoming the next President of the United States.

They don’t give a rat’s ass that the father of United States ambassador Christopher Stephens, who perished in the attack in Benghazi, asked that his son’s death not be politicized. Or the fact that 20 committee events and hearings have been held regarding the events on that fateful day, even committees run by House Republicans, debunking theories that there was any wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration. They will not let the matter rest until they can use it to keep Clinton out of the Oval Office. At least that’s their hope.

Now, the new House Benghazi committee is delaying their supposed “new” report until 2016 — months before the presidential election where Clinton will undoubtedly be the Democratic nominee. And who are they blaming for this delay?? The White House, of course.

The committee spokesman, Jamal Ware, told Bloomberg News in a statement:

“Factors beyond the committee’s control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearances and accreditations—all of which are controlled by the Executive branch—could continue to impact the timing of the inquiry’s conclusion.”

Mmmhmm, yeah. That’s it. Never mind the countless other hearings and investigations that have already happened. This dead horse hasn’t only been kicked, but it’s been sent to the glue factory and is now being used to hold together the last semblance of an argument the Republicans have. It’s pathetic… and it’s continuing to prevent the families of the dead to grieve properly.

Of course, chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), denies that this delay has anything to do with the upcoming election, saying:

“Secretary Clinton’s decision to seek the presidency of the United States does not and will not impact the work of the committee.”

Hahahahaha (hold on, need to breathe) hahahahaha! Did he say that with a straight face?

I’m sure it’s just happenstance that the release of the report will magically coincide with the presidential election. Totally.

What will likely happen, because it’s happened with every other Benghazi report, is that the Obama administration will be cleared of any wrongdoing, and this entire charade of an investigation to bury the former Secretary of State will be able to be used to her advantage.

These Republicans are pathetic and morally bankrupt when it comes to politicizing tragedy. It’s clear they don’t care about getting to the bottom of what happened, because that’s already occurred. And if they did, they’d be more focused on going after the people who attacked us, just like with 9/11/01. They only care about hurting Clinton’s chance at the presidency, and that is the God’s honest truth.


Fox News Also Responds On Deal With Conservative Writer About Hillary Dirt


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In a piece on Sunday The New York Times said it, The Washington Post, and Fox News had “exclusive agreements” with Schweizer to “pursue story lines in the book. In a statement to TPM, Fox denied any type of exclusive deal.

Here’s the statement from Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente:

We have secured the television exclusive to report on the forthcoming book, Clinton Cash, as all major news outlets have done for decades with a multitude of books. There is no exclusive arrangement to ‘pursue story lines’ — we have conducted our own independent research and reporting on the contents of the book. This was the same process we used in securing an advance copy of 13 Hours and Things That Matter, which were both the subject of one-hour FOX News documentaries.

In an email to TPM, NYT Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan said “We had access to some material in the book, but we wanted to do our own reporting.”

10 things you need to now today: April 19, 2015

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The Week

1.Hundreds of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck 
An estimated 500 to 700 people went missing on Sunday after a boat ferrying migrants to Italy capsized north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. The 65-foot-long fishing boat sent a distress call overnight, but when another vessel approached the migrants huddled to the far side of the ship, causing it to capsize, according to the Italian Coast Guard. Close to 20 ships raced to rescue survivors, pulling 28 people from the water so far. Roughly 900 people are believed to have died this year trying to make the crossing.

Source: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

2.FBI admits to exaggerating forensic hair evidence for two decades
Almost every examiner in the FBI’s hair analysis unit repeatedly overhyped evidence to aid prosecutors over a two-decade period ending in 2000, according to The Washington Post. The finding comes from an ongoing review of cases conducted by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project in conjunction with the federal government. Per the review, 26 of 28 forensic hair analysts overstated evidence in 95 percent of the 268 trials examined so far. The FBI and Justice Department acknowledged the errors, saying in a statement they were “committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and that justice is done in every instance.”

Source: The Washington Post

3.Republican presidential hopefuls woo New Hampshire voters
A slew of declared and potential Republican presidential candidates trekked to New Hampshire this weekend for the two-day Republican Leadership Summit. Close to 20 prospective candidates — ranging from establishment types like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, to bottom-tier hopefuls like Donald Trump and John Bolton — used their stage time to discuss policy, ding the president, and assail presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “When Hillary Clinton travels, there’s going to need to be two planes,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. “One for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage.”

Source: CNN, Politico

4.Poland summons U.S. ambassador over FBI head’s Holocaust remark
Poland on Sunday summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest FBI Director James Comey’s recent comment casting some blame on Poland for the Holocaust. “The murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn’t do something evil,” Comey said in a speech last week, which was then adapted as an opinion piece in The Washington Post. “They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do.” Poland’s ambassador to the U.S. called the comment “unacceptable” and a “falsification of history.”

Source: Reuters

5.Senior Revolutionary Guard rejects weapons inspections
A high-ranking member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturdayinsisted weapons inspectors would be barred from visiting military sites under any final nuclear agreement. “Iran will not become a paradise for spies,” Gen. Hossein Salami said. “We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy,” he added, saying that inspections would amount to Tehran “selling out.” Under a framework agreement reached last month between the U.S., Iran, and five world powers, international inspectors would be granted access to Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Source: The Associated Press

6.Putin walks back anti-U.S. rhetoric
Speaking on Russia’s state-run Rossiya channel on Saturday, President Vladimir Putin admitted that Moscow and Washington have “disagreements,” but that “there is something that unites us, that forces us to work together,” according to Reuters‘ translation of the remarks. “I mean general efforts directed at making the world economy more democratic, measured and balanced, so that the world order is more democratic,” Putin said. “We have a common agenda.” Putin’s comments came two days after he told a Russian phone-in show that the United States wants “not allies, but vassals,” and is behaving like the former Soviet Union in its overreaching foreign policy.

Source: Reuters

7.ISIS claims to kill Ethiopian Christians
The Islamic State on Sunday released a video purporting to show the execution of two groups of captured Ethiopian Christians. The 29-minute video claims to show ISIS affiliates at two separate locations in Libya beheading or shooting to death prisoners, though a death toll was not immediately clear. Though the video has yet to be authenticated, it closely resembled previous ISIS propaganda videos depicting executions.

Source: CBS

8.California water board releases revised drought restrictions
California’s State Water Resources Control Board on Saturday released modified proposed conservation restrictions, adjusting the planned cuts based on water-saving efforts already underway. A former draft divided water suppliers into four tiers; the new framework places them into one of nine tiers — where water usage must be cut by anywhere from 8 percent to 36 percent — to “more equitably allocate” the restrictions. Water suppliers that do not meet their cuts could face fines of up to $10,000 per day. The board is expected to vote on the revised framework proposal in early May.

Source: The New York Times

9. Warriors open NBA playoffs with win
The NBA playoffs tipped off Saturday with the Golden State Warriors, owners of the best record in basketball, holding off the New Orleans Pelicans. Also Saturday, the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards won the opening games of their first-round series. The playoffs continue Sunday with four more games.

Source: Sports Illustrated

10.Ringo Starr inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday as a solo artist, making him the fourth and final member of the seminal band enshrined for his solo work. “As all the other drummers say, he just is something so special,” bandmate Paul McCartney said at the induction ceremony. The Hall’s 2015 class also included newcomers Lou Reed, Green Day, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, among others.

Source: Rolling Stone

Rand Paul: Hillary Has So Much ‘Baggage’ She Needs An Extra Plane


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“I’m starting to worry that when Hillary Clinton travels, there’s gonna need to be two planes – one for her and her entourage, and one for her baggage,” Paul said. “I’m concerned that the plane with the baggage is really getting heavy and teetering.”

Paul, who, like Clinton, recently announced his 2016 presidential candidacy, criticized Clinton for using a private email account while she was secretary of State, according to The Hill. The Republican candidate also reportedly took issue with the fact that the Clinton Foundation had accepted monetary contributions from foreign governments.

Paul has recently faced criticism over his comments and behavior toward women, prompting accusations that he’s sexist and forcing his wife to defend him against the claims.

10 things you need to know today: April 17, 2015

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The Week

1.Senators strike deal on fast-track trade authority for Obama
Key lawmakers on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation to give President Obama new authority to conclude one of the biggest free-trade agreements ever. The Senate’s bipartisan fast-track trade bill from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — and a House version introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — would let Obama present the final, 12-nation Pacific trade accord to Congress for an up-or-down vote, with no chance for amendments. Many Democrats and labor groups oppose the trade pact, saying it will lower wages and job opportunities for Americans.

Source: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal

2.Russia accuses U.S. of destabilizing Ukraine by sending military trainers
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the U.S. might be destabilizing Ukraine by sending 300 American soldiers to train Ukrainian troops. Government forces and Russian-backed separatists have observed a shaky truce in eastern Ukraine since February. The paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived Thursday at a facility in western Ukraine to provide instruction for 900 Ukrainian reservists called up in 2014, as the government moved to solidify control of its forces in the face of the revolt.

Source: Radio Free Europe

3.Gyrocopter pilot charged with felony for Capitol landing stunt
Postal worker Doug Hughes was charged with violating aircraft registration laws, a felony, and sent home to Florida to await prosecution on Thursday, a day after landing his ultralight gyrocopter on the lawn of the Capitol. Hughes said his “crazy” act of civil disobedience was meant to call attention to the need for campaign finance reform. He also was charged with violating national-defense airspace, a misdemeanor. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the aircraft “literally flew under the radar” to get into the highly restricted zone.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press

4.Teenagers’ e-cigarette use triples
Teen use of e-cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The percentage of high school students using e-cigarettes, which contain addictive nicotine but not tobacco, went from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent, or a total of two million, in 2014. Among middle schoolers, usage went from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the figures “stunning.”

Source: USA Today

5.Jeb Bush says Senate should confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general
Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that theSenate should confirm Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general. Senate Republicans have been delaying a confirmation vote — Lynch was nominated five months ago — because of political differences with Lynch, but former Florida governor Bush said “there should be some deference to the executive.” Civil rights groups, including one founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning a hunger strike, in which fasters will alternate days without food, until Lynch is confirmed to replace Eric Holder.

Source: The Associated Press, Politico

6.Vatican unexpectedly ends investigation of U.S. nuns
In a surprise move, the Vatican on Thursday ended a seven-year-old investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the largest U.S. organization of Catholic nuns, three years ahead of schedule. In a press release, the Vatican said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had accepted a final report on the case. The crackdown was prompted by allegations that the LCWR was straying from church teaching, a charge the nuns denied.

Source: National Catholic Reporter, The Associated Press

7.O’Malley slams Hillary Clinton in preview of Democratic nomination battle
In one of the first jabs of the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination fight, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley accused the party’s only declared candidate, Hillary Clinton, of flip-flopping on key issues. For example, Clinton revealed in her campaign rollout this week that she now hopes the Supreme Court will rule gay marriage a constitutional right, something she previously said should be left to the states. O’Malley, who is preparing for his own White House bid, said he was glad Clinton had “come around,” but that Democratic leaders should “lead with our principles and not according to the polls.”

Source: The Huffington Post

8.NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson
The NFL announced Thursday that it had reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was suspended in November after pleading no contest to child abuse charges. As of Friday, Peterson can return to the Minnesota Vikings. The league warned Peterson that he must “fulfill his remaining obligations” with law enforcement and the NFL, including honoring his commitment to enter counseling. Any new violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy could result in “suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL,” the league said.

Source: NBC News

9. Tennessee shelves bill declaring the Bible the official state book
Tennessee’s state Senate on Thursday shelved legislation approved by the state House that would have made the Bible the official state book. The state attorney general, Herbert Slatery III, and many religious leaders had warned that the measure would violate both the U.S. and state constitutions, saying that the measure did not respect the separation of church and state. The GOP, which holds strong majorities in both houses of the legislature, was sharply divided over the issue.

Source: Reuters

10.Woman who accused FSU quarterback Jameis Winston of rape files lawsuit
Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused former Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her in 2012, filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday saying the Heisman Trophy winner intentionally inflicted “emotional distress” on her during the off-campus alleged assault. The suit seeks more than $15,000 in damages, but specifies no set amount. Winston has always maintained his innocence, and several investigations concluded without charges. Winston is expected to be the first player chosen in the NFL draft in two weeks.

Source: Tampa Bay Times

10 things you need to know today: April 15, 2015

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The Week

1.Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole on Wednesday. Twelve jurors deliberated for a week and found Hernandez, 25, guilty of fatally shooting his friend Odin Lloyd, a former semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. Hernandez’s lawyers say he merely witnessed the shooting. Hernandez said, “They got it wrong,” as he was being led away.

Source: CNN

2.Florida mailman detained after landing tiny helicopter at the Capitol
A Florida postal worker landed a one-person gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol and was promptly arrested on Wednesday. A Florida newspaper — The Tampa Bay Times — identified the pilot as Doug Hughes, 61, and said he pulled the stunt to call attention to the need to reform campaign finance laws. He planned to deliver 535 letters to the members of Congress. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how Hughes managed to penetrate the protected airspace around the Capitol building.

Source: The Washington Post, Tampa Bay Times

3.Clinton Foundation limits donations from foreign governments
The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s board on Wednesdayvoted to tighten its rules on accepting foreign donations. The policy was designed to address concerns that foreign donations would create a conflict of interest if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Under the new guidelines, scheduled to be released Thursday, only six countries — Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom — will be able to donate. The foundation also will start disclosing its contributors quarterly, instead of once a year.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Slate

4.U.N. envoy to Yemen quits
Moroccan diplomat Jamal Benomar has resigned as United Nations envoy to Yemen after trying for four years to broker a peaceful resolution to the country’s political crisis. With Houthi rebels and their allies making gains, and a Saudi-led coalition targeting them with airstrikes, Benomar reportedly gave up because of opposition from Gulf nations, which have accused him of being too accommodating toward the Shiite Houthis. The U.N. said it would name a replacement and “spare no efforts to re-launch the peace process.”

Source: TIME, The Associated Press

5.Hillary Clinton wraps up her Iowa campaign rollout
Hillary Clinton completed the first step of her 2016 presidential campaign — a two-day roadtrip to Iowa — with a promise to “level the playing field” for small businesses, saying they are saddled with tax burdens huge corporations escape. “I want my campaign to figure out how we’re going to jump-start small business,” Clinton said. Clinton formally launched her second campaign for the White House on Sunday, making her the first Democrat in the race.

Source: Reuters

6.Netflix shares jump as it picks up video-stream subscribers
Netflix announced Wednesday that it gained 4.88 million subscribers to its video-streaming service in the last quarter, more than the 4.05 million it expected. The newcomers pushed its total number of U.S. subscribers above 40 million for the first time. Netflix now has 62 million subscribers worldwide. The news pushed up the company’s stock price by 11 percent to a record high in after-hours trading, after already climbing by 47 percent in the last three months.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg

7.Brazilian ruling party treasurer ensnared in Petrobras scandal
Joao Vaccari, treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, was arrestedWednesday in connection with a corruption scandal involving the state-controlled Petrobras oil company. The charges against Vaccari stem from accusations that the party took money from inflated deals between oil executives and construction firms. Vaccari and the party deny the accusations. Vaccari is the closest ally of President Dilma Rousseff to have been ensnared in the scandal. Rousseff was head of Petrobras during much of the alleged corruption, but she has not been implicated.

Source: BBC News

8.Search expanding for missing Malaysia Airlines plane
The governments of Australia, China, and Malaysia on Thursday said they would double the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to 120,000 square kilometers if it is not found in the current search zone in the southern Indian Ocean. The expanded search for the plane, which went missing in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board, would cost an estimated $38.74 million, and would take up to a year, starting in May. The new search zone “would cover 95 percent of the flight path,” Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said.

Source: Reuters

9. NBC’s Engel revises account of his 2012 kidnapping in Syria
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has updated hisaccount of his 2012 kidnapping in Syria, after reviewing the event and concluding that he and five crew members were captured by a Sunni criminal gang tied to the Free Syrian Army rebels who rescued them. Engel originally believed the kidnappers’ claim that they were Shiite militiamen loyal to the Assad government. He followed up on what happened after The New York Times uncovered information suggesting the rescuers had a relationship with the kidnappers.

Source: The New York Times, NBC News

10.Texas aquarium accidentally kills fish with medication
The Texas State Aquarium accidentally killed most of the fish in its biggest indoor tanks when it put in a new medication to control a parasite. As many as 100 fish died in four affected tanks, the largest of which holds 125,000 gallons and held a variety of big sea creatures, including nurse sharks, green moray eels, tarpon, grouper, and a sand tiger shark. Aquarium spokesman Richard E. Glover Jr. said the medication had been tested safely in a smaller tank. “It appears to be a truly sad fluke,” he said.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Tombstone of Hillary Clinton’s father knocked over

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on July 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City (AFP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on July 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City (AFP)


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Police in Pennsylvania said on Tuesday that the tombstone of Hillary Clinton’s father had been knocked over in a possible case of vandalism, the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper reported, days after she announced her presidential bid.

A person at the Washburn Street Cemetery reported that the gravestone of Hugh Rodham had been overturned, Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano told the newspaper.

Graziano said the tombstone may have been vandalized. “I’m not sure how else it would have fallen over,” he told the Tribune.

The police department in Scranton could not immediately be reached for comment.

Hillary Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the Democratic front-runner, revealed her candidacy on Sunday. She ran for president unsuccessfully in 2008, losing her party’s nomination to then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

Cemetery caretaker Paul McGloin said it was later righted, according to the Tribune.

“I hope this had nothing to do with politics because that’s just wrong,” McGloin he told the paper.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)


Religious right pundit: Hillary Clinton too hideously ugly to become president

Don Feder (Don Feder/Facebook)

Don Feder (Don Feder/Facebook)

They can’t bash Hillary on her intellect or her astonishing political record as a United States Senator and Secretary of State so they resort to the most ignorant, misogynistic way they can.

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We expected to see some punches thrown at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as soon as she announced her run for president for a second time on Sunday. Being a prominent figure in politics for over 30 years, she has some legitimate “baggage” to be concerned with as a candidate, but any serious critic of Clinton would agree that her looks should not be a campaign issue.

In a post titled “Top Ten Reasons Why Hitlery Will Never Be President,” reported Right Wing Watch, religious right pundit Don Feder delivers a diatribe against Clinton, whom he calls “a frustrated, middle-aged feminist who’s perpetually incensed” and “the Goldwater girl-turned-Alinsky-disciple,” among other things.

He started this post with “Think Evita after Botox treatments. Think Madame Defarge on a bad hair day. Think Lady Macbeth with serious issues (‘Out, out, damned bimbo!’).”

Added to a list of “factors” that Feder regards as the reasons why Clinton “is more likely to become a Victoria’s Secret lingerie model than the next president” is the “hideousness factor.” He compared Clinton to Lyndon Johnson, “the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president,” according to him. “Voters don’t want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy,” writes Feder, “we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.”

We got a preview of this kind of thing in February at the CPAC conference when young up-and-coming GOP starlet Tomi Lahren called Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren “old, white, males,” apparently for their looks. Like Lahren, Feder also attacked Elizabeth Warren, calling her “rabid” for her left-leaning politics.


Wayne LaPierre on Hillary: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough”

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It must be tough being Wayne LaPierre. After seven years of insisting that Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids, he’s still got to go on stage once in a while and remind everyone that no, really, for serious this time, Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids.

But with the time horizon on his prediction fast approaching, LaPierre took the opportunity at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Nashville to qualify that if Obama doesn’t get your guns (don’t worry, he will), he’ll just pass the tyrannical gun-hating torch on to Hillary Clinton.

And, of course, to remind his audience that the only reason anyone would ever vote for Hillary or Obama in the first place is because of affirmative action:  VIDEO

You heard him right: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Setting aside for the moment the fact that Hillary Clinton ran to President Obama’s right on gun policy in 2008, keep in mind that this is the explicit version of what the Right will usually know better than to say directly for the next year and a half: we’ve had our political rumspringa, but in 2016 it’s time for America to come back to its white, male home.

Yesterday, I was pretty meh on Hillary’s announcement. Today, I’m a bit closer to getting on board. Not because I think Hillary will be a better president today than I did yesterday, but because for all of my reservations about her as a candidate, people like this need to be told (again) to take their white male supremacy back to the 1950s:

The symbolism of a President Hillary Clinton, as with the symbolism of a President Barack Obama, has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of her administration and everything to do with the centuries of oppression that America is still trying to overcome. This makes LaPierre’s crass sexism, in and of itself, a justification for Hillary’s candidacy — and in its own small way adds to the symbolic weight of every vote cast in her favor.

It doesn’t take any special kind of courage to say something racist and misogynist to a room full of racists and misogynists — and you’ll notice in watching LaPierre’s speech that the audience in Nashville ate the applause line up — but in the 21st Century it takes some serious cojones to run on a racist, misogynistic platform. If GOP base’s reaction to Hillary’s announcement is any indication, Republicans are going to make Hillary Clinton’s gender an issue in 2016, and it’s going to hurt them in a big way.

Author ~ Jon Green