Terry Schiavo’s Husband Is LIVID That Jeb Bush’s Super PAC Used Her Image In This Ad (VIDEO)

by Charles Topher – The lowest point in Jeb Bush’s political career has to be the heartbreaking case of Terry Schiavo. Terry was pronounced brain-dead in 1990 after her husband Michael found her unconscious in their Florida home. Terry’s parents, holding on for hope, refused to allow her to be removed from life support. A long and grueling legal battle ensued, with the courts eventually siding with Michael, on advice from doctors who confirmed that Terry was, in all sentient manner, gone and not coming back. It was time to let Terry go. In stepped Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida, and his “all life is sacred” political crusade to “save” a woman who had been gone for 15 years and was only alive through autonomic function and a breathing tube. Jeb took the case back to court, had legislation passed and even signed an executive order to keep Terry Schiavo’s...

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French Minister Resigns Rather Than Stamp Draconian Anti-Terror Law

by Nadia Prupis – Draconian constitutional changes included stripping convicted terrorists of their French nationality French justice minister Christiane Taubira, seen by many as a rare voice of compassion for marginalized communities, resigned unexpectedly on Wednesday over President François Hollande’s controversial anti-terror proposals, saying, “Sometimes to resist means leaving.” “I left the government over a major political disagreement,” Taubira told the BBC.  “I am choosing to be true to myself, to my commitments, my battles and my relationships with other people.” Taubira, whose role in the cabinet included stamping the seal of France onto new laws and policies, was seen as a champion of civil rights, arguably best known for introducing the country’s same-sex marriage law in 2013. As France 24‘s Douglas Herbert wrote on Wednesday, her convictions raised her profile among an increasingly divided political sector, often making her a target of racial slurs from the country’s right-wing faction. But...

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Donald Trump Is the Harbinger of the Republican Party Apocalypse

by Peter Suderman – We may be witnessing the collapse of the Republican party, or at least the Republican party as we know it. And if so, then Donald Trump is the harbinger of its apocalypse. The signs of the party’s weakness and disarray are everywhere. Trump is the GOP’s presidential front-runner by most any measure: FiveThirtyEight, which recently published a long essay looking at the GOP’s breakdown as a party, gives him a 55 percent of winning the nomination, based strictly on the polls. Yet the candidate is now in open warfare with two of the right’s most influential media platforms:National Review and Fox News. Last week, National Review published a special issue devoted to denouncing the candidate, with an unsigned editorial labeling him a “a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.”...

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Note To Media: The Heavily Armed, Law-Breaking Oregon Militants Aren’t ‘Protesters’

by ADRIENNE MAHSA VARKIANI – With news that the leader of the Oregon militia occupying a federal wildlife refuge was arrested last night, and another member killed in a confrontation with police, it’s worth taking a look back at how the media has described the crisis in the last few weeks. The armed militia first seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on January 2, and proclaimed early on that they were willing to kill and be killed if necessary. Since then, their occupation of the land, and their refusal to seriously negotiate with the FBI, has cost the U.S. government over $133,000 per day. Regardless, much of mainstream media has continued to avoid labeling them as the occupying militia that they are. Rather, the go-to label for the armed group has been “protesters.” Here are just a few headlines along those lines: CREDIT: THE NEW YORK TIMES CREDIT:...

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The ‘Baby Parts’ Video People Just Got The Worst News Of Their Lives

by John Prager – Sorry, David Daleidin and Sandra Merritt, even if you don’t like your first Grand Jury, you can keep it. On Wednesday, lawyers for the pair of anti-abortion activists who were recently indicted on multiple felony counts in a surprise twist to a case conservatives hoped would end Planned Parenthood forever, argued that the Grand Jury that handed out indictments was absolutely out of control. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go as the lying liars who produced the heavily edited, fraudulent “baby parts” videos that prompted Robert Lewis Dear to attack a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, and Carly Fiorina to redefine “stupid” in her almost incoherent ravings about the health organization, had planned. Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said that she does not intend to cave to the whims of the right-wing activists, explaining that “the inconvenient truth of a criminal investigation is that it doesn’t always...

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Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

by Derek Willis – A ProPublica analysis of political fundraising shows conservative House Republicans have less and less in common with their party’s leaders, whose donors sometimes more closely resemble those of Democrats The Republican split that defines this year’s presidential campaign has been on display in Congress for years, with the most conservative wing battling party leaders on issues from spending to immigration. A ProPublica analysis of campaign donations highlights just how profound this gap has become in the House of Representatives. The analysis shows that the Republican leadership, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, raises money from a vastly different set of political action committees than members further to the right. In fact, the donor bases for Ryan and McCarthy are actually more similar to some Democrats than to their colleagues in the main conservative grouping, the Freedom Caucus. The fundraising disparity stokes the divisive atmosphere...

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Ban the Iowa Caucus

by IAN MILLHISER – In 2000, Vermont governor and future presidential candidate Howard Dean offered a grim assessment of presidential caucuses in an interview with a Canadian television station. “Say I’m a guy who’s got to work for a living, and I’ve got kids,” Dean said. “On a Saturday, is it easy for me to go cast a ballot and spend 15 minutes doing it, or do I have to sit in a caucus for eight hours? I can’t stand there and listen to everyone else’s opinion for eight hours about how to fix the world.” Dean was savaged for this comment by his Democratic opponents and by the Iowa press, as it showed him attacking the very same Iowa caucus that he hoped to win in 2004. Yet, while Dean’s comment was somewhat hyperbolic — Iowans typically do not spend eight hours at a caucus site — his overarching...

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Sexism Runs Rampant Among GOP Contenders in the 2016 Presidential Race

by Veronica I. Arreola, Truthout | News Analysis – The Hillary Clinton nutcracker. “Hillary Clinton reminds everyone of their first wife.” “You’re likeable enough.” The 2008 Democratic primary race provided ample evidence of sexism in electoral politics by candidates and the mainstream media. The 2016 campaign is proving to be no different. Yet while the brunt of sexist remarks is being launched toward Hillary Clinton, the campaigns have resorted to sexism in many other cases as well. The most egregious uses of sexism in the campaign have come from Donald Trump. The former reality TV star and real estate mogul has many years of experience that he brought to the race. Media critic Jennifer L. Pozner summed up his sexist ways on “The Apprentice” in a 2015 article at Politico, writing, “Female candidates’ business experience was often underemphasized compared with their male counterparts, and scenes showing men devising effective moneymaking strategies...

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Santorum Goes On Epic Facebook Rant After USA Today Cites Campaign Hinting That It’s Over

by poopdogcomedy – I’ve mentioned before several times that I’m originally from Pennsylvania but I live and work in Los Angeles now. Of course my heart still belongs to the Keystone State and of course I like to stay up to date with PA politics as well as California politics. But one of my all time favorite political clowns that I always like to throw a punch at is my former U.S. Senator and GOP Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum (R. PA). I wasn’t surprised that it came down between Santorum and former Governor Mitt Romney (R. MA) in the 2012 GOP primary. Santorum invested in Iowa early on and he’s been able to pull of upsets before, despite being an awful, awful human being. But Santorum really thought 2016 would be like 2012 but that’s just not the case. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz continue to dominate the field and it...

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About That 1980 Iowa Debate Ronald Reagan Skipped (VIDEO)

by Ed Krayewski – It wasn’t because he thought someone was mean to him, and after the Iowa caucus Reagan realized he had made a mistake Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s Twitter squad is pushing the idea that Donald Trump rage-quitting the Fox News debate because he thinks Megyn Kelly is mean to him makes him as presidential as Ronald Reagan, because Reagan also skipped a GOP debate in Iowa. For all his faults, Ronald Reagan ran a campaign of optimism and small government in 1980. That campaign ended in a landslide over incumbent Jimmy “malaise forever” Carter. No one would mistake the “Trump train” and its never-ending anger, xenophobia, and even class envy for a campaign of optimism. Sure, Trump, like Reagan, wants to “make America great again,” but Trump’s vision doesn’t include America as a “shining city on a hill” for the world to aspire to. It involves a giant...

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New Iowa Ad Attacks Ted Cruz’s Faith, Calls Him A ‘Phony’

by JACK JENKINS – An outside political group has released an advertisement attacking the faith of presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), challenging his religious authenticity and casting doubt on his credibility with evangelical voters. According to Politico, the newly-formed political group Americans United for Values released a 60-second radio ad in Iowa this week questioning the legitimacy of Cruz’s evangelical Christian faith — a crucial component of his religion-themed campaign. The ad primarily consists of a conversation between two women, one of whom calls Cruz a “phony.” “I also heard he gives less than 1 percent to charity and church,” one of the voices in the ad says, a reference to a 2012 report that listed Cruz as giving less than 1 percent of his income to charity. Another voice makes mention of a secret recording of Cruz, who is Southern Baptist, refusing to tell an attendee at a...

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Sanders Puts Block on Obama’s Big Pharma Nominee for FDA

by Nadia Prupis – ‘We need someone who will work to substantially lower drug prices, implement rules to safely import brand-name drugs from Canada and hold companies accountable who defraud our government.’ Senator Bernie Sanders put a hold on President Barack Obama’s nominee to take over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday, joining with two other senators who have also objected to Dr. Robert M. Califf’s nomination, citing his ties to corporate drug manufacturers. “Dr. Califf’s extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than just the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies,” Sanders said in a statement on Tuesday. “We need someone who will work to substantially lower drug prices, implement rules to safely import brand-name drugs from Canada and hold companies accountable who defraud our government.” As a researcher at Duke University, Califf took...

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Rand Paul: In The Final Pre-Iowa Debate, and Optimistic About Iowa

by Brian Doherty – The Kentucky senator disses Ted Cruz, says he’s the only fiscal conservative, worries about armed self-defense, and hopes for a youth surge to propel him in Iowa caucuses It’s official: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has qualified by his rising poll numbers to appear in this Thursday’s Fox-sponsored Republican presidential candidate debate, the last before the first votes of election 2016 are cast in Iowa on Feb. 1. While Paul is in, frontrunner Donald Trump is saying today that, because he feels Fox isn’t treating him fairly, he will be out. Paul hosted a telephone press conference this afternoon in which he talked about the debate and other things. Some highlights: • Naturally, he still thinks he can do very well in Iowa. When the news he’d made the Fox debate was official, Paul says, in his Des Moines campaign office “100 young men and women making phone...

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FBI Directs Media to Leave the Area of Militant Standoff (VIDEO)

by Jen Hayden – The remaining armed militants at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge vow that they will continue to fight until the end. The FBI asked the media to leave the area at approximately 7:45 AM PT. The militants have been running a live stream video from the refuge off and on overnight and into the morning after news of the arrest of Ammon Bundy and crew reached them. They have repeatedly made definitive statements that they are prepared to die at the refuge. While they appear to be scattered around on patrols and at different stations throughout the refuge, one man positioned near the live stream camera could be heard calling his mother, telling her that he loves her and that he believes this is the second American revolution. He noted his wife is there, fighting along with him. He called her a “great American woman.” He stopped numerous times to look into the camera and address...

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This French Philosopher Is The Only One Who Can Explain Why Trump Is Skipping The Republican Debate

by JUDD LEGUM – Donald Trump announced Tuesday evening that he would skip the next Presidential debate, which will take place January 28 on Fox News. It is a move, much like his campaign, that defies traditional political analysis. Fox News is the station of choice for the Republican electorate and the network, which Trump has feuded with in the past, has been relentlessly promoting his candidacy. Trump’s campaign says he skipping the debate because Megyn Kelly, who Trump has labeled a “bimbo” and “bitter,” is biased against him. But Kelly, while not fawning over Trump like most Fox talent, has been perfectly fair to Trump. Yes, Kelly confronted Trump with some sexist statements he’s made. But Trump was able to respond in a way that was perfectly acceptable — even appealing — to many Republican primary voters. Moreover, the debates have been generating enormous ratings and Thursday’s event is...

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Ammon Bundy Arrested, Ryan Bundy And ‘Tarp Man’ Shot After Confrontation With Police (VIDEO)

The ammosexual terrorists currently staging an armed occupation in a federal bird sanctuary in Oregon are standing their ground amid reports that Ammon Bundy and three of their compatriots have been arrested. Monumental imbecile, godawful radio host, and wannabe journalist Pete Santilli’s live feed cut out as he stood in front of a hospital near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to announce that Bundy and others had been arrested, and two had been shot. Santilli says that one of the Faithful received a phone call from the FBI: “The word is right now that everyone — and this is the message that they wanted to convey, and if anybody’s watching this stream at the refuge — the FBI has conveyed a message: you are free to go, and you must leave now.” “The confirmation is as follows,” Santilli said. “It is reported that Ammon Bundy is in custody by police....

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Donald Trump Won’t Participate in Thursday’s GOP Debate on Fox News

by Peter Suderman – Is the Republican presidential frontrunner afraid of Megyn Kelly? Donald Trump is pulling out of the GOP debate hosted by Fox News this Thursday. Ever since the first Republican debate, the Republican frontrunner has been at war with Megyn Kelly. The Fox News host moderated the first debate back in August, and opened with questions asking Trump about derogatory comments he’d made about women. After the debate was over, Trump complained about the moderation and Kelly in particular, lobbing barely disguised misogynist insults at her, and then, of course, claiming he’d done no such thing. The feud has continued, at a low level, for the last few months, but it flared up again recently when Fox announced that Kelly would be moderating the next Fox News debate this Thursday. In response, Trump threatened to boycott the event. He even launched a Twitter poll this afternoon asking his followers whether...

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Rumsfeld Quietly Shelved a 2002 Report Undermining Bush Administration’s Claims About Iraq’s WMDs

by Meteor Blades – Turns out, according to Politico’s John Walcott, there were some known unknowns and some unknown unknowns that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld knew about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in September 2002. And he didn’t share those with others in the run-up to war. In August 2002, Rumsfeld had asked Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen Shaffer, head of the Joint Staff’s intelligence directorate, for a report on Iraq’s WMDs. Although the report was declassified in 2011 and posted on Rumsfeld’s website then, it has not previously garnered any attention. The eight-page September 2, 2002, document, titled “Status of Iraq’s WMD Programs,” was passed along to Rumsfeld by Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time. The general noted in his two-sentence cover memo to Rumsfeld, “It is big.” The report appeared on Rumsfeld’s desk right in the middle of the administration’s effort to “educate” the public about what it claimed was a serious threat from Iraq. The report noted...

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This Mosque In Istanbul Shelters Stray Cats, Much To The Delight Of Devotees

by Amanda Froelich – The mosque’s imam has been allowing stray cats into the place of worship since last year to ensure they do not get cold or die during the winter Credit: Mustafa Efe There are cat cafes and cat lovers, but did you know there are also cat mosques? We’re not kitten you! In Istanbul, Turkey, there is a mosque that allows dedicated believers to worship next to cuddly cats. The Dodo reports that the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque’s imam Mustafa Efe has been allowing stray cats into the mosque since last year. Reportedly, he doesn’t want them to get cold or dieduring the winter.  The amazing samaritan does his best to comfort the cats and help them feel at home. In fact, the felines feel so safe and comfortable in the mosque, one cat even relocated her kittens into the place of worship! Credit: Mustafa Efe Credit: Mustafa Efe As...

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A Tale of Two Debates

by John Atcheson – It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times. Well, maybe not the best, but the Republican debate last week was certainly about as bad as it gets. Let’s look at some of the worst of times– that is to say, the Republican debate.  It’s clear they live in an alternate universe; one that is not tethered to reality in any way whatsoever.  The bug-eyed, fear frothing statements of Rubio and Christie, the hate-filled jingoism of Trump, and the old-testament self-righteousness of Cruz and Carson should have been a source of deep national embarrassment. When Jeb Bush and Governor I-forgot-your-name-oh-yeah-it’s Kasich are the closest approximation to rational you’ve got … well, you should be laughed off the stage. But this is America, where the media is owned by the oligarchy, so their lengthy list of lies, self-contradictions, deceptions, and baseless ad hominem attacks and...

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