On this episode of Live From Daryl's House, Daryl Hall welcomes rapper-turned-singer Aloe Blacc. From early on, this co-writer and singer of Swedish DJ Avicci's mega-hit, "Wake Me Up," was really drawn to the way folk singers were able to turn their songs into storytelling. This Southern California native's slick and smooth retro-soul sound is sure to leave you wanting more.
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Daryl Hall started Live From Daryl’s House, the free monthly web show in late 2007, after having the idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet,” and the show has since garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, SPIN, Daily Variety, CNN, BBC, Yahoo! Music and influential blogger Bob Lefsetz, who have cited Live From Daryl’s House as a perfect example of a veteran artist reinventing himself in the digital age by collaborating with both established colleagues and newer performers.
Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Finger Eleven’s James Black and Rick Jackett, the Bacon Brothers and country star Jimmy Wayne, along with newcomers such as Philly soul singer Mutlu, Canadian techno-rockers Chromeo, MySpace pop-rock phenom Eric Hutchinson, Cash Money rocker Kevin Rudolf, Wind-up Records’ Chicago rockers Company of Thieves, Bay Area singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson, Charlottesville, VA’s rising Parachute, Chicago rock band Plain White T’s and highly touted tunesmith Diane Birch.
By*Steve Berman**|* January 27, 2016, 04:15pm *|*@lifeofgrace224
The latest*Monmouth*poll in Iowa shows Trump up by 7 percent over Cruz among “likely caucus attendees.” But the assumptions behind the poll numbers present a very shaky case.
Since Trump draws a disproportionate amount of support from voters who are not political diehards, he will need a strong turnout to emerge victorious on February 1st. Based on past voting history and voters’ stated intentions to attend this year’s caucuses,the current poll estimates turnout will be*approximately 170,000 voters, which would far surpass the 122,000 record GOP turnout from four years ago. Increasing the poll’s turnout projection to 200,000 voters widens Trump’s lead to 32% over 21% for Cruz, with Rubio at 16% and Carson at 9%. Decreasing the turnout projection to 130,000 voters, which would still be a record level, puts the race in a tie at 26% for Trump and 26% for Cruz, with Rubio at 15% and Carson at 12%.
Really, so in order to justify Trump’s lead, somehow 50,000 more caucus attendees will have to show up and vote for Trump*than have ever shown up before. Trump has*12 paid staffers in Iowa, led by Tana Goetz, a 48-year-old former runner up on “The Apprentice.” Wow, what*raw horsepower.
One volunteer leader enlisted by Donald J. Trump to turn out Iowa voters has yet to knock on a single door or to make a phone call. Another is a “9/11 truther” with a website claiming that the Sept. 11 attacks were a government conspiracy. A third caucus precinct captain, who like the others attended a training session in West Des Moines last month, said the campaign’s goal of having them each enlist 25 supporters was unrealistic.
January 25, 2016 ↔ 1 commentTed Cruz, a Campaign Built on Rock
There was one of the rarest moments you will find in my twitter stream, a moment when I disagreed with the great Don Surber who was commenting on a Donald Trump Tweet:
Don then questioned if Ted Cruz was going to be around longterm and that’s when I showed him this interview from Oct 17th which someone still has under 1000 views on youtube.
There are two things worth noting concerning this interview it to understand them you need to see the*RCP polling from that day
As you can see at the time of this interview It was Trump, Carson & Rubio Ted Cruz was polling at 7.6% 6th place at the bottom of the 2nd tier. Even Jeb Bush and Fiorina were ahead of him. In fact in NH he was 7th behind Kasich with 5.6% Yet…
1. At the time of the interview Cruz had just won a straw poll well publicized & promoted for months and opened to any REGISTERED NH VOTER beating not just Carson & Fiorina who were both polling double of him at the time but also Trump who despite drawing 4000 the day before just a couple of hours away, could not draw 25 registered NH voters to get him to the 2nd round.
It’s one thing to talk a ground game it’s another thing to have one.
Welcome to the CNN live blog for the Iowa caucuses.
Throughout the day and evening, we're bringing you all the best moments, reporting and results as CNN Politics tracks the pulse of voters -- and the fate of the candidates -- in the first-in-the-nation voting state as the 2016 presidential race gets underway for real.
Your host is CNN Politics reporter*Tal Kopan, who also is bringing you insights and analysis from the entire CNN political team across Iowa and in Washington, D.C.
Caucuses for both Republicans and Democrats begin at 8 p.m. ET.
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Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time
Published:*Feb 2, 2016 8:19 a.m. ET
Official state rules call for flip to end the impasses
While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it’s easy to say who was luckier.
The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so*tight in the Iowa caucus*Monday that in at least six precincts, the decision on awarding a county delegate came down to a coin toss. And Clinton won all six, media reports said.
The situation came about in precincts where Sanders and Clinton were running neck-and-neck, but there were an odd number of delegates, so they couldn’t be evenly split between the two. That was the case in precincts in Ames, Newton, West Branch, Davenport and two in Des Moines, the*Des Moines Register reported.
Univision reporter Fernando Peinado caught one of the Des Moines coin tosses on video:
Granite Staters head to the polls today to cast the nation’s first primary ballots and possibly recast the presidential field.
Republican and Democratic candidates are making last-minute stops and visiting polling places.
Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicts record turnout with 550,000 votes — 282,000 Republican ballots and 268,000 Democratic ballots. There are 882,950 registered voters, and all eyes turn to the undeclared voters, who may vote in either primary.
Gardner tells the Union Leader that the snowfall overnight should have little effect on the first-in-the-nation primary, which is the 100th New Hampshire primary.
Besides those undeclared voters, sometimes called independents, there are 13 towns worth watching as potential bellwethers.
East Kingston, Lancaster, Newmarket, Pembroke, Rochester, Sanbornton and Washington have always voted for the Republican primary winner, every four years since 1952.
Epping, Hudson, Kingston, Laconia, Merrimack and Rollinsford have picked the Democratic winner since 1952, when the state law was changed to allow for voters to cast a ballot for the candidate, not his or her delegates.
The 2016 primary trends feature non-establishment and Washington outsiders shaking up the race, said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at St. Anselm College.
July 10, 2015*4:41 pm*/*491 Comments*/*Featured Post,Politics,*Top News
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21 Questions For Donald Trump
July 10, 2015*4:41 pm*/*491 Comments*/*Featured Post,Politics,*Top News
I have*covered Donald Trump off and on for 27 years — including breaking the story that in 1990, when he claimed to be worth $3 billion but could not pay interest on loans coming due, his bankers put his net worth at minus $295 million. And so I have closely watched what Trump does and what government documents reveal about his conduct.
Reporters, competing Republican candidates, and voters would learn a lot about Trump if they asked for complete answers to these 21 questions.
So, Mr. Trump…
1.*You call yourself an*“ardent philanthropist,” but have not donated a dollar to The Donald J. Trump Foundation since 2006. You’re not even the biggest donor to the foundation, having given about $3.7 million in the previous two decades while businesses associated with Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment*gave the Trump Foundation $5 million. All the money since 2006 has come from those doing business with you.
How does giving away other people’s money, in what could be seen as a kickback scheme, make you a philanthropist?
2. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman successfully sued you, alleging your Trump University was an “illegal educational institution” that charged up to $35,000 for “Trump Elite” mentorships promising*personal advice from you, but you never showed up and your “special” list of lenders was photocopied from*Scotsman Guide, a magazine found at any bookstore.
Why did you not show up?
3.*You claimed The Learning Annex paid you a $1 million speaking fee, but on*Larry King Live,*you*acknowledged the fee was $400,000 and the rest was the promotional value.
Since you have testified under oath that your public statements inflate the value of your assets, can voters use this as a guide, so whenever you say $1, in reality it is only 40 cents?*
4.*The one-page financial statement handed out at Trump Tower when you announced your candidacy says you’ve given away $102 million worth of land.
Will you supply a list of each of these gifts, with the values you assigned to them?
5.*The biggest gift you have talked about appears to be an easement at the Palos Verdes, California, golf course bearing your name on land you wanted to build houses on, but that land is subject to landslides and is now the golf course driving range.
Did you or one of your businesses take a tax deduction for this land that you could not build on and do you think anyone should get a $25 million tax deduction for a similar self-serving gift?
6 .*Trump Tower is not a steel girder high rise, but 58 stories of concrete.
Why did you use concrete instead of traditional steel girders?
7.*Trump Tower was built by S&A Concrete, whose owners were “Fat” Tony Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, and Paul “Big Paul” Castellano, head of the Gambinos, another well-known crime family.
If you did not know of their ownership, what does that tell voters about your management skills?
8.*You later used S&A Concrete on other Manhattan buildings bearing your name.
December 18, 2015*/*In the news,*Presidential Candidates 2016
There are three main focuses of Donald Trumps campaign.
He is going to build a wall.He*started the*“No more political correctness” movement.He cannot be bought.
I could*speculate on the first two statements*and in my opinion, prove them to be false .. but I can completely and utterly PROVE the third statement is a LIE. Trump definitely CAN be bought and he most certainly DOES owe LARGE AMOUNTS of money*to some rather suspicious people.
The*Trump International Hotel and Tower, also known as*Trump Tower Chicago*and*Trump Tower, is a skyscraper*condo-hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
The demolition and construction were financed by a 650-million-dollar loan from Deutsche Bank and a trio of hedge fund investors who represented George Soros as one of their sources of funds according to*The Chicago Tribune.
The contribution by George Soros is a $160 million investment, in the form of a mezzanine loan, a kind of second mortgage that typically charges a much higher interest rate than a first-mortgage construction loan.
Unlike the mezzanine loan, which has closed, terms of the $650 million construction loan have not yet been finalized, sources said.
Frankfurt, Germany-based Deutsche Bank, an active commercial real estate lender in the U.S., is expected to split up the loan with other banks.
The document does not identify the other participants, but a key member is Grove Capital LLP, according to sources familiar with the transaction.
The firm manages most of the multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio of the $13 billion Soros Fund Management, from which Grove Capital was spun off last month.
The third investor is Blackacre Institutional Capital Management LLC, the real estate arm of hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management LP, which manages assets totaling $14 billion.
*Pat Buchanan says Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party
By*Chris Cillizza*January 12**
I've watched and listened to*Donald Trump's campaign pitch over the past few months, I am regularly reminded of the Republican presidential primary campaigns that*Pat Buchanan ran in the 1990s. Buchanan ran as a "pitchfork populist" in those elections, an outsider fed up with the way both parties did their business in Washington. He also championed slowing*immigration into the United States and voiced skepticism about international trade deals. Sound familiar? I reached out to Buchanan to talk about Trump's similarities and differences with him and*the broader state of the Republican Party. Our conversation, conducted via email and edited only for grammar, is below.
Trump’s Pal Al Trump and Sharpton in 2002. by JILLIAN KAY MELCHIOR September 1, 2015 4:00 AM @JILLIANKAYM
On a frigid January night in 1988, 16,000 spectators packed into Atlantic City’s Convention Center to see 21-year-old Mike Tyson take on boxing legend Larry Holmes, 38. The event, marketed as “Heavyweight History,” sold out, with an even larger audience watching as Home Box Office televised the event. In a ring emblazoned with Trump Plaza branding, Tyson repeatedly knocked down Holmes, until, to great uproar, the referee stopped the fight five seconds before the end of the fourth round.
But Holmes and Tyson weren’t the only spectacular pair in the arena that night. Leaving the Convention Center, amid fans vociferously enraptured with the night’s drama, was Donald Trump — and not far behind him, “in a light blue suit with his ever-present Martin Luther King Jr. peace medallion resting on his barrel chest, was Mr. [Al] Sharpton,” the New York Times reported. Sharpton and Trump forged an unlikely friendship over Atlantic City boxing deals that has lasted for decades, through ups and downs. Even as the Tawana Brawley scandal unfolded and Sharpton faced a 67-count indictment involving how he used funding for his youth organization, Trump remained a prominent supporter of the agitator, numerous sources close to the two men tell National Review.
Exclusive–Phyllis Schlafly Makes the Case for President Trump: ‘Only Hope to Defeat the Kingmakers’
by*JULIA HAHN10 Jan 2016Washington D.C.
In an exclusive hour-long sit down interview with Breitbart News,*91-year-old conservative icon and living legend Phyllis Schlafly declared that Donald Trump “is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” and detailed why she believes Trump alone will return the government to the people. She warned that if immigration is not stopped: “we’re not going to be America anymore.”
Schlafly, born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1924, has been active in politics for more than one-quarter of all American history. She helped launch the conservative movement, create the pro-family agenda, and has led the fight against open borders trade and immigration policies. Thus, Schlafly’s proclamation to Breitbart News that front-runner Trump “represents everything the grassroots want” is certain to reverberate across the 2016 electorate.
Schlafly is also a Daughter of the American Revolution, author or editor of 20 books, a writer of nearly 2,500 columns, a lawyer, a mother of six, and a grandmother of 14.
The in-depth interview comes more than fifty years after the publication of Schlafly’s seminal work,*A Choice Not An Echo, which inspired a generation of conservatives and defined the battle lines between the Republican grassroots and the Party elites.
Today, Schlafly tells Breitbart that the defining and most important battle is immigration. She said that current visa rates will “destroy our country,” and called for a pause on all new immigration, just like the county had during the middle of the 20th century.
Bernie Sanders demands ‘living wage’ but pays his own interns $12 an hour
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The Vermont socialist senator thinks that a everyone deserves a “living wage” – which usually means that a minimum-wage worker with no skills ought to be able to raise a family.* But like most lefties, his motto is “do as I say, not as I do.”
Writing in*Taki’s Magazine, James E. Miller feasts on the Sanders hypocrisy-
Sanders has propelled himself to the*near-top*of the Democrats’ favorite list based on, among many things, his support for a “living wage.” “The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage,” the irascible senator*proclaimed*at a Capitol Hill rally last year, “and [it] must be raised to a living wage.” That’s a nice, and*unrealistic, sentiment. But the problem is that Sanders doesn’t think his own employees deserve that kind of pay. According to the*Media Research Center, the Sanders campaign pays its interns only $12 an hour. That’s a hefty sum for phone bankers and coffee fetchers. But it’s not enough to pay apartment rent and feed a family. Does Bernie not think his college-age employees deserve to live securely?
Sanders’ “do as I say, not as I do” approach also pertains to the app economy. Not one to let an industry operate away from the watchful eye of the government, the senator*says*he has “serious problems” with companies like Uber because they are “unregulated.” And yet, as a study by*National Journal*showed, Bernie used the ride-sharing service Uber for*100%*of his taxi rides for the first six months of his campaign. For a company that*skirts worker*protection laws, one might think Mr. Solidarity would refuse to patronize Uber.
Then there is the coup de grâce: Sanders used his congressional campaign war chest to enrich his family members. An*investigation*by the neocon outlet Washington Free Beacon reveals that Sanders’ wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, collected a cool $90,000 from her husband’s House campaign in return for consulting services from 2002 to 2004. Bernie’s stepdaughter Carina Driscoll also collected $65,000 from the campaign during the same period.
That’s chump change by Hillary Clinton standards, of course. But give Bernie some time. *He’s only been on the national scene for a matter of months. Opportunity beckons.
Trump’s Vulgar Admission: Avoiding STDs from women was “my personal Vietnam”
Posted by*Anteater*on*February 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm
Trump’s Vulgar Admission: Avoiding STDs from women was “my personal Vietnam”
HT:*The Daily Beast
THIS POST IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. *VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
The polls in South Carolina have shown that Trump is leading among evangelical voters. *Let's fix that problem right now. *But first let's remember a few facts about Donald:
He*deferred (or dodged) the draft for Vietnam 5 different times.He attempted to*prevent disabled veterans from becoming street vendors*in NYC right outside his building.
What was he doing while*American soldiers were fighting in Vietnam? *Trump was having his "personal Vietnam." *Watch this very vulgar interview between Howard Stern and Donald Trump (NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN):
lot of people who should know better, like the two Kevins, Barrett & MacDonald, think Donald Trump is some kind of saviour. Barrett even thinks Trump will bring*the perpetrators of 9-11 to trial.** The article below*reveals Donald Trump is a longstanding member of the satanic Masonic Jewish conspiracy that afflicts society:*"Donald Trump is nothing less than a sideshow and a counterfeit medieval medicine man offering cheap miracle and ILLUSIONARY fixes for America's problems here and abroad."*
Jewish opposition is designed to give Trump credibility, as*in the banker coup ruse of 1932.*
"A Jew was not created as a means for some other purpose; he himself IS the purpose, since the substance of all divine emanations was created ONLY to serve the Jews."**Chabad Lubavitch leader, "The Great Rebbe" Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
"The only [candidate] that's going to give real support to Israel is me," said Donald Drumpf. "The rest of them are all talk, no action. They're politicians. I've been loyal to Israel from the day I was born. My father, Fred Trump, was loyal to Israel before me."
Trump Praises His Sister, a Pro-Abortion Extremist Judge
By RAMESH PONNURU August 27, 2015 7:57 PM*
Donald Trump told Mark Halperin yesterday that his sister, a federal judge, would be a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice.
He also said that “we will have to rule that out now, at least.” If he ever becomes president, let’s hope he rules it out permanently.
Maryanne Trump Barry came up in my book The Party of Death for writing one of those heated judicial decisions in favor of giving constitutional protection to partial-birth abortion.
She called a New Jersey*law against it a “desperate attempt” to undermine Roe v. Wade. It was, she wrote, “based on semantic machinations, irrational line-drawing, and an obvious attempt to inflame public opinion instead of logic or medical evidence.” It made no difference where the fetus was when it “expired.” So: The right of abortionists to make a child “expire” by partially extracting her from the womb, sticking scissors in the back of her head, vacuuming out her brain, and*crushing her skull to complete her extraction,*is right there in the Constitution. But let’s please not have any “semantic machinations.”
Leading Pro-Life Women Tell Pro-Life Voters: Don’t Vote for Donald Trump, Can’t Trust Him on Abortion
STEVEN ERTELT * JAN 26, 2016 * | * 4:33PM ** WASHINGTON, DC
A group of pro-life women leaders have a message for pro-life voters ahead of the first presidential primary and caucus votes next month: Don’t* vote for Donald Trump, he can’t be trusted on abortion.
In a letter provided to LifeNews, the group of pro-life women leaders claim Trump is not trustworthy on the abortion issue because offhanded comments he’s made make it appear he supports pro-abortion judges on the Supreme Court or a pro-abortion vice-presidential running mate. The group includes heavy hitters like Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List and Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America and black pro-life activist Star Parker.
They plan to send the following letter out to pro-life voters in Iowa today:
Editor's note:*Donald Trump is an American entrepreneur and one of the world's foremost investors. He is the Chairman and President of The Trump Organization. In this article, Trump discusses solutions to the global financial crisis and Europe as an investment opportunity.
(CNN)*-- What has been made clear by current events and financial upheavals since 2008 is that the global economy has become truly that -- global.
The near meltdown we experienced a few years ago made it clear that our economic health depended on dependence on each other to do the right thing.
are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term -- we work with each other for the benefit of all.
I think we've all become aware of the fact that our cultures and economics are intertwined. It's a complex mosaic that cannot be approached with a simple formula for the correct pattern to emerge. In many ways, we are in unchartered waters.
The good news, in one respect, is that what is done affects us all. There won't be any winners or losers as this is not a competition. It's a time for working together for the best of all involved. Never before has the phrase "we're all in this together" had more resonance or relevance.
Donald Trump’s companies sought to import 1,100 immigrant workers: report
By*Kellan Howell*- The Washington Times
Saturday, August 1, 2015
GOP 2016 frontrunner*Donald Trump*is staking his campaign on promises to bring jobs back to America, but a new analysis of U.S. Labor records shows thatTrump’s business have imported more than 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000.
One of Mr. Trumps companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners this month alone, Reuters*reported*Friday.
Nine companies that are majority-owned by*Mr. Trump*have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs.
His companies also filed applications for an assistant golf-course superintendent, assistant hotel manager and a banquet manager,*Reuters*reported.
Two of his companies,*Trump Model Management*and Trump Management Group LLC, have sought visas for nearly 250 foreign fashion models, the records show.
Raunchy Melania Trump Photos Leak – This Could Change EVERYTHING
For the last six years, we have had a first lady who can only be described as ugly and classless.
With Donald Trump currently topping the polls, it looks like all of that is about to change, however. Melania Trump is a dropdead gorgeous woman who would be an excellent representative of the U.S. Elegant and classy, Melania would run circles around Michelle Obama in the White House, and these photos prove that!
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's Brother-In-Law Is A Convicted Drug Trafficker
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Florida Senator*Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican party who is often mentioned as a potential vice presidential nominee, could find his political prospects tarnished by news that his sister and her husband were* caught up in a South Florida drug trafficking raid in the 1980s.
An*investigation by Univision*found that Rubio's brother-in-law,*Orlando Cicilia, was arrested during a major antinarcotics operation in 1987. Rubio was a 16-year old high school student at the time.
According to public records, Cicilia was arrested after federal law enforcement seized the Miami home where he lived with Barbara Rubio, Senator Rubio's sister. Barbara Rubio was not arrested or indicted. Cicilia was sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana.
The arrest was part of "Operation Cobra," a federal crackdown on a Florida drug smuggling ring that killed a federal informer and chopped up his body, according to a*NYT*storypublished at the time. The story reports that the ring, led by Cuban American Mario Tabraue, paid $150,000 in bribes to the Key West police chief and Miami-Dade county officials, and used Miami police officers to collect, count, and disburse drug profits.
Cicilia was released in 2000 for good behavior.*Univision*reports that he currently lives in Senator Rubio's mother's home in southwest Miami and is listed as a co-owner of the house.
How Rubio helped his ex-con brother-in-law acquire a real estate license
When Marco Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he used his official position to urge state regulators to grant a real estate license to his brother-in-law, a convicted cocaine trafficker who had been released from prison 20*months earlier, according to records obtained by The Washington Post.
In July 2002, Rubio sent a*letter*on his official statehouse stationery to the Florida Division of Real Estate, recommending Orlando Cicilia “for licensure without reservation.” The letter, obtained by The Washington Post under the Florida Public Records Act, offers a glimpse of Rubio using his growing political power to assist his troubled brother-in-law and provides new insight into how the young lawmaker*
Marco Rubio's 'high-heeled booties' mocked by Republican rivals
Presidential candidate makes fashion splash on the campaign trail with three-inch heels and is roundly mocked for shoes ‘straight out of Austin Powers’
Wednesday 6 January 2016*17.55*EST
Marco Rubio has made the critical political mistake of not dressing like a complete schlub. Everyone, it seems, is talking about his*kinky boots.
The Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate came close to pulling off an acceptably frumpy look as he boarded his campaign bus in New Hampshire on Monday: mildly unkempt hair; creased black dress pants before noon; a*lumpy blue sweater. But Rubio’s decision to don what Vanity Fair delicately dubbed “statement footwear” has turned his three-inch heels into a ball and chain.
A chance tweet from a New York Times political reporter and former fashion correspondent spurred*snark*from Senator Ted Cruz’s communications director (“A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for men’s high-heeled booties”),*teasing*from fellow Senator Rand Paul (“Cute new boots!”), and a*sideswipe*from fellow Floridian Jeb Bush (“They’re not high-heeled”).
“This is straight out of an Austin Powers movie,” laughed MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, in*an entire Morning Joe segment*devoted to Rubio’s sartorial slip-up. “They’re shagalicious!”
All because Rubio broke the unwritten rule of American campaigning that requires would-be Oval Office occupants to replace the contents of their closets with heavily starched white dress shirts, three-inch wide red ties and boxy suit jackets at least two sizes too large. The only embellishment allowed, perhaps, is the candidate’s choice of American flag pin. The dress code projects maturity, responsibility, and above all, hyper-masculinity, which means that for a presidential hopeful to don footwear in the same vein as that worn by*teen Britpop idolsis a fashion faux pas of the highest order.
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Marco Rubio On Fox News: Let’s Make America Great Again!
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by*MATTHEW BOYLE 30 Dec 2015 Washington, DC
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
under fire on the campaign trail just four weeks ahead of Iowa’s all-important caucuses on Feb. 1, appears to have changed his tune on whether America is great or needs to be made great again.
Rubio is amid a full-scale pander to conservatives as he’s found himself trapped in the ever-compressed GOP establishment lane of 2016 GOP presidential candidates.
This week he’s endorsed Mark Levin’s Convention of States, trotted out*
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
*as an endorser, and framed himself as a “conservative” while his own campaign team refers to him as a “moderate.” And now Rubio appears to be reversing his criticism of Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, for Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.”
On Fox News on Wednesday morning—appearing from the trail in Iowa—Rubiotold the host*that he wants to make America great again, or pretty darn close to it.
“We are going to re-embrace the principles that made America great,” Rubio said, referring to America’s greatness in the past tense.
Marco Rubio hit with birther controversy over parents' citizenship
Jan 15th 2016 4:09AM
Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is facing a new controversy as opponents allege he is legally unable to serve as president.
The issue at hand -- as Ted Cruz has learned well -- is over whether Rubio can be consider a "natural born citizen."
Rubio's lawyers are in court this weekfighting claims he's not eligible because his parents weren't U.S. citizens until four years after his birth. The lawsuit claims that means he is ineligible to run under*Article 2 of the Constitution.
Rubio's citizenship*has been contested before, when the question popped up in the 2012 election after rumors swirled that Republican candidate Mitt Romney might tap Rubio as a potential running mate.
The argument over what a "natural born citizen" actually means has been going on for years, and the only group who could actually define it, the Supreme Court, has never done so.
an*NBC/WSJ poll*released today, Ted Cruz leads Donald Trump by two points nationally.
Cruz has 28 percent to Trump’s 26 percent. Rubio is third with 17 percent, followed by Kasich at 11, Carson at 10, and Bush in last place at 4 percent.
“The results from the poll -- conducted after Trump's victory in New Hampshire, as well as after Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina -- are a significant reversal from last month, when Trump held a 13-point lead over Cruz, 33 percent to 20 percent.”
Donald Trump has polled first in 31 consecutive national polls since November, when Dr. Ben Carson briefly led Mr. Trump. Cruz’s lead over Trump comes a surprise given recent polling in South Carolina. Mr. Trump currently leads Ted Cruz by double digits there, with the South Carolina primary taking place on Saturday.
Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey, says Trump's drop could signal being “right on top of a shift in the campaign.”
“When you see a number this different, it means you might be right on top of a shift in the campaign. What you don't know yet is if the change is going to take place or if it is a momentary 'pause' before the numbers snap back into place.”
In hypothetical one-on-one matchups, the*NBC/WSJ*national poll shows Trump behind both Cruz (56 percent to 40 percent) and Rubio (57 percent to 41 percent).
Ted Cruz’s not-so-secret Super Tuesday weapon: the ground game
By TOM BENNING
Published:*17 February 2016 10:00 AM
Updated:*17 February 2016 09:24 PM
AUSTIN — In Texas, Ted Cruz can count on more than just his status as a favored son.
His home-field advantage ahead of the March 1 primary banks on the vast network of activists — dubbed his “grass-roots army” — that he cultivated in his 2012 Senate upset and has carefully maintained ever since.
Those troops now stand ready to fortify Cruz’s White House bid at a particularly critical moment.
Cruz won’t be able to campaign the way he likes ahead of Super Tuesday by visiting every far-flung corner of the map — Texas is just one of 13 states casting ballots or going to caucus on that day, and early voting started Tuesday. That means he must, for the first time, ditch part of his tried-and-true playbook.
And with Texas’ 155 delegates hanging in the balance, Cruz’s motivated home-state supporters are already setting up phone banks, walking blocks and otherwise working to get out the vote for that day’s biggest prize.
“He doesn’t have to create anything — it’s already on the ground,” said Steve Munisteri, a former top adviser to Rand Paul’s campaign and an ex-chairman of the Texas GOP. “And it’s not smoke and mirrors. It’s real.”
KELLY SHACKELFORD: “CRUZ IS NUMBER ONE ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY”
CRUZ NEWS | JANUARY 13
HOUSTON, Texas*– Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Kelly Shackelford, a top religious liberty litigator and spokesman for more than a quarter century.
Kelly Shackelford is the President and CEO of Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s largest legal organizations dedicated entirely to defending and restoring religious liberty. He is a constitutional scholar who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, testified before Congress on constitutional issues, and won three recent landmark First Amendment and religious liberty cases. Texas Lawyer named Shackelford one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter century. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on national news.
“For me, the number one issue is religious liberty, and on that issue the choice is easy,” Shackelford said. “Ted Cruz not only believes in religious liberty, he champions it. I have fought alongside him and watched his willingness to sacrifice for our first freedoms. His brilliance, his understanding, and his proven commitment – not just words – are unequalled in this race. I don’t have to worry about what he will do: I’ve watched him do it in battle. As someone who has been committed to fighting for religious liberty for over 26 years, I wholeheartedly endorse Ted Cruz for President. He is the clear choice.”
The Latest: Cruz says Obama shouldn't travel to Cuba
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on the 2016 race for president, three days out from the South Carolina Republican primary (all times local):
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says President Barack Obama should not travel to Cuba next month.
The White House is planning to make the announcement about the visit as early as Thursday.
But asked about reports of the president's plans on Wednesday night during a town hall in South Carolina broadcast on CNN, the Republican candidate for president said Obama shouldn't make the trip "as long as the Castros are in power."
Cruz's father was born in Cuba, where he was arrested and jailed before fleeing to the United States in the 1950. "My father has seen firsthand the evil and oppression in Cuba," Cruz said.
Cruz is also speaking out against any plans of closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying he fears Obama will do so before leaving office next year.
Bernie Sanders is repurposing his well-received "America" television ad for the upcoming Democratic contests in Nevada and South Carolina.
The gauzy ad featuring the music of Simon and Garfunkel was first released during the Iowa caucuses. The people featured in the original spot were overwhelmingly white, leading top Hillary Clinton ally David Brock to say the ad presented a "bizarre" image of America.
Nevada and South Carolina are more racially diverse and the new ads feature more minorities, as well as scenes from locations in both states.
The changes come as Sanders tries to boost his appeal with black and Hispanic voters. Clinton's campaign is hoping to offset Sanders' strength with young voters by drawing big vote totals among minorities.
The new Sanders' ads are airing in the Reno, Nevada, and Greenville, South Carolina, areas, according to Kantar Media's CMAG data.
Marco Rubio says a significant portion of minority families in America feel they're being treated differently.
The son of Cuban immigrants says he was a victim of racism as a 7-year-old, during a mass migration of Cubans in 1980. Rubio said older kids in his Nevada neighborhood told him to get on a boat and go back to his country.
Rubio said during Wednesday's CNN presidential town hall, "That disturbed me as a young child."
Rubio would become the nation's first Hispanic-American president if elected. He noted he was endorsed Wednesday by South Carolina's Indian-American governor and will campaign Thursday alongside the state's African-American senator.
He said, "That says a lot about the Republican Party."
Republican Donald Trump says that, if he's elected president, any person he nominates for Supreme Court justice will have to pledge to uphold a landmark gun rights case.
Trump was answering questions on a televised town hall on MSNBC when he was asked whether he would make upholding the Heller decision a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees.
The 2008 case determined that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
Trump responded: "I give that commitment right now. Absolutely. "
He added that he's been "very strong" on defending the Second Amendment and that both he and his sons are members of the National Rifle Association.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he would probably nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia if he was now in the White House.
"Why not do it?" Carson asks at a town hall broadcast by CNN from Greenville, South Carolina.
He'll be followed later Wednesday night by fellow Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. South Carolina's GOP primary is on Saturday.
Venezuela Is Out Of Food: Here’s What An Economic Collapse Really Looks Like
Venezuela is out of food.
After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government*has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in*the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.
Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.
A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food
In 2013, many began to suspect that the*outlook for Venezuela was grimwhen prepping became illegal. *The Attorney General of Venezuela,*Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.
Shortly thereafter, grocery storesinstituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”
Then, just over a year ago,*it became even more apparent that the country was falling*when long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception.*Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.
Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear. *As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.
The Cloward-Piven Strategy
By Richard Poe
irst proposed in 1966 and named after*Columbia University*sociologists*Richard Andrew Clowardand*Frances Fox Piven, the Cloward-Piven Strategy*seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.*
Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue an African American man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty" in the May 2, 1966 issue of*The Nation. Following its publication,*The Nation*sold an unprecedented*30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called "crisis strategy" or "Cloward-Piven*Strategy," as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told*The New York Times*on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands.*
The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state.*Cloward-Piven's early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. "Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules," Alinsky wrote in his 1971 book*Rules for Radicals.*When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system's failure to "live up" to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist "rule*book" with a socialist one.*
The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare -- about 8 million, at the time -- probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a "massive drive to recruit the poor*onto*the welfare rolls."**Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces*for major economic reform at the national level."
Strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis
See also:**Frances Fox Piven***Saul Alinsky***George Wiley
ACORN***Motor Voter Law***National Welfare Rights Organization
First proposed in 1966 and named after*Columbia University*sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife*Frances Fox Piven*(both longtime members of the*Democratic Socialists of America, where Piven today is an honorary chair), the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.*
Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue a black*man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty" in the May 2, 1966 issue of*The Nation. Following its publication,*The Nation*sold an unprecedented*30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called "crisis strategy" or "Cloward-Piven Strategy," as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told*The New York Times*on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands
AUGUST 4, 2015Bernie Sanders’ Top Five Race Problems: the Whiteness of Nominal Socialism
Racism as Just an Economic Problem
The nominally socialist Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie “sheep dog” Sanders, from 95% white Vermont, has, it turns out, has some race problems – at least five by my count. The first one, very much on his display in his speech to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s old organization the Southern Christian Leadership Conference*(SCLC) last July 25th, is his economistic tendency to downplay the significance of race and the importance of specifically anti-racist struggle.
Reflecting the influence of the Black Lives Matter movement that has arisen in response to racist police killings, Sanders addressed the SCLC to demonstrate his commitment to racial justice. He came armed with a surplus of terrible statistics on US racial disparities and institutional racism. Sanders seemed eager to wrap himself in the legacy of Dr. King. “Bernie” (as his liberal; and progressive fans like to call him) trumpeted his own youthful work in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He quoted King on the disgraceful existence of mass poverty in a land of prosperity and on the obscenity that (as King noted in Memphis, Tennessee just days before his assassination or execution) “most of the poor people in our country are working every day…and…making wages so low they cannot begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation.”
Young women living with parents, relatives at rate not seen since 1940, study finds
Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
The percentage of young women living at home with parents or relatives has risen to its highest level since 1940 as more millennial women put off marriage, attend college and face high living expenses.
A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that 36.4 per cent of women between the ages 18 and 34 lived with parents or relatives in 2014, the most since at least 1940, when 36.2 per cent lived with family.
It is a very different world for women now, though, despite the “return to the past, statistically speaking,” says Richard Fry, a senior economist at Pew.
Fry says young women are staying home now because they are they are half as likely to be married as they were 1940 and much more likely to be college-educated. Other economic forces, such as increasing student debt, higher living costs and economic uncertainty, are also playing a role.
Casey Ballard was living away from home in Portland, Oregon, but rent ate up roughly two-thirds of her paycheque and she was ready for a career change. A September move back with family in California allowed her to try out teaching as a substitute and to pursue teaching full-time.
“There was that element of frustration and feeling like a failure,” she says about returning home. “But then the logical side of me kicked in and said ’It’s just fiscally responsible.”’
Young men have historically lived with parents at higher rates than young women, and similar economic and cultural forces are keeping an increasing number of men at home too in recent years. But the rate young men are staying home with their parents and relatives, 42.8 per cent, remains below the 47.5 per cent level for men in 1940
Poll: Majority of college students favor censorship and “mandatory sensitivity training”
By*Rebecca Downs*|*October 28, 2015*|*
If it seems free speech has been in the news a lot lately, that’s because it has. It’s worth reporting about when multiple campuses take an issue with free speech. And these are liberal students on liberal college campuses, who act, many of them, in the name of being inclusive, accepting, and tolerant.
As was*reported*on Monday about a recent poll commissioned by the William F. Buckley Jr. Program:
The 'Roe Effect'*
Abortion today results in fewer Democratic voters 18 years from now.
BY JAMES TARANTO*
Society, July/August 2005
Roe v. Wade*is a study in unanticipated consequences. By establishing a constitutional right to abortion, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court no doubt thought they were settling the issue for good, accelerating a process of liberalization that was already under way in 1973. But instead of consensus, the result was polarization. The issue of abortion soon after, and for the first time, took a prominent place in national political campaigns. By 1980, both major political parties had adopted extreme positions--Republicans favoring a "pro-life" constitutional amendment to ban abortion, and Democrats opposing virtually all regulation on "pro-choice" grounds. Every presidential and vice-presidential nominee since then has toed the party line on abortion.
Polarization over abortion coincided with a period of Republican ascendancy. Since the parties split on abortion, the GOP has won five of seven presidential elections, and no Democrat has had a majority of the popular vote. Republicans took over the Senate in 1980, and both houses of Congress in 1994. Obviously, many other factors have contributed to Republican success, but it is hard to look at these results and conclude that abortion has been a winning issue for the Democrats. Thus, the politics of abortion has favored the party that opposes the court-imposed "consensus."
Portland Community College to devote an entire month to 'whiteness'-shaming
Peter FrickeInvestigative Reporter@FrickePeteon Jan 18, 2016 at 8:22 AM EDT
The school says the month is an "educational project" exploring how the "construct of whiteness" creates racial inequality.
Portland Community College has designated April "Whiteness History Month" (WHM), an "educational project" exploring how the "construct of whiteness" creates racial inequality.
"'Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences, and Change' is a multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins, and heritage,"*PCC states on its website. "Scheduled for the month of April 2016, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism."
Reports of Trump’s Inevitability Are Greatly Exaggerated
by JOHN FUND February 21, 2016 6:50 PM @JOHNFUND
In his victory speech in South Carolina, Donald Trump vowed to sweep the twelve primaries held on Super Tuesday, March 1, and implied the race would then be over: “Let’s put this thing away!”
He also belittled rivals who claimed that as the field shrinks, they will be able to close on Trump and deny him the nomination. “They’re geniuses!” he mocked. “They don’t understand that as people drop out, I’m going to get a lot of those votes also.” Not so fast, Donald. We have had three contests so far, and the field has narrowed from twelve candidates before Iowa to five now. But Trump’s numbers have bounced around from 24 percent in Iowa*to 35 percent in New Hampshire to 32 percent in South Carolina. His average is a tad under 31 percent. Trump is the front-runner, but he has to find a way to win a majority of the delegates, and the kind of campaign he’s running is making it harder for him to crack a ceiling of about a third of the vote. In the run-up to South Carolina, Trump came out in favor of the health-care mandate, defended Planned Parenthood, accused George W. Bush of lying about the Iraq War, and stood by his call to impeach Bush. (He later retreated on the mandate and on Bush’s supposedly lying.) His consistent inconsistency helps explain why only four in ten GOP voters in a new Associated Press poll view Trump in a positive light. He will have trouble growing his coalition to win a majority of delegates, even as more candidates drop out.
What your intrepid reporter and his trusted feline sidekick did, however, find surprising -*shocking*to be more precise - is what appears to be a cryptic death threat suggested by an Esquire online story posted on February 24, 2016 (full article here). The headline reads:*'How to Stop Donald Trump',*and is written byCharles Pierce. It's a very intriguing headline, but, in and of itself, nothing much to cause alarm.*
But just two paragraphs into his hate-filled piece, we find an extended reference to Louisiana Senator*Huey Long, the anti-Establishment insurgent who was planning to challenge incumbent President FDR in the 1936 election. From the Esquire article:
"In his magisterial biography of Huey Long... T. Harry Williams explains the thinking behind the long game that the 'Kingfish' saw himself playing as the Great Depression played out.
There was no doubt in Long's mind that that all would go as he had planned it. Of Roosevelt he said scornfully, 'I can take him. He's a phony…He's scared of me. I can outpromise him, and he knows it. People will believe me and they won't believe him.'"
The energy behind the two men is as similar as the parallel is inexact.*
Huey Long ... relentlessly vilified the economic and social elite, first in Louisiana and then in the entire country. He, Trump, on the other hand, was a child of that elite, and he had never departed from it, except in his public persona, which is where we find him now. A huge portion of the Republican electorate—and, sadly, a not-insignificant portion of the American people—wants a strongman, the more vulgar the better. Huey Long came by his vulgarity naturally. He, Trump has had to work at it .... I am one of you, they both said,*you poorly educated suckers. Look how common and vulgar I am.
There does not appear to be any way to stop him now.*Unless something completely untoward happens, He, Trump will be the Republican nominee for president."
Danielle Allen is a political theorist at Harvard University and a contributing columnist for The Post.
Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.
To understand the rise of Hitler and the spread of Nazism, I have generally relied on the German-Jewish émigré philosopherHannah Arendt*and her arguments about the banality of evil. Somehow people can understand themselves as “just doing their job,” yet act as cogs in the wheel of a murderous machine. Arendt also offered a second answer in a small but powerful book called “Men in Dark Times.” In this book, she described all those who thought that Hitler’s rise was a terrible thing but chose “internal exile,” or staying invisible and out of the way as their strategy for coping with the situation. They knew evil was evil, but they too facilitated it, by departing from the battlefield out of a sense of hopelessness.
I receive this question almost more than any other: Why don't you support Donald Trump? I've met the man, his camp asked me to introduce him at CPAC in 2015, he was perfectly amiable. He's been on my radio and TV programs more than any other primary candidate. I just can't get on board with his lack of consistency or his policies. So, to answer the question: A bulleted list of items that helped shape my opinion on the Republican primary candidate. All information is public domain as reported in the press, easily found everywhere online. You're certainly welcome to your own opinion, but this is what contributed to mine. As I give courtesy to diverse opinion on the topic, so do I expect it in return.*
--> Trump says he will "hire the best minds" as president but according to the news items below, apparently did not vet his own business partners.*
Trump and Felix Sater:
Though he touts his outstanding memory, when Donald Trump was asked under oath about his dealings with a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections, the real estate mogul was at a loss.
Even though the man, Felix Sater, had played a role in a number of high-profile Trump-branded projects across the country.
...*Donald Trump has also been seeking to minimize his past business ties with Sater, the Russian émigré who appeared in photos with Trump, and carried a Trump Organization business card with the title “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump.”
Updated*February 22, 20166:28 PM ETPublished*February 22, 20169:00 AM ET
Until last year, the architect of Donald Trump's presidential campaign was an obscure political operative in New Hampshire.
Now, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski can claim to have engineered victories in South Carolina and New Hampshire and a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, a winning streak that gives Trump a strong shot at the Republican nomination.
On the night of his New Hampshire primary victory, Trump acknowledged Lewandowski's role in the win, asking, "Does Corey have a ground game or what?"
That night, Lewandowski stood stage right to Trump, looking relaxed, a rare moment of rest for a man who's known among colleagues for chugging energy drinks and being in constant motion.
Until Trump hired him last summer, Lewandowski had never run a national campaign. Now he's Trump's alter ego, comfortably telling interviewers that "it's time to send somebody to Washington who is willing to fundamentally change the system and make America great again. There is only one guy willing to do that: Trump."
A Behind-The-Scenes Career In Politics
At 41, Lewandowski has spent half his life in politics, almost entirely behind the scenes and most recently as the New Hampshire director of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-affiliated group. Lewandowski was unavailable for an interview for this story.
Before signing on with Trump, Lewandowski was known in New Hampshire political circles as a hard-charging operative who was as unafraid to take on Republicans as he was to take on Democrats. At the height of the Tea Party movement, Lewandowski mock-debated a cardboard cutout of former Gov. John Lynch at rallies.
"You know he's in with both feet and both hands and he's working 100 miles an hour, and he was a formidable adversary or an incredible ally, whatever the issue is," said state Sen. Andy Sanborn, who got to know Lewandowski during this period.
In his adopted hometown of Windham, Lewandowski tried to forge his own political career, running unsuccessfully for town treasurer in 2012. He also upended the town's politics, using public records laws to probe local government and launching robocalls targeted at voters to stoke outrage over a visit to the town by President Obama.
Can he persuade conservatives that his immigration bill is really a reform?
What would a President Marco Rubio do about immigration? To attempt to answer this question, let us review the past, analyze the present, and prognosticate about the future. The core framework of the Schumer–Rubio immigration bill (S-744) of 2013 was first developed in the failed Kennedy–McCain legislation of 2005. For example, on amnesty, Kennedy–McCain proposed an immediate “Z visa” for illegal immigrants, while Schumer–Rubio granted immediate “provisional” status. Although technically on “probation,” the illegal immigrants were essentially granted immediate amnesty under both bills (including work permits and Social Security cards) before any guarantee of border security was put in place.
Chris Crane, the head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) union, told Breitbart News that Schumer–Rubio was actually “weaker” than current law. There were over 1,000 waivers, which gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the power to bypass enforcement. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, which represents 12,000 federal employees, denounced Schumer–Rubio, declaring: “It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful immigration system.” Further, the ICE Officers Council stated: “The 1,200-page substitute bill before the Senate will provide instant legalization and a path to citizenship to gang members and other dangerous criminal aliens.” Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office declared that S-744 would not stop most illegal immigration. The CBO forecast that Schumer–Rubio would reduce illegal immigration by only one-third to one-half. And the bill would almost double legal (overwhelmingly low-skilled) immigration. This is a much larger increase than under Kennedy–McCain.
Former Inspector General: Powerful Democrat Women Standing in Way of Hillary Indictment
*A former Inspector General for the State Department says Hillary Clinton will never be indicted for her use of a private email server because there are four loyal Democrats standing in the way.
Former*Inspector General Howard J. Krongard says the current FBI investigation should be focused on how material made it from the classified email system, known as SIPRNet, to Clinton’s unclassified private server. “It can’t just jump from one system to the other. Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?” Krongardtells the*New York Post.
Krongard says Hillary’s top three aides–Cheryl Mills,*Huma Abedin, and Jake Sullivan–are facing “significant scrutiny” because they sent most of the material that wound up on Clinton’s server. Though it has yet to be determined how classified material wound up crossing from one email system to the other, Krongard suggests staffers emailing Hillary likely summarized what they had read elsewhere.
"She’s trying to distance herself from the conversion from SIPRNet to [the nonsecure] NIPRNet and to her server, but she’s throwing her staffers under the bus,” Krongard*tells the*Post. Indeed, when Clinton was*pressed about whether something needed to be marked classified in order to be considered classified on a Sunday news show, she replied that identifying such material was theresponsibility of*“someone down the chain.”
Even if the FBI decides Clinton holds the ultimate responsibility for creating the private server, “It will never get to an indictment,” Krongard*tells the*Post.*The decision to act on the FBI’s recommendation would have to pass through, “four loyal Democrat women.” Krongard is referring to Loretta Lynch and her deputies Leslie Caldwell and Sally Yates. In addition, Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s top advisers, could weigh in.
Exclusive: Federal Prosecutors Spell Out Criminal Case against Hillary Clinton in Whitewater Scandal
Exclusive: Federal Prosecutors Spell Out Criminal Case against Hillary Clinton in Whitewater Scandal
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by*MICAH MORRISON8 Feb 20162,047
Hillary Clinton may or may not be indicted in the State Department emails scandal, but one thing is certain: she’s been to this dance before, facing possible criminal charges. Mrs. Clinton “may have been involved in a crime in 1986,” according to never-before-seen portions of an Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) memorandum in the Whitewater affair obtained by Judicial Watch.
The newly obtained document is an unredacted copy of a highly detailed April 10, 1998 OIC memo prepared for a key meeting to discuss the indictment of Mrs. Clinton. It is titled “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Summary of Evidence and Suggested Reading.”
In January, Judicial Watch published aredacted version of the memo*obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration under the Freedom of Information Act.
Today, the new, unredacted version of the memo—reported exclusively by Breitbart—fills in important blanks in the criminal case against Mrs. Clinton.
The entire text of the memo can now be pieced together from the redacted version released by the National Archives and the new, unredacted version, reported here for the first time.
The broad contours of the Whitewater case against Mrs. Clinton are well known. With Governor Bill Clinton running Arkansas, Mrs. Clinton leveraged her work at the Rose Law Firm into a series of transactions on behalf of a corrupt financial institution, Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, run by a longtime Clinton crony, James McDougal. Among the transactions was a document drafted by Mrs. Clinton to conceal a series of fraudulent loans that were used to deceive federal bank examiners.
The fraudulent loans were part of a land deal known as Castle Grande. Mrs. Clinton, along with her Rose Law Firm partner Webster Hubbell—later given a high-ranking post at the Justice Department by President Clinton—handled the Madison Guaranty accounts for law firm. Hubbell’s father-in-law, Seth Ward, also played a key role in the Madison accounts.
In the mid-1980s, federal bank regulators started taking a close look at Madison Guaranty and concluded that Castle Grande was a sham, a crime, and part of a pyramid scheme to enrich insiders and hide the S&L’s disintegrating finances. According to the newly obtained document, “Hillary Clinton and Hubbell concealed their involvement in Castle Grande.”
Hillary Clinton is a Satanist - Illuminati Defector
March 4, 2016
Mary Anne claims she was present when*Vince Foster*was murdered in July 1993. She says Hillary Clinton and Foster were "having a screaming match verging on a brawl" in his office at the White House. He had threatened to expose her Whitewater dealings. A Secret Service agent "raised his gun and shot him point blank."
We*summarize*two 2008 interviews with "Mary Anne" as a reminder that Hillary Clinton*is a high ranking member of the Illuminati cult. As well as a criminal and traitor, she is a Satanist who has probably participated in depraved activities such as those describes below. *
SUNDAY, FEB 28, 2016 04:00 AM MST -The case against Hillary Clinton: This is the disaster Democrats must avoid
You like what Bernie’s calling for, but you just don’t think he’s likely to win the general election, perhaps because “this country would never elect a socialist.” And even if he did win, you don’t think he’d be able to accomplish his goals, given how entrenched the GOP opposition is. Maybe you even think it’s already settled—that Hillary’s got the nomination locked up.
Here’s why going with that assumption—and backing Hillary in general—would be, in the words of Donald Trump, a disaster.
Contrary to conventional pundit wisdom, Hillary is not the stronger general-election candidate.
So far Clinton seems to have retained the status of favorite for the Democratic nomination. But there are strong signs that it’s Sanders who would fare better against the eventual GOP nominee.
Recent polling*shows Sanders doing better than Clinton against each of the Republican contenders. One can question the relevance of early-stage matchups such as these, but as Princeton’s Matt Karp recently noted in his eye-opening*piece*on Sanders and Clinton’s comparative electability:
We may be skeptical about the predictive power of these findings, nine months before Election Day. But it’s wrong to call them “absolutely worthless” … In a comprehensive analysis of elections between 1952 and 2008, Robert Erikson and Christopher Wleizen*found*that matchup polls as early as April have generally produced results close to the outcome in November.
Even much earlier “trial heats” seem to be far from meaningless. As partisan polarization has increased over the last three decades, there’s some evidence that early polling has become more predictive than ever. In all five elections since 1996, February matchup polls yielded average results within two points of the final outcome.
CLINTON LIKELY BE INDICTED BY MAY FOR BREACH OF NATIONAL SECURITY – FACING 1 TO 10 YEARS
Patrick Curl*|*March 6, 2016*|*Featured,*Hillary Clinton*|*19 Comments
This video surfaced today combining video feeds from experts as to what’s really going on with Clinton and her Email scandal. According to the video she could be facing charges from a Misdemeanor with up to 1 year sentence all the way up to a 10 year sentence and a felony.
It could even go up to the President of the United States, the question is how could the President not know that emails he was sending to his Secretary of State were not over a secure line to a secure email server, secured by the top security professionals, but instead a private email server setup by a Clinton staffer?
Some people ignoring polls say that Sanders can’t beat Trump. Let me ask you this – please list one former President of the United States that won while serving jail time.
If the matter of Hillary Clinton’s electability and a Democrat beating Donald Trump for the Whitehouse, then you must start to ask yourself – what will Trump say about her scandal, and has anyone EVER won a Presidential race while involved in a scandal this big?
Obama: ‘I Certainly Have Not Contributed To’Dividing The Country
What planet is he living on?
President Obama said today during a White House joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he, Obama, has “certainly...*not contributed to” dividing the country,*reports the Daily Caller.
Obama said, “I’ve said at the State of the Union that one of my regrets is the degree to which polarization and the nasty tone of our politics has accelerated rather than waned over the course of the last 7 1/2 years.”
Agreed. And you were president for that time frame. Interesting coincidence, no?
Obama went on to explain who is at fault. Take a wild guess:
I do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things that I can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country. But I also have to say… that objectively it’s fair to say that the Republican political elites and many of the information outlets, social media and news stations, talk radio, television stations have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed, that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal, that maximalist, absolutist positions on issues are politically advantageous, that there is a ‘them’ out there and an ‘us’ and ‘them’ are the folks who are causing whatever the problems you’re experiencing and the tone of that politics, which I certainly have not contributed to.
No, Mr. President, "objectively it's fair to say" that your radical anti-Americanism and your aim*to fundamentally transform*this country are to blame. It's not the fault of the vast right-wing conspiracy.*
You know, I don’t think that I was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate, for example. I don’t remember saying, "Hey, why don’t you ask me about that?"*"Why don’t you question whether I’m American or whether I’m loyal or whether I have America’s best interests at heart."*Those aren’t things that were prompted by any actions of mine, and so what you’re seeing within the Republican Party is, to some degree, all of those efforts over a course of time creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive.
Questions about whether Obama has America's best interests at heart weren't prompted by any of his actions? Seriously? Sounds like someone is living in a river in Egypt.
WATCH: Ted Cruz Blames Donald Trump for What Happened in Chicago!
by Right Side Network 1 hour ago
riday, March 11, 2016: At a media availability in Chicago, GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz basically blamed Donald Trump for the violence and protests that occurred earlier in the day at a Donald Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The rally had to be cancelled due to safety concerns
BREAKING: TERRORIST BILL AYERS PROTESTS DONALD TRUMP IN CHICAGO
Jim Hoft Mar 11th, 2016 6:35 pm —116 Comments
Obama buddy and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers was seen protesting Donald Trump in Chicago today.
Thousands of leftwing protesters were expected today to protest Donald Trump at the University of Chicago Illinois campus.
5,000-7,000 people were already inside the pavilion at 5 PM Central. Thousands more were still in a line that stretched several blocks.
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Bill Ayers, a former leader of the Weather Underground, participated in bombings of the New York City police headquarters in 1970.
Barack Obama started his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room.
Actual terrorist Bill Ayers protests against Trump in Chica
Prominent Republican hawks are debating whether to hold their noses and vote for Clinton instead.
03/02/16 05:55 PM EST
Updated*03/03/16 03:10 PM EST
Donald Trump calls the Iraq War a lie-fueled fiasco, admires Vladimir Putin and says he would be a "neutral" arbiter between Israel and the Palestinians. When it comes to America’s global role he asks, “Why are we always at the forefront of everything?"
Even more than his economic positions, Trump's foreign policy views challenge GOP orthodoxy in fundamental ways. But while parts of the party establishment are resigning themselves or even backing Trump's runaway train, one group is bitterly digging in against him: the hawkish foreign policy elites, including many of those known as neoconservatives.
In interviews with POLITICO, leading GOP foreign-policy hands — many of whom promoted the Iraq War, detest Putin and consider Israel's security non-negotiable — said Trump would be a disaster for U.S. foreign policy and vowed never to support him. So deep is their revulsion that several even say they could vote for Hillary Clinton over Trump in November.
“Hillary is the lesser evil, by a large margin,” said Eliot Cohen, a former top State Department official under George W. Bush and a strategic theorist who argues for a muscular U.S. role abroad. Trump's election would be “an unmitigated disaster for American foreign policy," Cohen said, adding that "he has already damaged it considerably.”
Cohen, an Iraq war backer who is often called a neoconservative but said he does not identify himself that way, said he would "strongly prefer a third party candidate" to Trump, but added: "Probably if absolutely no alternative: Hillary."
In a March 1*interview*with Vox, Max Boot, a military historian at the Council on Foreign Relations who backed the Iraq War and often advocates a hawkish foreign policy, said that he, too, would vote for Clinton over Trump. "I'm literally losing sleep over Donald Trump," he said. "She would be vastly preferable to Trump."
Cohen helped to organize an open letter signed by several dozen GOP foreign policy insiders — many of whom are not considered neocons — that*was published*Wednesday night by War on the Rocks, a defense and foreign policy website. “[W]e are unable to support a Party ticket with Mr. Trump at its head,” the letter declared. It cited everything from Trump’s "admiration for foreign dictators” to his “inexcusable” support for “the expansive use of torture."
The letter was signed by dozens of Republican foreign policy experts, including Boot; Peter Feaver, a former senior national security aide in George W. Bush's White House; Robert Zoellick, a former deputy to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and Dov Zakheim, a former Bush Pentagon official; and Kori Schake, a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and a former Bush State Department official.
Top Tech Giants, GOP Elites, McConnell, Paul Ryan Hold Secret Meeting on How to Stop Trump
Jim Hoft Mar 7th, 2016 11:32 pm —233 Comments
The political and tech elites have joined together to thwart the will of the people.
Top tech giants from Apple, Google, Napster and Facebook along with GOP elites including Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ben Sasse and Kevin McCarthy met at a secret island resort off the coast of Georgia to plot how to stop Trump.
Sea Island is a private barrier island off the coast of Georgia. The island is home to the world famous Cloister Hotel.
The Huffington Post reported:
Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering.
The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”
Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).
Philip Anschutz, the billionaire GOP donor whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there, along with Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who represents Maryland. Arthur Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times, was there, too, a Times spokeswoman confirmed.
“A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” Kristol wrote in an emailed report from the conference, borrowing the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto. “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”
Ditka calls Obama ‘the worst president we’ve ever had’
Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, who has repeatedly voiced his support for Donald Trump to the Chicago Sun-Times,*blasted President Obama during a radio appearance Thursday.
“Obama is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Ditka told hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernard McGuirk during an appearance on their morning show on WABC-AM in New York.
Ditka, who guided the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl victory, questioned Obama’s skills as a leader.
“Barack Obama’s a fine man. I*mean, he’s pleasant,” Ditka said. “He would be great to play golf with. He’s not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It*needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan.
“Every once in a while you’re*going to get punched in the chops. But you keep going forward. That’s all there is to it,” he added. “You know*it’s not always going to be a perfect situation, but to do what he does, there’s no leadership there. I*think that becomes very disgusting to me.”
Ditka also took shots at Democratic-favorite Hillary Clinton. When the show’s hosts played a clip*of Clinton declaring Republicans want to take America back to the “Jim Crow past,” a disgusted Ditka said that “filthy statement” *could make you “throw up.”
“If I*were to vote*tomorrow,” Ditka*said, “I’d*probably vote for Trump.”
The Department of Political Justice
by Andrew P. Napolitano, July 07, 2016
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Is it worth impairing the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice to save Hillary Clinton from a deserved criminal prosecution by playing word games?
What has become of the rule of law – no one is beneath its protections or above its requirements – when the American public can witness a game of political musical chairs orchestrated by Bill Clinton at an airport in a bizarre ruse to remove the criminal investigation of his wife from those legally responsible for making decisions about it?
How hairsplitting can the FBI be in acknowledging "extreme carelessness" while denying "gross negligence" about the same events, at the same time, and in the same respect?
These are questions that now beg for answers in light of what can only be the politically motivated FBI report delivered earlier this week on the likely criminal behavior of Hillary Clinton.
The espionage statute that criminalizes the knowing or grossly negligent failure to keep state secrets in a secure venue is the rare federal statute that can be violated and upon which a conviction may be based without the need of the government to prove intent.
Thus, in the past two years, the DOJ has prosecuted a young sailor for sending a single selfie to his girlfriend that inadvertently showed a submarine sonar screen in its background. It also prosecuted a Marine lieutenant who sent his military superiors a single email about the presence of al-Qaida operatives dressed as local police in a U.S. encampment in Afghanistan – but who inadvertently used his Gmail account rather than his secure government account.
And it famously prosecuted Gen. David Petraeus for sharing paper copies of his daily calendar in his guarded home with a military colleague also in the home – someone who had a secret security clearance herself – because the calendar inadvertently included secret matters in the pages underneath the calendar.
Yet earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey – knowing that his bosses in the DOJ would accept his legal conclusions about Clinton’s failure to keep state secrets secure, because they had removed themselves from independently judging the FBI’s work – told the public that whereas the inadvertence of the above defendants was sufficient to justify their prosecutions, somehow Clinton’s repeated recklessness was not.
It is obvious that a different standard is being applied to Clinton than was applied to Petraeus and the others. It is also now painfully obvious that the game of musical chairs we all witnessed last week when Bill Clinton entered the private jet of Comey’s boss – Attorney General Loretta Lynch – unannounced and spent 30 private minutes there with her at a time when both he and his wife were targets of FBI criminal probes was a trick to compromise Lynch and remove her and her aides from the DOJ chain of command regarding the decision as to whether to present evidence of crimes against either of the Clintons to a federal grand jury.
Why do we stand for this?
Comey has argued that somehow there is such a legal chasm between extreme carelessness and gross negligence that the feds cannot bridge it. That is not an argument for him to make. That is for a jury to decide after a judge instructs the jury about what Comey fails to understand: There is not a dime’s worth of difference between these two standards. Extreme carelessness is gross negligence.
Unless, of course, one is willing to pervert the rule of law yet again to insulate a Clinton yet again from the law enforcement machinery that everyone else who fails to secure state secrets should expect.
Why do we stand for this?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the US Constitution. The most recent is Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty. To find out more about Judge Napolitano and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.
Comey: If Hillary Worked at the FBI, There Would Be ‘Severe’ Consequences
by PAM KEY
7 Jul 2016
Thursday at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the FBI’s investigation and conclusions into presumptive Democratic presidential front nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of private unsecured email servers during her tenure as secretary of state, committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) questioned FBI Director James Comey about possible consequences Clinton would face if she worked at the FBI.
Partial transcript as follows:
CHAFFETZ: Do you really believe there should be no consequence for Hillary Clinton in how she dealt with this?
COMEY: I didn’t say — I hope folks remember what I said on Tuesday. I didn’t say there is no consequence for someone who violates the rules regarding handling classified information. There are often very severe consequences in the FBI involving their employment, involving their pay, involving their clearances. That’s what I — that’s what I said on Tuesday. And I hope folks walk away understanding that just because someone is not prosecuted for mishandling classified information, that doesn’t mean if you work in the FBI, there aren’t consequences for it.
CHAFFETZ: So if Hillary Clinton or if anybody had worked at the FBI under this fact pattern, what would you do to that person?
COMEY: There would be a security review and an adjudication of their suitability and a range of discipline could be imposed, from termination to reprimand, and in between, suspensions, loss of clearance, so you could be walked out, or you could, depending upon the nature of the fact, you could be reprimanded, but there is a robust process to handle that.