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February 14th, 2016

GOP Debate – Thunderdome! 6 Men Enter, No One Leaves

The GOP presidential debate on CBS last night was a raucous affair. Donald Trump did his best to fend off attacks from all sides at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina. I half expected President Merkin Muffley from Stanley Kubrick′s ″Dr. Strangelove″ to shout at the candidates, ″Gentlemen! You can′t fight in here, this is the Peace Center!″ But fight they did with the Palmetto State primary just a week away. The battle on stage also left wounds on Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Only John Kasich and Ben Carson escaped damage as they tried to take the ′high road′ of civility. What impact, if any, will this debate have on the South Carolina primary next Saturday? How did the sudden news of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia effect the debate? Let us review the action…

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February 14th, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Dead at 79

Senior Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday morning at the age of 79. He had been the longest, current serving justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey, Scalia was found to have died in his sleep of natural causes while on a hunting trip at the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, Texas. Antonin Scalia was survived by his wife, Maureen, nine children and twenty-eight grandchildren. Known as an ′Originalist′, Justice Scalia was a leader of the SCOTUS Conservative faction. He was a man of great intellect, humor and wit. Well liked by his peers, many are surprised to learn that his closest friend on the bench was probably Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They and their spouses often vacationed and attended operas together, as well as celebrating every New Year. Scalia was also very friendly with Justice Elana Kagan whom shared Scalia′s fondness for target practice and hunting. There is no doubt that Justice Antonin Scalia will be sorely missed!

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February 13th, 2016

Republicans to Battle at GOP Debate on CBS

There will be a hot time at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina, tonight! CBS will air the ninth GOP debate at 9pm Eastern. The remaining six Republican presidential candidates will square off with just one week before the South Carolina primary. The latest poll by OpinionSavvy shows Donald J Trump building his lead in the Palmetto State to 36.3%, almost double that of second-place Ted Cruz at 19.6%. Marco ′Roboto′ Rubio is third at 14.6%, with low-energy Jeb ′Exclamation Point′ Bush 4th at about 10.9% . John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson bring up the rear with 8.7% and 4.7%, respectively. A national poll by Morning Consult shows Trump passing the rest of the pack with 44%, including double-digit leads amongst Blacks and Hispanic voters. Given the turmoil in the Democratic nomination race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over the minority vote, Donald Trump could start having a major impact on their campaigns, as well.

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February 12th, 2016

DisTrusTED – Ted Cruz Spreads More Lies

Ted Cruz is at it again in South Carolina, spreading all sorts of lies and dirty tricks. The so-called ′Conservative′, ′God-fearing′ Cruz is proving why Donald Trump is beating him in the latest nationwide poll by Morning Consult, showing Trump with 44% to Cruz in second place with only 17%. After pulling various scams in the Iowa Caucus, Cruz, his campaign and Super-PAC are causing a ruckus in South Carolina. A series of robo-calls has been unleashed by Cruz people attacking Donald Trump and Marco Rubio on supporting Barack Obama and gay, same-sex marriage. Of course, we all know that Cruz, himself, talks out of both sides of his mouth on the subject, telling folks in Texas he opposes gay marriage while telling Wall Street contributors he supports it. The same day after his banker wife, Heidi Cruz, was reported by The Hill that she would support Ted even if she weren′t his wife because of of religious views, the Cruz campaign pulled a new TV ad because it featured a porn star! Oh-Oh!

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February 11th, 2016

Janet Yellen Warns on Economy

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Bank Chairwoman Janet Yellen warned a House of Representatives committee about ″growing risks″ to the American economy. Today she will appear before a US Senate committee to further elaborate on these risks. Meanwhile, markets worldwide declined sharply. Yellen cited a global economic slowdown, primarily driven by slow growth in China and other nations, which in turn are depressing the oil market. Under normal conditions, cheap oil is a good thing, as it spurs consumers to have more disposable income, which then leads us to increased production and more hiring by employers. But things have not been normal since 2008. The ′New Normal′ in the Age of Obama is to get used to being poor, unemployed and miserable all the time!

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February 11th, 2016

Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie Dropping Out of Presidential Race

Tuesday′s New Hampshire primary results, along with last week′s Iowa Caucus outcome, did much more than hand Donald J Trump his first election win. They gave the 2016 presidential candidates a cold slap of REALITY! Yesterday, Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie finally faced that reality and are dropping out of the presidential race. Neither had any chance at being the GOP nominee from the very beginning. Fiorina couldn′t even win a senate race, let alone run companies like HP or Lucent very well. As for Christie, between ′Bridge-Gate′ and his Obama bromance, most Republicans were not going to support him. One wonders when Jim Gilmore will see the folly of his efforts? The next two victims of harsh reality may be Ben Carson and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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February 10th, 2016

2016 New Hampshire Primary Results – How Trump, Sanders Won

Last night was a bad one for the Oligarchs. Donald J Trump and Bernie Sanders won HUGE victories over their competition! For Sanders, he closed a once 50-point gap in the polls, mainly due to carrying the Youth Vote as well as women of all ages, Independents and the Middle Class. Donald Trump took every Republican demographic and every issue over his many rivals. With 35% of the GOP vote, Trump ended the night double that of second-place finish of John Kasich. Triple that of Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, where the difference between third and fifth place was barely 3,000 votes. There was a record turn out for both Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, which already averages a much higher voter turn out than all other primary and caucus states. Chris Christie, who finished sixth with 8%, about 10,000 votes, went home to New Jersey to ″assess″ his campaign. Carly Fiorina followed with just 4% and Ben Carson with just 2%. Trump now leads the GOP field with 17 convention delegates to the 10 for Ted Cruz. But Hillary Clinton still leads Bernie Sanders with 44 to 36 delegates.

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February 9th, 2016

Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders Lead Polls for New Hampshire Primary 2016

The 2016 New Hampshire primary, the first primary in the nation, is taking place today. The latest polls show that Donald J Trump is still leading the pack of Republican Party candidates. Likewise, Bernie Sanders is out front of his only rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary does not really need a win today, though a large defeat may hurt her down the road. There is already talk about a major shake up in her campaign staff as the nomination fight heads to Nevada and South Carolina. For the GOP hopefuls, Trump is still leading nationally and in every other state poll. So the two big questions for Republicans are, will Trump win by a large margin and how will the other candidates finish? Three small towns already voted after midnight. In Dixville Notch, Bernie Sanders won all four Democrat votes while the 5 Republican votes were split 3 for John Kasich and 2 for Donald Trump. Trump, Kasich and Marco Rubio are all tied currently with 9 votes each from those early ballots.

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