Monday, August 10, 2015

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Tweet War: Trump slaps Fiorina as she surges to 4th place

Tweet War: Trump slaps Fiorina as she surges to 4th place

In the 2015 real-time news cycle, Twitter allows candidates to knock their rivals instantly, way ahead of press releases and canned interviews. The Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard samples dueling post-debate tweets. For example, following Carly Fiorina's hit on Donald Trump's "offensive" comments about Fox News debate host Megyn Kelly, Trump tweeted: "I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!"

A very tough Thursday for Obama and the Democrats

Last Thursday was notable for the spirited GOP debate, writes the Washington Examiner's senior political analyst Michael Barone. "A Man From Mars tuning in might wonder why Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, though competent, had been leading in pre-Trump polling. They didn't match Mike Huckabee's one-liners, Rand Paul's feistiness, Chris Christie's specifics, Ben Carson's charm, Ted Cruz's clarity, John Kasich's ingenuousness or Marco Rubio's capacity to ad lib seamlessly from his relationship to God to the conduct of the Veterans Administration."

Media verdict on who won the big GOP debate: Fox News!

If you're an account executive at Fox News you've got to love it when the newsrooms of the competition you have just decimated with last Thursday's Republican debate loudly praise your news team. But how is the conservative audience responding when the New York Times, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal praise the "tough questions" by Fox moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier? A Times op-ed said: "It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News."
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Fiorina on Trump: 'Women understood that comment'

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was hitting on all cylinders Sunday, addressing Donald Trump, sexism in the workplace, her own "boardroom brawl," an "uptick" in support after Thursday's "Happy Hour" Republican presidential candidates' debate and her oft-stated conviction that Hillary Clinton is the main problem and she is best suited to solve it. As for Trump: "The point is, women understood that comment," she said. "And yes, it [was] completely inappropriate and offensive ... period."
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Editorial: Time to end America's experiment in mass incarceration

Editorial: Time to end America's experiment in mass incarceration

"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population but houses 25 percent of its prisoners. Its federal prison population has more than quadrupled since 1980, to 2.3 million souls. Prisons and criminal justice agencies combined cost taxpayers $260 billion a year. ...  The U.S. has created a criminal justice system that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation. This means that many released offenders emerge from prison suffering with mental health or substance abuse problems, or are otherwise unable to cope with life on the outside."
Did you know?
Grover Cleveland is the only candidate ever to be elected to one term, defeated for a second term, and then elected again four years later. Thus, he became both the 22nd and the 24th president.

Iran deal on sanctions good news for Carlos the Jackal's protege

American scrutiny of the Iran nuclear deal has focused on verification and inspections to prevent development of nuclear weapons. "But equally deserving of scrutiny are the nefarious characters whose names would be removed under the deal from Western sanctions lists," writes Hooman Bakhtiar for the Wall Street Journal. "Consider Anis Naccache, the Lebanese hitman who attempted to assassinate my great uncle Shapour Bakhtiar, Iran's last prime minister under the shah."
Question of the day
The first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign was a ratings triumph for Fox News. But the network was criticized for its perceived attempt to eliminate Donald Trump's surge in the polls. Is that a fair criticism and if so will Fox ultimately prevail?

Reader Responses about the First Debate
To Thursday's question about the winner of the GOP early and main debates, thank you for all the responses.

According to readers, Sen. Marco Rubio was the winner of the main event with Sen. Ted Cruz a close second. But most of the reader comments concerned Donald Trump. Carly Fiorina was the overwhelming pick of readers who saw the early debate. The margin was 15-1 over Rick Perry, who was second. The following is a selection of reader comments:

Trump won from the beginning when a question seemingly addressed to the group was actually addressed to him and he stood on principle, in contrast to the others. He never backed down, and that is what the voters want. Fox News tried to take him out but could not. – James Swanson

Why did the commentators ask aggressive questions of Donald Trump? Did anyone ask questions like that of Obama? And how is Obama working out for us, since he seemed to be able to handle himself "well" during his pre-presidential debates. The whole game makes me sick. – J Fells

Fox obviously attempted to embarrass Trump... Megyn was haughty and rude. Nevermind who the debaters are, the media should show respect. Doubtful I will watch any further Fox debates if Megyn is on the panel.  – Nancy, Pittsburgh,  PA

Carly! America's Golda and Maggie rolled into one.

If we have a first woman for President Carly is the one I would vote for! Hillary is incompetent, dishonest and corrupt. – Michael Pula

I am very tired, (I'm a woman, by the way) of hearing women whine and attack men because they said something they perceived as "sexist and misogynistic." I suppose I'm just old, and old people have a much better understanding about life than the young people today. I actually remember a time when everybody worried about their next meal more than their "feelings."  – Ruth Simmang

The main event was clearly won by Donald Trump because he didn't walk off the stage after those ridiculous questions. – Shirley Pappas

The only clearcut winners of this "debate" were the critics of Fox News. – Incredulous

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How apocalypse scenarios have evolved in the 21st century

"I grew up believing that human life would be extinguished by nuclear weapons. When I say 'believing,' I don't mean it was a scary possibility; I mean I truly thought it would happen," writes British Conservative MEP Dan Hannan for the Washington Examiner.

Huckabee hints he would deploy National Guard to stop abortions

Huckabee hints he would deploy National Guard to stop abortions

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is standing by his call at Thursday's Republican presidential debate to grant constitutional rights to unborn children, and left the door open to using law enforcement to prevent abortions. "Exactly how that plays out is one of the ways we discover: What does it take for Americans to finally wake up to the fact that we are violating the constitutional rights of human beings?" he asked.

State pension woes haunt Christie campaign

In the first Republican presidential debate Thursday, moderator Brent Baier asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie specifically about the state's economic condition, including its pension crisis. Christie did not mention pensions at all in his response, instead touting private-sector job growth and his refusal to raise taxes. Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith told the Washington Examiner that the problem remains unsolved.
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Obama's Iran deal depends on Democrats like McCaskill, Cardin

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is exactly the kind of Democrat that President Obama needs to persuade to secure congressional approval of his nuclear deal with Iran, writes the Washington Examiner's Nicole Duran. "It's not a perfect deal," she said. But . . . "Remember the world is united in this deal ... it's going to have to be a status quo where the rest of the world also stays united or the sanctions regime falls apart," McCaskill said. 
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