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Curt Smith

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It’s sometimes said that you can tell a lot about a person by the friends they keep. That makes sense. Friendships are generally based on complementary personalities, shared values, and a variety of intangibles that cause people to bond.

Money in politics is a similar barometer. The vast majority of Americans never donate any money to politicians or get involved in politics at all. For all of the kvetching about money in politics, there’s really not that much there. In 2012 a total of $6 billion was spent on politics. That includes spending by campaigns, outside groups, and independent organizations. To put that in perspective, Americans spend almost twice that amount on bottled water each year, five times as much at McDonalds and twelve times that on the lottery.

In addition, it’s only a small minority of Americans who donate to political campaigns at all, about 11% on average. Eleven percent sounds low, but that’s actually enormous when compared to the .05% of donors who provide $2.7 billion of that $6 billion by making contributions of $2,600 or more. Talk about “The 1%”! Campaigns seem to be funded largely from “The .05%”. Here’s the breakdown: 89% of Americans give $0 dollars to campaigns, 10.5% give a total of $3.3 billion, while .05% of the population give the other $2.7 billion. That means that a total of about 15,000 people are responsible for almost half the money spent on our elections… out of 315 million people.
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Jeb is almost 100% big money support. 
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Pradheep Shanker
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Dr. Ben Carson:

Congress should defund Planned Parenthood and consider having the IRS revoke its status as a 501(c)(3) organization. I believe deeply, as it is written in the Declaration of Independence, that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. First and foremost among these unalienable rights is life, and we created a government in order to protect it -- not fund its destruction.

We must do everything in our power to advance a culture of life. Let's once again be proud of ourselves rather than making excuses for our behavior.
The controversial videos surrounding Planned Parenthood prompt us to examine how we treat precious human life.
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Exactly!
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luigi vaccarro

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Hello. To set the record straight, I am a fiscal conservative. On social issues, I am a moderate.

I do find value is some progressive ideas, and many conservative ideas. I am pro jobs, pro growth, pro business. If it makes the economy grow, then I am pretty much for it.

I belive in Live and let Live as long as it does not cost me money.

Finally, my personal pholosophy is I get to tell someone how to live if i am paying their bills (i.e. via taxpayer money).

Keep that in mind before banning me :) 
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If you stay in the boundaries of the forum, chances are you will never be banned even if you disagree 100% of the time.
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Pradheep Shanker
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It gets worse and worse. 
"It's a huge trafficking of fetal tissues," one former Planned Parenthood partner said. " dissect dead fetuses and sell the parts to researchers."
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No worries, we have a Republican majority in Congress, they'll defund ... Oh wait, I forgot, the Republican leadership refuses to actually fix this problem because they want to use it as a campaign issue in perpetuity. Same thing with Obamacare, or as I've taken to calling it, Boehnercare.
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ed pluck
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Fighting for people doesn’t mean a massive catalog of new government programs. It does not mean occupying a park and railing against the “1 percent.” It means thinking carefully about who is in need and how their need can best be met. In some cases, such as caring for the truly poor, the right solution may well involve the government. In others – such as needy children caught in ineffective schools and entrepreneurs struggling to start businesses – the proper conservative answer is for the government to stop creating harm and get out of the way. In both cases, conservatives can and should be bold warriors for vulnerable people.
#CUQuotes  
The conservative social justice agenda, writes Brooks, is about making earned success possible.
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Pradheep Shanker
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Even with the help of a pliant media, Richards is in a tough situation. On the one hand, she seemed like Cruella de Vil reading off a short list of morally odious talking points. On the other hand, she attempted to stay strong and was amazingly accomplished in the way she stuck to and repeated her few talking points.

However, her main talking point — that the footage was edited — is completely refuted by the full release of the footage in question. Her subsequent talking point of straight up character assassination has no substantiating evidence. She may have been caught in a rather obvious false statement about how many clinics are engaged in fetal organ harvesting. And, finally, just because Planned Parenthood is structured as a non-profit does not mean their organ harvesting programs are legal or ethical.
Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards relentlessly repeated her talking points in her first post-scandal interview. Those talking points were really bad.
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One of my favorite quotes of all time came from her mother, Ann Richards at the '88 Democrat convention keynote "Poor George, he can't hep it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth" (referring to then VP George H W Bush). Channeling a little Ann here... Seems Cecile was born with silver foreceps in hers.
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Joe Hansen

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"The United States Constitution does not limit Uber.  The United States Constitution limits Bill de Blasio. The US Constitution is written specifically to limit the power of government over people." -Rush Limbaugh
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Exactly so.
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Phil Nelson

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This is a security disaster, which should have been prevented.
Over 21.5 million people had their personal data stolen.
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I think, with the advantage of hindsight, it should be easy to see that if the President really thought that he knew more than his various directors about their jobs, he should have, instead of bragging to the press, applied himself to the task of getting better directors.

Unless he's really Doc Savage, in disguise.
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Angelocracy Xue

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social security disability fund out of money by the end of 2016 and it is all Caitlyn Jenner's fault-

If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits. The cuts would most immediately affect the 10.9 million people receiving disability benefits as of 2014. In related news. An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking in $250,000. Court records show Richelle McDonald was born Richard McDonald in 1945. In 1974, Richard claimed disability because he was unable to work after suffering a serious arm injury when hit by a San Francisco bus. McDonald in the 1970s also applied for a separate Social Security number under the name Richelle. She worked under that name from the early 1980s until 2012 while continuing to collect disability payments as Richard. McDonald pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud in December and was sentenced Monday to eight months of home confinement.

#news
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#lgbt
#lgbtq
#caitlyn
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If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday. The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits. The cuts would most immediately affect the 10.9 million peo...
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and they still run out of money.Must be something else.
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Dallas Davis

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Planned Parenthood killed 90,000 last year, not the flag. PP is more racist than the flag, but your crazed Liberal will NEVER admit that FACT.
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+Dallas Davis Look at the loony that started this organization. She also believed kids born with birth defects, should be smothered at birth. Handicapped people, should be left to die. They were worthless to society. And a lot more sick-o agendas'.
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ed pluck
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As a result, on average, electric vehicles generate a negative environmental benefit of about -0.5 cents per mile traveled relative to comparable fossil fuel powered vehicles.

In some areas, because of the make-up of the electric power supply and delivery system, electric cars can produce net environmental benefits. In Los Angeles, California electric vehicles produce 3.3 cents per mile in benefits. By contrast, an electric vehicle used in Grand Forks, North Dakota results in a net environmental cost of 3 cents per mile.
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+ed pluck
Well, the worst method is also the least profitable.
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Joe Hansen

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Very disappointed in these Republicans​ for voting in favor of the massive corporate welfare program that guarantees taxpayer funded loans to huge corporations that don't need them. Crony capitalism is a huge waste of precious tax dollars. IF YOU AGREE, LET THESE SENATORS KNOW.

Of course, they can always raise tax rates. Clearly Boeing and GE need the money you and I earn more than we do, right?

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ed pluck
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Today, several widely unanticipated trends — certainly unanticipated by me — suggest that America is in some significant respects entering a new Victorian Era. Some may regard that as regrettable, others as welcome, still others as a mixture of good news and bad news. But it's certainly news, especially to the aging baby boomers who expected the Age of Aquarius to continue indefinitely.

How about something in-between?
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+Martin Cook you are right i think the mustaches are coming back ;)
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ed pluck
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It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Jefferson -1774
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+Ed Chavez "The Most Transparent Government Ever"... 
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John Griffith

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99.9% of All Species that Ever Lived on Earth are Extinct!

Why do articles always ignore that extinction is a near mandatory part of the process here on Earth?


http://nycity.today/content/283698-temperature-rise-linked-climate-change-caused-extinction-several-large-mammals
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Curt Smith

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Barack Obama is a liar of biblical proportions. That’s not new, but every now and then he spouts something that makes you want to scream “Are you effing kidding me?” And he’s done it again.

His Weekly Address yesterday was a beauty. He starts by patting himself on the back as usual:

"Hi, everybody. It’s been seven years since the worst financial crisis in generations spread from Wall Street to Main Street – a crisis that cost millions of Americans their jobs, their homes, their life savings. It was a crisis that cost all of us. It was a reminder that we’re in this together – all of us."

We’re in this together- to a point. Ready? Here it comes:

"Wall Street Reform turned the page on the era of ‘too big to fail.’ Now, in America, we welcome the pursuit of profit. But if your business fails, we shouldn’t have to bail you out. And under the new rules, we won’t – the days of taxpayer-funded bailouts are over."

This is not simply a lie. It’s a galactic lie.
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Spinning lovely tales of rewards and responsibility are so much easier when one is not constrained by the truth.
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Pradheep Shanker
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“We serve the people, not our own egos,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), a 39-year member of the chamber, said before the vote.


ARE YOU SURE???
Sen. Ted Cruz doubles down on accusations against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Love Ted Cruz!
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Pradheep Shanker
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The victories continued a remarkable state winning streak for Republicans since Barack Obama became president. Pundits initially described the 2008 election as a major leftward shift in American politics, and it’s easy to see why: as the Obama era opened, the GOP held just 22 governorships and 14 state legislatures. But voters almost immediately began electing Republican lawmakers who rejected Obama’s call for bigger government and higher taxes. And they kept electing them last year, despite failed efforts by Democrats’ union allies to unseat incumbent Republican governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio. Today, Republican governors rule in 31 states, and the party has gained nearly 900 state legislative seats, giving it control of 30 state legislatures; Democrats hold the majority in 11, with eight split, and one (Nebraska’s) unicameral and officially nonpartisan.
Republican governors and local lawmakers push back against Obama-era progressivism with an array of pro-growth policies.
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Pradheep Shanker
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Senate Republicans appear to have failed us again.
The Senate has voted to close debate on an amendment that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, as part of a multiyear surface transportation bill. The Senate voted, 67-26, to bring debate to a close on the amendment by Sen. Mark Kirk; there will now be 30 hours of post-cloture debate time before proceeding to a vote on the amendment itself, likely...
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Failing us is the only thing the Republican leadership does well.
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Ryan Bickmore
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There is a new "made-up" word going around political circles. This word is "cuckservative" don't give into it. Don't use it. Don't engage with those who do because it will just encourage them more and give legitimacy.

Here is the main takeaway I got from this article.
This is horrifically shortsighted. It was amazing, yet unsurprising, how much agreement there was between FreedomWorks and Center for American Progress representatives during their joint summit on justice reform in DC. This wasn’t talking government spending, it was talking freedom, liberty, and getting the government out of things they shouldn’t be involved in. Rand Paul speaks at Bowie State and Howard universities and gets people nodding their heads in agreement. He’s discussing the importance of government getting out of the lives of others, not placating them or speaking about reparations. Paul is thinking long term and hopes to eventually get more conservative and libertarian African-Americans, instead of the current crop of leftists. It may take 30 to 50 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort.

This is where we need to focus when it comes to race.
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Both sides look like idiots when they do this sort of thing.  Republitards, libtards, etc, but this looks like it's specifically about conservatives using the term to describe other conservatives (i.e. rinos)

The democrats hardly ever use the term "dinos", but I see republicans using their version all the time.
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