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Poll of the Day: Cory Gardner Up 7 on Mark Udall

By on 10.30.14 | 1:48PM

Yesterday, the news broke that Scott Walker had pulled way ahead in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race, as either independents broke for the Republican or Wisconsin simply gave up on believing Mary Burke was ever a viable candidate, given that even her family tried to oust her from a position of leadership in their own company. Today, comes news that upstart Republican Cory Gardner may finally break the back of The Blueprint - the plan by high-level Democratic donors to turn Colorado blue and keep it that way - as he pulls seven points ahead of Sen. Mark Udall in the latest Quinnipiac poll.

The clock is ticking on Democratic incumbent Mark Udall as another poll shows him behind Republican challenger Cory Gardner in Colorado’s important U.S. Senate race.

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My Scott Walker Article Discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio

By on 10.30.14 | 1:25PM

My article from earlier this week in which I argued that Republicans should nominate Scott Walker as the GOP standard bearer in 2016 should he win re-election next week was discussed on Wisconsin Public Radio on Tuesday.

The program in question was The Joy Cardin Show. Cardin was discussing the Wisconsin gubernatorial election with her guest Mordecai Lee, a former Democrat state legislator who is a Professor of Governmental Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Michael Bay Might Make a Movie About Benghazi

By on 10.30.14 | 12:41PM

Fresh off the latest Transformers movie, Michael Bay, it seems, is looking for a more serious film project. Thankfully, a serious project is in the works at Paramount pictures: a movie about the Benghazi incident that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya, based on Mitchell Zukoff's book 13 Hours

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Bay feels he's up to the challenge of turning a complex political event that deserves the utmost respect into a major motion picture blockbuster, mostly made up of giant explosions strung together with a mediocre plot.

In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama.

Bay is in negotiations to direct 13 Hours, the adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s book about the attack on an American compound in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead.

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Cosmo’s Male Models Will Escort You to the Polls

By on 10.30.14 | 11:37AM

Cosmopolitan, clearly NOT content to keep their #CosmoVotes initiative squarely within the two-dimensional realm, has expanded their Get Out the Vote campaign to include a party bus full of shirtless male models who, because there is clearly nothing less insulting to the female intelligence, will escort North Carolina's women voters to the polls

Because, obviously.

Women’s magazine Cosmopolitan is sending a “party bus” with models to North Carolina State University next week to take students to and from the polls on Election Day.

The bus is part of a contest won by the university, and the latest in Cosmo’s foray into political coverage. This year, the magazine endorsed candidates in 10 races — all Democrats — based on their views on abortion, contraception, and equal pay.

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Bumgarner Pitches Giants to 3rd World Series Championship in 5 Years

By on 10.30.14 | 12:02AM

The San Francisco Giants have done it again. They beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. The Giants also won World Series titles in 2010 and 2012. This is the first time a National League team has done this the St. Louis Cardinals pulled it off in 1942, 1944 and 1946. 

Two days removed from throwing a complete game, four hit shutout, Madison Bumgarner came on in the fifth inning and threw five more shutout innings. The Royals did make it exciting with one out remaining when Alex Gordon singled and advanced to third on a error by Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco. But Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop out to Pablo Sandoval to put an end to the Royals' Cinderella season. Could this be Sandoval's last moment in a Giants uniform? He will be a free agent and would look good in a Red Sox uniform. 

But the night belonged to MadBum who earned three of the four Giants' wins. He only gave up one run in 21 innings pitched. Although Hunter Pence went 12 for 26 during the Series, it was a no-brainer to name Bumgarner World Series MVP. MadBum, of course, also won the NLCS MVP. 

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Walker Surges to Seven Point Lead Over Burke in WI

By on 10.29.14 | 4:43PM

Over the past several months, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democrat challenger Mary Burke have been in a dogfight. Two weeks ago, a Marquette poll had the two tied at 47% apiece among likely voters. But now the latest Marquette poll has Walker leading Burke by seven points (50% to 43%) with the election less than a week away.

This is because Republicans are more likely to turn out for Walker than Democrats and independents are for Burke. This is a consequence of Burke's unfavorability rating going up.

Could this poll be an outlier? Maybe, but as John McCormack of The Weekly Standard explains:

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Kim Jong Un Executed 10 People for Watching Soap Operas

By on 10.29.14 | 4:32PM

Kim Jong Un has returned from his short absence (intelligence authorities now believe he had a substitute dictator as he recovered from had ankle surgery), and those who flouted his authority while he was unable to properly discipline them are paying the price. Ten North Korean officials have reportedly been executed because they tuned in to some South Korean soap operas to pass the time. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seeking to erase the remaining influence of his dead uncle, executing about 10 senior Workers’ Party officials on charges from graft to watching South Korean soap operas, according to an aide to a South Korean lawmaker.

The deaths by shooting are part of Kim’s latest round of purges, said Lim Dae Sung, a secretary to ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo who attended a briefing at the National Intelligence Service yesterday in Seoul.

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Malala Donates $50,000 to UNRWA to Rebuild Palestinian Schools

By on 10.29.14 | 1:07PM

Malala Yousafzai, co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, has donated $50,000 to rebuild Palestinian schools in Gaza that sustained damage during this past summer's escalation in conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The $50,000 is from the World's Childrens Prize she received in Stockholm and all of it will be going to the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) which works exclusively with Palestinian refugees. Unlike refugees from the rest of the world who flee their countries of origin to escape imprisonment or death, Palestinian refugee status passes from generation to generation and one never need to set foot in Gaza or the West Bank to be considered a Palestinian refugee.

Needless to say UNRWA was delighted with this development and posted Malala's remarks concerning the donation:

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Cosmo Empowers Women to Vote With Shirtless Male Rapper Video

By on 10.29.14 | 12:12PM

Back in August, Cosmopolitan, the magazine women can count on to deliver their monthly, non-ironic quota of self-esteem cracking diet tips alongside endless articles about how the culture pressures women to be skinny and perfect, decided that it was going to make a foray into politics. After all, if there was anything women needed to help them break into the Patriarchical political system, it was a tome partially devoted to instructing women on how to perform bizarre and humiliating sex acts (MAJOR content warning on that link, obviously). Of course, as Cosmo told Politico, their audience of low-information female voters have to get their political advice from somewhere, so it may as well be from the magazine they read in the hour or so it takes for their hair color to set.

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The Most Overwrought Ad This Year?

By on 10.29.14 | 10:27AM

Democrats and liberal organizations have put out a lot of hyperbolic, hyperventilating ads this year...almost all related to birth control, since they don't actually have a positive agenda to run on. This matches my predictions of several months ago...{patting self on back}.

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