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Ted Cruz Smoked Pot in High School

By on 2.4.15 | 11:44AM

I feel like this has been the week where Presidential contenders drop information about themselves that they feel to be controversial. After all, with the advent of the Internet, October surprises have gotten lamer and lamer, and it's best to get the real stuff out of the way when everyone is fully obsessed with, say, Rand Paul's somewhat-incoherent position on the potential for vaccine injuries. 

Ted Cruz, fearing that the limelight had left his little corner of the high school auditorium, decided this morning to announce that, this one time, at band camp, he tried marijuana. And like the clean-cut 1950s sitcom child he was and is, he hated it and never smoked it again.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, known for brandishing his staunchly conservative views, coughed up to smoking marijuana as a teenager, NBC News has confirmed.

A spokesperson told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that the potential 2016 presidential candidate tried it in his teens, but did not elaborate on how many times.

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Dead Argentine Prosecutor Drew Up Arrest Warrant for President Fernandez-Kirchner

By on 2.4.15 | 11:20AM

The death of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman has taken another twist.

A draft of an arrest warrant for Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Foreign Minister Nestor Timerman and several other top government officials was found in a trash can in Nisman's apartment. It should be noted these warrants did not make it into the Nisman's final report.

These revelations come only days after an Argentinian judge declined to hear allegations that Kirchner made a deal with Iran to subvert the investigation into the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires which claimed the lives of 85 people.

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King Abdullah Vows to Go All Clint Eastwood on ISIS; Krauthammer Advises Caution

By on 2.4.15 | 10:08AM

In response to the ISIS video showing Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive, Jordan has hung two terrorists including Sajida al-Rishawi who was involved the Amman hotel bombings in November 2005.

Jordan had previously been willing to release al-Rishawi in exchange for al-Kaseasbeh. However, Jordan demanded proof of life and the deal went south. It turns out that al-Kaseasbeh was killed on January 3rd.

King Abdullah was in Washington yesterday meeting with President Obama and Congressional leaders when the video was released. According to GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter, Jr., King Abdullah vowed revenge against ISIS and quoted lines from the Clint Eastwood movie Unforgiven.

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It Isn’t Easy Being Stupid

By on 2.3.15 | 7:23PM

A nine-year-old boy has been suspended from the fourth grade of his Odessa, Texas government school for telling a classmate that he could make the classmate disappear through the use of a magic ring.

This flight of childish fancy was animated by Alden Steward, the malefactor in this case, having recently seen The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, and obviously having been charmed by it. No character in the movie warned Alden not to try this at home, let alone at school. 

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Why I Am Concerned About Sudden Resignation of Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister

By on 2.3.15 | 3:56PM

John Baird, who has served in cabinet since Stephen Harper's Conservatives came to power in Canada in 2006 and has been Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2011, resigned suddenly today during a speech in the House of Commons.

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Harper Lee to Publish First Novel in 55 Years

By on 2.3.15 | 3:08PM

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will publish her first novel since Mockingbird became a Pullitzer Prize sensation in 1960 this July.

The book is titled Go Set a Watchman and although Scout Finch is an adult in this book, it was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee said that when she had submitted Go Set a Watchman the publisher was more interested in a story set with Scout as a young girl. The rest is literary history.

The manuscript was believed to have been lost, but was discovered last year by Lee's attorney.

Although Lee has gone more than half a century between publishing books, she hasn't been a total recluse. On occasion, Lee has accepted awards such as when President Bush awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. However, she has long declined to speak in public. Lee will turn 89 in April.

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Note to GOP Candidates: Stop Talking About Vaccines

By on 2.3.15 | 2:12PM

Look, I'm not here to argue the merits of vaccination policy. Frankly, I tend to think that all kids should be vaccinated against illnesses that I only know about because my 8-bit characters died from them on Oregon Trail, but there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the great "vaccine debate" we seem to be having in this country thanks to some people who decided to pack measles in their carry-ons when they visited DisneyLand. 

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Hillary Clinton Will Campaign With The Hipsters

By on 2.3.15 | 1:42PM

From the haircut right down to the cankles, there isn't much about Hillary Clinton that can rightfully be considered "cool." But the first order of business for Camp Hillary, ahead of actually announcing her intention to run for the Democratic nomination, is to change all that - by relocating her as-yet-to-exist campaign headquarters to Brooklyn, where all the cool kids and their locally-sourced vegan non-dairy, environmentally compassionate brunch places are. 

According to The Hill, campaign staff have been seen canvassing the hip borough for office space, and may, in fact, be planning to head up Hillary 2016 from some art loft space over an Urban Outfitters just to be close to the people they so desperately need to impress.

Insiders say Clinton aides are looking at Brooklyn as a possible location, and that an office in White Plains, near the Clintons’s Chappaqua, N.Y., home, has been all but ruled out.  

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Captured Jordanian Pilot Reportedly Burned Alive by ISIS; Will Jordan Now Hang Its ISIS Prisoners?

By on 2.3.15 | 1:24PM

Muath al-Kasaesbeh, the Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS last December, has been reportedly burned alive on an ISIS video.

This news comes less than a week after Jordan offered to trade Sajida al-Rishawi, a female bomber involved in terror attacks on several hotels in Amman in November 2005, in exchange for al-Kasaebeh.

But things went south when Jordan demanded proof that al-Kasaebeh was still alive. When this proof wasn't forthcoming, Jordan then threatened to hang all its ISIS captives.

Now that al-Kasaebeh appears to be dead will Jordan follow through on its threats against ISIS?

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Dave Bergman, R.I.P.

By on 2.3.15 | 12:59PM

Former big league first baseman, outfielder and DH Dave Bergman passed away yesterday of bile duct cancer. He was 61.

Originally a second round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 1974, he played a handful of games with them in 1975 and 1977 before being traded to the Houston Astros. Bergman would remain in Houston until early in the 1981 season when he and Jeff Leonard were traded to the San Francisco Giants for Mike Ivie.

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