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The Morning Spectacle: Missing You

By on 9.15.15 | 10:33AM

Keep on keeping on, guys.

In Our Sights

The last two months have brought nothing but woe for Hillary Clinton, who has been mercilessly ravaged in the polls, now dropping below 50% for the first time. Even worse? Hillary Clinton seems to be losing support among her core demographic: women who don't know better.

For Bernie Sanders, a "domestic policy," just means "giving a lot of stuff to people for free." But socialism only works until you run out of other people's money.  And with a whopping $18 trillion dollar cost for all of his "free programs," he'll run out of money pretty quickly.

Australia’s Liberal Party Ousts Abbott as PM; Malcolm Turnbull Takes Over

By on 9.14.15 | 3:54PM

If you think American politics is crazy with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump or if you think British politics is crazy with the ascension of Jeremy Corbyn at the helm of the Labour Party, they’ve got nothing on politics in Australia.

Tony Abbott, elected Prime Minister two years ago this month, was today ousted from office by his own Liberal Party caucus in favor of Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, when the Liberals were in opposition, the Liberals ousted Turnbull in favor of Abbott. The Liberals nearly ousted Abbott in February in favor of Turnbull, but Abbott survived that round. But with the government’s popularity plunging, Liberals decided to give the conservative Abbott the heave-ho in favor of the more moderate Turnbull.

Joe Biden Courting Obama Bundlers in NYC

By on 9.14.15 | 1:17PM

Joe Biden was in NYC last week, appearing on an inaugural episode of Late Night With Stephen Colbert, where Colbert not-so-subtly asked whether Biden was ready to seek his party's nomination for 2016. Actually, that's putting it mildly. Colbert all but offered up the Late Night platform for Joe Biden to outline the focus of his candidacy and beg for money (though, admittedly, the interview was pretty good).

Biden may have been cagey about his potential Presidential campaign on television, but he was far from elusive with former Obama donors, if rumors of some last-minute "schedule additions" are to be believed. The Veep's trip was a packed 28 hours - enough to talk to Colbert, and appear at rallies with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Governor Andrew Cuomo, and deliver the official remarks at Ground Zero in honor of September 11th -but he reportedly made room to meet with Robert Wolf, CEO of UBS Americas and a big-time Obama bundler in both of Obama's election cycles.

Carly Fiorina Gets the Best of Trump With “Faces” Campaign Speech

By on 9.14.15 | 11:32AM

Republican candidates have been struggling to get the "one over" on Donald Trump since he stepped into the race. Typically, the Donald doesn't worry too much about insulting his fellow potential nominees, because the ensuing struggle usually favors him, as it did over the weekend with Bobby Jindal, who got down into the mud to tangle with Trump over his stature - and Trump ended up loving it, especially the part where they traded snarky barbs on social media.

His mess with Carly Fiorina, however, has been more difficult to clean up. Although people are racing to Trump's defense, the general sentiment is that Trump's attack was personal and small-minded, surprisingly unbecoming of someone who is supposed to be a terrific communciator. Sure, we know what he thinks of women - his occasional, pre-Millennial sexism is a hallmark of his quasi-boorish persona - but this is a higher-level competition and she's a high-level competitor. 

The Morning Spectacle: Monday, Monday

By on 9.14.15 | 10:33AM

Welcome to the week, Spectators! Did you enjoy the better weather?

In Our Sights

Everyone is preparing for the debate this week, but Jeb Bush is studying extra hard - not to deflect questions about his history on education policy or his stance on immigration reform. He's rehearsing his answers to possible Donald Trump insults.

Freedomworks held their "Grassroots Summit" this past weekend, and at the end of the weekend, conducted a straw poll that one candidate ran away with, almost thirty percentage points ahead of the next candidate. No, it wasn't Trump. It was Ted Cruz.

Moses Malone, R.I.P.

By on 9.13.15 | 2:22PM

Basketball legend Moses Malone died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. 

Malone signed with the Utah Stars of the ABA out of high school in 1975. He played two seasons in the ABA - one with the Stars and one with the Spirits of St. Louis before joining the NBA. After initially signing with the Portland Trailblazers, he would be traded to the Buffalo Braves. But Malone would become part of the NBA elite when he joined the Houston Rockets in 1978 where he became the league's premier offenive rebounder. During his tenure with the Rockets, Malone would win two of his three NBA MVPs in 1979 and 1982.

Quick Get the Smelling Salts: Donald Trump Just Said Something

By on 9.13.15 | 12:51AM

The Ruling Class Conservative Media (RCCM) had better start carrying smelling salts, for they suffer from a daily case of the vapors. “Did you hear what he said now?” they ask in perpetual outrage at Donald Trump’s come-backs when he’s insulted. They’re worse than the girls at Yale. Somebody, please, get them a safe room.

So it was predictable that when Rolling Stone revealed certain unflattering comments that Trump made about Carly Fiorina, that the RCCM would fall all over themselves to see who could express the most righteous outrage.

Big Papi Hits 500th Career Home Run

By on 9.12.15 | 10:34PM

Congratulations to David Ortiz for hitting his 500th career home run tonight. He did so in the Boston Red Sox 10-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

It was Big Papi's second homer of the evening. He hit 499 in the first inning off Rays starter Matt Moore. Ortiz would also take Moore deep for number 500. Of his 500 dingers, 442 have come with the Red Sox who he has been with since 2003. Ortiz is third on the Red Sox all-time HR list behind only Carl Yastrzemski (452) and Ted Williams (521). The other 58 came with the Minnesota Twins. Papi began his big league career with the Twins late in the 1997 season. He is the 27th player in MLB history to belt at least 500 career home runs. 

This season Ortiz has 34 home runs. It is the ninth time in his big league career he has hit 30 or more home runs in a season. He also has 95 RBI in 2015 will likely reach 100 RBI for the ninth time in his career. 

Perry Suspends Presidential Campaign

By on 9.11.15 | 8:06PM

And then there were 16.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced the suspension of his presidential campaign.

Although he gave a good account of himself on last month's undercard debate, he was overshadowed by Carly Fiorina. Money also proved difficult to come by.

No doubt Republicans still remember his lacklustre 2012 White House bid. Although he warned Republicans that Donald Trump would destroy the party his efforts fell on deaf ears. Perry may prove to be the proverbial canary in a coal mine.