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Trump Leads in New Poll: Frustrates Media Narrative

By 10.8.15

The New York Times says Donald Trump is toast, running this headline: 

Donald Trump’s Bombast Seems to Be Wearing Out Its Welcome 

No sooner was that story published than a quite different story appeared, generating this headline only hours later on CNN:  

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lead in swing state polling

The CNN story was a report on a brand new Quinnipiac poll that reports in detail on Trump’s standing as follows: 

FBI May Have Located Another Backup Server for Hillary Clinton’s Email

By on 10.7.15 | 4:01PM

Hillary Clinton may have thought that by hiring a small-time data firm twelve states away from where she lived was the key to keeping Republicans from scanning through her email, but the FBI wasn't dumb enough to stop at a single backup server. 

A second private technology company, Datto, based in Connecticut, also, apparently, has several months or weeks (or, perhaps, even years) worth of Hillary Clinton's backup data. That means that even though Platte River, her original company, may have deleted all remaining information off her basement server, there might still be some record of at least part of her server use. 

The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.

Speaker of the House Race Belongs to No One (Yet)

By on 10.7.15 | 3:14PM

There are several House Republicans vying for the Speaker slot, but none of them have cornered the market, reportedly, on enough votes to boost them into the top slot. 

The three frontrunners, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA.., House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT ., and Rep. Daniel Webster, R-FL ., all have strong bids, it seems, but before they're allowed to hold a vote, the three must sell themselves to the House conservative committees, all of whom have their own variety act for the next Speaker to perform in order to win their endorsement. So far, the crowd isn't impressed with anyone, at least according to key voters. 

Conservatives emerged from a late Tuesday night gathering in which they questioned a trio of candidates to be the next House speaker, only to report that none of the three has likely secured the support of the 218 Republicans needed to win when the election takes place Oct. 29.

Joe Biden Reportedly Leaked Beau Biden’s Dying Wish Himself

By on 10.6.15 | 12:23PM

You'll nary hear me utter an unkind word about Joe Biden - after all, the man is a silver fox - but the time is drawing close where I'm going to have to adjust how I feel about the man who haunts my dreams with his yellow corvette, his REO Speedwagon, his aviator sunglasses, and his kegs of Natty Lite, since it seems, more and more, like he'll join the race for President.

Joe Biden will likely wait until after the first Democratic Presidential debate, to see how badly Hillary fares and to capitalize on the public's abject terror at having Bernie Sanders, a man who's hairdo is inspired by electroshock victims, as their nominee, but Biden has already floated Elizabeth Warren as Veep, and now it turns out, he's been laying groundwork for his emotional appeal for some time. According to a special report by POLITICO, it was Joe Biden himself who leaked word that his son, Beau Biden's, dying wish was that Joe run for President.

Joe Biden has been making his 2016 deliberations all about his late son since August.

The Morning Spectacle: Ridin’ With Biden

By on 10.6.15 | 10:30AM

Good morning, Spectators! Have you missed the Morning Spectacle? Well, it's back and better than ever!

In Our Sights

Joe Biden is still weighing whether to get into the race (he'll probably keep weighing it until after Hillary fails the first debate), but he's already floating potential Veeps, including Chief Takes-a-Lot, Elizabeth Warren (D-$8.5M Net Worth). 

Hillary Clinton showed up on Good Morning America this morning all, "HILLARY ANGRY, HILLARY SMASH," hitting at Kevin McCarthy's . statements about Benghazi affecting her poll numbers. In fairness, though, she was already angry, having just seen them

The Hillary Watch

Hillary, Guns, and Planned Parenthood

By 10.6.15

Ya gotta hand it to Hillary. So gutsy.

As written up over there in Tucker Carlson’s the Daily Caller the headline of her boldness was put thusly: 

Hillary Clinton Blames NRA For Mass Shootings

But of course she does! Said Hillary:

“It is infuriating. Every time there is another massacre, Republicans and the NRA, ‘now is not the time to talk about guns.’ Yes it is. But more than talk, it is time to act. But Republicans keep refusing to do anything to protect our communities. They put the NRA ahead of American families. It is wrong and we need to make every politician who sides with them to look into the eyes of parents whose children have been murdered and explain why they listen to the gun lobbyists instead.”

When Hillary Clinton is President, She’ll Use Her Pen and Phone…On Your Guns

By on 10.5.15 | 4:31PM

Hillary Clinton is desperate to get on the gun-grabbing bandwagon because its the only place she can feel truly to the left of Bernie Sanders (who has expressed support for gun rights in the past), for the moment anyway.

Aaron talked about it this morning, but suffice it to say, Hillary has been over herself all weekend, trying to prove to progressive that once she's fully minted in the position of Commander in Chief, her top priority will be grabbing the nation's guns and hosting a mass meltdown on the White House lawn. And if Congress won't help her because they're too far into the pockets of the NRA, well, she'll use her pen and her phone, and she'll take those guns by force, and by executive order

The proposal most likely to generate controversy is using executive action to close the so-called gun show loophole, if efforts to pass new measures in Congress do not succeed, according to a campaign aide to Mrs. Clinton, who asked for anonymity to lay out the plans before the candidate does…

McCarthy and Bush Tagged by Bad Quotes or Bad Journalism?

By on 10.5.15 | 1:56PM

Friday, everyone from the New Yorker to the White House was in a tizzy over comments Jeb Bush made about the Oregon community college shooting at a campaign event. Apparently, according to reporter Ryan Lizza, who was at the event, Jeb Bush . took a casual moment away from his campaign speech to address the tragic event with the words, "stuff happens."

Carly Fiorina Wastes Hillary Clinton in NBC News Iowa Poll

By on 10.5.15 | 1:03PM

This morning, Hillary Clinton asked reporters "who can be more of an outsider than a woman President?"

Apparently, voters agree, at least in Iowa. Just not with Hillary on which woman that is, exactly. Today's NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll shows Carly Fiorina . leading Hillary Clinton among likely voters in Iowa by a striking fourteen points

That bears strongly for Carly even amongst her Republican peers. A showing against Clinton makes her an asset for a final ticket even if her uptick fades. She's showing signs of staying in the race, and as a formidable opponent. 

Hillary Takes Shot at Bernie With Gun Control Proposals

By on 10.5.15 | 12:35PM

Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil a four point gun control plan today in New Hampshire. The proposals include a) take executive action if Congress fails to close the gun show and Internet sales loophole b) tighten existing background checks c) Bar domestic abusers from buying and possessing firearms and d) remove liability protection from gun manufacturers.

The final proposal is a specific dig at Bernie Sanders as he voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005 which gave gun manufacturers immunity from liability while then Senator Clinton voted against the bill.