Politics

Donald Trump Is Running for President

By on 6.16.15 | 12:36PM

So this is a thing that is happening

The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office.

"So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again," Trump told the crowd, in a lengthy and meandering speech that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, as well as taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side.

"Sadly the American dream is dead," Trump said at the end of his speech, promising to bring it back to life with his run.

Just over four years after he came closer than ever to launching a campaign before bowing out, Trump made his announcement at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, laying out a vision to match his incoming campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

Obama Administration “Bans” Trans Fats

By on 6.16.15 | 11:39AM

Our obesity epidemic is over. 

Although the science of "trans fats" being ultimately responsible for Americans' untimely deaths and need for double airplane seats is questionable at best, and banning trans fats has become something of a backbench issue to other more pressing anti-science health concerns, like whether genetically modified organisims are, indeed, ruining our very molecular makeup, the Obama Administration took the drastic step of "banning" trans fats through the FDA, giving producers three years to phase out all trans fat use. 

The Obama administration is making good on its pledge to all but ban trans fat nationwide.

The FDA issued a final decision Tuesday that gives the food industry three years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, which are still used in a wide variety of products from microwave popcorn to cake frosting.

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Donald Trump and the American Dream

By 6.16.15

Donald Trump will be announcing for president today, according to a source close to the Trump camp.

Apparently, the conventional wisdom that Trump was just making presidential noises because he always does turned out to be…well….flat wrong.

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Trump has released papers showing his net worth to be $9 billion. A release that is being made in anticipation of his announcement today. Apparently the conventional wisdom over the years that had people either insisting he wasn’t really a billionaire at all (as did a New York Times “business reporter” who quoted anonymous sources insisting Trump was “not remotely close to being a billionaire”) or worth a paltry $4.1 billion (as Forbes magazine does this minute) were…well…flat wrong.

Bernie Sanders Tags Hillary On Trade

By on 6.15.15 | 6:03PM

Bernie Sanders is surging ahead in a bunch of inconsequential states, but that hasn't stopped the Ron Paul of the left from taking potshots at the presumptive frontrunner, who is trying to co-opt his populist rhetoric to sell Americans on a third Clinton term. 

Barack Obama’s Weekend Was Better Than Yours

By on 6.15.15 | 3:03PM

It was wheels up this morning for Michelle Obama as she undertakes a First Lady goodwill mission to Europe with her two daughters and her mother. The White House has not provided an agenda for the trip, which will take the group through the UK and Italy, but will include the 2015 Expo Milano, an international Worlds Fair of food centered around Italian products that is basically the best thing anyone has encountered in the history of ever. If you're keeping count, this is vacation number 40 for the First Lady.

Before she took off, however, she got quite the send-off from her husband and 499 of her closest friends. This weekend, as you were slogging out your storm drains and mowing the lawn down to a manageable level, the Obamas were enjoying a private concert and event featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and Prince.

Jeb Bush is “Making a Difference” In His First Campaign Video

By on 6.15.15 | 12:03PM

When they made this ad, I think, Jeb Bush still assumed he had it all in the bag. With that interpretation of his campaign deader than a Game of Thrones main character in a season finale, the ad seems either way too early or way too late to be effective. 

Or, I could just be biased because it's a Jeb Bush ad. I report, you decide. 

The ad's primary focus is, of course, Jeb Bush's middle-of-the-road-ness, a quality that Jeb has embraced from the beginning. And why not? It's not as though he could run to the right of Ted Cruz and look authentic. He's got a record a mile long and a brother and father who've at least influenced his political leanings. Instead, he's Jeb Bush the problem solver, Jeb Bush the guy children love unconditionally, Jeb Bush the man who will embrace America in a big bear hug and give them a chocolate milk and tell them not to worry their precious little heads because everything is going to be just fine. 

Hillary Clinton Releases Campaign Platform, Playlist

By on 6.15.15 | 11:51AM

Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run for President a second time on Saturday, with a long platform speech on New York's Roosevelt Island.

Apparently, we're supposed to think of Hillary as a fighter, a caricature of herself that she drove home time and again throughout her speech with stories about her mother, her upbringing in a posh northwest suburb of Chicago, and her efforts to crash through the glass ceiling on the coattails of her husband.

Hillary Clinton used the first major rally of her second run for the White House Saturday to make a populist case for her presidential campaign, declaring that the goal of her presidency would be to tip the nation's economic scales back toward the middle class's favor.

Clinton used her gender to cast her candidacy as historic and forward-looking. And she used the story of her mother, Dorothy Rodham, to show that she understands the challenges of climbing out of poverty...

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Five Reasons Why Republicans Won’t Nominate Jeb Bush

By 6.15.15

Today marks the entry of Jeb Bush into the 2016 Republican presidential race. Although the former Florida governor has instant name recognition and vast resources, they will not be enough for Republicans to pick him as their nominee for the White House. I believe this to be so for the following five reasons.

1. Illegal Immigration is Act of Love

At a town hall meeting in April 2014, Bush told Shannon Beam of the Fox News Channel the following about illegal immigration, “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”

Suffice it to say there many conservatives who do not view illegal immigration as an act of love nor an act of commitment to one’s family. No doubt there are many conservatives who would like to see border crossing from Mexico to the United States be treated as a felony under the law.

Iowa GOP Kills the Straw Poll

By on 6.12.15 | 12:48PM

The Iowa GOP may still insist that it's first-in-the-nation caucus is a national trendsetter when it comes to predicting the Presidential nominee, but at least they've now, finally, admitted that the Iowa Straw Poll, the yearly also-first-in-the-nation event that forced Presidential contenders to drag their entire staffs into broiling hot cornfields in the middle of August to compete for the love of self-obsessed Iowa politicos, Ethanol lobbyists and farmers we pay not to grow anything, has outlived its usefulness.

Thanks to a few key candidates who failed to express the requisite interest in the August event, the Iowa GOP has voted to cancel it for this year, at least. It may be back in the future, but for now, the Iowa straw poll is no more.

The Iowa Straw Poll is dead, leaving a heavier burden on winnowing an oversized GOP presidential field on Iowans who will cast the nation's first votes in February in the caucuses.

Obama Admin Wants ‘Economic Diversity’ for Wealthy Neighborhoods

By on 6.11.15 | 6:00PM

The City of Chicago has an interesting Section 8 philosophy that mandates apartment buildings — even the really fancy ones — have a certain number of abodes set aside to serve as Section 8 housing. It's not a bothersome provision — most of the Section 8 tenents are perfectly nice, and the apartments are doled out through a lottery system to preserve at least a sense of fairness — but it's always interesting to note that there's a certain, unidentifiable, percentage of your neighbors who don't pay very much for an apartment you often conisder selling your organs on the black market to afford. 

If the Obama Administration has its way, a similar program will expand from just high-cost high rise apartments to wealthy neighborhoods. A new HUD rule, due out this month, is supposed to suggest what critics are calling a "utopian vision" of HUD's equal opportunity housing plan: granting money to organizations to put up "affordable housing" in traditionally affluent neighborhoods. 

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