Grizzly bears may no longer be listed as an endangered species, which is opening the door to allowing them to be legally hunted. The number of grizzlies in the wild has increased rapidly since the 1970s, and now scientists are considering changing the animal's status. This, however, is still quite controversial.
Now scientists are at a crossroads: Some biologists say that the grizzlies’ numbers are robust and that it is time to remove the most stringent protections for the bears, “delisting” them under the species act, which among other consequences means they would probably be hunted again for sport. That prospect disturbs even those in favor of lifting the restrictions.
Citing the grizzly’s recovery in the wild country in and around Yellowstone, the Fish and Wildlife Service tried to delist the bear in 2007. Environmentalists sued, and a federal court forced officials to redo an analysis of the future of the whitebark pine tree, whose nuts are an important food for the bears.
It'll be curious to see how this plays out. Stay tuned...
UN Inserts Itself in Flint Water Investigation, Says Racism, Class Discrimination to Blame
Wednesday, May 4
By Leah Barkoukis
The United Nations may weigh in on the investigation of Flint’s contaminated drinking water after human rights experts in Switzerland said racism and class discrimination played major roles in the crisis.
The U.N. human rights office in Geneva called on authorities to draw up a “human rights complaint strategy” to address the crisis, a day ahead of a planned visit by President Obama to the Michigan city to talk with residents and local officials.
Experts in the U.N. office say the human rights complaint could be lodged in order to ensure that other U.S. municipalities don’t make the same mistakes that local, state and federal officials made in handling Flint’s water supply needs, which has left residents dealing with the health impact of lead-contaminated water.
“Decisions would never have been made in the high-handed and cavalier manner that occurred in Flintif the affected population group was well-off or overwhelmingly white,” Philip Alston, the U.N.Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said in a statement Tuesday.
“Elected officials would have been much more careful, there would have been a timely response to complaints rather than summary dismissals of concerns, and official accountability would have been insisted upon much sooner,” he continued.
“The fact that Flint residents have not had regular access to safe drinking water and sanitation since April 2014 is a potential violation of their human rights,” said Leo Heller, the U.N.’s top expert on the right to safe drinking water. “Serious problems reported on water quality, particularly high concentrations of lead, are also concerning human rights issues.”
Gov. Rick Snyder is hoping that President Obama will drink Flint’s water during his visit to prove to residents that it’s safe to drink when filtered.
“We are hopeful the president will drink the water in Flint, to help reinforce Gov. Snyder’s actions and the EPA’s message that filtered Flint water is safe to drink,” Snyder spokeswoman Anna Heaton told The Huffington Post.
Unfiltered water is still not safe to drink, however.
Trump: I'll Probably Go 'Political Route' For My VP Pick
Wednesday, May 4
By Leah Barkoukis
When Sen. Ted Cruz decided to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate last week, many began wondering who Trump would choose as his. Now, with the Texas senator out of the race and the real estate mogul the presumptive GOP nominee, speculation over his vice presidential pick is mounting.
While Trump still refuses to name names just yet, noting that it’s “too soon,” he did say on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday that he will “probably go the political route.”
“I think a lot of people are talking about certain names, and certainly those are the names we're thinking of, maybe the obvious ones, but I will say I probably will go the political route,” he said.
Given that he has the business talents, Trump said that picking someone political would help him navigate areas he’s not as well versed in.
His pick, he explained, will be “somebody that can help me with legislation and somebody that can help me get things passed and somebody who’s been friends with senators and congressman so we don’t have to go the executive order route as much as Obama did where he can’t get anything approved.”
Some of the names pundits have put forth as possible vice presidential picks include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Jeff Sessions, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, among others.
Humans of New York Features Megyn Kelly And Her Husband
Wednesday, May 4
By Christine Rousselle
Blog/art project Humans of New York, which profiles people--both celebrities and average Joes--in or around New York City, published a cute story on Instagram about Megyn Kelly and her husband, Douglas Brunt.
The story, narrated by Brunt, details the couple's first date and first kiss--which were under some pretty unusual circumstances. The picture of the couple was taken at the Met Gala.
A photo posted by Humans of New York (@humansofny) on
A very sweet story. It's nice to see the "human side" of media figures and other celebrities.
Top 10 Trump Campaign Moments
Wednesday, May 4
By Justin Holcomb
1. America Does't Have Victories Anymore
In the beginning, Donald Trump came out of no where and caught the attention of millions with a bold press conference announcing his candidacy. He was not afraid to admit truths and blame the true culprits for the woes and mistakes of the last quarter century, the GOP establishment.
2. I Like People That Weren't Captured
Trump proved he was not afraid to take on even the most elite Republicans like John McCain. He made sure that Washington, D.C. heard the people's voice loud and clear and redefined winning.
3. Denying to Take 'The Pledge'
Denying to take 'the pledge' proved that Trump was not going to play by the GOP's archaic rules and regulations, and the American people knew it.
4. Low Energy
The equivalent of haymaker from Mike Tyson, Trump put Jeb Bush and the entire Bush family on their backs with one blow and it was only a matter of time before the referee reached the count of ten.
5. The Rally in Mobile, Alabama
The media said the people were only there to see a 'show' or see a famous person. They said it was just a small faction of disaffected right wing extremists who did not represent the rest of the country. This eventually proved to be one of the underlying critical mistakes of the establishment.
6. Temporarily Ban Muslims from Entering the United States
Trump told the rest of the world, time to back off! In one small statement, Trump revitalized the blessing it is to be an American citizen.
7. Mr. Trump, Are You Batman?
After landing his helicopter in the middle of the Iowa fairgrounds, Trump gave rides to a group of children and showed a more human side, rather than the cut-throat New York deal maker that we had come to know.
8. The Fall of Jeb!
9. Its Rubio!
Trump built up his opponent Marco Rubio, filling his head with false ambitions that he would be able to overtake the front runner. And with the flick of his finger, he knocked 'Little Marco' off the map and admonished him from the primary race.
The 2016 Republican primary contest was over on the night of March 15. Trump had closed the door in the south, and would eventually go on to close out everything east of the Mississippi.
Much like the false promises of the Republican party, Ted Cruz followed the phantom light of hope by winning a few midwestern states which turned out to be a curse rather than a cure. He turned his back on New York in an attempt to win South Carolina, which he lost, therefore turning his back on other states in the North.
In each and every fleeting moment, we were reminded that Donald Trump fights for what he believes in at all costs. Maybe that is the kind of thinking this country needs.
Kasich Campaign Vows to Stay in Race
Wednesday, May 4
By Leah Barkoukis
Almost everyone has accepted that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee after Tuesday’s win in Indiana. Everyone, that is, except Gov. John Kasich.
In a Facebook note posted on Tuesday, the Ohio governor’s campaign said it has no plans to bow out of the race unless Trump reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the convention.
“Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention,” the note states, pointing out the differences between Kasich’s “positive, inclusive approach” and Trump’s “disrespectful ramblings.”
The note goes on to provide five reasons why Kasich is not giving up: he can win a contested convention; he is the only Republican that can win in November; he offers the country a “refreshing choice of hope, inclusion and conservative reform”; since the future of America and the GOP are at stake, he’s not giving up; and finally, he has the qualifications needed to be the next president.
“This is the stark choice that confronts Republicans between now and when a nominee is chosen in Cleveland. Gov. Kasich looks forward to continuing to compete with Donald Trump in the upcoming primaries through California on June 7th,” the note concludes.
It's On: Hillary Clinton Immediately Begins Fundraising Off Trump's Win In Indiana
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
Folks, 2016 primary season is pretty much over, and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have emerged as the prohibitive favorites for the Democratic and Republican nominations for president respectively. Trump trounced Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) earlier Tuesday night. The Hoosier State was the last stand for the Cruz campaign, which had recently picked Carly Fiorina to be Cruz’s running mate days prior to Election Day. It was a Hail Mary that failed. Now, Hillary Clinton is tweeting that Trump is the “presumptive” nominee, and has actively begun fundraising off his win.
Clinton is banking heavily on the overwhelming demographic advantage Democrats have heading into November, but things have been unpredictable since Trump has entered the race. In a crowded field of Republicans who were either in politics or business, all of whom with much more political experience than Trump, who thought this bombastic and capricious billionaire could steamroll everyone with such ease in a matter of months. He’s spent almost nothing compared to his rivals, while earning $2 billion on free media. Certainly his Republican challengers did not, many of whom not having serious opposition research divisions to look into the real estate magnate since they thought he would fizzle out. That wasn’t the case.
Yes, Trump has appalling numbers with women voters. If they maintain, this election will be a disaster for Republicans, some already think it is with his pathway now cleared to clinch 1,237 delegates. But all is not lost. Given the unpredictable nature of this election year, former Mike Huckabee communications director, Hogan Gidley, said a week ago that in the past three instances where Trump and Clinton went after one another—Trump emerged as the victor. He admitted that when he invoked the women’s card to attack Clinton after dominating the I-95 primaries was a bad move. It’s gender-specific, and plays into the misogyny games liberals love to play with conservatives. But saying that Hillary is “crooked” doesn’t fall into that category. In fact, he noted that’s how many Americans feel about her, including Sanders supporters. Lastly, when Hillary came after Trump for being sexist, Hidley said Trump responded by saying she some nerve attacking him for that, given her marriage to Bill. The whole conversation then turned into whether Bill Clinton was “fair game” to attack this cycle.
The man knows how to work the media, while Clinton knows how to avoid them like the plague. When it comes to fighting Trump, she can’t do that.
Ted Cruz Ends Presidential Ambitions, But Declares He’ll Continue To Defend The Constitution
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
As Christine noted earlier this evening, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the conservative’s conservative, has ended his presidential ambitions after devastating defeat to billionaire Donald Trump. Trump had momentum after his decisive victories in the Acela Corridor primaries, which only further increased his significant delegate lead.
As former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina took the stage to introduce the senator, she said that both she and Cruz had “fallen in love” with the Hoosier state.
This is a man who favors substance over sloganeering. Who favors respect over insult. Who favors positive policy solutions over hand waving,” she added.
Upon taking the stage, Cruz delivered his usual anecdote about his family’s roots, the story about his father’s very humble beginnings, and how the dividends reaped from fleeing Cuba was allowing him to cast a ballot for his son running for the highest political office in the land. Then, came the bombshell, where the conservative fighter said, “from the beginning I've said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight, I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
‘‘Together, we left it all on the field of Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path, and so with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign,” he added.
Yet, just because Cruz’s presidential ambitions are over, does not mean he’s finished fighting for liberty and constitutional principles.
“I am not suspending our fight for liberty, to defend the Constitution,” he said. “I will continue this fight with all of my strength and all of my ability.”
The state seemed tailor made for Cruz, given the large evangelical population and scores of high-income, college educated conservatives that break for Cruz, though Trump also had strength with the state’s white working class voter bloc. Moreover, Trump, according to ABC News early exits, showed that 70 percent of Republican voters were worried about the economic heath and direction of the country; Trump tends to do well in states where that level of dissatisfaction is high. Also, 60 percent of Indiana voters wanted a political outsider, another check in the Trump column (via FiveThirtyEight):
In many respects, Indiana should be a terrific state for the Cruz/Carly Fiorina pre-ticket. Indiana has the highest share of evangelical Protestants of any state yet to vote — 31 percent — which is 9 percentage points higher than in Wisconsin, the site of Cruz’s last triumph. In the 2012 GOP primary, the state’s GOP voters toppled Sen. Richard Lugar, a 36-year moderate fixture, in favor of Cruz’s fellow Tea Party purist Richard Mourdock. (Though Mourdock lost the general election to a Democrat, Joe Donnelly.) And like Wisconsin, Indiana has a robust population of well-educated, high-income conservatives — types that have favored Cruz — particularly in the northern Indianapolis suburbs.
However, here’s why Indiana could be an even better Trump state: It boasts the highest share of manufacturing jobs in the country. From steel mills on the shores of Lake Michigan to the medical device hub of Warsaw, to Elkhart, the “RV capital of the world,” Indiana’s blue-collar workforce — and its blue-collar retirees — are machine-made for Trump.
And they stood firm with Trump when it came time to cast their ballots. CNN added that the Cruz campaign also made some strategic mistakes, like not sending Fiorina to key counties to shore up support in the final days leading up to the primary.
The Cruz campaign's biggest strategic error in Indiana could prove to be its decision to keep vice presidential pick Carly Fiorina -- who stood a much better chance of appealing to suburban women who make up a huge chunk of that doughnut county electorate -- with Cruz in urban and rural areas, rather than sending her to Hamilton, Boone and Hendricks counties, where she could have helped solidify Cruz's support.
"We are going to make America great again," Trump said.
"We've been losing all the time... we're going to start winning again, big league," he continued.
Trump spoke about the tremendous amount of money spent on negative ads against him. "The people aren't buying it," he said.
"We are going to build up our military bigger better and stronger than before, it's the cheapest thing we can do."
He called Cruz a "hell of a competitor" and went on to thank all those who endorsed him over the course of the campaign.
"You will be so proud of your country very soon," he said in closing.
Reince: Time to Unite Behind Trump
Tuesday, May 3
By Cortney O'Brien
In case you didn't hear, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is officially out of the 2016 election. As such, pundits have already started referring to Donald Trump as the "presumptive" Republican nominee - including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Priebus' use of the #NeverClinton hashtag indicates a major shift in the election and demands the GOP now focus solely on the assumed Democratic nominee.
Trump has had a love-hate relationship with the RNC throughout the 2016 primary. First, at an early debate, he refused to sign a pledge to support the Republican nominee if it wasn't him, then he signed the pledge, then he refused to honor it. Through all the flip flopping, Priebus didn't know what to make of him. Moreover, Trump called the Republican primary process "rigged" after losing delegates in state conventions where average voters didn't have a say.
Now, however, the chairman has acknowledged it's time to make friends with the bombastic businessman.
BREAKING: Sanders Wins Indiana
Tuesday, May 3
By Cortney O'Brien
After an exciting comeback, Bernie Sanders has won the Indiana primary, CNN is projecting. He had 53 percent of the vote, with 63 precincts reported.
The former secretary of state has not been able to hold off Bernie Sanders and his passionate supporters for months now.
Although he has won several contests, his superdelegate tally pales in comparison to Clinton's. Before Tuesday’s vote, Sanders ranted against the “rigged” Democratic primary process for being biased toward Clinton.
When asked about the candidates' behavior, 27 percent of voters said Clinton had treated Sanders unfairly.
The former secretary of state may face an even more disaffected electorate in coal country, where voters have not forgotten about her pledge to put coal companies out of business.
Exit polls suggest her struggles won't end in the general election. Only a little more than half of Indiana voters viewed her as trustworthy.
BREAKING: Ted Cruz Is Suspending His Campaign
Tuesday, May 3
By Christine Rousselle
UPDATE II: It's official, and Cruz has suspended his campaign. "We are suspending our campaign."
UPDATE: AP is reporting it as well.
BREAKING: AP source: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ends presidential campaign, clearing Donald Trump's path to Republican nomination.
There are 57 delegates up for grabs tonight, but 27 of those are divided among congressional districts. Trump will receive at least 30 delegates, however, for winning the popular vote in the state.
This post will be updated when delegate totals are available.
LIVE: Hot Air's Ed Morrissey Previews Indiana Primary
Tuesday, May 3
By Townhall.com Staff
GOP Early Exits: Indiana Is Prime Trump Territory
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
With the polls about to close across most of Indiana, early exits show that it’s fertile ground for Trump. According to ABC News, 60 percent want a political outsider, which isn’t bucking the trend from past primaries. Regarding illegal immigration nearly half support deportation of illegal immigrants, whereas 41 percent, on average, supported the policy. The prolonged economic torpor under the Obama administration has probably boosted voter yearning for a political outsider. In Indiana, 70 percent of voters are worried about the direction of the country, although the number for those who are angry with the government is lower than in previous contests:
Attributes: Trump’s done very well in previous primaries among those looking for a candidate who “tells it like it is” or “can bring needed change,” and more recently, those focused on electability. He’s had a hard time with those, instead, who mainly care about a candidate who shares their values. Preliminary exit poll results in Indiana point to about the typical split in the size of each group, with change and plain talk voters accounting for more than half the total.
Time of decision: Early deciders are another group to watch: Trump’s done especially well all season among voters who made up their minds more than a month ago. They account for nearly half of Indiana GOP voters in preliminary exit poll results, similar to their average in previous contests.
GOP unity: Animosity within Republican ranks is on display again. As in New York and Pennsylvania, a majority of Indiana GOP primary voters – nearly six in 10 in preliminary exit poll results – say the campaign has mostly divided the party, while only four in 10 instead think it’s “energized” it. Trump supporters are most likely to say the contest has energized the party, while those supporting Cruz are much more apt to say the party’s been divided.
Midwestern demographics: Based on preliminary exit poll results, among key GOP groups, a third are “very” conservative, six in 10 are evangelicals and a majority attends church weekly. Still, weekly churchgoing evangelicals – a better group for Cruz in the past – account for well under half of all Indiana GOP primary voters, about four in 10.
New Poll Shows Trump With Huge Lead in West Virginia
Tuesday, May 3
By Christine Rousselle
A new PPP poll out of West Virginia shows Donald Trump with a massive lead in the state over Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Trump is leading Cruz by nearly 40 points, 61 points to 22, in the latest poll. Trump is also the only Republican candidate with a positive net favorability rating.
West Virginia heads to the polls on May 10. They have 34 delegates up for grabs--22 of which are elected statewide.
PPP's new West Virginia poll finds it's likely to just keep Donald
Trump's recent streak of dominant victories
right on going. Trump leads in the state with
61% to 22% for Ted Cruz and 14% for John
Kasich. Trump, with
a 67/24 favorability
rating, is the only candidate GOP
voters in the state even like. Both Kasich (32/50) and
Cruz (32/53) come in with
negative favorability ratings.
Adding Carly Fiorina to the ticket has done little to help Cruz. Only 12% of voters say
picking her as his running ma
te makes them more likely to vote for Cruz, compared to
31% who say it makes them less likely to vote
for Cruz and 54% who say they just don't
care one way or another. Fiorina's 40/32 favorability rating with Republican primary
voters does at least make her more popular than Cruz himself.
On the Democratic side, it looks as though West Virginians are feelin' the Bern. Sanders has a 12-point lead over Clinton.
DWS: 'Of Course' Sanders Is Wrong that the Process Is Rigged
Tuesday, May 3
By Cortney O'Brien
At a campaign stop on Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against the Democratic Party’s “rigged system” which favors the establishment candidate, Hillary Clinton.
“We have won 45 percent of pledged delegates, but only 7 percent of superdelegates,” Sanders reminded the crowd, proving the process “makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win.”
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded to Sanders’ rant on Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect," arguing that the senator is mistaken.
“Bernie Sanders is wrong because we have had these rules in place since 1984,” Wasserman Schultz said. “We have two types of delegates: we have the delegates that are pledged, that … represent voters based on the outcome, and then we have party leaders and other elected officials who have been in the trenches for a long time who have a role, appropriately so, in choosing our party’s nominee.”
“Because it’s never occurred that our party’s nominee has been selected by superdelegates.”
Schultz is unlikely to convince Sanders’ supporters she and the other party officials are not biased toward a Clinton nomination. Sanders only has 39 superdelegates to Clinton’s 520, despite his winning several primary contests. In other words, he and his supporters are right to be upset.
Mrs. Clinton, When You Tell People You’ll Ruin Their Lives; They’re Probably Not Going To Like You
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
The Clintons entered the Mountain State, and it was not pretty. The reception has been described as anything but fantastic. That’s probably because Hillary Clinton pretty much assured that she was going to ruin the livelihoods of West Virginians, whose communities have been centered on the coal industry. As Cortney and Katie wrote recently, the former first lady has been leading a weird, almost counterproductive, march against coal.
During a Democratic town hall event, she proudly said, “we're going to put a lot of coal miners out of business.” Former Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted that this statement was awkward, while the Cook Report’s David Wasserman said this sounded like a sound bite from a candidate who is trying to lose Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Regardless, the reception of the Clintons has been described as “lukewarm,” with her facing a “tough crowd” due to her remarks that she’s ready to take the lead in the war on coal, which began under the Obama administration. It’s got to the point where a local might receive some votes from West Virginia Democrats due to Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ remarks on climate change, alternative energy, and destroying coal (via Metro News):
Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said he was “disappointed” that Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had endorsed Clinton.
In the fight for coal, “Earl Ray’s been right with us and I don’t doubt that he’s continuing to be with us. I just worry about him lending his credibility and great name and track record to a candidacy that seems to be just a continuation of what the Obama Administration’s done,” Raney said.
During a Monday appearance on MetroNews “Talkline,” Raney went so far as to name another presidential candidate for Democrats to consider during the May 10 primary election, and it was not U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), who has said, “We must make significant reductions in carbon emissions and break our dependence on fossil fuels.”
“If they’ve got to vote for a Democrat in the primary, then Paul Farrell is certainly a viable candidate,” Raney said of the Huntington attorney, 43, whose name is on the ballot.
“He knows West Virginia values. He knows what needs to happen here and he knows he isn’t going to win the national scene, but it would send an awfully good message, I think, for the people say, ‘Hey, we vote for Paul Farrell here on the first ballot at the convention.'”
Can you blame them? If this war on coal continues, West Virginians can expect their energy bills to rise 20 percent. That’s bound to torpedo home budgets, especially in communities where the cannibalization of mining jobs has decimated the townsfolk. As Cortney pointed out, it’s no wonder why West Virginians are scratching their heads over a woman, who’s already a bad campaigner, who tells them she’s going to torch their livelihoods, but also says she will fight for their interests in Washington. The Associated Press reported on a blunt exchange between the coal miner and the former secretary of state:
Hillary Clinton faced some angry voters Monday during a campaign swing through West Virginia, a state that overwhelmingly backed her eight years ago in her primary fight against then-Sen. Barack Obama.
Bo Copley, an unemployed coal worker, asked Clinton why voters should believe her pledge to help revitalize the region's economy during a stop at a health center in Williamson.
"Still supporting her hurts you," he told Sen. Joe Manchin, who joined Clinton at the small round-table event. "It's not a good outlook here."
Clinton released a $30 billion plan last fall aimed at aiding communities dependent on coal production and she's promised that her husband would focus on revitalizing the region.
Her efforts haven't been helped by a remark she made in a March interview with CNN, when she said she would "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." She was responding to a question about how her policies would benefit poor white people in southern states.
Copley asked, "How you could say you are going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you're going to be our friend?"
Clinton called the comment a "misstatement."
"I can't take it back, and I certainly can't get people who, for political reasons or personal reasons, very painful reasons, are upset with me," she said. "I want you to know I'm going to do whatever I can to help no matter what happens politically."
She added, "Whether or not West Virginia supports me, I'm going to support you."
Oh, c’mon, lady. It doesn’t take a genius to see that $30 billion isn’t going to be enough to help these people if that is your intention. Re-sowing the socioeconomic fabric in these towns is going to take time, possibly generations. For some, it’s already too late. If the Democrats win the war on coal, 125,800 jobs will be gutted, with $650 billion in lost economic activity over a ten-year period. Is $30 billion going to be enough to make up for those losses? And this just doesn’t apply to West Virginia, but for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and other coal-producing states as well. It’s insulting to think that Clinton’s “hey, sorry I screwed you over” economic package to soon-to-be ex-coal workers will be anything but adequate.
Even Bill got some jeers at a campaign rally over his wife's comments about coal (via the Hill):
“I want you to send me to West Virginia,” he said during an event in Logan, W.Va., describing a conversation with the Democratic presidential front-runner. "I want you to send me to those Native American reservations out there where those good people have nothing because they don’t have gambling. I want you to send me to any place in America that feels left out and left behind. That’s what I want to do.”
Hecklers greeted the former chief executive’s remarks with jeers.
“This is where they start screaming because they don’t want to hear this,” Bill Clinton said as the protesters apparently left the venue.
“The difference between us and them is that we listen to them,” he added.
Circling back to Hillary, what’s more disconcerting is this notion that she cares. Mrs. Clinton and her team know that the state isn’t going Democratic this year. The last time West Virginia went blue was 1996. Mitt Romney won every single county in 2012. This state has shifted more to the right since 2000, and even Republicans trounced pro-coal Democrats, like Natalie Tennant who ran for the outgoing Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s U.S. Senate seat, in the 2014 midterms. No one really trusts the national Democratic apparatus here, and they certainly do not like President Barack Obama. So, yes, there’s a primary on May 10. She has to try to win some support—and surprise, surprise, it was a total disaster. We shouldn’t be shocked if Sanders manages to win here. After all, a Sanders presidency might be the best thing for the coal industry.
I'll close by reiterating another known fact about Clinton--she's untrustworthy. Again, she promised to deliver the death blow to coal, and now she wants it to be a thriving sector of the U.S. economy. She's a liar, though I know that's not news. But her shameless side is on display here–and it's quite explicit. Don't be fooled West Virginians - the Clintons couldn't care less about you.
2016 RACE ROUNDUP: Hoosier State Exposes Weeks of Pent Up Emotions as Cruz Rails Against Trump
Tuesday, May 3
By Cortney O'Brien
Follow Townhall’s Indiana primary coverage tonight starting at 6 p.m.
The Hoosier State has produced some of the most controversial exchanges yet on the 2016 campaign trail. Knowing how important a win in Indiana is for momentum’s sake, Ted Cruz couldn’t hide his emotions this week on the campaign trail, clashing with a Trump supporter and unleashing his harshest words yet for “pathological liar” Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is crying foul over what he sees as a “rigged” Democratic primary process that has left him without a prayer in the superdelegate tally.
Donald Trump: The businessman is leading by 15 points in the Hoosier State over Cruz, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. “If we win Indiana, it’s over,” he said. Trump's expected win doesn’t mean he's about to let his opponents off the hook. On Tuesday, Trump accused Cruz’s father of helping John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald after reports that he was pictured with him before he pulled the trigger. Trump also criticized Cruz for not helping Carly Fiorina back on her feet after she fell off a stage on Monday. Looking forward, Trump’s campaign is adopting a new strategy and is spending thousands of dollars in ads in Nebraska.
Ted Cruz: Cruz unloaded on Trump at a press conference in Indiana Tuesday, calling him a “pathological liar” and "narcissistic" and urging voters to “think about their children before voting for the bullying businessman. A day earlier, the senator spent several minutes trying to convince a Trump voter that Trump was not as conservative as he thinks and that he’s “lying” to them. Ahead of the tallied votes on Tuesday, Cruz’s campaign released a 2-minute web ad called “#ChooseCruzinIndiana, featuring his wife Heidi, Gov. Mike Pence, and Cruz's vice presidential pick Carly Fiorina.
John Kasich: With the entertaining battle between Trump and Cruz, Kasich has been largely left out of the Indiana headlines this week. The governor's own state of Ohio has indicated they want him to drop out of the 2016 race.
Hillary Clinton: Clinton’s nightmare came true on Monday in West Virginia when a laid off coal worker confronted her with the controversial coal comments she made in March. At a CNN town hall, she proudly promised she would put coal miners and businesses out of country. She is trying to escape those remarks, now claiming they were taken “out of context.” Before the primary officially enters coal country, Clinton has a competitive race in Indiana. Currently, she is ahead by an average of just 4 points.
Bernie Sanders: Sanders is still ranting about the DNC “rigged” primary process, but Debbie Wasserman Schultz insists his assessment is wrong. He is far behind in the super delegate count, but Democrats don’t want him to hang up his hat just yet. In a new poll, almost 60 percent say they want the senator to stay in the race until a potential contested convention, which Sanders is convinced will happen.
Trump - 996
Cruz - 565
Kasich - 153
Clinton - Pledged delegates: 1,645; Superdelegates: 520
Video: Bloomberg Warns Grads Against PC Campus Culture, Gets Booed
Tuesday, May 3
By Guy Benson
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, infamous among conservatives for his nanny state and gun control advocacy, has actually been quite strong in resisting the prevailing culture of hyper-sensitivity on college campuses. In his commencement address at Harvard several years ago, he cautioned his audience against the embarrassing lack of intellectual diversity at elite American institutions, where conservatives are glaringly underrepresented. A taste of his remarks, which Mary Katharine Ham and I highlighted in our book, End of Discussion:
There is an idea floating around college campuses – including here at Harvard – that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for that idea: censorship. And it is just a modern-day form of McCarthyism.
Think about the irony: In the 1950s, the right wing was attempting to repress left wing ideas. Today, on many college campuses, it is liberals trying to repress conservative ideas, even as conservative faculty members are at risk of becoming an endangered species. And perhaps nowhere is that more true than here in the Ivy League. In the 2012 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission data, 96 percent of all campaign contributions from Ivy League faculty and employees went to Barack Obama. Ninety-six percent. There was more disagreement among the old Soviet Politburo than there is among Ivy League donors.
That statistic should give us pause – and I say that as someone who endorsed President Obama for reelection – because let me tell you, neither party has a monopoly on truth or God on its side. When 96 percent of Ivy League donors prefer one candidate to another, you have to wonder whether students are being exposed to the diversity of views that a great university should offer. Diversity of gender, ethnicity, and orientation is important. But a university cannot be great if its faculty is politically homogenous.
That critique was met with applause in Cambridge, as faulty members and administrators squirmed in their seats. Bloomberg took his message a step further in his speech to new graduates of the University of Michigan over the weekend, scolding students for the stifling atmosphere of habitual offense-taking, censorship, and ideological enforcement that has poisoned campuses from coast to coast -- including in Ann Arbor. For his plea in favor of tolerance and open-minded debate, Bloomberg was booed. Via The Hill:
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was booed during a commencement address when he criticized college "safe spaces." Bloomberg said during the commencement address at the University of Michigan on Saturday that "keeping an open mind to new ideas is essential to your professional success — just as it's crucial to our collective future as a Democratic society." "The fact that some university boards and administrations now bow to pressure and shield students from these ideas through safe spaces, code words and trigger warnings is, in my view, a terrible mistake," he said. "The whole purpose of college is to learn how to deal with difficult situations — not run away from them. A microaggression is exactly that: micro. And one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space, because it creates the false impression that we can insulate ourselves from those who hold different views."
Bravo to Bloomberg, and shame on the sniveling, self-absorbed, intolerant children who booed him. That this sentiment would be greeted with negative jeering anywhere in a supposedly free society is depressing unto itself. That the boos rose up from college students -- overtly rejecting the concepts of pluralism, free thought and adult comportment -- tells you everything you need to know about why the anti-PC backlash is so ferocious. Meanwhile, there's an update to an outrageous story we also featured in End of Discussion. The Washington Post reports:
A tenured professor and a legal institute are suing Marquette University, claiming a breach of contract for the suspension imposed after he publicly criticized an instructor for stifling debate in class. The conflict began in 2014: After a student complained after a philosophy class that he was disappointed that he and others who question gay marriage had not been allowed to express their views during the classroom discussion, the graduate-student instructor told him that opposition to gay marriage was homophobic and offensive and would not be tolerated in her theory of ethics class. John McAdams, an associate professor of political science at Marquette, blogged about it, writing that the instructor “was just using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.” ...McAdams was suspended without pay the following month and banned from campus, and in March of this year he was told by university president Michael Lovell he could not return to teaching unless he wrote a letter acknowledging that his behavior had been reckless and incompatible with Marquette values and that he feels deep regret for the harm he did to the instructor. On Monday, McAdams and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, claiming breach of contract.
This tenured professor was fired (!) for publicly calling out another instructor at his nominally Catholic university for explicitly shutting down a debate about same-sex marriage in her ethics (!!) class. She upbraided a student for "homophobia" because he dared to adhere to the Catholic Church's stance on the issue. Supporters of the robust exchange of ideas in academic settings, and opponents of the punishment of alternative viewpoints, should hope Prof. McAdams wins his suit and takes a giant bite out of Marquette's wallet. What a disgraceful episode. I'll leave you with this:
As a Yankees fan, I don't much care for Curt Schilling. The "bloody sock" game was a deeply unfortunate blemish in Yankees history. And I would not have shared the provocative -- and certainly offensive to some -- transgender bathroom-related meme that got Schilling fired from ESPN (the whole thesis of End of Discussion is that the Left's new weaponized form of political correctness seeks to actively punish 'thought transgressions'). But even if you're willing to defend the network's decision to pull Schilling off the air, if they're also censoring sports history as a means of exacting additional retribution against the former pitcher for his "transphobia," that is frighteningly Orwellian. ESPN's pro forma "editing for time" excuse is lame garbage; it also makes zero sense, given the context of the series their film documents. 'Your subversive thoughts will not be tolerated, Mr. Schilling. You're fired, and we'll see to it that your historical contributions to the world of sports are systematically erased to the greatest extent possible.' Beyond creepy. End of Discussion.
Democrats To Sanders: Do Not Leave Us With Hillary...Just Yet
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
Feeling the Bern seems to be still going strong, or Democrats like watching it from the sidelines, because a new poll shows they do not want the disheveled Democratic socialist from Vermont to drop out of the race. In fact, they want him to stay in all the way to the Democratic Party’s convention in Philadelphia this summer. Then again, the delegate lead Hillary Clinton has amassed over Sen. Bernie Sanders is almost insurmountable, but the fact that almost 60 percent of Democrats want Sanders to remain still reinforces that Hillary isn’t the left’s first choice (via the Hill):
Fifty-seven percent of Democrats said Sanders should stay in the race until the summer nominating event, according to a NBC News-Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday.
Only 25 percent said he should drop out after the last votes are cast on June 14 in the final Democratic primary in Washington, DC. Sixteen percent said Sanders should drop out now.
Clinton leads Sanders by about 300 delegates with just over 1,000 still up for grabs. Because Democrats award their delegates proportionately, Sanders would have to defeat Clinton by huge margins in the remaining states to catch her.
Even if he does, which is unlikely, Clinton has a huge lead among superdelegates who have pledged to support her at the convention. Those votes are likely to put her over the top for the nomination.
Over at the Washington Post, Philip Bump wrote that Sanders could forced a contested convention, but it’s doubtful he could emerge victorious:
Back in the halcyon days of Sanders's "momentum," when he'd won seven of eight contests in a row, including a big win in Washington, his argument was that the momentum would propel him through the end of the voting in June, offering a compelling argument to superdelegates that the will of the party now rested with him, and that Clinton's early support was therefore negated. Then he lost five of the last six races — and Clinton's delegate lead returned to about what it was in the middle of March. The momentum was, as many had suspected, a function of several Sanders-favorable races clustered in a short window (as was the recent streak by Clinton). The race hadn't really changed at all.
Now, it seems, Sanders's argument will be that his strong performances at the tail end of the contest, including a win in California — coupled with close national polling — should provide the same motivation to superdelegates to embrace his candidacy. Sanders is who the party now wants to win.
There are a few flaws in that argument, including that Sanders's one-point deficit in the national Real Clear Politics polling average — which came right after those seven wins — has now widened to four points. The biggest problem for Sanders, though, is that, unlike on the Republican side, California isn't the last contest. The last contest for the Democrats is the D.C. primary, on June 14. And there is essentially no way that Clinton will lose that contest, given how strongly she has performed in places with large black populations.
On CBS on Sunday, Sanders insisted that his campaign might still win the majority of pledged delegates. "We need to win 65 percent of those votes," he said of the remaining total. "The states coming up are favorable to us."
The problem for Sanders is, as it has always been, that Democratic contests are all proportional. He needs to win every state by a wide margin to hit his goal. The other problem for him is that nearly half of the remaining delegates are in California. If he and Clinton essentially tie there — or even if he wins by five points, which polling suggests won't happen — he needs three-quarters of the delegates everywhere else to make up for it (including New Jersey and D.C.).
Could he win pledged delegates? Yes, in the sense that he could win the lottery.
Still, concerning strength, Sanders has let go hundreds of campaign workers, and he’s started to shift from attacking Hillary to where he wants the Democratic Party to go in the future in his stump speeches; a signal that he’s beginning to see that the ride is almost over. He’s raised millions, along with being the candidate who has spent the most this cycle, even outraising the Clinton machine, but that’s also ended with the April fundraising hauls. So, the Sanders camp seems to be buckling a bit. Nevertheless, he definitely has enough money to last him until July, although he will have to contend with the criticism that he’s splintering the party at a time when they could unite and exploit the deep divisions with Republicans over Trump. At the same time, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination—if Trump becomes the standard bearer for the GOP, it’s not far off to suggest that Democrats will turn out in droves to stop him. Democrats have a united party regardless of who wins, or what convention drama that will unfold in Philadelphia. The same cannot be said for Republicans at present.
After Navy SEAL Killed on Front Lines, White House Still Refusing to Call U.S. Troop Role in Iraq Combat
Tuesday, May 3
By Katie Pavlich
Tuesday morning Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a Navy SEAL operating as an advisor to Peshmerga forces was killed on the front lines against ISIS. Carter specifically said the SEAL was killed in combat after he was shot when ISIS soldiers broke through an Iraqi forces checkpoint and made their way to Peshmerga territory just outside of Mosul.
Despite the classification by Carter that the casualty was in fact a combat death, the White House is still refusing classify the role of U.S. troops in Iraq as combat. Since 2014, three U.S. service members have been killed in the war against ISIS.
"What I think is true is that Iraq and Syria are dangerous places and our men and women in uniform, who are engaged in a mission to offer training, advice and assistance to Iraqi forces that are fighting for their own country, are doing dangerous work. They are taking grave risks to protect our country. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude. Today's incident is a vivid reminder of the risks our service members are taking and some of them, three of them now, have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday. "But the President has been clear, time and time again, exactly what their mission is. That mission is to support Iraqi forces on the ground who are taking the fight to ISIL on the front lines."
The White House also offered condolences to family.
#TransformationTuesday: Five Times Ted Cruz Praised Donald Trump
Tuesday, May 3
By Christine Rousselle
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn't hold back on Tuesday while addressing Indiana voters about Donald Trump. He warned voters that Trump is a pathological liar and a narcissist.
That speech was essentially the completion of Cruz's 180 degree turn on Trump over the past year. In the spirit of "transformation Tuesday," let's take a look at five times Cruz had some nicer things to say about Trump.
1. June 2015: Cruz issues a welcome statement saying that Trump can make America great again
“I’m pleased to welcome Donald Trump into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States. His experience as a successful businessman and job creator will prove crucial to ensuring the eventual GOP nominee is not only well-equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton in November, but also to make America great again.”
2. June 2015: Cruz: "I like Donald Trump" and he shouldn't have to apologize for his immigration comments
“When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth,” Cruz said during an interview on “Fox and Friends” promoting his new book. “And I think NBC is engaging in political correctness that is silly and that is wrong.”
3. July 2015: Cruz says Trump is taking on the Washington Cartel
"He’s bold and brash, and he’s willing to speak the truth. And he’s taking on the Washington cartel," Cruz said.
"I appreciate Donald focusing on illegal immigration," Cruz said. "I've been proud to defend him for focusing on illegal immigration."
4. August 2015: Cruz refuses to bash Trump, and praises him for making illegal immigration a campaign issue
“Quite a few members of this field have attacked Donald Trump. A lot of folks in the media have asked me ‘Ted Cruz, will you do the same?’ I have been glad to praise Donald Trump for speaking out boldly and brashly and for focusing on illegal immigration.”
5. December 2015: Cruz tweets that Trump is "terrific" and that there's not going to be a "cage match" between the two
The Establishment's only hope: Trump & me in a cage match.
Looks as though the Trump/Cruz friendship is officially, totally, dead.
Good News for #NeverTrump: Jim Beam Fills 14 Millionth Barrel
Tuesday, May 3
By Justin Holcomb
For the first time in bourbon-making history, Jim Beam has filled and sealed its 14 millionth barrel since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition, according to the Associated Press.
Seventh-generation master distiller Fred Noe and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin sealed the barrel Monday at the company’s flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, just outside of Louisville.
Bevin said Kentucky bourbon is now an international symbol of the state’s heritage and craftsmanship. The milestone comes two years after the distillery filled its 13 millionth barrel.
This news may be of pleasure to those Americans who despise the voting decisions of states like Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont.
While those in the #NeverTrump band wagon drink their miseries away, now is the time to turn our attention towards Hillary Clinton and the new age liberalism that has crippled America.
Precious Cupcakes At Drake University Block Recognition Of Conservative Turning Points USA, Called Them 'Hateful'
Tuesday, May 3
By Matt Vespa
Apparently, a groups that mainly focuses on lower taxes, less government, and fiscal responsibility is “hateful” in the eyes of the precious cupcake brigade at Drake University. These social justice warriors at the Iowan school rejected a motion to recognize a Turning Points USA chapter on campus in April (via Campus Reform):
According to minutes from the Senate’s April 21 meeting, opponents gave several reasons for rejecting the application to establish a Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter on campus—from claiming that its mission is too specific to arguing that Drake already has other conservative clubs—but expressed particular concern about the group’s views on social issues.
Senator Kevin Kane, for instance, said he could not justify approving TPUSA because of its “hateful record,” claiming that some of its tweets “directly relate to social issues.”
Senator Linley Sanders also took issue with the group’s social media activity, saying she “does not support some things concerning social issues on their Facebook page.” She denied that her opposition was based on TPUSA “being conservative” in general, however, saying she was merely worried that “the organization may be against specific groups[,] which could be perceived as condescending.”
Hypeline reports that a third senator, Olivia O’Hea, even criticized the prospective student group for pro-life tweets sent from the personal Twitter account of TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk, contrasting O’Hea’s argument with posts from her own Facebook page (which are no longer public) declaring her support for Planned Parenthood.
A few senators did dissent from the prevailing view, notably Senator Jon Lueth and Vice President Zachary Blevin, both of whom pledged to set aside their personal political beliefs and support the club in the interest of promoting free expression, but according to KCCI, the final tally was a lopsided 15-3 against recognizing TPUSA.
Hypeline, a project of Turning Points, had a more detailed piece about what occurred during the April 21 meeting. Sanders took issue with the group’s pro-Second Amendment stances, and O’Hea took umbrage with the group’s “I Survived College Without Becoming a Liberal” t-shirts.
Yeah, I may not like that leftist students wear Che Guevara t-shirts, who was also reportedly a racist, but that wouldn’t stop me from supporting a Marxist club on campus (though it seems like most college campuses are one giant left wing country club). But that’s beside the point. There was absolutely no reason for Drake to reject Turning Points USA other than they’re a conservative group. To suggest otherwise is grossly disingenuous. Reform added that Turning Points could re-apply for recognition again once a new student senate is convened next year.