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Nov 5, 2015
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Carson: Transgender people should get their own bathroom

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By Angela Moon

Just days after voters in Houston rejected an ordinance allowing transgender people to choose the bathroom of their choice, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested creating transgender bathrooms.

In a live interview with Jorge Ramos from Fusion on Facebook, the retired neurosurgeon said “it is not fair” for transgender people “to make everybody else uncomfortable,” and therefore, they should have their own bathroom.

Oct 23, 2015
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Republicans? They’re like Grumpy Cat, Obama says

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By Megan Cassella

The ubiquitous internet meme “Grumpy Cat” took over the internet when it gained fame in 2012, but on Friday it found a new platform: President Barack Obama, who mimicked it to describe the current state of the Republican Party.

In a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Obama ran through a litany of things his administration has accomplished, listing lowering the unemployment rate, increasing access to healthcare and reducing dependence on foreign oil among them.

Oct 14, 2015
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Raising funds on Sanders’ fire

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By Megan Cassella

Known for his enthusiasm, truth-telling and off-the-cuff candor, Senator Bernie Sanders was widely expected to come away with some of the best lines of the first Democratic presidential debate.

After the Vermont senator delivered a particularly fiery line, his campaign decided to take advantage, sending out an email to supporters highlighting the “special moment” — and asking for a donation in light of it — before Sanders even stepped off the stage.

Sep 18, 2015
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Debate week, and more

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We all know what happened this week. It was debate week.

Republican candidates faced off for a second time since the beginning of the race for their party’s nomination, and top contender Donald Trump suffered a few, stinging blows from a combative pack of rivals. Here’s an unusual round-up put together by Rolling Stone. Outsider Carly Fiorina shone brighter than most, climbing (almost) to the top of social media preferences after narrowly winning a spot in the debate.

Now that the cards seems to have been re-shuffled yet again, and before we get hit with another set of polls, how does one predict the increasingly unpredictable race? Numbers alone won’t do it, argues Ken Goldstein in Bloomberg Politics. And there are at least five things you should be aware of before you start looking into the crystal ball.

Sep 11, 2015
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Week in politics: Too much Trump

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Unsurprisingly, this week was another Donald Trump extravaganza filled with insults, misogyny and more bombastic talk.

Let’s start with Hillary Clinton’s apology for the trouble caused by her use of a private email for government business. “I’m sorry about that,” Clinton said in an interview with ABC News. Not everyone deemed it convincing enough. Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr.  said that the only way Clinton can win the Democratic nomination is to become “the sorriest candidate in American history,” according to Salon. The Guardian has a timeline of her responses to the debacle.

Sep 10, 2015
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Trump strikes below the belt (again)

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The Donald strikes again. After a string of misogynistic insults directed at FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly, some below-the-belt jabs at TV personality Rosie O’Donnell during the first GOP debate back in August and numerous other policy-unrelated attacks, Donald Trump took a stab at fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine,  the billionaire real estate developer mocked Fiorina’s physical appearance by saying: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?” As Reuters’ Will Dunham noted, Fiorina is the only woman in the large field of Republicans vying for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Trump later backtracked and said that he wasn’t talking about the former executive’s looks.”I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona,” Trump told CNN. But Trump’s remarks had already caused a storm among Twitter users. See below: [View the story “Trump slams Fiorina with ‘look at that face’ comment” on Storify]
Sep 9, 2015
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Jeb Bush and Stephen Colbert play it nice on ‘Late Show’ debut

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Stephen Colbert, the former  self-declared “conservative narcissistic conservative pundit” , now “just a narcissist,” debuted on Tuesday night on CBS’ Late Show, where he will try to fill the rather big shoes of his predecessor, David Letterman.

Colbert was off to a witty start. He lambasted presidential hopeful Donald Trump with Oreo (yes, the cookies) jokes.

Sep 8, 2015
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Tracking candidates’ guns

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Did you know that South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has one of the largest gun collections, which includes an AR-15 rifle, of all the Republican presidential candidates? Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s love of guns may seem obvious given the title of his book ‘God, Guns, Grits and Gravy’, but a survey by British newspaper the Telegraph provides a closer look at his private arsenal.

Journalists at the Telegraph asked all 17 Republican candidates if they owned a gun, they pulled their NRA record (where available) and put together a nice explanatory graphic which revealed, among other things, that Jeb Bush doesn’t own a gun, but has an A+ NRA rating, which means he’s solidly pro-gun.

Sep 4, 2015
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A week in politics: Taking off the gloves

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It was a week of hostilities in the GOP presidential arena. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump traded virtual punches on camera, with both campaigns releasing aggressive video ads. Bush even resorted to his language skills to discredit the real estate magnate. Trump later fired back telling Bush, who is bilingual, he should stop speaking Spanish.

The New York Times also noted that Trump’s relentless bashing of Bush’s personality over his political agenda may have hit home.

Aug 28, 2015
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A week in politics: It’s (still) all about Trump

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Summer 2015 is drawing to an end, with Bloomberg noting that Donald Trump appears to be more than a seasonal fling and Politico reports that some GOP leader are plotting creative ways to neutralize the prospect of his becoming a third-party candidate.

Trump kicked off the week with more tongue-lashing of Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, a move that prompted Fox News president Roger Ailes to demand an apology from Trump for lambasting Kelly on Twitter. Another journalist stirred the ire of the business magnate this week: Fusion’s Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Trump press conference for asking unwanted questions about immigration. Perhaps not surprisingly, Trump’s approval rates among Hispanic voters are not great.