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    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/why-the-spanish-may-be-better-off-without-a-government/ The state’s most important economic role is to get out of the way James Bartholomew On 26 October last year, the Spanish government shut up shop in preparation for a general election. This duly took place in December but then a strange thing happened: after all the build-up, the arguments, the posters and the television coverage, the result was… nothing. The various parties were so balanced, so mutually distrustful and ill-assorted that no government could be formed. Since last October, therefore, there has been no government in Spain. One can imagine that the average political correspondent would think this a terrible problem, maybe even a crisis. The Financial Times has referred to Spain ‘enduring’ months of ‘political uncertainty’. This is assumed to be a matter requiring furrowed brows and grave tones. But the economy seems to be taking a different view of the matter. It is bowling along more breezily than in a long time. The growth rate during the final quarter of last year was an annualised 2.9 per cent, which, in these days of dismal Euro-growth, is a star performance — easily beating the pants off Italy, France and even Germany.
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    04-28-2016, 03:16 PM
    Rasmussen has Trump tied with Clinton: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2016/24_opt_out_of_a_clinton_trump_race In the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports, a national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump and Clinton tied at 38% each. But 16% say they would vote for some other candidate if the presidential election comes down to those two, while six percent (6%) would stay home. Only two percent (2%) are undecided given those options. Rasmussen adds Trump is more toxic within his own party than Clinton is in hers.
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    04-28-2016, 03:13 PM
    From Trump-loving Zerohedge: Not only is Donald Trump likely to gather the most votes of any GOP Presidential nominee ever, having swept the East Coast and crushed the anti-Trump alliance between Kasich and Cruz even before it made the news cycle; but now, as Reuters reports, the GOP establishment faces an ever bigger problem. Wealthy, well-educated voters helped carry the Republican front-runner to victory this week - a demographic the famously blunt-spoken billionaire had struggled to attract in the past. As we noted previously, with a number of states remaining including California, Trump is set to surpass current record holder George W. Bush, who received 10.8 million votes in 2000. And, as Reuters reports, it's not just "angry blue collar white men"...
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    04-27-2016, 01:07 AM
    ...not to forget those tweets around the KY caucus
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    04-25-2016, 01:53 PM
    https://mediarelations.gwu.edu/americans-overwhelmingly-engaged-2016-election-tone-race-affecting-voters-new-gw-battleground-poll WASHINGTON (April 25, 2016)—The 2016 presidential election is on the top of most Americans’ minds, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll. Despite, or perhaps because of, the high level of engagement, voters have negative views of almost all major candidates, and report the tone of the race is wearing on them. The bipartisan GW Battleground Poll, conducted in partnership with The Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners, asked likely voters how closely they’ve followed the presidential campaign over the last year. Eighty-nine percent reported they’ve followed the race either “very” or “somewhat” closely. More than half (52 percent) of respondents reported receiving updates on the campaigns via social media. The GW poll found that of the five candidates still in the race for the highest office, only two—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Ohio governor John Kasich—have an unfavorable rating below 50 percent, at 44 and 29, respectively. The other three—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (56 percent), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (55 percent) and businessman Donald Trump (65 percent)—are all mostly disliked. All the candidates with unfavorable ratings above 50 percent also have a majority of voters saying that they would not consider voting for them for president. When asked about increasingly visible former President Bill Clinton, respondents showed more positive views toward the non-candidate, with 54 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable toward him.
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    04-25-2016, 12:56 PM
    He had a bit of an operation in NH at some point in 2012, right? And starting to show in polling, but then decided not to run?
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    04-24-2016, 01:00 AM
    His advisors told him to talk about this? There's some nice oil deposits there: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genie_Energy
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    04-22-2016, 04:37 PM
    Oklahoma oil executive Harold Hamm endorsed Donald Trump for president on Friday, writing that the Republican front-runner "is not my last choice, he is the best choice." Hamm, the billionaire chief executive officer of oil producer Continental Resources, wrote in an open letter that Trump "has tapped into the basic beliefs of the American people." The endorsement — which Hamm said was unsolicited — comes after he attended a fundraiser for Marco Rubio when the Florida senator was still in the race. Hamm described Trump as "the business leader’s candidate." "He is someone who is not beholden to special interests and has the fortitude to make tough decisions," he wrote. "With a slew of onerous regulations now threatening to cripple American business, the next President of the United States must have the courage, determination and intelligence to disrupt politics as usual." The oil tycoon was an energy adviser for Mitt Romney in 2012 and gave almost $1 million to a super PAC supporting Romney.
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    04-22-2016, 04:23 PM
    5 day rolling Poll 4/22 National Trump 49% (+5) Cruz 28% (-5) Kasich 17%
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    04-22-2016, 02:56 PM
    Fascinating interview. http://www.fuw.ch/article/negative-interest-rates-are-the-dumbest-idea-ever/ Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of the investment firm DoubleLine, expects central bankers to capitulate on negative interest rates and is bearish on US stocks. In the global financial markets the bulls have taken over once again. In the United States, stocks are even flirting with a new record high. Nevertheless, Jeff Gundlach doesn’t trust this recovery and expects a severe setback. «The riskiest things are now stocks and other investments perceived to be safe», says the CEO of the Los Angeles based investment firm DoubleLine. The star investor, who is celebrated on Wall Street as the new bond king, is surprised that nobody seems to care anymore about the worldwide growing mountain of debt. Especially in the junk bond market, he sees a massive wave of defaults on the horizon. Mr. Gundlach likes gold and thinks the Federal Reserve has given up on its plans to normalize interest rates. Next, he expects central bankers elsewhere to capitulate on negative interest rate policies. Mr. Gundlach, it is getting suspiciously quiet in the global financial markets. What is your assessment of the current situation? - What you see is that the same pattern has been in place since 2012: Hope for growth in the new year that ends up being revised downwards, over and over and over again. But now we have reached the point at which no one bothers anymore about the comedy of predicting 3% real GDP growth. Even nominal GDP growth isn’t probably going to be at 3% this year. Actually, nominal GDP is at a level that has historically been a recessionary level. It isn’t this time because the inflation rate is close to zero. But no one bothers anymore and the Federal Reserve has basically given up.
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    04-21-2016, 03:42 PM
    This Kentucky Conservative Owns A Tesla, Lives Off The Grid, And Is Democrats’ New Go-To Republican “No one should ever confuse me with a partisan; I’m clearly an ideologue,” says Thomas Massie, the libertarian, gun-rights stalwart, MIT grad who is a surprising bipartisan. WASHINGTON — Shortly after Thomas Massie arrived in Congress, the freshman Republican sought out Zoe Lofgren — a liberal from California — on the House floor. He wanted to know if electric car company Tesla was in her district because he proudly owned one and he charged his car solar panels at his home.
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    04-21-2016, 01:00 PM
    National Review and Speaker Paul Ryan have called for bailing out Puerto Rico but don’t disclose their considerable ties to the hedge fund managers and lobbyists who stand to profit. Puerto Rico has been behaving like, well, Puerto Ricans and spending all its taxpayer welfare money on corruption and vast government services. Now it wants more. And it’s pressing Congress to give it to them or else! This island commonwealth hasn’t been behaving like Romney and Paul Ryan mega donor (and yet curiously not Puerto Rico resident) John Paulson has told us it would. Where’s the “Singapore of the Caribbean” Paulson promised us? You’re missing the Chinese, John! At one point National Review told us that Puerto Rico is a Latin Liechtenstein (without the Germans, of course!) Puerto Rico: a Latin Liechtenstein? | National Review Online http://t.co/aUjkeiGbd9 via @#
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    04-21-2016, 02:07 AM
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican officials began meeting on Wednesday, a day after Donald Trump's crushing victory in a New York presidential nominating contest, and said he has been winning growing acceptance within their ranks - but they want to see the billionaire do more to mend fences with the party establishment. Trump, the front-runner to become the Republican presidential candidate in November's election, was the focus for the party's spring meeting of 168 Republican National Committee (RNC) members in Hollywood, Florida. The three-day conclave at an oceanside resort will take stock of the race for the White House and prepare for a possible contested convention in July in Cleveland. The New York real estate mogul's win Tuesday in his home state over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich was an important milestone for RNC members, who said it could put him on a pathway to acquire the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright without a contested convention. "There are a fair number of RNC members who were discounting his chances of success when we met in January and now see that he’s building a substantial lead and may in fact get to 1,237 before we get to the convention," said Steve Duprey, an RNC member from New Hampshire. "The New York results were such an overwhelming win," Duprey said. "It's impressive. That's what I've heard people talking about."
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    04-20-2016, 12:25 PM
    In a year when the Republican Party is breaking apart because of Donald Trump, the only man left with a chance to beat him is trying to build a big tent -- by GOP standards -- when it comes to foreign affairs. On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz is set to announce his campaign's national security advisory team, and it includes many foreign-policy insurgents and a few more establishment types. The list includes conservatives who disagree on one of the most pressing issues facing the next president: defining and confronting radical Islam. The first name on the advisory list that stands out is Frank Gaffney, a former Reagan administration Pentagon official who has emerged as a lightning rod in the Obama era, accused by the Southern Poverty Law Center of being one of the nation's leading Islamophobes. When Trump proposed a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration, he quoted from a 2015 survey of American Muslims commissioned by the think tank Gaffney founded, the Center for Security Policy. It concluded that a quarter of U.S. Muslims supported violent jihad against the U.S. This led to speculation in the Washington press that Gaffney was advising Trump. But Gaffney is a Cruz man. In an interview, he said that he met Cruz when he was running for Senate in 2012, and that he has briefed him on the FBI's investigation into a Muslim Brotherhood-linked charity known as the Holy Land Foundation and on how Sharia law is a threat to America. "I hope that some of that went into his decision to introduce legislation to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization," Gaffney said.
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    04-20-2016, 12:03 PM
    A candidate like Donald Trump should be impossible. A loud, unscripted, hard-edged reality show-style candidate with exceedingly flexible positions on many hot-button issues would be laughed out of contention for the Republican nomination in other years. A man whose serial gaffes and willingness to stick his thumb in the eye of the gatekeepers of good taste would be cooked before he stepped onto the debate stage. An utterly inexperienced politician, who describes our rights and privileges as particular to us as Americans rather than universal moral mandates, would be rejected by both parties at any other time in the modern era. But in Trump’s case, these supposedly disqualifying positions and attributes have proven to be the basis for unexpected success. Why? In part, it is because he corrects massive ideological failures by the Right, which have enabled unmitigated cultural overreach by the Left, eliminating the social and cultural basis that permits a Western liberal order to exist. For decades, the institutional Right has ceded American culture to the Left, in spite of many voices who pointed out ample areas where the Right could carve out a countercultural movement against leftist domination, or even co-opt some of modern culture for itself. The cause of this is partially a denial of how swiftly the culture has moved Left, leaving the institutional Right under the false impression it is still fighting the culture war of the 90’s and early 2000s. The Right’s obsession with 90’s-era battles over sex, drugs, and rock and roll is more than just an anachronism: it represents a self-inflicted wound that ignored how the Left used the culture to repeatedly make the case for their vision of an ideal society. We now know the Left won that war, and in this context, Trump represents the first candidate for whom success could only come after a culture war apocalypse. The Right of the ‘Young Fogies’
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    04-16-2016, 09:20 AM
    http://www.atr.org//norquist-hillary-s-attack-guns-and-fracking-will-cost-her-election In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street today, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist made the case that Hillary Clinton’s attacks on guns and fracking will cause her to lose the general election. Norquist said: “Whoever is the Republican nominee is up against Hillary Clinton who I think lost the election in the debate last night with two simple sentences:
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    04-15-2016, 12:16 PM
    Reuters 5 Day Rolling LV Poll 4/12 National Trump 45% Cruz 34% Kasich 20% Nat. Reuters/IPSOS Poll (Not 5 Day rolling) 4/13
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    04-14-2016, 03:53 PM
    The strategist publicly questions Trump’s electability, but privately his PAC tells donors Trump can win. Karl Rove has publicly blasted Donald Trump as “a petty man consumed by resentment and bitterness” with little gravitas and almost no chance of beating Hillary Clinton. But privately, the super PAC conceived by Rove is suggesting to its donors that it can help Trump win the White House and save Republican senators whose reelection bids could be jeopardized by having Trump at the top of the ticket. The apparent warming of the American Crossroads super PAC and its sister groups to Trump has become evident in its recent communications with donors, including a Tuesday afternoon “investor conference call,” according to multiple sources familiar with the outreach. The phone call — which featured Rove, Crossroads officials and a pollster — laid out swing state polling and electoral map analysis done by the group showing circumstances in which Trump could beat Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, in a general election, according to three sources briefed on the call.
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    04-13-2016, 03:24 PM
    Ari Fleischer praises 720357221129916416
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    04-12-2016, 04:07 PM
    David Brock, in a Monday night speech to some of the biggest liberal donors in the country, boasted that his researchers had assembled a trove of opposition research on Donald Trump that Democrats could use to “knock Trump Tower down to the sub-basement.” Speaking at a reception on the sidelines of the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance liberal donor club at Santa Monica’s tony Fairmont Hotel, Brock said that Trump “was not properly vetted by his rivals — or by the press” during the Republican presidential primary. But Brock, who is a leading supporter of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, said that his non-profit opposition research outfit American Bridge started researching Trump last July, and has unearthed some damning stuff. “We sat on it all so as not to help the candidates who might have been stronger general election candidates,” Brock said, according to his prepared remarks, which American Bridge released to POLITICO. The group, which provides research to Democratic campaigns and party committees, is supported by some Democracy Alliance donors. And sources at the Democracy Alliance meeting said several influential donors attended his reception, including health care tech entrepreneur Paul Egerman, who is close to Elizabeth Warren, as well as Taco Bell heir Rob McKay and New York investor Donald Sussman.
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    04-12-2016, 12:19 PM
    The Hill reports the Speaker will make a statement at 1515ET "to rule himself out and put this to rest once and for all." Furthermore, in a Wisconsin radio interview earlier Tuesday, Ryan said he wanted to be "crystal clear" that he will not allow his name to be placed in nomination for president at the party convention in July. Ryan's odds are tumbling... Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will definitively rule himself out as a contender for the GOP presidential nomination in a formal statement before the media Tuesday afternoon.
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    04-12-2016, 11:55 AM
    We'll see what the polls look like in the general as Hillary gets properly attacked. Maybe it'll be close, but she's such a flawed candidate that even either of Cruz and Trump could beat her
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    04-12-2016, 09:29 AM
    those are now dated polls and this latest poll where she's 38/36 against Trump only reflects HRC's current weakness.
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    04-12-2016, 08:04 AM
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/poll-voters-split-between-clinton-trump-hypothetical-november-matchup-n554306 Hillary Clinton still leads the Democratic field nationally with 49 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaners, but her margin narrows slightly to six points from nine points last week, while Bernie Sanders has support from 43 percent of the Democratic electorate, according to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll. In the Republican primary race, Donald Trump continues to lead the field by 16 points with 46 percent support among Republicans and Republican-leaners, with Sen. Ted Cruz up two points from last week with 30 percent support and Gov. John Kasich trailing behind with 16 percent support, down 2 points from last week.
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    04-11-2016, 05:30 PM
    Who is the GOP establishment? By Doug Wead You hear a lot of talk about the GOP establishment delegates and how they plan to steal the nomination from frontrunner, Donald Trump and maybe even Ted Cruz too. But who exactly are they? It’s a political jungle so I will describe some of the fowl as metaphors. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. #1) The Backyard, Short-Winged, Sparrow-Darters. These are folks who owe their position to the higher party leaders. They do what they are told and in return get to hold onto their positions. Some are respectable County Chairman. They invariably end up as delegates to the National Convention. They don’t make any money out of the arrangement but occasionally get a deal tossed their way from big donors. They get all the booze they want at the Convention.
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    04-11-2016, 08:27 AM
    Who is the GOP establishment? By Doug Wead You hear a lot of talk about the GOP establishment delegates and how they plan to steal the nomination from frontrunner, Donald Trump and maybe even Ted Cruz too. But who exactly are they? It’s a political jungle so I will describe some of the fowl as metaphors. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. #1) The Backyard, Short-Winged, Sparrow-Darters. These are folks who owe their position to the higher party leaders. They do what they are told and in return get to hold onto their positions. Some are respectable County Chairman. They invariably end up as delegates to the National Convention. They don’t make any money out of the arrangement but occasionally get a deal tossed their way from big donors. They get all the booze they want at the Convention.
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    04-10-2016, 12:07 PM
    the news cycle has moved on to Sanders vs Hillary, seems people have already forgotten about this? considering trump's numbers are back up where they used to be after laying low for a few days...
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