Watch: Trump, Jeb Spar Over Eminent Domain

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Saturday at ABC News’ New Hampshire Republican Debate, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush got into a battle over eminent domain which ended with Trump being loudly booed by the audience, whom he said were Bush donors. Trump said, “Let me just tell you about eminent domain. So many people have hit me with commercials and other things about eminent domain. Eminent domain is an absolute necessity for a country, for our country. Without it, you wouldn’t have roads. You wouldn’t have hospitals. You wouldn’t have anything. You wouldn’t have schools. You need eminent domain. And a lot of the big conservatives that tell me how conservative they are, they all want the Keystone pipeline. The Keystone pipeline, without eminent domain, it wouldn’t go ten feet, okay? You need it. It’s a good thing, not a bad thing. what a lot of people don’t know, oh, you’re going to take their property — when somebody — when eminent domain is used on somebody’s property, that person gets a fortune. They get at least fair market value and if they are smart, they’ll get two or three times the value of their property. But without eminent domain, you don’t have roads, highways,
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Watch: Cruz Says He Wouldn’t Waterboard In a ‘Widespread’ Way, After Pause Says It’s Needed In Some Cases

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Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued that while waterboarding isn’t torture, he wouldn’t “bring it back in any sort of widespread use,” and, after a pause, added that “if it were necessary to, say, prevent a city from facing an imminent terrorist attack” he would use “whatever enhanced interrogation methods we could” during Saturday’s GOP presidential debate on ABC. Cruz said, in response to a question on whether waterboarding is torture, “Well, under the definition of torture, no, it’s not. Under the law, torture is excruciating pain that is equivalent to losing organs and systems, so, under the definition of torture, it is not. It is enhanced interrogation, it is vigorous interrogation, but it does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.” When asked if he would bring it back, Cruz stated, “I would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use, and indeed –.” After a pause, he continued, “I joined with Senator [John] McCain (R-AZ) in legislation that would prohibit line officers from employing it, because I think bad things happen when enhanced interrogation is employed at lower levels, but, when it comes to keeping this country safe, the commander-in-chief has inherent
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Debate Crowd Boos, Trump Hits Back: ‘That’s All Jeb’s Donors and Special Interests’

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During Saturday night’s ABC News debate, Donald Trump and former-Governor Jeb Bush got into a feisty exchange on the issue of eminent domain. Bush hit Trump for his use (or attempted use) of eminent domain to enrich his casino business in Nevada. Trump responded by saying, “Jeb wants to be a tough guy tonight. I didn’t take the property.” Boos then rained down on The Donald, who was ready. Pointing at the audience, Trump charged… That’s all of his donors and special interests out there. So,  that’s what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you, we needed tickets. You can’t get them. You know who has the tickets to the television audience? Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who. The RNC told us. We have all donors in the audience. And the reason they’re not loving me — the reason they’re not loving me is, I don’t want their money. I’m going to do the right thing for the American public. I don’t need their money. And I’m the only one up here that can say that. The audience continued to boo throughout. Sean Spicer of the RNC told Breitbart
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Ted Cruz Shuts Down Martha Raddatz’s Cheap Gotcha on North Korea

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During Saturday night’s ABC News debate, co-moderator Martha Raddatz, a personal friend of Barack Obama’s, asked Ted Cruz an incredibly dumb gotcha question premised on the idea that Cruz is some kind of war-monger, but only when he wants to be. Cruz was first about the news that, in violation of  treaty, North Korea launched fired a long-range rocket Saturday. Cruz gave an impressive and detailed answer about North Korean threat that included legitimate criticism of President Clinton’s mishandling of his failed nuclear deal. Raddatz then attacked: RADDATZ: If you were commander-in-chief tonight, would you have ordered the U.S. military to destroy that missile pre-emptively on the launch pad to prevent North Korea from becoming an even graver threat?” CRUZ: At this point, I’m not going to speculate on that without the intelligence briefing that any commander-in-chief would have knowing what exactly is there. One of the real problems– Barack Obama’s personal friend then interrupted… RADDATZ: Senator Cruz you have talked tough about this, you have talked tough about the Mideast — you haven’t gotten intelligence briefings about that. Why not tell us if you would pre-emptively strike a missile on a lunch pad that threatened the U.S.? At this
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Carson Causes Awkward Debate Opening

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Saturday night at the ABC News New Hampshire Republican Debate, Dr. Ben Carson created a traffic jam when he didn’t hear his introduction. Carson stood backstage as the other candidates had to awkwardly walk around him as each was introduced. Donald Trump choose to stand with Carson, causing Jeb Bush to make a face as he squeezed by. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Rubio Booed for Christie Snow Storm Jab

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Saturday at the ABC News New Hampshire Republican Debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) got into a back-and-forth centering around Rubio’s  lack of executive experience. While trading jabs, the crowd loudly booed when Rubio hit Christie for not returning to New Jersey quickly enough after a recent snowstorm. Christie said, “See, Marco, the thing is this—when you’re president of the United States, when you’re governor of the state, the memorized speech when you talk about how great America is doesn’t solve one problem for the person. They expect you to plow the snow and get the schools open. And when your worst disaster hits you, they expect you to rebuild the state. None of that happens on the floor of the Senate. It’s a fine job but it does not prepare you for the president of the United States.” Rubio was booed after saying, “Chris, your state got hit by a massive snowstorm two weeks ago. You didn’t want to go back. They had to shame you to go back. And then you stayed there for 36 hours and then you left to go back to your campaign.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Under Chris Christie’s Watch, New Jersey Has Suffered 9 Credit Rating Downgrades

Christie’s Economic Record The Facts: “Credit rating firms have downgraded the state nine times under Mr. Christie’s watch.” “Credit rating firms have downgraded the state nine times under Mr. Christie’s watch, and New Jersey’s job-recovery rate from the recession trails the national average. ‘Nine downgrades,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘It’s a disaster.’” (The Wall Street Journal,…
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North Korea Launches Long Range Rocket, Seen as Covert Missile Test

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket, fired from North Korea’s west coast and tracked by the governments in South Korea and Japan, came about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning. It follows North Korea’s widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Washington, Seoul and their allies will consider it a further provocation and will push for more tough sanctions in the United Nations. A South Korean defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the launch from the North’s west coast launching pad was made between 9:30 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. local time, but gave no other details. Japan’s NHK broadcaster reported that debris from the launch was believed to have fallen about 250 kilometers (155 miles) off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula into the East China Sea about 14 minutes after the launch. NHK also showed footage of an object visible in the skies from the southern island
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