More Packed Crowds for Marco in South Carolina

February 11, 2016 Marco hit the ground running in South Carolina on Wednesday, and his barnstorm across the “First in the South” state continued yesterday. Marco kicked the day off with a huge event in Sun City. People are starting to file in for Marco Rubio’s town hall in Sun City. If the wifi cooperates…
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Trump Up +16 In Latest SC Poll; Cruz Beats Rubio +5

(L-R) Republican presidential candidates Ohio Governor John Kasich, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie participate in the Republican presidential debate at St. Anselm CollegeÊFebruary 6, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sponsored by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review and Google, this is the final televised debate before voters go to the polls for the New Hampshire primary on February 9.
After a dry spell of nearly a month, and all the political drama and actual voting that has taken place in Iowa and New Hampshire, we finally have a new poll out of South Carolina, where the next round of voting begins in less than 10 days. And, quite incredibly, it shows that … almost nothing has changed. Donald Trump is still up by double digits, Ted Cruz is in second, Marco Rubio is in third. The Augusta Chronicle poll, taken on February 10 and 11, almost perfectly mirrors its immediate predecessor, a NBC poll taken during the third week of January. With 36% support, Trump is in first place by +16 points. Cruz is in second with 20%. Rubio jumped a statistically insignificant +1 to enjoy 15% support. Jeb Bush jumped +2 to 11%. The only notable change is Kasich’s leap from 1% to 9%. That’s a nice jump … into fifth place. The best news is for Trump, who has managed to hold on to a substantial lead. The news for Rubio is mixed. After that brutal debate performance, the Florida senator’s support didn’t crater in South Carolina like it did in New Hampshire. Nevertheless, he’s still stuck -21
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Ted Cruz: ‘We Are One Liberal Justice Away from a Five Justice Liberal Majority’

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“We are one liberal justice away from a five justice liberal majority, the likes of which this country has never seen,” 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday at the Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire with radio hosts Andrew Wilkow and David Webb on The Wilkow Majority radio program on SiriusXM Patriot 125.
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Buchanan: If It’s Jeb Versus Hillary, You Will Have a Demoralized, Angry Nation

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” conservative commentator Pat Buchanan warned of the consequences of a presidential match-up between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Buchanan told host Sean Hannity that with the populist fervor, a Bush-Clinton contest would demoralize and upset the country. “I think it’s the year of the outsider, clearly,” Buchanan said. “You take a look at the Democratic Party, you’ve got Bernie Sanders, the most left-wing member of the Senate, an outspoken socialist, and he’s running dead even with Hillary Clinton. I don’t think he’s going to win, but he’s run a tremendous race from the far left of the party, populist liberalism. On the conservative side it’s really been the year of the outsider with Trump first and foremost, and then Cruz, Sean. And I think the key thing to this year is look at the crowds Trump has gotten, look at the, not only the poll ratings but also the debates, how many folks have come out, and all this excitement and energy, 25 million people watching debates. My fear is that if the populist movements in both parties are turned back and you get a Clinton, say, versus Bush race, you will have a really
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George Clooney: U.S. Not Taking in Enough Syrian Refugees, We Need to ‘Do More’

Thursday night at the Berlin film festival premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” actor George Clooney told Sky News the United States is not doing “enough” to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. Friday morning Clooney had a meeting with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, to discuss what more Hollywood could do to help. Clooney said, “The United States needs to do more as we know, 10,000 refugees a year is not enough, that’s clear.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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In Photos: President Obama Designates 3 National Monuments in California

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In Photos: President Obama Designates 3 National Monuments in California

February 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM ET by Tanya Somanader

Take a look at the three new national monuments the President is designating in the California desert.

“Our country is home to some of the most beautiful God-given landscapes in the world. We’re blessed with natural treasures – from the Grand Tetons to the Grand Canyon; from lush forests and vast deserts to lakes and rivers teeming with wildlife. And it’s our responsibility to protect these treasures for future generations, just as previous generations protected them for us.”

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President Obama has taken unprecedented action to invest and conserve America’s natural treasures. The natural and cultural richness of our national parks, monuments, forest, and public lands are an important reflections of our environmental responsibility and the legacy we leave to future generations. That is why this President has protected more than 265 million acres of land and water – more than any other president in history.?

Today, he’s adding a few million acres?more.

Today, he will designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument.?

These designations encompass?nearly 1.8 million acres and nearly double the number of acres of public lands that he’s previously protected. Take a look and find out a bit more about our nation’s newest national monuments:?

Mojave Trails National Monument

The Mojave Trailes

Spanning 1.6 million acres, including 400,000 acres of previously congressionally-designated Wilderness, the Mojave Trails National Monument is comprised of a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes.?

Mojave Trails

The monument will protect irreplaceable historic resources including ancient Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66.?

Mojave Trails

Additionally, the area has been a focus of study and research for decades, including geological research and ecological studies on the effects of climate change and land management practices on ecological communities and wildlife.

Sand to Snow National Monument

Sand to Snow

Encompassing 154,000 acres, including just over 100,000 acres of already congressionally-designated Wilderness, Sand to Snow National Monument is an ecological and cultural treasure and one of the most biodiverse areas in southern California, supporting more than 240 species of birds and 12 threatened and endangered wildlife species.

Sand to Snow

Home to the region’s tallest alpine mountain that rises from the floor of the Sonoran?Desert, the monument also will protect sacred, archaeological and cultural sites, including an estimated 1,700 Native American petroglyphs.? Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.

Castle Mountains National Monument?

Castle Mountains

The Castle Mountains National Monument is an integral piece of the Mojave Desert with important natural resources and historic sites, including Native American archeological sites.?

Castle Mountain

The 20,920-acre monument will serve as a critical connection between two mountain ranges, protecting water resources, plants, and wildlife such as golden eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, and bobcats.

Learn more about today’s designations here.?

Find Your Park

These monuments are an essential part of our heritage and as part?of our nation’s?parks,?they belong to all of us.?

Last year, President Obama announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative to give?every fourth-grade student and their families a free pass to National Parks and all other federal lands and waters for a full year. So rather than sitting in front of the TV or computer screen, get out and find a spot that takes your breath away. Check out to explore the natural beauty in your own community, and then bring your friends and family. These parks are our heritage, and yours to explore!

Find Your Park

Tanya Somanader

Director of Digital Rapid Response for the Office of Digital Strategy

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