Maher: Cruz ‘Did Cheat’ In Iowa, ‘As Jesus Would Do’

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HBO host Bill Maher argued Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz “did cheat” in Iowa by saying fellow candidate Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out on Friday’s “Real Time.” Maher stated, “Donald Trump does have kind of a point. Ted Cruz did cheat. He put out a press release…saying Ben Carson, the other Evangelical in the race, was dropping out, to trick his voters, as Jesus would do. And it worked. Well, — and it worked because 64% of Republican voters in Iowa are born again, and 100% are born yesterday.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Maher: Hillary Can’t Beat ‘a 74-Year-Old Jewish Socialist,’ ‘Hillary, We’re Making This As Easy As We Can For You’

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HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher mocked Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by stating “she’s not good at this” and “she’s losing to a 74-year-old Jewish Socialist,” “Hillary, we’re making this as easy as we can for you” on Friday. Maher said, “Hillary, I love her, but she’s not good at this. She’s not good at [campaigning]. I mean, in 2008, she lost to a black man with a Muslim name. Now she’s losing to a 74-year-old Jewish Socialist. I mean, Hillary, we’re making this as easy as we can for you. But, you’re going to have to help a little. Now, Hillary’s camp says that’s unfair because Bernie has an advantage, people actually like him. But, you know, you’ve got to admit, [Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie] Sanders (I-VT) having a big win there — I mean a tie there. Now he’s going to have a big win in New Hampshire. A tie and a win in the first two go a long way to addressing the electability issue.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Report: Obama and Other Gun Control Proponents Own Stock in Gun Companies

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A February 5th Reuters report shows that staunch gun control proponents President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) both own stock in gun companies. Obama owns his stock through an Illinois pension plan which, in turn, “has about $5 million invested directly in several gun and ammo makers.” Durbin owns his stock through the S Fund, a “federal retirement benefit” that owns stock in gun manufacturers. So both men own their stock indirectly, but they own it nonetheless. According to Reuters, Obama “has up to $100,000” invested into the Illinois pension plan “from his days in the Illinois General Assembly.” That pension plan owns stock in Smith & Wesson Holdings and Sturm Ruger, two large firearms manufacturers, as well as Vista Outdoor and Olin, two prominent ammunition makers. Durbin has “an S Fund investment of about 115,000,” which means he is not only a “leading advocate” for more gun control but also an investor in funds that hold stocks in gun makers. Moreover, former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-4th) — a gun control advocate extraordinaire — “held shares worth between $3,003 and $45,000 in at least three exchange-traded funds with stakes in gun and ammo companies … while in office.” And
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MSNBC’s Wagner: ‘Certain’ GOPers Really Mean ‘Rewinding the Clock on Social Progress’ When They Talk About Restoring US

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MSNBC Analyst Alex Wagner argued that “certain people” in the GOP aren’t talking about economics when they talk about restoring the US, they really mean, “rewinding the clock on social progress” on Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time.” Wagner said, “‘Restore’ means something that has nothing to do with economics. It is about rewinding the clock on social progress. It is rewinding the clock on whatever debate we’re having, and potential progress on the environment, on gay marriage, on — the conversation about criminal justice, about racial progress, or lack thereof. I mean, that is, I think, what the — certain people in the Republican Party. It’s not actually, ‘Let’s go 7 — $5 a gallon gas.’ It’s, ‘Let’s go back to a time when gay marriage was illegal. Let’s go back to a time when there wasn’t the ACA.’” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Maher to Steinem: Why Don’t Feminists Make More of a Cause Out of How Women Are Treated In the Muslim World?

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HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher wondered why the way women are treated in the Muslim world isn’t more of a cause for feminists during an interview with author and activist Gloria Steinem on Friday. Maher asked, “Why aren’t the way women are treated in the Muslim world considered more of a feminist cause?” Steinem responded that it is a feminist cause, and that women in the Muslim world consider their treatment a feminist cause. After she added, “All monotheism is a problem.” Maher responded, “Yes, but not quite as much.” Steinem then said that the problem is “Islam being attached to the government.” And all theocracies are a problem. Maher then pointed to the “40 countries” with Sharia Law and how women are treated as a result of such law. Steinem responded that she doesn’t like any monotheism, and pointed to feminists in the Islamic world who are pushing back against radicalism using the words of Mohammed. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Reuters: Joe Biden Hints at Presidential Run

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19:  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House summit on climate change October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Biden remains at the center of rumors regarding a potential campaign for the U.S. presidency.
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From Reuters: A prominent Democratic donor worried about the party’s chances of winning the presidency emailed dozens of fans of Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, urging them to remain prepared to donate if Biden jumps into the race. The donor, Bill Bartmann, cited new polling showing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont nearly tied with Hillary Clinton, eroding the 30-point lead the former secretary of state held at the end of last year. Bartmann and other party insiders are concerned that Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, is too far to the left to win against a Republican in the Nov. 8 presidential election. “We cannot afford to lose the White House,” Bartmann wrote in the email, seen by Reuters. You can red the full story here.
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