Matthews: Cruz ‘Operates Below the Level of Human Life,’ If You Think ‘He’s As Good As It Gets,’ You’re ‘Really Sad’

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MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews argued Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz “operates below the level of human life” and “almost sees Obama as Castro, as a dictator of the left” on Wednesday’s “MSNBC Live.” Matthews said, “[T]here’s a troll-like quality to Cruz. He operates below the level of human life.” He added, “I think he appeals to people’s negativity rather than their joy. I don’t think people feel good about voting for Cruz, I think they feel — I don’t know what it is he appeals to. Now, people keep telling me he’s inherited the libertarian crowd. I don’t see how. He doesn’t seem libertarian to me. He’s appealed to the Baptists up here. I don’t understand that. He — what is he, a theocrat? Maybe he is. I’m serious abut the guy. There’s something that’s enlivening about these other candidates that makes you feel good. There’s something about that guy who’s always reminding me of Joe McCarthy, and there’s something about that’s negative and menacing. When I say below the level of human life, I mean the good nature of human life, not just being a person.” Matthews further argued, “[H]is entree into national politics was to
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Bloomberg’s Green: Hillary ‘Lavished Praise on Wall Street’ In Paid Speeches, Said It’s ‘Pillar of Our Economy’

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On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bloomberg Politics and Bloomberg National Correspondent Joshua Green said that a financial CEO he spoke to told him Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “lavished praised on Wall Street, said you guys are the pillar of our economy” during one of her paid speeches in 2014. Green stated, “I talked to a CEO of a financial firm who sat through one of her paid speeches in 2014 and said actually the speech itself was just about important decisions she’d had to make to make as secretary of state, a lot of it promoting women, nothing controversial. What would be problematic, he said, for her, was that in her introductory remarks she lavished praised on Wall Street, said, you guys are the pillar of our economy. The irony, the CEO said, was this is a crowd of Romney voters, who were never going to vote for Hillary Clinton, and it was empty flattery that wasn’t going to advance her cause with that crowd.” When asked why she did it, Green responded, “Well, when you’re paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to show up and make a speech to people, I think that
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Marco: ‘We’re Going to Win This Nomination’

On Fox and Friends this morning, Marco was straightforward: Despite a rocky few days for which he’s taken responsibility, he’s going to win the Republican nomination, and he’s going to win the general election. How’s he feeling right now? Our team here [in NH] did a great job. To the extent that we finished shorter…
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NH: GOP Establishment Spends 20X Per Vote as Trump/Cruz

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Donald Trump’s massive and massively consequential New Hampshire victory cost the billionaire businessman a mere $40 per vote, according to a study done by Morning Consult. To come in a distant fourth place, Jeb Bush spent a mind-boggling $1200 per vote. Ted Cruz did the best; he landed in a surprising third place by spending only $18 per vote. No one, though, wasted their money more than Marco Rubio, who spend $508 per vote to belly-flop into fifth place. Even though Bush spent more than twice as much as Rubio, the former Florida governor at least walks out of the Granite State with a live-to-fight-another-day narrative at his back. Rubio exits New Hampshire something close to toast. Moreover, Rubio exits New Hampshire exposed. According to America’s oh-so brilliant Thought Leaders, Rubio The Republican Savior wasn’t supposed to need to spend $508 per vote. With his Fox News super PAC and grassroots appeal, Rubio was supposed to be the shining conservative in the race, not the guy gutting it out in the Establishment Lane. We have a long, long way to go in this primary season, but right now this is a Trump-Cruz race — the GOP Establishment’s worst nightmare —
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MSNBC’s Brzezinski: Hillary Has Used Her Gender To Dodge on Emails and Wall Street Speeches

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski criticized Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her “inconsistent and non-existent” campaign message and using her gender to say, “Look at the bird, I’m a woman” rather than confront the issues about her emails and Wall Street speeches directly on Wednesday. Brzezinski said, after the topic of dissatisfied Hillary voters crossing over and voting for GOP presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich came up, “And the difference between them? Kasich has a message, a clear message, not a long list, that you keep talking and talking and talking and talking to try and avoid the next question, just a clear message, a confident one.” Mike Barnicle then added, “I think lot of the Democrats are probably looking at this morning, and they’re looking at the internals and what happened last, at this exit polls…and they’re thinking one thing, and the forensics that are being done within the Clinton campaign right now, it’s not the messaging, it’s not the targeting, it’s the candidate. And they have a real problem with the candidate. She is off message. Can she get on message? And one of the jarring things that occurred here, and
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Daily Kickoff – February 10th, 2016

I hope you caught Marco’s speech last night, because it’s exactly why we’re all so proud to be on Team Marco. He acknowledged that last night’s results were a bit disappointing, he took responsibility for it, and then he laid out why we should believe in him: because he’s known uphill battles before, and he…
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Muslim Students Turn Common Room Into Mosque, Demand Women Veil And Segregate

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Muslim students at a German university have seized control of a “silent room” designed as a space for all pupils, transforming it into a makeshift mosque and erecting a wall to segregate genders. There are also feet washing facilities and signs instructing women to wear the veil and to not wear perfume. After a series of complaints the room at the Technical University of Dortmund was closed, but 400 angry students quickly signed a petition demanding it be reopened and alleging anti-Muslim prejudice. Last Wednesday, the university replied in an open letter addressed to Muslim student leaders, explaining that the institution is strictly secular and gender segregation is illegal in German public institutions. “Female visitors of the room were repeatedly intercepted at the entrance by Muslim male users and told that they only had access to a small, more confined space, compared to the larger part reserved for men”, the letter reads. The room started out as an open space with two sofas, a few bookshelves, and a calming forest mural to help stressed students unwind. “The space of silence is to be kept ideologically and religiously neutral. Religious symbols, characters or the like must not be placed,” the rules for the room stipulate.
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Report: Anti-Semitism Is Persistent Problem In Dutch Schools, Especially Among Muslim Students

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A government-commissioned report has found anti-Semitism to be rife in many Dutch schools, particularly amongst Muslim students. The 55-page report on discrimination in education — ‘Two Worlds, Two Realities – How Do You Deal With It As a Teacher’ — was collated by Dutch journalist Margalith Kleijwegt having been commissioned by The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the Netherlands. Based on research conducted by Ms. Kleijwegt as she interviewed teachers during school visits across the country since January 2015, the report concluded that many teachers feel helpless and ill-equipped when looking to change the deep-seated prejudices and violent outlooks of their students, particularly against Jews but also against Muslim students in the light of the ongoing migrant crisis. According to Education Minister Jet Bussemaker the report represents “a reality that is inconvenient and sometimes painful”, but one which must be dealt according to “democratic values”. The European Jewish Press reports an example given by a teacher who had wanted to discuss al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on America. One of her male students of Moroccan origin said that the events were in fact “a Zionist Jewish plot” and that there were no Muslims in the airplanes used that day. Even more chillingly, given last year’s attacks on a Synagogue in Copenhagen and
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