Thursday, March 24, 2016

Interview: Alexandra Datig On Dr. Drew/KABC 790: Hillary, Bernie, Trump, Cruz Miss The Point On Melania Pic

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reuters: Trump, Clinton win Arizona on big night in the West

By Steve Holland, Mar. 23, 2016, Reuters

U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton swept to victory in Arizona on Tuesday in contests that were overshadowed by deadly attacks in Brussels that raised security concerns in the United States.

Trump, who has riled establishment Republicans, easily defeated his two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, U.S. television networks projected.

On the Democratic side, Clinton stretched her advantage in the Democratic contest by winning Arizona, routing U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The contests in Arizona and Utah took place on the same day that attacks in Brussels killed at least 30 people, adding to Americans' concerns about the threat from Islamist militants.

"This is a time for America to lead, not cower," Clinton told supporters in Seattle in a victory speech she used to attack Trump and Cruz for views she said were out of step with most Americans.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CNN: Obama to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Hon. Merrick Garland, 
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
By Kevin Liptak, Manu Raju and Ariane de Vouge, Mar. 16, 2016

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama will nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, multiple congressional sources tell CNN, setting up a dramatic political fight with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block any replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Garland, 63, the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has been on short lists before. An appointee of President Bill Clinton, Garland is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School. As a Justice Department lawyer he supervised the investigations in the Unabomber case as well as the Oklahoma City bombing.

Senate Republicans do not plan to vet or have hearings on the nominee, and say the next President should be able to choose Scalia's replacement. Obama and Democrats argue that with 10 months left in his term, there is plenty of time for the Senate to take up and confirm a new justice.


Fox News: Kasich scores first win in home state — but Trump rolls on, ending Rubio run

By Fox News, Mar. 16, 2016

A string of Donald Trump primary victories Tuesday night, including a knockout win against Marco Rubio in Florida, as well as a first win by John Kasich in his home state of Ohio did little to change the direction of the Republican presidential race — except to add more uncertainty and speculation.

Trump kept his substantial delegate lead by winning at least three contests. In defeating Rubio in the senator’s home state of Florida and pushing him out of the race, Trump won the biggest prize on the map, including all 99 of its delegates. He also won primaries in Illinois and North Carolina.

“We’re going to go forward, and we’re going to win,” Trump told supporters in Palm Beach, Fla. “But more importantly, we’re going to win for the country.”

Yet Kasich vowed to stay in the race, buoyed by his Ohio victory, and Cruz showed no signs of slowing down -- as Kasich in particular banks on the prospect of a contested convention in July, leaving it unclear when the raucous GOP primary race might draw to a close.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NBC News: Super Tuesday 2: Clinton, Trump Take Big Leads Into Key Contests

By Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos, Mar. 15, 2016, NBC News

Hillary Clinton maintains a sizable lead over Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination — 54 percent to 41 percent — while Donald Trump is a full 20 points ahead of any other Republican candidate.

Trump leads Ted Cruz 44 to 24 percent, followed by John Kasich (12 percent) and Marco Rubio (11 percent). These results are according to the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll for the week of March 7 through March 13, 2016 among a national sample of 8,840 adults aged 18 and over, including 7,321 who say they are registered to vote.

Clinton's overall numbers dipped to a 13-point lead over Sanders, perhaps due to Sanders' surprising win in Michigan on March 8.

Friday, March 11, 2016

AP: Carson buries 'the hatchet,' endorses Trump for president

By Associated Press, Mar. 11, 2016

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner's White House bid.

At a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, Carson, who left the race earlier this month, described "two Donald Trumps" — the persona reflected on stage, and a private, "very cerebral" person who "considers things carefully."

In his introduction to Carson Friday, Trump described the retired neurosurgeon as a "special, special person — special man," and a "friend" who is respected by everyone.

Carson warned that it is "extremely dangerous" when political parties attempt to "thwart the will of the people," and urged politicians to "strengthen the nation," rather than create divisions.


Monday, March 7, 2016

ABC: The Love Story of Ronald and Nancy Reagan

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
By Nicole Pelletier, March 7, 2016, ABC News

Nancy Reagan, who died in her Los Angeles home on Sunday at the age of 94, was loyal to her husband President Ronald Reagan throughout their 52 years of marriage.

The former first lady was remembered for the issues she championed, but perhaps her biggest legacy was her unbreakable love with Ronald.

James Rosebush, chief of staff to Nancy Reagan, said that the love the Reagans shared was real.

“I was often asked, ‘Is this genuine? Do they really have this kind of bond?’ and I said, ‘Oh yes, without question,’” Rosebush said on “Good Morning America.”

Their romance, which would span more than half a century, was captured by decades of love letters written by Ronald.

“My darling, I love you so very much," the president wrote to his wife on March 20, 1955. "I don't even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the feeling sweeter."

OANN: Ex-Marine Chosen To Direct U.S. Extradition Efforts

By David Ingram, March 7, 2016, OANN/Reuters

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has hired a retired Marine Corps major general to head the office in charge of bringing overseas criminal defendants to the United States for trial, a task that has grown in importance as the work of U.S. prosecutors increasingly crosses national borders.

Vaughn Ary, a lawyer who was in the Marine Corps for 28 years, has been chosen as director of the department’s Office of International Affairs, according to an internal personnel announcement seen by Reuters.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the appointment. Ary could not be reached for comment.

Ary resigned last year as the convening authority for U.S. military commissions, a job that put him in charge of operations at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, tribunals. He had angered some defense lawyers and military judges by pushing a plan to increase the pace of trials at the Guantanamo naval base by requiring judges to live there. The plan was scrapped.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

"Hillary's America" Trailer

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Hill: Former Clinton staffer who built email server strikes immunity deal with FBI: report

By Harper Neidig, Mar. 2, 2016, The Hill

The Justice Department has granted immunity to a State Department employee that helped build former secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to the Washington Post.

A law enforcement official told the Post that Bryan Pagliano has agreed to work with the FBI in exchange for not facing any possible criminal charges.

The new development is not a good sign for the Democratic presidential front-runner, though there is still no indication that any criminal charges will be brought against Clinton.

Washington Post: Trump owns Super Tuesday, but Cruz and Rubio see glimmers of hope

By Robert Costa, Philip Rucker, Mar. 1, 2016, Washington Post

Donald Trump rode a powerful tide of voter fury to victories across the country on Tuesday, ending the campaign season’s most momentous day of balloting as the unrivaled favorite for the Republican presidential nomination.

The billionaire mogul’s Super Tuesday rout extended from New England to the Deep South, but he resoundingly lost the night’s crown jewel, Texas, to home-state Sen. Ted Cruz, who also defeated Trump in Alaska and Oklahoma.

Tuesday’s results exposed some vulnerabilities for Trump: He lost late­-deciding voters in many states by wide margins to rival Marco Rubio, a sign that the senator from Florida may have had some impact with his withering assault on Trump’s character. Ohio Gov. John Kasich also came close to beating Trump in Vermont.