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Hillary Clinton’s $300k speech fee could compensate 20 minimum wage workers for one year

Recently, we discovered that Hillary Clinton asked the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to pay her $300,000 for a speech and 90-minute appearance at the university’s foundation dinner. In an effort to put this sum of money into perspective, we’ve calculated the amount of minimum wage jobs this speech fee would cover for one year.

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2014 file photo shows some of the 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, at the Ivanpah Solar ElectirIc Generating System in Primm, Nev. New estimates for the Ivanpah solar plant, an innovative year-old $2.2 billion solar project with Google as a major investor, say thousands of birds are dying yearly, roasted by the concentrated sun rays from the more than 300,000 mirrors. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

VANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and […]

Hillary Clinton initially asked University of Nevada-Las Vegas for $300k to speak

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According to Clinton’s contract with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and other documents concerning the speech obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hillary had the gall to initially ask the school for $300,000 in exchange for the speech.

Survey finds Republicans growing more accepting of gay GOP candidates, support state rights on same-sex marriage

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A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Republicans are continuing to grow more accepting of gay rights, particularly in the case of gay Republican candidates. The poll finds that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate than other candidates. Among all voters, including Democrats and independents, the poll […]

Huge majority of Americans say Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t take Obama seriously

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Seventy-seven percent of Americans say that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not take President Obama seriously, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.

 

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod says Rick Perry indictment ‘seems pretty sketchy’

Rick Perry

This indictment of Republican Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t smell right, says … WHO?

Poll ranks states by the ‘boring-ness’ of governors

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant addresses the audience at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 31, 2014. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Who is the governor of Mississippi? Don’t fret if you don’t know, most people probably don’t either. Republican Governor Phil Bryant was ranked the most ignored state executive in a recent piece by FiveThirtyEight that looked at the percentage of respondents who answered “no opinion/don’t know/don’t care” on approval polls. FiveThirtyEight noted that when poll […]

Sen. Mary Landrieu spent $3,200 in taxpayer money on campaign charter flight

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu

This Democratic senator is sure having a good time spending taxpayer dollars. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) spent over $3,200 in government money on a private plane that took her to a campaign fundraiser last November, thereby violating federal law, CNN reported Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton fans fist pump, cry at her ‘Hard Choices’ book signing on Martha’s Vineyard

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that Clinton’s event at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven drew hundreds of excited fans — many of them women — some of whom expressed their affection for the former secretary of State in outlandish ways.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers ‘awesome’ line to crowd at Iowa State Fair

Gov. Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry just might have his campaign slogan should he decide to run for president in 2016. According to the Des Moines Register, at the end of a speech to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday, Perry exclaimed, ”You’re welcome. I’m awesome!”

Government and politicians are the ‘most important’ problem in the U.S.

Barack Obama sad

The American people currently rate our country’s politicians the biggest problem facing the nation, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton looks forward to ‘hugging it out’ with President Obama at Martha’s Vineyard party

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

President Obama and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet at a Martha’s Vineyard soiree Wednesday, which will present the two Democrats with the perfect opportunity to kiss and make up after Clinton criticized Obama’s foreign policy strategy in a recent interview with The Atlantic.

Government officials are no longer talking about terrorism, study shows

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What have you heard about terrorism lately? According to a recent study of speeches and public statements from the last two administrations, the answer is probably, not much. The American Presidency Project analyzed the speeches of government officials from the last two administrations–everyone from Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to their secretaries of […]

Hillary Clinton says President Obama’s ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ foreign policy strategy is bad for the U.S.

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According to a recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Hillary Clinton isn’t buying President Obama’s “don’t do stupid s–t” foreign policy line.

Hillary Clinton is only spending $100K on Hamptons vacation home rental

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Hillary and Bill Clinton are substantially downsizing their Hamptons vacation this year by renting a home for a mere $100,000 during the last three weeks of August, reports The Daily Mail.

Funny or Die brings Obama’s State of the Union line about ‘Mad Men’ to life

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In Funny or Die’s latest crack at political activism, the comedy site makes a line from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address a reality. “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. […]

John Boehner launches webpage to spotlight House jobs bills that are stuck in Harry Reid’s Senate

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The speaker of the House recently launched the webpage Speaker.gov/JOBS, which spotlights the dozens of jobs bills that have passed the House but are currently stuck in Harry Reid’s stalled Senate.

Putin’s poll numbers at record highs in Russia, lower than Congress and head lice in U.S.

Vladimir Putin

Darth Vader is more popular than President Barack Obama at the moment, but bad poll numbers are not a problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin in his home country. In spite of — or because of?– the downing of Malaysian Airlines 17 by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine and the mustering of thousands of troops near […]

Professor loses job at University of Illinois after series of anti-Israel tweets

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Steven Salaita’s outlook on Israel is no secret. The English professor recently published a book called “Israel’s Dead Soul.” He also mocked Israel and promoted a boycott of Israeli products in blog posts on ‘Electronic Intifada.’ But his expletive-laced anti-Israel tweets may have just cost him a new job at the University of Illinois. Salaita […]

Rand Paul says Hillary Clinton not ‘fit to lead the country,’ jokes about her ‘dead broke’ comments

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) doesn’t think Hillary Clinton is ”fit to lead the country,” according to comments he made during a speech in his home state Friday.