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  • ‘It’s about the kids!’: Animated Texas dad and other Target shoppers weigh in on Target’s new bathroom policy
    Posted April 28, 2016 at 11:32 am by Mike Opelka

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    As the online petition encouraging people to boycott Target stores over the company’s recent decision to allow transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice approaches one million signatures, Lawrence Jones from TheBlaze TV’s “Dana” program visited a Target store in Dallas to learn how shoppers felt about the policy.

    Speaking to a cross section of Target customers, Jones found people familiar with the policy who were unhappy about it as well as those who did not have a problem with transgender people using any bathroom they prefer.

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  • Blaze video: How do you get a puppy to stop biting?
    Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm by Mike Opelka

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    TheBlaze Deputy Managing Editor Jason Howerton’s new puppy, Max, has created a conundrum for our colleague.

    In addition to being extra adorable, Max also likes to bite his owner.

    Image source: Jason Howerton

    Image source: Jason Howerton

    Late last week, during an editorial conference call, Howerton asked the staff, “Does anyone know how to get a puppy to stop biting?”

    The typically talkative news team was relatively silent. Howerton said he (unsuccessfully) tried grabbing the dog’s mouth and sternly telling him, “No bite!”

    The snout-grabbing technique did not work and our colleague admitted, “If he’s too crazy to listen to reason, I just leave the room and ignore him,” Howerton said.

    Checking famous dog trainer Cesar Milan’s web site, we found a host of tips to “Nipping nipping in the bud.”

    The ASPCA also posted suggestions on how to deal with “Mouthing, Nipping and Biting.”

    While these pages were filled with some great ideas, we decided to take our cameras out to the dog parks of New York and see what advice we would be given by dog owners.

    Watch some helpful New Yorkers advise us on how to stop a puppy from biting.

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  • Virginia farm offered up ‘dream job’ of snuggling its baby goats — so of course we had to check it out
    Posted April 22, 2016 at 8:56 am by Michael Mason

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    Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia, opened up last Sunday for their official snuggle session! Volunteers got up close and personal with the farm’s baby goats. This special event originated when the farm had about 100 goats born in less than two weeks.

    The owner, Gail Hobbs-Page says there is a purpose to cuddling baby goats.

    “When they become milkers for the cheese operation, they’re easier to handle. If we didn’t do this on some level, you couldn’t get your hands on them. They’d just run away.”

    The 120-goat farm makes 30,000 pounds of goat cheese each year. That can be quite a handful for the farm’s five employees. To lighten the load, her employees suggested setting up a program for people in the community to come help care for the little goats. Within a day, the local NBC affiliate caught wind of the event, and within two days, the Washington Post and Mental Floss picked up the story. Three days after the online sign up page wen live, all the slots were booked.

    Find out more about future events at Caromount’s website or Facebook page.

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  • JustFly: US Destinations Occupying Half Of Top Ten International Destinations In 2016
    Posted April 18, 2016 at 12:00 am by Sponsored Post

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    Online travel agency JustFly have unveiled their top destinations to start off 2016, with five US destinations making the list to kick off the year. JustFly reviews their sales figures throughout the year, and took the time to look at their numbers from January 2016 to April of 2016. Here are the top 10 destinations for the first third of the year:

    1 – London, UK
    2 – New York, USA
    3 – Los Angeles, USA
    4 – Mexico City, Mexico
    5 – Manilla, Philippines
    6 – Chicago, USA
    7 – Tokyo, Japan
    8 – Atlanta, USA
    9 – Paris, France
    10 – Las Vegas, USA

    While holding down five of the top spots, it was not an American city that topped the list. Traditional chart topping city London, UK led the way again in the first third of 2016. Rounding out the top three were New York City and Los Angeles, traditionally two of America’s biggest draws. Other American cities within the top ten included Chicago at six, Atlanta at eight, and Las Vegas at 10.

    Some noticeable omissions from the list include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando. This trio of Florida-based cities tend to find themselves somewhere in the top ten, but also suffer sales cannibalization as a result of having so many landing options in the state. Likewise, there are fewer European destinations on the list than usual, which is most certainly related to the security situation in the European Union.

    Some surprising locales on the list include Mexico City, Manilla, and Tokyo. Mexico City is not traditionally the most popular destination in Mexico, with more tourism focused cities like Cancun outpacing Mexico’s largest city. Having a cities like Tokyo and Manilla in the top ten is also a bit of surprise considering that the majority of travellers booking with JustFly are based in North America, meaning many are committing to the intense travel and higher cost of flying to Japan and the Philippines to start off 2016.

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  • Finger-wagging Maestro Bernie Sanders is music to young liberal ears
    Posted April 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm by Michael Mason

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    In an effort to bring a little fun to a serious 2016 political race, virtuoso and maestro Bernie Sanders graces us with a hand gestures symphony. Enjoy!

    NO politician, athlete, or actor in modern memory seems to favor the finger wag as much as Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders.


    The finger wag was famously used by former NBA basketball player Dikembe Mutombo to silently scold his opponent. The Oxford dictionary defines it as ‘the action of reprimanding or warning someone.

    But the most famous SINGLE finger wag is brought to us by President Bill Clinton. On January 26, 1998, Clinton took to the microphone, finger wagging, face red, and issued a famous denial that would haunt him for the rest of his life.

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  • Reporter’s Notebook: See what the TV cameras are not showing you from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns in New York City
    Posted April 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Tuesday, I witnessed the two Democratic presidential candidates in action in New York City. First, Hillary Clinton, playing to a packed house at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention.

    A crowd filled the New York Sheraton ballroom to capacity, waiting for the former Secretary of State to speak.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Clinton delivered what you might expect of a seasoned politician and veteran of campaigns like this. No real surprises, mostly red meat to the Sharpton faithful.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    About 20 minutes into Clinton’s speech, Pavlina Osta, a HuffPo contributor and radio host who was sitting in front of me, pulled a puppy from her purse, turned her back on Clinton and started taking selfies with the pooch.

    I’m not kidding. (We had to go through individual wanding and Secret Service bag checks…I wonder how the dog got through?)

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

     

    After Hillary’s speech, it was off to Washington Square Park and the Bernie Sanders Rally

    Outside the rally, navigating the security gauntlet, I met “Ricky Obama,” candidate for mayor of NYC.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Inside the park, tens of thousands waited three hours or more for Bernie Sanders to speak.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    There was a “festival” feeling to this crowd.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    I think these Bernie glasses were a favorite “prop” seen in the park.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    A Bernie Sanders rally staple, the band Vampire Weekend played a short set. Actors Tim Robbins, Rosario Dawson and Spike Lee addressed the crowd, whipping them up as the night air brought a chill over the city.

    There were also flashbacks to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    After union leaders, local politicians, activists and celebs finished presenting their reasons for supporting Sanders over Clinton, Trump and Cruz, the music was turned up a notch as Bernie and Jane Sanders took the stage to what my colleague Josiah Ryan called a “Rockstar’s” welcome.

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    The crowd was estimated to be 27,000 — and it felt like it.

    As I watched and listened to the Democratic Socialist repeat his populist pitch to an energized group of loyal supporters, my eyes drifted above Sanders to the words of George Washington carved into the top of the arch.

    “Let Us Raise A Standard To Which The Wise And Honest Can Repair The Event Is In The Hand Of God”

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Image source: Mike Opelka / TheBlaze

    Amen, George, Amen.

    P.S. Bernie Sanders spoke for just over an hour. But, the party did not end after the rally. The streets of Greenwich Village were overflowing with Sanders supporters.

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  • Nixon and Hillary near verbatim defenses highlighted in new video
    Posted April 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm by Fred Lucas

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    For anyone who has made a casual comparison between former President Richard Nixon and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new video shows the two politicians of opposite parties making strangely similar defenses of their actions in Watergate and the current email scandal, respectively.

    Nixon, a Republican, resigned from office in 1974 to avoid impeachment over Watergate. As the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton’s private email server is under investigation by the FBI for the potential mishandling of classified information.

    The video was produced by conservative group, American Crossroads.

  • WATCH: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Go Toe-to-Toe in Town Hall Parody
    Posted April 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm by sarajohnson

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    You’ve never seen a town hall quite like this one. Steven Crowder’s latest parody video puts Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump head-to-head in a town hall to win the heart of America.

    See more of Steven’s videos here.

  • Students Hold ‘Hijab Race’ in NYC’s Union Square to Help Participants Empathize with Muslim Women
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 10:24 am by Josiah Ryan

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    A group of students from a nearby art school hosted what they called a “hijab wrap challenge” in one New York City’s most popular parks, Union Square, late last week.

    The point of the challenge, according to one student, Karina, was to help New Yorkers who do not usually wear Hijabs empathize with Muslim women who do.

    As part of the exercise, men and women wrapped themselves in Hijabs in the traditional manner and then competed in a short footrace.

    Another part of the game was called the “personal space challenge.” It required men and women to perform tasks together, like running with a hula hoop, without making physical contact, which is forbidden in some parts of Islam.

    “It’s OK to work with the same sex… and achieve something with them,” explained Hindi, who is also a student at the School of Visual Arts.

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  • What If Famous Characters from Literature Had Access to Today’s Technology?
    Posted March 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm by Albin Sadar

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    “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

    What if Juliet had more options than just Romeo? What if the 16th Century romance-starved damsel could have compared and contrasted suitors using the dating app, Tinder?

    (Image Credit: Lindley/Batisti)

    (Image: FlipSnack.com)

    A couple of outside-the-box thinkers decided to re-imagine literary classics using a modern-day, technically-enhanced spin. Content strategist Matt Lindley and designer Jazmin Batisti applied their skills on FlipSnack, a website for creating and posting flipbooks.

    Contorting classics to fit quirky genre isn’t new, of course. Anyone who’s seen Jane Austin’s nobility or Honest Abe Lincoln match wits with zombies and vampires can attest to that. And fans of Mad Magazine and the National Lampoon are familiar with literary send-ups, as well.

    Following in this vein, “What if Literature Logged On?” finds its focus.

    According to creators Lindley and Batisti, “We took eight timeless books, a mixture of children’s titles and classic literature, and stopped to ask ourselves the question: what if these stories featured the modern technology we rely on today?”

    Among the classic books and characters given a modern twist: Willy Wonka checking out Pinterest for ideas for tasty treats; Frodo using Google Maps to make a beeline to Mordor; and the frantic White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland” making up for lost time by connecting with Uber.

    Check out seven more offerings of “Logged On” literature:

    Twist Speaks Out on TripAdvisor…

    Oliver Twist finally has the chance to speak out on TripAdvisor against the Victorian workhouse he grew up in. (Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens) - Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Oliver Twist finally has the chance to speak out on TripAdvisor against the Victorian workhouse he grew up in. (Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Wonka Finds Inspiration on Pinterest…

    Eccentric? Yes. Creative? Not so much. Many of Willy Wonka’s best ideas were stolen from Pinterest while the Oompa-Loompas were asleep. Hair toffee, three-course dinner chewing gum and eatable marshmallow pillows were all someone else’s dream originally. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl) - Image and caption: Flipsnack.com

    Eccentric? Yes. Creative? Not so much. Many of Willy Wonka’s best ideas were stolen from Pinterest while the Oompa-Loompas were asleep. Hair toffee, three-course dinner chewing gum and eatable marshmallow pillows were all someone else’s dream originally. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Caterpillar Feasts with GrubHub…

    It’s hard work turning from a caterpillar into a butterfly – that’s why the Very Hungry Caterpillar is always eating. With GrubHub installed on his phone, this caterpillar is taking binge eating to the next level. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle) - Image and caption: Flipsnack.com

    It’s hard work turning from a caterpillar into a butterfly – that’s why the Very Hungry Caterpillar is always eating. With GrubHub installed on his phone, this caterpillar is taking binge eating to the next level. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Holden Hates on Twitter…

    Holden Caulfield is the kid actively on Twitter, complaining about Twitter and telling everyone how “phoney” they are. He can’t explain what he means and he’s not sure he’d feel like it, but he’d still try in less than 140 characters. (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger) - Image and caption: Flipsnack.com

    Holden Caulfield is the kid actively on Twitter, complaining about Twitter and telling everyone how “phoney” they are. He can’t explain what he means and he’s not sure he’d feel like it, but he’d still try in less than 140 characters. (The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Frodo Returns Ring with Help of Google Maps…

    How much easier would the trip to Mordor have been if Frodo had had Google Maps to guide him through a fast, orc-free route? (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien) - Image and caption: Flipsnack.com

    How much easier would the trip to Mordor have been if Frodo had had Google Maps to guide him through a fast, orc-free route? (The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    White Rabbit Hails Uber…

    The White Rabbit’s life would have been so much easier if he’d swapped his broken pocket watch for a smartphone and Uber. Then he could have hailed a ride and relaxed for the rest of the story. (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll) - Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    The White Rabbit’s life would have been so much easier if he’d swapped his broken pocket watch for a smartphone and Uber. Then he could have hailed a ride and relaxed for the rest of the story. (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Aslan Goes Viral on Instagram…

    Everyone loves a good cat meme – that’s why Aslan has built up such a following on Instagram. People adore his #gingerbeard and #epicsmile, and he now has more followers than Grumpy Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat put together. (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis) - Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    Everyone loves a good cat meme – that’s why Aslan has built up such a following on Instagram. People adore his #gingerbeard and #epicsmile, and he now has more followers than Grumpy Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat put together. (The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis) – Image and caption: FlipSnack.com

    To view the collection, check out the website page here.

  • Survival expert Tim MacWelch tells us how he prepares his family for a food shortage
    Posted March 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm by Michael Mason

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    Short-term food shortages often happen as the result of weather or other natural disasters. Over the past few months, there have been several blizzards that have paralyzed many large cities. We found one of the top experts on survival and asked him how he, personally, prepares his family for a food shortage.

    Planning for a food shortage will require you to have a good understanding of what causes a food shortage. The average meal that you eat each night at your dinner table travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store. There is only about a three day supply of food on hand in any given area, so any disruption in this supply chain can lead to a shortage.

    Are you ready?

    Tim MacWelch is the author of Prepare for Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills, writes the Outdoor Life survival blog and has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoors skills for over 26 years. He runs a year-round survival school in Virginia and has worked with students of all levels, from the Boy Scouts to the U.S. Armed Forces. Follow him on Twitter at @TimMacWelch

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  • Tea Party executive describes hijinks in Ohio primary
    Posted March 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm by Skip LaCombe

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    Portage County Ohio Tea Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski joined “The Morning Blaze With Doc and Skip” to explain why there was a drastic difference between the polls and the results in many Ohio races.

    Tom talks getting it right in Washington by taking one step at a time. Check out his website and listen to the eye opening interview below.

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  • Tell us: What is the proper way to eat a chocolate Easter bunny?
    Posted March 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm by Michael Mason

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    What’s Easter without a chocolate bunny? We want to know: What is the proper way to eat it?

    Here are some bunny facts from the National Confectioners Association:

    •     The tradition of the Easter Hare began in the 1800s with the Germans, who would leave brightly colored eggs for their children.
    •     The first recorded instance of this tradition being adopted in the U.S. was recorded in 1890 in Pennsylvania.
    •     Chocolate bunnies are the most popular items in Easter baskets.
    •     66 percent of Americans prefer solid Easter bunnies over hollow ones.
    •     Sales of Easter candy are expected to be over $2 billion in 2016.
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      Happy Easter from TheBlaze.
       

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    • Watch what happens when you put marshmallow Peeps in a hot pan
      Posted March 26, 2016 at 10:30 am by Mike Opelka

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      It’s Easter weekend, which means the colorful, marshmallow treats known as “Peeps” are everywhere.

      In the past, TheBlaze has shown you videos of people shooting Peeps, microwaving them, etc.

      This year, we decided to see what happens when you put a marshmallow Peep in a hot frying pan.

      Image source: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

      Image source: TheBlaze / Mike Opelka

      Watch.

      While we had fun making this little video, we caution you against trying this at home. Melting the marshmallow Peeps until they completely flatten caused them to burn and possibly ruin the frying pan.

      Need to know more about Peeps and how they are made? Take a virtual tour of the factory.
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    • Doc and Skip speak to Oregon Senate hopeful
      Posted March 25, 2016 at 9:07 am by Skip LaCombe

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      Senate hopeful Sam Carpenter, an Oregon Republican, knows what it is to work. He joined Doc and Skip on “The Morning Blaze” on TheBlaze Radio Network this week.

      He’s running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.

      He’s dug ditches, fixed toilets, and he knows how to use a chainsaw!

      For more information, go here.

      Listen to the interview:

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    • Watch Trump and Carson awkwardly dancing to a ‘Trumped’ version of the classic song ‘Stand by Me’
      Posted March 21, 2016 at 10:13 am by Mike Opelka

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      Based on this video, we don’t anticipate Donald Trump or Ben Carson to be invited to compete on “Dancing With The Stars.”

      Captured Sunday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, the odd event happened after the Palm Beach County Republicans gave Trump an award for “Making America Great Again.”

      Image source: YouTube

      Image source: YouTube

      Trump left the stage after receiving the plaque, only to be called back by singer Beau Davidson.

      Davidson had Trump and Ben Carson standing alongside him as he delivered a customized version of Ben E. King’s 1961′s hit, “Stand By Me.”

      With lyrics tweaked especially for Trump, Davidson sings: ‘So Donald, Donald stand by us, and we’ll stand by you.’

      The song lasted about three minutes, with Trump and Carson seen swaying, clapping and awkwardly dancing on the stage.

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    • Video of a Baby Pig Dancing to Rihanna’s Hit-Song ‘Work’ Is Everything
      Posted March 18, 2016 at 2:31 am by Oliver Darcy

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      Work work work pork work

      Posted by Pigeons and Planes on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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    • The Ultimate Internet Face Off: Blender Vs. Hydraulic Press
      Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:24 pm by Oliver Darcy

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      Can a blender take on a hydraulic press?

      That was the question a video posted Wednesday to YouTube aimed to answer — and the result was quite clear. Rapidly spinning blades proved to be no match for the hydraulic press.

      Take a look.

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    • Watch Live: Obama Announces His Nominee to Supreme Court
      Posted March 16, 2016 at 11:01 am by Jason Howerton

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    • How to Make Fire With a Lemon
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm by Oliver Darcy

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      A video posted online Sunday by North Survival shows an individual demonstrate how to make fire with a lemon.

      “This is an awesome survival tip that you don´t want to miss,” he said.

      Using six copper clips, six nails, a piece of wire and steel wool, the person harnessed the electricity from the lemon to heat steel wool up enough to create a small fire.

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    • Who is to blame for the violence at Trump rallies?
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 6:38 pm by Michael Mason

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      It’s no secret that Trump rallies can get rowdy, in fact, that’s probably putting it mildly. On Friday night, Trump cancelled a campaign event due to security concerns.

      A lot of blame has been passed around for the violence and the underlying forces that create it, but does the true responsibility lie with Trump and his supporters? When asked about his responsibility Trump deflects, arguing that he can’t be held responsible for the protesters.

      “I don’t even call them protesters, I call them disrupters,” Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “A lot of them come from Bernie Sanders, whether he wants to say it or not. If he says no, then he’s lying.”

      Who do you think is responsible for the violence?

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    • Florida GOP debate in 80 seconds
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 6:26 pm by Michael Mason

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      Here are some of the key moments from the Florida CNN Republican presidential debate where candidates discussed education, immigration and trade.

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    • Carson endorses Trump. What has Trump had to say about Carson?
      Posted March 11, 2016 at 12:35 pm by Michael Mason

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      Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump today at the Mar-A-Largo club in Palm Beach, Florida, calling the GOP front-runner “a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America.”

      What has Trump had to say about Carson? We take a look back…

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