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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

      (H/T: BuzzFeed)

    • 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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    • Live Coverage: GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off in Florida
      Posted March 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm by sarajohnson

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      Join us tonight for live coverage of the Republican presidential debate. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich take the stage in Miami, Florida at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight for the debate moderated by CNN’S Jake Tapper.

      Following tonight’s debate, join TheBlaze Radio network for post debate analysis with Doc Thompson, Skip Lacombe and Jay Severin.

    • Ten celebrities get political for Trump
      Posted March 9, 2016 at 9:17 am by Michael Mason

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      Donald Trump’s appeal cuts across several of the Republican Party’s various and often divergent factions, attracting support from both Tea Party and establishment voters to his candidacy. Over the past few months, he’s also earned a heap of praise from well-known entertainment figures.

      Tila Tequila, model and reality star posted a video on YouTube in 2015 expressing her support for Trump.

      Model and reality TV star Tila Tequila posted a video on YouTube in 2015 expressing her support for Trump. (Image source: YouTube)

      Watch the video for the top 10 list!

    • Nancy Reagan’s Son-in-Law Reveals First Lady’s Final Moments and Her Favorite Treat
      Posted March 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm by Tré Goins-Phillips

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      Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday in her Bel-Air, California, home, and she spent her last moments with her son-in-law, who visited her often.

      When Dennis Revell, who was married to the late Maureen Reagan, former President Ronald Reagan’s first daughter from his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, visited Reagan’s California home, he would often bring the first lady her favorite snack — “nut-ball cookies,” as she called them.

      They are more commonly known as Mexican Wedding cookies.

      The last batch of "nut-ball" cookies Nancy Reagan enjoyed. (Image: KFBK NewsRadio)

      The last batch of “nut-ball” cookies Nancy Reagan enjoyed. (Image: KFBK NewsRadio)

      Revell and his current wife, Cindy, drove from their Sacramento home Saturday to Bel-Air to see Reagan, and he brought those cookies with him. They were the last thing she ate before she died.

      “It was always something Nancy looked forward to when we came,” Revell told KFBK NewsRadio host Kitty O’Neal. “And she loved chocolate chip cookies, and other things, [but] these were her favorite.”

      Revell said Reagan would often share the cookies with her doctor, who frequently stopped by her house on Saturday afternoons. According to Revell, sharing those cookies was how Reagan would “socialize” with her doctor.

      “In the later years in her life, she did share one passion that the president did, and that was a passion for sweets,” Revell said. “But her particular food of choice was cookies.”

      Revell said Reagan’s last moments were peaceful, describing his mother-in-law as a “tough lady.”

      If you would like to make Reagan’s favorite cookies, Mexican Wedding cookies, here is the recipe:

      1 cup butter
      1/2 cup sugar
      1 tsp Vanilla
      Gradually added:
      1 3/4 cup four
      1 cup chopped walnuts
      Chill dough for 30 minutes
      Roll cookie dough into balls
      Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes
      Roll each in powdered sugar

      Listen to Revell’s interview with O’Neal:

    • ‘Trump Has Tiny Hands PAC’ files with the FEC
      Posted March 7, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Kate Scanlon

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      A new political action committee is weighing in on recent remarks made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding his anatomy: Trump Has Tiny Hands PAC.

      Henry Kraemer, a resident of Portland, Oregon, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

      “We believe that it’s critically important for the American people to know about Trump’s tiny baby hands,” Kraemer told TheBlaze. “Say it’s 3 a.m. at the White House and the phone rings, are his hands big enough to pick up the receiver? What’s the point of giving him the nuclear launch codes if his stubby fingers can’t press the launch button?”

      DETROIT, MI - MARCH 03: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State's primary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

      Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox Theatre on March 3 in Detroit. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

      The PAC’s website has a link to a petition on MoveOn.org urging Trump to “release your official hand measurements to the American public.”

      “The republic deserves to know,” it adds.

      According to the PAC’s Twitter account, the group is comprised of “patriotic Americans” who are “committed to educating our fellow citizens” about Trump’s “tiny baby hands.”

      The PAC uses the Twitter account to poke fun at Trump:

      Kraemer said the response to the effort has been “really great.”

      “People love us, but one guy called me a trust-fund baby, which is ironic because I grew up working-class, and their candidate actually has trust-fund baby hands,” Kraemer said.

      Kraemer said that the group doesn’t support any particular candidate but exists “simply to inform” the public about Trump’s hands.

    • Massive delays: Huge crowd and concern for security overwhelmed CPAC
      Posted March 5, 2016 at 7:14 am by Mike Opelka

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      Due to an overabundance of caution by the Secret Service, attendance at Friday morning’s CPAC sessions was sparse. A typical Friday morning at the conference would have filled the main ballroom with thousands of attendees as the doors opened at 8 a.m. Instead, speakers in the morning sessions played to a half-filled room, with more people outside of the conference than inside — many of them were not too pleased.

      Image source: Mike Opelka/TheBlaze

      Image source: Mike Opelka/TheBlaze

      The Secret Service was trying to make sure all of the VIPs (candidates, congressmen, senators and media celebrities) and the thousands in attendance were safe. The crush of attendees, however, overwhelmed the security setup, creating delays of over an hour.

      CPAC management stepped in and worked with the Secret Service, eventually managing to shrink the lines considerably. Unfortunately, this did not happen until after the majority of the day’s speakers had finished addressing the crowds.

      Here’s what we witnessed Friday morning.


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    • We asked an expert: ‘What is the biggest threat to America today?’
      Posted March 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Michael Mason

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      Today, using amazing technology, we have the ability to predict dangerous tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and terrorist attacks. The question is, “Are you ready?”

       David Jones speaks about chemical, nucleur, and biologocial threats at the SGK Gun & Prepper Show in Doswell, Virginia. Photo: Michael Mason / TheBlaze

      David Jones speaks about chemical, nuclear and biological threats at the SGK Gun & Prepper Show in Doswell, Virginia. (Michael Mason/TheBlaze)

      I had the pleasure of listening to a lecture from David Jones at the SGK Gun & Pepper Show in Doswell, Virginia. Mr. Jones is a retired 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an chemical officer. He taught nuclear biological and chemical warfare defense to military personnel all over the world. He is recognized as a weapon of mass destruction expert, and six months after 9/11 occurred David was recalled to active duty.

      He spent the next 22 months in the Middle East traveling to 16 different countries conducting vulnerability assessments on U.S. interests in the area. Jones is now an emergency management specialist working for the federal government at a secure facility and has worked with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command where he was the only civilian on a nuclear weapons accident response team.

      After his talk, I had one question: “What is the biggest threat to America today?” Check out his response:

      Another thing I learned at the expo is, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, Americans are still quite poor at preparing for these disasters. Many of us really believe that it can’t happen to us.

      In a 2006 poll conducted by Time magazine, 56 percent of respondents said that they had gone through a major disaster. However, only 16 percent believed they were “well prepared” for the next one. Denial, it seems, is an American way of life.

      During his lecture, Mr. Jones also “removed the mystery” of the Zika virus:

      Find out more about Nuclear, Biological and Chemical weapon defense from David Jones at WMDprotection.com.

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    • Live Coverage: GOP Primary Debate
      Posted March 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm by sarajohnson

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      We’re down to four candidates in tonight’s GOP debate and the stakes are rising for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich if they want to stop Donald Trump.

      Join TheBlaze team for live coverage of tonight’s debate at 9 p.m. ET. Following tonight’s GOP debate, join TheBlaze Radio for post-debate analysis with Doc & Skip and Jay Severin.

    • ‘Let’s eat hair!’ — Ted Cruz gets the ‘Bad Lip Reading’ treatment
      Posted March 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Mike Opelka

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      Ted Cruz is the first of the 2016 presidential candidates to be honored with a “Bad Lip Reading” video dedicated just to him.

      We’re betting there will be others to follow, paying “tribute” to Donald Trump, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) and possibly former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

      Until such time, we give you, “Ted Cruz — A Bad Lip Reading”

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    • Texas GOP debate hardest hits
      Posted February 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm by Michael Mason

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    • We Asked Clinton, Rally Attendees ‘Why Hillary?’ — Hear Their Responses
      Posted February 28, 2016 at 10:01 am by Michael Mason

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      Virginia’s primary is just days away. With that in mind, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in the commonwealth last week.

      Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally for Hillary Clinton at the Hippodrome in Richmond, Va. (Michael Mason / TheBlaze)

      Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally for Hillary Clinton at the Hippodrome in Richmond, Va. (Michael Mason / TheBlaze)

      Clinton campaigned Wednesday night at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond. Earlier in the day, he was drumming up support for his wife in northern Virginia.

      We asked attendees one question, “Why Hillary?” See their responses:

    • Live Coverage: GOP Presidential Debate
      Posted February 25, 2016 at 2:38 pm by sarajohnson

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      Follow the action minute-by-minute during the final GOP debate before Super Tuesday. Join the conversation with TheBlaze team as presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson take the stage in Houston, Texas.

      The debate kicks of at 8:30 p.m ET on CNN, and will be hosted by Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash, who will be joined by radio host Hugh Hewitt and Maria Celeste Arras from Telemundo.

      Following tonight’s debate, join TheBlaze Radio’s Skip Lacombe and Jay Serverin for post debate analysis.

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