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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.
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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.
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
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
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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?”
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:
— Trump Tiny Hands PAC (@TrumpHandsPAC) March 6, 2016
— Trump Tiny Hands PAC (@TrumpHandsPAC) March 7, 2016
— Trump Tiny Hands PAC (@TrumpHandsPAC) March 6, 2016
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.
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.
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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Today, using amazing technology, we have the ability to predict dangerous tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms and terrorist attacks. The question is, “Are you ready?”
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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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.
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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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Virginia’s primary is just days away. With that in mind, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in the commonwealth last week.
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:
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.
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It’s the time of year where we’re bombarded by society to spend money on flowers, candy and other useless things. Before you stress about what to get, watch this video. Then show your partner you love them by your actions — even if it means falling down, letting them smash cake in your face or carrying them across a flooded street. Just watch your step!
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Welcome to the live blog for tonight’s GOP debate! Follow the action minute-by-minute as GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson take the stage in South Carolina at 9 p.m. ET.
The debate broadcast starts 9 p.m. ET on CBS and online on CBSN, and will be hosted by Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Carrett and The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel.
As voting winds down in New Hampshire and results start rolling in, TheBlaze team will bring you the latest updates from New Hampshire. Join us as we discover which candidates will walk away from the nation’s first presidential primary with a better shot at becoming their party’s presidential nominee in the 2016 election.
We’re three days away from the New Hampshire primary and the stakes are high. Follow the action moment-by-moment with TheBlaze’s live blog And make sure to join Doc Thompson, Skip LaCombe and Jay Severin on TheBlaze Radio for pre and post show analysis.
TheBlaze Radio pre-show kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, followed by live debate coverage here at 8 p.m. ET. Make sure to tune back into TheBlaze Radio following the debate for their post-game analysis.
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Tonight, follow the action out of Iowa with our team as voters gather to make the first decisions of the 2016 election. Which candidates will walk away with the first big win of the campaign season? Be a part of our live coverage and the conversation, right here on TheBlaze as the night unfolds.
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LaGuardia Airport, New York City, Jan. 27, 9:00 a.m. — After a nearly tropical winter on the eastern seaboard this year, mother nature suddenly dumped about 105 billion pounds of snow (not an exaggeration) on New York City while I was up in New Hampshire covering a Republican town hall over the weekend.
This act of God did afford me 30 cozy hours bunkered down in Boston, but also cost me several stressful hours getting trying to get a cab, a bus, reindeer or really any ride home back to the city.
I finally made it back early Monday morning. I was just pleased to be home and ready to sort through the several hours of video I’d shot in New Hampshire.
Late Monday evening, however, I received an email I’d been waiting for from a senior aide on a Republican presidential candidate’s campaign, agreeing to let allow me spend nearly a full day with the candidate as he zinged across the state, seeking to gain traction against the clear front runners at this moment, Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
I flipped open my laptop, expecting to swiftly purchase flights to and from Des Moines for a few hundred dollars and a cheap hotel for what it costs to have decent dinner in New York City.
Not so fast. Snowstorm “Jonas” had wiped out several days of air travel for tens of thousands of travelers and conspired with an army of thousands of consultants, reporters, aides, and candidates descending on Iowa to ensure travel sites were entire devoid of any tickets under $2,000.
That’s why, as I type away, 20,000 feet up in the air, I am actually headed first to a smaller town in Iowa called Waterloo. There, I’ll hopefully rendezvous with the campaign on Thursday.
So far, the progress is not great. My flight from LaGuardia left 1.5 hours late. I am not sure why as I was fast asleep in my seat. It seems I’ll certainly miss my connecting flight to Waterloo. Not sure how many they run each day from O’Hare to Waterloo but I can’t imagine it’s many.
Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 12.30 a.m. — Arrived in Waterloo, Iowa, late. drove 1.5 hours to Ames where I picked up necessary supplies at the area Best Buy. Suffered from a lack of cell phone coverage for much of the journey.
My first stop was in west Des Moines, where I stopped at a Marco Rubio event at a pub. Signs of Wells Fargo bank, which apparently keep its world headquarters nearby, were everywhere. I’d describe the area as corperate suburbia. A Best Buy, Walmart, Chili’s, Red Lobster and so on.
At the event I attempted to ask Sen. Rubio a question, but was rebuffed. I captured some footage of the senator kissing babies, shaking hands, as politicians do.
I finally sped back downtown and up the river that intersects the city to my hotel room where I have been editing video for the last several hours.
See you tomorrow.
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A new ad warns Republican voters against Donald Trump by comparing picking a candidate to buying cereal.
The video targets the GOP front-runner by pointing out his liberal positions opposing entitlement reform, supporting a single-payer health care system and backing a government watch lists.
“As voters finish their ‘shopping’ for a candidate, we’re highlighting that if you ‘buy’ Trump, you’ll get a lot of crap you never wanted,” Liz Mair, strategist for Make America Awesome, which produced the 42-second video, told Breitbart.com. “Four bankruptcies, a record-setting number; even more huge, new, crippling debt, as a result of his spending plans; big government, since Trump’s policy agenda is almost identical to your average liberal Democrat’s; single-payer health care, which Trump advocates while praising Canada’s health care system; and things like government watch lists, to boot.”
Mair opposes Trump’s candidacy and recently criticized conservative author Ann Coulter, one of Trump’s biggest supporters, for being “in no way conservative.”
The low-budget ad is backed up by facts:
● Trump’s holds a record in bankruptcies, as no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump’s casino empire in the last three decades.
● Also, entitlement spending is the largest drive of the national debt, and Trump has said, “’I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”
● Obamacare is also another entitlement. Trump has called for going further; seemingly advocating again for a single-payer system as recently as September 2015, “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be take care of much better than they’re taken care of now… the government’s going to pay for it.”
● Trump has also supported a government database to track Muslims in the United States, while libertarian-leaning conservatives oppose such watch lists.
“The ad deliberately avoids the glitz and slick editing that many political ads utilize, to emphasize the stark message: Buyer beware; the Trump ‘package’ contains a lot of stuff you didn’t bank on, and you really don’t want,” Mair said.