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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.
The live blog kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Caucusing begins at 8 p.m. ET.
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Live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with the undercard debate, moderated by Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer. Qualifying candidates include: Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Huckabee and Santorum have since expressed interest in also attending a competing event with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who recently announced he will not be participating in the primetime debate.
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Following tonight’s debate, join Doc & Skip and Jay Severin on TheBlaze Radio for their post-game wrap up.
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.
P.S. Follow along in real-time by keeping tabs on my Twitter account, @JosiahRyan.
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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.
More than 400 Richmond, Virginia, students met the Hening Elementary reading challenge during winter break. Their reward was watching Principal Bruce Fillman and Assistant Principal Brian Campos take a polar plunge this morning!
Isn’t it nice to see educators going the extra mile for their students? Great job Mr. Fillman and Mr. Campos!
Join TheBlaze team for live coverage and conversation during tonight’s Republican presidential debate. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET with the undercard debate featuring:
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
At 9 p.m. ET coverage will continue with the prime-time debate. Qualifying participants include:
Businessman Donald Trump; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The State of the Union address is an important ritual in American politics, but it also can be quite boring.
Every once in a while, one of the Presidents gambles on a joke during the speech.
Here’s our Top 5:
BONUS: The WORST joke in the history of the State of the Union is….
Watch as President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union Address:
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Jesse Smith has always been known for pushing boundaries. His “new school” style of art has become legendary around the world. Not only that, he’s painted, sculpted, and tattooed under intense pressure on Spike TV’s Ink-master.
I asked him if I could tell the story of this painting to further the message that we (myself included) need to put down the phone and really enjoy life. Below are some staggering statistics on smart phone use and addiction.
As of January 2014:
- 90% of American adults own a cell phone
- 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
- 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.
- 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”
(Above info based on April 2012 data found in Pew Research Report)
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Donald Trump appeared on television Monday morning to express his continuing concern about Bill Clinton’s escapades. He called the former president “seedy” and “one of the great woman abusers of all time,” adding that Hillary Clinton is his “enabler.”
Trump also asserted that Clinton, though she plays the “woman card,” isn’t very popular among voters of her gender.
So, since Bill Clinton is such a big part of the Hillary 2016 campaign, is his sex life fair game? With Hillary playing the “woman card,” it was our duty to look back and compare her words to her actions.
Why not start 2016 with a clean computer keyboard, a clean center console in your car or a clean remote control?
This life hack shows how simple it is to create a homemade slime that actually pulls the dirt from hard-to-reach places.
The cleaning slime is made using just three very common household products.
(If you would like your slime to have color, add the food coloring of your choice to the glue and water mixture.)
Watch how easy it is to make and use.
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In case you’re having trouble dealing with the post-holiday blues. Here’s a little back-to-work bonus of a sandwich-stealing dog getting caught by his owner.
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Few are unfamiliar with Queen’s legendary tune “We Are the Champions.”
Featuring full-on rock ‘n’ roll with perfunctory squealing guitars and pounding bass and drums, the song is perhaps best remembered by its gentle piano — and operatic multi-harmonic vocals.
Indeed while full of undeniable 1970s instrumental bluster, the vocals — isolated in a YouTube clip — offer a glimpse into the skill it took Queen’s Freddy Mercury (not to mention guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor) to get the astounding layers of vocals just right.
No computers, folks. No Pro Tools. No basement embellishments by teens barely into puberty.
Just take after take after take of human beings singing into expensive microphones until every note was perfect and ready to chronicle forever on reels of 2-inch analog tape so the masterpiece could be transferred to black vinyl discs for the masses.
MP3s? Bah! Those were the days.
Praising him for standing against the “Washington cartel,” Ted Cruz has been endorsed by the largest taxpayer watchdog group in the Lone Star State.
“Ted Cruz is a principled, commonsense conservative who has done in Washington precisely what he said he was going to do,” said Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. “Ted Cruz has taken on the Washington establishment cartel of Democrats and liberal Republicans, unabashedly defending our constitutional liberties by promoting the principles of liberty.”
Texas’ primary election begins with early voting from Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 26. Election day is Tuesday, March 1.
The mission of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (www.Empower Texans.com) is to assist citizens in creating and sustaining a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of government by helping them hold elected officials accountable.
In the 2012 open-seat election for the U.S. Senate, Cruz was not predicted to defeat his wealthy opponent in a multi-candidate primary. Yet Cruz won despite being strongly outspent and roundly attacked by the media and establishment pundits.
“Americans are tired of politicians who worm their way up to the seat of crony power in Washington, DC. People are looking for statesmen who will overturn that table and shine a light in the darkness that has engulfed our nation’s Capitol,” added Sullivan. “Ted Cruz and proven time and again that he isn’t beholden to, or intimidated by, the paper tigers in the Washington cartel of influence peddlers and crony corporate subsidizers. As his record demonstrates over and over, Americans can trust Ted Cruz to do what he promises.”
In considering the presidential candidates, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility compared the public statements and governing records of the candidates, as well as considered input from the grassroots organization’s subscribers. TFR is the largest grassroots organization in the Lone Star State focused on budget and governance issues.
“Republicans have an embarrassment of riches in this field of GOP presidential candidates, but Ted Cruz has demonstrated an unwavering loyalty to the principles of liberty embodied in our constitution. Texas taxpayers are strongly supporting Ted Cruz, and we’re honored to stand alongside them.”
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has also endorsed candidates in statewide, judicial and legislative races. The organization also publishes a weekly news digest delivered electronically, as well as a monthly print magazine.
CNN anchor Poppy Harlow briefly passed out during a live broadcast on Monday. As shocking as it sounded, this actually happens a lot.
We even start the video with our very own Glenn Beck. Here are “The Best Live TV Pass Out Moments” from TheBlaze. Enjoy!
Every year, celebrities take their place for one of the most star-studded events of the year — the Oscars. A recently published video reveals that making the “magic” happen is about a lot more than keeping the stars’ acceptance speeches within the time limit.
In the clip, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look into the organized chaos that ensues when Cuba Gooding, Jr., delivers what has been dubbed one of the “most memorable” speeches ever as he accepts the Oscar for Supporting Actor in the movie “Jerry Maguire” at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 (the video is incorrectly dated).
The video shows producers working to anticipate everything the star is going to say before he or she says it in order to display a seamless presentation on TV screens across the U.S., and it gets intense.
“In this kind of a genre, you listen to the speeches,” the producer in the clip said.
The producer says “in all probability” the celebrity will thank his or her mother, father, agent and producer. But the real work is in anticipating who the star is going to name as the “one man that’s been very influential” in his or her career.
“Now, I’ve got six guys out there and I’m going, ‘Who is he talking about? Who is he talking about? … Who could it be? Read his bio!’” he said.
“Well he was influenced by Sir Lawrence Olivier … He’s in the back — go get Lawrence Olivier. And by the time he says, ‘That man is Lawrence Olivier,’ bam, I cut it in to Lawrence Olivier and I go, ‘Yes!’” the producer said hypothetically of how he finds the celebrity mentioned during an acceptance speech.
As it turns out, Gooding’s acceptance speech was filled with those “very influential” people, leaving the television producers shuffling to find every person the actor referenced before he named them — and they did.
Watch the intense clip:
(H/T: Boing Boing)
“Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!”
A baby who tried the crispy treat for the first time could not stop raving about how good it tasted.
According to the original video posted online, the child was given a sample of the breakfast meat on Christmas morning.
“My son, Easton, tried bacon for the first time Christmas morning and his reaction was priceless!” Tyler Beach wrote on Youtube.
Take a look for yourself.
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A lot of us kept journals as children. It was exhilarating to have an outlet that allowed us to vent, to express excitement and to protect our secrets behind a lock and key. Unfortunately, the magic of writing is typically lost when responsibilities kick in. We often mean to get back into the habit of journaling but it can be a challenge and who has the time? It’s easier than you think and a little effort can garner big results!
Your written thoughts are a way of preserving who you are when you write them and can provide great insight to your mind and soul. Journaling is not a new concept but it is constantly being reinvented. Few of us carry a pen and a paper around these days but online journaling service, JRNL makes it easy to document your life on the go. As the practice evolves, so do the benefits. If you don’t already keep a journal, start the New Year right and give it a try.
Journaling makes you smarter. Is that true? It sure is. A report from the University of Victoria shows that not only does your IQ benefit from writing and exercising your vocabulary, your Emotional Intelligence is also elevated as you increase your self-awareness.
Journaling is like spring cleaning for your brain. Sometimes we just feel stuck, we feel trapped under the clutter of our thoughts and need to clean up shop. Online journals help get your thoughts out of your head and onto the screen, making it easier to understand and sort through them methodically.
Journaling encourages a deeper understanding of yourself. Expressive writing is proven to provide clarity. Reflecting upon your entries is an effective way to gain further insight into your subconscious.
Journaling helps to identify the vitamins and the toxins in your life. Once you start documenting your experiences, thoughts and emotions it becomes very clear what keeps you happy and healthy and what situations are toxic. Use this information to create a life that you’re proud to live.
Journaling keeps you accountable. By committing your goals to writing you can refer to them as reminders and inspiration to keep our success within reach. This is great for personal, professional and fitness goals. Try to update your journal daily to make sure you’re getting the most of it as an accountability tool.
Journaling helps keep track of your accomplishments. Seldom do we get a pat on the back or recognition for a job well done. Documenting your victories, however big or small, reminds you how far you’ve come and the progress that you’ve made. Don’t neglect the small wins, a little progress every day can lead to big change.
Journaling helps to avoid making the same mistake twice. Be recounting your documented thoughts, emotions, actions and reactions, you have the ability to see a situation objectively and make informed choices.
Journaling is a release valve. Getting your anger and frustration out allows you to let go and release the grip those emotions have on you. Leave the negativity behind!
Journaling helps you heal. Your journal reveals an honest, trusting and non-judgemental side of you that may be difficult to consciously tap into. A study proved that expressive writing is therapeutic and can help physical and mental conditions. Expressing yourself through journaling strengthens your sense of self, it soothes troubled memories and brings peace in the release of those thoughts.
Journaling makes you happy. Recounting positive experiences is a sure way to put a little pep in your step. One of the happiest types of journals is the Gratitude Journal. Gratitude is directly linked to happiness. Simply record what you are grateful for every day. It can be one word or a detailed entry. Consciously keeping track of what you are thankful for will rewire the way you think and the way you look at the world. You will attract positivity and put more of it out into the world.
Journaling improves your communication. Expressing yourself in written form encourages actual vocalization. Reflecting on your entries and having a better understanding of yourself will further support your ability to effectively communicate. Even if your journal will forever remain a private outlet of expression, try writing for different audiences. Strengthening different forms of communication can be beneficial in social scenarios.
Journaling is good for the whole family. Everyone can and should have a journal. Encourage your children to get creative with a journal of their own. Use your online journal to document your family history, milestones and traditions as an invaluable record for future generations and enjoy journaling as a family activity.
Journaling gets you one step closer to writing your autobiography! Let’s be honest, our lives would make an interesting book but the process of getting started is daunting. Journaling your experiences online helps keep your entries organized and makes the autobiography process easy. Seeing your story come to life has never been easier with JRNL’s fully customizable publishing feature, which allows you to print up to 900 pages of entries in a beautiful hardbound book.
Your thoughts, experiences and memories contain a wealth of knowledge that should not go undocumented. Start the New Year with a tool that will enable you to stick to your resolutions and live a happier life. Sign up for free today. Happy journaling!
Welcome to the holiday season — that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, holiday parties and activities galore!
While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a massive ball of holiday stress for many. In fact, according to a USA Today poll, more than 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful — that ranks navigating the holidays right up there with asking for a raise!
So, do yourself a favor, sit back, relax and laugh at our favorite Christmas fails. It will help with the stress. I promise.