At a Ted Cruz rally in Ames, Iowa, over the weekend, Glenn Beck told the crowd what had just happened to him backstage.
“This guy passes me and I’m like, ‘Man, that guy looks like Richard Dreyfuss,’” Beck said.
Then Beck said he was asked if he had yet met the legendary actor: “No, I don’t usually hang out in his circle,” Beck said he replied, which drew laughter from the audience.
“I said, ‘Mr. Dreyfuss, nice to meet you. Why are you here?’ and he said ‘I heard there was a good movie,’” Beck recounted, adding that the pair proceeded to have “the most amazing conversation.”
Beck had a chance to show Dreyfuss two of George Washington’s personal artifacts he happened to be carrying with him in a briefcase: The first was Washington’s compass which he received at age 14 and carried with him the rest of his life — and the other was Washington’s copy of “Don Quixote.”
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“The response is always the same, especially for his compass — reverence and awe,” Beck said later on his Facebook page in reference to his encounter with Dreyfuss.
Beck said Washington purchased “Don Quixote” just hours after signing the Constitution, signaling that the responsibility of upholding the document was now in the hands of the nation.
“A compass is used for exactness,” Beck continued to the crowd. “I’m here to support Ted Cruz because he is exact in everything he does. His word is his bond. He believes, as George Washington did, that deeds are not words.”
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UPDATE 8:41 p.m. ET: DENVER (TheBlaze/AP) — A Colorado Department of Corrections officer fired his gun during a weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured, an attorney said Sunday.
The corrections officer was a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club — made up mostly of off-duty law enforcement — that on Saturday clashed with members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club at the crowded Colorado Motorcycle Expo.
The corrections officer fired in self-defense, said John C. Whitfield, an attorney representing Iron Order and a member himself. He would not say whether he fired the fatal shot. Prisons spokeswoman Adrienne Jacobson confirmed an employee was involved in the shooting but would not identify him. He was not in police custody as of Sunday night, Whitfield said.
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DENVER (AP) — A weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured was between a club of off-duty law enforcement and another group, lawyers for both biker organizations said Sunday.
The groups are blaming each other for the clash that happened early Saturday afternoon at the crowded Colorado Motorcycle Expo, where members of motorcycle clubs from across the country had gathered. Three of the wounded were hit by gunfire. Another person was stabbed and three others suffered injuries from a fistfight, police said.
The violence started when members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, made up of predominantly law enforcement officers, were jumped by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, said John C. Whitfield, an attorney representing Iron Order and a member himself.
But Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs, who represents the Mongols, said it was Iron Order members who instigated the alcohol-fueled brawl by taunting them into an argument that led to the deadly shooting of a Mongols member.
“None of the Mongols involved in the altercation had a gun, not even one of them,” Stubbs told The Associated Press. Another club member was among the injured, he said.
Whitfield said one Iron Order member was shot, another stabbed and a third beaten.
“We don’t have any issue with the Mongols,” he said, adding that if an Iron Order member shot someone “it absolutely was out of self-defense.”
Denver police have refused to release details about what happened or identify the clubs involved. They had made no arrests as of Sunday afternoon, spokeswoman Raquel Lopez said.
Denver Health Medical Center, where the injured were being treated, said three patients remained in critical condition and three in stable condition Sunday.
The violence put new focus on Iron Order, made up mostly of police officers and military personnel, and the Mongols, recognized by law enforcement as a highly-organized criminal gang. Members of the Mongols in Denver were charged with drug trafficking, firearms violations, witness tampering and other crimes during a nationwide racketeering investigation involving the group in 2008.
Iron Order had about 15 members in attendance, he said.
Stubbs said he believes Denver police are releasing few details because the Iron Order membership includes law enforcement officers.
Lopez said few details were being released because investigators were still trying to piece together what happened.
The Colorado Motorcycle Expo was being held at the National Western Complex and was scheduled to go through Sunday, but the city ordered organizers to cancel its Sunday events after the incident.
A statement posted on the event’s website said it didn’t have any information and apologized to vendors and patrons for any inconvenience.
This story has been updated.
A man seen tossing papers over the White House fence Sunday was quickly arrested, the Secret Service told WJLA-TV, adding that the papers were deemed safe and swept up.
— William McDonald (@onavouyage) January 31, 2016
The Secret Service added to the station that standard protocols were followed and the incident was resolved.
As the Iowa caucus nears, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country is preparing for its annual conference of big-name conservative leaders with an optimistic message — “our time is now.”
The American Conservative Union has released the first ad for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference — the event of events for conservative pundits, politicians and voters. With a voiceover from former President Ronald Reagan, the ad puts a fresh spin on the conference as it features younger attendees along with soundbites from politicians and upbeat music.
“This March, it’s time to restore America’s greatness,” the ad proclaims.
“Tomorrow in Iowa we shift from candidates talking to conservatives to the next phase where conservatives will make their voices heard with their vote,” ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told TheBlaze. “CPAC starts the day after the SEC primary in the thick of this phase. We may not know who our candidate is, but we will be well on our way. CPAC will be the central event for conservatives to come together and make it clear to the rest of America from coast to coast the important need to preserve the principles our nation was founded on.”
Several GOP presidential candidates are featured in the advertisement, such as Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Many of those candidates are already confirmed speakers at the event.
The conference will be held March 2-5 in National Harbor, Maryland — after the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
TheBlaze asked young supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to describe the Vermont senator — and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump — using just one word.
While their descriptions of Sanders were glowing, the words they chose for Trump were anything but:
The Iowans spoke with TheBlaze Friday night at a rally in Dubuque, a city on the far east side of the state.
With Iowans about 30 hours from casting their first votes in the statewide caucuses, Trump maintains a narrow lead over rival GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) according to the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, while Sanders is just a hair behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
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DALORI, Nigeria (AP) — A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists.
Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night’s attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 3 miles from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria’s northeast.
The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers continued for nearly four hours in the unprotected area, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.
The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.
Troops arrived at Dalori around 8:40 p.m. Saturday but were unable to overcome the attackers, who were better armed, said soldiers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. The Boko Haram fighters only retreated after reinforcements arrived with heavier weapons, they said.
Journalists visited the carnage Sunday and spoke to survivors who complained it had taken too long for help to arrive from nearby Maiduguri, the military headquarters of the fight to curb Boko Haram. They said they fear another attack.
Eighty-six bodies were collected by Sunday afternoon, according to Mohammed Kanar, area coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency. Another 62 people are being treated for burns, said Abba Musa of the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram has been attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers, since the military last year drove them out of towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria.
The 6-year Islamic uprising has killed about 20,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes.
Some Hillary Clinton Iowa caucus leaders might have supporters back fellow Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on Monday — all in an effort to hurt Sen. Bernie Sanders.
According to Buzzfeed, Clinton’s campaign has trained certain Iowa precinct captains to have supporters back O’Malley in a way to make him more “viable” without hurting the former secretary of state. More than 4,000 precinct captains have been trained to handle a variety of different caucus scenarios such as releasing supporters to another candidate.
“Our precinct leadership teams have worked hard to get to know as many people in their precincts as possible, and they’ll use those relationships to maximize Hillary Clinton’s delegate count depending on which groups are viable on caucus night,” an aide told Buzzfeed.
Volunteers even have an app to help organize Clinton’s — and potentially O’Malley’s — supporters, according to Buzzfeed. The app shows the number of caucus attendees and allows the user to divvy up supporters between candidates. This allows Clinton’s volunteers to see how many people, if any, they can give to O’Malley to boost his viability without actually hurting her own.
While caucus rules allow for this strategy, a Sanders caucus strategist told Buzzfeed that his campaign has no such plans.
“It’s sad and telling that their campaign doesn’t think they can win without these kinds of tactics,” Rania Batrice, Sanders’s Iowa spokesperson, said. “At the end of the day though, we believe in the caucus process and know it’s in the very capable hands of Iowans.”
The plan is not to cost Clinton any delegates in Iowa’s 1,681 caucuses.
According to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data, Clinton leads in Iowa by 3.3 points with 47.3 percent. Sanders has 44.0 percent, and O’Malley has 4.4 percent.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech student has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl whose remains were found in North Carolina.
Police in Blacksburg, Virginia said late Saturday that Nicole Madison Lovell’s body was found just over the Virginia border in Surry County, North Carolina. David Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student from Columbia, Maryland, has been charged with murder in the death.
Police are working with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, the FBI office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office to gather more information, according to Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson. He said Lovell’s body was to be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.
“This has been an extremely fast-paced investigation in just the past 12 hours,” Wilson said at a news conference late Saturday.
The Roanoke Times newspaper quoted Wilson as saying that Eisenhauer has not confessed to involvement in Lovell’s death and did not give police information that led to the discovery of her body. No information was given on how Lovell and Eisenhauer had initially made contact with each other.
Police initially charged Eisenhauer with abduction. He was charged with murder once the girl’s remains were found.
The girl had been missing since last week. Her family says she pushed a dresser in front of her bedroom door and climbed out a window Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
The newspaper cited an online biography of Eisenhauer that described him as a standout track and field athlete in high school. He was a three-time state champion in track and also competed in cross country, finishing second in the state both his junior and senior years. He was a first-team, all-state choice in cross country and a second-team All-Southeast Region selection, the biography stated.
Virginia Tech said on its website that Eisenhauer was a freshman engineering major at the school and that hundreds of students and researchers had assisted in the search for Lovell.
Virginia Tech president Tim Sands said the case left the school community “in a state of shock and sadness.”
“Speaking on behalf of our community, let me say that our hearts go out to Nicole’s family and friends,” he said in a statement posted to the school’s website.
With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning the Zika virus could explode and infect as many as four million people in Central and South America this year, renowned Internal Medicine doctor Jorge Rodriguez, M.D., said it’s not time to “freak out” quite yet.
“Not at this time, but you definitely need to be vigilant,” Rodriguez told TheBlaze on Saturday.
The recent explosion of infections in countries to the south of the United State triggered Rodriguez’s suggestion of vigilance.
“For me, any viral disease that starts growing very quickly is very dangerous,” Rodriguez said.
Originally found in Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus had previously been viewed as “something that was pretty benign,” said Rodriguez.
“Only about 50 percent of the people infected with Zika got any symptoms whatsoever…and if they did get it, it would maybe be a mild flu-type symptom,” he added.
What has brought Zika into the global spotlight is the alarming increase in infections in South America and the reported association with 4,000 cases of microcephaly, a condition causing babies to be born with tiny heads and smaller brains. According to Rodriguez, Zika is devastating to babies, with almost a 100 percent mortality rate.
Despite a report from the CDC saying the virus is not likely to sweep across the country, concern is justified. The mosquitos capable of carrying and spreading Zika can be found in Florida, Texas and other southern states.
Rodriguez was not optimistic about the prospect of a vaccine to stop the virus happening any time soon as “vaccines don’t happen overnight.”
With no vaccine on the horizon and the virus advancing, what does Rodriguez suggest people do to protect themselves?
“Right now, if you are a woman of child-bearing age, especially if you are pregnant, you shouldn’t go to any of the places where this virus is endemic…meaning, primarily South and Central America,” Rodriguez told TheBlaze.
If you do find yourself in one of the places were Zika is thriving, Rodriguez suggests some obvious, common sense precautions such as mosquito repellant. He also encourages travelers to talk to their own personal physician.
Listen to the entire interview with Dr. Jorge.
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The owner of a nightclub in Denmark said he has the right to keep patrons out of his establishment who don’t speak Danish, German or English after he was accused of discriminating against Middle Eastern asylum-seekers.
The Daily Mail reported that Tom Holden Jensen, owner of the Buddy Holly club in Soenderborg, insisted the policy to exclude those who cannot speak the three European languages is appropriate after reports from female customers that they were being groped and “raped…with hands” on the dance floor by men they identified as asylum-seekers.
Jensen said the language litmus test was put in place, because his staff in the past was unable to explain to the offending customers that their behavior was unacceptable.
“The challenge we face is that we can’t communicate with refugees, they don’t understand what I am saying at all,” Jensen told the Daily Mail.
“We have experienced episodes where Syrians have danced too close to women, occasions when they have put their hands on their bottoms,” he said, adding, “They continued to do so even though the women told them to stop and leave them.”
The Daily Mail reported that the policy could put him at risk for violating Denmark’s discrimination laws, an infraction the British paper noted carries a maximum sentence of six months.
However, the proprietor insisted that he has the right to operate the business as he sees fit.
“We reserve the right to operate our business as we have done all the years, also before there was a war in Syria, and we intend to continue that also after the war ends. And if someone thinks differently they are welcome to try it in court,” he said.
Amnesty International said the measure is discriminatory against migrants, the English-language website The Local reported.
“Of course you can communicate with people if something security-related happens, even if they cannot speak Danish,” spokesman Claus Juul told TV 2, according to the Local’s translation.
The Mail noted that Jensen is a councilor with the right-wing Venstre Party.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that the Buddy Holly club is not the only one to institute a language filter for entry.
Nightclubs in at least three Danish cities have instituted rules designed to keep out asylum-seekers following reports of multiple sexual assaults in various European cities by men described as migrants on New Year’s Eve, most notably in Cologne, Germany.
“A large number of the male guests who come from the local asylum center have a very hard time respecting the opposite sex,” an unnamed employee at another Sonderborg club told TV Syd.
“In my eyes, it is harassment when one or more men continue to touch a young woman after she has said ‘stop,’” the employee added.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had some harsh words for fellow GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz Sunday as he accused Cruz’s campaign of being built on a lie.
“So Ted’s lie that his whole campaign is built on is that he’s the only conservative, and everyone else is a sellout and a RINO, and it’s absurd,” Rubio said while discussing immigration.
In an interview that aired on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Rubio pointed out that Cruz helped former President George W. Bush compose his immigration policy as well as discuss the need for a compromise with people who are in the country illegally during national media interviews.
“This whole notion Ted has that he’s the only conservative, I think as people learn more about his record, they’ll realize that he’s really very calculated,” Rubio said. “He’s always looking to take whatever position it takes to win votes or raise money. We’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton with someone who will say or do anything to get elected.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 31, 2016
“It’s just not an accurate statement. I’ve tried to fix a problem that’s a very serious issue in Texas and in Florida. It’s a hard issue,” Rubio continued. “And clearly we’re not going to be able to do it comprehensively, and we’re not going to be able to do it until we first enforce our immigration laws.”
Rubio asserted that he does not support amnesty for people who are in the country illegally and would not as president.
In order to help black males graduate, the University of Connecticut is constructing a dorm with a living space only for them.
Called the ScHOLA2RS House, the living community for African American males is set to open in 2016. According to UConn’s website, the ScHOLA2RS House is “a scholastic initiative to groom, nurture, and train the next generation of leaders to address grand challenges in society through the promotion of academic success in undergraduate programs at the University of Connecticut and in competitive graduate programs.”
Dr. Erik Hines, an assistant professor of educational psychology and the future faculty advisor to those in the dorm, said UConn will implement the living space as a “forward-thinking” solution to the fact that black male students graduate at a lower rate.
“It is a space for African American men to one, come together and validate their experiences that they may have on campus. Number two, it’s also a space where they can have conversation and also talk with individuals who come from the same background who share the same experience,” Hines told WTIC-TV.
However, some students have taken issue with the idea.
“I was not pleased, my immediate thought was ‘What?’” Haddiyyah Ali, a fourth-semester Africana studies and political science major told the Daily Campus. “I know there had to be a lot of research that went into it…but just for me coming from a student perspective, my initial thought was what about black women and girls – what about us?”
“Just this idea that 43 black men get retention programming and everyone else is left in limbo,” Ali continued. “I will always contest to the fact that black men on the campus aren’t given enough resources, I will in no way dispel that fact, but my questioning isn’t if they need, but is if they need it in this way.”
David Ouimette, executive director of first year programs and learning communities, told the Daily Campus that UConn received a grant specifically for a living-learning community.
“It’s interesting this hang up on the living part. I don’t really understand the hang up,” he said.
“The white portion of the University of Connecticut is probably not ready for it,” Isaac Bloodworth, a puppetry major, said of the criticisms. “You have people who are going to go against it because they are just racist and they see this as a form of segregation or that we’re getting better things than they are.”
Bloodworth continued to say that while he’s supportive of the community, he’s fearful that the living space could lead to a racial divide on campus.
ScHOLA2RS House will be housed in a more than 200,000-square-foot dorm set to open in 2016, according to WTIC.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday awarded medals to Iranian Revolutionary Guard commanders for capturing two boats with U.S. sailors earlier this month, Iranian media reported.
His office tweeted the announcement of the awards in both English and French along with a photo of Khamenei with the military commanders, as he labeled the Americans “intruding U.S. marines,” erroneously describing them as “marines.”
Order of Fat'h given by Chief Commander of Armed forces to IRGC Navy commanders who captured intruding U.S. marines. pic.twitter.com/1gkGz2bh2p
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 31, 2016
Iran’s English-language Press TV reported that the “Fath” medal stands for “Victory.”
Khamenei awarded the medal to Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the IRGC Navy, along with four other commanders “for arresting the trespassing US sailors,” Press TV noted.
Reuters reported that Iran has bestowed the Fath medal to war heroes, military commanders and politicians, many of whom served during the Iran-Iraq war.
Khamenei last week attributed the U.S. boats’ entering Iranian waters to “God’s will” which forced them to “surrender.”
“He [God] drew them to our waters and brought you upon them so they put their hands behind their heads in surrender. This was God’s will,” Khamenei said last week, according to a translation by Iran’s Press TV.
Iran released the 10 sailors within a day of capturing them. Shortly after their release, Iranian media outlets broadcast images of the military personnel with their hands behind their heads.
The Navy Times suggested that Iran has been “quick to capitalize upon their captivity for propaganda purposes.”
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard freed them after determining that they had entered Iranian waters unintentionally.
Last week they stabbed to death a 23-year-old Israeli woman.
Now, the two Palestinian assailants are being hailed as “martyrs” in their hometown and celebrated by their mother and sister who handed out candy in celebration of their deadly attack.
Israel Radio’s Arab affairs correspondent Gal Berger on Saturday tweeted a photo of the woman and girl — wearing a green Hamas headband — tossing the sweets in celebration. The mother, whose hair was covered with an Islamic headscarf, bore a wide grin.
— Gal Berger גל ברגר (@galberger) January 30, 2016
Berger noted that they tossed the candy upon receiving the bodies of the assailants.
A Palestinian news agency posted another photo of the two holding plastic grocery bags filled with candy, again showing the smiling mother with a black and white Palestinian keffiyeh scarf around her neck.
The assailants were identified as 22-year-old Ibrahim Allan and 17-year-old Hussein Abu Ghosh who were buried near Ramallah in the West Bank. The Palestinian agency reported that the woman candy-tosser was the mother of Abu Ghosh, and the teenager was the sister of Allan.
The two assailants were shot dead after stabbing to death an Israeli woman at a minimarket last Monday.
Israel’s Channel 2 last week aired security camera footage showing the attackers trying to force their way into a minimarket in Beit Horon, a Jewish community in the West Bank; however, an Israeli man flung his grocery cart at them, blocking their entrance.
“They screamed at me ‘Allahu akbar.’ I screamed back at them, ‘Get out of here, you dogs,’” Mordechai Shalem told Channel 2.
“You see two people facing you with their knives raised. I saw the hatred in their eyes, the anger. I knew I had to stop them from getting in,” he said.
After fleeing the store, they hunted for other victims.
Both Palestinian attackers were shot and killed by an armed security guard, police said.
Israeli police said that the two had placed pipe bombs in the area, indicating they had hoped to kill more victims beyond Shlomit Krigman, 23, who was stabbed to death just days before her birthday when she went out to buy groceries for her grandparents.
A police officer who’s also a student at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia, was attending a class Wednesday when the instructor reportedly became uncomfortable with what the officer was carrying, WALB-TV said.
You see the officer was in full uniform, the station said — and he had a firearm.
So the instructor — uncomfortable with a gun in the classroom, WALB said — asked that the officer be escorted out.
Following the incident, Dr. Thomas Ormond — the school’s interim provost and vice president for academic & student affairs — issued the following statement, the station said:
“Darton State College is appreciative for the service of our law enforcement, and welcome them as students on our campus. We have apologized to the officer for our misunderstanding when he attended class on our campus, and we regret this happened. We have met with the faculty and staff involved to reiterate the Georgia Law and Darton Policy.”
That policy, under “Weapons,” states: “Students are prohibited from possession of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges and district attorneys. The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.”
Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge said her FBI and Justice Department sources are “super pissed off” at the White House for “weighing in” on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Herridge told colleague Greta Van Susteren on Friday the acrimony grew after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said earlier in the day that ”some officials over there have said that [Clinton] is not a target of the investigation” and “that does not seem to be the direction it’s trending.”
Herridge added that Earnest’s statement “has got the back up of our contacts at the FBI and the Justice Department.”
She added, “They are super pissed off, to use a technical term. Because number one, they say Josh Earnest has absolutely no clearance or visibility into the FBI investigation. Number two, they say it really seems part of a troubling pattern from the White House because the president earlier said he did not see any national security implications to the Clinton emails and then we found out he had never been briefed. And the whole idea is to not … make this even more political than absolutely necessary, but the White House is weighing in and certainly leaving the public with the impression that it’s not backed up by the evidence in the case.”
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(H/T: The Gateway Pundit)
DES MOINES, Iowa (TheBlaze/AP) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. touted Donald Trump’s good deeds and family values to Iowa voters Saturday.
When Falwell told the crowd in Davenport that Trump “doesn’t brag,” the audience laughed. “See?” Trump replied.
Then Falwell adjusted his delivery, saying the Republican presidential frontrunner doesn’t boast about many of the charitable things he’s done. Among a few anecdotes, he told of how Trump once paid off the mortgage of a couple who stopped to help Trump when his limo broke down on the side of the road.
Watch Falwell’s relevant remarks after the 27:30 mark:
The son of televangelist Jerry Falwell endorsed Trump last week after Trump delivered a convocation speech at Liberty. He gave a similar introduction then.
Falwell Jr. said the country needs a businessman, not a career politician, as a leader.
He compared electing a president to choosing a doctor for your child. He says the goal is to choose the best doctor, who “may not be a doctor that goes to your church.”
This story has been updated.
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — As if hearing Marco Rubio’s footsteps creeping up on him, Ted Cruz directed much of his final advertising against the Florida senator in the frenzied weekend prelude to the Iowa caucuses, feeding a Republican feud that turned increasingly bitter before voters have their first say in the 2016 presidential race.
Considered to be vying with frontrunner Donald Trump for Iowa victory Monday, Cruz denounced the next in line, according to polls, sharply challenging Rubio’s conservative credentials on the airwaves while ignoring him face to face with Iowans. One ad said darkly of Rubio: “Tax hikes. Amnesty. The Republican Obama.”
“The desperation kicks in,” Rubio said in response to Cruz. “From my experience, when people start attacking you it’s because you’re doing something right.”
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders implored Iowa supporters Saturday to get on their feet in two days and convert their monthslong infatuation with his upstart campaign against Hillary Clinton into actual votes. That call to action was echoed by Democratic and Republican hopefuls alike as they worked to motivate Iowans to attend the caucuses.
Trump, the showman of the Republican race and its frontrunner, made a dramatic entrance to a Dubuque rally as his jet flew low over a hangar half-filled by the waiting crowd and music played from the movie “Air Force One.” There was more drama inside, as a small group of protesters interrupted him and Trump joined the crowd in chanting “USA” to drown out the discord.
He asked security to “get them out” but “don’t hurt them.”
Iowa offers only a small contingent of the delegates who will determine the nominees, but the game of expectations counts for far more than the electoral math in the state. Campaigns worked aggressively to set those expectations in their favor (meaning, lower them) for Iowa, next-up New Hampshire and beyond.
Asked whether Rubio could win or come second, his senior strategist Todd Harris laughingly responded with an obscenity and said the goal in Iowa is third, behind the flamboyant Trump and the highly organized Cruz.
“There’s no question we are feeling some wind at our back,” he told The Associated Press. But, he added, “It’s very hard to compete with the greatest show on earth and the greatest ground game in Iowa history. So we feel very confident that what we need to do here is finish a strong third. I don’t care what any of the polls say, Ted Cruz is going to win this caucus.”
With that, he tried to set expectations so that if Rubio finishes better than third, it can be proclaimed a great performance and if Cruz doesn’t win, it will be seen as a great failure.
In the last major preference poll before the caucuses, Trump had the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, with Cruz at 23 percent and Rubio at 15 percent. The Iowa Poll, published by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, also found Clinton with 45 percent support to Sanders’ 42 percent. The poll of 602 likely Republican caucus-goers and 602 likely Democratic caucus-goers was taken Tuesday to Friday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Cruz’s campaign was challenged by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate over a mailer sent to potential voters that seemed designed to look like an official notice warning recipients about “low expected voter turnout in your area.” The mailer refers to a “voting violation” and grades the recipient’s voting history and that of several neighbors, citing public records.
Pate said Cruz’s campaign “misrepresents Iowa election law.” There’s “no such thing as an election violation related to frequency of voting,” he said, and insinuating otherwise is “not in keeping in the spirit of the Iowa caucuses.”
In Charles City, Iowa, a testy Sanders accused Clinton of misrepresenting his positions. He cited an ad from her campaign that says she would defend Planned Parenthood, “not attack it,” and implies he has taken on the organization that offers contraceptive and abortion services. The ad, without naming him, also says she would “build on Obamacare,” not start over, and stand up to the gun lobby, “not protect it,” all swipes at the senator.
Sanders slammed the “idea that I am attacking Planned Parenthood when I have a 100 percent lifetime voting record for Planned Parenthood” and bristled at the implication that he’s not for tougher gun laws.
“Let’s debate those differences of opinion, but let’s not go around distorting a record that I am very proud of,” he said.
Clinton has worked assiduously to avoid a repeat of 2008, when then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama scored a surprise win in Iowa, she dropped to third and her days as the prohibitive favorite for the nomination faded. She faced the prospect of escalating political heat from revelations Friday that the private email server she used when she was Obama’s first secretary of state contained top-secret messages that should have remained within proper, secured channels.
That heat was coming from Republicans; Sanders earlier declared the email flap a nonissue in his mind.
But at a Sanders rally in Manchester, Iowa, Ruth Lewin, a retired grocery store clerk and child care provider, said the latest news about Clinton’s emails reinforced why she will be caucusing for Sanders on Monday.
“It’s a matter of honesty, integrity along with other issues I have about her,” Lewin said. “When you get $600,000 for a speaking engagement, I mean that’s more than I’ve made in my entire lifetime.”
And Sanders? “I believe he’s like we are,” she said.
The Clinton and Sanders campaigns reached agreement to hold a debate in New Hampshire this coming week and three more in the spring, supplementing a light debate schedule that has favored weekend slots when fewer people watch TV. The tentative New Hampshire event is to be held Thursday, giving voters a chance to see the field debate before the state’s primary Feb. 9.
With just about 50 hours to go until the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee headed to a Des Moines firing range Saturday to “get out a little frustration.”
When TheBlaze asked Huckabee if he had a message for Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders regarding the Second Amendment, the former Arkansas governor quoted the “late, great Charlton Heston.”
“You can have my guns when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers,” Huckabee said.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state’s first-in-the-nation primary and three more in the spring under a tentative deal reached Saturday between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns.
Both camps said the agreement was not final and that the Democratic National Committee had yet to sign off on the deal, which remained under negotiation. In testy statements, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns publicly aired their demands for site locations, underscoring tensions between the two sides in the days before Monday’s leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Both campaigns have competing interests in adding debates. Clinton trails Sanders in New Hampshire and wants the proposed debate next Thursday to help her reach undecided voters before the state’s primary on Feb. 9. Sanders hopes to extend the primary season deep into the spring and adding three more forums might help him accomplish that goal.
The DNC did not immediately comment on the tentative agreement, first reported by BuzzFeed.
In recent days, Clinton has urged the party to add the televised forums, and Sanders has been willing to appear at the proposed debate next week in exchange for three more in the spring. Clinton’s campaign requested that one of the additional debates be held in Flint, Michigan, which has been dealing with a crisis involving lead contamination in the city’s water supply.
But Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a statement that the Clinton campaign had not accepted debates his team proposed for March 3 in Michigan and April 14 in New York. He said they “apparently agreed” to May 24 in California.
He said that Sanders would be pleased to debate Clinton in Flint, Michigan, before the Michigan primary as long as Clinton will agree to one in Brooklyn, New York, on April 14. Clinton’s campaign headquarters are in Brooklyn.
“Why won’t they debate in Brooklyn? What’s the matter with Brooklyn?” he said.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta responded that there is “nothing worse than a debate about debates” and said the Sanders campaign’s demands had been met.
“Now they refuse to take yes for an answer, apparently because they are intent on avoiding a debate in New Hampshire. Enough of the games,” he said, adding that Clinton was prepared to show up for the debate on Thursday and the three additional ones later this spring.
Already scheduled are debates in Wisconsin on Feb. 11 and Florida on March 9.
Campaign officials said the three spring debates would come in late March, April and May.
Clinton and Sanders are in a tight race before the caucuses, and Clinton trails the Vermont senator in New Hampshire, raising the possibility that the Democratic front-runner could lose the first two contests. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the third candidate, has trailed them by wide margins.
At a stop Saturday in Des Moines, Clinton thanked supporters for agreeing to caucus for her and said she hoped “to persuade some more of you because we’ve got to keep the progress going. We’ve got to support what President Obama has accomplished for our country.”
Sanders told supporters in Manchester that the election was likely a “toss-up” and would hinge on whether he could turn out working-class and young voters.
“We will win the caucus on Monday night if there is a large voter turnout. We will lose the caucus on Monday night if there is a low voter turnout,” Sanders said.
And regarding the separate pieces on each candidate, Clinton’s was about twice as long as Kasich’s — and the piece on the Ohio governor didn’t mention his name until more than halfway through it.
The Times lauded Clinton, calling her “one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.” It noted her previous experience as secretary of state and as a U.S. senator — as well as her time as first lady with “her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton.”
The paper added that Clinton is a “strong advocate of sensible and effective measures to combat the plague of firearms” and said her “economic proposals for financial reform reflect a deep understanding of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform act, including the ways in which it has fallen short.”
“As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton worked tirelessly, and with important successes, for the nation’s benefit,” the Times said. “She was the secretary President Obama needed and wanted: someone who knew leaders around the world, who brought star power as well as expertise to the table.”
The paper also credited Clinton with helping to make it possible to “impose tougher sanctions on Iran, which in turn led to the important nuclear deal now going into effect” and said she ”would use American military power effectively and with infinitely more care and wisdom than any of the leading Republican contenders.”
The paper made one mention of the email scandal haunting the Democratic frontrunner, saying questions about it “are legitimate and deserve forthright answers.”
The Times’ piece announcing Kasich as the paper’s choice for the GOP nomination characterized him as a “distinct underdog” — and it was about half as long as the Clinton piece, which came in at over 1,100 words.
Additionally, the Times’ article on Kasich (about 600 words) didn’t mention his name until more than halfway through it; the majority of the copy criticized other GOP candidates.
Here are the three paragraphs the Times wrote about Kasich:
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race. And Mr. Kasich is no moderate. As governor, he’s gone after public-sector unions, fought to limit abortion rights and opposed same-sex marriage.
Still, as a veteran of partisan fights and bipartisan deals during nearly two decades in the House, he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state.
“I am so tired of my colleagues out here on the stage spending all their time talking about Barack Obama,” he told a town hall crowd in New Hampshire. “His term is over.” Mr. Kasich said recently that he had “raised the bar in this election. I’ve talked about hope and the future and positive things.” In this race, how rare that is.
The Real Clear Politics polling average has Kasich at 2.4 percent, behind six other GOP candidates.
This story has been updated.
AMES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton on Saturday promised voters that “common-sense” restrictions on gun purchases won’t violate anyone’s Constitutional rights.
“The actions we can and should take can certainly be done consistent with the Constitution and the rights of gun owners,” the Democratic presidential frontrunner said at a rally at Iowa State University. “That has never been in doubt, unless you’re a paid lobbyist for the gun lobby. There is no doubt about that.”
Clinton took aim at the Iowa legislature, which has been mulling lowering the age that children in the state can use handguns with parental supervision.
“What is one of their highest priorities? Lowering the age from 14 to let more children be able legally to have guns,” said Clinton, prompting boos from the crowd at Howe Hall. “Now what kind of debate is that?”
Children having access to guns too often leads to fatal accidents, Clinton added.
“I have heard about and read about what happens when children — young children, toddlers, kids in elementary school — find that loaded gun in the closet or under the bed,” she said. “I’ve heard the stories, I’ve seen the news reports, about the ones who are killed or injure themselves or injure others. What is wrong with us? How can we continue to ignore the toll that this is taking on our children and our country?”
Clinton was joined at the rally by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot at a constituent event in January 2011. Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, made an impassioned appeal to Iowa voters to choose Clinton because of her commitment to passing common-sense gun measures.
“For too long the gun lobby has had a stranglehold on Washington, D.C.,” Kelly said. “We have been fighting to try and get a Congress and try and continue to have a White House that will stand up to the gun lobby. It is a really important thing.”
Republican candidates have “stoked fear” about gun control and “used misinformation to support a very powerful corporate lobby,” Kelly added.
Giffords, who still speaks haltingly as a result of her injury, read her statement from a piece of paper, urging Iowans to vote for Clinton because of her stance on guns.
“Speaking is hard for me,” she said, “but come January I want to say these two words: ‘Madam President.’”
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UPDATE 8:34 p.m. ET: DENVER (TheBlaze/AP) — Denver’s police chief said one person was fatally shot and seven others were wounded when a fight broke out a motorcycle expo Saturday.
Police Chief Robert White told reporters it was unclear what prompted the incident at the National Western Complex, where the Colorado Motorcycle Expo was being held this weekend. He said other events associated with the expo have been canceled.
White said investigators believe there was an exchange of gunfire. In addition to the person who was shot and killed, three others were shot. White says another person was stabbed and three others suffered injuries from a fistfight.
Police were keeping a heavy presence at the hospital where the injured people were being treated to prevent the incident from spreading from the expo.
UPDATE 6:04 p.m. ET: DENVER (AP) — Dr. Kevin McVaney of Denver Health Medical Center said six people were admitted to the hospital. He said three were in critical condition and three were stable.
McVaney did not release details about what injuries they were being treated for.
UPDATE 5:48 p.m. ET: Denver Health and its emergency department had been under lockdown after the shooting and stabbing as a precaution, but those lockdowns have been lifted.
Denver police will remain around the Denver Health campus until further notice, and our ED remains under heavy security. Lock downs lifted.
— Denver Health (@DenverHealthMed) January 30, 2016
Denver Health tweeted initially that its paramedics were responding and that nine people were taken to area hospitals.
— Drew Smith (@drewsmithvideo) January 30, 2016
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DENVER (TheBlaze/AP) — Denver police say one person is dead and others injured in a shooting and stabbing at a motorcycle expo.
Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez says the incident occurred about 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Western Complex. The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend at the complex.
Lopez says multiple people were injured but she couldn’t provide an exact number. She couldn’t say whether any gangs were involved.
Lopez says police evacuated people from the complex. No arrests have been made.
A source told KUSA-TV the incident involved two motorcycle clubs.
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Police say the motorcycle expo is ongoing, though some road closures are in effect. Other events scheduled at the National Western Complex Saturday night will continue as scheduled.
Darren Moffitt was eating in a nearby restaurant when the shooting happened. He said he remembers somebody yelling for everyone to get on the floor, and crawled under the table.
He said the air smelled like smoke, and when he left the restaurant, he walked through a puddle of blood.
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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — In a public show of support, President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members Wednesday in Baltimore on his first presidential visit to an American mosque.
Obama plans to hold talks with Muslim leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the White House announced Saturday. The visit will amount to a public embrace of Muslims by Obama at a time when public sentiment against them seems to be growing, largely fueled by fears of terrorist acts carried out by extremist groups.
The White House said he will go to the Baltimore mosque to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”
In remarks to be delivered at the mosque, Obama “will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values: welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference and protecting our nation’s tradition of religious freedom,” the White House said.
Obama has been outspoken in pushing back against calls by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and others to block Muslims from being admitted to the U.S. over fears of domestic terrorism linked to radical extremist groups.
Others have cited potential security risks in pushing legislation in Congress to limit the resettlement of refugees from Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State group is active and from which it has exported its brand of terrorism to other regions of the world.
Obama has argued that such efforts are wrong and serve only to incite extremist groups, weaken America’s leadership around the world and put U.S. security at risk.
“We’re not going to build progress with a bunch of phony tough talk, and bluster, and over-the-top claims that just play into ISIL’s hands,” the president said, using an acronym for the Islamic State. He spoke to House Democrats on Thursday as they strategized at a meeting in Baltimore. “We’re not going to strengthen our leadership around the world by allowing politicians to insult Muslims or pit groups of Americans against each other. That’s not who we are. That’s not keeping America safe.”
It was not immediately clear why the White House chose the Islamic Society of Baltimore for the visit.