It's a commonplace by now to bemoan how broken U.S. politics is, but a good deal of the blame for that breakdown goes to our broken media.Nothing has made this clearer than the mainstream media's treatment of two presidential hopefuls who refuse to play by the rules of the game.One is Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who doesn't put up with the "gotcha" journalism of false narratives and whose appeal to large crowds of enthusiastic voters is dismissed by the Beltway punditocracy as a temporary aberration.The other, of course, is Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star who tends to say what he thinks before he thinks.But he also draws loud and enthusiastic crowds while his larger-than-life antics drive coverage of the other mealy-mouthed candidates off the newspaper pages and airwaves. read more
Donald Trump appears to have Mark Cuban's vote, at least in terms of how the billionaire real estate mogul is conducting his political campaign---referring to the Republican presidential candidate as "probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time." "I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years." "Up until Trump announced his candidacy the conventional wisdom was that you had to be a professional politician in order to run," Cuban wrote. "You had to have a background that was politically scrubbed."I think people are tired of politics as usual," Cuban told ESPN Radio last week. "We're tired of everything being scripted, we're tired of every comment being politically correct.
Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an extraordinary' coincidence.He has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months.But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated. The three scientists he identified - Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of the Scottish Association for marine Science - all died within the space of a few months in early 2013. read more
RUBIO: I don't think the way he has behaved over the past few weeks is either dignified or worthy of the office he seeks. We already have a president now that has no class. We have a president now, that, you know, does selfie stick videos, that invites YouTube stars there, you know, people who eat cereal out of a bathtub.It is important for us to have a presidency that restores dignity and class to the White House. And I don't believe some of the language that Trump is employing is worthy of the office. I just do not. read more
Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai says a CBS4 probe of a government cellphone program revealed fraud, waste and abuse in the government's Lifeline cellphone program that he called "shocking.""The CBS4 story highlighted the fact that in places there are no safeguards, workers are signing up people using fraudulent certifications," said Pai, one of five FCC commissioners. read more