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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Washington (CNN) -- Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new survey shows.

The latest Quinnipiac University swing state polling released Wednesday shows the Democratic frontrunner trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in each of those states.

The biggest loser, the polls found, is Donald Trump, who has surged to the front of a crowded Republican primary field nationally but is viewed unfavorably, by almost a 2-to-1 margin, by voters in those states.

The results offered more indications that Clinton has a problem: Voters say they don't trust her.

In Colorado, only 34% of voters said they see Clinton as honest and trustworthy while 62% said they don't. In Iowa, the numbers were 33% to 59% -- a drop from 45% to 47% in April. And in Virginia, Clinton did best, at 39% saying they trust her to 55% saying they don't.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chuck Todd, the host of "Meet the Press," reacting to a new Quinnipiac poll showing Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton seriously underwater in her favorable ratings, made a damning statement about the former secretary of state.

Todd said, "This fits another pattern of hers. Whenever she's been out front as the face of the Democratic Party, her numbers have gone down. They always have, whenever she is the focal point."

Clinton has a 23 point deficit in her favorable/unfavorable rating in Iowa, with 33 percent of voters having a favorable view of the former Secretary of State and 56 percent viewing her unfavorably.

In the swing state of Virginia it's 41 percent favorable, 50 percent unfavorable.

In Colorado, Hillary is viewed favorably by only 35 percent of voters, while 56 percent have a negative view of her.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Donald Trump has opened up a double-digit lead in the crowded field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post national poll, Trump has the support of 24 percent of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents -- 11 points higher than Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (13 percent) and 12 points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

And the real estate mogul has a substantial cushion (ranging from 16 to 21 points) on the rest of his GOP rivals, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (8 percent), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (7 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (6 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (6 percent), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (4 percent), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (4 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (3 percent).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The giant stone statues scattered around remote Easter Island are even more impressive than they first appear. Hidden from view, the heads are attached to bodies that extend meters underground. A dig at Rano Raraku, the quarry where Easter Island's statues were hewn out of rock, is casting new light on a remarkable discovery forgotten for decades. In 1919 pictures of the first excavations by the Mana Expedition to Easter Island revealed that some statues were full sized. The discovery was confirmed in 1955 by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl when his Norwegian Archaeological Expedition excavated a statue. Over subsequent decades the discoveries were gradually forgotten, known by archaeologists but not by tourists, who began visiting the island when flights between Santiago and Tahiti, via Easter Island, began in the 1990s.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: At a time when "principled politicians" sometimes seem a null set, it's remarkable how often [Jimmy] Carter showed spine. When he was inaugurated governor of Georgia, he declared, "I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over." He then erected a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. in the State Capitol. A black woman who was a convicted murderer, Mary Prince, was assigned to work at the governor's mansion in a work-release program. Carter became convinced that she was innocent and later applied to be her parole officer, so he could take her to the White House to be his daughter's nanny. Prince was eventually pardoned. read more


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