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Saturday, August 23, 2014

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm."

Appearing with Ryan at a public event for the first time since their ticket lost two years ago, Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan "wouldn't be a bad president" himself.

Ryan, R-Wis., has said he will wait until after the midterm elections to decide whether to pursue his own presidential campaign in 2016. Romney has repeatedly denied any plans for another campaign for president. He failed to win the nomination in 2008 and then lost the election to President Barack Obama in 2012.

Remember the olden times (2008-2014) when low-level Republican officials got in hot water for emailing pics of Obama as a chimp, or the White House with a watermelon patch out front? Those were heady days, back then. But now, in today's more enlightened times, when jokes about Obama being a Muslim are so passé (though 100 percent serious claims that he is one are still chic), those old jokes can still come back and bite a local politician in the butt. Just see the case of poor Peter Tinsley, a city councilman in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, whose hilarious Obama jokes on Facebook got him in hot water at a council meeting Monday. But he didn't intend to offend anybody!

Tinsley apologized and explained that he was under the influence of some pretty weird meds politics at the time:

"I apologize from the bottom of my heart," Tinsley said.

"At one time, I was a very active republican, very opposed to Obama," Tinsley said.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Republican who finished fifth in the primary for California governor was arrested Friday as a suspect in a Fresno County shooting that left one man wounded and a horse dead, officials said. Fresno police said that Tye "Glenn" Champ was arrested without incident in Tulare County a day after the shooting occured at 4:17 p.m. Thursday near Prather. Champ finished fifth out of 15 candidates for governor in the June 3 primary, receiving 76,066 votes. He had a strong showing at the polls despite media reports before the election that he is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison. read more

PolitiFact: A meme circulating on Twitter and other social media recently caught our eye. Created by the liberal group Occupy Democrats, it said, "97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states. But tell me again how Republican policies grow the economy?" This was a variation on a few memes we've checked previously -- that nine out of the 10 poorest states are red states (we rated this Mostly True) and that Republican-leaning states get more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes (also Mostly True). For median income, we found that 95 of the 100 poorest counties were located in red states. For percentage of residents in poverty, we found that 93 of the 100 poorest counties were in red states.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

The sovereign citizen movement is currently the most serious terrorism threat in the U.S., members of U.S. law enforcement agencies said in a survey conducted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Researchers asked 364 officers from 175 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. "Law enforcement is much more concerned about sovereign citizens, Islamic extremists, and militia/patriot group members compared to the fringe groups of the far right, including Christian Identity believers, reconstructed traditionalists (i.e., Odinists), idiosyncratic sectarians (i.e.,survivalists), and members of doomsday cults," a report on the research states. Ranked by potential threat, sovereign citizens was first ahead of Islamic extremists, militia/patriot, racist skinheads, Neo-Nazis and extreme animal rightists, in order.


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