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Journal Journal: Rudy Giuliani Prepares to Enter the GOP Race 1

Apparently he figured since there won't be a clear leader after Iowa and New Hampshire, he might as well jump in as well. With nothing else useful to say, Giuliani decided to attack the Super Bowl Halftime Show . As much as the current crop is a big crowd of idiots, Giuliani does have one thing the rest of the idiots don't have - a day on the calendar set aside to honor his infinite awesomeness. That must be an instant +10 delegates, at least.
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Journal Journal: Cruz won't even worry about truth this early 75

Did Ted Cruz gin up Iowa voter histories?
That is actually one of the kinder reviews of the campaign mailers that the Cruz campaign sent out. One of my favorite bits so far on this is that apparently the campaign arbitrarily picked either "55%", "65%", or "75%" as a voting "score" for the people they mailed these out to (some say this may have been in part because the state voting records don't have enough information to calculate this number).

The reply from Cruz himself is interesting:

Cruz himself said in Iowa: "I will apologize to no one for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote."

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Journal Journal: And the loser is 12

Cruz.

Son, if you can't keep Marco Rubio, of all people, more than 5 points away in Iowa, of all places, you do not have what it takes. Go home.

Alright folks, now that the writing is on the wall, let's place our bets on Trump's demise. I'm thinking he's in until at least Super Tuesday. Maybe the better question is, how much more damage is he going to do before that?

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Journal Journal: GOP operatives celebrating their own stupidity 15

Republican Operatives Try to Help Bernie Sanders

Apparently some of the GOP brass have drank enough Jesus Juice that they believe they can beat Sanders, in spite of

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds him leading Trump nationally by 15 points, while Clinton leads Trump by 10 points.

The GOP fail spin is indeed quite amusing to watch. It's unclear how they will ever make it back out of the woods a second time. If Sanders won the nomination, the GOP would need more than their usual strategy of voter obstruction to keep him out of the white house. If he won the white house, they would only make themselves look even more ridiculous and hypocritical to keep with their strategy of congressional obstruction as a platform.

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Journal Journal: Nope, the GOP has no problem getting women in to the tent... 2

Report: Cranston seniors director resigned after having man dress as woman for press conference

Cranston's director of senior services stepped down last week after she had a male bus driver for the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center masquerade as a woman to improve visuals at a press conference.

The man was wearing a dress, earrings, lipstick, and a wig, according to the report.

Stenhouse's last public appearance (the one featuring the man dressed up in drag for the conference)?

an initiative that Stenhouse had put together: the creation of a student snow-shoveling brigade to help poor and infirm older people. Students receive high school community service credits for their efforts.

There was an announcement at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, in which some students gleefully shoveled snow from a pile Stenhouse arranged despite the lack of snowfall.

But, of course, Republicans wouldn't waste money like this, would they?

Stenhouse, 56, of Warwick, is a former Republican member of the Warwick City Council and a current member of the Warwick Planning Board. She was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Rhode Island secretary of state in 2006 and was an aide to Donald L. Carcieri when he was governor.

Ooops, scratch that one.

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Journal Journal: Liberal Media update 16

Sadly, still not all that liberal:

Donald Trump is by far the most newsworthy storyline of Campaign 2016, alone accounting for almost a third of all coverage (327 mins or 32%), more than the entire Democratic contest combined.

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Journal Journal: Let the whinging commence 54

"13 Hours"--the movie and the politics

It is also an attempt to tell a true story--that of the Benghazi attacks and the valiant and successful efforts by the contractors to save the lives of Americans under attack. [Director] Bay relied on the accounts of several of the contractors as presented in their book. These contractors also worked as consultants and the film. As such, from what I understand, they insisted on a faithful recreation of the core events, as they saw them.

I've got a feeling that, while the movie focuses on the narrow, local "what" and omits all the pesky "why" questions, it's going to pull enough other voices back into the public discussion to make things highly uncomfortable for Her Majesty.
Will Her Majesty's health suddenly get fragile? Will she decide to spend more quality time with the grandkid? Real hard tellin'.

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Journal Journal: Macy's to Close 40 Stores nationwide 4

This week a list of 40 stores that Macy's will close in 2016 was announced :
  • Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, Calif.
  • Country Club Plaza, Sacramento, Calif.
  • Westfield Century City, Los Angeles (This store will be closed in January 2016 and replaced with a new, larger store to open in this same shopping center in spring 2017)
  • Enfield Square main store, Enfield, Conn.
  • Enfield Square furniture/home/men's store, Enfield, Conn.
  • North DeKalb Mall, Decatur, Ga.
  • Kailua, Hawaii
  • Palouse Mall, Moscow, Idaho
  • Northwoods Mall, Peoria, Ill.
  • Cortana Mall, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Md.
  • Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough, Mass.
  • Eastfield Mall, Springfield, Mass.
  • The Shoppes at Stadium, Columbia, Mo.
  • Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, N.J.
  • McKinley Mall main store, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • McKinley Mall home store, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Arnot Mall, Horsehead, N.Y.
  • Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston, N.Y.
  • Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Cary Towne Center, Cary, N.C.
  • Chapel Hill Mall, Akron, Ohio
  • Midway Mall, Elyria, Ohio
  • Quail Springs Mall, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Pony Village Mall, North Bend, Ore.
  • Roseburg Valley Mall, Roseburg, Ore.
  • Suburban Square, Ardmore, Pa.
  • Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Pa.
  • Ridgmar Mall, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Chesapeake Square, Chesapeake, Va.
  • Virginia Center Commons, Glen Allen, Va.
  • Peninsula Town Center, Hampton, Va.
  • Military Circle Mall, Norfolk, Va.
  • Regency Square main store, Richmond, Va.
  • Regency Square furniture/home/men's store, Richmond, Va.
  • Downtown Spokane, Spokane, Wash.

This little snippet is interesting as well:

Macy's also announced Wednesday that it has engaged Eastdil Secured in conjunction with Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs to approach potential interested parties to form joint ventures to utilize the company's mall-based properties as well as its flagship real estate in Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis.

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