Thursday, December 3, 2015

Clinton Emails: It Looks Like She Was An Architect Of The Benghazi Lie

Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/2/15 | Op/Ed 

Corruption: The White House's tale that the Benghazi terrorist attacks were caused by a video was long ago revealed as a lie. Still unclear was Hillary Clinton's role in fabricating the story. But that's clearing up now.
On Sept. 16, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on five Sunday TV news shows to explain why a few days earlier attacks on U.S. State Department facilities in Benghazi, Libya, killed four Americans, including our ambassador. It was all just a demonstration provoked by an Internet video that got out of hand, Rice said.
It was a cover-up, of course. Rice was pushing in a re-election year a fiction that the administration believed would do the least amount of damage to President Obama's campaign.
The administration couldn't allow itself to admit that things were going poorly in the Middle East after it had been saying progress was being made.
Clinton herself went with the story even though she knew it wasn't true. But was she merely a cog in the conspiracy to cover up the truth, or one of its planners?
An email from a batch released Monday strongly suggests she was an architect.
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Common Core: Where a Wrong Answer Can be Right and the Right Answer Can Be Wrong ^ | December 2, 2015 | Lennie Jarrett 

Another Common Core-aligned math problem is going viral. This time a 3rd grade math problem was marked as incorrect even though the student found the correct answer. On the other hand, submissions with the wrong answer have been counted right.

The question asked the student to find the result of 5 multiplied by 3, using the "repeated addition strategy." The student wrote "5+5+5" and correctly found the answer to be 15. Apparently, this strategy didn't fit with the Common Core-established method for teaching multiplication, so the teacher punished the student for getting the right answer in a way not prescribed.

In problem number 2, the student was asked to solve 4 multiplied by 6. The child created an array with four columns of ones and six rows of ones. With this array, the student provided the correct answer of 24. The teacher again punished the student for getting the right answer in a different manner, wanting six columns of ones and four rows of ones.

NBC Chicago reported, "The new math methods are in response to the Common Core States Standards Initiative launched in 2009. It focuses on more critical thinking and less on memorization."

That report is inaccurate. First, these math methods have been around for more than two decades, under names such as New Math, Fuzzy Math, Everyday Math, and Chicago Math. Second, Common Core was created before 2009, as its own supporters claim. Third, the critical thinking talking point is an excuse to prevent accountability for teaching methods and results. This talking point also defies logic because, as this math problem shows, many Common Core teachers want only one method to be taught for calculating the correct answer, regardless of the critical thinking utilized by the student. When a student uses his or her own strategy to come to the right answer, isn't that an example of the kind of "critical thinking" Common Core is supposed to be promoting?

In contrast to how this math problem was correct yet marked incorrect, Grayslake District 46 Curriculum Director Amanda August told parents in 2013, "But even under the new Common Core, even if [students] said, '3x4 was 11,' if they were able to explain their reasoning and explain how they came up with their answer, really in words and oral explanations, and they showed it in a picture but they just got the final answer wrong, we're more focused on the how and the why."

The recently released Nation's Report Card scores, officially called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), show an across-the-board decrease in math test scores. This was the first score drop in 25 years. Breaking down the data by Common Core participation and Common Core testing consortia shows a correlation between math test scores and Common Core states; scores declined by 0.5 percent more in the Common Core states. These are the first NAEP scores released since Common Core was fully implemented, and it will be two more years before the next set of NAEP scores are released and potential correlations examined.

There are already calls to align NAEP to Common Core. Aligning NAEP would prevent the independent testing of education quality, and it would foster a much higher propensity of teaching to the test and the potential for even greater test cheating scandals than those that occurred in Alabama, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington DC over the past several years.

The math techniques now associated with Common Core-aligned math are solidly entrenched in many public education systems across the nation, even though in 2006 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics called for an end to these techniques and a return to teaching the basics, i.e. direct instruction and memorization of basic facts. These basics provide a solid foundation for understanding, learning, and building future math concepts. Teachers who use Common Core-aligned math are similar to those who attempt to build a house without a foundation; the house is destined to crumble.

One other question no one seems to be asking about this problem is this: Why are teachers using Common Core math working on math problems such as "5x3" in a 3rd grade class? Multiplication should have already been started, at a minimum, in 2nd grade, with the concept being introduced at the end of 1st grade.

Here's all you need to know about Common Core-aligned math: It's a system where a student’s wrong answer can be "right" and a right answer can be "wrong." It doesn't take much critical thinking to realize Common Core-aligned math is a disaster.

Five reasons why job creation is so weak

CNBC ^ | December 2, 2015 | Peter Morici 

The Labor Department is expected to report that the economy added 200,000 jobs in November. That's in line with the average so far this year - 206,000 - but below the 2014 monthly pace of 260,000.
The unemployment rate is down to 5.0 percent from the recession high of 10 percent, largely because fewer adults are looking for work.
Since the recovery began, GDP growth has averaged 2.1 percent and the economy has added 12.6 million jobs. Growth should pick up to 2.5 to 3 percent next year, but here are five reasons why jobs creation will still disappoint.
1. Frightened consumers
Household spending accounts for about two-thirds of the economy and right now, consumers are reluctant to spend.
Slow growth and instability in China and terrorist attacks in Europe don't help but the constant drumbeat from the White House that most Americans are victims of racism, sexism or the evil machinations of the top 1 percent doesn't boost optimism either.
In this dour environment, new home sales and construction, though improved, are not even half their pre-recession levels.
2. Strong dollar
Over the last two years, the dollar is up about 18 percent against the euro, yen and other currencies, making U.S. goods and services more expensive, boosting imports and curbing exports. Along with higher corporate taxes, that discourages investment in the United States.
3. Productivity growth
In 2015, many Obamacare mandates for small business kicked in and raised labor costs. Along with higher minimum wages in San Francisco and other cities, those have caused some small businesses to close and others to try to find cost cuts elsewhere.
During the early years of the recovery, businesses were reluctant to invest to improve worker productivity, and employment grew faster than economic growth warranted. However, since spring, productivity has picked up to about 2 percent - in line with the historical norm. This should support modestly better wage gains, but it does help explain the slower pace of jobs creation this year.
4. Myth of college graduate underemployment
Scores of college graduates work in jobs that historically did not require a degree, but many BAs may be well placed as Starbucks baristas. Tests administered by the Council for Aid to Education indicate 40 percent of recent graduates are not proficient in the basic problem-solving skills normally associated with a college education.
At the same time, many high paying blue-collar jobs in manufacturing and other technical areas go begging because community colleges do not enroll enough students in vocational programs.
5. Stranded rural workers
Urban areas have more than recovered all the jobs lost during the financial crisis, while employment outside of metro areas has lagged. And many rural workers cannot afford to relocate for $10 to $15 an hour jobs in restaurants, dry cleaners and health clubs catering to highly paid urban professionals.
Paradoxically, now the Obama administration is worried that the proliferation of state licensing requirements-often advocated by unions-discourages labor mobility, and that city zoning laws raise rents, curb labor mobility and exacerbate inequality.
More regulation to spread the wealth and accomplish fairness? Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease!

Taking Care of Our Own ^ | December 2, 2015 | Jeremiah Cuevas 

The Syrian refugee crisis is the only issue many people in the media are talking about today, and many on social media are crying, "If you don't let the terrorist in, the terrorists win."But does the United States really have a refugee crisis, or has the Obama administration created this controversy?
Over the past 100 years, America has often served as the watchdog for freedom in the world, but is acting as the world's police officer really the right course of action in these troubled times, or are we too unstable ourselves? How can we help others if we can't even save ourselves from comparatively simple problems, such as the nation's debt crisis?
Refugees from Iraq and Syria are storming the Western world, and ISIS has promised it would sneak in terrorists along with refugees traveling to safe-haven nations. Many former leaders in the intelligence community have expressed concerns as to whether or not these people can be properly vetted. The head of the FBI has already admitted before congress that two Iraqi War refugees were arrested for terror-related crimes and that the vetting processes were less thorough than they ideally should have been.
Our government leadership outside the White House has expressed an uneasiness with simply letting these unknown refugees into our country haphazardly. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is trying to enact a controversial piece legislation called the Safe Act in an attempt to ensure that refugees are thoroughly vetted. Over half of the nation's state governors are saying "no" to letting refugees into their states. Proponents of the refugee resettlement program proclaim the 27 state governors have no right to deny refugees entry into their states, but isn't that just an afterthought considering that in a recent Bloomberg poll 53 percent of Americans said that we should halt the Syrian refugee resettlement plan the White House is presently pursuing.
In a poll conducted in November, as many as one-quarter of the Syrian refugees were open to the possibility of being recruited by ISIS. Factoring in this poll, which has been conveniently ignored by the mainstream media, with the number of refugees the Obama administration wants to bring into the country, and you end up with some disturbing possibilities: Obama's plan could bring in as many as 2,500 potential ISIS recruits.
If an estimated 13 percent of these refugees have, at the very least, a negative outlook of the United States, then why are we bringing them here? What motivation could they have for wanting to live here if they view America negatively? If many of these refugees have a positive outlook on ISIS and many of them are military age males, then what is stopping them from picking up arms and fighting for ISIS in their new American homeland?
Many people, including Vice President Joe Biden, has said it is against our long-held American values to turn these people away, as he was leaving a speaking engagement in Texas last week. Many others proclaim that to turn them away is unconstitutional and is in violation of their First Amendment rights. When did it become intolerant to care for the safety of Americans? Isn't that the primary responsibility of the federal government?
True, the liberties listed in the Bill of Rights do apply to all people everywhere, as they are endowed by our creator. However, neither asylum nor citizenship are listed among those rights. True, America often finds itself in the position of being the world's policeman and standing for the persecuted, but this watchdog role cannot and should not be taken at the expense of the safety of the nation's own citizens.
To let anyone into our country without properly vetting them would at this point be totally and utterly irresponsible. Syrians and Iraqis are not the problem; radical Islam is. Although many in the Middle East are trying to re-establish the caliphate as a dominant power in the modern world, they are not a nationality; they are a totalitarian religion. This war on terror is not a war against a country, but it is war on radical ideals that can be adopted by anyone at any time in any place. With that in mind, how could we just let people into our country men, women, or even children whether they be Syrian, Iraqi, or Canadian, without knowing who they are?
When I myself was serving in Iraq as a gunner in a gun-truck tasked with convoy security, there was a period we started seeing children in small villages throwing hand-sized rocks into wells from various distances around the wells during our missions. It was soon after that we found just what exactly these children were doing: We started getting reports of casualties that were caused by children throwing hand grenades into the holes of gunner's turrets of the gun-trucks we were using.
It may not be the politically correct thing to say, but it appears to me that the only true refugee crisis the United States will experience will occur if we take in thousands of refugees without knowing who they are.

New Evidence Vindicates Trump on Muslim 9/11 Celebrations in Jersey City

Rush ^ | December 2, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh 


RUSH: Turning to the Republican presidential primary, two stories on the same data. "Trump Leads, Carson Fades in National Poll." That's from CNN: "Trump Leads as Carson Fades -- Donald Trump continues to hold a commanding national lead over the field of Republican contenders, as Ben Carson falls back into the pack, according to a new poll.

"A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday finds Trump taking 27 percent support, a 10-point lead over the next closest contender. That’s a slight increase for Trump, who stood at 24 percent in the same poll from last month. 'It doesn’t seem to matter what he says or who he offends, whether the facts are contested or the "political correctness" is challenged, Donald Trump seems to be wearing Kevlar,' said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll."

He has now doubled down on his "tens of thousands of Muslims cheering on 9/11" comment. And they have found even more evidence. They have found even more reporting, ladies and gentlemen, that the Drive-Bys ignored about Trump and his comments. I don't have it in the current Stack right in front of me, but there is another instance of media reporting talk about a bunch of people on rooftops cheering the twin towers going down. It is the third separate media report that's now been found.

Rubio, in the Quinnipiac poll, is in second place, 17%. Ben Carson has dropped seven points in the last poll. Rubio and Cruz have each gained three points. Jeb Bush is in a distant fifth place, with 5%. Jeb Bush recently said -- and I can't believe this. This is one of the things I had yesterday in the Stack that I didn't get to. And it wasn't on purpose. You know, I do things as I feel them. And for some reason I chose other things over some other things, and the Jeb Bush thing was one thing that I glossed over, and it was this. It was a story from, I think over the Thanksgiving weekend, might have been Jeb appearing in a Sunday show.

He actually said that it is important to elect somebody who can work with the Democrats to get things done, to form consensus so that legislation can be passed and signed into law. And others echoed Jeb. They're saying, "Yeah, we've just had seven years of a petulant, immature president who refused to work with the opposition, and we see the damage. And we don't need another four years of a megalomaniac who refuses to work with the opposition." And Jeb is holding himself out as the one guy in the Republican field that could do it. You talk about tone deaf?

Furthermore, are we really supposed to sit here and believe that the reason Obama has been able to get away with all that he's gotten away with is because the Republicans did not work with him? Are you kidding me? Seriously? The rap on Obama is that he did not work with the other side, he refused to cooperate, he didn't get consensus, and therefore we don't need another four or eight years like this? Who in the world who thinks like that still has a job? For crying out loud.


RUSH: Here it is. This is what I was talking about. It's audio sound bite number 14. By the way, Rudy Giuliani is backing Trump up as well. "Ah, Trump's exaggerating, but it happened. It happened." Trump has doubled down on it, which is Trump's trademark. Trump says something and the Drive-Bys go, "My God, I can't believe you said that! You didn't mean that. You can't get away with saying that! You can't prove that!" Trump says, "Oh, yeah? Well, try this," and doubles down on it and sends 'em into pure apoplexy.

This is a WCBS Channel 2 Eyeball News New York report from September 16, 2001. Snerdley, you remember this guy, Pablo Guzman? (interruption) You do remember Pablo? (interruption) Is that good or bad you remember Pablo Guzman? (interruption) Well, he was a standard fixture of local news. I have other memories of the guy, but they're irrelevant to this. Anyway, Pablo Guzman who was a street reporter, Channel 2 Eyewitness News in New York. On September 16th, he's reporting about police and FBI investigators raiding a Jersey City, New Jersey, apartment building where people were celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Imagine that.
Jersey City 9/11 Celebration Report CBS

GUZMAN: There's another apartment building, one that investigators told me, quote, "was swarming with suspects," suspects who I'm told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center. Uh, police were called to the building by the neighbors and found eight men celebrating, six of them tenants in the building. The FBI and other terrorist task force agencies then arrived, and the older investigators on the task force recalled that they had been to this building before, eight years ago, when the first World Trade Center attack led them to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, whose Jersey City mosque lies between the two buildings getting attention today.

RUSH: Oh, yeah! I'd forgotten that. Omar Abdel Rahman's mosque was out there, too, right in the sightlines. And so he... Could you hear that? It was really tunnel audio. (interruption) Were you able to hear it? Okay, so I don't need to reread this? People can understand what he said. (interruption) All right, he said, "There's another apartment building, one that investigators told me, quote, 'was swarming with suspects,' suspects who I'm told were cheering on the roof when they saw the planes slam into the Trade Center. Uh, police were called to the building by the neighbors and found eight men celebrating, six of them tenants in the building.

"The FBI and other terrorist task force agencies then arrived, and the older investigators on the task force recalled that they had been to this building before, eight years ago, when the first World Trade Center attack," that was 1993, "led them to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, whose Jersey City mosque lies between the two buildings getting attention today." We-e-e-ell. So the Drive-Bys news stories that just keep popping up that all the Drive-By fact-checkers just didn't manage to find. And here's Trump doubling down last night, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

TRUMP: One of the things comes out in the poll: That I have the most loyal people.

AUDIENCE: (applause)

TRUMP: People say, "He can do anything! He can do anything."

AUDIENCE: (applause)

TRUMP: So I don't know if that's right, but they say that I have the most loyal people. You know, others, if you sneeze they drop you. Me, I can sneeze. I can say things that I think are right. Do you notice what's happening in New Jersey? A lot of people are saying, "Yeah, that did take place in New Jersey," right? I wasn't gonna apologize!

AUDIENCE: (applause)

TRUMP: I wasn't gonna apologize. A lot of things happen today where they were dancing and they were happy. There were a lot of happy people over in New Jersey. And I saw it, and a lot of people saw it, and I'm getting hundreds of phone calls -- and a lot of other people are, too -- and things are all of a sudden materializing.

RUSH: Now, this is a fascinating thing that's happening here. Follow me on this. Trump first alleges tens of thousands of people were celebrating in New Jersey. The Drive-Bys say (angrily), "Well, that's just not possible! He making it up. It's outrageous. We hate Trump! This is Trump being typical Trump that we hate!" And they immediately began to try to disprove what Trump said, so they go into action with all their fact-checkers. They get AP fact-checkers, Washington Post fact-checkers, UPI fact-checkers, Reuters fact-checkers.

They all go back through their archives, and they don't find anything -- and since they didn't report it, it didn't happen. This is key. To them it didn't happen because they didn't report it, and then somebody said, "Wait a minute, the Washington Post did report it, and their fact checker -- a guy named Glenn Kessler -- glossed over it, missed it, or just ignored it." And the Washington Post was reproduced and people said, "Oh, yeah. They were talking about a bunch of people celebrating the Twin Towers going down in New Jersey."

The Drive-Bys said, "Ah, it's so long ago, the reporter doesn't remember it," and they made fun of Trump for making fun of the reporter. They said Trump was mocking the reporter who happens to be disabled. Trump says, "No, no, no, no. I saw it," and what's happening now is that a lot of other people who saw the same thing are talking about it with each other on Twitter and Facebook, and Trump spends a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook. So you have two worlds here. You have Drive-By Media, which didn't report it and says it didn't happen.

Then you have Facebook and Twitter -- which is real people -- recounting what they've said and seen and what they've heard, and that forms its own loop that keeps going with people adding to it and Trump sees that and says, "I've seen it! I saw it, I've seen it, a lot of people see it." Over here the media, it didn't happen. "We didn't report it; it didn't happen. Trump's a lunatic. Trump's crazy." Trump says, "The hell I am! It did happen. I got people telling me they saw it. It's all over Facebook. It's all over Twitter."

You heard him say, "I have hundreds of people calling me and e-mailing me. They saw it." The media's over here saying, "It didn't happen because we didn't report it!" It's an object lesson in the media. I was reminded of a story yesterday, in fact, that John O'Sullivan tells in a book that he wrote on Margaret Thatcher. John O'Sullivan used to be at National Review Online, National Review as the editor, and he was ranking member of Lady Thatcher's staff. This story is about the beginnings of the protest movement of the labor movement in Poland.

Lech Walesa and that bunch were starting to protest the communist government there, and O'Sullivan in the book on Thatcher tells the story that Pope John Paul II, when this began to happen, asked, "Is there media there? If there isn't, get media there. If the media doesn't report this, nobody's gonna believe it's happening." He was prescient, and he understood. And so they got media there. I don't recall the process by which that happened, but it makes the point that the media in and of itself can rely on themselves.

If they don't report something, it didn't happen, or it wasn't worth reporting because it was so insignificant if they didn't report it. And that's what they rely on. And that forms the crux of the contretemps right now between the media and Trump. They can't find any evidence of it because they didn't report it, just that one Washington Post story. But then there was a New York Post story, and now Pablo Guzman at Eyewitness News 2 New York. And there's gonna be more. They're gonna find more mainstream media reporting of this that the Drive-By fact-checkers have missed 'cause they don't want to find it.

And so Trump is doubling down on it. And now the Quinnipiac pollster says, "I... I... I... (stammering) This is doesn't make any sense. He can't offend anybody! He can't! No matter what he says, no matter what he does, it doesn't hurt him. We're never seen this!" I said,
"Hello, this is the precise value that Trump is demonstrating." (interruption) No, my point is here that you don't have to be afraid of the media if you're a Republican, and you don't have to be afraid of violating political correctness if you're a Republican.
There's a hunger in the general population for people who are willing to ignore all that, and just stand up and say what it is. People are fed up with fear of the media! People are fed up with fear of political correctness. People are fed up with the Republican Party being afraid of being called racist or whatever it is. Just get up and say it! What you know to be true, just get up and say it and screw 'em! That's what Trump's doing, and he's being rewarded for it. That's what I find so incredulous. I mean, this Jeb stuff, it's not... It's uncomfortable. I just don't...

"I'm the guy that can cross the aisle I'm the guy can work with the Democrats form a consensus get things done I mean." (sigh) I don't know... How can you miss so vividly what's happening in this campaign? I don't understand it. Well, actually I do. Actually I do. You know where this comes from? It's rooted in the belief that Trump's gonna bomb, that under him Trump's gonna fade out, that Trump's gonna implode; that something's gonna happen, and that the electorate at some point's gonna wake up and want a traditional inside experienced politician to be president. That's what they're banking on in the Bush campaign.

Without knowing it, I mean, I know it. Nobody's told me that. I'm just surmising it.


RUSH: Let me remind you of something from the report from Pablo Guzman, Channel 2 eyeballs news. He's talking about swarms of suspects on the rooftop. Don't confuse the fact that the number eight were arrested. That's just the number detained. There were swarms on the rooftop in New Jersey as the towers were going down. But now what you have to do, you have to put it all together. You go back to 9/11, and then you go to the next day and the next day, and the media's reporting, and now we've got reporting in the Washington Post talking about Muslims celebrating in New Jersey, Channel 2 Eyeball News, swarms of people, Trump probably saw all this and read all of this. The New York Post with a story on the celebrating and who knows what else is gonna be found.

You put all these reports together as a consumer of news in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, it wouldn't be hard to figure there were a whole lot of people celebrating this. It was reported. And yet the Drive-By Media is calling Trump a liar. You got Giuliani now backing it up. If Rudolph Giuliani is not an authoritative source on whether Muslims celebrated in New Jersey, then who the heck is. We know it's not the Drive-Bys. They're out there denying it. So Trump's supposed to believe them versus what he saw at the time? And it wasn't just Trump that saw it. I mean, if you're in New York in the immediate aftermath and you see these reports on the news you're gonna get the idea a lot of people were celebrating this. It sounds like vindication to me, folks.

New NASA Report on Polar Ice Caps Exposes Climate Change Scam

Federalist Papers Project ^ | 12.02.15 | Russ Hepler 

Remember when Al Gore predicted the global ice caps would all be melted by 2014? Well, it may be an "inconvenient truth" for Al to accept the fact that 2014 has come and gone and, yes, we do still have ice caps at earth's poles.
In reality, what we are now seeing completely contradicts the whole "Climate Change/Global Warming" hoax President Obama is peddling at the Paris climate summit right now. is actually reporting data from Antarctica that blows a huge hole in both Gore's and Obama's pet scare tactic:
... According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008. ...
Well, what do you know? One of Obama's "science" agencies has come clean about what's really going on with the planet. ...

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Unbound by political ideology, Donald Trump attracts wide spectrum of GOP voters

The Washington Times ^ | 12/2/2015 | S.A. Miller 

As he extends his lead in the Republican presidential race, billionaire businessman Donald Trump keeps bucking his party establishment and confounding predictions of his imminent downfall. His success has come not just from being an outsider but also from being fiercely anti-establishment, railing against the government and the institutions that he hopes to lead. It's a freewheeling style made possible by Mr. Trump's loose ties to political ideology. "He's not bound by ideology in a traditional sense," said David W. Rohde, a political science professor at Duke University. Mr. Trump is not a tea party constitutionalist or a pro-business Republican or a small-government conservative. He is strictly pro-Trump. "Trump's presentation is that everybody in government is incompetent or evil and if we just give the power to him he will make things just fine," said Mr. Rohde. "It's the presentation of those ideas is what leads to his success. It is coupling those views with a lot of anger and ridicule that a segment of the Republican Party finds appealing. "Now a whole lot of people find it not appealing," he added. Mr. Trump climbed to 27 percent at the top of a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, up from 24 percent in the same survey last month. Mr. Trump bested the competition with a variety of Republicans, including voters who described themselves as tea party, extremely conservative and moderate or liberal. He also won among men and women who vote Republican, according to the poll.
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Has the president lost his ability to discharge the powers and duties of office?

Washington Times ^ | 1 Dec, 2015 | Charles Hurt 

Is it now time to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment? Has our president officially lost his ability to discharge the powers and duties of his office?
Anyone who listened to President Obama speak to reporters in Paris on Tuesday would reasonably conclude it is high time to start drawing up the papers to transmit to Congress for his removal.
If you are one of the millions and millions of literate Americans out there who have simply tuned this president out the past three or four years, that is certainly understandable. But if you tuned in to the long, rambling, empty press conference, you would have been truly alarmed.
Without the use of the teleprompter, his speech can be described only as "halting." It was impossible to count the number of times he seized up, able to deaden the silence with only a drawn-out "uh," "um" or "ahhh."
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