Whatever you think of him, Donald Trump is a stick of dynamite thrown into the presidential pond. All the boats have been rocked, and given Trump's potential for more explosiveness, the political waters show little sign of settling down anytime soon.
Donald Trump is so special that we've created a category (and perhaps a word) just for him in our Republican presidential rankings: "The Un-Nominatable Frontrunner."
Trump's tier has partial precedents. Remember when then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), businessman Herman Cain, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich led national and/or early state polls at various times in the 2012 cycle? There was no way that any of the trio was going to end up as the Republican nominee for president. You could say the same about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the early stages of the 2008 election. more >>
Donald Trump might be the apt president for the selfie age. This is not a good thing.
In this series we have been asking: To whom shall we liken Trump? The primary character is Nimrod, revealed in the Bible as the founder of Babylon, and the father of tower-building. We have explored comparisons of Trump with presidents embracing populist-progressivism and judgment-impairing presumptuousness.
In this installment we have to consider which of the current candidates would be most likely to get snared in the dangerous trap of selfie-solipsism. A "solipsist" in its extreme form is an individual who thinks he or she is the only existent being in the universe. The really sick solipsist believes all else is sheer delusion produced by the solipsist's own mind. more >>
Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao says he's aiming for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. after his May defeat in the highly publicized fight.
When asked about his future in boxing after having surgery to repair an injury to his right shoulder that he sustained before the fight against Mayweather, Pacquiao said that while he's seeking a rematch next year with the undefeated world champion, for now he's focused on serving his country in the Philippine House of Representatives.
"I'd like to concentrate my efforts on working as a politician this year, and want to fight Mayweather in a rematch," Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. "I'll be ready for that mentally and physically next year. I'll show a better performance against him than in the first encounter." more >>
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has asked the state's Department of Human Services to end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, whose officials were shown discussing delivery of babies' body parts in secretly taped videos. StemExpress, a tissue company, is also cutting its ties with the abortion provider.
"It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them," Hutchinson said in a statement Friday.
The Republican governor added that this includes "their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma." more >>
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz reunited for the first time in decades with the pastor who baptized him and led his father to Jesus in the 1970s, during a campaign stop in Tennessee this week.
For Cruz, he saw his stop through Murfreesboro on Monday to speak at a campaign rally as being more than just an opportunity to share his conservative views with potential voters. As Cruz took the stage to speak to the crowd, he had just one question for the audience.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently decided to immediately shut down the Baltimore City Detention Center. His decision is a stunning and important victory for justice, victims and the communities affected by crime.
Governor Hogan made it clear that this decision is about far more important values than just saving money — it's about the value of human life, justice and the advancement of public safety.
The governor stated, "The Baltimore City Detention Center is a disgrace and its conditions are horrendous. Ignoring it was irresponsible and one of the biggest failures of leadership in the history of the State of Maryland." more >>