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A CNN poll has bad news for Democrats who plan to allow illegal immigrants to get health insurance under their government-run healthcare system.

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Have you ever wondered how people would react during last year's presidential debates to a male version of Hillary Clinton and a female version of Donald Trump? Well recently, two researches set out to find just that -- and the results surprised even them.

Maria Guadalupe, an associate professor of economics and political science at INSEAD, and Joe Salvatore, a Steinhardt clinical associate professor of educational theatre, together developed "Her Opponent," a production in which actors re-created certain moments from the three Trump-Clinton debates exactly as they happened. The only difference was that Clinton was played by a man, and Trump was played by a woman.

Both Guadalupe and Salvatore admit that they initially began the production to confirm their own inherent biases: that Trump’s aggressive behavior and tendency to attack wouldn’t be tolerated coming from a woman, while Clinton’s “competence and preparedness” would sound more convincing coming from a man.

The results, however, surprised even them.

The audience who watched the performance found the female Trump to be confident, plainspoken, and able to convey a simple message that was easy to understand, while the male Clinton came across as rather stiff and like she was saying rehearsed statements.

One audience member even said that the male Clinton’s tendency to smile all the time made him “really punchable.”

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Salvatore himself admitted that he was surprised at how very critical of the male Clinton he ended up being, while at the same time seeing the confident female Trump as someone who he would want to have a beer with.

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CNN has apparently decided that there just isn’t enough evidence that they and other media organizations are actively working to diminish President Trump, so they have helpfully provided more evidence for us.

On Monday, CNN released an article titled “How Long Has It Been Since Donald Trump Attacked Someone On Twitter?” a day after the President received very high praise for his Joint Address to Congress. If that wasn’t enough, the article comes complete with clock counting just how much time has passed since Sunday afternoon.

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Yes, that’s right, a live clock actually counting the time since the President of the United States last said something they deem 'mean' on Twitter.

The article itself even admits that Trump won praise for his “measured” speech, highlighting how Trump himself said that “the time for trivial matters has passed.”

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When New York taxi drivers refused to pick up passengers at JFK International Airport for an hour in protest of President Trump’s recent executive order, Uber continued to run and even dropped their surge pricing at the airport.

This made liberals furious.

The hashtag #DeleteUber soon started to trend on Saturday after Uber tweeted that it had removed the surge pricing about half an hour after the protests had started. Angry critics started accusing Uber of everything from trying to profit off the protests, to trying to break up the protests altogether.

 

Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.

— Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017

 

For those who don’t know, surge pricing is something that Uber and other services like it use to incentivize their drivers to go into areas where there is high demand by customers. The slightly higher prices mean more money for the drivers. Since areas like airports are often in higher demand for services like Uber, surge pricing helps to make sure that there are plenty of drivers there to meet that demand.

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This means that by turning off the surge prices at JFK Airport, riders could get a cheaper ride than normal, but also that there could be less drivers willing to be there. At least, that’s all in theory.

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Things just got very real for one Deadspin editor.

It all started where things often do these days: Twitter. Deadspin recently learned that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has apparently begun holding weekly basketball games and was urging fellow senators to attend. Ashley Feinberg, the author of the article, asked her readers for any kind of picture or video proof of this, not shy in hiding the fact that Deadspin wanted to use the pictures or videos to show Cruz in a very unflattering light.

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Cruz, however, found out about this and joined in on the fun.

Obviously, that is not Ted Cruz. That is Duke University star Grayson Allen, who even those in the sports world have noticed bears a striking resemblance to the Texas senator.

Deadspin, however, was clearly not impressed by Cruz getting in on the fun. It took just over twenty minutes for them to reply with this:

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Donald Trump was inaugurated as President yesterday, and it took exactly zero seconds for the liberal media to start spinning and twisting the things he said.

So, essentially, nothing has changed.

After Trump’s inaugural address, ABC journalist Terry Moran claimed that the “America first” theme that Trump espoused during his speech was a “loaded term" that carried "overtones from the 1930s, when an anti-Semitic movement” didn't want to fight Germany.

"It's a loaded term in American history," Moran said. "Now, he defined it here as total allegiance to the United States of America, and it is something, as [fellow anchor Cecilia Vega] said, this is why he was sent here by people who want to hear that message of America first.”

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"However, it carries with it overtones from the 1930s, when an anti-Semitic movement [said], ‘We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews’ fault in Germany!’ Charles Lindbergh led them,” Moran continued. “It is a term as he defined it his way but the words themselves carry very ugly echoes of our history.”

It is almost impressive how Moran can take a term that simply espouses wishing to put America’s interests ahead of those of other countries - and warp it into something that is, allegedly, anti-Semitic.

And, he wasn't the only one to make this non-existent connection.

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In his final press conference as president, Barack Obama reiterated to the press that he has spoken extensively with President-elect Trump, and that he felt it would be appropriate for the soon-to-be president to go forward with the vision he wants.

“My working assumption is that, having won an election opposed to a number of my initiatives and certain aspects of my vision for where the country needs to go, it is appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values,” Obama said.

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While Obama didn’t expect any kind of “enormous overlap” between their two visions, he did say that Trump might come to some of the same conclusions that he himself came to once his successor takes office, using job creation and healthcare as an example. Trump and his advisors have spoken recently about a goal to make sure that health care is available for everyone.

Obama also said in the press conference that he has spoken with Trump since their first meeting together in November. While he didn’t go into details, Obama said these talks were always “cordial” and “substantive,” and that he’s always offered his best advice. Trump himself said that he looked forward to receiving Obama’s counsel when they meet after the election.

Obama was asked about a number of different topics during the final press conference of his presidency, ranging from Russia, to the recently commuted Chelsea Manning, to voter fraud (which he referred to as “fake news”). He also was asked if he had any advice for the incoming president, to which Obama responded by saying that the job isn’t something that one person can do alone.

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The newest person to say that liberals should stop trying to be offended by everything under the sun is none other than President Obama himself.

Obama was being interviewed by NPR last week when he was asked if he agreed with President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment that political correctness has “gone too far in this country.”

"My advice to progressives like myself, and this is advice I give my own daughters... is don't go around just looking for insults," Obama answered. "You're tough. If somebody says something you don't agree with, just engage them on their ideas. But you don't have to feel that somehow because you're a black woman that you're being assaulted."

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Obama broke down political correctness into two definitions, one of standing up to insulting or offensive language, and another of hyper-sensitivity to a point where someone can’t voice their opinions without some else claiming to be a victim. The President himself used affirmative action as an example of a hyper-sensitive definition of political correctness.

“If somebody says, 'you know what, I'm not sure affirmative action is the right way to solve racial problems in this country,’ and they're immediately accused of being racist, well, then I think you have a point.”

While he mention that he did agree with affirmative action, Obama said that he would hope he could have a “polite dialog” with someone who has differing opinions instead of resorting to name-calling.

Objecting to racist, sexist, or homophobic rhetoric and actions, however, didn’t fit the President’s definition of the issue.

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A former Secretary of State has high praise for President-elect Trump’s pick for the position she once held.

Condoleezza Rice, who served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush for four years, praised Trump’s pick, Rex Tillerson, as “an excellent choice” in a statement released on her Facebook page.

“I know Rex as a successful business man and a patriot,” Rice said. “He will represent the interests and the values of the United States with resolve and commitment. And he will lead the exceptional men and women of the State Department with respect and dedication.”

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“I look forward to supporting Rex through the confirmation process and then welcoming him to the family of Secretaries of State.”

Rumors had been circulating over the weekend that Tillerson was the new favorite to land the position. Trump confirmed the nomination with a tweet early Tuesday morning, calling Tillerson “one of the truly great business leaders of the world.”

 

 

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The liberal indoctrination at college campuses across America continue.

One professor at a California college was even recorded calling the election of President-elect Donald Trump “an act of terrorism” and equated it to “being in a civil war.”

“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” Olga Perez Stable Cox said to her “human sexuality” class at the beginning of the recording. “One of the most frightening things for me, and most people in my life, is that the people who are committing the assault are among us.”

She also had very critical things to say about Trump’s Cabinet picks, his advisors, and even Vice President-elect Mike Pence, including that he's “a white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.”

One student was so fed up with the Trump-bashing that he decided to secretly record Cox and post the video on his Facebook page.

“At this point it’s not even education anymore, its indoctrination,” said Josh Recalde-Martinez, the student who recorded Cox. Martinez is also a member of the school’s Young Republicans club.

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The group has apparently filed a formal complained against the teacher with the school, but the teacher’s union that represents Cox is fighting back.