Monday Open Thread | Barbara Streisand Week

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Barbara Streisand. Enjoy your week.

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Wiki:   Barbara Joan Streisand (known professionally as Barbra Streisand (pronounced /ˈstraɪsænd/), born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards, and has earned her recognition as Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas or Queen of The Divas. She has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy,Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize,  four Peabody Awards, The Presidential Medal Of Freedom and eleven Golden Globes. She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, and is one of only two artists who have also won a Peabody.

Streisand is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 72.5 million albums in the United States and with a total of 245 million records sold worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist among the top-selling artists recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America, (The only female in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock ‘n’ roll genre.)

After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of the decade. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, for which she received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme “Evergreen”, the first woman to be honored as a composer. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical; Streisand received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the first (and to date only) woman to win that award.

The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top-ten albums of any female recording artist: a total of 33 since 1963. According to Billboard, Streisand holds the record for the female with the most number one albums(10). Billboard also recognizes Streisand as the greatest female of all time on its Billboard 200 chart and one of the greatest artists of all time on its Hot 100 chart. Streisand is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, having released 53 Gold albums, 31 Platinum albums, and 14 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.

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85 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Barbara Streisand Week

  1. eliihass says:

    I realize it’s rather last minute, but let’s help out..Anyone so inclined, please join me …let’s help educate folks…

    https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/phonebank

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  2. eliihass says:

    When Netanyahu is acting all cocky again, and starts with his now familiar disrespect of, and blowing off the sitting President – preferring instead to wait out the November elections that’s projected to come down to Hillary and Trump –

    And Netanyahu is clearly comfortable with either of the two…

    That, fam, is yet another red flag and a very telling test of that same-difference concept we’ve been discussing..

    If only we could get our hands on any one of the many ‘private’ conversations Hillary and Netanyahu (or the ones she or Bill have had with Haim Saban) have had – continue to have about President Obama…I promise you that it’ll be no different – and actually so much worse than anything we can imagine Netanyahu dishing with Trump..

    My people, my people…oh how blind and easily bamboozled we are…I think black folks more than anything else, will have an even harder time recovering from the shame of once again allowing the Clintons use folks as stooges … Fool me once shame on you and all that good stuff…

    http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-says-israels-netanyahu-opted-cancel-visit-211709688.html?nf=1

    “…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday, citing Israeli news reports.

    Netanyahu’s decision to nix his U.S. visit marked the latest episode in a fraught relationship with Obama that has yet to recover from their deep differences over last year’s U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s arch-foe.

    “We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the Prime Minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit,” Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said in an emailed statement..”

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  4. eliihass says:

    Did anyone see the woman in Detroit who’s a reality show pastor who endorsed Hillary because she showed she was ‘human’ when Bill cheated on her…In her words, Hillary ‘took a licking and kept ticking’…

    Pastor-woman was so tickled and goddamned proud of herself too…all giddy with the spotlight on her…

    LOL..

    Oh my people…my people…

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  5. rikyrah says:

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    • eliihass says:

      Nope. Not voting for Hillary..

      I hate dishonesty and being manipulated to go along with a rigged process to achieve the desired end those who rigged the process set out to achieve from the very start…

      I especially hate people insulting my intelligence by pretending that it’s the ‘honorable and right’ thing to do for the party and country by giving in to the scam they perpetrated on you…

      Nah..

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  7. rikyrah says:

    The Great Betrayal

    ByJOSH MARSHALLPublishedMARCH 7, 2016, 12:40 PM EST 14891 Views
    There’s a point I wanted to address about the GOP primaries and the Trump phenomenon that connects up with my piece this morning (“Lust for Destruction”) and an earlier post on the GOP implosion and the concept of ‘technical debt’. I was listening to a CPAC roundtable late last week (televised, I wasn’t there) where the panelists, including The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, discussed the basic division in the GOP today: between people who feel the party establishment has betrayed them and those who do not.

    I could dig up polls that substantiate this. But there’s abundant public opinion data confirming this division. The only surprise is how abruptly and destructively it’s played out in this primary process. But it is worth unpacking just what this means. We can do a deep interpretation that places this sense of betrayal in the declining economic prospects for many middle class Republican voters or the broader climate of ethnic and cultural transformation in the country. But at least nominally it’s not about either one of those things.

    The betrayal is that the GOP promised it would destroy Obama’s presidency (end it in 2012, defang it before and after) and turn back the various things he’s done to damage the country and ‘transform’ it. But let’s remember that Republicans played a high stakes game of brinksmanship in 2011, threatening to default on the national debt if President Obama didn’t comply with various demands, an event totally without precedent in more than two centuries of American history. There was the Cruz government shutdown in 2013 to attempt to force yet another showdown over Obamacare. There was the successful effort to kill immigration reform in 2013. There’s the current refusal to even receive the President’s nomination to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, at the beginning of the fourth year of his term – again, totally unprecedented in American history. (We had serial rejections in the mid-19th century, never a refusal even to consider a nomination.) And these are only some of the most high stakes examples.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-great-betrayal

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  8. rikyrah says:

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    • eliihass says:

      LOL..

      This incredibly bogus ‘fear Trump – vote Hillary’ strategy is the most amusing con ever perpetrated on not just the American people, but on the whole world…

      The idea that Donald Trump who until just a few months ago was a dear, dear friend of the Clintons – and who for so long went out of their way to court and suck up to Trump, seeking out his friendship and support – even shamelessly defending him and his dangerous and disrespectful birther antics targeting the historic first black President – a fellow Democrat…(and even as daughter Chelsea continues to this day to give interviews to reassure Ivanka Trump of her unending commitment to her and their important friendship)…

      The idea that this better choreographed and rehearsed, but brazenly duplicitous, forked-tongued, flip-flopping, power-hungry, self-serving, unprincipled, integrity-deficient and hollow Hillary and her equally corrupt, corporate-owned and functioning sociopath husband, entirely beholding to the very same oligarchs who own the Republicans, is the ‘antidote’ to a suddenly ‘scary’ Donald Trump… is the biggest scam ever …

      And if the American people fall for this okey dokey, they only have themselves to blame..

      Wake up my people…

      P.S:

      A wise old friend told us over dinner last night that he had come to the conclusion after watching black folks once again rallying around and cooning harder than ever for Hillary – even after the events of 2007/2008 and the last 8 years…that sadly, black folks are not looking for freedom or a way off the plantation…they are only on the lookout for a white overseer…And they are willing to revisit the same wicked one if she gives the most barely discernible overture that she just might consider a few fleeting moments of pseudo-‘benevolence’ – at some point in the future…might…

      They conspire to blow off the perfectly fine roof off your home…and show up years later with one roll of paper towels – after you’ve lost everything and are sick from diseases caused by the consequent flooding…

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  9. rikyrah says:

    really?

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  13. Ametia says:

    LOL Give it up, Mittens. The GOP’s trying to run LESS CRAY, CRAY.

    Too late

    https://t.co/TtxzvVgoV2

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    • Liza says:

      Mittens has probably been kicking his own a$$ for not waiting until 2016, but of course, he was convinced in 2012 that he would win. The people in his bubble told him so. But, the truth is, he would have a much better chance this year and I’m sure he sees that in hindsight. The problem is, even with a brokered convention, he already ran and lost so he is perceived as someone who would lose.

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  14. Liza says:

    JUST IN: @MikeBloomberg will not run for president, blames Donald Trump and Ted Cruz https://t.co/Ok81BRg16p pic.twitter.com/OrDdDzy3Uo— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 7, 2016

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    • eliihass says:

      What a terrible, terrible loss…how are we ever going to get on without one more wealthy, entitled, narcissistic, Manhattan-racist running for the highest office in the land – and only to consolidate his personal power…

      A cold, power-hungry oligarch who circumvents rules with his money, believing rules and laws to apply only to the hoi polloi – even as he alternately masquerades as a pseudo-progressive on one or two issues – when it suits his self-serving purposes – and even manages to fool and buy more than a few of the very same folks he more often than not uses his wealth to oppress and crush by instituting and presiding over corrupt police state style government that kill and dehumanize minorities that he alternately treats as invisible and inconvenient..

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  16. Ametia says:

    Massa Bubba Clinton shut you down, didn’t he James Clyburn?

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  17. Ametia says:

    This Potential Supreme Court Nominee Is Family to House Speaker Paul Ryan

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    The fight over President Obama’s eventual Supreme Court nominee could get personal for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

    One of names being floated as a possible pick is someone who Ryan calls family: D.C. District Court . Connected by marriage, Jackson’s husband, Patrick Jackson, is the twin brother of Ryan’s brother-in-law William Jackson.

    Ryan even testified on Brown’s behalf when she was nominated to the district court in 2012, offering his “unequivocal” endorsement of her qualifications in recommending her for the bench.

    “Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity is unequivocal,” Ryan said at her December 2012 nomination hearing. “She’s an amazing person, and I favorably recommend her consideration.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/potential-supreme-court-nominee-family-house-speaker-paul/story?id=37187861

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    • Ametia says:

      THIS:

      Nonetheless, Ryan would inescapably be called upon to weigh in on the debate and would be in the awkward position of choosing between politics — and standing with his party in a stand of unequivocal opposition to considering the president’s pick — and his family ties.

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  19. Ametia says:

    In other news,

    Tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open.

    In a news conference in Los Angeles, she said she had been taking the drug meldonium since 2006 and didn’t realize that it became a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency at the start of 2016.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/07/tennis/maria-sharapova-tennis-injuries/index.html

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  20. Ametia says:

    So grateful to have an ASSHOLE like this nut job OPINION piece right here. It’s the only thing we have in common.

    Why the GOP establishment should stop worrying and embrace Ted Cruz
    By Paul Waldman March 7 at 12:04 PM

    Marco Rubio, the Republican establishment’s golden boy/fallback position, is floundering. If he doesn’t prevail in the winner-take-all Florida primary next Tuesday — and he’s currently trailing there by 15-20 percent — it may really be just a two-man race, between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

    That would leave GOP elites in a position where their only chance at stopping a candidate they find terrifying is a candidate they find loathsome.

    I’m not going to argue that Ted Cruz is a great option for the GOP. But between him and Trump, it shouldn’t even be a close call. In fact, many of the things they hate about Cruz would be completely irrelevant if he were to become president, or even their party’s nominee.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/03/07/why-the-gop-establishment-should-stop-worrying-and-embrace-ted-cruz/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_popns

    They’re all CUT from the same, LYING, CHEATING, DESTRUCTIVE, OBSTRUCTIONIS, RACIST, DANGEROUS piece of CLOTH.

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    • eliihass says:

      You know there’s major crazy going on when some establishment neo-con folk are aligning with the crazy fraud Glen Beck to back Ted Cruz…LOL..

      It’s all nuts..

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  22. Check this out, Chicas.

    Did Hillary Clinton get the label ‘SUPER PREDATORS’ from the Central Park 5 case to sell the 1994 crime bill?

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    • Ametia says:

      It’s sad and true.

      Nancy was a devoted wife to Ronnie, but it started under his administration where his policies REEKED the most havoc on the MIDDLE CLASS and MINORITIES in this country.

      We’re not only UPSET about the 2016 presidential race, we’re LIVID beyond belief at the damage the Republican Party has inflicted upon this country for DECADES.

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      • I said her death was the Lords compassion. So she doesn’t have to witness what the political arena has turned into. At least, Regan was presidential unlike the idiot who plays for the crowd.

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      • Liza says:

        Ditto.

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      • eliihass says:

        The problem with time, is that it tends to allow not just for the blurring of truths – but the outright lying about events and the times…allowing for so much re-tooling, revisionism and re-telling of what actually happened..

        California continues to suffer the negative effects of the Governor Reagan years to this day…The cold, heartless and inhumane treatment of the downtrodden – and the mentally ill – among other things, stand in stark contrast with the legacy spin of ‘jolly good fella…’

        As those in the know rightly contend…a governing politician’s budget clearly shows what he cares about, what his priorities are, and who and what are important and disposable..

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      • Ametia says:

        CHECKMATE! Just look at all the states with ReTHUG governors.

        “As those in the know rightly contend…a governing politician’s budget clearly shows what he cares about, what his priorities are, and who and what are important and disposable.”

        They are a HOT MESS.

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  23. Ametia says:

    Colin Powell: GOP Candidates ‘Belittling’ The Country And Presidency

    AUDIO: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=469420705&m=469420706

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    • Liza says:

      Good point, Mr. Powell. And the Democratic Party leadership believes that the country needs a Queen, not a president chosen by the people. Perhaps we should all register as independents and make them fight over us.

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  25. Ametia says:

    REALLY?

    The Daily 202: Five reasons Bernie Sanders lost last night’s Democratic debate

    Hillary Clinton is building her delegate lead, and Bernie Sanders is getting angry.

    The Vermont senator needed a good night in Michigan to change the dynamic of a nominating contest that has been slipping away from him. He didn’t get it.

    [Get more must-read campaign news delivered directly to your email inbox from The Daily 202]

    Instead, in the seventh Democratic debate, Sanders found himself on the defensive for the first time ever over his vote against the auto bailout. He poorly handled delicate racial and gender dynamics. He seemed angry, and he came across as someone who is running to make a point – not to win. He even managed to offend the mentally ill.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2016/03/07/daily-202-five-reasons-bernie-sanders-lost-last-night-s-democratic-debate/56dcf1e6981b92a22d730a5d/?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_daily202

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    • Liza says:

      MSM doing their share to propagandize the electorate and GIFT this primary election to Hillary Clinton. I’m convinced that without their interference Bernie would be winning.

      I don’t listen to hacks.

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      • Ametia says:

        Spot on Liza. Bernie is winning delegates in major states. The Clinton camp and the MSM want him to BEGONE! Bernie ain’t going nowhere.

        I sincerely hope that he stays in until the end, and give this witch a thorough RUN FOR HER MONEY!

        That nonsense about Sanders disrespecting Hillary… GTFOH.

        She interrupted him, shouting over him, and he interjected.

        They both yelled and jockeyed to make points, but he always waited until she had her say.

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      • Liza says:

        Quite frankly, I think that Hillary Clinton’s manners are atrocious. The fact that it has taken this long for her to get on Bernie’s nerves attests to his patience and tolerance for rude people. Of course, he’s been in Congress a long time, I guess he’s got a lot of practice.

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  26. Liza says:

    Tell it, Shaun King. And this is the DEMOCRATIC party. Should be the PLUTOCRATIC party if they do not stop this system of Super Delegates that can be used to rig a primary election.

    Imagine if 473 people in a developing country had their votes counted as 3,000,000 votes.Know what we'd call that?Election fraud.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 7, 2016

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  27. Just dropping this here about our Hillary threads…

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  28. Liza says:

    Damn straight this is fraudulent, these effing super delegates that the Democratic elite thinks they can use to rig the election. Super delegates CAN change, of course, but they should exist in the first place. The people decide. Let the leadership try to run the party without volunteers. We should be going after these folks and stop this pundit-speak that Hillary has an insurmountable lead.

    It is fundamentally fraudulent for @BernieSanders to be receiving 42% of the vote, but only 4.7% support from super-delegates.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 7, 2016

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  29. Liza says:

    The Democratic base should be going after the “leaders” with torches and pitchforks.

    .@ShaunKing: How Democrats & political elites have completely rigged the primary for Clinton https://t.co/6zv6GvJS1h pic.twitter.com/SowHHW55Gz— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 7, 2016

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Democratic debate highlights one clear loser
    03/07/16 08:00 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    After seven Democratic presidential candidate debates, some common threads become obvious. It’s hard not to notice, for example, that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are adept debaters who know how to use these events to their advantage. Both are relentlessly on message. Both have loyal and enthusiastic supporters who are absolutely convinced that their candidate won the debate beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    But while it may be difficult to form a consensus about who won last night’s debate in Flint, Michigan, identifying who lost is easy: the Republican presidential candidates.

    Even die-hard political junkies can be forgiven for feeling a degree of debate fatigue. There have been 18 such gatherings this cycle – 11 Republican and 7 Democratic – and last night’s event came just four days after the most recent GOP showdown. For those covering the election closely, it can be a bit much (especially realizing there are two more debates this week).

    But the proximity of the Republican and Democratic debates also created an opportunity to compare not only the candidates against their intra-party rivals, but also each party’s field of candidates against the other. And on this front, as the Huffington Post’s Jonathan Cohn noted, the GOP has reason to feel embarrassed.
    [T]he debate was also deeply substantive – an argument between two seasoned politicians who have obviously given a lot of thought to the problems facing America, and what they would do about them.

    The contrast to the Republican debate from last week, with its juvenile insults, could not have been more stark. Instead of discussing penis length, Clinton and Sanders argued over the sizes of their respective infrastructure programs.

    In short, both Clinton and Sanders looked ready for prime time.
    The point wasn’t lost on Clinton, who declared towards the end of last night’s debate, “I just want to make one point. You know, we have our differences. And we get into vigorous debate about issues, but compare the substance of this debate with what you saw on the Republican stage last week.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/democratic-debate-highlights-one-clear-loser

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    • Liza says:

      Yeah, my sister thinks that if and when Hillary’s “inevitability” prevails, that she will choose Bernie for her running mate. Ha ha, she doesn’t seem to remember the Clintons very well and their choices for their inner circle. But, I will say this, Bernie is damn sure in a position to cut some deals if Hillary prevails.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    ‘Super Saturday’ sets up a Trump-Cruz showdown
    03/06/16 08:57 AM—UPDATED 03/06/16 04:46 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    For months, one of the few constants in the race for the Republican presidential nomination has been the race to be the anti-Trump – Donald Trump has dominated for nearly the entire process, and his GOP rivals have fought tooth and nail to be his principal rival.

    As of last night, the race to be “the other guy” appears to be effectively over.
    In the Republican race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claimed the first two victories of the night, winning in Kansas and Maine, while Donald Trump finished second in both. Cruz was the runner-up in close races that Trump won later in the evening in the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucus. Marco Rubio and John Kasich finished well behind the two winners in today’s contests.
    Heading into the weekend’s races, polling was scarce, making it harder to set expectations, but by any measure, Cruz had an excellent night, dominating in Kansas – where the party establishment rallied behind Rubio – and posting a double-digit win in Maine, the Texan’s first victory in the Northeast.

    Trump won in Louisiana and Kentucky, though by slim margins over the second-place Cruz.

    There were lingering questions about the kind of lessons to be learned by Super Saturday. If Cruz won a race or two, would it be because of those state’s unique constituencies – Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum also won their races in 2008 and 2012, respectively, even as a dominant frontrunner emerged – or because of his genuine strength relative to Trump?

    With easy two victories and two narrow second-place finishes, I’m inclined to give Cruz quite a bit of credit (this is especially true in Louisiana, where he narrowed the gap at the very end). Cruz’s candidacy appears to be growing genuinely stronger at a key phase in the race, even as his rivals grow weaker. The Texas senator wanted to create a two-man race and as of last night, that’s exactly what he appears to have done.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/super-saturday-sets-trump-cruz-showdown

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  32. rikyrah says:

    The GOP’s destruction of its own party
    LEONARD PITTS JR
    MARCH 4, 2016 4:39 PM

    “If he was for it, we had to be against it.”

    FORMER U.S. SEN. GEORGE VOINOVICH QUOTED IN ‘THE NEW NEW DEAL’ BY MICHAEL GRUNWALD

    The “he” is President Obama. The “we” is the Republican Party. And it is not coincidental that as the former pushes toward the end of his second term, the latter is coming apart.

    The GOP is an incoherent mess. Republican-on-Republican rhetorical violence has become commonplace. Party members find themselves mulling whether to break away and form a third party or unite behind a coarse, blustering bigot whose scapegoating and strongman rhetoric has Holocaust survivors compar-ing him to Hitler.

    The situation is so objectively and transparently grim that many on the right no longer even bother to spin it. “I’m a lifelong Republican,” tweeted historian Max Boot last week, “but [Donald] Trump surge proves that every bad thing Democrats have ever said about GOP is basically true.”

    “It would be terrible,” wrote Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens last week, “to think that the left was right about the right all these years.”

    But it can be argued that Trump is less the cause than an inevitable effect of the party’s looming disintegration. It can be argued that what’s really destroying the Republican Party is the Republican Party.

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    Possible Supreme Court Pick Championed Black History Museum
    MARCH 7, 2016, 3:45 A.M. E.S.T.

    WASHINGTON — To remind him of some of the work done by potential Supreme Court nominee Robert L. Wilkins, all President Barack Obama has to do is look down the street from the White House to the nearly completed National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    Wilkins was instrumental in advocating for the museum, which is set to open in September, quitting his job as a public defender to push for it and later serving on a presidential commission whose work led to its creation.

    Now a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Wilkins has credentials that would make him an attractive nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. A native of Muncie, Indiana, who was raised by a single mother, he graduated from Harvard Law School and spent a decade as a public defender in Washington.

    As a young lawyer, Wilkins also became known for his role in a landmark lawsuit about racial profiling. The class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union came about after Wilkins and three family members were stopped by a Maryland State Police trooper in 1992 while driving back from his grandfather’s funeral and detained for a search by a drug-sniffing dog.

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  35. rikyrah says:

    Chicago and Suburban Cook County Folks…

    Early Voting Continues!!!

    But, now, there are EXTENDED HOURS.

    For the City of Chicago, go to this page and look for those sites highlighted in red. These sites will be open until 7 PM.

    7 PM!!!!

    Beginning today through Friday.

    Remember. all 51 sites will be open, but only those in red are extended hour sites.

    As for Suburban Cook County, check the list for those sites that are open until 7 pm.

    But, all 43 sites are open 9 am. – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

    ALL sites, with the exception of the Suburban Courthouses, will be open this Saturday.

    And, there 14 Suburban Cook County Sites that will be open this Sunday.

    GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

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  36. rikyrah says:

    Did anyone else know that Trump had done polling?

    …………………

    Conrad Black: Don’t underestimate Donald. He will win
    Conrad Black | March 4, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 5 11:23 AM ET

    It is with great regret that I take public issue with my colleague John Robson, a columnist and editorial writer for the National Post, in this case over his comments on Donald Trump in this newspaper on Monday. John completely missed the point of the Trump candidacy. Donald Trump polled extensively last year and confirmed his suspicion that between 30 and 40 per cent of American adults, cutting across all ethnic, geographic, and demographic lines, were angry, fearful and ashamed at the ineptitude of their federal government.

    Americans, Trump rightly concluded, could not abide a continuation in office of those in both parties who had given them decades of shabby and incompetent government: stagnant family incomes, the worst recession in 80 years, stupid wars that cost scores of thousands of casualties and trillions of dollars and generated a humanitarian disaster, serial foreign policy humiliations, and particularly the absence of a border to prevent the entry of unlimited numbers of unskilled migrants, and trade deals that seemed only to import unemployment with often defective goods. I was one of those who thought at the outset that Trump was giving it a shot, and that if it didn’t fly it would at least be a good brand-building exercise.

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    • Ametia says:

      Since 2011? How awfully sad.

      The family is not giving up hope that Phoenix is still alive.

      Prayers for her safe return.

      How do folks just go missing, disappearing into thin air without a trace?

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  38. rikyrah says:

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    • Ametia says:

      Do you all notice that each and every missing person posted here, especially our young children HAVE SO MUCH LIGHT EMANATING from them?

      That light represents their potential. Soul’s potential, and evil is doing all it can to SNUFF out our children’s LIGHT.

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  39. rikyrah says:

    Ametia:

    Loved the finale of Downtown Abbey.

    Edith is happy :)

    She got the man, the money, the business and her baby.

    YEAH!!!

    Isobel will be married and in love in these twilight years.

    Mrs. Patmore is gonna hook up with Mr. Mason..only a matter of time.

    She set Daisy and Andy straight!

    Cora is going to shine in her own right.

    And, Mr. Carson can begin the next phase of his life, with his loving wife, and knowing that Downton is in good hands.

    Barrow seems to be developing with George the same relationship that Mary had with Carson.

    All in all, I’m happy with the finale.

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    • Ametia says:

      I was quite satisfied with the finale of D.A.

      One of my favorite scenes was between Spratt and Denker

      And how the Dowager Countess read Spratt’s advice column and starts laughing while Denker just stands there, looking confused. Denker should have known that the Dowager is anything but predictable! LOL

      What I found fascinating was the Dowager’s role as the Matriarch, Fellowes weaved her POWERFUL influence on the family and all those around her very nicely in this episode.

      Never underestimate the power and significance of WOMEN!

      Daisy and Andrew? Loved how they started bringing modern technology into that era, a blow dryer, Anna worked magic on Daisy.

      Anna & Bates have a son. why Glory be!!!

      Yep, great series, great finale.

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  40. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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  41. Ametia says:

    ICYMI- I DID

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  42. Ametia says:

    Happy MUN-DANE, Everyone. :)))

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