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Sorry, but Ted Cruz isn’t going to win the Republican nomination

<b>Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP)</b><p>Pundits have been atwitter recently about polls showing Cruz gaining strength. But there are some problems<p>Bob Cesca<p>December 14, …

Trump supporters shrug off the fuss, say he gets it

GREER, S.C. (AP) — The fuss over Donald Trump seems largely lost on many of those who support him. Where his critics see bigotry, they see common sense.<p>At Rosie's Hotdogs in upstate South Carolina, Tracy Hooker isn't interested in debating the merits of Trump's proposal to temporarily block Muslims …

'Hands up, don't shoot' ranked one of biggest 'Pinocchios' of 2015

Campaign trail whoppers dominate The Washington Post's annual list of the biggest political "Pinocchios" of 2015, published Monday. But among a collection of dubious statements that earned four "Pinocchios" from Republican poll leader Donald Trump and other candidates is the phrase that launched …

Donald Trump

Judge acquits Chicago police commander of abuse charge despite DNA evidence

A Cook County judge on Monday acquitted Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans on charges he shoved his gun down a man's throat despite evidence showing the alleged victim's DNA on Evans' gun.<p>Judge Diane Cannon played up inconsistencies in Rickey Williams' account of the on-duty incident, saying his …

Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever

But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?<p>An Obama administration debate about whether to engage Vladimir Putin or treat him like a pariah has tilted in the engagement camp’s favor—even as critics and some officials worry that it’s become too easy for the Russian president to …

Raven-Symone Said That All Religions Are About ‘Being Good.’ But Her ‘The View’ Co-Hosts Quickly Stepped in With a Major Caveat.

A segment on “The View” on Friday started with a debate over an atheist billboard and ended with a grander discussion about Christian theology, with co-hosts Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris discussing the heart of the Bible’s gospel message.<p>The segment started with Joy Behar asking Bure if …

Faith

Isis: Terrorist group's new video shows Daesh marching on Rome and Armageddon

The latest video released by Islamic State (also called Isis and Daesh) depicts an Armageddon-type scenario in which Muslim warriors descend on Rome …

GOP contenders prep for loud, ugly holiday season

Trump will ‘ruin Christmas for America,’ says a Rubio consultant.<p>When the Republican National Committee pushed the Iowa caucuses out a month to Feb. 1, it seemed like the good people of Iowa and New Hampshire might get to enjoy the holiday season and a short respite from presidential …

Republicans

‘Jesus’ graffiti, and a fake hand grenade, left at Southern California mosques

On Friday night, Muslim Americans gathered at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne, in Southern California, to discuss the issue on so many of their minds: Islamophobia.<p>They talked about its definition, outlined its origin and expressed hope for its elimination.<p>Then they became its latest victims.<p>On …

Southern California

Russia is becoming an increasingly big player in the arms industry

Total turnover for the 100 biggest arms and military services companies declined for the fourth year in a row, falling by 1.5 percent from 2013 to stand at $401 billion (364 billion euros).<p>The top company was US-based Lockheed Martin, which saw sales grow by 3.9 percent to $37.5 billion for …

In American mosques, growing safety concerns — and more armed guards | Reuters

CORONA, Calif. (Reuters) - From the suburbs of Los Angeles to the outskirts of Washington, D.C., mosques around the United States are warily stepping up security in the face of growing fears about reprisals on American Muslims.<p>A Fairfax County police officer controls traffic as women make their way …

United States

Trump's idea of a Muslim ban has legal experts divided

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no legal or historical precedent for closing U.S. borders to the world's 1.6 billion Muslims, but neither is there any …

Immigration

French teacher made up story of ISIS attack, official says

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> Police and security forces swarmed a Paris suburb Monday after a teacher claimed to have been attacked and stabbed by a masked man shouting support for ISIS.<p>But in an interview later at the hospital, the man admitted to making up the story, the Paris prosecutor told CNN.<p>Earlier, the …

Extremism

Who needs a Constitution anyway? Donald Trump sets the First Amendment on fire

The founding fathers probably had Trump in mind when drafting the Bill of Rights as he looks to persecute Muslims<p>The day before Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” he cited political correctness as a serious contributing factor to the San …

Turkey has a new line for Russia — 'our patience has a limit'

A Russian destroyer fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean on Sunday to avoid a collision and summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident.<p>"Ours was only a fishing boat, it seems to me that the reaction of the Russian naval ship was exaggerated," Mevlut Cavusoglu told the …

Quotes from Trump supporters on his Muslim proposal

While most of his rivals, GOP officials and a handful of foreign leaders have condemned Donald Trump's call to temporarily bar Muslims from entering …

Donald Trump

Trump: My Muslim friends don't support my immigration ban

<i>Watch CNN's coverage of the fifth Republican presidential debate live from Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 15. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.</i><p><b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said his Muslim friends are "so happy" he is discussing the issue of Islamic fundamentalism -- but they do not support his …

Donald Trump

Extremism ends in civil war: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and a right-wing insurgency the GOP can no longer control

The last time a U.S. political party put forth a radical like this was 1860. There are really frightening parallels<p>The rise of dictators-in-waiting Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz has left political observers bewildered. How did the establishment wing of a dominant American political party end up …

Russian warship fires warning shots at Turkish vessel amid Syria tensions

Moscow summoned Turkish military attache over incident in Aegean, likely to deepen spat between two countries after Turkey downed Russian military plane on Syria mission<p>Russia said on Sunday that one of its warships had fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision, …

Russia

Russia sends warning to West with show of strength in Syria

From submarine-launched cruise missiles to advanced warplanes, Vladimir Putin is using his intervention in Syria to showcase Russia's military might<p>Until last Tuesday, America and Britain were the only countries with a proven ability to fire cruise missiles at land targets from submarines.<p>Then a …

America's Love/Hate Relationship With Minorities

<i>Image by Ludovic Bertron</i><p>America's relationship with racial minorities, religious minorities, and immigrants has ebbed and flowed with time, ranging from acceptance to fear. Since white Europeans first landed in North America the persecution of "the other" ensued and continues today.<p>Ironically, as …

Petition to Ban Donald Trump From U.K. Is Most Popular Ever on Government Site

A petition to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom after he controversially called for a halt to Muslims being admitted to the U.S. swelled to …

The White House has a Problem With Ted Cruz’s Tweets About the Islamic State

White House press secretary Josh Earnest mocked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Friday for his tweets regarding the Obama administration’s handling of the Islamic State, critiquing the Texas senator for lacking a specific national security policy.<p>Earnest announced that President Barack …

Key U.S. Senate panel chairman opens inquiry into California massacre | Reuters

(Reuters) - Nine days after 14 people were shot dead in California by a married couple the FBI says were inspired by Islamic extremism, the Republican chairman of a key U.S. Senate panel demanded the Justice Department on Friday turn over much of the evidence collected so far in the case.<p>Tashfeen …

Terrorism

Special Report: Behind U.S. race cases, a little-known recruiter

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine (Reuters) - Sometime in the next few months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases that could fundamentally reshape the rules of race in America.<p>Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, poses at his home in South Thomaston, Maine, in this November …

Race & Ethnicity

Islamic State can make fake Syrian passports: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports, a federal official confirmed on Friday.<p>Residents drive across a street with a fluttering Islamic State flag, in Tel Abyad town on the Syrian-Turkish border, Raqqa …

Senate Committees

Donald Trump Says This Supreme Court Justice ‘Really Let Us Down’

AIKEN, S.C. (TheBlaze/AP) — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is “so disappointing,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday, while praising Associate Justice Clarence Thomas as his favorite member of the high court.<p>Donald Trump in South Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 12, …

Jeb Bush keeps policy focus, despite fade in 2016 race

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — Jeb Bush stared across the Londonderry Senior Center in disbelief.<p>A voter at his town hall had just told him she'd read the candidate's 3,000-word tax plan. "The fact that you read it makes me feel so pleased — even if you didn't like it," Bush said, unsuccessfully holding …

War on ISIS: Why Arab states aren't doing more

<b>(CNN) —</b> U.S. President Barack Obama is sending Special Forces. British jets have joined French warplanes over the skies of Syria. Even Germany, whose post-World War II constitution puts restrictions on fighting battles on foreign soil, is becoming increasingly involved.<p>But as the West steps up its …

Middle East