Election 2016: Mitchell McKinney, MU Expert, Says First GOP Debate Was Helpful

On Thursday, August 6, the first Republican presidential primary debate was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of political communication at the University of Missouri, and a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of presidential debates, offers his remarks on the debate.

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MTP SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Brown On Hillary Clinton Emails: “It’s Almost Like A Vampire”

California Gov. Jerry Brown spoke with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd today, addressing the email controversy plaguing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: "It's almost like a vampire.  She's going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way."

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Election 2016: The Sifting Continues

 

The 2016 Presidential politics continue the shifting process as both parties firm up the potential candidates. The Democratic Party, still dominated by Hillary Clinton, is waiting as Vice President Biden has reiterated his feelings over the possibility of a Presidential run.

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The Impact Governors Have on the Abortion Laws in Their States

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Although legalized since the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, abortion is far from a settled issue in the United States. While the topic pops up on the national level as a rallying cry during presidential debates and campaigns, the real action takes place on the state level.

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Election 2016: 25 Things You Should Know About Marco Rubio

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Sen. Marco Rubio has been in politics since 2000, when he was first voted into the Florida House of Representatives during a special election. That means political reporters have been tracking Rubio since he was 28, from his years in the state House to his first term in the U.S. Senate.

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Election 2016: 25 Things You Need to Know About Ted Cruz

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be best known for his anti-Obamacare Senate speech that lasted over 21 hours and included a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham” (more on that later). But the fiery first-term senator played the politics game long before he trounced his establishment-backed rival, former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in the Republican Senate primary in 2012.

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Election 2016: 25 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton

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Like many of the pacesetters in this cycle's presidential race, you either love her or you hate her. Hillary Clinton, the leading hopeful for the Democratic nomination, has an extensive résumé that encompasses a tenure as the U.S. Secretary of State, a senator representing New York, and the first lady of both the United States and Arkansas.

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Election 2016: The Presidential Candidates Winning the Twitter Race

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Although Twitter isn't the end-all-be-all metric of influence, it can provide a number of insights regarding public opinion. Who are people interested in? Whose rhetoric has the greatest reach? Who are people engaged with? At the very least, a candidate can stay on voters’ minds using this tool.

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Election 2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Hold Strong Leads in South Carolina Polls

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The 2016 presidential race has been a raucous affair from the get-go, and recent events proved the trend will likely continue throughout the primary process. Despite resounding victories in the New Hampshire primary last week for contrarian candidates on either side of the aisle — Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders both won by double digits — a pair of feisty debates proved the nomination fight won’t be wrapping up anytime soon.

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Election 2016: 24 People, $65.6 Million: Who Is Doling Out the Dough for Pro-Clinton Super PACs

Hillary Clinton

Money and politics, the push-pull in every election shifted dramatically in 2010 when super PACs entered the fray, courtesy the Supreme Court Case Citizens United v. FEC. Citizens United v. FEC. The new setup has political prognosticators anticipating a presidential election that costs upwards of $5 billion.

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Election 2016: How This Guy You’ve Never Heard of Could Shake Up the Presidential Race

Gary Johnson

The 2016 election is all about frustration — with politics, with people running for office, with Democrats and Republicans alike. Irritation with politics as usual fueled the rise of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and sustained Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ so-called political revolution deep into the Democratic Party’s primary.

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Haute Tease

  • Image Entertainment Goes Off The Beaten Path In “Roadside”

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     LOS ANGELES (December 10, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all US rights to the action thriller ROADSIDE.  Written and directed by Eric England (Madison County, Contracted), the film stars Ace Marrero ("Scorpion," "Body of Proof"), Katie Stegeman (Madison County, Contracted), Lionel D. Carson ("The Unit") and Jack E. Curenton ("Tim and Eric Awesome Show").  Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment's Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for the Image brands, made the announcement today.  

     
  • Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply World Premiere To Open 30th Edition Of AFI Fest 2016 Presented By Audi

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    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that the World Premiere of New Regency and 20th Century Fox's RULES DON'T APPLY, written, directed, produced by and starring AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award® winner Warren Beatty, will open AFI 2016.

     
  • Jade Mountain Resort, in Luxurious Saint Lucia, Adds Interactive Chocolate Laboratory

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    Jade Mountain Resort,a combination vacation destination, nestled in the exotic, tropical, setting of coastal St. Lucia,  boasts over 1000 cocoa trees and remains Saint Lucia's only bean to bar, organic, single estate boutique interactive chocolate maker. 

     
  • Anya Taylor-Joy In Talks to Join Kristin Scott Thomas' directorial debut "The Sea Change"

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    Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) is in talks to join Academy Award Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut, The Sea Change, a romantic drama which is based on Elizabeth Jane Howard’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name.  

  • Dakota Johnson And Bruce Dern To Star in Tyler Nilson And Michael Schwartz’s The Peanut Butter Falcon

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    Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska) will join Shia LaBeouf (American Honey) in The Peanut Butter Falcon, which was written and will be directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz (The Moped Diaries). 

Crime

  • Facebook Killer Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

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    Steve Stephens, the Cleveland man who went live on the social media platform while he committed a random murder of an elderly man, has died in Erie, Pennsylvania of a self-inflicted gun shot after a police pursuit.

     
  • Two NYPD Police Officers Executed in Gangland Style Ambush

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    Two NYPD Police Officers, in a gangland style hit, were shot at point blank range while sitting in a marked police cruiser outside the Tompkins Housing Project in Brooklyn at around 3:00pm Saturday.

     
  • Justice Watch: Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Toddler Torture Murder

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    Scott McMillan, the toddler murdered by his mother and her lover of one month, was buried one week ago in a tiny casket supplied by a local mortuary in a graveside service attended by his remaining family members, aunts, uncles, grandmother.  

     
  • Baruch Fraternity Members Face Charges in PA Murder Case

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    Pocono County prosecutors have announced the intent to bring charges against all thirty of the Pi Delta Psi Fraternity members present the night pledge Chun Hsien Deng was killed in a hazing ritual in rural Tunkhannock Township, Pennsylvania.

     
  • Nine Dead, 17 Injured; 192 Arrested in Waco Biker Brawl

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    Nine gang members shot and killed each other in a Wild West gangland shoot out at the Twin Peaks Bar and Grill in Waco, Texas, in what has been described as the worst crimes in almost 35 years of law enforcement.

Auto, Yachts, Jets, Real Estate

  • Playboy Mansion Sells to Neighbor; Allows Bunny Patriarch Lifetime Living

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    Hugh Hefner sold his Holmby Hills Mansion for a cool $100Million, half of the original listing price, to his neighbor, Daren Metropoulos, the owner of Hostess Snack Foods. The Playboy Enterprises founder will live out his days dolling out $1M annually for expenses.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate News: Songstress Carole King’s 128 Acre Idaho Compound Hits Market

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    Perhaps longer than any other American singer and song writer, Carole King has been a favorite of the Baby-Boom generation. Her writing and recording career began in 1958 at age 16 writing hits for a wide range of performers from Bobby Vee and Tony Orlando to Aretha Franklin and the Drifters.

     
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson Selling Vacation Home

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    After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America's favorite rock 'n roll group ruling the U.S. air waves with “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin' USA” and “Surfer Girl” and virtually creating the California beach music sound.

     
  • Donald Trump Lists Beverly Hills Mansion

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    Even the most politically disinterested person has not escaped being gobsmacked by what might be the strangest presidential campaign in American history. Candidates are scrutinized and bicker on everything from their marital history and health to even their choice of homes.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • The Orphan Keeper Review – Astounding, Inspirational, Remarkable

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    The Orphan Keeper, from Shadow Mountain Publishing, tells an epic story of a boy kidnapped from India, sold to an orphanage and adopted to the United States over 8,000 miles away and the miracle that would follow.

     
  • A Pink Suitcase Book Review – Empowering Stories from Women Who Dared

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    A Pink Suitcase, from World Traveler Press, presents twenty-two provocative individual stories of empowered woman who dared to fulfill their dreams of global expedition, from hiking the Appalachian Trail to entering Gutsy Gal adventures.

     
  • Something Rotten Review – Raucous Surprises, a Roaring Good Time

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    Something Rotten!, Broadway’s newest musical, is so fun it's hard to say for sure who was having a better time at the St. James Theater the other night, the audience or the actors and musicians on stage.  

     
  • Season of Salt and Honey Review - Charming Depiction of Twists and Turns Life Serves Up

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    Season of Salt and Honey, a novel by Hannah Tunnicliffe, is another page turner penned with her skillful artistic strokes adding layers of human emotions intertwining untimely heartache and natural healing process with the magic remedies of culinary creations.

     
  • LA Lakers Great Tommy Hawkins Pens Reflections from the Soul

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    Tommy Hawkins, former Los Angeles Lakers legend who helped shape the dynasty of today, recently launched his first ever narrative book of poetry.