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Political Fail of The Day: Ben Carson Doesn't Want Refugees in America, Can't Even Draw a Proper Map
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GOP presidential candidate and literal 24/7 sleepwalking man Ben Carson really doesn't want Syrian refugees to be allowed in the United States.

Unfortunately, he can't even draw a map of the country he wants to deny them access to (and be leader of).

His campaign tweeted out a message of support for the dozens of governors who have expressed concern over allowing Syrian refugees into the country following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

From The Washington Post:

As you can see, in Carson's map the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are moved northeast by about 150 miles or so. Vermont and New York now have hundreds of miles of new beachfront property. Massachusetts shares a border with Canada. Maine straddles what is now the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

Also, if you look closely at the mid-Atlantic area, you'll see that Virginia's portion of the Delmarva Peninsula is colored red to match Maryland, rather than gray with the rest of Virginia.

Nice job, Ben!

Deez Nuts is hot on the heels of Donald Trump's lead in North Carolina polls.
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Well, it looks like Donald Trump has a new rival for the votes of North Carolinians.

Public Policy Polling has discovered some rising approval numbers for a new Independent candidate — Deez Nuts of Wallingford, Iowa.

Finally another declared independent candidate, Deez Nuts, polls at 9% in North Carolina to go along with his 8% in Minnesota and 7% in Iowa in our recent polling. Trump leads Clinton 40/38 when he's in the mix.



This caught the eye of the campaign media and the high numbers, which are above Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker for the state, have only grown the attention towards his campaign.



So, yeah.

But it doesn't end there.

Deez Nuts, who is apparently a 15-year-old sophomore in high school named Brady Olson has actually set up a campaign website for himself, which includes a detailed platform.

Surprisingly, the platform's stances seem sincere and well-considered. Deez Nuts has a more conservative view of immigration reform although he believe in choice as far as abortion rights.

He also lays out a surprisingly detailed stance on territorial voting rights:

I support giving citizens in our American territories voting rights. I also support giving American Samoan citizens automatic US citizenship. I would give Puerto Rico 3 electoral votes since Puerto Rico is bigger than many states. Guam, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas all get 2 since they are smaller, but still incorporated territories. Finally, American Samoa would only get 1 since it is still considered an "unincorporated" territory. This would bring the total of electoral votes from 538 to 548.



We all know who should be the newcomer's campaign manager.



Would you vote for him?

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Did you miss the GOP debate last week? Would you rather watch children reenact it? Well, Funny or Die has you covered.

Who knows where they found these disgustingly adorable children with their little faces acting so expressively perfect, but they really put their tiny hearts into inhabiting the full spirit of the Republican primary debate.

Look at Donald Trump here:



If the kid thing isn't doing it for you, but you still want to experience the debate other than watch it, Patton Oswalt live-tweeted it for you.

If that's still not your thing, just watch Donald Trump dance for a bit.

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Planned Parenthood has had it tough lately. First, some undercover films were released showing some alleged back door selling of fetal tissue, then calling for defunding the organization became a political necessity for candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination.



The videos, which many see as aggressively edited, were captured by an undercover sting operation by the Center for Medical Progress. They swiftly led to Republicans in the Senate bringing a vote to defund the organization Aug. 3. It failed to pass.

Then, in the crowded, 17-person GOP primary field, the topic of defunding Planned Parenthood in wake of the tapes became something of a bingo free space in currying support from pro-life voters. Candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal even went so far as to approve an executive order to withdraw from the state's contract in funding Louisiana's two Planned Parenthood clinics.

Well, things are about to get even worse with this video, which showcased the true experience had by millions of women who reach out for the provider for help and guidance with reproductive health.

Scathing is one word for it.

Maybe now, the assistance that Planned Parenthood gives can be rightly scrutinized.

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The entire debate is 57:32 long, but trust us, it's worth it. There's a candidate saying something WTF-worthy almost every minute.

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Andy Borowitz puts it best: "There's something wrong with our politics if we can't even agree about rape anymore."

Meanwhile, Tina Fey says she will "lose my mind" if she is forced to listen to "one more gray-faced man with a $2 dollar haircut explain to me what rape is."

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In case you missed Thursday night's VP debate, here's the best -- and sassiest -- recap.

Meanwhile, the latest GOP campaign spot sticks it to ol' Joe:

Vice President Biden is laughing... are you? At the 2012 Vice Presidential debate, Vice President Biden spent 90 minutes laughing and rolling his eyes to try and distract from his inability to defend the last four years and provide a vision for the next four.

What say you -- was the veep's laughter as inappropriate as the RNC claims?

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Even the GOP understands the need to appeal to minority voters, so in October 2011, it launched RNClatinos.com, a Spanish-language site where "Republican National Committee can connect with Hispanic voters, and Hispanic voters can hear Hispanic Republican leaders."

Problem is, the top left corner of the site featured a stock photo of Asian children. (The photo was taken down earlier today after U.S. News & World Report's Washington Whispers blog got wind of it.)

Whatever -- photo or not, Obama still maintains a 43-point lead among Latinos.

[hypervocal]

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Normally, something akin to what Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in South Carolina would cause an uproar -- and it still has time to -- but his comments were typical Republican blame game stuff; all that people can do at this point is chuckle. What exactly did Rubio say?

For all the policy disagreements that we have with our president, it is hard to understate how much he inspired people across this country four years ago.

Rubio added:

We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history as we have over the last three and a half years.

Far be it to point out all the Republican policy blocks over President Obama's tenure (and there are way too many to simply link). This is a notion that Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic National Committee acknowledged with the ol' side-eyed rebuttal:

No one has tried harder to reach across the aisle on everything from jobs and trade to a plan to get our fiscal house in order than has President Obama and every step of the way Republican leaders have either buckled to the far right wing of their party or decided to put politics ahead of moving our country forward.

Can the cat claws come out any further?

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A few days ago, the GOP-led House passed a military budget with a hefty $642 billion price tag -- $8 billion more than what President Obama and the Pentagon had agreed on with Congress. With the defense budget skyrocketing, cuts are coming from other programs, most notably government-subsidized food stamps.

Chat Allen, a mother of three who works only part-time, offered this insight:

They have so much money that maybe they can tighten their belts and not live as luxuriously as they live. They've earned it, but there are people who are hungry and who dig in the trash every day just to get something to eat.

This certainly isn't polishing the GOP's image. The budget has been met with less-than-enthusiastic responses in the Democrat-led Senate, which likely will try to reallocate those funds back to public works.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken), scion of presidential hopeful and idealistic college student darling, Ron Paul, was quoted as saying that he didn't think President Obama's views on same-sex marriage "could get any gayer."

Paul said this during an event sponsored by Iowa's Faith and Freedom Collation to laughs, because nothing says "freedom" in America than to smack talk someone's opinion about gay marriage.

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In a swipe at President Obama's 2008 campaign slogan, "Hope & Change," the GOP is rolling out today new messaging -- Hype & Blame -- that accuses Obama of breaking promises to the American people during his first term in the White House.

Kirsten Kukowski, with the Republican National Committee:

"Obama has no record to run on so he's out on the trail resorting to the same tactics he campaigned against in 2008. He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. Four years later we know the candidate of Hope and Change is now Hype and Blame."

The bumper sticker can be yours for $10.

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Newt Gingrich's financially unstable bid for the presidency will finally have its long awaited death on Tuesday, according to several reports. Gingrich's campaign has had its fair share of financial trouble. Gingrich came into a particularly ugly (re: sad) final attempt to stomp for delegates during the Delaware primary last week. It's unsure whether Gingrich can afford a trumpet player to play "Taps" in honor of his dead attempt to be president.

[ajc]

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Republican legislator Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), cares nothing for your student loans because you don't need to borrow money for higher education. To wit (from Foxx herself): "I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there's no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that."

So if we've learned anything from Republicans this election year, it's [insert controversial statement about birth control here] and they don't want to pay for your education, so get a job and pay for it yourself.

[thinkprogress]

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Newt (really?) Gingrich said of opponent Mitt Romney today on Fox, "[F]ar and away the most likely" Republican nominee, yet he hasn't announced conceding. Oh well, at least he still has that cushy Speaker of the House job, oh wait...

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