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Group wants to force presidential candidates to debate science issues

Candidates should debate science issuesOne of the most high-stakes issues facing elected leaders currently is climate change. Powerful lobbying efforts to obfuscate the science that shows what’s driving it have turned the issue into a messy partisan squabble, with many conservatives denying it as a hoax.

A group called ScienceDebate wants to reverse this by making presidential candidates participate in a debate dedicated to science issues during the general election, ThinkProgress reports.

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Majority Leader McConnell Calls For Extraordinary Blockade Of Obama’s Judges And Justices

McConnellSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that no federal appeals court judges — or, for that matter, Supreme Court justices — will be confirmed in the coming year.

In response to a question about judicial confirmations, McConnell told Hewitt that “so far, the only judges we’ve confirmed have been federal district judges that have been signed off on by Republican Senators” (district judges are the lowest rank of federal judges under Article III of the Constitution). When Hewitt followed up by asking if McConnell believes this pattern will continue for “the balance of the session,” the majority leader replied “I think that’s highly likely, yeah.”

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Jeb Bush: big bucks and corporate boardrooms: 15 cases

Jeb BushJeb Bush served on the board of directors or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits since leaving office as Florida governor in early 2007. Here are the 15, his role for each, the years he served and his pay in the cases it is known:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tenet Healthcare Corp., publicly traded hospital operator in Dallas
Board of Directors 2007-2014
$2,375,870 cash and stock

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Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: 'Your Brother Created ISIS'

Jeb Bush A college student told likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday that his brother, former President George W. Bush, was to blame for the rise of the Islamic State.

The heated confrontation took place at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, according to The New York Times. Ivy Ziedrich, 19, a student at the University of Nevada, approached the former Florida governor to question him about comments he had made during the event. Bush had argued that the Obama administration's weak foreign policy was responsible for the rise of the terrorist group, also known as ISIS, in the Middle East.

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Jeb Bush: I would have invaded Iraq

Jeb BushJeb Bush has said he would have authorised the US invasion in 2003 of Iraq.

The presumed Republican presidential hopeful said on Sunday he would have authorised the invasion, though he acknowledged mistakes made after Saddam Hussein’s downfall.

Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, pointed out that the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton voted in favour of authorising the use of force in Iraq before the invasion.

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How Republican presidential candidates are getting away with denying evolution

GOP and evolutionA neurosurgeon who believes the human brain is too complex for anyone but God, an ophthalmologist who refuses to talk about the age of the Earth, and a Harvard-trained lawyer beloved by creationists are running for president of the United States, raising the prospect of an election without science.

Retired doctor Ben Carson joined senators Rand Paul (the ophthalmologist) and Ted Cruz (the Harvard alum) on the campaign trail on Monday, vying for the Republican nomination against each other and other confirmed and likely candidates including Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

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FEC Chair Says Agency Is 'Worse Than Dysfunctional' At Regulating Money In Politics

FEC Ann RavelThe chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission says she's largely given up hope of reining in abuses in raising and spending money in the 2016 presidential campaign and calls the agency she oversees "worse than dysfunctional."

In an interview with The New York Times, Ann M. Ravel says she was determined to "bridge the partisan gap" and see that the agency confronted its problems when she became its chair last December. She said she had now essentially abandoned efforts to work out agreements on what she saw as much-needed enforcement measures.

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