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Trump Wins Nashville Grassroots Straw Poll With 52 Percent

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — After delivering an energetic 50 minute speech using no notes or teleprompter, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump easily won a presidential straw poll conducted at the annual convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, garnering 52 percent of the votes cast.

Sen. Ted Cruz speaking in Des Moines Aug. 21, 2015. He discussed the importance of religious liberty. (Photo by Breitbart News reporter Mike Leahy)

Ted Cruz Draws Huge Crowd at Iowa Rally for Religious Liberty

The enthusiastic crowd heard Ted Cruz passionately defend the rights of Christian business owners. “We’re just one justice away,” Cruz said, from losing our religious liberties. “Never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today,” Cruz added, noting that “these threats are not imagined, they’re not made up.”

Ted Cruz at Iowa state fair August 21, 2015.

Exclusive – Ted Cruz Praises Father’s Evangelical Outreach

While Rafael Cruz’s outreach to the evangelical community may not be a “secret weapon,” his solid reputation and enthusiastic support for his son’s presidential campaign is a significant asset that none of the other GOP presidential contenders can match, especially here in Iowa where evangelical voters are so important in the GOP caucuses.

A settling pond is used at Cement Creek, which was flooded with millions of gallons of mining wastewater, on August 11, 2015 in Silverton, Colorado. The Environmental Protection Agency uses settling ponds to reduce the acidity of mining wastewater so that it carries fewer heavy metals. (Photo by

EPA Continues to Hide Pollution Data on Colorado Toxic Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still won’t provide direct answers to questions about the water exfiltration rates and pollution levels at the Gold King mine immediately before and after the August 5 spill that sent 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River and turned it orange.

People kayaking in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., last Thursday, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The river is now closed indefinitely, with visitors warned to stay out.

EPA Fails to Acknowledge It Coerced Mine Owner to Grant Access

The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t responding to claims by Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King mine in Colorado that the agency coerced him to grant access to his property. Once taking over, of course, EPA’s incompetent attempts to remove debris created a massive 3 million gallon toxic waste spill from the mine.

A bulldozer works a coal mound at the Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant June 3, 2014 in Cattletsburg, Kentucky. New regulations on carbon emissions proposed by the Obama administration have reportedly angered politicians on both sides of the aisle in energy-producing states such as Kentucky and West Virginia.

EPA Coal Rule Skirts Law: 10 Percent of Comments From Obama’s OFA

But while the EPA itself causes actual pollution, it’s also attempting to subvert the administrative law rule-making process. Political insiders are working to generate millions of astroturfed comments from Barack Obama’s former Presidential campaign operation, now called Organizing for America, and left wing environmental groups. The latest instance of this propaganda operation was seen in the rule making process that resulted in the recently finalized “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” rule.

People kayaking in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., last Thursday, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The river is now closed indefinitely, with visitors warned to stay out.

EPA Causes Massive Hazardous Spill in West

The timing of the dangerous spill caused by the EPA, one that would quite possibly result in criminal charges had it been caused by a private firm, is not good for the EPA. Last week, the agency finalized a carbon dioxide emission regulation for coal power plants that at least 16 states are already challenging in court, claiming it is both draconian and not based on any statutory authority.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to supporters as he campaigns Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Franklin, Tenn.

Ted Cruz Raises $1 Million in First 100 Hours After Debate

In a statement issued by the campaign shortly after that announcement in Franklin, the Cruz campaign noted that the $1,092,157 raised “in the 100 hours since the first debate” came from over 10,000 contributions. “Online contributions averaged $54.77. Our webpage had 295,911 page views. Our posts on Facebook generated 20,457,661 impressions. Our tweets generated 12,332,304 impressions,” the statement said.

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Lyle Mitchell’s Almost-Last Supper

Lyle Mitchell arrived at King’s Wok Buffet in Malone, New York at 4:15 p.m. on June 5, 2015 with his wife Joyce Mitchell, the 51-year-old civilian employee of the Clinton Correctional Facility, who pled guilty last week to aiding the escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.

President Barack Obama speaks with Edmundo Hidalgo (R), CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and David Adame (2nd R) of CPLC, alongside Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (L), during a neighborhood stop to highlight his administration's home purchase and refinancing policies in Phoenix, Arizona, January 8, 2015. . AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read

War on Suburbs: Obama, Julian Castro Rev Up Affirmative Action Housing

The confluence of a Supreme Court that decides it has the power to legislate, a pro-active politicized bureaucracy at HUD that is betting the court will help it end-run Congress, and a Congress that allows itself to be manipulated by allowing its own independent agency to usurp its legislative function confirms that the federal government in its entirety has now merely become yet another arm of the Democratic Party.

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