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‘Freight train’ Trump hits all-time high in poll

(HARTFORD COURANT) Donald Trump has scored his highest numbers in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday that found him with a 2-1 lead among Republican voters nationwide, with 39 percent.

He’s followed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida with 19 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 18 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 6 percent with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Dr. Ben Carson at 4 percent each. Nine percent are undecided.

This compares to the results of a Feb. 5 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University, showing Trump with 31 percent, Cruz with 22 percent and Rubio with 19 percent.

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Scientists see ‘extraordinary’ success with cancer treatment

Researchers say they've found success with a new cancer treatment.

Researchers say they’ve found success with a new cancer treatment.

Scientists seeking a cure for cancer say they’ve found early trials of one treatment that sends in modified white blood cells to fight off certain types of the disease have produced “extraordinary” success, with 94 percent of participants in one study seeing a complete disappearance of their symptoms

In that study, fully 94 percent of acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients treated with the modified cells, called T-cells, said their symptoms vanished. In a separate study, 80 percent of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients saw positive results from the same treatment – while half reported their symptoms completely disappeared, Fox News reported.

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“This is extraordinary,” said lead researcher Standley Riddell with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, in the Fox report. “This is unprecedented in medicine to be honest, to get response rates in this range in these very advanced patients.”

The treatment takes out T-cells from the patients’ bodies, sticks them with molecules that are known to target cancer, and infuses them back into their bodies. The molecules, which are chimeric antigen receptors, or CARS, then go to work and limit the ability of cancer cells to ward off the body’s natural immune system.

It’s almost like reprogramming the immune system, medical officials said.

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But it’s a last-ditch effort; researchers say the procedure produces dangerous side effects and in fact, seven of the ALL patients who received the treatment had to go into intensive care after experiencing a serious reaction, cytokine release syndrome. Two of those patients then died, Fox News reported.

But medical officials are hopeful the treatment could prove a viable option for certain types of cancers.

“Much like chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it’s not going to be a save-all,” Riddell said, in Fox News. “[But] I think immunotherapy has finally made it to a pillar of cancer therapy.”

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Troops betrayed as Army dumps hundreds of war dogs

(NYPOST) — By now, Daniel had been in Afghanistan two months. It was July 2012, his third tour of duty and his first with Oogie, his military working dog. They were leading their platoon on yet another patrol, clearing a no-name village with maybe 15 houses and one mosque, when they began taking fire.

“The first thing that went though my mind,” he says, “was, ‘S- -t. My dog’s gonna get shot.’ ”

It was a perfect L-shaped ambush, bullets coming from the front and the right, the platoon pinned down in a flat, open landscape. Along the road were shallow trenches, no more than 14 inches deep. Daniel grabbed ­Oogie, squeezed him in a hole, then threw himself over his dog.

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Scalia death hot topic in GOP debate

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WASHINGTON– It didn’t take long for the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the matter of his replacement on the bench to become a presidential debate topic.

Trump, Ted Cruz and other Republican presidential candidates said the nomination of a replacement is a matter for the next president, not Barack Obama.

Trump urged the Republican Senate, which must confirm any nominee, to “Delay, delay, delay.” Cruz offered that he would be the best person to nominate the next Supreme Court justice.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he thinks whoever the next president is should make the selection.

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Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton expressed outrage that Republicans would table the replacement of Scalia until 2017.

Trump said if he were president he would want to nominate the new justice, but that it is up to the Republican-controlled Senate to stop that nominee from taking office. Republicans in Congress have been criticized by conservatives for not doing enough to block Obama’s initiatives and appointments.

The death of Scalia and the matter of his replacement was the first topic to come up in the Republican presidential debate Saturday night.

Trump called Scalia’s death a “tremendous blow to conservatism.”

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U.S. allies now fighting CIA-backed rebels

(Daily Beast)Iraqi militias who once fought ISIS with U.S. help are now working with Russian and Iranian forces to crush American-backed rebels in the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, two defense officials have told The Daily Beast.

At least three Shia militias involved in successful battles against ISIS in Iraq—the Badr Brigade, Kata’ib Hezbollah, and the League of the Righteous—have acknowledged taking casualties in fighting in south and southeast Aleppo province. U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that they believe “at least one” unit of the Badr Brigade is fighting in southern Aleppo alongside other Iraqi militia groups. Those groups are backed by Russian airpower and Iranian troops—and all of whom are bolstering President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army.

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Gun owner thwarts stabbing, boss boots hero

Didarul Sarder (Photo: WJBK FOX 2 Detroit)

Didarul Sarder (Photo: WJBK FOX 2 Detroit)

A Michigan gun owner stopped a woman from being stabbed to death on the job and suddenly found himself portrayed as the villain by his boss.

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Didarul Sarder arrived at his job at General Motors Technical Center in Warren on Wednesday when he witnessed a coworker being repeatedly stabbed. Sader, who has a concealed pistol license, or CPL, drew his weapon and ordered the attacker to freeze.

“The lady kept saying ‘I’m dying, someone help’ and it was just natural reaction,” Sarder told WJBK Fox 2 on Wednesday. “I just see this lady getting stabbed. I only had like half a second to think and I unholstered my firearm and pointed it at her to drop the knife.”

Sarder, a valet supervisor, kept control of the situation until police arrived. Victim Stephanie Kerr is now in critical condition at a local hospital.

“Maybe those few seconds before the police arrived could be the difference between life and death,” he said.

Police and Warren’s mayor, Jim Fouts, said Sarder should be praised as a hero “for his quick action and quick thinking,” but his boss at GM didn’t see it that way.

“He said, ‘You shouldn’t have had a firearm here. After this is done he needs to be escorted off the property. He’s not welcome back here.’ I was really bummed out,” Sarder told the Fox affiliate. “I got a little emotional. I would do it all over again if I could save this woman’s life over a job. I can get another job.”

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The publicity from the event appeared to change minds at GM regarding Sarder’s firing.

“GM has not requested the valet be dismissed. To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor,” the company said in a statement released Wednesday.

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Trump’s secret: Why women love him and reject Hillary

Donald and Ivanka Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Donald and Ivanka Trump (Photo: Twitter)

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders crushed their opponents and conventional wisdom Tuesday night in New Hampshire, as Democrat female voters abandoned Hillary Clinton in favor of Sanders and Trump easily won the women’s vote despite his reputation for being crude toward them.

On Tuesday, Trump took 35 percent of the Republican vote. Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, was a distant second at 16 percent, with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, finishing third. Exit polls show Trump dominated among all demographics, including women. Trump won 33 percent of the female vote in a nine-candidate race. Kasich had 16 percent, followed by Jeb Bush with 12 percent.

Those numbers follow Trump’s famous feud with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly over Trump’s derogatory statements about various women over the years and over Kelly herself.

Women in New Hampshire didn’t care.

“They’re not taking to the fainting couches, and I think that’s one of two reasons why Trump is doing OK with women,” said Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow Gayle Trotter, who attracted national attention in 2013 for her passionate defense of the Second Amendment before the U.S. Senate.

“Women are tough, and they understand that politics is not beanbag,” she said. “They’re maybe slightly offended by some of things that he’s said, but they really care that he is tapping into these issues that seem to be pressing on our nation right now.”

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Trotter told WND and Radio America Trump also scores points with women for another unspoken reason.

“His other secret weapon are the women who are very successful and accomplished, who are going on the campaign trail for him. Exhibit A is his daughter, Ivanka,” said Trotter, noting Ivanka is eight months pregnant. “He particularly noted Ivanka and said that she had been to seven events politicking for him. She is a great ambassador for him.”

So will Trump’s reputation ever catch up with him? Trotter doubts it.

“It’s hard to imagine. This is the only politician I’ve ever seen who uses a media firestorm as a campaign strategy. Not only does he say all of these kind of outrageous things, he embraces them. He is excited and proud of saying them,” Trotter said.

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She said Trump appears immune to the controversies that normally sink campaigns.

“It’s hard to believe that he could really say anything worse than he’s already said or if he did that it would have any kind of backlash on him,” Trotter said. “All the political pundits and prognosticators said there’s no way he could recover from any of these comments. He’s proven them wrong time and time again.”

On the Democrat side, observers assumed Hillary Clinton would cruise to the nomination, thanks to a stranglehold on the women’s vote. She did score a 55-44 margin among Democrat women in Iowa, but Sanders won a majority of female voters in New Hampshire by the very same margin.

Trotter said Hillary’s blatant and repeated playing of the gender card is turning women off.

“I think she really feels this nomination is owed to her for all of the time she has put in,” Trotter said. “Every time she goes out on the campaign trail, she’s talking about how hard she has worked. That does not seem to be resonating with Democratic voters who want to be inspired.”

She said Sanders is hitting that note with the Democrat base.

“Bernie Sanders is something very different than what we’ve seen in Washington,” Trotter said. “He is connecting with voters across the country. On top of that, he is offering something very, very different than what Hillary Clinton is.”

Sensing that female support was slipping, Clinton told a debate audience last week that Sanders could not label her as “establishment” because she was a woman and a woman has never been president. Trotter said that was a telling moment.

“That’s such a silly statement,” Trotter said. “That was, I think, the most defining moment of that debate. She’s a woman who has been in the corridors of power for decades.”

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She said that line is in complete contradiction to the rest of Clinton’s case to Democrat voters.

“She is also trying to run on the idea that she’ll be a third term of President Barack Obama,” Trotter said. “She’s trying to have it both ways, and I think the young women who are dissatisfied with the establishment are dissatisfied with that answer. It doesn’t answer’s Bernie Sanders’ criticism.”

Trotter said another colossal mistake was Hillary and her surrogates trying to shame women away from Sanders. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told supporters there was a special place in hell for women who don’t support each other. Feminist Gloria Steinem told HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that young women backed Sanders because young men did.

“Those comments do not help Hillary Clinton,” she said. “There are a lot of young women who expect there will be a woman president one day in their lifetimes, but Hillary Clinton is not the woman they want to be commander in chief.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Republican Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. In her Facebook announcement, Fiorina offered a very different vision of feminism than the one pitched by Clinton.

“To young girls and women across the country, I say: Do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology,” Fiorina wrote.

“It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts,” Fiorina added.

Trotter said Fiorina should be commended for her campaign.

“I think it’s great that she participated,” she said. “I think she had a great message and a lot of really strong policy proposals. But I think not being on that debate stage really killed her campaign.”

She said the contrast between Clinton and Fiorina shows the hypocrisy of the liberals.

“Maybe if Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright had really put into practice their own philosophy of standing up for women and campaigned for Carly Fiorina, we might have seen some difference,” Trotter said.

“Of course, they were never going to do that, because it’s never about being a woman. It’s about having the proper ideology. That’s the key for leftist feminists.”

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Rubio chairman manhandles Marco ‘Roboto’

(BREITBART) — The New Hampshire state chairman of the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted in a Tuesday interview with Breitbart News that he was violent with an anti-Rubio protester dressed like a robot at an election day event today.

Cliff Hurst, the New Hampshire state chairman of the official Rubio campaign, admitted he physically roughed up the protester in an interview with Breitbart News—but claimed the protester started it.

Hurst joined Rubio’s campaign from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s, just hours before Walker dropped out of the presidential race in 2015.

“He was pushing me, almost pushed me over. I’m 76- years-old. And he went right against me and pushed me almost to the ground,” Hurst said.

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Bush team warns of ‘dirty tricks’ as N.H. vote nears

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is raising the specter of “dirty tricks” by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as New Hampshire primary voters get ready to head to the polls on Tuesday.

Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz allegedly gathered top aides on Monday and warned of election-day underhandedness by Rubio’s team, a source told Politico.

A CNN poll released Monday shows Bush as one of many Republican presidential hopefuls vying for a second-place finish to Donald Trump.

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Trump polls at 31 percent while Marco Rubio comes in a distant second with 15 percent. He is joined by Cruz at 13 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 10 percent.

A WHDH-7 Boston/UMass poll released Monday closely mirrors CNN’s poll, with Trump collecting 34 percent of the vote compared to Rubio’s 13 percent.

Polls show Donald Trump with a commanding lead in New Hampshire less than 24 hours before primary voters cast their votes

Polls show Donald Trump with a commanding lead in New Hampshire less than 24 hours before primary voters cast their votes

The cluster of second-tier candidates does not include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose attacks on Rubio during Saturday’s ABC News debate rattled the senator.

“I want the people at home to see this. That is what Washington, D.C., does,” Christie said Saturday when Rubio deflected multiple questions about his record by mentioning President Obama. “The drive-by attack at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25-second speech.”

Pundits have wondered whether Christie’s attacks will halt so-called “Marcomentum” from his third-place finish during the Iowa caucus.

Rubio was unapologetic for his debate performance afterward.

“I’m going to keep saying it because it’s true,” Rubio told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “Barack Obama … said he wanted to change the country. He’s doing it in a way that is robbing us of everything that is special.”

Rubio’s overall strategy got the backing of radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday. The conservative icon said Rubio knows it is “crucially important to Republican voters” for someone to hold President Obama accountable for his public-policy failures.

“To people inside the Beltway, it’s kind of a chuckle [to obsessively attack Obama],” said Limbaugh. “‘There they go again, those right wingers!’ To people inside the Beltway, to the elites, to the establishment, Obama’s just the latest Democrat to come along. … They don’t see what Obama’s doing as anything except maybe a young, inexperienced – this is Christie’s point – incompetent boob. Well, that’s not who Obama is. Rubio’s opponents are using it to disqualify him.”

Limbaugh said Cruz and Rubio are the only candidates who have made the case that Obama systematically goes about his mission to “fundamentally transform” America.

“Ted Cruz had a great night, and the evidence of that is that nobody wanted to talk about it. If Ted Cruz had had a bad night, folks, you would still be hearing about it, everywhere,” the radio host said.

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Cruz, as he did in Iowa, now appears focused on using a strong ground-game to outperform polls.

“Barrington, get ready to #ChooseCruz! Find your polling place & bring 9 friends w/ you http://votetedcruz.com/nh/ #fitn,” the Texan tweeted on Monday.

Bush, whose campaign may sputter to a halt with a disappointing showing, found himself yet again sniping at Trump via social media.

“@realDonaldTrump, you aren’t just a loser, you are a liar and a whiner. John McCain is a hero. Over and out,” Bush tweeted Monday regarding a comment Trump made in July. The billionaire said Arizona Sen. John McCain’s hero status is on some level tied to his capture during the Vietnam War, as opposed to impressive skills as an aviator.

“Everybody is laughing at Jeb Bush – spent $100 million and is at bottom of pack. A pathetic figure!” Trump tweeted on Monday.

Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton is allegedly weighing a campaign shake-up if she falls to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. Sources told Politico the former secretary of state is frustrated with the campaign’s digital operations and messaging.

“The Clintons are not happy, and have been letting all of us know that,” a Democrat official told the website. “There’s no sense of panic, but there is an urgency to fix these problems right now.”

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CNN’s poll has Sanders defeating Clinton 54 percent to 40 percent in the Granite State.

State law in New Hampshire requires polls to open by 11 a.m. at the latest and close by 7 p.m. at the earliest, although towns and cities set their own hours.

Some locations will open by 6 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. EST.

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U.S. homeschoolers face criminal charges for missing paperwork

 

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Authorities in Ohio have filed criminal charges against homeschool parents in two families, with trials  later this month that could result in fines and jail time if convicted.

For missing paperwork deadlines.

The parents, whose identities are not being publicized at this time, are facing accusations of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor” for not having their paperwork filed appropriately – or on time.

The families are being defended by officials with the Home School Legal Defense Association, the world’s biggest advocacy organization for homeschoolers. It has fought battles on behalf of homeschoolers in the United States as well as overseas, taking on state and federal governments from Germany to Sweden to Arizona and California.

The organization explained the paperwork pitfalls that snared the now-criminal case defendants.

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“Both families were somewhat new to homeschooling in Ohio. One family filed a notice of intent when they began homeschooling last year, but did not know they had to file another notice for this school year. The other family filed their annual notice of intent, but did not submit an educational assessment with their notice because they had not yet completed it, and had been told by their school district that there was no deadline for submitting the assessment.”

HSLDA continued its explanation, “Even though both families continued to educate their children, their school districts decided to treat the children as ‘truant.’ The schools also waited to contact the families until the children had accumulated more than a month of ‘absences,’ instead of addressing the issue when the school began marking the children ‘absent.’”

Peter K. Kamakawiwoole Jr., a staff attorney for the HSLDA, told WND the organization is in full defense preparation mode for the families, even though it is hoped that cooler heads eventually will prevail.

“I wish I could say that this incident is an isolated occurrence, but unfortunately cases like this tend to recur every few years in Ohio: Families submit a document late, and rather than the school district following up with the family after a few absences are accrued, the district waits until many absences are accrued. When these families finally were contacted by school officials, they provided the missing paperwork, and the school filed criminal charges against them.”

He said the counts here, “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” are usually used for parents who are abusing the system anyway – “aiding or abetting their child in the commission of a crime or a serious offense (obtaining a firearm, for example).”

Or the penalties are designed for those guilty of “chronic truancy,” which, he said, “is defined as more than 15 absences from school without excuse. The statute is clearly intended to deal with situations where parents are unwilling to correct persistent – and in some cases, dangerous – misbehavior by their children.”

“Unfortunately, that statute is being applied here to parents who had no idea that there was an issue – and at worst committed a clerical error – and more importantly, the children have literally done nothing wrong,” he continued.

“The children were attending the school they thought they were enrolled in, they were obeying their parents who expected them to do their school work, and they were doing their lessons daily. These are simply not the sort of families that the Ohio Legislature intended to be subject to these sorts of criminal penalties.”

He said it’s hard to imagine a family being jailed for months or fined thousands of dollars under the circumstances at hand.

But, he said, “Those are the potential stakes for families when school officials choose to prosecute under this statute.”

He continued, “The tragedy is that these prosecutions are entirely avoidable. Ohio’s compulsory attendance statute has specific provisions which are supposed to apply when a school district believes that a child is truant, and those provisions require – among other things – that parents be provided notice when a district believes a child is truant, and affords parents multiple opportunities to correct the behavior of the child (or, in this case, to correct clerical errors). The compulsory attendance statute recognizes that parents can ultimately be prosecuted – but only as a last resort, after intermediary measures have been taken to correct the problem, and have failed.”

He said in the current cases, school officials have blown off those procedures.

Instead, he reported, officials allowed the students “to accumulate weeks’ worth of ‘absences’ before the parents were ever contacted, and then prosecuting them even though the families have documentation showing that their homeschools are in compliance with state law.”

It’s an unsettling situation, he explained, one for which the HSLDA is marshaling its members and resources to address.

“The fact that these families are even facing prosecution is disturbing, and the fact that they could face significant fines or jail time if convicted is disproportionate and draconian. It is our hope that by defending these families and drawing attention to their plight, that we can prevent this issue from recurring in the future.”

In Ohio, the criminal charge is a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to $1,000 in fines and up to six months in jail – and “each day that a child is ‘truant’ can be considered a separate offense.”

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