Donald Trump has been called lots of things — now a new label is surfacing

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Cruz surges in Iowa.

is doubling down on his promise to reinstate waterboarding as an accepted form of interrogation – and taking it one step further by saying he’d approve even worse torture. “Would I approve waterboarding?

Ted Cruz, buoyed by tea party support and the backing of much of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, has surged to a virtual tie with Donald Trump in Iowa, generating the kind of momentum his team thinks will carry him deep into primary season. “Sixty-eight days until Iowa,” said Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier, when asked whether the Texas senator was peaking too soon. “It’s game time.” For months, their candidate lagged both Trump and Carson, in Iowa and nationally.Donald Trump began to take off in GOP primary polls at around the time he really began cranking up the demagoguery about immigration with his suggestion that Mexican immigrants are drug dealers and “rapists.” It’s hard to know whether Trump’s rise was due to the content of his remarks or more to the media attention and notoriety that they produced, but polls did subsequently show that many GOP voters seemed to agree with him on the substance.Over the past few days, presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ben Carson have both claimed that they witnessed American Muslims cheering in New Jersey during the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The political operative behind the nonprofit that just began attacking Ted Cruz in Iowa is a Marco Rubio backer who served as a co-host of a fundraiser for the Florida senator last week. A challenge by former state Republican chairman Fergus Cullen to Trump’s eligibility was quickly thrown out Tuesday by the New Hampshire Ballot Commission.

You bet your ass I would – in a heartbeat,” Trump said to cheers during a rally in Columbus, Ohio, Monday night, according to The Washington Post. “And I would approve more than that. Carson was cutting into Cruz’s base of evangelical support while Trump locked down some of the same tea party activists who had previously made Cruz a national star.

More recently, after the Paris attacks, Trump again drew a massive wave of negative national press attention to his remarks about Syrian refugees and Muslims. But Cruz stuck close to his script, refusing to criticize the candidates who were luring away his natural base while people close to his campaign insisted he had plenty of time to move numbers before needing to go on offense. Carson later admitted that he had not, in fact, seen “newsreels” of the event as he’d claimed, and that he “doesn’t stand behind” his earlier claims. The spot splices together news coverage and footage from Paris last week, an image of a bomb exploding in a street and accusations that Cruz voted to “weaken America’s ability to identify and hunt down terrorists.” “He was against intelligence gathering measures when it seemed it like it was convenient for him and his competition was Rand Paul,” Noble said of Cruz. “Now that the landscape has changed he is changing his tune.” “I see them as indistinguishable,” Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said of the Rubio campaign and the nonprofit. “This is the establishment in full panic mode.

They couldn’t get their guy Jeb Bush so they settled on his protégé Marco Rubio.” Noble said the reasoning behind the ad was the GOP experience in 2012 “when we had people who were not electable doing damage” to Mitt Romney, the eventual nominee. “Newt Gingrich was part of the reason Mitt Romney lost the general election and I don’t want that to happen again,” he said. It was a mistake on his part and he clearly wasn’t really thinking about New Jersey, he was thinking about the Middle East.” Trump, as might be expected from a celebrity known for his bluster, still stands by his false information. As for the Rubio fundraiser, Noble said he didn’t speak with Rubio as it was “insanely packed” and he let “people in Arizona who’ve never met” Rubio say hello. Trump’s national campaign manager and Granite State resident Corey Lewandowski told WMUR that if his candidate was kept off the ballot, his supporters “would probably riot in the streets of New Hampshire.” “Mr.

Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.” Trump added that waterboarding – a controversial interrogation tactic that was banned by the Obama administration and classified by the United Nations as torture – is what’s needed to deal with terrorists who “chop off our young people’s heads” and “build these iron cages, and they’ll put 20 people in them and they drop them in the ocean for 15 minutes and pull them up 15 minutes later.” “It works,” Trump repeated of waterboarding. “Believe me, it works. Nearly half of Republican and GOP-leaning voters — 47 percent — both support the deportation of undocumented immigrants and oppose the acceptance of refugees from Syria or other conflicts in the Mideast.

Studies have shown that people often make cognitive errors when recalling high-profile disasters and tragedies, especially when recalled as an observer instead of a participant. Trump is leading in all national and state polls,” Lewandowski said. “Most importantly, he is leading by 19 points in New Hampshire with 32 percent of the vote.” The Ballot Commission also heard challenges Tuesday to the eligibility of presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Slicing the numbers another way, Tankersley and Clement note that these YeDeNoRe Republicans “account for almost three-quarters of Trump’s support.” What’s more, the data also show that those GOP voters who support deportation are overwhelmingly likely to oppose the entry of refugees. Many people can correctly remember where they were when they first learned about a particular tragedy or event of global importance, but much beyond that the details get much more fluid. On Saturday, he repeated his claim that he saw thousands of New Jersey Arabs cheering the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 – an urban myth police have said never happened.

That change has taken place in part thanks to Carson, who in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris has struggled to articulate a coherent foreign policy vision while Cruz sought to play up commander-in-chief credentials. On Sunday, he was branded racist after he tweeted a graphic with fake statistics about murders in the U.S. that depicted black people as the biggest perpetrators. Carson’s supporters have begun to shift to Cruz, with the CBS/YouGov poll finding that “Cruz’s move has come directly at the expense of Carson, as nearly one-quarter of his voters switched.” “We do know these folks are evangelical, there aren’t a lot of other options in the field to go with, which would suggest the support for Cruz is going to stick, though you never know,” said Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University’s Polling Institute. “These numbers are small right now, but it’s been happening in every poll.

That same day, he suggested that the Black Lives Matter activist who was physically attacked when he disrupted the real estate mogul’s speech at a campaign rally Saturday “should have been roughed up” because he was “so obnoxious and loud.” On Wednesday night, the board published a scathing post labeling Trump a “dangerous” and “narcissistic” “[bully] who [rose] to prominence by spreading lies, appealing to fears and stoking hatred.” But this might be a sobering bit of data for Republicans (the phrase “immigrant/refugee group” refers to YeDeNoRe Republicans): Establishment Republicans probably shouldn’t count on voters from the immigrant/refugee group not showing up on Election Day. A 1992 study asked 106 people the day after the Challenger explosion about the circumstances of when they learned about the accident (where they were, who they were with, what they saw, etc.). Members of the group are at least as likely to be following the election “very closely” as other primary voters (44 percent compared with 36 percent of others), and they’re about as likely to say they are certain to vote.

When participants were asked three years later about those details, on average they accurately remembered less than half of what they had previously reported, and one-quarter of the respondents were wrong in every detail; essentially they had completely new memories of something they personally experienced. Groups of leading conservatives have for months been meeting to decide whether there is a conservative candidate around whom they can coalesce, and to have the most impact, endorsements from key leaders are likely to come well before the caucuses, as soon as next month or even late this month. “We have to win,” Perkins said, stressing that he is still undecided about whether, and whom, to endorse. “This isn’t about just a good showing. This is about winning.” Bob Vander Plaats, a leading Iowa social conservative who hosted seven presidential candidates at a forum last week, is also expected to make an endorsement around Thanksgiving or soon after — and is thought to be examining which candidates demonstrate staying power. For most of human history, there was no way to accurately and realistically record an event; once something happened, it was gone, other than perhaps written descriptions or drawings (which were of course limited by human recollection and artistic skill). With the invention of photography in the 1800s it became possible to capture most of the details of a scene about as accurately, realistically, and completely as our eyes can.

Television news has the capability to easily bring live video from around the world into your home, images of disparate people, places, and events one right after another. While Rubio has also opposed the Syrian refugees’ entry, he appears to have softened his stance a bit, opening the door to accepting refugee orphans and widows. According to his team, even if Trump or another candidate wins Iowa or another early state, Cruz is in a strong enough position to stay in the race into March, when a string of conservative and religious states get a chance to vote.

The confusion about where those crowds were—the Middle East instead of New Jersey—may seem to them to be far less important to the narrative they are promoting: Some people were cheering the attacks, wherever they were. Those who visually experienced the actions on the tape were three times more likely to affirm the accuracy of the faked tape than controls who were merely told what the tape showed. This effect is especially powerful when the person has a specific motivation for remembering events a certain way — for example if it helps illustrate a point they’re making in a political statement. There will likely be little lasting damage from Trump’s and Carson’s errors (or lies, depending on how charitable you wish to be) about the New Jersey post-9/11 celebrations.

Park Dietz, an expert witness in the trial of Andrea Yates, a woman convicted of murdering her children, had testified as a prosecution witness about an episode of “Law & Order” that was very similar in plot to Yates’ case and, it was suggested, may have inspired her to drown her children. The problem was that no such episode existed, a fact cited in a Court of Appeals decision to overturn Yates’s conviction; she was later found not guilty by reason of insanity. As CNN noted, Dietz soon recognized his error and submitted a letter to the court explaining that “he erroneously meshed two different ‘Law & Order’ episodes, leading to his inaccurate answer on the stand during cross-examination.” In other words, Deitz didn’t intentionally make the story up out of whole cloth; there were two separate, real episodes with somewhat similar storylines that he confused into one non-existent show or event. NBC News anchor Brian Williams was pilloried earlier this year for a dramatic first-person story he’d told and retold since 2003 of being in a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

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