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Top economist slaps down Trump’s victory: You can’t win the nomination with 34 percent

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An economist pointed out on The O’Reilly Factor that while real estate tycoon and GOP candidate Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night, that doesn’t cement his place as the party’s nominee by any means.

Economist Austan Goolsbee, who served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet and now teaches at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, pointed out that Trump won the first primary, but failed to win by a majority. Trump received about 35 percent of the vote.

“You can’t get the nomination with 34 percent,” Goolsbee remarked.

But he added, Trump does have a major advantage.

“There’s a huge advantage when it starts coming to the Super Tuesdays in which we have a series of them, with six, eight, ten primaries on the same day, for somebody who already has national name recognition,” Goolsbee said. “He doesn’t have to build the ground game. These other guys are going to be struggling to try to get their name on the front page or build out field offices and he starts with an advantage there.”

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But other candidates, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio may still win their own states, Goolsdbee pointed out.

“That’s the recipe for a contested convention,” he said.

Watch the interview, as posted by Fox News, here:

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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