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COMPETITION NO. 40: UNEXPECTED GOP CANDIDATES. Please suggest the newest person to join the growing 2016 GOP field, and supply a platform plank or slogan. For example:
WALTER WHITE: “The small-business expert.”
ADAM SAVAGE & JAMIE HYNEMAN: “We can’t wait to blow up a whole country!”
BILL BELICHICK: “I’ll keep inflation down.”
Enter on Twitter with the hashtag #unexpectedGOPcandidates, or in the comments thread below, by February 4.
RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 39, “NOW IN CUBA!” in which you were asked to describe a company now opening in its newest market, 90 miles to the south.
HONORABLE MENTION TO:
Taco Bell Havana: Think outside the bun, but not outside state-mandated parameters.
Logic: Now offering electronic cigars.
Clairol: Only your hairdresser knows for sure…and your government!
HURT—Havana Underground Rapid Transit. Don’t worry, we’ll open a second station in the near future.
Yanqui Candle—With new scents of Mojito Morn, Fresh Sugarcane, and Faint Whiff of Progress.
McDonald’s Cuba: Bringing you American obesity at affordable prices.
COMINTERN Intern Labor Staffing Solutions.
Jet Ski: Be ready next time there’s a regime change.
Starbucks’ new Havana location is now featuring its Miami Batista blend: rich and dense, with a bitter finish.
Fidel Express; When it absolutely, positively has to get there eventually.
De Beers recommends spending at least twenty years’ salary on a suitable engagement ring. Because: A Diamond Takes Forever.
Diebold: Electronic voting machines to ensure the next century of democratic rule by the people’s (only) party.
Major League Baseball: We’ll save you the trip!
Weight Watchers: Reach your goal weight by reducing calorie consumption to a strict weekly amount, as indicated on your government-issued food ration card.
Blockbuster: You guys still have VCRs, right?
AND THE WINNER IS:
Bitcoin Cuba: Combining two things most Americans pretend to, but don’t really, understand.
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This is what counts as a good showing for Trump’s popularity
President Trump’s approval rating has climbed to match the highest of his presidency, boosted by majority approval of his economic stewardship even as Americans remain deeply divided on whether the Senate should remove him from office, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The Post-ABC poll finds 44 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s overall job performance and 51 percent disapprove. While views of Trump remain negative, Trump’s approval rating is significantly improved from his 38 percent mark in late October.
A 56 percent majority approves of Trump’s handling of the economy, up 10 percentage points from September and his strongest rating on his marquee issue since entering office. By contrast, 39 percent approve of Trump’s handling of his impeachment, while 50 percent disapprove.
Bernie Sanders is doing very well among local unions
Most national unions haven’t picked a favorite yet in the Democratic presidential primary. It’s been a boon for Bernie Sanders. Rather than harming Sanders, a longtime labor ally who has promised to work to double union membership as president, the reluctance to offer endorsements at the national level has enabled more progressive-minded local unions and labor groups to come out in force for the Vermont senator.
Sanders has already racked up 11 labor endorsements, more than any of his Democratic rivals, most of which are from local, regional and statewide unions. And some are among the most powerful labor organizations in early-voting and Super Tuesday states.
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This should fix everything
“Sometime prior to that,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked when the White House will put forward the plan