<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Politicians Lists]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/lists//politicians http://www.ranker-dev.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker-dev.com/lists//politicians <![CDATA[Al Sharpton-ism: Al Sharpton Quotes And Gaffes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/al-sharpton-ism-al-sharpton-quotes-and-gaffes/notable-quotables
The notable quotes gaffes of Al Sharpton, or Al Sharpton-isms, are mostly about race, rights and anything that bothers him, which really doesn't narrow things down, but it sure keeps his name in the headlines. Unlike other politicians, such as John McCain or Sarah Palin, Al Sharpton makes people laugh with his wit, which comes out when he's passionate about something, not because he does not know what he's talking about.

Though the Reverend Al Sharpton has made a career of sticking up for and speaking about what he believes in, his comments are not free of controversy. That's however what can be expected when brushing off a California governor as a silly stunt man or comparing tax cuts to mass suicides.

They may not always be politically correct, (some may be taken as racist or offensive), but notable quotes from Al Sharpton always tell it like it is, and that in itself is pretty darn notable as well. Check out this list of Famous al Sharpton quotes and tell us which ones you think are the best and worst. 
Al Sharpton-ism: Al Sharpton Quotes And Gaffes, politics & history, quotations, politicians, people, gaffes, political quotes, politics,

To Governor Dean...
"I wanted to say to Governor Dean, don't be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering. If I had spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I'd still be in Iowa hooting and hollering."
If I were president...
"If I were president, I would go in and say, 'We were wrong.' Tony Blair and George Bush had a meeting, acted as though it was a world summit. Two guys in a phone booth acted like the whole world had met."
We decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.
"It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule. That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres... We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres. We didn't get the mule. So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us."
James Crow Jr., esquire
"We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son, James Crow Jr., esquire.'"
It tastes good but it'll kill you.
"George Bush giving tax cuts is like Jim Jones giving Kool-Aid. It tastes good but it'll kill you."
It's better to be a new Democrat...
"I want to welcome him to our list of candidates. And don't be defensive about just joining the party. It's better to be a new Democrat that's a real Democrat than a lot of old Democrats up here that have been acting like Republicans all along."

--Welcoming Gen. Wesley Clark to the Democratic presidential race
That's like saying...
"That's like saying, 'I'm honest but I ain't never been around no money.'"

--After Howard Dean said he's not a racist but had never lived in a racially diverse community
If George Bush had selected the court in '54...
"I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school."
Mr. Bush will not be in a Sharpton administration...
"Mr. Bush will not be, in a Sharpton administration, the head of missing persons. He can't find bin Laden. We don't know if Hussein is living or dead, and we can't find the weapons of mass destruction."
I was born in deficit spending.
"I understand deficit spending. I was born in deficit spending."

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<![CDATA[Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/notable-salutatorians-and-valedictorians-/roger-royce
Here are some of the Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians from High Schools and Colleges. This list highlights numerous successful professionals, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as various contemporary and upcoming talented achievers graduated most recently, such as Anisha Shenai (Danvers High School), Caitlin Duffy (Northfield HS), Eric Duquette (Smithfield HS), Lauren Gentry (Wakulla HS), Sarah Collins (Sunlake HS), Reynolds twins (Satsuma HS), and Wilson twins (Madison HS), who are honored as Valedictorians and Salutatorians by their High Schools. The links to their Graduation Speeches are included, where available, in the description section. The top graduate with higher grades is referred to as Valedictorian, whereas the honor of becoming a Salutatorian requires the highest overall GPA as well as the mastery on effective public speaking, excellent language skills and strength in extracurricular activities. Princeton University chooses a "Latin Salutatorian" based on the ability to write and deliver a speech to the audience in that language. The title "Salutatorian" comes from the salutatorian's traditional role as the first speaker at the graduation ceremony, delivering the salutatory speech.The Valedictorian usually delivers the "valedictory" address (i.e. bidding farewell and good bye) while the Salutatorian delivers the "salutatory" address (i.e. expressing welcome to the new world) to fellow students, teachers and families in the audience.
Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.,

Albert Einstein
Salutatorian from High School.
Alicia Keys
Valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.
Carrie Underwood
Salutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.
Cindy Crawford
Valedictorian from DeKalb High School, IL, Class of 1984.
Empress Michiko
Valedictorian from Seishin High School, Japan.
Hillary Clinton
Valedictorian from Wellesley College, MA, Class of 1969.
Jimmy Carter
Salutatorian from Plains High School, GA, Class of 1942.
John F. Kennedy
Salutatorian from High School, Class of 1935.
Michelle Obama
Salutatorian from Whitney Young High School, IL, Class of 1981.
Anisha Shenai
Salutatorian from Danvers High School, MA, Class of 2010. Salutatorian speech: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/danvers/2010/06/danvers_high_salutatorian_spee.html Inspirational Quote: "Be remarkable. Let a flame of passion illuminate your way. Be extraordinary. Stray from the dullness of shadows, into a radiant glow. Feel. Dream. Live. And never concede. Never settle for anything less, as you move full speed ahead in the quest for a life full of light and color." - Anisha Shenai, Salutatorian of Class of 2010, Danvers High School, MA. (From Inspirational and Motivational Quotes at http://www.inspirational-quotes-and-quotations.com/inspirational-quote-by-anisha-shenai.html)

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<![CDATA[35 Famous Lesbian Politicians From Around the World]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-lesbian-politicians/lgbt

They're proudly out and working to change the system from within. These are some of the notable lesbian politicians holding political office around the globe. Some famous lesbian politicians hold national offices while other top lesbian politicians work at the local level of government. Many notable lesbian politicians fight for LGBTQ causes, rights and issues.

Who will you find on this list of famous lesbian politicians? Tammy Baldwin lands in the top spot. In 1998, she became the first openly gay member of the United States Congress. In 2012, she became the first openly gay member elected to the Senate. She has fought for equality, college affordability, veterans support, and many more issues in her career as a politician. Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir advocates for social rights, while British politician Linda Bellos speaks out about intersectionality as well.

Which politician on this list do you think has done the best work for LGBTQ rights? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


35 Famous Lesbian Politicians From Around the World,

Angela Davis

Civil rights activist and politician Angela Davis publicly confirmed that she is a lesbian in the 1990s.


Annise Parker

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. "I was a gay and lesbian activist in my college days, so that’s always been part of my acknowledgment of the world,” said Parker in an interview. “What is different as mayor is I’m not a spokesperson for the community. I am the public face and voice of the citizens of Houston. I just happen to be a lesbian when I’m doing it.”


Barbara Jordan

Civil rights leader Barbara Jordan was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1972-1978. It was reported that Jordan was a lesbian following her death.


Linda Bellos

British politician Linda Bellos said, "I think that some of the mess we’re in, in the LGBT community, exists among the feminist lesbians who are anti-trans. Seems to me, they’re not all, but some women remain disrespectful, hostile particularly to male-female trans people and I find that repugnant. There’s not a milder word I can use."


Paula Aboud

Arizona State Senator Paula Aboud got involved in politics to protect the civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender individuals.


Tammy Baldwin

In 1998, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay member of the United States Congress. In 2012, she became the first openly gay member elected to the Senate. She has fought for equality, college affordability, veterans support, and many more issues in her career as a politician.


Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is the first openly LGBTQ person to lead a national government in the world. After decades in politics, she was elected as Prime Minister in 2009. LGBTQ rights and social justice were at the heart of her legacy.


Betty Baxter

Betty Baxter was fired as the head coach of the Canadian national volleyball team after the media reported that she was a lesbian in 1982. She went on to become the chair of the NDP Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual caucus in 1997.


Denise Andrews

Massachusetts Representative Denise Andrews is openly gay. She is a Democrat representing the 2nd Franklin district.


Vera Bergkamp

Dutch politician Vera Bergkamp is also involved with COC Netherlands, the oldest LGBTQ advocacy group in the world.



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<![CDATA[25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/children-and-world-leaders/rachel-green
The best way for politicians to tug at the heartstrings of their constituents is to make appearances with other people's happy, loving, and innocent children. Whether they're beloved world leaders or the most hated and feared rulers in the world, all of these politicians are hitting up the kids to earn some serious brownie points. 

Some of these children belong to the political leaders, and some are meeting them for the first time. Children are the future of our world, so what better way to instill your laws and beliefs than through the innocent minds of tomorrow? 
25 Behind the Scenes Photos of Children with World Leaders,

David Cameron Interrogates Children

Hitler with a Few Aryan Children

Hugo Chavez and Baby Chavezes

Dwight D. Eisenhower Shaking Children's Hands

Children Saluting Benito Mussolini

JFK Holds Caroline's Doll

Joseph Stalin with Tiny Sailors

Kim Il-Sung Celebrates Colorful Happiness

Fidel Castro and the Bearded Children

Boy Enjoying What President Obama Is Saying


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<![CDATA[The Best Political Nicknames]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-political-nicknames/mike-rothschild
Political nicknames are a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first leaders in human society. Even American presidents get nicknames. But in the last few centuries, nicknames have become almost standard issue, with almost every president, prime minister, and elected leader of any kind given some kind of nickname. Some are affectionate, some are insulting, and some are just variations on the person's name or initials.

Many of the nicknames given to presidents and prime ministers haven't stuck, and are all but forgotten. After all, how many people can say who "The Last Cocked Hat" or "Soapy George Underhen" were (President James Monroe and British Prime Minister George Canning, respectively). But many politician nicknames have become permanent fixtures, and inseparable from the person they were bestowed on. We all know "Honest Abe," "The Iron Lady," and "Slick Willie," and it's likely we always will.

Here are some of the greatest political nicknames in history, from prime ministers to congressmen.

The Best Political Nicknames,

Andrew Jackson

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dwight D. Eisenhower

George Washington

Harry S. Truman

John F. Kennedy

Margaret Thatcher

Richard Nixon

Winston Churchill

Abraham Lincoln - "Honest Abe"


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<![CDATA[The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-most-anti-gay-us-politicians/ballerina-tatyana
Who are the most anti-gay U.S. politicians? The list is a long one, including politicians from both parties (though a majority are Republican). The politicians listed here are those who have spoken out vocally against gay rights, most notably, gay marriage.

Anti-gay politicians are the elected leaders whose rhetoric is often totally over-the-top against LGBT rights. Their voting record on key civil rights issues speaks for itself. Some of these conservative politicians are members of the U.S. House of Representatives, while others are notable U.S. Senators.

Former GOP presidential candidates are also on this list, including, of course Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum and Minnesota House of Representatives member Michele Bachmann. Both have been vocal and steadfast in their opposition to any kind of gay rights for years (Santorum even compared gay marriage to sex with dogs).

Who are the anti-gay politicians? This list shows who are the Republicans and Democrats against gay marriage.

For more information on anti-gay politicians and activists, check out this list of the top 15 anti-gay activists caught being gay. You might also be interested in these lists of Republican and Democrat sex scandals over the years.
The Most Anti-Gay US Politicians,

Jim DeMint
"If someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend—she shouldn't be in the classroom." - DeMint speaking at a Spartanburg church rally in 2010
Marco Rubio
“I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay. This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay, it is pro-traditional marriage,” Rubio said. “Today there is a growing intolerance on this issue, intolerance for those who continue to support traditional marriage.”

Michele Bachmann
“They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.” Bachmann's response to a question by an Iowan student who asked, "Why can't same-sex couples get married?" in 2011.

Mike Huckabee

"I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice" but to resist marriage equality, Huckabee said on ABC's "This Week. "They either are going to follow God, their conscience and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them, or they will follow civil law."


Mitt Romney
“I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. I believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman and I have been rock solid in my support of traditional marriage. Marriage is first and foremost about nurturing and developing children. It’s unfortunate that those who choose to defend the institution of marriage are often demonized.” - Mitt Romney in an interview with the National Review, 2006
Newt Gingrich
"I think there is an enormous difference between an inescapable fact of race — and you have to decide whether or not you are in fact going to tolerate discrimination based on race — and a question about culture, a question about what are your values. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. That's a value proposition."  - Gingrich in an interview with the Des Moines Register in 2011
Rick Perry
Commonwealth Club interviewer Greg Dalton asked him in 2014 whether Perry believes homosexuality is a disorder. Perry's answer: "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said. "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way." 
Rick Santorum
“But what I can say is that the state is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father. This is common sense. This is nature. And what we’re trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society. And I just don’t think that’s to the benefit of society or to the child.” -Interview with CNS News, 2011


Sarah Palin
"They are misquoting me. I said I didn’t hate people who engage in homosexual behavior… I simply said by legalizing it you are opening the door to many other things such as bestiality, child molestation, and abortion. See… these things are all interconnected. Where are the limits? Today we legalize gay marriage in New York… next who knows what will be legalized? Laws exist for a reason." - Palin on Fox News, 2011 

Rand Paul
“I’m for traditional marriage,” the U.S. Senator from Kentucky told Fox News' Bret Baier. “I think marriage is between a man and a woman. Ultimately, we could have fixed this a long time ago if we just allowed contracts between adults. We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people.”

Paul also voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. 
"I find It offensive to compare the civil rights struggle Of the 1960s to the issues associated with ENDA,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Kids of Dead Politicians How Are They Doing Today]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/kids-of-dead-politicians-how-are-they-doing-today/mel-judson
These children of deceased politicians have amazing legacies to live up to. Their mothers and fathers were elected officials who represented districts, cities, states, and even countries as a whole. Love 'em or hate 'em, in politics, the media and politicians usually agree that children are off-limits. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, everyone hopes for the best for the children of those who have passed on. How are these children of deceased politicians doing now?

These dead politicians have not only left holes in the halls of Congress, but in their homes and their families. Their surviving offspring, the kids of dead politicians on this list, are featured here so that everyone can learn what they are up to, how they have been, and see pictures of what they look like today.

From politicians' kids who might seek office one day (or already hold an office) to adult children who are pursuing creative talents in the country they love, these politician children are all writing their own histories. See what the kids of Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and even Margaret Thatcher are up to now, and how they've been doing since the loss of their parents.
Kids of Dead Politicians How Are They Doing Today,

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo followed in his father's footsteps exactly and took his place as the Governor of New York in 2010. He has been dating Sandra Lee since 2005, after his divorce from Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, Kerry Kennedy.
Mario Cuomo
Governor Mario Matthew Cuomo served three terms as the CEO of New York. He died in his beloved city of Manhattan from heart failure on New Year's Day 2015, leaving behind five children (Chris, Andrew, Maria, Margaret, and Madeline).
Strom Thurmond
Senator James Strom Thurmond was a Democrat who became a Republican after he opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Serving nearly half a century as a South Carolina Senator, Thurmond died in 2003, revealing a mixed-race daughter (Essie Mae Washington), and three other children: Juliana, James, and Paul.
Thomas Menino
Boston's longest-serving mayor was in office from 1993 to 2014, the year of his death, and he was still teaching Political Science at Boston University. He left behind two children, Susan and Thomas Jr., when he died from cancer at age 71.
Paul Reynolds Thurmond
Paul Thurmond is a Republican Senator like his father, serving in the South Carolina Senate. He represents the 41st district and has been in office since January of 2013.
James Strom Thurmond Jr.
The man who bears his controversial father's name became the youngest US attorney at the age of 29. He stepped down as the United States Attorney of South Carolina in 2004 to pursue a private practice and remains a lawyer in Aiken, SC.
Chris Cuomo
Christopher Charles Cuomo is a TV journalist for CNN who is married with three children. Previously, he co-anchored 20/20 and served as chief justice and law correspondent for ABC News.
Juliana Gertrude Thurmond Whitmer
Juliana Whitmer went on to work for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Martin Taylor Whitmer Jr., worked as the Director of Government Relations for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Susan Menino Fenton
Mayor Menino's daughter is now an event planner at Amy Kimball Events. In addition to working at the boutique event planning company, Fenton was the Registrar of Dorchester Youth Soccer for five years.
Thomas Menino, Jr.
Tom Menino Jr. is a detective for the Boston Police Department. Detective Menino was described by The Boston Globe as known for being "a hard-charging officer who relishes the often thankless work of the street."

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<![CDATA[Here's What Presidents Do in Their Final Days in Office]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/last-things-presidents-do-in-office/mike-rothschild
In the US, the last things presidents do are usually tie up loose ends from their administration, say goodbye, and prepare for the transition to the next president. As lame ducks, a president and vice president leaving office have little to do, and on their actual last day, they have even less. The President's last day in office begins with them as leader of the free world and ends with them as a private citizen.

But some presidents have actually managed to get things done on their last days. Laws have been signed, states created, and frantic negotiations have all occurred as the White House was being packed up. Oh, and the pardons. They sign a lot of pardons - sometimes to great controversy.

Here are some of the things presidents do in their last few days in office - from the mundane to the vitally important.

Here's What Presidents Do in Their Final Days in Office,

Issue Pardons
The Constitution allows for the President to grant pardons to those convicted of "offenses against the United States." While presidents can and do issue pardons and grant clemency throughout their term, a long list of last-day-of-work pardons has become traditional for lame ducks. George H.W. Bush controversially pardoned Iran-Contra figure and former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, while Jimmy Carter pardoned folk singer Peter Yarrow, who was in prison for taking sexual liberties with an underaged fan.

But most famously, Bill Clinton caused controversy when he issued 140 pardons on his last day, including one to disgraced financier Marc Rich, two members of terrorist organization the Weather Underground, and his woebegone half-brother Roger.

Feud With Their Rivals
The frat boy-ish transition from Clinton to George W. Bush aside, the transition from one president to another has been pretty smooth in modern times. But in the rough-and-tumble early days of America, it could be anything but.

James Monroe spent his last days in office in 1825 rifling through three decades of papers finding proof to support financial claims against the government. John Tyler, the first "accidental president," was the recipient of the first congressional override of a presidential veto in American history on his last day, likely one last insult from a Congress who hated him. And Herbert Hoover and FDR spent the entire transition period feuding over the direction that the economic recovery would take, and especially over a bank holiday that Hoover opposed, and which FDR signed into law on day one.

Take Stuff Home
Leaving the highest office in America and returning to private citizenry is a hard transition. But it helps if you loot the Oval Office before you go. Legend has it that Lyndon Johnson admired the official White House china on board Air Force One so much that he had it shipped back to his ranch in Texas, while the Reagans were investigated by the IRS for taking $25,000 worth of diamonds and a gown home.

Most famously, the Clintons got in some hot water for taking gifts that had officially been given to the White House. They ended up returning about $50,000 worth of furniture and paying the US government for other items they wanted to keep.

Write a Letter to the New President
It's always been a tradition for outgoing presidents to speak to the newly inaugurated POTUS. Legend has it that when he left office with the country on the verge of Civil War, the outgoing James Buchanan told Abraham Lincoln, "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country."

The tradition of the outgoing president writing a letter for the new one started with Ronald Reagan, who left a note for his former Vice President, George H.W. Bush, in the Oval Office desk. It read, in part, "Don't let the turkeys get you down." The content of the letter is usually very personal, and most presidents don't make theirs public until years later.

Sign Some Actual Laws
While the final days of a presidency are marked by fanfare, moving, issuing pardons, and accomplishing little, a few presidents have managed to sneak in some actual legislating in their last days. With two days left in office, Thomas Jefferson signed an act closing US ports to England and France, while John Tyler spent his last day in office signing legislation that admitted Florida to the Union. William Howard Taft vetoed a bill calling for literacy tests for immigrants a few days before his term ended, while Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations with Cuba just two weeks before he left office.

Prank the Noobs
Presidential transitions are a stressful time, especially if your party or administration lost. So outgoing staffers sometimes blow off steam by pranking the next occupants of the White House. The Clintons set the standard for pranks, or destruction of property if you're less charitable, with their transition in 2001.

Most famously, they took all the "W" keys off the keyboards, ensuring George W. Bush wouldn't be able to type his name. There were also reports of broken glass desktops, tangled phone lines, and "Gore 2000" bumper stickers left in paper trays. Clinton staffers pointed out that when they took the office in 1992, Bush staffers had done the same thing, slathering the office with Bush/Quayle bumper stickers and so on.

Pack Up Their Stuff
The President and First Family usually vacate the White House a few days early, giving the staff time to prepare for the transition to the next First Family - a move that has to be done in hours. President Bush was having boxes moved and paintings wrapped in bubble wrap in his final days, while Ronald Reagan's Oval Office only had a desk left by the last day.

Play a Small Role in the Inauguration
George Washington last move as President of the United States set a precedent we still follow - he attended the inauguration of the guy replacing him, John Adams. Since then, outgoing presidents have always done the same, and in 1837, Martin Van Buren took it a step further by riding in a carriage to the inauguration with newly-elected Andrew Jackson. In the early 20th century, the outgoing president and first lady began arranging luncheons for the incoming president and first lady, a tradition that continues to this day. The outgoing president plays a minor role in the inauguration, and sometimes even reviews the Inaugural Parade with the new president.

But once the new president has been sworn in, the love fest is over. The outgoing president is escorted from the Capitol, gives one final salute, and leaves on Marine One, never to be heard from again. Or at least not until they publish their memoirs. The new president goes to the luncheon their predecessor planned, then parties the night away.

Hand Back the Nuclear Codes
There might be no more sacred responsibility that a president holds than stewarding the codes needed to launch nuclear missiles. And while Washington might be in full-on party mode during an inauguration, that doesn't mean POTUS can't do the unthinkable, should it be necessary.

The details of what exactly happens with the nuclear transition are classified. But during the inauguration, there are two aides carrying the "nuclear football" briefcase with the necessary attack protocols. One is for the old president, which likely goes dead at noon on inauguration day, and one for the new president, which goes live at that exact moment.

Whatever the procedure is for nuclear control transitioning, it's much more formal than simply handing over the card with the codes on it, as Ronald Reagan tried to do in 1989, until he was persuaded not to by Colin Powell.

Tie Up Some Loose Ends
Outgoing presidents usually don't have a lot to do in their final days and spend their final week in the White House saying goodbyes and wrapping things up.This usually means a flurry of phone calls, which is what Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all did. For Jimmy Carter, however, who was frantically trying to negotiate an end to the Iranian hostage crisis, it meant spending 48 hours straight in the Oval Office - an effort that was for naught, as the Iranians released the hostages the moment Reagan was sworn in.


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<![CDATA[26 Professional Athletes Who Went Into Politics]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/professional-athletes-who-went-into-politics/celebrity-lists
List of Professional Athletes Who Went Into Politics Ranked by Fame and Popularity. It seems that many athletes have opinions about politics. Some professional athletes have made the successful transition to become politicians later in life, after they retired from the game. Some athletes focus on local governments, while others are elected to national offices.

Who is the most famous professional athlete who went into politics? Arnold Schwarzenegger tops our list. Schwarzenegger held the professional body building title of Mr. Universe from 1968-1970 and the title of Mr. Olympia from 1970-1980. He also has had a successful career as a politician serving as the Governor of California from 2003-2011. On top of all that, Schwarzenegger starred in hit movies like “Terminator” and “The Running Man.”

Several NBA players have also went into politics. Kevin Johnson played basketball in the NBA, from 1987-2000, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. He is the current Mayor of Sacramento, a position he has held since 2008. Bill Bradley played basketball in the NBA from 1967-1977 for the New York Knicks. He also served as a United States Senator from 1979-1997, representing New Jersey.

Why do you think so many athletes go into politics? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
26 Professional Athletes Who Went Into Politics,

Alan Page
Alan Page played football in the NFL from 1967-1981 for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He is currently as Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, a position he has held since 1993.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger held the professional bodybuilding title of Mr. Universe from 1968-1970 and the title of Mr. Olympia from 1970-1980. He also has had a successful career as a politician serving as the Governor of California from 2003-2011.
Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. He is a member of the Republican party and he has announced his intentions to run for the Governor of Alabama in 1995 and again in 2008. Both times, Barkley promoted the campaigns for years before ultimately deciding not to run. More recently, he has suggested that he will run for Governor in 2014. Let's watch...
Heath Shuler
Heath Shuler played football in the NFL from 1994-1998 for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders. He also served in the United States House of Representatives from 2007-2013, representing North Carolina.
Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp was a professional Quarterback playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Calgary Stampeders, L.A./San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He also served in the United States House of Representatives, representing New York from 1971-1989.
J.C. Watts
J.C. Watts played professional football in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts. He was also a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Oklahoma, from 1995-2003.
Jesse Ventura
Jesse "The Body" Ventura had a successful professional wrestling career and he is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.  He served as the governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003.
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson played basketball in the NBA, from 1987-2000, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. He is the current Mayor of Sacramento, a position he has held since 2008.
Magglio Ordóñez
Magglio Ordonez played baseball in the MLB from 1997-2011 for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. In 2013, he announced that he will be running for mayor in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne played football in the NFL from 1959-1961 for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. He also served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001-2007, representing Nebraska.

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<![CDATA[Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-politicians-beer-list/mike-rothschild
Which likable politicians would be fun to have a few drinks with? Many politicians market themselves as regular folks you'd want to sit down for a beer with. George W. Bush, for one, is thought to have won the 2004 election because of his "regular guy" appeal. An August, 2004 Zogy/Williams Identity Poll found that 57.3% of undecided voters would rather have had a beer with Bush over his opponent John Kerry - despite the fact that Bush didn't actually drink. This was around the time Kerry was doing well in polls, and it might have caused a resurgence in Bush's popularity.

But when it comes right down to it, who are the politicians you like who you'd *actually* want to hang out with over a few oat sodas, as opposed to the ones who just want to make you think that because it might get you to pick them? Maybe you'd like to talk P90X with Paul Ryan, or get a front row seat for all manner of Joe Biden shenanigans?

In the spirit of Ranker's lists of both famous men and famous women you'd want to grab a beer with, here's a list of current political figures who'd probably be fun to knock back a few adult beverages with. Vote up the ones who you think you'd have a good time with, vote down the ones who'd bore you to death, or even worse, try to convince you to vote for them!

Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With,

Al Gore

Barack Obama

Bernie Sanders

Bill Clinton

Donald Trump

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Joe Biden

Ron Paul

Rand Paul


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<![CDATA[US Presidents Who Appear on American Money]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/presidents-on-money/mike-rothschild
Since the first US bank notes were printed, in 1862 to raise funds for the Civil War, they've been graced by the faces of presidents. The early days of paper money saw a variety of now-defunct notes, including Silver Certificates, Federal Reserve Bank Notes, Interest Bearing Notes, and Fractional Currency - notes issued in lieu of coins during the Civil War. Almost all of these had an American president on them, though they weren't always consistent from printing to printing.

Despite the many different types of currency the US has issued, the main type of paper currency has always been consistent - from 1862 to 1971 it was the United States Note, and since then, the Federal Reserve Note. These bills, and the coins that go with them, usually feature presidents, though several bills of note do not. Larger, now-discontinued bills have also featured presidents. Every sitting president either has or will be featured on Presidential One Dollar Coins, though these coins aren't being printed for circulation, only for collection.

This list of presidents on money includes all of the presidents that have been featured on US currency, along with several prominent Americans who grace the nation's current bills, but never held the highest office.


US Presidents Who Appear on American Money,

Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln has graced the five dollar bill since 1914, though various other presidents were on its predecessor notes, including Hamilton, Jackson, and Grant. Lincoln has also been on the penny since 1909. Because of the cost of copper, pennies actually cost almost twice as much to make as they're worth.

Andrew Jackson
The polarizing and controversial Jackson has appeared on the $20 bill since 1928, when he replaced Grover Cleveland. A campaign is underway to replace Jackson with Underground Railroad crusader Harriet Tubman, but it remains to be seen how this will turn out.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dollar coins have never been especially popular in the United States. One attempt at doing so featured President Eisenhower. The Eisenhower dollar was only printed from 1971 through 1978, when it was replaced by the smaller (and equally unpopular) Susan B. Anthony dollar. The coins are still technically legal tender, but function mostly as collectors' items.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roosevelt has been on the dime since 1945. His visage was added shortly after his death as a tribute to his work with the March of Dimes charity.

George Washington
Washington has been on the one dollar bill continuously since 1869, when paper money was known as "United States Notes." Washington was also pictured on a variety of defunct currencies.

Grover Cleveland
Cleveland sits on the now-discontinued $1,000 bill, which has been out of print since 1945, and out of circulation since 1969, but is still legal tender. Cleveland also graced the $20 bill, until he was replaced by Andrew Jackson in 1928.

James Madison
Madison appears on all versions of the $5,000 bill - which is still considered legal tender, despite not having been printed since 1945.

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson has appeared on the two dollar bill since its inception as a United States Note in 1869. The bill has remained in circulation, despite its unpopularity. He has also appeared on the nickel since 2006, and was on some Fractional Currency during the Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant
Grant has graced the $50 since 1913, though the note has existed in other forms since 1861. The former general also appeared on various gold and silver certificates. Congress has twice introduced legislation to replace Grant on the $50 bill with Ronald Reagan, but the bills were voted down both times.

Woodrow Wilson
Wilson's face adorned the largest bill ever printed in American history - the $100,000 Gold Certificate. The bill was never released into the circulation; it was only used to transfer money between banks during the Depression.


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<![CDATA[Funny Bill Clinton Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bill-clinton-isms-bill-clinton-gaffes-and-funny-quotes/notable-quotables
Ranging from those he said before, during and after his presidency, there have been hundreds of quotes by and about Bill Clinton throughout the years, some funnier than the rest. These Bill Clinton-isms, or selection of quotes from Billy himself, are only a sampling of ways we'll remember the former commander in chief.

As the former President of United States, Bill Clinton's stupid gaffes have succeeded in making people laugh, even at the cost of revealing his own dumbness. At the end of his presidency, he revealed 'I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years.' Apparently scandals and controversies involving an intern, a blue dress and, gulp, a cigar, qualify as fun.

What are some of the funny Bill Clinton quotes? Take a look here and see for yourself.
Funny Bill Clinton Quotes,

Bill Clinton on Job Creation
"The economy has produced 6.1 million jobs since I became president, and if Michael Jordan comes back to the Bulls, it will be 6,100,001 jobs."
Bill Clinton on Semantics
"It depends on how you define alone..."
Bill Clinton on Definitions
"It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is."
Bill Clinton on Politicians
"Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."
Bill Clinton on his Administration
"I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years."
Bill Clinton on Smoking Marijuana
"When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale and never tried it again."
Bill Clinton on Life After Presidency
"If President Reagan could be an actor and become president, maybe I could become an actor. I've got a good pension. I can work for cheap.'"
Bill Clinton on the White House
"I don't know whether it's the finest public housing in America or the crown jewel of the American penal system."
Bill Clinton on Being President
"Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."
Bill Clinton on an Old Truck
"It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had AstroTurf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did."

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<![CDATA[Nazi Leaders and Officials]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/nazi-leaders-and-officials/barbara-gaston
List of members and officials of the German Nazi Party in the years leading up to and comprising World War II. This list includes all Nazi Party members who held significant titles, ranks or occupations within the party between the years 1920 (when the Nazi Party was founded) and 1945, when the Second World War ended and the Nazi Party was dissolved.

NOTE: The list does not include Nazi leaders and officials from satellite parties created following WWII, such as the American Neo-Nazi organization. It also leaves out individuals associated with Nazism, but who were not ranking members of the party, such as Leni Riefenstahl.

Many of these leaders of the Nazi Party never attained the infamy and notoriety of iconic Nazi officials such as Reinhard Heydrich (chief of the Reich Main Security Office, which included the Gestapo) or propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Nevertheless, students of 20th Century European History - and World War II in particular - may find this collection of Nazi leadership helpful, detailing the top Nazi leaders and top Nazi officials.

Nazi Leaders and Officials,

Achim Gercke
“Expert of racial matters at the Ministry of the Interior“
Adolf Hitler
“Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party“
Adolf Hühnlein
“Korpsführer of the National Socialist Motor Corps“
Adolf von Trotha

Adolf Wagner
“Gauleiter of München-Oberbayern and Bavarian Interior Minister“
Adrian von Renteln

Albert Forster
“Politician and governor of the province Danzig-West Prussia“
Albert Speer
“Architect for Nazis' offices and residences“
Adolf Eichmann
“SS-Obersturmbannführer“
Adolf Ziegler


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<![CDATA[US Political Figures We Hate the Most: 2013]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/us-political-figures-we-hate-the-most-2013/jimmers2
I'm starting this list with the political figures I hate the most, but I'm opening it to voting and to the public. Obviously, this is my biased opinion, but hopefully you guys will add your most hated figures and balance it all out. Vote for the figure or political group that really makes your blood boil, and please, add whoever or whatever you think is missing.
US Political Figures We Hate the Most: 2013,

Anthony D. Weiner

Dick Cheney

Harry Reid

John Boehner

Karl Rove

Mitch McConnell

Nancy Pelosi

Rick Santorum

Congress

All of Them, So Much


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<![CDATA[Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hard-drinking-ex-presidents/elise
Did you know that some of the former presidents of the U.S. were huge drinkers and recreational drug users? Huge! Granted, most people in the country were pretty hard drinkers in the 19th century (Got a toothache? Whisky! Depressed? Gin! Starting your day? Cider!) But even in the context of their own time periods, these ex-presidents loved to party.

Here is the question: which one would you most want to go on a bender with?! Think hard! This is totally serious and important.  

Urban dictionary defines a bender as "the status of being bent for more than a day. Usually results in loss of memory, money, strange tattoos, and other things you'll have a hell of a time explaining." So, not just a couple of beers at a bar, but a full-on blackout fest. Which former president would you bring with you? WHICH ONE?!

Odds are, you don't know the personal story of each former US president. That's okay. Context has been provided as well as the pros and cons to consider before you make your choice. So grab a glass of whiskey to sip on, pull up a chair, and rank these ex-presies. If you're drinking already and feeling bold, rerank this list and put it in your own order. 
 

Which Ex-Presidents Would You Want to Go on a Bender With?,

Chester A. Arthur
Chester A. Arthur was a snobby, by-many-accounts-lazy New Yorker who loved to party. According to fellow ex-pres Rutherford B. Hayes, Arthur's presidency was marred by "liquor, snobbery and worse." Rutherford sounds like a buzzkill. 

Arthur consistently slept-in past ten, wore "dandyish outfits," indulged in 12-course meals on the reg and refused any type of physical exertion. Rather than walk to places, say, down the street, he took a fancy carriage everywhere. And he drank himself silly on this fancy carriage. 

Pros:
- Arthur pretty much invented the very first party bus: The Party Carriage. You know they were getting cray in there!
- 12-course meals = perfect start/end to a bender. 

Cons:  
- The whole snob thing could get old.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
A couple important facts to know about FDR, one of America's greatest Presidents.

1. He repealed Prohibition, and it wasn't easy. The temperance movement had gained steam, and illegal bootleggers were more than happy for alcohol to continue to be illegal. Source

2.  He could make a damn good martini. 

Pros:
- That martini, though.
- FDR loved boating: sailboats, houseboats... party boats?
- Most people know that FDR was wheelchair bound for many years of his life. You think they make a wheelchair-bound ex-president wait in line at the club?!
 
Cons:  
- He maintained tight control over his image, which is why wheelchair pics are hard to come by. Sounds like a bit of a control freak. 

Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce was (another) well-known drunk. He was vocal about it, too. Apparently, when his term of presidency was over he said, "There is nothing left… but to get drunk." ...kind of sad, but also just the attitude you need for a partner in crime. Commitment! 

Pros:
- Fact: Franklin Pierce had the best hair of any president. He had total swagger. 
- He has the party ethic of a hard drinker. 

Cons:
- He eventually died of cirrhosis of the liver. Sort of takes the fun out of it. 
- Pierce could be moody. Sad and moody. 
  
George W. Bush
Dubya is (allegedly) sober now, but he partied hard in his 20s and 30s. Jokes aside, this guy actually went on benders back in the day: DUIs, drunken stealing sprees, alleged cocaine use, the real deal. If you can ignore your opinion of the guy as a politician (or not, if you're a fan) then Georgie would probably show you an honest to goodness great time. 
 
Pros:
- George W. is funny. Especially when he is trying to sound smart! Everyone has a favorite Bushism. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family," is a good one. Imagine the laughs!

Cons:  
- For essentially being political royalty, he sure gets caught a lot for doing stupid things. (He's been arrested 3 times!) You do not want to get arrested on your imaginary bender. 

Grover Cleveland
With nicknames like "Big Steve" and "Uncle Jumbo," Grover Cleveland sounds like a natural drinking buddy. Fun fact: At one point during his 1870 campaign for district attorney of Erie County, New York, Cleveland and his rival agreed to drink only four glasses of beer per day -- only to later decide it was too restrictive an amount. 

Pros:
- Grover was a huge cigar smoker. And being the president and all, he could probably supply very nice ones. 
  
Cons:
- He married his best friend's daughter: a woman 30 years younger than him. So, that's sort of creepy.   
- He had a weird gout problem in his feet, causing him to limp for many years. This could unfortunately result in a literal pub crawl.
 
  
James Buchanan
James Buchanan was a wealthy bachelor with a taste for the finer things in life.  He was also a heavy drinker. He reportedly could drink several bottles of alcohol in the course of an evening and could hold his liquor well. It's also been said that he was our first gay president

Pros:
- His money could come in handy: buying substances, making bail, picking up hookers. 
- Bachelor life = pretty relaxed responsibilities at home 
 
Cons:  
- Like many other presidents, he suffered from chronic depression.
 
Source 

 
John Adams
Think John Adams was a square just because he wore a powdered wig and was super into the Continental Congress? You'd be wrong! Dude loved to drink.

In fact, it's fairly common knowledge that the Founding Father and second POTUS drank a large tankard of hard cider every morning for breakfast.

Pros:
- He could tell you what a "tankard" is.
- Drinking at breakfast = no hangovers!
- He started drinking at age 15, so you know he can handle his ish.
- He'd have the ciggies. John Adams started smoking at age 8 and continued until he died... when he was 90.

Cons:   
- The Former Prez stated that the reason why he drank in the morning was that it helped relieve his gas...TMI, buddy. 
- Like most of our Founding Fathers, he could be a bit verbose. So unless you have patience for that, it probably counts as a notch against him. 


John F. Kennedy
JFK wasn't exactly a notorious drunk, but he did have some hobbies that would make him a respectable bender-partner. According to many reports, he was a sex fiend. Famous starlets, staffers, strippers, whatevs. Some associates also say that John F. Kennedy enjoyed recreational LSD and loved to smoke cigars. Compound that with the fact that JFK was easily our most suave and handsome ex-pres, and you've got yourself a formidable contestant. 

Pros:
- JFK was an idealist. You'd want that kind of positive energy around you. 
- He also had an "iron will" and could help you keep your bender on track.
- You may get to meet Jackie O at the end of it all.  
 
Cons:  
- His promiscuity could somehow be a liability.
 
Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant was a known alcoholic, a binge drinker. Some reports mention a personal barrel of whiskey that he'd sip from all day during the Civil War. He won that one. 

Here's the thing: Grant's drinking problem made him an awesome leader on the battlefield. He was fearless, uninhibited, commanding. Grant was pretty much a failure in all other aspects of life, but give him an army to command and a glass of whiskey to sip on, and he'll make you proud!
 
Pros:
- He's a war hero. Somebody's gotta buy you a round of drinks for that.
- War stories. Literally. 

Cons:
- Being a short man, Grant was known to have the lightweight tolerance of a teenager.   
- Going on a bender with someone who actually has a drinking problem is always kind of sad.

William Howard Taft
Taft was a hell of a guy. He didn't drink himself, but he loved to push liquor on all of his dinner guests. Taft was also famously obese (330 lbs) and narcoleptic. So there's that. 

Pros:
- If you could get him to have a few drinks, his tolerance would probably be sky high. 
- He was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. Access. 
- No drinking = designated driver. If he could fit in the driver's seat. (sorry)
 
Cons:  
- His narcolepsy could be a liability. You don't want a limp body that you can't lift on your hands. 



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<![CDATA[The Best Tim Pawlenty Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-tim-pawlenty-quotes/keaton
Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty doesn't mince words, making a list of his best quotes pretty easy to compile. Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, is aggressively seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination - and several of these quotes come from an August 2011 GOP primary debate in Iowa (yes, just prior to the straw poll). He takes aim at fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann several times, slams President Obama and lays out why he's the best candidate for the job. Some of the best Tim Pawlenty quotes deal with broader issues, like tax reform, immigration and the future of Social Security, too.

If you don't see your favorite Tim Pawlenty quote on this list, feel free to add it in the comments. For more political quotes, check out our lists for the best Ron Paul quotes, the most controversial Michele Bachmann quotes, and the biggest Mitt Romney gaffes, to name a few.
The Best Tim Pawlenty Quotes,

Announcing Presidential Bid
"I'm Tim Pawlenty, and I'm running for president of the United States. We live in the greatest country the world has ever known. But as we all know, America's in big trouble, and it won't get fixed if we keep going down the same path. If we want a new and better direction, we're going to need a new and better president."

--May 23, 2011, Des Moines, Iowa

Pawlenty officially threw his hat into the ring in May of 2011, two months after announcing the formation of an exploratory committee. During his speech in Iowa, Pawlenty said that "Washington is broken" and he wants to help fix things. Pawlenty went on to criticize the current administration, saying that "fluffy promises of hope and change" don't "buy our groceries, make our mortgage payments, put gas in our car or pay for our children's school clothes or other needs."
Failed Personal Responsibility
"Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government."

--April 2001, Interview with the Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper

Controversial quote, to be sure. Pawlenty made this comment long before he decided to seek the GOP presidential nomination - but it could come back to bite him.
On Immigration
"I'm a strong supporter of state rights, but if the federal government won't do its job--in this case, protecting and securing our border--then let the states do it. And they will. When President Bush asked governors to volunteer their National Guard to go to the border to help reinforce our border, through Operation Jump Start, I was one of the few governors who did it. I sent Minnesota National Guard there to reinforce the border, and it works. And that's what we need to do."

--GOP Primary Debate, Manchester, New Hampshire, June 13, 2011

With this quote, Tim Pawlenty clearly sums up his views on immigration: It's up to the states to protect the U.S. borders, if the federal government won't.
Misquoted?
"Well, actually I'm glad you brought that up, Rush, because it gives me a chance to clarify. The other side has pushed that falsely for a number of years. What happened is in the Minnesota Star Tribune -- not exactly a conservative publication -- I made reference to an article that David Brooks wrote which was entitled, "The Era of Small Government is Over." I didn't say those words myself; I was referencing his article."

--Rush Limbaugh Show, May 2011

Tim Pawlenty took the opportunity during an interview with Rush Limbaugh to clarify what he said was Michele Bachmann's misquoting of him. Bachmann told supporters that in 2006, Pawlenty stated that "the era of small government is over." Pawlenty was furious, and in this quote, he sets the record straight.
Wooing Iowa Primary Voters
"Any bobblehead can stand up here and give you the Republican checklist of issues. The tough part is do you have the experience and the leadership and results to be president of the United States."

--Winterset, Iowa, August 10, 2011

Tim Pawlenty continued to try and woo Iowa voters, telling them in no uncertain terms with this quote why he would be the best candidate to try and defeat President Obama in a general election.
More On Obama's Health Care Plan
"President Obama stood in Iowa in 2008 on the night of the Iowa caucuses and he promised the nation that he would do health care reform focused on cost containment, he opposed an individual mandate, and he said he was going to do it with Republicans. He broke that promise..."

--GOP Debate, May 5, 2011

Tim Pawlenty took the opportunity to slam President Obama's 2008 statement on health care during this debate - when he was asked about his views on the Massachusetts health care law.
On Michele Bachmann's Accomplishments
"It’s an indisputable fact that in Congress, her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent."

--GOP Debate, Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011

More sparring, more verbal attacks on Michele Bachmann from Tim Pawlenty. In fact, their rivalry pretty much blew up on stage, for all the world (or at least, those who were watching the GOP primary debate) to see.
Pawlenty Rips Michele Bachmann
"She said she's got a titanium spine. It's not your spine we're worried about, it's your record of results. If that's your view of effective results and leadership, then please stop because you're killing us."

--GOP Debate, Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011

Tim Pawlenty went after rival Michele Bachmann during this debate, not surprisingly. These two have been trading barbs for weeks leading up to the event. Pawlenty at one point even suggested that Bachmann's migraine headaches should pretty much disqualify her from being president (he later took his comment back). Verbal sparring is par for the course, but will Pawlenty's strategy work?
On Obamacare
"Obamacare was patterned after Mitt's plan in Massachusetts. And for Mitt or anyone else to say there aren't substantial similarities or they are not essentially the same plan -- it just isn't credible. So that's why I called it Obamneycare, and I think that's a fair label. I'm happy to call it that again tonight."

--GOP Debate, Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011

Tim Pawlenty clearly does not support Obamacare, but he also uses this opportunity during the debate to slam Mitt Romney's health care plan.
Cooking You Dinner
"Where's Barack Obama on these issues? You can't find his plans on some of the most pressing financial issues of our country. For example, where's Barack Obama's plan on Social Security reform, Medicare reform, Medicaid reform? In fact, I'll offer a prize tonight to anybody in this auditorium, or anyone watching on television: If you can find Barack Obama's specific plan on any of those items, I will come to your house and cook you dinner."

--GOP Debate, Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011

Start researching, because you may actually have Tim Pawlenty in your kitchen making you a nice grilled cheese sandwich soon. Pawlenty's strategy in this particular debate was extremely aggressive, not just toward Michele Bachmann, but certainly toward President Obama and the Democrats.

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<![CDATA[Politicians Who Believe in Conspiracies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-who-believe-in-conspiracies-100715/mike-rothschild
Politicians who believe in conspiracies have become more and more numerous since the early 2000's, thanks to the rapid spread of misinformation enabled by the Internet. They've also become commonplace thanks to post 9/11 fear of terrorist attacks, and the election of a liberal, African-American president in Barack Obama.

These political conspiracies almost always involve some kind of plot against American freedom, capitalism, and individual rights. They usually involve Obama and Democrats, though those liberals also believe in conspiracy theories - just not with the same enthusiasm that conservatives seem to. You don't have to even stay in national politics - many local officials and state senators are well-known for spouting political conspiracy theories. It might even be what gets them elected to higher office.

Here are all manner of politicians, from presidential candidates to local office-holders, who are all on record as believing in some kind of conspiracy theory.

Politicians Who Believe in Conspiracies,

Hillary Clinton
While Bill Clinton was under investigation for the Monica Lewinsky scandal, then-first lady Hillary Clinton claimed the case was part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" to destroy her husband. She cited unnamed Republican operatives who told Bill Clinton that if he ran for president, the GOP would do everything they could to bring him down. Pundits replied that the Republican desire to get Clinton out of the presidency was far from a secret.

John Cornyn
Texas Senator John Cornyn is another of the many Republican candidates standing firm on the conspiracy theory that the UN is going to subvert American freedom. He vehemently opposed the 2012 UN Arms Trade Treaty on the grounds that it was "outsourcing" American sovereignty. In 2015, he arranged for a private meeting with a three star general to get assurance that the military exercise Jade Helm 15 wasn't actually a federal takeover of the Southwest.

Michele Bachmann
Well known for her devotion to conservative political causes, former Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann was one of the most conspiracy-minded members of the House. Bachmann is staunchly anti-vaccine, has advocated for any number of discredited conspiracies about the Affordable Care Act and Benghazi attack, and her belief in gay conversion therapy flies in the face of responsible science.
 
In 2012, Bachmann and four other Republican representatives sent letters to five different federal agencies accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of having achieved “deep penetration” into the highest levels of the government. The move drew condemnation from both parties, and when Bachmann was challenged to provide proof to support these allegations, she simply repeated them.

Rick Santorum
The former Pennsylvania Senator and two-time presidential candidate has pushed the veracity of a number of discredited conspiracy theories. In 2012, Santorum campaigned hard for GOP senators to reject the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a treaty that would forbid discrimination against people with AIDS, who are blind, who use wheelchairs, and so on. "This is a direct assault on us," he said, in public, at a news conference.

He wrote in an editorial on Glenn Beck's website that the Convention would result in forced abortions, the abolition of home-schooling, and the loss of US national sovereignty.

More recently, he gave tacit approval to a question from a conspiracy-minded potential voter who claimed that President Obama was planning to nuke the city of Charleston.


Ron Paul
The former Congressman and presidential candidate has been an advocate for conspiracy theories going back decades. While in office, he had a side business lending his name to far-right newsletters that espoused everything from the "coming race war" to the UN taking away America's national sovereignty. More recently, he's advocated for everything from Ukraine really shooting down Flight MH17 to the US government being the "real" culprits in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Paul's response to criticism is that he's just asking questions and trying to get "the truth" out.

Ted Cruz
Cruz is another opponent of Agenda 21, calling the UN sustainability resolution a diabolical plot to "abolish ‘unsustainable’ environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads." He's also spoken publicly of his belief that, among other things, Harvard is overrun by Marxists, radical Islamic Sharia law is taking over the United States, and that Jade Helm 15 was a dry run for martial law.

Chip Rogers
In 2012, while Majority Leader of the Georgia State Senate, Rogers held a four-hour private meeting with constituents to brief them on phantom threats to America caused by Agenda 21, a non-binding policy statement by the UN devoted to sustainable development.

Rogers had long been an opponent of the plan, calling for the state to ban its implementation, and declaring that the Obama administration was enforcing its property grabbing rules with "mind control." Rogers resigned from the Georgia State Senate shortly after the meeting.

Allen West Outs 80 "Confirmed" Communists in the House, Gets Hired by Fox News
Despite only serving one term in the House of Representatives, from 2011 to 2013, Allen West quickly became an outspoken conspiracy theorist. He's claimed that House Democrats have at least 80 confirmed communists in their ranks, that welfare and Social Security are slavery, and that any news outlet reporting on Wikileaks should be shut down by the government. After he lost in 2013, he became a commentator for Fox News, and has continued spouting conspiracies online and in print.

(Former) Senator Is Positive That the Government Was Behind the Boston Marathon Bombings
Former New Hampshire state senator, and a hardcore conspiracy theorist, Stella Tremblay was forced to resign in 2013 after she publicly agreed with Alex Jones’s accusation that the US government had planned the Boston Marathon bombings as a false flag attack.

In an egregious misuse of the “reply all” button, she emailed all 424 members of the New Hampshire legislature a manifesto entitled “Follow Up Reports,” containing dozens of links to conspiracy websites that all called the bombing a black ops job employing fake victims played by "crisis actors." She drew the wrath of both state political parties and resigned a few days after sending the email, never backing down from her belief that “a full investigation” of the bombings should be undertaken.

Florida Man Who Once Killed a Goat and Drank Its Blood Wants to Be a Senator
A 2016 Libertarian candidate for Florida's Senate seat, Augustus Sol Invictus made national headlines when he told the AP that he'd participated in a Pagan sacrifice ritual in which he, among other things, slaughtered a goat and drank its blood.

Invictus
is also a pretty hardcore conspiracy theorist, claiming he wants to start a second Civil War, advocating for the return of eugenics, and for renouncing his US citizenship - which will presumably make running for the Senate harder. Libertarian Party officials have called Invictus an embarrassment.


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<![CDATA[Bill Clinton's Loves & Hookups]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bill-clinton_s-loves-and-hookups/celebrityhookups

 

List of Bill Clinton's women, girlfriends, wife, and mistresses. Rumors of Bill Clinton relationships and affairs. With all the famous women the former president has been attached to, it's a shock that none of them are on the list of celebrity sex tapes. No one would be surprised if Clinton ended up being the first President with a celeb sex tape, given his dalliances while in office. Not that sex tapes with interns are all the rage, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise if Monica Lewinsky were in a weird celebrity sex tape somewhere.

Who has Bill Clinton had affairs with? Who has Bill Clinton hooked up with? The dating history of Bill Clinton, listed by most recent.


Bill Clinton's Loves & Hookups,

Belinda Stronach
Who she is: Belinda Caroline Stronach, PC (born May 2, 1966) is a Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist and politician. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2008.

How she knows Bill:  The former US president is reported to have been seen dating Stronach and have "shared an intimate dinner" with her in 2002.
Elizabeth Gracen
Who she is: Elizabeth Ward Gracen (born Elizabeth Grace Ward) is an American actress who won the title of Miss Arkansas in 1981 and Miss America in 1982.

How she knows Bill: In 1992, Gracen claimed to have had a one-night stand with future President Bill Clinton while she was studying acting in New York. 
Gennifer Flowers
Who she is: Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is a model and actress who famously claimed to have a sexual relationship with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Prior to Bill Clinton's presidency, she also posed nude for Penthouse magazine and was an actress in two films and one TV show.

How she knows Bill:  Flowers met Bill Clinton in 1977 while she was working as a news reporter for KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. In her court testimony she claims that shortly after they met, she and Bill began a sexual relationship that lasted for twelve years.
Hillary Clinton

Who she is: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is a former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States.

How she knows Bill: Hillary and Bill met in the library of Yale Law School, where they were both students. They wed in Arkansas in 1975 when Hillary was 27 and Bill was 29. There were 15 guests in attendance at their wedding.


Maria Furtwängler
Who she is: Maria Furtwängler-Burda (born September 13, 1966) is a German physician and television actress.

How she knows Bill: She met Bill through her husband, Dr. Hubert Burda, and has spoken about how great of a speaker Bill Clinton is. 
Markie Post
Who she is: Marjorie Armstrong "Markie" Post (born November 4, 1950) is an American actress, best known for her roles as bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in The Fall Guy on ABC from 1982 to 1985, as public defender Christine Sullivan on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1985 to 1992, and as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire from 1992 to 1995.

How she knows Bill:  In 1993, Post helped produce a Disney Channel program marking Clinton's first inauguration. Post, Hillary and Bill are known to be close friends and Post and her husband were among the Clintons' first guests in the White House. Rumors have swirled that Post and Bill Clinton's relationship went further than their friendship and that they held "secret get-togethers in California hotels."
Monica Lewinsky
Who she is: Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an "inappropriate relationship" while she worked at the White House as an intern in 1995 and 1996.

How she knows Bill: In her testimony, Lewinsky alleged that between November 1995 and March 1997, she had nine sexual encounters with then-President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. Bill Clinton was impeached as a result of the scandal. 
Naomi Robson
Who she is: Naomi Robson is an Australian television presenter who is best known as the former presenter of the east coast edition of Today Tonight, an Australian current affairs program which is broadcast on weeknights on the Seven Network, from 1997 to 2006.

How she knows Bill: The two were seen out together in 2006 when the former president was in Melbourne. They were introduced through a mutual friend.  
Patricia Duff
Who she is: Patricia Duff is an American political activist and a fundraiser for political and philanthropic causes.

How she knows Bill: Duff was instrumental in the mid-1980s in introducing Governor Bill Clinton to L. A. Democratic Party supporters and contributors. Clinton was relatively unknown in national party politics and was only one of many potential candidates and party leaders whom Duff presented to Southern California Democrats.
Sally Perdue
Who she is: Sally Perdueis a former 1958 Miss Arkansas and Little Rock radio talk show host. She was a top-10 finalist in the 1958 Miss America pageant. 

How she knows Bill: In 1994, Perdue stated that she had had an affair with then-governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas in 1983. She also stated that she had been asked not to reveal the affair by a former Democratic party staffer in 1992 who told her that "they knew that I went jogging by myself and he couldn't guarantee what would happen to my pretty little legs"

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<![CDATA[U.S. Presidents Before and After Major Historical Events]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/us-presidents-before-and-after-major-events/mel-judson
This list of US presidents before and after major historical events gives visual insight into the presidential aging process. The ways in which big decisions, political scandals, and international warfare take a toll on a president becomes abundantly clear with the photographs below. See the ways in which World War II affected the Commander in Chief or the drastic difference between a pre-Iran-Contra Ronald Reagan and a post-Iran-Contra Ronald Reagan.

From FDR to LBJ, these presidential before and after photos are astounding. This job comes with gray hairs and wrinkles, as President Bill Clinton learned the hard way, given this appearance once impeachment was on the table. Speaking of impeachment, Richard Nixon got even saggier after the Watergate scandal, just as George W. Bush became far crustier once he was knee deep in the Iraq War. Even President Barack Obama shows intense aging after Benghazi and HealthCare.gov.

Which historical events took the biggest toll on sitting US presidents? Upvote the photos below that show the most drastic difference between the appearance of these US political leaders early in their terms, and later on, after the realities of politics and government affairs wore them down.

U.S. Presidents Before and After Major Historical Events,

Abraham Lincoln
FDR came to office under stressful times that would age any man, but Pearl Harbor rendered him a ghost of his former self. The launch of World War II took a toll on President Roosevelt, as his hair thinned and skin wrinkled from the stress.
Barack Obama
On the left is a pre-Benghazi, pre-HealthCare.gov, pre-ISIS, pre-Newtown, pre-San Bernadino, pre-candidate Donald Trump president named Barack Obama (at his very first State of the Union address). On the right is noticeably grayer Obama at his last State of the Union in 2016.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton's wrinkles decided to show up after a woman named Monica Lewinsky entered his life -- or perhaps a man named Kenneth Starr. President Clinton's impeachment trials were evidently quite stressful. This before-and-after photo illustrates why men shouldn't cheat on their wives.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR came to office under stressful times that would age any man, but Pearl Harbor rendered him a ghost of his former self. The launch of World War II took a toll on President Roosevelt, as his hair thinned and skin wrinkled from the stress.
George W. Bush
Even after September 11th, George Bush looked like your average Baby Boomer. But after the absolute stress and total chaos of the Iraq War, you can see a far grayer and wrinklier President Bush.
Harry S. Truman
Harry Truman wasn't exactly a young man when he entered the Oval Office. However, these two photos show the distinction between his first years as president and the years towards the end. On the right, you can see President Truman has aged considerably after making the call to drop the A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Herbert Hoover
The Great Depression was not so great for Herbert Hoover, who rapidly became a gray-haired president. You can almost watch Hoover's downward spiral, in terms of aging, in correlation with the downward spiral of the economy he was presiding over.
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was changed by the Iran hostage crisis, as were international relations overall. For Carter, you can see it in his face, as his the droopy and saggy post-Iran hostage  president clearly had a rough time.
Richard Nixon
Even once Richard Nixon committed the Watergate crimes, he did not look terribly aged. His rapid aging was a result of the scandal actually breaking, as you can see a bespectacled President Nixon saying farewell to his job.
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan was always the oldest president, but his transition to the absolute oldest-looking president is startling. The Iran-Contra affair took a toll on the President, as the picture on the right clearly reveals.

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<![CDATA[The Most Annoying Politicians Currently in Office]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/annoying-politicians/mike-rothschild
Annoying politicians are a fact of life in these United States. In a time when the gulf between the two major parties has never been wider, the names on this list are thought by some to be the worst of the worst politicians. They provoke their opponents with both their words and actions, drive voters crazy making bad laws, make pompous speeches, and generally annoy the crap out of the American public.

Have you had enough of President Obama's lofty rhetoric? Does John Boehner's orange tan make you see red? Tired of Ted Cruz's apocalyptic language? How about US Rep. Trey Gowdy's endless hearings about Benghazi, or Senator Bernie Sanders blaming everything on rich people?

Here's your chance to make your voice heard, even before election day: Vote up the most annoying politicians currently in office or vote down the politicians on this list who you don't mind that much.

The Most Annoying Politicians Currently in Office,

Andrew Cuomo

Bill de Blasio

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Harry Reid

Mitch McConnell

Nancy Pelosi

Paul Ryan

Rahm Emanuel

Scott Walker

Ted Cruz


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<![CDATA[The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-important-leaders-in-us-history/mel-judson
List of the most important leaders in U.S. history. Love 'em or hate 'em, these leaders shaped American history from its founding through today. Men and women who have truly defined America through their work and leadership, even if it did not mean serving political office, are ranked here on this master list of leaders. Pioneers who changed the landscape, from the Civil Rights Movement, to Women's Suffrage, to the atom bomb, appear on this list of American leaders who changed the world.

The most important American presidents are ranked here, like Harry S. Truman and George Washington to name a few, along with First Ladies like Eleanor Roosevelt. Industry leaders like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller cannot be overlooked, nor can leaders who were not in the U.S. government itself, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susan B. Anthony.

Leadership takes many forms throughout American history, and famous American leaders pervade all of history, but this list gives props to those who were the most influential. Vote up the most important U.S. leaders below, or if the United States is too small for you, make sure to peruse this list of The Most Important Leaders in World History.

The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History,

Abraham Lincoln

Benjamin Franklin

Donald Trump

Eleanor Roosevelt

George Washington

James Madison

John Hancock

Patrick Henry

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Paine


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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:38:34 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-important-leaders-in-us-history/mel-judson
<![CDATA[Republican Candidates Who Could Actually Win the General Election]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republicans-who-could-win-the-2016-general-election/mike-rothschild
Could Trump win the general election? What about Ben Carson? Or Marco Rubio? Which Republican candidate actually has the best chance to win the election in 2016? First, they need to emerge out of a crowded field that's so big it can't fit on one stage. Then they'd have to rally the GOP base around them. Only then will a Republican who could win the election emerge.

Many of the Republican candidates in the 2016 election are polling so poorly that they only show up on poll results with an asterisk. Others are getting only one or two percent of the projected vote. If these candidates are barely alive in their party's primary election, can they win the general election if nominated?

Here's your chance to pick the Republican candidates for the 2016 election who could potentially be victorious. Vote up the Republicans with the best chance to win, and vote down those who would have little to no chance against their Democratic opposition.

Republican Candidates Who Could Actually Win the General Election,

Bobby Jindal
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
George Pataki
Ended campaign December 30, 2015

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign February 20, 2016

Jim Gilmore
Ended campaign on February 12, 2016

John Kasich

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016


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<![CDATA[The Greatest Fictional Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/greatest-fictional-presidents/ranker-characters
A list of the greatest fictional presidents. Browse through this list of the greatest fictional presidents to see those characters who served their country well. These presidents are ranked by the community in order from most popular fictional presidents to the least popular.

If you don’t agree with the rankings below, vote up the presidents that you think were the greatest, and see them rise on the list. If you don’t see the great fictional president you love on the list, go ahead and add him or her below. Some presidents are strong leaders and really help their people and country, while other presidents are so horrible that they don’t need to be doing any sort of leading. 

The great presidential leaders are the ones that you will find on this list. Cast your votes below - there's no electoral college to get in the way in this election!
The Greatest Fictional Presidents,

David Palmer

Josiah Bartlet

President Tom Beck

President Thomas J. Whitmore

President Matt Douglas

Andrew Shepherd

President James Marshall

Francis Underwood

Dave Kovic

Tom Kirkman


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<![CDATA[All Mayors of San Francisco]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/all-mayors-of-san-francisco/mass-perry
List of San Francisco mayors, with photos and pictures. This complete mayors of San Francisco list is ordered historically from the city's foundation to present day. A mayor is the head of a municipal government and, while in office, is usually referred to as "His Honor" or "Her Honor". Depending upon the size of the local government, a mayor's legislative power can vary greatly and even be only ceremonial.

That said, in the USA, some cities have larger populations than entire states. With San Francisco being one of the largest cities in the United States, the individuals on this list of mayors certainly have their share of responsibility.

Who are the Mayors of San Francisco? This list will give you an answer to who are the Mayors of San Francisco.
All Mayors of San Francisco,

Charles James Brenham
Took office in: 1851; 1852.
C. K. Garrison
Took office in: 1853.
Ephraim Willard Burr
Took office in: 1856.
George J. Whelan
Took office in: 1856.
Henry F. Teschemacher
Took office in: 1859.
Henry Perrin Coon
Took office in: 1863.
James Van Ness
Took office in: 1855.
John W. Geary
Took office in: 1850.
Stephen Palfrey Webb
Took office in: 1854.
Stephen Randall Harris
Took office in: 1852.

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<![CDATA[Gallup Poll: Widely Admired People of the 20th Century]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/gallup-poll-widely-admired-people-of-the-20th-century/polkadotking
Gallup every year polls US citizens asking which people they "most admire" – this list was compiled from the results of each individual years tally since the poll started in the 1930s through the last poll in 1999. The list includes US Presidents and other global leaders that impacted the world over the 20th century.

Gallup Poll: Widely Admired People of the 20th Century,

Albert Einstein

Billy Graham

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Helen Keller

John F. Kennedy

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mother Teresa

Pope John Paul II

Winston Churchill


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<![CDATA[The Most Controversial Rick Perry Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-controversial-rick-perry-quotes/pilgrimsprogressive
In August of 2011, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry declared his candidacy for president in 2012, putting to rest weeks of speculation that he'd seek the GOP nomination. And whether he's speaking as a presidential hopeful or a governor, Perry's made some pretty controversial statements on everything from jobs to taxes to the BP oil spill. This is a list of some of the most controversial Rick Perry quotes ever made.

Rick Perry is the state of Texas' longest-serving governor. Perry became governor when George W. Bush resigned to become president. Since then, he's been elected governor three times.Perry is well-known for his no tax, small government views, and several of these quotes reflect those platforms. He's also a conservative Christian, having no problem with publicly expressing his beliefs - like when he asked Texans to literally pray for rain in April of 2011. Apparently his prayers were largely ignored: The summer of 2011 saw the state of Texas in an unprecedented drought with billions of dollars in losses in livestock and crops.
The Most Controversial Rick Perry Quotes,

A President Who Apologizes for America
"We don’t need a president who apologizes for America. We need a president who protects and projects those values."

Yep, Rick Perry's quote here is pretty commonplace in most Republican presidential candidates' speeches. That's politics: Attack the opponent. In this case, Perry is obviously talking about President Obama - but is this correct? No. It's not. Obama has never actually apologized for America.
On Tweeter
"You can always follow me on Tweeter." –Rick Perry, mistakenly referring to the social networking site Twitter in a videotaped message to a crowd of conservative bloggers and social networkers, Minneapolis, June 21, 2011
Half of All Americans Don't Pay Income Tax
"We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax."

Again, this quote comes from Rick Perry's speech the day he announced his presidential bid. Does he mean here that he'd actually raise taxes for more people? Because that's sure how it appears. Probably not. Again though, this statement is somewhat misleading - you have to look at the specifics and that's where 'The Washington Post' comes in again: Perry is not talking about payroll taxes - and that's stuff like Medicare and Social Security (paid largely by middle and low-income taxpayers).
Cameron Todd Willingham Case
"Willingham was a monster. He was a guy who murdered his three children, who tried to beat his wife into an abortion so that he wouldn't have those kids. Person after person has stood up and testified to facts of this case that quite frankly you all aren't covering..."

Let's put this particular quote in context, shall we? On February 17, 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas. He was accused of setting a fire that killed his three young daughters in December of 1991. Willingham was convicted of murder and sent to death row, where he continued to maintain his innocence. As Willingham's execution date approached, Governor Rick Perry refused to issue a stay of execution, even in the face of new evidence that could prove Willingham's innocence.

There's more. Some have accused Perry of using his political influence to delay a commission looking into new evidence in the Willingham case. He actually removed several people from the panel and replaced them, appointing a brand new panel chair who promptly canceled the hearing! Despite all of this, Perry (in this quote and others), continued to maintain that Willingham was "a monster" who deserved to die...

Yes, this particular case, where a man was possibly wrongfully executed on Governor Perry's watch, could come back to haunt him during his presidential campaign.
On Abstinence
No thanks
Texas Creates 40 Percent of All New U.S. Jobs
"Since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America. Now think about that. We’re home to less than 10 percent of the population in America, but 40 percent of all the new jobs were created in that state."

Rick Perry made this pronouncement in a speech given to announce his candidacy for president on August 13, 2011. At the time, Perry was speaking to the RedState convention in Charleston, South Carolina. This speech, not surprisingly, was focused heavily on the state of the economy (and jobs).

But is this statistic, that Texas makes up 40 percent (!) of all new U.S. jobs created, right? Sort of. It's all how you interpret the numbers. There's no doubt that Texas IS adding new jobs, but as 'The Washington Post' points out, it's partly because energy prices have skyrocketed, opening up more employment opportunities for those who work in the oil and natural gas fields.
Rick Perry Is a Little Off On History
"The reason that we fought the [American] Revolution in the 16th century — was to get away from that kind of onerous crown, if you will." —Rick Perry, getting the date of the American Revolution wrong by two centuries
Incorrectly States That Juarez, Mexico is in America
During a sit down with reporters, the Texas governor incorrectly identified Juarez — located across the Rio Grande, and border, from El Paso — as “the most dangerous city in America.”
The BP Oil Spill: An Act of God
"And until we know that, I hope we don't see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we're going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico... From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented."

How, exactly, is a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico an "act of God?" Unless God somehow screwed with BP's drilling equipment and caused an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig that killed 11 people, injured many more (and, oh, yeah, resulted in the biggest oil spill in history). Yeah, maybe that was it. This major disaster was caused by a Higher Power. Talk about protecting your interests (see: Offshore Oil Drilling) at the expense of others!
Texas Secession
"When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we're kind of thinking about that again."

Rick Perry definitely raised eyebrows when, in April of 2009, during a discussion with some tech bloggers in Austin, he threw out the idea of Texas seceding from the U.S. To some degree, this isn't a surprising quote coming from Texas' longest-serving governor. Come on, it's Texas, people: They've been threatening to secede for decades! For the record, Perry's spokesperson emphatically denies that his boss is a secession advocate.

Everything's bigger in Texas, including controversy. Remember the Alamo, people...

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<![CDATA[2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/2016-candidate-immigration-policies-ranked/mike-rothschild
Immigration has emerged as one of the central themes of the 2016 election. As a public issue, it's generated a huge amount of controversy and media reactions. The 2016 candidates for president have a wide range of policies on immigration, with everything from some kind of amnesty to the building of an elaborate border fence or wall to mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

Virtually every candidate has revealed at least some of their plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Here's your chance to rank all of the immigration policies of the 2016 candidates from the ones you think are the best to the ones that are the absolute worst.

2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked,

Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

 - Recommended tracking immigrants on visas with a system similar to FedEx shipment tracking.
 
- Believes the E-Verify system is more important than any pathway to citizenship.
 
- Has questioned the need for birthright citizenship.


Donald Trump
- Would deport all 11 million illegal immigrants using expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and would have it done within two years.
 
- Would build large scale wall on Mexican border, and try to force Mexico to pay for it.
 
- Has rejected birthright citizenship through 14th Amendment.
 
- Has claimed Mexico purposefully sends "rapists and drug dealers" across the border.

George Pataki
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

- Supports birthright citizenship.
 
- Would implement long pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
 
- As Governor of New York, supported measures to assist children of illegal immigrants, including in-state tuition and work visas.

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

- Has gone back and forth on support for a pathway to citizenship for children brought to the United States by their parents.
 
- Would implement E-Verify system to help track immigrants.
 
- Does not support a fence, but would increase power of Border Patrol.


John Kasich
- Supports border fence.
 
- Open to pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
 
- Does not support ending birthright citizenship.


Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

- Supports deportation of immigrant felons with no possibility to return.
 
- Seeks to complete border fence and expand Border Patrol.
 
- Would require current illegal immigrants to register, pay taxes and fines, and learn English.

Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

- Supports building of a wall, along with E-Verify entry/exit system.
 
- Rejects repeal of birthright citizenship, though is concerned about immigrants coming to the US for the purposes of having a child.
 
- Wants a pathway to citizenship implemented, and has voted for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

Martin O'Malley
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
 
- Opposes deportation of children born to illegal immigrants.
 
- Would sign comprehensive immigration reform.
 
- Has supported tuition discounts for children brought to the country illegally by their parents.

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

- Would "abrogate" birthright citizenship.
 
- Supports building long border fence and doubling the size of the Border Patrol.
 
- Favors arrest, detention, and deportation of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

Rand Paul
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

- Has made statements both supporting and opposing birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
 
- Would move current illegal immigrants toward legal status with work visas and the need to pay taxes.
 
- Wants to secure the border, but not necessarily with a fence.


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<![CDATA[Corrupt George H. W. Bush era Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-george-h-w-bush-era-politicians/lstone
List of corrupt George H. W. Bush era politicians with photos where possible. George H. W. Bush administration corruption at its source. These are politicians with criminal records; they have been found guilty in a court of law. The United States is a republic, which means law is king. To be a politician and convicted of breaking the law then is to be corrupt. Fortunately for these politicians, most of them seem to have dodged the political graveyard, and many disgraced politicians have managed to rebound. Criminal politics is nothing new, and fortunately some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, our lawmakers should support the law more-so than any of us. Some of these politicians have been in prison. Perhaps if they hadn't done the crime they would have stayed out of trouble.
Corrupt George H. W. Bush era Politicians,

Albert Bustamante
Accepting Bribes.
Catalina Vasquez Villalpando
Obstruction of Justice and Tax evasion.
David Durenberger
Misuse of Public funds.
Jesse Helms
Voter Caging.
Walter Nixon
Perjury.

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Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:40:55 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-george-h-w-bush-era-politicians/lstone
<![CDATA[U.S. Presidents with the Dirtiest Sounding Names]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/u-s-presidents-with-the-dirtiest-sounding-names/briangilmore
Here are the U.S Presidents with the dirtiest sounding names ranked in order from cleanest to dirtiest and inspired by Marshall Eriksen from the TV show How I Met Your Mother. Whether they, or even the general public realized it or not, these distinguished politicians had names that made the general public politely chuckle, if not out loud or at their dinner tables, then at least silently under their breath.

This dirty president name list settles the age old question of just which American Presidents have the dirtiest sounding names? It depends on your definition of what is appropriately or unintentionally funny. Like do you think Bush, Johnson, Fillmore, or Harding are funny? If so, go watch Beavis and Butthead. Heh. Or just check out this unimpeachable list of funny president names that sound dirty when you really think about them.

U.S. Presidents with the Dirtiest Sounding Names,

Andrew Johnson

Bill Clinton

Franklin Pierce

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Herbert Hoover

James K. Polk

Lyndon B. Johnson

Millard Fillmore

Warren G. Harding


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<![CDATA[The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/us-presidents-who-werent-elected/carly-kiel
All nine of the US Presidents who became President without having been elected President. This list features four Vice Presidents who were sworn in after their Commanders in Chief were assassinated, four who were inaugurated after their Presidents died of illness, and one who became President because of two resignations. Can you name all the Presidents who weren't elected? This isn't to say that these guys were never elected - in fact, several of them followed up their short terms with full second terms. More commonly, however, Vice Presidents who assumed the Oval Office (well, the ones after it was built in 1909) were met with contention within their own party, not to mention political opponents. Read these interesting facts, and share them with your friends tonight. You will be the life of the party.
The 9 U.S. Presidents Who Weren't Elected,

Andrew Johnson
17th President, inaugurated April 15, 1865 - Vice President to Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated one month into his second term. In 1868, amidst the high tension of the Radical Reconstruction of the South, Johnson became the first ever US President to be impeached. He was eventually acquitted of all charges and sought the Democratic nomination for the 1868 election, but received only four votes, all from his home state of Tennessee.
Calvin Coolidge
30th President, inaugurated August 2, 1923 - Vice President to Warren G. Harding, who died following a respiratory illness after two years and four months in office. When his first term was up, Coolidge easily won the 1924 Election, securing every state outside of the South except for Wisconsin.
Chester A. Arthur
21st President, inaugurated September 19, 1881 - Vice President of James Garfield, who was assassinated after six months in office. Though he considered running for a full term in the 1884 Election, Arthur ran only a lackluster campaign due to limited support and his ailing health.
Gerald Ford
38th President, inaugurated August 9, 1974 - Vice President to Richard Nixon, who resigned the office one year and seven months into his second term. Notably, Ford, then the House Minority Leader, was chosen as VP by Senate after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, who pleaded no contest to tax evasion in October 1973. To date, Ford remains the only person to assume the roles of both President and Vice President without having been elected by the electoral college.
Harry S. Truman
33rd President, inaugurated April 12, 1945 - Vice President to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died after 12 years in office, three months into his fourth term. Though Truman's public approval was only 36% at the beginning of 1948, he won the Election that year with 303 electoral votes (over Thomas E. Dewey's 189), securing a second term.
John Tyler
10th President, inaugurated April 4, 1841 - Vice President to William Henry Harrison, who died of complications from pneumonia on his 32nd day in office. The first ever non-elected President, Tyler's opponents regularly called him "His Accidency" and addressed correspondences to him as "Vice President" or "Acting President" (letters which he returned unopened). When his term ended in 1845, he did not run for reelection. 
Lyndon B. Johnson
36th President, inaugurated November 22, 1963 - Vice President to John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated after two years and 10 months in office. In the 1964 Election, Johnson won a second term by defeating GOP candidate Barry Goldwater in a landslide, with 486 electoral votes to his 52. 
Millard Fillmore
13th President, inaugurated July 9, 1850 - Vice President to Zachary Taylor, who died of intestinal illness one year and four months into his term. Though he wanted to run for reelection, Fillmore lost the Whig Party's nomination to General Winfield Scott - who then lost the 1852 Election to Democrat Franklin Pierce.
Theodore Roosevelt

26th President, inaugurated September 14, 1901 - Vice President of William McKinley, who was assassinated six months into his second term. Considered one of the best US Presidents of all time, Roosevelt easily won a second term in a landslide victory during the 1904 Election. He also had the support of the public during the 1912 primary, but lost the nomination to William Howard Taft, the favorite of GOP party leaders.



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<![CDATA[The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/democratic-presidential-candidates-2016/ranker-news
The race for the next President of the United States has begun and Democratic hopefuls have started announcing their official bids for the 2016 presidential election. Some Democratic presidential candidates, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are veterans of the campaign trail, whereas others, like former Governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley, are using their fresh ideas to attract voters.

Each candidate has their own set of challenges. While Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner out of all the democrats running for president, she has been in the public eye the longest and is open to the most criticism. The other candidates are tasked with quickly introducing themselves to voters who may know little about them.

Included on this list are all current candidates and the details about their announcements and political platforms, as well as links to their campaign websites. Vote for the best Democratic candidates for the 2016 Presidential election and for a look across the aisle, check out this list of Republican candidates.
The Best Official Democratic Candidates for 2016,

Bernie Sanders
Current position: Junior United States Senator of Vermont
 

Political Positions: Focused on ending the toxic nature of American partisan politics, Bernie Sanders is a strong opponent of income and wealth inequality enforced by the current economic system and big business sponsorship of political candidates. Sanders wants to lead opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and increase funding for reducing greenhouse emissions.
 
Announcement: Sanders announced his bid for the presidency and outlined his campaign issues during a speech at Lake Champlain in Vermont. He said, "I have seen the promise of America in my own life. My parents would have never dreamed that their son would be a U.S. Senator, let alone run for president. But for too many of our fellow Americans, the dream of progress and opportunity is being denied by the grind of an economy that funnels all the wealth to the top."

Hillary Clinton
Current position: Former Secretary of State
 

Political PositionsHillary Clinton has built her campaign on the fight for the working class. She is pushing for a higher minimum wage, Obamacare support, small business and family tax relief, and affordable college tuition.
 

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uncement: Hillary's announcement video emphasizes the everyday issues of Americans, and asks voters to join her in tackling these important causes.

Lincoln Chafee
Ended campaign on October 23, 2015
 
Current position: 
Former Governor of Rhode Island
 
Political Positions: Chafee opposed the Iraq invasion at the time of it's approval, and now states "aversion to foreign entanglements" as one of his main priorities. He also is pushing for the protection of civil liberties, including reproductive rights and an end to phone tapping.
 
Announcement: During a foreign policy speech at George Mason University, Chafee formally announced his 2016 presidential bid, declaring that "if we as leaders show good judgement and make good decisions, we can fix much of what is ailing us." He also criticized fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's recent scandal involvement, saying "Our State Department just has to be above all controversy, and it's regrettable now to me what's happening with emails [and] the foundation."

Martin O'Malley
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

Current position: 
Former Governor of Maryland
 
Political Positions: Seen as a progressive underdog with new ideas for a new time, O'Malley's platform pushes for higher wages, the accountability of big business, lower college tuition and debt, immigration rights, and women's rights. 
 
Announcement: O'Malley announced his presidency in May through a speech assuring the resiliency and promise of the fading American Dream. He insisted, "It does not have to be this way. This generation of Americans still has time to become great. We must save our country now. And we will do that by rebuilding the dream."


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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:06:32 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/democratic-presidential-candidates-2016/ranker-news
<![CDATA[The Best President Biopics]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-president-biopics/ranker-film

Some of the best president biopics allow us to get a glimpse into the lives of our nation's founding fathers, unlike we've ever seen them before. Some of the post popular presidents, like Lincoln, Nixon, and Kennedy are on this list of the best presidential biopics, but you'll also find some unexpected ones, like FDR and James Wilson. These president biography movies are entertaining and informative. 


Steven Spielberg’s
Lincoln stands as the essential portrayal of the Great Emancipator. Winning numerous academy awards, this film stars Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln struggling to keep the Union intact in the midst of the Civil War. Richard Nixon and the lingering impact of Watergate have been explored by several filmmakers, including Oliver Stone with his 1995 film Nixon. Oliver Stone also helmed 1991’s JFK, which was a look at the events leading up to his 1963 assassination.


Some lesser-known presidential biopics on this list include
Wilson, Jefferson in Paris, chronicling Thomas Jefferson’s time as ambassador in Paris; and W., Oliver Stone's George W. Bush biopic. Vote up the best president biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

The Best President Biopics,

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

All the President's Men

Frost/Nixon

JFK

Nixon

PT 109

Thirteen Days

Young Mr. Lincoln

W.

Lincoln


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<![CDATA[The Most Likable 2016 US Presidential Candidates]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-likable-2016-candidates/mike-rothschild
2016 presidential candidates have to be many things for the American: forceful, compelling, intelligent, and well-spoken. But they also have to be likable people and people you could see yourself spending time with. Some 2016 candidates have come off as abrasive, arrogant, cold, or overly glib - while others seem too laid back, barely registering as awake.

Whether you vote based on the economy, social issues, international relations, or just not liking the other party, likability is important come election season in the United States. So here's where you can show who you think is the most likable, pleasant, nice candidate. And if you think someone - republican or democrat - is the opposite of that, i.e., not likable, rude, or unpleasant, go ahead and vote them down. Together, we'll choose the President of Likability.

The Most Likable 2016 US Presidential Candidates,

Bernie Sanders

Bobby Jindal
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
George Pataki
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign February 20, 2016

John Kasich
Ended campaign on May 4, 2016

Lincoln Chafee
Ended campaign on October 23, 2015
Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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<![CDATA[Family Values: Which GOP Candidates' Families Seem Happy?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/which-republican-candidate-has-the-least-happy-family/mike-rothschild
Family values are among the most important platforms for Republican presidential candidates in 2016 or any election. But equally important to voters are how the GOP candidates feel about their own families. Many seem to have very good relationships with their spouses and children, but others seem to have some skeletons in the closet, just waiting to be discovered. What do you think of the GOP candidate families?

Voters naturally have plenty of questions about Republican candidates and the happiness of their families. What do the Bush's REALLY talk about at family reunions? What's up with all those creepy comments Donald Trump has made about dating his daughter? And can we trust a single man like Lindsey Graham to stand for families?

Here's your chance to vote up the Republicans who seem like they really have happy families, and vote down the ones just putting on a big show for the cameras.

Family Values: Which GOP Candidates' Families Seem Happy?,

Bobby Jindal
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
Chris Christie

Donald Trump

George Pataki

Jeb Bush

John Kasich

Marco Rubio

Mike Huckabee

Rick Santorum

Rand Paul


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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:20:12 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/which-republican-candidate-has-the-least-happy-family/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[The Best Ron Paul Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-best-ron-paul-quotes/keaton
The best Ron Paul quotes are those that clearly state this Texas congressman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate's beliefs. Ron Paul is a conservative libertarian, and to some, he represents one of the "founding fathers" of the Tea Party Movement in America. Not surprisingly, many of these Ron Paul quotes deal with defending basic principles like individual liberties, free markets and constitutional government. Many other quotes concern Paul's opposition to taxation and his criticisms of big government spending. Don't see your favorite Ron Paul quote on this list? Feel free to add it in the comments below!
The Best Ron Paul Quotes,

On Health Care
"It’s time to rethink the whole system of HMOs and managed care. This entire unnecessary level of corporatism rakes off profits and worsens the quality of care. But HMOs did not arise in the free market; they are creatures of government interference in health care dating to the 1970s. These non-market institutions have gained control over medical care through collusion between organized medicine, politicians, and drug companies, in an effort to move America toward "free" universal health care."

Ron Paul believes that government and special interests directly affect the level of quality and cost of health care. He says he believes a free-market economy can, indeed, delivery adequate medical care. He says the current crisis is the direct consequence of the government - specifically, the idea of managed care.
On Taxes
"One thing is clear: The Founding Fathers never intended a nation where citizens would pay nearly half of everything they earn to the government."

Taxes=bad to Ron Paul. At least, the way the taxation is currently set up.
On War and Peace
"We can achieve much more in peace than we can ever achieve in these needless, unconstitutional, undeclared wars."

Again, in this quote we clearly see Ron Paul's opposition to foreign military intervention.
On Being a Free American
"The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free."

This particular quote came in a statement made by Ron Paul addressing Congress' discussions of online gambling - specifically, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Paul makes clear his belief that gambling "is ultimately a matter of personal choice." He's fine with whatever Americans want to do, provided he's "not forced to underwrite their losses."
On Immigration
"A nation without secure borders is no nation at all. It makes no sense to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is left unlocked."

Ron Paul believes that security in the U.S. begins at home - by securing borders, eliminating any programs that he says subsidize illegal immigration (welfare benefits, free health care, etc.).
Fed Bubble
"From the Great Depression, to the stagflation of the seventies, to the current economic crisis caused by the housing bubble, every economic downturn suffered by this country over the past century can be traced to Federal Reserve policy. The Fed has followed a consistent policy of flooding the economy with easy money, leading to a misallocation of resources and an artificial 'boom' followed by a recession or depression when the Fed-created bubble bursts."

Ron Paul quotes often include his views that the Fed violates the U.S. Constitution and why much of America's economic problems are directly related to Fed policy.
On Education
"Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states "accountable" for their education performance...In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats."

Ron Paul has spoken out against what he says is the poor quality of public education for decades. His ideal: privatization of public schools. At the very least, removing the federal government's control over education, allowing state and local government the power instead.
Liberties
"I'm convinced that you never have to give up liberties to be safe. I think you're less safe when you give up your liberties."

Liberty and freedom are cornerstones of Ron Paul's beliefs. In 2008, Paul founded the Campaign for Liberty - a political organization whose mission is "to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity."
Truth
"Truth is treason in the empire of lies."

This quote, from Ron Paul's 'The Revolution: A Manifesto," again emphasizes his belief that the government is corrupted and that speaking out is a very, very bad idea.
On Freedom
"Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons."

This quote, taken from Ron Paul's book, 'A Foreign Policy of Freedom,' discusses Paul's views on security and liberty in America. In particular, he discusses how he believes our personal freedoms are being limited by state-provided security.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/the-u-s-presidents-from-best-to-worst
The Greatest United States Presidents in history, ranked from best to worst. Who's the greatest U.S. president? Anyone can vote on or make their own version of this collaborative list of the men who shaped American policy - a fascinating insight into all the US Presidents and how their presidencies were perceived. Who were the best presidents? We expect this list of the Chief Executives to change over time as history's perceptions also change.

And be sure to check out Ranker's ultimate list of the Worst-Ever US Presidents as well, for comparison's sake.
The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time,

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

James Madison

James Monroe

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson


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<![CDATA[The Most Favorably Viewed US Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-favorably-viewed-us-presidents/web-infoguy
This is Rassmussen's Reports' list of the most favorably viewed presidents of the United States of America as of 2007. It's a major triumph that a president should please the public with their performance as President of the United States. It's not easy, but these men did it. They are listed as the most favorable Presidents in American history.
The Most Favorably Viewed US Presidents,

Abraham Lincoln

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Franklin D. Roosevelt

George Washington

James Madison

John Adams

John F. Kennedy

Ronald Reagan

Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Jefferson


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<![CDATA[The Best 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/pick-your-2016-republican-candidate/stevo200
Its time to choose your next Republican president! Who's the best Candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2016?
The Best 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate,

Carol Schwartz

Chris Christie

Donald Trump
American Business Celebrity along with being in the top richest men in the world
James Mattis
James N. Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States Central Command. Having replaced David Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010 and served concurrently as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.General Mattis retired on May 22, 2013 after more than 41 years of service to the nation.
John Kasich
69th and Current Governor of Ohio
Michael Savage

Mike Huckabee
Candidate in the 2008 Election and 44th Governor of Arkansas
William Bennett
3rd U.S. Secretary of Education 1985-1988, 1st Director of the National Drug Control Policy 1989-1990, 5th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities 1981-1985.
Rand Paul
Junior U.S Senator of Kentucky. 
Filibuster Highlights:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmMGMqDCKF0
Susana Martínez
31st and Current Governor of New Mexico.

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<![CDATA[The Greatest Minds of All Time]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/greatest-minds-of-all-time/walter-graves
List of the Greatest Minds of All Time, throughout history. This list represents the most influential thinkers across various disciplines, ranked in a way that represents the power of their ideas and their impact on the world. The wisest men and women include top philosophers, physicists, famous poets, thinkers, teachers, physiologists, artists, inventors, engineers, the most irreplaceable CEOs in the world, economists and politicians and those whose talents span across many fields of study.

This list takes a historic perspective, so the greatest thinkers who are included on this list come from many different eras. The greatest minds of the 21st century may be quite different from great geniuses from the distant past, but each person should be judged within the context of the time that they were living. For example, inventing a new type of telephone in 2013 would not qualify one as "the most brilliant mind of all time," but in 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell first patented the telephone, it was an act of genius not seen before.

See Also: The Most Influential People of All Time.
The Greatest Minds of All Time,

Albert Einstein

Archimedes

Aristotle

Charles Darwin

Galileo Galilei

Isaac Newton

Leonardo da Vinci

Nikola Tesla

Plato

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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<![CDATA[Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republicans-who-are-the-best-at-reaching-across-the-aisle/mike-rothschild
Due to the fact that American politics lean so heavily on the two party system, few Republicans reach across the aisle to work with Democrats. Both parties are well-entrenched in their beliefs, making bipartisan cooperation rare, but that much more important. Republicans who work best with Democrats can accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, and work together to write bills that benefit everyone.

With the Republican presidential nomination up for grabs, here's your chance to vote up the GOP members who are the best at working with their Democratic counterparts. On this list you'll find not only all of the Republicans running for president, but many of the most prominent Senate Republicans as well. In the Senate, they have the opportunity every day to reach across the aisle and work together with Democrats. Which ones truly do? Vote up the Republicans you feel accomplish this the best.

Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle,

Bobby Jindal

Chris Christie

George Pataki

Jefferson Sessions

John Kasich

John McCain

Marco Rubio

Mike Huckabee

Paul Ryan

Rand Paul


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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:53:22 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republicans-who-are-the-best-at-reaching-across-the-aisle/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[Quinnipiac University Voter Poll- Worst U.S. Presidents 2006]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/quinnipiac-university-voter-poll-worst-u-s-presidents-2006/web-infoguy
The results of Quinnipiac University's poll of who the nation considers the worst president ever, as of 2006. Presidents get a lot of criticism for their decisions because they're never able to please everybody. However, these presidents have been rated as the worst American presidents by voters themselves. For full article and photo gallery, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_United_States_Presidents. I wonder if any of these presidents would do anything differently now that they've finished their term.
Quinnipiac University Voter Poll- Worst U.S. Presidents 2006,

Bill Clinton

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Gerald Ford

Harry S. Truman

Jimmy Carter

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan


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<![CDATA[The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/best-u-s-presidents-in-the-past-50-years

Who are the best U.S. presidents of the past 50 years? The presidents listed here are among the greatest leaders of the free world in modern history and are some of the best recent presidents. The men listed here are those who served as president since the early 1960s, so while Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been excellent, they don't count -- at least, as far as this list is concerned. You can always go vote for these presidents (and more) on this list of the overall greatest U.S. presidents of all time.

What specific qualities determine whether a POTUS was great or not-so-hot? Factors to consider may vary and will often depend on your particular political affiliation. Certainly, voting on any good or bad list where a president is concerned is subjective.

Commitment to the betterment of the United States, an ability to lead under difficult or trying circumstances, and great character are just a few of the qualities people might consider when deciding on the president they think was the best. Over the past 50 years, nine men have served as president -- some of them served for just one term and others served two full terms in office. Of these, only one can be top. . . so get voting!

If you're curious, you might want to see if any of the presidents listed here also appear on this list of the worst U.S. presidents of all time.
 


The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years,

Barack Obama

Bill Clinton

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Lyndon B. Johnson

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan


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<![CDATA[The Best Songs About Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/songs-about-presidents/ranker-music
When it comes to politics – everyone has an opinion – and that includes musicians. Here are the best songs about U.S Presidents, ranked by your votes. Great songs have been written to honor presidents, but most of the best president songs are critical of a specific American president's policies and administration. 

Pearl Jam wrote the song, “Bushleager,” about then-president George W. Bush. “He's not a leader, he's a Texas Leaguer,” Eddie Vedder sings on this scathing tune. In concert, Vedder used to wear a mask of Bush at the start of the song. The Coup say, “if you can't get the Pres get the Veeper,” on “5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O.” and Rage Against the Machine emphasized how similar Al Gore was to George W. Bush with the video for their hit, “Testify.”

Lou Reed expressed his confusion about how someone could shoot John F. Kennedy on his The Blue Mask song, “The Day John Kennedy Died.” Other great presidential songs on this list include “Reagan at Bitburg,” “When The President Talks To God” and “Abraham, Martin and John.”

Which song about presidents do you think deserves the No. 1 spot? Vote it up on this list and please add any tunes we may have missed. Don't forget, if you think we missed a good song about presidents, you can add it to the list for others to vote on too!
The Best Songs About Presidents,

Whip It

Testify

Reagan at Bitburg

My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)

Let's Impeach the President

Dear Mr President

The Day John Kennedy Died

Bushleaguer

We've Got a Bigger Problem Now
Dead Kennedys
Campaigner


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Tue, 05 May 2015 09:57:18 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/songs-about-presidents/ranker-music
<![CDATA[Celebrities Moving to Canada if Trump is Elected]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/celebrities-moving-to-canada-if-trump-is-elected/garret-hoffman
This is a list of celebrity names you'd be glad to see leave the US if a particular candidate is elected.

Celebrities Moving to Canada if Trump is Elected,

Al Sharpton

Barry Diller

Eddie Griffin

Jon Stewart

Katie Hopkins

Miley Cyrus

Raven-Symoné

Rosie O'Donnell

Samuel L. Jackson

Whoopi Goldberg


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<![CDATA[2016 Candidates Who Are the Best at Debating]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/presidential-debates-2016-candidates-ranked/ranker-news
Believe it or not, the first debates in the upcoming 2016 US Presidential election are right around the corner. With nearly two dozen declared candidates in both major parties, including at least 16 Republicans, debate stages are going to be crowded with people shouting each other down and trying to get the last word in. And since so many politicians are vying for just two spots in the general election, a good showing by the best debaters in these important election milestones will be vital to the candidacy of anyone who wants to win. Wallflowers or poor debaters will soon find themselves on the outside looking in.

Which of the candidates is the best debater? Is it an outsized personality like Chris Christie, someone who can scream until they're red in the face, then scream some more? Or a more religiously-driven evangelical like Ted Cruz? Can any of the Democratic candidates contend with Hillary Clinton? What ridiculous thing will Donald Trump say?

Vote up the best debater among the 2016 election candidates, who you think will have a great showing in the presidential debates 2016, and vote down the ones who put you to sleep.

2016 Candidates Who Are the Best at Debating,

Bobby Jindal
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
George Pataki
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

John Kasich

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016
Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

Rick Perry
Ended campaign on September 11, 2015

Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:45:52 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/presidential-debates-2016-candidates-ranked/ranker-news
<![CDATA[The Top 7 Political Arrests Everyone Was Waiting For]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-7-political-arrests-everyone-was-waiting-for/ariel-kana
On January 10, 2011, Tom "The Hammer" DeLay was sent to jail for money laundering and the one big question on everyone's mind is..."What took so long?" Adding to a list of crooked politicians from conservative leaders involved in fraud to anti-gay legislators who've turned out to be gay themselves to a dictator who've murdered countless civilians, DeLay is one of several top political jail baits. Here are the top 7 political arrests that everyone's been waiting to happen for years.
The Top 7 Political Arrests Everyone Was Waiting For,

Tom DeLay
Tom DeLay long had a strong hand on the Texas House of Representatives, had being the key word. Known to be powerful and feared, DeLay was elected House Majority Whip in 1995 after helping to lead the Republican Revolution in 1994 which gave the Republicans the majority in both houses of Congress for the first time in forty years.

During the loathsome period, DeLay was known for delivering retribution against those who did not support President George W. Bush's legislative agenda. He wreaked political vengeance on opponents who did not align with his Christian values and personally ensured that the House successfully impeached President Bill Clinton. He was also caught in a 2004 controversy when he was discovered offering to endorse Representative Nick Smith's son in return for Smith's vote in favor of the Medicare bill. Not to mention, he was famous for his promotion of the Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories during Obama's run for President, which we all know by now is not only outrageous but embarrassing.

The point is, he had it coming.

In October 2005, DeLay was indicted on a felony conspiracy charge for bolstering his Republican candidates in the Texas State Legislature in 2002 with $190,000 in corporate donations. He turned himself in a day after his arrest warrant was issued and was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

But this puppy deserves more time.

In November 2010, DeLay was once again facing charges for his 2002 incident as well as a separate fraud and conspiracy incident with Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, this time of money laundering and consipiracy to commit money laundering.

Finally, on January 10, 2011, DeLay got the thing we've all been waiting for: three years of prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and 10 years probation.
Bob Ney
The best thing Bob Ney did as representation of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representative was use his power to replace the word "french" in "french fries" and "french toast" with the word "freedom." I mean, it's obvious that menu items are a real crutch to our nation. It's also obvious that everyone needs a good laugh. So thanks Bob, you really are a joke.

Ney felt that the word change was so significant that he held a press conference where he stated that it was a "small, but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capital Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France," referring to France's refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.

Well, his time in office was so influential that the committee overlooking House cafeterias changed the names back in 2006, right after Ney left office.

Which brings us to why he had to leave (thank God) in the first place.

Ney caught himself in a scandal with Jack Abramoff and his Indian lobbying group who he granted favors to in exchange for lavish gifts. Ney enjoyed everything from a free trip to the Super Bowl, Northern Marianas Islands, Scotland and other exotic, luxurious places. Along with being implicated in another separate case with the Abramoff SunCruz Casinos where he entered statements into the Congressional Record at former DeLay press secretary Michael Scanlon's request for a $10,000 contribution, Ney also did bad with the Tiguas Indians who he arranged to have them reopen their casinos after receiving $32,000 from the tribe.

Thus, it was only right that Ney got was sentenced to prison for his wrongdoings. It was wrong though that he was only behind bars for 30 months. So much for his "freedom" in prison.
Don Siegalman
Don Siegalman struggled with the state budget problem during his term as governor of Alabama. He went in capitalizing on a singular but not-so-important issue, the state lottery, while tax revenues spiraled down. That was the least of his problems though in 2004 when Siegalman was served an indictment for attempting to rig Medicaid bids back in 1999. However, after being assigned to various different judges, the case was abruptly dropped, with no charges against Siegalman. That's a 10 on the suspicious radar.

Fast forward to 2005 when Siegalman was indicted on new charges, this time on counts of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice in his involvement with Richard M. Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth, with whom he allegedly traded favors for campaign donations. This time, Siegalman did not get off the hook. He was found guilty on 7 of the 33 counts and was given more than 7 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Larry Craig
Larry Craig has a thing for being very critical towards everybody but himself when in fact he deserves the biggest criticism of them all.

As the representative of Idaho in the U.S. House and then the U.S. Senate, Craig served in Congress for 28 years, the second-longest ever in Idaho history. They were 28 mostly hypocritical years might we add. Two years after being elected in the U.S. House of Representatives, allegations surfaced revolving around his supposed cocaine use and sexual activities with male teenage congressional pages. Craig not only denied the accusations but countered them with particularly unyielding actions.

This proved him to be very annoying.

He purposefully pushed for harsher punishment regarding Representative Barney Frank's involvement in a gay prostitution scandal. He was extremely critical of President Bill Clinton's sexual fiasco, calling him a "nasty, bad, naughty boy." Then the most douchiest thing of all, he dismissed certain flooded sections of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, saying "Fraud is in the culture of Iraqis. I believe that is true in the state of Louisiana as well."

Oh boy, is the flood gonna crash on him soon.

On June 11, 2007, Craig was in the men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and solicited an undercover cop who was in the next stall over for sexual activity. He did the 'ole foot signal but later claimed he just had a wide stance. A wide stance that tapped. Interesting.

He was promptly arrested and later plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. After the court accepted his petition to plead guilty, Craig tried to retract it once again but was too late. There was no more hiding that he, and his previous anti-gay legislation, was guilty. Guilty, guilty, guilty.
Roy Ashburn
During Roy Ashburn's 14 years in statewide office, eight of which was served as the California State Senator, he consistently voted against any gay-rights bills. He quashed all efforts to expand anti-discrimination laws, recognize out-of-state gay marriages and honor Harvey Milk, slain gay rights activist, with a day of remembrance.

He also quashed something else when he walked out drunk from a Sacramento gay nightclub with an unidentified male and got behind the wheel where he was soon stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. His name.

Shortly after the incident, Ashburn admitted he was gay in an interview with Inga Barks on KERN radio. He claimed that his anti-gay voting record was a responsibility to his constituents. Now that he's on the other side though, he's responsible with answering to a whole new demographic.

No more fun times at the club for Ashburn.
Augusto Pinochet
Plain and simple, General Augusto Pinochet is just a big bundle of bad.

As army general and then president of Chile, he committed numerous human rights violations in Operation Condor, his political oppression campaign, which amounted to at least 60,000 deaths. Alongside torturing Spanish citizens and ordering assassinations, he was also accused of embezzling government funds, money from the illegal drug trade and money from the illegal arms trade.

Pinochet had more than enough crimes to his name and after a gruesomely long 25 years of power over Chile, he was arrested in 1998 for human rights violations by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon on the principle of universal jurisdiction. Pinochet tried to play his former head-of-state immunity card but the House of Lords, the highest court in London where Pinochet was put on trial, declared it useless against severe crimes like torture. However, there were complications in the courtroom as well as for Pinochet's health. Both led to Pinochet being released back to Chile without facing trial.

Pinochet would go in and out of house arrest several times before he died as his alleged "vascular dementia" was debated many a times by the Supreme Court. Ultimately, the dictator died without being convicted for any of his committed crimes. At least he was arrested, though, as many times as Lindsay Lohan's been to rehab. And that's not counting the times she'll be going back in the years to come.
Rod Blagojevich
Governor Rod Blagojevich has as long of a crimes list as Jennifer Lopez has shoes. His entire political career was what you'd practically call a crime spree though the bulk of this corruption would not be revealed till later. Too late if you ask me.

From the very start of his appointment, the governor of Illinois worked closely with political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko and accepted millions of dollars worth of contributions from him. He had a sour relationship with his lieutenant governor since taking office and feuded with many Democrats in his party. People from both parties described him as "disengaged," "dictatorial" and "insane." He planned to close 11 state parks and 13 state historic sites in his budget reduction program and wanted to impose a gross receipt tax.

And that's only the small stuff.

In 2008, Blagojevich was arrested on charges of wide-ranging criminal conspiracy. He was accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama to whoever could provide the most financial benefits for him and his wife, and the prosecutors had the recorded conversations to prove it. On top of even more gifts and favors, Blagojevich also tried to set up a deal where the Chicago Tribune editorial board would be fired for writing critical articles about him in exchange for state help in selling the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field, which the Tribune Company owned.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called corruption in the cases "staggering." After Blagojevich was arrested and taken into custody, he was swiftly removed from office and prohibited to serve the state of Illinois again.

Alas, justice is served. Now if we could just get rid of his awful hairstyle...

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<![CDATA[50+ American Politicians of Irish Descent]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/american-politicians-of-irish-descent/celebrity-lists
This list of famous politicians of Irish descent ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous politicians are of Irish descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage while others are 100 percent Irish. Men and women of Irish descent have had successful careers as senators, congressmen and mayors. Several former Presidents of the United States are of Irish ancestry.

Who is the most famous politician of Irish descent? Barack Obama tops this list. His mother is of primarily English descent, but she is also of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German and French ancestry. His father was Kenyan. His Vice President Joe Biden is of Irish, English and French descent.

Many former presidents are also of Irish heritage. John F. Kennedy was of Irish descent. All four of his grandparents were the children of Irish immigrants. Bill Clinton is of English, Scots-Irish and Irish descent. George W. Bush is of English, German, Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, and Scottish descent. 

How do you celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of your heritage? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
50+ American Politicians of Irish Descent,

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama's mother is of primarily English descent, but she is also of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German and French ancestry. His father was Kenyan.
Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton is of English, Scots-Irish, and Irish descent.
George H. W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush is of English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, Belgian, Irish, Welsh, and French descent.
George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush is of English, German, Dutch, Welsh, Irish, French, and Scottish descent.
Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter is of Scots-Irish and English descent.
John F. Kennedy
Former President John F. Kennedy was of Irish descent. All four of his grandparents were the children of Irish immigrants.
Richard Nixon
Former President Richard Nixon's father was Scotch-Irish.
Robert F. Kennedy
Former Senator Robert F. Kennedy was of Irish descent. All four of his grandparents were the children of Irish immigrants. He was the younger brother of former President John F. Kennedy.

Ronald Reagan
Former President Ronald Reagan's mother was of Scottish and English descent. His father was Irish.
Sarah Palin
Former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is of English, Irish, and German descent.

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<![CDATA[The Best Official Republican Candidates for 2016]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republican-presidential-candidates-2016/ranker-news
The United States 2016 presidential race is heating up and this list will keep track of the officially-announced Republican candidates. Vote up the most viable Republican presidential election candidates, from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Learn about each of the Republican candidates for president on this list and find out who they really are. Their political positions, their current jobs, and the ways in which they formally declared their candidacies are all listed here, along with links to their official campaign websites.

The GOP presidential candidates 2016 are campaigning for your vote. They all seek to defeat current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who announced her candidacy on YouTube. Most of these candidates, however, spoke from their home turfs (or the state in which they currently serve in the Senate) and announced that they would be running for president in 2016, as Republicans, to crowds of supporters.

Who do you think should win the nomination on the Republican presidential ticket? Cast your votes below before voting in the Republican primaries, and head over to the comments section to let us know which other Republican politicians and GOP members you hope declare their candidacy in the months to come. And for a look across the aisle, here are the official Democratic candidates.

The Best Official Republican Candidates for 2016,

Bobby Jindal
Current position: Governor of Louisiana
 

Political Positions: Bobby Jindal has been a staunch pro-lifer since the beginning of his political career, voting against advancement in embryonic stem cell research and pushing for restricted interstate transport of minors seeking abortions. He has also been critical of the lack of response to natural and environmental disasters by the federal government, and supports expansion of renewable energy, nuclear energy, and drilling.
 
Announcement: Governor Jindal tweeted, "I'm running for President of the United States of America. Join me," followed by a link to his announcement page which included videos of Jindal announcing his campaign to his family.

Chris Christie

Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

Current position:
Governor of New Jersey

Political Positions:
A fairly moderate Republican, Christie opposes abortion rights but has few ties to Christian conservatives. He promises extensive entitlement reform, the promotion of a strong military, and a lowering of the corporate tax rate.

Announcement:
Once a rising star in the party, Christie's disappointing record as New Jersey Governor has not made him a favorite among Republican voters. After a mishandling of the state's pension overhaul and a scandal involving the closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, Christie's only hope is to run on his charismatic personality. In a speech in Livingston, New Jersey, he said, "Americans are not angry. Americans are filled with anxiety. I’m here to tell you that anxiety can be swept away by strong leadership and decisiveness to lead America again.”


George Pataki
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

Current position:
Former Governor of New York

Political Positions:
A long-shot to win the nomination, Pataki hails from a group of establishment northeastern Republicans who do not hold much power within the party any longer. He is a fiscal conservative with relatively liberal positions on abortion, gun control, environmental protection.

Announcement:
In a TV ad for this candidacy, Pataki said, "Defeating Islamic terrorists, shrinking government, growing the economy -- these are the issues that matter most."

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

Current position:
Governor of Florida

Political positions: Floridians consider Bush a conservative Republican, thanks to his record of cutting taxes and scaling down what he said were burdensome regulations and bureaucracy. Socially, he has conservative views as well. Most notably, he fought the husband of brain-dead Terry Schiavo when Mr. Schiavo petitioned to remove her feeding tube. However, he is sometimes seen as a more moderate on issues like immigration (perhaps thanks to his Mexican-born wife, Columba). He supports a path to legal status.

Announcement: In a speech at a community college near Miami, Bush distanced himself from his family name, saying "Not a one of us deserves the job by right of résumé, party, seniority, family or family narrative." Instead, he positioned himself as a doer, not a talker-- citing his record of executing big ideas in Florida.

John Kasich
Current position: Governor of Ohio

Political Positions: Kasich stands out in the field of long-shot Republican candidates for his pro-Obamacare stance. Although he claims to believe that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, he was quick to embrace it's expansion of Medicaid in his state. Kasich justified his actions to his party by explaining that his deeply held Catholic faith calls him to help the poor in any way possible. Kasich is also open to immigration reform and is considered a centrist by others in his party.

Announcement: In a speech at Ohio State University, Kasich told the crowd, "I have to humbly tell you that I believe I do have the skills, and I have the experience and the testing that shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world."

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

Current position:
Senator of South Carolina

Political Positions: An ally of John McCain, Graham is a moderate conservative on many issues, except when it comes to foreign policy. He is a national security hawk who has been a loud critic of what he sees as President Obama's weak responses to global threats like ISIS. He is also a defender of controversal government surveillance programs.

Announcement:
Graham announced his candidacy in a speech in his hometown of Central, South Caroline. Citing his foreign policy experience, Graham promised a strong national defense, saying, "I want to be President to defeat the enemies trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them."

Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

Current position:
Senator of Florida
 

Political positions: The "Crown Prince" of the Tea Party, Rubio's conservative social and fiscal policies earned him a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.
 

Announcement: Rubio gave a speech in Miami and referenced Hillary Clinton as "a leader from yesterday," promising that "Yesterday is over and we're never going back."

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

Current position:
Former Arkansas governor, former host of Fox New's Huckabee, and current political commentator on The Huckabee Report

Political positions:
A former Southern Baptist minister, Huckabee's political views are largely informed by his deep religiosity. He draws support from the right's evangelical base. He first ran for president in 2008, where he did well among Republican religious voters who agreed with his very conservative views on abortion, homosexuality, evolution, and gun control.

Announcement: In a speech in Arkansas on May 5, 2015, Huckabee debuted what may turn out to be his 2016 campaign slogan, "From hope to higher ground," a jab at Obama's 2008 campaign promise of hope and change. "I commit this to you today," Huckabee said. "I will never apologize for America. Ever."

Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

Current position:
Former Senator from Pennsylvania

Political Positions:
A socially conservative Republican, Santorum has been referred to as a "right-wing extremist" for his views on gay marriage, abortion, privacy, public assistance, and other controversial issues. He is firmly pro-life, against gay marriage, and has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare.

Announcement:
After a failed bid in 2012, Santorum announced that he would once again be running for President. He said in a speech, "As middle America is hollowing out, we can't sit idly by as big government politicians make it harder for our workers and then turn around and blame them for losing jobs overseas. American families don't need another president tied to big government or big money."

Scott Walker
Current position: Senator of Wisconsin 

Political positions: Walker is perhaps best known for taking on unions in his state in an attempt to reign in spending. He effectively ended the right of collective bargaining, making him a hero to the Right and a villain to the Left. After the contentious fight against public employee unions, he survived a recall vote in 2012. On social issues, he is firmly conservative. He even called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling for gay marriage by the Supreme court.

Announcement:
Walker kicked off his campaign with a speech in Waukesha, Wisconsin after Tweeting, "I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.”


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<![CDATA[The Best Portrayals of Real U.S. Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-actors-who-played-presidents/mel-judson
There have been countless movies about presidents, including many about the men who have served as President of the United States, and many of the best actors in film (or TV) have portrayed them. This list compiles the best actors who played presidents, not including fake presidents, (though we wish Jed Bartlet from The West Wing had actually held office). Instead, this list ranks the depictions of real-life Presidents of the United States by these top Hollywood actors.

These A-list actors (unfortunately there are no actresses here, as America has yet to elect a female president) turned in good performances from both movies anf television. So whether it is a mini-series about the Kennedy family, a TV show about George W. Bush, or a movie about one of the Roosevelts, it will be ranked here.

Make sure to vote for your favorite onscreen portrayal of real U.S. presidents. Both Randy Quaid and Dennis Quaid make the list, as popular actors like Bill Murray and Daniel Day-Lewis. Plus, fathers and sons not only just become presidents like the Bushes - but they actually play presidents in movies and on TV. For instance, James Brolin's Ronald Reagan makes the cut while his son Josh Brolin's George W. Bush is also featured on this list.

Upvote your favorite American presidential portrayals below, then be sure to cast your votes for the fictional politicians you wish would run for office, and let the world know which Presidents of the United States of America you think are the greatest in US history.

The Best Portrayals of Real U.S. Presidents,

Aidan Quinn
Aidan Quinn appeared as President Ulysses S. Grant in the 2010 movie Jonah Hex. Quinn's President Grant was a memorable element of the film and NBC Bay Area even published an article called "Aidan Quinn Plays Best President Grant Ever."
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins played President Richard M. Nixon in the aptly-titled film Nixon. The Oliver Stone biopic aired in 1995 and was nominated for four Academy Awards. One of those Oscar nominations went to Anthony Hopkins for his depiction of President Nixon.
Bill Murray
Bill Murray played President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson in 2012. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as well as a Detroit Film Critic Society Award.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis played President Abraham Lincoln in the 2012 film Lincoln. He received an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, becoming the first male performer to win three Oscars in that category. He also won for There Will Be Blood in 2007 and My Left Foot in 1990.
Darrell Hammond
Darrell Hammond played over 100 celebrities on Saturday Night Live during his 1995-2009 stint on the sketch comedy show. However, his most memorable impression was certainly his Bill Clinton. USA Today called Hammond's performance as Clinton "flawless" and the Chicago Tribune said his impression is what truly "made [Hammond] famous."
Frank Langella
Frank Langella portrayed President Richard Nixon in 2008's Frost/Nixon. This Ron Howard drama received the AFI Award for the Movie of the Year as well as over 60 total awards nominations. Langella's "Tricky Dick" portrayal landed him nominations from the SAG Awards, the Golden Globes, and even the Academy Awards.
Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise played President Harry S. Truman in the 1995 HBO film Truman. The made-for-TV biopic saw Gary Sinise take home the Golden Globe for Best Actor as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a CableACE Award, all for his performance as President Truman.
Jon Voight
Jon Voight portrayed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Pearl Harbor. The 2001 Michael Bay movie won many awards but Voight, whose politics are at complete odds with the man he portrayed, was hailed by critics for his performance as the wheelchair-bound president.
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti portrayed President John Adams in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams. The miniseries was broken down into seven parts and won 13 Emmy Awards, more than any other miniseries in history. One of those Emmys (and a Golden Globe) went to Giamatti.
Robin Williams
Robin Williams played President Teddy Roosevelt in the Night at the Museum franchise. Williams originated the role in Night at the Museum (2006) followed by Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which was one of the last films Williams ever acted in before his death.

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:00:39 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-actors-who-played-presidents/mel-judson
<![CDATA[24 Family Values Politicians Caught Having Affairs]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/family-values-politicians-caught-having-affairs/ranker-news

List of family values politicians who have been caught having affairs. Politicians often run their successful campaigns on the idea of family values. Some strut their perfect looking families in front of the cameras to prove how important traditional families are to them. Other politicians push forward legislation to ban same sex marriage because of their so-called family first views. However, more often than not those politicians who are the loudest about their traditional family views are the ones who are caught with their pants down, so to speak. Their opinions on family values are proved hypocritical their affairs are revealed.

 

The politicians on this list had very public affairs,despite their traditional family views. Many of these politicians hold the highest level of office, from the President of the United States to the Prime Minister of Ireland. Other politicians hold lawmaker positions and use their influence to take away the rights of same-sex families. Political influence makes the news of many of these affairs controversial because of the possible abuse of power.

 

What family values politicians have had extramarital affairs? This list features politicians of different levels of powers whose hypocritical views make them prime targets for ridicule.


24 Family Values Politicians Caught Having Affairs,

Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was named one of the country's 25 most influential Latinos and was often a respected opinion in many of the country's most important issues. But he lost a bit of that respect when he admitted to cheating on his wife with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton had no problem strutting out his wife and daughter during his campaign to become the President of the United States to prove he was a loyal family man. However, he broke that loyalty when his public affair with Monica Lewinsky made headline news.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Dwight D. Eisenhower allegedly had an extramarital affair with his secretary Kay Summersby. Her book Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower was ghostwritten while she was dying of cancer and Eisenhower had already passed, so many don't believe that the affair really happened.
Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California and former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom won over voters with his compassionate stance on the homelessness issue and gay marriage. His popularity took a nose dive when it was revealed that he had an affair with his friend and colleague's wife.
Jim McGreevey
Although New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey was married for seven years to Dina Matos, in 2004 he held a press conference admitted to an affair with another man. 3 years later he filed for divorce.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was yet another President whose gorgeous family made look like a relatable family man, but he was also alleged to have multiple affairs. One of his alleged affairs was with movie star Marilyn Monroe.
Kwame Kilpatrick
Michigan state Representative and Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick may have become a joke for his affair with his former aide, Christine Beatty, but that was the least of his troubles. A few years later he was convicted of multiple corruption charges and ended up with a 28 year prison sentence.
Lyndon B. Johnson
If there's something President Lyndon B Johnson should have learned, it's that if you're going to have a secret affair, you should at least keep your mistress happy. Alleged mistress of Johnson, Madeline Brown claimed that her son was Johnson's child and even implicated him in a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy.
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich may be a Republican who constantly spouts his conservative family values, but that didn't stop him from cheating on both his first and second wives. He even married both of the women with whom he had cheated on both of his previous wives.
Silvio Berlusconi
The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had his fair share of legal troubles, including corruption and bribery charges. His affair with Noemi Letizia, an 18-year old model, was just icing on the corrupt cake.

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<![CDATA[The Best Movies About Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-movies-about-presidents/ranker-film
The most important person in American is the President. We absolutely love hearing stories from behind the scenes about events that happened in the White House and get a thrill out of the controversies that have surrounded the government. It makes perfect sense that so many movies involve stories about our greatest Presidents and the Oval Office in one way or another. What are the best movies about presidents? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorite presidential films rank!
 
The movies on this list have been ranked as the best that tell a presidential story, whether the film focuses on a heroic aspect of a presidency or President, discusses the assassination of a President, or takes a completely fictional approach to the White House. There are many different stories that have been told in film about the office of the president and this list has the best of the best.
 
This list has the best movies about Presidents including, Independence Day, Nixon, The American President, Lincoln, White House Down, Olympus Has Fallen, Amistad, The Butler, Death of a President, and Air Force One. Vote up the best presidential films below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
The Best Movies About Presidents,

Air Force One

All the President's Men

Amistad

Dave

Frost/Nixon

JFK

Nixon

The American President

Thirteen Days

Lincoln


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<![CDATA[Modern Politicians Who Got Away with Murder]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-who-killed-people/mike-rothschild
Being a politician means power. And power means, on occasion, being able to commit terrible crimes and get away with it. Politicians who killed people range from dictators to diplomats who literally got away with murder thanks to diplomatic immunity. Sometimes they pulled the trigger, other times they got someone else to do it. But they all came out the other end with minor repercussions - if any at all.

The 2016 revelation that Vladimir Putin likely ordered the poisoning of a dissident former KGB spy is just one of many allegations against powerful dictators. Joseph Stalin personally masterminded a robbery in which 40 people were killed, while Adolf Hitler purged his own ranks and ordered the executions of bitter rivals. Then there are the drunken escapades of powerful leaders in cars, and the brutal Chechen leader accused of beheading enemy soldiers.

Here are some politicians from the last 100 years who either murdered people or personally ordered deaths, and suffered little or no consequences.

Modern Politicians Who Got Away with Murder,

Adolf Hitler
While Hitler was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people before and during World War II, he had a much more hands on role in a series of murders carried out in 1934. During the purge of the Nazi Party, called the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler personally ordered the execution of dozens of left-wingers, anti-Nazis, and members of his own paramilitary organization, the SA, who Hitler felt were a threat to his power.

Hitler even took part in the purge, though he likely didn't pull the trigger. He had the SA get together at an isolated resort, then gathered a large band of SS men to ambush them in their sleep. Hitler himself arrested SA leader Ernst Rohm, held him at gunpoint, and turned him over to police. He also ordered the on-the-spot shooting of an SA leader and a teenage boy who were in bed together when they were arrested. After considering Rohm's fate for a few days, Hitler personally ordered him shot.

Bill Janklow
Janklow was South Dakota's longest serving governor, holding the position for 16 years. He was then elected to the state's only House seat, but his political career ended when he ran a stop sign while speeding, hitting and killing a motorcyclist. He claimed he'd blacked out due to low blood sugar.

The 2003 accident revealed that Janklow was a serial speeder, who often boasted about his lead foot, and had over a dozen tickets and nearly two dozen other traffic stops that went without tickets due to fear of political retribution. He was tried and found guilty, but only of manslaughter. He served 100 days in jail, and went back to his law practice.

Che Guevara
While he's become a symbol of left-wing student revolution, it should be remembered that Che Guevara, besides being Fidel Castro's second-in-command, was a hardened executioner. He is known to have ordered firing squads for countless opponents, and personally shot an unknown number of people.

His most well-known shooting was of Eutimo Guerra, a peasant farmer working as a guide for Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution. When Guerra's treason came to light, he asked for a quick death, and Che shot him in the head. Guevara became an informal ambassador for Cuba, then began traveling to spread the gospel of revolution. He was later executed by Bolivian troops, likely working on behalf of the CIA.

Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada
A two-time president of Bolivia, Sánchez de Lozada's second term took a turn for the murderous when he authorized the selling of Bolivian gas to Chile - a hated foe of Bolivia. Massive protests followed, and Sánchez de Lozada deployed the military to stop them, by any means necessary. That they did, opening fire on the crowd, and killing 67 men, women and children.

Sánchez de Lozada resigned, was charged with genocide, and fled to the US. As Bolivia and the US have no extradition treaty, the dictator has been able to carve out a nice life in a Maryland suburb, while Bolivia's case against him winds its way through US courts. 


Joseph Stalin
Stalin's murderous reign over the Soviet Union left millions of his own people dead, often executed via lists that Uncle Joe himself personally approved. But in the early days of Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution, bandits like Stalin paid for their activities through an old-fashioned form of fundraising: bank robbery.

Stalin personally planned what became the 1907 Tiflis stagecoach robbery, when a group of Bolsheviks attacked a stagecoach carrying over 300,000 rubles (now valued at over $3 million) to the Tiflis branch of the State Bank of the Russian Empire. A gunfight broke out and 40 robbers, guards, and civilians were either shot dead or blown up by bombs. Stalin's involvement in the heist itself is disputed, as different stories have him doing everything from personally fighting police to calmly standing off to the side smoking his pipe.

The bandits got away, though the notes they stole were already marked, and thus worthless. Only one man was ever tried for the crime; he was latter killed in an accident that Stalin might have orchestrated.


Ramzan Kadyrov
Taking the office of President of Chechnya at just 30 years old, Kadyrov has been accused of either personally committing or abetting a staggering range of crimes - including murder. He likely ordered the killing of a Russian reporter in 2006, controls a personal militia accused of a wide swatch of crimes, had a former bodyguard killed for going to the New York Times, and ordered the kidnapping and murder of a woman who had been investigating his militias. He's also been accused of beheading Russian prisoners of war at some point in the '90s.

Ted Kennedy
In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on remote Chappaquiddick Island, in Massachusetts. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned while Kennedy swam to safety. He then went back to his hotel room and slept - waiting nine hours to report the incident. Meanwhile, Kopechne's body was found that morning, having died of drowning or suffocation. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a two month suspended jail sentence.

The incident hung around Kennedy's neck for the rest of his life, likely preventing him from becoming president.

Vladimir Putin
While the Russian premier has long been suspected of having political opponents and dissidents killed, a British inquiry released in January 2016 all but confirmed it. The lengthy report pinned the blame for the 2006 death of former KGB officer turned Putin critic Alexander Litvinenko on Putin, saying he almost certainly ordered the man to be poisoned with polonium, a rare radioactive isotope found in Russian nuclear reactors.

Litvinenko was likely poisoned in November 2006, when he met two Russian defectors for tea in London.

Joshua Walde
Walde was a minor diplomat in the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013, when he was involved in a fatal car accident. Recklessly driving over the speed limit in an SUV, he hit a mini-bus head on, killing a father of four and injuring eight others. Walde invoked diplomatic immunity and was taken back to the US. His status ensures he'll face no charges, leaving the victims of the crash without recourse - and financially destitute.

Sao Boonwaat
Sao Boonwaat committed what's likely the most famous abuse of diplomatic immunity in history. In 1967, Boonwaat was Burma's ambassador to Sri Lanka. He found out his wife was having an affair, so he shot her dead. Then he methodically built a funeral pyre on his front lawn, put the body on it, and set it on fire.

Because the embassy was technically on Burmese soil (as all embassies are considered home soil of the country to which they belong), Boonwaat was able to invoke diplomatic immunity and was quickly released after he was arrested. He returned to Burma and never faced justice for the murder.


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<![CDATA[Politicians Who Do the Best Thumb Point Thing]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-who-do-the-best-thumb-point-thing/jacob-shelton
Occasionally, it's fun to judge politicians, not by their policies, but by their ability to do the thumb point thing that Bill Clinton made de rigueur in the '90s. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, check out photos of Clinton on the campaign trail and you’ll start seeing the thumb point hand gesture everywhere you look. From incumbent city councilmen to state senators, the thumb point thing is no longer an affectation of small town witticism – it’s just the way business is done. Break out your dad’s hand grip tool and get ready to practice while you check out this list of the politicians with the best thumb point hand gesture thing.

If you haven’t been able to tell, we’re not sure what to call the thumb point hand gesture thing. “The Clinton Thumb” seems to get the most play around the web, but now that there are two Clinton’s clogging up the politosphere, it doesn’t feel right to attribute the gesture to an abstract “Clinton.” Maybe we’ll star calling it “Uncle Bill’s Thumb.” But even that feels icky. If you’ve got a better name for it, leave it in the comment section!.

This list won’t tell you who to vote for in the next election, but it will show you who has the best presidential thumb point thing – and that’s got to be worth something.
Politicians Who Do the Best Thumb Point Thing,

Bernie Sanders

Bobby Jindal

Chris Christie

George Pataki

Jim Webb

John Kasich

Lincoln Chafee

Mike Huckabee

Dr. Ben Carson Pulls the Presidential Thumb from Within

We Like Pete King's Style


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<![CDATA[The Most Mysterious Political Decoy Cases in History]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-most-mysterious-political-decoy-cases-in-history/switchdoctor

 

A political decoy is a person employed to impersonate a politician, to draw attention away from the real person or to take risks on their behalf. The political decoy is an individual who has been selected because of their strong physical resemblance to the person they are impersonating. This resemblance can be strengthened by plastic surgery. Often, such decoys are trained to speak and behave like their "target".

Some of the stories surrounding the use of doppelgangers for high profile political figures are so fantastical that they seem like they could come out of a comic book. Because some of these figures are known to have used decoys, conspiracy theories continue to swirl around them. While some of these instances rely primarily on anecdotal evidence and the credibility of witnesses, key moments of the historical narrative would be open to huge possibilities if certain voices had the chance to utter the words, "the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

What cases of political decoy use are the most compelling or mysterious?

 


The Most Mysterious Political Decoy Cases in History,

Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler is known to have employed at least one double and it has been alleged that he employed as many as six. One of these men, Gustav Weler, was later knowingly executed by guards as part of a disinformation strategy and his corpse was found by Allied forces who initially believed it to be Hitler. However, the British surgeon and historical writer W. Hugh Thomas reported in his 1996 book “Doppelgangers” that Gustav Weler was found alive after the war and that Allied troops interviewed Weler following Hitler’s death.

Fidel Castro
Stories have long been circulated that the Cuban dictator used dopplegangers to counter foreign assassination plots. In '634 Ways to Kill Castro', the documentary film revealed many CIA attempts to kill Cuba's leader from exploding cigars, poisoned wetsuits, femme fatales, LSD radios, and poison fountain pens.

According to Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, a former member of Castro’s elite security team, he confirms the use of decoys in a tell-all book, 'The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Body Guard to El Lider Maximo'. However, his stories involving the use of decoys describe times when the Cuban leader was in recovery over an illness. In 1983, Sanchez realized Castro was ill when the leader wandered into the garage “with a stain on his rear end.” It turned out to be a cancerous ulcer in his intestine. While Castro was convalescing for months, a body double was used. In 1992, Sanchez again discovered Castro was ill when he saw him in the garage with blood staining his behind. Sanchez does not know, however, what the illness was. A body double was again used.

George W. Bush
According to Joe R. Reeder, the under-secretary for the United States Army, he confirmed that George W. Bush has used a decoy.

Joseph Stalin

Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is alleged to have had a double, identified only as "Rashid". Officials at the KGB allegedly learned that Rashid was a "double" for Stalin and employed him to replace Stalin for some public functions after World War II. Rashid spent two years studying with Alexei Dikiy, an actor who played the role of Stalin in propaganda films. Rashid claimed there were other Stalin lookalikes employed by the KGB, although he never met any. He claimed to have heard of another Stalin double who was hired to live in the dictator's dacha outside of Moscow in the late 1940s and 1950s when Stalin was dying. This double filled in for Stalin for media events and at times when Stalin had to meet government functionaries and others. Rashid died in 1991, aged 93.[12]

In 2008 another one of Stalin's doubles came forward, having written a book about his adventures as a political decoy. The Putin government gave Felix Dadaev permission to tell his story at age 88.[13] He appeared in a 2014 documentary about Stalin's last days on German television.[14]


Rudolf Hess

In 1973, British military surgeon Hugh Thomas was called upon to examine Rudolf Hess at Spandau prison, Berlin. Thomas was acquainted with Hess's medical records, which included a set of notes on a major wound Hess sustained during World War One. This was left by a rifle bullet passing through his torso, breaking two ribs, collapsing a lung and producing unavoidable entry and exit wounds on the chest and back.

Thomas did not find any such scarring on the man's body and therefore came to the belief that the man was not Hess, since (in Thomas's words) "The torso cannot lie."

Thomas also records other differences: eye colour, hair texture, bone structure, dentition, and Hess's chin, which (as can be seen from the photographs featured in this entry) appeared to lose its symmetry after his flight to Britain.

In his 1979 book The Murder of Rudolf Hess, Thomas set out a theory in which Hess had originally been impersonated by another German acting under the orders of Goering. This double had then flown to Britain in Hess's place and ended up in prison. Much of Thomas's theory is, by his own admission, tenuous or unclear. However, his original observation about the lack of a scar remains tantalising. Critics of this theory suggest that Thomas simply missed the scar when he examined Hess [9].

In 1997, it was again alleged that Hess had been replaced with a double. This time, the claimants were a military historian and a former British intelligence officer. Their claim, apparently based on contemporary documents, was that Hess had been killed after landing in Britain and 'doubled' by British intelligence. [10]



Saddam Hussein

In 2003, German television network ZDF broadcast claimed that Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein was frequently replaced with doubles for TV appearances. This analysis was based on sophisticated measuring techniques, which detected discrepancies in the position of Hussein's facial features and blemishes from appearance to appearance. It was supported by the opinion of Jerrald Post, the man who created the CIA's Psychological Profile Unit.[22] It was also alleged that Austrian politician Jörg Haider had actually met a double when he thought he was meeting Hussein.[23]

This claim is however disputed. Dr Ala Bashir, Saddam Hussein's former personal physician stated "The stories about Saddam Hussein having body doubles, to foster the impression that the Iraqi dictator was everywhere, are nonsense."[24]


Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Perhaps the most famous political decoy, soldier M. E. Clifton James successfully impersonated General Bernard Montgomery ("Monty") for intelligence purposes during World War II.[6]

In 1940, James acted in an Army production called When Knights Were Bold and his photograph appeared in an Army newspaper with a remark about how much he resembled General Montgomery.

As a result, he was approached by actor David Niven in May 1944. Niven, then a Colonel in the Army Kinematograph Section, told James he was wanted to impersonate "Monty", as this would allow Montgomery to be somewhere else, thus confusing the Germans.

James had to learn Montgomery's gestures, mannerisms, gait and voice and had to give up smoking.

Because James had lost his right-hand middle finger in the First World War, a realistic replacement was made.

Even his wife had to be deceived and was both kept in the dark and sent back to Leicester. Once he was trained, his trip as "Monty" was to Gibraltar and from there to Algiers. "Monty's" presence succeeded in confusing the Germans in regard to the invasion plans.

James was later the subject of a biopic called I Was Monty's Double starring James himself in (of course) the double role as Monty and himself.

The second (and less famous) "Monty's Double", Keith Deamer Banwell,[7] was serving with the land-based Long Range Desert Group.

Banwell was captured in a raid on Tobruk, but with a friend managed to steal a German vehicle and escape. During a subsequent raid on Crete he was taken prisoner at Heraklion and put under the personal supervision of former world heavyweight boxing champion Max Schmeling, who was serving in the German Army.

Banwell and a few of his comrades managed to slip away from their captors and then acquired an assault landing craft. With the help of some Cretan fishermen they made their getaway, but the craft ran out of fuel and drifted for nine days before reaching the North African coast. The privations of this voyage put Banwell in hospital for 12 weeks.

When he had recovered, someone noticed that he bore a resemblance to General Montgomery. It was decided that he participate in deception ploys, and so Banwell was sent to Cairo to meet Montgomery, given the appropriate clothing, insignia and General's badges and sent on trips around the Middle East to confuse enemy spies.

However, as he was considerably taller than Montgomery, he was told that on no account should he get out of the car. Banwell, finding the assignment boring, sought a return to the infantry.[8][9]


Lee Harvey Oswald

The impersonation of Lee Harvey Oswald has featured in various John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories since Richard Popkin published the The Second Oswald in 1966.[17] The theory states that two people — one the son of Marguerite Oswald and a second who was a imposter groomed by the CIA or some other powerful and secret organization — lived as Oswald for about ten years prior to the assassination of Kennedy.[17] John Armstrong, a contractor and oilman from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been described as "the leading proponent" of the "two Oswalds" theory.[17] According to Armstrong, some of the evidence pointing to an Oswald impersonator includes witness reports that contradict the Warren Commission's report and a 1960 memo in which J. Edgar Hoover stated "there is a possibility that an impostor is using Oswald’s birth certificate".[17] He has claimed that most of the evidence pointing to an Oswald impersonator was ignored, suppressed, or withheld by investigators and/or the FBI.[17]

Conspiracy critic Vincent Bugliosi wrote: "The way the conspiracy theorists have it figured out, if the sightings were truly of Lee Harvey Oswald, the things he was doing, or the people he was with, were of such a nature that they went in the direction of a conspiracy. And if the sightings were not of Lee Harvey Oswald, since it could be proved he was somewhere else at the time, then this means there was a Second Oswald, someone impersonating him, which again goes in the direction of a conspiracy."[18]


Pope Paul VI

It has long been claimed that Pope Paul VI was impersonated during the last years of his pontificate. Contemporary commentators pointed to what appeared to be height discrepancies during balcony appearances at St Peter's Square.

It has also been noted that after 1975, Pope Paul's facial appearance changed markedly. One photo comparison appears to show a disappearing birthmark on the Pope's left cheek [27]. Another photographic comparison shows that the Pope's alleged 'double' apparently had a narrower cranium, a fatter face, a shorter nose, larger eyes, slightly more hair and a wider jaw [28], although these photographs were taken years apart and the changes may be byproducts of the aging process. More difficult to dismiss are apparent differences in the shape of the Pope's ear and nose, also visible [29][30].

A voiceprint analysis of Paul reciting the Orbi et Urbi blessing on two different occasions has also been cited as evidence indicating impersonation [31].

Theories about why the Pope might have been impersonated range from the dramatic (imprisonment of real Pope by evil Cardinals) to the mundane (a chronic health condition preventing public appearances). Many religious fanatics have put forward claims which involve such esoteric theological concepts as the antiChrist, the Third Secret of Fatima, etc [32].

Osama bin Laden
Aside from Joe R. Reeder going on record to say that Osama bin Laden had a decoy, the implementation of this particular gambit is up for debate. In the absence of confirmed sightings of the terrorist figurehead, many sources openly speculated that videotaped messages from bin Laden were in fact recordings of a double - either as part of a "frame-up" operation, or as part of a strategy of deception on bin Laden's part.

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<![CDATA[22 Cringey Times Candidates Lost Control of the Conversation]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/2016-candidates-losing-control-of-the-conversation/jacob-shelton
If the 2016 presidential candidates are good at one thing, it’s being derailed by everything from inanimate objects, to protesters, and even other candidates while they try to get their point across. For viewers, the 2016 election cycle has been one of the most exciting, if not harrowing, elections in recent memory. Most people would blame all the excitement on Donald Trump, who’s managed to maintain his stranglehold on the conservative party despite his unpopularity with its leaders, but he’s not the only candidate who’s decided to let their freak flag fly. Either because of, or in spite of Trump’s WWE attitude towards the campaign cycle, there seems to have been more mudslinging and name calling in 2016 than in any other year. In fact, during some of the larger GOP debates it felt like Chris Christie was going to crack a steel chair over Marco Rubio before cutting to a promo about how he’s the champion of New Jersey. This list compiles some of the most cringeworthy moments of the 2016 candidates losing control of the conversation.

Some of these videos of candidates letting their campaigns completely spiral out of control are so hard to watch that you’re going to need to take a break and maybe watch kitten cuddle party to break up the nonstop train wreck footage that’s assembled before you. And if you’re worried that this mess isn't being bipartisan enough, don’t worry, there's plenty of footage of Hillary and Bernie losing their cool and completely shutting down, too.
22 Cringey Times Candidates Lost Control of the Conversation,

Donald Trump
At a Trump Rally in Vermont, The Donald could never really build up his momentum of hatred because of all the dang protesters. So instead of talking about birth certificates or whatever he ate that morning, he decided to point out the protesters in the strangest game of whack-a-mole ever.
Hillary Clinton
While giving a speech at a private fundraiser, Clinton was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters over her support of a bill that would bring down the hammer on inner city gang members. Clinton tries her best to handle the situation, but she comes off more like an angry step-mother than someone trying to engage with constituents.
Ted Cruz
While arguing with Ted Cruz about whether or not he's a conservative, Donald Trump interrupted Cruz to call him a liar, and a "nasty guy."
That Time Jeb Bush Tried to Get Tough
Poor Jeb Bush, he can't even puff up his chest to Donald Trump without the bad boy billionaire swatting him away like a fly. Better luck next time, Jeb.
Chris Christie and Marco Rubio Argue About Whose Record Is Worse
At a HUGE GOP debate in February 2016, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pulled out his claws and got into a cat fight with Senator Marco Rubio about their respective political pasts. The cherry on top of this awful sundae comes when Rubio mentions that Christie didn't even want to go back to his home state after a snow storm that wrecked New Jersey.
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Argue with 8th Grade Spanish
Ted Cruz took us all back to junior high when he tried to prove how tough he would be on immigration. How'd he do it? By throwing Marco Rubio under the bus for giving an interview in Spanish. Rubio commented that Cruz doesn't even speak Spanish and then Cruz started yelling in Spanish like he was in the kitchen of an El Pollo Loco.
Bernie Sanders Tries to Handle Black Lives Matter Protesters
At a campaign rally in Seattle, Sanders was immediately derailed by a small group of Black Lives Matters protesters who rushed the stage saying that either they speak or the rally was being shut down. Sanders let the protesters speak their peace before getting on with his rally.
Donald Trump Tells His Security to Get Protesters the Hell Out of There
Donald Trump, hero of the working man, has his personal security throw a protester out who interrupted him mid-speech, just like anyone else would.
Ted Cruz Freaks Out on a Moderator
At a CNBC GOP Debate, Ted Cruz really tried to pump up his whole "Conservative Superhero" thing by arguing with the moderators about asking him lame questions.
Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Clash Over Cruz's Birth Certificate
At the Fox Business Debate (whatever that is!) Ted Cruz responded to Donald Trump questioning his citizenship and after making some sort of case for naturalization, these two fellows got into a real dust up over what it truly means to be an American.


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<![CDATA[The Most Loved American First Ladies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/crowdranked-list/the-most-loved-first-ladies-in-us-history
The most loved First Ladies in the history of the US are also some of the most respected and most powerful women in the world. They may have first become known for being married to the President of the United States, but many of these most respected First Ladies of the US carved out their own place in American society and gained the respect of the American public through their political and charitable efforts to the point where many of them became First Ladies who overshadowed their husbands.

Who was the best First Lady? Some of these famous First Ladies are known for their involvement in their husband's presidency (Hillary Rodham Clinton), others are popular for their humanitarian efforts (Eleanor Roosevelt), and some for their commitment to American citizens (Michelle Obama). Regardless of why, these First Ladies of the US are all near and dear to the hearts of American citizens (sometimes more than their President husbands) and have ranked among some of the most well-known citizens in the US.

Who is the most loved First Lady in the US? Who are the top First Ladies in the history of the US? What qualities does the most loved First Lady possess? These are some of the questions this list of the most loved First Ladies hopes to answer. Make sure to vote up the best First Ladies so they can make it to the #1 spot on this list of the most loved first ladies in US history. These women are the most influential First Ladies in American history and deserve your consideration!
The Most Loved American First Ladies,

Abigail Adams

Barbara Bush

Betty Ford

Dolley Madison

Eleanor Roosevelt

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Laura Bush

Mamie Eisenhower

Martha Washington

Nancy Reagan


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<![CDATA[The Hottest US Presidents, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hottest-us-presidents/carly-kiel
Ladies: It's time to rank the hottest US Presidents of all time. The leader of the free world is a powerful man, and sure, power is attractive. But which of these guys would be sexy without the the ability to veto laws? This gallery will show you pictures of all of the POTUSes of the past, with photos when available and oil paintings when not. It also features each President in his prime, before the tolls of the job claimed his metabolism, youthful glow, and lustrous hair (unless he was one of the guys who always wore a powdered wig, in which case he looks old in all of his portraits). Who was the hottest American President? Vote up the ones who get your red white and blue blood flowing and your pantaloons in a twist.

While it may be difficult to separate personal politics from lusts of the flesh, try to be objective here. This list is only about raw physical appearance, not anyone's stance on abortion or the Tea Act of 1773. Consider that many of these brilliant and charming men were also athletes and military veterans. Actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan was even nicknamed "The Gipper" after playing a strapping young football star in a 1940 film. At 42, JFK was famously the youngest man ever elected to the White House, but did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was 86 days younger when he assumed office following the assassination of William McKinley? Did you?? Also, 47-year-old Grover Cleveland - who was both the 22nd and 24th President - married a 21-year-old while in office, so make of that what you will.

Rutherford B. Hayes looked like he could break your heart. A colored photograph of Ulysses S. Grant shows him looking a little like Michael Fassbender. College-age Richard Nixon is a dead ringer for Harvey Keitel. On the other end of the spectrum are some pretty doughy old dudes who may not have ever made it if their faces had been plastered all over magazines and TV (cough Martin Van Buren). Vote and rerank to make a definitive list of all the US Presidents, ranked most handsome to fugliest.

The Hottest US Presidents, Ranked,

Barack Obama
44th President

In office January 20, 2009 - present


Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th President

In office January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961


Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President

In office March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945


George H. W. Bush
41st President

In office January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993


George W. Bush
43rd President

In office January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009


John F. Kennedy
35th President

In office January 3, 1953 – December 22, 1960


Richard Nixon
37th President

In office January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974


Ronald Reagan
40th President

In office January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
 


Rutherford B. Hayes
19th President

In office March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881


Theodore Roosevelt
26th President

In office September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909



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<![CDATA[Corrupt Reagan era Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-reagan-era-politicians/lstone
List of corrupt Reagan era politicians with photos where possible. Reagan administration corruption at its source. These are politicians with criminal records; they have been found guilty in a court of law. The United States is a republic, which means law is king. To be a politician and convicted of breaking the law then is to be corrupt. Fortunately for these politicians, most of them seem to have dodged the political graveyard, and many disgraced politicians have managed to rebound. Criminal politics is nothing new, and fortunately some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, our lawmakers should support the law more-so than any of us. Some of these politicians have been in prison. Perhaps if they hadn't done the crime they would have stayed out of trouble.
Corrupt Reagan era Politicians,

Alcee Hastings
Soliciting a Bribe.
Caspar Weinberger
Perjury and Obstruction of Justice.
David Durenberger
Unethical Financial Transactions and Misuse of Public funds.
Deborah Gore Dean
Perjury, Conspiracy, Bribery. Sentenced to 21 months.
Elliott Abrams
Withholding Evidence.
Frank Thompson

George V. Hansen
Failing to file out Disclosure Forms. Served 15 months.
Donald E. "Buz" Lukens
Bribery and Conspiracy.
Frederick W. Richmond
Tax evasion and Possession of Marijuana. Served 9 months.
Dan Flood
Bribery.

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<![CDATA[Corrupt Republicans]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-republicans/lstone
The Republican party is no stranger to corruption, as this list of corrupt Republicans (with photos where possible) proves. These are Republican politicians with criminal records; they have been found guilty in a court of law. Since the United States is based on the rule of law, it's crucially important that it's political leaders uphold the laws of the land. But some of our trusted leads went from beloved figures to crooked politicians in no time. Some even became actual Republican criminals!  Fortunately for these politicians, most of them seem to have dodged the political graveyard, and many disgraced politicians have managed to rebound.

Criminal politics is nothing new, and fortunately some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, our lawmakers should support the law more-so than any of us. Some of these politicians have been in prison. Who are the most corrupt Republicans? This list takes a look at those members of the GOP who disgraced the party.
Corrupt Republicans,

Andrew J. Hinshaw
Accepting bribes. Served 1 year.
Bernard Kerik
Tax Fraud and Lying to the Federal Government. Sentenced to 4 years.
Bill Janklow
Second-Degree Manslaughter. Sentenced to 100 days.
Caspar Weinberger
Perjury and Obstruction of Justice.
Catalina Vasquez Villalpando
Obstruction of Justice and Tax evasion.
Richard Nixon
Watergate.
Brian J. Doyle
Seducing a Girl on the Internet. Sentenced to 5 years.
Albert Fall
Bribery. Served two years.
Buzz Lukens
Bribery and Conspiracy.
Charles R. Forbes
Bribery and Corruption. Sentenced to 2 years.

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Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:44:52 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-republicans/lstone
<![CDATA[Corrupt Democrats]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-democrats/lstone
Disgraced politicians come in all shapes and sizes. No matter what your political affiliation, this list of corrupt Democrats proves that no party is safe from corruption. These are Democratic politicians with criminal records; they have been found guilty in a court of law. The United States is a republic, which means law is king. So to be a politician and get convicted of breaking the law is to be utterly corrupt. Fortunately for these politicians, most of them seem to have dodged the political graveyard, and many disgraced politicians have managed to rebound.

Criminal politics is nothing new, and fortunately some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, our lawmakers should support the law more-so than any of us. Some of these politicians have even been in prison. If politicians in jail don't make you want to give up on the whole democratic process, perhaps nothing will.
 
Who are the most corrupt Democrats? This list takes a look at all disgraced Democrats who have gotten in trouble with the law, so we can find them (and shame them) all in one place.
Corrupt Democrats,

Albert Bustamante
Accepting Bribes.
Alcee Hastings
Soliciting a Bribe.
Andrew J. May
Accepting bribes. Sentenced to 9 months.
Barbara-Rose Collins
Violations of Law and House rules.
Carroll Hubbard
Illegally funneling Money.
Charles Diggs
Mail fraud and Filing false Payroll Forms. Sentenced to 3 years
Rod Blagojevich
Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison following for corruption including the soliciting of bribes for political appointments including the 2008 vacant U.S. Senate seat of then-President-Elect Barack Obama.
Sandy Berger
Unlawfully removing Classified documents.
Austin Murphy
Voter Fraud.
Bertram Podell
Conspiracy and Conflict of Interest. Served 4 months.

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Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:44:57 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-democrats/lstone
<![CDATA[The Top 8 Tea Party Candidates Ranked By Sanity]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-8-tea-party-candidates-ranked-by-sanity/ariel-kana
Here are the worst, craziest and most "out there" Tea Party candidates from around the country from the 2010 midterm elections, ranked from Craziest to Least Crazy.
The Top 8 Tea Party Candidates Ranked By Sanity,

Rand Paul
Through his famous quote that "the fundamental reason WHY MEDICARE IS FAILING is WHY THE SOVIET UNION FAILED -- socialism doesn't work",

Paul has also made the dubious mistake of referencing the 1964 Civil Rights Act in a negative light.

Paul suggested that he wouldn't have voted for the act. Okay, how is this relevant? Does it matter?

Well, it did once he said the reason for doing so is because the law would force private business owners to serve people of all races. To take years of civil rights work and flush down the toilet is sheer lunacy. To campaign about it is almost unbelievable.

But to really understand Paul, one only needs to look at the debate between himself and Jack Conway. Or should I say, verbal abuse.
Christine O'Donnell
This woman really needs no introduction. Our favorite Wicked Witch of the [East] has made more headlines than any of the actual debates this election season.

Famous for her 90s televised appearances promoting anti-masturbation on the basis that masturbation = adultery, O'Donnell has also discredited evolution and prompted conspiracy theories that scientists are creating rats with human brains.

And in the video to your right, as a comeback to her opponent's listing all the things he believes are wrong with O'Donnell campaign, she taunts him with a "you're just jealous that you weren't on Saturday Night Live."

And she laughs at her own joke. Burn. To her opponent... and the world.
Ezell Harris
Most likely this guy is a former Tea Party member and for good reason. Harris found himself being arrested for drug trafficking.

In his campaign, Harris said, "Prescription drugs have replaced cocaine and other illicit substances as the leading cause of drug abuse deaths in Florida, a new study says. Despite this, the state has no prescription drug monitoring program, and the authors of the study say Florida must do more to curb the abuse of legal medication."

Not exactly helping his own campaign policies, is he?
Joe Miller
He's from Alaska and Sarah Palin backs him up. That should be more than enough to incite a few fears in the voting public.

Miller also carries the notion that he should only be allowed to answer questions he wants to answer.

And the media should be disallowed to ask any questions candidates don't want to answer, thus eradicating the whole point of the first amendment.

But they best not mess with Joe Miller.

Recently, an Alaska Dispatch editor was arrested for trying to ask questions following a town hall meeting. He tried to approach Miller, but Miller's bodyguards threatened to arrest him for trespassing, even though they were on public property. Regardless, the editor was handcuffed and held until police arrived. You can see on the video to your left what might of happened had police never arrived.

This man is terrifying; especially when he says this about having guns at his rallies, "It's not unusual in political rallies, it's not unusual in parades, to see that type of thing".
Kristi Noem
Nothing really major has been reported in her campaign. The only blemishes she carries are parking violations. And she has said, "obviously, I'm not proud of my driving record, but I've been working hard to be a better example to young kids and young drivers out there." That can be taken as admirable.

But when your driving record includes more than 20 speeding tickets, 3 stop sign violations, 2 seat belt violations, no driver's license, 6 notices for failure to appear in court, and 2 arrest warrants, it kind of questions the ability of this woman to serve in the House of Representatives.

Sharron Angle
You might remember her as the "what was really a lemon situation into lemonade" woman. Even placed in context (counseling young pregnant rape victims), the comment still raises eyebrows. And it never considers the fact that she doesn't believe abortion should be offered to rape and incest victims. On the counseling front, this is a fail.

She is also eager to abolish the Department of Education (which tends to handle awareness about teen sex, by the way) and eliminate social security, along with anyone who supports it, judging by her treatment of her opponent Harry Reid. Scary.
Michele Bachmann
Among her resume:

-Declaring that "all cultures are not equal"
-Instigating a swine flu conspiracy. How? By exposing the link that the last two epidemics have occurred under liberal presidents
-Saying "Gay marriage is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understanding that." Yup, I don't understand the grammar either.
-Believing carbon dioxide is not harmful because no studies have been conducted on the matter.

She even refused to fill out the census.

Currently running in Minnesota against challengers to her incumbency: Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee Tarryl Clark and Independent Candidate Bob Anderson.
Richard Iott
Imagine campaigning and including military history as one of your personal hobbies to appeal to the American public. Great, right?

Well... not in Richard Iott's case. You can be as passionate about re-enacting military history as you want, but if you ever run for office, please just don't mention that your reenactments include dressing up as a Nazi officer for many, many years before your campaign.

And don't blame the thing as an attempt to stir up "father-son" bonding. Not only could it be interpreted as condoning the actions of the n***s, but it also doesn't work if the kid quit years ago "due to loss of interest."

Check out Chris Matthews' analysis of the situation.

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Mon, 18 Oct 2010 07:18:56 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-8-tea-party-candidates-ranked-by-sanity/ariel-kana
<![CDATA[The Best Logos in the 2016 Presidential Election]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/2016-election-logos/loganrapp
A candidate's considered their options, heard from their supporters, and has finally decided to run for president in 2016. What's next? Well, designing a campaign logo is definitely high on that list! A candidate's logo is one of the simplest, most effective ways in getting one's message out and creating brand recognition for the 2016 presidential election. This list compiles all the logos of each declared candidate!

Furthermore, we've dug into comments that some designers have made, questioning the efficacy of each presidential candidate's design. Each logo plays into the personality of its candidate, shaped by who they are. Some are big and loud, others are simple and direct, and some... well, some just don't quite make a lot of sense to most peopl, but supporters may totally get what's going on! That's the interesting part of these logos - sometimes they're made for someone else!

No matter what political stripe you are, there's plenty to enjoy with this list of 2016 presidential logos. Take a look at what the candidates have chosen and vote up the best and most effective campaign logos below!
The Best Logos in the 2016 Presidential Election,

Bernie Sanders
With "nice, light, almost cheerful" colors, designers appreciate Bernie Sanders's simple approach to his logo. Some don't particularly like "title gimmicks," which we'll interpret to mean the star over the "i."
Bobby Jindal
It's a funny look because Js are funny letters, but it has a great sense of color, and Bobby Jindal's taking a wide use of the color blue, which is odd for a red state governor. 
Jeb Bush
As a graphic, many graphic designers agree that Jeb Bush has a serviceable logo, but the typography leaves many scratching their heads. Really, it's been largely the same logo since 1994, when he ran for governor.
Jill Stein
Jill Stein's logo was received with a bit of a head scratch. It's a very bold choice for the Green Party candidate to not use the red, white, and blue aesthetic for her presidential campaign.
Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee's bid for president is already considered a long-shot, and the logo revealed seems to be aiming right for the middle - keeping the blue of his party, a simple round design and his name in a sans-serif font.
Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Graham's logo is tiny, doesn't integrate with his website, and doesn't have a larger version for the web. Not surprising, given the man doesn't get on the Internet at all.
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio's logo perplexed design experts. Folks find the picture of America dotting the "i" odd, particularly since it doesn't have Alaska and Hawaii, also noting simply that the US map is "clunky," which makes the logo clunky.
Mike Huckabee
With a tagline of "From Hope To Higher Ground," it's not crazy to think of Mike Huckabee's logo as a direct contrast, a "reactionary logo," to Obama's "hope" and "change" narrative.
Rick Santorum
A continuation of his 2012 graphic with the red eagle, designers seem to find this logo to be efficient and competent. With equal weight to both of his names, he avoids his "Google problem." (Link is NSFW.)
Ben Carson
The distortion of the A in Dr. Ben Carson's has its promoters and detractors, turning the second word into "'Merica," a popular refrain. Its simplicity has been praised as well.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:34:52 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/2016-election-logos/loganrapp
<![CDATA[Longest Speeches in History]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/longest-speeches-in-history/etriplett
"Wait, wait there's more" Muamar al-Gaddafi and his long speech really made news. Since he spent 96 minutes talking to the UN General Assembly about everything from the UN Security Council to Swine Flu to his individual theories about Lost, I decided to compile a list of other lengthy orators. Enjoy.
Longest Speeches in History,

Edward Everett
Edward Everett delivered a 13,607 word speech, clocking in at 2 hours to a distinguished crowd at Gettysburg in 1863, just to have every word immediately forgotten when President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous three minute address just moments later. Lesson: It's not how much you say, it's what you say.
Fidel Castro
Fidel's thrilling speech on "The Denouncement of Imperialism and Colonialism" is the longest speech given before the UN General Assembly, lasting almost 4 1/2 hours. Castro is known for his beard and his lengthy interminable speeches, the longest clocking in at 7 hours and 10 minutes from the 1986 Communist Party Congress. I wonder if he just tells stories about Che Guevara and how wild and crazy those revolutionary times were.
Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom almost beat Hugo Chavez's record for longest speech when he gave his state of the city address. The mayor of San Francisco spoke on familiar environmental themes, and was only 30 minutes short of beating Chavez's record of 8 hours. Next time, Gavin, do a little song and dance number. Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight is over 15 minutes long.
Hugo Chávez

Joseph Stalin
In Stalin's defense (wow I never thought I'd start a sentence with that phrase) he only spoke at length when delivering Central Committee reports at Congress. And in these reports he had to address economical, political, cultural and foreign policy developments and predictions of f*ture happenings for the next 10 to 20 years. So it's understandable that speeches would drag on and on. Oh if you wanted to leave during the speech, that's cool. You'd just be arrested the next day, even after one account of an 11 minute standing ovation. That's a lot of sore hands.
V. K. Krishna Menon

Muammar al-Gaddafi
Muammar al-Gaddafi should have spent at least 20 minutes talking about his fashion trends, because that would have been more interesting. Seriously, have you seen the way this man dresses? (http://www.csmonitor.com/photosoftheday/index.php?image=1&date=specials/gaddafi_fashion/) I wonder if he just rambled on because no one would let him pitch his tent. Now, I speak about five phrases in Arabic, and I can't write or read it, but this picture of his notes ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2009/sep/23/muammar-gaddafi-photos?picture=353360891 ) doesn't make it seem there was a lot there. So he's good at improvising. Still at 96 minutes, Gaddafi is about 3 hours behind Fidel Castro, who holds the record for longest speech given before the General Assembly.


William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison holds the record for giving the longest and deadliest inauguration speech. He spoke for about two hours braving the weather on that cold and rainy day, wearing neither an overcoat nor a hat. Actually, he is not brave, but rather, an idiot, because he died of pneumonia 31 days later. But he's in the history books for 1) longest inaugural speech and 2) Shortest Presidency. Way to go, William Hank.

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Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:10:47 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/longest-speeches-in-history/etriplett
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Quotes: Hilarious Hillary-isms]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hillary-clinton-quotes-hilarious-hillary-isms/notable-quotables
'One more pantsuit joke and Letterman disappears' ranks number one among all Hillary Clinton gaffes or Hillary-isms as you could call them. We could easily change it to 'One more statement by Hillary Rodham Clinton and hopes of her being intelligent disappears.' Read a collection of funny Hillary Clinton quotes from her 2008 presidential campaign, her years in the Senate, time as the First Lady along husband Bill Clinton and her time since all of the above.

Hillary Clinton's speeches and her statements in front of other types of audiences are very different from the ones made before television cameras and newspaper reporters. Unlike other female politicians like Sarah Palin for example, Hillary Clinton makes people laugh because she is funny, not because she has crazy ideas (although who doesn't look some good Hillary Clinton jokes?)

Though it was not enough to secure her the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, these quotes show that Hillary Clinton is both an educated politician and a real person who is ready to take on all that get in her way, even herself.
Hillary Clinton Quotes: Hilarious Hillary-isms,

Hillary Clinton on Power
"In my White House, we will know who wears the pantsuits."

On the role her husband would play in her administration
Hillary Clinton on Settling Differences
"This has been a very hard fought race. We need to do something so that our party and our people can make the right decision. So I have a proposal: today I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl off. A bowling night right here in Pennsylvania. Winner take all. I'll even spot him two frames. It's time for his campaign to get out of the gutter and allow all of the pins to be counted. And I'm prepared to play this game all the way to the tenth frame. and when this game is over the American people will know when that phone rings at 3am they'll have a president who's ready to bowl on day one. So let's strike a deal and go bowling for delegates. We don't have a moment to spare."
Hillary Clinton on George Bush
"I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Newman is in charge in Washington."

Describing President Bush's attitude toward tough issues with Newman's catchphrase "What, me worry?"
Hillary Clinton on Republicans
"You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President's motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges."
Hillary Clinton on David Letterman
#1: "One more pantsuit joke and Letterman disappears."

The #1 item from Hillary Clinton's Top Ten Campaign Promises, which she presented on the Letterman show
Hillary Clinton on Hill-Force One
"em>"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome aboard the maiden flight of Hill-Force One. My name is Hillary and I am so pleased to have most of you on board. FAA regulations prohibit the use of any cell phones, Blackberries, or wireless devices that may be used to transmit a negative story about me."


Playing flight attendant aboard her campaign plane
Hillary Clinton on Rudy Giuliani
"Frankly, Mr. Mayor, I think your new hairstyle is the right way to go. After all, in Washington, the coverup is always worse than the truth."

To Rudy Giuliani, after he gave up his combover
Hillary Clinton on Forgiveness
"In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart."
Hillary Clinton on Bill Clinton
"If I didn't kick his ass every day, he wouldn't be worth anything."

On Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton on Making News
"If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."

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Wed, 16 Jun 2010 01:28:07 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/hillary-clinton-quotes-hilarious-hillary-isms/notable-quotables
<![CDATA[The 14 Most Awkward Dancing Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-11-most-awkward-dancing-politicians/keaton
Politicians dance. It's part of the job description. Campaigning is about convincing voters that you are smart and capable enough to lead them, but it's also important to show people that you are "one of them." Just a regular gal or guy who can relate to the problems facing the everyday, average person on the street. For some reason, this inevitably involves busting a move to some popular or culturally-significant song.

Unfortunately, politicians don't TYPICALLY train for this sort of thing early on. It's de-emphasized when compared to, say, having a position on the issues with wide appeal, or surrounding one's self with capable advisors, or cultivating a really nice, thick head of hair. So even a cursory YouTube search will reveal a WHOLE LOT of clips of politicians embarrassing themselves by wiggling along with popular tunes.

Below are the Top 10 Most Awkward Politician Dance Videos. Tread carefully... you've been warned...
The 14 Most Awkward Dancing Politicians,

Antonio Villaraigosa
During the 2007 Chabad Telethon, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appeared (in the spirit of mitzvah!) to help with the fundraising efforts. Somehow, by his calculations, this involved doing a weird Israeli folk dance (sometimes called the Yemenite dance) that involves bouncing around in place and flailing one's hands around. I have to say... it does look pretty exhausting. Villaraigosa's lucky he didn't plotz!
Barack Obama
Our coolest President to date, Barack Obama, has been known to publicly dance on several occasions. 
Boris Yeltsin
Is Boris Yeltsin engaging in a popular Russian folk dance, or doing his best impression of the Martin Short "Ed Grimley" character from "Saturday Night Live"? It's honestly a bit hard to tell...

Yeltsin's successor - Vladimir Putin - is also rumored to be quite a snazzy dancer, though somehow, he's managed to keep all the clips of him in action off of YouTube. Possibly through KGB connections. We can't be sure.
Colin Powell
Otherwise known as "The only clip more embarrassing to Colin Powell than his infamous UN address."

Seriously, to those Americans too young to vividly recall the Macarena craze, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. America for a time was gripped by a collective insanity leading to this song/dance becoming massively, non-ironically popular for a time, with a fervor that's hard to fully comprehend now that it has passed.
Dmitry Medvedev
Wait, actually, the Russian President has some serious dance moves!
George W. Bush
A number of clips of President Bush doing silly dances surfaced during his campaigns and administration. He's just kind of a silly man. Silly dances seemed to come naturally. (More on this in a bit.)

But perhaps no video of Bush shaking his groove thing became more infamous than this selection from Malaria Awareness Day, 2008. Here's Bush, at the White House, performing a traditional African dance in SUCH an alien, other-worldly fashion, it almost looks like he's not fully in control of his limbs.
Hillary Clinton
First up, here's the former First Lady getting what she later described as "a pretty good workout" at a West Philadelphia community center.

The dance itself - an amalgam of swaying and head-bobbing that resembles the sort of pattern any middle-aged white lady might put together extemporaneously - wouldn't really be so bad if it weren't for that big, ear-to-ear grin HilRod wears plastered all over her face for the entire session. It's like The Joker and your great-aunt Bernice had a love child which has now been invited to wear a red blazer and attend a catered affair.

And now, a bonus clip from the 2009 Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (or AGOA) dinner, in which Hillary performs a traditional African dance. If you ever wanted to see the Secretary of State get low... here's your chance:


Karl Rove
The yearly TV/Radio Correspondents Dinner is a chance for members of the press and the politicians they cover to get together and destroy any semblance of journalistic integrity. NO! I mean, it's a chance for them to hang out and enjoy one anothers' company in a relaxed, entertaining environment. Yeah, that's the ticket.

At the 2007 event, a comedian invited Bush advisor Karl Rove, "Meet the Press" host David Gregory and a few other notables on stage for an impromptu hip-hop performance. The result was every bit as painful as it sounds, like Rove bopping and bouncing along to a ludicrous rap song called "MC Rove," the lyrics of which explore his love of killing small animals. (No, seriously. That's what the song's about.)
Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama has been using her "Let's Move!" campaign to encourage young people to be more healthy and active. As part of her outreach efforts, she's also graciously agreed to personally start teaching classrooms of kids how to Dougie. (Well, they keep asking SOMEONE to teach them... it's about time an adult took a bit of initiative.)

Michelle's variation looks a lot - to me - like the Roger Rabbit as opposed to the Dougie. Which, of course, is the dance Nancy Reagan used to teach us when I was but a lad... Those were the days.
Rick Perry
This clip of Perry celebrating Hannukah 2010 with a collection of rabbis started making the Internet rounds in the Fall of 2011, even earning a coveted spot on "The Daily Show" Moment of Zen. It's hard to even put into words the look of extreme discomfort and uncertainty on Perry's face throughout this entire clip. He has about as much confidence doing a traditional Jewish dance as he would performing a traditional Jewish bris.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2011 05:51:50 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-11-most-awkward-dancing-politicians/keaton
<![CDATA[The Most Outrageous Rick Santorum Quotes]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-outrageous-rick-santorum-quotes/pilgrimsprogressive
The most outrageous Rick Santorum quotes express the often controversial and far-right viewpoints of Republican Presidential Nomination hopeful Rick Santorum. Between speaking to students, televised debates and high-profile interviews, Rick Santorum has never been shy about explaining his often extreme views on issues like gay marriage, abortion, birth control, international relations, religion and the economy.

The attorney and United States Senator from Pennsylvania was nearly unknown on a national level prior to 2011 when he threw his name in the hat for the GOP nomination for the 2012 US presidential election. Once Santorum opened his mouth however his often controversial views on the topics made him the top story on news programs and newspaper headlines almost instantly.

While campaigning, Santorum polarized voters with his positions on highly debated topics. As a strong opponent of abortion, contraception and marriage equality under all circumstances, Santorum became the favorite of strict Christian conservatives and the most hated by liberal opponents.

From comparing gay marriage to bestiality, urging rape victims to "make the most" of their gift from God to hinting that he'd outlaw any sexual relations with any other purpose than procreation, the most outrageous Rick Santorum quotes are all loaded ones to say the least. Just as the controversial Michele Bachmann quotes and the ridiculous Sarah Palin quotes put both of those politicians at the front and center of the discussion, the far-right viewpoints and controversial quotes from Rick Santorum have done the same.
The Most Outrageous Rick Santorum Quotes,

Rick Santorum on War with China
You know, Mitt [Romney], I don't want to go to a trade war, I want to beat China, I want to go to war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business.
Rick Santorum on Marriage Equality
If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.

Is anyone saying same-sex couples can't love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?

[Gay marriage] threatens my marriage. It threatens all marriages. It threatens the traditional values of this country.
Rick Santorum Compares Gay Marriage to Terrorism
[Gay marriage] is an issue just like 9-11… We didn’t decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to. It was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusetts version of the law? -- Quote from Think Progress. Video depicts a different Santorum discussion of gay marriage.
Rick Santorum on Conservatives
We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do. So our colleges and universities, they’re not going to be on our side.
Rick Santorum on Global Warming
Drill everywhere... There is no such thing as global warming.

I refer to global warming as not climate science, but political science. A lot of these environmental sciences are just that – political sciences. They have nothing to do with… real understanding of how we have to value both the environment and its impact on man and the world.
Rick Santorum on Barack Obama's Muslim Connection
I think the Democrats are actually worried he (Obama) may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims.
Rick Santorum on Mormonism
Would the potential attraction to Mormonism by simply having a Mormon in the White House threaten traditional Christianity by leading more Americans to a church that some Christians believe misleadingly calls itself Christian, is an active missionary church, and a dangerous cult?
Rick Santorum on Abortion
I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created-in the sense of rape-but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. [Rape victims should] make the best of a bad situation.

I believe that any doctor that performs an abortion, I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion, should be criminally charged for doing so.
Rick Santorum on Women in Combat
I think that could be a very compromising situation where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved.

I was talking about men’s emotional issues; not women. I mean, there’s a lot of issues. That’s just one of them. So my concern is being in combat in that situation instead of being focused on the mission, they may be more concerned with protecting someone who may be in a vulnerable position, a woman in a vulnerable position.

You throw on top of that just simply physical strength and capability and you may be out there on a mission where it's you and a woman and if you're injured, the ability to transport that person back. And you know, there's just, there are physical limitations. Women have served and do serve and do wonderful things within the military and... they do have opportunities to serve in very dangerous positions. I mean, they serve in very dangerous positions. And I certainly understand that and respect that and admire women for doing so, but I think on the front line of combat is not the best place and it’s not maximizing what they can bring to the table.
Rick Santorum on Evolution
There are many on the left and in the scientific community, so to speak, who are afraid of that discussion because oh my goodness you might mention the word, God-forbid, "God" in the classroom, or "Creator," or that there may be some things that are inexplainable by nature where there may be, where it’s better explained by a Creator, of course we can’t have that discussion. It’s very interesting that you have a situation that science will only allow things in the classroom that are consistent with a non-Creator idea of how we got here, as if somehow or another that’s scientific. Well maybe the science points to the fact that maybe science doesn’t explain all these things. And if it does point to that, why don’t you pursue that? But you can’t because it’s not science, but if science is pointing you there how can you say it’s not science? It’s worth the debate.

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<![CDATA[RINOs in the Wild]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rinos-in-the-wild/mike-rothschild
Being dubbed a "Republican in Name Only" is every conservative's worst fear. The label of RINO will instantly turn the most ardent Republican defensive, making them assert their right wing credentials louder than anyone else.

With so many Republican candidates running for president in 2016, it's inevitable that some will be called RINOs by their opponents and those who support others. But is it accurate? After all, it wasn't that long ago that Donald Trump openly talked about his friendship with Hillary Clinton. What about candidates like John Kasich and Lindsey Graham, who have worked with Democrats for years in Congress? Or Ben Carson, who appeared out of nowhere as a Republican candidate?

Vote up the Republicans you think are the most likely to be RINOs.

RINOs in the Wild,

Carly Fiorina

Chris Christie

Donald Trump

George Pataki

Jeb Bush

John Kasich

Lindsey Graham

Marco Rubio

Mike Huckabee

Ted Cruz


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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:16:17 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rinos-in-the-wild/mike-rothschild
<![CDATA[26 Politicians Who Were Assassinated]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-who-were-murdered/celebrity-lists
Unfortunately, many prominent politicians have been assassinated due to political and personal reasons. Several famous presidents, mayors and senators have been murdered. Most of these politicians were killed because of their political stances, but some were murdered because of a beef with someone they knew. One famous politician was killed during an assassination attempt of a president-elect.

Who is the most famous politician who was murdered? John F. Kennedy tops our list. John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963, at age 46, after being shot in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination. His brother Robert F. Kennedy died on June 6, 1968, at age 42, after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, at age 56, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

Anton Cermak died on March 6, 1933, at age 59, after being shot during an assassination attempt on President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Harvey Milk died on November 27, 1978, at age 48, after being shot by supervisor Dan White in San Francisco. George Moscone was also killed in that same attack.

Why do you think that so many politicians were murdered? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
26 Politicians Who Were Assassinated,

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, at age 56, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

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Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk died on November 27, 1978, at age 48, after being shot by supervisor Dan White in San Francisco.

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Huey Long
Huey Long died on September 10, 1935, at age 42, after being shot at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

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Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi died on October 31, 1984, at age 66, after being shot by two of her own bodyguards.

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James Strang
James Strang died on July 9, 1856, at age 43, after being ambushed by a group of 40 men.

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John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963, at age 46, after being shot in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination.

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Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy died on June 6, 1968, at age 42, after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles.

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Spencer Perceval
Spencer Perceval died on May 11, 1812, at age 49, after being shot the lobby of the House of Commons.

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William McKinley
William McKinley died on September 14, 1901, at age 58, after being shot in New York.

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Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin died on November 4, 1995, at age 73, after being gunned down in Tel Aviv.

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<![CDATA[25 Famous Black Female Politicians Who Are Great Role Models]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/black-female-politicians/celebrity-lists

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it's undeniable that these black female politicians are impressive individuals. Many famous black female politicians have served in the U.S. House of Representatives while other black women politicians have served as mayors. Many top black female politicians got their start in the civil rights movement.

Who will you find on this list of notable black female politicians? Condoleezza Rice made history when she became the first female African-American Secretary of State in 2005. She held the office – serving under George W. Bush – until 2009. First Lady Michelle Obama is also an incredibly popular black female politician, thanks to her stance on issues including children's health and poverty awareness. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives for New York from 1969-1983. Other women featured on this roundup of top black female politicians include Kamala Harris, Carol Moseley Braun, and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Which black female politician do you think has had the biggest impact on history? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


25 Famous Black Female Politicians Who Are Great Role Models,

Angela Davis

Angela Davis was involved in the civil rights movement and was associated with the Black Panther Party. In the 1980s, Davis ran for Vice President twice on the Communist Party USA ticket.


Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was a politician from Texas who served in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives in the late 1960s and 1970s. Among her many accomplishments, she was the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.


Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice has held many offices, most notably as Secretary of State from 2005-2009.


Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley blazed many political trails in New York. She was the first black woman to serve in the state's senate, the first female borough president of Manhattan, and the first black woman to serve as a federal judge.


Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.


Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader who held the vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.


Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris has been the Attorney General of California since 2011.


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama worked as a lawyer before her husband, Barack Obama, began his political career. She served as First Lady of the United States from 2009-2017, championing issues including children's health and support for military families.


Patricia Roberts Harris

Patricia Roberts Harris held many offices in the Carter Administration, including that of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.


Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives for New York from 1969-1983. Chisholm was also the first black candidate – and woman – to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.



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<![CDATA[22 Famous Transgender Politicians From Around the World]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-transgender-politicians/lgbt

The transgender community has fought for increased visibility and equal treatment around the world. The politicians on this list know that struggle firsthand – and as their nationalities prove, the trans experience isn't geographical. Some famous transgender politicians have held office in the United States, while other notable trans politicians have served in elected positions internationally. Many of the most famous transgender politicians have passionately advocated for LGBTQ rights.

Who will you find on this list of notable transgender politicians? Georgina Beyer lands in the top spot. Beyer is the first openly transgender person in the world to hold a national office, serving as a member of Parliament in New Zealand. In 1984, she had gender reassignment surgery to transition from male to female. She worked tirelessly as a champion for LGBT rights until she retired in 2006. Aya Kamikawa is Japan's only openly transgender politician, and Cambridge mayor Jenny Bailey and her partner, Jennifer Liddle, are both transgender women. Other trans politicians include Jamie Lee Hamilton, Jennifer Gale, and Kim Coco Iwamoto.

Which transgender politician inspires you? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.


22 Famous Transgender Politicians From Around the World,

Aya Kamikawa

Aya Kamikawa is Japan's only openly transgender politician. "My goal is to send a message to others, to educate them about people like me. Listen, transgender people are never going to be 100 percent accepted in society, but people need to understand that we exist, and I intend to do that by getting to know people in my local community," she said.


Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer is the first openly transgender person in the world to hold a national office, serving as a member of the New Zealand Parliament. In 1984, she had gender reassignment surgery to transition from male to female. She worked tirelessly as a champion for LGBTQ rights until she retired in 2006.


Jenny Bailey

Cambridge mayor Jenny Bailey and her partner, Jennifer Liddle, are both transgender women. "I'm proud that I managed to get through something which was quite difficult and managed to come out of it a better person. I certainly do not want it to eclipse being mayor," she said.


Shabnam Mausi

Shabnam Mausi is the first transgender person in India to be elected to public office. She is also a trained classical dancer.


Micheline Montreuil

As a politician and activist, Micheline Montreuil has fought for transgender rights in Canada and beyond. She said, "For a transgender, it is a long path that may never end; she is not in such hurry because she is discovering herself step by step. So, like me, a transgender may change slowly, year after year, as long as she wishes it. I still have not ended my path."


Jennifer Gale

Jennifer Gale ran for public office in Austin on several occasions. Sadly, she was found dead of a heart attack outside a Salvation Army in 2008. She wasn't allowed inside the facility because she was a transgender woman with male genitalia. EMTs on the scene believe that the freezing temperatures outside may have provoked her heart attack.


Jamie Lee Hamilton

Jamie Lee Hamilton is the first trans person to ever run for office in Canada. She also sits on the board of directors for the Greater Vancouver Native Cultural Society.


Amanda Simpson

Amanda Simpson is the highest-ranking openly transgender appointee in American history. She has served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Operational Energy since 2015.


Kim Coco Iwamoto

Hawaiian Civil Rights Commissioner Kim Coco Iwamoto previously served on the Board of Education. "I wanted to be on the Board of Education because I wanted to advocate for students," she said. "This was never about me as an individual. It's always been about me and how I can serve the community."


Althea Garrison

Althea Garrison has run for several public offices as both a Republican and a Democratic. She has never publicly talked about her trans status, but public records show that she officially changed her name to be "consistent with [her] appearance and medical condition" in 1976.



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<![CDATA[List Of Executed Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/list-of-executed-politicians/notable-famous-deaths
List Of Executed Politicians: Here is a list of the well-known politicians, executed by law. For these politicians, death penalty put an end to their shameful life. Capital punishment is banned in some places, yet people believe that these executed politicians deserved to die this way. Most of these politicians with capital punishment dreamed of leaving a lavish life, but had fatal ends.

Many of the politicians on this list did something to end up here. For example, former Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini landed on this list of executed politicians for his role in turning Italy into a fascist state. If that wasn't enough, the prime minister teamed up with Germany to create the Axis that pitted the two nations and Japan against United States, Great Britain, France and others in World War II. Needless to say, when he was caught and executed in 1945, the West wasn't too upset.

On the opposite end, Louis XVI was a casualty of the French Revolution. The gulf between the rich and poor in France grew during his time as king and when the people finally captured him, he was beheaded and his conviction of treason. Another executed politician who wore the crown was King Charles I of England. Like Louis XVI, Charles was convicted and executed for treason during a civil war.

Same goes for Saddam Hussein. It's hard to believe, but Hussein was executed for his crimes against the Iraqi people in 2006. It seems like yesterday that American forces found hiding in a manhole, but he's the most famous recent politician to be executed. 

Many of the executed politicians on this list did one thing or another to anger the people they governed. Whether it was horrible, oppressive policies or tipping the balance in favor of the rich, the politicians for one reason or another deserved to be executed.

You can sort this list by any column and give your opinion about giving capital punishment to politicians.
List Of Executed Politicians,

Benito Mussolini
1945
Ion Antonescu
1946
Marie Antoinette
1793
Mary, Queen of Scots
1587
Maximilien de Robespierre
1793
Saddam Hussein
2006
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
1979
Nicholas II and family
1918
King Charles I of England
1649
King Louis XVI of France
1793

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<![CDATA[The Most Popular Democrats That Were Once Republicans]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-popular-democrats-that-were-once-republicans/jennifer-lee
There's no shortage of flip-flopping in politics. These popular current Democrats were at one time proud and active members of the Republican Party. Democratic politicians from all across the US, have changed their mind and flipped sides of the isle for one reason or another. This is a list of the most popular names in Democratic Party, members who were former members of the other major party in the US, the GOP.

The list includes former ultra-Liberal House of Representative Michael Forbes. Also, in this list is former & f*ture Alabama candidate for Governor and NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, who was a registered Democrat who converted over to the Republican Party in 1995 and again in 2008. We can’t forget Mr. Flip-Flop, former long-time Republican Senator Arlen Specter and who was ousted as a Democrat in 2009 and then voted out office in 2011.

This list of famous Democrats who were once Republicans might be shorter than the list of Republicans who were once Democrats but it still includes some popular names. Switching political affiliation dates back a few centuries as judges and governors looked to win influence over their representatives and senators to gain political power across the isles of Congress and in their districts. Vote for who you think is the most influential Democrat that used to be a Rep. And if you find a popular democrat who isn't featured, add him to the bottom of our list and rank ‘em up!

The Most Popular Democrats That Were Once Republicans,

Arlen Specter

Barbara Hafer

Charlie Crist

Henry A. Wallace

James E. Webb

Joan Finney

John Lindsay

Judi Dutcher

Mark DeSaulnier

Teresa Heinz Kerry


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<![CDATA[The Most Useless US Vice Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/most-useless-vice-president/mike-rothschild
What person in their right mind would want a job that its holders have described as "not worth a bucket of warm piss," something that "is nothing, but may be everything," and "splendid misery?" Ask any of the 47 Vice Presidents of the United States. It was a position that initially had absolutely no responsibilities other than breaking ties in the Senate, and stepping in for the President should he die. And when that actually happened, it wasn't clear if the vice president was ACTUALLY the president. 

Such a position is ripe for uselessness, lack of accomplishment, abuse of "power," and general embarrassment. Some vice presidents did their minuscule duties quietly and efficiently. Others had short and useless terms because they either assumed the presidency after a quick death, or themselves died quickly. But a select few have been utter fiascoes - politicians who not only accomplished nothing, but actively damaged the presidents they were serving under, joining the ranks of the worst vice presidents in American history.

A trawl through the most useless vice presidents finds a little of every type of embarrassment. Treason? Check. Scandal? Lots of it. Utter inability to do their job? Constant. Being kept out of the loop of major decisions? Virtually all of them. Bringing humiliation on the Executive Branch? Oh, yes. And even a murder! You'll find them all among the most useless vice presidents in US history.

The Most Useless US Vice Presidents,

Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr was noted for being an even-handed president of the Senate, and very nearly won the office of President himself in 1800. But he was involved in two scandals that marred the office for decades, deeply embarrassing President Jefferson, and landing Burr on a very short list of the worst vice presidents in history.

The first, and far more famous, is when Burr murdered fellow Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in an illegal duel - while serving as vice president. Burr fled to South Carolina when he was charged with murder, but eventually came back to Washington to finish out his term. Then, two years after his vice presidency, he was arrested and tried for treason for his attempt to raise an army to invade Mexico and start a war with Spain. The trial ended in acquittal thanks to a lack of witnesses (though the jury made it clear they believed Burr was guilty), and Burr was ruined.

Dan Quayle
With little of note in his background, Indiana Senator Dan Quayle was seen as unqualified for the position of vice president. He'd go on to prove that over and over during George H.W. Bush's term in office, constantly embarrassing himself and the administration with bizarre gaffes - a penchant that began in 1988 when he was crushed in the vice presidential debate.

Quayle's butchering of the English language was so legendary that it's virtually impossible to differentiate between his real gaffes and fake ones. But two truly stuck in the American zeitgeist, ruining his career, and massively embarrassing Bush. The first was his bizarre attack on the TV series Murphy Brown, and the other was his public botched spelling of the word "potato" by insisting to a 12 year old that it had an "e" at the end. Quayle later insisted that he did, in fact, know how to spell the word, but the school gave him flash cards that had it incorrectly spelled, and he didn't want to make them look bad.

The completely useless vice president slunk off into obscurity, and other than a brief run at the Republican nomination in 2000, has never run for office again.

Henry A. Wallace
The strange vice presidency of Henry Wallace couldn't have come at a worse time - during the middle of World War II. Wallace, a dabbler in mysticism and fan of fad diets, garnered fervent opposition from conservative Democrats, who saw the former Secretary of Agriculture as a big-government Utopian. In fact, Wallace's selection nearly prompted a revolt at the 1940 Democratic Convention, with Roosevelt declaring he'd decline the nomination for President if Wallace was voted down as his vice-president. Even then, he barely won a majority of votes.

Wallace spent the war feuding with other cabinet officials and getting hoodwinked by Soviet propaganda. At the 1944 Democratic Convention, Wallace was dumped in favor of Harry Truman, as Democratic bosses felt Wallace was too eccentric and liberal to assume the presidency in light of Roosevelt's declining health. Truman received 90% of the vote, and less than three months after assuming the office, assumed the presidency.

John C. Breckinridge
The youngest vice president in history, the 36-year-old Breckinridge wasn’t actually a terrible vice president – just a treasonous one. He was elected to the legislature of Kentucky in 1859 – while still the vice president. After James Buchanan’s one term, he ran for the Democratic nomination against Abraham Lincoln. When he lost, he announced his support of slavery and secession.

The Senate charged him with treason, and expelled him. So, he joined the Confederate army as a brigadier general. After actively fighting against the Union for the entire war, Breckinridge became the highest ranking Confederate official to evade capture, fleeing to Cuba, then Europe.

John C. Calhoun
Calhoun's uselessness began when he offered his support to BOTH candidates running in the 1824 election, and when John Quincy Adams won, Calhoun was duly elected as his VP. An ardent supporter of slavery, Calhoun was a key player in the Nullification Crisis, which nearly gave one state the power to overturn federal law. Later, as Andrew Jackson's VP, he ripped apart the cabinet by turning the Secretary's of War's wife into an object of public ridicule. Jackson was so disgusted that he forced Calhoun to resign.

John Tyler
Tyler's uselessness as vice president was mostly by default. He only held the office for a month before William Henry Harrison died of an illness he contracted during his insanely long inauguration speech.

However, as the first vice president to ascend to the presidency, Tyler was held in such low standing that legislators weren't even sure if he was actually the president, or a caretaker. The subsequent "Legitimacy Crisis" left Tyler kicked out of his own party, and facing impeachment three different times.

Richard Mentor Johnson
Johnson's claim to fame before becoming Martin Van Buren's vice president was personally killing the Shawnee chief Tecumseh. Johnson was so gleeful over the killing that he campaigned for vice president with the slogan "Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson Killed Tecumseh."

It apparently worked, as he won (despite one state's Democratic legislators refusing to vote for him), and proceeded to sponsor an expedition to the North Pole so Americans could drill into the center of the earth. He later took almost a year-long leave of absence to run a tavern in Kentucky, due to his being wiped out by the Panic of 1837.

Johnson added so little value to the Van Buren ticket that Van Buren ran for president again in 1840 without a running mate.


Spiro Agnew
Agnew was mostly an unknown when Richard Nixon tapped him to be his vice presidential nominee in 1968. Despite initial opposition, Agnew became one of the public faces of the administration, giving numerous speeches as the voice of Nixon's "silent majority." But soon, animosity between the two men grew, and Nixon openly spoke of punting Agnew from the ticket in 1972 - joking that nobody would shoot him because then they'd get Agnew for president.

Agnew's downfall came in 1973, when he was indicted on tax evasion, fraud, bribery, extortion, and conspiracy. He'd taken massive bribes as Governor of Maryland, and after his indictment, pled no contest, quickly resigning the vice presidency. In his later years, Agnew blamed Nixon for bringing the charges into the public as a distraction from the Watergate scandal, and the two men never spoke again.

Ironically, if Agnew had been able to stay in office, he would have indeed become president, as Nixon resigned 10 months later.

Thomas R. Marshall
A glib jokester, Marshall was intensely disliked by most Washington power players, and had a functional animosity with President Woodrow Wilson. Marshall, who never really wanted the job, spent Wilson's first term avoiding any semblance of work, then traveled around during World War I giving patriotic speeches. He held cabinet meetings when Wilson was in Europe, but made it clear that he had no authority to act.

But the high point of Marshall's uselessness came in October 1919, when Wilson was cut down by an incapacitating stroke. It wasn't clear if Wilson could still function as president, and conventional wisdom would have held that Marshall should have stepped in. But he was consistently kept out of the loop on the president's condition - primarily because Edith Wilson couldn't stand him. Marshall refused to take on the role of Acting President, as the procedure for Wilson taking power back wasn't clear, and he didn't want to appear disloyal or overly ambitious. With Wilson out of action and Marshall refusing to pick up the mantle, It fell to Edith to carry out her husband's duties as un-elected president for the rest of his second term - a blatant abrogation of Marshall's sworn duties.

The result of Marshall's malaise and the confusion over who was actually in charge was that the Senate never ratified the League of Nations treaty - leaving the international body virtually powerless.

William R. King
King was useless by default, as he died just six weeks after being sworn in. He’d been suffering from TB during the election, and died on his Alabama plantation – leaving the office vacant once again. He's the only vice president to ever take the oath of office in another country, and never set foot in Washington during his tenure.


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<![CDATA[The Absolute Worst Congressional Candidates for Women]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-absolute-worst-congressional-candidates-for-women/sarakate
There are candidates who are pro-life, whose views may prevent them from condoning abortion, but who still manage to maintain a certain respect for women. Not enough to give women complete control over their own bodies, but not as dismissive as these Congressional candidates. The candidates listed here take contempt for women to a completely different realm. Most of the people listed here want to outlaw some forms of birth control. There are multiple candidates whose ignorance of biology and women's bodies lets them say that rape rarely, if ever, results in pregnancy. Another equated an out-of-wedlock pregnancy with rape, since both shame the woman's father. Other candidates rant against abortion and yet cut funding for childcare or neglect to pay child support for their own children--both choices which make women's lives more difficult. And some made it onto this list due to their complete antipathy for women; they accuse any woman who stands up for herself of being un-ladylike, as though women should always behave as if attending a cotillion in 1952. Cast your vote here for the worst candidate of all for women!
The Absolute Worst Congressional Candidates for Women,

Eric Cantor

George Allen

Michele Bachmann

Paul Ryan

Pete Hoekstra

Rick Berg

Spencer Bachus

Steve King

Todd Akin

Jim Renacci


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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:44:19 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-absolute-worst-congressional-candidates-for-women/sarakate
<![CDATA[The Hottest Politicians You'd Definitely Vote For]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-hottest-politicians-you_d-definitely-vote-for/chris-abraham
Although they're powerful and help run the world, female politicians have historically never really been viewed as sexy. Thankfully, the ladies listed below are extreme exceptions, with beautiful looks that would never lead you to believe they work in government. These are the sexist politicians in the world, as voted on by the Ranker community.

Some of these government officials are so hot that they actually used to be models or showgirls, so don't be surprised if you fall in love while looking through this list. Vote up women you find irresistible, and downvote the ones whose looks wouldn't sway you in a real election.   
The Hottest Politicians You'd Definitely Vote For,

Alina Kabaeva
Alina Kabaeva is a Russian Olympic Gold Medal winner turned politician. As of 2005, Alina has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia, but that doesn't mean she isn't still viewed as a sex symbol. In 2011, she was even featured on the cover of Vogue Russia, solidifying that she's definitely one of the sexiest politicians in the game. 
Eunice Olsen
How many politicians can say they were the winner of the Miss Singapore Universe pageant in 2000? Only one: Eunice Olsen. This beauty from Singapore was made a Nominated Member of Parliament in 2004, making her the youngest ever at age 27.
Eva Kaili
Born in 1978, Eva Kaili is considered to be one of the most loved politicians of the new generation of Greece. Her beautiful looks probably didn't hurt her in being elected to Greek Parliament either.
Julia Bonk
Julia Bonk is a German politician who is known for something unique. When she was elected to Lantag of Saxony, Bonk was only 18 years old, making her the youngest member of any parliament in German history. Who knows how hot she'll be when she's older, but for now, Julia is definitely someone you'd want to "bonk."
Luciana León
Luciana León is a politician from Peru who has been named one of the hottest politicians in the world. She also holds a law degree from the University of Lima, so don't think she's just another dumb blonde. 
Maria Rosaria Carfagna
It's hard to imagine Maria Carfagna wouldn't be on this list, considering she's a politician who used to be a showgirl and a model. After receiving a law degree and working a stint of modeling jobs, Carfagna finally entered politics in 2004 and instantly became one of the hottest politicians on the planet.
Orly Levy
Just like Italian politician Maria Carfagna, Orly Levy is a former model and television personality. The Israeli beauty became a member of the Knesset for Likud Yisrael Beiteiu in 2009, when she was only 45 years old.
Elizabeth Halseth
Elizabeth is a former Republican Politician from Nevada who is the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Nevada Legislature. Who knew politicians could be so young and sexy?
Nikita Klæstrup

Angela Gerekou
Angela Gerekou is Greece’s Deputy Minister for Culture, and she's probably way sexier than your local elected government official.

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<![CDATA[Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rank-president-obama_s-enacted-policies/keaton
Interested in President Barack Obama's policies and political legacy? Check out this Obama policies list, a list of policies passed by Obama, with details and information about each item.

No matter what side of the aisle they are on, there is always a lot of debate about what politicians have done. Here is a list of what President Obama did during his time in office. Vote up the policies that mattered the most in your opinion, and vote down the policies you think were less important or that least improved America.

What are President Obama's best policies? What are his worst policies? These initiatives were chosen because they have been the most discussed. More information on some of these policies can be found here.
Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies,

More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks
Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act
Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell
Bill: S.4023
Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba
*Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval
Created A Tax Credit For Workers
Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.
Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles
New Start Treaty
Authorized Action Against ISIS
Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.

Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement
Antitrust Initiative
Added Additional Security To The Borders
Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.

Increased Access to Presidential Records

Revoked Executive Order 13233, which had limited access to the records of former  presidents.



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Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:18:41 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/rank-president-obama_s-enacted-policies/keaton
<![CDATA[Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 10 Craziest Moments]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/sheriff-joe-arpaio_s-10-craziest-moments/calistylie
Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, is arguably the most interesting, cruel and controversial name in law enforcement. Sheriff Arpaio seems to treat the Maricopa County Jail as his own personal sideshow and publicity stunt. From making his inmates wear pink underwear to forcing a woman to give birth in shackles; here's a list of the 10 craziest things that the man who has cost Maricopa county over $43 million in lawsuits has ever done with his jailing system.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 10 Craziest Moments,

Forces Woman to Give Birth In Shackles
Alma Minerva Chacon, who was detained while 9-months pregnant, was terrorized by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The night she was arrested, Chacon went into labor and rushed to a hospital with her hands and legs chained in shackles.

Nurses begged the Sheriff's staff unchain Alma, but they refused and Chacon was forced to give birth while still shackled to the bed. They even denied the nurse's request to release her to go to the bathroom for a urinalysis.

As if that was bad enough, after Chacon gave birth to her baby girl, she was still chained to the bed, and the police staff refused to let Chacon hold her own newborn baby and warned her that if no one came to pick up the child within 72 hours, the child would be turned over into state custody.
Tent City
Arpaio set up a "Tent City" as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail. Tent City is located in a yard next to a more permanent structure containing toilets, showers, an area for meals, and a day room.

During the summer of 2003, when outside temperatures exceeded 110 °F (43 °C), Arpaio said to complaining inmates, "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents, have to wear full body armor, and they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths." Tent City is criticized by groups contending that there are violations of human and constitutional rights.

In the words of Sheriff Joe himself, "You have been convicted. You're doing your time. Do your time and shut your mouth and do what you have to do."

This is just one of many factors as to why Amnesty International watches this guy like a HAWK.
Jail Operation Changes
Inmates follow strict fashion and lifestyle guidelines: less food, no p*********y, no television and no cigarettes. You know when your parents said "you're grounded forever"? When Sheriff Joe says it, he means it.

Arpaio began to serve inmates surplus food and limited meals to twice daily, at the cost of only 15 cents per meal. He also banned inmates from possessing "sexually explicit material" including Playboy magazine after female officers complained that inmates openly masturbated while viewing them, or harassed them by comparing their anatomy to the nude photos in the publications. The ban was challenged on First Amendment grounds but upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Other prohibited items include cigarettes, and television (see above).

In February 2007, Arpaio instituted an in-house radio station he calls KJOE. Arpaio's radio station broadcasts classical music, opera, Frank Sinatra hits, patriotic music and educational programming. It operates from the basement of the county jail for five days a week, four hours each day. Other uses of this in-house radio station include bedtime story reading, a self-styled literacy program broadcast nightly to the inmates.



Volunteer Chain Gangs
In 1995, Arpaio reinstituted chain gangs. In 1996, Arpaio expanded the chain gang concept by instituting the first female volunteer chain gangs ever. Female inmates are now forced to work seven hours a day (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.), six days a week.

The term volunteer is a little misleading. Being on the chain gang is the only way to get certain priveleges in Sheriff Joe's crazy jail, so it's like saying that every time you're hungry you "volunteer" to eat.
Pink Underwear
One of Arpaio's most visible public relations actions was forcing the inmates to wear old-fashioned prison stripes and pink underwear, which the Maricopa County Sheriff's website cites as being "world famous." Arpaio subsequently started to sell customized pink boxers (with the Maricopa County Sheriff's logo and "Go Joe") as a fund-raiser for Sheriff's Posse Association.

Arpaio's success in gaining press coverage with the pink underwear resulted in introducing pink handcuffs, which were used to promote his book, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, America's Toughest Sheriff. How cute.
Arrested for Clapping
Sheriff Arpaio’s deputies arrested citizens for clapping at a public meeting with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

The citizens, who were there to speak and part of the agenda for the public meeting, were forced out of the room and were not allowed to speak about the issue at hand because they'd expressed a level of enthusiasm that Sheriff Joe and his deputies did not appreciate.

Scroll to about half way through the video to see a woman pleading to have her voice be heard only to have it silenced by the unforgiving arrests of Sheriff Joe's officers.
Arrested News Reporters For Making Him Angry
In 2004, the Phoenix New Times really pissed Sheriff Joe off by publishing his home address in an article about real estate.

Three years later, a Maricopa county special prosecutor served Phoenix Times's corporate parent Village Voice media with a subpoena. When the editors of that local newspaper then printed the contents of the subpoena, Sheriff Joe arrested them on misdemeanor charges.

The case was dropped pretty much overnight, as the subpoenas were not even validly issued.

Since then, the Phoenix Times has published many stories about Sheriff Joe and how he abuses the law enforcement system. These articles have been so expository and revealing that one series of them has even won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

It seems the only real crime they committed in that first act was upsetting Joe and his department.
Juvenile Inmates
15 to 17 year olds sentenced to the county jail for up to one year are placed in a juvenile chain gang, which means that they are bound together at the ankle in groups of five. They wear traditional black and white prison garb as well as the jail's notorious pink underwear.

The juveniles are also required to pick up trash on public streets and bury the relatives of indigent families at the county cemetery. The Sheriff calls the plan "Hard Knocks High."

That's right, they have to BURY DEAD PEOPLE.

He has also instituted the world's first all-juvenile volunteer chain gang, where volunteers can earn high school credit toward a diploma, so it's always a little take a little give with this guy.
Paralyzing a Paraplegic Prisoner
Richeard Post was a paraplegic man, with a colostomy bag, who was arrested for possession of marijuana and trespassing in 1996 by Sheriff Joe's department. Not a very violent, and actually a fairly benign charge, given the breadth of crimes someone could be committing in the Mesa/Phoenix area of Arizona.

For some reason, it was decided by Joe's officers that it was necessary to put Richard Post, a paraplegic man with special needs, in an almost-Guantanamo-Bay-style restraint chair, after he got "unruly" because he pleaded with his captors for need of a catheter with which to urinate.

He spent four hours in the chair begging to be released because a paraplegic's body would most likely suffer very serious injuries if kept in a position like this.

When they heard these cries, Sheriff Joe's department of torturers decided to up the ante a little bit on Richard Post's time in the chair: they tightened the restraints as hard as they could, effectively breaking Richard Post's neck.

They broke a paraplegic man's neck.

Post has since lost much of the use of his arms due to the injury and had to have spinal surgery to remove a vertebrae.

All of this for possession of marijuana and basically calling someone a bad name in a public place.

Quite a few people have actually DIED while in Sheriff Joe's prisons, and attached is a video of a hate crime committed, easily, inside a supposedly "maximum security" prison of his.
Arresting Illegal Immigrants... Himself.
How would you THINK that any amnesty laws would be treated by the man who once said it was an honor to be compared to the KKK?

Arizona passed a law in 2005 making it a felony to traffic illegal aliens across the border to the United States. Since it's already a federal law, most other local law enforcement agencies will just turn any illegal aliens discovered over to federal authorities.

Not Sheriff Joe's department, though. Sheriff Joe's department will not only arrest these illegal aliens, but bring them over to his jail.

Sheriff Joe told the Washington Times "My message is clear: if you come here and i catch you, you're going straight to jail... I'm not going to turn these people over to federal authorities so they can have a free ride back to Mexico. I'll give them a free ride to my jail."

After the Obama administration hit the white house, the Department of Homeland Security removed Arapaio's department's authority to make immigration arrests and ended his ability to "hunt down" possible offenders via racial/vehicle profiling.

After all of this, Arpaio currently states that he will continue to pursue illegal aliens under Arizona state law.

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<![CDATA[Which GOP Candidates Will Be the Best for White Men?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/gop-candidates-white-men/mike-rothschild
2016 Republican presidential candidates have to appeal to women and minorities more than ever. But they also need to remember who their biggest constituency is: white men. GOP candidates are all offering various plans to cut taxes, roll back benefits for the poor, and increase military spending - and these are all things that will enrich the lives of white men, by and large.

While the Democratic Party has gone to great lengths over the last few decades to diversify, the Republican Party really hasn't - and polling numbers from the last few elections bear this out. So will Donald Trump be the best candidate to help keep the patriarchy's grip on the country? Or will it be Marco Rubio? Maybe Carly Fiorina will be best for white men, despite not being a man. Or, maybe they're all equally suited to help white dudes keep on keeping on.

Here's your chance to vote up the GOP candidate running in the 2016 election who will be best for white men. And unlike the real election, you can vote for more than one.

Which GOP Candidates Will Be the Best for White Men?,

Bobby Jindal
Ended campaign on November 17, 2015
Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
George Pataki
Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

Jim Gilmore
Ended campaign on February 12, 2016

John Kasich

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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<![CDATA[Politicians Who Went to Rehab]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-who-went-to-rehab/sirsinister
This is a list of politicians who went to rehab, with photos. Rehabilitation is no joke, yet when a politician enters detox, we can't help but stare. Unfortunately for politicians there is a double standard. When substance abuse affects an ordinary individual it is thought to be the result of stress or depression. With politicians though, we tend to blame their extravagance getting the better of them (and the luxury rehab centers they attend don't help their case).

 As Robin Williams joked, "Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money." That said, alcoholism is a disease, and there are worse things than alcohol, such as heroin, cocaine/crack, and meth. Treatment centers also deal with more than just drug abuse. One can go to the hospital for conditions such as anorexia as well. At the end of the day, we should respect the politicians on this list for seeking the help they needed.

Source -- http://www.nndb.com/detox/492/000042366/
Politicians Who Went to Rehab,

Ann Richards
Former-Texas Governor Ann Richards entered rehab for alcohol abuse in 1980.

Bob Ney
Former-Ohio Congressman Bob Ney checked into rehab for alcoholism after entering a guilty plea to federal corruption charges related to the Abramoff scandal. Ney was accused of taking bribes for political favors.
Karen McCarthy
Missouri Congresswoman Karen McCarthy went to rehab for alcohol abuse in 2003.
Marion Barry
Washington D.C. Mayor went to rehab for drug abuse after he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine in 1990. Though he lost his 1991 re-election campaign, Barry was once again voted in as mayor from 1995-1999.

Mark Dayton
Incumbent Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton went to rehab for alcohol abuse in 1983.

Phil Crane
Former-congressman Phil Crane went to rehab for alcoholism in 2000.  It is believed that he was passed over for the position of Ways and Means chairman because of his addiction.
Wilbur Mills
In 1974, Former-congressman Wilbur Mills went to rehab at the Palm Beach Institute after repeatedly making drunken appearance in the public. He also joined Alcoholics Anonymous.
Drew Lewis
Former Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis entered rehab after being arrested on a DUI in 1995. He also returned to rehab in 2002.
Fawn Hall
Government official Fawn Hall entered rehab for cocaine abuse after suffering an overdose in 1994.

Patrick Joseph Kennedy
Former-congressman Patrick Joseph Kennedy received treatment at the Mayo Clinic to help him overcome an addiction to pain killers. He has since returned to rehab on two separate occasions.

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<![CDATA[The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/first-jobs-of-politicians/mel-judson
This list odd first jobs of politicians will surprise and entertain you. Find out what your favorite (or least favorite) Senators, Governors, and Presidents used to do way, way, way back in the day to support themselves. These are the first jobs these politicians ever had, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rand Paul. Let's just say these odd jobs weren't on the resumes that got them all the way to Capitol Hill.

Which 2016 presidential candidate stayed out late after working the miniature golf course in high school? And which former president used to measure land for farmers at the rate of 40 cents an hour for 10 hours a day? Which other 2016 hopeful once built exotic bird cages?

These weird and surprising first jobs of politicians are ranked here and awaiting your votes. So many politicians had odd jobs before they took office, from food court mall jobs to lifeguard at the pool, what did your Senator do back in the day? Upvote the oddest first jobs of political figures below and let us know about your first job in the comments section!

The Oddest First Jobs of Famous Politicians,

Barack Obama
When President Barack Obama was a teenager, he lived with his grandparents. He also got his first job, which was serving ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu, HI.

Source: 
TIME
Elizabeth Warren
Before Elizabeth Warren was a progressive and feminist hero, she was just a babysitter for the family across the street.

Source: ElizabethWarren.com
Gerald Ford
Before he was Leader of the Free World, he was flipping burgers. President Gerald Ford grilled hamburgers at a local restaurant while he was just a high school student.

Source: CNN Money
Jacques Chirac
Can you imagine the former President of France bussing tables at a HoJo? Try. While paying for Harvard summer school, Jacques Chirac was a busboy and waiter at hotel in the back of a Howard Johnson's. He even earned a certificate of honor "for artistry in making banana splits."
 

Source: The New York Times

Jimmy Carter
Sure, you know all about Carter's peanut farming background, but did you know that in high school he was paid 40 cents an hour to measure land for the government 10 hours a day as a surveyor?

Source: UCSB.edu
Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden has come a long way since his teenage years. Back when Biden was a teen, you could find him in Wilmington, DE as the lifeguard of his local swimming pool.

Source: The Root

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio's first job came from within the family, but don't get too jealous about the nepotism. Long before he was a Senator, Rubio built cages for exotic birds at an import-export company owned by his brother in law.

Source:
POLITICO
Dick Durbin
Dick Durbin's first job came when he had to pay his own way through college. In East St. Louis, Durbin worked long hours in stock yards as a meat packer.

Source: DickDurbin.com
Rand Paul
It's hard to imagine Kentucky Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate Rand Paul working at a miniature golf course. But that was his first job in high school, which he said was "great because I got to stay out late since my parents didn't really know what time the mini golf closed."

Source:
The Washington Post
Robert Andrews - Janitor
New Jersey: your state representative used to be a janitor. Rep. Robert Andrews got his first job in high school, working as a janitor thanks to a summer job-training program through the Department of Labor.

Source: 
The Hill

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<![CDATA[Famous Leaders And Politicians Who Died Of Tuberculosis]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-leaders-and-politicians-who-died-of-tuberculosis/notable-famous-deaths
Here is a list of famous leaders and politicians who died of tuberculosis. The study and treatment of tuberculosis led to the discovery of pasteurization and antibiotics. At its height many politicians were TB patients. The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) disease reported in the United States has decreased each year since 1993. As the general standard of living and medical care improved in the United States, the incidence of death due to TB a.k.a consumption decreased. Here is a full list of all political leaders who succumbed to death as TB victims.

Famous Leaders And Politicians Who Died Of Tuberculosis,

Alexis de Tocqueville
1805–1859
Charles IX of France

Henry VII of England

John C. Calhoun

Louis XIII of France

Louis XVII of France

Madhavrao I

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Simón Bolívar
The liberator of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, died in 1830 of TB.
Wilfrid Laurier


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<![CDATA[Corrupt George W. Bush era Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/corrupt-george-w-bush-era-politicians/lstone
List of corrupt George W. Bush era politicians with photos where possible. George W. Bush administration corruption at its source. These are politicians with criminal records; they have been found guilty in a court of law. The United States is a republic, which means law is king. To be a politician and convicted of breaking the law then is to be corrupt. Fortunately for these politicians, most of them seem to have dodged the political graveyard, and many disgraced politicians have managed to rebound. Criminal politics is nothing new, and fortunately some of these politicians may have committed crimes that had nothing to do with their political careers. That said, our lawmakers should support the law more-so than any of us. Some of these politicians have been in prison. Perhaps if they hadn't done the crime they would have stayed out of trouble.
Corrupt George W. Bush era Politicians,

Bernard Kerik
Tax Fraud and Lying to the Federal Government. Sentenced to 4 years.
Bill Janklow
Second-Degree Manslaughter. Sentenced to 100 days.
Duke Cunningham
Conspiracy to commit Bribery, Mail fraud, Wire fraud and Tax evasion. Sentenced to over 8 years.
Jack Abramoffa
Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal
Larry Craig
Disorderly Conduct in a Minneapolis airport.
Lester Crawford
Conflict of Interest. Sentenced 3 years of Suspention.
Brian J. Doyle
Seducing a Girl on the Internet. Sentenced to 5 years.
John Albaugh

Jim Traficant
Financial Corruption. Sentenced to 8 years.
Lewis Libby
Perjury and Obstruction of Justice. Sentenced to 30 months.

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<![CDATA[30 American Politicians (Allegedly) in the Illuminati]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/american-politicians-in-the-illuminati/mike-rothschild
Virtually every American president, vice president, presidential candidate, and high-level governor or senator is alleged to have some link to the Illuminati. Whether they're a puppet of the cabal or a powerful decision-maker, every one was placed into their position by the Illuminati to advance the group's goals of making more money and consolidating their power.

Here is a list of the most important Illuminati members that have attained prestige and influence in American politics and government-based economics. There are many others, but these are the most important. When it comes to Illuminati politics, there may be no end to their power.

From Barack Obama to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Illuminati members in politics come from all eras and all political parties. Allegedly, the Illuminati has had their hand in elections, appointments, and almost all other aspects of government in America. What other Illuminati conspiracies involve American politicians?  Which of your favorite elected officials might actually American Illuminati politicians? Read through the list of Illuminati in politics to find out.

30 American Politicians (Allegedly) in the Illuminati,

Al Gore
Gore is thought by some to be a major part of the Illuminati’s global warming hoax scheme to make money through green technology. As Vice President, he would have had serious cabal connections and has since turned his environmental crusading into a lucrative second career.

Barack Obama
President Obama is thought by many to have been hand-picked by the Illuminati to either bring down the United States or to usher in a fascist police state through socialist laws and staged conflicts. Virtually every action he has taken has been analyzed for Illuminati influence, with others believing he is either an agent of Satan or the actual Antichrist.

Bill Clinton
An extremely high-ranking Illuminati member, Clinton is thought to have personally killed hundreds of people to stay in power. He has also allegedly been involved in numerous conspiracies. According to NWOtoday, Clinton is “a member of the Skull and Bones Society, Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Rhodes Scholars, and the CFR.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
A prominent member of the high-level Illuminati Roosevelt family, FDR is thought to have played a critical role in the staging and propaganda of World War II, which brought tremendous wealth and power to the cabal. Some believe his death during his fourth term was actually an Illuminati assassination because he opposed using the atomic bomb.

George H. W. Bush
The website NWOtoday describes the elder George Bush as “a self-proclaimed Globalist, is a member of the Bohemian Club, Skull and Bones, CFR, Trilateral Commission, and a 33rd Degree Mason.” He is also a former director of the CIA and has numerous oil company connections. It doesn’t get more Illuminati than that.
George W. Bush
A member of the powerful Bush political dynasty, Bush is thought to have been a high-ranking Illuminati member who played a key role in the September 11th false flag attack (false flag meaning a government's attack on its own country, which many believe was the case with 9/11) and the subsequent Patriot Act and war with Iraq. Bush also has numerous ties to big business, Wall Street, and oil companies.

Gerald Ford
Ford gained infamy for pardoning fellow Illuminati President Richard Nixon, who in turn had appointed him to be Vice President. NWOtoday describes the former president as “a member of the Bilderberg group, the Bohemian Club, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.”

Lyndon B. Johnson
Another Illuminati President, LBJ is thought to have played a critical role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, working with the Mafia, the CIA, and possibly aliens to have JFK “taken out” in an Illuminati ritual sacrifice. He also participated in the deception regarding the Gulf of Tonkin false flag attack, which helped sell the Vietnam War to America.

Richard Nixon
Selected by the Illuminati to ramp up the Vietnam War, Nixon also signed legislation dividing the U.S. into ten federal districts for taxation purposes and appointed many cabal members to key government positions. It’s believed that the Illuminati later turned on him, resulting in the Watergate scandal.

Ronald Reagan
Another U.S. President suspected of being a powerful member of the Illuminati, Reagan was instrumental in supporting the military industrial complex through his acceleration of the Cold War, as well as invading several small countries and implanting microchips in American citizens.

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<![CDATA[9 Conservative Politicians with Gay Kids]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/conservative-politicians-with-gay-kids/ranker-news

When you have a child, it’s your job as a parent to love and support you child no matter what. Many parents struggle with the revelation that their child is gay, partially because of misguided traditional views or because it’s tough to see your kid face prejudice. Nobody seemingly has a tougher time accepting their gay children than conservative politicians.Politicians with conservative views have often put their opinions about gay marriage and other gay rights out in the open. Republican constituents often voted based on these views. So when a child comes out of the closet, many conservative politicians see a change in opinion as potentially harmful to their political career.

 

Many of the politicians on this list have voted to take rights away from their own children by voting for legislation like the Defense of Marriage Act and condemning civil unions. Very few of the politicians on this list changed their minds about the traditionalist views they’d been spreading after their children came out of the closet. Many of the gay children of these politicians have become political activists themselves, fighting against the hate their parents have supported.

 

What conservative politicians have gay children? This list features the supposed-family values politicians with children who are out and proud. 


9 Conservative Politicians with Gay Kids,

Alan Keyes
Alan Keyes is a well-known conservative politician and UN Ambassador who once made headline news when suing Barack Obama in order to challenge his citizenship. He has long since condemned homosexuality, despite having a lesbian daughter, Maya Jean Marcel-Keyes. Marcel-Keyes is now an LGBT advocate.
Barry Goldwater
Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater once had the nickname "Mr. Conservative." His grandson Ty Ross came out as gay, but that didn't change Goldwater's opinions a bit. Ross, however, said his grandfather had no problem meeting his boyfriends.
Dick Cheney
Vice President Dick Cheney has long since been known as a major voice for conservative views. His daughter Mary Cheney is an out and proud lesbian who is married to her partner, Heather Poe. Mary has worked for her father's conservative campaigns for years.
Matt Salmon
Republican Arizona Senator Matt Salmon had long since held his conservative views, including anti-gay legislation that would ban same sex marriage and gay adoption rights. Matt R. Salmon, his son, came out as gay in 2010, with plans to make the Republican party more progressive. Good luck with that!        
Phyllis Schlafly
Conservative political activist, Phyllis Schlafly made her opinions on gay people apparent to the whole world. She opposed the Equally Rights Amendment and many marriage equality platforms, although her son John Schlafly came out as gay in 1992. Schlafly even went as far as to say that her son supported her in everything she does. Guess it doesn't go both ways. 
Rob Portman
Ohio Senator Rob Portman had been a long time opponent of gay marriage. However, once his son Will Portman came out as gay, the Senator changed his position. Unfortunately, the revelation wasn't enough for him to fight for gay marriage, simply not to oppose it any longer.
Sonny Bono
Sono Bono, the former pop singer and Republican mayor of Palm Springs, was supportive of his daughter, Chaz Bono, who has since come out as transgender. However, Bono still voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which stripped rights from gay people.
Marsha Looper
Colorado Representative Marsha Looper accidentally outed her son when her campaign manager sent an email praising her for voting against civil-unions despite having a gay son. The episode upset Looper, whose son never wanted to be outed in public.
Don Coram
Colorado Representative Don Coram greatly disappointed his son, Dee Coram, when he voted against Colorado's civil unions bill. Despite Coram claiming to be proud of his gay son, he said he couldn't bring himself to go against the will of her conservative voters.

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<![CDATA[The Most Trustworthy Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/trustworthy-politicians/mike-rothschild
The most trusted politicians in American history are legendary statesmen and women with reputations for never telling lies, fighting for the downtrodden, backing up their words with actions, always calling their moms, and generally being good people. Others - not so much. Some politicians truly have terrible reputations and most of the public wouldn't trust them as far as they could throw them. Yet, they keep getting elected.

With the 2016 presidential election approaching, and seemingly dozens of people running, let's see how today's most prominent politicians (and people pretending to be politicians, not that we're looking at you, Mr. Trump) stack up. Some people on this list surely are trustworthy and truthful. Others are probably just looking to cash in on book deals and get talk shows. Vote up the presidential candidate, senator, governor or mayor you find to be the most truthful and deserving of your trust! 

The Most Trustworthy Politicians,

Bernie Sanders

Chris Christie

Condoleezza Rice

Elizabeth Warren

Joe Biden

Mike Huckabee

Rudy Giuliani

Rand Paul

Trey Gowdy

Allen West


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<![CDATA[All the Crazy Talk of the First Republican Debate, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/first-republican-debate-2016/mike-rothschild
The first Republican debate heading into the 2016 election (and the "happy hour" event preceding it) gave us 17 candidates talking, arguing, posturing, and selling themselves for nearly four hours. Along the way, they said a lot of things. And many of them were extremely outrageous, provocative, bizarre, or just plain wrong. Sometimes they also stepped over their own words, creating sentences that make no sense in the English language. Crazy talk is a bi-partisan spectator sport: We're not taking sides, we're just pointing out all the nutty stuff these candidates said. This time, they just happen to be Republicans.

Obviously, attention at the Republican debate focused on Donald Trump, and sure enough, the Donald made a number of self-serving and ludicrous statements. But he was far from the only one. From Mike Huckabee outlining the role of the military ("killing people and breaking things") to Jeb Bush's pride over Florida's "choose life" license plates to Ben Carson's number one qualification for being president (spoiler: it's having a brain), the night provided us with lots of fodder for discussion, memes, Tweets, and head-shaking laughter.

Here are some of the most outrageous quotes from the first of many Republican debates in 2016.

All the Crazy Talk of the First Republican Debate, Ranked,

Rick Perry
"Ronald Raven." Kind of cute, no?

Jeb Bush, Short-Term Memory
"Barack Obama became President and abandoned Iraq." Seems like he's forgetting that his brother George signed the Status of Forces Agreement that outlined the American withdrawal from Iraq.

Jeb Bush, Product Placement?
"We were the first state to have a 'choose life' license plate."

Donald Trump, Responding to a Question About Mysogynistic Comments
"I don’t have time for political correctness. What I say is what I say, and honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you."

Donald Trump, Humblebrag
"Most of the people on this stage I’ve given to. A lot of money."

Rand Paul, Take That D.C.!
"I don't want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington."

Donald Trump, Unwavering Faith in America
Elaborating on his claim that Mexico is purposefully sending criminals to the U.S.: "Our leaders are stupid, our politicians are stupid, the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning."

Rand Paul on Government Surveillance
During a screaming match with Chris Christie: "GET A WARRANT! GET A JUDGE TO SIGN A WARRANT!"

Scott Walker, A Son of Anarchy
"I’m a guy with a wife, two kids, and a Harley."

Rand Paul, Awkward...
To Chris Christie: "I don’t trust president Obama with our records! I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead."


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<![CDATA[The Most Ideal Hypothetical Third Party Candidates]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-most-ideal-hypothetical-third-party-candidates/keaton
The 2016 election is still months away, but the races for both the Democratic and Republican nominations have been going since roughly five seconds after the last election. With dozens of primaries on the horizon, a disgruntled candidate from either party throw the whole thing into chaos by announcing a third party run - something that likely wouldn't happen until the nominations are locked up.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has already said he might run on an independent ticket should far-right Donald Trump and far-left Bernie Sanders win. Could someone else throw their hat in the ring? Who should it be? A career politician with a clear, non-partisan vision for where to take the country? Or a true outsider from another profession or industry, who would have a innovative and fresh approach to policy?
 
To make this list, candidates should be eligible to hold the office of President of the United States (so no children, fictional characters, or Arnold Schwarzenegger) and likely to run as an independent third-party candidate. If you think your favorite author, or pundit, or movie star deserves a shot, add them to the list and vote up your favorite suggestions.

The Most Ideal Hypothetical Third Party Candidates,

Allen West

Al Gore

Condoleezza Rice

David Petraeus

Jesse Ventura

Michael Bloomberg

Oprah Winfrey

Rudy Giuliani

Rush Limbaugh

Stephen Colbert


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<![CDATA[The House Representatives Who Are Against Net Neutrality]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/the-house-representatives-who-are-against-net-neutrality/robert-wabash
The Internet is the greatest pool of expression in the history of mankind and yet, people in the House of Representatives are vying to take away the liberty and freedom that makes the world wide web what it is. Here are the individuals who voted against the Federal Communications Commission and its neutral net regulations and their contact information so you, the reader, can contact them and spell out your outrage. Alphabetized by State for your convenience. Click on the words or click "Blog View" to see more details on your Representatives.
The House Representatives Who Are Against Net Neutrality,

Brian Bilbray
R-California

Contact information:

Washington Office
2348 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-0508
Fax: (202) 225-2558

Solana Beach Office
380 Stevens Avenue, Suite 212
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: (858) 350-1150
Fax: (858) 350-0750

https://bilbrayforms.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml
http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBilbray
http://twitter.com/BilbrayCA50
Doug Lamborn
R-Colorado

Contact information:

Washington Office
437 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4422
Fax: (202) 226-2638

Colorado Springs Office
1271 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Suite 110
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 520-0055
Fax: (719) 520-0840

Buena Vista Office
415 Main Street
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 520-0055
Fax: (719) 520-0840

https://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=138
Gary Miller
R-California

Contact information:

Washington Office
2349 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3201
Fax: 202-226-6962

Brea Office
1800 E. Lambert Road
Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-257-1142
Fax: 714-257-9242

http://garymiller.house.gov/Contact/
http://www.facebook.com/RepGaryMiller
http://twitter.com/repgarymiller
Mary Bono
R-California

Contact information:

Washington Office
104 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515
T (202) 225-5330
F (202) 225-2961

Palm Springs Office
707 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste 9
Palm Springs, CA 92262
T (760) 320-1076
F (760) 320-0596

Hemet Office
1600 E. Florida Ave, Ste 301
Hemet, CA 92544
T (951) 658-2312
F (951) 652-2562

https://bono.house.gov/Contact_Mary/ContactForm.htm
http://www.facebook.com/mary.b.mack
Trent Franks
R-Arizona

Contact information:

Washington Office
2435 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4576
Fax: 202-225-6328

Glendale Office
7121 West Bell Road
Suite 200
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-776-7911
Fax: 623-776-7832

https://franks.house.gov/contacts/new
http://www.facebook.com/TrentFranks
http://twitter.com/reptrentfranks
Vern Buchanan
R-Florida

Contact information:

Washington Office
221 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5015
Fax: (202) 226-0828

Sarasota Office
111 South Orange Avenue
Floor 2R, Suite 202W
Sarasota, FL 34236
P | (941) 951-6643
F | (941) 951-2972

Bradenton Office
2424 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 104
Bradenton, FL 34205
P | (941) 747-9081
F | (941) 748-1564

https://forms.house.gov/buchanan/webforms/contact-new.html
http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBuchanan
http://twitter.com/vernbuchanan
Duncan D. Hunter
R-California

Contact information:

Washington Office
223 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5672
Fax: (202) 225-0235

El Cajon Office
1870 Cordell Ct, Ste 206
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 448-5201
Fax: (619) 449-2251

https://forms.house.gov/hunter/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml
http://www.facebook.com/DuncanHunter
Cory Gardner
R-Colorado

Contact information:

Washington Office
213 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4676
Fax: (202) 225-5870

Ft. Collins Office
123 N College Ave., Suite 220
Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 221-7110
Fax: (970) 221-7240

https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Congressman-Cory-Gardner/160924893954206
Jo Bonner
R-Alabama

Contact information:

Washington Office
2236 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone | 202-225-4931
Fax | (202) 225-0562

Mobile Office
11 North Water Street, Suite 15290
Mobile, Alabama 36602
Phone | (251) 690-2811
Fax | (251) 690-2815

Foley Office
1302 North McKenzie Street
Foley, Alabama 36535
Phone | (251) 943-2073
Fax | (251) 943-2093

https://forms.house.gov/bonner/webforms/issue_subscribe.html
http://www.facebook.com/jobonner
http://twitter.com/repjobonner
Edward Royce
R-California

Contact information:

Washington Office
2185 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
T (202) 225-4111
F (202) 226-0335

Orange Office
1110 E. Chapman Ave, Suite 207
Orange, CA 92866
T (714) 744-4130
F (714) 744-4056

https://royce.house.gov/Contact/ZipCheck.htm
http://www.facebook.com/EdRoyce

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<![CDATA[The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bands-named-after-historical-figures/ranker-music

These bands named after a historical figure are from all genres of music – rock, new wave, metal, pop, and hip-hop. There are bands named after politicians, and bands named after notorious killers. Think you know them all? Read over this list, and be amazed at the sheer number of bands represented here!

Most of the historical figure band names on this list are fairly self-explanatory. You know, for example, that the Dead Kennedys took the band name from the storied (and tragically fated) American family. Franz Ferdinand is named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination partially triggered World War I. Rutherford B. Hayes is Dead is both a fact, and the name of a band. Tesla is named after famed inventor Nikola Tesla, and the group Ed Gein takes its name from the real-life notorious serial killer.

Some of the most intriguing bands named after historical figures are tougher to crack. You might not know who Jethro Tull was, but the real-life figure was an agriculturist during the 18th century. The band Jethro Tull’s agent was a history buff, and he came up with it on the fly. It stuck, and the rest is musical history. Some swear that The Hollies got their name from Buddy Holly; others say it was inspired by Christmas holly on a band member’s house. And Asking Alexandria is actually named after Alexander the Great.

Enjoy the list, and be sure to vote for your favorite bands!


The Best Bands Named After Historical Figures,

Dead Kennedys

Franz Ferdinand

Jethro Tull

Paul Revere and The Raiders

Tesla

The Dandy Warhols

The Hollies

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Crazy Horse

Ed Gein


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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:59:52 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/bands-named-after-historical-figures/ranker-music
<![CDATA[Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republicans-who-snubbed-trump-rnc-2016/jacob-shelton
Even before the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) began in Cleveland, OH, there were dissenters in the Republican ranks, those who explicitly stated they wouldn’t be attending. These RNC 2016 snubs oscillate wildly from ex-presidents to senators and former governors who’ve all but given up on democracy. The list of establishment Republicans absent from the 2016 RNC is frankly shocking, as many of these people carried the GOP for the past 20 to 30 years. 

Some Republicans not attending the convention have perfectly valid reasons for why they can’t make it to Cleveland. The rest of the GOP absentees are up to something else - one seems to be setting up a second career as a comedian; another has dumpster fires to check out; many want to distance themselves as much as possible from Trump. Keep reading for a handy primer on establishment Republicans who snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC.

One of the biggest coups for GOP members boycotting the convention is the absence of the Bush family. A Bush not attending the RNC is like Big Bird not showing up on Sesame Street, and makes the convention seem a bit like a ship without a captain. To make matters worse, many of the guest speakers scheduled to talk in Cleveland have nothing to do with politics - Scott Baio, for instance. Only time will tell whether this psychedelic media circus of an RNC proves to be an aberration of the new direction of the GOP. In the mean time, take a look at the most shocking no-shows for the 2016 Republican National Convention, and vote up those that most surprise you. 
Establishment Republicans Who Snubbed Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC,

Jeb Bush

After carrying himself with the guarded professionalism of a career politician for most of the election cycle, Jeb Bush unleashed a vitriol-fueled op-ed on Trump one day before the convention, writing, "[Frustration with American politics] have given rise to the success of a candidate who continues to grotesquely manipulate the deeply felt anger of many Americans. Trump's abrasive, Know Nothing-like nativist rhetoric has blocked out sober discourse about how to tackle America's big challenges."

He finished his screed with a major revelation - "I haven't decided how I'll vote in November -- whether I'll support the Libertarian ticket or write in a candidate."

In 2012, Jeb was a key speaker at the RNC. 


John Kasich
Maybe you know the name John Kasich because Donald Trump put him on blast during a Republican debate ("His poll numbers tanked, that's why he's on the end."). You may also know he's the governor of Ohio. That's right, John Kasich isn't attending the convention taking place in his own state. As governor, Kasich is officially responsible for overseeing the deployment of the National Guard and state troopers at the RNC. Instead, the governor is keeping busy speaking at an NAACP gathering in Cincinnati, where Hillary Clinton is also speaking. A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said Kasich is "embarrassing his state."
John McCain
Of all major establishment Republicans, John McCain seems most likely to win the title of the anti-Trump. Imagine a world in which he took the stage at the convention to argue for his brand of conservatism, especially after Trump lambasted McCain's service in Vietnam, during which the Senator was tortured.

“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said.

Alas, McCain stayed in Arizona during the RNC, to focus on his own race. When asked if thought the presumptive Republican nominee could drag down the rest of the party with him, McCain simply answered, "That’s always a concern."
Lindsey Graham
Lindsey Graham has never been shy about his disdain for Donald Trump. In May 2016, the Senator for South Carolina released a statement saying that he "cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief." When asked if he would be attending the convention Graham said, "I’m sure it will be fun; I’m sure it will be entertaining, and I can watch it on TV."

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney emerged from the 2012 Republican National Convention as his party's nominee. In 2016, he didn't even bother to show up. When CNN asked one of his aides about Romney's absence, they simply said he couldn't make it. This excuse sounds suspicious after Romney went on the warpath in spring 2016, when Trump emerged as the front runner in the Republican primary, saying, "Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat."

Sarah Palin
There's something fantastically bizarre about Sarah Palin skipping the RNC after endorsing Trump, especially when you look at all the other things she's attended, such as the Golden Moose Awards in Las Vegas, or the Season 2 premier of The Amazing Race.

To Trump's credit, he doesn't seem offended by this apparent snub. "It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.”

Rand Paul
Even though he's registered as a Republican, Rand Paul has always been something of an outlier in the party, having openly admitted to being a Libertarian in the past. Inter-party politics aside, Paul doesn't like Trump - has once called him “a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag,” and said “a speck of dirt is way more qualified to be president" - although he tacitly endorses him (in a way that seems designed to appease his constituency). Instead of forcing his smile into a grimace in Cleveland, he'll be holding town hall meetings and performing pro bono eye surgeries in Kentucky
Mia Love
Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah opted to travel to Israel with a congressional delegation rather than go to Cleveland. Love is a rising star in the a party that sorely lacks diversity, and was given a prime speaking time at the 2012 convention. When asked about her absence at the 2016 RNC, Love said "I don't see any upsides to it. I don't see how this benefits the state." You know what they say - nothing benefits Utah like flying to Israel. 
George H. W. and George W. Bush
If you don't know why it's strange to have the Republican National Convention without either Bush 41 (George H.W.) or 43 (George W.) in attendance, consider this - one of the two has been attending the convention in an official capacity since the '70s, when 41 was appointed head of the Republican National Committee. What's more, it's extremely rare, if not completely unheard of, for a former president to refuse to attend his party's convention. At 92, George H.W. Bush has the excuse of being retired from politics. As for George W. Bush, an aide to the former president reported he "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign." Neither 41 nor 43 supports Trump. 
Elise Stefanik
Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York was apparently so disgusted by her party's slate of nominees in the 2016 election, she decided to avoid the convention long before Trump emerged as the presumptive nominee. She expressed her extreme distaste for Donald in particular by refusing to say his name when asked about the presidential election, offering instead the extremely vague, "I will support my party's nominee in the fall."

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:03:06 PDT http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/republicans-who-snubbed-trump-rnc-2016/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[All the Golfing Presidents]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/golfing-presidents/mike-rothschild
Since the game of golf became popular in the early 1900s, most presidents have played - with levels ranging from apathetic to enthusiastic. In fact, only a couple of presidents haven't played, and they found their own ways of spending their leisure time. Golf and the presidency have been linked ever since William Howard Taft became a visible proponent of the game, talking up its health attributes. It became more and more important for presidents to project an image of physical fitness, while also appear athletic and graceful. Golf was a way to do this.

At the same time as presidents started enjoying golf, they started to be criticized for enjoying it. Despite having entire websites devoted just to counting how many rounds he's played, Barack Obama is far from the first president to draw the wrath of the media for his golf habit.Taft himself was criticized so much that he vowed to curtail his playing. Dwight Eisenhower, maybe the most enthusiastic golfer in the White House, was given no quarter, and his opponents delighted in calling him the "Duffer in Chief."

There have been plenty of presidential golfers and presidents who golfed are no rarity in American politics. Whoever the next president is, it's a sure bet that their leisure activities, be they golf or something else, will be pounced on by their opponents.

All the Golfing Presidents,

Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge was generally thought to be unathletic and clumsy, preferring to shoot clay pigeons than play golf. He did play a few times, but only out of obligation, and because the sport was enjoying a boom in popularity. Legend has it that when he vacated the White House, he left behind just one thing: his clubs.

Dwight D. Eisenhower
After spearheading the liberation of Europe, Eisenhower had earned a little time on the links. And he took it. Ike was an incredibly active golfer, playing between 800 and 900 rounds during his two terms, including some on the lawn outside the White House. Eisenhower played so much that he was criticized by political opponents and newspapers alike. Undaunted, Eisenhower kept playing, and had a cabin at Augusta National Golf Course named in his honor.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Before polio robbed him of his mobility, Roosevelt was a regular golfer, well-known for his ability to hit long drives, and for his enthusiastic evangelism of the sport. He never was able to play as president.
Gerald Ford
Despite the enduring image of Ford as a klutz who couldn't make it down a flight of stairs without falling, he was a graceful athlete who had played college football at Michigan. He was also a good golfer with a powerful drive. However, he had a reputation for slapping balls wildly and hitting bystanders at tournaments.
John F. Kennedy
The athletic Kennedy was an outstanding player, but kept his golf habit a secret during the 1960 election, due to the backlash against Eisenhower’s reputation as “The Great Golfer.” In fact, Kennedy had been part of the chorus criticizing Eisenhower's golf habit. So he didn't want the public to know that he was just as avid a player. He also injured his back early in his first year, and wasn't physically able to play for most of his presidency.

Lyndon B. Johnson
While most presidents kept politics out of their golf games, Johnson was the opposite. He used golf as a means to an end, spending the long walks on the course convincing opponents to do what he wanted them to do, particularly with regard to the Civil Rights Act. He also was renowned for refusing to divulge his scores, requesting copious do-overs, and taking hundreds of swings just to hit one perfect shot.
Richard Nixon
Nixon didn’t take up golf until he was Vice President, allegedly as a way to curry favor with President Eisenhower. But he studied the game hard and practiced often. He was also known to cheat occasionally. He played less as the stress of Watergate and Vietnam piled up, but took the game up again after resigning.
Warren G. Harding
The affable and charming Harding wasn't an effective president, but he was a good golfer. Harding was the first POTUS to have a golf course named after him, and it was during a 1923 round of golf in Vancouver that Harding first displayed signs of the heart failure thought to have killed him.

William Howard Taft
Taft was the first president to let the public know he enjoyed golf, as before that, it was seen as a sport for the rich upper-crust. He was an avid player both during and after his presidency, and sources claim that while he had a 20 handicap, he was routinely able to shoot under 90. Taft was also routinely jibed in the press for his habit, and vowed to play fewer rounds later in his term. He did not.
Woodrow Wilson
For the first half of the 20th Century, Wilson was THE golfing president. He's thought to have played at least 1,000 rounds while in office and presidential golf historian Don Van Natta claims the number is as high as 1,600. Wilson loved golf so much that legend has it he had specially painted black golf balls designed so he could hit them outside during the winter. It’s also generally accepted that Wilson wasn’t very good at the sport.


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<![CDATA[15 Openly Gay US Politicians]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/openly-gay-us-politicians/ranker-news
List of Openly Gay US Politicians, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. While a 2013 Gallup Poll revealed that the majority of Americans support gay marriage, the topic is still very controversial in the United States Congress. Several politicians are openly gay, and these trail blazers are pushing gay rights forward in the United States.

Who is the most famous U.S. politician who is openly gay? Tammy Baldwin tops our list. The Wisconsin Senator made headlines when she became the first openly gay person to be elected to the United States Senate in January of 2013. She previously served in the House of Representatives for 14 years. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Congresswomen, is openly bisexual.

Perhaps the most outspoken openly gay U.S. politician is Barney Frank. The Massachusetts Congressman has been in office since 1981. In 1987, he became the first U.S. politician to voluntarily come out as gay. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston. Other openly gay men who served in congress include Jim Kolbe, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Jared Polis.

Are you surprised by the number of openly gay U.S. politicians? Did you think there would be more or fewer senators? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
15 Openly Gay US Politicians,

Barney Frank
Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank is the most outspoken gay politician in the U.S. In 2012, Frank married his longtime partner James Ready in Boston.
Gerry Studds
Gerry Studds was the first openly gay member of Congress, though he was outed after a 1983 scandal wherein he had a relationship with a 17 year-old male congressional page.  He married his long-time partner Dean T. Hara on May 24, 2004, in Boston.
Jared Polis
Colorado Congressman Jared Polis is openly gay.  He is the primary sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which hopes to end sexual discrimination of children and teens in school.
Jim Kolbe
Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, came out as gay in 1996.  He became the first gay person to ever speak at the Republican National Convention in 2000.

Mark Foley
Florida Congressman Mark Foley was outed in 2006, after he was accused of sending sexual explicit messages to underage males. 

Mark Pocan
Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan is openly gay.  He married his longtime partner on November 24, 2006 in Toronto.
Mike Michaud
Maine Congressman Mike Michaud came out as gay in 2013.  He is the first openly gay Congressman from Maine.

Steve Gunderson
Wisconsin Congressman Steve Gunderson was outed during a congressional debate in 1994.  Although he is a republican, Gunderson has been an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage.

Tammy Baldwin
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was the first openly lesbian member of the Wisconsin Assembly when she was elected in 1993. In 1999, she became the first openly gay person elected to the House of Representatives. 

Kyrsten Sinema
Arizona Congresswomen Kyrsten Sinema is openly bisexual, although she is reported to dislike labels of any kind. She is a strong supporter of the Dream Act, which would provide residency to qualifying immigrants.

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<![CDATA[The Best Political Biopics]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-political-biopics/ranker-film

There are many biopics that look at the lives of politicians and other political figures. But what are the best political biopic movies? This list includes titles such as All the President’s Men, The King’s Speech, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Queen. The films on this list have been ranked by men and women as the best political biopics.

Movies have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. It is for this reason we often feel an emotional connection to films. Politics affects our lives in a variety of ways, so it is natural that filmmakers are drawn to stories about the lives of those who run the world.

Political biopics have told the story of Queen Elizabeth, John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and George Patton and with a peek into the lives of these individuals, we can hopefully understand their motives, and thus their politics, all that much better. These movies vary in their genre but they are all equally fascinating.

Vote up the greatest political biopic movies ever made below or add one you think is great that isn't already on the list.


The Best Political Biopics,

Milk
Harvey Milk
All the President's Men
Woodward and Bernstein
Downfall
Adolf Hitler
Frost/Nixon
Richard Nixon
Gandhi
mahatma gandhi
JFK
Kennedy
Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Patton
George S. Patton
The Last King of Scotland

The King's Speech
 King George VI

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<![CDATA[The Best American Founding Fathers]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-founding-fathers/amylindorff
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America boast luminary names like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams. But there were dozens of signers of the Declaration of Independence and delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, many of whom had noteworthy careers in law, politics, and the military. Most of their names are known only to historians or devotees of the period.

There were dozens of people who played key roles in the founding of America, but their names have been overshadowed by the most famous of the Founders. Here's your chance to vote up the Founders that you think have been unfairly forgotten by history, or that people just don't know enough about. Likewise, if you think a Founding Father is overrated or maybe wasn't as important as people think, give them a down vote.

The Founding Fathers were a pretty interesting bunch of guys, learn more about them (including a cool essay Benjamin Franklin wrote about flatulence!) on this list of Founding Fathers facts!

The Best American Founding Fathers,

Alexander Hamilton

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Rush

George Washington

James Madison

John Adams

John Hancock

Richard Henry Lee

Samuel Adams

Thomas Jefferson


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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:25:59 PST http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/best-founding-fathers/amylindorff
<![CDATA[Politicians Holding Guns: Who Does It Best?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-holding-guns/mike-rothschild
Photo ops of politicians holding guns are a time-honored tradition, in both the United States and around the world. Every time an election rolls around, morale needs to be boosted, or a world leader just needs to look like a bad ass, they'll have someone take a picture of them shooting something.

Gun ownership and shooting have been practiced by a number of presidents, many of whom had military backgrounds. In recent decades, fewer presidential candidates have served, but all have tried to court votes from American gun lovers. As primary elections approach, they'll make sure they have lots of pictures taken firing, holding, and admiring guns. Leaders around the world do the same thing - though sometimes it's to burnish their fearsome image.

Check out this list of politicians in American and around the world holding guns. Who looks the most comfortable, and who looks like they're literally just doing it for the camera? Vote up the best photos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

Politicians Holding Guns: Who Does It Best?,

Eisenhower and Churchill Get Down to Business

Benjamin Harrison: Chicken-Killer-in-Chief

Calvin Coolidge Looking Badass for His Wife

Sarah Palin Can Shoot You From Her House

Winston Churchill Relaxes With a Cigar and a Tommy Gun

JFK Inspects a First Edition M-16. Also, a Crossbow

Rand Paul Demonstrates What He'll Do to the Tax Code

Ronald Reagan Has Clearly Never Seen "Goldfinger"

Make Fun of Teddy Roosevelt's Jacket. He Dares You

I Like Ike, and Ike Likes Machine Guns


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<![CDATA[Politicians Sucking at Sports]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/politicians-sucking-at-sports/the-round-mound
Politicians sucking at sports are not limited to the poorly placed ceremonial first pitches or the occasional candid shot of a politician eating sand playing sports on the beach. Politicians have found innovative and new ways to fail at sports, including by pretending to talk about sports when they have no clue about the topic.

Nearly every politician has been invited to throw out a ceremonial pitch at a baseball game but few have done as poorly as former Florida Governor Charlie Christ who missed home plate by several feet. Former President George W. Bush didn't do much better and looked beyond ridiculous in the process.

But it was a ceremonial kick at a high school football game that made one politician the poster child of politicians sucking at sports. Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, was photographed attempting to kick a football and the image was printed in the newspaper. The comical image got the Photoshop treatment numerous times in the days following and became a full-fledged meme with Ford kicking various objects and even skipping down the Yellow Brick Road.

Other politicians have shown exactly how out of touch with any normalcy by attempting to talk about sports and failing miserably. Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, along with GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all were found guilty of this gaffe as their highly inaccurate mention of important facts in the sports world sank faster than their approval ratings.

These instances of politicians sucking at sports prove that politicians may be great at the whole government thing but athletes they are not. Heck, as former Vice President Dick Cheney proved, even recreational sports can turn into disaster and the next thing you know someone gets shot in the face. Keep your day jobs politicians, leave the big leagues to the professionals.
Politicians Sucking at Sports,

Barack Obama
Known more for his basketball skills, President Barack Obama ate some sand during a casual game of beach football in Hawaii as the First Family rang in 2012 on vacation.
Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton may not technically suck at running, a favorite sport of his, but those running shorts are enough to deem the act a complete fail.
Charlie Crist
Invited to throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays playoff game in 2010, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist heard a rousing round of boos after his throw landed far and away from the pitcher, like several feet wide of home plate.
Dick Cheney
Hunting definitely falls into more of a recreational activity than a sport but regardless former Vice President Dick Cheney proved how not to go quail hunting when he show his buddy Harry Whittington in the face back in 2006.
George W. Bush
Many politicians have been asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at baseball games, including the World Series, but few look as absolutely ridiculous as former President George W. Bush does in this photograph.
John Kerry
John Kerry, the 68-year-old senator from Massachusetts, showed up at Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address with two black eyed he suffered as a result of playing ice hockey, a favorite pastime of his.
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich and fellow GOP hopeful Rick Santorum both proved they are just a wee bit out of touch with current sports during a January 2010 debate in which Gingrich was asked what he'd be doing Saturday night if he wasn't running for president. Gingrich stated he'd be watching "college championship basketball" while Santorum corrected him to say football. Both were mistaken as no such event was on that evening.
Rob Ford
Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, Canada, found himself the topic of an Internet meme after a well-timed photograph of him kicking a football at a high school game went viral.
Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, failed miserably when giving a speech to unveil a statue of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr in May 2010 by mixing up his words when talking about legendary Boston athletes, including the name of New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinateiri.
Charles Mainor
In an odd and completely inappropriate attempt to cheer for his beloved New York Giants after they upset the Green Bay Packers to advance to Super Bowl XLVI, Jersey City, New Jersey, assemblyman Charles Mainor posted a Facebook message that stated "We are not going to just lay down, we come to play. Who the hell do you think we are the DALLAS COWGIRLS OR THOSE GAYBIRDS FROM PHILLY...NO WE ARE THE NEW YORK GIANTS."

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<![CDATA[Famous Assassinations in Europe]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/famous-assassinations-in-europe/david-jones
Famous assassinations in Europe, including political assassinations and other ideological assassinations. These 313 assassinated people were all killed under suspicious circumstances in Europe, usually because of their beliefs.
Famous Assassinations in Europe,

André Cools
Killed In: 1991
Engelbert Dollfuss
Killed In: 1934
Gerald Bull
Killed In: 1990
Julien Lahaut
Killed In: 1950
Maximiliano Gómez
Killed In: 1971
Avni Rustemi
Killed In: 1924
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Killed On: June 28, 1914
Count Karl von Stürgkh
Killed In: 1916
Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou
Killed In: 1989
Irfan Ljubijanki?
Killed In: 1995

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<![CDATA[12 Anti-Gay Politicians with LGBT Relatives]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/top-anti-gay-politicians-with-lgbt-relatives/keaton
A list of the top 12 anti-gay politicians with LGBT relatives. Karma has a funny way of evening the proverbial playing field, especially when it comes to politicians. When it comes to LGBT rights, politicians have been changing their positions to adapt with the times. Unfortunately, a good number still haven't. But alas, even the staunchest of anti-gay politicians have gay relatives, which makes their stance look even more insensitive and foolhardy.

These outspoken politicians aren't limited to people serving in national office. While some big names like Karl Rove, Sonny Bono, and Christine O'Donnell have all spoken out against gay rights, representatives at the state level, like Don Coram and Marsha Looper have been outed for having gay family members, contradicting their anti-gay position. The politicians on this list have done their best to suppress LGBT people, yet the people they're harming are often times the ones closest to them. 

Take a look at this list of the top 12 most anti-gay politicians with LGBT relatives. When you read about their stances, opinions and thoughts on LGBT persons, you'll be appalled. Also, you can see what family member is related to the politician and what his or her personal stance is and if it the opposite of what their political relative thinks. You'll be surprised at some of the results.
 
12 Anti-Gay Politicians with LGBT Relatives,

Alan Keyes
Stance on LGBT Rights:
The former Republican political candidate is one of the staunchest anti-gay rights politicians in the United States. He's said that gay marriage “is the archetype of all crimes against humanity,” and considers gay marriage a crime. An actual crime.

He's also called homosexuality "selfish hedonism," and has appeared on multiple programs over the years railing against LBGT culture. He's stood against it every step of the way, despite having an LGBT daughter.

Gay Relative:
Keyes's daughter, Maya Marcel-Keyes, came out of the closet in 2005.

Since then, she's been involved in a number of protests and with various LGBT activist organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, which speaks on behalf of LGBT families and youth across the country, always trying to counteract at least a little bit of what her father does to her community.


Dick Cheney
Stance on LGBT Rights:
The former Vice President was part of the Republican national ticket that disparaged gay rights during the 2004 election and throughout their two-terms in office. 

While he didn't publicly oppose LGBT rights, he stood by, as the Vice President of the United States, while the administration tried to obliterate the rights of his daughter's community.
 
This proved to be merely a strategic move to get evangelical voters in battleground states out to vote, though. In recent years, Cheney changed his stance and now openly supports LGBT rights. It's great to see somebody hop the fence in that way, but he makes this list because in his eight years as one of the most powerful men in the world, he stood by and did nothing. 

 

Gay relative: 
Cheney's daughter, Mary Cheney, is an openly lesbian woman. She married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, in 2012.  Mary Cheney has been cited as one of the reasons her conservative father changed his stance on gay marriage... eventually. 

In 2013, she was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage aka the California Prop 8 case. 
Karl Rove
Stance on LGBT Rights:
Rove used anti-gay marriage amendments to turn out conservatives in 2004, particularly in Ohio. Though he now says he never asked for an anti-gay fight, his strategy to get conservatives to vote may have worked short-term, but ultimately it has harmed the GOP brand with younger voters.

Gay Relative:
Rove's stepfather, Louis, was gay. Rove's parents divorced when Louis, whom he considered to be his father (Rove's biological father left when he was a small child) came out when Karl was a senior in high school. According to an interview with Wayne Slater and James Moore, Rove told them that he "lovingly accepted his father as a gay man," and treated Louis with respect. Every other homosexual in the country? Not so much.
Michele Bachmann
Stance on LGBT Rights:
Bachmann, a staunch conservative, has long been opposed to gay marriage.

Before retiring from Congress, the Minnesota Republican wrote, "Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted."

She's frequently campaigned against gay rights and called for spiritual warfare against gay marriage and has voted as such her entire career, and even ran on that platform during the 2012 primaries.

Gay Relative:
Bachmann's stepsister, Helen LaFave, is openly gay. Although they're not necessarily closely related, with some of these cases, having a member of their family on the other side of the fence has swayed the sympathies of certain conservatives. But not Bachmann. 

LeFave supported Barack Obama and was seen at his inauguration in 2009.
Newt Gingrich
Stance on LGBT Rights:
The former Republican Speaker of the House has long been opposed to LGBT rights. He claims the fight over LGBT rights is one-sided because they undermine Catholic rights. He's also said gay people choose to be gay and aren't born gay.

Recently, Gingrich changed his tune, saying that Republicans need to reconsider their position on same-sex marriage due to shifts in the way that the issue perceived by public opinion. 

Gay Relative:
Candice Gingrich-Jones, Newt's younger sister by several decades, is a lesbian. She is a LGBT rights activist and holds a leadership position in the Human Rights Campaign.
 
In 2011, she was honored by the American Humanist Association, receiving the LGBT Humanist Pride Award. Just in case you were wondering, she didn't support her brother's 2012 campaign; she endorsed Barack Obama.

After Newt gave an interview in 2013 saying that conservatives need to reconsider their position on same-sex marriage, Candice praised his evolving opinion on LGBT issues, hoping that the rest of the GOP follows his lead and thinks progressively on LGBT issues.
Phyllis Schlafly
Stance on LGBT Rights:
A conservative Republican activist, Schalfly has been quoted as saying that LGBT rights violate free speech and that feminism is "the most destructive element in our society." She also claims the LGBT agenda has infiltrated schools and is being taught as part of the curriculum.

She is opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment and is said to be "deeply offended" and "personally insulted" when the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gay Relative:
Schalfly's son, John, is openly gay. Despite his mother's controversial stance, John has openly defended Phyllis's view about family movement. John was quoted as saying that "the family values movement isn't anti-gay" and is remains a Republican in spite of their views towards the LGBT community. 
Marsha Looper
Stance on LGBT Rights:
The Colorado State Rep. voted against same sex civil unions during a special legislative session in the state legislature. Looper was part of a Republican bloc that voted against the bill reaching the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012. Had it reached the House, the bill was likely to pass.

Gay Relative:
Looper's son was outed by her own campaign after the vote.

In an email written by her campaign manager, Lana Fore-Warkocz , Looper was praised for protecting Colorado from religious harm, despite having a gay son. Incensed, the state representative sharply criticized her campaign manager for bringing her son into the political forum.

Talk about a campaign fail.
Christine O'Donnell
Stance on LGBT Rights: The former Delaware Republican senatorial candidate has a long history of taking hateful and ignorant positions against LGBT people. Originally a liberal, O'Donnell claims to have experienced an epiphany when she was 21 that completely changed her viewpoints.

She's accused gays of having a personality disorder and has called homosexuality a "deviant sexual orientation." She considers homosexuality a disease (an "identity disorder") and associates herself with people who try to cure homosexuality.

Gay relative:
With her outrageous views on homosexuality, people will be surprised to learn that O'Donnell's sister, Jennie O'Donnell, is a lesbian. She lives in the LGBT hub of West Hollywood, California.

Despite her sister's strong anti-gay views, Jennie defended her sister publicly. Using the old adage that blood is thicker than politics, Jennie even campaigned for her sister during her ill-fated 2010 senatorial campaign. She was quoted as saying that Christine was misunderstood.
 

Matt J Salmon
Stance on LGBT:
Salmon, a Republican congressman from Arizona, is a staunch social conservative who voted for the now defunct Defense of Marriage Act.

As a conservative Mormon, Salmon also called for a ban on gay adoptions in Washington, D.C. If that isn't enough, he and his wife led the Arizona chapter of United Families International, a group formed to "maintaining and strengthening the family." The group fought to ban gay marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the Arizona state constitution in 2006, but ultimately failed.

Gay Relative:
Matt R. Salmon, Congressman Salmon's son, is a former leader of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay rights GOP group and is openly gay. He gets along well with his father, even though the older Salmon considers homosexuality a choice.
Don Coram
Stance on LGBT Rights:
As a member of the Colorado's House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, Coran was the deciding vote that killed a proposed bill that would have legalized same sex civil unions in 2012.

He justified his vote by saying Democrats used gay rights as political pawn.
 
Gay Relative:
Coran's son, Dee, is openly gay. Dee has spoken out about his father's position, saying that it was time for his father to lead on the issue of civil unions but failed to do so. Don told his son that he was going to vote no on the bill, but wouldn't be opposed to the bill moving to the floor. But his vote indicated otherwise.

The younger Coran added that this wasn't the first time the two of them have disagreed on political issues.

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<![CDATA[Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/which-republican-candidate-would-lead-the-us-best-in-a-war/mike-rothschild
Which 2016 Republican candidates would make good leaders during a war? As commander in chief, the president has the duty to lead the United States in times of military crisis, and to ask Congress for a declaration of war. This is an enormous responsibility with great ramifications, and can have profound implications on the fate of the country.

While in the past, most presidential candidates had some kind of military experience, if not experience directly in combat, almost none do now. Of the Republican candidates for the 2016 nomination, only Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore have spent time in the military, with Graham having over three decades of service as an Air Force reservist. Rick Perry had also been in the Air Force, but with his withdraw from the race, Graham is the only veteran who would be picking up the mantle of commander in chief.

Here's your chance to vote up the Republican candidates you feel would be the most effective leaders during a war  - and to vote down the ones who would not make good wartime leaders.

Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?,

Carly Fiorina
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

Chris Christie
Ended campaign on February 10, 2016
George Pataki
Ended campaign December 30, 2015

Jeb Bush
Ended campaign February 20, 2016

Jim Gilmore
Ended campaign on February 12, 2016

John Kasich

Lindsey Graham
Ended campaign on December 21, 2015
Marco Rubio
Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

Mike Huckabee
Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

Rick Santorum
Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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<![CDATA[U.S. Presidents & the Booze They Drank, Ranked]]> http://www.ranker-dev.com/list/presidents-with-the-best-taste-in-booze/mike-rothschild
The history of presidential drinking starts with George Washington, who actually had the largest whiskey distillery in America at the time. Since then, the US has had presidents who drank bottles of wine, gallons of beer, every manner of whiskey - and sometimes, nothing at all. Some presidents drank staggering amounts, while others barely took a sip in office.

Presidential cocktails have included Washington's insanely strong "Fish House Punch," JFK's daiquiris, and Lyndon Johnson's bottomless cup of Cutty Sark and soda. American presidents have enjoyed the best wines in the world and bathtub gin, Chinese grain alcohol and homemade beer, bourbon for breakfast and lonely belts of scotch.

Here is your chance to rank every American president by their taste in alcohol. Did they like the good stuff, or were they teetotalling scolds - or even worse, raging alcoholics?

U.S. Presidents & the Booze They Drank, Ranked,

Chester A. Arthur
A widower when he reached the White House, Arthur spent lavishly on feasts, clothes and booze. He's known to have enjoyed whiskey and Madeira, and when pressed by a Women's Christian Temperance Union member to ban alcohol in the White House, he thundered at her to mind her own business.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roosevelt won the hearts of booze-loving Americans everywhere, first when he signed a bill legalizing the sale of 3.2% alcohol "near beer," then when he signed the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. Roosevelt was a cocktail lover who mixed and liberally consumed legendary martinis. He would invite Washington luminaries to happy hours he called "children's hour" to throw down cocktails and gossip.

He also enjoyed whiskey-based Manhattans, and would sip Bermuda Rum Swizzles while sailing. And beer was his tipple of choice at late night poker games.

George Washington
At the time of his death, Washington had the largest whiskey distillery in America at his Mount Vernon estate. However, Washington wasn't much of a drinker by the standards of the time, and preferred porter laced with molasses to go with hearty amounts of wine. He also was fond of "Fish House Punch," an insanely strong rum concoction. Staggeringly, this was considered light drinking in the 1770s.

The amount of alcohol served at the farewell party that Washington's troops threw him at the City Tavern in Philadelphia has become the stuff of legend. According to one document, over 120 bottles of wine, dozens of beers, and seven "large bowls of spiked punch" were consumed. Adjusted for inflation, the tab came to a staggering $15,000.

Harry S. Truman
Truman would begin most days in the White House with a health regimen that included a walk, massage, and, of course, a swig of bourbon - usually either Old Granddad or Wild Turkey. But Truman wasn't a drunk - far from it. His doctor actually recommended a small amount of bourbon to relax and limber the president up. It was for health!

While bourbon was Truman's drink of choice, he also was known to have enjoyed the occasional Moscow Mule, scotch, and Old Fashioned - which he would send back if it wasn't strong enough. Despite the reputation of running a booze-soaked White House, Truman didn't drink all that much - he just enjoyed what he drank.

James Buchanan
A caretaker president, Buchanan was not only a bachelor, but a massive drinker. He guzzled huge amounts of top shelf wine, sherry, cognac, Madeira, rye whiskey, and Champagne. He was also legendary for his ability to drink heavyweights under the table and avoid hangovers.

James Madison
Madison is known to have drank a pint of whiskey per day, which by the standards of the time, wasn't much. He also enjoyed Champagne in moderate amounts. His wife Dolley threw weekly parties at the White House that could be attended by anyone the Madisons had been introduced to.

John F. Kennedy
Absolutely nobody should be surprised that JFK could and did drink the best stuff with the best people. Among Kennedy's favorites were the Bloody Mary, daiquiris, Champagne (Veuve Clicquot, obviously) and imported beer - specifically, Heineken. Even so, he wasn't a heavy drinker, using it mostly as a social lubricant.

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson was a legendary wine merchant, having spent his time in France learning the intricacies of grape growing. He spent thousands on vast quantities of wine, back when that was a gigantic amount of money. He built two of his own vineyards, and even had dumbwaiters put in his house so as to expend minimum effort getting more bottles.

As far as drinking, Jefferson is reported to have drank three glasses of wine per day, along with the usual cider and beer at meals. Incidentally, he couldn't really afford his vast expenditures on wine, and had crushing debt by the end of his life.

William McKinley
McKinley enjoyed whiskey as a nightcap, though not to excessive levels. It wasn't uncommon for presidents to have drinks named after them, and "McKinley's Delight" was a popular rye and absinthe concoction.

Woodrow Wilson
While he's the president on whose watch Prohibition was passed, it should be noted that Wilson himself vetoed the Volstead Act, which banned booze. Congress overrode his veto, getting the alcohol ban on the books. Wilson was a devotee of scotch, and actually took his campaign song from the advertising jingle of a popular whiskey.


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