Huckabee v Perry: Who answered it better

Round 6 of oru '2016 Sweet 16' bracket goes to Governor Mike Huckabee versus Governor Rick Perry on the topic of taxes and the economy. Watch the video below and vote in the poll to tell us who you think handled the question better. We will announce the winner of the round after the poll has been open for 48 hours.

Politics and Trust

By Jay Boyd, Fox News Summer College Associate

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are experiencing problems with favorability as the primary season approaches.

According to a recent Gallup poll, Republican candidates are a lot more likely to be known than liked among the Republican voters. The candidate with the most familiarity among Americans is Donald Trump, but he also has one of the lowest net favorability ratings. Jeb Bush is the second best-known candidate, but he barely cracks the top half of Republicans in terms of favorability. The top favored Republican candidates are Marco Rubio and Ben Carson, but they’re both below 65% in familiarity.

On the Democrat side, one candidate is experiencing a boom in favorability, while the other is encountering the exact opposite. Another Gallup poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ favorability rating doubling since March, from 12 to 24 percent among Americans polled. At the same time, the percentage of people who view him unfavorably has risen from 12 to 20 percent. These numbers come from Americans becoming more aware of the Senator, with his familiarity rating going from 24 to 44 percent.

Those numbers could be directly correlated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fading favorability. In the same poll, Clinton’s favorability has plummeted to 43%. For reference, her favorability was just short of 60% as recently as 2014. However, she still holds the highest “absolute” ratings of Americans who view her favorably, when compared to her Democratic competitors. No other candidate on the Democratic side can touch her familiarity rating of 89%, as well.

What could explain the low net favorability ratings across the board? The poll numbers for trust in the government could.

A Fox News poll from June found that 61% of Americans do not trust the federal government. And this is not a new trend. In 2011 and 2013, 62% of Americans didn’t put their trust in Uncle Sam. Lack of transparency in the government could be the culprit of these numbers, with only 29% of Americans saying the federal government is appropriately transparent.

When the general consensus is that government is untrustworthy and opaque (or at the very least, translucent), the likelihood of the American people trusting anyone running for President is bound to be pretty low, regardless of party.

Americans could be looking for a candidate who sweeps them off their feet; someone who is smart, yet charismatic. Think Bill Clinton on the Arsenio Hall Show type of charisma. Think Ronald Reagan hearing a loud bang and saying “you missed me” (after being shot earlier in his presidency).

Faith and trust in government have hit near rock bottom levels in the 2000s-- and we will have to wait and see if a candidate emerges that can change that.

Carson v Fiorina: Who answered it better?

 Round 5 of our '2016 Sweet 16' bracket goes to Dr. Ben Carson versus Carly Fiorina on the topic of ISIS. Watch the video below and vote in the poll to tell us who you think answered it better. The winner will advance to the next round! Round 1 winner: Donald Trump, Round 2 winner: Jeb Bush, Round 3 winner: Scott Walker--

Rubio v Santorum: Who answered it better?

Round 4 in the Special Report '2016 Sweet 16' bracket goes to Senator Marco Rubio versus Senator Rick Santorum on the topic of immigration. Vote in the poll and tell us who you think answered it better and should advance to the next round!


Walker v Jindal: Who answered it better?

Round 3 of our "2016 Sweet 16" bracket pairs Governor Scott Walker against Governor Bobby Jindal on the topic of same-sex marriage. Vote in the poll and tell us who you think answered the question better. Polls stay open for 48 hours from posting before the winner is decided. Round 1 has already gone to Donald Trump and round 2 goes to Governor Jeb Bush. Cast your vote now!

Bush v Graham: Who answered it better?

Next up in our 2016 Sweet 16 bracket we have Governor Jeb Bush versus Senator Lindsey Graham on the topic of immigration. Cast your vote and tell us --who answered the question better? 

Krauthammer: 'It will snow in Hell before the DOJ is going to go after [Hillary]'

Charles Krauthammer said Friday on 'Special Report with Bret Baier' that "it will snow in Hell" before the Department of Justice investigates Hillary Clinton over revelations that some of the former Secretary of State's emails, that she kept on a private server, contained classified information.

"I think it will snow in Hell before the DOJ is going to go after her," the Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist said. "They go after David Petraeus for a lot less, but not her, for obvious reasons. It's an extremely politicized Department of Justice."

Krauthammer went on to say that the the issue he questions over the Hillary Clinton's email reports is that the Intelligence Community Inspector General said "'the emails [Hillary] sent were classified at the time she sent them, and they remain classified,' so what [Hillary] said in the press conference was obviously untrue."

Grapevine: It's getting hot in here

An Inconvenient Truth? One major side effect of climate change you may not have considered? ISIS says one Democratic presidential hopeful.

"One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis, It created the symptoms or rather the conditions of extreme poverty that lead now to the rise of ISIL."

The head of the Republican party pounced, saying "it's abundantly clear no one in the Democratic Party has the foreign policy vision to keep America safe."

Former chairman Michael Steele tweeted "you mean if I drive a Prius ISIS goes away? 

The Atlantic Magazine defends the former governor-- "O'Malley's comment isn't as weird as it might initially seem. There's an established body of work that draws a connection between drought, resource scarcity, and conflict in general."

But one Scientist says it would be more efficient to focus on other issues like poverty and corruption. "I'll put this in a crude way. no amount of climate change is going to cause civil violence in the state where I live, Massachusetts. I sometimes have the feeling that some people only care about human suffering if it can be traced to climate change."

To Say or Not To Say?: Your tax dollars are funding a war on words. The Washington Free Beacon reports the government invested nearly 100-thousand dollars to bring Shakespeare to the stage, but without the bard's actual words. The artistic director for the Synetic theater cites Charlie Chaplin as his inspiration. One critic described it this way: "The fact that many Washingtonians consider Silent Shakespeare an improvement rather than an oxymoron reflects unkindly on the capital's cultural pretensions. "

War on Words: In another case the government is spending $125,000 to study adjectives that could be perceived as sexist or racist. The grant for the study will examine letters of recommendation because "good for a woman may mean something objectively less good than *good* for a man.

The lead investigator of the study said she plans to apply for additional funding in 2016.


Trump v Pataki: Who answered it better


We have paired the 2016 GOP candidates up NCAA bracket style on key issues. The placements are based off of the candidates Real Clear Politics average of recent polls. First up we have Donald Trump versus Governor George Pataki on Obamacare. Cast your vote and tell us who answered the question better? 

Rubio would “absolutely” re-impose sanctions on Iran

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is seeking the 2016 Presidential nomination, took a center seat Thursday on the “Special Report” panel to discuss an earlier Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing where members of Congress questioned Secretary of State John Kerry on the Iran nuclear agreement.

“The centrifuges that they have now are quite frankly ancient,” said Rubio in response to Sen. Bob Corker’s earlier comments during the hearing that these same centrifuges were “antiques.”

“They now have less of them but the ones they’re going to have are going to be better and be able to expand that capability for years to come. The other is this down payment. This immediate signing bonus that you get. That the administration said today would be about 50 billion dollars and they think this money is going to be spent to rebuild the Iranian economy but in fact nothing in Iran’s track record suggests that.”

As Congress continues their 60-day review, President Barack Obama has promised to veto any vote against the deal. Kerry told the committee there is no "fantasy" alternative if the U.S. rejects the deal standing behind the notion that the deal will keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.

“These are still in place but what the president is using is a national security waiver,” continued Rubio. “He’s in essence saying I’m using this waiver to prevent these sanctions from still being imposed. The next president could just lift that, with the stroke of a pen, lift that waiver and immediately re-impose sanctions. You can do that on day one in the first hour of your presidency, in the first week of your presidency.”

Bret Baier followed up by asking if “President Rubio” would re-impose sanctions immediately to which Rubio responded, “absolutely, and I said so today at the hearing.”



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