<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Political News, Bay Area Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:11:23 -0800 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:11:23 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Says He Can Predict Terrorism Via 'Feel']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:19:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpSC-AP_314879649945.jpg

Business deals aren’t the only thing Donald Trump says he’s good at executing. The Republican front-runner told South Carolina voters he can also predict foreign policy trends and events, NBC News reported.

"The other thing I predicted is terrorism," he told the crowd before elaborating on a longer story of a friend who told him the same. "A friend of mind called me and said 'Forget that, you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'"

Trump said his prediction of terrorism was documented in this 2000 book “The America We Deserve.”

He's also been touting his idea of bombing Iraqi oilfields and his stance on waterboarding.

He was joined in South Carolina by wife, Melania, and children, Ivanka, Tiffany and Baron.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Watchdogs: TV Ads Supporting Rubio Are Illegal]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:34:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_527388600115-Rubio.jpg

Campaign-finance watchdogs say an outside group promoting Republican Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law. 

Conservative Solution Project, an independent group, is behind $85 million in TV ads supporting Rubio. Unlike a Super PAC, Conservative Solutions Project doesn't have to disclose its donors because it exists as a tax-exempt social welfare group under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. 

But watchdog groups like Campaign Legal Center argue that these ads are illegal because they are benefiting an individual presidential candidate instead of advancing the general social welfare of society.

The groups requested that the Justice Department launches an investigation into Conservative Solutions Project. And while Conservative Solution Project officials claim that they are "not about any one specific elected official or candidate," Rubio is the only 2016 presidential candidate featured in any of the organization's TV ads that have aired in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as on national cable.

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<![CDATA[NJ Residents Outraged by Trump's False Remark on 9/11 'Cheering']]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:55:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump's recent claim that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City when the twin towers came down on 9/11 is drawing the ire of Muslim residents there. 

Trump made the remarks in Alabama Saturday, saying, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down." 

Hamed Elshanawany, president of the Hudson County Islamic Council in Jersey City, said it never happened. 

"If anybody has any proof this happened in the community, is right but no proof at all," he said. 

Trump also tweeted Monday a passage from a Washington Post article posted a few days after 9/11 about Jersey City police detaining people allegedly seen celebrating. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop disputed the account.

"There is no record of anything he said, so we would hope going forward he would be more responsible," he told NBC 4 New York. 

The state's biggest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, said it doesn't have any proof that happened.

Even when he was reminded that police said it didn't happen during an interview on ABC Sunday, Trump doubled down on his remarks. 

"It did happen, I saw it," he said. "It was on television. I saw it."

Egyptian-born teacher Nabil Youssef said, "It is insulting, it is hurtful and it makes us not feel like a real American."

Youssef said he ran to help victims on 9/11, donating blood to the Red Cross. 

Trump is sticking by his comments but that may energize Muslims, said Ahmed Shedeed of the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

"He'll get a lot of Muslims upset, a lot of Muslims now going to go out and vote," he said. 

NBC News' political blog First Read dissects more of the recent false statements made by Trump recently in a post titled: "Donald Trump, the post-truth 2016 candidate.

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<![CDATA[Trump Claims 'World's Greatest Memory']]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:42:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpColumbus-AP_568871122955.jpg

Donald Trump isn’t backing down from comments he made about “thousands and thousands” of U.S. Muslims cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey, after the Twin Towers came down on 9/11, according to NBC News.

The Republican front-runner even told NBC News in a phone call that he has “the world’s greatest memory.” During the phone call, he offered reassurances that he had seen video of celebrations on television and “all over the internet.”

The comments come as a new poll shows Trump soaring in weekend polls, with a double-digit lead over rival, Ben Carson.

Trump took center stage in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, where he spoke to a crowd about rival Governor John Kasich and about his stance on national security.

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<![CDATA[President Obama’s ISIS Strategy a Good One, Experts Say]]> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:39:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/N5P+AIR+STRIKES+SETUP+VO+-+00000302.jpg

President Obama announced on Monday his plan to continue attacking ISIS through air assaults following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week.

"It's best we don't shoot first and aim later,” the president said at a press conference from Turkey, where we was attending the G20 Summit. “It's important to get the strategy right."

The announcement sparked a chorus of criticism from the Republican Party, and many of the president’s opponents argued that ground force is the only way to knock out the terrorist group and prevent future attacks.

But former Department of Defense official Gloria Duffy told NBC Bay Area that the president’s current strategy, though cautious, is a good one.

“I think the president is trying to take steps now that are most appropriate now and most effective now,” said Duffy, who currently serves as the CEO of the Commonwealth Club, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in San Francisco.

Duffy points out that a prime comparison for the current situation is the War in Iraq, which involved swift boots-on-the-ground action by the U.S. government. That war overthrew Saddam Hussein, but it also created the political climate that helped give rise to ISIS.

It’s better to be cautious and calculated, she said.

“Right now I think it’s about trying to cut off the financial support that ISIS has,” she said.

ISIS earns up to $50 million per month transporting and selling crude oil.

According to the Department of Defense , the United States has already damaged or destroyed more than 16,000 ISIS targets, including buildings and oil infrastructure, at a total cost of $5 billion.

Duffy argues boots on the ground would cost much more, both monetarily and in the number of lives lost.

By not stepping in, the U.S. is making room for other countries to take the lead, Duffy added.

“In a way, it’s allowing other countries to step up and become fuller partners in this battle,” she said.

Duffy says that it will ultimately take a coalition approach to defeat ISIS, because the size of the group—estimates range from 60,000 to 250,000 total members—could thwart attacks by ground forces.

“It’s not likely to be thoroughly successful,” she said. “You try those methods that are least costly to yourself first.”

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<![CDATA[GOP Candidates Pan Trump's Call for Muslim Database]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:32:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_102485184838.jpg

Republican presidential candidates swiftly condemned Donald Trump's call for requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database, drawing a sharp distinction Friday with the GOP front-runner.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump's proposal "abhorrent." Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump was trying to "divide people." And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said that while he was a fan of the billionaire businessman, "I'm not a fan of government registries of American citizens."

"The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I've spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American," Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

The rebuke followed Trump's call Thursday for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the U.S. In a video posted on MSNBC.com, Trump was asked whether Muslims would be required to register. He replied, "They have to be."

On Friday, Trump said on Twitter that he didn't suggest creating such a database but instead was answering a question from a reporter about the idea. However, he did not disavow the prospect of a database on social media or at an event Friday morning.

Civil liberties experts said a database for Muslims would be unconstitutional on several counts, while the libertarian Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro said the idea also violates basic privacy and liberty rights.

Marci Hamilton, a Yeshiva University legal expert on religious liberty, said requiring Muslims to register appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution's protection of religious freedom.

"What the First Amendment does and what it should do is drive the government to use neutral criteria," Hamilton said. "You can use neutral criteria to identify terrorists. What it can't do is engage in one-religion bashing. That won't fly in any court."

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League in New York called Trump's proposal "deeply troubling and reminiscent of darker days in American history when others were singled out for scapegoating."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned as "Islamophobic" comments from both Trump and fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson, who on Thursday compared blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. to handling a rabid dog.

"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson told in Alabama. "It doesn't mean you hate all dogs, but you're putting your intellect into motion."

Said CAIR's Robert McCaw said in a statement, "Donald Trump and Ben Carson are contributing to an already toxic environment that may be difficult to correct once their political ambitions have been satisfied."

In New Hampshire on Friday, Carson said the U.S. should have a database on "every foreigner who comes into this country," but he rejected the idea of tracking U.S. citizens based on their religion.

"One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same," he said. "If we're just going to pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that's setting a pretty dangerous precedent."

The controversy followed the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, elevating fears of attacks in the U.S. and prompting calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took to Twitter Friday and challenged all Republican candidates to disavow Trump's comments. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Trump's words "outrageous and bigoted."

"This is shocking rhetoric," Clinton wrote. "It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country."

Several did just that.

"You're talking about internment, you're talking about closing mosques, you're talking about registering people, and that's just wrong," Bush said Friday on CNBC.

A spokesman for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the candidate "does not support databases based on one's religion."

Kasich, the Ohio governor, said requiring people to register with the federal government because of their religion "strikes against all that we have believed in our nation's history." Kasich had faced criticism following the Paris shooting for saying he would set up an agency with a mandate to promote what he called "Judeo-Christian values" overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.

Trump spoke Thursday a few hours after the House passed legislation essentially barring Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it's unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposes the measure.

The unified pushback against Trump was rare. Republicans have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters but also increasingly concerned that he's managed to maintain his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall.

The first reference to a database for Muslims came in Trump's interview with Yahoo News published Thursday in which the billionaire real estate mogul did not reject the idea of requiring Muslims to register in a database or giving them special identification cards noting their religion.

"We're going to have to look at a lot of things very closely," Trump told Yahoo News.

According to Yahoo, he also suggested he would consider warrantless searches, saying, "We're going to have to do things that we never did before."

Asked by reporters Thursday night to explain his Yahoo comments, Trump suggested his response had been misconstrued. "I never responded to that question," he said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fires Back At Pro-Kasich Group ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:55:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump and John Kasich ended up in a Twitter fight Thursday after a super PAC backing the Ohio governor was launching an ad blitz against the billionaire Republican candidate, NBC News reported.

Pro-Kasich New Day for America PAC is planning to air radio, TV, mail and online ads in New Hampshire, where Trump has a wide lead.

The line of attack is one that hasn't yet been tried on Trump: Arguing he's inexperienced and unsuited for the demands of the White House. According to Politico, the group's first ad invokes the Paris attacks and ties Trump to President Obama, declaring, "On-the-job training for president does not work." The ads are sure to be hard-hitting since the man behind them, Fred Davis, is known for effective political spots.

Trump unleaded a dozen tweets dismissing Kasich because of his standing in the polls.

Trump’s general counsel also threatened to sue the Kasich campaign and New Day over the ads.

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<![CDATA[Ellis Act Changes Could Protect SF Tenants]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:13:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1119-2015-RealEstate.jpg

The Ellis Act, a decades-old California law created to protect landlords looking to get out of the rental business, is once again stirring up controversy in San Francisco.

Tenants in rent-controlled units fear abuse of the Ellis Act by landlords could not only cost them their home but a last chance to remain in the city.

A recent proposal by California Senator Mark Leno called Senate Bill No. 364 seeks to change all that by protecting tenants from landlords that he says “take advantage” of the law, selling to so-called real estate speculators to make a quick buck.

Does the legislation stand a chance of making a difference?

That might be tough, NBC Bay Area found.

The California Association of Realtors is the richest and most active opponent of Leno’s legislation. The group says that San Francisco already has the most tenant-protective eviction rules in the state, which is true.

It also says Leno’s bill would discourage investment in San Francisco’s rental housing market, which might be true.

But here’s fact: Six state senators voted against the bill in committee, killing Leno’s attempt to introduce it last year. All six received money from the California Association of Realtors.

The battle isn’t over yet. Leno’s legislation will be reconsidered next year.

The proposal would require buyers to own a property for five years before they can evict tenants.

Research from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project bolsters Leno’s case and proves that five years is an important number.

Between 2009 and 2013, there were roughly 700 Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco. About half happened within one year of new ownership. Almost 80 percent occurred within five years.

“It is really a stick in the eye to the Ellis Act,” Leno told NBC Bay Area. “It’s making a mockery of the law that was created as a right for a landlord being abused in a very cynical way, just to feed the greed of a speculator.”

Under the Ellis Act, landlords can evict tenants so long as they provide up to a one year notification, compensate renters and agree not to re-rent the units at market rate.

Other opponents, like the California Apartment Association (CAA), criticize Leno’s legislation for failing to protect small-scale landlords.

“If we could find a way to define what Mr. Leno likes to call a ‘speculator’ from the small mom-and-pop who really needs to just get out of the business or wants to move into their property, let’s do that,” the CAA’s Debra Carlton said. “He hasn’t done that yet.”

NBC Bay Area found Leno’s proposal does protect small landlords. According to the text of the bill, those with “no more than two properties” or “four total residential units” are exempt from the five-year requirement.

The California Apartment Association says 16 units would make more sense as a cutoff.

In the meantime, evictions continue to displace hundreds of San Franciscans every year.

Theresa Flandrich is one of 22 residents displaced on her block in the in the city’s North Beach neighborhood in just the last two years. Like many of her neighbors, she has lived in her apartment for decades and raised a family there.

“This represents all people who have been forced out of their homes, forced out of their communities in the city,” she said.

Flandrich was served with an Ellis Act eviction in 2012. She fought the eviction for three years, but eventually settled with her landlord. She and other residents in her building will move out in February.

“This is the core, the tradition of North Beach, of a community,” Flandrich said. “It is a huge, huge loss for all of us.”

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<![CDATA[Senate Holds Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:24:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/159977439.jpg

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are held a hearing Thursday on the impact ISIS is having on the homeland and refugee resettlement.

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<![CDATA[Trump Knocks Obama, Media]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:41:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+Worcester+111815.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters and a small handful of protesters Wednesday in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Among his targets at the DCU Center were President Obama, the media, his Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2016 race, John Kerry, ISIS, undocumented immigrants and the protesters who interrupted him in three separate instances.

One man interrupted Trump while he spoke of how many Americans are unemployed, in poverty and on food stamps.

"It's amazing. I mentioned food stamps and that guy that's seriously overweight went crazy. He went crazy," Trump said after the person was removed. "That's an amazing sight."

Security was very tight at the event, as Trump now has Secret Service. After each outburst, those partaking were promptly and forcibly removed.      

But the great majority of those at the event were wildly enthusiastic supporters.

"I'll be honest with you, I'm petrified right now," said Nancie Zecco of neighboring Holden. "We need somebody like him in office."

One of the people removed from the event was shouting, "Trump's a racist!"

A Hispanic attendee said he disagrees with the accusation of racism and supports Trump on immigration.

"What they need to do is do things the right way," Roberto Rivera of Hartford, Connecticut, said. "Everyone wants to be here - best country in the world. But we need to do it legally."

Trump said that the media would overblow the small number of protesters in comparison to what he called more than 12,000 attendees.

"We had three little protests," he said. "And the press will say 'protests at Trump!'"

Additionally, the candidate insinuated that the media was responsible for glorifying those responsible for the terror attacks in Paris.

"The press plays right into their hands! The press is calling the leader of the pack in Paris a mastermind. So all these kids are sitting home, even in New York and in California and in Massachusetts - 'Ah, the mastermind,'" said Trump. "He's not a mastermind, he's a low-life. This is just a low-life guy."

Trump said members of ISIS are not smart, but are using the Internet as a recruitment tool effectively.

"We have to take back the Internet! There's so many things that we have to do. We have a president that doesn't have a clue," he said. "Obama has been a disaster."

The candidate criticized Obama and Kerry for the Iran deal, saying if he were negotiating, he would have done a better job.

As for his fellow presidential candidates, Trump notably took aim at Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - even construing the latter's stance in favor of environmental reform as a lack of concern over terrorism.

"According to Bernie, the Paris attacks were caused by global warming," he stated.

With his own stance on ISIS, though, Trump easily drew applause.

"We gotta knock the [expletive] out of these people," he exclaimed.

Another ovation came when Trump said he'd put some focus on taking care of veterans.

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<![CDATA[Compare Presidential Candidates on the Issues]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 06:09:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/candidates-grid.jpg


New England Cable News reached out to each presidential campaign for its position on select issues. Candidate positions from official campaign websites were used for the campaigns that didn't respond; those cases have been indicated in the graphic. 

Note: Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and length. 

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<![CDATA[Trump Lays Out New Plan for Refugees, Including 'Safe Zone']]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:37:39 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TrumpKnoxville-AP_141770555656.jpg

Donald Trump laid out a new plan for Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

The Republican presidential candidate addressed a crowd of nearly 10,000 people at the Knoxville Convention Center, saying he would build a safe zone for refugees who, he said, want to go home after the crisis is over anyway.

"In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, okay? You take a big swatch and you don't destroy all of Europe."

Trump said the migrants would be happier because they won’t have to learn the languages where they would move and because they wouldn’t have to get used to new climates or weather patterns.

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<![CDATA[Governors Declare Their States Off-Limits to Syrian Refugees]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:11:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-497366084.jpg NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston weighs in as at least 21 governors declare their states off-limits to Syrian refugees.

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<![CDATA[Airbnb Employee Recounts Paris Terror Attacks]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:05:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+PARIS+TERROR+ATTACK+PKG+-+00013323.jpg

Brian Morearty was enjoying dinner in Paris Friday when the sound of gunfire pierced the night.

At first, the Peninsula resident and his Airbnb colleagues, who were in the French capital for a conference, mistook the "Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!" for fireworks, he said.

"I started asking, 'What happened?'" Morearty recalled.

News about the deadly terror attacks quickly trickled into Morerarty’s social media feeds. He promptly texted his wife saying that he was safe and loved her.

The jihadist Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the coordinated gun-and-bombing attacks in Paris that killed 129 people – 89 of whom were at the Bataclan concert hall – and injured at least 352 others.

But, at the time, Morearty didn’t know how close he was to the terrorists.

"It turned out [that we were] half a block from some of the shootings," he said.

Morerarty said that all the diners at the restaurant where he was hunkered down for about five hours after word about the massacre first surfaced. He then decided to walk to his Airbnb host’s apartment in the dead of the night.

"I walked until my phone died," he recounted.

After an emotional reunion at San Francisco Airport Sunday, Morearty resumed his normal routine Monday. But Paris and the events that unfolded that fateful night are fresh in his mind.

"Mostly what I’m feeling is compassion for the people of Paris – they lost loved ones," he said. "The memory is going to stay forever. It was very intense."

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<![CDATA[Alabama Gov. Seeks to Bar Refugees After French Attack]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:15:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bentley-AP_644774718264.jpg

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared in a statement Sunday night he will not allow Syrian refugees to enter his state under Washington’s refugee assistance rules following the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

"I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," he said.

Bentley didn’t indicate how he planned to stop Syrian refugees from entering Alabama. One of the State Department’s refugee processing centers is in Mobile.

His statements come after Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the attacks wouldn’t change the country’s policy on relocating refugees from war-torn Syria.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also said his state will stop efforts to accept Syrian refugees.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Clarifies Remarks on Fight Against ISIS]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:58:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ClintonIowa-AP_156391297688.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the United States has to lead the global fight against ISIS, but can’t and shouldn’t do it alone, NBC News reported.

During a campaign stop on Sunday, she stressed the fight against “radical jihadism” is a top priority.

With former President Bill Clinton at her side, she clarified remarks she made during the second Democratic debate, in which she said “it cannot be an American fight” and that she didn’t think the U.S. had the “bulk of the responsibility.”

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush: 'We Should Declare War' on ISIS]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:56:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jeb-Bush-AP_986935916788.jpg

Two days after terrorists killed 129 people and wounded 352 others in a bloodbath in Paris, U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd "we should declare war" on ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the massacre.

"You destroy ISIS and then you build a coalition to replace this radical Islamic terrorist threat to our country and to Europe and to the region with something that is more peace-loving," Bush said on "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said ISIS "is not something you can contain."

"Each day that ISIS exists, it gains more energy and recruits around the world," he explained. "We should declare war and harness all the power that the United States can bring to bear — both diplomatic and military, of course — to be able to take out ISIS. We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven't show the will."

When asked how he would like to see President Barack Obama respond to the attacks, Bush said the president should declare a no-fly zone over Syria, arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Iraq, "reengage" with Sunni leaders and "garner support" from the United States' European allies.

"Lead. That's what I want him to do. Lead," Bush said.

Multiple terrorists carried out coordinated attacks Friday at six locations in Paris, authorities said.

Assailants opened fire at multiple restaurants in the city's 10th and 11th arrondissements, while suicide bombers detonated explosive vests outside the national stadium, where a soccer match was underway. Others gunned down at least 89 people at a music venue where concert-goers had gathered to see a California-based rock band.

Paris' prosecutor said Saturday seven assailants died in the attacks, which French president Francois Hollande has called an "act of war" that warrants a "merciless response."

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<![CDATA[Fact Checking the Milwaukee GOP Debate]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:28:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Debate-AP_44785540205.jpg

Republican presidential candidates took to the stage last night for the primary season’s fourth Republican Debate held at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, WI and broadcast on the Fox Business network.

During the two-and-a-half hour debate, candidates focused largely on jobs and the economy, and delivered a handful of statements prime for fact-checking.

“Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.” – Ben Carson

This claim is partially true.

A 2014 report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found 500,000 people might lose their job from a federal minimum wage hike from $7.25 to $10.10. The key word there is “might.” After all, that’s only one possible outcome predicted by the CBO. The report clarifies the assessment as having “a two-thirds chance that the effect would be in the range between a very slight reduction in employment and a reduction in employment of 1 million workers.”

In other words, that margin is wide, said Santa Clara University economics professor Alexander Field.

“It lies somewhere between a million people and fewer employed, versus negligible,” he said.

“We have to recognize that small businesses right now, more of them are closing than are being set up.” – Jeb Bush

This claim is partially true.

A Brookings Institution report found the number of businesses in the United States did shrink during the recession from 2008 to 2011.

Since 2012, however, the trend has turned around and the country has seen more business growth.

So why do candidates like Bush—and Rubio who made a similar statement later on in the debate—claim these partial truths?

“Politicians will stretch and bend this as best as they can because time is limited and they want to maximize their impact,” says William Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

“That’s what effective politicians do,” he added. “They throw out a fact that’s a really good sounding soundbite. Maybe it doesn’t quite add up in terms of all the facts, but at least there is some veracity to it, some truth to it.”

“We ought to look at where income inequality seems to be the worst. It seems to be the worst in cities run by Democrats.” – Rand Paul

The Brookings Institution ranked the top ten cities in the country based on income inequality. Major metropolises like Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles are listed in the top ten.

Nine of those top ten cities have Democratic mayors, but Whalen says that Paul’s claim bypasses common sense.

“You get into trouble when you try to affix political parties to problems to make a party the qualifier, the adjective for a problem,” he said.

Just look at San Francisco, he added.

“San Francisco has massive income inequality,” he said. “It has income inequality on the scale of African nations, but that’s not a function of [it being] a city run by Democrats. It’s the nature of the beast and the nature of how the economy works in that town.”

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<![CDATA[Bush, Carson Seek to Steady Campaigns in GOP Debate]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 23:43:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_892955806024-gop-debate-milwaukee.jpg Republicans Jeb Bush and Ben Carson sought to steady their presidential campaigns in Tuesday night's GOP debate, with Bush taking advantage of a policy-focused contest to detail positions on the economy and immigration while Carson swatted away mounting questions about the veracity of his celebrated biography. Jean Elle reports.

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<![CDATA[Decision 2016]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:13:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/646*120/decision_2016_header.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Examining California's Influence on 2016 Republican Presidential Race]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:52:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gop+debate+cnbc.jpg California is poised to be a big player in the 2016 Republican presidential race. Larry Gerston reports.

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<![CDATA[Fiorina: 'Anybody Can Write a Plan']]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09:11:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fiorina+Defends+Lack+of+Tax+Plan.png

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defended not having presented a detailed tax plan, saying that politicians put out comprehensive plans all the time for things that never end up happening.


“Show us what you’re gonna do. Why won’t you show us your work?” asked “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd.

Instead, Fiorina offers an "Answers" page on her website, allowing visitors to submit questions on various issues, which she answers through her appearances on the campaign trail. She explained that her remarks to voters hold her more accountable than a written plan.

"Anybody can write a plan,” she said.

<![CDATA[Rubio's Campaign Releases Credit Card Records]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 03:57:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RubioAP_695476336270.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's campaign on Saturday released nearly two years of credit card records from the time the senator from Florida served in the state House of Representatives. 

The disclosure comes after attacks from rival Donald Trump and others, who have questioned how Rubio used a state Republican party credit card while he was a legislator in his home state, NBC News reported.

"For years I've heard about Marco and his credit cards," Donald Trump said recently. "And I'll be honest with you, I think that he's got a problem there."

Rubio sometimes used the card for personal expenses and paid them directly to American Express, according to his campaign, but some of those charges have been previously unreported.

The records released were from 2005 and 2006.

"Marco is running for president, and he understands that voters have a right to know not only where he would take our country, but also where he came from and what's in his past," said top campaign aide Todd Harris. "He is not afraid of that scrutiny because he has nothing to hide."

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Fundraiser Brian Ballard Defects Over Rubio Attacks]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:06:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BushRubio-AP_643032512216.jpg

Jeb Bush is losing support of one of Florida’s leading fundraisers, NBC News reported.

Brian Ballard told Politico he withdrew his support and made it public now to discourage Bush from attacking Rubio.

"The campaign has become negative, one that is about attacking and trying to bring down Marco Rubio. And that doesn't sit well - not only with me, but with anyone who knows the two," Ballard said to Politico. "Marco's a friend of mine. I didn't sign up for a campaign that was going to be negative and attack a bright star of the party's future. It doesn't make sense. I'm over it. And I'm done."

Both Bush and Rubio draw from a similar group of donors in Florida, who have supported both candidates over the years.

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