Articles by Justin Shimko

Ted Cruz Citizen

BREAKING: Cruz wins Iowa, Trump and Rubio tussling for second

With nearly all of the reports in, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has taken the win in Iowa’s caucus. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Cruz had 28 percent over 24 percent for Donald Trump. A record number of voters came out to caucus in the Hawkeyes State, which was supposed to help Trump but instead hurt him. Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in…


American Economy

Economic Growth Slowed Last Quarter

The American economy grew just 0.7 percent in the last quarter of 2015, stroking fears of a downturn on top of the tumultuous activity to open the year. The Commerce Department’s report on economic activity bested the predictions from some economists who believed the economy might have contracted in last year’s fourth quarter, but others had anticipated at the new year of growth reaching at…


Polling Story

Early Polling Rarely Leads To Reality

Around Christmastime in 2011, libertarian stalwart Ron Paul’s campaign was riding high. With just over a week before the Iowa caucus, the Texas Republican had a slim majority over Mitt Romney and all the momentum. The wild swing of the campaign season before that point showed candidates taking the lead in the polls for around two weeks, just enough time for Paul to capture the…


George Pataki

BREAKING: Pataki Drops Out

George Pataki is done. The New York governor who made a national name for himself with his handling of affairs after the September 11 attacks, announced to key New Hampshire supporters that he will end his run for the Republican nomination for president, according to the Boston Globe. Scoop: @GovernorPataki is calling his NH supporters this afternoon telling him he will drop his bid for…


Beethoven Sketch Discovered In Connecticut Home

A wall hanging turned out to belong to one of history’s most famous composers, and no one knew about it. Calling it the “highlight of my career,” professional appraiser Brendan Ryan recounted how he discovered sheet music belonging to Ludwig van Beethoven hanging on the wall of a northeastern home for a century. “It was just sort of hanging in a hallway and I saw…


Southern Baptist Leader Moore Calls on Religious to Dump Trump

Russell Moore, the head of one of the Southern Baptist church’s commissions, has called for Christians to speak out against Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. In an opinion piece posted on his blog, and later picked up by multiple media outlets, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said that those who care “an iota about religious liberty should denounce this…


Watch Out! Avoid The Sister Scam and These Other Facebook Gotchas!

The days of Nigerian email scam and unknown inheritance tricks are starting to fade into the distance as Facebook’s popularity continues to soar. Now, with the Christmas season upon us, it seems like some of them have become even more prevalent than before. So, how are you able to tell the difference between what is real and what is fake? Here is a quick rundown…


Undercard Debate More Entertaining With New Face, But Doesn’t Change The Game

With the first debate of the night underway, millions of Americans are probably asking “When will people start dropping out of the race again?” And if they are not asking that question, then they may be gluttons for punishment. For the past several months the Republicans have had a lion’s share of candidates vying for their attention but have mostly been lost among the cacophony…


Second Tier Debate Proof These Four Don’t Belong

The Republican presidential debate on CNBC began much like the previous two: an undercard presentation by four candidates who wanted to be taken seriously but weren’t. Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Gov. George Pataki, Governor Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum took the stage at the first hour ready to lay out their plan and try to differentiate themselves from candidates who would not be…


Hastert

Hastert To Plead Guilty For Hush Money Payments

Lawyers representing former Rep. Dennis Hastert said the retired U.S. House speaker will plead guilty to an indictment accusing him of making $3.5 million in payment to cover up something that happened years before he was elected to Congress. The announcement was made as both sides in the case appeared before the U.S. District judge in Chicago on Thursday morning. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin…