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Former Democratic Texas Rep. and 2020 presidential candidate Robert (Beto) O’Rourke sparked national interest and confusion after one of his old poems from high school surfaced earlier this month.

The bizarre poem titled “Song of the Sacred Cow” depicts sexual fantasies involving a cow.

As the stanzas read, “Buff my balls/ Love the cow/ Good fortune for those who do … Wax my ass/ Scrub my balls/ The Cow has risen … Thrust your hooves up my analytic passage/ Enjoy my fruits.”

O’Rourke responded to the Chicago Tribune about his past poetry and said, “I’m mortified to read it now — incredibly embarrassed — but I have to take ownership of my words. . . . It’s not anything I’m proud of today and, I mean, that’s the long and short of it.”

O’Rourke is also dealing with controversy over his involvement in a well-known hacking group as a teenager. Reuters revealed that the46-year-old politician admitted in an interview with Joseph Menn that he was once part of a “hacktivist” group called the Cult of the Dead Cow.

As part of their initiation test, new potential members had to write T-file essays and post them on an online bulletin board. O’Rourke wrote multiple T-files, one of which discussed hitting a child with a car.

“As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two.” O’Rourke wrote. (RELATED: Beto Wrote Murder Fantasy Where Narrator Drives Over Children On The Street)

It’s ironic that O’Rourke writes about hitting people with his car considering that in 1998, he was arrested for drunk driving and allegedly hit a truck and attempted to flee the scene. (RELATED: WITNESS: Beto Tried To Flee Drunk Driving Scene After Causing High Speed Crash)

But all this controversy aside, Beto’s poetry may have some promise. Would you be able to tell the difference between his poetry and Yoko Ono’s? Put your skills to the test:

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Nick Sherman | Contributor

The United States sees roughly 3 million deaths per year. How many of those deaths come from gun violence? How many come from other fatal illnesses and accidents?

Recently, debate regarding gun violence has taken over the media, with many news outlets relating mass shootings and other violent, gun-related incidents to the United States’ gun laws, gun statistics and Second Amendment rights.

While violent crime in the United States has been on a steady decline since the early 1990s, a large number of Americans, including children, have fallen victim to gun violence. As much as 80-percent of gun-related deaths, however, are carried out with illegally purchased firearms. There is also no clear relation between stricter gun laws and less gun-related homicides. (RELATED: Beto Takes One Question On Guns — Gives An Answer Both Sides Will Hate)

Politicians are still going after Second Amendment regulations with the hope to decrease that 3-million-person death toll. What other causes of death could they be concerned with? What do you think kills more Americans?

Find out the most common cause of death below.

Heart Disease

According to the Center for Disease Control, Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans in 2017. Around 610,000 people die each year from heart disease.

Strokes

Strokes or a blood clot in the brain is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for 140,000 deaths every year in America. This equates to 1-in-20 deaths in America are from a stroke.

Drugs

Around 64,000 people a year a killed due to drug-related causes. According to Vox, drug-related deaths outnumber those of guns, car crashes, and even every death that occurred during the Vietnam War.

Car Accidents

Deaths by car accidents exceeded 40,00 people in 2017 rounding out to 40,100 deaths due to car accidents.

Guns

In 2017, guns caused 39, 773 deaths. However, 60 percent of that number comes from suicides while 30 percent were the result of homicide.

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Jacob Orgel | Contributor

No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, it is indisputable that President Donald Trump has ushered in a new era of U.S. politics.

From a new means of diplomatic relations to a new approach to foreign policy, nearly the entire narrative surrounding the 45th president comes with the tag of “unprecedented.”

However, Trump is not the first White House occupant to do things his own way or to generate public outcry over his actions. Over time, it is easy to forget just how outlandish some of his predecessors’ behaviors might have seemed to the general public during their tenures in office.

We have compiled a list of the 10 craziest moves presidents have made before Trump took office. Read on to learn about the long tradition of wild things that commanders-in-chief have done.

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Matt M. Miller | Contributor

People complain about socialism leading to the destruction of entire nations and starvation of their entire populations, often leading to genocide and otherwise being completely impractical.

Capitalism, however, has obviously the real problem we should be focusing our efforts on removing from society completely. From rapid technology development to jobs to efficient, new ideas, capitalism has imposed greed and sin upon humanity since Adam Smith first wrote his famous inquiry, “The Wealth of Nations.”

While many will argue that there are many tangible benefits capitalism has brought the world, communism offers a more abstract and the wishful thinking outlook toward the future. While capitalism has succeeded in theory and in practice, socialism hasn’t had a chance to be executed properly in America (yet)!

Just imagine a world in which New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s Green New Deal was being practiced by the entire country: no farting cows, no carbon emissions, no cars or planes. A green dream!

While Capitalism might “save lives,” “improve general quality of life,” and present people with “opportunities to express themselves” in the “free market,” it is also led to many problems. Take a look at some of the worst below. (RELATED: Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Capitalism Will ‘Not Always Exist’)

Vote for your least favorite effect of capitalism!

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, people are gearing up across the United States for a full day of green beer, corned beef and cabbage and endless parades.

No matter where you go or who you are, on St. Patty’s Day everyone is Irish. Many Americans, however, continue to be Irish all the time. (RELATED: Here’s How America Transformed St. Patrick’s Day From A Solemn Liturgical Feast To A Day Of Beer Guzzling And Parades)

In 2016, 32.3 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry, which is about 10 percent of the total population, according to the U.S. Census. Irish ancestry is the second-largest group in the United States, with German descent leading with 49 million Americans.

From the early beginnings of the country to today, the U.S. has had 11 presidents of Irish descent. Looking in the past, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and James Buchanan all had ancestors move from Ireland to America.

More recently, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama also carried (or carry) the same Irish heritage in one way or another. (RELATED: Take Our Quiz To Find Out How Irish You Really Are)

In light of St. Patrick’s day, who is your favorite Irish president? Let us know below.

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Nick Sherman | Contributor

For almost his entire time in office since being elected in 2016, President Donald Trump has been subjected to Russian collusion theory.

Many people — both in politics and in the media — have partaken in peddling and sharing this theory that Trump colluded with Russians in order to win the 2016 presidential election.

Here is a list of some of the most prominent Trump-Russia collusion theorists out there:

1. Chris Hayes

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Chris Hayes speaks during the 2019 Writers Guild Awards Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for WGAw)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Chris Hayes speaks during the 2019 Writers Guild Awards Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for WGAw)

MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes has made forays into the Russia collusion, telling Steven Colbert that he is a firm believer in collusion: “It walks like a duck, it talks like a duck, let’s indict the duck.”

2. Rachel Maddow

MUNCIE, IN - DECEMBER 02: Rachel Maddow , on December 2, 2011 in Muncie, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

MUNCIE, IN – DECEMBER 02: Rachel Maddow , on December 2, 2011 in Muncie, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

This other MSNBC host has a penchant for spending a decent amount of time on her show covering different details of supposed collusion. Even Left-leaning online journal The Intercept has said, “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow sees a ‘Russia connection lurking around every corner.’”

3. Cenk Uygur

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Cenk Uygur, Steven Olikara, and Tucker Carlson during Politicon 2018 (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon )

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Cenk Uygur, Steven Olikara, and Tucker Carlson during Politicon 2018 (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon )

Cenk Uygur is the host of the Young Turks on YouTube. As a far-Left news personality, he has made predictions about how long Trump will stay in office, as well as how guilty Trump is when it comes to colluding with Russia.

4. The Krassenstein Brothers

The two brothers founded Hill Reporter and are the hosts of the Krassenpost podcast. They are vehement critics of Trump and constantly express their desire to see him impeached. They have additionally been propagators of the Russian-collusion theory. See their Twitters here and here.

5. Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) is joined by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other House Democrats for a news conference on the Privileged Resolution to Terminate President Donald Trump's emergency declaration February 25, 2019 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) is joined by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) … (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has also been a peddler of the Russian-collusion theory, saying, “There’s no escaping it: the Trump Campaign’s inner circle met with an agent of a hostile foreign power to influence the outcome of an American election,” as reported by the independent.

So, you decide who the biggest Russia-collusion conspiracy theorist is. Feel free to debate in the comments or add new people who you think should have made it on this list.

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

The way top celebrities and lawmaker bosses interact with their staff and handle situations is largely unknown to the public. When their management tactics are revealed, however, these bosses can have some terrifying workplace tendencies.  

Starting in Hollywood, one of the scariest bosses is former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. Having been accused by more than “80 women of crimes ranging from unwanted advances to rape,” Weinstein’s downfall is considered the beginning of the #MeToo movement, according to CNN

The media mogul has been accused of using his influence to sexually harass actresses and has been charged with five felony charges(RELATED: There Are Rumors That Harvey Weinstein Is Quietly At This Huge Awards Ceremony)

Shifting to the government workplace, Congress houses some of the scariest bosses yet, specifically Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

In January, Jackson Lee was sued by a former staff aide who alleged that her termination was from threatening legal action against the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which Jackson Lee chairs.

The lawsuit was the second against Jackson Lee, whose behavior has been described as erratic and derisive. Over her more than 20 years in office, the Texas representative has had a staff turnover rate of 59 percent between 2001 and 2017. (RELATED: Congressional Bosses From Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee)

Similarly, Minnesota Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has a reputation of being an abusive boss to her staff aides. Procuring the highest staff turnover in the Senate, Klobuchar has thrown objects, such as a binder, and has berated her staff aides over email, according to a BuzzFeed report. (RELATED: Amy Klobuchar Ate A Salad With A Comb)

However, the trio are not the only ones called out for terrifying tactics. Donald Trump and Scott Rudin have been known for bipolar decision making that switches from impulsive to intuitive from day to day.

Additionally, some of the most terrifying bosses can be found in the kitchen. Fiery and explicit British cook Gordon Ramsay makes his living off of scaring his cooks in reality television shows and Paula Deen faced scrutiny for unexpectedly closing a restaurant without informing her workers.  (RELATED: ‘N-word’ User Paula Deen Is An Obama Supporter) 

Of them all, which would be the scariest boss to work with? Who would want to work with the least? Let us know below.

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Nick Sherman | Contributor

Contrary to popular belief, we here at The Daily Caller love liberals.

There are many liberals in the United States that we cover, and we love all of them. However, these liberals’ antics and acts give us amazing content to work with and give to you — the people. (VOTE: Which Is The Best President-Celebrity Duo Of All Time?)

So, if your friends ask you: “Who are the Daily Callers favorite liberals?” you can show them this article. These liberals have the best sets of minds and the most hardening of resolve.

In no particular order, here is the definitive list of our favorite liberals. We love them all. (VOTE: Which Politician Do You Think Drinks The Most Beer?)

We write about many liberals at this site, but these are our favorites. (RELATED: VOTE: Who Is The Hottest Liberal?)

If you disagree with our careful selections, feel free to argue for your favorite lib in the comments.

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

Twitter was in an uproar when reporters helped Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris with her choice of fashion last weekend.

Political pundits and reporters alike criticized multiple videos from CNN, CBS and NBC reporters showing the California senator trying on a sequenced jacket on her campaign stop in South Carolina.

Kamala’s new “Mardi Gras Coat” faced backlash from all angles on Twitter, including Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who called the coverage “embarrassing,” and Time columnist Christopher Hale, who did not see the coverage as “objective journalism.” (RELATED: Kamala Harris Stammers When Asked About Smollett ‘Lynching’ Comments) 

CBS reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns defended herself on Twitter, saying that they asked the candidate about policy and other issues earlier in the day.

The debate continued as more journalists and pundits jumped in to defend the reporters saying that the event was from Harris’s tour of small businesses in Columbia, South Carolina.

In addition, they also referenced times in the past when candidates had more casual moments with reporters during campaign trail coverage. (RELATED: Kamala Harris Claims To Have Listened To Sno0p Dogg, Tupac While Smoking Pot) 

We want to turn the debate over to you. What do you think about Harris’s coverage? Should this be appropriate for reporters? Vote and let us know below.

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Graeme Gallagher | Contributor

The alleged hate crime attack on actor Jussie Smollett took a dramatic turn this week when Chicago Police issued a report suggesting that Smollett orchestrated the attack himself.

The 36-year-old “Empire” actor and singer alleged that he was attacked in Chicago by two individuals at a Subway on a late January night. His attackers allegedly shouted racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance over him. (RELATED: Kamala Harris Stammers When Asked About Smollett ‘Lynching’ Comments)

The narrative of the story shifted, however, when two law enforcement sources told CNN that the Chicago Police believe Smollett paid his two attackers to assault him. The attackers, who are brothers from Nigeria and were also hired as extras on Smollett’s show, were released without charges on Friday and are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

With backlash quickly forming against Smollet’s hate-crime hoax, his attorneys issued a statement denying the latest development. (RELATED: Here’s A List Of Hoax ‘Hate Crimes’ In The Trump Era)

“He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” said attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson to CNN.

Smollet’s attorneys said that they will continue to cooperate with authorities and are expecting further updates on the investigation.

In light of Smollett’s alleged orchestration of the attack, we want to know what has been the actor’s most convincing performance. Was it his interview with ABC on the attack? Or was it his kid actor role on “The Mighty Ducks”? Let us know and vote below.

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