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  • Iowa Democratic caucus runs into difficulties amid volunteering crisis

    01/25/2016 12:37:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | January 23, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Waterloo, Iowa
    Things are looking grim for the Iowa Democratic party's efforts to mount a successful caucus on 1 February. The Guardian has learned the party is still lacking a temporary chairman to run the caucuses in up to 300 locations across the state with just over a week to go before caucus night. These officials preside over caucuses when they first convene. Caucuses can then elect a permanent chair but invariably the temporary chair is chosen. The chair ensures the Democratic party's complex rules are followed and that an accurate vote is taken and then reported to state Democratic party. There...
  • Top SJW spokesman wants to know why Bernie Sanders doesn’t favor reparations for slavery

    01/20/2016 8:44:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 20, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We've spoken about Ta-nehisi Coates a few times previously. Widely considered to be the voice of the Social Justice Warriors, the author of Between the World and Me seems to be the go-to philosopher of everyone from the Black Lives Matter movement to the most hard core liberal enclaves of the media. Given how poorly Bernie Sanders has been doing with black voters in recent polls, it's no shock that Coates might be rushing to the defense of Hillary Clinton as she struggles to stay to the left of the Vermont socialist. And true to form, he seems to be...
  • Hillary Clinton turns up the heat on Bernie Sanders

    01/09/2016 9:16:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 9, 2016 | Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica and Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)--A sense of anxiety is cascading through Hillary Clinton's campaign, with an increasing sense of urgency the primary fight with Bernie Sanders is far more of a threat than once imagined, unlikely to be extinguished after the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton has gone from all but ignoring Sanders to fiercely engaging him in recent days, a reflection of public and private polling that points to a race that is uncomfortably competitive for the Democratic front-runner. She openly questions his electability and argues that he is out of step with the party on guns and other...
  • Shunning Hillary Is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House

    01/09/2016 12:30:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | January 8, 2016 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Here's a horrific "what if" in the months after November 9, 2016. That's the day after the presidential election and the winner is declared. The nomination and confirmation of one, two, maybe even three more Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomas's to the Supreme Court. The quick repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the shut-down of the Department of Education, the total scrap of the Dodd-Frank financial industry regulations, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and outlawing of abortion, the gut of the EPA, a cheer of the notion that Global Warming is a fraud, the giveaway of millions of acres of...
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Heats Up Attacks on Ted Cruz Over Global Warming

    12/08/2015 4:19:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 8, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign attacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for chairing a Senate inquiry into global warming Tuesday. “The science on climate change is clear, 2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record, and the United States is already feeling the impacts of climate change — including in Ted Cruz’s home state of Texas, where severe downpours and flash floods killed dozens this year alone,” Hillary for America Chairman John Podesta said in a statement....
  • Iowa Intrigue: Huckabee and Santorum Backers Reportedly Plotting to Help Rubio Against Cruz

    12/30/2015 9:28:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | December 30, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Do supporters of the Christian right candidates Ted Cruz has eclipsed hate him so much they'd sabotage their own heroes? The late stages of the invisible primary would not be complete without reports of intrigue and skullduggery in Iowa, with campaigns forming tactical alliances against common enemies. We have one today from National Review's Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson, who report that supporters of the last two caucus winners, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, are so bitter at being eclipsed by Ted Cruz that they are conspiring to block the Texan and instead elevate Marco Rubio. There's only one problem...
  • It’s Time For Mike Huckabee To Get Out Of The Presidential Race

    12/29/2015 10:58:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | December 29, 2015 | Scott McKay
    Just like it's past time for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul to get out, and it's past time for Rick Santorum and George Pataki to get out. That's obvious, but it's made more obvious now that Huckabee is resorting to off-base and stupidly dishonest ads attempting to trash candidates who have taken his votes away. Here's a PAC ad Huckabee's camp is running in Iowa... (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The same consulting firm also put out similar attacks on Cruz in Iowa on his opposition to ethanol subsidies and accusing Cruz of being bankrolled by the oil industry....
  • Deep Democrat-GOP divide looks to make abortion issue ‘bubble over’ in campaign, activists say

    12/27/2015 3:13:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | December 28, 2015 | The Associated Press
    With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas....
  • Sanders says he can win over Trump supporters by channeling 'legitimate' anger

    12/27/2015 1:14:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    United Press International ^ | December 27, 2015 | Andrew V. Pestano
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Bernie Sanders said he thinks he can win over Donald Trump supporters because he can also channel the "legitimate" anger of "working-class people." In a CBS interview released Sunday, Sanders said many Trump supporters are people who are angry and fearful due to decreasing wages and the rising costs of tuition, among other issues. "What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger, taken those fears, which are legitimate, and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims," Sanders said, adding that he would use that anger to support things like an...
  • A Ben Carson implosion isn't good news for Republican elites. It's good news for Trump.

    11/06/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Vox ^ | November 6, 2015 | Dylan Matthews
    Due to the catastrophizing tendencies of political journalism, the revelation that Ben Carson has been lying about getting into West Point for 25 years has prompted rampant speculation about what happens if his campaign collapses and he drops out. Multiple commentators suggested that Ted Cruz, who, like Carson, is trying to court evangelical voters, has the most to gain...
  • Hillary Clinton: NRA Wants People To Think ‘Black Helicopter’ Is Coming To Disarm Americans

    12/11/2015 4:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 11, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Hillary Clinton launched a bitter diatribe against the National Rifle Association (NRA) in her appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. “It is not a totally foreign, alien concept that people have guns” for self-defense and hunting, Clinton told Meyers. “The NRA of thirty years ago is not the NRA of today,” Clinton said. “Today they want people to think the black helicopter is landing in your yard” to “take them away.”(continued)
  • Clinton ally Brock lays out Cruz attack plan

    12/11/2015 4:21:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 11, 2015 | Annie Karni
    While Hillary Clinton talks about Donald Trump on the trail, her allies are going after the GOP contender Democrats see as the real competition — Ted Cruz. David Brock, one of Clinton’s most important allies and fundraisers, is preparing a campaign against the Texas conservative that will attack his character as well as his policy positions....
  • Vilsack: Clinton, Cruz doing well in Iowa (Former Democratic Governor)

    12/10/2015 8:57:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KSDK-TV | December 10, 2015 | USA Today
    Link only: http://archive.ksdk.com/common/elections/news/storyapi.aspx?storyid=77103226
  • Stalwarts of parties study, OK new rules (Ted Cruz wins Arkansas State Republican straw poll)

    12/09/2015 2:31:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette ^ | December 6, 2015 | Brian Fanney and Michael R. Wickline
    (SNIP)GOP STRAW POLL Republican Stu Soffer of White Hall announced Saturday that Cruz won the GOP straw poll with 72 votes, while Huckabee received 27 votes, and Rubio and Trump each picked up 24 votes. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Baltimore received six votes in the straw poll. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received four votes, Ohio Gov. John Kasich tallied three votes and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush got two votes, according to Soffer. U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina each received one vote. Soffer said former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania,...
  • Clinton forces see 3 possible GOP opponents: Trump, Rubio and Cruz are the focus of preparations....

    12/08/2015 8:28:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 8, 2015 | Annie Karni
    Hillary Clinton's super PAC backers and operatives who are gearing up for the general election fight are preparing for three possible opponents - Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz....
  • Hillary Clinton Will Finish Third In Iowa, Behind Bernie Sanders and O'Malley. Here's Why

    12/07/2015 11:31:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | December 4, 2015 | H. A. Goodman
    There's a reason Hillary Clinton finished third in the 2008 Iowa Caucus, behind Barack Obama and John Edwards. In addition to her costly vote supporting the war in Iraq, Clinton has always pleaded "guilty" to being a moderate. It's this centrism (even when progressive values are now popular throughout the nation) that fuels questions about why she opposed gay marriage or as The Huffington Post writes, accepted "$133,246 to the Ready for Hillary PAC" from major prison lobbyists. The Iowa Caucus was once labeled as part of the Democratic Party's "extremes" by Hillary Clinton in a recently disclosed State Department...
  • Bernie Sanders launches petition drive to preserve Syrian refugee program

    11/21/2015 12:34:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 20, 2015 | John Wagner
    CHARLESTON, S.C. — As Republican presidential candidates continued to sound the alarm Friday about Syrian immigrants, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders took a step in the opposite direction, launching a petition drive to preserve the program that facilities their arrival in the United States. “In this moment, it is particularly important that we not allow ourselves to be divided by the anti-immigrant hysteria that Republican presidential candidates are ginning up,” Sanders, who was arriving here for a three-day campaign swing, said in an e-mail to supporters. “When hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and have nothing left but the...
  • WATCH: Hillary Supporters Tell PJM Why She’s Their Pick

    11/06/2015 4:15:46 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-5-2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Attendees of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally in Alexandria said the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton's use of private email has not changed their opinion of the former secretary of State. "Yes, I still support Hillary. I believe the inquiry has been just a way to lower her polls and so, yes, I definitely still support Hillary," a Democratic voter told PJ Media at the rally. "I still support her in spite of the investigation. I expect some mistakes were made and maybe some people somewhere could have been more truthful about some of the events, but there's...
  • Clintons Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

    10/11/2015 1:08:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Michael Barone
    You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left. This strategy has risks, as Nixon, who lost the presidency once and won it once by narrow margins, understood. Your right- or left-wing stances in the primaries can hurt in the general. As happened to George McGovern, the leftward-tacking Democratic nominee in 1972, whom Nixon beat with 61 percent of the vote. In the four decades since only...
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought Id address that question this week. Hey, Im nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I dont mention everyone. Ive only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, Its just politics, folks. Not brain surgery. I dont necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe hes a man of...
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • After talking up money, Donald Trump isnt spending it

    10/07/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ari Melber
    Many Republicans have tried and failed to win the presidential nomination without support from the party establishment. Donald Trump argues he is different from those hopefuls because his wealth enables him to fund an insurgent campaign all by himself. But for all the talk about his money, so far, Trump isnt using it. Trump campaign officials say he has only spent about $2 million far less than fellow GOP candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance. each spent $5.5 million just through July, according to the latest FEC reports. Hillary Clintons campaign, meanwhile, spent $18 million...
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/10/06/editorial-ted-cruz-wrong-syrian-refugees/73486846/
  • Biden suggests GOP and other presidential candidates are 'homophobes'

    10/05/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, on Saturday pledged his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are homophobes. Speaking at the Human Rights Campaigns annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldnt fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia. "There's homophobes still left, he continued to laughter and applause, in his keynote address. Most of them are running for president, I think."(continued)
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, in Dueling Speeches, Focus on Transgender Rights

    10/04/2015 8:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech on Saturday to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Hours later, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is contemplating his own presidential run, stood before the same organization and praised Americans who have fought for gay rights. Love is not a political matter; its a basic human right, Mr. Biden said to a gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night. The fact that we recognize that, its because of you. Mr. Bidens potential candidacy has loomed over Mrs. Clintons...
  • Leaked Audio: Clinton Says Supreme Court Is Wrong on Second Amendment

    10/02/2015 6:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 1, 2015 | Alana Goodman and Stephen Gutowski
    Hillary Clinton slammed the Supreme Court as wrong on the Second Amendment and called for reinstating the assault weapons ban during a small private fundraiser in New York last week, according to audio of her remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. While Clinton has previously supported an assault weapons ban, this is the first time since launching her campaign that she indicated that she would take on the Supreme Court over gun issues. Although Clinton did not identify which Supreme Court case she disagreed with, she appeared to be criticizing the landmark 2008 ruling in District of Columbia v....
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Cruz Well-Positioned for the Long Haul

    09/30/2015 9:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump's peak in polling,...
  • UPDATED: Davis endorses Clinton, blasts Cruz as not fit to lead (Abortion Barbie)

    09/30/2015 8:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | September 30, 2015 | Robert T. Garrett
    Update at 6:33 p.m.: Former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis touted Hillary Clintons experience and grit, while castigating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as not fit to lead during a coffee klatsch for Clinton in Austin Wednesday evening. Speaking to about 40 people, Davis endorsed the former secretary of states presidential bid. Hillary has demonstrated for many years her exemplary ability to lead in the face of real challenges, she said. We need someone like that. Davis said that as the nations first female president, Clinton would hopefully knit this Congress back together and promote an agenda of things that...
  • Crowd awaiting Pope Francis boos Trump in New York: Donald Trump in the news

    09/26/2015 12:51:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 25, 2015 | Sabrina Eaton
    Today's Donald Trump news: As a thick crowd gathered Thursday afternoon on New York's Fifth Avenue to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, the faithful caught sight of someone else Donald Trump. The presidential candidate stepped out of his company headquarters at about 4:30 p.m. and waved. But the crowd quickly reminded Trump that despite countless appearances on talk shows, rallies and over-populated debates they weren't there to see him. Trump heard some cheers, but was mostly showered with boos, a reaction that might not have pleased the pope, who had just finished preaching about the Golden...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channels efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channels own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubios nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • Hillary, who started Obama is a Muslim thing in 2008, appalled Trump might think Obama's a Muslim

    09/18/2015 7:58:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 18, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is the word started too strong? How about popularized? Amplified? Attempted to capitalize on politically? We can split these hairs as finely as youd like. Heres what she said today about Trumps now-famous Q&A last night, via Mediaite: He knew or he should have known that what that man was asking was not only way out of bounds, it was untrue, she continued. And he should have, from the beginning, repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness in a questioner in an audience that he was appearing before. So I would call on him and call on all...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walkers record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walkers must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • Fiorina: Actually, Clinton Did Stop and Think About Her Server

    09/06/2015 11:46:14 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | September 6, 2015
    Fiorina: Actually, Clinton Did Stop and Think About Her Server by NRO STAFF September 6, 2015 Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton suggested that she did not put a lot of thought into her e-mail system while Secretary of State. Asked about this claim on Face the Nation, Carly Fiorina struck a skeptical tone: I dont think its plausible for her to say, Oh, I wasnt paying any attention. She clearly was paying attention. Fiorina noted that one does not just fall into such an arrangement: It takes a lot of work to install a private server system in your basement....
  • Cornel West endorses 'brother' Bernie Sanders

    08/25/2015 10:46:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Civil rights activist and philosopher Cornel West on Monday endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. "I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years," West tweeted late Monday night. West went on to say that it's time for Sanders' "prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country." While West has been a long time supporter of Sanders (and "not a Hillary Clinton fan at all"), the endorsement comes weeks after Black Lives Matter activists disrupted a Sanders event in Seattle, taking the podium from the self...
  • Rand Paul: 'How Do You Out-Trump the Irrational?'

    08/20/2015 4:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Chris Jansing and Shawna Thomas
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says it's only a matter of time until the country wakes up to Donald Trump's insincere message, but he's worried that some Americans are blinded by his "celebrity." In a series of interviews between performing pro-bono eye surgeries in Haiti with the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, the Kentucky senator was relaxed in scrubs, dismissive of Trump and critical of the media's role in Trump's rise. "How do you out-Trump the irrational?" he asked. It's a question he and the other Republican candidates are puzzling over. Paul said the reason "people...
  • The politics of A.P.E.

    08/16/2015 2:19:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The City Wire ^ | August 16, 2015 | Dr. Williams Yamkam
    In 2013, right after she stepped down as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a high approval rating from the American people. Her trust level was on solid ground. Given her loyal service to the country and to President Barack Obama after the bruising 2008 Democratic presidential primaries in which she and Obama vigorously contended, Clintons standing among Democrats was sky high. This situation has allowed Clinton to be perceived as the prohibitive Democratic presidential nominee for the 2016 general elections. A few months ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was undetectable on the presidential political radar as few...
  • ExclusiveTrump Expects to Face Biden in General Election: Hillary Scandal Will Force Her Out

    08/14/2015 2:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 14, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    NEW YORK CITY, New York Should billionaire and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump win the Republican primary in 2016as he certainly wants to dohe expects he will face Vice President Joe Biden in the general election since he thinks the current email scandal plaguing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will eventually knock her out of the race. When asked in a wide-ranging interview with Breitbart News in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower if he could envision a general election with him at the top of the Republican ticket and Vice President Biden leading the Democratic...
  • KRAUTHAMMER: Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

    08/14/2015 12:57:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | August 14, 2015 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post & Fox News
    Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print. Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is analysis scrubbed, as thoroughly as a Clinton server, of advocacy. (Unless I simply can't resist.) Hillary Clinton: Ever since her disastrous book-launch performance, I've thought her both (1) a weak candidate and (2) the inevitable Democratic nominee. No longer. She has fallen from her 95-percent barring-an-act-of-God perch....
  • Vultures circling Hillary: Al Gore insiders talking up potential run

    08/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 13, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Politically wounded presumptive nominee staggering in the desert of her email scandal.Hillary is politically wounded by her never-ending email scandal, which keeps sucking the life out of her favorability ratings, and has Democrats panicked with fear: Im not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second, said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous. Look, this is a...
  • Ted Cruz announces Arkansas leadership team

    08/11/2015 6:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Arkansas Times' Arkansas Blog ^ | August 11, 2015 | Max Brantley
    Sen. Ted Cruz has announced leaders in Arkansas of his presidential campaign. From his announcement: Representative Bob Ballinger, State Co-Chair Rep. Bob Ballinger is serving in his second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 97, which includes portions of Madison, Carrol, and Washington counties. Marcela White, Arkansas Political Coordinator Marcela White is a former Campaign Coordinator for Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Federation of Republican Women Board Member. Curtis Coleman, Little Rock Chairman at the Institute for Constitutional Policy, former Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas. Peggy Jeffries, Fort Smith Former Arkansas State Senator who served...
  • Hillary Clinton: One-term president?

    08/10/2015 9:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | August 10, 2015 | Bonnie Kristian
    America's president was swept into office by a tidal wave of popular support, generating remarkable enthusiasm and building on a broad distaste for his predecessor, who left behind a flagging economy and an unpopular foreign policy. When his two terms were nearly complete, the president endorsed the clear frontrunner for his party's nomination, a Washington insider whom he'd competed against in his primary campaign two elections past. The president's choice won but couldn't hold onto that victory. Just four years later, the opposition seized the White House. This is what happened to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush....
  • 'Cruz country' bus tour looks South

    08/02/2015 9:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will spend much of August on an eight-state Cruz Country bus tour through the South, as his team looks beyond the first four 2016 states to Marchs delegate-heavy SEC Primary states, including Georgia and Texas. Cruz advisers say theyre not only vigorously competing in the early states, but already organizing the so-called SEC states (a nickname from college sports Southeastern Conference), with advertising planned through March 15. An adviser said the objective of the bus trip is to ensure that by the time other candidates get to the March 1 voting states following early state voting,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of 'gutter politics'

    07/27/2015 4:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News' Todd's American Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee said the presidents Iran policy would take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. The president bristled at what he called a ridiculous comment. The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern weve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it werent so sad, he said. Weve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. Weve had a sitting senator, who also...
  • Donald Trump adviser backs Huckabee 'oven' remark

    07/27/2015 12:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 27, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's comments that President Barack Obama is marching Israelis to "the door of the oven," sparked an immediate rebuke from Jewish groups and the President himself, but Donald Trump's special counsel Michael Cohen said he doesn't think that Trump finds those words offensive. "I don't think so," Cohen, executive president of the Trump organization, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Monday. "I think what [Huckabee is] really trying to say is we're in a bad place," adding that he has personally lost family members in the Holocaust and does not want to see...
  • 2016 Presidential Candidates Placing Emphasis on New Marketing Techniques (Hillary & Ted leading)

    07/20/2015 8:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2015 | Samuel Edwards
    Because presidential elections only happen once every four years, its always interesting to see how campaigning changes in reference to technologies and tactics. A lot of innovation happens over the course of four years and its very rare for candidates to follow the same formula as those who went before them. In the 2016 race for the White House, this principle is already holding true. Social media and presidential campaigns If you turn back the clock 10 or 15 years, progressive media forms consisted of talk radio, the Internet and maybe a handful of podcasts. Presidential candidates that were able...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Announced as Crawford Co. Republicans' Guest Speaker (Arkansas)

    07/18/2015 10:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KTFA-TV ^ | July 18, 2015
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Another high profile presidential candidate is making plans to visit Arkansas. On Saturday, the Republican Party of Crawford County announced Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be their guest speaker at this year's Lincoln Day Dinner. The event will be held Wednesday, August 12th at Van Buren High School. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $75. They can be purchased here. Senator Cruz was the first Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race. He's currently serving his first term as US Senator from Texas.
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.