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  • Iowa Poll Suggests Dangers for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s Strengths

    08/30/2015 9:14:18 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Aug 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    In Iowa, when J. Ann Selzer talks, people listen.Many surprising findings in a new survey by Ms. Selzer, Iowa’s most respected pollster, are sure to be topics of elated or anxious conversations on campaign conference calls on Monday morning.Among the findings, released Saturday night: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has shrunk to just 7 percentage points; Donald J. Trump’s favorability with Republicans has sharply increased, suggesting he has room to increase his lead; and Democrats are largely untroubled about Mrs. Clinton’s email controversy – suggesting her vulnerabilities are deeper.With both parties’ nominating races entering a...
  • Gun Myths and the Roanoke Shootings

    08/30/2015 7:49:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Bernie Sanders' record skews way to the left on one issue after another: health care, taxes, campaign finance, international trade, abortion and the Iraq war. Gun control? Not so much. "Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut" was the headline in the liberal online publication Slate. After the Sandy Hook massacre, other progressives called for tough new restrictions on firearms, but Sanders disagreed. "If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don't think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen," he said. The obvious explanation for this anomaly is that he comes from Vermont, a state...
  • The Democratic Party Adopts $15/hour Minimum Wage into National Platform

    08/29/2015 10:09:00 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    The Democratic Party on Friday adopted a call to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr as part of their established party platform heading into the 2016 election season. The move further polarizes the progressive wing of the party by moving them further to the left of both the Republican Party, and corporate centrist Democrats such as Hillary Clinton. In response to the Democratic Party’s vote, Terrence Wise, a Kansas City, Mo. McDonald’s and Burger King Worker and member of the National Organizing Committee of the Fight for $15, issued the following statement.
  • Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats They May Not Win in 2016 Without Him

    08/29/2015 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/29/2015 | Patrick Healy
    MINNEAPOLIS – Taking his outsider message into the heart of the Democratic establishment, Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, challenged hundreds of the party’s leaders on Friday to embrace his candidacy, warning that the huge crowds of supporters he has drawn may not vote for Democratic candidates in 2016 unless he is at the top of the ticket. Mr. Sanders, who has been gaining ground in the polls, was warmly complimentary at first in addressing the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting here, crediting the party faithful for fighting on behalf of working people and low-income Americans. But he soon turned...
  • Two Impossible Things That Could Happen in 2016

    08/28/2015 8:29:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Michael Barone
    "One can't believe impossible things," Alice objected. "I daresay you haven't had much practice," the Red Queen replied. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." You may be reading this sometime after breakfast, and six is a pretty large number of impossible things. But looking at developments in the 2016 campaign, I can see two impossible things -- impossible in the sense that almost every pundit (including me) ruled them out -- that might happen in the weeks and months...
  • Donald Trump trounces GOP field, Biden leads general election match-ups (Quinnipiac)

    08/27/2015 11:51:03 AM PDT · by xzins · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    The Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, also shows Donald Trump smashing the GOP presidential competition garnering 28% support from registered Republican voters in the 17-member field. The real estate mogul's closest competitor is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who tallies 12%. Just 7% said they would vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a record low since November 2013. Those results show just how far both Trump -- now the Republican front-runner -- and Bush -- the old one -- have come. Bush led national polls for much of the first half of 2015, but was quickly dislodged by Trump, after...
  • Quinnipiac poll: Joe Biden stronger against GOP than Hillary Clinton

    08/27/2015 10:10:49 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/27/2015 (5 hours ago) | Staff
    A new poll shows Joe Biden performing a little better than Hillary Clinton against the leading GOP candidates in a general election matchup, and his favorability is better than that of any candidate - Democrat or Republican. Quinnipiac University's national poll [link at URL], released Thursday, finds that Clinton remains the Democratic frontrunner with 45%, but her lead over Bernie Sanders has slipped by 10 percentage points. sanders has 22 percent, and Biden comes in third at 18 percent. ... On the Republican side, Trump broadened his lead - he's now at 28 percent, with Ben Carson trailing at 12...
  • Yarmuth "unsure" if Joe Biden would be better for Democrats than Hillary Clinton in 2016

    08/26/2015 7:52:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 8/25/2015 | Nick Storm
    After his recent criticism of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, says Vice President Joe Biden’s entry in the race “could cause a lot of problems for a lot of Democrats (with) split loyalties.” Speaking to Pure Politics on Tuesday, Yarmuth said he’s “not sure yet” if a run from Biden would be better for Democrats seeking to keep the White House. “Joe is very popular. He is a great public servant,” Yarmuth said. (3:53) “I’ve known him since he came to the Senate in 1972. He’s a wonderful man, and I think he’d be a...
  • James O'Keefe: Yes Hillary, I Have Undercover Video of Your Campaign

    08/26/2015 7:33:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 26, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last week rumors started swirling about an undercover investigation of Hillary Clinton's campaign being conducted by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, an organization responsible for holding a number of government officials accountable for bad behavior. The Clinton camp was put on high alert, told to look for suspicious behavior and to be aware they may be under video surveillance. We now know the rumors are true. O'Keefe has confirmed Project Veritas journalists have in fact conducted an undercover video investigation into Clinton's campaign and have plenty of footage to share. The first video shows a paid campaign staffer telling a...
  • Jeb: Hey let’s do “free tuition” and pay back students who don’t graduate in four years

    08/26/2015 4:05:58 PM PDT · by hcmama · 60 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | aylor Millard
    Jeb Bush has a fantastically awful idea when it comes to college education. He thinks community college students should get “free” tuition for two years. If that’s sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the exact same thing President Barack Obama proposed in January. Which shows how completely hypocritical Bush is because he came out against Obama’s plan in January. Oh, but Bush’s plan gets even more #headdesk inducing. He wants universities to PAY BACK students who don’t graduate in four years. If kids can’t graduate with a four-year degree in four years, there ought to be some payback to their families...
  • Rubio: Trump won’t be our nominee because we’re not an angry nation

    08/26/2015 3:04:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Marco Rubio sure about that? The 2016 cycle appears ready to boil down to the question of whether the US electorate is an angry one. Rubio’s betting on no — and strategizing on it as well: In his stump speech to fewer than 100 people in the northern part of the second presidential nominating contest, Rubio gently poked at the real estate tycoon who is towering over the Republican field in the polls, portraying Trump’s message as one of anger as opposed to the senator’s message of hope and opportunity. “There’s another gentleman running for president whose slogan is...
  • 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...
  • Family feud? Obama caught between Clinton, Biden ambitions

    08/25/2015 8:01:05 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 8/25 | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama is the man in the middle, caught between the White House aspirations of two of his closest advisers: Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For months, White House officials expected Clinton to be the Democratic nominee in the 2016 election. Some of Obama's top political advisers moved to New York to run her campaign and Obama appeared to give his tacit approval, saying she would be an "excellent president." But that bet on Clinton suddenly looks less certain. With Biden weighing his own presidential run more seriously amid signs of weakness...
  • Trump Way Ahead in New Hampshire; Sanders Leads Clinton

    08/25/2015 8:19:32 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 17 replies
    PPP ^ | 8/25/15 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump in the strongest position of any poll we've done anywhere since he entered the race. Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul. Candidates falling outside the top ten in the state are Rick Perry at 2%, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal all at less...
  • Security guard, gunman dead after federal building shooting

    08/21/2015 5:15:14 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies
    YAHOO.COM ^ | 21 AUGUST 2015 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a security guard has died after a man walked into a federal building in Manhattan and opened fire. The guard, identified by his union as Idrisa Camara, died shortly after the shooting Friday evening. Police say the gunman walked through a side entrance of the building that houses an immigration court and other government offices. Chief James O'Neil says the gunman later shot himself in the head. He was found dead in the building. A law enforcement official identified the shooter as Kevin Downing, of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
  • What Trump, Sanders—and Many of Us— Have in Common

    08/23/2015 9:15:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhll.com ^ | August 23, 2015 | John P. Warren
    What all of us have in common is both simple and obvious: none of us want Hillary Rodham Clinton to become President of the United States. Another commonality is that our government is not working the way it ought, and here we part company. Bernie Sanders and his camp followers do not think the government does enough for them, and he would move heaven and earth to make Uncle Sam butler and sugar daddy to the masses. His website promises everything but jobs, yet he has attracted heavy debtors who want the government to magically waive their troubles away. His...
  • As Hillary implodes, the Democrats have no real Plan B

    08/22/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 84 replies
    The summer has not been kind to Hillary Clinton. The drip-drip-drip of revelations about her possible misuse and mishandling of classified information threatens to become a deluge in the fall. They have taken a serious toll on her reputation — and even more notably, her treatment by liberal media figures who surely would rather she be elected even if the Risen Christ were to be the Republican nominee. Democrats are worried — so worried five donors who raised millions for President Obama as well as Obama’s chief Florida strategist have both sworn off Hillary and joined an effort to draft...
  • Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis When He Visits the USA

    08/21/2015 1:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 08/21/2015 | Emily Wilkins
    Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis. Lawmakers and immigration activists expect the pontiff’s message will resonate beyond Capitol Hill and inspire members of Congress and their constituents. The pope's U.S. schedule includes an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and a meeting two days later with immigrants and Hispanic families at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. “He’s been clear on our failure to respond appropriately to immigrants and refugees,” Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., told CQ. “I don’t think anyone will...
  • Iran and the 'Francis Factor' (Pope will address Congress)

    08/22/2015 9:09:23 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 9 replies
    politico ^ | Aug 21 2015 | Mahal Toosi
    Members of Congress trying to derail the Iran nuclear deal will have to contend with the “Francis Factor.” By sheer scheduling luck — let’s just say it probably wasn’t what House Speaker John Boehner intended — Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/iran-deal-pope-francis-vote-121602.html#ixzz3jYpWOzQe
  • Will the Pope endorse Bernie Sanders for President?

    08/22/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 21, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    If the Republican establishment thinks it has a problem with Donald Trump, just wait until the Pope visits America next month and endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for president. Such a move, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, would put the head of the Roman Catholic Church firmly in the Democratic Party camp during a critical election year in which Republicans hope to turn back the tide of transformational Marxism represented by President Barack Obama. A story on a Catholic news site, "Is Pope Francis going to endorse...Bernie Sanders?!", looks seriously at the possibility. The article noted that the...
  • Trump/Sanders 2016-Embrace the Berning Hair

    08/22/2015 11:55:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    The wind-down of the Summer of 2015 wasn’t supposed to be like this, as least not in the minds of political experts throughout the land. As the “official kickoff” of the 2016 primary season (Do they really have a beginning or an end anymore?) began, the Beltway cognoscenti were hoping for a Bush/Clinton redux, this time featuring the two least interesting politicians from each family. In short, we were supposed to be more bored than someone halfway through Moby Dick who would probably swear under oath that the book was getting longer the further he got into it. All of...
  • Biden holds meeting with Elizabeth Warren in DC

    08/22/2015 11:02:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 92 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Washington, D.C.’s Naval Observatory on Saturday for a confidential talk with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), CNN reported. Biden’s return to the District comes amid buzz he is seriously weighing a 2016 Oval Office bid. CNN said that two sources confirmed the pair’s face-to-face, the biggest indicator yet that Biden is seriously tempted by an Oval Office bid next year.“The vice president traveled last minute to Washington, D.C. for a private meeting and will be returning to Delaware,” an aide told CNN. Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined further comment on the alleged...
  • Bernie Sanders brings presidential ‘mania’ to conservative SC

    08/21/2015 4:49:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    The State ^ | 8/21/15 | Jim Self
    The conservative Upstate got a taste of “Bernie-mania” on Friday.Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew roughly 2,800 people to the TD Convention Center for the self-described democratic socialist’s first campaign event in the state. The U.S. senator, an independent from Vermont, spoke for about an hour, delivering a fiery speech on why he thinks the United States has failed to deliver enough jobs, wages, education and healthcare to the middle and working classes, and to protect them under the law, based on their racial, sexual or income status. The crowd came from near and far – some from the Greenville...
  • Walker rejects meeting with Black Lives Matter leaders

    08/21/2015 12:56:09 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Ed Adamcyk
    Republican presidential nomination candidate Scott Walker dismissed suggestions he would meet with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement Friday. Campaigning on a four-day swing through New Hampshire, the Wisconsin governor spoke at a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast meeting hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester. When an African-American audience member asked what he would to do prevent shootings of citizens by police, Walker defended police and mentioned state legislation he signed mandating independent reviews of police shootings.
  • YOUGOV POLL: Three-fifths want taxes to fund debt-free college

    08/21/2015 1:06:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 08/21/2015
    Americans are divided on whether or not to use tax money to pay tuition at public schools, but the sentiment behind Hillary's college plan is popular  One of the major points of debate in the Democratic primary has been the growing cost of college tuition, even at state schools. The average in-state tuition was just over $9,000 in 2015, a 225% increase since 1985. Hillary Clinton announced a $350bn plan to increased federal funding for grants, states and colleges to make sure no student or family has to borrow money to pay for in-state tuition. Her main opponent, Bernie Sanders,...
  • Whoa! What Donald Trump Plans for TONIGHT Could Be an HISTORIC Record Breaker!

    08/21/2015 1:28:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Political Insider ^ | 08/21/2015
    The media can’t stop talking about the crowds Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attracting. There are reports that his crowds in California and Portland, Oregon were both larger than 27,000. They breathlessly report on this, while forgetting to mention Sanders is a self-described socialist. But what Donald Trump and his campaign has planned for TONIGHT in Mobile, Alabama could blow those numbers out of the water. Initially planning for a rally of 2,000 people at a small venue, tickets were grabbed so quickly that major changes had to be made.Now, the event will be held in the Ladd-Peeles Stadium, a football...
  • Rubio Leads Clinton by 9% in Michigan, Trump and Bush Tied...

    08/21/2015 11:22:30 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 33 replies
    Mitchell Research ^ | 8/21/15 | Steve Mitchell
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has opened up a 9 per cent lead over presumptive Democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (45% - 36%) while both Jeb Bush (41% - 40%) and Donald Trump (40% - 39%) have a narrow 1 per cent l ead , well within the margin of error of the latest Mitchell - FOX 2 Michigan Poll . The poll of N=1,310 likely voters in the 2016 General Election was conducted Monday night August 10, 2015, the night before Donald Trump spoke at a packed Republican Party rally in Birch Run, by Mitchell Republican...
  • Trump on Jeb, O'Malley, and Black Lives Matter (Which Is Led By a White Guy)

    08/20/2015 7:11:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 8/20/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Donald Trump last night was in Derry, New Hampshire, at a press conference. During the Q&A a reporter said, "Jeb Bush is in the state. He's right down the road from you here. We're in this state; we're in the town hall. Have you gotten under his skin?" TRUMP: Have I gotten under Jeb Bush's skin? I -- I don't know. I will tell you this. You mentioned the word "skin." He said the other day one of the dumber things I've heard ever in politics when talking about Iraq. That we, the United States, he said,...
  • A factor behind Bernie Sanders' appeal: Changing attitudes toward socialism

    08/20/2015 2:26:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 19, 2015 | Sara Aridi, Staff
    The independent Democratic candidate has repeatedly upheld his socialist views throughout his presidential campaign.When a New York Times reporter asked President Obama whether his domestic policies suggested that he was a socialist in 2009, the president responded with a laugh: “The answer would be no.” After the interview, Mr. Obama called the reporter back to elaborate on his answer, saying, “It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question.” “That socialist question” has taken on a new form these days, revolving around the only self-described socialist in the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination: Bernie...
  • Trump, Sanders Agree on Way Too Much

    08/20/2015 11:13:52 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/19 | Jonah Goldberg
    A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going. Policy experts will offer various arguments why at least some of these people are wrong to feel this way, but the discontented will not tolerate arguments that amount to “Don’t believe your lying eyes — or wallets.” In politics, feelings are more important than hard numbers.
  • [Video] “Pro-Gun” Bernie Sanders Calls for Stricter Gun Control

    08/20/2015 10:22:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    thegunfeed.com ^ | 8/20/2015 | unknown
    [Video] “Pro-Gun” Bernie Sanders Calls for Stricter Gun Control
  • Democrats are Lyfting an Uber Opportunity Straight to the GOP

    08/20/2015 9:51:46 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-20-15 | Brother Bob
    It's no secret that Bernie Sanders hates Uber. So does Hillary. As Huffington Post's Jenny Che reports:Politicians are grappling with how to approach the ride-hailing app and the "on-demand economy," also referred to as the "sharing economy." In her economic policy speech Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton seemed to distance herself from Uber, focusing instead on the implications for the labor market and the risks faced by drivers who aren't shielded by benefits and job security. “This ‘on demand’ or so-called ‘gig economy’ is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections...
  • Hillary is showing the wear and tear and mental strain from her email controversy (vanity)

    08/20/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by dennisw · 57 replies
    vanity | 8 20 2015 | vanity
    <p>She is showing the agony of (impending) defeat and humiliation as Bernie gains on her and she is running on empty. How soon before this sloppy (e-mails), inarticulate, press conference dodging, babbling boob gets the hook or throws in the towel to run the Clintoon crime family foundation. The constant lying and spinning is putting a strain on her psyche and it shows.</p>
  • Quinnipiac Swing State Poll (FL, OH, PA) Trump leads GOP in FL, PA

    08/20/2015 7:54:38 AM PDT · by LS · 32 replies
    Very strangely reported poll because the very first thing they highlight is BIDEN vs Bush, Rubio, or Trump. The second thing they highlight is a "third party run" by Trump in which Hillary wins. When they finally get to the real world as it now stands, Trump beats Hillary by two in FL (43-41), Bush wins by 11, Rubio by 12. But neither Bush nor Rubio can beat Trump for the GOP nod there. In OH, Kasich leads Trump 27-21, but in the general, Clinton ahead of Bush by 2, ahead of Trump by 6, Rubio beats Clinton by 2...
  • Q-poll swing-state poll shows Hillary trailing Republicans in FL, OH … and PA

    08/20/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/20/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Pennsylvania? The last time a Republican won the Keystone State, the Berlin Wall was still in place. Yet Hillary Clinton trails both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in Quinnipiac’s head-to-head matchups in today’s swing-state polling. She only trails Rubio in Ohio, the must-win state for Republicans, and loses to all three in Florida if the race were held today.And watch out for … Joe Biden. Or not: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are clear winners in the Democratic and Republican primaries in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but Vice President Joseph Biden runs as well as...
  • 3 Words to sum up Democrats prospects for 2016...

    08/19/2015 7:24:18 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-19-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • Dear America: Don’t Listen To Bernie Sanders. Sweden’s Not All That Great.

    08/19/2015 5:58:02 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 8/18/2015 | Alexandra Ivanov
    Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D) has said that socialist policies characteristic of countries like Sweden should be implemented in the U.S. As a Swede, I would strongly advise against this. The worldwide socialist movement praises the Scandinavian countries for their high living standards and welfare. Easy to do for someone who has never lived in Sweden or read a book on Swedish history. First off: The success of Sweden predates the welfare state. In reality, the economy began to fall behind in the 1960s when the state rapidly expanded. Moreover, Sweden enjoyed the highest growth in the industrialized world between...
  • Labor unions facing tricky choice in Democratic primaries

    08/19/2015 11:33:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2015 1:05 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    The choice facing labor unions in the Democratic presidential race boils down to hearts or heads—Bernie Sanders, who embraces their forceful opposition to a big trade deal, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a strong favorite for the nomination. Clinton has campaigned as a fighter for middle-class families and carries with her establishment support and ties to labor leaders going back to her husband’s White House years. But her unwillingness to take a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade pact vehemently opposed by labor, has made some union leaders and workers wary. Sanders, meanwhile, has made his opposition...
  • Sanders and Trump: Two Peas in a Pod?

    08/19/2015 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going. Policy experts will offer various arguments why at least some of these people are wrong to feel this way, but the discontented will not tolerate arguments that amount to "don't believe your lying eyes – or wallets." In politics, feelings are more important than hard numbers. Consider immigration. I still believe that immigration is a net benefit...
  • #BlackLivesMatter Activist to CNN: ‘All Lives Matter’ Is a ‘Violent Statement’

    08/18/2015 4:57:08 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/18/2015
    A #BlackLivesMatter activist appearing on CNN told host Wolf Blitzer that saying “all lives matter” is actually a “violent statement.” Activist Julius Jones was invited on to discuss the protest movement’s contentious meeting with Hillary Clinton. “Black lives are actively under attack, and we are in a terrible war with our own country. African-Americans are Americans and we’re not treated like that, we’re not treated as if black lives matter.” “And when people say ‘all lives matter,’ it’s a violent statement, because the only time that people say ‘all lives matter’ is in opposition to ‘black lives matter,’ and it’s...
  • The Summer of Our Discontent

    08/18/2015 5:55:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger -- a discontent -- in the public mood. Little seems to be going right. America appears in decline under a disengaged president. We can't seem to win wars, or know why we are fighting them. People are afraid of losing their jobs or unable to find one. While the treasury takes in record amounts of money from working people, it outspends its income. Sanders and Hillary Clinton want to spend (and borrow) even more. Why the anger? Is it justified...
  • The Strange Death of the Center-Left

    08/18/2015 4:55:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Michael Barone
    In 1935 George Dangerfield published "The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914," a vivid account of how Britain's center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts it could not resolve. The Liberal Party had appeared impregnable. Its cabinet in 1910 included Herbert Asquith (in the midst of the longest consecutive prime ministership since the Duke of Liverpool's and until Margaret Thatcher's), and the future wartime leaders David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill. But after 1910 the party never won an election again. What got me thinking about Dangerfield's delightfully written book were political developments here and in Britain...
  • Straight Talk from Bernie Sanders

    08/17/2015 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The following column is satire. Fellow Comrades, Socialists, Proles, and Occupy Wall Street allies, Merci beaucoup (that means thanks very much in French - always have to throw in a reminder of my favorite country) for biking, walking, taking public transportation, electric or hybrid vehicles, carpooling or however else you made it here. I want to to talk about the most serious problem facing our country right now. Fast food workers are unable to make a living on $15 an hour. These workers shouldn’t have to get second jobs or cut down on their spending habits. Everyone is entitled to...
  • Bernie Pulls Ahead Of Hillary In Poll After Both Campaign At Iowa State Fair

    08/16/2015 7:39:56 PM PDT · by dennisw · 37 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 08/15/2015 | Chuck Ross
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made dueling appearances just hours apart Saturday at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. But if an informal straw poll conducted by the Iowa Secretary of State is any reliable measure of whose visit was more successful, the Vermont senator clearly won the day. According to the Iowa secretary of state’s website, which monitors the votes in real-time, more than 52 percent of Democrats who have cast a vote in the straw poll say they support Sanders. Just over 41 percent said they support Clinton. That’s a nice gain for Sanders, who was tied...
  • Clinton targets student debt despite past coziness with Sallie Mae, loan industry

    08/16/2015 5:35:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/16/2015 | Dave Boyer
    Hillary Rodham Clinton last week made a pitch to attract young voters with her plan to ease student loan debt, but the move glosses over her past coziness with the loan industry and the deregulation enacted under the Clinton administration in the 1990s that have contributed to today’s soaring student debt levels.The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination wants to cut interest rates on student debt, which has spiked in the past decade to more than $1.2 trillion. Big banks and Sallie Mae, the student loan agency formerly run by the federal government, hold much of that debt. As a...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Overwhelmingly Popular Among Black Americans

    08/16/2015 3:26:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 100 replies
    Huffington Politics ^ | August 11,2015 | Yujia Pan
    Black Americans view Hillary Clinton far more favorably than they do any other presidential contender, according to a Gallup survey released Monday. Eighty percent of black adults have a favorable impression of the Democratic front-runner and former secretary of state. Even when taking into account the percentage who view Clinton unfavorably, she still has a 68 percent net favorability rating among black Americans, a group that analysts at the Cook Political Report have called the "overlooked key to 2016." Clinton's favorability rating among black Americans eclipses those of the other Democratic hopefuls. The next highest rating belongs to Sen. Bernie...
  • It’s too late for Democrats to start rethinking Clinton’s 2016 viability [shill alert]

    08/16/2015 10:57:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Dear Democrats: It’s too late to start over. As in, there’s no replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton as your party’s front-runner for the presidential nomination. Not with Vice President Biden — even if he runs. Not with former vice president Al Gore. (I mean, come on.) Not with your ideal rich-person-with-no-record-and-a-fresh-faced-appeal. This may come as a shock to some of you. After all, you argue, it’s only August! The Iowa caucuses won’t be until February! That’s, like, four political lifetimes. Sure. But modern presidential politics isn’t as simple as announcing that you’ve decided to run and watching yourself soar to the...
  • A Tree Fell on Campaign Trail 2015

    08/16/2015 6:14:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    “Thank you, Seattle, for being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America,” socialist-cum-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shouted to the large crowd in the City of Goodwill. Seconds later, two women with a local Black Lives Matter group jumped the stage, threatening to shut down the event. Quickly, they were rewarded for their extortion-by-tantrum. Sen. Sanders and company relinquished the microphone, podium and stage. Timber! That was the sound of Sanders’s “presidential timber” — his ability to stand up in the face of conflict — come crashing down. With a thunderous thud. Now, this is...
  • Fox News Poll: Shakeup in GOP field after first debate, Sanders gains on Clinton

    08/16/2015 7:07:36 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 28 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 08/16/2015 | Dana Blanton
    The explosive first Republican debate has shaken up the 2016 GOP presidential race. Who’s up? Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Who’s down? Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The Democratic side’s getting more interesting too, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to make gains on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Those are just some of the highlights in the latest Fox News national poll of registered voters. First, the nomination races: Businessman Donald Trump still leads the field for the Republican nomination. He gets...
  • Who Really Runs #BlackLivesMatter?

    08/15/2015 6:39:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/15/2015 | Ben Collins, Tim Mak
    Last Saturday, for the second time in a month, protesters who identified themselves as members of the Black Lives Matter movement leapt onstage to interrupt a speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, even with all of these progressives, but you’ve already done that for me,” said Marissa Johnson, who was roundly booed before demanding and receiving a four-minute moment of silence for the death of Michael Brown, as Sanders stood behind her and fellow protester Mara Willaford. The Seattle protest sparked a particularly strong counter-reaction, especially among the...