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  • Atheist Writer: Most 2016 Candidates Are ‘God-Fearing Clowns and Faith-Mongering Nitwits’

    04/20/2015 9:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Imagine a president of the United States proclaiming in his or her inaugural address, “I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter…There is no hope, save in ourselves.” If something like that ever happens, writer Jeffrey Tayler’s dream will have come true. Tayler, who routinely trashes religion for the liberal online magazine Salon, complained in a Sunday article that several recent announcements of presidential candidacies have brought about “a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the...
  • If it's not Jeb Bush: Top 10 prospects to win GOP nomination

    04/20/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Ted Cruz may have been the first to announce a run for the presidency, but John Kasich connects with middle class voters, cares for the poor, and balances budgets. If not Bush, who? If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after eight years of President Obama, boring sounds great. But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be? Here is my Top 10 list, from worst to first: 10) Ted Cruz: I don’t think that...
  • żQuien es más Hispano? Rubio, Cruz, Castro or Bush

    04/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: I had a story in Saturday’s paper on the startling fact that, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two of the first three announced candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for president are Hispanic. In other words, if America elects its first Latino president in 2016, that president would almost certainly be a Republican. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, at best there could be a Hispanic candidate for vice president, with most of the speculation concentrated on Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who is now serving as President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development....
  • Jeb Bush Tells Congress to Approve Obama Amnesty Supporter Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

    04/20/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 17APR2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is calling on Congress to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, whose confirmation hearings took place in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. In February, Lynch was voted out of the committee and approved 12-8. Due to the legislative schedule and fighting over bills already in motion, a full Senate vote on her confirmation has not yet taken place. More from POLITICO: “I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the “Politics and Pie” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday...
  • Sowell: Chaos in the Primaries

    04/20/2015 4:52:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 21, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. Seldom does the initial "front-runner" in either party's primaries end up being the actual candidate when election day rolls around. However, even if we cannot predict the outcomes of the primaries this far in advance, we can at least start trying to understand the candidates, the almost candidates and the people who are running just for the publicity. One of the curious things this early in...
  • 9/11 COVER-UP?

    04/19/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 189 replies
    Shep Smith ^ | 150413 | Shep Smith
    9/11 COVER-UP? The latest claim isn’t from conspiracy theorists--it’s from a former top US Senator. He says documents prove Saudi Arabia helped pull off the attacks, and that the FBI hid the truth. Shep has details:
  • Climate change group praises Jeb Bush for 'leadership'

    04/19/2015 4:56:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 25 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush on Friday in New Hampshire called for the U.S. "to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.” The remarks at a "Politics & Eggs" event brought praise from billionaire Tom Steyer's group NextGen Climate, which has spent millions in recent elections blasting Republicans on climate change. "Jeb Bush demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change—distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn’t have to be a partisan issue," the group said in an email to reporters. "Today in New Hampshire, Bush expressed...
  • Heidi Cruz, a San Luis Obispo native, campaigns now as wife of a presidential candidate

    04/19/2015 12:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 18, 2015 | Patrick S. Pemberton, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo
    Presidential politics first captured Heidi Nelson Cruz’s attention in the 1980s, when the 12-year-old read a Time magazine piece about the Ronald Reagan-Walter Mondale race while working at her San Luis Obispo bread stand. She would later become a Capitol Hill intern, a policy aide on the George W. Bush campaign and economic director for the Western Hemisphere with the National Security Council. But while government and politics might have been her calling at one time, nothing in her background could have prepared her for the summer of 2013, when her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, helped force a shutdown...
  • The GOP's Daddy issues

    04/19/2015 3:43:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 19, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    There are not many people who once fought on the same side as Fidel Castro and are now heroes to American social conservatives. But that is exactly the trajectory taken by Rafael Cruz, father of 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The elder Cruz now regrets his fight on the side of the pro-Castro rebels in his native Cuba, ascribing it to dislike of Castro’s arch-enemy, U.S.-backed President Fulgencio Batista, rather than any sympathy for Communism. Rafael has travelled a complicated path in the United States, encompassing two divorces, business reversals and a second career as a preacher. But...
  • BOOM: Rating the GOP field on Amnesty

    04/18/2015 11:03:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | April 18, 2015
    Over at American Thinker, Pedro Gonzales offers an excellent overview of the GOP field's positions on Amnesty. Here's the executive summary: only one candidate has never changed his position on the topic. Jeb Bush "...Jeb, as we all know, supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and he's proud of it. If he were running in Honduras, I would vote for him in a minute..." Marco Rubio "...Rubio co-authored a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens. He has since tried to walk back from that..." Chris Christie "...Chris has been cagey on the subject, but one thing is clear:...
  • Bipartisan Plea for Lynch Confirmation [semi-satire]

    04/18/2015 9:14:03 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2015 | John Semmens
    President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, received a vote of support from both media star Al Sharpton and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush this week. Her confirmation has been held up by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken) in protest over Obama's executive grant of amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Sharpton labeled McConnell's actions "racist. Keeping a Black woman from rising up to take her rightful place is a continuation of the hundreds of years of oppression of African Americans in this country. They let a white woman hold this job when Bill Clinton was president. For...
  • Three Republican 'colonels' plot their coup (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio)

    04/17/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The British Broadcasting Company ^ | April 17, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter
    It's almost always the colonels who lead the coups. Why? Because they're usually young, hungry and oh-so-close to holding the reins of power, if only those pesky generals weren't in the way. The US isn't big on military putsches, but in the past month the Republican Party has witnessed a political equivalent, as three Republican "colonels" - first-term senators with little establishment authority but lots of ambition - made their moves for the White House. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio may be junior players in congressional chambers but Republican politics, and US electioneering in general, have changed in...
  • Jeb Bush: Maybe Medicare recipients should be required to sign advance directives (Terry Schiavo)

    04/17/2015 3:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Friday once again defended his decision to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose death capped an intense national debate about ethics and politics, but also suggested that Medicare recipients should be required to outline end-of-life care plans before accepting the benefits. "I don’t think I would have changed anything," he said in response to a questioner during a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast here Friday. "I stayed within the constitutional responsibilities or authority that I had. We changed the law first and then a year later it...
  • Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

    04/17/2015 3:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Pierce
    In which we learn that old memes do not learn new tricks as Politico explains the biggest factors facing Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.Remember how important it was for Democratic senatorial candidates in the 2014 midterms to "distance themselves" from the massively unpopular policies of the massively unpopular incumbent president? Remember how well that worked out for Senators Bruce Braley, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Michelle Nunn? Well, thanks to Tiger Beat On The Potomac this morning, we see that someone's rolled back the stone on that particular meme. The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton's...
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • Jeb Bush: Legal Status for Illegals ‘Rational, Thoughtful’

    04/17/2015 8:55:26 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/17/15
    On Friday in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said giving illegal immigrants a pathway to “earned legal status” is a “rational, thoughtful” way to deal with illegal immigrants in the country. Speaking at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, Bush, who said last year that illegal immigration is an “act of love,” proposed giving illegal immigrants provisional work permits after they pay taxes and fines and granting them legal status that they can “earn over an extended period of time.” Bush said that illegal immigrants should not earn citizenship, which will again bring up his waffling on the citizenship...
  • Jenna Bush Hager Expecting Second Daughter

    04/17/2015 12:21:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | Judy Kurtz
    Former President George W. Bush is about to have another grandchild to boss him around. Jenna Bush Hager is expecting her second daughter with husband Henry Hager, she announced Monday on the “Today” show. The baby girl, due in August, will join almost 2-year-old sister, Mila. Bush Hager, 33, revealed that her father already takes orders from his first granddaughter, saying of the 43rd president, “He goes by ‘Jefe,’ which means ‘boss’ in Spanish.” “But really what happens is that Mila just bosses Jefe around. I mean, she’s bossy. She’s like, ‘Jefe, sit down. Jefe, tea. Jefe, coffee.’ ” Asked...
  • Jeb Bush: Loretta Lynch deserves a vote

    04/16/2015 7:31:53 PM PDT · by VinL · 86 replies
    NASH96.3 ^ | 4/16/2015 | Nash96.3 (fromCNN)
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suggested in New Hampshire on Thursday that Senate Republicans should allow a vote on Loretta Lynch, the White House attorney general nominee.</p> <p>“I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said at a “Politics and Pies” event in Concord, where he is testing the message he will deliver if he runs for president. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as attorney general.”</p>
  • New PPP survey shows Jeb Bush in trouble in New Hampshire (Ted Cruz in 2nd place?!!)

    04/15/2015 12:17:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    SPB ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    A new poll published by Public Policy Polling shows Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio need to do a lot of work to become competitive in New Hampshire, the site of the first Republican Presidential Primary election next January. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is looking very strong, leading with 24 percent support. That’s 10 percentage points higher than the second-place Republican, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And what’s most impressive is that Walker was only at 3 percent when PPP surveyed New Hampshire voters back in January. Rand Paul is third with 12 percent, and Jeb Bush comes in...
  • Take that, Ted Cruz: Jeb Bush heads to Liberty University to pander to the Christian right

    04/15/2015 10:58:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Salon ^ | April 15, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The "moderate" Bush will contest the evangelical vote because next to big donors, they’re his most loyal base. Jeb Bush famously told us that to win the White House, a Republican presidential candidate had to be willing to “lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles.” It was widely interpreted as evidence that if Bush ran, he’d do it as a more centrist, reasonable candidate who’d be, in his own words, “much more uplifting, much more positive,” and willing to stand up to fire-and-brimstone party hardliners. Now comes the news that Bush will give the commencement address...
  • Flashback: Jeb Bush Awarded Hillary Clinton ‘Liberty Medal’ on the Eve of 1st Anniversary

    04/14/2015 3:35:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/14/15 | Debra Heine
    At a gala ceremony in Philadelphia on September 10, 2013, former Governor Jeb Bush honored former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton with the prestigious Liberty Medal on behalf of the National Constitution Center. The medal was presented ”in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and for her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.” Said the National Constitution Center chairman, Governor Jeb Bush: Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy. These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary
  • Rubio 2013: I can’t imagine a Republican president undoing an Obama executive order on amnesty

    04/14/2015 11:40:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is this anecdote from Byron York new or did I miss it when he first published it? Either way, can’t wait until Rubio gets asked whether he still believes this at his first presidential campaign townhall. Oh, by the way: What he says here is 100 percent correct. “Here’s my big worry,” Rubio told me during an interview while the bill was making its way through the Senate. “I fear that if this thing fails, the president will basically say to anyone in the U.S. who has been here more than three years, who has not committed a serious crime…he’ll...
  • Here Comes Trouble For Scott Walker

    04/13/2015 11:47:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 109 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | W. James Antle III
    "........The Wisconsin governor leads in the latest Fox News poll..,leads in most Iowa polling and is either tied or ahead in New Hampshire.Even with Paul,Cruz,Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee all at or near double digits,Walker is within 1.2 percentage points of Bush in the RealClearPolitics polling average.And even that is mainly attributable to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that has Bush up by a bigger margin than any other recent survey.Since his announcement,Cruz has been pretty consistently been polling in the double digits.PublicPolicyPolling found his national support exploding from 5 percent to 16 percent.What if that happens to Rubio and...
  • Can Rubio, Bush both compete for Latino vote? (Ted Cruz "post-Hispanic")

    04/13/2015 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2015 | Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
    *VIDEO-AT-LINK) They're both Spanish-speaking Republicans from Florida. And they both want to be president. There's a battle brewing between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who is best-positioned to help the GOP make inroads with Latino voters, a crucial voting bloc for the party if it hopes to win the White House in 2016. Rubio will make his case on Monday when he formally announces his presidential campaign. He'll speak from Miami's Freedom Tower, where Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro's regime stood in line for processing, and introduce himself as the son of Cuban immigrants whose candidacy is the...
  • Jeb Bush, Luis Gutierrez To Keynote Pro-amnesty Hispanic Group’s Convention

    04/13/2015 10:28:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/31/15 | Breitbart News
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Luis Gutierriez (D-IL) will be keynote speakers for a pro-amnesty Hispanic group’s convention in April. Bush and Gutierrez, both of whom have been vocal about the need for a comprehensive amnesty bill, will headline the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s (NHCLC) annual convention, which will be held April 28-30 in Houston. “We are thrilled to have such prestigious speakers join us for this very important gathering,” NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said in a statement. “This convention will bring together influential Christian Hispanic leaders from around the world to address vital issues of...
  • Hannity gives Senator Bob Graham the One...Two....

    09/07/2004 11:56:18 PM PDT · by dila813 · 34 replies · 2,066+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | Today | Hannity and Alan
    Bob is quoting Michael Moore's Material to Alan...and before that.... He asked Bob Graham about his books thesis that Bush needs to be impeached and removed from office for miss-leading the public. Then Hannity read some quotes to Bob. Then said what is wrong with that, and then Bob goes on to say that Bush should have done a comparative between the threat of al-Qaida and the threat from Iraq. Then he went on and on and said that Bush just miss-lead the People about WMDs and the ability or the lack of there of to deliver these WMDs to...
  • Laura ‘Shocked’ Barbara Bush Hesitant About A Jeb Bush Presidency

    04/12/2015 6:47:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | April 12, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Clintons aren’t the only political dynasty to be eyeing the White House in 2016. Jeb Bush is openly considering a run, and former first lady Laura Bush would supports him. Nevertheless, Jeb’s mother, Barbara, might not be completely sold. ABC News‘ Jonathan Karl caught Laura Bush for an interview on Wednesday, and asked what she thought of her mother-in-law’s discouraging comments preceding Jeb Bush’s presidential exploratory committee. “I was shocked,” Laura answered. Still, she won’t be bringing it up with the family’s matriarch. “Do you think I would tell my mother-in-law something?” They were referring to a 2013...
  • Does God Love America?

    04/12/2015 11:45:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Criterio Hidalgo ^ | April 12, 2015
    If you want to choose in the US, you'd better praise God. The Americans do not seem to care much what church leaders pray; just want to kneel .. It was built in the 1920s in the style of the Spanish missions, topped off with one of those thatched roofs of red clay so popular in southern Florida by then. Catholics put their foundation a few steps from the famed Biltmore Hotel (inspired by the Giralda, the tower of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain) and named their church in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the...
  • Heilemann: 42 Percent of Republicans Would Never Vote for Jeb Bush

    04/12/2015 10:16:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-12 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics John Heilemann said he was shocked when he learned from a new Bloomberg poll that 42 percent of Republicans “said they would never consider voting for Jeb Bush.”
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • Grassroots Turn Table on Bush Attack Ad (youtube)

    04/11/2015 11:10:47 PM PDT · by z taxman · 10 replies
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  • Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy?

    04/11/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | April 11, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Riddle me this, fellow Republicans. An NBC survey April 9 reports that a huge majority (70%) of Americans doubts that Iran will abide by any agreement to limit its nuclear arms–but a majority (54%) still thinks Obama will do a better job than the Republicans in dealing with Iran! A majority of Americans – 54 percent – trust Barack Obama to do a better job handling an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, compared to 42 percent who say they trust the Republicans in Congress. But nearly 7 in 10 Americans say that Iran is not likely to abide...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Hillary Clinton To "Come And Take" His Guns At NRA Conference...

    04/11/2015 4:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bustle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    The National Rifle Association’s annual leadership conference is always a treasure trove of GOP smack-talk and an all-out constitutional liturgy — and if Friday night’s viral talking points are any indication, this year’s celebration ranks further right on the political spectrum than usual. Not that that’s surprising: it is the run-up year to a presidential election cycle, which means that the Republican machine was churning out even more harsh allegations than usual. Of course, one of the biggest showboats of the night was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who told political opponent Hillary Clinton to “come and take” away his guns,...
  • The five Republicans ready to take on Hillary Clinton in 2016

    04/11/2015 1:47:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 11, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    With Hillary Clinton due to declare her presidential intentions on Sunday, we look at the Republicans most likely to block her route to the White House. In what is widely perceived as a mere formality on her way to the Democratic nomination (and possibly, the White House), Hillary Clinton is due to officially announce her second candidacy for US president on Sunday. Underscoring the perfunctory nature of this announcement, Mrs Clinton is expected to launch her candidacy via a video message on social media, which – if true – stands as a stark contrast to the high-profile announcement speeches delivered...
  • In South Florida, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are forcing locals to pick sides

    04/10/2015 4:51:10 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/10/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Never before in modern political history have two presidential candidates claimed the same hometown at the same time. But now Miami — better known for its beaches, its sports teams and as a hub of Latin American commerce and culture — is poised to become a major center of national Republican presidential politics. Geographically and otherwise, Rubio and Bush represent different parts of Miami. The senator is a product of the city’s powerful and tight-knit Cuban American community, which Rubio supporters believe will get behind his bid. Bush, the transplant, has moved a few times across the city, but now...
  • Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll (Cruz up 8, Walker down 8)

    04/10/2015 3:36:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 10, 2015 | Staff
    The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina. The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent. Cruz is up 8 points from his 3 percent standing a month ago, while Walker...
  • 2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election | Commentary

    04/10/2015 3:19:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Roll Call's Beltway Insiders Blog ^ | April 10, 2015 | Special to Roll Call
    So far, the 2016 presidential campaign is not about anything very much, excepting issues specific to the leading and emerging candidates. It has been mostly about controversies swirling around Hillary Rodham Clinton, including the legacy question, which she shares with Jeb Bush. And more recently the focus has turned to the qualifications and electability of the emerging GOP newbies, from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who stand in the way of a possible third Bush presidency. In none of this do we see anything that speaks to the general state of...
  • Video: Anti-war candidate gives speech in front of big-@$$ warship

    04/09/2015 7:40:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I know, I know, “He’s not anti-war, he’s anti-intervention.” Although he’s not really anti-intervention either, at least not anymore. His speech today in South Carolina (which starts at 13:15 below) sounds a lot like the one he gave a few days ago in announcing his candidacy, but the backdrop, obviously, is … different. Message: This ain’t your daddy’s Paul campaign, and by “your,” of course, I mean Rand’s. Maybe the biggest X factor of the GOP primaries is whether Rand can keep true blue Ron Paul rEVOLutionaries in the same tent as hawkish mainstream conservatives, to whom he’s obviously appealing...
  • Jeb Bush Calls for Privatizing Elements of Veterans Health Care

    04/08/2015 8:27:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | April 8, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    While Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) was formally launching his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday, still-not-a-candidate Jeb Bush was in Colorado, where he called for privatizing some parts of veterans’ health care. Mr. Bush, sitting in front of an untouched breakfast at an IHOP in Colorado Springs, told a group of veterans that he favors transferring some elements of veterans’ care to private hospitals from government-run Veterans Affairs facilities. “This is where I think empowering people with the equivalent of a voucher that gives you the same economic benefit of receiving care inside of a clinic or a hospital,” Mr. Bush...
  • Ted Cruz super PAC $31 million fundraising causes shock and awe (Even former Perry & Dubya donors)

    04/08/2015 4:26:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 8, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    According to a Wednesday story in Bloomberg, the Ted Cruz for President Campaign has let it be known that a group of super PACs associated with the campaign expects to have $31 million in the bank by Friday. This feat is impressive considering that the Cruz campaign is not even two weeks old, and the super PACs in question were formed just this week. In the political fundraising game, this is what is called shock and awe. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is likely to be the champion fund raiser on the Republican side. But the news of Cruz’s feat,...
  • Bomb suspect killed self; blasted Rove, Cheney and Bush in note

    01/01/2009 11:55:24 AM PST · by Patrick1 · 16 replies · 598+ views
    Al-AP ^ | 01/01/09 | Patrick1
    ASPEN — A man who left bomb threats and homemade bombs around Aspen on New Year's Eve shot and killed himself in his car a few hours after his threats cleared much of the resort town, Aspen Police said. Assistant Aspen Police Chief Bill Linn said James Chester Blanning, 72, walked into two Aspen banks Wednesday afternoon and left packages wrapped in holiday paper along with notes saying the boxes contained bombs. The notes threatened "mass death" and demanded $60,000 cash, along with criticisms of President George Bush, Linn said.
  • Ann Coulter reacts to how GOP primary race is shaping up for 2016

    04/07/2015 2:39:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News' Hannity ^ | April 7, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) DAVID WEBB, GUEST HOST: It is battle for the White House as anticipation builds and more Republican candidates throw their hat into the ring. Many are wondering how this presidential election will be different from the past years. But no matter which Republicans run, my next guest says liberals -- get that, liberals -- should not be able to moderate any of the primary debates. Come on, Ann Coulter, the author, columnist, and liberals, really, shouldn't be allowed to moderate? Shouldn't we go into the fire? ANN COULTER, AUTHOR AND COLUMNIST: I didn't know that's what we were talking...
  • Friday Lightning Round: Early bets in the Candidate Casino

    04/06/2015 3:29:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: The new jobs report came out today, the White House -- it was not as good as expected, 126,000 jobs added, 5.5 percent unemployment rate, stays the same. The other numbers that we often look at, underemployment, it's down from 11 percent, 10.9 percent now. But 8,575,000 people still unemployed and this is really interesting. The labor participation chart currently at 62.7 percent, that is not a good number. We are going to start there in the Lightning Round. We are back with the panel – Charles? CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Look, you can look for...
  • Jeb Bush Apologizes for Marking 'Hispanic' on Voter Identification: 'My Mistake!'

    04/06/2015 11:21:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 6, 2015 | By BEN SIEGEL
    Jeb Bush knows he's not Hispanic. After the New York Times reported Monday that the former Florida governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate identified himself as Hispanic in a 2009 Dade County voter registration application, Bush took to Twitter to react, saying it was a mistake.
  • Jeb Bush marked 'Hispanic' on Florida voter form: NYT

    04/06/2015 11:07:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 6, 2006
    Likely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush, who was popular among Spanish-speaking voters while Florida governor, marked himself as "Hispanic" on a 2009 voter registration application, The New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper posted a fuzzy copy of the form, which it said it obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. The circle marked "Hispanic" was checked. The next circle said "White, not Hispanic" and was not checked. "My mistake! Don't think I've fooled anyone!" Bush wrote on Twitter on Monday, responding to a message from his son calling him an "honorary" Latino....
  • Jeb Bush Identified As ‘Hispanic’ On Voter Registration Form

    04/06/2015 8:02:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    Daily Daller ^ | April 6, 2015 | Alex Pappas
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush marked himself down as Hispanic on a voter registration form that asked for his “race/ethnicity” in 2009, according to a document posted online by The New York Times. [Snip] Bush was born to two white parents. But he speaks Spanish, married a woman born in Mexico and once lived in Venezuela.
  • Ted Cruz surges to second place in polls

    04/04/2015 10:41:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 4, 2015 | Newsmachete
    Ted Cruz, starting at nearly nothing at the polls, has surged to second place, at 13%, just above Scott Walker, at 12%, and behind Jeb Bush, at 20%. A big part of the surge undoubtedly was caused by the press attention Cruz received when he announced for president. But he also received a lot of negative press, with many, many articles by the liberal media and Republican establishment types saying he is too "extreme" to be elected. I think a lot of his rise is attributable to his taking very specific stands on the issues. If you follow the link...
  • Cruz Didn't Just Rise Into First Tier — He Was Already There

    04/03/2015 1:34:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | April 3, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Cruz-poll-president-campaign/2015/04/03/id/636359/
  • Democrats Don’t Think Ted Cruz’s Experience is a Problem

    04/03/2015 1:25:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    On Monday, our managing editor Javier Manjarres was on NewsMaxTV’s America’s Forum along with the host of The Agenda, Ari Rabin-Havt discussing Illinois’s new religious freedom law as well as candidates thinking of entering the presidential race. When it came to Illinois’s new religious freedom law, America’s Forum’s host, J.D. Hayworth pointed out Barack Obama voted on a similar law when he was a state senator for Illinois and asked why he was suddenly against it now. Rabin-Havt said the laws back in the day were expected to cover the same thing. He said it was to protect religious beliefs...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Surging in Polls Since Announcement (Many Nat'l & State Polls)

    04/02/2015 4:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    The early bird is getting the worm when it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is reaping the benefits of being the first to officially enter the race. Recent public polling shows a surge of support for Cruz among Republican primary voters. As Breitbart News reported, Cruz launched his campaign with a speech on March 23rd at Liberty University that invited his audience to imagine a future for our country where millions of “courageous conservatives” stood up to “reclaim the promise of America.” The message seems to be hitting home with Cruz’s conservative base, concerned...