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  • Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

    02/13/2016 4:03:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Rim Country Gazette ^ | February 5, 2016 | Garry Leech
    Perhaps nothing captures the imperialist arrogance of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz more succinctly than his campaign's statement declaring, "What is best for America is best for the world." In addition to the obvious fact that billions of people around the world might disagree with Cruz on this point is the fact that it is not at all clear that the Republican presidential candidate's proposed policies are even best for most Americans. But given his victory this past week in the Iowa caucus, Cruz's ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored while mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the...
  • SEC primary update: If you thought Iowa was friendly to Ted Cruz, try the South

    02/13/2016 2:59:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 11, 2016 | Jim Galloway
    SEC-wide: Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma all have higher proportions of evangelicals than Iowa. That bodes well for Ted Cruz. (Washington Post) Texas: The University of Houston will host a Feb. 25 GOP president debate, televised by CNN. The host and broadcaster had been in flux, and the event was moved back one day. (Texas Tribune) The mother of Sandra Bland, a Texas woman who died in police custody in a case that made national headlines, will campaign with Hillary Clinton in Chicago. (Associated Press)
  • Sanders: We Must End Over-Policing in African-American Neighborhoods

    02/12/2016 9:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for an end of "over-policing" in black neighborhoods during the PBS Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday night. "What we have to do is end over-policing in African-American neighborhoods. The reality is that both the African-American community and the white community do marijuana at about equal rates," Sanders said. "The reality is four times as many blacks get arrested for marijuana. Truth is that far more blacks get stopped for traffic violations." An undecided voter via Facebook wrote: "Wisconsin is number one in African-American male incarceration, according to a University...
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • Christians Should Be Celebrating Ted Cruz's New Hampshire 'Win'

    02/12/2016 8:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rev. Cannon Mark A. Pearson
    Either it was a most unusual party or else it was a most unusual testimony time. I'm referring to a Tuesday evening event at a banquet hall in Hollis, New Hampshire. What made the event most unusual is that the event was both a party and a testimony time. I'm speaking of the post-election event where many of us gathered to celebrate the strong showing of Ted Cruz in the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred campaign workers gathered among hundreds of boxes of pizza and dozens of TV cameras to celebrate Cruz's strong third-place finish. Why celebrate third? Because New...
  • Former Obama intel official: Hillary Clinton should drop out

    02/12/2016 7:24:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nicole Gaouette
    President Barack Obama's former top military intelligence official said Hillary Clinton should pull out of the presidential race while the FBI investigate her use of a private email server for official government communication while secretary of state. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the retired chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the call in an interview with Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "If it were me, I would have been out the door and probably in jail," said Flynn, who decried what he said was a "lack of accountability, frankly, in a person who should have been much more responsible in...
  • Mysterious Super PAC Linked to Rubio-Romney Promises to “Kill Off” Trump in South Carolina

    02/12/2016 6:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    A mysterious Super PAC with links to Rubio and Romney promises to "kill off" Donald Trump in South Carolina. DC Whispers reported: This mysterious, Mitt-Romney-linked Super PAC is letting it be known they are prepared for all-out war to ensure Mr. Trump gets nowhere near the GOP nomination. The name of the "anyone but Trump" multi-million dollar effort calls itself the, Our Principles PAC and is headed by former Mitt Romney deputy campaign manager, Katie Packer. One of Packer's oft-repeated complaints against Donald Trump is that he is a RINO. That's right, the former Deputy campaign manager for MITT ROMNEY,...
  • Trump slips, Rubio surges in new Oklahoma presidential poll

    02/12/2016 5:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 9, 2016 | Silas Allen
    Less than a month before the state's presidential primary, Republican front-runner Donald Trump appears to be losing steam in Oklahoma, according to a poll released Tuesday. Trump continues to lead an eight-candidate Republican field, with 30 percent of Oklahoma GOP voters reporting that they planned to vote for the New York billionaire, down from 35 percent in a poll released Jan. 23. "Early on, Trump's been able to channel the anger and frustration felt among Republicans toward President Obama, but anger and frustration can only take you so far in a presidential race," said Bill Shapard, founder of SoonerPoll, an...
  • Ted Cruz fiercely opposes drafting women. Here's why his supporters love him for it.

    02/12/2016 5:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Week ^ | February 12, 2016 | Damon Linker
    You've gotta hand it to Ted Cruz. He might be a ruthlessly self-aggrandizing right-wing bomb-thrower who antagonizes everyone around him, but he also clearly has a rare mixture of good fortune and consummate skill at marshaling his insatiable ambition to the festering cultural alienation that pervades the grassroots of the conservative movement. Over the past week, Cruz's good luck and talent for exploiting culture war grievances have given him the perfect issue to use and abuse as the fight for the Republican nomination heads into the South. I'm talking about the question of whether women should be required to register...
  • Texans pump $88 million into presidential campaigns

    02/12/2016 4:29:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Saleh Rauf and Peggy Fikac |
    AUSTIN -- The 2016 presidential election -- well on its way to clocking in as the most expensive in history -- is oozing with political cash from Texas. Donors from Texas, long known as a vaunted piggy bank for White House hopefuls, plowed at least $88 million last year into the presidential race, according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis of federal campaign finance and IRS filings. That includes money injected directly into about two-dozen individual campaigns and an army of roughly 30 allied groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums to support their candidate of choice. Big money...
  • Trump Backers File 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

    02/12/2016 4:17:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 12, 2016 | Christina Wilkie
    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to run for president. The suit, filed in federal court in Alabama, alleges that Cruz is not a "natural born citizen" of the United States, and should therefore be disqualified from seeking the office of president. Cruz was born in Canada in 1970 to an American mother. The plaintiffs, Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker, are all residents of Cullman County and supporters of Cruz's opponent, Donald Trump, according to AL.com....
  • Cruz supporters organizing

    02/11/2016 6:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Citizen ^ | February 11, 2016
    A grassroots initiative in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is organizing within the next few days, according to a statement. "If you are tired and frustrated over the Supreme Court Justices continuing to violate their judicial oaths, a failed Obamacare that continues to be re-written to force on the American people and so much more, come join the Cruz Coalition," the statement read. The group will be making phone calls locally in support of Cruz with a scheduled launch of Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St. in Fayetteville....
  • Ted Cruz Grabs New FRC-Linked Endorsement

    02/11/2016 5:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Thursday's latest endorsement for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a two-for-one deal for the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. In South Carolina, where Republican voters will make their choice for their party's presidential nomination a week from Saturday, there are two major voting blocs. Christian conservatives make up one, while active-duty military and veterans make up the other. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) bridges both groups. He retired after 36 years in the military, and is also an ordained with a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as of Thursday afternoon, he was firmly with the...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Limbaugh: Cruz 'Has Got to Be Your Guy' – 'Closest to Reagan'

    02/11/2016 4:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 10, 2016 | Wire Services
    With conservatives across the country facing a critical decision whether to back Donald Trump, top radio talker Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that true conservatives have no choice but to vote for Ted Cruz. Limbaugh told his radio audience, "If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz...." Limbaugh gave his powerful imprimatur to Cruz by adding, "This [Ted Cruz] is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan." Cruz has finished first in Iowa caucuses, but performed,...
  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia Manchester
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio turned up the heat on his opponents -- proactively calling them out by name -- while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. Rubio touted his international affairs record on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while taking aim at the experience of Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump -- all of whom won more votes than him in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. "We'll have a debate on Saturday. Who on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment or a better understanding of the foreign...
  • Bill introduced to end the draft

    02/11/2016 2:13:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2016 | Rebecca Kheel
    A bipartisan group of four congressmen introduced a bill Thursday that would abolish the Selective Service System, more commonly known as the draft. "Maintaining the Selective Service simply makes no sense," Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), a former Marine, said in a written statement. "In 1973, the last draftee entered the Army and since then, despite the first Gulf War and subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has never considered reinstituting the draft. Our all-volunteer military has given us the most elite fighting force in the history of this country." Coffman introduced the bill with Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.),...
  • Technology and the 2016 election: Ted Cruz's secret weapon?

    02/10/2016 8:08:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Stossel
    Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire's primary, Ted Cruz talked more about "free-market principles" and a "commitment to the Constitution" and said "no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington." Politico ran the headline "Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian." I'm skeptical. Campaigning in Iowa, Cruz had emphasized religion and social conservatism. But politicians no longer just target voters state-by-state -- they target by person. Last election, President Obama beat Mitt Romney partly by doing just that. Obama had 50 people working in data analytics. Romney had four....
  • US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law

    02/10/2016 6:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Today Ng ^ | February 9, 2016
    US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama's flagship Power Africa scheme, which is trying to improve access to electricity through public-private partnerships. It took nearly two years to be passed in both houses of the US Congress. About two-thirds of people in Africa do not have access to reliable power....
  • Can the Establishments Strike Back? Time is running out to derail Sanders, Trump and Cruz

    02/10/2016 4:44:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 10, 2016 | James Warren
    Like all too many commuters, Political America awoke Wednesday to a traffic jam. It could use a PolitiChopper, or some counterpart to those TV and radio helicopters that diligently track fender benders, jack-knifed tractor-trailers, construction, power outages and other havoc-inducing rush hour impediments on our roads and rails. Hillary Clinton's seemingly irresistible march to the Democratic nomination was diverted, at least for now, in New Hampshire. And the Republican elite was flummoxed by its muddle in finding an obvious alternative to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Ted Cruz may have lost in New Hampshire, but pundits say he comes out ahead

    02/10/2016 3:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | February 10, 2016 | Elizabeth Koh
    <p>If Iowa was Sen. Ted Cruz's stomping ground, New Hampshire was set up to be a resounding defeat.</p> <p>The evangelical values Cruz campaigned on in the Midwest were in short supply in the secular Granite State. He -- and everyone else -- polled double-digits behind Donald Trump. But though Trump snagged his first win in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz notched a comfortable third-place finish after Ohio Gov. John Kasich and avoided a brawl that experts said are likely to bruise the weaker candidates in the race.</p>
  • Jeb Bush fundraisers celebrate after New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 2:19:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/10/jeb-bush-fundraisers-celebrate-after-new-hampshire/80185874/#
  • Lessons from premature Rubio coronation

    02/10/2016 1:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Rem Rieder
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2016/02/10/rieder-lessons-premature-rubio-coronation/80175032/#
  • Is Cruz the frontrunner now?

    02/10/2016 12:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Yep, says Philip Klein. I hope he's right, but I'm not sure the takeaway from a blowout win for Trump in New Hampshire is that it's now Ted Cruz's race to lose. Though Trump's victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn't put substantial effort into winning the state -- where very conservative candidates don't typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding. As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground...
  • What About Ted Cruz?

    02/09/2016 11:29:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | Thomas B. Edsall
    Despite Donald Trump's victory in New Hampshire, what is the chance that Republicans will nominate Ted Cruz and that he will go on to win the presidency? The website ElectionBettingOdds gives Cruz a 14.5 percent chance of winning the nomination -- his victory in the Iowa caucuses and what looks like a third place showing in New Hampshire notwithstanding. It puts his chances of actually winning the presidency at 4.3 percent. But let's say Cruz beats the odds and wins the nomination. One of the most conservative members of the Senate, Cruz would test the argument made by leaders of...
  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Daily News Calls Out The 'Brain Dead' Voters Of New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Visser
    The New York Daily News is not amused with the people of New Hampshire. Following business mogul Donald Trump's double-digit win in the state's primary, the brash media outlet announced that its cover on Wednesday would depict a clown-faced image of the GOP front-runner alongside a sharp jab at the voters who've gotten him this far. "Clown comes back to life with N.H. win as mindless zombies turn out in droves," the cover reads, underneath the headline "Dawn of the brain dead." The Daily News has called Trump a clown -- among other things -- on its cover several times....
  • Does New Hampshire Mean Hillary Clinton Will Lose? That Depends On Her Strategy Going Forward

    02/09/2016 9:30:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Romper ^ | February 10, 2016 | Keiko Zoll
    Oh, what a difference a week makes: After barely eking past her Democratic opponent in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night. With 68 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Sanders had a nearly 20 point lead over Clinton. Does her loss in New Hampshire mean Clinton will lose the nomination? Right now -- only one state into the long primary process between now and party nominations in July -- it's still too early to tell. What we do know is that in order for Clinton...
  • Granholm: "Clinton Campaign Is Saying Not Any Woman, We Wouldn't Say Vote For Sarah Palin"

    02/09/2016 7:26:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 9, 2016
    FMR. GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MI): Young women do not want to be shamed into voting and that's very clear and nobody intended for that to happen. I think what they -- I'm from the next generation after, you know, Gloria and Madeline and we -- I've got their pictures on my wall, I mean, they are just -- they're total heroes. Of course they're going to say that we want to be able to see finally a woman as president after 227 years. But the Clinton campaign is saying not just any woman. We wouldn't say vote for Sarah Palin....
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • 'It was like a retweet': Donald Trump deploys creative defence of crude Ted Cruz insult at rally

    02/09/2016 2:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 9, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    As New Hampshire voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump downplayed his use of a crude insult the day before. "It was like a retweet," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "I would never say a word like that," he further insisted. At a Monday-night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump told his supporters he was surprised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was not more supportive of waterboarding. An audience member apparently shouted out the vulgar insult, which Trump repeated from the stage while jokingly "reprimanding" his supporter for saying such a "terrible" thing....
  • Why NH Should Vote for Ted Cruz and not Donald Trump

    02/08/2016 6:27:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Granite Grok ^ | February 7, 2016 | Steve MacDonald
    Ted Cruz knows that you are the best hope for saving America. But to do that you need a president willing to get the government out of the way so that you can. "... just like the left, Donald Trump's solutions are all built on the "smarts" of certain gifted people and then empowering those people to navigate the world for the masses. By contrast Ted Cruz' campaign is built on the strength of a set of ideas, where rights, power and responsibility belong to every citizen, not just the gifted few. This is the self-governing model our nation was...
  • The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

    02/08/2016 4:08:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 8, 2016 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty--and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism. There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a piece entitled, "An Open Letter To Ta-Nehisi Coates And The Liberals Who Love Him." Johnson's essay offers those of us interested in the problem of white supremacy and the question of economic class the chance to tease out how, and where, these two problems intersect. In Johnson's rendition, racism, in and of itself, holds limited...
  • Latest N.H. Tracking Poll: Trump, Sanders Lead With 1 Day to Go

    02/08/2016 3:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    UMass-Lowell ^ | February 8, 2016 | Christine Gillette
    The eighth and final day of results from the UMass Lowell/7News tracking poll of 1,400 New Hampshire voters who were surveyed about candidates in the Feb. 9 Democratic and Republican primaries include: * With just a day to go before the first-in-the-nation primary, two outsider candidates - businessman Donald Trump and Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - have double-digit leads. Both candidates have held large leads with likely primary voters since the first day of tracking poll results were released. Today, Trump's lead stands at 21 points and Sanders' at 16 points. * Trump has the support of 34 percent...
  • Trump: Yes, I'd Tell Syrian Kids To Their Faces That They Can't Come To The U.S.

    02/08/2016 2:21:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | February 8, 2016 | Sara Jerde
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday told a town hall attendee that he had no qualms about telling the children of Syrian refugees that they can't come to the United States. A man at the campaign event in Salem, New Hampshire asked Trump if he could look the children in their faces and tell them they wouldn't be able to come to America. "I can look at their faces and say you can't come," Trump replied. "We don't know where their parents come from. They have no documentation." Trump has previously said that he thinks accepting Syrian refugees into...
  • The Brief: With Second Place in Sight, Cruz Has Big Push in N.H.

    02/08/2016 2:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds
    The Big Conversation The pivotal and increasingly more difficult to predict GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire will happen tomorrow. As the Tribune's Abby Livingston reports, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is campaigning with an urgency similar to his efforts in Iowa. "Cruz already has an Iowa victory under his belt, and will soon turn to Republican supporters better aligned with his message in Southern states in the coming weeks," Livingston wrote. "But he is campaigning here in New Hampshire as if there is not tomorrow: come Tuesday, he will have made at least 17 stops in a week's time." Donald...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • When the applause dies for Jeb Bush (In desperation, using Terri Schiavo campaign ad)

    02/08/2016 2:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    "Please clap," Jeb Bush wryly told a subdued crowd in New Hampshire last week, a moment that epitomizes his problem. The pundits call it lack of traction. Among too many voters it's lack of interest. If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he's done. Even if he doesn't quit the race, it's over. A year ago this scenario was unimaginable. He had more money, more brains, more connections and more governing experience than any other Republican wanting to be president. Like many people, I thought his nomination would be a slam dunk. The gaseous rise of Donald Trump upended everything, but...
  • Why It’s Ridiculous To Report On Every Poll Coming Out Of New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 2:03:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 7, 2016 | Natalie Jackson, Senior polling editor
    Pollsters have been busy in New Hampshire the last few days. As of this post's publication, HuffPost Pollster's charts have added 15 polls of the New Hampshire primaries that were conducted after last Monday's Iowa caucuses -- nine of the Republican primary and six of the Democratic primary. If you include all of the daily tracking polls, which are only added to the charts every other day because of their overlapping dates, there have been 22 poll releases since Wednesday. If that seems excessive or ridiculous, that's because it is. And there will be several more -- those numbers above...
  • PREDICTION VALIDATED: Trump Poll Numbers May Be Vastly Inflated Due to Name Recognition

    02/08/2016 12:23:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Director Blue ^ | February 7, 2016 | Malcolm X. Cromwell
    Two-and-one-half months before last week's Iowa Caucus, columnist S.A. Miller of The Washington Times noted what could be called "The Trump Effect" on poll numbers with an article entitled "Donald Trump seen unlikely to win in Iowa despite poll numbers": Laura Kamienski, a Republican Party caucus precinct representative for Hiawatha District in Cedar Rapids ... said she expects a surprise in the caucus this cycle similar to former Sen. Rick Santorum's unexpected win in 2012. Mr. Santorum is back in the 2016 Republican race but is polling near the bottom of the crowded field in Iowa and nationally. ...Pollsters defended...
  • Scientists Successfully Decode Thoughts, Reading Individuals’ Minds in Real-Time

    02/07/2016 11:43:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Futurism ^ | February 1, 2016
    GETTING INSIDE YOUR HEAD Mind-reading is often dismissed as nothing more than a charlatan trick, but scientists and researchers are trying to change this 'decoding of the brain' from quack-science to hard science. Indeed, significant advancements have been made in this area already. And now, University of Washington scientists have developed technology that allows a device to effectively read your mind. With a combination of brain implants and sophisticated software, the team was able to interpret their subjects' thoughts and extrapolate what their subjects were seeing. Thanks to this study, scientists were able to gain insight into how people are...
  • Semi-Automatic Pistol Made on 3-D Printer

    02/07/2016 11:14:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | February 6, 2016
    A West Virginia carpenter by the name of Derwood has developed a small 3D printed semi-automatic 9mm weapon which only requires metal for the steel barrel, springs and bullets. Three years ago, the first 3D printed gun was fabricated, a simple weapon called "The Liberator," and since that time the weapons have been evolving. The United States Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 allows citizens to manufacture their own guns, as long as they do not sell or transfer them without first obtaining a federal license. "This gun has been a work in process for about a year now," Derwood...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Young Women in NH ‘Offended’ Clinton Using Gender as Political Tool

    02/07/2016 9:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jenna Lifhits
    Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday. When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton's claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively. One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women. "I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • The middle-class white men problem

    02/07/2016 6:59:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 7, 2016 | James Poulos
    The most interesting question this year for political junkies is who - if anyone - can rebuild Ronald Reagan's electoral coalition. Plenty of candidates would like to do it, and plenty of them want to convince America right now that they're already doing it. But the key group of voters who could make that happen are up for grabs - and they're skeptical. The big cultural story of the year, it's now clear, is how elites and intellectuals now abruptly admit that downwardly mobile middle-class whites, especially men, have become an important constituency and a political problem. "As we know,"...
  • Fox News On Suicide Watch After Marco Rubio Implodes At Debate

    02/07/2016 6:41:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | February 7, 2016 | Jason Easley
    Fox News is on the verge of suicide after Marco Rubio completely self-destructed at the latest Republican presidential debate. The depression and gloom over the Fox News anchors could not be contained. Fox News is on the verge of suicide after Marco Rubio completely self-destructed at the latest Republican presidential debate. The depression and gloom over the Fox News anchors could not be contained. Chris Christie made Marco Rubio look like a robot who circuits were fried at the ABC Republican debate. Even after Christie called out Rubio for repeating the same talking point about President Obama over and over...