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  • Mitt Romney called top VP pick in 2016

    06/01/2015 12:33:40 PM PDT · by VinL · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard
    Saying it's "obvious," best-selling author and national talk show host Hugh Hewitt is urging all of the nearly two dozen potential Republican presidential candidates to pick 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney as their vice presidential choice. In his upcoming book The Queen, directed at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hewitt said that Romney has the influence and status of former Vice President Dick Cheney, making him a formidable campaigner and White House partner. That, he added in the book provided to Secrets, will force Clinton to make an equally top-notch pick, not somebody like Joe Biden, the "lovable dolt" chosen by Barack...
  • Ted Cruz, breaking new ground on hypocrisy | Editorial

    05/31/2015 6:39:34 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 5/31/2015 | Editorial
    It is well established that between ears of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) there is a Rube Goldberg machine gone haywire, judging by his impulse to summon a fabrication or absurdity for almost any occasion. To wit: He compares climate activists to flat-Earthers, blames President Obama for the 2008 economic crash, claims ISIS is "literally nailing Christians to trees" (not true), asserts that cities with the toughest gun control laws have the most crime, estimates there are "111,000 agents" at the IRS (missed by a factor of 10), and believes that George Soros is plotting to shut down golf courses throughout...
  • Martin O'Malley sets sights on Hillary Clinton

    05/30/2015 7:43:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/30/2015 | Dan Merica
    Martin O'Malley will launch his presidential campaign Saturday with an appeal to the party's progressive base that he hopes will upend the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is destined to clinch the Democratic nomination. The former Maryland governor will unveil his campaign in Baltimore, the city where he was once mayor -- a role that is central to his political persona. But his Baltimore credentials could become more of a challenge than he initially thought after a riot erupted in the city in April. Perhaps O'Malley's biggest challenge is finding a way to dent the Clinton political machine while also...
  • Cruz captures conservative Jewish hearts at NY gala, including Adelson’s

    05/29/2015 6:58:19 PM PDT · by VinL · 40 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/29/2015 | Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt |
    “He sounds like a Jew,” someone muttered at a nearby table as Ted Cruz gave his address. Last night, presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Chris Christie addressed over a thousand Jewish New Yorkers of Jewish Values International Awards Gala... Despite the long cast of characters present (Senator Bob Menendez, Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, magnate Sheldon Adelson.... it was Cruz who stole the show, by far..... When Cruz got on stage, for a moment the room shifted into a political rally more than a charity dinner: Cruz walked around the podium, without notes, and gave an impassioned address which...
  • Young Women Say No to Thongs

    05/29/2015 2:10:05 PM PDT · by VinL · 109 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 5/29/2015 | H. Peyphlan
    A young generation of women is discovering a new brand of sexy in the most unlikely of places: their grandmothers’ underwear drawers. “When I walk into a lingerie store, I’m always like, ‘O.K., which drawer in here is for the grannies?’ ” Daphne Javitch, 35, said of her predilection for ample-bottomed undies. That preference led Ms. Javitch, back in 2010, to found Ten Undies, a line with a cult following that sells cotton full-bottom bikinis, boy shorts and high-waist briefs not unlike the kind immortalized in “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” (“Hello, mommy.”) Ten’s wares are comfortable and practical, to be sure,...
  • When it Counts: Huck, Cruz, Walker in the Lead

    05/28/2015 8:34:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5/29/2015 | Morris/McGann
    The conventional wisdom shows Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul strongly competing for the Republican presidential nomination. But a close analysis of the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll indicates that with strong elements of the Party's right wing, they perform poorly in comparison to Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and, for now, Ben Carson. Among all Republican voters, the poll shows Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee and Carson are all tied at 10 percent each while Paul lags at 7 percent and Cruz at 6 percent. But an analysis of the three key conservative groups that drive the nominating...
  • Ted Cruz requests a correction from the liberal media:(TR)

    05/28/2015 2:52:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Ted Cruz is not only a U.S. senator and presidential candidate; he's also a gamer. He tweeted a screenshot of his Candy Crush screen Thursday. He's on level 357, contrary to a Daily Beast report that he had hit level 217, which he told MSNBC in 2014). "The fruits of time between stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina," he said in a Facebook post. Cruz told the Daily Beast he also plays "Plants vs. Zombies," "The Creeps!" and grew up playing "Galaga," "Space Invaders" and "Centipede." "I play with my daughters," he said. "One of the fun things...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Winner of the Week: Ted Cruz

    05/26/2015 5:07:19 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    SteveDeace.com ^ | 5/26/2015 | Steve Deace
    This week is a no-brainer. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is our winner of the week for this clip of him hitting back at the Rainbow Jihad that has gone viral. As of Memorial Day, the clip had over 16,000 Facebook shares at Real Clear Politics. To put that number in perspective, Rand Paul was our winner of the week back on April 14th for this clip challenging Democrats on the life issue. Yet as of Noon on Memorial Day it had only been shared on Facebook less than 300 times via RCP. Here’s the transcript of the Cruz clip: REPORTER:...
  • Perry to Senate Presidential Candidates: Go Home and Run for Governor

    Former Texas governor Rick Perry has a message for three of the current Republican White House hopefuls: Run for governor before you run for president. Speaking about Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, all three U.S. senators, Perry said in an interview last week with THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he's hearing from GOP voters that they want executive experience. "I’ve had more than one individual say, 'You know what, if you want to be the president of the United States, you ought to go back to your home state and be the governor and get that executive experience before...
  • Ted Cruz Courts Conservative Pastors at Private Gathering

    05/21/2015 10:49:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 5/21/2015 | Elizabth Dias
    In a bid for the support of the evangelical wing of the Republican Party, Sen. Ted Cruz spoke to a private gathering of 600 conservative pastors and their wives Thursday morning in Washington. The Texas Republican was the only 2016 presidential hopeful to speak at the annual “Watchmen on the Wall” conference... “The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz told the ballroom. “We’ve got an obligation, as this conference recognizes, to...
  • Jeb Bush knocks brother George on spending

    05/21/2015 8:00:09 AM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ashley Killough
    Jeb Bush went beyond his normal hesitation to criticize his brother and argued that the 43rd president could have done more to bring "budget discipline" to Washington. The former Florida governor was asked by a voter Thursday morning at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, if there was an issue where there's big space between he and his brother. "Sure, I think that in Washington during my brother's time Republicans spent too much money," Bush said. "He could have used the veto power. He didn't have line item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C."...
  • Watch: Cruz Praises Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Protest (Article and video at site)

    05/20/2015 9:40:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)praised fellow presidential candidate and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speech against the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday. Cruz began, “I would note he [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% ] and I agree on a great many issues, although we don’t agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the Senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to.” And praised the prior work of Rand and his father, former Congressman Ron...
  • Peter King: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz “Appeal To Lowest Common Denominator”

    05/20/2015 2:35:58 PM PDT · by VinL · 58 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 5/20/2015 | Anfrew Kacynski
    Rep. Peter King says Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are in a “race to the bottom” of the Republican field. King, the Long island Republican who said he’ll decided whether to run for president in “next month or so” said the pair appeal to the “lowest common denominator.” “I’d say it’s a race to the bottom between Ted Cruz and Rand Paul,” said King, asked who the worst Republican candidate was, adding that he judged them on “their policies, and also how they’d do in the general election.” “They both appeal to the lowest common denominator,” he said. King said...
  • Scott Walker’s problem

    05/20/2015 9:58:05 AM PDT · by VinL · 33 replies
    Leader and Times ^ | 5/20/2015 | Dick Morris
    Being outside of Washington, D.C., is usually an advantage for a presidential aspirant confronting a crowded field of potential Republican candidates. Away from the taint and deal-making in Washington, governors and former governors generally can run against Washington, like George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan did. But this year is different. Serving in the Senate at this point in the race gives an undeniable advantage to Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), because the Senate is where the action will be. Congress will dominate the spotlight as it wrestles with NSA reform, the Iran...
  • Insane Things Ted Cruz Says: The Left ‘Obsessed With Sex’

    05/20/2015 9:27:40 AM PDT · by VinL · 90 replies
    Clinton Contributor #1-- NYTimes ^ | 5/20/2015 | Andy Rosenthal
    Is someone projecting? Just a little? Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a resident of the extreme right political fringe who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, told reporters in Texas on Tuesday that the left is obsessed with sex because he keeps getting questions about marriage laws and the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz said. He went on to borrow a particularly mindless comment from his colleague, Senator Tom Cotton of...
  • Cruz: ‘Is there something about the left … that’s obsessed with sex?’

    05/19/2015 5:01:29 PM PDT · by VinL · 86 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/19/2015 | Desikan Thirunarayanapuram
    Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R) hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas's junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. "Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign... (1st Amend)

    05/19/2015 10:03:49 AM PDT · by VinL · 30 replies
    Peach Pundit ^ | 5/19/2015 | Jon Richards
    "What’s odd about this issue is that there’s a liberal fascism, an intolerance. Some of the Christians who have been persecuted have been florists or bakers who were asked to provide their services for a gay wedding that contradicted their faith, and so they declined. They are being persecuted and fined and threatened with legal action. None of us have a right to demand of another that they embrace our lifestyle. Imagine for example a gay florist who was asked to provide flowers for the wedding of two fundamentalist Christians. Now if that florist decided, “this is contrary to my...
  • Chris Christie: I now oppose a path to citizenship for illegals

    05/19/2015 8:47:14 AM PDT · by VinL · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/19/2015 | Allahpundit
    He told ABC five years ago that he supported citizenship, leaving him with two options now. One: Stick to his guns and give conservatives another reason to treat “Christie” as a curse word. Two: Follow Scott Walker’s lead by pleading ignorance in his earlier views and claiming that he’s since seen the light. Actual quote from Christie: “I have now learned some of the ramifications for all of these things.” What those things might be isn’t clear, but it’d be impolite after such an earnest pander to badger the poor guy for details. He’s trying, Republicans. A for effort? This...
  • Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma

    05/17/2015 3:44:14 PM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/17/2015 | Jennifer Shutt
    There’s a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now. When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off the state GOP’s famed August straw poll, he left the future of the event to Scott Walker. Since all of the top tier presidential prospects are waiting to see who will compete before they commit to the straw poll this year, if the Wisconsin governor — and current Iowa front-runner — declines to participate, there’s a good chance Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and other candidates will follow suit. Walker, who’s publicly non-committal, leads in recent Iowa polls, may...
  • Ted Cruz Was Fearless Yesterday

    05/16/2015 9:16:29 AM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/16/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Last night in Georgia, Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke to the delegates at the Georgia Republican Convention. Regular readers of RedState know that the Speaker of the House in Georgia, collaborating with gay rights activists, left-wing Democrats, and big business, scuttled a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Action in exchange for Democrat votes on a billion dollar tax increase. If conservatives wanted RFRA passed in Georgia, the Speaker demanded they gut the legislation with “anti-discrimination” language that would actually expand protected classes in Georgia for the left. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke last night and he called B.S....
  • John Boehner, Ted Cruz and a One-Finger Salute

    05/15/2015 5:59:02 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Clinton Contributor #1-NYTimes ^ | 5/15/2015 | Maggie Hagerman
    <p>Speaker John A. Boehner has had ample reason to give Senator Ted Cruz of Texas the stink eye, shall we say. Mr. Cruz has repeatedly encouraged House conservatives to push Mr. Boehner sharply, even untenably, to the right, and he helped orchestrate the government shutdown at the end of 2013, which Mr. Boehner tried mightily to prevent.</p>
  • Republicans Revolt Over Stephanopoulos’s Conflict of Interest At ABC

    05/14/2015 2:50:49 PM PDT · by VinL · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/14/2015 | Debre Heine
    Amidst revelations that ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos was an undisclosed contributor to the Clinton Foundation slush fund at the same time he was defending it on the air, some GOPers are finally putting their foot down. Conn Carroll, formally the White House correspondent for Townhall and currently communications director for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had this to say on Twitter: "I'm not letting my boss go on ABC until GStephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 coverage." And Rand Paul is the First Republican presidential candidate to say George Stephanopoulos shouldn’t moderate the 2016 debates. “It’s impossible to divorce yourself from...
  • Now, Ben Carson Leads In A Republican Poll

    05/14/2015 2:38:35 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/14/2015 | rakkton Booker
    Following a trio of Republican campaign announcements last week, Ben Carson leaps to the top spot of GOP presidential candidates in the latest Fox News poll tied with presumed GOP front-runner Jeb Bush. Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all entered the race for the Republican nomination early last week, but none has seen as dramatic a bump as the retired neurosurgeon. Carson Touts Candor As A Plus For His GOP Presidential Bid Both Bush and Carson sit atop the Fox poll at 13 percent each among Republican primary voters. That's a seven-point bounce...
  • ABC’s Stephanopoulos gave $75G to Clinton Foundation without disclosing it, apologizes

    05/14/2015 2:20:27 PM PDT · by VinL · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/14/2015 | Ed Henry
    ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos got deeper in hot water Thursday with his network, which revised upward to $75,000 the amount of money he contributed to the Clinton Foundation without full disclosure to the network or viewers -- while he was covering Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and foundation controversies. Stephanopoulos apologized Thursday and said he should have revealed the contributions, which were initially reported at $50,000. But an ABC official told Fox News on Thursday afternoon the anchor has changed that number, to $75,000. He is also pledging not to moderate any presidential debates, Fox News has learned. The...
  • Jeb Bush: "I would not have gone into Iraq"

    05/14/2015 1:36:11 PM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/14/2015 | Jake Miller
    After several days of shifting responses panned by Republicans and Democrats alike, Jeb Bush has arrived at his final judgment on the 2003 invasion of Iraq: No, he would not have authorized the war had he known the Iraqis did not have weapons of mass destruction. "Knowing what we now know, I would not have engaged," Bush said during a visit to Arizona on Thursday. "I would not have gone into Iraq." The former Florida governor, a Republican who's weighing a 2016 presidential bid, suggested the thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the war did not die in...
  • Sen. Cruz: Congress Must Prohibit Obama From Abusing TPA to Change Immigration Law (Files Amend.)

    05/13/2015 3:05:46 PM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | 5/13/2015 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law. "The Obama Administration has repeatedly assured Members of Congress that there is nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 that would allow the President to unilaterally make changes to federal immigration laws. I agree, and we should put it in writing and make it binding law," said Sen. Cruz. "I am a strong supporter of free trade, but I cannot support legislation that would allow the President...
  • Ted Cruz’s Long History of Being Right for All the Wrong Reasons

    05/13/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by VinL · 18 replies
    Observer ^ | 5/13/2015 | Cezary Strusiewicz
    When Ted Cruz announced that he’s going to run for the President of the United States, comedians and satirists around the country stood up and hugged their families in loving embraces brought on by pure, unadulterated joy. It’s like they could already see the media circus that will inevitably follow the candidacy of a man who can be called anything but “boring.” But the honeymoon period already seems to be over now that Jon Stewart has taken a bunch of swings at the junior Senator from Texas in his segment “Let’s Get Rid of Ted Cruz.” Well, with all due...
  • Ted Cruz responds to Jeb Bush's stance on immigration (Megyn Kelly Video-10 min)

    05/12/2015 8:36:30 PM PDT · by VinL · 87 replies
    Fox News-You Tube ^ | 5/12/2015 | Megyn Kelly
    Ted Cruz responds to Jeb Bush's stance on immigration, Iraq - Breaking News 5/12/2015 --
  • A classy Ted Cruz vs. charlatan reporter (Excellent perspective)

    05/11/2015 5:38:59 PM PDT · by VinL · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 5/11/2015 | D.Limbaugh
    ...What first struck me about the interview was not so much the objectively asinine questions Halperin asked but his obvious motive and attitude in asking them. Aside from a few throwaways, all of his questions were aimed at exposing Cruz as an inauthentic Hispanic. And as insulting as that is, there is something more noteworthy about it that some are missing in all the hubbub about the interview. Halperin’s unstated premise underlying his questions is that one cannot have a bona fide Hispanic heritage if he doesn’t continue to bathe himself in the Hispanic culture and view American politics from...
  • Ted Cruz Introduces His Mom to the World With a Touching Mother’s Day Tribute (Video at site)

    05/10/2015 7:26:52 PM PDT · by VinL · 27 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 5/10/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz introduced his mother to the world in a touching video tribute timed to coincide with the Mother’s Day holiday. We’ve heard a lot about — and from — Cruz’s father, Raphael Cruz, but until now, his mother has remained out of the spotlight. “I always knew I was loved,” Cruz says in the video. “Whatever I did, there was nothing I could do to change that.” He clutched his mother’s hand and added, “My mom’s always been a best friend to me.” “This is just overwhelming,” Eleanor Darragh confesses. “I look at him and think, ‘This...
  • Ted Cruz: Cop Helped Garland, Texas Shooters 'Meet Their Virgins'

    05/09/2015 4:19:04 PM PDT · by VinL · 70 replies
    HuffPost ^ | 5/9/2015 | S. Murdock
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke about last week's shooting in his home state to supporters in South Carolina Saturday. “We saw the ugly face of radical Islam in Garland, Texas,” Cruz said, referring to the incident in which two gunmen opened fire near the Curtis Culwell Center before being shot and killed by police. "Thankfully, one police officer helped those terrorists meet their virgins," he said, according to The Hill. He delivered the speech at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville, which drew roughly a dozen Republican candidates and hopefuls, according to the Washington Post. Cruz shared three words...
  • Ted Cruz seems to have trouble showing up for work

    05/08/2015 1:19:25 PM PDT · by VinL · 56 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/8/2015 | J. Rubin
    Buzzfeed reports on the shoddy attendance record of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) : Cruz’s attendance at both committee hearings and in the Senate generally has come under criticism recently. Politico reported that Cruz missed 21 of the 135 roll call votes taken in the Senate this year. In addition, the same review noted that Cruz was present at 17 out of 50 public Armed Services committee meetings, and had “below average” attendance at his other committees. “If you are making the point he can’t talk about such topics because he wasn’t at these two hearings that is utterly ridiculous,” a...
  • Mitt Romney to Host 2016 Summit for GOP Candidates and Donors

    05/07/2015 6:12:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/7/2015 | Dan Riehl
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is holding what will amount to his fourth annual political summit, according to a report in The Washington Post. The summer affair is Romney’s fourth annual summit. The events began as a way for him to personally connect with the power brokers and financiers backing his political operation. The theme of this year’s gathering is the “strength and future of American leadership.” It appears Jeb Bush is opting out and, for whatever reason, GOP hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96% are not among those on the current attendee...
  • The Honeymoon Is Over: Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Turns On Huckabee

    05/07/2015 5:26:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Wpoplar ^ | 5/7/2015 | Daniel Angster
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who supported recently-announced presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) during his 2008 White House bid, expressed grave disappointment over the fact that the former Arkansas governor supports certain entitlement programs, which Huckabee outlined in his May 4 candidacy announcement. Deace's rejection of Huckabee comes in the wake of his praise and early support for one of Huckabee's challengers for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the May 6 episode of the Steve Deace Show, Deace played former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy announcement speech but frequently interrupted it so that he and his...
  • Ted Cruz blames Texas cartoon contest terror attack on President Obama

    Ted Cruz is blaming the terror attack outside a controversial cartoon contest in Texas on President Obama. “Once again, as with Nidal Hasan and the Tsarnaev brothers, we have radical Islamic terrorists who this Administration knew about and yet failed to connect the dots and prevent this act of terrorism,” the Texas Republican senator told the Dallas Morning News. “It underscores the need for vigilance. And it also underscore the concerns with this Administration’s inability to combat radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz, a frequent critic of the Obama administration and a 2016 presidential candidate, was referring to a horrific incident Sunday...
  • Mike Huckabee Pushes Senators to Resign or Quit WH Run

    05/06/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by VinL · 85 replies
    WFIN News ^ | 5/6/2015 | Staff
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s opponents in the race for the White House who are senators should either resign or drop out of the contest, he said on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday. “If a person has a job that the taxpayers are paying for, shouldn’t that person do that job?” Huckabee, a Republican who said Tuesday he was running for president, told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on GMA. Three of his opponents in the Republican presidential field are U.S. senators: Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Asked whether he thought his opponents should resign, he called it...
  • Winner of the Week: Ted Cruz

    05/05/2015 7:31:09 PM PDT · by VinL · 31 replies
    Steve Deace ^ | 5/5/2015 | Steve Deace
    ...That means the first task any potential GOP nominee has in 2016 is energizing the base of the Republican Party in the primary. And right now nobody is doing a better job of that than Ted Cruz, and the proof is in the pudding. In my home state where the first step to winning the Iowa Caucuses is to win the activist caucuses going on now, Cruz announced a 24-person campaign that amounts to a mini-conservative dream team. It includes several current and former GOP office-holders, candidates, and important activists. Even more impressively, these are names that previously worked for...
  • Clinton aide’s emails face disclosure suit (Huma Abedin)

    05/05/2015 2:09:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 15 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 5/5/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The emails of Huma Abedin, the top personal aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are now facing a disclosure lawsuit after the State Department failed to turn them over in response to an open-records request. Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that uses open-records laws to pry information loose, had filed a request to get a look at Ms. Abedin’s emails during her four years at the State Department. News outlets have reported that Ms. Abedin also used the private email server Mrs. Clinton set up to handle government business, but the status of her...
  • Ted Cruz: Dems and Big Business Joining to Attack Religious Freedom Is ‘A Perfect Storm’

    05/03/2015 6:48:18 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 5/3/2015 | Wiiliam Bigelow
    On Saturday at South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention, Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently won two straw polls in two of South Carolina’s biggest counties, forcefully attacked big business for its collusion with the Democratic Party in attacking Indiana’s religious liberty law. He also slammed the Obama administration for its intrusion on Americans’s liberty. Speaking on the brouhaha raised after Indiana passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Cruz said bluntly that the cooperation of the Democratic Party and businesses that threatened Indiana over the law was a “perfect storm of the Democratic Party and big business coming together.” Indiana’s law...
  • Cruz recruited 'bad boy’ to run presidential campaign

    05/03/2015 5:17:35 PM PDT · by VinL · 57 replies
    ExpressNews ^ | 5/3/2015 | Kevin Diaz,
    When Sen. Ted Cruz brought national campaign consultant Jeff Roe to Houston to run his insurgent campaign for president, he knew he was getting the “bad boy” of Missouri politics. He knew from experience, having himself felt the bad boy’s sting. In 2012, during his high-stakes battle with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination in Texas’ U.S. Senate race, his likeness was plastered over a Chinese flag in an eye-popping pamphlet attacking Cruz’s past legal representation of a company with ties to the Chinese government. “Mr. Cruz betrayed our country,” the pamphlet read. The man behind the attack...
  • Cruz’s ideology trumps Texas’ interests, businesses complain (Ted Can't Be Bought!)

    05/01/2015 2:17:16 PM PDT · by VinL · 50 replies
    McCltatchy ^ | 5/1/2015 | Mario Recio
    When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was in his first year in the Senate, he took to the floor to oppose a bill on a program to manage federal helium that was about to expire and that all sides had agreed on. The bill passed 97-2, with Cruz voting against it. What was striking was that the Federal Helium Reserve is based in Texas. He objected because all the proceeds from the sale of the lighter-than-air gas stored in Amarillo did not go to the U.S. Treasury. Cruz, a candidate for president in 2016, has stuck to ideology ever since, even...
  • Windfall at Bernie's: Sanders raises $1.5 million in 24 hours

    05/01/2015 1:51:14 PM PDT · by VinL · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/1/2015 | Dan Merica
    Bernie Sanders' nascent presidential campaign announced Friday that it raised more than $1.5 million in its first 24 hours, a number that far outpaces what Republican presidential hopefuls posted in their first day. Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, kicked off his dark horse campaign for the Democratic nomination on Thursday with an email to supporters and a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. Since then, more than 100,000 people signed up for the campaign and 35,000 people donated money, according to a campaign press release. The average donation was $43.54. "This is a remarkable start...
  • Ted Cruz Calls on Congress to Stand Up for Religious Liberty

    05/01/2015 1:00:22 PM PDT · by VinL · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/1/2015 | Jennifer Hickey
    Citing a need to protect citizens' religious liberty, Ted Cruz on Friday called on Congress to formerly disapprove of a bill passed by the District of Columbia council preventing employers from retaliating against workers who have abortions or premarital sex. "The D.C. Council has proposed two measures that trample the very rights the First Amendment was designed to protect — the right of citizens to freely practice their faith. "The Constitution gives Congress the authority to exercise jurisdiction over the District of Columbia ‘in all cases whatsoever.' And both the House and Senate have a constitutional duty to protect citizens'...
  • You Can't Win Over Liberals

    05/01/2015 11:44:35 AM PDT · by VinL · 34 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 5/1/2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    That's why I say it's a mistake -- and it's being demonstrated more and more than ever before now -- it's a mistake to go on Drive-By Media as a conservative to try to get them to understand. They don't want to understand. They don't think they're wrong. There's nothing a Republican presidential candidate could say to George Stephanopoulos or Charlie Rose or any of them to make them change their mind. Nothing. It isn't gonna happen. That's not why they invite them there. They don't invite Republicans on these shows 'cause they really care what they think. They invite...
  • Ted Cruz’s hypocritical efforts to become more mainstream

    04/30/2015 9:13:19 AM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Hitman Reuben
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has often encouraged libertarian fearmongering on the National Security Agency surveillance program, accusing the government of listening in on our calls. He praised Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for his drone filibuster and has resisted putting forth a full-throated plan to defeat the Islamic State. And there was no bigger opponent of immigration reform — “amnesty!” — when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was battling his way through the Senate. Now Cruz is trying to find middle ground so as not to be on the same page with Paul. “As Republicans debate whether to renew the post-9/11 PATRIOT...
  • TRANSCRIPT - Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges (Same Sex Marriage )

    04/29/2015 7:30:50 PM PDT · by VinL · 7 replies
    Supreme Court ^ | 4/28/2015 | Supreme Ct
    For those who might be interested in a transcript of yesterday's oral argument on same sex marriage.
  • Ted Cruz: Obama has ‘inflamed’ racial tensions

    04/29/2015 2:32:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 30 replies
    WashTimes ^ | 4/29/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Wednesday that President Obama has “inflamed racial tensions in this country” and that the Democrat has missed a prime opportunity to unify the nation. Speaking at a forum hosted by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at The National Press Club, Mr. Cruz, a contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said the Obama administration has habitually divided the nation for political gain. “I think he has not used his role as president to bring us together. He has exacerbated racial misunderstandings, racial tensions,” Mr. Cruz said.
  • Cruz: Obama trying to scare Hispanics into voting for Dems

    04/29/2015 2:24:03 PM PDT · by VinL · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that President Obama and other Democrats would rather scare Hispanics into voting for Democrats instead of solving the nation’s immigration problems. “I think they are treating immigration as a political cudgel, where they want to use it to scare the Hispanic community,” the GOP presidential hopeful said Wednesday. “Their objective is to have the Hispanic community vote monolithically Democrat as, unfortunately, they have succeeded in scaring the African-American community to do that.” Cruz’s remarks came at a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event in Washington. He did not speak at the Chamber’s summit last month, a...
  • Ted Cruz: 'I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler'

    04/29/2015 1:51:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/29/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he has never seen a Hispanic person begging for money on the street. "I don't think I've ever seen an Hispanic panhandler. And the reason is: In our community it would be shameful to be begging on the street," Cruz said. Cruz, who is of Cuban descent, made the point while speaking in Washington at a question-and-answer session with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He used the example to argue the Republican Party should be able to compete for the Latino vote. Hispanics, Cruz said, share many of the...