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  • Surf's Up: Internet Regulation Is Government's Biggest Power Grab Under Obama

    02/12/2015 1:53:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Matt Towery
    It sounds so fair and so right. Just like health care for everyone, under a plan in which "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." But so-called "Net neutrality," being pushed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is likely another power grab that will give the federal government vast control over the Internet. Years from now, this could make the Obama administration's efforts to control banks, health care and other major components of our economy look like small potatoes. After having been "persuaded" by representatives of the White House, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler finally announced...
  • Rand in Marshalltown, ties Saudi royals to 9/11, claims America is no Longer Greatest Country

    02/10/2015 5:35:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/9/2015 | Kevin Hall
    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – An early Saturday morning political event on an unusually warm February day might not be the ideal conditions to draw a good crowd. However, 140 Marshall County Republicans packed into the Legends American Grill in Marshalltown to hear their new representative in Congress, Rod Blum, and likely presidential candidate Rand Paul. Most of Rod Blum’s brief remarks focused on his tangle with President Obama’s budget director, Shaun Donovan, last week on Capitol Hill. Iowa’s new First District representative also relayed his controversial first vote in Congress, supporting Daniel Webster over John Boehner for House speaker. Many in...
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • More than 200 ‘Run Warren Run’ events planned for Super Bowl weekend

    02/01/2015 2:38:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Liberal activist groups have more than 200 “house party” events planned across the country this weekend as part of an effort to get Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, to run for president in 2016. The “Run Warren Run” campaign, comprised of members from the groups MoveOn.org, Democracy for America and Ready for Warren, is planning more than 200 “organizing house parties” in 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam to try to develop ideas for how they can convince her to run.
  • PPP Poll: Hillary falls within MOE of top GOP candidates

    01/30/2015 12:28:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Mitt Romney’s not running for President again, telling supporters that it’s time for the Republican Party to look to other leaders for its future. Democrats may wonder whether they have to tell Hillary Clinton the same thing. In a PPP poll taken this week, Hillary Clinton can’t get to 50% against any Republican challenger paired against her, even Romney: The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.While Clinton...
  • Democratic stunner: It isn’t even close in Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary showdown

    01/27/2015 9:00:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    As she reportedly lays the groundwork for an all-but-declared presidential run in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts by commanding margins in new polls testing Democrats’ preference for their 2016 presidential nominee. In a head-to-head matchup, Mrs. Clinton leads Mrs. Warren, 62 percent to 22 percent, when respondents were asked who they would vote for if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today, according to a Rasmussen poll. Sixteen percent were undecided and 18 percent said they had not heard of Mrs. Warren.
  • Gail Collins: Texas Is Sending You a Present (Wherein she insults Perry, Cruz and Texas)

    01/16/2015 9:33:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Rick Perry! The man who has been governor of Texas since pterodactyls roamed the plains took his leave at the State Capitol this week. He is not saying anything for sure about running for president. Mum’s the word until springtime. However, he recently told a reporter that if voters want to break from the Obama era, “I am a very clear and compelling individual to support.” Wow, the Republican race is getting to be like one of those crime shows where the detectives have to paste pictures all over the wall so they can keep the suspects straight. So many...
  • Government Created the Housing Bubble and Financial Crisis -- and Could Be Doing so Again

    01/20/2015 4:31:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Michael Barone
    What caused the financial crisis? How can we prevent another one from happening again? The answers you most often hear to those questions are (1) greed and deregulation and (2) the Dodd-Frank law. But they're patently inadequate. Greed -- or the desire for monetary gain -- has always been with us and always will be. And no one has convincingly linked financial deregulation to the crisis. Dodd-Frank, enacted to increase regulation, confers too-big-to-fail status on very large financial institutions, which incentivizes unduly risky behavior and penalizes smaller competitors. The real problem was housing finance, argues my American Enterprise Institute colleague...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 15 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • Poll: Democrats Need To Win Over Blue-Collar Voters, Unmarried Women [Clinton Beats Romney & Bush]

    01/16/2015 1:37:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | January 16 2015 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Poll: Democrats Need To Win Over Blue-Collar Voters, Unmarried Women By MAGGIE HABERMAN 1/16/15 In the few horse-race matchups from the poll, Clinton beats out Mitt Romney by 6 percentage points and Jeb Bush by 12 points, the survey found. Democrats’ future in 2016 hinges largely on performing better with white working-class voters and unmarried women, as the party looks toward the presidential election with Hillary Clinton as its front-runner, a new Democracy Corps poll shows. The poll, a joint project of pollster Stan Greenberg and Page Gardner of Women’s Voices Women’s Vote, will be released Friday. It focuses on...
  • Elizabeth Warren Says She Is Not Going To Run For President

    01/13/2015 1:32:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/13/15 | Paige Lavender
    <p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave her most definitive answer to date about her 2016 plans in an interview with Fortune published Tuesday.</p> <p>So are you going to run for President? No.</p> <p>In the past, Warren has denied that she's running for president, always speaking in the present tense.</p>
  • Americans don't want a revolution despite Elizabeth Warren's sounds of alarm for the middle class

    01/11/2015 4:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2015 | Peter Foster in Washington
    Ideological splits among Republicans have been part of the fun of the American political fair for more than 50 years now, but what of potential divisions on the Left? When Barack Obama departs the White House in 2016, the question already being asked is whether Democrats will now suffer the same kind of upheaval that the Tea Party inflicted on Republicans after George W. Bush left office in 2008. Last week in Washington DC it was possible to hear the opening shots of what some left-wing Democrats hope will become a similarly fierce fight for the ideological soul of their...
  • Obama Admin Requires Companies to Disclose “Paycheck Inequality”

    01/06/2015 11:54:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Waging class warfare can get pretty tiresome for some Democrats… Which kinda explains why they have decided to make companies wage it on themselves. As part of the regulation requirements in Dodd-Frank, publicly traded companies will soon have to spend millions of dollars, and hundreds of thousands of man-hours, to officially report how rich their CEO is compared to rank and file employees. According to the Washington Free Beacon:The provision is backed by labor unions like the AFL-CIO, which seeks to “shame companies into lowering CEO pay.” The price tag of the regulation is expected to be “substantial,” costing more than...
  • Rep. Thomas Massie: I Am Not Voting for Boehner on Tuesday

    01/03/2015 12:26:42 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January, 3, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) issued a statement on Saturday detailing why he’s going to vote against House Speaker John Boehner’s re-election on Tuesday. Massie, who’s entering his second term as a member from Kentucky, now becomes the second Republican House member announcing the coming rebellion against Boehner. Massie joins Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in the fight for fresh leadership, and in his statement he detailed how Boehner and his leadership actually have misled members of the House GOP conference. “For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve...
  • At last: Ted Cruz wins a 2016 presidential straw poll - Rand Paul in second place

    12/29/2014 6:26:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    A certain Texas Republican still has plenty of fans. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26 percent of the nearly one thousand votes cast. The field included 16 potential candidates. “Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (16 percent) showed that they also have considerable support among the ‘lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray’ Federalist faithful,” report David Corbin and Matt Parks, two analysts for The Federalist - a learned and vibrant online journal. “The political insider would, undoubtedly, not be impressed. Good...
  • Longtime Romney friend: He’s standing by to rescue the party from nominating Ted Cruz

    12/31/2014 9:01:14 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 298 replies
    I told you last night, there was only one way for this year to end on Hot Air. May one word ring in your ears as the ball drops, my friends: Romneymentum.Hopefully you’re all already liquored up sufficiently to dull the pain. “I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” [Ken] Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”…“If it’s Ted Cruz that’s the candidate, he’s in. If it’s Jeb Bush, he’s probably not,”...
  • Let’s abandon the Democrats: Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us

    12/29/2014 8:39:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    salon ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Bill Curry
    Progressives have no power in a corporate, focus-grouped, Wall Street-leaning party. But we are the change we need The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as sad and sorry as the campaign that caused it. The party’s leaders are a big problem. A bigger one is the closed system of high-dollar fundraising, reductionist polling and vapid messaging in which it is seemingly trapped. Some say a more populist Democratic Party will soon emerge. It won’t happen as long as these leaders and this system are in place. Nancy Pelosi says it wasn’t a wave election. She’s right. It was...
  • Republicans have deep bench for 2016; Democrats have, at best, two …

    12/28/2014 5:13:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    On Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Daily Beast contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson made an amazing statement. She said Republicans “understand that they need to start cultivating new and fresh talent.” Fascinating. Because the GOP has been cultivating new and fresh talent for years now and is — finally — poised to look to a whole new generation of Republican leaders, quite possibly starting with the 2017 occupant of the White House. The past few election cycles have been grim. The Republican Party went with Sen. John McCain because, well, it was his turn (just like in 1996 with Sen. Bob...
  • The Fed Fights Half the Battle (NYT Editorial Board says Fed is "captive" of Banks!)

    12/28/2014 10:20:21 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2014 | NY Times Editorial Board
    Stock prices were slumping in early December, for good reasons, including global economic weakness. But they have surged ever since the Fed stated its intention not to raise rates in the near term. The challenge for the Fed is to hold rates low without inflating bubbles. The way to do so is to control speculation through stepped-up regulation of banks and other financial institutions. Instead, the Fed has been inclined to ease up on regulation. On Dec. 19, it delayed a core provision of the Volcker Rule, a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law that bans speculative trading...
  • Hillary rocked with left hook as liberals side with Elizabeth Warren for 2016

    12/27/2014 1:07:18 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 69 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    She is one of the most active — and most partisan — senators in the chamber, which is part of what makes Sen. Elizabeth Warren so attractive to the progressive groups pleading with her to enter the 2016 presidential race.
  • Is Warren Cruz-in for a bruisin'?

    12/26/2014 9:43:37 AM PST · by luke1825 · 28 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 12/21/2014 | peter lucas
    Memo to Elizabeth Warren: Liz, Massachusetts politicians do not get elected president. Not Ted Kennedy, not Mike Dukakis, not Paul Tsongas, not John Kerry, not Mitt Romney and now, not you. But, hey, don't let that stop you from running. After eight dreadful years of Barack Obama the country could use a diversion, if not a few laughs. So go for it. And like former U.S. Sen. John Kerry, who went down in flames in 2004 when President George Bush defeated him, you do not have to give up your Senate seat to make the run
  • Is Ruble Collapse Act of War-Paul Craig Roberts

    12/17/2014 12:58:34 PM PST · by GilGil · 48 replies
    USAWatchDog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Paul Craig Roberts
    On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, Dr. Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong. The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts. They have to farm it out into subsidiaries. So, if the subsidiaries get into trouble, the subsidiaries have no access to depositors’ money. This is the only real reform part of Dodd-Frank. Citigroup got put into the recent spending bill, the repeal of...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Allies CRUSH Elizabeth Warren in the First Battle of the Dem Primary

    12/22/2014 2:29:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's The Editor's Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Liberals powerless to stop the Clinton-Wall Street gravy train.Despite her best efforts and most passionate gesticulations, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) failed to shut down the government on Thursday, thus proving her political clout is vastly inferior to that of GOP colleague Ted Cruz. Warren had urged House Democrats to block a controversial spending package, which included a provision to roll back a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill known as the “swaps pushout” rule. Warren, for the record, does not like Wall Street. “It is time for all of us to stand up and fight,” she said on...
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • Elizabeth Warren: ‘I Am Not Running For President’

    12/15/2014 8:56:47 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Al Weaver
    Following her much-publicized opposition to the omnibus spending bill last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to dampen any talk about her running for president in 2016 and challenging presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep Monday morning, Warren said on three separate occasions she will not be running to occupy the White House in 2016. Rather, the newest member of Senate leadership said her focus is fighting for “hard working families who just want a fighting chance.” “Would you tell these independent groups, ‘Give it up!,’ you’re just never going to run,” asked NPR’s Inskeep....
  • Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi are right

    12/13/2014 8:43:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    The end times are upon us. I find myself in agreement with not just Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). It’s not just me. Right Wing News’ John Hawkins — not exactly a cheerleader for bipartisan consensus — is publicly standing with Warren, Pelosi, and their liberal allies in the House and Senate. As have conservative Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), Townhall.com’s Amy Otto, and Tea Party Patriots, among many others. And I’m not only opposed to the omnibus bill that squeaked through the House and may fail in the Senate. I’m...
  • Populist Warren could rewrite American politics

    12/19/2014 10:21:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Day ^ | December 19, 2014 | Harold Meyerson
    The word on Elizabeth Warren - the Democratic Massachusetts senator who fomented the opposition last week to a rollback of financial regulations in the bill funding the government - is that she's the left's answer to shut-'em-down Ted Cruz. In a recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank concluded that Warren is more like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the Republican ideologue who left his elective office to better lead the far right to glory. These assessments miss one crucial difference between Warren and the right-wingers: She has crossover appeal. More importantly, so does Warrenism. Cruz and DeMint can claim...
  • Union Leaders Plead Guilty to Arson, Violence and Extortion

    12/19/2014 8:12:48 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/19/2014 | DJ Biers
    Three more members of Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy, extortion, and racketeering in an ongoing RICO case against the labor union. They join eight others who have pleaded guilty in recent months to charges related to arson, sabotage, and violent intimidation of contractors who used non-union labor. The union’s business agents would visit foremen and threaten them with assault and sabotage if they did not agree to hire 401 members, prosecutors claim, although often such workers “often performed little or no actual work” and were paid “merely to prevent further acts of sabotage.”...
  • The bothersome clarity of Senator Ted Cruz

    12/16/2014 3:23:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    As an unapologetic Tea Partier, an unreformed right-winger, I resent being lumped into the same column with the moral and intellectual geldings of the establishment GOP. Many of my fellow Republicans are either too lazy – or intellectually dishonest – to differentiate a conservative from a Republican. Sometimes, depending on the individual, the two are one and the same. Most of the time, unfortunately, the two are mutually exclusive. Take GOP House Speaker John Boehner… please. The recent budget battle added clarity to the political war being fought in America. And that war is raging on the fringes of our...
  • The One-Term Caucus? Top House Targets in 2016

    12/16/2014 4:17:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 18, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    They haven’t even been sworn in yet, but these members start off the cycle as underdogs in their quests for re-election in 2016. Most of 2016′s initial targets are incoming Republicans, swept into office in a GOP midterm wave. They will represent districts Democrats carried with big margins in presidential election years — seats the newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján will probably want back. Only one vulnerable Democrat made this list. What’s more, the window for either party to oust these freshman could close quickly. It’s easier to defeat an incumbent in their first re-election,...
  • Ted Cruz Was Right, Again

    12/16/2014 9:34:28 AM PST · by Bigun · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The usual suspects are attacking Ted Cruz for doing his job. Republicans and a chorus of conservative commentators are dumping on the sole conservative Republican senator from Texas because – the horror! – he dared to force his Senate colleagues to publicly take sides on President Obama's shameful extralegal unilateral immigration amnesty. Apologists for Republican cowardice claim to be upset with Cruz because, as they claim, his parliamentary maneuvers to stymie the amnesty somehow allowed some objectionable Obama nominees to move forward in the confirmation process. Of course, they're lying. All Obama nominees are objectionable – remember, our president is...
  • What Elizabeth Warren Missed in Her Big Bank Tirade

    12/16/2014 4:37:46 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/15/2014 | IBD Staff
    Crony Capitalism: Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a stemwinder speech last Friday on the need for government to rein in Wall Street influence. But it's big government that created the monster in the first place. Warren, D-Mass., was attacking a "dangerous provision" in the so-called cromnibus spending bill that, she said, stripped a part of Dodd-Frank that big banks, particularly Citigroup, don't like. Her speech had the left slobbering over itself. Michael Tomasky, writing for the Daily Beast, said Warren's "weekend heroics" made her the "most powerful Democrat in America." The Huffington Post ran a column calling it "the speech that...
  • Can Warren Knock Off Hillary? Democrats have a thin bench for 2016

    12/15/2014 7:17:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/15/2014 | Victor Keith
    There has been a lot of grumbling among the leftist hordes of the Democratic Party that indicate something less than overwhelming enthusiasm for the coronation of Hillary Clinton as their standard-bearer in 2016. It is difficult to imagine why, considering her charm, effervescence, eloquence, and unquestionable past, there would be anything but unanimous support for the good lady – unless it is because none of those qualities are attributable to her. Now comes the proposition that since she has signed on for paid speaking engagements (virtually the only thing she has been successful at) until March of 2015, Hillary can...
  • It’s (Still) a TARP! Elizabeth Warren is a corporate Welfare Queen

    12/15/2014 7:08:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The so-called cromnibus bill funding the federal government through this fiscal year was passed over the objections of (some) House conservatives and (some) self-proclaimed progressives, for familiar reasons: Conservatives, eager that the Republicans should begin governing like they have a majority in Congress before they actually have a majority in Congress, argued that the bill locked in long-term support for too many of Barack Obama’s priorities — to hell with an amnesty fight in February or gutting Obamacare after the new majority is seated, they cannot wait to start scrapping. The Democrats’ left flank, led by Nancy Pelosi right up...
  • Bronx Borough President Responds to Ted Cruz's Bronx Comments

    09/02/2014 11:23:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    New York 1 News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for remarks he made over the weekend about his borough. During a speech in Dallas Saturday, Cruz said he was tired of northern senators like Charles Schumer lecturing him on border security. He then added, "I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande." Diaz Jr. responded, "This is unbecoming of him as a U.S. Senator, you know, who wants to be President of the United States—which, last I checked,...
  • Who Harry Reid Caved to in His Final Major Act as Majority Leader Will Blow Your Mind

    12/14/2014 9:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 14, 2014 | Mike Miller
    Other than the Koch brothers, there is arguably no one outgoing-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid disdains more than the Tea Party. And no one represents the Tea Party in the Senate more than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Yet, after hours of tedious wrangling, Reid on Friday agreed to allow a vote on a measure from Cruz questioning the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive order on Deferred Action, which does, in effect, grant de facto amnesty to upwards of 5 million illegal aliens. Cruz told Breitbart News that a Senate vote on Obama’s executive action was important for two reasons: “First,...
  • Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 4:55:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Post reports: The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who plans to sign it. The bill’s passage eliminates the threat of a government shutdown and capped days of acrimonious debate on Capitol Hill over the omnibus agreement. A small group of conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), had sought to slow debate on the...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Chuck Schumer: Elizabeth Warren is no Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 9:45:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Sen. Chuck Schumer came to the defense of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday, saying critics should not compare her to Tea Party icon Sen. Ted Cruz. “I think the soul of the Democratic Party is economic issues, and on economic issues, we are united,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And Elizabeth Warren is constructive. She’s not like Ted Cruz, ‘Shut down the government’ or ‘Don’t fund things if I don’t get my way.’ " Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has been criticized in some circles within her own party for leading the charge against a $1.1 trillion...
  • Senate passes $1.1T funding bill 56-40 [Ted Cruz fails in last-ditch effort to stop it]

    12/14/2014 7:32:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/2014 | By Rebecca Shabad and Alexander Bolton
    The Senate voted 56-40 late Saturday evening to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package that funds most of the government through next September. The vote culminates a week of acrimonious sniping and sends the spending bill to President Obama’s desk for a signature. The debate exposed divisions within the Democratic and Republican caucuses on both sides of the Capitol and sets the stage for what could be a year of internecine squabbling in 2015. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators...
  • “Cromnibus” Spending Bill Is a Victory and a Defeat

    12/14/2014 6:43:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    So what should libertarians, Reagan conservatives, and other advocates of smaller government think of the “cromnibus” spending bill? The answer depends on your benchmark. If you dislike insider deals, pork-barrel spending, and you think the federal government should be limited to the enumerated powers put in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, then the cromnibus is an abomination.But if you look at where we are right now and you think victory is achieved whenever we can shrink the burden of government spending and limit Washington’s power over the nation, then the cromnibus is a victory.So is the glass half full...
  • Ted Cruz's moves on spending bill roil Republicans

    12/14/2014 6:10:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 71 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Donna Cassata
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year's 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz's fellow Republicans. The 43-year-old Texas freshman in a hurry — he's considering a 2016 presidential run — infuriated several GOP colleagues with a last-minute attempt to force a vote on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The move upended lawmakers' weekend plans and, more troubling for his party, gave Senate Majority Leader...
  • Ted Cruz does it again (Made Kelly Ayotte miss "The Nutcracker!")

    12/13/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | December 13, 2014 | Manu Raju, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte returned home to New Hampshire Friday, planning to see “The Nutcracker” with her daughter this weekend. But there was an unexpected conflict: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, along with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, took to the floor Friday night to demand Republicans stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and scuttled a bipartisan agreement to push back votes until Monday, effectively forcing the Senate to return for a rare weekend session and cast a marathon series of procedural votes. Senior Republicans say there’s a problem with Cruz’s strategy: The GOP lacks the votes to stop Obama...
  • GOP Senators upset they have to work on the weekend

    12/13/2014 6:35:05 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Vote on legality of executive action scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
  • Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action

    12/13/2014 5:44:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 13, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open. The objection was fueled by the two conservatives' desire to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The objections by Cruz and Lee mean that the Senate must slog through procedural votes Saturday on nominees and also vote to end a filibuster on the omnibus bill at 1 a.m. on Sunday. It was too much for Democrats and even Republicans to bite their tongues over....
  • Elizabeth Warren is catching fire

    12/14/2014 2:14:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | December 13, 2014 | Katie Glueck
    Ready for Warren? Run Liz Run? Run Warren Run? Draft Warren? Progressive activists haven’t agreed on what to call the movement urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president, but they largely concur on this: with every recent anti-establishment move the Massachusetts senator grows more attractive as a 2016 candidate, both in her own right and as a progressive foil for Hillary Clinton. Such sentiments were on vivid display this week at RootsCamp, a gathering of some 2,000 progressive activists held in Washington, D.C. The event was held as Warren and others on the left have been denouncing the “cromnibus” spending...
  • Senator Ted Cruz- Senate Speech 12/1/2/14 (Cruz-Nonpareil)

    12/13/2014 1:18:09 PM PST · by VinL · 20 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    Sen. Cruz's speech will inspire you. He takes no DC elite prisoners. For instance: "Why are we here today in a lame duck? Why is there a session of congress, the 2nd week of December, with so many members voting, who the American people just said they no longer want to be represented by. Why are there so many members getting ready to land a cushy law firm and lobby interest job, and industry and trade associations? All of our colleagues , whole bunch of them, we’re going to see them again— except, they’ll have more expensive suits, more finely...
  • Senate Averts Shutdown Fears [until Wednesday]; Fights Over Nominees

    12/13/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2014 | AP
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. Lawmakers took a break in their intrigue long enough to send Obama legislation that provides funds for the government to remain open until Wednesday at midnight, easing concerns of a shutdown. A separate, $1.1 trillion long-term funding bill remained in limbo. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016....
  • The Best Endorsement: Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Like It

    12/13/2014 2:14:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Say what you will about the compromises contained in John Boehner’s spending bill, but there is at least one thing about it I love: Nancy Pelosi hates it. At issue are the reform measures the GOP inserted in the bill to get rid of excessive regulation in Dodd-Frank and so-called campaign finance reform. Pelosi expressed enormous disappointment in the White House, which supported Boehner’s bill, would support the roll back of Dodd-Frank and the 1st Amendment violations in the name of campaign finance reform. The thing conservatives should understand about this lame duck Congress is that what they do here...