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  • Cruz: "The Next 20 Months Are Going to Be Very Dangerous"

    02/26/2015 4:25:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Prior to his speech at CPAC Thursday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t mince words. He bluntly told reporters how nervous he is about the president’s final 20 months in office. “The next 20 months are going to be very dangerous,” he said. “They are going to be dangerous at home. President Obama has reacted to this last election in a way that’s unprecedented. You know, prior presidents have been repudiated [and] they’ve reacted with contrition. [P]resident Obama, instead, reacted with anger and defiance.” “I believe the next 20 months we are going to see a degree of lawlessness that...
  • Christie tells CPAC crowd he shouldn’t be counted out

    02/26/2015 4:01:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 2:58 PM EST | Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sold himself to a room of conservative activists Thursday as a fighter who shouldn’t be counted out as he mulls a run for president in 2016. The Republican, who has struggled in recent weeks to gain momentum, was interviewed by talk show host Laura Ingraham onstage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. The three-day event features a parade of potential presidential contenders. Christie has faced a slew of negative stories and a formidable fundraising challenge from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. But he made clear Thursday he’s not dissuaded. “Is the election...
  • Laura Ingraham claims Chris Christie is a conservative

    02/26/2015 4:00:31 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Oct. 23, 2014
    There’s a lot I like about Christie, and I know there’s a lot of people across the country going ‘I can’t believe she’s saying that! Christie’s a liberal!’ First of all, Christie’s not a liberal. (Laugh-snorts), okay? For the record, since bribing and cajoling his way into the governor’s mansion in 2009, the severely conservative Chris Christie has: Signed Hitlerian anti-gun legislation Endorsed Obama’s unconstitutional police state Confessed to agreeing with Andrew Cuomo on “98%”
  • 2016 Presidential Swing State Polls (Grassley high, Gardner low)

    02/26/2015 3:44:36 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Voters in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, give their governors good job approval ratings and are strongly optimistic about the next three or four years in their states under their current governors, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Job approval ratings for U.S. Senators in the three states range from a better than 3-1 score for Iowa's Chuck Grassley to a lackluster grade for Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election. (SNIP) Do you approve...
  • Cruz: Make Candidates Who Claim Conservatism Prove It

    02/26/2015 12:15:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/26/2015 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Republicans must not let themselves be tricked into picking a moderate presidential nominee in 2016, by demanding their hopefuls have a demonstrated commitment to conservatism, Sen. Ted Cruz told an enthusiastic audience Thursday. Cruz, himself a likely presidential candidate, warned activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington that voters who pick the GOP nominee are likely to hear a similar pitch: "You betcha. Who-diddley. I'm as conservative as all get out." But, without naming names, he suggested that many of those likely candidates lacked the record to back it up.
  • Sturm: The Jew-hatred Behind the World's Problems

    02/26/2015 3:13:26 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 13 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 26, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    There’s an old political saying that if your opponent is committing suicide, get out of the way. Yet professor Sean Elias requires a response, so hateful was his odious retort in The Aspen Times to my column, “Why coexist with a mortal Iranian threat?” Evidence that society’s oldest prejudice endures after a post-Nazi dormancy, Elias’ letter to the editor reflects the bigotry that’s inciting lethal anti-Jewishness in Europe and existential threats to Israel, the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the sole democracy in the Middle East’s radicalized swamp. No other nation is surrounded by as much hostility or...
  • Father tells Congress: My Son ‘Was Murdered By a DREAMer’

    02/26/2015 3:12:54 PM PST · by Baynative · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 25, 15 | Joel Gehrke Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414413/father-tells-congress-my-son
    “The illegal alien dreamer that murdered my son only served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer,” Shaw said. “He was released from the county jail the day before he executed my son. Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported?” “Do black lives really matter or does it matter only if you are shot by a white person or a white policeman?” he added, before alluding to the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ saying that became popular following the...
  • CHICAGOLAND: Man sells his vote for $10

    02/26/2015 3:04:38 PM PST · by Kyle Olson · 10 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/26/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    While many say the right to vote is priceless, in Chicago, the real value of a vote itself is apparently $10. In the run up to the Windy City’s vote this week for city leaders, resident Willie Allen says he was approached and offered $10 to vote for a particular candidate. “I was coming down the street, going to the house. And there was a gentleman who approached me,” Allen says.
  • Insult and Injury: Obama Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC (Bibi to address Monday)

    02/26/2015 3:03:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power–widely seen as among the most anti-Israel members of his administration–to address a prominent pro-Israel gathering next week. The move is described by the Associated Press as an effort to mend fences after the administration had withheld speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. In reality, it is a further slap in the face. Rice caused an uproar earlier this week when she told interviewer Charlie Rose that the forthcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a special joint session...
  • So. Cal. Edison’s IT layoffs are ‘heartless,’ says Sen. Grassley

    02/26/2015 2:48:44 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Patrick Thibodeau
    Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers of the visa program. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has long advocated for changes to the H-1B program to protect U.S. workers, said the Edison layoffs illustrate how some employers "are potentially using legal avenues to import foreign workers, lay-off qualified Americans, and then export jobs overseas. "I was shocked by the heartless manner in which U.S. workers were injured," said Grassley in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. (SNIP) "The sponsors of the bill claim it will 'boost our competitiveness...
  • Media Question Walker, Jeb, Jindal Faiths

    02/26/2015 1:54:13 PM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Recently, a 2016 presidential frontrunner had the gall to question the religious convictions of Barack Obama. Asked whether Obama was a Muslim, this candidate responded, “There’s nothing to base that on, as far as I know.”
  • Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, ‘Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto’

    02/26/2015 1:51:58 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 2-26-2015 | Craig Bannister
    Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal. Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”: “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the...
  • Cruz says he’s the most Reagan-like in crowded 2016 field

    02/26/2015 12:56:36 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | February 26, 2015
    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gave an impassioned stump speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, presenting himself as the true Reagan-like conservative to look at in 2016.“How do we bring back the miracle that is America?” he asked a mobbed ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. “We reassemble the Reagan coalition.” In 1980 Ronald Reagan appealed to the traditional GOP base, labor and Democrats to win and serve two terms.. . . . .“How do we differentiate? . . .In a campaign, every candidate say I’m the most conservative candidate that ever...
  • N.J. schools would teach kids how to interact with police under proposed law

    02/26/2015 12:51:17 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 38 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 10-FEB-2015 | matt friedman
    New Jersey schools would be required to teach students how they should interact with police officers under proposed legislation a sponsor says could protect both kids and cops.
  • Ted Cruz lights up CPAC with speech pushing ‘real’ conservatism

    02/26/2015 12:40:38 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:34 PM | Adam Edelman
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) finished second in last year’s CPAC Straw Poll and delivered another wildly popular speech this year. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in a rousing and well-received speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, drew a proverbial line in the sand between true conservatives like himself and “squishy moderate” Republicans who may also decide to seek the party’s 2016 nomination. In a speech focused on the divides among the prospective 2016 candidates, the Tea Party populist threw bombs at Washington, at Hillary Clinton and, most frequently, at his fellow Republicans. “If you’re really a conservative, you’d be...
  • Jeb Bush Backers Are Busing Supporters From K Street to CPAC

    02/26/2015 12:36:56 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | February 26, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event.
  • Ted Cruz Gets Fiery About Hillary, Takes Questions from Hannity at CPAC

    02/26/2015 12:04:54 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 20 replies
    Mediate ^ | 2:25 pm, February 26th, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    “God bless CPAC!” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said as he took the stage at the annual conservative convention Thursday afternoon. Noting that no Democrats were in attendance, he joked, “It’s almost like CPAC invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak.” He then said CPAC could have had Hillary Clinton at the conference but “couldn’t find a foreign nation to foot the bill.” Cruz urged fiscal and social conservatives to come together in order to “get to 51%” in the next presidential election. “Hillary Clinton embodies the corruption of Washington,” he said of his potential 2016 opponent, implying that he represents the opposite....
  • CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

    02/26/2015 11:55:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is not scheduled to appear here at CPAC until Friday, but there is already a movement underway to stage an informal protest when he hits the stage..... ....“We are going to get up in mass, and we are going to walk out on him,” the 64-year-old said. “We are not going to interrupt anyone’s speech, but we are all going to exercise our right to the bathroom at the same time.”...
  • Emergency announcement of the Head of the DPR in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments

    02/26/2015 11:55:24 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Novorossiya Today ^ | 2-27-2015 | DPR
    Head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko made an emergency announcement in Donetsk on February 26 in regard to the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the line of contact. He recited to the journalists the text of the document submitted to the Head of the OSCE mission in the DPR. “In pursuance of the Declaration of 12.02.2015 and the “Package of measures concerning implementation of the Minsk Agreement” the Donetsk People’s Republic has withdrawn heavy armament to the agreed upon and registered by the given document distance”, the document claims. Aleksandr Zakharchenko remarked that the DPR has withdrawn 90% of artillery,...
  • Hoyer: During DHS 'Shut Down,' 200,000 of 230,000 DHS Workers Would Still Work

    02/25/2015 2:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/25/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com)- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor on Tuesday that if Congress did not pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill by the end of the week, it would shut down the department—but that 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 employees would still go to work. The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers. “The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are...
  • Raul Castro and Joe Biden will face in Montevideo (while Netanyahu is in Washington)

    02/26/2015 11:45:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    National Turk ^ | 2/24/15
    Cuban President Raul Castro and US Vice-president Joe Biden are among the guests expected at the inauguration of President Tabare Vazquez this coming Sunday in Montevideo. According to HavaTimes, The encounter will come two days after the second round of negotiations between the US and Cuba set for Friday February 27 in Washington. The two countries are trying to pave the way to a reopening of embassies in their respective capitals. Also expected in Montevideo for the beginning of a new term of Vazquez (following Jose Mujica, the current leader) are the presidents of Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, Chile, Michelle Bachelet,...
  • The resurrection of Eric Cantor (Cha Ching)

    02/26/2015 11:43:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | February 26, 2015 | Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti
    Eight months ago, Eric Cantor was forced out of office amid charges that he had lost touch with his Virginia constituents, derailing the political career of the man who was in line to be the first Jewish speaker of the House. Now he’s back.
  • Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

    02/26/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouri’s membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported. Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards. Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the state’s membership with the testing company is “illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress.” snip Two private...
  • Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility

    02/26/2015 11:24:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | February 26,2015 | Joe Klein
    The candidate’s grown-up tone is a breath of fresh air amid so many strident conservative voices RECOMMENDED FOR YOU This Video of the Sun Is the Trippiest Thing You'll See Today This Video of the Sun Is the Trippiest Thing You'll See Today Watch Banksy's Two-Minute Gaza Video Watch Banksy's Two-Minute Gaza Video Watch Justin Bieber Get Egged Watch Justin Bieber Get Egged Obamacare: See this incredibly detailed map of where Americans oppose Obamacare. Promoted Obamacare: See this incredibly detailed map of where Americans… iSideWith Sponsored Links by In a week during which Rudolph Giuliani went crusader-ballistic questioning President Obama’s...
  • Will Schick: Polygamy no crazier than monogamy

    02/26/2015 11:07:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Galesburg Register-Mail ^ | February 21, 2015 | Will Schick
    few weeks ago, Lindsay Graham asked Loretta Lynch an interesting question at her Senate confirmation hearings: “What is the legal difference between a ban on same sex marriage being unconstitutional, but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?" The question, understandably, took her by surprise. “Senator, I have not been involved in the argument or analysis of the cases that have gone before the Supreme Court, and I’m not comfortable undertaking legal analysis without having had the ability to review the relevant facts and the precedent there…but I look forward to continuing the discussions with you." No one takes the issue...
  • John Boehner Blows Kisses to the Press, Won't Budge on DHS

    02/26/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    NATIONAL JOURNAL ^ | February 26, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday. ... Boehner doesn't appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would. ... McConnell had attempted to push through a House-passed funding bill four times, but Senate Democrats blocked it...
  • Scott Walker: I will not take the media's bait [Politico’s Glenn Thrush's head explodes]

    02/26/2015 10:53:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Gov. Scott Walker refuses to let the media dictate the conversation. “There has been much discussion about a media double standard where Republicans are covered differently than Democrats, asked to weigh in on issues the Democrats don't face," the potential GOP presidential candidate wrote Wednesday in an op-ed for USA Today. "As a result, when we refuse to take the media's bait, we suffer." The Wisconsin Republican's commentary comes on the heels of comments made by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who questioned whether President Obama “loves America” during a private dinner featuring Walker. Since then, the media...
  • Jeb Bush, 2016’s Gay-Friendly Republican

    02/26/2015 10:19:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 02/26/2015 | Mckay Coppins
    Shortly after the 2012 election ended, David Kochel, the top-flight Iowa Republican strategist who had run Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state, decided to stop keeping his opinion of marriage equality to himself. He had spent years helping presidential candidates court the conservative Christian voters who dominated Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, but he had grown increasingly convinced that his party was on the wrong side of the marriage debate, both morally and politically. With the campaign over, Kochel — who declined to comment for this story — began turning up at gatherings for pro-gay Republicans, calling on the GOP to modernize...
  • Rumsfeld: I'm amazed at the administration's rudeness

    02/26/2015 10:14:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Thursday February 26, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the American administration's negative focus on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. Less than a week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the focus on Netanyahu's visit rather than on his message is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. "I find it stunning to see the comments out of the White House on this issue,"...
  • The Architect of Destruction

    02/26/2015 10:04:35 AM PST · by Glad2bnuts · 4 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | March 1 2013 | Maureen Scott
    March 1, 2013 The Architect of Destruction By Maureen Scott "Obama comes from a community organizer background where it's us against them. But that's not who we are. And that's not the position the leader of our Nation should take." – Dr. Benjamin Carson Obama appears to be a tormented man who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family...
  • The Obama Agenda – Tyranny

    02/26/2015 9:09:46 AM PST · by Kenny · 16 replies
    ToBeRight ^ | February 26, 2015 | PeggyN
    The History channel’s “Sons of Liberty” series may have been short on facts but they did a great job of capturing the colonist’s passion. That was the secret to the colonies’ victory, passion, dedication, and commitment. That’s what President Obama brings to the table, passion for his agenda, commitment to his transformation aka revolution, dedication to each piece of his plan.His ultimate goal, to radically reconfigure America, consumes all his energy.He and his government, because it’s no longer the people’s government, work tirelessly to complete each step of America’s transformation. While other Americans try to enjoy their weekends before they...
  • 8th Grade Class Receives Immigration Assignment that Leaves One Dad Shaking His Head

    02/26/2015 8:57:20 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 19 replies
    At Shattuck Middle School in Wisconsin, one 8th grade class was assigned homework on the topic of immigration policy in the United States. The homework, assigned by 8th grade Social Studies teacher Grace Davis, featured a political cartoon with a clearly labeled Democrat laying bricks to convey the building of a “pathway to citizenship,” while the Republican-labeled character is removing the bricks, effectively dismantling any immigration process. The cartoon is originally from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, not the teacher’s own creation.
  • Sen. Cruz to Sec. Johnson: Do you Intend to Abide by the Federal Court Order?

    02/26/2015 8:50:57 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | February 24, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Sends letter to DHS Sec. Johnson regarding implementation of executive amnesty WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson questioning whether the Obama Administration plans to comply with the court's injunction to stop President Obama's illegal amnesty in light of President Obama's public comments that DHS would "continue in the planning" of activities the court issued a cease and desist order to stop. "Violating an unambiguous federal court order by defying its instructions to cease and desist a particular activity would represent a significant breach of your authority,...
  • Op-Ed: No, We Can’t, V15 (team Obama running "hope and change" commercials in Israel)

    02/26/2015 8:30:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:04 AM | Judith Bergman
    Featuring mostly young people in grungy outfits, looking terribly afflicted by Waiting for Change and pictured doing an awful lot of printing, painting and gluing of V15 campaign posters to the sound of a catchy soundtrack, the political campaign video for V15 has about as much depth as a Calvin Klein commercial. In a seductive tone the male voice over tells us that they (Bibi Netanyahu) are trying to scare us (the voters) but in reality, they are afraid of us. The reason, we are told, that they are afraid of us, is that we are the Change and if...
  • Herzog: PM's Congress speech will cause 'strategic damage' to US ties (only 5 days until speech)

    02/26/2015 8:23:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Itay Blumenthal
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to cancel his planned speech to Congress on March 3, saying it will cause "strategic damage" to Israel's ties with the United States. "I call on Netanyahu again: Stop. Enough, Bibi, enough. You aren't going. Don't go. You will cause strategic damage to Israel's standing and to the relationship with the United States," Herzog said at a press conference, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. Herzog also condemned Netanyahu's decision not to meet with Senate Democrats when he goes to Washington next week, saying the prime minister is...
  • Ukraine To Halt Currency Trading Again Any Minute

    02/26/2015 8:22:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-26-2015 | Durden
    With Prime Minister Yatsenyuk putting his foot down and squeezing the central bank to lift capital controls, Ukraine's currency is totally collapsing this morning. Up over 5 handles to a fresh record low of 33.75/USD, we suspect currency trading will be halted any minute. While we discussed the endgame for Ukraine last night, on the street, things are dire with ATM lines, shelves emptied, and local currency exchanges marking up levels dramatically more than the 'official' rates... The 'independent' Central Bank halted currency trading, and then the government screamed... "I learned this morning on the Internet that the National Bank...
  • Matthews: Netanyahu Started ‘Crapstorm,’ Should Apologize (MSNBC host loses it big time)

    02/26/2015 8:16:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Matthews said, “Let me finish tonight with this crapstorm that has Netanyahu has started. All the Prime Minister had to do to avoid all this fighting with Washington was to speak out. That’s what he could have done, speak out the second he heard that the invitation for him to address the US Congress was issued without the knowledge of the American President. All he had to do was say ‘I will only come if this invitation is bipartisan, and certainly only if the President of the United States has approved it.’ All he had to do was that just...
  • Mike Lee to CPAC: Demand Good Conservative Candidates

    02/26/2015 8:13:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Dan Riehl
    In his 2016 CPAC address, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) told his audience only a serious “principled, positive, proven” conservative candidate can win the general election. Principled means “being conservative every single day, not just during the campaign,” said Lee, adding that a principled conservative doesn’t “hide behind talking points.” At one point, Lee invoked Reagan’s call for a “robust debate,” yet also seemed to split with the former president. Lee made the point that the right conservative candidate for 2016 will engage moderates. In 1975, Reagan notably said at CPAC, “let them go their way.” In terms of being...
  • Tea Party favorite defects from DHS funding compromise

    02/26/2015 7:49:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will not vote for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill because it funds President Obama’s controversial immigration actions, he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday. “Our laws don’t authorize this action so if it’s carried out, if its implemented, this action will have the effect of undoing something that Congress has done and doing so in a way that circumvents the Constitution,” he said. “We have to use the power of the purse, we have to withhold funding when the president does that.” Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered to...
  • [Scott] Walker v. Congress (on Act 10 Reforms)

    02/26/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper |
    In the last two months, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has gone from marginal to mainstream, failed to fascinating in the eyes of prospective voters, and inconsequential to intriguing to the ears and mouths of talking heads looking for another Republican Presidential contender to dissect then disintegrate. Critics are faulting him for his non-answers to dubious questions from reporters. They also quibble about his lack of foreign policy experience and long-term immigration strategy. Liberal and conservative partisans still hanker for some right-wing version of President Obama, full of hope and change, charisma in place of principle. Before judging Walker's skills as...
  • Feinstein Wants to Close the Terrorist Gun Loophole

    02/26/2015 7:47:45 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/25/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The senator behind the Assault Weapons Ban bill and a House Republican have teamed up for new gun-control legislation — to ban terrorists from buying guns. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015 in the upper chamber with co-sponsor Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
  • Where would Ronald Reagan fall on the GOP meter?

    02/26/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    When conservatives gather at National Harbor on Thursday for their annual confab, there will be homages to ­Ronald Reagan everywhere. He’ll be mentioned in speeches, he’ll show up as a life-size cardboard cutout, and he’ll be on posters and buttons. The event’s big dinner is in his name. At the Conservative Political Action Conference, Reagan is king. And the many Republicans vying to be president will work feverishly to align with him. But do they? For the Loop, Crowdpac, a group that mines campaign and political data and assigns ideological scores, compared Reagan during his time in office with the...
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 46 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...
  • Dear Mitch

    02/26/2015 6:22:08 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/26/2015 | Derek Hunter
    Dear Senator McConnell, I mean this with all due respect – you’re worthless. Actually, you’re worse than worthless; you’re the problem. You were better as minority leader. Your steering the Senate is worth than Harry Reid’s corruption. It’s almost enough to make me wish you could switch back places. What happened to all the tough talk when you were running for re-election last year about standing up for conservative principles? It seems like you lost something after November – like your pants fit a little looser, and it’s easier for you to ride a bike. You’re the majority leader of...
  • CPAC 2015 Kicks Off With Heavy 2016 Presidential Speaking Line-Up

    02/26/2015 6:12:54 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/26/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off today at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. This year's conference will no doubt determine the future of the Republican Party and possibly the country as potential 2016 presidential candidates hit the stage to make their case. "The American Conservative Union has an important role to play as the Republican presidential nominating process begins at CPAC 2015. Nearly every top-tier candidate will appear and speak at the event. Our goal is to continue the tradition of bringing together the leaders of the conservative movement with activists...
  • Watch CPAC speakers live [link to streaming video]

    02/26/2015 5:49:04 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | NBC News
    Video at the link above. Agenda for the events/speakers is here: http://cpac.conservative.org/agenda
  • If Obama loves America, I'm a pole dancer

    02/26/2015 5:44:15 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 2/26/2015 | Erik Rush
    A couple of things came into the realm of public discussion over the last week that were almost providential in their timing: statements by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressing President Barack Obama’s sentiments toward America and a series of assertions referencing Islam made by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Last week during a private GOP dinner event, Giuliani reportedly stated that he didn’t believe President Obama loves America. This resulted in criticism of the former mayor and, of course, a few charges of racism, but it also initiated a wide discussion of what Obama’s sentiments toward this...
  • Minnesota Legislators Hope to Update Constitution for Digital Data Privacy

    02/26/2015 5:39:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-20-15 | David Montgomery
    (TNS) -- Pick another issue -- maybe any other issue -- and they'd be at each other's throats. But on Monday, the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance shared a stage with Occupy Minnesota, with the American Civil Liberties Union and an anti-Affordable Care Act advocacy group, with liberal DFLers and conservative Republicans. These unnatural allies agreed on one thing: limiting the ability of government to access electronic data. "There won't be many opportunities for you to see a group this ideologically diverse and bipartisan," said state Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Petersen, a Republican with libertarian leanings, wants to amend Minnesota's constitution...
  • Republican Retirements (Virginia legislature)

    02/26/2015 5:29:29 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    1140wrva.com ^ | 2/25/15
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Republican state lawmakers won't be seeking re-election. Sen. Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Del. Tom Rust of Herndon said Wednesday that they won't be seeking re-election.
  • Religious Faith to Be Key Piece of Possible Jeb Bush Run

    02/26/2015 5:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A memo from a top adviser to Jeb Bush gives a clue as to how he could connect with the conservative base of his party if he runs for president: talking about his religious faith. Faith is listed as one of nine “issues you care about” in a memo to Mr. Bush’s supporters from Sally Bradshaw that quotes Mr. Bush on each topic, offering an on-message preview of his potential bid for the Republican nomination. Referring to his conversion to Catholicism, Mr. Bush says, “My faith was strengthened when I converted to my wife’s faith…It gives me a serenity that,...