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  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood contract in wake of videos

    08/03/2015 6:46:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/3/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal canceled Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract with his state Monday, moving to strip the organization of funding in the wake of disturbing undercover videos that appeared to show employees haggling over selling fetal tissue obtained from abortions.Mr. Jindal said the videos showed Planned Parenthood workers admitting they engaged in late-term abortions and did them to try to leave fetus body parts as intact as possible so they could be sold later.He said his state health department believes Planned Parenthood’s local affiliates could be breaking laws that prohibit groups that take funding from encouraging women to have abortions.“Planned...
  • Anonymous hacktivists deface Donald Trump's website with a tribute to Jon Stewart

    08/03/2015 6:22:59 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 15 replies
    msn ^ | 8/3/2015 | Deli Cameron
    A group of Anonymous hacktivist have apparently broken into Donald Trump’s corporate website for a strange reason. The hacktivists, known as Telecomix Canada, allegedly broke into the site,, to leave behind a tribute to The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on a defaced page. “Mr Stewart, we at @TelecomixCanada would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many happy years of quality journalism and entertainment you and your team have undertaken at Comedy Central,” reads a letter on Trump's site. “Know, Sir, that your steadfast dedication to the irony and power of Truth has inspired a...
  • Could Koch brothers take out Donald Trump?

    08/03/2015 6:07:23 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 3 2015 | CNN
    Dana Point, California (CNN)Donald Trump wasn't invited to address some 450 top conservative donors who gathered here at a lush oceanfront hotel for a policy-focused retreat hosted by the Koch brothers and their powerful political network.
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Fiorina: 'Close the government down' to stop Planned Parenthood

    08/03/2015 6:01:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/3/15 | Al Weaver
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Monday that Congress should shut down the government if necessary to defund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO agreed with a group of GOP senators, including fellow 2016 candidate Ted Cruz, that the abortion provider should lose its taxpayer funding. "If it comes down to closing the government down or funding Planned Parenthood, what should the Republicans in the Congress do?" Hewitt asked the presidential hopeful. "They should close the government down," Fiorina said flatly. "The point is this, however, we have a long way...
  • Trump: Harvard students 'fraudsters and liars'

    08/03/2015 5:51:22 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/3/15
    The Trump campaign is hitting back at the Harvard students who pulled an elaborate prank on the Republican presidential candidate, convincing him that he had been endorsed by the school’s student paper. “The students who perpetrated this are fraudsters and liars, but frankly it was a waste of only a few minutes,” Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Hill. Trump was tricked by members of The Harvard Lampoon masquerading as Harvard Crimson staffers into a photo op, under the guise that he was being endorsed by the paper. In reality, the endorsement was part of an ongoing prank war...
  • Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners

    08/03/2015 5:49:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | August 3, 2015 | Deborah Meron
    Huntington Park may become the first city in California to appoint two undocumented immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards, a lawmaker confirms. City Councilman Jhonny Pineda has picked Francisco Medina to join the health and education commission and Julian Zatarain for the parks and recreation commission. The 32-year-old lawmaker told CBSLA online producer Deborah Meron that he promised voters while running for office that he would create more opportunities for undocumented residents. “Huntington Park is a city of opportunity and a city of hope for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, creed, or in this case, citizenship,” the...
  • Trump gets nearly 10 times TV network coverage of all GOP candidates

    08/03/2015 5:45:20 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 34 replies ^ | 8/3/2015 | Paul Bedard
    The nation's Big Three networks have lavished news coverage on flamboyant Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, one of the latest to get into the race, according to a review of nightly broadcasts dating to January 1. The conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center, found that Trump has received about 10 times the average amount of airtime given to the other 16 candidates combined, with the last one to get in, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, still waiting for his first second of coverage.
  • What Sites Will STREAM Thursday Night's Debate?

    08/03/2015 5:02:58 PM PDT · by Let's Roll · 10 replies
    August 3, 2015 | Let's Roll
    Will the debate be streamed online for those of us without access to FOX?
  • When it comes to Islam, Sunni or Shia, Obama Chooses the Terrorists

    Summary: Like his support for the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood terrorists across the region, the facts of the Iran deal with Shiite terror regime in Tehran point to a deliberate plan of allying the United States with the worst of Islamic terrorists. Obama’s nuclear “deal” with Iran has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler. For those less familiar with the history of the Second World War, Chamberlain’s Munich deal was a betrayal of Czechoslovakia. Students of World War II know, however, that Chamberlain ultimately led the early British war effort against the Nazis. Chamberlain may have...
  • 15 Things Trump and Reagan Have in Common

    08/03/2015 4:36:41 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 62 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jim Meyers
    1. Like Reagan, Trump is a Washington outsider. 2. Reagan was dismissed as a serious candidate, and so was Trump. 3. Trump and Reagan were both attacked by the establishment as being extreme and simplistic. Yet people were so fed up with the state of the country under Jimmy Carter that Reagan beat him in a landslide 4 Trump shares Reagan's "passion" for what he believes in. 5 Trump espouses similar views as Reagan on illegal immigration. 6. Trump is a straight-talker, like Reagan. He doesn't hide behind political correctness, as his comments about illegal immigration demonstrate. Reagan talked to...
  • Walker personal finances: more liabilities than assets

    08/03/2015 4:17:06 PM PDT · by gorush · 16 replies
    Channel 3000, Madistan, WI ^ | Aug 03 2015 06:02:39 PM CDT | no byline
    The Wisconsin governor's personal financial liabilities far outweigh his assets. That's according to filings released Monday by the Federal Election Commission, revealing he's one of the least wealthy candidates in the 2016 race.
  • Live Stream: 2016 Republican Candidates "Voters First Forum"

    08/03/2015 4:16:58 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Cspan ^ | 08/03/2015 | Cspan
    Started 20 minutes ago.
  • Can Sarah Palin sell Donald Trump to ‘Joe Six-Pack’?

    08/03/2015 4:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 3, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Smart politics is behind the alliance of the GOP’s two leading bomb-throwers.To many Republican presidential contenders, Sarah Palin is a skunk at the party, someone to be handled gingerly and kept at arm’s length. To Donald Trump, she is Cabinet material, “a special person,” and a worthy presidential contender in her own right. The odd alliance between the New York mogul and Alaska hockey mom, many years in the making, has burst into prominence on the campaign trail over the past week, in a flurry of adoring compliments and vows of friendship. But it’s also smart politics. Trump carries many...
  • Fox News Poll: New high for Trump, new low for Clinton

    08/03/2015 3:28:07 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    Trump receives the backing of 26 percent of self-identified Republican primary voters -- up from 18 percent in mid-July and 11 percent a month ago. That’s not only the highest level of support for Trump, but it’s also the highest any GOP candidate has received since the Fox poll began asking the question in December 2013. [Snip] Switching to the Democratic side, Clinton is still the favorite among self-identified Democratic primary voters. She receives 51 percent while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders comes in at 22 percent. Yet that is Clinton’s worst showing -- and Sanders’ best. Support for Clinton was...
  • Onetime DCCC Prospect Greitens Running as Republican in Missouri

    08/03/2015 3:20:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | July 31, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    Depending on how things shake out, Missouri voters could face a bizarro world next fall: A former Democrat running as the Republican nominee for governor against a Democrat who used to be a Republican. Eric Greitens is part of a crowded and growing field of Republican candidates who will face off next August. As he launched a statewide tour earlier this month, the former Democrat attempted to turn what could be a weakness in the crowded Republican primary into a strength. “I am a conservative Republican, but I didn’t start out that way,” Greitens wrote in a Fox News editorial...
  • As Dem Rep. Grayson runs for Senate seat, girlfriend reportedly runs for his

    08/03/2015 3:18:15 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2015
    Outspoken Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is leaving behind his House seat to run for one in the Senate, and his girlfriend reportedly is eyeing his old job. Ninth District Rep. Alan Grayson and Dr. Dena Minning have been dating for months, according to reports in Politico, the Orlando Sentinel and elsewhere. Shortly after Grayson announced his 2016 Senate bid a month ago, Minning filed paperwork with the FEC to run for his House seat. The development adds one more wrinkle to Grayson’s campaign storyline. Grayson, perhaps best known as the congressman who accused anti-ObamaCare Republicans of wanting people to...
  • Who Could Dethrone Teflon Trump?

    08/03/2015 3:06:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    As I looked at the data from the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, I wondered who on the list could actually dethrone surging frontrunner Donald Trump (other than Donald himself, of course) at the debate on August 6 or even afterwards. Yes, I am aware how early it is and that Herman Cain was leading the pack at this point in the 2012 election. Nevertheless, I think we can stipulate the Trump phenomenon is considerably more significant. Something important is going on here. Who Could Dethrone Teflon Trump? by Roger L Simon AUGUST 3, 2015 - 3:53 AM (288)(10) As...
  • Breaking: Senate cloture vote to defund Planned Parenthood fails

    08/03/2015 3:03:53 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 73 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/03/2015 | Frank Thorp
    Senate Dems filibuster GOP bill to block fed funds for Planned Parenthood, voting down motion to move forward with bill 53-46 (needed 60)
  • Video: Ted Cruz records bizarre online video showing how to cook bacon with a machine gun

    08/03/2015 3:01:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/03/2015 | BY ADAM EDELMAN
    He may fashion himself conservative, but there's nothing traditional about the way Ted Cruz eats his bacon. In a short online video produced by IJReview titled "Making Machine-Gun Bacon with Ted Cruz," the 2016 candidate demonstrates that happiness — at least at breakfast time — is literally a warm gun. "There are few things I enjoy more than on the weekend cooking breakfast with the family," the Texas Republican senator says in the video. "Of course, in Texas, we cook bacon a little differently than most folks." A video montage then plays showing Cruz, an ardent supporter of gun rights,...
  • Dear Democrats: If GOP Gets Trump, You Get Biden

    08/03/2015 2:56:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/03/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Please run, Joe. Please, please, please. The news is suddenly filled with reports that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for president. I think this is great news on three levels. 1) Hillary needs another challenge. For a second time in a row, she has planned to be the “inevitable” candidate. But no one should ever be inevitable, least of all Hillary Clinton. “Inevitability” was always just a bluff to cover up how weak and shallow her base of political support actually is. The problem is not just the usual air of scandal that follows the Clintons...
  • Ted Cruz goes South

    08/03/2015 2:46:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/3/15 12:50 PM | DAVID M. DRUCKER
    Sen. Ted Cruz is taking his campaign to the South in an effort to expand the GOP primary map and his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination along with it. A group of Southern states are banding together to hold a Super Tuesday primary in March of next year — it has been dubbed the "SEC primary" — and the Texan is scheduled to embark on a bus tour through this Republican-dominated region of the country to stake his claim and create a buffer against underperformance in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and...
  • Puerto Rico defaults on $58M debt payment

    08/03/2015 2:41:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-4-2015 | Danielle Haes
    Puerto Rico paid only $628,000 on a $58 million debt bill due Monday, putting the country into default for the first time. The country's Government Development Bank was supposed to make the full payment on its Public Finance Corporation debt service, but failed to do so. Moody's said it considers the lack of payment a default, CNBC reported. "Due to the lack of appropriated funds for this fiscal year the entirety of the PFC payment was not made today (the first business day after the Saturday deadline)," GDB President Melba Acosta-Febo said in a statement.
  • Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Is Coming To Cheyenne

    08/03/2015 2:18:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    KGWN.TV ^ | Mon 1:01 PM, Aug 03, 2015 | Jeremy Downing
    CHEYENNE, WY - Republican Presidential hopeful, Senator Ted Cruz, is coming to Cheyenne.The senator will be the keynote speaker at the Wyoming Republican Party's Inaugural Chairman's Reception. It's being held August 20 at the Hereford Ranch just outside of Cheyenne.Tickets are $50 for the general reception at 2pm and $500 for the VIP photo reception at 3pm. Senator Cruz is the junior U.S senator from Texas and was the first Republican to announce he is running for president.For more info check out:
  • Puerto Rico Decides to Skip Bond Payment

    08/03/2015 1:59:20 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | Mary Williams Walsh
    Puerto Rico chose not to make a $58 million bond payment on Monday, a move that essentially amounted to a default for the first time in its 117 years as a United States possession. Although the territory did make a payment on the interest of about $628,000, it said it lacked the funds to make the full payment.
  • This might be the only way to stop Donald Trump

    08/03/2015 1:53:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 52 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2015 | Steve Deace
    I was there in the audience when Donald Trump made his unfortunate comments about John McCain’s war record as a POW. (SNIP) Similarly, most of Mr. Trump’s support is people of various factions and persuasions rightfully fed up with being fed up. They don’t care that Mr. Trump is no movement conservative, because they’ve watched most of the Republicans they’ve elected ignore or violate the party platform once in office anyway. Mr. Trump is not their noble champion, but their instrument to strike back against a political party that has betrayed them time and time again.
  • Santorum high on Numbers, low in polls

    08/03/2015 1:35:53 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 18 replies
    One News Now ^ | August 3, 2015 | Chad Groening
    The head of Numbers USA says the Republican presidential candidate who's the strongest proponent of immigration enforcement may not be on the debate stage this week. When you listen to Rick Santorum versus the other candidates, says Roy Beck, "you want to say, Why are these other candidates not standing for the American worker and the American family?" While Donald Trump has made headlines by for pushing stronger border enforcement, it's Rick Santorum who has the highest marks at Numbers USA. In fact, the former Pennsylvania senator is the only presidential candidate of either party to score an "A" on...
  • State Democratic chairman says GOP now dominated by ‘low-information’ voters

    08/03/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 8/3/15 | John DiStaso
    Ahead of Monday night’s Voters Forum featuring 14 Republican presidential candidates, the state Democratic Party chairman attributed the surge of Donald Trump to the top of GOP polls to a rise in the number of “low-information voters who don’t want to deal with the facts.” Raymond Buckley said there has been a “transformation” of the Republican Party, including in New Hampshire, from a more moderate base to a “monolithic entity that is really controlled by either the Koch brothers or the tea party extremists.” The reference was to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who fund numerous conservative organizations. “There...
  • Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

    08/03/2015 1:34:05 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 07/31/2015 | Paul Blumenthal
    A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionaires bankrolling the 2016 presidential race to an unprecedented degree. The unlimited-money super PACs account for one-third of all federal election funds raised in the first half of 2015 -- up from 4 percent at this time in the last presidential election. Three-quarters of all super PAC money came from more than 500 wealthy donors, corporations and unions in contributions above $100,000. More than half the money in the presidential race so far -- to super PACs and to campaigns...
  • The idea of Joe Biden running for president doesn’t make a ton of sense

    08/03/2015 1:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/03/2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Maureen Dowd's column over the weekend -- which reported that Beau Biden's dying wish was that his father run for president in 2016 -- has started anew a debate over whether the Vice President should or will make the race. There's tons of conflicting reporting on that question; some people are highlighting the fact that a longtime fundraiser for Beau has signed onto a draft effort for the vice president while others note that Biden has done nothing that would indicate he is moving toward the contest. Divining what's accurate and what's wishful thinking in all of this is made...
  • Sowell: The Trump Card

    08/03/2015 1:26:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 4, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    With Hillary Clinton's multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by "The Donald," who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican Party's candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States. The reason is not hard to understand: Republican voters simply do not trust him, as the polls show. Nor is there any reason why...
  • How Big a Third-Party Threat Is Trump?

    08/03/2015 1:26:30 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | August 3rd, 2015 | Unattributed
    If “The Donald” loses the Republican presidential nomination and runs as a third-party candidate, he definitely could put a crimp in GOP hopes to reclaim the White House. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 29% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for Trump if he is not chosen as the GOP nominee and runs as a third party candidate. But that includes only 14% who say they are Very Likely to vote for him. Sixty-eight percent (68%) say they are unlikely to vote for the billionaire developer if he runs...
  • Hillary Clinton's $2 Million Television Ads: All About Her Mom

    08/03/2015 1:24:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/03/2015 | By LIZ KREUTZ LIZ KREUTZ More From Liz » Follow @ABCLiz via GOOD MORNING AMERICA
    There's one person Hillary Clinton really wants the voters of America to get to know more than anybody else. And her name is Dorothy Rodham. Dorothy is Clinton’s late mother. She died in 2011. But she's playing a starring role in her daughter’s presidential campaign, and is the focus of Clinton’s first television ads. On Tuesday, Clinton’s campaign will begin broadcasting two TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire. The one-minute spots, which will air over the course of five weeks, emphasize Clinton’s mother’s story over her own. The first ad, titled “Dorothy,” is almost completely devoid of any discussion...
  • Polling shows Donald Trump a huge threat to the GOP establishment

    08/03/2015 1:24:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 8/3/15 | Sam Rolley
    Based on Real Clear Politics’ comprehensive average of data from the nation’s top polling outfits for the 2016 GOP presidential contest, Donald Trump holds a commanding 9.5 point lead against his fellow Republican hopefuls. But that number could be the least of the GOP establishment’s worries. Michael Needham, chief executive of the Heritage Action for America super PAC, said Sunday that Trump’s popularity has a great deal to do with Republican voters’ overall dissatisfaction with the GOP establishment. “Most Republican voters hate their party, and that’s what needs to be addressed,” Needham said on “Fox News Sunday.” The conservative figure...
  • Abject Panic on the Democrat Side

    08/03/2015 1:04:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush ^ | August 3, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: By the way, Joe Biden is... It's looking serious. I don't think there's any doubt about it. Once we learned that after his son passed away -- once they leaked the news -- that on his deathbed the son of Joe Biden, Beau Biden, urged his father to run, we kind of knew that confidence coming. And it looks like it is. Also, just to show you how unsettled the Democrat side -- and there's apparently big time panic (finally; should have been in there a long time) settling in regarding Hillary. Because now there's news out there that...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama’s Lawless and Radical EPA Regulations Are Flatly Unconstitutional

    08/03/2015 12:51:29 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Aug 3rd, 2015 10:52 am | Jim Hoft
    We were warned…In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.” He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. He wasn’t kidding.On Saturday Obama announced his new energy plan that will squeeze energy companies and force consumer prices to necessarily skyrocket. President Obama will release details on his anti-business plan later on Monday.Today Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Barack Obama’s new EPA regulations are...

    08/03/2015 12:00:28 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    National Sentinel ^ | August 3, 2015 | Scott Hounsell
    p>At a standing-room only event in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Presidential Candidate and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke to a packed synagogue of people angry about the Obama Administration’s newly inked deal with the Republic of Iran.In his statements, Cruz took time to differentiate what a Cruz Presidency’s foreign policy would look like as compared to the current administration.Here are some excerpts from his speech: “Today the threats facing Israel, the threats facing America, the threats facing the world have never been greater.When we call evil by its name, it has a clarifying power that has never been more needed...
  • Gawker publishes Donald Trump's cell phone number

    08/03/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    POLITICO ^ | August 3, 2015 | DANIEL STRAUSS
    What goes around comes around, as the saying goes. A cellphone number belonging to real estate mogul Donald Trump became public knowledge on Monday. Trump’s campaign confirmed that it was indeed a cellphone number belonging to the Republican presidential candidate, albeit one that he doesn’t use anymore. A call to the number immediately goes to voice mail after a voice says, “Please leave your name and message and we’ll get back to you shortly.” “It’s a very old number. This is not one he uses. Mr. Trump has several numbers so this is not an issue,” the campaign said in...
  • Report: Boehner avoiding vote on his speakership before August recess

    08/03/2015 11:55:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    Rep. Mark Meadows put John Boehner on the spot with his “motion to vacate” the speakership last week, and now it appears that the challenge has legs. According to an exclusive report by Matthew Boyle of Breitbart, Boehner’s forces have been “whipping” members (calling them up, asking them how they would vote, and possibly applying pressure) and as a result have concluded that they would lose a vote if the matter were taken up before the August recess. Perhaps Speaker Boehner imagines that the members will return to their districts and hear an outpouring of support for the speaker. If...
  • Donald Trump’s Companies Tried to Import at Least 1,100 Foreign Workers

    08/03/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    TIME ^ | 08/03/2015 | Claire Zillman, FORTUNE
    Presidential candidate said he would create and project American jobs Companies owned by GOP frontrunner Donald Trump have sought at least 1,100 foreign worker visas since 2000—a practice that stands in stark contrast to Trump’s self-portrayal as a presidential candidate who would create and project American jobs. A Reuters’ analysis of Department of Labor data shows that nine Trump-majority-owned companies have applied to bring waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers, and other laborers into the country on foreign worker visas. Most of the visa applications have gained approval, Reuters says. Palm Beach, Fla., resort Mar-a-Lago Club has sought the most foreign workers...
  • Here is Jeb Bush's Immigration Plan

    08/03/2015 11:50:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Jeb Bush ^ | Jeb Bush
    Securing the Border and Enforcing Our Immigration Laws When Clint Bolick and I published Immigration Wars in 2013, we presented a number of proposals to strengthen AmericaÂ’s immigration policy. Border security and the interior enforcement of immigration laws, including a greater role for states, formed key parts of this package of reforms. We emphasized that finding a practical solution to the status of the people who are here illegally today is a nonstarter if our borders are not secure against future illegal immigration.I believe that for those already in the country, we need to put in place a rigorous path...
  • Spiegel: Merkel wants fourth term in power

    08/03/2015 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 03 Aug 2015 10:20 GMT+02:00
    According to Germany’s most influential political magazine, Spiegel, Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term in power and has already started talks on who will run her campaign. […] If Merkel were to be re-elected in 2017 and then serve a whole four-year term, she would have been chancellor for 16 years, thus tying Helmut Kohl (CDU), who was chancellor from 1982-1998, as the longest serving chancellor in the history of the Bundesrepublik (the post-1945 German state). …
  • Hillary Clinton's summer slump

    08/03/2015 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    This isn't a glorious summer for Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's running for president as hard as she can, rolling out wonky policy proposals, holding town meetings, even talking with reporters now and then. But her poll numbers are down, especially on whether she's trustworthy and honest. Surveys that once had her trouncing any Republican opponent (Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, for example) show the gap has narrowed.
  • Jewish [Republican] Group Demands Obama Stop Demonizing Jews

    08/03/2015 11:27:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | August 3rd, 2015 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    RJC Demands Obama stop demonizing Jews for opposing the Iran deal. Last week President Obama held a conference call with interested Americans, seeking to directly sell them on the nuclear deal the U.S. and its P5+1 partners made with Iran. Many Jews who listened on the call were taken aback by what they heard as coded anti-Semitic language being used by the President to attack those who are critical of the deal. On Friday, the Republican Jewish Coalition issued a statement demanding that Obama stop demonizing the critics of the Iran deal with code words for Jews. Matt Brooks, the...
  • WSJ Op-Ed: Iran Nuke Deal Reveals Obama’s “Blind Spot” Towards Anti-Semitism

    08/03/2015 11:18:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    President Barack Obama has a “blind spot” towards anti-Semitism that is evident in his administration’s outreach to Iran, Ruth Wisse, a scholar of Yiddish and comparative literature, wrote in an op-ed (Google link) published Friday in The Wall Street Journal. Yet when it comes to the world’s most widespread and ideologically driven racism, President Obama seems to have a blind spot, initiating a nuclear deal with the fanatical anti-Jewish regime in Tehran, despite what he calls Iran’s “bad behavior.” The euphemism this time is his, not that of the perpetrators, and it camouflages their intentions even if they won’t. Perhaps...
  • Carly, Don’t Fall For The Fox Trap

    08/03/2015 11:01:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | August 3, 2015 | Josh Pinho
    Six months before a single primary vote is cast, Fox News and the RNC are making a historic move — they have decided to make the decision for the voters and arbitrarily limit the GOP field to ten. They have chosen who constitutes a serious candidate and who constitutes a B-lister based on the average of several early national polls. The use of national polling itself is problematic, as it gives a clear advantage to well-funded candidates with a clear national presence, while putting grassroots movements at a significant disadvantage. It also prioritizes celebrity over substance. In spite of her...
  • Ted Cruz Has Earned a Second Look From Us All

    08/03/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 105 replies
    RedState ^ | August 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM | Leon H. Wolf
    I like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% a lot as a Senator, but I have never been a huge fan of his candidacy for President – at least until now. Generally speaking, I prefer governors to Senators, and I have an especial wariness for first term Senators. Additionally, I have questions about Cruz’s ability as a coalition builder and I know that he is a polarizing figure, even within the conservative movement.However, episode three billion in the GOP Failure Theater tour, this time featuring Planned Parenthood failure theater, has pushed me into the camp that makes me want, more than...
  • John Boehner Embarrassed: His Whip Team Couldn’t Find Votes to Reelect Him Speaker Last Week

    08/03/2015 10:50:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Breitboart Big Government ^ | 8-3-15 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) had been planning to call up on the House floor last week a measure from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would have removed him as Speaker of the House if it succeeded—intending to embarrass Meadows—but abandoned the plan after his entire leadership structure learned that they did not have the votes to re-elect him as Speaker before the August recess. “[House Majority Leader Kevin] McCarthy was making phone calls—he was whipping it—and so was [House Majority Whip] Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA),” a senior conservative movement leader who’s had many personal and direct discussions with...
  • Rupert Murdoch Changes Tune on Trump Ahead of Fox Debate

    08/03/2015 10:36:39 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 43 replies ^ | 8/03/2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Apparently a lot can change in two weeks. With the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 cycle set to air on Fox News Thursday night, Rupert Murdoch used his prolific Twitter account to offer up this bit of political analysis over the weekend: Fox Thursday debate vital for all candidates. If Trump gets thru unscathed it will be big win. Time for all to understand his support. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 2, 2015 That is far cry from the sentiment Murdoch put forward about Donald Trump two weekends earlier: When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his...
  • Monmouth poll: Trump now leads GOP field by 14 points, biggest margin to date

    08/03/2015 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    If you look at RCP’s poll round-up, you’ll see that most national surveys lately fall into two groups. One group has Trump up by just three or four points, the other has him up 11 or 12. What’s interesting about this new one from Monmouth is that it shows him breaking through the higher of those two ceilings, to the point where he’s now topping Jeb Bush by a margin of better than two to one.  Ideology – Trump leads Walker 27% to 16% among very conservative voters; has 22% support among somewhat conservative voters to 14% for Bush...