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  • THE REAL REASON HARRY REID IS RETIRING [fear of prosecution by GOP president]

    03/28/2015 4:43:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 28, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) explains his shocking decision to not seek re-election and retire when his term ends in 2016 by telling the New York Times, “he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.” “I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” Reid told the Times. Reid said neither his recent eye injury nor concern over his chances...
  • Obama installing Islam leaders while Michelle and Susan Rice provide cover?

    03/27/2015 6:35:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/27/2015 | Judi McLeod
    The full-scale social engineering of President Barack Hussein Obama in the elections of countries where he has no business being seeks to install radical Islamists to power. Even though it’s s a provable deadly blueprint that’s putting the West at great risk, no one is calling him on it. Obama’s been on the trail of replacing Christian leaders with Islamic ones before he became president, starting with Kenya where he actively campaigned to elect Islamic defender Raila Odinga in 2007. Obama got away with it because following a violent post-electoral crisis, Odinga took office as Prime Minister in April...
  • Obama installing Islam leaders while Michelle and Susan Rice provide cover?

    03/28/2015 11:06:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/15 | Judi McLeod
    Obama was working to replace foreign Christian leaders with fully-fledged Caliphate-seeking Islamists The full-scale social engineering of President Barack Hussein Obama in the elections of countries where he has no business being seeks to install radical Islamists to power. Even though it’s s a provable deadly blueprint that’s putting the West at great risk, no one is calling him on it. Obama’s been on the trail of replacing Christian leaders with Islamic ones before he became president, starting with Kenya where he actively campaigned to elect Islamic defender Raila Odinga in 2007. Obama got away with it because following a...
  • Mitch McConnell Praises Harry Reid: Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party Takes Care of its Own

    03/28/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/27/15
    Don’t you wish that once – just once — someone would actually stand up and say something that everybody knows to be true: that Harry Reid, who apparently has been talked into retirement by a couple of thugs — excuse me! an exercise machine! — is a no-account, corrupt, nasty, petty, lying scumbag who enabled Barry Hussein to impose his anti-constitutional agenda on a big-hearted but soft-headed American public? But no: The Senate majority leader had kind words for his Democratic counterpart, who announced Friday he would be retiring in 2016. ”Nothing has ever come easily to this son of...
  • Conservatives' worst nightmare is next at bat

    03/28/2015 7:00:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Michael Filozof
    One unfortunate day in the future, America will again have a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. And when that day happens, conservatives had better start digging foxholes, because their worst nightmare will be the majority leader. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the former hyper-partisan majority leader (and present minority leader) announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of his term in 2017. He named Chuck Schumer, D-New York, as his heir apparent. As a Westerner from a blue state that could flip to red at any time, Reid was forced to take account of libertarian views. Nevada is,...
  • We Still Have Paris (great article!)

    03/28/2015 6:48:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/28/15 | Richard F. Miniter
    You won’t hear the song about the decline of the nation’s power and influence overseas along American rivers out on its farms or in its factories, nor in its offices and homes, but only among the self-obsessed chattering class in Manhattan, Washington, and in self-important academic enclave after enclave where it’s an award winning soundtrack. America’s best days as a power in the world, as a force for good, are over, is how its words go. More than that -- that such days should be over because it was never really a force for good, not really. Instead, America is...
  • WATCH: CRUZ AND BREITBART’S MARLOW HEADLINE YAF CONFERENCE FROM NH

    03/27/2015 4:36:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2015 | Breitbart TV
    Young America’s Foundation (YAF) will welcome Senator Ted Cruz, Breitbart’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, John Stossel, Katie Pavlich, and hundreds of students to New Hampshire for the first Freedom Conference of 2015. High school and college students will travel to Nashua, New Hampshire, on March 27 and 28 for inspiration, camaraderie, and training on how to take the ideas of individual freedom, free markets, and strong national defense to schools across the country. Students from as far away as California, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas will be attending this event. Many in the Conservative Movement suggest that we need to chase...
  • [Flashback] Tea Partier Mike Lee joins McConnell team (McConnell will need him!)

    03/27/2015 3:43:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/13/15 | David M. Drucker
    From Tea Party agitator to leadership insider, Sen. Mike Lee is now counselor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Utah Republican is steering committee chairman, a post that often comes with a seat in leadership. But McConnell wasn’t obligated to bring Lee into the fold last week, when he appointed him as one of four counsellors to the Republican leadership. The Kentuckian never extended a similar offer to Jim DeMint when he led steering. Lee and McConnell hardly have a chummy history, although the majority leader shrewdly keeps potential enemies close. Lee advanced to the Senate in 2010 by...
  • Ted Cruz doubles fundraising goals in first week as official 2016 candidate

    03/27/2015 9:10:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    politico..com ^ | 3/27/15 | Katie Glueck
    In his first week as a presidential candidate, Ted Cruz raked in $2 million, doubling his team’s initial goal of $1 million for the time period. The Texas Republican, who officially announced his bid for president on Monday, had pulled in that figure by Thursday night, his aides confirmed. He hit the initial $1 million goal early Tuesday morning, hours after announcing, his team said, the result in part of a swanky New York City fundraiser Monday night and online donations. Cruz, a favorite of the conservative grassroots, won’t be the pick of GOP establishment megadonors and still faces an...
  • Potential McCain Challenger Kelli Ward Tells Mark Levin: ‘This Is A David And Goliath Story'

    03/27/2015 5:41:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/26/15 | Michelle Moons
    “Believe me, I know this is a David and Goliath story,” Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City) told national radio host Mark Levin. Her interview centered around the possibility that Ward may challenge Republican establishment incumbent Senator John McCain in a 2016 primary. Levin describes Ward as a “constitutional conservative,” recalled her work at the Assembly of State Legislatures meeting, and remarked that he considers her less-than-lengthy political career an asset. “I am a family physician and very, very proud of that,” Ward began. “I’m definitely not a career politician. I’m somebody who I never thought I would...
  • Crazy Uncle Joe for President? Really?

    03/26/2015 4:06:07 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    NRO ^ | March 22, 2015 | John Fund
    ow worried are Democrats that Hillary Clinton might be a problem as the Democratic nominee? Some are even thinking of Joe Biden as an alternative. A draft-Biden movement has started. Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News says the buzz is that “if Hillary Clinton fails, he’s the man.” The vice president himself is said to be scrambling for a way to somehow run for president a third time. Joe Biden? When the next president is sworn in, he will be 74 years old, but that’s only the beginning of his problems. A creature of Washington since he was elected to the...
  • Hillary Rode More Coattails Than She Broke Glass Ceilings

    03/26/2015 12:09:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | March 24, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    Hillary Clinton's expected presidential run is being hailed as a chance to shatter the glass ceiling. That, of course, is nonsense. Hillary rose to power solely on her husband's sleazy coattails. She's not self-made. And it shows. The recent email scandal is the latest in a lifelong pattern of entitlement and hubris — traits successful women know can torpedo a career. Strangely, feminists ignore the damning facts about how Hillary got where she is. Recently, she addressed 5,000 Silicon Valley business women — real career women. Vowing to "crack every last glass ceiling," a hint at her White House ambitions,...
  • Democrats in Free Fall

    03/26/2015 8:05:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Peter Roff
    The result of a Pennsylvania special election doesn't bode well for the president's party in 2016. The Democrats have yet to realize they are in free fall, dragged down by the anchor that is the unsuccessful reign of Barack Obama. Despite evidence to the contrary from all across the country, where the president’s party and its allies continue to suffer unexpected electoral defeats and are frequently on the losing end of battles to reverse policies in place since Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and even Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, Democrats and progressives in the nation’s capital are digging in...
  • Bob Menendez, facing DOJ indictment, undecided on Loretta Lynch

    03/26/2015 6:58:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Sen. Bob Menendez is stuck in an awkward spot over Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general. The New Jersey Democrat must decide whether to vote for her confirmation to run the Justice Department, even as the department is preparing to charge him with corruption within days. The matter is so sensitive that the two have not met personally, even though Lynch has paid courtesy calls to nearly every senator considering her nomination. While every other Democrat is prepared to support her, Menendez refuses to say how he would vote. Moreover, if the department indicts Menendez before Lynch’s nomination comes...
  • Republican Senators' Conservative Ratings

    03/26/2015 5:54:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    With Coats retiring and McCain weakening, let's look at the others that are up for reelection in 2016.
  • With Sen. Dan Coats' Retirement, One More Gone From The Old School

    03/26/2015 5:49:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    npr.org ^ | 3/25/15 | Ron Elving
    Senate Republican Dan Coats of Indiana announced Tuesday — probably surprising no one — that he would not seek another term in 2016. Although he has been a stalwart Republican through a turbulent generation in Washington, Coats seems less at home in the hyper-partisan world of Congress today. While Coats, 71, said his decision was strictly personal and age-related, he did refer to the "terribly dysfunctional Senate" in an interview with the Howey Politics Indiana newsletter. Coats has had two tours of duty in the Senate, one from 1989 through 1998 and a second beginning with the Tea Party election...
  • Kelli Ward: Conservative’s Dream – John McCain’s Worst Nightmare

    03/26/2015 5:46:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    outsetmagazine.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Josh De Ford
    The small coffee shop served as a very different backdrop than the hustle and bustle of an average day in the life of Kelli Ward. As she took her seat at a corner table in the room to the sound of an occasional espresso order being called out by the young baristas behind the counter, she seemed very calm, but excited at the same time. After all, a United States Senate race is definitely something to be excited about. “I actually own one of those fancy espresso machines,” she said before explaining how she had never used it given her...
  • McCain Emails Supporters: I’m Worried I May Not Win Reelection Easily

    03/25/2015 6:31:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/25/15 | Michelle Moons
    U.S. Senator John McCain is asking for funds as the strong threat of a Republican primary challenger looms heading into 2016. Tuesday afternoon he made a hard push for contributor cash to Friends of John McCain email subscribers. McCain’s appeal letter opens by thanking supporters, and acknowledges his 2016 campaign would face a “unique set of challenges.” McCain writes, “I’m going to be the target of a wide array of powerful groups,” meaning conservative critics. The letter invites the reader to “help to build a formidable campaign organization.” He adds, “There are few certainties in life,” then tries to encourage...
  • Israel President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Forming New Government

    03/25/2015 4:42:34 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | March 25, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — March 25, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the President’s Office of Israel to the Israel News Agency. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin this evening, appointed outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK, with the task of forming the 34th Government of Israel, at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. The President signed the official letter of appointment in his office with Prime Minister Netanyahu, before going on to make public statements. “In democracy, majority rules, and the majority has made its voice heard clearly in this election,”...
  • Is it just me, or has there been a resurgence at FreeRepublic.

    03/25/2015 2:59:35 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 185 replies
    Me | 03/25/2015 | Zeneta
    I have noticed that there seems to be more and more posters on FR that have accounts from the 1990's or early 2000's, that are posting a lot more frequently. I can't be the only one that has noticed this. Maybe it was Ted Cruz, I don't know, but I'd like to know that I'm not alone here.
  • NiceDeb: The reason Obama hasn't been helping Nigeria fight Boko Haram will make you sick

    03/25/2015 6:27:21 AM PDT · by wtd · 14 replies
    NiceDeb ^ | 3/24/2015 | NiceDeb
    Follow link to read article with complete links to sourced material: NiceDeb: The reason Obama hasn't been helping Nigeria fight Boko Haram will make you sickAccording to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, more than 13,000 people have been killed in the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. Some estimates put the carnage as high as 17,000 deaths. Between July 2013 and June 2014 alone, an estimated 7,000 people died in incidents related to the insurgency. Boko Haram – which means “Western education is forbidden” – recently pledged allegiance to ISIS. When these formidable jihadists rampaged through Nigeria, last year – kidnapping schoolgirls,...
  • Rep. Marlin Stutzman Mulling 2016 US Senate Bid in Indiana

    03/25/2015 6:19:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/24/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) is mulling a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2016, now that Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) has announced he won’t run for re-election. In a statement, Stutzman writes: For too long America has been on the wrong track and we desperately need to reform the way Washington does business if we want future generations to live the American Dream. I care very deeply about my fellow Hoosiers and the many challenges we face as a nation. Over the next month, Christy and I will very seriously consider pursuing a seat in the United States Senate, and...
  • WATCH: U.S. President Obama Steps Up Appeal on Nigeria Elections

    03/24/2015 9:53:41 PM PDT · by piasa · 24 replies
    President Obama released a message to the Nigerian people to "highlight the opportunity that the upcoming elections present for all Nigerians to stand together". The video is part of a multi-faceted Administration effort to press for a peaceful outcome for elections now slated for March 28 and April 14. Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone last week in separate calls with President Goodluck Jonathan and his leading challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). On Saturday, a joint U.S.-UK appeal was issued by Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secerary Philip Hammond.
  • Krauthhammer--Obama’s Betraying Our Allies – to Partner With Iran

    03/24/2015 6:04:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sara Noble
    “He thinks he is going to do a Nixon to China. He is the man who is going to develop the entente, the understanding, the condominium with Iran to run the Middle East. We will join with them. We are going to recognize their presence, their dominance in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, and now in Yemen as that will be the reward for having cut a deal with us on nuclear weapons.” “That’s impossible, O’Reilly said, “because if that ever were to come true, we would alienate all of the Sunni nations. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates…” “But that’s exactly...
  • Time to kick Obama Election Campaign Experts Out of Canada

    03/24/2015 9:39:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/15 | Judi McLeod
    It looks as if a Liberal/NDP Coalition Government could be in the bag for Canada come October “Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?” (Michael Goodwin, New York Post, March 22, 2015). Truer words have never been spoken, and here’s hoping Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper sees it because Canada, heading toward an Oct. 19, 2015 federal election, is next on Obama’s election takeover hit list. Fresh out of the Israel election, where they failed to dump Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in spite of...
  • Retirement deals blow to Republicans in battle for Senate

    03/24/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/24/15 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Tuesday announced that he will not run for reelection in 2016. "Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate," Coats said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision. While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of
  • Quirky ‘Queen of the Hill’ Rule Could Solve GOP Budget Impasse (latest leadership trick)

    03/24/2015 5:39:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/23/15 | Matt Fuller
    Republicans are breaking out their procedural rulebooks for the House budget resolution, with leadership getting creative to appease defense hawks who want additional spending and conservatives who are apt to reject more military dollars that aren’t offset. The House Rules Committee Monday set up a series of votes this week on six budget proposals: The one reported out of committee, the version reported out of committee with an additional $2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, a leaner Republican Study Committee budget, a House Democratic Caucus budget, a proposal from the Progressive Caucus, and one from the Congressional Black Caucus. The...
  • Will Ted Cruz Make A Good President? [ZOT Magnet---ZAPPED!]

    03/24/2015 4:47:25 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 219 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 24, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    I want to like Ted Cruz. He has all the right views from Obamacare to taxes to amnesty to Federal spending. He’s a gifted speaker, his speech yesterday was given without a teleprompter. He appeared genuine, frankly it appeared as though he had written the speech himself. The left hates Cruz, which of course makes him all the more likable. John McCain has called him a wacko bird, which again makes Cruz more likable. Anyone who annoys McCain must be good. Lost in the euphoria conservatives are having over Cruz is an objective look at whether Cruz will actually make...
  • Ted Cruz appeals to Christian conservatives in 2016 kickoff

    03/23/2015 2:34:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 23, 2015 | ByJAKE MILLER
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz began his 2016 presidential bid with an impassioned appeal to the religious right on Monday, exhorting a cheering crowd at the world's largest Christian college to "join a grassroots army across this nation coming together and standing for liberty." "God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn't done with America yet," he said. "I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today, I'm announcing that I'm running for...
  • VANITY: FoxNews' The Five Attacks Cruz Candidacy

    03/23/2015 2:22:31 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 134 replies
    3/23/2015 | Dr. Thorne
    FoxNews' The Five attacked the newly announced Ted Cruz presidential candidacy on the same day as his announcement. You expect Juan Williams and Dana Perino (a mindless Bushbot) to oppose him. But, Eric Bolling said Cruz is just not ready and Greg "Congenital Idiot" Gutfeld opined that Cruz is only running because of his own self-importance.
  • Latino groups reject Cruz's candidacy saying he's "anti-immigrant"

    03/23/2015 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 23, 2015 | EFE
    Two Latino groups on Monday rejected the presidential candidacy of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, saying that he could alienate Hispanics from that party even more given his "anti-immigrant" stance and his rejection of President Barack Obama's executive action measures on behalf of undocumented immigrants. Cruz, a senator from Texas who was born to a Cuban father and an American mother, on Monday became the first politician to officially announce his intention to run for the White House in the 2016 election and, if he wins, he would be the first Hispanic president in the country's history. The Dream Action Coalition,...
  • Democrats delighted by Ted Cruz’s statements on climate change

    03/23/2015 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    sfgate ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Carla Marinucci
    The war of words over climate change is getting blisteringly hot between Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with the Republican presidential candidate blithely dismissing the Democratic governor as one of those “global warming alarmists” who relies on ridicule and insult. A Brown campaign strategist shot back Monday that the “factually irrational” Cruz is apparently now determined to “stand out from a pack of troglodytes in the GOP race for the White House.” The public slap down — and the dis of Brown — came as Cruz formally announced his run for the White House at Liberty University...
  • Cruz tests the limits of conservatism in his run for president

    03/23/2015 1:36:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Dan Balz
    If there is such a thing as being too conservative to be elected president of the United States, Ted Cruz is having none of it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination Monday at Liberty University, the first-term senator from Texas offered himself as the pure essence of conservatism and challenged the tea party and evangelical wings of the Republican Party to rise up behind one of their own and take control of the party and the country. His candidacy is a test of a proposition, one that he has carried across the country for many months. He has argued...
  • U.S. Supreme court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

    03/23/2015 9:44:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/23/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin's Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot, a measure Democrats contend is aimed at keeping their supporters from voting. The justices declined to hear an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law. The ACLU said it then filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court to try to keep the law from taking effect immediately. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the law cannot be implemented for the state's April 7 election because absentee ballots are already...
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    03/23/2015 8:30:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which it had previously kept from going into effect before November’s elections. The court’s decision not to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and perhaps other states that have tightened voting procedures to require additional identification.
  • Cruz launches ad in Spanish

    03/23/2015 7:58:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 112 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB3smCq7Mjo
  • Democrats On Cruz Presidential Campaign Announcement: ‘Sent Shivers Down’ Our Spine

    03/23/2015 5:58:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/23/15 | Matthew Boyle
    LYNCHBURG, Virginia — In what was clearly meant to be an attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, announced shortly after midnight, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) may have accidentally admitted that it’s worried about a Cruz GOP presidential campaign—noting in an email to supporters that his announcement “sent shivers down” their spines. “If you’re like us, just reading that phrase probably sent shivers down your spine or produced a pretty serious roll of the eyes,” the DNC said in what it calls a “Factivist” email to supporters early on Monday. “But as of this moment, Texas Senator Ted Cruz...
  • Too Many Conservatives Running In 2016 Primary

    03/23/2015 5:02:01 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 104 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 23, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Ted Cruz is set to announce is candidacy for President of the United States. Rand Paul is apparently going to announce early next month before going on a campaign tour. Until today technically the only candidate was Jeb Bush, who announced late last year his intentions. At the time everyone thought that Bush was going to force everyone else to declare their candidacy early. It doesn’t appear that has happened, Cruz and Paul have appeared in no rush to make a formal announcement. Scott Walker, perhaps the front runner in the race, still hasn’t formally announced his candidacy and there’s...
  • Obama rejects Netanyahu olive branch over election rhetoric

    03/22/2015 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 128 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 22, 2015 | By Peter Foster
    The Obama administration showed no signs of mending fences with Benyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, last night as preparations began in Jerusalem for talks to form of a new coalition government. Despite calls by Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s president, to begin a “healing process” following last week’s bitterly divisive election, Mr Obama has refused to allow Mr Netanyahu to take back comments apparently ruling out a Palestinian state while he was in power. "We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn't happen during his prime ministership,” Mr Obama said in an interview, reiterating that his administration...
  • Dems want to empower Boehner

    03/22/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/22/15 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members – and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor. But they see Boehner as a willing compromiser on must-pass legislation like funding the government and raising the debt ceiling – once the Speaker can convince his troops that the partisan route endorsed by his conservative wing has been denied. By banding together in veto-sustaining majorities against conservative proposals demanded by Boehner’s right flank, Democrats hope to both sink...
  • Obama told Netanyahu during their phone call that he objects to his “divisive” election tactics

    03/20/2015 4:03:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    The “divisive” tactic he’s alluding to is the one the left’s been whining about for three days, i.e. Netanyahu warning Likud voters on election day that turnout among Arab voters was high thanks in part to left-wing groups busing them to the polls. Supposedly that was Bibi’s version of a “southern strategy,” never mind whether it was actually true, never mind that he did nothing to try to prevent Israeli Arabs from voting, never mind that his administration has made strides in integrating the country’s Arab citizens economically. Liberals like whining about his “southern strategy” because it’s a way...
  • Let's face It: There Are No “Perfect” Gaffe-Free Candidates

    03/20/2015 7:17:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/20/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The only thing about the Republican “race” more depressing than the slate of candidates is the backbiting and snide remarks in “conservative” media about them. We just got over a hysterical tantrum about Iowa Republicans because Scott Walker fired a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-amnesty staffer who was apparently friends with some conservative bloggers and pundits. Now we have a lot of snide comments about Ben Carson. I’m not promoting Carson. Unlike a lot of conservative commentators, I don’t have a horse here. I don’t think Carson is all that ready for that matter, but his statement that the conflict with...
  • Thought Experiment: What the 2012 election could have looked like with 100 percent turnout

    03/20/2015 7:04:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/20/2015 | By Philip Bump
    At an event in Cleveland on Wednesday, President Obama endorsed a system of mandatory voting, a policy that would penalize eligible voters who don't make it to the polls on Election Day. The idea is not universally embraced, though it has significantly boosted turnout in Australia, where it's in place. It's very easy to see why Obama likes the idea. He spoke longingly of increased turnout during the 50th anniversary ceremony in Selma, Ala., earlier this month. There's value in getting more people involved in the democratic process that doesn't tie directly to the success of his party, but it's...
  • Meet The Republican Woman Who Might Challenge John McCain In 2016

    03/20/2015 7:03:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Alex Pappas
    Kelli Ward, a physician and state senator in Arizona, says she might challenge Sen. John McCain in the state’s Republican primary next year. In recent weeks, Ward has been busy meeting with national conservative groups that back challengers to Republican incumbents while trying to determine if she could raise enough money to mount a credible campaign. In a Thursday interview with The Daily Caller, Ward argued that McCain, who is 78, would be vulnerable in a Republican primary. She suggested she would contrast herself with the longtime senator over his support for comprehensive immigration reform. Here is a transcript of...
  • Mandatory voting? Is Obama kidding, or just plain dumb?

    03/20/2015 5:16:03 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/19/2015 | Staff
    Freedom: By suggesting that voting should be mandatory, President Obama — the "smartest president in history" — has endorsed an idea that is unworkable, unconstitutional and probably wouldn't even boost turnout.
  • Jeb Bush Still Refuses to Rule Out Tax Hikes

    03/19/2015 6:51:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | March 19, 2015 | Posted by John Kartch
    Jeb Bush has enthusiastically endorsed a "grand bargain" tax increase with Democrats, says his father's 1990 "Read My Lips" tax increase "created the spending restraint of the 90's," (false -- see details below) and refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. And today, as reported in a piece by The Daily Beast's Tim Mak, the Jeb Bush camp refuses to even answer the question of whether Jeb will make any general statement promising not to raise taxes: Pressed regarding Jeb Bush’s positions on taxes, his aides did not directly respond to a question about whether Jeb...
  • Obama Finally Calls Bibi, Promotes ‘Sovereign and Viable Palestine’

    03/19/2015 3:56:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/19/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Just in from the White House: President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate the Prime Minister on his partyÂ’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats. The President emphasized the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries. The President and the Prime Minister agreed to continue consultations on a range of regional issues, including the difficult path forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The President reaffirmed the United StatesÂ’ long-standing commitment to a two-state solution...
  • Obama Proposes Reverse Poll Tax

    03/19/2015 10:38:27 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 28 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | March 19, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Yesterday President Obama suggested that he might support a mandatory voting law. In Obama’s mind such a law would be “transformative” and it would reduce the power of money in politics. It would obviously be transformative in that tends of millions more people would be voting. There seem to be two sorts of people who don’t vote: People who view their failure to vote as a vote against everyone running and those who are completely disengaged from politics. Most fall into the latter category. It would certainly be transformative if tens of millions of disengaged citizens were forced to vote....
  • Obama prepares to punish Israeli voters for rejecting him

    03/19/2015 10:17:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Following the upset in Israel that saw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party and its allies win a decisive victory in Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, a few postmortems have observed that Israeli voters did not merely fail to reject Bibi but they also delivered a resounding rebuke to the Obama administration. As any nigh-omnipotent being would, President Barack Obama and his administration have begun to suggest that retribution is imminent for the state of Israel, its profane government, and its idolatrous voters. The retributive justice meted out to Israel by a wounded Obama administration began well before any votes were cast...
  • Obama’s New Individual Mandate

    03/19/2015 8:46:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-19-2015 | MOTUS
    Elections have consequences, just ask BO if you don’t believe me. So far, Israel’s election has had these consequences: Bibi has officially been unfriended by Barry. – New York TimesBig Guy is seriously considering taking his toys and going home. PoliticoFormer Obama campaign chairman and presidential advisor, David Axelrod, accused Bibi of “shameful demagoguery.” (this, from a man, as Mary Katharine Ham pointed out, “ran a campaign that accused Mitt Romney of giving a woman cancer, blessing scurrilous charges of tax evasion, and darkly warning Ohio voters that Obama’s opponent wasn’t ‘one of us.’” – PowerlineIran’s nuclear arms for peace...