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  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Here’s who’s out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News’ political unit. The debate will feature 10 participants who have to meet a series of criteria. At the moment, according to NBC’s calculations, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former business executive Carly Fiorina, 2012 Iowa winner Rick Santorum and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would not qualify for the main event. They’d participate in...
  • Hillary Clinton just used Donald Trump to attack the entire GOP field

    07/07/2015 10:08:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 7, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to connect all of her potential GOP rivals to real-estate developer Donald Trump. Clinton responded to the ongoing Trump controversy in a Tuesday appearance on CNN, her first national media interview since launching her campaign in April. The Democratic front-runner said she was "very disappointed" by Trump's heated remarks about illegal immigration. And she added that the entire Republican Party should have rushed to condemn them. "I've very disappointed in those comments. And I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and...
  • Clinton, Bush lead 2016 fundraising race as Cruz, Carson exceed expectations

    07/07/2015 7:25:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, two establishment candidates with long-polished fundraising machines, are poised to finish the first half of the year with the most donations in a crowded 2016 presidential campaign field where the money chase is the first real primary. Republicans Ted Cruz and Ben Carson — relative political neophytes compared to the current bearers of the Clinton and Bush dynasties — also have exceeded expectations with their early fundraising. The rest of the field has its work cut out for it in a race that analysts say will require candidates to raise in the nine-figure amounts...
  • Ted Cruz To Chris Christie: Your “Oppo Research Guys” Got The Facts Wrong When You Attacked Me

    07/07/2015 6:52:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski and Ilan Ben-Meir
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that fellow candidate Chris Christie’s “oppo research guys” got their facts wrong when the New Jersey governor attacked Cruz during a Fox News appearance. Christie, addressing comments Cruz made about not believing in “Republican-on Republican violence,” said on Fox News Monday that he didn’t “need to be lectured by Ted Cruz.” Cruz made those comments when asked to comment on Donald Trump’s controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. “I find it ironic that Ted Cruz is giving lectures on Republican-on-Republican violence,” the New Jersey governor said on Fox News Monday. “The guy who put...
  • Presidential Primaries Getting Another Virginian: Jim Gilmore Planning Entry

    07/07/2015 6:27:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Patch ^ | July 7, 2015 | Greg Hambrick
    Republican and former governor to join GOP primary next month. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb announced plans to seek the Democrat nomination.A growing list of Republicans looking to be the next U.S. president will soon add one more name to the list: Jim Gilmore. The former Virginia governor from 1998-2002 told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he’ll announce his campaign in the first week of August. “I bring to the table experience that others don’t have,” Gilmore told the paper. Read more at the Times-Dispatch. Gilmore is the second Virginian to announce a presidential campaign. Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb recently...
  • Republican Mary Thomas Explores Running Against Gwen Graham (FL)

    07/07/2015 3:56:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas announced on Wednesday she was forming an exploratory committee as she looks at running for the Republican nomination to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., in 2016. Currently working in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration as the general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs, Thomas is active with the Federalist Society, a conservative group of attorneys. In the announcement to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Thomas’ team played up the fact that if she won she would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress and her experience in Tallahassee. “During her time in the Scott...
  • Cruz-Trump 2016 Ticket? You Betcha SNL Would Beg For It

    07/07/2015 2:23:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The San Antonio Current ^ | July 7, 2015 | Hernán Rozemberg
    How's this for a Dream Ticket? Cruz/Trump 2016. Probably wouldn't get far in a general election, but wouldn't it make for something most definitely entertaining to watch? Why, they'd serve up at least a year's worth of SNL skits just by announcing. Tempting scenario, but even in the circus-like atmosphere that the GOP primary is already turning into, there's actually a much more realistic – and likely previously worked out – strategy between the two loudmouths. He may still act all tough, but Trump has already publicly admitted not expecting the mega blowback he has received since unleashing his tirade...
  • Ted Cruz partners with donor’s 'psychographic' firm

    07/07/2015 2:03:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti
    The GOP candidate's campaign is working closely with a data company owned by Cruz's biggest donor.Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is working closely with a little-known company owned by his biggest donor that uses non-traditional “psychographic” analyses of voters to try to win them over with narrowly targeted micro-messages, POLITICO has learned. The company, Cambridge Analytica, has sent staff to Cruz’s campaign headquarters in Houston to help set up an intensive data analysis operation. Cambridge Analytica is connected to a British firm called SCL Group that provides governments, political groups and companies around the world with services ranging from military disinformation...
  • RUSH LIMBAUGH: Is the Silent Majority with Trump?

    07/07/2015 1:15:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 7, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have a couple of sound bites from Trump. Remember I asked you a couple of questions last Thursday. I will remind you in a moment. Trump yesterday was in the Bronx at a charity golf event, speaking with reporters about his campaign. TRUMP: I think the poll's a testament. You see what's happening. Now they say I'm going even higher. So the country is fed up with what's going on. You know in the old days they used the term "silent majority." We have the silent majority back, folks. RUSH: So Trump is saying that his...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

    07/07/2015 12:36:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 7, 2015 | By Kevin Truong
    Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. Many observers expected Mitt Romney to slink away from politics after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, but the former Massachusetts governor has instead embraced a new role as an elder statesman and kingmaker within the Republican Party. While he has shied away from open campaigning, Mr. Romney has taken to tacitly supporting the more moderate, establishment-friendly candidates in a packed and ideologically tangled field. “Romney, who flirted...
  • Analysts: GOP candidates must be prepared for Trump

    07/07/2015 12:14:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    CNN's Ana Navarro and Fox News' Karl Rove, two commentators deeply involved in Republican politics, are convinced that GOP presidential candidates who make it onto the first primary debate stage will have to confront Donald Trump and his controversial comments on immigration. "He won't last long," Navarro said of Trump in an email to the Washington Examiner media desk. "Let's hope he doesn't do lasting damage." Even so, she wrote in a column for CNN.com on Sunday that Trump is a factor in the race for the White House and it will serve the candidates to rebut controversial comments Trump...
  • Opinion: Bang away at the Trump Pinata

    07/07/2015 10:22:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    On trips to Panama, I love staying at the Trump hotel. The service is excellent, the rooms are plush (with a bathtub in the center of the bedroom), the ocean view is breathtaking, the espresso machine is incomparable and Trump Jr.’s looped television message tells me I am a VIP. Not bad for around $150 per night. I think the order in which I began receiving phone calls about Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants is revealing. Friends from Central America were the first to call, asking if I had heard the insulting comments from the owner of the hotel I...
  • Ann Coulter: Donald Trump “is speaking for working-class Americans, for African-Americans!”

    07/07/2015 9:51:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | July 7, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman
    "The media and the government won't tell us the truth, but the people in America know what the truth is," she said.On “Hannity” Monday evening, conservative columnist Ann Coulter came to the defense of Donald Trump, claiming that not only are his remarks about Mexican criminality correct, but that in speaking them he has become a champion of working class and black Americans. “Ann, boy, your timing on the book — look what happens!” guest host Eric Bolling gushed, momentarily forgetting that what happened was the brutal murder of Kate Steinle. “This is big stuff, isn’t it?” “We’ve all been...
  • Christie ranks last among 2016 Republican candidates in NJ.com user straw poll

    07/07/2015 9:14:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hunterdon County Democrat ^ | July 6, 2015 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON — Last week, we asked NJ.com users to rank the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for president in an informal straw poll — and they placed their own governor last. Gov. Chris Christie fell at the bottom of the 14 contenders who have officially declared their candidacy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finished first. See the full chart below. If you rank the candidates by up votes, Christie would be No. 6. But he received the most down votes by far of any candidate, dropping him to the bottom. This poll is unscientific, but...
  • Christie insists his N.J. polls will improve in 2016, 'after I am the nominee'

    07/07/2015 8:57:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | July 6, 2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    TRENTON — A defiant Gov. Chris Christie appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to defend his badly listing New Jersey job approval polls as the effect of incessant media attacks, rather than his true record. Asked why his job approval dropped from 70 plus percentage ratings to the current 36 percent low, Christie answered, "How 'bout nightly specials on this network, for like, five months, calling me Attila the Hun? How 'bout relentless attacks from the New York Times and the media?" However, he also acknowledged the negative effect that his decision to seek the GOP 2016 nomination was taking. "Then,"...
  • Pro-Trump super-PAC aims to raise ‘unlimited funds’

    07/06/2015 11:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 6, 2015 | Carl Campanile and Marisa Schultz
    An independent super-PAC has been formed to raise unlimited funds to power Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, The Post has learned. The political action committee is called Make America Great Again, the slogan of the Republican real estate mogul’s White House campaign. It says in its filings that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts.” It does not specify whom it will support or oppose, but Jon Anderson, a Denver-based attorney involved in filing the paperwork, confirmed Make America Great Again is a pro-Trump PAC. “I am the election lawyer who represents the Make America Great Again political...
  • Massive Crowd of 7,000-8,000 Show Up For Bernie Sanders Q&A In Portland, Maine

    07/06/2015 9:12:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jason Easley
    A scheduled Q&A quickly turned into a political rally as 7,000-8,000+ show up for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ event in Portland, Maine. Here is a shot of the crowd: Mario Moretto of the Bangor Daily News reported that the crowd was estimated to be 7,000 with more people coming in....
  • Why the Democrats Will Do and Say Anything To Stop Donald Trump

    07/06/2015 8:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Someone is getting very nervous. President Barack Obama; Valerie Jarrett; Eric Holder; Hillary Clinton; Jon Corzine … to name just a few. And I know why. I wrote a book entitled “The Murder of the Middle Class” about the unholy conspiracy between big government, big business and big media. They all benefit by the billions from this partnership and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all, and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich. Everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the...
  • Can Ted Cruz break into the top tier?

    07/06/2015 8:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | July 6, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    He's got $50 million behind him, a fervent following in Iowa, and a brand that he's worked hard to never muddy, but Ted Cruz has yet to have a breakout moment. Is that about to change? The Texas senator may remain mired in the middle of the seemingly endless Republican pack, but his allies say he is poised to make his move. Doing just well enough nationally to make the debate stage and showing enough promise in early-primary to have a shot next winter, Cruz and his allies are unperturbed by surveys that show him sitting stagnant. He is bracketed...
  • Pataki Challenges Trump to ‘Mano a Mano’ Debate on Immigration

    07/06/2015 7:38:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 6, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Never mind the however many other Republican candidates in pack: former New York Gov. George Pataki wants to go “mano a mano” with Donald Trump on immigration. Last week, Pataki called on fellow Republican presidential candidates to condemn Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants during his campaign announcement. Trump’s quote: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Since the...
  • Donald Trump is a complete lunatic on immigration. But he's no crazier than much of the GOP.

    07/06/2015 5:26:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | July 6, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Through the power of his bizarre brand of charisma, Donald Trump has moved from the sideshow to take up residence in the main tent of the GOP circus. And in the process, he's bringing all kinds of interesting issues to light. Even as he is getting dropped by one corporate partner after another (how America will survive without its Trump-branded mattresses is a mystery), he has moved toward the front of the Republican pack, at least for the moment. And while I'm guessing he's surprised that the backlash to his remarks on immigration has been so intense, Trump's repellent views...
  • What Plain Folks Want

    07/06/2015 3:58:29 PM PDT · by Bobby Blog · 11 replies
    7/6/15 | Robert W Hamilton Jr.
    Once again, the Republican Party shows its penchant for the circular firing squad. Instead of supporting and praising Donald Trump for articulating what is a fact of life in America today, one that they all know is true but don’t have the stomach to admit, they have chosen to throw him under the bus. In their eagerness to distance themselves from Mr. Trump for being so politically incorrect, the Party will again throw away an opportunity to put a real leader into the bid for the White House. If Mr. Priebus thinks he’s going to win an election by force-feeding...
  • Video: Bernie Sanders is modeling himself as the liberal Ted Cruz

    07/06/2015 3:13:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Bernie Sanders may not be on his way to the Democrat nomination, but he’s bound and determined to make things uncomfortable for Hillary and continue amusing conservatives for as long as he can keep this broken field run going. Bernie was one of the guests on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday and Jake Tapper asked him about recent charges (from people like… Claire McCaskill?) that he was just too darned liberal to lead the Democrats’ ticket. Jake also noted that the Democrats in Congress weren’t exactly lining up to endorse him. Bernie wasn’t gong to let that ruffle his...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz set for Alabama visit

    07/06/2015 2:29:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 6, 2015 | Paul Gattis
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is coming to Alabama. Cruz, the first-term senator from Texas, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Aug. 25 hosted by the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party, chairman Jim Zeanah said. Zeanah said tickets are $100 per plate and sponsorship opportunities are available as well. More than 500 people are expected to attend the dinner, he said. "We don't even have tickets printed yet but it feels like a sellout already," Zeanah said. Zeanah said the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, in its ninth year, has a history of attracting well-known speakers. Among those was...
  • Does Ted Cruz Want To Be Donald Trump's Running Mate?

    07/06/2015 1:56:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | July 6, 2015 | Steve M.
    Ted Cruz seems very eager to persuade voters that he's from the Donald Trump wing of the Republican Party: Sen. Ted Cruz defended Donald Trump on immigration and called out “the Washington cartel” he says is ignoring the issue, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said of his rival for the 2016 GOP nomination, adding that it “seems the favorite sport of the Washington media is to encourage some Republicans to attack other Republicans.” “I’m not interested in Republican on Republican...
  • Then they came for Trump: Peterson warns of what's next if left can take down 'The Donald'

    07/05/2015 10:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    “… Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Martin Niemoller, anti-Nazi pastor Donald Trump set off a firestorm with his recent remarks about Mexico. Good, he’s hit a nerve. At his campaign kickoff announcement at Trump Towers, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you (gesturing to audience member), they’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”...
  • Mike Huckabee splits with Trump on immigration

    07/05/2015 9:47:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 5, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made clear on Sunday that he sees some immigration issues differently than his Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump. “What I have been doing is focusing on what my own views of immigration happen to be, rather than weighing in on getting in this battle of, are we with Trump or against Trump?” Huckabee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I say some things very differently. I say every night, I get on my knees and thank God I’m in a country people are trying to break into, rather than one they’re trying to break...
  • Pataki, Jindal address Trump's comments at New Hampshire picnic

    07/05/2015 9:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | July 5, 2015 | Kristen Carosa
    Pataki sends letter to other GOP candidates asking them to call out Trump on comments regarding illegal immigrants.ALLENSTOWN, N.H. —Presidential candidates flocked to the Granite State during the July Fourth weekend. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attended a cookout hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. The event was low-key and gave both Republican candidates the chance to talk one on one with voters. Both candidates had something to say about recent comments from Republican challenger Donald Trump. “I am disappointed he (Trump) hasn’t seen that it was a stupid and wrong comment,” Pataki...
  • Sanders and Trump are making the race a lot more interesting

    07/05/2015 6:51:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    according to the Huffington Post Pollster poll average, Donald Trump now sits atop the GOP field with an average of 13.6 percent support, nosing out Jeb Bush at 13.3. Yes, that difference is essentially meaningless, and yes, those are very small numbers to begin with. But it’s still alarming to see Trump’s name at the top of the list, to say the least.
  • Ted Cruz’s $51 Million Haul: TEA Party Favorite Has Big Bucks Behind Him …

    07/05/2015 6:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    FITS News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Will Folks
    In a little more than three months, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign has raised more than $14.2 million from over 175,000 contributors. Combined with the $37 million raised by a political action committee backing Cruz, the Texas lawmaker’s presidential aspirations will be supported by a $51 million war chest. “The grassroots energy and support we are seeing is overwhelming,” Cruz said in a statement. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – and all across the country – we are seeing courageous conservatives coming together for real change. We’re reassembling the (Ronald) Reagan coalition – from conservatives to libertarians...
  • ADL Condemns Trump’s Comments Against immigrants as ‘Hate Speech’

    07/05/2015 3:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Jewish Political Updates ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jacob Kornbluh
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Sunday condemned Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s recent remarks about immigrants as “hate speech” and stereotyping, and called on him to stop spreading misinformation and fomenting hatred against immigrants. “Donald Trump’s hate speech against immigrants is highly inappropriate and we join with the voices of many others around the country who have condemned his offensive remarks,” retiring ADl national director Abe Foxman said in a statement. “It is time for Trump to stop spreading misinformation and hatred against immigrants, legal and illegal.” Trump’s use of inflammatory language when talking about immigrants has drawn condemnation from...
  • Here’s The Proof That Donald Trump Is Destroying The Republican Party’s Chances In 2016 (Meh)

    07/05/2015 1:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jason Easley
    A quick look around at the mass Republican implosion on the Sunday shows provided ample evidence that Donald Trump is destroying the Republican Party. Mike Huckabee tried to avoid the question on CNN’s State of the Union, “Well, honestly, Donald Trump needs no help from Mike Huckabee to get publicity. He’s doing a really good job of that. So, I think what I have been doing is focusing on what my own views of immigration happen to be, rather than weighing in on getting in this battle of, are we with Trump or against Trump? Look, I’m for some reasonable...
  • Ted Cruz's supporters make up bulk of $51 million raised for presidential bid

    07/05/2015 11:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bill Trott, Reuters
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10...
  • Trump's "Slur" "Culture War Politics Of Worst Sort," "Essential" Jeb, Rubio Distance Themselves

    07/05/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I want to ask you both about something else that’s come up. And that is comments that Donald Trump, who announced a few days ago he’s running for president, has made about Mexicans. And here’s a quote from Donald Trump. “I love the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over, and they are bad. I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists.” Big reaction, Mark, on the Republican side to this. What does this mean for the Republican field? The other candidates,...
  • Lindsey Graham to Voter Suggesting Banning Islam: ‘I Don’t Want Your Vote’

    07/05/2015 9:33:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Senator Lindsey Graham has made his position clear in the past that he would lead America to a more direct form of engagement with ISIS should he become president in 2016. During an election event in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday, he promised his attendees that he would say “exactly what I believe” on the issues, which was soon followed by an opportunity to prove it. While Graham said at the event that he’s not shy when it comes to voicing his disagreement, he has not yet suggested that the way to deal with Islamic terror extremists is by prohibiting...
  • Republicans fear Trumpnado

    07/05/2015 8:57:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    How do you solve a problem like The Donald? Top Republicans are flummoxed by billionaire businessman and entertainer Donald Trump, 69, and are unsure how worried they should be that his frequent offensive comments could taint the GOP brand and damage the party's prospects against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Republican operatives working in the primary campaign fret that Trumpisms, such as calling illegal immigrants from Mexico "rapists," as he did last month when announcing his bid for the Republican nomination, could doom the party with minorities and independents in the 2016 general election. Many veteran party bigwigs...
  • Cruz Boasts $51M War Chest After Raking in $10M

    07/05/2015 8:35:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 5, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign announced Sunday it raked in about $10 million during the second quarter of this year, bringing the balance available to promote his campaign to over $51 million. That number, which combines contributions to Cruz's campaign and the super PACs backing him, solidifies the senator's status as a potential second-place finisher in the first round of the 2016 money race. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to raise far more money than his competitors. The official numbers for both Cruz's campaign and the four pro-Cruz super PACs will not be disclosed until later this summer. But...
  • GOP is not slamming Donald Trump's views fast enough: Latino advocates

    07/04/2015 8:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Motormouth Donald Trump isn’t doing the Republican Party any favors — and his fellow GOP candidates are adding to the damage by being slow to condemn him, Latino advocates said Friday. “Trump’s comments are causing irreparable harm to the brand. It’s going to be very hard to come back from it,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The billionaire candidate sent the debate over border control into overdrive — and cost himself business deals — by saying Mexico exports “rapists” and drug dealers to the U.S. He upped the ante Friday after Kate Steinle,...
  • Trump comes up top in 'poll of polls' of voters - despite growing backlash over his comments

    07/04/2015 6:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Donald Trump continues to stand by controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants as his standings in Republican primary polls improve despite increasing criticism. The presidential hopeful placed ahead of perceived front-runner Jeb Bush in a new aggregated 'poll of polls' with 13.6 per cent support compared to the former Florida governor's 13.3. The rise comes as public figures and businesses continue to admonish Trump because of the comments saying that those crossing the border from Mexico illegally were 'rapists'. Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNN Saturday that the businessman 'made a severe error in saying what he did...
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...
  • One Of The Nation’s Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. “This is not a close call,” Cohen said at the news conference. “This...
  • Ted Cruz: The Constitution Wins

    07/04/2015 1:56:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Clarion ^ | July 3, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the most conservative presidential candidate for 2016, was recently interviewed by Hispanic TV channel Univision on a variety of subjects including the recent U.S. Supreme court opinion on counterfeit marriage. The interview turned out to be a great opportunity to inform the Hispanic community about the U.S. Constitution and conservative values. The Univision Leftist interviewer Jorge Ramos seemed to think “love wins” (translation: “perverted lust wins”), but Senator Cruz said that (like any patriotic American) he would rather the U.S. Constitution wins. He pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on counterfeit marriage was “fundamentally...
  • Rubios and Christies join the Romneys for a slumber party in N.H.

    07/04/2015 1:11:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ron Brackett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, will join New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Christie's wife, Mary Pat, tonight at the Romney estate on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, the Washington Post reports. The two couples will be overnight guests of Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his 11-acre estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., the Post said. The newspaper quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying the former GOP presidential candidate heard the Rubios and the Christies would be in Wolfeboro for the holiday weekend, so he invited them to spend the evening with him and his wife, Ann....
  • Movie Exposing Lies of Global Warming launching crowdfund July 8th

    07/03/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by greenliemovie.com · 18 replies
    NewsWire ^ | June 3, 2015 | NewsWire
    A New Comedy/Documentary, Called "The Green Lie", Investigates Lies and Cronyism Behind Global Warming that will launch a crowdfund, on Indiegogo Wednesday July 8, 2015. Boca Raton, FL, June 19, 2015 (Newswire) - ​​Awaken The Giant Films embarks on a journey going through the history of where the theory of global warming came from, how Al Gore is connected to it, and the cronyism connected to Global Warming alarmism. "The Green Lie" movie, will launch an Indiegogo crowdfund July 8th, that will expose false scientific data, carbon trading, UN agendas, green scams, and adds comedy while doing it.
  • Social conservatives and libertarians will get married

    07/03/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Philip Klein
    The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is comprised of many factions that are often at odds with one another. Prominent examples are the battles between the grassroots and the national party establishment and between defense hawks and non-interventionists. Perhaps fiercer than any of these fights is the long-standing conflict between social conservatives and libertarians. But when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, they created an opening for a wedding between these two groups, which could benefit the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 election. To be clear, libertarians come in many stripes. There are those who reject the political...
  • Hillary Clinton signals to Jewish donors: I’ll be better for Israel

    07/03/2015 12:27:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/3/15 | K.P. Vogel
    Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that — no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations — she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives.
  • A sudden, Sunday tug-of-war for evangelical voters in Georgia (Cruz vs. Huckabee)

    07/03/2015 10:54:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    Suddenly, a Georgia church has become the site of a serious tug-of-war for evangelical voters between Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. On Sunday evening, both candidates will appear at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga., pastored by the Rev. Benny Tate, one of Georgia’s higher-profile Southern Baptist preachers. Cruz was already on our radar as an attendee at the 5 p.m. event. The Huckabee campaign announced this afternoon that the former governor of Arkansas would make the event as well. The July 5 event, an Independence Day picnic, also features Jep Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” and music...
  • Hispanic leaders aren't happy with how Republican hopefuls have reacted to Donald Trump's 'idiocy'

    07/03/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider / Tne Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2015 | Steve Peoples
    Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media....
  • Time Moves Richly Forward; Hillary Clinton, Provincetown & Presidential Politics – An Essay (MA)

    07/03/2015 7:42:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Cape Cod Wave Online Magazine ^ | July 3, 2015 | Brian Tarcy
    PROVINCETOWN – Hillary Clinton visited Provincetown on Thursday. Here is my only official reporter-heard Hillary quote: “I have been called a lot of things in my life. Quitter is not one of them.” I do not know the context of her saying it, but I heard it clearly. Clinton and her presidential campaign, or at least the fundraising portion of it, came to Provincetown to talk to about 300 people who donated at least $1,000 (and some $2,700) each to attend the event. The media were not invited, nor was the public. A small curious throng were kept a couple...