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  • Revealed! Inside Look at Why GOP Won't Fight Obama

    09/04/2015 7:38:22 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 52 replies
    wnd.com ^ | September 4, 2015 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – Why won’t Republican leadership in Congress fight President Obama? It’s the question that frustrates 75 percent of GOP voters and an issue that has likely helped Donald Trump skyrocket in the polls. Now, WND has obtained a revealing look into the thought process of the congressional Republican elite during a candid email exchange with a Senate leadership aide. It showed why GOP leadership is apparently so reluctant to effectively confront Obama on such key issues as defunding executive amnesty, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. The dialogue also revealed why Republican leadership employs a strategy of confronting the president with...
  • Meet the New Anarchists: Us!

    09/04/2015 6:35:21 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-4-2015 | MOTUS
    Don’t you just hate it when the falcon can’t hear the falconer?So Trump signs the RNC pledge not to run as a spoiler. You would think today’s headline would be “Trump pledges not to facilitate a Hillary win.” Instead we get “Trump stumbles on foreign affairs.”Clearly the GOPe and MSM don’t get it yet: America doesn’t want another politician studied in the memes the media finds indicative of leadership qualities – such as a sharp creased trouser leg. The enduring popularity of The Donald continues to hijack media types like Peggy Noonan. In last week’s column, “America Is So In...
  • Where does Trump stand on KY Clerk Freedom Standoff? (Vanity)

    09/03/2015 7:11:00 PM PDT · by parksstp · 148 replies
    Vanity | 09-03-2015 | parksstp
    A woman that stood up for her First Amendment rights currently sits in jail over her refusal to violate her religious conscience. Just about every candidate in the race for the GOP nomination has sounded off one way or the other. So why is Trump MIA on this?
  • VIDEO: Donald Trump Gives Press Conference; Signs GOP Loyalty Pledge

    09/03/2015 12:06:09 PM PDT · by JoeSeales · 62 replies
    Donald Trump ^ | 9-3-15 | Donald Trump
    At a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City, Donald Trump reveals that he has signed a pledge to support whoever the Republican nominee for President may be- and that he will not run on a third party ticket.
  • REPORT: TRUMP WILL SIGN GOP LOYALTY PLEDGE

    09/03/2015 9:15:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 170 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9-3-2015 | BREITBART NEWS
    From Mike Allen writing at Politico: A close associate tells POLITICO that Donald Trump plans to sign a loyalty pledge Thursday that would bind him to endorse the Republican nominee, and would preclude a third-party run. Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.
  • Will Jeb Bush sign a loyalty pledge to actively support the GOP nominee?

    09/03/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/03/2015 | NewsMachete
    Since attention is being focused on whether Donald Trump will sign a loyalty pledge, what about Jeb Bush? Bush would never run a third party candidacy, but like many establishment Republicans, he might pay lip service to endorsing the nominee and then disappear from the scene. Or worse, he might furtively encourage his supporters to give money to Hillary. Sounds far fetched? That's exactly what happened in Virginia when Ken Cuccinelli was nominated for governor by Republicans after beating a RINO for the nomination; in retaliation, establishment Republicans sat on their hands and even gave money and support to the...
  • It's Time for The Long March

    09/03/2015 6:37:12 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 9/2/15 | Steve Berman
    Over a year’s time, from October 1934 to the following October, the Chinese Red Army undertook “The Long March”—a grueling 6,000 mile circling retreat from the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek. During that year, the Red Army suffered nearly 90 percent losses, crossing 18 mountain ranges and 24 rivers to arrive at its new base at Shaanxi, in northwest China. The GOP has many lessons to learn from the Chinese Communists. When the Long March began, Zhu De and Zhou Enlai led the Chinese Communist Party.  By the end, Mao Zedong was in complete control.  Prior to 1934, Mao’s guerilla...
  • Know What the GOP Establishment Thinks of You

    09/02/2015 8:02:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 63 replies
    http://theblacksphere.net ^ | September 1, 2015 | George Hewes
    For many years now grassroots conservatives have grumbled that the Republican establishment in Washington views them with contempt. Rarely has that contempt been displayed as brazenly as it was on this week’s episode of Fox News Sunday. During the show’s panel discussion, columnist George Will and Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute in particular showed how GOP bigwigs view their base. Will started the banter by suggesting that the popularity of insurgent GOP candidates was tantamount to “primal scream” psychotherapy where voters are venting their frustrations by backing political newcomers over their more traditional rivals. Brooks seconded Will’s thesis...
  • Why Donald Trump's populist attitude toward the rich is a mortal threat to the GOP

    09/02/2015 9:06:47 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 66 replies
    The Week ^ | 9/1/15 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration has sparked his surge in the polls. But it is his economic critique of the GOP, and his attack on the financial corruption of the Republican donor class and leadership, that is a mortal threat to the party. Over the weekend, Byron York reported on Donald Trump's efforts to form a "comprehensive" plan on tax reform. He has signaled an interest in raising taxes on the richest Americans, and he has set his targets on the carried-interest loophole favored by hedge fund managers. He has said repeatedly that hedge funds pay too little in taxes,...
  • Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – [will] “Work With” Obama

    09/02/2015 6:59:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Brietbart ^ | September 2, 2015
    Complete Headline: Mitch McConnell Gives Fiscal Conservatives The BIG MIDDLE FINGER – Announces Plans To “Work With” Obama On Budget…. In the unlikely event you can’t hear the sound of the Rhinoceros marching on bubble wrap directly behind you, it might be worth while getting a firmer grip on both your ankles [Snip] […] The Kentucky Republican said he would work with the White House to come up with budget levels to keep the government open past Sept. 30, conceding that President Barack Obama won’t sign a measure with a rider defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • A Note to the Republican Elite (vanity)

    09/01/2015 8:35:21 PM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    (none) | Sept. 1, 2015 | (self)
    Hello Karl Rove and people that think like him and write columns telling us that we're "low information", "idiots", "crazies", "idol worshipers", and otherwise uninformed because we support Trump. To start with, I don't know the numbers, but I suspect that most people on this site are like me and have closely followed politics FOR DECADES and therefore can go toe-to-toe with anyone in the Republican ruling class. Maybe other sites, like Yahoo or whatever, are filled with "low information voters", but NOT THIS SITE. So I could spend an hours (or days, or months) parsing just about every line...
  • Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight

    09/01/2015 5:06:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 179 replies
    National Review ^ | September 01, 2015 | CHARLES C. W. COOKE
    Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight by CHARLES C. W. COOKE. September 1, 2015. Since he jumped self-confidently into the political limelight, Donald Trump has been quite the upside-down man. Customarily, primary seasons permit each party’s voters to indulge in a rational process of elimination: First, they discover which candidate most closely agrees with them on policy, and then they ask themselves whether that person is capable of representing their ideas in public. This time around, however, this process has been disastrously inverted, a solid portion of the Republican party’s balloters having decided first who...
  • Education Savings Account is a Winning Issue

    09/01/2015 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 31, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    School choice is a hot-button issue for local school districts, parents and students. Glenn Delk’s op-ed in The American Spectator asked, why aren’t the GOP presidential candidates joining the fray and supporting education savings accounts (also known by the acronym ESAs)? Education savings accounts allow low-income minority students to have access to better schools outside of their assigned school districts. They are education-specific savings accounts, through which taxpayers pay for vouchers for low-income students, and parents have the option to use the accounts to pay for books and tuition at private or public schools of their choice. Minorities in urban...
  • Chris Christie, Rand Paul scraping the bottom in new PPP poll

    08/31/2015 10:13:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    msnbc ^ | 08/31/15 10:46 PM | Will Femia
    Public Policy Polling gave The Rachel Maddow Show a sneak peek at the results of their August 28-30 poll to be released tomorrow. ...surprising is to find Beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support.
  • GOP Escort Service for US Chamber wants WILBUR!

    08/31/2015 7:43:40 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Freep | 8/31/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy. Watch it on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-7gpgXNWYIWhat could Day Quayle have learned from Donald Trump?This is the Dan Quayle who, in an alternate universe, escaped from his handlers, and showed that he's really an intelligent guy.Senator Bentson, if Jack Kennedy could rise from the grave this moment, see a Democrat party that is the thrall of the abortion industry and homosexualists, he would think that the Communists had taken over his beloved party. If there's anything the American people are...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a “narrative,” Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said don’t know what they’re talking about. “I have this funny thing about facts,” he laughed in his office on the Pentagon’s E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. “I like to get facts into the equation.”...
  • Poll: 73 Percent GOP Voters Prefer "DC Outsider" Experience

    08/31/2015 12:58:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 31, 2015 | Caroline May
    A Quinnipiac University National poll reveals the current extent of voter frustration with the direction of the country and federal government. According to the survey, 71 percent of American voters said they are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the U.S. today, 41 percent of who said they are “very dissatisfied.”
  • One of the key arguments against taking Donald Trump's candidacy seriously is evaporating

    08/31/2015 8:25:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Business Insider/Yahoo Finance ^ | August 31, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump continues to build momentum, both nationally and in key early states like Iowa. Case in point: A new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll of the state, released over the weekend, which provided new reasons to treat his candidacy with seriousness. Trump is in first place in the poll, grabbing the votes of 23% of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers. But most striking is how Iowa Republicans now view him in a highly favorable light — after feeling the opposite just three months ago. According to the poll, 61% of...
  • Trump: Republicans ‘become weak’ after being elected

    08/30/2015 8:44:25 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 38 replies
    NYPost ^ | August 30, 2015 | 6:42am | Mary Kay Linge
    Donald Trump lashed out at his fellow Republicans in a speech to a conservative crowd in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday. The bombastic billionaire said that inside-the-Beltway GOPers “become weak” ­after they’re elected. “They walk into these magnificent buildings . . . and they go ‘Oooh, I made it,’ ” he mocked. “ ‘I’ll vote for ObamaCare extensions, I’ll do whatever you want.’ “Well, it won’t happen to me, I promise you,” he said.
  • GOP establishment plans Trump takedown

    08/30/2015 8:54:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 124 replies
    cnn ^ | Updated 2:41 PM ET, Sun August 30, 2015 | By John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent
    2. An anti-Trump ad deluge after Labor Day? It's no secret the Republican establishment is unnerved by Donald Trump and his lead in national and key state polls. And now, after weeks of assuming his support would be fleeting, there is a debate about how to take aim at Trump -- and just who should finance such an effort. CNN's Maeve Reston noted that most GOP strategists see risks in having the attacks come from the other candidates or their directly affiliated super PACs. So, she reports, there is conversation about what other group might raise money for anti-Trump TV...
  • A summer of Clinton stumbles gives way to an uncertain fall for Democrats

    08/30/2015 6:00:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The Washington Poat ^ | 8/29/2015 | Dan Balz and Philip Rucker
    MINNEAPOLIS — The Democratic Party, whose presidential race has been mostly overshadowed by Donald Trump and the Republicans, heads into the fall with its nomination contest far less certain than it once appeared and braced for a series of events that will have a significant effect on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign. Clinton’s standing has been eroded both by her own shaky handling of the e-mail controversy and by the populist energy fueling the challenge of Sen. (I-Vt.). Her weakened position in the polls has stoked talk about a possible late entry from Vice President Biden, which could dramatically change the...
  • Clown Show 2016: Progress To Date

    08/30/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | Kevin McCullough
    MOST ENTERTAINING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF MY LIFETIME! Without question—it is a statement I’ve said repeatedly on-air, and one that comes out often in private conversations. Look at the interest level. People who have never voted in primary elections are turning out by the thousands to see the consummate socialist at one end of the spectrum, and by the tens of thousands to see a man who brags how well he’s beat the system of free markets. I don’t expect most of these people to vote in the actual primary elections—because they probably won’t—but man is it fun to watch....
  • The difference between Trump and Biden on Tax Philosophy?

    08/30/2015 7:40:31 AM PDT · by parksstp · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2015-08-30 | Youtube
    Compare these 2 Videos of Trump and Biden Talking about Taxes and the Wealthy
  • House GOP leadership: We’ll vote to defund Planned Parenthood this fall

    08/30/2015 6:01:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With each new release of undercover videos from Center for Medical Progress, political pressure has ramped up on Republican leadership in Congress to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Members of the House GOP caucus now say that a bill to at least stop funds for a year will be introduced after the recess, and leadership has committed to getting a floor vote on it: House Republican leaders are planning a vote to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood this fall, according to GOP aides, a move that could help mitigate an inter-party battle and avoid a government shutdown.“We’re...
  • Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

    08/29/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | August 29 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    There's another sign — if you needed one — that Jeb Bush is sucking wind in the Republican primary: Three top fundraisers from Bush's home base of Florida have left the campaign. The particulars of the split are up for debate, according to Politico's Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo, who broke the news. But regardless of the proximate cause, it's a big deal because it suggests two larger issues for Bush's campaign: He's dug a big hole and there's concern in his own camp that he won't be able to dig his way out. It also comes less than three...
  • Why does Trump remain atop the polls? You can still blame the media.

    08/29/2015 6:18:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage ^ | August 28, 2015 | John Sides
    Cranky Reader: Sides, you are an idiot. Me: Cranky Reader! Welcome back. It’s been a long time since you’ve been in touch. CR: Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a long time since you’ve been dead wrong about a presidential election. Me: What did I do now? CR: Remember how a few weeks ago you said to “blame the media” for Trump’s surge? And how there is this cycle of “discovery, scrutiny, and decline” for primary candidates? You know, in your stupid book? Well, Trump’s been scrutinized a million times since then. And his poll numbers are just as strong! Where’s the...
  • Step Up on Immigration

    08/29/2015 4:56:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster. In September 2014, I found myself in Lexington, Nebraska, population 10,230. I was at a campaign stop with the soon-to-be-elected junior senator from Nebraska, and it seemed as if voters in this small town wanted to talk about one issue in particular. Just a few weeks earlier—right before school was to start—the federal government had showed up in Lexington...
  • 'On Point' with Gov. Sarah Palin & Donald Trump

    08/28/2015 8:24:03 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 55 replies
    youtube ^ | 08/28/15 | One America News Network
    'On Point' with Gov. Sarah Palin & Donald Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeju2SG7UMA
  • Donald Trump’s polling no longer looks like a bubble set to burst

    08/28/2015 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 63 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 28 at 1:50 PM | Philip Bump
    We noted early this month that Donald Trump's lead in the polling emerged quickly and ferociously — but that it was hardly unprecedented. In the 2012 cycle, both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich saw similar surges into the lead, only to watch those leads recede just as rapidly a few weeks later. When we looked at this a few weeks ago, the comparison looked like this: Trump, like Perry and Gingrich, topped out at a bit above a 10-percentage-point lead. But then that lead held. Here's what that graph looks like now: We've increased the scale, because we wanted to...
  • Hillary Clinton Believes the GOP Field is Full of Terrorists

    08/28/2015 9:59:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    redstate.com ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Kimberly Ross (Diary) |
    « BACK | PRINT RS FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR Hillary Clinton Believes the GOP Field is Full of Terrorists By: Kimberly Ross (Diary) | August 27th, 2015 at 10:11 PM | 15 RESIZE: AAA Share on Facebook 898 986 SHARES In an era when acts of terrorism are unfortunately becoming common, and evil is easy to distinguish, it takes one steeped in absurdity to assign it elsewhere. But if you need that person, her name is Hillary Clinton. On Thursday, Hillary said the following: “Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Clinton said during a...
  • Can Hillary overcome the 'liar' factor?

    08/28/2015 7:15:52 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/27/2015 | STEVEN SHEPARD
    Hillary Clinton took a new tack this week when answering questions about her use of a private email account as secretary of state: She took responsibility and admitted she was at fault. “It clearly wasn’t the best choice,” Clinton said flatly on Wednesday, as she campaigned in Iowa. On Thursday, the reason for the change in tone came into sharper focus with a stunning new poll illustrating the extent to which voters don’t trust Clinton to tell the truth. While Republicans have been test-driving attacks against Clinton for a year and a half, no other line of attack has broken...
  • Donald Trump Is Not a Racist. Don’t Go Back to 2005, Republicans.

    08/28/2015 5:48:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    RedState Editor's Blog ^ | August 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson, Editor
    While I continue to admire Donald Trump’s ability to command attention at long, rambling, unscripted press conferences, I still am not persuaded he will be the next President of the United States. Nonetheless, the GOP establishment in Washington has decided to treat Donald Trump the way the Bush White House treated many conservative leaders in 2005 during the immigration fight. They’re labeling him racist for daring to oppose Republican leadership preferences on immigration. Trump is doing something quite amazing. He has taken the political class equivalent of the Island of Misfit Toys and turned it into a campaign team besting...
  • Political Operatives Abandon Koch Network For Donald Trump

    08/28/2015 4:26:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Intercept ^ | August 27, 2015 | Lee Fang
    After investing a sizable fortune into building a political machine that now rivals the size and budgets of both major political parties, the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are seeing some of their top operatives take jobs with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The fact that many of Trump’s political positions are at odds with those of the Koch brothers does not seem to be a factor. Take Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, who spent many years of his career working for the Koch political network, first as an assistant at the Koch-led group Citizens for a...
  • A Fading Campaign - Scott Walker’s no-good month

    08/28/2015 1:15:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 7, 2015 issue | John McCormack
    "...Is Walker’s dive a temporary blip or a sign of deeper problems with the candidate? The case for calm is fairly strong. There are five months and five more debates left until anyone must settle on a candidate. Trumpmania has overtaken the entire GOP field, not just Walker...[who] continues to lay the groundwork for long-term victory:..Yuval Levin,a leading conservative reformer,called “the most substantively and politically serious conservative health care reform we have yet seen from a presidential candidate.” There’s still hope for Walker that when the dust settles he’ll be the candidate left standing who can unite a fractious party.......The...
  • The Lid: The GOP's Dynamic Duo? (Cruz and Trump)

    08/27/2015 9:46:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NBC News' The Lid ^ | August 27, 2015 | Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty
    '16 AT 30 THOUSAND If you can't beat 'em, ask 'em to join you! In what is a pretty unusual move for a primary contest, Ted Cruz has invited Trump to join him at a rally to highlight opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. The Texas senator has long appeared to be positioning himself to pick up a chunk of Trump's supporters, including through his efforts to avoid criticism of even Trump's most bombastic statements. Cruz has not attacked Trump, and has in turn been one of the few GOP candidates who have successfully stayed out of The Donald's crosshairs.(As...
  • The GOP Field That Failed

    08/27/2015 9:08:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rich Lowry, editor, The National Review
    The rise of Donald Trump is, in part, a function of a vacuum. He is thriving in a Republican field that is large, talented and, so far, underwhelming. There’s 17 candidates and nothing on. Except Donald Trump. Now, this has much to do with the media, and with Trump’s unique qualities as a showman. He has the advantage of not caring, about anything apparently — the facts, his reputation, or, ultimately, winning the presidency. In consequence, he is a free man. The Jorge Ramos incident was Trump in microcosm. He did what no other Republican politician could get away with...
  • What Trump knows that you don't

    08/27/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    When pundits call Donald Trump a "know-nothing," they are not just using a historical if pejorative term to describe his immigration stance. They really mean that he appears to know nothing about public policy or governance. On the charitable assumption that his blustery, content-free stump speech isn't an act, you'll get no argument here. But Trump does seem to know a lot more about politics than many of his detractors, including those critics who are well versed in the finer details of entitlement reform or international trade policy. Trump's success in the polls has been particularly frustrating for wonky conservatives....
  • Exclusive: GOP Leadership Ignores Immigration Entirely in Town Hall Talking Points

    08/27/2015 7:14:02 PM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) 52% , who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns...
  • Jeb Should Drop Out of the GOP Primary

    08/27/2015 4:19:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Ricochet ^ | August 25, 2015 | Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    Moderates in the GOP establishment class introduced Jeb Bush to Republican voters as a fait accompli. No other candidate could compete with his zillion-dollar war chest. No one else could field competitive organizations in so many early primary states. No grassroots-fueled insurgent could best Team Jeb’s coalition of Wall Street money, Beltway insiders, and seasoned consultants. Considering these massive advantages, Jeb viewed the primary race as a formality to endure until he faced his friendly rival Hillary late next summer. Considering himself the most conservative Bush family member, the aggressively pro-life and pro-school choice Florida governor tacked sharply to the...
  • Trumka: GOP Candidates "Hateful And Racist"

    08/27/2015 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released a video calling unspecified Republican candidates “hateful and racist” for their immigration policies. Trumka said, “Hi, I’m Rich Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. In the last several weeks, the subject of immigrants living and working in the U.S. has become a major part of the political debate.
  • REPUBLICANS CHASING AN HISPANIC UNICORN

    08/27/2015 2:00:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    There is no greater political miscalculation, or fraud, than the notion that Republicans have to “moderate” their positions on immigration reform in order to appeal to Hispanic voters. This fiction began with President George W. Bush’s aborted attempt at comprehensive immigration reform in early 2007.
  • Ted Cruz invites Donald Trump to speak at anti-Iran deal rally at Capitol

    08/27/2015 11:51:05 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    Dallas News ^ | August 27, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz has invited fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally against the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington, according to the senator’s campaign. The rally will be held at the Capitol and sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, Center for Security Policy, and the Zionist Organization of America, according to the campaign. The date, time and exact location haven’t been finalized. Trump told reporters in South Carolina on Thursday afternoon that he and Cruz were planning an event protesting the deal in Washington. The Daily Beast previously reported that the two campaigns were mulling joint events,...
  • The most damning part of Donald Trump’s political rise

    08/27/2015 7:26:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | August 27, 2015 | Professor Daniel W. Drezner, Tufts University
    Remember when the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates was supposed to be so deep and talented? Then why is a reality TV clown beating all of them? The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts has begun to notice that Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon in the polls. Which poses a bit of a writing quandary. There is no denying that Trump stump commentary generates a lot of traffic — I mean, just tremendous, quality clicks. But this incoherent gasbag has been blathering on for more than two months now, and there’s only so much one man can...
  • Bob Smith, Who Ran for Senate Twice in Florida, Behind Ted Cruz for President

    08/26/2015 9:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 26, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Florida might have its share of Republican presidential candidates but one former presidential candidate who ran twice in the Sunshine State is behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H., who ran twice for the U.S. Senate in Florida, was named as a co-chair of Cruz’s veterans outreach team on Wednesday. Smith joins U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Texas state Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of “Vets for Ted” while Bill Connor will be national director. Cruz has also named Smith, a Navy veteran, as part of his team in New Hampshire, home of the...
  • Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters?

    08/26/2015 8:39:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 26, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    The big, existential question for Republicans right now is: who are Donald Trump’s supporters? It matters because this will determine the future, and the future prospects, of the party. I heartily agree with Ben Domenech, whose article on this just made it harder for me to fulfill my obligations to his publication, by pre-empting most of what I was planning to write about Trump for The Federalist. Ben argues that Trumpism would turn the Republicans from a “classically liberal right” to a European-style nationalist party that is “xenophobic, anti-capitalist, vaguely militarist, pro-state, and consistently anti-Semitic. If you criticize Donald Trump,...
  • Ted Cruz adds 66 to NH campaign leadership

    08/26/2015 8:07:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced additions to his New Hampshire leadership team, which he says now numbers 107. The U.S. senator from Texas previously named former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Executive Councilor David Wheeler, R-Milford, and former New Hampshire House Speaker William L. O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, as his state co-chairmen. The latest roll-out of 66 conservatives comes as Cruz plans a busy weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire. The list features several prominent conservatives, activists, faith leaders and state and local lawmakers. It includes former state Sen. Fenton Groen and Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester, Rep. Rick Christie of...
  • Colorado Republicans Cancel Presidential Poll at Caucuses (GOPe strikes back?)

    08/26/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by JediJones · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/25/2015 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    The state party's executive committee voted Friday to eliminate the presidential preference poll held during the party's March caucuses. That means there will be no official count of who won that contest. The vote was unanimous and drew little attention until it was reported by The Denver Post on Tuesday. State GOP Chairman Steve House said the change was made in response to a new Republican National Committee rule that would have made the presidential preference poll binding. The executive committee decided that would bring too much formality to the caucuses, which have drawn criticism in the past for being...
  • Rubio: Trump won’t be our nominee because we’re not an angry nation

    08/26/2015 3:04:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Is Marco Rubio sure about that? The 2016 cycle appears ready to boil down to the question of whether the US electorate is an angry one. Rubio’s betting on no — and strategizing on it as well: In his stump speech to fewer than 100 people in the northern part of the second presidential nominating contest, Rubio gently poked at the real estate tycoon who is towering over the Republican field in the polls, portraying Trump’s message as one of anger as opposed to the senator’s message of hope and opportunity. “There’s another gentleman running for president whose slogan is...
  • S. Carolina GOP Gives Trump Ultimatum-Pledge Allegiance to Rep. Nominee or You're Off Primary Ballot

    08/26/2015 11:01:33 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 102 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    Donald Trump has until the end of next month to formally declare his allegiance to the Republican Party or his name will not appear on the South Carolina presidential primary ballot. South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore confirmed the requirement this afternoon that candidates filing as Republicans must pledge not to turn as a third-party candidate should they lose the nomination. At least two other states - Virginia and North Carolina - are contemplating similar moves as way of keeping the unpredictable billionaire in check.
  • WaPo Editorial: Republicans should stop wasting time attacking Planned Parenthood

    08/26/2015 3:56:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2015
    THE ANTIABORTION movement seems to have gained new momentum. Thousands of protesters rallied outside Planned Parenthood clinics over the weekend. Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail are demanding a crackdown on the organization. Several Republican governors have moved to cut off funds, including Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a state with just two Planned Parenthood clinics that don’t even perform abortions. Energizing the fight, which threatens to complicate this fall’s federal budget negotiations and could lead to a government shutdown, are notorious sting videos from the so-called Center for Medical Progress targeting Planned Parenthood officials. [Snip] The...