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  • How Obama made anti-Trump Republicans jealous

    07/28/2016 7:35:09 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/28/16 | Ell Watkins
    President Barack Obama gave a forceful speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday that left many conservative voices opposed to Donald Trump imagining what could have been. The initial reaction from many "Never Trump" Twitter users ranged from despondent at their own nominee to anger at the Democratic president's opportunity.
  • Beck, Cruz, Sasse, Ryan and Fellow #NeverTrumpers to Hold Conference in August

    07/27/2016 5:40:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 123 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 27,2016 | Jim Hoft
    Noted #NeverTrumpers Glenn (Cheeto-face) Beck, Lyin Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, Carly Fiorina, Ken Cuccinelli, Katie Pavlich, Guy Benson, Hugh Hewitt and Erick Erickson are the featured speakers at the annual RedState gathering in Denver in August.
  • Trump probably can't win Ohio, says state's governor, John Kasich

    07/22/2016 4:42:55 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 249 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 7/22/2016 | Andrew Seidman
    A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat. Kasich's remarks came a day after Trump accepted the Republican Party's nomination at...
  • Excited by Trump, gay Republicans struggle with rest of GOP

    07/21/2016 8:16:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 21, 2016 6:24 PM EDT
    Pro-gay Republicans have held Donald Trump up as the most supportive nominee in GOP history, but at this week’s Republican National Convention, their excitement is clashing with the stark realization that their party is still pushing a very different message. While Republicans seek to broaden their appeal ahead of November’s election, the party adopted a platform that moves farther away from gay rights with a new admonition of gay parenting, adding language that says kids raised by a mother and father tend to be “physically and emotionally healthier.” On the convention’s first day, the platform maintained its opposition to gay...
  • Is the Party Over For Bushism?

    07/19/2016 7:04:30 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 83 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/18/16 | Pat Buchanan
    Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees. These former leaders would like it thought that high principle keeps them away from a GOP convention that would nominate Donald Trump. Petulance, however, must surely play a part. Bush Republicans feel unappreciated, and understandably so. For Trump’s nomination represents not only a rejection of their legacy but a repudiation of much of post-Cold War party dogma. America crossed a historic divide and entered a new...
  • Bob Dole 'disappointed' in Jeb Bush for skipping convention

    07/17/2016 9:45:03 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 16 Jul 2016 | Jessie Hellman
    Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential nominee, said he's disappointed in Jeb Bush for sitting out the Republican National Convention. Dole, who initially endorsed Bush for president before the former Florida governor dropped out, said he should unite behind the party and support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
  • Jeb Bush Weighs in on the Remaining 2016 Candidates: ‘I Can’t Vote For Either of Them’

    07/12/2016 10:46:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2016 | J.D. Durkin
    It’s a tough position to be in if you’re the former Florida Governor staring down the barrel of a gun in the 2016 general election. After all, you’re the only member of your family to seek the Presidency with disastrous results and the “chaos candidate” who beat you handedly has basically been your sworn enemy for the last year. So when Jeb Bush was pressed by former GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace about who he would be voting, he doubled down on assertions he has previously alluded to: neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump would earn his vote.
  • Lynch repeatedly deflects questions on Clinton email case

    07/12/2016 8:05:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2016 10:55 AM EDT
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch is repeatedly deflecting questions about the conclusion of the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Despite repeated prodding from Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, Lynch said that as attorney general it would be inappropriate for her to comment on specifics of the investigation. …
  • House GOP to punt gun bill [To Stop Gun Bills Simply Add rider :Deport Non Citizens on No Fly List!)

    07/11/2016 5:26:53 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11,2016 | Scott Wong
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his GOP leadership team on Monday decided to punt on any gun-related legislation until after the long summer recess. The latest shootings across the country led Republican leaders to believe that debating and voting on contentious gun control bills now would only inflame an already violent situation. The decision means the House, which has been wrestling with gun control legislation for weeks, will not consider bills to prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining guns until at least after its seven-week recess, which is set to begin at the end of this week.
  • Obama: I'm Still Not Enforcing Immigration Law, No Matter What The Court Says

    07/01/2016 7:08:18 AM PDT · by LucyT · 90 replies
    FoxNation ^ | June 23, 2016 | Christian Datoc
    Speaking shortly after the Supreme Court’s immigration decision, President Obama made it “very clear” that deporting illegal immigrants is not a priority of his administration. ‘Enforcement Priorities Developed by My Administration Are Not Affected’ by SCOTUS Ruling .......................................................................................
  • 'This Is Not My Party': George Will Goes from GOP to Unaffiliated

    06/24/2016 6:50:59 PM PDT · by bkopto · 199 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/24/2016 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Conservative columnist George Will told PJM he has officially left the Republican Party and urged conservatives not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump even if it leads to a Democratic victory in the 2016 presidential election. Will, who writes for the Washington Post, acknowledged it is a “little too late” for the Republican Party to find a replacement for Trump but had a message for Republican voters. “Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House,” Will said during an interview after his speech at a Federalist Society luncheon. Will said he changed...
  • Republican ex-Treasury chief Paulson slams Trump, to vote for Clinton

    06/25/2016 7:28:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:37pm EDT | Eric Beech
    Henry Paulson, a Republican who was U.S. Treasury secretary during the 2008 financial meltdown, on Friday called a Donald Trump presidency “unthinkable” and said he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Paulson joins a growing list of establishment Republicans who say they will not cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 election for Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee and a political neophyte whose populist rhetoric runs counter to many long-held Republican principles. […] “I’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton, with the hope that she can bring Americans together to do the things necessary to strengthen our economy, our environment and...
  • The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

    06/22/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | By Darryl Fears
    President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed by Congress early this month in a rare bipartisan vote. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the Ford administration in the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and...
  • Marco Rubio announces Senate reelection run

    06/22/2016 8:01:57 AM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2016
    One-time Republican presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be running to keep his Senate seat, reversing course on his initial decision not to seek reelection. In an interview with the Miami Herald on Wednesday, Rubio explained what was behind his change of heart. "I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there's another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come," he said. "And that's the power given to it...
  • House Republicans offering proposals for health care changes

    06/22/2016 8:07:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2016 10:31 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    House Republicans are unveiling new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Speaker Paul Ryan seeks to showcase a GOP governing agenda amid the tumult of the presidential campaign. The plan, revealed Wednesday, relies on individual tax credits to allow people to buy coverage from private insurers, and includes other largely familiar GOP ideas such as medical liability reform and expanding access to health savings accounts. It proposes putting $25 billion behind high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions and for others, and transforming the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor by turning it into...
  • Obama's family trip intended to put focus on national parks

    06/18/2016 11:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama wants more people to appreciate and visit America’s national parks as the park system nears its 100th birthday. […] The president plans a speech at Yosemite on Saturday, and he’s expected to highlight the economic benefits of the 400-plus sites managed by the National Park Service. Obama also is expected to discuss climate change and other threats to the park system, and highlight programs to encourage more people to visit parks. …
  • McConnell: Senate to consider Puerto Rico aid by end of June

    06/14/2016 3:13:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2016 3:28 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate will consider a rescue package to ease Puerto Rico’s financial crisis before the U.S. territory’s $2 billion payment to creditors is due July 1. The House overwhelmingly passed legislation to create a new control board and restructure some of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt last week. The Senate is expected to take up the same bill “sometime before the end of the month,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday. Puerto Rico has already missed several payments to creditors while a lengthy recession has crippled commerce, sparked unemployment and driven hundreds of thousands of...
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Trump's 'Pocahontas' attack leaves fellow Republicans squirming (again)

    06/10/2016 9:05:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 173 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2016 | Matea Gold, Karoun Demirjian and Mike DeBonis
    The furor over Trump’s assaults on the impartiality of a Latino judge had just begun to subside when he lobbed two tweets Friday morning responding to Warren, who had lambasted him as a "thin-skinned, racist bully" in a speech the previous evening. "Pocahontas is at it again!" Trump wrote in one. "Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth." [Snip] The response to the Pocahontas remarks have been mixed and in many cases muted - a sign of how jittery GOP leaders are still trying to find their comfort level with his rhetoric. [Snip]...
  • Congress backs bill to put chemicals under federal scrutiny

    06/07/2016 8:34:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 7:10 PM EDT
    Toxic chemicals used in everyday products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture have been linked to serious illnesses, including cancer, infertility, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Under current law, only a small fraction of chemicals used in these products have been reviewed for safety. A bill that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, styrene and BPA, that have gone unregulated for decades. The bill would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing chemicals against...
  • Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump’s Attack on Judge ‘Racist,’ but Backs Him Still

    06/07/2016 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 7, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday called Donald J. Trump’s criticism of a Hispanic-American judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment” and said he “regrets” the remark. But Mr. Ryan also reiterated his support for Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, against Hillary Clinton. “I disavow these comments — I regret those comments that he made,” Mr. Ryan said after announcing a new Republican anti-poverty initiative in Anacostia, an overwhelmingly black neighborhood in Washington. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,”...
  • GOP to Trump: Stop Alienating Latinos

    06/06/2016 7:51:29 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/6/16 | Eric Bradner and Phil Mattingly
    Top Republican officials and donors are increasingly worried about the threat Donald Trump's attack on a judge's Mexican heritage could pose to their party's chances in November -- and about the GOP's ability to win Latino votes for many elections to come. Trump is under fire for repeatedly accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University, of bias because of his Mexican heritage. Those concerns intensified Sunday after Trump said he would have the same concerns about the impartiality of a Muslim judge.
  • McConnell: Trump could alienate Latinos as Goldwater did black voters

    06/02/2016 5:35:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/2/16 7:07 PM | Anna Giaritelli
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted in a Thursday interview he is worried Donald Trump could push Latinos away from the Republican Party. McConnell compared it to the impact Barry Goldwater’s vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did with African-American voters. …
  • McConnell: Holder 'Worst' AG, Snowden Comments 'Truly Outrageous'

    05/31/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:35 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder’s contention that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by leaking classified documents is “outrageous,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “That’s a truly outrageous comment,” the Kentucky senator told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program. “It makes me glad I voted against confirming him. He’s the worst attorney general in history.” […] McConnell, pivoting to his book, recounted behind-the-scenes dealings with President Barack Obama, saying that it was Vice President Joe Biden who was the one who could really get things done. “The president is a very smart guy, but I...
  • Don’t Let the 43 Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Their Vote

    05/30/2016 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 5/27/16 | Ryan Anderson
    On Wednesday, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Now they’re trying to spin their vote. These 43 Republicans voted for the Maloney amendment, which ratified Obama’s 2014 executive order barring private businesses who do contract work for the government from engaging in what the government considers to be “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. As I pointed out in an earlier Daily Signal article, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy...
  • Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

    05/26/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. And if Republicans lose Florida they increase their odds of losing their Senate majority altogether. […] At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, subsequently took the unusual step of issuing a public statement calling Rubio a “very valuable member of the Senate” and disclosing that...
  • Ryan Says House Republicans Aim to End 'Executive Overreach'

    05/25/2016 5:28:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 4:51 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled what he called the Republicans“ “policy agenda” for 2017 on Wednesday, including a plan to regain the legislative power granted to Congress in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. “Article One,” Ryan said at a pen and pad briefing with reporters at the Capitol, “this is something that our members are very animated about because this has gotten out of control. This is about the separation of powers, about the Constitution, and wresting control away from decades of executive overreach and giving it back to Congress,” he said. Ryan noted that President Barack Obama...
  • Gov. Fallin vetoes bill that would make performing an abortion a felony [OK]

    05/20/2016 3:28:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    KFOR, NBC News Channel 4, Oklahoma City ^ | 3:50 PM, May 20, 2016 | KFOR-TV and K. Querry
    One day after lawmakers passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, Gov. Mary Fallin decided to veto the measure. On Thursday, the Oklahoma Legislature has passed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. […] On Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the measure, saying the bill was “vague” and “would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.” …
  • McConnell: 'I Suppose' Women Should Be Required to Register With Selective Service

    05/18/2016 9:22:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 7:20 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he does’t anticipate “going back to the draft,” but nevertheless, he thinks “it would be appropriate” for young women to register with the Selective Service. A reporter asked McConnell on Tuesday if he anticipates a separate Senate vote on an amendment requiring women to register for the draft. The amendment is attached to the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). […] Should women be “required to register?” the reporter asked. “I’m not sure. Required, I suppose. We’ll see. What’s in the bill? Required?” the Senate leader asked. …
  • Kasich warns against GOP candidates 'bashing' minorities

    05/16/2016 6:57:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 9:11 PM EDT
    Republican John Kasich says his party will have a hard time winning the White House if candidates are “bashing Hispanics, turning off African-Americans” and failing to excite young voters. Kasich spoke to CNN in his first major interview since exiting the GOP presidential contest earlier this month. …
  • Mitt Should Switch Sides (he already has!)

    05/16/2016 3:57:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/15/16 | Tom Hutchinson
    This is the craziest presidential election I’ve ever seen. Voters on both sides of the aisle are rebelling against their party establishment. Donald Trump who has never before run for office is the presumptive GOP nominee. And Bernie Sanders, a 74-year old Socialist, continues to give Hillary a run for her money, generating 100% of the enthusiasm on the Democrat side. There’s something else brand new about this election – the role of last election’s loser. I thought the role of a Presidential election loser that doesn’t hold any other elective office is to slither away into hiding somewhere and...
  • In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

    05/16/2016 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 8:44 AM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state’s share...
  • The GOP Establishment Really, Really Would Have Preferred Ryan Over Trump

    05/13/2016 8:22:19 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | May 13, 2016 | Danielle Kurtzleben
    Almost no one saw Donald Trump coming a year ago, it seems. And there's all sorts of finger-pointing as to why: Journalists blew it. Or maybe it was political scientists' fault. But there's one big reason why so many smart people overlooked him: He's the opposite of what many of the loudest voices in the Republican Party said they wanted. Last year, GOP pollster Whit Ayres famously laid out what the party would need to win the White House in 2016 and Beyond. In particular, Ayres' data-heavy book focused on the nation's demographics, insisting that the party had to win...
  • Repeal and Replace the Republican Party

    05/08/2016 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Williams · 36 replies
    Vanity
    Watching the Sunday news shows, I realize America is finished if we have to rely on the Republican party. I just watched Senator Flake (R Ariz.) smugly go on that we will lose the war on terror because of Trump having a "religious test" for admission to our country. Also he says that's why we will lose the election not because Senator Flake isn't supporting Trump. We are facing Hillary Clinton and these republicans are everywhere saying Trump has to come to each of them and explain himself. Then he has to change to agree with them. These republicans don't...
  • Ryan: GOP can’t be seen as ‘opposition party’

    04/26/2016 9:43:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    AP via PBS Newshour ^ | April 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM EDT
    House Speaker Paul Ryan concedes the “five-point” Republican legislative agenda he’s pursuing in Congress could be construed as competing with policy points the GOP presidential candidates are pushing in the primary season. But he argues that the party shouldn’t wait until its nominating convention in July to tell the public its priorities, including lowering the national debt, strengthening the military and easing government regulation of business. […] … Ryan adds that the GOP needs “a transition from being an opposition party to being a proposition party.” …
  • Paul Ryan Declines to Take Position on N.C. Bathroom Law, Mississippi Freedom of Conscience Law

    04/22/2016 5:06:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 22, 2016 | 1:33 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) declined to take a position on the North Carolina law that requires people to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex or the Mississippi law that protects religious organizations and individuals from being forced to act against their consciences on matters involving same-sex marriage, sex outside marriage or transgenderism. […] … “I’m not going to comment on what various different states are doing. Again, all of our committees that have jurisdiction in this area look at this issue. But it’s not my place to get involved in what each state is doing. To...
  • Sen. Graham: 'You Can Use the Bathroom in My Office Without Bringing Your Birth Certificate'

    04/22/2016 6:53:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 22, 2016 | 6:08 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Well, I think it would be a bad idea to put little girls in a bathroom with grown men,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN on Thursday. But the senator also made it clear that the issue is not one of major national importance, as far as he is concerned: “All I can say is that the only bathroom I can control is in my office, and you can use the bathroom in my office without bringing your birth certificate.” …
  • Here's A Round-By-Round Guide To A Contested GOP Convention

    04/21/2016 6:19:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 21, 2016 | Jessica Taylor and Barbara Sprunt
    You'd be excused if you tuned out in previous years when the actual nominating part of a political convention occurred. Usually it's a pro forma exercise with little suspense, as each state ticks off its vote for the eventual nominee. And that nominee has been known well in advance — at least for the last 40 years, anyway. But this year a contested convention actually seems possible, if not probable, on the Republican side. It's the stuff of journalists' dreams and political consultants' nightmares. Donald Trump got a big win in New York Tuesday, and he leads in the delegate...
  • Paul Ryan: ‘We Won’t Have a Government Shutdown’(taking everything off the table)

    04/21/2016 10:09:30 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/21/16 | J poor
    In a portion of an interview with Manu Raju that aired on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)56% discussed his tenure as House Speaker and what he’s doing, including how he is handling the job differently from his predecessor John Boehner. But also, he vowed there would be no government shutdown. “I think I would do it better,” Ryan said. “Not to knock John, but I spend more time with all of our members on a continual basis. And so, because I was a person that wasn’t looking for this job, what I’m...
  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 102 replies
    04.21.16 | chickensoup
    Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial As I watch people get involved with dramas over this issue, I think: What is it that we are not supposed to pay attention to? What is it that the elites, the media and the government don't want us to notice? Is it the loss of our history and culture with the change with monies, another knife in the gut by the Obama administration? Is it the subtlest of this election? Is it the lousy depression like statistics in some areas of the country? Is it the invasion of western Civ and our country...
  • Rep. Kristi Noem: IRS Is Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct

    04/20/2016 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Republicans are aiming at the Internal Revenue Service this week, taking up four bills to ensure integrity in hiring and better customer service. “We have recently learned…that IRS employees that have been fired for misconduct have been rehired” in the last several years, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told a news conference on Tuesday. “Now some of this may involve falsifying documents — they failed to pay their own taxes. They may have been fired for accessing sensitive taxpayer information without permission. In fact, one employee had missed up to eight weeks of work without permission, had actually stamped on...
  • Cold greeting for Cruz at GOP gala

    04/14/2016 7:43:23 PM PDT · by Mensius · 161 replies
    The Hll ^ | 04/14/2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz got the cold shoulder from a room of 800 Republicans at the New York City GOP gala Thursday night, receiving little interaction from the audience as he went through his usual stump speech. Cruz, who followed speeches from rivals Donald Trump and John Kasich, began by making a joke at Trump’s expense that fell flat. “I haven’t built any buildings in New York City, but I have spent my entire life fighting to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” the Texas senator said, taking a shot at the GOP front-runner who, just moments before,...
  • (Ma.) Gov. Charlie Baker won’t attend the Republican National Convention

    04/14/2016 7:41:08 PM PDT · by massmike · 6 replies
    boston.com ^ | 04/14/2016 | Eric Levenson
    Gov. Charlie Baker won’t be attending the Republican National Convention in Ohio this July, breaking a string of Massachusetts governors with prominent speaking roles at the party’s convention. Baker, who was elected to office and has governed as a moderate Republican, has taken issue with the party’s leading presidential candidates this election cycle. He has criticized Donald Trump’s “reprehensible” comments about Muslims and women and said Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz have not shown an ability to collaborate with others. Other moderate Republicans, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, have also said they do...
  • Cruz woos GOP establishment

    04/08/2016 1:45:09 PM PDT · by Coronal · 21 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 04/06/16 | Katie Glueck and Burgess Everett
    He's disparaged his own Republican leader as a liar and dismissed fellow senators as part of the "Washington cartel." But now, with his presidential prospects hanging in the balance, Ted Cruz is moving closer than ever to the D.C. establishment. Directly and through surrogates, the Texas senator is aggressively reaching out to his Senate colleagues as he prepares for the possibility of a convention floor fight against Donald Trump. And Cruz’s emissaries on Capitol Hill are now signaling to senior Republicans that Cruz would be willing to work with them as the GOP nominee in a way Trump would not.
  • Republican Senator Calls for Hearing for Obama's Supreme Court Nominee [Susan Collins]

    04/07/2016 9:23:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 5, 2016 | 3:08 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Tuesday that she met with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, and she is “more convinced than ever that the process should proceed” despite the GOP leadership’s assertion that the next president should nominate the next Supreme Court justice. “I’ve just concluded a more than hour-long meeting with Judge Garland. It was an excellent meeting that allowed us to explore many of the issues that I would raise with any nominee to the Supreme Court as well as some of the criticisms that have been levied against him. The meeting left me...
  • Battle between religious and gay rights splits GOP states

    04/06/2016 1:58:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:10 AM EDT | David A. Lieb
    Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples. The bills could benefit court clerks, photographers, florists, bakers, wedding-hall operators and others who say gay matrimony goes against their beliefs. For a party already being torn apart by the presidential contest, the state legislative efforts have exposed deep rifts between the GOP’s social conservatives and its pro-business wing. Business leaders worry that such measures will allow discrimination and scare away companies...
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

    04/04/2016 7:37:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2016 9:13 PM EDT
    Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. The White House has countered that Obama had no choice after comprehensive legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 stalled in the GOP-led House. The senators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas. A lawsuit from 26 states, led by Texas, challenges Obama’s actions, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments later this month and possibly rule...
  • Charles Koch Is Privately Committed To Getting Paul Ryan Nominated In Cleveland: Source

    04/04/2016 5:16:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | April 4, 2016 | Ryan Grim and Sam Stein
    Charles Koch is confident House Speaker Paul Ryan could emerge from the Republican National Convention as the party’s nominee if Donald Trump comes up at least 100 delegates shy, he has told friends privately. Koch believes Ryan would be a “shoo-in” at a contested convention, should the campaign get to that point. Though Koch’s wealth gives him significant influence within the Republican Party, it does not necessarily translate into skill in political prognostication. Still, he and his brother David are fond of Ryan. As a source close to the brothers told The Huffington Post, they appreciate the agenda he has...
  • US senator tells Arab world: US hasn't changed despite Trump (Linda Graham)

    04/03/2016 9:45:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2016 | MARAM MAZEN
    Residents of the Middle East should not be too alarmed at the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters in Cairo on Sunday. "The Congress is going to be around no matter who is the president," Graham, who is leading a Republican congressional delegation touring the Middle East, told reporters after meeting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Graham said he and el-Sissi discussed Trump, among other issues. "All of us, regardless of what Mr. Trump says or does, we are going to keep being who we are, so don't let the political scenes at home get...
  • Karl Rove: Scrap Trump, Cruz And Kasich And Go With A 'Fresh Face'

    04/01/2016 7:05:38 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 182 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/31/2016
    Karl Rove says that instead of nominating Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or John Kasich “a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.” In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Rove weighed in on the 2016 election and called on Trump to start “acting in a presidential manner” in order to turn his high unfavorable ratings around. Hewitt asked Rove, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, how do you recover from a 30 percent favorable/63 percent unfavorable, as you note in your column today?” Rove...