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  • Ted Cruz Fires Back at Mitt Romney

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • Democrats to 'rally against Donald Trump' at Michigan appearance

    07/31/2015 5:36:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Saginaw News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Mark Tower
    BIRCH RUN, MI — The Michigan Democratic Party is organizing a protest outside the Saginaw County venue where GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will speak on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Facebook page for the protest, "Rally Against Donald Trump," was created on July 30 by the Michigan Democratic Party. "We cannot let Trump's anti-immigrant, anti-veteran beliefs be welcome anywhere in our state," the event page states. A poster for the protest references the current GOP frontrunner's "anti-immigrant, anti-veteran statements." Trump will be the keynote speaker at a Lincoln Day event, a fundraiser for the Republican Party in Saginaw and Genesee...
  • How Donald Trump finally decided to run for president after nearly 30 years of just talk

    07/31/2015 5:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lisa Gutierrez
    He might run. No he won’t. He might run. No he won’t. For nearly 30 years and during at least four election cycles, Donald Trump teased the American public that he might run for president of the United States. To standing-room-only crowds in tiny New Hampshire restaurants to viewers of “Meet the Press,” he told anyone who would listen that he could win if he ever ran. So no wonder in late May the New York Post ran a story under this headline: “Stop pretending — Donald Trump is not running for president.” But after all that hemming and hawing...
  • Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

    07/31/2015 5:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Daniel R. DePetris, National Security Dude, Observer of Congress, Currently Outside-the-Beltway
    For a person who wants to be President of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz is sure not acting presidential. When he was Majority Leader, Harry Reid called Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully" on the Senate floor. I won't go that far, because I don't know the man personally; I've never spoken to him, and it would be unfair for me to characterize someone in such a personal fashion without doing so. But I will reiterate something that I wrote last March: Sen. Cruz is not qualified to be President of the United States. It's not because he's a bully...
  • Ron Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul

    07/31/2015 3:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 31, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi, former Anthony Weiner Intern
    In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his father—and Dad appears to be firing back.Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Paul’s position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech that called him out—though not by name. “Right now one of the big issues, you know, in the news, probably on foreign policy, is whether or not the Obama administration should talk to the Iranians,” the elder Paul told the crowd at the Young Americans for...
  • Mission Accomplished: Planned Parenthood Attacks Coordinated by High-Ranking Republican Operatives

    07/31/2015 12:41:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Reproductive Health Reality Check ^ | July 31, 2015 | Karoli Kuns
    Planned Parenthood is certainly the target, but its destruction is not the goal, any more than destroying ACORN was the true goal back in 2008. Destruction would be a happy side effect, but the true goal is to destroy the pathway for women to have access to legal and safe abortions. See more of our coverage on the misleading Center for Medical Progress videos here. http://rhrealitycheck.org/tag/center-for-medical-progress-video/ To understand exactly how the most recent Planned Parenthood sting was planned and coordinated, you must go back to 2013. In July of 2013, Washington, D.C. reporter David Corn revealed the existence of a...
  • Ted Cruz’s long war on Mitt Romney: Newly uncovered audio captures Texan unloading on 2012 nominee

    07/31/2015 11:08:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Salon ^ | July 31, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    The Tea Partyer was secretly recorded bashing Romney as the worst GOP presidential candidate on Earth.When Tea Party firebrand and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz lashed out Mitt Romney yesterday for daring to condemn his over-the-top charge that the Obama administration had become the worldÂ’s leading state sponsor of terror by negotiating a nuclear nonproliferation deal with Iran, it was hardly the first time the Texas senator has attacked his partyÂ’s 2012 presidential nominee. According to a new report in the National Journal, during a private speech back in May to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of...
  • The New Holy Grail Of GOP Primaries

    07/31/2015 10:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein
    Never have so many done so much to reveal so little than in the collected journalism about presidential nomination contests. The personality-driven trivia. The hokey generalizations. The bogs of conventional wisdom. The day-by-day scorekeeping that ends up worse than uninformative; it is anti-informative. (Just ask Presidents George Romney, Edmund Muskie, Scoop Jackson, John Connally, Richard Gephardt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.) The utter failure to inform the public of the actual, on-the-ground dynamics of the nuts-and-bolts process by which the parties chose their standard-bearers, and the larger dynamics that drive party trends from decade to decade. And, last but not least,...
  • Sarah Palin stands with Donald Trump, comes out swinging

    07/31/2015 10:21:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Days after Donald Trump talked up the idea of putting Sarah Palin in his administration, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and tea party favorite is showing she's got Trump's back. Palin wrote Friday on the conservative Breitbart news site that Trump's candidacy will continue to appeal to "ordinary Americans" despite what she described as a bludgeon of attacks from GOP elites, pundits and the media. Calling Trump's candidacy "a shot in the arm for ordinary Americans fed up with the predictable poll-tested blather of squishy milquetoast career politicians," Palin argued that Trump's style and message is appealing to voters...
  • How we rank the 10 men most likely to win the Republican nomination — now with (much) more Trump!

    07/31/2015 10:08:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 31, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The obvious problem when sitting down (or standing up) and trying to rank the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee next year can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump. On one hand, Trump is way ahead in most national polls on the primary race and even leads (or comes close to leading) in surveys conducted in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. On the other, he is Donald Trump. (The last time I ranked the 2016 GOP field -- June 12 -- Trump was barely a blip on the radar and...
  • Coulter: I Can See Trump Winning Presidency ‘More Than I Can See Any Of the Other Ones’

    07/30/2015 8:41:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Columnist and author of “Adios, America” Ann Coulter stated she could see Donald Trump winning the presidency “more than I can see any of the other ones winning the nomination and winning the presidency right now” on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Coulter said she would continue supporting Trump “as long as he keeps talking the way he’s talking on immigration.” and “I can see him more than I can see any of the other ones winning the nomination and winning the presidency right now, certainly winning the presidency.” Earlier, she stated, “My only quibble with him is...
  • Joan Walsh: "I Feel Sad" For Trump Supporters, "Have No Firm Grasp Of Reality"

    07/30/2015 8:17:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Salon.com's Joan Walsh reacts to the Bloomberg focus group with Trump supporters in New Hampshire, saying she "feels sad" for them because "they really don't have a firm grasp on reality." "I look at those people and I feel sad," Walsh said. "That is really such a low common denominator. They're all Republicans, they're all not going to go vote for him but they all seem to see this wishful thinking." Host Chris Matthews couldn't help but laugh at Walsh as she was talking. Former chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele hit back at Walsh on Thursday's broadcast...
  • Ted Cruz: The measure of a man [Washington State]

    07/30/2015 7:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Columbia Basin Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Rick Heiberg
    In June, I was asked to be prepared to give a presentation on Ted Cruz for a meeting on July 7. As I went about my initial research into this man now running for the Republican nomination for president, I realized that there was a lot of information available. Much of it has to do with positions on the issues of our time while some being quite negative. In the end, it seemed like a better idea to try to predict how this man would behave if ever elected to be our president. To begin, young Cruz grew up under...
  • Trump's call for mass deportations runs into messy realities

    07/30/2015 4:38:02 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 58 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 hour ago, July 30, 2015 | JILL COLVIN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Such an effort may be more difficult than Trump realizes because deporting so many people means finding them first. The government does not know the identities of many of the millions of people who have come into the country illegally or remained after their legally issued visas expired. Locating immigrants who don't have a legal immigration status has stymied officials for decades.
  • Graham: If Trump is the nominee, GOP gets 'killed'

    07/30/2015 4:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Boston Herald's Herald Bulldog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Chris Villani
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of many recent targets of fellow presidential hopeful Donald Trump, took the opportunity to swing back at Trump during an appearance on Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show. “I see (the GOP) getting killed if he is the nominee,” the South Carolina Republican said. “We are not going to elect a man president of the United States who has said the things he’s said about John McCain, who believes that most illegal immigrants are drug dealers and rapists, who has openly espoused the fact that he thinks the president of the United States was born...
  • Mitt Romney slams Ted Cruz on Iran rhetoric (Milt "Emerging party elder")

    07/30/2015 3:26:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Thursday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's rhetoric on Iran "hurts the cause." "I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause," Romney, acting in his emerging role as party elder, tweeted Thursday. Mitt Romney ✔ ‎@MittRomney I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause. 6:40 AM - 30 Jul 2015 Cruz, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration will become "the...
  • Donald Trump’s fairy tale economics is bad for his party and terrible for America

    07/30/2015 3:46:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    London's City A.M. ^ | July 28, 2015 | Ryan Bourne, head of public policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs.
    The Republican Party must be tearing its hair out. For years, visitors from the US have extolled the strength of the party’s potential Presidential candidates for 2016. The pack is certainly more impressive than in 2012 and, with the exception of one or two candidates, they are ostensibly advocates of relatively free market policies. In a campaign against an unlikeable Hillary Clinton, many conservatives were quietly confident of victory in 2016. But all these voices are being drowned out by the brash businessman and property magnate Donald Trump. Despite widespread criticism for his remarks about “rapist” illegal Mexican immigrants, Trump...
  • Harley an awkward ride for 'union-busting' Republican Walker

    07/30/2015 2:37:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Emily Flitter and Alexia Shurmur
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA." Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about - it is...
  • How Cruz, Fiorina, and even Trump are Saving the Republican Brand

    07/30/2015 1:16:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 30, 2015 | Carl Jackson
    Donald Trump won't be getting my vote in the GOP presidential primary. However, contrary to popular belief, I'm grateful he's put the GOP on life support, and he isn't alone. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are doing what's been unseen since Ronald Reagan--speaking above the political and media elite and connecting directly to the people. I suspect Trump will fade. And when he does, those who can effectively communicate a vision for America with passion and optimism along with a plan to restore her to prominence will be poised to siphon off his supporters. So how...
  • The Kochs freeze out Donald Trump

    07/29/2015 6:42:09 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/15 5:16 AM EDT | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings of grass-roots activists or major donors. Despite a long and cordial relationship between the real estate showman and David Koch, as well as a raft of former Koch operatives who are now running Trump’s presidential campaign, the Koch political operation appears to have concluded that Trump is the wrong standard-bearer for the GOP. And the network of Koch-backed policy and political outfits is using behind-the-scenes influence to challenge Trump more...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, unbowed, continues aggressive agenda

    07/29/2015 4:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Biloxi Sun-Herald ^ | July 29, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not exactly eating humble pie. Just a few days after an extraordinary public scolding by three Republican Party leaders on the Senate floor, including fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Cruz is continuing his aggressive anti-Washington campaign. On Wednesday, he seized the spotlight at a Senate Armed Services Committee and sharply questioned Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the nuclear agreement with Iran. In the afternoon, Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing and railed at IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his agency’s targeting...
  • The GOP's real pickle: If/when Trump bows out (Naturally they talked to Romney's aides)

    07/29/2015 2:44:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 29, 2015 | Daniel Libit
    For Republicans eager to cast The Donald out of the GOP presidential primary, a warning: The only thing more difficult than a Trump in the race, may be a Trump who's no longer in the race. The apoplexy over how much damage Trump is doing to the party brand—and its eventual non-Trump nominee—in his present role as a recalcitrant, incendiary, front-running candidate, may well be trumped (if you will) by the fulminations and machinations of an ex-candidate. It would be one thing if Trump went graciously and serenely into surrogacy, whenever that moment came, giving a no-strings-attached endorsement to the...
  • Joe Biden: The Looming Threat to a Republican Presidency

    07/29/2015 12:45:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | July 29, 2015 | Liz Peek
    Joe Biden has dreamt of this moment. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in free-fall and Republicans are busily re-enacting Lord of the Flies. After a lifetime of striving and six years as Loyal Number Two, the door has inched open for Biden to run. Joe Biden is popular, has ample name recognition and most likely the backing of the Obama White House. Moreover, he is liberal to his core, but does not alarm big money Democrats the way Elizabeth Warren might. Biden has a shot and could be extremely dangerous to the GOP. Hillary Clinton’s polls are crashing. The once inevitable...
  • Why Ted Cruz has more to gain as the presidential election campaigns gear up

    07/28/2015 11:52:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Jack Dennis, San Antonio Examiner
    Ted Cruz, the first Latino elected to the Senate from Texas and the first Hispanic law clerk for a chief justice of the Supreme Court, has more potential to gain than other presidential candidates as citizens begin to learn more about him. Most voters have yet to hear and see him at this best--when he is debating. While Cruz begins this week preparing for the upcoming debates in August, his opponents continue to worry about Donald Trump's strong momentum. Often compared to President Ronald Reagan, some of the similarities are prominent. During the 1980 election, Reagan was despised by many...
  • Jeb: I'm Not an Angry Conservative

    07/28/2015 8:56:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jeb Bush actually said, sometime in the last 24 hours, that his kids have been made to feel uncomfortable, discriminated against, because their skin is darker. You remember I read a piece yesterday from Angelo Codevilla. He makes the point that the American people are tired of being told to support losers. And we've made great heroes out of people in the losing column, like McCain and the Vietnam War. Codevilla said the American people want winners, and who are you aiming at when you're Jeb Bush and you talk about your kids being discriminated because of...
  • Donald Trump on debate preparation: 'I am what I am'

    07/28/2015 7:36:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 29, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Donald Trump distanced himself on Tuesday from comments one of his top advisers made in an interview while defending the Republican presidential candidate from a decades-old rape accusation. Trump said in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon aired Tuesday night that he would not fire his top aide, Michael Cohen, after Cohen told the Daily Beast that legally "you cannot rape your spouse." "He's speaking for himself. He's not speaking for me, obviously, but I did tell him I disagreed with him," Trump told Lemon, calling The Daily Beast a "joke" desperate to remain relevant. "Michael was extremely angry because...
  • Where’s The Outrage? cc: @JebBush, @GovernorPerry, @MarcoRubio, @ScottWalker, @CarlyFiorina

    07/28/2015 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | July 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson, editor
    UPDATE: I have removed Governor Jindal’s twitter handle from the title. His staff reached out to me to say he is not engaging in politics right now. In the wake of the Lafayette shooting, he has gone off the campaign trail to focus on the situation in Louisiana. Today he is attending the funerals of the victims. —— It is stuff like this that has Donald Trump in first place, kicking everybody else’s back side. And it is stuff like this that is going to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% start rising in the polls. I realize Sen. Ted...
  • Do You Approve of Ted Cruz Calling Mitch McConnell a Liar on the Senate Floor? [POLL]

    07/28/2015 9:50:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | July 28, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Senator Ted Cruz has drawn both praise and scorn for comments made last Friday on the Senate floor. According to the Texas Tribune, Cruz upset some by calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. “I have listened to the comments of my colleague, the junior senator from Texas, both last week and this week, and I would have to say that he is mistaken,” Cornyn said. At issue: Cruz on Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — a Cornyn ally — of telling a “flat-out lie” to Senate Republicans over movement of legislation related to an obscure, controversial...
  • The one thing that makes me take Donald Trump seriously as a candidate — Rush Limbaugh

    07/27/2015 11:32:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Vox ^ | July 27, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    Conventional wisdom says that despite his lead in the polls, Donald Trump can't win the Republican Party presidential nomination. And I agree with that. At least, I agree with it six days a week. The other day, I am paying attention to Rush Limbaugh. When Trump's diss of John McCain's military service became a cudgel for people to use against him, Limbaugh called it a "teachable moment" about how "the Washington establishment and media" operate, and he predicted that Trump would survive it by refusing to back down. On Thursday, Limbaugh took a victory lap on Trump's behalf, saying "Trump...
  • Black Lives Matter Founder: We Will Shut Down GOP Convention

    07/27/2015 11:03:25 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7.27.2015 | Mark Tapson
    "We will make sure that our voices are made loud and clear." In an interview on Saturday on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors declared that “any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will,” the Daily Surge reports. Guest host Janet Mock, who seemed star-struck by Cullors, asked her to specify the actions she wants presidential candidates to take "for what the movement is calling for." Cullors answered, First off, we want candidates to actually call movement leaders sit and have meetings with us, have a conversation with us about what’s...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Conservative political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) is guilty of “rather amazing hypocrisy” for blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but failing to go after fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The syndicated-columnist contended that because Cruz hopes to gain Trump supporters when the real-estate mogul drops out of the race, he won’t criticize him. Krauthammer said that left him guilty of hypocrisy....
  • Sarah Palin Asks Which Killed More Black People: The Confederate Flag or Planned Parenthood?

    07/27/2015 4:44:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    Former Vice Presidential candidate poses question in effort to defund women’s reproductive health center.Sarah Palin threw her two cents into the Planned Parenthood debate on Sunday, suggesting the women’s reproductive rights organization has done more damage to African Americans than the Confederate flag has. The former Vice Presidential candidate posed the question on Facebook via the following image. Palin has posted several more #DefundPlannedParenthood stories over the past few days, representing a position that’s widely shared among Republican presidential candidates and conservative media. The former Fox News contributor was sent packing from the network earlier this month, the network having...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of 'gutter politics'

    07/27/2015 4:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News' Todd's American Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also...
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Out GOP Climate Change Deniers in New 'Stand With Reality' Video

    07/27/2015 3:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    KMBZ-FM / ABC News ^ | July 26, 2015
    ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton Sunday attacked the Republican presidential contenders who deny "the settled science of climate change" and laid out two renewable power goals in a new video that outlines part of her plan to tackle global warming. "It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change, who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are," Clinton narrates over a graphic that shows quotes from Republican presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. "You don't have to be...
  • Trump Interview: ‘Admire Palin,’ Political Media ‘Amazingly Dishonest,’ Climate Change ‘Nuclear’

    07/27/2015 1:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2015 | Michelle Moons
    In the Palin Update radio program released Monday, host Kevin Scholla interviews 2016 Presidential candidate and American success story Donald Trump, offers his admiration for Governor Palin. In addition, Trump gave his take on the “amazingly dishonest” political media, taking on “weak, ineffective” politicians in both major political parties, the pathetic treatment of veterans, “nuclear climate change,” his run for the White House, and how he plans to make America great again. Scholla opened by noting the massive media attacks against Trump, reminiscent of severe attacks on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. “One of the things I most admire about...
  • How Donald Trump Can Win

    07/27/2015 1:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 27, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    They said it couldn’t be done. First, they said Donald Trump would never actually run for president, and then he officially announced his run for president. They said his comments about Mexican rapists would sink him before he got started, and Trump promptly rocketed to the top of the polls. Then, they said his attack on Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) war heroism would definitely derail the Trump train, and yet he remains at the top of all the national polls, is a close second in Iowa, and has a huge lead in New Hampshire. Republican strategists are consoling themselves by...
  • Jeb Bush Scolds Mike Huckabee for Holocaust Comment

    07/27/2015 1:04:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeb Bush rebuked Mike Huckabee on Monday for invoking the Holocaust in criticizing President Obama over the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that Republicans needed “to tone down the rhetoric” if they hoped to recapture the White House next year. “The use of that kind of language is just wrong,” Mr. Bush told reporters after a town-hall-style meeting here. “This is not the way we’re going to win elections and that’s not how we’re going to solve problems. So, unfortunate remark — not quite sure why he felt compelled to say it.” Mr. Huckabee, the former governor...
  • Donald Trump adviser backs Huckabee 'oven' remark

    07/27/2015 12:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 27, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's comments that President Barack Obama is marching Israelis to "the door of the oven," sparked an immediate rebuke from Jewish groups and the President himself, but Donald Trump's special counsel Michael Cohen said he doesn't think that Trump finds those words offensive. "I don't think so," Cohen, executive president of the Trump organization, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Monday. "I think what [Huckabee is] really trying to say is we're in a bad place," adding that he has personally lost family members in the Holocaust and does not want to see...
  • It's Too Weird: What Explains the Behavior of the Republican Leadership?

    07/27/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about this. We are all inundated by each other, every day, with e-mails, phone calls, texts, what have you, of utter incredulity over what's happened to the Republican Party. It's just too weird, folks. There just isn't any serious opposition to anything that the Democrat Party wants. Remember Angelo Codevilla? He's back. He had that great place on the ruling class that I read in its entirety to you when he published it, and he then turned it into a book. He's back with his thoughts on Trump, and I found it at the...
  • Trump: The Case for Despairing — About America

    07/27/2015 11:52:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine's Contentions ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Podhoretz
    No sense pretending: Donald Trump is the only news of the 2016 race, and this fact says something very troubling about the Republican party, the conservative electorate, the mass media culture, and the United States in general. Sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Really it’s not. Ted Cruz goes to war with the GOP Senate leadership; Hillary Clinton proposes the highest tax rates in 70 years; Marco Rubio goes after John Kerry on the Iran deal in a Senate hearing. Well, big deal. Phffft. They’ve all been crowded out by the Trump noise. There will be the first Republican...
  • GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz and Conservative Voters

    07/27/2015 11:35:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Hayward
    Perhaps the Republican leadership and its Establishment apparatus don’t realize just how dangerous is the game they’re playing against conservatives, or perhaps they just don’t care. There is a part of the GOP power structure that has always been most happy to serve as the permanent minority, personally enriched by serving as minor, ineffective obstacles to the ruling Left. They win elections by cadging millions from conservatives desperate to Do Something about the mess in Washington, then sink comfortably into that mess as though relaxing in a jacuzzi, rousing themselves only to display true fury against the occasional cage-rattling, boat-rocking...
  • Trump’s teachable moment: Ralph Nader on what we should make of the billionaire's longshot candidacy

    07/27/2015 10:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The brouhahas over billionaire Donald Trump show how broadcasters favor easy, juicy stories about powerful people’s bad words over harder, less sexy ones about their bad deeds. This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo. The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment. If they existed...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Walker Gets Tromped By Trump

    07/26/2015 1:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jeff "Capper" Simpson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump unloaded on Scott Walker over the weekend while in Iowa: He went down a list of criticisms that seemed the result of an overnight opposition-research effort. “Wisconsin is doing terribly,’’ he said. “The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them, and they’re borrowing money like crazy.’’ He cited figures for the state’s budget deficit. “I wrote this stuff all down but I don’t need it because I have a really good memory,” he said. He also accused Mr. Walker of flip-flopping on the Common Core education standards, having once supported them....
  • Graham: Trump 'Selling Fear and Prejudice'

    07/26/2015 1:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ali Dukakis
    Lindsey Graham might thank Donald Trump for getting him to finally buy a new phone, but the South Carolina senator said today he still doesn't think the Republican Party should "hire" the real estate mogul as its presidential candidate. Graham made national headlines last week when he destroyed his old-school cell phone after Trump read the number aloud on national TV, but Graham had more just jokes for his opponent in the race for GOP presidential nomination. Speaking exclusively with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," the senator said he sees great dangers in continuing to support Trump, the current...
  • Senior Senate Republicans rebuke Sen. Cruz over his attacks on Majority Leader McConnell

    07/26/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | July 26, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer....
  • Republicans' Donald Trump problem just got worse

    07/26/2015 9:01:20 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 90 replies
    Vox ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he's burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary. The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he's breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. It's still very early in the 2016 campaign, and the first Republican debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland could shake up the race, but Trump's surprising success suggests he will continue to be a significant force...
  • Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz could face off in debate – under Senate rules

    07/26/2015 5:34:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ben Jacobs, Washington
    * RNC chief strategist confirms contest would be allowable on Capitol Hill * Sanders has expressed wish to square off against ‘reactionary agenda’ Bernie Sanders could participate in a one-on-one, leftwing versus right debate with Ted Cruz during the presidential primary, without violating restrictive rules set by the Democratic and Republican national committees. The two senators would just have to face off at their workplace, the US Capitol. The first debate of the extended primary election will see the top 10 Republican candidates in a field of 16 face off in Cleveland on 6 August, in an event hosted...
  • Martin Schram - Trump's campaign crowds are America's new reality

    07/26/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Crescent-News ^ | July 26, 2015 | Martin Schram, op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service
    It isn't hard to figure out what's driving the so-called Donald Trump phenomenon that just prompted one-quarter of America's likely Republican voters to say in a poll he's the one they want to be our commander-in-chief. What's harder to figure out is why the Trump phenomenon blindsided the Republican Party's presidential pack, the working press and the parasitic punditocracy. And why we keep being surprised every time this happens. After all, this political driving force isn't really about The Donald or his billions; and it is as old as politics itself. It's about the way things happen -- and often...
  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...