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  • Sanders: We Must End Over-Policing in African-American Neighborhoods

    02/12/2016 9:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2016 | Melanie Hunter
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for an end of "over-policing" in black neighborhoods during the PBS Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday night. "What we have to do is end over-policing in African-American neighborhoods. The reality is that both the African-American community and the white community do marijuana at about equal rates," Sanders said. "The reality is four times as many blacks get arrested for marijuana. Truth is that far more blacks get stopped for traffic violations." An undecided voter via Facebook wrote: "Wisconsin is number one in African-American male incarceration, according to a University...
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • Christians Should Be Celebrating Ted Cruz's New Hampshire 'Win'

    02/12/2016 8:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 12, 2016 | Rev. Cannon Mark A. Pearson
    Either it was a most unusual party or else it was a most unusual testimony time. I'm referring to a Tuesday evening event at a banquet hall in Hollis, New Hampshire. What made the event most unusual is that the event was both a party and a testimony time. I'm speaking of the post-election event where many of us gathered to celebrate the strong showing of Ted Cruz in the New Hampshire primary. Several hundred campaign workers gathered among hundreds of boxes of pizza and dozens of TV cameras to celebrate Cruz's strong third-place finish. Why celebrate third? Because New...
  • The Anticipated Economic Crash Of 2016.So Who Will They Blame This Time?

    02/12/2016 6:51:58 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    We are all aware of what's to come later this year, but hopefully right before the election. No one wants another 2008, but so many economists see it coming soon. Will the DOW tank 5000 points this summer? Will unemployment rise back to 20 to 30 per-cent(well many of us think thats the real number). Do you think the left will blame the Republican Congress and Conservatives. Will be interesting to see who Hillary and Bernie blame it on this summer or fall.
  • Ted Cruz fiercely opposes drafting women. Here's why his supporters love him for it.

    02/12/2016 5:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Week ^ | February 12, 2016 | Damon Linker
    You've gotta hand it to Ted Cruz. He might be a ruthlessly self-aggrandizing right-wing bomb-thrower who antagonizes everyone around him, but he also clearly has a rare mixture of good fortune and consummate skill at marshaling his insatiable ambition to the festering cultural alienation that pervades the grassroots of the conservative movement. Over the past week, Cruz's good luck and talent for exploiting culture war grievances have given him the perfect issue to use and abuse as the fight for the Republican nomination heads into the South. I'm talking about the question of whether women should be required to register...
  • Trump Backers File 'Birther' Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz

    02/12/2016 4:17:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 12, 2016 | Christina Wilkie
    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) to run for president. The suit, filed in federal court in Alabama, alleges that Cruz is not a "natural born citizen" of the United States, and should therefore be disqualified from seeking the office of president. Cruz was born in Canada in 1970 to an American mother. The plaintiffs, Sebastian Green, Shannon Duncan, Kathryn Spears, Kyle Spears and Jerry Parker, are all residents of Cullman County and supporters of Cruz's opponent, Donald Trump, according to AL.com....
  • Trump warns he has 'standing to sue' Cruz on eligibility

    02/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PST · by entropy12 · 92 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/12/16 03:16 PM EST | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Donald Trump on Friday issued a warning to Ted Cruz, alleging that he has standing to sue the Texas senator over questions of his birth and constitutional eligibility to serve in the White House. If @tedcruz does not clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen, Trump tweeted. The broadside was an escalation in the accusations that the real estate mogul has been lobbing Cruzs way this week. Trump called Cruz a liar in a series of tweets beginning Thursday that stem from allegations that...
  • Not Another "Pretty Face": Cruz Campaign Pulls Ad Featuring (Soft) Porn Star

    02/12/2016 7:35:21 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 36 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Gabrielle Levy
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's Republican presidential campaign has pulled its latest ad after learning one the actresses featured in it has a resume packed with not-safe-for-work titles. The ad, titled "Conservatives Anonymous," shows a support group for voters felt betrayed by Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican presidential contender who helped craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship - anathema to Cruz and other hard-line conservatives. "Who else here has struggled with being lied to?" the group leader asks. "Well, I voted for a guy who was tea party hero on the campaign trail,...
  • No Senator Cruz, Donald Trump does NOT want Single Payer health care. (Cruz own delegate)

    02/12/2016 6:47:29 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 243 replies
    woopress ^ | 2/11/16 | C.Steven Tucker
    I have been studying health care policy for 20 years now. I am also a multi-state licensed health insurance broker who continues to operate in an increasingly less competitive and more bureaucratically controlled system on both the federal and state level. During the last 20 years I have seen a lot of changes in the U.S. health care system. Some of them good (HIPAA) and some bad (Reagan’s EMTALA) the PPACA a.k.a. “Obamacare” etc. During the last two decades I have read everything I could get my hands on pertaining to health care policy. I also spent the longest two...
  • Trump question leaves House Republican stumbling

    02/11/2016 8:00:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 30 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 02/11/16 12:40 PM | Steve Benen
    As much of the political world shifts its attention towards the South Carolina primary, MSNBCs Steve Kornacki checked in this morning with Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the states former governor. Sanford noted he’d heard from a lot of locals that supporting Donald Trump would help send a message to Washington. The Trump candidacy, the congressman added, has tapped into Republicans frustrations. Sanford’s troubles were understandable. There were plenty of Republicans who effectively, if not literally, ruled out Trump as a possibility in 2015, when they still assumed the New York developer’s support would collapse. But many of those same GOP...
  • Ted Cruz Grabs New FRC-Linked Endorsement

    02/11/2016 5:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Thursday's latest endorsement for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a two-for-one deal for the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. In South Carolina, where Republican voters will make their choice for their party's presidential nomination a week from Saturday, there are two major voting blocs. Christian conservatives make up one, while active-duty military and veterans make up the other. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) bridges both groups. He retired after 36 years in the military, and is also an ordained with a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as of Thursday afternoon, he was firmly with the...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Limbaugh: Cruz 'Has Got to Be Your Guy' – 'Closest to Reagan'

    02/11/2016 4:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 10, 2016 | Wire Services
    With conservatives across the country facing a critical decision whether to back Donald Trump, top radio talker Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that true conservatives have no choice but to vote for Ted Cruz. Limbaugh told his radio audience, "If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz...." Limbaugh gave his powerful imprimatur to Cruz by adding, "This [Ted Cruz] is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan." Cruz has finished first in Iowa caucuses, but performed,...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • The POLITICO 100: Billionaires dominate 2016

    02/08/2016 5:03:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 05:14 AM EST | K.P.Vogel & I.Arnsdorf
    The 100 biggest donors of 2016 cycle have spent $195 million trying to influence the presidential election more than the $155 million spent by the 2 million smallest donors combined, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance data. The analysis found that the leading beneficiaries of checks from the top 100 donors were Jeb Bushs floundering campaign for the GOP nomination (a supportive super PAC received $49 million from donors on the list), Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton (super PACs dedicated to her raised $38 million from top 100 donors) and Ted Cruzs insurgent GOP campaign ($37 million). In fact,...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • Young Women in NH ‘Offended’ Clinton Using Gender as Political Tool

    02/07/2016 9:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jenna Lifhits
    Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday. When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton's claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively. One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women. "I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think...
  • Trump: I 'very much agree' with Sanders on trade

    02/07/2016 3:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 7, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders "very much agree" on trade. "Well it's very interesting that you say that, because the one thing we very much agree on is trade," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We both agree that we're getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with." Asked how he would differentiate himself with the Vermont senator to New Hampshire independents who may be torn, the billionaire businessman said he will actually be able to do something to correct trade...
  • If Bernie Sanders loses, his backers may not be there for Hillary Clinton in November

    02/07/2016 1:28:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
    Gio Vanecchia is so enamored of Bernie Sanders that he made a five-hour drive with his wife and infant son from South Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the progressive firebrand. But what if Sanders loses the Democratic nomination? Asked whether he will be there to vote for the Democrat in November should Sanders falter, the 34-year-old union mechanic reacts as if the question is insane. There is not a chance, he insists, that he would ever support Hillary Clinton. "She's establishment," Vanecchia said. "Most of the guys I work with think she's a criminal." Usually, that...
  • Ted Cruz Won’t Be Denied

    02/06/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Frank Bruni
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- ANOTHER Ted Cruz rally, another Ted Cruz rant about the media's failure to give him his due. I endured one in the tiny town of Weare, N.H., on Thursday afternoon and had two thoughts. The first was that I'd seldom heard a voice as ripe with self-regard -- as juicy with it -- as his. He's pomposity's plum tomato. The second thought was that he's right. We've sold him short. We continue to underestimate him. He's even craftier than we appreciated. He's more devious than we realized. And he has a better chance to win the Republican...
  • Carson: Cruz^s attitude towards what he did in Iowa reminds me of Hillary attitude towards Benghazi

    02/05/2016 9:00:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 139 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:21 PM ON FEBRUARY 5, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Cruz should have held his campaign staff accountable for spreading bad information just like Hillary should have held State Department staff accountable for not stopping jihadi savages from murdering Americans. Asked by Todd Starnes if he was satisfied with the way Sen. Cruz has handled himself as Christian over the incident in Iowa, Carson said, Well, let me put it this way, it is not the way that I would have handled it. I would make sure that it did not happen again, Carson continued. And I would take corrective action. Not to take corrective action is tacitly saying it...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A - 2/4/16

    02/05/2016 7:07:15 PM PST · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/04/16 | Anderson Cooper
    Published on Feb 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 - Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License
  • Graham: Cruz worse than Obama

    02/05/2016 1:53:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)--How much does Lindsey Graham dislike Ted Cruz? Count the ways. On the question of foreign policy, the Texas senator is "just as wrong as Obama, if not worse," Graham told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "In Ted Cruz's world, dictators do very well," he continued, comparing his colleague's foreign policy to that of Ron Paul, the former congressman, Republican presidential candidate and long-time leading libertarian. Asked why his fellow senators are reputed to have such a distaste for Cruz, Graham accused the winner of the Iowa GOP caucuses of being an "opportunist" to his core -- one who "gets...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    02/05/2016 9:31:04 AM PST · by entropy12 · 191 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | Posted Jan 01, 2016 | Richard E. Cytowic M.D
    He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy. Skill in reading faces is so fundamental to our species that 54 facial muscles orchestrate its endless nuances, which others read like a book just as we read them. Only some of these many facial muscles are under voluntary control, which is one reason it is so hard to maintain a poker face...
  • Veterans slam Sarah Palin for saying son's domestic abuse arrest result of PTSD

    02/03/2016 7:58:09 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 68 replies
    Veterans have come out against Sarah Palin after she said in a speech on Wednesday that PTSD caused her son Track’s alleged domestic abuse ‘As a combat vet, EXTREMELY disgusted by #SarahPalin blaming PTSD 4 domestic abuse,’ wrote one man on Twitter Another said: ‘Speaking as a combat vet who literally slept in the same barracks as Track Palin, his mother is wrong and her son is not a victim’ Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, also criticized Palin for blaming the incident on President Obama Brandon Friedman, former digital media director for the Department of...
  • Forget Trump but Not the Trumpsters

    02/02/2016 11:52:22 AM PST · by Truthsearcher · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    ...Forget Trump and consider instead Trump’s constituencies. They are weary of being lectured that they deserve presidential rebuke for their supposed Islamophobia because they are angry about the terrorist killings of Americans. The middle classes are exhausted from being sermonized that they do not “pay their fair share,” when their state and federal tax bite is nearly 50 percent — especially when half the population pays no income tax, and massive federal entitlements have done little to address the pathologies of the underclasses. The contractor and the insurance salesman are furious at being scolded that “they didn’t build” their businesses,...
  • Rich Lowry, Andrea Tantaros discuss Trump's Iowa loss to Cruz (Video: Lowry taken to task)

    02/02/2016 10:40:45 AM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2, 2016
    Rich Lowry of National Review magazine is seriously taken to task by four Fox women commentators Smith, Faulkner, Colby, Camerota, and Tantaros about his undeniable bias against Trump, his lack of logic, and called out in a lie... To the three minute video link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei6f5F4zIvo
  • GOP contest nowhere near decided

    01/30/2016 10:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 29, 2016 | Hugh Hewitt
    (CNN)--I think I may be suffering from dangerously high levels of candidate exposure. Since the first Republican presidential candidate debate in August, I've interviewed the potential nominees almost 150 times in total, and I probably spoke with them about 100 times before that debate took place. I've also been a panelist on two CNN-Salem Media Group hosted debates. By the end of Friday, after the Trump-less debate on Fox News, I'll have added a couple more interviews. Next week a few more. And I'll be back on the stage with whomever is still standing on February 25 and March 10...
  • Trump: Ted Cruz was an “anchor baby” in Canada and may not even be a U.S. citizen

    01/30/2016 5:34:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via the Free Beacon, we've reached the stage of Trumpmania where the same media that used to routinely predict that every new Trump "gaffe" would finish him off now heralds everything Trump does as carefully calculated Machiavellian genius. Trump has convinced them to their bones, not without reason, that everything they thought they knew about presidential politics is wrong and every move he makes is right. Case in point: Skipping the debate four days before Iowans caucus is genius. Why? Because Trump's a genius and he thinks it's a good idea, even though there are lots of really obvious perils...
  • Why I still believe Donald Trump will never be president

    01/30/2016 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2016 | David Roberts
    As Donald Trump continues his pundit-defying dominance of the national polls, with early primaries just days away, the once-unthinkable has become all too thinkable: Could Trump actually pull this off? Could he become president? I'm going to stake out a firm answer: no. Absent extreme and unlikely circumstances*, Trump will never be president. Jack Shafer argues that Trump's success so far is a "black swan" event, an unpredictable and unrepeatable concatenation of improbable circumstances. That sounds about right. But just because some political rules and conventions have been violated doesn't mean they've all vanished. Just because Trump makes no sense...
  • Groundswell of Support for Ted Cruz Continues to Build (Including the Governor of Guam)

    01/29/2016 1:45:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | January 28, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) continues to rack up the endorsements, picking up four more in the past 24 hours. They include Dr. Chuck Harding and Pastor Michael Creed, leaders of a Christian ministry committed to the education, engagement and encouragement of the nation, particularly among Independent Baptists. Also, he's been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Eddie Calvo, the governor of Guam....
  • Biden: Trump or Cruz nomination ‘a gift from the Lord’

    01/28/2016 8:39:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent
    Vice President Joe Biden told fellow Democrats on Thursday that they should see it as “a gift from the Lord” if Republicans nominate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president in 2016. “We may be given a gift from the Lord in the presidential race here,” Biden told lawmakers attending the annual House of Representatives Democratic conference, held this year in Baltimore. “I don’t know who to root for more: Cruz? Or what’s that guy’s name, he’s having a fundraiser for veterans tonight, I’m told,” said the vice president. Trump has announced he will snub...
  • DML Unfiltered | Trump backing out of Fox Debate-- brilliant or bust?

    01/28/2016 12:46:02 PM PST · by entropy12 · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 28, 2016 | DML
    DML Unfiltered | Trump backing out of Fox Debate-- brilliant or bust? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWjqw0FpmNU&index=6&list=PLanUqPajptu5HpcNiSqLgWpeK4M-waBpC
  • Trump, Cruz and Sanders are energizing grassroots voters as the first balloting of the 2016 race …

    01/28/2016 1:33:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Reading Eagle ^ | January 28, 2016 | Alan Fram, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are energizing grassroots voters as the first balloting of the 2016 presidential race draws near. Yet the three maverick contenders are also alarming political operatives over the damage each could wreak on their own parties' House candidates this November. The worry is that each man's take-no-prisoners appeals would alienate moderate voters in the two to three dozen competitive House races expected in seats from Florida to California, often in the suburbs. While it seems unlikely Republicans will lose House control, some in the GOP envision a serious dent in their...
  • Apprentice Ted Cruz has a chance to dethrone master-populist Trump: Column

    01/28/2016 12:00:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    USA Today | January 27, 2016 | Tom Rogan
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/27/donald-trump-ted-cruz-republican-establishment-calculations-column/79407410/
  • Former House Majority Leader Claims FBI is "Ready to Indict" Hillary Clinton

    01/27/2016 8:22:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Anti Media ^ | January 26, 2016 | Rachel Blevins
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been under investigation by the FBI for several months, and former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay said Monday that the FBI is "ready to indict" her for using a private email server to conduct government business. During an interview on "The Steve Malzberg Show," DeLay, a Republican from Texas, said he has friends in the FBI who tell him "they're ready to indict" the former Secretary of State. "They're ready to recommend an indictment and they also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they're going public," DeLay said. Clinton's use...
  • Fox News Responds to Trump’s Latest ’Twitter Poll’ With First-Rate Trolling (330 pm)

    Fox News has issued a statement responding to Donald Trump‘s conduct on social media, calling The Donald out for his timidity with what can only be described as trolling of the highest order. Trump has said that he might not attend Fox News’s GOP debate this Thursday because, he says, co-moderator Megyn Kelly isn’t “fair” to him. He took his grievances to Twitter and Instagram Tuesday afternoon, asking fans, “Should I do the GOP debate?” Fox News responded in a statement given to Mediaite, saying: We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to...
  • Michael Moore Talks 2016 Race, Obama's Legacy and More With Megyn Kelly (Victory lap by Megyn)

    Published on Jan 26, 2016 Michael Moore appeared on "The Kelly File" tonight to discuss a wide variety of topics with Megyn Kelly.
  • Why Trump Was Smart to Skip the Next Debate

    01/26/2016 7:31:15 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 140 replies
    Donald Trump’s decision to skip the next debate marked yet another unexpected twist in his presidential campaign but probably a very smart political decision. Trump’s conflict with Fox News started after Trump began bashing moderator Megyn Kelly, whose questions in the first GOP debate he said were unfair. But it quickly turned into the entire network mocking him. When Trump polled his Twitter followers about whether he should participate, Fox News put out a news release mocking him: “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet...
  • Playing with Fire, Republican Bigwigs Want to Take Out Cruz

    01/26/2016 12:07:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 26, 2016 | Josh Kraushaar
    Party officials and strategists believe that if Trump wins Iowa, Rubio's path to the nomination is clearer. To many out­side ob­serv­ers, the wave of seasoned Re­pub­lic­an of­fi­cials and strategists sound­ing in­creas­ingly com­fort­able with Don­ald Trump as the GOP's pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee is a sign of sur­render. Wheth­er it's Iowa Gov. Terry Bran­stad root­ing for Ted Cruz to lose the Iowa caucuses or Or­rin Hatch "com­ing around a little bit" on Trump's can­did­acy or the paucity of money spent at­tack­ing Trump on the air­waves, it feels like of­fi­cial Wash­ing­ton has sided with Trump over Cruz. In real­ity, many are try­ing to sal­vage...
  • Trump strikes post-ideological chord in New Hampshire

    01/25/2016 9:57:32 PM PST · by entropy12 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/25/16 10:07 PM EST | BEN SCHRECKINGER
    In New Hampshire, Trump"s grab-bag of populist positions and singular persona match an ideologically promiscuous electorate, and Trump towers above the field. Speaking for less than an hour to about 1,000 attendees, a hoarse Trump cast himself as a man apart from the entire political system, painting Hillary and Ted and Jeb as beholden to their donors. I am the only one that is funding my own campaign on either side, Democrat or Republican, which makes me feel a little bit lonely, he said.
  • Here Are 5 Reasons Bill Clinton’s Leftist Labor Secretary Would Pick Trump Over Cruz

    01/25/2016 6:34:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | January 25, 2016 | WorkPlaceReport
    Reich's attack on Cruz: He is "smarter," a "true believer," "disciplined and strategic"...In a rather pointed Facebook post to his followers, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich appears to be favoring Billionaire Donald Trump's candidacy over that of Sen. Ted Cruz. In what the Left could only consider an attack on Cruz, Reich inadvertently gives Cruz higher points than Trump on issues that matter to most Republicans. Here is Reich's post in its entirety, with emphasis added....
  • By All Means, Democrats, Make Slavery Reparations Into a Campaign Issue

    01/25/2016 4:54:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 25, 2016 | Alex Griswold
    The Hillary Clinton campaign is currently in the middle of a bizarre tango, attacking Bernie Sanders for not supporting slavery reparations while dodging questions about whether she supports them herself. The issue has since spurred countless thinkpieces from left-wing publications and political actors. As the primary season continues, expect the conversation to bleed into the mainstream media, as it did this weekend in an NBC interview of Sanders. When Clinton and Sanders desperately scramble to win over black voters ahead of the Southern primary states, it's not unreasonable that Clinton will eventually come down on the side of reparations or...
  • Rep. John Lewis speaks out against Trump's divisive rhetoric during L.A. visit

    01/24/2016 10:31:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' L.A. Now ^ | January 23, 2016 | Javier Panzar
    Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) used a pair of appearances in Los Angeles on Saturday to urge young student activists to continue to fight for equality in the United States, warning that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump could set the country back with his divisive rhetoric aimed at immigrants and Muslims. "I've been around a while and Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did," Lewis said in an interview with The Times after speaking at Cal State L.A. "I think demagogues are pretty dangerous, really. ... We shouldn't...
  • Bernie Sanders: 'We Would Beat Donald Trump Badly'

    01/24/2016 3:29:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    NBC News' Meet The Press ^ | January 24, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Bernie Sanders said Sunday that "there would be nothing more in this world that I would like" than to face Donald Trump in a general election fight, and that he would "beat him badly." "I would very much look forward to a race against Donald Trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage, but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top two-tenths of 1% who thinks wages in America are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax, invented by the Chinese," he said on NBC's...
  • The Latest: Turban-wearing activist ejected from Trump rally

    01/24/2016 2:13:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local. 2:45 p.m. Two protesters, one wearing a red turban, have been ejected from a Donald Trump rally in Muscatine, Iowa, where the billionaire businessman continued to criticize rival Ted Cruz. The protesters were seated on Sunday in the balcony of a high school auditorium and had unfurled a banner that read "STOP HATE" at the rally....
  • Cruz Insurgent, Trump Playing for Middle of the Green

    01/24/2016 6:34:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | January 21, 2016 | Scott McConnell
    Is The Donald starting to play it safe in New Hampshire? While New Hampshire polls differ at the margins, they align in one area. All of them put the totals favoring one candidate or another at about 90 percent, with 10 percent undecided. My impression is that this is mistaken. I haven't phoned random samples of 600 voters, but I make an effort to speak to six or eight people at every event I go to, those waiting in line, those sitting or standing near me. And from that (a sample of maybe 50 people so far) I would figure...