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  • John Kasich on Social Security cuts: 'Get over it'

    Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)—Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment. The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done. "We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements. Kasich said he...
  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn’t convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehner’s announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that there’s nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far right’s good...
  • Obama: Urges Americans to ‘Stand Up’ Against GOP’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Bigotry’

    10/09/2015 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Forex Report Daily ^ | October 9, 2015 | Iris Duncan
    “There’s nowhere they want to go further backwards than on immigration”, said the president, who noted his administration’s progress on reducing the Latino unemployment rate and providing more health care to the minority group. Obama is using the speech to highlight differences with several of the Republican presidential candidates on the issue. Like Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he does not support a path to citizenship, and stirred controversy for using the term “anchor babies”. Thats not leadership, turning against whats right the moment the politics of your base gets tough. President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders...
  • Trump’s Latino Superfan Baffles CNN’s Baldwin: He Is ‘My Perfect Man’

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, “love” him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. “Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House!” she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. “Oh my God, he is coming — he is our man sent from...
  • Hillary Clinton: You Know, The NRA and Iranian Terrorists Are The Same Thing

    10/09/2015 3:09:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, Editor
    In an effort to use the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College to boost her political campaign, Hillary Clinton has been attacking the National Rifle Association for days. Earlier this week, the Democratic presidential candidate went so far as comparing the NRA to Iranian terrorists and communists during a town hall style campaign stop. From The Hill: “You know, the NRA’s position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists," Clinton said at an Iowa town hall on Wednesday. The Democratic primary front-runner accused the nation's largest gun lobby of spreading propaganda to keep its dues-paying constituents paranoid....
  • Trump Will Make Fools Of Us All

    10/09/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post's Post 50 The Blog ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joe Seldner, Journalist and producer
    Donald has signaled loudly and clearly that he will drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't continue to soar above the mediocre crowd of candidates. He (sort of) backtracked later, but his message was unmistakably that he will take his ball and go home if too many voters polled like other kids more than him. This will, in fact, happen. Donald doesn't like to lose, and more importantly, doesn't like to be ignored, and when his luster starts to fade, as it already has, he will return to the business of insulting Mexicans and women in...
  • Donald Trump and the “F-Word”: An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob

    10/09/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Spectator - A Project of the Public Concern Foundation ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein, National correspondent
    Donald Trump is not a fascist––probably. His ex-wife Ivana once claimed he kept a volume of Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed, and read from time to time the fuhrer’s vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” he told Vanity Fair in 1990. But consider something the architect of Trump Tower, Der Scutt, once said on how to evaluate the truth value of Donald Trump claims: “divide by two, then divide by four, and...
  • The contradiction that is Ted Cruz

    10/08/2015 11:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 8, 2015 | Sylvia Van Peebles, San Diego Politics
    Ted Cruz is called the pit bull in Congress because he relentlessly sinks his teeth into battles that he is passionate about such as defunding Planned Parenthood and defeating the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has no fear in calling out fellow Congressional leaders who support the status quo over the will or well-being of the people-even if he is alone. Cruz staunchly supports the Constitution and calls out those who circumvent it, all the way to the White House. He stands strong in his Christian faith and is not shy about sharing his testimony. All-in-all a perfect candidate. However, if...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Problem With Men

    10/08/2015 10:44:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 7, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    Clinton is performing as poorly with men as Republicans do with Hispanics. She won’t win a general election unless she can close the gender gap. When Hil­lary Clin­ton entered the pres­id­en­tial race, she ex­pec­ted to win over­whelm­ing sup­port among wo­men in her bid to be­come the first fe­male pres­id­ent. In­stead, she’s find­ing out that an un­pre­ced­en­ted level of res­ist­ance to her can­did­acy among men is un­der­min­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that she’d be the strongest Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Put an­oth­er way: Clin­ton is now nearly as un­pop­u­lar with men as Don­ald Trump is with wo­men. That’s say­ing something....
  • Outsider Dornan, Tops New Republican nomination List.

    10/08/2015 9:15:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    wikipedia ^ | March 1985 | staff and contributors
    Dornan makes headlines in confrontation with Representative Thomas Downey (D-NY) on the House floor today. Downey asked Dornan about comments he had made calling Downey "a draft-dodging wimp." According to Downey, Dornan, grabbing him by collar and tie, said, "It's good you're being protected by the sergeant-at-arms. If I saw you outside, it would be a different story" and threatened him "with some form of bodily harm." Dornan claimed he was merely straightening Downey's tie and refused to apologize for the incident or the derogatory comment. A Dornan aide said, "It will be a cold day in hell before he...
  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, that’s a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didn’t have a chance. The Texas senator isn’t just extreme—an ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sun—but he’s unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—on one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a “liar” on the Senate floor—and is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
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  • Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS

    10/06/2015 9:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell!!! ^ | October 6, 2015
    So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said: Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at...
  • Jindal Accuses Cruz of Enabling Trump in Political Play

    10/06/2015 5:51:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 6, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Sen. Ted Cruz is cozying up to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a cynical ploy to court the billionaire's supporters should Trump drop out of the race for the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal charged Tuesday. In an interview with the Tribune, Jindal said Cruz has "enabled" Trump, who has a history of liberal stands, by refusing to criticize him, instead cultivating a chummy relationship with the New York developer. The Texas GOP senator has praised Trump for drawing attention to illegal immigration, headlined a rally with him against President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and repeatedly passed...
  • Why Rand Paul is fizzling

    10/06/2015 12:06:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | October 6, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    hy has Rand Paul's presidential campaign been such a dud? There's something perplexing about his failure to take off. He should be building on his father's success and expanding the Paul coalition. After all, his Senate campaign in 2010 revealed him to be a savvy politician capable of blending the major aspects of his father's paleo-libertarian ideology with Republican orthodoxy. And since then, the younger Paul has enjoyed a much bigger media profile than his father ever had. He gave a well-reviewed speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention, a stage that his father never would have been allowed to...
  • Will Conservative Hardliners Break the 'RINO' Spell in 2016?

    10/06/2015 11:50:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | October 6, 2015 | Sahil Kapur
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  • In rural America, a startling prospect: Voters Obama lost look to Sanders

    10/06/2015 10:59:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 5, 2015 | David Weigel
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Shelley Brannon, 62, can sum up the Obama presidency with three words. Well, three words and an exclamation. “He screwed us,” said Brannon, a coal miner from Wise County, Va., as he sat outside a rally for the United Mine Workers of America. “Man, he screwed us.” He shook his head under a camouflage hat that matched his camouflage UMWA T-shirt, and he described his fantasy of dumping nuclear waste in the yards of environmentalists, “if they think coal’s so bad.” He mulled over the mistake he says the UMWA made in 2008, when it endorsed Barack...
  • In 2016 race, voters still shopping for a candidate to love (RINO-riffic!)

    10/06/2015 10:24:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNN Political Op-Ed ^ | October 6, 2015 | Alex Castellanos, Republican strategist
    Yes, it is time again to play that game, "What's Happening in The Campaign For Leadership Of The Free World?" A few observations, from the front lines: 1. Last week, a friend reported on an Iowa focus group. Of 31 Republican voters, only one was irrevocably committed to a candidate. The rest split their preferences among two candidates or more. Point: This race is remarkably fluid. Voters are still shopping. 2. There is no impetus for Republican voters to place their final bets soon. They fear their country is in decline, and this may be their last chance to save...
  • No, Marco Rubio didn’t tell CNBC that he’s changed his mind on letting illegals...get green cards

    10/05/2015 10:48:33 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:41 PM ON OCTOBER 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
  • Dave Agema leaning toward Ted Cruz for president, considering run for Congress (Michigan)

    10/05/2015 9:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter
    KALAMAZOO, MI — Controversial Michigan Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema is close to endorsing Ted Cruz for president and is considering a Congressional run. Agema, who attended a Monday morning Cruz rally at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, said he is impressed by Cruz's knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, because "we have a president right now that is, in my opinion, ruining the constitution by his executive orders." A tea party favorite and social conservative, Agema said his initial list of top candidates in the crowded GOP presidential field included Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Bobby...
  • Trump Declares War On Obamatrade: ‘Time To Send A Real Businessman’ To White House To End This

    10/05/2015 4:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 5, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is hammering President Barack Obama, his administration and Congress for completely failing the American worker when it comes to trade policy—whacking the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations that the Obama just finalized in Atlanta as a deal that jeopardizes U.S. jobs. “The incompetence and dishonesty of the President, his administration and—perhaps most disturbing—the Congress of the United States are about to place American jobs and the very livelihoods of Americans at risk,” Trump tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement reacting to the news that the president and his negotiators...
  • Savvy observers think the GOP race is down to Bush and Rubio. Here's why I don't agree.

    10/05/2015 2:58:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Vox ^ | October 5, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    Over the past week, responses from political scientists to my recent feature critiquing The Party Decides have poured in — see Seth Masket at the Pacific Standard, and Hans Noel and Jonathan Ladd at Mischiefs of Faction here on Vox. And one common point made by them is quite true — it's still early, the theory is about who will actually win, and polling conducted around this time has frequently failed to predict who will win. Clearly, we can't settle that question now. Yet my skepticism isn't just about what's unfolding this year. It's about what's happened over the past...
  • Biden suggests GOP and other presidential candidates are 'homophobes'

    10/05/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 4, 2015 | The Associated Press and Fox News Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, on Saturday pledged his full support for gay and transgender equality while suggesting Republican and other White House candidates are “homophobes.” Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala in Washington, Biden said gays and lesbians shouldn’t fear Americans trying to undo gay marriage and other advances because the country has moved beyond homophobia. "There's homophobes still left,” he continued to laughter and applause, in his keynote address. “Most of them are running for president, I think."(continued)
  • Oregon shooting: Trump invokes vigilante film Death Wish

    10/04/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | October 4, 2015 | Various agencies
    Republican frontrunner says students and instructors should have been armed. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday channelled the 1970s action star Charles Bronson in defending second amendment rights in the aftermath of the shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine people and the shooter dead. Mr Trump said in a rally in suburban Nashville that he has a handgun carry permit in New York. He added that any attacker would be “shocked” if he tried to assault him, because he would emulate Bronson in the vigilante film Death Wish. Mr Trump criticized “gun-free zones”, saying that the...
  • Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

    10/04/2015 7:08:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    Famed California pollster Joe Shumate was found dead in his home one month before Election Day 2010, surrounded by sheets of polling data he labored over for the flailing Senate bid of Carly Fiorina. Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow. But records show there was something Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than...
  • Chris Christie Raps Donald Trump As 'Painfully Naive' About Syria

    10/04/2015 5:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Daniel Marans
    Trump called Vladimir Putin's intervention there "a wonderful thing."New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) called Donald Trump's position on Syria "painfully naive" on Sunday, slamming him for welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin's intervention in that country. Christie suggested on ABC's "This Week" that Trump's apparent support for Russian airstrikes amounted to "agreeing with Barack Obama." "Only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton could mess up this foreign policy that badly," the Republican presidential candidate added. "And anybody who agrees with allowing the Russians into the Middle East is just painfully naive." In truth, President Obama has been extremely critical of Putin's...
  • Sanders draws crowd of over 20,000 in Boston

    10/04/2015 4:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 4, 2015 | Nicole Brown
    Bernie Sanders spoke to a crowd of over 20,000 people in Massachusetts Saturday night. It was the largest rally in the state in recent history, according to the Boston Globe, topping the crowd of 10,000 that came out eight years ago for Barack Obama. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was packed to capacity, and a few thousand more people that couldn’t get in stayed outside to watch Sander’s speech on a screen. Sanders began his speech with his well-known opposition to big money donors, saying he doesn’t want money from corporate America. “I don’t have a Super PAC. I...
  • Maybe Rand Paul Took That 'Snapchat Election' Thing Too Seriously

    10/04/2015 2:55:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Howard Fineman, Global Editorial Director
    He gave the voters a good look at him -- and now it looks like he's gone.Last October, for the third time in three years, Sen. Rand Paul made the cover of Time magazine. The headline: "The Most Interesting Man in American Politics." The New York Times Magazine had just put him on the cover that August, with a lot of edgy graphics proclaiming him a "Major Threat" to the Republican establishment. It made sense, or it seemed to. In the very, very early polls, the Kentucky senator was running neck-and-neck with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the top...
  • Marco Rubio’s Black Lives Matter commentary is suddenly relevant, for some reason

    10/04/2015 9:07:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | October 3, 2015 | Janell Ross
    There’s a kind of narrative that tends to develop about every candidate for president. Donald Trump is a braggart willing to mercilessly criticize anyone who dares to criticize him. Ben Carson’s patrician, maybe even laconic public speaking style camouflages his controversial -- even incendiary -- ideas. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a well-funded and cerebral but socially awkward WASP. And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the boy wonder, has purchased real estate in the safest and most carefully staged campaign zip codes, biding his time for when Trump flames out. You’ll note that beyond perhaps Trump, not one of the...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: “Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community?” There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: “It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...
  • Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, in Dueling Speeches, Focus on Transgender Rights

    10/04/2015 8:03:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech on Saturday to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Hours later, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is contemplating his own presidential run, stood before the same organization and praised Americans who have fought for gay rights. “Love is not a political matter; it’s a basic human right,” Mr. Biden said to a gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night. “The fact that we recognize that, it’s because of you.” Mr. Biden’s potential candidacy has loomed over Mrs. Clinton’s...
  • Tea Party not in step with the majority

    10/04/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | October 4, 2015 | James Harris
    Tea Party supporters would have us think they are a model group with only what is best for the U.S. as their goal. The fact that the Tea Party supports the likes of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho and Sen. Ted Cruz to mention two is a clear indicator the Tea Party does not act or support what is in the best interest of our country. Any representative who advocates shutting down the government as a means to an end endangers the stability of the country and its people. Our government is not a business and was never intended to be...
  • Does Hillary personally identify with transgenderism?

    10/04/2015 7:41:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 4, 2015 | Ed Straker
    "Transgender people are valued[.] ... They are us," Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) intoned, speaking before the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the leading group supporting homosexual men, lesbians, bisexuals, "gender fluids," transvestites, and probably more. The only thing unclear is, who are the "us"? Mrs. Clinton, who has never been particularly supportive of homosexual marriage or transgender rights, until President Obama changed his mind on these matters, is now striving to portray herself as a longtime supporter of homosexuality. Mrs. Clinton's attacks on Republicans came with some levity that played well in the crowd assembled in a ballroom at the Mayflower...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Mom of Oregon mass killer stockpiled firearms out of fear of stricter gun laws

    10/03/2015 9:38:46 PM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 3, 2015, 9:09 PM | Nancy Dillion
    took son to shooting range
  • Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: Potential House Speaker Supports 'Step-by-Step' Immigration Reform

    10/03/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Latin Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican congressman for California's 23rd Congressional District, announced his bid to succeed Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House of Representatives. With Boehner resigning, calls have reemerged to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but what has been McCarthy’s immigration record? First, in an email to colleagues, McCarthy, representing a congressional district where 35 percent of the population is Latino, announced his bid for the speakership. "We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy wrote. "But our work is far from done. We...
  • Why pundits (still) don't expect Trump to win GOP nomination

    10/03/2015 8:41:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 3, 2015 | Lucy Schouten
    Many people didn't think Donald Trump would get this far. A lot of people are saying he won't go any further. Mr. Trump still holds the lead in most polls, but someone with more traditionally recognized political acumen will win the Republican nomination, say pundits. "Businessman Donald Trump may be leading in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination, but bettors say someone else will be nominated next year," wrote Washington correspondent Jonathan Salant for NJ Advance Media. Mr. Salant was referring to British bookmakers. Thus far, the race has been dominated by "outsiders," as both the Republican and Democratic...
  • Pledging to Fight Injustices, Hillary Clinton Focuses on Transgender Rights in Speech

    10/03/2015 3:37:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    In a forceful speech to an influential gay rights group, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday reaffirmed her support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans just hours before Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., contemplating his own presidential run, was to address the organization. “I see the injustices and dangers that you and your family still face,” Mrs. Clinton told the gathering of members of the Human Rights Campaign. “I am running for president to end them once and for all.” Mrs. Clinton emphasized transgender rights, including urging the military to reverse its policy and allow transgender Americans to serve...
  • Reality TV bites: 'The Apprentice' effect aids Trump

    10/03/2015 2:49:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 28, 2015 | David Axelrod, Senior Political Commentator
    Throughout this surprising Summer of Trump, Americans at his raucous rallies have volunteered that The Donald is the strong, competent, blunt-talking leader America needs. How do they know? "I watch 'The Apprentice,'" said more than one. It used to be that a career in public service was the experience folks looked for in sizing up a president. But with politicians increasingly viewed as detached from the reality of the people they're elected to serve, could the new road to the White House actually run through reality TV? You may be a little skeptical about whether managing Gary Busey and Dennis...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • Bristol Palin: Hillary Clinton ‘Fears My Mom’s Power’

    10/03/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Bristol Palin is loving the latest Hillary Clinton email dump. In particular, she enjoyed the 2011 message the then-Secretary of State sent in which she said she opposed the adoption of gender neutral language for fear that it would trigger a “huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al.” “There’s so much to love about this, it’s difficult to know where to start,” Bristol Palin wrote in a blog post Thursday, sounding more and more like her mother every day. “First of all, Hillary Clinton, the great tolerant one with rainbow Twitter avatars granting open-mindedness to any family...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Rand Paul not bothered by comment on presidential race

    10/03/2015 12:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TV Newsroom ^ | October 3, 2015
    Another Paul aide told BuzzFeed News that the campaign had made a few new hires in the past two weeks. The campaign insists there will be no shakeups or changes in strategy, that Paul will continue his campaign schedule in the early states and regions off the beaten track, and that it has enough resources to carry the candidate through at least the first four primaries. Now, Paul is bidding for ownership of a niche, and for a long primary where his libertarian base returns to grind out caucus wins. Despite the glimmers of hope, one adviser to the campaign...
  • Ted Cruz, the other Cuban American running for president

    10/03/2015 11:11:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 2, 2015 | Patricia Mazzei
    * Texas senator stresses his Cuban heritage on campaign trail * His father was arrested and jailed on the island * Some Hispanic voters dislike Cruz’s strident conservatismTed Cruz could have been a Miami cubanito. His father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, desperate to flee Cuba after his youthful guerrilla activities landed him in jail, applied to the University of Texas, Louisiana State University — and the University of Miami. He chose Texas only because it was the first school to respond. “If the University of Miami had let him in, I might be a Floridian right now,” Ted Cruz told the...
  • Trump pulls out of event at US Hispanic chamber

    10/03/2015 10:20:25 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 31 replies ^ | 21 hours ago |
    "Trump's decision to forfeit the Q&A session was motivated by the concern of being 'put on trial,'" the chamber's spokesperson Ammar Campa-Najjar said in a statement, adding that Trump would have been treated "no differently" than other candidates. Several 2016 presidential hopefuls, including Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent seeking the Democratic nomination, have sat for public interviews with the chamber. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, have committed to appear before the chamber, as a way to make their case before an increasingly influential voting bloc.
  • Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights

    10/03/2015 10:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 3, 2015 | Liz Kreutz
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people. "Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," the Democratic presidential candidate said to laughter during a breakfast at the LGBT rights organization's annual gathering in Washington, D.C. Clinton then mentioned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which drew hisses and boos from the crowd gathered inside the grand ballroom of the Mayflower...
  • The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs Right Now Is A Conversation About Guns

    10/02/2015 11:10:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama passionately pleaded for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting Thursday. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and others renewed their calls for stricter gun control measures. But it's the more liberal Sanders who could find himself having to uncomfortably explain his past positions on gun control. Even though the progressive socialist is to the left of Clinton and his other primary competitors on nearly every issue, he's walked a delicate line as a lawmaker from Vermont, where 2nd Amendment rights are popular. Sanders has had a mixed voting record on guns. He voted...
  • Ron Paul: Election Process "Is Orchestrated By Mainstream Media," "Trump Is An Authoritarian"

    10/02/2015 9:21:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | October 2, 2015 | Tim Haines
    Former US congressman, founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and many-time presidential candidate Ron Paul discusses the 2016 presidential race on the Russian government's English-language propaganda station. RT HOST: I first asked Dr. Paul what he thinks it says that the three candidates from the private sector are doing the best, does that mean the economy is the foremost issue on the minds of most Americans? RON PAUL: Well probably yes, but if you look at the Democrat side, you have someone like Bernie Sanders, who has been in nothing else except politics. And he's doing...
  • Keep Speaking Spanish, Jeb Bush

    10/02/2015 9:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mitchell Blatt
    If no Republican politician communicates to Spanish-speaking groups in their language of choice, the Republican Party will have a harder time earning their support. Every night, Ellen’s bar is filled with the chatter of people speaking foreign languages. There’s some French, some German, but mostly English. Donald Trump would be able to find a lot of people to chat with there, but most locals wouldn’t, because Ellen’s is located in China. Living in China for the past three years has given me a unique vantage point from which to view the “English-only” debate Trump’s candidacy has raised. Trump has attacked...