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  • Brian Babin becomes fifth Texas congressman to endorse Ted Cruz

    07/03/2015 12:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz now has five fellow Texan members of Congress publicly backing his 2016 presidential run. Cruz’s campaign announced Thursday morning the endorsement of Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville. “Ted has shown the conservative leadership and fortitude we so desperately need in our nation’s highest office,” said Babin in a statement released by the Cruz campaign. ”Now is a time for truth,” echoing the title of the senator’s new book, “and he will speak honestly to the American people.” Like Cruz, Babin has been critical of Republican leadership and President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Babin voted “present” in...
  • Bill Maher on Donald Trump “Frankenstein Monster Created By Tea Party” VIDEO

    07/02/2015 9:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | July 1, 2015 | April Neale
    “He never apologizes, he’s never wrong…he’s the white Kanye!” – Bill Maher On the last HBO “Real Time with Bill Maher” episode before the July vacation hiatus, host Bill Maher was joined by mid-show interview guest Judd Apatow, and panelists Kristen Soltis Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson and Mary Katharine Ham, who hashed over the viability of Donald Trump as a GOP contender. During the segment, Maher quips he was waiting for the “Trump-Christie” GOP ticket. Now that Christie has thrown his hat in the ring too, this is actually a remote possibility. Despite the unvarnished remarks slung by Donald Trump,...
  • Perry Emerges as a Leading Anti-Trump Voice in GOP

    07/02/2015 8:54:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 2, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Former Gov. Rick Perry, looking to break through in a crowded Republican field for president, is positioning himself as a leading voice against billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose weeks-old candidacy is already causing headaches for the GOP. Perry, who has kept a low public profile over the past week or two, delivered a speech Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that was remarkable in its own right. He emphatically urged his party to work harder to connect with black voters and suggested the GOP has occasionally focused too much on state rights at the expense of civil...
  • Scott Walker privately reassures ally: “I’m not going nativist; I’m still pro-immigration”

    07/02/2015 8:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is this news? Nothing he told Stephen Moore in this account is strictly inconsistent with what he said a few months ago about reducing legal immigration as president. Walker was careful at the time to say that was something he wanted to look at, to see if current legal immigration levels are depressing wages and should be adjusted accordingly. He didn’t commit to anything, although he got plenty of excited buzz among the conservative voters he’s wooing for daring to raise the possibility. Even if he had committed to new limits, anything short of a total moratorium could, I suppose,...
  • Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

    07/02/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow, Demos
    It was a difficult marriage from the beginning. Its success was largely regional and state by state. But where it worked, it worked well, mainly the South and parts of the West. They papered over their differences for years. Now they've grown apart and a messy divorce looms. It wasn't exactly a shotgun marriage. The Wall Street/Koch Brothers crowd gleefully accepted the support of Tea Party and evangelical leaders, as long as austerity, high-end tax cuts and deregulation were part of the agenda. The cultural right needed money and legitimacy. Everybody got along. No more. The split was thrust into...
  • America Ferrera to Donald Trump: ‘No Chance of You Ever Winning This Election’

    07/02/2015 4:07:28 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 48 replies
    Yahoo TV ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joe Otterson
    “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that,” Ferrerra wrote in a guest blog for the Huffington Post. “Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective,” she continued. “Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energize Latino voters and increase turnout on election day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric.”
  • Why Chris Christie is smart to wave the white flag on gay marriage

    07/02/2015 10:48:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 2, 2015 | Amber Phillips
    After the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, many Republican 2016 candidates tacked to the right, vowing to fight for religious freedom next. Everyone from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee promised social conservatives they'd use their increasingly limited means to prevent religiously conservative government employees from being forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or to grant protections for religiously conservative wedding photographers from having to shoot a same-sex wedding. Let them fight over those folks, says Chris Christie. And he might be onto something. At a New Hampshire town hall Wednesday night, the New Jersey Republican...
  • How the Democrats became the new party of liberty (Because, "gay marriage" of course)

    07/01/2015 9:59:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | July 1, 2015 | Peter Weber
    In the U.S., liberty is a cherished ideal dating back to at least the Boston Tea Party, and both major parties have tried to claim its mantle. But the Republican Party has been more successful at it in recent decades, starting with Ronald Reagan's election in 1980. That election ushered in the GOP as we know it today — anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, aggressive on foreign policy — and marks the point at which conservatives were able to convince Americans that their ideas were boons to freedom. Last week, the balance finally shifted, after national Democrats almost universally embraced the Supreme...
  • Cruz: ‘Sad’ US Will Have Embassy in Havana Before Having an Embassy In Jerursalem

    07/01/2015 7:56:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) denounced the US opening an embassy in Cuba wondering “How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy in Jerusalem?” on Wednesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”Cruz said, “I think this is a serious mistake. It’s a manifestation of the pattern of weakness and appeasement towards our enemies that has characterized the Obama-Clinton foreign policy. It’s the same pattern that occurred — that is occurring with regard to Russia, with regard to Iran, and it’s a...
  • GOP presidential candidate slams Donald Trump as 'disrespectful'

    07/01/2015 4:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider ^ | July 1, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) on Tuesday slammed fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who he said has been "disrespectful" toward Latinos with recent disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. "Yes, clearly, they're disrespectful," Pataki told Business Insider of Trump's comments in a brief interview before the annual New York Republican Party's gala. Trump characterized Mexican immigrants in his campaign launch speech as "rapists" and drug runners when talking about how he'd focus as president on reducing illegal immigration. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best; they're not sending you," Trump said in his announcement speech....
  • Cruz Melts Couric's Mind: Hillary Started the Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    07/01/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Who do you think started the birther movement against Obama? You know the birther movement, the claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, that he was rather born in some Muslim country somewhere. And that he was not qualified, according to the Constitution, to be president, 'cause he's not born of American parents anywhere, and he was not born in the United States. Who started that movement? (interruption) Well, you're pretty damn close. It was Hillary Clinton that started the movement. It was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that started the movement. That whole thing was...
  • Marco Rubio: Why, yes, I do still support a path to citizenship for illegals

    07/01/2015 8:45:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A leftover from Friday’s candidate forum in New Hampshire via Eliana Johnson. I had a sense of deja vu watching this clip, and not just because I’ve blogged roughly a thousand Rubio statements on immigration over the past two years. Didn’t he … give almost this exact answer to Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” back in April, up to and including his endorsement of a path to citizenship as the final step in a three-stage immigration reform process? Come to think of it, he did! I wrote about it at the time. In fact, as far as I know,...
  • Five True Lies Republicans Should Tell In 2016

    07/01/2015 7:42:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    It’s time to define the Democrats the way they’ve done to our people.Our readers don’t really need to see another column, post, or podcast about how the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has wrecked the America we used to know, and we’re past the time where we wallow in grief about how the country is lost. It’s not lost. The fight isn’t over until conservatives say it’s over. Are you really going to just sit there and let a bunch of high-school losers who found religion in campus cultural Marxism destroy the greatest society in world history? The Nazis,...
  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    07/01/2015 1:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WAFF-TV / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt
    DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul's fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit - tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest - came as the marijuana industry approached its first presidential campaign as a legal enterprise....
  • Cruz Reminds Katie Couric That Hillary Created Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    06/30/2015 6:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Nolte
    Faded, former-media darling Katie Couric hosted Republican Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a full-hour to discuss a wide range of issues Monday. The left-wing anchor, who is now perched at a place called Yahoo!, introduced Cruz as a historic candidate — potentially the first American president to be born in Canada. Later in the interview, she questioned Cruz on his citizenship. The look on Couric’s smug face when he correctly reminded her that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that birthed the anti-Obama Birther movement, is priceless. It all starts at right around the 25 minute mark....
  • JENNIFER RUBIN: Trump, Cruz and Paul emerge as Todd Akin Republicans

    06/30/2015 5:18:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs
    In 2012, then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) took a winnable Senate race and turned it into a debacle for the whole party. His comments on rape were front and center at the Democratic National Convention. One news cycle after another was devoted to his ignorant remarks. He lived up to the cartoon portrait of a clueless misogynist and made the party once again seem like the party of rich, old white guys who cannot relate to modern America. In the 2016 election, Donald Trump appears on the scene popping off about immigrants and spewing nasty rhetoric. It was enough to cause...
  • Cruz: ‘I Like Donald Trump,’ Slams NBC For Cutting Ties

    06/30/2015 11:43:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Andrew Kadar
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz defended Donald Trump on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning. “When it comes to Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific. I think he’s brash. I think he speaks the truth,” Cruz said. In the outspoken billionaire’s presidential run announcement, Trump made a variety of controversial comments, some of which were aimed at immigrants. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting,” he said in his speech June 16. NBC said...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • Jeb Bush Calls Confederate Flag a ‘Racist’ Symbol

    06/29/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jason Horowitz
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two weeks after canceling a campaign event scheduled the morning after the deadly attack on a South Carolina church, Jeb Bush on Monday called the Confederate battle flag a “racist” symbol, reflecting the new Republican normal in a Southern primary state vastly altered by the racially motivated killings. The flag was one of “the symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history, perhaps not at the beginning of the time, but the symbols were racist,” Mr. Bush told an interracial crowd of about 200...
  • Meghan McCain talks marriage equality

    06/29/2015 2:36:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KTAR-TV's Mac & Gaydos Show ^ | June 26, 2015 | Staff
    The Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality has dominated the headlines since its announcement and it's been an issue Meghan McCain, blogger, GLAAD board member and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has been fighting for since 2008. "It was considered quite scandalous," McCain told Mac and Gaydos on 92.3 KTAR of her coming out in support of same sex marriage seven years ago. "It was the type of thing that got a lot of media attention, a lot of people thought I was crazy and completely out of touch with reality and now, people come out for marriage equality...
  • Indo-American Governor Nikki Haley May Use Flag Stand For Vice President Ticket

    06/29/2015 12:02:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Link ^ | June 28, 2015 | Staff
    Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds,” said Haley, who is the state’s first non-white governor. WASHINGTON – Growing outrage against a slavery-era Confederate flag, artfully channeled by South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley, nee Nimrata Randhawa, following last week’s racist-terrorist attack in Charleston, has pitch-forked the Indian-American politician into being talked up as a potential Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2016. The flag, seen by many as a symbol of the slavery-supporting confederate states that were defeated in the American...
  • Gov. Kasich on same-sex marriage: ‘It’s time to move on’

    06/28/2015 11:39:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | June 28, 2015 | Jack Torry, Washington bureau
    With the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage, Gov. John Kasich said Sunday “it’s time to move on” and shift the Republican Party’s focus away from gay marriage and instead solving “problems here together.” In an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation, Kasich said he believes “in traditional marriage” between a man and a woman, but distanced himself from conservatives demanding a constitutional amendment to allow states to prohibit same-sex marriage. “I think there are so many other things now that we have to focus on,” said Kasich, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In...
  • Former Clinton Adviser Predicts Bernie Sanders Will Beat Hillary Clinton

    06/28/2015 10:37:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | June 23, 2015 | Ron Chusid
    Bill Curry, a former counselor to Bill Clinton, predicts that,Hillary Clinton is going to lose: She doesn’t even see the frustrated progressive wave that will nominate Bernie Sanders. He initially looked at how Clinton avoided answering questions about her position on TPP, but then looked at her overall campaign. Besides economics, Curry discussed another major weakness for Clinton: “She’s weakest on the sleeper issue of 2016: public corruption and the general debasement of politics and government.” I don’t think she can enlist Wall Street oligarchs and recruit an army of dewy-eyed volunteers. Above all, I don’t think she can spout...
  • Marriage ruling divides GOP field into two camps

    06/28/2015 10:14:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | June 28, 2015 | Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday legalizing same-sex marriage across the country has confronted the Republican Party with a choice: to rally the base by continuing to fight, or take the loss and move on. Gay marriage is an issue where public support has grown with a speed unlike that seen on any other social question in modern history. Opposition remains strong, however, among religious and social conservatives. That segment of voters is crucial to the GOP coalition and a key to victory in some of the early-contest states, including Iowa, South Carolina and much of the rest of the...
  • Trump: ‘We look like we’re beggars’ in Iran nuclear talks

    06/28/2015 2:56:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/28/15 | Martin Matishak
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says the Obama administration is making the U.S. “look like we’re beggars” as they pursue a long-term deal on Iran’s nuclear program. “We look like we’re beggars. We look like we’re sitting there begging,” Trump told John Catsimatidis on Sunday during “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM 970. “The Persians … are very good negotiators. The people representing Iran are master negotiators. They’re dealing with fools. They’re dealing with fools,” he said, adding that Obama is “not a negotiator.” ADVERTISEMENT Trump said the U.S. and other Western powers “have the cards right now —...
  • Graham: Keeping Marriage Amendment In Party Platform Will Hurt GOP In 2016

    06/28/2015 10:45:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | June 28, 2015 | "Heather"
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Sen. Lindsey Graham told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that the Republican party needs to finally hang it up when it comes to keeping a proposal for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in their party platform, but that he made it clear they're not going to let it go as a wedge issue any time soon. As long as they can keep the religious right whipped into a frenzy over whether their "liberties" are being violated by not being free to discriminate against a group of people they don't like, they're going to keep going after those...
  • S.E. Cupp tearfully begs GOP to accept marriage equality

    06/28/2015 12:56:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jenny Kutner
    The conservative pundit tells CNN Republicans will become "relics" if they don't evolve on same-sex marriage.Conservative pundit S.E. Cupp got emotional on CNN Friday afternoon in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, which she urged the Republican party to accept. Tears welling, lip quivering and all, Cupp — a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, though not always for the most progressive reasons — begged the GOP to evolve on the issue, lest conservatives begin to be viewed as “relics.” “Those people there are not pariahs, they’re patriots,” Cupp said of same-sex couples. ”And wherever you stand...
  • Exclusive — Cruz’s New Book: Rove Thought Bush ’41 ‘Too Old to Have Good Judgment’

    06/27/2015 6:58:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    An exclusive excerpt from a new book by 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), obtained by Breitbart News, shows that Cruz detailed how GOP establishment operative Karl Rove told him he thought former President George H.W. Bush was “too old” to have good enough judgment to make endorsements on his own. Cruz’s new book, A Time For Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, goes on sale this coming Tuesday, June 30. In it, according to a summary document also obtained by Breitbart News, Cruz doesn’t disappoint—breaking tons of news and walking through his backstory and how he got...
  • BARNEY FRANK: Justice Scalia Is a Homophobe

    06/27/2015 3:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people won two victories in the Supreme Court today. We expected the big one: the fourth in a series of opinions by Justice Anthony Kennedy—one of the last sitting Reagan appointees—vindicating our right to legal equality. The unexpected one was smaller in public impact but also significant: Justice Antonin Scalia’s disclaimer that he is not personally troubled by the fact that we can marry each other. After a series of opinions, speeches and public comments expressing his strong disapproval of us, vigorously defending society’s right to express this attitude in discriminatory public policies, Scalia begins...
  • Glenn Beck: “Too Libertarian” for FOX

    06/27/2015 12:55:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Former FOX and CNN commentator and show host Glenn Beck appeared on the Howard Stern show last week. What follows is a partial transcript of those segments where he discussed “Third Party” voting as well as those portions where he explicated (his version of) libertarianism. Stern: It’s Glenn Beck who used to be on FOX news. . . Beck: It’s good to see you. . . . Beck: One of the reasons I’m here today is because we’ve got to stop. We have to find the people who may vote different, may be different, have different philosophies, but we’ve got...
  • Praising High Court, Hillary Clinton Assails G.O.P. Field

    06/26/2015 9:55:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | June 26, 2015 | Nicholas Fandos
    FAIRFAX, Va. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday night berated her Republican presidential rivals for protesting the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage and for resisting stricter gun laws after the mass shooting in Charleston. Reflecting on what she called “an emotional roller-coaster of a day,” Mrs. Clinton lauded the 5-4 decision recognizing gay marriage and renewed her calls for “common sense” gun control. But she saved her strongest words for criticizing the Republican contenders, who she said “seemed determined to lead us right back into the past” on those and other issues. “Instead of trying to turn back the...
  • After a tepid start, Ted Cruz plans to ‘play hard’ in Iowa (Joni Ernst's father supporting Cruz)

    06/26/2015 1:59:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    RED OAK, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz wound his way through the small towns and rolling hills of western Iowa last week, doing the gruntwork of retail campaigning: shaking hands, posing for photos, giving stump speechesand, most importantly: making entreaties for support in a state that could determine the trajectory of his presidential campaign. “Whether we win or lose, this race will be decided by the men and women gathered here,” he said last Friday to a group of mostly older people sitting on folding chairs in a conference room. Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucuses are often a high-stakes event for...
  • Take heart, Patriot Americans!

    06/26/2015 11:57:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 26, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    Take heart, patriot Americans. In the end, with faith in God, we will prevail over the forces of evil recently manifested in the two Supreme Court decisions. Continue to oppose tyrannical Obamacare and any other government mandates, and do not recognize gay faux marriage. I know that I will not recognize it, and neither will my Church: http://www.pravmir.com/archbishop-demetrios-marriage-is-a-sacred-institu... Work hard to elect constitutional conservatives who hold traditional moral values like Ted Cruz for president. Things may look glum right now with this tyrannical progressive onslaught, supported by most of the media powers, but not nearly so dismal as what General...
  • HUFFPOLLSTER: What The Latest Polls Don't Mean For 2016

    06/26/2015 10:32:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post's HuffPollster ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mark Blumenthal, Ariel Edwards-Levy and Janie Velencia
    A flurry of new national polls this week (from NBC/Wall Street Journal, Fox News and YouGov/Economist), as well as new surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire have political junkies buzzing, many focusing on a modest increase of support on some of these polls for businessman Donald Trump. With more than six months before the first primaries and over a year until the party conventions, it's a good time to revisit reasons why such minor shifts are less meaningful than they may appear. National polls sample primary voters too broadly - National media polls ask their horserace questions on the Republican...
  • Mainstream media favors Jeb-style conservatism

    06/26/2015 8:43:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | June 26, 2015 | Chad Groening
    A media watchdog says if Jeb Bush was really as conservative as he tries to portray, liberal media outlets would be as harsh with him as they were when Ted Cruz entered the GOP presidential race.As reported earlier by OneNewsNow, since officially announcing his candidacy former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been trying to convince conservatives in the Republican Party that he's not his father or his brother as he seeks the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. He also has tried to set the record straight on his pro-life record. Regardless, many conservatives still view Bush as a moderate and...
  • Don't Sweat the Donald

    06/25/2015 10:21:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | June 25, 2015 | Pete Spiliakos
    Eleven percent of New Hampshire's conservatives favor crony capitalist, eminent domain abuser, supporter of single-payer health care, and all-around-buffoon, Donald Trump for president. But they don't really. A fraction of the Republican electorate is having some weird fun with the conventions and hypocrisies of our politics. Other conservatives and candidates should resist the temptation to look down on people who say they support Trump. And part of not looking down on these Trump supporters (who are not really Trump supporters), requires understanding Trump correctly . While there have been many articles critical of Trump, National Review's Jack Fowler probably got...
  • VIDEO: Ted Cruz With The Special Report Panel

    06/25/2015 10:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | June 25, 2015 | Scott McKay
    This was an interesting 17 minutes of content. It took place on Bret Baier’s show last night on Fox News, and it was a tour de force of conservative advocacy. Among the topics – Cruz’ opposition to the trade bill, the aftermath of King v. Burwell (which incidentally turns out to be an obsolete topic since the Supreme Court inexplicably upheld the Obamacare subsidies this morning), how to fight ISIS and even a few of Cruz’ impersonations. Cruz may be fighting an uphill battle for the White House, and he might have to convince the less-conservative voters in the Republican...
  • John Lewis: Take down Georgia’s U.S. Capitol statue of Confederate V.P.

    06/25/2015 7:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 25, 2015 | Daniel Malloy
    As the nation debates the placement of Confederate battle flags, Atlanta Democratic U.S. Rep. and civil rights legend John Lewis said it’s high time to take a look at the statues under the U.S. Capitol dome, starting with one of Georgia’s. “I think it should move, be removed,” Lewis said in an interview Wednesday. “I think there will be other symbols, not just from Georgia but other parts of our country [that are removed]. … It’s the beginning of a movement that will help us move toward the realization that we’re one people, we’re one nation and we have to...
  • Donald Trump on Black Youths: ‘There’s No Spirit’

    06/25/2015 4:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Root ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nigel Roberts
    The GOP presidential candidate spoke freely about race as a new poll puts him second in the field of Republican presidential contenders. The entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. has announced that it is severing ties with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, after recent reports of Trump's disparaging remarks toward Mexicans. "At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," a statement released by UCI reads. "We...
  • Bobby Jindal hits Jeb Bush, hard, as he announces White House run

    06/24/2015 9:02:16 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    KENNER, La. — Bobby Jindal went there. As the 13th Republican candidate to enter the presidential race, the Louisiana governor tried to grab attention by going negative with his announcement speech Wednesday, smacking down his rivals as “selfish” politicians who are nothing more than “talkers,” and calling out Jeb Bush as a mushy conservative. “You’ve heard Jeb Bush saying we need to be able to lose the primary to win the general election. We’re going to help him do that,” Jindal said, kicking off his long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Presenting himself as an unapologetically religious, small-government conservative,...
  • Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

    06/24/2015 7:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    In a Wednesday talk at the Heritage Foundation, the Texas senator sharpened anti-corporatist critique. Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute stemwinder delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the “Washington Cartel.” That’s apparently new coinage, and you can expect to hear a lot more of it as Cruz tries to elbow his way out of the GOP presidential primary’s second tier and into serious...
  • CU’s Bossie Says Trump’s 2nd Place Showing in Poll Shows Base ‘Desperately Looking for Leadership’

    06/24/2015 5:51:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Citizens United chief David Bossie says the Fox News poll released on Wednesday reinforces results his organization obtained in a survey of its own. The Fox poll shows Donald Trump in second place among 2016 Republican presidential contenders, and Bossie calls that a clear sign that “the conservative movement that makes up the Republican party voter base is desperately looking for leadership.” The stunning new Fox News poll shows Jeb Bush in the lead with the support of 15 percent of likely Republican primary voters, but Trump is right behind him in second...
  • Donald Trump: A Mexican-American's take on businessman's clownish presidential bid

    06/24/2015 11:58:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette
    Recently, in Mexico, the candidates for mayor of the Mexican city of Guadalajara included a famous Mexican clown named Lagrimita. And in the United States, now that Donald Trump has filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, the ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls expanded to include an anti-Mexican clown. “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump said to supporters at Trump Tower where the real estate mogul declared his bid for the GOP nomination. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re...
  • Citizens United Poll: Trump Surges, Rubio Collapses (Cruz a strong third place)

    06/24/2015 11:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Results of a new poll show that Americans are fed up with career politicians and the establishment Republican base. In a Citizens United poll, Dr. Ben Carson came out as the top pick out of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second by just .1 percent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in third at 15.9 percent, and real estate mogul Donald Trump came in at fourth place with 13.1 percent. Citizens United, an organization for limited government, surveyed its members across America to find out whom they are currently supporting in the full field of GOP...
  • The Hill: Nikki Haley is the ‘Republican Wonder Woman of Color’

    06/24/2015 9:51:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | June 24, 2015 | Jammie
    The media is really covering itself in glory these days. Just yesterday the Washington Post well full on racist against Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and today The Hill ran with this nonsense from an obvious black racist who clearly hasn’t been able to comprehend what’s gone on the past few days. It’s the capture-the-flag you never saw coming.In a shrewdly mapped play, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) call to remove the flapping Confederate rebel jack from state capitol grounds suddenly prompted an entire party to reverse course on the issue. And after years of happily whistling political Dixie as...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • Trump and Christie lead the field in poll of GOP candidates voters can't see supporting

    06/23/2015 11:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 23, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    You've seen the polls that measure Republican voters first choice for the party's 2016 presidential nomination. But there's another measure of public perception -- this one on the negative side -- with pollsters asking voters to list candidates they could not see supporting. Pollsters for NBC News/Wall Street Journal asked that very question of GOP primary voters, and in that one, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal did fairly well. Jindal is expected to announce his presidential candidacy on Wednesday. While Jindal remains toward the bottom of the list in terms of voters' first choice for the GOP presidential nomination, with just...
  • Ted Cruz's team stands by campaign aide who compared Confederate flag removal to a 'Stalinist purge'

    06/23/2015 10:44:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Yahoo! News / Business Insider ^ | June 23, 2015 | Hunter Walker
    Lee Bright, a local lawmaker who is serving as the South Carolina co-chair for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), compared the calls to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol building in his home state to a "Stalinist purge." According to a spokesperson for Cruz, those comments don't conflict with the candidate's position on the issue. "What Senator Cruz has said is that this is an issue for the state of South Carolina and South Carolinians to sort out and I think that's what you're watching happen," Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said in a conversation with...
  • Rand Paul: Confederate Flag “Inescapably A Symbol Of Human Bondage And Slavery”

    06/23/2015 8:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | June 23, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski, news reporter
    “… I think to every African-American in the country it’s a symbolism of slavery to them and now it’s a symbol of murder for this young man and so I think it’s times to put it in a museum.” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the Confederate battle flag is “inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery” and needs to go. “No, I agree, I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery, and particularly when people use it obviously for murder and to justify hated so vicious that you would kill somebody I...
  • Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Calls Ted Cruz The Republican Frontrunner For 2016

    06/23/2015 7:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post's Media ^ | June 23, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With more and more Republican candidates jumping into the 2016 race, radio host Hugh Hewitt has a surprising take on the state of the GOP landscape, telling HuffPost Live on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading the pack due to a favorable election calendar and his social media prowess. "Right now he’s actually ... the frontrunner," Hewitt told host Josh Zepps. "Right now, I think he’s actually prepared better to run the board than anybody else. I know conventional wisdom says Jeb’s got the money and Marco Rubio is lighting up the crowds, and he does. But if...