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  • Clinton Talks Reparation Checks, Black Lives Matter With BuzzFeed (AUDIO)

    10/13/2015 6:49:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | October 12, 2015 | Caitlin Cruz
    While campaigning in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down with BuzzFeed's Another Round, a podcast on race and pop culture, to discuss Black Lives Matter and reparations in a lengthy interview. As a part of the rapid-fire question round, host Tracy Clayton jokingly asked Clinton if she would be getting a reparation check. Clinton used the question to pivot to her campaign platform of expanding opportunities. "I’ll tell you what, I think we need to make many more investments in everything from pre-school education to affordable housing, that’s my form of trying to give people the chance...
  • Obama: Trump Can't Win; I Could Win 3rd Term; America Is Safer

    10/13/2015 5:43:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | Leonardo Blair, Reporter
    President Barack Obama believes America is safer since he became president, he could win a third term and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a "great publicity-seeker" who will not win the White House. Speaking in a pretaped "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday, Obama told Steve Kroft that while he believes Trump has tapped into genuine discontent among "at least Republican primary voters" the real-estate mogul won't be sitting in the Oval Office at the end of the election cycle. "Well, I think that he is a great publicity-seeker and at a time when the Republican party hasn't really...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls Out GOPers Who ‘Deny the Science’ on Climate Change

    10/12/2015 4:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 12, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Lindsey Graham today called out fellow Republicans who “deny the science” on climate change. Graham was one of several candidates who spoke at the No Labels conference in New Hampshire today, and he made it clear he just doesn’t get Republican resistance to climate science. He spoke of “business-friendly” solutions to the problem and said, “To my friends on the left who are making this a religion, you’re making a mistake. To my friends on the right who deny the science, tell me why.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Earlier this year, Graham said he has no idea what the GOP’s environmental platform is and...
  • Millennial voters weigh in on ’16 candidates

    10/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WGNO-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Anthony Perrucci, CNN
    CNN asked millennial voters from a range of backgrounds to weigh in on whether, and how well, the 2016 presidential candidates are reflecting the priorities of their generation — the largest and most diverse demographic cohort in American history — as they make their case to voters. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. Elizabeth Elizalde, 22, is a New York-based journalist and a former CNN en Español intern. Follow her on Twitter @EElizalde5. I’m a 22-year-old Latina living in New York City, and as a recent college graduate, I know the struggle of making ends meet. My...
  • 2016 GOP power index: Jeb breaks down, Rubio races ahead

    10/12/2015 1:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    2016 GOP POWER INDEX: JEB BREAKS DOWN, RUBIO RACES AHEAD In what could end up being the final pairing of the Republican nominating contest two 44-year-old Cuban American senators hold the top two spots in this week’s 2016 GOP Power Index. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, remains the FNF favorite to win the votes of Republican insurgents. Cruz is running a disciplined campaign and mostly avoiding the candidate-on-candidate violence of the cycle. And he is raising enough money to burn a wet elephant. But on the other side of the map, the terrain is shifting. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is consolidating...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (October 2015 Edition)

    10/12/2015 12:05:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FreeRepublic | October 12, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Narrow support for Trump (Massachusetts)

    10/11/2015 10:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Westborough News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Zachary Comeau, Daily News Staff
    At an event in Norwood in August, real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraced Maureen Maloney, the mother of Matthew Denise of Milford. In August 2011, Denise was killed on his motorcycle when he was hit and dragged by a pickup truck driven by a drunken man, here in the country illegally. Denise was dragged a quarter mile, authorities said. His death became a lightning rod on the subject of undocumented immigrants. “Will you close the borders?” an emotional Maloney asked Trump at the event via an arranged meeting. Trump replied, “We’ll get them closed, believe...
  • 'Democratic socialist' Bernie Sanders insists he's no capitalist as he pledges to raise taxes...

    10/11/2015 8:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    Bernie Sanders said Sunday that if he's elected president he will raise taxes on American companies and upper-income earners to pay for a $1 trillion infrastructure-rebuilding jobs program even as America's public debt crests over the $18 trillion mark and twelve-figure annual deficits continue to pile up. 'Real unemployment in this country is not 5.1 per cent,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' show. 'It is 10 per cent.' 'I want to invest a trillion dollars in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I do want to do that because I think that will create up to 13 million jobs.' 'Is...

    10/11/2015 7:52:28 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 63 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 10/11/15 | M. Boyle
    American Conservative Union (ACU) Ratings of potential candidates for Speaker of House: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) at 97% Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 92% Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 88% Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 82% Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) 79% Rep. C McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) 77%
  • House conservative group would 'look favorably' on Ryan for speakership

    10/11/2015 2:54:56 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 105 replies ^ | 10/11/15 | Jason Lange and Timothy Gardner
    The approximately 40-member House Freedom Caucus is at the center of turmoil within the Republican Party over who will be the party's effective leader in the House ahead of the 2016 presidential election. A group of hard-line conservative Republicans would "look favorably" on Paul Ryan if he ran to be speaker of the House of Representatives, the group's leader said on Sunday.
  • Care2 Candidate Profile: Ted Cruz

    10/11/2015 2:46:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Care2 ^ | October 11, 2015 | Chris Sosa
    Ted Cruz is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas. He was elected to office in 2012 and serves as a chairman on a number of Senate subcommittees. His past government positions include the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department. Cruz served as a domestic policy advisor on President George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign and was the Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. He is eligible to run for President of the United States because his mother was an American citizen at the time of his...
  • A key argument against taking Donald Trump's candidacy seriously is evaporating

    10/11/2015 11:16:38 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 168 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1 hour ago 10/11/15 | Maxwell Tani
    Donald Trump's continued dominance of the Republican presidential field has confounded many top pollsters and analysts since he soared to the top of the field in July. And a new poll shows that Trump may not be finished surprising them yet. A CBS poll released on Sunday found Trump largely in the same position he has been in most major polls in the last several months: on top. The real-estate mogul again led the pack, with 27% of likely Republican primary voters picking him as their preferred nominee as of today.
  • Clinton’s Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

    10/11/2015 1:08:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Michael Barone
    You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left. This strategy has risks, as Nixon, who lost the presidency once and won it once by narrow margins, understood. Your right- or left-wing stances in the primaries can hurt in the general. As happened to George McGovern, the leftward-tacking Democratic nominee in 1972, whom Nixon beat with 61 percent of the vote. In the four decades since only...
  • Quotes of the day (Many taking a second look at Ted Cruz)

    10/11/2015 12:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, more than twice as much as the $6 million that Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought in during the same period. Cruz’s campaign said it took in 184,800 donations in the third quarter, the average coming in at $66, bringing the total Cruz has raised since launching his presidential bid to $26.5 million. “We are thrilled to see a grassroots wave of support for our campaign gaining momentum all over the country,” Cruz said in a statement Thursday night. “Not only are we seeing a surge of new...
  • Rubio, Not Trump, Is Now the Defining Figure in the GOP Race

    10/10/2015 11:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | October 9, 2015 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Cycles in presidential campaigns begin with hopeful conjecture, outright lies, blind tabloid items that can’t ever be proved or disproved. This week the Marco Rubio cycle began. Marco Rubio is now the “front-runner” for the Koch brothers’ support and cash, the New York Daily News reported yesterday morning, citing a source “who ran into David Koch at a recent event in Manhattan.” That sourcing sounds pretty shaky — David Koch has never seemed like someone who blurts out his political plans to the restroom attendant, though, who knows, people always surprise you — but of course it’s hard to imagine...
  • Cruz to sub for Walker at Family Foundation gala

    10/10/2015 11:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2015 | Andrew Cain
    Another 2016 hopeful, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has stepped in for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the headline speaker for the Family Foundation of Virginia's annual gala Nov. 14 in Richmond. Walker was slated to headline the organization's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, but he announced Sept. 21 that he was dropping out of the presidential contest. Cruz also addressed The Family Foundation's annual gala in October 2013. This time his father, the Rev. Rafael Cruz, will join the senator and will discuss the importance of family and fatherhood. During his March 23 presidential campaign announcement...
  • Sanders stresses gun control, calls for assault weapon ban

    10/10/2015 10:48:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called for an assault weapons ban in his second straight day of talking about an issue — guns — where he has sometimes deviated from the Democratic Party's consensus. In a campaign appearance ahead of next week's Democratic presidential debate, Sanders cited two shootings Friday at universities in Arizona and Texas as well as last week's slayings at an Oregon community college. "Instead of people yelling at each other, we have got to come together on commonsense approaches which, in fact, the vast majority of the American people support," said...
  • Obama: Republicans have 'gone off the deep end'

    10/10/2015 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    Los Angeles (AFP) - President Barack Obama said the Republican Party has "gone off the deep end" with its messy failure to elect a new speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled House was left in shock and disarray this week when Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner to replace John Boehner, who has announced his resignation, suddenly withdrew from the race because of a revolt by conservatives. The challenge now is to find a consensus candidate who can soothe wounds and unite a fractious caucus. Obama addressed the drama at an expensive fundraiser at a private home in Los Angeles....
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought I’d address that question this week. Hey, I’m nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I don’t mention everyone. I’ve only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, “It’s just politics, folks. Not brain surgery.” I don’t necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe he’s a man of...
  • Marco Rubio takes lead in Sheldon Adelson primary

    10/10/2015 3:52:58 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/08/2015 | Alex Isenstaft
  • The Republicans’ Ugly Revolt

    10/10/2015 1:22:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | October 10, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    OVER the last two decades, through Bob Dole and George W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, it has become an article of faith that the Republican presidential nominee is a person blessed by, or acceptable to, the party’s establishment, meaning the elders, the bankers, the cool heads, the deep pockets. There’s mess along the way — brief tantrums by restive voters, fleeting triumphs by renegade candidates — but order and obeisance in the end. Is this the election cycle when that changes? The twilight of the Republican elite? Donald Trump’s stamina and the ascendance of Ben Carson and...
  • Trump’s No. 1 Fan is a Ricky-Martin-Hating Latina Birther

    10/10/2015 11:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 9, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Trump's most passionate worshipper thinks he was sent from Heaven, and has blanketed her social media accounts with pro-Trump, anti-establishment messages. “I’M HISPANIC AND I VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! YES, MR. TRUMP! WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!” That was the resounding, loud endorsement given by Myriam Witcher, a devout Trump fan who was invited on-stage by the Republican presidential frontrunner during a Las Vegas rally on Thursday. Witcher, a Colombian immigrant, was picked out of the crowd after Trump spotted her flaunting a copy of the issue of...
  • As Rand Paul stalls, Ted Cruz seeks to pick up support among libertarians

    10/10/2015 10:56:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 10, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    NASHUA, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to a convention of libertarian-leaning Republicans and talked about shrinking government, slashing regulations, fighting against the bulk collection of phone data and his great affinity for a rival in the presidential race. “I love Rand Paul,” Cruz said. Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator and scion of one of America’s most famous libertarian families, was fully expected to lock down the support of libertarian voters in the presidential election. But as Paul’s poll numbers have sagged nationally — and in such libertarian-minded places as New Hampshire — Cruz is trying to pick off...
  • 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 · 31 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 · 60 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...