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  • GOP is not slamming Donald Trump's views fast enough: Latino advocates

    07/04/2015 8:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Motormouth Donald Trump isn’t doing the Republican Party any favors — and his fellow GOP candidates are adding to the damage by being slow to condemn him, Latino advocates said Friday. “Trump’s comments are causing irreparable harm to the brand. It’s going to be very hard to come back from it,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The billionaire candidate sent the debate over border control into overdrive — and cost himself business deals — by saying Mexico exports “rapists” and drug dealers to the U.S. He upped the ante Friday after Kate Steinle,...
  • Trump comes up top in 'poll of polls' of voters - despite growing backlash over his comments

    07/04/2015 6:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Donald Trump continues to stand by controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants as his standings in Republican primary polls improve despite increasing criticism. The presidential hopeful placed ahead of perceived front-runner Jeb Bush in a new aggregated 'poll of polls' with 13.6 per cent support compared to the former Florida governor's 13.3. The rise comes as public figures and businesses continue to admonish Trump because of the comments saying that those crossing the border from Mexico illegally were 'rapists'. Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNN Saturday that the businessman 'made a severe error in saying what he did...
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...
  • One Of The Nation’s Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. “This is not a close call,” Cohen said at the news conference. “This...
  • Ted Cruz: The Constitution Wins

    07/04/2015 1:56:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    American Clarion ^ | July 3, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the most conservative presidential candidate for 2016, was recently interviewed by Hispanic TV channel Univision on a variety of subjects including the recent U.S. Supreme court opinion on counterfeit marriage. The interview turned out to be a great opportunity to inform the Hispanic community about the U.S. Constitution and conservative values. The Univision Leftist interviewer Jorge Ramos seemed to think “love wins” (translation: “perverted lust wins”), but Senator Cruz said that (like any patriotic American) he would rather the U.S. Constitution wins. He pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on counterfeit marriage was “fundamentally...
  • Movie Exposing Lies of Global Warming launching crowdfund July 8th

    07/03/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by greenliemovie.com · 15 replies
    NewsWire ^ | June 3, 2015 | NewsWire
    A New Comedy/Documentary, Called "The Green Lie", Investigates Lies and Cronyism Behind Global Warming that will launch a crowdfund, on Indiegogo Wednesday July 8, 2015. Boca Raton, FL, June 19, 2015 (Newswire) - ​​Awaken The Giant Films embarks on a journey going through the history of where the theory of global warming came from, how Al Gore is connected to it, and the cronyism connected to Global Warming alarmism. "The Green Lie" movie, will launch an Indiegogo crowdfund July 8th, that will expose false scientific data, carbon trading, UN agendas, green scams, and adds comedy while doing it.
  • Social conservatives and libertarians will get married

    07/03/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Philip Klein
    The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is comprised of many factions that are often at odds with one another. Prominent examples are the battles between the grassroots and the national party establishment and between defense hawks and non-interventionists. Perhaps fiercer than any of these fights is the long-standing conflict between social conservatives and libertarians. But when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, they created an opening for a wedding between these two groups, which could benefit the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 election. To be clear, libertarians come in many stripes. There are those who reject the political...
  • Hillary Clinton signals to Jewish donors: I’ll be better for Israel

    07/03/2015 12:27:04 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/3/15 | K.P. Vogel
    Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that — no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations — she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives.
  • Hispanic leaders aren't happy with how Republican hopefuls have reacted to Donald Trump's 'idiocy'

    07/03/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider / Tne Associated Press ^ | July 3, 2015 | Steve Peoples
    Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media....
  • Time Moves Richly Forward; Hillary Clinton, Provincetown & Presidential Politics – An Essay (MA)

    07/03/2015 7:42:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Cape Cod Wave Online Magazine ^ | July 3, 2015 | Brian Tarcy
    PROVINCETOWN – Hillary Clinton visited Provincetown on Thursday. Here is my only official reporter-heard Hillary quote: “I have been called a lot of things in my life. Quitter is not one of them.” I do not know the context of her saying it, but I heard it clearly. Clinton and her presidential campaign, or at least the fundraising portion of it, came to Provincetown to talk to about 300 people who donated at least $1,000 (and some $2,700) each to attend the event. The media were not invited, nor was the public. A small curious throng were kept a couple...
  • Brian Babin becomes fifth Texas congressman to endorse Ted Cruz

    07/03/2015 12:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    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 · 34 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 · 38 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 · 40 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 · 17 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 · 53 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 · 21 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 · 61 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...