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Issues (GOP Club)

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  • Nancy Pelosi: Border Wall Is ‘Immoral, Expensive, Unwise’

    04/23/2017 11:26:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    NBC News ^ | April 23, 2017 | Kailani Koenig
    While a deal to fund the government this week won't necessarily include funding for the construction of a complete border wall, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday said there will be "enough to get going" — even as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it "immoral." Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview whether the Trump administration would push a government shutdown if border wall funding is not included in a bill to fund the government this week, Priebus said, "it will be enough in the negotiation for us to either move...
  • Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President

    04/21/2017 6:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ben Casselman, Kathryn Casteel, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Maggie Koerth-Baker
    In the whirlwind first weeks of President Trump’s administration, it often seemed as though he was trying to enact his entire agenda within his first 100 days in office. On Day 1, he moved to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. Within his first week, he instituted a federal hiring freeze; issued orders on abortion, immigration and manufacturing; and took the first steps toward building his signature border wall. And on the one-week anniversary of his swearing in, he issued the first iteration of his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. In retrospect, the travel ban looks like...
  • This Is How Trump Won (Pizzagate?)

    04/21/2017 6:30:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 21, 2017 | Larry Harris, Jr.
    I have observed many ideas about and reactions to the election since November that perplex me. One idea that stands out among Hillary fans is that Bernie was too dirty in the primary and has a lot of ground to make up if he is to win the support of the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party going forward. I will not address the absurdity of this idea here, but I highlight it to make a point: Hillary fans still have no idea what happened in 2016 that led to Donald Trump being president. This is particularly troubling given the...
  • Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

    04/20/2017 8:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 20, 2017 | Eli Watkins
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday warned that President Donald Trump could roll back progress on LGBT rights. "We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid. But she told those gathered there to watch out for "the progress that we fought for, that many of you were on the front lines for." "It may not...

    04/20/2017 7:10:26 AM PDT · by MostlyAnti-Lib · 30 replies
    04-20-17 | TEDWINT
    JON OSSOFF: A VICTORY FOR THE AGES!! Well, not exactly… What he actually won is the opportunity to get defeated in a runoff election by Karen Handel on June 20. This appears to be a slam dunk assuming the Republican voters of District 6 in Georgia will be intelligent enough to get behind their candidate and vote Ms. Handel in. This may be a bit presumptive. There seems to be an unhealthy attitude that has crept into the psyche of some Republicans lately: “If my guy can’t win, I’ll stay home.” If Ossoff wins the seat that has been in...
  • Let’s Talk About What’s Happening To The Democratic Party

    04/18/2017 9:37:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 18, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    The mainstream media is obsessed with how Trump is changing the GOP. But the real transformation in American politics is happening in the Democratic Party. This week, newly minted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will travel cross-country with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison on a Democratic Party “unity tour” that will take them to Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada—mostly red states that Trump won. The purpose of their road trip, dubbed the “Come Together And Fight Back Tour,” is to shore up a badly fractured Democratic Party and present some semblance of a...
  • Trump voters discontented? So far that's not what polls say.

    04/18/2017 3:01:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 18, 2017 | Peter Grier
    President Trump’s rocky first months in office haven’t much bothered his voters. At least, not yet. Yes, there have been lots of stories from the Rust Belt about stirrings of discontent among the Trump faithful. But those are mostly anecdotal and so far data – meaning polls – don’t back that thesis up. For instance, in a big new Pew Research survey fully 92 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Mr. Trump has done as well or better than they expected. Only 7 percent say he’s done worse. What this means is that Trump’s base remains intact. In turn,...
  • Warren on Trump administration: 'God, it's like dog years'

    04/17/2017 4:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is urging Democrats to focus on combatting the Trump agenda, lamenting he's been in the White House for less than 100 days. Warren declined to speculate if she could have won the party's nomination in 2016 or if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would have faired better against Trump than Hillary Clinton, telling USA Today, "We are where we are." "Donald Trump has only been here, not even 100 days yet — God, it's like dog years or something, it feels like so much has gone on. We've got to get focused on what we're going to...
  • Analysis: Beware the myth of the disillusioned Trump voter

    04/17/2017 2:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 17, 2017 | Aaron Blake, The Washington Post
    The New York Times reported Monday that a key congressional district in Pennsylvania isn't thrilled with its choice of voting for Donald Trump for president. The 8th District outside Philadelphia is a quintessential suburban swing district that has the unusual distinction of voting for both Trump and Mitt Romney by the narrowest of margins the past two elections. Hence the New York Times Treatment. The headline of the piece is "Trump Voters in a Swing District Wonder When the 'Winning' Will Start." A sampling: Usually, this pathway outside Parx Casino is reserved for self-flagellation, a private lament at the last...
  • Some Dems think they’ve found the perfect person to challenge Trump in 2020

    04/16/2017 5:56:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 16, 2017 | Justin Haskins
    Immediately following Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat against Donald Trump in November, many in the Democratic Party suggested the DNC failed because it chose a well-connected, corrupt, establishment candidate in an election cycle that heavily favored political outsiders. Consequently, many in the Democratic Party called on DNC leaders to find and promote candidates that could better represent middle-class working Americans. However, the early front-runner in the 2020 race to be Clinton’s successor, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), seems to fit the establishment mold much closer than the kind of candidate you would expect a party to pick that’s looking to...
  • Trump Will Win Bigly in 2020

    04/14/2017 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 13, 2017 | Roger L. Simon
    I have bad news for the mainstream media and the Democrats. Time to stock up on absinthe or hightail it down to the medical marijuana store -- Donald Trump is going to be president for eight years. Not only that, he will win reelection much more comfortably, easily winning the popular vote as well as the electoral college. I'm not saying this because I am in the slightest bit psychic. I always lose in Vegas -- and don't even ask about the track. I'm also not saying it because Trump just had a good week, getting his Supreme Court pick...
  • [Hillary] Clinton lauds free NY tuition plan as progressive first

    04/13/2017 9:40:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    North Country Public Radio ^ | The Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Hillary Clinton says she hopes the free college tuition plan approved by New York state lawmakers last week will lead other states to follow suit. The former Democratic presidential nominee rallied with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City for a ceremonial bill signing of the scholarship for poor and middle class students....
  • Woman at town hall rallies Dems to fight: “Sense our angst … Step up your passion.”

    04/12/2017 5:13:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Shareblue ^ | April 12, 2017 | Oliver Willis
    Grassroots voters are showing up at Democratic town halls to encourage their elected officials to strengthen their resistance to Donald Trump, a sign that the movement continues to grow and become more sophisticated. Voters want their elected representatives in Washington to show more backbone in their resistance to Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s agenda, and they are not reticent about making it known. The message was delivered loud and clear to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) at a town hall meeting he held at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. “Most of the disagreements with Mr. Casey or tough questions...
  • WBUR Poll: In Central Mass. Towns, Trump Voters Are Sticking By Him

    04/12/2017 2:58:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WBUR-FM ^ | April 12, 2017 | Anthony Brooks
    Despite setbacks on his effort to repeal and replace Obamacare and court challenges to his executive orders on immigration, President Trump remains very popular among his supporters in Massachusetts. That's according to a new WBUR poll (topline results | crosstabs) of voters in towns across the central part of the state that voted for Trump in November. In Townsend, voters chose Trump over Hillary Clinton 50 to 41 percent. It's one of about 50 towns in the central part of the state that went for Trump. And they are the focus of the WBUR poll. 'Pretty Much A Total Polarization'...
  • Trump: Clinton 'would be going to trial' if Comey wasn't 'very, very good to her'

    04/12/2017 2:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    AOL News ^ | April 12, 2017 | Christina Gregg
    During a FOX Business interview that aired on Wednesday morning, President Trump claimed his former 2016 election opponent "would be going to trial" if FBI Director James Comey hadn't been "very good to her." Speaking with FOX Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Trump was asked if he had regretted not asking Comey to step down once he assumed the presidency -- and if it was too late even now to ask that of Comey, should he chose to do so. Trump responded to the question in vague terms, saying, "No, it's not too late, but, you know, I have confidence in...
  • Democrats Face Uphill Fight if Trump Gets Second U.S. High Court Pick

    04/11/2017 5:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | April 11, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley, Reuters
    If Democrats thought it was hard to stop President Donald Trump's first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, it promises to be even tougher for them if he gets to fill another vacancy, potentially to replace the most influential justice, Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the court's liberals in key cases such as on gay rights and abortion, is one of three justices 78 or older. Justice Stephen Breyer is 78 and fellow liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84. Former Kennedy Supreme Court clerks said the justice, who turns 81 in July, may be pondering retirement either this...
  • The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton’s Electoral Rationalizations

    04/11/2017 2:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 10, 2017 | David French
    Democrats’ post-election autopsy boils down to a battle between ideas and identities. At this point, it’s safe to say that Nimrata Randhawa has a far, far better chance to be the first female president of the United States than Hillary Clinton. But here’s the question: When or if Nimrata (she goes by “Nikki”) — a conservative, Indian-American daughter of immigrants who married Michael Haley, became governor of South Carolina, and is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — wins a presidential election, will Hillary’s friends and supporters hail Haley’s ascension to the White House as a tremendous achievement...
  • TRUMPOPHOBIA: Democrats Enter Area 51 Territory

    04/10/2017 1:21:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | April 9, 2017 | Bruce Thornton
    The Democrats and some Republican NeverTrump bitter-enders are still so addled by losing the election that they have lost themselves in a political Area 51. Like peddlers of space-alien autopsies and earthling abductions, they are spinning preposterous conspiracy theories straight out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, while the real story––the illegal leaks of classified intelligence involving American citizens––is ignored. We all know the lurid scenario: Vladimir Putin, filled with hatred of Hillary for criticizing and sanctioning him for his invasions of his neighbors’ territories, “hacked” the election in order to tilt the outcome to Donald Trump. Trump, after all,...
  • Hillary Clinton: We Can't Protect Syrian Babies While Banning Refugees

    04/09/2017 6:03:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 7, 2017 | Alana Abramson
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the United States' airstrikes in Syria Friday, saying it was hypocritical to lament the loss of innocent Syrian children in chemical attacks while simultaneously forbidding those those children from entering the United States. Clinton criticized President Donald Trump's attempts to ban Syrian refugees from the U.S. She also emphasized the attacks need to be accompanied by a plan to end Syria's civil war, which the country has been embroiled in since 2011, when she was Secretary of State....
  • Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost to Trump

    04/06/2017 8:09:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 6, 2017 | Kendall Breitman
    Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control. The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny. Clinton's comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown's eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. She largely cited these factors for her defeat....