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  • McCain: Focus on refugees 'misplaced'

    11/18/2015 12:14:13 PM PST · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2015 | Rebecca Kheel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned his fellow Republicans on Wednesday not to place too much emphasis on Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, calling their focus misguided. “I believe the overwhelming focus on the refugee program in recent days is misplaced,” said McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a written statement. “I especially encourage my fellow Republicans to recognize that refugees are not the problem – they are the symptom of the problem.” Since attacks credited to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed at least 129, Republicans have called for...
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 2:55:18 PM PST · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.”
  • McCain slams Cruz's call for religious test for refugees

    11/17/2015 11:56:31 AM PST · by VinL · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday panned the idea of favoring Christian refugees from Syria over Muslims, delivering a rebuttal to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a GOP presidential candidate. McCain said using a religious test on Syrian refugees, especially children, makes no sense. “I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.” It’s a rare example of McCain siding with President Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, on a hot-button...
  • McCain: White House Win ‘Extremely Difficult’ Without Immigration Action

    11/05/2015 6:17:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Roll Call's WGDB Blog ^ | November 5, 2015 | Matthew Fleming and Emma Dumain
    With Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s comments about immigration Sunday, the top two Republicans in Congress have now declared dead the prospects of an overhaul before the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of 2012, when Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate and President Barack Obama was re-elected resoundingly, Republican lawmakers and strategists predicted the GOP’s White House ambitions were directly tied to the passage of comprehensive immigration legislation. Many of those voices haven’t changed their tune. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the four “gang of eight” Republicans who successfully navigated an immigration overhaul through the Senate in 2013,...
  • Graham & McCain talk about the ‘opportunism’ of Ted Cruz and the need to fight the Islamic State

    11/23/2015 8:55:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 23, 2015 | David Weigel
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to the campaign trail this weekend, making seven stops in New Hampshire with his colleague and preferred presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). After the third stop, at an American Legion hall in Hudson, N.H., the two hawkish Republicans sat down for a joint interview about the refugee crisis, the need to send troops to fight the Islamic State, whether the secretary of state should resign, and what the world would look like had voters made McCain president seven years ago. WP: You both mentioned that there are senators who are late-comers to this issue,...
  • Is John McCain in Trouble From Kelli Ward Next Year?

    11/07/2015 12:27:22 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11/7/2015 | Jazz Shaw
     I remember people talking about running a primary challenge against John McCain since at least his 2008 presidential run. That came to pass in 2010, but J.D. Hayworth wound up being beaten like a rug to the tune of more than a twenty point spread. Next year its time for McCain to face the voters again and he’s already drawn a challenger for his party’s nomination. State Senator Kelli Ward (R Lake Havasu City) has been building a team and getting ready for this fight since early this year and she was recently in D.C. talking up her bid...
  • Tell that to the Marines!

    11/07/2015 2:05:06 PM PST · by pboyington · 20 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 7, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus doesn’t want to hear the truth. He doesn’t want to know the facts. Mabus is deliberately ignoring the Marines’ 900 page study, which describes in detail how women are poorly suited for combat. Conducted over nine months, the Marine Corps’ study involved about 400 Marines, including approximately 100 women. Men and women were assigned to infantry and other ground combat roles as part of the research. They began the experiment in North Carolina and then moved to California, undertaking intensive training in the desert and mountains. Marine officials concluded that women were injured more...
  • The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes

    11/04/2015 2:06:05 PM PST · by Wolfie · 23 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 11/04/15
    The Pentagon Paid Millions to Pro Sports Teams for Military Tributes That time 80 members of the National Guard unfurled an American flag on the turf during an Atlanta Falcons football game? You paid for that. That on-field swearing-in ceremony for soldiers at a New York Mets game? You pairs for that, too. That's because the Department of Defense paid at least $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams for military tributes over the last few years, according to a new report by U.S. Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), both of Arizona. The document shows...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Why Republicans Hate Ted Cruz

    11/02/2015 4:53:41 PM PST · by Isara · 66 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | November 02, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jeremy in the Wilds of East Texas. It's great to have you in the EIB Network. Hello, sir. CALLER: Hey, Rush. How are you doing? RUSH: Just fine. Thank you so much for calling, sir. CALLER: Listen I've got a lot to say so I'm just gonna launch right into it. RUSH: Do that. That's exactly what you should do, just launch, just get in, get it, and get out. Go for it. CALLER: I want to talk about Cruz electability. I've heard people talk and seen on social media where people say I'm not sure Cruz...
  • ‘The Five’ hosts scold ‘rude’ co-host as Jeb Bush imploding makes some of them testy

    11/01/2015 7:04:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 10/31/15
    Jeb Bush’s imploding presidential candidacy sparked an explosive debate among Fox News hosts on “The Five” this week. Tempers began to flare after Meghan McCain, the daughter of Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, argued that while Bush is flawed candidate much of the blame for his sagging poll numbers could be attributed to him having “bad people around him.” Being the “only person that has been on a campaign that imploded and came back from the dead” she believes Bush can make a comeback. “He needs to clean house with his staff,” she said before her co-host...
  • 'Irrelevant Clackery of the Clacking Class': Nicolle Wallace Slams Politico 'Cheap Shot' on Jeb

    10/28/2015 5:44:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Whatever Nicolle Wallace had for breakfast this morning, Jeb should down a double order . . . On today's Morning Joe, former Bush communications chief Wallace slammed a Politico story in which former McCain staffers rejected parallels between Jeb's campaign and that of McCain, who came back from the political wilderness to win the nomination in 2008. Wallace repeatedly pointed out that the sources for the story were McCain staffers now working for other candidates in the current GOP race. Such folks would obviously have a vested interest in scotching the notion of a Jeb comeback. View the video here.
  • Starnes: Obama Military Honors Traitor, Punishes Hero

    10/12/2015 10:13:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | October 12, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may never serve a day in prison. An Army officer is recommending that Sergeant Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial. That would mean no jail time, punitive discharge for leaving his post in Afghanistan. Donald Trump called Bergdahl a "no-good traitor" who should've been executed. Senator John McCain said in a statement: "There are allegations that some American soldiers were killed or wounded, or at the very least put their lives in danger, searching for what is clearly a deserter."
  • McCain: Russia 'Winning' in Syria

    10/06/2015 10:07:16 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/07/2015 | Chris Hannas
    WASHINGTONU.S. Senator John McCain criticized the response of President Barack Obama's administration to Russian military action in Syria, saying "everybody knows that Russia is winning." McCain, who has long promoted deploying U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, told Alhurra TV that Russia has established itself and become "the dominant player." "They have for the first time since 1973 played a major role in the Middle East, and they're achieving all of their objectives while we sit by and call it a quagmire or in the words of the secretary of defense, unprofessional," McCain said....
  • McCain: Trump Doesn't Understand Syria

    10/04/2015 9:38:30 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | October 04, 2015
    Sen. John McCain says that GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump doesn't understand the problems posed by Russia's new role in the Syrian conflict. "I don't think he understands very well the situation. And he's entitled to his opinion," the Arizona Republican said Sunday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." McCain was pushing back against Trump's assertion last week that the United States should let ISIS and Syria's army fight -- and let Russia worry about ISIS there. Trump's comment came as Russia launched air strikes in the region. "Do we want to keep slaughtering...
  • McCain can't beat Democrat, GOP congressman says

    10/04/2015 2:55:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Brahm Resnik
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  • ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK: GOPe in panic mode-Kasich support evaporates & Jeb! numbers drop below Biden IQ

    10/04/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Beltway Establishment's secretive plan to hand Jeb Bush the GOP nomination by flooding the zone with candidates (also known as the "GOPe Splitter Strategy") has totally unravelled. Let's start in New Hampshire, where support for John Kasich has fallen off the cliff: The rise of anti-establishment candidates ... have stalled Ohio Gov. John Kasich's momentum in New Hampshire, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows. Kasich, who a month ago sat in second place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, does not rank among the Republican presidential field's top 5 this time. Kasich has distinguished himself as a...
  • Ron Johnson: U.S. ground troops needed in Syria (echos McCain and Graham)

    10/03/2015 7:06:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    Journal Times ^ | 10/2/15 | MARK SOMMERHAUSER
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said he favors committing U.S. ground troops to a multinational military coalition that would enter Syria and create safe zones for refugees fleeing the war-torn nation. Johnson, a first-term Republican, spoke Friday at Madison-Kipp Corp. in Madison, at an event to mark Wisconsin Manufacturing Month. -snip- Johnson said he doesnt know how many U.S. ground troops would be required for the effort. Russias recent involvement in the region may complicate it, he added. -snip- Johnsons Syria stance puts him in line with other hawkish GOP senators, including Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain...
  • US Senator John McCain: Arm Syrian Rebels To Shoot Down Russian Planes

    10/02/2015 9:20:07 AM PDT · by Fennie · 145 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 2, 2015
    McCain reacted to Russia's announcement that it had begun launching air strikes targeting ISIS militants in Syria by calling on the White House to arm Syrian rebels with weapons to shoot down Russian planes. McCain initially responded to Fox News host Neil Cavuto's question about whether he would shoot down Russian planes by saying no, but then went on to assert that he would arm Syrian rebels to carry out that very same task. "I might do what we did in Afghanistan many years ago, to give those guys the ability to shoot down those planes, that equipment is available,"...
  • I Didn't Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This

    09/27/2015 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Bill O'Reilly ^ | 9/42/15 | Bernie Goldberg
    I grew up in a blue-collar family in a working class neighborhood (the South Bronx) where just about everybody (if not literally everybody) voted Democratic. In college, I was a liberal and proud of it. The big issue was civil rights and liberals were on the right side of that one while conservatives yes, mostly Democrats from the South were on both the wrong side of history and the wrong side of decency. When the issue of womens rights came along, I was on board with that too. I didnt think much about taxes, mainly because I...
  • John McCain visits Odesa, Ukraine

    09/23/2015 6:12:06 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 32 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 09/23/2015
    US Republican Senator John McCain visits Ukraine's southern port city of Odesa on Wednesday, September 23, where he is meeting the head of Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili. Having arrived in Odesa McCain said that the US will continue to help Ukraine. At the same time, he emphasized the importance of Ukraine's fight against corruption. McCain once again said that Russia is "a gas station masquerading as a country" and called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a bully and a thug."
  • Rush Limbaughs Defense of Donald Trump Is Shocking: Conflating license with liberty.

    09/19/2015 5:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 124 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/19/2015 | by Avner Zarmi
    Last week, National Review’s Jim Geraghty published what may be the most insightful essay yet [1] on the difference between the conservative movement and Donald Trump and his followers. Geraghty has noticed a telling reticence on Trump’s part to utter such words as “freedom” or “liberty.” By contrast, Geraghty notes that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used the word “freedom” six times in the 179-word announcement of his plan to replace ObamaCare, and Ted Cruz used “freedom” twice and “liberty” eleven times in his announcement speech at Liberty University, not counting references to the university itself.The reason for this lack of...
  • John McCain on Planned Parenthood funding: No way am I voting for a shutdown

    09/18/2015 6:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2015 | AllahPundit
    A morale booster for the big upcoming puah via CNS. The House passed a bill today that would freeze funding for PP, but that’s really just a consolation prize. Democrats will filibuster that if McConnell brings it to the floor in the Senate and then they’ll filibuster the spending bill if McConnell attaches an amendment defunding PP to that. If only there was some way to get around that darned filibuster, both on this matter and the Iran deal.Perhaps there is. Dozens of House Republican lawmakers are making a late stab at pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)...
  • McCain: Trump too divisive, `I don't think he could win'

    09/12/2015 1:37:35 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 91 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2015
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will never win the White House because he is playing to aging white voters and turning off blacks and Hispanics, U.S. Sen. John McCain said. I dont think he could win the White House because we have to attract voters, McCain said on Herald Radios Morning Meeting show yesterday. We have an aging white population in America and a growing Hispanic and African-American population and we have to reach out to them.
  • McCain: Trump too divisive, `I don't think he could win'

    09/12/2015 12:55:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2015 | Chris Villani
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will never win the White House because he is playing to aging white voters and turning off blacks and Hispanics, U.S. Sen. John McCain said. I dont think he could win the White House because we have to attract voters, McCain said on Herald Radios Morning Meeting show yesterday. We have an aging white population in America and a growing Hispanic and African-American population and we have to reach out to them. McCain said the Hispanic vote, particularly in a border state such as his home state of Arizona, is especially important. The Hispanic voter...
  • Judge upholds show your papers Arizona immigration law

    09/05/2015 2:33:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 5:03pm EDT | Ian Simpson
    A federal judge has upheld part of Arizonas contentious immigration law, rejecting claims that the so-called show your papers section discriminated against Hispanics. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Friday was on the last of seven challenges to the 2010 law. The section she upheld allows police in Arizona to check the immigration status of anyone they stop. Bolton ruled that immigration rights activists failed to show that police would enforce the law differently for Hispanics than other people.
  • Trump: Meghan McCain 'angry and obnoxious'

    09/05/2015 2:22:32 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 141 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/5/15 | Mark Hensch
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday said conservative commentator Meghan McCain has no future in television following her appearance on Fox News the day before. @MeghanMcCain was terrible on @TheFive yesterday, Trump tweeted. Angry and obnoxious, she will never make it on T.V. @FoxNews can do so much better.
  • Which Leaker Is Worse, Petraeus or Snowden?

    03/08/2015 6:17:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies ^ | March 8, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former four-star general and CIA chief David Petraeus pleaded guilty to one count of retaining classified information for handing over information in personal notebooks to his biographer girlfriend in 2011. He agreed to pay a $40,000 fine; prosecutors said they would recommend two years' probation instead of prison, although a judge could decide otherwise. It's a sad close to a government career for the man whose counterinsurgency strategy turned around the war in Iraq. He's an American hero who seemed all that much more upright when he resigned in November 2012 after admitting to an affair that compromised his position...
  • Graham opposes gov shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham told a campaign rally Tuesday that he cant support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, because it would endanger national security. In a speech on foreign policy in South Carolina, Graham said he is opposed to federal funding on Planned Parenthood but warned a government shutdown would impair our military, our intelligence community, the people we rely upon to protect us. The South Carolina senators stance puts him in line with Senate leadership but at odds with the majority of the 2016 field, who have backed the hard-lined approach advocated by fellow Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • The Roger Stone Zone: McCain Aides Attacks On Palin Grow Tedious Schmidt = Incompetent (Trump's Ex)

    08/13/2015 4:51:37 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 17 replies
    The Stone Zone ^ | November 19, 2009 | Roger Stone
    By Roger Stone The continued attacks on Sarah Palin by campaign Aides to Senator John McCain are almost beyond belief. Continued attacks on Palin, and on her performance as the Vice Presidential candidate by McCain Aide Steve Schmidt, are particularly ridiculous given Schmidt's track record of incompetence and missteps by the senior McCain aide during the Presidential campaign. Schmidt is, after all, part of the gang that had McCain suspend his presidential campaign and rush back to Washington to take the exact same position as Barack Obama on the first Federal bailout bill which in the end, only bailed out...
  • Ex-CIA Director: Iran's Nuclear Side Deal Like an SNL Skit (Video)

    08/21/2015 2:15:24 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 08:27 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former CIA Director James Woolsey says a report that Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site where it may develop nuclear arms is so mind-boggling, it's almost like watching "Saturday Night Live." "I thought it was a 'Saturday Night Live' skit. I mean not seriously but I couldn't believe it that they would let the Iranians inspect themselves," Woolsey said Thursday on Newsmax TV to J.D. Hayworth, host of "Newsmax Prime." "What do they have to do? Take a trip to the photo shop on the way to the data exchange so they can...
  • Kelli Ward Beats John McCain in New AZ Poll

    08/21/2015 10:43:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 60 replies ^ | 8/21/15 | Michelle Moons
    Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward, challenging U.S. Senator Sen. John McCain, leads the five-term Washington insider for the first time in a new poll. Her lead stands at nine percent. Ward was the choice of 45 percent of the registered Arizona voters polled, while McCain only garnered 36 percent. 1,271 of the more than 1,400 voters polled say they intend to vote in the 2016 primary election. Approximately one fifth remained undecided at this early stage of the race. Independent polling company Gravis Marketing conducted the August 15 poll. It surveyed 844 Republican primary voters and 427 Democratic. These new...
  • However it ends, Trumps surge is historic

    08/20/2015 8:09:04 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 69 replies
    Boston globe ^ | 19 August, 2015 | Keith Bedford/Globe Staff/File
    DERRY, N.H. What was once flippantly deemed the Summer of Trump has evolved into something much bigger: a singular moment in American political and cultural history. (snip) Trumps candidacy will be a moment that todays voters will have to explain to their grandchildren. What is happening with Trump is not a fluke, said Harvard government and sociology professor Theda Skocpol, author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Yes, he is a great entertainer, but he is able to take advantage of a number of dynamics in American politics as they exist right now. This is...
  • Trump's Immunity and Why He Will Remain a Contender

    08/18/2015 8:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | August 18, 2015 | Josh Nass, Public relations strategist
    By far the biggest story of the summer is Donald Trump's surging candidacy for the U.S. presidency. It's obvious why. Hate him or love him, Donald Trump knows how to captivate the public's attention. He seems immune from being hurt; I want to examine why. What is it about Donald Trump that allows him to survive any occurrence that no conventional political candidate could? And, not only that, but to use these instances to further galvanize his base of supporters, while growing it? This summer, we have seen example after example of this. People were horrified when he questioned Sen....
  • Kelli Ward to WIN Primary vs. John McCain

    07/15/2015 6:54:21 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 27 replies
    Kelli Ward ^ | 7/15/2015 | By Laz A. Mataz
    She is a state senator, a doctor and the only one brave enough to take John McCain on. She has a video..Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate She's all in. Has national management. Raised hundreds of thousands just locally. She's smart, attractive, people love her and she's conservative.From her website Dr. Kelli Ward It has been my lifes honor to represent the people of Arizonas Fifth Legislative District as their senator. I understand and truly appreciate the trust and support they have given me to do what is right. But when I look at whats happening in our federal government,...
  • Graham: Trump going backward on immigration

    08/16/2015 1:13:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 87 replies ^ | 8/16/15 | Vicki Needham
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed concern Sunday that the Republicans leading candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is going down the wrong road on immigration reform. Graham said that Donald Trump is embracing self-deportation that calls for all 11 million illegal immigrants to walk back to where they came from and maybe well let some of them come back. But I hope we dont go down that road as a party, Graham told CBSs Face the Nation. So the leading contender Mr. Trump is going backward on immigration and I think he will take us all with him if...
  • Carly Fiorinas conversion from Hillary Clinton fan to fervent critic

    08/16/2015 6:48:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 8/14/15 | Ruth Marcus
    In 2010, the then-GOP Senate nominee went all middle-school-cafeteria on her Democratic opponents hairdo. God, what is that hair? Sooo yesterday, Fiorina, already miked up, commented, quoting an aides assessment. Two years earlier, in the makeup room at ABCs This Week with me, Fiorina said something that, at the time, was mildly interesting, but is now revelatory. It was May 2008, close to the end of the long primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and we were discussing the two Democratic contenders. At which point Fiorina, then a campaign surrogate for presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, offered some...
  • Are we witnessing another collapse of the party system?

    08/15/2015 5:23:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies ^ | Bob Livingston
    I know its still early, but its beginning to appear this election cycle that conventional wisdom may not hold. The pundit class and the establishment politicians inhabiting the insular bubble that is the District of Criminals are flummoxed. They cant fathom why the hoi polloi will not fall in line behind establishment-approved candidates (and there are several, but particularly they are Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton). Some pundits are even offering to turn in their pundit license. For example, The Washington Posts Charles Lane told Brett Baier on Fox News Special Report last week: I think Im going to have...

    08/14/2015 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14,2014 | IAN HANCHETT
    South Carolina Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Grahaham criticized fellow candidates former Florida Governor Jeb Bushs and Donald Trumps ISIS strategies, while arguing that Hillary Clinton would kill Trump in the general election on Fridays Americas Newsroom on the Fox News Channel Graham also argued that if Donald Trump gets the nomination, Hillary Clinton would kill him. 62% of the people say they would never vote for Donald Trump. He his plan for ISIL, to me, is gibberish. No, I think what hes saying about foreign policy makes no sense. Ive learned a lot in the last...
  • Al Franken backs Iran deal, 5th of 9 Jewish Senate Democrats to do so

    08/13/2015 9:44:01 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 63 replies
    JTA ^ | aug 13 2015 | JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) Sen. Al Franken endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the fifth of nine Jewish senators to back the agreement. Many have expressed reservations about the deal, and I share some of those reservations, Franken, D-Minn., wrote in an Op-Ed on CNNs website. It isnt a perfect agreement, he said. But it is a strong one. This agreement is, in my opinion, the most effective, realistic way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon anytime in the next 15 years.
  • When Is Donald Trump Going to Release His College Transcripts?

    08/13/2015 12:50:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/13/2015 | Rick Moran
    As PJM’s D.C. Editor Bridget Johnson reports, Donald Trump once again hurled a personal insult at a rival for the nomination that questions the candidate’s intelligence.He said that Jeb Bush was “not a smart person” and Marco Rubio was “foolish and stupid.” He called John McCain a “dummy.” He said that Rick Perry should “take an IQ test.”Now he comes out and says Rand Paul is “a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.”What is it with these sandbox epithets? Five year olds shout “stupid” and “dummy” at one another, not grown men seeking the most powerful office in...
  • Ted Cruz Toys With Kerry, Carter, Moniz: "Sir, Do You Apologize Or Not?"

    07/29/2015 12:39:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tim Hains
    Ted Cruz eats up all his time playing word games with Secretary Kerry and making Secretary Moniz trip over his own words, and then gets cut off by John McCain before he can ask Kerry to clarify what he meant by this unbelievable remark: John Kerry Explains Why Iran Deal Is Not Legally A Treaty: "You Can't Pass A Treaty Anymore" TED CRUZ: General Sulemani, the commander of Iran's Quds Forces has more American blood on his hands than any living terrorist. Under this agreement, the sanctions on Gen. Sulemani are lifted. Sec. Kerry said to the families of those...
  • Transparently Predictable Political Tripwires: Tonight, Carly Fiorina

    08/10/2015 6:05:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 8/10/15 | Sundance
    Transparently Predictable Political “Tripwires”.. August 10, 2015 First the good news ! Many people are beginning to have the awakening, the fundamental paradigm shift needed to understand the rather complex construct of the GOPe machine. At the request of many people who are only recently accepting the scope of the ruse, that is the 2016 GOP primary, we are going to begin identifying the “tripwires” before they are crossed, and then highlighting the tripwire WHEN it is crossed. Yesterday we told you of a specific “tripwire” to look for. Today, we share what it looks like moments before it is...
  • Trump: You Will Know that He has Gone Too Far When Ted Cruz Criticizes Him Directly

    08/10/2015 8:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 173 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/09/2015 | Rich Lowrey
    People are again predicting his demise. The widely admired Megyn Kelly is definitely a riskier target for him than John McCain was. But since an enormous amount of his appeal is based on saying outrageous things and not apologizing for them, itd be foolish to think that anything that has transpired since Thursday will sink him. I wouldnt be surprised, though, if the debate and its aftermath check or reverse the progress hed been making in the internals of the polls (higher favorable ratings, fewer Republicans saying theyd never consider voting for him, etc.). I basically only have one barometer...
  • McCain: Senate transportation bill would provide long-term certainty

    08/05/2015 10:10:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | August 3, 2015 | John McCain
    Few things are as essential to economic growth and development as our nations roads. In a state as expansive as Arizona, riders understand the importance of having sound infrastructure, especially when it fails, as it did with the recent bridge collapse on I-10 in California not far from the Arizona border that continues to impact travelers across our state and region. Throughout history, providing for our nations infrastructure has been a central priority for both political parties. And, since President Dwight Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System in 1956, our roads and bridges have served as the backbone to our...
  • Graham says he can win New Hampshire - and McCain agrees

    08/03/2015 10:29:43 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/15 | KATHLEEN RONAYNE
    Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's confident he can win the Republican presidential primaries in New Hampshire and his home state of South Carolina, two of the first voting states in the nomination contest. "I wouldn't be running in New Hampshire if I thought I couldn't win in New Hampshire," he said. "It will be good for the party to have my voice." Sen. John McCain, Graham's friend and colleague and a two-time New Hampshire primary winner, agrees. He joined Graham on Saturday for a full day of events, including a town hall meeting in Manchester

    08/02/2015 1:31:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 79 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week on Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) said he will not be quiet when it comes to criticizing his rival Donald Trump. Perry said, Im not going to be quiet, when Donald Trump shoots a bullet through Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)43% and hits veterans particularly those that have been captured. Ill challenge Donald trump. You go tell Marcus Luttrell who was captured by the Taliban that he doesnt like being around people that have been captured. That is one of the low moments of this campaign from my perspective....
  • 'I'll win the Black AND Hispanic vote': Trump bashes Obama as 'doing absolutely nothing for blacks

    08/02/2015 10:08:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | Staff and Reuters
    * Trump said Sunday that 'black people 'are worse now than just about ever' * Claims Obama has done nothing for low employment rates * Weekend poll showed Trump has his greatest support yet nationally He has a 24.9 percent vote among Republicans, according to poll Days after assuring that he has the support of Hispanic voters, Donald Trump has now claimed that African-American people are also on his side - and that Obama has let them down. In yet another round of bashing the President, the billionaire said Obama has done 'absolutely nothing' for the black community. He gave...
  • New Scrutiny of the Flow of Iraqi Oil to American Consumers

    10/11/2004 6:17:18 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 1,129+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 11, 2004 | SIMON ROMERO and SCOTT SHANE
    As Saddam Hussein pressed the United Nations oil-for-food relief program for more money that he used to buy banned weapons, an unwitting ally may have been the American driver. Almost until the eve of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, American oil companies were among the largest purchasers of Iraqi crude oil. The role that the companies, including ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco, played in the oil-for-food program is now coming under greater scrutiny in the wake of a report by the chief arms inspector for the Central Intelligence Agency that disclosed how extensively Mr. Hussein was abusing profits from the...
  • Admiral: Carrier gap in Persian Gulf hinders war effort

    07/30/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Herosmith · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 30, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten and Chris Church
    WASHINGTON A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administrations nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence the first since 2007 under intense questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the Senate Armed Services Committee weighs whether approve the admirals nomination as chief of naval operations. Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir, Richardson...
  • Longtime McCain aide launches vitriolic attack on Trump, Cruz

    07/30/2015 11:59:27 AM PDT · by VinL · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/15 | Adam Lerner
    Longtime John McCain aide launched a scathing attack against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Thursday, calling the former a con man with bad hair and the latter his accomplice. Mark Salter, who has worked for McCain for approximately two decades and co-authored numerous books with the Arizona senator, writes in RealClearPolitics that either the phoniness in American politics has reached record levels or Ive grown irremediably cynical in my old age and that he was referring, of course, to Donald Trump.Trump, according to Salter, is a modern day P.T. Barnum, who enriched himself off of hoaxes and later started Barnum...