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  • The Donald Donates to Cruz: The real estate mogul doles out cash to the fiery Texan

    04/16/2014 8:49:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | April 16, 2014 | David Catanese
    Donald Trump is showing his cards in the early 2016 sweepstakes – and he's betting on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The New York real estate mogul donated $5,000 to the Texas senator's leadership PAC during the first quarter, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission. Cruz's PAC, called the Jobs, Growth & Freedom Fund, took in far fewer receipts than the PACs of his potential White House rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. It took in only about $23,000 in contributions and then added approximately another $120,000 in transfers from other committees and rebates. Comparatively,...
  • Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan developing Obamacare alternative

    04/10/2014 8:15:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/10/2014 | BY DAVID M. DRUCKER
    Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Paul Ryan are collaborating on an Obamacare alternative and could announce the proposal as early as this month, according to Republican sources. Both Republicans have been regularly engaged in pushing legislation on major issues — and both have made it a habit to form cross-chamber partnerships to further those endeavors. But this particular partnership is notable given the high-profile nature of health care reform and that Rubio, Florida's junior senator, and Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman from Wisconsin, are both considered possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Aides to Rubio and...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • Facebook meme claims Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have anti-science views on dinosaurs, earth's age

    03/26/2014 12:22:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 86 replies
    PolitiFact.com ^ | March 25, 2014
    A new Facebook meme paints two leading Republicans as anti-science because of their alleged views of the age of the Earth. The Facebook group Being Liberal posted a picture March 10, 2014, featuring side-by-side images of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., looking somewhat sheepish. Bolded text under the images describes the senators’ views on the age of the Earth and the extinction of the dinosaurs. According to the meme, Rubio "believes Earth (is) 9,000 years old," and "humans hunted dinosaurs to extinction." Paul, the image proclaims, says the Earth is 10,000 years old and believes "God...
  • Failure to Report

    03/21/2014 4:50:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 21, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    House leaders seek GAO probe of State Department failure to report Russian nuclear missile treaty violationsTwo senior House leaders on Friday requested an investigation by Congress’ General Accountability Office (GAO) into the State Department’s failure to report Russian violations of a 1987 nuclear missile accord.“It is clear from my subcommittee’s oversight that the administration did not fully disclose what it knew about Russian arms control violations when it was trying to get the New START treaty ratified,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.“Its all-consuming drive to protect its Russia reset...
  • Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants As 'Risk Takers,' Defends Common Core

    03/21/2014 2:04:50 PM PDT · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    In a speech Friday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised illegal immigrants as "risk takers" who embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America and doubled down on his defense of Common Core. According to the Miami-Herald, Bush made his remarks in front of business leaders in Florida. “People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush reportedly said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay,” he added. Of course, the first action of those who come to the country illegally is breaking the law....
  • Jeb Bush a formidable foe for emerging GOP field

    03/21/2014 5:06:43 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 122 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 March 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Jeb Bush is casting a shadow over the entire field of potential Republican presidential candidates, as the former Florida governor continues to ponder a run in 2016 and keep his political options open. On one hand, the Bush name, a network of donors and his relatively conservative record as governor make Mr. Bush a force to be reckoned with. But the Bush name also could work against him. Even his mother waffled on whether the country is ready for another member of her family to run for the White House.
  • UVA's 'Crystal Ball': Jeb Bush Top GOP 2016 Presidential Contender

    03/20/2014 10:52:13 PM PDT · by This Just In · 42 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has not made any formal moves to indicate he will run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, but he is already rated as the top contender by one university, even though he does not lead in any preliminary presidential polls.
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • Two Of The GOP's Top Presidential Prospects Are Engaged In A Very Public Feud

    03/10/2014 4:35:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 168 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    On Saturday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference by a landslide for the second consecutive year. Conservative firebrand Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in second, but he actually gained the most ground of any candidate year-over-year. On Sunday, Cruz began making a play to draw foreign policy distinctions between himself and Paul, both of whom are considered two of the GOP's top presidential prospects. "I'm a big fan of Rand Paul. He and I are good friends," Cruz said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "I don't agree with him on foreign...
  • Marco Rubio: Russia is a government of 'liars'

    03/02/2014 9:05:53 AM PST · by don-o · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March2, 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Russia cannot be trusted to fulfill its international commitments because their government lies on a regular basis and is “increasingly behaving like an enemy of international peace and international norms.” Appearing on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Rubio reacted to Russia's Friday invasion of the Crimea region of Ukraine by calling the Russian government “liars” that the U.S. cannot trust. “Let's call it what it is,” Rubio said. “They are lying – this government is a government of liars, the Russian government. You see what's happening now in Crimea. I mean, they're claiming they're not there....
  • Sen. Marco Rubio Urges Decisive Action Over Russian Military Move Against Ukraine

    03/02/2014 9:14:38 AM PST · by McGruff · 107 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 01, 2014
    In an op-ed piece that appeared in Politico, Sen. Marco Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Russia's military intervention in Ukraine calls for no less than "immediate and decisive U.S. leadership." Rubio said that the conflict can escalate, with broader repercussions in the region, and that the United States must act swiftly and condemn Russia's actions. “Russia's illegal military incursion in the Crimea region in Ukraine is a grave violation of a nation's sovereignty and cannot go unpunished," Rubio said in the Politico piece. "First, President Obama should speak unequivocally and call this what it...
  • Holder's call to let ex-felons vote divides Senate Democrats

    03/01/2014 2:42:36 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons after they’ve served their time in prison has split Senate Democrats. Liberal Democrats who are not facing tough re-elections this year say it’s the right thing to do, but vulnerable incumbents are steering clear of the proposal. ADVERTISEMENT Holder has become increasingly outspoken recently. This week he declared that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that are discriminatory. Political experts say barring ex-felons from voting impacts African Americans disproportionately.
  • MARCO RUBIO DESTROYS APOLOGISTS (The useful idiots)

    02/27/2014 2:27:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 26, 2014 | John Hayward
    A new low in the disgrace of the American political class was reached when Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) took the floor this week to extol the virtues of Cuban communism. A new high immediately followed, as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) rose to annihilate Harkin, and all the other miserable apologists for left-wing tyranny. The civilized world continues to pay an appalling price for failing to cast out communism with the same vehement disgust we showed towards fascism. Among other things, the difference in our attitude toward these monstrous evils blinds us to their similarities. Too many Western politicians and academics...
  • Marco Rubio explains that Venezuela is turning into a Cuban-style dictatorship

    02/27/2014 2:39:08 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 26, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In this excellent 14 minute speech, Marco Rubio explains that Venezuela is turning into a Cuban-style dictatorship. He asks what good is Cuba’s high literacy rate if the government prevents the people from reading the things that they want to read. He asks what good is Cuba’s medical care if doctors can make more money from driving a taxi than from working as a doctor. He asks why, if Cuba is as great as its supporters in the U.S. say it is, do so many refugees, doctors, and baseball players flee Cuba for the United States, instead of it being...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio Blasts the Left's Lies and Willful Ignorance Regarding Cuba and Venezuela

    02/27/2014 3:20:54 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/27/14 | Mike Miller
    For some reason the left can never see the dark red side of communism. Yet they'll trumpet every flaw about America!Yesterday I posted in pictures the story of student protests in Venezuela and asked why the left was either silent in support or on the side of the oppressive government thugocracy? A day earlier, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), an arch liberal reported on a recent trip to Cuba where he swallowed every bit of left wing propaganda that was served up to him by the Cuban government. Senator Rubio (R-FL) followed Harkin to the floor with the real story about...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • Video: Rubio rips Cuba, Venezuela … and Tom Harkin

    02/25/2014 7:18:37 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25,2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    The U.S. Senator from Florida had listened patiently to Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa speak favorably about his recent trip to Cuba, all the while omitting any real references to the oppression of the totalitarian government there. To Rubio, like many Cuban exiles and their descendants, it was too much to bear. “Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at,” Rubio said Monday when he took to the Senate floor. “What they are really good at is repression…They have exported repression in real time, in our hemisphere, right now.” This wasn’t some Cold War-era fulmination about Castro’s...
  • Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela [Venezuela is becoming Cuban-style dictatorship]

    02/26/2014 5:45:26 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 24, 2014 | Senator Marco Rubio·
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_wKhXurFyI
  • After a Democrat Praises Cuba, Marco Rubio Blasts Communism Like No U.S. Politician Since Reagan

    02/26/2014 4:11:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 2/26/14 | Kyle Becker
    After Democratic Senator Tom Harkin praised Cuba on several issues, Senator Marco Rubio gave what has been called by Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo as the “best oration of his career.” Its passion and candor about the despicable socialist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela should put those politicians who can actually praise the oppressive nations to shame. The best lines from Rubio’s stemwinder, which is worth every minute: ◾Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at, because they don’t know how to run their economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern...
  • Ted Cruz woos Florida Republicans during Palm Beach event

    02/22/2014 7:00:24 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | 7:09 p.m. EST, February 22, 2014 | Anthony Man
    He amped up the criticism of President Barack Obama. He dialed down the my-way-or-the-highway zeal that often infuriates his fellow Republicans. And he left Florida political activists pumped up and buzzing over whether he'll run for president."Ted Cruz is a wonderful political figure. Smart guy. Knows his stuff," said Margi Helschien, who lives west of Boca Raton and is president of the Independent Conservative Action Network. "He is exciting."Tom and Vicky Thayer, of Boca Raton, are ready to consider him as a serious presidential possibility after listening to a 34-minute, late evening speech Friday from the Texas senator, who quickly...
  • Dem congressman plays 'birther' card on Cruz (Alan Grayson hurl video)

    02/21/2014 7:40:53 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 38 replies
    WND ^ | February 20, 2014 | Unattributed
    “Since Ted Cruz is a Canadian and our Constitution requires an American to win, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be Ted Cruz,” Grayson said. The questions about Obama, however, linger as an ongoing, official law enforcement investigation has determined the “birth certificate” he released from the White House appears is a forgery. The questions about Obama’s eligibility, nevertheless, have been publicly ridiculed by everyone from the White House on down. Grayson said Cruz “represents the element of the Republican Party that’s trying to hasten the apocalypse.” WND Founder and longtime news executive Joseph Farah, whose news organization has...
  • Republicans look to Texas in effort to appeal to Hispanic voters

    02/19/2014 5:35:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/14 | John Roberts
    If the Republican Party is looking to make inroads with Hispanic voters -- it need only to look at Texas. A recent Gallup poll found that in the Lone Star state the Democratic Party’s traditional advantage with Hispanic voters is much narrower than the national average. Nationwide, 30 percent more Hispanics identify as a Democrat than a Republican, compared to just 19 percent in Texas. Part of the reason is that Latino culture has been ingrained in Texas since its founding. Many families can trace their family tree back to when Texas was part of Mexico. But Republican strategist Karl...
  • EXCLUSIVE — PALIN CALLS FOR BOYCOTT AFTER BUZZFEED HIT PIECE ON TRUMP

    02/19/2014 2:55:07 PM PST · by onyx · 60 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 19 Feb 2014, 9:13 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a message for Donald Trump about BuzzFeed blogger McKay Coppins, and it's one that other Republican officials might heed when liberal journalists come looking to "humanize" them. "This nervous geek isn't fit to tie the Donald's wingtips," Palin told Breitbart News after Trump ripped Coppins for lampooning him with what he alleged were out-of-context quotes and boorish behavior at Trump's Florida resort. "Don't ever give him attention again."Coppins tricked Trump's advisers into thinking he would profile Trump as a potential "major" GOP 2016 presidential hopeful. As Breitbart News reported, the Jan. 5 email...
  • WH: Don't tax Olympians on medals

    02/15/2014 6:49:57 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House said Thursday that President Obama still believes American Olympians shouldn’t have to pay income taxes on the medals they win. But a bill by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) never moved in the Senate. Three Republican lawmakers — Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) — proposed a bill similar to Rubio's before this year's games, but it has also failed to gain traction.
  • Marco Rubio Won’t Say if He Smoked Pot

    02/11/2014 2:14:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Time ^ | 2/11/14 | Maya Rhodan
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio doesn’t want you to know if he ever smoked marijuana. In an interview on Monday, he refused to answer the question posed by a TV reporter, saying that the information could do more harm than good. “I’ll tell you why I never answer that question,” the Republican Senator said during an interview with Fusion’s Mariana Atencio in Miami. “If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, ‘Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made...
  • The Pivotal Role of Marriage in Income Inequality

    01/20/2014 1:02:17 PM PST · by xzins · 56 replies
    ChristianHeadlines ^ | January 17, 2014 | Stan Guthrie
    A Leftist is someone who advocates marriage for homosexuals but opposes it for heterosexuals. Recently, Ari Fleischer, a press spokesman for George W. Bush, responded to the current administration’s newfound desire to fight the plague of “income inequality”—which has spread more under Barack Obama than under any other recent president—by stating the obvious: that marriage is good economic medicine. “`Marriage inequality’ should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don’t,” Fleischer said. “According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just...
  • GOP insiders back Rubio in 2016

    02/01/2014 12:13:09 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 110 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 1,2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) political stock is rated a buy by major Republican fundraisers in Washington, who are bullish on Rubio’s future as a 2016 presidential candidate. A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington’s business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but someone they can work with. The fundraisers include Bill Paxon, a former New York lawmaker who is now a senior adviser at Akin Gump; Dirk Van Dongen, the president of the National Wholesalers Association; and Wayne Berman, a big-time donor with a...
  • Right says Republicans must get specific to roll back liberal tide

    01/20/2014 3:15:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Get specific. That’s the message conservative intellectuals and strategists have for the Republican Party as it faces an assault from President Obama and Democrats on issues resonant with struggling voters such as the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. Obama’s income inequality push comes as the tide appears to be rising for the left on economic and social issues, something evident in everything from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election to the legal selling of marijuana in Colorado. Some conservatives fear that the party has failed to make its case on how its policies can improve the lives...
  • Rubio, McCain: Gates should have waited to write his book

    01/13/2014 1:13:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 57 replies
    washington post ^ | january 12, 2014 | Niraj Chokshi
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have waited to publish the memoir in which he harshly criticized President Obama's leadership in the war in Afghanistan, two top Republican senators said  Sunday. "I would have waited, but as far as waiting until it's over in Afghanistan, I wouldn't have done that," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," though he was quick to praise the former defense secretary. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, made similar comments on CBS's "Face the Nation." "My preference would be that people would refrain from writing these sorts...
  • New immigration laws split America in two

    12/30/2013 5:30:31 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Benjy Sarlin
    It may come next week or maybe six months from now, but House Republicans will decisively determine whether to kill immigration reform or make a real attempt at passing it. No one would be surprised if Speaker John Boehner chose the former option. But the longer Boehner takes to decide, the more ground he cedes to states dominated by single party politics and eager to craft immigration laws in the face of a crippled Congress. Congressional inaction has left millions of families increasingly living in two parallel universes. Republican-run states turn cops into border patrol agents and cut undocumented immigrants...
  • Deportations of parents can cast the lives of U.S.-citizen kids into turmoil

    12/29/2013 5:38:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 70 replies
    Washington Post. ^ | December 29,2013 | Michael Alison Chandler
    Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year. Jorge Penate, a Guatemalan national who came to the United States illegally in 1997, has a hearing scheduled Monday that will determine whether he can stay in the country. A drunken driving arrest two years ago launched deportation proceedings and cast his family’s future into uncertainty.Jason wrote a letter to...
  • Dispelling Myths: The Case for Immigration Reform [Enjoy your made-in-America ZOT, troll]

    12/27/2013 11:24:17 AM PST · by honestabe010 · 6,559 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | 12/27/2013 | Brian Woodward
    In his press conference on December 20th, President Obama urged the House of Representatives to support the Senate’s immigration bill, which passed 68-32 in late June. Among the concerns cited by Americans who oppose reform are that immigrants will take their jobs, drive down wages, increase criminal activity, burden the welfare system, and reshape the cultural dynamic of the country. These concerns are mostly ill-founded. The legitimate concerns have real solutions, and a more open immigration policy will be a net benefit for all Americans... Highlights from Article: - A 2013 study by the American Action Forum states that "immigration...
  • “A Christmas Story” Director: Victim of an Illegal Alien

    12/26/2013 7:32:05 AM PST · by montag813 · 2 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-26-2013 | John Hill
    Above: Bob Clark, director of classic "A Christmas Story",and his son were killed by a drunk illegal alien on 4/4/2007. by John HillFor many Americans, Christmas means something else besides faith, family, food (and presents). It means movies: It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol (pick one), Miracle on 34th Street. On Christmas I often watch a modern classic: A Christmas Story, the irreverent adaptation of Jean Shepherd's memoir of Christmas memories from childhood. Many of our readers also caught this extraordinary film (at least) once yesterday, as the cable network TBS shows it non-stop for 24 hours every year at Christmas....
  • Illegal detained in death of 'Christmas Story' director (Flashback)

    12/25/2013 8:51:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 4/06/2007 | WND
    An illegal alien suspected of causing a traffic accident and killing movie director Bob Clark, whose “A Christmas Story” has come alongside “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” as a perennial holiday must-watch, has been placed under an immigration hold by federal authorities. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency placed the hold on Hector Velazquez-Nava, 24, a Mexican national who was living in Los Angeles as an illegal immigrant, according to a report from Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee. Agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said the hold means Valezquez-Nava, when his Los Angeles court proceedings...
  • Who Tops Cruz in Early Iowa 2016 Poll?

    12/16/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 75 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/16/2013 | Alexis Levinson
    Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the most popular of the would-be 2016 Republican contenders among Iowa Republicans, handily outstripping his potential competition in the state that holds the first nominating contest every four years, according to a new poll. ... Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, sits at the bottom of the pack. Just 46 percent of Iowa Republicans say they have a favorable view of him, compared to 17 percent who hold an unfavorably view. Despite frequent trips to the state in recent months, he is still not well known to many Republicans: 37 percent still say...
  • Cross-state presidential rivalries building for 2016

    12/14/2013 2:25:03 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12-13-13 | Mark Barabak
    Several possible contenders for president could end up running against political allies from their own states. Donations and bragging rights are at stake. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul D. Ryan are friends and political allies, one helping the other in 2012 when Walker faced a recall attempt and Ryan ran for vice president on the Republican ticket. But when it comes to winning the White House, Walker has sounded less than supportive of a candidacy by his fellow Badger State lawmaker, suggesting someone more like himself. "There's no doubt, as much as I love Paul and some other...
  • Paul Ryan says Marco Rubio should 'read the deal and get back to me'

    12/12/2013 10:20:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 138 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday pushed back on criticism to the budget agreement reached with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), saying he wants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to "read the deal and get back to me." In a post on Breitbart.com on Wednesday, Rubio wrote that the deal would continue to “make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.” Ryan was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”on Thursday what he would say to Rubio. “Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan said. Rubio was one of the first lawmakers to express opposition to the budget, even before...
  • THE CUBAN HOSTAGE CRISIS DAY 1460

    12/03/2013 8:41:35 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 2 replies
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | 12/3/2013 | HUMBERTO FONTOVA
    THE CUBAN HOSTAGE CRISIS DAY 1460 Humberto Fontova 12/3/2013 Humberto Fontova On December 3rd, 2009, Castro’s KGB-trained police arrested Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen working in Cuba on contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Gross has languished in a KGB-designed prison cell ever since. His crime was bringing cell phone and Internet equipment into Castro’s fiefdom to help Cuba’s tiny Jewish community communicate more freely with the outside world. A reminder: Pre-Castro Cubans enjoyed some of the most advanced communications systems in the world. In 1958 Cuba boasted more phones and TVs per capita than most European...
  • Marco Rubio on Edward Snowden: A 'Traitor' Who Sparked 'Conspiracy Theories'

    11/27/2013 10:24:35 AM PST · by kobald · 142 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 22, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    This week in Washington, Senator Marco Rubio accused a fellow American of treason. Edward Snowden drew the Republican's ire by informing hundreds of millions of innocent people that the NSA is spying on them... Anyone familiar with the Snowden story will understand why Rubio's comments are misleading. Americans are concerned about their civil liberties because of the accurate information the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor leaked. He isn't responsible for any conspiracy theories, except in the sense that a conspiracy is "an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act," and he exposed NSA and GCHQ cooperation on...
  • POLITICO Playbook (Rubio seeks to repeal "Risk Corridor" bailout provision from ACA)

    11/15/2013 6:51:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/15/13 | Mike Allen
    EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio plans to introduce legislation next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridor” provision, which would give government payments to health plans with higher than expected costs. A Rubio aide: “The President's announcement … increases the likelihood of a federal bailout of insurance companies … Rubio will introduce legislation … that will ensure the Obama Administration doesn't have unaccountable blank check-writing authority … [T]he current law gives the HHS Secretary broad authority in this area with no Congressional approval/oversight. Our legislation will … protect … taxpayers from potentially having to bail out the insurance industry.”
  • Ousting pro-amnesty Red-State RINOs (Graham, Alexander, Rubio, Hatch, McCain): Primaries Priority

    11/14/2013 12:05:37 PM PST · by Javeth · 9 replies
    A reminder that as primary season rolls in, our Priority #1 must be to replace the abominations of pro-amnesty RINOs in Red States with actual conservatives-- having an Obama-bootlicking liberal like Lindsey Graham in a state as solidly conservative as South Carolina, or a spineless wimp like Lamar Alexander in a reliably Red State like Tennessee (both of whom backed that traitorous, Constitution-shredding immigration bill earlier this summer), is even worse than dealing with a Democratic Senator. The Democrats could never win a Senate seat in such solidly Red States after all, so these are essential power bases for us...
  • Rubio Defies Tea Party, Endorses Mitch McConnell For Reelection

    10/20/2013 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | October 20, 2013 | Doug Mataconis
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over his Tea Party primary challenger: Washington (CNN) - One-time tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Sunday he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election in 2014. McConnell is facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kentucky from businessman Matt Bevin, who was endorsed by the influential Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday. “Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the...
  • Marco Rubio endorses Mitch McConnell’s re-election

    10/21/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 10/20/13 | Sam Youngman
    Two days after a conservative political action committee endorsed his Republican challenger, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was gifted a trump card in the form of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, like Kentucky’s junior Sen. Rand Paul, has enjoyed immense support from the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, and his endorsement of McConnell on Fox News Sunday gives the embattled senior senator some much-needed cover. Rubio’s backing comes at a critical time for McConnell.
  • Rubio Endorses McConnell

    10/20/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    National Review ^ | October 20, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) endorsed Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in his primary against Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin today on Fox News Sunday. Watch: [video]
  • Senate Conservatives Fund roils GOP

    09/30/2013 5:46:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/29/13 | Anna Palmer and Manu Raju
    There’s a new public enemy No. 1 in Senate GOP circles, and it’s not Ted Cruz. It’s the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that used to prop up underdog conservative candidates but now is training its fire mainly on Republican incumbents — rather than Democrats. The group has ginned up anger on the far-right towards Republican senators for refusing to use a government shutdown threat as leverage to defund Obamacare — a campaign that has been good for its bottom line. Since it started engaging in the defund Obamacare campaign, the group brought in the vast majority of the $3.5...
  • Ted Cruz isn’t Rand Paul or Marco Rubio. Here’s yet another reason why.

    10/21/2013 7:40:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Washington Post - The Fix ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    ".............Paul has signaled that if he runs for president in 2016, he won’t do it the way his father did, by mostly shunning the GOP establishment. Instead, he is expected to cultivate relationships with Republicans like McConnell, whose help making inroads with establishment donors could be very, very useful. Rubio clearly isn’t shunning the establishment, either. He worked on crafting an immigration reform bill earlier this year, something the establishment wing of the party has been clamoring for in the wake of a disappointing election in which Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics. And he didn’t hesitate to back McConnell, even...
  • Sens. Rubio and Paul grapple with a hurricane named Ted (political consultants "share")

    10/23/2013 4:47:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are seeking to stay relevant in the debate over ObamaCare, but they might as well be shouting in a hurricane. A hurricane named Ted. During this month’s fiscal standoff, Sen. Ted Cruz attracted the most attention of any possible White House hopeful on Capitol Hill. GOP strategists say Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has seized the role of Tea Party standard-bearer, giving him an edge with conservative activists. The grassroots army Cruz built over the last few months could help him in Iowa and other primary battlegrounds if he decides to...
  • Carr calls on Senator Alexander to Co-Sponsor the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

    11/08/2013 11:35:53 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | November 8, 2013 | Joe Carr
    Nashville, TN – Today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors – but Senator Alexander is not one of them. Conservative Senate candidate Joe Carr called on Senator Alexander to change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe it’s imperative the Senate pass this important piece of legislation. When Senator Graham announced his co-sponsors and Senator Alexander’s name was missing, I was disappointed. I am hoping Senator Alexander will change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. This legislation is too...