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  • America's Most Dangerous Cities (Still) Run By Democrats

    In 2012 the Daily Caller Ran this article which showed that 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities in America were run by democrats. (other 2 independents) So I looked into and found the current ten cities with the highest murder rates. And found the results are quite similar with at least 8 out of 10 of the most dangerous cities (ones with highest murder rates) still being run by democrats. 1 East St. Louis, IL (Emeka-Jackson Hicks,Democrat) 2 Camden, NJ (Donna Red, Democrat) 3 Gary, IN (Karen Freeman Wilson, Democrat) 4 Chester, PA (John A...
  • CNBC sets 3 percent polling floor for main GOP debate stage

    09/30/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Hadas Gold
    The next Republican debate will feature an undercard stage before the main event, the forum's host CNBC said Wednesday, assuaging some of the fears and complaints from lower-tiered presidential campaigns. Candidates polling at an average of 3 percent in the five weeks before the event will make the primetime debate at 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 28. A 2.5 percent average will be rounded up to 3 percent.  Candidates with a 1 percent average will appear in a forum at 6 p.m. EDT. The polls being used for the averages are from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg released...
  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • Judge largely denies Menendez, most charges stand

    09/28/2015 5:47:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Inquirer ^ | September 28, 2015 | Jonathan Tamari
    A federal judge has dealt Sen. Bob Menendez a setback in his defense against corruption charges, denying nearly all of the New Jersey Democrat’s motions to dismiss the charges or throw out evidence. Judge William Walls dismissed four of the bribery counts against Menendez and his friend and political donor, Salomon Melgen. All of those charges were related to donations Melgen made to Menendez’s legal defense fund, the Fund to Uphold the Constitution. But Menendez's most ambitious motions – attempting to have the entire case thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct or violations of Constitutional protections for legislative activity -- were...
  • NEW POLL Shows Donald Trump Expanding Lead on GOP Field (Free Republic Mentioned)

    09/27/2015 3:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/26/15 | Jim Hoft
    <p>A new poll conducted by Zogby Analytics after last week’s Republican presidential debate on CNN shows Donald Trump leading Dr. Ben Carson by 20 points.</p> <p>According to the survey, conducted September 18-19, made up of 405 likely Republican primary/caucus voters nationwide, Trump garnered the support of 33 percent, which is an increase of 2 percentage points since Zogby’s previous poll. Dr. Ben Carson remains in second place, but dropped 3 points to 13 percent.</p>
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 117 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.” “This is...
  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Smith
    He cited an online post he had seen from a 17-year-old gay Catholic. "The church has a lot to say about what I'm not supposed to do," the youth wrote. "But ... I couldn't find any church document (about) what a gay person is supposed to do with his life. I feel abandoned by the church." He said the church teaches much about the beauty of marriage, but then tells its gay members they "can't have this wonderful thing."
  • GOP Insiders: Jindal and Pataki Quit Next

    09/25/2015 2:55:52 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict. Bobby Jindal and George Pataki are the next two quitters in the Republican field. That’s the assessment of Republicans in the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire. . A quarter of Iowa Republicans say it’s Jindal, a frequent visitor to their state, who is on his way out. "He's become desperate," an Iowa Republican said. "He's taken to attacking Trump (we know how that worked out for Perry and Walker) and has nothing going on here in Iowa." Added...
  • The Republicans who voted against Boehner for Speaker (Jan. 2015)

    09/25/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 06, 2015, 02:38 pm | Cristina Marcos
    Twenty-five Republicans rebelled against John Boehner (R-Ohio), who won a third term as Speaker on Tuesday. The 25 Republicans, including three freshmen, didn't coalesce around a single alternative candidate. Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), whose nomination for Speaker became public just minutes before the vote, attracted the most votes at 12. Meanwhile, the other two long-shot candidates, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) only received three and two votes each. Additionally, freshman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) voted "present" rather than voting for anyone. And two Republican lawmakers voted for people who aren't even members of the House: Rep. Gary...
  • Mark Zuckerberg's $100 M donation to Newark public schools failed miserably — where it went wrong

    09/25/2015 9:16:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/25/2015 | Abby Jackson
    In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark, New Jersey's failing public-school system with the intention of turning around the schools in five years. The goals Zuckerberg set out to achieve — to enact a number of reforms that would make Newark a model city for education reform — are widely seen as a failure, journalist Dale Russakoff told Business Insider. So where exactly did that $100 million go if the turnaround was a failure? Russakoff mapped the money trail in her new book, "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools," which tracked the five years since Zuckerberg's...
  • President Rubio Fails to Get Double Digits in Fox News’ Own Polls

    09/24/2015 10:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The Fox News Channel’s efforts to promote the presidential candidacy of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are not working out so well, according to the Fox News Channel’s own polling. Rubio is at just nine percent, according to the latest Fox News poll, trailing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson by a significant margin. Trump has 26 percent according to the new Fox News poll, and Carson has 18 percent. Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is tied with the struggling Rubio’s nine percent, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) comes in next with eight percent. Former Florida Gov....
  • 'We're going to be the majority soon!

    09/23/2015 1:32:52 PM PDT · by petercooper · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 09/22/2015 | Daily Mail
    Full title: 'We're going to be the majority soon! Furious Muslim parents taunt New Jersey school board over religious holiday closure. Muslim families wanted Jersey City schools to close down September 24 in observance of Eid al-Adha holiday. After initially approving closure, school board ultimately voted to keep schools open so as not to disrupt lives of non-Muslim families. Students who choose to stay home Thursday to celebrate the holiday will not be penalized. By Snejana Farberov For
  • Muslim Parent Warns School Board ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’ as Meeting Gets Heated

    09/22/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by upchuck · 59 replies
    the blaze ^ | 9/22/15 | Jon Street
    The Jersey City Board of Education voted last week not to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays for Muslims. School board members in New Jersey made their decision Thursday despite appeals from Muslim attendees who showed up to advocate that the board change the school schedule. At one point, things became so heated that an official urged security to “take charge” of the situation. At least one person was seen on video being escorted from the meeting. “We feel alienated from the Board of Education, we feel alienated from this system,”...
  • The Backstory on Donald Trump's Four Bankruptcies

    09/21/2015 6:50:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The Street ^ | 09/21/2015 | Emily Stewart
    Donald Trump has never declared bankruptcy, but his businesses have -- four times. The real estate mogul, television star and Republican presidential frontrunner filed for corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. Three of the cases were related to his casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City, N.J. And even though more than six years have passed since Trump had his last run-in with Chapter 11, it remains a touchy subject. Trump was quick to clarify at the Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News in August that he had never filed for personal bankruptcy. Instead, he cast his...
  • De Blasio: Rubio Needs To Reread His Bible

    09/21/2015 5:19:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies ^ | September 21, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) discussed his disagreements with Pope Francis’ criticisms of global capitalism. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to Rubio’s remarks and suggested he should go back and reread Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
  • Donald Trump Extends Lead in First Post-Debate Poll;Viewed as “Most Presidential”(Trump 29% Ben 14%)

    09/20/2015 1:39:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 78 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Sep 20th, 2015 10:11 am | Jim Hoft
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump extended his lead in the first prominent post-debate poll released by NBC News Sunday. Post debate NBC poll: Trump 29% Carson 14% Carly 11% Jeb 8% Cruz 7% Rubio 7% Rand 3% Christie 3% Walker 3% Kasich 2% — Howie Klein (@downwithtyranny) September 20, 2015 Trump was also viewed as “most presidential” among the GOP candidates. NBC News reported: More than a third of Republican voters say that Carly Fiorina performed best in the Wednesday night debate on CNN. But debate performances don’t translate into vote preference overnight, and Donald Trump maintains his position at...
  • Trump Declines to Defend Obama's Christianity Out of Deference to Mrs. Clinton -- Who Did It First

    09/18/2015 4:17:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush ^ | September 18, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Before we go to the phones we have a guy from Miami on the phone. Grab audio sound bite number three, 'cause he's calling about this. Last night in Rochester, New Hampshire, Q&A, an unidentified audience member and Trump had this exchange... MAN: Okay, we have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. We know our current president is one. TRUMP: Right. MAN: You know, he's not even an American. TRUMP: We need this question! (laughing) This is the first question! (laughing) AUDIENCE: (laughing) MAN: But, anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us....
  • Hillary Clinton laughs at possible criminal charges in email scandal

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton burst into laughter when asked Thursday about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie saying she should be prosecuted for using a private email account and home-based email server for official business as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton kept shaking her head and chuckling when asked on CNN’s “The Situation Room” about the possibility that Russia, China or even 18-year-olds would have hacked into U.S. national security secrets that were stored on the email server in the basement of her home in New York.
  • December: Obama Fails to correct "Black Lives Matter" statement on NYC Cops

    09/18/2015 9:38:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    ...Patrick Lynch used his role as the President of the largest police union in New York to essentially declare war on Black communities.
  • Chris Christie on false Obama claims at Trump rally: 'I wouldn't have permitted that'

    09/18/2015 9:48:19 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 72 replies
    Today Show ^ | 09/18/2015 | Eun Kyung Kim
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says GOP front-runner Donald Trump must decide "how serious a candidate he wants to be," after failing to correct a questioner who said President Obama was a Muslim and not a U.S. citizen. "I wouldn't have permitted that," Christie responded when asked how he would have handled the same situation. "I would correct him. I'd say that the president's a Christian and he was born in this country. Those two things are self-evident." Thursday night in New Hampshire, in front of about 3,000 fans, the first questioner told Trump, "We have a problem in this...
  • Poll: Fiorina Wins Debate, Trump Still Leads

    09/18/2015 8:48:35 AM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 60 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | September 18, 2015 | Reid Wilson
    FTA: Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field. Thirty-six percent of registered voters who watched the debate said they would choose Trump, compared with 12 percent for Carson and 10 percent for Fiorina. Rubio placed fourth, at 9 percent, followed by 7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 6 percent for Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
  • After backlash, Jersey City won't close school for Islamic holiday

    09/18/2015 9:12:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 18, 2015
    Jersey City's school board decided against adding an Islamic holiday to its official school closure list after backlash from the Jewish community, according to NBC New York. The board met on Thursday to discuss the vote on closing school on Sept. 24 for Eid al-Adha, an idea some school officials previously spoke of warmly, given the community's large Muslim population. The city has already established this holiday and Diwali as city holidays. But NBC New York reported that Jewish members of the community claimed discrimination, since they do not have off for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom...
  • Mark Levin: My brief take on the debate (I will discuss it more fully on my program tonight)

    09/17/2015 8:53:28 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 147 replies
    Mark Levin Facebook ^ | 09/17/2015 | Mark Levin
    1. CNN's format was awful. The entire effort was intended to instigate fights between and among the candidates. They wanted a brawl. The early part of the debate was the worst -- right out of the box, piling on Donald Trump. Like Trump or not, this is a Republican debate. As I've been saying for a while, when will the RNC stop turning over the GOP debates to the media? I find these debate formats demeaning of the candidates and not particularly informative. 2. Twice now Ted Cruz was treated as a third-tier candidate. He received very little time and...
  • Exclusive–Ann Coulter: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Understand the Immigration Primary

    08/07/2015 12:20:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    It’s still all the Donald. He was the big man on stage. They challenged him in that first question about supporting the eventual nominee — whomever it may be — and he was right to refuse. The issues he represents cannot be subordinated to party. One wishes he had hammered the immigration point in that first question, by saying: “Any candidate who doesn’t respond to the threat of uncontrolled immigration cannot represent me.” He’d better understand that’s his signature issue. Other than that, he sounds informed, smart, and presidential. Brilliant on Obamacare. Brilliant on giving money to politicians. Brilliant on...
  • Iowa View: Fiorina, Rubio, Christie and Cruz on top after debate

    09/17/2015 12:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    USA Today | September 17, 2015 | Steve Deace, Iowa talk radio host
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  • Candidates With Most to Gain and Lose in Debate Wednesday Night

    09/16/2015 11:41:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 16, 2015 | Frank Newport
    Tonight's GOP debate, to be broadcast on CNN, will almost certainly enjoy the type of record ratings generated by the previous debate on the Fox News Channel. The 11 candidates on the main stage will again have a potent opportunity to change how they are perceived by the Republican electorate -- one of the main purposes of these media events. What follows are my nominations for challenges faced by specific candidates on a number of dimensions leading into the debate. Most to Gain in Terms of Name Identification The first debate worked significantly to the advantage of Ben Carson, Carly...
  • Ann Coulter Accuses Republican Candidates of Pandering to '(Blank) Jews'

    09/16/2015 10:35:42 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 214 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 09/16/2015 | Haaretz
    <p>Controversial pundit tweets 'how many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?' after several candidates in Republican debate stress improved U.S. ties with Israel.</p>
  • Linden Football Player Hits Immaculata Player in Head with Helmet on Video

    09/16/2015 11:33:35 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 43 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Joseph Zucker
    A member of the Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) High School football team required 10 stitches after being struck in the head by a defensive lineman for Linden (N.J.) High School on Friday. Harry Frezza and Greg Tufaro of reported that the Linden player, who was flagged but not ejected, grabbed the helmet off the Immaculata player and hit him in the head with it.
  • PRINCETON: Legal uncertainty surrounds how much affordable housing the town must create

    09/14/2015 3:54:55 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 29 replies ^ | 09/14/2015 | Philip Sean Curran,
    --snip-- the state Supreme Court said trial courts would be responsible for ensuring that towns meet their constitutional responsibilities to provide housing opportunities. That mandate was established by earlier Supreme Court rulings, in what are known as the high court’s Mt. Laurel decisions. The latest ruling was hailed by housing advocates — and homebuilders, who stand to make a financial windfall in the coming years.
  • With Rick Perry Out, the Culling of the GOP Herd Begins—Here’s Who’s Next

    09/14/2015 2:31:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liz Peek
    With Rick Perry Out, the Culling of the GOP Herd Begins—Here’s Who’s Next By Liz Peek September 13, 2015 5:15 AM /snip Those two are easy to dismiss. Others who should withdraw will likely take more convincing. On the basis of today’s polling, Lindsay Graham is facing ultra-long odds. (A prominent London bookmaker places his chance of winning the nomination at 66 to 1, only slightly worse than John McCain, who isn’t running). A recent survey of GOP primary voters in his home state of South Carolina showed that 78 percent think Graham should drop out of the race –...
  • Stu Rothenberg Becoming a Trump Believer

    09/11/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 9, 2015 | Rick Moran
    One of the most knowledgeable and respected political analysts in the country has changed his mind about Donald Trump, now believing the real estate tycoon is for real and is in it for the long haul. Stuart Rothenberg first thought that “once Iowa Republicans start to see the caucuses as an opportunity to select the next president, rather than an opportunity to express their frustration and anger, they will turn away from Trump (and other outsiders) and toward politically experienced, mainstream contenders.” But with the recent rise in Trump’s favorable rating, and after speaking with GOP strategists in Iowa, Rothenberg...
  • Quinnipiac poll of Iowa: Trump leads with 27% as Scott Walker crashes to … tenth place

    09/11/2015 10:58:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tenth farking place. Three months ago, I would have told you that a midwestern evangelical governor with Scott Walker’s record could stay home in Wisconsin and never campaign and still do no worse than, say, third in Iowa. Remember, this is supposed to be Walker’s must-win early state. Donald Trump has the support of 27 percent of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, with 21 percent for Ben Carson and 9 percent for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to the results of a July 1 survey by the independent Quinnipiac...
  • A Significant Reassessment of the GOP Race

    09/09/2015 10:46:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Roll CaLL ^ | September 9, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Republican Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon, I now believe. That assessment doesn’t mean I think Trump is the favorite for the Iowa caucuses or the GOP nomination, but it does reflect a fundamental shift in my thinking. I can no longer say that with any certainty, though it remains the single most likely outcome. Trump’s favorable rating jumped from 27 percent in the May Selzer & Company’s Iowa Poll for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics to 61 percent in the August 23-25 Selzer survey. At the same time, his unfavorable rating dropped from 63 percent to...
  • United Airlines Executives Resign Amid Bridgegate-Related Corruption Probe

    09/09/2015 8:52:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    NYMAG ^ | 9-9-2015 | Margeret Hartmann
    The Bridgegate scandal has yet to take down New Jersey governor Chris Christie (though it probably hasn't helped his 2016 chances), but in an unexpected twist, it indirectly sparked the resignation of a handful of top United Airlines executives. Jeff Smisek, chairman and chief executive, Nene Foxhall, executive vice president for communications and government affairs, and Mark R. Anderson, senior vice president for corporate and government affairs, stepped down on Tuesday amid a federal corruption probe into whether the airline launched an unprofitable Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, flight solely for the benefit of the Port Authority of New York...
  • Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

    09/07/2015 1:16:15 PM PDT · by WonkyTonky · 31 replies ^ | August 30, 2015 | Mark Lagerkvist
    For the past quarter century, Armando Fontoura has been looting a New Jersey state pension fund. But it won’t do any good to call the cops. Fontoura is sheriff of Essex County. A dean among double-dippers, he draws $207,289 a year from public coffers – $144,896 in salary plus $62,393 from pension as a retiree of his own office. Today is the 25th anniversary of Fontoura’s faux retirement. So far, he has collected $1.35 million in retirement cash without ever giving up his full-time county paycheck On Friday, Aug. 31, 1990, Fontoura retired as county undersheriff at age 47. The...
  • The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton: Cancel the Wedding?

    09/06/2015 9:08:45 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2015 | Bill Kristol
    A few people have asked me to elaborate on the thought I tried hurriedly to express at the end of the This Week roundtable. Here it is: Republicans have a problem, while Democrats have a crisis. Clinton, Hillary Republicans have had an exciting summer fling with Donald Trump, and are about to embark on a fall romance with Ben Carson. It will be little delicate to unwind those relationships. But it will happen, I believe—probably sooner rather than later (I'd bet against either Trump or Carson winning a primary). When it comes down to selecting a nominee, the GOP finalists...
  • New Labor Day Polls Show Trump Leading in GOP Favorability & Defeating Every Democrat Challenger

    09/05/2015 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 47 replies
    Two Labor Day Polls Portend ‘Splodey Heads For The Anti-Trump Advocates…. Earlier today Gallup released a poll showing that Trump is the most heavily favored candidate (63% Approval Rating) amid Republicans. A devastating defeat for the establishment GOP (GOPe) who are seeking to push their preferred candidate Jeb Bush. Such substantive favorable opinion of candidate Trump puts the RNC/GOPe in a difficult position as they plot to begin their collective assault against the unpalatable frontrunner. But tonight the news for the Vichy Republican crowd is infinite degrees worse. As they plot the best course of Trump’s annihilation – national polls...
  • Christie, Kasich won’t join criticism of Black Lives Matter rhetoric

    09/04/2015 3:29:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 09/04/2015 | David Weigel
    BERLIN, N.H. -- The Republican primary's scramble to the right has led to pointed criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement, and of the Obama administration's approach to police reform. After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) criticized the president for "vilifying" law enforcement, other candidates found reasons to blame Democrats for an atmosphere where protesters could chant threats to police. "In the last six years under President Obama, we've seen a rise in anti-police rhetoric," wrote Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) in an op-ed this week. "Instead of hope and change, we've seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law...
  • Dem Sen. Cardin opposes Iran deal (37 Senate Dems support, 6 undeclared, 3 oppose)

    09/04/2015 9:26:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 04, 2015, 12:05 pm | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday that he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal, making him the third Senate Democrat to come out against the agreement. "This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "The JCPOA legitimizes Iran's nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it would leave Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time." The opposition of Cardin — the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is a setback...
  • Hakeem Jeffries for New York Mayor? Some Say Yes, But He Hesitates

    09/03/2015 3:40:57 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 3, 2015 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    In Washington, Mr. Jeffries, a second-term congressman, is best known as a collegial, next-generation Democrat with a keen interest in criminal justice reform. In New York, however, he has positioned himself at a nexus of powerful interests that have grown frustrated during Mr. de Blasio’s tenure.... Where Mr. de Blasio has opposed charter schools, Mr. Jeffries has firmly defended them; in April, he addressed a fund-raising gala for the Success Academy organization, a fast-growing charter network heavily backed by wealthy critics of the mayor. When Mr. de Blasio sought to limit expansion of the ride-hailing company Uber, Mr. Jeffries spoke...
  • Trump hits 30 percent in new poll

    09/03/2015 10:59:09 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3 Sep 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump has reached a new high in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. According to a Monmouth University survey released on Thursday, Trump takes 30 percent support nationally, a four-point gain over the same survey from before the first GOP debate. Ben Carson is a distant second place in the poll, taking 18 percent support. The retired neurosurgeon has risen sharply in the polls over the past month. He was at only 5 percent support in the same poll from early August. The rest of the Republican field isn’t even in the same ballpark. Former Florida Gov. Jeb...
  • Chris Christie Rand Paul scraping the bottom in new PPP poll (60%+ Trump voters: Obama not U.S. born

    09/01/2015 7:05:00 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    MSNBC (Maddow Blog) ^ | 8/31/2015 | Will Femia
    Tonight, Public Policy Polling gave the Rachel Maddow Show a sneak peek at their results of their August 28-30 poll to be released tomorrow. While the findings at the top of the poll are what we've come to expect from the Republican field - Donald Trump and Ben Carson - securing the top spots - what is more surprising is to find beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support. The poll also shows the tea party character of the Republican Party, with strong birther views and a dubious grasp of some key...
  • Christie tells Fallon he might 'go nuclear' in next Debate

    09/01/2015 3:14:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 31, 2015
    Chris Christie says he's thinking of taking a more aggressive approach during the next Republican presidential primary debate. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Monday night, the New Jersey governor and presidential candidate told Fallon that he's considering going "nuclear" if he's relegated to the sidelines during the next GOP face-off, which will be moderated by CNN later this month. Christie's return to late-night TV comes as he's been struggling to gain momentum in the crowded Republican field in the summer polls. During the interview, Fallon, who often jokes about Christie during his monologue, pressed the...
  • Chris Christie: We shouldn’t let Christian businesses opt out of gay ceremonies

    09/01/2015 12:31:59 PM PDT · by massmike · 67 replies ^ | 09/01/2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    In a televised interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," Christie said that while churches should be free as far as their "religious activity" is concerned, all other entities should not be allowed to freely determine their participation in homosexual "weddings." When Wallace asked the presidential hopeful if businesses had the religious freedom to decide whether or not to participate in gay "weddings," Christie replied, "Religious institutions should be able to decide how they conduct their religious activity. The rest of the folks in the United States need to follow the law." Christie characterized Christians who seek to live...
  • Trump, Carson in close fight in Iowa poll

    08/29/2015 8:45:58 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 63 replies ^ | August 29, 23015 | Mark Hensch
    The Bloomberg/Des Moines Register survey released on Saturday finds that the two are tied in Iowa caucus-goer support when voters’ first and second choices for the Republican coronation are combined. Each is the first or second choice of 32 percent of respondents. Trump won the poll overall, getting 23 percent support. Carson comes in second at 18 percent. The next-closest competitors are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 8 percent each. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are tied for fifth place with 6 percent support each. After them is Carly Fiorina...
  • In GOP war on Social Security, only Trump gets it

    08/29/2015 7:34:15 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 204 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | Aug 18 2015 | Paul Krugman
    Republican presidential candidates. who have had to seek contributions from a handful of wealthy contributors, want to cut Social Security. Average Americans love the program; the superwealthy don’t. Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why. The issue in question is the future of Social Security, which turned 80 last week. The retirement program is, of...
  • Huckabee Aims for Seniors with Social Security Pitch in Florida

    06/02/2015 1:13:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a strong defense of government safety net programs for seniors at a candidate forum in Florida Tuesday, aiming for retired voters in a state rich with them.</p> <p>While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have called for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security benefits, Huckabee called those proposals “absolutely ridiculous.”</p>
  • Huckabee Bashes Republican Plans to Reform Medicare and Social Security

    04/17/2015 9:46:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    As he gears up for another presidential campaign, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is making a big break with the Republican party on the issue of entitlement reform. Meeting with reporters at a hotel in Washington, D.C. this morning, Huckabee strongly criticized New Jersey governor Chris Christie's proposal to reform Social Security and said he would not sign Paul Ryan's Medicare reform into law if he were president. "I don't know why Republicans want to insult Americans by pretending they don't understand what their Social Security program and Medicare program is," Huckabee said in response to a question about Christie's...
  • Marco Rubio: Saving Social Security in the 21st Century

    08/15/2015 6:04:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2015 | Marco Rubio
    This week, America marked two significant milestones in its history. Friday was the 80th anniversary of Social Security, a program that has helped millions of seniors, including my parents, retire with dignity. Saturday is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, when the most violent conflict in human history ended as an American victory. We refer to the Americans responsible for these accomplishments as the “Greatest Generation.” In less than two decades, they survived economic catastrophe, triumphed in a global conflict, and laid the foundation for unparalleled prosperity for their children in what would become an American...
  • Chris Christie kicks off New Hampshire town hall series

    04/15/2015 10:20:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    nbc 2 ^ | 4-15-2015 | AP
    <p>LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is introducing himself to New Hampshire voters in a format he knows well - a town hall meeting.</p> <p>The likely 2016 Republican presidential contender drew a capacity crowd Wednesday to his first town hall in New Hampshire, in Londonderry. He opened the event by talking about his life story.</p>