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  • Donald Trump adviser backs Huckabee 'oven' remark

    07/27/2015 12:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 27, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's comments that President Barack Obama is marching Israelis to "the door of the oven," sparked an immediate rebuke from Jewish groups and the President himself, but Donald Trump's special counsel Michael Cohen said he doesn't think that Trump finds those words offensive. "I don't think so," Cohen, executive president of the Trump organization, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Monday. "I think what [Huckabee is] really trying to say is we're in a bad place," adding that he has personally lost family members in the Holocaust and does not want to see...
  • Trump’s teachable moment: Ralph Nader on what we should make of the billionaire's longshot candidacy

    07/27/2015 10:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The brouhahas over billionaire Donald Trump show how broadcasters favor easy, juicy stories about powerful people’s bad words over harder, less sexy ones about their bad deeds. This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo. The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment. If they existed...
  • Republicans' Donald Trump problem just got worse

    07/26/2015 9:01:20 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Vox ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he's burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary. The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he's breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. It's still very early in the 2016 campaign, and the first Republican debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland could shake up the race, but Trump's surprising success suggests he will continue to be a significant force...
  • El Donald: In Europe Donald Trump would have his own party and seats in a parliament

    07/25/2015 7:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Economist ^ | July 25, 2015
    IT WAS a winter night in 1854 when nine men broke into the building site of the Washington Monument, stole a slab of marble and—according to a later confession—heaved it into the Potomac river. The stone, which once belonged to the Temple of Concord in Rome, was a gift from Pope Pius IX. The attackers belonged to an anti-Catholic political movement, nicknamed “Know-Nothings” on account of their strict code of secrecy. Their movement considered Catholic immigrants a menace to the republic. At its peak, followers included dozens of congressmen, some governors and an ex-president. The Know-Nothings feared that the papal...
  • Trump launches offensive against Walker

    07/25/2015 1:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday unleashed a personal attack at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, days after being the target of the governor’s latest campaign blast. Trump’s speech in Iowa came on the heels of a fundraiser for Walker referring to the New York business mogul as “DumbDumb” in an event invitation email earlier this week. Blasting the “horrible” insult from Walker’s campaign, Trump went on the offensive with criticism against Walker’s economic record. “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said...
  • WSJ : Trump Manager Calls on Walker to Apologize for Insult

    07/24/2015 3:24:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    The WSJ reports: “A fundraiser for Scott Walker’s presidential campaign called Donald Trump ‘DumbDumb’ in a fundraising invitation and said electing the New York developer would be ‘a total and complete disaster for the country.’ … “Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, predicted Mr. Walker will not stand for his supporters questioning Mr. Trump’s intellect. “’Gov. Walker is a good guy and he would not condone such type of negative thinking about the leading presidential candidate in the GOP field,’ Mr. Lewandowski said. ‘I’m sure he will quickly denounce Mr. Slayton and his rhetoric.”(continued)
  • Here’s how long Donald Trump can run, with the cash he has on hand

    07/24/2015 3:03:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 24, 2015 | Philip Bump
    Donald Trump is very adamant that he should be president in part because he is not financially beholden to anyone. "I’m using my own money," he said during his campaign announcement speech. "I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich." To prove his point, he held up a sheet of paper detailing his assets. Billions in real estate and stocks! Rich guy. Doesn't need donors. It didn't take long, though, for people to point out the obvious. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban -- himself so rich that he has his own social network -- pointed...
  • Donald Trump Is Channeling Richard Nixon - Coincidence that a top Trump adviser has a Nixon tattoo?

    07/24/2015 10:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Corn, Washington bureau chief
    Donald Trump is certainly unlike most Republican presidential candidates of recent years. But as he has come to dominate the GOP's 2016 contest, there's been a touch of Richard Nixon in the tirade-friendly tycoon. At least, Nixonian rhetoric. In the past few weeks, Trump has deployed some of Tricky Dick's most memorable flourishes. Is this a mere coincidence? One of Trump's top political strategists is Roger Stone, a veteran political operative and unapologetic dirty trickster who is an ardent fan of the scandal-ridden but politically savvy Nixon. (On his website Stone, who has a tattoo of Nixon on his back,...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • Jesse Ventura backs Bernie Sanders for president

    07/16/2015 10:18:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol View ^ | July 16, 2015 | Tom Scheck
    Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says he’s backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for president. In a blog post on his independent media site, Ventura praised Sanders for challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination. “I think what Bernie Sanders is doing is extremely healthy,” Ventura wrote. “I love the idea of somebody throwing a fly in the ointment.” This isn’t the first time Ventura backed a presidential candidate looking to shake up the system. In 2008 and 2012, Ventura backed Republican Ron Paul for president. In 2004, Ventura backed Democrat John Kerry against Republican President George W. Bush....
  • How selective outrage over Trump is dooming the GOP (Because - White people)

    07/21/2015 11:43:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart, columnist
    In what seemed like a political nanosecond, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement on Saturday condemning Donald Trump’s callous assertion that day that Sen. John McCain is “not a war hero.” Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably. The RNC is 100 percent correct. McCain is a hero. His sacrifice and service to this country when so many like Trump looked for ways to avoid the Vietnam...
  • The beginning of the end of Trump (From the man who brought us the Trayvon trial fiasco)

    07/20/2015 9:13:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart
    Donald Trump finally said something that shook the Republican establishment out of its self-induced stupor over his presidential candidacy. “He’s a war hero because he was captured,” the loudmouth from New York said about Sen. John McCain, Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war, at a GOP cattle call in Iowa on Saturday. “I like people that weren’t captured.” That’s rich coming from a billionaire who received five deferments from military service during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, McCain, who refused early release, was held captive and tortured in a North Vietnam prison for five-and-a-half years. Anyone who aspires to be...
  • ANALYSIS: Why Ted Cruz Won’t Attack Donald Trump

    07/20/2015 7:55:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is the only major Republican in the field who isn’t jumping all over Donald Trump for his series of provocative comments regarding immigration and John McCain’s war service. In fact, Cruz even recently went to bat for Trump. Cruz and Trump had a private meeting together last week at Trump’s New York City office, the Daily Mail reports, so it’s clear that the two are already talking strategy. Trump has stolen some of Cruz’s thunder, and probably some of his vote share, early in this campaign. The latest Suffolk University poll puts Trump at...
  • 2016 Presidential Candidates Placing Emphasis on New Marketing Techniques (Hillary & Ted leading)

    07/20/2015 8:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2015 | Samuel Edwards
    Because presidential elections only happen once every four years, it’s always interesting to see how campaigning changes in reference to technologies and tactics. A lot of innovation happens over the course of four years and it’s very rare for candidates to follow the same formula as those who went before them. In the 2016 race for the White House, this principle is already holding true. Social media and presidential campaigns If you turn back the clock 10 or 15 years, progressive media forms consisted of talk radio, the Internet and maybe a handful of podcasts. Presidential candidates that were able...
  • Trump: Media Treating Me ‘Unfairly,’ Other GOP Candidates Jealous

    07/19/2015 12:42:08 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 62 replies
    mediate.com ^ | 19 July 2015 | Evan McMurry
    Trump: Media Treating Me ‘Unfairly,’ Other GOP Candidates Jealous by Evan McMurry | 10:03 am, July 19th, 2015 VIDEO 1258 On This Week, Trump said the controversy had been ginned up by the media and a jealous pack of GOP rivals upset he was leading in the polls. “This whole thing was brought up be a lot of people that are competing against me currently, that aren’t even registering in the polls, because a lot of people are tired of them,” Trump said, alluding to former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who called for Trump to exit the race following his...
  • Donald Trump Is Trying To Buy The Free World (Quotes Martin O’Malley’s press secretary)

    07/19/2015 12:18:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Peach Pundit ^ | July 18, 2015 | Will Kremer, student, Univ. of N. Georgia & failed candidate
    Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to the Republican Party since Todd Akin opened his mouth that one time. While Akin was mostly a setback for the Missouri Republican Party—albeit an isolated injury that contributed to the Democrats retaining control of the U.S. Senate—Donald Trump is a train wreck with a national platform. He speaks without prepared remarks, he cares little about messaging, and he cares only about himself. Politico wrote an interesting piece about Trump’s supporters that asked a burning question: “Who exactly is supporting him?” The results were largely inconclusive. He appears to be creating an...
  • Cruz on Trump: Others "Smack" Him; I Back Him

    07/19/2015 11:44:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    BROOKLYN, Iowa — As many Republican presidential candidates are dodging the political specter of Donald Trump or attacking him, Ted Cruz has incorporated praise for Trump into his campaign stump speech. At a small town hall event here on Friday, Cruz reminded his supporters that he has been the sole Republican to back Trump in light of his myriad controversial remarks, particularly about immigration. “Donald spoke out, and then this parade of Republicans ran out to smack him with a stick, one after the other after the other. The only one that didn’t was me,” Cruz said, to enthusiastic applause...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

    07/18/2015 3:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 18, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns. "It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives." The Vermont senator told...
  • Donald Trump didn’t apologize to John McCain. Because, of course not.

    07/19/2015 10:59:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    "No, not at all." That was reality TV star Donald Trump's response to ABC's Martha Raddatz Sunday morning when she asked him whether he owed John McCain an apology for suggesting that the Arizona Senator wasn't a war hero because he had been captured during the Vietnam War. If you were expecting anything else from Trump, you haven't been paying much attention to his presidential campaign. Or his life. Trump's appeal in the 2016 race appears to be built on saying things and acting in ways that other politicians would never dream of doing. Trump, to his credit, appears to...
  • Jennifer Rubin: How to handle a bully like Trump

    07/19/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    As the candidates who will qualify for the presidential debate in August begin their preparations, they are going to want to bone up on a range of policy issues and make sure they have coherent answers to hard questions. (Now that Syria is a mess what do we do about it? If a Supreme Court vacancy opens on Day One, who is at the top of your replacement list? Has the president pardoned too few or too many people?) Equally important will be a game plan for neutralizing Donald Trump. Even before Trump self-destructed on Saturday, we saw candidates like...
  • Donald Trump Says He'll Spend 'What It Takes' To Win

    07/16/2015 9:46:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment ^ | July 17, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    LACONIA, N.H. -- How much is of his personal fortune is Donald Trump willing to drop on his 2016 presidential campaign? Whatever it takes to come out on top, he told The Huffington Post on Thursday. “You saw my statement yesterday, so it’s pretty irrelevant,” Trump said, alluding to a press release in which his campaign placed his net worth in excess of $10 billion. “I’ll do what I have to do.” Trump has already contributed at least $1.8 million of his own money to his nascent White House bid, which he launched last month, but that may be only...
  • Donald Trump illuminates the GOP’s dark soul (You're a racist xenophobe bigot)

    07/17/2015 11:14:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 16, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    You might think that the recent poll showing Donald Trump spiking among Republicans is about Donald Trump. It is not. It is about the Republican Party and its very dark soul when it comes to immigration. The rank and file didn’t much care for Trump as recently as May. It swooned this month when it discovered he’s a bigot. In May, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 65 percent of Republicans saw Trump unfavorably. In their relative and blissful ignorance, these Republicans had it about right. But then Trump declared his candidacy in a frothing statement about Mexican rapists,...
  • MacPherson: If Trump has no chance, why all the attention?

    07/16/2015 11:57:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Saskatoon Star Phoenix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Les MacPherson
    With the cartoonish Rob Ford recovering from cancer and off the political stage for now, we can watch the cartoonish Donald Trump running for president of the U.S. Of course, we can't take seriously either one of them. These blowhards never win, except for Ford getting elected as mayor of Toronto, so we can watch their performances for entertainment purposes only. Trump is the most entertaining presidential candidate, maybe ever. Until he got into it, this season of pre-primary posturing was as boring as unsalted soda crackers. The Democrats were getting ready to nominate Hillary Clinton. On the political scene...
  • Rick Perry just savaged Donald Trump. That’s smart.

    07/16/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Here's Rick Perry on Donald Trump: Rick Perry ✔ ‎@GovernorPerry .@realDonaldTrump-ism not conservatism but a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense https://t.co/C5aPaaA13p12:03 PM - 16 Jul 2015 The statement that Perry links to in that tweet goes on to savage Trump's "fundamental misunderstanding of border security" and note: "Mr. Trump has done nothing to prove that he is the president America needs.” Them's fighting words -- or at least that's what Perry and his team have to hope. The reality of the 2016 race for second-tier-and-below candidates like Perry is that Trump is soaking up lots and lots of the...
  • Ted Cruz meets with Trump, bashes big government during New York trip

    07/16/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 16, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    2016 Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz met July 15, 2015 at Trump Tower in New York City. Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler said they had a “very friendly” meeting about a wide variety of topics.Sen. Ted Cruz had a busy Wednesday. After starting his morning in Washington with a promise to do whatever he could the keep the Export-Import bank dead and buried, he went north to New York. His first stop was CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference, where he riffed again on his opposition to Ex-Im’s “crony capitalism” and called out big business for getting in bed...
  • Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Deepen 'Bromance' Despite Anti-Mexican Comments, Presidential Candidacies

    07/16/2015 4:38:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andre F. Puglie
    Unlike most GOP competitors in the 2016 White House race, Ted Cruz is not shying away from Donald Trump after the business mogul's controversial comments. In fact, the Texas senator said he "saluted" the "Apprentice" star for tackling immigration, CNBC reported. Trump made headlines by saying that Mexico brings drug dealers, criminals and rapists to the United States -- comments that caused widespread backlash in the Latino community. But Cruz, one of two Latino candidates in the party's increasingly crowded field of presidential contenders, told the business channel that journalists were to blame for the upheaval. "Sometimes it seems there's...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising

    07/16/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    At midnight, the deadline for candidates for president (and other federal offices) to report how much they raised and spent over the first six months of the year were due at the Federal Election Commission. Campaign finance nerds are spending today (and tomorrow and the next day) combing through the fine print of each report for the nuggets that provide some insight into how candidates are raising and spending their money -- and why. While they do that, we thought we'd give some of the topline takeaways from the second quarter of fundraising for the 2016 presidential race. Below are...
  • John McCain: Trump 'fired up the crazies'

    07/16/2015 9:47:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 16, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump “fired up the crazies” in his state when he held a rally in Phoenix last weekend, Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a recent interview. During that appearance (and others last weekend), Trump was joined by the father of Jamiel Shaw, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant. Trump has tapped into “some anger” in the state over the conditions at the border, McCain told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza in an article published Thursday. “It’s very bad,” the Republican senator said. “This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because...
  • Potential rivals Cruz, Trump play nice (Press using the term "undocumented immigrants" again)

    07/15/2015 7:50:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    WVTM-TV ^ | July 15 2015 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and their wives were scheduled to have lunch in New York City in June, before the real estate mogul became a candidate for president. Senate votes intervened and Cruz couldn't make it and the two postponed. A month later, the two Republican presidential candidates -- this time, without their wives -- finally got together Wednesday afternoon at Trump Tower. Trump said Cruz had called him Tuesday to ask for the meeting. And in that time, what would have been a low-key meeting took on new importance. Trump surged to first place in the GOP...
  • Ted Cruz’s Donald Trump scheme: The real purpose of today’s meeting of anti-immigrant minds

    07/15/2015 11:52:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Salon ^ | July 15, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Texas senator will have a very huge, very classy meeting with Donald Trump so he can benefit from Trump's collapse.Donald Trump, the billionaire loud-talker whose head resembles a half-rotted cantaloupe, phoned in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier today to discuss his bigly classy presidential campaign. The “Morning Joe” panelists did a fine job of pretending to treat Trump like a serious human politician, asking for his reaction to the Iran deal (“I could have made so much better a deal”) and once again asking him to defend his bigoted nonsense about Mexican immigrants (“I have hundreds and hundreds of Mexicans...
  • What a Trump-Cruz Alliance Could Mean for the GOP Race

    07/15/2015 11:24:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | July 15, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are set to huddle in private in New York City on Wednesday, but Trump claims that he’s not sure why he even agreed to the meeting. “I don’t know why I’m meeting him, to be honest, but I do have respect for him,” the real estate mogul said of his fellow White House hopeful during an MSNBC interview Wednesday. “I respect the fact that … he came out and he came out very strongly and agreed with what I said on illegal immigration. And he came out very strongly and he came out early, and...
  • Donald Trump: I don't know why I'm meeting Ted Cruz

    07/15/2015 7:21:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump is meeting with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Manhattan on Wednesday, though he claimed in an interview on MSNBC that he does not know why. “Ted Cruz called me. And I don’t know why I’m meeting him, to be honest, but I do have respect for him,” Trump said on “Morning Joe” in a wide-ranging interview in which the Republican presidential contender commented on issues foreign, domestic and everything in between. “I respect the fact that along with a couple of others, he came out and he came out very strongly and agreed with what I said on...
  • Bush edges Trump in new poll (Ted Cruz in solid third place!)

    07/13/2015 1:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | July 13, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush holds a small lead over Donald Trump nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University. The survey found Bush at the top of the pack, with 15 percent support, followed by Trump at 13 percent. That’s a 6-point jump for Bush compared to the same poll in June. The former Florida governor has hit his stride since launching his bid for the White House last month, steadily rising in the polls to open up a 6-point lead over the next-closest contender nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average....
  • Warren, McCain introduce bill to bring back Glass-Steagall

    07/09/2015 8:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are reintroducing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, which would force big banks to split their investment and commercial banking practices. Glass-Steagall was first passed in 1933 but repealed during the Clinton administration, leading many progressives to argue that it contributed to the 2008 financial collapse. Warren and McCain, along with their cosponsors, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), said in a statement that the legislation would make big banks that are "too big to fail" smaller and safer and minimize the likelihood of a government bailout....
  • Democrats: The GOP is the 'Retrumplican Party'

    07/09/2015 2:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    The national Democratic Party released a new video Thursday that connects the entire Republican presidential field to the immigration remarks made by real-estate magnate Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee's video is titled, "Retrumplican Party." The brief clip intersperses some of Trump's most controversial comments with the other GOP candidates' own statements against illegal immigration. "Trump may be running for president," the video concludes, "but his ideas are running the party." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, also recently tried to tie other Republicans' immigration positions to Trump. The real-estate developer has been at the center...
  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Here’s who’s out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    <p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News’ political unit.</p>
  • Trump: I'm not thinking third party -- for now

    07/08/2015 8:07:12 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/7/15 | Byron York
    Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run seems custom-made for a third party. The billionaire developer has never held political office, never run as a Republican or Democrat. He doesn't need a party's money-raising apparatus. His anti-politician appeal — "Politicians are never going to bring us to the promised land" — cuts equally against Republicans and Democrats. And as far as Republicans are concerned, Trump appears to connect with GOP voters who are so disgusted with the party's current Washington leadership that they would be open to a third-party campaign. But in an interview Tuesday, Trump said he has no interest in...
  • Ann Coulter: Donald Trump “is speaking for working-class Americans, for African-Americans!”

    07/07/2015 9:51:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | July 7, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman
    "The media and the government won't tell us the truth, but the people in America know what the truth is," she said.On “Hannity” Monday evening, conservative columnist Ann Coulter came to the defense of Donald Trump, claiming that not only are his remarks about Mexican criminality correct, but that in speaking them he has become a champion of working class and black Americans. “Ann, boy, your timing on the book — look what happens!” guest host Eric Bolling gushed, momentarily forgetting that what happened was the brutal murder of Kate Steinle. “This is big stuff, isn’t it?” “We’ve all been...
  • Pataki Challenges Trump to ‘Mano a Mano’ Debate on Immigration

    07/06/2015 7:38:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 6, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Never mind the however many other Republican candidates in pack: former New York Gov. George Pataki wants to go “mano a mano” with Donald Trump on immigration. Last week, Pataki called on fellow Republican presidential candidates to condemn Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants during his campaign announcement. Trump’s quote: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Since the...
  • Mike Huckabee splits with Trump on immigration

    07/05/2015 9:47:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 5, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee made clear on Sunday that he sees some immigration issues differently than his Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump. “What I have been doing is focusing on what my own views of immigration happen to be, rather than weighing in on getting in this battle of, are we with Trump or against Trump?” Huckabee said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I say some things very differently. I say every night, I get on my knees and thank God I’m in a country people are trying to break into, rather than one they’re trying to break...
  • Pataki, Jindal address Trump's comments at New Hampshire picnic

    07/05/2015 9:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | July 5, 2015 | Kristen Carosa
    Pataki sends letter to other GOP candidates asking them to call out Trump on comments regarding illegal immigrants.ALLENSTOWN, N.H. —Presidential candidates flocked to the Granite State during the July Fourth weekend. Former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attended a cookout hosted by the Merrimack County Republican Committee. The event was low-key and gave both Republican candidates the chance to talk one on one with voters. Both candidates had something to say about recent comments from Republican challenger Donald Trump. “I am disappointed he (Trump) hasn’t seen that it was a stupid and wrong comment,” Pataki...
  • Sanders and Trump are making the race a lot more interesting

    07/05/2015 6:51:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    according to the Huffington Post Pollster poll average, Donald Trump now sits atop the GOP field with an average of 13.6 percent support, nosing out Jeb Bush at 13.3. Yes, that difference is essentially meaningless, and yes, those are very small numbers to begin with. But it’s still alarming to see Trump’s name at the top of the list, to say the least.
  • ADL Condemns Trump’s Comments Against immigrants as ‘Hate Speech’

    07/05/2015 3:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Jewish Political Updates ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jacob Kornbluh
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Sunday condemned Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump’s recent remarks about immigrants as “hate speech” and stereotyping, and called on him to stop spreading misinformation and fomenting hatred against immigrants. “Donald Trump’s hate speech against immigrants is highly inappropriate and we join with the voices of many others around the country who have condemned his offensive remarks,” retiring ADl national director Abe Foxman said in a statement. “It is time for Trump to stop spreading misinformation and hatred against immigrants, legal and illegal.” Trump’s use of inflammatory language when talking about immigrants has drawn condemnation from...
  • Trump's "Slur" "Culture War Politics Of Worst Sort," "Essential" Jeb, Rubio Distance Themselves

    07/05/2015 10:46:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: I want to ask you both about something else that’s come up. And that is comments that Donald Trump, who announced a few days ago he’s running for president, has made about Mexicans. And here’s a quote from Donald Trump. “I love the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over, and they are bad. I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists.” Big reaction, Mark, on the Republican side to this. What does this mean for the Republican field? The other candidates,...
  • GOP is not slamming Donald Trump's views fast enough: Latino advocates

    07/04/2015 8:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 4, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Motormouth Donald Trump isn’t doing the Republican Party any favors — and his fellow GOP candidates are adding to the damage by being slow to condemn him, Latino advocates said Friday. “Trump’s comments are causing irreparable harm to the brand. It’s going to be very hard to come back from it,” said Felix Sanchez, chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The billionaire candidate sent the debate over border control into overdrive — and cost himself business deals — by saying Mexico exports “rapists” and drug dealers to the U.S. He upped the ante Friday after Kate Steinle,...
  • This Republican presidential candidate has the sickest Donald Trump burn yet

    07/04/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 4, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Next in line to denounce Donald Trump? Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). Trump has been the subject of intense criticism from both parties after declaring several weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are "rapists" and drug-runners. On Saturday, Graham told Business Insider that Trump was using needlessly divisive, un-presidential rhetoric. "He's running to be president of all of us," Graham said. "It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." The Senator also made several cracks about recent decisions by businesses like NBC and NASCAR to cut ties with the real estate mogul. "As a...
  • Trump comes up top in 'poll of polls' of voters - despite growing backlash over his comments

    07/04/2015 6:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Donald Trump continues to stand by controversial comments he made about Mexican immigrants as his standings in Republican primary polls improve despite increasing criticism. The presidential hopeful placed ahead of perceived front-runner Jeb Bush in a new aggregated 'poll of polls' with 13.6 per cent support compared to the former Florida governor's 13.3. The rise comes as public figures and businesses continue to admonish Trump because of the comments saying that those crossing the border from Mexico illegally were 'rapists'. Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney told CNN Saturday that the businessman 'made a severe error in saying what he did...
  • Ted Cruz has Donald Trump’s back; Reagan would be proud

    07/04/2015 2:22:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 4, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    Ted Cruz is obeying Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: never criticize a fellow Republican. Cruz refused to jump on the bandwagon of those looking to condemn fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over a comment he made about Mexicans entering the country illegally. “I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said. “The Washington cartel doesn’t want to address that.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz refused to take the bait from NBC host Chuck Todd in an early release of a clip from “Meet the Press” to be aired Sunday. “I like Donald Trump,” Cruz told Todd. “He’s bold, he’s...