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  • Rand Paul’s sneak attack strategy

    08/27/2015 4:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 27, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    SPOKANE, Wa. – Rand Paul was 2,487 miles away from the Beltway journalists who had written off his campaign, and he was loving it. A riverfront hotel ballroom had filled early, latecomers grabbing chairs from the hallway to add more rows. Seven hundred people stood for a prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance, then the Star-Spangled Banner, then for two amen-filled endorsements from local legislators, then a video message from the senator’s wife Kelley — and then, finally, for Rand Paul. “Looks like the liberty movement is alive and well and packing itself into the room!” said Paul. He wore...
  • Jorge Ramos Comes Out Swinging: ‘It’s Not Donald Trump’s Country, This Is Our Country’

    08/27/2015 10:20:41 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 92 replies
    Yahoo! TV ^ | August 27, 2015 | Itay Hod
    Two days after he was booted from a Donald Trump press conference by security for asking questions about immigration out of turn, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos defended himself on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” Asked if he was grandstanding when he got into a confrontation with the GOP presidential frontrunner, Ramos said absolutely not. “I’m just a reporter asking questions,” Ramos explained. “But I also believe, Anderson, that you have to go the extra mile to be tough on those who are in power.”
  • Rand Paul: 'Trump mania' shows country swooning for celebrity over substance

    08/24/2015 4:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2015 | Barbara Boland
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he stands by his outspoken criticism of fellow candidate and reality show star Donald Trump because he is worried about the country succumbing to an obsession with celebrity over substance. "My fear ... is that there are countries that do succumb to celebrity... often in the developing world, celebrities and very wealthy people will win," said Paul during a 22-minute pre-taped interview posted on the web site of NBC's "Meet the Press." "I worry about the country because I don't believe that there's any sincerity to what [Trump's] message is." "And even...
  • Graham: ISIS Loves Trump Seize Oil Idea

    08/28/2015 10:06:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | August 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said ISIS loves his rival, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s idea of “seize oil for the benefit of America” because it would be a huge “recruiting opportunity.” Graham said, “Well number one, Donald Trump’s plan to destroy ISIS is the most ill-conceived, insanely dangerous idea I have ever heard. Worse than Obama. I never thought I would hear myself say that there is a Republican running for office that’s got a worse idea when it comes to radical Islam than Obama. So here is...
  • Ted Cruz Is the Only Candidate Using Trump to His Advantage

    08/28/2015 11:47:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Charles P. Pierce
    The Texas senator has so far avoided confronting Donald Trump, and now he's trying to get the ear of Trump's audience.​(Optional Video Accompaniment To This Post) OK, credit where it's due. Tailgunner Ted Cruz is the only other candidate in the Republican field who has reacted smartly to the sudden arrival of the Libidinous Visitor. While shoring up his natural base of support from the Bible-banging hayshakers in Iowa, Cruz also has refrained from trying to harsh the mellow of the Summer of Trump. And now he's pulled the shrewdest play of all. The Texas GOP senator's campaign announced Thursday...
  • The Daily 202: Trump says maybe America should try making a jerk president

    08/28/2015 11:19:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 28, 2015 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    GREENVILLE, S.C.—As Donald Trump studied the crosstabs of a recent poll, his favorite hobby since he started leading in all of them, he was pleased, he said, to see that GOP primary voters perceive him as better equipped than his rivals to handle the economy, national security and even social issues. But one nugget in the survey nagged at the New York billionaire. “The only thing I did badly on was: Is he a nice person? I was last in terms of niceness,” he said. Campaigning deep in the Bible Belt yesterday, the businessman spun this as an asset, not...
  • How Two Candidates Are Handling the Trump Effect

    08/26/2015 9:46:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Lewis Morris
    No one ever assumed the Republican presidential nomination was going to be smooth sailing, with 17 announced candidates ranging from all walks of public and private life vying for the prize. But the candidacy, and we use that term loosely, of Donald Trump has changed the landscape in a way few could have imagined. Trump’s presence thus far has muted the inevitability of establishment star Jeb Bush — a good thing, in our estimation, despite the insistence of some Trump supporters that our criticism of The Donald automatically means we favor the heir to the Bush Dynasty. Unfortunately, it has...
  • Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters?

    08/26/2015 8:39:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 26, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    The big, existential question for Republicans right now is: who are Donald Trump’s supporters? It matters because this will determine the future, and the future prospects, of the party. I heartily agree with Ben Domenech, whose article on this just made it harder for me to fulfill my obligations to his publication, by pre-empting most of what I was planning to write about Trump for The Federalist. Ben argues that Trumpism would turn the Republicans from a “classically liberal right” to a European-style nationalist party that is “xenophobic, anti-capitalist, vaguely militarist, pro-state, and consistently anti-Semitic. If you criticize Donald Trump,...
  • Frank Luntz on the Hatred of the Establishment Revealed by a Pro-Trump Focus Group: "This is real...

    08/26/2015 6:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | August 25, 2015 | Ace
    I'm shocked that he's shocked, and I do not mean that as a joke. He is a professional. He is a focus-grouper and high consultant. I imagine he reads a lot of polls too, and probably runs some. And yet he didn't know the anger brewing at the Establishment.I am truly shocked. No matter how low my estimations of our political class, they keep failing to meet my expectations. I complained on Friday that the vaunted consultant class does not know the most elemental things about the "constituency" they're paid to advise clients about. I put "constituency" in quotes because...
  • Graham opposes gov shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    08/12/2015 9:44:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 12, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham told a campaign rally Tuesday that he can’t support a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, because it would endanger national security. In a speech on foreign policy in South Carolina, Graham said he is opposed to federal funding on Planned Parenthood but warned a government shutdown would impair “our military, our intelligence community, the people we rely upon to protect us.” The South Carolina senator’s stance puts him in line with Senate leadership but at odds with the majority of the 2016 field, who have backed the hard-lined approach advocated by fellow Sens. Ted Cruz...
  • Graham: Trump Appeals To 'Dark Side' Of GOP That Thinks Obama Is Muslim

    08/26/2015 12:51:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | August 25, 2015 | Caitlin Cruz
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that fellow candidate Donald Trump has tapped into the "dark side" of the GOP. Graham was explaining how his rival has managed to dominate the Republican presidential race, polling as high as 35 percent depending on the survey. Graham said the support still represented a minority of the GOP. “Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. There’s 25 percent of our party wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much,"...
  • Cornel West endorses 'brother' Bernie Sanders

    08/25/2015 10:46:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 25, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Civil rights activist and philosopher Cornel West on Monday endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. "I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years," West tweeted late Monday night. West went on to say that it's time for Sanders' "prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country." While West has been a long time supporter of Sanders (and "not a Hillary Clinton fan at all"), the endorsement comes weeks after Black Lives Matter activists disrupted a Sanders event in Seattle, taking the podium from the self...
  • Daily Mail: Trump Operation Eyeing Carson and Cruz as Potential VP’s

    08/22/2015 9:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 21, 2015 | Staff
    The Daily Mail writes: Leading Republican candidate for the White House Donald Trump hasn’t officially begun scouting running mates – the first primary is still six months away. Two of his 2016 competitors come to mind for the position, however: Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Trump’s campaign said he has ‘cordial’ relationships with both men based on ‘mutual respect.’ An ex-aide to Trump, Roger Stone, was also seen meeting with Carson’s campaign chief Jake Menges yesterday in New York. Stone says he did not set up the meeting at the behest of Trump, however. Stone told DailyMail.com that...
  • 2016 Presidential Polls: Donald Trump Pulling Away As 30,000 Attend Republican Rally In Alabama

    08/22/2015 7:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | August 22, 2015 | Danny Cox
    Everyone thought that Donald Trump was way in over his head when he decided to throw his hat in the ring for 2016 presidential election. Now, there are not nearly as many people who think the same way, and that was evident when 30,000 people turned out for a Republican pep rally in Alabama on Friday. Now, he’s beginning to pull away from the rest of the field and very well could widen his lead in the 2016 presidential polls. Topped off in a red hat, Donald Trump stepped out before 30,000 supporters in Alabama on Friday night, and it...
  • 5 reasons Bush isn't freaking out about Trump

    08/22/2015 6:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 21, 2015 | Marc Caputo and Anna Palmer
    Jeb Bush is sticking with the plan. Despite Donald Trump shooting ahead in the polls and Bush’s debate performance getting bad reviews — and amid signs of frustration on the campaign trail from the former Florida governor himself — his supporters aren’t panicking, multiple sources close to the candidate insist. The Bush camp is projecting confidence that the Summer of Trump will fade to winter, and that Jeb will prevail when it matters. Here are five reasons Jebworld isn’t freaking out: 1. ‘TRUMP V. SOMEBODY’ Trump is the man to beat, the undisputed leader in national and early-state polls. Even...
  • The Trump Expansion Plan (“If I’m going down, then Bush is going down with me.”)

    08/22/2015 1:49:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | August 21, 2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    As the Republican-primary race moves into the fall, Donald Trump is exhibiting signs of becoming, if not a conventional candidate, at least a better-organized one. “I have a much more traditional campaign than people think,” he told me on August 18, two days after his campaign released the first in a series of position papers he’s set to unveil. The bar is low — anything beyond winging it would pass for a signal of a more traditional campaign. Trump knows this. His position paper, which calls for Mexico to pay for a border wall and America to eliminate birthright citizenship,...
  • Activists in Mobile, Alabama, Plan to Protest Trump

    08/21/2015 3:51:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 21, 2015 | Danny Freeman
    Vivianna Rodriguez cannot wait for Donald Trump's speech Friday night in Mobile, Alabama. "I was shocked when I heard that he was coming to Mobile. But I was very excited [as well]. Not because he was speaking, but because we're going to do something about it," she said. Vivianna is a 24 year-old senior at the University of South Alabama —whose football stadium will host Trump on Friday— and she is an American-born daughter of a single-parent undocumented Mexican immigrant. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has referred to those with her background as "anchor babies." It's those types of comments...
  • Why Trump Will Never Make the Ballot

    08/20/2015 9:46:44 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.20.156:15 AM ET | Stuart Stevens
    Making political predictions rarely turns out well, but here’s one: Donald Trump will not be a candidate for president in 2016. What? Yes, I know, he’s already announced. In my view, though, he won’t take this all the way to the ballot in Iowa, New Hampshire, or any of the Republican caucus or primary elections. Why? Because he’s Donald Trump and everything we know about him tells us he won’t do it. Let’s step back from the Trump frenzy and consider the realities of a possible Trump run. First is the essential question: Will Donald Trump be the next president...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in cahoots?

    08/20/2015 8:41:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Richard A. Viguerie's ConservativeHQ ^ | August 20, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    As we’ve seen in all of the post-debate polls, Donald Trump is safely in the lead -- though there is still some question as to how big Trump’s margin really is. Neil Stevens of RedState looks at the polls and says they present a lot of questions. “We have three polls since the debate and the Gathering. Two are registered voter polls by Fox and CNN. The third is a likely voter poll by Rasmussen Reports. They don’t agree with each other, except that name recognition is very important: The candidates who are far ahead in name recognition are doing...
  • Rand Paul: 'How Do You Out-Trump the Irrational?'

    08/20/2015 4:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Chris Jansing and Shawna Thomas
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says it's only a matter of time until the country wakes up to Donald Trump's insincere message, but he's worried that some Americans are blinded by his "celebrity." In a series of interviews between performing pro-bono eye surgeries in Haiti with the University of Utah's Moran Eye Center, the Kentucky senator was relaxed in scrubs, dismissive of Trump and critical of the media's role in Trump's rise. "How do you out-Trump the irrational?" he asked. It's a question he and the other Republican candidates are puzzling over. Paul said the reason "people...
  • Is Trump looking for a vice-president? He talks to Cruz–ex-aide is seen with Carson's right-hand man

    08/20/2015 10:08:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 20, 2015 | Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent
    * Trump's campaign said he has 'cordial' relationships with both men based on 'mutual respect' * Ex-aide to Trump, Roger Stone says he met with Carson's campaign of his own volition because he thinks the doctor would be a good fit for Trump * Trump openly praised Cruz and Carson after he was asked about possible running mates, 'They’ve been very supportive of me' * Cruz and Trump planned to visit the United States' border with Mexico together in July but Senate votes kept the Texas senator in WashingtonLeading Republican candidate for the White House Donald Trump hasn't officially begun...
  • The new explanation: Trump voters are dangerous

    08/19/2015 6:09:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 19, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This is becoming something of an almost comfortable ritual at this point. Another week goes by, Donald Trump does or says something to generate a new round of headlines, everyone predicts that heÂ’s on the way out, and the next poll shows The Donald further ahead than ever. Then the veteran analysts are left staring at their laptops forlornly, stuck with the unenviable task of writing something to explain why. Once the first set of numbers came out which showed that not only was Trump on top of the GOP heap but was within striking distance of Hillary in the...
  • Trump Leads Bucks GOP Straw Poll

    08/18/2015 9:58:34 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Politics PA ^ | August 18, 2015 | Nick Field
    Ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 election has made its way to the Keystone State. Well…sort of. We were able to get a look at how the local GOP thinks in one of the state’s most crucial counties. According to Tom Sofield of Levittown Now, Donald Trump won the straw poll at the Bucks County Republican Party’s annual Middletown Grange Fair. Trump finished first with 778, while neurosurgeon Ben Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina came in second and third with 542 and 397 votes respectively. More than 3,100 attendees voted in the straw poll from August 12th to 16th. The full...
  • Donald Trump — A Messiah the Angry, Frustrated and Fed-Up Wing Has Been Waiting For

    08/18/2015 8:48:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's website ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    Okay, so what happens after Trump? What happens if he fades away or decides he’s had enough and drops out? What do his angry, frustrated and fed-up supporters do? Do they also drop out? Early warning: This column has more questions than answers – usually not a good thing for someone who’s at least attempting to influence the conversation. But when writing or talking about Donald Trump and his run for the presidency, there are few easy, or obvious, answers to the many questions his candidacy raises. You’ve been warned. There is a civil war raging in the Republican Party,...
  • Trump's Immunity and Why He Will Remain a Contender

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

    08/18/2015 7:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2015 | Katrina vanden Heuveleditor, publisher, and part-owner, The Nation
    Donald Trump continues to bring comic relief and mean-spirited bombast to the Republican campaign trail. But while Trump is a continuing spectacle, he also makes (a tiny bit) more sense than his rivals when he indicts U.S. trade policies or scorns the influence of big money that turns politicians into puppets. Nevertheless Trump, despite his current lead in the polls, isn’t likely to be the Republican presidential nominee. William Galston, the Wall Street Journal’s designated Democratic pundit, last week suggested that there were five “plausible” Republican candidates — Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.), Govs. Scott Walker (Wis.)...
  • Collective Punishment: Trump’s astonishingly cruel immigration plan getting rave reviews from GOP.

    08/18/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | August 18, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign with an ugly tirade against Mexican immigrants—“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”—that shot him to the top of the GOP polls. He’s been there ever since, despite racism, sexism, and open disrespect for combat veterans. Now, Trump is the center of gravity in the Republican race for president, and his antics affect every candidate, from mainstream picks like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, to more direct rivals like Scott Walker and Ted Cruz. On Monday, his pull got a little stronger. Trump published his first set of proposals, a plan for immigration...
  • Donald Trump is crushing his competition on 2 key issues

    08/18/2015 11:57:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 1 hour ago | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump is not only expanding his lead in the Republican presidential race. According to a new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday, the real-estate tycoon has built out a dominating lead on two of the issues most important to Republican voters. A walloping 45% of respondents said Trump was the best candidate to improve the US economy. The next closest contender was Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who had a mere 8% say the same about his potential stewardship. The core of Trump's campaign platform is based off of his opposition to illegal immigration and his heated — and sometimes...
  • The politics of A.P.E.

    08/16/2015 2:19:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The City Wire ^ | August 16, 2015 | Dr. Williams Yamkam
    In 2013, right after she stepped down as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton enjoyed a high approval rating from the American people. Her trust level was on solid ground. Given her loyal service to the country and to President Barack Obama after the bruising 2008 Democratic presidential primaries in which she and Obama vigorously contended, Clinton’s standing among Democrats was sky high. This situation has allowed Clinton to be perceived as the prohibitive Democratic presidential nominee for the 2016 general elections. A few months ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was undetectable on the presidential political radar as few...
  • Fox News Poll: Trump Continues to Soar, Followed by Carson and Cruz

    08/16/2015 4:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 16, 2015
    Billionaire developer Donald Trump is still holding his own in a new Fox News poll, while establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are all losing traction. Trump is continuing to dominate with 25 percent support nationally while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is running second at 12 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, known for locking horns with Republican congressional leaders, is third at 10 percent. Those findings mirror recent polls in Iowa and elsewhere. Bush has place 9 percent for a fourth place finish, droping from 15 percent and second place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier...
  • Trump Torpedoes Paul, Dominates In Polls

    08/16/2015 3:03:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    HeffX ^ | August 16, 2015 | Paul Ebeling
    Donald Trump holding his own in a new Fox News poll, establishment candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio all are losing traction. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) campaign has collapsed, allies indicted for fraud. Mr. Trump is continuing to dominate with 25% support nationally while Dr. Ben Carson, is running 2nd at 12%. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is 3rd at 10%. Those findings mirror recent polls in Iowa and elsewhere. Jeb Bush has place 9% for a 4th place finish, dropping from 15% and 2nd place in a Fox News poll conducted earlier this month, before the first GOP...
  • Donald Trump breaks the rules at the Iowa State Fair

    08/15/2015 10:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 15, 2015 | Maeve Reston
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—There are a few golden rules when it comes to campaigning in Iowa: never arrive by helicopter, leave your entourage at home and don't skip the Des Moines Register soapbox, even if you have to brave hecklers. But the normal rules of politics don't apply to Donald Trump, who broke all of them during his visit to the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. Trump made a grand entrance by touching down in a $7 million helicopter. He was thronged by supporters as he walked the fairgrounds and eschewed the soapbox -- where Iowans are encouraged to...
  • Seven ways Donald Trump hogs the presidential campaign conversation

    08/15/2015 9:25:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Reading Eagle ^ | August 15, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Special to The Washington Post. How is Donald Trump's candidacy affecting the public conversation — which, in turn, influences how campaigners compete? The PEORIA Project relies on a Zignal Labs data platform to track presidential campaign conversations across news and social media, including all tweets; publicly available Facebook user posts; comments on YouTube videos, Vimeo and MediaBistro; about 35 million blogs; news stories from more than 100,000 online outlets; all Lexis/Nexis print media content; and television closed-caption content from 900 channels in every U.S. media market....
  • Why Donald Trump makes sense to many voters — even some Democrats

    08/15/2015 12:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 15, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    <p>FLINT, Mich. — A few hours before Donald Trump’s plane landed, 20 minutes south of where he would speak, people gathered outside the Flint Assembly Plant to take a peek into the past. Some of them were retired, reuniting with friends. All of them remembered how there used to be more to the place.</p>
  • Trump says he'd be a smarter president than his competitors

    08/14/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 119 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 14, 2015 | KATHLEEN RONAYNE
    "We will make great trade deals, we will save Social Security without cuts, we will come up with health care plans that will be phenomenal — phenomenal," Trump told a packed high school auditorium. Trump's trip to the first primary state comes as he continues to hold a commanding lead in the Republican presidential primary, despite a spat with Fox News personality Megyn Kelly, staff shakeups and continued criticism over his comments about Mexican immigrants. Although he speaks without a script, Trump's talking points here echoed those he's made on the campaign trail for months, namely touting his skills as...
  • ‘I want to grab that corn like you’ve never seen’: Trump launching aggressive ground game in Iowa

    08/14/2015 3:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | August 14, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, Washington Post
    DES MOINES, Iowa — For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa. And when the hulking vehicle with thick white block letters that spell T-R-U-M-P pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Dodge this week, people flocked to it. It didn’t matter that Donald Trump wasn’t inside. The bus alone — with the “Make America Great Again” slogan extending across its sides — created an irresistible oasis of celebrity politics amid...
  • Donald Trump has an ace in the hole for dealing with attacks from his Republican rivals

    08/14/2015 2:43:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 14, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) released a video criticizing real-estate magnate Donald Trump for his past allegiances with Democratic candidates, Trump had a familiar response at the ready. "Recently, Rand Paul called me and asked me to play golf," Trump said in a statement. "I easily beat him on the golf course and will even more easily beat him now, in the world in the politics." Then he added: "Senator Paul does not mention that after trouncing him in golf I made a significant donation to the eye center with which he is affiliated." Republican candidates are learning the hard...
  • Exclusive—Trump Expects to Face Biden in General Election: Hillary Scandal Will Force Her Out

    08/14/2015 2:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 14, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    NEW YORK CITY, New York — Should billionaire and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump win the Republican primary in 2016—as he certainly wants to do—he expects he will face Vice President Joe Biden in the general election since he thinks the current email scandal plaguing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will eventually knock her out of the race. When asked in a wide-ranging interview with Breitbart News in his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower if he could envision a general election with him at the top of the Republican ticket and Vice President Biden leading the Democratic...
  • Trump: Someone in GOP Should Run for Senator Against Rand Paul

    08/14/2015 6:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 14, 2015 | Ken Meyer
    Donald Trump said that he did not want to “waste a lot of time” talking about his rival Rand Paul, but decided to respond to the latest criticisms sent his way from the candidate who took up the mantle left by Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham. Trump pointed out how Perry and Graham have seen low poll numbers after speaking against him, and said that Paul is heading in the same direction. From there, Trump attacked Paul for “using the people of Kentucky” by standing against him and running for president while he is still serving as one of the...
  • A Letter to Donald Trump Supporters With One Big Question

    08/14/2015 6:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 14, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    You’re right to mistrust conventional politicians. But why do you think he’ll treat you any better?Dear Donald Trump Supporters: You’re fed up. This much I understand. You’re fed up with politicians who say one thing on the campaign trail, like that they’re going to stop illegal immigration, and then do another in Washington; you’re fed up with insiders who rig the system for their benefit at your expense; and you’re fed up with coastal media elites and their insular subculture. On some level I sympathize. In the last presidential election, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for any of the...
  • KRAUTHAMMER: Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

    08/14/2015 12:57:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | August 14, 2015 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post & Fox News
    Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print. Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is analysis — scrubbed, as thoroughly as a Clinton server, of advocacy. (Unless I simply can't resist.) Hillary Clinton: Ever since her disastrous book-launch performance, I've thought her both (1) a weak candidate and (2) the inevitable Democratic nominee. No longer. She has fallen from her 95-percent barring-an-act-of-God perch....
  • Outsiders: Trump, Bernie, Ted Cruz and the Peasants with Pitchforks

    08/14/2015 12:14:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Achenblog ^ | August 13, 2015 | Joel Achenbach
    I was there for the “peasants with pitchforks” speech. Pat Buchanan was holding forth in a crowded room at the Sheraton Hotel in Nashua, N.H., a couple of days before the 1996 GOP primary. The Republican Establishment’s favorite for the nomination was Bob Dole, but Dole, for all his solid credentials and admirable history as a war hero and congressional leader, was never someone to incite a political fever, never one to tap the more visceral emotions of the rowdy electorate. So here came Buchanan, the TV pundit and unapologetic nativist, and in the icy environs of the New Hampshire...
  • Trump Effect: Is Erick Erickson Throwing Down Gauntlet to Rush Limbaugh?

    08/13/2015 7:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 13, 2015 | C. Edmund Wright
    Did we just see Erick Erickson’s Red State draw a red line in the sand in front of Rush Limbaugh? And if so, is it another aspect of the booming dynamic known as “the Trump effect?” That very case can be made – as Erickson used Red State’s daily email blast lead story from Dan McLaughlin on Wednesday to fire shots across the bow of all talk radio hosts and other pundits who are in any way supporting Donald Trump. And while Erickson does not have the by-line on this indictment, it is right in line with his recent dis-invitation...
  • Vultures circling Hillary: Al Gore insiders talking up potential run

    08/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 13, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Politically wounded presumptive nominee staggering in the desert of her email scandal.Hillary is politically wounded by her never-ending email scandal, which keeps sucking the life out of her favorability ratings, and has Democrats panicked with fear: “I’m not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second,” said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous.” “Look, this is a...
  • Scott Walker falls from top perch in latest Iowa polls

    08/13/2015 2:43:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    After leading the GOP presidential field in Iowa for months, Gov. Scott Walker is no longer on top in the latest polling. In a survey released Wednesday by CNN/ORC, Donald Trump leads among Republicans in Iowa with 22%, followed by Ben Carson at 14% and Walker at 9%. Trump also leads Walker in two other Iowa surveys taken since the Aug. 6 GOP debate in Cleveland, where Walker avoided mistakes but turned in a low-profile performance that was overshadowed by some of his rivals. In an Iowa poll by Suffolk University/USA Today released Tuesday, Trump led with 17% followed by...
  • Trump: If BLM protesters try to take over my rally like they did Sanders’s, there’ll be a fight

    08/12/2015 9:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I thought we’d already reached Peak Trumpmania but if his next speech ends with Trump’s bodyguards going toe to toe with left-wing black activists trying to commandeer his stage to rant against the police, we might yet see him crack 50 percent in the polls. I’m shocked that he ended up saying this off the cuff in a Q&A last night rather than as part of his prepared remarks. It’s so squarely in the wheelhouse of his appeal — offering to fight, literally, against a group that’s politically correct to the point of being sacrosanct among progressives — that a...
  • Hillary Clinton: One-term president?

    08/10/2015 9:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | August 10, 2015 | Bonnie Kristian
    America's president was swept into office by a tidal wave of popular support, generating remarkable enthusiasm and building on a broad distaste for his predecessor, who left behind a flagging economy and an unpopular foreign policy. When his two terms were nearly complete, the president endorsed the clear frontrunner for his party's nomination, a Washington insider whom he'd competed against in his primary campaign two elections past. The president's choice won — but couldn't hold onto that victory. Just four years later, the opposition seized the White House. This is what happened to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush....
  • Trump/Cruz Ticket?

    08/11/2015 12:26:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Cowger Nation ^ | August 10, 2015 | Caiden Cowger
    Those of you who listen to my show, and regularly read my columns know that I am one of the biggest Ted Cruz fans that exists. He is an outspoken, proven conservative and a devout Christian. Last month, I watched a Fox and Friends interview with Ted Cruz, and he refused to attack Donald Trump. Not only did he refuse to attack Trump, but he defended him. “I don’t think you should apologize for speaking out against…illegal immigration,” Cruz said. That same month, Cruz and Trump privately met together in New York City, and this caught my attention. Why would...
  • Rand Paul just held a conference call with reporters solely to bash Donald Trump

    08/10/2015 4:31:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is trying to intensify a fight with current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Paul's campaign on Monday announced a conference call with reporters specifically dedicated to Trump. During that call, Paul slammed the real-estate magnate for conducting a substance-less presidential campaign and making derogatory comments about women. "The truth telling is bluster, the truth-telling is non-sequitur, self-aggrandizement, but is there really anything substantive coming out of saying that people are fat, people are stupid?" Paul said of Trump. Calling Trump a "fake conservative," Paul listed off the issues where Trump has agreed with Democrats in the...
  • Trump Looming, Cruz Seeks to Seize Momentum

    08/10/2015 8:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | August 10, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    JACKSON, Tenn. — Heartened by rising poll numbers, raucous crowds and a fundraising surge, Ted Cruz traversed the most conservative corners of this state Monday with the confidence of a top-tier presidential candidate. His audiences, some numbering several hundred, ate up his well-worn stump speech, lustily applauding lines long familiar to the Republican Texas senator's faithful. Like many of his GOP foes, Cruz is settling into a phase of the 2016 race that, in most other cycles, would bring a measure of stability after the initial whirlwind of campaign announcements and cattle calls. Yet the Republican field continues to grapple...