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  • Bush Discovers Fire

    05/25/2015 3:49:46 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 62 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 11, 2007 | YouTube "armadilloze"
    "Bush is mesmerized by a common grocery store checkout scanner in 1992. This was LONG after scanners were introduced in 1980. "Some say" this is an "urban legend," but you decide. Sorry, source file was only 160x120, not too sharp."
  • John Cornyn: Patriot Act has never been more important

    05/24/2015 8:52:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/19/15 | John Cornyn
    After the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans began to look at our national security in a different light. No longer were the lines of battle neatly drawn and enemies easily identified. In the 21st century, threats would be constantly evolving and growing even more complex. The crisis in Syria and Iraq has illustrated just how dangerous these threats are, both abroad and at home. In February, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center estimated more than 20,000 foreign fighters had joined the Islamic State or other related groups in Syria — among them, some 3,000 were from Western countries. More than...
  • McConnell's floor strategy backfires

    05/23/2015 6:34:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/22/15 | Burgess Everett
    Mitch McConnell tried to use a time-tested tactic to break his fellow senators’ will and get what he wants: the threat of missing their vacation after a grueling, six-week work period. It didn’t work. The majority leader prioritized a fast-track trade bill over renewing three key PATRIOT Act provisions that expire on May 31. McConnell got the trade bill through on Friday evening, but his attempts to exhaust his colleagues and jam through a clean extension of surveillance laws blew apart just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A trio of libertarian-leaning senators objected to McConnell’s attempts to offer even a two-day...
  • The Year That Changed Jeb Bush Forever (He Went Native)

    05/22/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Michael Krause
    He was born in Midland, Texas, and he spent a good bit of his boyhood in Houston, and he went to high school in Andover, Massachusetts, and to college in Austin, Texas, and he has lived for the last three and a half decades in Miami. But at the top of the list of the most important places in the world in the life of Jeb Bush is the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, and its conservative, old-world Catholic capital of León. León is why he proposed marriage in Spanish, why his three children are Mexican-American, why his favorite foods...
  • Jeb Bush gives New Hampshire woman massage

    05/21/2015 10:52:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    KSPR ^ | 5/21/15 | Ashley Codianni
    Like brother, like brother. Salem New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce President Donna Morris was in for some unexpected caressing from likely Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush during this afternoon's meet and greet. Morris, who was winded from running to grab her introduction remarks she had forgotten, apologetically greeted Bush, who in turn reassured her to take her time. She then joked, "oh, you take my breath away." Bush then shifted in behind her for a brief, but golden, shoulder massage:
  • Startling Connection Between Jeb And Hillary Just Exposed, And It Looks Awful For Him

    05/20/2015 7:08:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/20/15 | B. Christopher Agee
    It involved a six-figure paycheck. According to recent reports, one of the scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton’s fledgling presidential candidacy have now at least partially ensnared one of her likely Republican rivals. Reports that the Clintons have gotten rich from giving speeches over the last 15 years have damaged Hillary’s credibility as a populist candidate who can relate to working class Americans. As it turns out, one of the speeches for which Hillary Clinton took home a six-figure paycheck was funded by Academic Partnerships. The private sector education company reportedly paid Clinton $225,500 last year for a speech she gave in...
  • McConnell moves to end debate on 'fast track' trade bill

    05/19/2015 11:41:54 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Many oppose "fast track" authority, which will give Obama expanded power in international deals. McConnell is refusing to allow votes on amendments, breaking a pledge to allow an open process (has) filed cloture.
  • Marco Rubio: I Still Believe In Comprehensive Immigration Reform, But "The Votes Aren't There"

    05/17/2015 12:46:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    RCP ^ | 5/17/15 | Ian Schwartz
    Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren't there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and "unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders." Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) "partially lost" the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform. "The problem is the votes aren't there in the House," Rubio said Sunday. "And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Nicolle Wallace talks about her new book, 2016 and life on ‘The View’ (Barf)

    05/16/2015 4:58:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2015 | Bianna Golodryga
    Few people know the ins and outs of Washington politics and the White House better than Nicolle Wallace. Wallace served as communications chief under President George W. Bush and as a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign. She is currently the co-host of ABC’s “The View.” She is also an accomplished author — her latest novel, “Madam President” is the third in a trilogy about a fictional Republican president who also happens to be the first female president of the United States. Her vice president is also a woman — and a Democrat. Her secretary of state? You guessed it:...
  • Visit to Germany: Gov. Walker says world will be better with trade agreement

    05/14/2015 9:03:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Fox6Now.com ^ | April 14, 2015
    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells a German audience that young people around the world will be stronger if a new trade agreement between the United States and the European Union can be reached.Walker made his comments Tuesday at the Hannover Messe trade show.A recording of his comments provided to The Associated Press shows the likely Republican presidential candidate voiced his support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Negotiations between the U.S. and EU began on it in 2013 but many Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labor security and other issues.Walker referenced...
  • Ivy Ziedrich, College Student, Warms to Role as Jeb Bush Critic on ISIS

    05/14/2015 11:40:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/14/15 | Michael Barbaro
    On Wednesday afternoon, just as she sat down to watch TV and eat a corn dog, Ivy Ziedrich’s phone rang. It was her sister in Montana. “I am so proud of you,” her sister said, “for yelling at a politician.” It was the first inkling that Ms. Ziedrich, a 19-year-old college student with a passion for the debate team and the finer points of Middle Eastern policy, had gone viral. Her confrontation with Jeb Bush, in which she told the former Florida governor a few hours earlier, “Your brother created ISIS,” was suddenly everywhere online, casting an unwelcome hue on...
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this week’s tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • Charlie Baker gets cold shoulder... while Patrick got generous storm aid often

    05/14/2015 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Riflema · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/14/2015 | Kimberly Atkins
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is getting a pittance in disaster aid from the Obama White House compared to the tens of millions of dollars former Gov. Deval Patrick scored for lesser storms than the worst winter in memory inflicted on the Bay State, a Herald review found.The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Baker’s request yesterday to extend the time available to Bay State communities to apply for reimbursement for the late-January blizzard.Only $67.5 million in federal relief is expected to be available.That’s a drop in the bucket for the estimated $350 million or more in expenses incurred during the...
  • Watch a college student confront Jeb Bush: 'Your brother created ISIS' (Jeb unprepared yet again)

    05/14/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/14/15 | Colin Campbell
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a likely 2016 presidential candidate, faced off against a hostile college student on Wednesday. The student, identified in reports as 19-year-old Ivy Ziedrich, introduced herself as a young Democrat attending the University of Nevada, Reno. She quickly moved on to accuse Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush, of laying the groundwork for the rise of the Islamic State jihadist group (also known as ISIS). Ziedrich argued that the US didn't do enough to take care of former Iraqi soldiers after Geroge W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003. "The threat of ISIS was created...
  • Surprise: Jeb Bush skipping Iowa straw poll in August

    05/12/2015 1:47:23 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Lotta buzz about this in the political Twittersphere this afternoon. I can’t figure out why. The likely Republican presidential candidate will instead attend a competing event, the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, the day of the Iowa event, GOP sources in Iowa told The Des Moines Register Tuesday. A spokesman for Bush confirmed the report…
  • Jeb Bush: Opposing In-state Tuition For Illegals 'Over The Line'

    05/12/2015 6:32:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Breitbart News
    Opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is going “over the line,” according to former Florida Governor and likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In an interview that aired Monday on Fox News, Bush, who supported granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants when he was governor, noted that Florida’s version of the DREAM Act was recently passed by a “conservative Republican legislature led by a very courageous Speaker of the House” and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott. “I supported that,” he said. “If you’ve been here for an extended period of time, you have no nexus to the...
  • Jeb Bush: I Wouldn’t Immediately Repeal Obama’s Immigration Action

    05/11/2015 8:30:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 11 May 2015 10:22 PM | Greg Richter
    Jeb Bush told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly that he would not attempt to immediately reverse President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration should he succeed him in the Oval Office. The former Florida governor said he would instead wait for Congress to pass a law to make changes in immigration policy. That sets Bush apart from many of his Republican counterparts who have said they would take immediate action. Obama in November issued an executive action to prevent millions of illegal immigrants from being deported. Bush suggested that GOP voters “can be persuaded” to his way of thinking on...
  • Chris Christie’s Expense Account: Drinks Were on Him

    05/11/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey likes to point out how he has made big cuts to state spending. But when it comes to using his allowance money as governor, he appears happy to be a high roller. Records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog show that Mr. Christie spent more than $360,000 of his state allowance during his first five years in office, with 80 percent of that going toward food, drinks and desserts. He receives an annual allowance of $95,000, on top of his salary of $175,000, to be used for entertaining and hosting official receptions. ~snip~ Mr. Christie...
  • Lindsey Graham: As president, ‘I would veto any bill’ without path to citizenship

    05/09/2015 6:48:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/8/15 | Jessica Chasmar
    Likely Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Thursday that the GOP will lose the 2016 presidential election unless they win over Hispanic voters by supporting a “long, hard path to citizenship.” “If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” the South Carolina Republican told USA Today. “You would have a long, hard path to citizenship … but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help....
  • Cory Gardner, my Senator going RINO...vanity

    05/09/2015 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Trteamer · 37 replies
    5-9-15 | Trteamer
    Colorado elected Cory Gardner as our GOP Senator, and what a disappointment he is turning out to be....
  • Mike Huckabee Scoffs At Pulling A 'Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck' While Pulling A Taxpayer-Funded Pension

    05/08/2015 3:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | May 8, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced his second presidential bid on Tuesday, he played up his blue-collar, working-class background in an attempt to distinguish himself from some of his rivals. "I don't have a global foundation or a taxpayer-funded paycheck to live off of. I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue collar, not blue blood," Huckabee said in his announcement, which he delivered in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee's statement took aim at several of his potential competitors in the 2016 election. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her...
  • Why Aren’t the Republicans Fighting Harder?

    05/09/2015 4:56:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Either, the GOP is too fearful. The GOP is ignorant. Or, the GOP is a part of the problem As a public speaker, I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with various political clubs, groups and organizations. When it comes to the question and answer portion after my U.S. Constitution presentations, the most common question I get is, “Why don’t the Republicans fight harder?” I tell the audience there are three possible answers. Either, the GOP is too fearful. The GOP is ignorant. Or, the GOP is a part of the problem. It may be a little...
  • Chris Christie in New Hampshire: ‘Global warming is real’

    05/08/2015 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 7, 2015 | By Aliyah Frumin
    KEENE, New Hampshire – At a country club here in the southern part of this crucial, early voting state, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke from some of his potential 2016 Republican presidential rivals, saying he believes in climate change and that humans have something to do with it. “I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it,” said Christie. He added, however, that there needs to be more discussion about the degree to which humans play a role.
  • Mark Levin: Rand Paul has some explaining to do

    05/07/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/7/15 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin believes blackmail or something may be going behind the scenes in the Senate. Here’s why: NATIONAL REVIEW – The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business...
  • Inside Jeb Bush’s long game: A bet on peaking late

    05/06/2015 1:30:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/6/15 | Matea Gold and Robert Costa
    At a luxury Miami hotel last month, one of Jeb Bush’s chief strategists stood before hundreds of top GOP fundraisers to deliver an unsubtle message: The former Florida governor will not be one of the “presidents of August.” During his closed-door presentation at the 1 Hotel in South Beach, Mike Murphy dismissed buzz-fueled candidates who rise fast early only to flame out once the primaries begin. Murphy ridiculed the early spate of presidential polls — many of which show Bush lagging, particularly in Iowa — as “noise meters.” And he insisted that the Bush team is patiently playing a long...
  • Jeb Bush misfires with evangelicals over gay marriage supporters in inner circle

    05/06/2015 11:46:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/5/15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Former Florida governor fails to identify any ‘genuine’ conservatives on campaign team. Jeb Bush’s latest effort to court evangelical voters boomeranged when a Christian radio network boss challenged him for hiring two political aides who support same-sex marriage, and the former Florida governor conceded that he couldn’t identify any “genuine” conservatives in his inner circle. The details of Mr. Bush’s private phone call in mid-April with Rich Bott, whose religious radio network of 100 stations stretches from California to Tennessee within potential reach of 51 million listeners, were confirmed to The Washington Times by Mr. Bott and top aides to...
  • McCain rules out immigration language in defense bill (Yup, he's up for reelection again!)

    05/06/2015 4:57:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Cristina Marcos and Martin Matishak
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Tuesday shot down a proposal that would move toward allowing some illegal immigrants to serve in the military. The Arizona Republican, who is up for reelection in 2016, said there is no way he will accept provisions like those being pushed in the House related to President Obama’s deferred deportation program. “We’re not doing anything on immigration on the NDAA,” McCain told The Hill, referring to legislation that authorizes spending levels for the military. McCain’s opposition could be a death knell for two provisions in the House’s draft of the National Defense...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • McConnell Will Move Iran Bill Forward Without Controversial Amendments From Senate Hawks

    05/05/2015 4:14:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Jessica Schulberg
    In a rebuke to the hawks of his party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated on Tuesday that he will move forward with a Senate bill on the Iran nuclear agreement by limiting votes on amendments that demand more conditions from the Iranians. Though no definitive schedule was announced, Republicans left their weekly luncheon suggesting that no further tinkering would be done to the bill. Speaking to reporters after that luncheon concluded, McConnell would not utter the word "cloture," saying only that he was trying to "move quickly" while considering other, less controversial amendments. In addition to the diminishing...
  • AZ POLL: Sen. McCain Under 50 Percent, Extraordinarily Vulnerable

    05/05/2015 2:29:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Michelle Moons
    Five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has good reason to fear a primary challenge. Newly released data from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows half of Arizona’s Republican primary voters disapprove of McCain’s job performance, and more than half would prefer a more conservative Senate candidate in 2016. After more than three decades in Washington, McCain earns merely 41 percent approval from Arizona Republicans and 36 percent from general Arizona voters, PPP finds. Just 37 percent reported a willingness to support the Senator in his 2016 re-election bid. In the days leading up to his re-election declaration, McCain and wife Cindy...
  • No front-runner for President, says Haley Barbour

    05/04/2015 6:33:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Georgiana Vines
    Republican heavyweight Haley Barbour said Monday "no true" front-runner exists among the various Republicans announcing for president or those expected to become candidates in 2016. Whoever it is can't just run against the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama but has to "give something to be for" particularly in improving the economy, creating jobs and bringing down the national debt, he said. Barbour made the comments at a news conference before speaking at the annual Lincoln Dinner of the Knox County Republican Party at Rothchild catering center in West Knoxville. Some 325-350 people attended based on table arrangements for 400....
  • Former crony willing to testify Christie lied about Bridgegate

    05/01/2015 12:36:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/1/15 | Joshua Saul and Bruce Golding
    A former crony of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Friday in the “Bridgegate” scandal — and is willing to testify that the fading GOP star knew about crippling lane closures as they were happening, his lawyer said afterward. David Wildstein, who scored a $150,000-a-year Port Authority job through his Christie connections, entered into a cooperation deal with prosecutors and admitted scheming to snarl traffic near the George Washington Bridge as part of a political payback scheme. Two other ex-officials with ties to Christie were also indicted on charges they plotted with Wildstein to take revenge against Democratic Mayor...
  • Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank risks thousands of jobs

    04/30/2015 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:15 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Thousands of jobs would “disappear pretty quickly” if the Export-Import Bank were to expire abruptly when its charter runs out at the end of June, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday. The Ohio Republican has asked Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to come up with a plan to overhaul or wind down the operations of the bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. products such as jetliners and wind turbines. […] Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping...
  • Corker Predicts No More Amendments to Iran Bill (Updated) (Video)

    04/30/2015 10:55:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1:19 p.m | By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:19 p.m. on April 30, 2015 Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Tom Cotton is insisting on simple majority votes on contentious amendments to legislation to provide congressional review of any final nuclear deal with Iran, apparently stymieing the possibility of moving forward, at least for now. The Arkansas Republican sought to line up a pair of amendments that supportive Democratic senators have said could cause them to remove support for the bill. One of those, sponsored by Cotton, would require Iran to allow inspectors full access to suspicious sites. The other, led by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, would require Tehran to recognize Israel’s right to exist. “I think some of...
  • “A corrupt, unresponsive and plutocratic disaster”: How Mitch McConnell and the GOP remade DC

    04/26/2015 7:16:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/26/2015 | Elias Isquith
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is by most accounts an awkward, charmless politician who is motivated by little more than a ruthless desire to accrue power and win his next election. He has no set ideological principles (he was once a labor-friendly, pro-choice moderate, for example) and despite having been in Congress for some three decades, no legislation of real significance bears his name. To all appearances, he is exactly the kind of nakedly ambitious cipher that our society rewards but that we the people claim to hate. I would, generally speaking, rather write about someone else.
  • Catsimatidis blabs: Jeb Bush announcing 2016 bid on Monday

    04/26/2015 4:51:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/26/15 | Michael Gartland
    Jeb Bush plans to officially roll out his presidential campaign Monday, according to billionaire John Catsimatidis, who announced the news Sunday on his radio show. “I have found out that Governor Jeb Bush will be announcing Monday,” the former mayoral candidate said on his show, The Cats Roundtable.
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Is anyone afraid of Jeb Bush?

    04/26/2015 10:04:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/15 | Dan Balz
    Jeb Bush jolted his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last winter when he dived with unexpected aggressiveness into the 2016 campaign. Few of them seem to be quaking now. The former Florida governor is still the biggest name in the GOP field, with a fundraising network unmatched by any of the others. But Bush’s considerable assets so far have done little to reshape the early polls or keep others out of the race. If anything, it’s the opposite. Bush acknowledged all this when he was in New Hampshire a week ago. Noting his strong establishment support, one voter,...
  • In fundraising, Jeb is on defense

    04/24/2015 3:47:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/23/15 | Eli Stokols
    Weekend confab comes as some Bush donors fear his funding edge is slipping. This weekend in Miami Jeb Bush will huddle with a group of his top donors at a brand new “nature-centric,” $700-a-night South Beach hotel, replete with four pools, a Tom Colicchio restaurant and an 11,000-plant “living green wall.” The point, though, isn’t tranquility and relaxation – it’s survival. For a time, it looked like Bush would steamroll the GOP field with a cash-flush juggernaut that might raise as much as $100 million in the first quarter, using a variety of super PACs to push the boundaries of...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • Deal Says Georgia To Follow Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

    04/24/2015 1:07:21 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 13 replies
    WABE radio ^ | 4/23/15 | Denis O'Hare
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage when it rules. Georgia has a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the high court is expected to hear arguments on the issue next week. “Federal constitutional issues trump state constitutional issues, " Deal told "A Closer Look" host Denis O'Hayer. "So we will abide by whatever the Supreme Court rules as an interpretation of the United States Constitution.” On Wednesday, State Attorney General Sam Olens said he'll follow the U.S. Supreme Court's order. Deal also spoke about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,...
  • Can Jeb Bush win the GOP nomination . . . by praising President Obama?

    04/24/2015 8:02:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/24/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch. And that’s all since last week. It’s an unusual approach for Bush to take in seeking the nomination of a conservative party that mostly loathes the current president. The former Florida governor has gone out of his way at times to chime in on issues where he agrees with Obama — bolstering his attempt to be a softer-toned kind of Republican focused on winning...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 124 replies
    conservativehq.com ^ | 4/24/15 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Exclusive — Empirical Vote Data Shows Democrats Still Control US Senate...

    04/24/2015 1:52:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/23/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, election results last November aside, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows. In fact, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats. “While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by...
  • Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies ...

    04/24/2015 1:49:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies Have No Right to Life A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself. Neither of these votes would have taken place had not...
  • Jeb Bush Takes Shot at Romney: ‘He Didn’t Signal He Cared About People’

    04/23/2015 5:20:54 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/23/15 | Alana Goodman
    Cites ‘unorthodox’ views, such as support Common Core and immigration reform, as strength Jeb Bush said he would not make the same mistakes as Mitt Romney during a private event in New York on Thursday, saying the 2012 Republican nominee was unable to connect with voters in a genuine way. “[Romney] made it about a referendum on the president’s policies rather than about himself. He didn’t show his heart,” said the former governor of Florida. “He didn’t send a signal that he cared about people, when he did.” -snip- On immigration, he said he backs “earned legalized status.” “You would...
  • Jeb Bush: Deal to advance Loretta Lynch has 'gotta be a win'

    04/22/2015 8:38:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/22/2015 | Nick Gass
    Jeb Bush says that the prospective confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch “sounds to me like a victory” because “getting rid of” current Attorney General Eric Holder has “gotta be a win.” The former governor of Florida said last week that President Barack Obama deserves the opportunity to have the team he wants. He also took shots at Holder then, saying that Republicans should consider that the longer they take to confirm Lynch, the longer he will be in office. “I said that they should have a vote,” Bush told radio show host Michael Medved in an interview Tuesday....
  • McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

    04/22/2015 7:30:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
  • Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

    04/21/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 4/21/15 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from America’s...