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  • GOP Leader: ‘This Is 2nd Most Effective Republican-Majority Congress in Modern History” (McCarthy)

    07/29/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “As we finish up the first seven months of this New American Congress, the statistics are in: This Congress is more accountable, more open, more productive and more effective,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a news conference on Wednesday. He called it the “second most effective Republican-majority Congress in modern history,” and he used numbers to make his point. McCarthy said he judges accountability by the work that’s been done in committee: “The 30-year average is 7.4 percent of the bills get out of committee; this Congress is at 10.1,” he said. …
  • [SecTreas] Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

    07/29/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:29 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation’s borrowing limit. In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said he will extend the current debt-suspension period, which was set to expire Friday, through Oct. 30. He said he believes the emergency measures he is using may be sufficient to keep the government operating for a brief period after Oct. 30. Since March 16, Lew has been employing a variety of bookkeeping maneuvers such as removing investments from government...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Conservative political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) is guilty of “rather amazing hypocrisy” for blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but failing to go after fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The syndicated-columnist contended that because Cruz hopes to gain Trump supporters when the real-estate mogul drops out of the race, he won’t criticize him. Krauthammer said that left him guilty of hypocrisy....
  • GOP Senators Lead Push to Allow States to Impose Internet Sales Tax

    07/26/2015 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    Republicans in the Senate are leading efforts to pass legislation that would allow the states to impose a sales tax on online transactions. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has proposed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to "collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales.” The bill includes an exemption for companies whose gross remote sales are less than $1 million per year. The legislation enjoys support particularly among legislators in rural states who believe that online retailers are encroaching on sales made out of traditional storefronts. […] This is not the first time...
  • Iowans drawn to Trump praise his antiestablishment bent

    07/26/2015 6:33:42 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 20 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 7/26/2015 | HEATHER HADDON and REID J. EPSTEIN
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa—Those who flocked to Donald Trump’s campaign event here this weekend said they liked the Republican presidential candidate’s willingness to make an unvarnished case for an antiestablishment campaign. Interviews with dozens of the more than 1,000 people who came to see the reality-television star showed they have been drawn to him because of their skepticism of polished politicians. "I am the silent majority. He talks for me,” said Jill Jepsen, a 61-year-old Oskaloosa retiree who brought her copy of Mr. Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” first published in 1987, for him to sign.
  • RNC: Knock off the name calling

    07/26/2015 1:01:31 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 143 replies
    WMUR.com ^ | 07/26/2015 | Brian Stelter CNN
    (CNN) —The Republican National Committee has a message for candidates like Donald Trump: No more name-calling. That's what the party's chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. "I understand it's going to be the nature of any primary for folks to discuss the differences between themselves on policy issues, and I think that's fine," Spicer said. "The name calling, however, needs to stop." Spicer added: "We have got to remember what Ronald Reagan taught us, his 11th commandment, 'Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.'" Spicer didn't point his comments directly at...
  • Are we finally meeting the real John McCain?

    07/23/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/23/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “None of that is true!. . .I used to meet with him (McCain) in my office at the end of the day and debate with him. . .we debated quite fiercely but there was never any personal prejudice between us; the debate was between two men in a manly style. But after that we were quite friendly. We didn’t take it personally,” said Tran Trong Duyet, McCain’s jailer, in 2008 when Duyet was aged 75. But after his release from the Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison), John Sidney McCain, Navy pilot and son of Adm. John McCain, Jr., commander of...
  • Republicans Insist They’re Tackling ‘The People’s Priorities,’ But Illegal Immigration Is Not…

    07/22/2015 11:23:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 12:06 PM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Here in the House, the people’s priorities continue to be our priorities,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a news conference on Wednesday—one day after the father of Kate Steinle, a murdered San Francisco woman, urged Congress to pass legisation that would take felonious illegal aliens off America's streets for good. “We feel if Kate’s Law saves one daughter, one son, a mother, a father, Kate’s death won’t be in vain,” Jim Stienle told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. But on Wednesay, Boehner listed “the people’s priorities” as entitlement reform; human trafficking; veterans’ health care; free trade, EPA regulations;...
  • Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill

    07/22/2015 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 12:24 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting landmark 2010 legislation that tightened regulation of the financial services industry. The measure would ease requirements on smaller banks and give lenders greater freedom from mortgage lending rules. The legislation is opposed by Democrats who argue that the 2010 Dodd-Frank law strengthened protections for consumers and reduced the odds for a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. …
  • 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....
  • Is Jeb caving on Iran? Scott Walker stokes Republican friction over whether to unravel nuke deal

    07/20/2015 1:53:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/20/15 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Is Jeb 'caving' on Iran? Scott Walker stokes Republican friction over whether to unravel nuke deal on 'day one' in 2017 or let it simmer. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two calmest legs of the Republican Party's leading presidential triumvirate, are turning Iran into a vicious political primary footbal. The Wisconsin governor, Walker, is seizing on Bush's calm and unexcited approach to a nuclear deal reached last week by the Obama administration. He has pledged to invalidate the bargain on the first day of his presidency. The former Florida governor with the more famous political surname has said a...
  • Tom Hicks, Kay Bailey Hutchison among those who helped underqualified students get in to UT-Austin

    07/20/2015 1:25:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/20/15 | Christy Hoppe
    Tom Hicks, Kay Bailey Hutchison among those who helped underqualified students get in to UT-Austin, records show. Dozens of highly influential Texans – including lawmakers, millionaire donors and university regents – helped under-qualified students get into the University of Texas at Austin, often by writing to UT officials, records show. Among those who wrote directly to then-President Bill Powers and then-Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, bypassing the admissions office, were famed golfer and UT grad Ben Crenshaw, former UT regent Scott Craven, Austin lawyer Roy Minton and Sens. Kevin Eltife and Carlos Uresti, records obtained by The Dallas Morning News show. Dozens...
  • The Rubio Feint

    07/20/2015 6:08:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/20/15 | Sandy Stringfellow
    The Conservative base is upset – to put it mildly – with the Progressive RINO Establishment Since November of 2010 – when Marco Rubio, along with John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, et al, began to walk back poker-faced campaign promises – I’ve been documenting evidence indicting Marco Rubio as a happy little ladder-climber within the Progressive RINO Establishment. After winning in 2010, they spoke of “compromise” and “bi-partisanship;” not unlike a marketing theme incongruously composed and presented in a conference call. Many other conservatives grasping history are with me in the Reagan school of compromise: We win, they lose. As with...
  • Leaner, meaner: Jeb Bush starts his climb

    07/20/2015 5:57:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/15 | Jennifer Harper
    Monday marks the first in a series of speeches by Jeb Bush “that will outline what his priorities will be as president, beginning with taking on Mount Washington and reforming the way D.C. works” — this according to his campaign. The inaugural speech itself is titled “Taking on Mount Washington,” in fact. While it is an interesting metaphor, the tone and tenor of it also could mark a change in demeanor for Mr. Bush which could help him fend off critics who frame his campaign as inconsequential or tepid.
  • Rubio: Trump's McCain attack a 'disqualifier'

    07/19/2015 11:19:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/19/15 | Eric Bradner
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump's comment that Sen. John McCain is not a war hero should disqualify him from the 2016 presidential race. "It's not just absurd, it's offensive. It's ridiculous. And I do think it's a disqualifier as commander-in-chief," Rubio said in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." The Florida senator was the latest Republican White House contender to hit Trump after the real estate mogul said Saturday that McCain "is not a war hero" because he was captured and held prisoner in Vietnam. "He is a war hero because he...
  • Donald Trump Uses Old Al Franken POW Joke About John McCain

    07/19/2015 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 87 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 18, 2015 2:18 pm | Jesse Walker
    Franken 15 years ago: "I don't buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured."
  • Jeb Bush and Woody Johnson's Hamptons fund-raising blitz will include a call on money man Ken Lipper

    07/17/2015 8:26:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/16/15 | MARIANNE GARVEY, BRIAN NIEMIETZ & OLI COLEMAN WITH RACHEL MARESCA
    Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will head on a Hamptons fund-raising trip that will be a three-meal, one-day affair with a stop at money man Ken Lipper’s East Hampton mansion, Confidenti@l has exclusively learned. Lipper, who last year gathered more than 500 signatures backing restrictions at East Hampton Airport to reduce aircraft noise, will host Bush at an intimate brunch after the former Florida governor flies in just for the day on July 25. Lipper once served as deputy mayor under Mayor Ed Koch. He is chairman of Lipper & Co., an investment bank based in Manhattan, and was appointed to...
  • Forget Obama...Republicans made the Iran nukes deal possible(bypassed Constitution)

    07/15/2015 5:25:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 7/15/15 | newsmachete
    Mark Levin has been shouting until he is blue in the face that this truly awful nuclear deal with Iran has been made possible only with the help of Senate Republicans, who passed a bill (99-1, with Tom Cotton of Arkansas the only sane dissenter) making it nearly impossible to stop Obama's agreement with the ayatollahs: Normally, here's how treaties work: the President negotiates a treaty with another country, like the deal he is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons development. Once the treaty is negotiated, it's submitted to the Senate. Two thirds of the Senate has to vote...
  • Maybe the GOP needs a No Labels movement

    07/13/2015 1:05:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Republicans have had a number of successes over the last few years, even if the successes have been eclipsed by two national failures in presidential elections. The GOP holds more state-legislature seats now than at any time since Herbert Hoover was President, and now controls both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006. Their grip on the Senate is tenuous, but Republicans now hold a dominating advantage in House seats that may last at least until the next Census, and potentially far beyond that. In the field and on the ground in local elections, Republicans have managed to...
  • Corker-Obama Iran Policy: Another Republican Constitutional Traitor

    07/13/2015 11:06:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/13/15 | Ed Wood
    Under the terms of the Constitution, the president must persuade a two-thirds supermajority of senators to approve any binding agreements he may make with a foreign power. Of course, a president may legitimately make non-binding agreements as permitted under his power to conduct foreign affairs. But to obligate the United States of America to any such agreement, a president must either persuade the Senate to ratify it as a treaty, or persuade the full Congress to pass a law accepting his agreement by ordinary legislation — a bill passed by a majority of both houses and signed into law by...
  • Williamson Aims At Trump’s ‘WHINOS’–and Misses The Mark

    07/12/2015 9:48:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/12/15 | Joel B Pollak
    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online attacks the conservative base of the Republican Party in his latest column, “WHINOS: On the Martyrdom of the Holy, Holy Base.” His critique makes the valid point that conservatives who favor ideological purity or populist venting over electability are going to lose a lot of elections. He is as irritated as his colleague Jonah Goldberg is worried about the Donald Trump insurgency in the Republican presidential primary. However, both he and Goldberg fail to note the reason for Trump’s ascendancy. Trump is surging for the same reason that Newt Gingrich enjoyed a brief bubble...
  • Arizona Republicans Aren't All Rolling Out Red Carpet for Donald Trump

    07/11/2015 11:03:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | JILL ORNITZ and VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
    Donald Trump's campaign said he had to move his speech in Phoenix today from the Biltmore hotel to the city's convention center "due to the overwhelming response," but not everyone is happy the Republican presidential candidate is coming to Arizona. Trump plans to deliver a speech on "illegal immigration and numerous other topics," according to his campaign. He will be speaking at an event organized by the Republican Party of Maricopa County along with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has gained a reputation for his hard-line tactics to combat illegal immigration. "The Republican Party of Maricopa County is pleased to bring...
  • Sleight of Hand

    07/11/2015 10:09:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/11/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Many of us remember the histrionics on display by GOP members of Congress when they had to take positions and vote on hiking the country’s debt ceiling. Well, according to the following information, provided by someone who sounds very authentic, here is the legerdemain that went on in that closed door session of the uniparty in D.C. There are a number of details here that lead me to think this is a true account. You may certainly make up your own mind. The Congressman’s name and state are deleted to protect his identity. “That Tuesday, lunch began with our leadership...
  • Trump Overtakes Bush As #1 In Polls Causing Republican Rhinos To Panic

    07/09/2015 12:12:14 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 42 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    The GOP’s smear campaign, working overtime to mock, and discredit Donald Trump has has backfired so bad that Trump is now #1. Americans actually are beginning to see that Trump will fight for the American people. The Telegraph had this to say regarding Trump and some of the GOP’s fear and smear: For Donald Trump the entrepreneur, it was a damaging week. Two major television networks severed ties, Macy’s dropped his clothing line and Carlos Slim, the even richer Mexican tycoon, ended a joint venture with him. But for Donald Trump the inveterate showman and Republican challenger for president, the...
  • Top GOP Donor Wants Donald Trump Banned From First Debate

    07/07/2015 7:17:18 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 85 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/7/15 | Breitbart News
    A top establishment Republican donor reportedly wants Donald Trump banned from the first presidential debate. Fox News will host the first GOP presidential debate on August 6 in Cleveland, and the debate will be limited to the top ten candidates “in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up” to the debate. Trump, who placed second in Fox News’s most recent national poll after his presidential announcement speech in which he took firm stances against illegal immigration and trade deals that harm American workers, is in line to be one of the 10 candidates on stage....
  • Republicans look to deliver blow against ObamaCare tax

    07/04/2015 9:27:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare subsidies, opponents of the law remain poised to strike a key blow against another component of the health care overhaul in a matter of months. Republicans, with help from Democrats, have gained momentum in their long-running effort to repeal the law's controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The House voted 280-140 to nix the tax, which went into effect in 2013, in June; the debate heads next to the Senate. While Republicans have tried dozens of times to unravel all or parts of the law through repeal legislation, this bill...
  • Our first Fourth of July after our last Independence Day

    07/04/2015 8:24:18 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/4/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    With the feckless Republicans joining the satanic Democrats to attack our freedoms at every chance, this is our first July 4 that cannot rightly be called Independence Day. We have seen our last Independence Day. This essay was first posted on July 4, 2013. We tried. We really did try as hard as we could. Over the past 237 years we have poured out the lives of generations of our young men and women to defend our liberties. We have willingly sacrificed our treasure and our tears fighting to keep the wolves of tranny away from our door. But unless...
  • Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare

    07/03/2015 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:15 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning New Hampshire voters that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration will repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Democratic presidential front-runner says she will offer continuity on the policies under Obama that have worked for the vast majority of Americans. And she says the federal budget was in order under her husband’s administration until it was “rudely interrupted” by Republicans. …
  • Collins Endorses Jeb Bush in GOP Race for President

    07/01/2015 3:30:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    MPBN ^ | 7/1/15 | MAL LEARY
    BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president. Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him for president," Collins said at an event in Bangor.
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be “astonished” if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill. “During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public—as fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for example—and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz writes in his new book, “A Time For Truth.” “Indeed, if transcripts of our Senate lunches were released to the public, I think many voters would be astonished,” the Republican...
  • Ambassador John Bolton Endorses Eight GOP Primary Candidates

    06/27/2015 10:32:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    boltonpac.com ^ | June 23, 2015
    Ambassador John Bolton endorses and contributes to eight Republican primary candidates for elected office in 2016. The John Bolton PAC will donate $5,000 to the campaigns of Reps. Lee Zeldin (NY-1), Will Hurd (TX-23), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rob Portman (R-OH). The contributions are meant to ensure each candidate has the necessary early backing to campaign during the pre-primary period. Bolton has endorsed and contributed to 15 GOP candidates this election cycle. - See more at:
  • Hobson's Choice

    06/26/2015 6:22:23 AM PDT · by Don Corleone · 9 replies
    Senator McCain | 6/26/15 | Senator McCain
    My Friend, Today, the Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again. This is the direct result of President Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress. They forced ObamaCare on the American people with false promises and a totally partisan vote. My new Democrat opponent, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, is one of the strongest ObamaCare supporters in Washington. She even said her vote for ObamaCare was the one she "was most proud about." We all know ObamaCare has been a disaster, resulting in rising costs, lost jobs, and reduced health care choices for the people of our state. If you agree with...
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesday’s vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • The Trump Card

    06/20/2015 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/20/15 | Joan Swirsky
    I'm enjoying immensely the degree to which candidate Trump is driving both the impoverished left and the namby-pamby right clinically insane! A sure-fire way of assessing the threat that leftists feel toward any challenge to their nonsensical narratives and preposterous policies is to measure the long knives and “important” people they drag out to slam the competition. Whether it’s the leftwing JournoList cabal of 400 so-called journalists and academics who in 2007 colluded to launch relentless character assassinations against every person who challenged Barack Obama about anything, or the obsessive sexist attacks and slander leveled in 2008 against Republican VP...
  • Jeb Bush Makes Surprise Pick for Political Director (Romney hack)

    06/19/2015 1:23:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/19/15 | BETH REINHARD
    For the second time in less than two weeks, Jeb Bush is shuffling the top tier of his 2016 campaign staff. The job of political director – expected to go to Kentucky-based consultant Scott Jennings – will instead be filled by David James, who served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He has also worked at the Republican National Committee and helped lead the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
  • The Anti-Politician

    06/19/2015 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/19/15 | Pat Buchanan
    At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust. Though he has been a hugely successful builder-businessman, far more successful than, say, Carly Fiorina, who has been received respectfully, our resident elites resolutely refuse to take Trump seriously. They should. Not because he will be nominated, but because the Trump constituency will represent a vote of no confidence in the Beltway ruling class of politicians and press. Votes for Trump will be votes to repudiate that class, whole...
  • Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

    06/17/2015 9:25:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 6:15 PM EDT | Alan Fram and Erica Werner
    Congressional Republicans will move to temporarily continue health care subsidies for millions of people if the Supreme Court overturns the aid, according to plans discussed Wednesday in the House and Senate. In addition, the GOP proposals would dissolve many of the basic requirements of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including mandates that most people buy coverage and most companies provide it to their workers, Republicans said. Eventually, they hope, the entire law would be repealed. Should the justices annul the subsidies, which are a crucial girder of the 2010 law, GOP leaders hope their plans would let them take...
  • Obama says he, lawmakers on same team, ‘the American team’

    06/17/2015 9:21:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 7:32 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says democracy is frustrating and messy, but he’s reminding lawmakers who disagree with him that they all play for the same team, “the American team.” […] The festivities on the South Lawn fell a few days after a majority of House Democrats dealt a blow to Obama by voting against his trade agenda. But he has gotten some of his strongest backing on the issue from Republicans, and the GOP House and Senate leaders pledged Wednesday to send a trade package to Obama. …
  • Mike Murphy plots a win for Jeb Bush in the land of Hollywood liberals

    06/17/2015 5:35:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/12/15 | Mary Jordan
    When he has needed a quiet place to work, Mike Murphy has pedaled his electric commuter bike onto the Paramount Studios lot, flashed his ID and rode past cavernous stages such as No. 14, where filmmakers shot “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Star Trek.” Movie and TV stars paid no heed to the balding guy in horn-rimmed glasses and rumpled East Coast khakis as he made his way toward his office, closed the door and went to work trying to elect Jeb Bush president of the United States. When Bush officially launches his campaign Monday, Murphy...
  • Bush Team Aims to ‘Weaponize’ Its Fund-Raising Total

    06/17/2015 5:31:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/17/15 | Maggie Haberman
    The “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush, now walled off from the candidate because of campaign finance rules, hopes to “weaponize” its fund-raising total for the first six months of the year, the group’s top strategist told donors on a conference call on Wednesday afternoon. The comment from Mike Murphy, a veteran adviser to Mr. Bush who is now running the super PAC that will back the campaign, came as the group is focused on raising as much money as possible in the final days of its first fund-raising period, contributing to what is expected to be a significant financial edge...
  • We Crashed Jeb Bush’s Super PAC’s Donor Call, And Here’s What They Said

    06/17/2015 5:19:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/17/15 | Andrew Kaczynski Ilan Ben-Meir
    Right to Rise PAC says its raised $17 million in the New York-area so far, and its July fundraising report will give Jeb Bush’s opponents a “heart attacks.” The super PAC tied to Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush has raised $17 million so far in the New York-area alone, according to a conference call between the super PAC officials and donors on Wednesday. Mike Murphy, the longtime Jeb Bush confidant and consultant who is heading the Right to Rise super PAC, told a group of donors on a conference call Wednesday that they had so...
  • How does Jeb Bush stack up against other pols who slow-jam the news?

    06/17/2015 10:26:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/17/15 | Andrea Morabito
    After former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush formally announced he is running for president on Monday, he stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Tuesday night to slow-jam the news of his campaign kickoff. Fallon and The Roots filled the segment with sexually suggestive double entendres, calling the younger Bush sibling a “caucus tease” and a “master debater” with “lots of experience down south.” Bush isn’t the first politician to play in Fallon’s signature segment — President Barack Obama, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have tried their hand at the slow jam. Let’s...
  • McConnell plots trade path with Obama

    06/16/2015 1:31:59 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/16/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have consulted with President Obama on passing fast-track trade authority after it suffered a big setback last week. McConnell believes the trade package passed by the Senate in May can still make it to Obama’s desk despite getting blown up in the House last week. “The speaker and I have spoken with the president about the way forward on trade,” McConnell told reporters. “It’s still my hope that we can achieve what we’ve set out to achieve together, which is to get a six-year trade...
  • Robert Reich: Americans have had it with free trade

    06/16/2015 2:17:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Robert Reich
    How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history – a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress – is nearly dead? The Trans Pacific Partnership may yet squeak through Congress but its near-death experience offers an important lesson. It’s not that labor unions have regained political power (union membership continues to dwindle and large corporations have more clout in Washington than ever) or that the President is especially weak (no president can pull off a major deal like this if the public isn’t behind him). The biggest lesson is most Americans...
  • "If Not Now, When? If Not You, Who?"

    06/15/2015 10:27:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/15/15 | Peggy Ryan
    Shhh! Listen and you’ll hear the refrains of Obamacare echoing through the halls of Congress. It’s a trade bill instead of healthcare, backed by Republicans as well as Democrats, but at its core the bills are remarkably similar. Like Obamacare, the Trade bill is obscure (113 pages filled with caveats and reservations), it is secret and being hustled through Congress at breakneck speed to avoid scrutiny. The 2014 election provided a mandate that Congress is choosing to ignore. It’s clear the American people reject the Obama agenda yet McConnell and Boehner are tripping over themselves to pass every bill Obama...
  • Hack the vote: Cyber experts say ballot machines easy targets

    06/11/2015 3:19:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    The recent cyber theft of millions of personnel records from the federal government was sophisticated and potentially crippling, but hackers with just rudimentary skills could easily do even more damage by targeting voting machines, according to security experts. In many cases, even the electronic ballots could be manipulated remotely, according to a new report. The report found that the AVS WINVote machines Virginia has used since 2002 have such flimsy security that an amateur hacker could change votes from outside a polling location. “This means anyone could have broken into the machines from the parking lot,” said Cris Thomas, a...
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Florida’s former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. “Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.” Romney’s praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • Jeb Bush: I'll break away from GOP pack

    06/14/2015 12:38:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | June 14, 2015 | Karl de Vries
    (CNN)—Jeb Bush said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believes he'll be in a better position to break away from the rest of the Republican field when he announces his presidential candidacy. "I think this transition to a candidacy will allow me to be more direct about my advocacy of the leadership skills necessary for the next president to fix a few things," Bush told CNN's Dana Bash in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday. "And as a candidate, contrary to someone who has been listening and learning along the way, I'll offer up alternatives...
  • Wall Street is getting tired of funding socially conservative Republicans running for president

    06/13/2015 8:50:27 AM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 77 replies
    Business Insider / Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2015 | Linette Lopez
    For years, when it came to presidential candidates, Wall Street made huge compromises in order to support the Republican Party. The money men in New York City set aside their socially liberal views in order to support fiscally conservative candidates because that was the only way to get on the same page as the GOP base. The result has been a series of candidates Wall Street's big donors didn't really want. It seems those donors are getting tired of that outcome.
  • Sean Hannity scores first Jeb Bush interview

    06/11/2015 5:35:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/11/15 | HADAS GOLD
    Fox News host Sean Hannity continues his streak as conservative king maker, as the network announced Thursday that he will have the first interview with Jeb Bush after his presidential campaign announcement next week. The former Florida governor is expected to announce his presidential campaign Monday in Florida. On Tuesday, Hannity will interview Bush. Bush will also appear on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" that same night. Bush campaign spokespeople confirmed that Bush will not hold any interviews Monday and that Hannity will be his first.