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  • Rand Paul's approval rating in Kentucku

    01/11/2019 9:54:42 AM PST · by RandFan · 17 replies
    43% approve, 38% disapprove. That's a net positive rating of 5%. In contrast, the Turtle's approval rating is 38% approve and 47% disapprove.. a negative rating of -9% McConnell has one of the worst ratings in America.
  • Trump won the night. Schumer, Pelosi lost.

    01/10/2019 4:25:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Sumter Item ^ | January 10, 2019 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    President Trump did something Tuesday night that he has rarely done since taking office: He used the presidential bully pulpit to reach beyond his hardcore base of supporters to make his case to the American people as a whole. Speaking from the Oval Office for the first time during his presidency, Trump embraced our country's tradition as a nation of immigrants, declaring "America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation." He then offered a cogent explanation for why he believes we face what he called "a humanitarian crisis - a crisis of...
  • Warren hires Iowa aides, including top Sanders and Obama alums, ahead of visit

    01/02/2019 11:22:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WISC-TV ^ | January 3, 2019 | MJ Lee and Gregory Krieg, CNN
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who announced on Monday that she is exploring a presidential run, is quickly assembling a robust and experienced team to lead a campaign in Iowa -- an early signal of the outsized importance of a strong showing in the state. Emily Parcell, who worked as then-Sen. Barack Obama's Iowa political director for the 2008 caucus and as a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton in the state eight years later, has signed on with Warren, along with Janice Rottenberg, according to two sources. Rottenberg was an Ohio organizer for Clinton in 2016 and ran the Iowa Democratic...
  • Mitt Romney’s op-ed crystallizes all the reasons the old GOP establishment has been pushed aside

    01/02/2019 6:38:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2019 | Henry Olsen
    Mitt Romney’s op-ed Wednesday in The Post is being widely praised by the usual suspects in Never-Trump Land. This should be your first clue as to how wildly out of touch the senator-elect is with Republican voters. What are some others? Let’s start with the article’s premise that President Trump’s character is more important than his accomplishments or principles. Most Republicans simply don’t accept this argument. Many instead see Trump’s pugnacious and sometimes crude talk as an essential part of his virtue — he fights while other Republicans cower. Others would prefer he tweet less and do more, but still...
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Mitt Romney If Accepting Trump’s Endorsement Was A Mistake

    01/02/2019 5:25:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 2, 2019 | David Moye
    The senator-elect wouldn’t say why he didn’t have a problem when Trump was falsely accusing Barack Obama of being born in Africa. Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) may have criticized Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed, but he apparently didn’t have a problem accepting the president’s endorsement during last year’s Senate race. During a CNN interview on Wednesday, Jake Tapper pressed the onetime Republican presidential candidate on whether that was a mistake. Tapper pointed to a Twitter message from 2016 ― two years before Romney accepted the president’s endorsement in 2018 ― in which Romney seemed to reject the idea...
  • Trump invites congressional leaders to White House for wall briefing

    01/01/2019 11:01:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 1, 2019 | Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan
    The meeting would be the first time the president has sat down with Democrats since the shutdown started. President Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the border wall at the White House, according to three congressional sources familiar with the invitation. White House officials on New Year’s Eve asked House and Senate leaders in both parties to attend the meeting. The session, which will include a briefing by top Homeland Security Department officials, comes as a partial government shutdown over Trump’s border wall reaches its eleventh day. The meeting would mark the first time...
  • Atkins: Elizabeth Warren, the Dems’ Jeb Bush

    12/31/2018 7:54:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 31, 2018 | Kimberly Atkins
    We’ve seen it before: a highly-recognized political name coming out early to kick off a presidential bid, banking that the candidate’s big fundraising chops and a carefully assembled campaign apparatus will scare away potential opponents, lock down front-runner status, and ultimately secure the nomination. But the last time, when that candidate was a Republican named Jeb Bush, it didn’t turn out so well. Elizabeth Warren’s nearly half-decade flirtation with the presidency has finally produced a presidential exploratory committee. She used to be the one potential Democratic challenger that Hillary Clinton was worried about, last time around. Now, with the energy...
  • Democratic leaders urge Trump to drop border wall proposal

    12/10/2018 4:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 10, 2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are urging President Trump to drop his proposal to spend $5 billion on a border wall and avoid a partial government shutdown, saying the proposal does not have enough votes to pass Congress “This holiday season, the president knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in a joint statement issued before their meeting with the president scheduled for 11:30 am Tuesday. The leaders...
  • Ted Cruz says he's dropped 'Lyin Ted' nickname and ended feud with Trump

    12/02/2018 6:17:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 2, 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    He says he's Lyin’ Ted no more. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declared on Saturday night that the ignominious nickname bestowed on him by President Trump during the 2016 campaign season has been relegated to the annals of history -- as has the feud between Cruz and Trump. "This was also a breakthrough year in which my presidential sobriquet went from 'Lyin’ Ted' to 'Beautiful Ted,'" Cruz joked during a speech at the Gridiron Club. Cruz was joking, in the spirit of the roast. He also quipped: “I gotta say, that new pet name felt like it really hit the mark....
  • Chuck Schumer Is Greatly Overestimating Trump’s Popularity

    11/29/2018 2:12:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Slate ^ | November 28, 2018 | Jamelle Bouie
    With most of the votes from the midterm election tallied, we now have a better sense of the scale of the Democratic victory. It is historic. Thus far, Democrats have earned more than 8.8 million more votes than Republicans, flipped 39 seats, and are poised to win a 40th as election officials continue counting ballots in California. In terms of their House margin, this makes 2018 the Democratic Party’s strongest midterm performance since Watergate. The popular vote margin is also a record high for Democrats, representing a decisive repudiation of the president and his party. This should make concrete a...
  • South Mississippi prepares for President Donald Trump rally

    11/26/2018 1:32:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | November 25, 2018 | Mike Lacy
    BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - President Donald Trump will make his second appearance in South Mississippi. This time, it’s for a rally in support of incumbent candidate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, and preparations are a little more intense this time around. While the Secret Service and White House are in charge, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum Matt McDonnell and his team have to do the leg work. “It’s definitely not something we encounter on a frequent basis,” he said. McDonnell went through a similar process in 2016 when Trump appeared as a candidate, but things have changed, and the...
  • The Post-Midterms Dangers of Donald Trump

    11/11/2018 12:27:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New Yorker | The November 19th 2018 Issue | Amy Davidson Sorkin
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/the-post-midterms-dangers-of-donald-trump
  • Beto O’Rourke: Michael Avenatti ‘Does Not Represent’ Democrats

    11/03/2018 1:14:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 2, 2018 | Andy Campbell
    Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke doesn’t seem too keen on the tough-guy shtick adopted by some of his fellow Democrats. In an interview with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, O’Rourke took at shot at celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, arguing that the attorney, who regularly battles President Donald Trump on Twitter, “does not represent” Democrats. Avenatti is one among a chorus of Democrats who have twisted Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high” credo from the 2016 election in an effort to appear tougher against Trump and the GOP this time around. Avenatti’s version: “When they go low,...
  • POLL: Rick Scott Leads Bill Nelson by Five Points in Contentious Florida U.S. Senate Race

    11/02/2018 6:58:39 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Nov, 2018 | Kyle Morris
    A new poll of 696 active Florida voters shows Republican Rick Scott leading Democrat Bill Nelson by five-points in Florida’s United States Senate race. According to the Vox Populi poll, 48 percent of those surveyed said they will vote for Scott, while 43 percent said they intend to vote for Nelson. Nine percent remain undecided in the poll. When factoring in undecided votes, Scott and Nelson are tied at 50 percent. Scott outperforms Senator Nelson with voters from his own party with 63 percent of Republicans supporting him compared to the 54 percent of Democrats who support Nelson.
  • Cruz Questions O’Rourke Funding Illegal Immigrant Caravan

    11/02/2018 4:26:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    San Angelo Live! ^ | November 2, 2018 | Yantis Green
    The race for U.S. Senator from Texas is getting nastier by the day as early voting ends with election day just four days away. Republican Senator Ted Cruz this morning tweeted questioning whether O’Rourke’s campaign is illegally using campaign funds to fund the Honduran caravan headed for the border. "Two basic Qs every reporter should ask Beto today: (1) should the 'caravan' be allowed to cross illegally into Texas? (Beto refuses to answer.) And (2) did your campaign dollars illegally fund their doing so?" the senator tweeted.” Cruz maintains O’Rourke hasn’t answered either of those questions. In response, the O’Rourke...
  • MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: ‘Important’ That Dems Take Back Congress (Bush/McQueeg aide)

    10/27/2018 5:00:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 26, 2018 | Joseph Wulfsohn
    MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that it is “really important” that Democrats win either the House or the Senate, or both. “You have referred to yourself as a non-practicing Republican right now because the Republican Party has drifted away from what I believe were the values I think drew you to it,” Seth Meyers said to Wallace. “And these were the ‘isms,’ such as ‘nationalism.’ Is this something that you saw coming at any point? I mean, is this something that happened with Donald Trump or is it something that was trending this...
  • Campaign’s final week could include President Trump visit (West Virginia)

    10/27/2018 4:21:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Metro News ^ | October 27, 2018 | Jeff Jenkins
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Various reports indicate President Donald Trump will return to West Virginia before the Nov. 6 General Election to stump for state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in his run for U.S. Senate. According to a Reuters report, Trump will go on an 8-state blitz beginning next Wednesday including campaign stops in West Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee. Morrisey, who has trailed U.S. Senator Joe Manchin in most of the major polls, predicted during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” earlier this week that Trump would return. Trump visited Wheeling Sept. 29. “A vote for Patrick...
  • Trump fears Florida wipeout

    10/26/2018 9:26:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 26, 2018 | Alex Isenstadt
    The White House is planning a political rescue mission in Florida, fearing a wipeout in a key swing state next month that could damage President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes. Trump is expected to visit the state at least twice, according to two people familiar with the plans. Visits from several Cabinet members are likely, as well. Presidential text messages are being sent to Floridians who still haven’t cast their absentee ballots. And discussions are underway about blanketing the state with robocalls from Trump. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway were in the state in...
  • Dem leaders slam Trump's response to bomb threats: His 'words ring hollow'

    10/24/2018 11:46:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 24, 2018 | Jordain Carney, The Hill
    Top congressional Democrats on Wednesday slammed President Trump's response to a series of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democratic officials, saying his "words ring hollow." "Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said in a joint statement. The two Democratic leaders pointed to Trump's support for Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.), who pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter, and accused the president of supporting "dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to...
  • Jeff Flake: I still don’t know if I believed Kavanaugh (or Ford)

    10/24/2018 8:23:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 23, 2018 | John Sexton
    Sen. Jeff Flake appeared on the View today and said he wasn’t sure if he believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh, an answer that didn’t sit well with most of the show’s hosts. Of course, all of the ladies on the show approved of Flake’s decision to demand an FBI investigation after he was confronted in an elevator by a couple of activists. But the conversation turned when Joy Behar asked if the FBI investigation merely gave Flake “cover” to vote for Kavanaugh. Flake pushed back a bit, noting that the Anita Hill FBI investigation only took...