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  • GOP LEADERSHIP’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER TOWNHALLS: Ignore Voters on Illegal Immigration and Trade

    08/28/2015 9:45:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns and to...
  • Boehner reportedly tells Colorado donors: Ted Cruz is a “jackass”

    08/27/2015 3:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Juicy, but I don’t know how scandalized we should be at learning that Boehner holds a view we all assumed he held in the first place. Next we’ll find out that Mitch McConnell thinks Cruz is a jackass too. This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of saying something privately to fundraisers that he wouldn’t dare dream of saying publicly. Remember when he allegedly told a bunch of donor-class amnesty fans that he was “hellbent” on passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2014? Two months later Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in their House primary by running hard against illegal...
  • 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,"...
  • Failed 2014 GOP Senate Primary Challengers Rally to Ted Cruz

    08/24/2015 10:55:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 24, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The conservative 2014 Senate challengers have endorsed the candidate who, like them, hopes to be a vessel for anti-establishment frustration.Ted Cruz's presidential campaign may not get many endorsements from Senate colleagues. Not coincidentally, the Texas senator is racking up support from primary challengers who tried but failed to unseat some of those senators last year. Tennessee's Joe Carr, Mississippi's Chris McDaniel, and South Carolina's Lee Bright, three conservatives who opposed longtime GOP senators in 2014 primaries, have all backed Cruz for president. It's a small part of Cruz's effort to do next year what those candidates did last year: serve...
  • Rand Paul unlikely to be nominated, according to Rand Paul

    08/24/2015 12:40:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 23, 2015 | Newsmachete
    In order for a candidate to attract supporters, he needs at least one of two things: to show that he is winning, or to show that he has the potential to win. In the early stages, which we are now, a candidate can be viable and still be in single digits in the polls, as long as people think he has potential to move up. The minute he concedes that he's not going to win, he's lost. And that's just what Rand Paul has reportedly done. In March, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul put his odds of winning the Republican presidential...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cruz declines to say whether he would endorse in primaries if president

    08/12/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN)—Ted Cruz, who has become one of the conservative movement's most sought-after endorsements, declined to say Tuesday whether he would bestow these nods in Republican primaries if he was elected president. Campaigning here alongside Chris McDaniel, who lost a nasty runoff in one of the tightest tea party-versus-establishment primaries of 2014, Cruz told CNN in an interview that it was premature to say whether he would rule out endorsements from the White House, something President Barack Obama has done only rarely. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Cruz said on his campaign bus in Tennessee....
  • Commentary: Sen. Ted Cruz’ Courageous Stand Against ‘Washington Cartel’

    08/04/2015 5:00:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 4, 2015 | Don Loucks
    On Friday morning, 24 July, our Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and did something truly extraordinary: He excoriated the leadership of the U.S. Senate. No, it was not the Democrats he was after, even though Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was properly mentioned. It was the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who was the object of a nineteen-minute indictment of corruption and dishonesty. The word “lie” is seldom heard in that chamber, being that the place is so genteel. But Friday was a seminal moment in U.S. legislative history, and Senator Cruz enunciated the...
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a “limited number of slots,” another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. “Remind me...
  • No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration

    08/01/2015 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration. Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators. Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade. Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans — by a 2-to-1 ratio — want to see visa issuances...
  • Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

    07/31/2015 5:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Daniel R. DePetris, National Security Dude, Observer of Congress, Currently Outside-the-Beltway
    For a person who wants to be President of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz is sure not acting presidential. When he was Majority Leader, Harry Reid called Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully" on the Senate floor. I won't go that far, because I don't know the man personally; I've never spoken to him, and it would be unfair for me to characterize someone in such a personal fashion without doing so. But I will reiterate something that I wrote last March: Sen. Cruz is not qualified to be President of the United States. It's not because he's a bully...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, unbowed, continues aggressive agenda

    07/29/2015 4:18:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Biloxi Sun-Herald ^ | July 29, 2015 | Maria Recio
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not exactly eating humble pie. Just a few days after an extraordinary public scolding by three Republican Party leaders on the Senate floor, including fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Cruz is continuing his aggressive anti-Washington campaign. On Wednesday, he seized the spotlight at a Senate Armed Services Committee and sharply questioned Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on the nuclear agreement with Iran. In the afternoon, Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing and railed at IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over his agency’s targeting...
  • Where’s The Outrage? cc: @JebBush, @GovernorPerry, @MarcoRubio, @ScottWalker, @CarlyFiorina

    07/28/2015 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | July 27, 2015 | Erick Erickson, editor
    UPDATE: I have removed Governor Jindal’s twitter handle from the title. His staff reached out to me to say he is not engaging in politics right now. In the wake of the Lafayette shooting, he has gone off the campaign trail to focus on the situation in Louisiana. Today he is attending the funerals of the victims. —— It is stuff like this that has Donald Trump in first place, kicking everybody else’s back side. And it is stuff like this that is going to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% start rising in the polls. I realize Sen. Ted...
  • Do You Approve of Ted Cruz Calling Mitch McConnell a Liar on the Senate Floor? [POLL]

    07/28/2015 9:50:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | July 28, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Senator Ted Cruz has drawn both praise and scorn for comments made last Friday on the Senate floor. According to the Texas Tribune, Cruz upset some by calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. “I have listened to the comments of my colleague, the junior senator from Texas, both last week and this week, and I would have to say that he is mistaken,” Cornyn said. At issue: Cruz on Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — a Cornyn ally — of telling a “flat-out lie” to Senate Republicans over movement of legislation related to an obscure, controversial...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 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....
  • It's Too Weird: What Explains the Behavior of the Republican Leadership?

    07/27/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about this. We are all inundated by each other, every day, with e-mails, phone calls, texts, what have you, of utter incredulity over what's happened to the Republican Party. It's just too weird, folks. There just isn't any serious opposition to anything that the Democrat Party wants. Remember Angelo Codevilla? He's back. He had that great place on the ruling class that I read in its entirety to you when he published it, and he then turned it into a book. He's back with his thoughts on Trump, and I found it at the...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Graham: Trump 'Selling Fear and Prejudice'

    07/26/2015 1:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ali Dukakis
    Lindsey Graham might thank Donald Trump for getting him to finally buy a new phone, but the South Carolina senator said today he still doesn't think the Republican Party should "hire" the real estate mogul as its presidential candidate. Graham made national headlines last week when he destroyed his old-school cell phone after Trump read the number aloud on national TV, but Graham had more just jokes for his opponent in the race for GOP presidential nomination. Speaking exclusively with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," the senator said he sees great dangers in continuing to support Trump, the current...
  • Senior Senate Republicans rebuke Sen. Cruz over his attacks on Majority Leader McConnell

    07/26/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | July 26, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer....
  • Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz could face off in debate – under Senate rules

    07/26/2015 5:34:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ben Jacobs, Washington
    * RNC chief strategist confirms contest would be allowable on Capitol Hill * Sanders has expressed wish to square off against ‘reactionary agenda’ Bernie Sanders could participate in a one-on-one, leftwing versus right debate with Ted Cruz during the presidential primary, without violating restrictive rules set by the Democratic and Republican national committees. The two senators would just have to face off at their workplace, the US Capitol. The first debate of the extended primary election will see the top 10 Republican candidates in a field of 16 face off in Cleveland on 6 August, in an event hosted...
  • Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits

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

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

    07/09/2015 8:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are reintroducing legislation to revive the Glass-Steagall Act, which would force big banks to split their investment and commercial banking practices. Glass-Steagall was first passed in 1933 but repealed during the Clinton administration, leading many progressives to argue that it contributed to the 2008 financial collapse. Warren and McCain, along with their cosponsors, Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), said in a statement that the legislation would make big banks that are "too big to fail" smaller and safer and minimize the likelihood of a government bailout....
  • Donald Trump won’t be criticized by Republicans, White House says

    07/09/2015 7:40:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    The White House lashed out at congressional Republicans as a party of racists Thursday, calling the GOP defenders of the Confederate flag and silent partners to Donald Trump’s Mexican-bashing rhetoric. White House press secretary Josh Earnest opened his daily press briefing with an unsolicited broadside on Republicans, saying they are “out of step” with Americans’ values on race relations and immigration. He blasted GOP lawmakers as “eager to protect the status of the Confederate flag on National Park Service grounds” and reminded the public that the third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was once described as “David Duke...
  • Alan Grayson: Dems would crawl naked over hot coals for me

    07/09/2015 6:44:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Chad Merda
    How eager are you to vote? Would you ever strip down to your birthday suit, then crawl over hot coals to cast your vote? Well, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson says Democrats are so eager to vote for him, that’s what they’d do to help him win the U.S. Senate race he joined on Thursday. Grayson insists he’d win because people love him so much — even though he hasn’t received any support from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The committee’s preferred choice is Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy. “Frankly, one reason why Democrats are willing to crawl over hot coals naked...
  • Letter: Defend U.S. manufacturing (U.S. Business & Industry Council praises Cruz)

    07/08/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Letters to the Editor ^ | July 8, 2015 | Kevin L. Kearns, president, U.S. Business & Industry Council
    America needs a strong manufacturing sector to sustain robust economic growth that creates new businesses, jobs and opportunities for all. Manufacturing is responsible for 70 percent of U.S. R&D, and often spins off entire new industries. But since 2000, American manufacturing has lost thousands of factories and 5 million jobs. The top reason: poorly conceived “free trade” agreements that Washington has pushed, including NAFTA, CAFTA and Korea and China joining the World Trade Organization. Given the record of job outsourcing and factory closings, it is troubling that Congress has just given President Barack Obama fast track power to negotiate the...
  • Video: Bernie Sanders is modeling himself as the liberal Ted Cruz

    07/06/2015 3:13:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Bernie Sanders may not be on his way to the Democrat nomination, but he’s bound and determined to make things uncomfortable for Hillary and continue amusing conservatives for as long as he can keep this broken field run going. Bernie was one of the guests on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday and Jake Tapper asked him about recent charges (from people like… Claire McCaskill?) that he was just too darned liberal to lead the Democrats’ ticket. Jake also noted that the Democrats in Congress weren’t exactly lining up to endorse him. Bernie wasn’t gong to let that ruffle his...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • 2016 Strategist

    06/27/2015 12:43:56 AM PDT · by Gene Eric · 26 replies
    As we head to 2016, I'm beginning to wonder who's leading the way. If I had the liberty of arranging the leadership, my choices wouldn't be surprising. But I'm interested in the opinions and thoughts of my fellow FReepers without qualification. So share your ideas without reservation. We need to make decisions, agree, and advance.
  • This Isn't the GOP I Grew Up With

    06/21/2015 3:24:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | June 19, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Scott in Philadelphia. Great to have you on Open Line Friday, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. I got a problem with all the... McConnell, Boehner, and Karl Rove. They've hijacked the party. RUSH: Yeah. (sigh) CALLER: I want to know why nobody says nothing about it. I mean, we elect these conservatives, they get in there, and then they're browbeaten into submission. RUSH: Well, it's not that nobody says anything about it. I myself have been referencing this. Others I know have. I mean, I know people who are making this the focal point of...
  • Cruz Introduces the Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act

    06/18/2015 9:06:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | June 18, 2015 | Staff
    Senator Ted Cruz has introduced the "Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act" to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using the fees it collects for the provision of legal immigration services to fund amnesty. The bill would also restore congressional authority over the appropriations process and refocus the department on its national security mission. “America has always been a land of refuge and opportunity for those seeking freedom, and we should champion legal immigration,” said Sen. Cruz. “Ronald Reagan referred to legal immigrants, immigrants like my father, as Americans by choice. The federal government should not be in the...
  • They’re Ted Cruz: “Reasonable” Senate GOP are just as irresponsible as Tea Party charlatan on Ocare

    06/16/2015 4:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Senate GOP leaders are worried about Ted Cruz's health care hijinks. Maybe they should worry about their own? Oh dear, the poor Responsible Senate Republicans. Their showboating junior colleagues in the Senate who are running for president, like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are going to make the would-be process of “fixing” Obamacare in the event of a King v. Burwell decision striking down premium subsidies very difficult. The Responsible, Senior, Statesmanlike Senate Republicans understand that you can’t just pull the plug on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act overnight without risking political blowback from its beneficiaries. Eliminating Obamacare...
  • Cruz defends trade support against conservative criticism

    06/13/2015 3:01:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazer Blog ^ | June 13, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz is usually in lockstep with the conservative base. But as the far right worries about the content of a pending trade deal and the power that related legislation could give the president, Cruz has not been in lockstep. And he’s been using conservative talk radio to defend his support for two critical parts of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPA, also known as “fast track,” means Congress can only approve or reject a trade deal without amending it. TPP is a pending trade deal with up to a...
  • Ted Cruz is right on the trade deal

    06/13/2015 12:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    TPA, or similar a law, has existed for decades. The recent vote in the U.S. Senate was a renewal of the TPA, and Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps the foremost constitutional conservative in the Senate, supported it because it created a process in which the president could be held accountable. TPP was never voted on in the Senate or the House, and its language has not even been finalized. My objection, at this point, to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is secret, and only members of congress are permitted to read it. Ted Cruz has read it, and...
  • #ObamaTrade (TPA) Relaxes Visa Process for Pakistan

    06/11/2015 8:27:49 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | June 11th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Is it a good idea to loosen the screening process for Pakistani nationals seeking visas to enter the United States? If you believe that such an outcome has national security problems written all over it, be very wary about giving Obama fast-track trade authority. Several weeks ago, we listed 6 reasons even free traders should oppose giving Obama fast-track authority, given the political climate, the distrust of the president, the comprehensive nature of these agreements, and the lack of ability to practically relinquish the fast track authority if the trade deals are finalized with harmful provisions. But even more concerns...
  • Sen. Cruz: Texans are Sojourners for Life

    06/11/2015 3:16:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Deer Park Broadcaster ^ | June 10, 2015 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today applauded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling in favor of several health and safety provisions in Texas legislation, House Bill 2, which ensures that abortion clinics meet the safety standards of state Ambulatory Surgical Centers and requires that abortionists qualify for admitting privileges at a local hospital. House Bill 2 also bans abortions after 20 weeks. “This week Texas has once again led the way in affirming the dignity of women and the unborn,” said Sen. Cruz. “I applaud the Fifth Circuit for ruling in favor of applying commonsense...
  • Lindsey Graham: America's Polarized, and It's All Hannity's Fault

    06/07/2015 3:53:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    America is in deep trouble. And it’s all Sean Hannity’s fault. So says newly minted GOP presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Said Senator Graham in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, as reported here in the Washington Examiner. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, thinks he knows why the country is increasingly divided on ideological lines, and it has a lot to do with MSNBC and Fox News. In an interview Tuesday with NBC, Graham said the current media environment makes it difficult for lawmakers to accomplish anything. He envisioned what...
  • Rand Paul’s Faux-Libertarian Opposition to the Patriot Act

    06/06/2015 10:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 6, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At Powerline this week, Steve Hayward penned a post aptly entitled “The Insincerity of Rand Paul.” The senator’s legal arguments against the Patriot Act, he posits, mimic papa Ron Paul’s 2003 calls for a formal declaration of war against Iraq: mere “constitutional punctilio to cover his real feelings.” Steve is right. Congress statutorily authorized the use of military force in Iraq. Nothing more was constitutionally required. The real reason for Representative Ron Paul’s formalistic nattering about a declaration of war was his opposition to American intervention in Iraq. That, in turn, was driven by his theory that it was American...
  • Ted Cruz’s Tele-Town Hall Meeting with Gun Owners ~ Video

    06/05/2015 11:37:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | June 5, 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    Senator Ted Cruz spoke with gun owners around the country and laid out his agenda for what a Cruz presidency would look like. Gun Owners of America is planning to sponsor other Tele-Town Hall Meetings with other elected officials and candidates.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)About Ted Cruz In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office. Propelled by tens of thousands of grassroots activists across Texas, Ted’s...
  • Why I Support Ted Cruz–The Great Tree That Fell In An Empty Forest

    06/04/2015 2:56:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | June 4, 2015 | Lester Jackson, Ph.D.
    DISCLAIMER: I never have met Ted Cruz or been in contact with anyone connected with his campaign. I would be amazed if he knows I exist. I write this as a citizen appalled at what has been and is being done to this country—due in no small measure to the lack of an opposition party worthy of the name.An old question presented to beginning philosophy students is this: If a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound? Very late on a Friday night last December, Ted Cruz gave, in my judgment, one of the greatest, most...
  • Ron Paul: My politics ‘probably helps [my son Rand] more than it hurts’

    06/04/2015 12:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | June 2, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Ron Paul, libertarian hero, three-time presidential candidate and father of senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that his record will only help his son, who is currently running for president himself. "It probably helps more than it hurts," the former Texas congressman said on Ora TV's "PoliticKING," when asked whether his particular brand of politics would "hurt or help" Rand Paul. The elder Paul also said he believes his son has had a better time than he did overcoming an independent-minded bent, and that he has worked well within the establishment, unlike his father. "McConnell has endorsed him...
  • Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's marriage of political convenience

    06/02/2015 6:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    The relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has always been more a marriage of political convenience than heartfelt bromance, and it is being tested now like never before.. The two Republican senators represent divergent flanks of the Republican Party, often pulling in different directions, most recently over what to do with the nation’s domestic telephone surveillance program. Paul is the libertarian-leaning firebrand who temporarily shut down the government's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is the establishment elder who believes surveillance is not infringing on privacy and should be preserved to catch terrorists. Paul...
  • Lindsey Graham is Ted Cruz with a drone: Why this man is no “pragmatist”

    06/02/2015 1:34:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | June 2, 2015 | Jim Newell
    The GOP prez field's newest entrant makes up for his domestic RINOism with an off-the-rails foreign policy.Senator Lindsey Graham entered the presidential race yesterday. Unless something dramatic happens, he will be sworn in as president in January 2017. Wait. No? The opposite of that. Unless something dramatic happens, Lindsey Graham will not be sworn in as president in January 2017. Yes. Graham’s candidacy does seem poised, though, for one of those waves of boosterism in the mainstream media that translates into precisely zero increased support among Republican primary voters. (Hi, Jon Huntsman!) Political reporters and writers like Lindsey Graham. He’s...
  • Did Rand Paul's NSA gambit work?

    06/02/2015 7:05:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 2, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    The Kentucky senator walks a tight line between pleasing libertarians and alienating moderates.Rand Paul is a man besieged. Eight weeks into his White House bid, the Kentucky Republican is hurting for deep-pocketed donors, watching supporters of his libertarian father, Ron Paul, gravitate toward opponents and getting flogged by a GOP establishment that abhors his calls for a less interventionist approach to foreign policy. But his latest confrontation with Republican power brokers — a move to block the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and federal spying programs — has also exposed Paul’s increasingly imperiled tightrope walk toward his party’s nomination. “His...
  • Mike Huckabee to Rand Paul: Decide what job you want

    06/01/2015 7:27:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | June 1, 2015 | Gregory Wallace
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants Rand Paul to make a choice: Protest the Patriot Act either on the Senate floor or on the campaign trail. He joined a chorus of Republican presidential hopefuls weighing in on the Kentucky Republican senator's protest of the Patriot Act, key provisions of which lapsed Sunday. Paul claimed credit for blocking parts of the renewal of the controversial law, and his protests included an 11-hour speech on the eve of the chamber's Memorial Day break, as well as objections to several short-term extensions of the Act. In response to a question about Paul, Huckabee...
  • 6 Ways Ted Cruz Is A Threat To America And The American Way Of Life

    06/01/2015 7:04:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Liberals Unite Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Samuel Warde
    While as a writer I appreciate Ted Cruz and his near-endless stream of insane bull****, as a political reality – Ted Cruz is quite frightening in a Joe McCarthy, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson kind of way. Quickly scanning our own recent coverage of Ted Cruz, it quickly becomes appallingly clear that Cruz poses a real and present danger to Americans. Here are but 6 examples: Ted Cruz Only Cares About Ted Cruz. Well, that and Texas. As Richard pointed out in an article last week, “back in 2013 when New York and New Jersey were under water and completely devastated...
  • Will Americans vote for a bachelor president?

    06/01/2015 5:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    WISC-TV / CNN ^ | June 1, 2015 | Chris Moody, CNN Senior Digital Correspondent
    Lindsey Graham is aiming to buck 130 years of tradition. American voters haven't elected an unmarried president since 1885, the same year the Washington Monument was dedicated on the National Mall and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York. Graham is barely registering in the polls. But if he were to win the White House, he would join an elite club that includes just two previous presidents unmarried at the time of their election. James Buchanan, who preceded Abraham Lincoln's presidency, never married. Grover Cleveland won election as a bachelor, but married a woman while he was in office...
  • 2016 GOP Power Index: Paul fights his way down

    06/01/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    ---snip--- Sen. Rand Paul is in step with his party on most issues. He’s pro-life, a big backer of gun rights, a small-government conservative and he’s an unabashed critic of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. And yet, Paul is again in the spotlight talking about his disagreements with his own party. For months, Paul has been focused on reducing criminal penalties for drugs. Last week, he blamed GOP hawks for the creation of ISIS. Now, he has succeeded in pulling off a one-man blockade of the Patriot Act. Like his other views, Paul’s stand is no doubt sincere and he...
  • Would you invest in Rand Paul? …for now, donors keep their distance

    05/31/2015 11:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 31, 2015 | Amy Miller
    Rand Paul is in trouble. At least, it looks like Rand Paul is in trouble. When answering questions about fundraising posed by Politico last week, spokesmen from both the official campaign and America’s Liberty PAC couched on their actual numbers. PAC spokesman Jesse Benton may have revealed much more than he intended when he said, “Results to date have been solid and give us lots of room for optimism as we continue. We also know this is a marathon, not a sprint.” Oof. Marathon-not-sprint is never where you want to be when other candidates are charming the multimillionaires who make...