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  • Limbaugh:Trump,Tea Party Standing Up To Stop Dilution Of What It Means To Be An American

    09/03/2015 11:18:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 3, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On his Thursday radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh hit back at those criticizing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump for challenging his opponent, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), for not speaking English to a press gaggle earlier this week.
  • Megyn Kelly Blasts ‘Double Standard’ Over Treatment Of Black Lives Matter Movement, Tea Party

    09/02/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Sep 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    On Tuesday, the Fox News Channel’s “Kelly File” host Megyn Kelly criticized the “double standard” between the treatment of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Tea Party, stating with the Black Lives Matter movement, “suddenly the actions of a few do not apply to the many” like they did with the Tea Party. Kelly began by playing footage of a New Black Panther group chanting “Oink oink, bang bang” in front of a jail in Texas, which she said was “Just one of the angry and incendiary chants we have seen against police in recent months. … But so...
  • Will Trump and Cruz be only 2016 candidates at Iran rally?

    09/02/2015 2:59:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/2/15 | Al Weaver
    Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are set to rally against the Iran deal next week in Washington, but will other 2016 candidates be joining them? According to Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, whose group is organizing the event, not a single presidential candidate or campaign has expressed interest in attending the September 9 event at the Capitol. "I know no other candidates for president in their official capacity or even as a candidate have reached out to us at all about [attending]," Martin told the Washington Examiner Tuesday evening. "No one else has reached out to us." "I...
  • Chris Christie Rand Paul scraping the bottom in new PPP poll (60%+ Trump voters: Obama not U.S. born

    09/01/2015 7:05:00 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    MSNBC (Maddow Blog) ^ | 8/31/2015 | Will Femia
    Tonight, Public Policy Polling gave the Rachel Maddow Show a sneak peek at their results of their August 28-30 poll to be released tomorrow. While the findings at the top of the poll are what we've come to expect from the Republican field - Donald Trump and Ben Carson - securing the top spots - what is more surprising is to find beltway-favored candidates Chris Christie and Rand Paul floundering at the bottom with barely any support. The poll also shows the tea party character of the Republican Party, with strong birther views and a dubious grasp of some key...
  • Trump Wins Tea Party Group's 'Nashville Straw Poll'

    08/29/2015 2:48:18 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 100 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Aug 29 2015 | NewsMax
    Donald Trump took his Republican presidential campaign to Tennessee Saturday, winning the Nashville Straw Poll at the annual convention of the tea party-backed National Federation of Republican Assemblies. Trump won with 52 percent of the vote, CNN reports. It was not immediately clear how many of the 16 others seeking the nomination were on the ballot. In his morning speech, the billionaire businessman praised the tea party's efforts to hold the federal government accountable and discussed how the group has been discredited by the Republican establishment. "You have not been treated fairly," Trump said, according to CNN. "People talk about...
  • Judge: IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers’ information

    08/29/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot refuse by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws. “This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” the judge wrote. The ruling marks yet another federal judge who has ordered the Obama administration to be more transparent when responding to open-records records. The State Department is facing...
  • Donald Trump courts tea party at Nashville straw poll

    08/29/2015 10:28:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 29 2015 | M.J. Lee, politics and finance reporter
    Donald Trump took his colorful campaign to Nashville on Saturday, where he courted a constituency that some say he is tailor-made for: the tea party. He is competing in a presidential straw poll and addressed the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, a group that boasts it was "the tea party before there was a tea party." Trump's appearance was highly anticipated at the conservative gathering: As a candidate, he's hitting the same notes -- anger at conventional politics, contempt for Washington and distrust of special interests and lobbyists -- that propelled the tea party movement in 2010. "You have not...
  • IRS Must Say If White House Sought Taxpayers’ Information: Judge

    08/28/2015 11:04:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    IRS Must Say If White House Sought Taxpayers’ Information: Judge Stephen Dinan - August 28. A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code. “This court questions...
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Teabagger

    08/28/2015 11:22:05 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-28-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • What Trump knows that you don't

    08/27/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 27, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    When pundits call Donald Trump a "know-nothing," they are not just using a historical if pejorative term to describe his immigration stance. They really mean that he appears to know nothing about public policy or governance. On the charitable assumption that his blustery, content-free stump speech isn't an act, you'll get no argument here. But Trump does seem to know a lot more about politics than many of his detractors, including those critics who are well versed in the finer details of entitlement reform or international trade policy. Trump's success in the polls has been particularly frustrating for wonky conservatives....
  • Who Are Donald Trump’s Supporters?

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

    08/25/2015 2:27:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 25, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC ) – Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued the following statement today regarding the recent court filing by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealing the existence of an alias email address used by Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS: It is remarkable that the Obama IRS and Justice Department waited two years to tell a federal court that Lois Lerner had a separate email account that contains documents at issue in the IRS scandal. Especially since both agencies knew about this account since April of last year. It could be a crime...
  • Tuscaloosa preparing to host Ted Cruz in sold out event

    08/25/2015 2:07:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WBRC-TV ^ | August 25, 2015 | Terri Brewer
    TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa is preparing to host Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Tuesday night. Cruz will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Reagan dinner, organized by the Tuscaloosa County Republican Party chapter. The event is sold out. Although the dinner boasts a long list of well-known keynote speakers, chapter president Jim Zeanah says this is first time a current presidential candidate has headlined the event. Zeanah says organizers booked Cruz before they realized just how popular he would be with Alabamians. "The Tea Party folks from all over the state...
  • 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...
  • IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

    08/24/2015 6:40:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    ‘Toby Miles’ account linked to government businessLois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal. The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting. IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of...
  • Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

    08/23/2015 6:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | August 20, 2015 | Troy Senik
    The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2000. Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the ’94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger...
  • Something’s Happening Here

    08/23/2015 11:54:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    The Z Man ^ | August 22, 2015 | The Z Man
    I must admit I have enjoyed the Trump-a-palooza this summer. The truth is, I have thrown in the towel on America so I don’t think our elections mean very much. It’s just a question about how fast we intend to drive into the abyss. Being old I should be rooting for slow as that means I can reach escape velocity before it gets ugly. On the other hand, life is for living and sticking around long enough to see the collapse has its attractions. I can go either way so the elections are just entertainment at this point. Six months...
  • Ted Cruz gets enthusiastic greeting at Americans for Prosperity event

    08/22/2015 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | 7:49 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 | The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, OHIO — Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. The reception to former Gov. Rick Perry’s energetic appearance at the event was somewhat muted by the fact that he was its very last speaker. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush...
  • Bush works hard to win support from tea party, Koch Brothers, wins polite applause

    08/22/2015 7:16:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 21, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Casting himself as a tax-cutting, passionate government reformer, Jeb Bush drew merely polite applause Friday from thousands of the nation's most-active tea party conservatives gathered at the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers' summit. Only when the Republican presidential candidate wrapped up his 20-minute speech by calling for a military buildup did the more than 3,000 conservatives from around the nation join in a sustained cheer for Bush, a familiar face in American politics but a newcomer in front of the tea party crowd. "I promise you, if I'm elected president of the United States, I will restore the...
  • Calling All US Patriots & Tea Parties: Plug-in to the latest critical info!

    08/22/2015 9:10:57 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    Adina Kutkicki ^ | August 21, 2015 | Adina Kutkicki
    NOT being the sort who hands out high honors lightly, it is indeed a privilege to be attached to The American Report. As aptly expressed by one of its key members, it is “a grouping of patriots who are dedicated to exposing and routing out the Muslim Brotherhood from the United States government. We include retired military and intelligence, investigative journalists, and political activists.” IN this regard, said association hardly comes out of thin air. It is borne via recognition of what this investigative journalist brings to the mix. Along this trajectory, an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood is acknowledged....
  • Election Class of 2016: Ted Cruz Is Crazy Like A Fox

    08/21/2015 5:31:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | August 21, 2015 | Kevin Lincoln
    Who is he? Ted Cruz, 44, junior US Senator from Texas Do you know him? If you're a resident of the Lone Star State, or you pay attention to politics, or you've had any interest in the white-shirted [expletive] that is the Republican primary, then yes. Cruz, with his cartoon-villain face and general air of someone who has just smelled something very bad, has been loud and proud in opposing everything President Barack Obama and the Democrats have tried to do since he took office, highlighted by that time he shut down the entire government just so he could talk...
  • On this "Natural Born Citizen" Issue, Part 1: From Alexander Hamilton to Lynch v. Clarke

    08/20/2015 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/21/2012 | Jake (Iron Chapman)
    The New York Court of Chancery case Lynch v. Clarke (and Lynch) (Bernard Lynch v. John Clarke and Julia Lynch) from 1844 is one of the most prescient and important cases dealing with the matter ... The official report of the case describes ... the circumstances behind the case and of Julia's birth: Her parents were British subjects domiciled in Ireland. They came to this country in 1815, remained till the summer of 1819, and then returned to Ireland. Julia was born in the city of New York, in the spring of 1819. Her parents took her with them on...
  • The fury and finance fuelling US Republican insurgents

    08/18/2015 1:44:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | August 16, 2015 | Norman Ornstein
  • Relax, America, Donald Trump is Not Really Running for President

    08/14/2015 2:46:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | August 13, 2015 | Mario Almonte, PR Strategist and Commentator
    A funny thing happened to Donald Trump on the way to the first national debate among Republican presidential hopefuls on Fox News. He was transformed from a media-baiting court jester to a legitimate political force. In the process, he cemented his front-runner status among the crowded field of GOP candidates. This was made possible by the cultural phenomenon that is reality TV. Thanks to the rapid blurring of "real reality" with the "scripted reality" of reality TV, debate viewers had no difficulty fully embracing him as another, over-the-top character in the national reality show that is the presidential race. We...
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 — booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • Michael Gerson: Trump, Supporters ‘Xenophobic’ ‘European Right Wing’

    08/12/2015 8:27:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson took a swipe at supporters of Trump and accused them of being ultra-right wing, nationalist individuals. Gerson, who has been a harsh critic of Trump, argued that the Republican presidential candidate and his supporters have a “resentment of outside, of Mexico, of China, and immigrants. That's more like a European right wing part, a UKIP, or a National Front in France.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Washington Post columnist maintained that Trump’s candidacy was a “serious issue here” and “not all fun and games for the Republican Party” and...
  • SHOCK VIDEO=> US Customs Detains, Harasses James O’Keefe – Grills Him on Donald Trump

    08/12/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 12, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    In recent years the government has gone to extremes to bully everyday Americans and whistleblowers from speaking out against corruption. From the targeting of Tea Party groups and conservative donors to the lawsuits against poverty nuns over birth control the government has harassed and abused its citizenry. In June investigative journalist James O’Keefe was detained by U.S. customs agents after arriving at the airport in Nassau, Bahamas en route to Miami. The agents told him then he was being detained for crossing back and forth across the US-Mexico border in Texas dressed like Osama bin Laden. Customs agents targeted O’Keffe...
  • Rick Perry's Loss Is Ted Cruz's Gain

    08/12/2015 2:44:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | August 12, 2015 | Wade Goodwyn
    Tuesday, Rick Perry's campaign announced it could no longer pay his staffers around the country and released them to find other work. His fundraising had dried up. It's potentially an ignominious end to a noteworthy political career that spanned more than 30 years. Fundraising acumen was considered one of Perry's strong points four years ago when he belatedly announced his run for the White House and raised $17 million in the first seven weeks of his campaign. In 2015, it's a different story. His campaign is on the ropes and out of money. Not even Texas is solidly behind the...
  • UNITE OR DIE: THE ‘HOBBITS’ PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE GOP

    08/12/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8-12-2015 | DANIEL J. SCHULTZ
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • Establishment Must Quit Obsessing Over Trump

    08/11/2015 1:30:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 11, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    It's time that the sophisticated analysts who pride themselves in their ability to discern nuance realized that Donald Trump's popularity and his defenders are more nuanced than most people imagine. Because Trump is outrageous compared with the usual presidential candidate, Beltway pundits assume his followers and sometime defenders are classless rubes willing to overlook any objectionable remark he makes and his mixed record on conservative causes. These commentators seem more disgusted with Trump defenders than with President Obama's destructive agenda and the threat it represents to America. Their angst, I would argue, is not primarily about Trump. Their real beef...
  • Rand Paul opens fire on Trump at campaign stop

    08/08/2015 1:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided the RedState Gathering this weekend. While Republican presidential rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee faced down questions about Donald Trump in Atlanta, Paul was touring South Carolina, holding meet-and-greets and dropping into a "Pints for Liberty" happy hour. But in Goose Creek, S.C., Paul unloaded on Trump, recapitulating the arguments he'd made throughout Thursday night's presidential debate, saying conservatives were "kidding themselves" if they fell for Trump's brand of anti-establishment politics. "I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," Paul said, referring to...
  • Jacksonville, FL event: "Let's put US back in USA"

    08/08/2015 8:04:30 AM PDT · by cyn · 15 replies
    TODAY, downtown Jacksonville FL: Grassroots for Victory USA: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (north bank)2nd floor225 East Coastline DriveJacksonville, FL 32202 LIST OF EVENTS - Eventbrite website link, hope it works11:00 Doors open (now!) 11:30 am Opening ceremonies with Billie Tucker and speakers (will add who later, I hope, and how long this part will last). Becky Gerritson (TEA party/IRS intimidation) will be speaking, just don't know when. 3 pm Town hall 6:30 pm Closing speakers tying it all up Cost: $10 at door. Parking in hotel parking garage to west, or in open lot adjacent east lot.
  • Chattanooga Tea Party Leader Mark West Joins Cruz Camp

    08/07/2015 8:04:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | August 7, 2015
    Chattanooga Tea Party leader Mark West is among those announced as the Tennessee leadership team for the presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz has an upcoming trip to Chattanooga. Stephen Siao joins the Cruz campaign as state director, and 24 "top grassroots and faith leaders" join chairman Kevin Kookogey on the state leadership team. Mr. Siao previously led Heritage Action's efforts in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Before joining Heritage Action in January 2014, Siao served on the communications staff of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and completed a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. A graduate...
  • IRS's Lois Lerner called conservatives 'a**holes' in emails

    08/07/2015 3:53:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/7/15 | Susan Ferrichio
    A trove of IRS emails show top official Lois Lerner had a deep commitment to the Democratic Party and a significant dislike for the new conservative grassroots groups that formed under the Tea Party banner and sought tax-exempt status from the agency. "Crazies" and "assholes," were the blunt terms Lerner used to describe conservatives, who, with a Supreme Court decision striking down the campaign finance reform law, were bringing about "an end to America," she wrote. The emails are included in a bipartisan report issued Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, which cited "gross mismanagement" and also "personal politics" as...
  • Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency...

    08/06/2015 5:27:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 6, 2015 | CNSNews Staff
    Full title: Report: ‘Within IRS, Union Exerts Extreme Influence on Employees;’ ‘Makes It Difficult for Agency to Remain Apolitical’ (CNSNews.com) - When the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday released a bipartisan report on its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the committee’s chairman, released a companion report prepared by the committee's majority staff that presented Hatch's additional views on the investigation. In these additional views, Hatch was highly critical of the influence that the National Treasury Employees Union has on the IRS and the ability of...
  • Why Donald Trump’s hostile takeover bid for the Republican Party is a loser

    08/06/2015 9:11:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    There is only one way Donald Trump can win the Republican presidential nomination next year. It’s something he’s familiar with from his big business career. It’s called a hostile takeover. Trump’s supporters will have to beat the Republican Party establishment into submission. Wait a minute. Isn’t Trump the frontrunner for the Republican nomination going into the first debate? Yes. But he’s only got the support of a quarter of rank-and-file Republican voters. Nearly one-third of Republicans say they could not vote for Trump. Trump is winning the Tea Party base of the GOP. They’re activist and they’re influential. But the...
  • IRS mismanaged Tea Party groups, Senate report finds

    08/06/2015 6:28:17 AM PDT · by Isara · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/15 | Bernie Becker
    The IRS severely mismanaged the applications of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status, a long-awaited and bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday.But Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee couldn't find common ground on perhaps the central IRS issues of the last 27 months: whether the agency intentionally targeted conservative groups because of their politics, and whether there was White House or Treasury involvement.The new report did find that Lois Lerner, the central figure in the controversy, "failed to adequately manage" her staff that were processing the tax-exempt applications. More broadly, the committee, led by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and...
  • Ted Cruz seeks larger venue for Chattanooga visit

    08/05/2015 8:20:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The ChattanoogaTimes Free Press ^ | August 5, 2015 | Staff
    So many people want to see presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz next week, he had to find a bigger place to meet. Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West said Wednesday, the U.S. Senator from Texas will be visiting with Southeast Tennessee residents at GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway in Chattanooga. Cruz is visiting Chattanooga at 8:30 a.m. Monday to meet with residents and share his vision for the nation. There will also be biscuits and gravy served. The venue change was due to "a higher than expected response" West said in an email.
  • Ted Cruz to campaign with establishment foe McDaniel in Mississippi

    08/05/2015 3:41:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz will campaign next week with Chris McDaniel, the insurgent conservative who mounted a high profile but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran last year. Cruz, the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, is planning a weeklong swing through the South. While in Mississippi on Tuesday, he’s set to stop in the northern cities of Tupelo and Olive Branch, and McDaniel is expected to accompany him during the trip and ride on Cruz’s campaign bus, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed. McDaniel initially edged Cochran in last summer’s primary election but fell just short of the majority...
  • Tea Party Leader Becky Gerritson Endorses Ted Cruz for President

    08/05/2015 2:52:30 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 08/05/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today received the endorsement of Becky Gerritson, Co-Founder and President of the Wetumpka Tea Party (WTP) in Alabama and a courageous conservative who has fought with Alabama tea parties and various other liberty groups to combat the abuses of state and government overreach.Gerritson released the following statement announcing her support of Sen. Cruz:“America needs a leader who is bold as a lion and will seek justice and always speak the truth, one who respects the rule of law and our US Constitution. We need a leader who will confidently rebuke our enemies...
  • Donald Trump third in STL Tea Party poll; Ted Cruz on top

    08/01/2015 5:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    KPLR-TV ^ | August 1, 2015 | Gregg Palermo
    Donald Trump is surging in GOP presidential polls ahead of next week’s first Republican debate among the party’s presidential candidates, but the controversial businessman finished third in a sampling of conservative activists, according to a survey released Saturday by the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. In email polling of 122 coalition members conducted July 26 through July 29, Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first at 29 percent, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 27 percent, with Trump at 19 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field finished in single digits. You can see the entire poll here....
  • Ted Cruz Fires Back at Mitt Romney

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of July 31, 2015

    07/31/2015 4:22:37 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Summary of Obama’s IRS scandal, as of July 31, 2015 In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members. When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Produces Recovered Lerner Emails

    07/29/2015 9:53:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch released 906 pages of newly recovered Lois Lerner emails from the IRS that are believed to recently have been recovered by the IRS’ internal watchdog – the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  The IRS released the emails under a court order by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.  The new documents show that Lois Lerner and other top officials in the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations.  The documents also show that...
  • Texas Tea Party Leader JoAnn Fleming Endorses Cruz for President

    07/28/2015 5:29:38 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/28/15
    Fleming: “I am proud to be the Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz”HOUSTON, Texas — Today U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that longtime conservative activists JoAnn Fleming will become the Texas Tea Party Chairwoman for Cruz for President.“JoAnn is one of Texas’ most experienced activists and has a long record of leading the fight for conservative principles,” said Cruz. “She has been a supporter from the very beginning when no one thought I had a shot at even becoming a senator, and through her hard work and dedication we proved the establishment wrong. Under her leadership, I am certain...
  • Cruz Taps Fleming as Campaign's Texas Tea Party Chair

    07/28/2015 11:58:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 28, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign has recruited one of his home state's most prolific Tea Party activists, JoAnn Fleming. Fleming, a longtime Cruz ally who backed his underdog bid for the U.S. Senate, will serve as the Texas Tea Party chairwoman of his White House run, according to a campaign source. A formal announcement was expected Tuesday afternoon. "JoAnn is one of Texas’ most experienced activists and has a long record of leading the fight for conservative principles," Cruz said in a statement to the Texas Tribune. "She has been a supporter from the very beginning when no one thought I...
  • House GOP panelists demand resignation of IRS chief

    07/27/2015 4:38:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 27, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Accuse Koskinen of obstructing investigation of agency Tea-Party targetingRepublicans on House Oversight Committee on Monday called on President Obama to oust Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for obstructing the committee’s investigation into the tax agency’s targeting of conservative groups. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said the committee was actively considering contempt charges and impeachment proceedings against Mr. Koskinen in the event the president does not remove him from office. “Mr. Koskinen should no longer be the IRS Commissioner. We have asked the president to remove Mr. Koskinen from office,” Mr. Chaffetz said at a Capitol Hill press conference,...
  • What is the matter with America?

    07/26/2015 5:23:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hisham Melhem
    In 2004, American journalist and historian Thomas Frank published a book entitled ‘What is the matter with Kansas? How conservatives won the heart of America’, in which he explored the reasons why so many citizens vote against their own economic and political interests. The phenomenon of individuals ‘betraying’ their social class is well known, and the history of left-wing activism in the twentieth century is full of examples of leftist and Marxist leaders betraying their privileged classes and leading the charge of the downtrodden, against the entrenched economic and political order. Frank’s book is a complex and fascinating tale, told...
  • Martin Schram - Trump's campaign crowds are America's new reality

    07/26/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Crescent-News ^ | July 26, 2015 | Martin Schram, op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service
    It isn't hard to figure out what's driving the so-called Donald Trump phenomenon that just prompted one-quarter of America's likely Republican voters to say in a poll he's the one they want to be our commander-in-chief. What's harder to figure out is why the Trump phenomenon blindsided the Republican Party's presidential pack, the working press and the parasitic punditocracy. And why we keep being surprised every time this happens. After all, this political driving force isn't really about The Donald or his billions; and it is as old as politics itself. It's about the way things happen -- and often...