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  • Trump team vows to win delegate majority (by May)as rivals prepare for open convention

    05/04/2016 4:02:21 PM PDT · by GilGil · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/9/2016 | Dan Balz, Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    “Our target date is June 7, but our goal is in the middle of May to be the presumptive nominee,” Paul Manafort, Trump’s newly installed convention manager, who has been given broad authority to shape the campaign, said in a wide-ranging interview here.
  • Trump's impending nomination means it's time for a third candidate

    05/03/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 154 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 3, 2016 | Eliot A. Cohen
    Eliot A. Cohen served in the Defense and State departments in the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, respectively. It's over. Donald Trump, a man utterly unfit for the position by temperament, values and policy preferences, will be the Republican nominee for president. He will run against Hillary Clinton, who is easily the lesser evil but is trailed by clouds of scandal and misconduct and whose party's left wing poses its own threats to liberties of speech, religion, enterprise and association. It is time for a third candidate, and probably for a third party.
  • Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Donald Trump

    05/02/2016 11:49:24 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 65 replies
    Washington (com)Post ^ | 5-2-16 | Chris Cillizza
    Politico reported today on a Florida poll conducted for a business group in the state that shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 13 points and Ted Cruz by nine. Why is that important? Because if Clinton wins Florida and carries the 19 states (plus D.C.) that have voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in each of the last six elections, she will be the 45th president. It's that simple. Politico reported today on a Florida poll conducted for a business group in the state that shows Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by 13 points and Ted Cruz by nine....
  • Illegal Alien Stabs Father of Two to Death, Ripping Out His Liver (Comments Closed)

    05/02/2016 5:29:29 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 35 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 5-1-2016 | Katie McHugh
    An illegal alien from El Salvador, Mauricio Morales-Caceres, faces life in prison without parole after being convicted of stabbing acquaintance Oscar Navarro, father of two, “at least” 89 times with a 15-inch butcher knife and tearing out his liver with his bare hands — but no comments on this shocking murder by a foreign national, who smiled cheerfully in his mugshot, are allowed, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Post buried the fact that Morales-Caceresis is an illegal alien.
  • Curt Schilling not happy ‘bloody sock’ game cut from...‘30 for 30’ [ESPN purges history]

    05/02/2016 3:10:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    wash post ^ | 5/2/16 | D Bieler
    Curt Schilling was recently fired by ESPN in large part because of his frequent social-media activity, specifically controversial memes and comments shared by the former pitcher. So when reports circulated online that ESPN had cut Schilling’s memorable “bloody sock” performance in the 2004 ALCS from its Sunday airing of a “30 for 30″ documentary about that Red Sox-Yankees showdown, it was no surprise to see him weigh in quickly, and strongly.
  • 11-year-old brags about shooting suspected home invader

    05/01/2016 12:03:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2016 | Peter Holley
    Chris Gaither was home alone “petting the dogs” on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise upstairs. The 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Ala., told NBC affiliate WVTM-TV that he was scared, so he grabbed a knife and steadied himself. Chris said that a man appeared on the stairwell, but when confronted, he ran back up upstairs. When the man reappeared moments later, the boy told WVTM-TV, the individual was holding a gun. “When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Chris said. Instead of running, Chris...
  • ‘He started crying like a little baby’: 11-year-old brags about shooting suspected home invader

    05/01/2016 8:55:53 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 54 replies
    Washington Pest ^ | 5/1/16 | Peter Holley
    Chris Gaither was home alone “petting the dogs” on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise upstairs. The 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Ala., told NBC affiliate WVTM-TV that he was scared, so he grabbed a knife and steadied himself. Chris said that a man appeared on the stairwell, but when confronted, he ran back up upstairs. When the man reappeared moments later, the boy told WVTM-TV, the individual was holding a gun. “When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Chris said. Instead of running, Chris...
  • [George Will]:If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House

    04/29/2016 8:41:16 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 339 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 29 April 2016 | George Will
    Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction. Ted Cruz’s announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process by giving voters pertinent information. They already know the only important thing about Trump’s choice: His running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified. Hillary Clinton’s optimal running mate might be Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio,...
  • I said I wouldn’t back Donald Trump at the GOP convention. Then the threats began.

    04/17/2016 3:37:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | April 15, 2016 | Craig Dunn, Chairman, Howard County Republican Party
    The first email I opened had the subject line, “Trump Bull****.” The message was pretty simple: “You sorry mother******! I hope the worst for you and yours!” The next email had the unambiguous subject line, “Traitor of the people and what was the Conservative party/now the conjoined twin of the Progressive left.” This missive carried a religious message: “God calls me to pray for my enemies and you are my enemy. Your thinking causes you to be a traitor to the citizenry. Imagine the disgrace U R.” What was the heinous offense that I committed that made me, according to...
  • The 5 people most likely to be Donald Trump’s vice president

    04/29/2016 12:55:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 195 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/29 | Chris Cilliza
    Which begs the question: Who is he going to pick as his vice presidential nominee? The short answer: No one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable so trying to game out how this most unconventional of politicians will make his mind up is a bit of a guessing game. Add to that the fact that Trump's inner circle remains, largely, devoid of establishment types and you quickly get into a situation where the people talking don't know much and the people who do know aren't talking.
  • Long before John Boehner called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh,’ he called him his lawyer

    04/28/2016 12:43:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/28/16 | Sean Sullivan
    We are re-upping this post from early 2014 in light of Boehner labeling Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and saying, "I've never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." Here's where their work together began, two decades ago. For what it's worth, Cruz downplayed their relationship Thursday in his comments responding to Boehner. "I've met John Boehner two or three times in my life," he assured. As we show below, that's not entirely accurate.
  • WaPo: Ted Cruz Was John Boehner's Lawyer

    04/29/2016 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/28/2016 | Bill Hoffmann
    Ted Cruz's claim on Thursday that he never knew or worked with John Boehner has been called into question following the revelation that the Texas senator once served as the former House speaker's lawyer.
  • Cruz’s latest fight with fellow Republicans is a reminder: Many don’t like the guy

    04/28/2016 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Sean Sullivan and Ed O'Keefe
    In the space of just 7 minutes here on Thursday, Ted Cruz reminded fellow Republicans that he has few friends in the party. First he tangled with former House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime foe who so dislikes Cruz that he labeled him “Lucifer in the flesh.” Then Cruz undercut another Republican, fellow presidential candidate John Kasich, who had entered into an alliance with him to stop GOP front-runner Donald Trump. “There is no alliance,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday, acting as if a pact announced by his own campaign days before had never happened. Minutes later, Kasich strategist...
  • GOP elites are now resigned to Donald Trump as their nominee

    04/29/2016 5:55:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | Philip Rucker
    Throughout the Republican Party, from New Hampshire to Florida to California, many leaders, operatives, donors and activists arrived this week at the conclusion they had been hoping to thwart or at least delay: Donald Trump will be their presidential nominee. An aura of inevitability is now forming around the controversial mogul. Trump smothered his opponents in six straight primaries in the Northeast and vacuumed up more delegates than even the most generous predictions foresaw. He is gaining high-profile ­endorsements by the day — a legendary Indiana basketball coach Wednesday, two House committee chairmen Thursday. And his ­rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Rape of a basketball player, accusations of abuse and bullying tear apart a Tenn. high school

    01/22/2016 8:24:52 AM PST · by NRx · 101 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01-22-2016 | Sarah Kaplan
    First they heard the screams. Karl Williams, the assistant coach for the Ooltewah High School basketball team, hurried downstairs to the rooms where the 14 teenage players were staying for the duration of their four day tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn. There he found a 15-year-old freshman player covered in blood, urine and feces, Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston told ESPN. Two sophomore players were holding the boy down, while a third teammate, a senior, shoved a pool cue up his rectum. The freshman was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to repair his bladder and colon, which...
  • This time it really is the end of Trump. Really.

    04/03/2016 11:26:55 PM PDT · by detective · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2016 | By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    It’s time to go back to where we began: not only that Donald Trump will lose the Republican presidential nomination, but also that he could be so weakened by the end of the primaries that his party will not even have to worry about choosing someone else. I feel your skepticism. Hasn’t Trump so far defied all predictions of his demise? Absolutely. Hasn’t every claim that “now he’s gone too far” been wrong? Of course.
  • How the GOP Is On the Road Towards Certain Defeat

    04/21/2016 9:06:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/21/2016 | Ron Radosh
    Our convoluted primary system evolved to allow voters a more direct voice in choosing a candidate who can win a general election. Voters don’t always choose wisely -- after all, one party always loses. It’s a shame then -- in what should be a Republican year -- that GOP primary voters appear to want to lose the presidency once again.If the candidate at the top of the ticket is roundly defeated, the toll could also take down many Republicans running for the House and the Senate.The latest polls show that only one Republican candidate has a sure chance of...
  • Don’t count Donald Trump out just yet

    04/04/2016 7:27:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 4, 2016 | Eugene Robinson
    Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning. To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the worst-case scenario for him: He wins none of Wisconsin’s 42 convention delegates in Tuesday’s primary, while his nearest rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), wins them all. Even with that improbable result, Trump would have a huge lead over Cruz in the delegate race, 736 to 505. A Wisconsin shutout would make...
  • David Brooks: At Least Trump Crushed 'Dying Husk' of Reaganism in GOP

    03/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 30, 2016 | Tim Graham
    David Brooks, the fake conservative half of public broadcasting on Friday – the one day they pretend to let conservatives on the taxpayer-funded airwaves – forecast on Friday's All Things Considered on NPR that Donald Trump has done one positive thing – destroyed the “dying husk” of obsolete Reaganism in the Republican Party. Naturally, his liberal radio counterpart E.J. Dionne agreed, hoping for a more liberal, domesticated GOP.
  • Trump debate withdrawal is backfiring big-time on Fox News

    01/27/2016 6:11:21 PM PST · by Mariner · 128 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27th, 2016 | By Erik Wemple
    Donald Trump’s criticisms of Megyn Kelly have been weak, sexist, thin-skinned. His decision to back out of Thursday night’s debate is childish and reflects a fear of having to debate his competitors on issues facing the country. All that said, this dispute is turning into a spectacle with two losers. Fox News unwisely sent out a statement yesterday designed to mock the Republican front-runner for his decision to launch a Twitter poll on whether he should participate in the debate. Here’s what that statement said: We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to...
  • WaPo Editor Says Repeat After Me: 'A Gun-Free Society'

    10/05/2015 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    "Doesn't it sound logical? Doesn't it sound safe?" Based on his latest column, it seems like Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt could get behind a rewrite of John Lennon's Imagine and release an updated version to reflect today's call for gun control. [Imagine] Prohibition… [Imagine] Mass buyback… [Imagine] A gun-free society... He liked that last line so much, he asked his readers to repeat it with him: "Let's say that once again: A gun-free society." Bliss, he thinks. Those words -- prohibition, mass buyback, gun-free society -- are what Hiatt says the NRA has rendered "unmentionable." And so he believes...
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: Why GOP should listen to Kasich

    07/23/2015 9:27:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 23, 2015 | E.J. Dionne
    WASHINGTON — Republicans won't win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party's nomination. Both won re-election in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign. The former fought to have his state accept the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. He made his case on moral grounds, arguing that at heaven's door, St....
  • E.J. Dionne Jr.: Differing visions for Kasich, Walker

    07/23/2015 12:15:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | July 23, 2015 | E. J. Dionne, Jr
    "........[Kasich] fought to have his state accept the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. He made his case on moral grounds, arguing that at heaven’s door,St. Peter is “probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor.”[Walker] adamantly opposed expanding Medicaid under the health care law,and his speeches are compendiums of every right-wing bromide that party activists demand.“We need a president who—on the first day in office—will call on Congress to pass a full repeal of Obamacare,”...declared when he announced his candidacy....
  • Brooks and Dionne on Trump’s anti-immigrant talk, Confederate flag retirement

    07/11/2015 1:58:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KERA-TV's PBS Newshour ^ | July 10, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including whether presidential candidate Donald Trump is hurting the Republican party, the historic removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s state house and whether Sen. Bernie Sanders’ momentum poses a viable challenge to Hillary Clinton.(AUDIO-AT-LINK) TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: And to the analysis of Brooks and Dionne. That’s New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. Mark Shields is away. Welcome to you both. E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you. JUDY WOODRUFF: So, let’s...
  • E.J. Dionne: Jeb Bush’s optimism is something the GOP needs

    04/21/2014 7:34:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    lenconnect.com ^ | 4/21/14 | E. J. Dionne
    There is a rule in American politics: Hope and optimism nearly always defeat fear and pessimism. The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. The party’s hope deficit helps explain why there’s a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word “love” in a paragraph about illegal immigrants. The flurry doesn’t mean that the former Florida governor is even running for president, let alone that he can win. But...
  • E.J. Dionne: The miracle on guns (Wishing Dionne)

    02/26/2013 10:17:30 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Daily Ledger ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 11:24 am | E.J. Dionne
    GHNS -- A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening. This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to announce plans to start marking up gun bills to send to the Senate floor, proposals that will include ideas put before the country by President Obama and Vice President Biden. The president’s agenda, in turn, was inspired by advocates and legislators, mayors and police chiefs,...
  • NBC Worried About Romney Hanging Around With NBC Star Donald Trump

    05/29/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    News Buster.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kyle Drennan
    In an astonishing display of hypocrisy, NBC News repeatedly decried Mitt Romney using celebrity businessman Donald Trump to fundraise for his campaign. This is the same Donald Trump who hosts NBC reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and who routinely appears on the Today show to promote those programs, including just last week. On Tuesday's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander declared that Trump "causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the President was born." He later wrapped up his report by parroting Obama campaign talking points: "The Obama campaign...
  • E.J. Dionne: In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game (Need to Tax the rich more)

    07/29/2010 7:42:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington (Com)Post ^ | 07/29/2010 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid? Start with taxes. In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties feel at least some obligation to match their tax policies with their spending plans. David Cameron, the new Conservative prime minister in Britain, is a leading example. He recently offered a rather brutal budget that includes severe cutbacks. I have doubts about some of them, but at least Cameron cared enough about reducing his country's deficit that alongside the cuts he also proposed an increase in the value-added tax, from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. Imagine:...
  • E.J. Dionne, April 3: This time it really is the end of Trump. Really.

    04/27/2016 7:26:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 27, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    This time it really is the end of Trump. Really. That was the title of the E.J. Dionne's column in the April 3 Washington Post. It was so spectacularly wrong in its prognostications that it really does deserve an award. Really. If only Dionne's column had been published two days earlier he could at least save some face by claiming it was just an April Fools joke. Unfortunately for Dionne, he doesn't have that out and will forever be known for perhaps the most hilariously wrong political predictions now and forever unto the end of time. It wouldn't be so bad for...
  • Trump wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Connecticut; Clinton takes Md.

    04/26/2016 5:36:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 26, 2016 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Donald Trump has been projected as the winner of the Republican presidential primaries in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, victories that continued the New York real estate mogul’s dominance in contests along the East Coast. Those projections were made by Edison Research as polls closed at 8 p.m., and they relied on exit polls. In Maryland, the Associated Press projected Trump and Hillary Clinton as winners, even though a few polling places in West Baltimore will remain open until 9 p.m.
  • How Donald Trump Dominated Tuesday’s Primaries (Acela Primary Alert)

    04/26/2016 11:05:28 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/26/2016 | Philip Bump
    rump has won every state touching any of the states that voted on Tuesday, save Ohio. Rhode Island and Connecticut are hemmed in by New York and Massachusetts, which Trump won by 35 and 31 points, respectively. Maryland and Delaware are closer to Virginia, which Trump won by a narrower margin -- but that was back on (the original) Super Tuesday, when Marco Rubio was around to chew up 32 percent of the vote. Geographically, this is Trump territory. If you wanted to drive from Trump Tower to any point in the five states, the most it would take you...
  • The conservative media’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s coughing

    04/26/2016 9:14:33 AM PDT · by LCrane · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/26/16 | Callum Borchers
    Hillary Clinton has had two public coughing fits in the past week. This is important because ... well, it's not explicitly clear. This is typical of coverage by right-leaning news outlets whenever Clinton suffers an on-camera coughing spell, as she has on several occasions in this campaign. The recurring headline might as well be "Hillary Clinton has a coughing problem — just sayin'." But they're not "just sayin'." There's a reason the former secretary of state's ticklish throat is an issue. Fortunately, we can count on a couple of straight-shooters to abandon subtlety and suggestion. "Is Hillary Clinton healthy enough...
  • How crybully Trump and his supporters excel at playing the victim

    04/26/2016 8:29:51 AM PDT · by AndyJackson · 106 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    But in recent years, conservatives have found playing the victimhood card to be equally profitable for their own causes. ... Donald Trump is a successful businessman. His residences and modes of transit are plated with gold. He has married three gorgeous women. He claims to have a multibillion-dollar net worth. He has mocked the disabled, women, Asians, Hispanics, Muslims, even prisoners of war.... Yet he constantly rationalizes his bad behavior and political setbacks as the inevitable consequence of unfair systems and anti-Trump persecution. Disapprove of his pro-violence rally rhetoric? He’s just protecting his beleaguered voters against those “big, strong, powerful”...
  • WaPo: Trump Analogizes Trump Deportation Plan to 'Pol Pot Genocide'

    04/23/2016 8:51:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We're all familiar with Godwin's Law: in an argument, the first person to mention the Nazis automatically loses. We're going to have to come up with a companion concept for the Washington Post: call it the Cambodian Corollary. Wapo's editorial of yesterday, Softening on Trump? Remember this reflects the paper's apparent worry that people will take a second look at Trump in light of his moderated tone in recent days. We can't have any of that! With Hillary as unpopular as she is, the high negatives of her likely opponent must be preserved! So WaPo runs through a list of...
  • Don’t be fooled by the ‘new’ Donald Trump [The LSM is worried about his strategy]

    04/22/2016 3:14:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    DO YOU remember when Donald Trump crudely mocked the disability of a New York Times reporter, and then lied about having done so? No? That’s just as the Republican candidate might hope. Now that he is nearing the Republican nomination, he says he will become more “presidential.” After winning the New York primary, he referred to “Senator Cruz” instead of “Lyin’ Ted.” You can expect multitudes of office-seekers and sycophants to follow Chris Christie’s craven path to believing, or pretending to believe, in a presidential Trump. So it is important to remember. Remember that Mr. Trump said that Mexicans crossing...
  • NY Times Bosses Warn Managers: Meet Diversity Goals or Get Fired

    04/17/2016 9:13:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 17, 2016 | 10:11 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple reports that The New York Times is getting very serious about diversity goals in recruiting, hiring, and promoting. Chief Executive Mark Thompson raised eyebrows at a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of the newspaper. According to three Wemple sources, “Supervisors who fail to meet upper management’s requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern consequences: They’ll be either encouraged to leave or be fired.” …
  • Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

    04/20/2016 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM | Jennifer Rubin
    The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm definitively its explicit promise that barriers to Iran’s accessing dollars would remain in place. “Our concern is that there are at least four workarounds to provide Iran with access to the dollar, including dollar-denominated transactions, dollar-clearing, dollar-based conversions, and dollar-related foreign currency transactions,” he said. “Here’s the bottom line: The administration should definitively rule out any potential...
  • Donald Trump Just Made It Impossible For Ted Cruz To Clinch The GOP Nomination

    04/19/2016 11:12:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 311 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/21/2016 | Philip Bump
    How bad was Cruz’s night? He’s losing to Ben Carson in some places — a guy who hasn’t been in the race in weeks. Cruz can still win the nomination on the first convention ballot, mind you, but he needs to win about 88.5 percent of the outstanding delegates, bound or unbound, per Daniel Nichanian’s excellent calculations. That's not likely to happen either. Trump isn’t the only big winner tonight! Congratulations to John Kasich, who will almost certainly end up with his first delegate in more than a month. Can Kasich pull off a come-from-behind victory? No. The end.
  • We did the math. Cruz was smart to campaign in a Bronx district with almost no Republican voters.

    04/19/2016 6:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | April 19, 2016 | Tobias Konitzer and David Rothschild
    When Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Bronx to campaign in the run-up to the New York primary, ridicule was not far away. After all, what is a Republican candidate doing in the staunchly Democratic, minority-majority northern part of New York City? What is he doing in New York State at all, when Donald Trump is nearly certain to carry the most votes and, according to market-based forecasts, has an 85 percent chance to win more than 50 percent of the vote? Why would Ted Cruz campaign in the Bronx? For someone like Cruz to campaign exactly...
  • As oil output falls, Libya is on the verge of economic collapse

    04/18/2016 2:48:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 16 April 2016 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    The rapid deterioration of Libya’s oil-dependent economy is threatening the objectives of the country’s new Western-backed government and budding efforts to confront the Islamic State in North Africa, political and security analysts say. Within hours of arriving in Tripoli two weeks ago, the government made controlling the nation’s oil a priority. It persuaded a powerful militia to hand over three oil terminals, and the national oil company gave its support. But the road to securing Africa’s largest reserves is riddled with even greater obstacles, and bringing the battered industry back to its full potential promises to be a colossal mission....
  • Supreme Court split on Obama amnesty; Kennedy: Policy ‘just upside-down’

    04/18/2016 10:40:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court divided deeply Monday over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, with conservative justices saying the White House was trying to steal Congress’s law-making powers, and liberal justices suggesting the court should stay out of the fight altogether, leaving the president with a free hand. Outside the court, thousands of Hispanic-rights protesters rallied, demanding legal status from the courts and vowing political retribution on Congress — and Republicans in particular — if Mr. Obama loses his case. Inside the courtroom, however, the argument was lower-key, with the justices sparring with lawyers over the tricky interplay between the law, federal regulations...
  • Why Tax Reform Is Forever Doomed

    04/18/2016 9:06:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    RCM via Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2016 | Robert Samuelson
    WASHINGTON - Almost everyone agrees that America's income tax is too complex. Considering this, you might expect that simplifying the income tax would be a slam dunk. Sure enough, the various presidential candidates have proposed sweeping overhauls. But any agreement is mostly rhetorical. The odds that the next president, whoever it be, will engineer genuine tax simplification are negligible. On this Tax Day, it's worth pondering why. Make no mistake: I think we'd be better off with a simpler system. By this, I mean a system with a broader tax base and lower rates. I'd eliminate most tax preferences and...
  • Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president

    04/15/2016 7:41:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15 at 9:30 AM | Rick Noack
    Merkel allows prosecution of German comedian who mocked Turkish president By Rick Noack April 15 at 9:30 AM German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cleared the way for the prosecution of German comedian Jan Böhmermann, whose poem mocking Turkey's president has become the centerpiece of a clash between Germany's free-speech traditions and the government's efforts to safeguard its important relations with Turkey. In a news conference Friday, Merkel emphasized that it will now be up to German courts to decide whether Böhmermann is guilty of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But critics — including members of her own government —...
  • Why Did Washington Post’s Ben Terris Shake Corey Lewandowski’s Hand After Witnessing Alleged Assault

    04/15/2016 4:44:42 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 43 replies
    GotNews.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Charles C Johnson
    TMZ video shows Washington Post reporter Ben Terris shaking Trump campaign manger Corey Lewandowski’s hand AFTER Lewandowski supposedly assaulted Michelle Fields. And now Lewandowski is patting Terris on the back. Terris’s testimony was key in the early days of the Fields hoax. Terris asked Fields in audio that Fields released if he could use Fields’s hoaxed story. That’s right. Terris shakes Lewandowski’s hand just seconds after Corey “really just almost threw you on the ground.” Michelle Fields’s boyfriend Jamie Weinstein is friends with Ben Terris.
  • Republicans are a lot closer to 'maybe Trump' than 'never Trump'

    04/14/2016 2:54:52 PM PDT · by Reeses · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2016 | Philip Bump
    The goal of the nebulous, sort-of-a-thing "never Trump" campaign is to do whatever is possible to stand between Donald Trump and the 1,237 delegates he needs in order to claim the Republican party's nomination on the first ballot at the convention. The informal effort has resulted in a lot more anti-Trump ads, and has benefited from the businessman's own natural inability to organize on-the-ground efforts in critical states. But the overarching idea, that the Republican base would slowly turn against Trump, doesn't seem to be paying off. In fact, a new CBS News poll suggests that Republicans are pretty comfortable...
  • 67 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump [Cruz has 53% unfavorability]

    04/14/2016 9:16:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/14/2016 | By Scott Clement and Emily Guskin
    Strong headwinds of unpopularity continue to hobble leading Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz with the public at-large, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. By contrast, most Republicans see Trump and Cruz in a favorable light - 56 and 58 percent, respectively - while John Kasich is less popular among fellow partisans (47 percent) despite receiving the best ratings among the broader electorate. The poll finds Trump suffering little damage from recent controversies over punishments for women who have abortions and the arrest of his campaign manager, though the real-estate mogul’s ratings are still in the doldrums. Thirty-one...
  • Aboard the Staten Island Ferry, a snapshot of Donald Trump’s New York

    04/13/2016 5:44:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    WaPo ^ | 13 Apr 25016 | Philip Rucker
    NEW YORK — It’s the evening rush on the Staten Island Ferry, and Donald Trump’s New Yorkers, spent after a day’s work in Manhattan, are heading home. There’s the construction worker who is convinced Trump will stop “pussyfooting around” when it comes to terrorism. There’s the Hungarian immigrant tow-truck driver who says Trump speaks his language. There’s the moving-company worker who believes Trump would be the first honest and courageous president in his lifetime, the diamond dealer who respects his toughness and the fashion model in awe of his glamour. “He’s just the man, right?” says Jimmy Dawson, 20, just...
  • Donald Trump hires veteran GOP operative Rick Wiley

    04/13/2016 1:24:55 PM PDT · by dynoman · 194 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13 at 3:50 PM | By Philip Rucker
    The Trump campaign said Wednesday that Rick Wiley — who has more than two decades of experience in state and national politics and most recently served as campaign manager for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential bid — is joining the operation as national political director. “Rick is a seasoned political expert with a very successful career in winning elections,” Trump said in a news release. “He brings decades of experience, and his deep ties to political leaders and activists across the country will be a tremendous asset as we enter the final phase of securing the nomination.” Wiley said in...
  • Trump claims $102 million charitable donations over last 5 years, but gave no personal cash

    04/11/2016 8:20:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/11/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    In a lengthy analysis of data provided by the Trump campaign, Washington Post writers David A. Fahrenthold and  Rosalind S. Heiderman find that claimed charitable contributions by Donald Trump included no actual cash from his personal funds. Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years. To back up that claim, Trump’s campaign compiled a list of his contributions — 4,844 of them, filling 93 pages. But, in that massive list, one thing was missing. Not a single one of those donations...
  • Cruz uses party rules to pursue delegates. Here’s what Trump thinks of that.

    04/11/2016 4:01:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/11/16 | David Weigel
    Donald Trump used his first campaign rally in western New York to attack Sen. Ted Cruz for something the Texan happily boasts about: mastering party rules to elect his delegate slates to the Republican National Convention. “They’re trying to subvert the movement,” Trump said to thousands of voters crammed into a frigid airplane hangar Sunday. “They can’t do it with bodies, so they’re trying to subvert the movement with crooked shenanigans.” The Rochester rally was only Trump’s second in the 14-day New York campaign, and his first since Cruz swept Colorado’s 34 available delegates in a series of conventions. Trump’s...