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  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 67 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • The “Ted Cruz is smart” trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous (Preemptive Palin on him?)

    07/28/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Nathan Robinson
    The Texas senator convinces all of his enemies to praise his intellect. Here's why they're wrong -- and should stop. Even Ted Cruz’s critics seem to concur on one point: whatever else you might say about him, the man is very smart. Mother Jones magazine has called him the “thinking man’s tea partier.” Josh Marshall, in a mostly withering assessment, made the same obligatory concession to his being an “incredibly bright guy.” Jeffrey Toobin’s recent, ostensibly critical New Yorker profile of Cruz is full of quotes about his being “the smartest guy in the room,” his “sophisticated” constitutional views, and...
  • Hot Air Survey: July Edition

    07/28/2014 7:01:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 28, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Hot Air Presidential Survey After you click Submit the page may appear blank, but there should be a confirmation message at the top of the page. If you scroll up and see it, your votes have been received... ---snip--- ***** Polls to FReep on candidates for 2016 and issues. Please hurry, they usually close these pretty quickly,
  • TCA: CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Sprang From Hillary Clinton And Benghazi, Exec Producer Says

    07/27/2014 11:12:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 17, 2014 | Lisa De Moraes, TV Columnist
    CBS‘ new drama series Madam Secretary, in which Tea Leoni plays the Secretary of State, came about because of Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, exec producer Lori McCreary told TV critics today at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014. McCreary said she and Morgan Freeman had lunch with CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler about producing a scripted series for the network, after which, McCreary says, they set about “trying to come up with a great character…And then, guess what happened — the Benghazi hearings,” McCreary said. They went back to Tassler with the idea of a series about what it’s like...
  • Right wing’s worst nightmare: The master stroke that turns red states blue

    07/27/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Salon ^ | July 27, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg, Al Jazeera & Senior Editor, Random Lengths
    (FAKE COLLAGE PHOTO AT LINK) Our divisions are phony: There's broad agreement on more issues. Here's how we convert the Tea Party. Elizabeth Warren’s rock star reception at Netroots Nation came as a surprise to absolutely no one, but not so her popularity as a draw for red state Democrats running for Senate, like West Virginia’s Natalie Tennant or Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes. Yet, there shouldn’t be anything surprising about Warren’s broad economic populist appeal. It was, after all, the foundation of Democratic Party power from 1932 through 1968, a period in which Democrats won seven of nine presidential elections...
  • Familiar names lead 2016 presidential race in South Carolina poll

    07/27/2014 2:25:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forgive South Carolina voters if the looming 2016 presidential contest is giving them a strong sense of deja vu. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the Democratic pack among this state's voters, according to a new Palmetto Politics poll, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is receiving the most love here on the GOP side. "I think it's hilarious," College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said. "This is not 1992 all over again, but we've still got Bush and Clinton. Of course, we're talking about a different Bush and a different Clinton." About one-third of 1,000 likely...
  • Entitled to What? Hillary Clinton’s long march through the institutions

    07/25/2014 8:32:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The August 4, 2014 Issue | Noemie Emery, contributing editor
    Contrary no doubt to what she expected, Hillary Clinton has hit some serious snags in the rollout of her unannounced campaign for president. She has made Romneyesque comments about the size of her fortune, such as that she was “dead broke” when she bought her two mansions. When queried about events on her watch as secretary of state that proved embarrassing, she took responsibility without being accountable, projecting the impression that anyone who pressed further was crude. Most damning of all, what has emerged in plain sight from the first month of the publicity tour for her memoir Hard Choices...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Run, Mike Bloomberg, run (Jennifer jumps the shark)

    07/24/2014 5:40:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dramatic and defiant flight to Israel to protest the U.S. ban on flights to Ben Gurion airport got me thinking. Can anyone imagine Hillary Clinton doing anything so daring, so anti-authoritarian, as that? Has she ever done anything truly shocking and trend-setting? And that brings me to the ideal candidate to take her on from the left: Bloomberg. He has been a Democrat, a Republican and an independent (a man for all voters!). He is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage (much earlier than Clinton was), anti-gun, anti-smoking and anti-trans fat. Although he is a billionaire, he...
  • Hillary’s bullying the media

    07/23/2014 10:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Manteca Bulletin ^ | July 22, 2014 | By L. Brent Bozell III
    Hillary Clinton’s $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop. It was a best-seller to hard-core Democrats, but her advance is estimated at $14 million, which means Simon & Schuster is taking a bath in the hopes of a publishing a future president. Worse yet, The Washington Post reported that according to an Amazon.com measurement of which electronic books are most-read, Clinton’s book came in dead last among recent political books. Every time people highlight something in a book on their Kindles, Amazon records that data. By that measure, most readers barely started it. “The deepest into ‘Hard Choices’ the...
  • Michele Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016

    07/23/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/23/2014 | Scott Conroy
    Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated,...
  • Four Statist Policies Gov. Mike Pence Champions

    07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT · by Gipper08 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joy Pullman
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would like to ride into the presidency as he has his governorship: On the coattails of his predecessor, former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Unlike his years in Congress, PenceÂ’s governorship has been largely marked, not by forging crucial and substantive policies that reign in the administrative state and advance the cause of liberty, but by a refusal to make waves. In our current climate, that means governing as a technocratic Progressive. So while treating Hoosiers to essentially the stable status quo Daniels earned making tough and politically risky decisions, Pence has been traveling the country, proclaiming his...
  • Paul Ryan, 2016?

    07/23/2014 9:08:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Party’s bookish former vice presidential nominee, is starting to look like a candidate for the presidency in 2016. In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC. “The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today, discuss how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and explain what must be done to save what Representative Ryan refers to...
  • Rand Paul Rips Obama as Immigration Becomes Major 2016 Issue.

    07/22/2014 11:27:16 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 7 replies
    Breitbart / Big Government ^ | 22 July 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other executive orders is a “magnet” for illegal immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “All of that is a magnet and a beacon for people to come,” Paul said when asked about Obama’s executive immigration orders during a brief interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters. “You can’t have any kind of beacon without securing the border first. It really illustrates what conservatives have been saying all along, myself included: You can’t vote for immigration reform,...
  • Why was a reading list scrubbed from Rand Paul's website?

    07/22/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/22/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In recent days the Weekly Standard and Washington Free Beacon have brought to light a now-scrubbed recommended reading list for students that had resided on Sen. Rand Paul’s website. Why the focus on a book list, and why was the book list scrubbed? The answer to the second question could lie in the answer to the first: the foreign policy recommendations in the reading list take a variety of controversial stances, suggesting that the U.S. is to blame for the rise of Islamic supremacism in the Middle East, that the “Israeli Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy to America’s great detriment,...
  • While Hillary Clinton offers a resume, Elizabeth Warren offers a plan

    07/22/2014 1:37:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/22/2014 | Byron York
    It seems almost too obvious to mention, but presidential candidates need a clear idea of why they want to be president. In the past few days, Democrats have heard that their still-undeclared front runner, Hillary Clinton, needs time to think about the question. Meanwhile, another undeclared hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, is thrilling liberal audiences with a forceful, point-by-point declaration of the principles that would guide her as president. The contrast is striking. Clinton is offering Democrats her resume. Warren is offering them a plan.
  • Jerry Brown for President? LOLOL!!!

    07/22/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Hillary's silence is deafening

    07/22/2014 8:06:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    You can’t exactly accuse someone who just finished a book tour of hiding, but Hillary Clinton certainly is ducking a lot of questions. And that’s understandable, because she would have a lot of problems coming up with answers that wouldn’t hurt her prospects for the presidency. At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin notes: Maggie Haberman of Politico confirms first that Hillary Clinton is entirely inaccessible to the media and second that none of those denied access thought it important to let the public know Clinton is hiding from questions. Haberman observed, “What has been really striking about Hillary Clinton’s book...
  • Marco Rubio: Hillary ‘Extremely Vulnerable on Her Record

    07/22/2014 7:01:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/22/14
    ...Rubio (R., Fla.) told NPR Hillary Clinton is “extremely vulnerable.... ...then called Clinton “a 20th century candidate”, saying, “I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now.”
  • Bill’s secret mistress, the ‘Energizer’

    07/21/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | 7/21/2014 | Richard Johnson
    Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in jeopardy.
  • CEO of the US, politicians need NOT apply

    07/21/2014 1:31:21 PM PDT · by simka · 111 replies
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    We do not need Hillary or Warren or any career politician. We do not need another leader in debt to big business, financial backers or his party agenda. We do need someone truly independent of all political pressures, capable of resolving all the damage done to this country. The names that come to mind are Ben Carson, Mitt Romney and maybe Ted Cruz. What say you all?
  • Obama: Biden would make 'superb' president

    07/21/2014 12:48:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2014
    President Barack Obama said Joe Biden would make a "superb" president, but questioned whether his vice president or potential rival Hillary Clinton would want to endure another campaign for the White House, a media report Monday said. Obama, in an interview with the New Yorker, said Biden "has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understands how to separate what's really important from what's less important. I think he's got great people skills. He enjoys politics, and he's got important relationships up on the Hill (in Congress) that would serve him well." "Joe would be...
  • The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016

    07/21/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    When asked just how vulnerable former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to a challenge from her left, the Acela Corridor’s political class is quick to note that 2016 is not 2008. They observe that the factors which made Clinton vulnerable to a challenge from then Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 simply do not exist today. For example, those grounded political reporters say, the former secretary is wildly popular among Democrats. They cite polling data which shows the former secretary leading her most likely challenger – the sitting Vice President of the United States – often by more than...
  • MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary’s way; Contrary to conventional wisdom, she’s probably finished

    07/21/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Robert W. Merry, political editor, The National Interest
    Hillary Clinton isn’t likely ever to become president of the United States. In fact, there is a greater possibility than is generally recognized by the Washington cognoscenti that she won’t even run. If she does, though, the barriers she faces will prove overwhelming. Her 2008 campaign was her last good shot for the office, and she failed. Since then, numerous developments have conspired steadily to diminish her prospects. Those prospects are now near zero. This analytical framework holds absolutely no credulity in Washington, where thinking rarely extends beyond the conventional. The conventional wisdom, of course, is that Mrs. Clinton’s nomination...
  • Obama says Biden would make 'superb' president: New Yorker

    07/21/2014 9:30:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 7/21/14
    ...Obama said Joe Biden would make a "superb" president, but questioned whether his vice president or potential rival Hillary Clinton would want to endure another campaign for the White House, a media report on Monday said. Obama, in an interview with the New Yorker, said Biden "has seen the job up close, he knows what the job entails. He understands how to separate what’s really important from what’s less important. I think he’s got great people skills. He enjoys politics, and he’s got important relationships up on the Hill (in Congress) that would serve him well."
  • Bill Clinton: Hillary needs time to decide

    07/21/2014 6:25:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | Julu 21, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Former President Bill Clinton said his wife Hillary Clinton needs time to think about her message to voters would be is she runs for president in 2016. She "really does need some time to think through this,” now that her memoir Hard Choices has been published, he said in an interview with CNN. "We've reached a point in our life when we think you really shouldn't run for office if you don't have a clear idea of what you can do and a unique contribution you can make and you can outline that," Clinton added. "Now that the book is...
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • With liberals pining for a Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats get in position (Jerry Brown)

    07/20/2014 5:43:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/19/2014 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    DETROIT — On the night before her Friday keynote address to a gathering of progressive activists here, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to slip into a hotel restaurant for a quiet dinner. But the former law professor has become a liberal superstar, and when a few admirers spotted her walking to the corner of the dining room, they cheered loudly. A moment later, more joined in the applause. Then one urged her, “Run for president!” The next morning at Netroots Nation, where Warren (D-Mass.) gave a fiery sermon for economic populism — “The game is rigged, and it isn’t right!” —...
  • Sarah Palin to GOP: Fight for the 'Forgotten Man' to 'Win Big in 2016'

    07/20/2014 4:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Ronald Reagan won two presidential elections by fighting for the "Forgotten Man," and Sarah Palin said Republicans will only win presidential elections in the future if the party sticks up for the "little guy" and the "Forgotten Man" of all races and backgrounds. Building upon the themes she has always fought for and distilled in a landmark speech in Indianola, Iowa in 2011 in which she denounced the bipartisan permanent political class and their brand of crony capitalism that extracts wealth from American workers, Palin told attendees at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado on Saturday to think about what...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, and she will be excellent

    07/19/2014 10:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Kilgour
    Anyone who believes that Hillary Clinton will not run for President in 2016 should examine her recently-published book, Hard Choices, which in places reads like a campaign manifesto. The 600 pages of text offer much more, but on myriad domestic and international issues readers can readily predict her positions as president, even beyond what she has already indicated as first lady, senator from New York, and Barack Obama’s first secretary of state. With the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza, for example, her chapter on the Middle East indicates in detail how she dealt with key regional leaders in earlier...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, but she will struggle

    07/19/2014 9:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David T Jones
    There are three questions surrounding Hillary Clinton: Will she run? If she runs, will she win? And if she wins, will she be President Barack Obama in a skirt or Bill Clinton in a pantsuit? Will She Run? The Hillary Inevitability, far in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has a “déjŕ vu all over again” atmospheric. That's because 2008 was really supposed to be Hillary’s year: She had the highest name recognition, deep financing, major political backers and her politically canny husband to game-plan campaign tactics. But a funny thing happened on the way to the nomination: "Black...
  • Author, broadcaster calls for 2016 presidential debate on poverty: Smiley spoke at KS Conference...

    07/18/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | July 18, 2014 | Ann Marie Bush
    Author and broadcaster Tavis Smiley during the Kansas Conference on Poverty on Friday spoke out about Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget and called for a 2016 presidential debate that would focus solely on poverty and income equality. “Budgets are moral documents,” Smiley told a crowd gathered in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. He said Brownback gave tax breaks to the “rich and lucky” and “cut K-12 education.” “The tax cuts are a good sound-bite politics but unsound policy,” Smiley said. He also said what Brownback has done to the state is “shameful.” Education is...
  • Top Christie Aide Testifies She Deleted Bridge-Related Texts (GOP's Version Of IRS Scandal)

    07/18/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-17-2014 | Josh Dawsey
    A close aide to Gov. Chris Christie sent him text messages related to fallout from the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and later deleted them, she told a legislative committee in Trenton on Thursday. Regina Egea, then the governor's liaison to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the messages discussed testimony...
  • Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die

    07/17/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 17, 2014 | W. James Antle III
    Will Mitt Romney run again for president? The question seems absurd. Aside from a single commanding debate performance against President Barack Obama, he was not a very good candidate in 2012. After failing in his first attempt at gaining the Republican nomination four years earlier, Romney struggled across the finish line against weak, underfunded primary opponents whose best days were mostly behind them. He then promptly lost to Obama in November. In fact, Romney has only won one general election in twenty years of running for office. He will be fourteen years removed from that lone victory in November 2016....
  • Huckabee, Perry and Romney look like they are running in 2016

    07/15/2014 6:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/15/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    At the start of the year, I told a friend to keep an eye on Mike Huckabee.  He just had the look of a man running for president.  After all, didn't Ronald Reagan write columns and do radio commentaries before running?Last month, I was very happy to hear that Mitt Romney was considering another run.  Frankly, I think that he is one of the most qualified people ever denied the presidency. Let me add another one - Governor Rick Perry of Texas.  We didn't see the real Perry in 2012 but we are seeing him now. Over the last few...
  • What Dems always forget about Hillary: Clinton has perfect résumé, but she's a terrible politician

    07/14/2014 9:10:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Hillary Clinton already wears the mantle of presumptive nominee for president. She's an accomplished lawyer, a member of Walmart's board of directors, a close adviser to her husband when he was president, a two-term senator from New York, and secretary of state. And yet, she is a horrible politician. So far, she has been able to sew up lots of Democratic money and support, and build an organization without actually beginning her campaign. She hasn't even decided on running, but maintains the repose of someone awaiting her party's coronation. That is a wise strategy. Consider that Clinton has run in...
  • Scarborough Outright Dismisses Rand Paul 2016: He’s ‘His Father’s Son’

    07/14/2014 7:09:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Monday, Morning Joe played a game of “Fact or Fiction” and Joe Scarborough had a lot to say when they arrived at this prediction: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will win the 2016 GOP nomination. “Fiction, fiction, fiction,” Scarborough declared. Scarborough admitted that if Paul runs he will probably do well in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but beyond that, “he will be his father’s son.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said he “would have agreed” with Scarborough assessment, but does not know who on the Republican side has what it takes to beat Paul. “I have to continue to look...
  • Up in the air: Mike Huckabee’s private plane habit

    07/14/2014 6:52:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alexander Burns
    Huckabee is flying more comfortably than during the 2008 race.As a presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee made a name for himself as the regular Joe on the debate stage, a threadbare underdog who couldn’t afford his opponents’ Madison Avenue-style commercials, plush hotels and chartered planes. In his campaign memoir, Huckabee proclaimed that he “kept in touch” with ordinary people while eating food-court fare and waiting for long-delayed commercial flights as “other candidates were stepping onto their Gulfstream jets.” These days, the former Arkansas governor is living — and flying — far more comfortably. Now a Fox News commentator and highly paid...
  • Kasich, Portman to get spotlight at Cleveland GOP convention (Its RINO time!)

    07/14/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 37 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 7/14/2014 | Jack Torry & Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — Regardless of whether Sen. Rob Portman or Gov. John Kasich runs for president in 2016, the Republican convention in Cleveland will give both a chance to enhance their national profile as they try to highlight what they believe is their pragmatic brand of conservatism. At a time when Republicans are hoping to temper the image of a party in the grips of social conservatives and tea party activists, analysts say Portman and Kasich can help Republicans present Americans with a more soothing alternative to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Portman can emphasize his...
  • Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand?

    07/10/2014 8:16:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | 10 July 2014 | Ailsa Chang
    As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' beleaguered health care system, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist. Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016."The cost of war is huge," the 72-year-old said recently during lunch at Henry's Diner in Burlington, Vt., where he rose to become an immensely...
  • Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’

    07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night. Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans' John Edwards.” [See video below.](VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Hardball host never explained why in the world he would compare a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency to Senator Marco Rubio, but nevertheless the snide remark took his panelists by surprise. While Republican John Feehery didn’t directly condemn Matthews’ unusual comparison of Edwards and...
  • Again: Hillary would like you to know that she struggled to get a mortgage after White House

    07/08/2014 9:37:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 8, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated this week that she and her husband, President Bill Clinton, had trouble getting a home loan after they left their taxpayer funded digs at the White House. Speaking to Der Spiegel magazine in Germany, the former First Lady quadrupled down on her attempts to identify with average voters by explaining the financial hardships of being American political royalty. “You recently described your financial situation during the presidency of your husband Bill Clinton as dead broke,” says Der Spiegel. “Well, when we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because...
  • Sarah Palin: New Reality Show Could Be Unconventional Entry To 2016 Presidential Race

    07/08/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nathan Francis
    Sarah Palin appears to have given up political aspirations for a career of television punditry, but a new reality show for the former Alaska governor could be an excuse to get back in time for the 2016 presidential race. Palin just inked a deal for the second season of her show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin, which airs on the Sportsman Channel. In the show, Palin introduces viewers to the great outdoors and some of the nation’s unsung heroes, but it also gives the former vice presidential candidate a chance to show off her values to potential voters. Executives at...
  • Joe Scarborough slams Chris Christie on guns

    07/08/2014 5:53:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s refusal to meet with the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting, calling his defense one of the “stupidest arguments” he’s ever heard. The Republican governor declined to meet with the families of children who were killed in the December 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, who wanted to discuss gun control legislation. Christie last week vetoed a state bill that would have banned ammunition magazines that held more than ten rounds. The governor said that it would have been “really hypocritical” to meet with the families who wanted...
  • Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative

    07/08/2014 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2014 | David Leonhardt
    There was a time not so long ago when the young seemed destined to be liberal forever. Americans in their teens and 20s were to the left of their elders on social issues. They worried more about poverty. They voted strongly Democratic.In retrospect, we refer to this period as the 1960s, and it didn’t last long, let alone forever. Less than a generation after young people were marching for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, they voted overwhelmingly for Ronald Reagan.Today, of course, the young are liberal again, and it seems as if they will be forever. They favor...
  • Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run —and win

    07/07/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Gass
    At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on...
  • Second look at Al Gore?

    07/05/2014 10:09:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 5, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit touched on this idea briefly this week in an article primarily to do with Mitt Romney in specific and the general question of whether or not there are second acts for losing party nominees in the 21st century. But apparently the idea has taken root in a few places, and as he noted in the article, the Daily Caller (or at least Mark Halperin) talked about it without being entirely tongue in cheek. Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for “Time” magazine, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday and boldly reiterated his Wednesday Twitter assertion that Al Gore —...
  • How Hillary Clinton Is Like John McCain

    07/05/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | Professor Brendan Nyhan
    Hillary Clinton’s artificially inflated poll numbers have made her seem like an especially strong presidential candidate, but the Clinton bubble is quickly coming to an end. Earlier in June, Ross Douthat of The New York Times noted that she has been “leading every potential Republican candidate by around 10 points” and “running far ahead of President Obama’s job approval numbers.” Carl Cannon, the Real Clear Politics Washington bureau chief, cited her standing as the most admired woman in America, a contest in which she easily topped Oprah in 2013. But Ms. Clinton’s re-entry on the political stage over the last...
  • Who had the worst week in Washington? Hillary Clinton (she must be close to setting a record)

    07/05/2014 3:10:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    When “Hard Choices,” Hillary Rodham Clinton’s memoir of her time at the State Department, came out in early June, the book — and subsequent book tour — were touted as the first steps in the inevitable 2016 presidential bid by the nation’s former top diplomat. If that’s what they are, Clinton may be in for some tough times. The past few days tell the story. Even as Clinton was prepping for the European leg of her book tour, she was dogged by two recurring and not-so-good headlines.
  • Hillary's Authenticity Problem Could Cost Democrats the Election

    07/04/2014 7:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Sexton
    A new conventional wisdom is forming which says Democrat's gaffes don't matter because they aren't connected to (bad) Republican policies. There's a grain of truth to this argument and yet it misses the big picture. Hillary's policy positions won't be able to save her from her own serious flaws as a candidate. Progressive writer Brian Beutler explained why Romney's gaffe's mattered (and Hillary's didn't) this way: "Romney's weaknesses ran much deeper than tone-deaf asides about close friendships with NASCAR team owners, or a car elevator. His unfamiliarity with material deprivation was badly compounded by his devotion to an agenda (and...