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  • On Cuba, Obama Had An Ace, And Played A Deuce

    12/18/2014 3:50:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: As the Castros rejoice at President Obama's move to normalize ties, extend trade credits, take their country off the terror list and free its deadly spies, the queasy question remains: What did the U.S. get in return? The question is being asked by the more serious leaders in Washington. Marco Rubio for one. "(Obama's) foreign policy is, at a minimum, naive and perhaps truly counterproductive to the future of democracy in the region," said the Florida senator in the wake of the giveaway. "Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we've had as president since at least Jimmy Carter,...
  • Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

    12/17/2014 7:43:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:40 PM EST | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    Fresh off his 2012 re-election victory, President Barack Obama summoned senior advisers to a series of meetings, asking them to “think big” about a second-term agenda, including the possibilities of new starts with long-standing U.S. foes such as Iran and Cuba. Two years later, after painstaking secret diplomacy on separate but surprisingly similar tracks, efforts with Tehran and Havana are in full swing. The nuclear negotiations with Iran continue and are far from a guaranteed success. But Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations after more than 50 years of hostility suggests one of the last chapters...
  • First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba: One More Very Bad Deal Brokered by the Obama Administration

    12/17/2014 11:42:28 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the President’s announcement to change U.S. policy with Cuba and lift economic embargos. “We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse. “Fidel and Raul...
  • ANALYSIS: Hillary Clinton Is a Terrible Politician

    12/18/2014 4:02:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 17, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Celebrity homeowner Hillary Clinton is a terrible politician, a Free Beacon analysis has found. This is one of many reasons why some observers have concluded she will never be president. [Snip] Clinton’s favorability numbers are trending down. She can’t sell books. She can’t sell magazines. She can’t draw crowds at universities. Most worrisome for the professional public speaker is the finding that 71 percent of registered voters want the next president to “take a different approach than Barack Obama has,” compared to just 23 percent who want a similar approach. ... (Context: Hillary Clinton was a member of the Obama...
  • Hillary Clinton: 'Black Lives Matter'

    12/17/2014 10:17:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Brietbart ^ | December 16, 2014
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world. [Snip] She declared, "yes, black lives matter," a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York. She wondered what Kennedy would say about "the thousands of Americans marching in our streets demanding justice for all," and "the mothers...
  • Wise Warren and Crazy Cruz

    12/17/2014 3:49:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This piece was co-authored by Tim Graham.Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are polar opposites, a Tea Party conservative and an Occupy Wall Street socialist. Then there are the similarities: Both were elected in 2012, both have Harvard on their resume and both are mentioned as presidential material. But the media's read of the two demonstrates an unquestionable slant. Both senators have shaken up the Senate over heavy spending and regulation. When Warren does it, she's promoted as a profile in courage, standing up for fairness. When Cruz does it, he's a selfish brat causing meltdowns. On...
  • Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush

    12/16/2014 11:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 16, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    That didn't take long The 2016 Republican primary battle is up and running—at least on Google. Hours after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would “actively explore” a run for the White House, the political action committee for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who appears certain to announce a bid for the Oval Office in the coming months, took out a Google search ad on his name, with a not-so-subtle dig at the more moderate Republican. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” the ad states, with a link to RandPAC, Paul’s longstanding federal leadership committee, and...
  • Elizabeth Warren Is Not the Ted Cruz of the Left: She's more like the Rand Paul of the left.

    12/16/2014 5:49:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 16, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    The symmetry was irresistible. Last weekend, as Ted Cruz almost blew up the budget deal over immigration and Elizabeth Warren almost blew it up over banking regulations, pundits seized upon an analogy. Both senators are articulate, ideological, media-savvy, beloved by party activists, and problematic for party leaders. Thus, Warren is the Cruz of the left. Bad analogy, argues Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, noting that it’s Cruz and the GOP that want “to use government funding as leverage to undo policy measures Democrats enacted in the 111th Congress.” Warren just doesn’t “want to pay the ransom.” The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan is...
  • Ted Cruz: Hillary will be president if we nominate another moderate

    12/16/2014 5:14:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    He didn’t say whether he had a particular moderate in mind. Any theories? Cruz, a deeply conservative Texas Republican and likely 2016 candidate himself, called Bush a “good governor in Florida,” before warning against nominating a centrist Republican. He didn’t specifically place Bush in that category, but the implication was clear: Bush, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and the brother of former President George W. Bush, is far more moderate than the Republican base is on a host of issues including immigration and education.“If we nominate another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a...
  • The bothersome clarity of Senator Ted Cruz

    12/16/2014 3:23:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | December 16, 2014 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    As an unapologetic Tea Partier, an unreformed right-winger, I resent being lumped into the same column with the moral and intellectual geldings of the establishment GOP. Many of my fellow Republicans are either too lazy – or intellectually dishonest – to differentiate a conservative from a Republican. Sometimes, depending on the individual, the two are one and the same. Most of the time, unfortunately, the two are mutually exclusive. Take GOP House Speaker John Boehner… please. The recent budget battle added clarity to the political war being fought in America. And that war is raging on the fringes of our...
  • The One-Term Caucus? Top House Targets in 2016

    12/16/2014 4:17:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 18, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    They haven’t even been sworn in yet, but these members start off the cycle as underdogs in their quests for re-election in 2016. Most of 2016′s initial targets are incoming Republicans, swept into office in a GOP midterm wave. They will represent districts Democrats carried with big margins in presidential election years — seats the newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján will probably want back. Only one vulnerable Democrat made this list. What’s more, the window for either party to oust these freshman could close quickly. It’s easier to defeat an incumbent in their first re-election,...
  • People Magazine’s worst selling issue this year? The one with Hillary Clinton on the cover.

    12/16/2014 2:21:32 PM PST · by PROCON · 47 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Jaime Fuller
    In June, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the cover of People magazine for the first time in more than a decade. Real people, not the magazine, talked about what the article might mean for 2016. They talked about whether Clinton was using a walker (she wasn't). They talked about people talking about whether Clinton was using a walker (She still wasn't). What they didn't do was buy the magazine. According to a report from AdWeek on Monday, the June 16 issue of People featuring the former first lady and senator was the magazine's worst selling of 2014 with 503,890 copies...
  • President Trump? Says 'there's a substantial chance' he'll run & slaps Cruz for being born in Canada

    12/16/2014 2:23:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Trump has kept his spotlight hot and raised smirks by speculating about a White House run, but now he's scheduling speeches in early primary states * 'A lot of people believe I'm having fun with it, and I enjoy the process,' he said during an Economic Club of Washington event, but 'the country's in serious trouble' * He lashed out at potential opponents including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz * Couldn't come up with a 'single nice thing' to say about Hillary Clinton and insists Sen. Elizabeth Warren will give her serious competition * Trump has flirted with running...
  • POLITICO: Ted Cruz apologizes to colleagues over antics

    12/16/2014 1:29:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/2014 | MANU RAJU
    Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend. According to five senators who attended Tuesday’s caucus lunch, Cruz offered the apology in unsolicited remarks, saying that he regretted if any of his colleagues’ schedules were ruined by his maneuvering. He didn’t say whether he would do something similar again, senators said. And unlike a contentious lunch last year after GOP senators pointedly blamed Cruz for prompting the government shutdown, no sharp words were directed at the Texas freshman at Tuesday’s lunch,...
  • District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 1:20:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    <p>Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.</p> <p>According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.</p>
  • Ted Cruz Was Right, Again

    12/16/2014 9:34:28 AM PST · by Bigun · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The usual suspects are attacking Ted Cruz for doing his job. Republicans and a chorus of conservative commentators are dumping on the sole conservative Republican senator from Texas because – the horror! – he dared to force his Senate colleagues to publicly take sides on President Obama's shameful extralegal unilateral immigration amnesty. Apologists for Republican cowardice claim to be upset with Cruz because, as they claim, his parliamentary maneuvers to stymie the amnesty somehow allowed some objectionable Obama nominees to move forward in the confirmation process. Of course, they're lying. All Obama nominees are objectionable – remember, our president is...
  • BREAKING: Jeb Bush is formally exploring 2016 White House bid

    12/16/2014 7:55:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 169 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Jeb Bush is exploring a 2016 presidential bid. The former Florida governor said in a post on Facebook Tuesday that over the Thanksgiving holiday there was a lot of discussion about the future of the nation. “As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Mr. Bush said. Mr. Bush said he plans to establish a Leader PAC next month to “help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical...
  • Pro-Life Former Governor Jeb Bush Looking at Republican Presidential Bid in 2016

    12/16/2014 10:08:32 AM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/16/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Jeb Bush, the pro-life former governor of Florida, announced today that he is forming an exploratory committee to examine a potential Republican presidential bid in 2016. Bush is known for signing pro-life legislation and a bill to try to save the life of Terri Schiavo. Bush, the brother of pro-life President George W. Bush, made the announcement on Facebook, saying he and his wife and family had long conversations over Thanksgiving about whether to run for president. “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong...
  • VIDEO: Students shocked to learn Hillary Clinton is 67, hasn’t driven since 1996

    12/16/2014 9:49:10 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 101 replies
    The College Fix ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | Jennifer Kannaby
    College students at Florida International University were shocked recently to discover that not only is Hillary Clinton 67 years old, but she also hasn’t driven a car since 1996. Lauren Cooley, a field representative with Turning Point USA, recently asked 20 students if they knew these fun facts about the possible 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Of those interviewed at the public research university, home to roughly 50,000 students, only six guessed Clinton is in her 60s, but of those, they still thought she was younger than 67, Cooley told The Fix. Most thought she is in her 40s or 50s,...
  • Don't Look for Culture War Arguments in Campaign 2016

    12/16/2014 4:31:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Michael Barone
    In an earlier column, I looked at the role the abortion issue would play in the 2016 election -- not very much, I concluded -- and promised another column on other cultural issues. Here goes. On anyone's list of cultural issues that have been debated over the last decade, same-sex marriage ranks just behind abortion. And unlike abortion, opinion on same-sex marriage has changed dramatically in recent years. Not long ago, it wasn't a political issue at all. The gifted writers Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch were making an intellectually serious, and interestingly conservative, case for same-sex marriage. But the...
  • Aunt Hillary's "Plantation" Pancakes

    01/22/2006 11:20:44 AM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 141 replies · 3,716+ views
    Doodles | 01/22/2006 | FGS
  • CBS: Voter ID Laws Are Like Violent Attacks on Blacks at Selma

    12/15/2014 9:53:21 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    newsbusters ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years. Co-anchor Norah O'Donnell talked to Oprah Winfrey, producer/star of the new film Selma. O'Donnell marveled, "...Given the Voting Rights Act, 1965, I went back and looked. Thirteen states have passed more restrictive voter ID laws in the last three years, that states are trying to make it harder to vote." [MP3 audio here.]Actor David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King in the film, slammed the...
  • Elizabeth Warren: ‘I Am Not Running For President’

    12/15/2014 8:56:47 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Al Weaver
    Following her much-publicized opposition to the omnibus spending bill last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to dampen any talk about her running for president in 2016 and challenging presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep Monday morning, Warren said on three separate occasions she will not be running to occupy the White House in 2016. Rather, the newest member of Senate leadership said her focus is fighting for “hard working families who just want a fighting chance.” “Would you tell these independent groups, ‘Give it up!,’ you’re just never going to run,” asked NPR’s Inskeep....
  • Press, left swoon for Warren

    12/15/2014 9:04:42 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is still using a strict present-tense “not running” as her answer to questions about her possible presidential ambitions. But that seems increasingly likely to change given the overwhelmingly positive (and generally overwhelming) coverage of her bid to harass the White House and Senate leaders over Wall Street carve outs stuffed in a fiscal-cliff spending bill. The Daily Beast called her the “most powerful Democrat in America.” The WaPo warned Warren’s moves may force 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton to alter her plans. And Warren got star treatment all up and down the major media corridor. Most remarkable...
  • What Is Valerie Jarrett and Elizabeth Warren’s Scheme?

    12/15/2014 9:41:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dave Swindle
    If you had to imagine the communications between the two of them over the last few months what do you suppose they are up to? Leave you ideas in the comments.Three pieces were linked at the Drudge Report today on the rising Idol of the progressive political cult, first by Michael Goodwin at the New York Post: “Elizabeth Warren poses a challenge to Hillary in 2016“: The polls say it’s Hillary’s turn, but I’m starting to believe 2016 could be 2008 all over again, with Warren taking the nomination from her the way Barack Obama did. As Mark Twain said,...
  • Is Ted Cruz Running For President...In 2008?

    12/15/2014 8:58:06 AM PST · by do the dhue · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/15/14 | Ron Elving
    Yes, we know the 2008 presidential election is years in the past and will not come around again. The question is, does Sen. Ted Cruz know this? The question arises because the junior senator from Texas, in hot pursuit of the presidency, has chosen a trail blazed by Barack Obama six years ago. Obama was in the midst of his first Senate term when he barged into a field that featured Hillary Clinton, then a second-term senator from New York, and several other seasoned veterans of national politics. The word was audacity, and it was right there in the title...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care what you think

    12/15/2014 8:48:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    If the Senate were high school and there was a superlative for "least popular member," Ted Cruz would win in a walk. The Texas Republican reaffirmed his status as the Senate's most reviled member -- among his peers -- over the weekend when he refused to allow the chamber to go out of session on Friday and return Monday to vote on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package. Instead, Cruz used procedural moves to force 10 straight hours of votes on Saturday as a way to protest President Obama's executive action on immigration. Cruz ultimately forced a "point of order"...
  • It’s (Still) a TARP! Elizabeth Warren is a corporate Welfare Queen

    12/15/2014 7:08:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The so-called cromnibus bill funding the federal government through this fiscal year was passed over the objections of (some) House conservatives and (some) self-proclaimed progressives, for familiar reasons: Conservatives, eager that the Republicans should begin governing like they have a majority in Congress before they actually have a majority in Congress, argued that the bill locked in long-term support for too many of Barack Obama’s priorities — to hell with an amnesty fight in February or gutting Obamacare after the new majority is seated, they cannot wait to start scrapping. The Democrats’ left flank, led by Nancy Pelosi right up...
  • Can Warren Knock Off Hillary? Democrats have a thin bench for 2016

    12/15/2014 7:17:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/15/2014 | Victor Keith
    There has been a lot of grumbling among the leftist hordes of the Democratic Party that indicate something less than overwhelming enthusiasm for the coronation of Hillary Clinton as their standard-bearer in 2016. It is difficult to imagine why, considering her charm, effervescence, eloquence, and unquestionable past, there would be anything but unanimous support for the good lady – unless it is because none of those qualities are attributable to her. Now comes the proposition that since she has signed on for paid speaking engagements (virtually the only thing she has been successful at) until March of 2015, Hillary can...
  • Five GOP immigration myths

    12/15/2014 6:38:05 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 15, 2014 | Laila Hlass
    On Nov. 20, President Obama announced an executive action on immigration to provide temporary protection (“deferred action”) from deportation and permission to work for some parents of United States citizens and legal permanent residents. The order also expands the existing “DACA” program benefiting the so-called DREAMers — high achieving young people brought to the United States as children. These two programs could affect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. The outcry from Republicans over Obama’s plans has been deafening. Congressional Republicans responded by holding a hearing to rail against the program. They’ve threatened a range...
  • “I Did It ... Because I Could” -- Bill Clinton Writes His Own Epitaph

    06/26/2004 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 46 replies · 3,769+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 26 June, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    “As God is my witness,” I did not want to write about Bill Clinton ever again. But he is a persistent cuss. Like Jack Torrance (Nicholson) said in The Shining, as he used an axe to chop through the door, “Little pigs, little pigs, let me in. Not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.” Is there any doubt, by now, that Clinton (him) is equally persistent? That as long as he has life and breath he will continue to break into the present to upstage all other...
  • Not just gay issues: Why hundreds of congregations made final break with mainline denominations

    12/15/2014 5:25:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points. After a 2011 decision allowing gay ordinations, 270 congregations left in 2012 and 2013. And church analysts estimate upwards of another 100 churches may leave by the end of the year as presbyteries vote on a proposal to rewrite the church’s constitution to refer to marriage as being between “two people” instead of the union of “a man and a woman.” In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,...
  • Hillary Wants to be President, She Just Doesn’t Want to Run-Even Hillary isn’t ready for Hillary

    12/15/2014 5:34:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hillary Wants to be President, She Just Doesn’t Want to RunPosted By Daniel Greenfield On December 15, 2014 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Ready for Hillary, the campaign before the campaign which has churned out some creepy t-shirts and a terrible country song, is $11 million in debt, and Hillary still isn’t ready.While Hillary was delivering six figure speeches at heavily indebted universities, Ready for Hillary was burning through a giant pile of money trying to stir up Obama level enthusiasm for their uncharismatic candidate by selling fifty dollar champagne glasses emblazoned with a giant H,...
  • Bronx Borough President Responds to Ted Cruz's Bronx Comments

    09/02/2014 11:23:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    New York 1 News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for remarks he made over the weekend about his borough. During a speech in Dallas Saturday, Cruz said he was tired of northern senators like Charles Schumer lecturing him on border security. He then added, "I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande." Diaz Jr. responded, "This is unbecoming of him as a U.S. Senator, you know, who wants to be President of the United States—which, last I checked,...
  • Ted Cruz Will Bank on the Base

    12/15/2014 1:36:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 129 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 15, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, “not getting killed with independents.” Twenty-three months from...
  • Hillary in 2016? Not so Fast

    12/15/2014 2:56:12 AM PST · by kingattax · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 5, 2014 | By Melanie Kowalski
    It was not such a long time ago that former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton was viewed by the Democratic poobahs and her worshiping public minions as a shoe-in for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, and ultimately the White House. But life happens, and life has found Hillary Clinton. In a recent Politico article, "Delay of Game", we're getting another read-between-the lines indication that Clinton, Inc. a.k.a. “Billary” (Bill + Hillary = Billary) is in rethink/regroup mode. This run for the presidency is as much Bill’s as it is Hillary. And she will need him in full...
  • Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 4:55:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Post reports: The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who plans to sign it. The bill’s passage eliminates the threat of a government shutdown and capped days of acrimonious debate on Capitol Hill over the omnibus agreement. A small group of conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), had sought to slow debate on the...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...
  • BUSH 45: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY

    12/14/2014 1:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2014 | Virgil
    January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration. As we know, America has seen great change during the third Bush presidency, starting with its population, which has grown by some 30 percent these past eight years. Indeed, today, well more than 400 million people live in America—most of them either citizens, or citizens-to-be. And while establishing Spanish as the Second Language of America has not...
  • Elizabeth Warren poses a challenge to Hillary in 2016

    12/14/2014 10:21:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 14, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    It’s enough to make you feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. Well, almost. Her presidential campaign of celebrity and inevitability got off to a rocky start, mostly through her own mistakes, as when she claimed they were “dead broke” when she and Bubba left the White House. But her gaffes were mere speed bumps compared to the real threat forming now. Massachusetts firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerges from Washington’s budget clash as the undisputed champion of the rising left, and will almost certainly challenge Clinton for the 2016 nomination. The polls say it’s Hillary’s turn, but I’m starting to believe 2016...
  • Chuck Schumer: Elizabeth Warren is no Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 9:45:46 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Sen. Chuck Schumer came to the defense of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday, saying critics should not compare her to Tea Party icon Sen. Ted Cruz. “I think the soul of the Democratic Party is economic issues, and on economic issues, we are united,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And Elizabeth Warren is constructive. She’s not like Ted Cruz, ‘Shut down the government’ or ‘Don’t fund things if I don’t get my way.’ " Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, has been criticized in some circles within her own party for leading the charge against a $1.1 trillion...
  • “Cromnibus” Spending Bill Is a Victory and a Defeat

    12/14/2014 6:43:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    So what should libertarians, Reagan conservatives, and other advocates of smaller government think of the “cromnibus” spending bill? The answer depends on your benchmark. If you dislike insider deals, pork-barrel spending, and you think the federal government should be limited to the enumerated powers put in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, then the cromnibus is an abomination.But if you look at where we are right now and you think victory is achieved whenever we can shrink the burden of government spending and limit Washington’s power over the nation, then the cromnibus is a victory.So is the glass half full...
  • Senate passes $1.1T funding bill 56-40 [Ted Cruz fails in last-ditch effort to stop it]

    12/14/2014 7:32:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/2014 | By Rebecca Shabad and Alexander Bolton
    The Senate voted 56-40 late Saturday evening to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package that funds most of the government through next September. The vote culminates a week of acrimonious sniping and sends the spending bill to President Obama’s desk for a signature. The debate exposed divisions within the Democratic and Republican caucuses on both sides of the Capitol and sets the stage for what could be a year of internecine squabbling in 2015. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators...
  • Ted Cruz's moves on spending bill roil Republicans

    12/14/2014 6:10:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 71 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Donna Cassata
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One colleague called the tactics of tea party-backed Sen. Ted Cruz on the $1.1 trillion spending bill a painful echo of last year's 16-day partial government shutdown. Another senator said it was a strategy without an end game. And that sniping came from Cruz's fellow Republicans. The 43-year-old Texas freshman in a hurry — he's considering a 2016 presidential run — infuriated several GOP colleagues with a last-minute attempt to force a vote on President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The move upended lawmakers' weekend plans and, more troubling for his party, gave Senate Majority Leader...
  • GOP Senators upset they have to work on the weekend

    12/13/2014 6:35:05 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Vote on legality of executive action scheduled for 9:00 p.m. EST.
  • Ted Cruz does it again (Made Kelly Ayotte miss "The Nutcracker!")

    12/13/2014 6:39:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | December 13, 2014 | Manu Raju, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
    Sen. Kelly Ayotte returned home to New Hampshire Friday, planning to see “The Nutcracker” with her daughter this weekend. But there was an unexpected conflict: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Cruz, along with Utah Sen. Mike Lee, took to the floor Friday night to demand Republicans stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and scuttled a bipartisan agreement to push back votes until Monday, effectively forcing the Senate to return for a rare weekend session and cast a marathon series of procedural votes. Senior Republicans say there’s a problem with Cruz’s strategy: The GOP lacks the votes to stop Obama...
  • Other Senators Fume Over Cruz's Push For Vote On Obama Immigration Action

    12/13/2014 5:44:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 13, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Other members of the Senate fumed Saturday over objections by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that held up a $1.1 trillion omnibus bill meant to keep the government open. The objection was fueled by the two conservatives' desire to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. The objections by Cruz and Lee mean that the Senate must slog through procedural votes Saturday on nominees and also vote to end a filibuster on the omnibus bill at 1 a.m. on Sunday. It was too much for Democrats and even Republicans to bite their tongues over....
  • Greg Abbott Wins in Texas; Wendy Davis Joins MSNBC

    11/05/2014 5:42:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    Okay, the second half of that headline is not true — yet. But after being catapulted to national stardom for her pink athletic shoes and abortion extremism, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis has been trounced in her bid for the Lonestar State governor’s mansion by Republican Greg Abbott. Fox News has called the race for Abbott with 43 percent reporting. The victory comes after Davis’s myriad campaign missteps, from declining to answer whether she thought her wheelchair-bound opponent was exploiting his disability for political purposes, to questioning his fidelity to the right to interracial marriage, despite the fact that Abbott himself...
  • MSNBC reporter asks Rick Perry if he’s “smart enough to be president”

    12/11/2014 7:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that after the many media debacles in the last few election cycles, the cable news denizens have learned their lesson. This time around things are going to be different. Candidates will be treated fairly, with an opportunity to make their case before the American people while being subjected to rigorous examination of their actual record and their stated positions on the issues.Naw, I’m just kidding. Nothing has actually changed at all. And to lead off the two year parade of embarrassing media moments, MSNBC featured an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry...