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  • David Axelrod predicts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz will have uphill fights for GOP presidential nomination

    02/27/2015 4:34:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    The architect of Barack Obama’s successful campaigns for president said this week that Rick Perry and Ted Cruz would have uphill battles for the 2016 GOP nomination for the White House. David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, said Texas’ junior senator did have support with hard-right conservatives. But he questioned whether Cruz could build on it. “Ted Cruz has a base. That base will be there,” Axelrod told The Dallas Morning News before a forum at the World Affairs Council in Dallas. “Whether it’s large enough is another question.” Axelrod was not bullish on the prospects of...
  • CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

    02/27/2015 3:48:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016! Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder. A typical Palin speech usually involves props: Dr. Seuss books or Big Gulp sodas. This year, she has none. A typical Palin speech is usually an...
  • Cruz, Walker fire up conservatives at CPAC, lay foundations for 2016 bids

    02/27/2015 2:26:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski -
    Sen. Ted Cruz fanned the flames of right-wing rebellion Thursday, telling thousands of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that they are being betrayed by Republican leaders in Congress over immigration. The Texas Republican, who is running in the middle of presidential polls, also sent a clear message to the rest of the field that he is still a favorite of the grass-roots activists who populate the country’s largest annual conservative gathering, and signaled that he would fight to claim the conservative mantle in the presidential nomination race. A trio of governors pondering White House bids also addressed CPAC....
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

    02/27/2015 1:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2015 | Amita Kelly
    Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015. The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next,...
  • The GOP’s remarkable foreign policy advantage

    02/27/2015 12:10:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    When Americans are asked what they define to be the nation’s most pressing security challenges, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (and Egypt, and Yemen, and Libya, etc.) is perhaps foremost on their minds. But the threat posed by ISIS is a near-term one. In the longer term, the ascension of regional powers and the threat they pose to their neighbors is of most pressing concern. Through inaction and indifference, President Barack Obama’s failure to safeguard the post-Cold War order and the relative global peace that has accompanied it has made the world a markedly more dangerous place. Americans...
  • Obama, pitch perfect (Islamic press loves their Sheikh)

    02/26/2015 11:13:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly of Cairo ^ | February 26, 2015 | James Zogby
    I must admit that I was somewhat sceptical as I approached this week’s “White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE). I was concerned that it might end up being nothing more than a “box-checking” exercise. I was troubled that it might be perceived as targeting American Muslims and foster a sense of increased alienation for some, while at the same time feed the sense of suspicion that could result in a spike in hate crimes against Muslims. I was also wary of the fact that “CVE” has become a hustle for some social entrepreneurs who are set to spawn...
  • 'We're not the tea party!' UKIP chief Nigel Farage insists....

    02/26/2015 10:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    * Farage spoke with Daily Mail Online after a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference* The UK Independence Party leader tried to buck up American right-wingers who see their tea party goals dissolving in a sea of centrist Republicanism * He insisted that UKIP is 'not just retired half-colonels who've always voted Conservative ... We're dragging them from across the spectrum' * Bashed David Cameron for refusing to publicly identify ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John,' saying 'we should have heard it weeks ago' * Complained about 'politically correct' groups like CAGE 'saying and shouting things that if you and I...
  • Republican sources tell BuzzFeed: Jeb Bush may be “evolving” on gay marriage

    02/26/2015 10:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    So clever of BuzzFeed to drop this today, with Bush set to sit down with Sean Hannity onstage at CPAC in 24 hours for Q&A. Think this story might come up? Think it’ll be talked about tonight at the local bars among conservatives already suspicious of Jeb’s ideological leanings? There’s more evidence here than I can fairly excerpt of how strongly Bush’s top advisors feel about this issue, so you’ll have to read the whole thing. Here’s the key bit, though: But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements....
  • Ted Cruz’s CPAC Televangelism

    02/26/2015 10:00:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Ted Cruz, CPAC’s favorite travelling salesman, was back and selling his favorite product: himself.Ted Cruz is onstage at CPAC. As is his custom he has declined to stand behind the podium and is instead pacing methodically around the stage with a microphone pinned to his blue striped tie. “To turn this country around it will not come from Washington; it will come from the American people,” he yells. “And so I will ask every one of you if you will join our grassroots army. Take out your cell phone and text the word ‘Constitution’ to the number 33733. Let me...
  • Scott Walker Suggests Protesters Have Prepared Him for Terrorists

    02/26/2015 8:39:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Best Applause Line: “We need a leader who will stand with Israel,” said the governor of Wisconsin. Crickets: Describing, early in his remarks, his longstanding interest in the founding fathers. Red Meat: Mr. Walker spoke at length about his record as governor and made broad references to foreign policy touchstones like Israel, Iran and the fight against Islamic terrorism. Toughest Question: From a heckler, who shouted about workers’ rights. But Mr. Walker turned it to his advantage, joking that protesters had followed him from Wisconsin. Entrance Song: “Coming Home,” by Avenged Sevenfold, a heavy metal band out of Southern California....
  • Will Schick: Polygamy no crazier than monogamy

    02/26/2015 11:07:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Galesburg Register-Mail ^ | February 21, 2015 | Will Schick
    few weeks ago, Lindsay Graham asked Loretta Lynch an interesting question at her Senate confirmation hearings: “What is the legal difference between a ban on same sex marriage being unconstitutional, but a ban on polygamy being constitutional?" The question, understandably, took her by surprise. “Senator, I have not been involved in the argument or analysis of the cases that have gone before the Supreme Court, and I’m not comfortable undertaking legal analysis without having had the ability to review the relevant facts and the precedent there…but I look forward to continuing the discussions with you." No one takes the issue...
  • Obama says he won’t be deterred by ‘one federal judge’ on immigration

    02/25/2015 11:57:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won’t be stopped by “one federal judge,” telling a Miami crowd he’ll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. At a town hall meeting hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, the president also threatened to veto GOP-backed legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Mr. Obama took executive steps last year to halt deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, but a federal judge...
  • How an Undocumented Immigrant From Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs

    02/25/2015 11:34:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Bloomberg Business | February 25, 2015 | Max Abelson
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/how-an-undocumented-immigrant-from-mexico-became-a-star-at-goldman-sachs
  • Giuliani's comments the latest appeal to racists

    02/25/2015 10:12:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Ellwood City Ledger ^ | February 25, 2015 | Eric Poole
    At its essence, politics is the art of answering the question, "What's in it for me?" If a politician wants to win a vote, whether it's from citizens on Election Day or from another politician in some legislative hall somewhere, he needs to have an answer for the ubiquitous question. And generally speaking, when Republican leaders have put that question to Barack Obama, the president has been unable to provide a viable answer. But sometimes it is. Like when former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani proclaimed last week that Obama does not love America. Guiliani might not have been...
  • The #RapeCulture Feminists Ignore

    02/25/2015 9:55:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | February 25, 2015 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Don’t expect @JessicaValenti or any other feminist to mention the names Qumaire Rainey, Edward London and Casey Franks: One of several victims of a Jan. 19 home invasion and robbery was sexually assaulted four times by three of the assailants, according to Metro’s arrest report. Three teens arrested in the attacks were in court Friday morning. The judge set no bail for 18-year-old Qumaire Rainey, 18, Edward London, 17, and Casey Franks, 16. . . . The attacks and robbery began about 7:30 p.m. when four male teens kicked in the door of the home in the southwest Las Vegas...
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • BAYHAM: Looking At The (Possible) 2016 GOP Field, Part I

    02/25/2015 8:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    Romney’s out and this weekend marks the pre-presidential election year CPAC straw poll, which is a sort of an unofficial beginning of the “exploratory” phase of the battle for the Republican nomination. As many as two dozen candidates, including governors, senators and media personalities, are hinting, some more sincere than others, at making a run for the White House. Below is a listing of the possible Tier I and Tier II contenders for the GOP nod along with handicapping the probability of making the race and their chances of winning. Rand Paul LIKELY CANDIDATE, TIER ONE CONTENDER The Kentucky US...
  • Pre-CPAC Reader Poll Results

    02/25/2015 6:32:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 25, 2015 | Professor William A.Jacobson
    And the winner is … We had good participation in our Pre-CPAC Reader Poll, in which readers could pick up to 3 candidates. Of course it’s not a “scientific” poll, it’s a snapshot of the Legal Insurrection Readership at a moment in time — more towards the conservative, Tea Party, libertarian …. definitely not “establishment” (however you want to define that, you know it when you see it). There are two clear winners: Ted Cruz who edged out Scott Walker by a narrow margin, after a late surge, with Rand Paul a clear third. No one else was close. There...
  • MUHAMMAD: Putting Rudy Giuliani in His Place

    02/25/2015 6:23:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Informer ^ | February 25, 2015 | Askia Muhammad
    While racist xenophobes like Rudy Giuliani, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and self-hating xenophobes like Ben Carson may not realize it yet, there is a special place reserved for them in the Land of Eternal Torment. You see, one day, many, many white people who have been duped by the anti-black coded messages that these and other Repugnican politicians throw out like swill to the swine may just come to their senses and condemn these demagogues for just what they are — greedy liars and swindlers who would just as soon see...
  • Activist group targets Cruz on Obama order protecting gays in federal workforce

    02/25/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News' Texas Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    As Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republican lawmakers battle the Obama administration on his executive orders on immigration, a national gay rights group is targeting the potential 2016 presidential candidate over another executive order protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the federal workforce. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, on Wednesday released a comprehensive research report on Cruz that highlights his record on gay rights. Cruz, who is addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday, is an outspoken opponent of same sex marriage. With...
  • Ben Carson Hires National Finance Director

    02/25/2015 5:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 24, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has hired former Newt Gingrich fundraiser Amy Pass to be his national finance director. Pass, according to longtime Carson pal Terry Giles, who is running the show for his friend behind the scenes, helped raise over $52 million for Gingrich’s group American Solutions and went on to serve as the national finance director of his 2012 presidential campaign. “While I believe Dr. Carson will be second to none in grassroots fund raising, we are by no means willing to surrender to anyone regarding traditional approaches,” Giles told National Review Online in an email on Tuesday. He said...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: February Results

    02/25/2015 1:35:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Scott Walker has pulled the trifecta again, winning the first choice, second choice and consensus choice survey questions. Walker won the first choice question with 58% of the vote, Ted Cruz came in second with 22%, and Rand Paul came in third with 5%. Top 10:(RESULTS-AT-LINK)
  • Carville’s remarks at Saint Leo are provocative, snappy

    02/25/2015 12:55:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Laker / Lutz News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kathy Steele
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, according to political strategist James Carville. Her chances of winning are “no worse than 50-50,” said Carville who was keynote speaker on the opening day of the sixth annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. This year’s conference theme was “Best Practices in Global Organizations.” Before an audience of about 200 people, Carville entertained with funny anecdotes and blunt remarks on the dysfunctions of national politics. The ‘ragin Cajun,” as he is sometimes called, was the Democratic strategist who led Bill...
  • As Some Candidates Try to Duck, HRC Unveils Site Highlighting GOP Candidates’ LGBT Equality Record

    02/25/2015 12:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | February 25, 2015 | Staff
    As potential Republican candidates gather this week in Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), HRC released a new microsite, 2016: Republican Facts, that will serve as an online resource for documenting the record and rhetoric of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, and where they stand on key LGBT issues. Some three years after the RNC “autopsy” concluded that candidates need to “demonstrate they care” about LGBT Americans, candidates instead appear to prefer avoiding LGBT issues entirely. The New York Times reported recently that despite a looming Supreme Court Ruling on marriage equality, “notably, from those who are...
  • Sharpton: We Must Lower Legal Threshold for Federal Hate Crime

    02/25/2015 11:33:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | February 25, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Wednesday on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” in discussing this week’s Justice Department announcement that there is not sufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman with intentionally violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin during the 2012 confrontation that tragically resulted in the shooting death of Martin, Al Sharpton said he is now planning to work to “lower the threshold” that legally qualifies who is prosecuted for a federal hate crime. Sharpton explained, “The intent to prove that Zimmerman did it because of his race, that is the legal threshold,” adding, ” Unless we change that legislation, we end up...
  • Video: New VA scandal shows vets cheated out of benefits

    02/25/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    And some of them never lived to see their rightful benefits from service to our nation. The VA in Oakland, California routinely ignored the query letters from veterans seeking various benefits, despite regulations requiring a response. When the issue came to the attention of VA leadership in 2012, they assigned a team to go through the records — and then deep-sixed those records when it became obvious that something very wrong had taken place. In fact, as one whistleblower tells CBS News, the cover-up lasted until “a few months ago,” cheating thousands of veterans:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) But whether the veteran was dead...
  • Hillary’s State Department OK’d Bill’s big-money speeches

    02/25/2015 8:51:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 25, 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    Less than a year after Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, former President Bill Clinton asked the State Department to approve a paid, videotaped speech he was asked to make at a gala in Shanghai, sponsored by a Chinese sports foundation. Wealthy hedge fund manager Kai Jiang wanted to pay the former president an undisclosed amount through a charity fund set up by his wife, Crystal Huang, a Chinese TV and film star who regularly serves as fodder for the Chinese tabloids. But unlike hundreds of big-dollar Bill Clinton speeches that sailed through a State Department ethics approval process while...
  • Feds raid Texas secessionist meeting

    02/25/2015 8:15:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 23, 2015 | Dylan Baddour, The Houston Chronicle
    It seemed like a typical congressional meeting for the Republic of Texas. Senators and the president gathered in the center of a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall, surrounded by public onlookers, to debate issues of the national currency, develop international relations and celebrate the birthday of one of their oldest members. But this wasn't 1836, and this would be no ordinary legislative conference. Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, the Kerr County Sheriff's...
  • Ron Paul: Black Caucus Only Against War Because They Want That Money For Food Stamps

    02/25/2015 7:38:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Megan Apper and Andrew Kaczynski
    “They are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps for people here.” (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really against war because they want all of that money to go to food stamps...
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting: George Zimmerman Wins Again, DOJ Drops Investigation

    02/25/2015 6:55:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Justin Streight
    On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s family described the decision as a “disappointment.” The federal government will now close the investigation for good. According to USA Today, the federal investigation did not find sufficient evidence in the Trayvon Martin case to meet the high standards for a civil rights violation. The announcement will close the federal investigation, but Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that it should not end the dialogue and scrutiny over race relations in America. “The...
  • Walker leads Bush But It Could Be Short-lived

    02/25/2015 6:17:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | February 24, 2015 | James Williams
    Well former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been ahead in most of the early polls of those seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he has been passed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who now takes his turn a top the latest polls. But that lead could change as back in Madison, Gov. Walker faces a battle over strong support from the voters and health care groups that he accept Medicaid Expansion money. According to the Congressional newspaper The Hill, Walker has been informed that Wisconsin could save $400 million over two years if state officials agree to expand Medicaid,...
  • Latinos to account for over 40% of increase in U.S. employment over next 5 years, study finds

    02/24/2015 10:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 24, 2015
    A new study released Tuesday indicates that Latinos will play an ever increasing role in the future of job growth in the United States. Latinos will account for more than 40 percent of growth in the next five years and more than 75 percent between 2020 and 2034 – an increase of 11 million jobs out of an economy-wide gain of 14 million, according to an analysis done by the economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight. A number of reasons will account for the rise of Latinos in the workplace, but some major factors will be a Hispanic population growth...
  • NEW POLL: DONALD TRUMP’s THE ONE!

    02/24/2015 10:13:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | February 24, 2015 | Barry Levine, executive editor & director of news
    DONALD TRUMP is in “secret talks” to run for president in 2016 after a new national poll has him beating out top Republican names for the nomination. The National ENQUIRER can reveal that the billionaire businessman – and star of NBC’s “The Apprentice” – is meeting with Washington, D.C., insiders clamoring for The Donald to take on expected Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House! Even former doubters have woken up to the popularity of the real estate mogul, with Donald as the most popular candidate in a political survey that included top GOP contenders like...
  • The Indecent Exposure of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 8:50:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Shepherd Express ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joel McNally
    It’s fascinating to watch the national media slowly come to realize just how fundamentally dishonest Gov. Scott Walker can be. Walker’s likable, low-key personality makes a good first impression. But it didn’t take many in Wisconsin long to recognize the double-talking radical extremist behind that bland persona. That’s why Wisconsin may now be the angriest, most politically polarized state in the nation. Now the rest of the country is beginning to see why. Walker may seem like a wide-eyed, Midwestern innocent next to crude political thugs like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but that’s...
  • The Dangerous Candidacy of Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 7:47:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The New Yorker | February 24, 2015 | John Cassidy
    Link only due to copyright issues:http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/dangerous-candidacy-scott-walker
  • Question Ted Cruz should ask: Can a foreign-born American be president?

    02/24/2015 7:07:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 169 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he's hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters.. There's at least one hitch: Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta. His mother was a U.S. citizen, born in Delaware; his father, a Cuban refugee working in Canada's oil fields. Thanks to his mother, Cruz was a U.S. citizen at birth. But that doesn't clear up a...
  • Giuliani Dives into Sewer with McCarthyist Tactics

    02/24/2015 6:36:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Falls Church News-Press ^ | February 24, 2015 | Wayne Besen
    Rudy Giuliani entered McCarthyist territory with his grotesque personal attack on President Barack Obama’s patriotism. Speaking to a hardcore Republican crowd, New York City’s former mayor said: “I know this is a horrible thing to say. But I do not believe that the president loves America.” Giuliani is 100% right, what he said was horrible, yet he said it anyway, which makes Giuliani a horrible human being. By uttering such defamatory words he instantly went from America’s Mayor to America’s Mooncalf. While Giuliani’s insults may have thrilled the Republican base, they turned out to be baseless. The New York Times...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival à la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • The Associated Press Revisits the Trayvon Martin Case

    02/24/2015 2:46:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    The Department of Justice announced today that it will not pursue a federal civil rights charge against George Zimmerman, arising out of his fatal altercation with Trayvon Martin. That was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but the Associated Press took the opportunity to revisit the case: George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. …Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside...
  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | February 15, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    As the nation continues discussions about police brutality and how it pertains to racism, acting veteran Will Smith is also addressing the way America’s overall obsession with gun culture is leading to many early deaths in the Black community. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has also sparked rumors that he may be making a return to the music business with the help of one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kanye West. Smith has spent more than 25 years in the acting business, something that often leaves big stars disconnected from the issues impacting people who don’t benefit from fame and...
  • Hot Air Presidential Survey: February Edition (FReep a poll, ends soon!)

    02/24/2015 1:11:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 23, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Take their February survey and report back.
  • Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process

    02/24/2015 12:35:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post / Reuters ^ | February 24, 2015 | Staff
    In private talks with European sources, the Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2. Cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not come free, however. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space. Arab governments, not only Israel, have been expressing concern over the development of a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, the...
  • Group: Iran Operating Top Secret ‘Parallel Nuclear Program’

    02/24/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    An Iranian dissident group known for exposing key aspects of Iran’s secret nuclear work claims it now has evidence of “an active and secret parallel nuclear program” operated by Tehran. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also known as the MEK, said in a report released Tuesday it has found concrete evidence of an “underground top-secret site currently used by the Iranian regime for research and development with advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment,” according to a copy of the findings. The NCRI, an Iranian opposition group, is known for making big reveals about clandestine nuclear work in Tehran,...
  • For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions (Unreal!)

    02/24/2015 11:36:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 21, 2015 | Frank Shyong
    In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.. Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take. Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid. “Let's talk about Asians,” she says. Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to...
  • Why CPAC desperately needs a Sister Souljah moment

    02/24/2015 11:19:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | February 24, 2015 | Ben Adler, Grist.org
    If Republican presidential contenders want to win in 2016, they should take a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook. And the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), beginning Wednesday in Washington, provides them with a perfect opportunity. In 1992, Clinton set himself apart from left-wing identity politics by criticizing radical rapper Sister Souljah at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. (Souljah had spoken on a panel hosted by the organization and had made provocative anti-white statements.) Today, much like Democrats in 1992, Republicans have an image problem with voters outside their base. Even as they control Congress, just as Democrats did in 1992, they’ve...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/24/2015 10:29:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 24, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Forget Pizza Delivery: How Drones in Construction and Agriculture Help Save Time and Money

    02/24/2015 1:49:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Autodesk ^ | February 12, 2015 | Jeff Walsh
    When people discuss business uses for drones, they tend to jump to the novelty end of the consumer market—from the drone hobbyist with a GoPro camera to a complete overhaul of delivery services. “In the press, you always hear that Amazon will deliver a book, or pizzas will come to your house,” says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president at Autodesk, during a recent discussion on drones at Gigaom Structure Connect. “That is a cute thing to talk about, but the real action is in B2B industrial applications. That is where we’re watching the democratization of a broad use of drones...
  • Louis Farrakhan Calls Giuliani A ‘Privileged Cracker’ & ‘Devil’ For Criticizing Obama [VIDEO]

    02/24/2015 12:39:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 23, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was more than a tad upset with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s patriotism, saying in his Sunday sermon that Giuliani was a “privileged cracker” and a “devil.” “Giuliani says Obama does not love America,” Farrakhan said, “And instead of apologizing, they say he doubled down, he tripled down, he said, ‘I’m not taking this back. He didn’t grow up like we grew up.’” “How did you grow up, Giuliani?” asked Farrakhan. “A privileged cracker?” After that line got enormous applause, he added: “Or I should say, a...
  • That was then, this is now: Walker suddenly a hard-liner on abortion as he vaults to front-runner

    02/23/2015 8:29:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    * In October the Wisconsin governor pledged to support legislation focused on 'safety' during abortions * 'The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor,' he said in a campaign ad * This month he's telling potential donors that he supports a 'personhood' amendment, which insists that life begins at conception * He boasted in January that he had 'defunded Planned Parenthood,' America's wealthiest and most politically savvy chain of abortion clinics * Walker is busy beefing up his conservative bona fides in advance of a brusiing GOP presidential primary that may not favor blue-state moderates Wisconsin...