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  • Should Jeb Bush Be Freaking Out Right Now? (Rubio, Rubio and more Rubio)

    10/09/2015 11:40:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 7, 2015 | Various staff
    It’s time again for our weekly 2016 election Slack chat, in which FiveThirtyEight’s political team debates the latest developments. As always, the transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): So, is Jeb! toast? There’s been a spate of articles recently suggesting he should be panicking right now. And he’s at a low ebb in national polls: hjenten (Harry Enten, senior political writer): Why should he panic? The leader in the polls is Donald Trump (though trends indicate that he may not be for much longer). A man who basically spent no money on his campaign. A...
  • John Kasich on Social Security cuts: 'Get over it'

    Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)—Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment. The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done. "We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements. Kasich said he...
  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn’t convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehner’s announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that there’s nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far right’s good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: GOP Implosion Feared by ‘Establishment of Both Parties’

    10/09/2015 9:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 9, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy. Limbaugh told listeners: What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived...
  • Former Boys & Girls Club employee indicted on rape, luring a minor charges

    10/09/2015 9:30:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KATU-TV ^ | October 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A 25-year-old man was indicted on rape and sex abuse charges, accused of victimizing three teenage girls, Portland Police said. Riante Ramon Badon, 25, was arrested in late September on third-degree rape, third-degree sex and seven counts of luring a minor....
  • Refugee crisis: Germany creaks under strain of open door policy

    10/09/2015 9:18:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 8, 2015 | Kate Connolly in Berlin
    After the initial euphoria, Germany now faces daily clashes in refugee centres, a rising far-right, a backlog of registrations, and dissent among the ranks of Angela Merkel’s government.The realities of shouldering Europe’s refugee crisis are coming home to Germany, amid daily reports of clashes in asylum seeker homes; bureaucrats overwhelmed by a backlog of registration claims and deep divisions within chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative ranks over how to manage the enormity of the challenge. Just weeks after Merkel responded to the refugee crisis with the declaration: “Wir schaffen es – We can do it” – the euphoric mood has been...
  • Muslim Refugee Rapes 10 Year-Old Girl In Minneapolis

    10/09/2015 8:49:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | October 9, 2015 | R. Brownell
    A Muslim immigrant was arrested Wednesday night and charged with viciously raping and attacking a 10-year-old girl in Minnesota. Something strange occurred during the initial reporting of the case, since local news outlets refused to release information showing that the suspect was in fact a “refugee” from Somalia. According to WND: KSTP 5, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, referred to the suspect, Ahmed Hersi Abdi as “A Minneapolis man.” CBS affiliate WCCO 4 used the same description, giving no mention of the man’s background or how he arrived in the U.S. The attack occurred Sunday evening in an apartment complex...
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump can't win, nation awaits inevitable angry response

    10/09/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington, Houston Ted Cruz Examiner
    Politico noted on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, has said the first thing that has come out of his mouth that could be construed to be remotely negative about Donald Trump. Cruz stated in an interview that will run Sunday on WABC that he does not think that Trump will win the Republican nomination and that most of the mercurial businessman’s voters will gravitate to the man from Texas. The statement was so mild and obvious that if said about anyone else it would not be news. Indeed, a Trump spokesperson...
  • Barry Diller: ‘Mean’ Donald Trump Won’t Be President — Has America Grown Tired Of Him?

    10/09/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Inquiitr ^ | October 9, 2015 | Shelley Hazen
    Though Barry Diller has threatened to flee the country or rebel if Donald Trump becomes president, he’s not packing his bags just yet. Diller is entirely unconvinced that Trump, whom he calls a mean, “self-promoting huckster,” will ever make to the White House. The Donald, Barry said, has nothing to offer the voters and no communication strategy, he told Bloomberg. All he has proven to the country is that he’s a “nasty, mean person” who struck a note with similarly-minded people and whose only talent is making noise to make a buck. “I don’t think it’s got anything to do...
  • Marco Rubio Is Not “Surging in the Polls,” Shows No Signs of Actual Momentum

    10/09/2015 7:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Following a second strong, if understated, debate performance late last month, Marco Rubio is currently riding a wave of positive press. He is “surging in the polls,” has “the hot hand,” and is even emerging as “the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination.” With the summer of Trump coming to a close, it seems, we are at the cusp of a new stage of the campaign where the non-silly-season favorites begin to assert themselves and the race finally gets serious. And there is good reason why that means Rubio’s stock is on the rise: With Scott Walker out and...
  • Obama: Urges Americans to ‘Stand Up’ Against GOP’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Bigotry’

    10/09/2015 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Forex Report Daily ^ | October 9, 2015 | Iris Duncan
    “There’s nowhere they want to go further backwards than on immigration”, said the president, who noted his administration’s progress on reducing the Latino unemployment rate and providing more health care to the minority group. Obama is using the speech to highlight differences with several of the Republican presidential candidates on the issue. Like Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he does not support a path to citizenship, and stirred controversy for using the term “anchor babies”. Thats not leadership, turning against whats right the moment the politics of your base gets tough. President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders...
  • This is what Trump's border wall could cost US

    10/09/2015 5:24:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kate Drew, special to
    A roughly 2,000-mile fence on the Mexican border would cost tens of billions.If Donald Trump were to build a wall along the United States' southern border, it would cost billions. The U.S. border with Mexico is roughly 2,000 miles long and underlines four states from California to Texas. It is a massive stretch of land — the Berlin Wall spanned just 96 miles comparatively, and it cost about $25 million to build in 1961, or around $200 million with inflation. Building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants is not a novel plan. About 670 miles of fencing on the...
  • Trump’s Latino Superfan Baffles CNN’s Baldwin: He Is ‘My Perfect Man’

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, “love” him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. “Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House!” she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. “Oh my God, he is coming — he is our man sent from...
  • Fox Video Featuring Donald Trump Angers United States Soccer Fans

    10/09/2015 5:03:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2015 | Richard Sandomir, sports and television columnist
    Fox Sports 1’s marketing of Saturday’s Mexico-United States Concacaf playoff game fired up American fans in an unintended way Friday with a promotional commercial using comments made by Donald J. Trump on the presidential campaign trail as a way to lead cheers for the United States national team.(VIDEO-AND-TWEET-AT-LINK)The video was promoted as a response to an earlier TV Azteca ad that used Trump’s words as a way to promote Mexico in the game. But Fox’s choice of Trump to promote the United States team seemed, at best, questionable. He has built his campaign for president around anti-immigration positions, especially those...
  • Why the American military is so hot on laser weapons

    10/09/2015 4:31:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    From hand-held blasters to planet-destroying death rays, laser weapons are a fanciful staple of science fiction. But at their core, lasers are just concentrated beams of light that generate heat. As simple as that sounds, they've proven remarkably difficult to weaponize. Until now. Quietly and without great fanfare the laser weapon has arrived, and warfare will never be the same. This week Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor behind the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced it was exploring ways to put a laser on the controversial fighter. The U.S. Navy has already fielded a laser weapon on the USS Ponce. And...
  • One dead, 1 wounded in shooting at TSU

    10/09/2015 4:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    KHOU-TV ^ | October 9, 2015 | Staff
    HOUSTON -- One person was killed and another was wounded in a shooting on the Texas Southern University campus Friday, according to Houston police. It happened at student housing in the 3400 block of Blodgett. Three suspects approached the victims in the parking lot and opened fire. TSU President John Rudley said the student who died was a freshman. His name has not been released. "He was a beautiful young man trying to get his life together," Rudley said. "I wish he was still here." Two suspects were later detained, but a third got away, according to HPD spokesperson Jody...
  • Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days

    10/09/2015 4:08:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association. Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman Journal ( ). By contrast, Colorado's first week of sales reached $5 million. In Washington, sales during the first month hit $2 million....
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Paul’s libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.—He’s sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money — and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rand’s dad, Ron. “Cruz is stronger, he’d have more spunk as president,” said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • In which I obliterate the Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker

    10/09/2015 3:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable. Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits"). According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the country’s problems, not President Obama." That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to...
  • Hillary Clinton: You Know, The NRA and Iranian Terrorists Are The Same Thing

    10/09/2015 3:09:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, Editor
    In an effort to use the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College to boost her political campaign, Hillary Clinton has been attacking the National Rifle Association for days. Earlier this week, the Democratic presidential candidate went so far as comparing the NRA to Iranian terrorists and communists during a town hall style campaign stop. From The Hill: “You know, the NRA’s position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists," Clinton said at an Iowa town hall on Wednesday. The Democratic primary front-runner accused the nation's largest gun lobby of spreading propaganda to keep its dues-paying constituents paranoid....
  • Trump Will Make Fools Of Us All

    10/09/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post's Post 50 The Blog ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joe Seldner, Journalist and producer
    Donald has signaled loudly and clearly that he will drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't continue to soar above the mediocre crowd of candidates. He (sort of) backtracked later, but his message was unmistakably that he will take his ball and go home if too many voters polled like other kids more than him. This will, in fact, happen. Donald doesn't like to lose, and more importantly, doesn't like to be ignored, and when his luster starts to fade, as it already has, he will return to the business of insulting Mexicans and women in...
  • Americans, Europeans Baffled By Donald Trump: View from abroad is one of bewilderment.

    10/09/2015 2:31:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report's Ken Walsh's Washington ^ | October 9, 2015 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    SORRENTO, Italy--What's going on with Donald Trump? And why is he leading the field of Republican presidential candidates? These are the questions I've been asked most frequently during my trip to Europe to promote my new book, "Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom." Three dozen people to whom I've spoken individually this week did not represent a scientific sample but they were consistent in their perceptions. They showed a strong sense of unease, and sometimes deep concern, at Trump's rise and puzzlement that the bombastic real-estate developer is doing so well. Many political...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis

    10/09/2015 1:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | October 8, 2015 | Nellie Andreeva
    Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate. Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC. Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein of The Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend — a black male Republican — and discovers that with...
  • Donald Trump and the “F-Word”: An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob

    10/09/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Spectator - A Project of the Public Concern Foundation ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein, National correspondent
    Donald Trump is not a fascist––probably. His ex-wife Ivana once claimed he kept a volume of Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed, and read from time to time the fuhrer’s vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” he told Vanity Fair in 1990. But consider something the architect of Trump Tower, Der Scutt, once said on how to evaluate the truth value of Donald Trump claims: “divide by two, then divide by four, and...
  • Sierra Club’s Aaron Mair Responds to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Attack on Climate Science

    10/09/2015 11:18:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Aaron Mair, Sierra Club
    This week, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing to attack the clean air and clean water safeguards that protect millions of families all across America. Sierra Club President Aaron Mair was there to talk about how communities of color, which are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate disruption, rely on these safeguards to protect them. A friend to big polluters, Cruz unsurprisingly tried to cover all their talking points. His game? To attack the climate science that shows how carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing climate disruption in the first place while assailing the Clean Power Plan, which...
  • Ted Cruz's Wait-It-Out Strategy Could Prove Successful—or a "Colossal Mistake"

    10/09/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 9, 2015 | Pema Levy, Reporter, DC Bureau
    The senator from Texas is banking on a war of attrition among the other outsider candidates.Ted Cruz's run for president has gotten off to a rough start. He's currently in sixth place in the polls. The thirst for an outsider candidate that was supposed to propel his campaign has instead been quenched by Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and now Carly Fiorina. But Cruz has a strategy for overcoming his lackluster performance thus far, one that's drawn strong reviews from some party insiders. Republican consultant Doug Heye praised his "smart" campaign to the Hill newspaper, and the conservative National Review Online...
  • Ted Cruz starts to make his move

    10/09/2015 10:34:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Benen
    I wouldn’t say literally every center-left pundit I know expects Marco Rubio to win the Republicans’ 2016 presidential nomination, but it’s awfully close to 100%. For most of the political observers I know, it’s practically a foregone conclusion – the pieces have already fallen into place for the far-right Floridian. Nate Silver recently said, “I sometimes feel with Rubio like he’s the contestant on a reality show where it’s totally obvious that he’s eventually going to win, but the network needs to create dramatic subplots for 17 weeks before it happens.” And all of these assumptions may very well be...
  • SAS deploy 'mannequin army' of shop dummies to lure ISIS jihadis into ambush

    10/08/2015 11:43:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | Marco Giannangeli
    BRITISH Special Forces have used a “mannequin army” of shop dummies to lure dozens of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters into an ambush in eastern Syria, military sources have revealed. The operation targeted an ISIS unit that had been making repeated strikes on Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The top-secret mission took place two weeks ago near the town of Bussayrah, close to the Euphrates River, and involved a joint force of UK and American troops. At least a dozen shop mannequins were dressed in Kurdish combat uniforms before being flown in by members of the SAS. Some were posed holding weapons, as...
  • The contradiction that is Ted Cruz

    10/08/2015 11:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 8, 2015 | Sylvia Van Peebles, San Diego Politics
    Ted Cruz is called the pit bull in Congress because he relentlessly sinks his teeth into battles that he is passionate about such as defunding Planned Parenthood and defeating the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has no fear in calling out fellow Congressional leaders who support the status quo over the will or well-being of the people-even if he is alone. Cruz staunchly supports the Constitution and calls out those who circumvent it, all the way to the White House. He stands strong in his Christian faith and is not shy about sharing his testimony. All-in-all a perfect candidate. However, if...
  • Rep. Butt endorses Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    10/08/2015 10:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Kara Coleman
    State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) announced Thursday she is endorsing U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016. “It’s time to stand for our country and foundational principles, including the rule of law,” Butt stated in a press release. “Senator Cruz has a consistent record of fighting for the principles on which our country was created. After meeting with Senator Cruz and his team, I am convinced he will fight until the end to restore the Tenth Amendment, tackle our national debt, provide unwavering support to Israel and our allies, and restore the balance of power in Washington.” Butt...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Problem With Men

    10/08/2015 10:44:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 7, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    Clinton is performing as poorly with men as Republicans do with Hispanics. She won’t win a general election unless she can close the gender gap. When Hil­lary Clin­ton entered the pres­id­en­tial race, she ex­pec­ted to win over­whelm­ing sup­port among wo­men in her bid to be­come the first fe­male pres­id­ent. In­stead, she’s find­ing out that an un­pre­ced­en­ted level of res­ist­ance to her can­did­acy among men is un­der­min­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that she’d be the strongest Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Put an­oth­er way: Clin­ton is now nearly as un­pop­u­lar with men as Don­ald Trump is with wo­men. That’s say­ing something....
  • Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations

    10/08/2015 10:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 8, 2015 | Michael Calderone, Senior media reporter
    "Why not resign like Bob Livingston?”In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he was sent an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?” The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who conservative media...
  • Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards: 'In this election, Roe v Wade is on the ballot'

    10/08/2015 9:52:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 8, 2015 | Emma Brockes
    After footage of the Planned Parenthood president being grilled by hostile Republican congressmen went viral, Richards sat with Emma Brockes to talk about her mother, Carly Fiorina and the future of women’s healthcare in America.It can be said with some confidence that televised hearings of the House oversight and government reform committee, an investigative body dedicated to upholding congressional standards, do not generally break audience records. Last Tuesday, when Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, appeared at a hearing to account for her organisation’s federal funding, it might have only attracted political diehards. But during the course of a day-long...
  • Ben Carson Suggests Holocaust Would Have Been Less Likely if Jews Were Armed

    10/08/2015 9:39:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Katherine Faulders
    Republican candidate Ben Carson continued his controversial remarks about guns Thursday -- suggesting in a new interview that the Jews may have been able to diminish the likelihood of the Holocaust if they were armed. Carson made the remarks, which drew swift condemnation -- on CNN. He said that passengers on Flight 93, which crashed on 9/11, helped avoid further tragedy by rushing the gunman. In Carson's new book “A Perfect Union,” Carson writes that “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”(continued)
  • Report: Boehner phones Paul Ryan, asks him to run for Speaker—or he might stay on as Speaker himself

    10/08/2015 9:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 8, 2015 | Allahpundit
    This makes three top House Republicans who’ve endorsed Ryan in the last two days as a potential uniting force. Yesterday it was Trey Gowdy: “To me, just speaking as one member, the smartest kid in the class is Paul Ryan,” Gowdy said. “If I had one draft choice and I was starting a new country, I would draft Paul to run it. Not because I agree with him on everything, but because he’s super, super smart. And when someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something. It tells me a lot.” This morning, after he’d...
  • Bush campaigns in central Iowa, contrasts his leadership with ‘loud voices'

    10/08/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gazette ^ | October 8, 2015 | Erin Murphy and Rod Boshart
    Two-term Florida governor says he's focused on finding answers, not feeding angst. INDIANOLA — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his leadership as a two-term Florida governor Thursday to prospective Iowa caucus-goers and hoped that experience would win him support over the untested “loud voices” in the expansive GOP field when they make their choices next February. “I believe that at the end of this process that people are going to want to know that you’re a proven leader,” Bush told about 100 people who packed a Pizza Ranch restaurant to hear his message. “That you’ve got a spine, that...
  • Graham, Leahy push for $1B in emergency Syrian refugee funds

    10/08/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    A bipartisan pair of senators — including one presidential candidate — is pushing forward with an emergency spending bill to help strengthen the administration's ability to combat the Syrian refugee crisis. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have rolled out legislation that would provide an extra $1 billion in emergency funding, mandating that the White House tell Congress within 45 days how it will use the money....
  • Amateurs in the Oval Office: Why Americans tend more & more to want inexperienced candidates

    10/08/2015 8:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The November 2015 Issue | Jonathan Rauch
    The presidency, it’s often said, is a job for which everyone arrives unprepared. But just how unprepared is unprepared enough? Political handicappers weigh presidential candidates’ partisanship, ideology, money, endorsements, consultants, and, of course, experience. Yet they too rarely consider an element of growing importance to voters: freshness. Increasingly, American voters view being qualified for the presidency as a disqualification. In 2003, I announced in National Journal the 14-Year Rule. The rule was actually discovered by a presidential speechwriter named John McConnell, but because his job required him to keep his name out of print, I graciously stepped up to take...
  • Iowa Radio Host: ‘If The Caucuses Were Today, Ben Carson Or Ted Cruz Would Win’ [VIDEO]

    10/08/2015 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2015 | Steve Guest, Media Reporter
    Nationally syndicated talk show host Steve Deace said Thursday that if the Iowa caucuses were held today, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would win, even though businessman Donald Trump currently outpolls both candidates. The reason: Carson and Cruz have superior on-the-ground organizations. “I don’t believe almost any of these polls,” Deace said on “MSNBC News Nation.” “The record of polling in Iowa is a joke.” Deace noted that pollsters have warned the Republican National Committee against trusting their results to determine debate placement, and that Gallup will stop polling the 2016 primaries “because they don’t trust...
  • Notes from Senator Cruz’s Office: Thinking the Unthinkable

    10/08/2015 7:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 8, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    “Maybe World War III has started already,” said Paul Teller, Ted Cruz’s chief of staff. We were sitting in the senator’s office under the ten foot wide modernist portrait of Reagan at the Berlin Wall that dominates the room. ”We always thought it would be nuclear weapons but…” He shrugged, a quizzical look on his face, as if he himself were surprised at what he had just said. But I knew where he was coming from. Who wouldn’t? The Middle East was in flames, the whole complexion of Europe changing, and America had turned tail. And we didn’t even know...
  • Marco Rubio’s Fund-Raising Pace Slows

    10/08/2015 7:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | October 8, 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida took in just $6 million for his presidential campaign from July to the end of September, a major drop to his fund-raising pace over a summer in which two Republican rivals dropped out because they lacked enough money to continue. Mr. Rubio’s total, announced at a gathering of donors and other supporters in Las Vegas, underscores the hesitation among the Republican donor class during a period when outsider candidates, such as Donald J. Trump and Ben Carson, were dominating many polls. It is well below the roughly $9 million that Mr. Rubio raised during the...
  • Politicon, Comic-Con for political junkies, debuts this weekend

    10/08/2015 6:58:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    L.A. ^ | October 8, 2015 | David Montero, LA Daily News
    Simon Sidi had a dream: What if there was a crazy convention for die-hard political geeks molded after Comic-Con, a convention for hyperventilating over every tiny development in the world of superheroes, comics and video games? Enter Politicon, which debuts this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It runs from 2:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Sidi is quick to explain it’s far different than other political events that take place inside Washington’s Beltway or at retreats in the Rocky Mountains. If you’re not sure you want to attend (and no, you don’t have to dress...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states – 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. “The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and I’m grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement,” Cruz said. “I’ve always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Are Rising, Focus Groups Say (VIDEO)

    10/08/2015 6:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | October 8, 2015
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  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, that’s a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didn’t have a chance. The Texas senator isn’t just extreme—an ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sun—but he’s unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—on one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a “liar” on the Senate floor—and is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • Ted Cruz, evil genius: How he’s wreaking havoc & positioning himself as the GOP dark horse

    10/08/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Salon ^ | October 8, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Cruz is jockeying to win Trump & Carson backers when they crash. Even if he fails, his influence will be inordinate.After several months of political shock and awe, the contours of the coming GOP primary race are starting to come a little bit into focus. We have a Florida smackdown between Jeb! and Marco! as the establishment choices and the two frontrunners, Carson and Trump, will continue to one-up each other daily with obnoxious, indecent and mind-bogglingly ignorant statements until, it is assumed, even their yahoo followers will decide that they’ve gone too far. Whether that’s going to actually happen...
  • Ted Cruz for House speaker?

    10/08/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    With the news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has dropped his bid for House speaker, the Republican conference is scrambling to find a new leader. Although speakers have always been members of the House of Representatives, it is in fact not a requirement written in the Constitution. Article I, Section 2 Clause 5 reads: "The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." On a few occasions, lawmakers have voted for someone who isn't a member. Last January, when John Boehner was elected to serve as speaker...
  • Team Trump Montana not getting much support from state GOP and vice versa

    10/07/2015 10:20:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | October 7, 2015 | Tom Lutey, The Billings Gazette
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Dan Hutchings was ecstatic — after only six weeks, the official Team Trump 2016 Montana Facebook page had 398 likes. Donald Trump, the surprise national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, was doing twice as well as Hutchings’ was led to expect after contacting the “The Donald’s” campaign in September and volunteering to be the first Montana contact for the billionaire celebrity turned dark horse political candidate. “We’re relatively new on the scene. We’re just starting to grow, and we’re getting 398 supporters?” Hutchings said. “We’re going real fast right now and we’re starting to get overwhelmed.”...
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....