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  • Ted Cruz’s book royalties may be higher than Scott Walker’s net worth

    08/04/2015 7:12:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 3, 2015 | Katie Zezima and Anu Narayanswamy
    A presidential primary race that features a front-runner whose self-reported assets are worth more than $10 billion dollars also features a candidate who owes thousands of dollars on a credit card with an interest rate above 27 percent. In new financial disclosure forms released Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declares assets of between $36,000 and $190,000 and liabilities of at least $120,000, including a credit card with between $10,001 and $15,000 on it and an interest rate of 27.24 percent. The debt was incurred in 2014, according to the statement. Walker also reports having between $100,001 and $500,000 in student...
  • Should we take Trump seriously?

    08/03/2015 11:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Delaware Gazette ^ | August 4, 2015 | Gary Abernathy
    Is Donald Trump the real deal, or will his presidential quest end up more like that of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan? My guess is that by the end of the day, The Donald will be a footnote in the 2016 presidential race, done in by his own hubris or some long-buried scandal that you know the national media is working furiously to uncover (or invent). But until that day comes, he certainly is entertaining, and in many ways even refreshing. The refreshing part about Trump is his completely unscripted answers to reporters’ questions. In the business of politics, the...
  • 'Cuckservative:' Trump's Code Word Is A Study In Racism, Misogyny (Featuring Joan Walsh!)

    08/03/2015 10:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | August 3, 2015 | Karoli Kuns
    Joan Walsh breaks down the origins of the new hot word to describe milder-mannered but no less evil conservatives than Donald Trump: Then “cuckservative” started showing up in my Twitter mentions last week, after I suggested Donald Trump supporters might not be the brightest bulbs. As I clicked around, I came to a shocking conclusion: I’ve been uncharacteristically downplaying the amount of racism and misogyny powering the right today. The spread of the epithet “cuckservative” is a sign that the crudest psycho-sexual insecurity animates the far right. “Cuckservative,” you see, is short for a cuckolded conservative. It’s not about a...
  • Debate stage: Voters like Bush, Rubio. A lot don’t like Trump (Press tries to grab narrative back?)

    08/03/2015 10:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | August 3, 2015 | David Lightman, McClatchy DC
    Republicans like Jeb Bush. And a lot really don’t like Donald Trump. In fact, more than half find Trump a distraction from the primary process, not a serious candidate. With the first Republican presidential debate coming up Thursday, a new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents personally like Bush, saying they view him favorably rather than unfavorably. Large numbers also like Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee, far more than dislike them. But nearly half dislike Trump, suggesting that the billionaire businessman who leads national Republican polls will have a hard time reaching those personally hostile...
  • Life is getting tougher for renters, as rent hikes outpace wage gains

    08/03/2015 9:17:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jeff Collins
    New evidence surfaced last week showing that life is getting worse for America’s renters, two news reports said. The Associated Press and Wall Street Journal did a mash-up of two economic reports demonstrating that monthly rents are rising faster than incomes. The online real estate site Zillow.com reported that rents increased 4.3 percent in June from a year earlier in the nation as a whole (and 3 percent in Orange County). That’s double June’s average hourly wage increase of 2 percent reflected in government data, the news outlets reported. “Rents are insanely unaffordable on a historical basis in the United...
  • Trump third party run: 36% GOP supports, 19% of Democrats too (And 33% of Independents!)

    08/03/2015 8:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | August 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    If Donald Trump gets bumped out of the Republican primaries and runs as an independent third party candidate, 36 percent of Republicans and a whopping 19 percent of likely Democratic voters would support him, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports on Monday said that a Trump third party bid would complicate the presidential election even more than it did when H. Ross Perot ran in 1992, a bid that many believe cost former President George H.W. Bush a second term. According to the poll: • Over a third (36 percent) of likely GOP voters say they are likely to...
  • Manhunt For N.J. Priest Accused Of Raping Teen, Then Hiding In Plain Sight

    08/03/2015 7:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Patch ^ | July 30, 2015 | Tom Davis
    In 2008, unbeknownst to authorities in New Jersey, the priest took a job as a high school teacher after disappearing for several years.Law enforcement is still looking for information regarding the whereabouts of a New Jersey priest who has been allegedly hiding in plain sight since he was accused of raping a 15-year-old boy more than a decade ago. The Archdiocese of Newark said Manuel Gallo Espinoza, 51, who served as a visiting priest in New Jersey, apparently fled to his native Ecuador after he was suspended him from ministry - but has re-emerged in the United State since then,...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners

    08/03/2015 5:49:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KCAL-TV ^ | August 3, 2015 | Deborah Meron
    Huntington Park may become the first city in California to appoint two undocumented immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards, a lawmaker confirms. City Councilman Jhonny Pineda has picked Francisco Medina to join the health and education commission and Julian Zatarain for the parks and recreation commission. The 32-year-old lawmaker told CBSLA online producer Deborah Meron that he promised voters while running for office that he would create more opportunities for undocumented residents. “Huntington Park is a city of opportunity and a city of hope for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, creed, or in this case, citizenship,” the...
  • Racketeering suit is filed against anti-abortion group that released undercover videos

    08/03/2015 5:43:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The ABA Journal ^ | August 3, 2015 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    The National Abortion Federation filed a federal racketeering suit on Friday against the anti-abortion group that released undercover videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss the sale of fetal tissue and abortion methods. The July 31 suit (PDF) says the anti-abortion group, the Center for Medical Progress, created a fake company called Biomax Procurement Services to obtain an exhibitors booth at national conferences of the National Abortion Federation, report the Los Angeles Times and the Recorder (sub. req.). According to the suit, activists posing as company operatives signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from making recordings at the conferences and from...
  • Perry, others likely out of Fox debate, get their chance in forum

    08/03/2015 5:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is in danger of missing the first Republican debate, kicked off a GOP cattle call of candidates in New Hampshire on Monday vowing to secure the border if he’s elected president. “The American people don’t trust Washington, D.C., to deal with this issue of immigration reform until we secure the border,” Perry said. “And I know something about securing the border.” Fourteen Republican candidates are participating in C-SPAN’s Voter’s First forum in New Hampshire on Monday. The style is different from the debate - one by one, the candidates will take the stage to...
  • In a first, drug using 3D printing technology gets FDA nod

    08/03/2015 4:32:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2015 | Arathy S. Nair in Bengaluru
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a drug that uses 3D printing technology, paving the way for potential customization of drugs to suit patients' needs. The drug, made by privately held Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Co, was approved for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of epilepsy, the company said on Monday. Spritam uses Aprecia's "ZipDose" technology, a delivery system that creates premeasured doses which disintegrate in the mouth with a sip of liquid. 3D printing could help companies make products "to the specifications of an individual patient rather than (take a)...
  • Trump shares his debate question on Facebook

    08/03/2015 4:20:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KTUU-TV ^ | August 3, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    Facebook is asking its users to recommend questions to ask Republican presidential candidates at the debate it is co-hosting with Fox News on Thursday, and Donald Trump was more than happy to help out. Trump, who will stand at the center of the stage in Cleveland, Ohio, offered his own question for the other candidates in a 12-second video posted Monday. "I'd like to ask all of the candidates -- that is, politicians and really not negotiators, people that don't negotiate jobs and lots of other things -- how are you going to make America great again?" Trump said....
  • Can Sarah Palin sell Donald Trump to ‘Joe Six-Pack’?

    08/03/2015 4:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 3, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    <p>Smart politics is behind the alliance of the GOP’s two leading bomb-throwers.</p> <p>To many Republican presidential contenders, Sarah Palin is a skunk at the party, someone to be handled gingerly and kept at arm’s length.</p> <p>To Donald Trump, she is Cabinet material, “a special person,” and a worthy presidential contender in her own right.</p>
  • Darren Wilson Opens Up to New Yorker: ‘I Liked the Black Community’

    08/03/2015 2:56:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 3, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who ignited a national firestorm when he shot and killed African-American man Michael Brown, opened up recently in an interview with The New Yorker. Wilson revealed that since the shooting, he has struggled to find work and has been denied employment in several police departments in the St. Louis area. After working for a shoe store for two weeks, he quit when reporters began calling. His wife, who is also a police officer, also quit her job for her own safety. Wilson also revealed the he actually sought out the Ferguson police department because...
  • Ted Cruz: The Most Interesting Presidential Debater

    08/03/2015 2:42:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Everyday Ethics Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jermy Neill
    A lot of people are fixated on Donald Trump going into the first Republican Presidential debate. I’m actually more interested in another candidate – Ted Cruz – because I think he’s going to make a more intriguing debater. Flannery O’Connor, a conservative Catholic, explained in “The Fiction Writer and His Country” why she wrote such grotesque stories: “When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision...
  • Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum

    08/03/2015 2:23:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 2, 2015 | Ben Jacobs, Washington
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has stated that he doesn’t believe in the science behind global warming. In a forum hosted by Freedom Partners on Sunday evening, a key cog in the political network of the Koch Brothers, the Texas senator stated that “the data and facts don’t support” that global warming is occurring. The moderator of the forum described Cruz’s stance as “full out denial”. The Texas senator did not disagree with that characterisation. Cruz has previously compared those who believe in global warming to “flat-Earthers.” Cruz also criticised the new regulations, set to be unveiled by the Obama...
  • Hillary begs forgiveness from abortion warriors in new video: I am with you, Planned Parenthood!

    08/03/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Five days later, she’s still doing penance with the left for calling the CMP videos “disturbing,” eh? She must be in some awfully hot water behind the scenes: Josh Jordan’s right that she’s taking a risk here by stepping up for PP knowing that more videos are to come, with who knows what sort of horrors described between sips of wine and bites of salad. Her strategy to date has been to lie low and avoid comment on hot buttons as much as possible, lest it leave her caught between attacks from the right by the GOP and from the...
  • Why It’s So Hard to Predict What Happens With Trump’s Supporters When He Drops Out

    08/03/2015 2:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Slate ^ | July 31, 2015 | Josh Voorhees, senior writer, Iowa City
    Donald Trump may seem invincible right now, but his current run can’t last. Even if the belligerent billionaire and current GOP front-runner doesn’t implode on the debate stage next week or on the campaign trail next month, the fundamentals of American politics will still catch up to him: At some point the GOP field will narrow and an establishment favorite will consolidate enough support to knock Trump from his perch. Eventually, that means he will exit a nominating battle he cannot win. It’s no surprise, then, that the Washington parlor game of predicting how Trump’s campaign will end is now...
  • Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Shine at Koch Brothers Event

    08/03/2015 1:36:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | August 3, 2015 | Zachary Mider
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-03/ted-cruz-jeb-bush-shine-at-koch-brothers-event
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (August 2015 Edition)

    08/03/2015 1:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    FreeRepublic | August 3, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • For evangelical voters, Rafael Cruz may be Ted’s best apostle

    08/03/2015 1:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rafael Cruz, father to Ted, is writing a book. It will be about how America was founded as a Christian nation. About how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the word of God. About how America lost its way a half century ago when the Supreme Court banned prayer in school and tossed the Bible from classrooms, ushering in an era of declining morals and rising crime. About how churches, cowed by a misunderstanding of separation of church and state, and to their enduring moral shame, acquiesced. About how it’s time for pastors — and Christians generally –...
  • Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have best records for doing what they promise

    08/03/2015 1:24:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 2, 2015 | Jack Dennis, San Antonio Examiner
    When Ted Cruz and Donald Trump meet on Thursday, it will be their second one-on-one get-together since mid-July. The two are gaining in popularity according to the latest polls released this weekend. They both know Jed Bush is the man to beat for the Republican nomination for President. Also recognized, by penetrating the sacred, powerful and shady capitalist’s protected turf, the vicious fury of the GOP and Democratic leadership is about to be unleashed against them in the media. Bush, with the power of the Republican establishment in his corner, has raised about $104 million in campaign funds from super...
  • Rick Perry’s Trump Card Fizzles

    08/02/2015 11:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    When the Republican candidates take stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will likely be watching from his hotel room somewhere. The candidate who briefly dominated polling in the 2012 contest and began this campaign in the middle of the pack, looks to settle in 11th or 12th place when the debate cut-off is set. His relegation to the consolation stage hours before the main debate is largely a consequence of the ongoing Donald Trump boomlet. While almost all candidates have suffered in the polls as the real estate developer has surged to the...
  • Trump: Bush’s Stalking Horse?

    08/02/2015 11:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    PowerLine ^ | August 2, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    In my interrogatories about Trump a week ago, I asked Trump enthusiasts the following question: • Are you happy that Trump is essentially a stalking horse for Jeb Bush? If Trump wins some early primaries in a crowded field it will be with less than 20 percent of the vote, but it will likely cause the party establishment—such as still exists—to rally around Bush, just as Democrats rallied to Michael Dukakis in 1988 after Jesse Jackson swept a round of Super Tuesday primaries in the South and caused panic at DNC headquarters. The New York Times reports today: Donald J....
  • Ted Cruz looking to build Southern ‘firewall’

    08/02/2015 11:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 3, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DANA POINT, Calif. — Ted Cruz made the case Sunday that he can win the Republican nomination because of his strength in the South. The Texas senator was a crowd favorite at the Koch network donor summit here. He got the normally mild-mannered donors laughing and cheering with his red meat. But many worry privately whether he can win, and they’re desperate to take back the White House in 2016. Recognizing this, Cruz did more to stress his viability than any of the four other 2016 presidential candidates who got a chance to pitch the 450 mega donors who have...
  • How Ferguson Changed America

    08/02/2015 9:35:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Slate ^ | August 2, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie, staff writer
    A year ago Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown. What has followed has been the greatest national reckoning on racism since the beating of Rodney King.On Aug. 9, one year ago, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown after a brief scuffle in the middle of a small street in Ferguson, Missouri. There wasn’t any video of the encounter, but many bystanders and local residents saw the aftermath. For four hours, Brown’s body sat in the summer sun, slumped and face down, blood pooling in the street where he was killed. Neighbors, shocked at the violence and the police’s disrespect...
  • As U.S. influence in Asia falters, allies increasingly look to themselves

    08/02/2015 4:49:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2015 | Peter Apps, global defence correspondent
    Three years after the Obama administration announced its “pivot to Asia,” American allies in the region are looking somewhat unconvinced. While no one disputes that managing China and its multiple neighborhood conflicts remains on Washington’s radar, this effort is often overshadowed by other priorities. In particular, the Middle East and confrontation with Russia — both historic preoccupations that had been expected to subside — keep on emerging at the top of the agenda. The result is relatively simple. Those countries in Asia most worried by China — Japan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and others — are increasingly banding together....
  • Making environmentalism divisive

    08/02/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | August 1, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were gone; nearly 170 employees were out of work in Illinois. The announcement wasn't an isolated one. Mines are being boarded up and thousands of coal jobs are vanishing across America, in part because of competition from abundant natural gas but in larger part because of new federal regulations limiting carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. One month later, Murray...
  • Trump On Black Lives Matter: ‘We Have To Give Power Back To The Police’

    08/02/2015 3:29:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather
    GOP 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump appeared on this Sunday's Meet the Press and when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement in America, proved he was just as clueless as the rest of the talking heads on the right with this response to host Chuck Todd. CHUCK TODD: And, again, I know we're going to get into a lot more issues with you in a couple weeks. But I want to ask you about Black Lives Matter. The latest shooting of a white police officer shooting an unarmed black man. Do you see this as a crisis in America? DONALD...
  • Putting Low-Income Drivers Behind the Wheel of Electric Cars (Los Angeles)

    08/02/2015 2:29:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    TakePart ^ | July 31, 2015 | Kristine Wong, multimedia journalist
    A first-of-its-kind car-sharing program will give residents of Los Angeles' neglected neighborhoods access to carbon-free transportation.Electric vehicles have helped people save money and curb their greenhouse gas emissions. But for those with less cash to spare, those benefits have been largely out of reach. Now a first-of-its-kind E.V. car-sharing program in Los Angeles aims to put the city’s low-income residents—some of whom have to walk a mile to the closest bus stop—behind the wheel of convenient and carbon-free transportation. “It will help improve the lives of every Angeleno in these neighborhoods by offering them options they don’t have,” said Matt...
  • COLUMN: Trump trips up the rich and famous (media elites & GOP snobs)

    08/02/2015 1:46:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Inter Lake ^ | August 1, 2015 | Frank Miele, managing editor
    It certainly is satisfying to see the Republican Party establishment squirm at the meteoric rise of Donald Trump to front-runner status in the GOP presidential race. You don’t have to like everything Trump says to enjoy watching him topple icons, expose shibboleths and challenge his fellow candidates to be political leaders instead of poll readers. Clearly, on one issue after another, billionaire Trump is ringing the bell with everyday GOP voters, while his opponents are shooting themselves in the foot. It all started on June 16 when Trump announced his campaign with an impromptu speech at the eponymous Trump Tower...
  • This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

    08/02/2015 11:51:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 27, 2015 | Matthew Speiser
    In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US. "The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty," Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider. "[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues," he added, "you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the...
  • 'I'll win the Black AND Hispanic vote': Trump bashes Obama as 'doing absolutely nothing for blacks

    08/02/2015 10:08:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | Staff and Reuters
    * Trump said Sunday that 'black people 'are worse now than just about ever' * Claims Obama has done nothing for low employment rates * Weekend poll showed Trump has his greatest support yet nationally He has a 24.9 percent vote among Republicans, according to poll Days after assuring that he has the support of Hispanic voters, Donald Trump has now claimed that African-American people are also on his side - and that Obama has let them down. In yet another round of bashing the President, the billionaire said Obama has done 'absolutely nothing' for the black community. He gave...
  • Donald Trump: “I pay as little as possible” in taxes

    08/02/2015 9:50:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    WREG-TV ^ | August 2, 2015 | Ashley Forest and CBS News Wire
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he pays as little in taxes as possible just like every other taxpayer in America. “I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman. And that’s the way you’re supposed to do it,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it.” Trump has not yet released his...
  • 'Cruz country' bus tour looks South

    08/02/2015 9:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will spend much of August on an eight-state “Cruz Country” bus tour through the South, as his team looks beyond the first four 2016 states to March’s delegate-heavy SEC Primary states, including Georgia and Texas. Cruz advisers say they’re not only vigorously competing in the early states, but already organizing the so-called SEC states (a nickname from college sports’ Southeastern Conference), with advertising planned through March 15. An adviser said the objective of the bus trip is “to ensure that by the time other candidates get to the March 1 voting states following early state voting,...
  • Donald Trump Holds Lead in New Poll as GOP Debate Nears

    08/02/2015 8:59:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Time ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jack Linshi
    The Trump surge shows no sign of abating Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field for the 2016 presidential nomination just days before the leading candidates debate for the first time, according to results from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday. The poll found that Trump was the first choice for 19% of Republican primary voters, surging ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14%. Trump’s lead, according to the Journal, is a “significant” jump from the previous WSJ/NBC poll conducted in June, when only 1% of...
  • New California Law – No Bosses

    08/01/2015 10:46:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 2, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    The California Legislature is debating a bill that has passed through committee that would phase out hierarchy within a company. The bill is considered a landmark bill by many to eliminate what has been referred to as “wholesale oppression” of employees of a company. Speaker of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) sponsored the bill and hailed it as the next step in equal rights for all Americans. In the State Senate, President Pro Tem Kevin De León cheered the efforts of Speaker Atkins and stated he and his caucus were fully on board. De León (D-Los Angeles) said,...
  • Many Trump presidential rivals have benefited from his largesse

    08/01/2015 10:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | August 2, 2015 | Rich Lord, Block News Alliance
    PITTSBURGH — Republican rivals are trying desperately to dent Donald Trump, as he leads in polls, dominates media coverage, and builds a campaign organization using his personal wealth. Not long ago, they came to him with hats in hand. Internal memos obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and public filings, show that officials courted the celebrity magnate for years, seeking and receiving ever-increasing donations, especially to GOP-related organizations trying to elect more governors and senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently criticized Mr. Trump, was notably successful at convincing the developer and beauty pageant owner to write checks. Now Mr....
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a “limited number of slots,” another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. “Remind me...
  • Republican candidate Donald Trump’s platform: Because I said so

    08/01/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 1, 2015 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Donald Trump wants to make America great again. This is how he wants to do it: If Trump were elected president, he says, he would launch the U.S. government into a massive building project — and a massive manhunt — both at once. On the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump would build a long, impenetrable wall. In the rest of the country, he would pressure the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to “self-deport” — and, if they don't, round them up to deport en masse. Later, Trump says, “the good ones” could come back. He also wants to go on a building...
  • Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy Israel

    08/01/2015 8:44:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 1, 2015 | Amir Taheri
    While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely...
  • No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration

    08/01/2015 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration. Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators. Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade. Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans — by a 2-to-1 ratio — want to see visa issuances...
  • Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women

    08/01/2015 7:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    It is getting frustrating to see yet another abominable Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights without any acknowledgment that it is a concerted religious effort to dominate and control American women and nothing else. It is true that it is a uniquely American unwritten cardinal sin to utter one negative word about Christian extremists imposing their “religious liberty” on Americans, but for dog’s sake the time to stand up for women and against theocratic assaults on their rights is long past. There are, allegedly, “good Christians’ in the population and they certainly outnumber the fanatical evangelical control freaks, but except...
  • ‘A shining soul,’ gunned down in Columbia, buried Saturday

    08/01/2015 6:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The State ^ | August 1, 2015 | Ron Barnett, The Greenville News
    * Gentry worked with children at the Shandon Presbyterian child development center * A children’s home in India will be named after him when completed next year * The Clemson grad was preparing to go to nursing school Tim Gentry was the kind of guy who could look into a person’s heart and see what was good, even if they couldn’t see it themselves. That’s the way his younger sister described her brother — as “a shining soul,” who always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met. Gentry, 32, was gunned down on...
  • Mark Levin interviews Sarah Palin on the GOP presidential candidates [FULL INTERVIEW]

    08/01/2015 6:00:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 31, 2015
    Mark Levin interviewed the Mama Grizzly, Sarah Palin, tonight on his radio show about the GOP presidential field and how it’s going so far. You can listen to the full interview below:(AUDIO-AT-LINK)
  • Donald Trump third in STL Tea Party poll; Ted Cruz on top

    08/01/2015 5:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    KPLR-TV ^ | August 1, 2015 | Gregg Palermo
    Donald Trump is surging in GOP presidential polls ahead of next week’s first Republican debate among the party’s presidential candidates, but the controversial businessman finished third in a sampling of conservative activists, according to a survey released Saturday by the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. In email polling of 122 coalition members conducted July 26 through July 29, Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first at 29 percent, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 27 percent, with Trump at 19 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field finished in single digits. You can see the entire poll here....
  • Vin Baker blew $100 million, now working at Starbucks.

    08/01/2015 4:26:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | July 29, 2015 | Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder, Your Black World Coalition
    If there is any story on this blog that you’re going to grow tired of reading, it’s the one about the former NBA or NFL athlete who is now broke and living with his mama. These stories are everywhere, and it has people wondering if the Harvard-educate d financial managers being employed by professional sports leagues are actually helping these guys protect their wealth or if the players are being chewed up and spit out by people who could care less about them. But we’re all responsible for our outcomes, and when we read stories like this one, we have...
  • Don’t Get Trumped by Donald Trump’s Poll Numbers

    08/01/2015 3:40:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Campaign Urban ^ | July 20, 2015 | Josh T. Thomas aka Black2basic
    First, in the spirit of full disclosure I was apprehensive to discuss the news surrounding Donald Trump because I find little value in adding to the growing number of articles ripping him apart. I don’t think it benefits our community by taking the same exact stance, for the same exact reasons, as the rest of the world. As if there is another side to take. Plus, I don’t think any of us needed Donald to clarify his stance on immigration or tell us his definition of war hero for everyone to know he is certifiably insane So, why are you...
  • Donald Trump lovers set up PACs to help his campaign

    08/01/2015 8:40:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 31, 2015 | Aaron Mak
    Donald Trump insists he doesn’t need help from wealthy donors for his White House bid, but that hasn’t stopped equestrians, Los Angeles filmmakers, Hispanics and contractors from setting up PACs to boost his candidacy. Four PACs have registered with the Federal Election Commission in recent days to raise and spend money on behalf of Trump. Organizers believe the real estate tycoon will eventually need outside funding, despite his tough talk. “I think there will be an acknowledgement from [Trump’s] group that they need to widen the financial base,” says Clifford Martin, a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles and treasurer of...