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  • Politico: Christie May Announce '16 Run as Early as Next Week

    06/24/2015 6:52:17 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 10:06 PM | Cathy Burke
    New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie may announce a presidential bid as soon as next week, Politico reports. Aides have already said Christie isn't likely to make a move into the crowded GOP primary race until the New Jersey legislature finalizes the state budget around the end of June. But recent travels and staffing changes appear to show he's closing in on a declaration. Christie's campaign-in-waiting announced two additional staff hires in New Hampshire, and earlier this month, longtime Christie aide Maria Comella took a senior position at his political action action committee, Politico reports.
  • Christie launches campaign website: 'Hey America, it's Chris'

    06/28/2015 9:34:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 27, 2015 | Charles Hoskinson
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched a campaign website on Saturday, ahead of an expected announcement next week that he plans to seek the GOP presidential nomination. "Hey America, it's Chris," Christie said in a series of tweets unveiling the website, chrischristie.com. Christie reportedly plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday at Livingston High School in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1980 as class president and played catcher on his high school's championship baseball team. The website launch is the surest sign yet that he's in the race. The homepage leads with the slogan "Chris Christie: Telling it...
  • Chris Christie to Declare Next Week

    06/24/2015 1:56:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.24.15 | Emily Zanotti
    SNIP Look, I don't mind Chris Christie. He's plainspoken, he's got a good record of debating women without looking like a sexist pig, he's managed to elude the long and meandering opposition research tendrils from American Bridge, and he regrets most of the decision he made that are at odds with the conservative base. It is time for Christie to move on from New Jersey, too - his poll numbers have been steadily declining and his straightforward demeanor is wearing on the people who once thought it fresh and novel. But he's unafraid to be confrontational and, unlike Jeb Bush,...
  • Christie Finally Figures Out the Confederate Flag is 'Divisive' (Many other GOP contenders agree

    06/24/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/23/2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    On Tuesday, after the entire Republican primary field - including Donald Trump and George Pataki - had taken a position on the Confederate flag, and after the Republican governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, had asked for its removal from the state capitol grounds, Chris Christie seemed to calculate that it was politically safe to do the same. The New Jersey governor said in a statement that Haley had "demonstrated what it means to be a leader" and that he commended her decision. ... Every Republican presidential candidate, including the not-yet announced ones, had said something, even if it was,...
  • WSJ editorial slams Christie on vaccines

    02/03/2015 7:40:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lucy McCalmont
    The Wall Street Journalís influential editorial board rapped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the knuckles for ďmeanderingĒ on vaccines. ďThe real public health problem isnít a lack of parental choice but a lack of common sense about vaccines,Ē the Journal said in a late-Monday editorial. It added that lawmakers should do more to promote vaccine use.
  • Report: Christie nearing 2016 decision [announcing next week]

    06/24/2015 6:33:26 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is nearing a decision on his presidential bid and could announce his decision as soon as next week, sources told Politico. Christie would likely be the 14th GOP candidate in a crowded primary if he decides to jump inó12 have already announced and Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.) is set to join later Wednesday. Christie, a no-nonsense Republican from a deep blue state, earned a legion of supporters for his willingness to, at times, buck party lines. His 2012 embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy both endeared him to his supporters and repulsed his detractors. Once...
  • Trump and Christie lead the field in poll of GOP candidates voters can't see supporting

    06/23/2015 11:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | June 23, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    You've seen the polls that measure Republican voters first choice for the party's 2016 presidential nomination. But there's another measure of public perception -- this one on the negative side -- with pollsters asking voters to list candidates they could not see supporting. Pollsters for NBC News/Wall Street Journal asked that very question of GOP primary voters, and in that one, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal did fairly well. Jindal is expected to announce his presidential candidacy on Wednesday. While Jindal remains toward the bottom of the list in terms of voters' first choice for the GOP presidential nomination, with just...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

    06/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 06/21/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.</p>
  • Straw poll: Walker wins handily

    06/20/2015 2:17:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2015 | Barbara Boland
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., won 25.3 percent of the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, which was emailed to those who attended this year's conference in Philadelphia. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came in second place with 11.6 percent of the vote, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 11 percent. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tied at 9.6 percent. These results show a strong preference for regional candidates as well as governors, and differ greatly from the latest RealClearPolitics totals. Candidates Walker, Christie and former New York Gov. George Pataki were all...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Faces New Obstacle to Bar Admission

    06/20/2015 1:40:10 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 06.22.15 | Andrew Dennwy
    An undocumented immigrant who was cleared by a Brooklyn appellate court to practice law in New York has run into a potential obstacle to joining the bar after an Iowa state judge sentenced him to one year of probation for trespassing during a political rally held on private property. Cesar Vargas, 31, participated in a demonstration over immigration policies at a rally for Republican presidential candidates and others in Des Moines. He and other demonstrators sat among about 1,500 attendees on the private property. At one point, he rose and disrupted a speech by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, asking...
  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/18/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Emma Roller
    The senator from Kentucky continues to takes the road less traveled through the GOP primaries.Sen. Rand Paul took a risk Thursday. Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives in the wake of a racially charged shooting in South Carolina, Paul delicately suggested that Republicans might want to start focusing on other parts of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. "Everybody is for the Second Amendment. All 55 candidates running for president are for the Second Amendmentóon our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • Romney Invited Axelrod to GOP Presidential Candidate Gathering, Shunned Cruz and Carson

    06/18/2015 2:53:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 17, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Mitt Romney invited Obama political strategist David Axelrod to address a political gathering in Utah last week. The event was officially hosted by Romney and Solamere Capital, the investment firm whose executive committee he chairs, and was designed to introduce a host of GOP presidential contenders to wealthy donors. However, some notable names were apparently left off the guest list. They include announced candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. Jeb Bush, who was invited, did not attend because he was in Europe. But three announced candidatesóSen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Carly Fiorina and Lindsay Grahamóand...
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo BarberŠ
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis ó now freely available online as an Editorsí Choice article ó...
  • The Odds on Republican Contenders

    06/17/2015 1:33:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Bloomberg View | June 16, 2015 | Albert R. Hunt
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-16/the-odds-on-republican-2016-contenders
  • Wanted man: Police job offers pour in for NJ man pardoned by Gov. Christie

    06/15/2015 7:36:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 15, 2015 | Cristina Corbin
    His dreams of becoming a police officer were dashed when an arrest two years ago for carrying a legally-owned firearm made him a convicted felon, but now that he's been pardoned, Steffon Josey-Davis is fielding job offers from around the country. Just one week after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pardoned him of all criminal charges, the 24-year-old told FoxNews.com he's received encouraging emails and even job offers from police departments as far away as Colorado. Many became aware of Josey-Davis' plight after several stories by FoxNews.com described how an honest mistake with a legally owned gun nearly made...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton Presented With Key To The City Of Newark

    06/15/2015 3:39:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | June 15, 2015
    NEWARK, NJ ó The Rev. Al Sharpton was honored for his civil rights and social justice work during a special ceremony in Newark. ďWe believe that Rev. Al Sharpton deserves recognition. We want to give him his roses while heís still alive,Ē Baraka said. ďWe donít want to wait until heís long gone before we say thank you for standing in the gap. When people keep their mouths shut, his is open.Ē Sharpton was also presented with keys to four other New Jersey cities: Hillside, Irvington, East Orange and Orange.
  • Rick Perry rates himself against Bush, Cruz

    06/15/2015 3:08:02 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 55 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 15 June 2015 04:00 PM | Mark Davis
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perryís officially kicked off his second bid for the White House two weeks ago at an airplane hangar in Addison. On Monday, as fellow Republican Jeb Bush joined the dozen-plus candidates in the field, Perry appeared on The Mark Davis Show on KSKY-AM (660) to talk about the campaign and the ever-growing chorus of contenders.Here are some excerpts from that interview, as conducted and condensed by Mark Davis:So whatís been happening since the Addison rollout?It was an extremely well-put-together rollout. Itís always fun to stand in front of an old C-130 Hercules, so we were able...
  • Christie parrots leftwing talking points to attack Ted Cruz

    06/15/2015 9:21:35 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 46 replies
    RedState ^ | June 15th, 2015 | streiff
    Just what we need. A squishy (or fluffy, depending upon how you view cellulite) northeast governor considering a run for the presidency visits Iowa and uses talking points lifted directly from progressive propaganda to attack Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100%. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim at 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) on Friday, accusing him and other lawmakers of ‚Äúhypocrisy‚ÄĚ over federal disaster relief.‚ÄúWe have Sen. Cruz, who voted against Sandy relief. Now he says he‚Äôs got floods in Texas. He says, ‚ÄėHey, we need some help down here in Texas.‚Äô It‚Äôs great, right?‚ÄĚ Christie...
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) ó Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • Christie hits Cruz as hypocrite for demanding disaster aid for Texas after opposing Sandy relief

    06/12/2015 8:01:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    trailblazersblog dallasnews.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    updated 7:30pm with Cruz response. WASHINGTON ó Stumping in Iowa this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie stepped up his attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, accusing him of ďhypocrisyĒ for his views on federal disaster aid Ė for it when Texans are in need, against it when Northeasterners got hit by super storm Sandy. Christie mocked his rival for asserting a ďprincipled voteĒ against the Hurricane Sandy relief deal. Cruz asserted at the time that the $60 billion package was bloated with billions in spending not directly related to the storm that battered New York and Christieís home state, New Jersey. After...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Handicapping the 2016 Field, Round Two

    06/12/2015 7:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/12/2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with ten declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order. Iíve given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories. A. Top tier: 1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than eight years ago, but his inability to separate from the pack, his recent campaign shakeup and his four-day stumble over Megyn Kellyís ďknowing what we know nowĒ Iraq question have given even his supporters pause. Nonetheless, a bulging war chest, a fine gubernatorial record, and...
  • 'No one helped her': NJ woman murdered by ex while awaiting gun permit

    06/10/2015 2:01:52 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/10/15 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Carol Bowne knew her best shot at defending herself from a violent ex was a gun, and not a piece of paper. And it was paperwork that left her unprotected when Michael Eitel showed up at her New Jersey home last week and stabbed her to death, say Second Amendment advocates, who charge local police routinely sit on firearms applications they are supposed to rule on within 30 days. Bowne, 39, had a restraining order against Eitel when he killed her in her driveway last Wednesday, but she was still waiting for Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check to approve...
  • Hillary Clintonís Phantom Menace - Even Chris Christie

    06/11/2015 1:53:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 11, 2015 | Debra Saunders
    Hillary Clinton has a new crusade. The Democratsí only name female candidate for president sees ďa sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.Ē In a speech at Texas Southern University, Clinton also charged, ďRepublicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting.Ē She called on ďRepublicans at all levels of government with all manner of ambition to stop fearmongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why theyíre so scared of letting citizens have their say.Ē...
  • Christie faults GOP for sounding unwelcoming to Latinos

    06/10/2015 7:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Luis Alonso Lugo and Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faulted his party Wednesday for its unwelcoming tone at times to minority voters. In a speech to a Latino Coalition small business conference, the potential Republican presidential contender also boasted about getting 51 percent of the Hispanic vote in his re-election as governor. Christie portrays himself as the kind of Republican who can attract females, blacks, Hispanics and other voters who are normally drawn to Democrats. Ö
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual ďE2 Summit.Ē The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • New Jersey Governor Christie wins court victory over pension cuts

    06/09/2015 12:03:05 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 18 replies
    New Jersey's highest court on Tuesday ruled that Gov. Chris Christie can cut $1.6 billion from state pension funding, The court, in reversing a lower court ruling, said while it lamented the "staggering" loss of public trust resulting from broken promises, the pension payment at issue was not a contractual obligation entitled to constitutional protection.
  • Mondayís Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Todayís installment of campaign-related news items that wonít necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didnít explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, ďI want to be your champion.Ē * On ďFace the NationĒ yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would ďgo afterĒ state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to head up Cruz presidential campaign in N.J.

    06/08/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | June 8, 2015 | Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent
    Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor, House and Senate, will be New Jersey chairman of Texas Sen. Ted Cruzís presidential campaign. In a news release, Cruz called Lonegan ďa tireless advocate for taxpayersĒ and said he knows New Jersey politics. Lonegan, a former state director for Americans for Prosperity, said his duties include raising money and putting together a slate of delegates who would run in the 2016 primary pledged to Cruz. He praised Cruzís unsuccessful effort to force a repeal of the health insurance law commonly called Obamacare through a partial shutdown...
  • Scott Walker Backs Constitutional Amendment Allowing States To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2015 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 7, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage. "I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. "If the...
  • NYC mayor: America has a 'democracy problem' (needs different voting laws alert)

    06/07/2015 11:52:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said on Sunday that Americans would benefit from reformed national voting laws. ďWe have a democracy problem,Ē de Blasio told host John Dickerson on CBSís ďFace the Nation.Ē ďOur elections are governed by state law and for a long time Iíve believed we need to make a fundamental series of reforms,Ē he said. ďLetís face it, a lot of the people in the political class have tried to discourage voter involvement and a lot of incumbents prefer a very small electorate,Ē he added. De Blasio said he disagrees with Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)...
  • Christie betting 2016 presidential hopes on town halls, a strong suit, to connect with voters

    06/07/2015 9:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | June 7, 2015 | Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    GREENVILLE, S.C. ó If Chris Christie runs for president, there's little doubt people will see plenty of the town halls the New Jersey governor is known for. That anything-goes format is his comfort zone, and voters tend to like it. Christie spent hours answering questions at two town hall-style events during the past week in South Carolina ó one planned, the other an impromptu session in the back room of a bar. He'll be doing the same in Iowa in the days ahead....
  • GOP says Clinton dividing Americans over voting rights

    06/06/2015 9:26:34 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 28 replies
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | June 6, 2015 | AP Staff
    (Hillary) Clinton said Thursday in Houston that a group of current and former Republican governors pursuing the White House has "systematically and deliberately" tried to prevent millions of Americans from voting. Clinton said the changes were aimed at making it more difficult for minority and low-income voters to cast a ballot and outlined steps to expand access to early voting and allow universal, automatic voter registration for young people. Republicans struck back Friday against Hillary Rodham Clinton's suggestions that they have attempted to disenfranchise voters systematically. They accused the Democratic presidential front-runner of running a divisive campaign and favoring lax...
  • Clinton calls out GOP opponents by name on voting rights

    06/04/2015 2:31:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | June 4, 2015 | Dan Merica and Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton accused four potential GOP presidential rivals by name of being "scared of letting citizens have their say" as she called Thursday for every American to automatically be registered to vote. Clinton told an audience at the historically black Texas Southern University that she supports the concept of signing every American up to vote as soon as they're eligible at age 18, unless they specifically opt out. She called for expanded access to polling places, keeping them open for at least 20 days and offering voting hours on evenings and weekends. For the first time in her campaign,...
  • Cruz A Crowd Favorite At Adelson ĎAuditioní

    06/03/2015 12:54:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Jewish Week ^ | June 3, 2015 | Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher
    Rabbi Boteach held the third annual Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala last Thursday.ĎIs there a liberal in the room?Ē One couldnít help but wonder this while looking around the large ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Midtown last Thursday evening. It was filled with about 1,000 attendees of what could have been called ďThe Shmuley Boteach Show.Ē They were loudly cheering a succession of major conservative political figures outdoing each other in their support for Israel, condemnation of President Obamaís foreign policy, and giving voice to the fears about anti-Semitism at home and abroad. The formal name of...
  • Chris Christie: No Border Fence

    06/02/2015 7:21:42 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 68 replies
    US News ^ | 06/02/2015 | David Catanese
    It's a popular refrain of Republican candidates when they're presented with the problem of illegal immigration: Secure the border with a fence. But it's not a tune Chris Christie is singing. The New Jersey governor said Tuesday he's against erecting a fence along the nearly 2,000 miles of U.S. border with Mexico as a way to stymie immigrants from illegally entering the country.
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • Ted Cruz, breaking new ground on hypocrisy | Editorial

    05/31/2015 6:39:34 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 5/31/2015 | Editorial
    It is well established that between ears of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) there is a Rube Goldberg machine gone haywire, judging by his impulse to summon a fabrication or absurdity for almost any occasion. To wit: He compares climate activists to flat-Earthers, blames President Obama for the 2008 economic crash, claims ISIS is "literally nailing Christians to trees" (not true), asserts that cities with the toughest gun control laws have the most crime, estimates there are "111,000 agents" at the IRS (missed by a factor of 10), and believes that George Soros is plotting to shut down golf courses throughout...
  • Newsflash: Itís Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that thereís any real suspense in this presidential race?As the childrenís book says: Voters, itís time to ďGo the [expletive] to sleep.Ē You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncleís Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you donít waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. ďI think itís going to be a governor,Ē Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. ďI donít know which one.Ē Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • The Left Goes Insane

    05/31/2015 8:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Fay Voshell
    The fall in to ďcertain untruthĒ is almost complete within the ranks of the increasingly mentally disturbed Left. Further, because so much of what the Left is promulgating is in fact certain untruth, it must continually seek to cut off rational debates. It abhors questions about the veracity of its dogma and praxis. Leftists believe it is vitally important to prohibit questions that might undermine them or their systemís credibility. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about the dogma of the Left is to be questioned. It is only to be believed. That is one reason why the Leftís current chief flag bearer,...
  • Report: NYC Cops Arrested Men for ĎManspreadingí on the Subway

    05/30/2015 11:21:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 89 replies
    National Review ^ | May 28, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Smash the patriarchy! New York police allegedly arrested two men for ďmanspreadingĒ (sitting with their legs far apart) on the subway, according to a report entitled ďThatís How They Get YouĒ released by the Police Reform Organizing Project. ďOn a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklynís criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of Ďman spreadingí on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders,Ē the report states.
  • 2016 hopefuls Christie, Cruz court Jewish donors in New York

    05/29/2015 10:16:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 29, 2015, 4:41 pm | JILL COLVIN
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — One declared and one likely Republican presidential contender criticized the administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran and reaffirmed their support for Israel as they courted wealthy Jewish donors Thursday at a gala in New York.</p> <p>Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a declared presidential candidate, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is widely expected to jump into the race next month, criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the Middle East as they worked to impress donors at the third annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala.</p>
  • Christie Should Really Stop Bragging About That Time He Used the PATRIOT Act to Entrap an Idiot

    05/29/2015 1:32:19 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 3 replies
    reason.com ^ | May. 29, 2015 12:14 pm | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    The story, as told in this classic 2005 This American Life episode, is a tale of ineptitude, entrapment, and bureaucratic self-perpetuation, starring very young U.S. attorney Christopher (!) Christie. The episode is a full hour, and you should absolutely listen to (or at least read) the whole thing. But until then, enjoy some highlights from Christie's dogged the pursuit of this dangerous terrorist: Here is a list of what Lakhani claims he can acquire, when prodded by an FBI informant: Stinger missiles ammo submarines night-vision goggles (although the exchange makes clear that he think that might just be another term...
  • Daily Kickoff: Cruz, Christie pitch Adelson | Randís money problem | Israelís Burning Man

    05/29/2015 12:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish Insider ^ | May 29, 2015 | Staff
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Around fifteen hundred guests and supporters gathered last night on the sixth floor of the Marriott Marquis in NYC to celebrate the third annual 'Champions of Jewish Values Awards Gala.' The gala, which benefits Shmuley Boteach's This World Values Network, was co-hosted by Sheldon Adelson and Michael Steinhardt. As the 2016 election cycle is underway, Sen. Ted Cruzand NJ Gov. Chris Christie used the opportunity to pitch their foreign policy visions to the influential crowd. Cruz presented a 'checklist' of items the next President should initiate in January 2017 related to Israel, Iran and the Middle East....
  • iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates

    05/28/2015 11:18:46 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 67 replies
    May, 28, 2015 | Self
    iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates I hope people realize iCarly is full on GOPe RNC and her role is to aid GOPe candidates.† As RNC talent, she is better than most. She is articulate, †concise, intelligent.† But don't think we can trust her long term any more than we can trust Prince Rebus, Boner or Mitchie-poo.† iCarly is not the only strategic pseudo-candidate.† Why would Huckabee run other than to dilute support for Ted Cruz.† It's win win win for GOPe, Huckabee and Fox †Huckabee gets to help Cruz lose and then gets to go back to Fox as a...
  • Cruz Hits The Adelson Sweet Spot: Warmly received by Sheldon ó including a standing ovation.

    05/28/2015 11:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rosie Gray
    NEW YORK ó Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz received a warm reception from mega-donor casino magnate Sheldon Adelson at a gala on Thursday, the latest development in the so-called ďAdelson primary.Ē Speaking at a dinner for The World Values Network, Rabbi Shmuley Boteachís Adelson-funded organization, Cruz gave a speech focused on Israel and the Iran deal that included lots of red meat for the mostly Jewish Republican crowd: He called for the next president to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, for example, and slammed the Obama administration for the flight ban to Israel during the Gaza war last...
  • Fiorina, Kasich Crack Top 10 In New Q Poll

    05/28/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner - Buzz Cut ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio skidded. Jeb Bush slid. Ben Carson zoomed. Mike Huckabee bounced. Scott Walker stayed steady. And thatís how you end up with a five-way tie for first place in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll on the GOP Sixteeners. Put another way: With five candidates evenly dividing half of the vote, there is no first place. While Rubio lost a third of his support and Bush continued to droop, losing three points for the second month in a row, all five can say with confidence that they will meet the polling criterion for the first GOP debate, hosted by...
  • The coming Chris Christie boom

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 26, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist
    Sometime between now and the Republican nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will enjoy a rally in the polls ó nationally, and maybe in New Hampshire. Maybe the first debates will provide the Christie boom. Maybe he'll master the town halls in the Granite State. There's also a decent chance the boom will be fleeting. But if you write off Christie after his fall from front-runner status in 2013, you're making a mistake. By no definition is Chris Christie the current Republican front-runner. He hasn't led in a poll since last July. His RealClearPolitics polling average puts him in 7th...