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  • Paul Ryan: Donald Trump can help make reality of bold House policy agenda

    06/02/2016 12:53:48 PM PDT · by Stalwart · 18 replies ^ | June 2, 2016 | Rep. Paul Ryan
    But the House policy agenda has been the main focus of our dialogue. We’ve talked about the common ground this agenda can represent. We’ve discussed how the House can be a driver of policy ideas. We’ve talked about how important these reforms are to saving our country. And we’ve talked about how, by focusing on issues that unite Republicans, we can work together to heal the fissures developed through the primary. Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for...
  • Day after endorsement, Ryan slams Trump

    06/03/2016 12:45:25 PM PDT · by georgiegirl · 27 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | 6/3/16 | David Wright
    (CNN)Just a day after House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump, he turned around and blasted the presumptive Republican nominee for attacking the judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuit.
  • Paul Ryan’s cold embrace of Trump

    06/03/2016 4:38:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | June 3, 2016 | LOUIS NELSON
    If there was any doubt that Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump was less than full-throated, he crushed it on Friday. Less than 24 hours after Ryan announced that his “not ready” had become a “ready,” the House speaker ripped into the presumptive Republican nominee, making it clear he will not be Trump’s defender in chief. Unprompted by WISN radio host Vicki McKenna, Ryan scolded Trump for his racially-based attacks against the federal judge in California overseeing a civil fraud lawsuit against Trump University. “Look, the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field for...
  • Paul Ryan and McConnell Won’t Condemn San Jose Mob Beatings => Attack Trump Instead

    06/06/2016 1:27:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Jun 6th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    On Thursday night Trump supporters were assaulted, spit on, beaten, cold-cocked, egged, chased, tackled and bloodied as they left the San Jose Trump rally by mobs of far left, Mexican nationalist, Socialist, SEIU and anarchist thugs. Trump supporters were left bloodied and beaten in the street. The San Jose police chief admitted he held back from interfering when the conservatives were beat down in the streets. Video released on Monday shows street thugs terrorizing and beating Hispanic Trump supporters. ... Speaker Paul Ryan has posted over 50 tweets since Friday morning. Not once did he mention the Republican beatdown. Senate...
  • Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump’s Attack on Judge ‘Racist,’ but Backs Him Still

    06/07/2016 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 7, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday called Donald J. Trump’s criticism of a Hispanic-American judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment” and said he “regrets” the remark. But Mr. Ryan also reiterated his support for Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, against Hillary Clinton. “I disavow these comments — I regret those comments that he made,” Mr. Ryan said after announcing a new Republican anti-poverty initiative in Anacostia, an overwhelmingly black neighborhood in Washington. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,”...
  • Paul Ryan is playing right into Donald Trump’s master plan

    06/07/2016 11:33:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 7, 2016 | Jake Novak
    Here we go again. Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has done it this time. His attacks on the Mexican heritage of federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel clearly show that Trump's campaign is off the rails. The proof is that even prominent Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Speaker Newt Gingrich have disavowed themselves from Trump's attacks on the judge. Surely, this is the beginning of the Trump campaign's self-destruction! Not so fast my friends. Let me rewrite the opening paragraph to represent the true Trump strategy here, one I don't endorse but still recognize for what it is:...
  • Paul Ryan stresses party unity in GOP meeting

    06/08/2016 2:56:09 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | June 8, 2016 | Manu Raju, Deirdre Walsh and Betsy Klein,
    House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated his support Wednesday for Donald Trump at a closed door meeting with House Republicans and asked his colleagues to unite behind the presumptive Republican nominee, according to several members who attended the session.
  • Republican elites retreat to a Trump-safe space: Mitt Romney's place

    06/08/2016 4:03:37 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 114 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    (CNN)One year ago the question hovering over Park City, Utah, was which presidential candidate could capture the hearts of Mitt Romney's friends. Less than a week later, Donald Trump said he was running for president and made them his enemy. And he beat them. Now, with Trump as the GOP nominee, those same Republican fundraisers, business titans and longtime friends of Romney are back to huddle far from Trump Tower. Attendees caution that Romney's annual summit -- The Experts and Enthusiasts, or E2, retreat -- is not an exclusive conclave for the #NeverTrump movement. Yet it is the closest thing...
  • House Speaker Ignores Mass Muslim Migration’s Connections to Radical Islamic Terrorism

    06/14/2016 6:15:05 AM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/16 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Specifically, the three questions Ryan’s office is refusing to answer are: 1.) Will Speaker Ryan immediately pull all funding for Muslim refugee resettlement in America? 2.) Does Speaker Ryan think America should allow any Muslims to continue immigrating into America after this terrorist attack? 3.) Since President Obama is still refusing to call this radical Islamic terrorism, Donald Trump is calling for the president to immediately resign from the White House. Does Speaker Ryan agree or should President Obama yet again be allowed to keep ignoring the threat and face no consequences? Ryan, of course, as Speaker has facilitated the...
  • Paul Ryan: A Muslim Ban Is "Not In Our Country's Interests"

    06/14/2016 8:09:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies ^ | June 14, 2016 | Charles Spiering
    After presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reasserted his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, House Speaker Paul Ryan signaled his dissent.
  • After Orlando, Republican Party Unity Behind Trump Grows More Elusive

    06/14/2016 7:11:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 110 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    House Speaker Paul Ryan told a room of Republican donors and elites in Park City, Utah last weekend that he endorsed Donald Trump to keep the Republican Party together. That explanation implied that if the highest ranking Republican didn't support the top of the ticket and went against the legitimate winner of the primary electoral process that the Republican Party would limp forward as a divided party with no chance of electoral success. The Speaker suggested that he put party above personal preference for the sake of unity. Just days later, party unity appears even more fragile. Since wrapping up...
  • Paul Ryan Lies to O’Reilly: Says He Passed Bill to Pause Somali Refugee Program

    06/16/2016 6:33:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In a Wednesday interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, House Speaker Paul Ryan made a demonstrably false declaration about his efforts to pause the Somali refugee program. During the interview, O’Reilly criticized Ryan for failing to message on immigration controls and asked Ryan specifically about the Somali refugee crisis in Minnesota. O’Reilly: “We have a Somali problem up in Minneapolis-St. Paul. [We] have a problem there and those are refugees from Somalia. And if, God forbid, some refugee comes in and blows people up, it’s going to be grisly.” Ryan replied by explaining that he passed a bill to pause...
  • The difference between them and us is glaring and “They” still don’t get it

    06/15/2016 8:46:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/15/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The news that an Iowa Republican State Senator has dropped out of the Republican Party is indeed significant. I, like many others across the country, have done the same thing. The “bold” move by Senator David Johnson whose district is described as “heavily Republican” came as what I initially thought might be good news, “Finally they are beginning to understand our frustration with them and responding accordingly,” I thought; but I was wrong. I had hoped that Johnson left the Republican Party because of Paul Ryan’s childish grandstanding or his lies about ending Obamacare. “Maybe Ryan’s insistence upon helping Barack...
  • Paul Ryan's "flexibility" (aka "betrayal") on gun control compromise

    06/16/2016 12:24:50 PM PDT · by Javeth · 43 replies
    Ammoland ^ | October 23, 2015 | Tim Macy
    As I warned you in a previous alert, Rep. Paul Ryan is pro-amnesty (giving the franchise to millions of anti-gun voters), and he has a record of compromising gun rights. For example, Ryan voted for the Thompson-King amendment last year — an anti-gun amendment that would add an additional $19.5 million to pay states to turn in more names to the federal gun-ban (NICS) list. More names into the NICS system? You mean like adding more law-abiding veterans and senior citizens? These Americans have done nothing wrong, other than choosing to live in a country that wants to strip them...
  • Hey, Paul Ryan, SHUT THE (BLEEP) UP!

    06/17/2016 8:56:04 AM PDT · by orchestra · 14 replies
    TruthFeed ^ | 6/16/2016 | Amy Moreno
    The Speaker of The House is a One-man SuperPac for Hillary Clinton Every time we turn around, nincompoop Paul Ryan is attacking our party’s front-runner, Donald Trump. The people’s choice. And I’m pretty damn sick of it. I’m sick of his elitist attitude. He’s “Smug Mittens” without the baller cash.
  • Paul Ryan challenger stays on ballot

    06/11/2016 7:45:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 61 replies
    MADISON — The state elections agency on Friday unanimously allowed a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan to stay on the ballot for the August primary election. The Government Accountability Board met Friday to consider the challenge to Paul Nehlen along with challenges targeting nine other candidates across the state. Nehlen’s nomination papers were challenged by a conservative activist who said Nehlen should not be allowed on the Aug. 9 primary ballot for the 1st Congressional District race because he listed an incorrect address on his filing papers. The 1st District includes Racine County. Orville Seymer argued the longshot...
  • Supreme Court rules Puerto Rico can't restructure debt

    06/13/2016 9:54:44 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 6/13/16 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can't restructure the debts of its public utilities to avoid a financial crisis, closing off one of the island's last remaining options for avoiding default without help from Congress. In a 5-2 ruling, the justices said that although the government and people of Puerto Rico should not have to wait for possible congressional action to avert a financial crisis, the Constitution does not allow them to rewrite a statute that Congress enacted in 1984. While states can allow municipalities to seek such debt relief, the lower court said, Congress had not given...
  • Paul Ryan’s Primary Challenger: ‘I Don’t Care About Puerto Rico’

    06/12/2016 6:32:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 6/9/16 | JulieGrace Brufke
    House Speaker Paul Ryan’s primary opponent Paul Nehlen said the Puerto Rico debt crisis should not be a top priority for the representative of Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I don’t care about Puerto Rico,” Nehlen told TheDCNF. “I care about people in this country dying from heroin.” The businessman said the island, which faces a $70 billion debt burden and recently defaulted on a major loan payment, should be responsible for fixing its fiscal predicament, and slammed Ryan for supporting a bill Nehlen sees as a massive taxpayer bailout. “The...
  • University of Wisconsin students to undergo mandatory ‘cultural competency training’

    06/14/2016 6:22:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies ^ | June 14, 2016 | Steve Gunn
    Is the University of Wisconsin-Madison running the risk of having minority students viewed as being coddled and overprotected from “seemingly minor or unintentional” slights? gotprivilegeIs it creating an environment where the slightest statement or action could provoke a finger-pointing witch hunt for students who are accused of insensitivity? Is it encouraging minority students to become hyper-sensitive to the point where people of different skin colors are afraid to associate openly and freely, without having their speech constantly monitored for words that might upset someone? The university has announced that it will require about 1,000 incoming students to participate in “cultural...
  • 'Muslims are our partners': Paul Ryan wallops Trump a day after terror speech...

    06/14/2016 11:54:38 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 152 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2016 | David Martosko
    House Speaker Paul Ryan drove another wedge between himself and Donald Trump on Tuesday with a stinging rebuke of his party's presumptive presidential nominee's proposed pause on non-citizen Muslim immigration – saying 'Muslims are our partners' in the war on terror. 'I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest,' Ryan said during a press conference at the Republican National Committee's Capitol Hill headquarters. 'I do not think it is reflective of our principles – not just as a party, but as a country,' he said. 'And I think the smarter way to go in all respects...
  • Top Republicans join Obama in condemning Trump’s words

    06/15/2016 5:33:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/2016 | Sean Sullivan, Mike DeBonis
    Top Republicans joined with President Obama and other Democrats Tuesday in sharply condemning Donald Trump’s reaction to the nightclub massacre in Orlando, decrying his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his questioning of Obama’s allegiances as divisive and out of step with America’s values. Trump — who just a week ago signaled an intent to snap his campaign into a more measured tone for the general election — showed no sign of backing down from his suggestions that Obama was somehow connected to or sympathetic with terrorists, telling the Associated Press that the president “continues to prioritize our enemy” over Americans. In separate...
  • Paul Ryan: "I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest" (primary is August 9th!)

    06/15/2016 2:54:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 86 replies ^ | 6/14/16 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday implicitly disagreed with Donald Trump's remarks from a day earlier in which the presumptive GOP nominee repeated his call for a policy banning Muslims from entering the U.S and condemned radical Islam in the wake of the Orlando nightclub attack. "I think there's a really important distinction that every American needs to keep in mind: This is a war with radical Islam. It's not a war with Islam," Ryan said when asked to react to Trump's terrorism speech on Monday. Watch: Donald Trump speaks on deadly Orlando shooting "Muslims are our partners," Ryan added. "The...
  • Speaker Ryan Distances Himself From Trump Muslim Ban

    06/14/2016 4:10:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 14,2016
    Ryan and like-minded establishment Republicans have struggled to reconcile their desire to unify the party in advance of a tough fight against Democrat Hillary Clinton while at the same time separating themselves from some of the positions and rhetoric of Trump, who defeated 16 rivals to win the presidential nomination Ryan said "the smarter way to go" would be to have a "security test" for Middle Eastern immigrants to ensure proper security screening. He noted that the House passed legislation to tighten visa restrictions that President Barack Obama signed into law, but that the Senate had blocked another measure that...
  • Democrats heckle Ryan on House floor day after Orlando nightclub massacre

    06/14/2016 1:15:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | June 14, 2016
    The debate over how to stop attacks like the terror massacre in Orlando erupted on the House floor late Monday as Democratic lawmakers loudly criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP leaders for taking no action on the nation’s gun laws. The disruption underscored the political divide in the wake of the attack, with many Democrats looking to tighten gun laws in response and Republicans looking to crack down on the strain of radical Islam that seemingly motivated the shooter. The flare-up on the floor erupted when Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., attempted to ask Ryan when bills curbing...
  • Paul Ryan: We Have Not Pushed Kate’s Law Because We Do Not Want to Clog Up Jails with Illegal [tr]

    06/16/2016 10:48:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 132 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 16, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In a Wednesday Fox News interview, Speaker Paul Ryan seemed to suggest that the reason the House has not pushed Kate’s Law is because he is opposed to “clogging up our jails” with illegal alien drunk drivers.
  • Paul Ryan says American freedoms at risk in separation-of-powers debate with Trump

    06/16/2016 12:41:47 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 112 replies
    House Speaker Paul Ryan talks to reporters at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill on June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., issued a stern warning Thursday about the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump about the way government should work. “We will lose our freedoms in this country, including all of the Bill of Rights, if we don’t robustly defend the separation of powers,” Ryan said at his weekly press conference inside the U.S. Capitol. Ryan was asked by reporters numerous times about Trump’s recent conduct. Just this week, the presumptive Republican presidential...
  • Paul Ryan Lies to O’Reilly: Says He Passed Bill to Pause Somali Refugee Program

    06/17/2016 6:13:36 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 31 replies ^ | June 16, 2016
    In a Wednesday interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, House Speaker Paul Ryan made a demonstrably false declaration about his efforts to pause the Somali refugee program. During the interview, O’Reilly criticized Ryan for failing to message on immigration controls and asked Ryan specifically about the Somali refugee crisis in Minnesota. O’Reilly: “We have a Somali problem up in Minneapolis-St. Paul. [We] have a problem there and those are refugees from Somalia. And if, God forbid, some refugee comes in and blows people up, it’s going to be grisly.” Ryan replied by explaining that he passed a bill to pause...
  • Plurality of Likely Voters Now Agree With TRUMP – Support Temporary Muslim Ban in US

    06/17/2016 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 30 replies ^ | June 17, 2016
    Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed today to stop Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States. Ryan, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, said he he will, “Sue any president that exceedis his or her powers.” For the record– 47.2% of likely voters agree with Trump today that the US should temporarily stop all Muslims from entering the United States. 45.5% of likely voters disagree. That number has increased by 13 points this month.
  • Sarah Palin: Speaker Ryan Proves He Is Out of Touch When He Jumps to Condemn Trump on Islamic Threat

    06/12/2016 8:20:35 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jun 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for his gutless reaction on radical Islamic terrorism — and for his criticisms of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump on Islam — during an exclusive interview with Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM. Ryan has barely condemned the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando killed 50 and landed another 53 in the hospital. “Paul Ryan is out of touch with his constituents,” said the former GOP vice presidential candidate. “Those who have put their faith in with their sacred vote.” Leaders like Ryan have not...
  • Paul Ryan On Stopping Trump's Muslim Ban: We'll Sue Him!

    06/17/2016 9:03:03 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 341 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo ^ | 6/17/2016 | Tierney Sneed
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made clear he doesn't agree with a proposal put forward by Donald Trump -- whom Ryan has endorsed -- to ban Muslim immigration into the United States, but in an interview with the Huffington Post Thursday, Ryan floated taking a President Trump to court if he tried to implement such a ban or some of his other controversial proposals unilaterally. “I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said in a back-and-forth about Trump's claims that he could implement a Muslim ban or build a Mexican border wall without congressional...
  • Kristol on Hugh Hewitt...

    05/20/2016 3:38:42 AM PDT · by taildragger · 69 replies
    the radio ^ | 05/20/2016 | taildragger
    Oh by folks....Bill Kristol is now Pushing a John Kyle - Joe Lieberman Ticket. Apparently Kyle says he is interested...
  • Countdown Clock to ‘Impressive’ Kristol Candidate

    05/31/2016 6:33:30 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart | Breitbart
    At 5pm yesterday, Bill Kristol announced on Twitter that an “impressive” independent candidate “with a strong team and a real chance” of winning the presidency would be revealed. We’ve provided our readers with a countdown clock chronicling the time — down to the second — since Kristol promised the nation an “impressive” independent candidate:
  • So who is the traitor Republican running third party? Bill Kristol says it's a "him"

    05/30/2016 10:27:35 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 78 replies ^ | 3/30/2016 | Bill Kristol ‏@BillKristol
    I hope my mention of an independent candidate didn't distract him while paying respects during whichever Memorial Day ceremony he attended.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 30, 2016
  • Was Bill Kristol Planning Another Political Party All Along?

    05/30/2016 2:41:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 67 replies
    GotNews ^ | 5/30/16 | Charles C. Johnson
    An investigation into the websites backing the so-called Renegade Party confirms that neoconservative columnist Bill Kristol has been plotting an anti-Trump political party since before a single vote was cast. Kristol’s Renegade Party was set up on January 10th — nearly a month before the Iowa Caucus. The move suggests that Kristol (or at least those close to him) had been planning an independent bid all along.
  • David Horowitz: ‘Kristol’s Betrayal Gets Serious’

    05/30/2016 11:12:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 30, 2016 | David Horowitz
    Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Bill Kristol doubled down on his betrayal of this country with a pair of tweets: “Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate — an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance,” Kristol tweeted. He also said, “Those accused of betraying GOP by opposing Trump can take heart from P. Henry 251 years ago today: ‘If this be treason, make the most of it!’” This fatuous invocation of an American patriot to justify the betrayal typifies the arrogant disregard for political realities shared by all those...
  • Bill Kristol Announces, ‘There Will Be An Independent Candidate’

    05/29/2016 7:16:43 PM PDT · by detective · 141 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 May 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Neoconservative political operative Bill Kristol announced Sunday that an independent candidate will enter the presidential race to challenge both Donald Trump and the Democratic Party nominee. Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, has been trying for months to find a third-party challenger since his preferred candidates lost in the Republican primaries to Trump. Now, just weeks after meeting with Mitt Romney to talk about a third-party run, Kristol hinted Sunday that his plot is coming to fruition.
  • Bill Kristol Claiming He Has An Independent Candidate

    05/29/2016 2:56:32 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 216 replies
    Twitter ^ | May 29, 2016 | Pinkbell
    Per Twitter "Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate--an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance." -Bill Kristol Who is it, Mittens? This absolutely disgusts me. This fool is going to cost us the election because he and some bitter Cruz supporters didn't get their way. He knows it will split the vote and we won't win. A few things: 1)He wants to cause enough of a vote split where no candidate has the 270. Ok. Let's say he does that. He will literally be usurping the will of all...
  • Bill Kristol Releases Pic of His Ideal Candidate to Oppose Trump

    05/31/2016 9:42:25 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    Self | May 31, 2016 | PJ-Comix
  • ‘Free Republic’ Now A Safe Space for Donald Trump Supporters [Jim's response at post 25]

    05/12/2016 12:03:49 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 601 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/12/2016 | Robert Tracinski
    On the right, we’ve grown to pride ourselves on our greater openness to debate and ideas, on having no need to toe a Politically Correct line or crawl into a “safe space” like pampered college kids who just can’t handle hearing from anyone who disagrees with them. For myself, I am so personally dedicated to this ideal that I even perform the great personal sacrifice of reading the comments field beneath my articles. Yet somehow I wasn’t surprised to see Donald Trump supporters, those swaggering tough guys, turn one of their favorite Internet forums into a safe space where they...
  • 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 Amendment—on our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • Rand Paul is right — toppling Saddam hurt America

    05/02/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 161 replies
    The Week ^ | April 29 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    On Monday, presidential hopeful Rand Paul had this to say to a group of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn: "All the way back to the Iraq War, I think it was a mistake to topple [Saddam] Hussein." The Kentucky senator continued: Hussein was the bulwark against Iran. The Sunnis didn't like the Shiites, now Iraq is a vassal state for Iran. I'm worried [Iran] is twice as strong as it was before the Iraq War. [Rand Paul] I'm no dove. But I must admit: Rand Paul has a point.
  • This Outrageous Story Shows Why Marijuana Must Be Legalized in All 50 States

    04/19/2015 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 141 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-19-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    What do you think of this? Despicable and outrageous, or just the school and police doing their duty?: "On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials." The school called the police. Coppers showed up at Shona’s home, searched everything, and ended up...
  • Rand Paul: Current criminal laws create situation 'somewhat like segregation'

    03/13/2015 12:48:14 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-13-2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued for criminal justice reform at a historically black college in Maryland on Friday, in what has become a staple of his message to young voters and minorities ahead of a potential presidential run in 2016. Paul, who has frequently nodded to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea that there are “two Americas,” said in his speech at Bowie State University there’s one America where citizens are free to pursue their lives freely, and one where the federal government piles on with unnecessary laws, burdensome fines and regulations, and overly strict sentencing guidelines that contribute to keeping...
  • Rep. Brandon Dillon: Why I'm now pro-choice on abortion

    02/09/2015 7:17:28 PM PST · by Morgana · 49 replies ^ | February 05, 2015 | guest writer
    Democratic state Rep. Brandon Dillon represents the 75th House District, which includes part of the city of Grand Rapids. He is in his third and final term in the House. Growing up, I always considered myself "pro-life." As someone who was raised in Grand Rapids, went to Catholic school for 13 years, and has been blessed with beautiful (and active!) twin 12-year-old boys of my own, it was just part of who I was and the community I came from. That's why, as an elected official at both the county and state level, I previously sought the endorsement of Right...
  • Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel Launches New PAC Designed To Crack GOP Establishment

    01/23/2015 12:33:19 PM PST · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Matt Boyle
    The GOP establishment can’t make Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel go away. On Friday, McDaniel will be announcing—he told Breitbart News exclusively—a new Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to help conservatives across Mississippi, and the nation, get elected to political office, replacing GOP establishment politicians. The PAC, titled the United Conservatives Fund will focus on “electing conservatives and holding Republicans accountable while messaging conservatism in a way that secures conservatives get a chance to be elected even over some of those in the establishment,” McDaniel tells Breitbart.
  • Outgoing US Defense Secretary Hagel Warns of Limits of Military Power

    01/23/2015 10:54:37 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1-24-2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    “You cannot impose your will, you can’t impose your values, you can’t impose your standards, your institutions on other societies and other countries. It has never worked; it never will work, as noble as you believe [the effort] is,” he is quoted as saying. This conclusion is partially based on his experience as an  infantry soldier in the Vietnam War, as he explains: “The violence, the horrors, the suffering that I saw [in Vietnam] conditioned me … I saw the suffering of our own troops; I saw the suffering of the Vietnamese people; I saw terrible things, which war always...
  • Erick Erickson Apalled That GOP Whip Spoke At White Nationalist Event

    01/03/2015 9:21:33 AM PST · by xzins · 64 replies
    TPM ^ | 29 Dec 14 | Caitlin MacNeal
    After the Washington Post reported that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a 2002 event hosted by a white nationalist group, RedState editor Erick Erickson knocked Scalise's supposed ignorance about the organization. According to the Post's Robert Costa, Scalise appeared at an event for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, but didn't know at the time that the organization was a hate group. Erickson was not willing to give Scalise the benefit of the doubt. "How do you not know? How do you not investigate?" Erickson wrote...
  • The Last Resort: Replace John Boehner (lengthy must read!)

    01/02/2015 5:04:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 1/2/14 | Lester Jackson
    Crominbus was the last straw. Conservatives are now absolutely livid at the RINO Establishment. Rarely, if ever, has such an unmistakable voter mandate been so brazenly nullified before the newly elected could even take office. Calls escalate to "end" the Republican Party because conservatives cannot change it. By contrast, Rush Limbaugh, while lamenting that "the losers in the last election [got] pretty much everything they want[ed]," nevertheless rejects the third party call: "taking over the Republican Party is better." Sarah Palin protests that what House Speaker John Boehner and 162 Republican "yahoos" did "stinks to high heaven," for which Rep....
  • Republican ****tardery for 2016 Presidential Nominations [10 minute video - contains profanity]

    12/27/2014 6:52:27 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 27, 2014 | Aaron Clarey
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...