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  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • Powell blames Hamas, Islamic Jihad for Palestinians' situation

    06/22/2003 9:25:08 AM PDT · by veronica · 11 replies · 217+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 21, 2003 | Arnon Regular, Yossi Verter, Shlomo Shamir
    DEAD SEA, Jordan - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he was concerned about the Israeli killing of a leading member of Hamas but nevertheless emphasized that Hamas and Islamic Jihad shoulder primary responsibility for the difficult situation facing the Palestinian people. Powell added that Middle East peace negotiators needed to keep working despite the killing of the Hamas leader in Hebron on Saturday at the hands of Israeli special police forces. "I regret we had an incident that could be an impediment to progress," he told a news conference after a meeting of the "Quartet" of key...
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • GOP donors appear in no hurry to commit to 2016 candidate

    01/26/2015 10:50:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2015 6:30 PM EST | Jill Colvin and Philip Elliott
    Add Chris Christie to the list of prospective candidates for president now taking donations, a group of Republicans that might ultimately top two dozen.But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and amplified by 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, some of the party’s most sought-after donors appear content to let things shake out a bit before making a commitment to any one candidate. For many of the party’s biggest fundraisers, signing on with a contender is a two-year commitment that usually includes asking friends, family and colleagues for...
  • Brown, employee unions set to tangle over health insurance

    01/26/2015 6:12:19 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 01/26/2015 | Jon Ortiz
    After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood. But after the governor’s budget proposal two weeks ago, several unions are bracing for tough talks in the coming months about Brown’s determination to cut the state’s costs of insuring employees and retirees.
  • Chris Christie starts 2016 presidential campaign PAC

    01/26/2015 6:00:32 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01/26/2015 | MELISSA HAYES
    Governor Christie moved one step closer to running for president Friday, launching a political action committee with his supporters. The new political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, will give Christie the ability to raise money and assemble a staff for a potential run for president. Christie’s establishment of the committee came just as he was flying to Iowa to woo conservative voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. The Wall Street Journal first reported early this morning that Christie’s team filed paperwork to establish the committee with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The documents have not yet been...
  • Nicolle Wallace Mocks Palin Over Iowa Speech: She's Shed Those 'Annoying Handlers'

    01/26/2015 6:03:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's official: Nicolle Wallace really doesn't like Sarah Palin. On today's Morning Joe, Wallace—who was Palin's chief handler during the 2008 campaign—took the occasion of Palin's speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to jab at the former veep candidate. Wallace had been asked to comment on conservative columnist Byron York's panning of Palin's speech as "long, rambling, and at times barely coherent." York's column also passed along criticism of the speech by a number of Iowa Republicans. Wallace said that it was interesting to see York come "full circle," since back in 2008 he had been a staunch...
  • Ted Cruz takes aim at IRS and ISIS: ‘Time to face reality’ of Obama failures

    01/25/2015 7:27:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 25, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz used his appearance at this weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit to excoriate Obamacare, Islamic State militants and that other evil scourge: the Internal Revenue Service. “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Cruz said to the delight of attendees at the conservative event. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Turning his aim on Obamacare, the senator said it’s time to “repeal every word” of President Obama’s signature health care legislation. But Cruz saved his harshest critique for Obama’s handling of Islamic State, the terrorist group some refer to by the acronym, ISIS. “What’s happening in Iraq is...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • Hillary Lied Under Oath About Benghazi

    04/25/2013 6:41:44 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Apr. 25, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying in January 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said "...what difference at this point does it make?" Clinton was speaking about the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans. Well, Hillary, it does make a difference, as we are now finding out. A report of findings of a Republican led committee accuses Clinton of "...seeking to cover up failures by the State Department that could have contributed to the attack last year that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans." But why was the attack successful? Why was there not adequate security...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • CNN Avoids Mentioning Bill Clinton in Sex Fiend Island Stories

    01/25/2015 12:04:47 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 25, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Pay no attention to the president behind the curtain. Instead we want you to focus entirely upon an utterly powerless prince that we are shining the bright lights upon. Despite the fact that other news outlets are bringing up the name of a certain former president we want you to look only at Prince Andrew of Great Britain. Got that? And if you haven't then we will overwhelm you with Prince Andrew mentions whenever we report on the Sex Fiend Island scandal. Such seems to be the attitude of CNN. Although other news outlets, such as Time, have not refrained...
  • Rupert Murdoch Rips "Hollywood Leftists" Over 'American Sniper'

    01/24/2015 5:53:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 23, 2015 | By THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch says he's a huge fan of American Sniper, and anyone who thinks otherwise -- "Hollywood leftists" in particular -- are completely out of touch with America. Murdoch just weighed in on the left vs. right controversy surrounding the film, after Seth Rogen and Michael Moore both initially appeared to criticize American Sniper on Twitter, sparking a national debate in the process. The mogul, who owns 20th Century Fox movie studios and routinely takes to Twitter to praise Fox films, offered his support for the Clint Eastwood film, which was released by rival Warner Bros. Murdoch wrote on Twitter,...
  • Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign

    01/25/2015 8:42:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Robert Cosa
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid. Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

    01/25/2015 10:51:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 12:05 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party’s elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led a prayer rally that filled the basketball arena at Louisiana State University on Saturday. Called “The Response,” organizers billed the event as a national call to pray “for a nation that has not honored God in our success or humbly...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/25/2015 9:16:15 AM PST · by Rockitz · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Pam Key
    This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, “First and foremost we need to control our border,” ...
  • Perry, Cruz thrill Iowa conservatives at 2016 field's first big gathering

    01/25/2015 9:25:32 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 24 January 2015 11:18 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Texans Ted Cruz and Rick Perry courted Iowa conservatives on Saturday at the first major gathering of the 2016 Republican field — a chance for more than a half-dozen White House hopefuls to throw elbows, shape narratives, generate buzz and frame the choice to their advantage.Perry, making his first foray as an ex-governor, cast himself as a seasoned executive who can actually point to achievements — unlike, say, a senator.“I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment, of mediocrity and decline, a slow-course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for...
  • Sarah Palin appearance at Freedom Summit was a total crowd-pleaser: FULL SPEECH

    01/25/2015 9:28:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 66 replies
    The Right Scoop via CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | soopermexican
    While Scoop has done a good job of debunking the rumor that Palin said she was interested in running for the presidency in 2016 already, some are saying she hinted at it in this speech. Whether she did or not, she packed it full of puns and zingers and really pumped up the crowd.
  • Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy [Accepts Common Core, Amnesty, Cap & Trade]

    01/25/2015 9:46:51 AM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 25, 2015
    Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee made it clear on Sunday that he's preparing to jump into the 2016 presidential race. "When you become an active candidate, then you file the FEC papers. But I think it's pretty evident that I'm moving in that direction," he told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press. Huckabee said he will decide whether to formally launch a presidential campaign by the late spring. Huckabee also defended his breaks from conservative orthodoxy on Common Core education standards, immigration and cap and trade. He said he would support a...
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm

    01/25/2015 4:57:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker’s stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches. “It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig...
  • 'Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit

    01/25/2015 2:40:21 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the fired-up audience. The firebrand senator compared the EPA to a locust and got a huge reaction when he demanded to “repeal every word of ObamaCare.” Sarah Palin, too, after telling reporters she’s thinking about a 2016 run, laced her speech with snappy one-liners as she lit into the current president. Of Obama, she said: “America, he’s just not that into you.” The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also knocked the idea of a Hillary Clinton run. “Hey Iowa, can anyone stop Hillary?...
  • Iowa Freedom Summit, John Bolton

    01/25/2015 7:30:08 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 1 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | C-SPAN
    Former Ambassador John Bolton spoke at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit held at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

    01/24/2015 10:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jon Ward
    Bush was one of several likely Republican presidential candidates to avoid an event Saturday hosted by immigration hardliner and Iowa congressman Steve King.When Jeb Bush said that to win the presidential election a Republican candidate might have to lose the primary, he probably had a weekend like this one in mind. In Iowa, a host of second-tier possible presidential candidates — and a few big names — flocked to the first major event of the Republicans’ 2016 cycle: a cattle call of party speakers hosted by western Iowa congressman Steve King. King, whose often personal and derogatory criticism of undocumented...
  • Republican Fiorina Takes Aim at Clinton in Iowa

    01/24/2015 8:56:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | ABC News
    Businesswoman Carly Fiorina is introducing herself to Iowa's Republican voters by drawing contrast with the top prospective candidate on the Democratic side. Fiorina went hard at Hillary Rodham Clinton in a speech Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Fiorina cast the former secretary of state as a disappointment on the world stage who failed to defuse serious foreign policy threats.
  • Get on the Ted Cruz support list!

    01/24/2015 7:06:07 PM PST · by SandwicheGuy · 32 replies
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  • Sarah Palin and American Sniper Widow Taya Kyle Team Up for Charity Event

    01/24/2015 6:33:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    People Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Janine Rayford Rubenstein
    Sarah Palin (left) and Taya Kyle When it comes to supporting military families, Taya Kyle – widow of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who's portrayed by Bradley Cooper in American Sniper – is on the front lines. And former Alaskan governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin says she couldn't be prouder of Kyle's involvement. "Like most military families, Taya never stops giving of herself to support others," Palin, a friend of the former military officer, wrote in a Facebook post Friday. The two teamed up with the Sportsman Channel for a reception at the Vegas Shot Show in on...
  • Immigration protesters HECKLE Rick Perry and Chris Christie at conservative political summit in Iowa

    01/24/2015 4:48:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    Illegal immigration jumped to the front of Iowa conservatives' minds on Saturday when a group of protesters heckled two potential presidential candidates for disagreeing with President Barack Obama's recent moves on the subject. 'If you become president, will you deport our families?' the group of eight shouted over and over from the balcony, after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke about how he had mobilized his state's National Guard troops to patrol America's southern border. (SNIP) Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman in a shrinking House minority, held a small event across the street from the...
  • Obama, Clinton tensions build over email lists ahead of 2016

    01/24/2015 9:29:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/15 | Amie Parnes, Niall Stanage
    New tensions are emerging in the relationship between allies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. At issue is the fate of the political equivalent of gold dust — the enormous email list, comprised of many millions of supporters and donors, that the Obama team has compiled over the course of his two presidential campaigns. The Clinton camp would dearly love to get its hands on the list, but there is no promise as yet that the president’s aides will comply. There are “large concerns” about the lists among Clinton supporters, one Hillary ally told The Hill. To the Clintons and...
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • If elected, Trump will build “a beauty” of a wall on the southern border

    01/24/2015 4:28:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    No political summit involving people who at least claim that they want to run for President would be complete without an appearance by Donald Trump. I’ll give the man one thing… he knows how to put on a show, and I’m not just talking about Celebrity Apprentice. After initially coming out and saying that he would have demolished Barack Obama if he’s stayed with the race the last time he ran, The Donald knew just what sort of red meat to throw to the crowd. Trump told that crowd that if he runs in 2016, his first order of business...
  • Palin: 'Screw the Hollywood left'

    01/24/2015 4:10:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jessica Taylor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lambasted Hollywood liberals in a rambling speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. The party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, who said this week she’s “ interested” in a presidential bid, took the stage with to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” feeding off the energy of the crowd as she jumped from conservative topic to topic. Her speech was replete with memories of her own trips to Iowa, but she also focused on one recent controversy — defending criticism over the country’s top-grossing movie, “American Sniper.” Palin detailed how she and her family were...
  • Palin 'seriously interested' in 2016 run, adding another big name to growing potential field

    01/24/2015 1:09:28 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 119 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | January 24, 2015 | Fox News
    Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin is saying she is “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016, injecting some intrigued into next year’s race and the already crowded field of potential GOP candidates.
  • Exclusive — Ted Cruz Details ‘Path to Victory’ for ‘Epochal Fork in the Road’ 2016 Election with

    01/24/2015 11:04:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    DES MOINES, Iowa — In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News backstage at the Iowa Freedom Summit, potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) detailed the pathway to victory for Republicans in 2016—and he explained a new phrase he started using in his speech minutes earlier. Cruz introduced a new major theme, the “Miracle of America,” in his speech to the thousands of Iowans gathered at the event hosted by Citizens United and Rep. Steve King (R-IA).“What I want to talk to you about today is reigniting the Miracle of America,” Cruz said in his speech in the Hoyt...
  • Cruz to GOP: Find a nominee who can 'reignite the extraordinary miracle of America'

    01/24/2015 4:13:46 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 24, 2015 | 5:32 PM | SARAH WESTWOOD
    Sen. Ted Cruz delivered an impassioned speech Saturday before conservatives at the Iowa Freedom Summit that called on lawmakers to pass bold reforms like abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and stripping the Environmental Protection Agency of much of its authority.The Texas firebrand also pressed his fellow conservatives to "repeal every word of Obamacare" and to steel the southern border against illegal immigration."This country was built on incredible opportunities that if you're a single mom waiting tables, you can do anything," he said. "There's been no country in the history of the world that has let so many millions come and...
  • Does Iowa Still Heart Huckabee? Former governor is hinting at another run. But 2016 is not 2008.

    01/24/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dave Price
    efore Mike Huckabee ran in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Lori Jungling, a mother of four in Altoona, about 15 minutes outside Des Moines, had never been involved in a presidential campaign. Actually, Jungling had never even bothered to vote. But in 2007, the message from the Baptist minister-turned-Republican Arkansas governor made its way to Jungling’s personal faith-first foundation, and soon enough she was volunteering—a lot. Calls, emails, tweets, events. She even served as state director for Huck PAC, Huckabee’s 2008 grassroots political action committee. She didn’t take one dime. “He believes what I believe,” she told me. That’s the kind...
  • Scott Walker Goes Big and Bold at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker eschewed the podium at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, opting to use the full stage to work the room with an incredibly high-energy speech that repeatedly stressed the themes of “common sense conservative reform” and the GOP’s need to “go big and go bold” if they want to win in American politics today. Walker ended by telling Iowans, “I’m going to come back many more times in the future” and pointed to a broader American revival similar to the one he said he’s led in Wisconsin. This seemed to be a clear sign that Walker intends to...
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 226 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • In Iowa, Cruz imagines ‘reigniting the miracle of America’

    01/24/2015 3:38:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics ^ | January 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz unveiled a possible new theme for a 2016 presidential campaign — “reigniting the miracle of America” — as he wooed the Iowa conservative activists critical to a victory in the Republican caucuses next year. “It is the most important cause that unifies us together, and Iowa believes in the miracle of America,” he said Saturday. Appearing at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the unofficial kickoff of the race to win the Iowa caucuses, Texas’ junior senator appealed to the evangelical voters who could cast about half of the votes in February. Cruz spoke thoroughly about both Mayor Annise Parker’s...
  • Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes

    01/24/2015 2:49:45 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17:32 EST, 24 January 2015 | David Martosko
    Ted Cruz wows Iowans with sermon-style political speech and corny Islam jokes: Those 9/11 hijackers 'weren't a bunch of ticked off Presbyterians'  At the Iowa Freedom Summit, he boomed a Reaganesque sermon complete with scripture references and an altar call – just send a text messageCruz had spent all week in Washington, he told a Des moines crowd, 'So it's great to be back in America'He said the US should close the IRS and post all 110,000 employees on its southern border – an army of tax agents to scare illegal immigrantsHis biggest applause line was a call to strip U.S....
  • Cruz, King propose legislation to revoke citizenship of those joining terrorists

    01/24/2015 2:42:18 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    p>The summit, which Ed is covering live, is breaking all sorts of news. One interesting item to come out this weekend is a new proposal from Steve King in the House and Ted Cruz in the Senate which would strip the US citizenship of any persons who sign on to fight with ISIS or other terrorist groups. Two arch-conservatives unveiled legislation on Friday to revoke the U.S. citizenship of anyone who seeks to join a group designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.The Expatriate Terrorist Act, offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX),...
  • Texas Sen. Cruz says of 2016 field: ‘Don’t talk, show me’

    01/24/2015 2:28:12 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | 2:03 p.m
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas' junior senator is challenging early caucus state voters to back only presidential candidates with a proven conservative track record. Sen. Ted Cruz tells conservatives gathered at the Iowa Freedom Summit that the standard should be, "Don't talk, show me." The Republican was among several would-be presidential candidates appearing Saturday at the forum.
  • Love Affair Between Iowans, Ted Cruz Continues

    01/24/2015 2:23:51 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | January 24, 2015 4:52 PM | Eliana Johnson
    Des Moines, Iowa – The love affair between the Iowa voters and Ted Cruz is going strong. The Texas senator, pacing across the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit in a tan blazer and slacks, praised the state’s “unique and special role in the political process.” Iowa voters, he said, have a responsibility ”to scrutinize every candidate for national office, to look them in the eyes and to hold them to account.” The tea-party darling urged them to be discerning when presidential contenders begin streaming through the state vaunting their conservative credentials. It helps, of course, that nobody can out-conservative Ted Cruz. “Every candidate is...
  • Scott Walker shows fire in Iowa

    01/24/2015 1:37:05 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered a fiery speech in Iowa on Saturday, wowing the conservative crowd with a passionate argument for small government and his own lengthy resume.
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare: How it’s already ruining the party’s ’16 strategy

    01/23/2015 12:49:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP elites want Americans to think the party's boring and safe again. Maybe someone should notify the Tea Party. If you’re understandably perplexed by the Republican Party’s apparent decision to enter the post-Obama era by nominating either another member of the Bush dynasty, or another version of Mitt Romney, there’s at least one way to think about it that might help explain the seemingly inexplicable. Put simply, the leaders of the GOP, the people who tend to be referred to as “the establishment,” fervently believe that in order to win in 2016, Republicans will have to convince voters that the...
  • A couple of reasons why Hillary Clinton will never be president

    01/23/2015 12:49:30 PM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 50 replies
    RedState ^ | January 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM | streiff
    Other than being an elderly, unaccomplished crone, I mean. If you are wondering who the delectable young things are that Bill Clinton has latched onto like a lamprey eel, let me introduce you to “Barbie Girl” and “Ava Adora.” What do they do for a living? Barbie Girl starred in an HBO reality series called “Cathouse,” filmed at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada where she and Ava Adora are employees. How does this matter? Britain’s Prince Andrew is embroiled in a sex scandal. He has been accused of paying to have sex with a 17 year old girl (Thank...
  • In Prelude to 2016, Anti-Clinton Groups Are Just Beginning

    01/23/2015 12:48:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | AMY CHOZICK
    "..........While all politicians endure scrutiny and efforts by the other side to define them, the attacks on Mrs. Clinton often take on a personal tone, which her defenders say is driven by an electorate still coming to terms with the possibility of a female president. ......A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Kirsten Kukowski, said it is not an “either/or” question of whether to point out scandals from Mrs. Clinton’s early years or her current record and finances. Internal polling has shown, she said, that attacks on Mrs. Clinton’s more recent years resonate more effectively with voters. (The R.N.C. is...
  • 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.