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  • Graham Knocks Cruz On Guns And Tyranny: 'We Tried That Once... I'm Not Looking For An Insurrection'

    04/16/2015 12:53:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 129 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 4/16/2015 | Sahil Kapor
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's argument that the Second Amendment provides the "ultimate check against government tyranny" is a bit too extreme for potential 2016 rival and fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again," Graham said, in an apparent reference to the Civil War. "I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets." Speaking to a few reporters near the Senate floor Thursday, Graham was answering questions from TPM about the Texas firebrand and presidential candidate's argument made in...
  • Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

    06/29/2015 8:07:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week — it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably. After analyzing the historical demographics of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, along with the overall environment on the ground, I’m confident we already know who can win here next February and who cannot. Championship Tier Given the demographic dominance of evangelicals in the Iowa Caucuses, where they’re about 60 percent of the vote, as well as Iowa Republicans’ documented disdain for activist judges (see Iowa’s historic...
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Trump in Chicago: Says he’s ‘100 percent correct’ about Mexicans, blasts U.S. as ‘laughingstock’

    06/29/2015 8:41:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times / The Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sandra Guy and Bill Zwecker, AP
    Donald Trump brought his in-your-face presidential campaign to Chicago audience on Monday, declaring that if is he is elected, he would make America “rich,” stop illegal immigration and “knock out” federal health-care reform that the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled the law of the land. And even as NBC became the latest network to sever its ties to Trump after he characterized Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, Trump insisted he had nothing to apologize for, saying his remarks were “100 percent correct.”(continued)
  • Why it's important to buy Ted Cruz's book today or tomorrow, if you intend to buy it (Vanity)

    06/29/2015 7:33:35 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 32 replies
    6-29-2015 | Me
    If you intend to buy Ted Cruz's new book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America," then today or tomorrow (6/29 or 6/30) is the absolute best time to do it. It will be released tomorrow, 6/30, and its "numbers" will be counted at that point. On Amazon, with pre-orders, it has already reached #1 in Political Leader Biographies, but it's only #143 in all books. The bigger Ted's book's numbers are, the more press it will get, and the better it makes him look overall. If his book rockets upward in the next couple of days, that...
  • El Paso venue won't allow same-sex marriage ceremonies

    06/29/2015 7:14:25 PM PDT · by proust · 39 replies
    KVIA-ABC ^ | June 29, 2015 | Darren Hunt
    A gay El Paso couple contacted ABC-7 to report an Upper Valley wedding venue that won't let them get married there. The owner of Grace Gardens says she is exercising her religious freedom in denying same-sex marriages.
  • Donald Trump Refuses To Back Down On Immigration Stance After NBC Firing

    06/29/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | June 29 2015 | Bonnie Fuller
    Donald Trump’s not worried about hearing ‘you’re fired’ — and he’s not about to backtrack on his beliefs. Right after NBC cut all ties with him, the presidential candidate was already in a press conference, and revealed that even though NBC doesn’t agree, he still stands by the controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. Following being dropped by NBC on June 29, Donald Trump, 69, revealed that he was not going to backtrack and that NBC was actually just mad that he was running for president. The network announced that they were ending their entire business relationship with Donald Trump, dropping...
  • Ted Cruz: A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

    06/29/2015 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Isara · 7 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Book exposing the ‘Washington Cartel’ hits stores Tuesday, June 30HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced today the release of his long-anticipated book, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America. The book will hit stores nationwide on Tuesday, June 30. A Time for Truth offers unique insights of the inner workings of Washington through the lens of Cruz’s personal experience. In the book, Cruz pointedly identifies the underlying fundamental corruption of Washington’s power players or as he has recently described them, ‘the Washington Cartel’. Cruz convincingly exposes how the rigged game works for DC insiders at...
  • Miss Kansas: ‘Unfair’ to hurt Miss USA pageant for Donald Trump’s speech

    06/29/2015 6:23:19 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 32 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | June 29, 2015 | By LISA GUTIERREZ
    Miss Kansas Alexis Railsback of Shawnee is in Baton Rouge, La., for the Miss USA pageant, which will be July 12. Thanks to NBC’s decision on Monday not to broadcast the pageant, the trip of a lifetime is shrouded in controversy. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/stargazing/article25773886.html#storylink=cpy
  • Ted Cruz Welcomes Endorsement from Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson

    06/29/2015 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/29/15
    Lawmaker Announces Support at Annual PicnicPIERSON, Iowa – Speaking from a flatbed trailer flanked by bales of hay and political yard signs, State Senator Bill Anderson surprised the crowd at his annual picnic this weekend by “doing something I’ve never done before,” and announcing his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for President.Anderson, who is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate, invited Cruz to be the keynote speaker at the annual event held in the ball park outfield at Pierson City Park. When making his introduction, Sen. Anderson highlighted several areas that caused him to give his support to...
  • Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 6:13:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/2015 | By ADAM B. LERNER
    Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a...
  • NBC wants to play hardball? EVERYONE do NOT turn to any channel with NBC on it.

    06/29/2015 3:18:07 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 78 replies
    29 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Quit watching NBC, period. Everyone. Have some backbone and self discipline. Quit watching that network. Permanently, no matter what. I do not watch nor will I ever watch it again.
  • Ted Cruz Accuses Bill de Blasio of Throwing ‘Young African-Americans’ Out of School

    01/13/2015 2:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 13, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has more than the White House on his mind–he’s also taking a shot at Gracie Mansion. The conservative Republican, a probable presidential contender in 2016, blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, for his educational views in a speech he gave yesterday at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cruz, a supporter of charter schools, said Mr. de Blasio’s opposition to Eva Moskowitz’s charter network amounted to throwing “young African-American kids” out of school. “In my view school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. And I gotta say...
  • De Blasio comes up short on results, clout in Albany

    06/29/2015 5:54:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Newsday ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Emily Ngo
    Who's afraid of Mayor Bill de Blasio in Albany? Not state Senate Republicans, who denied his request for permanent mayoral control of New York City schools, granting him one year instead. Not Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who didn't deny he and his team were the unnamed officials in news reports who belittled the mayor as "incompetent" and clueless on influencing the legislative process. Not advocates for charter schools, who won a lifting of a cap for new schools over de Blasio's opposition in the three-way agreement last week among Cuomo, state Senate Republicans and the Democrat-led state Assembly. "There isn't...
  • Cruz: "I Thought That Popularity Was the Holy Grail"

    06/29/2015 5:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    NEW YORK CITY – By his own telling, it’s been a lifelong struggle for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to rein in his self-described “cocky” nature. In adolescence, young adulthood, and now as a junior senator running for the presidency, he has rubbed people the wrong way – and he is self-aware about it. “When I was in junior high and a geek, I thought that popularity was the Holy Grail,” Cruz said in a New York City interview with The Texas Tribune about his new memoir, A Time for Truth. “And in high school, where I achieved some modicum of...
  • Anyone Else Having Trouble Donating to Ted Cruz Using Link From E-Mail

    06/29/2015 5:25:53 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 17 replies
    Me
    Tried to donate to Cruz campaign through an e-mail link they sent me for the fundraiser Million Dollar Money Bomb at their site. The link in e-mail takes you to the site and everything went OK until I got to the section where you put zip code in-there was no way to enter it into the form so I couldn't donate because can't complete the form. I did call them -left message, just wondering if anyone else have this problem.
  • Donald Trump names NH co-chairman (Interesting quote ... "clamoring for Trump bumper stickers")

    06/29/2015 4:47:55 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 21 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | June 29. 2015 | By DAN TUOHY
    A freshman state representative will be named state co-chairman for Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. Rep. Fred Doucette, R-Salem, said he is excited to work for Trump as the real estate mogul seeks the Republican nomination. - See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150629/NEWS0605/150629003/-1/sports0101#sthash.Fcsuooj1.dpuf
  • Ted Cruz: Chief Justice Roberts ‘Put On An Obama Jersey’ With Obamacare Ruling

    06/29/2015 3:51:51 PM PDT · by VinL · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/2015 | Al Weaver
    Sen. Ted Cruz continued his line of attack Monday against Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding Obamacare subsidies, saying that he took off his umpire mask and “put on an Obama jersey” with the ruling. In an appearance on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Cruz told the host that the two Obamacare rulings Roberts made will “go down as some of the most political decisions” in the history of the Supreme Court. The comments come on the heels of Cruz telling Sean Hannity on Friday that the ruling, along with the ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide, marked “some of the...
  • Ted Cruz drops fundraising 'money bomb'

    06/29/2015 3:23:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 6/24/15 | David Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz is imploring supporters to donate $1 million to his presidential campaign by Tuesday, saying in a recorded email appeal that positive fundraising results are important to shaping the media narrative of the 2016 contest. The Texas Republican proved to be a surprisingly prodigious and effective fundraiser in the opening weeks of his White House bid. He raised $4 million online his first week and has told reporters that super PACs backing his candidacy have "banked" an eye-popping $37 million. Now, Cruz is asking his backers to help him close the second fundraising quarter strong to help him...
  • Complete Transcript: Senator Ted Cruz Interview With NPR News

    06/29/2015 3:13:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | 6/29/15 | NPR Staff
    I cannot provide the complete transcript- it’s 17 pages long. I have provided two (2) excerpts and the link. In the 2nd excerpt, Cruz dumbfounds the interviewer by saying- ‘ the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage need not be obeyed, except for the parties to the litigation!” What we all feel in our hearts and souls about the Founders America, Ted Cruz articulates in reasoned argument supported by the law and the Constitution. Like WF Buckley, Ted Cruz cannot be dismissed by the Left as some “rube conservative”; this because he defeats than in intellectual argument. If we’re looking...
  • As homicides rise, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn awaits his professional fate

    06/29/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog.org ^ | june 26, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Amid alarming homicide statistics and dwindling officer morale, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn could soon be getting a contract extension. While there were rumors circulating Thursday that the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission had all but decided a two-year contract extension for Flynn, a commission official said that’s not the case. Contract matters must be discussed and voted on in public. The commission could do just that at its next regularly scheduled meeting July 2. An agenda is slated for release early next week. Flynn’s contract is up in January. [CHIEF CONCERNS: Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn...
  • Girl, 13, Arrested For Vicious Videotaped Attack On Classmate, Young Boy

    06/29/2015 3:00:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    smokinggun.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | smokinggun
    Texas cops last night arrested a 13-year-old girl in connection with a viral video showing her attacking a classmate who was holding a small child in her lap. The teenager surrendered to police and was booked into the Dallas County Henry Wade Juvenile Detention Center on assault and injury to a child charges. Video of the attack can be seen below. Investigators--who did not identify the defendant due to her age--began probing the girl after video of the June 19 assault was posted online. The attack occurred outside an elementary school in Rowlett, a Dallas suburb, and was the result...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:59:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Alex Pappas
    In the introduction to this book, Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014. “For months leading up to this moment, Republican leaders had pledged to their constituents that when it came time to raise the federal debt limit, they would demand meaningful spending reforms from this president,” Cruz wrote. “Rest assured, we were told, the Republicans would insist on it!” But that wasn’t going to work, so the GOP leadership came up with another idea. “For decades, the ordinary procedure in the Senate...
  • Jeb Bush Calls Confederate Flag a ‘Racist’ Symbol

    06/29/2015 2:47:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | June 29, 2015 | Jason Horowitz
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly two weeks after canceling a campaign event scheduled the morning after the deadly attack on a South Carolina church, Jeb Bush on Monday called the Confederate battle flag a “racist” symbol, reflecting the new Republican normal in a Southern primary state vastly altered by the racially motivated killings. The flag was one of “the symbols that have divided the South in many ways, the symbols that were used in most recent modern history, perhaps not at the beginning of the time, but the symbols were racist,” Mr. Bush told an interracial crowd of about 200...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And Do In Private

    06/29/2015 2:37:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be “astonished” if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill. “During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public—as fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for example—and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz writes in his new book, “A Time For Truth.” “Indeed, if transcripts of our Senate lunches were released to the public, I think many voters would be astonished,” the Republican...
  • Jeb Bush Enlists Family in Cash Appeal (but Not His Brother) “ˇTodos por Jeb!”

    06/29/2015 1:48:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/29/15 | Alan Rappeport
    Fund-raising is a family affair for former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. But not the whole family. Facing a Tuesday deadline to raise cash for the first quarter, Mr. Bush’s campaign has enlisted his wife, son and father to solicit donations from supporters in the last two days. There has been no such pitch, however, from the 43rd president, who is his brother. “It’s not the same as when I ran for office, now a single email can raise millions, and every fund-raising deadline is scrutinized,” his father, the first President Bush, wrote in an email. “That’s why Jeb needs...
  • Bishop Strickland’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    06/29/2015 2:10:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Diocese of Tyler ^ | 6/26/2015 | Joseph Edward Strickland
    Joseph Edward StricklandBy the Grace of God and the Apostolic SeeBishop of TylerTO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS AND CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THE THIRTY-THREE COUNTIES OF NORTHEAST TEXAS THAT MAKE UP THE DIOCESE OF TYLER:On the morning of June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 decision establishing the legal right of two individuals of the same sex to legally marry in all 50 states. By doing so, the Court has acted in contradiction to...
  • South Texas Farmer Dies From Bee Attack

    06/29/2015 1:52:31 PM PDT · by bkopto · 19 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | June 29, 2015 | staff
    A South Texas farmer has died after being stung by hundreds of bees while using a tractor on a field near Rio Hondo. The San Benito Fire Department on Monday identified the victim as 53-year-old Rogelio Zuniga. Fire Chief Raul Zuniga Jr., who's a cousin of the victim, says the attack happened Sunday afternoon. Rogelio Zuniga was using a disk on the field when the tractor hit an old concrete pipe meant for irrigation. The fire chief says the bees came from an opening in the pipe. The victim was dead at the scene. The fire chief says an exterminator...
  • Jeb Bush Supports Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico

    06/29/2015 1:40:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/29/15 | Courtney Coren
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said that he supports Puerto Rico filing for bankruptcy in the face of the massive debt the Caribbean island is facing. When Bush visited Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory, on a campaign stop in April, he told a crowd that the public agencies in Puerto Rico should be able to seek bankruptcy under Chapter 9, according to the Puerto Rico Report.
  • Jeb Bush and His Friends Have Spent a Lot of Time Explaining His Bad Business Deals

    06/29/2015 1:33:03 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 6/29/15 | Jaime Fuller
    The Washington Post has a story today about 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush's unfortunate habit of getting involved in business deals destined to crumble and make him look bad. The problem is widespread enough that his career is littered with a graveyard of hilariously halfhearted explanations for his mistakes from friends, staffers, and Bush himself. In 1998 — shortly before he became governor of Florida, Bush told the St. Petersburg Times, according to the Post, “I’m 45 years old. I have to have better radar.” Bush's running mate in his failed gubernatorial bid in 1994, Tom Feeney, argued that the...
  • Jeb Bush did business with crooks, traded on his family connections, Washington Post reports

    06/29/2015 1:27:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    The Week ^ | 6/29/15 | Peter Weber
    Before he was elected governor of Florida in 1998, Jeb Bush "often benefited from his family connections and repeatedly put himself in situations that raised questions about his judgment and exposed him to reputational risk," report Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Tom Hamburger in The Washington Post, noting that five of Bush's business associates have been convicted of crimes. Bush, who cites his business experience to bolster his run for president, says that he was taken advantage of by unscrupulous businessmen and had no knowledge of wrongdoing. The Post found that Bush's intervention with federal officials helped one later-convicted fraudster get...
  • He's Fired! NBC Severs Ties with Donald Trump [For insulting remarks about Mexicans]

    06/29/2015 1:43:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Cape Code Times ^ | 06/29/2015
    NBC has severed all ties with Donald Trump after his insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," the network said in a statement. "To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice on...
  • NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump

    06/29/2015 1:25:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Brian Stelter and Frank Pallotta
    NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump." Speaking to reporters after...
  • Jeb Bush Says Confederate Flag a 'Racist' Symbol

    06/29/2015 1:22:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/29/15 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    Jeb Bush said Monday that the Confederate flag has become a "racist" symbol and applauded efforts to remove the flag outside the South Carolina State Capitol after a racially motivated church shooting. In his first campaign stop in South Carolina since the deadly shooting that killed nine at AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, Bush recalled how he "decided to do something politically incorrect" and removed the flags outside the Florida state house when he was governor in 2001. "The symbols were racist," the Republican presidential candidate said during a campaign stop at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.
  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • The Trump Card

    06/29/2015 1:19:55 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Peter Roff
    Those who think Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination is little more than an ego trip, super-sized, should probably reconsider. The bombastic billionaire from the five boroughs ranks just behind the little man from the Monopoly game when it comes to conspicuous displays of wealth. He lacks anything close to a natural political constituency. He’s been a major donor to candidates and causes on both sides of the aisle and does not, it seems, have anything close to a consistent political ideology. And that, for most political professionals and commentators, is reason enough not to take him seriously....
  • Smith County ‘folds,’ agrees to issue marriage license to same-sex couples (Texas)

    KarenPhillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips, who was facing a lawsuit filed by private counsel after refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, has folded and issued the license, according to lobbyist/activist/former state Rep. Glen Maxey. “Damn it’s hard to find a case this morning to sue their asses,” Maxey wrote on Facebook at about 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, June 29). “Smith County folded. Karen and Jolie have a marriage license.” Maxey also noted that some other hold-out counties had begun issuing licenses: “Williamson County folded. Fort Bend County folded. Bell County...
  • Donald Trump's statement about NBC hits 'lying' Brian Williams

    06/29/2015 12:57:49 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 84 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 29 2015 | Brian Stelter
    After NBCUniversal severed its relationships with Donald Trump on Monday, the billionaire businessman and presidential candidate responded by invoking suspended NBC anchorman Brian Williams and threatening to meet NBC in court. Here is Trump's statement: "As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct--- that is why our country is in serious trouble. (continued at) http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/29/media/donald-trump-statement-nbc-brian-williams/index.html
  • State Employees Are Having A Hard Time Explaining Scott Walker’s New Voting Restrictions

    06/29/2015 1:00:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    United Steel Workers ^ | June 29, 2015 | Alice Ollstein
    When Hillary Clinton issued a sweeping call for expanding and protecting voting rights, and called out Wisconsin and other states for passing discriminatory laws, Governor Scott Walker responded by blasting her views as “extreme” and “far outside the mainstream.” He defended his own record of cutting early voting days and implementing a strict voter ID law, saying these changes “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.” But at a workshop held in Milwaukee in early June, state government employees struggled to explain the byzantine voting restrictions to a crowd of poll workers and community activists. Under Wisconsin’s voter...
  • Democrats call for Legislature to remove Wisconsin's nullified marriage def. in state constitution

    06/29/2015 12:42:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    TribTown, Indiana ^ | June 29, 2015 | DANA FERGUSON
    MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin Democrats on Monday called for the elimination of nullified language in the state's constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Lawmakers held a news conference to introduce the resolution after the U.S. Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing gay marriage nationwide. State Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, and Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, applauded the court's decision and said Wisconsin's constitution should be amended to reflect it. "Finally victory is ours, but with this bill we want to ensure that our beloved state of Wisconsin is on the right side of history by removing this discriminatory...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law

    06/29/2015 12:45:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 90 replies
    Via Fox The Supreme Court blocks Texas restrictions on abortions.
  • Pope: Marriage between man and woman is threatened by gender ideology

    06/08/2015 4:02:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    This morning Pope Francis told the bishops of Puerto Rico, in Rome on their ad limina visit, that the beauty of marriage between man and woman is threatened by the ideology of gender. He also urged them to emphasize family pastoral ministry in order to counteract serious social problems resulting from the assault on traditional family values. Noting that "so-called gender ideology" is challenging the complementarity between a man and a woman under the guise of seeking a more just society, the Holy Father said, "Let me to draw your attention to the value and beauty of marriage. The differences...
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Sorry, Jeb, Puerto Rican Statehood Is an Awful Idea

    04/30/2015 8:21:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/30/2015 | The Editors
    ‘Puerto Rican citizens — U.S. citizens — ought to have the right to determine whether they want to be a state,” Jeb Bush said this week. But they have had the right to determine that several times, and they seem to have determined the answer: No. The former Florida governor also said he thought statehood was a good idea on the merits, which it plainly is not. The most recent occasion for Puerto Ricans to weigh in was 2012, when they technically did end up voting for statehood — in a ballot process that would make Vladimir Putin blush. Voters...
  • Hillary withheld emails on Benghazi & Libyan oil - altered others to downplay sharia

    06/29/2015 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/29/15 | Robert Laurie
    If the White House is disgusted with anything, it's that she got caught According to a report published this weekend, not only did Hillary lie about the YouTube video but she also lied when she said she turned over all of her non-personal emails. ....And at least a few of the emails that she did manage to turn over were sanitized to downplay some politically uncomfortable realities. As the Washington Examiner reports: Hillary Clinton withheld Benghazi-related emails from the State Department that detailed her knowledge of the scramble for oil contracts in Libya and the shortcomings of the NATO-led military...
  • Donald Trump’s Yuuge Hypocrisy

    06/29/2015 12:33:39 PM PDT · by bkepley · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | 4/25/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (and Sid Blumenthal who, like some albino monk in a Dan Brown novel, feels that this is your time to defend the faith from the infidel menace and their horrifying reliance on truth, facts, and logic), So this may be my last “news”letter. We had some good times, didn’t we? I’m not sure what I’ll miss more: The thoughtful e-mails from really smart people offering me insights that never would have occurred to me? We had some good times, didn’t we? I’m not sure what I’ll miss more: The thoughtful e-mails from really smart people offering me insights...
  • Don’t make us pick a side: Ted Cruz and Karl Rove engage in heated war of words

    06/29/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    Ted Cruz didn’t just lament “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history” after the Supreme Court’s rulings on Obamacare and marriage equality late last week — he somehow also mustered up the energy to engage in a war of words with political strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove. The Tea Party Senator and Republican presidential candidate is out with a new book, titled “A Time for Truth,” in which he reveals a whole host of autobiographical tidbits including claims that his Cuban-born father once tried to join Fidel Castro’s army, that he had a porn-watching session...
  • Cruz on Hannity Tonight

    06/29/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 20 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 6/29/2015 | Fox News
    Just saw on Fox that Ted Cruz will be on Hannity tonight for an exclusive interview. 8.P.M. Central
  • Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

    06/29/2015 10:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/29/15 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle. The Texas Republican’s vice chairmanship of the party campaign committee was always a bit mysterious, and in his new book to be released Tuesday, Cruz contends that McConnell, the longtime Kentucky senator who faced perhaps the most vociferous tea party primary challenger of the year, said the NRSC would not be defending its own incumbents. “When I mentioned to Mitch that if the NRSC had its way, every one of those four conservatives would have lost, he...
  • Fournier: Hillary Clinton Undermining Public Trust In Her and Politics In General

    06/29/2015 10:11:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 29, 2015 | BY: Andrew Kugle
    National Journal reporter Ron Fournier said Monday on Morning Joe that Hillary Clinton has undermined the public’s trust in government and politics. “White House officials tell me they’re disgusted with the fact that Hillary Clinton violated their rules on foreign donations, violated their rules on email,” Fournier said. “Well, I haven’t heard the president rebuke her. I haven’t seen his State Department investigate this. So I’ve got to assume that the Obama White House is complicit in this lack of transparency and in this rule breaking and whatever else is going on that we don’t know about.”