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  • The special hell of a Cruz rally: What it's like to spend an evening with GOP’s oiliest operator

    02/06/2016 1:23:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Salon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Gary Legum
    There is a boisterous Oath Keeper leaking alcohol from every pore sitting three seats away from me in a Nashua, New Hampshire, middle school auditorium hosting a Ted Cruz town hall. I'm wondering if it's too late to change seats. The guy is wearing a camouflage jacket that doesn't quite hide the bulging middle-age belly straining at the faded Patriots T-shirt underneath. He's carrying a sign that reads "Like a Cruz missile, Ted will destroy ISIS" on one side and "Cruzin West" on the other, a plea for the Texas senator to pick former Florida congressman Allen West as his...
  • No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

    02/06/2016 12:02:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 2-5-2015 | Rudy Panko
    It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war. As the SAA closes in on Aleppo, Russia is paving the way for a new offensive in northern Homs. And by "paving the way", we really mean "36 hours of continuous airstrikes" For 36 straight hours, the Russian Air Force has pulverized the Islamist rebel defenses in northern Homs, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) prepare to strike the imperative...
  • Ron Paul: Ted Cruz is no libertarian [truth is, libertarians in Iowa stood with Ted]

    02/05/2016 11:14:07 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | February 5, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    Now that Rand Paul is out of the race for the White House his father Ron Paul, who ran in 2008 and 2012, isn't impressed by Ted Cruz's attempts to pick up the "free market" libertarian banner. "You take a guy like Cruz, people are liking the Cruz - they think he's for the free market, and [in reality] he's owned by Goldman Sachs. I mean, he and Hillary have more in common than we would have with either Cruz or Trump or any of them so I just don't think there is much picking," Paul said of the Texas...
  • Dean: 'Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like’

    02/05/2016 9:49:26 PM PST · by Chode · 4 replies
    the hill ^ | February 05, 2016, | Mark Hensch
    Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) said Friday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) should not boast about his freedom from super-PACs given his ties with organized labor.“I don’t hear anybody asking Bernie Sanders for transcripts of some speech he made for a labor union,” he told host Andrea Mitchell on “MSNBC Live."“For Bernie to say he doesn’t have a super-PAC…labor unions are super-PACs.Labor unions are super-PACs Democrats like so we don’t go after labor unions.” Dean then criticized Sanders for implying Clinton is in the pocket of Wall Street after giving paid speeches for major financial firms in the past.“This is...
  • Carson speaker 'devastated' by bogus report

    02/05/2016 9:38:41 PM PST · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    wcf Courier ^ | February 5, 2016 | Pat Kinney
    INDEPENDENCE - This was something new for Naomi Probert: Stand in front of a crowd of 500 people and tell them why she feels someone should be elected president of the United States. The married mother of adopted Haitian children ages 5 and 6 found one candidate spoke to her heart: Dr. Ben Carson. She and her family met Carson, personally, a day earlier in Manchester. The experience only reinforced her support for him. So much so, she was willing to speak on his behalf at her Republican precinct caucus Monday night at Independence High School. In fact, her kids...
  • Who of the Candidates Has Fairest Tax Plan of All?

    02/05/2016 9:22:38 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 6, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    With the first real votes being cast in the presidential race Monday, this is an opportune moment to do some last-minute comparison shopping on the candidates' tax reform plans. On this issue there's a lot to cheer about. All the Republican candidates have crafted plans that would slash tax rates for everyone and most would vastly simplify the thousands of pages of IRS tax code. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have endorsed flat-tax plans that, for full disclosure, were designed by Arthur Laffer and myself. These plans have drawn some criticism from the Right of late, though these attacks are...
  • The (new) Donald — Trumpelstiltskin

    02/05/2016 9:16:38 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 43 replies
    http://atimes.com/2016/02/trumpelstiltskin/ ^ | February 4, 2016 | Spengler
    No-one doubts that Cruz, a former national college debating champion, is exceptionally bright. Most exceptionally bright people cannot resist the temptation to wing it, simply because they can. Not so Cruz. He combines high intelligence with enormous discipline and capacity for work. Betsy McCaughey, a former Republican Lieutenant-Governor of New York, observes that self-discipline of this kind bespeaks humility: he is smart enough to know that even smart people can make big mistakes, and that hard work is the best insurance against missteps. Humility is not a personality trait one immediately associates with a politician who has opposed virtually all...
  • Free Republic Caucus 2016 02/06

    02/05/2016 8:59:45 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 120 replies
    My own workup | 02/06/2016 | DoughtyOne / for Free Republic
    Welcome to the Free Republic CaucusPlease read the rules, and participate according to the guidelines provided. Thank you. REMEMBER: To find the Caucus thread for the day, Search "Caucus". The New Hampshire Primary takes place in three days. Only vote on this thread on: 02/06/2016 another thread will pop up five minutes before: 02/07/2016Wait to vote until 12:00 midnight EST, and don't vote after 12:00 midnight EST at the at the end of the day. Look for the new thread. Votes outside the 24 hour period, will not be counted. Give it five minutes or so on...
  • Worried about Clinton, Biden Backer mulls another push for VP

    02/05/2016 8:58:00 PM PST · by iowamark · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/5/2015 | Ed Henry
    Panic among some Democrats about Hillary Clinton running into trouble with Bernie Sanders is spreading so rapidly that the idea of drafting Vice President Joe Biden is popping up yet again. Fox News has learned that a prominent backer of the "Draft Biden 2016" movement, Tulsa businessman Bill Bartmann, fired off an email Friday afternoon to several dozen Democratic allies musing about the possibility of reviving the push for Biden. "I would urge all of you to join me in 'keeping our powder dry' until we see if for the good of the party and the country, we should resurrect...
  • Mass Immigration/Globalism are Prerequisites to Fundamental American Change

    02/05/2016 8:35:01 PM PST · by mbrfl · 38 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 5, 2016 | Sundance
    The head of Fox News, Mr. Wall Street, aka billionaire Rupert Murdoch (not an American) is one of the strongest advocates for mass immigration into the U.S. to fundamentally change the dynamics of the U.S. economy. This approach further solidifies the modern American future as service driven only - a traditional class society, "haves and have-much-less". The middle class evaporates along with the lost jobs and wages.
  • Pharma Bad Boy Martin Shkreli Is a Big Democrat Donor

    02/05/2016 8:31:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 5, 2016 | Debra Heine
    Martin Shkreli, the disgraced pharmaceutical executive who pleaded the Fifth and then smirked and fidgeted his way through a congressional hearing yesterday, is a big Democrat donor.Democrats have castigated Shkreli for hiking the price of a potentially lifesaving drug by more than 5,000 percent. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, berated Shkreli during the hearing: "I call this money blood money ... coming out of the pockets of hardworking Americans," he said indignantly.Cummings might be interested to know that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign in July 2015 took $33,400 of Shkreli's "blood money."...
  • Obama Urges Congress to Approve TPP ‘This Year’

    02/05/2016 8:29:35 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 02/04/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    After trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other countries on either side of the Pacific on Thursday signed one of the biggest trade deals in history, President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to approve it "this year." Obama said in a statement he would "continue working with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to enact it [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] into law as soon as possible so our economy can immediately start benefiting from the tens of billions of dollars in new export opportunities." "We should get TPP done this year and give more American workers the shot at success...
  • BREAKING: Phyllis Schlafly Issues 15 PAGE ‘Rubio Betrayal Memo’ – Updated

    02/05/2016 8:28:28 PM PST · by TBBT · 108 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/5/16 | Jim Hoft
    Picture taken Nov. 15, 2009, in Sanibel, Florida in the Andrews home at fundraiser they hosted for Marco Rubio, when nobody gave Rubio any chance to defeat Charlie Crist. Phyllis Schlafly made a special trip to Florida, at Pat Andrew's request, to headline the event. Phyllis Schlafly is a retired American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She has led the conservative movement for 50 years. Schlafly came to national attention when millions of copies of her self-published book, A Choice, Not an Echo, were distributed in support of Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign....
  • Group Backing Chris Christie Criticizes John Kasich for Lehman Brother Ties ( Donald Trump's words)

    02/05/2016 7:43:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 31 January 2016 | By Nick Corasaniti and Alexander Burns
    Donald J. Trump has criticized Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio at numerous debates, including for his tenure as a managing general partner at a bank that was central to the financial crisis. Now, America Leads, the “super PAC” supporting Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is putting some money behind Mr. Trump’s accusations in a withering attack ad aimed at Mr. Kasich. It begins with Mr. Kasich saying “I was a banker and I was proud of it,” before cutting to Mr. Trump’s criticism, and rifling through Mr. Kasich’s record as both a congressman and a businessman, accusing him...
  • Marco Rubio Stole Ted Cruz’s Iowa Bounce

    02/05/2016 7:14:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 61 replies
    HOLLIS, N.H. — A candidate is moving up in the New Hampshire polls — but it’s the man who finished third in the Iowa Republican caucuses, Marco Rubio, and not the Iowa winner, Ted Cruz. Below is a comparison of our New Hampshire weighted polling average as it was on Feb. 1, the date of the caucuses, and where it stood as of 2 p.m. today (Feb. 5):
  • MEGYN KELLY Lands BIG BOOK DEAL After Bashing Donald Trump in GOP Debate

    02/05/2016 6:59:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/05/16 | Jim Hoft
    Thanks Donald Trump! Megyn Kelly bashed Donald Trump at the first GOP Republican Primary Debate. The liberal media loved it! Now she has a lucrative book deal. Megyn Kelly landed a $10 million book deal this week.
  • Trump and Socialist Bernie Sanders Favored to Win New Hampshire by Sports Betting Site

    02/05/2016 6:54:09 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/05/16 | Jim Hoft
    TRUMP & SANDERS FAVORED BY PRACTICALLY TWO TOUCHDOWNS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY Donald Trump and Socialist Bernie Sanders are favored to win New Hampshire according to a sports betting site. Via Sports Betting Dime-- FEB. 5, 2016 - The 6-point spread in the Big Game on Sunday is nothing compared to spreads in the New Hampshire Primary from the odds-makers at www.SportsBettingDime.com. Just a few days hours before Granite State voters head to the polls, Donald Trump (-13.5 points) and Bernie Sanders (-14.5 points) have been installed as prohibitive favorites. So if you feel betting the results is too risky...
  • Donald Trump rolls out the expletives at Portsmouth rally

    02/05/2016 6:31:23 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 259 replies
    CBS News ^ | February, 5, 2016 | JACQUELINE ALEMANY
    PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire "And you can tell them to go f**k themselves," Donald Trump told a crowd at a Portsmouth Rally on Thursday night, uttering the expletive at the climax of the riff on his tax proposal. He was referring to companies that have relocated overseas for more favorable tax rates. (Trump: I'd be a "much different person" as president) Trump often relies on expletives and crude language to spice up his stump speech, though Thursday evening's event was a little more profane than usual...
  • Trump Hammers Illegal Alien Gangs in America: ‘Beyond Belief’ MS-13 Has Foothold in Boston

    02/05/2016 6:22:33 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/05/16 | Matthew Boyle
    Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner who's polling ahead of all his opponents here in New Hampshire, told Breitbart News on Friday morning that America is in dire straits if voters don't elect someone president who can get the nation's immigration crisis under control. "If somebody great doesn't get in as president, we don't have a country anymore," Trump responded when asked by Breitbart News for his thoughts on recent congressional testimony by border patrol agents that the nation's immigration laws are basically nullified. "We're not going to have a country anymore." The testimony, as reported by the Washington...
  • USA Transnational Report - Guest Kevin D. Freeman TOMORROW (2/6) 8 AM EST

    02/05/2016 6:20:09 PM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN FREEMAN! Saturday (2/6) 8 AM EST!!! Kevin Freeman is a NY Times bestselling author and considered one of the world's leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. His research has been presented in critical DoD studies and he has been asked to brief or present to the FBI, DIA, ONA, SEC, Naval War College, HASC, Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, IARPA, and a host of government agencies tasked with protecting America. Topics of Discussion: >What is economic terrorism? >Can foreign enemies manipulate our stock market? >Are they doing it today? >Election & Economic...
  • Bobby Jindal throws support behind Marco Rubio

    02/05/2016 6:13:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/05/2016 | By Eugene Scott and Lauren Selsky
    CNN --Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Friday endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president."Marco can unify our party. His optimistic message is bringing voters from across the party lines, from across different demographic groups," Jindal told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "He can unify our party. He can win this election in November." "I think he's a principled conservative. I think he is the right guy to lead us forward," he added.Jindal, who also was a candidate for president until he dropped his campaign in November, also said he was impressed by Rubio's foreign policy."Marco's been consistent about strengthening...
  • Chris Matthews Makes His Own Anti-Bernie Republican Ad

    02/05/2016 6:03:09 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Bernie Sanders becomes the Dem nominee, the GOP might wind up having to pay royalties to Chris Matthews . . On this evening's Hardball, Matthews aired what he himself said could be an anti-Bernie Republican ad, cobbled together from clips of various radical statements Sanders has made over the years. In Chris' commercial, Sanders is seen saying he's a socialist, confirming he's not a capitalist, admitting that he applied for conscientious objector status, indicating that he would raise taxes to somewhere between 50 and 90%, and preaching political "revolution." Workers of the world: unite behind Bernie! View the video...
  • Grading Gov. Tom Wolf's first year: C

    02/05/2016 5:59:21 PM PST · by lightman · 20 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 5 February AD 2016 | YDR Editorial Board
    REPORT CARD First marking period Student: Thomas Westerman Wolf, governor Freshman, Class of 2018 Grading scale: 0.0-4.0 Overall effectiveness (weighted) Grade: 2.0 Comments: Thomas is an idealistic student and a hard worker. In the past, he has demonstrated skills that qualified him for this honors program. He has been successful in business and as a community leader, bringing together people with different viewpoints to cooperate and achieve common goals. So far, however, he has not successfully brought those skills to bear on his primary task: Passage of a state budget that reflects his governing philosophy. It would be unfair to...
  • George Will on Primary Race (video)

    02/05/2016 5:55:09 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | February 4, 2016 | George Will
    George Will on Primary Race (video)
  • Barbara Bush on Donald Trump: 'I'm sick of him'

    02/05/2016 5:49:52 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 80 replies
    KXLH ^ | Ashley Killough
    Jeb Bush has suggested in the past that his blunt, outspoken, 90-year-old mother has strong opinions about Donald Trump. Sitting next to the former first lady in a joint interview with CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel, Bush cautioned his mom when she was asked what she really thinks about the real estate titan. "Be careful," Bush murmured to his mom. Barbara Bush initially declined to show her true feelings about Trump, the man who's been tearing into her son for more than six months as someone who's "dumb as a rock" and "low energy." But then she changed her mind....
  • The best moment of the Florence, SC Trump rally!!

    02/05/2016 5:39:20 PM PST · by dynoman · 23 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-5-15 | Trump
    The moment when Trump turns around and sees the five young people who's shirts spell TRUMP.
  • Jeb's Super PAC May Have Hinted the End Is Nigh

    02/05/2016 5:36:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 5, 2016 | Stephen Kruiser
    Via Politico: The pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise on Friday ordered a series of shifts in TV advertisement time — a decision that is potentially fraught with implications for Bush's candidacy. The group had planned to begin airing commercials on Monday in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, and Oklahoma — all states that hold primaries on March 1. But Right to Rise on Friday moved the start dates for the ads three days later, to Thursday, according to two media tracking sources. The shift appears small. But in altering the start date from Monday to Thursday, Right to Rise...
  • Hillary misleading about email probe during debate, former FBI agents say

    02/05/2016 5:23:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2016 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne
    Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night's Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents. In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, "I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out." Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from...
  • Cruz's Iowa Win in Part Due to Culture of Kindness and Courage at Campaign HQ

    02/05/2016 5:21:09 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 118 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    On Monday night, the Republican Party gave the first victory of 2016 to the first Hispanic candidate for president of the United States, Ted Cruz. Sen. Cruz won for many reasons: his outsider appeal, disciplined message, and sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation. But after two trips to Iowa to volunteer for Cruz, I noticed something else about the Cruz campaign that probably made a difference. I’ve worked on many campaigns. I started with George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign when I was 14, and I’ve volunteered at the grassroots level every year since. A wise mentor once told me the kind of organization...
  • Sheldon Adelson Brings On More Former Politicians In Anti-Online Poker Push

    02/05/2016 5:05:49 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 31 replies
    cardplayer.com ^ | Jul 16, 2015 | Brian Pempus
    The Sheldon Adelson-backed group that is trying to outlaw online poker in America has brought on former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) to help lobby for the ban, according to reporting from The Hill. (SNIP) Graham’s legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
  • Hillary’s advisers from Hell

    02/05/2016 4:57:40 PM PST · by Lera · 14 replies
    So it turns out that the advice Hillary Clinton gets from her advisers regarding Israel is overwhelmingly anti-Israel: ...the stream of anti-Israel advice received by Hillary was much more comprehensive than that which came from just [Sidney Blumenthal]. In the entire batch of Hillary's emails, you will be hard pressed to find a single email that is sympathetic towards the Jewish state, from any of the people on whom she relied. ... These emails seem to demonstrate that a huge segment of her close advisers and confidants were attacking Israel, condemning Netanyahu, and strategizing about how to force Israel to...
  • Jeb Bush: Maybe Marco Rubio's Many Noisy, Noisy Fans Should Put a Sock In It...

    02/05/2016 4:57:05 PM PST · by TBBT · 22 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 2/5/16 | Ace
    Jeb Bush: Maybe Marco Rubio's Many Noisy, Noisy Fans Should Put a Sock In It And Let Their Goldenboy Stand On His Own Two Feet, If He Can Manage That Trick --Ace SECOND LOOK AT JEB BUSH? Great post by Allah. What's going on is that Marco fans, and boy, does he have a lot of them in the right media, are demanding that all of Marco Rubio's rivals lay their bodies down upon the ground so that Marco can walk upon their backs without getting his high Cuban heels muddied. People I quite like are seriously going out of...
  • Senator: 'Ted Cruz is my friend'

    02/05/2016 4:51:06 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 49 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2/5/16 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Mike Lee doesn't like it when GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump claims that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has no friends in the Senate. "It makes me mad when Trump says that," Lee told the Washington Examiner this week. "Ted Cruz is my friend, so if Mr. Trump or anyone else is saying Ted Cruz doesn't have any friends in the Senate, I can say unequivocally, that is not true. I am his friend and I don't regard myself as alone in that either." Lee in 2010 became the first Tea Party candidate to upset an incumbent GOP senator.Trump has...
  • President Obama’s Speech at Islamic Center of Baltimore: A Fact Check

    02/05/2016 3:38:10 PM PST · by vekzen · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2016 | clare lopez
    Whatever the reason, President Barack Obama got a lot of things factually wrong in his 3 February 2016 speech at the Islamic Center of Baltimore. Things that are basic to doctrinal Islam are not only knowable because they are readily available in English but, it might be argued, obligatory that an American commander-in-chief should know in fulfillment of his oath to defend the Constitution against “all enemies foreign and domestic.”
  • Christie Doubles Down on 'Boy in the Bubble' Comment, Hammers Rubio on Youth, Inexperience

    02/05/2016 4:25:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    A few days ago in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie called his presidential rival Marco Rubio the "boy in the bubble." He was referring to Rubio's supposed lack of facetime with voters, instead relying on manufactured town halls and scripted answers. Yet, pundits can't help thinking the New Jersey governor was also targeting Rubio's youth. Judge for yourself: "We know who the boy in the bubble is up here who never answers your questions, who's constantly scripted and controlled because he can't answer your questions," Christie said. "So when Senator Rubio gets here, when the boy in the bubble gets...
  • Bobby Jindal endorses Rubio on Greta.

    02/05/2016 4:20:14 PM PST · by mtrott · 76 replies
    Vanity
    Lol, Jindal throwing in with the GOPe.
  • Des Moines Register: Cruz ran 'campaign of deceit

    02/05/2016 3:56:36 PM PST · by MichelleWSC3 · 161 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 05, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    The Des Moines Register is accusing White House contender Ted Cruz of carrying out a "campaign of deceit," calling his actions troubling for Iowa Republican voters. The state's paper of record charged the Cruz campaign with peddling "pure, unadulterated fiction" when it sent voting mailers that appeared to be from the government. The mailers told voters they had received a "voting violation" because of poor caucus participation in the past and for sharing information about other voters. "This was simply a politically motivated attempt to shame certain people into caucusing by assigning them 'grades' and 'scores' that had absolutely no...
  • Ultimate humiliation: Trump gets burned on Twitter… by Jeb

    02/05/2016 3:34:53 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 58 replies
    BGR ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Brad Reed
    Have you ever played Quake III Arena and gotten killed by someone armed with only a Gauntlet? Do you remember the voice that taunted you right afterward by blurting out the single word, HUMILIATION? Well the equivalent of that just happened to doughy Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who got absolutely burned on Twitter by none other than Jeb Bush. Yes, that supposedly low-energy Jeb Bush. FROM EARLIER: Intern caught sleeping on his second day of work gets trolled by the entire Internet It all started when The Donald announced that he was moving one of his events to Monday...
  • Heilemann: Governors in GOP Field See Rubio as a 'Punk'

    02/05/2016 3:14:16 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With all due respect, indeed! On the Bloomberg TV show of that name that he co-hosts with Mark Halperin, John Heilemann today reported that the current and former governors in the GOP field--Bush, Kasich and Christie--think Marco Rubio is a "punk." Clarified Heilemann: "when I say 'punk,' they have the same view that Hillary Clinton had of Barack Obama [in 2008]: line-cutter, punk, man of no accomplishment." Evidence in support of Heilmann's claim comes from Jeb's interiew on CBS today, in which he flatly asserted that Rubio had accomplished "nothing" in the Senate. Readers will remember that yesterday, Joe Scarborough...
  • Why Did Trump Drop the Cruz Attacks?(Shockwave video in the link)

    02/05/2016 3:14:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Everybody's stumped today. Everybody's stymied. Everybody's curious. Can't figure it out. All of a sudden Donald Trump says he doesn't want to criticize Cruz anymore. All of a sudden Donald Trump says (paraphrased), "Yeah, you know what? I like Ted! I might even have him as my vice president if I get the nomination." "But, wait a minute! Everybody says you're thinking of suing him 'cause he's from Canada. What the hell's going on?" They can't figure out what happened. So they're assigning it to, "Well, you know, maybe Trump's insane." Then they say, "No, he's not...
  • Cruz wins Sumter GOP straw poll

    02/05/2016 2:50:04 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    sumtercitizen.com ^ | February 05, 2016 | sumtercitizen
    Texas senator Ted Cruz appears to have the support of a plurality of the most active local Republicans after winning the straw poll Thursday night at the final Sumter County GOP meeting before the South Carolina primary. Cruz, whose campaign also sent surrogates to the meeting to speak on his behalf, received 33 percent of the vote among the partisan crowd, well ahead of Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, each of whom received 15 percent in the straw poll to finish tied for second. Florida senator Marco Rubio finished fourth in the poll, with 13 percent. Slightly...
  • Exclusive–The ‘Test’: Senator Seeks Answers....

    02/05/2016 2:44:53 PM PST · by Amntn · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/16 | JULIA HAHN
    Ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80% exclusively lays out to Breitbart News the five questions that all candidates seeking the Republican Party's nomination must answer. In recent weeks, multiple establishment media reports have documented the defining role Sessions has played in the 2016 election. Talking Points Memo recently declared: "This is the Jeff Sessions election and the GOP is just along for the ride."
  • To Understand the Democrat Debate, You Must Understand Democrat Voters

    02/05/2016 2:39:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Democrat debate -- and, as I say, studied it. It was painful. Folks, I'm not kidding. It was painful on so many levels. I literally felt like I was a visitor from someplace and was not at all living in the world they were talking about. These people sounded like they were in a foreign country. I mean, it was that striking. It was just beyond anything that happens in my day-to-day world, listening to these two. It was Grandma and Grandpa just arguing, and I suffered through this. And I'm gonna explain to you why....
  • MSNBC's Democratic debate is lowest rated of the season

    02/05/2016 2:37:46 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2016 | Brian Stelter
    With 4.5 million viewers, it was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to Nielsen data. The prior low was 7.8 million viewers for ABC's Democratic debate on the Saturday night before Christmas. [Snip] Thursday's two-hour session, moderated by Maddow and Chuck Todd, represented the first time Clinton and Sanders sparred head-to-head, without Martin O'Malley on stage with them. Some Twitter critics said it was the best debate of the election cycle thus far, burnishing the brands of Todd and Maddow.
  • Women Banned From Tinder After Trying to Get Their Matches to Vote Bernie

    02/05/2016 2:36:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 2/5 | Jay Hathaway
    The internet this month feels like nothing but a great big shouting match between the Bernie Bros and the Hillary Stans, a furious, overheated debate among people who basically agree about most issues. It’s even spilled over into the world of online dating, where Tinder has started banning users who were feeling the Bern a little too enthusiastically. Two women, who’d sent pro–Bernie Sanders messages to hundreds of men between them, told Reuters they’d had their accounts deactivated. Robyn Gedrich, 23, said she sent this campaign message to 60 men a day for two weeks: "'Do you feel the bern?'...
  • Trump cancels New Hampshire town hall, blames snow

    02/05/2016 2:33:52 PM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/5/16 | MJ Lee and Noah Gray
    So much for a new strategy. Donald Trump dramatically bulked up his campaign schedule in New Hampshire this week as he faced criticism that he doesn't do enough retail politics. But with a snowstorm barreling down on the state, the Trump campaign canceled a morning town hall in Londonderry -- his only campaign stop in the Granite State scheduled for Friday, just days out from Tuesday's primary contest. "Big storm in New Hampshire. Moved my event to Monday. Will be there next four days," Trump tweeted.
  • Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary Will Be First With Voter ID Law In Place

    02/05/2016 1:54:20 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    WBUR ^ | Feb. 4, 2016 | Zeninjor Enwemeka
    This year's presidential primary is the first in which New Hampshire's voters will be required to show identification before they can cast their ballots ... When New Hampshire voters go to the polls Tuesday for the first presidential primary of the 2016 race, they will have to do something new. This year's presidential primary is the first in which the state's voters will be required to show identification before they can cast their ballots. Before the state's new voter ID law went into effect in 2013, voters could just give their name and address, get checked off the roll, and...
  • The Rubio Menace

    02/05/2016 1:54:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Kaus Files ^ | February 5, 2016 | Mickey Kaus
    Marco and the K St. Restoration: I went to see Marco Rubio’s town hall this afternoon in Salem, New Hampshire. It was only a few miles from my hotel–I really had no excuse. I wanted to find out: Was Rubio really as slick and insubstantial in this setting as John Edwards? Answer: No. He’s slicker. He’s slicker, in part, because he at least seems a bit spontaneous,** with a slightly goofy, human quality. I admit this is hard to judge seeing him once — maybe he always lets his 8-year-old son sit on his stool during his stump speech. But...
  • Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination

    02/05/2016 1:45:29 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 38 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jonathan Chait
    The initial stupefaction and dismay with which liberals greeted Donald Trump's candidacy have slowly given way to feelings of Schadenfreude- reveling in the suffering of others, in this case the apoplectic members of the Republican Establishment. Are such feelings morally wrong? Or can liberals enjoy the spectacle unleavened by guilt? As Republican voters start actually voting, is it okay to be sad - alarmed, even - by the prospect that the Trump hostile takeover of the GOP may fail? There are three reasons, in descending order of obviousness, for a liberal to earnestly and patriotically support a Trump Republican nomination....
  • Ted Cruz's Stunning Victory Over Iowa's Ethanol Cartel

    02/05/2016 1:30:16 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Shikha Dalmia
    If Donald Trump is the Tony Soprano of American politics, Ted Cruz is a less-affable version of Mr. Haney from Green Acres (Ok - not quite, but sort of! Do feel free to say, H&R readers, which movie character is a better fit with Cruz). But the only thing cleverer than Cruz's impression of Inigo Montoya in Princess Bride (and not the least because it irritates Billy Crystal and the insufferably self-righteous Mandy Patinkin so much) is the campaign strategy he devised in Iowa to defeat the ethanol cartel and win the primary, I note in my column at The...