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  • Who's funding this pro-Ted Cruz super PAC?

    02/06/2016 1:14:48 PM PST · by Jane Long · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)A super PAC spending millions of dollars to bash Ted Cruz's Republican rivals is shielding the names of many of its top donors and strategists, accepting and directing donations through a particularly high number of hard-to-trace companies, new documents reveal. Stand for Truth, Inc., an emerging player in the orbit of often clashing constellation of pro-Cruz super PACs, recently pledged to air more than $4 million in television ads to back Cruz in Iowa and South Carolina. Super PACs can accept unlimited contributions but are required to disclose their financial backers. The twist here is that Stand...
  • It's Time for Carson to Look in the Mirror

    02/06/2016 1:13:18 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts
    Conservative Review ^ | January 6, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    In an effort to draw attention to his Kim Kardashian-style vanity campaign, Ben Carson took his contrived outrage mongering against Cruz to a new level yesterday.  During one of his numerous media appearances over the past three days, which is more actual campaigning than he’s done for the past few months while he took a hiatus to sell books, Carson compared Cruz’s behavior in Iowa to Hillary following the Benghazi tragedy. Enough is enough.  If Carson wants to talk about the depths of deception and dishonesty he should “start looking at the man in the mirror.”I was born and bred...
  • The Conservative Case Against Marco Rubio

    02/06/2016 1:08:14 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-06-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Now that Marco Rubio appears to be rising in the polls, more members of the establishment are trying to convince voters that although they are supporting him, he really is profoundly conservative. Looking at Rubio's Liberty Score rating of 79% it's clear that he is indeed more conservative than most other members of the establishment, but that doesn't make him the most principled and electable conservative in the race. Additionally, the very fact alone that the establishment is rallying around Rubio should give conservatives reason to pause. When is the last time you saw the GOP's establishment and their friends...
  • Conservative Or Egoist? (Our Support For Trump & Cruz)

    02/06/2016 12:35:32 PM PST · by Ohioan · 25 replies
    Truth Based Logic Website ^ | February 4, 2016 | William Flax
    There is no real litmus test for Conservatism; as should be obvious to anyone on brief reflection. Conservatism is--and always has been, as the term connotes--about preserving what one considers important, in a social, cultural, historic & genetic heritage. One person may be more focused on one aspect, another on another. There is no natural law that demands that all have the same focus--indeed, the notion flies in the face of the concept that man is Blessed with Free Will; with freedom to decide priorities--and, of course, bear the consequences. Conservatism is about preserving social--both cultural & material, as well...
  • (Madeleine) Albright: ‘Special place in hell for women who don’t help each... (Video)

    02/06/2016 12:28:39 PM PST · by maggief · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 6, 2016
    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joins Hillary Clinton on stage and campaigns for her in New Hampshire.
  • Caption contest...(Hillary Clinton)

    02/06/2016 11:54:36 AM PST · by kristinn · 69 replies
    Twitter ^ | Saturday, February 6, 2016 | Amy Chozick
    Caption contest...
  • Trent Lott: I’d have thrown out Cruz for ‘liar’ speech

    02/06/2016 11:42:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 96 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/6/16
    Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says he would take a hard line with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) if he was still running the Senate. Cruz, a presidential candidate, assailed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a floor speech last year, accusing him of lying about a deal related to the Export-Import Bank. Lott, who served as Senate majority leader in 2002, suggested Cruz's speech was beyond the pale. "Having been majority leader, I've never had someone stand on the Senate floor and call me a liar," Lott said in an interview with The Hill's Molly K. Hooper. "In fact, if I...
  • World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)

    02/06/2016 11:34:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 23 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 4, 2016
    World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)
  • Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: 'Labor Unions Are Super-Pacs Democrats Like'

    02/06/2016 10:55:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/05/2016 | Stephen Kruiser
    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."
  • That Was Quick! Marco Rubio ‘Surge’ Hits Polling High at 19 Percent – Then Drops

    02/06/2016 10:51:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 72 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    That was quick! Establishment Republican and FOX News Channel’s favorite son seems to have peaked too soon. Rubio reached a polling high mark at 19% in New Hampshire two days ago. Now he’s back town do 16%. Despite the nonstop glowing reports on Marco Rubio by the FOX News establishment hacks, Rubio is sinking.Maybe it’s the Phyllis Schlafly effect?
  • GOPe Anti-Trump Super Pac Sends Out Smear Flyers Before New Hampshire Primary

    02/06/2016 10:46:09 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    GOP establishment hacks from TrumpQuestions.com sent out thousands of Anti-Trump flyers this week attacking the Republican frontrunner in New Hampshire. TrumpQuestions.com is an offshoot of Our Principles PAC.Our Principles PAC is an anti-Donald Trump super PAC founded by Katie Packer, a former aide to Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign. The super PAC has sent mailers and aired television ads in Iowa criticizing Trump’s policies. The super PAC operates OurPinciples.com and TrumpQuestions.com.The GOP hacks are trying to smear Trump as anti-gun in their most recent flyers.** Donald Trump is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. The anti-Trump PAC is hoping...
  • Knowing what he knows now, would Marco Rubio still help Islamic terrorists topple Libya?

    02/06/2016 10:17:35 AM PST · by AuntB · 37 replies
    MoFoPolitics ^ | May. 18, 2015 | M.P.
    By 2005, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had dismantled his WMD program and was lauded by the international community as a model for nuclear disarmament. Leaked cables showed improving relations between the Libya and the United States. But in 2011, hoping to brandish his foreign policy credentials for an eventual presidential run, Marco Rubio became one of the most vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton's War on Libya... If we believe that the rise of this new attitude among young people and others seeking a new life and a new way in the Middle East is a positive thing, and I believe...
  • Cruz, Sessions, Lee and Grassley letter to express concern with the Gang of Eight bill:

    02/06/2016 10:07:52 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 14 replies
    Numbersusa ^ | June 4, 2013 | Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, Chuch Grassley
    Dear Colleagues: We need to fix our broken immigration system. We must secure our borders, enforce the laws on the books, improve the legal immigration system, and ensure we never again repeat the mistakes of the past. In 1986, the American people were promised that, in exchange for granting legal status to illegal immigrants, the border would be secured and the law enforced. Washington broke these promises. Unfortunately, the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, S. 744, repeats these past mistakes.During the Senate Judiciary Committee's consideration of S. 744, common-sense amendments offering real solutions were rejected. The bill's proponents repeatedly...
  • After Iowa, Trump Showing off Effort to Win in New Hampshire

    02/06/2016 10:01:44 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 112 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 6, 2016 | JILL COLVIN AND JEFF HORWITZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    "It's really about asking them whether they're going to get out and vote on Tuesday and whether they support Mr. Trump," McGough said. He said he had made 1,150 calls for Trump on Wednesday alone. Kevin Bray, 51, another volunteer, said he had driven more than 20 hours in the rain from Nixa, Missouri, after seeing the results in Iowa. "Iowa happened and I woke up really irritated," he said. "I said, you know, I want to make a difference." He said he arrived on Wednesday morning and told Trump's team to put him to work. In a back room...
  • Huge crowd braves storm for Cruz

    02/06/2016 9:51:07 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 53 replies
    Eagle-Tribune ^ | February 6, 2016 | Doug Ireland
    SALEM, N.H. -- It may have been too snowy for Donald Trump to campaign in New Hampshire on Friday, but the weather didn't stop his top Republican opponent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Trump was stranded in New York as nearly a foot of snow fell in the Granite State, prompting the campaign to postpone a town hall meeting at the Londonderry Lions Club. But Cruz, who pulled off an upset win over the front-runner Trump in the Iowa Caucus on Monday, turned out for his scheduled appearance that night at Lancaster School in Salem -- as did several hundred...
  • Ted Cruz Sets His Sights on Marco Rubio, Not Donald Trump, in New Hampshire

    02/06/2016 9:37:22 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 6 2016 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    NASHUA, N.H. — Ted Cruz and his team are smarting over the attention paid to the third-place finisher in Iowa, Marco Rubio, joking that “bronze is the new gold.” When Mr. Cruz fields questions from voters about Donald J. Trump, he often manages to attack Mr. Rubio anyway. And at a raucous town-hall-style event here on Wednesday, Mr. Cruz seemed to startle the crowd when he called Mr. Rubio’s positions “virtually indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s.” As audience members murmured, Mr. Cruz laid out what he saw as Mr. Rubio’s betrayals of the conservative cause.
  • New Globe poll shows Rubio closing in on Trump in N.H.

    02/06/2016 9:34:40 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 73 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Feb 5 2016 | Boston Globe
    Front-runner Donald Trump holds a nearly 10 percentage point lead over his rivals in New Hampshire’s Republican primary race, but Senator Marco Rubio is closing the gap in the final days, according to a new poll released Friday. Twenty-nine percent of voters surveyed said they backed Trump, and Rubio of Florida took second place with 19 percent. That’s the highest level of support Rubio has shown in any public survey since Trump entered the race in the summer.
  • George and Barbara Not Enough to Save Jeb's Campaign

    02/06/2016 9:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2016 | Jeff Crouere
    The results from Iowa were certainly interesting. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually tied, giving both campaigns some momentum going into New Hampshire. Whereas, the laughable, struggling Martin O'Malley finally decided to end his ridiculous campaign after getting less than 1% of the vote in Iowa. Also, on the Republican side, ending campaigns were Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who hoped to recapture the magic of 2008 and pull off a miracle upset in Iowa. It did not happen for Huckabee, Santorum or Paul and...
  • Syrian/European Refugee Resettlement Plan by MG Paul E. Vallely

    02/06/2016 9:32:00 AM PST · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Proposed by Paul E. Vallely, Maj. Gen., U.S. Army (Ret) Chairman, Stand Up America, Legacy National Security Group & Syrian Liaison Group As presented to the Russian Ambassador in Paris by General Vallely in October, 2015. 1. Assad and senior government officials must step down from office and be replaced by an interim government; new interim Parliament and President must represent all Syrians and religious groups. New leadership and council will plan for a new revised constitution and future elections (can be based on the El-Sisi/Egyptian model). 2. All Syrians and Christians will be returned to the homeland through Mediterranean...
  • Sheldon Adelson-Owned Las Vegas Newspaper Endorses Rubio

    02/06/2016 9:31:58 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 8 replies
    NBC ^ | Feb 5 2016 | NBC
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination Friday, saying their reasons for the endorsement are "many." The conservative-leaning newspaper was recently bought by casino mogul and Las Vegas resident Sheldon Adelson who is also a prolific donor of Republican candidates and pro-Israel causes. His $140 million purchase of the paper was well-above market value and made in secret. It took weeks before Adelson was identified as the owner.
  • Investigative Reporter Can’t Find Single Marco Rubio Voter Outside Rubio Rallies in NH

    02/06/2016 9:08:33 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2016
    Admittedly, a Jeb Bush townhall and a Chris Christie restaurant visit are bad places to look for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)voters. And yet there I was, practically begging New Hampshire voters to tell me they had been leaning toward a GOP establishment candidate, but were now lining up behind Rubio to take down Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). "What do you make of the argument that establishment Republicans need to get behind Rubio because he's the only one who can beat Trump?" I asked, over and over, in some form or another, feeling as if the Rubio campaign...
  • Gallup: Jeb Bush Only Republican Candidate With Net Unfavorable Rating 7

    02/06/2016 8:52:10 AM PST · by Rockitz · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 6 Feb 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    A recent survey from Gallup shows that Jeb Bush is the only candidate with a net unfavorable rating — even after he’s aired millions of dollars of ads to promote his candidacy. Since July, Bush’s net favorable rating has gone from 27 points in to negative one point, according to the survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That’s even lower than Donald Trump, widely considered to be the most controversial candidate in the Republican field. Forty-five percent of voters have an unfavorable view of Bush, ten points more than Trump. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has the lowest unfavorable ratings with...
  • People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

    02/06/2016 8:32:39 AM PST · by Wildbill22 · 107 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 02/04/2016 | Cristian Farias
    In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. "In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the...
  • 'YOU SUCK!' Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled by NH Dems

    02/06/2016 7:50:06 AM PST · by McGruff · 33 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | February 6, 2016 | Kyle Olson
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz has got to be hoping Hillary Clinton can take down Bernie Sanders in the primary. Or it's going to be a long road to November. The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee was mercilessly heckled while she spoke at a Democratic Party dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire Friday night.
  • Woman Blocked From Tinder After Stumping for Sanders

    02/06/2016 7:21:25 AM PST · by Subcutaneous Fishstick Blues · 14 replies
    KCRG-TV News ^ | Feb 05, 2016 | Sarah McCarthy
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - (KCRG-TV9) One Cedar Rapids woman found herself temporarily banned from Tinder after asking her matches if they planned to support presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. “I paid for a month membership so I could reach people in New Hampshire,” said Haley Lent, a 22-year-old photographer in Cedar Rapids. “I would just start up a conversation by asking ‘Hey, what’s up,’ that sort of thing and then I’d ask if they plan on voting for Bernie Sanders.” Lent is married, with three children, and has no interest in dating anyone on the app....
  • Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps

    02/06/2016 7:21:16 AM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/5/2016 | Matthew Burns
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Three federal judges on Friday threw out the congressional voting maps the Republican-led General Assembly drew five years ago, ruling that two districts were gerrymandered along racial lines. The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again. Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more...
  • Interview with Kevin D. Freeman on Economic Warfare and Terroism

    02/06/2016 7:12:44 AM PST · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    USA Transnational Report for February 6, 2016 Interview with Kevin D. Freeman begins at 25:30 - Kevin D. 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. We discuss economic warfare, cyberattacks, Russia, China, Syrian hackers, market volatility, and yesterday's announcement that...
  • Bernie Sanders Champions YUGE Profits for U.S. Corporations

    02/06/2016 7:09:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    Last night a Bernie Sanders declared North Korea our biggest foreign threat. "Clearly North Korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country run by a handful of dictators, or maybe just one, who seems to be somewhat paranoid. And, who had nuclear weapons." Not that you've read much about this in the mainstream media, but just last week North Korea (7 thousand miles away) signed a "Trade Agreement" with Castro's Cuba (90 miles away.) Not that you've read much about this in the mainstream media, but much of the "trade" between Stalinist Cuba and Stalinist...
  • GOP wants end to pro-Bush attacks on Rubio

    02/06/2016 6:53:08 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/06/16 | Alexander Bolton
    An all-out assault on Sen. Marco Rubio by groups aligned with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is angering GOP senators, who fear it could hurt the party's chances of capturing the White House. Right to Rise, a pro-Bush super PAC, has spent an estimated $20 million against Rubio. It is expected to launch a new ad this weekend featuring a clip of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who endorsed Rubio Tuesday, fumbling to name one of his accomplishments.
  • Marco Rubio record since his election [Phyllis Schlafly's 15 PAGE ‘Rubio Betrayal Memo’]

    02/06/2016 6:47:32 AM PST · by TBBT · 24 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 2/5/16 | Ed Martin
    HE 'BIG CON' BEGINS To win in the 2010 Tea Party Wave, Rubio ran as the anti-amnesty candidate despite an aggressive pro-amnesty record. Politico reports: "Arturo Vargas, the executive director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles born in Miami, blocked 'scorched-earth' legislation that sought to clamp down on illegal immigration. 'He, as speaker, kept many of those from coming up to a vote,' Vargas said. 'We were very proud of his work as speaker of the House.' "In 2006, Rubio even voted for a bill that would have allowed...
  • Ambition vs. Conviction on the Debate Stage

    02/06/2016 6:25:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    In the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton came up with her fourth explanation for the gluttonous speaking fees and campaign contributions that the financial sector and investment firms -- "Wall Street," in liberal shorthand -- have been showering on her for so long. Explanation No. 1, you'll recall, was the one about her family being "dead broke" when they left the White House and needing "the resources for mortgages for houses." Explanation No. 2, uncorked during a debate last November, was that all that money came her way because "I represented New York on 9/11,...
  • Democratic donor contacts Biden allies about possible run

    02/06/2016 6:25:00 AM PST · by McGruff · 26 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | February 6, 2016 | Luciana Lopez
    A prominent Democratic donor worried about the party's chances of winning the presidency emailed dozens of fans of Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, urging them to remain prepared to donate if Biden jumps into the race. The donor, Bill Bartmann, cited new polling showing Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont nearly tied with the Hillary Clinton, eroding the 30-point lead the former secretary of state held at the end of last year. Bartmann and other party insiders are concerned that Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, is too far to the left to win against a Republican in the Nov. 8...
  • Marco Rubio: Election Is About Future, Not 'Resume Competition'

    02/06/2016 6:07:04 AM PST · by Elderberry · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/5/2016 | Alex Jaffe
    Marco Rubio is often compared to Barack Obama on the campaign trail, and he's quick to refute questions over their comparable inexperience before running for president. But there's at least one way the senator from Florida draws his own comparison to Obama - if only to pledge he'll score the big wins for conservatives that Obama did for liberals. "Barack Obama has been the most consequential liberal president since Franklin Roosevelt," Rubio told NBC News' Gabe Gutierrez in a sit-down interview aboard his campaign bus in New Hampshire. Rubio doesn't believe Obama's accomplishments have been good for the country: He...
  • GOP wants end to pro-Bush attacks on Rubio

    02/06/2016 5:57:12 AM PST · by McGruff · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    An all-out assault on Sen. Marco Rubio by groups aligned with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is angering GOP senators, who fear it could hurt the party's chances of capturing the White House. Right to Rise, a pro-Bush super PAC, has spent an estimated $20 million against Rubio. It is expected to launch a new ad this weekend featuring a clip of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who endorsed Rubio Tuesday, fumbling to name one of his accomplishments. One senator who has endorsed Bush, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is urging the PAC to rein in its attacks.
  • Rubio: Being president is not like developing real estate

    02/06/2016 5:47:14 AM PST · by McGruff · 64 replies
    POLUTICO ^ | February 5, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Running a country is not like being a real estate developer or being a governor, Marco Rubio said Friday, firing back on the notion that his political career, and degrees of experience for that matter, are a liability rather than an asset. During an interview with NBC News, the freshman Florida senator brushed aside concerns that he is "too scripted" and made his case for being the best Republican candidate, arguing that he gives the party the best chance to unify and expand the party and defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. He went on to add that "no...
  • Who of the Candidates Has Fairest Tax Plan of All?

    02/06/2016 5:02:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 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 Real Shape of the Race

    02/06/2016 4:55:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2016 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Trump is not a conservative. He's an economic nationalist whose limited involvement in politics over the years has largely consisted of furthering his own interests by contributing to members of both political parties. His current policy positions often contradict those he's publicly expressed in the past, and his governing philosophy, to the extent he has one, combines crony capitalism with government activism (eminent domain; ethanol; protectionism; universal, government-paid health care).Des Moines, Iowa - The shorthand understanding of the likely three-man race for the Republican nomination goes something like this. Donald Trump is the populist outside agitator, running on economic nationalism...
  • $153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented

    02/06/2016 4:51:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Robert Yoon
    Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows. In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
  • Carson dropout rumors dog Cruz in New Hampshire

    02/06/2016 4:36:46 AM PST · by ironman · 190 replies
    Poltico ^ | 02/05/2016 | Kyle Cheney
    Four days after winning the Iowa caucuses, Cruz's team is still struggling to answer questions about whether it relied on trickery to pad its lead by convincing Iowans that Carson - a rival for evangelical votes - was dropping out of the race. What the Cruz campaign initially called a knee-jerk response to ambiguous news reports has been revealed to be a more coordinated effort to steer Carson voters to the Cruz camp amid the chaotic caucus atmosphere. A campaign of tweets, emails and calls to Cruz precinct captains encouraged the rapid spread of the news that Carson would be...
  • Speeches that earned Clinton millions remain a mystery

    02/06/2016 4:28:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2016
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton told voters in the latest Democratic debate there's "hardly anything you don't know about me." Just minutes later, she got tangled in a question about a part of her resume that is an enduring mystery. In the 18 months before launching her second presidential bid, Clinton gave nearly 100 paid speeches at banks, trade associations, charitable groups and private corporations. The appearances netted her $21.7 million - and voters very little information about what she was telling top corporations as she prepared for her 2016 campaign. What she said - or didn't say -...
  • 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 · 134 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 · 50 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 · 83 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 · 5 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 · 115 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 · 25 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 · 59 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 · 182 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 · 32 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 · 92 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.