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  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz to be keynote speaker at Cheyenne GOP reception (Wyoming)

    08/05/2015 12:31:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a stop in Cheyenne, where he's scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a Republican-hosted fundraiser. KGAB-AM reports (http://bit.ly/1IESrSe) donations to attend the first annual Chairman's Reception on Aug. 20 start at $50 and reach as high as $1,500....
  • Debaters, here's how to freak out Trump

    08/05/2015 12:11:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 4, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Palestinian comedian & Columnist
    Attention Republican presidential candidates prepping for Thursday's first debate. Do you want to beat Donald Trump? I mean seriously, are you in this to win or just to raise your speaking fees, sell more books and possibly get a deal to be a commentator on a cable news network? For those who truly want to beat Trump, I have the weapon that may just do the trick: comedy. But I'm not talking the type of "comedy" we have recently seen in your desperate efforts to attract media attention. The likes of Rand Paul's video in which he takes a chainsaw...
  • Giorgio: The Debate Over Fox’s Debate

    08/04/2015 11:56:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    GoLocalWorcester ^ | August 5, 2015 | Paul Giorgio, Mindsetter
    The first Republican debate took place Monday night at Saint Anslems College in New Hampshire. Notably absent were Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, the Arkansas preacher turned one term governor, Fox talk show host and radical right wing religious zealot, who if elected, would make Sharia law seem civil. His positions on social issues are downright frightening. The alleged debate wasn’t really a debate at all. It was interviews where each candidate had 3 minutes to make a pitch to the audience. The first real debate takes place tomorrow evening in Ohio. Let's talk about the main attraction at this...
  • No surprise Perry left out of GOP debate (With a laughable ending about Cruz)

    08/04/2015 11:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | August 4, 2015 | Enrique Rangel, Austin bureau
    To hardly anyone’s surprise, former Gov. Rick Perry was left out of the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday night. Fox News, the network that will televise the Cleveland debate, announced its line-up of 10 GOP hopefuls on Tuesday, which is led by billionaire Donald Trump and includes Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but excluded Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history. For Perry and the six other GOP hopefuls who didn’t make the cut the consolation prize was an invitation to an earlier debate on the same stage. However, the second tier debate is set for 4 p.m. CDT,...
  • Donald Trump is now leading with women and young people, GOPe in desperation mode

    08/04/2015 9:56:45 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 08/03/15 | Examiner
    It was suppose to be Jeb Bush's time. Following his father and brother into the White House, the younger Bush was ready to make it a family trifecta. It appears as if those plans might not come to fruition. Trump not only leads with men, 32 percent, he also is in the lead with conservative female voters. Twenty percent of female Republicans side with Trump, eight points higher than Walker who ranked in second place with the female vote.
  • Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to “reinvent” GOP fell flat on his face

    08/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    It wasn't too long ago that Rand Paul was viewed as a serious threat to the GOP nomination. Not any longer.One of the big mysteries of the Koch brothers’ lavish gala this past weekend is the fact that Rand Paul was not in attendance. You’d think that the Kochs would at least insist that Paul come to the fete to do a dramatic reading of John Galt’s “Atlas Shrugged” speech for the billionaires in attendance, but he didn’t show. Some reports suggest that he was invited, but declined. Perhaps his feelings are hurt that they also invited Scott Walker, Ted...
  • GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz to visit Las Vegas this month

    08/04/2015 5:58:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is visiting Las Vegas later this month. The Texas senator is scheduled to speak the evening of Aug. 14 at a public event organized by conservative group Americans for Prosperity. The discussion will be held at Red Rock casino....
  • Hot Air Pre-Debate Survey Results

    08/04/2015 5:14:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Ted Cruz remains the first choice of Hot Air readers, followed by Scott Walker and Donald Trump. Most candidates have stayed steady over the last month, but as Trump rose, June’s third place winner Rick Perry fell. Whether Perry supporters have migrated or simply didn’t come out to vote this time, I don’t know, but Perry’s loss was basically Trump’s gain. That’s the first takeaway.The second takeaway is this: that regardless of who you support, a Republican primary debate without Bobby Jindal and Carly Fiorina would be woefully incomplete. Not only did both make the top 5 in the consensus...
  • Commentary: Sen. Ted Cruz’ Courageous Stand Against ‘Washington Cartel’

    08/04/2015 5:00:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 4, 2015 | Don Loucks
    On Friday morning, 24 July, our Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and did something truly extraordinary: He excoriated the leadership of the U.S. Senate. No, it was not the Democrats he was after, even though Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) was properly mentioned. It was the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who was the object of a nineteen-minute indictment of corruption and dishonesty. The word “lie” is seldom heard in that chamber, being that the place is so genteel. But Friday was a seminal moment in U.S. legislative history, and Senator Cruz enunciated the...
  • Worried About Rand Paul Falling in the Polls? Don't Be. (Libertarians beginning to fret?)

    08/04/2015 4:44:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Stephanie Slade, deputy managing editor
    Is Rand Paul's campaign in the midst of a collapse? Everyone from Nate Silver to Politico to the thinkers at Salon has suggested as much. It's fast becoming conventional wisdom that the Kentucky senator is dead in the water. That's absurd on many levels, as my colleague Brian Doherty outlined beautifully last week. After all, John McCain's campaign struggled mightily in the money game and underwent a pretty serious reorganization during the '08 primary cycle. It didn't stop him from snagging the Republican nomination. But what to make of the polling? There's no denying that Paul's standing has slipped. His...
  • Fox News Ohio first-tier & second-tier debates live thread

    08/04/2015 4:18:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    FreeRepublic | August 4, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Now that we know who will be in on both debates, let's keep an eye out and discuss the various possibilities and then watch the debates. Feel free to talk about anything debate-related and please consider donating to the FReepathon as generously as you can. Anyone who comes up with debate information, please keep us updated.
  • Jeb Bush Cautions Donald Trump on Preying on Voters’ ‘Fear and Angst’ ("Act of Love" again)

    08/04/2015 3:55:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | August 4, 2015 | Michael Barbaro
    Jeb Bush suggested on Tuesday that Donald J. Trump’s strategy, as he rides to the top of polls, was to “prey” on the “fear and angst” of the American electorate, and Mr. Bush reiterated his view that many illegal border crossings by migrant parents were “an act of love.” During an interview with the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Mr. Bush was asked about Mr. Trump’s surging political fortunes before the first major Republican presidential debate on Thursday. Mr. Trump’s “harsh tone is wrong,” Mr. Bush said. Many Americans are alienated and angry, he said, adding, “They see America moving...
  • How Durable Is Donald Trump’s Surge?

    08/04/2015 3:23:53 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/how-durable-is-donald-trumps-surge Link only due to copyright issues.
  • 'Cuckservative:' Trump's Code Word Is A Study In Racism, Misogyny (Featuring Joan Walsh!)

    08/03/2015 10:54:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | August 3, 2015 | Karoli Kuns
    Joan Walsh breaks down the origins of the new hot word to describe milder-mannered but no less evil conservatives than Donald Trump: Then “cuckservative” started showing up in my Twitter mentions last week, after I suggested Donald Trump supporters might not be the brightest bulbs. As I clicked around, I came to a shocking conclusion: I’ve been uncharacteristically downplaying the amount of racism and misogyny powering the right today. The spread of the epithet “cuckservative” is a sign that the crudest psycho-sexual insecurity animates the far right. “Cuckservative,” you see, is short for a cuckolded conservative. It’s not about a...
  • Trump third party run: 36% GOP supports, 19% of Democrats too (And 33% of Independents!)

    08/03/2015 8:19:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | August 3, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    If Donald Trump gets bumped out of the Republican primaries and runs as an independent third party candidate, 36 percent of Republicans and a whopping 19 percent of likely Democratic voters would support him, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports on Monday said that a Trump third party bid would complicate the presidential election even more than it did when H. Ross Perot ran in 1992, a bid that many believe cost former President George H.W. Bush a second term. According to the poll: • Over a third (36 percent) of likely GOP voters say they are likely to...
  • Perry, others likely out of Fox debate, get their chance in forum

    08/03/2015 5:03:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is in danger of missing the first Republican debate, kicked off a GOP cattle call of candidates in New Hampshire on Monday vowing to secure the border if he’s elected president. “The American people don’t trust Washington, D.C., to deal with this issue of immigration reform until we secure the border,” Perry said. “And I know something about securing the border.” Fourteen Republican candidates are participating in C-SPAN’s Voter’s First forum in New Hampshire on Monday. The style is different from the debate - one by one, the candidates will take the stage to...
  • Trump shares his debate question on Facebook

    08/03/2015 4:20:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    KTUU-TV ^ | August 3, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    Facebook is asking its users to recommend questions to ask Republican presidential candidates at the debate it is co-hosting with Fox News on Thursday, and Donald Trump was more than happy to help out. Trump, who will stand at the center of the stage in Cleveland, Ohio, offered his own question for the other candidates in a 12-second video posted Monday. "I'd like to ask all of the candidates -- that is, politicians and really not negotiators, people that don't negotiate jobs and lots of other things -- how are you going to make America great again?" Trump said....
  • Ted Cruz: The Most Interesting Presidential Debater

    08/03/2015 2:42:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Everyday Ethics Blog ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jermy Neill
    A lot of people are fixated on Donald Trump going into the first Republican Presidential debate. I’m actually more interested in another candidate – Ted Cruz – because I think he’s going to make a more intriguing debater. Flannery O’Connor, a conservative Catholic, explained in “The Fiction Writer and His Country” why she wrote such grotesque stories: “When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision...
  • Hillary begs forgiveness from abortion warriors in new video: I am with you, Planned Parenthood!

    08/03/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Five days later, she’s still doing penance with the left for calling the CMP videos “disturbing,” eh? She must be in some awfully hot water behind the scenes: Josh Jordan’s right that she’s taking a risk here by stepping up for PP knowing that more videos are to come, with who knows what sort of horrors described between sips of wine and bites of salad. Her strategy to date has been to lie low and avoid comment on hot buttons as much as possible, lest it leave her caught between attacks from the right by the GOP and from the...
  • Why It’s So Hard to Predict What Happens With Trump’s Supporters When He Drops Out

    08/03/2015 2:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Slate ^ | July 31, 2015 | Josh Voorhees, senior writer, Iowa City
    Donald Trump may seem invincible right now, but his current run can’t last. Even if the belligerent billionaire and current GOP front-runner doesn’t implode on the debate stage next week or on the campaign trail next month, the fundamentals of American politics will still catch up to him: At some point the GOP field will narrow and an establishment favorite will consolidate enough support to knock Trump from his perch. Eventually, that means he will exit a nominating battle he cannot win. It’s no surprise, then, that the Washington parlor game of predicting how Trump’s campaign will end is now...
  • Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Shine at Koch Brothers Event

    08/03/2015 1:36:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | August 3, 2015 | Zachary Mider
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-03/ted-cruz-jeb-bush-shine-at-koch-brothers-event
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (August 2015 Edition)

    08/03/2015 1:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    FreeRepublic | August 3, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have best records for doing what they promise

    08/03/2015 1:24:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 2, 2015 | Jack Dennis, San Antonio Examiner
    When Ted Cruz and Donald Trump meet on Thursday, it will be their second one-on-one get-together since mid-July. The two are gaining in popularity according to the latest polls released this weekend. They both know Jed Bush is the man to beat for the Republican nomination for President. Also recognized, by penetrating the sacred, powerful and shady capitalist’s protected turf, the vicious fury of the GOP and Democratic leadership is about to be unleashed against them in the media. Bush, with the power of the Republican establishment in his corner, has raised about $104 million in campaign funds from super...
  • Rick Perry’s Trump Card Fizzles

    08/02/2015 11:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Flynn
    When the Republican candidates take stage in Cleveland for the first presidential debate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will likely be watching from his hotel room somewhere. The candidate who briefly dominated polling in the 2012 contest and began this campaign in the middle of the pack, looks to settle in 11th or 12th place when the debate cut-off is set. His relegation to the consolation stage hours before the main debate is largely a consequence of the ongoing Donald Trump boomlet. While almost all candidates have suffered in the polls as the real estate developer has surged to the...
  • Trump: Bush’s Stalking Horse?

    08/02/2015 11:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    PowerLine ^ | August 2, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    In my interrogatories about Trump a week ago, I asked Trump enthusiasts the following question: • Are you happy that Trump is essentially a stalking horse for Jeb Bush? If Trump wins some early primaries in a crowded field it will be with less than 20 percent of the vote, but it will likely cause the party establishment—such as still exists—to rally around Bush, just as Democrats rallied to Michael Dukakis in 1988 after Jesse Jackson swept a round of Super Tuesday primaries in the South and caused panic at DNC headquarters. The New York Times reports today: Donald J....
  • Ted Cruz looking to build Southern ‘firewall’

    08/02/2015 11:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 3, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DANA POINT, Calif. — Ted Cruz made the case Sunday that he can win the Republican nomination because of his strength in the South. The Texas senator was a crowd favorite at the Koch network donor summit here. He got the normally mild-mannered donors laughing and cheering with his red meat. But many worry privately whether he can win, and they’re desperate to take back the White House in 2016. Recognizing this, Cruz did more to stress his viability than any of the four other 2016 presidential candidates who got a chance to pitch the 450 mega donors who have...
  • Ted Cruz rains praise on Donald Trump

    08/02/2015 8:23:51 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/2/15 9:20 PM | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz rained praise on primary rival Donald Trump Sunday, making a point to contrast himself with the many 2016 Republican presidential contenders who have been sharply critical of the real estate mogul. “Quite a few members of this field have attacked Donald Trump. A lot of folks in the media have asked me ‘Ted Cruz, will you do the same?’ I have been glad to praise Donald Trump for speaking out boldly and brashly and for focusing on illegal immigration,” Cruz said in an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen at the Koch brothers-funded Freedom Partners summer conference in...
  • Trump On Black Lives Matter: ‘We Have To Give Power Back To The Police’

    08/02/2015 3:29:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather
    GOP 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump appeared on this Sunday's Meet the Press and when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement in America, proved he was just as clueless as the rest of the talking heads on the right with this response to host Chuck Todd. CHUCK TODD: And, again, I know we're going to get into a lot more issues with you in a couple weeks. But I want to ask you about Black Lives Matter. The latest shooting of a white police officer shooting an unarmed black man. Do you see this as a crisis in America? DONALD...
  • 'I'll win the Black AND Hispanic vote': Trump bashes Obama as 'doing absolutely nothing for blacks

    08/02/2015 10:08:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | Staff and Reuters
    * Trump said Sunday that 'black people 'are worse now than just about ever' * Claims Obama has done nothing for low employment rates * Weekend poll showed Trump has his greatest support yet nationally He has a 24.9 percent vote among Republicans, according to poll Days after assuring that he has the support of Hispanic voters, Donald Trump has now claimed that African-American people are also on his side - and that Obama has let them down. In yet another round of bashing the President, the billionaire said Obama has done 'absolutely nothing' for the black community. He gave...
  • Donald Trump: “I pay as little as possible” in taxes

    08/02/2015 9:50:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    WREG-TV ^ | August 2, 2015 | Ashley Forest and CBS News Wire
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he pays as little in taxes as possible just like every other taxpayer in America. “I fight like hell to pay as little as possible for two reasons. Number one, I’m a businessman. And that’s the way you’re supposed to do it,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The other reason is that I hate the way our government spends our taxes. I hate the way they waste our money. Trillions and trillions of dollars of waste and abuse. And I hate it.” Trump has not yet released his...
  • 'Cruz country' bus tour looks South

    08/02/2015 9:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will spend much of August on an eight-state “Cruz Country” bus tour through the South, as his team looks beyond the first four 2016 states to March’s delegate-heavy SEC Primary states, including Georgia and Texas. Cruz advisers say they’re not only vigorously competing in the early states, but already organizing the so-called SEC states (a nickname from college sports’ Southeastern Conference), with advertising planned through March 15. An adviser said the objective of the bus trip is “to ensure that by the time other candidates get to the March 1 voting states following early state voting,...
  • Donald Trump Holds Lead in New Poll as GOP Debate Nears

    08/02/2015 8:59:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Time ^ | August 3, 2015 | Jack Linshi
    The Trump surge shows no sign of abating Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field for the 2016 presidential nomination just days before the leading candidates debate for the first time, according to results from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday. The poll found that Trump was the first choice for 19% of Republican primary voters, surging ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14%. Trump’s lead, according to the Journal, is a “significant” jump from the previous WSJ/NBC poll conducted in June, when only 1% of...
  • Many Trump presidential rivals have benefited from his largesse

    08/01/2015 10:16:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | August 2, 2015 | Rich Lord, Block News Alliance
    PITTSBURGH — Republican rivals are trying desperately to dent Donald Trump, as he leads in polls, dominates media coverage, and builds a campaign organization using his personal wealth. Not long ago, they came to him with hats in hand. Internal memos obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and public filings, show that officials courted the celebrity magnate for years, seeking and receiving ever-increasing donations, especially to GOP-related organizations trying to elect more governors and senators. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently criticized Mr. Trump, was notably successful at convincing the developer and beauty pageant owner to write checks. Now Mr....
  • After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State Dept

    08/01/2015 9:29:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    Emails released Friday show former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials discussing how to go about helping a powerful Democratic senator who was asking for a job for his daughter in the agency in summer 2009. The pressure paid off for the now-retired Iowa senator, Tom Harkin, as his daughter Jennifer was hired on as the assistant to the ambassador-at-large at the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The gig was in a small office that had a “limited number of slots,” another Clinton aide wrote in a separate email chain published Friday. “Remind me...
  • Republican candidate Donald Trump’s platform: Because I said so

    08/01/2015 8:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 1, 2015 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Donald Trump wants to make America great again. This is how he wants to do it: If Trump were elected president, he says, he would launch the U.S. government into a massive building project — and a massive manhunt — both at once. On the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump would build a long, impenetrable wall. In the rest of the country, he would pressure the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants to “self-deport” — and, if they don't, round them up to deport en masse. Later, Trump says, “the good ones” could come back. He also wants to go on a building...
  • No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration

    08/01/2015 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration. Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators. Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade. Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans — by a 2-to-1 ratio — want to see visa issuances...
  • Mark Levin interviews Sarah Palin on the GOP presidential candidates [FULL INTERVIEW]

    08/01/2015 6:00:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 31, 2015
    Mark Levin interviewed the Mama Grizzly, Sarah Palin, tonight on his radio show about the GOP presidential field and how it’s going so far. You can listen to the full interview below:(AUDIO-AT-LINK)
  • Donald Trump third in STL Tea Party poll; Ted Cruz on top

    08/01/2015 5:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    KPLR-TV ^ | August 1, 2015 | Gregg Palermo
    Donald Trump is surging in GOP presidential polls ahead of next week’s first Republican debate among the party’s presidential candidates, but the controversial businessman finished third in a sampling of conservative activists, according to a survey released Saturday by the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. In email polling of 122 coalition members conducted July 26 through July 29, Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first at 29 percent, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 27 percent, with Trump at 19 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field finished in single digits. You can see the entire poll here....
  • 'He's not going away': Here's the fuel behind the Donald Trump rocket ship

    08/01/2015 4:51:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 38 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4 hours ago | colin campbell
    As real-estate mogul Donald Trump rocketed up the polls in the GOP presidential primary, many observers have been left scratching their heads. After all, his baffled critics argue, Trump is merely a celebrity candidate with a gigantic amount of name recognition being further lifted by the media maelstrom that follows his every tweet, statement, and speech. Rival candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) this week attributed Trump's rise to a brief "loss of sanity" in the race. "I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity. But we're going to come back our senses and look for somebody serious...
  • 'Oops,' He Did It Again: Can Rick Perry Survive This One?

    08/01/2015 8:55:12 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 64 replies
    Bloomberg Publications finance.yahoo ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Bloomberg Publications
    July 30 -- Mark Halperin and John Heilemann discuss former Texas governor Rick Perry’s latest stumble on “With All Due Respect.”
  • Donald Trump lovers set up PACs to help his campaign

    08/01/2015 8:40:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 31, 2015 | Aaron Mak
    Donald Trump insists he doesn’t need help from wealthy donors for his White House bid, but that hasn’t stopped equestrians, Los Angeles filmmakers, Hispanics and contractors from setting up PACs to boost his candidacy. Four PACs have registered with the Federal Election Commission in recent days to raise and spend money on behalf of Trump. Organizers believe the real estate tycoon will eventually need outside funding, despite his tough talk. “I think there will be an acknowledgement from [Trump’s] group that they need to widen the financial base,” says Clifford Martin, a documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles and treasurer of...
  • Trump's Endorsement of Sarah Palin Proves He Isn't Serious about the Presidency

    08/01/2015 7:58:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Geoffrey Dunn, Author and filmmaker
    Donald Trump is many things -- a demagogue and a pompous blowhard, a braggart and a race baiter -- but in the end, he's nobody's fool, except perhaps his own. Thus, his recent lauding of Sarah Palin and his hiring of her former Chief of Staff reveal that Trump's campaign for the presidency is, ultimately, more of a circus act than it is a serious endeavor for the White House. If Trump were really serious, he'd be keeping the quitter governor at bay. Trump and Palin have many things in common--and Palin has long been enamored of the Trump family's...
  • Trump may be setting up party for Cruz

    08/01/2015 5:34:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 206 replies
    The Sauk Valley Gazette ^ | July 31, 2015 | Richard Rowland Polo
    While perusing the articles and stories one can find on the computer (my wife says I spend way too much time on this thing), and the posted comments related to the articles, I came across a comment concerning Donald Trump (imagine that) and his lack of qualifications to be the next president. A poster had commented that Republicans can’t seem to get it right in their selection of candidates; notably, with Trump in the mix. Deciding to have a little fun with this person, I pointed out that the Democrats hadn’t done such a hot job picking a candidate in...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: Pre-Debate Edition (Hurry before it closes!)

    08/01/2015 5:00:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Looking forward to these results, especially the consensus vote. Fox News’ criteria for its first debate seems, unfortunately, to bias strongly toward name recognition rather than broad appeal, and I think that hurdle undermines the meaningful policy discussions that these early events should foster. Put another way: If a candidate could get consensus support but can’t get in the door of the debate, then is the debate really representative of the preferences of the Republican electorate? Thanks for participating. (POLL-AT-LINK)
  • Meet the GOP $5 million donor club

    07/31/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KBZK-TV ^ | July 31, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer CNN
    In 2012, six Republicans gave $5 million or more over the course of the entire presidential campaign. For 2016, nine Republicans gave $5 million or more in the first six months. Donors can contribute unlimited amounts to candidates' super PACs, and they have. Here are the nine Republicans who you need to know as their donations shape the primaries. Dan and Farris Wilks: $15 million The billionaire brothers made their fortunes in fracking, and along with their wives, are sending $15 million to boost fellow Texans Ted Cruz's presidential campaign. Robert Mercer: $11.3 million Mercer, a reclusive hedge funder from...
  • Ted Cruz Fires Back at Mitt Romney

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • Democrats to 'rally against Donald Trump' at Michigan appearance

    07/31/2015 5:36:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Saginaw News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Mark Tower
    BIRCH RUN, MI — The Michigan Democratic Party is organizing a protest outside the Saginaw County venue where GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will speak on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The Facebook page for the protest, "Rally Against Donald Trump," was created on July 30 by the Michigan Democratic Party. "We cannot let Trump's anti-immigrant, anti-veteran beliefs be welcome anywhere in our state," the event page states. A poster for the protest references the current GOP frontrunner's "anti-immigrant, anti-veteran statements." Trump will be the keynote speaker at a Lincoln Day event, a fundraiser for the Republican Party in Saginaw and Genesee...
  • How Donald Trump finally decided to run for president after nearly 30 years of just talk

    07/31/2015 5:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lisa Gutierrez
    He might run. No he won’t. He might run. No he won’t. For nearly 30 years and during at least four election cycles, Donald Trump teased the American public that he might run for president of the United States. To standing-room-only crowds in tiny New Hampshire restaurants to viewers of “Meet the Press,” he told anyone who would listen that he could win if he ever ran. So no wonder in late May the New York Post ran a story under this headline: “Stop pretending — Donald Trump is not running for president.” But after all that hemming and hawing...
  • Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

    07/31/2015 5:07:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Daniel R. DePetris, National Security Dude, Observer of Congress, Currently Outside-the-Beltway
    For a person who wants to be President of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz is sure not acting presidential. When he was Majority Leader, Harry Reid called Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully" on the Senate floor. I won't go that far, because I don't know the man personally; I've never spoken to him, and it would be unfair for me to characterize someone in such a personal fashion without doing so. But I will reiterate something that I wrote last March: Sen. Cruz is not qualified to be President of the United States. It's not because he's a bully...
  • What's Wrong With Politics: The Ted Cruz Edition

    07/31/2015 4:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Blue Nation Review's Public Enemies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Shawn Drury
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a very smart accomplished guy. That does not mean he will ever be elected president, the office he currently seeks. His views are well to the right of most Americans, and that includes Republicans. Cruz also has a penchant for losing the filter that exists between his very capable brain and his mouth. Slamming one of your party’s leaders on the Senate floor isn’t normally a good idea. In national polls, Cruz gets about 5 percent of the Republican vote. Among the early voting states, he does a little better in Iowa and South Carolina...