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  • Sen. Collins says it’s ‘too difficult to say’ if Trump will be 2020 Republican nominee

    08/21/2017 10:54:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 21, 2017
    Maine Republican wrote in Paul Ryan for president in 2016 President Donald Trump is already stumping for re-election in 2020. But at least one member of his party says it’s uncertain if he’ll become the GOP’s standard-bearer. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, known as a Trump critic, was interviewed on MSNBC Monday morning and asked if she believed the president would end up as the Republican nominee in 2020. Her reply: Collins also told MSNBC she didn’t support Trump in 2016, instead writing in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s name. “That was very hard for me to do as a lifelong Republican,”...
  • ‘Antifa’ radicals aren’t good because they fight Nazis

    08/20/2017 7:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2017 | Jonah Goldberg
    Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or brutalized tens of millions more. The fact that he killed Nazis during World War II (out of self-preservation, not principle) doesn’t dilute his evil one bit. This should settle the issue as far as I’m concerned. Nazism was evil. Soviet communism was evil. It’s fine to believe that Nazism was more...
  • John Kasich: We're all rooting for Trump to 'get it together'

    08/20/2017 6:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 20, 2017 | Eli Watkins
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich denied Sunday that he is planning to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, saying he hopes the President can steer his White House from chaos to stability. "I'm rooting for him to get it together," Kasich said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We all are." The Republican governor said he was trying to be a "responsible voice" and offered hope that Trump -- whom Kasich unsuccessfully challenged in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and whom he has repeatedly criticized -- would grow from experience in office. "I hope we're going to have...
  • East Idaho rep. says it’s ‘plausible’ Obama staged Charlottesville riots

    08/20/2017 4:52:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | August 19, 2017 | Bryan Clark, The Idaho Falls Post Register
    Idaho Falls Rep. Bryan Zollinger took to Facebook on Friday, re-posting a conspiracy theory suggesting that last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va., could have been an inside job orchestrated to smear President Donald Trump. The post, written on a site called The American Thinker, is replete with wild, unevidenced claims couched in what-ifs. “The conflagration in Charlottesville is beginning to feel like a set-up, perhaps weeks or months in the planning,” the author wrote. In a comment, Zollinger called the blog post “completely plausible.” The post suggests, at various points, that the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, which resulted in...
  • Pelosi’s support of Trump sanction could give Dems big lever on pending legislation

    08/20/2017 4:36:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2017 | Chad Pergram
    A ribbon of darkness is about to cast its shadow: The path of totality. We’re not talking about talking about Monday’s solar eclipse. The path of totality we’re discussing about is the specter of congressional resolutions to censure or even impeach President Trump. Congress has a lot to deal with: North Korea, government funding, raising the debt limit, health care, tax reform, supposedly infrastructure. But the U.S. Capitol is soon to find itself directly in the path of totality when it comes to the president’s remarks about white supremacists and Charlottesville. The issue will likely monopolize Capitol Hill as the...
  • Sunday Political Brunch—Will Florida Mark the End of Trump Presidency? (Jeb? Hahahaha!)

    08/20/2017 12:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Telegram & Gazette ^ | August 20, 2017 | Mark Curtis
    The “brunch” is on the road for the next two weeks, assessing what’s going on in the politics of some key states. Those states might decide the fates and fortunes of the Trump Presidency and the Republican-led Congress in 2018 and 2020, so let’s “brunch” on that this week: “As Florida Goes; So, Goes the Nation” – The Sunshine State is becoming a bellwether of American politics, not only a key battleground for the White House, but for Congressional influence as well. In the last ten Presidential elections, Florida has been on the losing side only once. Now, as the...
  • Missouri State Senator Shares Holocaust-Themed Tweet in Reference to Jewish Gov. Greitens

    08/19/2017 2:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 18, 2017 | Jack Heretik
    Democratic Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal retweeted a Holocuast-themed tweet on Thursday in reference to Missouri's Jewish Republican Gov. Eric Greitens. Chappelle-Nadal, the state lawmaker who recently wrote she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated, shared a tweet that said, "Greitens should know where the Trump Train goes. At the end of the line is this place!" The tweet included a picture showing the gates of a Nazi concentration camp. (TWEET-AT-LINK) The tweet is no longer on Chappelle-Nadal's Twitter page. The picture of the gate of the camp includes the sign with the words, "Arbeit Macht Frei," translated to...
  • The fight over Confederate statues could make or break Democrats

    08/18/2017 10:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Vice News ^ | August 18, 2017 | Alex Thompson
    In February of 2003, then-aspiring Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean got applause at a Democratic National Committee meeting when he argued that “white folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals on the back ought to be voting with us.” More than a decade later, in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally surrounding a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, last wekend and President Trump’s full-throated defense of Confederate monuments, the politics have changed. What used to be a series of low-key, local fights has turned into a party-defining wedge issue with...
  • Sasse: 'It feels like violence is coming' and it's doubtful Trump will be able to comfort the nation

    08/18/2017 8:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 18, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is concerned that more violence is on the way, following last weekend's deadly clash between white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups, and left-wing counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. "It feels like violence is coming," Sasse wrote at the end of a long Facebook post Friday evening, titled "The next Charlottesville." "I'm not sure if this moment is like the summer of '67 or not. But it might be. Before that violence strikes again, it's up to us to reaffirm that exceptional American Creed again today, with our neighbors, and in our kids' hearts." Earlier in the online note,...
  • The News Media Thinks They Finally Have Trump Cornered. They Are Wrong (Mixed bag)

    08/18/2017 8:01:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 18, 2017 | John Ziegler
    It has long been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Such a strategy never worked out well in Wile E. Coyote’s endless pursuit of the Roadrunner, and it is still very unlikely to do so in the mainstream news media’s quixotic quest to bring down Donald Trump (after having gleefully given him billions in free advertising just over a year ago). This week, after Trump’s bonkers press conference — which would have been great had he been a television guest on Fox News, but performed...
  • Pelosi endorses Democrats' resolution to censure Trump

    08/18/2017 7:47:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 18, 2017 | Kathryn Watson
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is endorsing a resolution from House Democrats to censure President Trump after his response to the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York, Bonnie Watson of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington on Wednesday introduced the first censure resolution against the president. The censure movement came a day before Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, announced he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against the president. "The president's repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a...
  • Iowa State Fair-goers voice support for President Trump amidst White House shake-up

    08/18/2017 7:37:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WQAD-TV ^ | August 18, 2017 | Christina Lorey
    DES MOINES, Iowa-- President Donald Trump may be facing one of his most difficult weeks as Commander-in-Chief, following both domestic and foreign terror attacks and a White House shake-up. But here in Iowa, at the State Fair, you don't have to go far to find some of the President's most vocal supporters. A cardboard cutout offers photo opportunities with the president. And a banner reading "I Stand with Trump" is filled from end to end with signatures. The "Iowans for Trump" say that low approval ratings mean nothing to them, and they appreciate that the president spoke his mind after...
  • Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

    08/18/2017 7:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2017 | Bill Barrow
    ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments. But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party’s values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents,...
  • Lawmaker who made Trump assassination remark may face ouster

    08/18/2017 5:53:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | August 18, 2017 | The Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated could face an effort to remove her from office. Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said on Friday that state senators should oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, who has continued to reject calls for her resignation. "If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should," Greitens said in a written statement....
  • Poll: Plurality believes far-right groups were *not* mostly to blame for violence in Charlottesville

    08/18/2017 5:19:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 18, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Your daily reminder via Survey Monkey and Axios that virtually all issues are partisan now. Since our national future of Antifa reds slugging it out with alt-right brownshirts in running street battles looks increasingly assured, we might as well start tracking reaction polls like this: Watching media coverage, you’d think Trump is nearly alone in believing “both sides” share fault for the Charlottesville violence. Turns out, most Republicans have his back… Far more blame “the far right groups” for Charlottesville (46%) than “the counter-protesters” (9%), but a remarkable 40% concur with Trump’s assertion that both were equally responsible. “Beneath the...
  • Downsizing Trump's Crowd? Many Activists Registering for Tickets but Won't Attend (Phoenix rally)

    08/18/2017 3:38:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | August 18, 2017 | Molly Longman
    Nothing seems to get under President Donald Trump's skin like an undersized crowd. That's all the ammunition Arizona activists needed to devise a peaceful protest strategy for Trump's campaign-style rally Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. The plan is simple: Rally-goers must register online for tickets to attend the controversial affair, so activists and social media-users plan to sign up for as many tickets as possible with no intention of attending the actual event. They figure this will leave Trump speaking to a smaller crowd while taking a spot away from actual supporters. J'aime Morgaine, the founder...
  • Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

    08/18/2017 1:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | August 18, 2017 | George Bennett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been some “chaos and turmoil” of late, Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett acknowledged to the crowd at the party’s annual Lobsterfest event at the Polo Club. But, Barnett added, “God is on his throne, Republicans are in charge and...
  • Pelosi calls on Trump to fire additional staff

    08/18/2017 1:02:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    KALB-TV ^ | August 18, 2017 | The Associated Press
    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the departure of White House adviser Steve Bannon is "welcome news," but she is calling on President Donald Trump to fire additional staff. Pelosi said in a statement that Bannon's departure "doesn't disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance." Trump has said "both sides" are to blame for the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counter-protesters last weekend. One woman protesting the far-right extremist groups died when a car drove into a crowd.....
  • Secret Service Looking Into Dem State Senator Who Wished Trump Assassination, Still Won't Apologize

    08/18/2017 10:58:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Julio Rosas
    The Secret Service is now looking into threats that a Democratic state senator from Missouri posted on Facebook. State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was responding to a comment, saying she hopes President Trump gets assassinated. She has since deleted her Facebook comment. (TWEETS-AT-LINK) Chappelle-Nadal told the Kansas City Star she made the comments “out of frustration with the 'trauma and despair'” caused by Trump's remarks after the violent clashes in Charlottesville. “The way I responded this morning was wrong,” she added. “I’m frustrated. Did I mean the statement? No. Am I frustrated? Absolutely. The president is causing damage. He’s causing hate."...
  • Romney calls on Trump to apologize over Charlottesville comments

    08/18/2017 10:46:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    KSTU-TV ^ | August 18, 2017 | CNN Wire
    Mitt Romney called on President Donald Trump Friday to apologize for his comments about Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the President’s remarks this week “caused racists to rejoice.” “The potential consequences are severe in the extreme,” Romney wrote in a Facebook post. “Accordingly, the president must take remedial action in the extreme. He should address the American people, acknowledge that he was wrong, apologize.” He said that Trump’s remarks — in which he blamed “both sides” for inciting violence, an equivocation between neo-Nazis and those protesting them — had a hurtful impact on the nation. “Whether he intended to or not, what...