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  • If GA-06 Was a Referendum on Trump, Democrats Had Better Be Worried

    06/22/2017 2:18:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | June 21, 2017
    Last night’s election in GA-06 has been widely portrayed as a referendum on President Trump. If you do a Google search for GA-06 and “referendum on Trump” you will get over 1.1 million hits. For instance, there is this from the New York Times: High-Stakes Referendum on Trump Takes Shape in a Georgia Special Election. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, it was dutifully and gleefully parroted by many self-described conservatives who have made #NeverTrump a lifestyle choice. The votes have been cast and if the GA-06 was a referendum on Trump and not simply a congressional race in which the winner was...
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger shares 'hateful, vitriolic' messages he received following Alexandria shooting

    06/21/2017 9:28:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2017 | David Caplan
    Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger shared on Tuesday a few of the "hateful, vitriolic" messages he received following the June 14 congressional baseball practice shooting at a Virginia park, that left his GOP colleague Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition. The House Majority Whip's condition has since been upgraded to serious. Kinzinger, who serves Illinois' 16th Congressional District, posted on Facebook some messages he said he received from the public, writing, "We must rise above the angry rhetoric coming from all sides. Below are just a few of the hateful, vitriolic messages I received AFTER the #AlexandriaShooting. I know this...
  • Democrats: The Losing Party

    06/21/2017 6:46:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | June 21, 2017 | China Dickerson
    Republicans won special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, ending all talk of a referendum on Donald Trump's leadership. White men and women (and their allies) run the Democratic Party, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Yes, people who are 10 shades lighter than me run all of the committees. So are their consultants who receive big bucks to lose pivotal races like Tuesday’s special elections in Georgia and South Carolina. The races were supposed to be referendums on Donald Trump and his policies, but...
  • Congressional Black Caucus rejects invitation to meet with Trump

    06/21/2017 5:31:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jacqueline Alemany
    The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has rejected the invitation to meet with President Trump for a follow up meeting at the White House, according to a letter released by the chair of the committee, Cedric Richmond, on Wednesday. Citing actions by the Trump administration "that will affirmatively hurt black communities," Richmond wrote that concerns discussed during a preliminary meeting with Mr. Trump on March 22nd "fell on deaf ears." "Given the lack of response to any of the many concerns we have raised with you and your administration, we decline your invitation for all 49 members of the Congressional Black...
  • Bloomberg says America should ‘get behind Trump’ because ‘the public has spoken’

    06/21/2017 4:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KWBE-AM ^ | June 21, 2017 | ABC News Radio
    (NEW YORK) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said America should “get behind” President Trump because “the public has spoken – whether you like the results or not” during an appearance on ABC’s The View. Bloomberg said that opposing a president just because they are aligned with the opposing party is the wrong approach. He referenced a 2010 interview with the National Journal in which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” “That’s my country, that’s my kids and grandkids,” Bloomberg...
  • Don't sugarcoat it — Ossoff's loss is a big disappointment, and a bad sign, for Democrats

    06/20/2017 11:53:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Vox ^ | June 20, 2017 | Andrew Prokop
    Democrats need to outperform Hillary Clinton to take back the House. Ossoff did worse than her. Democrats faced yet another disappointment in Tuesday’s special elections, as Jon Ossoff, their candidate in the runoff for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, fell short and Republican Karen Handel came out on top. Meanwhile, in the much lower-profile race for another open House seat in South Carolina’s 5th district, Democrat Archie Parnell came far closer to winning than expected in a heavily Republican territory. In the end, he lost to GOP nominee Ralph Norman. The results make Democrats 0-for-4 in the House districts vacated by...
  • Michael Bloomberg: Trump won because he 'had us saying Make America Great Again'

    06/20/2017 8:43:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2017 | Josh Siegel
    Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, says Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Trump because "she never got a real message out, whereas Donald had us saying ‘Make America Great Again.'" "Hilary never got a real message out," said Bloomberg, who considered running for president as an independent, in an interview Tuesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "It was don't vote for that guy and the gender issue. Whereas Donald had us saying ‘Make America Great Again,'" said Bloomberg in an interview Tuesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I don't know what again means. But...
  • Alex Green: Why Your Kids Hate Capitalism

    06/20/2017 8:38:05 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 14 replies
    THE CRUX ^ | June 20, 2017 | Alexander Green
    Alex Green: Why your kids hate capitalism THE CRUX - stansberryresearch.com From Alexander Green, Chief Investment Strategist, The Oxford Club: Equity investors rarely stop to think about it, but the stock market is the essence of capitalism: the private ownership of the means of production. With very little money and a quick phone call – or a click of the mouse – you can own a fractional interest in any of thousands of the nation’s most profitable businesses. The system is fair too. You will pay (and receive) no more or less for your shares than the wealthy do. And thanks...
  • Republican wins South Carolina special election

    06/20/2017 6:44:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 20, 2017 | Kevin Robillard
    Republican Ralph Norman has won South Carolina’s special House election to replace Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in Congress. Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a closer than expected race for South Carolina’s 5th Distrct on Tuesday night. Norman had 52 percent of the vote to Parnell’s 48 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 89 percent of precincts reporting. The DCCC’s money was aimed at turning out black voters, and much of the money went towards ads on African-American radio and canvassing in heavily black parts of the district. Other national Democrats, many with...
  • The Left-Wing Terrorist’s Capitol Hill Coup d’Etat

    06/20/2017 1:29:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 20, 2017 | Austin Bay
    A Democrat-controlled House would overturn the election and impeach Trump. Throughout history, grandiose visions of world-altering consequences have motivated political assassins. Gavril Princip’s June 1914 rendezvous with Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo is a horrifying example. Despite the historical track record, until James T. Hodgkinson’s June 2017 criminal assault on a Virginia baseball diamond, a chilling congressional coup d’état scenario which alters history in these United States would be little more than an edgy plot-line in a paperback thriller. In the Hollywood movie version there is a one hundred percent certainty right wing activists would be the monsters who attempted the...
  • In Rural America, Lack of Jobs Is Deepest Concern Facing Community

    06/19/2017 10:13:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    Lack of jobs is the deepest concern facing communities in rural America, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. President Trump carried rural areas in 2016, and the foundation wanted to understand the experiences and political views of individuals in these areas. For this study, researchers polled voters in Ashtabula County in Ohio. Fifty-four percent said they approve of Trump’s handling of his job compared with 40 percent who said they disapproved. Fifty-one percent of rural voters were confident that Trump's policies would create jobs, 57 percent said they believed his policies would keep the country safe from...
  • Al Franken Says Mike Pence Is A ‘Zealot’ Who ‘Would Be Worse’ Than Trump On Domestic Policy

    06/19/2017 5:09:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 19, 2017 | David Sirota
    If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. Franken made the comments in an interview with IBT during a stop on his book tour in Denver. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Minnesota Democrat said his party could use the so-called “nuclear” option to try to block the Trump administration’s health care bill. On a contentious environmental issue, Franken parted ways with many progessive Democrats in...
  • Democrats sweat the details in Georgia special election

    06/19/2017 4:47:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 19, 2017 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Party officials fear the potentially demoralizing effect of a defeat. SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Democrats are closer than they ever could have imagined to winning a House seat in the Republican suburbs of Atlanta, and dealing a resounding blow to Donald Trump. But they’re also gripped by anxiety about what happens if they fall short Tuesday. A loss in Georgia’s special election here could leave the party demoralized, with little to show for all the furious organizing, fundraising and spending in a handful of congressional special elections in the early months of the Trump administration. As a result, Democrats are...
  • Mueller Probe Could Set the Stage For Hillary’s 2020 Return: New at Reason

    06/19/2017 4:23:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | June 19, 2017 | Staff
    Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election presents a preview of Hillary Clinton's 2020 presidential campaign, suggests Ira Stoll. Blaming the outcome of the election on illegal Russian interference takes the blame off Clinton for losing. Clinton can already point out that she won the popular vote in 2016. If her electoral vote loss was the result of foreign interference—rather than, say, a poorly managed campaign, or a candidate who couldn't connect with out-of-work coal miners, or the wrong substantive message—then perhaps a 2020 replay, without foreign interference, might yield a different outcome, some will suggest....
  • The Left's Obsession With Obscenity

    06/19/2017 12:40:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 19, 2017 | Mark Tapson, Editor of Truth Revolt
    “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing,” declared George Washington, “is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” Theodore Roosevelt concurred: “Profanity is the parlance of the fool. Why curse when there is such a magnificent language with which to discourse?” The answer is that profanity is a useful substitute for discourse when one is losing a debate and needs to trump reason with passionate intensity in order to win. That is what is happening in the current degraded state of our national political conversation. I’m not...
  • [FLASHBACK] A Simple Way to Think About the Election

    06/18/2017 10:06:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 3, 2016 | James Fallows
    I think this is simple, rather than simplistic: 1.The people who are for Donald Trump, are for him. And almost nothing he can say or do, or that can be said or revealed about him, will undercut that support. The things that ordinarily would be considered “shocking” or “disqualifying” haven’t eroded belief among his base, and probably won’t. 2.But there are not enough of these people to get 270 electoral votes for Trump. There were enough to give him an initial plurality in a huge GOP field, and to keep him coming out ahead as his GOP rivals foolishly attacked...
  • Poll Shows Ossoff's Lead Over Handel Narrow Slightly In Georgia House Race

    06/18/2017 8:59:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 17, 2017 | Caitlin MacNeal
    A new poll released by WSB-TV on Friday night showed Democrat Jon Ossoff’s lead over Karen Handel Shrink slightly in the special election to fill an open U.S. House seat in Georgia. Ossoff led Handel by 1.7 points, 49.7-48, among likely voters in the poll conducted by Landmark Communications. In the last WSB-TV/Landmark poll released last week, Ossoff led Handel by 2.5 points. The poll released on Friday surveyed 800 likely voters on June 15 with a margin of error plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.
  • Joy Reid Frets Scalise History on 'Race,' Guest Hopes He Stops 'Preying' on the Poor

    06/18/2017 6:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 17, 2017 | Brad Wilmouth
    As the Reverend William Barber appeared as a guest on Saturday's AM Joy on MSNBC to give his religion-based views on current events, host Joy Reid at one point seemed to worry about not being able to talk more about Republican Rep. Steve Scalise's conservative views and his history on "race," as she recalled the discredited story that the congressman spoke to a white nationalist event 15 years ago. The Reverend Barber declared that he hopes that Scalise stops being "homophobic," and that Republicans -- presumably including Scalise -- stop "preying" on "the poor and on minorities and the sick,"...
  • Karen Handel gets Bikers for Trump help before Georgia election

    06/18/2017 6:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2017 | Seth McLaughlin
    MARIETTA, Ga. | Chris Hummel got an unexpected Father’s Day surprise Sunday when Bikers for Trump — sporting tattoos galore, black vests and a massive flag with the group’s insignia — came to his doorstep in an Atlanta suburb and politely encouraged him to support Karen Handel in the high-profile runoff for Georgia’s empty seat in Congress. Mr. Hummel and his wife, Karen, assured Chris Cox, founder of Bikers for Trump, and the six men and women who were going door to door with him that they had voted early for Mrs. Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff.....
  • Some polling discussions from Twitter (good!)

    06/18/2017 5:54:09 PM PDT · by LS · 32 replies
    Zogby, Reuters via twitter ^ | 6/18/2017 | various tweets
    <p>Interesting discussion including a screenshot from 538 showing Trump 53% favorable, 41% unfavorable, and a new Reuters with a D+12 sample and Trump 51.9% favorable to 42% unfavorable.</p> <p>This is right in line with Rasmussen's 50%.</p> <p>But, as I maintain, if you exclude CA and NY, and look at 10-15 "battleground" states including FL and AZ, GOP voter registrations are marching upwards so D+12 is likely off by 13!!!</p>