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  • The Party of the Living Dead

    01/31/2015 2:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Ricochet ^ | January 31, 2015 | Paul A. Rahe
    A few days ago, in India, Barack Obama gave a three-minute speech in which he referred to himself 118 times. That speech is emblematic of his entire administration. Nearly all of his speeches have been exceedingly self-referential. All Presidents are to some degree full of themselves. Had they not been so, they never would have made it that far. But when it comes to vanity, Barack Obama takes the cake. The whole enterprise has always been about him — and no one else — which helps explain the astonishing damage he has done to the Democratic Party. The way things...
  • At a glance: Where the GOP contenders stand in the 2016 race

    01/31/2015 10:26:19 AM PST · by deport · 6 replies
    Washington Post -- AP ^ | Jan. 31, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Technically, no big-name Republican has formally declared his candidacy for president in 2016. There are as many as two dozen others still in the mix, ranging from those who are just talking about it to others with what amounts to campaigns-in-waiting. Here’s where they stand in the off-and-running race for campaign cash. Click the link to see the list......
  • Deflated balls are a problem for both the NFL and the GOP

    01/31/2015 10:15:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/31/15 | Jeff Crouere
    GOP's dynamic duo of deflation: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell The sports media has been in a tizzy covering the scandal known as “deflate gate.” After it was discovered that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in their playoff game against the Colts were deflated, the media speculation has been intense about whether the Patriots altered the footballs to gain an advantage. It is amazing that with our immense problems, the media is fixated on such a trivial issue. Instead, a related topic is more important; why do Republican Party leaders suffer from deflated balls,...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Give Sarah Palin A Break: The strongest blows Sarah Palin faces should not come from her own party

    01/30/2015 4:23:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 30, 2015 | Christian Toto
    We know how the mainstream media piles on Sarah Palin. It’s the industry’s obsession when it’s not covering missing planes, New Jersey bridge closings, and binders full of women. Now, we’re seeing a new attack on the former Alaska governor, and it’s coming from an unexpected source: conservative media. Palin had it coming, to a degree. She made a speech in Iowa last week, and she fantastically flubbed a metaphor after an alleged teleprompter hiccup. It’s ugly on the ears: “The man can only ride you when your back is bent … so strengthen it! Then the man can’t ride...
  • The Tea Party's 5 biggest 2016 problems

    01/30/2015 3:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    As the 2016 GOP presidential primaries get closer, many conservatives have been growing increasingly hopeful that this will be finally the year they determine their party's nominee. It's a tall order. The Tea Party has shown it can push GOP politicians to the right and win one-off Senate primaries. But taking on the establishment in an expensive, months-long slog of primaries and caucuses across the country is a more difficult proposition. Even when Mitt Romney looked weak in 2012, the Tea Party didn't manage to coalesce around a viable alternative. This time, things feel different — candidates like Scott Walker...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would “kill each other” and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

    01/30/2015 1:51:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Republicans on Thursday asked President Obama to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax collection agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. The request, made in a letter obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee, and is addressed specifically to Mr. Obama, saying they want to see if his employees broke the law by acquiring or sharing private information.
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running ...

    01/30/2015 7:59:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Hugh Hewett ^ | January 30, 2015
    Complete Headline: The Romney Statement: Not Running. “I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and...
  • Missouri GOP lawmakers seek to expand abortion notifications

    01/29/2015 8:17:23 PM PST · by Morgana
    columbianmissourian.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | BY MARIE FRENCH, The Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri Republican lawmakers outlined proposals Tuesday to strengthen parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions, as they sought to expand upon a new law tripling the state's abortion waiting period. Supporters of abortion rights said the bills heard by a House committee could make it more difficult for minors to get abortions and potentially put them at risk of harm from parents who disagree with their decision. Last year, Missouri lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a mandatory 72-hour waiting period before abortions. Tuesday's hearings were the first on the topic this year, as...
  • GOP lawmakers look to tighten abortion rules as Democrats protest

    01/29/2015 7:47:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    wral.com ^ | 1.29.2015 | Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie
    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican legislative leaders say they plan to file further legislation to regulate abortion this year, even as abortion-rights groups called on them to keep their hands off rules proposed by state regulators for North Carolina abortion clinics. "I'm sure there will be a pro-life bill this year," said House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, R-Wake. The state Department of Health and Human Services last month released rules for clinics drafted under a 2013 law that proposed major changes to the state's abortion laws. Several Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that they fear social conservatives dissatisfied with the result...
  • Real Clear Politics: 2016 GOP Field Deeper, More Qualified

    01/29/2015 5:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    The nominating process for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be fraught with chaos because of the unusually large number of candidates who will likely run, creating real problems for the GOP, which is likely to end up without what many might consider a powerful, unifying nominee, an analysis by Real Clear Politics suggests. The candidate who does emerge could very likely come from a brokered convention, notes RCP's Sean Trende of possible scenarios. "I see a race that is largely chaotic. It is one where an unusually large number of candidates have perfectly plausible paths, if not to the...
  • 9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

    01/29/2015 4:50:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | January 3, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
    If you want to understand America's painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires. It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead talk about the Koch Party, the nation’s third largest political network that is a full-blown but private political operation. The Koch Party has come into view in 2014, as some of the country’s best investigative reporters have traced and exposed various elements of their operation. The Koch Party is not as large as the Democrats or the Republicans, but is still unprecedented in size, scope and reach. Like other political parties, it...
  • (Lindsey) Graham Starts 'Security Through Strength' Org to 'Test the Waters' for 2016

    01/29/2015 9:20:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has started a political committee to fund his plan to "test the waters" for a potential 2016 presidential run. The organization, called Security Through Strength, has a new website that highlights how Graham "has earned a reputation as a conservative problem-solver and one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense."
  • Quotes of the day

    01/28/2015 10:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    She says she’s interested in running for president, but Sarah Palin is not backing that interest up with action… “I see no activity, no hires, no grassroots, and there is no structure to the volunteer organization for Palin that existed four years ago,” said Craig Bergman, a Republican consultant who worked with the Organize4Palin group in Iowa in 2011. Myrna Beeber, who oversaw 11 counties as a regional coordinator for the group in 2011, attended Palin’s speech in Des Moines on Saturday and said she still counts herself among Palin’s supporters. But she hasn’t been in touch with anyone about...
  • Kathleen Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 10:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A — Sarah Palin. This isn’t to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the war’s most conspicuous victims — fragged, you might say, by her own troops. And yet, she’s back again. And — yet again — she’s assuming her default position of presidential tease. Yes, she’s “seriously interested” in running for president. As evidence, she gave an utterly befuddling speech last weekend in Iowa, where other likely candidates were...
  • Senate GOP plots plan B for ObamaCare

    01/27/2015 3:03:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing a legislative plan of action in case the Supreme Court strikes a major blow against ObamaCare and rules subsidies provided to people on the federal exchange are illegal. GOP senators are confident the justices will rule in their favor, and they want to be ready to act if millions of people lose their subsidies to buy insurance through the healthcare law. “If the Supreme Court were to say the law says what the law says, we would like to be ready with a response to that that makes practical sense for the 5 or 6 million...
  • New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup

    01/27/2015 6:06:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Joel Gehrke
    A group of 30-40 House Republicans — more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything — is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff. The organization is devoted to pushing conservative legislative goals, as I write on the home page, but it could be an important component of the next leadership elections. That’s because the existence of the caucus provides outsiders with an opportunity to count votes, and court supporters, in public. “Any leadership election is pretty much about organization and who has votes lined up or who can reach...
  • Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker threatens to 'out' officials having extramarital affairs

    01/27/2015 5:36:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama's first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in "shock" when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange's efforts to get a stay of the judge's orders, Todd...
  • Scott Walker Wows 'Em in Iowa

    01/26/2015 1:23:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Scott Walker wowed them in Iowa at whatever this thing was, this Republican, slash, conservative, just wowed them. And you know me, folks, if you have spent any time listening to this program in the last two years, you know that I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left. Scott Walker has shown how to do it. And apparently he showed up and he made a speech on Saturday that had people telling them it reminded them of the speech I gave at CPAC. Now, if that's true,...
  • How Can You Fight When You Don't Believe?

    01/26/2015 10:16:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    It doesn’t take a genius to ascertain the political motivations behind the behavior of GOP leaders in Washington. When you believe in a specific issue or principle with all your heart, you harness every opportunity to advance the cause. Conversely, when you lack a core belief in the cause you are tasked to pursue, you will look for every excuse to avoid any significant achievement of that goal. The recent behavior of Republicans on a host of issues reveals what many of us have known for quite some time – the party leadership fundamentally does not share our values, principles,...
  • 2016: It Begins. Clear winners and losers emerged from the first major candidate huddle in Iowa

    01/26/2015 7:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | John Fund
    The Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend became a major event, with 1,500 voters and 200 journalists crammed into an old theater near downtown Des Moines. It showcased more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, and even though big names such as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t make it, voters and journalists were able to size up most of the GOP field on the same stage for the first time. The field this cycle is the most open and competitive I’ve ever seen. Traditionally, Republicans have picked as their nominee the candidate...
  • Oklahoma Proud to be 'Red State'

    01/26/2015 6:22:55 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 11 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Randy Krehbiel
    A Tulsa World analysis of voting behavior and other factors ranks Oklahoma the second-most conservative state in the nation after Utah. The Legislature convening Feb. 2 will be among the most Republican in the nation. The rise of the Republican Party has brought a shift to more business-oriented policies: workers comp and lawsuit reform, reductions in income-tax rates, right to work, weakened regulatory agencies and a push for privatization of everything from education to elevator inspections. “A lot of people think it’s Democrat versus Republican,” said former Democratic Gov. George Nigh, who was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives...
  • Obama Takes on His Own Party

    01/26/2015 4:03:26 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The theme of Obama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats. It’s no secret that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes Obama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and Obama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused Obama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote. Obama has threatened to veto bills on Iran and Keystone, along with others, leading to a showdown in which Democrats will have to choose between Obama and electability....
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 238 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • Get on the Ted Cruz support list!

    01/24/2015 7:06:07 PM PST · by SandwicheGuy · 32 replies
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  • GOP leaders to grant Obama 'enormous' new power

    01/24/2015 7:03:16 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Curtis Ellis
    He’s already boasted of wielding power through a pen and a phone. Now President Obama wants to add a rubber stamp to his desk set – and the rubber stamp would be named “U.S. Congress.” Buried in his State of the Union address, Obama said he will ask Congress to give him “trade promotion authority.” He didn’t say what trade promotion authority would do. But critics charge that it would cede the Republican majority’s control of the congressional agenda to Obama and strip Congress of its ability to vet and amend international agreements. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledges Obama is...
  • House Border Bill Advances Without Improvement

    01/24/2015 6:18:32 PM PST · by zeestephen · 12 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 24 January 2015 | Jessica Vaughan
    Scraps Border Fencing, Delays Biometric, Preserves Catch-and-Release, Allows Work Permits for Border-Crossers...The pace at which this bill is being rammed through the House suggests that the leadership is eager to pass a token bill and then inform the public that the border problem has been solved, while leaving the president's executive amnesty intact and his abuse of authority unchallenged.
  • The Pro-Life Movement Must Stop Being Whores of the Republican Party

    01/23/2015 9:19:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    redstate.com ^ | January 22nd, 2015 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    I know there are many angered by the title of this post, but the truth hurts. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been to political events where a politician kisses babies and talks Jesus so the pro-lifers in the crowd get thigh sweats and send the politician to Washington. When the politician takes up with his mistress or pays for an abortion or, as Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)51% did, undermines the pro-life cause, they are just horrified. But still they return predictable to the GOP for more abuse and disappointment. Maybe it is time for a...
  • GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown - of more than just the GOP

    01/23/2015 5:03:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    I was leaving the One Voice worship service at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. Wednesday night, on my way to meet fellow pro-lifers at the Dubliner Pub (dichotomous activities, I know, at least for a Protestant :), when Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom stopped me in the hall. “They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.” Casey started walking again, on a mission to tell others, but I remained frozen, with my mouth hanging open, watching Casey until he disappeared around a corner. (Correction: Casey has told me he was actually on a...
  • SARAH PALIN ON GOP MAJORITY: ‘It’s Not Just the Patriots Who Are Dealing with Deflated Balls’

    01/23/2015 12:54:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 1/23/15 | Jason Howerton, The Blaze
    LAS VEGAS — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declined to speculate on a potential 2016 run Thursday at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but she did offer the GOP some free political advice. We caught up with Palin as she was promoting the second season of her show, “Amazing America,” which airs on the Sportsman Channel Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. “I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense. Man, they are not going to win any game on defense,” she told TheBlaze. “Being in the majority there in D.C....
  • Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel Launches New PAC Designed To Crack GOP Establishment

    01/23/2015 12:33:19 PM PST · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Matt Boyle
    The GOP establishment can’t make Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel go away. On Friday, McDaniel will be announcing—he told Breitbart News exclusively—a new Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to help conservatives across Mississippi, and the nation, get elected to political office, replacing GOP establishment politicians. The PAC, titled the United Conservatives Fund will focus on “electing conservatives and holding Republicans accountable while messaging conservatism in a way that secures conservatives get a chance to be elected even over some of those in the establishment,” McDaniel tells Breitbart.
  • GOP lawmakers face pressure from base to target ObamaCare – or else

    01/23/2015 9:21:25 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers are facing rising pressure from conservative groups and activists to go big – or potentially go home – in their fight against ObamaCare. After taking control of Congress thanks to big victories in the November midterms, Republicans who ran in part on their opposition to the law are starting to roll out legislation undoing pieces of it. But the party is stuck in an internal debate over how far they can really go – risking a potential backlash from the party’s right flank if they don’t go far enough. Tea Party activists say they are frustrated...
  • TOP-10 Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:20:35 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 56 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 23 January 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    1-   Ted Cruz2-   Allen West3-   Ben Carson4-   Rick Perry5-   Marco Rubio6-   Mike Pence7-   Michele Bachmann8-   Scott Walker9-   Bobby Jindal10- Rand Paul (if I have to) What say you?
  • House Republicans’ Cowardly Retreat: Late-Term Abortion Ban Enjoys Widespread Support

    01/23/2015 7:00:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | David Harsanyi
    Evidently, Republicans don’t feel competent enough to make a case against infanticide. Why else would the GOP pull its 20-week abortion-limit bill? Here’s a short list of things that are less popular than banning late-term abortions: “Acting” on climate change. “Free” community college. Taxing the wealthy. Building the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama. Future President Hillary Clinton. Every Republican who’s thinking about running for president. A new Marist poll finds that 84 percent of Americans favor some level of further restrictions on abortion. And regardless of their feelings about the legality of the procedure, 60 percent believe it to...
  • Maryland’s Larry Hogan takes office with promise of bipartisanship, conservative agenda

    01/22/2015 9:26:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    At his inauguration as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Republican Larry Hogan promised to usher in an era of bipartisanship and cooperation in a state capital dominated by Democrats, even as he outlined an unabashedly conservative pro-business agenda. “We must get the state government off our backs and out of our pockets so that we can grow the private sector, put people back to work and turn our economy around,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech delivered on the steps of the State House. As he began his speech amid a flurry of snowfall that dusted the crowd, Mr. Hogan with a...
  • New Iowa GOP spokesman previously made pro-gay marriage statements

    01/22/2015 3:06:32 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies
    The Iowa Statesman ^ | 1/22/2015 | Jacob Hall
    The Republican Party of Iowa announced today the hiring of six new staff members in a press release. But, the past comments of one of the new employees, Communications Director Charlie Szold, have surprised a number of Iowa conservatives. The Iowa GOP’s press release highlighted Szold’s efforts on Richard Tisei’s congressional campaign in Massachusetts. Tisei ran in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts in a campaign that aimed to be historic because he was running as an openly gay Republican. Tisei and his partner Bernie Starr were “married” in 2013. Tisei was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund,...
  • Pro-lifers to protest office of Rep. Renee Ellmers over abortion (Mitch also!)

    01/22/2015 10:45:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    life dynamics ^ | January 22, 2015 | life dynamics
    Pro-lifers already assembling in Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life which mourns the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand, are also planning protests at the offices a Rep. Renee Ellmers as well as Senator Mitch McConnell. This morning, Rev. Pat Mahoney led pro-lifers in prayer at outside offices of newly elected Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell. “What a powerful witness it would be for Majority Leader McConnell to see hundreds of people kneeling in prayer outside of his office on the Roe v. Wade Memorial.” Rev. Mahoney said ahead of the event. Rev....
  • Why Everyone Should Be Terrified By The GOP’s Abortion Bill Debacle

    01/22/2015 8:50:07 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 22 replies
    This level of incompetence and cowardice should alarm us all. If Republicans can’t pass wildly popular legislation protecting innocent unborn children, what’s going to happen when they face difficult legislative battles? It’s best to view this as a very simple test for House Republicans. A test they failed miserably. In an essay at National Affairs, Michael Needham looks at the contrast between the grassroots and party establishment. He talks about the fight over the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a fund for corporate welfare. The establishment fought against the grassroots tooth and nail in order to keep the bank. There...
  • Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over potential GOP presidential rivals, poll shows

    01/22/2015 8:05:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/22/2015 | By Anne Gearan and Peyton M. Craighill
    Hillary Rodham Clinton holds double-digit leads over potential Republican challengers Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney as the likely Democratic presidential candidate moves closer to entering the race, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. Although Clinton, Bush and Romney are all longtime politicians and members of political dynasties, registered voters are less likely to count that familiarity against Clinton. That is a good sign for Clinton, a failed 2008 presidential candidate and the focus of Republican criticism that her time has come and gone. Clinton’s potential to make history as the first female U.S. president makes little difference to most...
  • RENEE ELLMERS LEADS GOP’S CAVE ON ABORTION ON EVE OF MARCH FOR LIFE

    01/22/2015 4:36:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com/big-government ^ | 1-21-2015 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    As hundreds of thousands of members of the pro-life community descend upon Washington D.C. for the March for Life Thursday, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has caved to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and a group of GOP women who believe passage of a bill that would ban abortions past the fifth month of pregnancy would hurt the Party’s chances with women and millennials. The upending of the bill comes as a member of that GOP leadership team, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)—the House GOP conference chair—is leading the House delegation to, and addressing the crowds of pro-life...
  • TRANSCRIPT: GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address

    01/21/2015 6:58:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | ny daily news
    Following is the full text of the Republican Address to the Nation by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), as prepared for delivery: "Good evening. "I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight. "A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his. "Tonight though, rather than respond to a speech,...
  • New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences

    01/21/2015 3:43:04 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 194 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/21/2015 | Neil Munro
    New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between Mexico and the United States. The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills. “Where the double-layer fence...
  • Liberal Icon Keith Olbermann Mocks Joni Ernst for Growing Up Poor

    01/21/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 1/20/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Liberal icon and current ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter Wednesday night to callously mock Sen. Joni Ernst for her growing up in a poor working family in Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst spoke of her childhood when she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees. “We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Is House GOP Border Bill Just a Prelude to Amnesty and More Guest workers?

    01/21/2015 7:34:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2015 | Mark Krikorian
    House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul of Texas has introduced a border-security bill (HR 399), which will be marked up by the committee tomorrow afternoon. It’s a “mild-mannered bill,” in the delicate understatement of my colleague Jessica Vaughan; it has some useful provisions but is nothing to write home about. Vaughan notes: “If so many respected career Border Patrol officials are underwhelmed by this bill, then members of Congress should be, too.” Senator Sessions was more than underwhelmed: “The pending legislation does nothing to end this endemic practice of catch-and-release, ensuring large amounts of illegal immigration will continue...
  • Obama Up, GOP Down Post Election

    01/20/2015 12:18:33 PM PST · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Dan Riehl
    A look at the latest survey numbers could spell trouble for a Republican Party that came out singing Kumbaya after the November elections, as Democrats, including the one in the White House continued to stay on the offensive.
  • Here We Go: Ted Cruz Revs 2016 Engine

    01/20/2015 11:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 20, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Much of the 2016 political oxygen on the Republican side of the aisle has been sucked up by establishment-leaning figures so far -- Jeb Bush forming his exploratory committee, Mitt Romney heavily weighing launching version 3.0, Chris Christie making telltale moves, etc. On the more conservative end of the spectrum, we have Bobby Jindal almost assuredly running (do read his hard-hitting speech on radical Islamism delivered in London yesterday), Scott Walker staffing up and sounding like a presidential candidate, and Marco Rubio reportedly inching closer to taking the plunge. And then there's Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson,...
  • HOUSE IMMIGRATION BILL FALLS FAR SHORT (GOPe Snow Job)

    01/20/2015 9:24:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 20, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, which I take it has the support of House GOP leadership. Sadly, the bill will do little to solve our illegal immigration crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies points out some of the bill’s many defects. Here are a few of the highlights: * The bill mandates just 27 miles of fencing, which may or may not ever be funded. If you think a fence is important, this is a risibly small effort.
  • The Policy Equivalent of Ebola: It’s Stupid Foreign Policy, Stupid

    01/20/2015 6:05:15 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | John Ransom
    It’s hard sometimes with the country intent on navel gazing to get America to pay attention to other parts of the world in their proper context. We only need look at places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq to understand this. The conventional wisdom is that the US screwed up those places. The reality is that American intervention in each of these countries gave them their best chance at success, and-- if we failed in each-- it was a failure of the locals mostly, not America. Except in this one regard: America failed each because we failed of nerve. After watching...