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  • McCaskill: I Wonder If People Voting For Trump Are Embarrassed

    06/30/2016 12:11:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2016 | Paula Firozi
    Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill laid into Trump during an interview with Missouri radio host McGraw Milhaven, calling Trump a “buffoon” and questioning the voters who have been supporting him. “I wonder how many people that are voting for him that are kind of embarrassed,” the Missouri senator said on Missouri’s KTRS on Thursday morning, as first reported by BuzzFeed. “I have so many friends that are — I feel for them. A lot of Republican friends are just saying, ‘we can’t let this guy be commander-in-chief. He has no idea what he’s talking about.’”
  • Mitt Romney Says He May Vote For His Wife Instead Of Donald Trump

    06/30/2016 7:13:47 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 95 replies
    Mitt Romney still can’t see himself voting for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he can’t bring himself to vote for the Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, either. But the 2012 GOP nominee has a solution: putting his own wife’s name on the ballot. “It’s a matter of personal conscience,” Romney told CBS News’ John Dickerson Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “I can’t vote for either of those two people.” Romney explained that he simply cannot get behind Trump’s divisive character. “Our nominee is saying, ‘Hey look it’s these people here. It’s these Mexicans coming across the border... it’s...
  • Trump unloads on former GOP opponents who refuse to back him

    06/29/2016 3:49:56 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 400 replies
    HOME 2016 ELECTION POLITICS POLICY MAGAZINE OPINION WATCHDOG BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL MEDIA VIDEO NEWSLETTERS PODCASTS EMPLOYEE RIGHTS ACT ABOUT US SCROLL DOWN FOR NEXT STORY "They say it was the roughest campaign ever in the history of Republican politics, but what you do is you go to sleep for a couple of days and you wake up and you honor [the pledge]," Donald Trump said. (AP Photo) Trump unloads on former GOP opponents who refuse to back him By GABBY MORRONGIELLO (@GABRIELLAHOPE_) • 6/29/16 5:26 PM SHARE TWEET SMSMore Donald Trump railed against several of his Republican primary opponents on Wednesday...
  • Senators and delegates remain cool to ‘dump Trump’ plot

    06/29/2016 2:34:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2016 | David Weigel
    On cable news, Twitter and a few conference calls, the debate over dumping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is fierce. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's insistence that delegates could vote their "conscience" is read as the high-sign to undo the primaries; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) musing about the same is a clue that he is ready to save the party. But with three weeks to go before the convention nominates a candidate for president, Trump's recent hires and his discovery of a teleprompter (a device he once suggested should disqualify any user from the presidency) have...
  • Good riddance to George Will

    06/29/2016 4:07:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 6-29-2016 | James Lewis
    I believe Mr. Will has a genuine distaste for what may become Trump Conservatism. Trump represents a kind of happy warrior style of American politician, similar to Harry Truman and Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt. It's obviously too low-class for Will, Romney and Jeb Bush, who are all too delicate for the political blood sport that the Left has imposed on our politics. Nothing is too low for the Left. Literally nothing. The national GOP has been in decline for years, running decrepit candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney -- who actually did flinch in the last debate...
  • Good riddance to George Will

    06/29/2016 2:06:35 PM PDT · by floozy22 · 86 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/29/16 | James Lewis
    I like and respect George Will, and over the years I've been one of his fans. With the rise of Donald Trump, Will has decided to resign from the GOP, along with Mitt Romney and the other folks we might call "decorative conservatives" -- the people who look good on the outside, but who have none of the fire in the belly that marked Teddy Roosevelt or Lincoln -- not to mention the Founders, who were pretty robust and argumentative. I believe Mr. Will has a genuine distaste for what may become Trump Conservatism. Trump represents a kind of happy...
  • McConnell Says Trump Is Not Yet A "Credible Candidate"

    06/29/2016 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 79 replies
    Time Warner News NY1 ^ | June 28, 2016 | Geoff Bennett and Courtney Pence
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reservations about the candidate at the top the 2016 Republican ticket: Donald Trump. McConnell made headlines earlier this week for declining to say whether Trump is qualified for the presidency. But in an interview with Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Geoff Bennett, McConnell said Trump is not yet a credible presidential candidate. McConnell: "Trump clearly needs to change, in my opinion, to win the general election. What I’ve said to him both publicly and privately: 'You’re a great entertainer. You turn on audiences. You’re good before a crowd. You have a lot of...
  • The American Electorate Recognizing Some Very Uncomfortable Truths…

    06/29/2016 6:11:16 AM PDT · by Bratch · 29 replies
    The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 28, 2016 | sundance
    Whether you have historically found yourself aligning with the traditional political left (Democrats) or the traditional political right (Republicans), it really matters not.  In the next several months we are about to see some very uncomfortable truths. To our friends from the “Conservative Right”, we simply share a message: if we thought candidate Donald Trump had already revealed many usurping agents within our collective ranks, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Example: If we’re willing to bear witness, we are about to see just how deep, entrenched and controlling the Globalist/Wall Street financial tentacles are within the party apparatus. We shall also...
  • Why Trump frightens the GOP Illuminati

    06/28/2016 7:04:33 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 28, 2016 | Lee Cary
    George Will, Brent Scowcroft, Hank Paulson, and Paul Ryan all fear Donald Trump. They’re part of a growing list of GOP Establishment Illuminati that includes Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan and Mitch McConnell. George Will officially declared himself an independent – no longer aligned with the GOP. He recommends that Republican conservative voters “grit their teeth” and hope Trump loses. Referring to the GOP, Will said, “This is not my party.”
  • Flashback: George Will Trashed Ronald Reagan in 1979 – Just Like He’s Trashing Trump Today

    06/27/2016 9:37:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/27/16 | Jim Hoft
    He sure can pick ’em. This weekend conservative columnist George Will ripped up his Republican Party card and left the party over Donald Trump. George Will even urged fellow Republicans not to support Donald Trump. Will wants Hillary to pick the next Supreme Court justices. Flashback: George Will Trashed Ronald Reagan in 1979 – Just Like He’s Trashing Trump Today Jim Hoft Jun 27th, 2016 7:50 am 74 Comments He sure can pick ’em. This weekend conservative columnist George Will ripped up his Republican Party card and left the party over Donald Trump. George Will even urged fellow Republicans not...
  • Rising GOP star Love skipping party convention

    06/25/2016 2:57:30 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2016 | Tom LoBianco
    Utah Rep. Mia Love joined the ranks of Republican leaders and lawmakers who will be skipping their party's convention next month, saying that she would instead visit Israel with a congressional delegation.
  • Donald Trump targeted by Henry Paulson in op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton

    06/25/2016 11:59:39 AM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 25, 2016 | Reena Flores
    "This troubles me deeply as a Republican, but it troubles me even more as an American," said Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs chief executive who spearheaded the 2008 Wall Street bank bailout as treasury secretary. "Enough is enough," he wrote. "It's time to put country before party and say it together: Never Trump." Instead, he offered up Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, as the country's best alternative to Trump, encouraging his GOP colleagues to consider her when casting their ballot.
  • (Gov. Scott )Walker says delegates should vote their conscience on Trump

    06/25/2016 10:53:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 99 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 21, 2016 | Scott Bauer, Associated Press
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he agrees that delegates to the Republican national convention should be free to vote their conscience, even if that means not supporting presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Walker is a former presidential candidate and a delegate to the convention next month. He told reporters following a groundbreaking at a sausage factory that he will follow Wisconsin Republican Party rules and cast his ballot for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the first round because Cruz won the state primary.
  • Could Delegate's New Lawsuit Derail Trump's Nomination?

    06/24/2016 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 132 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 24, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention filed a class action lawsuit in federal court Friday challenging a state law that binds delegates to support the primary winner at the nominating convention. The outcome of the lawsuit could have significant implications for Donald Trump's nomination, as it will be a test case of a key argument being pushed by some Trump opponents who want to see him stopped at a contested convention.
  • Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are..

    06/24/2016 8:04:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | NOAH FITZGEREL
    Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are Possible’ By NOAH FITZGEREL Jun 24, 2016, 5:01 AM ET There remain deep rumblings inside the establishment of the Republican Party about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. This week’s episode of ABC’s "Powerhouse Politics" podcast paints a picture in which the Republican National Committee may focus its efforts on down-ticket races to hedge the risk of losing the White House in November to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, leaving a Trump operation with little infrastructure of its own scrambling to catch up. Noting the frustration...
  • Trump Campaign Moves to Block Convention Coup

    06/23/2016 8:21:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jane C. Timm
    Donald Trump's campaign believes it has the support of enough delegates to prevent a convention coup next month in Cleveland, and is building an expansive team to make sure of it. The campaign's whip team, as first reported by Politico and outlined in interviews with multiple Trump strategists involved in the effort, includes 150 paid staffers and volunteers that will act as a direct line to delegates at the Republican National Convention. Trump's team insists it's not a direct response to the growing grassroots effort to change the convention rules to make it easier to oust Trump as the party's...
  • Some Business Leaders Abandon GOP (barf alert)

    06/23/2016 1:22:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2016 | Laura Meckler
    Politics Election 2016 Several GOP Business Leaders Are Backing Clinton Democratic presidential candidate to get backing from executives, some of whom cite unease with Trump’s candidacy By Laura Meckler June 23, 2016 12:09 a.m. ET More than 50 business executives, including several longtime Republicans, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday as her campaign seeks to capitalize on discomfort with Republican Donald Trump. They include Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T Services Inc., and Dan Akerson, who held top positions at General Motors Co. and Nextel Communications Inc. A Clinton campaign aide provided the list. The endorsements reflect...
  • Trump Stuns Critics By Raising $11 MILLION DOLLARS In Just 48 Hours.

    06/23/2016 9:55:34 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 106 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | June 25, 2016 | DC Whispers
    The Mainstream Media and spineless Republican critics were out in force earlier this week bemoaning Donald Trump’s lack of a political fundraising operation. Team Trump shrugged off the criticism and then proceeded to initiate a fundraising effort that saw a groundswell of support from backers both great and small who quickly amassed a remarkable $11 million dollars into the coffers of Team Trump and the RNC. Much to the chagrin of the Clinton Machine and Trump’s critics, it doesn’t appear the New York billionaire will have any trouble raising campaign cash. The astonishing 48-hour $11 million mark was reported on...
  • #NeverTrump Needs a Name Change

    06/22/2016 4:57:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Mike Gallagher
    My inbox was filled with excited emails from fellow Republicans reveling in the rough patch that Donald Trump seemed to be experiencing. “He’s finally done!” one exclaimed. “We tried to warn you guys of the catastrophe of Trump” said another. And this gem: “I’m so glad I refused to board the Trump Train now that it has officially derailed.” Never mind that every poll has Trump within striking distance of Mrs. Clinton or the release of another survey showing that 25% of Americans are undecided. These guys are convinced - for the umpteenth time this year - that it’s all...
  • Donald Trump Just Destroyed The GOP Establishment With ONE WORD!

    06/20/2016 10:40:13 AM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 83 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-20-16 | Wayne Dupree
    Win or lose, without exception Donald Trump has verified the fears of the most educated and informed good and decent legal US citizens. For the first time in 25 years, Trump has exposed the corrupt criminal elite of both parties and the corrupt criminal “CON” servative and “Liberal” media fraud. Both are the evil enemy within. Those who refuse to know will never accept the damned truth about anything of value they still have their heads up the HOLLYWOOD hinders or are as evil as the corrupt or the party of criminal corruption. Trump is serious, and he is correct....
  • Anti-Trump delegates raising money for staff and a legal defense fund

    06/20/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Supporters of a growing anti-Donald Trump movement announced plans Sunday to raise money for staff and a possible legal defense fund as they asked new recruits to help spread the word with less than a month until the Republican National Convention. Having started with just a few dozen delegates, organizers also said Sunday that they now count several hundred delegates and alternates as part of their campaign. "As we carefully consider not only the presidential nominee but the rules of the convention, the platform of the Republican Party and the vice presidential nominee, remember that this is true reality TV...
  • Halperin: GOP Elites Orchestrating ‘Grassroots’ Revolt Against Trump

    06/20/2016 6:53:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As Joseph Heller famously wrote in Catch-22, “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” On today’s Morning Joe, Mark Halperin reported that GOP elites are indeed trying to “orchestrate” a “grassroots, organic” revolt against the presumptive nominee. An “orchestrated grassroots, organic” revolt? Oxymoron, anyone? Halperin went on to state “Trump is right: there are people plotting against him.” View the video here.
  • Dump Trump? Paul Ryan leaves door open to Republican convention revolt

    06/19/2016 12:02:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 19, 2016 | Dan Roberts, Washington Bureau chief
    Pressure for one last attempt to dump Donald Trump built among Republicans on Sunday, as the party’s leader appeared to encourage a possible revolt that could still see an alternative nominee chosen at next month’s national convention. After a week in which the presumptive nominee appalled many colleagues with his reaction to a shooting massacre in Orlando, House speaker Paul Ryan made clear he would not try to obstruct any rebellion against Trump by delegates in Cleveland. “They write the rules, they make the decisions,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press. “All I want to make sure is to make...
  • GOP Sen Johnson: Trump Nomination Still ‘Reasonably Uncertain’

    06/19/2016 12:34:27 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/19/2016 | Pam Key
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” when asked about his support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of talks over delegate revolts, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said no one could predict the outcome of the GOP nomination process, adding, “I think things remain reasonably uncertain.” Johnson said, “Nobody can really predict what’s going to be the outcome of our nomination process. I know there’s a number of movements afoot. I’m not part of that process. I have my own race here in Wisconsin, I’m going to concentrate on the areas of agreement, growing our economy, strengthening...
  • First on CNN: Priebus probes state GOP leaders over anti-Trump push

    06/19/2016 8:22:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2016 | Sara Murray, CNN
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been quietly having conversations with state party leaders to discuss the latest push by convention delegates to nominate anyone other than Donald Trump. Priebus has spoken with GOP party chairmen in multiple states in recent days in part to get a better sense of how large the anti-Trump faction is among their convention delegations, according to two people familiar with the conversations. While Priebus has made clear in these conversations that he is not spearheading the latest push for a coup, his involvement sends a signal that the RNC is taking this effort...
  • Trump accuses Jeb Bush of mounting convention coup

    06/18/2016 1:22:24 PM PDT · by maggief · 140 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Donald Trump on Saturday accused Jeb Bush of mounting a convention coup against him, after reports that Republican delegates who don't personally support Trump are looking for ways to avoid voting for him this summer. "By the way, Jeb is working on the movement, just so you understand," Trump said to supporters at a rally in Las Vegas. "Jeb is one of the people that's working — and the other one should be obvious," he said, though he didn't elaborate further. Earlier at the rally, however, Trump echoed the Republican National Committee and said the reports were a media hoax....
  • Trump: ‘It would be helpful’ if Republicans would help him

    06/18/2016 4:46:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2016 | Jill Colvin And Michelle Rindels, AP
    Donald Trump railed Saturday against efforts by some frustrated Republicans planning a last-ditch effort to try to thwart him from becoming the party’s nominee, threatening at one point to stop fundraising if Republicans don’t rally around him. Speaking at a theater at the Treasure Island hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Trump referred to “an insurgent group” trying to deny him delegates at the party’s July convention.
  • RNC delegates launch 'Anybody but Trump' drive

    06/18/2016 2:08:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2016 | Tom LoBianco and Tal Kopan,
    A coalition of Republican delegates is mounting a last-ditch effort to block Donald Trump from obtaining the GOP nomination by pushing for a "conscience clause" that would allow delegates to vote against the presumptive nominee. Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate, organized a call with dozens of other delegates Thursday night to discuss ways to block Trump at the convention. The group, Unruh says, marks the coalescing of disparate "pockets of resistance" -- including backers of Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- which had been opposing Trump with little success.
  • Several GOP delegates working to block Trump's nomination: report

    06/17/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 165 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    At least 30 delegates are mounting a longshot attempt to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination on the convention floor, The Washington Post reported Friday. The delegates hope to change party rules next month to take away delegates who are pledged to the presumptive nominee but who may not actually support him. The attempt comes on the heels of a tough stretch for Trump, who has seen his favorability plummet and any lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton evaporate over his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge, comments this week about banning Muslims and other controversies. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/283912-several-gop-delegates-working-to-block-trumps-nomination
  • Dozens of GOP delegates launch new push to halt Donald Trump

    06/17/2016 11:32:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee. The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won...
  • Paul Ryan On Stopping Trump's Muslim Ban: We'll Sue Him!

    06/17/2016 9:03:03 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 341 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo ^ | 6/17/2016 | Tierney Sneed
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made clear he doesn't agree with a proposal put forward by Donald Trump -- whom Ryan has endorsed -- to ban Muslim immigration into the United States, but in an interview with the Huffington Post Thursday, Ryan floated taking a President Trump to court if he tried to implement such a ban or some of his other controversial proposals unilaterally. “I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said in a back-and-forth about Trump's claims that he could implement a Muslim ban or build a Mexican border wall without congressional...
  • Barry Goldwater knew he was going to lose. Does Trump?

    06/17/2016 8:54:28 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 54 replies
    National Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | Charles Krauthammer
    When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Six weeks into Donald Trump’s general election campaign, Republicans are discovering that he indeed intends to run as Donald Trump. He has boasted that he could turn “presidential” — respectful, respectable, reticent, reserved bordering on boring — at will. Apparently, he can’t. GOP leaders who fell in line behind Trump after he clinched the nomination expected, or at least hoped, that he...
  • Breaking: Wife of Orlando terrorist is now missing

    06/16/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 197 replies
    RedStatewatcher ^ | 6/16/16 | ???
    At a Fort Pierce home owned by members of the Mateen family, Seddique Mateen — father of the Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen — said Omar's wife Noor Salman is "no longer here" and that she was no longer in the area. He would not say where she had gone.
  • Trump Should Widen — Not Heal — Breech Within GOP

    06/16/2016 12:23:38 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 27 replies
    Dick Morris.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | Dick Morris
    But the fact is that the attacks by Romney and others not only do not harm Trump’s chances of winning. They enhance them. Rather than seek to heal the split, he should try to widen it. A political leader is particularly credible when he speaks ill of members of his own party, particularly after the primary season has ended. While we treat as boiler plate criticism of Democrats by Republicans and vice versa, we take seriously derogatory comments about members of one’s own party (hence the media’s interest in intraparty criticism of Trump). If Trump can criticize the Romney wing...
  • GOP Agrees to Vote on Gun Control After 15-Hour Filibuster

    06/16/2016 10:26:03 AM PDT · by PROCON · 112 replies
    time.com ^ | June 16, 2016 | Justin Worland
    A nearly 15-hour filibuster led by Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut ended early Thursday morning after Republicans agreed to hold votes on gun control measures. The Senate will vote on a measure banning gun sales to people on the terrorist watch list and a provision requiring background checks at shows and over the internet. Republicans may also offer their own gun control measures. The filibuster comes just days after a shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded dozens others. Murphy, joined by most of his Democratic colleagues, recalled his own state’s loss of 27 people during the 2012...
  • John Kasich to Joe Scarborough: I'm Not Interested in Being a 'Spoiler' at RNC

    06/16/2016 6:21:26 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 16, 2016 | Kailani Koenig
    Ohio Governor John Kasich insists he is not interested in being Donald Trump's running mate, or in launching a potential third-party bid for the White House — but that doesn't mean that he hasn't been strongly urged to consider it.
  • Senate Democrats end marathon filibuster, announce Republicans agree to gun-control vote

    06/16/2016 5:50:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 6/16/2016 | Karoun Demirjian
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) ended a blockade of the Senate floor after nearly 15 hours Thursday, announcing that Republican leaders agreed to hold votes on Democrat-backed measures to expand background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from acquiring guns. Democrats were angling for votes on the two gun-control measures, which they are presenting as amendments to a pending spending bill and demanding that it was the least the Senate could do to respond to the Orlando massacre that killed 49 over the weekend. “We still have to get from here to there, but we did not have that commitment when we...
  • Top conservatives meet at secret dinner to discuss Cruz's future

    06/15/2016 3:42:55 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 374 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/15/2016 | Jonathan Swan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attended a confidential dinner with more than 20 top conservatives on Tuesday night to plan his comeback as a movement leader in the mold of Ronald Reagan. The dinner was at the Virginia home of conservative activist Brent Bozell, and the agenda was to plot Cruz’s future and the future of the conservative movement. The undertone of the dinner was about how to position Cruz for a future tilt at the presidency and to spearhead the conservative movement from his seat in the Senate, those in attendance said. Dining with Cruz and his chief of staff,...
  • After Orlando, Republican Party Unity Behind Trump Grows More Elusive

    06/14/2016 7:11:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 110 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    House Speaker Paul Ryan told a room of Republican donors and elites in Park City, Utah last weekend that he endorsed Donald Trump to keep the Republican Party together. That explanation implied that if the highest ranking Republican didn't support the top of the ticket and went against the legitimate winner of the primary electoral process that the Republican Party would limp forward as a divided party with no chance of electoral success. The Speaker suggested that he put party above personal preference for the sake of unity. Just days later, party unity appears even more fragile. Since wrapping up...
  • Speaker Ryan Distances Himself From Trump Muslim Ban

    06/14/2016 4:10:02 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 14,2016
    Ryan and like-minded establishment Republicans have struggled to reconcile their desire to unify the party in advance of a tough fight against Democrat Hillary Clinton while at the same time separating themselves from some of the positions and rhetoric of Trump, who defeated 16 rivals to win the presidential nomination Ryan said "the smarter way to go" would be to have a "security test" for Middle Eastern immigrants to ensure proper security screening. He noted that the House passed legislation to tighten visa restrictions that President Barack Obama signed into law, but that the Senate had blocked another measure that...
  • Release the GOP Delegates

    06/14/2016 9:16:49 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6 /13/2016 | Eric O’Keefe, David B. Rivkin Jr.
    Main points of the story: Delegates won’t be legally ‘bound’ going into the convention. Although 20 states have passed laws that purport to bind delegates, these statutes can’t be legally enforced. This year the Rules Committee will be packed with supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz, who has not endorsed Mr. Trump. A political party is a private association whose members join together to further their shared beliefs through electoral politics, and they have a right to choose their representatives. Treating parties like mini-democracies reduces choice in the general election by crowding out the features that give each party its unique...
  • Trump's post-Orlando message falls flat with Republican establishment

    06/14/2016 9:08:48 AM PDT · by detective · 47 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 14, 2016 | James Oliphant and Luciana Lopez
    The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida has allowed Donald Trump to seize upon a familiar issue he has used to great advantage -the threat of Islamist militants and his plan to limit Muslim immigration to the United States, offering him what could be a crucial moment to re-boot his sputtering presidential campaign. But while rank-and-file voters might respond positively to Trump's renewed call for a ban on some Muslims entering the country, his reaction to the massacre showed few initial signs of winning over Republican foreign-policy figures who have spurned the New York mogul. "It's a missed opportunity to present...
  • Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting

    06/13/2016 3:32:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tim Devaney
    A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., citing her support for gun control. Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton in a statement issued over the weekend. “This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’” he...
  • POLL: Trump Is Polling BADLY With Republican WOMEN … Like Mitt, Lindsey & Ryan

    06/11/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 65 replies
    http://clashdaily.com ^ | June 11, 2016
    Romney, Ryan, and Lindsey are still not supporting Trump. Although Paul Ryan previously endorsed Trump, he seems to be walking back his support after Trump's comments about the Mexican Trump U judge. Mitt Romney launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump by suggesting the Republican presidential candidate would encourage racism, bigotry and misogyny. In a candid CNN interview during Romney’s annual ideas summit near Park City, Utah, the 2012 presidential candidate said he would consider voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson instead. Romney has maintained his position as one of the most outspoken Republican Trump critics despite House Speaker Paul...
  • Trump knocks rivals in Florida and Pennsylvania — and not just the Democrats

    06/11/2016 4:51:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2016 | Jose A. DelReal
    Donald Trump called for the Republican Party to fall in line behind his presidential bid Saturday during campaign swings through Florida and Pennsylvania, attacking skeptical members of his own party along with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. “We have a war to win against a very crooked politician. The Republican Party really should get their act together,” Trump said here Saturday. “They have to come together. We have to win. And if for no other reason, the Supreme Court, remember that.”
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Donald Trump Tells Skeptical Republican Party Members to Fall in Line

    06/11/2016 2:20:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 11, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Donald Trump earlier this week promised to make Republicans "proud of our party and our movement." Days later, he's punching up his message to skeptical party members: Get your act together. "We have a war to win against a very crooked politician," he said at a rally in Tampa on Saturday, referring to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "I don't want to waste a lot of time trying to defend ourselves against these phony (politicians)." "The Republican Party has to come together, they have to get their act together," he added, citing the potential for the next president to nominate multiple...
  • Anti-Trump Republicans seek last-ditch 'delegate revolt'

    06/10/2016 1:56:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | June 10, 2016 | Tal Kopan,
    The faction of the GOP that is unhappy with Donald Trump as the party's presumptive nominee has one last plan to stop the mogul: staging an all-out delegate revolt at the Republican National Convention. The far-fetched idea is the latest reflection of a campaign cycle that has been anything but ordinary, and stems from a continuing dissatisfaction among some conservative stalwarts with how Trump is behaving and running his campaign. But two longtime GOP veterans says they wouldn't bet on the effort working.
  • Talk grows of replacing Trump at GOP convention (Katie Couric alert)

    06/10/2016 5:33:05 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 45 replies
    Yahoo Politics ^ | 6/8 | Jon Ward
    There is growing talk on the right of replacing Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and even chatter about a possible alternative. As Trump has floundered over the past week after questioning a federal judge’s impartiality because of his Mexican ancestry, Trump’s critics within the GOP have stepped up their efforts to thwart him. Some anti-Trump conservatives, who have tried for months to recruit an independent candidate, have begun looking more closely at attempting to persuade delegates at next month’s GOP convention to nominate someone other than Trump. “There is a rapidly moving train toward the convention...
  • Democrats united behind Clinton, GOP divided on Trump

    06/09/2016 8:07:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 57 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    The Democratic establishment disarmed Bernie Sanders' political revolution in a swift and ruthless counter coup Thursday, lining up behind its own heir apparent, Hillary Clinton. "I'm with her," Obama declared in a web video in which the party's ultimate super delegate endorsed Clinton and effectively imposed a truce in an often divisive primary campaign. Hours later, Vice President Joe Biden said "God willing," Clinton would be the next president. Sen. Elizabeth Warren added her voice as well. It was the kind of mind meld between a party's establishment and its presumptive nominee that has eluded Republicans, with many GOP power...