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  • Collins Endorses Jeb Bush in GOP Race for President

    07/01/2015 3:30:28 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    MPBN ^ | 7/1/15 | MAL LEARY
    BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president. Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him for president," Collins said at an event in Bangor.
  • CAVUTO CONFRONTS JASON CHAFFETZ FOR OUSTING MARK MEADOWS

    06/25/2015 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Cavuto took the opportunity to confront Jason Chaffetz over ousting Mark Meadows for his TPA vote. Chaffetz admitted that the TPA vote was part of it, but claimed there were a ‘variety of factors’ and also said Boehner had nothing to do with it.
  • Bush campaign taps New York Jets owner as national finance chairman (Romney, McCain retread)

    06/24/2015 9:35:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/24/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Jeb Bush has tapped a top fundraiser for the last three Republican presidential nominees to serve as his finance chairman. Woody Johnson, the owner of the NFL's New York Jets and heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire, will take on the role, Bush's campaign announced Wednesday morning. Veteran Republican fundraiser Jack Oliver will serve as a finance co-chairman. Johnson, Oliver and Bush finance director Heather Larrison will be responsible for meeting Bush's goal of raising $5 million this month for his recently-launched campaign. Bush this week is on a nationwide fundraising tour with stops in Orlando, New York, Chicago,...
  • Can Jeb Bush Make Republicans Believe?

    06/24/2015 8:01:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/15/15 | MOLLY BALL
    He may be the frontrunner on paper, but his campaign has fallen apart. In his official launch, he tried to turn the tide. Things ought to be pretty good for Jeb Bush right now. The former Florida governor leads by a narrow margin in national polls for the Republican presidential nomination, and by a wider margin in New Hampshire. He is overwhelmingly dominant in fundraising. And he does not lack for connections to the Republican donors, officials, and grandees collectively known as "the Establishment." Yet before Bush's campaign could even officially begin on Monday, it seemed to be falling apart....
  • Catching up w FR

    06/24/2015 2:12:30 AM PDT · by SunLakesJeff · 17 replies
    Back on FR, as well as lurking NewsMax, WND, etc. Just what does "GOPe" entail? Obviously a pejorative acronym, with which I would agree... Gotta keep up! J-
  • MARK LEVIN: BOEHNER’S RETALIATION AGAINST CONSERVATIVES MEANS OPEN WARFARE, TIME TO TAKE HIM DOWN

    06/20/2015 9:29:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 20, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    It’s time for conservatives to take out House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)35% and all of his comrades in primaries, nationally syndicated radio host, New York Times bestselling author, and conservative movement thought leader Mark Levin argues in an exclusive comment to Breitbart News. Levin’s comments come after Boehner’s retaliation against conservatives hit a new low this weekend, with a report from Politico about how House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)80% —playing along with Boehner’s scheme to attack Republicans for voting their conscience—removed Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)96% as the chairman of a subcommittee on...
  • Jeb Bush Makes Surprise Pick for Political Director (Romney hack)

    06/19/2015 1:23:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/19/15 | BETH REINHARD
    For the second time in less than two weeks, Jeb Bush is shuffling the top tier of his 2016 campaign staff. The job of political director – expected to go to Kentucky-based consultant Scott Jennings – will instead be filled by David James, who served as a senior adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He has also worked at the Republican National Committee and helped lead the Pennsylvania Republican Party.
  • Mike Murphy plots a win for Jeb Bush in the land of Hollywood liberals

    06/17/2015 5:35:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/12/15 | Mary Jordan
    When he has needed a quiet place to work, Mike Murphy has pedaled his electric commuter bike onto the Paramount Studios lot, flashed his ID and rode past cavernous stages such as No. 14, where filmmakers shot “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Star Trek.” Movie and TV stars paid no heed to the balding guy in horn-rimmed glasses and rumpled East Coast khakis as he made his way toward his office, closed the door and went to work trying to elect Jeb Bush president of the United States. When Bush officially launches his campaign Monday, Murphy...
  • Bush Team Aims to ‘Weaponize’ Its Fund-Raising Total

    06/17/2015 5:31:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/17/15 | Maggie Haberman
    The “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush, now walled off from the candidate because of campaign finance rules, hopes to “weaponize” its fund-raising total for the first six months of the year, the group’s top strategist told donors on a conference call on Wednesday afternoon. The comment from Mike Murphy, a veteran adviser to Mr. Bush who is now running the super PAC that will back the campaign, came as the group is focused on raising as much money as possible in the final days of its first fund-raising period, contributing to what is expected to be a significant financial edge...
  • We Crashed Jeb Bush’s Super PAC’s Donor Call, And Here’s What They Said

    06/17/2015 5:19:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/17/15 | Andrew Kaczynski Ilan Ben-Meir
    Right to Rise PAC says its raised $17 million in the New York-area so far, and its July fundraising report will give Jeb Bush’s opponents a “heart attacks.” The super PAC tied to Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush has raised $17 million so far in the New York-area alone, according to a conference call between the super PAC officials and donors on Wednesday. Mike Murphy, the longtime Jeb Bush confidant and consultant who is heading the Right to Rise super PAC, told a group of donors on a conference call Wednesday that they had so...
  • “Rent a Crowd” Company Admits Politicians Are Using Their Service

    06/16/2015 10:33:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    LibertyChat.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Ian Cioffi
    Did you listen to Jeb Bush make his announcement yesterday? Did you hear loud cheers from a crowd that seemed excited at the prospect that there could be another Bush as President? Was I the only one confused? I don’t know one person who doesn’t threaten to leave the Country if it’s Bush vs Clinton for President again. Can’t imagine folks actually excited and cheering for Jeb. It got me wondering, would someone like Jeb, or another candidate that’s been struggling like he has, hire a crowd? Pay people to attend their rallies to make them seem like their gaining...
  • Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

    06/16/2015 9:45:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The National Journal ^ | June 16, 2015 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week, but another imperiled rule coming to the House floor Tuesday is making it difficult to punish the members who leaders need to pass the measure. Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team. Lummis, a deputy whip and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was perhaps the whip team's...
  • FLASH: House GOP Leaders To Sneak Obamatrade Tax Increase Into Intel Bill Rule

    06/16/2015 9:02:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 47 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 16 Jun 15 | CHQ Staff
     In an indication of just how desperate the Republican establishment and their Big Business paymasters are to revive the package of fast track Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills that went down last week, the House Rules Committee slipped the rule for reconsideration of the failed TAA bill into the rule for H.R. 2596, the Fiscal Year 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill.Along with the National Defense Authorization bill, the Intel Authorization bill is considered to be one of the “must pass” bills of each legislative year.According to the existing Rules, the Motion to Reconsider the vote on...
  • Jeb Bush: I'll break away from GOP pack

    06/14/2015 12:38:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | June 14, 2015 | Karl de Vries
    (CNN)—Jeb Bush said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believes he'll be in a better position to break away from the rest of the Republican field when he announces his presidential candidacy. "I think this transition to a candidacy will allow me to be more direct about my advocacy of the leadership skills necessary for the next president to fix a few things," Bush told CNN's Dana Bash in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday. "And as a candidate, contrary to someone who has been listening and learning along the way, I'll offer up alternatives...
  • Now That It's Been Defeated, Let's See the Bill

    06/12/2015 11:36:06 AM PDT · by RinaseaofDs · 95 replies
    Vanity | 6/12/2015 | RinaseaofDs
    Now that it's been defeated, I want to read the bill. I'm glad it was defeated, but now it is time to mine this bill for what its worth and start kicking out establishment Republicans.
  • Scott Walker: Republicans should vote for Fast Track tomorrow

    06/11/2015 4:55:53 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 122 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 6/11/15 | The Right Scoop
    Scott Walker tells Mark Halperin that he indeed supports Fast Track and that House Republicans should vote for it tomorrow: (vid at link)
  • The Promise And Problem Of A Big GOP Field(PROJECTILE VOMIT ALERT)

    06/11/2015 6:06:28 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2015 | Tokyo Karl Rove
    Republican voters like having plenty of options but could quickly sour on negative campaigns. The Republican presidential primary is a jumbled mass of competitors, with new ones joining the jostling for support seemingly every week. Meanwhile, the Democrats have more a coronation than a contest, with one figure ignoring the rabble en route to the nomination. So why did a May 18 Pew Research Center poll find that 57% of Republicans have an excellent or good impression of their party’s candidates, while 54% of Democrats have an excellent or good impression of theirs? Bigger fields and active contests sometimes generate...
  • Drudge headline: Ryan snaps: you'll read Obamatrade after we pass it!

    06/11/2015 5:23:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    Drudge ^ | 11 Jun 15
    “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday during questioning from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) .
  • How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began

    06/10/2015 4:49:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/10/15 | Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa
    When asked to pinpoint where Jeb Bush’s presidential effort began running into trouble, many confidants utter a single word: Dallas. Mike Murphy, Bush’s political alter ego, decided early on to hold regular senior staff meetings at an unusual location: a Hyatt hotel inside the terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The idea was that it was a central and relatively inexpensive gathering place for a team scattered from Los Angeles, where Murphy lives, to Miami, where the would-be candidate resides. It went fine at first but quickly became an awkward routine. Donors and other Republicans found the setup ungainly for...
  • Jeb Bush wants people to be 'patient' about his unpopularity in 2016 polls

    06/10/2015 7:44:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    The Week ^ | 6/10/15 | Meghan DeMaria
    In interviews with reporters outside his Berlin hotel Wednesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that he's restructuring his campaign team, including naming Danny Diaz as his campaign manager, because of "the magnitude of the journey" — not because he's lagging behind other candidates in the polls. Bush went on to brush off the notion that he was less popular than other Republican contenders in the 2016 presidential race: You start wherever you start, and you end a long way away from where we are today, so I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this....
  • Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June (The Meltdown continues...)

    06/09/2015 5:18:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    A super PAC backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month, despite widespread expectations that the group would hit that record-breaking sum, according to people close to the operation. The exact size of the war chest is closely held, but two individuals familiar with internal discussions believe the total that the Right to Rise super PAC will report in mid-July could be substantially lower than the nine figures that senior Republicans have anticipated. That would be a major psychological blow for Bush’s operation, whose fundraising prowess has...
  • GOP aiming for Friday trade vote, but snag remains

    06/09/2015 5:10:39 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 83 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/9/15 | Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
    House leaders, confident but not yet certain they have the support to pass sweeping trade legislation, are aiming to bring the package to a floor vote by the end of this week — even as they rush to resolve a last-minute hangup over how to pay for aid to displaced workers. The vote to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a massive Pacific Rim trade deal will be extremely tight by all accounts. Senior aides and lawmakers in GOP leadership are intent on scheduling the vote at the moment they believe they have the votes locked up —...
  • What the Drama Inside Jeb Bush's Campaign Tells Us

    06/09/2015 8:01:18 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6.9/15 | Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    Jeb's new campaign manager signals that the last few months haven't gone well It's not extraordinary in presidential politics when a campaign manager gets replaced; it frequently happens, especially during tough times. But what IS extraordinary is bringing in a new manager before the campaign officially begins. And that's why yesterday's news that Jeb Bush hired GOP communications strategist Danny Diaz to be his new campaign manager -- after previously tapping David Kochel (who was Mitt Romney's chief Iowa strategist in 2012) to fill the position -- is a big deal. It's a tacit acknowledgement that the last few months...
  • Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015, Poll Analysis Finds

    06/07/2015 2:40:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 6/7/15 | Janet Hook
    There are signs that liberals are making a comeback — and not just because a socialist is running for president, gay marriage is spreading like wildfire and pot legalization is gaining acceptance. A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked increase in the share of registered voters identifying themselves as liberals, and an even bigger drop in the share saying they are conservatives. In three national polls conducted so far in 2015, the analysis found that 26% of registered voters identified themselves as liberals — up from 23% in 2014. At the same time, the...
  • For Jeb Bush, the challenge remains making it about ‘Jeb,’ not ‘Bush’ (Liberal puff piece)

    06/06/2015 7:27:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — A banner in the town square says, “Happy 90th Barbara Bush.” Postcards read “Kennebunkport: 2 presidents, 1 town.” A local gift shop is already selling unofficial “Jeb Bush 2016” magnets. In this coastal hamlet made famous by George H.W. Bush and his cigarette boat, it is hard to escape the Bush family — but Jeb Bush is trying very hard to do so. After festivities this weekend to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday, Bush will jet overseas for a foreign-policy tour and then launch his 2016 presidential campaign 1,500 miles to the south in Miami. The iconic...
  • Republicans wield power of the purse to block Obama's gun regs

    06/05/2015 10:45:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/5/2015 | Tim Devaney
    Legislation to fund the Justice Department is chock full of GOP-backed language designed to keep the Obama administration from moving ahead with gun control regulations. The Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which cruised through the House this week, contains several provisions directed squarely at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule-making authority. Under the measure, the ATF would be prohibited from banning certain forms of armor-piercing ammunition or blocking the importation of military-style shotguns. Another provision would block federal agents from creating what critics say is a gun registry.
  • TPA: Republican and Democrat Elite Ravage America’s Working Families

    06/05/2015 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 6/5/2015 | George Rasley
    Conservatives have long considered it a given that free trade was a benefit to the American economy and that opening trade and reducing trade barriers would be a net positive for the United States. Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to advance it have turned that calculus on its head and amount to a new looting of American workers by the Republican and Democratic elites who are pushing it through Congress without even reading it. The fact that the document is classified and may only be accessed by Members of Congress after they’ve signed a...
  • Jeb Bush Offered To Help Obama Administration Re-Authorize No Child Left Behind, Emails Show

    06/02/2015 3:18:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 6/2/15 | Ilan Ben-Meir
    Jeb Bush’s correspondence with the Department of Education shows the Florida Republican offered to help Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the re-authorization of the controversial education law. In an email from 2009 obtained by BuzzFeed News, Jeb Bush offered assistance to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind – the controversial education legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush. In the email, the former Florida governor proposes a meeting between Patricia Levesque, at the time the executive director of Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, and a high-level official at the Department of...
  • Jeb Bush: GOP Must ‘Reach Out’ to Latinos With ‘Hopeful Message’

    05/31/2015 3:20:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/31/15 | Dan Riehl
    Saying he believes Republicans can win the White House in 2016 “with a hopeful, optimistic message,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came out in defense of the PATRIOT Act, currently under debate in Congress, according to Knox News: -snip- Bush also seemed to prod the GOP, if not conservatives, for presumably not being inclusive enough — saying the GOP can win only “if they reach out to everybody in our country, not just those that have already decided that they are conservatives and Republicans.”
  • Jeb Bush Cites Weaving a ‘Web of Civility’ with Dems Among Immediate Presidential Priorities

    05/28/2015 11:34:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/27/15 | Jeff Poor
    Jeb Bush Cites Weaving a ‘Web of Civility’ with Dems Among Immediate Would-Be Presidential Priorities In a conference call hosted by the Alabama Republican Party on Wednesday night, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, fielded a question from Alabama Republican Party chairwoman Terry Lathan asking what his first major action or order of business might be once he was elected. Among those priorities he cited included dealing with the regulatory “alphabet soup” with a goal of reform in mind, undoing by executive order what his predecessor President Barack Obama had done through...
  • Jeb Bush, Policy Wonk, But Hardly an Electoral Titan

    05/27/2015 8:01:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/27/15 | David Mark
    Republicans in 1994 had their best election cycle in decades. The GOP swept to joint majorities in Congress for the first time in 40 years. And the party picked up a net 10 governorships, giving them 30 of 50 overall. But Jeb Bush wasn’t among them. The Bush family scion came up short that year in his run against Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Even as Jeb’s older brother George W. Bush toppled a Democratic governor in Texas, setting him on the road to the White House six years later. Jeb Bush, a South Florida businessman, did go on to claim...
  • Trump donations to Clinton Foundation add to gun owner concerns

    05/24/2015 9:47:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter have donated “at least $105,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” The Hill reported Thursday. Contributions, per the Foundation website, “advance the work of any part of the Clinton Foundation, including the Clinton Global Initiative.”That would be the same group behind the Clinton Global Citizen Award, presented to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg by Vice President Joe Biden for being the “most fierce and most effective advocate that we have on the matter of gun sanity.” And it’s hardly the first time Trump has come across as effectively bipolar on guns.“I love the NRA,...
  • Donald Trump says his views on same-sex marriage are 'evolving'

    05/24/2015 9:17:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 November 2013 | James Nye
    Donald Trump has admitted his views on gay marriage are 'evolving', however, the property mogul claimed that he is still a strong supporter of traditional marriage between a man and woman. Speaking to openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the billionaire said that his views on the subject are different to what they were 10 years ago and pointed to President Obama coming out in support of same-sex marriage. In Moscow as the co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Trump attended Saturday night's pageant along with Roberts, who openly criticized Russia's anti-gay laws. Evolving: Donald Trump has claimed that he...
  • MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON’

    05/23/2015 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | may 23, 2015 | by KATIE MCHUGH
    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals. Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted...
  • Jeb Bush gives New Hampshire woman massage

    05/21/2015 10:52:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    KSPR ^ | 5/21/15 | Ashley Codianni
    Like brother, like brother. Salem New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce President Donna Morris was in for some unexpected caressing from likely Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush during this afternoon's meet and greet. Morris, who was winded from running to grab her introduction remarks she had forgotten, apologetically greeted Bush, who in turn reassured her to take her time. She then joked, "oh, you take my breath away." Bush then shifted in behind her for a brief, but golden, shoulder massage:
  • Jeb Bush says there's 'not a shred of evidence' NSA surveillance violated civil liberties

    05/21/2015 10:27:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/21/15 | Leslie Larson
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) doesn't agree with critics of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. "There's not a shred of evidence that anybody's civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred," Bush said Thursday in New Hampshire, in comments after a breakfast organized by the Concord Chamber of Commerce, according to the Huffington Post. The comment puts Bush, who is considering a presidential bid, on the opposite side of one his likely rivals, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Bush vocalized his support for NSA surveillance just hours after Paul, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination,...
  • Startling Connection Between Jeb And Hillary Just Exposed, And It Looks Awful For Him

    05/20/2015 7:08:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/20/15 | B. Christopher Agee
    It involved a six-figure paycheck. According to recent reports, one of the scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton’s fledgling presidential candidacy have now at least partially ensnared one of her likely Republican rivals. Reports that the Clintons have gotten rich from giving speeches over the last 15 years have damaged Hillary’s credibility as a populist candidate who can relate to working class Americans. As it turns out, one of the speeches for which Hillary Clinton took home a six-figure paycheck was funded by Academic Partnerships. The private sector education company reportedly paid Clinton $225,500 last year for a speech she gave in...
  • Governor Walker Breaks Silence On Patriot Act, NSA Stance

    05/20/2015 11:35:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    TruthInMedia ^ | May 19, 2015
    Appearing on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave Americans their first preview on where a President Walker would stand on civil liberties issues such as NSA spying authorized by the highly controversial Patriot Act.Baier pushed Walker to give a “yes” or “no” on whether or not he would reauthorize the controversial NSA spying program by asking him whether or not he would vote for it if he were currently a sitting Senator. Walker, responding with typical political rhetoric, never actually answering Baier’s question, but instead said, that the meta-data collected...
  • Hillary Clinton Paid by Jeb Bush’s Education Company

    05/18/2015 7:49:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 5/18/15 | Lee Fang
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served. Clinton’s newly filed personal financial disclosure shows that she was paid $225,500 on March 24, 2014 by Academic Partnerships. At the invitation-only event in Dallas, Texas, Clinton reportedly said, “today a student doesn’t need to travel to Cambridge, Mass., or Cambridge, England, to get a world-class education.”
  • If Jeff Sessions' Anti-Immigration & Free Trade Stances Are the Future of the GOP, It Has No Future.

    05/17/2015 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reason ^ | 05/16/2015 | Nick Gillespie
    In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the United States needs to curb legal immigration along with illegal immigration, and fast. We need a timeout, don't you know, and the only folks who favor letting more foreigners in are monocle-wearing, cigar-smoking elitists: High immigration rates help the financial elite (and the political elite who receive their contributions) by keeping wages down and profits up. For them, what’s not to like? That is why they have tried to enforce silence in the face of public desire for immigration reductions. They have sought to intimidate good and...
  • OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: GOP chairman won't back extending ObamaCare subsidies

    05/16/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said Thursday that he does not support an idea backed by Senate Republican leadership to temporarily extend ObamaCare subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law. "I don't think that I would be able to be supportive of continuing the subsidies beyond what the Court would allow," Price told The Hill. A plan from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to continue the subsidies until 2017 has been co-sponsored by Senate Republican leaders. Price is one of the most prominent Republicans to come out against the idea. The idea behind the temporary continuation is that...
  • Karl Rove on Jeb Bush's Iraq comments: He won't make the mistake again

    05/15/2015 6:27:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NBC Today ^ | 5/15/15 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Jeb Bush will have learned from this week's firestorm over his Iraq War comments, says Karl Rove, the Republican strategist who helped steer his brother to the White House. "He's a very smart guy. He's not a guy who needs the lesson taught to him twice," Rove told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Friday. -snip- Rove said he hasn't endorsed Bush — or any of the other Republican candidates who have formally declared their presidential bid. The the strategist said he was months away from making his decision. "I want everybody to get in as a candidate and then start showing...
  • Jeb Bush on Iraq war comment controversy: ‘I interpreted the question wrong, I guess’

    05/12/2015 3:10:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/12/15 | Jose A. DelReal
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday engaged in damage control over his controversial response to a question about the invasion of Iraq, in which he had seemed to indicate that he would have gone forward with the invasion even knowing the intelligence that led to the war ultimately proved faulty. “I interpreted the question wrong, I guess. I was talking about, 'Given what people knew then, would you have done it?'" Bush told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a radio appearance. "Knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the...
  • The Controversy Over Immigration And New Trade Authority

    05/12/2015 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Stuart Anderson
    A controversy has emerged about whether granting the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would result in expanded immigration. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), chair of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, has written, “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law – and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening.” To negotiate international trade agreements, a U.S. president needs Trade Promotion Authority. TPA allows a president to finalize an agreement and put it before the U.S. Congress for an up-or-down vote. Without such authority, other countries would not conclude trade agreements with the United States, since...
  • Democrats filibuster Obama’s trade bill

    05/12/2015 12:04:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to block the first major free-trade vote in years, dealing a blow to President Obama and GOP leaders who were pushing a deal in a rare show of bipartisanship, but who once again find themselves struggling with the political fringe. Unlike the last few years’ worth of conservative objections, this time it was liberals who balked and pulled moderate Democrats with them, putting the brakes on the bipartisan push and imperiling the rest of the spring congressional agenda. The White House said the filibuster was only a “procedural snafu” and urged GOP leaders in Congress to...
  • U.S. has become notably less Christian, major study finds

    05/12/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By DAVID LAUTER
    The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in the last eight years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. For what is likely the first time in U.S. history – certainly the first since the early days of the country – the actual number of American Christians has declined. Christianity, however, remains by far the nation’s dominant religious tradition, according to the new report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The rapid increase in the number of adults without ties to traditional religious institutions has strong implications for...
  • Jeb Bush vs. Karl Rove

    05/12/2015 6:55:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 | Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel
    They’ve had plenty of tangles over the years. Now, the two Republicans are rivals in the quest for GOP megabucks. Jeb Bush was running for reelection as Florida’s governor in 2002 and needed the help of his brother, the president. But there was one person standing in his way: Karl Rove. Rove, the storied strategist who helped steer George W. Bush into the White House two years earlier, had laid down a strict rule for candidates seeking presidential assistance: No one — not even Jeb — would have unfettered access to the commander in chief. -snip- Now, at the onset...
  • Walker Lands Key Romney Foreign-Policy Hand

    05/11/2015 11:20:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 11:57 AM | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Scott Walker has snagged a key Romney ally, attorney and foreign-policy hand Robert C. O’Brien, for his not-yet-announced presidential campaign. A spokeswoman for Walker’s 527 group, Our American Revival, confirmed that O’Brien will serve as a foreign-policy adviser. O’Brien, sources say, decided to endorse Walker after being courted by several other Republican presidential contenders, including Texas senator Ted Cruz, former Texas governor Rick Perry, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham. He is a personal friend of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon who served as a key foreign-policy adviser on the governor’s 2012 presidential...
  • Chris Christie’s Expense Account: Drinks Were on Him

    05/11/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey likes to point out how he has made big cuts to state spending. But when it comes to using his allowance money as governor, he appears happy to be a high roller. Records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog show that Mr. Christie spent more than $360,000 of his state allowance during his first five years in office, with 80 percent of that going toward food, drinks and desserts. He receives an annual allowance of $95,000, on top of his salary of $175,000, to be used for entertaining and hosting official receptions. ~snip~ Mr. Christie...
  • John Boehner press aide Michael Steel takes job with Jeb Bush

    05/11/2015 9:28:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/11/2015 | Jake Sherman
    Michael Steel, one of Speaker John Boehner’s top aides, is moving to Miami to work in a “leadership role” for Jeb Bush’s political action committee. Steel has worked as the press secretary for Boehner since 2008, when the Ohio Republican was the minority leader of a battered Republican party in the House. He has guided Boehner’s communications operation for seven years, helping craft the strategy that made the Ohio Republican speaker, and subsequently playing a key role advising him in day-to-day governing, including high-stakes negotiations with President Barack Obama. Steel will be an adviser to Bush’s Right to Rise Policy...