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  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Conservative political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) is guilty of “rather amazing hypocrisy” for blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but failing to go after fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The syndicated-columnist contended that because Cruz hopes to gain Trump supporters when the real-estate mogul drops out of the race, he won’t criticize him. Krauthammer said that left him guilty of hypocrisy....
  • Sarah Palin Asks Which Killed More Black People: The Confederate Flag or Planned Parenthood?

    07/27/2015 4:44:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Wrap ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jordan Chariton
    Former Vice Presidential candidate poses question in effort to defund women’s reproductive health center.Sarah Palin threw her two cents into the Planned Parenthood debate on Sunday, suggesting the women’s reproductive rights organization has done more damage to African Americans than the Confederate flag has. The former Vice Presidential candidate posed the question on Facebook via the following image. Palin has posted several more #DefundPlannedParenthood stories over the past few days, representing a position that’s widely shared among Republican presidential candidates and conservative media. The former Fox News contributor was sent packing from the network earlier this month, the network having...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cruz defends Huckabee, accuses Obama of 'gutter politics'

    07/27/2015 4:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Fox News' Todd's American Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal. Huckabee said the president’s Iran policy would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” The president bristled at what he called a “ridiculous” comment. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” he said. “We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also...
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Out GOP Climate Change Deniers in New 'Stand With Reality' Video

    07/27/2015 3:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    KMBZ-FM / ABC News ^ | July 26, 2015
    ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton Sunday attacked the Republican presidential contenders who deny "the settled science of climate change" and laid out two renewable power goals in a new video that outlines part of her plan to tackle global warming. "It's hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change, who would rather remind us they're not scientists than listen to those who are," Clinton narrates over a graphic that shows quotes from Republican presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. "You don't have to be...
  • Trump Interview: ‘Admire Palin,’ Political Media ‘Amazingly Dishonest,’ Climate Change ‘Nuclear’

    07/27/2015 1:55:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2015 | Michelle Moons
    In the Palin Update radio program released Monday, host Kevin Scholla interviews 2016 Presidential candidate and American success story Donald Trump, offers his admiration for Governor Palin. In addition, Trump gave his take on the “amazingly dishonest” political media, taking on “weak, ineffective” politicians in both major political parties, the pathetic treatment of veterans, “nuclear climate change,” his run for the White House, and how he plans to make America great again. Scholla opened by noting the massive media attacks against Trump, reminiscent of severe attacks on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. “One of the things I most admire about...
  • How Donald Trump Can Win

    07/27/2015 1:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 27, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    They said it couldn’t be done. First, they said Donald Trump would never actually run for president, and then he officially announced his run for president. They said his comments about Mexican rapists would sink him before he got started, and Trump promptly rocketed to the top of the polls. Then, they said his attack on Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) war heroism would definitely derail the Trump train, and yet he remains at the top of all the national polls, is a close second in Iowa, and has a huge lead in New Hampshire. Republican strategists are consoling themselves by...
  • Jeb Bush Scolds Mike Huckabee for Holocaust Comment

    07/27/2015 1:04:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jonathan Martin
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeb Bush rebuked Mike Huckabee on Monday for invoking the Holocaust in criticizing President Obama over the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that Republicans needed “to tone down the rhetoric” if they hoped to recapture the White House next year. “The use of that kind of language is just wrong,” Mr. Bush told reporters after a town-hall-style meeting here. “This is not the way we’re going to win elections and that’s not how we’re going to solve problems. So, unfortunate remark — not quite sure why he felt compelled to say it.” Mr. Huckabee, the former governor...
  • Donald Trump adviser backs Huckabee 'oven' remark

    07/27/2015 12:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 27, 2015 | Deena Zaru
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's comments that President Barack Obama is marching Israelis to "the door of the oven," sparked an immediate rebuke from Jewish groups and the President himself, but Donald Trump's special counsel Michael Cohen said he doesn't think that Trump finds those words offensive. "I don't think so," Cohen, executive president of the Trump organization, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Monday. "I think what [Huckabee is] really trying to say is we're in a bad place," adding that he has personally lost family members in the Holocaust and does not want to see...
  • It's Too Weird: What Explains the Behavior of the Republican Leadership?

    07/27/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about this. We are all inundated by each other, every day, with e-mails, phone calls, texts, what have you, of utter incredulity over what's happened to the Republican Party. It's just too weird, folks. There just isn't any serious opposition to anything that the Democrat Party wants. Remember Angelo Codevilla? He's back. He had that great place on the ruling class that I read in its entirety to you when he published it, and he then turned it into a book. He's back with his thoughts on Trump, and I found it at the...
  • Trump: The Case for Despairing — About America

    07/27/2015 11:52:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine's Contentions ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Podhoretz
    No sense pretending: Donald Trump is the only news of the 2016 race, and this fact says something very troubling about the Republican party, the conservative electorate, the mass media culture, and the United States in general. Sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Really it’s not. Ted Cruz goes to war with the GOP Senate leadership; Hillary Clinton proposes the highest tax rates in 70 years; Marco Rubio goes after John Kerry on the Iran deal in a Senate hearing. Well, big deal. Phffft. They’ve all been crowded out by the Trump noise. There will be the first Republican...
  • GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz and Conservative Voters

    07/27/2015 11:35:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Hayward
    Perhaps the Republican leadership and its Establishment apparatus don’t realize just how dangerous is the game they’re playing against conservatives, or perhaps they just don’t care. There is a part of the GOP power structure that has always been most happy to serve as the permanent minority, personally enriched by serving as minor, ineffective obstacles to the ruling Left. They win elections by cadging millions from conservatives desperate to Do Something about the mess in Washington, then sink comfortably into that mess as though relaxing in a jacuzzi, rousing themselves only to display true fury against the occasional cage-rattling, boat-rocking...
  • Trump’s teachable moment: Ralph Nader on what we should make of the billionaire's longshot candidacy

    07/27/2015 10:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The brouhahas over billionaire Donald Trump show how broadcasters favor easy, juicy stories about powerful people’s bad words over harder, less sexy ones about their bad deeds. This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo. The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment. If they existed...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Want To Put Ted Cruz In A Time Out

    07/26/2015 6:23:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 26, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez, congressional reporter
    Senate Republican leaders spent a rare Sunday session scolding Ted Cruz. The leaders wagged their fingers at the younger senator, accusing him of using his pedestal in the upper chamber to "pursue personal ambitions." Cruz, a Texas senator who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, drew the ire of his colleagues for claiming the top Republican in the Senate lied to him. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of going back on a promise he claims McConnell made to him about the contentious Export-Import Bank. On Friday, McConnell set up an amendment vote to reauthorize the bank,...
  • Walker Gets Tromped By Trump

    07/26/2015 1:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jeff "Capper" Simpson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump unloaded on Scott Walker over the weekend while in Iowa: He went down a list of criticisms that seemed the result of an overnight opposition-research effort. “Wisconsin is doing terribly,’’ he said. “The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them, and they’re borrowing money like crazy.’’ He cited figures for the state’s budget deficit. “I wrote this stuff all down but I don’t need it because I have a really good memory,” he said. He also accused Mr. Walker of flip-flopping on the Common Core education standards, having once supported them....
  • Graham: Trump 'Selling Fear and Prejudice'

    07/26/2015 1:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ali Dukakis
    Lindsey Graham might thank Donald Trump for getting him to finally buy a new phone, but the South Carolina senator said today he still doesn't think the Republican Party should "hire" the real estate mogul as its presidential candidate. Graham made national headlines last week when he destroyed his old-school cell phone after Trump read the number aloud on national TV, but Graham had more just jokes for his opponent in the race for GOP presidential nomination. Speaking exclusively with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," the senator said he sees great dangers in continuing to support Trump, the current...
  • Senior Senate Republicans rebuke Sen. Cruz over his attacks on Majority Leader McConnell

    07/26/2015 12:55:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | July 26, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intraparty division played out live on the Senate floor. As the Senate met for a rare Sunday session, Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas each rose to counter a stunning floor speech Cruz gave on Friday accusing McConnell, R-Ky., of lying. None of them mentioned Cruz by name but the target of their remarks could not have been clearer....
  • Republicans' Donald Trump problem just got worse

    07/26/2015 9:01:20 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Vox ^ | July 27, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Donald Trump was supposed to flame out fast. Instead, he's burning ever hotter in the first contests of the 2016 Republican presidential primary. The real estate mogul and reality TV star has a seven-point lead over his nearest competitor in New Hampshire, and he's breathing down the neck of longtime Iowa caucuses leader Scott Walker, according to two NBC-Marist University polls released Sunday morning. It's still very early in the 2016 campaign, and the first Republican debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland could shake up the race, but Trump's surprising success suggests he will continue to be a significant force...
  • Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz could face off in debate – under Senate rules

    07/26/2015 5:34:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 26, 2015 | Ben Jacobs, Washington
    * RNC chief strategist confirms contest would be allowable on Capitol Hill * Sanders has expressed wish to square off against ‘reactionary agenda’ Bernie Sanders could participate in a one-on-one, leftwing versus right debate with Ted Cruz during the presidential primary, without violating restrictive rules set by the Democratic and Republican national committees. The two senators would just have to face off at their workplace, the US Capitol. The first debate of the extended primary election will see the top 10 Republican candidates in a field of 16 face off in Cleveland on 6 August, in an event hosted...
  • Martin Schram - Trump's campaign crowds are America's new reality

    07/26/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Crescent-News ^ | July 26, 2015 | Martin Schram, op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service
    It isn't hard to figure out what's driving the so-called Donald Trump phenomenon that just prompted one-quarter of America's likely Republican voters to say in a poll he's the one they want to be our commander-in-chief. What's harder to figure out is why the Trump phenomenon blindsided the Republican Party's presidential pack, the working press and the parasitic punditocracy. And why we keep being surprised every time this happens. After all, this political driving force isn't really about The Donald or his billions; and it is as old as politics itself. It's about the way things happen -- and often...
  • Christie touting his conservative bona fides

    07/26/2015 3:25:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | July 26, 2015 | Melissa Hays, State House Bureau
    Governor Christie spent the past week on the campaign trail hitting key issues that are popular with the conservative voters who likely hold the key to his success as a Republican candidate for president. His tour through the early voting states, which includes return trips to New Hampshire and Iowa this week, comes as his campaign and a super PAC supporting his candidacy are spending a combined $1 million to run political ads nationally on Fox News that show Christie criticizing President Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, just as the next round of horse-race polls are being conducted. The...
  • El Donald: In Europe Donald Trump would have his own party and seats in a parliament

    07/25/2015 7:39:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Economist ^ | July 25, 2015
    IT WAS a winter night in 1854 when nine men broke into the building site of the Washington Monument, stole a slab of marble and—according to a later confession—heaved it into the Potomac river. The stone, which once belonged to the Temple of Concord in Rome, was a gift from Pope Pius IX. The attackers belonged to an anti-Catholic political movement, nicknamed “Know-Nothings” on account of their strict code of secrecy. Their movement considered Catholic immigrants a menace to the republic. At its peak, followers included dozens of congressmen, some governors and an ex-president. The Know-Nothings feared that the papal...
  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ Co-Founder: Organization Will Take Any Chance to Shut Down GOP Convention

    07/25/2015 7:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | July 25, 2015 | Trent Baker
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) On Saturday’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors spoke about the protests at Democratic primary candidates Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), when Black Lives Matters protesters demanded O’Malley and Sanders mentioned Sandra Bland, who was recently found dead in her prison cell, by name. Cullors was asked by guest co-host Janet Mock what her plan was for Republican candidates, specifically Jeb Bush, for calling “black lives matter” a “slogan.”(continued)
  • Trump launches offensive against Walker

    07/25/2015 1:51:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 25, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday unleashed a personal attack at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, days after being the target of the governor’s latest campaign blast. Trump’s speech in Iowa came on the heels of a fundraiser for Walker referring to the New York business mogul as “DumbDumb” in an event invitation email earlier this week. Blasting the “horrible” insult from Walker’s campaign, Trump went on the offensive with criticism against Walker’s economic record. “Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said...
  • Meet The Mexican-Americans Who Are Backing Donald Trump In New Hampshire

    07/24/2015 11:20:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment ^ | July 24, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    It's become one of his loudest, most frequently repeated boasts. As polls have shown him surging to the top of the Republican pack, Donald Trump has made a point of asserting his particular strength among Hispanic voters. "I have so many Hispanics, and they love me," Trump said during a speech in Laconia, New Hampshire, last week. "And interestingly, we just got from the state of Nevada a poll [that] just came out, and Trump won with a tremendous amount. And the second line was, 'Takes Hispanic vote in a landslide,' and I've been saying that. I'm going to win...
  • Why Donald Trump’s immigration stance is attracting Inland Empire fans (California)

    07/24/2015 9:01:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The San Bernardino County Sun ^ | July 24, 2015 | Beau Yarbrough
    Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric isn’t making him a lot of friends among his fellow candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but it’s winning him converts in California. “If I walked into a poll booth right now, and I had to cast my vote, I would vote for Donald Trump,” said Robin Hvidston, the executive director of the Claremont-based We the People Rising, a grass-roots organization pushing for stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and the enactment of stricter immigration laws. “I wouldn’t have said that three weeks ago. ... Both parties are so ingrained in political correctness and both...
  • Hillary: Even open-minded white people feel a twinge of fear at the sight of a black man in a hoodie

    07/24/2015 6:35:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via the Weekly Standard, where were you the day Hillary’s campaign imploded? No, I kid. Drudge was pushing this earlier because the idea of lefty infighting over whether their nominee-in-waiting is a racist or not is simply delicious. Spoiler: She is racist, or at least the left used to think so. (A few of them still do.) Now that their hold on power depends upon her being absolved, though, absolution is freely granted via the memory hole. She’ll be given a pass on this partly for that reason and partly because her admission about fear of black men in hoodies...
  • Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

    07/24/2015 6:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | July 24, 2015 | Chris Weigant, Political writer and blogger
    Welcome back, everyone. This column went on hiatus last week, so we could attend Netroots Nation. So we've got two whole weeks to cover today, just to warn everyone in advance. Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality. The first Republican presidential debate is happening in less than two weeks, and Donald Trump is not only guaranteed one...
  • Trump pads lead in latest poll, scoring 28%, has higher numbers among veterans than McCain!

    07/24/2015 6:02:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    Real estate billionaire Donald Trump's recent showing in national polls looks less like a fluke with each passing day, and numbers from Friday's YouGov.Economist poll has him leading the pack with support from 28 per cent of Republican primary voters. The survey, which is based on Internet interviews, ranked Trump twice at high as second-place finisher Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who leads in the fundraising sweepstakes but will fall far short of competing with Trump's $10 billion personal wealth. Bush is the first choice of 14 per cent of Republicans in the poll; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is...
  • Ann Coulter: Donald Trump can win White House as Republican or third-party candidate

    07/24/2015 3:13:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Ann Coulter believes that Donald Trump can win the White House by continuing to tap into the electorate’s anger over the nation’s broken immigration system. Speaking at a collegiate forum hosted by the Eagle Forum, Ms. Counter said Friday that Mr. Trump should not be underestimated. “I love Trump. I love him, and I think he can win,” Ms. Coulter said. “I think he can win the nomination and I think he can win as a third party.” The conservative commentator is one of the most vocal critics of the immigration system. She recently released a book, called “Adios America:...
  • Donald Trump Is Channeling Richard Nixon - Coincidence that a top Trump adviser has a Nixon tattoo?

    07/24/2015 10:21:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Corn, Washington bureau chief
    Donald Trump is certainly unlike most Republican presidential candidates of recent years. But as he has come to dominate the GOP's 2016 contest, there's been a touch of Richard Nixon in the tirade-friendly tycoon. At least, Nixonian rhetoric. In the past few weeks, Trump has deployed some of Tricky Dick's most memorable flourishes. Is this a mere coincidence? One of Trump's top political strategists is Roger Stone, a veteran political operative and unapologetic dirty trickster who is an ardent fan of the scandal-ridden but politically savvy Nixon. (On his website Stone, who has a tattoo of Nixon on his back,...
  • Disenfranchised voters gravitate to Trump, experts say

    07/23/2015 8:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | July 23, 2015 | Salena Zito
    Brad Lena sees Donald Trump through the prism of Star Wars: “a disturbance in The Force.” The billionaire businessman and reality TV star arrived Thursday at the U.S.-Mexico border to emphasize his hardline stance against immigration, in a week of attention-getting moments that thrust Trump into the lead among 16 GOP hopefuls for the White House. It's his disruption of the political class “that continues unimpeded their malevolent contributions to the rule of law, freedom of conscience, representative governance, competitive capitalism, freedom of speech, fiduciary stewardship and so on,” Lena, 62, of Bell Acres, a small borough northwest of Pittsburgh,...
  • Donald Trump Still Has Questions About President Obama’s Birthplace

    07/23/2015 7:49:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    WBUR-FM Boston's NPR News Station ^ | July 23, 2015 | Karen Tumulty, national political corespondent, The Washington Post
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)President Barack Obama makes his first trip as president to Kenya this weekend. Kenya is of course where president Obama’s father was born. President Obama was not born there; he was born in Hawaii. He released his birth certificate to prove that, and Hawaiian officials have confirmed it. Despite that, there have been many in this country who have thought that President Obama was born in Kenya, and was therefore ineligible to be president....
  • Trump visited the Mexican border, and still thinks it's a good idea to put up a wall

    07/23/2015 7:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 23, 2015 | Megan Specia & Jessica Eggert
    Donald Trump reiterated calls to erect a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States during a visit to the border city of Laredo, Texas, on Thursday. "In certain sections you have to have a wall, absolutely," Trump said, speaking to the press shortly after touring the border crossing. "The wall will save you a tremendous amount of money." The comments came during a fly in visit to the city to discuss plans for increasing border security. Just one month ago, during his campaign launch, Trump said one of the priorities of his presidency would be to build...
  • Why Donald Trump Doesn’t Have The Guts To Really Run For President

    07/23/2015 6:52:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Good Men Project - The Conversation No One Else Is Having ^ | July 23, 2015 | Matt Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history, Lehigh University & political columnist
    Matthew Rozsa explains why Donald Trump isn’t really going to run for president. You’ve probably already seen the title of this article, but in case you didn’t read it carefully, allow me to reiterate: Donald Trump isn’t going to run for president. He doesn’t have the guts to do it. I’d like to say that I was ahead of the curve in realizing this, but for the past few months I’ve been swept up in the same “Trump is running for president (totally for reals, you guys)” narrative that has consumed the rest of the media. Instead it was my...
  • Watch: Ted Cruz Gets Confronted By Outraged Protesters, Responds In A Way They Never Expected

    07/23/2015 5:39:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 23, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    “I appreciate her passion and can relate to her passion, but I believe she’s 100 percent wrong.”Anti-war protesters from the group Code Pink tried to disrupt a rally today, while presidential candidate Ted Cruz was speaking about the Iranian nuclear deal. Rather than allowing the bullhorn toting group to take over the event, the senator invited one to come to the stage for a Texas two-step of sorts in the form of a debate. The event was sponsored by Concerned Women for America and was aimed at raising awareness about the four Americans being held by the Iranian regime. Code...
  • Donald Trump and the Politics of Never Backing Down

    07/22/2015 5:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Grand Rapids Community College Collegiate ^ | July 22, 2015 | Chris Powers, Web Editor
    Ever since Donald Trump announced he was seeking the White House, his foot has rarely left his mouth. Yet voters are still enamored by him. Why? He couldn’t make it through his announcement speech without calling Mexican immigrants rapists and vowing to build a wall that he would make Mexico pay for to keep them out. This, of course, led to business partners including NBC and Macy’s to sever ties with Trump, but that didn’t stop him. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) While most candidates would realize their mistake and back down, Trump did exactly the opposite. In a way only he could, Trump...
  • Is Trump Right To Alienate Hispanics?

    07/22/2015 4:59:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | July 22, 2015 | Daniel J. McGraw
    Latinos may decide a presidential election one day. But it won’t be in 2016.Is Donald Trump a better a campaign tactician than people think? To hear most political strategists tell it, Hispanics are the most important voting bloc in America. But The Donald has called them rapists, drug dealers and violent criminals. And his visit Thursday to the U.S.-Mexico border promises to produce a new batch of anti-immigration sound bites. It’s hard to see any Hispanic ever voting for Trump. But that doesn’t necessarily mean his strategy will doom him. By viciously and repeatedly attacking immigration, he’s exploiting one of...
  • The silver lining of Donald Trump

    07/22/2015 10:51:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    If there's a small silver lining for the Republican Party in the bonanza of insanity that is Donald Trump's candidacy, it's this: He's single-handedly managed to make the rest of the GOP field look downright reasonable by comparison. There's less talk of a "clown car" primary when the main attraction is the ringmaster of his own circus. Each day, Trump seems to reach new heights of absurdity, offensiveness, and popularity among Republican poll respondents. On Tuesday, he called fellow candidate Lindsey Graham an "idiot" and handed out the South Carolina senator's cellphone number — a response to Graham referring to...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • One word explains Donald Trump’s rise

    07/21/2015 9:46:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner. That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. As The Upshot's Nate Cohn explains, Trump's post-announcement poll bump is of a completely different magnitude than what we're seeing elsewhere in the crowded GOP field. All of which has observers scratching their heads and asking: what do people see in the guy? A lot, as it...
  • John Kasich and the Huntsman Trap

    07/21/2015 3:35:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 20, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The next entrant into the GOP 2016 field risks being defined by his differences, not his conservative credentials. COLUMBUS, Ohio—On a recent afternoon, John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, strode into the Republican Party's headquarters in Washington, looked around the packed lobby, and declared, "Who are all these people?" These people were the media. And they were there for him. With his blunt style, willingness to jab at the GOP base, and sterling establishment credentials—a former House Budget Committee chairman and a second-term governor of the most important state in presidential politics, for starters—Kasich has emerged as one of the...
  • The Daily 202: Trump vs. Kasich split screen

    07/21/2015 2:56:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post's The Daily 202 ^ | July 21, 2015 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    THE BIG IDEA: CHARLESTON, S.C.—Donald Trump’s South Carolina kickoff, postponed because of the church shooting here last month, and John Kasich’s presidential campaign announcement at The Ohio State University both start at 11 a.m. this morning. Cable news will undoubtedly cover the New York businessman, under fire for his comment that John McCain is not a war hero, more than the sitting governor of Ohio, who could much more conceivably be the next president (or vice president). The split-screen contrast will show both sides of the now 16 candidate GOP field and reflect the extent to which Trump, who has...
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • Ted Cruz Applauds Iowa Couple Who Refused To Host A Same-Sex Wedding

    07/21/2015 2:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | July 21, 2015 | Amanda Terkel, senior political reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. It's a marked contrast with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who used her presidential launch video to draw attention to same-sex couples who were about to get married. While some GOP candidates have tried to avoid talking much about same-sex marriage, Cruz has been more vocal in his opposition. In April, he introduced legislation to push a constitutional amendment protecting states that barred marriage equality. And...
  • For now, the GOP race is all about Donald Trump. What happens after that?

    07/21/2015 12:59:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Opinion Blog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Mike Hashimoto
    The Donald Trump bubble, clearly not ready to pop, reminds me that I still haven’t seen how his rise to the top of the polls reveals the trite and biennial “fight for the soul of the Republican Party.” Surely the GOP isn’t the only party with a soul, but in conventional wisdom, it seems to be the only party that always fights over it. (And apologies if I’ve missed this cycle’s fight-for-the-soul navel gazer; I can’t get to everything.) Factually speaking, Trump is indeed the new and undisputed GOP front-runner. If he can hold on for a year, give or...
  • How selective outrage over Trump is dooming the GOP (Because - White people)

    07/21/2015 11:43:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart, columnist
    In what seemed like a political nanosecond, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement on Saturday condemning Donald Trump’s callous assertion that day that Sen. John McCain is “not a war hero.” Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably. The RNC is 100 percent correct. McCain is a hero. His sacrifice and service to this country when so many like Trump looked for ways to avoid the Vietnam...
  • Who will flourish after Donald Trump self-destructs?

    07/20/2015 9:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    Donald Trump’s self-destruction will soon manifest itself in a drop in the polls. The problem remains for those GOP voters still seeking a candidate who is a viable alternative to Jeb Bush. It is not likely to be Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has been outshone by more credible candidates and again showed bad judgment in trying to ingratiate himself with Trump. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., seems practically irrelevant to the race, and his preference to let the Obama administration negotiate with Iran rather than press for sanctions may be the death knell of his effort.. Who then stands to...
  • Don't Be Fooled by the Media; This Isn't About Trump

    07/20/2015 9:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 21, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    Is anyone concerned that the media have succeeded in using a flap between Donald Trump and John McCain to divert our attention from serious issues facing the nation? Trump has been very outspoken in recent weeks on certain issues, especially immigration. His unfiltered remarks have resonated with people, driving him high in the polls among the GOP hopefuls. I don't think for a second this means Trump has a realistic chance of getting the GOP presidential nomination, much less winning the presidency, but it is a powerful indication that people are tired of what's been going on in the country....
  • Trump Talks Obama Care, Impending Farm Crisis

    07/20/2015 2:15:01 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 20 replies
    whotv.com ^ | 8 April 2015 | Staff Writer
    "his priorities, should he run would, include building up the military, reaching a new deal over nuclear weapons in Iran, and repealing ObamaCare." “I would end ObamaCare and replace it with something terrific for far less money for the country and the people,” Trump said. “I would absolutely end it and replace it with a much better plan that is much less expensive. ObamaCare is a disaster.”
  • Weekend Iowa poll: No Trump slump yet for McCain remarks

    07/20/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 20, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer and Jennifer Agiesta
    Donald Trump ignited a political furor with his weekend comments about Sen. John McCain's war record, but the first polling released since then shows no change in his standing. A Monmouth University poll of Iowans released Monday and conducted over the weekend showed Scott Walker continues to maintain a solid lead in the Iowa Republican caucus, though Trump has gained an edge over the rest of the field and now stands alone in second place. Of likely caucus attendees, 22% told pollsters that they'd support the Wisconsin governor in next winter's matchup, but 13% said they would back Trump, who...