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Issues (GOP Club)

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  • Trump should shrug off John Lewis’ cookie-cutter insults

    01/17/2017 5:00:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 17, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    President-elect Donald Trump is paying too much heed to the ranting of civil-rights veteran John Lewis: The Georgia congressman’s been playing the same tune about every top Republican for years now. Yes, Lewis’ accusation was baseless and blatantly partisan: He said Trump isn’t a “legitimate president” because of Russian hacking, and he’d skip the inauguration, “the first one I’ve missed since I’ve been in Congress.” Oops: He didn’t attend George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001, either — charging that Dubya wasn’t truly elected. Last year, Lewis said Trump “reminds me so much of the things that George Wallace said and...
  • John Kerry Predicts Trump Administration Will Last "A Year, Two Years, Whatever"

    01/17/2017 12:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17, 2017 | Tim Hains
    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that he does not believe that president-elect Donald Trump will repeal everything he says he will when his administration comes into power on Friday, but if he does it could cause significant damage for "a year, two years, whatever, while the [Trump] administration is there."(continued)
  • European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U., raising fears of transatlantic split

    BRUSSELS — European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump enters office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations after Trump’s comments that the European Union is bound for a breakup and that NATO is obsolete. Trump said in a weekend interview with the Times of London and Germany’s Bild newspaper that the 28-nation European Union was a vehicle for German interests and said that he was indifferent to the bloc’s fate. He also said he was committed to European defense even as he expressed skepticism about...
  • In Georgia, two Trumps exist across urban, rural divide

    01/16/2017 9:44:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Aiken Standard ^ | January 16, 2017 | Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
    LULA, Ga. — Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business. "He's already proven he can turn things around," the 52-year-old Thomas said, crediting Trump with Ford Motor Co.'s recent announcement that it would scrap a planned Mexico plant while expanding in Michigan. "Just his business enthusiasm, we've been lacking that." "My intuition," the 33-year-old Bryant agrees, "is telling me that small business owners will...
  • How Cruz and Trump learned to like each other

    01/13/2017 11:07:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 13, 2017 | Eliana Johnson
    Ted Cruz was once one of Donald Trump’s most vocal critics. Now he's one of the president-elect's most important Senate allies. Ted Cruz met with Donald Trump exactly one week after Election Day. As it turned out, Cruz’s tete-a-tete with the president-elect he had spurned from the stage of the Republican National Convention just months before wasn’t the most consequential meeting he would have that day. After his talk with Trump, the Texas senator and his chief of staff, David Polyansky, then sat down with his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who sounded him out about his interest in filling the...
  • Rep. Brooks: Dems' 'war on whites' behind some criticism of Sessions

    01/11/2017 5:29:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 11, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said in a radio interview on Tuesday that criticism of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general, is part of an ongoing "war on whites" by Democrats. "It's really about political power and racial division and what I've referred to on occasion as the 'war on whites.' They are trying to motivate the African-American vote to vote-bloc for Democrats by using every 'Republican is a racist' tool that they can envision," the Republican congressman said on "The Morning Show With Toni & Gary" on WBHP 800 Alabama radio. "Even if...
  • Trump Supporter Looks Ahead to New Administration (Asian-Americans for Trump)

    01/10/2017 5:12:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Rafu Shimpo ^ | January 9, 2017 | Matthew Ormseth
    Where many Asian Americans saw an exclusionist whose views on immigration evoked past injustices, Lisa Shin saw a pragmatist unafraid of addressing national security issues head-on, and whose economic savvy could create jobs and return America to the fore of the global economy. Shin, the daughter of South Korean immigrants, was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s most vocal advocates among the Asian American community during the election, and was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention earlier this year. Shin’s father came to the U.S. to study mechanical engineering, and her parents became naturalized citizens shortly after. Her father...
  • Sanders: ‘I give Donald Trump his due’

    01/09/2017 7:45:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2017 | Cyra Master
    During a CNN town hall style interview Monday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was challenged to compliment Donald Trump. Sanders was asked a variety of questions, including from a student at George Washington University who noted that Sanders has called the president-elect a pathological liar and asked, “in an effort to inspire a cohesive front,” if Sanders could name Trump’s “strongest attribute.” “You think I should say something good about him now?” Sanders asked with a smile. “That’s not a hard question for me to answer,” he added. “Trump took on the Republican establishment, he took on the Democratic establishment,...
  • Conservatives plan $10M ad campaign to back Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    01/09/2017 7:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is planning to launch a $10 million national ad campaign to push Democratic senators to confirm President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. JCN said it’s planning to air ads in states that have vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2018, particularly those where Trump won by large margins. Senate Democrats have vowed to fight back against any Trump pick that they see as too conservative. “We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer(D-N.Y.) said last week in an interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "If they don’t...
  • Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

    01/08/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2017 | Staff
    Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We hear now from Congressman Danny Davis. He's represented the 7th Congressional District since 1996, but gun violence is not just an abstract concept to him. His 15-year-old grandson Javon was killed in a dispute over borrowed clothing last November, and Congressman Davis delivered the eulogy. He was kind enough to host us in his offices on Capitol Hill. Congressman, thank you so much for speaking with us...
  • Rhode Island's governor: Democrats need to be 'obsessed with job creation' in the age of Trump

    01/07/2017 4:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 7, 2017 | Maxwell Tani
    It's not every day that the Wall Street Journal's right-leaning opinion section swoons over a Democratic politician. Gina Raimondo's outspoken championing of tax and regulator reform have made her the rare exception. Gushing over the Rhode Island governor in a November article titled, "An Island of Rationality in Blue-State New England," opinion writer Allysia Finley praised Raimondo's focus on regulatory and tax reform, painting her as a wonky, business-friendly Democrat at odds with a left-wing base committed to fighting battles over social justice issues. "This year’s election has spurred soul-searching within the Democratic Party," she wrote. "A debate rages between...
  • The Latest: Trump Demands Media Leak Investigation

    01/06/2017 9:36:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 6, 2017 | The Associated Press
    The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 12:15 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says he'll ask Congress to investigate leaks to the media on U.S. intelligence alleging Russia meddled in last year's election by hacking Democratic emails. Less than an hour before he was to be briefed Friday by the directors of the FBI and CIA and the Director of National Intelligence on their findings, Trump tweeted that he was "asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it." NBC aired a report Thursday that said...
  • Why one side of Puget Sound became Trump country in 2016

    01/05/2017 6:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KUOW-FM ^ | January 4, 2017 | David Hyde
    When you first hit the road from Seattle on your way to Mason County there are lots of signs that the economy is buzzing, like construction cranes, shiny new buildings and hybrid cars. But when you wind around past Olympia into Mason County, you're more likely to see a pickup truck with a gun rack than a Prius. And the average wage in Mason in 2015 was about half as much as in King County. The political contrast is also dramatic. Whereas Seattle is Hillary Country, in Mason County voters bolted on a 13-point swing from Barack Obama in 2012...
  • Inside How Trump Won the White Working Class

    01/05/2017 3:55:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Vanity Fair | January 5, 2017 | Ken Stern
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/how-trump-won-the-white-working-class
  • Breitbart unveils cover art for "How Trump Won"

    01/05/2017 2:13:25 PM PST · by LS · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/5/2016 | LS
    I'm told this will be released in e-book on 1/17, hardcover 2/27. I will be at CPAC this year, and it looks like I'll be on Fox and Friends Monday morning talking about the "Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents from Washington to Taft," which was already scheduled for release on Jan. 9.
  • New York Councilman Hunts for Anti-Trump Staffer As Democrats Plan Resistance

    01/04/2017 12:25:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Jewish Forward ^ | January 4, 2017 | Daniel J. Solomon
    Brad Lander is a city councilman in New York. But that’s not preventing him from setting his sights nationally, as he casts about for a new staffer who will take the fight to President-elect Donald Trump. According to the job posting, the Brooklyn Democrat is looking for a communications director to “resist the threats of the Trump regime to American democratic values and vulnerable constituencies.” Other responsibilities include more ho-hum tasks such as organizing press conferences and talking to reporters. Lander, who is Jewish and represents a swath of northern Brooklyn including Park Slope, has been out front since the...
  • Can the Democrats Win Back Trump Voters?

    01/03/2017 11:00:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 3, 2017 | Neil Buchanan
    As we face the new year and the realities of politics in a post-Obama world, the Democrats understandably feel the need to act as if some things are still normal. That is, even if they suspect that Donald Trump and the Republicans will soon turn the U.S. into a one-party state in all but name, the Democrats need to avoid admitting as much—to themselves or anyone else—to prevent their fears from become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This means that, in the hope of being able to win elections in the future, Democrats are trying to think through the various reasons that...
  • Democrats to Fight Almost Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Schumer

    01/03/2017 9:37:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 3, 2017 | Alex Johnson
    Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's new top Democrat said Tuesday night "it's hard for me to imagine" Democratic senators' supporting a Supreme Court nomination submitted by President-elect Donald Trump. In a measured but blunt interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York took on Trump over a number of issues, calling him a "fake" populist who was "dumb" to continue squabbling with the U.S. intelligence community. But it was the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February that led to Schumer's strongest...
  • Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can’t stop

    01/03/2017 9:15:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Vox ^ | January 3, 2017 | Dylan Matthews
    The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes "reconciliation instructions" that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care...
  • Short list forming for the Supreme Court — now and in the future?

    01/03/2017 5:42:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    If Politico’s correct about the new administration’s Supreme Court strategy, Ted Cruz might have a long, long wait for a phone call. Donald Trump’s first major act as President will almost certainly be to fill the opening left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, which has remained open for a year while Republicans blocked efforts at a lame-duck appointment of Merrick Garland. However, the focus of Trump’s strategists is not this opening, but the next one to come — likely from the liberal wing of the court: While Scalia’s seat is the only current opening, Trump’s advisers are plotting...
  • Former Dem Staffer: There’s A ‘Religious Illiteracy’ Problem In The Party

    01/01/2017 2:50:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 30, 2016 | Amber Randall
    The Democratic Party has a “religious illiteracy” problem that prevents them from reaching out to evangelicals, according to a former Democratic staffer. Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, explained three reasons why the Democratic Party fails to reach out to evangelical voters or voters with different theologies. Wear, speaking with The Atlantic, pointed out that many young Democrats don’t know how to discuss or deal with religious topics. This “illiteracy” contributes to why Democrats fail to reach out to evangelicals, Wear explained. “It’s tied to the demographics of the country: More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of...
  • Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia (When did he become president?)

    12/31/2016 5:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Thomson Reuters Foundation News ^ | January 1, 2017 | Reuters
    KIEV, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain promised on Saturday continued support for Kiev in the face of aggression from Moscow, as he spent New Year's Eve on the front line in Ukraine's eastern conflict zone. McCain was one of a bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators who sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in December, urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine. "I send the message from the American people - we are with you, your fight is our fight and we will...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For. Impeach Trump And You Get Pence

    12/30/2016 4:49:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 30, 2016 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Put this in the category of be careful what you wish for. The instant that Trump won the White House, the chatter about impeaching him has been non-stop. The reasons many legal scholars, ethics experts, and political analysts give boil down to this. He has business dealings with foreign governments, most notably Russia, his family management arrangement still presents business conflicts, his possible violation of the Emoluments Clause, which prohibits presidents from buying influence with federal officials or receiving special treatment, and influence peddling and gift taking from foreign governments. These are all sticky points that Trump hasn’t done much...
  • McCain, Graham say they will seek 'stronger sanctions' on Russia

    12/29/2016 5:31:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 29, 2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two hawks on U.S. policy toward Russia, said they will lead the push in the upcoming Congress for sanctions on Moscow that are stronger than those the Obama administration announced Thursday. "The retaliatory measures announced by the Obama administration today are long overdue. But ultimately, they are a small price for Russia to pay for its brazen attack on American democracy. We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia," the senators said in a joint statement Thursday. The Obama administration issued an executive order Thursday...
  • Top Democrats tested cocaine attacks on Obama

    12/29/2016 3:15:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 14, 2016 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hanna Trudo
    A big-money group that included some of Hillary Clinton’s top allies tested the effectiveness of attacking her 2008 rival Barack Obama for his admitted use of cocaine and his connections to Islam, hacked documents released Friday show. In the early stages of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, a group known as Progressive Media commissioned a poll that asked more than 800 likely swing state voters about a number of possible lines of attack against Obama, but also against Clinton and the eventual Republican nominee, John McCain. The poll results and emails discussing the questions were among a batch of documents...
  • Who Will Do What Harry Reid Did Now That Harry Reid Is Gone?

    12/28/2016 12:00:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | December 27, 2016 | Jason Zengerle
    Nevada’s departing senator would have fought Trump with a ruthlessness perhaps no other Democratic leader has. Harry Reid was searching for someone to take a stand. It was a Tuesday morning in early December, three days before his three-decade congressional career would effectively come to an end, and Reid had summoned about 20 of his staffers to his Capitol office just off the Senate floor. Although it’s reserved for the leader of the Senate’s minority party, it’s still a ­magisterial space, with soaring ceilings and mosaic floors. As a cold rain pelted the windows, the Nevada senator sat in a...
  • Sorry, Liberals. Bigotry Didn’t Elect Donald Trump.

    12/26/2016 6:23:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 26, 2016 | David Paul Kuhn
    Donald J. Trump won the white working-class vote over Hillary Clinton by a larger margin than any major-party nominee since World War II. Instead of this considerable achievement inspiring introspection, figures from the heights of journalism, entertainment, literature and the Clinton campaign continue to suggest that Mr. Trump won the presidency by appealing to the bigotry of his supporters. As Bill Clinton recently said, the one thing Mr. Trump knows “is how to get angry white men to vote for him.” This stereotyping of Trump voters is not only illiberal, it falsely presumes Mr. Trump won because of his worst...
  • Minnesota Rep. Susan Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

    12/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Slate ^ | December 21, 2016 | Stephanie Weber
    When Susan Allen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012, she became the first openly lesbian Native American woman to win office in any state legislature. But framing that achievement as one for the lesbian community alone obscures another aspect of Allen’s identity, and one that is directly connected to her Native American ancestry: Allen also identifies as “two-spirit.” While Americans are increasingly familiar with the elements that make-up our modern LGBTQ abbreviation, other, often older queer identities like two-spirit remain unappreciated to the point of erasure. But if Allen and other two-spirit folks have their way,...
  • Hillary Clinton Really Shouldn’t Have Told Voters That Trump Wasn’t a Normal Republican

    12/23/2016 1:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | December 23, 2016 | Eric Levitz
    Hillary Clinton spent much of last summer arguing that Ronald Reagan would never vote for Donald Trump. At the Democratic National Convention, a series of speakers — including Barack Obama — argued that the patron saint of the conservative movement would recoil at Trump’s authoritarian ethos. At a September press conference, the Democratic nominee suggested that the Gipper would be incensed to see the Republican nominee praise Vladimir Putin while disparaging the American president. One of her super-PACs’ final campaign ads cast Reagan’s ghost as a Clinton surrogate. The point of all this nostalgia for the man who killed off...
  • Why Hillary Clinton is still losing supporters

    12/23/2016 1:53:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 21, 2016 | Salena Zito
    ROCKVILLE, Md. — Democrats’ belief that new information revealed after Donald Trump’s election — as when the reports of Russian interference spurred calls on the left for a revote or, failing that, for “faithless” electors to abandon Trump — would change voters’ minds has taken another hit. A Pew Research survey Wednesday showed a whopping 97 percent of all voters would cast the exact same vote they did on Election Day, including 99 percent of Trump voters and 96 percent of Clinton voters. As with the recount that saw Clinton lose votes and the Electoral College vote that saw her...
  • Trump posse browbeats Hill Republicans

    12/21/2016 8:45:00 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/21/16 | Racheal Bade
    Lawmakers are loath to say anything remotely critical, fearful they might set off the president-elect or his horde of enforcers. "People are naturally reticent to be the first out of the block for fear of Sean Hannity, for fear of Breitbart, for fear of local folks," Rep. Mark Sanford said. In early December, Rep. Bill Flores made what seemed like an obvious observation to a roomful of conservatives at a conference in Washington. Some of Donald Trump’s proposals, the Texas Republican cautioned, “are not going to line up very well with our conservative policies," though he quickly added that there...
  • Lax Vetting Endangers Citizens

    12/21/2016 1:41:21 PM PST · by Adriana Cohen · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2017 | Adriana Cohen
    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/adriana_cohen/2016/12/adriana_cohen_lax_vetting_endangers_europe_again?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
  • Trump to Name Carl Icahn as Adviser on Regulatory Overhaul

    12/21/2016 1:29:11 PM PST · by RayofHope · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/21/2016 | DAVID BENOIT
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is expected to be named special adviser to the president on overhauling federal regulations, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Icahn, who has spent the past four decades battling big companies as an activist investor, already has been wielding influence in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. He is playing a central role in selecting the next chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the people said. Interested candidates have reached out to him, and he is interviewing others at the request of Mr. Trump, the people said.
  • MTV's "White Guy Resolutions 2017" Might Just Earn Trump a Second Term

    12/21/2016 11:33:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | December 20, 2016 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief
    We've gone beyond virtue-signaling to toxic brew of all-you-people-need-to-shut-up-and-listen-to-why-you're-the-problem ranting. MTV—which famously took years to feature black musicians on its regular programming—has come full circle since its launch in 1981. It has released a short video titled "2017 Resolutions for White Guys." Among the suggestions, some of which were articulated by white folks who seemed plucked from the junior versions of Prairie Home Companion and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: "Try to recognize that America was never 'great' for anyone who wasn't a white guy"; "Blue Lives Matter isn't a thing"; "stop bragging about being 'woke'; "feel free to take Kanye...
  • The Delegitimization Of Donald Trump

    12/20/2016 3:08:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | December 20, 2016 | David Catanese, Senior Politics Writer
    In a typical year, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign would go down as one of the most startlingly deficient endeavors in political history. But a postliminary campaign by Clinton allies to shape why the heavily favored and first major party female nominee lost to an eccentric billionaire reality television star is already bending the storyline in their favor through a concerted media offensive meant to undermine the president-elect, his tactics and the ultimate outcome. The Clinton campaign's stunning and largely unforeseen loss has only hardened its own resolve to win the post-mortem of how it happened. In the six weeks...
  • Democrats are Willing to Provoke a War With Russia Over Lost Election?

    12/17/2016 11:45:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 16, 2016 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Professor Jacobson has covered the Democrat’s futile attempt to mount an electoral college insurrection in the hopes of turning over the results of the recent presidential election. Monday morning, establishment media outlets along with a bevy of Democrats decided Russia was to blame for Hillary’s embarrassing electoral loss. The sudden, unified chorus was an amusing sight to behold. I blogged: The Russian hacking/tainted election story line is a particularly fascinating coping mechanism in leftist elite circles. All signs point to a painfully out of touch party platform, the world’s worst presidential candidate, and a fundamental misunderstanding of the political landscape,...
  • No, Bernie Sanders Would Not Have Beaten Trump

    12/16/2016 8:36:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | December 15, 2016 | Marcus Johnson
    By now, who hasn’t heard a Bernie supporter or surrogate claim that Sanders would have won the election against Donald Trump? The Sanders wing of the Democratic Party has developed a narrative that the Democratic Party was held back by Hillary Clinton. They claim that she was fatally flawed, that the DNC stole the nomination from Sanders, and that the ever so coveted white working class voter dislodged by globalization will never again vote for corporate interests. Of course, this narrative ignores the facts—that despite Clinton’s supposed flaws, she easily defeated Sanders in the primary via the pledged delegate count,...
  • Hillary: Russian hack an attempt to ‘undermine our democracy’

    12/16/2016 6:23:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2016 | John Sexton
    Hillary Clinton spoke to a group of donors in Manhattan Thursday and offered them, as an explanation for her loss, two factors. One was the letter from FBI Director Comey in the final weeks of the election. The other was Russian hacking of Democratic groups, which she said was an attempt to “undermine our democracy.” From the NY Times: “Swing-state voters made their decisions in the final days breaking against me because of the F.B.I. letter from Director Comey,” she said. The Russians, she said, sought to “undermine our democracy” through cyberattacks on Democratic targets… “This is not just an...
  • Trump as the Mythological Reagan(Barf alert)

    12/12/2016 6:58:58 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 6 replies
    Harry's place ^ | December 12th 2016 | Roland Dodds
    Looking for Mythological ReaganRonald Reagan’s legacy looms large over American conservatives. Everyone wants to be the new Ronald Reagan and Republican candidates can’t stop declaring his name with bated breath. Regrettably for conservatives, the visage of Reagan they broadcast has little to do with the actual president but epitomizes a caricature forged in Republican media circles and punditry for the last 20 years. This Mythological Reagan is evoked as the tough, principled, provocative conservative who spoke truth in an uncompromising fashion. A man hated by liberals and leftists while he celebrated America’s greatness at home and abroad; a leader who...
  • We missed what was so effective about Donald Trump’s campaign speeches

    12/11/2016 9:59:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Vox ^ | December 6, 2016 | Mike Conczal
    I’ve started to rewatch Trump rallies from the month before he was elected president. I’ve seen some of them before, but that was always with the presumption he was unlikely to win. Now I watch them trying to figure out how he did it, and how the Democrats can rebuild their economic message out of this mess....
  • From Captive Audience to Open Democracy

    12/11/2016 9:26:14 PM PST · by Darch · 4 replies
    OF TWO MINDS ^ | 12-12-2016 | Charles Hugh Smity
    "In a democracy, trust must be earned. It cannot be imposed. The days of captive audiences are over. The monopoly on "news" and propaganda has been broken for good." "Here's The Washington Post's criminally false "fake news" article in case you missed it: Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say."
  • Why the Democrats don't need an overhaul

    12/11/2016 5:59:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 11, 2016 | David Greenberg
    Until Nov. 8, everyone talked as if the presidential election would hinge on smallest incident: a killer ad, a fatal gaffe, an October surprise. But now, in the emerging conventional wisdom, tactics are suddenly deemed unimportant, as we rush to propound big theories about What It All Means. We now hear that Donald Trump’s victory — which he is calling, preposterously, a landslide — was the result of the grand tide of history, a thundering declaration of Vox Populi: Identity politics is dead. Populism is ascendant. #WhiteWorkersMatter. The people want change. The Democratic Party, without question, has lessons to learn...
  • I'm a Democrat but I've gotta admit it's now Trump 2, Dems 0

    12/07/2016 6:43:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | December 6, 2016 | Bryan Dean Wright
    Following President-elect Trump's surprise phone call on Friday with the Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, the response has been predictable if not disheartening. Academics in D.C. this morning are claiming that, “Trump…doesn’t have clue.” An expert at the University of California added that the call was “impulsive.” Regrettably, my Democratic Party pushed back too. By its measure, Trump demonstrated his “incompetence” and threatened our national security. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) went so far as to say that Trump’s actions might push the nation into war with China. What academics and my party don’t understand is that he’s not interested in starting...
  • YOU DO THE MATH!!

    12/06/2016 5:17:57 AM PST · by MostlyAnti-Lib · 27 replies
    12/06/2016 | TEDWINT
    Donald Trump’s critics on the left are enraged with his handling of the Carrier Corporation’s intention to move their Indianapolis operation to Mexico. He has possibly been slightly overgenerous in his favors to Carrier in order to get them to reconsider sending 1100 jobs out of the country. Let us compare the alternative choices of other US companies who consider similar moves in the future: Cost of an AC unit produced and sold in the US: $4000 approx. Labor cost to produce (@ 20% average): $800. Tax savings (under Trump) to produce in US $4000 x (35%-20%): $600. Note: Current...
  • Faithless electors group in contact with Clinton allies

    12/05/2016 4:00:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 5, 2016 | John Sexton
    The group of Democratic electors who are trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president have been in contact with Clinton allies. Politico reports: Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Donald Trump have been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan… In a sign of the sensitivity of the issue, former Clinton campaign officials declined repeated requests to comment on the Electoral College effort. DNC officials...
  • New Yorkers Seem To Be Warming Up To Donald Trump

    12/05/2016 1:07:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post Politics ^ | December 5, 2016 | Nick Bayer, pollster fellow
    President-elect Donald Trump has become more popular among New York voters since his stunning win on election night, according to a Siena College poll released Monday. Forty-one percent of voters in the state now hold a favorable opinion of the president-elect ― the highest ever favorable rating in any Siena poll of New York. Trump’s favorable rating is 7 points higher now than it was when the college conducted its last poll just before Election Day. Likewise, his unfavorable rating has dropped by 10 percent in the same period, from 63 to 53 percent. Trump lost the largely Democratic state...
  • Lindsey Graham Working on Bill to Protect Dreamers if Trump Revokes Obama Executive Actions

    11/30/2016 5:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that he’d get rid of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported. One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in...
  • Trump has already defeated the news media. And it’s unclear what we can do about it.

    11/29/2016 11:45:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Washington Post's The Plum Line ^ | November 28, 2016 | Paul Waldman
    Donald Trump is either a mad genius who has cracked the media code in a way no politician before him was able to do, or he’s a kind of political Mr. Magoo, stumbling randomly about yet achieving one success after another. We may never know which it is. But if we’re going to maintain our democracy, we have to figure out how to deal with the way Trump successfully manipulates the media. Perhaps, as some have suggested, Trump tweeted his ridiculous lie about millions of fraudulent votes on Sunday in order to distract people from this lengthy investigation in the...
  • Trump claims ‘serious voter fraud’ in 3 states

    11/27/2016 5:39:03 PM PST · by entropy12 · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/27/16 | CYRA MASTER
    President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday evening that there were “serious voter fraud” issues in three states during the election, calling out results from Virginia, New Hampshire and California.
  • Something Feels Really Off About Jill Stein's Recount Effort

    11/25/2016 9:14:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Pajiba ^ | November 25, 2016 | Dustin Rowles
    Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote has increased now to 2.1 million votes and counting. She has received more votes than any other white or female candidate in the history of the United States. Indeed, Donald Trump may have garnered more votes than any other Republican in history, but he’s getting trounced in the popular vote. By the time counting has finished, Clinton’s 2+ million vote lead over Donald Trump will be a bigger vote lead than 28 eventual Presidents had over their opponents. It’s not exactly a landslide (Obama beat McCain by 9 million votes, and Romney by...