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Issues (GOP Club)

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  • Senator Kevin de Leon on protecting undocumented immigrants, making college free

    05/20/2018 6:55:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    La Voz News ^ | April 25, 2018 | Andrew Shinjo and Stephanie Lam
    California State Senator Kevin de Leon introduced himself to the DASB Senate on Wednesday, April 18. He formerly served as President pro tempore of the California State Senate, and is running to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in the 2018 election. De Leon expressed his support for protecting undocumented immigrants and making college free. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was going to deport 11 million criminal violent felons, de Leon said he decided to author Senate Bill No. 54, also known as the California “Sanctuary State” Bill. He called Sessions’ comment “fake news,” and said Sessions was...
  • Rep. Jackie Speier: Dems Still Willing To Trade DACA For Trump's Wall, We Can Tear It Down...

    05/19/2018 8:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 18, 2018 | Tim Hains
    In an interview Thursday afternoon with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier explained the thinking behind an effort from Democrats and a few Republicans in the House to force floor votes on several immigration-related issues, including both DACA and the border wall. "Will you get those five more Republicans and force a vote on this sensitive issue?" CNN's Blitzer asked. "I think it really depends on the polling that they're seeing in their districts," Speier said about her Republican colleagues. "I really do think it's self-preservation at this point from any of the Republicans, and that's why you...
  • Hillary Clinton's Santa Fe Shooting Tweet Doesn't Hold Back At All

    05/19/2018 11:13:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 18, 2018 | Chris Tognotti
    On Friday, a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing several people and injuring many more. Mere hours after the attack, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded to the Santa Fe shooting with a tweet, stating that politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence are "failing our children." Clinton, 70, has been a staunch proponent of gun control reform for years, dating back to her time as a senator from New York. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she ran on reinstating the assault weapons ban, expanding background checks, and restricting people suffering...
  • The Media Is Handing Trump A Second Term

    05/18/2018 6:43:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 18, 2018 | Kurt Bardella
    It’s often said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results. In the case of President Donald Trump and the media, there really are two sides to this coin. Whenever Trump uses provocative and at times deliberately offensive terminology ― maybe it’s “shithole” or “rapists” or more recently “animals” ― an all too familiar cycle plays out like a rerun of a bad reality-TV show. First, you must remember that Trump is the emotional equivalent of a 5-year-old. Like a child, his actions are driven by positive reinforcement. When Trump talks tough on immigration,...
  • Congressman Paul Gosar: Have the Army Build the Border Wall

    05/18/2018 6:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | May 18, 2018 | Joseph Flaherty
    Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar wants a border wall, and he's ready to order the military to do the job. In an amendment filed on Wednesday to a defense spending bill, Gosar proposed authorizing the Secretary of the Army to carry out President Trump's signature campaign promise of a security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Gosar's proposal was tucked in the slew of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, a massive annual appropriations exercise that determines military spending and policy. The Hill reported Gosar's amendment in a roundup of the most notable of the 554 amendments to the NDAA that...
  • Why Democrats can’t win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters

    05/18/2018 8:58:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | May 17, 2018 | Paul Waldman, The Washington Post
    In the endless search for the magic key that Democrats can use to unlock the hearts of white people who vote Republican, the hot new candidate is “respect.” If only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people who voted for Donald Trump, Democrats can win them over and take back Congress and the White House. The assumption is that if Democrats simply choose to deploy this powerful tool of respect, then minds will be changed and votes will follow. This belief, widespread though it may be, is stunningly naive. It ignores decades of history and...
  • Nancy Pelosi: "Calling People Animals Is Not A Good Thing"

    05/17/2018 1:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 17, 2018 | Tim Hains
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to President Trump calling violent MS-13 gang members "animals," at her weekly press briefing Thursday morning. Pelosi says Trump's comments as reported are a new low, and make her wonder if the president believes "we are all God's children" or not. "When the president of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, 'these are not people, these are animals,' you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity? In the dignity and worth of every person? 'These are not people, these are animals,' from the president of the United States."...
  • Ex-Trump aide Bannon promoted 'culture war': Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

    05/16/2018 9:29:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2018 | Mark Hosenball
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon sought to use personal information collected online to promote “a culture war,” a whistleblower on now-defunct political data firm Cambridge Analytica told U.S. senators on Wednesday. Bannon, a former Cambridge Analytica vice president, “saw cultural warfare as a means to create enduring change in American politics,” testified Christopher Wylie, who says information about tens of millions of Facebook (FB.O) users ended up in Cambridge Analytica’s hands. Bannon’s attorney William Burck did not immediately respond to an email request for comment on Wylie’s testimony....
  • Post: Trump voters remain loyal because they feel disrespected

    05/16/2018 4:22:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2018 | John Sexton
    Monday, the Washington Post surveyed a new book, a memo, and a detailed report for the Post itself, all of which take a look at swing voting patterns in parts of the country that went for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then shifted to President Trump in 2016. The Post attempts to synthesize the findings of all three items and concludes that people in these parts of the country feel a lack of respect both for themselves and for the president they voted for: Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, who helped orchestrate Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory, has obsessively studied...
  • To understand why Trump won, look at Democrats' hysteria

    05/16/2018 9:10:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Des Moines Register | May 16, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post columnist
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/05/16/trump-foreign-policy-north-korea-jerusaleum-democrats/615417002/
  • Poll: Jewish Israelis love Trump

    05/15/2018 9:39:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Brookings ^ | May 15, 2018 | Shibley Telhami
    The Trump administration on Monday celebrated moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem. But ever since the move was announced in December, it has been condemned in the Middle East and around the world. The Arab League called the embassy relocation a “blatant attack on the feelings of Arabs and Muslims” and a “grave violation of the rules of international law” that could destabilize the region. British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “We disagree with the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before...
  • A Promise So Big, Democrats Aren’t Sure How to Keep It

    05/13/2018 3:05:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 11, 2018 | Annie Lowrey
    Jawan Thompson still sounds incredulous at his luck: He has a job, and a good job. “My first time being incarcerated, I was 15 years old,” he said. “Since then, I’ve been incarcerated maybe four or five times—you know, getting out, being around bad influences and not making positive choices.” After he was released from his latest spell inside a few months ago—his charges over the years have included armed robbery, burglary, and drug dealing—a community corrections officer told him that there was a program that would help him out with a paying gig. “I was like, ‘Nah, it’s too...
  • Bernie Sanders: Trump administration ‘heartless’ toward immigrants

    05/13/2018 10:35:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 13, 2018 | Rebecca Morin
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Donald Trump and his administration are “heartless” toward immigrants. "I think it is heartless. I think the entire Trump views on immigration is heartless," Sanders said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” . . Last week, chief of staff John Kelly told NPR that “the laws are the laws” and that the technique of separating families who cross the border illegally is one that “no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.“ Kelly also said during the interview that undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S. “don't...
  • Turning Point USA's plan to "red pill" black America for Trump should concern Democrats. Here's why.

    05/12/2018 2:38:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Mic ^ | May 12, 2018 | Chauncey Alcorn
    On Wednesday, President Donald Trump joined Kanye West in tweeting his support for Candace Owens, the black liberal-turned-conservative who serves as communications director for Turning Point USA. Turning Point is the pro-Trump nonprofit organization that brings controversial right-wing speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos to college campuses. In March, Turning Point’s founder, Charlie Kirk, interviewed Trump at the White House during a Generation Next forum where conservative millennials and administration leaders talked about policy and how it affects their lives. It’s clear political strategies centering on black America are being brainstormed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and TPUSA is playing...
  • Dems worry Trump will win over economy

    05/12/2018 1:35:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2018 | Amie Parnes
    Democrats are growing worried that the strong economy, and President Trump’s messaging about his economic stewardship, will help Republicans in this year’s midterm elections and have an even greater impact in 2020. Even as signs point to Democrats winning back the House, the party is concerned that their hopes of a blue wave could turn into something smaller if Trump and the GOP are effective on their economic messaging ahead of November. Interviews with more than a dozen Democrats suggest a number of people in the party are worried that Democrats aren’t doing enough to provide a counterargument. “It’s a...
  • Sanders, Warren and others move to end right-to-work nationally

    05/11/2018 8:10:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 11, 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Well, this is certainly interesting. A group of Democrats, led by Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker have filed legislation designed to essentially gut the ability of individual states to pass right-to-work laws and hand back iron-fisted control of the workplace environment to labor unions. The fact that Democrats oppose right-to-work laws is nothing new, nor is the reality that labor unions fund a large part of their election efforts. But do you notice anything that those names I listed have in common? Every one of them has been repeatedly mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate....
  • Stormy Daniels is crowding out Democrats’ 2018 message

    05/07/2018 10:34:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Vox ^ | May 7, 2018 | Matthew Yglesias
    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are trying to run on issues, but nobody can hear them. Stormy Daniels has dominated the domestic political news environment over the past week, with high-profile media appearances by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti making headlines and leading the Sunday shows. Among dedicated Trump haters, that’s made Daniels and Avenatti stars. Jacob Weisberg at Slate hails the attorney as a “brilliant egomaniac who could bring Trump down” while TPM’s Josh Marshall hails his ability to keep Trump off balance and force him into mistakes. At the same time, the president’s approval...
  • Liberals must accept that beating Trump was never going to be easy, or they'll lose to him again

    05/05/2018 11:20:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    NBC's THINK ^ | May 3, 2018 | Scott Lemieux
    Nearly two years after the election of President Donald Trump, a comforting, yet dangerous, fantasy pervades liberal thought about the 2016 race: That Hillary Clinton not only could’ve won, had she made modestly different choices and that, by all rights, nearly any other Democrat could’ve beaten Trump. As New York Times reporter Amy Chozick (echoing numerous other pundits) describes it in her new book about the campaign, it should have been a cakewalk — the “most winnable” race ever This is a comforting thought for Democrats in the Trump era, because it means that, if they merely run a different...
  • McCain chides Trump for undermining U.S. values in new memoir

    05/03/2018 4:25:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Globe & Mail ^ | May 3, 2018 | Phil Stewart, Reuters
    U.S. Senator John McCain rebukes President Donald Trump in a new memoir, accusing his fellow Republican of failing to uphold U.S. values by showering praise on international “tyrants,” discrediting the media, ignoring human rights and demeaning refugees. “Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity,” wrote McCain in The Restless Wave, which he co-authored with longtime aide Mark Salter. “It is hard to know what to expect from President Trump, what’s a pose, what’s legitimate,” McCain said in the book that is due to be released on May 22. An advance copy was sent to Reuters by publisher Simon & Schuster....
  • GOP Sen. Bob Corker: If things work out with North Korea, Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

    05/02/2018 1:38:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 2, 2018 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    North Korea's claimed willingness to give up its nuclear ambitions is a "great opportunity" to defuse a major threat in the world, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker told CNBC on Wednesday. But the U.S. needs to be skeptical, he added. President Donald Trump and members of his administration did a great job of "bringing people together," including Chinese President Xi Jinping, to put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Corker said on "Squawk Box." The retiring Tennessee Republican, who has had an on-again-off-again relationship with the president, said Trump would deserve the Nobel Peace Prize "if...