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  • A First: GOP Leaders Like Trump Speech

    04/28/2016 6:01:29 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 36 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 04/28/2016 | Rebecca Berg
    If Donald Trump has begun to refer to himself as the “presumptive” Republican nominee, the positive reaction Wednesday by some party leaders and strategists to his foreign policy address seemed to affirm that notion. Speaking from prepared remarks in Washington, D.C. — an unusual format and setting for the bombastic outsider candidate — Trump described U.S. foreign policy under President Obama and, by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as “a complete and total disaster.”
  • HRC Blasts Ted Cruz’s New Transphobic Ad

    04/23/2016 3:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brandon Lorenz
    Today, HRC released the following statement on Ted Cruz’s despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. “Ted Cruz’s transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz’s reckless ad puts them at even greater risk. Moreover, what message does Ted Cruz think this sends to transgender youth across this country? We deserve a president who’ll fight to protect the rights and dignity of everyone -- not a reckless, feckless politician who’ll do or say...
  • Black Lives Matter protesters demand Clinton pardon all victims of the 1994 crime bill

    04/21/2016 4:03:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | April 20, 2016 | Jamie Peck
    As her campaign chugs merrily along, Hillary Clinton and her people continue to walk the line between paying lip service to civil rights and standing by Clinton-era policies that were disastrous for the African-American community. Clinton has even gone so far as to admit that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 had “unintended” negative effects in the same breath that she deflected the blame for it onto Bill. (I guess we’re supposed to forget that she stumped for it hard at the time and criticized Barack Obama for being too easy on crime as recently as...
  • Trump gives a direct, strong answer on transgendered people and bathrooms.

    04/21/2016 1:22:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    Althouse ^ | April 21, 2016 | Ann Althouse
    I like the way he focused on the role of law. North Carolina enacted a law, and now "they're paying a big price, and there's a lot of problems." Law wasn't needed, because: "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble." There was already a social adjustment that accommodated people who needed to be accommodated. Asked whether he would let Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, use the bathroom of her choice at Trump Tower, he said he would. He added, "There's...
  • The New Ted Cruz “War Room” Web Ad Is One Of The Best Things You’ll Ever See

    04/21/2016 12:00:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | April 20, 2016 | Scott McKay, publisher
    No, really. This is one of the best political commercials ever made. It won’t be on TV unless it gets recut, because it’s two and a half minutes long, but to recut this would be a shame. It packs in many of the reasons why Cruz is a better nominee than Trump, gets across the key point that if Trump is the nominee the media which has been fawning over him will turn on him the same way they turned on John McCain and Hillary’s opposition research feeding into the media coverage will turn the entire general election race into...
  • MALARIA JACK ELLIS RIDES AGAIN! A SEQUEL YOU HAVE TO READ TO BELIEVE!

    04/20/2016 9:44:59 PM PDT · by Yogi60
    The 11th Hour ^ | 4/19/2016 | Bill Knowles
    I cannot believe I have to update “The Return of Malaria Jack” again. When I originally wrote this column in 2010 I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare that 6420 lost and misguided souls would have actually cast a ballot for our former mayor Jack Ellis in the primary election on July 19, 2010. (There were 2 additional voters I did count on, Jack and his wife. Ellis actually received 6422 votes.) Back in September, 2010 when I wrote this I felt a sickness coming on. I had been getting headaches, chills, and muscle pain, the sweats, along...
  • Cruz-ing For a Vote (Free Republic referenced)

    04/19/2016 7:26:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New University ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jessica Resendez
    As an undecided democratic Latina who had recently attended a Bernie Sanders rally last month, I couldn’t help but be curious to see what Ted Cruz had to say during his recent visits to Irvine and San Diego last Monday. I really didn’t know much about him, but perhaps he might be able to offer a different perspective on the future of America – something that could benefit me and the rest of my UCI peers to give him some consideration. As a last minute decision to attend the rally, I missed his appearance at the Irvine Hotel and opted...
  • Will Chris Christie Body-Block Ted Cruz From New Jersey Ballot

    04/16/2016 1:47:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | April 15, 2016 | Victor Williams
    BETHESDA, Md., April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington D.C. Law Professor Victor Williams has filed an Emergency Petition with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demanding that the Canadian-born Ted Cruz be disqualified from the ballot. (Full details at his website – www.VictorWilliamsforPresident.com) Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada and held his resulting Canadian citizenship until May 2014. Scholars across the nation agree that Edward Rafael Cruz is not a "natural born [American] Citizen" as required by Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Victor Williams charges that Ted Cruz falsely certified his constitutional eligibility for office to gain ballot access...
  • Clift: Cruz ‘Makes Trump Look Like a Raving Liberal,’ ‘Most Dems’ Would Prefer Trump Over Cruz

    04/16/2016 1:25:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift argued that Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal” and “most Democrats would look at the two of them, and would prefer Trump over Cruz” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”Clift said, “We’ve paid so little attention to what Cruz actually stands for, and when — the attention I’ve paid is — I get pretty scared, actually. He makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal, actually.” When asked who should we would vote for between the two candidates if she had to pick, Clift responded that...
  • Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    04/15/2016 8:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Salem News ^ | April 15, 2016 | David M. Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment — if only the next primary weren’t in New York. But on Tuesday, New Yorkers go to their polling places, and though Cruz has been the beneficiary of the calendar before — his performance on Super Tuesday helped force out of the race Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a demographically identical and philosophically similar...
  • Guadagno accepts judge's ruling on Cruz ballot eligibility (New Jersey)

    04/14/2016 1:49:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Record ^ | April 14, 2016 | Kim Lueddeke
    Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has accepted an administrative law judge’s decision ruling that Sen. Ted Cruz meets the criteria for a natural born citizen and should be allowed to run in New Jersey’s GOP presidential primary on June 7. “After full consideration of the record, as well as Judge Masin’s thorough and well researched initial decision and the exceptions filed with my office, I, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, as Secretary of State and chief election official of the State of New Jersey, adopt Judge Masin’s initial decision in its entirety,” Guadagno said in a statement posted to the state Division...
  • The Arena: Cruz missile

    04/13/2016 10:47:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Tufts Daily ^ | April 14, 2016 | Aren Torikian
    Candidates like Donald Trump are exciting. Trump is guaranteed to bring out thousands to his events and generate copious decibels of noise. He has built a campaign on telling it like it is and refusing to be politically correct. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is boring. He brings hundreds to his events and utters Ronald Reagan’s name a few times to get the crowd going. His demeanor is confident but not quite as in-your-face as Trump is. But for those afraid of what Trump stands for, Cruz may be the far more dangerous candidate. For one, Cruz is much...
  • Oregon Pro-Life Group Endorses Ted Cruz: “His Record on Pro-Life Issues is Impeccable”

    04/13/2016 6:01:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Life News ^ | April 13, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The leading pro-life group in Oregon today issued its endorsement for pro-life Republican candidate Ted Cruz for President. Oregon Right to Life says Cruz has a sterling pro-life record that it described as “impeccable.” “ORTL PAC is pleased to endorse Senator Cruz,” said Gayle Atteberry, executive director of ORTL. “His record on pro-life issues is impeccable. We can trust that as president, he will do all he can to protect unborn babies. That includes the all-important decisions he would make in nominating new Supreme Court justices. “Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,” said Atteberry, “support abortion on demand, from conception...
  • What I saw at San Diego’s Ted Cruz Rally

    04/13/2016 4:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | April 12, 2016 | Leslie Eastman
    Light on drama, heavy on message. Californians are thrilled at the prospect of having their votes actually matter during the presidential primary season, especially when every delegate is critical. So many Republicans in the southern California area headed to various rallies yesterday to see aspirant Senator Ted Cruz. I joined two of our local Tea Party bloggers (W.C. Varones and Left Coast Rebel) and 2000 other interested voters at his San Diego event yesterday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Both of my Tea Party compatriots are unhappy with the thought of Donald Trump’s nomination. However, they had reservations about the Cruz style of speaking,...
  • Trump’s Plan to Win Conservative Support

    04/13/2016 1:18:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 12, 2016 | Fred Barnes
    Newt Gingrich has been a friend of Donald Trump’s for the past decade. He hasn’t endorsed Mr. Trump’s presidential bid, but they talk frequently. Mr. Trump is anti-left wing and anti-political correctness, Mr. Gingrich says, while acknowledging this: Mr. Trump is not a conservative....
  • Ted Cruz is an American and can appear on N.J. primary ballot, judge says

    04/12/2016 8:18:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | April 12, 2016 | Brent Johnson and Jonathan D. Salant
    TRENTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a "natural-born citizen" under the U.S. Constitution and therefore can run in the June 7 New Jersey primary, a state administrative law judge said Tuesday. "The more persuasive legal analysis is that such a child, born of a citizen-father, citizen-mother, or both, is indeed a 'natural born citizen' within the contemplation of the Constitution," Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin wrote. A group of New Jersey residents and a Catholic University of America law professor insisted that Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, did not meet the...
  • Hillary’s Backers Want Obama to Grant a Preemptive Pardon

    04/12/2016 6:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Orb Magazine ^ | April 4, 2016
    With FBI Director James Comey’s statement this week that the massive investigation of possible criminality by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could linger into the fall, some of her political advisers have become convinced that the best option for her would be to shut it down now, which could be accomplished if President Obama would grant a preemptive pardon for any crimes she may have committed. “It would be a humbling experience for Mrs. Clinton to accept a pardon, but she and husband Bill have ridden out terrible scandals in the past without losing their bedrock constituencies,” an official...
  • Is Ted Cruz more radical than Donald Trump?

    04/11/2016 5:58:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | April 11, 2016 | Timothy Stanley
    In “Through the Looking Glass,” the Queen tells Alice: “sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” She might have choked on her grits, however, at the thought of Ted Cruz becoming the Republican nominee. Until a few weeks ago he was low in the polls and loathed by the GOP establishment. Sen. Lindsey Graham joked about murdering him. But now, the impossible has happened: Cruz’s unlikely emergence as the favorite to beat Donald Trump. His transformative win in Wisconsin. And even his unthinkable endorsement by Graham. Can Ted believe this is happening? And does he —...
  • New York primary: Meet 5 Ted Cruz supporters

    04/09/2016 5:57:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Journal News | April 9, 2016 | Jane Lerner
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/09/new-york-primary-ted-cruz-supporters/82711188/
  • Missing Campaign issues [Article V+ advocacy]

    04/09/2016 4:38:50 AM PDT · by Fhios · 9 replies
    4/9/2016 | Total Vanity
    A most important issue that I haven't heard from any candidate is support for Constitutional amendments specifically targeting the 17th amendment and campaign finance limitations, and the Article V convention. I haven't heard of any supporting organizations endorsing Trump or Cruz advocate Article V and the topics of the 17th and campaign limitations. I haven't heard any news organizations even remotely broach the topic or question the candidates on any of those topics. Seems to me as would-be conservatives, Trump, Cruz would be all over these questions. With position and analysis and their version of support. Obviously Sanders and Clinton...
  • Bill Clinton In Philadelphia: Africa Is ‘A Place Where Black Lives Matter’

    04/07/2016 7:19:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 7, 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Former President Bill Clinton’s doubled-down in his tense interaction with Black Lives Matter protesters today by praising his wife’s work to save lives in Africa, adding that it is “a place where Black Lives Matter.” The jibe came in Philadelphia, where he’s stumping for his wife’s struggling 2016 campaign. “I’ll tell you another story about a place where Black Lives Matter: Africa,” Clinton said. “The other day, I started my day with a picture that was sent to me on my iPad of a little guy running a store—he wasn’t very tall—in Tanzania in Dar es Salaam. You know what...
  • Hillary's Financial Scandals.And To Think They Want Bob McDonnell In Jail?

    04/07/2016 5:53:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 6 replies
    And why hasn't the MSM and even conservative media brought this up over the last several months as we have been watching Hillary getting away with taking millions in donations and not even being questioned? So the left wants to send Bob McDonnell to jail for accepting gifts/bribes? Now compare that to the millions Hillary has accepted as either donations/bribes/gifts. And not just Bob McDonnell, what about Dinesh D'Souza? and the left wanted to throw him in jail too? For What?
  • Donald Trump Destroys Lyin' Ted Cruz at Bethpage, NY Rally (4-6-16)

    04/07/2016 6:45:22 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | 4-6-16 | Right Side Broadcasting
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016: At a campaign rally in Bethpage, NY just one day after losing Wisconsin to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump took an opportunity to blast 'Lyin' Ted', saying he couldn't draw 100 people at an event he held earlier in NY. Trump then reminded the crowd of Cruz's "New York Values" comments.
  • Gingrich: Trump has made Ted Cruz look normal

    04/06/2016 6:53:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 6, 2016 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Newt Gingrich on Wednesday marveled at one of Donald Trump's biggest accomplishments in the 2016 race — making Ted Cruz appear normal. The former House speaker predicted that Cruz could be boosted at a contested convention by establishment support, something that would be unthinkable without an even more polarizing figure like Trump in the race. “The challenge is entirely on Trump,” said Gingrich, who has been supportive of Trump. “He is not gonna get any help out of the establishment. They have reluctantly concluded that if, you know — Trump in a funny way has normalized Ted Cruz because without...
  • Trojan Horse, Huh? Scott Walker Destroys The Dumb Idea That He Only Endorsed Cruz to Stop Trump

    04/06/2016 3:08:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Red State ^ | April 6, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    Donald Trump, who previously claimed that nobody would ever work with Ted Cruz, lately complains that too many people are working with Ted Cruz. He also says Cruz is being used by the establishment for the sole purpose of stopping the Trump Train (a fitting nickname for something hurtling to such spectacular wreckage.) His supporters and surrogates love to float the names of those who will be swooped in at the convention to replace both himself and Cruz. One of those names is Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, about whom they’ve been particularly conspiratorial-minded the last few days, for obvious...
  • Trump Blows Off Pro-Life Leaders (Father Frank Pavone's and other groups)

    04/06/2016 2:30:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Betsy Woodruff
    The formerly pro-choice Republican, already in deep trouble after talking about “punishment” for women, just ticked off a lot of conservative activists. Donald Trump just blew off pro-life leaders exactly one week after he angered the movement by calling for “punishment” for abortion. Trump was reportedly expected to address Priests for Life and the 115 Forum conference during a conference call on Wednesday. But he bailed. Leslie Palma, a spokesperson for Priests for Life, told The Daily Beast that Trump did not dial-in. A conservative operative with knowledge of the call told The Daily Beast that pro-life leaders involved were...
  • Obama: Ted Cruz Is ‘Just As Draconian’ On Immigration As Donald Trump

    04/05/2016 7:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | April 5, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery, White House & Congressional Correspondent
    Building a wall and deporting 11 million people are not serious ideas. President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Donald Trump isn’t the only GOP presidential candidate whose extreme foreign policy proposals are causing trouble for the U.S. abroad. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is doing some damage of his own. “I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “It’s not just Mr. Trump’s proposals. You’re also hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which in some ways are just as draconian, when it comes to...
  • Are Sanders And Cruz Really Less ‘Electable’?

    04/04/2016 11:20:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 4, 2016 | Julia Azari
    With a varied cast of characters pursuing each party’s nomination for president, the subject of electability — the idea that some candidates are inherently better or worse general election candidates than others — keeps coming up. It’s come up in reference to Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist in a party that has seen multiple northern liberals lose the presidency. It’s come up in reference to Hillary Clinton, who would be the first woman to top a major party ticket and whose political career has been dogged by scandals. And electability questions have been raised perhaps most often on the Republican...
  • Ted Cruz in Wisconsin: Roe v. Wade not settled, ban abortion with no exceptions

    04/04/2016 7:58:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Capitol Times ^ | April 4, 2016 | Jessie Opoien
    In his final swing through Wisconsin before the state's Tuesday presidential primary, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said states should be allowed to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Cruz took questions from Fox News host Megyn Kelly and audience members at a town hall event Monday at the Madison Masonic Center. Early in the event, a woman who described herself as a moderate, pro-choice Republican told Cruz she's afraid if he becomes president he will outlaw abortion entirely. Cruz said he wants to see people's hearts and minds changed on the issue. He argued laws should be...
  • Why I Won’t Vote for Ted Cruz – #NeverCruz

    04/04/2016 12:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 4, 2016 | Professor Warren Throckmorton
    In this crazy GOP primary season, I have come out frequently for John Kasich although I could have lived with Marco Rubio as well. Given the available choices, a Kasich/Rubio ticket would be a pretty formidable duo to face either Clinton or Sanders in November. For me, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are non-starters. In this post, I want to outline why I can’t vote for Ted Cruz. Cruz promises to deport 12 million illegal immigrants Not only does Cruz hold a morally reprehensible policy, in my view, but he toughened his position to pander to the pro-Trump crowd. In...
  • Sanders Promises Economic Justice for Muslim, Black Communities

    04/03/2016 8:30:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    teleSUR ^ | April 2, 2016 | Abby Martin
    The Vermont senator fielded questions on social justice from members of the the African-American and Muslim communities at a Town Hall in Milwaukee. Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders held a Town Hall meeting tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The senator from Vermont was introduced by African-American Reverend Marcus Hart, and fielded questions from a diverse panel of members from representatives of local minority groups, including a Muslim-Americans. Sanders said he wasn't going to allow people to keep summoning "racial hatred," after he was asked a question from a Muslim-American woman, concerning what he would do to combat incitement from his Republican counterparts....
  • Analysis Latinos and women are blunting Trump and Sanders in California's primaries

    04/03/2016 8:13:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 3, 2016 | Cathleen Decker
    Two groups of California voters — women and Latinos — have powered the Democratic Party’s ascent here and delivered a near-death knell to the state’s Republican Party. A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released last week showed that the prominence of those groups also explains why the two hottest candidates this year aren’t running away with the state. Across the country, in the states contested so far, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have forwarded a similar message on the topic of the economy: that trade deals have decimated jobs in this country and that those making less money have been...
  • Van Hollen: Let’s ‘Look at Moving Forward’ on Slavery Reparations

    04/01/2016 4:30:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | March 10, 2016 | Graham Vyse
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., recently said Congress should “look at moving forward” on legislation to consider reparations for slavery. Though hardly a firm commitment to compensatory payments for African-Americans, the remark was nonetheless a striking election-year pronouncement from the U.S. Senate candidate and top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. Van Hollen made the little-noted comment Jan. 27 on WHUT-TV, the public television station at historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C. His remarks came as a response to host Rock Newman, who lamented federal lawmakers’ refusal to vote on a longstanding bill from Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, establishing...
  • John Kasich Tries to Woo Trump Voters

    04/01/2016 3:16:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 31, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    "I want to offer myself up as a new vessel" John Kasich appealed directly to Donald Trump supporters Thursday, trying to convince them that he could better channel their anger than the bombastic front-runner. Speaking in New York City, Kasich criticized Trump for such positions as banning Muslims from entering the country and building a wall along the border with Mexico, calling them “wild-eyed suggestions” and saying that Trump is “really not prepared to be President of the United States.” But then the Ohio Governor pivoted to Trump’s voters, saying he empathizes with the rage he believes is animating their...
  • The Brief: Cruz Moves To Widen Lead Over Trump Among Women

    04/01/2016 2:56:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | March 31, 2016 | John Reynolds
    Ted Cruz made women the focus of his campaigning in Wisconsin, unveiling a Women for Cruz coalition on a day in which his main rival in the GOP presidential race struggled to communicate clearly his position on whether women should be punished for obtaining an abortion should the procedure become outlawed. "Trump hardly came up at the (Cruz) event, but the subtext was clear," wrote the Tribune's Patrick Svitek. "The billionaire's attacks on Heidi Cruz, which began last week in response to ad from an anti-Trump group that featured the billionaire's wife, have drawn attention to his history of sexist...
  • My dinner with Ted Cruz

    04/01/2016 2:28:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | March 31, 2016 | David Suissa, president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal
    Does Senator Ted Cruz have a shot at replacing Barack Obama as leader of the free world in January 2017? I think so. All candidates love to create the impression that they will win. At a private dinner in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Cruz was no different. He knew just what to say to make the case that he’s on a winning track. The evening’s ground rules prevent me from sharing specific names and quotes. But I can write about my general impressions and observations after seeing Cruz interact with about 20 Republican players and donors, some of whom had...
  • Trump Is Taking On Water

    04/01/2016 1:00:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 31, 2016 | Ben Domenech, Publisher
    It was conceivable to see a realistic path for Trump not just to the Republican nomination but to the White House, but that situation is no longer operative. Donald Trump has not had two weeks this bad since he got into the presidential stakes. His general election polling numbers tell the story: on January 31st, just two months ago, his RealClearPolitics polling average put Trump in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton, trailing her 44-41 percent. It was conceivable at that moment to see a realistic path for Trump not just to the Republican nomination but to the White...
  • Donald Trump Says Proposed Muslim Ban Would Not Apply to His Rich Friends

    03/31/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Zak Cheney-Rice, Mic
    Breathe easy, America. Before you judge Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban too harshly, consider this: It will not apply to Muslims who are, A. Donald Trump's friends, and B. rich. Feel better? The Republican presidential candidate, with a totally straight face, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Wednesday that he has "a lot of friends that are Muslim," many of whom are "rich" and would get special treatment to let them in the country....
  • Feeling the Bern? $15-an-hour minimum wage to protest Trump

    03/31/2016 4:30:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | March 29, 2016 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — To hell with California. The Bernie Brigade apparently wants $15-an-hour minimum wage right now, and they’re willing to pay. A Craigslist ad apparently posted Monday by Bernie Sanders backers offered “Temporary Paid Positions to Protest” the Donald Trump Rally scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday in Janesville, about 45 miles southeast of Madison. “We are seeking people to protest the Donald Trump rally in Janesville, WI. We are willing to pay $15 an hour for a maximum amount of four hours for this service,” the ad, since taken down, requested. California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers reached...
  • The Daily Trail: Donald Trump's week was bad. Today it got worse.

    03/30/2016 6:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | March 30, 2016 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    Donald Trump likes to say he's running a campaign unlike any other. He's willing to do the things other candidates won't. Sometimes there's a reason nobody's touching the hot stove. Today, the GOP front-runner learned what happens when a candidate goes off-script on abortion. The remarks came while Trump was being asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during a pre-taped town hall about the practical implications of banning abortion nationwide. Matthews specifically pressed Trump on the criminal consequences women would face for seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, were overturned. “This is not...
  • Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Backs Ted Cruz Over Donald Trump: He’s “Always Been Pro-Life”

    03/29/2016 7:54:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Life News ^ | March 28, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election contest in Wisconsin, the state pro-life group Wisconsin Right to Life issued an endorsement for pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz over GOP rival Donald Trump. In a statement to LifeNews.com the organization said Cruz is the only candidate int he race who has always been pro-life and has the ability to defeat pro-abortion Hillary Clinton in November. “Wisconsin Right to Life’s Political Action Committee supports Ted Cruz as the only presidential candidate with a proven record on life who can win,” the group said. “There has never been an election more important than this...
  • “Utterly stupid”: Gingrich turns on Trump for retweet attacking Heidi Cruz

    03/29/2016 2:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 29, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Plenty of buzz about this last night, especially among anti-Trumpers struck by the coincidence of Trump superfan Newt criticizing him publicly on the same day that an even bigger superfan, Ann Coulter, called Trump “mental” in an interview. (Matt Drudge, yet another superfan, is leading as I write this with the news of Trump’s campaign manager being arrested for battery.) Are Trump’s cheerleaders heading for the lifeboats because they know something we don’t? Nah. They’re still onboard, they’re just alarmed that the captain won’t steer away from that iceberg that keeps getting closer. Trump’s fans within the commentariat have, I...
  • Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch

    03/29/2016 1:45:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 29, 2016 | Steven Shepard
    As he inches toward the GOP nomination, Donald Trump is becoming more and more disliked among American voters. Donald Trump wasn't wildly popular to begin with. And now he's becoming even more disliked among American voters, creating a significant threat to his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination. Trump is, by far, the GOP delegate leader — and the only candidate with a realistic shot at winning a majority of delegates before the July convention. But at the same time, nearly two-thirds of Americans view Trump unfavorably — and his image rating has declined since Republican voting began in...
  • Nominating a Presidential Candidate Under Active FBI Investigation Is An Incredibly Risky Gamble

    03/29/2016 1:01:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Current Affairs Magazine ^ | March 14, 2016 | Nathan J. Robinson, editor
    Unless, of course, there is some kind of separate system of justice for the powerfulÂ… The 2016 election has many bizarre aspects, but surely one of the most bizarre is the fact that one of the main presidential candidates is under active investigation by the FBI, and that this is somehow being treated as unimportant or inconsequential. Of course, everyone knows that Hillary Clinton has a pending FBI investigation, and everyone has a vague sense that it is continuing to grow rather than disappear, and that theoretically the possible consequences include indictment and prosecution. But for some reason a major...
  • My Friends and I Went to a Ted Cruz Rally— Here’s What Happened

    03/29/2016 12:32:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Teen ^ | March 29, 2016 | Taylor Vidmar, Comedy Nerd / Music & Politics Lover / Writer / Blogger
    I believe that there are a lot of things we do in life not because they will be fun, but just because we want to say we did them. For me, one of those things ended up being attending a local Ted Cruz rally last week (March 14, 2016) with a few of my friends. Before this, my friends and I had never been to any sort of political rally. This was certainly an interesting choice to be our first. Supporters in the crowd wore election-themed shirts and fervently waved posters in the air. Among the messages portrayed through this...
  • A Friend in the Arena, Part I

    03/28/2016 11:45:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 28, 2016 | Jay Nordlinger
    What’s it like to have a friend run for president? In the new issue of National Review, I have a piece about Ted Cruz. I’d like to expand on it here in Impromptus. I think that both pro-Cruz people and anti-Cruz people will find certain things of interest. Same with people in between. Okay, here we go … It’s really strange to have a friend running for president. It’s strange enough to have a friend in the U.S. Senate. There are only a hundred of them, you know. It’s the house of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Robert Taft … When...
  • Glenn Beck: I’ll drop Ted Cruz like a hot potato if these affair allegations are true

    03/28/2016 1:39:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP. My headline’s misleading, as I’ll explain in a sec, but it does capture the newsiest soundbite from this clip. Standard operating procedure when a politician’s caught in a sex scandal is for his close allies to rally around him. It was a regrettable lapse, he has much to atone for, but we all make mistakes and in the end it’s a private matter — you know how the script goes. Beck’s having none of that. If Cruz is guilty of what the National Enquirer’s accused him of, he says, I’m done. I heard that sentiment repeatedly from Cruz...
  • Time to Transform Bernies’s Campaign Into a Permanent Organization (Yeah! Fool-aid!)

    03/27/2016 8:30:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | March 25, 2016 | Miles Mogulescu, Entertainment attorney, producer, writer and political activist
    The biggest question for Bernie Sanders and his supporters is whether they'll transform his presidential campaign into a permanent organization that can carry his political revolution forward in the long-term; or whether, like Occupy Wall Street, it will quickly disappear. If Bernie pulls off a triple bank shot, receives the Democratic nomination, and is elected president, such an organization will be needed to help him accomplish his ambitious goals. If a corporate centrist Democrat like Hillary Clinton becomes president, a mass national social democratic/socialist/liberal organization is needed to prevent her from moving to the right and to build a base...
  • Polls That Should Be Taken. Trump/Kasich And Cruz/Kasich VS Hillary Clinton.

    03/27/2016 6:09:15 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 40 replies
    It would be interesting to see the outcome of both of these polls. Being both Cruz and Kasich can beat Hillary in the general, you would think that a Cruz/Kasich ticket would resemble a 1980 blow-out. But what about a Trump/Kasich ticket? What would be your assessment/predictions on that ticket. Imagine if credible pollsters did these polls and results saw a 55/45 landslide for the GOP? Then what would Hillary do?
  • Suddenly, Ted Cruz seems like a gentleman

    03/25/2016 6:20:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Miami ^ | March 25, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    Pinch yourself, hard. The unthinkable, the unimaginable, the impossible is happening. People are actually feeling empathy for Ted Cruz. What does this say about our beloved America? Into what kind of weird cosmic rat-hole have we let ourselves be dragged? One of the coldest, most despised figures in the Senate, Cruz is endeavoring to appear human. The same snide jerk who led the costly, unpopular Republican shutdown of the government is now warming hearts for the way he rushed to the defense of his wife, Heidi. For this Frankenstein turn of events we can thank Donald Trump. In case you...