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  • Lindsey Graham Worries of GOP 'Meltdown' After John Boehner Resignation

    09/26/2015 2:21:21 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    kmbz ^ | Saturday, 26 September 2015 4:46PM
    It's John Boehner, who announced his plans to resign as Speaker of the House on Friday. Caught by some reporters following his speech at the conservative “Values Voters Summit” in Washington, D.C. Saturday, the South Carolina senator was both hopeful and concerned about the aftermath of Boehner’s decision. “It’s a fresh start, and what’s the goal here? The goal here is to move the needle,” he said. “I hope we can have a relationship with the new Speaker that will allow us not to shut down the government, keep the conservative agenda alive, and focus on winning in 2016.” ......
  • Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactors Get a Safety Check in Europe

    09/05/2015 11:07:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09/05/2015 | By Richard Martin
    For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited “nuclear renaissance.” Recent developments indicate that this alternative nuclear power technology is finally making progress toward commercialization. A consortium of research institutes and universities working under the aegis of the European Commission, including the Technology University of Delft (TU Delft), in the Netherlands, France’s National Center for Scientific Research, and the Commission’s Joint Research Center, in Brussels, in August embarked on a four-year research program designed to demonstrate the...
  • The World Fiat Economy - Living on borrowed time?

    09/01/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by citizen · 38 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Aug. 18, 2011 | Nick Barisheff
    I read decades ago that the average life expectancy of a fiat economy is about 40 years. I searched and quickly found this article titled "Gold and Fiat Currency: 40 Years Later," a four-year old article dealing with the ill-advised decision to have the world's reserve currency dump the gold standard.The US economy and those of the world in general is at or is fast approaching that life span of about 40 years. These economies are moving at different speeds and thus are of differing maturities but one thing is common. Too many of them rely on some form of...
  • Jeb Bush loses his top fundraisers after they leave campaign amid 'questions

    08/29/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/29/15 | Chris Spargo
    Jeb Bush loses his top fundraisers after they leave campaign amid 'questions about the strength of his candidacy' with Donald Trump claiming they quit. Three of Jeb Bush's top fundraisers abruptly left his campaign on Friday. Consultants Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander reportedly stepped down amid 'questions about the strength of [Bush's] candidacy'. Some claim the three were let go by the campaign after not raising enough money, while Donald Trump said on Twitter the three 'quit'. It was revealed earlier this week that Bush was trying to cut back on campaign spending and some employees' paychecks had...
  • Trio of top fundraisers depart Jeb Bush campaign

    08/29/2015 1:33:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/29/15 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    A trio of top fundraisers have abandoned Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, citing concerns that the former Florida governor is losing steam and support, Politico reported Saturday. According to Politico, three leading fundraising consultants in Bush's home state — Kris Money, Trey McCarley and Debbie Aleksander — left his campaign while continuing to work on his super PAC. However, others reportedly said Money, McCarley ad Aleksander were dismissed because their roles no longer needed to be filled. "This wasn't a shock to anybody," a campaign source reportedly told Politico. "There were just some personality problems [which] happens when you have a...
  • REPORT: Jeb Bush's campaign has lost three of its top fundraisers

    08/29/2015 11:36:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/29/15 | Julia La Roche
    Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's campaign had three fundraisers suddenly depart on Friday, Politico's Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo report. Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Alexander, who were all based in Florida, are no longer with the Bush campaign, the report said. They are, however, still with Bush's Right to Rise Super PAC. Politico reports that there are different accounts of what happened. The three fundraisers are said to have quit. One source claimed that there were some "personality problems" within the campaign. Other sources told Politico the three were let go because they were...
  • Trump mocks Jeb for losing fundraisers

    08/29/2015 11:19:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/29/15 | Rebecca Shabad
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday mocked primary opponent Jeb Bush on Twitter after reports that three of Bush's top fundraisers left his presidential campaign. Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Wow, Jeb Bush just lost three of his top fundraisers - they quit! 7:45 AM - 29 Aug 2015 · Queens, NY, United States Three Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley and Debbie Alexander — said they voluntarily quit Bush’s campaign, Politico reported Saturday. They said they are still continuing to work with Bush’s Right to Rise Super-PAC.
  • Jeb Bush’s Campaign Makes Appeal Amid Fund-Raising Woes

    08/29/2015 11:14:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/29/15 | Jonathan Martin
    Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, which to date has raised significantly more than his Republican rivals’, is encountering difficulties matching its torrid pace as Mr. Bush slips in the polls and top party donors continue to withhold their commitments. A finance aide for Mr. Bush sent an email to contributors Friday with an invitation to a breakfast fund-raiser in Washington next month with a pointed plea that the former Florida governor’s supporters find new donors. “Please note – this is new money only,” wrote Sarah Corsaro, the staff member, adding: “We are utilizing this event to drive in new funds” for...
  • China's workers abandon the city as Beijing faces an economic storm

    08/28/2015 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 26 August 2015 | Tom Phillips
    Liu Weiqin swapped rural poverty for life on the dusty fringes of China’s capital eight years ago hoping – like millions of other migrants – for a better future. On Thursday she will board a bus with her two young children and abandon her adopted home. “There’s no business,” complained the 36-year-old, who built a thriving junkyard in this dilapidated recycling village only to watch it crumble this year as plummeting scrap prices bankrupted her family. “My husband will stick around a bit longer to see if there is any more work to be found. I’m taking the kids.” “The...
  • On home turf, Bush unloads on Trump: ‘He should be held to account just like me’

    08/26/2015 1:42:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/26/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    "Do we have to talk about this guy?" That's how Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush responded as a supporter began asking him about businessman Donald Trump. But a few moments later, Bush unloaded. "I was going to talk to you in the Mexican language," the man said as he started asking his question. Bush and the crowd laughed at his reference to Trump, who has hectored Bush for "speaking Mexican" at least once. The man wanted to know whether Bush would critique Trump's border security plan, which includes calls to build a tall wall and pay for it by seizing...
  • Market Slump? Blame Trump

    08/24/2015 8:09:08 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 24, 2015 | Ira Stoll
    Investors and financial journalists scrambling to find an explanation for the recent plunge in global stock markets have plenty of suspects. Some look abroad for scapegoats: Greece or China. Others blame Janet Yellen: the Federal Reserve she chairs is at long last on the verge of raising interest rates, if only slightly. Personally, I blame the decline in share values on Donald Trump. On immigration, Trump has made a name for himself as the restrictionist candidate. Yet scholars describe increased immigration as an engine of economic growth. The last time America slammed the immigration door shut, in 1929, with the...
  • Meltdown: Top GOP Consultant Rick Wilson Uses Rape Threat Against Child To Attack Breitbart

    08/17/2015 1:57:33 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/17/2015 | John Nolte
    Friday night on CNN, top GOP consultant Rick Wilson attacked 25% of Republican primary voters as “low information voters.” Saturday morning, Breitbart News reported this fact and argued that attacking our own voters as stupid might not be the key to victory. Monday, quite incredibly, Rick Wilson used a threat of rape against his own daughter as a political talking point to attack Breitbart News:
  • Pop some popcorn, sit back, and watch the UK Labor Party leadership election meltdown

    08/17/2015 7:33:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/17/2015 | Rick Moran
    If you're like me and think that sometimes, politics is a spectator sport - especially when the outcome doesn't affect you - then you are going to love what's happening with the Labor Party in Great Britain. The venerable political organization is about to elect as leader a man who has called Hamas and Hezb'allah "friends," whose radical economic ideas are scaring the wits out of the financial industry, and whose bombastic and aggressive style turns off most voters. In short, Labor is about to commit political suicide by electing Jeremy Corbyn as its leader and is tearing itself...
  • China to start build of 4th generation nuclear reactor-- maybe w/help from Gate's Terrapower

    08/16/2015 8:30:52 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies ^ | August 16, 2015
    August 16, 2015 China will start construction of a 600 MWe fourth generation nuclear reactor and it could be Terrapower traveling wave reactor china, energy, future, microsoft, nuclear, science, technology Facebook Twitter linkedin google Reddit Construction of the Xipu fast neutron reactor nuclear power demonstrative project in east China's Fujian province is designed to start at the end of 2017, China Business News quoted Xu Mi, an academician with Chinese Academy of Engineering, as saying. The demonstrative nuclear power project, designed with 600,000kw (600 MWe) installed capacity, will be a fourth generation reactor designs. The Shanghai newspaper speculated that this...
  • 'Medical Meltdown:' Obamacare Ushers in Doctor Shortages "[T]he medical care you’ve enjoyed in

    08/03/2015 2:19:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 8/3/15 | Trey Sanchez
    This past weekend, one hundred medical professionals met in California for the 33rd Doctors for Disaster Preparedness meeting and they all warned that healthcare as we have known it is over, thanks to increasing federal regulations and taxes. And as Obamacare rolls across the land, it is leaving in its wake a shortage of doctors and surgeons. According to a Breitbart report, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lee Hieb told the conference, "What do I mean by medical meltdown? Well, sadly, I’m here to tell you that the medical care you’ve enjoyed in the past in your life is simply not going...
  • After Five Years, Dodd-Frank Is a Failure

    07/20/2015 12:47:08 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jeb Hensarling
    Tuesday will mark five years since President Obama’s signing of the Dodd-Frank law, the most sweeping rewrite of the country’s financial laws since the New Deal. Mr. Obama told the country that the legislation would “lift our economy.” The statute itself declared that it would “end too big to fail” and “promote financial stability.” None of that has come to pass. Too-big-to-fail institutions have not disappeared. Big banks are bigger, small banks are fewer, and the financial system is less stable. Meanwhile, the economy remains in the doldrums. Dodd-Frank was based on the premise that the financial crisis was the...
  • China Bans Stock Sales by Major Shareholders for Six Months

    07/08/2015 11:22:39 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-8-2015 | Ye Xie
    China’s securities regulator banned major shareholders, corporate executives and directors from selling stakes in listed companies for six months, its latest effort to stop the nation’s $3.5 trillion stock-market rout. Investors with stakes exceeding 5 percent must maintain their positions, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a statement. The rule is intended to guard capital-market stability amid an “unreasonable plunge” in share prices, the CSRC said.
  • It's CHINA that's facing financial meltdown and the biggest stock market crash

    07/08/2015 6:14:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/08/15 | Simon Tomlinson
    Nearly $3trillion wiped off Chinese stock markets in just the last few weeks Government and investors launched campaign to prop up tumbling shares Experts draw parallels with the credit booms that led up to the 1929 crash Analyst: 'I've never seen this kind of slump before. Don't think anyone has' China's tumbling stock markets plunged even further today, intensifying fears the country was tail-spinning towards the biggest financial disaster since the 1929 Wall Street crash. Almost $3trillion (£2trn) – more than the entire economic output of Brazil – has been wiped out since markets went into reverse just a few...
  • WaPost Reporter Hints Jeb Bush Hiding Big Family Scandal

    06/12/2015 5:52:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/12/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    But bizarrely offers no proof or explanation On MSNBC today, Washington Post reporter Janell Ross hinted that Jeb Bush was covering up a major family scandal -- but she offered no proof or explanation for her comments. Even the MSNBC host made an effort to distance herself and her network from the Post reporter's comments. "I guess I was rather stunned, I guess, to hear that these things had been written in a book at a time when the governor probably had his own issues that he was struggling with in his personal life," Ross said. "It seems like a...
  • The Humbling of Jeb Bush (by Conservative "Agitators")

    06/11/2015 9:15:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/11/15 | Noah Rothman
    If you got the impression from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign rollout that he appeared to believe his party’s nomination was quite simply his due, you weren’t alone. Bush’s decision to reveal his intention to explore a presidential bid in mid-December of last year indicated that he knew the 2016 field would be a crowded one and that he would have to make his case to the Republican electorate early and often. But his actions betrayed a sense of self-assuredness that indicated he did not really believe the contest would be a close one. The pathway to the...
  • Jeb’s Problem Isn’t His Campaign

    06/11/2015 8:36:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/15 | Matt K Lewis
    There’s an interesting piece up over at The Washington Post on “How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began.” Meanwhile, Chris Bedford argues that Team Bush is in “a lot more trouble than they’re letting on.” These are fascinating examples of “process” reporting, but I can’t help but think it creates the wrong impression — which is that Jeb Bush might be in better shape had he run a better campaign. The truth is that campaigns do matter. And, for some candidates, the advisers and staffers they hire — and the strategy and messaging they employ (all...
  • Jeb Bush Donors Reportedly ‘Shaken’ by His Iraq Fumble

    06/11/2015 8:31:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/11/15 | Evan McMurry
    Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe have a good rundown of how presumptive GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush suddenly found himself atop a staggering campaign. Aside from organizational and message woes, they pinpoint Bush’s still inexplicable failure to answer Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s question about the Iraq War as the moment when Bush’s luck began to turn. In particular, one source told the reporters that Bush’s inability to answer what should have been an expected question, which “crystallize[d] some of the key concerns about Bush,” spooked donors: “We should have had that answer nailed down,” one donor said. “There...
  • Jeb Bush does damage control ahead of launch

    06/11/2015 7:56:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush is doing damage control days before he officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Bush was seen as the GOP front-runner late last year, when he said he was exploring the possibility of a run. Since then, he’s stumbled over questions about the Iraq War, and his poll numbers have dropped him to fifth place among Republicans in Iowa. The former Florida governor’s message to reporters in Germany on Wednesday is that it is far too early to be worried about the polls. He expressed frustration with reporters for asking too many questions about the horse...
  • Tom Coburn on Jeb Bush: 'His last name will kill 47 percent of the votes'

    06/11/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/10/15 | Philip Klein
    Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn had a blunt assessment of Jeb Bush's chances of capturing the White House: "I don't think another Bush can get elected." In an interview with the Washington Examiner Coburn said, "I think there's Bush fatigue and I think you automatically lose a large percentage of the electorate." He explained, "I like Jeb Bush. But the fact is his last name will kill 47 percent of the votes for him — potential votes in this country. That's a big deal to get over."
  • Jeb Bush’s Campaign Is In A Lot More Trouble Than They’re Letting On

    06/11/2015 5:43:25 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/15 | Christopher Bedford
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign is in trouble. This week alone, it has sustained a top-level campaign shake-up and reports have circulated that it may fall short of its fundraising goal. But a review of the public record shows it already fell way short of its fundraising goal, and has been behind predictions for months. Not by a few million dollars, either, but by as much as $400 million — or 80 percent as the most optimistic predictions Bush loyalists have circulated. All of this — campaign shuffles and fundraising shortfalls — before Mr. Bush has even declared his candidacy....
  • How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began

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

    06/10/2015 9:13:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/10/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush will announce for president in five days' time. But not before a significantly less-than-ideal run-up to this long (long, long, long) awaited announcement. Consider: * The decision to install Danny Diaz as campaign manager was largely painted as a shakeup -- with Diaz stepping in after Bush boss Sally Bradshaw decided things weren't working optimally. (This Politico behind-the-scenes account of the moves and the motivations behind them is fascinating.) Campaign reorganizations are the sort of process-heavy stories that campaign work like hell to avoid. To have one before the campaign is even a real thing is remarkable --...
  • Jeb Bush on state of campaign: 'It's June, for crying out loud'

    06/10/2015 9:00:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 6/10/15 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush played down talk of turmoil inside his campaign, telling reporters in Berlin that he is confident in his team and that polls this early don't matter. "This is an adjustment based on the skills of people that I got to know during the last three months. ... It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way to go." “I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this," Bush told reporters. -snip- Bush will enter the race on Monday. The following day he'll appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He's also...
  • Jeb Bush wants people to be 'patient' about his unpopularity in 2016 polls

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

    06/10/2015 5:30:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/10/15 | Benjy Sarlin
    Days before his presidential launch, Jeb Bush told reporters on Wednesday that his decision to replace his campaign-manager-in-waiting was a strategic move rather than a response to his tepid position in the polls. "I don't read the polls," he told reporters outside the Pestana Hotel in Berlin, where he is on the first leg of a trip through Germany, Poland and Estonia. "It's fun to see them when you're winning, not so fun when you're not. Doesn't really matter, though, its June for crying out loud, so we got a long way to go."
  • Jeb Bush Tempers Reports of Campaign Shake-up

    06/10/2015 5:26:19 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/10/15 | Patrick O’Connor
    Jeb Bush on Wednesday played down personnel changes his presumptive presidential campaign made this week, turning aside suggestions that it had shifted personnel to compensate for a failure to catch fire in some of the early nominating states. “It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way to go,” Mr. Bush told reporters here. “I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this.”
  • Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner status and now rivals say he's getting nasty

    06/10/2015 5:17:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/10/15 | Hunter Walker
    On Monday, news broke that Danny Diaz will be the campaign manager when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) launches his expected White House bid next Monday. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the position was originally "expected" to go to David Kochel, another operative who will instead serve as Bush's chief strategist. Business Insider had several conversations with aides to other Republican 2016 presidential campaigns who said they believe this staff switchup is evidence the Bush campaign is changing its strategy amid disappointing poll numbers and failed efforts to eliminate opponents. "The strategy they were previewing with everybody is...
  • Jeb Bush, Citing ‘Magnitude of the Journey,’ Details Staff Reshuffle

    06/10/2015 5:10:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/10/15 | MICHAEL BARBAROJUNE
    Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that he felt compelled to reorganize his political team — and pick a new, unexpected campaign manager — “based on the skills of people that I got to know” and the “magnitude of the journey” he faces as candidate. In his first remarks about the reshuffling, Mr. Bush, a former governor of Florida, pleaded for patience and played down the idea that he was displeased with his standing in a crowded Republican field. He is expected to formally enter the race next week. “It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way...
  • Why Jeb Bush is struggling

    06/10/2015 4:56:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/10/15 | Sara Murray
    He's got the deepest pockets, the best organization and everyone already knows his name. But Jeb Bush isn't so formidable that he's scaring away the competition. When the former Florida governor formally announces his presidential campaign on Monday, he will join a field of 10 GOP contenders -- and there are still a handful of others who may soon jump in the race. Meanwhile, the latest Iowa polls show him trapped in a cluster of candidates vying for second behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and he has only a slight edge in New Hampshire. National polls show Bush a touch...
  • Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June

    06/10/2015 4:53:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6/10/15 | Robert Schroeder
    A super PAC backing Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month. The Washington Post writes the exact size of the war chest is closely held, but two individuals familiar with internal discussions believe the total that the Right to Rise super PAC will report in mid-July could be much lower than the nine figures senior Republicans have anticipated. That would be a major blow for Bush’s operation, whose fundraising prowess has raised expectations about how much cash it has been amassing, the Post writes. Bush, a former Florida governor, is...
  • Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June (The Meltdown continues...)

    06/09/2015 5:18:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    A super PAC backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month, despite widespread expectations that the group would hit that record-breaking sum, according to people close to the operation. The exact size of the war chest is closely held, but two individuals familiar with internal discussions believe the total that the Right to Rise super PAC will report in mid-July could be substantially lower than the nine figures that senior Republicans have anticipated. That would be a major psychological blow for Bush’s operation, whose fundraising prowess has...
  • Jeb Bush Panicking to Discover Voters Just Aren’t That into Him

    06/09/2015 9:30:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/9/15 | Matt Welch
    In my July-issue Editor's Note column released earlier today, I expressed some skepticism about National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke's conservatarian project, partly on grounds that libertarians should be wary of a political party that keeps on coughing up government-growing Republicans with the last name "Bush." So it's only fair to point out that, according to the shrewd political Washington Examiner political columnist Byron York, Jeb Bush is floundering to the point of shaking up his campaign staff. The remedying began Monday with word that Bush has shaken up his campaign before the campaign has even been formally announced. The...
  • What the Drama Inside Jeb Bush's Campaign Tells Us

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

    06/08/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 6/8/15 | Lesley Clark
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday named a veteran of Mitt Romney and John McCain’s presidential campaigns as his campaign manager, a week before he makes his own bid official. Bush named Danny Diaz as campaign manager, a position that was widely expected to go to Dave Kochel, a Republican operative with experience in Iowa politics. Bush senior adviser Sally Bradshaw said in a statement that Kochel “can best position us for success by playing a key leadership role focusing on how Jeb wins primaries, caucuses, and ultimately the general election.” She said Diaz’s “skill at rapidly moving content...
  • Jeb Bush Makes Big Move, Names Top Conservative Campaign Manager

    06/08/2015 1:19:48 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 6/8/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Danny Diaz of FP1 Strategies, a Republican political consulting firm, will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign manager if Bush, as expected, announces he’s running for president. It’s a big move by Bush’s team, and a clear sign he’s making efforts to win back conservative voters and make inroads party-wide rather than just winning the establishment side of the primaries. Diaz has a long-standing positive reputation with tons of top conservatives, and has been plugged in with not just establishment Republicans but conservatives Washington-wide for years. “Danny Diaz, a 39-year-old Washington, D.C., native who has worked for the past...
  • In surprise shakeup, Jeb Bush taps Danny Diaz as campaign manager (Jeb campaign meltdown)

    06/08/2015 1:45:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/8/15 | Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa
    Jeb Bush hasn't even officially launched his presidential campaign yet, and already there's a shakeup underway. In a surprise move, Bush has tapped veteran Republican strategist Danny Diaz to serve as his campaign manager, his political team announced on Monday. Diaz, 39, a longtime Republican operative known for his aggressive tactics and as a communications specialist, will move to Miami to take on a day-to-day managerial role after spending the last few months as a media consultant. The restructuring of Bush's staff was unexpected, given that Bush aides, donors and friends have said for months that David Kochel -- a...
  • Jeb Bush Names Hispanic Danny Diaz as Campaign Manager

    06/08/2015 1:53:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NBC News Latino ^ | 6/8/15 | Suzanne Gamboa
    Republican presidential candidate-in-waiting Jeb Bush has named Danny Diaz, a veteran of former President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign, to be his campaign manager. The move puts Diaz in a top job in the Bush operation, not yet officially a campaign. Bush is scheduled to make an announcement June 15. Diaz, whose parents are from Spain, has been working as a Republican strategist at FP1 Strategies LLC, which he helped found. -snip- He was a lead consultant for New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez's campaign in 2010 and was part of the National Hispanic Working Group for the Bush-Cheney campaign in...
  • Pelosi 'near tears' at Bibi 'insult'

    03/03/2015 9:51:50 AM PST · by ColdOne · 95 replies ^ | 3/3/15 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress was an "insult" to the country. “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a statement just after the speech. “That is why, as one who values the U.S. — Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears
  • Joan Jett: My full, uncensored fury (Anti-Republican e-mail screed)

    11/02/2014 1:06:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    MoveOn.Org e-mail | November 1, 2014 | Joan Jett
    Dear XXXX: If this weren't an email, I'd lay out my full—uncensored—fury at Republicans and right-wing forces that hold women down, keep us subservient. But it is an email, so I'll say my piece as politely as I can: This election is ours to win, if we do the work. As I see it, politicians make laws that put women's bodies and our paychecks into their hands. But we're not just a voting group to be courted by ad execs. Women, and the men who stand with us, are the majority. And when we show up and vote, women win....
  • Another financial meltdown on the horizon?

    07/02/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/2014 | Judy Shelton
    And you thought that last global financial crisis was bad. A report issued on Sunday by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) warns that policymakers have failed to address the root problems that caused the 2007-2008 financial meltdown. Instead of taking a long-term perspective aimed at increasing real economic productivity and output — the kind that actually benefits people by raising living standards — government officials have sought to pump up the numbers through monetary and fiscal stimulus. As a result, we now have an alarming disconnect between the performance of global equity markets, which are booming, and an underlying...
  • Flashback: George W. Bush Predicted Iraqi Meltdown If US Troops Were Withdrawn from Region

    06/16/2014 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    President George W. Bush predicted the current meltdown in Iraq – back in 2007. Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to withdraw troops from Iraq. Via Truth Revolt: I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven...
  • Dianne Feinstein: White House sorry for ‘oversight’ in Bergdahl deal

    06/03/2014 2:52:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/3/2014 | S.A. Miller
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that the White House told her that it was on “oversight” that Congress didn’t receive the required notification about the prisoner exchange deal that secured the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Mrs. Feinstein, California Democrat, said the excuse came from Tony Blinken, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser. “Tony Blinken called last night and said that it was an oversight or something to that effect. So I accept that,” she told reporters at the Capitol.
  • George Clooney had a drunken ‘hissy fit’ at Las Vegas casino, Steve Wynn says, after claims ...

    04/25/2014 5:56:37 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 44 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2014 | Nick Allen
    ... In a statement Clooney said: “There were nine people at that table so you can ask them. Steve likes to go on rants He called the president an a—–e. That is a fact. I said the president was my longtime friend and then he said, ‘Your friend is an a—–e’. At that point I told Steve that HE was an a—e and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass. And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. It had nothing...
  • Rome on the Brink as Detroit-Style Bankruptcy Meltdown Looms

    02/27/2014 10:58:06 AM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 2/27/14 | Ian Silvera
    Italy's historic capital is on the brink of bankruptcy as its mayor plans to plead for a bailout from the national government. Mayor Ignazio Marino told the Wall Street Journal that he is in daily discussions with Italy's national government. But he stressed the parties "just needed to identify the right amount of money the government should give to Rome".
  • Wendy Davis’s Media Meltdown

    02/04/2014 9:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2014 | John Fund
    It’s been a rocky rollout for the Wendy Davis campaign in Texas. She announced for governor four months ago on the strength of the massive public attention paid to her 13-hour filibuster of a bill limiting abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. But since then her media operation has been so rocky, seasoned Texas journalists are mocking it. David Mann, editor of the liberal Texas Observer, wrote a blunt article calling her campaign a “media fail”: “The Wendy Davis operation is about the worst at media relations that I’ve ever seen. Her team’s mismanagement of the press is damaging...