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  • Longtime Bergen Politician Steve Lonegan To Lead Ted Cruz's N.J. Team: Report

    12/01/2015 1:14:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Patch ^ | December 1, 2015 | Daniel Hubbard
    Former Bogota mayor and longtime Bergen County politician Steve Lonegan is expected to head up Ted Cruz’s New Jersey leadership team. Cruz will announce Lonegan’s appointment at a press conference in Rahway Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Savejersey.com reported. Lonegan, a Teaneck native, was mayor of Bogota from 1995 to 2007. He is director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project and is the organization’s national spokesman on the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policies. In 2006, Lonegan filed paperwork for a public referendum in Bogota that would’ve made English the official language of the municipality. The County Clerk’s Office rejected...
  • What’s behind the Trump slump, and why doesn’t it seem to be worrying him?

    11/30/2015 9:55:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 1, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    Happiness in politics is a divided opposition. That’s why Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be alarmed by his sudden drop in a Reuters poll of Republicans nationwide. He’s still getting more than twice as many votes as any of his rivals....
  • Cruz backer sees senator ‘drafting’ and ready to take the lead

    11/29/2015 7:06:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | November 29, 2015 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making a three-day campaign lap around the state, with stops in 14 cities. “I just want to say thank you all for being here. Thank you for standing up. I’m here asking for your support, asking for your help. We are building a grassroots army,” Cruz said to conclude an appearance at the Windrow restaurant in Creston on Saturday afternoon. Wally Miller of Creston was there to show his support for Cruz. “He’s the only one that makes sense,” Miller said, adding he has a screening test for candidates. “When I look at someone,...
  • Ted Cruz Surges in Iowa, Powered by Outsider Fervor

    11/29/2015 5:29:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    CHARITON, Iowa — Around 10 p.m. Saturday, with locals here stuffing the entryway of a general store known for something called taco pizza, the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz seemed to be winning a bet with itself. Could the candidate fill the space on a frosty night, in a town of 4,000 or so, more than two months before voting begins, at an hour late enough that taco pizza was no longer being served? “I’m pretty sure this is breaking a Guinness World Record,” Mr. Cruz said, settling in beside the doughnut display as scores of Iowans surrounded him....
  • Citizenship Questions Continue to Follow Cruz

    11/29/2015 12:34:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | November 29, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    CHARITON, Iowa — They usually mean no offense, but every now and then, supporters of Ted Cruz bring up The Question. “I’m sure you’re aware that the Constitution requires the president to be a natural-born citizen,” David Bishop, a teacher, told Cruz during a stop Saturday night in this small southern Iowa city. “Don’t get this wrong: I’m supporting your candidacy, but I hope this doesn’t become an issue for you.”(continued)
  • James Bennett column: Trump vs. Cruz

    11/29/2015 12:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | November 29, 2015 | James Bennett
    Donald Trump’s fall from atop the GOP presidential polls has started, turning Decision 2016 into a two-horse race with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in my opinion. A national Reuters poll, released Friday, showed Trump’s support has tumbled 12 percentage points since making controversial, indefensible remarks about the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks.....
  • Black Lives Matter leader plans to run for Minnesota House seat

    11/28/2015 4:27:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Bring Me The News ^ | November 28, 2015 | Kevyn Burger
    The leader of Black Lives Matter St. Paul kicked off his campaign for a seat in the state Legislature, challenging the only black member of the Minnesota House for her seat. The Pioneer Press reports that Rashad Turner, 30, a lifelong St. Paul resident, will challenge Rep. Rena Moran next year. The DFL incumbent is in her third term representing Frogtown, Midway, Summit-University, and portions of the North End and Cathedral Hill in St Paul. The Star Tribune’s story said that Turner indicated that he thought not enough progress has been made in St. Paul’s communities of color during Rep....
  • Donald Trump Brings Signature Bravado, and a Sort-Of Apology, to Florida

    11/28/2015 3:46:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 28, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-11-28/donald-trump-weathers-controversies-at-boisterous-florida-rally
  • Patrick Smyth: Republicans still waiting for mainstream candidate to depose Trump

    11/28/2015 3:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | November 27, 2015 | Patrick Smyth
    Most analysts still insist that Trump’s lead in the Republican field will pass as the race gets more serious. But he has undoubtedly transformed the nature of the election debate. Stephen Colbert, host of the US’s Late Show, a mix of chat and satire, the other night warned his audience that Donald Trump might actually win the presidency. He got them to intone together as practice: “President Trump, President Trump . . . ” He’s not alone. Conservative and liberal columnists such as Ann Coulter and Leslie Savan have argued recently that, in the wake of Paris, Trump’s brand of...
  • Trump to stump at Prince William Fairgrounds (Wednesday, Northern Virginia)

    11/28/2015 2:28:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Inside NOVA ^ | November 28, 2015
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump will hold a rally in Manassas Wednesday night. The real-estate-mogul-turned-politician will bring his “Make America Great Again” fervor to the Prince William County Fairgrounds. Trump is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m., but organizers are urging attendees to arrive early to “ensure access.” Gates will open at 5 p.m. Trump continues to poll ahead his fellow Republican contenders even as his remarks on the campaign trail grow increasingly controversial....
  • Give Thanks for Ted Cruz

    11/28/2015 1:51:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Texas Tribune's Burka Blog ^ | November 25, 2015 | Erica Grieder
    America’s short-term Trump problem will end in Iowa. As I wrote yesterday, I think America is facing a two-fold Trump problem. The proximate problem is that Donald Trump has been the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination since this summer, and the durability of his support suggests that he could in fact be the party’s nominee. The underlying problem is that America has a two-party political system, and one of the parties is receptive to a candidate such as Trump. I don’t have a solution to the latter problem. But the former problem, the proximate Trump problem, is going to...
  • The Rise of Cruz in Iowa Explained

    11/27/2015 10:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Virginia Right ^ | November 25, 2015 | Steven Brodie Tucker
    In the most recent Quinnipiac Iowa poll, Senator Ted Cruz surprised analysts by coming in second to Donald Trump with 23% of likely caucus goers support. The ascendancy of Cruz in Iowa can be contributed to two primary factors. First, that Rubio and Carson supporters are not securely in the tent for those candidates. Secondly, the terror attacks in Paris and the return of foreign policy to the forefront of the campaign. Ted Cruz, having refused to attack his fellow candidates, has not angered those who currently have different favorites, nor has he done anything to hurt anyone’s favorite candidate...
  • Insiders: Trump’s grip on Iowa is tenuous

    11/27/2015 5:03:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 27, 2015 | Steven Shepard
    POLITICO Caucus shows Cruz gaining ground and Clinton pushing Sanders aside in the early voting states. After months of waiting for Donald Trump’s decline, Republican insiders now concede the poll leader could take two of the first four early voting states, though they caution his hold on Iowa is weak. That’s according to the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly poll of the top strategists, operatives and activists in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. For this Thanksgiving holiday week, POLITICO analyzed seven months-worth of responses to our weekly benchmark question: Who would win your state if the voting were today?...
  • Donald Trump Is Our Jean-Marie Le Pen

    11/27/2015 3:51:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 27, 2015 | Barrett Holmes Pitner, politics and race-and-culture journalist based in Washington, DC.
    Compare their quotes; uncanny. But there’s more to it than that. We may be entering a post-two party era. Guess who could start a new one? The continued radicalization of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has quickly become a movement centered on the fear and anxiety of foreign or non-white American bodies, and the hate-filled propaganda and lies that sustain it. He is coalescing his own American far-right political party with roots in white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements. He is copying the modus operandi of the resurgent far-right movements that are sweeping across Europe. He is becoming America’s own Le Pen—Marine...
  • Republican Trump drops 12 percentage points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos

    11/27/2015 1:28:02 PM PST · by FourPeas · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Alana Wise
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul's biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Trump was the favorite of 31 percent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Nov. 27. That was down from a peak of 43 percent registered on Nov. 22. [snip} The five-day rolling average sample size ranged from 464 to 347 respondents between Nov. 22 and Nov. 27, with a credibility interval...
  • After Paris, US Political Shift on Privacy vs. Security

    11/27/2015 1:06:11 PM PST · by FourPeas · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | AP
    The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The two senators were on opposite sides earlier this year when Congress eliminated the National Security Agency's bulk phone-records collection program and replaced it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. Rubio, R-Fla., sided with top Republican senators in trying unsuccessfully to extend the existing program, saying that national security required it. Cruz, R-Texas, allied...
  • Political Prediction Market: Cruz edges ahead of Trump

    11/27/2015 12:58:24 PM PST · by FourPeas · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 27 Nov 2015 | Sophie Tatum
    (CNN)Donald Trump is still the GOP front-runner in opinion polls, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seen a surge on CNN's Political Prediction Market, and is now seen by players as more likely than the billionaire businessman to be the Republican nominee. Cruz's odds -- which stand at 21% -- are greater than Trump's 20% odds for the first time, according to the Political Prediction Market, a live, online game, conducted by the company Pivit for CNN. It uses polling data and input from its 25,000 users to predict outcomes. Movement on the Political Prediction Market has clearly been affected...
  • Discipline in the 2016 race

    11/26/2015 11:20:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 26, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Sears, Ronald Reagan’s one-time campaign manager, once said “discipline is nine-tenths of politics.” And, as Tevi Troy reminds us: Candidate Reagan put Sears’ dictum into action, running a relentlessly focused communication operation that kept to its message of the day, often to the consternation of the reporters following the campaign. This approach continued into Reagan’s presidency. As the authors of All the President’s Spin put it: “Ronald Reagan’s administration broke new ground with its message discipline and image control.” The same was true of George W. Bush. Troy, who worked in the Bush administration, recalls Bush’s chief-of-staff Andy Card...
  • Ted Cruz’s Surge in Polls Angers Rubio Supporters

    11/26/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    He has been called a “Whacko Bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other establishment Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He has been called an “extremist” and a Tea Party Republican that likes to hang out on the far right fringe of the GOP. Detractors, especially those who support his amigo in the Senate, Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , make fun of his voice and appearance, as well as how he delivers his message. Haters from the Rubio camp and those Democratic Party talking points-spewing armchair quarterbacks, who think they can accurately foretell the future when it comes to...
  • The Ecstasy of Donald Trump

    11/26/2015 6:59:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 25, 2015 | Molly Ball
    As the public’s fear and loathing surge, the frontrunner’s durable candidacy has taken a dark turn. MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina—All politicians, if they are any good at their craft, know the truth about human nature. Donald Trump is very good, and he knows it better than most. Trump stands alone on a long platform, surrounded by a rapturous throng. Below and behind him—sitting on bleachers and standing on the floor—they fill this city’s cavernous, yellow-beige convention center by the thousands. As Trump will shortly point out, there are a lot of other Republican presidential candidates, but none of them get...
  • At Trump's presidential rallies, a combustible mix of glee, fear

    11/26/2015 8:55:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2015 | Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Allen
    "We're not gonna take it anymore," a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers. The billionaire real-estate developer's packed rallies have been among the liveliest events in the long build-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. But they are increasingly becoming known for their undercurrent of aggression, which escalated into a physical altercation over the weekend when white Trump supporters attacked a black protester at his rally, to the candidate's approval. Out in...
  • Markay Discusses GOP Field on Fox Business

    11/25/2015 9:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2015 | Staff
    Washington Free Beacon reporter Lachlan Markay discussed the Republican presidential field on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. Markay predicted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will become the establishment favorite for the nomination, ousting erstwhile favorite Gov. Jeb Bush. Transcript below: LOU DOBBS: Joining us now, Lachlan Markay, author, columnist, Fox News contributor Jedediah Bila. We’ll start Jedediah with you, looks like Cruz is making a strong move, still well behind in the national polls to front-runner Donald Trump, but making a big move in Iowa. JEDEDIAH BILA: Yes, and we predicted this right here on the show. We talk...
  • Grayson: I’ll File A Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz If He’s The Nominee

    11/25/2015 8:33:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | November 25, 2015 | Alan Colmes
    Wednesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL), who offered to argue with the conservative family member of a donor’s choice this Thanksgiving. Rep. Grayson, who is running for the Senate seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is vacating to run for president in 2016, held nothing back as he went after the entire GOP field and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in particular: COLMES: What are some of the other items on your hit list right now in terms of arguing with the other side? GRAYSON: Honestly, it’s the appalling choices that they have among their...
  • The GOP Is Finally Emerging From Trump Denialism: But is it too late?

    11/25/2015 7:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brian Beutler, senior editor
    The contours of the outsider-as-favorite Republican primary began to take shape this summer, when the candidates without establishment support, led by Donald Trump, consolidated half of the vote in national polls. The news for GOP elites has grown consistently worse since then. And only now, as those contours stretch far enough to squeeze the establishment entirely out of contention, are the party faithful emerging from their state of Trump denial. They’re beginning to reckon publicly with the calamity of this campaign, and are grasping to reassert control over the process. The only questions now are whether they’re too late, and...
  • Brent Budowsky: Clinton gives thanks for Trump

    11/25/2015 7:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brent Budowsky
    As Thanksgiving arrives and America enters the holiday season in earnest, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are giving thanks for the ultimate gift to the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections: the chaos caused throughout the GOP by the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump! While the Clintons stand for the ability to govern the nation with high stature leadership and to create millions of jobs and enhance America’s role in the world, the GOP is being torn to shreds by a candidate who berates his Republican opponents on a daily basis and divides the...
  • Bernie Sanders wants to bring back deported immigrants

    11/25/2015 7:00:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    USA Today | November 25, 2015 | Alan Gomez
    Link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2015/11/25/bernie-sanders-immigration-return-deported-immigrants/76371112/
  • In a Desperate Bid to Take Down Donald Trump, Republicans Are Unleashing the F-Word

    11/25/2015 3:57:36 PM PST · by entropy12 · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 25, 2015 | Zeeshan Aleem
    The F-word: CNN's MJ Lee has a useful round-up of Republicans who are deciding to unite around the "fascist" label. As she points out, a number of prominent voices in the Republican race have decided it's an appropriate way to characterize Trump's rhetoric. One is Max Boot, an adviser to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who tweeted that Trump deserved the label:
  • Marco Rubio Is Using a Convicted Felon to Help Him Win Florida

    11/25/2015 1:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephanie Mencimer
    Clyde Fabretti, a white-collar criminal, holds a key position in Rubio's presidential campaign.Earlier this month, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) named his top campaign representatives across Florida, he tapped a conservative activist named Clyde Fabretti as one of the leaders of his presidential effort in Orange County, a key district that includes Orlando. But Fabretti, the co-founder of the West Orlando Tea Party, has a sketchy background that might not reflect well on Rubio's campaign: He is a convicted white-collar criminal with a history of questionable business dealings and associations with fraudsters. Most recently, Fabretti's name surfaced in an ongoing...
  • Ted Cruz will be the GOP presidential nominee (or so goes today's story line): Ted Cruz in the news

    11/25/2015 10:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief
    Today's Ted Cruz news: It's official: With his rise in Iowa, Ted Cruz -- in a statistical tie with Donald Trump in the Hawkeye state -- is the man of the hour, the likely Republican nominee for president. So goes today's story line. If you like Cruz, the conservative Texas U.S. senator's ascension will be pleasing, although the manner in which he is described won't. If you dislike him, you'll cheer the way he is described. And just to spoil the party a wee bit, we'll add a historical note: At this point in the 2012 GOP race, Newt Gingrich...
  • Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win

    11/25/2015 9:18:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Vox ^ | November 25, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable." At some point, Abramowitz argued, pundits need to admit that Trump has a good chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. But that remains a minority viewpoint. Nate Silver, for instance, published a piece arguing that analysts extrapolating forward from Trump's current (and impressively durable) poll lead are likely to be disappointed. So I called Abramowitz and asked him to walk me through his argument in more detail...
  • Is Ted Cruz the Candidate Who Can Beat Donald Trump?

    11/25/2015 8:48:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Margaret Hartmann
    Though Donald Trump has been the front-runner in the GOP presidential race for months now, many political analysts still refuse to accept that he could be the party's nominee. They cope by latching on to other candidates who appear to be surging in the polls, and theorizing about how they could eventually topple the reality-show character holding the GOP hostage. After Scott Walker dropped out of the race, it was Marco Rubio's turn to be the savvy pick for front-runner. Then pundits had to consider the troubling possibility that they'd shake Trump, but get left with Ben Carson. Rubio is...
  • Ted Cruz’s ‘Donnie Jr.’ Strategy

    11/25/2015 8:36:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    By running as a more palatable version of Trump, Cruz is now in a good position to win the GOP nomination. If you’re a liberal, this news should make you very excited. Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. It’s Trump 25, and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State. This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this...
  • Ted Cruz could actually be the Republican nominee for president

    11/24/2015 1:55:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Momentum in primary campaigns is a mysterious thing: impossible to manufacture, easily squandered, and often misidentified. But there’s little doubt that at the moment, with two months before the Iowa caucuses — a period that will fly right by, I promise you — Ted Cruz has it. In that critical first contest, Cruz has leaped toward the front in two new polls: he’s essentially tied with Donald Trump in the latest Quinnipiac poll (Trump has 25 percent, Cruz has 23), and in a CBS poll released yesterday he’s in second place. If voters are ending their fascination with Ben Carson,...
  • Ted Cruz becomes GOP frontrunner in Iowa despite never leading polls

    11/24/2015 1:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    Without ever leading in a single poll, Ted Cruz has become the frontrunner in Iowa. The Texas senator and conservative firebrand has closed the gap on real-estate mogul Donald Trump and is now trailing Trump by only a margin of 25% to 23% in the Hawkeye State, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. But, more than that, Cruz has been notching up key endorsements in Iowa and positioning himself to win the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on 1 February. The poll comes in the aftermath of Cruz’s successful appearance at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines...
  • Good news for Cruz: He's just TWO points behind Trump in Iowa-& he's nearly as well liked as Carson

    11/24/2015 10:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | J. Taylor Rushing, US Reporter
    IOWA: TRUMP 25 / CRUZ 22 / CARSON 18 / RUBIO 13 / PAUL 5 / BUSH 4 Texas senator and tea party favorite is in virtual tie for top spot in Iowa with longtime front-runner Donald TrumpCruz's support has more than doubled over the past month Separate poll shows Cruz tied with Trump and closing on Carson when it comes to favorability among GOP primary voters Surging Sen. Ted Cruz has surged himself into a virtual tie for the top spot in Iowa in the 2016 Republican presidential race, as the Texas lawmaker finds himself just two points behind...
  • Can GOP Party Bosses Rig the Rules to Keep Trump from Winning? You Bet!

    11/24/2015 9:55:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Alternet | September 14, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
    Link only: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/can-gop-party-bosses-rig-rules-keep-trump-winning-you-bet
  • Iowa poll: Cruz, not Carson, now Trump's chief rival

    11/24/2015 7:47:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 24, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)—Ted Cruz has replaced Ben Carson as Donald Trump's chief GOP presidential primary rival in Iowa. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows that Trump is the Republican presidential front-runner in the early voting state, with 25% support among GOP voters likely to participate in Iowa's February 1 caucuses. But Cruz, the Texas senator, has moved into second place with 23% support -- double the backing he had just four weeks ago. Carson has fallen to third at 18% support, down 10 percentage points from his first-place perch a month ago when he led Trump, 28% to 20%. Florida...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Ted Cruz, the electable conservative

    11/23/2015 10:13:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    Are you feeling upset? Turn to most news outlets these days and you hear a lot about Republicans being “angry.” Democrats are always portrayed as concerned and caring, but Republicans and conservatives are just mad – at least Ted Cruz busaccording to the media. Those feelings are played out in a new poll, too. Nick Gass of Politico reports, “Republicans are nearly three times as angry at the government as their Democratic counterparts, according to the results of the latest Pew Research Center study out Monday… “The divide between Republicans and Democrats is even deeper among those who said they...
  • Tough-talking Ted Cruz flies into 2nd place in Iowa polls, largely at Ben Carson's expense

    11/23/2015 8:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 23, 2015
    With a world on edge after the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, and as criticism grows louder of the Obama administration’s handling of adversaries such as Iran and Syria, tough talk and defiance have become strong currencies in the presidential race. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken demeanor – which helped endear him to many voters in the first place – now appears to be working against him, while Sen. Ted Cruz’s tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face style is now raising his stock. In the crucial state of Iowa, which holds closely-watched caucuses, the event in Paris on Nov. 13 changed many conservatives’...
  • Ted Cruz, on the attack

    11/23/2015 7:08:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 23, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—For months, Ted Cruz wore a cloak in the Republican race, organizing pastors on the ground here and raising serious cash, but somehow avoiding detection or tangling with other candidates. That's over. The Texas firebrand is now squarely in the crosshairs, dealing daily with attacks from Republicans and Democrats in a way that he shied from for much of the race. And he's punching back....
  • This is why we must fear Trump: He makes the insane Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look sensible

    11/23/2015 6:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 23, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's racism is bad for Republicans now, but the eventual wild-eyed nominee will only look moderate in comparison.Since the Donald Trump campaign kicked off with demagoguery about Mexican immigration, political watchers have been on quiet but alert fascism watch, carefully monitoring Trump to see if he steps over the line. You can feel in your bones that Trump and his supporters long for to give into the sweet oblivion of balls-out racism, rather than dealing with the tedious process of carefully measuring the lines so you can toe them without stepping so far over that liberal journalists are freed up...
  • Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls

    11/23/2015 5:47:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 23, 2015 | Nate Silver
    Lately, pundits and punters seem bullish on Donald Trump, whose chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination recently inched above 20 percent for the first time at the betting market Betfair. Perhaps the conventional wisdom assumes that the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris will play into Trump’s hands, or that Republicans really might be in disarray. If so, I can see where the case for Trump is coming from, although I’d still say a 20 percent chance is substantially too high. Quite often, however, the Trump’s-really-got-a-chance! case is rooted almost entirely in polls. If nothing Trump has said...
  • Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack

    11/23/2015 5:33:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 22, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims. Matt David, spokesman for the group planning the attack, a Super PAC called New Day for America, which is supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich's presidential bid, said 10 new donors had pledged money in the two days since Politico reported Thursday evening the group's plans to attack Trump in New Hampshire....
  • Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge

    11/23/2015 5:04:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    More and more Republicans view the rivalry between the two senators as one that could determine the outcome of the Feb. 1 caucuses. DES MOINES — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz weren't the only candidates in Iowa this weekend, but they might as well have been. Beginning with their Friday night appearances here at the Family Leader Forum -- an audition of sorts before the influential Christian conservative group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats -- the outline of their looming showdown began to take shape. And Iowa Republicans, including the 2,000 people in attendance at the event, began taking...
  • Can Ben Carson Win Iowa Just By Being A Nice Guy?

    11/22/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 21, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    After several tough weeks on the campaign trail, Carson faces a ballroom full of voters in Des Moines who are looking for a reason to stick with him. “They want so badly to think he would be a great president.” DES MOINES, Iowa — About halfway through Friday night’s Presidential Family Forum — a Republican candidate roundtable that featured seven 2016 contenders — the moderator lobbed a softball question toward Ben Carson. “Is President Obama an armchair quarterback?” Frank Luntz asked, referring to what conservatives widely view as the administration’s overly passive foreign policy. “Are you asking me?” a momentarily...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Ben Carson not equipped to be president

    11/22/2015 3:47:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Philadeplphia Inquirer ^ | November 22, 2015 | Staff
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a rare television appearance Sunday morning, joining "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace to discuss ISIS and the Syrian refugee crisis. After criticizing President Obama for seeming more angry at Republicans than the terrorists who attacked Paris, Limbaugh moved on to comment about the Republican presidential nominees, offering a glowing review of Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is, I think, doing a great service,” Limbaugh said. “He is showing that you do not have to fear attacks from media. He's showing you do not have to fear being politically correct or violating political correctness.”(continued)
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • Trump takes heat for tweet about black murder rates

    11/22/2015 2:15:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    Donald Trump is taking heat on social media for a Sunday afternoon tweet of statistics purporting to show that the vast majority of murdered black people in the U.S. are killed by other black people. The tweet was apparently Trump’s response to a Twitter thread about support from white supremacists for the GOP front-runner. It also comes the day after a Black Lives Matter protester said he was physically and verbally assaulted at a Trump rally. The image Trump posted includes a list of “USA Crime Statistics ~ 2015.” The two that are highlighted are “Blacks Killed by Police ~~...
  • Ted Cruz cruises past Ben Carson in Iowa - and The Donald is back on top

    11/22/2015 1:25:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2015 | Nikki Schwab, US Political Reporter
    Donald Trump now has a commanding lead in Iowa by nine points Ben Carson, who was in first place in the state in several polls last month, has dropped to third in the new CBS/YouGov poll Cruz gets higher marks on presidential readiness than the other top Republicans in the state Ben Carson is losing ground and Ted Cruz is moving up the ranks to the No. 2 spot, in a new poll out today that shows the preferences of Iowa voters. In the new CBS/YouGov poll, Cruz has pushed past Carson to take 21 percent of the vote, to...
  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Calls for Trump’s Assassination… IMMEDIATELY Pays the Price

    11/21/2015 11:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Top Right News | November 19, 2015 | Brooke Bosca
    Link only: http://toprightnews.com/black-lives-matter-woman-calls-for-donald-trumps-assassination-immediately-pays-the-price/