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  • Keith Ellison Supporters Warn Of Fallout If He Loses DNC Chair Race

    02/23/2017 2:26:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 21, 2017 | Daniel Marans
    Days after the November election, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was ascendant. There was no greater sign of its rising stature than the momentum Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was enjoying in his race to chair the Democratic National Committee. Ellison, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 presidential primary, was racking up endorsements not only from Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), but establishment figures as well, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers — both of...
  • These Republicans didn’t like Trump at first. They do now.

    02/21/2017 12:02:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    WBAP-AM ^ | February 20, 2017 | CNN
    In the beginning, they didn’t care for Donald Trump. “Trump’s a buffoon,” David Searles said before casting a vote for Marco Rubio in the New Hampshire primary. “He scares me,” Rebecca Meyer said before settling on Ben Carson in South Carolina’s primary. “He’s not presidential,” Gail Francioli said after backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich in that state’s primary. Yet like nearly nine out of 10 Republicans nationwide, Searles, Meyer and Francioli supported Trump in the general election. And like the vast majority of Republicans, they support him still. In fact, these one-time-skeptics are part of the bulwark that is bolstering...
  • Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

    02/20/2017 11:41:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2017 | Jenna Johnson and David Weigel
    MELBOURNE, Fla. — Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority. But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before. Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal...
  • Changes: Trump to appear at CPAC

    02/20/2017 9:07:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 20, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    What a difference a year — and an election — make. A year ago, Donald Trump canceled a planned appearance at CPAC, claiming a scheduling conflict with a campaign event in Wichita, Kansas. At the time, anti-Trump activists had been organizing a walkout of his speech, which left the impression that Trump didn’t want the drama. At the time, CPAC offered a sharp retort to the cancellation:(TWEET-AT-LINK) Clearly, all is now forgiven:(TWEET-AT-LINK) In this case, of course, it should be forgiven … or at least forgotten. Whether or not movement conservatives backed Trump a year ago is irrelevant now. Trump...
  • It’s Time To ‘Primary’ Joe Manchin And Heidi Heitkamp And For Democrats To Have Guts

    02/19/2017 2:02:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 18, 2017 | Richard Greene, Author of "Words That Shook The World"
    My Democratic Party believes there is man-made climate change. My Democratic Party believes in science. My Democratic Party believes in protecting the environment. On February 17, 2017 two Democratic United States Senators voted for a man who is a climate denier, a science denier and a destroyer of the environment to head The Environmental Protection Agency. For that alone, Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp must be “primaried” in 2018 and we should start finding qualified, principled, Progressive candidates in their states today who can take them on and represent true Democratic values in Congress. I don’t care that West Virginia...
  • President Trump is just Rubio or Bush with a Twitter account, Mitch McConnell says

    02/19/2017 1:28:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | February 17, 2017 | Sean Cockerham
    Republican President Donald Trump’s first month in office is the sort of beginning that any other Republican president may have had, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday. “As I look at what we might have expected from a President Mitt Romney or a President Marco Rubio, or a President Jeb Bush at the beginning of their tenures in office, I can’t see much difference between what President Trump is doing and what they would have done,” McConnell, R-Ky. told a Capitol news conference. Trump’s chaotic first month has included an appeals court rejection of his travel ban on citizens...
  • Hillary Clinton's staffers are keeping up the fight

    02/19/2017 1:31:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 18, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Zac Petkanas thought he was done with politics after the 2016 election. He was ready to move into the private sector -- or maybe chase a dream job in the art world. Then his boss, Hillary Clinton, lost. Within 48 hours -- infuriated by the Cabinet prospects being floated by Donald Trump's transition team, like Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke for homeland security secretary -- Petkanas had decided he couldn't change careers yet. "Tuesday was the election. Wednesday I was sleepless and tired and very sad," he said. "And Thursday I got extremely angry." Petkanas quickly transitioned from Clinton's director of...
  • NAACP Leader Balks At Idea Of Congressional White Caucus [VIDEO]

    02/18/2017 6:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ian Mason
    Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, was at loss for words Thursday night as former Reagan adviser Jeffrey Lord injected a hypothetical Congressional White Caucus into a debate on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. The racially charged exchange began during a discussion of President Trump having asked an African-American reporter from a black-focused new radio outlet if she knew the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) “Frankly I used to think the Congressional Black Caucus, when it was first formed, was a good thing,” Lord began. “I changed my mind on this. I don’t think there should...
  • National Guard memo is ‘reminiscent of what led up to World War II,’ a top House Democrat says

    02/17/2017 6:42:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | February 17, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Friday that reports that the Trump administration had considered deploying tens of thousands of National Guard troops to apprehend undocumented immigrants were “outrageous” and “very reminiscent of what led up to World War II.” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) made the statement in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program shortly after the Associated Press broke news of the draft Department of Homeland Security memo. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the memo was “not a White House document” and that “there is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the...
  • Jeb Bush Mocks Trump’s Border Wall

    02/17/2017 1:48:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 17, 2017 | Gabrielle Levy
    Jeb Bush is mocking President Donald Trump as his plan to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico is running up against tough political and practical obstacles. Bush, a former presidential candidate and Florida governor who took heat from Republicans for his relatively moderate stance on immigration, on Friday tweeted a link to a Wall Street Journal column that said Trump's plan is "easier said than done." "Reality sets in," Bush wrote....
  • Elijah Cummings: ‘Happy’ to Meet with Trump who He Says ‘is My President’ (WATCH)

    02/16/2017 11:24:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    EURWeb ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff
    *Well now, the situation with the White House and African American political leaders is getting real interesting with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings saying he’s “happy” to sit down with President Trump. Even though Cummings has no problem meeting with Trump, but he disputes the president’s assertion that he didn’t want to meet up, adding that, after all, Trump “is my president.” Thursday afternoon Cummings – who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who inquired if he would go over to the White House “ASAP” if he were to get a call...
  • Senate Dems introduce legislation to roll back Trump's immigration actions

    02/16/2017 9:11:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    United Press International ^ | February 16, 2017 | Andrew V. Pestano
    Democrats in the Senate on Thursday introduced legislation to rescind President Donald Trump's executive order prioritizing deportation of "criminal" undocumented immigrants. Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hironio introduced the legislation. The Senators said the bill is designed to keep immigrant families together and they urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. During a press conference, Cortez Masto said Trump's administration has created an "unprecedented deportation machine" following high-profile immigration raids. The Democratic-led legislation would also roll back Trump's order targeting so-called "sanctuary cities"-- cities that do not deport undocumented immigrants despite federal...
  • Trump Book Hits New York Times Bestseller List

    02/16/2017 6:40:42 AM PST · by mandaladon · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 16 Feb 2017
    Despite a major media blackout of a blockbuster new book on the Trump presidency, The New York Times reports that it is debuting at No. 6 on its bestseller list. In this Sunday's New York Times, David Horowitz's "Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," will be the No. 6 bestseller in the nation for both hardcover nonfiction books and e-book/hardcover nonfiction. Released the week of President Donald Trump's inauguration, the book immediately shot to the top of online bestseller lists, including Amazon. "Big Agenda" is the first major book to be released on Trump's presidency. It reveals what...
  • Graham: Connection between Trump campaign, Russian intelligence would be 'game changer'

    02/15/2017 9:14:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    Reports that President Trump's campaign aides had regular contact with Russian intelligence officials would be a "game changer" if true and would warrant a select committee to investigate, according to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). The GOP senator in an interview early Wednesday called for a "preliminary investigation" to see if further scrutiny is warranted after The New York Times and CNN reported that Trump campaign aides and allies spoke regularly with members of Russian intelligence....
  • Trump would beat Elizabeth Warren in hypothetical 2020 presidential election, poll shows

    02/15/2017 8:55:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 15, 2017 | Adam Edelman
    President Trump would beat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-.Mass) in a hypothetical presidential election matchup but would lose to a generic Democrat, a new poll out Wednesday showed. Trump would defeat Warren, a darling of the left-wing of the Democratic Party, 42%-36%, the latest Morning Consult / Politico poll showed. But Trump would lose to a "generic Democratic candidate" 43%-35%, indicating substantial vulnerability amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the relationship top Trump aides have had with Russian operatives....
  • Clinton Officials Denounce Alleged Trump Campaign Officials’ Contacts With Russia

    02/14/2017 9:40:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 14, 2017 | Phil Helsel
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign spokesman Tuesday night called the information in a New York Times report — which said intercepted phone calls showed that officials of Donald Trump's campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials — a "colossal scandal." Brian Fallon, the Clinton campaign's press secretary, said on Twitter that the report, posted online Tuesday night by The New York Times, proved "everything we suspected during the campaign."(continued)
  • Dems Hope to Ride Grassroots' Anti-Trump Wave Till 2018

    02/13/2017 8:20:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 13, 2017 | James Arkin
    BALTIMORE – They may be the minority party, but House Democrats are feeling energized these days – and for good reason. They point to the grassroots protests, marches and town-hall disruptions of recent weeks as a sign that President Trump has already sparked involvement by their base at historic levels. The high-profile protests so far have been organic, not organized by any party apparatus – from the women’s march on inauguration weekend to the thousands who showed up at airports following Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. Dozens of lawmakers joined in the events...
  • The Daily 202: DNC chair candidates say Clinton lost because she talked too much about Trump

    02/13/2017 3:29:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | February 13, 2017 | James Hohmann and Breanne Deppisch
    BALTIMORE — Every leading contender to take over the Democratic National Committee believes Hillary Clinton focused too much on attacking Donald Trump at the expense of articulating an affirmative case for holding the White House. During their final showdown before the chairman’s election in Atlanta on Feb. 25, there was consensus that the party’s problems derive mainly from subpar organization and communication — not anything fundamental. “We forgot to talk to people,” said Tom Perez, who was secretary of labor until last month and a finalist to be Clinton’s running mate last summer. “I’m a big believer in data analytics,...
  • Vanity - 2018......Democrat or Republican!!!

    02/13/2017 8:21:50 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 6 replies
    In June, 2015, as Donald J. Trump jumped into the POTUS race, I sent an e-mail a long time friend of mine, who happens to be one of the top pollster pundits in the USA, telling him to not to jump onto the Hillary Clinton bandwagon, because the Democrats have lost the blue collar vote and are losing the African-American vote with every passing day!!! In detail, I outlined that Trump would win easily, even with the massive illegal voting by Obama/Clinton & the Democrat Party. Of course he did not heed my input and began mocking DJT, as did...
  • The dirty secret smart Democrats know (but won't admit) about Trump

    02/12/2017 7:42:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | February 13, 2017 | Douglas E. Schoen, Democratic pollster and consultant
    President Trump's shocking victory in November and the tumultuous beginning of his presidency have shattered many assumptions about American politics. For many liberals and progressives, the weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration have been filled with soul-searching and even confusion about their place in American politics. Trump’s flurry of executive orders, coming in quick succession on matters ranging from federal employment and immigration to reorganizing the National Security Council, have driven deep division within the Democratic party. The reaction to Trump’s action have pitted pragmatic, center-left politicians against protesting activists forming “The Resistance.” Many Democratic disagreements with Trump’s executive orders are...
  • [Seattle Trotskyite Socialist City councilor] Kshama Sawant: Anti-Trump protests a 'historic' chance

    02/12/2017 4:10:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | February 12, 2017 | Patrick Strickland
    American leftists see huge gains as anger grows against Donald Trump's anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies. The election of far-right President Donald Trump has led to a surge in membership of socialist organisations across the United States. During his first few weeks in office, Trump has already issued a flurry of executive orders targeting Muslims and immigrants, while moving to lift regulations on Wall Street. In response, protests have taken place in cities across the country. Last week, demonstrations against Trump's now frozen ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries were held at airports. The day after his inauguration, millions joined...
  • Supporters Want Bernie Sanders To Start His Own Party

    02/11/2017 8:33:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 10, 2017 | Juliana Rose Pignataro, International Business Times
    Bernie Sanders may have lost the Democratic presidential nomination last year, but it appears he hasn’t lost the ardent support of his fan base. Some people who were “feeling the Bern,” including members of the Vermont senator’s campaign staff, certain delegates and a group of volunteers began a campaign Thursday for Sanders to spearhead his own political party. “Draft Bernie for a People’s Party” is aimed at transforming Sanders’ amorphous, widespread support base into a new, concrete political party. The proposed party said it intends to mobilize opposition to President Donald Trump. “This party will offer new progressive electoral choices...
  • Trump is in control of fight with California

    02/11/2017 7:36:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 11, 2017 | Susan Shelley
    Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, California has resembled the busty blonde B-movie actress in a horror film. You know the look. Eyes wide. Red lips parted halfway between a gasp and a scream. Hands frozen in mid-flail. That was the reaction in the scene where President Trump called California “out of control” and said he might have to cut off federal funds. This terrifying prospect has public officials up and down the state looking everywhere for a copy of the U.S. Constitution. It says he can’t do that, right? States have rights. Right? You might think so if...
  • Chaos presidency? Nope. It’s all going according to plan.

    02/10/2017 6:13:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 9, 2017 | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan
    The word on everyone’s lips in Washington now — in newsrooms and advocacy groups, in congressional offices and embassies — is “firehose.” As in the high-pressure stream of White House orders. The daily deluge of Donald Trump’s tweets blaming “so-called” judges for future terror attacks and assailing Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line for poor sales. The tsunami of statements inflating the murder rate and hyping the terrorist threat, while aides mind-bendingly blame the media for not covering massacres in Bowling Green and Atlanta that never happened. With each new volley, drinking from the Trump firehose feels ever more...
  • In Messaging War, House Dems Face Goliath in Trump

    02/10/2017 5:48:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 8, 2017 | James Arkin
    BALTIMORE –The hail of tweets, executive orders and announcements from the White House in President Trump’s first two weeks in office drew a uniform reaction from House Democrats: opposition and outrage. But in the age of Trump, when news moves at a stunning pace and can change on a dime, Democrats are searching for the most effective way to push back. The topic dominated discussion as House Democrats opened their annual retreat here Monday. Unlike their counterparts in the Senate, Democrats in the lower chamber don’t have many legislative ways to fight against the White House and congressional Republicans. They...
  • Pelosi on Trump: 'There Is Nothing the Democrats Can Work with Him on'

    02/10/2017 9:08:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 9, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    House Democrats kicked off their retreat in Baltimore with Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declaring that, while they previously vowed to work with President Trump on areas of agreement, there won't be areas of agreement if the White House doesn't change. "Three weeks in the White House has really revealed that President Trump is exactly who we thought he is -- incompetent, and in some cases, in terms of our national security, dangerous. Perpetuating a massive con on those who he said that he would stand up against powerful interests," Pelosi told reporters Wednesday. "He's out there to Make American Sick...
  • Hillary Clinton Twitter trolls Trump and gets stung by Kellyanne Conway for it

    02/09/2017 7:54:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 9, 2017 | Carlos Garcia
    President Trump’s former campaign competitor Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to poke at him on Thursday after his travel ban executive order had been struck down by an appeals court, and she had a very simple message.(TWEET-AT-LINK)The reference is to the legal battles he’s lost over the ban, with this latest one being the most dire. But, it didn’t take long for Trump’s top advisor, Kellyanne Conway to come back at her with her own snarky tweet: (TWEET-AT-LINK) Those, of course, are the states that Trump flipped in the election to rip victory from Hillary and devastate the Democratic party....
  • Big whiff: No wins for Democrats in showdowns with Trump

    02/09/2017 6:42:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2017 | Seth McLaughlin
    They are comforting themselves with moral victories, but for Democrats, there have been no concrete wins so far in their showdowns with the Trump administration. The Senate vote Tuesday confirming Betsy DeVos as education secretary was the latest example, with the minority party holding all its own troops and even gaining the support of some Republicans — and still falling short in their bid to thwart President Trump. It’s not for lack of trying. Democrats staged a rally outside the Supreme Court last week to protest Mr. Trump’s executive order for extreme vetting at ports of entry for people from...
  • Tucker Carlson: I think Elizabeth Warren would have beaten Trump last year

    02/09/2017 2:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 9, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Via the Right Scoop, I don’t know that I’d go that far. But I’m also not sure, as I said yesterday, that Warren will be as useful a hate object to the GOP as it hopes and expects. Tucker’s not sure either: “I don’t know, though. I mean, I see your point, I think it’s a smart point, but I also think — in fact, I’d bet money — that if Elizabeth Warren had received the Democratic nomination, she’d be the president right now, because she is in line with what Democratic voters think. She has a worldview, she can...
  • White House: Trump not open to 'Gang of Eight' immigration bill

    02/09/2017 2:05:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House on Thursday disputed reports that President Trump is open to considering a sweeping 2013 immigration bill that offered a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Reports emerged Thursday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told journalists on Capitol Hill that Trump told a bipartisan gathering of lawmakers he is receptive to the so-called Gang of Eight bill. “He is open to reviewing the piece of legislation. He says, ‘Well, you’ve got to start working on it again.’ And I says, ‘Absolutely, we will,’ ” Manchin said of Trump, according to NBC News. But White House press secretary Sean...
  • Sarah Palin under consideration for ambassador to Canada? White House doesn't say no

    02/09/2017 1:10:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2017 | Francesca Chambers
    Sarah Palin's name been making the rounds for weeks as a prospective ambassador to Canada, and today the White House suggested that it's not outside the realm of possibility. Palin gave President Trump a shock endorsement last year as the first state, Iowa, prepared to hold its caucus. And she once worked with Canada to construct an oil and gas pipeline in her state. At the White House's daily briefing Wednesday, a reporter asked if Palin was under consideration to represent the United States' interests north of the border. 'We have no additional ambassador nominations or announcements to make on...
  • Anti-Trump Protests Will Fail If Tied To Democratic Party

    02/09/2017 12:03:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Popular Resistance ^ | January 22, 2017 | John Stauber
    A Real Populist Rebellion is Needed to Challenge the System of Systemic Corruption Why the Trump Protests, Like the Wisconsin Uprising, Will Fail The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016. ‘Trump is a racist narcissist pig, unfit to exist, much less govern,’ or so the meme goes. But despite losing the popular vote he mat slammed Hillary and the...
  • Protests didn’t hurt Reagan, and they’re not going to stop Trump

    02/08/2017 7:01:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything ^ | February 8, 2017 | Julian Zelizer
    Is President Trump in the process of imploding? Some see reason to think so. Given the major fallout over his travel ban, ranging from the spontaneous protests that have broken out worldwide to a federal judge ruling that the ban needed to be stopped, it seems as though Trump is struggling. Over the past few days, many commentators have pointed to the president’s abysmally low approval ratings, with 53 percent of Americans unhappy with the way that he has handled the job, as evidence that his power may be vastly limited by his unpopularity. With Trump madly (and impotently) tweeting...
  • Ted Cruz talks to Democratic protesters on a Fort Worth street corner

    02/08/2017 6:05:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 7, 2017 | Anna M. Tinsley
    FORT WORTH — Leah Payne headed downtown Monday, hoping to send a message to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. She and about a dozen others gathered outside the hotel where he was scheduled to speak, carrying signs that protested the potential confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education and noted that “Fort Worth Democratic women won’t back down.” Payne didn’t know if Cruz would see them, but she hoped the protest sent a message to someone. Cruz got the message. And even though he was in a hurry to catch a plane back to Washington, D.C., he walked...
  • Keith Ellison: Jews Are ‘Slave Traders’ Trying To ‘Oppress Minorities All Over The World’

    02/08/2017 5:15:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 8, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused Jewish people of oppressing “minorities all over the world,” Ellison’s former college classmate revealed in an interview. Mother Jones interviewed former classmate Michael Olenick who worked as the opinions editor at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. Olenick said that Ellison, who went by Keith Hakim at the time, argued that “white Jews” were routinely oppressing minority groups. “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,” Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders,'” according to the Mother Jones...
  • Cruz: 'Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan'

    02/08/2017 3:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 8, 2017 | Elana Schor
    Ted Cruz on Wednesday called Democrats "the party of the Ku Klux Klan," slamming senators in the minority as "foaming at the mouth" for stalling confirmation of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. The Texas GOP senator sounded off against Democrats after Elizabeth Warren was formally silenced on a party-line vote for reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King that criticized attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions' civil rights record. The "most racist" southerners "who imposed segregation, who imposed Jim Crow laws, who founded the Klan" were Democrats, Cruz charged in an interview with Fox News. "The Klan was founded...
  • Democrats' 'Resistance' Is Futile

    02/07/2017 6:13:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2017 | John Feehery
    George Santayana was an immigrant. Born in Spain in 1863, he moved to Boston in 1869 with his mother and siblings. He would eventually attend Harvard College, and then become a professor of philosophy there where he instructed such historic figures as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost and Gertrude Stein. As a philosopher, Santayana was one among many. But when it comes to his aphorisms, he was unparalleled. His most famous, of course, concerns history: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He also had this gem: “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Too many Dems care more about being right than winning

    02/07/2017 3:44:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 6, 2017 | Kim Janssen
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to "take a chill pill" and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon. "It ain't gonna happen in 2018," Emanuel said Monday at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in California. "Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul." As he did last month at an event in Washington, D.C., the mayor expanded on what he believes is the road map back to power for his party — putting moderate candidates such as veterans, football players, sheriffs and business people up...
  • Hillary Clinton takes subtle swipe at Donald Trump as she says 'the future is female'

    02/07/2017 1:19:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Mirror ^ | February 7, 2017 | Natalie Evans
    The former Presidential candidate used her first public comments since Trump's inauguration to stress women have a vital role in the future of America Hillary Clinton is back - and she has a message for Donald Trump . In her first public comments since the inauguration, former democratic presidential nominee said women have a vital role in the future of America. In a message at the opening of 'The 2017 MAKERS Conference', Clinton said: "Despite all the challenges we face I remain convinced that yes the future is female. "Just look at the amazing energy we saw last month as...
  • Donald Trump Had A Superior Electoral College Strategy

    02/06/2017 7:07:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | February 6, 2017 | Nate Silver
    By one measure, Wisconsin was the most important state in the nation in November. According to FiveThirtyEight’s tipping-point calculation, it was the state that put Donald Trump over the top to 270 electoral votes and the White House. (Or at least arguably it did: Pennsylvania has a competing tipping-point claim.1 ) So here’s an interesting question: How many times did Hillary Clinton visit Wisconsin during the general election? The answer: Zip, zilch, nada. She didn’t set foot in the Badger State after losing the Democratic primary there to Sen. Bernie Sanders in April.2 So, case closed, right? Clinton had an...
  • Trump sets Democratic field ablaze with anger

    02/06/2017 5:04:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 6, 2017 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    The price of entry for the 2020 presidential primary is ferocious opposition to the president. The Democratic base is so roiled and enraged after only two weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency that a take-no-prisoners posture toward the White House is emerging as the price of entry for the 2020 primary. An election that could have focused on economic inequality and the excesses of Wall Street — the issues that animate the left’s leading tribunes, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — is already shaping up as a contest about the intensity of the resistance to Trump. “In almost 20 years of...
  • Democrats Are Desperate for Bernie Sanders' Email List

    02/06/2017 12:59:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 5, 2017 | Tim Murphy
    But if they get it, will they know what to do with it? As the Democratic Party struggles to regain its footing following its disastrous November election, one vestige of the 2016 campaign has taken on much importance: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' email list. Sanders, who raised $218 million online from a record 2.8 million donors, rewrote the rules of email fundraising during his campaign by relentlessly courting small-dollar contributors. For many of those donors, Sanders was the first Democratic presidential candidate they had supported—or the first politician they had ever helped. In an interview with the Huffington Post in...
  • The Democrats face up to their Trump problem

    02/05/2017 6:40:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 5, 2017 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Democrats don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up the pace of protests against President Donald Trump — and they’re worried Trump and his team are counting on them to run out of energy before the White House does. Two weeks into the Trump administration, party leaders have already reached a frantic, fevered pitch, throwing around talk of constitutional crisis and raising the specter of impeachment. “The thing that we don’t want to do is anesthetize the public with dozens and dozens of press conferences and marquee events,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Then it’ll just become background...
  • Is anti-Trump furor papering over Democrats' working-class woes? Kaine: 'We love the energy'

    02/04/2017 5:55:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    KNWA-TV ^ | February 4, 2017 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    DETROIT (CNN) - Gobsmacked by their base's ferocious rejection of Donald Trump's presidency, the candidates to chair the Democratic Party scrambled Saturday to show how devoted they are to the cause. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez bragged to the Democratic National Committee's "future forum" about racing to airport protests in Houston and then San Francisco. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, made sure everyone knew he was the only one to skip David Brock's donor summit to participate in the Women's March in Washington. Put him in charge, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison pledged, and "We will be asking...
  • Bernie Sanders turns to ‘sexist’ demeaning attacks against Betsy DeVos

    02/04/2017 3:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | February 4, 2017 | Kaye Wonderhouse
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders asked President Trump’s education secretary candidate, Betsy DeVos, whether she would have got the job if her family had not donated $200m to the Republican party. Sanders’ demeaning question was followed with questions promoting his “free college” initiative. “My question is, and I don’t want to be rude, but do you think if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the Republican party that you would be sitting here today?” “Senator, as a matter of fact, I do think there would be that possibility....
  • Impeachment of Donald Trump? Don't bet on it, because the Republicans are winning

    02/03/2017 11:58:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    First Post ^ | February 4, 2017 | Deven Kanal
    We're just over two weeks into the Donald Trump administration. So far, the President of the United States has: lied about the size of his inauguration crowd, summoned the director of the National Park Service and pressured him to produce photographs to prove that the attendance was less than sparsely attended, reportedly threatened to send troops into Mexico to take care of 'bad hombres' and hung up on the Australian prime minister. In between, he's gagged scientists at federal agencies from communicating with the public, signed an executive order barring refugees from Muslim-majority country that has been celebrated by jihadist...
  • Mondale endorses Keith Ellison for DNC chair

    02/03/2017 8:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 3, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale is endorsing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. The move gives the two top contenders to helm the party -- Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- one vice presidential endorsement each, after Joe Biden backed Perez earlier this week. It comes as Democrats head to Detroit for their third of four "future forums" Saturday, where candidates for party leadership lay out their visions, before the DNC's 447 voting members select their new chair in a late-February meeting in Atlanta. "Keith was a Minnesota star in the state...
  • Dem Senate operative: The big Supreme Court fight will be over the next nominee, not Gorsuch (Cruz?)

    02/03/2017 7:40:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 3, 2017 | Allahpundit
    A quote that caught my eye from RCP’s analysis of the inevitable confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. The potential political downside could be much greater for the Democratic Party with Gorsuch than it ultimately was for the GOP with Garland — leaving reason to doubt that Democrats would fully obstruct the nominee rather than seek a more favorable fight elsewhere. “I think it’s likely he’ll be confirmed,” said one Democratic Senate campaign operative, “and there will be a larger fight on the next one.” His credentials are impeccable and his character, by seemingly all accounts, is perfectly suited to the job....
  • Democrats Have No Play on Neil Gorsuch: Be Careful (Justice Ted Cruz?)

    02/03/2017 5:28:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Slate ^ | February 2, 2017 | Jim Newell
    Beware anyone who tells you that there is an obvious play for Senate Democrats in handling Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. There is no such play. There is barely any play at all. It is an awful situation, because being in the minority is awful, and if they botch their next move, it could be more awful still. The most viscerally satisfying play for Senate Democrats would be to disengage completely. As Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer put it, “I encourage my Senate colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch the same courtesy Senate Republicans gave Merrick Garland.” But it...
  • Trump: 'professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters' proving supporters' point

    02/03/2017 12:38:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | February 3, 2017
    BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- President Trump is striking a different tone in a tweet Friday following this week's violent protest in Berkeley. He said, "Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to make America great again!" On Thursday, the president slammed UC Berkeley in a tweet for the protest and threatened to pull federal funding to the nation's top public university. There were three arrests during Wednesday's protest. Campus police say none were students. One person was arrested for blocking officers trying to break up the skirmish. The two others...