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  • Bush: Trump is Evolving his Views Toward the Right Place

    10/06/2015 8:39:44 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 48 replies ^ | October 06, 2015
    Jeb Bush said he thinks he would vote for Donald Trump if his Republican rival for the presidency becomes the GOP nominee, even though he says the real estate mogul once held views that "clearly put him right in the middle of the Democratic Party." ... "I’m a conservative, I know Hillary isn’t. That’s one thing we know for sure. It’s not to say that she’s not capable of being president, but I think her world view is not the right one. And Trump’s views are evolving, at least, towards the right place," he said, remarking that Trump has had...
  • No, Carly Fiorina, a degree in medieval history doesn't qualify you to fight Isis

    10/06/2015 11:39:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Guadian ^ | 10/6/15 | David M Perry
    Carly Fiorina received a BA from Stanford in medieval history and philosophy almost 40 years ago, but she’s always ready to revisit her undergraduate glory days. Last Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate tried to burnish her national security credentials by claiming that her bachelor’s degree prepared her to fight Isis. She said: “Finally my degree in medieval history and philosophy has come in handy, because what Isis wants to do is drive us back to the Middle Ages, literally”. I’d like to state unequivocally that my years of training to become a professor of medieval history in no way make...
  • ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK: GOPe in panic mode-Kasich support evaporates & Jeb! numbers drop below Biden IQ

    10/04/2015 2:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | Doug Ross
    The Beltway Establishment's secretive plan to hand Jeb Bush the GOP nomination by flooding the zone with candidates (also known as the "GOPe Splitter Strategy") has totally unravelled. Let's start in New Hampshire, where support for John Kasich has fallen off the cliff: The rise of anti-establishment candidates ... have stalled Ohio Gov. John Kasich's momentum in New Hampshire, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows. Kasich, who a month ago sat in second place, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, does not rank among the Republican presidential field's top 5 this time. Kasich has distinguished himself as a...
  • CNBC sets 3 percent polling floor for main GOP debate stage

    09/30/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/2015 | Alex Isenstadt and Hadas Gold
    The next Republican debate will feature an undercard stage before the main event, the forum's host CNBC said Wednesday, assuaging some of the fears and complaints from lower-tiered presidential campaigns. Candidates polling at an average of 3 percent in the five weeks before the event will make the primetime debate at 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 28. A 2.5 percent average will be rounded up to 3 percent.  Candidates with a 1 percent average will appear in a forum at 6 p.m. EDT. The polls being used for the averages are from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg released...
  • Meet the Four Kinds of GOP Voters

    09/28/2015 6:27:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 9-28-2015 | HUGH HEWITT
    First, there are the GOP’s “True Believers,” to use Eric Hoffer’s term. Among the four categories of voters, the True Believers in 2016 have already picked a candidate and are sticking to him come hell or high water—at least unless and until he drops out or wins. It’s clear that the True Believers are lining up primarily behind Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rick Santorum or Donald Trump. The second category of GOP voters are the “Buckley Voters,” so-called because they tend to follow the “Buckley Rule” and support the most conservative candidate they see...
  • Carly Fiorina again tackles her legacy at Hewlett-Packard

    09/28/2015 9:36:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    When Carly Fiorina ran for U.S. Senate, opponents depicted the former corporate executive as a cold-hearted job killer, using her past statements like a noose around her neck. Americans have no God-given right to a job, said the former Hewlett-Packard chief. When you’re talking about massive layoffs, sometimes they’re warranted. Off-shoring — shipping American jobs overseas — was “right-shoring.” Now, though, running for president, Fiorina has softened her tone, acknowledging the human toll of lost jobs and explaining at greater length and depth the actions she took as a powerful Silicon Valley executive, including overseeing tens of thousands of layoffs....
  • Donald Trump On Megyn Kelly, Gop Debate & Personal Attacks (Meet The Press)

    08/09/2015 2:43:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Donald Trump joins meet the press to recap gop debate, trump pressed by chuck todd on megyn kelly blood wherever comment he made to don lemon on cnn.
  • Cruz takes exception to pope on death penalty

    09/27/2015 9:35:07 AM PDT · by Isara · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/15 | Seung Min Kim
    In an interview with POLITICO shortly after the pope’s historic address to Congress, the Texas senator said he respects Francis’ views and the Catholic Church’s teachings on the issue, but “as a policy matter, I do not agree.”“I spent a number of years in law enforcement dealing with some of the worst criminals, child rapists and murderers, people who’ve committed unspeakable acts,” Cruz said. “I believe the death penalty is a recognition of the preciousness of human life, that for the most egregious crimes, the ultimate punishment should apply.” Cruz also said that whether the death penalty should be in...
  • Here's the latest executive to call Carly Fiorina's business record 'disastrous'

    09/26/2015 6:30:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Fortune ^ | 9/26/15 | Stephen Gandel
    Carly Fiorina may come from the executive suite, but that hasn’t stopped other executives from slamming her record. The latest critique comes from Steven Rattner, a former Wall Street banker and private equity executive. Rattner, in an opinion piece in the New York Times on Saturday, called Fiorina’s time as the CEO of HP “short and disastrous.” Rattner said HP’s acquisition of Compaq, pushed through by Fiorina, caused an amount of divisiveness at the company that Rattner says he never saw in his 33-year career on Wall Street. He said that while Fiorina did serve during a tough period for...
  • Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad

    09/26/2015 1:58:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/25/15 | Steven Rattner
    HER silver tongue honed by decades in corporate marketing, Carly Fiorina has used two debates, and a steely determination on the campaign trail, to climb near the top of the polls for the Republican nomination. But Americans should pause on her biggest professional credential for our highest office: a short, disastrous stint atop one of America’s iconic technology companies, Hewlett-Packard. The clearest measure of her performance — and the report card preferred by Wall Street — is H.P.’s stock price, which dropped by 52 percent during her tenure of almost six years. Yes, Mrs. Fiorina served during the worst fall...
  • Jeb Bush: I wouldn't roll back Obama's Iran deal on Day One

    07/18/2015 5:16:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | July 17, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    Jeb Bush took a tough but nuanced foreign policy stance during an appearance here Friday morning, calling for reversing the ban on concealed weapons at military installations and calling out his Republican rivals for hollow promises to repeal the Iran nuclear agreement on their first day in office. Bush, looking to position himself as an electable conservative in a sprawling primary field thrown into turmoil by the unexpected rise of Donald Trump, reiterated his opposition to the Iran agreement, which will ease economic sanctions on the country in exchange for a decade of limitations to its nuclear program. But he...
  • It’s Time to Rethink Syria

    09/25/2015 6:04:15 AM PDT · by JPX2011 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | September 25, 2015 | Philip Gordon
    When I started at the White House in March 2013, I was among those who advocated increased assistance, including military assistance, to the Syrian opposition. Secretary of State John Kerry led the diplomatic effort to rally and unify our key partners, who all pledged to support the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) as the legitimate representatives of Syrian people and to channel military support to the Supreme Military Council (SMC), then led by General Salim Idriss. It was not long, however, before it was apparent—at least to me—that this approach would not work. The SOC was weak and out of touch...
  • ‘It’s a F—ing Bitch, Man’ Why Republicans Hate Political Consultants

    09/25/2015 12:44:02 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 25, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    One day after Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race, the Politico headline read: “Walker’s campaign manager unloads.” The same day, the Washington Post had an article, “Inside the collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid,” which also drew heavily from Walker’s campaign manager, GOP consultant Rick Wiley. It’s almost as if Wiley had an agenda.
  • Don't Expect A Lasting Truce In the Trump-Fox News War

    09/25/2015 10:21:13 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/24/2015 | Gabbriel Sherman
    By now it should be clear to both sides of the Donald Trump–Fox News war that there never was — nor will there likely be — an enduring truce. Case in point: Earlier today, Fox News released a statement announcing that the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, and Trump will meet next week to discuss “their differences of opinion regarding Fox’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.” It’s the second time in a month that Ailes has attempted to broker peace with Trump after Trump took to Twitter to blast Megyn Kelly. One reason there likely won’t be peace in our...
  • Fiorina opposition research report

    09/24/2015 4:06:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/1/10 | Gragert Jones
    Here is the 218-page opposition research report on Carly Fiorina compiled by political research firm Gragert Jones for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in April 2010.
  • Fiorina wrestles with the Hewlett-Packard ghosts

    09/24/2015 5:40:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    Fiorina, pictured in 1999, says on the campaign trail that she had to burn down Hewlett Packard in order to save it. Carly Fiorina’s business background is an essential part of the story she tells on the campaign trail, offering an “only in America” biographical tale of her journey from secretary to CEO. Yet the crowning achievement of her corporate career -- her tenure as a Fortune 500 CEO at Hewlett-Packard -- isn't central to her stump speech. Repeating the same lines from stop to stop, Fiorina rails against an "inept, corrupt bureaucracy." She offers herself up as a leader...
  • Carly Fiorina's Judgment Problem

    09/24/2015 7:07:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/5/15 | Nomi Prins
    For those of us that live in California, there’s a palpable deja vu in Carly Fiorina’s declaration to run for president on the Republican ticket. Smatterings of those late night TV advertisements are still sloshing around our brains. Her campaign positions her as the outsider, the embodiment of the American dream. As her website informs us, “Only in the United States of America can a young woman start as a secretary and work to become Chief Executive of one of the largest technology companies in the world.” Implicit in that leap is the kind of power that is a companion...
  • Fiorina camp pushes back on criticism of HP tenure (Attacks messenger, not facts...)

    09/22/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/22/15 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Carly Fiorina’s campaign is defending her record as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. In a post published on Medium, Fiorina’s Deputy Campaign Manager Sarah Isgur Flores took on criticism about the candidate, pushing back on recent reports characterizing the retired tech executive's tenure as a failure. “There’s a lot of armchair CEO’ing going on around here. And some folks seem to have taken the ‘Invent’ motto to mean they get to invent their own facts,” Isgur Flores writes, referring to the HP motto during Fiorina’s tenure. Fiorina was fired in 2005. Isgur Flores then goes on to list 10 things she...
  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/20/2015 5:16:39 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 54 replies
    As Fiorina admits, I have been critical of her for over a decade—long before she announced her political aspirations. I have studied her business record, challenged her leadership abilities and have come to agree with the assessment that she was one of the worst technology CEOs in history. I stand by that evaluation. Fiorina can attack me all she wants, as she did when she called me “a well-known Clintonite” (an absurd allegation I’ll get to later) who “had it out for me from the moment that I arrived at Hewlett Packard.” But no amount of one-liners to Trump, weekend...
  • Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO

    09/20/2015 5:51:42 PM PDT · by Amntn · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/20/15 | JEFFREY SONNENFELD
    As s a professor, hearing my name once, let alone twice, before 25 million TV viewers in an historic U.S. presidential debate is a surreal experience. “The head of the Yale business school, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, wrote a paper recently,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his attack on Carly Fiorina’s business record, “one of the worst tenures for a CEO that he has ever seen
  • Business savvy didn't help Fiorina, Whitman (Flashback)

    09/19/2015 5:17:10 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/10 | JENNIFER MARTINEZ
    Even though Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina previously led two of California’s most iconic technology companies, the two candidates’ business pedigrees weren’t enough to sway voters in the Golden State on Tuesday. -snip- Fiorina’s résumé often worked against her during the election cycle. Boxer hammered Fiorina about her rocky tenure as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard in TV ads, criticizing the former executive for laying off scores of employees, shipping American jobs overseas and securing a cushy severance package before leaving the company. The TV ads reopened the wounds of former HP employees who were casualties of the computer maker’s controversial...
  • Trump bails on Heritage forum in South Carolina

    09/18/2015 9:59:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 79 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/18/2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    Donald Trump unexpectedly announced Friday that he would skip a major Republican gathering to be held later in the day in South Carolina due to an unidentified “significant business transaction.” Trump was one of 11 GOP presidential candidates slated to speak at the Heritage Action Presidential Forum at an arena in Greenville. The event is co-sponsored by two of the biggest names in South Carolina GOP politics: Gov. Nikki Haley and former Sen. Jim DeMint. Trump’s campaign said his undisclosed transaction “was expected to close Thursday” but a delay made him unable to attend. “He sends his regrets,” the campaign...
  • DATA: Trump won the debate—or at least talked the most

    09/17/2015 12:40:00 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 22 replies ^ | 09/17/2015 | The Lazer Lab
    Trump had the most words and the most turns - and by a long margin per the interactive chart. Click link.
  • Former Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Whines About Work Load

    09/17/2015 2:11:10 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 17, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, just make that the worst of times. That is how the vivid imagination of former lethargic Politico labor reporter, Mike Elk, paints his Dickensian visions of working conditions at that organization. Never mind that Elk wrote a grand total of five stores in his ten months at Politico, the last six of which were simply a paid vacation since he had no writing output during that time. In his mind the working conditions were horrible and the only solution is to unionize.  Let us join Elk as he...
  • Rumor: Scott Walker Dumps Campaign Manager Rick Wiley

    The Washington Post had a story earlier today about the growing disarray in the Scott Walker campaign. There is mounting anxiety among Scott Walker donors about the direction of his campaign and increasing fears that it is running low on cash, leading to a growing consensus among some of the Wisconsin governor’s biggest financial backers that he needs to make a dramatic change.Most of the ire is directed at campaign manager Rick Wiley, who Walker supporters believe expanded the staff too quickly and has failed to calibrate spending during the summer fundraising season. A recent count put the number of...
  • Florida poll: Jeb Bush takes big lead over Marco Rubio

    07/24/2015 9:53:07 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/24/2015 | Mark Caputo
    Jeb Bush holds a commanding lead over Sen. Marco Rubio among registered Florida Republicans, who have soured on the senator since he announced his presidential bid in April, a new poll shows. In the crowded GOP field, Bush leads the second-place Rubio 28 to 16 percent in their home state, according to Mason Dixon Polling & Research’s survey. In Mason-Dixon’s poll three months ago, Rubio was essentially tied with Bush 31 to 30 percent. Rubio’s 15 percentage-point drop coincides with the rise of Gov. Scott Walker, who’s now in third place with 13 percent – an 11 point increase for...
  • Super Pac Friday: Five takeaways: Bush soars and Cruz wows, while Rubio and Walker survive with the

    07/31/2015 6:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 31, 2015 | Glenn Thrush, Marc Caputo and Eli Stokols
    There’s Jeb, and then there’s everybody else. It came as no surprise that Jeb Bush is the uncontested Sultan of Super PACs with his independent expenditure arm, Right to Rise, pulling in a jaw-dropping $103 million during its inaugural reporting period, more than double its closest competitor. That tally was huge but it might have been less impressive than another metric: 1,656 – that was the number of pages of the Right to Rise report filed with the Federal Election Commission on document-dump Friday, astonishing both for the breadth and depth of the contributions listed therein. Bush is getting his...
  • Trump softens once-hard line on Cuba

    09/08/2015 1:30:20 PM PDT · by JediJones · 15 replies
    Politico Florida ^ | 9/8/15 | Marc Caputo
    Donald Trump’s longstanding hard line against Cuba has started to soften... Said Trump: “I think it's fine. I think it's fine, but we should have made a better deal. The concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough — the concept of opening with Cuba is fine. I think we should have made a stronger deal.” That’s a far cry from the Cuba position Trump laid out in 1999... “He's been a killer, he's a criminal, and I don't think you should reward people who have done what he's done,” Trump said on Nov. 15, 1999... In August,...
  • The real story behind Trump's Florida gaming obsession

    09/16/2015 11:43:37 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 216 replies
    politico ^ | September 17, 2015 | By MARC CAPUTO
    Jeb Bush was ready to counterpunch at Wednesday night’s debate when asked about Donald Trump’s statement that politicians could be bought. "The one guy that had some special interests that I know of that tried to get me to change my views on something—that was generous and gave me money—was Donald Trump," Bush said. "He wanted casino gambling in Florida." That’s when Trump cut him off—and failed to tell the truth. “I didn't,” Trump said. Read more: more than 21 years, Trump did. He and his company have repeatedly been on record trying to get casino deals in one...
  • Trump wins veterans crowd aboard battleship

    09/16/2015 12:53:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 15, 2015 | Eli Stokols, national politics reporter
    His appeal was on full display as GOP rivals prepare debate assault.LOS ANGELES — Master showman and Republican poll leader Donald Trump strode across a stage aboard a retired battleship on Tuesday night, reveling in the cheers and chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” “I am with the veterans 100 percent,” Trump declared when he took the podium on the USS Iowa, having just been endorsed by the group hosting the event, Veterans for a Strong America. Dubbed “the battleship of the presidents” for having hosted Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the Iowa offered a useful backdrop...
  • Bush allies worry: Is Jeb tough enough?

    09/16/2015 12:40:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 16, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt, Marc Caputo and Glenn Thrush
    If he doesn't land punches tonight against Donald Trump, some warn, 'it might be over.'Nobody is more nervous about this week's debate than Jeb Bush’s top fundraisers -- and no audience will have more to say about his future viability as a candidate. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson knew it. He recognized the group assembled at his Rockefeller Center office in Manhattan last Wednesday was in need of some reassurance after Bush’s unimpressive performance in last month’s GOP debate, so Bush’s national finance chairman, recalled one attendee, gave a personal pledge: Jeb would be “well prepared” for the second...
  • Donald Trump’s Grand Inquisitor (Hugh Hewitt)

    09/16/2015 1:56:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | September 15, 2015 | Todd S. Purdum
    Hugh Hewitt drew Trump’s ire with a smart question. On Wednesday night, the conservative talk radio host will be ready for round 2 ... Hewitt declined for obvious reasons to detail potential debate questions. But he showed off a spreadsheet grid he’s made to keep track of each candidate’s “at-bats,” in an effort to assure that all are heard from. And his basic philosophy is simple. “Trying to channel the Republican primary voter who is undecided—or, what’s the term, loosely attached—and what they would want to know,” he explains. “And one of those things is who’s the best positioned to...
  • Merkel backtracks on open borders

    09/13/2015 2:12:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 September 2015 | Matthew Karnitschnig
    Germany, overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of refugees, reintroduced controls along its border with Austria, in a desperate attempt to defuse a crisis that is testing the limits of European solidarity. The surprise move, announced late Sunday afternoon by Interior Minister Thomas de Mazière, marks a significant escalation of the crisis. Berlin has effectively suspended the EU’s open borders treaty, which many view as the embodiment of European integration. “Germany has shown a willingness to help, but this must not be overstretched,” de Mazière said in a statement to the press, adding that the decision was made in consultation with...
  • Trump: 'Lightweight' Rand Paul doesn't belong in debate

    09/12/2015 6:18:26 PM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2015 | Cory Bennett
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump poked at rival Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Twitter on Saturday, calling him a “lightweight” who shouldn’t be allowed in Wednesday’s CNN presidential debate. Trump needled Paul in a series of tweets: (see below) Trump’s shots came hours after Paul joked about the GOP frontrunner in an interview with Politico. “I think I was a little too easy on Donald Trump last time,” Paul said in the interview, referencing a heated exchange the two had in an August Fox News presidential debate. “That’s given in jest," he added. Later in the interview, Paul unfavorably compared...
  • GOP women rip Trump: He's a 'pig'

    09/12/2015 2:30:01 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 131 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/10/15 | Eli Stokols
    The front-runner has been rewarded for his insults but this time he's gone too far for conservative women. Donald Trump, in seemingly suggesting that Carly Fiorina isn’t attractive enough to be president, crossed the line of general decency. Again. Trump, of course, has proven thus far that, for him, there is no line at all. But the reactions of outraged conservative women show that the GOP's front-runner may have reached the outer boundaries of what even he can get away with. “Who the hell cares what she looks like? If you want to quibble with her on policy, or quibble...
  • McConnell: Planned Parenthood funding protest 'exercise in futility'

    09/11/2015 10:31:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/11/2015 | BURGESS EVERETT and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. “It’s an exercise in futility," the Kentucky Republican told POLITICO in an interview. "I’m anxious to defund Planned Parenthood" but "the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view." "It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done,’”...
  • We Can Still Stop the Iran Deal—Here's How (Ted Cruz's Op-Ed)

    09/10/2015 4:51:45 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/10/15 | Ted Cruz
    The specter of a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Iran is the single greatest threat facing our nation, and if President Barack Obama's catastrophic nuclear deal with the mullahs goes forward, there will be nothing to stop them from obtaining a nuclear bomb. Astonishingly, we do not even know how bad the deal is because the Administration has not released all of the information relating to side deals with Iran as they are obligated to do under the terms of Corker-Cardin, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that Congress passed and the President signed into law. Today I sent Senate Majority...
  • David Brock: The New York Times has 'a special place in hell'

    09/10/2015 8:58:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/2015 | GLENN THRUSH and HADAS GOLD
    David Brock’s war against the New York Times just went nuclear — and the paper is responding with equal fury. Brock, the former right-wing journalist-turned-pro-Clinton crusader, takes aim at a top New York Times editor in a soon-to-be released book obtained by POLITICO. In the book, titled "Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary Clinton and Hijack Your Government,” Brock accuses senior politics editor and former Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan of helping to turn the paper into a “megaphone for conservative propaganda” by unfairly targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The founder of liberal watchdog groups...
  • Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans

    09/10/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by VinL · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/15 | Burgess Everitt
    Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the “right thing” and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters. But many of his Republican colleagues say it’s really all about Cruz. Even some of his closest allies from past battles— fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — aren’t exactly jumping to join Cruz’s latest crusade. Same goes for Cruz’s onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month...
  • Trump's mentor: Military school is like the real thing

    09/09/2015 11:15:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies ^ | Daniel Strauss
    "Well, he was at a military school, five years. That's just like being in the army believe me," Trump's mentor during his days at the academy, Colonel Theodore Dobias, told POLITICO. "That's six o'clock in the morning, 10:30 at night. Five days of school. From 8 till 3:30 ... Study at 7:30, taps at 10:30. And believe me that's the way it was. There was 400 kids and that's what we did." *snip* But Dobias, who is now 89 and fought in World War II in the Army for the 10th Mountain Division, heaped praise on Trump, who he coached...
  • The Truth About the 2016 Race

    09/07/2015 2:22:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/7/15 | Larry J. Sabato , Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley Read more:
    The rise of Donald Trump might represent some massive sea change in American politics—but it’s far more likely he will fade long before the primary season does. Thanks to Trump, August was a blockbuster month for the political press, but most of what is happening now won’t decide who is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017 -snip- #7. Trump is still unlikely to be the nominee. We’re not disputing that Donald Trump is the clear polling frontrunner on the GOP side, or that he has struck a chord with millions of voters unimpressed with politicians that “talk rather than do.”...
  • Politico Dubs Pope Francis The "Anti-Donald Trump"

    09/07/2015 12:27:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies ^ | September 7,2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In the general scramble to grab a bit of Pope Francis’ luster in time for his upcoming trip to the United States, Politico has joined a host of other journals, pundits and politicians to stake a claim to the popular pontiff while attempting to distance him from their political adversaries.
  • Saudi King Buys Out Entire Four Seasons for DC Visit

    09/04/2015 10:22:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 4, 2015
    Sure, Donald Trump’s “really rich.” But the Saudi royal family is really, really, really rich. Just look at their accommodations for Saudi King Salman’s visit to Washington. According to Politico, the king’s entourage bought out the entire Four Seasons in Georgetown, one of the capital’s ritziest and costliest hotels. And they’ve done some redecorating to the hotel’s sleek and modern design. Eyewitnesses told Politico that red carpets were laid down in the hallways and gilded furniture — “gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps” — was delivered in advance of the Saudi monarch’s visit.
  • Ben Carson, the Superior Outsider [He is the real conservative outsider, not Trump]

    09/03/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/03/2015 | Rich Lowry
    While Jeb Bush feuds Donald Trump and others kowtow to him, only one candidate is seriously gaining on him. Ben Carson is now tied with Trump in one Iowa poll and is close in others, an especially notable result given that The Donald has jammed a lifetime's worth of free media into the past couple of months. Carson's rise suggests that it's possible to catch the populist wave roiling Republican politics and yet not be an obnoxious braggart who abuses anyone who crosses him and will say or do anything as long as he's getting attention. Ben Carson is a...
  • Steve Schmidt: Donald Trump 'emasculating' Jeb Bush

    08/31/2015 5:59:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | NICK GASS
    Donald Trump is "emasculating" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with his attacks and his performance in state and national polling, prominent Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said Monday. "Look, Jeb Bush was a very successful governor, he's a thoughtful man, he was a good, conservative governor. But every day, Donald Trump is emasculating Jeb Bush, and Republican primary voters are not going to default to the establishment candidate who is being weakened by these attacks that go unresponded to." -snip- Breaking down the results of the latest Iowa polling on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Schmidt remarked upon the strong performance of candidates...
  • Emails show Hillary's political sleuthing

    09/01/2015 6:22:03 AM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 1, 2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    A new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails made public by the State Department Monday night show her expressing interest in the presidential aspirations of Gen. David Petraeus, who ultimately took a job as CIA director in the Obama administration instead of running for president in 2012 and was then driven out of government by scandal. Clinton--who's now the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination next year--sounded intrigued when her longtime friend Sidney Blumenthal reported to her on a Saturday morning in February 2010 that prominent Washington foreign policy blogger Steve Clemons said Petraeus was talking frankly about the possibility of...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a “narrative,” Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said don’t know what they’re talking about. “I have this funny thing about facts,” he laughed in his office on the Pentagon’s E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. “I like to get facts into the equation.”...
  • Samantha Power: US will be Isolated if it Rejects Iran Deal

    08/29/2015 10:55:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    INN ^ | 8/27/2015, 9:40 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    The United States will be isolated on the world stage and its influence diminished if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal, the US ambassador to the United Nations has warned. In an editorial published by Politico, Samantha Power argued that a “no” vote from Congress would make it more difficult for the United States to drum up support for sanctions and partner with like-minded countries to confront crises. “If the United States rejects this deal, we would instantly isolate ourselves from countries that spent nearly two years working with American negotiators to hammer out its toughest provisions,” Power wrote in...
  • Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs

    08/29/2015 3:39:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 110 replies ^ | 8/29/15 | Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo
    Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned. There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Alexander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign. None of the three...
  • Caesarism Comes to the Republican Party

    08/28/2015 9:54:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | August 28, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Among a very long list of harms inflicted upon the United States by Barack Obama and his party, perhaps the worst was Caesarism. Obama relished the worship of millions in 2008. From his star turn at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was treated not as a political candidate, but as a savior. Progressives fell into a swoon, typified by Newsweek editor Evan Thomas' 2008 comment, "I mean in a way Obama's standing above the country, above -- above the world; he's sort of God." Now, a similar kind of unreasoning adulation is greeting (improbably enough) Donald Trump. Fred Barnes...