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  • Jeb Bush tells his donors they’ve helped make history

    04/27/2015 6:12:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe and Matea Gold
    eb Bush told about 350 of the top donors to his super PAC on Sunday evening that the organization has raised more money in its first 100 days than any other Republican operation in modern history, according to several people in attendance. Bush did not say how much had been raised, but senior Republicans said they think his super PAC, Right to Rise, is on track to collect $100 million by the end of May. Those who heard Bush speak said it signals that he and his team are confident that they've amassed a sizable political fortune that will help...
  • The President America Deserves

    04/23/2015 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 74 replies
    Radix Journal ^ | April 22, 2015 | Gregory Hood
    “It’s time” for Hillary, and who can disagree? It doesn’t matter that no one who isn’t being paid to say it sincerely believes she can lead the country. She is precisely what the American system is designed to produce. Mencken said of American government: “All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of...
  • Marco Rubio takes lead in Sheldon Adelson primary

    04/23/2015 6:16:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    Before Iowa and New Hampshire, GOP candidates are competing in the Sheldon Adelson primary, and some will travel to his posh Venetian hotel in Las Vegas this in hopes of winning it. But one candidate — Marco Rubio — has emerged as the clear front-runner, according to nearly a half-dozen sources close to the multibillionaire casino mogul. In recent weeks, Adelson, who spent $100 million on the 2012 campaign and could easily match that figure in 2016, has told friends that he views the Florida senator, whose hawkish defense views and unwavering support for Israel align with his own, as...
  • Marco Rubio Rakes In Donor Money By Touting Immigration Record — Behind Closed Doors

    04/23/2015 6:13:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | April 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    Ever since a right-wing backlash blew up the bipartisan immigration bill that Sen. Marco Rubio helped champion in 2013, the ambitious Republican has struggled to find his political footing on the issue. For two years, he has hemmed and hawed; ducked and dodged; retracted, retreated from, and repeatedly revised his immigration rhetoric in a ploy to appease conservative activists without fully forsaking his position. These days, when the subject comes up in town hall meetings or TV interviews, the silver-tongued senator — now officially running for the GOP presidential nomination — is often reduced to reciting a few stilted talking...
  • Carly Fiorina to Launch Presidential Campaign on May 4

    04/22/2015 5:27:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    Carly Fiorina plans to launch her presidential campaign on May 4, in an online announcement that dispenses with the pageantry that has become de rigueur in 2016 White House runs.
  • On the hunt for the presidency, Jeb Bush adopts a 'caveman' diet

    04/22/2015 10:03:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 22, 2015 | Steve Holland
    Jeb Bush is eating like a caveman, and he has literally shrunk in size. The former Florida governor, expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, is on the popular Paleo diet, which is based on what are believed to be the eating habits of the Paleolithic hunters and gatherers. For Paleo practitioners, lean meat and fruits and vegetables are in and processed foods, dairy products and sugary delights are out.
  • GUTIÉRREZ: ‘PRESIDENT’ JEB BUSH OUR BEST GOP CHANCE TO PASS IMMIGRATION

    04/21/2015 1:57:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week at the The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, long-time immigration activist Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said the potential Republican president he could work best with to pass comprehensive immigration reform is Jeb Bush. Gutiérrez said, “We would have to stay with the Bush family,” explaining George W. Bush tried twice to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Bush plans to delegate his presidential campaign to a super PAC that can raise unlimited cash

    04/21/2015 11:08:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | April 21, 2015 | Staff
    Jeb Bush is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash. The concept, in development for months as the former Florida governor has raised tens of millions of dollars for his Right to Rise super PAC, would endow that organization not just with advertising on Bush's behalf, but with many of the duties typically conducted by a campaign. Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that for the first time a...
  • RUBIO TEAM: LEGISLATIVE AMNESTY FOR DACA RECIPIENTS BEFORE BORDER SECURED

    04/21/2015 10:18:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    The chief spokesman for the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in an on-record interview with Breitbart News that the senator, if elected president, would not require a secured border before he gives legislative and permanent amnesty to recipients of President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “No,” Alex Conant said when asked if the border would need to be secured before a President Rubio’s legislative amnesty for recipients of Obama’s 2012 DACA would replace that executive amnesty.
  • Scooby hits the road at 92 MPH! Secret Service zooms Hillary to dinner through driving rain [tr]

    04/21/2015 6:03:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Martosko
    Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton's security detail led a handful of journalists on two lengthy high-speed chases to homes of influential Democrats on Monday. Her lone official appearance on her first day in New Hampshire was a carefully stage-managed small-business roundtable in Keene. But a lunchtime visit to a main-street bakery and two more appointments later in the day were off-the-books and under the public's radar. If police radar had been engaged, however, it would have clocked Hillary's signature black conversion van - 'Scooby', for the uninitiated – hitting 92 mph in a driving rainstorm on Interstate 89, where the...
  • Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

    04/21/2015 5:45:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable. In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.
  • Why is the 2016 Democratic field so old?

    04/17/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/17/2015 | Byron York
    Why are the Democrats running for president so old? Blame the Clintons. There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president. Three — Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders, and Jim Webb — will be over 70 years old on Inauguration Day 2017. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be nine months short of 70. Only Martin O'Malley, who will turn 54 a couple of days before the 2017 swearing-in, has not reached retirement age already. In 2008, Democrats had a 47 year-old candidate who mesmerized the party and ran away with the votes of Americans aged 18...
  • Reporter: Hillary’s Van Drove Past Elderly People in Wheelchairs Waiting to Talk to Her

    04/17/2015 10:33:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Daniel Bassali
    Hillary Clinton wants to meet “everyday Americans” so badly, she drove right past many waiting in front of her event in Iowa. In the now-viral clip of reporters chasing after Clinton’s “Scooby” van, the Clinton camp drove to the back entrance, surprising both reporters and many of her supporters waiting to get a glimpse of the candidate. “I think what you don’t see in that clip, which is one of the most surprising things is there were actually a ton of people waiting for her at the front of that college,” said Financial Times reporter Megan Murphy. “There were elderly...
  • Huckabee Announcing POTUS Decision Tonight [My Title]

    04/17/2015 8:43:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | April 17, 2015 | J. Hogan Gidley
    .@GovMikeHuckabee to reporters in DC: "If you watch @SpecialReport with @BretBaier tonight I'll make an announcement about my 2016 decision"
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street backers: We get it

    04/16/2015 5:31:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2015 | Gabriel Debenedetti, Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben White Read
    Hillary Clinton sounded like a woman on a mission after her long drive into the heartland: “There’s something wrong,” she told Iowans on Tuesday, when “hedge fund managers pay lower taxes than nurses or the truckers I saw on I-80 when I was driving here over the last two days.” But back in Manhattan, the hedge fund managers who’ve long been part of her political and fundraising networks aren’t sweating the putdown and aren’t worrying about their take-home pay just yet.
  • ‘Vroom! Vroom!’ Hillary Clinton’s I-80 observation is semi-hilarious

    04/15/2015 1:30:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 15, 2015 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton is making campaign appearances in Iowa under extremely controlled conditions, and during one event she spoke of commerce:
  • Hillary Clinton-Julian Castro 2016: an already inevitable Democratic ticket?

    04/15/2015 7:13:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 14, 2015 | Linda Feldmann
    All the talk about GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s prospects as a presidential candidate raises an inevitable question for Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton: If she’s the nominee, will she choose a Latino as her running mate?
  • First photos of Hillary’s van show it’s more limo than ‘Mystery Machine’

    04/14/2015 10:14:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 65 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 14, 2015 | Staff
    Another lie from Hillary Clinton? This first photos of her road trip van have been posted and it looks nothing like the “Mystery Machine” in the Scooby Doo cartoon:
  • The Hillary coalition: Why white women will play kingmaker in 2016

    04/14/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | April 13, 2015 | Marc Ambinder
    Hillary Clinton is in it to ... assure you that she'll work hard to deserve your vote, especially if you're an everyday American. "Everyday American" is a short phrase that encapsulates the grand strategy of her campaign, a subtle way of throwing shade on the non-everyday Americans — the people that Elizabeth Warren decries, the 1 percent, the Wall Street bankers, and, generally, opponents of progress. Whether Clinton's campaign will be revolutionary or regular is a question that'll take at least a year or more to answer. Judging by the way the media dissected her campaign video, political reporters will...
  • Rubio: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know)Presidential Candidate

    04/13/2015 8:26:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-13-15 | ERIN DOOLEY
    "Meet Marco Rubio: Everything You Need to Know (And Probably Didn’t Know) About the Prospective 2016 Presidential Candidate"
  • REPORT: TEAM HILLARY AIMING TO RAISE $2.5 BILLION

    04/13/2015 6:13:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 12, 2015 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton supporters are reportedly aiming to raise $2.5 billion for her 2016 presidential bid. According to a New York Times report, Clinton’s campaign will likely “cost more than any presidential bid waged before,” with her supporters “looking to raise as much as $2.5 billion in a blitz of donations from Democrats who overwhelmingly support her candidacy.”
  • Chelsea’s Invisible Hand

    04/13/2015 5:48:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    As her mother prepared to launch her second campaign for the presidency, Chelsea Clinton’s staff was compiling an email chronicling the former first daughter’s growing public profile and influence within the family’s sprawling global philanthropy. Sent last month to family insiders from an address in her private domain—@chelseaoffice.com—the email, which was the latest in a series of quarterly Chelsea updates, included links to more than a dozen articles and video clips detailing the charitable efforts of “Chelsea and her family” and “Chelsea and her mom.” It never mentioned her parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, by name. One article compared Chelsea...
  • Hillary to Launch Campaign This Weekend With ‘Insane’ Fundraising Push

    04/10/2015 9:04:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 10, 2015 | David Freedlander
    After the announcement comes the deluge. Hillary Clinton will announce her presidential campaign this Sunday, sources in the Clinton operation tell The Daily Beast. After that, the nascent campaign will embark on a fundraising push that the Clinton camp says will dwarf anything seen in the history of presidential politics. “They are going to raise in one week what some Republican presidential candidates are going to raise the entire cycle,” said one Clinton aide.
  • Paul Blooms As Clinton Wilts In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State [tr]

    04/09/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Quinnipiac University ^ | April 9, 2015 | Staff
    --- COLORADO: Paul 44 - Clinton 41 IOWA: Paul 43 - Clinton 42 VIRGINIA: Clinton 47 - Paul 43 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead is wilting against leading Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, and she finds herself in a close race with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in each state, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie her in Iowa.
  • Girl Traces US Presidents' Family Tree, All Related But One

    04/02/2011 5:17:39 PM PDT · by Germanicus Cretorian · 96 replies · 1+ views
    digtriad.com ^ | Aug 2 2010 | Carrie Hodgin
    Paso Robles, CA -- Their political party lines maybe different but one thing United States presidents could share is their family line. A young girl in California has put together a Presidential Family Tree. Twelve-year-old BridgeAnne d'Avignon found that all the presidents but one are related to King John of England through a common ancestor. "They are all cousins and all grandsons of John Lackland," BridgeAnne told KCOY News. The girl searched more than a half million names for months. She started with George Washington, then traced both the male and female family lines to make the connection. KCOY reports...
  • The First President Of the United States Was A Black Man (John Hanson)

    01/22/2007 2:38:46 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 70 replies · 114,327+ views
    The TMB ^ | January 2007 | Thaddeus Matthews
    Let me start black history month a few weeks early. Barack Obama has plans of running for President of the United States, But will he be the first Black President or the 8th Black President? I know this posting will stir controversty but George Washington was not the first President of the U.S. Let's take a look at history. A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.??? George Washington was really the 8th President of the United States! George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact,...
  • Presidents of the United States (POTUS)

    04/04/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    ipl2 ^ | April 04, 2015 | unatt
    On this day, in POTUS history, In 1841, William H. Harrison died.
  • Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law (Surprised...NOT)

    04/02/2015 6:31:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Maggie Haberman and Vindu Goel
    Jeb Bush appeared to modify his public comments about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law on Wednesday in a closed-door Silicon Valley fund-raiser, telling a small group of potential supporters that a “consensus-oriented” approach would have been better at the outset. Mr. Bush’s comments were strikingly different in tone and in scope from what he said on Monday night in an interview with the conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. In that interview he praised Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana for doing the “right thing” and said that the new law was similar to one in Florida and to a law signed by...
  • JEB: I’M ‘NERVOUS’ ABOUT NSA CRITICISM, OBAMA SHOULD DEFEND NSA

    03/31/2015 7:59:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stated that he is “nervous” about criticism of the NSA and that he wished the president would do a better job defending government surveillance systems on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Bush said that lone wolf terrorism “is a serious threat in a world where we’re so connected with the rest of the world. We have people moving in and people moving out. People get their information now, not everybody gets to listen to your show to get all their information. People get their information in different ways. They get disaffected, disillusioned, preyed upon, and so...
  • Martin O'Malley races off the reservation in opposing Hillary nomination

    03/30/2015 7:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/29/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Martin O’Malley may have been such a lousy Governor of Maryland that his chosen heir was defeated by a Republican (in a deep blue state), but he is turning out to be good for something. Hell may have no fury like Hillary scorned, but as Elizabeth Warren demurely bides her time despite many calls for her to run, O’Malley leaps into the breach. Nick Carasaniti reports in the New York Times: Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White...
  • Rubio eyes April 13 as campaign launch date: report

    03/28/2015 6:16:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have chosen April 13 as the date to launch a presidential bid. The Miami Herald is reporting Rubio may be planning to announce his candidacy at an event in downtown Miami’s Freedom Tower on that date.
  • Handicapping the 2016 Field: For the Top Tier to the Hopeless, Krauthhammer looks at the GOP

    03/27/2015 6:49:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her. On to the GOP. First Tier: 1. Marco Rubio. Trails badly in current polls, ranking seventh at 5 percent, but high upside potential. Assets: Foreign policy looms uncharacteristically large in the current cycle, and Rubio...
  • Unhappy With a Moderate Jeb Bush, Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative

    03/26/2015 12:54:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.
  • Scott Walker Shifts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner (Back to Pro-Amnesty)

    03/26/2015 12:10:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.
  • Lindsey Graham Should Run for President (Thumbs Up from Slate)

    03/25/2015 11:13:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    With the American electorate shifting solidly in favor of climate action over the last few years, Republican presidential candidates have a tough decision to make: Keep chasing donations from the fossil fuel industry, or follow where the science leads and form an authentically conservative plan for addressing the increasingly pressing problem of global warming. Unfortunately for the planet, it’s not looking pretty. Here’s what the leading 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls have to say about climate change:
  • Jeb Bush Returns to the Washington Fund-Raising Well

    03/25/2015 8:31:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington,” Jeb Bush told conservatives last month when he was asked about a funding dispute in Congress. Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, has sounded that theme regularly in his fledgling presidential campaign. But even as he positions himself as a Washington outsider, he seems to have mastered a skill that is crucial in this city: tapping into the money-raising clout of the K Street lobbyists, political operatives, superlawyers and business leaders in Washington’s permanent class.
  • 'You can’t govern the country based on being angry’ (McCain Mini-Me 2016)

    03/25/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz vows to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and Common Core if he becomes president. He would “abolish” the IRS, flatten the Tax Code so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard, and “finally, finally, finally” secure the border. To which Lindsey Graham says: not going to happen.
  • Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%

    03/24/2015 12:18:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 222 replies
    Computerworld ^ | March 23, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz, who announced his presidential bid this morning, once proposed an immediate increase in the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 325,000. Cruz offered the H-1B increase as an amendment in 2013 to the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill.
  • The Fair and Relevant Question: After 8 Years of Obama, Why Should GOP Nominate a One-Term Senator?

    03/23/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/23/2015 | Erick Erickson
    With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beginning his run for the Presidency today, I should make public the question I've suggested to reporters in private. Senator Cruz is for certain going to be joined by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will announce in a few weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who I think is underrated in his bid for the Presidency even though Jeb Bush is intent on locking up Florida, will also most likely declare his candidacy. All three of these men would make excellent Presidents. I know them personally. I backed them when they were at single digits in...
  • How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed — and disappoint

    03/20/2015 11:39:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kevin Sullivan and Rosalind S. Helderman
    Deep in the Haitian countryside, peanut farmer Wismith Moricette epitomizes the success of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charitable work: Through an innovative program backed by the Clintons, the 23-year-old has doubled the yield from his one-acre plot. Along with all those peanuts, Moricette said, have come visions of a brighter future for his wife and young son. Fifty miles away on Haiti’s Caribbean coast, Anelle Germinal exemplifies another reality of the Clintons’ work here: disappointment. The 33-year-old mother of four has been standing in the baking sun every day for months waiting for work in the struggling Caracol Industrial...
  • NH (D) FOCUS GROUP: WOULDN’T MIND JEB AS ‘CONSOLATION PRIZE’ BECAUSE ‘HE’S MODERATE’ ON AMNESTY [ed]

    03/20/2015 9:41:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2015 | Staff
    Democrats in a New Hampshire focus group want a third-party arbiter to examine Hillary Clinton’s private emails and would not mind Jeb Bush as a “consolation prize” because of his moderate views on amnesty and Common Core, which may explain why not one Republican in the focus group said they would vote for Bush in the first-in-the-nation primary if it were held today. According to Bloomberg News, Democrats in the focus group reportedly “contradicted claims by Clinton’s team that voters aren’t worrying about her e-mails,”–they reportedly said how Clinton handled the email scandal “disappointed them and made her more vulnerable...
  • Can Jeb Bush fire up the base like he’s fired up the establishment?

    03/20/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Washington Post
    Jeb Bush’s nascent presidential campaign has already won over many of the big-dollar donors and GOP elites. What he needs to prove now is that he can win over the crowds. Until visits to South Carolina and other early states this month, the former Florida governor hadn’t been on the campaign trail for himself in 13 years. He hadn’t sold himself to the deeply conservative, tea party-inspired crowds that have emerged as a driving Republican force in the Obama era. He’d never snapped so many “selfies” with admirers.
  • Clinton Isn’t Going Anywhere…Yet [Clintonistas may really want to run against is Bush] [ed]

    03/19/2015 12:22:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball ^ | March 19, 2015 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Hillary Clinton went before cameras and reporters at the United Nations last week to address the ongoing controversy over her use of a private email system during her time as secretary of state. She was terse, combative, and essentially told the American people to “trust her” when she says that she didn’t do anything wrong and isn’t hiding anything. Clinton’s visceral dislike of the media was obvious and can be summed up by three words (“Go to Hell”), which was how Politico’s John Harris put it after Clinton’s presser.
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton still tops in 2016

    03/18/2015 11:14:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2015 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Hillary Clinton continues to be a dominant force heading into the 2016 presidential election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The former secretary of state maintains a broad lead over the field of potential Democratic challengers she could face in a nomination contest and sizable advantages over the leading contenders from the Republican side in general election match-ups. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tops the possible field for the Republican Party's nomination race, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson all in a tight cluste
  • Barbara Bush Starts Fundraising for Jeb: ‘Pushing Him to Run’

    03/18/2015 8:44:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Jeb Bush’s campaign addressed the problem of his mother saying the country doesn’t need another Bush presidency head-on, in a fundraising email signed by Barbara Bush herself. “When the idea of Jeb running for President first came up, I was hesitant,” Mrs. Bush writes. “You may have heard about that. When you see the pounding candidates, their spouses, and even their children take, what mother wouldn’t be? But our problems are so profound that America needs a leader who can renew the promise of this great nation.”
  • Brent Budowsky: Why Hillary can win big [Hurl]

    03/18/2015 8:17:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2015 | Brent Budowsky
    The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy. The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton. The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis, whose favorable rating was a towering 78 percent in a recent Pew poll. These three data points reveal the qualities most Americans want in their next president. Along with demographic and electoral state advantages Democrats posses in presidential elections, they explain why Hillary Clinton will enter the 2016 campaign in a powerful position — and with the possibility of winning a mandate victory that would dramatically change the...
  • It looks like there's another Democratic presidential candidate

    03/18/2015 7:23:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVE via Washington Post
    At a moment when everybody in Washington is talking about e-mails, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (D) wants to talk about Wall Street reform. Indeed, while Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail address at the State Department has created a media frenzy and overshadowed other issues, the past week brought additional news in the Democratic primary: O'Malley is almost certainly running for president. And he's determined to make his voice heard despite some pundits dismissing his ability to mount a "credible" challenge to Clinton for the party's nomination. The swirl of controversy surrounding Clinton has not only called her...
  • Donald Trump drops 'Apprentice,' will launch presidential exploratory committee

    03/18/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 03/18/2015 | DAN TUOHY
    Donald Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the eve of the business mogul’s return to New Hampshire. A senior adviser tells the New Hampshire Union Leader that Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC for the reality television “Apprentice” series. Combined with staff hires, Trump’s announcement that he will form an exploratory committee for the first time is a sign the billionaire is seriously considering running for the Republican nomination. Trump’s statement on forming the exploratory committee hints at the razzle-dazzle to come for a turbo-charged personality known for skewering the political establishment. He refers to...
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    03/17/2015 7:40:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ben White
    Jeb Bush has a big expectations problem when it comes to fundraising for his Right to Rise super PAC. All across Wall Street and the rest of the nation, donors who attended high-dollar Bush events are whispering that the former Florida governor could raise as much as $100 million in the first quarter of the year — and maybe $500 million by June, if not significantly more. Either feat would smash records and send shock waves through the rest of the GOP presidential field.
  • Bobby Jindal's tax problem

    03/17/2015 7:37:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | March 17, 2015 | Rachel Bade
    Some Louisiana Republicans have a question for Gov. Bobby Jindal: Who runs the state’s tax policy — the governor or Grover Norquist? Jindal, who is exploring a 2016 presidential run, is fighting with his own party over how to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole. But like many GOP-ers, he is eager to preserve his anti-tax bona fides. Story Continued Below Enter Norquist, the activist who specializes in deciding which revenue hikes should count as tax increases, and which might be labeled with such euphemisms as hiking fees, closing loopholes — or in this case, “cutting spending.”