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  • Ernst campaign requests recount procedures of several counties

    10/23/2014 3:49:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 10/22/2014 | Erin Jordan and Chris Earl
    IOWA CITY — Two weeks before Iowa’s high-profile U.S. Senate election, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s campaign may be planning for a recount. Ernst’s campaign filed open records requests this week with at least five Iowa counties, seeking materials that include training manuals, satellite voting locations, names of precinct ballot counters, recount procedures and any communications sent to her competitor, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. “I think they’re gearing up for a recount,” said Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert, who received the letter from Ernst’s senior adviser Derek Flowers Tuesday. Recent polls show Ernst, a Red Oak Republican, and Braley, a Waterloo...
  • Dr Rand Paul Should Be Held Accountable for Whipping Up Frenzy About "Incredibly Contagious" Ebola

    10/21/2014 8:45:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 38 replies
    New Republic ^ | 10-20-2014 | Brian Beutler
    hether you enjoyed your weekend or sheltered in place wearing personal protective equipment, you may have missed the news that officials are preparing to clear four dozen people who had direct or indirect contact with Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan after he’d begun shedding the virus, but before he was finally admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The 21 days since doctors belatedly diagnosed Duncan marks the end of Ebola’s incubation period, and none of these contacts—including family members who’d been caring for him in very close quarters after he’d become gravely ill—has developed any symptoms of the disease....
  • Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

    10/20/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Corn
    Bilderbergers, the Iraq invasion, Alex Jones—the GOP senator has routinely flirted with America's paranoid fringe.This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" and was a "preternaturally confident speaker." Washington Post political prognosticator Chris Cillizza pronounced Paul the "most interesting voice in the GOP right now," and Politico gave him the No. 1 spot on its list of the 50 "most...
  • Romney Leads Scattered 2016 GOP Field

    10/19/2014 12:40:55 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 91 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Ryan Struyk
    That would be Mitt Romney, supported for the GOP nomination by 21 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That’s double the support of his closest potential rival, but it also leaves 79 percent who prefer one of 13 other possible candidates tested, or none of them. When Romney is excluded from the race, his supporters scatter, adding no clarity to the GOP free-for-all. In that scenario former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have 12 or 13 percent support from leaned Republicans who are registered to vote. All others have support in...
  • 'Not Sure' When He Became a Doctor: Young CBS Producer Deletes Tweet Mocking Rand Paul

    10/19/2014 7:07:39 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 27 replies
    Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.)
  • Rand Paul: Republicans Can’t Win without Black Vote

    10/18/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Rand Paul won his Senate seat without winning any notable amount of the black vote. In a match up with Hillary Clinton, he’s currently set to take 15% of the black vote. That’s much better than Mitt Romney, but he’s up against Hillary Clinton. Not Barack Obama. And his MSNBC comments about letting businesses discriminate against black people haven’t been in autoplay for eight months, which they would be if he ever won the primaries. After that, he would be lucky to get 1 percent no matter how many trips he makes to Ferguson.So his constant chatter about winning minority...
  • 'Not Sure' When He Became a Doctor: CBS Producer Deletes Tweet Mocking Rand Paul's Medical Opinion

    10/17/2014 3:04:22 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | | October 17, 2014 | By NB Staff
    Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.) Via Nick Dyer:
  • Huffington Post Attacks Rand Paul On Ebola, Other Lib Journos Join In, Gets It Horribly Wrong

    10/17/2014 8:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 17, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Huffington Post ran an Associated Press story attacking Sen. Rand Paul under the headline, “Rand Paul Contradicts Experts, Says Ebola Is ‘Incredibly’ Contagious.” The story starts: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a group of college students Wednesday the deadly virus Ebola can spread from a person who has the disease to someone standing three feet away and said the White House should be honest about that. His comments directly conflict with statements from world health authorities who have dealt with Ebola outbreaks since 1976. (Emphasis added.) This, unfortunately for HuffPo and the AP, is not true....
  • Rand Paul to Michelle Obama: Look at me — I’m at Dunkin’ Donuts

    10/17/2014 8:14:06 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Sen. Rand Paul took a playful jab at Michelle Obama and her healthy eating initiatives that condemn all types of junk food, tweeting to her handle to let her know the location of his first New Hampshire stop — Dunkin’ Donuts. He wrote, to his nearly half a million followers: “Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: @MichelleObama,” The Hill reported. He didn’t specify his menu choices — but the jab was obviously at Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” anti-obesity campaign. The first lady has fielded considerable fire from schools, parents and hungry students who say her cafeteria...
  • Meghan McCain: My dad hates Rand Paul

    10/15/2014 11:19:52 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 125 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Judy Kurtz
    Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) daughter said on Wednesday that her father and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) "hate each other." Meghan McCain appeared on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show to promote her “TakePart Live” talk show on Pivot TV. When Stern asked the 29-year-old what her father thinks of the Tea Party favorite, she quickly replied, “They hate each other.” She repeated the sentiment before wondering aloud if it had previously been publicly disclosed. “In a fistfight, I’m pretty sure your dad can kick [Paul’s] ass,” Stern quipped to McCain. “Yeah,” the Vietnam War veteran’s daughter said, “My father’s 76 years...
  • George Pataki for President: “Right Wing Republicans with a Human Face”

    10/13/2014 4:09:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The London School of Economics and Political Science ^ | October 13, 2014 | Richard Brodsky
    If he’s serious, the Republicans of New Hampshire and elsewhere are in for an interesting time. George Pataki is heading north from New York, where he retired as an undefeated three-term Republican Governor in 2006. Do not underestimate him. There’s a sort of aw-shucks persona he puts out there. He’s smart. He’s not encumbered by previous entanglements with the nutty Republican infrastructure. He beat a Democratic liberal icon, Mario Cuomo. He is/is not conservative enough. The big money boys like him. I worked with him and against him for 12 years. He’s got genuine human qualities that are admirable. He’s...
  • Chuck Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender in the Culture Wars'?

    10/12/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    News Busters ^ | 10/12/2014 (2:44 PM EDT) | Jeffrey Meyer
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked "it is time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" After playing a pre-packaged segment on the evolution of social conservatism in the United States, the NBC host did his best to portray social conservatives as...
  • Ratchet Down the RINO Rhetoric (Syrup of ipecac not needed)

    10/12/2014 1:03:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 12, 2014 | Doris O'Brien
    The presidential election is two years distant, but that hasn’t stopped some in the GOP from already deciding who would make “acceptable” Republican candidates and who would not, based on their perceived degree of fidelity to conservative principles. The arbiters have all but hung a sign in the 2016 window of opportunity that reads, NO RINOS NEED APPLY. It seems almost unconscionable for this assessment to be ballyhooed even as we find ourselves in the midst of a crucial election to determine the leadership of the U.S. Senate, and the direction of America’s future. Certainly, this would seem to be...
  • Paul: Obama not doing enough to fight Ebola

    10/11/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 10, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday he remains deeply skeptical about President Obama’s ability to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., claiming that federal health officials are still underplaying the risks. Paul said while he doesn’t want the government to incite panic over Ebola, he doesn’t believe the administration has been entirely transparent about the threat. "I understand people in government not wanting to create panic, and I don't want to create panic, either. But I think it's also a mistake on the other side of the coin to underplay the risk of this,” Paul told CNN's Wolf Blitzer....
  • Rand Paul Visits Ferguson Ahead of Fresh Protests

    10/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 10, 2014 | Alex Rogers and Michael Scherer in Ferguson
    Paul is the first potential 2016 contender to visit the city.Sen. Rand Paul met with civil rights leaders Friday in Ferguson, Missouri, the city torn apart by racial unrest following the August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. During his visit, the Republican Senator, who is seen as a likely presidential candidate, stated his concerns about long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, the loss of voting rights for felons and military programs to give unused equipment to local police departments. “I wanted to find out what we could do to make the situation better,” Paul...
  • Pat Buchanan Oddly Thinks Israel is a Bigger Threat Than Iran

    02/22/2012 4:19:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Pat Buchanan, the columnist, author, and until recently MSNBC's token right-winger, garnered a lot of sympathy when he was fired from his job at the left-leaning news network apparently because of a book he wrote. Too bad, as reported in the Daily Caller, Buchanan had to ruin things by articulating how obnoxious his views really are. In essence, he suggested that Israel with its 300 estimated nuclear weapons was a bigger threat to the United States than is Iran with its nuclear program on Russian television. Buchanan went on about how his favorite Jewish conspiracy, which he called the "neocons,"...
  • Ted Cruz-Rand Paul competition could reshape Republican Party

    10/09/2014 8:52:46 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Conservative stars appeal to voters in radically different ways. The most attention-grabbing conservatives in the emerging 2016 Republican presidential nomination race are two freshmen U.S. senators who had never held elective office before. Though nearly equal in their fanfare, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are romancing Republican and independent voters in radically different ways. The outcome of their fierce competition could influence the direction of their party. Win or lose, both men have an opportunity to influence a new generation of conservatives in tactics, policy and coalition-building while readjusting the movement’s planks of fiscal restraint, free...
  • White House 2016 Poll: Republican Nomination

    10/04/2014 10:21:09 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 30 replies
    Polling Report ^ | October 4, 2014
    McClatchy-Marist Poll. Sept. 24-29, 2014. N=376 registered voters nationwide who are Republicans or lean Republican. Question: "If the 2016 Republican presidential primary or caucus in your state were held today, whom would you support if the candidates are [see below]?" Jeb Bush-15% Rand Paul-13% Paul Ryan-13% Chris Christie-12% Rick Perry-7% Marco Rubio-6% Ted Cruz-4% Bobby Jindal-4% Rick Santorum-3% Scott Walker-3% Unsure-21%
  • Politico Reporter David Nather Singles Out 'GOP 2016ers' for Stoking Ebola 'Panic'

    10/04/2014 8:51:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 4, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Politico’s David Nather cast the most mentioned Republican presidential contenders as un-presidential on Friday in a story headlined “GOP 2016ers on Ebola: Panic.” Only Rick Perry was the responsible one, he implied: For once, President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are on the same page. At separate briefings on the Ebola crisis, Obama administration officials and Perry have delivered the same message: Don’t panic — the health authorities know what they’re doing. But for other Republicans — and conservative media outlets — it’s time for panic. The likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates — except for Perry — are...
  • Extreme Conservatives in Search of Purity

    10/04/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Don't give America to the hard left liberal progressive commie bastard democrats because you can't find purity in the Republican Party A listener to my Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs program on KCAA AM1050, and regular reader of Political Pistachio, emails me often to challenge what he considers to be my oath to the Republican Party. I have no oath to the GOP. My oath is to God, and my political ideology is that of a Classical Centrist, which is someone that, without compromise, supports the original intent of the United States Constitution. I wish, I have told Nathan,...
  • Morning Plum: Rand Paul versus Ted Cruz on gay marriage?

    10/03/2014 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | October 3, 2014 | Greg Sargent
    One of the most dispiriting storylines of the Obama era has been that Republicans have largely stood on the sidelines while a major cultural transformation has taken place: The country’s shift on gay rights. Republicans have either put up nominal resistance, or had nothing at all to say, as one change after another has come in rapid succession and majorities have come around on gay marriage. And yet you’d think the GOP cannot forever put off a real intra-party debate over whether the party will evolve culturally along with the rest of the country. That’s why it’s potentially significant that...
  • Rand Paul: Imagine ship full of U.S. soldiers with Ebola

    10/03/2014 11:41:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    WND ^ | 2 Oct 14 | Bob Unruh
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a licensed physician and a possible presidential candidate in 2016, is warning that handling Ebola in a politically correct manner will rebound.In an interview with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, he said decisions such as keeping travel open from Africa and sending soldiers to fight Ebola “have been dominated by political correctness.” “Because of political correctness, we’re not making sound, rational, scientific decisions on this,” he said.Joinging the program by telephone from the campaign trail for Republicans, he started with a quip.“I can’t believe that you don’t think it’s enough of a plan to prevent...
  • Exclusive – Rand Paul: Obama 'Downplaying' Ebola Threat to America

    10/03/2014 12:42:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/3/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he fears the rapidly escalating Ebola crisis could become a “worldwide pandemic” and criticized President Obama for failing to forcefully confront it.“They’re downplaying and underplaying the risk of this,” Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News backstage at an event where he endorsed Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) for re-election. “They keep emphasizing that it’s so hard to transmit. Well if it’s so hard to transmit why are doctors getting it with masks, gloves, boots and hats—the whole works?” he asked.“Could we have a worldwide pandemic? The Spanish flu in 1918 killed 21 million people,...
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul Discusses Why He's Pro-Life at Rally with 400 North Carolina Pastors

    10/03/2014 7:50:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/2/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) rallied 400 North Carolina pastors Tuesday evening, explaining to them why he is pro-life—an issue that, given Paul’s libertarian leanings, could be a point of attack from other conservative candidates in his likely 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Rand Paul Attacked by Social Conservatives Over Plan B

    10/02/2014 7:16:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins broadsided the GOP frontrunner on Twitter for his insistence that the morning-after pill isn’t a form of abortion.Rand Paul’s opposition to abortion may not be enough to convince certain social conservatives that he warrants their support.Not even a week after the Kentucky senator and early frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination took to the stage at the Family Research Council-hosted Values Voter Summit, he has found himself at war with the group’s president over his contention that Plan B is birth control—not the abortion-inducing drug that some have made it out to be.While campaigning...
  • Who says Jeb can't survive the primaries? (Spew-worthy)

    10/02/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 2, 2014 | Matt Bai, national political columnist
    So I've been catching up on all the latest accumulation of Washington wisdom — or, at least, all the wisdom that I can accumulate in a Twitter feed — and now I totally get why no one other than Rand Paul or Ted Cruz or the reincarnated Pat Buchanan can possibly win the Republican nomination in 2016. (Actually, Pat's alive and well — it's just that he's on the McLaughlin Group. My bad.) You see, the party's base voters — the ones who turn out to vote in primaries and caucuses — are too completely off the rails to nominate...
  • Rand Paul: What If The 3K Troops Obama Sent To Africa All Catch Ebola?

    10/02/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 2, 2014 | Catherine Thompson
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday questioned President Obama's decision to dispatch 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus. "Where is disease most transmittable? When you're in very close confines on a ship," Paul said on Laura Ingraham's radio show. "We all know about cruises and how they get these diarrhea viruses that are transmitted very easily and the whole ship gets sick. Can you imagine if a whole ship full of our soldiers catch Ebola?" "It's a big mistake to downplay and act as if 'oh, this is not a big deal, we can...
  • Rand Paul backs use of abortion-inducing drug as ‘birth control’

    10/02/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/1/14 | Ben Johnson
    Rand Paul has said he had no objection to using the morning after pill as a form of “birth control.” The junior U.S. senator from Kentucky and likely 2016 presidential hopeful responded to a question on the topic yesterday at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. A woman asked, “If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be legal?" Paul replied, "I am not opposed to birth control, That's basically what Plan B is.” “Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not...
  • Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin (Here it comes)

    10/01/2014 4:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Texas senator stands for conservative principles. Unfortunately, that's all he does with them.Is Ted Cruz good for conservatives? Or is it the other way around? The answer matters a lot, because it's not impossible that this guy could be the next GOP presidential nominee. A close adviser to Texas' junior senator told National Journal that there is a 90 percent chance the Tea Party star will run for president in 2016. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it." Cruz denies that he has made plans past the midterms. But boy, he sure does look like a man preparing for a...
  • Rand Paul’s best days as a presidential hopeful might be behind him

    09/30/2014 1:52:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | September 30, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Rand Paul's best window for winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination increasingly looks like it has passed. A lot can happen over the next 18 months, but the renewed focus on foreign policy -- and more specifically, the Islamic State -- has reminded the Republican Party where its true views on international affairs lie. And it is decidedly not with non-interventionists like Paul (R-Ky.). A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research is the best we've seen to date bearing out this point. The poll asks Americans to identify themselves as either hawks or doves -- hawks being someone "who believes...
  • Rand Paul’s become acceptably hawkish for a prospective GOP nominee, says … John McCain

    09/29/2014 7:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 29, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I’m blown away. Not because McCain is saying he’d back Paul in 2016 as the nominee; of course he’s going to say that while he’s thinking of running again for Senate in Arizona. What blows me away is his reasons for saying so. The great fear among hawks is that, for all of Rand’s posturing lately about destroying ISIS and standing up to Russia, there’s little daylight on foreign policy between him and Ron Paul. No matter how hawkish Rand gets during the primaries, that’s the trump card that rivals like Rubio and Cruz can and will play on him:...
  • How Ted Cruz Is Defining Himself as the Counter to Rand Paul

    09/27/2014 5:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 26, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    At the Values Voter Summit, the Texan highlights his strong beliefs on conservative issues.In an already crowded field of likely contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz has found his way to stand out against potential primary opponent Rand Paul: championing the most fundamental planks of the conservative base. In a passionate speech Friday morning to conservatives at the Values Voter Summit, Cruz left no room for doubt about where he stands on the social issues that—albeit amid party conflict—still define the GOP. "How do we win? We defend the values that are American values," he boomed. "We...
  • Molsterman Report #7: Inside Baseball - GOP 2016

    09/27/2014 4:22:17 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-27-2014 | MOTUS
    NOTE: This is part of a continuing series of exclusive, clandestine, interviews with my mole known only as “Deep Quote” or “Molsterman,”  (who may or may not also be known as “Little Mo” to the MOTUS community) Molsterman is currently serving under deep cover at NSA. (Presented, as always, with apologies to the Ulsterman Report) Little Mo recently sat down with Molsterman (because MOTUS is away on a girlie weekend) to get his take on potential GOP candidates for President in 2016.Molsterman: Where’s your girlfriend?Little Mo: She’s not here.Molsterman: I asked you where she is.Little Mo: If you were...
  • A Study in Contrasts for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    09/26/2014 3:30:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Scherer
    Two potential presidential candidates come to a conservative Christian cattle call.Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, two Tea Party senators in the hunt for the White House, find themselves in a nearly identical position these days. Both sons of celebrated conservative leaders, they regularly speak at the same events, criticize the same Democratic President with a similar message of back-to-basics constitutionalism, and poll nationally at about 10% among Republicans in the way-too-early 2016 polls. But on Friday, as conservative Christians gathered in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, their differences were far more apparent than their similarities. Paul stood behind the...
  • Republicans rallying behind 'religious liberty'

    09/26/2014 6:12:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 1 hour ago | STEVE PEOPLES
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. The annual Values Voter Summit opens Friday in Washington with speeches from several potential presidential candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The speaking program features ambitious Republicans with positions on social issues across the spectrum — from the libertarian-leaning Paul, who favors less emphasis on abortion...
  • In defense of Ted Cruz's 'militaristic pessimism'

    09/24/2014 6:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | September 24, 2014 | By Matt K. Lewis
    No U.S. lawmaker has better learned the lessons of both the Obama and Bush failures. Reaganesque? America has been screwing up on the foreign policy front for a long time. George W. Bush's efforts to spread democracy were laudable — but quixotic and ill-fated. And Barack Obama's "leading from behind" and"don't do stupid stuff" strategies, which supposedly learned all the right lessons from Bush-era misadventures? These also did not work. So as we head toward a critical presidential election in 2016, what should we be looking for when it comes to foreign policy? The answer is Ted Cruz. Don't laugh...
  • GOP’s looming ’16 civil war: How Jeb Bush’s new moves will divide the party

    09/23/2014 4:34:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | September 23, 2014 | Luke Brinker, deputy politics editor
    Former Florida governor's likely candidacy reveals how desperate GOP establishment has become to avoid Rand Paul. A dozen years after he ran his last political campaign, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid – a campaign that would open up a new front in the Republican Party’s ongoing civil war. Mike Allen reports in today’s Politico Playbook that according to Bush’s friends, he’s “leaning more yes than no” on launching a run. He’s campaigning for Republican candidates in Senate battlegrounds like North Carolina and Kansas, and Allen reports, “has headlined several fundraisers where the...
  • CALIFORNIA GOP CONVENTION: A DIVIDED PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS SURVIVAL

    09/21/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...
  • Coptic churches burn in Egypt

    08/14/2013 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 14, 2013
    Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attend a protest in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, 12 August 2013. EPA/KHALED ELFIQIChurches burned across Egypt following the security crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators. Online reports suggest up to 17 churches were burned across Egypt, along with other Christian-owned businesses and schools.    Coptic witnesses and religious leaders said the attacks were carried out by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in areas without police protection. In some areas, the attacks reportedly came amid ongoing fighting between security forces and supporters of the Muslim...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Rand Paul Pandering on Voter ID Laws Counterproductive

    09/19/2014 6:55:38 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 9 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Throughout his career, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) has built upon his reputation as an independent maverick who is willing to buck party leadership or dogma to advance his goals for America. For conservatives dubious of the feckless GOP beltway bunch, this has been a refreshing change and helped the Kentucky Senator establish himself as a true contender for the 2016 Presidential nomination. While this trait is without doubt a positive one, Rand Paul's criticism of Republican's efforts to establish voter ID laws in various states is the wrong issue to tackle and counterproductive to the overall goals of increasing genuine...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill  to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.  I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this.  It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

    09/18/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 17, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    The Florida senator is warning about the threat of big powers like Russia and the need for a bigger U.S. military. If that sounds a lot like Romney to you, you're paying attention. Senator Marco Rubio has a foreign policy vision that looks a lot like what Mitt Romney put forward in his 2012 presidential campaign. It wasn’t so long ago that Obama was ridiculing Romney for calling Russian America’s number one geopolitical foe and complaining that the Navy had fewer ships any time since World War I. “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature...
  • Sen. Rand Paul argues against U.S. arming Syrian rebels on Senate Floor (prepared remarks)

    09/18/2014 2:08:18 PM PDT · by Plummz · 28 replies
    Office of Senator Rand Paul ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to offer a unanimous consent request to separate the Syria rebel funding language from the Continuing Resolution. Senate Democrats objected to this request. Sen. Paul then delivered a foreign policy address outlining his opposition to arming the Syrian rebels. A video and copy of Sen. Paul's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below. SEN. PAUL DELIVERS FOREIGN POLICY ADDRESS REMARKS: If there is one theme that connects the dots in the Middle East, it is that chaos breeds terrorism. What much of the foreign policy elite fails to grasp...
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • McCain Gaffes Going After Rand Paul: ‘Has He Met With ISIS?’

    09/16/2014 11:24:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/14 | Jamie Weinstein
    John McCain’s slip of the tongue won’t help him quell Internet accusations that he once met and took pictures with members of the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
  • Huck: I’m Better than the Others

    09/15/2014 11:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Mike Huckabee (R., Ark.) implicitly made the case against Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), or Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) serving as president during a meeting with reporters about the prospect of his own candidacy. In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he’s unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. “If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor...
  • Where Does Rand Stand?

    09/14/2014 1:25:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1:40 PM, Sep 13, 2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    On the war against ISIS and droning American citizens, he's not entirely sure anymore. Manchester, N.H.Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail Friday afternoon, the Kentucky senator didn't rule out supporting the deployment of U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq."Senator Rubio this week said that combat troops on the ground--American combat troops--could be a possibility if the current strategy doesn't work," one reporter said after a campaign event featuring Paul and New Hampshire senatorial candidate Scott Brown. "Senator Paul, would you support...