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  • The Return of the Sweater Vest

    05/27/2015 8:42:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tony Campbell
    In 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum emerged from a crowded field of candidates from the Republican primary season to challenge Mitt Romney for the nomination. The field included a black man who was an early conservative favorite (Herman Cain) and luminaries Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, and even a Paul – Congressman Ron, not Senator Rand. After numerous implosions, both due to internal personality issues and Romney Super-PAC orchestrations, the field was narrowed to Romney and Santorum. Today, at 5 pm EST, Rick Santorum is due to announce his second run at the brass ring in western Pennsylvania. As the...
  • The 3 presidential candidates throwing a wrench in Mitch McConnell's plans

    05/27/2015 5:08:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 27, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    When Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky brought floor action on the Patriot Act to a standstill early last Saturday, he underscored the challenge that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has with his three ideological freshman senators seeking the presidency. The other two senators are Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and Marco Rubio (R) of Florida. As presidential aspirants, they have broken with GOP tradition and are not patiently “waiting their turn” for a shot at the Oval Office. According to longtime congressional observers, such lawmakers have no Senate tradition or deep love of the institution. Senator Paul’s campaign slogan,...
  • Gov. Jindal: Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander in Chief”

    05/27/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    It didn’t take long for a return salvo to be fired over Rand Paul’s contention this morning that Republican hawks “created” ISIS. Bobby Jindal blasted Paul as “unsuited to be Commander in Chief,” accusing him of “taking the “weakest Democratic position” while Americans are fighting ISIS. Jindal slammed Paul as a superficial, “cocktail party” thinker, and that the real origin of ISIS is the metastasizing cancer of radical Islam: “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” Jindal said in a statement. “We have men and women in the military who are in...
  • Rand Paul: ‘Hawks In My Party’ Are To Blame For ISIS [VIDEO]

    05/27/2015 12:11:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 27, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Republican Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that ISIS “exists and grew stronger” because of hawks in the Republican Party. (VIDEO: Megyn Kelly And Rand Paul Get In Heated Debate Over Patriot Act) HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: Lindsey Graham would say, ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, ‘Let’s not go into Syria.” What do you say to Lindsey? PAUL: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave articles indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by...
  • The Game Changer

    05/27/2015 11:50:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | May 27, 2015 | Robert Slayton, Professor of history, Chapman University
    The field of Republicans contending for their presidential nomination does not present grandeur.; in truth, it's a pretty weak roster. Take a look at the top names: --Jeb Bush (actually John Ellis, btw): lots of money, lots of friends, fading fast. His death knell was the inability to answer the most obvious question a three year old could have predicted. And conservatives now think poorly of his brother for spending too much (doughnut hole anyone?), and for the Iraq nation building fiasco. The dream of another Bush presidency is over. --Scott Walker: the last guy who claimed that running a...
  • Rand Paul: Jeb Bush going to have ‘trouble’ with Republicans

    05/27/2015 8:04:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/15 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Jeb Bush, who is seen as an early front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is going to have problems securing the backing of his party. "I think he's going to have trouble," Paul, himself a Republican presidential candidate, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." When asked if Bush is conservative enough to be the Republican nominee, Paul said, "I doubt it."
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    05/26/2015 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 67 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes now seem to be headed south. The libertarian senator from Kentucky’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally…I’m a Republican who wants clean air, clean water, and the life-extending miracle of electricity. I compost.”
  • Ann Coulter: GOP hopefuls are “bozos” and “morons” (Also, she really loves black comedians!)

    05/26/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Salon ^ | May 26, 2015 | Staff
    Here’s how you profile Ann Coulter by the numbers. Job well done, Daily Beast! Lloyd Grove’s new piece has it all — multiple Ted Kennedy cracks, a sexy description of what she’s wearing, provocative but not too serious conversation about immigration, and finally an Adolf Hitler kicker. Here are the highlights! Ann Coulter arrives. The Daily Beast swoons: “She wears tight, seemingly painted-on jeans, a hint of midriff showing beneath her blouse; at 53, she still rocks that “Vixen of the Right” thing that once prompted Playboy to ask her to take it all off. In a rare display of...
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund 'Several' GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    05/24/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 24, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-24/koch-brothers-plan-to-fund-several-gop-2016-presidential-hopefuls?cmpid=yhoo
  • Op-Ed: Ted Cruz is part of a dying breed of social conservatives

    05/24/2015 3:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Allen
    Many Americans are taking on more liberal views but Ted Cruz is sticking with his social conservatism. But will his grassroots bible belt base be enough to get him elected in 2016? The 2016 presidential primary season is shaping up to be very interesting. And although some Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already announced their candidacies, all eyes have undoubtedly been on the GOP field, which seems to be growing every day. The GOP has been struggling in recent years, with Americans becoming increasingly more liberal, especially when it comes to social issues like the war...
  • Fox News Turns On Mike Huckabee And Tries To Kill His Presidential Campaign

    05/24/2015 2:27:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Fox News has decided that Mike Huckabee should not be the Republican nominee, so Chris Wallace went on the attack against Huckabee’s flat tax plan on Fox News Sunday. Video: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS WALLACE: You want to abolish the income tax. You want to abolish the IRS and create a fair tax, which as you say is a national sales tax, but critics say the problem with that is that it’s too regressive. The Tax Policy Center said this, that “the average rate for the lowest income group would exceed 33% while the average rate for the top group would fall to...
  • Rand Paul Using Holiday Break to Stir Opposition to Patriot Act Provisions

    05/24/2015 1:56:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/24/15 | Janet Hook
    With key provisions of the Patriot Act in limbo, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky hopes to use the weeklong congressional break to stir grassroots opposition to government collection of Americans’ phone data—and to continue ginning up support for his Republican presidential bid. The Senate will return from its Memorial Day recess May 31, a day earlier than planned after Mr. Paul on Saturday blocked renewal of the antiterror law’s provisions that expire June 1. One House Democrat supporting the program called the outcome a “catastrophe.” -snip- Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina support an extension...
  • Keith Ellison: 'Proud to Stand' with Rand Paul

    05/24/2015 8:59:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got. On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues, including opposition to the Patriot Act, he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul. Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on benignly as Ellison praises Paul. You can imagine he was thinking that every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed...
  • Feud between John McCain and Rand Paul worsens after NSA reform fiasco

    05/24/2015 5:22:49 AM PDT · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 May 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    The feud between John McCain and Rand Paul worsened on Saturday morning after the presidential candidate successfully held up a temporary extension of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act. McCain, a leading GOP hawk and Paul, the leader of his party’s libertarian wing, have never exactly seen eye to eye. But the relationship became even more toxic after Paul successfully blocked the Senate from extending NSA surveillance programs for even one additional day.
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 93 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • Rand Paul holding up surveillance bill, Senate Republicans divided

    05/22/2015 9:01:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Rand is still standing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, isn’t showing any sign he’ll relent and allow speedier votes in the Senate on controversial government surveillance programs, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a rare Friday session with a packed to-do list. Paul said Friday that he hasn’t yet agreed to accelerate procedural votes — currently set for Saturday — on dueling proposals to renew expiring provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He had signaled that he might relent if he secured votes on privacy amendments, but shortly before 10 p.m. he said...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

    05/21/2015 8:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. “URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this...
  • Sen. Paul Calls for "Open Rebellion" Against NSA Spy Program

    05/21/2015 12:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jack Kenny
    With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that allow the National Security Agency to collect billions of telephone records and and electronic messages every day. "We should be in open rebellion, saying, 'enough is enough, we're not going to take it anymore,'" Paul said of the NSA’s “metadata” program. Calling for “a thorough and complete debate,” the first-term senator asked: "Do we want to live in a world where the government knows everything about us?...
  • Watch: Cruz Praises Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Protest (Article and video at site)

    05/20/2015 9:40:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)praised fellow presidential candidate and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speech against the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday. Cruz began, “I would note he [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% ] and I agree on a great many issues, although we don’t agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the Senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to.” And praised the prior work of Rand and his father, former Congressman Ron...
  • Peter King: Paul Filibuster 'Putting Our National Security at Risk'

    05/20/2015 9:46:56 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 20 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Rep. Peter King slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for speaking for hours Wednesday on the Senate floor against renewing the Patriot Act and the NSA's metadata programs the law authorizes, charging to Newsmax that he is "doing a disservice to the country and he's putting our national security at risk. "He's unnecessarily frightening the American people," the New York Republican, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in an exclusive interview. "He's making the [National Security Agency] out to be the enemy.
  • Filibuster NOW - Rand Paul

    05/20/2015 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 86 replies
    C-Span2 | today | Rand Paul
    Rand Paul is filibustering the Patriot Act right now, because it continues the unlimited NSA spying on all Americans.
  • Sen. Rand Paul's Patriot Act 'filibuster' that isn't

    05/20/2015 12:35:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/20/2015 | By ALEX BYERS
    Sen. Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to launch a “filibuster” of a bill to reauthorize a major government surveillance program. One problem: It’s not actually a filibuster. With key parts of the PATRIOT Act set to expire at the end of the month — and the Senate set to skip town at the end of the week — Paul took to the floor at about 1:15 p.m. to expound on his staunch opposition to government surveillance. The 2016 Republican candidate has made government surveillance a key tenet of his quest for the White House and threatened last week...
  • Rand Paul: I entered politics to tackle the national debt, not abortion

    05/20/2015 6:41:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 138 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/19/15 | Ben Johnson
    PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rand Paul wants to be president – but abortion is less of an issue for him than the national debt, the senator said yesterday.Paul had completed a campaign stop at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, where he attacked both Bill and Hillary Clinton with relish, when a local media personality asked him about abortion.“I will answer the question as honestly as I can,” he said. “I didn’t run for office because of this issue. It wasn’t what got me to leave my practice” to enter politics.Instead, it was the nation's ballooning debt that made...
  • Rand Paul: “I will filibuster the Patriot Act”

    05/19/2015 12:16:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/19/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, he’ll try to filibuster it, but it might be harder than it seems. Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on New Day that Senate rules complicate filibusters more than people know, but he intends to do what he can to block consideration of any extension of the Patriot Act, or even the reform package called the Freedom Act that passed the House on a wide bipartisan basis. That may leave his fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell in a very tight spot:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ALISYN CAMEROTA: Quickly I want to ask you about the vote to...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted “President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!” outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it,” Paul said. “I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”
  • Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick-It's easy: just shoot the moderator

    05/18/2015 6:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 18, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    The official Republican debate calendar is here, and I don’t mean to scare you, but you have less than three months before this whole thing goes to eleven. Or I should say at least eleven, because the Republican National Committee seems to be moving toward capping the early debates at 12 candidates. Even that is much higher than the number included in the scrums of 2012, and it has party leaders concerned that it might make for a big mess on TV. And they’re probably right – except for the bit about changing the channel. Who doesn’t love to watch...
  • Who should be excluded from the Republican debates?

    05/18/2015 5:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2015 | Newsmachete
    We all know that if the Republican debates include all the declared candidates that it's going to be a circus. Each candidate will only get to speak for a few minutes and we won't learn much. We'd learn more if the debates were limited to the candidates who had the greatest chance of getting the nomination. Here are the most realistic candidates--not the best candidates, but the ones who have at least a chance to win the nomination: Scott Walker: Current governor of Wisconsin, an inspirational speaker, riding high in several polls. Jeb Bush: Former governor of Florida, he's been...
  • Jeb Bush and Others Learned Nothing from Iraq (Tha Author shows his ignorance)

    05/17/2015 7:04:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Jeb Bush began a talk the other day by addressing the issue of his brother George, noted architect of the Iraq war, and he did not shrink from the challenge. "I can't deny the fact that I love my family," announced Jeb. So if you suspected that the Bush Thanksgivings in Kennebunkport resemble "August: Osage County" -- with lots of screaming, sobbing and clawing -- you probably feel pretty silly right now. On a more pertinent question -- whether the war was a wise idea -- the answer is not so clear. The former governor of Florida first said that,...
  • Ted Cruz, the only Republican arrogant enough to be president

    05/16/2015 10:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | May 16, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Ted Cruz is intellectually arrogant, like Ronald Reagan. The difference is that Reagan masked his arrogance with self-deprecating humor. Sen. Cruz does a Reagan impression that would do a nightclub comedian proud, but he doesn’t have Reagan’s easy and spontaneous humor. One doesn’t think of Reagan as arrogant, but he was in fact the most arrogant leader we have had since Lincoln. He ignored the whole of the foreign policy establishment in his conviction that America stood to win the Cold War and bring down Communism. Then as now, the foreign policy establishment resembled Jonathan Swift’s scientists on the floating...
  • Picking up the Republican pieces (Ironically, a "hit piece")

    05/15/2015 1:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Eddie Zipperer, professor and playwright
    Release dull, ultra-sanitized, uncontroversial autobiography that folks will own but never read. Check. Buy and memorize The Quotable Ronald Reagan. Check.Lose the beer gut. Camouflage the bald spot. Hire writers to concoct explanation for all that weed smoked in high school? Check. Check. Check.It is now safe to enter the Republican primary. But there is still one major problem left: the current state of the Republican party. Tea Partiers, evangelicals, establishment RINOs, Libertarians, neocon foreign policy hawks, and moderates. According to Dr. Stella Rouse, associate professor and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of...
  • We’re all populists now

    05/15/2015 12:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Professor David Greenberg, Rutgers University
    Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and issues booklets showing how well she stacks up, even against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as a booster for the embattled middle class; Sen. Marco Rubio invokes the American dream; Mike Huckabee and putative libertarian Sen. Rand Paul are against giving President Obama a free hand to negotiate the Pacific trade pact. Meanwhile, pundits and journalists prowl for populists everywhere: Sen. Ted Cruz is a “populist egghead.” Rubio showcases “populist themes” of up-by-the-bootstraps success. Huckabee is going...
  • A look at the GOP contenders

    05/15/2015 11:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wamara Mwine
    On April 17, New Hampshire hosted a Republican Leadership Summit, which drew GOP presidential hopefuls and over 500 Republican activists. The horse-and-buggy show highlighted and defined the 2016 Republican field. Covering all 19 prospective candidates was a stretch, but I will share my insights on a few here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: My Wisconsin skeet-shooter friend Margaret claims Walker is a "good man." Is that enough though to win the presidency? Billionaire election investor David Koch seems to think Walker will be the nominee. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) almost ruined the governor's reputation by saying, "I don't...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a real chance?

    05/15/2015 11:03:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. But the size of the crowd isn't terribly surprising; if anything I thought it might be even larger. The barriers to entry are low, and all a candidate needs to keep going, at...
  • Former UN Ambassador John Bolton won’t run for president

    05/14/2015 6:41:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Seattle Times / The Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow
    John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and one of the Republican Party’s most prominent national security hawks, has confirmed that he will not run for president. In a media conference call and separate video to supporters, Bolton said he would work through his political action committees and PACs to influence the 2016 elections by pushing candidates to promote aggressive foreign and military policies...
  • Rand and Ted on the Fourth

    05/14/2015 10:28:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    A decision last week about NSA spying by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals in New York City sent shock waves through the government. The court ruled that a section of the Patriot Act that is due to expire at the end of this month and on which the government has relied as a basis for its bulk acquisition of telephone data in the past 14 years does not authorize that acquisition. This may sound like legal mumbo jumbo, but it goes to the heart of the relationship between the people and their government in...
  • Zogby - The GOP Field: How They Stack Up So Far

    05/14/2015 4:36:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Zogby
    A number of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination have now formally declared or are poised to announce very soon. Here’s my assessment where each stands right now and how I see their strengths, weaknesses and prospects – at least at this moment. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – his family has a record of winning elections and he has won perhaps the most important swing state twice. He has name recognition, money, clear leadership capacity, and the demeanor to be President. He also will raise a staggering amount of money. Given the GOP tradition of ultimately nominating the...
  • Paul opposes granting Obama fast-track trade authority

    05/13/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by Plummz · 33 replies
    WMUR ^ | UPDATED 11:10 PM EDT May 11, 2015 | By John DiStaso
    (MANCHESTER, N.H. — ) Frustrated by being required to find his way to a private “dungeon” to read the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, Rand Paul said Monday he is a “no vote” on a provision to allow President Obama to complete the deal on a fast track. The Republican presidential candidate said in an interview in Manchester he will vote against granting Obama trade promotion authority, which limits Congress to only up or down votes on trade deals. A vote on “TPA” is expected as early as Tuesday on the Senate floor. The Kentucky senator spent part of the day...
  • Rand Paul's Son Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge

    05/13/2015 11:51:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    WKYT ^ | 5/13
    On Tuesday, the son of Kentucky Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to a DUI charge. Police cited William Paul for DUI and failure to maintain insurance after a crash last month. The judge ruled that William Paul will have a 45-day license suspension and is required to pay $718 in fines and court fees. His license will be reinstated after alcohol education classes and the 45-day suspension. The failure to maintain insurance charge was dropped. Police say last month, a witness saw Paul sitting alone in an SUV at the intersection...
  • No, really, how are these Republican debates going to work with so many people onstage?

    05/13/2015 11:16:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Tell me who I’m leaving out: Bush, Walker, Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Christie, Huckabee, Perry, Jindal, Santorum, Graham, Carson, Fiorina, Trump, maybe John Kasich, maybe even Rick Snyder. There’s also a chance Peter King and/or John Bolton will run, just to make life extra miserable for Rand. That would be … 18 candidates onstage in a forum that’s never accommodated more than 10. Huh. You could, of course, limit the debates to the 10 most popular and/or credible candidates in the field. Just tell me how you go about reliably discerning who those people are circa early August, five months before...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions – Leader of the Rising “Populist Conservatives”

    05/13/2015 6:19:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 48 replies
    CHQ ^ | 5/13/2015 | CHQ Staff
    Yesterday, led by Alabama’s principled limited constitutional conservative Senator Jeff Sessions, a small band of the Senate’s “populist conservative” Republicans joined with Democrats to, temporarily at least, derail the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority bill (TPA) now working its way through Congress. The TPA bill is backed by a strange alliance of Big Business, establishment Republicans and, wait for it – Barack Obama. Only one Democrat, Sen. Tom Carper, voted for the bill. The Wall Street Journal attacked conservatives opposing the bill as “No-Growth Republicans,” but the clear winner in the battle so far has been Senator Sessions, who has...
  • Harwood: Carson and Rand Too Sensitive To Questioning, Cruz Isn’t

    05/12/2015 8:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent and New York Times Political Writer John Harwood argued that GOP presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are too sensitive to tough questions, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is better at handling tough questions in an interview set to broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”Harwood discussed an interview he did with Carson during which Carson argued that Hewitt “was so gleeful about thinking that he had caught me on something,” during a questioning on the Baltic states and NATO on Hewitt’s show back in March. After hearing the exchange between Hewitt and...
  • American Conservative Union ratings: Ted Cruz edges Marco Rubio, Rand Paul

    05/12/2015 5:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Palm Beach Post's Post On Politics ^ | May 12, 2015 | George Bennett
    The American Conservative Union released its congressional scorecard for 2014 today, providing instant fodder for Republican primary contests — and some head-scratching for Florida Democrats. Of the three Republican senators running for president, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz retains conservative bragging rights with a 100 percent score for 2014 and 100 percent lifetime score. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul aren’t too far behind however. Both got 96 percent ratings for 2014 and have lifetime conservative scores of 98 percent....
  • Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Guessing the Political Goat of the G.O.P. Primary

    05/12/2015 12:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Vanity Fair | The June 2015 Issue | Michael Kinsley, contributing editor
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/05/ted-cruz-election-2016-political-goat
  • Exclusive–Rand Paul: Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy

    03/10/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT · by jpsb · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 9, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.
  • Tales of the strange: Rand Paul staffer licks political tracker's camera in New Hampshire

    05/11/2015 9:45:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/11/2015 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul seems to attract the bizarre on the campaign trail. In 2010, it was “Aqua Buddah” — an attack ad leveled by Jack Conway — but now it’s his own campaign offering a profusely strange encounter between a staffer and a tracker in New Hampshire, which ended with the staffer licking a camera. National outlets began reporting Monday that David Chesley, Paul’s political director in New Hampshire, licked the camera of a tracker belonging to American Bridge at an event Paul was speaking at Monday. American Bridge is a Democratic opposition research group that follows candidates waiting...
  • Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Top Caffeinated Thoughts Reader Straw Poll (Cruz leads in Iowa)

    05/11/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | May 11, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Caffeinated Thoughts completed a non-scientific poll of our readership from May 1-8, 2015. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) leads overall being first choice for just shy of 37% of those polled. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leads among Iowan readers with almost 29% saying he is their first choice. Our overall results (1st Choice): 1. U.S. Senator Rand Paul – 36.8% 2. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – 19.6% 3. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum – 11.2% 4. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry – 8.0% 5. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – 5.2% 6. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio – 4.0% 7. Former...
  • “Wouldn’t it be fun to watch all these guys lose to Bush?”: “SNL” hosts own GOP leadership conf.

    05/10/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jenny Kutner
    Cecily Strong introduced each of the GOP presidential "hopefuls" with a series of all-too-accurate puns.The Southern Republican Leadership Conference looks way more fun when it happens on “Saturday Night Live.”“SNL” mocked the event in its cold open this week, playing up the gathering of GOP presidential hopefuls as “the hottest event of the year,” complete with dance numbers and a very punny DJ (Cecily Strong). Strong introduced each of the “candidates” with zingers that ranged from a little painful (did Mike Huckabee really turn Arkansas “from a red state to a shred state”?) to, well, funny — and rather accurate....
  • Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Opens "Tech Hub" in SF, Talks About "Disrupting Democracy"

    05/09/2015 11:06:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/9 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul was in San Francisco Saturday to speak about "Disrupting Democracy" in an attempt to woo Millenials and the Silicon Valley crowd. Paul took questions about net neutrality, NSA surveillance and Millennial voters during the discussion, formally titled "Disrupting Democracy: A New Generation of Voter Engagement." The event was co-hosted by Lincoln Labs, a Libertarian-leaning "technology and policy think tank" and Brigade, billionaire Sean Parker's civic engagement startup. Brigade's CEO Matt Mahan also joined the conversation along with the San Francisco Chronicle's political reporter Carla Marinucci. "Some people might be thinking what the hell is...
  • Sen. Rand Paul will meet with black lawmakers on justice reforms

    05/09/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 8, 2015 | Lauren French
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will host a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss criminal justice reform. The libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky has long been an outspoken advocate for changing how the American criminal system prosecutes and sentences. Now he’s teaming up with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other black lawmakers, to craft a strategy for advancing legislation as law enforcement issues have taken center stage following the death of several unarmed black men at the hands of police. “Not only is Senator Paul the [S]enate co-sponsor of the Justice Safety Valve Act, which...