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  • Rand Paul dives back into Ferguson debate

    11/25/2014 5:15:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul is blaming politicians for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that the criminal justice system fuels racial tension by disproportionately targeting African-Americans. The so-called war on drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation," Paul said in an op-ed published for TIME. He acknowledged that the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer wasn't related to drugs, but argued that outsized penalties for nonviolent drug crimes creates a "tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy." The comments are another attempt by Paul, a Kentucky...
  • Let’s Put the White House on Lockdown (Yesssssssssssssss)

    11/25/2014 12:51:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    Forget shutting down the government. Lock down the White House instead. This morning a news story alerted me to the fact that an Army base in Texas was on lockdown after a suspicious vehicle was found.“A lockdown was ordered at a U.S. Army base in San Antonio on Sunday night in what a military spokesman described as a ‘high-security incident,’” reported Reuters, “while adding there was no threat.”But since a vehicle was involved one can assume a bomb was suspected. Since an arrest was made, perhaps more than suspected. Similarly tensions are high in Ferguson Missouri, after a combination of...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Gay Marriage ‘Inevitable, ’Conservatives ‘Lost’

    03/28/2013 2:54:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Aaron Blake
    Conservative talk show how Rush Limbaugh said Thursday on his radio show that conservatives have lost the gay marriage debate and that it is now “inevitable.” “This issue is lost,” he said. “I don’t care what the Supreme Court does. This is inevitable. And it’s inevitable because we lost the language on this.” Limbaugh added that conservatives lost the debate because they allowed the term “marriage” to be “bastardized.” “As far as I’m concerned, once we started talking about gay marriage, traditional marriage, opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, hetero marriage, we lost,” Limbaugh said. “It was over.”
  • Rand Paul Declares War on ISIS—and Allows Boots on the Ground

    11/24/2014 10:26:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/24/2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group. “The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action with a plan to introduce a declaration of war against ISIS in the Senate next month. The move is part of Paul’s ongoing campaign to position himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of the Republican presidential primaries,...
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Urged to Run for President in 2016

    11/23/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/23/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    I could easily vote for a Scott Walker/Rand Paul ticket in 2016. Two constitutionalists in the White House? Wow, we have not seen such a thing since. . . the Harding/Coolidge ticket during the 1920 Election. My current political hero is Scott Walker. He got elected on conservative principles, applied those conservative principles, turned the State of Wisconsin around economically, survived a recall election after taking on the unions, and then got elected again, all in a four year span, and all in a blue State. He did not back down, and he did what he said he would. A...
  • Top Republican Contenders For 2016 Presidential Election

    11/20/2014 10:22:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    My9NJ ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Spadea
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Three names are being thrown around as the top contenders in the Republican Party: Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz. With the 2016 presidential election in mind, many feel like the gloves have officially come off and the battle is ensuing to see who will represent the Republican Party in the race to lead our country. Senator Cruz discussed how he feels the complete opposite regarding Christie's recent comments about how he said his goal is to win elections, not arguments. “A big part of the reason why Republicans have been losing elections is because we...
  • WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Americans Want Parties To Work Together

    11/20/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2014 | Patrick O'Connor
    Some 63% Want Candidates Elected This Year to Broker Deals With Lawmakers From Across Aisle Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month's midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation's problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month's midterm results woul produce "just some" or "not that much" change in a country that most believe has...
  • Paul calls for House resolution and lawsuit against Obama actions

    11/20/2014 6:23:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/14 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday night that the House should pass a resolution opposing President Obama's immigration executive action, setting up a lawsuit against him. "What I would recommend to the House is they should immediately pass a resolution saying that what he is doing is contrary to the will of the House of Representatives," Paul said on Fox News. "That would set up, I think, a very clear-cut case in the court." Republicans have been searching for a way to stop Obama's immigration actions, set to be announced in a speech Thursday night. Paul, a likely presidential candidate,...
  • Iowa Caucuses: 2016 opening odds

    11/18/2014 9:12:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | Steve Deace
    The main event is finally here. The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is now underway. This is shaping up to be the strongest field of Republican challengers in recent memory. After the GOP’s strong showing in the 2014 midterms, the list of those who sense an opportunity, and want to seize it to run in 2016, is both long and distinguished. While the Democrat presidential primary is essentially Hillary Clinton (their 2008 also-ran) or bust, the Republicans have a deep bench of potential standard-bearers... Though it may seem early to some to already be posting odds on the...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Paul demands probe into Gruber's O-Care salary

    11/18/2014 9:53:34 AM PST · by maggief · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is demanding an investigation into the taxpayer-funded fees paid to ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber after a series of highly publicized comments the senator called a "disgrace." "He was paid, and now he's admitted that he was deceptive and deceitful," Paul said in an interview on Fox News on Monday night. Paul said he would request an official investigation into public funds paid to Gruber for consultant work, pegged at upwards of $6 million among multiple states and several federal agencies. "Who was sort of organizing this for him? Is this some sort of thing that happened...
  • Lefty Bill Maher says he’d support Rand Paul 2016

    11/18/2014 8:21:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | November 17, 2014 | Sam Rolley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued his efforts to expand the GOP’s reach ahead of 2016 on Friday, appearing for an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”Maher, an outspoken anti-theist and liberal, said that he admires Paul for being “the one Republican who is willing to go to places Republicans don’t usually speak.” Throughout the interview, Paul and Maher were largely in agreement on issues such as the War on Drugs, reinstating voting rights for nonviolent felons, how the U.S. should go about defeating the Islamic State and even, to some extent, climate change. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)“I am available to the...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Democrat's "Bush Did It Too" Fan Page (Typical Lame Excuse!!!)

    11/16/2014 5:59:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | John Ransom
    Holly Wrote: Why not also name all the other presidents who used this program?- Rand Paul Versus Barack Obama Dear Comrade Holly, IÂ’m not sure if youÂ’re asking me why I donÂ’t name them in my column or if you are asking Rand Paul why he doesnÂ’t name them in the lawsuit. In either case, the answer is the same: The only president who actually can be forced to do something about it now is the president who sits in the Oval Office. This isnÂ’t a punitive suit seeking damages from the presidents for civil right violations. ItÂ’s as suit...
  • The marriage of Bill Maher and U.S. Senator Rand Paul

    11/15/2014 4:53:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Betty Liu
    Last night, November 14, 2014, Bill Maher had Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" and many were shocked to hear Maher say he may help Paul with his 2016 run for President of the United States. Maher said last night, "I am available to the Rand Paul campaign."
  • Hillary Clinton seeks third-party opponent

    11/15/2014 6:33:51 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Hillary Clinton has a sneaky plan to become the next president — get a conservative third-party candidate in the race to draw votes away from the Republican nominee. Clinton campaign strategists have concluded Hillary will easily be nominated in 2016, but cannot win the general election in a head-to-head matchup, Richard Turley reports on orbmagazine.com. “They are reaching out to Wall Street allies to do ‘black-ops’ funding for a run by Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum or Herman Cain,” a source told Orb. Hillary’s approval rating is stuck at 43 percent, not enough to win a two-person race for president.
  • Rand Paul gathering leaves little doubt on ‘16

    11/14/2014 10:30:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | November 14, 2014 | Mike Allen
    Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.
  • Jesse Ventura: Military doesn't 'fight for our freedom'

    11/13/2014 8:25:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Veteran's Day 2014 | Justin Peligri
    The video appears on the website of Voices of Liberty, a group led by former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul. It lobbies against "unjustified wars, unconstitutional surveillance, [and] extrajudicial drone assassinations," according to its website.
  • Why President Rand Paul Will Keep America Safer Than Bush, Obama, and Hillary Clinton

    11/13/2014 8:25:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    President Rand Paul will keep you safer than the president who brought America into Iraq and Afghanistan, the same man who in 2000 argued against nation building and foreign military entanglements. He'll keep you safer than the president who just doubled America's military presence in Iraq, yet in 2011 promised, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." Rand Paul will also keep you safer than Hillary Clinton, a centrist with a neoconservative advisor named Robert Kagan who is quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I feel comfortable with her...
  • Senate Republicans ready to use reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare?

    11/12/2014 7:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The bill’s destined to be vetoed, of course, but unless the reconciliation process ends up eating lots of time, there’s really no harm to it. One conservative activist told Politico he’s worried that if the GOP uses the same arcane procedural move to undo O-Care that Democrats used to pass it, Obama will turn around and whine that Republicans are doing the same thing Democrats did when they were in power. But … why would he say that? If he means to imply that reconciliation is a dubious strong-arm tactic, then he’ll be forced to explain why it was okay...
  • The Influence Factor: Romney & Cruz will produce a better ROI than rest of the GOP field

    11/12/2014 11:09:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jamie Chandler
    Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, how influential were each of the potential GOP candidates during the midterm election? The Appinions study I wrote about on Monday provides great data to answer this question. The midterms continue to be a highly salient topic, despite the fact that it’s been just over a week since voters drew the curtain on the campaign. Indeed, Appinions "Active Attention Index," a metric based on the quantity and quality of reactions on the topic from opinion leaders across multiple media venues, grew 34 percent, from 129,000 the day after the election to 173,000 on...
  • Jim Messina talks 2016, hopes for Paul

    11/11/2014 12:40:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 11, 2014 | Marianna Sotomayor
    It should come to no surprise that Jim Messina, one of the mastermind behind President Obama's successful presidential campaigns, is ready for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he also has a few Republicans he hopes will throw their hats in the ring. In an interview with Ozy's CEO Carlos Watson, Messina jokes that he's "really rooting hard" for Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, before pledging his support behind Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. The full interview will publish on Ozy.com on Wednesday. As the co-chairman of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC already anticipating Hillary Clinton's run, Messina said...
  • Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

    11/11/2014 8:39:35 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Nov 2014 | S.V. Date
    Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.But that failed to happen....
  • Rand Paul Plans to Announce His Republican Campaign for President Next Spring

    11/10/2014 8:11:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    life news ^ | 11/10/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Senator Rand Paul is reportedly planning to launch his campaign for the Republican nomination for president next Spring. Paul is a pro-life senator from Kentucky who maintains a 100% pro-life voting record but has made some comments in the last 12-18 months that have raised some eyebrows. randpaul5According to a Politico report, Paul would open up a presidential campaign headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky and would run simultaneous campaigns for president and for re-election to his Senate seat in case he fails to clinch the GOP nomination in early 2016. The report also indicates Paul will rely heavily on advisers to...
  • After midterms, no reprieve: 2016 presidential race is on

    11/09/2014 9:12:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Olean Times Herald ^ | November 3, 2014 | Markos Kounalakis
    Ballot propositions and congressional races are sucking up all the political oxygen in the run-up to Tuesday’s elections. They should. Informing ourselves and getting out the vote is critical for the healthy functioning of our democracy. But for an electorate hoping for post-midterm relief from campaign ads and candidate messaging, that reprieve will be short-lived. Soon after the November ballots are tallied, the 2016 presidential campaign will kick in. Hold on for the ride. This early presidential cycle will contrast potential candidates’ differences on government’s role, health care and taxes, but nothing will say “I’m running” more than a foray...
  • How Does Ted Cruz Fit Into Tuesday's Big GOP Win? (Where do you think they're going with this?)

    11/08/2014 5:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    Compared to his 2016 peers, he's on rocky footing going into primary season.Tuesday's GOP victory doesn't guarantee the party's success in 2016. But the race, which began as soon as AP called the midterms for the party, has steeled a few Republicans angling for presidential bids. One likely contender, however, already appears to be behind: Ted Cruz. The Texas senator certainly had a good election night. His party won a majority in the Senate, and he appeared on CNN and Fox News soon after the victory became clear to talk about the GOP's legislative plans with its newfound power. But...
  • GOP presidential hopefuls jockey for position in a crowded 2016 field

    11/08/2014 3:55:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    More than a dozen Republican governors and senators are rushing to line up supporters, pore over policies and map out strategies for the 2016 presidential campaign, concluding that last week’s midterm rout of Democrats shows that the GOP has a strong chance of taking back the White House. Whereas Democrats are rapidly coalescing around Hillary Rodham Clinton as their standard-bearer, there is no heir apparent on the Republican side. The field is as splintered as the Grand Old Party itself, with stark differences along the lines of ideology, style and background. “Tuesday night certainly gives the Republicans a sense of...
  • Rand Paul, Rob Maness among Republicans to rally for Bill Cassidy on Monday

    11/08/2014 9:30:31 AM PST · by abb · 21 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cole Avery
    Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is joining forces with Rep. Bill Cassidy in an effort to seal a win for Republicans over Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Maness will formally endorse Cassidy during a star-studded Republican rally in Baton Rouge on Monday that will feature presumed presidential candidates Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Gov. Bobby Jindal. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, state Rep. Paul Hollis, 6th Congressional District candidate Garret Graves, former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, and LAGOP chairman Roger Villere will also attend the "Unity Rally." Maness finished third behind Landrieu and Cassidy in Tuesday's primary. He...
  • (Ron) Paul: No such thing as an independent Israel (Iran's State TV- Press TV Interview)

    08/26/2011 10:10:01 PM PDT · by mnehring · 165 replies
    Iran's Press TV ^ | 12/2008 | Jihan Hafiz
    Ron Paul, House representative of the 14th district of Texas, believes that US foreign policy must be reformed to avoid conflicts around the world. The interview was conducted outside the Foreign Relations Committee. Press TV: What is your opinion on the idea of the US blocking Iran's oil exports and preventing its gasoline imports from reaching the country (based on H. Con. Res. 362 previously sought by US congressmen)? Paul: I think it is an outrage I think it is a blockade. It is the use of force to stop the inflow of petroleum products and people and goods,...
  • Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)

    02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 124 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation. "I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees." "There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry...
  • AZ insiders: McCain’s already decided to run for Senate again in 2016, will announce early next year

    11/07/2014 10:38:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 7, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Supposedly ol’ Mav himself told the AP yesterday that it’s “very likely” he’ll run but I can’t find that quote in the actual video. Fun fact, though: When the clip was first posted last night, some outfits like Yahoo News titled it, “McCain: ‘Very Likely’ Will Run for President in 2016.” I knew it was a mistake, of course, but for one soaring moment I thought I might have something even better than another Mitt Romney candidacy with which to troll the Hot Air faithful. Ah well. The headline’s corrected now. For now, for the record, he’s merely “leaning towards”...
  • McConnell: If Rand Paul runs for president, 'he'll be able to count on me'

    11/07/2014 10:28:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | November 7, 2013 | Sam Youngman
    LOUISVILLE — There were only two things Mitch McConnell didn't want to talk about Thursday — whether he will run for re-election in 2020 and his eventual legacy. In his first one-on-one interview since his landslide re-election to a sixth term and his expected ascendance to U.S. Senate majority leader, McConnell talked at length with the Herald-Leader about how he wants to use his new role to help Kentucky, a possible run for president by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the conventional wisdom that McConnell is unpopular. McConnell, relaxed and in a great mood in his Louisville home, wouldn't say...
  • McConnell: Rand Paul can 'count on me' for 2016

    11/07/2014 8:34:48 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 07, 2014 7:31 AM PST | Jeremy Diamond
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Mitch McConnell just put one election behind him that is expected to sweep him into the position of Senate majority leader, but he already knows who he'd back in 2016 if he decides to run: fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul."I don't think he's made a final decision on that. But he'll be able to count on me," McConnell said of Paul's presidential prospects in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader published Thursday. McConnell, who called himself a "big supporter of Rand Paul" said the pair have "developed a very tight relationship.""And I'm for him," McConnell...
  • Meet Tom Cotton: Arkansas's next Senator and Rand Paul's worst nightmare

    11/06/2014 1:12:02 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | November 5, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    Arkansas elected Republican Rep. Tom Cotton to the Senate on Tuesday, sending incumbent Mark Pryor packing. You might not be surprised that a Republican won in Arkansas in a heavily GOP year, but Cotton's victory is a much bigger deal than you probably think. His election is a significant step for the future of GOP foreign policy, and thus perhaps for American foreign policy. Cotton, you see, is the golden child of the Republican party's hawkish establishment. He still calls the 2003 Iraq invasion a "just and noble" war. He's young — just 37 — and fervently backed by some...
  • Obama defiant; vows Immigration action this year

    11/06/2014 3:09:43 AM PST · by Din Maker · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 5, 2014
    President Barack Obama's determination to act alone to change the immigration system promptly drove a wedge Wednesday into the post-election commitment from the president and Republican leaders to find common ground under the new political alignment. Obama defiantly stood by his pledge to act on his own to reduce deportations, grant work permits and improve border security by the end of the year despite resounding election victories by Republicans strongly opposed to his plans. The Senate's likely majority leader next year, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared that such a move would amount to "waving a red flag in front of a...
  • Rand Paul promised to help Mitch McConnell pass amnesty

    11/05/2014 7:39:56 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    Rand Paul giveth and he taketh away… Rand Paul has already told Mitch McConnell– I know this, because Rand Paul told me this. … Rand Paul wants Mitch McConnell to try to do a deal on immigration. He’s gonna try to push and help and protect the [right] flank of Mitch McConnell, if he can, on immigration. Howard Fineman is a liberal, but he is not known to fabricate conversations. MFP has obtained a copy of the McConnell-Paul plan to sell amnesty… The Distract Conservatives w/ Fake Border Security Plan Never you mind all that amnesty talk! Look at all...
  • Ron Paul’s tweets tonight show why he’s a big liability for Rand Paul in 2016

    11/04/2014 9:54:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | November 4, 2014 | Zack Beauchamp
    It's been a pretty good election night for Republicans so far. That means that, naturally, former GOP member of Congress and general gadfly Ron Paul decided to rain on the parade: Ron Paul âś” @RonPaul Republican control of the Senate = expanded neocon wars in Syria and Iraq. Boots on the ground are coming! 7:34 PM - 4 Nov 2014 1,168 Retweets 524 favorites On a night when most of his former party is celebrating its moves toward taking the Senate, Paul is bemoaning the idea of a Republican takeover on grounds that it'll lead to more wars in the...
  • Midterm Elections 2014: Rand Paul Is Go-To Republican for 2014 Candidates

    11/04/2014 1:16:36 PM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | By BETH REINHARD And PATRICK O’CONNOR
    Four days before Tuesday’s election, with a number of races balanced on a razor-thin margin, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was in a banquet hall in south-central Pennsylvania at the behest of a congressman coasting to re-election. Mr. Paul and Rep. Bill Shuster had struck up a friendship earlier this year in the outfield at a congressional baseball game. On Friday, Mr. Paul headlined the Franklin County Republican Committee Eisenhower Luncheon in Mr. Shuster’s district. The appearance reflected Mr. Paul’s status as the go-to Republican for 2014 candidates trying to rally a crowd, raise money and court the tea-party activists...
  • Jack Welch to GOP: Run a real conservative in 2016

    11/03/2014 10:19:14 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 02, 2014 | Matt Belvedere
    <p>Republicans need to run a presidential candidate in 2016 like a Ted Cruz or a Rand Paul, not a Jeb Bush or a Chris Christie, management guru Jack Welch told CNBC on Monday.</p> <p>Bush and Christie are "too middle of the road" to win the country, the conservative-leaning Welch said in a "Squawk Box" interview—a day before the 2014 midterm election in which Republicans hope to take control of the Senate.</p>
  • For GOP, a scary 'blue wall' awaits (RINO-riffic!)

    11/03/2014 5:02:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)If Republicans regain control of the Senate on Tuesday night, they will have good reason to gloat. They recruited much stronger, more sensible nominees this year -- no more candidates riding broomsticks or hurling insults at women. They also smartly accepted President Barack Obama's implicit challenge to make his record their centerpiece. But when they wake up from their celebrations, top GOP strategists such as Karl Rove will surely warn them: "Don't over-read this election. Yes, it opens up great opportunities for the next two years, but it does not open a clear path to seizing the White House and...
  • Jack Welch to GOP: Run a real conservative in 2016

    11/03/2014 7:24:15 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 77 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Republicans need to run a presidential candidate in 2016 like a Ted Cruz or a Rand Paul, not a Jeb Bush or a Chris Christie, management guru Jack Welch told CNBC on Monday. Bush and Christie are "too middle of the road" to win the country, the conservative-leaning Welch said in a "Squawk Box" interview—a day before the 2014 midterm election in which Republicans hope to take control of the Senate.
  • It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel

    09/19/2001 7:57:36 AM PDT · by az4vlad · 203 replies · 2,091+ views
    9/29/01 | R. Alexander
    It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel An Analysis of the After Effects of the Terrorist Attack by R. Alexander September 19, 2001 Many of us were surprised to hear responses coming from both U.S.citizens and our so-called allies suggesting the U.S. somehow deserved the terrorist attack. With righteous moral indignation, these enlightened critics, suddenly experts on terrorism, lecture us, claiming "this would not have happened if the U.S. hadn't been intervening in the Middle East." This criticism is said with a straight face by Americans who see no problem driving an oversized SUV that gets 12 miles ...
  • Whom Should Christians Support in the 2016 Presidential Election?

    10/29/2014 11:22:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/29/2014 | Bryan Fischer/AFA
    The left-wing National Journal ran a piece on Sunday making the argument that the Evangelical choice for 2016 has already been narrowed down to a choice between Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The National Journal is right. Evangelical and pro-family leaders realize that if America is to be reclaimed, conservatives cannot wait to let the filed sort itself out as we did in 2008 and 2012. It is close to midnight in America, and we simply do not have time to think about waiting until 2020. there may be little left of our country to save...
  • The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand Paul

    10/25/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManus
    Rand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message: I'm not an isolationist like my dad.. The senator's peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush's war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble. On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable...
  • 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.)