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  • Flashback: 'I'm Thrilled He's Here,' Bush Says As Putin Visits His Texas Ranch

    07/19/2018 6:26:09 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2001 | Peter Baker
    Vladimir Putin, wannabe cowboy and newly minted close buddy of President Bush, eagerly wanted to ride a horse in Texas, so he may have been disappointed to learn that Bush zips around his ranch in a Ford pickup. That's what was awaiting the Putins as they landed at the Bush ranch outside Waco in midafternoon. The Bushes, in ranch gear and carrying umbrellas to shield their guests from the rain, met the casually attired Putins when they arrived by helicopter for an overnight and barbecue at the Bush home. "The president brought the rain, for which we're always grateful in...
  • Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to

    07/19/2018 12:50:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 114 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/19/18 | Geoff Earle,
    Full tile.... Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia ..... The Trump-Helsinki summit brought new accusations in Congress Thursday, as GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona accused the president of providing 'aid and comfort' to the enemy. Flake's choice of words evoked the Constitution's definition of treason – at a time when President Trump is facing a new level of scrutiny for his refusal to forcefully condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for election meddling during their summit meeting Monday in Finland. 'By choosing to reject objective reality in...
  • Chris Christie to "set record straight" in book on time as a Trump surrogate

    07/19/2018 10:05:29 AM PDT · by be-baw · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 19. 2018 | AP Unattributed
    Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back. Hachette Books confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former New Jersey governor's "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics" is scheduled for next January 29. He will provide "frank appraisals" of such fellow Trump insiders as Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski and Jared Kushner, whose father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison when Christie was a federal prosecutor.
  • Jeb Bush: 'Extraordinary sign of weakness’ for Trump to consider Putin's request to interview..

    07/18/2018 7:07:06 PM PDT · by bkopto · 117 replies
    the Hill ^ | 7/18/2018 | brett samuels
    Jeb Bush blasted the Trump administration on Wednesday for indicating it's considering an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to observe questioning of indicted Russians in exchange for allowing Russian authorities to question American citizens. "Not dismissing this absurd request out of hand is an extraordinary sign of weakness by an American president," Bush tweeted. At a joint press conference in Finland, Putin said he’d be willing to allow U.S. law enforcement to travel to Russia and observe the questioning of suspects implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. In exchange, Putin said he’d want access to U.S. citizens for...
  • Romney Held Dem Donor Meeting For Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz And It Didn’t Go Well

    07/17/2018 7:31:24 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/2018
    Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney recently hosted a donor meeting for former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz who has been reportedly considering a run for president as a Democrat in 2020. Politico’s Ben Schrekinger said the event did not go well and that many left uninspired by the potential nominee. “Will there be some segment of the customer base that decides, ‘I’m not going to go to Starbucks anymore should he become a candidate,” Mark Kalinowski, president of Kalinowski Equity Research, asked Politico. “You have to think about the employees. You have to think about the shareholders, everybody who might be...
  • Report: Mitt Romney Organizes 2020 Donor Meetup for Starbucks’ Howard Schultz

    07/16/2018 11:41:26 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 16,2018 | Robert Kraychik
    Starbucks founder Howard Schultz — who is contemplating a presidential run as a Democrat — recently attended a private gathering of political donors organized by Mitt Romney, according to a report at Politico. Politico’s Ben Schrekinger writes that the donors, “convened by” Romney, were unimpressed with the would-be candidate: Wall Street analysts are wary, and company leadership is nervous, about the effect a Democratic bid by its chairman emeritus could have on Starbucks’ business, given its bipartisan customer base. If that weren’t discouraging enough, his retirement last month set off a boomlet of pundits urging him not to run. And...
  • Christie: Media hit Clinton unfairly over hacked emails

    07/15/2018 10:38:08 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07-15-2018 | Brett Samuels
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that the media used hacked emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) "unfairly."
  • McCain to Trump: Cancel meeting if you won't hold Putin accountable

    07/13/2018 1:58:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) on Friday said that if President Trump isn't prepared to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin "accountable" for aggression toward the U.S. then he should cancel their meeting next week. "President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward," McCain said in a statement.
  • Rubio: ‘NATO Is Still a Good Idea — It Has to Be Modernized’

    07/12/2018 7:50:50 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 64 replies
    brietbart ^ | 06/12/2018 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Daily Briefing,” Sen Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was “still a good idea,” but it has to be “modernized.” When asked about President Donald Trump’s criticism of the alliance, Rubio said, “First of all, NATO is still a good idea. It has to be modernized, so it has a new purpose and a new meaning in the 21st century. I continue to believe and support NATO.”
  • Republican Lawmakers Fail to Accept Popularity of Trump’s Tariffs Among GOP Voters, Conservatives

    07/05/2018 12:17:55 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 115 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jul 2018 | John Binder
    For decades, the Republican Party and Democrats have been largely aligned on promoting job-killing multinational free trade deals like NAFTA and KORUS, both of which aided in opening up overseas markets for multinational companies to outsource their American manufacturing jobs to countries like Mexico, leaving millions of Americans laid off in the process. If Trump had not immediately stopped the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement when he took office, economists estimated that not only would the elimination of millions of American jobs have occurred, but U.S. wages would have been further depleted. American workers have repeatedly praised Trump’s tariffs...
  • Collins Says She'll Reject 'Activist Agenda' Supreme Court Candidates

    07/02/2018 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 67 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1 July 2018 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a moderate who was one of five senators to meet with President Trump on Thursday about the Supreme Court vacancy, said she told him she's "looking for a nominee that would demonstrate a respect for precedence" and suggested he venture beyond his campaign-era list of 25 judicial candidates approved by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. "The White House counsel told me that there have been a few additional potential nominees added to that list," Collins told ABC this morning. "But I think the president should not feel bound by that list and instead...
  • Mitt Romney: 'Too early' to say if I'll support Trump in 2020

    07/01/2018 7:23:00 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 150 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 1, 2018 | Daniel Chaitan
    Mitt Romney said it is "too early" to say he will support President Trump in 2020. The Utah candidate for U.S. senator further explained to MSNBC's Kasie Hunt, in an interview that aired Sunday evening, that his prior prediction that Trump will get re-elected was not an endorsement. "I also think Gavin Newsom will get elected [as governor] in California. That's not something I want to see, it's just something that's probably going to happen," Romney added. Romney was also prompted to speak about whether he wants a Republican to challenge Trump in a 2020 primary. "There will be people...
  • Steve Schmidt on Travel Ban: Trump is Responsible For the ‘Fulfillment of Osama bin Laden’s Vision’

    06/26/2018 3:20:57 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 25, 2018 | Josh Feldman
    MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt––who recently left the Republican party––decried the Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump‘s travel ban. Nicolle Wallace talked with her panel about the SCOTUS decision, looking back at how we got from the originally-proposed Muslim ban to here. She said, “I remember people in the intelligence community saying to me, ‘Who do you think we rely on the most in the countries that could represent the greatest geopolitical threats from us?'” Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said that today “we became a little bit less of that shining city on a hill” into a country...
  • George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms

    06/22/2018 2:57:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 160 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Justin Wise
    Conservative columnist George Will is making the argument to vote against Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. In a piece published Friday in the Washington Post, Will says that President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy at the border was "the most telegenic example of misrule" and it provided “fresh if redundant evidence for the principle by which” independents and moderate Republicans should vote. That principle he says is that the number of Republicans in office must be “substantially reduced.” "The principle: The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of...
  • Cohen quits RNC gig, slams Trump’s immigration policy

    06/20/2018 6:24:12 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 20, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    “As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy is heart wrenching,” Cohen wrote, marking the first time he has distanced himself from Trump. “While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips,” he added.
  • Opinion: Here’s How to Break the Impasse on Climate

    06/20/2018 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2018 | By Trent Lott and John Breaux
    As former leaders of our parties in the United States Senate, we know what it takes to achieve a bipartisan breakthrough in Congress. For all the talk of discord in Washington, we see the possibility of finding common ground on a divisive issue. As surprising as it may sound, climate change offers an opportunity for both parties to come together and deliver a victory - and cash dividends - to the American people. Congress should approve legislation to place a meaningful fee on carbon-dioxide emissions that ripples through all sectors of our economy, and return the revenues it generates to...
  • It's Trump's Republican Party now — and woe to any who object

    06/13/2018 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2018 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Mark Sanford blew up his marriage and became a national laughingstock when he sneaked off his job as South Carolina governor for a tryst with his Argentine lover. After he forsook his presidential ambitions and spent time in political purgatory, voters forgave Sanford’s trespass and, in 2013, elected him their representative in Congress. But on Tuesday, Sanford was tossed from office by his Republican constituents for committing a far graver sin: criticizing President Trump. With his bulldozing personality, Trump has transformed the GOP from a party of anti-communist cold warriors to one that coos over North Korea’s communist dictator, from...
  • Romney looks to lead GOP’s establishment wing

    06/10/2018 4:04:27 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 65 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/10/18 | Alex Isenstadt
    Mitt Romney is mapping out plans to become a major player in the Senate — positioning himself to be the spokesman of a listless Republican Party establishment that’s been steamrolled by President Donald Trump. The failed presidential candidate turned Utah Senate hopeful has made it clear to senior party officials that he intends to make a splash with his all-but-certain arrival on Capitol Hill next year, according to nearly a dozen senators, major party donors and confidants who’ve spoken with him.
  • Vermont's New Mandate: All Residents Must Have Health Insurance

    06/10/2018 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    AP via The Washington Times ^ | 06/10/18 | Wilson Ring
    Vermont is poised to require that all residents have health insurance. Republican Gov. Phil Scott late last month quietly signed into law a bill that will include a penalty for those who don’t have insurance. The mandate is scheduled to take effect in 2020. A spokeswoman for the state’s largest private health insurance provider said the mandate provides stability. Nationally, many have rebelled against the idea the federal government could tell them what they needed to buy. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a similar law days later.
  • Jeff Flake rips Navarro’s comments on Trudeau: ‘This cannot be our party’

    06/10/2018 2:06:40 PM PDT · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2018 | Julia Manchester
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) ripped White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro on Sunday for comments he had made earlier lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the remarks cannot be representative of the Republican Party. "Fellow Republicans, this is not who we are. This cannot be our party," Flake said in a tweet. Flake was responding to comments made by Navarro earlier on Sunday, in which he slammed Trudeau's remarks on trade, saying there was a "special place in hell" for any leader who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with President Trump.