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  • Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

    05/22/2015 6:53:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 178 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/22/2015 | Paul Kane
    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to the House for a difficult fight as Obama faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid...
  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC (RINOs for TPP, PATRIOT Act ad nauseam)

    05/22/2015 6:07:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Laurie Kellman
    Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there’s Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of “Ol’ Man River” on the banks of the Mississippi. The Senate’s slow-motion amble toward Memorial Day break threatened all that. “It’s not the weather, it’s the Senate that’s the problem,” said Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and former governor, as he waited out the impasse in his office Friday. On a borrowed Senate piano, he tapped out “The Memphis Blues,” with a wink, eager to head home...
  • Obama trade bill clears big Senate hurdle, Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive

    05/21/2015 9:10:37 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama’s trade agenda has found new life. In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president’s goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries, the Senate on Thursday broke a bipartisan filibuster of legislation to give the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate new trade deals. The 62-38 vote preserves the possibility that the Senate can finish the trade bill before the Memorial Day recess, which would be a major boon to Obama and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. It came after a...
  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Conservatives Blame GOP Leaders For Not Stopping ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’

    05/19/2015 1:03:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2015 | 5:05 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Republicans are not keeping the campaign promise they made to voters in 2014 to halt President Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America,” conservative and Tea Party leaders charged in an open letter to Congress on Monday. On April 28, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cited fast-track trade legislation and a bill requiring congressional review of the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran as the major accomplishments of the GOP-led 114th Congress so far. Earlier that month, Obama praised what he called “some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress” over Iran and trade. The president also said he was holding...
  • Stephanopoulos will not moderate GOP debate after...he failed to disclose Clinton...donations

    05/15/2015 4:58:55 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5.14.15 | Cameron Joseph
    WASHINGTON — ABC News host and former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos has bowed out of moderating a GOP presidential debate after acknowledging he failed to disclose $75,000 in donations to the Clinton Foundation while interviewing an author critical of the charity. The anchor voluntarily withdrew from the February GOP debate, said network spokeswoman Heather Riley. ABC said it stood behind him.
  • Chris Christie hits Jeb Bush on Iraq War

    05/12/2015 2:24:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    KHBS ^ | 5/12/15 | Alexandra Jaffe CNN
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attempted to draw a bright line between himself and Jeb Bush on the Iraq War in a CNN interview on Tuesday, definitively stating that given the absence of weapons of mass destruction he wouldn't have authorized the war. "I think President [George W.] Bush made the best decision he could at the time, given that his intelligence community was telling him that there was (weapons of mass destruction) and that there were other threats right there in Iraq," he told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead." "But I don't think you can honestly say that...
  • U.S. has become notably less Christian, major study finds

    05/12/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By DAVID LAUTER
    The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in the last eight years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. For what is likely the first time in U.S. history – certainly the first since the early days of the country – the actual number of American Christians has declined. Christianity, however, remains by far the nation’s dominant religious tradition, according to the new report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The rapid increase in the number of adults without ties to traditional religious institutions has strong implications for...
  • Jeb Bush vs. Karl Rove

    05/12/2015 6:55:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 | Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel
    They’ve had plenty of tangles over the years. Now, the two Republicans are rivals in the quest for GOP megabucks. Jeb Bush was running for reelection as Florida’s governor in 2002 and needed the help of his brother, the president. But there was one person standing in his way: Karl Rove. Rove, the storied strategist who helped steer George W. Bush into the White House two years earlier, had laid down a strict rule for candidates seeking presidential assistance: No one — not even Jeb — would have unfettered access to the commander in chief. -snip- Now, at the onset...
  • Serious, or More Serious. Take your pick, as Senator Corker (R) betrays Americans

    05/09/2015 10:09:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/9/15 | Ed Wood
    If you are watching the news, or were listening to Mark Levin’s rant last evening, the subject du jour is the Senate passage 96-1 of the Corker-Cardin bill. Yes, that is Tennessee’s own Republican Senator Corker, who obviously has his political eye set on a future in the White House. The bill is advertised by Republican leadership as a great victory giving Congress 30 days to review the President’s secret nuclear treaty negotiations with Iran before enactment. Under present law, the President cannot execute a treaty with a foreign nation unless it has the approval of 2/3 of the Senate....
  • Gaffney on Iran Deal: ‘We’re Dealing With National Security Fraud on the Part of the Obama…’

    05/09/2015 7:16:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran approaches and the passage of a U.S. Senate bill that does not require the deal to be viewed as a treaty by Congress, the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) President Frank Gaffney warned of the consequences of this scenario. “We are dealing with national security fraud on the part of the Obama administration and its apologists or champions with regard to this agreement,” Gaffney said at a panel discussion hosted by the CSP on Friday in Washington, D.C. “It will not prevent Iran from getting...
  • Lindsey Graham: As president, ‘I would veto any bill’ without path to citizenship

    05/09/2015 6:48:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/8/15 | Jessica Chasmar
    Likely Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Thursday that the GOP will lose the 2016 presidential election unless they win over Hispanic voters by supporting a “long, hard path to citizenship.” “If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” the South Carolina Republican told USA Today. “You would have a long, hard path to citizenship … but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help....
  • Karl Rove surrenders to ObamaCare

    05/08/2015 7:19:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2015 | By Brent Budowsky
    It is with great pleasure that I rise in praise of Karl Rove, who now largely agrees with me that Republicans should place into the dustbin their bogus proposal to repeal ObamaCare. In my recent column in The Hill, "The 'Clinton Cash' con," I suggested that the new book by Peter Schweizer proves absolutely nothing on the matter of whether Hillary Clinton committed any wrongdoing, and it is a con to suggest or imply otherwise. I add today a discussion of another con game by Republicans, the suggestion that they will repeal ObamaCare, which they know they will not do,...
  • The Dismaying RINO Co-opting Of Rush Limbaugh

    05/08/2015 12:09:24 PM PDT · by Lester Jackson · 32 replies
    Western Journalsim ^ | May 6, 2015 | Lester Jackson, Ph.D.
    The purpose of recent articles about RINO Speaker John Boehner and his supporters was to make clear that the biggest problem conservative voters face is betrayal by candidates who lie about what they will do if elected. Because the United States leans conservative, RINO conservative poseurs have the greatest need to lie in order to win elections. Apparently, this is still not clear. On April 14, Rush Limbaugh effusively praised an egregious phony, Marco Rubio. The next day, Limbaugh astonishingly defended that praise with toxic acquiescence in preemptive surrender to contempt for the Constitution and rule of law.
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. “Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted. “I will.” Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. “Huckabee copied me,” Trump wrote. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • McCain lost WH race because Sarah Palin didn't take MY advice on the economy, says Carly Fiorina

    05/06/2015 6:57:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    * Fiorina claims in Rising to the Challenge that John McCain asked her to help Palin 'get up to speed on the economic issues facing the country' * 'I never did get the chance to fulfill Senator McCain's request ... although I made numerous requests to meet with her during the campaign' * To this day Fiorina, a contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, says she still hasn't met the Tea Party superstar * Palin endorsed Fiorina in 2010 when she was competing in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in California, but it was via Facebook * A...
  • Poll: Nearly Half Of Marylanders Would Rather Move Somewhere Else

    05/02/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    CBS via WJZ ^ | May 2, 2014 11:33 PM | Meghan McCorkell
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Do you want out of the state of Maryland? A new poll shows nearly half of Marylanders say they are fed up and ready to pack up if only they could. Meghan McCorkell explains what has so many thinking about leaving. In a poll of all 50 states, Maryland ranks third for people who say they would rather move somewhere else. We’ve got the beach, the mountains, the O’s and Natty Boh, but some say they’re ready to break up with Maryland. According to a new Gallup poll, 47 percent of Marylanders say they would move out...
  • Can the Uniparty make it any clearer?

    04/30/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/30/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On Tuesday the Republican controlled Senate gave President Barack Obama the green light to sell out our security and place Israel in grave danger. Twelve quislings of the Republican wing of the Uniparty joined the anti-American Democrat wing in voting for an amendment offered by a Republican to insure that the Senate and the American people will have no say in whether Iran gets a nuclear weapons program or not. The Uniparty has again reminded us that the only difference between Mitch McConnell the current Senate Leader and Harry Reid the former Senate Leader is that Harry is the one...
  • Conservative Rep: GOP Leaders Are Caving To Obama’s Will

    04/25/2015 7:46:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/15 | Ginni Thomas
    As President Obama and Democrats in Congress continue acting like they didn’t lose last November, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan worries, “We are not using the powers of the legislative branch, as we should.” A December poll by Pat Caddell indicated a growing rift between Republican leaders and their base, with expectations that a strengthened Republican Congress would fight against Obamacare, amnesty and the president’s excessive use of power.For the most astute activists fighting executive amnesty, March 3 was a defining moment in the battle against egregious presidential actions, when the House passed homeland security funding stripping the provision to...
  • Marco Rubio emerges as top GOP contender; Hillary Clinton favorables drop in poll

    04/23/2015 6:19:59 AM PDT · by Salgak · 42 replies
    The Washington Time ^ | 4/23/2015 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Marco Rubio has emerged as the strongest candidate in the GOP presidential field, topping the rest of his announced and potential rivals for the nomination and running best against top Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll Thursday.
  • Two Republicans Advocate Entitlement Reform: ‘Because We Have To,’ Christie Says

    04/20/2015 7:27:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2015 - 6:58 AM | Susan Jones
    Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are speaking bluntly about entitlement reform, advocating means-testing for Social Security retirement benefits as a way to save the system for those who need it. “These are real ideas,“ Christie said in New Hampshire on Friday. “And, you know, I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Well, why would you possibly want to suggest those things?’ Because we have to. We have to. And if you want to start a national conversation, let’s start one that matters.” “We’re $18 trillion in debt,” Graham told Fox News Sunday. “Eighty million...
  • Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

    04/19/2015 1:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 171 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kasie Hunt
    NASHUA, N.H. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has attended a wedding reception for a gay couple, he said Sunday, though the potential 2016 contender still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. “That’s certainly a personal issue. For a family member, Tonette and I and our family have already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been at a wedding,” Walker said when msnbc asked whether he would be willing to attend a gay wedding. “That’s true even though my position on marriage is still that it’s defined between a man and a woman,...
  • Corker: Lynch vote coming in 2-3 days

    04/19/2015 12:44:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    CNN)—The Senate is likely to approve Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general in the next two or three days, an influential Republican said Sunday. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "State of the Union" that he expects a deal to quickly come together this week to clear both Lynch and an anti-human trafficking law that Democrats have blocked due to an abortion-related provision."My sense is, over the next 48 to 72 hours, that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue," said Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign...
  • Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

    04/18/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    APNews ^ | 18 APR 15 | Steve Peeples
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up. In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy. But Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio's record. Also, supporters of the two Miami politicians are drawing contrasts between Rubio, a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, and 62-year-old Bush, a member of one of the nation's most powerful political dynasties. "Sparks are going to fly," said Al...
  • Conservative Leaders Plan Two Secret Meetings Aimed at Picking 2016 Candidate

    04/15/2015 9:08:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 15, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    A secretive group that serves as the umbrella operation for leaders and activists within the conservative movement will host two meetings in the coming months, National Journal has learned, the first to vet Republican presidential candidates and the second to discuss coalescing behind one of them. The Council for National Policy, a shadowy organization of several hundred dues-paying members, typically meets three times a year in various locations around the country. But with the 2016 cycle accelerating, and many conservative leaders intent on rallying behind a single candidate, CNP's leadership is taking extraordinary measures – scheduling two top-priority meetings outside...
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    04/17/2015 9:11:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/17/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Who’s Fighting For 15? Workers Or Big Labor. A nationwide minimum wage protest planned for Wednesday is being called out by critics who claim the self-proclaimed grassroots movement is actually just a paid stunt by big labor. “This is an orchestrated effort,” Ryan Williams, media advisor for Worker Center Watch, said during a press call Monday. “The union has invested upwards of $20 million.” Additionally, as sources for The Daily Caller News Foundation point out, the SEIU has spent $637,243 in strike benefits to some groups involved despite them not reporting any members. The concept refers to when a...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Grassroots Turn Table on Bush Attack Ad (youtube)

    04/11/2015 11:10:47 PM PDT · by z taxman · 10 replies
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  • “The GOP has scores of racists”: A former Bush official condemns modern Republican orthodoxy

    04/10/2015 7:09:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Salon ^ | 04/10/2015 | Manny Otiko
    Lawrence Wilkerson is a contradictory figure. Wilkerson is a career military man, who served as chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell; but he has also voiced reluctance to involve American forces in foreign conflicts, and slammed the Bush administration for its handling of the Iraq War. He is also a lifelong Republican who, far from just criticizing his party, has actually gone on the warpath against it at times. When Powell was attacked by conservatives in 2012 for endorsing Barack Obama for reelection — Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu famously suggested that the endorsement was motivated by...
  • Video: Anti-war candidate gives speech in front of big-@$$ warship

    04/09/2015 7:40:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I know, I know, “He’s not anti-war, he’s anti-intervention.” Although he’s not really anti-intervention either, at least not anymore. His speech today in South Carolina (which starts at 13:15 below) sounds a lot like the one he gave a few days ago in announcing his candidacy, but the backdrop, obviously, is … different. Message: This ain’t your daddy’s Paul campaign, and by “your,” of course, I mean Rand’s. Maybe the biggest X factor of the GOP primaries is whether Rand can keep true blue Ron Paul rEVOLutionaries in the same tent as hawkish mainstream conservatives, to whom he’s obviously appealing...
  • The coming epic Republican flip-flop on Hillary Clinton (McCain and Ryan past praise of her)

    04/08/2015 11:28:43 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/08/15 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    When Arizona Sen. John McCain sat down this week with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell to reveal his plans to run for reelection in 2016, the Republican was eager to take an opportunity to knock the opposing party’s potential presidential nominee. “I think that a legitimate question to Hillary Clinton is, ‘What did you accomplish during your four years as secretary of state? Except that you visited more countries than any other previous secretary of state. What was your accomplishment?’” he said. “So far, I don’t know what an answer to that would be.” (clip) In 2011, McCain said Clinton was doing...
  • Republican Party Elites Abandon Traditional Marriage

    04/06/2015 1:41:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”</p>
  • Jeb Bush flip-flop on Indiana law shows what a difference two days make

    04/02/2015 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Lady4Liberty · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/2/2015 | Tom McCarthy
    Anti-discrimination activists and gay rights groups welcomed a lightning evolution by Jeb Bush, this week on a controversial law passed in Indiana last week that opponents said would have made it easier for businesses to discriminate against LGBT employees and customers. On Monday, Bush praised the law as signed by Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence. On Wednesday, the former Florida governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate drew back sharply in his approbation, conceding only that the law would “be in the right place” by the end of the week, after an anticipated fix by the Indiana legislature. Bush’s original remarks were...
  • Mike Pence Promises To Fix Indiana Law So It Bars Discrimination (caves to gaystapo)

    03/31/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by fifedom · 132 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | Amanda Terkel
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Tuesday he will back an amendment to the state's new "religious freedom" law clarifying that it does not allow businesses to deny service to anyone, and insisted that he never intended to discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
  • Huckabee on GOP Field: No ‘Outright Liberal in the Whole Bunch’ (eh? barf)

    03/29/2015 12:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 12:18 PM | Greg Richter
    Voters are more concerned with finding a candidate to restore their personal economic outlook than they are with how conservative the Republican Party is, expected GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Face the Nation on Sunday. Huckabee told host Bob Schieffer he knows there will be a “big brouhaha” over which Republican candidate will be most conservative, but added, “there really isn’t an outright liberal in the whole bunch.” There may be degrees of conservatism from policy to policy, he said, but, “compared to the current administration, all of us are conservative.” Huckabee said voters don’t care about the horizontal...
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • Purge: California GOP Kicks out Conservative Policy Staff

    03/27/2015 1:17:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a little-noticed move this week, California State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, completed a purge of “conservative” policy staffers.  The dramatic reversal—in both function and ideology of the Assembly Republican Caucus—mirrors the California GOP’s leftward shift, which has eschewed social conservatives as a “fringe” element. By softening the party’s stances on issues like illegal immigration, traditional marriage, Common Core, and ObamaCare, the GOP establishment both nationally and here in California believes the party will attract more voters from the center than the party loses from the right.
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 12:40 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protesters while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships’ failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference [Mark Levin]

    03/24/2015 10:22:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015
    Jeb adviser James Baker to keynote J Street conference Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend. The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel’s destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas. Jeb Bush’s selection of Baker as a foreign policy adviser has sparked concern among conservatives and in the Jewish and pro-Israel...
  • Carnac the Magnificent

    03/22/2015 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/22/15 | Peggy Douglas
    Carnac the Magnificent, a recurring role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, was a ”mystic from the East” who channeled his psychic powers to “divine” answers to yet unseen questions. The skit opened with announcer Ed McMahon, saying: “Carnac will now ascertain the answers having never heard the questions.” Carnac would then hold the sealed envelope to his forehead: Answer: Jeb, Hillary, and Joe Biden. Question: What is going, going, gone! Ok, Carnac was a funny guy but Jeb and Hillary in 2016, not so much. But you don’t need a crystal ball to see what’s coming. For...
  • WH Urges Republicans ‘To Not Lose Any Sleep’ Over Obama Closing Tax Loopholes

    03/20/2015 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2015 - 3:44 PM | Susan Jones
    There was more talk at the White House Thursday about whether President Obama really would “close tax loopholes” on his own. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president “is very interested” in working with Congress, but nothing’s “off the table” when it comes to Obama exploring the options for using his executive authority. There’s nothing to announce right now, he added. “So to the extent that there’s a lot of fretting and hand-wringing on Capitol Hill, I would urge them to not lose any sleep over this, but rather maybe it’s worth burning a little midnight oil to try...
  • Not your father’s Republican Party

    03/20/2015 9:43:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/20/15 | Ed Wood
    When I first started writing some 15 or so years ago, I was able to chide my fellow Democrats by reminding them that the Democrat Party of Bill and Hillary Clinton was not the party of their fathers and grandfathers. Of course that is still true, but I can’t throw rocks any more. The current GOP is certainly not the party of Ronald Reagan either. As we approach the 2016 presidential election year, there is a power struggle within the Democrat Party between the Clintonistas and those who feel Hillary is unelectable. But there is a much broader struggle between...
  • Glenn Beck: 'I'm out of the Republican Party — I am not a Republican'

    03/18/2015 4:30:09 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 190 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/18/2015 | Dylan Stableford
    Glenn Beck says he is no longer a member of the Republican Party. “I’ve made my decision — I’m out," Beck said on his radio show Wednesday, according to Mediaite.com. "I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.” The former Fox News host and founder of the Blaze supported the GOP during the last election cycle but has become disillusioned with the party in recent years over what he believes was its failure to stand up to the Obama administration — specifically, the Affordable Care...
  • Patent reform: Big government’s latest comprehensive debacle

    03/14/2015 9:08:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/14/2015 | Carly Fiorina
    The following excerpts are from a March 4 speech by Carly Fiorina, chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, at the Inventing America Conference.My story, a young woman sort of with no plans, not a great resume, getting the opportunity to go from secretary to CEO of the largest technology company in the world. That story is only possible here. And I’ve traveled and lived all over the world, done business all over the world, and it is still true that my story is possible here and only here. And it is because truly of...
  • GOP wary of new immigration battle [GOP-e surrender monkeys cave again to Obama]

    03/12/2015 10:40:38 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Bernie Becker
    Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding. Senior Republicans generally say they support the goals of the bill from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to keep immigrants protected from deportation by President Obama’s executive actions from claiming several years’ worth of earned income tax credits. But with the most recent immigration fight having just finished, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said he’s still examining the...
  • Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill [Mormon Church endorses]

    03/11/2015 10:20:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    seattlepi ^ | March 11, 2015 | By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted 65-10 to pass the bill, which was only unveiled last week. The Senate passed it Friday. The bill earned a rare endorsement from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped fast-track the measure through the Legislature. Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican and member of the church, has said he'll sign the bill.
  • Knock Off The Loser Talk. This Fight Hasn’t Even Begun

    03/09/2015 11:42:02 AM PDT · by fifedom · 82 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 09, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Oh my goodness, the 2014 election victories didn’t end the war! You mean the progressives are still out there dreaming of a future full of hugs and goosestepping? You mean the GOP Establishment hasn’t just given up its power and knelt before us, begging to be forgiven for its craven crony corporatism? You mean the fight’s not over? ... Kurt Schlichter was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.
  • Please GOP, Remind Us Again Why We Gave You Control of Both Houses of Congress

    03/07/2015 6:12:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/07/2015 | Michael Hausam
    Remember how some thought a GOP majority in Congress would lead to a meaningful change in direction? Remember the promises from John Boehner that on a crucial issue he would whip a minority GOP votes to join 100% of House Democrats to oppose a strong majority of House Republicans? I remember the former but have no recollection of the latter. Given this week's approval to fund the Department of Homeland Security, it turns out that the latter happened and the former is an extraordinarily distant memory. Less than 1/3rd of Republicans joined every single Democrat in voting for the bill....
  • Republicans Should Dump The Elephant and Adopt A Rubber Stamp As Their Symbol

    03/07/2015 4:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | John Hawkins
    How do you think Republicans would have done in the 2014 elections if they had told the truth about what they intended to do when they took over the Senate? What if they had campaigned on working hand-in-hand with Obama to enact his illegal alien amnesty while supporting his budget priorities, confirming a new Attorney General who thinks everything Obama is doing is fine and promising they would do nothing while he illegally bans ammo, cripples the Internet, and lets the EPA run wild? Republicans are even gearing up to SAVE OBAMACARE if the Supreme Court guts the subsidies. Conservatives...