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  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 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 · 29 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 · 188 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...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

    03/05/2015 7:06:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 105 replies
    time.com ^ | Mar. 5, 2015 | Zeke J Miller
    Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie BakerMore than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide. In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage...
  • It's over - they backed down [email from nobama]

    03/03/2015 5:48:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 13 replies
    email | March 3, 2015 | Jack Shaprio
    It's over. After bringing us within hours of a shutdown on Friday, congressional leaders backed down and voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the year today. That didn't happen because they suddenly came to their senses and decided to stop playing political games. It happened because they knew they couldn't get away with it any longer. They heard the voices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who stood up to let them know we were ready to hold them accountable. They saw reasonable members of Congress standing united, and refusing to budge. And you...
  • ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration

    03/03/2015 3:57:32 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 99 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-3-2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    ‘We were never going to win’: House GOP caves on immigration Mar. 3, 2015 9:00am Pete Kasperowicz House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has told Republicans that he would call up and pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security spending bill this week, and give up the fight to use that bill to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The decision marks the end of a standoff that has lasted for several weeks — a standoff Republicans will lose to Democrats when the clean DHS bill passes.
  • Congress sends ‘clean’ Homeland bill to Obama

    03/03/2015 12:52:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | Eric Werner and David Espo (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON — Congress is sending President Obama a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year, without overturning the president’s immigration policies. The House on Tuesday voted 257-167 for the measure that Obama is expected to sign. Without action, funding for the department would have expired Friday at midnight.
  • Breaking: House passes DHS funding 257-167

    03/03/2015 12:18:00 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 203 replies
    twitter ^ | 03/03/2015 | Luke Russert
    GOP is 75 yea and 167 nay Cave complete.
  • Jeb’s entitlement mentality despite his inherited political ineptness

    03/01/2015 9:21:19 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/1/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We didn’t really notice the political ineptness of George H.W. Bush. He ran with the great Ronald Reagan who could have picked a name from the phone book as his running mate and won both times. Bush the elder brought little to the ticket as he knew little about politics. When he ran on his own and picked Dan Quayle to run with he proved that point. George W. Bush was different. He had been Governor of Texas and knew things about politics his father never learned. He presented himself to us as a solid Texas style conservative at first...
  • Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? (Hint: only one with moral backbone)

    03/01/2015 6:34:06 AM PST · by bestintxas · 54 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/1/15 | p gonzalez
    Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Sanctorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair). I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one. Can you guess which one? Jeb Bush: Jeb, as we all know, supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and he's proud of it. If he were running in Honduras, I would vote for him in a minute. Marco Rubio: Marco Rubio co-authored a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens....
  • 'We're not the tea party!' UKIP chief Nigel Farage insists....

    02/26/2015 10:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    * Farage spoke with Daily Mail Online after a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference* The UK Independence Party leader tried to buck up American right-wingers who see their tea party goals dissolving in a sea of centrist Republicanism * He insisted that UKIP is 'not just retired half-colonels who've always voted Conservative ... We're dragging them from across the spectrum' * Bashed David Cameron for refusing to publicly identify ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John,' saying 'we should have heard it weeks ago' * Complained about 'politically correct' groups like CAGE 'saying and shouting things that if you and I...
  • Cruz: Make Candidates Who Claim Conservatism Prove It

    02/26/2015 12:15:37 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/26/2015 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    Republicans must not let themselves be tricked into picking a moderate presidential nominee in 2016, by demanding their hopefuls have a demonstrated commitment to conservatism, Sen. Ted Cruz told an enthusiastic audience Thursday. Cruz, himself a likely presidential candidate, warned activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington that voters who pick the GOP nominee are likely to hear a similar pitch: "You betcha. Who-diddley. I'm as conservative as all get out." But, without naming names, he suggested that many of those likely candidates lacked the record to back it up.
  • Speaker Boehner: I haven’t spoken to McConnell in two weeks

    02/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) haven’t spoken to each other in two weeks despite the shutdown fight gripping the Capitol, House Republicans said Wednesday.During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, Boehner told Republicans that he hadn’t spoken to McConnell recently despite the looming Feb. 28 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“He said he hadn’t spoken to Mitch McConnell in a few weeks. We gave them a good bill. It funds the stuff we’re supposed to do, secure the borders,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said after a morning conference meeting.Another...
  • Conservative Sheep, Neocon Shepherds

    02/25/2015 9:10:14 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 1 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1919, Rudyard Kipling wrote in The Gods of the Copybook Headings, “As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man / That…the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.” Likewise, it appears that conservatives return to their disastrous past policies. In outlining his foreign policy plans for America, Jeb Bush recently stated, “I love my father and my brother…But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.” He went on to say, “I...
  • Mainstream Press Anoint Jeb Bush ‘Frontrunner’ Despite Lackluster Poll Numbers

    02/14/2015 6:14:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may find out that Wall Street money will not buy him the love of GOP primary voters like it does mainstream media elites who are rushing to cast him as the 2016 frontrunner. As soon as Mitt Romney announced that he would not make a third White House run, the mainstream press immediately anointed Bush as the clear Republican 2016 frontrunner. They made their pronouncements even though Bush had not yet proven with his speeches that he can be a successful candidate in the digital age and neither had the best ground game nor the...
  • First round of Bush donations go to early state candidates

    02/13/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    NBC 2 ^ | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    If Republican Jeb Bush's political contributions offer any signs, there's little doubt that the former Florida governor plans to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. More than half of the $122,800 Bush contributed Friday is going to candidates and state Republican Party organizations in the four states scheduled to begin the presidential voting next year. The candidates include Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. David Young of Iowa, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada.
  • In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake their caucus claims

    02/08/2015 9:33:05 PM PST · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/8/2015 | Robert Costa
    Less than a year before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory. Political observers in Iowa say that the field is wide open and that numerous candidates have a legitimate shot to win or do well enough to come out with momentum. That is partly because moderates in the Iowa Republican Party, led by Gov. Terry Branstad, have reasserted themselves into the caucus process after watching social conservatives dominate in 2008...
  • Republicans roll out right-to-work bills

    02/07/2015 4:00:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sean Higgins
    Sen. Rand Paul and House Republicans have introduced legislation to strictly limit the ability of unions to force workers to have to pay them dues. Both right-to-work bills would amend the National Labor Relations Act to prohibit contracts between labor unions and businesses that force all of a company's workers to join a union or at least pay it a fee as a condition of employment. (SNIP) "Every American and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment, and no American should be forced to pay union dues just to get or keep a job....
  • Republicans Oppose Cruz Quest to Block Loretta Lynch Confirmation

    02/06/2015 4:22:10 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 51 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/5/2015 | Warren Mass
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a steadfast opponent of the Obama administration’s use of executive actions to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, is facing opposition from members of his own party in his attempt to delay a Senate vote to confirm Loretta Lynch — President Obama’s nominee for attorney general — until the White House reverses itself on the executive actions. Cruz explained his position in a statement made to Politico in the Capitol on February 3: For several months now, I have called on the Senate majority leader to halt confirmations of every nominee executive and judicial, other than vital...
  • GOP Judiciary Chair Won’t Answer Questions on GOP Plan to Ensure Illegals Aren't Deported

    02/05/2015 3:06:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 5, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes & Michael W. Chapman
    Video at link. (CNSNews.com) -- Despite House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions' (R-Tex.) statement on Dec. 3 that he and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were working together to “push a bill” on immigration that would not “remove any person that might be here unless they were dangerous to this country and committed a crime,” Goodlatte would not confirm or deny such a proposal, or discuss the issue of immigration when questioned on Wednesday, Feb. 4. CNSNews.com sent Goodlatte's office via email four question related to Sessions' assertion. On Feb. 5, a spokesperson for Goodlatte’s office told CNSNews.com said Goodlatte “has...
  • Lindsey Graham: Center-right candidacy can prevail in presidential race

    02/01/2015 5:52:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 1, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    Potential presidential contender Lindsey Graham thinks he can appeal to typically right-skewed Republican presidential primary voters, despite non-conservative views on immigration, climate change and federal spending. Graham, a Republican senator representing South Carolina, is serious about his recently declared interest in entering the already packed 2016 GOP field, even while the move has left the political punditry puzzled. On Thursday, Graham announced the launch of a formal exploratory committee, “Security through Strength,” to determine, he said, if he can enter the race with a viable campaign. Graham last week began selling his candidacy on Capitol Hill, telling reporters if he...
  • Why Not a Third Party, Independent Candidate?

    02/01/2015 11:47:41 AM PST · by Bratch · 57 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 31, 2016 | Steve Flesher
    Bristol Palin proved to be as savvy and perceptive as her mom recently by saying: Maybe the GOP “talking heads” are railing against her [Governor Palin] because she called them out? Additionally, in January of 2013, Chuck Heath, Jr., Governor Palin’s brother made a very interesting point about a third party that has always stayed with me: To me, it’s just common sense: a new party working for the best interests of American citizens. A party that looks beyond party lines because there are no party lines, including patriots from every walk of life willing to work for the good of all of us. A party...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Republicans: House to begin work on health care alternative

    01/29/2015 3:37:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2015 5:29 PM EST
    The House will vote next week to repeal the health care law Republicans have vowed to undo. They’ll also direct work to start on a replacement bill the GOP promised more than four years ago. …
  • Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

    01/25/2015 10:51:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 12:05 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party’s elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led a prayer rally that filled the basketball arena at Louisiana State University on Saturday. Called “The Response,” organizers billed the event as a national call to pray “for a nation that has not honored God in our success or humbly...
  • GOP leaders to grant Obama 'enormous' new power

    01/24/2015 7:03:16 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 25 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Curtis Ellis
    He’s already boasted of wielding power through a pen and a phone. Now President Obama wants to add a rubber stamp to his desk set – and the rubber stamp would be named “U.S. Congress.” Buried in his State of the Union address, Obama said he will ask Congress to give him “trade promotion authority.” He didn’t say what trade promotion authority would do. But critics charge that it would cede the Republican majority’s control of the congressional agenda to Obama and strip Congress of its ability to vet and amend international agreements. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledges Obama is...
  • House Border Bill Advances Without Improvement

    01/24/2015 6:18:32 PM PST · by zeestephen · 12 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 24 January 2015 | Jessica Vaughan
    Scraps Border Fencing, Delays Biometric, Preserves Catch-and-Release, Allows Work Permits for Border-Crossers...The pace at which this bill is being rammed through the House suggests that the leadership is eager to pass a token bill and then inform the public that the border problem has been solved, while leaving the president's executive amnesty intact and his abuse of authority unchallenged.
  • Bush/Romney Political Wedding Falls Through [semi-satire]

    01/24/2015 9:08:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Hopes that a political wedding between former governors Jeb Bush (R-Fla) and Mitt Romney (R-Mass)--both potential Republican contenders for the presidency—would sweep aside other rivals fell through this week. While both the Bush and Romney camps were loath to release many details, insiders say the chief sticking point was who would be on top. Romney spokesman Richard Butz laid the blame on what he termed "Bush dynastic aspirations. It was our feeling that Mitt ought to be the one at the top of the ticket. Our polling shows that a substantial number of voters wish they had voted for Mitt...
  • Great news. Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

    01/24/2015 8:54:55 AM PST · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I was expecting some action out of the new Congress, but I really never saw this one coming. A group of Republican Senators led by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are floating the idea of further extending the nuclear option enacted by the Democrats to take filibusters off the table when considering nominees to the Supreme Court. Clearly wiser heads than myself have been able to determine why this is such a great idea, because I’m not seeing it at the moment. Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could...
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • House GOP leaders cave on abortion bill

    01/21/2015 8:02:28 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 168 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 21 2015 | Deirdre Walsh
    Washington (CNN)Mark it down as a rare win for House GOP moderates. After scrambling into the evening on Wednesday, House Republican leaders decided to scrap a vote on a controversial anti-abortion measure scheduled to coincide with an annual gathering of anti-abortion advocates on Thursday because they couldn't round up enough support.
  • House Republicans run into divisions over abortion bill

    01/21/2015 9:37:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2015 12:09 PM EST | Alan Fram
    House Republicans ran into divisions Wednesday over the new Congress’ first abortion bill, and leaders were trying for a way to advance the legislation without an embarrassing split over the issue. Legislation set for debate Thursday would ban virtually all abortions for pregnancies of 20 weeks or longer. It would offer some exceptions, including for victims of rapes that have already been reported to authorities. Some Republicans were upset about that requirement, saying that many women feel too distressed to report rapes and should not be penalized. …
  • Mike Huckabee: Jeb Bush More to Right Than His Brother (facepalm)

    01/20/2015 5:05:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 06:53 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—who’s mulling another run for president—says his potential rival, Jeb Bush, is a lot more conservative than people think—even further to the right than his brother, George W. Bush. Asked Tuesday on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV whether the former Florida governor was a true conservative, Huckabee said: “Jeb will have a lot of issues that he’ll make front and center. He was an excellent governor of Florida. He was a very conservative governor of Florida. We’ve served contemporaneously during the late ’90s and early part of 2000. So when people say, well, ‘Jeb...
  • PRO-LIFE LEADERS BLAST REP RENÉE ELLMERS’ ‘REPREHENSIBLE’ REQUEST TO DELAY HOUSE 20WEEK ABORTION BAN

    01/17/2015 1:19:50 PM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 17, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Pro-life leaders are expressing their fury toward Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-NC) for seeking to delay what has been expected to be a relatively easy passage next week of a House bill that would restrict abortions to 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence that unborn babies experience pain at 20 weeks of gestation. According to the National Journal, Ellmers is leading a group of moderate Republican congresswomen who appear to have concerns about the political ramifications of the bill – which is to be voted on next week on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision – because it...
  • What’s a good Republican voter to do now?

    01/17/2015 4:14:11 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 1/12/2015 | Bob Livingston
    Republican voters believed they had sent a message to Washington in November when they voted to increase the GOP majority in the House and give Republicans a Senate majority for the first time since 2007. If a message was sent, it was not received. Weeper of the House of John Boehner got only a token challenge for his speakership. Most of the new freshmen sent to Congress to change the status quo in the House turned into congressweasels before they’d even moved their furniture into their new Capitol Hill offices. That’s even quicker than usual. Normally, they hold out a...
  • 2016: RNC Awards Liberal Media Majority of Sanctioned Debates

    01/16/2015 1:17:10 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-16-15 | Tony Lee
    Liberal media outlets will host six of the nine 2016 GOP presidential debates that the Republican National Committee (RNC) will sanction. On Friday, the RNC announced the nine sanctioned debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016 with three more that are pending. Though there is a pending “Conservative Media Debate,” conservative new media outlets and talk radio did not receive a sanctioned debate. RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer has previously said that conservative media outlets can often hold Republican candidates more to account than mainstream media outlets. Fox News outlets will host three of the sanctioned debates while CNN,...
  • Obama vows to ‘play offense’ against GOP-led Congress

    01/16/2015 8:41:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-16-2015 | Fox News
    President Obama told Senate Democrats in a private meeting that he plans to "play offense" against the new GOP-controlled Congress, showing little hesitation about clashing with Republicans for the next two years. Congressional sources confirmed the comments, made Thursday during a summit in Baltimore, as Republican lawmakers held their own summit in Hershey, Pa. The president, who already has issued a string of veto threats in the opening days of the 114th Congress, indicated he's prepared to keep opposing legislation he finds objectionable. This includes legislation with bipartisan support. Not only has Obama threatened to veto bipartisan legislation authorizing the...
  • I Am No Longer a Republican

    12/22/2014 11:20:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 135 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 12/21/14 | Matt Berber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people – the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America's first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president. If ever there were, there can no longer be any doubt. Barack Obama is bent on turning...