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  • Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

    05/26/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. And if Republicans lose Florida they increase their odds of losing their Senate majority altogether. […] At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, subsequently took the unusual step of issuing a public statement calling Rubio a “very valuable member of the Senate” and disclosing that...
  • RNC official: We won't go full Trump on party platform

    05/26/2016 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/25/2016 | Jonathan Swan
    A top Republican National Committee (RNC) official sought to soothe business leaders worried about Donald Trump's influence on the party, saying at a private meeting on Tuesday that its presumptive presidential nominee would not dictate the party's platform. Ben Key, the RNC platform committee"s executive director, offered the assurance during a meeting at the organization's headquarters on Capitol Hill, according to two sources in the room.... The source said several of those attending the meeting offered knowing smiles in response to the comment. "And then he added... that the platform would not include some of the more controversial positions that...
  • Kristol on Hugh Hewitt...

    05/20/2016 3:38:42 AM PDT · by taildragger · 58 replies
    the radio ^ | 05/20/2016 | taildragger
    Oh by folks....Bill Kristol is now Pushing a John Kyle - Joe Lieberman Ticket. Apparently Kyle says he is interested...
  • In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

    05/16/2016 6:54:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 8:44 AM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike to cover the state’s share...
  • Texas GOP may distance support for gay 'reparative therapy'

    05/13/2016 7:00:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 6:54 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    The Texas Republican Party considered a platform Friday that would soften support of widely rebuked “reparative therapy” for gays while still preserving some of the toughest anti-gay language on any party plank in the U.S. The new platform also would oppose bathroom rights for transgender persons — an unsurprising move after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor said Friday that Texas is ready to forfeit billions of federal dollars rather than comply with a new Obama administrative directive on transgender rights in public schools. …
  • The Myth of the ‘Open Borders’ Right

    05/12/2016 6:04:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | May 12, 2016 | Ian Tuttle
    Paul Ryan is not for open borders. In the Year of Donald Trump, these are fighting words. They are also true. On his campaign website, the speaker of the House lists four principles that he believes should guide any attempt to reform our immigration system, among which are: “First, we need to secure the border,” and, “Second, we need to enforce our laws.” Ryan has called illegal immigration “an affront to the rule of law and an unacceptable security risk.” He voted for the “Secure Fence Act of 2006,” which aimed “to establish operational control over the international land and...
  • Repeal and Replace the Republican Party

    05/08/2016 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Williams · 36 replies
    Vanity
    Watching the Sunday news shows, I realize America is finished if we have to rely on the Republican party. I just watched Senator Flake (R Ariz.) smugly go on that we will lose the war on terror because of Trump having a "religious test" for admission to our country. Also he says that's why we will lose the election not because Senator Flake isn't supporting Trump. We are facing Hillary Clinton and these republicans are everywhere saying Trump has to come to each of them and explain himself. Then he has to change to agree with them. These republicans don't...
  • See list of 98 top Republicans who refuse to back Trump

    05/06/2016 5:42:10 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 106 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/5/2016 | Garth Kant
    •Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. •Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass. •Brian Bartlett •Glenn Beck •Michael Berry •Max Boot . •Brent Bozell •Bruce Carroll, GayPatriot.org •Jay Caruso •Mona Charen •Linda Chavez •Dean Clancy •Eliot Cohen •Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn. •Charles C. W. Cooke •Doug Coon •Rory Cooper •Jim Cunneen •Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla. •Steve Deace •Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill. •Erick Erickson •Mindy Finn •David French •Jon Gabriel •Michael Graham •Jonah Goldberg •Alan Goldsmith •Stephen Gutowski •Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. •Jamie Brown Hantman •Stephen Hayes •Doug Heye •Quin Hillyer •Ben Howe •Former Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C •Cheri Jacobus •Robert Kagan •Randy Kendrick, GOP...
  • Why Six Swing-State GOP Senators Are in Trouble – And How They Can Survive

    04/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/23/2016 | By Gerald F. Seib
    In a complicated political season, nobody has more complications to worry about than the half-dozen Republican senators seeking re-election in tight, swing-state contests. Those senators–hailing from Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina—are being buffeted by big forces largely out of their control as they try to hang onto their seats. Their fate will determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they currently have a 54-46 advantage. The predicament of these GOP senators comes into clearer focus in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, completed just last week, which helps crystallize three big complications they...
  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 102 replies
    04.21.16 | chickensoup
    Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial As I watch people get involved with dramas over this issue, I think: What is it that we are not supposed to pay attention to? What is it that the elites, the media and the government don't want us to notice? Is it the loss of our history and culture with the change with monies, another knife in the gut by the Obama administration? Is it the subtlest of this election? Is it the lousy depression like statistics in some areas of the country? Is it the invasion of western Civ and our country...
  • Rep. Kristi Noem: IRS Is Rehiring Employees Fired for Misconduct

    04/20/2016 8:38:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 19, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    House Republicans are aiming at the Internal Revenue Service this week, taking up four bills to ensure integrity in hiring and better customer service. “We have recently learned…that IRS employees that have been fired for misconduct have been rehired” in the last several years, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told a news conference on Tuesday. “Now some of this may involve falsifying documents — they failed to pay their own taxes. They may have been fired for accessing sensitive taxpayer information without permission. In fact, one employee had missed up to eight weeks of work without permission, had actually stamped on...
  • Kasich tells supporters of religious freedom laws: 'Get over it'

    04/17/2016 6:56:38 PM PDT · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | Pete Kasperowicz
    "What I'd like to say is, just relax," Kasich said on CNN. "If you don't like what somebody's doing, pray for them, and if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it? You know?" Kasich's comments were a reply to a question about his harsh reaction to Mississippi's new law that allows companies not to serve gay couples. Last week, Kasich asked "What the hell are we doing in this country?" in reaction to that law.
  • Here is a List of Republicans Who Will Not Oppose of Obama's Executive Amnesty

    04/14/2016 8:25:46 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 4/14/2016 | Bethany Blankley
    A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, sued the federal government over its unfunded mandate to provide health insurance and other benefits to illegal aliens. Its case will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 18, 2016. Adding to their effort, 43 U.S. Senators filed an Amicus Brief with the Court, requesting that the justices affirm the U.S. District CourtÂ’s ruling. On the eve of implementing ObamaÂ’s illegal executive order on immigration and amnesty, the District Court placed an injunction on the program, halting his actions. Eleven Republicans chose not to sign (see below.) At...
  • Nuisance challengers irk GOP senators

    04/12/2016 8:20:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2016 | Burgess Everett
    Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire will spend their summers under attack by underfinanced tea party opponents. In Nevada, the reemergence of Sharron Angle — who infamously blew a chance to defeat Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid in 2010 — means the GOP's hand-picked candidate for the open seat, Rep. Joe Heck, has a fight on his hands to get to the general election. And Republicans also are fretting over primaries in Colorado, Indiana and Florida, as well as the fate of a former leader of their campaign arm. It's a nuisance the party could...
  • Jindal: GOP may become useless, but will win in November

    04/11/2016 8:38:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    The former Louisiana governor told the Washington Examiner the danger facing the Republican Party is not a single candidate such as Donald Trump, but an identity crisis brought on by ignoring conservative principles. "It's certainly fair to describe the Republican Party as the worst political party out there except for all the alternatives," Jindal said. "I don't see at this point in time a viable alternative for conservatives to go out there and implement and present our principles, but I do think if the Republican Party continues to move away from our conservative principles, at some point it is fair...
  • Kasich: 'Establishment' not going to let Trump, Cruz become nominee

    04/10/2016 7:26:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 233 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2016 | By Rudy Takala (@RudyTakal
    Republican delegates are not going to be likely to support either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz when they get to the party's national convention in July, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Sunday. . . . "Here's what's interesting," Kasich said, suggesting that he was prepared to go down in history. "I am the second choice of both the Cruz people and also the Trump people. As you know, we've had 10 contested conventions, and only three times has the front-runner won. I don't want to go back in history too far, but I think old Honest Abe...
  • Lindsey Graham wants his jacket back, America

    04/09/2016 4:02:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    WRGB Albany ^ | April 9, 2016 | Stephen Loiaconi
    During an interview with CBS News online Friday about the 2016 presidential race, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appealed for help locating a jacket that he left on a plane. The former GOP presidential candidate said he left his Ralph Lauren jacket on a plane and he urged whoever has it to contact him immediately. Following an extensive discussion of his support for Ted Cruz and the shortcomings of Donald Trump's foreign policy views, Graham turned to the camera. "All of that stuff in the Mideast is important, who will be president, that's all important. But I've got the wrong jacket,"...
  • In case you thought you are the only one who hates Paul Ryan

    04/09/2016 8:40:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/9/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Paul Ryan is a despicable worm and that is the best I can say about him. I tweet him calling him Paulie and telling him off almost every day. Recently I went to Ryan’s twitter account to see if others shared my low opinion of him. He had tweeted: “Protecting middle-class families & small businesses from government overreach is our priority.” Starting with mine, here are some of the tweets the little twerp got after sending this one out. Paulie if you really thought this and wanted 2 help us U would never have given Schumer "more than he asked...
  • An improbable white knight for the GOP

    04/09/2016 8:33:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2016 | Layne D. Hansen
    Nikki Haley is the best (and perhaps only) choice in this scenario for many reasons. First, unlike with Trump, there is no doubt that Haley is an ardent conservative. She has fought Democrats, both in her state and nationally. Second, she is a governor of an important red state. Third, and perhaps most importantly, she's energetic, passionate, and unafraid to pick a fight, which is something Republicans have lacked since Ronald Reagan left office. The added bonus, of course, is that Haley is a woman and an ethnic minority, being of Indian descent. . . The Republican National Convention is...
  • Obama: GOP jeopardizing judicial integrity with Garland

    04/07/2016 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2016 5:04 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama accused Senate Republicans on Thursday of jeopardizing the “integrity of the judicial branch” by refusing to consider his “extraordinary” nominee to the Supreme Court. Holding court before Chicago law students, Obama argued that the treatment of judge Merrick Garland will cause the public to lose confidence in the ability of courts at all levels of government to fairly judge cases and resolve controversies. “Our democracy can’t afford that,” Obama said. …
  • Why do we detest the Republican establishment so much? This story is a good answer

    04/07/2016 8:51:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/7/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When Justice Antonin Scalia died we mourned a great Jurist who believed in the Constitution’s ability to protect our rights and way of life. When the days of mourning passed we realized we are in grave danger of losing our liberties because Barack Obama could replace Scalia with someone who hates the Constitution and would take our rights away. Enter Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Although Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there will be no hearing to fill the Court’s vacancy, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer has expressed his total confidence that ultimately McConnell and his caucus will give in...
  • Battle between religious and gay rights splits GOP states

    04/06/2016 1:58:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:10 AM EDT | David A. Lieb
    Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples. The bills could benefit court clerks, photographers, florists, bakers, wedding-hall operators and others who say gay matrimony goes against their beliefs. For a party already being torn apart by the presidential contest, the state legislative efforts have exposed deep rifts between the GOP’s social conservatives and its pro-business wing. Business leaders worry that such measures will allow discrimination and scare away companies...
  • Mitt Romney Niece: Reince Priebus 'Has Revolutionized the Republican Party'

    04/05/2016 12:39:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 5, 2016 | Cathy Burke
    In an interview Monday by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV, Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, praised Preibus' leadership of the Republican National Committee. "I think Reince has revolutionized the Republican Party," she said. "He has put together a field program that we have never seen before…. He has put us in a place in 2016 where we can win the White House because of the infrastructure that he has so effectively built."
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

    04/04/2016 7:37:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2016 9:13 PM EDT
    Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. The White House has countered that Obama had no choice after comprehensive legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 stalled in the GOP-led House. The senators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas. A lawsuit from 26 states, led by Texas, challenges Obama’s actions, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments later this month and possibly rule...
  • US senator tells Arab world: US hasn't changed despite Trump (Linda Graham)

    04/03/2016 9:45:03 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2016 | MARAM MAZEN
    Residents of the Middle East should not be too alarmed at the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters in Cairo on Sunday. "The Congress is going to be around no matter who is the president," Graham, who is leading a Republican congressional delegation touring the Middle East, told reporters after meeting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Graham said he and el-Sissi discussed Trump, among other issues. "All of us, regardless of what Mr. Trump says or does, we are going to keep being who we are, so don't let the political scenes at home get...
  • Insiders: Ted Cruz will capture Wisconsin - Democrats expect a Bernie Sanders victory.

    04/01/2016 3:32:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 194 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 1, 2016 | Steven Shepard
    Ted Cruz will deal Donald Trump an emphatic defeat in Wisconsin next week. That’s according to The POLITICO Caucus – a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in 10 key battleground states. Nearly nine-in-10 Republicans in those states chose Cruz as the likely winner of next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary. Among Democrats, Caucus members by a nearly two-to-one margin predicted Bernie Sanders would defeat Hillary Clinton. In the Republican race, insiders said Cruz has surged ahead of Trump in Wisconsin thanks to GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s endorsement and an electorate that isn’t as favorable to Trump as those in other...
  • Karl Rove: Scrap Trump, Cruz And Kasich And Go With A 'Fresh Face'

    04/01/2016 7:05:38 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 182 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/31/2016
    Karl Rove says that instead of nominating Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or John Kasich “a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.” In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, Rove weighed in on the 2016 election and called on Trump to start “acting in a presidential manner” in order to turn his high unfavorable ratings around. Hewitt asked Rove, “If Donald Trump is the nominee, how do you recover from a 30 percent favorable/63 percent unfavorable, as you note in your column today?” Rove...
  • Just had a very nice meeting with @Reince Priebus and the @GOP.

    03/31/2016 12:11:27 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 210 replies
    Twitter/Trump ^ | 03/31/16 | Donald Trump
    Just had a very nice meeting with @Reince Priebus and the @GOP. Looking forward to bringing the Party together --- and it will happen!
  • Jeb Bush, pathetic nice guy, pledges fealty to Cruz

    03/29/2016 6:24:04 PM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 28, 2016 | Jules Witcover
    Not sufficiently humiliated by his collapse as the early Republican presidential front runner, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in an attempt to deny the nomination to Donald Trump. In doing so, Mr. Bush has further diminished his onetime stature as the darling of the dying Grand Old Party establishment once represented by his father, President George H.W. Bush, and his brother, President George W. Bush. Previously, Jeb Bush had preserved some stature among the old-timers by conspicuously offering himself as the initial Trump giant-killer. In his frontal assault on Mr. Trump as a fraudulent...
  • Chamber of Commerce enters first GOP Senate primary (IN)

    03/29/2016 5:36:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/29/16 | Joseph Lawlor
    Rep. Todd Young has won the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his Indiana Senate bid, representing the business lobby's first entry into a Republican Senate primary this cycle. The Chamber announced Monday that it had cut an ad for Young, a three-term congressman representing Indiana's 9th District in the southern part of the state. Young faces another member of Indiana's delegation, fellow three-term Rep. Marlin Stutzman, in the GOP primary. Stutzman has the backing of the Club for Growth, a group that favors fiscally conservative candidates in Republican primaries, as well as other conservative groups. The 30-second...
  • Supreme Court Fight: A Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

    03/28/2016 9:56:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 29 2016, 12:01 AM ET | Ari Melber
    When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans were united in their wall of opposition — no meetings, no hearing, no vote. And while Garland’s path remains a very uphill battle, some Republicans are starting to shift their tone. Two weeks into the nomination fight, 16 Republican senators now say they will meet with Garland — over 25 percent of the GOP caucus — according to a running count by NBC News. That includes senators up for re-election in Blue States, such as New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte and Illinois’ Mark Kirk, who will be the...
  • Attorney: Court ruling lets Ohio political candidates lie

    03/28/2016 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 9:44 AM EDT
    Candidates for public office in Ohio can lie and get away with it under a recent federal court ruling that struck down a state law banning false statements in campaigns, an attorney says. Attorney Donald Brey, who has represented Republicans in cases before the Ohio Elections Commission, told The Columbus Dispatch his clients mostly tell the truth, but can legally lie as long as they don’t defame anyone.In past elections, the commission ruled on false-advertising complaints. That changed when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals a few weeks ago upheld the 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy...
  • Job totals trail pre-recession levels in 10 US states

    03/25/2016 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2016 12:18 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains. […] Wyoming had 3 percent fewer jobs last month than it did in December 2007, when the recession began, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the biggest percentage decline among the states. Alabama's job total trails its pre-recession level by 2.7 percent, followed by New Mexico, where job totals are 2.6 percent lower. Some larger states are also still behind. New Jersey has nearly 1 percent...
  • Obama: GOP could break judicial nominations 'beyond repair'

    03/25/2016 8:34:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 10:53 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says Republicans’ refusal to consider his Supreme Court nominee will threaten the integrity of the justice system and prove that the judicial nomination process is “beyond repair.” In an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, Obama says the fight is bigger than “a single election.” He argues that the election-year blockade could make it impossible for future presidents to install judges on the court. He says that would “betray the vision of our founding.” …
  • Plan to Rescue Puerto Rico Advances, Led by House Republicans

    03/24/2016 5:48:20 PM PDT · by cll · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/24/2016 | Mary Williams Walsh
    Politicians in Washington are coalescing around a financial plan to rescue Puerto Rico, just weeks before an expected major default on bond payments that would spread more turmoil through the island’s shaky economy. The plan, being drafted as legislation by House Republicans, would not grant Puerto Rico’s most fervent request: permission to restructure its entire $72 billion debt in bankruptcy. It would, however, give the island certain crucial tools that bankruptcy proceedings can offer — but only if it first comes under close federal oversight and meets other conditions. The oversight would be provided by a five-member voting board, selected...
  • Why the Republican Establishment Doesn't Like John Kasich

    03/23/2016 11:26:05 AM PDT · by kevcol · 28 replies
    New York Times Magazine ^ | MARCH 21, 2016 | Robert Draper
    ...He was forced to apologize for publicly describing a policeman who had given him a traffic citation as "an idiot." State Republicans have not forgotten how, in 2013, he lectured the Ohio House speaker Bill Batchelder — a Republican legislator who had served over three decades in the House — about his moral duty to support Kasich's Medicaid expansion plan: "When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he's probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor....
  • GOP Establishment Plotting Anti-Trump Coup

    03/22/2016 3:30:56 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 79 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 03/22/2016 | Matthew Vadum
    Party leaders plan to deny Trump the nomination even if he wins most of the delegates. The Republican Party establishment is prepared to manipulate the rules at the party's national convention this summer to deprive Donald Trump of the presidential nomination -- even if he wins an outright majority of delegates -- according to longtime political operative and Trump confidant Roger Stone. "The insiders have poured over the rules of the Republican Party ... and they have found a way to lie, cheat and steal Trump out of enough delegates to force a second ballot." This time the Republican establishment...
  • John McCain Concedes the GOP May Have Lost Hispanics

    03/22/2016 9:36:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 22, 2016 | Pema Levy
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., appears to have conceded that the Republican Party has alienated Hispanic voters and will have to rely increasingly on white voters to win in November. . . McCain will face off against several Republican primary challengers in August. Polls show McCain currently tied with his general election opponent, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.).
  • Traitor Lindsey Graham says it's better to make Hillary president over Trump

    03/21/2016 1:46:57 PM PDT · by kevcol · 158 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | March 21, 2016 | John Binder
    In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," establishment-type Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., admitted that he would prefer to lose the election to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton than to have Trump as president. "We can lose an election, but I don’t want us to lose our heart and soul," said Graham. "If we nominate Donald Trump, and he carries the banner of the Republican Party, given who he is and what he said about immigrants, about Muslims and young women, we will not just lose the election. We have lost the heart and soul of the conservative movement. That's what...
  • The Trump phenomenon

    03/21/2016 9:03:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/21/16 | Michael D. Shaw
    It would be amusing, were it not so pathetic—as the cliché goes—to watch the pundit class attempt to explain the rise of Donald Trump. No doubt, Trump is populist, but these analysts fail to recognize one very basic fact: Trump is a pissed-off rich guy financing his own populist campaign, and, as such, there has never been anyone like him in American history. Comparisons to Hitler, even acknowledging the dictator's initial (and very short-lived) populist approach, conveniently omit that it was the Nazis who violently broke up demonstrations—just as the anti-Trump forces are doing today. Full marks if you recognize...
  • NY State nears political deal to saw the bottom rung off the economic ladder

    03/19/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    americanthinker. ^ | March 18, 2016 | By Thomas Lifson
    New York State appears ready to throw as many as 200,000 people out of work by imposing a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide. The New York Post reports: Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is close to a “Faustian pact’’ with Democratic Gov. Cuomo to raise the state’s minimum wage to a national high of $15 an hour — boosting union power and possibly costing New York hundreds of thousands of jobs. A source close to Flanagan said the deal would involve Cuomo agreeing to do “little if anything’’ to help Senate Democrats, now just one vote shy of...
  • Obama signs bill to ease presidential transitions

    03/18/2016 6:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 18, 2016 7:16 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation intended to improve the changeover from one president to another. The White House is now required — at least six months before Election Day — to create a team of officials from different agencies to help smooth the transition between administrations. The bill’s sponsor, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, describes handing over control of the federal government as “a colossal undertaking.” …
  • Conservative[?] activists plot to stop Donald Trump

    03/17/2016 9:08:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 66 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-17-2016
    A group of conservative activists huddled behind closed doors Thursday at a Washington hotel to plot strategy to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump , including calling for a unity ticket to oppose him and a floor fight at the GOP convention to deny him the nomination. The meeting was led by conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson, a longtime outspoken critic of Mr. Trump . “We believe that the issue of Donald Trump is greater than an issue of party. It is an issue of morals and character that all Americans, not just those of us in the conservative movement,...
  • It Begins...Trump-Haters Start List of Trump Supporters to Blackball and Punish

    03/17/2016 6:45:45 PM PDT · by ak267 · 211 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3-17-2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Trump-bashers are starting up a list of conservative supporters of Donald Trump — so that they can blackball these Trump supporters. The list was initiated by Cruz supporter Amanda Carpenter who is usually kind and intelligent but now suffers from a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
  • Democrats see 'cracks' in Republican block of Merrick Garland confirmation

    03/17/2016 5:22:33 PM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 17, 2016 | David Smith
    New York senator Chuck Schumer said some Senate Republicans have agreed to meet supreme court nominee despite leadership wanting to hold off on hearings . . . Chuck Schumer, senator for New York, said in response to a question from the Guardian: “We are seeing cracks on the Republican side. "About five or six members have agreed already to meet with the nominee and I think what happened is they saw how stellar the nominee was and they realised how bad it would be not to ... They're feeling the heat and we believe we’ll see many more cracks over...
  • What has happened to Free Republic? [What difference at this point can it possibly make?]

    03/17/2016 3:13:11 PM PDT · by katwoman5779 · 991 replies
    Since Obuma was elected to POTUS, I have been coming to Free Republic to get news, opinions and a few laughs. Most of the serious posts were bemoaning the out of control government and what could be done about it. "Oh Whoa is Me!". Then along comes a constitutional conservative. For the first time since Ronald Reagan, we have a constitutional candidate running for the GOP nomination. This man was elected by conservatives to go to Washington and stand up to the elites that no longer listen to the American people. He didn't go to Washington and "fall in" with...
  • Lindsey Graham will raise money for Ted Cruz — a man he has said some amazingly bad things about

    03/17/2016 3:12:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/17/16 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Lindsey Graham will soon raise money for Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, as CNN's Dana Bash just reported. Which is an amazing turn of events, given the things Graham previously said about Cruz. He has said on multiple occasions that Cruz is would be the death of the Republican Party and is no better than Donald Trump. He has even joked about killing Cruz. To wit (in reverse chronological order): Feb. 26: “I was asked the hardest question in my political life: Do you agree with Donald Trump that Ted Cruz is the biggest liar in politics?” he said. “Too...
  • GOP Supreme Court blockade showing early cracks

    03/16/2016 1:45:06 PM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    politico ^ | 3/16/16 | Kim et al
    Just hours after Obama unveils his pick, some Republicans waver. The Senate GOP's Supreme Court blockade showed signs of cracking almost immediately after President Barack Obama unveiled his nominee — even as Mitch McConnell and his allies reiterated their vow not to hold any confirmation hearings before the November elections. A handful of GOP senators said they would at least meet with Merrick Garland, the chief justice of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals whom Obama nominated for the nation’s highest court on Wednesday. Meanwhile, some Republicans acknowledged they could move Garland’s nomination during the lame-duck session, should their party...
  • 5 Facts You Need To Know About Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Here are five quick facts you need to know about Garland.
  • Obama: ‘I’ve made my decision’ on Supreme Court nominee (Will announce 11 AM in Rose Garden)

    03/16/2016 5:31:25 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 78 replies
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will reveal his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, expecting to choose from a small circle of federal appeals court judges. “I’ve made my decision,” Obama said in an email to supporters early Wednesday. Obama planned to introduce his pick at a Rose Garden ceremony, setting up a showdown with Senate Republicans who have told the White House not to bother filling the vacancy in an election year. In his email, Obama did not identify his choice to replace the Scalia on the nine-member court. But the...