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  • Graham: Connection between Trump campaign, Russian intelligence would be 'game changer'

    02/15/2017 9:14:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    Reports that President Trump's campaign aides had regular contact with Russian intelligence officials would be a "game changer" if true and would warrant a select committee to investigate, according to Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). The GOP senator in an interview early Wednesday called for a "preliminary investigation" to see if further scrutiny is warranted after The New York Times and CNN reported that Trump campaign aides and allies spoke regularly with members of Russian intelligence....
  • Graham and McCain hop aboard the Tillerson train

    01/22/2017 12:06:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Axiom ^ | January 23, 2017 | Justin Green
    From the Sunday shows: Lindsey Graham and John McCain both said they'll vote to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Why it matters: Tillerson can clear the Senate with just Republican votes. His refusals to condemn Putin drew lots of attention at his confirmation hearing. Now it looks like he'll be just fine. The one to watch: Marco Rubio, who was the senator to put Tillerson through the ringer on Russia. He's still mum on his vote.
  • Lindsey Graham Working on Bill to Protect Dreamers if Trump Revokes Obama Executive Actions

    11/30/2016 5:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that he’d get rid of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported. One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley picked to become UN ambassador, sources say

    11/22/2016 10:18:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | November 22, 2016 | Andy Shain
    COLUMBIA -- President-elect Donald Trump is picking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Post and Courier has learned. The move, expected Wednesday, continues the steep political rise of the daughter of Indian immigrants that started six years ago when the Bamberg native was elected as South Carolina’s first female and minority governor. The planned nomination to the cabinet-level post, confirmed by multiple sources with knowledge of the decision, is likely to raise questions about Haley’s qualifications for a major foreign policy role since she has little diplomatic experience as state lawmaker...
  • Trump Wins!!!

    11/09/2016 1:11:32 AM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 41 replies
    Me | 11/8/2016 | Me
    This is my election vanity! TRIUMP WINS! TRUMP WINS! TRUMP WINS! I am done for now - but I'm SO excited for the future! My main issues were the Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment, and I'm feeling very good about the future! GO AMERICA!
  • Donald Trump's campaign draws dedicated volunteers

    06/13/2016 10:25:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Brandon Sun ^ | June 13, 2016 | Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Dale "Boomer" Ranney can get in Donald Trump's face like almost no one else. She has nudged her way to the front of 21 of his rallies, passing up book after book, photo after photo for him to autograph, finding success some 66 times. He smiles at her in recognition now. When she made a trip to Trump Tower in New York to be near him for his home state primary in April, he spotted her and told his security guards to let her into his victory party there later that day....
  • Graham calls on Republicans to un-endorse Trump

    06/07/2016 8:12:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 7, 2016 | Nick Gass
    If ever there were a moment for Republicans to jump off the Trump train, now would be as good of a time, according to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Graham wants fellow Republicans who have endorsed Donald Trump to take it all back in the wake of his repeated claims that Judge Gonzalo Curiel's heritage make him unfit to preside over lawsuits against him....
  • Trump: I’m open to Cruz as VP

    05/05/2016 6:14:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | May 4, 2016 | Mark Hensch
    Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he would consider making Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) his running mate. “I respect Ted,” he told host Bill O’Reilly on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor." "He was a very strong competitor. He really competed hard and tough." “He’s certainly a capable guy,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee added. "It’s something we can think about.” Trump defeated Cruz in Tuesday’s Indiana GOP presidential primary, making him the presumptive nominee. Cruz suspended his Oval Office bid shortly afterward, saying that his results in the Hoosier State “foreclose” his path to the Republican presidential nomination. Trump on...
  • Trump's Saturday delegate disaster (South Carolina and Colorado)

    04/09/2016 8:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 222 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 9, 2016 | Eli Stokols and Kyle Cheney
    In Colorado and South Carolina, the GOP's embattled front-runner had another very bad day. Donald Trump’s struggle to win loyal delegates to the Republican National Convention grew even more desperate on Saturday, with crushing losses in Colorado and South Carolina that put victory at a contested convention further from his grasp. Trump, who handed the reins of much of his campaign this week to strategist Paul Manafort in an effort to shore up his operation before the nomination slips away, was swept out of delegate slots up for grabs at Colorado’s state convention. Adding to his woes, he picked up...
  • The real lesson of Ted Cruz's Super Saturday? Marco Rubio is a horrible failure.

    03/06/2016 7:58:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Week ^ | March 6, 2016 | James Poulos
    Maybe Donald Trump isn't invincible, after all. On Saturday, Ted Cruz nuked Trump from orbit in Kansas, pantsed him in Maine, and almost scored coups in the other two states, Kentucky and Louisiana, where he fell short of Trump by just two delegates in the first case and one in the second. Overall, the Texas senator trails Trump in the delegate race by a very manageable 378-295. There's an awfully long way to go to get to the 1,237 needed for the nomination. It's enough to launch a thousand think pieces on what's become of the GOP's once-unstoppable frontrunner. But...
  • Why Nikki Haley's endorsement was worthless in South Carolina

    03/09/2016 2:06:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Don Surber's website ^ | March 7, 2016 | Don Surber
    One of the puzzlers of the South Carolina primary is why Marco Rubio lost. He had the two major endorsements: Senator Tim Scott and Governor Nikki Haley. How could he lose? Haley has a 71% approval rate among Republicans. We learned the answer this weekend. Nikki Haley spoke to the Gridiron Club. Yep. She is that establishment. Not only did she deliver the response to the State of the Union speech that blasted the Republican front-runner instead of the Democratic president, but now she is in Washington dancing to the Washington Establishment's tune. And that tine is Never Trump. From...
  • Trump savages Rubio at Florida rally

    03/05/2016 5:10:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2016 | Ben Schreckinger
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- Donald Trump wants to make sure Marco Rubio's campaign ends in the same state where it started. At a rally that saw the businessman leave the podium to stare down a group of protesters and attempt to lead supporters in a pledge of allegiance to him, Trump unleashed the first salvo in a 10-day campaign to finish off Rubio by defeating him in Florida's March 15 primary. Calling the Florida senator an "idiot," Trump portrayed Rubio as beholden to his donors and said voters here should reject Rubio for neglecting his day job. "What does he do...
  • Hillary Supporters Hiss At Black Lives Matter Protester Who Interrupts $500-Per-Person Fundraiser

    03/01/2016 10:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    A Black Lives Matter protester was escorted out of a $500 per person Hillary Clinton fundraiser on Wednesday after she interrupted the Democratic presidential candidate's speech, which was being held at the home of a Charleston, South Carolina attorney. Video from the incident shows Clinton supporters hissing at the activist, Ashley Williams, while others call her protest "inappropriate." The encounter took place several days before Clinton faces Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary. Williams told the Huffington Post that she and another activist donated the $500 it cost to attend the event in order to confront Clinton...
  • How the GOP's unhinged debate diminished both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio

    02/26/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | February 26, 2016 | James Poulos
    At an unhinged moment in the 2016 presidential primary season, the Republican candidates turned in a fine set of unhinged performances at Thursday night's critical debate. Let's begin with Donald Trump, far and away the strongest contender, be it in Ted Cruz's backyard or Marco Rubio's home state. For the first time, he met his rhetorical match in a surprisingly vitriolic Rubio. The Florida senator devoted himself to going shout-for-shout with Trump, dragging out old scandals and unseemly details that put the mogul's present-day promises in an unflattering light. But even when Trump visibly ground his gears, he stayed characteristically...
  • Lindsey Graham jokes about how to get away with murdering Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 26, 2016 | Catherine Treyz
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks his party has gone "bats---" crazy, and joked Thursday that it's possible to get away with murdering Ted Cruz if it happened in the Senate. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," the former presidential candidate said at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd Congressional Dinner, referencing the Texas senator's unpopular reputation on Capitol Hill. CNN has reached out to Cruz's presidential campaign for comment. While Graham teased Democrats and other politicians in the room -- at one...
  • Trump Optimists And Trump Skeptics Are About To Go To War

    02/21/2016 6:17:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | February 21, 2016 | Nate Silver
    If you think the arguments between the Republican candidates have been bad, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Pundits, reporters and political analysts are going to really have at it. Two competing theories about the Republican race are about to come to a head, and both of them can claim a victory of sorts after South Carolina. The first theory is simple. It can be summarized in one word: Trump! The more detailed version would argue the following: * Trump has easily won two of the first three states. * Trump is ahead in the polls in pretty much every...
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • Marco Rubio 'Won' South Carolina Tonight. It Was Actually His Worst Loss Yet.

    02/20/2016 9:57:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 20, 2016 | Nick Baumann
    Trump will win most -- and likely all -- of the state's delegates. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has never won a presidential primary. That didn't change on Saturday, when Rubio lost the South Carolina Republican primary, finishing behind angry rich guy Donald Trump for the third time this primary season. When Rubio finished third in Iowa, his campaign -- and many members of the media -- acted as if he had won. His fifth-place finish in New Hampshire made that spin even harder to believe. Just a few weeks ago, Rubio's campaign was telling reporters he'd finish second in New...
  • What Donald Trump's Win In South Carolina Says About The Republican Party (Compares to Wallace)

    02/20/2016 6:09:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 20, 2016 | Igor Bobic and Ryan Grim
    Donald Trump comfortably defeated his Republican presidential rivals on Saturday in South Carolina's GOP primary. Trump's resounding victory isn't simply a boon to his prospects for winning the Republican presidential nomination, an outcome once thought impossible that is looking increasingly more plausible. It is also an embarrassing repudiation of conservative orthodoxy that has dominated Republican politics for decades. It suggests that the party's intellectual leaders, who organized the base around the National Review/Weekly Standard consensus -- small government, free trade, pro-Israel, deregulation, low taxes, social conservatism and an aggressive foreign policy -- have been generals of a phantom army. The...
  • Cruz is big oil’s new crush as donors cool to Bush

    02/20/2016 3:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News | February 19, 2016 | Alex Nussbaum and Meenal Vamburkar, Bloomberg News |
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/business/eagle-ford-energy/article/Cruz-is-big-oil-s-new-crush-as-donors-cool-to-6843524.php