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  • Trump Wild Cards: Lieberman Touted for State, Cruz for Supreme Court

    12/05/2016 10:29:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 5, 2016 | Mark Swanson
    At the risk of "offending" the millions of people who supported and fought for him, Donald Trump should drop Mitt Romney from consideration for Secretary of State, best-selling author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root wrote for Townhall. He added, there are two darkhorse names the President-elect should consider for his administration: Joe Lieberman and Ted Cruz. Root, an early supporter of Trump's, makes the case for Cruz for the Supreme Court vacancy, and offers up 5 reasons why Lieberman would be a solid choice for Secretary of State: •Expand the GOP tent looking ahead to 2020. •Expand the tent...
  • Trump could help Republicans pick up two more Senate seats

    12/04/2016 6:36:38 PM PST · by ChessExpert · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 4th, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    There is a reasonable chance that two more Democrat Senate seats could be lost to the GOP when the next Congress convenes.
  • 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...
  • 3 Reasons Trump Could Put Cruz on the Supreme Court

    11/22/2016 3:21:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 185 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 22, 2016 | Ciro Scotti
    On the list of surprising visitors calling on president-elect Donald Trump last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas ranks right up there with alleged Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney. While Romney who called Trump a “phony” and talked openly about derailing his candidacy during the campaign had an actual job attached to the meeting with his former nemesis on Saturday, Cruz’s visit was billed as more of a drop-by. It’s true that after the name-calling between Cruz and Trump (who tagged him “Lyin’ Ted’) during the primary campaign; after Trump’s derogatory comments about Cruz’s wife; after Trump’s suggestion that...
  • Democrats want their leaders to stand against Trump, even if it means gridlock

    11/21/2016 9:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lesley Clark
    Most Democrats want their party leaders to stand up to incoming President Donald Trump rather than work with him, says a new survey that reflects a deeply divided nation. Nearly two-thirds – or 65 percent – of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters agreed that congressional Democrats should “stand up” to the president-elect on issues important to Democratic supporters, “even if it means less gets done in Washington,” the Pew Research Center poll found. Just 32 percent want party leaders, who are now in the minority in the House of Representatives and Senate, to work with Trump if it means disappointing Democrats....
  • SR 1356 – Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History!

    11/20/2016 9:21:04 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-20-16 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History! Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump. Newt Gingrich’s assessment of Donald Trump’s coattails is that Trump brings the strongest Republican party ever to Washington. [insert] However, Gingrich says he does not want to join the administration: [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books...
  • Schumer: Trump should pick 'mainstream' candidate to fill Supreme Court vacancy

    11/20/2016 2:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants President-elect Trump to select a "mainstream" candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Asked by NBC on Sunday whether he was comfortable filibustering any Trump nominee for the court, Schumer dodged answering the question directly. "I hope that President Trump picks a mainstream candidate," Schumer said. "A mainstream candidate is somebody you may not agree with on every issue, but basically believes in precedent." NBC's Chuck Todd interrupted Schumer and asked, "What does that mean? Can he nominate somebody in your mind...
  • [Patty] Murray elected to third-ranking position in Senate Democratic leadership

    11/18/2016 8:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Peninsula Daily News ^ | November 18, 2016 | Staff
    U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has been elected by the Democratic caucus to serve as assistant Democratic leader, the third-ranking position in Senate Democratic leadership. Murray, a Democrat from Seattle, was elected Wednesday. In this post, Murray will work with Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democratic leader, to shape the Democratic agenda and strategy, and will play a critical role in implementing it on and off the Senate floor with the rest of the leadership team and caucus. Murray has served as the conference secretary, the fourth-ranking position, since 2006. “We have a tough road ahead of us with Republicans in control of...
  • Dem propaganda. Senate disaster in 2018.

    11/11/2016 3:52:14 PM PST · by spintreebob · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/13/2016 | Maggie Severns
    Red-state Democrats and party strategists are already nervously looking past 2016, when they are angling to recapture the Senate, to the 2018 elections, hoping against hope that their party isn’t setting itself up for a titanic midterm backlash that could flip control of the Senate for a third time in three elections. As difficult as the 2016 Senate map has been for Republicans, who had to defend numerous blue- and purple-state seats and could lose their majority, Democrats’ 2018 map looks practically unnavigable. The party starts with five ruby-red seats to defend: Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia....
  • Trump thanked them, and perhaps signaled they will be near him in the White House

    11/09/2016 1:52:28 PM PST · by tekrat · 62 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | 11/9/2016 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    Did Donald Trump’s acceptance speech preview who will surround him at the White House? Here’s a look at who he praised and who stood with him through all the campaign trials: * RNC chairman Reince Priebus * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich * Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani * New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie * Sen. Jeff Sessions * Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn * Retired Army Gen. J. Keith Kellogg Jr. * Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
  • House Republicans to Hold Post-Election Call Wednesday

    11/07/2016 10:02:18 AM PST · by tekrat · 23 replies
    Roll Call.com ^ | 11/7/2016 | Lindsey McPherson
    House Republicans will hold a members-only conference call Wednesday at 1 p.m., two GOP aides confirmed. The call is an opportunity for members to touch base after Tuesday's elections, a senior GOP leadership aide said, noting that House Republicans regularly hold meetings or calls after large events. Republicans are expected to retain their majority in the House but are likely to lose seats. The call, which is being hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee, will give members a chance to assess the level of damage and to discuss what's ahead.
  • Trump edges ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire poll | Mitch McConnell’s strongest pro-Trump statement

    11/03/2016 10:35:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Market Watch ^ | November 3, 2016 | Robert Schroeder
    Donald Trump edges Hillary Clinton by just one point in New Hampshire with less than a week remaining before Election Day, a new poll finds. Trump beats Clinton 40% to 39%, in the latest survey of likely voters from WBUR. Clinton led Trump by three points in WBUR’s prior poll, on Oct. 12. The new survey was taken Saturday through Tuesday, after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said the agency was examining new emails related to its probe of Clinton’s private server. Other New Hampshire polls, meanwhile, have given Clinton the lead, as the RealClearPolitics average shows. McConnell’s...
  • McConnell makes his strongest case yet for Trump

    11/02/2016 6:27:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WKYT-TV ^ | November 2, 2016 | The Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made his strongest statement yet in favor of his party's presidential nominee, telling supporters in his home state that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America." McConnell, who has warned repeatedly that Republicans could lose control of the Senate this year, has been silent on Trump in recent weeks as he has come under fire for his statements about women and his claims that the election is rigged against him...
  • FBI investigating alleged ‘straw donor’ scheme tied to Florida Democratic Senate candidate

    11/02/2016 10:12:38 AM PDT · by tekrat · 3 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/2/2016 | Kate Scanlon
    The FBI is investigating allegations that a “wealthy Saudi family” perpetrated an illegal donation scheme in support of Florida Democratic Rep. and 2016 Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, who is seeking to unseat Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, The Hill reported Monday. According to the report, a conservative super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, alleged that Murphy’s high school friend, Ibrahim Al-Rashid, coordinated a “straw donor” scheme to help Murphy’s 2012 run for the House. These schemes are an effort to avoid legal limits to political campaign contributions by using other people’s names. The Hill noted that there is “no evidence that Murphy himself...
  • Romney Subtly Jabs Trump At Business Summit

    10/26/2016 10:59:11 AM PDT · by tekrat · 40 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 10/26/2016 | MATT SHUHAM
    During a keynote address Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber Institute's Legal Reform Summit, Mitt Romney made a series of subtle jabs at the Republican nominee on his business platform, in front of a friendly audience used to Republican business orthodoxy. After opening with a familiar refrain—“I get asked on a regular basis, boy, why aren't you running this year. I ask myself that now and then, too"—Romney delivered a speech that seemed to dig at a few of Donald Trump's policy positions without ever mentioning him by name. ... “I don’t think either candidate for president has said they’re going...
  • Mitch McConnell has gone silent on Donald Trump as Senate hangs in balance

    10/25/2016 5:21:19 AM PDT · by tekrat · 53 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent. On the few occasions when the Republican leader has appeared publicly in his home state of Kentucky this month, he’s either avoided answering reporters’ questions, or explicitly refused to address the topic he acknowledged was on everyone’s mind: His party’s presidential nominee. At a local Chamber of Commerce event in Danville, McConnell twice instructed the crowd not to ask him about the presidential race “even though that’s what I know you all wanted me to talk about.”
  • Crapo says he will vote for Trump after all (Idaho)

    10/24/2016 11:17:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    KIVI-TV ^ | October 24, 2016 | Steve Bertel and The Associated Press
    Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says he’ll be voting for Donald Trump after all. This, after Crapo earlier this month rescinded his endorsement of the presidential candidate. In a statement released Monday, Crapo says he will vote for Trump to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming president. “The choice we have is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Given that choice, I will vote for the Republican ticket, Trump and Pence. We must elect a President who will appoint strong Supreme Court justices who will interpret the Constitution as it was written and who will help lead us to...
  • Carville declares Trump campaign dead in fundraising email

    10/17/2016 6:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | October 17, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Democratic strategist James Carville on Monday declared GOP presidential nominee’s Donald Trump’s campaign “dead” as he urged voters to give money to support Democratic House candidates. In a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraising email, Carville summed up Trump’s campaign in a seven-word “eulogy:” “It launched. It failed miserably. It died.” But he argued that Democrats’ job is far from done, encouraging supporters to open up their wallets and contribute to House candidates and match the funding from Republican donors. “Here’s the deal: Just because Trump’s dunzo doesn’t mean your job is over!” Carville wrote. “Oh heck no -- Democrats...
  • Moody's and Buffett and Hillary’s Tax Plan

    10/13/2016 8:10:21 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2016 | Jack Hellner
    Economists from Moody’s Analytics write articles saying that Hillary’s economic policies are better for the economy than Trump’s policies. These articles come can come from Mark Zandi, Don White or in this case, Jeff Benjamin. Whenever any article comes from Moody's analytics a footnote should show that a major shareholder of Moody's is Warren Buffett who campaigns for Hillary. The image they project is that Moody's is an objective, independent source. Zandi is always trotted out as the independent economist whenever Obama or Hillary need an economist to support their policies.
  • Republican Senators Who Urged Donald Trump to Step Aside Support Him Again

    10/12/2016 1:14:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 12, 2016 | Meghan Keneally
    Two Republican senators who turned against Donald Trump after the release of a damning 2005 video appear to have reversed their positions. The first to do was Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who had called for Trump to step aside and cede the GOP nomination to his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence. She now says she will vote for Trump. "I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on Nov. 8," she said Tuesday on Lincoln radio station KLIN. "I put out a statement ... with regard to Mr. Trump's comments," she said of her initial response to...
  • McCain rescinds Trump support

    10/08/2016 2:11:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 8, 2016 | Burgess Everett
    After supporting Donald Trump through inflammatory statements for months, Sen. John McCain has had enough. The Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee said in a statement to POLITICO that he cannot support Trump any longer after published audio of him demeaning women and making sexually lewd statements...
  • 9 3 16 Part 2 of 2 Trump Speaks at Black Church in Detroit ‘ I Am Here Today to Listen ’

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  • Hannity: If Trump Loses, I Am Pointing the Finger at Ryan, McConnell, Graham, McCain, Kasich

    08/03/2016 4:31:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 3, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday on his syndicated radio show, conservative talker Sean Hannity criticized several high-ranking Republicans for how they have treated their party’s nominee Donald Trump. According to Hannity, if Trump loses in November, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be to blame for the loss because they have spent more time criticizing Trump than President Barack Obama....
  • Texas, you sent cruz to the senate, now it is time for you to vet him.

    07/22/2016 6:45:19 AM PDT · by The_Republic_Of_Maine · 123 replies
    Jim Buzzell | 7/22/2016 | Jim Buzzell
    by: Jim Buzzell My number one political goal this year is to get Donald J Trump elected President of the United States of America. Once that is done my next number one goal is to take care of this illegal alien posing as a US citizen: Why has no one in the national media, national conservative talk show hosts or anyone else investigated, probed or asked questions about Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz’s birth right? 1 RAFAEL EDWARD (TED) CRUZ: Was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1970. 2 Is Rafael Cruz a Natural Born Citizen of the United States of...
  • Will Jan Brewer's Endorsement Help John McCain?

    07/07/2016 1:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | Miriam Wasser
    As former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appears to take a short break from campaigning for Donald Trump in order to announce her official endorsement of Senator John McCain in his bid for re-election, some wonder whether it will help him finally win some support with the conservative wing of the Republican party whose votes he desperately will need come November. In a video paid for by McCain and uploaded to YouTube, Brewer, who's revered by Trump and right-wingers alike, delivers a scripted speech about why she supports McCain. "In this time of great instability in our world, I am comforted...
  • Senator Ted Cruz’s Powerful Response to the FBI’s Decision Regarding Clinton’s Email Scandal

    07/05/2016 7:06:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 180 replies
    Red State ^ | July 5, 2016 | Susan Wright
    As a Constitutional lawyer, Texas Senator Ted Cruz knows a thing or two about the law. As a conservative senator, he knows what a tank of sharks Washington, D.C. can be. After today’s announcement by FBI Director James Comey that Hillary Clinton would skate on charges of wrongdoing, in regards to her hiding, destroying, and total mishandling of sensitive emails, Senator Cruz made a strong statement. From his Facebook page, and in its entirety: While I have tremendous respect for the dedicated men and women of the FBI, I have serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision, and...
  • Watch Out, Vicious and Devious Dems, Two Can Play Your Global Warming Game

    07/03/2016 1:08:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | July 3, 2016 | Tom Borelli
    The willingness of progressive Democrats to fight for every political yard with the tenacity of a Spartan warrior marks a stark contrast between the two political parties. Democrat politicians plow through the Republican lines wielding their political swords on every agenda item, mowing their opposition down with sheer ruthlessness and a winner=take=all attitude regardless of the facts or truth. Far too often, Republicans cower at the sight of Democrat fighters and throw down their weapons even though they hold the principled high ground and Congress. Recently, in the face of the worse terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11, Democrats...
  • Darryl Glenn wins Republican U.S. Senate primary

    06/28/2016 11:02:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | June 28, 2016 | Peter Marcus
    DENVER – Darryl Glenn emerged as the winner Tuesday following a divisive and chaotic five-man Republican U.S. Senate race that observers saw as uncertain to the last minute. Glenn will now turn his attention to incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet, who has received more than $7.6 million in individual contributions and has more than $5.7 million in the bank, after already purchasing significant television advertising in recent months. Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner, earned 37 percent of the vote as of 8:30 p.m. He was followed by Jack Graham with 25 percent, Robert Blaha with 16 percent, Jon Keyser with...
  • Democratic Senator: People Getting The AR-15 Are “Buying It To Do Bad Things”

    06/20/2016 6:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 133 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Andrew Kaczynski
    “They’re not buying it to go out and hunt deer. You don’t need an AK-47 or an AR-15 to hunt deer. They’re buying it do bad things and we need to recognize that and address it.” Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said certain types of firearms like the AR-15 are the kind of guns that should be banned. She added that people trying to purchase the weapon — which is popular among American gun owners — are “buying it do bad things.” “Well, I think people need to have their voices heard, and what I’ve heard from people in...
  • Graham on GOP: 'I'm so sorry we are where we are'

    06/16/2016 7:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 16, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Donald Trump is "on the right path" by announcing he will meet with the National Rifle Association to talk about restricting people on terror watch lists from obtaining guns, but South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday said that he could still not bring himself to support the presumptive Republican nominee. "Have you decided, are the two of you going to work together? Are you going to get on board with him?" asked "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt. Graham reiterated that he would not be supporting Trump or Hillary Clinton, because the Manhattan real-estate magnate has shown a "lack...
  • McConnell: I might be open to “serious suggestions” on gun control after I meet with the FBI

    06/14/2016 6:51:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    twitter via Hot Air ^ | June 14, 2016 | Allahpundit
    All I have are the tweets from CBS right now. I’ll update with the full quote once it’s available. In the meantime: W-w-w-what? (TWEETS-AT-LINK) I assume he’s thinking about limiting gun purchases by people on the terror watch list, which Democrats have been pushing for months. Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for the idea yesterday — as did the Trump campaign. When Bloomberg News e-mailed Corey Lewandowski to ask if Trump still believes what he said in November that “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state, I...
  • Ted Cruz’ Challenge To The Democrats After Orlando Will Make Lots Of Them Apoplectic…

    06/13/2016 6:16:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | June 13, 2016 | Scott McKay
    …but he speaks the truth. Because it’s about defending Western civilization, without which none of the Democrats’ constituency groups could survive, against something inherently hostile to it. "For all the Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community whenever there is a culture battle waging, now is the opportunity to speak out against an ideology that calls for the murder of gays and lesbians. ISIS and the theocracy in Iran (supported with American taxpayer dollars) regularly murder homosexuals, throwing them from buildings and burying them under rocks. This is wrong, it is evil, and we must all...
  • Trump backer wants tougher screenings on Muslims after massacre

    06/12/2016 3:06:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 12, 2016 | Marisa Schultz
    Top Donald Trump surrogate Sen. Jeff Sessions on Sunday called for tougher screenings of Muslims coming into the United States in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub. “It certainly looks like another one of the extremist attacks, Islamic extremism,” Sessions (R-Ala.) told Fox News Sunday. “There’s just within the wonderful group of Islamic people, a certain group of radicals and it’s been there for a long time and it seems to be growing. We have to accept that fact.” Sessions said the attack, that left “approximately” 50 people dead and 53 wounded will mean “further...
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Addresses Florida Terrorist Attack

    06/12/2016 2:47:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    KTXA-TV ^ | June 12, 2016
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement Sunday regarding the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando. Ted Cruz’s statement: “Our nation is at war. From 9/11 to the Boston Marathon, from Fort Hood to Chattanooga, from San Bernardino to last night’s horrific attack in Orlando, radical Islamic terrorism has declared jihad on America,” Sen. Cruz said. “Early reports indicate the Orlando terrorist had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, and he had previously been investigated by the FBI. And yet, as with the prior attacks, we were not able to act to stop this act of vicious terrorism that has now murdered...
  • Picking their running mates: Why Sanders and Cruz are the best VP picks

    06/11/2016 2:40:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2016 | Kelly Riddell
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have yet to shore up their bases. Mrs. Clinton is looking to heal the primary wounds of rival Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ and his progressive supporters, who have threatened to stay home in November. Donald Trump has had a tough time attracting the support of establishment conservatives who worry he’s too centrist. And each needs their bases to coalesce in order to win the presidency. An analysis completed by The Wall Street Journal suggested since 1992, every candidate who ended up winning the White House had a favorable rating of at least 80 points among...
  • Mitch McConnell Complains About ‘Unreasonable’ Conservatives, Points Blame at Talk Radio

    06/08/2016 6:11:16 AM PDT · by milton23 · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/8/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes pride in his reputation as a great compromiser. But the Republican leader won’t concede on one point: He refuses to let conservatives fight the White House for lower spending levels. McConnell, R-Ky., outlined his political roadmap for government spending on Tuesday, sketching out the routes he sees available: an omnibus package, individual appropriations bills, or a government shutdown.
  • McCain gets testy with Cruz over defense bill that would make women register for draft

    06/07/2016 8:08:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' TrailBlazers Blog ^ | June 7, 2016 | Todd J. Gillman
    Ted Cruz’s first Senate speech since he dropped his presidential bid led to a testy exchange with an old nemesis, the GOP’s 2008 nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain. McCain called Cruz a “wacko bird” early in the Texan’s tenure. He recently swatted away as ridiculous the idea that he might welcome Cruz’s support in his own re-election campaign. And on Tuesday, McCain accused Cruz of looking for a pretext to distance himself from a bipartisan defense bill that McCain has worked on for months and of which he was proud, and said he’d be much more open to Cruz’s ideas...
  • In honor of Muhammad Ali, Sen. Rand Paul will introduce bill to end Selective Service

    06/07/2016 7:39:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    KSTV-TV ^ | June 6, 2016 | Nick Storm
    LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will soon be filing stand-alone legislation to end the practice of registering for the Selective Service. The bill titled ‘The Muhammad Ali Voluntary Service Act’ will be presented to Congress in honor of the famed boxer who refused to serve in the Vietnam War. On April, 28 1967 the heavy weight champion was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted in the United States Army. Ali, a Muslim and conscientious objector, was convicted of draft evasion — a conviction that would later be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. “One thing...
  • Alan Grayson marries candidate who wants to replace him

    05/31/2016 4:59:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 31, 2016 | Marc Caputo
    One of Dena Minning’s biggest assets in her congressional bid was her boyfriend: incumbent Alan Grayson, who’s leaving the U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate. Now, after Grayson has helped raise her profile and run for his U.S. House seat, he married her over the Memorial Day Weekend and gave her his last name, according to her Monday social-media posts and The Orlando Political Observer. Dena Minning promptly became Dena Grayson on Twitter and Facebook. The largely unknown outsider in the Orlando-area district now has a potent tool in running under the name of the incumbent in a crowded...
  • How Republican Senators Failed GOP voters once again

    05/26/2016 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 16 replies
    Bear to the Right ^ | May 25, 2016 | Gary Aminoff
    Last Friday, May 20, 2016, something happened in the U.S. Senate you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. You can read about it here. Gary Aminoff comments in the following short video.
  • What now, Ted Cruz?

    05/20/2016 6:30:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Montgomery County Courier ^ | May 20, 2016 | The Dallas Morning News
    Sen. Ted Cruz and his most determined supporters are likely still licking their wounds and mending their broken hearts. Such a sudden end to his primary campaign for president has left marks that will heal but slowly. Soon, though, Cruz will see that he has come through the hurricane of his first presidential campaign with his prospects enhanced, rather than retarded. We hope that knowledge gives him confidence and patience to reconsider his approach to the job he is returning to, as the junior senator from Texas. That’s the work, after all, that Texas voters singled him out for in...
  • vanity

    05/16/2016 6:40:05 PM PDT · by make no mistake · 19 replies
    I just recently received my ballot to vote and I have no idea on who to vote for on the replacement of Senator Boxer. There are several Republican Senators running. I would love to hear Freepers suggestion. Thank You.
  • Cruz's long White House run could mean newfound GOP clout

    05/05/2016 6:34:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    KWES-TV ^ | May 5, 2016 | Will Weissert and Scott Bauer, The Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In finishing the Republican presidential race well ahead of Donald Trump's other rivals, Ted Cruz is likely to be a leading GOP voice for the foreseeable future. Less clear is whether Cruz harnesses that clout to help Trump win the White House or whether he simply solidifies his place as a champion of conservative causes, Senate troublemaker and star of Texas politics. Cruz is being talked about as a leader of the national conservative movement, and he has an unmatched organization in Texas....
  • Franken jokes Cruz is ‘lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula’

    04/20/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brianna Ehley
    Sen. Al Franken dusted off his comedic chops over the weekend and took some jabs at his Senate colleague and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, declaring him “the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula.” “Republicans are in kind of a bind since their best hope for stopping Donald Trump is a guy who’s the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula,” Franken said at MinnPosts's annual variety show, MinnRoast. The event took place last Friday, with video posted on Wednesday. That wasn’t the end of it. He also quipped that “Cruz can be really hard to get along with, but I...
  • Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    04/15/2016 8:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Salem News ^ | April 15, 2016 | David M. Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment — if only the next primary weren’t in New York. But on Tuesday, New Yorkers go to their polling places, and though Cruz has been the beneficiary of the calendar before — his performance on Super Tuesday helped force out of the race Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a demographically identical and philosophically similar...
  • Missing Campaign issues [Article V+ advocacy]

    04/09/2016 4:38:50 AM PDT · by Fhios · 9 replies
    4/9/2016 | Total Vanity
    A most important issue that I haven't heard from any candidate is support for Constitutional amendments specifically targeting the 17th amendment and campaign finance limitations, and the Article V convention. I haven't heard of any supporting organizations endorsing Trump or Cruz advocate Article V and the topics of the 17th and campaign limitations. I haven't heard any news organizations even remotely broach the topic or question the candidates on any of those topics. Seems to me as would-be conservatives, Trump, Cruz would be all over these questions. With position and analysis and their version of support. Obviously Sanders and Clinton...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | April 7, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he believes Ted Cruz would be the GOP presidential nominee if the convention is contested. "On successive ballots, I think victory is more likely to go to Ted Cruz," Lee, who is a backer of the Texas senator, said during a radio interview Wednesday. "We have to remember that most Republicans around the country have voted for someone other than Donald Trump." A convention would become contested if no candidate gets 1,237 delegates beforehand. On the first ballot, delegates are typically bound to the candidates their state picked in the primaries or caucuses. On subsequent...
  • In Indiana, McConnell allies plot to stop another Cruz

    04/07/2016 1:28:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 7, 2016 | Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman is a member of the anti-leadership House Freedom Caucus, a conservative in the mold of Ted Cruz and a three-term Indiana congressman who voted against John Boehner as speaker. Now, he wants a promotion to the Senate -- and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies want to stop that. Privately, McConnell has made clear to his confidantes that he wants to bolster the candidacy of Stutzman's chief GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young, and push him over-the-top in the May 3 primary, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Publicly, McConnell's super PAC has made Indiana the...
  • Van Hollen: Let’s ‘Look at Moving Forward’ on Slavery Reparations

    04/01/2016 4:30:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | March 10, 2016 | Graham Vyse
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., recently said Congress should “look at moving forward” on legislation to consider reparations for slavery. Though hardly a firm commitment to compensatory payments for African-Americans, the remark was nonetheless a striking election-year pronouncement from the U.S. Senate candidate and top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. Van Hollen made the little-noted comment Jan. 27 on WHUT-TV, the public television station at historically black Howard University in Washington, D.C. His remarks came as a response to host Rock Newman, who lamented federal lawmakers’ refusal to vote on a longstanding bill from Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, establishing...
  • CRUZ: I wish Marco, Jeanette, and their four kids the very best

    03/15/2016 7:05:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | March 15, 2016 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    HOUSTON, Texas -- Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today released the following statement in response to the announcement that Marco Rubio has suspended his campaign for President: "Marco Rubio is a friend and a colleague who ran an optimistic campaign focused on the future of our party, conservative principles, and uplifting the American people. The Republican primary was stronger because of the ideas he brought forth. Marco's story embodies the promise of our great nation. I know he will continue to be a champion for limitless opportunity in America, and I wish Marco, Jeanette, and their four kids the very best."