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  • Ted Cruz: The Senate must block all presidential nominees until Obama rescinds his amnesty

    11/24/2014 12:46:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another leftover from Sunday brunch via the Corner. Joel Pollak floated this idea a few weeks ago in a piece for Breitbart. I thought of it again on Thursday night, when I was busy enjoying my vacation from HA by watching Obama’s amnesty speech and screaming at my TV. Now here’s Cruz proposing the same plan, although with two caveats. One: It’s not so much that he wants the Senate to block O’s nominees as he wants Mitch McConnell to refuse to bring those nominations to the floor in the first place. That’s a clever way of killing two...
  • Rubin: Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

    11/24/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin (Queen of the Neo-Cons)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown ended by complete surrender that Republicans and the media could focus on the horrible Obamacare rollout. The shutdown was so harmful that virtually no conservative not even Cruz recommends a repeat over the presidents executive order on immigration. So why is Cruz still...
  • Ted Cruz Proposes Detailed, Systematic Plan to Stop Obamas Amnesty (says 'Let's play hardball)

    11/24/2014 5:43:53 AM PST · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/23/14 | j gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) proposed a plan to stop President Obamas administrative amnesty, the first step of which can only be taken by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). Step number one that I have called for is the incoming majority leader should announce that if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions, for the next two years, unless and until the president ends this lawless amnesty, Cruz told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. If the majority leader would announce...
  • Ted Cruz introduced by liberal Alan Dershowitz at Zionist dinner in New York

    11/23/2014 9:49:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 23, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    NEW YORK Sen. Ted Cruz is in a crowded ballroom full of Zionists this Sunday evening, headlining an annual Zionist Organization of America dinner. Standing with Israel and strengthening the U.S.-Israel alliance is critical for our nation and has been a key priority from the very first day I arrived in the US Senate, he said at a VIP reception beforehand. The threats to Israel right now have never been greater, and now is a time when we do not need leaders who simply speak empty words of support for Israel, he said in a well-received speech. We need...
  • Ted Cruz: Republicans Shouldn't Fear a Government Shutdown Over Immigration

    11/23/2014 4:48:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is threatening to reprise his role as a catalyst to a government shutdown, arguing on Sunday that Congress should use spending bills to block President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. Cruz rebutted suggestions that holding government funding hostage in order to prevent Obama's plan halting the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants from taking effect would hurt the GOP. "At the time you and a lot of folks in the press said what a disaster it was to stand up to Obamacare," Cruz told Fox News' Chris Wallace. "Let me point out, we just had a...
  • 'Everybody knows...that we're not going to deport 11 million people': Obama

    11/23/2014 4:28:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    * Obama made the remarks during an interview with This Week host George Stephanopolous that was broadcast Sunday * 'We are not even close to being able to deal with the folks who have been here a long time,' he said * 'It is a stunning and sad display of a president declining to honor his constitutional obligation,' GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said in response * The president declined to if he was worried about outbursts of violence in Ferguson if police officer Darren Wilson is not indicted * He also wouldn't endorse Hillary Clinton for president but said she'd...
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    Im pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month. Yet once again headlines like, Stay away from Steve King, have been published this week. This time its not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless Republican insiders and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Cruz calls on Congress to block presidential nominees over executive action

    11/23/2014 9:43:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 23, 2014
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that President Obama refuses to accept that only Congress has the authority to establish federal immigration laws and that members should block the presidents nominees and some funding until he rescinds his executive action on the issue. This is a stunning and sad display by the president, Cruz, a Republican, told Fox News Sunday. We need to impose real consequence. Cruz suggested, as he has since Obama announced the executive action Thursday, that Congress should take action next year when Republicans, who already control the House, will also have the majority in the Senate.
  • Ted Cruz Bashed on NPR as Lurching As 'Far to the Right As Possible'

    11/23/2014 11:05:28 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | November 22, 2014 | Tim Graham
    NPR and Sen. Ted Cruz are natural enemies. On Friday's journalists' weekly roundup on The Diane Rehm Show, Politico reporter Alex Burns mocked Cruz for acting like a stereotypical bar bully and a man who always seeks to go "as far to the right of his party as possible." Rehm thought he sounded ridiculous. DIANE REHM: And what about Senator Ted Cruz and what he had to say yesterday? ALEX BURNS: Well, this is sort of a moment tailor-made for Ted Cruz, right? [Laughter.]There's nothing better for him than a moment where he can go as far to the right...
  • (October 29, 2014) What did Sarah Palin mean by hinting at running for office?

    11/23/2014 12:19:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Houston, TX The Examiner ^ | October 29, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin recently raised eyebrows by hinting on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she might be open to running for public office sometime in the future. Hitherto she has been content to be a gray eminence, using her considerable influence as the most powerful female politician on the planet to support other candidates. So why would she all of the sudden publicly flirt with the idea of getting into the arena in her own right? Hot Air concludes, quite correctly that she will not likely run for president in 2016. Ted Cruz, Palins ideological soul mate, is almost...
  • An invitation for disaster (Not one mention of George Soros, Tom Steyer or any other leftist)

    Its one thing for Iowans to tolerate the secret money provocateurs whose barrage of attacks demeans our elections, caucuses and voters. Its another thing to warmly invite them to the state. Rep. Steve King is partnering with Citizens United yes, that Citizens United whose Supreme Court case opened the floodgates of secret money determining not just influencing Iowas elections. Need proof? More than $40 million was spent in advertising for the recent Iowa Senate election. Outside special interest groups provided more than 80 percent of that. Iowa Republican strategist Tim Albrecht confirmed that outside money now...
  • Ted Cruz: Change tax benefits for military members fighting Ebola in Africa

    11/22/2014 3:09:53 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 6 replies
    washington Times ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, announced Friday he has introduced legislation that would entitle members of the military fighting the spread of Ebola in Africa to the same tax benefits they would get if they were deployed to a combat zone.“The morbidity rate of Ebola poses a substantial danger to those who have been sent to combat it and, for the first time, this risk extends beyond the battlefield and directly threatens the safety of their families,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement.“Congress should give these service members the appropriate recognition and respect for their service in times of grave...
  • Americans 'mad at government' melt phones on Capitol Hill

    11/21/2014 6:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2014 | Garth Kant
    GOP's Sessions: Obama's amnesty 'worse than you think'WASHINGTON Phone lines are melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about the presidents order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. A number of Capitol Hill offices closed today for the Thanksgiving recess, but aides report hearing from upset voters even at the offices in lawmakers home states. The offices of Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed a flood of complaints, and an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told WND, We are getting tons of phone calls to block executive amnesty. I...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."Youre the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed, screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether its likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obamas use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • Letter: Ted Cruz is no Ronald Reagan

    11/21/2014 9:38:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Portsmouth Herald ^ | November 21, 2014 | James Lalos
    To the Editor: During a presidential debate in 1984, President Reagan said, I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here, even though some time back, they may have entered illegally. As Republicans contemplate their response to President Obamas immigration action, they should consider that Reagan and George H.W. Bush took unilateral action to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. In both cases, their actions were eventually incorporated into legislation passed by Congress. Congress, now led by Republicans, has the power to legislate a 21st century solution on immigration and the...
  • Top Republican Contenders For 2016 Presidential Election

    11/20/2014 10:22:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    My9NJ ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Spadea
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Three names are being thrown around as the top contenders in the Republican Party: Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz. With the 2016 presidential election in mind, many feel like the gloves have officially come off and the battle is ensuing to see who will represent the Republican Party in the race to lead our country. Senator Cruz discussed how he feels the complete opposite regarding Christie's recent comments about how he said his goal is to win elections, not arguments. A big part of the reason why Republicans have been losing elections is because we...
  • Ted Cruzs Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

    11/20/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NextGov ^ | November 20, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ban on federal, state, and local taxation of Internet access that is currently being considered in Congress. The measure, which passed the House earlier this year, is popular in both parties and considered a lame-duck "must pass," as the ban is set to lift on Dec. 11. But a lesser-known...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Cruz to 'Emperor' Obama: 'How Long Is That Madness of Yours Still to Mock Us?'

    11/20/2014 1:27:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 20, 2014
    Thursday on the Senate floor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used the words of philosopher and politician Marcus Cicero who advocated to return to a Republican government after the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar died. Cruz addressed the speech to President Obama using the words of Cicero saying: The words of Cicero powerfully relevant 2,077 years later. When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now? Do not the nightly...
  • The Wisdom of Cicero is Timeless (SEN. Cruz Senate Floor 11/20/14?

    11/20/2014 11:28:55 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/20/14 | Ted Cruz
    The Wisdom of Cicero is Timeless
  • Ted Cruz Mad Libs a Cicero speech to protest Obama's executive action on immigration

    11/20/2014 12:39:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2014 | Justin Green
    Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Thursday to deliver a slightly changed version of a very old speech as a form of protest against President Obama's planned executive action on immigration. The Texas Republican, in a four-minute address, gave a gently edited version of Cicero's first oration against Cataline. Obama was substituted for Cataline, the U.S./Mexico border was swapped in for the Palatine Hill, "women" was added to references to men, "pen and phone" made an appearance, "execution" was changed to "defeat" and the IRS scandal showed up near the end. The video is above, and the text...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Discusses Stopping President Obamas Illegal Amnesty on the Kelly File

    11/19/2014 7:11:22 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/ ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Senator Ted Cruz on the Kelly File Obama policies were on the ballot and there was a referendum. This last election had two issues - Obamacare and Amnesty. Megyn Kelly: if you shut the government down or impeach the president, so what do you plan to do. Ted Cruz: Congress should use the constitutional authority. 1. Senate Majority leader, if you disregard the law, the senate will not confirm a single nominee. 2. Power of the purse - in Jan. systematically funding one dept after another, and pass appropriations with riders. Start with funding Defense. Then when we get to...
  • Texas Republican Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

    11/19/2014 6:13:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Sen. Ted Cruzs piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind. In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obamas impending executive action on immigration is lawless and that if he makes the move, he will be acting as a monarch. Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform. A fellow Republican in the Texas congressional delegation said that Cruzs energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesnt adequately represent his constituents. I dont think its reflective of Texas as a whole, said Rep. Gene Green, chuckling....
  • Ted Cruz: Amnesty a Dispute between President Obama and the American People

    11/19/2014 3:13:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    In an op-ed entitled "Obama is Not a Monarch" posted on November 19 in Politico, Senator Ted Cruz made the essential constitutional argument that all too few other Republicans have been willng to make: the Constitution was drawn to stop exactly the kind of arbitrary unilateral executive action President Obama has time and again imposed upon the American people. As Senator Cruz wrote in Politico: The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law. Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers...
  • Luke Russert: Ted Cruz's Supporters In The House Will "Follow Him To The Gates Of Hell"

    11/19/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 19, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: Is the sense that Republicans in Congress will try to unwind this [Obama administration executive action on immigration] in the budget process? LUKE RUSSERT, NBC NEWS: That is certainly an option, Alex, and it is something that they will address while they are in the lame duck to some capacity. I basically heard three things are a possibility. That they would actually try to strip the funds available to the president to carry out this executive action within the actual budget bill, of course it is due by December 11th, then that would be sent over...
  • Ted Cruz to GOP: Block All Nominees if Obama Announces Executive Amnesty

    11/19/2014 2:53:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 19, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that he will use a primetime address to the nation tomorrow night to announce his plan to protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation using executive action. In response, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has published a defiant article in Politico calling on Republicans to block all nominees, executive and judicial, so long as the illegal amnesty persists. Under the headline, Obama Is Not a Monarch, Cruz writes that the presidents plan is lawless and unconstitutional and accuses Obama of being defiant and angry at the American people. Cruz then lays out his...
  • The Negative Consequences of Net Neutrality Explained in 2 Minutes [This is brilliant!]

    11/18/2014 2:30:33 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oRoG8SqChE
  • Obama Is Not a Monarch

    11/19/2014 1:08:29 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | November 19, 2014 | SEN. TED CRUZ
    The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty for immigrants here illegally unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law. Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers of unlimited power within the executive branch; Congress should heed those words as the President threatens to grant amnesty to millions of people who have come to our country illegally. To be clear, the dispute over executive amnesty is not between President Obama and Republicans in Congress; it is a dispute between President Obama and the American People. The Democrats suffered...
  • DEMOCRATS TO OBAMA--GO BIG ON IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTION (overthrow of the US govt eminent)

    11/19/2014 4:11:00 AM PST · by Liz · 53 replies
    nypost.COM ^ | 11/18/14 | Marisa Schultz and Geoff Earle
    Democratics want Obama to shoot for the moon... When the president decides to do his executive order, he should go big as big as he can, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. They say Obama will pay the price with Republicans (who won outstanding majorities nationwide at midterms), so he might as well enjoy the reward by winning the affection of millions of immigrants and support from a key bloc of Latino voters .... Obama's E/O could come this week---would allow more than four million of the estimated 11 million undocumented to work and live in the US legally....
  • Cruz opposes sales tax on online buying

    11/19/2014 7:12:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 18 November 2014 11:05 PM | TODD J. GILLMAN 
    WASHINGTON Sen. Ted Cruz joined other opponents of an online sales tax plan on Tuesday, calling it a giveaway to Amazon, Best Buy and other big retailers at the expense of consumers and small startups.The last thing we should be doing is pass a massive new national sales tax, he said, joining a number of conservative House members and others who oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.The bill would let states and cities collect sales taxes from online sellers, even if those businesses have no physical presence in their jurisdiction. The change could generate $340 billion in state and local...
  • Cruz, Levin to Speak at CPAC

    11/19/2014 7:08:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | William Bigelow
    CPAC 2015 has announced that likely 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, radio host Mark Levin, and business whiz Carly Fiorina will speak at the event, scheduled for Feb. 25-28.  The American Conservative Union (ACU) will likely feature other 2016 candidates as well. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp stated:  We are honored to announce that conservative talk radio powerhouse Mark Levin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and ACU Foundation Chairman Carly Fiorina will deliver remarks at CPAC 2015. These three conservative leaders reflect our desire to ensure that CPAC 2015 represents conservative policies that highlight the importance of free markets, national...
  • Iowa Caucuses: 2016 opening odds

    11/18/2014 9:12:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 51 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | Steve Deace
    The main event is finally here. The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is now underway. This is shaping up to be the strongest field of Republican challengers in recent memory. After the GOPs strong showing in the 2014 midterms, the list of those who sense an opportunity, and want to seize it to run in 2016, is both long and distinguished. While the Democrat presidential primary is essentially Hillary Clinton (their 2008 also-ran) or bust, the Republicans have a deep bench of potential standard-bearers... Though it may seem early to some to already be posting odds on the...
  • Congress eliminates child tax credit and EITC from tax code (Hoax)

    11/18/2014 8:53:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Richmond Voice ^ | November 18, 2014
    Congress has voted to remove the child tax credit, the earned income tax credit and the mortgage interest deduction from the tax code starting with the 2014 fiscal year. The move is almost assured to solidify the perception of the 113rd Congress of the United States as deeply disconnected from the struggles and desires of the populace it is supposed to serve. The move, long championed by entitlement reform advocates like congressman Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin and Ted Cruz R-Texas, will cut entitlement payouts by a staggering 177 billion dollars. 54.33 billion dollars in savings will be realized from discontinuing the...
  • Cruz Continues Fight for Internet Freedom

    11/18/2014 5:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Amy Ridenour
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is continuing his fight to limit government interference into (and taxation of) the Internet, today releasing a compilation of comments he has received since his Washington Post op-ed and short video were released last week (you can watch the video here). Here's a few of many (emphases were added by me): "Sen. Ted Cruz got it right last week when he tweeted that Title II would be ObamaCare for the Internet." -- L. Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher and author of the Wall Street Journal's Information Age column "Private Internet providers already compete with...
  • King, CU to host potential 2016 candidates: Iowa Freedom Summit to take place in January 2015

    11/18/2014 1:05:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KCRG-TV ^ | November 18, 2014 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    CEDAR RAPIDS Western Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kickoff featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January. King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team up with Citizens United to host the inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines Jan. 24. Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also in the lineup are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Ted Cruz: GOP-Led Congress Must Stop Executive Amnesty, Support US Workers

    11/18/2014 11:48:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Breitbart News Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said a GOP-led Congress must champion blue-collar American workers, which includes stopping President Barack Obama's illegal amnesty. Cruz said Obama made the midterms a referendum on amnesty, and voters are intent on rejecting it. Referencing his USA Today op-ed in which he laid out his agenda, Cruz said Republicans must have a "big, bold positive agenda" that "focuses on three critical issues: jobs, liberty, security.""It includes securing the border and stopping illegal amnesty," Cruz told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon while campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Internet Freedom in Nine Seconds

    11/18/2014 11:38:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the video social media service Vine on Monday, publishing two short videos that shared his views on issues related to Internet freedom in less than ten seconds. The posts are clips from a speech Cruz delivered on Friday at the Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin where he advocated against imposing a sales tax on Internet transactions or imposing other burdensome regulations, as Breitbart Texas reported. The first video is a short and simple message, based on the well-known "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan....
  • Steve King plans pre-caucus event with GOP hopefuls in January

    11/18/2014 11:03:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 11/18/2014 | James Lynch
    U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kick-off featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January. King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team with Citizens United to host the inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines Jan. 24. Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also in the line-up are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers are expected to be announced in...
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at CPAC, but first, headlining Zionist Org. of America awards in NYC

    11/18/2014 11:17:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 18, 2014 | Celeste Katz
    Republican Texas Sen. and likely 2016 White House competitor Ted Cruz will speak at next February's Conservative Political Action Conference -- but first he'll be honored in Manhattan by the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA, which calls itself the nation's "oldest pro-Israel organization," will give Cruz the Dr. Bob Shillman Award at its annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis dinner on Nov. 23. The Shillman Award goes to "an outstanding pro-Israel U.S. legislator who has a consistent and extraordinary record supporting Israel and promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations." It will be presented to Cruz at the Grand Hyatt in midtown by...
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken

    11/18/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/14 03:30 PM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) are squaring off over whether new net neutrality rules would hinder or help the growth of the Internet.After Cruz last week called net neutrality ObamaCare for the Internet, Franken over the weekend said that the Texas Republican had the issue completely wrong. ADVERTISEMENT The Texas senator just doesn't understand what this issue is, Franken said.On Monday, Cruzs office fired back with YouTube videos and Vine clips that it said explains how tough Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would calcify the Internet and prevent people from using it as a platform for innovation.Cruz...
  • GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Even if Obama uses executive action on immigration

    11/18/2014 9:29:25 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 (8:04 PM EST) | Jake Sherman and Manu Raju
    Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding shutdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions. Obama plans to use his executive authority to change the enforcement of immigration laws by the end of the year, a move that top Republicans warn could derail efforts to pass a long-term spending bill by a Dec. 11 deadline. Increasingly, some top Republicans believe that it will be difficult to pass the year-long spending package that they originally envisioned,...
  • WaPo warns Dems: What happens when President Cruz uses Obamas unilateral precedent?

    11/18/2014 7:33:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The Washington Posts dystopian fantasy provides a certain amount of amusement, since anyone who follows Ted Cruz for any length of time would know that this approach would be antithetical to his concept of constitutional government and the rule of law. Its still useful as both a way to take the temperature of the center-left as it becomes more frightened of its allies than its opponents, and a measure of the split developing on that side of the political spectrum as Barack Obama becomes unmoored from constitutional checks on power: DEMOCRATS URGING President Obama to go big in his executive...
  • Cruz: Obama immigration action would be 'defiant of voters'

    11/18/2014 6:42:28 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/14/14 05:55 PM EST | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday characterized President Obama's planned executive action on immigration as "angry and defiant of voters" following Republican wins in the midterm elections."I hope he does not do so. If he does, it would be wrong, it would be unconstitutional, and it would be angry and defiant of voters," Cruz said Friday, following a speech in Austin outlining his position on a number of issues related to technology policy.The Texas senator said if Obama goes through with the plan, "Congress will do everything humanly possible to stop them. He declined to "game play" what tactics Republicans...
  • New Yorker Writer: Pope Francis Would Be a Better Science Point Man Than Inhofe or Cruz

    11/17/2014 7:46:11 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 16, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    “Intellectual achievement used to be revered in this country, not detested,” wrote Michael Specter, who specializes in scientific and medical topics for the New Yorker, in a Friday online piece. Ah, but that was before conservative Republicans such as Jim Inhofe and the “appalling” Ted Cruz rose to prominence.Specter mused that Pope Francis, who “believes that science, rational thought, and data all play powerful and positive roles in human life,” would be preferable to Inhofe or Cruz, who “seem as if they do not” believe those things, as chair of a Senate committee that deals with scientific and environmental matters....
  • The New Cruzians Are Ready to Make Life Hell for Mitch McConnell

    11/17/2014 7:36:33 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.17.14 | Patricia Murphy
    A few bipartisan bills to show everyone a GOP Senate means business? Pledges to keep the government open for business? Not if these three new conservative senators can help it. Congratulations, Mitch McConnell! You now have the hardest job in Washington. That dubious distinction used to belong to belong to House Speaker John Boehner, who has struggled since 2011 to manage a GOP majority so unwieldy he called it everything from frogs in a wheelbarrow to the knucklehead caucus. But as the incoming Senate majority leader, it will now fall to McConnell to receive legislation from the House,...
  • Talking 2016 on the NR Post-Election Cruise...

    11/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Geraghty.
    From the first post-cruise edition of the Morning Jolt What (Some of) You Missed on the National Review Post-Election Cruise Beats a polar vortex, doesnt it? A bit of 2016 talk from our recently-concluded cruise Allen West pointed out you dont often see two presidential candidates from the same state competing against each other for long their bases of support among donors, activists, and volunteers usually overlap and they cant sustain two candidates simultaneously. At this very early date, the potential Republican 2016 field includes two candidates from Florida (Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio), two from Texas (Ted Cruz...