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  • Atheist Writer: Most 2016 Candidates Are ‘God-Fearing Clowns and Faith-Mongering Nitwits’

    04/20/2015 9:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Imagine a president of the United States proclaiming in his or her inaugural address, “I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter…There is no hope, save in ourselves.” If something like that ever happens, writer Jeffrey Tayler’s dream will have come true. Tayler, who routinely trashes religion for the liberal online magazine Salon, complained in a Sunday article that several recent announcements of presidential candidacies have brought about “a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the...
  • Palmetto State gearing up for 2016

    04/20/2015 8:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Southern Political Report Magazine ^ | April 20, 2015 | Hastings Wyman
    Ten months from now, on February 13, 2016, all eyes will be on South Carolina, which will host the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary. The candidates are already assembling on-the-ground operations in the state, hoping of course, that their campaigns will still be viable after the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and contests in the West and Midwest. Here’s an early look at how the Palmetto State campaign organizations are taking shape for the three announced Republican candidates – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – as well as the state’s favorite son, Lindsey Graham. Ted Cruz, a freshman...
  • Republican Candidates Pretending to Be More Conservative On Immigration Than They Actually Are

    04/20/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 20, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    In 2008, John McCain, straight-talking principled maverick that he was, got into a Republican primary and saw that a position in favor of comprehensive immigration reform was causing him problems, so he disavowed the reform bill he had co-authored not long before, going so far as to say that if it came up again in the Senate, he'd vote against it. And now Marco Rubio, who like McCain attempted to pass a bipartisan comprehensive reform bill, is doing something similar. When the "Gang of Eight" bill Rubio championed passed the Senate in 2013 but died in the House, Rubio was...
  • McCain mocks Cruz over guns on bases claim

    04/20/2015 6:39:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/20/15 06:55 PM EDT | Martin Matishak
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) is mocking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for claiming he is “pressing” for hearings on allowing U.S. troops to carry private firearms on military installations.“You know, I was fascinated to hear that because I haven’t heard a thing about it from him. Nor has my staff heard from his staff. Where did that come from? I have not a clue,” McCain told reporters on Monday. “I’d be glad to discuss the issue and see if we need a hearing, but it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing...
  • If it's not Jeb Bush: Top 10 prospects to win GOP nomination

    04/20/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Ted Cruz may have been the first to announce a run for the presidency, but John Kasich connects with middle class voters, cares for the poor, and balances budgets. If not Bush, who? If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after eight years of President Obama, boring sounds great. But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be? Here is my Top 10 list, from worst to first: 10) Ted Cruz: I don’t think that...
  • żQuien es más Hispano? Rubio, Cruz, Castro or Bush

    04/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: I had a story in Saturday’s paper on the startling fact that, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, two of the first three announced candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for president are Hispanic. In other words, if America elects its first Latino president in 2016, that president would almost certainly be a Republican. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, at best there could be a Hispanic candidate for vice president, with most of the speculation concentrated on Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who is now serving as President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development....
  • The power players behind Ted Cruz's campaign

    04/20/2015 5:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz is running for president as an outsider, and his relatively lean campaign staff reflects that approach. The Texas senator, who once played a pivotal role in shutting down the federal government, loves to rail against Washington, and his supporters have embraced the tagline “make D.C. listen.” Cruz was the first presidential contender out of the gates with an official announcement and did so with a core group of staffers that lacks bold-faced Beltway names. It’s largely a Texas-heavy group of strategists plus a handful of operatives with experience doing conservative combat. The Lone Star State Republican’s base begins...
  • Ted Cruz WON’T order a pot crackdown in states where it’s legal if he’s made president...

    04/20/2015 3:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 20, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Nasua, New Hampshire
    Ted Cruz is personally against the legalization of marijuana but the Republican presidential candidate said this weekend that he believes states have the right to put decriminalization laws on the books if they want - even though they directly conflict with federal law. Cruz implied during a conversation with Daily Mail Online on Saturday that if he ascended to the highest elected office he wouldn't make his attorney general enforce federal laws pertaining to marijuana in states that have approved sales and consumption of the drug. The position stands in contrast to the views of at least three of his...
  • A memo to all GOP presidential candidates not named Ted Cruz

    04/20/2015 2:09:22 PM PDT · by VinL · 80 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/20/2016 | Steave Deace
    Here’s why if the Iowa caucuses were today he would win and you wouldn’t... This memo amounts to an intervention. It serves to warn all other Republican presidential campaigns of a perfect storm looming on the horizon. Not only does the storm favor Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but your combined failures/refusals to recognize it are only helping him. If that environment persists, Mr. Cruz will not only win Iowa next year, but win it convincingly. Your skepticism of Mr. Cruz’s candidacy, and willingness to play ball with a system the average Iowa conservative no longer trusts, is helping to positively...
  • Roger Ailes doesn’t think much of Ted Cruz

    04/20/2015 3:06:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | April 20, 2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Fox News president Roger Ailes thinks Ted Cruz could become the Republican nominee. But he doesn't appear to think much of him. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes was asked whether he thought Cruz could win the the GOP nomination. His answer: Sure, it could happen. Because just about anybody could win, right? "Listen, we elected Warren G. Harding. Anybody has a chance," Ailes said. "You don't know who you're going to be running against. If the other guy falls on his rear end, you could win." Harding -- ouch. For those of us who haven't taken an...
  • Can Ted Cruz Make Rand Paul Obsolete?

    04/20/2015 2:49:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 20, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-20/can-ted-cruz-make-rand-paul-obsolete-
  • Clinton, Cruz Create Biggest Announcement Splashes

    04/20/2015 1:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | April 20, 2015 | David Catanese
    By going first, Ted Cruz soaked up more attention than fellow Republicans Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.Hillary Clinton's low-key 2016 presidential announcement still drowned out Marco Rubio's glitzier launch. But Ted Cruz made the biggest media splash among the three Republicans to kick-start candidacies, in part by risking an early and unorthodox launch. Those are the major takeaways from a new study measuring the media impact of the first four White House campaign announcements by GOP consulting firm The Gage Group and Zignal Labs, a media story-tracking platform that pinpoints trends in real time. News of Clinton's announcement easily trumped...
  • Dallas paper: Ted Cruz broadening appeal beyond those evangelical fringe groups

    04/20/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Davis
    Well, at least the Dallas Morning News was kinda nice to Liberty University. In the lede to its story on Ted Cruz in New Hampshire, the newspaper called it a "huge evangelical Christian college." Once upon a time, many mainstream media routinely slapped Liberty with the "F" word: "Fundamentalist." But the paper doesn't prove its claim that Cruz sounded less evangelical, more secular in his New Hampshire visit to sound more presidential. It therefore pushes a related stereotype: that Americans don’t particularly like evangelicals. DMN paints Cruz as a conservative's conservative as well as an evangelical's evangelical. It says the...
  • Ted Cruz: Feds Should Stay Out of States' Vaccine Policy

    04/20/2015 10:53:50 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 20 Apr 2015 12:15 PM
    Some voters might think that the vaccine skepticism movement—whose proponents are pejoratively called anti-vaxxers—lost its political oomph this winter. After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told reporters that vaccination was a choice for parents to make, the backlash found every other likely Republican candidate affirming that he supported vaccinations. That was a blow to activists who have become convinced, by junk science, that the scheduled shots can cause autism. Last week, when New Hampshire anti-vaccine activist Laura Condon asked Christie if he could support expanded exemptions, he shut her down.“You can't count on me,” Christie said.Condon wasn’t done. She showed up...
  • The Introspective Roger Ailes: Fox News' Chief on Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Brian Williams' Future

    04/20/2015 8:36:01 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April20,2015 | Marisa Guthrie
    The picture is signed by Dr. Bernice King and Dr. Alveda King, King's daughter and niece, respectively, who attended in November the graduation ceremony for the Ailes Apprenticeship Program, a diversity education program he founded in 2004. In point of fact, though, Ailes actually knew Dr. King back in the 1960s — the two crossed paths occasionally when Ailes was a local TV producer in Philadelphia. It's a nugget of Ailes' 'biography that some might find surprising. "They certainly don't know me," says Ailes. Since creating Fox News in 1996 after leaving NBC in frustration, he has become the most...
  • The MOTUS/Molsterman 2016 Primary Tracking Poll #1

    04/20/2015 8:50:02 AM PDT · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-20-2015 | MOTUS
    Now that the Campaign for the Big White is officially out of the gate, it’s time for a primary poll, so I called in my trusted pollster - the most connected mole in Washington and creator of: to assist me in this ongoing task. We discuss, below, the parameters and significance of the polls.   MOTUS: Hi Molsterman, thanks for stopping by.Molsterman: No problem, I was in the neighborhood for dinner anyway, best grubs in town around here. What’s on your mind?MOTUS: Well, I was wondering if it would be a good time to start our primary tracking polls....
  • Climate change group praises Jeb Bush for 'leadership'

    04/19/2015 4:56:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 25 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush on Friday in New Hampshire called for the U.S. "to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.” The remarks at a "Politics & Eggs" event brought praise from billionaire Tom Steyer's group NextGen Climate, which has spent millions in recent elections blasting Republicans on climate change. "Jeb Bush demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change—distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn’t have to be a partisan issue," the group said in an email to reporters. "Today in New Hampshire, Bush expressed...
  • What the Times Doesn’t Get about the Second Amendment (brilliant piece by Ted Cruz)

    04/19/2015 6:33:32 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 64 replies
    Nationalreview.com ^ | 4/19/15 | Ted Cruz
    On Friday, the New York Times stated, in a blaring headline, that my support for Second Amendment rights is “strange.” In particular, the writer took issue with my statement that “”the Second Amendment to the Constitution isn’t for just protecting hunting rights, and it’s not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of liberty.” In addition to “strange,” the NYT described this view as “ridiculous,” “silly,” and “absurd” (methinks the...
  • Cruz takes Second Amendment fight to military bases

    04/19/2015 9:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 19, 2015 | James Hohmann
    LITCHFIELD, N.H.—Appealing to New Hampshire’s powerful gun culture, Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he’s “pressing” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to hold hearings on whether soldiers should be allowed to carry their own concealed firearms onto military bases. “I am very concerned about that policy,” the Texas senator told 120 gun owners at a hunting club here, before taking a trip to a firing range for some target practice. “I think it’s very important to have a public discussion about why we’re denying our soldiers the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.” Defense Department leaders oppose...
  • Rand Paul Sounds Like a Democrat Criticizing GOP Rivals’ Foreign Policy

    04/19/2015 6:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 19, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Bernie Sanders couldn’t have said it better: “There’s a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now — maybe more,” the Kentucky senator told hundreds of activists at a GOP cattle call that has drawn every major presidential aspirant. “This is something, if you watch closely, that will separate me from many other Republicans. The other Republicans will criticize Hillary Clinton and the president for their foreign policy, but they would have done the same thing – just 10 times over!” “Six countries – maybe more”? Which countries, Senator? And how many of...
  • The Age of Minions

    04/19/2015 6:11:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Some politicos are born servile, others have servility thrust upon them.The Pantone Color Institute, which normally finds itself in the news exactly once a year, when it proclaims the “color of the year” — 2015’s is marsala — last week heralded the christening of a new color: “Minion Yellow,” named for the rascally henchmen who assist Gru in the “Despicable Me” films. Apparently, the proprietary-color world is trolling the political world. This is the Age of Minions. Practically all colors have symbolic associations, and yellow’s baggage is ugly and complicated: The yellow-bellied are cowards; yellow journalism is dishonest and irresponsible;...
  • 9/11 COVER-UP?

    04/19/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    Shep Smith ^ | 150413 | Shep Smith
    9/11 COVER-UP? The latest claim isn’t from conspiracy theorists--it’s from a former top US Senator. He says documents prove Saudi Arabia helped pull off the attacks, and that the FBI hid the truth. Shep has details:
  • Grassley: DOJ gun ban unfair to veterans

    04/19/2015 11:04:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 15, 2015 | By Tim Devaney
    The Obama administration is unfairly blocking tens of thousands of military veterans from owning guns, a Republican senator is charging. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote this week in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The gun ban "effectively voids their Second Amendment rights,” Grassley said. At issue is whether these veterans are suffering from mental illnesses. According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Three-Step Solution to ‘Reignite the Promise of America’

    04/19/2015 2:15:47 AM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 18, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    NASHUA, N.H.—Sen. Ted Cruz said America is craving new leadership during his speech at the First in the Nation Summit in New Hampshire today. The Texas Republican, who announced his presidential campaign last month, began his remarks by praising his rivals for the Republican nomination as “an incredible array of conservative leaders.” Later, he shared the story of his father who fled tyranny in Cuba for the “promise” of America. “That is the miracle of America,” said Cruz. “That no nation in the history of the world has allowed so many millions of people to come with nothing and achieve...
  • Ted Cruz ROCKS the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit! [FULL SPEECH]

    04/19/2015 11:20:05 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 64 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/19/15 | soopermexican
    Ted Cruz gave another electrifying speech to a welcome crowd at the New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit.
  • Ted Cruz gets ‘a little range time,’ zings Eric Holder at campaign event [photos]

    04/19/2015 11:59:15 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-19 | Twitchy Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz made a Sunday campaign stop at a gun range in New Hampshire.
  • Marco Rubio: Being Gay Is Not a Choice

    04/19/2015 12:03:07 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 128 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he does not believe sexual orientation is a choice for the "enormous majority of people."The Florida senator's comments came Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, where he said that it should be up to states rather than the Supreme Court to define marriage and that he considers marriage to be between a man and a woman. "I also don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people. In fact, the bottom line is, I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with," Rubio said. He and...
  • Marco Rubio’s deranged religion, Ted Cruz’s bizarre faith:

    04/19/2015 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Salon.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jeffrey Taylor
    Aspirants to the White House, both Democratic and Republican, have, as we all know, begun “announcing,” thus initiating, from a rationalist’s point of view, a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the Almighty and their certainty that if we just looked, we could find answers to many of our ills in the Good Book. The candidates will cloak their true agendas – serving the Lords of Wall Street far more zealously than Our Father who art (or really, art not) in...
  • Ted Cruz: 'My Vote on Loretta Lynch is Unambiguously No'

    04/19/2015 1:43:29 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 06:35 PM | Todd Beamon
    exas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday that he would not support Loretta Lynch for attorney general and that the only "way to defeat ISIS is a simple and clear military objective. "We will destroy them," Cruz said of the Islamic State to cheers at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. [snip] "We need a commander-in chief who says the objective is not to weaken, not to degrade ISIS," Cruz said in answering a summit participant's question. "It is to utterly and completely destroy ISIS. [snip] Any decision on whether to use American combat troops should be "driven by the...
  • Ted Cruz Calls For Recognition of Armenian Genocide

    04/19/2015 1:20:02 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 52 replies
    groong.usc.edu ^ | Sun, 19 Apr 2015 9:31:47 PDT | Mihran Keheyian
    Cruz: "The Massacre of the Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian People Should be Called what it is: Genocide" WASHINGTON--Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on April 18 marked the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide with a statement calling for the proper recognition of the massacre of Armenian, Assyrian, and other Christian peoples as genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). Republican Presidential Candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Cruz's statement, addressed to the Armenian Church of Austin, was read on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol, during the Austin Peace March and Rally, an observance attended...
  • Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 1:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new, we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk,” he said. It was one of countless times Republicans jabbed Clinton for her clandestine appearance at the...
  • Heidi Cruz, a San Luis Obispo native, campaigns now as wife of a presidential candidate

    04/19/2015 12:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | April 18, 2015 | Patrick S. Pemberton, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo
    Presidential politics first captured Heidi Nelson Cruz’s attention in the 1980s, when the 12-year-old read a Time magazine piece about the Ronald Reagan-Walter Mondale race while working at her San Luis Obispo bread stand. She would later become a Capitol Hill intern, a policy aide on the George W. Bush campaign and economic director for the Western Hemisphere with the National Security Council. But while government and politics might have been her calling at one time, nothing in her background could have prepared her for the summer of 2013, when her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, helped force a shutdown...
  • Poll FReep -- KESQ poll if 2016 POTUS election were held today

    04/19/2015 4:48:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    KESQ ^ | April 2015 | unattributed
    1. If you had to choose today, which one of the confirmed candidates running for president would get your vote?
  • BOOM: Rating the GOP field on Amnesty

    04/18/2015 11:03:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | April 18, 2015
    Over at American Thinker, Pedro Gonzales offers an excellent overview of the GOP field's positions on Amnesty. Here's the executive summary: only one candidate has never changed his position on the topic. Jeb Bush "...Jeb, as we all know, supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and he's proud of it. If he were running in Honduras, I would vote for him in a minute..." Marco Rubio "...Rubio co-authored a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens. He has since tried to walk back from that..." Chris Christie "...Chris has been cagey on the subject, but one thing is clear:...
  • Ted Cruz, the Times, and Guns

    04/18/2015 10:01:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | April 18, 2015 | The Editors
    The New York Times is taking note of Senator Cruz’s suggestion that the Second Amendment was intended to “serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of liberty.” The Gray Lady calls it among the “ridiculous arguments against gun control.” It suggests the silliest such the idea is that the framers wanted to “preserve the possibility, or even encourage, the idea of armed rebellion against the government.” What arrests us about this note is the absence of any reference to Elbridge Gerry. Gerry was the representative from Massachusetts who, during the debate over the Second Amendment...
  • Stephen King lets Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have it

    04/18/2015 9:22:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Salon ^ | April 18, 2015 | Staff
    In a brilliant tweet, the horror master perfectly sums up the state of the 2016 presidential race. Stephen King has unloaded on the Republican presidential field on Twitter — the horror master’s latest dive into savvy GOP bashing. This tweet takes on the nightmare that is the current field of right-wing senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Stephen King ✔ @StephenKing Cruz, Paul and Rubio, all running for President. Hey, I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories. 2:25 PM - 16 Apr 2015 In recent weeks, King has jumped into the debate over Indiana’s religious...
  • Walker closes NH Summit w/call for going ‘big, bold’ -Cruz to defend Bill of Rights, “all of it”

    04/18/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | April 18, 2015 | John DiStaso
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NASHUA, N.H. —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed the NHGOP’s First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit on Saturday night with a call for “common sense” leadership to promote “big and bold” ideas. Walker, who has been leading the GOP presidential field in recent New Hampshire polling, told several hundred Republicans who remained for the separately ticketed Saturday night dinner that if he runs for president, he would apply the same principles and approach that he said has turned around his state’s economy. Introduced by former Gov. John H. Sununu, Walker said he decided to run for governor because he and his wife wanted...
  • Your View: How could anyone vote for Hillary?

    04/18/2015 7:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The New Bedford Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2015 | Steve DiMarzo, Jr.
    Early in the political season now, we have four who have declared their intentions to run for the presidency of the United States: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton. One would think after having experienced some of the worst economic woes ever heaped upon the American public by the most un-American Democratic administration in our history that anyone would even consider Hillary Clinton as a viable candidate is beyond logical reasoning. Hillary's political "baggage" seems to grow each and every year that she is around in some kind of official position in our government, as witnessed by...
  • Cruz wins straw polls in Greenville, Spartanburg

    04/18/2015 6:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Greenville Online | April 18, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/18/ted-cruz-scott-walker-jeb-bush/25987009/
  • Cruz: Iran deal is a 'historic mistake'

    04/18/2015 2:17:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 18, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday argued that finalizing any pact with Iran over its nuclear arms research would instantly produce one of the worst diplomatic deals of all time. “It is a historic mistake,” Cruz told listeners at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s First In the Nation leadership summit in Nashua, N.H. “Every year in Iran they celebrate ‘Death to America Day,’ ” the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful added. “If history teaches any principle, it is that if somebody says they want to kill you, believe them,” he concluded. Cruz argued that even a framework accord with Iran would...
  • Cruz to Adam Carolla: "The Rich Have Done Well Under Big Government"; Young People Are...

    04/18/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz phoned in on Friday's broadcast of the Adam Carolla Show to discuss his candidacy, the IRS and taxes, big government, his father's America compared to our current America, Jeb Bush and more. ADAM CAROLLA: Thank you so much for calling in and thank you so much for wanting to eliminate the IRS. It's driving me nuts. SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, I tell you April 16th is a day when a whole lot of folks want to move into a simple flat tax and just padlock the IRS. I think that is a powerful populist...
  • Jeb Bush has edge on wide-open 2016 GOP field: poll

    04/18/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a small lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a new national poll on the possible 2016 GOP presidential field. Mr. Bush is the choice of 13 percent of Republican voters in the Monmouth University poll, followed by Mr. Cruz and Mr. Walker at 11 percent apiece. Mr. Cruz officially launched a bid for the White House last month.
  • Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

    04/18/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    APNews ^ | 18 APR 15 | Steve Peeples
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up. In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy. But Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio's record. Also, supporters of the two Miami politicians are drawing contrasts between Rubio, a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, and 62-year-old Bush, a member of one of the nation's most powerful political dynasties. "Sparks are going to fly," said Al...
  • Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’

    04/18/2015 4:31:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 147 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to...
  • Three Republican 'colonels' plot their coup (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio)

    04/17/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The British Broadcasting Company ^ | April 17, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter
    It's almost always the colonels who lead the coups. Why? Because they're usually young, hungry and oh-so-close to holding the reins of power, if only those pesky generals weren't in the way. The US isn't big on military putsches, but in the past month the Republican Party has witnessed a political equivalent, as three Republican "colonels" - first-term senators with little establishment authority but lots of ambition - made their moves for the White House. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio may be junior players in congressional chambers but Republican politics, and US electioneering in general, have changed in...
  • Ted Cruz to address Latino issues in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Q&A event

    04/17/2015 8:53:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 17, 2015 | Elizabeth Llorente
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who is running for president, plans to meet with the head of a national Latino organization who accused the lawmaker of distancing himself from his ethnic community. Cruz is scheduled to meet on April 29 with Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and hold a question-and-answer session in Washington D.C. before an audience of business leaders and journalists. “The Hispanic Chamber is an important constituency,” said Rick Tyler, the national spokesman for the Cruz campaign. “We’re going to have a conversation, the host and the senator. They will...
  • In Our Opinion: Don't fall for Cruz's IRS ploy

    04/17/2015 8:19:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Oneonta Daily Star ^ | April 17, 2015 | The Editors
    If you’ve recently finished running the gantlet known as income tax preparation, you might be particularly cheered by Sen. Ted Cruz’s suggestion to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. After all, few of us — except perhaps a few tax preparers for whom the practice provides a livelihood — enjoy navigating the increasingly arcane bureaucracy that governs our tax code. Every year, it seems, there are new rules, new deductions, new forms to fill out and new uncertainty about how all of it will affect one’s bank account. So when Cruz and fellow presidential campaigner Sen. Rand Paul began talking about...
  • The New York Times's Dumb Second Amendment Argument

    04/17/2015 4:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    I understand that to many people who work at the New York Times, guns are frightening animistic objects. But Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of the Times, just took the following swipe at Ted Cruz, under the headline "Ted Cruz’s Strange Gun Argument," and it is his argument, not Ted Cruz's, that is strange to say the least: Americans who believe the Second Amendment gives them an individual right to own guns (as opposed to a more general right to bear arms, as our editorial board argues) often make cogent arguments for their position. I believe that allowing people...
  • For Queer People, There’s Already 2016 Election Fatigue (Yes, that's a real headline)

    04/17/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News / Takepart ^ | April 17, 2015 | Hugh Ryan
    Last month, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, became one of the first major candidates in the marathon slog that is our modern presidential election cycle. Usually, when I want to see people get hit while running an obstacle course, I binge-watch Wipeout, the popular ABC show. But as anyone on social media is certainly well aware, there is no escaping our country’s least-enjoyable reality show: America’s Next Top Presidential Candidate (until the Next One, and the Next One, and the One After That). This year, my election fatigue is already so bad, I won’t even watch political gaffes on...
  • Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

    04/17/2015 3:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Pierce
    In which we learn that old memes do not learn new tricks as Politico explains the biggest factors facing Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.Remember how important it was for Democratic senatorial candidates in the 2014 midterms to "distance themselves" from the massively unpopular policies of the massively unpopular incumbent president? Remember how well that worked out for Senators Bruce Braley, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Michelle Nunn? Well, thanks to Tiger Beat On The Potomac this morning, we see that someone's rolled back the stone on that particular meme. The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton's...