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  • George W. Bush joining Jeb Bush in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 12:32:55 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    cnn.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Former president George W. Bush will join his brother former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in South Carolina to campaign. The two will focus on national security issues in the important Southern state. "They want a commander-in-chief that will have a steady hand and have a backbone and will support the troops and has detailed plans on how to keep us safe as it relates to Islamic terrorism," Jeb Bush said Wednesday on CNN's "New Day." "Here in South Carolina particularly that's an important issue."
  • Heidi Cruz Argues Forcefully For Trade Authority, Something Her Husband Opposes

    02/10/2016 9:09:58 PM PST · by Amntn · 83 replies
    Buzzfeed.com ^ | 2/10/16 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Heidi Cruz misstated her husband's vote on a key and controversial trade provision last year in a radio interview this week. The issue of trade has become a hot one for both parties this cycle. Donald Trump's made the case that the United States is getting screwed on free trade -- that U.S. policies have ruined the wages for the American worker. In a radio interview on South Carolina's Vince Coakley Radio Program, Heidi Cruz argued free trade is a powerfully good force and that presidents should have increased powers to negotiate trade deals -- a policy that has become...
  • GOP Shatters it's Turnout Record: Democrats Lag Behind

    02/10/2016 9:25:45 AM PST · by Wpin · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans set a new turnout record Tuesday in New Hampshire’s primary, attracting more than a quarter of a million voters to the polls and offering evidence that most of the energy in the 2016 presidential race continues to be on the GOP side. Democrats saw a strong turnout, but their two-person race couldn’t recapture the magic of the 2008 battle between Hillary Clinton and then-candidate Barack Obama — a race that presaged Mr. Obama’s eventual cruise to victory in November.
  • MARCO RUBIO IN 2ND PLACE IN FLORIDA, NEW POLL FINDS (Jeb polls at 4% and in 5th place)

    02/10/2016 3:56:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 85 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | 2/8/16 | Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster
    Donald Trump leads in Florida, but Marco Rubio is in second place, according to a new poll from Florida Southern College. The survey found Trump maintains the top spot in Florida among registered Republican voters with 27 percent. Rubio is in second with 20 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 12 percent and Ben Carson at 6 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is fifth with 4 percent, according to the survey.
  • Checking Cruz's climate science denial clangers [Left hits Cruz when Court blocks Obama's legacy]

    02/10/2016 11:13:23 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 10, 2016 | Graham Readfearn
    I have no clue how many climate science denial myths a Republican presidential candidate can fit onto the head of a pin, but given these zingers are generally huge it's probably not that many. But we do now have some clue how many myths one of those candidates, Senator Ted Cruz, can fit into an eight-minute diatribe. At least six. When asked about climate change at recent hustings, Cruz has been delivering a stock set of answers from the Little Book of Climate Change Denial (not a real book). At one such event in New Hampshire, the representative from Texas...
  • Texas Abortion Clinics Launch Public Relations Campaign to Build Support to Stay Open

    02/10/2016 7:24:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortion clinics in Texas are trying to recruit support from women in a new public relations campaign this week, even as they fight against a state law requiring basic health protections for woman. Reuters reports the Texas abortion businesses and several national pro-abortion groups are holding a week-long campaign of rallies called the “Truth Tour” to gain support for the abortion industry ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the Texas law in March. The Supreme Court announced in November that it will hear the lawsuit bought by abortion businesses against the pro-life Texas law, which is responsible for...
  • Y'all have a Texas accent? Siri (and the world) might be slowly killing it

    02/10/2016 1:48:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Tom Dart
    'People speak to machines differently than how they speak to people,' says language technology expert Alan Black. It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world. "How can we mosey on down to the rodeo?" my friend Ben Crook drawled, sat in a rocking chair on his front porch, a can of Lone Star beer in his left hand on a humid night in Houston. Only one thing jarred with this otherwise stereotypical Texas scene: Crook was asking Siri, the voice-activated digital personal assistant on his iPhone, rather than, say, a passing sheriff on horseback...
  • Jeb Bush: Temporary Muslim Ban 'Horrific,' Illegal Immigration 'Act of Love'

    02/10/2016 3:20:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/16 | JOHN NOLTE
    Everything wrong with Jeb Bush can be summed up in his approach to border security and American sovereignty. As we all now know, the former Florida governor considers illegal immigration an "act of love" on the part of the illegal immigrant sneaking into America illegally. Wednesday morning on "Morning Joe," after barely getting out of New Hampshire alive, Bush repeatedly described frontrunner Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims as "horrific." You don't have to agree with the idea of Trump's temporary ban to see the benefits of such a thing, or why two-thirds of Republican voters in a...
  • Establishment Declares Jeb Bush Is Making a Comeback After He Spent $36 Million for 4th Place

    02/10/2016 12:07:11 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-10-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Can you believe this? One longtime Rubio supporter who backs Bush faulted Rubio’s campaign for the slip-up. He said they drove Rubio too hard and too long and he didn’t have enough sleep. In the days before New Hampshire primary, Rubio struggled to find his footing coming off as subdued and tired during some of his final campaign stops. Rubio also repeated himself, again, this time about family values in his last campaign rally in Nashua, N.H., before the primary. “It was the pace. He couldn’t keep up,” the source said. “And then they doubled-down on it – tripled and...
  • Like It or Not, After New Hampshire, It’s a Two Man Race Between Trump and Cruz

    02/10/2016 11:50:54 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Hawkins
    Since the modern primary system kicked in back in 76, no Republican has won without taking Iowa or New Hampshire. Since Cruz took Iowa and Trump was expected to take New Hampshire, that put Rubio in a difficult position.However, Rubio’s team had an answer for that: 3rd in IA, 2nd in NH and 1st in SC. It hadn’t been done that way on the Republican side, but that did seem like a plausible path to the nomination.Unfortunately, Rubio’s 5th place finish in NH means both Jeb and Kasich will stay in and split the establishment vote. It also means Rubio...
  • Actually, it really is a rebellion

    02/10/2016 11:44:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 295 replies
    February 10, 2016 | Jim Robinson
    As much as I love Cruz as a conservative, there really is a voter rebellion underway and it may be unstoppable. Despite all the denials, the simple truth is the voters really are fed-up and really are up in arms against the establishment. Trump's message is exactly what the voters are looking for: Build the wall, enforce the law, deport them all, slap a moratorium on Muslim immigration, bomb the hell out of ISIS, cut the taxes, cut the spending, cut the regulations, cut the government, cut the bad trade deals, cut the political correctness crap, bring back capital, bring...
  • Dear Mexico: you might wind up paying for that wall after all

    02/10/2016 1:26:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Over the weekend the former president of Mexico took a rather scoffing tone when he said that Mexico wasn’t going to pay one cent for Donald Trump’s “stupid wall.” This is a knock we’ve heard from plenty of The Donald’s critics back here at home as well, coming from Democrats and Republicans alike. I mean… it’s crazy, right? How could anyone expect that to happen?There’s an article this week over at The Last Refuge which might be worth a look if you’ve got an open mind on the subject. One of the less commented on aspects of international relations...
  • Branstad Machine Still After Cruz in South Carolina

    02/10/2016 11:26:34 AM PST · by TBBT · 13 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 2/10/16 | CR Wire
    America's Future Fund, a political action committee that opposed Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, has purchased $1.5 million in negative advertising against Cruz that will run on television in the weeks leading up to the Feb. 20th South Carolina primary. The ad, "Weak," attempts to discredit Cruz's national security bona fides in a state with a heavy military and veteran population. America's Future Fund is run by GOP establishment operative Nick Ryan. As CR's Rob Eno wrote in "Why The Establishment Fears Cruz More Than Trump": "Ryan is a longstanding force in Iowa politics, allied with the moderate Governor Branstad....
  • Jeb Bush energized, swinging at Donald Trump in South Carolina

    02/10/2016 11:02:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/10/16 | S.A. Miller
    Jazzed by a fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush opened his campaign for the next contest in South Carolina by taking repeated shots at front-runner Donald Trump. Mr. Bush accused the billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star of being a divisive figure just like President Obama and slammed him for declaring bankruptcy four times for his business ventures. "I'm giving you a reality-based answer not a realty-TV answer," Mr. Bush told the crowd at a town hall in Bluffton, South Carolina, as he touted his record of cutting taxes, reining in spending...
  • The Paris Massacre Sunk Dr. Ben Carson

    02/10/2016 12:32:09 PM PST · by drewh · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 hours ago | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich seized second place in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday evening, in a race Donald Trump had dominated since the fall. But others had also spent time in the second place slot behind Trump, including former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina after her strong undercard debate performance in September; and Dr. Ben Carson, who was in second for much of the autumn, but finished in last place on Tuesday evening. What happened? A look at the RealClearPolitics averages allows us to pinpoint the exact moment when Carson began to fade, never to recover: Nov. 13, 2015....
  • Obama/Trump Back Russian Invasion of Syria

    02/10/2016 12:33:11 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    ... There is no other way to describe it: the Obama policy is to let the Russian/Iranian/Hezbollah axis take over Syria. That is what the current battle for Aleppo is all about. Times columnist Roger Cohen argues that "It is too late, as well as pure illusion, to expect significant change in Obama's Syria policy." But he proposes that Obama should at least increase the number of Syrian refugees taken in this year to 65,000, as opposed to his currently proposed 10,000. But letting in more refugees scares Americans who suspect that there will be terrorists among them. Such a...
  • Low gas prices signal economic downturn elsewhere

    02/08/2016 10:41:41 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 08, 2016 | Laura Thoren
    Gas prices in Chicago are still falling, but the price at the pump is having a negative impact on the economy. ... as the cost to fill up your tank goes down, could this also be a sign -- the economy is tanking? Commodities trader Scott Shellady thinks so. "It's bad for everybody. We are going to lose one-fifth of the jobs we created in 2008," said Shellady. And he doesn't expect a market rebound anytime soon. So if you were hoping to cash in your 401K or IRA and retire in the next year, Shellady says, rethink your plans....
  • Donald Trump’s New Hampshire Win Means These Media Members Are Winners & Losers

    02/09/2016 10:16:55 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 39 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 8
    First, here are the biggest "losers." Nate Silver. Back in November, this liberal media darling and alleged prediction guru told the world that Trump had no real chance at the GOP nomination and that his poll numbers were nothing to be concerned about because they were likely to fade before any votes were cast. ... Frank Luntz. Luntz unequivocally declared that Trump was dead, gone and finished. Trump's poll numbers only got better from there. ... Rich Lowry & National Review. Lowry deserves to be singled out for his hilariously inaccurate and inappropriate analysis that Carly Fiorina had surgically removed...
  • What About Ted Cruz?

    02/09/2016 11:29:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 9, 2016 | Thomas B. Edsall
    Despite Donald Trump's victory in New Hampshire, what is the chance that Republicans will nominate Ted Cruz and that he will go on to win the presidency? The website ElectionBettingOdds gives Cruz a 14.5 percent chance of winning the nomination -- his victory in the Iowa caucuses and what looks like a third place showing in New Hampshire notwithstanding. It puts his chances of actually winning the presidency at 4.3 percent. But let's say Cruz beats the odds and wins the nomination. One of the most conservative members of the Senate, Cruz would test the argument made by leaders of...
  • Once again, Ted Cruz has an under-appreciated strength in New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 12:53:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | Boris Shor, Will Cubbison, Craig Goodman and Josh Putnam
    They might not make national headlines, but local endorsements in presidential primaries matter. According to the influential book "The Party Decides," such endorsements reveal party elites trying to come to a decision about which candidate they should mutually support. They are leading indicators of vote - and delegate - outcomes. In many ways, they are better at predicting how the race will turn out than opinion polls. As we'll explain below, in New Hampshire, Ted Cruz has built up a commanding lead of these endorsements - especially compared with Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, which indicates a reservoir of strength...
  • Why Ted Cruz is now the Republican front-runner

    02/09/2016 10:43:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 238 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 9, 2015 | Philip Klein
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Donald Trump may have come out of New Hampshire with the victory, but Sen. Ted Cruz has emerged as the Republican front-runner. Though Trump's victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn't put substantial effort into winning the state - where very conservative candidates don't typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding. As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground game in place and the electorate is...
  • Bill Kristol blows his New Hampshire primary picks — and Twitter won’t let him forget it

    02/09/2016 9:18:46 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol was once again the butt of the political joke on Tuesday after his latest faulty prediction — in this case, his take on the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary. Last week, Kristol forecast a win for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) not too far behind in second and Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich bringing up the rear, tagging his Twitter prediction #NoGutsNoGlory, as seen below:
  • Ben Carson: I’m Open to Being Donald Trump's Vice President

    02/09/2016 3:24:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 73 replies
    Mediaite via MSN ^ | 2/09/16 | Alex Griswold
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on the day of the New Hampshire primary that he was open to serving as vice president under another candidate, specifically saying that he would be willing to sit down and discuss it with Donald Trump. "Would you be ever open to a VP spot?" asked Fox Business host Neil Cavuto. "I would have to have major philosophical alignment with whoever it was," Carson responded. "I would have to have guarantees that I could do some substantial things." Cavuto asked whether that applied to Donald Trump as well. "I certainly would sit down and...
  • Ted Cruz, Jeff Sessions Roll Out Antidote To Broken H-1B Program: American Jobs First Act

    12/11/2015 7:32:15 AM PST · by VinL · 112 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 12/11/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sens. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)82%together are promoting new legislation to reform the H-1B visa program, after scores of abuses by companies including Disney, Southern California Edison and more. The bill, the American Jobs First Act of 2015, is essentially an antidote to the woes of the H-1B program. The bill, which represents a crackdown on immigration program abuses by special interests, has several components. First, it requires companies that use H-1B workers to pay such visa holders “either what an American worker who did identical or similar work made two years prior to the...
  • Rubio's [H-1B] Immigration Plan Will Only Cause Suffering For Americans

    02/09/2016 2:07:28 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Overpasses For America ^ | February 8th, 2016 | Mark Thies
    I first met Sen. Marco Rubio at a Republican fundraiser in 2014 where he was the featured speaker."Hi, my name is Mark Thies", I said. "I'm an Engineering Professor at Clemson.""Engineers!", he said. "Boy, we sure need a lot more of them, don't we!"I shook my head in wonder at his comment. Indeed, if you get your news from the mainstream mediayou might think there's a big shortage of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The truth, however, is quite different.For example, Clemson's engineering enrollment has reached almost 5,300 students - an 80 percent increase since 2008!In my...
  • House Democrat: U.S. Muslims Are Being Radicalized by Politicians Calling for Border Control

    02/09/2016 2:20:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/9/16 | Alana Goodman
    Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Duckworth said on Monday that politicians are contributing to the rise of Islamic terrorists in the United States by calling for stricter immigration laws. Duckworth singled out her Republican opponent, Sen. Mark Kirk, and presidential candidate Donald Trump, as two politicians who are allegedly “play[ing] right into ISIS’s hands” and aiding the radicalization of Muslims in the United States during an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board. Duckworth made the comments while discussing two Iraqi refugees in Texas and California who were recently arrested on terror related charges. “In the case of those...
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE HATES HILLARY (CNN poll results - title Drudge)

    02/09/2016 7:47:09 AM PST · by RummyChick · 38 replies
    Drudge via CNN ^ | 2/9 | Drudge via CNN
    http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/states/nh/Dem
  • Trump: Border wall will cost $8 billion

    02/09/2016 12:07:05 PM PST · by onyx · 146 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue February 9, 2016 | By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Donald Trump estimated on Tuesday that it will cost about $8 billion to build the wall he has promised to erect on the U.S.'s southern border if elected president.Trump has vowed to force Mexico to pay for the border wall and said Tuesday on MSNBC that the hefty $8 billion price tag "is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico" on trade."The wall is probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico. We lose a tremendous amount of trade deficits. We have a trade deficit...
  • Obama's $319 Billion Oil Tax Plan Raised to $10.25 a Barrel

    02/09/2016 12:27:48 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Bloomberg | February 9, 2016 | Jennifer A Dlouhy and Brian Wingfield
    No excerpt from Bloomberg allowed, story here.
  • Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    02/08/2016 10:57:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 125 replies
    It’s hard to look at Ted Cruz’s face. He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy. Before I say why, note how many colleagues and former associates "loathe" him. A Bush alumnus told The New York Times' Frank Bruni, “Why do people take such an instant dislike to Ted Cruz? It just saves time.” Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole says,...
  • Marco Rubio is biggest loser. Trump and the governors all have a good night in NH

    02/06/2016 10:06:24 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 212 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/7/2016 | Douglas E. Schoen
    <p>Saturday night at the GOP debate in New Hampshire belonged to the executives: the governors and the businessman.</p> <p>Indeed, if Saturday is any indication of what kind of debater Donald Trump can be, then it's safe to say that it really was a mistake for him to skip the Fox News debate before the Iowa caucus. He may very have won it if he had shown this kind of strength and adeptness just days before Iowans went out to vote.</p>
  • The Classiest Debate Moment That No-One Noticed – Never Leave A Good Man Down…

    02/07/2016 9:43:49 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 82 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | February 7, 2016 | sundance
    Few people will talk about this, and fewer will even want to acknowledge it, but what Donald Trump did before the debate even began shows the measure of a real man’s worth. At the beginning of the ABC debate, each of the candidates were being introduced in a specific order. The first name called to the stage was Chris Christie. The applause was loud and lingered through the time when Martha Raddatz called the second candidate Ben Carson. Dr. Carson did not hear his name called (easy to understand why when you listen to the video) and stood in the...
  • Ted Nugent Facebook Post Targets Prominent Jews for Supporting Gun Control

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned a Facebook post by rock musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent suggesting that prominent Jewish Americans are behind the advocacy for stronger gun control laws. Earlier today, Nugent shared a graphic titled “So who is really behind gun control?” on his Facebook page. The visual featured thumbnail photos of prominent Jewish Americans, including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Chuck Schumer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and several others, with each photo emblazoned with the Israeli flag. The post was accompanied by a written message from Nugent:...
  • American Research Group, Inc. [Final Poll Trump 33%+3 Kasich 17%+1 - Sanders 53%nc Clinton 44%+3]

    02/08/2016 8:02:28 PM PST · by BigEdLB · 47 replies
    ARG ^ | 2/8/16 | ARG
    2016 Iowa Caucuses Pollster Ratings The following tables list the accuracy of pollsters in the February 1, 2016 Iowa Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses using the measure of polling accuracy proposed by Martin, Traugott, and Kennedy. An accuracy measure of 0.00 indicates that the odds ratio of the survey results matches the odds ratio of the actual results (the closer the accuracy score is to 0.00, the better).
  • National poll: Cruz and Rubio surged after Iowa

    02/09/2016 4:10:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | February 9, 2015 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are riding a wave of momentum after strong finishes in Iowa. Donald Trump maintains a double-digit lead over his Republican rivals, but Rubio has experienced the largest surge, according to an NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll released Tuesday. The billionaire businessman has 35 percent support nationally among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters. Ted Cruz, who won the Iowa caucuses last week, has 20 percent support, followed by Rubio in third with 17 percent support. Ben Carson is at 7 percent, and the rest of the field is at 3 percent or less. While Trump still leads by...
  • Hold on Ex-Im nomination keeps cronyism crimped

    02/09/2016 4:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | Diane Katz
    The president has nominated attorney J. Mark McWatters for the bank board. However, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has said he's "in no hurry" to hold a hearing or a vote on the nomination. Other pending confirmations take precedence, he said.The last of the 2015 lobbying reports are in, and the top corporate spender turns out to have been the Boeing Company, at $21.9 million. Not coincidentally, the aerospace giant also outranks thousands of other firms in profiting from the subsidies doled out by the Export-Import Bank. Last year, Boeing benefitted...
  • Ron Paul's New Book Sinks His Immigration Grade to an 'F'

    05/02/2011 4:53:50 PM PDT · by DangerZone · 16 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT | Roy Beck
    The biggest problem with Rep. Paul's (R-Texas) latest comments on immigration is that they are NOT just some ad hoc thoughts tossed off carelessly at some speaking event. These are engraved in a brand new book. Until the release of the book, Liberty Defined, Dr. Paul had a mixed record in Congress and the fact that he had taken the NumbersUSA "No Amnesty" pledge at the end of his Presidential campaign in 2008. That had earned him a C-minus on our 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Immigration Stances Report Card. Not impressive, but the third best (behind Rep. Bachman with a B-minus...
  • Accused deputy killer found incompetent to stand trial

    02/09/2016 9:02:40 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 14 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 2-9-2016 | Jeff Ehling
    Shannon Miles will not stand trial for the murder of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth any time soon. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that Shannon Miles has been found incompetent to stand trial. Two sets of doctors, one from the state and another set hired by his defense attorneys, reached the same conclusion. Miles did not appear in court. Instead this was handled by his attorney. Miles' attorneys said they don't want him making statements that would jeopardize his case. Defense attorneys say their doctors say Miles is Pscitezopherenic and psychotic. Miles will be sent to a state hospital for...
  • Crystal City Texas News: Nearly All Council Officials Arrested on Felony Charges

    02/09/2016 8:24:42 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 14 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Tuesday, 09 Feb 2016 08:29 AM | Jonna Lorenz
    Crime took a big bite out of a small Texas town’s city hall last week when five top officials in Crystal City were arrested on federal corruption charges. Mayor Ricardo Lopez, city manager William James Jonas, council members Rogelio Mata and Roel Mata, and former council member Gilbert Urrabazo, as well as businessman An indictment handed down by a grand jury accuses the men of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and helping Nguyen, the operator of an illegal gambling operation who goes by "Mr. T," according to The Post. Another council member, Marco Rodriguez, was arrested last...
  • Almost every official of small Texas city is arrested in federal corruption probe 'for accepting bri

    02/09/2016 1:26:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2015 | AP
    Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested on Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed Mr T. Crystal City's mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney's office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said. A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing...
  • The FBI Arrested Almost All The Top Officials In This Texas Town

    02/08/2016 9:19:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Refinery 29 ^ | February 8, 2016 | Meghan DeMaria
    The next few city council meetings in Crystal City, TX are going to be pretty quiet. On Thursday, FBI agents arrested a majority of the town's top officials, including the mayor, mayor pro tempore, city manager, and a current city council member, as well as a former council member, The Washington Post reports. FBI agents also arrested Ngoc Tri Nguyen, an alleged gambling operator, nicknamed "Mr. T." A federal indictment (PDF) accused the town officials of taking thousands of dollars in bribes, and of helping Nguyen run the illegal gambling operation. Ricardo Lopez, Crystal City's mayor, was accused of accepting...
  • McGrath: Ted Cruz Stands Alone On a Female Draft

    02/08/2016 2:12:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 102 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 8, 2016 | Art McGrath
    After last week's surprise statements by two top generals that women should sign up for the draft just like men, Sen. Ted Cruz has set himself apart from his Republican rivals in the race for president by saying unequivocally that the idea is "nuts." When questioned at a Senate committee hearing last week, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley both said they thought women should have to register for Selective Service when they turn eighteen, just like men. During Saturday's presidential candidate debate in Manchester, N.H., everyone on stage...
  • Scott Brown Touts Trump Ground Game, ‘Phone Banks Humming’ in New Hampshire

    02/08/2016 12:24:28 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/8/2016 | Dan Riehl
    Former Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown told Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon today he sees Donald Trump winning the New Hampshire primary with John Kasich coming in second and "Rubio right there in third." Brown previously thought Rubio would finish second. That was before New Jersey Governor Chris Christie banged the Florida Senator up pretty good in Saturday's Republican debate. Brown called Rubio "brilliant," adding that he considered him a good friend, but felt the cage match with Christie really hurt him. Asked about Trump's "ground game," Brown said he was confident the businessman has a good one...
  • John Kasich: I'm a good middle ground between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

    02/08/2016 12:32:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    The Week ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jeva Lange
    A possibly very confused voter at a John Kasich town hall in Windham, New Hampshire, wanted to know why she should vote for the Ohio governor in the "Democratic primary" — and Kasich, a Republican, didn't correct her. The question did not seem to be a slip of the tongue, either: The voter said she was having a hard time deciding between Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and John Kasich in the "Democratic primary" and wanted to know why Kasich should have her vote.
  • Ted Cruz Requests Private Meeting With Ben Carson

    02/08/2016 11:54:09 AM PST · by Red Steel · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Feb, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    "He said he's sorry that this happened and he wants to sit down and talk," Carson said in an interview with The Washington Post. "He wants to discuss the whole thing and clear the air." "To be determined," Carson said when asked where they may meet. "Doesn't matter." The Carson campaign has been critical of Cruz after his campaign spread false rumors during the Iowa caucus, and sent voicemails to Iowa precinct captains suggestings that Carson was dropping out of the race.
  • Ted Cruz, In New List of Endorsements, Includes Lawmaker Who Didn’t Endorse Him

    02/08/2016 12:00:14 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 139 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | February 7
    Ted Cruz announced on Sunday the endorsements of six state representatives who had previously supported Rand Paul. At least one representative was surprised to see his name. The representative, J.R. Hoell, had met with Mr. Cruz, senator from Texas, on Friday, he said. "I made it clear I could not support him," Mr. Hoell said in a phone interview on Sunday evening
  • Sanders in 1990: US must pressure Israel on Palestinians

    02/06/2016 10:23:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/6/16 | staff and JTA
    Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders has had a long and apparently often critical relationship with Israel. One mystery that surrounded the 74-year-old senator’s past links to the Jewish state was the identity of the kibbutz on which he spent several months in 1963 as a volunteer. On Thursday, veteran Israeli journalist Yossi Melman announced that the Democratic hopeful had named it in an interview with him more than 25 years ago. In 1990, on the eve of his election to the US House of Representatives as a socialist, Sanders named the kibbutz where he volunteered as Sha’ar HaAmakim, a...
  • Ron Paul: Cruz 'owned by Goldman Sachs'

    02/05/2016 12:34:22 PM PST · by springwater13 · 52 replies
    Former Rep. Ron Paul is lashing out at Ted Cruz, calling the GOP presidential contender too close to Wall Street. "People are liking Cruz. They think he's for the free market, and he's owned by Goldman Sachs," the former Texas lawmaker said on Fox Business Network's "Varney & Company," according to Politico. "I mean, he and [Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton] have more in common than we would have with either Cruz or [Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump] or any of them so I just don't think there is much picking," Paul added.
  • The Libertarian Moment Lives With Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 116 replies
    Liberty Conservatives Magazine ^ | February 7, 2016 | Remso W. Martinez
    Rand Paul is out, so what does this mean for the realistic future of 2016? It means what I've been saying for a while, Senator Ted Cruz will take his campaign all the way. There is now pretending that Ted Cruz is a libertarian, he is as conservative as they come, in the traditional sense. The difference between Cruz and Paul though is this; Cruz never pretended to be something he wasn't, he has much adoration for libertarians, and has stated time and time again that when certain challenges come about, there is a need for a coalition. Senator Rand...
  • BREAKING. Rand Paul’s New Hampshire Campaign Chair Endorses Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 10:01:37 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 128 replies
    Red State ^ | February 8,1016
    Just in: Rand Paul's New Hampshire state chairman Sen. Avard has endorsed Ted Cruz's campaign, he tells a crowd here...