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  • US Media Begins Calling To Expel Turkey From NATO As Finland, Sweden Seek Entry

    05/17/2022 4:23:28 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 5-17-2022
    An op-ed in CNN this week has called on NATO to expel Turkey if it doesn’t agree to admit new applicants Finland and Sweden into the Western military alliance. Ankara has so far appeared to slam the door on the prospect, calling the Scandinavian nations “terror supporters” over the outlawed Kurdish PKK issue. The piece by David Andelman, a member of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), begins by lashing out at both Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán. “Russian President Vladimir Putin has just enough allies in just enough places to throw a wrench in the...
  • The Latest: Trump says bathroom laws 'discriminatory'

    04/21/2016 7:11:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 263 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern): 8:15 a.m. Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose. Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's "Today" Thursday, Trump said North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife.
  • Trump 1991: Reagan's Tax Reform A 'Catastrophe,' U.S. Is Like The Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 5:55:43 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 46 replies
    Dailywire ^ | 4/11/16 | Hank Berrien
    If you think the Trump campaign is full of amateurs, you are correct. Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, eager to prove that his boss was an expert on tax reform, posted a link to an appearance Trump made in 1991 before the House Budget Committee: There’s one problem: in his testimony, not only did Trump bash Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986, calling it a catastrophe and saying income taxes should be raised to increase investment in real estate, but Trump actually compared the United States to the Soviet Union. Why, you’d almost think Trump is a...
  • Trump's Anti-GOP Complaints Are Big News, While Threats to Anti-Trump GOPers Are Ignored

    04/19/2016 10:17:32 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    News Busters ^ | April 15, 2016 | Rich Noyes
    On April 13, ABC’s World News Tonight correspondent Tom Llamas devoted most of that night’s report to chilling death threats against the Colorado state Republican party chairman, angered at how Donald Trump failed to win any delegates at the weekend party convention. Besides that one report, and two minor mentions (one on ABC’s Good Morning America and on Thursday’s CBS Evening News), that’s all the broadcast news attention given to reports of actual death threats in this increasingly nasty presidential race: 110 seconds in total, not a moment of which was on NBC. But since the Colorado convention through Thursday...
  • Dear Fellow Upstate NYers – I’m voting Cruz on April 19, here’s why

    04/17/2016 6:48:46 PM PDT · by writer33 · 79 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 04/17/16 | William A Jacobson
    It’s not often that a Republican presidential primary in New York matters. This year it does. It’s a time for choosing, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan. The choice is between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, though John Kasich is on the ballot too. The real race to the nomination has been Trump v. Cruz for at least several weeks and it is likely to remain that way. Faced with that choice, it’s easy. Legal Insurrection started in October 2008 in anticipation of the Obama presidency. We were part of the Tea Party movement (though aligned with no specific group) since the...
  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 2:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The April 25, 2016 Issue | Jay Cost
    After Ted Cruz won every delegate up for grabs at the Colorado Republican convention, Donald Trump began complaining that the process at such conventions is unfair. His claim is that party insiders should not be making these choices, but rather that the power should be vested with the voters. As a consequence, Cruz is “stealing" delegates from Trump, and in so doing defying the will of the voters. Trump's accusations are specious and disingenuous. The process that has been playing out is perfectly legitimate. Trump's real problem is that he is being outhustled by the Cruz campaign. The Republican nomination...
  • Trump’s Seeming Incomprehension Of State Primaries Is A Big Red Flag

    04/15/2016 6:22:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Brent Smith
    Why are the Trumpists so angry at Cruz? In fact, doesn’t it seem like they are always angry at something or someone? It’s true. It’s either “lyin’ Ted,” the Washington insiders, the press, which is bit surprising considering how much free air time he is given, or whatever. It almost appears Svengali Trump has figured out that he must continually invent new villains to keep his followers amped up. This reminds me a bit of the leaders of the hard left, who must keep some form of “The Man” in perpetuity, holding down the oppressed democrat faithful, who are then...
  • Republicans Hate These 7 Things About Democrats. The Trump Campaign Is All Of Them.

    04/15/2016 4:59:36 PM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 102 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | 04/15/2016 | Ben Shapiro
    When conservatives think about what they most hate about the left, several factors come to mind: their racist appeals, their whining social justice warrior nonsense, their distinct willingness to attack conservative women, their consistent stream of lies, their perversion of buzzwords.
  • Wrongly Crying Foul for Political Gain

    04/15/2016 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    It's one thing to be upset with the so-called Republican establishment for failing to stand up to Barack Obama and his destructive policies, but it's another for a GOP presidential candidate to exploit that anger illegitimately against a fellow anti-establishment candidate. Many of us have been critical of the GOP leadership for opposing conservatives in GOP primaries, not backing conservatives in office trying to do the right thing, always advising that Republicans dilute their message to attract independent voters and not sufficiently recognizing the threat President Obama represents to this nation and opposing his agenda. From the beginning, grass-roots conservatives,...
  • Cruz Is a Safer General-Election Bet than Trump

    04/13/2016 9:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 12, 2016 | Jim Geraghty
    The conventional wisdom is that though Ted Cruz can excite the conservative-activist base of the Republican party, he can’t beat Hillary Clinton in a general election. But the recent head-to-head polling tells a different story. Unless your name is George W. Bush, it’s tough to win 270 electoral votes without winning the popular vote. And Cruz is hanging in there against the Democratic front-runner. The RealClearPolitics average puts Clinton at 46.4 percent and Cruz at 43.9 percent; the most recent McClatchy-Marist survey has it a tie. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, the current Republican front-runner, hasn’t led Clinton in any national poll...
  • The Arena: Cruz missile

    04/13/2016 10:47:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Tufts Daily ^ | April 14, 2016 | Aren Torikian
    Candidates like Donald Trump are exciting. Trump is guaranteed to bring out thousands to his events and generate copious decibels of noise. He has built a campaign on telling it like it is and refusing to be politically correct. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is boring. He brings hundreds to his events and utters Ronald Reagan’s name a few times to get the crowd going. His demeanor is confident but not quite as in-your-face as Trump is. But for those afraid of what Trump stands for, Cruz may be the far more dangerous candidate. For one, Cruz is much...
  • Trump Needs To Enroll In "Delegates 101"

    04/13/2016 11:01:43 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Donald Trump is waxing wroth these days about Ted Cruz's rounding up of Colorado delegates and has called the whole GOP delegate selection process "rigged and crooked." He says this to audiences who probably know less about the state-by-state rules than he does. It is the blind leading the blind, telling the assembled mob to grab their torches and pitchforks and storm the establishment castle.
  • The world belongs to those who show up

    04/12/2016 2:25:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rosslyn Smith
    I am a delegate to both the North Carolina State GOP convention to be held in May and my Congressional District Convention next week. My political insider connection is that I showed up at my precinct caucus/county convention last month, where I expressed the willingness to commit to the time and expense of attending these other conventions. I have made a similar commitment every few years for the past three decades. When I lived in Chicago I was also a delegate to several Illinois State GOP conventions for the same reasons: I voted in Republican primaries, attended my ward Republican...
  • Opinion: It may be time to consider Ted Cruz the Republican front-runner

    04/12/2016 8:02:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 12, 2016 | Steve Goldstein
    On the surface, things are looking pretty good for Donald Trump’s efforts to capture the Republican nomination. He’s received more votes, and has more pledged delegates, than any other candidate. After Missouri certified its race on Tuesday, Trump’s delegate lead was 755 to 545 over Sen. Ted Cruz, with 1,237 needed to win the nomination. Trump is about to overwhelmingly capture his home state of New York, and is poised to do nearly as well in Pennsylvania. And Trump has the full backing of some crucial parts of conservative media, notably The Drudge Report. And yet there’s an increasing desperation...
  • Trump Campaign Fumbles Plea For Washington State Delegates by Sending It To D.C. Residents

    04/12/2016 12:58:41 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/12/2016 | Mediaite
    So, here’s what’s going on: Trump wants delegates from the state of Washington, so the campaign sent out an email soliciting possible delegates on Friday, April 8 to let everyone know that the deadline to submit their Declaration of Candidacy for Delegate form was Wednesday, April 6. Oh, no. It gets worse, though. There is no deadline anyway. Well, there sort of is, but it isn’t April 6 across the board; Washington has a number of conventions that all take place on different days and have different deadlines.. The gaffe would have reflected poorly on the campaign if they’d send...
  • Donald Trump's tiny violin

    04/12/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 12, 2016 | Washington Examiner
    If the Republican primary process were designed to produce an exactly proportional result based on voters' choice rather than a winner, the party would have been doomed to a contested convention almost from the start. Donald Trump, who has failed more than any other GOP presidential front-runner in recent history to unite the party behind him, would have no chance of securing the nomination, for he has won only 37 percent of primary votes so far. Keep this in mind as Trump gripes about how his opponent Ted Cruz secured all 37 delegates at the Colorado convention last weekend. The...
  • Trump Has No One But Himself to Blame for a Weak Ground Game

    04/12/2016 12:11:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jim Geraghty
    On March 1, the Colorado Republican party prepared for 60,000 voters to arrive at nearly 3,000 precinct-caucus sites across the state. Those voters would select men and women to attend the party’s county assemblies and congressional district conventions, in the first step of a multi-part process that determined 34 of Colorado’s 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. To hear Donald Trump and his fans tell it, those tens of thousands of Republicans never arrived, never made their choices, and never had the chance to play a role in selecting the party’s delegates. Matt Drudge, the populist Right’s...
  • Lyin' Donald: 101 Of Trump's Greatest Lies

    04/11/2016 6:32:18 PM PDT · by writer33 · 265 replies
    The Daily News Wire ^ | 4/11/2016 | Hank Berrien
    Donald Trump has repeatedly labeled his political opponents liars. He dubbed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Lyin' Ted when it became clear that Cruz was a serious rival for his nomination; he called Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) an "even bigger liar" than Cruz. He dubbed Dr. Ben Carson a "pathological liar" and said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's lies were almost as bad as Cruz's. Trump has termed virtually every mildly adversarial media member a liar, too. But there's only one truly massive liar in this race: Donald Trump. When Politico attempted to measure how many lies Trump told over the...
  • Trump the Sore Loser (Again)

    04/11/2016 7:54:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 188 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2016 | The Editors
    Donald Trump is right: The system is rigged. It’s rigged in favor of front-runners. That’s why Trump, who is leading the Republican nominating contest, has a larger percentage of delegates (46 percent) than of votes (37 percent). Unsurprisingly, Trump never mentions when the rules have helped him. He much prefers to whine and peddle conspiracy theories when they don’t. Trump’s latest tantrum is over Colorado, where Ted Cruz just swept all 34 of the state’s available delegates. Trump is calling the results “totally unfair” and on Twitter he asked: “How is it possible that the people of the great State...
  • Ignorant Outrage Over the Colorado GOP Caucus Vote

    04/11/2016 6:54:35 PM PDT · by Lakewood · 146 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | John Daly
    You see, contrary to the impression that many people have been left with over the past couple of days, Colorado’s traditional caucus-night poll had never been a binding, primary-like election. That’s not how it worked. It was a simple straw-poll — nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t the process used to distribute delegates to the candidates. The nomination procedure in this state has been driven by the election of representatives for over a hundred years (except for from 1992 to 2002). It starts with grassroots caucus attendees from local precincts voting on congressional-district delegates (their neighbors) to represent them, and...