January 20th – 2016 Presidential Election – Open Discussion Thread

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466 Responses to January 20th – 2016 Presidential Election – Open Discussion Thread

  1. JoAnne Dressel says:

    Long time, avid CTH reader, not a poster, not a tweeter, don’t do facebook
    I have been posting this ad nauseam on BB
    Need distribution assistance for this reminder,
    TODAY is the LAST day to register for the SOUTH CAROLINA Republican primary on Feb 20th
    Go to scVOTES.org to register online
    TRUMP 2016!
    To Sundance and ALL who share their knowledge and wisdom….Thank you!

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  2. mad3703 says:

    Thousands lined up to see @realDonaldTrump in Tulsa, and he hasn't even left Iowa yet pic.twitter.com/kKULbp1EbN— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 20, 2016

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    • Ann Woodward says:

      Got your own jet? Not a problem!!! It was a great rally – Sarah Palin is just what the campaign needed. I believe that DJT was getting a bit worn down with the schedule he was keeping. Even high-energy people have to rest and rejuvenate!

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  3. liberty2828 says:

    FEC complaint filed against Ted Cruz for undisclosed loans in 2012 Senate campaign

    “It is a big deal,” said Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice. “He left the voters of Texas in the dark as to who was underwriting this campaign.”

    “Cruz is railing against the big banks and Wall Street, and yet he hid the fact that CitiBank and Goldman were actually providing him the money to run the campaign,” he said.

    McDonald called Cruz hypocritical for casting the Senate race in David vs. Goliath terms – that he and his wife had sacrificed so much to run against the wealthy Dewhurst – given the true source of the funds.

    “This was the antithesis of transparency on his part. It’s hard for us to believe that this was inadvertent,” he said.

    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/01/fec-complaint-filed-against-ted-cruz-for-undisclosed-loans-in-2012-senate-campaign.html/

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    • RINOKiller says:

      He is just falling apart all over the place.

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      • mad3703 says:

        Vetted for all of two weeks maybe? Every news story and clip of him speaking and explaining reveals the lawyer side which most people don’t trust.

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        • Why did this not come out in the 2012 race? Too new at that time I suppose. Since that 2012 race he sure has flip-flopped, pandered, and hid a lot of things….

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          • texasmama6 says:

            Hard to say, but I can tell you it might not have mattered if it did. Texas conservatives really didn’t want Dewhurst, maybe to the point of anyone-but….

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        • USA Patriot says:

          The Cruzbots get most of their news from Talk Radio and still Fox News and these media Globalist Elites are in the tank for GOPe; thus they will not properly vet Ted and that is the problem — Cruz voters think Saint Ted is an true blue honest conservative and Trump a liberal.

          But Ted’s recent UniParty votes on Obamatrade and Iran enabling Obama and the Dems are on RECORD and that leaves only Team Trump to expose him, gingerly, as a conservative fraud before Iowa, “time is a wasting”.

          To let Ted skate is like Bernie covering for Hillary’s emails in the first debate — very unwise.

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          • redlegleader68 says:

            Speaking of news from talk radio, I just thought of this question for a Constitutional Attorney like Mark Levin: If Cruz is eligible to run for president now, would he have been eligible to run in 2011? Hummm?

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    • TheFenian says:

      Oh my . . .
      It would seem Count Dracula can’t survive the sunlight! I swear, if we hear in a few years that this guy is running for office in Canada, I will bust a hernia laughing.

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      • Ann Woodward says:

        Just FYI – Ted and Heidi both worked for Bush for 8 years. One project they had was developing guidelines for the NAU (a large land mass including Canada, the US, and Mexico). CRuz was in line to be president of the new country. Could it be that is why his citizenship was not of more importance to him. Heidi is a strong willed woman, it likely would have been sort of like the Clinton’s tenure in the White House.
        I never had more than a superficial interest in politics prior to 2007, call it intuition, but I always had an uneasy feeling about the Obamas. I was an interested voter in 2012, Obama’s win just rattled me, so I began some serious reading in politics and economy. Strangely enough, it was Glenn Beck;s program which gave me a good beginners foundation. These last 4 years it seemed as if I was a prisoner in a mental institution. I was seriously observant and when Trump announced it was like a yoke off of my shoulders. He has the “Right Stuff” and from what I have learned about the GOPe and the elite of the NWO it will take a tough personal constitution to come through unscathed. My hope is that there are enough people in my political position to put him in the White House.

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    • Backspin says:

      It’s NOT cronyism when Teddy Crooze does it !! .( or Fascism..)

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    • truthandjustice says:

      Yes – and just saw ANOTHER one – same thing – “forgot” —- this is getting serious. See my post below.
      Strange for someone that has been praised for his very unusual gift of memory…….

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  4. NHVoter says:

    New Monmouth poll: Trump leading nationally at 36% followed by Cruz at 17%
    http://hill.cm/VVdKHaZ

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    • Notmeagain says:

      Trump, when he was here months ago, suggested to DeWit that he primary McCain. DeWit wanted his friend Kelli Ward to do it. Well, Kelli is like McSally, good personal story, possibly too much of a RINO (because first she was running as the neophyte outsider, then she said later “I am very involved with politics” or words to that effect)–but man, anyone has to be better than McCain. It’s like getting rid of Ryan: the new one may not be too good but at least he won’t have the accumulated clout.

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  5. Louis Tabor says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how Rush spins Palin’s endorsement as he has been squawking for weeks about how conservative Cruz is and how “populist” (not conservative) Mr. Trump is. He is a crafty talker and will spin himself correct. “Don’t doubt me on this.”

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    • andrewalinxs says:

      His response is Trump is behaving very unoutsider by accepting an endorsement.

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      • USA Patriot says:

        Rush when it counts in the GOPe tank again, again and again — fool me once shame on you, fool me ————————-.

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        • Ann Woodward says:

          Now that I know the background story, I can listen to Rush with a more sophisticated ear. Rush does a better job than O’Reilly at sitting on the fence and at the same time making veiled negative insinuations. After all these years the bloom is off the rose with Limbaugh. Funny, the higher the esteem in which you held a person, the more intense the disgust you feel for them (and yourself for being so duped). Never liked Levin, so that is no great loss.

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    • redlegleader68 says:

      He’s now reading a populist doc (1;15p EST) from the late ’90’s that seems, to me at least, as a way of him walking his way out of this “entanglement.”

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      • texasmama6 says:

        That doc was (I think) the advice given to Buchanan when he ran. Apparently Buchanan said he couldn’t follow the advice because back then it was a prediction, but Trump was free to because it is now our current reality. I found it all quite interesting!

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    • USA Patriot says:

      To Louis:

      Never could understand why “populist” is a dirty word. As long as the populism is for the good of America it is good for We the People. Conservatism with a Globalist mask is evil.

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  6. NHVoter says:

    I’m guessing Cruz is behind this FOIA request

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    • There are numerous parties who would want that info.

      It is a bit late for Cruz. Iowa is upon us.

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      • redlegleader68 says:

        Be interesting to see just how fast these docs can be produced if they even exist. Any financial data should be public knowledge already, but if not, why not (meaning the Clintons)

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        • Cameraman says:

          “By law, the current president and former president involved have 60 business days to review the records and consider a possible assertion of executive privilege. Barring such a development, or a request for an extension, the records should be available to the public beginning in April.”

          There will be absolutely nothing in those documents that can’t be easily swatted away as simply Trump doing what a good businessman would do – working with the politicians at all levels to get things done for the Trump Organization.

          In any event, by the time these documents see the light of day Trump will be effectively the Republican nominee (by the start of April there will be only 17 remaining state primary elections).

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        • Notmeagain says:

          It appears to be personal emails, invitations to the White House, social stuff, perhaps donations. 430+ pages related to Trump. He should be doing his own FOIA to get the White House visitor logs, because this is going to be used to show how he was an insider and visitor, and the rest will be innuendo, no facts needed.

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          • KBR says:

            An “insider” was originally meant as one who was already inside the government, or inside the party by having run or directly worked for someone who had run or been elected.
            The “outsider” candidate was the one who had not run for office nor been in office nor directly worked for someone who had run or been elected.
            Thus, in the beginning, Trump, Carson and Fiorino (although we soon found out she HAD run for office and thus was not an outsider, just an insider-loser)

            The further we go on, the more the definitions change. Funny how words get twisted.

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            • Notmeagain says:

              All the opposition has to do is make it look like Trump was always going to the WH and hobnobbing, then they can say he did associate with Clintons, he has said they are crooks and terrible people, therefore he is a crook and terrible. (I know the logic isn’t there, but this is an emotional appeal for lo-fos.)

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              • NCPatriot says:

                The response is he was a private citizen until six months ago. He has already said the has known the Clinton’s for years and is friends with them. And he has consistently been hammering Hillary since the email issues have just been brought to light over the last year or two, and she is now running for president. And he has warned her not to play the “woman” card in light of Bill’s past behaviors. So his association with them has NEVER been secret. ( But now it has become political.)

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  7. Truthfilter says:

    Just out of curiosity and in light of Palin’s endorsement of Trump, I tuned into Beck’s radio show this morning. He is saying that “everything the media said about her in 2008” has turned out to be true. I am a former Beck fan but I have never been fond of Sarah Palin. I have always agreed with her political inclinations. But the sound of her voice, tone, pitch, and her speaking style in general is very unpleasant to my ears. I remember when I first first saw and heard her –when McCain introduced her as his VP. My heart sank. McCain was bad enough but the MSM would eat Sarah Palin alive. And they DID.). However, think it is brilliant that Trump has secured her endorsement at this early stage bc it will persuade a lot of genuine (tea party-type) conservatives to abandon Cruz. (And Beck.) It will have a filtering effect. Donald Trump’s strategy has been brilliant thus far. I have complete faith in him.

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  8. NHVoter says:

    Cruzer meltdown Exhibit B:

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  9. PatriotKate says:

    Very interesting article about Robert Mercer, Cruz’ chief individual donor. It’s a bit long because it goes a lot into Mercer’s background and even some of the other people or organizations he has funded.

    It paints a picture of a man who appears to me to have a real libertarian streak even though he now runs a very large and successful Hedge Fund. He’s anti Global Warming and much of his background and history appears to be anti-establishment, anti Federal Reserve and much more. He’s the one who held the anti meeting to the annual Federal Reserve meeting recently held in Jackson Hole, WY.

    It’s really quite odd that this man would be a Cruz supporter unless he has also been duped about Cruz’s real views and intentions and, more importantly, his voting record. It’s clear Cruz positioned himself as an outsider, even to Mercer. I suppose it would explain some of his openly expressed views, even when he votes differently. An example of that would be Cruz’ sponsorship of the Audit the Fed bill which he did not bother to show up and vote for it.

    Worth the read:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/features/2016-01-20/what-kind-of-man-spends-millions-to-elect-ted-cruz-

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    • The Televangilist may have duped him. Remember, ‘a fool and his money are soon separated…’

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    • USA Patriot says:

      Libertarians are for open borders, outsourcing our vital manufacturing, near zero military, using drugs — anything goes, just don’t bother me. They are not true blue conservatives except at election time.

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      • TheFenian says:

        They’ll vote for Bernie. Don’t forget – these people joined in the ‘occupy’ protests. They were the ones holding signs blaming the Jews for everything and anything. Because, you know, Jews rule the world, took down the Twin Towers and were in cahoots with George HW Bush to kill Kennedy. And some other bad stuff too. Even though Bernie was born a Jew, he’ll legalize pot and that’s all they really care about. Oh yea, they like to vote in online polls for people whose last name is Paul.

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      • ladysforest says:

        I must be a backwards libertarian. I am for ZERO of those things. None.

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      • PatriotKate says:

        Not the libertarians I know.

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    • Athena the Warrior says:

      Mercer has troubles with the IRS. I suspect the relationship with the Tedchurian is because he promised to get rid of them.

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  10. Dora says:

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  11. Dora says:

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    • Wtfd103074 says:

      From one ground breaker to another!!!!!!!

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    • Doodahdaze says:

      Hot Damn!

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    • PatriotKate says:

      I met General Yeager back in the early 1980’s during “The Right Stuff” era, because he was personal friends with the owner (Ken Dahlberg) of the company I worked for. Dahlberg was a highly decorated flying ace himself from WWII – like over 14 kills, shot down three times and walked out of enemy lines, if I recall correctly. Of course, Yeager is best known for breaking the sound barrier. He was an awesome man whom I was extremely impressed with. Frankly, I did not realize he was still living – got to be in his 90’s. He was definitely one of those “run hard and put away wet” kinda guys.

      Good for him!

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    • mad3703 says:

      This is fake. Yeager requested people stop circulating.

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  12. Regina says:

    wheels on the ground in Tulsa!

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  13. Doodahdaze says:

    I hope there is plenty of money in the budget next year for fumigation and cleaning out the White House.

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  14. karenkln says:

    Anyone listening to rush today, I tuned in to see what he says about Sarah yesterday and his story today is that conservatives are no longer conservative so that’s why they like trump. Seriously? Talk about spin!

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    • TheFenian says:

      He’s desperate today looking for a way to be relevant. Sorry Rush, your time has passed. It’s over for you. Sunlight is brutal. You’re a bloated, drug addled, washed up, has been, establishment shrill. Maybe one of the Cheney’s will come on your show again, or your dear friend Barbara Bush, but you are not welcome in the new GOP. We don’t like you.

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      • RINOKiller says:

        After all these cuts over the past few years, RINOmey’s Bain Capital’s Clear Channel will have to authorize the hiring of local talent due to the decline of “conservative radio”

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    • checked his program transcript , spent just 2or 3 paragraghs on Palin /Trump and was his usual passive / aggressive criticism of Trump , he’s sincerely baffled by it ( baloney) cause it shows Trump acting like an insder not outsider blah blah .No comment on strategic value , merit etc . What a phony . Then plays an obscene comment from that wacky Wilson guy from MSNBC characterizing Trump supporters as perverted wierdos and says ” there you have it from a ranking (?) member of establishment ” Why did he give voice to that wacko , a way to seep out some Trump criticism by way of 3rd party . Trump. boxed him in with that praise other day , he must tread carefully now , but i think alot of people fed up and tiring of him . If Trump wins , I think he will retire soon therafter.

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      • Regina says:

        I think that was one for our side- he was pointing out how out of touch the est. Republicans are? I didn’t listen to much, but caught that part and his voice didn’t sound like he was agreeing in any way –

        I think Trump will lift him back up after the primary – he’s all about everyone getting along, and Rush hasn’t really gone on attack against Trump has he? Many snide remarks that can go either way – but after seeing the Lawrence O’Donnell thing (where Trump donated to his K.I.N.D. charity) I realized just how willing Trump is to bury the hatchet and not engage in argument for the sake of media facetime. He’s been calling O’Donnell a dope for years – but in the end sent him a personal note telling him he showed class. It was nice to see-

        It’s so hard for people to get over this “battle” mentality – but in the long run, the goal is to work together to lift the country up again. No sense burning bridges – we have a lot of work ahead.

        (none of the above applies to Meghan McCain – LOL)

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        • ediegrey says:

          Rush’s snide remarks go one way – against Trump, and all for anybody else, Cruz at the moment being el Rushbo’s little conservative pet. No thanks, Rush, take it somewhere else.

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    • USA Patriot says:

      Just heard Jeb on CNN saying Trump is no conservative too — echoes of Rush.
      Hey Jebster, so you are a conservative — alas the word has lost all meaning. America(n) First vs America(n) last is the new standard.

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    • CountryclassVulgarian says:

      Maybe I am listening to a different Rush Limbaugh because that was not my take. On what he said. I have been having this conversation with a lot of conservatives, Trump’s popularity is not about consevatism. It’s about somebody finally standing up and pushing back at the utter sellout of this country. Look at the damage the “conservatives” in Washington have done? Listen to the professional conservatives talk. They would rather go after us, the country class, the vulgarians, then the real enemies of America. The same with Sarah Palin, the professional conservatives hated her to the point that they sabotaged her back in 2008 and they are still doing it today. Like Limbaugh I believe that this is the whole point of Trump’s candidacy. Real conservatives are sick and tired of GOPe inc and their pals in the demonrat party. Trump is the only candidate who is standing up for America. The faux conservatives have gone along with every damnable thing barack obama has done with not even a token protest. All we ever hear is “this is not the time” or “we need to wait until we control the House” then “we need the Senate”. Well they got both and we are still careening towards hell. If Mitch McConnell and Jeb! and Kasich and Boehner and Ryan et. al are conservatives, then I’m not a conservative either.

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    • Juan says:

      Rush is pretty much inconsequential anymore. He was indeed a pioneer & deserves gratitude for his work over the years. Today his audience is not reaching many ears that matter as it once did. the Typical listener is a 67 year old white male. If his demo was was what got people elected, McCain would be finishing out his second term & Romney would be the heir apparent. Rush knows this & has admitted his show doesn’t reach “the demo” anymore (25 – 54). He still mainly preaches to the choir & will not flip any Trump backers or convert others to Cruz. He’s strictly an entertainer now hanging on to please older “dittoheads”.

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  15. PatriotKate says:

    OMG! McCain just called Sarah Palin a Classless Moron? No, he’s the Moron.Article over at Breitbart for those who have not seen it.

    I sure hope she goes out and endorses his Primary challenger!

    What an effing idiot – well, we already knew he was but he is such an ass!

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  16. NCPatrick says:

    http://rsbn.tv/full-speech-ted-cruz-speaks-in-myrtle-beach-sc-1-16-16/

    Cruz rally in Myrtle Beach, SC on 1-16-16 … wonder if there will be a similar turnout on 1-23 when his good friend, Glen Beck, shows up to help him.

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    • Notmeagain says:

      At about 10:40 the camera shows the audience. Maybe 100. Have to say Cruz puts on his show with gusto like a trouper though. 🙂

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  17. Regina says:

    Bernie’s gonna bern –

    A last-minute town hall event could save Clinton from defeat in Iowa.

    A hastily scheduled town-hall-style event, announced Wednesday by CNN and scheduled to take place just one week before the Iowa caucuses, could be a saving grace for Hillary Clinton, whose presidential campaign has faced an unexpectedly formidable challenge from Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

    The prime-time gathering will air Monday at nine P.M., a huge change from the three debates that the Democratic National Committee scheduled on inconvenient weekend nights. The odd scheduling and limited number of debates provoked criticism from Sanders and fellow candidate Martin O’Malley for giving them inadequate time to make their case to the American public, especially in comparison to the numerous Republican debates that have drawn record-breaking numbers of viewers. Clinton largely abstained from weighing in on the call for more Democratic debates, prompting accusations that D.N.C. chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was strategically scheduling the debates to give Clinton the best possible chance of coasting to the nomination. (A town-hall event—which is technically not a debate, since the candidates do not have to address each other—does not need to be sanctioned by the D.N.C.)

    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/hillary-clinton-debate-iowa-sanders

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  18. Janie M. says:

    The WaPo is going after Trump again. This time regarding his bankruptcy related to the Taj Mahal. So they dig through a 20+ year old garbage heap.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trumps-bad-bet-how-too-much-debt-drove-his-biggest-casino-aground/2016/01/18/f67cedc2-9ac8-11e5-8917-653b65c809eb_story.html

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  19. TwoLaine says:

    Republican Presidential Madness: Trump’s Rise to Power
    by PJMedia
    Jan 20, 2016

    Roger Stone, presidential aide, political pundit and author of the scathing new book “The Clintons’ War on Women,” sits down with PJTV host John Phillips for an insightful and thought-provoking talk on the often polarizing, but very powerful Donald Trump. In a field muddled with Republican nominees, Roger Stone discusses why Trump is the stand-out candidate who can’t seem to be stopped. Don’t miss this special three-part PJTV series!

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  20. mcfyre2012 says:

    Desperation…when a Cruzbot calls Hannity and begs him to endorse Cruz!

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  21. ZurichMike says:

    Why is fate so cruel? Just horrible (at any time) but it couldn’t have happened at a worse time on the heels of Palin’s endorsement of Trump:
    https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/news/track-palin-charged-assault-weapon-003107471.html?ref=gs

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  22. snaggletooths says:

    Senate blocks advance of Syrian refugee bill
    WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — The U.S. Senate failed to get enough votes to move ahead with legislation that would have made it much harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the United States.

    The bill, which passed in the U.S.House of Representatives in November, is called the SAFE Act, which stands for “American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015.”
    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/114-2016/s4?utm_campaign=govtrack_feed&utm_source=govtrack/feed&utm_medium=rss

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  23. mad3703 says:

    My husband just said Hillary dresses like communist. It cracked me up and I thought I would share for a laugh. He’s the kind of guy that never notices clothes and has had the the same wardrobe for 20 years.

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  24. Regina says:

    Headline at BB –
    Whoopi Threatens to Leave U.S. Over Trump: ‘You Can’t Blame Immigrants’ for Country’s Problems

    I would PAY to watch Trump take her down =)

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  25. CountryClassVulgarian says:

    Okay. I have a bit of a problem. My first problem with the Donald. Palin endorsement, great. Yesterday he was talking about receiving calls from the GOPe. Many high level GOPers wanting to join his revolution. That worries me. We all know the GOPe/donor/ruling/professional conservative/pundit class hates Trump. So why would they be wanting to join him? I trust the Trumpster is way to smart to be fooled by them but by the same token I don’t trust these people. They will do anything to get their way and they haven’t given up on their candidates yet. Today I heard Bob Dole said he prefers Trump. Frankly that leaves me unsettled.

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    • ediegrey says:

      I wouldn’t worry about it.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      YUP!

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    • KBR says:

      You have people who make their livings being politicians. Trump saying that is a signal that they are beginning to panic, beginning to see which is the winning side.
      Frankly we ARE going to have GOPe people in government even after Trump becomes president and here is why: there is no one to take all their places that are Trump-like.

      Some of the rinos might come on board and be useful if they follow Trump’s lead.
      We can dream of the “perfect congress” but we will have to make do with what we have in reality.

      Many here say “put in dems” in their places. But that is the wrong thing to do.
      Example:
      Scroll up and look at the cloture vote in Snaggletooth’s comment link above.
      See how many dems voted for postponing a vote to protect us from scads of jihadis by voting “NO don’t stop endlessly talking! We’ll use talk to postpone any measure to protect the US citizens until more are already across the borders!”
      Count the votes of Dems who vote to protect you.

      Dems are not the solution to RINOs: they are worse!

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    • dizzymissl says:

      The establishment, including Ted Cruz, are pushing this issue. They think we are stupid

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    • ladysforest says:

      “They” want to join him for two reasons. One, the see he will likely be the nominee, they hope to embed themselves for power later on. Two, they don’t want to be frozen out and be taken off of the invite list for the State Dinners. THAT is the sort of shit that is very important to them.

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      • jackmcg says:

        Yes, they have to try to embed because they still want to re-take the party over later. The George HW Bush to our Ronald Reagan.

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      • KBR says:

        Which is why we the people must replace them vetting carefully as “republican” becomes more “trumplican!”
        We will always have posers, charlatans, betrayers and halfwits. Unless WE stay engaged with politics, and vet carefully every person who enters the races for government office in our own towns, counties, districts, states we will have MORE and not less of these!

        Meanwhile, we have to work with what we have available. I have yet to see a single candidate down ticket fully endorse Trump. They can’t, even if they wanted to.

        They depend on Party support and finance. Once party is under the strong influence of President Trump and HIS (Trumpublican) platform is shown to be highly successful,
        “party support and finance” will mean following his lead. Then we can begin vetting to see if they mean it or not. (If Trump’s own choices in billionaires that help him with governing or making deals with other countries, (Icahn-like) begin to openly finance some candidates, that might help us see some campaign contributions that favor Trump stances.)

        Not enough selfless billionaires are willing to run for Congress. We will have to vet. We will have to make choices. Sometimes we will still have to hold our noses and choose lesser of evils. Then we will have to be continuously vigilant and vote out ASAP those who fail us.

        NEVER fall asleep again. And teach our children well.

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    • jackmcg says:

      I believe it is Surrender.

      Some of the more pragmatic establishment with less vested interest will fall in line with Trump, considering themselves Republican with a capital R. (Dole, as an example, probably isn’t making money off the “uniparty” and is very old.)

      Neocon and gravy train establishment will refuse to support Trump, claim “Trump and Hillary are exactly the same!!”, and secretly hope for a Hillary win.

      An establishment R giving a Hillary endorsement would be rather entertaining to see, but I really don’t expect it.

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    • jackmcg says:

      I think Dole is just being honest. Everything he said sounds honest.

      Then again… if its strategy, to try to give Cruz an edge in Iowa as the defacto “anti-establishment” choice, then its pretty sneaky. An interesting tactic. But it won’t work.

      Still, for now, I take Dole and his genuine dislike for Ted Cruz at his word.

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      • ladysforest says:

        It is, as you’d say, pretty sneaky. Don’t doubt for a minute that the “establishment” would far rather have Cruz than Trump.

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        • Janie M. says:

          lady, I’m with you. I think they want into the inner sanctum to snoop for whatever vulnerabilities they fanticize may exist, etc., so they can develop strategies/leaks to defeat him. Trust them as far I I can throw them.

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    • Juan says:

      Bob Dole has endorsed Jeb (who else). He was just saying Cruz would be a drag on the rest of the GOP candidates … more so than Trump.

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  26. truthandjustice says:

    Re Cruz – Add another one to the CitiBank and Goldman Sachs “forgetfulness” about financial disclosures list —

    “Tea party favorite Ted Cruz says he forgot to disclose a piece of financial information when he ran for office in 2012. The Texas senator says he did nothing wrong and is working to fix the error.

    A Senate ethics committee is looking into a promissory note Cruz holds from a Caribbean-based holding company.

    According to Time, Cruz failed to disclose his relationship with the holding company when he filed his campaign papers last year.”

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Cruz-Overseas-Holding-Company/2013/10/18/id/531883/#ixzz3xpdseRha

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  27. NCPatriot says:

    I think the ” establishment” would prefer Trump over Cruz—but I think Cruz is an insider given his long past history with the Bushes. But I also know Donald is well aware that this same “establishment” will do their very best to try to deny him the delegates he needs at the convention, if they can. He will do his best to be ready. (No love lost there.)

    Also remember it may be a “covert” strategy on the part of the GOPe to try to drive us away from him by seeming to support him. Don’t be fooled! He is an “America first” outsider—they are all globalists. Big difference!

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    • ladysforest says:

      No, the establishment prefers Cruz. Look how FEW dems are hammering him. See how FEW dems make the case that Cruz is Canadian and has not released his CRBA. Look at the girly “disagreements” leadership has had with Cruz. The establishment is strangely quiet on this “rabblerouser”. The genius who didn’t know he was a Canadian since birth. The genius who “left off some information” on forms at a critical time – the exact time he told supporters that he was all seriously grassroots and just like them. That is, in my opinion, proof of guidance and support from the “establishment”. Tell me those bastards did not know.

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      • KBR says:

        I agree Cruz IS establishment. Absolutely, always was.

        This does not mean that ALL of his supporters are: the ones who were lured in but weren’t brainwashed may well come over to Trump, tired of supporting a loser.
        If Carson goes up, some went there. If Huck rises, some went there.

        But I believe that much of his “support” is made up of people playing games:
        1) lefties who don’t want Trump against the dem candidate, but would never have actually voted for Cruz in the election, only on polls and online: watch dates by which they must re-register democrat to vote to see them fall away
        2) rinos keeping Ted in play to split potential Trump supporters, who would never have voted for Ted in election watch for them to fall away as the field narrows, and their support is needed by the obvious GOPe candidate

        So thinking that all of Ted’s support is going to any one candidate is not wise IMO.

        A good portion of it will simply “disappear” IMO.

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    • moogey says:

      Bob Dole endorsed Jeb Bush in November of 2015. He also serves in Jeb’s campaign.

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  28. Lou Dobbs and Ed Rollins tonight – Rollins almost implies its all over but the shouting. Couple months ago he was laughing at Trump…..Not now. And Lou Dobbs is just GLOATING. 🙂

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  29. truthandjustice says:

    Re Cruz saga……then there’s this — More confusing info on Cruz natural born status — mom lived in England, then moved back to US in 1966, then to Canada.

    http://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/national/article54993300.html

    (Also on all the stuff he “forgot” – I remember him being asked/praised about his astonishing memory on a Fox interview and he confirmed it.)

    This is taking on Obama scariness/confusion……….

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  30. Sanj says:

    I just finished up my day by reading all I could on Trump. It was another great day to be a Trump supporter! He gets stronger so we get stronger. Trump 2016!

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    This is interesting in a perverse sort of way. Lena Dunham supports Hillery, but has bad things to say about her and Bill in private. 🙄
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/hillary-supporter-lena-dunham-bashes-clintons-private

    Gag! Once for Michael Moore and once for Hillery. :p
    “Brain Bleach Alert: Michael Moore Makes Forbidden Confession About Hillary
    .. and nothing will ever be okay again.”
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/brain-bleach-alert-michael-moore-makes-forbidden-confession-about-hillary

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  32. Sanj says:

    Trump is killing it on Don Lemon CNN right now. Attacking Cruz, praising Rush, complimenting Palin. It’s great stuff

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  33. Sandra says:

    Each time I find myself wondering why the low-polling candidates are still in the race, I remind myself that every delegate is important to Trump. There are some states where the delegates are allocated proportionately and there is no threshold (IA and NV are two), so if a candidate gets a very low number of votes, maybe even just 1, he/she can win some delegates. These candidates are indeed splitters. And then there’s corrupt CO which cancelled it’s preference vote so the state GOP will assign the delegates. Hmmm, I wonder which candidate will get them? But I digress. Fortunately the splitters will be far less effective than originally planned. Because of Rule 40 they’ll be knocked out leading up to the convention and their delegates will be reallocated, so we’d better hope they win very few,

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  34. GiGizMe says:

    Sean Hannity sure did show his true colors tonight. SMH

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