Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

No, the polls aren’t biased. Clinton really is leading Trump

June 26, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Emily Ekins  

"The blogospherian argument goes something like this: Clinton is leading Trump by 5 to 7 points in certain polls because the pollsters oversampled or over-weighted Democrats by about 5 to 7 points. If the polls are 'corrected' to include fewer Democrats then the race is actually tied, they say. ... These accusations of polling bias are strikingly similar to what happened in 2012 with 'UnSkewedPolls.com' where some folks claimed the polls were unfairly sampling too many Democrats and thus giving an unmerited advantage to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. But at the end of the day, the polls were largely correct and Obama handily won." (06/24/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/no-polls-arent-biased-clinton-really-leading-trump  

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Trump campaign says candidate will forgive millions in loans

June 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Donald Trump is promising to say goodbye to all the money he's loaned his campaign. Trump has largely self-funded his presidential bid, to the tune of $45.7 million as of the most recent filings. That money was given to the campaign as zero-interest loans, and the prospect has loomed that Trump could be repaid by the campaign, with money raised elsewhere. That won't happen, his campaign said today. ... Financial disclosures covering this month haven't yet been released, but Trump's campaign hinted indirectly in its statement that the candidate has invested more money since Jun 1. Trump will have to file a signed statement to the FEC to officially forgive the loans." (06/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-campaign-candidate-forgive-millions-loans/story?id=40082242  

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Surprising no one, Marco Rubio says he’ll seek re-election to US Senate after all

June 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday he will seek re-election to the Senate, reversing a pledge he made a year ago to either assume the presidency or return to private life in Florida, instantly transforming an already competitive race and improving the chances that Republicans can maintain the Senate majority. Rubio discussed his decision in an interview with the Miami Herald, in which he said he was compelled to reconsider his decision because of the need for the Senate to 'act as a check and balance on the excess of the president.'" [editor's note: Last week, the cause of his "reconsideration" was the Orlando nightclub attack. Of course he's been trial-ballooning excuses to break his pledge and seek re-election ever since it became clear he wouldn't be on the GOP's presidential ticket this fall - TLK] (06/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/06/22/marco-rubio-will-seek-senate-re-election-reversing-pledge-not-to-run/  

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Trump lawyers: Suppress publication of deposition video so our client can be president

June 14, 2016
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San Diego Union-Tribune    

"Lawyers for Donald Trump say there is 'no legitimate reason' to release videos of the businessman testifying at a deposition in one of two class-action lawsuits filed against his real estate investing program, Trump University. A terse, four-page motion filed Monday in federal court in San Diego is aimed at blocking lawyers for the plaintiffs from putting into the court records excerpts from videotaped depositions Trump gave in the case .... The motion focuses on legal arguments against releasing the videos, noting that transcripts of the depositions are already available, and arguing that seeking the release of the video is an 'obvious attempt' to create prejudice against Trump. ... Lawyers for the plaintiffs who are seeking to release the videos said that they contain 'many spontaneous and ad hominem remarks that are not reflected in the paper transcript' of Trump's testimony." (06/14/16)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jun/13/trump-motion/  

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Thoughts on the election

June 9, 2016
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"It seems almost certain that the two major party candidates will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, not an inspiring vision. Of the possible bad outcomes, which is least bad? The answer, I think, is for Hillary Clinton to be elected president with a Republican House and Senate. The reason is not that I expect Trump, if elected, to shut down the New York Times, order all his opponents arrested, turn his fans into a legion of storm troopers, abolish the Constitution and end democracy in America. However bad his intentions, he cannot do those things by himself. Moves in that direction, even considerably less extreme ones, would be opposed by some Republicans and all Democrats, which means a majority of the House, Senate and Supreme Court. My worry is in a different direction." (06/08/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/06/thoughts-on-election.html  

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Third party gives William Kristol something new to be wrong about

June 2, 2016
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Lucy Steigerwald Playboy
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Donald Trump and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol do not like each other. One of these two men has won 1,237 delegates and is the presumptive nominee for the GOP. The other is the head of a teeny, tiny neocon dynasty and has a history of advocating for ill-conceived wars and being wrong about what will happen in politics and every other human institution. Kristol's amazing history of wrongness makes it all the more hilarious that he has declared himself determined to start a third party rather than support Trump or pinch his nose and vote for fellow hawk Hillary Clinton. His new party appears to have been dubbed 'The Renegade Party' in honor of a gross Breitbart.com article that called Kristol a 'Renegade Jew,' thereby proving that feeling vaguely defensive of Kristol is actually possible, if only because the alt-right is full of literal Nazis." [hat tip -- Angela Keaton] (06/01/16)

http://www.playboy.com/articles/kristol-wrong-everything  

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NM: Protesters, police clash at Trump rally

May 25, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"A Donald Trump campaign rally in Albuquerque, N.M., turned violent on Tuesday, leading to at least one arrest and several injuries, police say. According to the Albuquerque Police Department Twitter feed, several officers were hit by rocks thrown by protesters. The police later characterized the clash as a 'riot.' ... Protesters carried anti-Trump banners, toppled barricades and threw plastic bottles and burning T-shirts at police, The Associated Press reports. Officers responded with smoke grenades and pepper spray, the wire service says. Several protesters inside the venue chanted slogans and were evicted by police and security guards. Trump mocked them, telling them to 'go home to mommy.' The candidate's supporters chanted, 'Build that wall!'" (05/25/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/25/479419880/violence-erupts-at-new-mexico-trump-rally  

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Trump unveils potential SCOTUS nominees

May 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a list of 11 judges he would consider nominating to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, an unusual move for a presidential candidate that underscores his efforts to appeal to conservatives. The list includes: [a bunch of people you never heard of]. ... Five of the 11 names were floated in March by the conservative Heritage Foundation, which Trump said was assisting him in compiling a list of potential nominees." (05/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/18/politics/donald-trump-supreme-court-nominees/  

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Palin’s latest pitiful attempt to extend her 15 minutes: Will work to defeat Republican for Congress

May 8, 2016
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Time    

"Sarah Palin said in a new interview that she will support a primary challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan, arguing that the Republican leader has 'disrespected the will of the people' by refusing to back presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. 'I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,' as in Eric Cantor,' Palin, referring the the 2014 upset of the former House Majority Leader, said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper airing Sunday." [editor's note: Yes, I well remember all those years when Palin supported Obama after "the people" spoke - TLK] (05/08/16)

http://time.com/4322252/sarah-palin-paul-ryan-donald-trump-cnn-jake-tapper/  

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Election 2016: Wherever you go, there you are

May 5, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"There's a major crackup/realignment going on in American politics, from the parties' rank-and-file all the way up to leadership. The nation's transpartisan ruling class is in the throes of something approaching civil war. Maybe, hopefully not, one as dangerous as the crackup preceding the REAL Civil War." (05/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5876  

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Bush 41, 43 won’t be endorsing Trump

May 5, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Donald Trump may be trying to consolidate his party's support but there are two big names he shouldn’t count on. Spokesmen for former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush told The Texas Tribune the Bushes won't be on the list of Trump endorsers. 'At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,' a spokesman for Bush 41 told The Texas Tribune. ... He 'does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,' a spokesman for Bush 43 told the Tribune." (05/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/05/george-w-bush-trump-former-presidents/83962432/  

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Trump vs. Clinton is terrible news for fans of free speech and the First Amendment

May 5, 2016
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Damon Root Reason
by Damon Root  

"The impending presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is depressing for many reasons. One reason it that both candidates have abysmal records on free speech and they both seem fundamentally hostile to very idea of the First Amendment placing any constitutional limits on government power." (05/04/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/04/trump-vs-clinton-is-terrible-news-for-fa  

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Why Trump winning the Republican nomination is good for American democracy

May 5, 2016
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have done America a great deal of good. By running from the political fringes, they have shattered status quo taboos and exposed the two party political system for the monumental sham it is. Whether you like either one of them is irrelevant. The truth about how undemocratic our elections actually are, and the disturbing overlap when it comes to establishment Republicans and Democrats needed exposing, and that's exactly what's happened this election season." (05/04/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/05/04/why-trump-winning-the-republican-nomination-is-good-for-american-democracy/  

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Donald Trump, Reaganslayer

May 5, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"[I]t's hard to overstate the historic nature of Trump's hostile takeover of his party. Well, okay, that's a bit overstated. Trump hasn't really taken over the party, in that a true takeover would involve gaining control of the institution. That clearly has not happened, and it's very unlikely to happen. But what Trump has shown is how weak the GOP Establishment is. Even if Trump loses in November, they will never be restored to their former position." (05/04/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/donald-trump-reagan-slayer-true-conservatism/  

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Our Sith presidency and the rise of Darth Trump

May 5, 2016
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Trevor Burrus  

"Tucked into the Star Wars prequels, amidst the visual grandeur and graceless dialogue, is a moderately interesting political story. A gridlocked and useless Galactic Senate finds itself slowly overtaken by a charming politician whose behind-the-scenes scheming is not apparent until it is too late." (05/04/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/our-sith-presidency-rise-darth-trump  

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Kasich ends GOP presidential bid

May 4, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, a decision that leaves Donald Trump free to cruise to the GOP nomination unfettered. ... Kasich's press conference in Columbus was a hastily arranged event, coming hours after he canceled a full day of fundraisers and press appearances that signaled he would barrel ahead with his bid. On Tuesday night, Kasich's top adviser said the governor was intent on staying in the race -- pitching him as the lone and unlikely alternative to Trump's candidacy -- even though he had won only his home state, had picked up only nine delegates since mid-March and trailed Trump by nearly 900 delegates." (05/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/05/04/john-kasich-republican-presidential-campaign/83913370/  

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IN: Trump, Sanders win primaries; Cruz drops out

May 4, 2016
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WCYB    

"Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee following a decisive victory in the Indiana primary and the decision by Ted Cruz to drop out of the race. Though Trump has not formally secured the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination -- and likely won't until June -- there is no serious opposition left to block his path. ... Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders will win the Indiana Democratic primary, according to a CNN projection." (05/03/16)

http://www.wcyb.com/news/politics/ted-cruzdonald-trump-fight-boils-over-in-indiana/39362560  

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Trump’s trade wall will make Americans poorer

May 3, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Simon Lester  

"The Donald wants to build a literal wall across the U.S. border with Mexico, which would be as offensive as it is ineffective. Just as bad is the figurative wall he advocates for cross-border trade and investment flows: He wants trade to stop trade coming into the United States and investment going out, through high tariffs on imports and penalties for U.S. companies who decide to operate abroad. Whether Trump could achieve any of these goals as president is unclear. But what is clear is that if he could, his 'de-globalization' and 're-nationalization' of the world economy would make everyone worse off." (05/03/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-trade-wall-will-make-americans-poorer  

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Trump: Crazy candidate has sensible foreign policy views

May 3, 2016
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Despite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's reality show candidacy, his recent foreign policy speech put forth a realistic view of the world and a largely credible foreign policy to deal with it. Continuing his poke at the political establishment, the maverick candidate proposed a viable alternative to the bi-partisan foreign policy consensus, which uses unneeded and profligate military interventions overseas as the primary U.S. foreign policy tool." [editor's note: If "realistic" and "credible" mean "hash of mutually exclusive pandering bullet points," I agree - TLK] (05/02/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8756  

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Electoral votes matter: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump

May 3, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Doug Johnson Hatlem  

"Now that Clinton is the presumptive nominee, it's time to breathlessly note that Clinton has been up in 50 straight national polls. 50! But electoral votes matter most, right? And we now have a critical mass of state level polling that may give some people pause at a contested Democratic convention. Electoral maps of the United States using standard methods for judging what is possible show Sanders beating Trump without question while Trump remains competitive with Clinton. Most importantly, for seventeen possible swing or purple states, Sanders is polling better than Clinton in fifteen of them. The other two, Nevada and Arkansas, do not yet have polling." (05/03/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/03/electoral-votes-matter-hillary-clinton-or-bernie-sanders-vs-donald-trump/  

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Donald Trump’s policy feast of incoherence

May 2, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The reviews of Donald Trump's grand foray into foreign policy agreed on one thing, which is that Trump can't even agree with himself. His Wednesday speech was an exercise in self-contradiction, a feast of incoherence, a walk up the down escalator. He pledges to be the best of friends but threatens to abandon alliances. He wants America to shun nation building but create stability. He plans to spend more money but waste less. He vows to be consistent but unpredictable. He intends to restore respect, even as people around the world lower their opinion of America a bit more every day he remains in the race. How does Trump reconcile his incompatible promises and implausible visions? He doesn't, and he's never tried. Inconsistency is not a defect in the product; it is the product." (05/02/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/02/donald-trumps-policy-feast-of-incoherenc  

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The nation is running out of undecided voters

May 2, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Andrew McGill  

"[T]his is usually when campaigns enter naptime; by May, both parties normally have a presumptive nominee and are busying themselves with chair arrangements at the conventions. But as 2016 has already shown, this is An Election Like None Other. If Cruz and Kasich want a chance at winning the nomination, they have to seriously wow voters in these last handful of primaries. They're clearly taking their best shots. But here's the thing: Bold, decisive campaigning only works if there are enough voters left who actually care. There's still wiggle room in Indiana, where polls say somewhere around 6 percent of voters are undecided. But if I were one of the candidates, I'd be worried about a different figure: the percentage of people who made up their minds more than a month before the election. That number looks decidedly worse." (05/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/undecided-voters-ted-cruz-donald-trump-indiana/480639/  

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The problem with Trump’s version of “America First”

April 28, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'America First,' says Trump, 'will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.' Some non-interventionists, especially those of a libertarian bent, cheer the use of that phrase, thinking back to the movement to keep the US out of World War II and even to Thomas Jefferson’s proclaimed policy of 'peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.' But neither of those remotely resemble Trump’s position, to the extent that he has a coherent position at all." (04/28/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5765  

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The establishment’s Trump card

April 28, 2016
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"[G]iven Trump's 'America First' foreign policy speech of April 27, 2016 to the Center for the National Interest, a speech outlining a policy reminiscent of Pat Buchanan and paleo-conservatives with only a few rhetorical flourishes lifted from Neocon talking points, the necessity of the globalist Neocon/liberal alliance to put Hillary Clinton in the White House becomes obvious. Brad suggested the possibility of a Ted Cruz or other conservative candidacy to draw votes from a Trump GOP candidacy, electing Hillary. I pointed out that by the time of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 18 to 21, 2016, 18 states would have closed ballot access for independent candidacies. I then suggested a strategy the NeverTrump forces could use to elect Hillary: throw PAC support and inclusion of its candidate in the presidential debates to the candidate of the Libertarian Party, who will be on most if not all of the 50 state ballots." (04/27/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/04/the-establishments-trump-card/  

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Trump’s dangerous idea

April 28, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"A lot of people were impressed by the reasonableness of Donald Trump's foreign policy speech yesterday ... despite the usual hyperbolic promises of 'best' and 'great' and 'beautifully.' Its general tenor? Refreshing. Rejecting post-Cold War foreign policy for a return to 'national interest' and 'America first?' Long overdue. Like Trump, I think we should eschew nation building. But still there is that one big problem: Trump is a mercantilist."

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/28/trumps-dangerous-idea/  

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