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TX: Perry pleads not guilty to felony charges

August 20, 2014
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ABC News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry today pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat. Perry’s attorneys entered the not guilty plea this morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning. ... The two felony counts -- abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official -- originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction." (08/20/14)

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TX: Perry to turn himself in Tuesday

August 19, 2014
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Fox News    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to turn himself in to authorities Tuesday evening at a local Texas jail on the heels of his indictment for alleged abuse of power, a member of the governor's legal team told Fox News. ... Perry will have his mugshot and fingerprints taken during the booking. ... This comes after Perry began assembling a high-powered legal team to defend him in the case, which Perry and his allies argue is politically motivated. Perry is facing charges of coercion and official oppression that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison." (08/19/14)

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With Democrat Hillary Clinton likely 2016 neoconservative standard bearer, Republicans should offer a real alternative — such as Rand Paul

August 18, 2014
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, appears never to have met a war that he didn’t want Americans to fight. Hillary Clinton, the unannounced Democratic front-runner for 2016, supported her husband’s misbegotten attempt at nation-building in Kosovo and led the drive for war in Libya, which is violently unraveling. Most of Clinton’s potential GOP opponents share Washington’s bomb, invade, and occupy consensus. The only exception is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. He stands alone advocating a foreign policy which reflects the bitter, bloody lessons of recent years." (08/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qja6382  

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TX: Perry calls indictment a politically motivated “farce”

August 17, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, facing felony charges that he abused his power, stayed on the offensive Sunday, saying he did the right thing by cutting off money for the state’s anti-corruption watchdog. ... Perry, who may be making a second bid for president in 2016, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant. The Republican governor had threatened to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit if Austin’s top prosecutor, Rosemary Lohmberg, a Democrat, did not resign after she was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Lohmberg refused to step down and Perry followed through with a veto." (08/17/14)

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HI: Judge rules Senate make-up vote to proceed Friday

August 14, 2014
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USA Today    

"Hawaii’s too-close-to-call Senate primary will be decided on Friday as planned. Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura on Thursday rejected Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s request to delay a make-up vote in two precincts on the Big Island that were ravaged by Tropical Storm Iselle, according to Hawaii Civil Beat and the Associated Press. Hanabusa is trailing appointed Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary. Hanabusa’s attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Scott Nago, the state’s chief elections officer, and noted local roads in Puna on the Big Island are still blocked and residents in the area still don’t have power." (08/14/14)

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Rachel Maddow, Rand Paul and Israel

August 6, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Arria  

"'You cannot base a presidential campaign on something that is not true about [himself] or try to cover up something that you have said now that you don’t like the way that sounds,' Maddow explained in a rant about Paul's MSNBC comments. 'Nobody expects you to be perfect, but nobody expects you to be a petulant person who lies and is constantly threatening imagined adversaries about it,' she concluded. This is pretty blatant for Maddow criticism, as she generally likes to attack GOP politicians in a much more jovial manner. It's clear that she has a real problem with Paul and, perhaps, believes he supports racist policies. This is actually true, but Maddow doesn't have to travel back fifty years to find them. She need look no further than a recent National Review op-ed in which Paul criticized the Obama administration for not being sufficiently pro-Israel." (08/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kbfca8u  

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MS: McDaniel challenges GOP Senate primary loss

August 5, 2014
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"The tea party-backed lawmaker defeated by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's Republican primary said Monday that he has formally challenged the election's outcome with the state GOP. State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed the challenge with the Mississippi GOP state executive committee over Cochran's June 24 runoff victory, McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said during a news conference. McDaniel will have to prove there were enough illegally cast votes to change the outcome or that the election was so sloppily handled its result is in doubt." (08/04/14)

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Election 2016: Carson tries to stretch out his 15 minutes

August 3, 2014
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Washington Times    

"Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative [sic] sensation [sic], is taking a major step toward a 2016 presidential bid by forming a political action committee and selecting the man who would run his campaign, The Washington Times has learned. Emerging from two-days of meetings with supporters in Palm Beach, Fla., Dr. Carson told the Times on Friday morning he has selected Houston businessman Terry Giles to be his 2016 campaign chairman should he run and approved the formation of a PAC called One Nation." (08/01/14)

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Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm  

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A titan falls

July 16, 2014
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Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"For most people politics looks like a game about who is up or down. Sometimes established favorites win big. Other times long-shots burst forth and upset the established order. The horse race tends to most capture public attention. The recent Republican primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was one of the bigger shocks to American politics in some time." (07/16/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-titan-falls  

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Rick Perry, neocon tool

July 14, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The media hates Republicans, and so naturally they're elevating Texas Governor Rick Perry to the status of a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender who must be taken seriously. After his last embarrassing run -- embarrassing not only for him, but for the much-maligned state of Texas ... one would think he'd put his presidential aspirations in the back of the garage, along with that Stairmaster he never uses. But no: dumber than a steer who's been zapped by a cattle-prod and still won't move, Perry is going along with the joke." (07/14/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/13/rick-perry-neocon-tool/  

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Shifting demographics

July 13, 2014
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Cagle Post
by Adam Zyglis  

Cartoon. (07/11/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/shifting-demographics/  

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Romney has done enough for the GOP

July 10, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and 'he will be the next president of the United States.' The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008, then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be? 'The third time's a charm.' Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough urged fellow attendees at Romney's now annual GOP summit last month to join the draft movement. More than 50,000 have signed a 'Draft Mitt' petition." [editor's note: You wanna guarantee that Hillary (or someone very much like her) follows Obombya into the job? Keep pushing for this moronic retread - SAT] (07/09/14)

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OH: Cleveland chosen to host 2016 Republican National Convention

July 8, 2014
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Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"Capping off a months-long lobbying effort, Cleveland has been selected to host of the 2016 Republican National Convention. ... Cleveland edged out Dallas, the other finalist, as the recommended location for the convention, giving the city an opportunity to strut its stuff to a national crowd while placing Ohio even more firmly in the political spotlight for the upcoming presidential election." (07/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfvfalt  

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Distinctions without differences

June 27, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"The Cantor/Brat election is symbolic of a larger and more important question: Do political distinctions among Republicans mean that there is any philosophical difference between them? Does it really matter whether the 7th congressional district of Virginia is represented by Eric Cantor or Dave Brat? Does it really matter whether the House Majority Leader is Eric Cantor or the newly elected Kevin McCarthy?" (06/26/14)

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MS: Cochran wins bitter runoff vs. Tea Party’s McDaniel

June 25, 2014
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Politico    

"Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back an insurgent challenge from conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel Tuesday night, mounting a surprise political comeback that likely extinguishes tea party hopes of toppling an incumbent U.S. senator in the midterm elections. With nearly all precincts reporting, Cochran led McDaniel by just under 2 percentage points – about 6,600 votes out of more than 370,000 ballots cast. ... McDaniel blamed his defeat on Democrats who turned out in sizable numbers for the incumbent." (06/24/14)

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Why Scott Walker will never be president

June 23, 2014
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Scott Walker, an ardent Ronald Reagan fan from his youth, was never likely to follow Reagan’s footsteps to the White House. The Wisconsin governor lacks his hero’s way with words, skill for crossing lines of partisan and ideological division (especially within the Republican Party) and confidence on the national campaign trail. Yet Walker has wanted to believe in the possibility so badly that he has spent the two years since his 2012 recall election win positioning himself as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination." (06/20/14)

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US House Republicans elect McCarthy majority leader, Scalise whip

June 20, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their next majority leader Thursday, continuing the Bakersfield congressman's rapid rise through the ranks of congressional leadership. McCarthy, 49, will be the first Californian and youngest person ever to serve in the House's second-ranking position when he formally assumes the role in July. First elected in 2006, he has served since 2011 as the House majority whip. ... House Republicans, voting by secret ballot, chose Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana to replace him as whip." (06/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nbr8346  

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Are House Republicans serious?

June 16, 2014
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign for Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"Way to go House Republicans! Instead of listening to the voters, who just sent Eric Cantor, who by the way spent more money at DC steakhouses than Dave Brat spent on his entire campaign, packing, let’s put another big government Republican in leadership! What is comforting, however, is that Cantor’s defeat reminded some (but apparently not enough) lawmakers that ultimately they answer to the people. If House Republicans didn’t get the message this time, then I am confident the voters will keep cantering over them until they get the message. The only question is, who will be next?" (06/13/14)

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Brat’s immigration stance doesn’t square with his free-market flair

June 15, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last night's primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn't seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill. Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against 'any distortion to free markets.' Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that 'It's the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.' But it's impossible to square Brat’s laudable support for free markets and his opposition to immigration reform." 906/11/14)

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The Republican creed on free enterprise

June 15, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"We, the members of the Republican Party, hereby affirm our deep and abiding commitment to the principles of free enterprise (i.e., economic activity free of government control and regulation), except for ..." (06/13/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/13/the-republican-creed-on-free-enterprise/  

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Three reasons Eric Cantor lost — and why Republicans will continue to lose

June 13, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain  

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss isn’t just historic, it illustrates why the Republican Party is in big trouble if it doesn’t get serious about its legislative agenda. Here are three reasons Eric Cantor lost -- and why Republicans will continue to lose unless they change their wicked wicked ways." (06/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qad5py2  

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Virginians evict Eric Cantor, champion of NSA and torture, from Congress

June 12, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The Washington political establishment took a whupping last night when Virginian voters staunchly defeated Eric Cantor in the Republican congressional primary. Cantor's defeat is one of the biggest upsets in congressional races in a generation. The obituaries on the Tea Party were premature. Washington pundits will have to stop touting Cantor as the future Speaker of the House & presidential timber." (06/11/14)

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Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader

June 11, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to step down as the No. 2 House Republican after a shock election defeat to a Tea Party movement upstart that set off an unexpected scramble for new leadership.
The Washington Post reported that Cantor would leave his post effective July 31. A House Republican aide confirmed that Cantor plans to leave his leadership post. Republicans were scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. EDT after Cantor was defeated on Tuesday in a primary race in his Virginia district by a political rookie backed by the conservative Tea Party." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/odyfo5w  

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Bergdahl release

June 11, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy  

Cartoon. (06/10/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/bergdahl-release-2/  

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