Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

What Donald Trump taught me about incivility

July 19, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Bayard Miller  

"Do the words 'Donald Trump' and 'civility' belong in the same sentence? Regardless of your feelings about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it seems safe to say that Trump has not made the topic of civility a cornerstone of his campaign. Quite to the contrary, I've seen firsthand the incivility a Trump appearance can provoke -- from both his supporters and his detractors. But when Trump made a campaign stop near my school, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), in April, an odd dichotomy presented itself: Donald Trump may not have been bound by any civility codes at his rallies, but as a Pitt student, I was." (07/19/16)

https://www.thefire.org/what-donald-trump-taught-me-about-incivility/  

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Trumpism after Trump

July 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"One does not have to be a science-fiction writer to imagine what will happen if Donald Trump is defeated in November, especially if he loses more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Members of the #NeverTrump wing of the Republican establishment will change their hashtag to #ToldYouSo, contemplating how Jeb Bush, with his reassuring high-school-principal persona and traditional conservative-Republican positions, could have easily defeated the untrustworthy and lefty Hillary Clinton. The neoconservative knives will be out, with all the usual suspects explaining that what the American people wanted was a president willing to use the full force of American military power to achieve regime change in Damascus and Tehran, among other foreign interventions." (07/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumpism-after-trump/  

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Trump campaign denies Melania’s speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama’s

July 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation 'just really absurd.' 'To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,' Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN's Chris Cuomo on 'New Day.' At least one passage in Trump's speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump's address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady's own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago." (07/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/  

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Hillary says Trump is most dangerous presidential candidate ever — but she is

July 19, 2016
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The Daily Bell
by staff  

"Clinton, in an interview with CBS News'[s] Charlie Rose, believes Donald Trump has 'no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.' All of this could be applied to Clinton. She is by far the more dangerous of the two candidates. If Clinton gets into office, she will start or expand wars and through large economic programs will ensure the US's quasi-depression deepens and that the economy never truly recovers at all (even though it may seem to.) If things aren't getting worse, Hillary's power is not advancing. She is good at making things worse." (07/19/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/hillary-says-trump-is-most-dangerous-presidential-candidate-ever-but-she-is/  

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The RNC isn’t a convention, it’s a wake

July 19, 2016
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Nick Gillespie Reason
by Nick Gillespie  

"The Republican Party, conservatives, and certainly Donald Trump may not fully understand it yet, but they are meeting in Cleveland not to chart the future of the GOP but to host its funeral. The Republican Party and the larger conservative movement for which it has stood since the days of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan is dead but not yet buried. A party whose rhetoric (if never its actual policies) is all about shrinking the size, scope, and spending of government cannot even pretend anymore to stand for any of those things. As important, it hasn't been serious about governing for a very long time." (07/18/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/18/the-rnc-isnt-a-convention-its-a-wake  

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The hawks are still in charge

July 19, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris  

"In the grand scheme of things, a political party's platform is an insignificant document. The Republican Party's platform this year doesn't change this; despite the media's fascination with the fact that Donald Trump's border wall made its way into the platform, the document is still a non-binding, ideological missive, more of a goodie bag for conservative activists than an operational plan. Nonetheless, the Platform Committee's debates last week were interesting to watch and a good barometer of where the Republican Party stands on certain issues. The interactions on foreign policy and national security were especially revealing, and they all led to the same conclusion: neoconservatives are still very much the leaders of the GOP's foreign-policy machinery." (07/18/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-hawks-are-still-in-charge/  

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Donald and Hillary in Plunderland

July 18, 2016
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Richard M. Ebeling Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent variations on the same political theme: the interventionist-welfare state, with each pandering to different coalitions of special interests and ideological groups. Both are promising their constituents different varieties of something-for-nothing: for instance, free or heavily subsidized college tuition in Clinton's case and a 'beautiful,' 'huge' wall on the Mexican border in Trump's case. Both promise jobs that are well-paying and secure from the realities of an ever-changing global economy. In their own ways, both promise to make America safe and 'great' again. Even where they seem to differ, their basic tools are the same." (07/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/donald-and-hillary-in-plunderland/  

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Degree of certainty: Why Hillary wins

July 18, 2016
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Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Donald Trump has picked Mike Pence as his running mate. While I most likely disagree with Pence on most things, he might be a relatively capable Oval Office sitter if Trump wins but resigns in a year to become a judge on America's Got Talent. But that won't happen. Whatever Pence's qualifications may be, the ticket as a whole has a glaring omission: nobody with a Harvard or Yale degree. That means it will lose." (07/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/07/degree-of-certainlty-why-hillary-wins.html  

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Clinton vs. Trump: Who’s worse?

July 17, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker et. al  

"It's not unusual for libertarians to have a hard time backing either major party's presidential candidate, but the dispiriting choice between Clinton and Trump has even the most Republican-friendly members of the movement holding their noses. So reason decided to ask some prominent libertarian and libertarian-leaning figures which candidate offends them more. Unlike [PJ] O'Rourke and [Rand] Paul, the people surveyed below are not making endorsements here -- many will be voting for a third-party candidate or staying home. They're answering a simpler question: not Who will you vote for? but Which one of these two is worse?" for publication 08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/17/clinton-vs-trump-whos-worse  

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Impasse on Republican rules committee raises prospect of convention “floor fight”

July 15, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Grassroots conservatives alleged that the Republican National Committee pulled out from a deal to reform RNC rules at the last minute as a potential 'floor fight' -- a contested vote on the floor -- looms over next week's Republican national convention. Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, the leader of a bloc of social conservative activists, told reporters on Thursday night that he expected multiple minority reports to proposed rules of the Republican party. Any minority report, which requires the signatures of one quarter of the rules committee, would automatically be debated and voted upon on the floor of the convention. ... The prominent conservative activist said that negotiations fell apart on the issue of 'bonus delegates' for states that held closed presidential primaries, open only to registered Republicans." (07/14/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/14/republican-convention-rules-committee-deal-floor-fight  

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Trump seeks $10 million from former campaign aide

July 13, 2016
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Politico    

"With the revelation on Wednesday of a legal dispute between Donald Trump and a former political aide, the unconventional campaign's dirty laundry is once again spilling into public view, providing a new glimpse into an operation riven by conflicts unrelated to the task of beating Hillary Clinton. This time, Trump's decision to privately seek $10 million in damages from former campaign aide Sam Nunberg in May for an alleged breach of a nondisclosure agreement has triggered a public allegation that his former campaign manager and current press secretary engaged in a 'sordid and illicit affair.' ... Trump's May complaint against Nunberg -- which was first reported Wednesday -- claims that the former aide made disparaging comments about his old boss and disclosed confidential information, in violation of the confidentiality agreement." (07/13/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/sam-nunberg-donald-trump-lawsuit-225496  

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Federal judicial pig grows wings and flies in Richmond

July 13, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Last month I posted my humble legal opinion that a Dump Trump advocate from Virginia was hallucinating when he filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a state law binding him to vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention for the winner of the Virginia primary -- Donald Trump. ... U.S. District Judge Robert Payne in Richmond said the Virginia state law creates 'a severe burden' on First Amendment rights. That's right. A judicial pig grew wings and took to the sky in Richmond. Virginia cannot require GOP convention delegates to do what they were delegated to do; honor their pledge to primary voters who elected Donald Trump, said Payne." (07/13/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/federal-judicial-pig-grows-wings-and.html  

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Trump seeks to block release of Trump University testimony

July 13, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge who has been a target of Donald Trump's unending scorn must decide whether to release videos of the presumed Republican presidential nominee testifying in a lawsuit about the now-defunct Trump University -- images that Trump's attorneys worry will be used to tarnish the campaign. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel faces Trump's attorneys Wednesday for the first time since he permitted the release of unrelated documents in a class-action lawsuit alleging fraud .... Nearly all transcripts have been released and Trump's attorneys said last month that they won't oppose unsealing the remaining pieces. The big battle is over video, which Trump's attorneys don't want to see sliced and diced in campaign attack ads." (07/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/trump-seeks-to-block-release-of-trump-university-testimony/2016/07/13/5989e9ae-48cc-11e6-8dac-0c6e4accc5b1_story.html  

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Fox suspends Gingrich’s contract amid Trump VP rumors

July 12, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"Fox News has suspended its contract with Newt Gingrich amidst growing buzz that he may be Donald Trump's pick for a running mate. 'Fox News Channel has mutually agreed to suspend its contributor agreement with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich effective immediately. Due to the intense media speculation about Gingrich's potential selection as Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, we felt it best to half his contributor role on the network to avoid all conflicts of interest that may arise,' Fox Executive Vice President Jay Wallace said in a statement Tuesday afternoon." (07/12/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/fox-suspends-newt-gingrich-contract-vice-president-buzz-article-1.2708699  

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A private party

July 12, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Virginia delegate Beau Correll won't cast his first ballot vote at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and won't go to jail, either. As discussed last Thursday, at issue is a state statute requiring delegates to vote for the plurality winner of the party's primary. On the Republican side, that's Mr. Trump. Yesterday, Federal Judge Robert Payne ruled the law unconstitutional, no law at all, because it violates Correll's First Amendment rights to speak and associate politically." (07/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/12/a-private-party/  

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Transgender bathroom panic will help shape Republican Party platform

July 12, 2016
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Scott Shackford Reason
by Scott Shackford  

"Delegates to the Republican National Convention will be spending the week hammering out the wording for the party's official platform. And the debate has gone into the toilet, purposefully. At hand among delegates in a platform subcommittee is whether the national party should oppose the current administration's efforts to mandate public schools accommodate transgender students in the bathroom and other gender-specific facilities. While there appears to be a push by some Republicans to get the party to ease off on LGBT social issues, they were unsuccessful in their effort to try to get them to stay out of this fight." (07/11/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/11/transgender-bathroom-panic-will-help-sha  

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Flynn’s warped worldview

July 11, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Michael Flynn is a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and he is currently being vetted by Trump's campaign as a possible running mate. ... Flynn recapitulates all of the errors of the hard-liners that used to rave about 'WWIV' and 'Islamofascism,' and he echoes the absurd theories espoused over the years by Rick Santorum and others like him. Just as Bush did with his harebrained 'axis of evil' claim, Flynn lumps together states and groups that have little or nothing to do with each other, and he thinks sworn enemies are working together as part of a fictional 'alliance' arrayed against us. To make matters worse, he believes this grab-bag of terrorists and third-rate dictatorships represents a 'formidable coalition' that is somehow winning a global war that isn't really being fought." (07/11/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/flynns-warped-worldview/  

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Who’s the libertarian now?

July 7, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo The American Conservative
by Justin Raimondo  

"With the Trumpification of the GOP all but an accomplished fact, would the Libertarian Party learn the lesson of the Rand Paul campaign -- don't trim your sails, unfurl them! -- and nominate a candidate with the clarity and consistency that made Ron Paul into a political phenomenon? With a Clintonian corporatist on the left and a populist nationalist on the right, the Libertarians clearly had an unusual opportunity. Yet they chose not to take it. Instead, they nominated Gary Johnson again .... Even more problematic is Johnson's handpicked vice presidential candidate, former Massachusetts governor William Weld, also an ex-Republican. Johnson dubbed him 'the original libertarian,' an odd formulation given Weld's political history: Iraq War supporter, gun-control advocate, former supporter of John Kasich, and Bush consigliere during the 2004 presidential contest." (07/07/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/whos-the-libertarian-now/  

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How to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns

July 7, 2016
posted by

Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"It is impossible to know exactly what Trump has in his tax returns that he doesn't want the public to see. But given the chance that the returns will out before the November election, the potential for scandal, and the stakes, the GOP would be crazy to do anything other than fight to see those documents before it nominates Trump." (07/07/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/how-to-force-donald-trump-to-release-his-tax-returns/490271/  

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Federal judge to hear anti-Trump GOP delegate’s lawsuit

July 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge on Thursday will hear a lawsuit brought by a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who says Democrat Hillary Clinton will win the White House 'in a landslide' if Donald Trump is the GOP nominee. Carroll 'Beau' Correll filed suit last month challenging a state law that requires delegates to vote on the first ballot for the candidate who won Virginia's primary. He contends that the law conflicts with Republican National Committee rules and violates his right to vote his conscience. ... Eight Virginia Republican delegates and Trump supporters who disagree with Correll have filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit. The group includes John Fredericks, a conservative radio show host from Chesapeake, Va., who said Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., will appear on his show Thursday hours before the hearing." (07/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/federal-judge-to-hear-anti-trump-gop-delegates-lawsuit/2016/07/06/f762ddd2-43a6-11e6-8856-f26de2537a9d_story.html  

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Yes, a GOP delegate revolt is possible

June 30, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, is heading toward July's national party convention with a majority of delegates (as 'bound' by state primaries and caucuses) in hand. But ever since it became clear that he would garner that majority, both he and the GOP leadership have spent a good deal of time trying to snuff out talk of a floor revolt by those delegates against his nomination and in favor of some other candidate's. 'The Republican National Committee put out a statement 'you can't do it, it's not legal, you can't do it, you're not allowed to do it,'' says Trump. Is Trump right? Is it 'illegal' for the delegates to do what they want instead of what Trump and the RNC claim the rules demand? In a word, no." (06/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6495  

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Johnson faults pollsters for sub-15% standing

June 28, 2016
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Politico    

"Gary Johnson needs at least 15 percent in five mainstream national polls to qualify for the presidential debates, and the Libertarian nominee would like a little more recognition from pollsters. The former governor of New Mexico on Monday turned his attention toward polling organizations for excluding his name from the initial ballot test between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and instead inserting his name as part of a three-way contest or a four-way race with Green Party candidate Jill Stein." (06/27/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/gary-johnson-presidential-polls-224846  

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Why, journalists, why?

June 28, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Mrs. Clinton was reported to enjoy a seven-point lead, but when voters were offered all likely ballot options, including Johnson, the Libertarian, and Stein, the Green, Hillary bettered Donald by only one point: 39-38 percent. But why would journalists and editors systematically rig the reporting of politics?" (06/28/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/06/28/why-journalists-why/  

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Clinton gains 12 percent point lead over Trump in election survey

June 27, 2016
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Hawaii Telegraph    

"Two new polls on the U.S. presidential elections reportedly showed that Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton edged over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to secure a double-digit lead. According to reports, the poll gives Clinton a 51-39 lead against Trump, with an increase of 12 percentage points, where both candidates were at a statistical tie in May. The poll results reportedly indicate that a large majority have registered their growing unease over Trump’s candidacy and see him as 'discriminatory and unqualified.'" (06/28/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/245344349  

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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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