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Ted Cruz Takes One Last Stand Against
‘Terrible Deal’ Before Senate Vote

Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein

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Posted By:earlybird, 10/16/2013 9:45:51 PM

In a bookend of sorts to his 21-hour “filibuster” against the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for just under 10 minutes Wednesday evening in opposition to an imminent Senate vote that would reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to avoid default. Cruz denounced the Senate deal as “terrible,” saying it will do nothing to help the “millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare.” Speaking for the “American people,” Cruz said the Senate deal “embodies everything that frustrates” them about the “Washington establishment.” The majority of the speech centered around Cruz’s opposition to the health

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man, 10/16/2013 9:50:15 PM     (No. 9568629)

When the stuff hits the fan, will history remember that Cruz and Lee and a few others tried to keep it from happening? Something tells me the elites will also rewrite history so that Cruz gets the blame for the collapse of the economy when that day inevitably comes. I am now hoping its sooner rather than later -- we need a reboot.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 10/16/2013 10:00:18 PM     (No. 9568645)

I thank Senators Cruz and Lee for telling the truth and standing for the People. I am deeply appreciative of their efforts.
There are very few I trust anymore.
Please keep up the good fight, we are with you.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 10/16/2013 10:01:46 PM     (No. 9568646)

War´s over, man. FSA dropped the big one in 11/2012, the rest is just a long slide into the abyss.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Native Texan, 10/16/2013 10:03:02 PM     (No. 9568648)

I am proud of Ted Cruz , Mike Lee and others for taking a stand, it´s about time we had some Senators who had the courage to stand against the establishment Republicans and stand up for the people!!!
Nothing has been solved!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bob913, 10/16/2013 10:08:28 PM     (No. 9568656)

Mitch McConnell sold out America. He gets $3 billion for his state... you know it is going into the pockets of the insiders there who will help McConnell. The rest I bet are getting there own bribes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/16/2013 10:16:38 PM     (No. 9568665)

I am so proud of the principled stand of the patriotic Senators and Congressmen.

I can only speak for myself, but this was a watershed event for me - I get it. Ted Cruz pulled back the veil on the RINOs. I would rather see a democrat on FOX than a RINO (That includes Britt Hume and Charles Krauthammer).

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 10/16/2013 10:21:10 PM     (No. 9568668)

I have a newsflash for the RINO collaborators, Ted Cruz is not going away.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/16/2013 10:22:34 PM     (No. 9568671)

Here´s the list
List of the Senate RINOs

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Chiesa (R-NJ)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kirk (R-IL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Portman (R-OH)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/16/2013 10:27:51 PM     (No. 9568672)

We are Ted Cruz!

I encourage all to donate to Matt Bevin to help him defeat McConnell in the primary.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: xcenturion, 10/16/2013 10:36:20 PM     (No. 9568679)

Thank you Senators Cruz and Lee for taking a stand against those that want to ruin our next generations futures. I will NEVER donate another dime to the Republican Party, because there is no Republican Party anymore. The Republican Party ceased to exist today. I will donate my money to real conservative candidates that will be running against the likes of RINOS like John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The politicians in Washington have absolutely no idea how angry Americans are!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: veritas, 10/16/2013 11:03:44 PM     (No. 9568697)

In any deal with the devil, YOU are always the junior partner.

Heard McCain whining today -- "There was no way we could win! We can´t do anything ´til we have a Republican President! Wah! Wah!" Mutt.

RINO,Summer Soldier, whatever.

#7. Sure hope not. Whatever may come, I am not going away. Born in the same town as the Greatest Nation earth has ever seen; many trips to Valley Forge; witnessed Washington´s Crossing re-enacted, and heard "General Washington" speak to his tiny band; lived long in Virginia --

"Sic Semper Tyrannis"

Got that? Especially that Semper part?

Top all that with --

Oderint Dum Metuant!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LanieLou, 10/16/2013 11:23:01 PM     (No. 9568720)

Libertarians & Tea Partiers need to join forces for a new 3rd party... The Liberty Party.

Party platform of simply The Constitution... and all other issues dealt with at the local level.

The GOP label is permanently damaged & repositioned as the Moderate Progressive Party.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mamafrog, 10/17/2013 12:13:59 AM     (No. 9568771)

Everyone in the country now knows who Ted Cruz is . . . . . this is good

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Reply 14 - Posted by: charliecoconut, 10/17/2013 12:18:58 AM     (No. 9568777)

It´s late and the folks that love the GOP are asleep. Not just in reality but figuratively as well.

You don´t need a party, George Washington said it best.

Get over the R´s and D´s think for yourself.

Join us TEA folks, it was never the Tea Party, it is ´Taxed Enough Already´, but you have been programmed to believe that it´s the Tea Party, an organized entity, not true.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 10/17/2013 12:26:03 AM     (No. 9568785)

Hey, let´s make calls, send cards, emails to the decent patriotic Congressmen who stood with Cruz and Lee. We conservatives won´t forget. VERY disappointed with Blount, Flake and Thune. Typical for Hatch and McCain.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: belwhatter, 10/17/2013 2:34:00 AM     (No. 9568831)

Great posts #8,12 and 13. Let´s get Matt Bevin´s name out there, and push for the new Liberty Party - with Cruz, Lee and Palin at the helm.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 10/17/2013 7:38:12 AM     (No. 9568982)

#3. There is no end in politics. Just an endless series of battle.

I am reminded a bit of the huge fold by establishment Republicans in 1990, the rise of Perot and how in 1994 a Republican party that had been declared dead roared back to life.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/17/2013 8:01:55 AM     (No. 9569011)

I believe we all saw what the Republican Party stands for after this last debacle. It has lost its moral compass. It no longer can or wants to see what it is doing to the American people. Real suffering by tax paying Americans is happening and they turn their backs. They surrender without a strategy to win or a will to fight. It is time the people look elsewhere for representation. Stop supporting the party and support individuals. Let the high rollers support the establishment by themselves. We the people need to be smart and put our money where it will do some good into the Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-like politicians. Squishy Republicans will not defeat the Obamabots. Victory will come with conservative leaders. It is the ONLY way out of this mess. God bless Ted Cruz. I was amazed at his courage in the face of overwhelming condemnation by his own party. Well done, sir. You made conservative Americans proud.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Poobah, 10/17/2013 8:02:19 AM     (No. 9569013)

Ted Cruz and the conservative wing of the wing of the Republican Paty have firmly established their opposition to Obamacare. By November 2014, the country will be reeling from that law´s punitive effects. Hopefully, that will result in the defanging of the Democratic party and the media.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Judith, 10/17/2013 8:04:39 AM     (No. 9569015)

For years I dithered with withdrawing my registration for voting republican. After last year´s debacle, and hearing the reaction from the "formal" republican party, i.e., they would copy the dems, I re-registered as an independent voter. And really thought th that with the re-election of obama, this country, its people, were finished as a republic and as the promise of the world. Yesterday still hurt. And really, what excuse for existing does the republican party have?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Joe vann, 10/17/2013 8:08:28 AM     (No. 9569020)

I was glad to hear Senator Cruz brag on how the House stood tall on this legislation. I, too, believe many of the House members want to do what is best for America--almost entirely Republicans.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/17/2013 8:13:59 AM     (No. 9569024)

Republicans have stood against ObamaCare from its inception, #19. Ted Cruz didn´t invent the opposition. The plan received no Senate Republican vote and passed with only Dems from the beginning. Now, we see it collapsing and, earlier posters are correct, it is to be hoped that by 2014, the nation understands the debacle. We may still be able to pull some victories out in that crucial election year.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: BorninOKC, 10/17/2013 8:18:21 AM     (No. 9569031)

Contrast Cruz and McConnell, or Cruz and both senators from the state where I live - Chambliss and Isakson.

Chambliss was relected in 2008 and has already announced he will not run in 2014 (WIKI information). Isakson´s term lasts until 2016.

I am not young. I hope I live long enough to vote against Isakson.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JAN, 10/17/2013 8:20:23 AM     (No. 9569040)

Cruz was America´s early warning system.

Many ignored him to our peril.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 10/17/2013 8:55:56 AM     (No. 9569086)

Cruz fought the good fight, there is no dishonor to him in losing. We the people will remember him. The ones that rolled over on their backs like whipped dogs and said "we can´t win" are the ones that have no honor and are not leaders. They are just Obama bootlickers and in effect said to hell with the American people.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Freeloader, 10/17/2013 8:56:22 AM     (No. 9569089)

Thank you #8...Are we surprised? Many of the same "Quislings" who voted to confirm Eric The Red as head of the Obama "Justice" Department in 2009.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: dman, 10/17/2013 9:10:53 AM     (No. 9569122)

Time for Cruz and Lee, with the help of Palin, Hannity, Levin, Limbaugh, and others in and out of office, to lead a mass exodus to form a new coalition party that would bring together splintered elements of the conservative movement. There is a political vacuum to be filled.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/17/2013 9:25:23 AM     (No. 9569149)

Ted Cruz may not have "invented" the opposition to Obamacare, but he wes the one to give it a strong voice in a nation where strong voices are seldom heard on our side. We have become for the most part a party resigned to passivity, to compromise, and ultimately to failure. I don´t believe failure is part of Cruz´s lexicon.
And he certainly isn´t passive.

As for compromise, there are a number of definitions. Compromise toward reaching a desired goal is one thing; to be compromised another. Our establishment Republicans are showing signs of being seriously compromised.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: suejeanne, 10/17/2013 9:28:42 AM     (No. 9569157)

I want to see the conservative Republicans throw out McCain and McConnell -
don´t ever send any money to the RNC - put money and resources together to defeat Rinos in primaries - and throw out people like Preibus who do nothing that I can see - go into the HQ and shine the light of day on the whole operation.

Take back the GOP!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Emerson, 10/17/2013 9:31:47 AM     (No. 9569161)

Some here are very big on letting things take their course. Let Obama get elected and say "I told you so" (how did that work out?). And now Cruz is supposed to sit back quietly, not argue with the referee (and who exactly is that?) and then say "I told you so".


No, he must keep speaking and fighting. Our country is not a football game and there is much more at stake here than in any game every played. So please, Senator Cruz, never stop speaking out for us. Never lose your passion and your courage. And let the naysayers live in their dark, dreary, gutless places.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Passion, 10/17/2013 9:51:13 AM     (No. 9569201)

And Lee Bright is a Ted Cruz Mike Lee kind of guy challenging Lindsey Graham in SC!! He just got endorsed by national group that sort of launched Cruz and Lee last night.

The movement is buidling .

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Reply 32 - Posted by: congaree53, 10/17/2013 9:52:07 AM     (No. 9569204)

Some ´last stand´: a press availability! When Cruz said yesterday that his delaying last night´s Senate vote would be futile, he provided a rather unconvincing story to hide his true strategery. That is, Cruz DID NOT want to take a chance on his being WRONG about the the economic impact of breaching the debt ceiling. If he delayed the Senate vote, say until tomorrow, and the markets responded by tanking 1000 points (after rising 200 yesterday) Teddy boy would look like an idiot and be finished in GOP politics forever. A smart move not to delay the vote, perhaps, but hardly a profile in courage.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 10/17/2013 10:23:05 AM     (No. 9569267)

What was the point of this whole stunt ?
What good did it do ?
Cruz and Lee and their followers act like they´re the only Republicans to ever fight against Obamacare ,
when the Republicans..oh excuse me, the non patriots and traitors as the Cruz people call them ,
have been fighting Obamacare since 2009.
Give me a break.
Cruz didn´t actually fight , because he never developed a strategy or a plan involving Democrats.
He didn´t do any heavy lifting , just smash talking his fellow Republicans when they mentioned
the inescapable fact that Democrats heavily
control the Senate.
Why even Michael Needham of the Heritage Action-the group pushing this catastrophe with Cruz actually told Bill Hemmer on FOX yesterday :
“Everybody understands that we’re not going to be able to repeal this law until 2017,” Needham said.
“We have to win the Senate and win the White House.”
Everybody understands ??
Not Cruz and Lee, apparently.
Gee, I guess the Heritage Foundation is a bunch of RINO traitors , now.
A PPP poll yesterday showed Republicans now behind in 5 Senate races we are needed to retake the Senate.
Cruz´s debacle may wind up killing any realistic chance of repealing Obamacare ,
when the odds were so much better before the pointless shutdown.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: legalart, 10/17/2013 10:28:38 AM     (No. 9569276)

I´m sick and tired and ticked off at all the Cruz hate spewing from every corner of the liberal-RINO universe. When this house of cards crashes, like or not, Cruz and those with him will be thoroughly, solidly vindicated. For all the talks and House votes and resolutions and campaign promises, the hard fact is that nobody stood out to take the shots in defense of the people like Cruz. Not a one. Deal with it.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Dixie, 10/17/2013 10:31:19 AM     (No. 9569282)

To travel down a long and tough road, you have to take the first step.

Getting rid of ObamaCare at this late date is definitely a long, tough road.

Ted Cruz took the first step. Some may think (and say) that it was a cynical move in self-promotion. I say "so what"; it was also symbolic, quixotic, memorable, reassuring (in that it was made at all), unifying and, all-in-all quite good.

From what I´ve seen to date, I think Cruz would make a good President.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/17/2013 10:31:48 AM     (No. 9569284)

Amen, #34.

"What was the point?" The point was image-raising for Senator Cruz and a lot of donations rolling into his Pac and to the Heritage Foundation, whose Jim DeMint engineered the entire debacle. Both of those efforts were entirely successful. Senator Cruz has earned even more name recognition, but I want Jim DeMint to tend to his own knitting and stay out of manipulating the government. He should have remained in the Senate if he wanted to be a part of things.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/17/2013 10:55:26 AM     (No. 9569327)

Cruz/Palin in 2016. I don´t care in what order.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: texmexag, 10/17/2013 11:01:14 AM     (No. 9569355)

I woke up this morning feeling dejected.

But as I read ldotter comments I realized that this feeling was a blessing in disguise. These last few weeks gave me hope that there are some honorable men that will stand up for us. It stirred a fire in my belly that has been dormant for way too long.

Senator Cruz did not lose. Losing is what has been happening for 5 years.
Did he retreat? Perhaps. But I have confidence that he will not passively sit back and watch our country spiral down. I look forward to when he re-engages the fight.

And if he "loses" again I will feel more pride in his losses than in any of Mccain or Mcconnel´s wins.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 10/17/2013 11:20:22 AM     (No. 9569398)

It´s very sad that people do not understand that Senator Cruz does not do what he does for "name recognition," nor does Governor Palin.

They do what they do because they realize the Constitution and America are at war against a Marxist regime and planned tyranny to destroy the American way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... And have pledged their lives, their fortunes, and sacred honor to speak for the majority of Americans who elected them...

America needs more brilliant patriots like them!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/17/2013 11:25:40 AM     (No. 9569409)

The main thing that Cruz and Lee did was to pull the curtain back and reveal the squishy moderates in all their wimpy embarrassment, both in Congress, and here sadly, on Lucianne.

I truly can´t understand when people are just content to sit in their little corners and let the rot continue. They never have any decent options other than ´Cruz shouldn´t have done that´ to offer us. Well phooey to that.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/17/2013 11:29:57 AM     (No. 9569416)

Mark my words. Cruz and the Tea Party have burnished their bona fides with a young and restless population. Many are missing this.

There is anger in the extreme as young people are being slapped up beside the head. They have taken American freedom for granted and now they are witnessing an increasing police state. They are being told to do something they do not want to do and they don´t like it. They will rebel.

If the hapless Republicans don´t tap into this energy they are bigger fools than I think.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/17/2013 11:37:45 AM     (No. 9569434)

The moment a really strong, courageous, passionate, articulate Conservative emerges, he or she is shot down. By establishment Republicans. Even here, at what is purported to be a Conservative bastion.

Pay attention.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: lana720, 10/17/2013 12:14:25 PM     (No. 9569490)

Thank you, #11, no wonder Cap loved you.
I consider myself veritas squared!
For those who never understood, Cruz spelled it out. For those trolls and sadly, some long time posters in a don´t rock the RINO boat, remember the warning you missed.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/17/2013 12:44:00 PM     (No. 9569529)

I think #34 got lost on his way over to the Huffington Post.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Rama41, 10/17/2013 3:00:14 PM     (No. 9569764)

That´s right,#45. Only TRUE BELIEVERS allowed on this site. Let´s keep our eyes out for folks like #34 and Krauthammer, who lack our perfect lock-step insight. The latter even had the temerity to question the nomination of Sharron Angle, that wonderful candidate who gave us a born-again Harry Reid. How´s that working out for us?

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Reply 46 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/17/2013 3:19:11 PM     (No. 9569801)

Well said, #46.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/17/2013 3:39:46 PM     (No. 9569829)

I think Cruz and the other conservatives did accomplish something.

The debt sealing was only increased by 4 months.

All the big government politicians would have liked to kick this down the road to 2015.

Hope the conservatives and others keep on pushing.

The government cannot keep paying people with IOUs and expect everyone to honor them. It cannot go on forever.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: arkfamily, 10/17/2013 3:59:08 PM     (No. 9569865)

I´m curious. All the bashing of the Republicans - what were they supposed to do? Seriously, the Senate has a Democrat majority so did you think the Republicans would be able to win this? How? I really would like to know because I must be missing something.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Marzipan, 10/17/2013 4:27:52 PM     (No. 9569917)

I have great respect for fellow Lucianners - yet I hear no mention of the Constitution party, but libertarian, which also sports a tarnished image. The constitution party is relatively new and malleable and very conservative, thoughts?

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/17/2013 5:36:32 PM     (No. 9570040)

Ben Franklin is supposed to have said the Founders gave us "a republic, madam, if you can keep it."

Apparently, the Republicans can´t.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 10/17/2013 5:55:50 PM     (No. 9570082)

The attacks from Republicans? conservatives? Liberals? I don´t know what they are, they are anonymous is all we know, are very personal and meant to destroy the character of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin. It seems that any conservative that has charisma and excellent credentials especially incites their attacks. I wonder why?

Then, after a particularly nasty attack, they will pretend to be the voice of reason, bizzarro personality change imo.

Have you noticed they always insinuate greedy or unethical motives of our party´s conservatives?
Taking a page from the liberals.

Wise words of #43:

"The moment a really strong, courageous, passionate, articulate Conservative emerges, he or she is shot down. By establishment Republicans. Even here, at what is purported to be a Conservative bastion.

Pay attention."

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns, 10/17/2013 10:46:11 PM     (No. 9570449)

Cruz, Limbaugh and Hannity turned a winning hand into the blunder of the century. Obama was on the defensive over the roll out of Obamacare and these clowns gave him an out. No thinking conservative should listen to any of those 3 fools. McCain was right on this one.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Common Sense Girl, 10/17/2013 10:48:55 PM     (No. 9570452)

Thank you Senator Cruz for being a BOLD leader standing on principle instead of politics! We in the 1st Congressional District of Alabama have our own "Ted Cruz" whom we are trying to elect to Congress on Nov. 5th. We have a classic race b/n our "Tea Party Champion" and an "establishment elite." It would be a signal to the rest of the country that the Tea Party is stronger than ever if we can pull it off!

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Reply 54 - Posted by: annie xango, 10/17/2013 11:03:00 PM     (No. 9570463)

#34 why don´t you and #33 just get a room!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Safari Man, 10/18/2013 9:29:11 PM     (No. 9571889)

I want to thank #33, #34, #37 for irritating me so much that I have committed to supporting Ted Cruz and Mike Lee with large donations to their campaigns in the future. The best way to respond to such idiocy is not to get angry, get even.

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The man suspected of shooting at cars as they traveled on Kansas City, Mo., highways in recent weeks has been identified and charged with 18 felonies, authorities announced today. Mohammad Whitaker, 27, is accused of shooting into at least nine cars, injuring two of the drivers, in incidents dating to the beginning of March. (Snip)On April 9, a witness who was aware of the reports of the highway shooter saw a green vehicle driven by a man in a mask and hoodie acting suspiciously while driving very slowly. She reported the vehicle´s license plate number to police. Police were able to

Your Internet security
relies on a few volunteers
CNN Money, by Jose Pagliery    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 6:10:16 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - Last week´s Heartbleed Internet bug revealed a startling fact. The software protecting banks, email, social media and government is maintained by only a few people. They´re all volunteers. And only one does it as a full-time job. Their labor of love is OpenSSL, a free program that secures a lot of online communication. And it was a tiny coding slip-up two years ago that caused the Heartbleed bug, a hole that allows attackers to peer into computers. The bug forced emergency changes last week at major websites like Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) and Yahoo (YHOO,

Vulnerable To ´Heartbleed´ Bug,
Obamacare Subscribers Told
To Change Password
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 5:04:37 PM     Post Reply
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama´s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government´s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government´s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular

Ohio couple who held hands at
breakfast even after 70 years
of marriage die 15 hours apart
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 4:58:54 PM     Post Reply
NASHPORT, Ohio – A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple´s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart(Snip)They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands, said their daughter, Linda Cody.

Creeping landslide devouring
part of Wyoming town
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 4:51:23 PM     Post Reply
JACKSON, Wyo. – A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home threatened to swallow up more houses and businesses. The ground beneath the 100-foot hillside had been slowly giving way for almost two weeks before the downward movement accelerated in recent days. With rocks and dirt tumbling down, officials suspended efforts to shore up the slope and said they were uncertain what else could be done. "When is it going to go? How long is it going to last? These are the questions we just

FBI probe of NTTA includes Wendy
Davis file, Travis DA’s office says
Dallas Morning News, by Wayne Slater    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/19/2014 9:04:20 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN — Documents related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency, Travis County officials say. It’s not clear whether Davis’ work for the tollway authority is a focus of the FBI or only part of the material collected in connection with its look into tollway agency operations. The Travis County district attorney’s office said last month that details from its review of a 2012 complaint that a rival filed about Davis’ legal and political activities were “the subject of an open investigation” by the

Some text messages purportedly
from ferry passengers called fake
CNN, by KJ Kwon and Catherine E. Shoichet    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/18/2014 3:44:09 PM     Post Reply
Jindo, South Korea -- A passenger describes women screaming in the darkness. A father learns his child is trapped. A son, fearing death, tells his mother he loves her. Investigators haven´t said what caused a South Korean ferry boat carrying hundreds of passengers to capsize on Wednesday. But as rescuers searched frigid waters for nearly 300 missing people, text messages purporting to be from missing passengers surfaced, describing the harrowing moments after the ferry started to roll.(Snip) On Thursday, the semi-official Yonhap News Agency reported that police now believe the messages supposedly sent after the ferry sank were fake.

That´s one way to beat the bear claw!
Missing toddler found INSIDE arcade
machine after squeezing through
gap to claim his toy
Daily Mail [UK], by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/16/2014 9:26:33 AM     Post Reply
A Nebraska toddler had his eye on the prize when he slipped out of his home and wound up inside a claw machine at a nearby arcade. Ashley Ireland had called police and begun a frantic search for her son, Kael, after he went missing from her apartment on Monday afternoon. The three-year-old had managed to open the front door and walk to the nearby amusement arcade, where he was found playing with stuffed toys inside one of the machines. Scroll down for video Kael´s antics had caught the attention of a group of customers in Madsen´s Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln, who

Call traced to co-pilot´s phone
New Straits Times [Malaysia], by Farrah Naz Karim *    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/13/2014 6:20:17 AM     Post Reply
KUALA LUMPUR: A CREW member of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 made a desperate call from his mobile phone as the plane was flying low near Penang, the morning it went missing. The latest breakthrough in the ongoing criminal investigation traced the source of the call to co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid´s phone. (Snip) They are investigating the case under Section 130C of the Penal Code, which deals with hijacking, terrorism and sabotage offences, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) and Aviation Offences Acts. On why these findings were not made known, the sources said, like criminal investigations by any police

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit
Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say
New York Times, by David E. Sanger    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 10:03:55 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to crack

roundup of Bundy cattle
KLAS [Las Vegas], by Lauren Rozyla    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/12/2014 1:27:55 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -- The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years. The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte. The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy´s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

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