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Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu

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Posted By:magnante, 4/9/2014 6:45:01 AM

How does the Republican Party establishment choose its presidential candidate? Typically, constitutionalists accuse their establishment rivals of being moderate, risk-averse, stubborn old fools who lack faith in conservative principles. This is a soothing interpretation, as it begins from the hypothesis that the contest between conservatives and the GOP elite is a family feud. But there is another hypothesis -- less soothing, but, at least from an outsider´s bird´s-eye view, more reconcilable with the facts. This hypothesis is that America has reached a stage of progressive soft despotism in which the only important family feud in national politics is between the fundamentally


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MirJoy, 4/9/2014 7:22:07 AM     (No. 9803603)

This is very good article - not many empty words, so I want to read it again, but I think I have finally gotten someone to define the word "elite".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bubby, 4/9/2014 7:51:35 AM     (No. 9803657)

If that´s our nominee then I will vote for someone else. It also will mean that the country is lost the Republic and Constitution are dead. I will not support a nominee who supports amnesty, man made global warming, wants to fix rather than repeal obamacare, supports common core and believes the Democratic nominee would make a good President and wants what is best for the country. If that happens I will look for another party the GOP will be dead to me.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 4/9/2014 8:00:26 AM     (No. 9803667)

Thanks for posting, scary but accurate.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pros7767, 4/9/2014 8:14:33 AM     (No. 9803687)

Very depressing, but shockingly accurate.

If the Republicans don´t have a conservative candidate in 2016, it´s over. The only other option at that point is a third party candidate who can win.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 4/9/2014 8:39:33 AM     (No. 9803723)

This article reflects the writer´s understandable frustration. But it should be pointed out that as much as we like to complain, a shopworn establishment nominee is inevitable if no trustworthy conservative with an ability to appeal to the persuadable mush middle makes the race.

No such candidate emerged in 1996, 2008 or 2012. Dan Quayle provided a conservative alternative in 2000, but his candidacy withered for lack of money and interest. After eight years of Bubba we wanted desperately to WIN, remember? And at the time we all realized that Dan had been politically assassinated by the MSM years earlier.

So, let us not (as Jonescu seems to) fall for the simple notion that dark conspiracies hatched in cloakrooms and on golf courses are holding conservatives back from certain victory. Other factors have figured into and will continue to play a part in conservatism´s success or failure at the polls.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 4/9/2014 8:46:01 AM     (No. 9803734)

Sounds like Miss Lindsay Grahamnesty

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Clinger, 4/9/2014 8:46:34 AM     (No. 9803735)

When you hear the words "compromise to get things done" that´s code for the being a coconspirator in the slide to totalitarianism, the kind of government that criminalizes dissenting opinion. We need an American president not a global elitist.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 4/9/2014 9:02:58 AM     (No. 9803764)

"Reaching across the aisle" is another code word for co-conspirators.

"getting things done" begs a question - does every problem require a government solution?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Elvira, 4/9/2014 9:08:11 AM     (No. 9803773)

A huge problem has been and will continue to be the influx of illegals. Our culture is suffering because of it. Legal immigrants are schooled on the Constitution, must learn English, pass a test, etc. These folks come running across the border in a manner of lawlessness, what are we to expect of their actions but more of the same? Myself and others I know have been threatened by some in our grocery stores and parking lots just as examples. If things come easily by taking them then they will continue to do so, it´s just human nature.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Arby, 4/9/2014 9:08:12 AM     (No. 9803774)

That mealy-mouth establishmentarian centrist would still be better than Fauxbama or the PIAPS.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: minuteman, 4/9/2014 9:17:16 AM     (No. 9803783)

Brilliant. FTA:
"That pattern, in American politics, is as obvious as it is unspeakable in polite society, namely the gradual imposition of a permanent progressive authoritarian state with unlimited executive power, answerable to no imperatives of human nature, and administered by unelected technocrats."

...and the remedy :
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dman, 4/9/2014 9:19:38 AM     (No. 9803791)

Bingo! Must read! Even has Venn diagrams: cool!!

In conformity with a recent Laura Ingraham segment about the camaraderie between the Bushes and the Clintons, suggesting a bipartisan Hillary/Jeb ticket in 2016. (Ugh!!)

The article nails what the Establishment is, and should lead readers to the conclusion that we need a new party.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: WAN2, 4/9/2014 9:35:47 AM     (No. 9803815)

Think Pavlov. Amerikans are being trained to salivate in anger at the mere mention of "Conservative Republican" without any use of their little grey cells. Readers of Lucianne.com are left tilting at windmills.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 4/9/2014 9:41:09 AM     (No. 9803823)

Damn....I thought I was pretty smart until I started reading this.

My hat´s off to Mr.Jonescu !

Well done, indeed.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: knarfski, 4/9/2014 9:42:59 AM     (No. 9803828)

Wish I could find a reason to say that Jonescu´s analysis is farfetched...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: WAN2, 4/9/2014 9:43:20 AM     (No. 9803830)

So.....O.K. Let´s get this show on the road! Lock and Load!!!
I wanna see America get its spine back before I become room temperature. Time to steer this Ship of Fools onto shoals.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/9/2014 9:47:52 AM     (No. 9803837)

This essay is depressing, for sure, and unsurprising after seven consecutive presidential electoral cycles with no Republican nominee who could be fairly described as conservative or libertarian. The momentum of Jonescu´s logic leads inescapably to the conclusion that the 2016 GOP nominee will be a demi-liberal retread like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or even Mitt Romney. They never learn, do they? Hillary! is arguably less well qualified for the presidency than that pathetic quisling Obama, but ignorant, thoughtless voters are probably eager to have another "historical" president, no matter how prolonged America´s suffering. Voters are nothing if not stupid.

The opinions of a couple of particular "establishment" LDotters notwithstanding, I would maintain that if we´re again underdogs in 2016, we might as well nominate Sarah Palin--the closest ideologically to the most successful president of our lifetimes, Reagan, and provide a real choice for voters. I think Alaska´s ex-governor will do quite a bit better than the singleminded simpleton Rovians expect. In fact, I think she would make her probable Democrat opponent look as inadequate as the former carpetbagger senator and Secretary of State actually was.

The Grand Old Party, dying slowly, needs an electric charge that returning to bedrock principles would provide. The Mainstream Media, probably good for as much as a 15% advantage to Democrats, is also dying, though not quickly enough. America is salvageable if the right leader appears. Nothing´s impossible.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/9/2014 9:53:05 AM     (No. 9803847)

#17, at that suggestion, I say just go ahead and shoot me now.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: M2, 4/9/2014 9:54:28 AM     (No. 9803855)

Excellent, excellent.

He is absolutely silent on the question of whether the federal government has any responsibility to abide by its constitutional (i.e., legal) limits, and indeed rarely mentions the Constitution at all, and never as an essential concern.

I have wondered about the strange silence about the Constitution on the part of the GOP. The Democrats´ going around it is at the very core of all our problems in America, yet the GOP is silent about the only thing that has kept us from lapsing into tyranny.

Keep your eye on the intersection of the circles, where the two mildly competitive factions of the progressive elite follow their bliss together -- at their nation´s expense.

So which potential GOP candidate fills that description? Christie? Yes. Romney, who is teasing about running again? Yes. Jeb Bush? Yes.

It seems the only ones who don´t populate that Venn intersection are people like Rand Paul. Personally, I´d like to see Trey Gowdey run but so far, all my pleading isn´t working...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Buttercup82, 4/9/2014 10:29:12 AM     (No. 9803918)

Cruz 2016, y´all! Peace out!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Starlady, 4/9/2014 11:27:01 AM     (No. 9804056)

Obama talked about the Constitution a lot when campaigning in 2008. Bush was the great Satan who abused various aspects of the Constitution and Obama said he would follow the Constitution perfectly. Guess what, Obama lied about this and everything else.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: bighambone, 4/9/2014 11:40:24 AM     (No. 9804090)

The recipe for a 2016 Republican Presidential candidate set out in the article is sure to end up with the Republicans putting up someone who in all but name will be a Democrat "lite" politician, the Republicans, with help from the liberal media have been doing that in recent history and that species of Republican candidate has always lost the general election. Why vote for a Democrat "Lite" candidate when you can vote for a real Democrat candidate?

Any Republican politician who supports the liberal Democrat designed "Path to citizenship" amnesty is essentially handing the liberal Democrats tens of millions of new foreign born New Democrat voters in the years ahead. After that the Republicans can forget about winning future Presidential elections as they will be mathematically eliminated once the new foreign born voters come on line and vote for the Democrats in percentages of about 85%.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: JediJerry, 4/9/2014 11:58:19 AM     (No. 9804133)

Brilliant article. This is a must read. Venn Diagram sends it home as to watch what candidate is in the middle. Two come to mind and they were mentioned, Jeb Bush and Christie, but there are plenty more out there. The ending quote "... might constitutionalists find a way to slay the monster at last?" tells me that the Constitution, and only those Constitutionalist candidates are the only weapon we have to slay the monster. Otherwise we are a doomed nation teetering on the edge of complete destruction from the enemies within.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Butch59, 4/9/2014 12:41:10 PM     (No. 9804216)

Excellent article, but the author leaves out one essential fact. And that fact is that in order to break this ongoing corruption in DC, the only thing that will break through it is another revolution. I know I sound like a broken record on this point, but I really don´t see any other way. As the article points out, those establishment types that currently control all of Washington are not going to give up their very cushy positions without a fight. And I don´t mean a ballot box fight. That is too easy to stuff and make any election nothing more than a waste of money. No, the only thing that will work is to engage in some action that has a clearly defined victory. And that means revolution. At age 69, I´m ready to sign up right now.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: loveUSA, 4/9/2014 12:59:39 PM     (No. 9804266)

What a depressing article. Did the author forget about the Tea Party? Did he forget about prayer? Did he forget about democrats changing their vote even in Illinois for a Republican Governor? Did he forget about Hope and Change?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: steveW, 4/9/2014 1:54:19 PM     (No. 9804363)

A critical test of GOP sincerity will be if they allow the loathsome Enemedia to moderate the debates again. There can be no excuse this time.

But regardless, there can be only one laser-beam focused goal - making sure Democrats - the mentally retarded, ill-willed, Marx-worshipping Democrats - do not, under any conditions, occupy the White House after King Obama´s reign is over (if it will ever be over). The GOP nominee will certainly be flawed, but the alternative is horror. Between flawed and horror I´ll choose flawed.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: lencu255, 4/9/2014 5:18:59 PM     (No. 9804632)

Just in case, so the repubics know: no more bushes/mccains/romneys/rubios, etc for me. From now on it is going to be the candidate that touches my mind and my heart.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Penney, 4/9/2014 5:57:49 PM     (No. 9804678)

Note that author Jonescu hopes his hypothesis proves wrong. Events can change everything between now & 2016.

Regardless, Gov. Palin remains a Conservative champion!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 4/9/2014 6:17:38 PM     (No. 9804695)

Dittos to #1 and #17. This article is a must read because it reveals the Republican establishment for what it is and shows why it cannot pull us out of the mess we´re in. It´s all smoke and mirrors with these folks, an illusion, one head fake after another.

This piece should have been should have been at the top of the page today. I hope I see it there tomorrow.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 4/9/2014 6:36:33 PM     (No. 9804708)

Sorry, I do see this piece at the top today.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Scout Finch, 4/9/2014 9:16:18 PM     (No. 9804848)

There´s something about the "elite" Republicans being willing accomplices to the status quo, "go along to get along" that makes it all the more evil. I expect that Democrats are going to spit on our Constitution and centralize their power in Washington D.C.

I think it may be time for a new party and a new voice. I don´t think Republicans have any desire to repeal Obamacare, follow the law on immigration, discontinue baseline budgeting, or respect our Constitution.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: 4justice, 4/10/2014 1:33:37 AM     (No. 9805026)

#18, we already know you have been swayed by the media, the pundits and the establishment elite to believe the lies and misrepresentations made of Gov. Palin. It´s too bad that you haven´t seen any of the truth about her or her accomplishments. Do I think she is the best choice? Maybe not... I haven´t seen all the choices yet. But knowing the TRUTH about her abilities, her accomplishments, her real reasons for resigning (no, she didn´t quit, didn´t run away and didn´t do it for personal gain either), and most of all knowing her strengths, her patriotism and her integrity, I think she could be a wonderful President, especially when compared to most of the other choices. Unlike most of the others, she believes in the America our Founders created and would work hard to restore what has been destroyed. She does not want big government nor globalism. She believes in national sovreignty, liberty, the Constitution, seperation of powers, inalienable rights, equality under the law...unlike globalist Jeb.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MirJoy, 4/10/2014 6:21:54 AM     (No. 9805116)

Second post, apologies, but this article deserves several readings because each time you read it, something new pops out at you.

FTA: "...´path to citizenship´ for illegal immigrants - ...eventually inflating the electorate with millions of people lacking education or cultural heritage related to individualism and property rights..."

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Reply 34 - Posted by: saryden, 4/10/2014 7:17:46 AM     (No. 9805174)

Just in case the RNC still does not get it, "reaching across the aisle" is why many of us long-time supporters have changed our donations to individual candidates. We are tired, tired of enabling the political careers of "moderates." We want leaders who will stand firm for the Constitution and against Progressivism and its coiled bedfellow, the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/10/2014 7:34:16 AM     (No. 9805207)

#32, I am sure Sarah Palin is all the things you believe her to be. However, those virtues are overshadowed by her abandonment of the people who elected her to the most important office she has ever held. The stresses of serving as governor of Alaska would be only a tiny fraction of what every president faces constantly in the oval office. If Mrs. Palin felt she had to bail out (halfway through her first term) in Juneau, she should not be seriously considered for the White House.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/10/2014 11:44:14 AM     (No. 9805592)

Same as #32, I am not necessarily of the opinion that Gov. Palin would be the likeliest Republican to win the 2016 presidential election, and I most certainly want Obama to be replaced by a Republican. The future of this put upon nation is at stake. Ideologically, Gov. Palin is one of the best grounded potential candidates; like Reagan, she doesn´t compromise on her basic principles.

#35 is overlooking what litigious and corrupted Alaskan Democrats and old line Republicans did by, respectively, commission and omission to her by filing at least fifteen meritless lawsuits against her, resulting in her having legal bills that exceeded her and Todd´s net worth. Because our legal system is upside down, innocent citizens can be bankrupted by politically motivated litigation; there´s no "loser pays" as there is in more enlightened places. Her political opponents ran her out of office by running her out of money. I don´t know any other public figure who´s ever been treated exactly the same way. And I don´t blame her one bit for writing her bestselling autobiography and using her considerable influence to give needed support to other American conservatives.

And Sarah Palin´s accomplishments, from school board to mayor to governor, were hers alone, unlike Hillary´s, none of which would ever have happened if she hadn´t been Bill Clinton´s wife.

Finally, I have great affection for #18/35, and look forward to her future recommendations on reading material. I have no desire to play Elmer Fudd to her Daffy Duck ("shoot me now!").

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Reply 37 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 4/10/2014 9:18:08 PM     (No. 9806400)

To quote several lecturers on this site, if Palin were to get nominated by the GOP and you don´t vote for her, you´re voting for the Democrat.

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/15/2014 3:56:32 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration quietly announced on Tuesday that it intends to change the way Americans learn about natural disasters and other major emergencies during radio and TV broadcasts, giving the president the ability to flip a switch and address the entire nation at once. The Emergency Alert System, the latest version of a program first established in 1951, blasts out emergency messages in the event of local weather emergencies, but can also be used to warn Americans about terror attacks and major natural disasters. [Snip] It can take up to 10 minutes for every radio, TV, cable and satellite provider to

Pope Francis Calls on U.S.
to Welcome Illegal Immigrants

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/16/2014 11:55:14 AM     Post Reply
In his message to the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development,” Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide. Francis proclaimed, “Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.” Emmer McCarthy for Vatican Radio said Francis expressed his concern for “the tens of thousands of

Mrs. Obama Declares
War on Chick-fil-A

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Townhall, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 12:55:08 PM     Post Reply
The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program. The program is a component of Mrs. Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that’s really bad news for kids at South Carolina’s Socastee High School. They’ve just learned they will no longer be allowed to buy Chick-fil-A

Lie at Heart of “Immigration
Reform” Exposed

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Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/15/2014 12:11:48 AM     Post Reply
“Trust” is for Con Men: The reaction to the border chaos in Texas has accomplished one thing: It has exploded the lie at the heart of current “comprehensive” immigration reform plans. The basic structure of those plans is a swap of a) near-immediate legalization for b) increased border security in the future. The appealing idea is to let current illegals stay while taking the steps necessary to prevent further waves. The lie is the assumption that, once current illegals get their legalization, pro-immigrant activists in both parties will continue to support the second half of the bargain, the increased security. The

Obama AWOL as border crisis worsens
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Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:02:13 AM     Post Reply
John McCain, an immigration hawk. Who knew? Mr. McCain, the highest-profile Republican of the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” that came up with amnesty as the solution to the immigration crisis — and it truly is a crisis — is finally taking a hard line against President Obama for his encouraging the tidal wave of illegal aliens swamping the southwestern border. “There has to be a halt to this,” Mr. McCain thundered Sunday on CNN. “That’s what we want, and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin

The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America
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Rolling Stone, by Kristen Gwynne    Original Article
Posted By: scottc- 7/15/2014 11:46:15 AM     Post Reply
Contrary to what those who defend the right to own high-powered assault rifles believe, not all guns are created equal. Due to a combination of availability, portability and criminal usage the following five types of guns are the country's most dangerous. School Shootings: Widely Reported Tragedies Since 2000 - Using firearm trace data from the ATF, as well as FBI homicide records, we determined the types of guns most often recovered from crime scenes and/or used in murders. The numbers are stark: According to the FBI's 2012 Crime in the US data, nearly 70 percent of homicides for which the FBI received weapons data involved the use

The media can no longer ignore
Obama and Hillary Clinton´s problems

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:15:16 AM     Post Reply
It had to come sometime, and it came in one very bad week for the Democrats: that the many big problems with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama finally grew too great for the press to ignore. Obama in his own different way is heading towards Nixon-like levels of weirdness, as, beaten down by the failures regarding his ventures, he appears to have quit his own job. A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks

Rove American Crossroads
in Mississippi Controversy

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American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/16/2014 8:43:14 AM     Post Reply
The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear: Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary: American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […] “Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries

Exclusive - Sessions Warns All of Congress:
Obama´s New Immigration Strategy ´Threatens
Foundation of Our Constitutional Republic´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it. “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,” Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News. Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing

Eric Holder: Americans Should Not
Be ´Color Blind,´ But ´Color Brave´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 1:34:47 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder encouraged Americans not to forget race while working for justice and equality in their country. “As it stands, our society is not yet color blind -- nor should it be -- given the disparities that still afflict and divide us.” Holder explained, “We must be color brave, and we must never forget that all are made better and more prosperous if all are given equal opportunities.” Holder made his remarks during a speech at Howard University on Tuesday for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Act. “We must take into account not only the

Behind the scenes at the
Clinton White House

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/15/2014 5:04:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that

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