Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ABC News: Russia-Linked Hackers Tried to Access Clinton Server, Emails Show

By Bradley Klapper, Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun, Sept. 30, 2015, Associated Press/ABC News

Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account while she was secretary of state, emails released Wednesday show. It is unclear if she clicked on any attachments and exposed her account.

Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets from New York, over four hours early the morning of Aug. 3, 2011. The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Opening an attachment would have allowed hackers to take over control of a victim's computer.

Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia. That doesn't necessarily mean Russian intelligence or citizens were responsible.

C-SPAN: Hearing On Planned Parenthood Funding

Sept. 29, 2015

The Hill: Poll: Trump stays aloft GOP field

By Jesse Byrnes, Sept. 30, 2015, The Hill

Businessman Donald Trump continues to lead the crowded GOP presidential field by double digits in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday.

Trump is supported by 23 percent of likely GOP primary voters nationally, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina at 13 percent each.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) follows in the poll at 9 percent, along with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 percent – dropping from second to fifth place – and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) at 6 percent.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) each received 2 percent support in the poll.

That 10-point lead by Trump indicates his biggest lead from the field of more than a dozen candidates compared to five other national polls released in the past few weeks.

Trump has led the crowded GOP field for more than two months in polling, but saw some of his momentum apparently fade a bit following the second Republican debate last month.

CNN: Planned Parenthood president grilled at House hearing

By Tom LoBianco, Sept. 30, 2015, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Republicans accused Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Tuesday of spending $40 million on "lavish" priorities during a heated and emotional congressional hearing on the embattled organization.

In more than four hours of questioning, House Republicans painted a picture of Richards and other Planned Parenthood leaders hosting pricey parties, flying first class and spending more time fundraising than focusing on women's health care.

"The question before us is: Does this organization -- does Planned Parenthood really need a federal subsidy?" said House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "Does it need federal dollars? Every time we spend a federal dollar, what we're doing is pulling money out of somebody's pocket and we're giving it to somebody else. What I don't like, what I don't want to tolerate, what I don't want to become numb to is wasting those taxpayer dollars."

The hearing offered a chance for both parties to trade shots on Planned Parenthood, which is under fire after a series of edited videos surfaced this summer which purportedly show organization officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue. Some conservative Republicans are seizing on the issue to press Congress to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a broader spending package.

Planned Parenthood gets roughly $450 million a year in federal funding, of which almost $400 million is reimbursement for services covered by Medicaid.


Wall Street Journal: Tax Reform for Security and Prosperity by Donald J. Trump

By Donald J. Trump, Sept. 28, 2015, The Wall Street Jouranl

The first priority for the government of the United States should be to provide security for its people. That security includes removing uncertainty and making sure that the economic future of the country is assured through better deals, smarter trade agreements and tax policies that unburden the middle class and unleash the private sector.

My approach to tax policy will do just what needs to be done. For all Americans, the uncertainty and complexity of a tax code written for special interests and the very rich will be removed and a clear future will be available for all. My tax plan has several goals. Let me make it clear that this set of policies takes dead aim at eliminating deductions and loopholes available to special interests and the wealthy, as well as those deductions made redundant or unnecessary by the much-lower rates every person or business will be paying.

In particular, I am proposing ending the current treatment of carried interest for hedge funds and other speculative partnerships that do not grow businesses or create jobs.

The first goal of the plan will be to provide tax relief. If you are a single person making less than $25,000 or married or filing jointly and earning less than $50,000, you will not owe any income tax. This will remove some 75 million households from the income-tax rolls.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WND: 'Clock boy' had 'racked up weeks of suspensions'

By Douglas Ernst, Sept. 28, 2015, WND

A former teacher of Ahmed “clock boy” Mohamed is speaking out on the student’s past – and it isn’t pretty.

Ralph Kubiak, 62, taught Mohamed’s history class in 7th grade at Sam Houston Middle School in Garland, Texas. He told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday the “weird little kid” once built a remote control to mess with a teacher’s classroom projector.

The paper reported Mohamed as having “racked up weeks of suspensions” over the course of two years.

Kubiak told the paper Mohamed, the kind of kid who “could either be CEO of a company or head of a gang,” once bragged about reciting his First Amendment rights in the principal’s office.


Bloomberg: Billionaire Icahn Endorses Donald Trump as 'Business' Candidate

By Beth Jinks, Sept. 29, 2015, Bloomberg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned investor Carl Icahn as a potential Treasury Secretary, should he win. Now, Icahn is endorsing his fellow billionaire as the only campaigner speaking out on crucial business and economic concerns.

In a video posted on his new website Tuesday, Icahn criticized “the dysfunction that is going on both in Washington and the boardrooms of corporate America” and lambasted the U.S. Congress for failing to reform taxes or immigration. He backed Trump’s calls to strike tax deals to encourage corporations to bring back overseas profits and stay based in the U.S.; to end the carried interest tax discount for hedge fund and private-equity managers; and said the Federal Reserve is overdue in beginning to raise interest rates.

Daily Caller: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards: Well, Okay, No, We Don’t Perform Mammograms

By Jim Treacher, Sept. 29, 2015, Daily Caller

I almost feel bad for abortion enthusiasts. They come up with a perfectly good talking point to deflect questions about killing babies and selling their organs for a profit, and Cecile Richards comes along and accidentally blurts out the truth instead.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Breitbart: Roger Stone: ‘Pets Killed, Tires Slashed, Late Night Phone Calls’ To Silence Bill Clinton’s Sexual Assault Victims

By Robert Wilde, Sept. 27, 2015, Breitbart

Long time political operative and strategist Roger Stone appeared on Breitbart News Sunday, broadcast on SiriusXM patriot radio channel 125, with Breitbart’s senior investigative political reporter Matt Boyle.

Stone who cut his political teeth working for Richard Nixon’s infamous Committee to Re-elect the President, later campaigned for Ronald Reagan, and until recently worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, shared a few nuggets from his new book The Clintons’ War on Women, which he co-wrote with Robert Morrow.

Stone told Boyle that Hillary Clinton promoting herself as an advocate for women and children is hypocrisy. The author reminded Breitbart News Sunday listeners that as recently as last week Hillary spoke about the rape issue and that raped victims should be believed.

“Unfortunately, this doesn’t match her own history,” Stone pointed out. “She has been an enabler of rape. She has been the person to enable the serial rape and sexual assaults by her husband Bill Clinton. Some of which are known publicly: Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey.”

Breitbart: Hillary Clinton On Rape: You Have The Right To Remain Silent Because Anything You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You… By The Clintons

By Roger Stone and Robert Morrow, Sept. 27, 2015, Breitbart

In our astounding book The Clintons’ War on Women, which will be published by Skyhorse on October 13th, we demonstrate how shamelessness is a condition that the Clintons have perfected to an art form.

Take, for example, Hillary’s recent pledge, as reported by Ruby Cramer, to crack down on campus rape and her encouraging words to sexual assault survivors: “Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard … to be believed. And we’re with you.” In fact, we argue, Hillary Clinton has enabled rape and denigrated sex victims.

Ironically, Bill Clinton’s first alleged rape was of a 19-year-old coed named Eileen Wellstone. We believe that he was not prosecuted because the State Department did not want a Rhodes Scholar charged with rape.

Hillary is the woman who has been in an arguably sham marriage and a cynical political union with Bill Clinton for 41 years. Hillary was the one who was hiring private detectives, such as Ivan Duda, since 1982 so that she could get the names and addresses of Bill’s girlfriends so that she could “get rid of all these bitches he’s seeing.”

C-SPAN: Donald Trump News Conference on Tax Policy

Washington Post: Here’s what’s in Donald Trump’s tax plan

By Jenna Johnson, Sept. 28, 2015, Washington Post

The plan would increase taxes on the "very rich"; reduce taxes for most taxpayers; and eliminate federal income taxes for workers making less than $25,000 per year -- although they would be required to send a one-page document to the Internal Revenue Service that states, "I win."

Trump promised that all of this could happen without increasing the national debt because he expects the economy to improve. He said he would also cut "wasteful spending" from the federal budget, although he did not say how or what the total reduction would be. Some are skeptical that the plan is truly revenue neutral.

It's the sort of tax proposal one might expect from a more liberal candidate, and it's already being called a populist plan. Trump himself -- who has seen rival candidates gain ground in recent days -- describes his political philosophy this way: "I am a man of great common sense."

Here's what Trump has proposed:

Trump's Tax Plan Source:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

C-SPAN: Bob Cusack, Editor in Chief, The Hill, on House Speaker Boehner's Resignation

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Breitbart: Planned Parenthood Blasts Pope Francis For Pro-Life Stance

By Thomas D. Williams, Sep. 26, 2015, Breitbart

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is lashing out at the Pope, after he’s repeatedly spoken up for the right to life of the unborn during his visit to the United States.

“Despite Pope Francis’ progressive stance on climate change and economic equity, he has taken a back seat when it comes to reproductive health and women’s rights,” said Alexander Sanger, the grandson of eugenicist Margaret Sanger, and board member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He’s accusing the Pope of limiting women’s rights and hampering “women’s health.”

“The Pope and the Catholic Church must acknowledge the fact that 99 percent of Catholic women use contraception and have abortions at the same rate as other women. His pursuit to stifle contraception access reduces women to basic purveyors of biological materials and denies them the right to plan their own families,” Sanger said in a statement Friday.

The Hill: Elton John, Pope Francis turned down Clinton Foundation invites

By Bradford Richardson, Sep. 26, 2015, The Hill

A number of high-profile notables, including Elton John and Pope Francis, turned down invitations to attend the Clinton Foundation's upcoming event in New York, according to Politico.

The foundation tried to invite Pope Francis to its glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) gathering New York, and wanted to present British rock star Elton John with an award for his work to combat AIDS, but both figures declined the invitations.

The organization has been embroiled in controversies surrounding its fundraising initiatives, and the report suggests many celebrities are trying to distance themselves from the group.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is also stepping back from the group as she runs for the White House.

“They’ve had a lot of rejections from people – both from membership renewals and speaking roles this year between the campaign, Hillary not being at CGI this year, bad press,” one person who has helped plan events for the organization told Politico.

Other important figures who turned down invitations to the event reportedly include... 

ABC News: Why House Speaker John Boehner Might Have Decided to Step Down

By John Parkinson, Sep. 25, 2015, ABC News

Since seizing the speaker’s gavel Jan. 5, 2011, House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly ignored and steadfastly downplayed rampant rumor that one member or another was coming after his perch atop the rostrum in the House chamber.

But now that he has announced his intention to retire from Congress Oct. 30, one unanswered question spinning across the beltway is “why is Boehner retiring now?”

Hosting Pope Francis Thursday at the Capitol for a joint meeting of Congress could have been the highlight of the Ohio Republican’s 24-year career in the House and the moment when the realization sunk in that he has nothing left to achieve in an illustrious career.

Boehner, who is second in the line of succession for president of the United States, also knows the damage that a government shutdown can unleash on politicians and the difficulty striking bipartisan consensus without upsetting his base of supporters.

Friday, September 25, 2015

CNN: House Speaker John Boehner: 'I decided today is the day'

By Dana Bash, Manu Raju, Deirdre Walsh and Jeremy Diamond, Sept. 25, 2015, CNN

Washington (CNN)John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who steered his party to an overwhelming House majority in 2010, said in a news conference Friday afternoon he had decided only that morning to announce his plans to resign from Congress.

"Last night I started thinking about this and this morning I woke up and I said my prayers -- as I always do -- and I decided today's the day I'm going to do this. As simple as that," Boehner said during an emotional Capitol Hill press conference a day after he had a moving encounter with Pope Francis.

He will step down as Speaker and leave Congress at the end of October.

The Ohio Republican's tenure as Speaker has been marked by clashes with conservatives -- especially when it comes to fiscal policy. He's struggled to push through legislation to increase the debt ceiling and was facing another showdown next week to keep the government open. The Speaker has often relied on Democratic votes during these moments -- a strategy that has infuriated conservatives.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

ICYMI: The Obamas Have Spent Over $44,351,777.12 In Taxpayer Cash On Travel

By Ariel Cohen, Jul. 5, 2015, Daily Caller

The Obamas have spent over 44 million dollars in taxpayer money on travel and vacations. Some are even calling him the “most well-trvaeled, expensive” president in our nation’s history.

As Americans head off for the long holiday weekend, let’s take a look back at some of the president’s holiday spending.

Our president vacations a lot — we’re talking $44,351,777.12 worth of “a lot,” with most expenses charged to the American taxpayer.

As of March 2014, Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president, taking 31 trips since assuming office in 2009. The 119 days spent overseas have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.


The Los Angeles Times: Donald Trump boycotts Fox News Channel after O'Reilly cancellation

By Stephen Battaglio, Sept. 23, 2015, The Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump is boycotting Fox News Channel.

The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination tweeted his intention after a scheduled Thursday appearance on FNC's top-rated program "The O'Reilly Factor" was canceled by the cable network.

".@Fox News has been treating me very unfairly & I have therfore decided that I won't be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future."

A Fox News spokesperson confirme that Trump's tweet was in response to the cancellation of his appearance with Bill O'Reilly.

"The press predictably jumped to cover his tweet, creating yet another distraction from any real issues that Mr. Trump might be questioned about," the spokesperson said in a statement. "When coverage doesn't go his way, he engages in personal attacks on our anchors which have grown stale and tiresome. He doesn't seem to grasp that candidates telling journalists what to ask is not how media works in this country."

While Trump boosts ratings for cable news whenever he gives an interview or makes a campaign speech, those surges are less pronounced on Fox News, which has the largest audience in cable news and is even more dominant among conservative-leaning viewers.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Hill: Trump threatens to sue Club for Growth over attack ads

By Jonathan Swan, Sept. 22, 2015, The Hill

Donald Trump has threatened a "multimillion dollar lawsuit" against the conservative Club for Growth for its advertising campaign attacking the Republican front-runner for his liberal economic policy positions.

On Tuesday, Trump's presidential campaign released a "cease and desist" letter sent by the billionaire's general counsel, Alan Garten, to Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

In the letter written on the letterhead of Trump's business conglomerate, Garten says the conservative group has misrepresented Trump's views on taxes by taking an old statement that he would like to hike taxes across the board on the "superwealthy," a view that Trump's campaign claims he no longer holds.

Like most things in Trump's campaign, the letter does not conform with traditional legal language.

His counsel addresses the Club for Growth at one point as "your pitiful little group" and another as the perpetrator of a "shake-down" — the group earlier in the year asked for a $1 million donation from the billionaire businessman, which he declined.

CBS Los Angeles: L.A. City Council Declares Local Emergency On Homelessness In LA

By CBS Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2015

LOS ANGELES ( — City Council members declared a local emergency on Tuesday, which sought new resources to battle homelessness in Los Angeles.

At 9:15 a.m., City Council President Herb Wesson and members of the city’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee submitted a motion that approves up to $100 million to be spent on services for the homeless.

According to city officials, the funds will be used to prioritize permanent, supportive housing and shelter programs.

“Craving protection from the elements is a basic human instinct,” said Wesson. “As a moral society, we have an obligation to provide shelter for the shelter-less. Today, we step away from the insanity of doing the same thing and hoping for different results, and instead chart our way to ending homelessness in Los Angeles.”

Council members discussed the motion during a time when the L.A. region has seen an uptick in the number of families and individuals living in the streets.

C-SPAN: State Department Trafficking Director Confirmation Hearing

ICYMI: Reuters: Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Azad Lashkari/Reuters
By Stephanie Nebehay, Aug. 29, 2015, Reuters

Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said.

Syrians desperate to leave their war-engulfed homeland are forced to pay hefty bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along Syria's borders, or to smugglers, the U.N. refugee agency said.

The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said.

CNN: Ben Carson shifts position on Muslims in politics

By Eugene Scott, Sept. 22, 2015, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Ben Carson is changing his position on whether Muslims are fit to be president.

After sparking a controversy over the weekend by saying he doesn't think a Muslim should be in the White House, the Republican presidential contender said Tuesday that he is more interested in the president prioritizing the U.S. Constitution over his or her faith.

"I don't care what a person's religion beliefs are or religious heritage is," he said Tuesday at a news conference in Sharonville, Ohio. "If they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with that."

That's a significant shift from Sunday when, during on appearance on "Meet the Press," NBC's Chuck Todd asked Carson, "Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?"


CBS: Hillary Clinton rolls out drug price plan as one drug cost rises 5000%

Stephanie Condon, Sept. 22, 2015, CBS News

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday is rolling out a plan to crack down on high prescription drug costs, a problem that plagues millions of Americans.

Clinton's plan, which she'll formally unveil in Iowa, is premised on leveraging the nation's bargaining power to get better deals for patients on Medicare, reforming policies to foster competition in the pharmaceutical industry and implementing new rules to ensure consumers aren't exploited.

In a memo released early Tuesday, the Clinton campaign notes that "too many American families and seniors are being squeezed by rising drug costs." The memo cites a Consumer Reports survey from August showing that one in four Americans facing higher drug costs were unable to afford all their medical bills or medications. Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry has a higher profit margin than just about every other major industrial sector.

Monday, September 21, 2015

CNN: The Pope vs. the GOP

By Manu Raju, Sept. 21, CNN

Washington (CNN) Congressional Republicans hope Pope Francis leaves his liberal-leaning views at the Vatican.

When he addresses a joint session of Congress Thursday during an event that will be broadcast around the world, a large number of House and Senate Republicans want the leader of the Catholic Church to keep a lid on his progressive attitudes on climate change, immigration, guns and capitalism.

In interviews with CNN, a wide array of GOP lawmakers argued that the Pope's message should stay away from the political fights consuming Washington, and many expressed strong disapproval of the fiery views he's espoused since taking over the papacy in 2013.

"I think it's totally inappropriate that the Pope is weighing in on all the real sensitive, far-left issues," said Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, one of the most conservative senators. "I'm not a Catholic, but my Catholic friends in Oklahoma are not real pleased with it."


Yahoo: Was Man Who Asked Trump Muslim Question Planted to Embarrass Him?

By Inside Edition, Sept. 19, 2015,

Was the guy at Donald Trump’s New Hampshire town meeting actually a plant?

Now, conservatives and liberals alike are wondering if the whole thing was really a setup intended to embarrass Trump.

No one has been able to identify the guy, heightening the mystery.

Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted:


NYT/First Draft: Scott Walker Said to Be Quitting Presidential Race

Win McNamee/Getty
By Alexander Burns, Patrick Healy and Trip Gabriel, Sept. 21, 2015,

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

“The short answer is money,” said a supporter of Mr. Walker’s who was briefed on the decision. “He’s made a decision not to limp into Iowa.”

The supporter said Mr. Walker’s fund-raising had dried up after his decline in the polls and that campaign officials did not feel they could risk going into debt with the race so uncertain. The governor, who was scheduled to be in New York and Washington this week, partly to raise money, had built up an expansive staff, bringing on aides and consultants detailed to everything from Christian conservative outreach to Super Tuesday states. But his fund-raising did not keep pace with the money needed to sustain such an infrastructure.

The Federalist: Hillary Clinton Is No Friend To Sexual Assault Survivors

By Sean Davis, Sept. 21, 2015, The Federalist

Hillary Clinton in 2015 must really loathe the Hillary Clinton who lived in the White House in the 1990’s.

During an interview last week, Hillary Clinton told the online outlet Refinery 29 that women who report instances of sexual assault must be “heard and believed.” Otherwise, Clinton said, those women may feel pressured to keep quiet:

You know, first of all, there needs to be a decision in our country and on every college campus that any woman who reports an assault should be heard and believed, and there should be a process that is in place — not made up every time that something like this happens — to examine what she is saying, to begin to hear from people to make some kind of decision that is viewed as fair to everybody, because it does need to be fair to everybody. But many women like her feel that they are basically being asked to remain silent. That nobody wants to hear from them, that nobody wants to believe them, and nobody wants to have the comprehensive services that they need.

Clinton’s remarks reflect the consensus of many feminists who believe activities like examining evidence and interviewing witnesses before pronouncing guilt are tantamount to denying that rape exists. Granted, it’s a view completely at odds with the foundational American legal principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” but it’s one held by a vocal segment of the Democratic party’s base.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

BizPac Review: Dr. Drew has Black Lives Matter activist EJECTED, threatens to take show to ‘test pattern’

By Carmine Sabia, Sept. 19, 2015, BizPac Review 

Dr. Drew Pinsky nearly shut his show down and ultimately had to kick a Black Lives Matter supporter out of his studio for disrupting a panel discussion of CNN’s Republican presidential debate.

The woman initially was given a microphone to ask a question. She said Republicans didn’t talk about the Black Lives Matter movement at the debate because they have Dr. Ben Carson in the running.

Then she disparaged the retired pediatric neurosurgeon a “token.”


Cartoon: DNC Debates

NBC News: John Kerry: U.S. to Accept 85,000 Refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017

By Associated Press via NBC News, Sept. 20, 2015

The U.S. is offering new details about its plan to ease the Syrian refugee crisis by significantly increasing the number of worldwide refugees it will take in over the next two years.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year, up from 70,000, and the number will rise to 100,000 in 2017.

Aides to Kerry say that many, though not all, of the additional refugees would be Syrian.

The migrants would be referred by the United Nations, screened by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and resettled around America.

Kerry made the announcement Sunday during a visit to Berlin after meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss the mass migration of Syrians fleeing their civil war.

Kerry's announcement came amid a growing call for the U.S. to do more to relief the escalating crisis. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that as many as 65,000 Syrian refugees should be taken in.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

C-SPAN: 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention

The Hill: Trump: I'm not ‘morally obligated’ to defend Obama from birthers

By Mario Trujillo, Sept. 19, 2015, The Hill

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday said he's not "morally obligated to defend the president" against inaccurate claims from supporters.

Trump, who is leading in the polls for the Republican nomination, blasted out a series of tweets amid mounting criticism that he did not cut off an event attendee who questioned President Obama’s citizenship and religion.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Washington Post: Trump plan calls for nationwide concealed carry and an end to gun bans (and mental health treatment)

By Katie Zezima, Sept. 18, 2015, Washington Post

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump -- who said he has a concealed carry permit -- called for the expansion of gun rights Friday, including making those permits applicable nationwide.

In a position paper published on his website Friday afternoon, Trump called for the elimination of gun and magazine bans, labeling them a "total failure."

"Law-abiding people should be allowed to own the firearm of their choice. The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own," Trump wrote.

It's not a departure from what he's said on the trail this year, though it does mark a shift from a position he took in his 2000 book "The America We Deserve," where Trump stated that he generally opposes gun control but that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to get a gun.

"Opponents of gun rights try to come up with scary sounding phrases like 'assault weapons', 'military-style weapons' and 'high capacity magazines' to confuse people," Trump wrote Friday. "What they’re really talking about are popular semi-automatic rifles and standard magazines that are owned by tens of millions of Americans."

The New York Times: Donald Trump Does Not Correct a Man Who Called Obama a Muslim

By Katie Rodgers, Sept. 18, 2015, The New York Times

Donald J. Trump is not often criticized for remaining silent, but on Friday, other presidential candidates rebuked him for not correcting an apparent supporter who said Barack Obama was a Muslim who was not born in America.

At a town hall event held on Thursday evening in Rochester, N.H., Mr. Trump took the man’s question, which began with the statement: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.”

The audience member continued, “We know our current president is one.” And as Mr. Trump responded, perhaps reflexively, “Right,” the man added, “You know he’s not even an American.”

Mr. Trump, in a statement released late Thursday through a spokeswoman, defended his decision not to correct the man. “The media wants to make this issue about Obama,” Mr. Trump said in the statement. “The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country. Christians need support in this country. Their religious liberty is at stake.”

But Mr. Trump’s response contrasted starkly to a similar question posed to John McCain when the Republican senator from Arizona was running for president in 2008.

S-CSPAN: Donald Trump Town Hall in Rochester, New Hampshire

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Baltimore Sun: Martin O'Malley vows marijuana change if he becomes president

By Kristen Wyatt, Sept. 17, 2015, Baltimore Sun

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley met with Colorado marijuana regulators Thursday and vowed immediate change on marijuana policy if he takes office — even as he laid out contradictory plans about how he'd do that.

The former Maryland governor repeated his pledge to reclassify marijuana under federal drug laws if elected. He sat down with state pot regulators, along with marijuana activists and a few representatives from the industry.

Reclassification could open the door to doctors being able to prescribe marijuana, which currently has no accepted medical use under federal law. Such a change would place the drug under control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not the states.

O'Malley said he would take a different approach than President Barack Obama — who has executive authority to reclassify marijuana but has repeatedly said he'd leave the question up to Congress.

VIDEO Uncovered Trump Interview From Over 25 Years Ago Will Shock A Lot of People

Daily Caller: Good News For Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Et Al: Hillary Clinton Says ‘You Have A Right To Be Believed’

By Jim Treacher, Sept. 19, 2015, Daily Caller

Once upon a time, the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault had to listen to hateful, misogynist garbage like this: “Drag a $100 bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.” But as of right now, those days are over.

FULL CNN Republican Presidential Debate From Reagan Library

FULL SPEECH: Donald Trump Speech On National Security In Los Angeles Aboard USS Iowa

Donald Trump Campaign Rally Dallas Texas Full Speech

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Conservative Byte: Hollywood comedy legend David Zucker shows the “Side Effects” of the Iran Deal

By Conservative Byte, Sept. 15, 2015

It is comedy, but sadly this seems to be reality.
Check it out:

Hollywood comedy legend David Zucker (“Airplane,” “Scary Movie,” “Naked Gun” films among many others) has written and produced this hilarious spoof on the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. In his trademark style, Zucker skewers the deal’s primary architects – President Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry warns of the possible “Side Effects” that may result from the absurd agreement.

“While the President, Secretary Kerry and Hillary Clinton are committed to this deal long term, even with clear majorities of Americans and members of Congress opposing it, it’s time to focus on the side effects we’ll experience as a result” said Zucker. “There’s no shortage of serious ads explaining how horrible the deal is, so maybe injecting some satire will engage a broader audience and ensure the leadership allowing this deal to happen is held responsible for the inevitable dangerous side effects.”


Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Hill: Cruz wants McConnell to delay Iran vote (Over secret side deals)

By Jordain Carney, Sept. 9, 2015, The Hill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) aimed to pressure Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting that the review period hasn't started because Congress hasn't received so-called "side deals."

"The review period has not started and does not start until the entire deal is submitted to Congress and the president cannot lift these sanctions until the review period expires," Cruz said. "Therefore I call upon leadership of my party—Leader McConnnell, Speaker Boehner—simply enforce the terms of Corker-Cardin [review bill]."

The Texas Republican, who is running for president, referred to two so-called "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA.) The deals have been a focus of Republican criticism of the Iran nuclear agreement.

He added that McConnell and Boehner are the "two individuals in Washington, D.C., who have the capacity still to stop this deal.

NBC: Trump to CNN: Give Debate Revenue to Vets

By Ali Vitali, Sept. 9, 2015, NBC News

Donald Trump wants CNN to pay it forward.

In a letter sent to CNN President Jeff Zucker on Tuesday, Trump asked that ad revenue generated from the news channel's upcoming presidential debate be donated to veterans groups, the names of which Trump promised would be sent in a forthcoming list.

"I believe that all profits from this broadcast should go to various VETERANS groups," Trump wrote. "The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by the government and it's 'all talk and no action' politicians."