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Kerry: ISIS is being defeated

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 15:30 GMT // 0 Comments

He said opponents of the group have regained “a fixed, significant percentage” of the ground that the group had taken. READ: Perry pushes ground troops in ISIS fight – “But that’s not what’s important,” he said. “What’s important right now is what James Clapper said. There is an uptick in the level of terrorism and […]

G.O.P. Race Starts in Lavish Haunts of Rich Donors

by The New York Times // March 1, 2015 // Updated 15:26 GMT // 0 Comments

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Instead of the corn dogs and pork chops on a stick ritually served up on the hustings of Iowa, the latest stop on the donor trail featured meals of diver scallops and chocolate mousse. The setting was the Breakers, a sprawling Italian Renaissance-inspired hotel here, where the cheapest available rooms fetched […]

This Supreme Court Case Could Make Elections Even More Undemocratic

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:29 GMT // 0 Comments

In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.The Supreme Court is set to determine whether an independent redistricting commission in Arizona is constitutional. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty […]

Top conservative says Boehner’s job is safe

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:25 GMT // 0 Comments

Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, said Sunday that Boehner’s decision to advance a one-week measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded without including the attack on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions that the right wantedbut that the Senate couldn’t passwon’t cost the speaker his job. […]

Top conservative says Boehner’s job is safe

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 14:25 GMT // 0 Comments

Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, said Sunday that Boehner’s decision to advance a one-week measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded without including the attack on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions that the right wantedbut that the Senate couldn’t passwon’t cost the speaker his job. […]

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Heads To Washington For Congress Speech

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 12:38 GMT // 0 Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday to press his case against an emerging deal on Iran’s nuclear program in a contentious address to the U.S. Congress, which he said he is delivering out of concern for Israel’s security.In this handout provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Chris Christie: Watercolor Memories Of A Candidacy That ‘Peaked Too Soon’

by The Huffington Post // March 1, 2015 // Updated 12:30 GMT // 0 Comments

Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash predictions, bold pronouncements, and bad advice. This year, your Speculatroners shall attempt to decode and defang this world with a regular dispatch that we’re calling “This Week In Coulda Shoulda […]

6 questions about Netanyahu’s visit

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 09:45 GMT // 0 Comments

“I fear for the fate of the state of Israel, and therefore I’ll do everything I can to ensure the security of our future.” A few dozen Democrats plan to skip the speech, the White House isn’t done blasting the prime minister, and Republicans — especially presidential hopefuls — are using it all as red […]

Can conservatives come together?

by CNN // March 1, 2015 // Updated 00:10 GMT // 0 Comments

As the Conservative Political Action Conference wrapped up its annual gathering here on Saturday, conservatives were determined to conquer their persistent divides and work together to help Republicans mount a credible push for the White House next year. After two presidential elections won by Democrats, recent CPAC meetings have often been more about airing grievances […]

Gary Johnson At CPAC: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:48 GMT // 0 Comments

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND — Typically, when a politician meets a reporter for an interview, decorum dictates that said politician offer up a bland pleasantry to break the ice. “Thanks for spending time with us!” or “Try to keep up!” are standard. When I meet former New Mexico governor and 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson […]

Rand Paul wins 2015 CPAC straw poll

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 23:18 GMT // 0 Comments

The closely watched survey of conference attendees represents a small but vocal faction of the Republican party, and the voters tend to be younger and libertarian leaning as many college students attend the gathering. Paul won in 2014 and 2013, and his father, a libertarian icon and former Texas congressman Ron Paul won in 2010 […]

Rand Paul Wins 2015 CPAC Straw Poll

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:16 GMT // 0 Comments

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. –Alex Wong via Getty Images Paul delivered a speech at CPAC on Friday, taking jabs at Hillary Clinton and criticizing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. His supporters walked out on Bush’s speech later that afternoon while […]

John Boehner Allies Fret Coup Attempt

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 22:10 GMT // 0 Comments

Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Read the whole story at Politico Getty

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:31 GMT // 0 Comments

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) – If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the […]

Thousands Protest Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Bill At The State’s Capitol

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:04 GMT // 0 Comments

By Brendan O’Brien MADISON, Wis., Feb 28 (Reuters) – Wisconsin unions bussed in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which was approved by the Republican-led […]

Majority Of Republican Millennials Support Marijuana Legalization

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 20:21 GMT // 0 Comments

On the heels of recreational marijuana use becoming legal in Washington, D.C., a poll reveals that a majority of Republican millennials favor legalizing marijuana. –A man smokes a joint during a meeting in celebration of San Canuto’s day on the Spanish Canary island of Fuerteventura on Jan. 18, 2015. | DESIREE MARTIN via Getty Images […]

Attica’s Ghosts: A Look At The Difficulty Of Reforming A Dysfunctional Prison

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 19:37 GMT // 0 Comments

On the evening of Aug. 9, 2011, one month before the 40th anniversary of the bloody Attica prison riot, a guard in that remote facility in western New York was distributing mail to inmates in C Block, one of the vast tiers of cells nestled behind its towering 30-foot walls.Empty prison cell | Darrin Klimek […]

Obama, Netanyahu On Collision Course 6 Years In The Making

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 19:12 GMT // 0 Comments

For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies.US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) during a bilateral meeting at the […]

Ashley Swearengin, Mayor Of Fresno, Won’t Seek U.S. Senate Seat

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:41 GMT // 0 Comments

The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and mayors from across the country speak to the media outside the White House following a meeting with President Barack Obama Friday, February 20, 2009. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy/MCT/MCT […]

Eric Holder’s Parting Shot: It’s Too Hard To Bring Civil Rights Cases

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:37 GMT // 0 Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to push, during his final weeks in office, a new standard of proof for civil-rights offenses, saying in an exit interview with POLITICO that such a change would make the federal government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like Ferguson and Trayvon Martin. Getty Read the whole story at […]

Scott Walker, God’s Gift To The Democratic Party

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:31 GMT // 0 Comments

Beltway Democrats may not deserve good luck, but it looks like they could have plenty in the next presidential race. Heading into the weekend, Scott Walker, a man born to be slaughtered in a general election, is suddenly leading the Republican pack in the Iowa polls.Bloomberg via Getty Images Read the whole story at Rolling […]

Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:27 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — It could hardly have been a more perfect storm, and it was all because of a single question in a routine briefing. On Feb. 19, U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for military operations in the Middle East, gave reporters a standard background briefing about the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State. The […]

Captivating Photos Give A Glimpse Into The Lives Of Military Personnel

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 18:11 GMT // 0 Comments

U.S. military branches share photos from around the globe to Flickr accounts, giving us a unique look into the day-to-day lives of military personnel. During the month of February, the images came from San Diego, Germany, Kuwait and everywhere in between. Check out a selection of these photos below:

Cuba talks continue, terror list a sticking point

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 17:18 GMT // 0 Comments

The talks followed negotiations that began in Havana last month, after President Barack Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes to the United States’ Cuba policy. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, who participated in the talks, told reporters afterward and said that the meeting was “productive and encouraging,” describing the conversation as […]

Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan’s Union-Busting Was ‘Most Significant’ Foreign Policy Decision

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 17:08 GMT // 0 Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan’s decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C. on Feb. 26, 2015. | […]

6 questions about Netanyahu’s visit

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 16:32 GMT // 0 Comments

A few dozen Democrats plan to skip the speech, the White House isn’t done blasting the prime minister and Republicansespecially presidential hopefulsare using it all as red meat. In Israel, meanwhile, Netanyahu’s visit has added an extra layer to an already contentious election season. Why has this become such a massive fiasco? And what does […]

Republicans agree with … Elizabeth Warren?

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 16:17 GMT // 0 Comments

But far from being acolytes of the liberal Massachusetts senator, they are the attendees at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. In interviews with CNN, a dozen conservative activists at CPAC this week voiced some of the very concerns that helped vault Warren to celebrity status among Democrats. “I don’t like them,” Diane Marie, a […]

Obama, Aretha Franklin give emotional tribute to Eric Holder

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 15:43 GMT // 0 Comments

“I think about all the young people out there who have seen you work and have been able to get just an innate sense, without knowing you personally, that you’re a good man,” Obama said at the event, which marked the unveiling of Holder’s official portrait, and was held at the Department of Justice. ” […]

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:30 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps. Maggie Barcellano prepares dinner at her father’s house in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Barcellano, who lives with […]

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