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Phil Nelson

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I've been on that town a few times. It doesn't look like it's become more sane since the last time. 
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Well, the college students of today seem to be quite less knowledgeable about the world and less able to communicate effectively than when I was in college. But at least they're spending a lot more, so there's that.
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Rodney Graves
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James Earl "Dhimmy" Carter thinks Ted Cruz is unmalleable and would actually work to implement his conservative principles.

I view this as a strong endorsement.
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Carter is a Dem, of course he is going to endorse another liberal.
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Phil Nelson

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So I don't want to jump on a bandwagon of overblown criticism of Carson for overblown criticism of Cruz, but, if Carson doesn't stop soon, or come up with better evidence, I will be more easily convinced his outrage is less sincere than he accuses Cruz's apology of being.
 
Carson compared Cruz's quickly disseminating a news report to Hillary's Benghazi.

"Not only is [Fiorina] campaigning harder than Carson is, she’s actually ahead of him marginally in RCP’s average of New Hampshire polls."
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Leslie P
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Ben Carson is a Surprisingly Petty and Dishonest Person
Up until this week, pretty much everyone would have said that they liked Ben Carson, and that he was clearly a nice, decent man – regardless of whether they thought voting for him for President was a good idea or not. His response to the “going to Florida” controversy has revealed a completely different side of Ben Carson that we never really knew existed before.

I just had a chance to sit down and watch the entire Ben Carson presser from yesterday about the nontroversy and it is one of the most galling things I have ever seen.

This is an ugly situation and Carson’s response to it is even uglier. Carson is smart enough to know better than the crap he is spewing right now. Remember that he profusely apologized for questioning Donald Trump’s Christianity (even though Donald Trump is obviously not a Christian in any meaningful sense of the word) but he feels fine doing it to Ted Cruz based on something that Ted Cruz was obviously not personally responsible for.

Petty, dishonest, and hypocritical. These are not things that will help Carson’s image as a “nice guy” within the GOP.
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES Up until this week, pretty much everyone would have said that they liked Ben Carson, and that he was clearly a nice, decent man – regardless of whether they thought voting for him for President was a good idea or not. His response to the “going to Florida” controversy has revealed a completely different side of Ben Carson that | Read More »
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+Pradheep Shanker Yup - Ted Cruz is a tough competitor, never claimed to be any different, he's getting attacked for being so.

Carson was proclaimed to be above all of that, he's not.

Everyone needs to just let the scales fall from their eyes and be realistic about their candidates. Don't clutch your pearls that Cruz tried to get Carson's votes. Don't pretend that Carson is the innocent pure lamb.

They're politicians. Doing politics.
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Derek Bowen

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Please forgive if this was posted earlier.

This is fairly common knowledge but we need to continue to bring this hypocrisy from the Sanders campaign to light. I personally have no problem with the Citizens United ruling. Bernie on the other hand has condemned it. Now he is aggressively using it while at the same time condemning it.
 
Bernie Sanders: Against Super Pacs? Against big donor's in campaigns? He's a hypocrite!
So far, more super PAC money has been spent directly in support of Senator Sanders than for his Democratic Party rivals.
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+Derek Bowen meh, typical. I'm more worried about how the republicans are handling things.
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Marla Hughes

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Ben Domenech has some excellent foreign policy questions for all of the candidates. If they don't answer them at the debate tonight perhaps an Op ed or even an article on their own website would work. 
There are a lot of foreign policy questions the candidates need to answer. Questions about past conflicts, future challenges, and our southern border.
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Marla Hughes

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There has been a lot of buzz around an icon of the conservative  movement's recent paper against Rubio's candidacy for President. There are some who favor other candidates but area also quite a bit angry over her statements about Hispanics in the paper. 

I would like to urge caution and respect for one of the founding members of the conservative women's movement even as we decry her blanket condemnation of entire groups of people. 
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Schlafly is in the news because of her criticism of Rubio, but we are talking, not about the criticism and whatever merit it has, but about Schlafly. That's ad hominem fallacy, ordinarily.
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Mark Prasek

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Poll Question: "Did the Obama administration’s investigation of the Ferguson shooting find merit in claims that Michael Brown held up his hands in surrender before he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson?"
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+Timothy Kreamer or a taser, or pepper spray.
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Mark Hericane

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+Nate DaGreat
I think you'll see the writing on the wall and that will give you enough time to prepare and if we get a republican pres and he does a good job it could change the dynamics of everything.
But liberal academia will still be around to try to financially collapse this country and usher in socialism. 
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Benedict Joyce

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Slicker than John Edwards?.
Mickey Kaus: Marco Rubio Hides Pro-Donor Amnesty Behind Anti-ISIS Bluster
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Meh. It's Kaus. He's been way off before. No biggie. 
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Phil Nelson

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He stood for something. Something right.
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Oakes Spalding

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"One of the most inaccurate characterizations of Reagan was that he was a 'B-movie actor.' He was actually quite an A-list performer for most of his career. His biographer, Paul Kengor noted: 'By the 1940s, he was one of the top box office draws in Hollywood and received more fan mail than any actor at Warner Brothers except Errol Flynn.'"
Ronald Reagan would have been 105 today. One of the most inaccurate characterizations of Reagan was that he was a "B-movie actor." He was actually quite an A-list performer for most of his career. His biographer, Paul Kengo...
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One of the best presidents we ever had!
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Phil Nelson

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My answer to those who say Trump is not Wall Street:

Not exactly Wall Street, but he can see it from his penthouse. 
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Neither of them will win the primary much less the general when the Democrats will be voting as well. 
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Daniel Bobke

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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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lol
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Phil Nelson

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Pradheep Shanker
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…the most important problem with the Cruz plan is how Democrats would take advantage of it. Cruz envisions a VAT tax rate of 16 percent. But his plan would hand progressives a simple tool to raise taxes to far higher rates in the future. …the vast majority of federal revenue will hit voters indirectly, because it will come from businesses. From a political standpoint, Cruz’s plan would pave the way to higher tax rates in the future. …every one percent increase in the VAT would yield $1.6 trillion in new revenue over a decade. The temptation for a Democratic president and Congress to raise VAT rates to higher levels will be enormous.
The left is very clever about accepting "compromise," so long as the result is a larger burden of government. This is one of the reasons why I'm so concerned about Senator Cruz's proposal for a val...
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Doesn't the Cruz plan replace business income tax with the business sales tax? That is not exactly the same thing as adding a VAT, I think.
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Leslie P
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Fascinating "behind the scenes" from a Cruz campaign volunteer
spoiler: it validates my decision to support this campaign

the kind of organization a leader builds says a lot about him

It takes courage for a campaign to trust its supporters to get into conversations after the script runs out. You have to have faith in your volunteers to be smart and kind. You have to be fearless enough to entrust the fate of your candidacy to these thousands of little disparate judgment calls and conversations.

Of course, courage and kindness are the hallmarks of our constitutional regime: in representative government, we believe in government by debating, deliberating, and coming to civil conclusions through persuasion, and it is fundamentally courageous for a nation to trust its citizens with self-government. The culture of the Cruz campaign in Iowa was bold and forceful, but also kind and thoughtful, and I don't anticipate that changing going into other states. Through the lens of my experience, this is a campaign worthy of the republic it hopes their candidate will lead.

It seems, based on this article, that Cruz actually lives the principles he espouses. At least in some way. That's good to know.

And all of these things may be true of all of the GOP campaigns, I don't know. I haven't read stories from them. This one fascinated me thought.
From a kids' playroom to instructions on engaging voters, the Cruz campaign is worthy of our constitutional Republic.
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I've heard similar things from friends that worked in Iowa.
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Leslie P
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Defending US Sovereignty
British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal and national security inquiries.

Perhaps this sort of thing is routine, but something about it rubs me the wrong way.

Now that Rand Paul has dropped out, who would be best-equipped to combat incursions on American citizens' privacy and US sovereignty?

One POTUS candidate actually HAS defended US Sovereignty, successfully, at the Supreme Court, against his former boss and highly respected members of his party, and a big crowd of foreign governments.

A couple of days ago on the ONT we were reminded that Ted Cruz is only five months older than Marco Rubio. That's one month for every case he's won before the Supreme Court. So don't let anyone tell you Cruz has no accomplishments.
WASHINGTON - British and U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal and national security inquiries, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The talks are aimed at allowing British ...
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Being great in court recommends for future court appointments, not executive ones. As for the Medellin (sp?) case, he was a technical illegal, having been brought here by his parents at 3 and was raised in Texas his entire life after his parents were naturalized. It's not really clear (as far as I know) why they nor he ever applied for naturalization for him as well. 

As best I can remember it was an easy decision with only two justices (liberal of course) dissenting due to the US's failure to inform Mexico of the charges against Medellin, which is/was part of the treaty agreement. It wasn't Texas' job to do so but the federal government so the feds lost the case.
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Marla Hughes

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Hayes nails it.

" Anticipating the kinds of presidencies we might expect from these candidates, it seems to me more accurate to look at the GOP nomination race as having three lanes, not two: a nonideological populist lane featuring Trump alone, a traditional Republican lane that includes the governors, and a movement conservative lane with Cruz and Rubio. "
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Marla Hughes

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Sharing this specifically because I think any campaign that rewards supporters for giving them the personal information of their friends and family members who may or may not support the same candidate is making a huge tactical error. Besides, it's just creepy.

" "It was very brief," said a Rand Paul supporter named Brandon Ross, "something to the effect of, 'Since Ted Cruz has proven that he's a defender of the Constitution, can he count on your vote on Tuesday?' Something like that. I responded that I didn't think that was proven at all, thanked her for the call, and disconnected... how Cruz's Super PAC got my name and that number so quickly? I don't know. But it's definitely creepy."
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+Marla Hughes Yes thank you and I'm sorry... my bad!!
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