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Pradheep Shanker
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This is a piece from January, but I think it is getting more prescient all the time. 

 The calendar is frontloaded for states that are friendly to Trump and Cruz. That means a 'establishment' candidate could ride out several bad months...and still be a threat later in the season. 

For example, by their calculations, Cruz would need 543 delegates heading into the March 15 primaries to keep pace for the nomination, and Trump would need 458. However, Rubio would need only 359. 

Note their commentary about New Hampshire, which looks even more prophetic today. 

Sean Trende of +Real Clear Politics Had a piece way back in November arguing the same thing. 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/11/17/the_gop_race_for_delegates_an_interactive_tool.html

Unlike 538.com, Trende argues South Carolina is far more important.

I am really starting to wonder if we may have 3, 4, or even 5 candidates late into the season, and they may divide the delegates up to prevent a winner before a brokered convention in Cleveland. I never reallly thought this was a possibility, but now I am not sure. 

I just thought this was a useful primer, because delegate math may be more useful this cycle than in any one in our lifetimes.  
In a few weeks’ time, it’s possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called “SEC Primary” — the collection…
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Trump will win New York, Cruz will win Texas and is on top in California.  That leaves Florida as the only large state that will likely go to mainstay GOP candidate like Bush or Rubio.   Wishful thinking, but now with the endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu I think Senator Cruz is going to carry this election.  
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Oakes Spalding

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Interesting under-the-radar story from the barricades in France. General Piquemal speaks at a PEGIDA rally, is arrested and roughed up, is hospitalized, retracts his appearance and speech and now he has retracts his retraction...
This is farcical. Or perhaps it's sinister. We'll soon learn the truth. Or not. To recap, the former Commander of the French Foreign Legion, General Christian Piquemal gave an emotional interview ("France is dying!") and ...
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Frosty Melody

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Well, I'm new here and I just want to get a view of this community, so sorry if this is the wrong category or I can't post this poll! So, who do you think should be the republican candidate for 2016? (Sorry I ran out of options in the poll!)
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Trump
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Cruz
63%
Rubio
8%
Carson
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Bush or Kasich
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Because they don't know him. His commitment to his current job should tell you something. His insistence on running against Obama I find humorous. He doesn't stand a chance against Sanders.....
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Pradheep Shanker
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I HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND HE IS US.
You know what I have really gotten sick of? The ridiculous petty bickering between Cruz and Rubio as the two of them jockey to be the last guy standing to… - Pradheep Shanker - Google+
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 While Leon isn't one of them, I find it funny that the Cruz pundits have been both excusing Trump (he fights!) while also excusing Cruz for boot licking Trump even when Trump was personally attacking him (he's terrific!) as a good strategy now want everyone to gang up on Trump because he's liberal. Like he wasn't liberal a month ago? 
Rubio tried to run on policy positions and got attacked. So, now he's attacking back. "Mom, he did it, too." seems to be the argument now. Of course. 
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Phil Nelson

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History is racist!
Whom would our undergrads revile if they knew a bit more history?
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Great read!
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King Theo

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The Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debates are about as intelligible as lobotomized mental patients playing othello.  Their shrill coos, puttering psycho babble and recycled newspeak platitudes misappropriated and regurgitated from recently translated transcripts form the annals of Stalin's Soviet Russia are less worthy of God's mercy than dirty seagulls fighting over a crusty hot dog bun. The democratic party has become pathetic disgrace and dishonor to the legacy of Harry Truman.  
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+Paul Mays Not at all. Trump can be Trump all he likes. Just not in the Oval Office. He'd be just another Obama, only with a different set of Sturmabteilung.

Bullying can be a successful business style, for some definitions of "success", if you're big enough. IBM used to do it, and Apple still does.

But it's not leadership, and it has no place in the Executive Branch. 
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David Williams

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West Virginia just became the 26th Right To Work State. So now there are more right to work states than than Union states. 
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Marla Hughes

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I don't agree with everything MaryBeth says but there's a lot of conservatives who are picking up on the fact that there's a cabal in conservative punditry who want to decide what is and is not acceptable for us to believe as conservative and who we have to support.

" Actually, those running around pinning “Establishment” labels on everyone but themselves have become the real establishment. They decide when we can hold a candidate such as Cruz responsible, they decide which candidates we are to support in order to keep our “conservative” credentials. They dictate what we can say about whom, and when we can say it. They are spoon-fed their information from the talking heads in conservative media, and they are the ones who made Rubio repeating a sentence into what they labeled a campaign destroying nightmare while they continuously carry water for Cruz. 

These are the people who let Cruz prance around using divisive tactics, blatant lies, and disturbing viewpoints, yet proclaim that Rubio’s campaign is on the ropes because he repeated himself. "
Here's the deal, guys, Marco Rubio repeated a sentence during the New Hampshire debate, but his despicable behavior didn't start there. In 2013 - while giving a State of The Union response - the pa...
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Well, that's pretty much crap, without even reading the article. It's very silly to accuse anyone of favoring Ted Cruz because he doesn't drink water & repeat sentences. That's standing the truth on it's head. Rubio is the pretty boy with the wonderful delivery, Cruz is the one people complain isn't "likable". If Rubio is criticized for messing up his lines, or looking nervous, that's entirely fair, because his advocates have routinely told us that we should prefer him because he is more "electable" (obviously meaning having a smoother, more effective delivery).

I won't speak for others who prefer Cruz, but I'm the one saying we should consider Cruz because content is important, not just delivery.
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Phil Nelson

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Yesterday, Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said the campaign was focused on running a "positive campaign", that evening, Trump tweeted: "...Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?". (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/697998702477242369)

Is that the shortest positive campaign on record?
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Trump is like the Gigolo who lies to all his women by telling them what they want to hear even when they know what exactly he is. Its the same with Bernie Sanders supporters. Hillary supporters know she is a pimp and are complicit in the operation of her business.
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Mark Prasek

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huh, and I just eat a pudding cup and binge watch red vs blue.
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Marla Hughes

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An important reminder for all of us.

" The Grunt's polling place is wherever the mail finds him.  Some are in buildings, ships and planes.  Others, the Infantry in particular, are in the open doing what they have been directed to do. They may or may not vote but they will maintain their precinct or die trying-as many have.  Here is a snapshot of one precinct and a member-citizen at work for us "
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Larry Olson

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Rush Limbaugh:

"...if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz ... This is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan."

I understand why some people remain in Trump Mode. We are angry. The Obama Democrats are the political equivalent of a perv that lured America into the back of their van. Want to give these people a taste of their own medicine. Trump is a loud dog. Nice, but if you want to get in charge and reverse the nasty things Obama and his people have done, really take back what they've stolen, your choice would be Ted Cruz. Of the people still in the race, Trump is a (distant) second. He is a desirable alternative to Rubio and Hillary, but he is not an alternative to Cruz.
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+Phil Nelson that is certainly encouraging news. Thanks Phil.
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Pradheep Shanker
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Kasich shouldn't get a pass on his troubling record as Ohio's governor just because he shouts "positive campaign!" anytime someone starts to ask tough questions.
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That's called a ka-mpromise
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David Williams

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Being a bureaucrat means never having to say your sorry. "The Environmental Protection Agency employee overseeing work at the Gold King Mine was aware of blowout danger at the site before a massive August wastewater spill, according to a report released Thursday."
The Environmental Protection Agency employee in charge of work at the Gold King Mine knew before the spill of the looming blowout danger
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Marla Hughes

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Paul David Miller delivers my opinion of the matter in a much less confrontational nutshell than I normally express it.
Ted Cruz doesn’t get how to be a Christian in the public square.
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I think Miller would be wise to oppose the man he describes in the article, were such a man running, but he is unwise to describe a straw man caricature of Ted Cruz, then advocate opposing Cruz on the grounds that straw men make bad presidents. 
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David Williams

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So, to sum up, Trump wants to get rid of high-deductible plans and improve coverage, yet still bring down rates, yet still make healthcare private, while repealing Obamacare, and covering a small group of people, or everybody, through government spending, or through the private sector, by using Canada as a model — but he's going to take those damn lines out of play. Makes perfect sense.
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you need treatment you get it. You cant rate our system by elective surgury stats. Try time of heart attack to cath lab or emergency surgury. Availability of cancer treatment. And remember the majority of our cities and towns are isolated in the nirth.
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Lewis Liberman

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How NOT to be clueless when it comes to politics! This great post talks about politics, free markets, a peaceful voluntary society (as opposed to a violent, coercive one), Leonard Read, Tom Woods and more! https://libertopiacartoon.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/how-not-to-be-clueless-on-politics/
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+Aashish Bharadwaj So far, i have not seen any corporation running KZs.
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Rodney Graves
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Heh...
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Should have hired remmy to make it.
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Phil Nelson

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Oops. This should add a little more interesting to our times.

If anyone wonders, I think it was a pretty poor choice of meme.

And, reason for American Jews given to supporting gun control to reconsider the merit of a right to keep and bear arms, personally.

Just in case.
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+64 Patriot - Perfectly articulated.....
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gunsfoodtech

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Pledge of Allegiance. Do you understand it?

I think this needs to be shown and explained to every school kid in America and just about every adult in this country as well. Red did a great job with this.

I----meaning me, an individual, a committee of one.
Pledge----dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.
Allegiance----my love and my devotion.
To the Flag----our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job.
Of the United----that means that we have all come together.
States----individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that's love of country.
Of America.
And to the Republic----a republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands!
One nation----meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible----incapable of being divided.
With Liberty----which is freedom and the right of power to live one's life without threats or fear or any sort of retaliation.
And justice----The principle and quality of dealing fairly with others.
For all.----which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.

June 14th, 1954 President Eisenhower signed the bill into law which added “Under God” to the pledge.
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