They’re all bought and sold: American democracy belongs to the billionaires now

With the lone exception of Bernie Sanders, every candidate is either in bed with Wall Street or super-rich himself Salon.com By Nomi Prins, TomDispatch.com 2/2/16 This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.”  Cash, mountains of it, is increasingly the necessary tool for presidential candidates. Several Powerball jackpots could … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

AP.org By Robert Burns and Calvin Woodward 1/15/16 WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar? In their rush to slam the Obama administration, play up their records and play down inconvenient realities, Republican presidential candidates served up some misshapen rhetoric in their latest presidential debate (on … Continue reading

Marco Rubio’s History on Immigration Leaves Conservatives Distrustful of Shift

The New York Times By Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker 11/14/15 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Joyce Kaufman sat in her radio studio here the other day and said the first word that comes to mind when she thinks of Marco Rubio. “A chameleon,” she scoffed. Ms. Kaufman, a conservative talk show host in South Florida, embraced the 39-year-old politician in 2010, a time when many Tea Party activists viewed him as the future leader of their movement. But after arriving in Washington, Mr. Rubio committed what many of his … Continue reading

Here’s another way candidates copy Donald Trump: Shameless fibbing

The Washington Post By Jenna Johnson and David Fahrenthold 11/9/15 This is Donald Trump’s election. The other candidates are just fibbing in it. “Word is,” Trump said last month on Twitter, “that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” It didn’t. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,’ ” said former tech executive Carly Fiorina … Continue reading

Marco Rubio on troops in Syria, vision of presidency, missing Senate votes…

(Last Sunday John Dickerson, moderator of CBS “Face the Nation,” interviewed presidential contender Marco Rubio and the exchange follows. The transcript of the entire program is here. – Admin.) Turning now to the race for the Republican nomination, yesterday, we sat down with Florida Senator Marco Rubio out on the campaign trail in Des Moines. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DICKERSON: Senator, I want to start with the news that the United States is sending 50 special operations forces into Syria. Is that enough? RUBIO: Well, it’s an important start to what I … Continue reading

Marco Rubio Rules Out Path to Citizenship During His Presidency

The Florida senator takes a position that could cost him Hispanic voters in a general election. Bloomberg.com By Sahil Kapur 9/22/15 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has effectively ruled out granting lawful permanent residency to undocumented immigrants if he makes it to the White House, even for a second term. Pressed by conservative host Sean Hannity during a Monday night interview on Fox News, the Florida senator said he’s open to a path to citizenship for people in the U.S. illegally, but only a decade or more after passage of … Continue reading

Amid revolt, Boehner steps aside to avoid ‘irreparable harm’ to Congress

IndyStar.com By Deirdre Shesgreen, USAToday 9/25/15 WASHINGTON — It took a visit from the pope, a brewing conservative rebellion, and a good night’s sleep for John Boehner — the son of a bartender and a devout Catholic from Cincinnati — to decide that Friday morning was the right moment for him to end his tumultuous five-year speakership and bring his 25-year career in Congress to a close. “This morning, I woke up and I said my prayers and I decided today’s the day I’m going to this,” Boehner told reporters in an … Continue reading

REPUBLICAN BUSH SAYS MULTICULTURALISM WRONG FOR US

AP.org By Thomas Beaumont, Associate Press 9/22/15 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that multiculturalism is bad for the United States, adding that immigrants who close themselves off from American culture deny themselves access to economic rewards. The former governor of Florida, who speaks fluent Spanish and often touts his success winning Latino votes in a party that badly needs them, addressed the issue in a packed northern Iowa diner as he met people in the crowd. A young woman approached the candidate and … Continue reading

Here Are 21 Policy Highlights From the First 2016 Republican Debate

The Daily Signal By Melissa Quinn and Natalie Johnson, News Reporters 8/7/15 The 2016 primaries are in full momentum following months of build-up, officially kicking off on Thursday night in prime-time as the ten leading Republican candidates squared off for the first time. The 10 highest-polling candidates in the Republican 2016 presidential field took the stage tonight at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first debate of the election. The candidates participating in the forum were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. … Continue reading

Donald Trump bump terrifies GOP

Insiders worry the mogul will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities. Politico.com By Jonathan Topaz and Daniel Strauss 6/26/15 All jokes aside, the Republican Party is officially afraid of Donald Trump. He has virtually zero chance of winning the presidential nomination. But insiders worry that the loud-mouthed mogul is more than just a minor comedic nuisance on cable news; they fret that he’s a loose cannon whose rants about Mexicans and scorched-earth attacks on his rivals will damage the eventual nominee … Continue reading