In a new poll on voters likely to participate in the Republican caucus, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has pulled ahead of Donald Trump and Ben Carson to claim his first lead of the nomination cycle in Iowa. According to a survey from Monmouth University, Cruz’s consolidation of evangelical and Tea Party factions has placed him at 24% of total support, followed by Trump with 19%, Marco Rubio with 17%, and Carson with 13%. While Trump has been the frontrunner for most of the GOP election season so far, he has taken hits recently in his Iowa pull numbers that have seen him trading the lead with Carson. Politico noted a Quinnipiac University poll exemplifying this last month, which gave Trump 25%, Carson 18%, and Cruz floated between them with 23%. As Carson continues to surge, the Wall Street Journal noted that Trump’s numbers have reached a relative plateau, while Carson’s numbers Continue reading "Cruz Cruises to Top of New Iowa Poll Thumping Trump and Carson"
A senior campaign adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested that President Barack Obama‘s Sunday night address was “disrespectful” to American Jews since it interrupted the first night of Hanukkah. Instead, he suggested Obama’s address should have occurred on Friday or Saturday — smack-dab in the middle of Shabbat. Daniel Scavino, Jr., who’s been in the news before for other dumb things relating to Twitter, tweeted his comments the hour before the White House’s rare live address from the Oval Office. Per his logic, Scavino thought the broadcast’s timing was “disrespectful” because it fell on “the first night of Hanukkah.” Instead, he thought the address should have occurred “on Friday or Saturday evening.” Continue reading "Trump Adviser: Obama’s Sunday Night Address ‘Disrespectful’ to American Jews"
Chris Christie blasted the New York Times editorial board Sunday, telling CBS’s Face the Nation that the paper’s recent op-ed advocating for tighter gun laws is a ‘typical liberal claptrap.’ “The fact is that what we need to be focused on here are two issues.” Christie told host John Dickerson. “Taking criminals who commit crimes with handguns and putting them in jail. And we have to work on our mental health system in this country to give doctors and caregivers greater latitude to involuntarily commit folks who have mental health issues and who don’t want to take their medication and help themselves.” Christie’s comments come after the Times published its first front page op-ed since 1920, lamenting the availability of high-powered assault rifles to the general public. The editorial piece was published in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in San Bernardino, CA, where two assailants Continue reading "Christie Slams New York Times Editorial As a ‘Liberal Claptrap’"
On Monday morning’s episode of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann announced that their Bloomberg show With All Due Respect will be officially reairing weekdays at 6 p.m. on MSNBC beginning January. Several media outlets reported on the potential move weeks ago, and the coauthors of Game Change announced the decision this morning. The show will continue to air in its 5 p.m. EST time slot weekdays on Bloomberg and then immediately afterwards on MSNBC. The 6 p.m. slot was vacated this year by PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton. Morning Joe cohost Willie Geist said that With All Due Respect will begin airing on MSNBC “right as the campaign reaches its fever pitch.” He compared the show’s format to ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. “We call it homage,” said Halperin. “John and I talk about politics not unlike what happens on this program,” referring to Continue reading "Episodes of With All Due Respect to Air on MSNBC Starting January"
President Barack Obama spoke to the night on Sunday night in a nationally televised address from the Oval Office, addressing the increasing concerns over Islamic radical terrorism. The brief speech largely addressed the aftermath of Wednesday’s deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California that has since been linked to ideologies of extreme jihadism. Many cable news pundits and elected officials took to Twitter immediately following the address to air their thoughts on the President’s handling of the situation. May members of the media including Fox News’ Eric Bolling and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough seemed to echo similar sentiments:
God. Is this guy really going to be responsible for our fight against ISIS for the next year? Political platitudes replace military strategy— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 7, 2015
America wanted to hear Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS & to keep us safe here at home. Instead we got a gun lecture and Continue reading "Conservative Pols, Media React to ‘No Strategy’ Obama National Address"
Ben Carson said yesterday at an Iowa veterans town hall event that he would prefer to shut transgender service members out of the military, and that the army should revert to the policies of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” “I do not appreciate using our military as a laboratory for social experimentation,” Carson said for Concerned Veterans for America in Waterloo. “The last thing that we need to be doing is saying what would it be like if we introduced several transgender people into this platoon. Give me a break. Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.” announced in June that they Continue reading "Carson on the Military: ‘Deal With the Transgender Thing Somewhere Else’"
Ohio Governor and GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich gave an interview on State of the Union today, where he told Jake Tapper that he was not of the opinion that blocking gun purchases on the government’s terrorist watch lists was the answer to the San Bernardino shootings. Instead, Kasich feels that that action would indicate to potential terrorists and shooters that the government has its eye on them. When asked by Tapper about President Obama‘s calls for banning such gun sales, Kasich said he would consider the possibility for the no-fly list, but that blocking suspected terrorists would only “tip them off” to be more covert. “We don’t tell them they’re on the watch list. We want to make sure that we can exploit all the information that we can possibly get,” Kasich said on Ohio law enforcement. “If all the sudden you tell everybody on the watch list Continue reading "Kasich: Banning Terror Watch Suspects Weapon Access Will Only ‘Tip Them Off’"