Monday, February 29, 2016

Amid Trump surge, nearly 20,000 Mass. voters quit Democratic party

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Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official.
Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” presidential primary.
Galvin called both “significant” changes that dwarf similar shifts ahead of other primary votes, including in 2000, when some Democrats flocked from the party in order to cast a vote for Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary.
The primary reason? Galvin said his “guess” is simple: “The Trump phenomenon,” a reference to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who polls show enjoying a massive lead over rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and others among Massachusetts Republican voters.
“The tenor of the Republican campaign has been completely different from what we’ve seen in prior Republican presidential campaigns,” Galvin said. “You have to look no farther than the viewership for some of the televised debates.
“The New York Times referred to the campaign as crude; I suppose that’s fair,” added Galvin, a Democrat. “The fact of the matter is the tenor has been very different this time. And that has an effect. People are interested. It’s exciting.”
Galvin said the state could see as many as 700,000 voting in tomorrow’s Republican primary, a significant number given just 468,000 people are actually registered Republicans. In Massachusetts. unenrolled — otherwise known as independent — voters can cast a ballot in the primary of any party.
If the Democratic vote is close to that of 2008 — when 1.2 million hit the polls — the state could surpass the 1.8 million that voted that year overall, setting what Galvin said he believes would be a record for a presidential primary in Massachusetts.
“The question in my mind is the Democratic turnout,” Galvin said. “The nature of the race is a little different than it was in ’08. ... It’s a fact that Sen. (Bernie) Sanders has a very aggressive campaign here in Massachusetts. He spent both time and money. He has a good ground (game) from what I can see, as does Sen. (Hillary) Clinton. So that’s going to help us. But the chemistry was somewhat different than it was in ‘08.”
Galvin noted the historical context in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama was vying to become the nation’s first black president, and running against Clinton — seeking, as she is again this year, to become the first woman to serve as president.
Turnouts have hit record levels in other primary states this year.
Galvin pointed to the shift in voters from the Democratic party as an “indicator” of turnout in the Bay State.
But while significant, it doesn’t necessary signal a change in the political power structure in Massachusetts, where Democrats have long dominated with heavy majorities in the legislature and across constitutional offices.
The 19,800 who left the Mass Dems represent about 1.3 percent of the 1.49 million enrolled in the party. And though the MassGOP gained several thousand voters, it actually lost more in the same time frame, when 5,911 quit the party to be unenrolled.
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Ted Cruz Eligibility Lawsuits Filed in Texas, New York, Illinois, Alabama and Now Pennsylvania

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Jim Hoft Feb 25th, 2016 8:49 am 140 Comments
Ted Cruz eligibility lawsuits have been filed in TexasNew YorkIllinoisAlabama and now Pennsylvania.
Ted Cruz is a natural born Canadian citizen. He was born in Canada and did not renounce his Canadian citizenship until after he was a member of the US Senate in 2014.
The Cruz campaign wants to delay a Texas eligibility lawsuit against the Canadian born senator.
Last week a Republican lawyer filed a lawsuit against Cruz’s eligibility in Pennsylvania.
CBS Local reported:
We’ve all heard the claim from Donald Trump that Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is not a “natural born citizen.”
If Trump’s right, Sen. Cruz isn’t eligible to be president. Now, KDKA has learned that the first test of that could happen here in Pennsylvania.
Last week, Sen. Cruz filed nominating petitions to run for president in Pennsylvania’s April 26 Republican primary. Now a Republican attorney from suburban Philadelphia has challenged Sen. Cruz’s right to run because he is not a natural born citizen.
“It is my contention supported by a number of constitutional scholars that it means one must be born in the United States, that the framers of the Constitution were very concerned about the influence of foreign powers over the nascent republic,” said attorney David Farrell.
In a petition filed with the state’s Commonwealth Court, Farrell, of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, says Sen. Cruz’s Canadian birth certificate proves he was born in Canada, and the fact that his mother is an American citizen does not make him natural born.
“We’re going to get right to that constitutional provision to see if he is or is not eligible to be president,” Farrell said.
The Commonwealth Court hearing on whether to disqualify Sen. Cruz’s nominating petitions is now set for March 10.

Cruz and Rubio Eligibility Lawsuit Set for 11 AM, Friday March 4th in Florida

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Jim Hoft Feb 28th, 2016 11:48 pm 90 Comments
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Although Florida media reported that Senator Marco Rubio’s parents were not US citizens when he was born, national media has largely avoided the topic.   Senator Ted Cruz’s status as a natural born Canadian and a number of related eligibility lawsuits were underreported nationally, until news hit that an IL judge was hearing one of the cases.  
Cruz’s lawsuits were filed in Florida,VermontTexasUtahIllinoisArkansas,AlabamaNew York, and Pennsylvania, and individuals who raised a ballot challenge in Indiana are weighing whether they’ll file suit.  
Cruz has a new IL court date March 1st – Super Tuesday, a filing deadline on March 2nd for the AR case after his requested extension was granted, and a joint court date with one Senator Marco Rubio on March 4th in Rubio’s home state of Florida. Rubio’s pending lawsuits, court dates, and questionable defenses to the actions have been missing from the national discussion.
The initial narrative had Rubio’s parents fleeing Cuba’s Castro in 1959.   It was later revealed they’d arrived in America in 1956 instead.   Rubio’s parents did not become US citizens until nearly twenty years later, several years after Rubio’s 1971 birth.   Their status as Cuban citizens, not US citizens, at the time of Marco’s birth prompted his inclusion in the Florida,VermontArkansas and Indiana suits and challenges above.
Thomas Lee, a professor of constitutional and international law at Fordham Law School, explained a portion of the Originalist view of natural born citizenship, namely jus soli and jus sanguinis. As Mario Apuzzo elucidates:
“The historical and legal record demonstrates that in order to be a citizen by virtue of birth alone, one must be born in the country to parents who were its citizen at the time of the child’s birth.  Indeed, a natural born citizen is a child born or reputed born in the country to parents who were its citizens at the time of the child’s birth.”

The motions filed in defense of Cruz and Rubio in Florida are available to the public through the Broward County Courtwebsite due to the state’s sunshine laws, Case # CACE15022044.   Each one stakes their claim on only one half of the historical natural born requirements. Rubio argues the only thing that matters is he “was born in the United States”, while Cruz argues the only thing that matters is his mother’s citizenship, although the bulk of both rely on attempts to stop the case from moving forward on technicalities vs merits. Stunningly, while both crisscross the country appealing to voters, both have now argued that voters have no recourse to challenge a candidate over ineligibility, that courts have no authority to rule on this Constitutional matter. Instead, both argue it must wait until they are elected as President/Vice President and then the legislative body where they’re employed at the will of The People, Congress, would determine whether they’re eligible and if not, choose their replacement. That does not sound like a Conservative, accountable to voters, Separation of Powers viewpoint. What’s worse is both US Senators are pursuing and defending their own ambitions for the Executive Branch in a way that undermines the Constitution and Founders’ Intent.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The biggest bombshell in Rubio’s motion is its globalist, open borders tone, as he tries to distance himself from his previous amnesty push on the campaign trail.   Just like Obama, the Leftist media, and the Gang of 8, he chooses to ignore the difference between illegal aliens and legal immigrants subject to the jurisdiction of the government, referring instead just to “immigrants” interchangeably with “foreign parents” and “noncitizen parents”, arguing wrongly that immigration status has nothing to do with it; any child born here is not only a US citizen, but also a Natural Born Citizen, capable of becoming President of the United States: “A natural-born citizen is one who is born in the United States regardless of their parents’ ancestry,” Rubio’s motion states.   Understand, he cannot argue illegal “dreamers” can become President and believe they are anything other than already US citizens with the right to vote and full government benefits.   This would also preclude deportation. Perhaps Florida’s familiarity with Marco, his eligibility issues and his affinity for amnesty after promising otherwise explain why he is twenty points behind the frontrunner in his own home state.
The hearing for the Cruz/Rubio eligibility lawsuit in Florida is set for 11 AM, Friday March 4th

Hillary Clinton receives $2 million from KKK and neo-Nazi groups

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WASHINGTON D.C.—Several factions of the KKK and neo-Nazi groups have come out in public support of Hillary Clinton.

The groups have donated a collective $2 million to her campaign, as well as executed a highly-active social media campaign in support of Clinton.

“We actually really done(sic) like her at all, which is why we(sic) supporting her,” said local Klansman Billy-Bob . “We white supremacists are well-aware that our public image ain’t(sic) the best. We decided to stop fighting and embrace it. All we gotta(sic) do is publically endorse the  people we don’t like. With our support, she’ll never win!”

The Clinton campaign said they only took the money because the organizations did not properly label themselves.

“With so many organizational transitions they no longer call themselves the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazi Party; they need to differentiate themselves from the other bodies claiming to Klansmen or Nazis,” said a spokesman for the Clinton campaign. “For example, we accepted monetary donations from organizations calling themselves ‘Coup Clucks Clan and’ the ‘Not-See Party’—Okay, now that we say it out loud the name sounds a little more obvious.”

The Clinton campaign said it would really like to return the donations, but unfortunately the money has already spent on “really fancy cheese” for campaign banquets.

Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas and Republican candidate for 2016, said he is outraged that Clinton “took any money from an organization that was dishonest.”

Perry added “such blatant deceptery(sic) has no place in politics” and he only accepts donations from “honest, salt-of-the-earth racists, not deceptive racist organizations.”

Republican front-runner and comedian Donald Trump released a characteristically vicious Twitter attack against Clinton in response to the news

MSNBC severs ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after host’s critical email

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MSNBC has parted ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network’s treatment, insiders at MSNBC said.
Harris-Perry refused to appear on her program Saturday morning, telling her co-workers in an email that she felt “worthless” to the NBC-owned network. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” wrote Harris-Perry, who is African American. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [NBC executives] or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”
The rebuke, which became public when it was obtained by the New York Times, has triggered discussions involving the network, Harris-Perry and her representatives about the terms of her departure, said people at MSNBC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Harris-Perry’s departure has not been formally announced.
The flap with Harris-Perry, who did not respond to a request for comment, follows a strategic transformation of MSNBC that has swept up several of its minority program hosts. Specifically, the network — which typically finishes far behind Fox News and CNN in cable-news ratings — has been trying to emphasize breaking-news coverage during daytime hours while maintaining a slate of liberal hosts during prime-time hours at night. Like its competitors, it has emphasized breaking campaign coverage, which lately has bumped Harris-Perry from her regular spot.
The network earlier faced some outcry on social media over its irregular preemptions of Jose Diaz-Balart, who hosts a two-hour bloc from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. Diaz-Balart’s disappearance from the air prompted a hashtag — #MasJose — and a petition to encourage MSNBC to feature him on the air more often.
Diaz-Balart’s hosting duties are also in question at the network. Scenarios under review include extending the “Morning Joe” program into Diaz-Balart’s slot or creating a new program hosted by one of “Morning Joe’s” regular personalities. Diaz-Balart, who also anchors for NBC-owned Telemundo, is based in Miami, which complicates his role anchoring weekday coverage for New York-based MSNBC. He will continue anchoring “NBC Nightly News” on Saturdays.
All of the changes carry a potential perception risk that MSNBC — known as the most liberal among the three leading cable-news networks — is diminishing the contributions of its minority personalities, network officials acknowledge. In addition to the issues with Harris-Perry and Diaz-Balart, the network’s new emphasis on news during the day has led to the demotion of two African American hosts: the Rev. Al Sharpton and Joy Reid, both of whom have been moved from daily shows to lower-profile weekend slots. (Reid assumed Harris-Perry’s hosting duties on Saturday.)
At the same time, the network brought back Brian Williams to be its leading daytime news anchor. Williams was suspended by NBC and ultimately lost his job as the anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams” last year after he exaggerated the details of his reporting exploits in a series of media appearances.
In a statement, MSNBC spokesman Mark Kornblau said: “We are proud of the diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of our journalists, opinion hosts and analysts. We will gladly put that up against everyone else in the news business.”
MSNBC’s pivot to more news reporting, especially campaign coverage, has lately resulted in improved ratings. So far this year, its weekday ratings among all viewers have grown 57 percent over the same period in 2015, compared with a 38 percent gain for CNN and 20 percent for Fox News, the cable-news leader, according to MSNBC. Among viewers aged 25 to 54, a key bloc for advertisers, MSNBC is up 76 percent, compared with 25 percent for CNN and 19 percent for Fox.
MSNBC executives said that they were surprised by Harris-Perry’s blast on Friday and that it may have stemmed from her perception — incorrect at the time, but now a reality — that her weekend program was about to be canceled. “She’s a brilliant, intelligent but challenging and unpredictable personality,” one executive said. “There was no plan to cancel her.”
He added, “It’s highly unlikely she will continue” at MSNBC. Her email “is destructive to our relationship.”
This executive disputed Harris-Perry’s assertion that MSNBC executives had not communicated with her, although he said Harris-Perry has never met Andrew Lack, the NBC News chairman who was rehired by the network last year after the controversy over Williams. The decision to preempt Harris-Perry’s program for election-news coverage over the past several months was made by Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president.
Harris-Perry, a professor at Wake Forest University, joined MSNBC four years ago at a time when the network was attempting to graft its opinionated evening programs onto its daytime schedule. While such evening hosts as Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow have proven relatively popular, the liberal-talk format was unsuccessful during the lighter-viewed daytime hours.
In her email to her colleagues, Harris-Perry wrote, “Here is the reality: Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.”
In a follow-up phone interview with the Times, Harris-Perry softened the racial aspects of her criticism, saying: “I don’t know if there is a personal racial component. I don’t think anyone is doing something mean to me because I’m a black person.”
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Steve Forbes Backs Trump, Bashes Rubio

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by TRENT BAKER28 Feb 2016


Sunday, former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes heaped praise on GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s on Sunday radio show “The Cats Roundtable” on AM 970 in New York.
Forbes speculated union leaders would support Hillary Clinton, but “the rank and file, a big chunk of them are going to go their own way.”
He explained to show host John Catsimatidis, “Trump, even as he criticizes and throws out charges and all that kind of thing, he always ends up on an upbeat note about the USA. People want that, people want to hear that. They’re tired of all this gloom and doom, and ‘the U.S. is going in a trash heap.'”
The magazine publisher then spoke out against the tax plan of 
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
79%
, calling it “the worst tax plan” of the GOP field.
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Hillary could lose to Trump in Democratic New York

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Confidential polling data showsHillary Clinton could lose the presidential election in heavily Democratic New York to Donald Trump as the GOP front-runner’s support grows to the point of being “surprisingly strong,” The Post has learned.
The poll results, from Democratic and Republican legislative races, have surprised many leading Dems, virtually all of whom have endorsed Clinton, while confounding and energizing GOP leaders, many of whom until recently have been opposed to Trump.
“There are some Democrats who think that Hillary can be taken if Trump mounts a strong campaign,’’ one of the state’s most prominent Democrats said.
Most of the polling didn’t address the possibility that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg would run as an independent, but some of it did — and found the former mayor took “significant’’ votes away from Clinton in heavily Democratic New York City and the surrounding suburbs, a source familiar with the data said.
The new polls, a second source said, showed Trump’s support, even without Bloomberg in the race, was “surprisingly strong’’ in Westchester and on Long Island, the key suburbs often viewed as crucial swing bellwethers on how statewide elections will turn out.
The polls found that Clinton often had higher negative ratings with voters than did the more-controversial Trump, whose inflammatory pronouncements have often angered and even horrified many of his fellow Republicans.
“In the suburbs and upstate, Trump has a net positive while Hillary is a net negative,” one longtime Republican operative contended. “She’s more of a liability than many Democrats realized.”
Some of the polls also found a greater degree of intensity among Trump’s potential voters than among Clinton’s, a finding that mirrors the stronger GOP turnouts that have been registered in the presidential primaries.
A publicly disclosed Siena College poll of Long Island voters last week found Trump narrowly beating Clinton among Long Island voters, 41 percent to 38 percent, while he was crushing his two nearest GOP primary opponents, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, by 37 percentage points each.
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NY Times Bombshell Scoop: Fox News Colluded with Rubio to Give Amnesty to Illegal Aliens

Marco Rubio Pushed for Immigration Reform With Conservative Media.

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Senator Marco Rubio, center, with a bipartisan group of senators at a Washington news conference to unveil details of an immigration overhaul bill in April 2013.

STEPHEN CROWLEY / THE NEW YORK TIMES

By JASON HOROWITZ

FEBRUARY 27, 2016

A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubiojoined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.

Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.

Mr. Murdoch, an advocate of immigration reform, and Mr. Ailes, his top lieutenant and the most powerful man in conservative television, agreed at the Jan. 17, 2013, meeting to give the senators some breathing room.

But the media executives, highly attuned to the intensifying anger in the Republican grass roots, warned that the senators also needed to make their case to Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who held enormous sway with the party’s largely anti-immigrant base.

So the senators supporting the legislation turned to Mr. Rubio, the Florida Republican, to reach out to Mr. Limbaugh.

The dinner at News Corporation headquarters — which has not been previously reported — and the subsequent outreach to Mr. Limbaugh illustrate the degree to which Mr. Rubio served as the chief envoy to the conservative media for the group supporting the legislation. The bill would have provided a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants along with measures to secure the borders and ensure that foreigners left the United States upon the expiration of their visas.

It is a history that Mr. Rubio is not eager to highlight as he takes on Donald J. Trump, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, who has made his vow to crack down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign.

Those discussions of just a few years ago now seem of a distant era, when, after the re-election of President Obama, momentum was building to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

The senators embarked on a tour of editorial boards and newsrooms, and Mr. Rubio was even featured as the “Republican savior” on the cover of Time magazine for his efforts to change immigration laws. He already was being mentioned as a 2016 presidential contender.

Now Mr. Trump has become the Republican leader in national polls by picking fights with Mr. Ailes and offending the Latino voters whom Mr. Rubio had hoped to bring into the Republican fold. And while Mr. Rubio ultimately abandoned the bipartisan legislation in the face of growing grass-roots backlash and the collapse of the conservative media truce, he, and to a certain degree Fox News, are still paying for that dinner.

Fox’s ratings remain strong, but its standing among Republican viewers, influenced by Mr. Trump’s offensive, has dropped to a three-year low, according to YouGov BrandIndex. And Mr. Rubio’s opponents, for whom Mr. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, has become theultimate villain, continue to depict the Florida Republican as a duplicitous establishment insider.

“If you look at the ‘Gang of Eight,’ one individual on this stage broke his promise to the men and women who elected him and wrote the amnesty bill,” Senator Ted Cruz said of Mr. Rubio during Thursday’s Republican debate. And as Mr. Rubio defended himself, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, posted “MARCO ‘AMNESTY’ RUBIO” on Twitter.

The so-called Gang of Eight was four Democrats and four Republicans, including Mr. Rubio, who drafted an immigration bill in 2013. It passed the Senate but was stymied by conservative opposition in the House.

Details of the dinner, and a previous one in 2011, were provided to The New York Times by an attendee of one of the meetings and two people with knowledge of what was discussed at both get-togethers.

None of the attendees agreed to be identified for this article because the conversations were supposed to be confidential.

But on Monday, Mr. Limbaugh shed light on his interactions with the senators when he told a caller frustrated with his criticism of Mr. Rubio that the immigration position the senator had advocated “comes right out of the Gang of Eight bill.”

Mr. Limbaugh added, “I’ve had it explained to me by no less than Senator Schumer.”

Mr. Schumer declined to comment for this article. But before Mr. Obama’s re-election and soon afterward, he could hardly stop talking with conservative senators and media power brokers about the chance to pass comprehensive immigration legislation.

As early as March 9, 2011, Mr. Schumer joined Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and another eventual member of the Gang of Eight, at the Palm restaurant in Manhattan, where they made their case to Mr. Murdoch, Mr. Ailes and Mr. Limbaugh in a private room. The senators argued how damaging the word “amnesty” was to their efforts, and walked Mr. Limbaugh through their vision for an immigration overhaul.

The senators were especially eager to try to neutralize conservative media, which proved lethal to a big push for immigration changes in 2007. A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism showed that conservative news shows had devoted about a quarter of their time to immigration.

In late 2012, after Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, lost the presidential election in part because of his dismal performance with Latino voters, Mr. Rubio joined the fight. On one Sunday alone in April 2013, he made an appearance on seven talk shows to advocate the immigration overhaul, including on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Rubio also reached out to other conservative power brokers, including the radio hosts Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, telling them that the legislation did not amount to amnesty. The Fox anchors Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly became more supportive.

At the time, The Washington Post reportedthat Mr. Rubio’s advisers were monitoring to the minute how much time the hosts devoted to immigration, and that “they are heartened that the volume is much diminished.”

Mr. Rubio publicly and privately worked to assuage the fears of Mr. Limbaugh, who on air called him a “thoroughbred conservative” and assured one wary listener that “Marco Rubio is not out to hurt this country or change it the way the liberals are.”

On Jan. 29, 2013, the same day Mr. Obama highlighted immigration in Las Vegas, Mr. Limbaugh had Mr. Rubio on as a guest to talk about immigration and called him “admirable and noteworthy” during a warm conversation about the bipartisan immigration plan.

“I know for you border security is the first and last — if that doesn’t happen, none of the rest does, right?” Mr. Limbaugh lobbed.

“Well, not just that,” swung Mr. Rubio. “That alone is not enough.”

The conversation concluded with Mr. Rubio saying: “Thank you for the opportunity, Rush. I appreciate it.”

“You bet,” Mr. Limbaugh said

Displaced Disney Workers: Shame on You Marco Rubio; We Stand With Trump

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by JULIA HAHN28 Feb 20161628

MADISON, Alabama — At Donald Trump’s Sunday rally at Madison City Stadium, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s own constituents—two displaced Disney workers—publicly denounced Rubio for prioritizing the interests of his big business donors over the interests of his own constituents. The two endorsed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for President.

Dena Moore and Leo Perrero were two Disney workers who were informed that they were going to be laid off during the holiday season of 2014. They—along with scores of their colleagues—were told that before they were let go, they’d be forced to train their low-skilled foreign replacements brought in on H-1B visas. Earlier this week, Perrero testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the humiliation he was forced to endure by training his foreign replacement. While Donald Trump has called on Disney to hire back all of these workers and has pledged to end H-1B job theft as President, Sen. Marco Rubio has pushed to expand the controversial H-1B program—he has introduced two bills that would dramatically boost the issuances of H-1Bs. As recently as last year, Rubio introduced a bill—endorsed by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger via his immigration lobbying firm—that would triple the issuances of H-1Bs. Disney is one of Sen. Rubio’s top financial backers—having donated more that $2 million according to Open Secrets.

“What a great disappointment Marco Rubio is,” Rubio constituent and displaced Disney worker Dena Moore told the crowd. “Backed by Disney and other companies to push through legislation that have brought H-1B visas to us and he has sabotaged Americans.”

“Rubio’s staff said in 2013 explaining the [guest worker expansions in Gang of Eight] bill ‘American workers can’t cut it.’ Shame on you Marco Rubio,” Moore declared.

The Disney workers were introduced at the rally by their attorney who is representing them in their discrimination lawsuit against Disney, Sara Blackwell. In her introductory remarks Blackwell explained, “The thing about Trump that’s different than anybody else is that he can’t be bought. We have a chance to stop this problem in America. It’s got to be by a president and politician where they won’t be bought by Disney’s Bob Iger or by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, by all these billionaires who benefit from firing our American workers. “

“Americans are losing our jobs to foreigners and politicians are supporting and/or promoting this behavior,” Moore explained. “If we want to achieve the American dream—or even, more importantly, keep what is ours: the American dream that we have already struggled to create, the American dream that others have sacrificed for us, now is the time to link arms with a champion. I believe Mr. Trump is for Americans first and foremost.  He shares our vision, our dreams, and will fight for our futures. I know most of you are already standing, but here’s my mantra: stand up for Americans, stand up with a champion, stand up with Trump.”

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Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Endorses Donald Trump

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by ALEX SWOYER27 Feb 2016Washington, DC928

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed GOP frontrunner Donald Trump for president on Saturday.

Brewer stated she believes Trump will secure the border:

Arizona’s unsecured border is the gateway of illegal immigration into the United States and the politicians in Washington D.C. have continually failed to secure our border. As I’ve always said: A nation without borders is like a house without walls – it collapses. As Arizona’s Governor, I witnessed too much heartache, loss and suffering caused by illegal immigration. I’ve seen communities destroyed by the drugs, gangs, drop houses and cartels. The cost of health care, education and incarceration for illegal immigrants places a crushing burden on taxpayers. Workers of all backgrounds are deprived of jobs and income from our open, bleeding border.”

For years I pleaded with the federal government to do their job and secure our border. Today, we can elect a President who will do just that – Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump will secure our borders, defend our workers and protect our sovereignty. Mr. Trump will stand for our law enforcement, our police and our immigration officers. Mr. Trump will actually enforce the rule of law.

As a Washington outsider, Mr. Trump gets it. He will listen to the people and fight for the citizens of the United States.


Brewer added, “As Mr. Trump says: we either have a country, or we don’t. This may be our last chance to ensure our children grow up in a country with borders, and with a government that protects its own people. This is our chance — Donald Trump is our chance — to save this country and Make America Great Again.”

Trump responded to the endorsement in a press statement, saying, “I love the state of Arizona and have received incredible support throughout the state. I am leading in all the polls and we have had amazing events with tremendous crowds. I am honored to receive this endorsement from Governor Brewer.”

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Benghazi Heroes Endorse Donald Trump

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by MICHELLE FIELDS28 Feb 20161837

Mark “Oz” Geist and John “TIG” Tiegen, two members of the security team that helped rescue dozens of Americans during the Benghazi terror attacks, have endorsed Donald Trump for president.

According to a statement released Sunday:

Mr. Trump stated, “I am truly honored to have the support of these American heroes, the best of their generation. The American people can know with certainty, I will always place their interest above all else. I am the most militaristic person and it is so important to me to strengthen our military and protect American families and freedoms.”

Mark “Oz” Geist said, “We, perhaps more than any Americans, know the absolute and imperative reason that we elect Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. First and foremost, under a Trump administration, the request for additional security by an ambassador would have been heeded, and second, there is no question, when the attack came,he would have moved heaven and earth to provide the necessary forces to protect and reinforce our warriors. Mr. Trump is the bold, decisive leader America needs at this time.” Oz added, “Under President Trump, many conflicts will be avoided because our enemies will fear the United States and our military.”

John Tiegen added, “It is very clear to see the groundswell of support, never seen before in recent politics. Americans want a strong leader, one who cares more about the safety and freedom of the American people than he does winning elections, or what the press might think. In honor of those we have fought with, I am proud to endorse the next President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”


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Sen. Jeff Sessions Changes the Trajectory of American Politics — and Perhaps American History

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To the catchy riff from Sweet Home Alabama, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) took the podium in Madison, Alabama, on Sunday afternoon and changed the trajectory of the 2016 Republican nomination fight—and perhaps also of U.S. history.

In becoming the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump, Sessions, regarded as the gold-standard of immigration hawkery, declared, “Politicians have promised for 30 years to fix illegal immigration.  Have they done it?” As the crowd shouted, No!, Sessions answered: “Donald Trump will do it.”

Then Sessions added, “I’ve told Donald Trump this isn’t a campaign, this is a movement.”

Basking in Sessions’ warm words, Trump himself bounded to the podium and echoed Sessions as he marveled, “There has never been anything like this in American politics; they call it a phenomenon.”  Yes, a phenomenon—that’s what it is.

As is sometimes said of a new figure in politics, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Not surprisingly, Trump used the word “winning” many times in his remarks, but he also drilled down into specific detail.

Of course, he whaled on “illegal immigration.” We might add that it wasn’t that long ago that the word “illegal” was considered too politically incorrect for use in politics.  But man, has it made a comeback.

And there was more—much more.  He took dead aim at the globalization that has looted Middle America.

With populist fire, Trump rained hot hailstones on companies such as Carrier, Ford, and Nabisco, which, he said, have moved jobs overseas.

Decrying “all-talk-no-action politicians,” Trump promised that he would confront “every damn company that wants to leave our country,” imposing a steep tariff on imports.

Speaking of the entire political/donor class, Trump had plenty of brimstone left: “All these liars, all these bloodsuckers.” The crowd loved it.

Yes, the days when Republicans were knee-jerkingly subservient to the wishes of Corporate America seem over.  Other GOPers have echoed, for example, Trump’s fierce criticism of Apple over its insistence on protecting the cell-phone secrets of dead terrorists. And although Trump didn’t mention a Friday story in The Los Angeles Timesheadlined, “While it defies U.S. government, Apple abides by China’s orders—and reaps big rewards,” one imagines that the brash mogul will have yet more to say about a company that obeys the People’s Republic of China while disobeying the United States of America.

Indeed, in Trump, for all his bold bravado, one can see a distinct and definable ideological core—even if the disdainful elite hate to admit it.  When he said, for example, that we need to “bomb the hell out of ISIS,” he was also careful to say that the Russians should help destroy the terrorists.

We might pause to note that this is the foreign policy philosophy school known as “realism.”  And it begins with, yes, a realistic view of the world.  A realist says, “If the Russians have muscle in the Middle East, why not work with them?  Why not make a deal?  Would we rather blunder around and risk World War Three?”

Adherents of other “isms,” of course, are horrified: Followers of  liberalism, for example, tell us that we should just hold hands and work against the real threat—“climate change.”  And proponents of neoconservatism would have the U.S. do all the fighting unilaterally, ordering the Russians to get out of the way.  But then the realists come back and say, “We’ve had enough of simpering John Kerry-style blather, but we’re also not eager for another vainglorious Bush 43-style Iraq War.”  It was folks like those, after all—those assembled to hear Sessions and Trump—who had borne the brunt of the recent fighting, not the conference-room Clausewitzes who populate DC.

Trump closed with his signature pledge about the American Dream: “We’re going to make it bigger and stronger than ever before … We are going to make America greater than ever before.”

As Trump exited the stage, Virgil noticed a man holding a sign reading, “The Silent Majority Stands With Trump.”

Is that true?  Will Trump assemble a majority and win?  We’ll have to wait and see, although so far, at least, the indicators are good.

In the meantime, this much is for sure: Trump is right; his campaign is a phenomenon, perhaps like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

Yet for a possible comparison, Old Virgil thinks back more than a hundred years, to 1896, when William Jennings Bryan, then a 30-something ex-Congressman, electrified the Democratic national convention in Chicago with his stem-winding oration.  Indeed, in many ways, Bryan had a tough Trump-like message.

Invoking the memory of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, who held office from 1829-1837, Bryan directed his appeal to the common folk, saying:

It is for these that we speak. We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest.  We are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity.  We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned.  We have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded.  We have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came.


As Trump might paraphrase Bryan, “We tried to be nice, and that didn’t work—so no more Mr. Nice Guy!”  Or as Bryan put it 120 years ago:

We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more.  We defy them! … What we need is an Andrew Jackson to stand as Jackson stood, against the encroachments of aggregated wealth.


We can note, to be sure, that the issues were different back then, when the federal government was tiny, and when, business, almost entirely unregulated, was “yuge.”  Today, of course, Big Government is at least as great a threat to American well-being as Big Business.  Yet both are, in fact, threats—and so both need to be checked.

In Chicago more than a century ago, Bryan closed with the ringing words that put him in the history books:

You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns.  You shall not crucify mankind upon a Cross of Gold.


The Democratic conventioneers, delirious with joy at Bryan’s unabashed willingness to take on the moneyed interests, nominated him in a frenzy of enthusiasm.

It turned out that Bryan lost the 1896 presidential election, although he swept the South, winning Alabama by nearly 40 points, and won most of the West.  In other words, if the ‘96 election were held today, given the population shift to the Sunbelt, it would be much closer than in that earlier era.

Still, even in defeat, the Great Commoner, as he was known, had a steel grip on much of the country.  The poet Vachel Lindsay was moved to write, “When Bryan Speaks,” including these stanzas:

When Bryan speaks, the wigwam shakes.
The corporation magnate quakes.
The pre-convention plot is smashed.
The valiant pleb full-armed awakes.

When Bryan speaks, the sky is ours,
The wheat, the forests, and the flowers.
And who is here to say us nay?
Fled are the ancient tyrant powers.


Reading these lines many decades later, one almost feels that Bryan did win—although, of course, he didn’t.

Indeed, those exulting in hopey-changey enthusiasm today might be sobered by the wisdom of University of Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach, describing how Bryan’s populists allies in the Lone Star State, too, were defeated.  Recalling that the insurgents allowed themselves to become both dogmatic and overconfident, Fehrenbach observed:

The Populist assault on the state government was not intelligent but emotional.  They turned a political struggle into a crusade and made it ‘them’ against ‘us.’  They were too simplistic, forgetting the essential of American political success, the pragmatic alliance between disparate groups.


In other words, to win in a large polity such as Texas, to say nothing of the USA, a movement needs more than enthusiasm; it needs savvy.

Of course, it must be said that Trump, in our time, has plenty of savvy; he has confounded just about every “expert.”  And his new allies, Jeff Sessions, and, before him, Chris Christie, are plenty smart as well.  Indeed, students of the inside baseball of politics know that just last month, a “young turk” by the name of Stephen Miller went from being a top aide to Sessions to being a top aide for Trump.  As we know, sometimes the right sort of key adviser can be a key to victory.

So again, we’ll have to see if Trump’s neo-Bryanite crusade, bolstered as it is by top-line endorsers, can prevail.

Yet one thing is for sure: The people always have the power in their hands.  George Orwell, himself a pessimist, nevertheless noted their latent potential in his enduring novel, 1984. Describing the oppressed proletarians, he allowed that it was always possible that they could rise up, even against the dreaded Big Brother.  As he put it:

The proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning.


Maybe that’s the way things are today: Uncle Sam is no Big Brother, but he’s plenty big.  And so is business.

So yes, today’s “proles” have their work cut out for them. But for now, it seems, in the persons of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, they at least  have their champions.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Donald J. Trump runs the table on SUPER TUESDAY

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Super Tuesday Polling - Donald J. Trump runs the table on SUPER TUESDAY
-          Nation Wide Rep. Trump +18 – Virginia (49) Trump +14.5, Texas (172) Cruz +8.6, Georgia (76) Trump +14.4, Mass.(42) Trump +26.0, Oklahoma (43) Trump +7.0, Alabama (50)  Trump +15.0, Tenn. (58)Trump +14, Arkansas (40) Trump +5 Cruz +4, VT (16) Trump +15, Minn (38) Trump +7 Rubio +2, Colorado (37) Carson +6, Alaska (28) Trump +4, 

1.        Donald J. Trump wins NV Caucus
-          Fox News reported after NV - The New York billionaire businessman won among women, among evangelicals, among self-described conservatives – and even among the few Hispanics who voted in Nevada. “We won with evangelicals, we won with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly educated,” Trump said in Las Vegas after his win Tuesday night in Nevada
a.       China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada Caucus and “We are watching with great interest”
-          Rubio V Trump Houston Debate CNN Health Care (1B)
-          Tax Return issues explained on CNN Erin Burnett and Bill Kristol Loses it (1A)
a.       Rubio False you cant determine Trumps net worth on Tax Return
b.      Romney False you cant determine Trumps charity on Tax Return
-          CNN Don Lemon with Trump on Hilary Email.  She should be procuted (1D)

2.       Ted Cruz
-          Chris Wallace on Fox today with Cruz and the 4 lies he made (2A)
-          The Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago has agreed to hear a lawsuit on Sen. Ted Cruz's eligibility for president — virtually ensuring that the issue dominates the news in the runup to the South Carolina primary.
-          In the lobby of a Hampton Inn on Saturday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) spotted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’s father and a campaign staffer eating breakfast with the Bible on the table. “Got a good book there,” Rubio said to the staffer. “All the answers are in there. Especially in that one.” Fired COM. Dir.
3.       Rubio
-          Bill Orielly and Glitch go at it. (3A)
-          Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane is issuing a challenge to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) following Rubio’s attack on the officer. In an email to Rubio’s campaign — an exclusive copy of which is being provided to Breitbart News— Crane challenges Rubio to meet so that ICE Officer Crane can present Rubio with his badge and his credentials. Crane represents America’s ICE officers and is an ICE officer himself.
a.       “You recently lied to the American public on FOX news regarding my current status and career as both an ICE Agent and Officer,” Crane writes in his email to Rubio. “I challenge you to make yourself available, as a United States Senator and Presidential Candidate, so that I may present my badge and credentials to you as proof that your comments on FOX news are false.”

4.       Clinton – BLM MOMs helped me (4A) Trayvon martins mom and others
-          Dems SC Primary –  (4B Screaming America acceptance speech)
a.       Hillary Clinton is on pace to beat Bernie Sanders by about 37 points in South Carolina, in large part because of her huge 87 to 13 margin among black voters. Clinton did even better among black voters than President Barack Obama in in 2008, according to exit polling.  Her victory speech reflected her coalition. "We also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than a half a century (after) Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind,"
-          TEL AVIV – 1,500 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails
a.       provide insight into the level of support the U.S. was considering in 2012 for Egypt’s newly elected Muslim Brotherhood government.
-          TEL AVIV (Lybia) – As a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton
a.       has been making great efforts to distance herself from the disastrous consequences of the U.S.-NATO intervention in Libya in 2011.
b.      A lengthy article published on the cover of Sunday’s New York Times details Clinton’s central role in convincing President Obama to join the effort to topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, leaving Libya, as the Times puts it, a “failed state and a terrorist haven.”
c.       The Times documents Clinton’s role was “critical in persuading Mr. Obama to join allies in bombing Colonel Qaddafi’s forces.””
d.      “In fact, Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, would later say that in a ‘51-49’ decision, it was Mrs. Clinton’s support that put the ambivalent president over the line.”
e.      “The consequences” of her actions, the Times posits, “would be more far-reaching than anyone imagined, leaving Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven, a place where the direst answers to Mrs. Clinton’s questions have come to pass.”
f.        The Times  relates Clinton’s attempts to own the war, with her staffs’ efforts putting her “at the center of everything” related to the Libya intervention.
-          In an explosive new interview, award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M., The Young Messiah) detailed how Bill and Hillary Clinton allegedly used their influence at Disney/ABC to effectively ban the 2006 miniseries The Path to 9/11, which examined the events leading up to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.


5.       Billions wrong payments in Obamacare
6.       Kerry Having ‘Additional Evaluation’ Done to Decide if Slaughter of Mideast Christians is Genocide.  “we need more information and we will get it some day”