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Gov. Rick Perry Drops Out Of Presidential Race

TEXAS, September 12, 2015– Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Friday, September 11, that he has ended his campaign to become the 2016 Republican nominee for the White House. This marks Perry’s second failed attempt at a presidential bid after being Governor of Texas for 14 years.

In a lengthy speech delivered to the Texas Eagle Forum, many Perry supporters were caught off guard when, at the end of his speech, Perry announced he was calling it quits.

Perry’s remarks are below:

[quote_box_center]”Thank you. It is such an honor to speak to the patriots of Eagle Forum. In case you didn’t know, we have a pretty vibrant chapter in Texas. They have long lived up to the standard set by your outstanding founder, whom I am proud to recognize today, Phyllis Schlafly…[/quote_box_center]

“I also want to say a word about the gentleman who is taking over for Phyllis. Ed Martin is a good man – a great leader – a movement conservative who leads by conviction. I am glad to be in his home state of Missouri.

46 years ago I spent a summer in Festus, Missouri. I went door to door, selling Bibles. It was then that I learned what it was like to remain optimistic in the face of rejection, especially when I knew the power of the message I was selling.

It was good preparation for life in politics.

For me, this life has been a dream.

I came from a place called Paint Creek. Too small to be called a town, too remote to be found on a map, it was the center of my universe.

We had an outhouse, and mom bathed us in a number two washtub on the porch. We farmed vast fields of cotton, and attended the Paint Creek Rural School. I was a six-man football player, a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 48, and an Eagle Scout.

I experienced the bonds of family, the power of community, the meaning of faith. And I learned the high calling we have as Americans to protect freedom.

It was for freedom that I wore the uniform of the United States Air Force. I flew C-130 aircraft all across the globe. I lived in places like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. I learned how special it is to be an American.

Later I would become a state representative, ag commissioner, lieutenant governor, and eventually governor of the world’s 12th largest economy.

I would truly live the motto of the Paint Creek Rural School: “no dream to tall for a school so small.”

I continue to draw inspiration from a trip I took with my father fifteen years ago.

Dad and I went back to his old air base in England for his first visit in 55 years. Then we crossed the channel and visited the American cemetery that overlooks the bluffs at Omaha beach. That flight across the channel he had taken 35 times previously, as a tailgunner on a B-17.

On that peaceful, wind-swept setting, there lie 9,000 graves, including 45 pairs of brothers, 33 of whom are buried side by side, a father and a son, two sons of a president. They all traded their future for ours in a final act of loving sacrifice.

In that American Cemetery, it is no accident each headstone faces west: west over the Atlantic, towards the nation they defended, the nation they loved, the nation they would never come home to.

It struck me as I stood in the midst of those heroes that they look upon us in silent judgment. And that we must ask ourselves: are we worthy of their sacrifice?

The truth is we are at the end of an era of failed leadership.

We have been led by a divider who has sliced and diced the electorate, pitting American against American for political purposes. We are a country more divided by race, income, religion and party than when he entered office.

His lofty words were no match for the reality of the world.

How long ago it seems now the speeches before fawning millions in Europe, in front of Roman columns in Denver. We were told America needed to improve its reputation abroad. Now we are neither liked nor respected.

That’s what happens when a president governs based on popular acclamation, instead of based on enduring American values.

We have isolated our allies, and emboldened our adversaries.

ISIS has ripped a swath through the Middle East as large as Great Britain. It could have been prevented. But a naïve campaign promise took priority over stability, and even the blood shed by American heroes. Today, the president remains in denial about the weakness that led to their emergence, and even the nature of the threat. With political correctness expected of a Harvard professor, he refuses to admit we are at war with radical Islam. Mr. President, we are at war with radical Islam.

Naïve policies gave us the Iranian nuclear deal – an agreement that fuels Iran’s nuclear ambitions rather than prohibiting them. A president who boldly claimed it was his goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons will have a legacy of nuclear proliferation. All because he places his trust in a regime that is the leading sponsor of state terrorism, in the word of radicals, in inspections that can be easily manipulated.

My friends, this is not the America I know.

Neither is a domestic economy that settles for two percent growth, and neither is a president who ignores the Constitution and issues executive orders to make law.

Washington needs to return to doing its constitutional duty: standing up a strong military, implementing foreign policy from a policy of strength, not weakness, and securing the border with Mexico. And they need to get out of the education business, get out of the healthcare business, and stop utilizing EPA zealots to shut down small business.

Washington is not the fount of all wisdom. The best ideas come from the states.

Liberal Justice Lewis Brandeis once said, “that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

Each state should chart its own course, whether it is Governor Haley fighting the unions to bring Boeing and Michelin to South Carolina, or Bobby Jindal standing up for school choice. I support the right of states to be wrong, like Colorado legalizing pot. I would rather one state get it wrong than the whole country.

Today Washington has discarded the Tenth Amendment, centralizing power while failing to meet the test of leadership.

Our present-day leaders would have us settle for low expectations, low growth, record numbers out of the workforce. To them, two percent growth is the new norm. They want us to embrace their vision of mediocrity. I, for one, will not.

As Americans we have the power to make the world new again.

But let me issue a couple warnings. First, the answer to a president nominated for soaring rhetoric and no record is not to nominate a candidate whose rhetoric speaks louder than his record. It is not to replicate the Democrat model of selecting a president, falling for the cult of personality over durable life qualities.

Only in Washington do they define fighting as filibustering, leading as debating.

Where I come from, talk is cheap. And leadership is not what you say, but what you do.

Missouri is the “show me state”, and this must be a “show me, don’t tell me” election, where we get beyond the rhetoric to the record to see who has been tested, who has led and who can be expected to stand in the face of fire.

And for the record, if a candidate can’t take tough questions from a reporter, how will they deal with the president of Russia, the leaders of China or the fanatics in Iran?

My second warning is this: we cannot indulge nativist appeals that divide the nation further. The answer to our current divider-in-chief is not to elect a Republican divider-in-chief.

Conservatism is inherently optimistic. It celebrates the power of the individual, it believes in free markets over state-controlled solutions. It knows free individuals can govern their own lives better than centralized government.

Progressives think we need to protect the people from themselves. Conservatives think we need to protect the people from government.

We have had too much government – too many government answers, too much government meddling – all at the expense of individual freedom.

We need to get back to the central constitutional principle that, in America it is the content of your character that matters, not the color of your skin – that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are going. In an America blind to color, that champions the individual, that recognizes merit, there is no room for debate that denigrates certain people based on their heritage or origin.

We can secure the border and reform our immigration system without inflammatory rhetoric, without base appeals that divide us based on race, culture and creed.

Let me be crystal clear: for those of us in Christ, our citizenship is first and foremost in God’s kingdom, our brothers and sisters are those made in the image of God, and our obligation – after loving God with all our heart, mind and soul – is to love our neighbors as ourselves, regardless of where they come from.

Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ. We can enforce our laws and our borders, and we can love all who live within our borders, without betraying our values.

It is time to elevate our debate from divisive name-calling, from soundbites without solutions, and start discussing how we will make the country better for all if a conservative is elected president.

And let me say, I know something about enacting conservative principles. We have done it in Texas.

During my 14 years as governor, Texas created nearly one-third of all new American jobs. We passed balanced budgets, cut taxes, set aside billions of dollars for a rainy day, and elevated our graduation rates to second highest in the nation.

We did this based on conservative principles: Don’t tax too much, don’t spend all the money, invest in an educated workforce, and stop frivolous lawsuits at the courthouse.

It can be done, all across America, with the right leadership.

2016 is the most important election of our lifetime. I know we say this every election, but this time it is actually true. It is true because we have had six and a half years of an expanding welfare state, and a contracting freedom state.

There are two visions for America: the government-run welfare state of Washington, New York and California, and the limited government freedom state pioneered in places like Texas.

The centralized state offers more regulations, and less freedom. A world where everything costs more, from college tuition, to the cost of housing, to the price of government.

Their answer to our current economic mess is more government solutions, more tax dollars placed in the hands of bureaucrats, more redistribution schemes, and a shrinking pie for the middle class.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.’

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right nominee, we can cut taxes on corporations and individuals, unleash growth, create jobs, and lift wages. We can create opportunity by drilling for American energy and selling it around the world.

We can restore our reputation abroad by reasserting our moral authority, by standing with allies like Israel, and standing up to adversaries like Iran.

We can be the America we know in our hearts we are meant to be – a nation of ideas and innovations, a place where freedom flourishes, that special land that the heroes of Normandy died to defend.

Conservative principles applied consistently will make life better for all, but especially minority Americans. More African-Americans are living in poverty since President Obama took office. That’s because he offers them government programs, instead of creating new incentives for people to work.

We can improve life for minority Americans. The formula is simple: stop politically correct regulation policies that make housing so expensive for single moms, let low and middle-income Americans keep more of what they make, challenge all kids to exceed in school.

We did that in Texas, and now we have the highest graduation rate for minority students.

For me, the message has always been greater than the man. The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee should embody those principles. He – or she – must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their own celebrity.

I still believe in the power of that message – a message that offers hope, redemption and solace in the midst of storms.

When I gave my life to Christ, I said, “your ways are greater than my ways. Your will superior to mine.”

Today I submit that His will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear.

[quote_center]That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.[/quote_center]

We have a tremendous field – the best in a generation – so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too.

I share this news with no regrets. It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics.

And as I approach the next chapter in life, I do so with the love of my life by my side, Anita Perry. We have our house in the country, we have two beautiful children and two adorable grandchildren, four dogs, and the best sunset from our front porch that you could ever imagine.

Life is good. And I am a blessed man.

I remain as convinced as ever: there is nothing wrong with America today that cannot be fixed with new leadership. Leadership that champions conservative ideas.

As great as our greatest Republican presidents were – from Lincoln to Reagan – it is their ideas that remain greatest.

Those ideas live on through the spirit, idealism and optimism of this generation of Americans.

We must return to great ideas, to our belief in the power of free individuals, free markets, and free Americans standing watch for liberty wherever it is threated.

This is up to us. It is up to you. And to me. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s get to work. Let’s make America, America again.

[quote_center]Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”[/quote_center]

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Obama Gives Biden Blessing For 2016 Presidential Run

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2015– On Monday, Vice President Biden enjoyed lunch at the White House with President Obama. The two apparently discussed a Biden run for the White House. A short while after their lunch ended, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama has given Biden the green light and his blessing to run for President.

JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: So you have the development over the weekend that the vice president came back and met with Elizabeth Warren. How does the president deal with this if Biden actually decides to run? You have his current vice president versus the former Secretary of State.

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well, that’s not an insignificant if in that question. And I think that’s what everybody is pretty interested in finding out is what decision the vice president is going to make. The president has indicated that his view that the decision that he made, I guess 7 years ago now, to add Joe Biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision that he has ever made in politics. And I think that should give you some sense into the president’s view into Vice President’s aptitude for the top job.

KARL: So, I’d assume that means the president would support Vice President Biden if were to run? And this is obviously, you know, a better decision than the secretary of state he choose. So, uh — well you said it was the best decision he ever made.

EARNEST: Yeah, it was…

EARNEST: The president has spoke at quite some length about the appreciation and respect and admiration he has for the service of Secretary Clinton, particularly in her four years as Secretary of State.

KARL: Just not his best decision.

EARNEST: Well, he, again, I think all of you and your coverage of some of the president’s comments about Secretary Clinton have noted how warm those comments were. I’ll just say that the vice president is somebody who has already run for president twice. He’s been on a national ticket through two election cycles now, both in 2008 and the reelection of 2012. So, I think you could probably make the case that there is no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign. That means he’s going to collect all the information that he needs to make a decision.

As Hillary Clinton continues to decline in the polls, even losing to billionaire reality TV star Donald Trump in a key swing state, Democrats seem to be scrambling to find a palatable alternative to a Clinton nomination.

Only three weeks ago, Earnest refused to answer when asked by reporters on whether or not President Obama would support Vice President Biden if he ran for the presidency. Earnest did expound on Obama’s admiration for Biden, and added that Biden would make a decision by the end of the Summer.

Biden is said to be reaching out to top Democrat donors across the country.

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15-Year-Old Presidential Candidate ‘Deez Nuts’ Polling At 9 Percent In North Carolina

Brady Olson, a 15-year-old student from Iowa who filed to run for president in 2016 as an Independent candidate by the name of “Deez Nuts”, is currently polling at 9 percent in North Carolina against contenders such as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Olson gained attention on social media after Public Policy Polling released the results of a poll from North Carolina, which found that when competing against Trump and Clinton, Olson would receive 9 percent of the vote. Similar polls also found that he was polling at 8 percent in Minnesota and at 7 percent in Iowa.


After filing to run with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 26, Olson told The Daily Beast that he first had the idea for the prank when he heard about “Limberbutt McCubbins,” a 5-year-old cat from Kentucky who has filed to run as a Democrat, or “demo-cat.”

“The next step is to get some party nominations, like the Minnesota Independence Party or the Modern Whig Party,” Olson said. “It would also be great to find a VP, preferably McCubbins because the Nuts/McCubbins ticket sounds amazing.”

“My name is not Deez Nuts,” Olson told The Guardian. “I am a 15-year-old who filled out a form, had the campaign catch on fire, and am now putting up the best third-party numbers since Ross Perot.”

Olson filed with a “Form 2,” or statement of candidacy. The FEC Deputy Press Officer, Christian Hilland, told The Daily Beast that anyone can fill out a Form 2, and while the FEC does vet the contenders, it’s more along the lines of “did they fill out the information correctly? Did they review the fields?” and their process “doesn’t speak to the authenticity of the individual who filed the claim.”


Olson told Rolling Stone that he leans Libertarian. “I’m young and I think I have fresher ideas because whatever decisions I make would have longer effects on me,” he said.

The Guardian noted that among the 585 candidates who have registered for president in 2016 are other peculiar candidates such as “Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks (independent), President Emperor Caesar (Democrat), Buddy The Cat (Democrat), Crawfish Crawfish (other), Bailey D Dog (independent), Buddy The Elf (write-in) and Lindsey Graham (Republican).”

Watch Truth In Media’s Consider This video, seen below, illustrating that Democrats and Republicans are no longer the majority in the United States:


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Hillary Criticizes Businesses For Not Paying Interns While Her Interns Work For Free

In addition to supporting a $15 per hour minimum wage and creating a plan to “make college more affordable,” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has criticized businesses that do not pay interns, while her own campaign makes its interns work for free.

A post from Clinton’s Twitter account on Sunday advertised an internship program working for the former Secretary of State’s 2016 presidential campaign, complete with “free coffee,” “great views” and “the chance to make history.” However, one thing was missing: a salary.

While the guidelines set for interns by Clinton’s campaign line up with those set by the Clinton Foundation, they stray from the comments made by Clinton regarding the wages earned by both interns and students.

Speaking at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2013, Clinton criticized businesses for taking advantage of unpaid interns by not letting them transition into paid employees.

“Businesses have taken advantage of unpaid internships to an extent that it is blocking the opportunities for young people to move on into paid employment,” Clinton said. “More businesses need to move their so-called interns to employees.” 

Carolyn Osorio, a graduate of the Pratt Institute and an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter, said that after undergoing an “elaborate screening and interview process,” she was told that in order to work full-time with Hillary for America, she would have to move to Nebraska and would be required to work for free.

“I guess I shouldn’t be surprised,” Osorio said. “Unpaid work is common in campaigns, and as secretary of State, Hillary worked for the Obama administration. At the same time the administration was cracking down on unpaid internships in the private sector, it continued not paying the 300 annual interns in the White House.”

Osorio went on to say that she felt it wasn’t just about raising the minimum wage, it was about Clinton paying a wage in the first place. “Forget arguments about raising the minimum wage,” she said. “I can’t even get a wage.”

Clinton introduced her “New College Compact” on Aug. 10. The compact is a $350 billion, 10-year proposal that Clinton claims will help students with college tuition and cut interest rates on loans, and would cut tax deductions among the wealthy.

Clinton’s plan has been criticized, with the National Review noting that the $350 billion headline is “simply another iteration of the same tired progressive tax and spend ‘solution’ to every problem,” and the Washington Examiner reporting that Clinton’s plan would actually raise college tuition.

In June, Clinton spoke to a convention of low-wage workers rallying to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and encouraged them to fight back against the businesses for their right to “make that living wage.”

“All of you should not have to march in the streets to get a living wage, but thank you for marching in the streets to get that living wage,” Clinton said. “We need you out there leading the fight against those who would rip away Americans’ right to organize, to collective bargaining, to fair pay.”

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Poll: Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton In New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has surpassed longtime frontrunner and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the first time in the polls in New Hampshire.

According to a recent poll conducted by Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald, Sanders is polling at 44 percent, and Clinton is trailing at 37 percent among Democratic primary voters.

Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce whether he is running for President in the 2016 election, received nine percent in the poll. Other Democratic contenders who have jumped into the race including former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Gov. Jim Webb, received less than one percent in the poll.

[RELATED: New Poll Shows Sanders Leading Trump, Walker In Head-to-Head General Election Matchups]

The poll, which was held from Aug. 7-10, surveyed 442 New Hampshire Democrats over the phone and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

Although the poll results indicated that only 11 percent of voters thought Sanders would win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, it did find that more than half of those surveyed viewed Sanders’ campaign as “very favorable” and his polling numbers have risen drastically in the state where he was polling at eight percent compared to Clinton’s 44 percent in March.

The results of the poll noted that while 80 percent of NH Democrats view Clinton favorably, only 38 percent said they have a “very favorable” impression of her, only 35 percent said they are “excited” about her campaign, and 51 percent said that while they could support her, they aren’t enthusiastic about her campaign.

[RELATED: Why The Secret Of The Trump Effect And Sanders’ Rise Isn’t Really A Secret]

Since announcing his presidential bid on April 30, Sanders, who is a self-described socialist, has drawn massive crowds ranging in the thousands at rallies in states such as Wisconsin, Maine, and in Washington where he was recently interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

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Jeb Bush: ‘People Need To Work Longer Hours’ To Grow The Economy

In an interview with New Hampshire’s Union Leader on Wednesday, Bush was asked if he had any plans for tax reform, such as a flat tax, and he replied:

[quote_center]“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is four percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”[/quote_center]

When asking Bush about his plans for tax reform, the Union Leader inquired about a possible flat tax, which has already been proposed by Bush’s rival, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who announced his plan to make more than $2 trillion in tax cuts by replacing the IRS tax code with a flat tax of 14.5 percent on individuals and businesses in June.

ABC News reported that the Democratic National Committee was quick to release a statement, calling Bush’s comment “easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle,” and saying that Bush would not support the middle class as president.

Bush responded by releasing a statement claiming that his comment was not about full-time workers, and was instead directed towards the under underemployed and part-time workers.

“Under President Obama, we have the lowest workforce participation rate since 1977, and too many Americans are falling behind,” Bush said. “Only Washington Democrats could be out-of-touch enough to criticize giving more Americans the ability to work, earn a paycheck, and make ends meet.”

The Washington Post reported that Bush told reporters that he blames the Obama administration and congressional Democrats for “enacting a series of policies that have made it harder for businesses to create jobs and for Americans to work longer hours.”

“If we’re going to grow the economy people need to stop being part-time workers, they need to be having access to greater opportunities to work,” Bush said. “You can take it out of context all you want, but high-sustained growth means that people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success, they have money, disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than getting in line and being dependent on government.”

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Jason Stapleton Program Live: Republicans Join President to Screw Us All

Today we’ll be talking about he president’s Fast Track bill and shed some light on why congress would be supporting such an obvious shift of their own power to the executive. We’ll also discuss Frances new surveillance state AND…Are fund managers preparing for a market meltdown?

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Students Seen Wearing “Stand with Rand” Shirts in TV Footage of Ted Cruz Campaign Kickoff

Following Senator Ted Cruz’ recent announcement that he is running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, the 2016 presidential race is officially underway. Though Cruz is the first major candidate to formally announce his candidacy, US Senator Rand Paul is also expected to launch a campaign for president in the near future.

At Cruz’ speech on Monday at Liberty University, he declared his candidacy and said, “I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America and that is why, today, I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.” However, Business Insider notes that the photo op sent mixed signals, as many students seen in the background of the above-embedded ABC News broadcast of Cruz’ announcement were wearing bright red “Stand with Rand” T-shirts, signaling their support for Cruz’ likely GOP primary opponent US Senator Rand Paul.

Reason pointed out the fact that Liberty University students were required to attend the speech or face punishment, causing supporters of Senator Paul to wear the shirts in protest.

The shirts were first noticed by The Washington Post‘s Robert Costa who tweeted an image of Cruz surrounded by Paul supporters.

Culture jamming” was a tactic widely used by supporters of Rand Paul’s father Ron Paul during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns in an effort to get the word out despite what was widely perceived as a mainstream media blackout of the libertarian-leaning ex-Congressman’s views. Paul’s supporters were often seen in the backgrounds of TV appearances of other candidates carrying campaign signs or wearing campaign apparel.

White House Exempts Office of Administration from FOIA Requests

On Tuesday, the White House published a notice in the Federal Register, deleting the regulation that required the Office of Administration to be subject to public information requests, which would have required a response under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Office of Administration is made up of seven offices that are in charge of overseeing the general administration of the entire Executive Office.

The notice published in the Federal Register said that the White House is “removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and maintained by the Executive Office of the President.”

This action is being taken in order to align Office of Administration policy with well-settled legal interpretations of the Office of Administration’s status under Federal law and Executive Orders, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, and Executive Order 13526,” stated the notice.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest claimed that even with the change in rules, the Obama administration is the “most transparent administration in history.” He referred to the repeal as an “administrative change,” and said that it has “no impact on our compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

This change in the regulations is merely an effort to comply with a court ruling that was issued almost six years ago,” said Earnest, referencing an appeals court ruling from 2009 that made the Office of Administration exempt from FOIA. The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed against the Bush administration by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

Anne Weismann, a member of CREW, told USA Today that the repeal is “completely out of step with the president’s supposed commitment to transparency.

You have a president who comes in and says, ‘I’m committed to transparency and agencies should make discretionary disclosures whenever possible,’ but he’s not applying that to his own White House,” Weismann said.

According to The Hill, the Obama administration has “censored or denied access to records more frequently than ever in 2013” and has “cited more legal reasons than ever for exempting them.”

USA Today noted that the timing of the repeal has “raised eyebrows among transparency advocates,” due to the fact that it was made on National Freedom of Information Day, in the midst of a debate over the preservation of Obama administration records, and during Sunshine Week, which is devoted to news organizations and watchdog groups highlighting issues of government transparency.


Fox News Bashes Boehner for Inviting Netanyahu to Address Congress, Not Notifying White House

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak about nuclear negotiations with Iran at an upcoming joint session of Congress, without first verifying the invitation with Obama.

Politico described this move as Boehner’s “most dramatic foreign policy confrontation” with Obama to date, due to the fact that Netanyahu is a “fierce opponent of the emerging U.S. nuclear agreement with the Islamic republic and has served as Obama’s foil, of sorts, as the negotiations have progressed.”

According to the New York Times, Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu “stunned” the White House, which called it a “breach of protocol,” and confirmed on Thursday that Obama would not meet with Netanyahu during his visit.

On Friday, in a discussion about Boehner’s subversion of Obama’s authority, Fox News correspondents Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith spoke out in criticism of both Boehner’s decision the extend an invitation, and Netanyahu’s decision to accept it.

Wallace said he completely agreed with former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk when he told the New York Times:

Netanyahu is using the Republican Congress for a photo-op for his election campaign and the Republicans are using Bibi for their campaign against Obama. Unfortunately, the U.S. relationship will take the hit. It would be far wiser for us to stay out of their politics and for them to stay out of ours.”

I think he’s 100 percent right,” Wallace said, explaining that he had been at the White House on Wednesday when Boehner announced that he had invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress, and that Netanyahu had accepted.

Wallace said one White House official was “flabbergasted,” and claimed the administration was given “no advanced warning,” and first found out about Netanyahu’s impending visit when Boehner announced it to the Press.

To make you get a sense of really how, forgive me, wicked, this whole thing is, the Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States for two hours on Tuesday,” Wallace said. “Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador, according to the State Department, never mentioned the fact that Netanyahu was in negotiations and finally agreed to come to Washington, not to see the president, but to go to Capitol Hill, speak to a joint session of congress and criticize the president’s policy. I have to say I’m shocked.

Smith pointed out that although both members of the Mossad and members of his own political party have warned Netanyahu that the upcoming trip to the U.S. is a bad idea, he “won’t back out.”

The newspapers over there are going wild over this,” Smith said. “It just seems like they think we don’t pay any attention and we’re just a bunch of complete morons, the United States citizens, like we wouldn’t pick up on what’s happening here.”

Wallace noted that although Netanyahu is an “extremely savvy and successful politician,” Israel is just weeks away from a major election, and Israel’s relationship with the U.S. is a big political issue.

Even when they’re fighting with each other the Israelis want to know that the U.S. has their back,” Wallace said. “For Netanyahu to do something that is going to be seen as such a deliberate and really egregious snub of President Obama, when Obama’s going to be in power for the next year and three-quarters would seem to me to be a very risky political strategy for Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

Russia Responds to SOTU Address, Accuses U.S. of Wanting World Domination

On Wednesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to comments made by President Obama during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, regarding U.S. relations with Russia.

In 2014, Obama signed a series of executive orders that placed sanctions on Russia, in order to increase the “diplomatic and financial costs of Russia’s aggressive actions towards Ukraine.”

In his address, Obama explained that by placing sanctions on Russia, the United States was “demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy.”

We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small,” said Obama. “By opposing Russian aggression, and supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.”

In his response, Lavrov stated that by placing sanctions on Russia, the United States was harming mutual partners, and mutual work between the nations was suffering because of it.

We do not want, and we will not allow, any new Cold War,” said Lavrov. “Our Western partners should understand that security in the modern world is impossible through attempts of one-sided actions or one-sided pressure on partners in mutual work.

Obama said that while he “heard from some folks” that President Putin’s aggression was a “masterful display of strategy and strength,” he believed that the United States was the nation with a strong and strategic economy.

Today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated with its economy in tatters,” said Obama. “That’s how America leads – not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.

Lavrov countered Obama’s comment, insisting that the “attempts to isolate Russia will not get any result.” He went on to say that because of the lack of bilateral dialogue, “relations between Moscow and Washington have been seriously exacerbated.”

The Americans have taken the course of confrontation and do not assess their own steps critically at all,” said Lavrov. “Yesterday’s speech by President Obama shows that at the center of their philosophy is only one thing: ‘We are number one and everyone else has to respect that.’ This is a little outdated and does not reflect today’s reality.”

Ted Cruz responds to Romney’s 2016 plans

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015– Last week, failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney publicly told major donors that he was ready for another shot at the White House in 2016.

United States Senator Ted Cruz (R- Texas) has been flirting with the idea of mounting a 2016 run for the White House. On Monday, Cruz responded to reporters regarding the idea of Romney 2016.

“There are some who believe that a path to Republican victory is to run to the mushy middle, is to blur distinctions,” Cruz said. “I think recent history has shown us, that’s not a path to success. It doesn’t work. It’s a failed electoral strategy. I very much agree with President Ronald Reagan that the way we win is by painting with bold colors and not pale pastels and I think that’s gonna be a debate Republicans are gonna have over the next two years.”

“It is certainly a debate that I intend to participate in vigorously,” Cruz added.

On Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) delivered his own remarks regarding Romney’s 2016 declaration.

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Rand Paul Responds To Romney 2016

WASHINGTON, January 13, 2015– Last week, failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney publicly told major donors that he was ready for another shot at the White House in 2016. Promising to endorse the GOP nominee, in 2012, United States Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) endorsed Romney for the White House as promised. However, 4 years has passed and many believe Paul has White House plans of his own.

Strategists and pundits are suggesting that Romney’s 2016 strategy is to “run to the right of Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.”

On Sunday, Paul was questioned about Romney’s 2016 aspirations and “running to the right” strategy on Fox News’ John Gibson’s podcast.  “If Mitt runs to the right of Jeb Bush he will still be to the left of the party, and that would a difficult spot to be in,” responded Paul. 

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White House 2016: Mitt Romney Just Made A Major Announcement

NEW YORK, January 9, 2014- On Friday, after years of repudiating the idea of running for President in 2016, Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, says he is now actively exploring running for President again.

According to sources cited by Politico, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, held a meeting on Friday with more than 30 major donors to his previous campaigns at a Manhattan office. One donor asked Romney to clear the air with regard to whether or not he was considering running. “Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run,” responded Romney.

“What he has said to me before is, ‘I am preserving my options.’ What he is now saying is, ‘I am seriously considering a run,’” notes Bobbie Kilberg, a major Republican fundraiser who bundled millions for Romney’s 2012 race. “And he said that in a room with 30 people. That is a different degree of intensity.”

Earlier in the week, Romney also met privately with his 2012 election campaign staff.

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Sen. Rand Paul’s wife talks about running for president in 2016

KENTUCKY, August 25, 2014– Senator Rand Paul (R- Ky.) is almost certainly running for president, but what are Mrs. Paul’s thoughts regarding becoming the first lady? In an interview with WKYU FM, Kelly Paul shares what has been on her mind regarding Rand 2016.

Is it fair to say you don’t want your husband to run for President?

I wouldn’t say that. I would say though that we just have a lot more talking to do about the subject. I mean it’s something that you don’t go into lightly, being in the public eye is hard on a family and a marriage. I’m really proud of Rand, I think he’s doing an amazing job, so I’d love for him to be able to expand that but we still have a few hurdles to cross before we actually pull the trigger on it.

And that is the main hurdle, what it would do to you family dynamics, your family’s privacy?

I would say so, that’s probably the main decision any family has to make, really. It’s not a typical job where you just go to work and do your job, there are huge demands on your time and, obviously, there are going to be a lot of people attacking you…and that’s part of it, that’s part of politics, but it’s on such a high scale when you’re running for President, so we’re thinking about it but not 100% there yet obviously.

Which way is the Senator leaning?

You know, I think it just depends on the day. He’s really trying to do his job and make a difference right now and, when he’s invited places, because people are interested in him as a candidate, he’s going because that obviously sets the stage if he does decide to do it but we’re still pretty far out. We don’t talk about it that much to tell you the truth.


Listen to the full interview HERE.

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First Republican Woman To Float 2016 Presidential Bid: Tennessee Congresswoman Blackburn

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., April 11, 2014– According to her staff, United States Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will consider running for president in 2016. An aide informed RealClearPolitics that if Blackburn “sees an opportunity” she would seize it. Blackburn represents Tennessee’s 7th federal congressional district.

“If there’s a door to kick down, she’s willing to kick it down,” the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. “These are the kinds of events you go to — test the waters, and see what the reaction is.”

Blackburn is scheduled to be one of the speakers at a New Hampshire Republican rally this coming weekend. She will join United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), United States Senator Ted Cruz (R- Texas) and former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.)

The RealClearPolitics article goes on to cite Blackburn as a “staunch fiscal conservative”. However, a quick Google search dispels  all myths that, as of late, the Congresswoman is a staunch fiscal conservative.

According to her FreedomWorks “conservative on fiscal issues” score, Blackburn has not scored above 80% in three years. Her current score is a 71%, which is two points lower than last year.

At 77%, Club for Growth, the number one fiscally conservative PAC in the nation, gave Blackburn a not so conservative rating in 2013. She sits in 83rd place with regards to upholding the PAC’s credentials of supporting “constitutionally limited government” and “sound economic policy”.

The Heritage Foundation, Washington’s conservative think-tank juggernaut, rates Blackburn on par with other conservative organizations. The think-tank has currently issued her a weak 77%.

Even the National Journal, a moderately conservative publication, rated Blackburn as being “more liberal” than 1/5 of Congress (2013) when it came to sound fiscal policy. This score should be considered generous when considering the source.

To Blackburn’s credit, the Congresswoman once boasted incredibly strong scores during her first years in Congress. In fact, she was rated as having a 100% fiscally conservative score by multiple groups during her first term. However, that was years ago, and voting records don’t lie. As Blackburn’s time in Congress has progressed, her votes have become more and more progressive as well.

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It’s official: Kentucky legislators move to clarify law so Rand Paul can run for President and Senate in 2016

FRANKFORT, March 13, 2014– Kentucky lawmakers are moving to change state law, which could prohibit a federal candidate from appearing on the same ballot twice in a general election. Primary elections appear to be excluded from the current state law, so much ambiguity has surrounded US Senator Rand Paul’s (R) options.

“What this simply does is clarifies that when you have a candidate in the federal delegation who is either seeking the presidency or is chosen to run for the vice presidential seat, that person can also run at the same time for their seat in the United States Senate or the United States Congress,” Sen. Damon Thayer said of his revised bill in an interview with Kentucky.com.

One Democrat, State Sen. Morgan McGarvey (Louisville), joined Republicans on the Senate State and Local Government Committee in voting to send the proposal to the full Senate for a vote. “One thing about this bill that I think is important to point out is it only allows federal officeholders in Kentucky to run for president or vice president,” said McGarvey.

Holding a majority, House Democrats have promised to block the bill.

Paul and his allies continue to cite that Kentucky’s existing law wouldn’t stop him from running for both offices because U.S. Supreme Court precedent dictates that federal law supersedes state law with regards to federal elections.

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