Mass shootings have been on the rise in U.S. since the turn of the century, but a look at other countries shows that Obama may be directing his attention in the wrong direction in his search for a solution.
Offers to switch places with Edward Snowden
Taking a page out of Trump’s playbook
‘Millions of Americans who want to join unions are unable to do so’
Environmental group denies temperature increases have ‘paused’
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s released a budget plan Tuesday calling for steep tax hikes in an attempt to balance the budget without major spending cuts.
‘I am not sure it’s wise’
‘This scheme to defraud taxpayers and manipulate the system is, unfortunately, only the latest example of unacceptable misconduct’
He’s bringing on a PR expert to solely message on global warming
A second company may have Clinton email backups
Has also said that God is a “white racist… carrying a gun and stalking young, black men”
The prospect of splitting apart families is ‘not acceptable in America’
‘OK, a couple of fights, but you know, that’s common ground in that school’
‘That was made very clear to me.’
America’s recent losses in uranium mining are the gain of Kazakhstan and Russia
Urges Clinton contact email provider
‘If you’re not well educated, someone could come along and say, ‘You know what? The economy is great”
He picked the wrong Hill to try on
‘I’m not in this to have self-glorification. I’ve had plenty of that’
‘Sleep two hours, wake up and cry, sleep two hours, wake up and cry’
Group could deny Kevin McCarthy the speakership
Hasn’t persuaded people why they shouldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders
President Obama’s nominee for inspector general of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs contributed to the chief executive’s 2008 presidential campaign.
‘She didn’t try to cover up her involvement with the foundation’
‘Could have been better than this one’
Nuclear regulation is of “paramount importance.”
If Congress does not pass any legislation ‘we are going see more and more of the mass slaughters’
‘Brutally dishonest smear campaign’
‘Take our interactive Quizzes in Spanish!’
‘You’re more likely to have a sick day if you’re a teacher than an oil and gas worker,’ says critic
Energy innovation is in oil and gas, not just solar
Lindsey Graham warned that Israel could face a second holocaust if Iran gains access to a nuclear weapon.
‘We have to have more opportunities for people to present their vision for our country’
‘I will do everything in my power to resist these unlawful terrorist transfers’
‘That’s something that is ongoing’
‘I’m not nearly as optimistic about conservative chances as many folks on the left say I should be’
Marco Rubio is their greatest worry
‘The executive branch can impose its will on states and utilities because of the Clean Air Act.’
‘Illegal immigration is actually just a small part of the issue.’
‘I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness … Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.’
‘Beyond all historical precedent’
Rep. Stephen Fincher is attempting to use a rare maneuver that would sidestep House leadership to push legislation reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank straight to the floor for a vote.
‘There’s homophobes still left — most of them are running for president’
‘Giving existing leadership a promotion is not going to work’
Big news in international trade.
‘Very spirited campaign’
‘I’m a little embarrassed that the emails are so boring’
‘Here in Douglas County, we believe in the Second Amendment’
Participation qualifies them to be on the ballot for March 15 FL primary
Says discovering her private email server was not a public service
‘If Congress won’t act,’ here’s what she’ll do
‘An armed population would discourage government overreach’
‘He has an opportunity to absolutely run away with this’
Whistleblowers Applaud Obama's Nomination Of Permanent Inspector General For Department Of Veterans Affairs
‘It is imperative that he is willing to make the organization more transparent’
Christie closes door on running for Speaker of the House
‘I feel like it does a grave disservice and dishonors not just the memory of the four that we lost, but of everybody who has served our country’
Career diplomat asked Clinton to talk to CEO of GE
‘It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry’
The obvious message of the Republican Party for 2016 is that it’s desperate to find new voters.
After Mitt Romney’s sobering defeat in 2012, the party’s autopsy heavily stressed the fact that the GOP was going to do its utmost to reach out to demographics that usually prefer Democrats.
Hispanics are at the top of that, and the best way to woo them over, according to many party leaders, is with “immigration reform.”
And that’s one of the many reasons why Republican insiders are so upset with Donald Trump. Trump has skyrocketed in the polls and captured the media’s eye in large part due to his strong rhetoric on immigration.
Consultants and donors alike are wringing their hands at the possibly irreversible damage that The Donald could do to Republican outreach efforts. Besides the party having a bigger problem than Trump when it comes to Hispanic outreach, there’s something else the party is failing to consider when assessing Trump’s popularity: he’s winning over a long-neglected demographic that’s essential to the Republican coalition.
That group is the Middle American Radicals.
National Journal’s John Judis noted this phenomenon in a Friday article appropriately called, “The Return of the Middle American Radical.” Judis, relying on the pioneering work of sociologist Donald Warren, says that the MARS are defined by their defiance of traditional partisan positions.
They tend to be socially conservative, yet economically liberal. They think the rich have too much power and the poor get too many handouts. They distrust Washington, but the MARS believe the solution for the District of Corruption is a more powerful president.
Judis estimates that the MARS make up almost 35 percent of the Republican electorate, and this number nicely corresponds with Trump’s poll percentage. As the author notes, they have formed the backbone of support several insurgent candidates over the years — such as Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan — that were hated by the Beltway establishment but loved by Rust Belt constituents.
Contrary to many analyses of Trump’s popularity that peg it on his celebrity persona or his outsider status, Judis argues that the primary reason for The Donald’s surge is due to his policies. While a common criticism of the businessman-turned-politician is that he lacks any policies, the National Journal editor says what Trump articulate strongly hews to common MARS themes.
On trade, he’s a protectionist. He promises to make no cuts to Social Security and other well-liked government programs. He’s big on law and order. He’s just as likely to attack Wall Street as he is the Washington establishment.
And when it comes to immigration, he’s more in line with the rank-and-file of the party than the prevalent insider orthodoxy.
However, Republican leadership wants to take the complete opposite approach from the MARS constituency — while still hoping the radicals show up on Election Day. Settling upon a strictly economic agenda that puts social issues on the backburner and actively champions unrestricted immigration, Republicans believe that this pro-business, “inspirational” limited government message will make in-roads with other demographics, especially Hispanics.
However, research and recent elections show Hispanics are not going to gaga over this message — even if it is delivered in Spanish. According to a Pew Research poll, only 19 percent of Latinos want less government — nearly 30 percentage points down from the general population. Immigration is also not the highest priority among Hispanic voters.
Additionally, Republicans who have made strong attempts at winning over Hispanics with this message have failed miserably. John McCain, an ardent fan of immigration reform and one of the loudest champions of Latino outreach, won only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008 — only four points higher than Mitt “self-deportation” Romney’s total in 2012.
Neel Kashkari, the Republican nominee for the 2014 California gubernatorial race and a child of immigrants himself, made a noted outreach effort to Hispanics and essentially ran on the ideal establishment message of pro-growth and super optimism. Not only did Kashkari lose the race by 20 points, he also only won 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Even non-Hispanic voters aren’t too thrilled with this message, as evidenced both by Kashkari’s lopsided loss and compiled data. Combing through National Election Studies information, Vox’s Lee Drutman came up with the stark conclusion that far more Americans would prefer the populism espoused by Trump over the Republican establishment promises to cut social security and increase immigration.
While the Republican Party has done nothing to learn from its mistakes, it seems hellbent on purging the remaining Middle American radicals from its midst. A top Republican consultant has gone on air to predict that his party will “cleanse” itself of Trump supporters after the primary. Every George Will column on The Donald comes with the hope that the loathsome sorts who support the mogul will soon return to their caves.
Meanwhile, the MARS still left in the party continue to support the firebrand mogul over the unified will of the Republican establishment.
And they’ve hit back at the party in the past as well. See Eric Cantor’s humiliating primary defeat in 2014.
Republican leadership may think the future of the party resides in demographics that have so far shown no interest in the GOP. But this quest comes at the cost of alienating voters that are essential to winning elections.
Every elected Republican president since Richard Nixon won their terms thanks to the help of MARS. Nixon called them the Silent Majority and the radicals were dubbed Reagan Democrats when they went for the Gipper en masse. Each candidate made sure to appeal to them and not needlessly alienate them on behalf of a smaller, more desirable constituency.
One of the results of the ongoing Republican civil war is exposing the deep ideological rift between many among the party’s rank-and-file and the guys in charge. If the leaders refuse to mend the fences and plow ahead in a quixotic hunt for a new base, they will not only lose the MARS, they will lose national elections — by wide margins.
Maybe it’s time the GOP realized that Trump is more than a carnival barker and has actually become an unlikely champion for the Middle American radical.
She also jokes about the Keystone Pipeline and gay marriage
Officially announced his candidacy for Speaker on Sunday
Sat down for an interview with Al Sharpton
Christie Blasts Trump: 'Anybody That Agrees With Allowing The Russians Into The Middle East Is Just Painfully Naive'
‘Putin is not fighting ISIS. Putin is there to prop up Assad’
‘Proud’ to pay as little tax as possible
‘When it actually comes time to assess what sort of gun policy we have in this country, the president needs to look in the mirror.’
‘I’m not a masochist’
‘It’s not even a contest’
‘The battle over free speech is not partisan.’
Also admits mind has been changed on gay marriage
Limbaugh Hits Obama Gun Control Call: He 'Just Cleared The Decks For Iran To Get A Freaking Nuclear Weapon'
‘So what’s so magic about gun control?’
‘It’s not politically correct to say’
‘I will politicize it because our inaction is a political decision that we are making’
‘They put the NRA ahead of American families’
Not getting what I want ‘doesn’t mean that I throw a tantrum and try to wreck the economy’
‘You’ve got to vote against them, and let them know precisely why you’re voting against them.’
Clinton campaign proved wrong
Election to replace Boehner slated for next week
Quits out of nowhere
‘The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent’
‘Only in Washington is a budget increase considered a budget cut’
‘Well, then, with respect, what’s your plan?’
Trump On Oregon Shooting: 'Even With Great Mental Health Programs, People Are Going To Slip Through The Cracks'
‘But what are you going to do? Institutionalize everybody?’
‘My jaw dropped,’ says campaign
‘We need somebody that’s a very, very tough, smart cunning person. I don’t know that that’s him’
‘We must make it crystal clear’
‘[Y]ou do not want to get into a fight with me’
Some good, some bad
‘It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun’
‘I’m not sure he has undone the damage’
Owes $43.5 billion in court-ordered damages to terror victims
No problem if a Muslim is willing ‘to accept the principles and values’ of the US and the Constitution
‘When bad behavior is rewarded it only gets worse’
Gun control is ‘not the issue’
‘I’d like to tell you how tough I am, but it’s scary, and it’s intimidating, and I will continue to investigate the Secret Service’
‘The result of the Obama administration’s obstruction of routine congressional investigations’
May actually pass
‘Let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow’
‘Threats, intimidation and outbursts of anger’
Russian hackers tried to phish Clinton’s email
‘Let’s see how this goes for my progressive agenda’
‘Federal spending, consisting of both start-up and solvency loans, totals $2.4 billion to date.’
‘You really have to question the VA’s claims of success and take it with a grain of salt’
‘Congress needs to look at this, and dig out these grants specifically given to unions and eliminate them’
‘I think Leader McCarthy needs to re-read the job description of Speaker of the House’
‘A legitimate issue’
Top aide offered to pass “intel” from Anthony Weiner
Refused to defend State sop for LGBT groups
Sanders has the ‘resources to compete for a good long time in this race’
Trojan could have stolen info off of Hillary Clinton’s computer
‘The budget-driven decision to retire the A-10 is misguided’
‘That kind of attitude permeates down’
‘He isn’t meeting with the congressional delegation at all’
So why did it take so long to find out about her account?
Let’s not forget ‘slim black woman’ and ‘light skin lady’
‘No place in our society’
‘That is for him’
Rubio and Bush ‘hate more than anybody in this room hates their neighbor’
Unclear if Clinton clicked on infected files
'No Follow-Through': Why Do The Feds Keep Hiding Information About Hillary Clinton's Emails From Congress?
‘Promises with little or no follow through’
Funds Planned Parenthood
He got promoted anyway…
‘This practice will not continue under my chairmanship’
State Department released 6,300 pages of emails
Another aide complained that officials were using personal email
Worried about the media storm led by Sarah Palin and Fox News
Clinton scheduled to testify Oct. 22
The Obama administration is suggesting investors use robo-advisers instead of meeting with financial planners.
‘Thousands of toxic managers need to immediately be fired from Veterans Affairs nationwide’
‘It’s a sport for crying out loud.’
‘Today’s decision essentially shows BLM’s efforts are not needed’
[that shrug emoticon]
Where does a bear defecate?
‘We lack the resources’
‘If I can show that I raised $25,000 …’
Gutierrez calls for ‘inclusion’
‘Isn’t this a self-inflicted wound?’
‘They basically provide abortion, contraception, STDs and pregnancy tests’
‘Russia’s intervention in Syria will prolong and complicate this horrific war’
Rep. John Fleming said Wednesday Gowdy would not run for fourth term
Kevin McCarthy is seen as the favorite to replace Boehner
Ted Cruz and others want to shut the government down
Need to ‘hold Planned Parenthood accountable for … their potentially illegal activities’
‘Members who care look for people who are contrary to their views’
CAIR called on Carson to drop out of race
‘Just changing and moving one up may not be the answer’
‘I believe this merits further investigation’
‘Are unions supporting this just to help themselves and boosts their own ranks’
Being excluded from debate could be death blow
‘I’m a counter puncher.’ Rubio ‘hit me very viciously’
Congress is expected to vote on a bill this week that prohibits Iranian sanction relief until the country pays American victims of terrorism $43.5 billion in court-ordered damages.
‘I never have after all these years. But I — we’ll see.’
Clinton’s number one fan attempts to ease concerns
‘The video recordings are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing’
Clinton may scrap ‘Cadillac tax’
‘There’s still something real about his ridiculousness. And I just think we all need a lot more of that.’
‘I don’t think we are agreeing to disagree, I think you’re not answering my question’
Accused him of abandoning his libertarian views
‘We have to defend America and be strong. Our military is now equal to the 1940s’
Cuomo: Nothing ‘Common’ about our state
‘A failure in policy’
Media’s ‘been aggressive toward Hillary because they don’t much like her’
‘We believe in rugged individualism and personal liberty … except when it comes to women controlling their own bodies.’
‘We’re going to be reducing corporate taxes. Jobs will be created’
Do our allies think we are credible?
‘A real nightmare for the Clinton campaign’
In total, groups promoting EPA’s new pesticide rules have gotten nearly $2 million from the agency
‘I actually think he’ll do it if we get behind him’
Won’t comment about the degradation to American credibility
‘We just portrayed him as a man,’ not ‘as God’
Should we build a wall? … take TheDC’s poll!
‘What’s going to change?’
This is going to go one of two ways…
Obamacare’s biggest co-op went belly-up when New York’s Health Republic failed.
‘It could confirm some of Americans’ worst impressions of Congress’
Gwen Moore Calls Abortion A Remedy: 'I Don't Think We Do Children A Favor By Forcing Women To Give Birth'
Congresswoman Moore is continuing her push to keep Planned Parenthood funded.
‘That kind of rhetoric is deeply insulting.’
‘We need a strong tone. We don’t need that soft, soft group of people. We need something tough’
‘He knows as much about the economy and how to get jobs created… as anybody I could talk to’
Including nearly a third of immigrants
Official falsely claims iPad was a Christmas present
‘Doesn’t anyone notice this?! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills’
‘You all know me’
‘OPIC is supposed to help the world’s poor, but in practice it mostly helps large, politically connected companies’
Johnson Then: ‘Not a revolutionary bill’
Is this the ‘worst protest ever’?
Paul Ryan: ‘Tom Price is a committed conservative and a good friend… and I’m proud to support him.’
‘There’s not a lot they can do, other the had on tight and try to make it through’
‘Even our critics say we’re much more transparent than most similar foundations’
‘This country should not lead the world in income and wealth inequality’
‘The minimum wage in Florida is far too low’
‘Shell says they didn’t find enough oil’
‘This election is not going to be about Donald Trump. He thinks it is, but it’s not about him’
‘Is everybody OK?!’
‘It will be simple, it will be easy, it will be fair’
Hillary turns blind eye
‘We see the fears of ordinary people being exploited through appeals to sectarianism, or tribalism, or racism’
When asked for his thoughts on the billionaire calling him a “clown” at the Value Voters Summit last week, the Florida politician told NPR he wants nothing to do with the real estate mogul’s “freak show” campaign.
Hillary is ‘not doing much to put it behind her’