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Cruz Campaign and Supporters Raise $51 Million in Three Months

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 7:45pm 7/5/2015 at 7:45pm
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Back in March, Ted Cruz raised $2 million in three days but the haul his campaign and supporter groups has brought in over the last three months makes that look like small potatoes.

According to a new report from Reuters, Cruz has entered impressive territory:

Cruz presidential campaign says supporters donated $51 million

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Rick Perry gets “animated” about economic freedom

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 9:30am 7/5/2015 at 9:30am
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2016 will be the year of the flooded field…and the foreign policy debates…and campaign propaganda that doesn’t look like campaign propaganda.

This week Rick Perry released a new campaign cartoon that tells the story of a frustrated little stick man who flees Obama country for the promised land of Texas. Our protagonist...

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Marco Rubio, Rich Republican?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:30am 7/1/2015 at 8:30am
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When a 2 or 3 year old is caught doing something wrong, they often react with complete shock they did something wrong. They genuinely believe whatever it is they were doing was perfectly fine and cannot comprehend why they’re being scolded. The media is often like that of a small child....

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Ted Cruz auditions for The Simpsons

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:30pm 6/30/2015 at 8:30pm
Senator Ted Cruz auditions for The Simpsons impressions

Presidential hopeful Sen. Cruz is a long-time fan of The Simpsons.

In April, Sen. Crew joined the crew at The Federalist to chat about his favorite episodes show off a few of his best impressions. “Cruz talked about how much he loved “Round Springfield”, the episode where Jazz musician Bleeding Gums...

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Live Stream: Christie Kicks Off Presidential Run

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:04am 6/30/2015 at 11:04am
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We’ll be covering the announcement live here. He’s supposed to kick off any time, and already correspondents are describing the mood in the venue as “a madhouse.”

Sounds apropos, considering Christie’s tendency to buck at the rhetorical trends his colleagues embrace.

Live stream hat tip to Save Jersey (UPDATE: the current...

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Christie to Announce Presidential Run Tuesday

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 29, 2015 at 8:30am 6/29/2015 at 8:30am
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The field of Republicans running for president is about to get a bit more crowded as New Jersey governor Chris Christie is expected to announce his bid to run on Tuesday.

Bloomberg reports:

Chris Christie Said to Plan Tuesday Announcement of Presidential Run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join the crowded Republican 2016...

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Carly Fiorina Gains Ground

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 5:30pm 6/27/2015 at 5:30pm
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A recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found that a handful of Republican presidential candidates have seen an increase in support but one of the the biggest jumps went to Carly Fiorina:

GOP 2016 Hopefuls Carly Fiorina,...

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Jeb Bush Ready to Go “Nuclear” Over Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:30am 6/27/2015 at 10:30am
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This week’s SCOTUS opinions have sent American political discourse through all areas of policy, off the pavement, and into the weeds. What’s next in the fight to repeal Obamacare? Does the gay marriage ruling mean that my pastor will have to perform same sex ceremonies? They’re good questions (...

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Trump Second In Latest NH Primary Poll–But Does It Matter?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:30pm 6/26/2015 at 1:30pm
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Polling is to politics as statistics are to baseball. Everybody is always looking at them, analyzing them, doing deep dives into the data and ultimately coming up with some way to determine if the numbers they see are a good predictor of future events.

In baseball, you have a better chance than...

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Here Comes Bobby Jindal

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:52pm 6/24/2015 at 2:52pm
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It’s official—Bobby Jindal is running for President of the United States.

Today’s initial announcement was quieter than the many that have come before it. There was no stadium, no enthusiastic crowd, no Instagram enthusiasts—just a single camera, and a conversation between Jindal and his wife and children.

It was…different. Watch:

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PBS host unsuccessfully tries to corner Ted Cruz on gun control

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 7:00am 6/24/2015 at 7:00am
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Ah yes, the media and gun control.

Senator Cruz joined PBS host Tavis Smiley Tuesday. Smiley seized the opportunity to peg Sen. Cruz on gun control.

“To me and to others who’ve seen this, it seemed in bad taste, but maybe that’s my assessment,” Smiley said. “We all know what happened...

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Will Donald trump the entitlement narrative?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 22, 2015 at 8:30am 6/22/2015 at 8:30am
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Donald Trump’s big presidential announcement mostly went over like a lead balloon here at Legal Insurrection. For me, it felt like just another announcement; in terms of political theatre it was huge, but in terms of substance…to be honest, I’m still distracted by all the theatre.

Professor Jacobson did a radio hit...

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Rand Paul Releases Fair and Flat Tax Plan

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 6:00pm 6/20/2015 at 6:00pm
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Earlier this year, Rasmussen released a poll showing that only 31% of Americans trust the IRS to enforce tax laws fairly.  Given the targeting of conservatives, reports of refunds going to illegals who didn’t pay taxes, and the sharing of confidential tax payer information with the White House, it’s surprising the...

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Hit or Miss? Jeb Bush “Slow Jams the News” With Jimmy Fallon

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/17/2015 at 7:00pm
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Governor Bush joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots to “Slow Jam The News” Tuesday night. The sketch geared towards newsy, political types, has featured Chris Christie, Mitt Romney, Brian Williams, and even President Obama.

Real news, or more accurately — talking points, are sandwiched between Jimmy Fallon’s pun-y innuendo and The...

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Trump announcement like “throwing a hand grenade into the room”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 5:30pm 6/17/2015 at 5:30pm
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I was interviewed on the Joe Thomas Show on WCHV, Charlottesville, VA.

We started off talking about Donald Trump’s announcement that he is running for president. My take:

“Donald Trump entering the race is pretty much like somebody throwing a hand grenade into the room. He is...

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Scott Walker Leads GOP in New National Poll

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10:00am 6/17/2015 at 10:00am
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We interrupt your regular programming about Jeb Bush and Donald Trump to bring you this report about the Republican nomination for 2016. Scott W...

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Trump Jumps In

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:40pm 6/16/2015 at 2:40pm
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Cue the confetti cannon…

Donald Trump is running for president.

Today during a rally at Trump Tower in New York City, Trump became the 2,347th Republican to declare candidiacy in the 2016 primary. Via ABC News:

“We are going to make our country great again,” Trump, who turned 69 on Saturday, declared.

He added, “I...

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