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Trump Keeps Trolling: I Woulda Beaten Obama, Might Run In 2016

By DYLAN SCOTT Published JANUARY 24, 2015, 10:15 AM EST

In a cherished presidential cycle tradition, Donald Trump is trying to insert himself into the 2016 conversation.

For starters, he gave a sit-down interview to the all-important Des Moines Register, which was published Friday. In it, he took some shots at presumptive GOP frontrunners Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, while lamenting that he didn't run in 2012, when he also teased at a presidential bid before backing out.

"I was leading in every poll. ... I regret that I didn't stay in," Trump told the Register. "I would've won the race against (President Barack) Obama. He would've been easy. Hillary (Clinton) is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable."

He in turn criticized Romney for not triumphing over a vulnerable Obama. "He failed. He choked. He's like a deal-maker that didn't close the deal. He shouldn't be running again. He had a great opportunity to win against a president that was absolutely lame, and he didn't do it," Trump said. "The 47 percent statement, which was a disaster, is not going away. Romneycare is not going away. All of his problems are not going away. He should get out and get out quickly."


In Reversal, GOP Rep. Ellmers Now Says She'll Vote For Abortion Bill

In a second reversal of her position in as many days, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) said Wednesday afternoon that she would support a routine anti-abortion messaging bill after previously raising objections over rape-related language in the legislation, which she had originally co-sponsored.

Ellmers said on Wednesday said that she support the messaging bill. Here's Ellmers' full Facebook post on it:

To clear up any misinformation, I will be voting tomorrow to support H.R. 36 – The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protect Act Resources bill. I have and will continue to be a strong defender of the prolife community.

The legislation was set for a vote this week but Ellmers and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) raised objections Tuesday over the bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Both of them removed their names from the bill as co-sponsors.


Steve King offers 2016 GOP candidates an opportunity to be embarrassed by being seen with him

Gaffes a la King: Steve King throws a party for immigration activists and Democratic trackers

Steve King offers 2016 GOP candidates an opportunity to be embarrassed by being seen with him

It’s a lucky thing that Steve King is a real person who actually exists, as it saved Democratic and liberal activists the trouble of having to grow him in a lab. The Republican Party’s most prominent anti-immigrant bombthrower is putting on his first “Iowa Freedom Summit” this weekend, which is being billed as the unofficial start to the 2016 nominating contest. Would-be Republican presidential candidates will show up to pay their respects to King and get busy exploiting the anxieties Iowa’s white, rural conservatives feel over undocumented immigration.

Chris Christie will be there, as will Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and (of course) Donald Trump. Most of those people stand zero chance of actually becoming president – they’re either too crazy, too laughably incompetent, or Donald Trump – so showing up at a rally thrown by a guy who drops casual references to “murderous illegal aliens” carries little actual political risk. But those whose 2016 hopes aren’t completely far-fetched – Christie, Walker, and (because I’m feeling generous) Perry – have plenty to worry about, given that King is basically throwing one big party for Democratic groups hunting for embarrassing gaffes and Hispanic activists looking to put Republicans in the hot seat.

King is a guy who loves confrontation, and he provokes public outrage as part of a deliberate strategy to derail progress on immigration reform. When he refers to undocumented immigrants as “deportables” or says the vast majority of immigrants are drug mules with overdeveloped leg muscles, he’s purposefully bringing heat down on himself because he knows it’ll also gin up conservative outrage over immigration. This strategy has been extremely effective – King has hijacked the GOP’s immigration policy and pushed the party so far right that they only legislation the GOP can move through the House are bills to undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

DACA, which offers temporary deportation protection to DREAM Act-eligible immigrants brought into the country as minors, has been extremely popular and the King-led movement to abolish it created a strong backlash from Hispanic activist groups. So it’s no surprise that pro-DACA activists are making plans to turn King’s Iowa Freedom Summit into a confrontation over immigrant rights:


Police Release Video Showing More Than 180 Looters After Ferguson Decision

Source: TPM

The St. Louis County Police Department on Wednesday released footage of more than 180 people looting a small market following a grand jury's November decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, CNN reported.

The surveillance video showed dozens of people pouring through a smashed display window into the family-owned Dellwood Market near Ferguson, many of them leaving with stolen goods. Owner Jan Lalani told CNN that the business sustained an estimated $300,000 in losses.

The police department also released nearly 200 still images captured by security cameras in the building, St. Louis television station KTVI reported.

Dellwood Market was one of several businesses targeted the night of Nov. 24, when a St. Louis County grand jury announced that it would not indict the officer in the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Some 20 buildings and 12 vehicles in the area were torched, and dozens of people were arrested. (Area protests grew more peaceful as the week progressed.)


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dellwood-market-ferguson-looting-video

Dem Rep. Invites Tony Perkins To See Mythical Minneapolis 'No-Go Zones'

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established "no-go zones," in the Minnesotan city.

In response to a caller on Perkin's show, "Washington Watch," on Friday, who claimed that the "Muslim community" had established "no-go zones" in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the "military-type training," he did accept that Europe -- and some American cities -- had these so-called "no-go zones." (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)

"I mean, we saw the effect of that in France, where they have like 700 no-go zones, where authorities have allowed basically Sharia law to be imposed," Perkins said, according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch. "There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don’t think it’s as clear-cut as what we’ve seen in Europe. It’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred."

Ellison, who represents Minneapolis in Congress, invited Perkins to the city so he could see that the Muslim "no-go zones" are actually a myth. The congressman posted the invitation to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.


U.S.'s Kerry, like Obama, will not meet with Israel's Netanyahu during visit

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will not meet with Israeli's Benjamin Netanyahu during the prime minister's upcoming visit to Washington, the State Department said on Thursday.

The White House earlier said U.S. President Barack Obama would not meet with Netanyahu when he addresses the U.S. Congress in March. Like the White House, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also cited a need to avoid the appearance of trying to influence Israeli elections later in March.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-2922202/U-S-s-Kerry-like-Obama-not-meet-Israels-Netanyahu-visit.html

Hatch Sees Warren as the New Kennedy

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told Yahoo News that he thinks Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), “who showed up at a well-attended reception to celebrate Hatch’s chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee and said a few words in his honor, would like to form a friendship with him ‘like Kennedy had.'”

Said Hatch: “We’ve become friends. I think she would like to have a relationship with me like Kennedy had. I like her. I think she’s a very bright woman. She’s certainly playing the media in a beautiful way.”

Hatch added that he’d like to see Warren become “the new Kennedy.”



Flashback Quote of the Day

“When I watch John Edwards from time to time get up and talk about two Americas. I’m tempted to—well, offer an expletive like, ‘Baloney!'”

— Mitt Romney, quoted by CBS News in 2008, before his new found concern about income inequality in America.



Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

“This is my daughter… she was murdered by a serial rapist released early from prison in Arkansas." Will we see a version of this unaired ad — obtained by BuzzFeed News — in 2016?

posted on Jan. 22, 2015, at 8:56 a.m.

McKay Coppins
BuzzFeed News Reporter

In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle.

The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016 bid for the presidency.

The ad’s existence was first reported in the 2012 book The Real Romney (and noted, then, by BuzzFeed News). The book’s authors report that Alex Castellanos, then the Romney campaign’s chief strategist, was aiming for an emotionally hard-hitting commercial that would have the same effect as the infamous “Willie Horton” attack ad on 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Others in the campaign, including Stuart Stevens, believed going after Huckabee so harshly would backfire. The operatives ultimately deferred to Romney, who spiked the ad, believing it would make him look “desperate.”

more + the ad:


Americans aren’t ready for Mitt, new poll finds -- Or any other Republican, for that matter


Mitt Romney hopes that the third time will be the charm for his White House aspirations, but a new ABC News-Washington Post poll suggests that he’ll have a hard time convincing voters to hand him the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who signaled to a group of GOP donors earlier this month that he’s considering another White House bid, starts out at a 15-point disadvantage to likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the poll finds. The former secretary of state leads Romney 55 to 40 percent among registered voters.

That’s a slightly larger lead than Clinton holds over three other potential GOP contenders. She leads Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 54 to 41 percent, identical to her advantage over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Meanwhile, Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by a similar 53 to 40 percent margin. Only former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee performed worse than Romney, trailing Clinton 39 to 56 percent.

The poll underscores that despite the perception that voters have warmed to Romney since he lost to President Obama two years ago, he would face an electorate that’s hardly enamored of him. An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday found Romney’s favorability rating underwater; only 27 percent of respondents viewed him favorably, while 40 percent viewed him negatively.

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