Watch: Even MSNBC Recognizes The Hypocricy Of The Clinton Email Scandal

In a rare moment of agreement, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart sided with Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough when he said that if a Republican had been involved in the same type of scandals that Hillary Clinton has, it would be a “disqualifier” for that candidate:

SCARBOROUGH: I do think if Chris Christie had sent an email to somebody for hurricane relief after Hurricane Sandy and said, ‘Hey I’ve got a great idea. Let’s move this funding project in New Jersey through the Chris Christie Foundation.’ that would be a disqualifier.

BRZEZINSKI: Is that fair?

CAPEHART: I think that’s fair.

The ongoing Clinton email scandal has not only taken its toll on Hillary’s poll numbers, but it has been a constant source of pain and anguish for liberals like Capehart and his colleague Eugene Robinson. They have been forced to admit that Clinton has handled the situation poorly and that she should not have used a private email server for official State Department business.

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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My Epiphany On Rand Paul

“I don’t trust President Obama with our records.”–Rand Paul

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned since President Obama has been in office, it’s this: Do Not Trust The Government!!!

Think about it. Most of the problems we are facing are government driven. Decisions are made with little regard for the long term effects. I hate to say this, but it feels as if our chickens have come home to roost.

Wars are waged, the unborn sacrificed, borders hijacked, and it all keeps getting worse. Empty promises and bold lies rule our day.

Our Rule of Law continues to be manipulated and circumvented at every turn, and we continue to pay the price. This brings me to Rand Paul…

I’m starting to finally realize that he’s on to something. He talks passionately about balanced budgets and privacy rights; but most importantly, he seeks to take on the very thing that poses the largest threat to the American people.

How much unsustainable debt will we incur? How long will we continue to wage unconstitutional wars?

How much liberty are we prepared to forego so that those we’ve helped encourage to take arms against us can be thwarted?

What happens when those who do not act in our own best interest win the hearts and minds of a seduced majority and ultimately become our master? Where does that leave us?

We’ve given up so much power and control that we’ve made victims of ourselves. How can we be faithful to God when we’ve handed so much control over to man?

As for all the talk regarding the separation of church and state, the fact of the matter is God is not inferior to government, but rather outside and above it. The state has no authority over the church–and especially not over the Judeo-Christian God of our founders. The state can’t subject the church to taxes. It falls outside their authority to do so. The state answers to We the People, and we answer to GOD!

Tragically, we’ve neglected God for so long–and we reap what we sow. There are no earthly saviors. We’ve lost control of our own government. Our Constitution has been severely perverted.

I’m tired of our government granting and removing ‘rights’ that fall entirely outside of their finite jurisdiction. Government cannot give consent, nor decree that innocent lives are disposable or that the definition of marriage–a husband and wife–can be manipulated. It can’t spend money we don’t have without our consent and then make us and our children responsible for the reckless consequences.

We don’t need a nanny or a big brother; we need order! Order only comes when our personal rights and natural liberties (as bestowed by our Creator) are protected from infringement.

Unfortunately, policy is being determined by global interests, the military industrial complex, corporate investments, and powerful lobbyists. Big government is a monster that continues to expand and grow. As it continues to do so, the average American is getting consumed by it. The countdown to self-implosion has begun.

Paul better keep on talking. I know I, for one, will be listening.

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The 3 Biggest Winners And Losers Of The First Republican Debate. Many Won’t Want To Hear it…

Analyzing the winners and losers of Thursday night’s first 2016 Republican primary debate could take many different forms, but clearly one measure of a candidate winning is raising his or her profile in a positive way.

With that measure in mind, there were some clear winners and losers. First, it must be noted that Donald Trump came into the debate with all the momentum and the most to lose. How did he fare? By many measures, pretty well. Drudge Report ran an online, unscientific poll afterwards, with 38 percent voting for the billionaire candidate as the winner. Furthermore, the Washington Post noted that Trump outstripped the other candidates for the highest Google search interest by minute.

Was he a winner? In the sense that he did not suffer any candidacy-ending or crippling blows, one would have to say yes. Did he raise his profile further in a positive way? Not as much. His refusal to rule out a third party run certainly will not win him friends among the Republican faithful, as evidenced by the loud boos in the arena. The focus group conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz with voters afterwards revealed similar sentiment. Overall, Trump’s status probably remains unchanged in the Republican field.

Who were three of the clear winners last night?

Ted Cruz: The Texas senator’s answers regarding illegal immigration, ISIS, and ending Obama’s unlawful executive action (the last of which he incorporated in a powerful close) resonated well with the crowd and apparently across the nation. Cruz said, “If I’m elected president, let me tell you about my first day in office. The first thing I intend to do is to rescind every illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by Barack Obama…” He went into the debate registering 5.5 percent in the Real Clear Average of polls and came out with 15.5 percent, saying he had won the debate in the Drudge survey.  He also received the highest Google search interest of any candidate overall.

Marco Rubio: The Florida senator delivered one of the best one-liners of the night: “Well, first, let me say I think God has blessed us. He has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one.” Rubio also showed himself strong on a range of issues from business to social issues to foreign policy. He came into the night with similar support to Cruz at 5.3 percent; and according to Drudge, 10 percent thought he won. Again, Google shows him as one of the most searched candidates of the night.

Ben Carson: The good Dr. Carson appeared to start off slower, but had solid answers on race, foreign policy, and the sanctity of life. Lawyers are taught the power of primacy and recency for influencing a jury: those who are able to frame the argument and those who get to end it. On the latter, Carson delivered a powerful blow in his closing employing humor. He said: “Well, I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let me try that. I’m the only one to separate siamese twins…the only one to operate on babies while they were still in mother’s womb, the only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think, if you go to Washington, that someone had beat me to it.” Carson scored 10 percent in the Drudge survey and received a strong Google search interest, peeking multiple times throughout the evening.

Image credit: The Washington Post

Image credit: The Washington Post

Who were three losers last night in the sense that they did not advance their candidacy?

Jeb Bush: The current GOP runner-up continued to struggle to answer whether the U.S. should have gone to war in Iraq, and had a weak closing. Like Trump, he made no major errors, but had no memorable moments. The former governor of Florida did generate some solid interest online, but fared poorly in the online poll, coming in second from last at 2.5 percent.

Chris Christie: The bombastic governor of New Jersey had a difficult time defending his poor economic record in New Jersey, offering: “If you think it’s bad now, you should’ve seen it when I got there.” He came in last in the Drudge online poll, registering lower than his RCP average coming into the debate.

Rand Paul: Senator Rand Paul got into dust-ups with Donald Trump and Chris Christie that made him look more sour than a fighter. Despite his combativeness, he managed to garner the least time addressing the crowd of any of the candidates at 4 minutes and 51 seconds. However, he does have a faithful following and scored well in the Drudge poll, garnering 9.3 percent.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not turn in a particularly strong performance, but delivered a line the audience loved: “Well first off, for the cyber attack with Russia the other day, it’s sad to think right now, but probably the Russian and Chinese government know more about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server than do the members of the United States Congress.”

Commendation must go out to Gov. Mike Huckabee, who offered up one of the most crowd-pleasing moments of the evening when he engaged in some misdirection, before delivering a wonderful punchline: “It seems like this election has been a whole lot about a person who’s very high in the polls, that doesn’t have a clue about how to govern. A person who has been filled with scandals, and who could not lead, and, of course, I’m talking about…”(Watch the video above.)

Finally, Carly Fiorina may well be on her way to prime time after her performance last night in the early GOP debate. She continued the fun afterwards with this interview with Chris Matthews. Well done!

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Watch: Chris Christie Announces 2016 Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially entered Monday in what is an already crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. His rollout, including a Jersey-esque slogan “Telling It Like It Is,” focused on his family roots, the economy, and Washington gridlock.

Christie made the announcement from his high school in Livingston, N.J., Tuesday beside his wife Mary Pat and his four children – Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget. “I had to come home, and Livingston is home for me,” Christie said.

The second-term governor acknowledged his brother and sister, Todd and Dawn, and his parents, who were both raised by single mothers.

The New Jersey governor also cited his time as U.S. attorney. “That fight has not made me more weary. It has made me stronger, and I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” he said.

Christie touted his accomplishments in reforming the Garden State public worker pension and benefit system, as well as reforming teacher tenure, two hotly contested issues.

The governor said that in the past year, he visited 37 states and argued that Americans “are not angry” but “filled with anxiety.” He added: “The president doesn’t talk to Congress and the Congress doesn’t talk to the president.”

We have to do it together; we have no choice but to work together. This country has no choice but to work together again, not against each other.

This statement could be perceived as a jab at some of the other Republican candidates in the race already serving in Washington, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Christie also called for 4 percent economic growth. “We gotta get this country growing again,” he told the friendly crowd. “We have an economy that is weak.”

We need a tax code that is simplified and will put CPAs like my dad outta business.

Turning his attention to foreign policy, Christie said that after seven years of the Obama administration, President Obama “lives in his own world, not our world.” He also took a jab at the former secretary of State:

After seven years of a feckless foreign policy, we better not turn it over to his second mate Hillary Clinton… We better stop caring about being loved and start caring about being respected.

Christie’s campaign released this video ahead of the announcement:

Matt Rooney, a family-law attorney and editor of Save Jersey–one of the most widely rest conservative websites in the Garden State–applauded Christie’s showing today but contended he has a lot more to do if he is to get back in the mix. “The country is learning that he’s the best retail politician since Bill Clinton. Love him or hate him, the guy can give a speech,” Rooney said. “Most of what your average outside New Jersey primary voter has seen, to date, is sound bites.” Rooney, who has followed the governor since his time at Rutgers Law School, was “surprised” by Christie’s decision to make the speech jersey-centric. “It’s risky because New Jersey is not in good financial condition, and the state’s brand nationally is not the best. But he appears prepared to live and die on his record,” he noted. One person following the speech put into context what that means:

While the RealClearPolitics average has Christie polling in the single digits, Rooney expects the governor to get a bump–but points out the stakes are higher for him, as opposed to former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

She doesn’t have his name recognition but she also doesn’t have negatives among prospective GOP voters that rival Trump’s. One recent poll found more than 50 percent of primary voters not willing to consider voting for Christie before the general election. It’s harder to change minds than make a first impression.

Christie will also have to answer for Bridgegate, the scandal in which a former high-level staffer allegedly ordered lanes on the Fort Lee, N.J., side of the George Washington Bridge to be closed going into New York, allegedly because the town’s mayor did not endorse the governor for his reelection bid.

If you would like to watch the entire announcement, here it is:

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Chris Christie Flips On Gun Control. Here’s The Heartbreaking Story That Converted Him…

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has straddled the fence on gun control. A reinforced, double-walled, stainless steel fence. Probably leaning more left than right. In 2009, he said that he wanted to make sure there wasn’t an ‘abundance of guns out there.’ Christie knows all about abundance. Okay, that was the last one, I promise.

Well, he quickly changed his tone when faced with the story of a woman who was murdered because she couldn’t get a gun permit in time. Let me give you the short end of the story.

Carol Bowne of Berlin Township had a crazy ex-boyfriend. She feared for her safety, filing a restraining order as well as installing security cameras and an alarm system in her home. As per New Jersey law, she also began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun. During that waiting period, she was stabbed to death by her crazy ex-boyfriend.

It’s a tragic story, one that really breaks my heart. One that showcases two glaring truths about guns.

1.) Access to guns is more important in helping women than men. The only way a woman can equalize the playing field with a larger, stronger man is a gun. Taking the guns out of the hands of male aggressors helps zero, as an unarmed man can still generally do whatever he wants to a weaker woman. That woman’s only chance of survival against a man seeking to do her harm is having a gun. Would a gun have saved Carol Browne’s life? Not necessarily. But it’s the only thing that would have given her a fighting chance. Period.

2.) This is why nobody in the government, media, or hell, even your neighborhood watch should be able to dictate how many guns you can buy and own, at any time. I was asked this question on Russia Today a while ago (seen in the video below). “Why would you need to buy more than one gun in a day?” Read this story. If you still ask “why?” then go screw yourself.

Back to Christie. He said that it was a shame New Jersey :is not yet a dictatorship” so that he could scrap the state’s tough gun laws. That’s one heck of a change from his previous statements in 2009, when he said that he supported aggressive enforcement of the state’s gun laws. Of course, that was while juggling the idea of making sure the police were safe on the streets…because it seems that Christie believes gun control actually stops criminals from owning guns. Fat-head. Okay, that’s the last one.

So, I’m glad to hear about his change of heart… but that’s a kind of stupidity that just doesn’t disappear overnight. I’m not sold on him yet.

But… he’s better than Bush? Maybe?

 

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