Watch: Chris Matthews Is Not Happy The Republicans Are Attacking Hillary Clinton

On MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews led a panel bemoaning the 2016 presidential candidates, announced and otherwise, for focusing their energies on Hillary Clinton.

This is how Matthews, who was joined by Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post and April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, began his segment:

We begin with the legion of Republican presidential candidates, 19 at the latest count, that holds one abiding, unifying belief.

It’s that the best way to run for November 2016 is to bash Hillary Clinton in April 2015. It’s their number one pastime. They’re like a chorus of angels, even if angels are a heck of a lot nicer.

The panel also discussed a new book due out next month by former George W. Bush speechwriter Peter Schweizer entitled Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.

Fineman and Matthews had the following advice for Clinton on how to handle the book:

Fineman: She has to lay down the predicate that she just did which is this is the political season, that this is the kind of stuff you can expect, that this came out the day before she arrived in New Hampshire.

Matthews: This thing being this book.

Fineman: The book about selling access to the State Department. I think she should say, flat out in addition to what she said, that it’s baloney. And I would have liked to, if I were advising her, I would have told her to do that.

Matthews: Skip ahead to that step.

As The New York Times notes, “The book…asserts that foreign entities who made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees received favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.” The duo had another exchange attempting to dissect the GOP’s 2016 strategy.

Fineman: What do they have to do? They only thing they have to do is destroy Hillary’s character if they can.

Matthews: Early.

Fineman: Early. Do it early and do it often. That is their strategy

Matthews: That’s their strategy. Get her while she’s starting.

h/t: Newsbusters

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Republican Bill Would Change How Unemployment Data Is Calculated

A bill introduced in Congress last week would force the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to report the “true” unemployment rate. The bill has more than a dozen sponsors.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (pictured above), R-Calif., introduced H.R. 1876, similar to the measure he introduced in 2012 which would change the primary measure of unemployment from the ‘U3’ to the ‘U5.’ BLS calculates U1 through U6, as Forbes notes:

  • U1: Percent of Civilian Labor Force Unemployed 15 Weeks and over
  • U2: Unemployment Rate – Job Losers
  • U3: Unemployment Rate
  • U4: All of U3, plus discouraged workers
  • U5: All of U4, plus marginally attached workers
  • U6: All of U5, plus total employed part time for economic reasons

While BLS calculates every figure, Hunter’s bill would ensure the U5 would be presented to the general public as the official unemployment rate.

In March, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent using the U3 standard. But using Hunter’s metric, the rate would increase to 6.7 percent. Still, the San Diego-area congressman does not think this is about so-called ‘gotcha’ politics.

“[I]t makes me look bad too when unemployment is sliding … it makes the Republican Congress, the president and the Democratic Senate – anybody who is an elected representative and in charge look bad. I don’t think it goes one way,” Hunter said of his original proposal on Fox News in 2012.

Hunter amplified the case on his Facebook page Tuesday.

I introduced legislation to change the way the federal government reports unemployment. We shouldn’t only count those who are out of work and looking for a job–as currently the case. There are a lot of Americans, whether they are discouraged or face other challenges, who aren’t factored in the monthly U3 rate. They should be counted too–otherwise, true unemployment goes unrecognized.

Hunter has 15 members cosponsoring the bill, which has been referred to the House Education and Workforce Committee. They include:

  • Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga.
  • Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J.
  • Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie, R- Ky.
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.
  • Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
  • Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

h/t: The Blaze

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You Won’t Believe How Scott Walker Was Just Attacked By The Dem He Defeated In 2012 Recall

The contentious recall election that Scott Walker survived in 2012 did a lot to elevate the Wisconsin governor’s political profile and position him for a possible bid to become the GOP nominee for president in 2016. The man Walker defeated in that high-stakes challenge was Milwaukee’s Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett, who’s apparently still aiming to bring Walker down.

Following a weekend shooting in Milwaukee that left two people dead, Mayor Barrett held a news conference in which he suggested that Walker and Republican state lawmakers are partially to blame for the shooting deaths.

According to Fox News, Barrett “blamed the shooting on recent gun laws championed by Walker and Republican state lawmakers.”

That set off a strong push-back from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who said that Barrett was way off base in his criticism of the law and his attack on Walker.

You can see the Fox News report on the firearms firestorm in Wisconsin by clicking on the video below.

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RNC Chairman: Hillary Announcement Gives GOP ‘Best Opportunity’ To Win In 2016

Reince Priebus, Hillary Clinton

With Hillary Clinton announcing on Sunday she’s running for president, news organizations and political pundits have come out swinging against the former Secretary of State.

Joining MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus came right out and said that Clinton is “about the best person we could possibly hope for.”

He noted the American public doesn’t trust Clinton, referencing a Quinnipiac poll that illustrates her falling popularity.

Hillary Poll

“She’s got 100 percent name ID, so she has that pure saturation, and she’s losing in battleground states to many candidates head-to-head that have name ID of like 30 percent,” Priebus said; “and what that actually tells you is that it has a lot to do with the fact that people aren’t really buying the product of Hillary.”

Mark Halperin challenged Priebus’ claim, noting he has alternated in saying defeating Clinton will both be easy and difficult to do.

Priebus countered by arguing that it could be a bit of both.

“I do think that Hillary gives us the best opportunity to make that case because I think she gives you, number one, a person that we can unify our party behind, she gives us a person that we can raise a lot of money against, and she gives us a person that actually if you look at her record… she’s about the best person we could possibly hope for,” Priebus concluded. “So, yeah, I think that she’s got a terrible record and one that’s pretty hard to actually find some accomplishments on.”

Priebus added that the Republican Party will also have to be “really, really good” to win the national election.

h/t: Breitbart

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Republican Party Elites Abandon Traditional Marriage

Accuracy in Media

Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”

These developments strongly suggest that while the homosexual movement remains solidly in control of the Democratic Party, the tactics of harassment and intimidation that we saw wielded against the religious freedom bill in Indiana last week are taking their toll on the Republican Party as a whole.

In the Indiana case, a conservative Republican governor, Mike Pence, abandoned the fight for religious freedom in the face of homosexual and corporate pressure.

It appears that more and more elite or establishment Republicans are simply deciding to give up on the fight for traditional values and marriage.

While this may seem politically expedient, this dramatic move to the left by the GOP could result in millions of pro-family conservatives deciding to abandon the Republican Party in 2016, a critical election year.

USA Today also noted that, “while some members of the 2012 Republican National Convention platform committee filed a brief against gay marriage Friday, it notably did not include GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.”

The Republican senators signing the brief included:

  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Senator Steve Daines of Montana
  • Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma
  • Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma
  • Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

Fifty-one members of the House of Representatives signed the brief. But House Speaker John Boehner’s, R-Ohio, name was not on it.

Taking the lead for traditional marriage in the House was Representative Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., who not only signed the pro-marriage brief but has also introduced House Joint Resolution 32, the Marriage Protection Amendment, to amend the United States Constitution to protect marriage, family, and children by defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The resolution has 33 co-sponsors and has been referred for action to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Huelskamp is the only member of Congress who has authored one of the 30 state constitutional amendments that prohibits homosexual marriage and polygamous marriage. In 2005, when he was a state senator, 71 percent of Kansans voted for the state constitutional amendment that he authored.

In reintroducing the federal marriage amendment, Huelskamp said, “In June 2013 the Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, but upheld the right and responsibility of states to define marriage. Since then, though, numerous unelected lower court judges have construed the U.S. Constitution as suddenly demanding recognition of same sex ‘marriages,’ and they struck down state Marriage Amendments—including the Kansas Marriage Amendment—approved by tens of millions of voters and their elected representatives.”

However, on April 28 the U.S. Supreme Court will review the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which upholds marriage laws in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. A ruling is expected in June.

USA Today noted that scores of prominent Republicans last month joined a brief on the homosexual side filed by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, a former lieutenant to Karl Rove who came out of the closet and announced in August of 2010 that he was a homosexual. He has since launched a “Project Right Side” to make the “conservative” case for gay marriage.

Big money Republican donors such as Paul Singer, David Koch, and Peter Thiel have either endorsed homosexual rights and same-sex marriage or funded the homosexual movement. Thiel is an open homosexual.

A libertarian group funded by the Koch brothers, the Cato Institute, has been in the gay rights camp for many years and its chairman, Robert A. Levy, wrote a “moral and constitutional case for a right to gay marriage.”

Other signatories to the Mehlman brief included Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois, and former presidential candidates Rudolph Giuliani and Jon Huntsman.

The signers of this brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage were described as “300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants.” Some two dozen or so had worked for Mitt Romney for President.

One of the signatories, Mason Fink, who was the finance director of the Mitt Romney for President campaign, has signed on with a super PAC promoting former Florida Republican governor Jeb Bush for president. In another move signaling his alignment with the homosexual movement, Bush has reportedly picked Tim Miller, “one of the most prominent gay Republicans in Washington politics,” as his communications director.

A far-left media outlet known as Buzzfeed has described Bush as “2016’s Gay-Friendly Republican,” and says he has “stocked his inner circle with advisers who are vocal proponents of gay rights.”

But some conservative Christians are fighting back against the homosexual movement.

A brief to the court filed by Liberty Counsel notes that, in the past, the Supreme Court has upheld marriage as “a foundational social institution that is necessarily defined as the union of one man and one woman.” It cites the case of Skinner v. Oklahoma, in which marriage was declared to be “fundamental to the very existence and survival of the race,” and Maynard v. Hill, in which marriage was declared “the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.”

Liberty Counsel said the court is being asked to affirm a false notion of marriage based upon fraudulent data about homosexual activity in society. It said, “For the past 67 years, scholars, lawyers and judges have undertaken fundamental societal transformation by embracing Alfred Kinsey’s statistically and scientifically fraudulent ‘data’ derived from serial child rapists, sex offenders, prisoners, prostitutes, pedophiles and pederasts. Now these same change agents, still covering up the fraudulent nature of the Kinsey ‘data,’ want this Court to utilize it to demolish the cornerstone of society, natural marriage.”

The homosexual movement has long maintained that Kinsey validated changes in sexual behavior that were already taking place in society. In fact, however, the evidence uncovered by Dr. Judith Reisman shows that Kinsey deliberately exaggerated those changes in a fraudulent manner by using data from pedophiles and prisoners.

Commenting on the impact of the acceptance of the fraudulent Kinsey data, Accuracy in Media founder Reed Irvine noted, “Gradually over the years, acceptance of the Kinsey morality has grown to the point where premarital and extramarital sex raise no eyebrows, where, in some communities, out-of-wedlock births are in the majority, homosexuality is glorified and aggressively promoted in our schools and the last taboo—adults having sex with young children—is now under attack in some of our institutions of higher learning.”

The Mattachine Society, a gay rights organization started by communist Harry Hay in 1950, cited the flawed Kinsey data in an effort to convince the public that homosexual behavior was widespread in American society.

The book, Take Back! The Gay Person’s Guide to Media Action, said the Kinsey Report on male sexuality “paved the way for the first truly positive discussion of homosexuality in the mainstream media.”

Today, this same Kinsey data is being used to convince the Supreme Court to approve homosexual “marriage” as a constitutional right.

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

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