Boom: The GOP Just Dropped An Absolute Hammer On NBC That’ll Leave Them Reeling

During the Republican debate hosted by CNBC in October, presidential candidates were incensed by the contemptuous attitude they perceived from the event’s moderators.

The fact was most obvious when Ted Cruz called out the moderators. “The questions that have been asked this far in the debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Cruz said. “Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over there? Marco Rubio, why won’t you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen.” Cruz added the candidates were there to “talk about the substantive issues people care about.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) hasn’t forgotten either. The RNC officially severed its ties Monday with NBC for any and all upcoming debates hosted by the network.

Reince Priebus wrote NBC in October with his concerns. “The RNC’s sole role in the primary debate process is to ensure that our candidates are given a full and fair opportunity to lay out their vision for America’s future,” Priebus wrote. “We simply cannot continue with NBC without full consultation with our campaigns.”

As to the continued relationship with NBC, the final word was given today. The Debate Committee of the RNC voted unanimously to cancel its partnership with NBC as a debate host for the RNC.

NBC responded in a statement, “This is a disappointing development…However, along with our debate broadcast partners at Telemundo we will work in good faith to resolve this matter with the Republican Party.”

It is unclear whether the debate, previously scheduled on NBC for Feb. 24, will be rescheduled with another network or who the moderators will be.

Watch: Carson Just Dropped Bombshell About Campaign That Many Probably Didn’t See Coming

The first four primaries are the make-or-break point for the presidential campaign of Republican and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Carson, in a recent interview with NewsMax TV, said he would withdraw from the race if he isn’t among the top three candidates in at least two of the four primary states.

“You need to do well in two of the first four states,” Carson said. “As that happens, it potentially becomes much clearer. [One of the] top three.”

The Republican said he is not one who will campaign just stay in the spotlight.

“If it becomes apparent that it’s not something that people are interested in, whenever something like that would happen, I would not ever be one of those people who’s just there for the purpose of being there,” Carson said.

Carson, once a top-tiered candidate, was ahead of GOP front-runner Donald Trump in Iowa in October. Trump began to attack Carson’s youthful indiscretions, but Carson’s polling numbers saw their biggest decline after the November terrorist attacks in Paris.

Three key staffers resigned in December after rumors of a shakeup circulated around the Carson camp. Carson’s wife, Candy, started making rounds doing news interviews and speaking to voters in Iowa about her book, A Doctor in the House. She doesn’t speak directly about Carson’s campaign, but instead focuses on his personal history, character and their life together.

Carson answered questions about expenditures in his campaign, addressing speculation his campaign was bloated and funds were being misdirected into fundraising instead of infrastructure. Carson has raised a significant amount of money – an estimated $52 million as of mid-December. Approximately $20 million was raised after Carson’s poll numbers began declining, according to campaign officials.

“I would simply say that a startup organization, starting up in March with no donor base, no Rolodex, no organization, the expenses involved are considerably higher than an organization that is already in place,” Carson said, adding costs are lower now since his organization is functioning.

Carson said those creating rumors about how campaign money is spent are just trying to play off people’s lack of information about politics.

“So all the speculation about that, the people who actually know politics know better that others are simply trying … to make it seem that there’s something,” he said.

Wouldn’t A Second Political Party Be Nice, Franklin Graham?

With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, the expectancy of civilized, ethical Americans was that Congress would eliminate funding for the abominable child-murdering organization Planned Parenthood in 2016. Some members in the GOP threatened to shutdown the government if that wasn’t done.

Rather than shutting off the unconstitutional spigot of federal funding to a private sector organization that sells infant baby parts to the highest bidder, Planned Parenthood was given another bipartisan contract of no less than $500 million.  

One such civilized, ethical American disgusted with this recent betrayal is Franklin Graham, son of the renowned evangelist Billy Graham.

“This is an example of why I have resigned from the Republican Party and declared myself Independent. I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, or Tea Party to do what is best for America,” Graham declared on Facebook on Monday.

“Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps!” Graham wrote. “That should’ve been all that was needed to turn off the faucet for their funding.”

Mr. Graham has identified a deceptive disorder that many Americans understand as “bipartisan.” When we hear political commentary today, we frequently hear the word “bipartisan” used in a positive sense.

For example, “the bill received bipartisan support”; or “the issue was studied by a bipartisan commission.”

Webster defines bipartisan as “cooperation and agreement between two major political parties.”

This definition should get all of us thinking…

It seems to me that from a legal, constitutional standpoint, the major parties cooperate and agree on, well…everything.

Not only has this congress cooperated and agreed to allow the murder of more than fifty million innocent American children during the past forty years, they obviously agree that they (Congress) do not have to follow the limits set by Article One, Section Eight, which enumerates the authorized areas of government spending.

The major parties are also in unison on allowing the Federal Reserve to print phony, fiat money that inflates our currency and steals our productivity.

The major parties are also “bipartisan” about funding non-defensive, unconstitutional wars, which murder millions and endanger (not enhance) our own safety.

And they haven’t done anything to impeach an executive who claims he can use his “pen and cell phone” and get things done without the approval of We the People and our elected representatives.

In fact, I can’t really think of one important thing that the major parties are NOT bipartisan about. They don’t seem to be opposites so much as they seem to be partners.

In so many ways, I understand Rev. Graham’s willingness to abandon Republicans and Democrats. Possibly the good minister from North Carolina is in search of a third party to rectify backsliding America.

But perhaps what we really need is a second party dedicated to their oaths and the God who is the source of every American’s rights.

 

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Watch: Trump Just Made A Startling Confession That Could Change His Campaign In A Big Way

America got a glimpse of another facet of Donald Trump’s leadership style Wednesday night as the Republican presidential front-runner appeared to don the mantle of party leadership during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I would like to see the Republican Party come together, and I’ve been a little bit divisive in the sense that I’ve been hitting people pretty hard,” Trump said.

“A little bit,” Kimmel deadpanned to the laughter from the show’s audience.

“And ultimately, you know, we have to come together and get this thing done, and I’m having a great time,” a confident Trump continued, smiling broadly.

 

Trump was loose and relaxed as he indulged in give-and-take with Kimmel.

Trump noted that, in response to his call for temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States, he received calls of thanks from friends who were Muslim.

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“Those may have been crank calls,” Kimmel interjected.

Kimmel steered Trump into a discussion of other GOP candidates. He asked Trump whether the billionaire believed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was afraid of Trump. Trump dismissed the notion.

Then talk turned to former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush.

“Is he scared of you? Scared in general?” Kimmel asked.

“Scared,” replied Trump as the audience voiced approval.

“He was a happy warrior, but he’s never been a happy warrior, and he’s having a hard time running,” Trump said of Bush. “He was supposed to be — because of the name, everyone thought he was — the odds-on favorite.”

“And I defined him. I gave him this term, ‘low energy,’ ” he said. “I said he’s a low-energy individual. We do not need, in this country, low energy. Do you agree with that? We need high energy.”

“But honestly, I think Jeb’s a nice person,” Trump said. “I don’t know if he’s enjoying it or not, but I think he’s a nice person.”

Trump also turned to the issues, repeating his contention that a wall with Mexico is needed and attacking the vast sums spent on “stupid wars” in the Middle East.

h/t: TODAY

While Everyone Was Watching The GOP Debate, Paul Ryan Just Made A Massive Announcement

On Tuesday, while the Republican presidential candidates were taking shots at each other in Las Vegas in the latest debates, Paul Ryan and other bipartisan lawmakers on Capitol Hill were putting forward the omnibus bill, a tax and funding bill.

The 2009-page omnibus bill was approved by a bipartisan committee and is expected to pass on Friday when the House will vote on the massive spending and tax bill. In the meantime, the government is only funded through Wednesday, so lawmakers will expectedly be working on a stop-gap spending Wednesday.

According to some, the omnibus bill is a victory for both Democrats and Republicans with both sides claiming wins.

The “Cadillac Tax” on premium healthcare plans is postponed, along with the medical device tax which was placed under a moratorium for two years. The Obama administration was counting on those two to fund Obamacare. Democrats are happy that the wind and solar energy companies’ tax breaks will be extended for five years. Democrats are also pleased that the wind protection tax credit has been extended for two years. The Republicans claimed a major victory with a lifted ban on oil exportation from the U.S.

However, according to TheBlaze, “The package … would increase the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars by extending numerous popular tax credits without paying for them.”

Democrats also claimed victory because the child tax credit and earned income tax credits will continue, as well as the continuation of the American Opportunity tax credit.

What is controversial and missing from the budget is any language that would bar funding for President Obama’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement program, which may lead some Republicans to vote against the bill on Friday. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told The Hill that “There’s a lot of reason for Republicans to vote for it,” although he would not speculate as to the number of Republicans who would eventually vote for the bill.