Breaking News….Sen. Rand Paul suspends his campaign

I just saw this headline on FOXNEWS.COM.  I won’t be surprised to see one or two more announcements like this in the next week, especially after New Hampshire.

We had some great debates out of the original group of 17 candidates, they have all contributed mightily to the Election process, but now it’s time to acknowledge that the race has tightened and that the country is best served by them throwing their support to one of the viable candidates.

Now, it’s on to New Hampshire and let’s continue our efforts to see a big GOP win in November!


~~John Cronin~~

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Political Cartoons, Michael Ramirez…….”Getting What You Want”


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Trump and Cruz in Virtual Dead Heat with 60% of Precincts Reporting

Listening to the live stream on my computer and watching the results on Fox News Website it looks like Cruz may just edge Trump out in the First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses!  of course, this could all change in the next 3o minutes!


~~John Cronin~~

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Did Hillary just offer Obama a bribe in front of the entire world?






Clinton campaign events are known for being highly scripted and at least some questions from Hillary’s audiences most certainly are plants, providing the candidate a setup to respond in such a way as to make her look like a really nice, downhome person or really on top of a particular subject. Such was the situation recently when a questioner at a Hillary Q&A seemingly admitted that he had been given his softball question for the frontrunner about which former president she most admired. Such situations are not new for Hillary with charges of planted questions arising in all of her past and current campaigns.

With that in mind, one has to be very suspicious of the recent question asked of Hillary about whether she would consider appointing Obama to the Supreme Court if she becomes president. We all know Hillary is a less than skilled public speaker so the feigned surprise she shows at the question and her prepared response are far from genuine:

“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow. He may have a few other things to do but I tell you that’s a great idea.”

Sorry, Hill, while your acting skills just aren’t up to carrying that off as being a spontaneous occurrence, that’s only part of the problem because I’m sure I wasn’t the only American watching that arranged exchange whose initial response was, “Whoa, did I just hear the Democrat frontrunner for president float a bribe to the sitting Democrat President of the United States right in front of the entire world?” Anyone watching could see the unspoken implication was, “Hey, Barack, make sure no indictment prevents my election and one of the most coveted, lifetime positions in the world can be yours when your presidential term is over, wink, wink.”

While that, folks, was even less subtle than dragging a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you do have to admire the way it was set up so as to shield Clinton from any political charge of attempted bribery or obstruction of justice by her opponents.

Unsurprisingly it comes on the heels of Hillary’s recent proclivity to gushingly praise the Obama presidency whereas earlier she’d done everything possible to distance herself from that failed administration. Pundits mull that changing position as being an attempt to stay ahead of her uber-liberal opponent, Bernie Sanders. Cynics like me see it as a naked attempt to stay ahead of an obviously justified indictment from the Obama Justice Department. Whether or not that indictment ultimately happens while Obama is in office is clearly freighted with such enormous political weight that crudely dangled bribes for a cushy sinecure aren’t likely to affect it.

Besides, Hillary, Supreme Court Justices probably don’t get enough time on the links to appeal to Barack Obama; plus they are based in Washington, D.C. not Oahu. Nice try though; at least we know you Clinton’s are still dragging those hundred dollar bills, so to speak.

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Political Cartoons: Michael Ramirez….Donald Trump’s Megyn Kelly Response


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Latest Iowa Polls: Real Clear Politics

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Latest Polls

Sunday, January 31

President Obama Job Approval
Approve 49, Disapprove 48
Approve +1


Saturday, January 30

Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus
DM Register/Bloomberg
Trump 28, Cruz 23, Rubio 15, Carson 10, Bush 2, Paul 5, Kasich 2, Huckabee 2, Christie 3, Fiorina 2, Santorum 2
Trump +5

Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus
DM Register/Bloomberg
Clinton 45, Sanders 42, O’Malley 3
Clinton +3


Friday, January 29

Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus

Clinton 48, Sanders 40, O’Malley 7
Clinton +8

Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus

Clinton 53, Sanders 42, O’Malley 5
Clinton +11

Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus

Trump 31, Cruz 27, Rubio 13, Carson 7, Bush 6, Paul 2, Kasich 4, Huckabee 2, Christie 3, Fiorina 3, Santorum 1
Trump +4

President Obama Job Approval
Rasmussen Reports
Approve 49, Disapprove 50
Disapprove +1

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Political Cartoons: Mike Luckovich, Creators Syndicate

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Hillary Is in Big Trouble


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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton addresses the ‘King Day at the Dome’ rally outside the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, Jan. 18. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Clinton increasingly seems stuck in the past, dogged by wilting poll numbers and heavy baggage.


Presidential races are about the future and Hillary Clinton is stuck in the past. That pretty much explains why her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 has slumped.

Mrs. Clinton is not attuned to the political situation she faces. Her experience, family and fame aren’t much help. This year, angry voters have turned increasingly to populist, antiestablishment and future-oriented candidates. As a status quo candidate, she doesn’t fit the moment.

But her chief opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has captured it, just as Donald Trump has in the Republican presidential race. Mr. Sanders, 74, is a socialist from Vermont with a Brooklyn accent. But more than his left-wing ideology, it is his persistent calls for a “revolution” upending conventional politics that have brought him neck-and-neck with Mrs. Clinton in Iowa and ahead in New Hampshire, the first states to vote in the fight for the Democratic nomination.

We saw the difference between the two in Sunday night’s Democratic debate. She talked about preserving President Obama’s health-care program and the Dodd-Frank crackdown on Wall Street—in other words, the past. Mr. Sanders spoke of a future in which health care is inexpensive and a right for everyone, a future in which the wealthy cannot control politics with their campaign contributions and elect their allies.

For months Mr. Sanders has attracted bigger crowds than Mrs. Clinton and stirred more excitement. She and her strategists underestimated Mr. Sanders’s appeal, the strength of his campaign and his ability to raise money. They also overestimated Mrs. Clinton’s skill as a candidate.

Michael Warren, my Weekly Standard colleague, summarized her visit to Iowa earlier this month: “There’s no other way to say it: Hillary Clinton is very boring. The Democratic presidential front-runner’s campaign stops are, too. The members of her traveling press corps look like they’d rather be anywhere else. So do some of the attendees, who shift in their seats starting around minute 10. Even the campaign staffers pace the back of the room or tap inattentively on their iPhones as Clinton drones on.”

Mrs. Clinton’s past was expected to be a great benefit to her campaign. It hasn’t been. To begin with, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, has turned into an albatross. In an interview with the Des Moines Register just before Christmas, Mrs. Clinton said Donald Trump has “demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”

Mr. Trump answered on Twitter: “Hillary, when you complain about a ‘penchant for sexism,’ who are you referring to? BE CAREFUL.” He followed by recalling her husband’s history of womanizing, accusing him of “a terrible record of women abuse.” Mr. Trump warned her against using the “woman’s card” against him.

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Obama’s Obsession with Releasing Terrorists


By Lauri B. Regan

President Obama began releasing illegal aliens with criminal records from the early days of his presidency and well before the sequester that he used as an excuse for doing so. Despite Obama’s misrepresentation to the American people that these criminals were not dangerous, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, many with violent criminal records, have been released from jail including illegals “charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.” A House Judiciary Committee report revealed that between 2009-2011, the Obama administration released criminal illegal aliens who were later charged with 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes. Kathryn Steinle’s murder last summer by an illegal alien with seven prior felony convictions was inevitable.

The administration often justifies its actions by claiming it is required to do so by law. However, given Obama’s penchant for unconstitutionally seizing legislative authority, he could easily have issued an executive order preventing the release of these violent criminals into the population-at-large. Instead, his power grabs are reserved for granting illegal immigrants amnesty and limiting law-abiding Americans’ ability to purchase guns — while ignoring the welfare of the citizenry.

Coming from the man who has admitted Muslim immigrants by the hundreds of thousands annually and who is obsessed with increasing those already staggering numbers with tens of thousands of Syrian refugees (despite terrorists hiding among them), these policies are not surprising. But, they are no less scary and this past week the administration hit a new low.

First recall the Beau Bergdahl fiasco. Obsessed with closing Guantanamo Bay, Obama began releasing dangerous detainees almost immediately upon entering office. Ignoring the threat that these terrorists pose, Obama jumped at the opportunity to trade the Taliban Five for traitor Beau Bergdahl. Deceiving the American people, Obama used Bergdahl’s parents as props in his Rose Garden victory speech ignoring the minor detail that Bergdahl was a deserter who placed his entire platoon in jeopardy. Just like his announcements that Benghazi was caused by a video and the Iran nuclear deal will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Obama lied to Americans understanding the complicit media would fail to vet his actions. He shipped the Taliban Five to Qatar for one year of “supervision” before allowing them to reunite with their murdering colleagues and resume their terrorist activities – as they are now doing.

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GOP’s Dazzling Field Of Debaters Sharpen, With One Caveat




Election ’16: The sixth Republican presidential debate, with its complex jousting over ideas and policies, demonstrated that every contender on the dais is worthy of the presidency.

Except, that is, in one area.

The top candidates, from Donald Trump to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, pretty much all looked at the top of their game.

There were impressive arguments all around showing why cutting taxes, encouraging the private sector, defending the Second Amendment and forcing the corrupt to be held accountable are critical for the country. If nothing else, having battled with one another, they’ll be in peak form to take on the left after the primaries.

Their positions on issues reflected the good sense of the American people, and the message is clearly resonating, given voters’ enthusiasm. But in what’s undoubtedly influenced by poll-driven populism, the GOP risks becoming the party of protectionism if there isn’t stronger leadership on free trade.

In the debate, Trump and Kasich spent time talking about “fair trade,” a phrase with disturbing origins on the left. We also heard how China supposedly cheats us by currency manipulation, another leftist shibboleth.

Well, China’s central bank does seek advantages. But as China’s economy shows, its currency moves have come at its own expense. And China’s foolish acts don’t negate the importance of global trade to American influence in the world, or to a rising U.S. standard of living.

Cruz was upbraided for his shifting stances on Trade Promotion Authority, something that shouldn’t be an issue at all. TPA merely gives a president sufficient authority to make trade deals happen. That’s going to be critical for the passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership, the everyone-but-China Pacific trade club that is the best way to ensure that the U.S. remains relevant in the Pacific in the face of increasing Chinese aggression in the East and South China Seas.

Not only does it boost U.S. soft power in the region, it also serves as a life buoy for U.S. jobs in the event of an economic slump. Free trade creates far more jobs than it destroys. But no one made that important argument.

The U.S. needs a full-throated leader to stand up for free trade. If the next president is Republican, we hope that he or she will come around on free trade as most presidents do.

If the goal really is to Make America Great Again, leadership on free trade is a big part of making it happen.

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