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Nothing’s gonna stop him now. Ted Cruz won the 2016 straw poll Saturday night at the Value Voters Summit—blowing away his competitors in a matchup that points to where the faithful Republican voters’ allegiance lies. Cruz won 42 percent of the votes, while anti-Obamacare darling Ben Carson—a medical doctor with no political experience—came in second with 13 percent, just barely beating out 2012 conservative favorite Rick Santorum. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Paul Ryan all trailed Santorum. Although many inside the Beltway dismissed Cruz’s 21-hour speech as a stunt, polls show that his name recognition has jumped 20 percentage points since June—but his unfavorably ratings also jumped 18 percentage points. Meanwhile, the hardcore conservatives at the Value Voters Summit are apparently not that concerned with recent polls that showed national disgust with the GOP.
Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, and more.
Get out those fanny packs. The Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and other national tourist attractions will reopen this week after the government shutdown shuttered them starting October 1. Arizona and New York have worked out deals for the state to fund the Grand Canyon (at a cost of $100,000 per day) and the Statue of Liberty (estimated cost of $60,000 a day), while South Dakota will use corporate donors to reopen Mount Rushmore on Monday. Utah and Colorado also hammered out deals to reopen their national sites.
Even the hyper-partisans in Congress are beginning to feel the heat from overwhelming public disapproval. John Avlon on why it's time for the common good to outweigh partisan concerns.
After 12 days of stalemate, conversations – if not negotiations – have started.But House Republicans remain deadlocked with the White House, its leadership constrained by their own far-Right-wing caucus, announcing to members in a closed-door session this morning that any deal would have to come from the Senate, where Mitch McConnell, the GOP minority leader, declared: “I’m willing to work with the government we have, not the one I wish we had.
The Tea Party’s vanguard defended the shutdown to social conservatives, including a comparison of their fight with Obama to an ancient battle against Muslims. By Ben Jacobs.
Shutdown? What shutdown?While the government shutdown wasn’t discussed much in a morning session featuring 2016 presidential hopefuls like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio at the Values Voter Summit, it was a major topic during the afternoon part of the program.During a congressional town-hall featuring three right-wing congressmen, Reps. Steve Scalise (R-LA), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), and followed up by a speech from Rep.
President Obama could overrule one obscure opinion from Jimmy Carter’s attorney general—and reopen the government himself. Ben Jacobs explains.
The government shutdown has had drastic effects across America. But there is no federal law mandating that it should be so severe. Instead, much of the shutdown’s impact is a direct consequence of a nonbinding legal opinion issued by Jimmy Carter’s attorney general, which could be easily be revoked by Eric Holder and the Obama administration. All they’d have to do is write a new opinion... and override 30 years of precedent.Between 1974—when the modern era of budgeting started on Capitol Hill—and 1980, there were several government shutdowns.
Inside the right-wing conclave, the train wreck’s drivers, from Ted Cruz to Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, were celebrated—and completely unchallenged. By Jamelle Bouie.
It didn’t take long at the Values Voter Summit to see why House Republicans feel empowered to drive the country off the cliff if they don’t get their demands.The four lawmakers who inaugurated the day’s events—Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida—are all on the Tea Party vanguard of the Republican Party. And Cruz is the pied piper who has used his considerable intellectual gifts to corral conservatives into a suicide run against the Affordable Care Act.
Same-sex marriages are set to begin in New Jersey in just two weeks. Tom Wilson, former head of the state Republican party, on why that’s a good thing.
The freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples is one step closer in New Jersey.I am proud that more and more Republicans across New Jersey are stepping up to support the freedom to marry. Assembly members Declan O’Scanlon, Holly Schepisi, and Chris Brown have joined Senators Jennifer Beck and Diane Allen in recently making public their support of same-sex marriage. As a former state party chairman, I encourage more Republican officer holders to do what they know in their hearts to be right.
Breaking from budget powwows, Sen. Cruz rocked the house at D.C.’s annual family-values summit—pushing his 2016 rivals out of the spotlight. Michelle Cottle on the rousing speech.
Washingtonians awoke this morning to cold, rainy, crappy weather—and yet another day of shutdown angst. But inside the city’s Omni Shoreham hotel, where the annual Values Voters Conference was kicking off, it was just like freaking Christmas. Droves of family-values voters filled the Regency Ballroom to revel in a parade of speechifying by Congress’s conservative rock stars: Sens. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio (looking to redeem himself after that ugly immigration reform business), and Tim Scott.
Pro-immigration reform protestors heckled Senator Ted Cruz at a conservative conference today.
Ted Cruz drew approximately a dozen hecklers while speaking at the Values Voters Summit on Friday. The hecklers all tried to ask Cruz why the Texas senator, who is the son of a Cuban immigrant, did not support immigration reform or as the first heckler asked, “a pathway to citizenship.” The hecklers, scattered throughout the audience started by interrupting Cruz’s speech one at a time every few minutes. Eventually, the remaining protestors finally all stood up at one time.
Winning a vote is not the same as winning the support of the majority of the people. Stuart Stevens on the Affordable Care Act’s original sin—a party-line approval.
Call it The Guns of August moment in October.In 1962, Barbara Tuchman published a brilliant narrative, The Guns of August, which told the disastrous story of how the world was swept into World War I, a conflict no one really wanted and few anticipated. The tragically comic entry into war—an obscure duke shot in an obscure place for obscure reasons—was quickly forgotten amid years of trench war and recriminations.Tuchman was often criticized by academicians for being a self-taught historian with only a BA.
Ever since his days wowing the ladies as a star Princeton debater, the grandstanding Texas senator has had an unhealthy appetite for attention. Dean Obeidallah says it’s time for an intervention.
Ted Cruz desperately needs help. He has an addiction. And alarmingly it’s to the one of the most powerful and destructive drugs out there: fame.Cruz’s addiction has lead him to do the unthinkable. No, not shutting down the government, but the more amazing feat of becoming the Miley Cyrus of politics. In fact, he’s been making Miley look like a camera-shy recluse.What’s next for Cruz to get our attention? Cruz giving a speech in Senate chamber while licking a gavel à la Miley? Tweeting out a nude selfie? Or worse: twerking.
It was a historic Thursday: The GOP finally and fully succumbed to its cultural rage. Michael Tomasky on a tumultuous day in Washington’s shutdown drama.
It was a head-spinning day in Washington, yesterday was, as the story seemed to change from hour to hour in terms of who was proposing or accepting or refusing what and who seemed up and who seemed down. But through it all, one constant did not change and doesn’t seem likely to change: The Republicans are wrecking themselves.Indeed, historically so. This is one of those turning points in American political history, the kind you’ll tell your grandkids you were around to see: a once-respectable party that finally was eaten alive by the cultural rage it had so long used to its advantage but held in check in order to win elections.
After 81 days in captivity, you really get to know someone. Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie recalls teaching a Syrian warlord how to swim.
It’s not all soldiers and veterans at The Hero Summit. You’ve probably never heard of Jonathan Alpeyrie, and you may not think of photographers as heroes. But you might think just a little differently after you hear the story of his recent captivity in Syria for 81 days. Speaking to The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey, Alpeyrie revealed new details of his capture and captivity, which serve to remind that some journalists, too, risk life and limb.
The House speaker is trying to steer Republicans away from Obamacare, but Michael Needham, the young CEO of Heritage Action, is giving no ground. Eleanor Clift on his drive to reshape the party.
After the 2012 election, when other conservatives were licking their wounds, Michael Needham narrated a Heritage Action video declaring, “We are in a war,” a call to action for conservatives. Defunding Obamacare became the holy grail, with a passion that catapulted House Republicans into a government shutdown that Needham says he didn’t want. But in war, there’s always collateral damage. “Over the course of the next week, President Obama will feel the pain,” he says confidently.
The $100,000 payment to the family of a fallen service member—which is supposed to be a first and immediate installment on an unpayable debt—is being withheld in the shutdown. Michael Daly on the outrage.
Three days after the government shut down and two days before he was killed, 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr. went on Facebook.“Get it together Obama and not to mention Congress. Jesus! Make up your minds,” Collins wrote on October 3 from Afghanistan. “I will protect…my country with my life, but do not go fucking with the men and women that protect your sorry asses.”Collins had enlisted in June 2012 immediately after graduating from Alexander Hamilton High School in Milwaukee.
The Sunday talk shows focused their attention on the early morning deal brokered to stop Iran's nuclear enrichment program. Is it a good deal or a historic mistake?
When will corporate America realize it doesn’t pay enough?