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Tag: Jeb Bush

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Chaos Is the GOP’s New Normal

At this point, I worry we’re going to start finding members of the Republican establishment curled up in their beds, eyes clenched shut and ears covered with trembling hands, moaning “make it stop, make it stop, make it stop.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb and Dubya

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE

Amid the Crowing of the GOP and Clinton, Sanders Is on the Rise

The Republicans have rolled out a clown car in the presidential campaign, and Hillary Clinton is holding to old, bad policies. Sanders, growing in strength, is one of the few points of hope in the race.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Guns R Us: The Stats Behind America’s Firearms Industry

Of all the revolvers, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other types of firearms made in the U.S. since 2013, only 4 percent were sent abroad. The other 10,413,880 stayed home.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Matching Funds Would Have Made Sanders Campaign More Flush Than Clinton’s

A system of matching small donations with public funds would have transformed the financial dimensions of the current presidential race, a new report says.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Here Are Some of the Best ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Clips With Presidential Candidates

Stephen Colbert has hosted only 15 episodes of “The Late Show” so far, but he’s already interviewed more than his fair share of presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz—as well as Vice President Joe Biden, who may or may not run.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Winners and Losers in the GOP Debate That Went On and On

This debate won’t alarm Democratic strategists. The Republican infighting will make them happy, and so too will the portrait it painted of an extreme, angry party that is also—Rubio and Bush excepted—very pessimistic about the future of our nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Report Card: Which Candidates at the GOP Debate Got a Gold Star?

Sorry, Republicans, but it’s still Donald Trump’s world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The CNN Republican Presidential Debate in 90 Seconds

Did you miss Wednesday night’s Republican debate?

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

GOP Lawmakers Challenge Republican Congressional Leaders’ Stance on Climate

One week before Pope Francis visits the U.S. Congress, nearly a dozen Republican lawmakers have broken ranks with party leaders and called for action against climate change.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Trump Reined In by Rivals in Second GOP Debate

When Donald Trump showed up Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library for the second Republican debate, 10 other conservative presidential contenders were waiting for him—with their gloves off.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Ben Carson Picks Up Steam

Donald Trump may be talking tough while aboard vintage battleships these days, but he’s going to need more than macho swagger and vague generalities to keep his lead over other GOP presidential contenders for another year.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Could Donald Trump Take Jeb Bush Down?

While he’s busy trying to make America great again, at least in his own mind, GOP juggernaut Donald Trump could also be sinking Jeb Bush’s battleship.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE

Next Week’s GOP Debate: Who’s In and Who’s Out in the Top 11

Carly Fiorina will join front-runner Donald Trump and other Republican candidates Wednesday in the second debate of major candidates in the 2016 election cycle. The event will be sponsored by CNN.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut: Well, That Was Awkward

He’s filling the seat long commanded by David Letterman, which is a gigantic deal in and of itself, but whether Colbert’s version of “The Late Show” gets off the ground ultimately has to do with whether he can fly solo—on his own terms. 

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump Signs Republican Party Loyalty Oath

“This is the best, quickest and easiest way to ensure victory for the Republicans,” the GOP front-runner said. “In addition, I’m leading in every single poll.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Makes Jeb Bush Rue the Day He Chose to Use ‘The Late Show’ as a Fundraiser

Jeb Bush is one of the first guests on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” a decision he may regret now that he’s started a raffle war with the host.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Scott Walker Says Building a Wall Between the U.S. and Canada Is a ‘Legitimate Issue’

Walker’s folly was only the second-craziest notion on immigration that we heard from a flailing GOP hopeful over the weekend.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

The Republican Nomination: Anyone Who Says Donald Trump Can’t Win Is in Deep Denial

A new poll released Thursday gives Trump a 16-point lead over his nearest competitor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. Jeb Bush stood at a measly 7 percent. Yikes.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver Stumps for Federal Equal Rights Law; Outs Candidates for Anti-LGBT Stance

On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight” show, John Oliver took on LGBT discrimination, pointing out that 31 states still do not have anti-discrimination laws in place and saying this makes it “surprisingly easy for people to be fired, evicted or refused service just because they are gay.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE

Is It Possible to Out-Trump Donald Trump?

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump’s inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

‘The Iranian Threat’: Who Poses the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Brotherly Bet

Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Donald Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: GOP Destructiveness, Bush and Clinton Dynasties and 2016

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer commented on the belligerence, ignorance, misogyny and neofascism on display in last week’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Memo to Jeb Bush: It Was W’s Surge That Created Islamic State, Not Hillary

Jeb Bush very unwisely went after Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night on the grounds that her Iraq policies gave us Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama vs. the Republican Candidates

The GOP presidential candidates gathered in Cleveland by Fox News last week suggested that the hardest decision the next president will face is whether killing Obamacare or voiding the Iran deal ought to be the first order of business.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE


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Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie’s Big Claims: Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

Jeb Bush claimed to have created 1.3 million jobs; Chris Christie said he balanced New Jersey’s budget without raising taxes; and Donald Trump put his net worth at more than $10 billion. True or false?

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Larry Wilmore: Jim Gilmore Has a Bigger Chance of Winning ‘The Hunger Games’ Than Presidency

On Monday’s “Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore took a gander at the latest and least-known GOP candidates in anticipation of Thursday’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart: Top Republicans Flock to California for a Chance to ‘Gobble Some Koch’

The Koch brothers have pledged to spend “over a billion dollars to buy the next election,” so is anyone surprised to see Republican candidates groveling at the billionaires’ feet? Certainly not the “Daily Show” host.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Other GOP Candidates Attack Obama’s Plan to Curb Climate Change

Before President Obama could announce his administration’s new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, Republican presidential hopefuls were insisting they know better than the scientists whose work he relied on.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

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Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Medicare turns 50 next week and it’s more popular than ever. Yet it continues to be blamed for America’s current and future budget problems.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Slur Stokes Phony Republican Fury

As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is “not a war hero” and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity’s gaffe around his neck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

More 2016 Candidates Embrace the Donald Trump Zeitgeist ... Including Hillary Clinton

For all the hype he’s generated, Donald Trump is not the only presidential hopeful willing to make utterly mind-boggling statements.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE

Why a Kasich-Walker Confrontation Would Be Especially Enlightening

Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran, America’s Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief tells the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a good step. Also, Jeb Bush tells Americans they need to work longer hours to improve the economy, and Planned Parenthood comes under fire for an undercover video showing a physician talking about the sale of aborted fetal tissue for research.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Robert Scheer: The Myth of Democrats as the Lesser Evil (Part 7 of 10)

In part seven of an interview series on The Real News Network’s “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay that America’s ruling parties are composed not of ideologues committed to particular values but of careerists fortunately susceptible to public pressure.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!

In the Bush-Clinton battle to come, no matter who wins, the bankers and billionaires will emerge victorious.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE

Hope and Hate in Charleston

Even if Dylann Roof, the man arrested in the church massacre in South Carolina, acted alone, he is not alone in his hateful views. And it is up to white Americans to defeat the poison of racism in this country.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign announcement speech at Miami Dade College last week was an extreme makeover including passages that probably had America doing a double take.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

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