Judge Orders IRS To Turn Over Secret List Of Conservative Groups It Targeted – Accuses Government Of Acting In Bad Faith

Court Rebukes IRS For Tea Party Targeting, Orders Release Of Secret List – Washington Times

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A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.

The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith – compounding the initial targeting – by fighting the disclosure.

“The lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation’s interests and enforcing its laws – all of them, not just selective ones – in a manner worthy of the Department’s name. The conduct of the IRS’s attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote in a unanimous opinion for a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “We expect that the IRS will do better going forward.”

Justice Department officials declined to comment on the judicial drubbing, and the IRS didn’t respond to a request for comment on the unusually strong language Judge Kethledge used.

The case stems from the IRS‘ decision in 2010 to begin subjecting tea party and conservative groups to intrusive scrutiny when they applied for nonprofit status.

An inspector general found several hundred groups were asked inappropriate questions about their members’ activities, their fundraising and their political leanings.

The IRS has since apologized for its behavior, but insisted the targeting was a mistake born of overzealous employees confused by the law rather than a politically motivated attempt to stifle conservatives.

Tea party groups have been trying for years to get a full list of nonprofit groups that were targeted by the IRS, but the IRS had refused, saying that even the names of those who applied or were approved are considered secret taxpayer information. The IRS said section 6103 of the tax code prevented it from releasing that information.

Judge Kethledge, however, said that turned the law on its head.

“Section 6103 was enacted to protect taxpayers from the IRS, not the IRS from taxpayers,” he wrote.

Edward Greim, a lawyer at Graves Garrett who is representing NorCal Patriots, said they should be able to get a better idea of the IRS‘ decision-making once they see the list of groups that was targeted.

“What we’ll be able to see is how, starting in the spring of 2010, with the first one or two groups the IRS targeted, we’ll be able to see that number grow, and we’ll even be able to see at the tail end their possible covering up that conduct,” he said.

He said they suspect the IRS, aware that the inspector general was looking into the tax agency’s behavior, began adding in other groups to try to muddle the perception that only conservatives were being targeted.

Tuesday’s ruling is the second victory this year for NorCal Patriots.

In January U.S. District Judge Susan J. Dlott certified their case as a class-action lawsuit, signaling that she agreed with NorCal Patriots that the IRS did systematically target hundreds of groups for special scrutiny.

Certifying the class allows any of the more than 200 groups that were subjected to the criteria to join the lawsuit. But until the IRS complies with the appeals court’s ruling this week, the list of those groups is secret.

Now that the class has been certified, the case moves to the discovery stage, where the tea party groups’ lawyers will ask for all of the agency’s documents related to the targeting and will depose IRS employees about their actions.

The lawyers hope they’ll be able to learn details Congress was unable to shake free in its own investigations.

The Justice Department has concluded its own criminal investigation into the IRS and said the targeting was the result of bad management. But investigators said they found no criminal behavior, and specifically cleared former IRS head Lois G. Lerner, saying her fellow employees said she tried to correct the problems when she learned of them.

Republicans dismissed that investigation as a whitewash by the Obama administration.

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Black Cop Brandon Tatum Exposes Anti-Trump Protesters As “Most Hateful, Evil People Ever” (Video)

Black Cop Exposes Anti-Trump Protesters As “Most Hateful, Evil People Ever” – Zero Hedge

Unfortunately for the establishment, the ongoing acts of sponsoreds civil disobedience are not creating the groundswell of anti-Trump terror they had hoped would bring down the anti-establishmentarian. In fact things have gone so far that even Arizona cops questioned their safety among Soros’ puppet-protesters. As African-American police officer Brandon Tatum exclaims, the profane-language-using demonstrators “were the most hateful, evil people he has ever seen.”

As EndingTheFed.com reports, Brandon Tatum, an officer in the Tucson Police Department, shared a video Saturday night giving his perspective on Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tucson, Arizona – and the disruptive protesters who hurled obscenities at the Republican candidate.
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As he explains, Tatum says that as a black man, he did not feel unsafe around Trump’s supporters but was ready to fight protesters in self-defense. He calls them the most hateful, evil people he has ever seen. The demonstrators, who he recalls chanting the phrase “Black lives matter,” used profane language and gestures, leading a mother to cover her child’s ears.

One protester, he recounts, got beat up, but Tatum says that the man instigated a fight either by spitting on or assaulting a rally attendee. He hopes that his message makes it into the news so that typical CNN coverage of just the retaliation against the agitator doesn’t become the prevailing narrative about the rally.

As for Trump himself, Tatum says he went to the rally to decide for himself what he thought of the candidate rather than trusting someone else’s word. He states that he gained respect for the businessman and didn’t hear anything bigoted from his stump speech. “His character’s a lot different than what you would perceive it to be in the media,” he says.

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Once more the tried and tested efforts of the ‘management’ to disrupt the democratic process in favor of their wealth-maintaining status quo is suffering unintended consequences are everywhere amid the blowback from these organized protests.

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A Brief Message To All The Republican Politicians Who Didn’t Have The Balls To Run Against Trump And Cruz…


Shut the hell up about a contested convention already! You have exactly ZERO credibility, and your constant blather about the possibility of someone other than Trump or Cruz being nominated by the GOP this summer is suicidally stupid. You sound like a gaggle of leftist college students in search of a ‘safe space’ so they can continue to ignore reality. Are you really so disconnected from your voter base that you honestly believe they will tolerate a bunch of establishment cronies ignoring their will and choosing some RINO squish to run against the Clinton machine this fall? When will you losers get it through your thick heads that YOU CREATED TRUMP! He’s the anti-establishment monster and you are Victor Frankenstein, so stop whining like spoiled 5-year-olds and try to make peace with the fact that you are now reaping what you have sown.

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*VIDEO* Sean Hannity Talks To Newt Gingrich About Trump, Cruz And Crazed Leftists

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Marauding Leftists Shut Down Trump Rally In Chicago (Video)

Trump Rally Postponed Amid Huge Protests – The Hill

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Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago has been postponed amid huge protests against him.

A Trump campaign staffer took the stage, about 30 minutes after the rally was supposed to start at 7 p.m., and said that Trump had just arrived to Chicago.

He said the rally would be postponed because of security concerns.

The crowd erupted into screams and boos.

His campaign released a statement: “Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date.”
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Video footage from inside the venue showed many people remaining inside after the announcement, and several physical altercations broke out.

An African-American man at one point took the stage, shouting back at supporters on the floor, before being escorted out by security.

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Police had the venue mostly cleared by about 8 p.m. Fox News reported that Trump is back at his hotel and will be leaving for Ohio on Saturday.

The large protests come on the heels of a Trump rally earlier this week where a man was charged with assault and battery after video surfaced showing him punching a man in the face.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was quick to denounce the violence that occurs at Trump rallies, and his GOP rivals also expressed concerns at Thursday night’s GOP debate.

The real estate mogul himself on Thursday night said he doesn’t “condone” the violent behavior at his campaign events.

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University Of Missouri Losing 1,500 Students And Facing $32M Budget Shortfall After Caving To BLM Protesters

Shocker: After Caving To Protests, Mizzou Has Huge Budget Gap – Daily Caller

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The University of Missouri (MU) is losing about 1500 students and is facing a huge $32 million budget shortfall four months after it attracted national attention as the site of massive race-based campus protests.

“I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall. I wish I had better news,” said MU interim chancellor Hank Foley in a Wednesday letter to school staff that was obtained by Fox Sports.

According to Foley’s letter, MU will have about 1500 fewer students in fall 2016 compared to last year, an unexpected drop that is in turn causing a big dip in the school’s tuition income.

Because of the abrupt and unexpected nature of the shortfall, Foley is taking immediate and severe steps to fix the situation: The school budget is being cut 5 percent across the board, all hiring is being frozen (barring exceptional circumstances), and annual raises have been canceled. He has also announced a new, more intensive effort to recruit potential Mizzou students by phone, email, and even via Skype.

Even with all these measures, Foley anticipates MU having a deficit of about $1o million,which he said would be made up using the school’s reserve funds.

In November 2015, MU was rocked by major protests led by the Concerned Student 1950 group, which accused President Timothy Wolfe of not doing enough to address racial tensions on campus. After black players on the school football team announced a strike, Wolfe resigned and the school caved to a host of other protester demands. Meanwhile, the same day of Wolfe’s resignation, communications professor Melissa Click grabbed headlines for attacking a student journalist who tried to cover the ongoing protests.

Now, while Click and Wolfe are gone, the consequences of that turbulent November continue to reverberate, not the least because Concerned Student 1950 continues to engage in very public protests while demanding even more concessions from the school.

It was already known that MU had seen a drop in applications following the protests, but Foley’s letter drives home just how big a blow the school has been dealt.

Foley doesn’t break down the 1,500 lost student by class year, but the bulk of the decline comes from a major dip in the size of the entering freshman class. How major? In 2015, MU had 6,200 freshman undergraduates, meaning its freshman class size may have shrunk by 20 percent or more, an incredible swing for a single year.

Notably, Foley’s letter makes no mention of the protests as a potential factor in Mizzou’s declining appeal.

Foley also is unlikely to have much luck in turning to Missouri lawmakers for support. Disgusted by the university’s actions last fall, Republicans have refused to increase its budget and have even been considering making a big cut to the school’s state support.

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*LIVE STREAMING* CNN Republican Presidential Primary Debate (03/10/16 – 8:30pm ET)



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*AUDIO* Mark Steyn Discusses The Republican Divide Of 2016

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*VIDEO* ‘Hillary’s America’ Trailer – Dinesh D’Souza

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Results Of March 5th GOP Primaries/Caucuses – Poll Projections Included For Purpose Of Comparison


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MARCH 5TH

POLL PROJECTIONS (Combined Averages For Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana And Maine)
Donald Trump: 37.3%
Ted Cruz: 20.9%
Marco Rubio: 17.7%
John Kasich: 8.2%

RESULTS (March 5, 2016)
Ted Cruz
Total Votes: 230,209
Average Percentage: 40.9%
States Won: KS And ME
Delegates Won: 64

Donald Trump
Total Votes: 230,453
Average Percentage: 33.3%
States Won: KY And LA
Delegates Won: 49

Marco Rubio
Total Votes: 85,035
Average Percentage: 13.6%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 13

John Kasich
Total Votes: 62,541
Average Percentage: 10.9%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 9

Total Delegate Allocation Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 378
Ted Cruz: 295
Marco Rubio: 123
John Kasich: 34

Total Vote Count Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 3,603,634
Ted Cruz: 3,003,166
Marco Rubio: 2,221,583
John Kasich: 714,488

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Results Of GOP Super Tuesday Primaries/Caucuses – Poll Projections Included For Purpose Of Comparison


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SUPER TUESDAY

POLL PROJECTIONS (Combined Averages For Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont And Virginia)
Donald Trump: 30.1%
Ted Cruz: 20.1%
Marco Rubio: 18.9%
Ben Carson: 9.4%
John Kasich: 6.6%

RESULTS (March 1, 2016)
Donald Trump
Total Votes: 2,952,964
Average Percentage: 34.6%
States Won: AL, AR, GA, MA, TN, VT, VA
Delegates Won: 237

Ted Cruz
Total Votes: 2,507,233
Average Percentage: 25.4%
States Won: AK, OK, TX
Delegates Won: 209

Marco Rubio
Total Votes: 1,879,467
Average Percentage: 23.0%
States Won: MN
Delegates Won: 94

John Kasich
Total Votes: 544,649
Average Percentage: 8.6%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 19

Ben Carson
Total Votes: 494,281
Average Percentage: 6.5%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 3

Total Delegate Allocation Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 319
Ted Cruz: 226
Marco Rubio: 110
John Kasich: 25
Ben Carson: 8

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*VIDEO* Senator Jeff Sessions Endorses The Donald During Massive Rally In Madison, Alabama

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Hitlery Wins SC Primary In Massive Landslide, Proving That Dems Still Prefer Neo-Socialist Felons To Outright Communists

Hillary Clinton Wins South Carolina Primary In A Rout Over Sanders – NPR

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Hillary Clinton has won the South Carolina Democratic primary, notching a decisive win in a state where she suffered a devastating loss just eight years ago.

The Associated Press called the race for the former secretary of state over rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just seconds after the polls closed at 7 p.m. ET. With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading Sanders by a nearly 50 point margin, 74 percent to 26 percent.

“Today you sent a message in America that when we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break,” Clinton declared in her victory speech in Columbia, S.C. “Tomorrow this campaign goes national. We are going to compete for every vote in every state. We are not taking anything for granted.”

Clinton struck a populist tone as she spoke too, backed by younger voters behind her on stage – a demographic she’s struggled to capture over Sanders.

“Together we can break down all the barriers holding our families and our country back. We can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have that chance to live up to his or her God-given potential,” Clinton thundered. “Then and only then can America live up to its full potential, too.”

“We’re going to work together to give people – particularly young people – the tools you need,” she added.

A Clinton victory in the first Southern primary had long been expected, and even the Vermont senator’s campaign seemed resigned to a loss as voting began. Instead of remaining in the Palmetto State to wait for results, Sanders opted instead to turn his eye toward Super Tuesday states voting March 1. He was campaigning in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Sanders congratulated Clinton in a statement but cast attention toward the other contests in just three days.

“Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning. We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina. Now it’s on to Super Tuesday,” Sanders said.

“In just three days, Democrats in 11 states will pick 10 times more pledged delegates on one day than were selected in the four early states so far in this campaign,” he continued. “Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”

Still, the South Carolina victory is an important one for Clinton and gives her a boost of momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when voters in more than a dozen states will go to the polls and 865 delegates are up for grabs.

South Carolina was the first contest in which a majority of the electorate had been made up of minority voters, and Clinton won black voters handily.

According to early exit polls, a record 62 percent share of Democratic voters were African-American, an increase from even the previous 55 percent benchmark eight years ago. Clinton was on track to capture 84 percent of those votes.

Clinton won all women voters by 58 points and carried black women (37 percent of the electorate) by 78 points. Clinton carried white women 18 points, while Sanders won white men by 14 points.

Younger voters – a key part of the Sanders base – were a much smaller share of the electorate than in previous contests this year. In Iowa and New Hampshire, voters under 30 made up just under 20 percent of the primary vote.

The South Carolina electorate was heavily supportive of President Obama, who beat Clinton in the state in the 2008 contest. Seventy-four percent of the Democratic electorate said the next president should generally continue Obama’s policies, and Clinton won those voters 81 to 19 percent, per exit polls. Sanders carried the 17 percent of voters who wanted the next president to implement more liberal policies.

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Results Of Early GOP Primaries/Caucuses – Poll Projections Included For Purpose Of Comparison


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IOWA

POLL PROJECTIONS (Average As Of January 31, 2016)
Donald Trump: 28.6%
Ted Cruz: 23.9%
Marco Rubio: 16.9%
Ben Carson: 7.7%
Jeb Bush: 4.1%
John Kasich: 2.9%
Carly Fiorina: 2.6%
Chris Christie: 2.4%

RESULTS (February 1, 2016)
Ted Cruz: Votes – 51,666 (27.6%) —— Delegates Won: 8
Donald Trump: Votes – 45,429 (24.3%) —— Delegates Won: 7
Marco Rubio: Votes – 43,228 (23.1%) —— Delegates Won: 7
Ben Carson: Votes – 17,394 (9.3%) —— Delegates Won: 3
Jeb Bush: Votes – 5,238 (2.8%) —— Delegates Won: 1
Carly Fiorina: Votes – 3,485 (1.8%) —— Delegates Won: 1
John Kasich: Votes – 3,474 (1.8%) —— Delegates Won: 1
Chris Christie: Votes – 3,284 (1.7%) —— Delegates Won: 0

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POLL PROJECTIONS (Average As Of February 4, 2016)
Donald Trump: 31.2%
Marco Rubio: 14.0%
John Kasich: 13.5%
Ted Cruz: 11.8%
Jeb Bush: 11.5%
Chris Christie: 5.8%
Carly Fiorina: 4.8%
Ben Carson: 2.8%

RESULTS (February 9, 2016)
Donald Trump: Votes – 100,406 (35.3%) —— Delegates Won: 10
John Kasich: Votes – 44,909 (15.8%) —— Delegates Won: 4
Ted Cruz: Votes – 33,189 (11.7%) —— Delegates Won: 3
Jeb Bush: Votes – 31,310 (11.0%) —— Delegates Won: 3
Marco Rubio: Votes – 30,032 (10.6%) —— Delegates Won: 3
Chris Christie: Votes – 21,069 (7.4%) —— Delegates Won: 0
Carly Fiorina: Votes – 10,967 (4.17%) —— Delegates Won: 0
Ben Carson: Votes – 5,969 (2.27%) —— Delegates Won: 0

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SOUTH CAROLINA

POLL PROJECTIONS (Average As Of February 18, 2016)
Donald Trump: 32.9%
Ted Cruz: 18.1%
Marco Rubio: 17.1%
Jeb Bush: 10.5%
John Kasich: 10.0%
Ben Carson: 6.9%

RESULTS (February 20, 2016)
Donald Trump: 239,851 (32.5%) —— Delegates Won: 50
Marco Rubio: 165,881 (22.5%) —— Delegates Won: 0
Ted Cruz: 164,790 (22.3%) —— Delegates Won: 0
Jeb Bush: 57,863 (7.8%) —— Delegates Won: 0
John Kasich: 56,206 (7.6%) —— Delegates Won: 0
Ben Carson: 53,326 (7.2%) —— Delegates Won: 0

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POLL PROJECTIONS (Average As Of February 15, 2015)
Donald Trump: 42.0%
Ted Cruz: 20.0%
Marco Rubio: 19.0%
John Kasich: 7.0%
Ben Carson: 6.0%

RESULTS (February 23, 2016)
Donald Trump: 34,531 (45.9%) —— Delegates Won: 14
Marco Rubio: 17,940 (23.9%) —— Delegates Won: 7
Ted Cruz: 16,079 (21.4%) —— Delegates Won: 6
Ben Carson: 3,619 (4.8%) —— Delegates Won: 1
John Kasich: 2,709 (3.6%) —— Delegates Won: 1

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Total Delegate Allocation So Far
Donald Trump: 81
Marco Rubio: 17
Ted Cruz: 17
John Kasich: 6
Ben Carson: 4

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RINO Update: Bush Campaign Believed To Be Out Of Money

Jeb’s tailspin: ‘I’m Told Bush Team Out Of Money’ – WorldNetDaily

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Jeb Bush’s campaign insists it is not imploding before primary voters’ eyes despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

The former Florida governor now finds himself in a situation where his own supporters say he isn’t firing on all cylinders, his polls are sagging, Republican insiders claim he is running out of cash, and key endorsements are going to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

And now campaign officials and a top fundraiser are pushing back aggressively against claims the Bush campaign will stop paying staff on Saturday due to lack of funds.

Citing “sources close to the Bush campaign,” conservative commentator and Red State editor Erick Erickson wrote that there was a phone call on Wednesday night in which the news leaked out that the Bush campaign was out of cash.

“Pay for campaign staff will end on Saturday. The campaign is all but over,” Erickson wrote Thursday at the Resurgent. “Additionally, after having hundreds of millions of dollars on hand, the Bush Super PAC has less than $15 million from what I am being told.”

Erikson said Bush could be a “king-maker” if he got out of the race before South Carolina’s primary voters head to the polls on Saturday, but the campaign “vehemently” denied having cash-flow problems.

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After Erickson’s story reverberated through the political world on Thursday morning, Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller tweeted:

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“I am traveling on Saturday to Nevada to help oversee that effort, and we have staff waiting for me,” Al Cardenas, a longtime Bush insider and senior fundraiser, said in a telephone interview with The Hill. “And nobody’s been notified about this information.

“It would come as a surprise to [Bush campaign] staff that Erick’s been notified ahead of them.”

And a source familiar with Bush fundraising and the campaign told The Hill the story was “complete bullshit.”

“F—ing Marco Rubio got a third place in Iowa and a fifth place in New Hampshire, and he’s trying to drive us out of the campaign. It’s ludicrous,” the source said.

“It’s a f—ing civil war [with Rubio], that’s what it is… Jeb Bush is a proud dude… We are not going to announce to the world that the campaign will finish on Saturday.”

Rumors that Bush’s campaign is about to be pulled off life-support coincide with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Rubio and a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll released Thursday showing Bush capturing just 4 percent of the primary vote.

A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday also had Bush running a distant fourth-place behind Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rubio.

“It’s all been decided, apparently,” Bush sarcastically said at a campaign stop in South Carolina on Wednesday. “The pundits have made it all – it’s all decided. We don’t have to go vote, I guess. It’s all finished. I should just stop campaigning, maybe, huh? It’s all done.”

Bush’s supporters, however, seemed worried.

Edward Scott, 58, who lives in Maryland but works in South Carolina, told the New York Times on Wednesday that Bush seems to have been “knocked off center” by his opponents’ attacks. He told the paper it was important for the former Florida governor to “raise the bar” and “be beyond the bullying.”

“I think [Trump] is getting you off your message, your good message,” added David Villinger, 62, of Ridgeville.

Bush told the Summersville audience he was “disappointed” that Haley endorsed Rubio, but vowed “a role for her in the campaign” if he wins the Republican nomination.

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*LIVE STREAMING* CBS News Republican Presidential Primary Debate (02/13/16 – 9:00pm ET)



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*VIDEO* Yes, There Actually Was Another Democrat Debate Last Night… Really!

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Feel The Bern… Sanders Experiences The Wonders Of Socialism After New Hampshire Vote

Sanders Gets Berned By His Own Type Of “Justice” – Moonbattery

Anyone capable of feeling sorry for socialists might start with Bernie Sanders. After a de facto tie in Iowa was counted as a loss, his overwhelming victory in New Hampshire went down as a tie:
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Hillary Clinton is expected to leave New Hampshire with just as many delegates as Bernie Sanders, even after he crushed her in Tuesday’s presidential primary.

Sanders won 15 delegates with his 20-point victory Tuesday while Clinton won nine.

But Clinton came into the contest with the support of six superdelegates, who are state party insiders given the freedom to support any candidate they choose…

[A]s it stands, the superdelegate support gives Clinton a total of 15 New Hampshire delegates.

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Maybe the Democrats are undemocratic, but you can’t say they aren’t fair – in the Democrat sense of the word:
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During his victory speech Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders said that America is “based on a simple principle, and that principle is fairness.” Ignore for a moment the sound of Thomas Jefferson rolling over in his grave and instead be happy for Sanders that his dream was put into practice after the New Hampshire votes were counted.

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Sanders might have won his blowout victory because he campaigned harder, and was more effective in crafting a message the voters wanted to hear. He might just be a better politician than Shrillary. But thanks to this political application of his own notion of economic justice, they get the same benefit anyway. It’s called “equality.”

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Chris Christie And Carly Fiorina Are Folding Up Their Tents

Chris Christie To End Presidential Campaign – CBS News

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After a sixth place finish in New Hampshire’s Republican primary on Tuesday, Chris Christie is calling it quits.

The New Jersey governor made the decision after conferring with major donors. He concluded that he did not have the financial support to continue his campaign, reports CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, citing a senior campaign source.

Christie spent significant campaign resources on the New Hampshire primary, wooing voters and banking on the state’s famous friendliness to governors running for the GOP nomination. Last week, Christie received plaudits for his debate takedown of rival Marco Rubio in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he slammed the Florida senator for his automaton-like answers to moderators’ questions.

But on Tuesday night, Christie finished with just single-digit support, behind Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Rubio. After a poor showing in Iowa, Christie is the only candidate left running who has so far accumulated zero delegates.

Christie addressed his backers at a primary night event in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Thanking volunteers and supporters, Christie said he did “not regret one minute” of the time spent in the early-voting state.

“I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win. And what that means is you never know and it’s both the magic and the mystery of politics – that you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do,” he said. “We leave New Hampshire tonight without an ounce of regret, not for the time we’ve spent, and for the thousands of people tonight in New Hampshire who will have voted for us. We thank each and every one of them.”

Of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Christie said he “deserves congratulations” for winning the support of Granite State voters.

Trump, for his part, told “CBS This Morning” that Christie had called to congratulate him, and said in an interview on Fox News, “Frankly, Chris is somebody that maybe wouldn’t have to get out. I think somebody like Jeb Bush has far less talent than Chris, and he’s still in so you know, it’s one of those things.”

The New Jersey Republican announced Tuesday that he would be heading back to his home state, instead of continuing on to campaign in South Carolina, the last primary state before March’s Super Tuesday contests.

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Carly Fiorina Is Dropping Out Of The Race – Mediaite

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Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the presidential race.

After a weak showing in New Hampshire last night, Fiorina becomes the second candidate, after Chris Christie, to bow out today.

Here’s the full statement she posted to Facebook:
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This campaign was always about citizenship – taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.

Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.

To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.

As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.

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