Here is a look at Donald Trump running for President by Secular Talk.
“The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office,” writes CNN.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told a crowd at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, according to CNN.
He gave a “lengthy and meandering 45-minute speech” that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, while also taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side, according to CNN.
Senator Bernie Sanders touches on the big topics on CBS’ Face The Nation with host John Dickerson.
Sanders is a presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket. Here, he mentions the likelihood of jobs being moved overseas and the secrecy of the TPP trade agreement as reasons for not supporting the deal.
He also looks as some of the differences between himself and Hillary Clinton, the Koch brothers, the Keystone XL pipeline, and other topics.
Ivanka Trump told CNBC Wednesday that as an American, she’d be “very lucky” if her father, Donald Trump, ran for U.S. president.
“I would support him and encourage him wholeheartedly,” Ivanka Trump said in an interview with CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”
“I have the unique perspective of being by his side every day and understanding how incredibly capable and just want an amazing visionary he is. As a citizen, it would be amazing if he makes that decision,” she said.
Ivanka Trump is the executive vice president of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization, according to CNBC.
Pope Francis’ eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment – and global warming – will be published June 18, according to the Associated Press and Fox News.
The Vatican took the unusual step Thursday of announcing the release date in advance “to avoid confusion over the diffusion of unconfirmed information.”
In related news, right-wing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized the Pope for his plans to frame climate change as a moral issue, saying in a radio interview that the Catholic Church should “leave science to scientists.”
Many on the left feel the same way. This is a good idea.
Santorum, a devout Catholic who built his political career as a social conservative, told Philadelphia’s WPHT 1210 host Dom Giordano Monday that he loves Francis and is a “huge fan of his.”
However, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the church is not qualified and could “harm its credibility” if the pope issues an encyclical on climate change, a politically charged matter, according to Philly.com.
A Quinnapiac University poll from May 28th shows that (currently) the Republican candidates that stack up the best against Hillary Clinton are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. The next in line seems to be Mike Huckabee.
(Hillary is listed on the left, Republican candidates on the right.)
The New York Times writes that “(t)he first evidence that Mrs. Clinton could face a credible challenge in the Iowa presidential caucuses appeared late last week in the form of overflow crowds at Mr. Sanders’s first swing through that state since declaring his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
He drew 700 people to an event on Thursday night in Davenport, for instance. It was “the largest rally in the state for any single candidate this campaign season,” writes the New York Times. Only 50 attended a rally there on Saturday with former Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland.
Mr. Sanders is considered the Senate’s most left-wing member, and he has been inspiring to the Democratic base at recent rallies and town-hall-style meetings, including on Wednesday in the first presidential primary state, New Hampshire.
Mrs. Clinton is far ahead in the polls, fund-raising and name recognition, however, and she is expected to continue to have a much more organized and sophisticated campaign operation in Iowa and nationwide than Mr. Sanders.
According to The New York Times, “(h)er mix of centrist and progressive Democratic views may yet prove more appealing to the broadest number of party voters as well, while some of Mr. Sanders’s policy prescriptions – including far higher taxes on the wealthy and deep military spending cuts – may eventually persuade Democrats that he is unelectable in a general election.”
Does South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham go over-the-top in regards to stopping Americans from joining ISIS?
The Republican Graham “quasi-announced” that he is running for president on Monday, writes Slate Magazine.
On Saturday, he gave a foreign policy-oriented speech at a dinner event hosted by Iowa Republicans. During that speech he made either a very bad joke or an extremely aggressive remark about drone warfare, according to Slate.
(Updated title to reflect the Senator’s use of ISIL instead of ISIS)
In a recent Fox News interview with host of The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush didn’t seem to differ much from his brother on the subject of Iraq, nor did he seem worried about the trillions of dollars spent or the thousands of lives lost from the war.
The Huffington Post:
“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) would have authorized the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so.”
Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and conservative pundit, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to use his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” he said in an interview Sunday night on Ohio’s WKRC television station.
He plans to make a more formal announcement during a speech from his native Detroit on Monday.
Carly Fiorina made her 2016 presidential plans official Monday morning, announcing her candidacy on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
She will also be running as a Republican candidate.
Actually, she first declared her candidacy via Twitter just minutes before making her television appearance, tweeting a link to the newly minted Carlyforpresident.com.
Fiorina was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, according to MSNBC, and would run as a Republican candidate. Fiorina ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010, losing to the incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer.