A Look At Donald Trump For President

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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.

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NBC News: O’Malley May Be The Best Democrat To Take On Clinton

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According to the Associated Press, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley declared his candidacy for U.S. President today, May 30th.  He will be running under the Democratic ticket and will face Hillary Clinton in the primaries.

Recently, NBC News wrote that former Maryland Governor is the strongest candidate to take on Hillary Clinton.

Throughout last year, O’Malley has been making appearances in Iowa and New Hampshire and giving speeches around the country to tout himself as a potential Democratic presidential candidate.

The former governor has been trying to cast himself as the alternative to Hillary Clinton for Democrats who either are tired of the Clinton family or prefer a more liberal candidate.

O’Malley is probably the strongest candidate in the Democratic field to take on Clinton, writes NBC News.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and ex-Virginia Senator Jim Webb are also seeking the nomination, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected to jump in the race as well.

(Updated articfle)

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/martin-omalley-clintons-strongest-rival-hes-still-way-behind-her-n366046

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/30/politics/martin-omalley-2016-presidential-announcement/index.html

Senator Lindsey Graham Would ‘Drone Americans For Thinking About Joining ISIL’

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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)

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/18/lindsey_graham_drone_attacks_threatens_jokingly_to_kill_americans.html

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Interviews Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush On Iraq


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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.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/10/exclusive-jeb-bush-says-hillary-clinton-would-have-backed-iraq-invasion/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/10/jeb-bush-iraq-hillary-clinton_n_7251872.html

Bernie Sanders On Face The Nation: I can beat Hillary Clinton

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Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist – says he can beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Sanders said he thinks he can get rid of the former Secretary of State because, “there is, in my view, massive dissatisfaction in this country today with corporate establishment and the greed of corporate America and the incredibly unequal distribution of wealth and income, which currently exists.”

“We won’t outspend Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, but we will raise the kind of money needed to run a strong campaign,” he said.  Sanders promised on Sunday that he would not have a super PAC to raise money for his campaign, according to The Huffington Post.  Sanders stated that he has received nearly 90,000 contributions, averaging about $43, since announcing his candidacy a week and a half ago.

Sanders described himself as “the most progressive member of the U.S. Senate.”

He said that if elected, he would try to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United and rein in campaign spending.

Such campaign spending has been called “legalized bribery” by some left-wing pundits.

Sanders voiced his respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton, but pointed out that she voted in favor of the 2003 Iraq War and has avoided taking a stance on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Sanders opposed both, and has also led the fight against a bill that would grant the president fast-track authority on trade agreements.

Sanders said his record on that issue over the past 25 years shows that he has led the way in standing up for working families and taking on “the billionaire class,” Wall Street, private insurance companies, and drug companies.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-i-can-beat-hillary-clinton/

Two ‘Second-Tier’ Republicans Enter Race For President

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.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-fiorina-carson-presidential-campaign-20150501-story.html

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/here-s-where-carly-fiorina-gets-her-campaign-money-141956879.html

Right-Wing Pundit Bill Kristol: Walker In ‘Spring Training’ In Regards To Foreign Policy

In a Politico report on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s foreign policy, The Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called the governor “in spring training” on the subject.

Walker broke away from the GOP 2016 scrum two months ago but alarmed Republican donors and establishment leaders when he spoke like a novice on foreign policy, states MediaITE.  Walker claimed his successful battle against public sector unions had given him the ability to stand up to ISIS, and he said that Ronald Reagan’s breaking of the Air Traffic Controller’s Union was the most significant foreign policy decision of his lifetime.

President Obama also took a swing at him, telling Walker to “bone up” on his foreign policy.

That is what Walker has apparently been doing by surrounding himself with Republican foreign policy experts and cramming.

Here is the right-wing pundit Kristol’s quote on Walker:

“In spring training – especially when a player is learning a new position – you want to see basic talent, hard work and real improvement,” said Kristol to Politico. “In Scott Walker’s case, so far we’ve seen all three.”

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