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Cruz: Trump Uses Lawsuits “to Intimidate People”

Cruz made the statement when on with Hugh Hewitt Tuesday (The Hill).  The transcript (Hugh Hewitt).  South Carolina governor Nikki Haley said Trump represents “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president” (CBS News).  Trump quoted a liberal blogger who dislikes Cruz and attributed the quote to Republican Senator Tom Coburn (Time).  Trump tops the list of candidates who scare Americans (USA Today).  Newt Gingrich blistered Trump over his name calling (Fox News).  Dr. James Dobson is supporting Cruz and vigorously opposing Trump (The Pulse).  The National Organization for Marriage is also coming out against Trump (Redstate).  More on Trump’s clueless Iraq War and 9/11 comments (NY Post).

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Trump Retweets Neo-Nazi

A user with the account name “WhiteGenocideTM” (The Hill).  And this isn’t the first time (Politico).  It has since been deleted from his Twitter feed (Twitter).  From Russell Moore:  The greatest generation chose leaders who routed the Nazis. This generation chooses leaders who retweet Nazis. That’s not progress (Facebook).  More on the problem that is Trump (Washington Post).  Trump said “Common Core, we are gonna keep” then backed off in a tweet (Red State).  Cruz is going after Trump in his fundraising emails (The Pulse).  They are going after each other in their television ads (Breitbart). Why Cruz could be in great shape (Washington Post). Meanwhile, Kasich remains a moderate (Fox News) and even seemed to declare himself in the middle of Clinton and Sanders (The Week).  Trey Gowdy is working to get Rubio back on top (Breitbart).  Now there’s talk Rubio could benefit from a brokered convention (Townhall).

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Trump Visits New Hampshire, Steps Up Use of Expletives

Don’t take your child to a Trump rally (CBS News).   From Charles Krauthammer:  … he’s not conservative. Trump’s winning the nomination would convulse the Republican party, fracture the conservative movement and undermine the GOP’s identity and role as the country’s conservative party. Later:   We can now read the Iowa results as they affect the Republican future. Trumpian populism got 24 percent, conservatism (Rubio plus Cruz) got 51 percent. There will be a spirited contest between the two conservatives over who has the better chance of winning the general election and of governing effectively. But whatever the piques and preferences of various “establishment” party leaders, there’s no denying that either Rubio or Cruz would retain the GOP’s fundamental ideological identity. Trump would not. Getting thumped in Iowa does not mean that Trump is done. He’s on favorable ground in New Hampshire and leads in practically every other state. But he’s in for a long fight. What Iowa confirms is that whatever beating the “establishment” takes during this campaign, Republicans are choosing conservatism over Trumpian populism by 2 to 1. Which means their chances of survival as the party of Reagan are very good (NRO).  A look at how Trump helped push Obamacare (Washington Post).  But these days, Trump is blaming Cruz (AP).  Trump told Hugh Hewitt “…it’s imperative we have to terminate Obamacare. We have to repeal it, and we have to replace it with something so good, and there’s so many options that we have. You know, we’ll do a great job” (Hugh Hewitt).  And Cruz is using Carter’s words against Trump (Breitbart).

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THR 2/6/16: What in the World Happened in Iowa?

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What in the world happened in Iowa and why were all the pollsters wrong? Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Robert Costa all weigh in. Mike Gallagher spoke with Speaker Newt Gingrich about the appeal of Bernie Sanders. Bernie is crushing Hillary in a very telling poll–Michael Medved provides the details. “One should not call leftists, liberals,” says Dennis Prager. He explains why. Senator Tom Cotton spoke with Bill Bennett about prison reform. Prager adds some additional thoughts as to why polling is more difficult than ever.

 

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Iowans Vote Today

Trump appears to have a slim lead going in (Fox News).  The weather is not expected to cooperate (Washington Examiner).  How the caucuses work (Fox News).  Trump still leads in Iowa, even though he’s not very popular (Weekly Standard).  One poll has Rubio within striking distance in Iowa (Opinion Savvy).  From Gallup:  Trump is the most unpopular candidate of either party when the entire U.S. population is taken into account — and … he has a higher unfavorable rating than any nominated candidate from either of the two major parties going back to the 1992 election when we began to track favorability using the current format (Gallup). Iowa congressman Steve King suggested Trump is buying his endorsements (Daily Caller).  How this race is breaking the rules (CNN).  Kimberly Strassel looks at how Trump’s tendencies would be dangerous in the White House (WSJ).  Stephen Colbert’s Trump v. Trump debate is getting a lot of attention (Townhall).  Trump’s Medicare plan isn’t looking very Republican (American Spectator).  According Reuters, Trump is still riding high overall (Reuters).  On the other side:  Bernie Sanders is having trouble explaining who’s giving him military advice (Politico).  Bernie’s camp is worried Hillary’s camp isn’t playing fair in Iowa (Yahoo).  George Soros has donated $8 million to help Hillary (Politico).

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Silently on a Playoff Sunday, Democrats Debate

A battle for who’s the most radical leftist (AP). Both showed their love of Obamacare (Fox News). Hilary played the race card (Mashable). The New York Times gave Sanders a narrow victory (NY Times). The takeaways, according to (USA Today, ABC News, CNN). And some guy named “O’Malley” was there, too (CBS News). A look at Sanders’ radical past (AP). CNN looks at his youth support (CNN). Fact Check (AP, CNN). Lots of audio (SONNetwork).

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Debate Has Cruz and Trump at Center of Battle

The Cruz birth controversy was part of the scuffle (Fox News).  Key quotes (Townhall).  The five big moments, according to ABC News (ABC News).  CBS News called Trump “as angry and unapologetic as ever” (CBS News)  But Trump had a big moment with his New York comment (RCP).  CNN’s list of winners and losers (CNN).  Bill Clinton’s antics made it into the debate (Daily Mail).  One poll indicates, if they were going head-to-head, Cruz would defeat Trump (The Hill).  Plenty of audio, sliced and diced (SONNetwork).

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