In a move that could bolster his potential 2016 presidential campaign, retired conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson took his first trip to Israel to visit the Holy Land and gain a better understanding of the conflicts affecting the Jewish state.
Carson, who left for his trip on Saturday and will stay for one week, has continued a trend of presidential hopefuls who have voyaged to Israel prior to their campaigns in moves thought to improve foreign policy credentials.
Although the rising 63-year-old conservative has not officially announced his candidacy, he told Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV last Friday that it was imperative for his presidential prospects for him to finally make his first trip to Israel so that he can see first-hand the territorial issues of one of America's biggest allies faces. more >>
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has lost to Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in a runoff election that has given more strength to the Republican Party in the Senate.
Cassidy's win means Republicans will now have a nine-seat majority in the Senate next year with 54 seats, and Democrats will control 46 seats.
In results long predicted by most analysts and news outlets, Cassidy, who presently serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, soundly beat Landrieu with about 58 percent of the vote versus Landrieu's 42 percent with over 75 percent of precincts reporting Saturday, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's unofficial election results web page. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson's business manager urged conservative donors looking to give money to the 63-year-old neurosurgeon's potential 2016 presidential campaign to be wary of donating to the widely-publicized unaffiliated super PAC called the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
Although the the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised an outstanding sum, totalling over $10.7 million since July of 2013, Carson's long-time friend and business manager, Armstrong Williams, recently told Roll Call that, the group is a "mixed bag" and implied that the group has "exploited" people who think their donations are going directly to Carson.
"People are using their hard-earned money. People giving money and thinking it is going to Dr. Carson but it's not," Williams said. "I don't like misleading people. We are about integrity and transparency." more >>
Although Gallup polling from May indicates that American public opinion strongly favors legally recognizing same-sex marriage, 2014 midterm election exit polls found that voters were evenly divided on the issue of gay marriage.
According to NBC exit polling results, just 48 percent of those who voted in November's elections said they think same-sex marriage should be legally recognized in their home state, while the same amount of voters said they are opposed to legally recognizing gay marriage in their state.
The numbers show a significant decline in the percentage of Americans that support same-sex marriage, as compared to the results from a Gallup poll in May that found 55 percent of Americans feel that same-sex marriage should be "valid" and just 42 percent thought that same-sex marriage "should not be valid." more >>
Potential Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson reassured potential conservative supporters last week that he opposes any kind of ban on assault weapons and that he would firmly defend the full extent of the Second Amendment if he were to be elected to a political office.
Troubled by the criticism he's received from conservative skeptics over a gun control comment made in a 2013 interview with Fox News' "Glenn Beck," Carson hosted a conference call last week to clarify his stance on gun control before setting off to speak at a fundraising event in Iowa over the weekend.
The 63-year-old conservative's mission in hosting the conference call was to elaborate on a comment he issued while speaking with Beck in February 2013, where he said that he would "rather not have" semi-automatic weapons in the inner cities. more >>
Outspoken Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz called on the in-coming Republican-majority Senate to block any presidential nominee until President Barack Obama rescinds his executive action on immigration.
In a column published by Politico on Wednesday, Cruz stated that the U.S. Senate should act to check President Obama's executive power.