While appearing at a hunting and outdoors trade show in Las Vegas on Thursday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declined to comment on current hot-button political issues but sent the clear message to Republican leadership in Congress that they need to go on the "offensive" with the new majority they have in both houses.
After promoting her outdoor-themed reality show "Amazing America" at the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show), the 50-year-old former vice presidential candidate told The Blaze that Republicans in Congress need to start acting like they actually have the majority and urged GOP Congress members to stop playing "defense."
"I'm not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense," Palin asserted. "Man, they are not going to win a game on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C. — we're blowing it if we just bend our back." more >>
A coalition of 100 Christian faith leaders, looking to raise hunger and poverty as a prominent issue in the 2016 election cycle, is urging all potential 2016 presidential candidates to post videos stating how they plan to alleviate poverty and hunger in the United States and abroad.
The group of faith leaders, which represents a wide array of Christian denominations, churches, universities, seminaries and agencies, was convened by Circle of Protection, a group committed to advocating for programs that help ease the hunger and poverty of the indigent. The coalition asks potential candidates to make three minute videos explaining how each of them will provide "help" and "opportunity" to needy people throughout the world.
Along with the many Christian schools, churches and other localized Christian groups who've had representatives sign onto this movement are national groups such as the National Association for Evangelicals, Sojourners, American Bible Society, Bread for the World, Catholic Theological Union, Jesuit Conference, National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and Catholic Charities USA. more >>
Further establishing a reputation for making bizarre and over-exaggerated political comments, prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has made yet another odd comparison: comparing America's Founding Fathers to the ruthless terrorists fighting for the Islamic State.
Speaking at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting on Thursday, the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author explained that ISIS fighters are much like the brave soldiers of the Revolutionary War, who showed conviction and willingness to die for the right of independence from Great Britain.
"A bunch of rag tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing," Carson said. "Fast forward to today. What do we have? You've got ISIS." more >>
With Mike Huckabee leaving his Fox News show to consider another potential presidential run in 2016, the Southern Baptist pastor and former Arkansas governor has arguably become the the front runner to gain the Evangelical vote in what is expected to be a very crowded 2016 Republican primary. But will he be able to unite Evangelical donors and voters?
As the Washington Post points out, one of the things Huckabee should do to have a shot winning the Republican nomination is to "make a pitch for unity" among Evangelical voters to avoid having a split in the Evangelical vote like in the 2012 primary, when Evangelicals were split between former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Gov. Rick Perry which helped Mitt Romney win the nomination.
But compared to when Huckabee ran for president in 2008, the Republican field will likely feature more social conservatives that can draw the interest of Evangelicals. Some have already begun courting Evangelical influence in early primary states like Iowa. more >>
A whopping 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is going in, and less than half of those polled, 49 percent, believe this year will be better than 2014, while 42 percent actually believe it will be worse.
"The public remains deeply dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country. Just 26 percent are satisfied with national conditions, while 71 percent are dissatisfied," according to a poll released by the Pew Research Center this week. "The current ratings are more pessimistic than in recent years, as the public generally takes an optimistic view of the year to come."
News isn't any better for both political parties, as Pew found that the percentage of Democrats who believe the new year will be better than the year before has taken a nose dive. more >>
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 >>