Rand Paul attacks Hillary Clinton as a ‘war hawk’


Inevitably a preview of what a match-up between Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton would look like if both candidates end up as their party’s nominee. In 2008, Barack Obama outflanked Hillary Clinton to her left and Rand Paul seems to have taken that lesson to heart, at least when it comes to foreign policy. … (continue reading)

DNC approves 2016 primary schedule in line with RNC


The Democratic National Committee has approved plans to begin formalizing the 2016 primary schedule in line with a plan supported by the Republican National Committee as well. The goal of both parties is to move the primary start away from early January until at least the first of February. Report from CBS News: Democratic … (continue reading)

New York Times defends Rick Perry on abuse of power charges


I highlight the New York Times because their editorial board put out the most backhanded defense of Perry I’ve ever seen. The bottom line, even the Times is skeptical of the charges against Rick Perry which speaks volumes for the validity of the claims. Note the opening paragraph illustrating just how much animosity the … (continue reading)

Open thread: Ferguson, Missouri


August is a slow month for 2016 presidential news but there are a lot of other important topics unfolding around the world. At the moment, the country is focused on the unrest in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Report on the latest from the Washington Post: FERGUSON, Mo. —Attorney General Eric H. Holder … (continue reading)

2016: Year of the Libertarian?


There have been numerous articles touting 2016 as the year when libertarian political philosphies may be poised to make a splash into the mainstream debate of presidential politics. Most reference Rand Paul as the vehicle by which these policies are gaining a spotlight within the Republican Party. The issues of limited government, fewer regulations, … (continue reading)

GOP releases final plans for 2016 debate rules


The Republican National Committee has been working for months on creating a set of guidelines which will govern the upcoming 2016 primary debate season. Consdering the 2012 cycle saw over 20 GOP primary debates, there was a feeling within the party that more control was necessary in limiting the number of debates as well … (continue reading)

Open thread: US approves air strikes in Iraq


Another fast moving story but here’s an open thread to post thoughts and comments. There are so many major international stories happening right now and we haven’t even touched on Russia and the Ukraine. Report from NBC News: The United States dropped laser-guided bombs on ISIS artillery in Iraq on Friday, the Pentagon said … (continue reading)

Open thread: Israel and Hamas


This is a red-hot topic, I’m aware. Here’s an open thread for discussion of the ongoing conflict. Report on the latest via Fox News: Israel resumed strikes on targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire from the area shortly after the expiration of a cease-fire between Israel and the terror group Hamas, Israeli … (continue reading)

Ben Carson hires campaign manager, launches PAC


One of the few who hasn’t denied any interested, he’s simply stated that he needs time to consider the prospects of launching such an endeavor. Well, count him a few steps closer as of today. Report from the Washington Times: Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon turned conservative sensation, is taking a major step toward … (continue reading)

Michele Bachmann hints at possible 2016 run


Because you need something to talk about and Michele Bachmann needs her name in the press again for some reason. Worth noting, I didn’t have her listed in my chart of possible 2016 candidates. I guess it’s time to add the name. Report from the UK Daily Mail: Outgoing Representative Michele Bachmann joined the … (continue reading)

Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine


This is a develping story but one that could shape the world of foreign policy for years to come as Russia continues flexing international muscle. Some details from Fox News: A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border a day after … (continue reading)

Rick Perry calls out Rand Paul on foreign policy


Between this intentional move to differentiate himself as a candidate and his spotlight on the border issue, the alternate headline could be “Rick Perry officially announces 2016 run.” There’s no other explanation for his choice to specifically pick a fight with Rand Paul over what Perry flatly calls “isolationism.” Report from the CSMonitor: Since … (continue reading)

Cleveland chosen to host 2016 Republican National Convention


As of today it is official, the 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. As you may recall, Dallas was the other remaining city on the list which lost the battle to Cleveland. Report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio – Capping off a months-long lobbying effort, Cleveland will be … (continue reading)

GOP congressman: Mitt Romney will run in 2016


The chorus of support for yet a third presidential run by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney seems to keep growing. Do GOP insiders really feel like they can avoid a party civil war between the likes of the Bush wing versus the Ted Cruz and Rand Paul types if they re-nominate Mitt Romney again? … (continue reading)

Obama may be backing Elizabeth Warren for president in 2016


Is there really that much hostility between the Clintons and the Obamas? That depends on who you ask. However, some unnamed sources are indicating that President Obama has quietly offered his support to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren if she chooses to run for the presidency in 2016. Obviously this would be a slight to … (continue reading)