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First Read: 2016 Hopefuls Court Religious Conservatives

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Boehner delays vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

WASHINGTON — Florida Sen. When the unexpected news came out this morning that Boehner would step down from the position he’s held for the last four years at the end of October, Cruz didn’t hold back.Why today’s Values Voter gathering will be fascinating to watch… The lineup: Rubio 9:25 am ET, Cruz 10:15 am, Santorum 11:00 am, Trump 11:40 am, Huckabee 2:40 pm, Carson 3:00 pm… Understanding Pope Francis’ politics… Boehner to delay effort to defund Planned Parenthood – by moving it to the reconciliation process?… Senate set to vote on clean CR on Monday and Tuesday… Hillary is losing to Sanders by 16 points (!!!) in New Hampshire, per CNN/WMUR poll… Biden Watch: Guess who’s coming to the Human Right Campaign’s dinner… U.S. and China will announce steps to curb climate change… And “Meet” this Sunday has Hillary and Fiorina.Today’s Values Voter summit in DC, sponsored by the socially conservative Family Research Council, couldn’t be coming at a more fascinating time politically — sandwiched between Pope Francis’ address to Congress yesterday and the congressional action against Planned Parenthood that could lead to a government shutdown. Marco Rubio said the time had come to make way for new leaders. “Just a few minutes ago, Speaker Boehner announced that he would be resigning,” Rubio told the crowd gathered in Washington, and the audience roared in approval.

The 10th annual Values Voters Summit gets underway Friday, boasting eight presidential hopefuls, a host of elected officials, the thoughtful, the outspoken, the outraged and some 2,500 grass-roots activists. The 2016 candidate, who claims conservative credentials but also an ability to reach more mainstream Republicans, said he wasn’t “here to bash” Boehner or “anyone” but added “the time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leaders.” Rubio broke from his prepared remarks, he had been speaking about Washington lawmakers who are “more out of touch with the American people” than ever. And given that no one yesterday was on Cloud Nine more than House Speaker John Boehner (see all of the tears he had to wipe away), does the brewing conservative GOP insurrection against him subside for a few days? The fissures between conservative and mainstream Republicans have been playing out for more than four years in Congress and have in no small part driven strategies employed by the 2016 presidential contenders.

Boehner’s planned retirement gave conservative activists an opportunity to claim credit for shifting the GOP farther to the right — and it could prove a useful talking point on the trail for the most conservative candidates, such Sen. Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee — all keenly interested in the summit’s presidential straw poll, sure to draw considerable media coverage. “I sense there’s more intense interest in the summit this year. He said by 2020, after his first term as president, abortions at 20 weeks will be illegal; no federal tax dollars will fund abortions abroad; and that Planned Parenthood won’t “receive a penny from the federal government.” “If I am the next president and put my left hand on a Bible and right hand in the air and pledge to uphold the Constitution, I will uphold the entire Constitution, including religious liberty, including the right to bear arms and including the God-given, inalienable right to life,” Rubio said. And it’s not complicated to understand why… Every election, politicians promise to fight for conservative principles and then the day after the election they come to Washington and they don’t fight for any of the principles they said they would.” Cruz didn’t comment on who should lead the House after Boehner’s resignation.

But he took a swipe at leadership more broadly, saying what current GOP-controlled Congress had accomplished was worse than “absolutely nothing” – citing the passing of the spending package with “corporate welfare and pork,” funding Obamacare and Planned Parenthood and confirming Loretta Lynch. It would be limited to 12 weeks of leave and $4,000 per employee.” If you want to understand Pope Francis’ politics, look no further than the two American Catholics he singled out in his speech yesterday — Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, who are hardly conservatives. The media narrative that this is a shrinking voting bloc is not supported by the evidence.” Indeed, a recent Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Republicans self-identify as social conservatives. Also note the issues where he was specific (abolishing the death penalty, calling for action against global warming, demanding tolerance for immigrants) and where he was vague (on life and family). And about those values — a new Bloomberg Politics poll reveals that “moral decay” was ranked first on a list of the threats to “American greatness,” cited by a third of the respondents. “Our own lagging work ethic” was second on the list, followed by the rise of Islamic State, money woes, global competition and the influx of illegal immigrants.

Forum sessions include “The battlefront in our backyards: What everyday Americans can do to bring positive change;” “Reclaiming America God’s way;” and “How to argue the social issues with liberals and libertarians.” There will be many famous and familiar faces among the 56 main stage speakers spanning politics and media, among them Rick Perry; Sen. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who cited religious liberty in refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, will receive the “Cost of Discipleship” award Friday night.

Earlier on Thursday, a bill that funded the government through Dec. 11th but that stripped federal funding of Planned Parenthood for a year failed to cross the 60-vote threshold needed to advance, failing 47-52. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has had skirmishes this week with National Review columnist Rich Lowry over an unsavory remark he made about the candidate during an appearance on Fox News.

It’s easy to downplay some of Clinton’s current problems right now — she has a majority of Democrats endorsing her, she’s received the toughest press and most scrutiny of any presidential candidate out there, and she still has the easiest path to winning the nomination of any candidate (GOP or Dem). Trump joins Fox News founder Roger Ailes and senior editorial executives for a “candid meeting” to parse out misunderstandings between the two sides — which have been brewing ever since the first Republican debate, when the billionaire took on moderator and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

Speaking of Clinton’s difficulties and challenges, the Des Moines Register’s editorial page sums them up well: “Hillary Clinton may be the most knowledgeable and capable candidate now running for president of the United States. It’s an affliction that plagues almost everyone who dares to run for president, but it’s one that could, if she’s elected, greatly undermine Clinton’s performance in office — just as it has her campaign.” Guess who’s coming to dinner: By the way, guess who will be delivering the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign on Oct. 3 – Vice President Joe Biden. From one of us: “Jeb Bush suggested on Thursday that he wants to promise African-American voters ‘hope and aspiration’ rather than ‘free stuff.’ Asked by a white man at a South Carolina event how he planned to reach out to the black community, Bush responded: ‘Our message is one of hope and aspiration. The announcements will detail the two countries’ strategies for reaching emissions targets and aim to bolster efforts to complete an international accord to reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions, which is meant to be wrapped up in December.” Obama holds a joint news conference with Xi at 12:00 pm ET, and the state dinner is later tonight.

So rather than prey on their angst and fears, I’m taking a risk of trying to appeal to their hopes and dreams.” CLINTON: A good explanation from the New York Times on the complicated questions about the federal laws around the handling of intelligence information. From POLITICO: “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greenlighted paperwork that changed her top aide Huma Abedin’s job status to “special government employee” — a classification that allowed Abedin to work for an outside consulting firm and the Clinton Foundation at the same time she was advising Clinton at State. Bill Richardson has shared his thoughts. “As a Democrat, what Republican worries you the most from an election standpoint?” asked Larry King, the veteran host of Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” during Mr. Hillary Clinton needs to use that time to continue to connect with voters on a personal level while demonstrating that she has learned from past mistakes.” POLITICO outlines John Boehner’s next move to prevent a shutdown: “House Republican leaders will move next week to approve a “clean” government spending bill — and avert a shutdown — but only after they hold a vote on a measure to bar federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to multiple sources familiar with the GOP’s plan.” And more, from Roll Call: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday began laying the groundwork for the chamber to advance a “clean” continuing resolution in the coming days after Democrats and some Republicans banded together to block consideration of a stopgap with Planned Parenthood defunding language.” The Washington Post, with a preview of the visit between the Chinese president and Obama: “Observers said there is little personal warmth, and even less trust, between Xi and Obama as the White House prepares to roll out the red carpet with a pomp-filled arrival ceremony Friday. I think he’s the sleeper that will start moving up.” “According to media buyers who regularly steer clients to NFL broadcasts, the priciest slice of prime-time real estate is once again a 30-second spot in NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Marketers looking to hitch their wagon to NBC’s weekly juggernaut are paying on the order of $665,375,” notes Anthony Crupi, an analyst for Advertising Age.

Crupi writes, “Way back in 1967, when the NFL’s Green Bay Packers squared off against the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in the very first Super Bowl, a half-minute unit went for a song — $37,500 on NBC and $42,500 on CBS. (Yep. Two networks).” “For sale: The Old Blosser Homestead, built in North Lima, Ohio in 1905; five bedrooms, two baths, 3,056 square feet on 1.5 acres. Dining room, living room, parlor with original solid 6-panel oak pocket doors, floors and woodworking; plaster walls and 10-foot ceilings throughout, kitchen has oak cabinets handcrafted by owner, breakfast bar.

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