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McCain: Ukraine Crisis Exposes Obama’s ‘Disturbing Lack of Realism’.


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By Joe Battaglia

A day after calling Barack Obama “the most naive president in history,” Arizona Sen. John McCain continued his assault on the president’s foreign policy in an op-ed piece in Friday’s New York Times.

Specifically addressing Russia’s invasion of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, McCain wrote that the United States’ response “has exposed the disturbing lack of realism” of the Obama administration and made the country look weak in the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rest of the world.

According to McCain, President Obama’s belief that “the tide of war is receding” around the world so the United States can afford to scale back its military presence is a miscalculation.

That “reset” policy, coupled with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s crossing of Obama’s “red line” without consequence, has emboldened Chinese and Iranian loyalists, al-Qaida terrorists, and aggressive actors like Putin, whom he called “an unreconstructed Russian imperialist and KGB apparatchik.”

“To people like Mr. Putin, weakness is provocative,” McCain wrote.

He added, “What is most troubling about Mr. Putin’s aggression in Crimea is that it reflects a growing disregard for America’s credibility in the world.”

McCain echoed that sentiment in a fundraising letter penned for the Republican National Committee on Thursday.

“A secure world relies on a strong America. And a strong America relies on a robust military,” McCain wrote, according to The Washington Examiner. “Yet, sadly under President Obama, America’s military strength has been weakened and our country’s leadership in the world has been questioned. As a result, the world’s most dangerous players are flexing their muscles. Extremists are gaining ground. And these conflicts are becoming more dangerous by the day for our allies — and for us.”

Earlier in the day, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI, “The naivete of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning,” adding that Putin, whom he described as “amoral,” “cold,” “distant,” and “tough,” had “played us so incredibly.”

While McCain condemned Obama’s stance on Crimea to date, he outlined a plan he believes would change the course of events in Ukraine and regain global standing for the United States.

The first step McCain called for was a shoring up of Ukraine and reassuring of the Baltic states that the United States and the world will not stand for Putin bringing Russia’s neighbors “back under Moscow’s dominion.” McCain did not call for military action, but suggested an increased military presence by NATO in the region.

He also said Russia should be ostracized through a boycott of the G-8 summit scheduled for April 24-25 in Sochi, suggesting a Group of 7 meeting be convened elsewhere.

McCain added that the United States should “support and resupply Ukrainian patriots, both soldiers and civilians, who are standing their ground in government facilities across Crimea” as a way to stand with the Ukrainian people in defiance of the dismemberment of their country.

“We need to work with our allies to … show Mr. Putin a strong, united front, and prevent the crisis from getting worse,” McCain wrote. He added that the United States needs to “rearm ourselves morally and intellectually” to prevent Putin from attempting to occupy other nations along Russia’s borders.

McCain remains convinced that strong U.S.-led support of Ukraine will expose Putin’s Russia as being “not a great power on par with America,” but “a gas station run by a corrupt, autocratic regime.” Eventually, he said, the Russian people will revolt against him the same way the Ukrainians ousted Viktor Yanukovych.

“If Ukraine can emerge from this crisis independent, prosperous, and anchored firmly in Europe, how long before Russians begin to ask, ‘Why not us?'” McCain wrote.

While McCain said that there is still hope for a reversal of course in the region, he cautioned that “hopes do not advance themselves.”

“The darkness that threatens [Ukraine] will not be checked by an America in denial about the world as it is,” McCain wrote. “It requires realism, strength and leadership. If Crimea does not awaken us to this fact, I am afraid to think what will.”

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RNC Building Database of Obamacare Cancellation Victims.


Republican National Committee data scientists are building a list of the millions of Americans who lost their insurance policies through Obamacare in hopes of aiming campaigns at those people this year and in the 2016 presidential election, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

“Getting that information and having good data as to who votes, who doesn’t vote, voter registration, party affiliation, consumer characteristics, cross-referenced with that kind of information, I think, is important for us to have,” Priebus told the Washington Examiner  after participating in a Conservative Political Action Conference panel talk on Saturday.

Priebus said the RNC has not had difficulty finding tech staffers, and has brought in some top engineers from sites like LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook to work on the data projects.
The cancellations stand to play a key role in this year’s midterm elections, with many Democratic Party leaders urging candidates to talk openly about Obamacare issues while offering their own solutions to fix them.

The new approach, Democrats say, is based on polls such as a CBS News survey in January, which showed people agree the healthcare law has some good aspects, but changes are needed to make the law better.

In Colorado, where Fox News reported late last year that 250,000 people received cancellation notices, Obamacare is expected to make a huge impact on elections.

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in November, and Udall has been arguing about whether the figures are valid, The Denver Post reports.  But Jo Donlin, director of external affairs for the state insurance division, insisted the figures are right, saying many people have renewed policies, but “regardless, they received cancellation notices.”

The Obama administration also eased some election pressure on Democrats about a week ago when it announced a directive allowing insurers to keep offering health plans that did not meet minimum Obamacare coverage requirements, reports The Hill.

Without the delays, another wave of health insurance cancellations would likely have hit this fall, just before voters headed to the ballots in November.

“I don’t see how they could have a bunch of these announcements going out in September,” one consultant in the health insurance industry said. “Not when they’re trying to defend the Senate and keep their losses at a minimum in the House. This is not something to have out there right before the election.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Boehner Snub at CPAC Highlights Party Rift.


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By Elliot Jager

The absence of an invitation to House Speaker John Boehner to take part in this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference reflects a rift between “movement ” and “establishment” conservatives, The Washington Times reported.

The conference, which takes place in Maryland on March 6-8, will hear from establishment figures such as Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, among others.

Boehner, though, seems to symbolize the rift between movement and government conservatives who are increasingly divided over tactics for promoting the conservative agenda, according to the Times.

He last addressed the gathering in 2010.

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Tea party activist Jenny Beth Martin has initiated a “Fire the Speaker” petition that has garnered 93,000 signatures.

Party strategist Ford O’Connell said, “There are not enough curse words in the English language to describe how movement conservatives think of John Boehner.” He added, “They see him as only slightly better than President Obama.

“John Boehner is wise not to attend CPAC because he does not want to become a distraction and fodder for the news media by highlighting the rift between establishment conservatives and the movement conservatives,” O’Connell said.

Republican strategist Mike McKenna said Boehner’s opponents are overwrought.

“In about two years, folks on the right are going to be complaining about whoever the next speaker is and remembering Boehner fondly. They are angry at the world. For some reason, they have focused some of this anger at Boehner. I have no clue why.”

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Priebus Calls for GOP Boycott of MSNBC Over Cheerios Tweet.


Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus is calling for a boycott of MSNBC unless its president apologizes for a Twitter message the network posted slamming Republicans over Cheerios’ new advertisement featuring a biracial family.

“Unless you personally and professionally apologize for this behavior, I have banned [Republican National Committee] staff from appearing on, associating with, or booking any RNC surrogates on MSNBC,” Priebus wrote in a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin Thursday.

The video shows a biracial family discussing the heart benefits of Cheerios.

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The MSNBC tweet, which read “Maybe the rightwing will hate it but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” drew outcry shortly after it was posted on MSNBC’s account late Wednesday.

Shortly after it was posted, the network backtracked, tweeting an apology and saying the live tweet had been removed.

In the first tweet, MSNBC says it regrets the tweet:

One minute later, the network apologizes:

And MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe also chimed in, tweeting:

But the tweets over the Cheerios ads come just weeks after MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry had to apologize to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for mocking his adopted black grandson.

In addition, host Martin Bashir was forced to resign after calling former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a “world-class idiot” and suggesting she receive the same “disgusting” treatment given to slaves as described in a slaveholder’s diary.

Also, the network fired Alec Baldwin in November after he made a gay slur against a photographer on the street.

Priebus said Thursday that the network’s statements and its stars are showing a “pattern of behavior.”

“Sadly, such petty and demeaning attacks have become a pattern of behavior at your network,” Priebus wrote. “With increasing frequency, many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans — especially conservative and Republican Americans — without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue.”

Priebus said he enjoys appearing on “decent shows” such as “Morning Joe” and “Daily Rundown,” but said MSNBC is “poisoned” because of its recent behavior.

Cheerios’ newest 30-second ad, which is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, is a follow up to a spot for the cereal company last May, featuring Grace “Gracie” Colbert as the young daughter of an interracial couple. In the newest ad, little Gracie uses her dad’s announcement that she is getting a baby brother to lobby for a new puppy.

The first advertisement received so many racist comments after it was posted on YouTube that General Mills, which makes Cheerios, pulled down the comment section for the video.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

RNC’s Sean Spicer: Boehner’s ‘Frustration’ Fueled Attack on Tea Party.


House Speaker John Boehner‘s lashed out at the tea party and other conservative groups this week out of frustration, says Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee.

“The speaker probably feels that he’s been maligned and attacked by these groups who have questioned his leadership and his strategy,” Spicer told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

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On Thursday, a clearly annoyed Boehner ripped into advocacy groups that have attempted to undermine his leadership, particularly those who forced the GOP to support the government shutdown.

“Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

Spicer believes Boehner’s words were sincere.

“There’s no one that’s fought harder, frankly, than John Boehner,” he said.

Spicer said he believes Republicans must present an alternative to replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We need to be for something. The exact packaging of it is above my pay grade,” he said.

“It is important that we be for something because it’s not just tactically and politically, but it’s our ideas are better.

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By Bill Hoffmann

RNC Considering Big Changes for 2016 Nominating Process.


The Republican National Committee is considering sweeping reforms to its presidential nominating process in a bid to improve the party’s electoral chances in the 2016 election.

According to CNN, a select group of RNC members has been conducting a series of closed door meetings with party Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss a number of ideas to revamp the process, including a plan to condense the primary calendar.

The 17-member special rules subcommittee is also considering a system to institute harsh penalties for states that move the date of their primary or caucus. For example, states that interfere with the order of nominating contests could see the number of delegates they send to the convention cut by up to one-third for small states or slashed to as few as nine members for larger states.

Other proposals under consideration include a plan to move the party’s convention date to late June instead of its traditional August slot, as well as ways to limit the number of Republican primary debates in 2016 to a concentrated group of sanctioned events with a shortlist of specific moderators.

“There is definitely a consensus for Reince’s objective to have less debates and have control over how and who we have run our debates, rather than just turning it over to X,Y, or Z network and having a guy moderate who’s going to just dog you for two hours,” one Republican familiar with discussions told CNN.

The moves were prompted by the view among party insiders that the party’s nominating process in 2012 may have damaged the chances of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Moving the date of the convention, for instance, would allow a future candidate to unlock the campaign’s general election war chest much earlier so as to gain greater momentum against the Democratic challenger for the crucial run-up to the November vote.

Asked about the proposed changes, RNC Communications director Sean Spicer told CNN that the measures “reflect the chairman’s conversations with the grassroots of our party and are intended to give the next nominee the financing and resources necessary to win in 2016.”

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Gillespie Eyes Challenge to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.


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By Elliot Jager

Ed Gillespie is weighing a run for the Virginia senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner,Politico reported.

Gillespie told a Republican retreat Saturday in Hot Springs, “It’s safe to say that there’s people talking about it here, and I’m listening to them. I’ve been flattered to have it raised.”

A senior adviser to Mitt Romney in 2012 and a former Republican National Committee chairman in 2003-2004, Gillespie would not have to file his candidacy until Feb. 1.

Warner is generally viewed favorably by 57 percent of state voters in a recentWashington Free Beacon poll. At the same time, 45 percent said they would consider a fresh face, and 49 percent of independents said they were ready for a change.

Gillespie’s entry would make the Virginia race competitive, heightening prospects that the GOP could capture the senate in 2014. Republicans would need to pick up six seats to do so.

Gillespie, 52, a longtime Republican strategist, serves on the board of trustees for the Catholic University of America. He would probably have little difficulty capturing the GOP senatorial nomination.

Conservatives have criticized him for his association with the economic policies of president George W. Bush and for his support of immigration reform.

Meanwhile, Ken Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost his bid in the Virginia governor’s race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, told the same Republican gathering that he was out of the race.

“Just so you’re clear, I’m not running against Mark Warner.”

For his part, Gillespie said, “Mark Warner has not turned out to be the senator a lot of Virginians thought he would be. People thought he was going to be fiscally responsible; he voted for a trillion dollar stimulus bill. People thought he was going to be an independent voice; he’s voted on average 97 percent of the time with the president. He told us he wouldn’t support any bill that would mean that people who like the insurance they have would lose it; we know that’s not true.”

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