Donald Trump has succeeded in alienating many of his fellow Republicans with his personal attacks, but if he does win in November 2016 and is forced to assemble a cabinet of GOP allies, he knows exactly whom he would call on: Sarah Palin.
Trump and Palin are pictured here in 2011. | Getty
When asked on Sarah Palin’s Mama Grizz Radio’s “The Palin Update” Monday whether he would seek the former Alaska governor’s advice as president or potentially appoint her to an executive-branch position, Trump said, “I’d love that.”
“She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.)
“I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore,” Trump mused.
He noted that Palin has come up in his interactions on the campaign trail. “I’ve still got people saying, ‘Oh, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support.’ No matter where I go, everybody loves her.”
Inmates in Ontario jails — including the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre — continue beating each other up, but Ontarians are still waiting for the provincial government to clarify a policy about when jail guards are required to investigate inmate-on-inmate violence.
(CNSNews.com) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Tuesday to hold a vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, using a budget resolution that could be passed in the Senate with a simple majority vote of 51 to 49, according to a statement released Tuesday.
In a move unprecedented in the history of the House of Representatives, a Republican lawmaker filed a motion Tuesday to remove House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, from his post, in another sign of dissatisfaction with Boehner’s leadership by a number of House conservatives.
Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan are joining House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz in calling on President Barack Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from his post.
Koskinen was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 after the scandal broke alleging that the IRS put conservative groups seeking nonprofit status through additional scrutiny compared to other groups, thereby slowing down their approval leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, DeSantis, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, and Jordan, who is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules, say that Obama made the right decision when he removed the previous IRS head and appointed Koskinen.
“Unfortunately, Commissioner Koskinen, who took over in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, has failed the American people by frustrating Congress’s attempts to ascertain the truth,” the two Republicans write.
“A taxpayer would never get away with treating an IRS audit the way that IRS officials have treated the congressional investigation,” they add.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Barack Obama is the first American president from Chicago.
That fact will be the trailblazing Obama’s most lasting legacy. Chicago has long been stereotyped as a city where any-means-necessary politics have ruled, and where excess is preferable to moderation. Convicted felon Tony Rezko, leftist extremists Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger, radical Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky’s take-no-prisoners Rules for Radicals, felon and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich — all these were part of Barack Obama’s Chicago tutelage. Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel’s infamous adage — “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that, it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” — was the unofficial motto of the Obama administration’s efforts to grow government, up-regulate, and borrow immense sums — measures impossible without a climate of induced panic and fear.
Director Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables rejuvenated Chicago’s reputation for muscle over niceties. The film dramatized Chicago’s institutionalized bribery and corruption during the effort to bring down Roaring Twenties mobster Al Capone. Screenwriter David Mamet famously had characters brag of “the Chicago way.” On more than one occasion, a cop advised: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun.” Gun-control advocate and Chicagoan Barack Obama made waves in his 2008 presidential run when he echoed the film’s advice to a Philadelphia audience. He joked of what his campaign might do to his rival, John McCain: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Obama exemplified the Chicago stereotype of how to get business done when, that same campaign year, he advised his followers to confront their political opponents: “I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said she still doesn’t know the impact on Canada of a major recall of Fiat Chrysler vehicles in the U.S. that is resulting in a $105 million US fine for the company.
“I simply was left blindsided on this issue,” Raitt told CBC News, when asked how many vehicles in Canada might be affected by a recall of millions of vehicles in the U.S. announced Monday.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fined the Italian-American automaker a record $105 million for poorly executing 23 vehicle safety recalls covering more than 11 million defective vehicles over several years.
As part of that deal, Fiat Chrysler has been ordered to fix or buy back 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and 1.5 million Jeeps that that might be vulnerable in rear-end collisions.
A senior member of the Canadian military has been charged with several sex offences, the Canadian Forces said Tuesday.
Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, 40, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, is charged with sex assault, sexual exploitation, breach of trust and other offences relating to his work with an Edmonton cadet corps between 1998 and 2007, the military said.
Stalker served as a mentor with the cadet group, the military said.
TORONTO, Ont. — Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair have both vowed to change the way Canada chooses its prime minister.
The current prime minister, Stephen Harper, has no such plans but he does vow this: If any future government wants to get rid of the first-past-the-post system we’ve used since Confederation, it will need the will of the people.
“Our platform would commit to legislation that would ban any government from changing our voting system without holding a referendum to secure the approval of Canadians first,” Employment and Social Development Minister Pierre Poilievre said Monday in a telephone interview from Ottawa. In addition to his duties as employment minister, Poilievre is also Harper’s minister for democratic reform.
This is a new commitment from the Harper Conservatives.
It sounds impossible, but it’s true. The Democrat mayor of Boston has ended his application for the Olympics because…of concerns that taxpayers would have to foot too high a bill for it.
The mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh … distanced himself from the bid completely. At a dramatic, hastily arranged news conference, he announced that if the U.S.O.C. demanded that he sign a host city contract by the end of the day Monday, he would not do so, acknowledging that this would kill Boston’s bid for the Games. He said he had wanted more time to conduct his due diligence on the guarantees required and a full review of a risk and mitigation package proposed last week.
“I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,” the mayor declared. “If committing to signing a guarantee today is what’s required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Back in February, when the Liberals were a dozen points ahead of the NDP in the polls, Justin Trudeau held a news conference in Ottawa to announce a surprise star candidate: Conservative MP Eve Adams!
Adams said she could no longer put up with the mean-spirited, divisive leadership of Stephen Harper, and praised Trudeau and his “kind, generous and strong leadership.”
Trudeau returned the favour, in what Andrew Coyne accurately described as a “crawlingly demeaning performance,” praising Adams’ “passion and commitment to her constituents,” behaving as if he had outfoxed his opponents.
But he had actually taken a huge problem off the hands of the Conservatives. Conservative campaign manager Jenni Byrne even sent a bouquet of flowers to Trudeau advisor Gerry Butts.
Adams and her spouse, former Harper aide Dimitri Soudas, had been caught cheating twice in an effort to get her a Conservative nomination. When party brass finally threw up their hands and disqualified her, suddenly she was next to Trudeau, saying she could no longer support the nasty Conservatives.
Complaints about the use of segregation in provincial jails are rising sharply and at least three inmates are believed to have committed suicide while in solitary confinement, a new report by the Ontario Ombudsman says.
(CNSNews.com) – Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Monday played down lawmakers’ concerns about secret “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying it was “standard practice” for the IAEA and individual countries not to make such documents public.
A technician who said she worked for a company that partnered with Planned Parenthood to harvest fetal tissue said there’s “incentive to try and get the hard stuff ‘cause you’re going to get more money,” in the latest undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood.
Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent a deeper U.S. ground force engagement in the fight.