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RNC Chair Reince Priebus condemns Trump’s Muslim statement

GOP elephants fightingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Amidst the bipartisan outcry after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call on Monday to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., the Republican National Committee’s Chairman Reince Priebus backed away from Trump and his statement, according to the Washington Examiner:

“I don’t agree,” Priebus said. “We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values.”

Priebus, speaking to the Washington Examiner during an interview on next week’s televised Republican presidential debate hosted by CNN, joined a growing chorus from within his party that has criticized Trump over his plan to implement a religious test for entry into the country. The New York real estate mogul and reality television star, a front-runner for the GOP’s 2016 nomination, has been criticized by most of his Republican primary opponents, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, rank-and-file conservatives and center-right foreign policy strategists.

Priebus’ remarks are the latest in the condemnations coming from rank-and-file Republicans, GOP leadership, and Democrats in what has become the Trump sideshow of the 2016 campaigns. Will this now open the door for Trump to run as an independent by declaring that the RNC isn’t “treating him fairly”? Stay tuned.

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Trump fatigue is setting in

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Trump fatigue has set in. I’m not the only one who has noted the over-saturation of Donald Trump in the news, and it is getting old. However, an editorial in the conservative Washington Examiner caught my attention because the title said what is so puzzling to many about his groundswell of support (see Donald Trump is just like President Obama where it counts). The Examiner noted:

We would try to explain how Trump reached his high-water mark, but this would imply that there is a logic behind his rise to explain. The debate, and Trump’s shocking, boorish and sexist behavior in its aftermath, show why that is a mistaken assumption.

The editorial pointedly noted Trump’s short-fallings:

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Chincoteague Island ponies once again rounded up

Chincoteague pony swim

Photo from Chincoteague.com

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Originally published in 2012 in the Washington Examiner

Along the wind-swept sand dunes of Virginia’s barrier island of Assateague in the Atlantic Ocean, the wild ponies roam as they have for hundreds of years. Today, however, they have been herded up for the annual swim across the channel to Chincoteague.

In 1925, Chincotague Volunteer Fire Department, looking for ways to raise badly needed funds for fire equipment, decided to round up the ponies and auction some to help raise money. At the same time, the roundup would help control the size of the herd and its impact on the fragile barrier island environment.

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Washington Examiner: The weak candidacies of Clinton, Trump

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Washington Examiner, my old stomping grounds when they had a blogging team, took on the upcoming 2016 presidential election in their editorial on Friday (see Clinton is weak, and Trump is weaker). In looking at two presidential candidates, they noted a recent Quinnipiac University poll that did not bode well for Hillary Clinton:

Quinnipiac University this week released polls of three swing states that were critical in both of Obama’s electoral victories, Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. In all three, Hillary Clinton trails Republicans Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Take your pick, she loses. For that matter, so do her other Democratic rivals, Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

What’s more, Clinton, the prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination at this point, already enjoys near-universal name recognition in all those states. In contrast to her competitors, voters have made their mind up about her, and her numbers don’t look good — 21 points net-negative favorability in Colorado, 23 net-negative in Iowa, and 9 in Virginia. Majorities have a negative perception of the former first lady.

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10 points from Jeb Bush, Washington Post says ‘CPAC is a win for Bush’

Gregory HiltonBy Gregg Hilton
Guest Post

The major media attention today was on Jeb Bush at CPAC. There was a walkout and booing, but overall the reviews were positive.

Rich Lowry of National Review said Bush “was questioned on all the tough topics by Sean Hannity, and he emerged unscathed.”

David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner said, “Bush is especially strong in a question and answer session.”

The former Governor made the following 10 points:

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Mike Huckabee quits Fox show, will explore presidential run

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Governor Mike Huckabee announced Saturday night on his Fox News Channel show that he would not be back because he planned to form an exploratory committee to consider running for U.S. President.

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Ted Cruz alienates his colleagues with latest government shutdown effort

Ted CruzBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Ted Cruz did it again. He tried to shut down the government just like the disastrous shutdown he orchestrated in October of 2013 (see Ted Cruz does it again by Manu Raju in Politico). Right here at Christmas! Think how well that would have gone over with the American people. Not only that, Cruz blindsided his colleagues while on his self-absorbed mission, demanding on Friday that senators stay in Washington over the weekend, just 10 days before Christmas, causing cancellations of family plans.

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Pearl Harbor and 9/11 … have we forgotten?

Pearl Harbor 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Today is December 7th … Pearl Harbor Day.

December 7, 1941 … 73 years ago America suffered the worst attack ever on our soil at the hands of the Japanese who conducted a sneak attack on our Naval base in Hawaii. It was, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date which will live in infamy.”

Or so we thought.

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Autumn travel and leaf peeping in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Originally published in the Washington Examiner, October 4, 2010 – Updated

Blue Ridge Parkway at Humpback Rock.

Now that autumn has arrived in the Shenandoah Valley, October’s calendar is full of festivals and events for those who wish to enjoy cooler temperatures and colorful leaves. If waiting until the fall color show hits its peak, be sure to check out Virginia Tourism’s Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-424-LOVE or check the Fall Color report.

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