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  • A recent survey conducted by the Public Policy Center of Pennsylvania asked over 1,400 American adults to do a simple task that every elementary school child should know, which is to name the three branches of our federal government. The results leave me more than a little frustrated and despaired. Over one third of respondents could not name the three branches of government.
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  • Nobody is talking about one crucial aspect of Ted Cruz's eligibility to become President --whether Ted Cruz ever technically became a citizen in the first place, or that he might have obtained his citizenship much later through the naturalization process.
  • "After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can't drive. We don't want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out." -- President Obama slamming Republicans on the campaign trail, May 2010.
  • “We as Americans and as humans have very selective hearing and very selective memory. We only hear what we want to hear and disregard the rest.” – Frank Luntz, Republican strategist...
  • An investigation by CNN has exposed that the National Republican Congressional Committee and Super PAC's associated with Republican candidates in the 2014 election cycle set up fake Twitter accounts to share internal polling data, which seems to violate campaign finance laws in the post Citizens United world.
  • Quick question, and answer with your gut, which political party in this country is the party of liberty? The Republicans, or the Democrats? Which is the party of freedom? The party of equality? Which is the party of compassion, or common sense? Now hold those answers in head, and let me ask a few more and see if by the time you read all of this, you still feel the same: What have
  • John Heilemann on Charlie Rose mentioned Congressman Paul Ryan as having a compelling GOP message in development so that I watched his CPAC presentation from last spring where I failed to see anything to save the Republican party from disappointment this fall and obliteration in 2016; specifically because their focus on austerity will be contrasted by good economic news.
  • The Republican Party has become increasingly divided over the last few years. From the relatively new Tea Party faction and libertarian movement, to the evangelical beholden, to the staunch conservatives and every shade in between, the GOP are starting to resemble a roomful of stray cats over the united party they once were.

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  • A Texas man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers. 38-year-old Robert Talbot was arrested on Thursday on multiple offenses, including possession of explosive materials, after an 8-month undercover investigation by the FBI joint Terrorism Task Force. He allegedly created a Facebook page titled “American Insurgent Movement” (AIM), which is inundated with bizarre anti-Government, anti-liberal, tea party-type rants on fighting tyranny. His Facebook page leaves links to TeaParty.org, inforwars and other sources.
  • Tennessee Tea Partiers got out of hand after a judge recused himself from a case regarding the zoning of an Islamic cemetery next to a mosque. An elderly man said "Islam is not a religion" while another one allegedly "man-handled" a local reporter.
  • On February 22, 2014, reports surfaced that Tea Party activist and Kansas State Senate candidate Milton Wolf posted a collection of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page and participated in online commentary layered with macabre jokes and descriptions of carnage. Milton Wolf currently practices radiology in the Kansas City metropolitan area. One of the comments that have people understandably outraged is this, “It reminds (me) of the scene from 'Terminator 2' when they shoot the liquid metal terminator guy in the face at close range and it kind of splits him open temporarily almost like a flower blooming. We all find beauty in different things.
  • A group of military veterans who took part in the "Million Veterans March" are furious that the Tea Party took over their demonstration for political reasons. The group was in Washington, D.C. to protest the closure of the World War II memorial during the federal government shut down, but claimed that they were apolitical and did not want the Tea Party to take part in the demonstration. The group wrote on their Facebook page that they were "disheartened that some would seek to hijack the narrative for political gain."
  • Al Gerhart, the co-founder of Sooner Tea Party, was charged with blackmail and violation of Oklahoma’s computer crime act after he allegedly sent a threat filled email to state Sen. Cliff Branan regarding his desire to see Mr. Branan bring up the UN Agenda 21 plan for a debate. Mr. Gerhart allegedly threatened Mr. Branan by stating he better bring up the bill for a debate "or I will make sure you regret not doing it."
  • In October 2012, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings initiated an investigation into voter suppression by True the Vote. Cummings wrote a letter to founder Engelbrecht, raising questions about voter challenges in Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Maryland. He indicated that if the efforts to challenge voter registrations were "intentional, politically motivated and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights."
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