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Democrats Divided By Minimum Wage Hike

A far better way to assist low-income workers struggling to raise a family on a minimum wage job is a boost in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which rewards those working. A job, even a minimum wage job, is still the best anti-poverty program. More than two-thirds of minimum wage workers receive a raise within the first year of employment.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump spoke about illegal immigration and other topics in front of an estimated crowd of 4,200.

Monmouth Poll: Trump Dominates New Hampshire

A new poll from Monmouth University finds Donald Trump dominating the field in New Hampshire, thumping Jeb Bush, his nearest competitor, by a 2-1 margin. Trump has 24 percent support of Republican primary voters, while Jeb Bush has just 12 percent.

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Trump Surge Fueled by GOP Dissatisfaction

In the new CNN poll, 53 percent of Republican voters feel their views are not represented in Washington. This is nearly double the sentiment among Democrats and far higher than that of overall voters. These Republicans are most supportive of Trump, want to see him stay in the race and can even envision him as the party’s nominee.

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) (R) speaks of his commitments at the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall with moderator Jose Antonio Vargas at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke of the criminal justice system in income inequality before being interrupted by demonstrators yelling 'Black Lives Matter' and challenging his record as mayor and governor.

Leftward Lurch Imperils Democrat Party

Few national political figures have embraced the full kaleidoscope of leftist policy proposals as eagerly as Sanders and O’Malley. The panel was even moderated by a celebrated leftist journalist who is also famously an illegal immigrant. Only a drum-circle and piped-in scents of patchouli were missing from what ought to have been a leftist dream-team of Presidential politics. It’s no coincidence that outside of the coasts and urban areas, the Democrat party is simply not competitive in most of the country.

Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump talks to the media after exiting his plane during his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. Trump's recent comments, calling some immigrants from Mexico as drug traffickers and rapists, have stirred up reactions on both sides of the aisle. Although fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has denounced Trump's comments and his campaign in general, U.S. Senator from Texas Ted-Cruz has so far refused to bash his fellow Republican nominee. (Photo by

Economist Poll: Vets More Favorable to Trump than McCain

The veterans sampled in the overall poll is a small group, with a likely significant margin of error. That said, Trump’s generally good standing with veterans even after his remarks about McCain reminds us that veterans are not monolithic, one-issue voters. According to the poll, “veterans are divided on whether Trump owes McCain an apology.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks with reporters after the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Senate Resurrects Ex-Im Bank in Highway Bill

While the Senate will consider a number of amendments to the legislation this weekend, the most politically revealing provision offered will be resurrecting the New Deal-era Export-Import Bank. The charter for the federal lending agency expired at the end of June.

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Walker, Rubio, Cruz and Trump Dominate GOP Activists ‘Primary’

There is the superficial one, that dominates media coverage and mostly gauges name recognition and current press mentions. Then there is the mostly hidden, but far more important, contest for the hearts and minds of the Republican super-activists, those supporters who will provide the critical human infrastructure as voting nears.

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EXCLUSIVE – Nine in Ten Conservative Activists Say Dump Boehner

Conservative activist group Citizens United has released a new poll of its membership, which surveyed over 4,000 activists across the country. Just 2 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. More than 90 percent want their Member of Congress to replace current House Speaker John Boehner.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters after speaking to federal contract workers at a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to push for a raise to the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (

Sanders Pushes $15 Minimum Wage

The proposal would almost double the current minimum wage in just five years. The move by Sanders will put pressure on presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who is under increasing threat from the far-left base of the party.

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Poll: Hillary Trails Republicans in Iowa, Colorado, Virginia

“Hillary Clinton’s numbers have dropped among voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. She has lost ground in the horserace and on key questions about her honesty and leadership,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll in a release. “On being a strong leader, a key metric in presidential campaigns, she has dropped four to 10 points depending on the state and she is barely above 50 percent in each of the three states.”

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Trump Surge a GOP Wake-Up Call

Trump’s surge in the polls makes perfect sense. The Republicans in Congress have been battered into a meek, poll-tested, sand-box of talking points. They take no real steps towards actual opposition because they are scared of what the media and Democrats will say about them. You can’t win the White House by simply denying the other team a chance to score, however. A “prevent defense” will always fail against an aggressive offense.

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) (R) speaks of his commitments at the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall with moderator Jose Antonio Vargas at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke of the criminal justice system in income inequality before being interrupted by demonstrators yelling 'Black Lives Matter' and challenging his record as mayor and governor.

Illegal Immigrant Moderates Democrat ‘Presidential Town-Hall’

Even in 2015, it would perhaps seem odd to have a foreign national moderate a discussion between two candidates for the U.S. Presidency. These are not fringe candidates, mind you, but statewide officeholders who have a plausible claim to be the nominee for the Democrat party. Journalist Vargas is an illegal immigrant.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to the crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke on his central issues of income inequality, job creation, controlling climate change, quality affordable education and getting big money out of politics, to more than 11,000 people attending.

Bernie Sanders Packs ‘Em in For Phoenix Event

The presence of so many leftist activists in town for the conference no doubt spiked attendance for Sanders speech. Its hard to imagine an aging hippy ticking through a list of left-wing policy issues attracting anyone but the most addicted political junkie. That said, Sanders’ draw and the overall combative tone of the NetRoots conference presents an emerging challenge for Democrat party regulars.

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Republican Voters Agree With Trump

More important for the candidate, though, is that almost 60 percent of Republicans admire his “guts.” When asked about Trump’s statement that illegal immigrants from Mexico are bringing drugs and crime into the country, 70 percent of Republican voters say he is “basically right.” Almost half of all voters, 44 percent, also agreed with Trump’s statement.

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Trust Becoming a Serious Problem for Hillary, Polls Show

Almost 60 percent of voters say that Hillary’s natural instinct is “hiding the truth.” Unsurprisingly, Republicans and Independents are more likely to hold this view, but 30 percent of self-identified Democrats also believe that Hillary has a troubled relationship with the truth.

Guests listen as Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at a campaign event at Drake University on June 12, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sanders, an advocate of porviding free college education to all Americans, was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd at the event.

Surging Sanders Moves Phoenix Speech to Convention Center

The change of venue is the latest sign that Sanders, a self-avowed socialist, inexplicably, is generating enormous interest among the hardened progressive left of the Democrat party. The apparent surge in support, or at least interest, for Sanders says more about dissatisfaction within the Democrat base with frontrunner Hillary Clinton than the iconoclast from Vermont. At his best moments, Sanders seems more like a popular college radical than elder statesman of the party.

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Hillary’s Spent More Than Her Dem Opponents Have Raised

In 2008, Clinton’s early campaign made a strategic miscalculation by spending too little on the primary and largely wasting what she did spend. This year, she is spending far more money and, while it may not be wasted, is geared for the post-primary campaign. Like the first few months of the 2008 campaign, Hillary is assuming the Democrat nomination. We will know soon whether that assumption finally proves correct this year.

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Senate GOP Plans to Resurrect Ex-Im Bank

Conservatives may well ask what was the point of Republicans winning the Senate. The Export-Import Bank was created by FDR to provide taxpayer-backed loans to foreign companies to purchase American products. Perhaps the idea made some sense in the depths of the worldwide Great Depression, but any rationale for the program has long since been confined to the history books.

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Hillary Clinton Corrals Dems on Iran Deal

There are only two salient pieces of information necessary to evaluate the deal that Hillary Clinton now supports. First, the deal was almost scuttled at the last minute by Iran’s demand that it include a removal of a decades-long arms embargo on the rogue nation. This arms embargo had nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program but was instituted in response to the country’s continuing support of terrorism around the world.

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Trump Popularity Surges With GOP Voters

Trump’s rise is injecting drama into the nomination fight, which hitherto had been a rather dreary slog of new candidates entering the race. Every new entrant into the race followed a traditional script and media rollout, while Trump, perhaps unsurprisingly, has exerted a near-mythical gravitational pull on the nation’s media and political conversation. Would Trump have scripted it any differently?

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses supporters during a political rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump spoke about illegal immigration and other topics in front of an estimated crowd of 4,200.

Trump Upends GOP Race in New Polls

Breitbart News has talked with more than a dozen Republican and conservative activists over the past two days about the Trump phenomenon. While few expected to eventually vote for Trump, they unanimously gave positive reviews for what they described as his “blunt” and “honest” talk. Whatever Trump’s feature in this Presidential contest, he is already making a deep and likely lasting impact.

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Dem Contenders Take Iowa Stage Friday

“The Iowa Democratic Party is thrilled to welcome Secretary Clinton, Governor O’Malley, Senator Sanders and Senator Webb to our Hall of Fame Celebration,” state Democrat Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire said. “With the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses ahead of us, the Hall of Fame is a premier opportunity for Iowa Democrats to hear from our current and prospective presidential candidates about issues that matter to our families and communities.”

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‘Jesus Was a Socialist': Bernie Sanders Rocks Alabama

A recent Bernie Sanders event in Alabama was organized by three volunteers on Facebook. The organizers said they had expected about 30 people to attend. Instead, some 300 Sanders supporters turned out to see the iconoclast politician from the Northeast. “He’s got me excited in politics again,” said supporter Peter Stuart said. “He’s not just in it for the money or his own career. To me, he’s what politicians should be.”

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