Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Did Romney Make a Mistake in Turning Down Trump’s Debate?

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined Donald Trump’s invitation to participate in his December 27 debate, sponsored by Newsmax Media and ION TV in Des Moines, Iowa, saying “We [already] have two debates in December that I’ve agreed to participate in. The rest of the month will be spent campaigning.”

Trump was gracious in his response, saying: “It would seem logical to me that if I was substantially behind in the polls, especially in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida, I would want to participate in this debate. But I understand why Gov. Romney decided not to do it.”

But all Trump’s response did was to raise questions: Was Romney really that busy? Would his campaign benefit by his absence, appearing to be aloof and “above the fray” while his lessers battled between themselves? Did Romney want to put some distance between himself and Trump, as that relationship was appearing to be getting awfully cozy? Would Romney’s absence spell the death knell for the debate now that three of the contenders were planning to be campaigning elsewhere?

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Trump Called Out as “Reflexive Liar” on MSNBC

On MSNBC yesterday Donald Trump and the host of “The Daily Rundown,” Chuck Todd got into a shouting match about who was telling the truth. At issue was Todd’s reporting of polls of Iowa and New Hampshire voters showing that an endorsement by Trump would likely cause them not to vote for Trump’s candidate for president by nearly two-to-one. The video can be seen here:

Trump took issue with Todd’s claim that Trump had asked for a chance to respond to those polls, saying that MSNBC had first approached him: “Your people called my office about 40 times!” Todd backed off but persisted in soliciting Trump’s response to those polls. Trump dismissed them out of hand, calling them faulty, because “I have a huge following of people,” and besides he studied polls while a student at the Wharton School in Pennsylvania, implying that those polls lacked validity and credibility.

Later that day Trump appeared again on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell, a longtime critic of Trump. O’Donnell referred back to those same polls and asked if

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Newsmax Media’s Cozy Relationship with the Insiders

When Brandon Burgess, CEO of ION Television, named the producers of the upcoming Republican presidential debate being cosponsored by Newsmax, in Iowa on December 27, he was ebullient in his praise: “ION, Newsmax and Mr. Trump are committed to host a serious presidential forum which will include some of the most reputable journalists and media people in the country.” The debate will be produced by veterans of CNN, CBS, and NBC News.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy was no less enthusiastic: “With Donald Trump and the top-notch media and production team led by Eason Jordan [who was president of CNN’s news gathering for 23 years] we have organized, we expect that the Newsmax ION 2012 Presidential Debate will have the largest audience of any Republican primary debate to date.”

Those named to the production team reflect Ruddy’s long-standing and friendly relationship with the mainstream media, which goes all the way back to when Ruddy started Newsmax with money and significant help from Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the Mellon banking interests and one of the 250 wealthiest individuals in the world. Scaife owns and publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which has been criticized for 

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Paul Keeps His Honor, Rejects Trump’s Debate Invitation

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When Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media, decided to team up with Donald Trump by asking him to moderate Newsmax’s upcoming Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, December 27, he explained: “Our readers and the grass roots really love Trump. They may not agree with him on everything, but they don’t see him as owned by the Washington establishment [or] the media establishment.”

The timing for the debate appeared to be perfect, coming just a week before the Iowa caucuses. Ruddy no doubt was counting on the debate to increase Newsmax’s influence among its conservative supporters, hoping to build on its already-significant web traffic. Invitations went out to the Republican presidential candidates on Friday afternoon.

It didn’t take Ron Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, long to respond. On Saturday morning, he issued the following statement

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Trump Fires The Donald, Ends Presidential Bid

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Few were surprised, and many were relieved, at Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he was ending his campaign for the Presidency:

After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency. This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country. I maintain the strong conviction that

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Trump in New Hampshire: Undecided on Presidential Run

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Sounding very much like a declared candidate for the Presidency, Donald Trump gave a rambling rehash of his positions on various issues to a small but supportive crowd today at the Nashua, New Hampshire, Chamber of Commerce.

Most of his remarks covered familiar territory: the Obama birth certificate issue (now dead), OPEC’s insensitivity, China’s intransigence, and Colombia’s abuses. He remains persuaded that

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Trump Triumphant Over Release of Birth Certificate [VIDEO]

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Although questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as President were initially raised by Jim Geraghty of National Review Online in June, 2008, it wasn’t until Donald Trump gave voice to what was by then being referred to by the mainstream media as the “birther movement” following an anonymous telephone poll last fall in New Hampshire, that the movement began to gain momentum.

As both Trump’s potential candidacy for President in 2012 and the “birther’ issue began to get significant serious national attention, Trump more and more frequently appeared on national TV shows as a guest. On March 30, Trump appeared on Fox News’ The Factor where he stated:

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Donald Trump: The Art of Bankruptcy

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As ABC’s Amy Bingham pointed out on Thursday, Donald Trump has “built an American empire from Las Vegas to New York,” but has sought bankruptcy four times along the way.

Trump told George Stephanopoulos last Friday, “I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt…. We’ll have the company [that’s in financial trouble]…we’ll throw it into a chapter [11 bankruptcy]. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. You know, it’s like on The Apprentice: It’s not personal. It’s just business.”

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Donald Trump’s Ideology

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When potential Presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked by George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “Good Morning America”, what he would do, as President, about soaring gasoline prices, he replied:

Look at what’s going on with your gasoline prices. They’re going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, “Fellas, it’s time. It’s over. You’re not going to do it anymore.”

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Pawlenty: “I’m Running for President—Soon”

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When former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (pictured) was being interviewed on CNN last week, he was asked if he would accept the position as Donald Trump’s running mate for President, he responded: “I’m running for President. I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president so I’m focused on running for president. ” Host Piers Morgan jumped on his statement immediately:

Governor, unless I was mistaken you just said you were running for President. Can we take that as a formal announcement?

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Donald Trump the Populist and Pragmatist

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The February 22nd Newsweek poll followed by the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showing billionaire Donald Trump eclipsing his nearest Republican rivals and even challenging incumbent President Obama has caused some commentators to look past his rhetoric to see where “The Donald” really stands on major issues. Jonathan Hoenig, writing for SmartMoney.com, says that “Trump’s primary appeal is undoubtedly his business experience.

Given the nation’s festering inflation, exploding deficit and still moribund economy, there’s obvious interest in leaders who promote fiscal conservatism, capitalism and growth. The problem is: Donald Trump isn’t one of them.”

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Donald Trump Trumpets Birther Issue

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Real estate magnate Donald Trump’s likely candidacy for President in 2012 surfaced last September with an anonymous telephone poll of voters in New Hampshire. Denying any involvement in the poll, Trump claimed, “I never heard of this poll but I’m anxious to find out what it says.” He obviously found out what it said about his chances, and, in October, began tip-toeing into the presidential race. On CNN’s American Morning, he commented that running for President is “not something I talked about or considered, but somebody has to do something or this country is not going to be a great country for long.”

The very next day, Trump told the Fox News Channel, “For the first time in my life, I’m actually thinking about [running for President]” — despite the fact that this is by no means the  “first time” he’s considered it.

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Sorry, Charlie, No Reprimand for You

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Embattled Harlem Democrat Charles Rangel wants his sentence for various deeds of misconduct reduced from censure to reprimand, holding that censures are only for corrupt politicians, and he’s not one of them. A reprimand is considered only a “slap-on-the-wrist” that wouldn’t require him even to be present for the House vote, whereas censure would force him to stand in the “Well” of the House and listen to the Speaker read off the list of charges against him in front of his colleagues.

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