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An Inside Look at Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign and Her Potential Vice Presidential Shortlist

ClintonAccording a cryptic Politico article, Hillary Clinton is all but done making her handpicked decisions for her potential Presidential cabinet.

Though most of the notable decisions have purportedly been made, the pick for Clinton’s communications director has yet to be decided. Current White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, writes Politico’s Mike Allen, is being strongly considered, but Clinton remains insistent upon plotting out her campaign in “her way” according to sources close to her.

Politico also has the scoop on the Clinton team's shortlist for Vice President:

The Clinton team knows it can’t campaign with the swagger of a presumptive nominee because the air of inevitability was so damaging last time around. That said, some advisers are already privately talking up potential running mates, with Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Tim Kaine of Virginia dominating the early speculation.

Some advisers expect a push for diversity on the ticket. So the shortlist also is expected to include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and perhaps California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Read the full article here

Who do you want to see on the ticket?


Chris Christie Launches PAC Following Speech to Conservatives in Iowa: VIDEO

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has launched a Political Action Committee, an expected move as he prepares the way for a 2016 presidential campaign.

The AP reports:

Christie, who has been pitching himself to donors as a candidate who can expand the Republican Party's tent by appealing to minority, women and independent voters, also appears to be forging a populist message, adding that, "We must support candidates who share our vision, people who know that only through strong, bold leadership will we be able to take on these challenges and act on the promise of a better tomorrow for working and middle-class Americans."

TIME adds:

Former Republican National Committee Finance chairman Ray Washburne, who announced earlier this month he would step down to take a position with Christie, will hold the same role for the new group. Former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox and longtime Christie strategist Mike DuHaime will serve as political advisers. Matt Mowers, the outgoing New Hampshire GOP executive director, and Phil Valenziano, a former aide to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, will be the PAC’s on-the-ground presence in those two presidential early states.

Christie spoke over the weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Rep. Steve King which attracted several far-right conservatives interested in testing the water for a 2016 run at the presidency. These included Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and word salad masterchef Sarah Palin.

Upon introducing Christie, King trumpeted him as "pro-life" and praised him for vetoing the gay marriage bill in New Jersey. Christie was heckled at the beginning of his speech on immigration by Cesar Vargas of the DREAM coalition.

Watch the heckling and the speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee to Fight for 'Second-Class Christians,' Against 'Secular Theocracy' Should He Run in 2016: VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee is once again airing his groan inducing grievances about the state of freedom of religion in the U.S. in a video segment with Jim Bakker, saying Christians in America are quickly becoming second class citizens. The two also discuss Hobby Lobby’s refusal to cover morning after pills according to the company’s beliefs regarding abortion and how the American Government is overstepping its boundaries in the freedom of religion debate-relating only to Christianity of course.

In another video Huckabee expresses interest in running for President to fight "secular theocracy" and help bring the U.S. back to a "God centered," democracy. Huckabee reiterates the claim that the U.S. was founded on biblical principals and that antagonistic atheistic forces are attempting to take Christianity apart "piece-by-piece."

Both videos are punctuated with conservative verbiage such as "divorcing common sense," "robbing of fundamental rights," and, "religious liberty." If you can handle a double heaping of conservative rhetoric courtesy of Mike Huckabee, you can watch both segments provided by Right Wing Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Jon Stewart Endorses Senator Melvin Dickpictweet for President: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart is tired of all the games already being played by Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and the other potential 2016 presidential candidates and so he's throwing his support behind Senator Melvin Dickpictweet, a politician with a most unfortunate surname.

Find out why, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jeb Bush Says He'll 'Actively Explore' 2016 Presidential Run: VIDEOS

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that he'll "actively explore" a run for President in 2016.

Bush added a longer explanation of his intent on Facebook:

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.

Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.

We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.

We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.

In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.

Onward, Jeb Bush

Meanwhile, folks are weighing in.

Find out what random voters on the street in New York and Colorado, Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin, Karl Rove, and former First Lady and Jeb's mother Barbara Bush think about Jeb's potential candidacy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay London Businessman Ivan Massow Announces Bid For Mayor In 2016

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 12.57.41 PMOpenly gay businessman and entrepreneur Ivan Massow is running for Mayor of London in 2016 reports Pink NewsMassow is known for his work offering financial services and insurance catered to gay people during the 1990s and announced his bid today to succeed Boris Johnson, who is returning to parliament. Massow says he's eager to serve London and stressed his love for the city in his announcement.

Said Massow:

"As a campaigner against discrimination I know that there is nowhere on earth I would rather live than London.

"A vibrant, dynamic and open-minded city, London is a living, breathing example to the world of what a successful multicultural society should look and feel like. I felt welcome when I came here."

Massow is a long-time member of the Conservative party, but briefly defected to the Labour party to repeal Section 28, an anti-gay amendment that prohibits the "promotion," of homosexuality in schools. However, Massow issued comments about the gay community ahead of June 2013's Pride in London celebration that irked many in the community. 

Said Massow:

"Don’t misunderstand me: I enjoy apps like Grindr (gay dating apps that supply you with a photo and precise distance of your nearest shag) as much as the next man. I admit to recreational drugs use in my distant past.

"But am I the only one to notice that the gay scene today seems obsessed with drugs? Obsessed with sex. Unable to take responsibility for its part in the spread of HIV. Inhabiting a soulless and empty world of hedonism.

"In fact, as many thousands prepare to descend on central London this weekend, I am finding it difficult to be proud."

Massow went on to say that drug culture is becoming glamorized within gay culture, and that some within the community hide behind anti-discrimination laws to excuse it. Massow also slammed BB (Bareback) sex parties and those treating HIV as a mere "Inconvenience." Massow defended his comments while addressing criticisms of hypocrisy.

MassowSaid Massow:

"I don’t want our community to deal with this just because I find our behaviour embarrassing. God only knows I’ve embarrassed myself enough not to throw stones. I think fun in moderation is great.

"I’m making the point because it’s a miserable way to live. Chemically induced highs and kids addicted to ‘chem-sex’ is all fake bollocks. Bollocks that leads to depression and, frequently, death. Bollocks that is just plain boring and ultimately empty."

Massow's comments come after U.K.'s National Aids Trust Fund reported in 2013 that drug rates and HIV infection are rapidly rising. Given Massow's statements, It's unclear whether Massow intends to address the issue in his run for office. 


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