Here is your Morning Brief for March 2, 2015

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC, Walker Close Behind

Do straw polls matter? At the end of the day no, but Senator Rand Paul sure does love winning them. According to FOX News, Paul finished with 26% of the vote with Scott Walker right behind him with 21%. Jeb Bush came in fifth place with 8% of the vote. According to FOX the final results were good for one Texan but not so good for another.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished in third place with 11.5 percent of the vote, followed by retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in fourth with 11 percent.

The others receiving votes were former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, in sixth place with 4.3 percent of the vote. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finished in seventh with 4.3 percent. Donald Trump finished eighth with 3.5 percent, Carly Fiorina was ninth with 3 percent, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry finished after Christie, in 11th place, with 1.1 percent and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal finished 12th with .9 percent of the vote.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin finished 13th with .8 percent, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee finished 14th with .3 percent of the vote.

Just over 3,000 people voted in the poll and 42% of those who participated were students. Students have had a fondness of Rand Paul and his father, Ron, in the past. I personally don't put much stock into straw polls this early. It's hard for me to believe that more people would want Donald Trump as President than Rick Perry, Chris Christie, or Bobby Jindal.

Most Important Speech?

The Washington Post is calling Tuesday's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the most important speech of his life. On Tuesday it is predicted that Netanyahu will confront Obama in his speech and warn the American people that Iran should not be trusted.

His opponents in Israel and the United States say the speech is mostly a cynical ploy to get reelected in a tight March 17 vote, by fear-mongering on Iran and by opposing an American president who is not very popular in Israel.

On Tuesday morning, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry meets with his counterparts in Switzerland to try to complete a framework accord with Iran by the end of March, Netanyahu will stand at the lectern in Congress to tell Americans, essentially, that President Obama is either foolhardy or weak and about to sign a deal with the devil.

Netanyahu will warn, as he has in the past, that the Americans are gambling on a radical Iranian regime run by Muslim clerics who deny the Holocaust, sponsor terrorist groups, support a murderous regime in Syria and pledge to destroy Israel.

As his chartered plane wings toward Washington on Sunday afternoon, Netanyahu’s advisers say the final author of the speech will be Netanyahu himself.

Israel has much to fear if Iran is capable of building a nuclear weapon. I see no problem in having the Prime Minister address Congress over something this important. Shame on the President and the Democrats for turning their backs on Israel.

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