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  • Tom Perez: 'Black Women Are the Backbone of the Democratic Party'

    12/13/2017 6:26:29 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff
    Newsmax ^ | December 13, 2017 | Mark Swanson
    Democratic National Committee chief Tom Perez on Wednesday hailed black women voters as being the "backbone" of the party.
  • GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

    12/13/2017 5:23:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 8:01 PM EST | Zeke Miller
    President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. […] Republicans in Washington and around the country say a bungled approach to the race — in which the president wagered his party’s moral authority with nothing to show for it — should serve as a wakeup call for the administration going into what is sure to be a challenging midterm election year. “This White House is not working on all cylinders,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary to...
  • Tammy Bruce: Republican Establishment Wants To Lose Senate Majority So Trump's Agenda Fails

    12/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 88 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2017 | Ian Schwatz
    Conservative commentator Tammy Bruce, in a discussion about Alabama Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore, said the Republican establishment want the party to lose the majority in the Senate so the Trump agenda fails. Bruce cited Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who announced he did not vote for Moore, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who donated to the Democratic candidate Doug Jones, as examples. "This is a test for the president," Bruce said Tuesday on FOX News' Hannity. "I think what you've seen with Shelby going against it. Jeff Flake, giving money to this guy. I think the Republicans in the...
  • Three Quick Lessons from the ‘Borking’ of Judge Roy Moore

    12/13/2017 3:33:00 PM PST · by fwdude · 66 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | December 13, 2017 | Scott Lively
    I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Pundits and political scientists will be dissecting the Jones/Moore election for years to come but there are three critical lessons for conservatives that we must recognize now. First, that the takedown of Judge Moore was decidedly not about vindicating newly-minted and highly suspect accusations of decades-old alleged sexual misconduct, it was about keeping a genuinely independent Bible-believing Christian conservative from joining President Donald Trump in the essential mission of draining the swamp in Washington D.C.. Judge Roy Moore would have been to the US Senate and to President Trump what...
  • GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

    12/13/2017 3:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 6:00 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones’ shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said Wednesday. Shelby, Alabama’s senior senator and the state’s most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that ”the state of Alabama deserves better” than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago. A former Democrat, Shelby, 83, announced weeks before the election that he had already cast an absentee ballot for another, unspecified Republican, even as President Donald Trump and other prominent state Republicans stood up for Moore. “I give the...
  • Trump Pushes Ahead with Tax Cut Bill

    12/13/2017 1:50:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We have a deal. It looks like we have a compromise here between the… (sigh) I’m not sure what I’ve been told is the right thing. The House and Senate are meeting on the tax bill, and if this is the conference committee…? Is that what’s been going…? (interruption) Okay, we have a deal in the conference committee. That’s a big deal. That means the House and Senate have agreed on one form of the bill. You know, the House passed their bill and the Senate passed theirs. And after that you have to go to conference between the...
  • Democrats call on GOP to hold off on tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate

    12/13/2017 2:53:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | Dec. 13, 2017 | Mike DeBonis, Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa
    Democrats warned Wednesday that Republican plans to speed ahead with plans to revamp the nation’s tax code could spell more electoral trouble for President Trump and his party next year — especially with young people and suburban families. Just hours after Republicans suffered a humiliating defeat in a special U.S. Senate election in the GOP stronghold of Alabama, party leaders unveiled a compromise on a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax plan that will significantly lower corporate interest rates and slash taxes for upper-income households. But Democrats — now able to tout recent electoral victories in deep-blue New Jersey, swing state Virginia...
  • Omarosa fired, ‘Physically Dragged’ From the White House

    12/13/2017 1:52:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 13, 2017 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former contestant on President Trump’s “The Apprentice,” was fired and forcibly removed from the White House after Secret Service agents blocked her path to his office, according to reports. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying Manigault Newman resigned as director of communications in the Office of Public Liaison “to pursue other opportunities.” “Her departure will not be effective until Jan. 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Sanders said.
  • Anatomy of a Stunner: How Roy Moore Lost an Unlosable Race in Alabama

    12/13/2017 1:46:16 PM PST · by detective · 114 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Guy Benson
    In a shocking political earthquake, the Republican Party has lost a Senate election in Alabama.  For perspective on how difficult that feat was, the closest previous Senate contest in that state over the last two decades was a...19-point GOP victory.  Just three years ago, Jeff Sessions ran unopposed.  Donald Trump carried 'Bama by 28 points last fall.  In my election preview post yesterday, I wrote that an upset by liberal Doug Jones was improbably plausible, due exclusively to the disastrously awful candidate Republicans had nominated.  Apologies for quoting myself, but here you go:
  • Doug Jones’ Victory May Give Trump A Second Supreme Court Pick

    12/13/2017 11:42:01 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/2017 | Kevin Daley
    In a political environment as volatile as this, his power as the Court’s swing vote is at its maximum. It seems counter intuitive that he would retire as his influence reaches its apex. What’s more, Kennedy has a high opinion of the Court’s capacity to bear moral clarity for a restless nation, making his continued service a matter of duty. However true this may be, the justice is 81 and he is, after all, a Republican. Given his age and political inclinations, it is reasonable to assume he would like to retire and would prefer to do so under a...
  • Alabama senator: 'Relieved' Moore lost Senate race

    12/13/2017 1:03:47 PM PST · by detective · 80 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/13/2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said on Wednesday that he is "relieved" GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore lost the Alabama race and won't be representing the Republican party in Congress. "Relieved? Yes that's a good word. I'm relieved and I believe a lot of Republicans are relieved that Roy Moore and some of his people aren't the face of the Republican party," he told reporters when asked if he was feeling any relief over Tuesday's election results.
  • Your Host Addresses a Crabby Nation

    12/13/2017 11:51:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Man, oh, man, a lot of crabby people out there. And I’m hearing from I don’t know how many, but it’s more than I can count. And I’ll share with you some of the crabbiness today. And there’s other stuff out there besides the crabbiness of the election. Here’s the phone number if you want to be on the program. 800-282-2882. Email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us. The first crabby email. “Dear Rush: You know everybody’s blaming McConnell and everybody’s blaming Bannon, but I blame you. I don’t recall you ever endorsing Roy Moore. I don’t recall you ever urging people to...
  • Schumer calls for GOP to delay tax bill after Alabama election

    12/13/2017 11:59:02 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/17 10:28 AM EST | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is demanding that Republicans delay a vote on their tax plan following Tuesday's special election in Alabama. "We Senate Democrats are calling on Mitch McConnell to hit pause on his tax bill and not hold a final vote until Doug Jones is sworn in to the Senate," he told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. He added that "it would be wrong for Senate Republicans to jam through this tax bill without giving the newly elected senator from Alabama the opportunity to cast his vote." Democrat Doug Jones won the special election, defeating...
  • The Upside to Moore Loss for Trump and Republicans

    12/13/2017 10:32:59 AM PST · by Liberty7732 · 58 replies
    There is plenty of Republican hand-wringing and media gloating this morning over the dramatic loss of a Republican-held U.S. Senate seat in the deepest red Alabama yesterday — the first time since a conservative Democrat won in 24 years. It is mostly much ado about nothing. It had nothing to do with the very liberal Democrat running, Doug Jones, who was originally just a “D” set up as a lamb to the slaughter in a state Republicans typically win by 25 to 30 points. Trump won Alabama by 28 points. It had everything to do with Republican Roy Moore being...
  • Judge Roy Moore, Thank You!

    12/13/2017 10:20:13 AM PST · by DoughtyOne · 99 replies
    My own thoughts | 12/13/2017 | DoughtyOne
    As we all know by now, Judge Roy Moore wound up getting fewer votes than his opponent yesterday. A lot of people today are calling Moore a loser. On first appearances, not knowing the background to yesterday's election, that might seem reasoned. It isn't. Knowing what I know, I have a reaction I'm not seeing others have. I'm sorry to realize that. Judge Roy Moore deserves our thanks for putting his neck on the line, trying to carry the mantle of our ideals into the Senate of the United States. It was an honorable thing to do, and it was...
  • Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

    12/13/2017 9:42:58 AM PST · by newgeezer · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 13, 2017
    Dec 13 (Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference. Governor Mark Dayton said that Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith, 59, will run in a special election for the seat next year. Smith became lieutenant governor in January 2015. The Star Tribune said she previously worked as Dayton's chief of staff and held positions at General Mills and Planned Parenthood. Last week Franken, 66,...
  • Judge Roy Moore DEMANDS a RECOUNT

    12/13/2017 10:32:44 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 113 replies
    ...after AP Calls Alabama Race for Democrat Doug Jones
  • Scaramucci: Tuesday was a 'good day for America' because Bannon lost

    12/13/2017 8:33:34 AM PST · by x1stcav · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/17 | Avery Anapol
    Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Wednesday that Doug Jones’s Senate win in Alabama is “good day for America” because it was a blow to Steve Bannon. Bannon, a former White House chief strategist, campaigned for Jones’s GOP challenger, Roy Moore, who lost the race for the vacant Senate seat after weeks of mounting accusations that he sexually molested teenage girls. “That was a good day for America yesterday in the sense that Bannon lost,” Scaramucci told Bloomberg News. “I don’t think it was a great day for the...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Is Quite Pleased Roy Moore Lost

    12/13/2017 8:44:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did not mince words when asked to comment on Tuesday night's election results in Alabama. When asked what he believed the "message" from last night was, Johnson said that "Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls." He then said that Steve Bannon should learn that the GOP needs better candidates in order to win Senate races before going into an office away from the camera. NBC News tweeted a video of the exchange. Watch the video here:  Reporter: "What message did the election send last night?" Sen. Johnson: "Alabamians didn't want somebody who dated 14-year-old girls." pic.twitter.com/tmWDDxIw0G— NBC...
  • ANALYSIS: Credit to Doug Jones, Who Worked for the Win in Alabama

    12/13/2017 7:33:31 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 91 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-12-17 | Joel B. Pollack
    There will be many explanations for Democrat Doug Jones’s victory over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election Tuesday....... .....But there is another factor: Doug Jones simply worked very hard. According to his own campaign, Jones held well over 200 campaign events over two months — an average of more than three per day....... Yet there will be questions about the way Moore decided to spend his time doing things other than campaigning — for example, leaving the state to catch the Army-Navy game...........