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  • NAACP Leader Balks At Idea Of Congressional White Caucus [VIDEO]

    02/18/2017 6:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ian Mason
    Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, was at loss for words Thursday night as former Reagan adviser Jeffrey Lord injected a hypothetical Congressional White Caucus into a debate on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. The racially charged exchange began during a discussion of President Trump having asked an African-American reporter from a black-focused new radio outlet if she knew the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) “Frankly I used to think the Congressional Black Caucus, when it was first formed, was a good thing,” Lord began. “I changed my mind on this. I don’t think there should...
  • National Guard memo is ‘reminiscent of what led up to World War II,’ a top House Democrat says

    02/17/2017 6:42:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | February 17, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Friday that reports that the Trump administration had considered deploying tens of thousands of National Guard troops to apprehend undocumented immigrants were “outrageous” and “very reminiscent of what led up to World War II.” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) made the statement in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program shortly after the Associated Press broke news of the draft Department of Homeland Security memo. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the memo was “not a White House document” and that “there is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the...
  • Elijah Cummings: ‘Happy’ to Meet with Trump who He Says ‘is My President’ (WATCH)

    02/16/2017 11:24:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    EURWeb ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff
    *Well now, the situation with the White House and African American political leaders is getting real interesting with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings saying he’s “happy” to sit down with President Trump. Even though Cummings has no problem meeting with Trump, but he disputes the president’s assertion that he didn’t want to meet up, adding that, after all, Trump “is my president.” Thursday afternoon Cummings – who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who inquired if he would go over to the White House “ASAP” if he were to get a call...
  • Dems Hope to Ride Grassroots' Anti-Trump Wave Till 2018

    02/13/2017 8:20:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 13, 2017 | James Arkin
    BALTIMORE – They may be the minority party, but House Democrats are feeling energized these days – and for good reason. They point to the grassroots protests, marches and town-hall disruptions of recent weeks as a sign that President Trump has already sparked involvement by their base at historic levels. The high-profile protests so far have been organic, not organized by any party apparatus – from the women’s march on inauguration weekend to the thousands who showed up at airports following Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. Dozens of lawmakers joined in the events...
  • Vanity - 2018......Democrat or Republican!!!

    02/13/2017 8:21:50 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 6 replies
    In June, 2015, as Donald J. Trump jumped into the POTUS race, I sent an e-mail a long time friend of mine, who happens to be one of the top pollster pundits in the USA, telling him to not to jump onto the Hillary Clinton bandwagon, because the Democrats have lost the blue collar vote and are losing the African-American vote with every passing day!!! In detail, I outlined that Trump would win easily, even with the massive illegal voting by Obama/Clinton & the Democrat Party. Of course he did not heed my input and began mocking DJT, as did...
  • In Messaging War, House Dems Face Goliath in Trump

    02/10/2017 5:48:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 8, 2017 | James Arkin
    BALTIMORE –The hail of tweets, executive orders and announcements from the White House in President Trump’s first two weeks in office drew a uniform reaction from House Democrats: opposition and outrage. But in the age of Trump, when news moves at a stunning pace and can change on a dime, Democrats are searching for the most effective way to push back. The topic dominated discussion as House Democrats opened their annual retreat here Monday. Unlike their counterparts in the Senate, Democrats in the lower chamber don’t have many legislative ways to fight against the White House and congressional Republicans. They...
  • Pelosi on Trump: 'There Is Nothing the Democrats Can Work with Him on'

    02/10/2017 9:08:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 9, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    House Democrats kicked off their retreat in Baltimore with Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declaring that, while they previously vowed to work with President Trump on areas of agreement, there won't be areas of agreement if the White House doesn't change. "Three weeks in the White House has really revealed that President Trump is exactly who we thought he is -- incompetent, and in some cases, in terms of our national security, dangerous. Perpetuating a massive con on those who he said that he would stand up against powerful interests," Pelosi told reporters Wednesday. "He's out there to Make American Sick...
  • White House: Trump not open to 'Gang of Eight' immigration bill

    02/09/2017 2:05:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    The White House on Thursday disputed reports that President Trump is open to considering a sweeping 2013 immigration bill that offered a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Reports emerged Thursday that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told journalists on Capitol Hill that Trump told a bipartisan gathering of lawmakers he is receptive to the so-called Gang of Eight bill. “He is open to reviewing the piece of legislation. He says, ‘Well, you’ve got to start working on it again.’ And I says, ‘Absolutely, we will,’ ” Manchin said of Trump, according to NBC News. But White House press secretary Sean...
  • Keith Ellison: Jews Are ‘Slave Traders’ Trying To ‘Oppress Minorities All Over The World’

    02/08/2017 5:15:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 8, 2017 | Amber Randall
    Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison once accused Jewish people of oppressing “minorities all over the world,” Ellison’s former college classmate revealed in an interview. Mother Jones interviewed former classmate Michael Olenick who worked as the opinions editor at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. Olenick said that Ellison, who went by Keith Hakim at the time, argued that “white Jews” were routinely oppressing minority groups. “European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,” Olenick remembers Ellison arguing. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders,'” according to the Mother Jones...
  • Democrats' 'Resistance' Is Futile

    02/07/2017 6:13:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2017 | John Feehery
    George Santayana was an immigrant. Born in Spain in 1863, he moved to Boston in 1869 with his mother and siblings. He would eventually attend Harvard College, and then become a professor of philosophy there where he instructed such historic figures as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost and Gertrude Stein. As a philosopher, Santayana was one among many. But when it comes to his aphorisms, he was unparalleled. His most famous, of course, concerns history: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He also had this gem: “Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten...
  • The Democrats face up to their Trump problem

    02/05/2017 6:40:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 5, 2017 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Democrats don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up the pace of protests against President Donald Trump — and they’re worried Trump and his team are counting on them to run out of energy before the White House does. Two weeks into the Trump administration, party leaders have already reached a frantic, fevered pitch, throwing around talk of constitutional crisis and raising the specter of impeachment. “The thing that we don’t want to do is anesthetize the public with dozens and dozens of press conferences and marquee events,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Then it’ll just become background...
  • Mondale endorses Keith Ellison for DNC chair

    02/03/2017 8:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 3, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Former Vice President Walter Mondale is endorsing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison to become the next Democratic National Committee chair. The move gives the two top contenders to helm the party -- Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- one vice presidential endorsement each, after Joe Biden backed Perez earlier this week. It comes as Democrats head to Detroit for their third of four "future forums" Saturday, where candidates for party leadership lay out their visions, before the DNC's 447 voting members select their new chair in a late-February meeting in Atlanta. "Keith was a Minnesota star in the state...
  • Dems launch 'unprecedented early' effort to capture GOP districts

    02/03/2017 1:00:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    The House Democrats' campaign arm on Thursday announced it has begun hiring staffers in 20 targeted districts held by Republicans in an effort to reclaim the majority in 2018. “The launch of our ‘March into ‘18’ accountability project comes at a time of excitement and opportunity for Democrats,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's chairman, said in a statement. “The organic strength of the women’s marches, Affordable Care Act rallies, and protests across the country provides further evidence that Democrats are on offense this cycle — and the DCCC is ready to capture that energy,” he...
  • Democrats get closer to Muslim groups as Trump considers more terror policies

    02/02/2017 8:16:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post ^ | February 2, 2017 | David Weigel
    As House Democrats learned that a federal program countering “violent extremism” was likely to be reframed to target “Islamic extremism,” many were gathering for an unofficial forum on “Trump’s Un-American Muslim and Refugee Ban.” Sponsored by the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), the forum gathered Muslim witnesses and State Department veterans for a 110-minute series of speeches against the president’s executive orders on refugees and travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. “For decades, we have granted safe haven to families fleeing persecution and violence,” said Conyers, who frequently holds “alternative” hearings when Democrats are in...
  • Pelosi on Gorsuch: "A very hostile appointment'

    01/31/2017 6:36:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 31, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump's newly named Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as "a very hostile appointment" and "a very bad decision, well outside the mainstream of American legal thought." "Elections have ramifications, and here is a living, breathing example of it," Pelosi said Tuesday night during a CNN town hall moderated by Jake Tapper. Pelosi cited Gorsuch's rulings on health care, gun safety and environmental issues to explain her concerns. She said Senate Democrats -- who only have 48 seats and have not yet determined whether to attempt to block Gorsuch's nomination -- should apply...
  • President Trump: Man of action to Republicans, source of ‘chaos and confusion’ to Democrats

    01/30/2017 5:15:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2017 | Jennifer Harper
    Oh the hand-wringing, the outrage, the overuse of the word “chaos,” plus endless shrill talking points. The news media, the Democratic Party and Hollywood have stumbled upon reality at last: President Trump is in the White House, taking care of business full speed ahead — just as he said he would. Livid news organizations, operatives, strategists and movie stars are almost incandescent with rage, as America looks on. The phenomenon will intensify Tuesday when Mr. Trump reveals his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, likely setting off a whole new round of strategic, carefully crafted narratives that suggest the nation...
  • House Democrat: 'American terrorists' are the real threat (He means you and me)

    01/30/2017 3:28:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2017 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said Monday that President Trump was wrong to issue an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries because American citizens are the real terrorism threat in the U.S. "The real threat here so far is home-grown, American terrorists, and not people from these seven countries," Nadler said on CNN. Trump on Friday issued an order suspending immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. The 90-day ban is meant to give federal agencies time to review the information they need to verify the identity of immigrants seeking to enter the United States. It...
  • THE WALL WILL PAY FOR ITSELF

    01/30/2017 6:17:47 AM PST · by MostlyAnti-Lib · 29 replies
    THE WALL WILL PAY FOR ITSELF. The estimated cost to complete the Border Wall is $15 to $25 billion. If we have a trade deficit with Mexico, by all means, let’s address that inequity on its own merits, but with the legendary negotiating skills of Donald Trump, we can easily reduce that outrageous $60 billion deficit by half, and that, in itself, would go a long way to pay for the wall. The annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level is estimated to be about $113 billion. This figure includes education, medical, law enforcement and...
  • Keith Ellison, first Muslim congressman, calls for ‘mass rallies’ to stop Trump orders

    01/28/2017 11:21:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post ^ | January 28, 2017 | David Weigel
    HOUSTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who in 2007 became the first Muslim member of Congress, said in an interview Saturday that opponents of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees should oppose them in the streets. “It’s time for people to get active, to get involved, to vote and to organize,” said Ellison, who was in Houston to campaign for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Trump must be stopped, and people power is what we have at our disposal to make him stop. We need mass rallies. We need them all over the country. We need them...
  • Democratic congressman: President Trump is 'mentally unstable'

    01/28/2017 2:54:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 28, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego said Friday that he thinks President Donald Trump is "mentally unstable." "Yes, I do believe the president is mentally unstable," Gallego, a Democrat, said on KTAR News 92.3 FM's Mac & Gaydos. "I've said this thousands of times." Gallego made similar comments on CNN in August when Trump was the Republican nominee, arguing at the time that, "this man is unstable, he's unfit to be a presidential candidate." Gallego, who was among the members of Congress to boycott Trump's inauguration, said in the interview that he would not work with Trump because the president has not...
  • Former Cruz chief of staff to head Trump’s conservative congressional liaison

    01/27/2017 4:24:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The World Tribune ^ | January 27, 2017 | Staff
    The former chief of staff to President Donald Trump’s top rival in the 2016 primaries has been tapped as the White House’s new liaison to House conservatives. Paul Teller, who served as Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff from early 2014 to July 2016, is expected to head congressional conservative relations for the Trump administration, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported. Teller confirmed the report with a Jan. 26 status update on his Facebook page: “Started Working at THE WHITE HOUSE Yesterday — Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.” Teller will be tasked with ensuring that conservative congressmen...
  • The secret meaning of Donald Trump's revolutionary first 100 hours

    01/26/2017 6:31:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | January 26, 2017 | Richard Manning
    Donald Trump walked into the Oval Office on the first Monday of his presidency less than 100 hours ago, and what has ensued is a frenzy of focused activity aimed at national and job security. Through a series of executive actions, the president has been checking off his campaign promises like a Friday to-do list before a three-day weekend. Authorize building the wall, check. Streamline federal regulations on building pipelines, check. Order a regulatory streamlining plan from the Commerce Department to ease burdens on manufacturers increasing the number of jobs, check. Implement “extreme vetting” of asylum seekers from certain Middle...
  • President Trump, home alone, puts out the White House welcome mat

    01/24/2017 2:51:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 24, 2017 | By Jeff Zeleny, Senior White House Correspondent
    President Donald Trump is home alone, so suddenly one of the hottest new tickets in town is an invitation to the White House. The President is going to start hitting the Washington dinner party circuit. In most cases, actually, his guests will come to him as he tries building bridges in a city that he has spent years railing against. "It's very good -- a beautiful relationship," said Trump, all smiles Monday as he hosted congressional leaders at the White House for his first round of evening visitors. A piano played Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," as the...
  • Trump should shrug off John Lewis’ cookie-cutter insults

    01/17/2017 5:00:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 17, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    President-elect Donald Trump is paying too much heed to the ranting of civil-rights veteran John Lewis: The Georgia congressman’s been playing the same tune about every top Republican for years now. Yes, Lewis’ accusation was baseless and blatantly partisan: He said Trump isn’t a “legitimate president” because of Russian hacking, and he’d skip the inauguration, “the first one I’ve missed since I’ve been in Congress.” Oops: He didn’t attend George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001, either — charging that Dubya wasn’t truly elected. Last year, Lewis said Trump “reminds me so much of the things that George Wallace said and...
  • Rep. Maxine Waters Struggles To Explain Why Trump Should Be Impeached [VIDEO]

    01/16/2017 5:25:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2017 | Christian Datoc
    Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters had difficulty explaining why she thinks Donald Trump’s campaign attacks against Hillary Clinton are impeachable offenses while being interview by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Monday night. Waters, who will join Georgia Rep. John Lewis in boycotting Trump’s inauguration on Friday, first ran into difficulty when Matthews asked why some Democrats still view Trump as “illegitimate.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK) "If there’s some sort of — as you call it — collusion,” the Hardball host noted. “Then what? Does that make Trump subject to impeachment? Just generally, tell me what you mean by the term.” “Well here’s what I’m trying...
  • Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

    01/08/2017 5:28:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2017 | Staff
    Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We hear now from Congressman Danny Davis. He's represented the 7th Congressional District since 1996, but gun violence is not just an abstract concept to him. His 15-year-old grandson Javon was killed in a dispute over borrowed clothing last November, and Congressman Davis delivered the eulogy. He was kind enough to host us in his offices on Capitol Hill. Congressman, thank you so much for speaking with us...
  • Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

    01/06/2017 12:53:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The East Bay Express ^ | January 6, 2017 | Nick Miller
    Congress met today to put a stamp on Donald Trump's electoral college win, but local Rep. Barbara Lee and other House members disputed his victory. "Congress is convening for a joint session to certify the votes of the electoral college. Given the deeply troubling incidents of disenfranchisement and the overwhelming evidence of Russian interference, I am challenging the electoral vote certification," Lee wrote on Facebook about a half-hour ago. The representative was joined by several house members who opposed Trump's win due to voter-suppression tactics in states. "During this presidential cycle, hundreds of thousands of voters — primarily voters of...
  • The Latest: Trump Demands Media Leak Investigation

    01/06/2017 9:36:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 6, 2017 | The Associated Press
    The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST): 12:15 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump says he'll ask Congress to investigate leaks to the media on U.S. intelligence alleging Russia meddled in last year's election by hacking Democratic emails. Less than an hour before he was to be briefed Friday by the directors of the FBI and CIA and the Director of National Intelligence on their findings, Trump tweeted that he was "asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it." NBC aired a report Thursday that said...
  • House Dems begging off formal challenge to Trump's Electoral College win when Congress meets Friday

    01/05/2017 4:22:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2017 | Geoff Earle, Deputy US Editor
    House Democrats are backing away from a last-ditch effort to muddy President-elect Donald Trump's win by raising objections when Congress meets to count the electoral votes Friday after failing to get a senator to go along. Several House members have been considering raising objections to the official vote certification – an act that wouldn't have halted Trump's win but could have forced debates in each chamber that would have kept the spotlight on the intelligence community's claims of Russian interference in the elections. Without a senator, the objections will go nowhere, since a member of each chamber must sign a...
  • Clay says he won't remove painting in Capitol tunnel that's drawn criticism from police, others

    12/31/2016 11:06:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | October 29, 2016 | Chuck Raasch and Christine Byers
    The St. Louis County Police Association is calling a painting placed in the U.S. Capitol complex by Rep. William Lacy Clay a “punch in the mouth” for depicting police officers as animals. Clay, D-St. Louis, said he would not take it down, despite criticism from conservative bloggers and a call from a Fox News commentator for it to be taken down. The painting, which has hung for months in a tunnel that connects House office buildings with the U.S. Capitol, was chosen the winner of Clay’s annual art competition for St. Louis students last spring. It was done by then-Cardinal...
  • Congressman begs Electoral College voters to block Trump

    12/12/2016 10:08:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 12, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    A Democratic lawmaker is desperately lobbying the Electoral College to shun Donald Trump, and vote for Hillary Clinton — even though he conceded Monday that the Republican won the election “fair and square.” The plea from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) comes a week before the Dec. 19 vote, which is expected to affirm the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which Trump beat Clinton with 306 Electoral College votes. “We’re 5 wks from Inauguration & the President Elect is completely unhinged. The electoral college must do what it was designed for,” Himes wrote Sunday night on Twitter in response...
  • Biden on Future Leaders of the Democratic Party: Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, and Me

    12/11/2016 8:17:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Grabien News ^ | December 11, 2016
    ‘I think 2018 is going to be a very good year for the Democrats’ he leaders of the Democratic Party of the future will be Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Joe Biden, said Joe Biden in an interview Sunday. The outgoing vice president appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper: TAPPER: “Who is the leader of the Democratic Party as of January 21st?" BIDEN: “Well, like after every presidential election where the party loses, there is no single leader. There are voices that hopefully will be heard. Hopefully, I’ll be able to have a voice...
  • Women on Capitol Hill sob uncontrollably in the presence of Hillary Clinton

    12/09/2016 10:04:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 9, 2016 | Larry O'Connor
    Hillary Clinton returned to Washington DC Thursday. As AP detailed yesterday, she strangely used the occasion of Sen. Harry Reid’s portrait unveiling to air a grievance over so-called “fake news” and called for legislation to combat it. Isn’t it a little tacky to use a speech that’s supposed to be about honoring your colleague on his big retirement day to whine about your big, humiliating loss from four weeks ago? (TWEET-AT-LINK) Did I miss something? Was yesterday Festivus or something? Be that as it may, there was a remarkable display on Capitol Hill as the former Secretary of State walked...
  • Barack Obama could run for Congress in 2018 — and he might be the Democrats' best hope

    11/27/2016 6:44:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 26, 2016 | Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate
    Ohio congressman Tim Ryan is campaigning to replace Nancy Pelosi as the House minority leader. In an interview with the Washington Post, he argued that Democrats need a strategy for appealing to voters that doesn't rely on President Obama's personal popularity. “If we don’t have Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, we can’t win elections. That is an unsustainable model. He can’t run again, so it’s not even like we can say, well, every four years we’ll win.” Indeed, Barack Obama can't run again ... OR CAN HE??? Such is the question posed by this Change.org petition, which...
  • Rangel Introduces Bill to Abolish The Electoral College

    11/22/2016 10:44:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Charles Rangel Website ^ | November 17, 2016 | Press Release
    Washington, D.C. - Congressman Charles B. Rangel introduced, H.J. Res 103, a bill today that would allow Congress to vote to eliminate the Electoral College system and decide future presidential elections by the outcome of the popular vote. This legislation is the House companion bill to S.J.Res.41, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on November 15, 2016. “I came to Congress on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, and I know how hard we fought for the sacred right to vote,” said Rangel. “To protect it, everyone should have access to the vote, and every vote must count. The...
  • Democrats want their leaders to stand against Trump, even if it means gridlock

    11/21/2016 9:14:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | November 21, 2016 | Lesley Clark
    Most Democrats want their party leaders to stand up to incoming President Donald Trump rather than work with him, says a new survey that reflects a deeply divided nation. Nearly two-thirds – or 65 percent – of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters agreed that congressional Democrats should “stand up” to the president-elect on issues important to Democratic supporters, “even if it means less gets done in Washington,” the Pew Research Center poll found. Just 32 percent want party leaders, who are now in the minority in the House of Representatives and Senate, to work with Trump if it means disappointing Democrats....
  • SR 1356 – Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History!

    11/20/2016 9:21:04 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-20-16 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History! Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump. Newt Gingrich’s assessment of Donald Trump’s coattails is that Trump brings the strongest Republican party ever to Washington. [insert] However, Gingrich says he does not want to join the administration: [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books...
  • Rep. Ryan Gives Himself Thurs. Deadline to Challenge Pelosi

    11/17/2016 6:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 16, 2016 | James Arkin
    Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan hasn’t decided whether he will challenge Nancy Pelosi as House Democrats’ leader, but he said in an interview Wednesday night that if someone were to make such a move, it would have to come in the next 24 hours. That would mean he’d have to make a decision to take on the powerful, longtime leader by Thursday. “Somebody’s got to make a decision, I would think, in the next 24 hours or so if they want to have a realistic shot at winning,” Ryan told RealClearPolitics. There have been consistent rumblings among some House Democrats since...
  • No, the Electoral College won’t make Clinton president instead of Trump

    11/15/2016 12:44:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | November 11, 2016 | Andrew Prokop
    Donald Trump won Tuesday’s presidential election. But many liberals and progressives have begun clinging to one faint hope that he could still be stopped — through the Electoral College. Tuesday’s vote was technically not to make Trump president, but only to determine who the 538 electors in various states across the country will be. It is those electors who will cast the votes that legally elect the president on December 19. In modern times, the casting of electoral votes has been a purely ceremonial occasion where the results in the states have been rubber-stamped. But one idea spreading on left-leaning...
  • Republicans Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins have advanced to runoff for Louisiana 3rd

    11/09/2016 3:22:19 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The San Fransisco Gate ^ | November 8, 2016
    Republicans Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins have advanced to Dec. 10 runoff for Louisiana 3rd Congressional District seat.
  • Trump thanked them, and perhaps signaled they will be near him in the White House

    11/09/2016 1:52:28 PM PST · by tekrat · 62 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | 11/9/2016 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    Did Donald Trump’s acceptance speech preview who will surround him at the White House? Here’s a look at who he praised and who stood with him through all the campaign trials: * RNC chairman Reince Priebus * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich * Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani * New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie * Sen. Jeff Sessions * Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn * Retired Army Gen. J. Keith Kellogg Jr. * Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
  • WA electorial voter will NOT vote for Hillary

    11/08/2016 9:49:30 PM PST · by llevrok · 3 replies
    11/08/2016 | llevrok
    Recall there is a WA state electoral college voter who said last week he'd not vote for Hillary if she wins WA state. He'd vote for the Green party If this ends up in the House, will he be the King maker (or Queen maker) ?
  • House Republicans to Hold Post-Election Call Wednesday

    11/07/2016 10:02:18 AM PST · by tekrat · 23 replies
    Roll Call.com ^ | 11/7/2016 | Lindsey McPherson
    House Republicans will hold a members-only conference call Wednesday at 1 p.m., two GOP aides confirmed. The call is an opportunity for members to touch base after Tuesday's elections, a senior GOP leadership aide said, noting that House Republicans regularly hold meetings or calls after large events. Republicans are expected to retain their majority in the House but are likely to lose seats. The call, which is being hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee, will give members a chance to assess the level of damage and to discuss what's ahead.
  • Romney Subtly Jabs Trump At Business Summit

    10/26/2016 10:59:11 AM PDT · by tekrat · 40 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 10/26/2016 | MATT SHUHAM
    During a keynote address Wednesday at the U.S. Chamber Institute's Legal Reform Summit, Mitt Romney made a series of subtle jabs at the Republican nominee on his business platform, in front of a friendly audience used to Republican business orthodoxy. After opening with a familiar refrain—“I get asked on a regular basis, boy, why aren't you running this year. I ask myself that now and then, too"—Romney delivered a speech that seemed to dig at a few of Donald Trump's policy positions without ever mentioning him by name. ... “I don’t think either candidate for president has said they’re going...
  • Carville declares Trump campaign dead in fundraising email

    10/17/2016 6:23:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | October 17, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Democratic strategist James Carville on Monday declared GOP presidential nominee’s Donald Trump’s campaign “dead” as he urged voters to give money to support Democratic House candidates. In a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraising email, Carville summed up Trump’s campaign in a seven-word “eulogy:” “It launched. It failed miserably. It died.” But he argued that Democrats’ job is far from done, encouraging supporters to open up their wallets and contribute to House candidates and match the funding from Republican donors. “Here’s the deal: Just because Trump’s dunzo doesn’t mean your job is over!” Carville wrote. “Oh heck no -- Democrats...
  • Moody's and Buffett and Hillary’s Tax Plan

    10/13/2016 8:10:21 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2016 | Jack Hellner
    Economists from Moody’s Analytics write articles saying that Hillary’s economic policies are better for the economy than Trump’s policies. These articles come can come from Mark Zandi, Don White or in this case, Jeff Benjamin. Whenever any article comes from Moody's analytics a footnote should show that a major shareholder of Moody's is Warren Buffett who campaigns for Hillary. The image they project is that Moody's is an objective, independent source. Zandi is always trotted out as the independent economist whenever Obama or Hillary need an economist to support their policies.
  • Poll: Katko Holds Sizable Lead Over Democratic Challenger

    10/04/2016 4:00:46 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 4, 2016 | Eric Garcia
    New York Rep. John Katko holds a significant lead over his Democratic opponent and is actually outperforming Hillary Clinton in his upstate House race, according to a new poll. The Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found Katko with a 19-point lead over Democrat Colleen Deacon, 53 percent to 34 percent. Furthermore, the freshman congressman draws support from 28 percent of Democrats in the district, while only 13 percent of the district's Republicans back Deacon. In the presidential race, Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 12 points among district voters, 45 percent to 33 percent, the poll shows. But that's...
  • Judge denies 1st motion over Arizona's 5th District race

    09/08/2016 11:38:23 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Answers 5 News ^ | September 6, 2016 | Paul Davenport
    A judge denied Tuesday the first attempted roadblock to an official recount in the hotly contested Republican primary in a Phoenix-area congressional district. Unofficial results from the Aug. 30 primary for the 5th Congressional District had state Senate President Andy Biggs leading former internet executive Christine Jones by only nine votes out of some 85,500 votes cast in the four-way race. Lawyers for Jones' campaign asked for a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to order county officials to delay certification of the results and take other steps to correct alleged errors. Jones' campaign contends the county should have counted votes...
  • 9 3 16 Part 2 of 2 Trump Speaks at Black Church in Detroit ‘ I Am Here Today to Listen ’

    9 3 16 Part 2 of 2 Trump Speaks at Black Church in Detroit ‘ I Am Here Today to Listen ’
  • Gary Johnson says If polls would include me, I'd be at 20%

    09/03/2016 9:01:26 AM PDT · by KMG365 · 39 replies
    Gary Johnson says If polls would include me, I'd be at 20%