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  • A Great America Requiem (Mass for the Dead)

    03/26/2017 8:22:56 AM PDT · by street_lawyer · 1 replies
    3/26/2017 | Street Lawyer
    We have already seen the entire media portray recalcitrant conservatives in the Republican party as ideologues. But the real culprits are progressives in both parties whose construct is the primacy of government regulations over free-market principles. While it may be too late for great Senators like Rand Paul to realize a free-market insurance model, it is the only viable solution to a government created catastrophe of immeasurable proportions which has consumed one-fifth (1/5) of the economy.
  • The Bush Betrayal

    03/26/2017 1:06:43 AM PDT · by WMarshal · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/26/2016 | jared E. Peterson
    Just a reminder of how perfidious the Bush clad really is. In a better work they Bush clan would have been hanged for treason.
  • Paul Ryan Takes the Barzini Meeting

    03/24/2017 5:31:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2017 | Michael Walsh
    And yet Paul Ryan walked straight into the Barzini trap that president Trump set for him. By insisting that the voters desired "Repeal and Replace" when in fact all anybody wanted was "Repeal, full stop," Ryan's inner wonk superseded his duties as the speaker of the House to ensure the votes were there for the "Replace" part of the equation. That they weren't should be the end of his speakership. Apparently, Ryan had been listening to the die-hard never-Trumpers too much, and actually thought he could skate on his opposition to the insurgent outsider, whose entire campaign was based on...
  • The House Intelligence chief just tossed a huge wrench into Trump-related investigations

    03/22/2017 11:09:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 22, 2017 | Allan Smith
    Rep. Devin Nunes on Wednesday threw a huge wrench into the middle of the investigations surrounding President Donald Trump, his claims of being wiretapped by his predecessor, and Russia's meddling in the election. And he now finds himself in a central role after making Republicans and Democrats alike scratch their heads over what appeared to be an unprecedented move. Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, called for a sudden 1 p.m. press gathering Wednesday, with its subject unclear. But once it began, he fired off what sounded like a bombshell revelation: The intelligence community, he said, had "incidentally...
  • Michael Moore Urges Democrats To ‘Declare A National Emergency’ Amid FBI Trump Probe

    03/22/2017 12:55:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 22, 2017 | Ron Dicker
    “Bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J. Trump.” Filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday urged the Democratic Party to declare a national emergency after the FBI said it was investigating whether members of Donald Trump’s campaign team had worked with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Of course, Moore made his point in a most engaging way on Instagram, using a red light — specifically, that of sentient computer HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” — to call on Democratic leaders to respond with...
  • Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

    03/17/2017 9:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Lockport Union-Sun and Journal ^ | March 17, 2017 | Erica Werner and Alan Fram, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday. “I just want to let the world know I am 100 percent in favor” of the measure, Trump said at the White House after meeting around a dozen House lawmakers and shaking hands on revisions. “We’re going to have a health care plan that’s going to be second to none.” While the rapid-fire...
  • Meghan McCain slams a possible Chelsea Clinton run for office: 'What fresh hell am I living in?'

    03/17/2017 7:05:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2017 | David Caplan
    Meghan McCain didn't mince words Thursday when expressing her disdain of a possible run for political office by fellow political offspring Chelsea Clinton. "What fresh hell am I living in where I am going to have to sit through Chelsea Clinton running for office?" McCain said on Fox News' "Outnumbered," which she co-hosts. "What do I have to do to make a Clinton stop running for office?" The daughter of Republican senator John McCain was addressing unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports that the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was eyeing a...
  • Steve King: Blacks & Hispanics 'will be fighting each other' before overtaking whites in population

    03/16/2017 5:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 14, 2017 | Chris Massie
    Iowa Rep. Steve King said Monday that blacks and Hispanics "will be fighting each other" before overtaking whites in the US population. King, a Republican, was on the radio responding to a question about Univision anchor Jorge Ramos' comment to Tucker Carlson on Fox News that whites would become a majority-minority demographic in America by 2044, a point Ramos used to make the argument that it is a multiracial country. "Jorge Ramos' stock in trade is identifying and trying to drive wedges between race," King told Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO. "Race and ethnicity, I should say...
  • Pelosi: Trump wiretapping claim ‘couldn’t possibly be true’

    03/10/2017 1:13:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2017 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismissed President Trump's wiretapping charges against President Obama Friday as a smokescreen designed to cloud potential ties between Trump and Russia. “It couldn’t possibly be true, because that is not how our system works,” Pelosi said during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington. “We do not investigate, through a FISA court, Americans — here or abroad.” Pelosi noted that she was among the architects of revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court, enacted after 9/11. The clandestine court overseas surveillance requests from the nation’s intelligence agencies. “There’s much more accountability...
  • Nancy Pelosi: American People Have Right to Know What’s in Healthcare Bill Before It Passes

    03/10/2017 12:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Presented without comment: Dear Speaker Ryan, This week, the Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means will be marking up Republicans’ long-feared bill to dismantle affordable health care. The GOP legislation will have life or death consequences for tens of millions of families across America, and extraordinary impacts on state and federal budgets long into the future. The American people and Members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in Committee or by the whole House.
  • Trump Woos Lawmakers With Flattery and White House Bowling

    03/09/2017 8:47:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics ^ | March 9, 2017 | Billy House
  • Intelligence Committee Dems: You know, this Russia collusion story may not be going anywhere

    03/09/2017 7:22:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 9, 2017 | John Sexton
    The investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia is probably going to disappoint a lot of people, and by people I mean partisan Democrats. That’s the thrust of a report at Buzzfeed based on conversations with half-a-dozen people involved in the investigation, both Republicans and Democrats: Even some Democrats on the Intelligence Committee now quietly admit, after several briefings and preliminary inquiries, they don’t expect to find evidence of active, informed collusion between the Trump campaign and known Russian intelligence operatives, though investigators have only just begun reviewing raw intelligence. Among the Intelligence Committee’s rank and file, there’s a...
  • Keith Ellison Suggests Jail Time For Jeff Sessions

    03/03/2017 9:46:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the new deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, suggested Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions deserves jail time for failing to mention his meetings with Russia’s ambassador during his confirmation hearing in January. In a statement issued Thursday morning, Ellison asserted that Sessions “lied under oath” in his Jan. 10 Senate confirmation hearing about the meetings with Kremlin’s diplomat, Sergey Kislyak. “Since it has now come to light that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meeting with Russian officials during the campaign, we must be entirely clear on one thing: perjury is a...
  • The Jeff Sessions Attack Is a Nothingburger

    03/02/2017 1:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | March 2, 2017 | Erick Erickson
    First, let’s get this out of the way. It is not a coincidence that within twenty four hours of Donald Trump giving a well received speech to congress that the New York Times runs a hit job on Jeff Sessions to distract from it, particularly after admitting the Obama Administration has been behind much of this disruption. Let’s review what happened. During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing, he had this exchange with Senator Al Franken. “FRANKEN: OK. CNN has just published a story and I’m telling you this about a news story that’s just been published. I’m not expecting you to...
  • With a single speech, Trump rattles 2018 landscape

    03/01/2017 8:26:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 1, 2017 | Gabriel Debenedetti and Kyle Cheney
    The idea that Democrats have to start taking the president more seriously as a political operator suddenly has more currency. The call to Steve Stivers, the chairman of House Republicans’ campaign wing, came on Tuesday evening, roughly an hour after President Donald Trump ended his speech to a joint session of Congress. On the other end of the line was a former candidate wanting back in on the action. “He said, 'The president did a great job. I’m thinking about this and I might want to run again; I want to be a part of something,’” said Stivers (R-Ohio). “He...
  • Pelosi to Democrats: Treat Trump voters like a friend whose boyfriend is a jerk

    02/28/2017 9:18:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 28, 2017 | Dana Bash
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling her rank-and-file members that she is confident a good portion of President Donald Trump's voters will eventually turn on him -- and Democrats just have to wait it out. She's using a colorful analogy to make her point -- comparing Trump to a friend's boyfriend who is a "jerk." "The way I told my members: It's like telling your friend the guy she's dating is a jerk. You can't tell her that. She has to find out for herself. You can give her clues and then eventually one thing will lead to another,...
  • Longtime Democratic congressman won't shake Trump's hand ahead of joint session speech

    02/28/2017 12:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 28, 2017 | Emily Schultheis
    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-New York) announced Tuesday morning that he will not stand on the aisle of the House floor to shake President Donald Trump’s hand ahead of his speech to a joint session of Congress -- the first time in his 29-year career in Congress that he has not shaken the president’s hand before a State of the Union or joint session speech. “I have deep respect for the presidency and I will attend the joint session,” he said on the House floor. “But that respect between branches must be mutual.” In the past, Engel has arrived on the...
  • Chelsea Clinton “unleashed” since election? Give me a break

    02/27/2017 12:37:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 27, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    A woman of virtually no accomplishments seeking relevance among the wreckage The rumors surrounding former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and what the future holds for her never seem to die. Given her surname that’s more than understandable, but the political press has been chewing on this bone for long enough now that I’m beginning to wonder if the story is more than simply a way for reporters to occupy themselves between the issuance of Trump’s executive orders. Politico ran a lengthy piece this weekend which seeks to read the tea leaves and come to grips with what they describe as...
  • Ellison could help Trump win an even bigger majority

    02/24/2017 10:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2017 | Preya Samsundar, senior editor, Alpha News
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison appears to be the odds on favorite to win Saturday’s election to head the Democratic National Committee. That seems like good news for Republicans seeking to expand their congressional majority in 2018, a fact President Trump seemed to gleefully acknowledge this week. “One thing I will say about Rep. Keith Ellison, in his fight to lead the DNC, is that he was the one who predicted early that I would win!” Trump said in a Wednesday message on Twitter. It’s no secret that incumbent presidents usually have a tough time in midterm elections. President Obama lost...
  • 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...