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  • McConnell uses Reid Trick Against Conservatives (more proof of their complicity)

    02/27/2015 11:33:49 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 2/27/15 | Gaston Mooney
    In the last two years there have been two major attempts by conservatives to defund catastrophic policies. One attempt was Obamacare in October of 2013 and the other attempt was executive amnesty this week. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both attempts, the Republican House-passed bills were amended in the Senate to reinstate funding for Obamacare and executive amnesty. In both cases, there weren’t 60 votes in the Senate to reinstate funding for these policies. So the majority leaders at the time had to resort...
  • Rubio: I've learned lesson on immigration (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

    02/27/2015 11:24:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 2/27/15 | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he's learned he was wrong on his approach to immigration reform. Rubio, a onetime Tea Party favorite whose support for a comprehensive immigration reform package hurt him with the GOP base, told the conservative crowd that he now understands U.S. borders must be secured before anything else can be done. "It wasn't very popular, I don't know if you know that from some of the folks here," Rubio said with a smile, earning laughs from the crowd, when asked about his earlier support for the bill by Fox...
  • Uncompromising Reid still in command

    02/27/2015 5:43:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 2/27/15 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    He only controls 46 seats, but Harry Reid is acting like he has 60. Reid’s uncompromising posture during the flap over homeland security funding and his emerging plans for an upcoming fight over immigration make clear he’s doing little to change the hardball style that defined his tenure as majority leader. This despite losing control of the chamber after last fall’s Democratic debacle and tamping down a coup among centrists seeking his ouster. The 75-year-old Reid, who may seek reelection next year and is in his second stint as minority leader, is betting that Republicans are so nervous about being...
  • Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones for Once (courage is going along with the democrats!)

    02/27/2015 5:38:26 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 2/27/15 | Michael Tomasky
    How the DHS fight shows that the right wing is (thankfully) toothless, and that Congress is essentially leaderless. So here’s something I’ve often wondered over the last few years. What exactly would happen if John Boehner bucked the right-wingers in the House? You know—if he gave us one of those heroic Hollywood moments that we so long for in this sail-trimming city and gave a big speech about how he was putting principle ahead of politics and the consequences be damned. You know what I think would happen? If, say, he followed Mitch McConnell’s lead and allowed a vote on...
  • 30 states have either passed or filed Convention of States applications!

    02/27/2015 5:26:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    States already passed, 2014: FL, AK, GA States where one house has passed it already, 2015: AZ, ND States that have filed but not passed anything yet: AR, IA, IN, KS, KY, MA, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NJ, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WY
  • Sorry, Jeb, the Race Is Wide Open

    02/27/2015 5:13:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Peggy Noonan
    Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries: No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it—one of our two major parties, in a time of considerable national peril, will settle its presidential nomination without vigorous debate—it is weird and disturbing. Republicans are the action, and will draw all the lightning. A read on where the base—huge, broad and varied, including but not limited to attendees of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference—is: Republicans this year are not looking for Reagan....
  • RINO Peter King Joins Dems to Give Eric Holder Final Say on Gun Buys

    02/27/2015 5:05:27 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | AWR Hawkins
    On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce a bill giving Attorney General Eric Holder final say on who does or doesn’t pass National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) for gun purchases. The twelve other Democrats co-sponsoring the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorist Act of 2015 include “Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA)… [and] Christ Murphy (D-CT),” among others. According to San Diego Jewish World, the act is meant to stop a “known or suspected terrorist from buying firearms or explosives.” Yet as Feinstein,...
  • Scott Walker Winning Support Across Entire GOP Spectrum

    02/27/2015 5:01:22 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 2/27/15 | Melanie Batley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has distinguished himself among a large field of potential 2016 presidential contenders for having achieved widespread support across a broad range of Republican voters, National Journal reported. The Journal noted a Quinnipiac poll out this week that gave Walker a 25 percent lead among likely participants in the Iowa Republican caucus, twice as much as the second-place finisher, with consistent support across almost all of the party's religious, class and ideological factions. The Journal noted that no Republican presidential candidate has demonstrated that level of broad appeal since George W. Bush in 2000. "The real opportunity...
  • ‘We Need the Mechanics’: RNC Chair Makes Case for ‘Establishment Control’ of Nomination Process

    02/27/2015 4:58:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Zach Noble
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Some among the GOP base may decry an “establishment” takeover of the party’s nomination process, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says his political machine is a crucial part of a path to Republican victory in 2016. “We cannot be a candidate-crazy party,” Priebus told reporters in a meeting Thursday. “We also need the mechanics.” Speaking to reporters during the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Priebus touted himself and the RNC as handling the “boring stuff” that’s key to getting a campaign off the ground — and helping a Republican candidate actually be successful. From...
  • Fire Boehner? Mia Love Says Maybe McConnell Needs the Boot

    02/26/2015 6:03:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | David Eldridge
    Amid new speculation that John A. Boehner’s speakership somehow hangs in the balance as Republicans struggle with the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff, freshman Rep. Mia Love said maybe it’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who should be worried. In an interview with a Philadelphia radio station at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, the Utah Republican said she’s “standing strong” in the House-led effort to defund the president’s executive actions on immigration. “I was so incredibly proud in January when we passed the Homeland Security funding bill and defunded the executive act by the president,” she told Talk...
  • Mike Lee to CPAC: Demand Good Conservative Candidates

    02/26/2015 8:13:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Dan Riehl
    In his 2016 CPAC address, Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) told his audience only a serious “principled, positive, proven” conservative candidate can win the general election. Principled means “being conservative every single day, not just during the campaign,” said Lee, adding that a principled conservative doesn’t “hide behind talking points.” At one point, Lee invoked Reagan’s call for a “robust debate,” yet also seemed to split with the former president. Lee made the point that the right conservative candidate for 2016 will engage moderates. In 1975, Reagan notably said at CPAC, “let them go their way.” In terms of being...
  • Tea Party favorite defects from DHS funding compromise

    02/26/2015 7:49:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will not vote for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill because it funds President Obama’s controversial immigration actions, he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday. “Our laws don’t authorize this action so if it’s carried out, if its implemented, this action will have the effect of undoing something that Congress has done and doing so in a way that circumvents the Constitution,” he said. “We have to use the power of the purse, we have to withhold funding when the president does that.” Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered to...
  • HHS pays Obamacare insurers $3 billion that Congress never authorized

    02/26/2015 5:58:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Rick Moran
    The Department of Health and Human Services paid $3 billion to Obamacare insurers as part of a program to limit their losses in covering reduced out of pocket consumer expenses like lower deductibles and smaller total health care costs per year. The only problem is, that Congress never authorized the spending. snip Laws are for little people and we'll decide when and how to spend the people's money. What's that? The Constitution says what about how taxpayer money is spent? Hah! What do they know. They've all been dead for 200 years. To all you Congress people, sit down, shut...
  • Republican Retirements (Virginia legislature)

    02/26/2015 5:29:29 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 2/25/15
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Republican state lawmakers won't be seeking re-election. Sen. Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Del. Tom Rust of Herndon said Wednesday that they won't be seeking re-election.
  • How The House Can Remove John Boehner As Speaker

    02/26/2015 5:19:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    If Boehner’s caucus wants to depose him, the House Rules allow this to happen. According to Jefferson’s Manual, a 19th century procedural manual that has been largely incorporated into the House Rules: A Speaker may be removed at the will of the House, and a Speaker pro tempore appointed. A resolution declaring the Office of Speaker vacant presents a question of constitutional privilege, though the House has never removed a Speaker. It has on several occasions removed or suspended other officers, such as Clerk and Doorkeeper. A resolution for the removal of an officer is presented as a matter of...
  • Disgruntled right wing keeps Boehner coup talk alive

    02/26/2015 5:14:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 2/26/15 | Scott Wong
    Tea Party conservatives failed to oust Speaker John Boehner last month, but they’re threatening to try again if the Ohio Republican caves in the fight against President Obama’s immigration actions. While there’s not a coordinated effort yet, chatter of another coup attempt has grown louder now that the Senate is moving to pass a funding bill to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without the immigration riders. Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are pressuring Boehner not to relent unless Democrats agree to gut Obama’s executive orders protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. But Boehner...
  • Gutierrez Reveals WH Considering Implementing Exec Amnesty in 24 States That Didn’t Join Lawsuit

    02/25/2015 6:55:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 39 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) revealed that the White House is considering implementing its executive amnesty program in the 24 states that did not join the lawsuit against it. A majority of states (26) joined the lawsuit that led to a federal judge (Andrew Hanen) issuing an injunction against Obama’s executive amnesty last week. The Obama administration complied with the injunction, did not accept applications for Obama’s executive amnesty, and asked Hanen for a stay before it files an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the White House, according to Gutierrez, is deciding whether it has...
  • The return of Todd Akin? (may run for senate against RINO Blunt)

    02/25/2015 5:34:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 39 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Todd Akin is considering a primary challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in 2016. “I have not ruled anything out,” the former congressman and 2012 GOP Senate nominee told The Hill in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he continued. “The sentiment is there. The Tea Party is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.” Akin’s reemergence is sure to be an unwelcome development for national Republicans. During his 2012 race against...
  • Loretta Lynch's immigration roadblock

    02/25/2015 5:30:25 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Seung Min Kim
    After Sen. John McCain left a private meeting with Loretta Lynch in December, the Arizona Republican was inclined to support her nomination to become the nation’s top law enforcement official. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) also met with Lynch that month, saying she would most likely back her unless some issue arose during confirmation hearings. Now, both senators plan to vote against Lynch to be the next attorney general. Their changed stances illustrate how toxic President Barack Obama’s sweeping executive actions on immigration have become in Lynch’s bid to succeed Eric Holder at the Justice Department. Her nomination has effectively become...
  • Obama: 'Consequences' for ICE Officials Who Don't Follow Executive Amnesty

    02/25/2015 5:18:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 64 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC. According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn't be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts. “Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not...
  • Federal judge rebuffs DOJ bid to unfreeze immigration actions by Wednesday

    02/25/2015 5:15:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 2/26/15
    The Texas federal judge who suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has rebuffed the Justice Department's request that he consider lifting that order by Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to let the immigration programs go forward while the court case played out. The DOJ urged Hanen to decide by Wednesday. But Hanen said he won’t honor the request because he has given those challenging the actions until Monday to respond to the department’s request. Hanen issued his injunction Feb. 16 to halt Obama’s executive actions, which would spare as many as...
  • Scott Walker Flap Shows How Political Media Actively Loathe Christianity

    02/25/2015 5:09:59 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Sean Davis
    If the constant media haranguing of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over his religion tells us anything, it’s that the political media absolutely loathe what they perceive as authentic Christianity. First, there was the ambush against Walker about whether he believed in evolution. Then, there was the question from two Washington Post reporters about whether Walker believed President Barack Obama was a “real Christian.” And over the past couple of days, writers from several outlets have begun to mock Scott Walker’s habit of praying to God for guidance. It’s easy to see why they’re doing what they’re doing: they think Christianity...
  • If you tell your opponent you’re bluffing, he’ll probably believe you (must read)

    02/25/2015 5:06:08 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Ben Howe
    We’re now coming to the close of the dustup over legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security. As you probably know, the Democrats and President Obama objected to additional language added to the bill which would work to undo all of that pesky amnesty Obama had worked so hard to executive order into existence. Throughout the ordeal, the term “shutdown” has been used extensively. “We’re trying to avoid a shutdown,” they’d say. “It’s a showdown over a shutdown,” the news would report. It’s not surprising this would be the go-to term for talking heads. Shutdown has become a scary word...
  • [Flashback] McConnell accidentally calls Reid majority leader

    02/25/2015 9:21:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 2/2/15 | Cristina Marcos
    A month into the new Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may still be getting used to life in the majority. Upon welcoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back on the Senate floor after a January exercising accident, McConnell reverted to an old habit of referring to his Democratic counterpart as the "majority leader." "Let me say first, I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He's had a challenging month, and we're happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it's coming along...
  • Senate Dems may accept McConnell's DHS offer (like there was ever any doubt)

    02/25/2015 9:01:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are considering a shift in strategy that could offer a resolution to a long Senate impasse over funding the Department of Homeland Security — and put more pressure on House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate minority is now considering accepting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s offer to vote on a bill funding DHS that is not tied to efforts to block President Barack Obama’s immigration strategy. That move would come after Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had said on Tuesday that he would not move forward with McConnell’s proposal to vote on a “clean” funding bill that keeps DHS...
  • Democrats: We’ll Block DHS Funds Until Boehner Surrenders

    02/25/2015 7:45:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Neil Munro
    Top Democrats said Feb. 23 they will hold the homeland security budget hostage until the GOP’s House caucus agrees to quit its popular anti-amnesty efforts. “If we are going to avoid a government shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security, we need a commitment from Speaker Boehner that we have a bipartisan, bicameral approval to end this deadlock,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin told reporters during a Tuesday press conference in the Senate. Durbin spoke shortly after the Senate’s GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to submit to the Democrats’ demands that the DHS 2015 budget not curb spending on the...
  • Here's What All the Republican Presidential Contenders Think About Immigration

    02/25/2015 6:58:29 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Emma Roller and Andrew McGill
    Immigration reform is touchy for Republicans specifically, and Americans in general. A Quinnipiac poll from November found that 48 percent of all voters think undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the United States with a path to citizenship—down from 57 percent in 2013—while 35 percent of voters say the immigrants should be required to leave. That statistic, combined with a perceived electoral need to reach out to more Latino voters, has put many Republicans vying for the presidency in a sticky spot. The only thing all Republicans seem to be able to agree on is the need to...
  • Senate Republicans' Conservative Ratings

    02/25/2015 6:52:21 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    I'm still waiting for the ACU and Club for Growth to publish their ratings for 2014.
  • Rahmbo forced into humiliating runoff in Chicago

    02/25/2015 6:47:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    Four years ago, former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel breezed to victory in the Chicago mayor's race. He was the golden boy of Democratic politics, mentioned in some party circles as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. Yesterday, the incumbent mayor was humiliated by failing to receive a majority of the votes against 4 relative unknowns. The result forces an April 7 runoff where he is still expected to win handily, but is now considered damaged goods. His downfall? Persistent violence and a pension shortfall threatening to bankrupt the city. Bloomberg: “We have come a long way and...
  • Battle over Homeland Security heats up and Alabama's Jeff Sessions is in the middle of the fight

    02/25/2015 6:46:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Leada Gore
    A look at some closed-doors negotiations involving the Homeland Security Department funding bill shows things are heating up among Republicans trying to hammer out a deal. And at the center of it all is Alabama's Jeff Sessions. Politico detailed a recent Senate Republican meeting in a story yesterday. The negotiations center on a bill that would keep DHS funded through the end of the year. The measure has already passed the House but has stalled in the Senate due to Democratic opposition to the inclusion of repeal of President Obama's immigration orders. Some Senators are calling for a "clean" bill...
  • A means to smite the federal Leviathan

    02/25/2015 6:29:02 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Tom Coburn
    Throughout my time in Washington, it was my goal to constrain the scope and size of our federal government to that which our Founders intended. There were successes along the way, of course, but the federal behemoth continues to grow almost unabated year after year, election cycle after election cycle. The reason for this is surprisingly simple: It is human nature to attempt to collect as much power and control as possible, and in few places is that more evident than in Washington, D.C. Our national soul is being corrupted by Washington’s unhindered and unconstitutional overreach. Our Founders anticipated the...
  • McConnell's 'Clean' DHS Bill Puts Squeeze on Boehner (the last minute emergency game again)

    02/25/2015 5:28:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 2/25/15
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a new legislative solution to the Department of Homeland Security budget standoff, but the proposal would put House Speaker John Boehner in a tight spot with conservative lawmakers who see it as a copout. The House's bill to strip funding for President Barack Obama's immigration orders has failed to pass the Senate four times amid Democratic calls for a clean bill, and despite the fact that the GOP now control the Senate. In a bid to prevent a shutdown before the current funding arrangement expires on Feb. 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig

    02/25/2015 5:20:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 2/25/15 | Erick Erickson
    I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily. I assumed he’d do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny. Good grief. Even CNN’s website declared that the Democrats were the ones blocking Department of Homeland Security Funding. McConnell behaved as if he needs testosterone injections. His minion in the press want everyone to know the steel in his spine, but it is more silly putty....
  • Mayor Emanuel To Face Chuy Garcia In Runoff Election

    02/24/2015 8:00:21 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 2/24/2015
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take on Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a runoff election on April 7. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45 percent, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia had 34 percent of the vote, separating him from the rest of Emanuel’s challengers and putting him in position for the runoff. Trailing Garcia is businessman Willie Wilson in third with 10 percent, Alderman Robert Fioretti in fourth with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls was in last with 3 percent.
  • Jeff Sessions doesn't want DHS bill separated from immigration

    02/24/2015 3:01:05 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday suggested lawmakers should keep a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tied to a controversial fight over immigration. The Alabama Republican rejected a narrative by Democrats and some Republicans that the immigration provision should be separated from the DHS bill because the issue is currently before the courts. A Texas judge last week temporarily halted the immigration actions President Obama unveiled last November. The Justice Department on Monday asked for an emergency court ruling to allow Obama's immigration action to go forward. “There is a reasonable chance that some court will...
  • Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate.

    02/24/2015 2:50:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 104 replies ^ | 2/24/15
    Sad and disappointing but not a surprise. Sen. Mitch McConnell has showed himself to be the gutless wimp that we’ve all known he is. He has given the Democrats exactly what they have been demanding. In other words, Sen. Mitch McConnell, as majority leader, has shown the same feckless, flaccidity that he showed while minority leader. What he’s done is pass the buck back to the House: This is a shame. The issue is not only important but it is an easy win. It is the Democrats and the White House that need DHS funded. The GOP doesn’t. Something like...
  • McConnell Caves, But Reid Wants Full Surrender From Boehner As Well

    02/24/2015 1:17:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Jonathan Strong and Caroline May
    Republican leadership in the Senate is fully caving to the demands of Democratic lawmakers calling for a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves President Obama’s executive amnesty intact, but Democrats are still balking at the plan. “I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance consideration of a clean DHS bill, which would carry us through September 30,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday. “With Democratic cooperation on a position they have been advocating for the last two months, we could have that vote very quickly.”...
  • McConnell Throws in Towel on DHS Fight, but Reid Waiting for Boehner to Cave

    02/24/2015 1:12:53 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Steven Dennis
    In an extraordinary sequence of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered Democrats exactly what they have been asking for Tuesday — “clean” full-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And Minority Leader Harry Reid said no — or at least, not yet. McConnell’s offer of passing a clean full-year Homeland Security bill through the Senate shorn of immigration provisions — which he said could happen quickly with Democratic cooperation — was put on hold by Reid, who told reporters he was waiting to hear Speaker John A. Boehner agree to pass it through the House first. “We have...
  • McConnell offers DHS fix, but Dems pause

    02/24/2015 12:25:47 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is willing to have a vote on a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security free of controversial provisions unraveling President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration — bending to Democratic demands for a so-called “clean” funding measure. But Democrats aren’t agreeing to that plan just yet. McConnell (R-Ky.) outlined a strategy that would entail one vote on funding DHS — whose money runs out after Friday — through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and a separate vote on Friday that would block the sweeping moves on...
  • The Cave Has Begun

    02/24/2015 12:11:19 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Gaston Mooney
    The cave has begun. Last night, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) started the process of bringing up a standalone bill that would only overturn Obama’s executive amnesty issued last fall. It would leave in place the previous executive amnesty from 2012, DACA. What Senate Leadership won’t tell you is that the standalone bill is designed to fail. Democrats will block the bill and then Senate Republicans will move either a long-term bill to fully fund Obama’s executive amnesty and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or only a short-term bill to fund Obama’s executive amnesty and DHS. Both are unacceptable options to...
  • Mitch McConnell Announces a Vote on a Clean DHS Funding Bill Is Coming

    02/24/2015 12:08:53 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Lauren Fox
    The battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security before a Friday deadline is rapidly shifting, as Senate Republicans begin to lay out their plan to end the impasse. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, stood against conservatives in his ranks Tuesday and announced he plans to bring forward a clean, longer-term funding bill to the floor this week in an effort to stop a potential DHS shutdown. "I've indicated to the Democratic leader that I'd be happy to have his cooperation to advance the consideration of a clean DHS bill which would carry us through till September 30th," McConnell said to...
  • Immigration divide could split Republican Establishment and grassroots (ya think??)

    02/24/2015 12:02:39 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | David M. Drucker
    Republicans supportive of broad changes to immigration law are trying to build a political fence between their party’s presidential candidates and the anti-amnesty position popular with many in the conservative grassroots. Mitt Romney’s abysmal 27 percent performance with Hispanic voters in 2012, which many attribute to his hardline opposition to so-called immigration reform during the GOP primary, still lingers with Republican establishment insiders two and a half years later. They’re working to prevent a repeat of that performance, which they believe contributed to Romney's loss to President Obama. Republicans who advocate changes to immigration policy that would include a pathway...
  • The 2016 Political Environment Has Shifted

    02/24/2015 6:26:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | February 24, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches at universities, is reported to be in seclusion developing her economic policies. It's easy to get overwhelmed by minutiae, but sometimes a twist of events turns out to be important, even 12 months away from the first caucuses and primaries. And of course, always keep in mind that most minutiae turn out to be trivial. Amid all this, it's important to keep in mind changes in the broader political environment...
  • GOP must embrace pro-immigration policy, big donors say

    02/23/2015 4:47:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/23/2015 | GOP must embrace pro-immigration policy, big donors say
    2016 campaign hinges on legalizationGOP conservatives believed they had won the illegal immigration fight last year when congressional leaders embraced a deportation crackdown, but big-money donors are mounting a counterattack, saying the Republican Party must nominate a pro-legalization candidate if it is to win the White House in 2016.
  • Stop Loretta Lynch

    02/24/2015 5:57:30 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Ted Cruz
    hat does it take for Senate Republicans to decide not to confirm Loretta Lynch, who is President Obama’s nominee to be attorney general? At what point is the lawlessness simply too much? It is entirely within the power of the newly elected Republican majority in the Senate not to confirm Ms. Lynch. The only question is whether the GOP majority will exercise its constitutional authority to do so. Personally, I wanted to support Ms. Lynch’s nomination. Six years of Eric Holder has done enormous damage, and Ms. Lynch’s service as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Is The White House's Favorite Republican For Funding Amnesty

    02/24/2015 5:52:45 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 2/23/15 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest twice cited Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) support for funding President Obama's executive amnesty program during Monday's White House press briefing. "I am willing and ready to pass a DHS funding bill and let this play out in court," Graham told ABC News Sunday, referring to U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's decision last week to issue an injunction blocking Obama's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program. House Republicans already passed a bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, but Senate Democrats are filibustering that bill since it would defund the Department of...
  • McCain: Leave Immigration Fight ‘To The Courts’

    02/24/2015 5:51:07 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • Joe Manchin backs McConnell's DHS plan (please allow us to pretend to be against Amnesty)

    02/24/2015 5:47:01 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 2/24/15 | Nick Gass
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he’s prepared to vote with Republicans against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, but first there needs to be a clean vote on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security beyond the end of the month. Manchin said he backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan for a standalone bill that would separate DHS funding from the president’s action on immigration. Story Continued Below . . “I’ve always said we should not fool with Homeland Security,” the West Virginia senator said in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning. “We...
  • Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

    02/24/2015 5:40:04 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 2/23/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    The Conservative Political Action Conference is the biggest annual gathering of Republican leaders and conservative activists, but neither Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to make the 10-mile drive from Capitol Hill to speak to CPAC this year, underscoring the lingering tensions between Republican Washington leadership and the party’s grass roots. It marks the first time in years that Mr. McConnell will skip the CPAC gathering, a year after the Kentucky Republican made headlines by holding aloft a gun during his speech. Mr. Boehner last spoke at CPAC in 2010, months before the...
  • Obama is litmus test for GOP

    02/23/2015 6:14:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/23/2015 | Cameron Joseph
    Tough questions about President Obama’s religion and background are proving to be an early litmus test for likely GOP White House hopefuls. The dilemma many Republicans are stumbling over: Do they play to the base by questioning the president’s motives, or do they dismiss the questions as ludicrous while taking a shot instead at his policies and politics? ADVERTISEMENT Gov. Scott Walker (R) chose the former this weekend, refusing to say whether he believes the president is a Christian after fumbling earlier questions about Obama’s patriotism. Now, he’s learning the hard way that the glare of the national press isn’t kind, causing...