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  • No Judges Confirmed This Week

    11/18/2017 4:14:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Still 13 out of 62 confirmed. Though nominees have been moving steadily in committee. And also, Chairman Grassley announced hearings on two nominees being held up via blue slips not being returned by senators Franken of MN and Kennedy of LA. Mitch needs to feel more pressure.
  • Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, responding to Franken allegations, claims bedding 50 women

    11/17/2017 4:32:58 PM PST · by springwater13 · 62 replies
    Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democratic candidate for governor, apparently trying to head off any criticisms from his opponents, revealed what he says are his sexual escapades over the years on a Facebook post. A post on O'Neill's official Facebook said he was speaking up "on behalf of all heterosexual males" after allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken came to light Thursday. O'Neill, a Chagrin Falls native, said he had been "sexually intimate" with "approximately 50 very attractive females." O'Neill said he was disappointed by the "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago" and wanted to...
  • Roy Moore Makes Fundraising Pitch on Breitbart

    11/17/2017 4:17:20 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Mark Swanson
    Judge Roy Moore used the long reach of Breitbart to make a fundraising pitch to conservatives in the run-up to the Dec. 12 special election in Alabama, saying, "I've been abandoned by Washington's establishment Republicans." In a "Special Message" email from Breitbart News with the subject line, "McConnell's dirty plot to destroy me," Moore is aiming to reach a goal of $500,000. "I must be able to count on the support of God-fearing conservatives like you to help me defeat the forces of evil seeking to crush out and destroy our conservative movement — starting with me on Dec. 12,"...
  • Latest Polls Show Moore Still Ahead, Despite Bogus National Poll Claims

    11/17/2017 4:13:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Joseph Morgan
    There has been much news recently about polls showing Democrat Doug Jones taking a commanding lead in polls over Judger Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat dated by Jeff Sessions. However, these polls should be taken with a major grain of salt as local, on the ground polling shows that Moore has maintained a lead among likely voters. The latest national poll that showed Jones with a lead was done by Fox News. It gives Jones an 8 point advantage. However, it was only of 600 people, and done entirely over the phone. This followed an even more dubious...
  • New Roy Moore Poll Numbers Have to Be Scaring Democrats

    11/17/2017 4:06:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate and former Chief Justice Roy Moore has come under increasingly heavy fire in recent weeks after accusations of sexual misconduct on his part with teenage girls that is alleged to have occurred roughly 40 years ago. Moore has steadfastly and vehemently denied the allegations against him, even as the mainstream media, Democrats and even many Republicans have seemingly already convicted him in the court of public opinion, demanding he step aside from the special senatorial election. Yet, despite the flurry of unverifiable attacks on Moore’s reputation and credibility — or perhaps because of them — Moore is still...
  • Roy Moore is waging war on Senate leader Mitch McConnell

    11/17/2017 3:55:38 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Jonathan Allen and Keri Geiger
    Roy Moore is on the warpath against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As Republicans here reckon with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, their nominee in next month's Senate election is trying to turn the race into a referendum on whether McConnell has spent too much time on Alabama politics and too little advancing President Donald Trump's agenda in Washington. There are signs that his attacks are resonating with Republicans in some corners of Alabama. "I'm picking up a strong sense that people are not happy that people from outside the state, particularly the Washington establishment, are trying to come...
  • Iraqi forces retake last ISIS-held town

    11/17/2017 3:46:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Hamdi Alkhshali
    Iraqi forces have retaken the town of Rawa from ISIS, one of the militant group's last footholds in the country. The Iraqi national flag was raised over Rawa around midday Friday, Iraq's Joint Operation Command (IJOC) said in a statement. A spokesman for the command told CNN that engineers laid down a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates River around dawn to allow Iraqi forces to cross near the outskirts of the town.
  • U.S. Senate will proceed with stalled nomination of Minnesota's Stras for Appeals Court

    11/17/2017 3:46:56 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Stephen Montemayor
    Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras’ candidacy for a seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals received new life on Thursday, when a key U.S. senator said he would do away with a long-standing tradition that allowed home state senators to stall nominations. After months of speculation, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday he would proceed with Stras’ confirmation and scheduled a Nov. 29 hearing for Stras and a Fifth Circuit nominee. Stras was nominated in May by President Donald Trump, but his candidacy has been in limbo since September, when Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said...
  • Roy Moore goes on offense against McConnell, as state party backs bid

    11/17/2017 3:29:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 41 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Alex Pappas
    Roy Moore is going on offense against the national Republicans who have demanded he drop out of the Alabama Senate race as the state GOP announced Thursday it won’t abandon Moore as their nominee amid accusations of past sexual misconduct. "Many of you have recognized that this is an effort by Mitch McConnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of Alabama,” Moore said in Birmingham of the Senate majority leader, who has called for him to leave the race.
  • Mitch McConnell and Steve Bannon fight the battle of Roy Moore

    11/17/2017 3:15:35 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | W. James Antle III
    The risk is that McConnell’s machinations will look to the grassroots like an establishment coup against a duly nominated candidate who so far retains the support of Alabama Republicans. McConnell already proved incapable of swinging the primary against Moore, even with Trump on his side and Alabama has a well-documented history of resisting federal authority. Even if a victorious Moore is expelled from the Senate, it bolsters Bannon’s argument against McConnell. The populist rabble-rouser can say that the Washington establishment overrode the will of the people in Alabama and normal Republicans cannot be counted on to drain the swamp. And...
  • Alabama GOP rebuffs pressure to abandon Roy Moore

    11/17/2017 3:04:40 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    The ^ | 11/16/17 | Alexander Bolton
    The Alabama Republican Party is shrugging off pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to disqualify Roy Moore as its nominee for Senate. Members of the state party’s executive committee met in person and by phone Wednesday to discuss the Alabama Senate race, according to sources familiar with the discussions, but made no move to strip Moore of the nomination. That leaves McConnell without a clear way to block Moore from winning a Dec. 12 special election without jeopardizing Republican control of the seat and diminishing his Senate majority by one vote. McConnell and other Senate Republicans had pressured...
  • Despicable Mitch McConnell Using the Mississippi Playbook Against Judge Roy Moore in Alabama

    11/16/2017 3:58:27 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    Today, we can see a similar pattern beginning to form in Alabama. Mitch McConnell spent millions to defeat Judge Roy Moore – and he failed. But he’s not about to defer to the will of Alabama’s Republican voters and he has already started to put a plan in place to replace Roy Moore with Luther Strange, the candidate that Judge Moore defeated by double digits in the primary. This plan started with McConnell refusing to use Republican Senatorial Committee funding to help Roy Moore win the December 12 general election. The plan to replace Moore escalated in synch with the Washington...
  • Celebs Call On Al Franken to Resign Over Groping Allegations

    11/16/2017 3:36:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Jerome Hudson
    Celebrities took to social media Thursday to condemn Senator Al Franken (D-MN) over a photo of him groping journalist and talk radio anchor Leeann Tweeden while she was sleeping, with some stars, like actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano, calling on the Democratic lawmaker to resign from office. Tweeden posted a 2006 photo to Twitter Thursday showing Franken grabbing her breast during a two week USO Tour. The TalkRadio 790 KABC anchor also detailed how Franken allegedly shoved his tongue down her throat without her consent during a rehearsal for a USO skit.
  • Al Franken: I'd serve as Hillary Clinton's VP

    11/16/2017 3:31:07 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 6/24/16 | Louis Nelson
    If Hillary Clinton asked him, Al Franken says, he would gladly join the presumptive Democratic nominee as her running mate. The Minnesota senator said in an interview with the Associated Press that to his knowledge, he is not being vetted for a vice presidential bid, but Franken, a former comedian and “Saturday Night Live” writer, has been a longtime Clinton backer and would jump on board the campaign if invited.
  • Al Franken will seek third term in 2020

    11/16/2017 3:22:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 5/30/17 | Bill Salisbury
    If anyone doubted Al Franken loves his job and wants to keep it for a long time, Minnesota’s junior U.S. senator announced in a Pioneer Press interview last week that he plans to seek a third term in 2020. He also makes his intentions perfectly clear in his new memoir, facetiously titled, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.” While he lampoons President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans and the rest of the Washington establishment, he writes that being a senator is the greatest — if not most fun — job he’s ever had. And he figuratively gives lots of big, sloppy...
  • Grassley Prepares to Bypass Franken to Move Trump Appeals Court Nominee

    11/16/2017 2:45:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley is ready to move forward with President Donald Trump’s appellate judicial nominees, even when home-state senators have formal objections. Grassley is going to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to be a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported ahead of a formal announcement by the chairman. “The Democrats seriously regret that they abolished the filibuster, as I warned them they would,” Grassley said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But they can’t expect to use the blue slip courtesy in its place.” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.,...
  • Democrats Just Lost One Of The Only Ways They Could Block Trump's Judicial Nominees

    11/16/2017 2:33:30 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | Zoe Tillman
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley will schedule a hearing for a federal appeals court nominee that Minnesota Sen. Al Franken had been trying to block through an informal system known as the blue slip process. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Thursday that Democrats will not be able to block President Donald Trump's judicial nominees through an unofficial senatorial courtesy system known as the "blue slip process," saying he will hold hearings on some nominees even if both home state senators haven't given their approval. Grassley's move will get rid of one of the few obstacles the Trump...
  • As judiciary nominees come quick, Democrats cry foul

    11/16/2017 2:27:32 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 11/16/17 | David Shortell
    Republican Senators continued their forward march to reshape the judiciary Wednesday, holding hearings for six federal judgeships while also aiming to discredit the nonpartisan review board that has cast doubt on the qualifications of some of President Donald Trump's young and often deeply conservative nominees. With more drama than the typical judiciary confirmation hearing, the session before the Senate judiciary committee spotlighted the strategy of Trump and his partners in the majority party to seat nominees at a faster clip than previous administrations and had Democrats crying foul. "I think this rush to rubber-stamp President Trump's nominees, many of whom...
  • Roy Moore: Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On.

    11/16/2017 2:12:35 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 11/15/17 | Roy Moore
    Dear Mitch McConnell, Bring. It. On.
  • Why Alabama voters must spite the experts again

    11/15/2017 10:17:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2017 | Steve Flesher
    Up until one week ago, the worst thing one could claim about Judge Roy Moore was that he stood for the Ten Commandments as a judge and ticked off the ACLU.  While arguments exist constitutionally around that particular matter, Moore's actions in doing so were certainly not indicative of a man with a weak character who would exploit young ladies.  In fact, he stood for something and risked losing a political position. Another matter that put Moore's political post at risk was his stance on marriage.  Again, he didn't go along to get along.  He stood for what he...