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  • Putin Becoming 'a Decorative Dictator'

    02/17/2018 1:20:34 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | 2018 | Semyon Novoprudsky
    The chief paradox of the upcoming elections in Russia is that everyone knows who the winner will be but no one knows what his policy will be – or even whether it will be completely 'his.' After establishing “a personalist dictatorship, Putin has watched as his system has drifted into one in which he will remain president, but “groups of siloviki” will fight over the spoils. Putin’s inability to protect members of his elite from the consequences of Western sanctions has given rise to this situation. Those sanctions have already led to the failure of three of the 15 largest...
  • POLL: Marsha Blackburn Leads Bob Corker by More than 2-to-1 Among Tennessee GOP Primary Voters

    02/17/2018 6:45:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 2/16/18 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Committee to Defend the President released a poll late Friday that shows Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) trounces Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup in the Tennessee Republican U.S. Senate primary by more than 2-to-1, 55 percent to 26 percent. Corker announced on September 26 that he would not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate, but he has floated several trial balloons over the past several days that he is having second thoughts about that decision. The poll was released at almost the same time that former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) announced that he was...
  • Mitt Romney: I like Mandates (Arlen McRomney!)

    Moderator: Massachusetts although you backed away from mandates on a national basis. Mitt Romney: No, no I like mandates. Fred Thompson: Beg your pardon. I didn't know you were gonna admit that. Mitt Romney: Oh, absolutely. Fred Thompson: You like mandates. Mitt Romney: Let me tell you what kind of mandates I like, Fred. Fred Thompson: The ones you come up with! (nodding of heads and laughter)
  • No Judges Confirmed This Week

    02/17/2018 6:27:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count remains at 24. However, there are approximately thirty nominations awaiting votes on the Senate floor. If McConnell gets the wheels turning, he can confirm one a day over the next month or so and clear the backlog. It's also worthwhile to note that Chuck Grassley's committee voted to send Michael Brennan's nomination to the floor this week, which Tammy Baldwin tried to stop with her blue slip.
  • (2017) Congress Demands Investigation Into Obama Admin Meddling in Foreign Elections

    02/16/2018 6:04:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/14/17 | Adam Kredo
    A group of leading senators is calling on newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately launch an investigation into efforts by the Obama administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to "extreme and sometimes violent political activists" that promote leftist causes, according to a copy of the letter. The lawmakers disclosed multiple conversations with foreign diplomats who outlined active political meddling by the Obama administration's State Department, including the use of taxpayer funds to support leftist causes in Macedonia, Albania, Latin America, and Africa. **SNIP** The latest disclosures of this activity mirror efforts by the Obama...
  • Fincher Drops Out of Senate Race, Encourages Corker to Challenge Marsha Blackburn in GOP Primary

    02/16/2018 4:17:45 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    Former Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN-08) announced late Friday afternoon that he is withdrawing from the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. Fincher’s withdrawal leaves Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) as the only viable candidate in the GOP race, unless Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) decides to change his mind and reverse his decision not to run for renomination. A recent poll by the Senate Conservatives Fund showed that Blackburn handily beats Corker should he enter the race by a 49 percent to 26 percent margin. In his statement of withdrawal, Fincher encouraged Corker to get in the...
  • Dem Rep Predicts Pelosi Will Not Be Party Leader in 2019

    02/15/2018 4:14:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/15/2018 | Conor Beck
    Democratic opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has been increasing both in public and behind the scenes in recent months, and now even some of the minority leader's supporters predict she will soon step aside. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.) told the Atlantic he expects Pelosi to step down from leadership next year, no matter who wins the House. "She would love nothing more than to win, and then she’ll get out," Pascrell said. A number of Democratic lawmakers and insiders spoke to the Atlantic both on and off the record about the desire among some Democrats...
  • Mitt Romney will run to replace Orrin Hatch in the DC swamp (Arlen McRomney!)

    02/15/2018 2:28:36 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies ^ | 2/15/18 | David Leach
    In an announcement as obvious as hearing that the sun rose in the east this morning, Mitt Romney let America know that he’s running for the US Senate seat being vacated by a man who attended the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Okay, not really, but he is a poster child for term limits after “serving” in Washington longer than any Republican in history. Mitt’s decision to run has been a given since Hatch announced his retirement last month, which followed months of talk between the two about how to conduct Operation Switcheroo in a way where it wouldn’t...
  • Special Election Results (FL, GA, OK)

    02/13/2018 4:02:17 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 67 replies
    Florida Secretary of State ^ | 2/13/18 | Florida Secretary of State
    State Representative, District 72 General Contest Results by County Compare State to County Candidate Party Votes Received James Vernon Buchanan REP 0 0% Margaret Good DEM 0 0% Alison Foxall LPF 0 0% Total 0
  • Up in smoke (Corey Gardner R-CO blocks key Justice Dept. posts)

    02/13/2018 3:05:07 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies ^ | 2/12/18 | Paul Mirengoff
    I wrote here about the void in the Trump/Sessions, where four nominees for Assistant Attorney General positions are being held up due to Senate inaction. The four positions are crucial ones: Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division; Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; and Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division. Why can’t these nominees get a vote? Apparently, it’s because of marijuana. Sen. Cory Gardner is vexed with Attorney General Sessions over enforcement of Federal marijuana laws in Colorado. Alfred Regnery, citing just one of the four major gaps at the Justice Department, points out the...
  • Heller, facing primary challenge in Nevada, leans toward backing Trump on immigration

    02/13/2018 2:26:30 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 2/12/18 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Dean Heller said on Monday that “overall” he was inclined to support President Donald Trump’s immigration framework, the latest sign that the vulnerable incumbent is siding with the president in the legislative trenches of Congress. While the Nevada Republican did not outright say he would vote for the president’s proposal, he said in an interview that it was his “starting point” going into the immigration debate in the Senate. The move to support Trump will probably nullify some of the criticism from his conservative primary opponent, Danny Tarkanian, though it’s likely to be panned by Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen,...
  • Judicial Nominations Update

    02/13/2018 2:18:56 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/18 | Carrie Severino
    The White House continues to nominate excellent nominees to fill the ever-increasing number judicial vacancies. Yesterday, President Trump announced his intent to nominate an eleventh wave of judicial nominees, which includes Court of Appeals nominees Andrew Oldham (Fifth Circuit), Michael Scudder (Seventh Circuit), Amy St. Eve (Seventh Circuit), and Mark Bennett (Ninth Circuit). As the Democratic minority continues its unprecedented insistence on time-consuming cloture votes for nominees—including the numerous judicial nominees who have been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously—the number of judicial nominees awaiting full Senate confirmation votes continues to tick up: presently there are 29 judicial...
  • Trump unveils 11th round of judicial nominees

    02/12/2018 3:46:16 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 2/12/18 | Alex Swoyer
    President Trump announced his 11th wave of judicial nominees on Monday, intending to nominate nine federal judges including four federal circuit court picks. Since taking office roughly one year ago, Mr. Trump faced an unprecedented amount of vacancies on the federal bench. He’s had 13 circuit court judges confirmed in the past year. His list Monday included five district court nominees and four circuit court picks, including: Mark J. Bennett for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Andrew S. Oldham for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of...
  • Trump picks two new federal judges for Minn.

    02/12/2018 3:39:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 2/12/18 | Tim Nelson
    resident Donald Trump has nominated two new federal judges for Minnesota. Nancy Brasel is a judge in Hennepin County, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. She was previously a prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, and a partner at the law firm of Greene Espel. She is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a former managing editor of the school's law review. Eric Tostrud is with the Lockridge Grindal Nauen law firm and is also a faculty member at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law...
  • Sen. Bob Corker's second thoughts on retiring

    02/12/2018 2:14:23 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 2/11/18 | John King and Rebecca Schatz
    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has had conversations with a few colleagues in recent days about whether he should reconsider his decision to leave Congress and not seek re-election this year, GOP sources tell CNN. Whether it is a serious reconsideration, or just chatter with colleagues is the subject of some disagreement. There are also conflicting accounts of whether Corker has initiated the conversations, or whether he has had them with colleagues who are pushing him to think again. But several sources say the issue has come up in recent conversations Corker has had with fellow Tennessean Sen. Lamar Alexander and...
  • Liberal Groups Mobilize Against Trump’s First 9th Circuit Nominee

    02/11/2018 2:55:30 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Daily ^ | 2/11/18 | Kevin Daley
    Liberal advocacy groups have mobilized in opposition to Ryan Bounds, President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Though criticisms of his professional record are slim thus far, progressive interest groups claim his undergraduate writings are highly inflammatory, such that his temperament might be questioned. The Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a progressive advocacy organization, reviewed dozens of pieces Bounds wrote as a college student for a conservative weekly called the Stanford Review, that are intensely critical of student activist clubs and campus multiculturalism policies. Taken together, the Alliance says his writings betray an intolerant worldview.
  • Pennsylvania GOP Endorses Candidates Identified With Trump

    02/11/2018 5:24:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 2/10/18
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party on Saturday endorsed candidates who are closely identified with President Donald Trump to run in contested primaries to challenge the state's two leading Democrats, Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey. The endorsements of gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner and Senate candidate Lou Barletta came a month before the deadline to file paperwork to get on the May 15 primary election ballot. The endorsements at the Republican State Committee's winter meeting were expected after both men performed well at regional caucus straw votes in recent weeks and come with the party's financial support...
  • Oregon nominee for 9th Circuit Appeals Court under fire for racial 'hostility' in college writings

    02/11/2018 5:18:14 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 2/10/18 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ryan Bounds, a federal prosecutor nominated to fill a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote opinion pieces as a student at Stanford University that derided multiculturalism on campus and expressed disdain for "race-focused groups," an advocacy group says in a new report that questions his fitness for the judgeship. "Bounds's writings reveal strong biases that call into question his ability to fairly apply the law and to maintain confidence in the justice system's ability to dispense even-handed justice to all,'' the liberal Alliance for Justice said in the report. Bounds, a politically conservative assistant U.S. attorney...
  • 0bama-backed committee targeting races in 11 states, including Wisconsin

    02/10/2018 7:54:51 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 33 replies ^ | 2-10-18 | Juilie Carr Smyth
    Following a Democrat’s special election win in a Wisconsin Senate district that voted for President Donald Trump, a group backed by former President Barack Obama said it plans to invest millions of dollars into state-wide elections in Wisconsin and 10 other states. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said this year’s election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It is the first cycle whose winners will participate in drawing congressional maps for the decade starting in 2021. The committee backed Democrat Patty Schachtner in last month’s election in the 10th...
  • No Judges Confirmed This Week

    02/10/2018 3:33:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count remains at 24. Grassley has sent a multitude to the floor. Time to get on these, Mitch. Stop dithering!