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  • ICANN, a Pack of Liars [Internet Giveaway vanity]

    09/16/2016 5:30:57 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 12 replies
    source: Paul Rosenzweig, a cyber-war insider | September 16, 2016 | aw!m
    Wednesdays's senate hearing regarding the Internet Giveaway revealed that ICANN has been not merely dishonest but truth is alien to them. Senator Grassley found no solid reason to believe that our .gov and .mil websites will be left alone. [Which means no website is safe]. That lack of assurance concerns him. According to Paul Rosenzweig [a cyber-war insider and former Homeland Administrator who wrote extensively about freedom-of-speech concerns] the only thing protecting the .mil and .gov websites is empty assurances in letters that have no legal value whatsoever. To put it bluntly: The senator and Rosenzweig both smell a rat....
  • Trump Leads in Iowa as Grassley Gains in Popularity (Trump 44%, Clinton 39%)

    09/02/2016 12:47:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    Emerson College ^ | September, 2, 2016 | Media Contact: Prof. Spencer Kimball
    In Iowa, a new poll finds Trump leading 44% to 39% with Johnson at 8% and Stein at 1%. Eight percent (8%) were undecided. In the US Senate race, Senator Chuck Grassley leads Patty Judge 51% to 40% with 6% undecided. This poll of 600 likely voters was conducted from August 31 - September 1. ... Iowa Iowa voters do not appear happy with either Presidential candidate. Trump holds a 37% favorable opinion and a 58% unfavorable while Clinton is even further behind with a 35% favorable and 62% unfavorable. In the Senate race the voters have a positive opinion...
  • GOP senator calls on FBI to loosen hold on Clinton documents

    08/31/2016 3:07:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2016 6:05 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the FBI on Wednesday to correct what he called its “mistake” of restricting access to unclassified files from its closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged FBI Director James Comey to send his committee any unclassified records involving the investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee. Grassley set a deadline of Friday. Responding to requests from GOP House members, the FBI on Aug. 16 delivered two large binders containing both classified and unclassified documents to a secure room on Capitol...
  • Republicans blast FBI for format of Clinton email documents

    08/18/2016 1:13:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    INN ^ | 08/18/16 20:05 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Republican lawmakers are expressing annoyance that, although the FBI has passed Congress the documents detailing the investigation into the Clinton email scandal, the documents are not actually readable due to the format in which they were handed over. According to Fox News, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley, claimed that documents handed over by the FBI are largely unreadable because they published classified material together with unclassified material, so only a select few have the clearance to read the evidence. …
  • FBI 'improperly' restricting access to Clinton probe files, senator says

    08/18/2016 8:51:26 AM PDT · by plain talk · 25 replies
    Fox News online ^ | August 18, 2016
    Congress may have the FBI’s documents on the Hillary Clinton email investigation – but Republicans are complaining that the way the files were handed over means only a few lawmakers can actually see them. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says the bureau has “improperly” limited access to the files, by mixing in classified information with the rest of the material. The result: a cache of documents that only some can see in their entirety.
  • FBI May "Leak" Clinton Email Probe If DOJ Blocking Continues

    04/23/2016 1:30:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 82 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 23 April 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The feud between the FBI and the Department of Justice over whether or not to proceed with charges against Hillary Clinton in the ongoing email investigation just took an unexpected turn. Recall that one month ago, we found out that on one hand, the FBI is seemingly hell-bent on chasing down every possibly angle involving Hillary's email abuse, when we reported that one hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to chase down clues and leads and that the FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election....
  • Grassley fires back at Reid's 'juvenile' criticism

    04/21/2016 6:59:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) fired back Thursay at Minority LeaderHarry Reid for criticizing his probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "I want to ... respond to Sen. Reid's juvenile attacks on my Judiciary Committee's investigations and to Sen. Reid's frequent crying about my previous State Department holds," said Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee. The Iowa Republican's comments come after Reid said this week that Grassley's committee "continues to waste millions of dollars" on opposition research against Clinton. Grassley, however, said Reid's comments "ring hollow" and are "nonsense." "Let me empahsize, the Judiciary Committee cannot ignore these important...
  • When a Senator (Grassley) Passes Judgment on a Chief Justice

    04/18/2016 9:32:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 18, 2016 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The other day, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, decided to lecture Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Senate Republicans, Mr. Grassley said, were not to blame for the partisan deadlock over President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The real culprits? The chief justice and his colleagues. Mr. Grassley’s tongue-lashing, delivered on the Senate floor, was in response to an analysis in this column last month of the chief justice’s stance as Senate Republicans refuse to consider the nomination. Chief Justice Roberts has said, for instance, that partisan confirmation hearings feed a...
  • Chuck Grassley tells Judge Garland that the Senate won’t act on his nomination

    04/12/2016 10:20:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/12/16 | Dave Boyer
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley told Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to his face Tuesday that the Senate won’t consider his nomination. Over breakfast, the Iowa Republican “explained why the Senate won’t be moving forward during this hyper-partisan election year,” his office said. The statement added that Mr. Grassley “thanked Judge Garland for his service,” and that their 70-minute meeting in the Senate dining room was “cordial and pleasant.” Both men arrived early for the meeting and avoided journalists later. Mr. Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are blocking Judge Garland’s nomination, saying voters should have a role in...
  • GOP senator warns: FBI coming for Clinton

    03/30/2016 6:00:14 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 29, 2016 | Rudy Takala
    Hillary Clinton on Monday called on Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa to "step up and do his job," just hours after he warned the former secretary of state that law enforcement was coming for her. "He should hold a hearing, and he should schedule it as soon as the Senate returns from recess," Clinton said . . . Grassley brushed off Clinton's comments as an effort to evade talking about news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly going to begin questioning Clinton's aides, and eventually Clinton herself, about her use of a private server as secretary of...
  • Donald Trump Is An EB-5 Funded Developer (Visa Selling Scheme in New Jersey to Chinese Elite)

    03/11/2016 12:03:07 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies
    It seems Donald Trump and Vermont’s NEK mega developer Bill Stenger have something in common-they both love EB-5 investors from China. Considering all his anti-immigration and China is “killing us,” stealing our jobs and money rhetoric, Trump surprisingly has no qualms accepting Chinese investor financing for a development project in New Jersey under the Trump® name. chairmantrump1 The Federal EB-5 visa program provides foreign investors with a US green card, for them and their families, and (after two years) permanent resident status in exchange for agreeing to invest $500,000 in an approved US business. In recent years the majority of...
  • Grassley Slams Harry Reid's Tantrums over SCOTUS Nominee on Senate Floor

    03/08/2016 9:27:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 8, 2016 | Liz Sheld
    The Democrats have pulled out all the stops to pressure Senate Republicans to hold a vote on President Obama's eventual replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. In particular, they are targeting Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) with vile op-eds in partisan Iowa newspapers and threatening him with a challenge in his re-election bid. Grassley's challenger, former Lt. Governor Patty Judge, said she will focus on Grassley's refusal to cave into the Democrats' wishes hold hearings on Obama's nominee as part of her campaign. Like I said: ALL THE STOPS. Soon-to-be-retired Minority Leader and Chief Obstructor Harry...
  • Charles Grassley Faces Formidable Challenger in Iowa Senate Race

    03/03/2016 4:09:47 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2016 | Jennifer Steinhauermarch
    With Senator Charles E. Grassley under attack for his handling of the Supreme Court nomination process, a formidable Democratic challenger will run against him this November, the most significant sign yet that Democrats see the court and the candidacy of Donald J. Trump as twin liabilities for Republicans. Patty Judge, a former Iowa lieutenant governor and state agriculture secretary, is expected to announce her challenge this weekend to Mr. Grassley, who is seeking a seventh Senate term and had previously been seen as having little opposition to re-election.
  • Republicans rebuff Obama in meeting on SCOTUS nomination

    03/01/2016 12:00:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    There were no signs of a breakthrough as President Obama met Tuesday with Senate Republican leaders pledging to block anyone he nominates to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) both sat down with the president in the Oval Office. “They were adamant. They said ‘no, we’re not going to do this at all,’ ” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after the meeting. “All we want them to do is to fulfill their constitutional duty, and at this stage, they are deciding not to do that,” he added. “They’re going to...
  • Obama invites McConnell, Grassley to White House

    02/24/2016 11:33:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash President Obama is ratcheting up the pressure on Senate Republicans to at least talk about his plan to nominate someone to the Supreme Court to replace the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia. Obama has invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to meet with him and Democratic leaders Thursday at the White House. So far, Republicans don't appear inclined to accept the invitation, which one GOP aide dismissed as "a photo op." A spokesman for McConnell confirmed that the White House is trying to set up a meeting. But...
  • Reid lashes out at Grassley for Supreme Court stance

    02/23/2016 2:30:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday warned that Sen. Chuck Grassley will go down as the "most obstructionist" Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in history for denying a hearing to a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama. The Democratic leader said Grassley (R-Iowa) would eclipse chairmen of the panel during the 1960s who blocked civil rights legislation. "Hard to comprehend, but it appears Sen. Grassley's going to follow through on this plan and go down in history as the most obstructionist Judiciary chair in the history of this country," Reid said. "That says a lot, because we knew about...
  • Obama phones McConnell, Grassley about Supreme Court nominee

    02/19/2016 11:17:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    PastPresident Obama has begun to consult with key senators from both parties on nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the White House said Friday. In the past 24 hours, Obama phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), press secretary Josh Earnest said. Both senators have said replacing Scalia should be left to the next president. Earnest described the calls as "entirely professional" and said Obama made clear "he is going to nominate someone." "He is committed to talking to Congress," the spokesman added. "He reiterated his firm...
  • Grassley raises concerns on prisons using terror-tied groups to vet Islamic chaplains

    02/05/2016 11:40:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2016
    A top Senate Republican is warning that the federal Bureau of Prisons could be letting Muslim groups with terror ties vet chaplains and religious instructors, increasing the risk of indoctrination and radicalism behind bars. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in a letter to the agency, flagged "recent revelations that the bureau enlisted an organization previously found to have ties to terrorist organizations" to screen potential Islamic chaplains. "It is imperative that the BOP take every measure possible to ensure the safety of its personnel within federal prisons and take all reasonable measures to ensure that Islamic extremism is...
  • Trump pumped as influential Sen. Chuck Grassley attends front-runner’s rally

    01/23/2016 7:32:50 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 127 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/23/2016 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump got a boost for his campaign Saturday when Sen. Chuck Grassley appeared at a a rally here for the billionaire businessman. Mr. Grassley, who is easily one of the most popular Republican politicians in Iowa, had previously distanced himself from Mr. Trump, including publicly opposing his plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. In a speech, Mr. Grassley stopped short of endorsing Mr. Trump. Instead he called for Trump supporters to keep up the energy they showed at rallies throughout the state and turn out to caucus for Republicans on Feb. 1....
  • Byron York: The facts on Rubio, Cruz, and immigration

    12/21/2015 9:05:09 AM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/15 | Byron York
    The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang - Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake - of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal...
  • State Department can't find emails of top Clinton IT staffer

    12/11/2015 2:13:19 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/15 | Rachael Bade
    The State Department has told Senate investigators it cannot find backup copies of emails sent by Bryan Pagliano, the top Hillary Clinton IT staffer who maintained her email server but has asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions on the matter. State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Pagliano's work during Clinton's tenure, which would have included copies of the tech expert's emails, according to a letter Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was obtained...
  • Hillary and the mystery of the vanishing woman who decided which of her emails...

    11/24/2015 8:48:37 AM PST · by Twotone · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Nikki Schwab
    Heather Samuelson was the Clinton aide who was tasked to go through the former secretary of state's emails and then, later on, was to take a job with the 2016 campaign.
  • Rubio backs Cruz on tougher penalties for illegal immigrants

    10/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Isara · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio is backing a push to increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the country after previously being deported. The Florida Republican signed onto legislation from fellow 2016 White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, according to the Congressional Record. Under Cruz's legislation, undocumented immigrants face additional prison time if they reenter the country after being deported, including a minimum five-year sentence if they were previously convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally reentering the country twice. The Texas Republican is expected to come to the Senate floor next week to try to pass the...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Send the Message That Defiance of Our Laws Will No Longer Be Tolerated (Video&T)

    10/20/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 57 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 20, 2015
    Demands accountability of the Obama Administration through legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities, criminal illegal aliens Watch the video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor citing the Obama Administration’s persistent negligence of immigration law enforcement and bolstering the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146), of which he is a lead cosponsor, as a small step in the right direction. In addition to stripping certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, the legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing...
  • Ted Cruz Makes a Stop in Sioux City

    10/13/2015 9:00:58 AM PDT · by Isara · 9 replies
    siouxlandnews.com ^ | Oct 12, 2015
    SIOUX CITY, IA - Another Presidential candidate visits Sioux City. And this time, he's brought some high–profile friends to the event. Texas Senator Ted Cruz appeared with Iowa Congressman Steve King and Senator Chuck Grassley earlier Monday night at Western Iowa Tech. The event at Western Iowa Tech was an opportunity for Cruz to preach his message, of limited government in a fairly conservative part of the state. Congressman Steve King introduced the Texas Senator, praising Cruz's stance against things like Obamacare and the Iran Deal, but stopping short of fully endorsing him. Cruz says one thing sets him...
  • Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

    10/03/2015 4:14:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    CQ Roll Cal ^ | 10/2/2015 | Hannah Hess and Matthew Fleming
    A Secret Service official’s allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could “give pause” to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • Watchdogs: DOJ memo undermines agency probes

    08/05/2015 2:17:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2015 | Megan R. Wilson
    Agency watchdogs are up in arms over a Justice Department memo questioning the legality of turning documents they say are crucial to their investigations. The new policy protecting certain portions of sensitive documents — announced last month by the DOJ’s office of legal counsel — came under fresh fire from lawmakers during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers in both parties, including the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, disagree with the policy shift, saying it goes against the specific intent of the Inspector General Act of 1978. The law specifies that inspectors general have access to...
  • Scott Walker Is Starting His Road to the White House in a Winnebago

    07/19/2015 12:48:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-18-15 | Jordyn Phelps
    On his first trip to Iowa as the fresh face of the Republican presidential field, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been putting the pedal to the metal, crisscrossing the Hawkeye State’s corn field-lined interstates in a souped-up Winnebago RV with a goal of hitting all 99 counties before voters here cast the nation’s first votes in the presidential nominating process. Since arriving in Iowa Friday -- the final stop of his whirlwind five-state, 16-city campaign kickoff tour -- it has been abundantly clear that Iowa is the key to Walker’s White House hopes. ~snip~ While campaigning this week, he has...
  • Grassley Probing Clinton Aide’s Dual Role at State, Clinton Foundation

    07/07/2015 6:05:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacib ^ | 7/7/15 | Alana Goodman
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) called on the State Department to turn over documents related to Hillary Clinton’s top aide Cheryl Mills’ special employment status at the agency in a letter to Secretary John Kerry on Monday. Grassley also demanded to know why the State Department omitted Mills from a list of “special government employees,” or “SGEs,” for 2009 that it turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year. The State Department told the Washington Free Beacon last month that Mills was an “SGE” in 2009, which freed her from some ethics rules restrictions and allowed...
  • Dem voting bill targets states with 'record of racial discrimination'

    06/25/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jordain Carney
    Democrats have rolled out a proposal that would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. The bill, introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), would establish a new formula to determine which state and local governments are required to get approval before changing their voting laws. Under the legislation, states that have a "record of racial discrimination" within the past 25 years would need federal approval to change their voting laws, according to a fact sheet from Leahy's office. The proposal would also allow...
  • Chuck Grassley: FBI obstructing Fast and Furious, other probes

    04/20/2015 9:19:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-20-15 | Kelley Riddell
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused the FBI on Monday of not cooperating with the Department of Justice’s top watchdog in the investigation of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, among others, endangering Congress’s ability to be a check on the administration’s actions
  • Grassley to Holder: Why Is The VA Putting So Many Veterans on Your Federal Gun Ban List?

    04/17/2015 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, editor
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm. According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. (Bolding is mine) "The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes...
  • 10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

    04/15/2015 5:08:46 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Computer World ^ | Apr 9, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors. They are asking the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Labor Department to investigate the use of the H-1B program "to replace large numbers of American workers" at Southern California Edison (SCE) and other employers. (SNIP) The other signers are Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), a longtime ally of Grassley on H-1B issues; Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), David Vitter (R-La.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), James Inhofe...
  • Huma Abedin's job arrangement under Hillary Clinton investigated by State Dept. IG

    04/10/2015 12:41:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-10-15 | Stephen Dinan
    The State Department’s inspector general has agreed to investigate the program that allowed former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton to hire one of her key advisors, Huma Abedin, for government work even as she was also employed by a private firm, a senator revealed Friday. Inspector General Steve A. Linick also said he wasn’t aware of Mrs. Clinton’s or Ms. Abedin’s use of a non-government email account to conduct official business, and said that’s generally been frowned upon at the department. He pointed to a 2012 report that instructed an embassy to stop using a commercial email system as evidence. And...
  • Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

    04/02/2015 9:31:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Alexis Levinson
    He has never won re-election with less than 64 percent of the vote. His approval rating is 67 percent. This is not some senator from a deep red or deep blue state. He is, in fact, a Republican representing a swing state in a presidential year, and Democrats would quite like to unseat him. So why does Sen. Charles E. Grassley seem almost politically invincible? (SNIP) Democrats looking to topple him will not have an easy path. His lowest re-election margin of victory was 64 percent in 2010. (He won 66 percent of the vote in 1986, 70 percent in...
  • Senate GOP asking new questions about emails for Clinton and (Huma) Abedin

    03/28/2015 2:27:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-28-15
    Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm. The new requests are being made by Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following revelations that both women used a private Internet server and email accounts for State Department correspondence. Grassley says the earlier requests to the department have been largely ignored, ~snip~ Grassley’s probe started in 2013, when he requested all communications between...
  • Grassley questions agency's $10,000 conference table purchase [ asset forfeitures ]

    03/19/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wash examiner ^ | March 18, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    A federal whistleblower claims a division of the Department of Justice is using money from asset forfeitures to pay for custom wallpaper, artwork, crown moldings and chair rails in its offices. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton to answer claims about how the Asset Forfeiture Division spent forfeited money, including a report that more than $10,000 was used to purchase a single conference room table. "If so, what was the cost and why was a less expensive table not considered?"
  • Hillary Clinton's Email Headaches Are Just Beginning

    03/11/2015 5:48:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The furor over Hillary Clinton's decision to conduct her government communications through a personal, hideaway, email account isn't going away. Clinton's abbreviated, 20-minute news conference Tuesday raised more questions than answers. The chief one: Who gave her the right to determine which emails were personal and thus deleted? Not only is the secret email revelation growing into a politically damaging story, the Senate Judiciary Committee is also investigating a little-known government program Clinton used where some of her top political agents worked for her at the State Department while still in private employment. When the blockbuster story broke...
  • Grassley delivers weekly Republican address, focuses on h uman trafficking

    03/08/2015 4:44:55 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered this week’s Republican address on bipartisan legislation to curb domestic human trafficking.  The legislation passed in the committee by a unanimous vote and will be considered by the full Senate next week.Grassley’s address is available in video and audio formats. You can view the video and a full transcript of Grassley’s remarks are below: “I’m U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “This year, thousands of minors will be sexually trafficked in the United States. “Through threats or deceit human traffickers will force children and teenagers into servitude for cheap...
  • Will one man keep Americans locked up in prison?

    03/04/2015 3:59:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | Sally Kohn
    A phenomenal thing has happened in Washington: Progressive advocates and conservative forces have united around legislative action supported by the strong majority of the American people. Groups as disparate as the Center for American Progress and ACLU on the left and the Koch Brothers on the right; Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker; and over two-thirds of the American people all support major overhauls to America's criminal justice system. (SNIP) Yet it would appear Grassley just doesn't wanna change the rules. Grassley is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Simply put, given the generally powerful position...
  • Was The Gang Member Who Murdered Former ‘America’s Top Model’ Contestant An Obama DREAMer?

    03/04/2015 2:51:02 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter on Friday to DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson questioning whether the suspected killer of Mirjana Puhar, a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” was an illegal immigrant who applied for amnesty under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, a 19-year-old reputed gang member, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Puhar, also 19, and three others in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this week.
  • 2016 Presidential Swing State Polls (Grassley high, Gardner low)

    02/26/2015 3:44:36 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Voters in three critical swing states, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, give their governors good job approval ratings and are strongly optimistic about the next three or four years in their states under their current governors, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Job approval ratings for U.S. Senators in the three states range from a better than 3-1 score for Iowa's Chuck Grassley to a lackluster grade for Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on key states in the presidential election. (SNIP) Do you approve...
  • So. Cal. Edison’s IT layoffs are ‘heartless,’ says Sen. Grassley

    02/26/2015 2:48:44 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Patrick Thibodeau
    Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers replaced by H-1B contractors have become the latest Exhibit A in Congress for reformers of the visa program. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has long advocated for changes to the H-1B program to protect U.S. workers, said the Edison layoffs illustrate how some employers "are potentially using legal avenues to import foreign workers, lay-off qualified Americans, and then export jobs overseas. "I was shocked by the heartless manner in which U.S. workers were injured," said Grassley in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. (SNIP) "The sponsors of the bill claim it will 'boost our competitiveness...
  • Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

    01/30/2015 3:34:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley. The information, which the Homeland Security Department provided to Mr. Grassley, details all 1,000 convictions including dozens of drunk-driving convictions, drug offenses and weapons convictions. But the more serious crimes include domestic abuse, carjacking and aggravated assault. One of the illegal immigrants, identified as No. 960, was subsequently convicted of inflicting injury on a domestic partner; child...
  • Step Aside, Steve King: Meet the Right's Most Powerful Immigration Foe

    01/29/2015 2:12:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Pema Levy
    It wasn't long ago that Sen. Jeff Sessions was waging a lonely battle against comprehensive immigration reform. ABC News called the Alabama Republican a "lone wolf" in his dogged quest to kill the Senate's immigration reform bill, which passed the upper chamber in June 2013 on a 68-32 bipartisan vote. At one point, Sessions introduced an amendment to slash the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally—not even Texas firebrand Ted Cruz voted for it. (SNIP) Not long before his nomination, Sessions had prosecuted three civil rights activists, a group known as the Marion Three that included a...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • GOP hits the brakes on Obama nominees

    12/12/2014 12:39:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said if Reid wants to confirm 12 pending federal district judges, he will have to run them through the regular floor process, which could take days. Grassley noted that Republicans don’t have enough votes to block the judicial nominees but they can drag out the process, which may force Reid to bring the Senate in next week if he wants to get the...
  • Grassley Outlines Approach to Judicial Confirmations

    11/10/2014 8:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Legal Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | Mike Sacks
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the presumptive chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday outlined his leadership plans—including his vow to confirm “consensus” nominations to the federal judiciary. Grassley, currently the committee’s ranking Republican, told his home state papers over the weekend that he intended to chair the Judiciary Committee. The committee, Grassley said Monday, “should not be a rubber stamp for the president” when it comes to nominations. Grassley said in his statement: Factors I consider important include intellectual ability, respect for the Constitution, fidelity to the law, personal integrity, appropriate judicial temperament, and professional competence. Judges are to...
  • Now David Young gets on board the Amnesty train

    10/11/2014 2:38:57 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    whoradio.com ^ | Simon Conway
    It didn't take long for my phone to start blowing up this morning as the GOP's Third Congressional District candidate, David Young, embraced Amnesty for illegal aliens in an interview with the Des Moines Register. Considering his recent policy positions, you do start to wonder which party he is actually running for. During the debate last week, Young said he felt those better off would have to pay more, but we didn't get a figure on what "better off" actually means. Above $200,000? Above $500,000? Above $100,000? He also stated that even though international agreements don't carry any real teeth,...
  • Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Republican comes out for Amnesty

    10/09/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    David Young of Iowa's 3rd Congressional District wants to give work permits to 12 million illegals. The only story available is copyright. The retiring Tom Latham was more conservative on every issue than this David Young character. I hope Joni Ernst can still win the Senate race. David Young worked for Grassley. Grassley and Jeff Sessions were probably the 2 best on the Judiciary in terms of exposing Chuck Schumer. What has Young learnt on immigration from his time with Grassley? I know Grassley says he doesn't like using the word amnesty but Grassley pretty much trashed every aspect of...