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  • Mitch McConnell vows action on Trump nominees: 'We are not going to leave any judges behind'

    10/12/2018 8:12:34 AM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 18 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insists he’ll move to confirm all President Trump’s judicial nominees by the end of the year to eliminate a backlog caused by Democratic delay tactics. “We are not going to leave any judges behind at the end of the year, when we get through this Congress,” McConnell told the Washington Examiner Thursday. Senate Democrats and GOP lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to confirm a slate of 15 judges on Thursday, which McConnell sees as a down payment for work later this year. Thursday's action left 34 nominees still waiting to be confirmed after getting...
  • Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

    10/11/2018 7:04:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2018 8:33 PM EDT | Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram
    The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday, all but wrapping up its pre-election work on a top Republican priority days after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative judges. Once final action was finished later Thursday evening, senators were not expected back to session full-time until after the November election. While many of the judges were approved with bipartisan support, almost half were confirmed on mostly party-line votes. Democratic opponents and their allies swiftly objected...
  • Progressives furious about Senate judicial nominee deal

    10/11/2018 4:52:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    The Hlll ^ | 10/11/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Progressive outside groups immediately panned a deal Thursday on President Trump's judicial nominations, which is paving the way for the Senate to leave town until after the November election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a deal on 15 nominations—marking one of the Senate's final items on its to-do list before a weeks-long recess. But progressives immediately argued the agreement was too soon after Democrats lost their uphill bid to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Chris Kang, the counsel for Demand Justice, blasted Democrats as "passive" and warned that progressives were "not going to tolerate this kind of...
  • GOP, home to Trump and tea party, decries Dems’ ‘mob rule’

    10/11/2018 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2018 | Alan Fram
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are forecasting nightmarish Democratic “mob rule” to amp up GOP voters for next month’s critical midterm elections, flipping the script from complaints that it’s Trump and the tea party movement who’ve boosted rowdy and divisive tactics to dangerous levels. Less than a month from voting in which GOP control of Congress is dangling precariously, Republicans are linking comments and actions by Democratic politicians, raucous protesters opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and even a gunman who shot targeted GOP lawmakers. The message to Republican voters: Democrats are employing radical tactics that...
  • Sen. Hirono Condemns McConnell Calling Leftist Protestors a 'Mob', Says It 'Dangerously Under...

    10/11/2018 1:44:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 113 replies ^ | October 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Full title: Sen. Hirono Condemns McConnell Calling Leftist Protestors a 'Mob', Says It 'Dangerously Underestimates' Them Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Thursday for using the word “mob” in reference to left-wing protestors that have been targeting GOP lawmakers over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “It is the richest of ironies that the majority leader has taken to calling those opposed to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh a mob when several nights a month the president whips his supporters into a frenzy to attack his target of choice,” she said in a...
  • The Latest: McConnell says difficult to unseat Trump in 2020

    10/10/2018 9:21:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KUSI-TV News ^ | October 10, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans considering challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 that it would be “a waste of time.” The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that that it would be “very, very difficult to unseat the president in the primary.” Republicans, such as retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, are considering challenging Trump in 2020. McConnell said that “would be a waste of time frankly. But the people who would be likely to challenge the president would not be coming to me for advice.”(continued)
  • McConnell: ‘Nobody’s going to beat’ Murkowski

    10/10/2018 8:25:24 AM PDT · by Signalman · 54 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/10/2018 | Julie Pace, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman, AP
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that “nobody’s going to beat” Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump’s prediction that Alaskans “will never forgive” Murkowski and that she’ll “never recover” politically after bucking her party on Kavanaugh. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination and “present” on the final vote. “She’s certainly going to recover,” McConnell said. He pointed out that Murkowski won re-election as a write-in vote in 2010. “She’s about as strong as you can possibly...
  • Pat Buchanan: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

    10/09/2018 9:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | October 9, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    AFTER A 50-YEAR siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in last Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high...
  • McConnell ready for another Supreme Court vacancy

    10/08/2018 1:52:20 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 144 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is signaling that he is ready and prepared to move another Supreme Court nominee from President Trump through Senate confirmation – including during the the 2020 presidential election season, if another seat were to become available then. “We’ll see if there is a vacancy in 2020,” McConnell said in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." McConnell famously blocked a Senate vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination Merrick Garland two years ago, on the grounds that it was a presidential election year. When asked Sunday whether moving a Trump nominee in...
  • Show How You Feel, Kavanaugh Was Told, and a Nomination Was Saved

    10/07/2018 9:03:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 122 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2018 | Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos
    WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sat in the anteroom of Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building, a sterile, living-room-like space with a couch and a couple of armchairs and a large television on the wall. His chances of joining the Supreme Court seemed to be vanishing. “Disaster,” read the text message from one Republican. Christine Blasey Ford had just finished testifying that he had tried to force himself on her as a teenager, and nearly everyone in both camps found her credible, sincere and sympathetic. President Trump called Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, and they agreed...
  • McConnell calls for investigation into leak of Ford letter

    10/07/2018 7:11:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/07/18 | ELANA SCHOR, BURGESS EVERETT
    **SNIP** Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told POLITICO on Saturday that the Judiciary Committee "ought to take a look at" the initial media report of Ford's letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), laying out her assault claim against Kavanaugh. That media report included no details of Ford's allegation, describing its topic as "an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school." But Republicans have seized on the public disclosure of the letter which the judge's accuser had asked to remain confidential. "I think It clearly was, honestly, a despicable thing to do to Dr. Ford," McConnell...
  • McConnell: Kavanaugh win 'a shot of adrenaline' for GOP midterm chances

    10/06/2018 11:10:35 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/06/18 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is hailing Saturday’s expected confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as a major boost to Senate Republican candidates in next month’s midterm elections. McConnell told The Hill he spoke with his top political advisers on Friday who said the bitter fight over Kavanaugh, and what he has called a “shameless smear campaign” by Democrats, has revved up the GOP base in red states. “I talked to a couple of my political advisers yesterday and this has been a shot in the arm for us going into the fall election because it underscores...
  • McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a 'wake up call' ahead of November election

    10/05/2018 8:43:37 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/05/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday night that the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a "wake up call" ahead of the November midterm elections. "It's a wake up call to why it's important to hold the Senate. You know the Senate's in the personnel business," McConnell told Fox News's Laura Ingraham. McConnell's comments come as the Senate is poised to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The expected vote will give Republicans their second Supreme Court victory in as many years and a significant win roughly a month before the midterm election. McConnell...
  • Protesters Throw ‘Kegger’ at Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

    10/05/2018 7:53:11 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 69 replies ^ | 10/5/18 | Katherine Tully-McManus
    ‘I like beer, I like beer,’ group chants. Majority Leader stays inside.___ They like beer, but they don’t like Brett. Protesters threw a “kegger” outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill home Friday morning to show their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The demonstration was planned by The Center for Popular Democracy Action, a group that has been a near-constant presence on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, staging actions to voice opposition Kavanaugh’s nomination and support for the women who have accused him of sexual assault. The group of approximately two dozen protesters approached...
  • McConnell 'optimistic' about Kavanaugh vote after lunch with Collins

    10/05/2018 11:43:21 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/05/18 | TAL AXELROD
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed optimism about the chances of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. McConnell made the remarks after he and others in the GOP leadership had lunch with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a potential swing vote to put Kavanaugh on the high court. “We’re heading toward a final vote tomorrow, and I’m optimistic,” he told NBC News. Senate Majority Leader McConnell after lunch with Republican leaders and Sen. Collins: “We’re heading toward a final vote tomorrow, and I’m optimistic.” — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 5, 2018 Senators voted 51-49 to end debate on...
  • Breaking- McConnell files cloture.

    10/03/2018 6:57:56 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 144 replies
    Just reported on Hannity.
  • McConnell Puts Schumer in His Place – Denies Schumer’s Request ......

    10/03/2018 5:18:23 PM PDT · by kingattax · 50 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 3, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    FULL TITLE OF ARTICLE -- McConnell Puts Schumer in His Place – Denies Schumer’s Request For an All Senators Briefing on Kavanaugh FBI Report Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in his place Wednesday. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer is doing everything he can to delay the Kavanaugh confirmation vote. On Tuesday, Chuck Schumer told Mitch McConnell he wanted an FBI briefing on Brett Kavanaugh’s report 24 hrs before the Senate votes on cloture to end debate on the nomination. “It is essential that Senators not only have access to the completed background investigation...
  • Here's what could happen after senators get the FBI report

    10/03/2018 3:48:14 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2018 | Brian Ries
    Once the White House receives the report, it will be sent to Capitol Hill for all 100 senators to review, Serfaty reported. Senators will be able to sit down and read the report in a secure location. It's unclear if the report will be made public. After that, the person to watch is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "He has been very clear that he intends to move very quickly on this, to essentially start the procedural wheels turning," Serfaty noted. If the report comes out tonight, he'll likely file a cloture vote, which will show what senators will vote...
  • McConnell Denies Schumer’s Request For an All Senators Briefing on Kavanaugh FBI Report

    10/03/2018 2:32:21 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | October 3, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Shortened title. Full title: McConnell Puts Schumer in His Place – Denies Schumer’s Request For an All Senators Briefing on Kavanaugh FBI Report Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in his place Wednesday. Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer is doing everything he can to delay the Kavanaugh confirmation vote.
  • Ugly war of words in Senate as nation splits over Kavanaugh

    10/03/2018 5:37:44 AM PDT · by blueplum · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner via MSN ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Republicans and Democrats are ramping up accusatory tweets, floor speech insults, and hallway criticisms of each other as the Senate hurdles toward what the GOP hopes is a final vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.... ...Late Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, got fed up with it after Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., sent along a letter that included a vague allegation..."My investigators have serious work to do," he wrote to Coons. "I therefore hope that, before forwarding an allegation in the future, you will first consider whether you'd want you or your staff to spend...