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  • Jeb ‘de Blasio’ Bush addresses CPAC

    02/28/2015 12:15:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | February 27, 2015 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    Jeb Bush reminded a CPAC audience what a conservative isn't; Ted Cruz of Texas reminded them what a conservative is. Friday, Governor Jeb Bush began to speak before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., when a sudden shuffling of feet signaled the exodus of conservative Tea Party activists from the Patomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Bush now knows what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio feels when an army of police officers turn their backs to him at every speech. William Temple, a Tea Party organizer from Brunswick, Georgia, led...
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill[Republicans leave Obama amnesty untouched]

    02/27/2015 9:31:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    My Way ^ | 2/27/15 | ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO
    Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. But Senate Republicans had already admitted defeat. As debate proceeded in the House, the Senate voted 68-31 to approve a full-year bill free of contentious immigration provisions. Some House Republicans predicted that they would eventually end up doing the same...
  • Can We Impeach Now?

    02/27/2015 8:46:59 AM PST · by SharpRightTurn · 59 replies
    RedState ^ | February 27th, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    First Barack Obama decided to overreach and extend amnesty by executive order. One judge in Texas has told him no and Republicans are hanging their hat on that judge’s order. Then the FCC decided to declare internet a public utility. They overreached, rushed it through, and committed to as little transparency as possible to make it happen. Congress did nothing on this front and the FCC decided to replace the Congress on the matter. Now there are reports that Barack Obama, by executive order and agency regulation, will curtail the manufacture of certain ammunition. Again and again and again the...
  • GOP Is Looking For "Captain America," But Captain America Wouldn’t Outlaw Midget Bowling

    02/27/2015 8:29:42 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-27-2015 | MOTUS
    I’ve been perplexed for six years as to why Hillary-the-Inevitable has already been deemed our next president. Likewise, I didn’t understand the Dems insistence on continually pumping up the deflated War on Women balloon and attempting to send it aloft again…and again when it clearly hasn’t been ready for prime time since the ‘80’s.Mylar; perfect.Then, as I was reading Daniel Henninger’s column, Captain America Won’t Save Us, it hit me: it was all part of “the deal” as I’ll explain in a bit. You have to feel sorry for the Democrats. In a world warming to presidential politics, what do...
  • Cuccinelli rips Republicans: 'They don't have any backbone!'

    02/26/2015 9:42:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Ken Cuccinelli Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a “clean” bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund...
  • McConnell and Reid to meet with Netanyahu

    02/26/2015 3:03:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 26, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Senate leaders from both parties will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon, after his address to a joint session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. On Wednesday, Netanyahu declined an invitation to meet only with Senate Democrats, fearing it would “compound the misperception of partisanship” surrounding his visit. The bipartisan invite comes amid rising tension between the Obama administration and Netanyahu. National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday called Netanyahu’s visit...
  • McConnell faces conservative backlash over compromise to fund DHS, Dems get on board

    02/25/2015 12:20:23 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 25, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced a backlash Wednesday from conservatives after backing off demands that Congress reverse President Obama’s immigration executive actions as a condition for funding the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, voiced support for the new plan after initially staying coy. A day earlier, McConnell, R-Ky., effectively gave them what they’ve been demanding – by agreeing to hold a stand-alone vote on a DHS funding bill, with no immigration measures attached. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure it passes by an overwhelming vote. I think virtually every Democrat will vote...
  • 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
    redstate.com ^ | 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...
  • Speaker Boehner: I haven’t spoken to McConnell in two weeks

    02/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) haven’t spoken to each other in two weeks despite the shutdown fight gripping the Capitol, House Republicans said Wednesday.During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, Boehner told Republicans that he hadn’t spoken to McConnell recently despite the looming Feb. 28 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“He said he hadn’t spoken to Mitch McConnell in a few weeks. We gave them a good bill. It funds the stuff we’re supposed to do, secure the borders,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said after a morning conference meeting.Another...
  • McConnell's Office #'s (502) 582-6304. (859) 224-8286, (859 578-0188, (606) 864-2026, (270) 781-1673

    02/24/2015 9:02:04 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 18 replies
    vanity | February 24, 2015 | Steelers6
    Since you can't get ahold of him in Washington, you might try his offices in Kentucky!
  • Boehner, McConnell to skip CPAC, underscoring tensions between GOP leadership, grass roots

    02/24/2015 5:40:04 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 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...
  • McConnell Unveils Anti-Executive Amnesty Bill That Isn’t Tied to DHS Funding

    02/24/2015 6:43:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) unveiled legislation targeting President Obama’s most recent executive orders on immigration that does not withhold funding for the programs, after Senate Democrats once again filibustered a motion to debate the House-passed Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. “Some Democrats give the impression they want Congress to address the overreach,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “But when they vote, they always seem to have an excuse for supporting actions they once criticized. So I’m going to begin proceedings on targeted legislation that would only address the most recent overreach from November. It isn’t...
  • Cocaine found on ship tied to Mitch McConnell

    02/19/2015 9:06:32 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 69 replies
    Free thought project ^ | 11/8/14 | John V.
    A cargo ship connected to Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell was recently stopped and searched before departing from Colombia. During the search, Colombian Coast Guard agents seized roughly 90 pounds of cocaine.
  • MCCONNELL: COURT RULING AGAINST OBAMA AMNESTY MEANS SENATE DEMS MUST STOP DHS OBSTRUCTION

    02/17/2015 11:48:36 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on rank-and-file Senate Democrats to break free from the clutches of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, vote their conscience and stop filibustering a House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. “This ruling underscores what the President has already acknowledged publicly 22 times: He doesn’t have the authority to take the kinds of actions he once referred to as ‘ignoring the law’ and ‘unwise and unfair.’ Senate Democrats–especially those who’ve voiced opposition to the President’s executive overreach—should end their partisan filibuster of Department of Homeland Security funding,” McConnell says. Senate Republican conference chairman...
  • The DHS Funding Bill Just Failed. Now McConnell Must Decide What Kind of Leader He Is.

    02/03/2015 4:42:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 3, 2015 | Lauren Fox and Daniel Newhauser
    Mitch McConnell now faces the same problem with his party’s right flank as John Boehner does in the House. Mitch McConnell gave conservatives their shot Tuesday—a vote on a tough bill that would roll back President Obama's immigration policies. Now he has a choice to make. A House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill failed to overcome a procedural vote, getting only 51 of the 60 votes needed to stay alive in the Senate. The measure would block Obama's executive action on immigration and place "Dreamers" and millions of other immigrants back at risk of deportation. The vote sets up...
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Has A Ted Cruz Problem

    02/03/2015 2:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 3, 2015 | Ailsa Chang
    A bill funding the Department of Homeland Security failed in the Senate Tuesday because it would block the president's executive action on deportations. The question now is, what will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell try next? The department runs out of money on February 27. Texas senator and potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz insists DHS not get any money unless Republicans get to undo the president's immigration policies. That places McConnell in a dilemma. Republican Cruz has vowed he will stop at nothing to block the president's executive action on immigration. And when you ask the Texas senator exactly how...
  • McConnell: Obama sounds like he's running for a third term

    01/25/2015 5:33:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    A top Republican joked in an interview broadcast late Sunday that President Obama may become the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to seek a third term in office. Following the Obama’s State of the Union address last Tuesday, “my first thought was it sounded like he was running for a third term,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tells CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Obama acknowledged this during his State of the Union address: “I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of them.” Nevertheless, Republicans remain uneasy about a president that they believe has overstepped...
  • Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare: How it’s already ruining the party’s ’16 strategy

    01/23/2015 12:49:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP elites want Americans to think the party's boring and safe again. Maybe someone should notify the Tea Party. If you’re understandably perplexed by the Republican Party’s apparent decision to enter the post-Obama era by nominating either another member of the Bush dynasty, or another version of Mitt Romney, there’s at least one way to think about it that might help explain the seemingly inexplicable. Put simply, the leaders of the GOP, the people who tend to be referred to as “the establishment,” fervently believe that in order to win in 2016, Republicans will have to convince voters that the...
  • Conservative Republican lawmakers lambaste McConnell on immigration

    01/22/2015 5:04:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/21/15 | Scott Wong
    House conservatives are taking aim at a new target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Tea Party lawmakers on Wednesday directed their ire at the Kentucky Republican after Senate leaders signaled they don’t have the votes to pass a House-approved bill that would fight President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. It’s a new tack for the Tea Party members in the House, who have repeatedly criticized Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). House lawmakers say their conservative allies in the Senate have a responsibility to force the upper chamber to aggressively challenge Obama’s actions. But...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

    01/22/2015 9:44:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kate Nocera
    For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret that he’ll support his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, should Paul run for president in 2016. And Paul has also made no secret that he very, very likely will do just that. But there’s a lot of time between now and the...
  • McConnell to House GOP: Don’t expect miracle on immigration

    01/16/2015 11:21:58 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2015 | By Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong
    HERSHEY, PA. — Senate GOP leaders are using their joint retreat with the House to warn conservatives that they’re not going to be able to reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told House lawmakers that he needs at least six Democrats to pass legislation approved by the House that funds the Homeland Security Department and repeals Obama’s actions deferring deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. He told House Republicans not to expect miracles, since it would take 60 Senate votes to send the House bill to Obama’s desk, and McConnell only has 54...
  • With Eye on 2016, Ted Cruz Aims to Pull Senate to the Right

    01/08/2015 4:55:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Mitch McConnell has pledged that "regular order" will be restored to the Senate under his leadership, but his biggest obstacle to achieving that goal may not be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, but fellow Republicans, particularly Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. With a potential run for the Republican nomination in 2016 in mind, Cruz has "a vested interest in pulling his colleagues to the right in a highly public manner, one that probably won’t be consistent with making deals with the White House," reports The Wall Street Journal. Despite receiving criticism for his filibuster of a vote on Obamacare, which many...
  • Cruz, McConnell vie for influence

    01/08/2015 10:23:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are competing for influence among the Senate’s 12 Republican freshmen, with the outcome potentially shaping the agenda for 2015 and beyond. Cruz has reached out to freshman Republicans, whom he helped in last year’s elections, in hopes they will join his effort to pressure Republican leaders to pursue what he calls a “bold agenda.” “We should follow through on our commitment to provide big, bold positive ideas responding to the very real economic hardship that so many millions of Americans are feeling,” he said. Cruz said he has targeted...
  • Cruz, McConnell battle to influence freshmen Republicans

    01/08/2015 6:03:04 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Jan 8, 2015 7:45 a.m. ET
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A battle is shaping up between Sens. Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Cruz, the conservative firebrand, are competing for influence among the Senate’s 12 Republican freshmen. The outcome, writes the Hill, will potentially shape the agenda for 2015 and beyond. Cruz has reached out to freshman Republicans in hopes they will join his effort to pressure GOP leaders to pursue what he calls a “bold agenda.” McConnell, meanwhile, has consistently told colleagues the only way they can have an impact is by getting legislation to President Barack Obama’s desk. That means...
  • McConnell Pledges to Avoid 'Scary' Excesses and 'Strident Stands' of 'Far Right'

    01/05/2015 9:27:44 AM PST · by INVAR · 62 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 5, 2015 | Tim Graham
    “Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be ‘scary.’”... Democrats are dubious of McConnell’s pledge to avert edge-of-the-cliff moments. They believe he will run into the same problems that have bedeviled House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) during the past four years — including the inability to corral rabble-rousers such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to support an agenda that conservative critics will probably view as not bold enough in challenging Obama. Appeasing those far-right conservatives will lead to an agenda that Democrats hope to exploit in...
  • New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary

    01/05/2015 1:17:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2015 | Paul Kane
    Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be “scary.” The incoming Senate majority leader has set a political goal for the next two years of overseeing a functioning, reasonable majority on Capitol Hill that scores some measured conservative wins, particularly against environmental regulations, but probably not big victories such as a full repeal of the health-care law. McConnell’s priority is to set the stage for a potential GOP presidential victory in 2016. “I don’t want the American people to think that if they add a Republican president...
  • Revolution: Only 16% of GOP Voters Support Boehner and McConnell for Leadership of New Congress

    01/04/2015 5:59:29 PM PST · by kristinn · 41 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Sunday, January 4, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    A second round of poll results from a survey of Republican voters taken Christmas week was released on Sunday. The poll shows that a revolution is at hand with a stunning majority of 2014 GOP voters who gave their party control of both houses of Congress ready to throw out the Republican leaders of both houses in favor of new leadership. Only sixteen percent of voters surveyed want both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to serve as leaders of the House and Senate respectively when the 114th Congress convenes this week. Boehner’s support on his own for Speaker of the...
  • WILLIAMS: Midterm Election Lessons; Conventional wisdom about the November 2014 election is wrong

    12/25/2014 7:37:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Memphis Flyer ^ | December 25, 2014 | Juan Williams
    A trouncing! A tsunami! A shellacking! That's the conventional wisdom about last month's midterm elections. But it's wrong. Yes, the GOP picked up 12 seats in the House and gained at least seven seats in the Senate, but calling that a shellacking requires closing your eyes to some really big numbers. First, the average pickup for the opposition party in midterm elections that take place in the sixth year of a presidency is 29 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate. Second, 60 percent of voters told exit polls they were either "dissatisfied" with Republican leaders in...
  • MITCH MCCONNELL: BEING PARTY OF YES MORE IMPORTANT THAN DEFUNDING EXEC AMNESTY

    12/24/2014 5:48:31 AM PST · by Bratch · 121 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    To incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is more important for Republicans to be the party of yes than go all-out to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.According to the New York Times, McConnell “acknowledges that changing the mind-set of opposition” in the next Congress “will be crucial to advancing legislation that will attract Democratic support and force” Obama “into difficult choices over whether to sign measures pushed by his adversaries.” The Times notes “that is why his focus will be lawmakers he thinks he can meld into a governing coalition.”“All of us from time to time make a point,” Mr. McConnell told the...
  • Obama, the Least Lame President?

    12/22/2014 2:31:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | By IAN AYRES and JOHN FABIAN WITT
    HISTORIANS rate presidents by every conceivable quality. What about least lame duck? President Obama is making a run for the title. Since the midterm elections, in his first month and a half as a lame duck, Mr. Obama has taken dramatic action on immigration, climate change and now, normalizing relations with Cuba. In our new political marketplace, the decline of powerful party organizations and the rise of hyperpartisan politics mean that presidents have much less political capital even at the height of their terms. At the same time, they have unprecedented capacity for unilateral executive authority. The great constraints on...
  • Obama's doing a much better job than most people ackowledge: Farmer

    12/21/2014 5:14:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | December 21, 2014 | John Farmer
    Politics is predictably unpredictable. So it’s no surprise that President Obama, after a hellacious 11 months, is finishing his sixth year on an unpredictably strong note. The U.S. economy is sitting up and taking nourishment, recovering nicely. Vladimir Putin, whom Republicans like Rudy Giuliani were fawning over as a “real leader” in contrast to our pusillanimous president, is gasping for air as the Russian economy sinks under the weight of Obama-led sanctions and a U.S. energy surge. Having stuck a thumb in the eye of the GOP with his immigration initiative, Obama used another digit on the Grand Old Partisans...
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • The Empire Strikes Back: Jeff Sessions out as Budget Committee Chair

    12/19/2014 6:52:10 AM PST · by xzins · 81 replies
    Red State ^ | December 18th, 2014 | streiff
    Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is out as chair of the Senate Budget Committee. **"Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is giving up his bid to become the next Budget Committee chairman — deferring to Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and eliminating the only competitive chairmanship battle in the incoming GOP Senate majority. "Sessions has been the panel’s top Republican for the past four years but Enzi technically retains seniority over the Alabaman on the committee and said several weeks ago that he would challenge Sessions for the chairmanship."** This is going to portrayed as a simple matter of seniority. It isn’t. That story...
  • Durbin's advice to GOP: Get Sen. Ted Cruz under control

    12/18/2014 7:26:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Politics Early & Often ^ | December 18, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Now that the GOP is taking control of the Senate in 2015, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., offered up a resolution of sorts for the opposing party to abide by next year: Get Ted Cruz under control. Durbin’s suggestion comes days after Cruz’s disastrous maneuver last week that brought the Senate into session on Saturday, unwittingly opening the door to the approval of dozens of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That infuriated Republicans, leading Cruz to apologize days later. “It was classic Cruz. He knew how to get the headline, but he didn’t know how to close the deal,” Durbin...
  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • What would happen if Congress split into four parties? This.

    12/16/2014 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Philip Bump
    The last-minute vote to approve a long-term spending package cast a bright light on unusual splits in an otherwise unified Democratic congressional caucus. Following the lead of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House and Senate Democrats voted against a bill that President Obama was personally advocating. It was similar to the insurgency faced by the Republican establishment last year, as many, many pundits pointed out, only with "no bank bailouts" replacing "no Obamacare" as a rallying cry. At ABC, Rick Klein, presumably with his tongue in his cheek, suggested that there are now "four parties that need to be...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus?

    12/14/2014 10:49:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 145 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Senate Spending Bill Thwarted by Late-Night Cruz Challeng

    12/13/2014 2:22:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Bloomberg | December 13, 2014 | By Heidi Przybyla and Kathleen Hunter
    Bloomberg is title and link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-13/senate-push-on-final-spending-bill-thwarted-by-disputes.html
  • Ted Cruz forces Senate into Saturday session, threatening shutdown

    12/13/2014 11:29:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
    Defying his party's leadership, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz upended plans for smooth passage of a $1.1-trillion spending bill, forcing a rare Saturday session as Congress braces to prevent a new threatened government shutdown.. Cruz launched the Senate into turmoil as he tried to use the government shutdown as leverage to stop President Obama's immigration plans. Now, Congress faces a midnight Saturday deadline to keep federal operations running. Senators were streaming into the Capitol on a sunny winter Saturday for a series of procedural votes, with many not happy about the situation. "I remind everyone, 12 o'clock midnight, 12 a.m., the...
  • McConnell: Congress' disapproval of EPA 'will soon be very clear'

    12/12/2014 7:00:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 12, 2014 | Zack Colman
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there won't be any mistaking what Congress thinks about the Environmental Protection Agency when Republicans take control of the upper chamber in January. The Kentucky Republican, responding to comments Secretary of State John Kerry made at a United Nations climate change conference in Lima, Peru, said the EPA would be in his crosshairs early next session. "Given the change in management that’s coming to the Senate, overseas audiences may want to proceed with caution when it comes to Secretary Kerry’s recommendations and comments," McConnell warned.
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • Boehner defends $1 trillion spending bill as 'bipartisan' as GOP, Dems attack it

    12/10/2014 4:15:55 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/10/2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday defended the $1 trillion spending bill as a bipartisan bill that's needed to keep the government open after Thursday, even as it came under attack from both Republican and Democrats. ...
  • Rand Paul Ready To Hire Controversial Ex-McConnell Campaign Manager

    12/09/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 9, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will be part of Paul's campaign team in 2016. Benton, served as McConnell's campaign manager for much of the 2014 cycle until he resigned amid questions about the role he allegedly played in a 2012 Iowa pay-for-votes bribery scandal. Paul, in an interview with WHAS11, said that he thinks "Jesse is honest, he's good at politics and I don't think he's done anything wrong." It wasn't clear from Paul's comments if he was referring to his Senate re-election campaign or the...
  • McConnell: We’ll Make 'Every Effort' to Repeal Obamacare — But Its Namesake is Still in Office

    12/08/2014 1:54:09 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 20:47 GMT | David Sherfinski
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, says he has every intention of voting to repeal Obamacare with a new GOP majority in January, but also said people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House. “We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It was a very large issue in the campaign,” Mr. McConnell told Roll Call. “We’re certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it. “It is a...
  • Trent Lott rips Ted Cruz for standing his ground, compares to Elizabeth Warren

    12/04/2014 7:49:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | December 4, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    First Democrats, now a former Senate GOP leader is attacking Sen. Ted Cruz for standing his ground instead of compromising on key issues. Trent Lott, a former Senate majority leader from Mississippi and now a lobbyist, dubbed Cruz one of the “problems” in the Senate and urged incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quickly “co-opt” new Republican senators before Cruz and others in the “Far Right” deputize them. “There are problems,” said Lott, pushing bipartisanship at a media roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Yes, we’ve got the Ted Cruzes in the Republican Party, and we’ve got Elizabeth...
  • The Truth [Full-blown surrender of the GOP to Barack Obama]

    11/28/2014 1:10:09 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 50 replies
    Redstate ^ | Nov. 28, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    I will keep nothing from you. Today, let me share with you the truth. Republicans will not stop Barack Obama’s executive overreach. In fact, while you were enjoying your Thanksgiving there were a number of stories out that the Republican leadership wants to give its members an opportunity to express their outrage and opposition. Expression is not action. They will take no action to stop the President. In fact, a few days ago the House Appropriations Committee tried to convince everyone they do not even have the power to stop the President. Congress’s own research service disagrees. But Republicans have...
  • President Obama Changing The Rules On Illegal Immigration (O'Reilly's "Humane" comment bites back?

    11/20/2014 12:40:41 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) ^ | 6/15/2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    In a very political move, the president has announced new rules for a specific group of illegal aliens. If your parents brought you to America when you were under 16, if you have completed high school, or served in the military, and if you are under the age of 30 now, then you are most likely going to stay in America. ... As for the policy, how can you blame kids when they are dragged to the US? It's not the child's fault that laws were broken. Thus the new policy is humane, and the President believes it will make...
  • WSJ/NBC Poll Finds Americans Want Parties To Work Together

    11/20/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/19/2014 | Patrick O'Connor
    Some 63% Want Candidates Elected This Year to Broker Deals With Lawmakers From Across Aisle Americans are largely pleased with the outcome of this month's midterm elections but have little faith that Republican gains in the House and Senate will prompt the two parties to work more closely to solve the nation's problems, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Weeks after Republicans recaptured the Senate and tightened their grip on the House, roughly three-fourths of poll participants said this month's midterm results woul produce "just some" or "not that much" change in a country that most believe has...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Even if Obama uses executive action on immigration

    11/18/2014 9:29:25 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 (8:04 PM EST) | Jake Sherman and Manu Raju
    Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding shutdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions. Obama plans to use his executive authority to change the enforcement of immigration laws by the end of the year, a move that top Republicans warn could derail efforts to pass a long-term spending bill by a Dec. 11 deadline. Increasingly, some top Republicans believe that it will be difficult to pass the year-long spending package that they originally envisioned,...