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  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 June 2016

    06/26/2016 4:32:23 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 206 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 26 June 2016 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 26th, 2016 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Robby Mook, campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Paul Manafort, adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sen. Bob Corker, Tenn.
  • McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns

    06/23/2016 4:43:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. “The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell,” said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide. McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key...
  • Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft (McConnell, McCain for; Cruz against)

    06/15/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 225 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties. The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Says He Wants To ‘Deny Terrorists Guns’ After Blocking Bill That Would Have

    06/15/2016 6:05:00 AM PDT · by nevergore · 159 replies
    WSB Radio Atlanta GA ^ | 06/15/16 | NeverGore
    WSB radio announced that Mitch McConnell is expected to change his position on gun control this afternoon after his meeting with the FBI Director. This is all they stated and it was via McConnell's office. He is expected to remove his blocking of legislation. Time to make our objections known to this RINO.... Nothing on their website yet per this post but other websites at link are reporting....
  • McConnell: I might be open to “serious suggestions” on gun control after I meet with the FBI

    06/14/2016 6:51:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    twitter via Hot Air ^ | June 14, 2016 | Allahpundit
    All I have are the tweets from CBS right now. I’ll update with the full quote once it’s available. In the meantime: W-w-w-what? (TWEETS-AT-LINK) I assume he’s thinking about limiting gun purchases by people on the terror watch list, which Democrats have been pushing for months. Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for the idea yesterday — as did the Trump campaign. When Bloomberg News e-mailed Corey Lewandowski to ask if Trump still believes what he said in November that “If somebody is on a watch list and an enemy of state and we know it’s an enemy of state, I...
  • McConnell: Senate to consider Puerto Rico aid by end of June

    06/14/2016 3:13:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2016 3:28 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Senate will consider a rescue package to ease Puerto Rico’s financial crisis before the U.S. territory’s $2 billion payment to creditors is due July 1. The House overwhelmingly passed legislation to create a new control board and restructure some of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt last week. The Senate is expected to take up the same bill “sometime before the end of the month,” McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday. Puerto Rico has already missed several payments to creditors while a lengthy recession has crippled commerce, sparked unemployment and driven hundreds of thousands of...
  • Mitch McConnell Won’t Rule Out Rescinding His Endorsement of Donald Trump (like it's needed!)

    06/11/2016 8:12:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 6/10/16 | Maggie Haberman
    The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, would not rule out the possibility of rescinding his endorsement of Donald J. Trump’s presidential bid down the road, and he described the candidate as lacking knowledge in a number of areas in an interview released on Friday. The comments from Mr. McConnell, in an interview with the “Masters in Politics” podcast on Bloomberg Politics, came as Republicans down the ballot continue to face questions about Mr. Trump’s criticism of the Indiana-born federal judge overseeing a case against Trump University as “Mexican.” Mr. McConnell has been pointed in his criticism of those remarks. It...
  • McConnell Vows: 'Obama Will Not Get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th Hour'

    06/10/2016 12:39:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 10, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed again Friday that the Senate will not confirm President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, this year. “Let me say this once more, and let me say it clearly: Barack Obama will not get a Supreme Court Justice in the 11th hour of his presidency on the way out the door,” McConnell said to loud applause at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. …
  • McConnell drops effort to defund Obamacare

    06/08/2016 9:14:39 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 6/7/2016 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. President Barack Obama has already vetoed separate legislation aimed at repealing the law, and he has easily kept language to “defund Obamacare” out of the final versions of annual funding bills.
  • Mitch McConnell Complains About ‘Unreasonable’ Conservatives, Points Blame at Talk Radio

    06/08/2016 6:11:16 AM PDT · by milton23 · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/8/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes pride in his reputation as a great compromiser. But the Republican leader won’t concede on one point: He refuses to let conservatives fight the White House for lower spending levels. McConnell, R-Ky., outlined his political roadmap for government spending on Tuesday, sketching out the routes he sees available: an omnibus package, individual appropriations bills, or a government shutdown.
  • McConnell: 'Honest' to say election is about lesser of two evils

    06/07/2016 9:05:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jun 7, 2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview this week that it's an "honest answer" to say that a general election match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton represents picking the lesser of two evils. "We know for sure we have two very, very unpopular candidates.
  • Senate GOP drops push to 'defund Obamacare'

    06/07/2016 8:46:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the Senate are abandoning an effort to use their power over the federal purse strings to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The more pragmatic approach with a huge $164 billion spending measure reflects a hope by top Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove veto bait from must-pass spending bills in hopes of advancing them more easily. …
  • Mitch McConnell Defends Pro-Illegal Immigration Judge In Trump Case:"All Of Us (Shortened)

    06/06/2016 2:42:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is defending Trump University Judge Gonzalo Curiel from Donald Trump’s recent criticism. In particular, Trump has expressed concern that Curiel is biased against him because of Trump’s pledge to enforce U.S. immigration law, build a wall along the Southern border, and keep American jobs from going to Mexico.
  • Paul Ryan and McConnell Won’t Condemn San Jose Mob Beatings => Attack Trump Instead

    06/06/2016 1:27:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Jun 6th, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    On Thursday night Trump supporters were assaulted, spit on, beaten, cold-cocked, egged, chased, tackled and bloodied as they left the San Jose Trump rally by mobs of far left, Mexican nationalist, Socialist, SEIU and anarchist thugs. Trump supporters were left bloodied and beaten in the street. The San Jose police chief admitted he held back from interfering when the conservatives were beat down in the streets. Video released on Monday shows street thugs terrorizing and beating Hispanic Trump supporters. ... Speaker Paul Ryan has posted over 50 tweets since Friday morning. Not once did he mention the Republican beatdown. Senate...
  • McConnell pushes Trump to change

    06/05/2016 6:05:20 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” McConnell, who endorsed Trump, has been granting a steady stream of interviews to create buzz for his new book “The Long Game.” In the process, he’s leveled some sharp criticism at his party’s presumptive nominee. Asked about Trump’s tendency to lash out at other Republicans, McConnell retorted, it “ought to stop.” "I don't like that,” he told a Baltimore radio station. “I don't think it adds any value whatsoever to the discourse. And...
  • McConnell: Trump could alienate Latinos as Goldwater did black voters

    06/02/2016 5:35:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/2/16 7:07 PM | Anna Giaritelli
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted in a Thursday interview he is worried Donald Trump could push Latinos away from the Republican Party. McConnell compared it to the impact Barry Goldwater’s vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did with African-American voters. …
  • Cruz-McConnell tension flares anew as GOP leader casts Texan as bit player in Senate

    06/02/2016 4:57:38 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 62 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 31, 2016 | Todd J.Gillman
    Before Ted Cruz framed his presidential campaign as a crusade against the Washington “cartel,” he engaged in a series of skirmishes with fellow Republicans, in particular Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky....
  • How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

    06/01/2016 10:32:58 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/16 | Mitch McConnell
    And, though many haven’t noticed yet, the bipartisan cooperation has been good for our politics. A standard criticism of this approach is that it elevates process over policy or, worse, that it amounts to a kind of ideological surrender by Republicans. But if you want to be a U.S. senator, you need to be at peace with imperfect outcomes. The answer to Barack Obama and the left is not to rail against one’s fellow conservatives. It may turn out that Americans on the left and right don’t want the two parties to work together in an effort to reach consensus...
  • MITCH MCCONNELL: I hope Bill Kristol is 'not successful' in his efforts against Donald Trump

    05/31/2016 2:13:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 31, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday responded to Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol's weekend assertion that he would put forward a strong third-party candidate to compete with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "Well, I hope he's not successful, because that will help elect Hillary Clinton to the presidency," McConnell told Business Insider in an interview that centered on his newly released memoir, "The Long Game." "It's hard to run as an independent and be successful. You could conceivably take votes away from a right-of-center nominee and make it more likely that a liberal gets elected
  • McConnell says Trump has earned GOP nomination

    05/31/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 31, 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that while presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “a phenomenon” and political outsider, he has earned the right to the GOP nomination and the party’s support. “I think Donald Trump is a phenomenon. I don’t believe Donald Trump is going to change the Republican Party in a fundamental way. He appeals to a lot of voters, he’ll be the nominee. I don’t have any problem supporting him,” McConnell said. McConnell said Trump is helping the party reach out to voters who “have not lately voted for Republicans.” That will...
  • Sen. Rubio faces pressure to run for re-election to Senate

    05/26/2016 5:07:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 5:10 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Sen. Marco Rubio is facing intense pressure to run for re-election to his Florida Senate seat, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell taking the lead in a campaign to get him to reconsider his plans to retire. Republicans fear that if Rubio doesn’t run for a second term they could lose his seat. And if Republicans lose Florida they increase their odds of losing their Senate majority altogether. […] At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, subsequently took the unusual step of issuing a public statement calling Rubio a “very valuable member of the Senate” and disclosing that...
  • McConnell: 'I Suppose' Women Should Be Required to Register With Selective Service

    05/18/2016 9:22:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | 7:20 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he does’t anticipate “going back to the draft,” but nevertheless, he thinks “it would be appropriate” for young women to register with the Selective Service. A reporter asked McConnell on Tuesday if he anticipates a separate Senate vote on an amendment requiring women to register for the draft. The amendment is attached to the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). […] Should women be “required to register?” the reporter asked. “I’m not sure. Required, I suppose. We’ll see. What’s in the bill? Required?” the Senate leader asked. …
  • Trump and Paul Ryan meeting today.

    05/12/2016 6:00:52 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 214 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5/12/2016
    Trump will meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at 9am this morning. All the networks will be covering live remarks made by both men following the meeting. The URL above links to the various video postings on this meeting thus far, (amazing how much coverage all ready), so Freepers will need to find their own source, (FOX, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc). Please post a good live thread when it surfaces here, and also commentary. As always, it will be interesting how our take here on Free Republic will be.
  • Trump vs Ryan/McConnell's legislative agenda?

    05/10/2016 2:28:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Heard a talking head on Fox talking about Trump and Ryan trying to come to terms over the Ryan/McConnell legislative agenda. Does anyone have a list of the legislative goals of the Ryan/McConnell legislative agenda?
  • GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees

    04/26/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Cameron Lancaster Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. "The judicial confirmation process has been at a crawl for years. Now it has come to a functional standstill," said Schumer, who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. The Senate's top Republicans teamed up to block the Democratic efforts. Majority LeaderMitch McConnell objected to requests...
  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF/LOBBYIST MANAFORT: Yeah, We’re Secretly Working With Mitch McConnell

    04/25/2016 7:47:20 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 73 replies
    Trevor London ^ | 4/25/16 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Paul Manafort is the new head of Donald Trump’s campaign. A longtime Washington insider and heavy duty lobbyist for third world dictators, Manafort appeared this morning on Fox News Sunday and inadvertently let slip some revealing truths. MANAFORT: …What we’re trying to do right now is work with the Mitch McConnells who we didn’t depose in Kentucky even though he won the election and we worked with him to put a unity slate together. We’re trying to bring the party together. That’s what —WALLACE: Wait, because I think this is interesting. You’re saying that you’re working with the Senate majority...
  • Had Enough King Mitch? It’s Time to Term Limit McConnell

    04/14/2016 8:03:12 PM PDT · by writer33 · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/14/16 | John Gray
    The recent spat in the Senate reminds me of Russia. On any given day it is hard to tell whether Russia is being run by an authoritarian or an outright dictator. Vladimir Putin fools few into believing Russia is a constitutional republic led by a freely elected President. Instead, Putin has changed the rules and exploited every loophole to defy his constitution to remain in power. In America, we believe in term limits; our commander-in-chief is only permitted to rule for two four-year terms. Term limits prevent any one person from accumulating too much destructive power; in fact, term limits...
  • Florida GOP Senate hopeful won't endorse McConnell for leader

    04/14/2016 11:22:29 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a GOP Senate hopeful, has said he's not supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as the leader of Senate Republicans. “I have declined to endorse McConnell for reelection, and let’s be honest — if he lets a liberal justice onto the Supreme Court, he’s not going to be the majority leader. We know that, that’s not going to fly,” DeSantis told attendees at an April 10 forum sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, according to footage obtained by The Hill.
  • GOPe Playing Very Dangerous Game With Current Political Con

    04/12/2016 7:16:46 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 18 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | April 12, 2016 | Sundance
    PARTY LEADERSHIP RECOMMENDING AVOID OHIO CONVENTION... Somewhat quietly, though not without some water-cooler discussion, the Republican Party Leadership is warning membership to stay away from the upcoming Cleveland Ohio convention. The media is describing the issue as centering around those elected politicians who may want to avoid the potential for divisive controversy. However, if you look at the actual landscape, and then look at the political ideology of those who are openly saying they are staying away, what you’ll notice is the RINO caucus, the ‘Decepticons’, are the most cautious. If you spend some time digging through the professional GOPe...
  • Senate Republicans still on pointless quest to make Cruz apologize to McConnell

    04/08/2016 11:17:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/16 | DAN Calabrese
    "Ain't gonna happen." This one probably requires a bit of a memory refresher. Last July, Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and revealed publicly the sort of thing that traditionally U.S. senators keep to themselves: In a private meeting, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had looked Cruz in the face and lied to him about whether a sneaky back-room deal had been cut to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank. McConnell had insisted three times to Cruz’s face, “There is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.” That was a lie. Hardly an earth-shaking development. McConnell lies all the...
  • Cruz apology to McConnell? 'Ain't gonna happen,' he says

    04/08/2016 7:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2016 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>Ted Cruz said Thursday he will not apologize to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for accusing him of lying last year, despite suggestions from Senate colleagues it would help them unite behind his campaign.</p> <p>"That ain't gonna happen," Cruz told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that aired on "Erin Burnett OutFront." "And if the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time. My focus is on the American people and uniting Republicans behind shared values and a shared vision." Cruz has presented himself as the candidate best poised to unite the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton in November. But he has struggled with his own colleagues in the Senate, winning limited support from Republican senators.</p>
  • In Indiana, McConnell allies plot to stop another Cruz

    04/07/2016 1:28:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 7, 2016 | Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman is a member of the anti-leadership House Freedom Caucus, a conservative in the mold of Ted Cruz and a three-term Indiana congressman who voted against John Boehner as speaker. Now, he wants a promotion to the Senate -- and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies want to stop that. Privately, McConnell has made clear to his confidantes that he wants to bolster the candidacy of Stutzman's chief GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young, and push him over-the-top in the May 3 primary, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Publicly, McConnell's super PAC has made Indiana the...
  • Mitch McConnell: Dem nominees for Supreme Court are never ‘moderate’

    04/07/2016 11:04:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    As President Obama makes another pitch for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Americans not to fall for the media’s characterization of Judge Garland as a “moderate.” “I’m sure he’ll repeatedly claim that his nominee is ‘moderate,’” Mr. McConnell said of the president, who is holding an event for Judge Garland at the University of Chicago law school. “Not that he means it. It’s just a useful piece of spin that’s been dutifully echoed across the expanse of the Left and in the media for years.” The previous Supreme Court nominees of...
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

    04/04/2016 7:37:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2016 9:13 PM EDT
    Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. The White House has countered that Obama had no choice after comprehensive legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 stalled in the GOP-led House. The senators, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of United States v. Texas. A lawsuit from 26 states, led by Texas, challenges Obama’s actions, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments later this month and possibly rule...
  • Mitch McConnell’s Attorney PAC ‘Stand For Truth’, Sending Money To Ted Cruz PAC ‘Keep The Promise

    04/04/2016 5:28:51 AM PDT · by detective · 84 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 4, 2016 | Sundance
    Truncated Title. Full Title: Mitch McConnell’s Attorney PAC ‘Stand For Truth’, Sending Money To Ted Cruz PAC ‘Keep The Promise III’ The amount of money Washington DC is spending to attack Donald Trump and support Senator Ted Cruz is astounding. They’re not even trying to hide the money flow much any more. We previously shared how Mitch McConnell’s attorney, Eric Lycan was heading a PAC called “Stand For Truth”. That PAC was spending money attacking Donald Trump and Supporting Ted Cruz in Jan/Feb, in Iowa and on National Radio Shows
  • Cruz's Exposure of Republican Leaderships Quiet Surrender

    03/24/2016 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Shery · 26 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 3.24.16 | Jen Kuznicki
    America needs a leader who will stand for what is right, even if he’s the only one standing. The following is a summary of a particular fight between the Senate leadership and Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, taken from Cruz’s book, “A Time For Truth.” At a usually jocular Senate Republican lunch in February of 2014, Senators were turning purple and yelling at Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for refusing to go along with a scheme to raise the debt ceiling. Under Boehner’s leadership, 28 Republicans had joined with 193 Democrats to cut the legs out from under the 199...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland has ‘very liberal view of gun rights’

    03/16/2016 9:03:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/16/2016 | Dave Boyer
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which plans to spend at least $2 million on an advertising campaign to oppose Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination, says the nominee “has a very liberal view of gun rights.” JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino said in a blog post that Judge Merrick’s record on the bench since 1997 “leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.” In 2007, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against the...
  • Trump breaks the ice with Congress

    03/15/2016 5:55:38 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 106 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/15/16 | Susan Ferrechio
    The icy relationship between Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress may be starting to thaw. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Tuesday discussed having positive phone conversations with Trump after weeks of refusing to even mention the business mogul by name. In both cases, Trump picked up the phone first. "Donald Trump called this morning and we had a good conversation," McConnell told reporters Tuesday. "I appreciated his call."
  • Three Big “Republicans” Helping Hillary

    03/14/2016 6:52:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Three prominent Republican men are using their influence to help Hillary win in 2016, and they deserve our shaming. Far more traitors than these three foxes are hiding behind the wall of anonymity. But these three are particularly powerful and set the tone for others. “Listen, there are Republicans in Washington who are privately saying that [they would vote for Hillary]. Maybe some don’t publicly say it,” Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier told TheWrap last week. Strong and energetic conservative messages helped Republicans win big in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections. Moderate flip-floppers helped the GOP lose...
  • Trump/Cruz Destroy Establishment, McConnell/Paul In Kentucky!!!

    03/06/2016 6:58:40 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 11 replies
    The combined votes of Donald J. Trump & Ted Cruz wipe out the Kentucky Republican Establishment losers, Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul in a landslide defeat. So much for these two turncoats & Mitt Romney the "The King of GOP Establishment losers". - Donald Trump - 36% - 82,493 votes - Ted Cruz - 32% - 72,503 votes - Totals - 68% - 154,996 votes
  • Establishment Republicans Are Furious With John Kasich (Hahahahahaha)

    03/02/2016 3:30:10 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 3/2/16 | Tarini Parti
    On Tuesday night as return after return came in and Marco Rubio failed to break through, many establishment Republicans grew angrier that John Kasich was still in the race. One of them was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has become increasingly frustrated with Kasich behind closed doors, three sources told BuzzFeed News. In the coming days, McConnell will be urged to more aggressively try behind the scenes to push Kasich out, sources say. One of McConnell’s closest allies, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, is still backing Kasich. McConnell has become frustrated with establishment Republicans’ inability to rally behind a...
  • 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...
  • Thunderdome: Gone Savage For Trump

    02/29/2016 6:20:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 29, 2016 | Ben Domenech
    The Trump phenomenon is neither a disease nor a symptom - he is instead the beta-test of a cure that the American people are trying out. On Face the Nation this Sunday, I attempted to explain the 2016 cycle in 40 seconds. Pull back from the close ups on Donald J. Trump's tweets, and the political realignment we are experiencing becomes obvious and impossible to ignore. The post-Cold War left-right politics of the nation have been breaking down in slow motion for two decades. They are now being replaced by a different type of inside-outside politics. Of course, as one...
  • For GOP elite, the stink of panic

    02/27/2016 6:53:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    jaybookman.blog.myajc.com ^ | 2/27/16 | Jay Bookman
    The Times piece also describes the intense pressure on Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to leave the race, and Kasich’s equally intense refusal to do so. But perhaps the best gauge of the panic setting in comes from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “While still hopeful that Mr. Rubio might prevail, Mr. McConnell has begun preparing senators for the prospect of a Trump nomination, assuring them that, if it threatened to harm them in the general election, they could run negative ads about Mr. Trump to create space between him and Republican senators seeking re-election. Mr. McConnell has raised the...
  • ( From Raw Story ) McConnell Says Republicans Will Drop Donald Trump ‘Like A Hot Rock’ If He Wins GO

    02/27/2016 7:00:55 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 166 replies
    From Raw Story via rickey.org ^ | 2/27/16 | Rickey Yaneza
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has assured Senate candidates running for reelection that they can run ads against Donald Trump even if he wins the GOP nomination for president. According to the New York Times, senators attending private lunches with the Majority Leader have been advised to take the position that Donald Trump will lose badly in the general election and should prepare themselves for a Hillary Clinton presidency.
  • 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...
  • McConnell, GOP Judiciary members: No hearings for Obama SCOTUS nominee

    02/24/2016 8:35:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Since the reporting of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, most Republicans have rallied around the pledge to hold no hearings or votes on any potential replacement nominated by Barack Obama. The media has tried to find cracks in the front for almost as long, and found a couple of them with Senators Mark Kirk and Susan Collins, both of whom face uncertain electoral prospects in purple-to-blue states. Yesterday, however, Mitch McConnell declared that the Senate Republican Caucus had reached a firm consensus that no hearings or votes would take place: “I can now confidently say the view shared...
  • McConnell: Not a 'snowball's chance in hell' I'll relent on SCOTUS

    02/24/2016 6:43:50 AM PST · by detective · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/23/16 | Lauren French and John Bresnahan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of staunch House conservatives there isn't "a snowball's chance in hell" that he will back down from his opposition to confirming a Supreme Court justice before a new president is elected. The Kentucky Republican received a friendly reception from the board members of the House Freedom Caucus Tuesday evening. During a 45-minute meeting, the lawmakers expressed broad support for McConnell's position on the high court vacancy.
  • McConnell: "Senate Will Withhold Consent Of Any Obama SCOTUS Nominee"

    02/23/2016 11:56:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the Senate will “withhold” consent of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The Republican leader said on the Senate floor the new president should choose the nominee who replaces Justice Antonin Scalia, who died February 13.
  • Conservatives: Court nominee must be stopped at all costs

    02/22/2016 9:11:13 AM PST · by xzins · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/16 | Alexander Bolton
    Conservative leaders are sending a blunt message to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: The Supreme Court is more important than your majority. McConnell’s (R-Ky.) top priority since becoming majority leader last year has been to put his colleagues in a strong position to win reelection, in part by showing that Republicans can govern. But bottling up President Obama’s nominee to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia could bring the work of the chamber to a screeching halt if Democrats choose to retaliate. Conservatives say that’s the risk McConnell has to take. Taking action on a Supreme Court nominee —...