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  • Trump, McConnell say they want tax bill passed this year and quash talk of a rocky relationship

    10/16/2017 12:26:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    CNBC ^ | Oct. 16, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Monday that they want to see a tax bill passed by the end of the year. "I really believe that we have a very good chance of getting the taxes done ... hopefully fairly long before the end of the year," the president said in a hastily scheduled, roughly 40-minute news conference following a lunch with the Kentucky Republican. McConnell added: "The goal is to get it done by the end of the year."
  • Trump, McConnell set for tense talks at Monday meeting

    10/15/2017 8:34:16 PM PDT · by topher · 49 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 15-Oct-2017 | FoxNews
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to sit down with President Donald Trump Monday in a White House meeting that could help patch their relationship, which fractured in a big way over the summer, when the two leaders took shots at each other over health care reform and the effectiveness of Congress. Back in August, Trump said he was “very disappointed in Mitch,” after McConnell said Trump had “excessive expectations” about the legislative process. The meeting comes as conservative groups demand McConnell step down from his leadership role. “We call on all five members of the GOP Senate leadership...
  • Collins: Bannon's rhetoric about McConnell 'not helpful'

    10/15/2017 11:15:03 AM PDT · by Mariner · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15th, 2017 | By Mallory Shelbourne
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Sunday that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's rhetoric about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is “not helpful.” “This is not helpful or appropriate at all. Obviously Mr. Bannon has the right to support whomever he wants to support,” Collins told ABC’s “This Week.” “But I think his rhetoric is exactly what the American people are tired of. They don’t want this hyperpartisanship. They want us to work together and they want us to get things done.” Bannon has vowed to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterms and put up primary...
  • Bannon on GOP insurgency: 'Nobody can run and hide'

    10/14/2017 8:31:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2017 1:54 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus and Thomas Beaumont
    Steve Bannon has a stark message to Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: “Nobody can run and hide.” President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is promoting a field of potential primary challengers to take on disfavored Republicans in Congress and step up for open seats. […] It’s an insurgency that could imperil Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Bannon called it a “populist nationalist conservative revolt” in a speech to religious conservatives in Washington on Saturday. The emerging Bannon class of rabble-rousers shares limited ideological ties but a common intent to upend Washington and knock out Senate...
  • Who wants to borrow McConnell's slightly-used majority? (great article! - link only)

    10/14/2017 4:38:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    10/13/17 | J. Scott Applewhite
  • Mitch McConnell walks back pro-Trump court-packing plan

    10/13/2017 2:06:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Taylor Link
    Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell walked back his announced intention to eliminate a longtime tool of bipartisanship in the Senate by doing away with blue slips — something that Republicans used and abused in order to block former President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees during his time in office. McConnell had told The Weekly Standard on Tuesday that he planned on removing the importance of blue slips, rendering them as a symbolic gesture as opposed to a procedural mechanism. But McConnell's spokesman, Don Stewart, told HuffPost on Wednesday that the Republican Party did not intend on eliminating blue slips. The blue slip is not a rule...
  • The Republican civil war is spreading

    10/13/2017 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 78 replies
    The Week ^ | October 13th, 2017 | Paul Waldman
    arties don't descend into vicious civil wars when things are going well for them. So the fact that it's happening now to the GOP tells you a lot about what Republicans are facing, even though they control the White House, Congress, and a majority of state houses and governorships. They are beginning to tear themselves apart over the question of who is to blame for their current difficulties, with one side saying it's the fault of a feckless establishment that is insufficiently loyal to President Trump, and the other side saying — mostly sotto voce, but occasionally out loud —...
  • President Trump Struggling To Pass Tax Reform – Elites Look To Every Excuse To Block Him

    10/12/2017 8:49:52 AM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    President Trump needs the support of Republican senators to pass key legislative items in the coming months. Upcoming measures include bills to raise the debt ceiling to avert default, fund the government to avoid a shutdown, and overhaul the American tax system. However, the out and out feud he has with Mitch McConnell may prove to be the undoing of his tax reform which the American people need and want. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is urging conservatives to bring it on. “I say: Let’s have this debate. Let’s tackle these baseless arguments head on,” Ryan said in prepared remarks for...
  • McConnell promises to speed pace on judicial nominees

    10/11/2017 10:04:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 11, 2017 9:05 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The Senate’s top Republican, facing increasing pressure from conservative groups, is seeking to upend a longstanding Senate tradition in order to speed the confirmation pace on a backlog of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Conservative activists such as the Judicial Crisis Network have been increasingly frustrated with the slow pace on judicial nominees. The influential group had threatened to run ads against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell starting this week but backed off after winning assurances from the Kentucky Republican that the pace will quicken. McConnell has also announced in media interviews that the Senate should no longer abide by a...
  • Conservative groups demand McConnell step down as Senate GOP leader

    10/11/2017 12:04:54 PM PDT · by topher · 55 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 11-Oct-2017 | By Alex Pappas, Fox News
    The leaders of several conservative groups called Wednesday for Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate majority leader, arguing the Kentucky Republican and the rest of his team should be ousted from their posts because they have not implemented the conservative agenda they promised. “We call on all five members of the GOP Senate leadership to step down, or for their caucus to remove them as soon as possible,” Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia who now leads the Senate Conservatives Fund, said at a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill.
  • Mitch McConnell Is Keeping The Senate Rule That Lets Dems Block Trump’s Judges

    10/11/2017 1:56:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Jennifer Bendery
    The GOP leader may not personally be a fan of blue slips, but he’s not getting rid of them, says his spokesman. WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will continue to honor the blue slip rule ― an arcane but hugely consequential Senate tradition that lets lawmakers block a president’s judicial nominees from their home states ― even though a news article suggested he would get rid of it, his spokesman said. The Weekly Standard reported Wednesday that McConnell said in an interview that Democrats would no longer be allowed to use the rule to deny some of...
  • Hardball: McConnell Changes Rule to Overcome Obstruction of Trump's Judicial Picks, Dems Fume

    10/11/2017 10:38:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 113 replies ^ | October 11, 2017 | Guy Benson
    This may seem like an abstruse parliamentary maneuver -- and it is -- but Mitch McConnell just escalated the judicial wars in a minor but meaningful way. If frustrated conservatives want the GOP Senate majority to " start acting like one ," McConnell's decision eliminates a lever Democrats have been using to stymie some of President Trump's judicial picks. In that sense, he's very much acting like a majority leader; a Democratic one. Try not to let your eyes glaze over as you read the details of this move, which involves dramatically reducing the power of so-called "blue slips"...
  • Mystery 'swamp creature' crawls out of Malaysian family's toilet

    10/10/2017 4:43:44 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 66 replies
    upi ^ | Oct. 10, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A Malaysian couple captured video of a mysterious eel-like "swamp creature" that emerged from their toilet and crawled across the bathroom floor. Zul Hanif Anip, 25, said he and his wife, Puteri, were home Friday in Alor Setar when the creature emerged from the toilet and slowly slithered around their home. Anip said the creature's proportions, a small head with a thick body, did not match any local snakes that he was familiar with. ''I think the creature grew up inside the pipe works connected to the toilet hole, because I have checked and there is no entry point for...
  • McConnell defends Corker amid Trump feud

    10/09/2017 7:13:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 105 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/9/17 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is offering support to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) amid a war of words between the latter and President Trump. "Sen. Corker is a valuable member of the Senate Republican caucus and he’s also on the Budget committee and a particularly important player as we move to the floor on the budget next week and he’s an important part of our team,” McConnell said Monday in Kentucky, according to the Associated Press. Asked about whether he agreed with Corker's criticism of Trump, McConnell sidestepped, adding: "[Corker is] an important part of our team and he's...
  • Angry GOP donors close their wallets

    10/05/2017 9:04:07 AM PDT · by ctpsb · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/05/17 | Alex Isenstadt, Gabriel Debenedetti
    'I’m sick and tired of nothing happening,' one contributor says of the party's legislative failures.
  • Report: Top GOP donors upset with legislative failures

    10/05/2017 6:25:36 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    Top GOP donors are reportedly angry over the Republican Party's legislative failures, telling lawmakers their wallets are closed until something passes through the chambers.... As the GOP agenda stalls, party contributors are slowing down their cash donations until the lawmakers start showing they can get results and keep their key promises to undo Obama-era measures. With the 2018 midterms just around the corner, GOP lawmakers are trying to reassure the donors that they can deliver.
  • Group says McConnell 'wasted millions' against Moore

    10/04/2017 4:28:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2017 6:30 PM EDT
    A group that backed Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s contentious U.S. Senate primary said a super PAC aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “wasted millions” trying to defeat Moore. The Senate Leadership Fund spent $9 million in the race on behalf of Sen. Luther Strange. Ed Rollins, lead strategist for the Great America PAC backing Moore, said the Senate Leadership Fund can “atone for this mistake” by providing Moore with the same level of financial support as he faces Democrat Doug Jones in the general election. …
  • The Republican Senate’s Terrible Week Bodes Ill For The GOP

    09/29/2017 11:32:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 29,2017 | By John Daniel Davidson
    It’s been a bad week for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans announced they did not have the votes to pass the Graham-Cassidy health spending bill, marking the second time in three months the GOP-controlled Senate has failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. Later that same day, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced he would not run for reelection next year. And of course on Tuesday night conservative firebrand and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore easily won a Republican runoff...
  • Dark days for Senate Leader McConnell as losses cast doubt

    09/27/2017 3:49:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 6:17 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Senate Republicans reckoned Wednesday with an insurgent’s win in Alabama that poses clear threats to their own grip on power and the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Nearly $10 million spent by a McConnell-backed super PAC couldn’t save incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange, who had been endorsed by President Donald Trump as well. It came the same day that McConnell, short of votes, pulled the plug on the latest and possibly final GOP effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” Coming together, the events raised questions about McConnell’s leadership within the Senate and without, casting doubt on his reputation both...
  • McConnell Pledges to Support Roy Moore and Donald Trump’s Agenda

    09/27/2017 11:29:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 87 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | September 27,2017 | Kristina Wong
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) congratulated Judge Roy Moore on his blowout victory in the Alabama Senate GOP primary over Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) — the candidate he backed. “I would like to congratulate Roy Moore on his victory in Alabama tonight,” McConnell said in a statement. McConnell added that Moore “ran a spirited campaign centered around dissatisfaction with the progress made in Washington” — not acknowledging his own role as senate majority leader or support for Strange. “I share that frustration,” McConnell said, pledging to support Trump’s agenda, noting it was what “the American people voted for last...