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  • Are Key Republican Leaders in D.C. Being Blackmailed?

    06/30/2015 3:56:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 127 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-30-15 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Are key Republican leaders in D.C. from the Senate, House and Supreme Court being blackmailed? Tell me you haven’t thought the exact same thing? Something is very wrong. Something smells rotten in DC. Rotten like a dead fish left at the front door of a Congressmen’s office by the Obama Crime Family. Rotten like a photo of a Supreme Court Justice with his robe down at his ankles. Because what’s happening just isn’t normal. Please tell me how it’s possible that President Obama and his socialist cabal suffered the most massive and historic defeat in modern political history only 9...
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • Obama signs trade legislation; Boehner, McConnell miss White House event

    06/29/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    resident Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation Monday, thanking Republican leaders who helped get it done and saying the package will “reinforce America’s leadership role in the world.” “I think it’s fair to say that getting these bills through Congress has not been easy,” Mr. Obama said as he signed the trade bills into law in the East Room. “They’ve been declared dead more than once.” The two major pieces of legislation grant Mr. Obama “fast track” trade-promotion authority
  • This was the best week of Obama’s presidency

    06/27/2015 1:55:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | June 26, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    When President Obama neared the end of his eulogy Friday for the late South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D), a victim of the shootings at a Charleston church last week, he paused. A long pause. It was a moment of genuine drama. Had he lost his place? Were his emotions getting to him? Then, he started to sing -- the opening bars to "Amazing Grace." Soon, the entire congregation at the AME Emanuel Church joined him in song...
  • The Return of ‘Speaker Cruz’

    06/23/2015 7:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Roll Call's 218 Blog ^ | June 23, 2015 | Matt Fuller, Matthew Fleming, Emma Dumain and Niels Lesniewski
    “Speaker Cruz” is looking for a comeback. With House GOP leaders meting out punishment against conservatives, and with the House and Senate moving ahead on a plan that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate a major trade deal, Sen. Ted Cruz changed his mind on Trade Promotion Authority Tuesday and, in a blistering op-ed, decided to take some shots at GOP leaders along the way. Without offering any real proof, Cruz accused Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of agreeing to vote on renewing the Export-Import Bank if pro-trade Democrats would vote for...
  • Obama twisting Senate Dem arms for TPA test vote today as Cruz switches to No

    06/23/2015 10:15:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 23, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Later this afternoon, the Senate will hold a procedural vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in an attempt to reach cloture and guarantee a floor vote on fast-track authority for Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. On its first go-around, TPA barely made it past this procedural hurdle, with only 13 Democrats coming along for the ride — and that package included Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a key Democratic priority to buffer the effects of globalization for American workers. Without it, even those few Democrats may take a pass on TPA, which would once again put fast-track...
  • Obama's trade agenda moves past key Senate hurdle

    06/23/2015 9:01:21 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-23-15 | Ted Barrett and Athena Jones,
    The President's trade agenda scored a major victory Tuesday when the Senate voted to advance a bill to allow "fast-track" approval of large international trade bills. The outcome of this key procedural vote had been in doubt as a group of 14 pro-trade Democrats weighed whether to continue their support of the bill out of concern that a related workers' assistance package might not pass both chambers. But after repeated assurances by GOP congressional leaders that workers' assistance measure will be adopted, 13 out of 14 backed the bill. The vote was 60 to 37, passing by the slimmest margin...
  • This Isn't the GOP I Grew Up With

    06/21/2015 3:24:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | June 19, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Scott in Philadelphia. Great to have you on Open Line Friday, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. I got a problem with all the... McConnell, Boehner, and Karl Rove. They've hijacked the party. RUSH: Yeah. (sigh) CALLER: I want to know why nobody says nothing about it. I mean, we elect these conservatives, they get in there, and then they're browbeaten into submission. RUSH: Well, it's not that nobody says anything about it. I myself have been referencing this. Others I know have. I mean, I know people who are making this the focal point of...
  • They’re Ted Cruz: “Reasonable” Senate GOP are just as irresponsible as Tea Party charlatan on Ocare

    06/16/2015 4:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Senate GOP leaders are worried about Ted Cruz's health care hijinks. Maybe they should worry about their own? Oh dear, the poor Responsible Senate Republicans. Their showboating junior colleagues in the Senate who are running for president, like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are going to make the would-be process of “fixing” Obamacare in the event of a King v. Burwell decision striking down premium subsidies very difficult. The Responsible, Senior, Statesmanlike Senate Republicans understand that you can’t just pull the plug on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act overnight without risking political blowback from its beneficiaries. Eliminating Obamacare...
  • Make Obama’s Secret Trade Deal the Hill the GOP Establishment Dies On

    06/11/2015 5:06:12 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/11/15 | Michael Walsh
    A chance to break Boehner's Speakership that ought not be missed. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the Grand Old Party and take them out. If conservatives — who are just now realizing the extent of the bait-and-switch double-cross that the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner have pulled on them — must now make common cause with their “friends” across the aisle in the interests of recapturing the Party of Reagan, so be it. Sometimes the enemy of my enemy really is my friend. That the Republican Establishment has lined...
  • Malkin: Why America Hates the GOP-Obamatrade Deal

    06/11/2015 5:08:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 173 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 12, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Constitutional conservatives don't like it. Trade unions abhor it. Obama critics hate it. Environmentalists despise it. Outside the Beltway bubble, a broad coalition of voters from the left, right and center opposes the mega-trade deal getting rammed through Congress this week by the Republican establishment on behalf of the White House. Here's why. The Obama administration, House GOP leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sold out American sovereignty. Their so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission will have sweeping authority over trade, immigration, environmental, labor and commerce regulations. As alert watchdogs U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., chairman of the...
  • Bret Baier Grills McConnell Over TPA: ‘Why Not Make The Trade Bill Transparent?’ [VIDEO]

    06/10/2015 5:46:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 9, 2015 | Al Weaver
    EXCERPT BAIER: That sounds like Nancy Pelosi. You’re going to find out after you pass it. MCCONNELL: No, no. It hadn’t been finalized yet. BAIER: But you passed it though… MCCONNELL: What Trade Promotion Authority is is a process to deal with it. The trade agreement will be completely transparent. We’ll have a chance to vote whether to approve it or not. BAIER: So all this criticism about we don’t know what’s in it yet, you discount that? MCCONNELL: I don’t buy that because the agreement hasn’t been finalized. What we’ve been voting on is a procedure that allows it...
  • McConnell backs away from judicial shutdown talk

    06/07/2015 6:49:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/6/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Mitch McConnell is denying there’s a shutdown on President Obama’s federal court nominees —despite comments the Senate majority leader made on Thursday indicating such a freeze. The clarification comes as several of McConnell’s GOP colleagues are working with the administration to fill circuit-court vacancies affecting their home states. In an interview with the conservative Hugh Hewitt show on Thursday, McConnell (R-Ky.) noted that the Senate so far this year has only confirmed federal district court nominees who had support from Republican senators. McConnell then predicted the trend would continue. “And do you expect that that will continue to be the...
  • Patriot Act Showdown Proves Mitch McConnell Has Lost Control of the Senate

    06/04/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Jennifer Kerns
    A showdown in the U.S. Senate over the extension of the Patriot Act this week revealed divisions among the GOP on a core policy issue of national security – in particular, the collection and storage of bulk cellphone data. It also revealed a troubling picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s leadership … or lack thereof. Sources on Capitol Hill, including lobbyists and top attorneys, have been saying for weeks that Sen. McConnell (R-Ky.) is a “timid” leader who is flailing in his new role. This week’s showdown within his own caucus underscores that point after an issue that could...
  • Rand Paul Is Following Ron Paul All the Way to a 2016 Loss

    06/04/2015 3:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 3, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    He’s turning out to be a lot like his father, unable or unwilling to adjust to changing political realities within his party.There are many reasons to be bullish about Rand Paul's unconventional campaign for president. He's relentlessly courting support from young voters and African Americans, making the explicit case that outreach can translate into wider support. He's embracing issues that Republicans usually don't dare touch, such as criminal-justice reform, drug decriminalization, and reining in government surveillance. And based on the early polls, he's finding himself in solid shape, running competitively against Hillary Clinton and in the top tier of Republican...
  • Ron Paul: My politics ‘probably helps [my son Rand] more than it hurts’

    06/04/2015 12:39:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | June 2, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Ron Paul, libertarian hero, three-time presidential candidate and father of senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that his record will only help his son, who is currently running for president himself. "It probably helps more than it hurts," the former Texas congressman said on Ora TV's "PoliticKING," when asked whether his particular brand of politics would "hurt or help" Rand Paul. The elder Paul also said he believes his son has had a better time than he did overcoming an independent-minded bent, and that he has worked well within the establishment, unlike his father. "McConnell has endorsed him...
  • Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's marriage of political convenience

    06/02/2015 6:16:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 2, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    The relationship between Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell has always been more a marriage of political convenience than heartfelt bromance, and it is being tested now like never before.. The two Republican senators represent divergent flanks of the Republican Party, often pulling in different directions, most recently over what to do with the nation’s domestic telephone surveillance program. Paul is the libertarian-leaning firebrand who temporarily shut down the government's bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is the establishment elder who believes surveillance is not infringing on privacy and should be preserved to catch terrorists. Paul...
  • Bevin pokes fun at 'tension' with McConnell, calls for help from GOP to defeat Conway

    05/31/2015 11:01:18 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/31/2015 | Nick Storm
    LEXINGTON — Two-thirds may not have been his crowd at the beginning of the night, but by the time state Republicans left Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate Saturday they at least had a dose of humor, and an attempt at reunification from freshly minted nominee Matt Bevin. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was back in Washington D.C., but that didn’t stop his one time rival from attempting to make light of potential tension between Bevin and McConnell at the statewide Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday. A video was played to illustrate the true nature of the Bevin/McConnell relationship. Bevin, the former...
  • Why do Mitch McConnell and John Boehner act like they have a Denny Hastert problem?

    05/30/2015 5:22:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 75 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/30/15 | Newsmachete
    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, blah blah blah. Now, having gotten that obligatory sentence out of the way, if Denny Hastert is guilty of molesting a young boy, that's simply terrible. But why do Mitch McConnell and John Boehner seem to be acting as though they might also be blackmailed? Consider how Boehner and McConnell have given in to Obama on all of the following: 1) 100% of his budget requests. 2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints. 3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints. 4) Raising the debt ceiling repeatedly without any restraints. 5) Effectively giving...
  • Dennis Hastert Paid to Hide Sexual Misconduct With Student: Official

    05/29/2015 1:33:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 114 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/29/15 | PETE WILLIAMS, ERIN MCCLAM and TRACY CONNOR
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal sexual misconduct while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. Tribune newspapers reported earlier in the day that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct. Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges that he structured bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and later lied about it to the FBI. The indictment said that Hastert was paying an unidentified...
  • Bill Straub: McConnell finding out the hard way that Paul will put political interest first

    05/28/2015 7:29:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Northern Kentucky ^ | May 28, 2015 | Bill Straub, Washington correspondent
    Apparently Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is unfamiliar with the old story about the frog and the scorpion, otherwise the man who fancies himself a sage at legislative maneuvering would have been better prepared for the political manipulations of his Kentucky GOP cohort and alleged good friend, Sen. Rand Paul. In the story, a scorpion asks a frog to ferry him across a river. The frog is understandably reluctant, fearing the arachnid might decide to sting him. The scorpion promises to refrain, noting that the sting would lead to the demise of both of them. So the frog consents. Sure...
  • Lawmakers and candidates reviewing increased federal authority over U.S. waters

    05/28/2015 1:40:08 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 3 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/27/2015 | Nick Storm
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers followed through with the finalization of a rule regulating waterways of the United States, which some in the GOP fear could turn into a land grab. In Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and GOP candidates running for statewide office have voiced concerns with the proposed rule and the harm it may pose to farmers in the state. ... According to The Hill, EPA head Gina McCarthy said those fears are unfounded under the finalized rule announced Wednesday. ... Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, is running against Jean Marie Lawson Spann in...
  • The 3 presidential candidates throwing a wrench in Mitch McConnell's plans

    05/27/2015 5:08:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 27, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    When Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky brought floor action on the Patriot Act to a standstill early last Saturday, he underscored the challenge that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has with his three ideological freshman senators seeking the presidency. The other two senators are Ted Cruz (R) of Texas and Marco Rubio (R) of Florida. As presidential aspirants, they have broken with GOP tradition and are not patiently “waiting their turn” for a shot at the Oval Office. According to longtime congressional observers, such lawmakers have no Senate tradition or deep love of the institution. Senator Paul’s campaign slogan,...
  • Boehner/McConnell Op-Ed: "Now We Can Get Congress Going" [Nov 2014]

    05/27/2015 4:48:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Speaker Boehner's Press Office [Wall Street Journal] ^ | November 5, 2014 | By John Boehner and Mitch McConnell
    Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate. We are humbled by this opportunity to help struggling middle-class Americans. Looking ahead to the next Congress, we will honor the voters’ trust by focusing, first, on jobs and the economy. Among other things, that means a renewed effort to debate and vote on the many bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years. It also means renewing our commitment to repeal ObamaCare, which is hurting the job market along with Americans’ health care. Our priorities in the 114th Congress will be your priorities. That means addressing...
  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 73 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.
  • McConnell's floor strategy backfires

    05/23/2015 6:34:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/22/15 | Burgess Everett
    Mitch McConnell tried to use a time-tested tactic to break his fellow senators’ will and get what he wants: the threat of missing their vacation after a grueling, six-week work period. It didn’t work. The majority leader prioritized a fast-track trade bill over renewing three key PATRIOT Act provisions that expire on May 31. McConnell got the trade bill through on Friday evening, but his attempts to exhaust his colleagues and jam through a clean extension of surveillance laws blew apart just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A trio of libertarian-leaning senators objected to McConnell’s attempts to offer even a two-day...
  • Senate locked in evening NSA showdown

    05/22/2015 4:19:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    The Senate is headed for a pair of late Friday evening votes on competing bills to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act, with little certainty about the path forward. Neither a National Security Agency (NSA) reform bill called the USA Freedom Act nor Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) two-month “clean” extension of the expiring Patriot Act provisions appears to have the necessary 60 votes to move forward. Failure of both measures would increase the odds of an even shorter-term reauthorization of the current law — or the chance that the legal measures expire entirely. “We’re just trying to figure out...
  • Obama trade bill clears big Senate hurdle, Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive

    05/21/2015 9:10:37 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama’s trade agenda has found new life. In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president’s goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries, the Senate on Thursday broke a bipartisan filibuster of legislation to give the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate new trade deals. The 62-38 vote preserves the possibility that the Senate can finish the trade bill before the Memorial Day recess, which would be a major boon to Obama and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. It came after a...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul lie low in Kentucky primary

    05/20/2015 4:38:37 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/16/15 | Kyle Cheney
    When James Comer’s phone buzzed Monday night, he had just finished tangling with the three Republicans angling to crush him in next week’s Kentucky GOP gubernatorial primary. The campaign had hit its ugly zenith a week earlier, when Comer’s ex-girlfriend accused him of hitting her decades earlier when they were in college together. (SNIP) Paul needs the state’s next governor to help drive legal changes that will allow him to run for his Senate seat next year while he seeks the White House. And McConnell is standing by as the man who tried to unseat him last year — conservative...
  • McConnell moves to end debate on 'fast track' trade bill

    05/19/2015 11:41:54 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Many oppose "fast track" authority, which will give Obama expanded power in international deals. McConnell is refusing to allow votes on amendments, breaking a pledge to allow an open process (has) filed cloture.
  • McConnell, Stephanopoulos Reach Across The Aisle To Help Push Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade

    05/17/2015 1:02:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    An embattled Republican, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined an embattled Democrat, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, in a rare showing of bipartisan support for the Hillary Clinton-backed Obamatrade deal on Sunday morning. With Stephanopoulos on the ropes over his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation — a fact he didn’t bother to disclose before interviewing Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer about his book Clinton Cash — there are serious questions being raised about McConnell’s decision to attempt to help the former Bill Clinton staffer. “McConnell is now taking his ‘non-partisan’ governing agenda to the media,”...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • McConnell the Anti-Patriot

    05/15/2015 4:13:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 5/14/15 | Jen Kuznicki
    Last week, as a result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a circuit court ruled that bulk data collection on the part of the NSA is illegal. With only a few days left before key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire, and at a time when heightened awareness and skepticism of bulk data collection continue to concern Americans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has positioned himself, and since he is the leader of the Senate, his party as well, against the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The problem that McConnell creates is that power-hungry Democrats...
  • Senate GOP Reject Democrats’ Compromise Trade Deal

    05/13/2015 12:40:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | 5/13/15 | TRNS
    “That’s not acceptable,” Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said. The Senate Republican leadership has rejected a compromise bill floated by Senate Democrats, leaving a key trade bill at the center of the Obama administration’s political priorities at a standstill. Senate Democrats had proposed a compromise on a trade bill earlier on Wednesday after blocking debate on fast-track authority for the president on Tuesday, which included a proposal to vote on a provision related to currency manipulation that would be included in a final bill, rather than all four bills the Democrats wanted included. Republicans quickly rejected that offer, and instead...
  • Liberal senators imperil Obama trade bill (Republicans rescuing Obama)

    05/12/2015 6:52:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/15 | Alexander Bolton
    The White House and Senate Republicans are scrambling to win enough support for a key procedural vote Tuesday to move forward with President Obama’s trade agenda. The vote is shaping up to be one of the most dramatic roll calls of this Congress and could be a stinging rebuke of the president by members of his own party. It may also doom a sweeping Pacific trade agreement that is a top priority for the Obama administration. Trade bills traditionally pass the Senate with ease and face stiffer winds in the House. But this time around, there are major hurdles in...
  • Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

    05/08/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Aaron Blanke
    Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year. These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two. And boy do they. Here is top McConnell aide Josh Holmes on Bevin in a new Lousiville Courier-Journal story: Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and...
  • Mark Levin TORCHES Mitch McConnell for throwing in with Iran in the name of bipartisanship

    05/07/2015 10:17:57 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 30 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5-7-2015 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin opened his show today blasting Mitch McConnell for siding with Obama and the Islamo-Nazis in Iran with this so-called Iran Nuclear Review Act and lying about it. He calls McConnell a ‘deserter,’ a ‘disgrace’ and ‘Benedict Arnold,’ and says McConnell put the Republican Party and bipartisanship above the national security of this country. Listen:
  • NEWS ALERT from GOA: Secret (Trade) Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans

    05/07/2015 8:23:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 49 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | May 7, 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters. This anti-gun wish list could be part of...
  • McConnell Carries Reid Leadership Legacy

    05/07/2015 7:36:05 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-7-2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here is the uncomfortable question every Republican senator must ask: at what point is it more of a liability than an asset to have Mitch McConnell serving as Majority Leader instead of Harry Reid? At what point do you bench the player who grounds out into a double play every time he comes to the plate? He [McConnell] has now decided to shut off all debate and join Democrats in blocking Senator Rubio’s (R-FL) amendment, which would have forced Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist. As we’ve noted, McConnell is not only committed to passing bills supported by Democrats,...
  • Republicans pass first regular-order Congressional budget since 2009 (2010)

    05/06/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5-6-15 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans promised to restore order to a dysfunctional Congress in the midterm elections. Yesterday, they delivered on that campaign promise, passing the first regular-order budget framework since 2009. It didn’t come easy, though: The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who shepherded the blueprint through a messy debate over defense spending that at times threatened to split their conferences. … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had ripped Democrats for years over their failure to pass a budget, and said Tuesday’s vote shows his GOP majority is getting the Senate working again. “No...
  • “A corrupt, unresponsive and plutocratic disaster”: How Mitch McConnell and the GOP remade DC

    04/26/2015 7:16:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/26/2015 | Elias Isquith
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is by most accounts an awkward, charmless politician who is motivated by little more than a ruthless desire to accrue power and win his next election. He has no set ideological principles (he was once a labor-friendly, pro-choice moderate, for example) and despite having been in Congress for some three decades, no legislation of real significance bears his name. To all appearances, he is exactly the kind of nakedly ambitious cipher that our society rewards but that we the people claim to hate. I would, generally speaking, rather write about someone else.
  • The Disgraceful Republican Cave-in on Loretta Lynch

    04/25/2015 7:13:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 25, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Voting to confirm an attorney general who won’t uphold the Constitution isn’t a way to inspire confidence among conservatives.Hillary Clinton didn’t have such a bad week after all. Sure, she’s reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank. But they’re only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation. They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congress’s Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Department’s Benghazi investigation. Yet it may not have been as bad as...
  • McConnell whipped for Lynch, avoiding nuclear fallout

    04/24/2015 6:49:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked quietly to round up more than 60 votes to end a filibuster of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, Republican senators say. After holding up Lynch’s confirmation vote for weeks, McConnell worked to ensure she would overcome a filibuster with a strong bipartisan vote, pitting him against Tea Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives. Some GOP senators say McConnell wanted to avoid a battle over the “nuclear option,” the controversial tactic then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) employed in 2013 to reduce the threshold for ending a filibuster of most executive...
  • Senate GOP leadership wants to restore federal ObamaCare subsidies through 2017 if SCOTUS strikes...

    04/24/2015 5:58:08 AM PDT · by Bratch · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 23, 2015 | AllahPundit
    Full title: Senate GOP leadership wants to restore federal ObamaCare subsidies through 2017 if SCOTUS strikes them down Remember the Halbig case? There’s a part of the ObamaCare statute that says you’re eligible for money from Uncle Sam to pay the premiums on your new health insurance plan provided that you bought your plan on “an exchange established by the State.” The left says that phrase includes the federal exchange; the right says nope, it means only the exchanges established by individual states. The whole point of the subsidies, in theory, was to create a financial incentive for state governments...
  • Two Congress Critters walk into a Bar ~ Vanity Joke

    04/21/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by GraceG · 15 replies
    Here is a Joke I though of! Two Congress Critters walk into a Bar and sit down. The Bartender moves over to their place at the Bar and asks "good evening gentlemen, nice to see you again tonight, would you like the usual?" One of the congress critters looks at the Bartender and says "It's been a hell of day on the hill, we'll take the usual and leave the bottles!" The Bartender says "two glasses, One bottle of whiskey and a bottle of rum coming right up!" The one congress critter grabs the wild turkey by the neck and...
  • McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a ‘depressing new low’

    04/20/2015 4:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Devin Henry
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Monday described an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader equating those opposed to climate protections to slaveholders as a “depressing new low.” In an editorial last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote that McConnell and others opposed to stricter environmental rules “will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery.” “How could economic interests bind them to the immortality of their position?” the paper asked then. The editorial said McConnell should listen to public opinion and drop his opposition to President Obama's greenhouse gas reduction plans. “The...
  • Mitch McConnell: Congress to 'respond legislatively' to Iran nuclear bill

    04/06/2015 3:58:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | Kelly Cohen
    Fresh off a trip to the Middle East, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is insisting that Congress get a chance to review and approve a nuclear deal with Iran. "To the detriment of international security […] the Obama administration has always approached the goal of these negotiations as reaching the best deal that is acceptable to Iran, rather than what should be our national goal: ending Iran's nuclear program," the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Monday. McConnell visited Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Afghanistan last week with a Senate delegation. On Thursday, a framework for a nuclear deal with Iran,...
  • King, U.S lawmakers discuss Mideast, ties (Boehner delegation in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 3/29/2015 6:02:57 PM
    His Majesty King Abdullah II received on Sunday, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and his accompanying delegation to discuss Middle East issues. The meeting, which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, dealt with Jordanian-US ties and ways to enhance these, especially in political and economic fields, in addition to regional and international developments, top of which are efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology and achieve peace in the region. The King said efforts should be ramped up to fend off the threat of...
  • Iran deal worse than Israel feared, Netanyahu says

    03/29/2015 3:51:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 29, 2015, 12:57 pm | Jonathan Beck
    PM warns of ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'; officials say Tehran has agreed to ship out all enriched uranium to Russia Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday against the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, as Iranian and Western officials in Lausanne, Switzerland were rushing to reach a framework agreement by an end-of-month deadline. “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is maneuvering from the south to take over the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, one of the last for his outgoing government. “The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is dangerous for mankind and must be stopped.” Netanyahu told ministers that he had spoken with...