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  • [Flashback] McConnell accidentally calls Reid majority leader

    02/25/2015 9:21:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Cristina Marcos
    A month into the new Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may still be getting used to life in the majority. Upon welcoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back on the Senate floor after a January exercising accident, McConnell reverted to an old habit of referring to his Democratic counterpart as the "majority leader." "Let me say first, I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He's had a challenging month, and we're happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it's coming along...
  • McConnell ready to move ‘clean’ bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown

    02/24/2015 11:58:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    By Alexander Bolton - 02/24/15 02:34 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the Senate may vote “very quickly” on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.Days before a shutdown of the critical agency, McConnell said he would “be happy" to pass a clean DHS funding bill before the Senate considers a narrow measure overturning President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. ADVERTISEMENT His plan, if accepted by Senate Democrats and House Republicans, would prevent Homeland Security from shutting down on Saturday.McConnell noted the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on legislation he introduced this...
  • GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

    02/23/2015 6:00:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 8:09 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • Will McConnell make a deal?

    02/18/2015 3:50:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Don’t count on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to play dealmaker in the fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. The Kentucky Republican is under intense pressure from conservatives to hold the line against President Obama’s immigration actions, and he shows no signs of backing down. McConnell on Tuesday used a judge’s injunction against Obama’s immigration order to increase the pressure on Democrats, saying the onus is on them to stop filibustering legislation that would fund the DHS and stop an illegal power grab by the White House. “Senate Democrats — especially those who’ve voiced opposition to the President’s executive...
  • McConnell: Court ruling on immigration bolsters GOP bill to defund executive actions

    02/17/2015 9:24:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday a federal court injunction against President Obama’s executive action on immigration should send a signal to Democrats to stop blocking legislation that would curb it. "This ruling underscores what the President has already acknowledged publicly 22 times,” McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement. “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." A bill to fund...
  • Top Lawmakers Launch Counterattack on Obama Anti-Israel Campaign

    02/14/2015 7:29:08 AM PST · by kindred · 6 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Republicans voice support for Netanyahu congressional speech Top Republican leaders took to public and private channels Thursday to expose a coordinated campaign by the Obama administration to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his acceptance of an invitation to speak before Congress, according to conversations with multiple lawmakers and leading pro-Israel insiders. The statements, many of which were obtained by the Washington Free Beacon in conversations with leaders in Congress, come in the aftermath of a widely cited New York Times report in which Obama administration officials accused Netanyahu of breaking diplomatic protocol by agreeing to speak before receiving...
  • Egypt poised for Libya evacuations as Isis hostage photos emerge (21 Christians in orange jumpsuits)

    02/14/2015 6:46:50 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 13, 2015 | Chris Stephen and Jared Malsin in Cairo
    Egypt has offered to evacuate thousands of its citizens from Libya after Islamic State (Isis) released pictures showing 21 kidnapped Egyptian Christians paraded in orange jumpsuits. Egypt said it had no choice but take urgent measures on Friday with Isis expanding fast across Libya, its war-stricken neighbour. “We are helping them,” Cairo’s foreign ministry spokesman, Badr Abdelatty, said. “If they would like to come back from Libya, we are facilitating their return to their home country.” The Coptic Christian guest workers were kidnapped in Sirte, on Libya’s coast, by Isis units based there in two operations in December and January....
  • The Case For Killing The Filibuster

    02/14/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    Senate Democrats are using the filibuster to try and embarrass the GOP into backing down on the House's version of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, a version which would roll back the president's unconstitutional unilateralism on immigration reform. Congressional Republicans are trying to put on a show of unity, but the fissures are already evident. The demands from conservative activist leadership and the grassroots' legions for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke "the Reid Rule" and smash what's left of the Senate filibuster using the same procedural maneuver that Harry Reid used to kill the...
  • House Republicans resist call to change course on DHS funding

    02/11/2015 11:12:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/2015 | Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    A pair of GOP senators implored House Republicans Thursday to soften their stance in the intra-party dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who both formerly served in the lower chamber, stressed to the House GOP conference behind closed doors that the Senate can’t get the 60 votes it needs to advance the House-passed DHS funding bill that includes language to reverse President Obama's executive actions on immigration. "They lamented the frustration they're having getting up to 60 votes. But apparently that is the strategy now with the Democrat minority...
  • Rand Paul endorses Mitch McConnell in 2014 Senate race, won’t back tea party challenge

    03/28/2013 3:15:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader. “Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller. Benton, who has worked for both Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is credited by insiders with brokering Paul’s support for McConnell. The move quashes a determined effort by Kentucky Republican Liberty Caucus chairman David Adams, who launched Paul’s Senate bid and served as Paul’s campaign...
  • Ted Cruz scalded by sick Mitch McConnell burn

    02/02/2015 11:29:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 67 replies
    salon.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Luke Brinker
    Say what you will about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but the man can deliver a joke. Speaking at Washington’s tony Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night, the Republican spared few targets, the New York Times reports. McConnell poked fun at himself, new inductee Mitt Romney, and fellow members of the U.S. Senate, including a particularly incendiary Tea Party Republican from Texas. McConnell noted that Cruz — the anti-Obamacare crusader who spearheaded the 2013 government shutdown, thereby earning the enmity of many fellow Republicans — had once proclaimed that he would throw himself in front of a moving train, if...
  • Keystone debate ends with Democrats' ire

    01/23/2015 1:01:55 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Senators worked till midnight on Thursday moving through a series of amendments to a bill that would green-light construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but Senate Democrats wanted to stay longer. At least, they were frustrated with what they said was a double standard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who moved to end debate on the bill and set up a final vote next week after tabling a number of Democratic amendments. The Senate had already voted on 15 amendments, 10 of which were offered by Democrats and another five from Republicans. But Democrats cried foul at...
  • Petty: President Refuses to Meet with Netanyahu During US Visit (Just like in September 2012)

    01/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2015 12:25 pm
    <p>President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.</p>
  • Samantha Power urges GOP Congress not to pursue Iran sanctions (endless appeasement continues)

    01/12/2015 12:52:18 PM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/12/15 10:00 AM EST | Burgess Everett
    The Obama administration is stepping up its push to stave off a bipartisan congressional effort to enact new economic sanctions on Iran as the United States tries to secure a permanent deal to wind down the country’s nuclear program. At a University of Louisville event alongside new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose chamber is expected to pursue new sanctions in the coming weeks, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power argued that new congressional sanctions will upset ongoing negotiations with Iran and turn off a multilateral international coalition that has worked together to isolate Iran politically and...
  • Cornyn: ‘We Learned the Hard Way’ (they learned to go along with the media narrative)

    01/12/2015 10:21:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    At the start of the last Congress, John Cornyn wrote an editorial titled “Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity.” He’s singing a different tune today. “I’ve evolved,” the Texas Republican and newly minted Senate majority whip said in an interview last week with CQ Roll Call. For starters, the memory of the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare instigated by his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz, remains fresh. “Part of wisdom is to learn from your experiences, and I think we learned the hard way that shutdowns are not well received by the American people,” Cornyn said. “And...
  • Now out of office, Eric Cantor feels free to be himself; this’ll make you glad he’s gone

    01/12/2015 9:01:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/12/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last June in the run up to a primary he was so sure he would win, former Obama water boy Eric Cantor didn’t bother to campaign. He had told his liars about being a warrior against illegal aliens polluting America and decided to merely wait in Washington for word of his victory. That didn’t happen. He was crushed by a TEA party candidate. When he got his head handed to him Cantor was shocked and acted contrite. That was his act then; but now free to be his real self he is taking some very different positions. As a Wall...
  • Democrats launch first filibuster of the year on Keystone

    01/08/2015 2:59:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Democrats launched the first filibuster of the new Congress on Thursday, objecting to the GOP’s effort to try to bring the Keystone XL pipeline bill to the floor early next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to schedule action early next week on the bill, and promised an open process, including allowing both sides to offer amendments to the bill — an attempt to break with the previous few years, when Democrats controlled the floor and kept a tight lid on amendments. But Democrats objected to Mr. McConnell’s request, forcing him to begin the procedure for breaking a filibuster.
  • HOUSE APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

    01/09/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-9-15 | Cristina Marcos/ Laura Barron-Lopez
    The House on Friday passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline hours after a Nebraska court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approves. The White House has warned President Obama would veto the legislation. Passage fell largely along party lines, 266-153, with 28 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in favor. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted "present." That is short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The vote marked the 10th time the House has voted to authorize the...
  • Mitch McConnell: It's Funny How The Economy Improved When The GOP Took Over Congress

    01/08/2015 11:46:00 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 1/8 | Igor Bobic
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to be touting the accomplishments of the new GOP-controlled Congress even before its members have gotten the chance to hammer out any legislation. In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, the newly elected majority leader suggested that the growing signs of an economic recovery -- 5 percent GDP growth, 320,000 additional jobs in November, all-time highs in the markets on Wall Street and plunging gas prices, to name a few -- just might have something to do with the election of a Republican Congress. "After so many years of sluggish growth,...
  • A new (odd) year means out with the old Congress and in with the new.

    01/06/2015 11:59:35 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 1-6-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm not a huge fan of McConnell or the current GOP leadership, but I'll take it over what we had.If nothing else gets done until 2017 at least we have this...
  • 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...
  • Senator: Obama Not Popular in Israel ‘for Good Reason’ (Mitch McConnell)

    12/27/2014 8:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2014, 5:50 AM | Ben Ariel
    Future Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is not popular in Israel “and for good reason”. Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, McConnell, who has become one of the most powerful and influential people in Washington since November’s midterm election, said, “It is no secret that president Obama isn’t popular in Israel, and for good reason.” “In my view, he has tilted on numerous occasions in a direction that would lead Israelis to believe that he is not as solemn an ally as past presidents have been,” added McConnell, a senator from Kentucky. …
  • Beware of Republican Unipartyists bearing Cuban straw men

    12/22/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Of course Barack Obama’s latest treachery – normalizing relations with the Castro Brothers prison state – is a terrible thing. It is as fraudulent as Obama is and it will further crush any hopes the average Cuban might have of ever being free. By infusing cash to prop up a torture regime Obama has all but guaranteed the Cuban people’s nightmare will continue after the Castros have died. They need only look to Venezuela to see their own desolate future. Yet, as sad as this is for the Cuban people, it is fraught with dangers for us as well. The...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • McConnell: If Rand Paul runs for president, 'he'll be able to count on me'

    11/07/2014 10:28:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | November 7, 2013 | Sam Youngman
    LOUISVILLE — There were only two things Mitch McConnell didn't want to talk about Thursday — whether he will run for re-election in 2020 and his eventual legacy. In his first one-on-one interview since his landslide re-election to a sixth term and his expected ascendance to U.S. Senate majority leader, McConnell talked at length with the Herald-Leader about how he wants to use his new role to help Kentucky, a possible run for president by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the conventional wisdom that McConnell is unpopular. McConnell, relaxed and in a great mood in his Louisville home, wouldn't say...
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes: Rand Paul can’t run for president and Senate

    12/17/2014 9:46:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 17, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Defeated Democrat declines to address her political future.Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of State, is threatening to take Rand Paul to court to block him from running both for president and reelection to the Senate in 2016. In her first television interview since Sen. Mitch McConnell routed her by 15 points last month, the Democratic Senate nominee declared that she will not be “bullied” by Paul, who is a heavy favorite to win a second Senate term if he’s allowed to stay on the ballot. “The law is clear,” Grimes told WHAS-TV in Louisville. “You can’t be on the ballot...
  • Kentucky: Alison Lundergan Grimes is back, and she’s taking aim at Rand Paul

    12/18/2014 12:59:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Once hailed in the press as the Democratic candidate in 2014’s “marquee race,” which could see the Republican Senate minority leader unceremoniously defenestrated by Kentucky’s voters. Grimes’ loss to Mitch McConnell was among the first heartbreak of election night for liberal Democrats when her race was among the earliest to be called for the Republican candidate. When all the votes were counted, Grimes lost by just over 15 points. It wasn’t even close. If you missed Kentucky’s secretary of state, she was not gone for long. Having failed in her mission to oust McConnell, the former Democratic U.S. Senate...
  • 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...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership’s plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama’s nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obama’s executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.“Even though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Three Obama nominees who may now be confirmed, thanks to Ted Cruz (Harry Reid using nuclear option)

    12/15/2014 6:01:36 AM PST · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 15, 2014, 5:31 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    On Friday evening, the Senate's leaders, Mitch McConnell and and Harry Reid thought they had an agreement from their members to let the clock run over the weekend without actually being in session, and vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government up and running. But Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah objected to the spending bill. This meant their colleagues in the Senate would have to hold a rare Saturday session to keep the spending bill moving. It also had the unintended benefit of helping the Democrats move forward with...
  • Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

    12/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-2014 | Ted Barrett and Faith Karimi
    After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday. Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday. In a surprise development, the...
  • Senate Hopes For Quick Wrap-Up Dashed {Omnibus could be rejected by liberals?)

    12/12/2014 4:32:20 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY SARAH MIMMS AND RACHEL ROUBEIN
    Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. But that feeling of optimism was quickly squashed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been negotiating with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday afternoon to bring up a vote on the omnibus bill later in the evening, keeping the government's doors open and allowing senators to take the weekend off. Many members on both sides of the aisle were hopeful that...
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...
  • Are Mitch McConnell, John Bohner, and other Prominent RINOs "compromised"? ~ Vanity

    12/10/2014 7:33:23 PM PST · by GraceG · 55 replies
    They really really act like it, don't they? What could possibly explain their very whimpering like a abused dog all the time capitulation to both the DNC and the US Chamber or other cronies while blatantly and outright declaring war on a majority of their constituents. I bring this up because over the years I have heard a number of "innuendo remarks" and "open secret among DC Circles" comments concerning Mitch McConnell's personal relationship status and/or personal preferences so to speak. Then there is John Bohner, whose open secret seems to be his propensity to imbibing alcohol in liberal, pardon...
  • 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...
  • Can Mitch McConnell handle Ted Cruz? Just maybe, he can.

    11/06/2014 6:08:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | November 6, 2014 | Francine Kiefer
    Sen. Ted Cruz has already flexed his influence in the House with last year's government shutdown. Now, he'll be part of the Senate majority and presumed majority leader Mitch McConnell might have his hands full.His dry humor on display, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell began his victory press conference on Wednesday with insider playfulness that had outsized import. The presumed soon-to-be leader of a GOP-controlled Senate started by briefly reviewing his takeaways from the election, including unhappiness with dysfunction in Washington. He then named some of the people who had called him that day: President Obama, Senate majority leader Harry Reid,...
  • 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...
  • Source: Senate GOP Refuses to Strategize Against Obama

    12/02/2014 3:45:21 PM PST · by mojito · 73 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/2/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Republicans had no appetite for discussing how to thwart President Obama’s executive orders on immigration during the conference’s weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator David Vitter (R., La.) tried to broach the topic, but were ignored. “At different times, Lee and Vitter stood up and tried to begin a discussion about what the plan was and asked leadership about what their strategy was to deal with the spending bill and respond to Obama executive amnesty, and the reply was always an effort to try to change the subject...
  • Make Obama and the Republican Establishment an offer they can’t refuse

    11/25/2014 10:36:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Now that Barack Obama has granted millions of illegal aliens’ amnesty and stretched our social systems to the point of collapse the question becomes: How do we respond? First we need to determine who “we” are. We know Obama’s allies in the Republican Establishment (GOPe) are not on America’s side and although this complicates our task, it does not make it impossible. There are some things we could do, such as; mass deportations; withholding funds for Obama’s actions and/or blocking them with a government shutdown or even bringing impeachment proceedings against him. Each of these steps has merit, but each...
  • Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim

    10/23/2014 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 23 replies
    Washington Post Fact Checker ^ | 10/23/2014 | Glenn Kessler
    Excuse the fuzzy quality of this ad, but it has not been publicly released by the Grimes campaign. In The Fact Checker’s experience, the most fact-challenged ads are those that fly under the radar, as campaigns hope that reporters don’t notice the content — but voters do. This particular ad is especially noteworthy because the candidate herself repeats a claim that The Fact Checker has already deemed worthy of Four Pinocchios. Not only does she double down on this falsehood, but she makes another highly questionable assertion as well. .... Most striking, Grimes puts her own credibility on the line...
  • McConnell: ‘Our Goal Is to Fund the Government’

    11/20/2014 4:50:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 19, 2014 - 9:50 AM | Susan Jones
    Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Tuesday, “Our goal is to fund the government.” […] In response to another question, McConnell said, “It’s always appropriate” for Congress to “use the power of the purse.“ But he also noted that the president “has an important trump card—it’s called the veto pen. “So, there will be ongoing negotiations in the various efforts to fund the government, both this year and next year, about priorities. This is not unusual. And we do have different priorities. And somehow we’re going to have to work out things and make progress for...
  • 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...
  • Mitch McConnell promises forceful immigration response

    11/20/2014 8:58:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised on Thursday morning that Congress will respond forcefully in 2015 to President Barack Obama’s imminent executive action that will defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. In a blistering speech that quoted Obama’s past statements about his limited unilateral powers on the subject of immigration, the GOP leader did not specify what action that his Republican Senate will take next year
  • 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...
  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Internet Freedom in Nine Seconds

    11/18/2014 11:38:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the video social media service Vine on Monday, publishing two short videos that shared his views on issues related to Internet freedom in less than ten seconds. The posts are clips from a speech Cruz delivered on Friday at the Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin where he advocated against imposing a sales tax on Internet transactions or imposing other burdensome regulations, as Breitbart Texas reported. The first video is a short and simple message, based on the well-known "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan....
  • Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Overhaul of N.S.A. Program

    11/18/2014 5:31:17 PM PST · by knak · 29 replies
    nyt ^ | 11/18/14 | savage & peters
    Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans’ phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure fell two votes short of the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation, which sponsors named the U.S.A. Freedom Act. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. “This is the worst possible time to be tying our...
  • USA Freedom Act for NSA reform is voted down in the Senate

    11/18/2014 6:18:56 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 11/18/2014 | Adi Robertson & Nathan Ingraham
    The US Senate has just voted down the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 58-42, leaving it just two votes shy of the 60 it needed. The bill would have ended the controversial phone record metadata collection by the NSA, but the Senate was not in favor of rolling back any of the NSA's broad surveillance powers. While telephone companies would have still collected the data in question, the records would have stayed in the hands of the phone companies and a new type of court order would have been needed by the government to access these records. Additionally,...
  • enate Republicans block big overhaul of NSA program

    11/19/2014 4:59:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Charlie Savage and Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure failed to secure the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation. The vote was 58-42 for consideration. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. "This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...