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  • Mike Lee goes for nuclear option to repeal Obamacare

    07/24/2015 3:37:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2015 | By Kelsey Snell
    Senate conservatives couldn’t stop a vote on the Export-Import bank. So they’re going to try to force a vote on Obamacare instead. Conservative firebrand Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on Friday that he plans to use a complicated procedural maneuver known as the nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act with just 51 votes. Democrats famously used the strategy in 2013 to break a Republican blockade of President Obama’s nominees to fill judicial openings. Now Lee wants to use the partisan procedure get rid of Obamacare. It’s unclear whether Lee’s gambit will work — but if it does, there...
  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are ‘a bunch of whiners’

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. “That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas‘ actions...

    12/10/2014 6:42:53 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 10, 2014 | by Charles Hurt
    Call it the mysterious case of the Incredible Shrinking GOP. Barely one month ago, the party sailed to victory in one of the biggest rout election waves of the past century. They ran the board and took control of the U.S. Senate. They grew to historic levels in the U.S. House. The Democratic Party was left in tatters in state, local, and governor races across the country. But today, just a few weeks later, before GOPers even take hold of their new reins of power, the party is crying poverty. They are stricken with paralysis. House Speaker John A. Boehner,...
  • GOP may keep weaker Senate filibuster rule

    12/05/2014 4:00:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 3:10 PM EST | Alan Fram
    Poised to take over the Senate next month, Republicans may well keep weaker filibuster rules that they angrily denounced Democrats for muscling through the chamber a year ago. GOP senators remain divided on the issue, and it is uncertain what will happen when they discuss it Tuesday behind closed doors. But several Republicans said they think they will stick with the Democratic-imposed old threshold that a simple majority of votes can end filibusters against most nominations, instead of reviving the tougher 60-vote standard that lasted four decades before it was scuttled last November. […] Retaining the weaker standard would likely...
  • Blame Reid's 'nuclear option' for unqualified ambassadors

    12/05/2014 7:56:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-4-14 | Editorial
    If you're looking for a good laugh this week, you probably can't do better than Tuesday's White House press conference. Reporters asked spokesman Josh Earnest about the confirmation of two Obama-appointed ambassadors whose confirmation was only possible because Democrats manipulated Senate rules earlier this year to make it easier to approve executive-branch nominees. By the narrowest of margins, two people completely unqualified to represent U.S. interests abroad were confirmed to serve in relatively important countries they know nothing about. Colleen Bell, the new U.S. ambassador to Hungary, is a former soap opera producer who couldn't name a single strategic interest...
  • GOP will turn ‘nuclear option’ to its advantage 2015 Senate plan to co-opt Obama strategy

    11/20/2014 2:22:46 AM PST · by Gorilla44 · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Under pressure from a large faction of rank-and-file members, Senate Republican leaders are warming to the idea of keeping the rule change known as the “nuclear option” that Democrats imposed to end filibusters of nominations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who will become majority leader in January, is leaving the decision to the will of his members, and at least half of them currently oppose reversing course, said GOP aides close to the discussions. The leadership team this week began signaling that the new rule, which reduced the number of votes needed to cut off confirmation filibusters...
  • the nuclear option: when officer safety is job no. 1, citizens die

    08/31/2014 9:32:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014, | CHARLES HURT
    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, officer safety is the number one issue, after two of his officers fired nine rounds into a shoplifter. Is a police officer's number one job really to protect himself and his partner? Really?

    05/25/2014 8:56:52 PM PDT · by Bratch · 71 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 25, 2014 | Kerry Pickett
    The Democrats’ majority in the Senate is on the line this election season, and if Republicans take back control, the GOP will need to decide on new rules for the new Congress in the upper chamber. Some Republican members are willing to go back to way things were before Harry Reid took the gavel. In the wake of the recent controversial nomination of Judge David Barron, author of the memo which gave a legal basis to kill Americans abroad with drones, to the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Republicans became apoplectic after getting word that Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Democrats Face Perils of Controversial Nominees in ‘Post-Nuclear’ Senate

    03/06/2014 4:03:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 5, 2014 | Meredith Shiner and Humberto Sanchez
    Not even Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could convince an in-cycle Senate Democrat from his home state to switch his vote and support embattled Department of Justice nominee Debo P. Adegbile. In the view of Democratic optimists, Biden had made a rare and impromptu appearance at the Capitol on Wednesday to cast a potential tie-breaking vote for Adegbile. But in reality, Biden served as the last-ditch salesman from the administration, futilely chatting up members such as Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., inside the Senate chamber. Coons was one of seven Democrats to join Republicans to block Adegbile from being the...
  • Harry Reid's Obstructionism [MSM has noticed]

    01/14/2014 5:22:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    ".............Reid’s tight control of the amendments process has become a point of contention in the debate over unemployment benefits, which he’d like to extend without providing funding for the program. After signaling that he would not allow any Republican amendments on a bill to temporarily extend the benefits, Reid appears to be backing down, however begrudgingly. “I am open to considering a reasonable number of relevant amendments to [the bill], if that’s what it takes to end Republican obstruction,” he said Monday on Twitter. Allowing a “reasonable number of relevant amendments” from the minority party has not always been considered...
  • ‘WHERE ARE THE LIBERALS?’ Ted Cruz blasts left for ignoring Obama’s abuses

    01/13/2014 2:09:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 12, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    [w/video] Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is dismayed that “every single Democrat senator goes in line and docilely agrees” with the Obama administration, claiming the president’s abuse of authority and ever-expanding powers should be challenged by lawmakers in both parties. Cruz spoke with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Sunday about President Barack Obama’s increasing authority at the expense of Congress, particularly after Senate Republicans were blocked from filibustering judicial nominees through the “nuclear option.” Bream asked the senator if “stacking courts” is a presidential right and whether Republicans would be objecting if one of their own was in the White...
  • If the Chamber of Commerce’s $50 million fails Boehner will use his Nuclear Option and pass amnesty

    12/30/2013 9:05:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/30/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    We’ve heard a lot about Harry Reid’s “Nuclear Option” to kill any power Senate Republicans might have thought they had. Now we face the threat of John Boehner using the House version of the “Nuclear Option” which he will likely sneak into law during a marathon Friday night/Saturday morning session as a last ditch weapon to keep the TEA party from gaining power and saving America from people like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCoC). The (USCoC) is determined to help Barack Obama and his Democrats destroy America. It has pledged to spend and spend some more to defeat TEA...
  • Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest 'nuclear option' use in Senate

    12/11/2013 1:22:28 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats’ triggering of the "nuclear option" last month. The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible. Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obama’s picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday. Then, Senate Republicans will hold the floor throughout the night, speaking out against Reid’s use of the nuclear option....
  • Dems push parade of Obama nominees through Senate

    12/11/2013 5:48:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 3:30 AM EST | Alan Fram
    Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama’s court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president’s nominees than they used to. The Democratic-led chamber planned Wednesday to consider Obama’s choice of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That debate was allowed after senators voted 56-42 on Tuesday to end GOP delays that had prevented a vote on her confirmation. Her approval was expected in the next day or so. …
  • End Of Filibuster Brings First Of Many Radical Judges

    12/10/2013 4:39:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies ^ | December 10, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Nuclear Option: The first spoil of Harry Reid's shredding of the Senate's historic filibuster rules has been confirmed to the D.C. Circuit. Patricia Millett is another radical activist masquerading as judge. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1990, now-Vice President Joseph Biden threw a fit after it was clear David Souter was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, warning the first Bush administration that no more "stealth" nominees would be getting through. Liberals threw an even bigger fit the next year when Clarence Thomas told Biden's committee he had no "personal opinion on the outcome in...
  • Liberal rhetoric goes nuclear in 2013

    12/10/2013 12:21:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 10, 2013 | Krista Kafer
    Liberals took the nuclear option in 2013 and there may be no return to civil discourse. I'm not talking about curtailing Senate filibusters, although they did that, too, but to the shameful escalation in political rhetoric. Tired of calling conservatives "extreme," "greedy" or "heartless," and having overplayed more creative invectives like "tea-bagger," liberal pundits and politicians took the ad hominem argument to a new low this year. During the Obamacare funding debate, Democrats called their rivals "anarchists," "arsonists," "extortionists," "jihadists," and "kidnappers," words normally associated with criminal activity. They had not quite hit bottom, however. A month later, former MSNBC...
  • Chamber President: Nuclear Option Will Accelerate Unprecedented ‘Avalanche’ of Federal Regulations

    12/06/2013 1:13:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 4, 2013 - 12:55 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Noting that “the nuclear option in the Senate, invoked with the full backing of the [Obama] administration, will further accelerate the regulatory avalanche,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue warned Tuesday that the American economy “will remain at a virtual standstill until we cut this thicket of regulations and streamline the permitting process” that is “costing jobs and growth.” … Noting that the cost of regulations already on the books is “roughly equal to the entire GDP of Canada,” Donohue told business executives and reporters in a speech at the Chamber’s Washington headquarters that the “stifling uncertainty” created by...
  • Post-‘Nuclear Option,’ Liberals Ramp Up Push for Left-Wing Nominees

    11/30/2013 1:11:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 07:32 PM | Greg Richter
    With the “nuclear option” in place, President Barack Obama needs only 51 votes to see his executive and judicial nominations brought to a vote. Liberals are seizing the opportunity, pushing Obama to nominate people with a left-of-center ideology, The Hill reports. Senate Democrats invoked the “nuclear option” on Nov. 21, changing the rule that 60 votes were needed to bring judicial or executive nominees to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. With only 55 members on their side, Democrats had been unable to prevent Republican filibusters. …
  • Charles Krauthammer: An outbreak of lawlessness

    11/28/2013 4:46:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate... The violence to political norms here consisted in how that change was executed. By brute force — a near party-line vote of 52 to 48 . This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent. If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules. Senate rules today...
  • Filibuster change damages courts, federal appeals judge says in op-ed

    11/26/2013 9:00:46 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 11/26/2013 | Debra Weiss
    A federal appeals judge fears last week’s change in Senate filibuster rules will harm the judiciary because it will become easier for ideologues to win approval to the bench. Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III expressed his views in a Washington Post op-ed. “Now, even those with the most rigid and absolute beliefs can spend a lifetime on the federal bench without a scintilla of bipartisan support,” Wilkinson writes. “Ideologues pose a unique risk for courts...Taking disagreements personally, believing oneself in sole and permanent possession of the truth can, in countless ways, delay dispositions and corrode the quality of justice..."
  • Schapiro: Obenshain could use nuclear option in AG race

    11/25/2013 12:59:21 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 11-25-13 | Jeff Schapiro
    Republican Mark Obenshain is trailing Democrat Mark Herring for attorney general by 164 votes. Obenshain could win with as few as 71 — with not a single one cast by an ordinary Virginian. It is a nuclear option that takes the election out of the hands of the electorate. Obenshain could initiate what state law calls a “contest” in which the 140-member legislature decides the attorney generalship by a majority vote. That would be a minimum of 71. They shouldn’t be too difficult for Obenshain to round up. There are 87 Republican legislators. Many of them don’t like one bit...
  • Condition of our Republic – NUCLEAR OPTION

    11/25/2013 5:56:46 AM PST · by Col Vit · 11 replies
    POLITISITE ^ | 25 November 2013 | Colonel Steven B. Vitali USMC (Ret)
    It is time for the public to assess the condition of our republic as founded by our forefathers and framed within the US Constitution. Our fellow citizens have watched President Obama rule by decree through executive powers as he side stepped Congress. President Obama’s lawlessness shines as he ignores statutory federal laws at whim. Obama declared Obamacare the law of the land, but he unconstitutionally makes changes to the law to benefit his political agenda. The latest outrage is the highly political suspension of the 2015 enrollment window by one month, just past the 2014 elections. The US Constitution under...
  • Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

    11/23/2013 9:02:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/22/2013 | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans. The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats. "Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group...
  • Senate's Post-Nuclear Option Holocaust Dinner: Rack of Lamb Anyone?

    11/23/2013 8:34:36 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 26 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-23-2013 | MOTUS
    “...I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires....” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Senate Rule XXII has “guided and protected the chamber since 1789.” It was last revised in 1975 following a rancorous debate that lasted months, not minutes, to require three-fifths of the entire Senate, or 60 votes, to end a filibuster.Oh sure, there has been some noisy posturing from both sides of the aisle from time to time about changing this. Butt until last week nobody was brave, or stupid enough, to actually launch the nuclear option. Primarily because,...
  • 'Enough is enough' : Obama backs filibuster changes

    11/21/2013 12:02:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    NBC ^ | 11/21/13 | Carrie Dann
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that he supports Senate Democrats’ dramatic action to change the chamber’s rules for presidential nominees, saying "enough is enough" when it comes to gridlock on Capitol Hill. "The vote today, I think, is an indication that a majority of senators believe as I believe that enough is enough," Obama said at the White House. "The American people’s business is far too important to keep falling prey day after day to Washington politics." Decrying the past "abuse of arcane procedural tactics" to block legislation and nominations, Obama conceded that neither party is blameless in creating gridlock...
  • They Got Away With It

    11/22/2013 12:40:07 PM PST · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | November 22, 2013 at 6:30 am | Amy Payne
    As President Obama said, they got away with it. Harry Reid and the Democrat-controlled Senate got away with changing the Senate’s rules so that they can shove through anything they want without having to worry about Republicans filibustering against it. Just a few short years ago, then-Senator Obama spoke forcefully against doing what Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) just did. When Republicans talked about a similar rule change in 2005, Obama said (emphasis added): I urge my Republican colleagues not to go through with changing these rules. In the long run, it is not a good result for either party....
  • Republicans Need To Go To War After Reid's Nuclear Option

    11/22/2013 1:11:45 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 27 replies ^ | November 22, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    In the wake of Harry Reid using the nuclear option in the Senate, Republicans need to take the gloves off and go to war. Reid chose to upend over 200 years of precedent and rewrite the rules so that a simple majority can now approve judicial appointees. The way that the Democrats have been squawking, you would think that the Republicans had stifled every single one of the judicial appointments picked by Obama. The truth is that the vast majority of nominations are confirmed. The sticking point is that three appointments to the US Court of Appeals in the District...
  • Abolishing the Filibuster Could Pave the Way to Overturn Roe v. Wade

    11/22/2013 10:00:06 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Democrats and abortion activists are gleefully cheering a vote Senate Democrats took today to abolish the filibuster. The immediate effect of the vote is that Senate Democrats can quickly approve pro-abortion nominees President Barack Obama has sent forward for lower courts. But, are there unintended consequences? One unintended consequence is that future sessions of the Senate, controlled by Republicans, could eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees and a nominee who could be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade could be confirmed. The Supreme Court is generally thought to be divided 5-4 in favor of Roe at this...
  • Heck, What's another Broken Promise? Senate Dems Vote for Power Grab

    11/22/2013 7:08:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | November 22, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Well. . . Harry Reid has gone nuclear. Yesterday the Senate, with cheerleading from Democrats in the House of Representatives and our honesty-deprived White House, passed a rule that would strip the minority party of its right to filibuster most Presidential nominees. The move itself (known as the “nuclear option”) usurps the Senate’s traditional eye toward minority rights, and dismantles the republican form of deliberation for which the Senate is known. The truly audacious part of the Senate Democrat’s power grab, however, was their blatant hypocrisy. After all, in 2005 they voted against this very rule change. Now don’t...
  • Bevin Calls Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’ Egregious Overreach

    11/21/2013 12:35:18 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 11/21/13
    Matt Bevin condemned the unprecedented power play by Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate today. When the Administration’s D.C. Circuit Court packing was challenged, Harry Reid and liberals in the Senate didn’t just bypass the rules, they eliminated them. Further, Mitch McConnell failed as a leader in this fight to stop the blatant disregard for the rules. Perhaps it is because this DC insider has a long history of voting for the appointment of liberal judges, or because he’s been also had a history of “filibuster flip-floppery.” Whatever the excuse, he is in good company. Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Alison Lundergran...
  • Does Harry Reid Realize What He's Done? (Vanity)

    11/22/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by Night Hides Not · 74 replies
    NHN ^ | 11/22/2013 | Night Hides Not
    Harry Reid just made President Obama a lame duck. With his triggering of the "nuclear option", he nuked any chances for any of Obama's legislative priorities through the 2014 elections. Immigration "reform" - Tax reform - Any other Democrat priority -
  • Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise

    11/22/2013 5:56:21 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jonathan Weisman
    President Obama will get a short-term lift for his nominees, judicial and otherwise, but over the immediate horizon, the strong-arm move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to limit filibusters could usher in an era of rank partisan warfare beyond even what Americans have seen in the past five years. Ultimately, a small group of centrists — Republicans and Democrats — could find the muscle to hold the Senate at bay until bipartisan solutions can be found. But for the foreseeable future, Republicans, wounded and eager to show they have not been stripped of all power, are far more likely to...
  • How Harry Reid Just Nationalized the 2014 Midterms

    11/21/2013 9:40:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 21, 2013 | Bryan Preston
    President Obama delivered remarks today supporting Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to deploy the “nuclear option” ending minority filibusters of some judicial nominees. The Democrats tried to limit the effect of their action, stating that it only applies to nominees below the Supreme Court level. But the damage done will go far beyond judicial nominees. Bipartisanship in the Senate is dead. Harry Reid and Barack Obama had already done grave damage to it by passing Obamacare. Today they finished it off. Democrats currently hold a 53 seat majority, plus 2 Independents who tend to side with the Democrats. A...
  • Pat Caddell: America has gone from government of laws to semi-political banana republic

    11/22/2013 12:03:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2013 | Patrick Caddell
    The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by "yes we can." The events we witnessed Thursday in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid's success at invoking the so-called 'nuclear option,' stripping the minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic. We are now living in a republic in which politicians do what they want without regard to tradition or the best interests of our country. The rule of more...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • Republicans provoked 'nuclear option': Our view [Link Only!]

    11/22/2013 1:52:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
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  • Democrats end Senate tradition, trigger ‘nuclear option’ to ram through Obama’s judicial nominees

    11/22/2013 2:40:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2013 | Stephen Dinan and Jacqueline Klimas
    Senate Democrats triggered the “nuclear option” Thursday, using a shortcut to undercut the chamber’s filibuster rules and giving President Obama a clear path to stack the federal judiciary with ideological allies. In a tense 52-48 vote, Democrats overturned decades of precedent and reduced the number of votes needed to cut off the filibuster of a nominee from 60 to a simple majority — and in the process tinkering with a tool that has made the Senate unique. Republicans were hinting at retaliation and said the move further poisoned the atmosphere on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat,...
  • How Reid got votes on nuke option

    11/22/2013 3:08:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 22, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    ....Reid clinched support for changing the rules at the weekly Tuesday Senate Democratic caucus lunch. .....Reid, without mentioning the colleague’s name, told his caucus that one of its senior members who had long opposed filibuster reform, recently had a change of mind and privately urged him to trigger the controversial tactic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) then rose before the room full of Democrats and identified herself as the recent convert. “She got up right afterward and said, ‘He was talking about me,’” said a Democratic senator..... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not know if he had the votes...
  • The Old Senate Was Already Dead - Passing filibuster reform just made it official

    11/22/2013 1:41:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | November 21, 2013 | ohn Dickerson
    "...As Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the change in the rules governing executive nominations and lower-court appointments, his opponents cried tyranny, though they also promised that when they took power they would go further, applying the new standard to Supreme Court nominations. In other words, tyranny—but we promise we'll give you more of it. The new rules fit with that kind of Senate. ...Whoever is ultimately at fault for the rule change—the Democrats who forced it or the Republicans who blocked the nominations requiring the new rules—the result is that the minority will have less power. That means elections will...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, November-21-2013

    11/21/2013 2:22:33 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 78 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition… it’s America’s Clean-Up Hitter! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Al Sharpton just said in reference to changed Senate rules ... (vanity)

    11/21/2013 3:56:11 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 7 replies
    PMSNBC - my eyes | November 21, 2013 | ConservativeInPA
    Ok, I did it. I flipped over to PMSNBC during a commerical. I caught Al Sharpton showing a clip of Rush talking about how Obama can be a dictator due to the Senate rule changes. Sharpton has no problems with the rule changes and yelled (he always yells on his program), "No, Obama is just doing what was elected to do, and elected again to do."
  • Nuclear Fallout

    11/21/2013 5:24:07 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-21-2013 | The Editors
    November 21, 2013 Nuclear Fallout The Editors What is the filibuster? It is “a time-honored Senate procedure that prevents a bare majority of senators from running roughshod,” according to our friends on the New York Times editorial page. But that was in 2005, when Republicans frustrated over Democratic filibusters of President George W. Bush’s judicial nominations were (with National Review’s support) considering the so-called nuclear option, the overblown name of which suggests that it is rather more than a change in the Senate’s procedural rules. The Times denounced the Republicans’ “rank hypocrisy” in 2005, as did any number of Democrats....
  • Harry Reid Goes Nuclear, Gives President Obama New Tool Of Power

    11/21/2013 5:14:02 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 22 replies
    Political Realities WordPress Blog ^ | 11/21/13 | LD Jackson
    <p>We should have known this was coming. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has warned he would do something along these lines. He has proven, in this instance, at least, that he can be trusted to do what he said he would do.</p>
  • Obama supports Senate rule change to curb filibusters (What if they nuked the Constitution, Daddy? )

    11/21/2013 12:16:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/21/13 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has supported a motion passed by Senate Democrats which weakens Republicans' ability to block White House nominations. The measure, known as the "nuclear option", curbs the power of the upper chamber's minority party to use a blocking tactic known as a filibuster. Mr Obama said the practice had gone too far, and was "not normal". Republicans vowed they would use the new rule against Democrats if they won back the Senate in the next election. Correspondents said Thursday's motion, which passed 52-48, will make American politics even more acrimonious. 'Power grab' At the White House on...
  • McConnell Jokes ‘If You Like the Rules of the Senate, You Can Keep Them’

    11/21/2013 12:13:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/13 | Andrew Johnson
    Mitch McConnell offered a one-liner after Harry Reid’s decision to launch the nuclear option that jabbed at both Reid’s reversal on the issue as well as the controversy surrounding Obamacare. “He may just as well have said if you like the rules of the Senate, you can keep them!” he gibed, to laughter from the audience. He pointed to Reid’s comments from just a few months ago, in which he stated that he would not bring forward the nuclear option in regard to President Obama’s nominees for the D.C. Circuit, saying the reversal reflects the Democrats’ recent reputation for making...
  • Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change

    11/21/2013 10:17:57 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 117 replies ^ | November 21, 2013 • | FoxNews/AP
    Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid, moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority. With Republicans fuming, the change weakens the power of the minority to stall nominations for top positions. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, the change means Democrats will now need just 51.
  • Harry Reid’s Nuclear Hypocrisy

    11/21/2013 10:40:56 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/21/2013 | Roger Pilon
    Harry Reid is set to “go nuclear.” He wants to end the filibuster as it applies to appellate court nominations — not by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, as Senate rules require, but by a simple majority. And given the short memories now in evidence, he may just succeed. On Monday, for the third time in less than a month, Senate Republicans filibustered an Obama nominee to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That’s the court that’s checked the president more than once, as when it said he couldn’t make “recess appointments” when the Senate wasn’t in...
  • Landmark Senate Vote on Filibusters Weakens GOP Power

    11/21/2013 11:00:38 AM PST · by lbryce · 60 replies
    AP Via New York Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Staff
    Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final vote. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in which presidents of both parties complained about delays in confirming appointees, particularly to the federal courts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who launched the move, accused Republicans of “unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction” of Obama’s selections to fill court vacancies and other offices. “It’s time to change the Senate,...
  • Senate Democrats threaten to change filibuster rules on a party-line vote (DONE: 52-48)

    11/21/2013 6:13:21 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: November 20, 2013 | Paul Kane
    The Senate is on the verge of striking down the long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, potentially doing so on a party-line vote that would alter nearly 225 years of precedent. Democrats, infuriated by what they see as a pattern of obstruction and delay over President Obama’s nominees, expect to trigger the showdown by bringing up one of the recent judicial nominees whom Republicans blocked by a filibuster. According to senior Democratic aides, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) will set in motion a complicated parliamentary process that ends with a simple-majority vote setting a new rule that will...
  • LIVE: Senate about to implode? Reid about to use the nuclear option?

    11/21/2013 8:45:41 AM PST · by ken5050 · 136 replies
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    All the action today appears to be in the Senate. They just finished voting on a motion to proceed to confirm one of Obama's nominees to the DC Court of Appeals, and it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to proceed. This is the 3rd nominee that the GOP has blocked, and Reid had threatened to go nuclear, to change the rules by a simple MAJORITY vote. Before that could happen, McConnell moved that the Senate adjourn until 5PM..a privileged motion which must be voted on. The roll call is underway.