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  • An Indefensible Commutation

    07/13/2020 11:51:38 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | July 12, 2020 1:32 PM | THE EDITORS for National Review
    President Trump has commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. The timing, late on Friday, suggests internal embarrassment over the move, and we wish there were more. The commutation is a move fully within the president’s powers and in keeping with the long-established pattern of presidents’ pardoning or commuting the sentences of associates caught up in special-counsel probes, although usually the associates aren’t as sleazy as Stone. We’re a long way from George H. W. Bush’s pardoning Cap Weinberger, the great Reagan-era defense official, who had been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Lawrence Walsh investigation. [cut] It...
  • Ohio county starts hotline to report people not wearing masks

    07/11/2020 3:52:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 127 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 July A.D.2020 | Courtney Astolfi
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s enforcement of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask order will largely rely upon complaints filed by the public, rather than proactive policing, County Executive Armond Budish announced Friday. Individuals who see others failing to abide by the mask requirement should call in complaints to the county’s new hotline at 216-698-5050, or file complaints online at cuyahogacounty.us/maskexperience. County workers will then contact the subject of the complaints — either individuals or businesses — to let them know a complaint has been filed, Budish said. Complaints also will be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city...
  • A handful of Republican senators say they won't be attending the GOP convention

    07/08/2020 10:33:19 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 59 replies
    AOL ^ | 7/8/2020 | Allan Smith
    he senators skipping out include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The lawmakers gave varying reasons for why they won't be at President Donald Trump's renominating convention. Some of those senators are not among Trump's favorites.
  • The Lincoln Project's latest anti-Trump ad is entirely in Russian

    07/02/2020 9:25:57 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | July 2, 2020 | Peter Weber
    Well, this is a new one. On Wednesday, the Republican operatives behind the Lincoln Project released another ad attacking President Trump — in fact another one tied to the growing scandal over Russian bounties for slain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, indirectly — though this one's a little different: It's entirely in Russian. In case you were curious, the ad "is actually in good Russian and voiced over by a good Russian actor," says Russian-born U.S. journalist Julia Ioffe. The Twitter promo for the ad is in English, though. "Add 'America First' to the laundry list of scams Trump has sold...
  • Hundreds of Former George W. Bush Staffers Launch Pro-Biden Super PAC

    07/01/2020 8:30:55 PM PDT · by Trumpisourlastchance · 93 replies
    Sara Carter ^ | 07/01/2020 | Ben Wilson
    A new super PAC formed by hundreds of former campaign, administration, and political staffers from George W. Bush’s administration will work to get former Vice President Joe Biden elected, saying they are “dismayed and disappointed” by the Trump presidency. The new group, 43 Alumni for Biden, announced their formation on Wednesday, saying their purpose is to “unite and mobilize a community of historically Republican voters who are dismayed and disappointed by the damage done to our nation.”
  • GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday

    07/01/2020 11:50:59 AM PDT · by rintintin · 129 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1 2020 | ALEXANDER BOLTON AND SAAGAR ENJETI
    Republican senators are debating whether Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, should replace Columbus Day on the federal government's list of official holidays. A bipartisan bill sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to make Juneteenth a federal holiday is being held up by an internal Senate GOP squabble. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), an outspoken budget hawk, doesn't want to add another paid holiday to the calendar. Johnson says if Juneteenth is made a federal holiday, another paid federal holiday should come off the schedule. He's proposing scrapping Columbus Day but is open to...
  • Tucker Slams GOP ‘Appeasers’ For Failing To Fight

    06/30/2020 8:49:50 PM PDT · by RandFan · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 30th | VIRGINIA KRUTA
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered a stark warning Tuesday concerning the direction of the country if Republicans were unwilling to stand up and fight. “Non-Democrats in America are in peril,” Carlson said as he opened his show with a monologue addressing the Democratic Party’s plan — from allowing illegal immigrants to vote, to packing the Supreme Court — in order to seize and keep control. WATCH: Click excerpt Link >>>
  • Exclusive: Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials to back Biden

    06/23/2020 2:21:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 88 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | June 23rd, 2020 | Tim Reid
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party. The group will publicly endorse Biden in the coming weeks and its members plan to campaign for the former vice president who is challenging Trump in the Nov. 3 election, the sources said. It includes at least two dozen officials who served under Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, with...
  • U.S. Republican lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Germany troop reduction plan

    06/23/2020 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2020 5:35 AM | Patricia Zengerle
    A group of Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to reconsider his decision to cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany, saying their presence is the backbone of NATO’s deterrent against Russian aggression. The six lawmakers led by House Foreign Affairs Committee senior Republican Michael McCaul said in a letter that the U.S. military footprint in Germany served Washington’s strategic interests beyond Europe and into the Middle East and Africa, which have seen the growing influence of Russia and China. […] The lawmakers also warned that Moscow and Beijing sought to sow...
  • McConnell 'OK' with renaming US bases

    06/16/2020 3:31:35 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 108 replies
    Australia News.Com / AP ^ | June 17, 2020 | Andrew Taylor
    Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says he's "OK" with renaming military bases that are named after Confederate Army officers, declining to side with President Donald Trump and other Republicans opposed to the move. The Kentucky senator said he'll live with whatever lawmakers decide as they debate an annual defence policy bill for the military in the coming weeks. Trump has blasted the calls to rename the military bases. "Hopefully our great Republican Senators won't fall for this!" he said in a tweet last week.
  • Trump slams GOP-led panel backing removal of Confederate names from military bases

    06/11/2020 5:17:45 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 11, 2020 | 6:30pm | Ebony Bowden
    WASHINGTON — The GOP-led Armed Services Committee has approved a motion requiring the Pentagon to rename military bases and assets named after Confederate leaders — defying President Trump, who warned them not to support the Elizabeth Warren-introduced measure. The committee on Wednesday approved the amendment to the annual defense bill which will establish a commission to rename all Pentagon assets — including ships, planes, buildings, military bases and equipment — that bear the name of Confederate generals within the next three years, Roll Call reported. Cities across America have begun removing statues honoring Confederate leaders as the nation engages in...
  • Breaking News: Republican senators def Donald Trump by voting to strip Confederate generals' names from Army bases — despite White House threatening a veto

    06/11/2020 7:44:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 204 replies
    Daily Wail (UK) ^ | 10:27 EDT, 11 June 2020 | Nikki Schwab
    Republican senators rebelled against Donald Trump late Wednesday by voting to tell the Army to rename bases named after Confederate generals within the next three years. The Armed Services Committee, whose members include Trump ultra-loyalist Tom Cotton, voted behind closed doors for the move, Roll Call first reported. The voice vote was on an amendment to the annual Pentagon policy bill — the Defense Authorization Act — which was put forward by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate. It came hours after Donald Trump tweeted furiously that he will “not even consider” renaming Forts Bragg, Hood,...
  • ‘It’s time for new leadership in this country’: Bush and Romney among Republicans who say they won’t back Trump [Link Only]

    06/07/2020 7:43:20 PM PDT · by libh8er · 94 replies
    UK Independent | 6.7.2020 | Jonathan Martin
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-presidential-us-election-republicans-george-w-bush-mitt-romney-a9553111.html
  • Vote for Trump? These Republican leaders aren’t on the bandwagon (Romney and Bush)

    06/06/2020 6:50:47 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 72 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/6/2020 | Some commie
    But, far sooner than they expected, growing numbers of prominent Republicans are debating how far to go in revealing that they won’t back his reelection — or might even vote for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. They’re feeling a fresh urgency because of Trump’s incendiary response to the protests of police brutality, atop his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private discussions.
  • Grassley halts Trump nominees, demands answers on inspector general firings

    06/06/2020 10:09:20 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 6, 2020 | 10:02am | Jon Levine
    Sen. Chuck Grassley has moved to halt consideration on two Trump administration nominees until the White House offers more information about why it fired two inspectors general. The hold from Grassley will indefinitely block confirmation of Christopher Miller as National Counterterrorism Center director and Marshall Billingslea as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. “Congress has made it clear that should the president find reason to fire an inspector general, there ought to be a good reason for it,” said the Iowa Republican, who added that it was important Americans not “be left speculating whether political or self-interests...
  • Romney Extols ‘Stunning And Powerful’ Mattis Response After Trump Broadside

    06/04/2020 4:40:57 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 83 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/4/2020 | Phillip Nieto
    Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney praised former Secretary of Defense General James Mattis for his “stunning and powerful” critique of President Donald Trump’s response to protests over the death of George Floyd. “General Mattis’ letter was stunning and powerful.” Romney told reporters outside a GOP luncheon on Thursday. “General Mattis is a man of extraordinary sacrifice. He’s an American patriot. He’s an individual whose judgment I respect, and I think the world of him.” If I ever had to choose somebody to be in a foxhole with, it would be with General Mattis. What a wonderful, wonderful man.” Mattis, who...
  • Bush administration alums form pro-Biden super PAC

    06/02/2020 2:25:09 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/2/2020 | Tal Axelrod
    Former officials from the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s White House campaign. The super PAC, dubbed 43 Alumni For Biden, referring to the 43rd president, was formed Monday, according to a Tuesday filing with the Federal Election Commission. Karen Kirksey, a former Treasury Department official from the Bush administration, is listed as the group’s treasurer and custodian of records.
  • Never Trump counter-convention to target congressional Republicans

    05/23/2020 4:45:45 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2020 | David M. Drucker
    Never Trump Republicans planning to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August, at the same moment as President Trump’s renomination celebration there are taking aim at congressional Republicans. The “Convention on Founding Principles” is scheduled to coincide with the Republican presidential nominating convention, which is set for Aug. 24–27 at the Spectrum Center arena. . . . “Even if Trump weren’t in the picture, the party would still need some reforming,” said Evan McMullin, a Never Trump Republican and one of the organizers of the event. McMullin mounted a failed, eleventh-hour third-party bid against Trump in 2016 and later co-founded...
  • Mitt Romney calls Trump's IG firings 'a threat to accountable democracy'

    05/16/2020 6:52:25 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 162 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 16 May 2020 | Kelly Mena
    Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday denounced President Donald Trump's firings of internal government oversight officials, calling it a "threat to accountable democracy." Romney's comments came in response to Trump's Friday firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick -- the latest in a series of dismissals of independent government watchdogs that have come in the wake of the President's acquittal on two articles of impeachment earlier this year. "The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in...
  • Gaetz shames Gowdy over 'failure of our Republican leadership'

    05/09/2020 9:47:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 47 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | May 9 | Daniel Payne
    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz shamed a "failure of our Republican leadership" When Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and I wanted subpoena power it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn't give us that subpoena power. Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas. "When Paul Ryan had control and could have run this to ground in 2017, we didn't send out one single subpoena, not one… a failure of our Republican leadership."