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  • GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader

    10/22/2017 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/22/17 06:00 AM EDT | Jonathan Easley and Ben Kamisar
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has become a flashpoint for Republicans running for Senate in 2018. The Hill asked nearly two-dozen Senate candidates this week if they would support McConnell as leader if elected. Not one campaign said outright that they would support McConnell, although two candidates appear to have expressed support for McConnell in the past. Several candidates declared their opposition to McConnell and attacked their GOP primary opponents for not taking a stance on the question. Other candidates deflected, or spoke on background about the bind they’re in over the question of McConnell’s leadership. Most candidates were...
  • Rove slams Bannon’s ‘jihad' against incumbent Republicans

    10/19/2017 10:46:24 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2017 | Olivia Beavrs
    Karl Rove in a new op-ed slams the challengers former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is assembling in an effort to unseat almost all the incumbent Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2018. "Steve Bannon, the failed presidential adviser and alt-right sympathizer, has declared war on incumbent Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell Karl Rove in a new op-ed slams the challengers former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is assembling in an effort to unseat almost all the incumbent Republican senators who are up for reelection in 2018.
  • John Danforth, a Minister, Tops Bush's Veep List (2000 Flashback)

    10/19/2017 10:08:24 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 1 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | May 27, 2000 | Michael Duffy
    A vice president is never more important than at the instant of being chosen, because the choice tells you so much about the person who does the picking. When the doors are closed, George W. Bush doesn't have to listen to advice or stroke Republican egos; he can say what he pleases. John McCain? asked a friend. Gimme a break, said Bush. Ohio Congressman John Kasich, Bush argued, isn't ready for the job. Pro-choice Pennsylvanian Tom Ridge might cost him too many pro-life votes in states where a point or two will make the difference. And it has been clear...
  • Ex-Senator says 'Hateful' Trump Does Not Represent Party

    10/19/2017 10:04:56 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 25, 2017 | Jason Devaney
    A former Republican lawmaker and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations blasted President Donald Trump in an opinion piece published this week. Former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., wrote in The Washington Post that Trump is not a true Republican because of one main reason: he stands against having a unified nation.
  • Republicans Are Blowing It

    10/19/2017 5:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    After eight years in the wilderness, Republicans have a president who will sign nearly anything they put in front of him. You’d think they’d revel in the opportunity to pass legislation they’d been dreaming of codifying in law, but you’d be wrong. Rather than attempt to implement the ideas on which they’d campaigned and won on, they’re staring blankly like a poker player who over-bet with a pair of twos and had his bluff called. But it’s not just elected Republicans; it’s the entire conservative movement that's dropped the ball. After eight years in exile, where are the innovations,...
  • Lamar Alexander +Patty Murray -save the illegal subsidies Congress never passed, ordered by obama

    10/17/2017 1:11:57 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/2017 | SELF
    From The Hill.com Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal that would extend payments to insurers under ObamaCare that President Trump said he was ending last week. The deal would extend the payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change ObamaCare rules. The negotiations had been aimed at stabilizing insurance markets. .........When Republicans in the Senate made a last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare in September, the Alexander-Murray talks were cut off, with some GOP senators saying their bipartisan efforts would go nowhere in the...
  • John McCain: Current 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' foreign policy is 'unpatriotic'

    10/16/2017 7:33:19 PM PDT · by kevcol · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized "half-baked, spurious nationalism" as he accepted the National Constitution Center Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on Monday night for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation. . . . Former Vice President Joe Biden honored McCain by speaking at the event and shared that not only were the two of them close, but their families were close as well. "I can think of no better description for the man we're honoring tonight," Biden said, praising McCain's "courage and loyalty."
  • Steve Bannon Takes on the GOP Establishment

    10/16/2017 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 16, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: At the Value Voters Summit over the weekend, Steve Bannon on Saturday made a speech, an address, and he basically said that this is a season of war against the GOP establishment — and, believe me, it was heard. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial, “The Antidote to Steve Bannon,” and this is gonna be one of those rare times where if you read this you will agree with the Wall Street Journal. Lindsey Grahamnesty, by the way, appears to be coming around. Something has happened. Lindsey Grahamnesty went out and played golf with Trump, and he was...
  • Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right

    10/16/2017 11:16:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-16-2017 | Kristine Marsh
    Salon’s Top 'Conservative’ List Is Nearly All 'Never Trump' Liberals Who Hate the Right Kristine Marsh October 16, 2017 Over the weekend, liberal online magazine Salon put out a highly mockable list of their top “25 Conservatives Actually Worth Following on Twitter.” The story made a splash on social media, because it seemed Salon’s only criteria for being a “worthy conservative” is that you had to be an outspoken “Never-Trumper” and a fierce critic of the right. Brownie points if you support Obamacare and spew profanities at the president. What didn’t count? Actually being a smart, thoughtful commentator on conservative...
  • The 25 conservatives actually worth following on Twitter Yes, they exist

    10/15/2017 9:07:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | October 14, 2017 | Taylor Link
    Liberals in shock over the the 2016 election were prescribed a heavy dose of reality. "Get out of your bubble," the doctors note illegibly read. It was a hard truth for the American left. They found out the U.S. was not as progressive as originally thought. Their steady diet of MSNBC and left-wing op-eds only reinforced biases and preconceived beliefs. The country's actual, collective tilt wholly evaded them.
  • Bannon on GOP insurgency: 'Nobody can run and hide'

    10/14/2017 8:31:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2017 1:54 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus and Thomas Beaumont
    Steve Bannon has a stark message to Republican incumbents he considers part of the establishment: “Nobody can run and hide.” President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is promoting a field of potential primary challengers to take on disfavored Republicans in Congress and step up for open seats. […] It’s an insurgency that could imperil Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Bannon called it a “populist nationalist conservative revolt” in a speech to religious conservatives in Washington on Saturday. The emerging Bannon class of rabble-rousers shares limited ideological ties but a common intent to upend Washington and knock out Senate...
  • BOOK: GOP Senators ‘Laughed Out Loud’ at Notion Border Wall Would Get Built

    10/11/2017 12:51:03 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/2017 | rebecca mansour
    During a private meeting of the most senior Republican senators, GOP leaders “laughed out loud at the idea that Trump’s border wall would ever be built.” The explosive revelation comes from Laura Ingraham’s new book, Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump. Ingraham reports that her source “was there in the room” when it happened and that the sordid episode is “a reminder that the populist movement that delivered Trump into office must remain vigilant and keep the heat on the GOP Establishment.”
  • The Swamp Wants You to Think They’ve Seized the Presidency from Trump

    10/10/2017 1:05:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 10, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I’m seeing more and more stories, and it’s related to this whole Corker snafu, that Trump really isn’t president. That Kelly and Mattis and Tillerson have seized the office and are openly defying Trump on everything. The purpose of the story is just to put forth two propositions. One, of course that Trump is a dangerous idiot like Corker says, on the verge of starting World War III, and veterans of the swamp literally have to countermand him on virtually everything. And of course the second aspect of the story is a constitutional crisis. If that’s really happening, for...
  • Vanity - Steve Bannon, The RINO Slayer.

    10/10/2017 9:22:56 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 45 replies
    Well...the game is afoot, for all to see. Bannon will field at least seven primary runs against a variety of Republican Establishment, RINOs & "Trump Haters in the Senate", God Almighty be praised. One is already dead and buried politically,...that would be Senator Bob Corker. yes Senator Corker may rant & rave...but.,..he is toast, 100% toast. So, are the six candidates that Bannon has zeroed in on!!! Bottom line is, the majority of the American people....the ones that make up our great country, go and grow, are truly sick & tired of both the Democrat Party and the Republican Party...
  • Will Senate lose its last remaining pragmatists? (they are both weeping and frightened!)

    10/09/2017 5:19:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/9/17 | Francine Kiefer
    Collins, Corker, and McCain are three Republican pragmatists who regularly work across the aisle. Their exits – along with the potential loss of several endangered Democrats up for reelection in red states – would all but complete the hollowing out of the Senate’s political center. It’s a trend that’s been going on for more than a decade on both sides, says Jennifer Duffy of the independent Cook Political Report: “There’s virtually no middle left in the Senate.”
  • Trump seeks border wall, crackdown on unaccompanied minors for 'Dreamer' deal

    10/08/2017 7:40:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    al Rooters ^ | October 8, 2017 | Joshua Roberts
    President Donald Trump, who pledged to work with Democrats to protect "Dreamers" — young people brought illegally to the United States as children — called on Sunday for money to fund a border wall and thousands more immigration officers to be part of any deal. Trump's list of immigration "principles," laid out in a document seen by Reuters, is likely to be a non-starter for Democrats, who are seeking a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended last month. The proposal includes a crackdown on unaccompanied minors who enter the United States, many...
  • Bump stocks just one chip in Congress' partisan gamble on gun control

    10/08/2017 11:47:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/08/2017 | Chad Pergram
    A legislative response to mass killings is elusive on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers cannot settle on a solution. However, there are lots of alternatives when it comes to potentially curbing gun violence. Background checks. Banning so-called “bump stocks.” Regulating bump stocks. Increasing open-carry provisions. Or just leaving things the way they are. But would any fix the problem? Taking action on any plan entails compromise. So far, the sides just aren’t willing to do that. And in a paradoxical twist, the butchery in Las Vegas last week may give Republicans the chance to pass controversial firearm legislation of their own, which...
  • Sen. Chris (Gun Control) Murphy: Pulling out of Iran deal a 'self-inflicted wound'

    10/08/2017 10:26:03 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | October 8, 2017 | Eli Watkins
    Washington (CNN) - Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that a decision by President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement would harm the US and benefit Iran. "The President is about to impose on himself and this country a dramatic self-inflicted wound because by pulling out of this agreement, Iran will go back onto a path to develop a nuclear weapon," the Connecticut Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union." If the US exits the agreement, Iran would still receive sanctions relief from other nations party to the deal, and the move would...
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam elects to not seek U.S. Senate seat in 2018

    10/05/2017 9:14:04 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 29 replies
    WRCB TV ^ | Updated: Oct 05, 2017 11:21 AM EST | WRCB Staff
    NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he will not be running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by current U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Haslam issued a statement earlier that reads:: While Crissy and I will always be grateful for all of the encouragement and support to run for the United States Senate, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for Senate in 2018. The primary reason is that I want to remain completely focused on my job as governor. I know that being a candidate for the Senate during my last 15...
  • Report: Top GOP donors upset with legislative failures

    10/05/2017 6:25:36 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    ©2017 CAPITOL HILL PUBLISHING CORP. ^ | 10/05/17 08:57 AM EDT | BY OLIVIA BEAVERS -
    Top GOP donors are reportedly angry over the Republican Party's legislative failures, telling lawmakers their wallets are closed until something passes through the chambers.... As the GOP agenda stalls, party contributors are slowing down their cash donations until the lawmakers start showing they can get results and keep their key promises to undo Obama-era measures. With the 2018 midterms just around the corner, GOP lawmakers are trying to reassure the donors that they can deliver.