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U.S. Senate (GOP Club)

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  • Sasse: 'It feels like violence is coming' and it's doubtful Trump will be able to comfort the nation

    08/18/2017 8:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 18, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is concerned that more violence is on the way, following last weekend's deadly clash between white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups, and left-wing counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. "It feels like violence is coming," Sasse wrote at the end of a long Facebook post Friday evening, titled "The next Charlottesville." "I'm not sure if this moment is like the summer of '67 or not. But it might be. Before that violence strikes again, it's up to us to reaffirm that exceptional American Creed again today, with our neighbors, and in our kids' hearts." Earlier in the online note,...
  • Ted Cruz says Americans should not 'sanitize history' by taking down Confederate monuments

    08/17/2017 8:45:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 17, 2017 | Gromer Jeffers, Jr.
    ADDISON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that cities should not get rid of Confederate statues and monuments in order to "sanitize history." "I don't think we should go through and simply try to erase from history prior chapters, even if they were wrong," Cruz said during a news conference. "But I think that's a decision each community has to make. ... I suspect different communities will approach this decision differently." President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was disappointed with the removal of Confederate monuments, saying on Twitter that the nation's cities were losing some of their beauty.....
  • GOP senator says Trump needs to start thinking about the nation

    08/17/2017 3:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump’s short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, also said Trump “recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation.” During comments to local reporters after a speech to the Chattanooga Rotary Club, Corker called for “radical changes” in how the Trump White House operates. His remarks, which were posted on Facebook, came two days after Trump declared at a New York...
  • Ryan, other Republicans outraged by Trump news conference

    08/15/2017 7:13:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 15, 2017 | Austin Wright, Seung Min Kim and Rachael Bade
    President Donald Trump sparked a barrage of Republican outrage on Tuesday after he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — including from House Speaker Paul Ryan. “We must be clear,” Ryan said after Trump’s remarks. “White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Twitter, “Mr. President, you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame.” Added Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.): “This is simple: we must condemn and marginalize white supremacist groups, not encourage and embolden them.” Many other...
  • Carl Bernstein wants press to probe secret anti-Trump sentiment in GOP

    08/15/2017 1:33:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2017 | Josh Delk
    Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein says “important Republicans” are saying privately that President Trump is “unfit” for office and urged reporters to look into how widespread those worries may be. Bernstein took to Twitter on Tuesday to make the claims, but did not identify any specific individuals who have called Trump unfit. He said reporters should look into how “pervasive such talk may be.” (TWEETS-AT-LINK) The famous Watergate reporter’s tweets come as Trump is under fire for his response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., at a white supremacist rally over the weekend. Trump initially blamed the violence on “many...
  • Feinstein rips Trump administration over deportation that splits Oakland family

    08/10/2017 2:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 10, 2017 | Hamed Aleaziz
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called Thursday for the federal government to reverse the deportation of an Oakland nurse and her husband, saying their removal after more than two decades in the country revealed the “cruel and arbitrary nature” of President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Responding to a front-page Chronicle story about the couple — who plan to leave for Mexico on Tuesday with their 12-year-old son, while leaving behind three older daughters who have legal status — Feinstein’s office set up a meeting Thursday between the California Democrat and the family to discuss their plight. “These are the kind...
  • Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger tries to steal his tea party support (Translation: Rontards)

    08/09/2017 6:02:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | August 9, 2017 | Andrea Drusch
    Ted Cruz’s Democratic challenger is working overtime to drive a wedge between the senator and his base on one of his central issues — criminal justice reform. Over the past six months, Rep. Beto O’Rourke has reached out to members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to collaborate on the issue, hosted a Facebook Live event with them to talk marijuana policy, and sought support from the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks for a criminal justice bill he introduced in the House. While O’Rourke is no stranger to working with Republicans on issues relevant to his El Paso district, the lawmaker’s...
  • NH congressional delegation calls Trump ‘fire and fury’ threat ‘chilling,’ ‘dangerous,’ 'bellicose'

    08/08/2017 6:42:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | August 8, 2017 | John DiStaso
    Democratic members of Congress react to president’s provocative remarks about North Korean aggression MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire’s all-Democratic congressional delegation used terms such as “bellicose,” “chilling,” "dangerous” and "overly aggressive" to describe President Donald Trump‘s threat Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if its provocative behavior continues. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter said the president should chose his words carefully and act strategically in dealing with the increasingly volatile situation. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said his remark may undermine efforts to deescalate tensions in the region. Trump, during a...
  • RNC chair on Jeff Flake: Senators who didn't support Trump and lost should be a 'cautionary tale'

    08/08/2017 3:34:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 8, 2017 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, during a conversation about Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, said Monday that 2016 Republican senate candidates who did not back President Donald Trump during his presidential run and lost should serve as a "cautionary tale." Flake, who just released a new book and is up for reelection in 2018, is a prominent critic of Trump. McDaniel made the comments during a interview on the "Laura Ingraham" show. Ingraham repeatedly questioned if Flake could be kicked off the Republican ticket, saying she believed Flake would lose because Trump supporters would not back Flake.....
  • Sources: McCain Saved Obamacare So That President Pence Can Be The One To Kill It

    08/05/2017 2:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | August 3, 2017 | Patrick Howley
    Sources in Washington confirm that Senator John McCain voted against the Obamacare Skinny Repeal so that President Donald Trump could not score a legislative victory before he can be impeached by the House and Senate. Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury for his “Russia” investigation, which still doesn’t have any evidence or any possible charges that could be associated with it. A grand jury indictment is the first step to obtaining articles of impeachment, and then it would take a majority of the House of Representatives and then two-thirds of our 100 senators. The Deep State might...
  • John McCain on Republican confidence in Trump for 2020: 'They see weakness in this president'

    08/05/2017 11:40:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 5, 2017 | Mandy Mayfield
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., expressed his party's uncertainty about President Trump running for office again in 2020, according to a report Saturday. "They see weakness in this president," McCain told the New York Times. "Look, it's not a nice business we're in." The report takes into consideration interviews from over 75 Republicans from diverse levels of the party. It notes donors and strategists as being more hesitant to stand by a Trump 2020 run, and points out a break from tradition as possible candidates that in prior years may have respectfully laid low this earlier on in the presidency, have...
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to visit East Texas on Friday

    08/02/2017 3:21:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Tyler Morning Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2017 | Roy Maynard
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will be in East Texas on Friday, touring local businesses and taking part in a roundtable discussion at Tyler Junior College. “East Texas is home to many hardworking Texans and job creators that contribute significantly to the engine of Texas’ economy,” Phil Novack, a spokesman for the senator, said. “Sen. Cruz looks forward to visiting with folks in Kilgore and Tyler, listening to their concerns and discussing solutions that will help create jobs and spur economic growth for the region.” At 10 a.m., Cruz will tour the Skeeter Boats manufacturing facility in Kilgore. At 11:30 a.m.,...
  • John McCain refutes Trump's statement on sanctions bill

    08/02/2017 2:46:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 2, 2017
    Sen. John McCain pronounced President Trump's objections to the sweeping sanctions measure he signed Thursday "misplaced" and said it was "critical" that Mr. Trump comply with and implement the act, as signed. "The concerns expressed in the President's signing statement are hardly surprising, though misplaced," McCain said in a statement soon after the president signed a bill which limits his ability to unilaterally alter sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The Arizona senator also took the opportunity to take a stand for the powers of Congress, which rival the president's. "The Framers of our Constitution made the Congress and...
  • I'm a Democrat but Nancy Pelosi is totally clueless about what Democrats need to do to win

    08/02/2017 2:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | July 31, 2017 | Bryan Dean Wright
    Pelosi’s pitch was straightforward: our economy is rigged against America’s workers and only Democrats can fix it. One small problem: America has heard this before. On countless commercials. In numerous debates. For months on end. As highlighted by even supportive media outlets, A Better Deal is largely a rehash of solutions offered by Hillary Clinton during her failed presidential campaign. That doesn’t mean A Better Deal is without merit, as Fox’s Chris Wallace noted. But clearly something was missing when Clinton made these same losing arguments. The American people were looking for something more. Something different. And that underlines why...
  • Two retired politicians reportedly helped talk John McCain into opposing 'skinny' Obamacare repeal

    07/31/2017 8:18:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    Sen. John McCain was one of three Republicans who helped shoot down the "skinny" repeal of Obamacare early Friday morning, and two retired D.C. politicians reportedly helped talk him into the "no" vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., both pressed McCain to oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's efforts to advance a plan that ultimately aimed to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare, according to a Washington Post report.....
  • Patience folks, Trump is just getting warmed up

    07/31/2017 7:00:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | July 31, 2017 | John Robb
    Whether you voted red or blue, clearly you can see that Team Trump had a rough launch. Failure (so far) to replace Obamacare, daily Russian probe distractions and West Wing infighting are three most notable examples. But, I believe all three are rooted in one simple and temporary cause: Donald Trump didn't expect to be elected President. Please know my source here is not some anonymous bureaucrat or wishful-thinking Liberal pundit. Mr. Trump said that. Those who attended his final victory rally in December at Ladd Stadium might remember he told us that he rented a relatively small Manhattan ballroom...
  • Trump studying executive action on healthcare, senator Rand Paul says

    07/31/2017 3:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2017 | Amanda Becker and David Alexander
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans. Paul, a Republican, told reporters that Trump was considering taking some form of executive action to address problems with the healthcare system after the Senate failed last week to pass a measure to reform the system.....
  • GOP Senate candidates race to align with Trump

    07/29/2017 7:18:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2017 | Ben Kamisar
    GOP Senate candidates across the country are battling to emerge as the pro-Trump candidate in contested primaries. President Trump’s approval rating might be stagnant nationally, but he still enjoys strong support with many of the GOP primary voters who will decide crucial Senate primaries ahead of the 2018 midterm election. So GOP candidates in states that Trump carried in November are beginning to hammer their opponents as unfaithful supporters of the president to gain an edge in their primaries. One clear example of this trend is in Indiana, where fellow Indiana Republican congressmen Luke Messer and Todd Rokita are poised...
  • Single-Payer Amendment Gets Zero Votes in Senate

    07/28/2017 6:00:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 27, 2017 | Rebecca Rainey
    In a Republican-backed effort to single out where Democrats lie on a contentious policy debate, an amendment to create a single-payer health care system failed with no affirmative votes in the Senate Thursday, The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mon.), failed with zero yes votes. Four Democrats and one Independent voted against it, and the remainder of Democrats voted as “present,” to avoid taking a stance on the legislation. Independent Maine Senator Angus King, who voted against the bill, said he did not want to participate in what he thought was a “set up.” “The bill had way too...
  • John McCain: “American Hero” (A critique from the Far Left)

    07/28/2017 5:29:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Jacobin Magazine ^ | July 28, 2017 | Branko Marcetic
    Journalists and politicians venerating John McCain's civility and decency have a short memory. Nothing rehabilitates a politician’s tarnished image quite like death. It happened to Nixon. It happened to Reagan. It will probably happen to Bush. And right now, it’s happening to John McCain. McCain is still alive, but a week ago he was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer, requiring surgery to have a tumor removed. The news prompted an outpouring of grief and well-wishing from Democrats, Republicans, liberals, and conservatives aike, as well as a deluge of hagiographical pieces valorizing McCain as an American hero...