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  • Deputy DNC chair: Obama’s to blame for the state of the party

    04/21/2017 7:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Didn’t Barack Obama brag about this three months ago, calling himself “the father of the Tea Party“? Not exactly, as DNC deputy chair Keith Ellison explains in this exchange on a panel at the University of Minnesota. Ellison argues that Obama failed to rebuild the party’s ground apparatus after his two presidential elections, and that this failure has put his “wonderful achievements” at risk. The truth, however, lies somewhere in between:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “Look I’m a great fan of President Obama. I totally voted for many of the things he supported — Dodd Frank, Affordable Care Act, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act...
  • Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President

    04/21/2017 6:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ben Casselman, Kathryn Casteel, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Maggie Koerth-Baker
    In the whirlwind first weeks of President Trump’s administration, it often seemed as though he was trying to enact his entire agenda within his first 100 days in office. On Day 1, he moved to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act. Within his first week, he instituted a federal hiring freeze; issued orders on abortion, immigration and manufacturing; and took the first steps toward building his signature border wall. And on the one-week anniversary of his swearing in, he issued the first iteration of his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. In retrospect, the travel ban looks like...
  • Warren on Trump administration: 'God, it's like dog years'

    04/17/2017 4:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is urging Democrats to focus on combatting the Trump agenda, lamenting he's been in the White House for less than 100 days. Warren declined to speculate if she could have won the party's nomination in 2016 or if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would have faired better against Trump than Hillary Clinton, telling USA Today, "We are where we are." "Donald Trump has only been here, not even 100 days yet — God, it's like dog years or something, it feels like so much has gone on. We've got to get focused on what we're going to...
  • Don’t Fall for Morning Joe’s Propaganda on Bannon

    04/12/2017 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    American Greatness ^ | April 12, 2017 | Chris Buskirk
    Morning Joe has a mission: Take down the President. Watch the show—if you must—and you will get the idea rather quickly. Every story and every guest are carefully crafted to create a sense of chaos and inevitable failure around the Trump White House. And they have allies. Scarborough and company are actively aided and abetted by the coterie of D.C. media stalwarts who regularly appear on the show. We shouldn’t be surprised. The destruction of Republican presidents has been the white whale of almost every Washington journalist since 1974. Scarborough warned President Trump in February, “And as I always say,...
  • Woman at town hall rallies Dems to fight: “Sense our angst … Step up your passion.”

    04/12/2017 5:13:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Shareblue ^ | April 12, 2017 | Oliver Willis
    Grassroots voters are showing up at Democratic town halls to encourage their elected officials to strengthen their resistance to Donald Trump, a sign that the movement continues to grow and become more sophisticated. Voters want their elected representatives in Washington to show more backbone in their resistance to Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s agenda, and they are not reticent about making it known. The message was delivered loud and clear to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) at a town hall meeting he held at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. “Most of the disagreements with Mr. Casey or tough questions...
  • Democrats Face Uphill Fight if Trump Gets Second U.S. High Court Pick

    04/11/2017 5:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | April 11, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley, Reuters
    If Democrats thought it was hard to stop President Donald Trump's first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, it promises to be even tougher for them if he gets to fill another vacancy, potentially to replace the most influential justice, Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the court's liberals in key cases such as on gay rights and abortion, is one of three justices 78 or older. Justice Stephen Breyer is 78 and fellow liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84. Former Kennedy Supreme Court clerks said the justice, who turns 81 in July, may be pondering retirement either this...
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus demands Trump fire 'white supremacist' Steve Bannon

    04/05/2017 9:53:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    Now that Steve Bannon has been kicked from the National Security Council, a group of liberal Democrats are urging President Trump to take it a step further and kick the chief strategist out of the White House altogether. Several of these Democrats from the Congressional Progressive Caucus labeled Bannon a white supremacist and nationalist and blamed him for being a chief architect of Trump's two travel bans aimed at Muslim-majority countries. They argued that Bannon needs to be shown the door. Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce chairman Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said a resolution she introduced in February...
  • GOP senator: Biden would have beat Trump

    04/05/2017 9:47:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) says former Vice President Joe Biden could have easily defeated President Trump if he'd run for president last year. “If Joe Biden would have run against Donald Trump, Biden would have won in a landslide,” Sasse told The New York Times on Wednesday. Asked why Trump won, Sasse said: “I would argue pretty vociferously that’s it’s also because of who his opponent was,” referring to Hillary Clinton. Biden last month voiced regret over not seeking the presidency, predicting he would have beaten Trump if he had earned the Democratic nomination. “I had planned on running for...
  • John McCain: Trump policy contributing to violence in Syria

    04/04/2017 7:49:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 4, 2017 | Kyle Feldscher
    Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that the lack of a more aggressive policy from the Trump administration on Syria is contributing to violence there, along the lines of what was seen under the Obama administration. "We've seen this movie before when Barack Obama said we would have a red line, they crossed it and we did nothing," McCain said, "Bashar al-Assad and his friends, the Russians, take note of what the Americans say … and I'm sure they took note of what the secretary of state said." "I'm sure they're encouraged and know the United States is withdrawing," he added....
  • Bernie Sanders Says Trump Voters Not ‘Deplorables,’ Hillary Democrats to Blame for Election Loss

    04/04/2017 2:08:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jason Le Miere
    Donald Trump supporters are not racist “deplorables” and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party are to blame for November’s shock election defeat: So said Clinton’s defeated primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders during a rally in Boston Friday night. In a comment seized upon by the Trump campaign, Clinton famously said in September that half of Trump’s supporters were “deplorables,” a comment which she almost immediately said she regretted....
  • How Democrats are about to give Trump his groove back

    04/03/2017 5:56:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jake Novak
    It's been a rough few weeks for President Donald Trump. His efforts to get a GOP Obamacare replacement bill failed. He's been attacked from almost all sides for publicly accusing President Obama of ordering wiretaps of Trump Tower. And these and other problems have sent his approval rating to historic lows for a president in his first 100 days. But President Trump doesn't need to worry. He's about to get his political groove back courtesy of a surprising source: the Democrats. That's because the Democrats are about to hand him a crucial triple-faceted victory when they make the mistake of...
  • Trump takes up health care with Rand Paul, on golf course

    04/02/2017 3:18:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 2, 2017 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump brought Sen. Rand Paul to his Virginia golf course on Sunday to talk health policy with the outspoken critic of the failed plan to repeal and replace so-called Obamacare. The outing to Trump National Golf Club came hours after Trump tweeted that talks on replacing the law have been going on and "will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck." He added that anyone who thinks the effort is dead "does not know the love and strength in R Party!"(continued)
  • Third Senate Democrat pledges to support Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    04/02/2017 1:47:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 2, 2017 | Erin Dooley
    A third Senate Democrat has announced his intention to vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. "After meeting with Judge Gorsuch, conducting a thorough review of his record, and closely following his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe that he is a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers," Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly said in a statement. Donnelly joins Democratic colleagues Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who both pledged last month to vote to confirm Gorsuch,...
  • Bernie Sanders doesn’t want you to make fun of people who voted for Donald Trump

    04/01/2017 11:38:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Metro ^ | March 31, 2017 | Kristin Toussaint
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has some advice to help bridge the current political divide: Don’t make fun of those who voted for Donald Trump. Sanders, who spoke Friday at Boston’s Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, has been vocal about opposing the political views of the current president. But, the former Democratic presidential candidate said he doesn’t want Americans to dislike their fellow countrmen who put Trump in office. “If you sit at home and think, well, Trump won because all the people who voted for him are racist or sexist or homophobes, I think you got...
  • House Democrat calls bid to unseat Cruz key to flipping Senate

    04/01/2017 12:52:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    News Fix ^ | April 1, 2017 | CNN Wire
    (CNN) — Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke knows most people are already writing off his long-shot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, but he argues his race could be the key to flipping the Senate in 2018. “I’d like nothing more for the establishment to count us out,” O’Rourke told CNN in a phone interview from El Paso. The 44-year-old third-term House Democrat isn’t hiring pollsters or campaign consultants and is sticking with a pledge he made during his first run for the House to refuse any corporate money or donations from political action committees. He pointed to his...
  • Laborers union sends letters to Kaine, Warner supporting Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    04/01/2017 12:21:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Nelson County Times ^ | March 31, 2017 | Emily Brown
    As opponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline continue to fight the project, others who believe it will stimulate the economy recently ensured their voices were heard, sending hundreds of letters expressing a positive view of the pipeline to U.S. lawmakers. The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Laborer’s International Union of America (LIUNA), a union of construction workers and public service employees, on Friday hand-delivered about 1,600 letters from workers to U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. The letters express support for the proposed $5 billion natural gas pipeline, which would run about 600 miles from West Virginia to North...
  • Sen. Merkley: If Gorsuch Is Confirmed, Every 5-4 Decision Will Be Illegitimate

    03/30/2017 5:06:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 30, 2017 | Tim Hains
    Sen. Jeff Merkely says a decision to use the 'Nuclear Option' to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court would "destroy the integrity of the Senate" and "highly politicize the [Supreme] court." "If this process goes through, every 5-4 decision will be one we will look at and say that it is not really legitimate, because that Supreme Court Justice wasn't really legitimate," he said. "If we change it to a simple majority, that means the next president will have an easier time approving appointments, and might decide to go further to the left or right outside of the mainstream....
  • First two Democrats back Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

    03/30/2017 2:54:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 30, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley
    Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp on Thursday became the first Democrats to support the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, giving Republicans two of eight Democratic votes needed to avoid a nasty fight on the U.S. Senate floor next week. Both West Virginia's Manchin and North Dakota's Heitkamp are up for re-election next year in states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. "I hold no illusions that I will agree with every decision Judge Gorsuch may issue in the future, but I have not found any reasons why this jurist should not...
  • The Trump era's 5 emerging constituencies

    03/30/2017 2:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 30, 2017 | Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R-MD)
    My travels around the country provide continuing exposure to how the country is responding to our new president. Included in this learning is information about how average Americans are coping with the dramatic new production, "The Donald Comes to Washington". On second thought, "dramatic" may be too understated an adjective. Rarely has America witnessed such a radical turnabout in such a brief period of time. Yet even at this early stage, one can discern how various factions are coming together, or falling apart, in response to the Trump era. These five emerging constituencies are numerous and subtle and require further...
  • Bernie Sanders, Top Progressives Announce New Medicare-For-All Push

    03/26/2017 1:09:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 25, 2017 | Daniel Marans
    In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance and a raft of other bold reforms. These lawmakers and grassroots leaders have long believed that the problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are rooted in the original health care law’s attempt to accommodate, rather than gradually replace, the private, for-profit health insurance system. Now that efforts to eliminate the law wholesale are effectively dead, they are again arguing that the best way to...