U.S. Senate (GOP Club)

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  • Jason Chaffetz: Members of Congress should get $30,000 a year to help them pay rent

    06/27/2017 8:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 27, 2017 | Ester Bloom
    The cost of housing has gotten so expensive that Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) thinks that a monthly subsidy of $2,500 would help ease the burden — for members of Congress. He told The Hill on Monday that "I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress," given that "Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world." He said that "a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington." $2,500 a month comes...
  • Hey, Congress, Get Off Trump-Russia Probe, Do Something Else, Majority of Americans Say in Poll

    06/23/2017 6:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 23, 2017 | Greg Price
    For months, Americans have been engrossed by the numerous twists and turns surrounding President Donald Trump and his former campaign’s ties to Russia during last year’s election. But now it turns out many have tired of this drama. A Harvard-Harris poll released Friday found that 64 percent of voters believe the investigations are “hurting the country” and 56 percent want Congress to instead work on issues like national security, the economy and health care, The Hill reported. The online survey was conducted from June 19 to June 21 and gathered responses from 2,237 registered voters. To be sure, a good...
  • Amid partisanship, lawmakers unite for White House picnic

    06/22/2017 2:56:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KBZK-TV ^ | June 22, 2017 | Betsy Klein, CNN
    Lawmakers are taking a rare break from bitter partisan politics and heading to the White House Thursday evening for a good old-fashioned picnic. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are hosting the Congressional Picnic, a bipartisan, annual event on the White House South Lawn aimed at bringing members of Congress, their families, and members of the administration together for a casual, lighthearted evening. "My husband and I are pleased to welcome Members of Congress and their families to the people's house," the first lady said in a statement Thursday. "With the recent and tragic shooting at the congressional...
  • Democrats: The Losing Party

    06/21/2017 6:46:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | June 21, 2017 | China Dickerson
    Republicans won special elections in Georgia and South Carolina, ending all talk of a referendum on Donald Trump's leadership. White men and women (and their allies) run the Democratic Party, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Yes, people who are 10 shades lighter than me run all of the committees. So are their consultants who receive big bucks to lose pivotal races like Tuesday’s special elections in Georgia and South Carolina. The races were supposed to be referendums on Donald Trump and his policies, but...
  • The Left-Wing Terrorist’s Capitol Hill Coup d’Etat

    06/20/2017 1:29:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 20, 2017 | Austin Bay
    A Democrat-controlled House would overturn the election and impeach Trump. Throughout history, grandiose visions of world-altering consequences have motivated political assassins. Gavril Princip’s June 1914 rendezvous with Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo is a horrifying example. Despite the historical track record, until James T. Hodgkinson’s June 2017 criminal assault on a Virginia baseball diamond, a chilling congressional coup d’état scenario which alters history in these United States would be little more than an edgy plot-line in a paperback thriller. In the Hollywood movie version there is a one hundred percent certainty right wing activists would be the monsters who attempted the...
  • Al Franken Says Mike Pence Is A ‘Zealot’ Who ‘Would Be Worse’ Than Trump On Domestic Policy

    06/19/2017 5:09:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 19, 2017 | David Sirota
    If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the vice president would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken. Franken made the comments in an interview with IBT during a stop on his book tour in Denver. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Minnesota Democrat said his party could use the so-called “nuclear” option to try to block the Trump administration’s health care bill. On a contentious environmental issue, Franken parted ways with many progessive Democrats in...
  • Warren to Trump: 'Donald, you ain't seen nasty yet'

    06/17/2017 7:13:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2017 | Jacqueline Thomen
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a warning for President Trump: “Donald, you ain’t seen nasty yet.” Warren read aloud from her new book “This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” and took questions at a town hall event in New York Friday, HuffPost reported. Warren blasted Trump for his economic policies, saying they are hurting the middle-class Americans who voted for him. “What Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the House and the Senate want to do to us, is they want to deliver the knockout blow to the middle class,” she said. She...
  • Impeaching Trump is a heavy lift

    06/17/2017 4:57:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Brookings ^ | June 16, 2017 | Jonathan Rauch·
    Suppose most Americans were to conclude that President Trump is unfit for office. How long would it take to remove him? If President Nixon’s example provides any guidance, the answer is: a long time—if ever.(GRAPH-AT-LINK) Consider the first chart, which shows Nixon’s approval ratings throughout his truncated second term, and also Trump’s approval ratings so far. (All of the approval numbers cited here are from Gallup’s Presidential Job Approval Center.) Nixon’s second-term approval started strong, in the high sixties, but plummeted as Watergate revelations emerged. By the time the Senate Watergate hearings began, in May of 1973, his ratings were...
  • Warren warns of Trump, allies; says 'Fighting back matters'

    06/16/2017 11:03:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Lake Placid News ^ | June 16, 2017 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) — A fiery Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren warned Friday that President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are preparing to deliver "a knockout blow" to the nation's middle-class. The liberal icon delivered the comments to a packed theater in the heart of Manhattan's Times Square. It was the final scheduled stop in a book tour that featured a half-dozen appearances nationwide over the last two months. She read from the book, "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class," before exciting the overwhelmingly liberal crowd with aggressive rhetoric that demonstrated her appeal...
  • Almost 200 congressional Democrats sue Trump over business interests

    06/13/2017 10:48:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | June 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire. Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It's being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said. The plaintiffs argue they have standing to sue because the clause says only Congress may approve foreign gifts and payments.....
  • Cruz Goes From ‘Lucifer’ to Dealmaker in Health-Care Overhaul

    06/12/2017 12:51:35 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Politics ^ | June 12 | Steven Dennis
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  • Impeach Trump? Democrats need to take a deep breath

    06/11/2017 9:29:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2017 | Willie Brown
    It was great entertainment, but for all the hype, the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings that featured former FBI Director James Comey failed to deliver a knockout punch. You are not going to get another “All the President’s Men” out of this story. At least not yet. The facts are not there. Yes, Russia meddled in the presidential election, and yes, President Trump wanted Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials. But so far, there is no silver bullet that will bring the president down. As tempting as it is for the...
  • Sanders to faithful: Take down Trump, take over Democratic Party

    06/11/2017 8:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 11, 2017 | Gregory Krieg
    Bernie Sanders' permanent "political revolution" rolled into Chicago on Saturday night, as the Vermont senator called on progressive activists gathered here to beat back President Donald Trump's agenda while remaking the Democratic Party. Speaking to a crowd of buzzing supporters in former President Barack Obama's adopted hometown, Sanders ripped Trump's "incredible hypocrisy" and called the President a demagogue who makes "even a very conservative president like George W. Bush" appealing in comparison. But it was his unsparing assessment of the party whose nomination he sought in 2016 that set off an audience of nearly 4,000 mostly dedicated "Berniecrats." "I am...
  • Feinstein: Let’s get this Obstruction of Justice train rolling anyway

    06/10/2017 10:17:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 10, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    During the endless ratings bonanza which was the Comey testimony, you may recall that the former FBI Director was asked multiple times in several variations of wording about what the President said to him about the Flynn investigation and, in a more general sense, all of the Russia questions. Was he asked to drop the investigation? No. Was he told to drop the investigation? No. Was he ordered to drop the investigation? Again and again… no. And did he, after all the inferences and “hopes” allegedly expressed by the President of the United States, actually wind up dropping the investigation?...
  • Trump: I'm '100 percent' willing to testify under oath

    06/09/2017 5:00:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2017 | Jordan Fabian and Brandon Carter
    President Trump said Friday he is "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about his interactions with James Comey in order to dispute the fired FBI director’s claims. “One hundred percent,” Trump said when asked if he would give a sworn statement to Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russia’s election interference. "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you,” the president said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.....
  • Why You Should Be Skeptical About Polls on Impeaching Trump

    06/08/2017 4:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 7, 2017 | Jack Brewster
    The numbers are stark: Among registered voters in a Politico/Morning Consult poll at the end of May, 43% want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, up from 38% the week before. But experts say the polls may mean less than they appear to show. Three polls by CNN/ORC showed roughly similar numbers of adults—about 30%—wanted to impeach President Clinton in 1998, President Bush in 2006 and President Obama in 2014, even though the presidents were in very different circumstances. And Gallup polls from the Watergate era show a clear majority of Americans didn't support impeaching Nixon and removing...
  • Comey, Twitter Users ‘A Little Confused’ By McCain’s Questions During Hearing

    06/08/2017 2:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WCBS-AM ^ | June 8, 2017
    Did a late night of baseball result in a confusing line of inquiry during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing? Senator John McCain had some interesting questions for former FBI Director James Comey during his appearance in front of the committee on Thursday. While other committee members focused on meetings and phone calls between President Donald Trump and the former FBI director, McCain harped on a probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. “In the case of Hilary Clinton you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her although it had been very careless in her behavior,...
  • The Anti-Trump Tide Recedes

    06/04/2017 1:15:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    American Greatness ^ | June 2, 2017 | Conrad Black
    The long-awaited de-escalation of Washington’s war with Trump seems finally to be happening. Prior to the president’s trip to the Middle East and Europe, the anti-Trump media was abuzz with intimations of “impeachment territory,” (the ludicrous phrase of David Gergen, who served President Reagan and President Clinton well, but may have contracted some of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy that plagues CNN, where he now comments). While the president was overseas and the tweets were rarer and unexceptionable, it came to light that the likeliest Russian interference in the election apart from Wikileaks, may have been misinformation. The whole Russian controversy...
  • Florida Dems’ preemptive outrage levels rise over Trump Paris threat

    05/31/2017 4:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | May 31, 2017 | George Bennett
    WEST PALM BEACH — Preemptive outrage levels rose precipitously among Florida Democrats on Wednesday over reports that President Donald Trump would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters in West Palm Beach that U.S. withdrawal from the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be “a huge mistake – 197 countries signed that agreement, albeit a voluntary agreement. What we’re trying to do is save the planet from getting so heated up that there’s no return.” Nelson and others said Florida is in particular danger from sea level rise. U.S. Rep. Ted...
  • Democrats must start thinking about their theme for the day after Trump (Hope springs eternal)

    05/28/2017 4:46:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | May 28, 2017 | Ron Grossman
    It is not too soon for Democrats to start thinking about the day after President Donald Trump. For now, they have a jim-dandy campaign theme: "We told you so!" But it has a limited shelf life. Many Americans will thank the Democrats whenever Trump vacates the Oval Office. Some will express their gratitude with wild-eyed enthusiasm, others grudgingly. Even his voters must be troubled by an American president — accused of playing footsie with the Russians — telling Moscow's ambassador and foreign minister that by axing the FBI's director he "relieved the pressure." It's the kind of damming admission that...