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  • Senate Votes to End a Textbook Crony Program

    05/27/2016 7:38:05 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Daren Bakst
    On Wednesday, the Senate passed a joint resolution that will effectively put an end to one of the most egregious programs that exists today: the U.S. Department of Agriculture catfish inspection program. It’s actually disappointing that the vote was as close as it was—55-43. It may sound a bit silly, admittedly, but this program created in the 2008 farm bill is a classic example of legislators pushing a program for the benefit of a very narrow special interest without regard for the harm to taxpayers, consumers, and other industries.
  • How Republican Senators Failed GOP voters once again

    05/26/2016 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 12 replies
    Bear to the Right ^ | May 25, 2016 | Gary Aminoff
    Last Friday, May 20, 2016, something happened in the U.S. Senate you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. You can read about it here. Gary Aminoff comments in the following short video.
  • Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

    05/20/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Hurley
    Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland). ‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Obama says Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee

    05/16/2016 4:45:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 6:26 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Barack Obama said Monday he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president’s nomination to the Supreme Court, staking out a position at odds with Republicans and some legal scholars. Obama made the claim in an online video interview about his stalled nomination of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland. Asked if he thought the Constitution’s language about “advice and consent” meant the Senate had an obligation to hold a vote, Obama told BuzzFeed News: “I do.” […]The GOP has pointed out that in 2005, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid argued that the Constitution doesn’t...
  • Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing

    05/16/2016 6:39:08 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/16/2016 | Michael Isikoff
    The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog — has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved, Yahoo News has learned. Although other copies of the report exist, the erasure of the controversial document by the CIA office charged with policing agency conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged report should ever be released, according...
  • First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested

    05/12/2016 3:54:32 PM PDT · by milton23 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday. An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
  • Brazil's Rousseff bows out defiantly after historic Senate vote to try her

    05/12/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    al Reuters ^ | May 12, 2016 | Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello
    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff bowed out defiantly on Thursday, suspended from office after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking budget laws in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal. Rousseff, in office since 2011, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, for the duration of a Senate trial that could take up to six months. Rousseff, speaking shortly before she left Brasilia's Planalto presidential palace, said was notified of her suspension on Thursday morning. "I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime," Rousseff said in...
  • Harry Reid to Rep. Alan Grayson: 'I want you to lose'

    05/11/2016 8:52:57 PM PDT · by Kush · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/11/2016 | Burgess Everett and seung Min Kim
    Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, disrupting a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in front of dozens of staffers and members of Congress.Grayson (D-Fla.), whose bid for the open Florida Senate seat Reid vehemently opposes, arrived at the meeting with Reid’s February statement in hand, according to two sources in the room. In that statement, Reid said Grayson has “no moral compass” and “used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds.” ...The Florida Senate candidate said in a statement afterward: “I have a low opinion of Reid’s...
  • Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao punches way into Senate

    05/10/2016 4:51:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Asia One ^ | 05/10/2016
    MANILA - Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is virtually assured of a seat in the upper house Senate, according to election results Tuesday which take him a step closer to his dream of the Philippines presidency. Pacquiao, 37, whose rise from desperate street kid to boxing superstar has made him one of the nation's biggest heroes, retired from boxing last month to become a full-time politician. With over 91 per cent of voting centres accounted for from Monday's polls, the winner of an unprecedented eight world championships had garnered 14.94 million votes, more than enough to enter the Senate. Pacquiao placed...
  • Harry Reid: Democrats Will Take Senate Majority

    05/05/2016 7:12:50 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 39 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid vows that a Democratic takeover of the Senate is fairly certain in the November elections. Discussing the race for president, Reid said he was confident that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would win the party's nomination and then the general election. He stressed her intelligence and ability to grasp the issues on a wide variety of subjects. Reid harshly criticized Republican front-runner Donald Trump, saying that he "can't imagine how the establishment Republicans feel about somebody who’s about as far from anything that anyone believes in as Donald Trump. I can’t imagine this man being the...
  • The tortured things GOP Senate candidates have said about Donald Trump, to date

    05/04/2016 5:06:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2016 | Amber Phillips
    But many senators left wiggle room to back away from Trump if necessary; Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), who is in a tough reelection battle back home, said he intends to support the nominee "unless something crazy happens." And according to our March survey, at least 22 Republicans aren't sure or wouldn't say. Newly minted Indiana GOP nominee Todd Young hasn’t said anything we could find about whether he'd support Trump. Only one Republican senator — Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) — has said clearly that he won't be on Team Trump.
  • Treason by the Senate of the United States

    05/01/2016 9:22:15 AM PDT · by Edward.Fish · 25 replies
    Edward.Fish ^ | 12-Apr-2016 | Edward Fish
    It is both my pleasure and extreme displeasure to have the first post of this blog be about treason as perpetrated by the Senate; it is pleasurable because it is a deeply interesting subject, displeasure because it illustrates & proves just how little our Senators care about our country and, by extension, us. So, without further ado, I present to you a case of treason: It is fairly common knowledge that the Iran is an enemy of the states, as Iran has been officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism since the beginning of 1984 — Figure 1 shows...
  • Why Six Swing-State GOP Senators Are in Trouble – And How They Can Survive

    04/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/23/2016 | By Gerald F. Seib
    In a complicated political season, nobody has more complications to worry about than the half-dozen Republican senators seeking re-election in tight, swing-state contests. Those senators–hailing from Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina—are being buffeted by big forces largely out of their control as they try to hang onto their seats. Their fate will determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they currently have a 54-46 advantage. The predicament of these GOP senators comes into clearer focus in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, completed just last week, which helps crystallize three big complications they...
  • McCain will skip GOP convention to campaign for reelection

    04/20/2016 8:00:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2016 | John Sexton
    Senator John McCain will not attend the GOP’s convention this summer. Instead he plans to use the time to campaign for reelection. Politico reports: “I have to campaign for reelection, and I have always done that when I’m up,” McCain said. “We have a late primary in Arizona.”Though the GOP convention is scheduled for July 18-21, the Arizona lawmaker also faces an Aug. 30 primary against state Sen. Kelli Ward and business owner Alex Meluskey. McCain’s real problem is his likely Democratic opponent Ann Kirkpatrick. Though polling is sparse, the RCP average suggests the head-to-head match-up is currently a...
  • U.S. Senate race in Arizona: Ann Kirkpatrick in dead heat with John McCain

    04/15/2016 7:35:16 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 14, 2016 | Earl de Berge
    Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2016. Incumbent U.S. Senator John McCain is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick as both receive 42 percent of a test vote taken statewide in April. This leaves only 16 percent undecided as of the time of this survey, compared to 25 percent in January. It also appears that at least one traditional voting pattern is changing in Arizona. For many years, rural voters have tended to lean Republican in most races, but in 2016 Kirkpatrick is outpolling McCain by 43 to 39 percent in the state’s rural counties in a modest but...
  • Still Report #791 - Cruz Humiliated in U S Senate

    04/14/2016 6:48:20 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 146 replies
    You Tube ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | Bill Still
    Calgary Ted Cruz was humiliated on the floor of the U.S. Senate twice on Monday night, according to a report in Politico. Months of Cruz’s criticisms of his Republican colleagues is now reaping some nasty rewards for the Junior Senator from Canada. During a discussion of continuing funding for the government, Cruz tried to interrupt the proceedings with a roll call vote. The usually polite decorum on the floor of the U.S. Senate quickly turned negative as even Cruz’s fellow Republicans refused to grant him what’s called a “sufficient second” that would have allowed him to briefly call for the...
  • Florida GOP Senate hopeful won't endorse McConnell for leader

    04/14/2016 11:22:29 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a GOP Senate hopeful, has said he's not supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as the leader of Senate Republicans. “I have declined to endorse McConnell for reelection, and let’s be honest — if he lets a liberal justice onto the Supreme Court, he’s not going to be the majority leader. We know that, that’s not going to fly,” DeSantis told attendees at an April 10 forum sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, according to footage obtained by The Hill.
  • Cruz apology to McConnell? 'Ain't gonna happen,' he says

    04/08/2016 7:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2016 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>Ted Cruz said Thursday he will not apologize to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for accusing him of lying last year, despite suggestions from Senate colleagues it would help them unite behind his campaign.</p> <p>"That ain't gonna happen," Cruz told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that aired on "Erin Burnett OutFront." "And if the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time. My focus is on the American people and uniting Republicans behind shared values and a shared vision." Cruz has presented himself as the candidate best poised to unite the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton in November. But he has struggled with his own colleagues in the Senate, winning limited support from Republican senators.</p>
  • Stanford Senate debates whether 'Jews control banks and media'

    04/06/2016 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 4/6/16 | Tova Dvorin
    Stereotypes asserting Jews "control the banks and the media" do not constitute anti-Semitism, a member of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Senate claimed this week. During a hearing on renewing a resolution banning anti-Semitism, Stanford senior Gabriel Knight insisted that a clause defining negative Jewish stereotypes is "irresponsibly foraying into another politically contentious conversation." "Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-semitism," he said. "I think it’s a very valid discussion." He also maintained that the bill should include “some language to acknowledge Palestinians’ rights to self-determination." Knight backtracked twenty minutes later, the Stanford Review reported...
  • The Real Welfare Queens Are Our Legislators, Not Food-Stamp Recipients

    04/06/2016 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/4/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    Let's not be coy. There's a certain population in this country that expects unlimited government handouts despite its piggish unwillingness to work. Don't tell me this is about their child-care responsibilities, or lack of access to transportation or education. Nonsense. These people simply don't want to work. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new welfare queens: your democratically elected U.S. legislators, the laziest, most do-nothing generation of federal politicians in decades. Sure, they talk a big game about work ethic and personal responsibility. With the stated goal of promoting personal responsibility, the House Republicans' 2017 budget proposes newly attaching work requirements...
  • Ted Cruz would Double Immigration, add 500% worker Visas and legalize illegals (2013)

    03/31/2016 3:34:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 95 replies
    Ted Cruz will Bow to Wall-street and stab every working american family in the back. His idea of 'Improving Immigration' is to _ 1) Double Legal Immigration. 2) increase worker Visas 500% 3) Grant all Illegals here RPI Status, so they can stay and work Legally. Ted is against Citizenship, yes, but he is all for allowing those millions to stay and work...but under the Law they can get Citizenship in 13yrs - How is that a good idea? The simple truth is there is no STEM shortage or labor shortage in the USA. In fact we are flooded with...
  • Supreme Court Fight: Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

    03/29/2016 9:44:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ari Melber
    When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans were united in their wall of opposition — no meetings, no hearing, no vote. And while Garland's path remains a very uphill battle, some Republicans are starting to shift their tone. Two weeks into the nomination fight, 16 Republican senators now say they will meet with Garland — over 25 percent of the GOP caucus — according to a running count by NBC News.
  • Meluskey Releases Brutal Ad Against McCain

    03/28/2016 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Waywardson · 10 replies
    The Politistick ^ | 3/28/2016 | Greg Campbell
    Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has branded himself as a “maverick” of Republican politics. For those who pay attention, such coy euphemisms as “maverick” betray a more-sinister label: turncoat. Though he represents one of the most-conservative states in the union in the Senate, McCain consistently works against conservative issues. Though a supporter of defense spending, McCain continues to undermine America’s safety on the most-basic of issues. What good is an extra F-18 or two if we’re consistently leaving the Southern border unsecured for the convenience of any illegal immigrant or Islamic terrorists who wish to enter the country without going...
  • Just Eight GOP Senators Up For Re-Election Would Definitely Back Trump

    03/28/2016 9:45:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 28, 2016 | Marianna Sotomayor and Frank Thorp
    Just slightly more than a third of the 21 Republican senators up for re-election this year say that they'd unquestionably support Donald Trump if he becomes the party's presidential nominee ... Another six GOP senators up for re-election have hedged on whether they'd stand behind Trump if he's the nominee, opting instead to observe the rest of the Republican primary season. . . . As for the remaining seven senators, they and their offices refused to answer the question, despite multiple attempts by NBC News.
  • Cruz's Exposure of Republican Leaderships Quiet Surrender

    03/24/2016 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Shery · 26 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 3.24.16 | Jen Kuznicki
    America needs a leader who will stand for what is right, even if he’s the only one standing. The following is a summary of a particular fight between the Senate leadership and Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, taken from Cruz’s book, “A Time For Truth.” At a usually jocular Senate Republican lunch in February of 2014, Senators were turning purple and yelling at Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for refusing to go along with a scheme to raise the debt ceiling. Under Boehner’s leadership, 28 Republicans had joined with 193 Democrats to cut the legs out from under the 199...
  • After Saying Republicans Should Follow Biden Rule, Reid Now Says ‘There Is No Biden Rule’

    03/21/2016 9:01:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    In 2005, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor and insisted he and his colleagues had no constitutional duty to approve President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Fast forward to 2016, he’s changing his tune. In a Washington Post article, Reid writes, “The Senate’s constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president’s Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.” “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd felt compelled to point out the senator's hypocrisy on Sunday:Meet The Press confronts Harry Reid with past hypocritical postures on Supreme Court nominations “I guess I’m confused....
  • George Will: The GOP’s Blocking of Obama's Supreme Court Pick Is Indefensible

    03/20/2016 10:32:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2016 | George Will
    <p>The Republican party’s incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick Garland radiates insincerity.</p> <p>Because they have a right to be obdurate, there being no explicit constitutional proscription against this.</p>
  • (Back in D.C.) The GOP Sellout Continues

    03/16/2016 7:01:03 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 15, 2016 | Genevieve Wood
    To watch the recent happenings on Capitol Hill, you would think this was just another typical presidential election year—a few bumps here and there, but no sign of a major shake-up, no indication voters were in revolt, nothing to suggest business as usual in Washington was perhaps falling out of fashion among the American public. What else explains the lackluster, uninspiring, and I would suggest, “sell-out your base” agenda of GOP congressional leadership? For example, the Senate GOP sold out its base on the issue of Common Core this week...... That’s right, despite the fact Congress passed a Budget Control...
  • Mark Kirk is first Republican senator to call for vote on Garland

    03/19/2016 7:48:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2016 | Mike DeBomis
    Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Friday became the first Republican senator to call for an up-or-down vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, saying on a Chicago radio show that his colleagues ought to “just man up and cast a vote.” That Kirk would be first to break with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP colleagues, who believe the next president should pick the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, is not particularly surprising: Kirk was already one of two Republican senators, with Susan Collins of Maine, to call for hearings.
  • The Senate Should Not Act on President Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

    03/17/2016 8:22:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/17/2016 | The Editors
    With the selection of Merrick Garland, President Obama has exercised his constitutional power to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court. The Senate should now exercise its constitutional power not to act on that nominee. Garland’s record as a Clinton-appointed member of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1997, and as its chief judge since 2013, offers no reason to believe that his addition to the Court would provide anything other than a reliable fifth vote to the Court’s liberal bloc. In 2002, dissenting from a ruling striking down the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Haze Rule,” he sought to expand...
  • Some Senate Republicans Will Meet With Supreme Court Nominee

    03/17/2016 7:43:52 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/16/16 | David M. Herszenhorn
    Several of the Republican senators expressing a willingness to meet with Judge Garland were like Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, incumbents facing difficult re-election fights. Ms. Ayotte said she still opposed holding a confirmation vote. The willingness of Republican senators to meet with Judge Garland highlights how the degree of difficulty in blocking a nomination rises once there is a face and a résumé to go along with it. Judge Garland was confirmed in 1997 by a vote of 76 to 23 for his current seat on the United States Court of Appeals for...
  • WaPo: Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote: resident Obama: The Senate must fulfill constitutional duty At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the...
  • WaPo: Obama Gets Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:43:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the time when...
  • Senate GOPs Refuse to Budge on Obama's 'Bipartisan' SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 10:49:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Despite President Obama citing the bipartisan congressional support his Supreme Court pick received in the past, Senate Republicans vowed to remain firm on not moving nominee Merrick Garland forward. Garland, a Harvard Law grad and the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997, stood by Obama's side in the Rose Garden today as the president detailed the judge's list of accomplishments. During the confirmation process to the D.C. Circuit, Obama noted, "he earned overwhelming bipartisan praise from senators and legal experts alike." "Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who was then chairman...
  • Senate Committee investigates fetal pain and babies born alive after abortions

    03/16/2016 8:32:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | March 16, 2016 | newsroom
    On Tuesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on late-term abortions and born-alive infants. This is the same Committee which has courageously refused to hold votes on a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama. While members of the Republican majority presented witnesses in favor of a 20-week ban on abortions due to the child’s ability to feel pain, members of the Democratic minority presented witnesses that were opposed to this idea and, even, opposed to caring for children born alive after failed abortion attempts. Dr. Colleen Malloy, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at Northwestern University testified that...
  • Public Backs Scalia Replacement Hearings by Nearly 2-1

    03/10/2016 11:07:50 AM PST · by Cyberman · 48 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/10/16 | Ally Brodsky
    Americans broadly favor Senate hearings on a U.S. Supreme Court nomination by President Obama, with nearly half of Republicans – as well as large majorities of Democrats and independents alike – pushing back against the GOP leadership on whether to consider a nominee. Sixty-three percent overall in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll favor hearings and a vote on whether to accept Obama’s nomination of a replacement for Antonin Scalia, the high court justice who died Feb. 13. Half as many, 32 percent, say hearings should be set aside and the nomination left for Obama’s successor, the position taken by...
  • U.S. Senate Races 2016 Election Cycle

    03/08/2016 3:40:09 PM PST · by stocksthatgoup · 11 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | Current | Senate Conservatives Fund
    There are 34 U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2016. Of those seats, 24 are currently held by Republicans and only 10 are held by Democrats. Use our interactive map and the links below to learn more about each of these races.
  • Democrats denounce GOP 'pińata' comment on Supreme Court

    03/08/2016 2:44:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Democrats accused Republicans on Tuesday of taking their cues from Donald Trump after the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should expect to be treated like a “pińata.” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Republicans were “acting like big, tough people threatening to destroy the reputation of a Supreme Court nominee they haven’t even met yet.” Reid and other Democrats denounced a comment by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, who told reporters late Monday that anyone nominated by Obama to the high court “will bear some resemblance to a pińata.” Reid...
  • White House calls 100 Senate offices on Supreme Court nomination

    03/04/2016 5:10:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/4/16 | Nicole Duran
    The Obama administration has reached out to all 100 Senate offices in its effort to convince the Senate to hold a debate and confirmation vote on President Obama's upcoming nominee to the Supreme Court, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. However, Earnest would not reveal how soon Obama will put forward a candidate or discuss how many people the president is considering, and also wouldn't confirm reports about individual potential justices supposedly being vetted. "I just have to manage expectations here," Earnest said. "I do not at any point expect to be in a position to confirm any...
  • Judiciary Chairmen: Illegal Immigrant Drunk Drivers Who Kill, Injure Americans Released

    03/03/2016 2:10:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Mar 201610 | CAROLINE MAY
    The Chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees sounded a tone of outrage this week at an Obama administration policy that has allowed for the release of at least three criminal aliens charged with drunk driving and implicated in the murder and severe injury of Americans this year. “This careless policy is a clear and unmistakable message to the American people that this Administration has decided that their safety and security are far less important than ensuring that illegally present aliens with no regard for the law will remain in this country without any legal consequences whatsoever,” House Judiciary...
  • Senate Republicans Fundraise Off of “I’m With Trump” Holiday Swag — After Bashing Trump Last Month

    03/01/2016 5:55:28 PM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | Kristinn Taylor
    Even though the Republican establishment fundraising group privately calls leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump a “misguided missile” who is “subject to farcical fits” and advises candidates to emulate but not tie themselves too closely to Trump, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is still soliciting donations using Trump’s name as a motivator to contribute. A holiday-themed email from the NRSC went out this week offering an “I’m with Trump!” car magnet for a minimum donation of $10 The email was forwarded to The Gateway Pundit, from a recipient who wishes to remain anonymous, with the message, “These (expletives) are raising...
  • Proof.....NRSC scamming Trump supporters and giving the donations to Ted Cruz

    03/01/2016 1:47:13 PM PST · by AuntB · 33 replies
    TheTownCrier ^ | Mar. 1, 2016 | TheTownCrier
    Previously we told you how Ted Cruz is profiting from stolen Trump campaign contributions by way of the NRSC. Some of that follows: FUND raisers for Cruz https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/partytime.php?cid=N00033085 The NRSC (which Cruz helped operate) is who is stealing campaign contributions from Trump supporters...and Ted is profiting from it. Debt Retirement Reception@ National Republican Senatorial Committee (Gotta help pay off Goldman Sachs loans!) Beneficiaries: Ted Cruz Contribution: $2,000; $1,000 (suggested contributions at event) I understand how people might not want to put any confidence in a blog and the emails that back up this series of articles about the NRSC &...
  • For GOP elite, the stink of panic

    02/27/2016 6:53:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    jaybookman.blog.myajc.com ^ | 2/27/16 | Jay Bookman
    The Times piece also describes the intense pressure on Gov. John Kasich of Ohio to leave the race, and Kasich’s equally intense refusal to do so. But perhaps the best gauge of the panic setting in comes from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “While still hopeful that Mr. Rubio might prevail, Mr. McConnell has begun preparing senators for the prospect of a Trump nomination, assuring them that, if it threatened to harm them in the general election, they could run negative ads about Mr. Trump to create space between him and Republican senators seeking re-election. Mr. McConnell has raised the...
  • Bossie to Senate Republicans: Do Not Budge

    02/27/2016 2:06:16 PM PST · by T Ruth · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Feb 2016 | David Bossie
    In light of the discussion of whether or not President Obama should nominate someone for the Supreme Court in 2016, I share with you these words of wisdom from a former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee: “[snip] Once the political season is under way, action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over. That’s what’s fair for the nominee and essential to the process. Otherwise, we will be in deep trouble as an institution.” – Senator Joe Biden, 1992 [snip] The last thing the American people need right now is a...
  • Lindsey Graham jokes about how to get away with murdering Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 2:12:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 26, 2016 | Catherine Treyz
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks his party has gone "bats---" crazy, and joked Thursday that it's possible to get away with murdering Ted Cruz if it happened in the Senate. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," the former presidential candidate said at the Washington Press Club Foundation's 72nd Congressional Dinner, referencing the Texas senator's unpopular reputation on Capitol Hill. CNN has reached out to Cruz's presidential campaign for comment. While Graham teased Democrats and other politicians in the room -- at one...
  • Lindsey Graham makes a joke about the murder of Ted Cruz

    02/26/2016 4:19:03 AM PST · by Marcus · 51 replies
    Blasting News ^ | February 25, 2016 | Mark R. Whittington
    While the Republican presidential candidates who are left standing battled it out in Houston, Sen. Lindsey Graham, whose quest for the Oval Office never quite caught fire, addressed the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner and said some pretty alarming things. He demonstrated how much he detested his fellow senator Ted Cruz by joking about him being murdered. "If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.” One wonders if that is a breach of Senate etiquette. Cruz has said some pretty raw things about his fellow senators,...
  • Graham: Nothing Would Happen If You 'Murdered' Cruz On The Senate Floor

    02/25/2016 10:36:16 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 81 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    "..The comments came during the Washington Press Club Congressional Dinner. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, no one would convict you." -- Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Harry Reid's Hypocrisy in the GOP's Refusal to Fill the Supreme Court's Vacancy Until Next Year

    02/25/2016 11:54:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are attacking the Republican leadership for having the gall to suggest that any action to fill the Supreme Court's vacancy be put off until next year. Republicans argue that the nation is embroiled in a politically divisive presidential election. It would be an unfair end run around the will of the people to allow a lame duck president to fill the vacancy with a lifetime position that would likely turn the high court in a sharply leftist direction, perhaps for many years to come. With our nation preparing to vote in a little more than eight...
  • Obama Will Have A Tough Time Rallying Support To Replace Scalia

    02/24/2016 9:22:58 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 11:00 AM FEB 23, 2016 | By ANNE PLUTA
    at least four national polls have been conducted on whether Obama should appoint Scalia's successor. Two polls found the public evenly split, 47-46 and 43-42, in Obama's favor. The other two polls found even larger shares supporting a 2016 appointment (54 percent and 62 percent), but...those polls included wording that specifically laid out the underlying logic of both sides of the argument. If the public remains evenly divided...the White House is more unlikely to benefit from highlighting the issue. So why can't the president influence public opinion more? For one, he's not the only person or group making an appeal....