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  • Lindsey Graham Calls On Republicans To Restore Senate Filibuster Rules

    11/20/2014 8:31:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | November 18, 2014 | Amanda Terkel
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants Republicans to reverse the Democrats' filibuster reforms in the new year, arguing that doing so will make it tougher for President Barack Obama to get his nominees approved. The new system requires just 51 votes to advance executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court, instead of the 60 votes that were previously required. Democrats approved the reforms after Republicans were refusing to let many of Obama's nominees go through. Half the nominees filibustered in the country's history, for example, were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration.
  • Reid Votes Against Landrieu (Screws Democrat Party)

    11/19/2014 5:39:14 AM PST · by sr4402 · 38 replies
    vanity | 11/19/2014 | Self
    Harry Reid personally voted against Landrieu and screwed his own party. Checking the Roll Call this morning, Harry Reid's vote is Nay. Why did he allow the vote (since he rules the Senate with an iron fist) and then vote against her and ruin her chances in Louisiana? Nothing short of the Bills passage would have saved her down there. She's too little to late now and the union jobs are being pooched. And Obama stands above it all to pooch the Union jobs with a veto promise. This might have been the last chance for the Democrat Party (notice...
  • Question (vanity)

    11/19/2014 3:14:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    vanity | 11-19-14 | self
    Would somebody please explain to me why all these "important" votes in the Senate now need 60 votes to pass? I know that it is some kind of "rule" that Harry Reid instituted, but when does it kick in, and what is the reasoning behind it?
  • Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote

    11/18/2014 7:20:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | By ASHLEY PARKER and CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, by a single vote, stopped legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most fractious and expensive battles of the Obama presidency. The vote represented a victory for the environmental movement, but the fight had taken on larger dimensions as a proxy war between Republicans, who argued that the project was vital for job creation, and President Obama, who had delayed a decision on building it. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, who is facing a runoff election Dec. 6, had pleaded with her colleagues throughout the day to...
  • Barbara Boxer Creates Phony Dirty Sky In Opposition to Keystone Pipeline

    11/18/2014 3:03:25 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 66 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/18/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    There’s a debate raging on the Senate Floor right now over the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – CA) is lamenting how dirty the air is where the pipeline will end, Port Arthur, TX. Specifically, she is using a photo of a playground in the Texas city located near oil refineries showing dark plumes of smoke pouring into the sky and an entirely overcast sky. She claims the air will become even worse if the pipeline is approved. I’ve done graphic design for many years now and can tell when something is most likely Photoshopped. This is...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Can Mary Landrieu get to 60 senate votes on Keystone pipeline?

    11/18/2014 9:29:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Embattled Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and other supporters of building the Keystone XL pipeline appear to be one vote short of the 60 they need to win a key vote on the project on Tuesday. Landrieu has 59 votes backing legislation to approve the project, and Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) appear to be her top targets to get to 60. The effort is crucial to Landrieu because of her runoff election in December against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who also backs the pipeline. Landrieu is seen as a decided underdog in the race, and Senate Democrats...
  • Reid: This is not ‘get even time’

    11/18/2014 4:19:14 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he will work with Republicans when he's in the minority, vowing it will not be “get-even time.” Reid said Democrats, who lost the Senate in the midterm elections, will not operate the way Republicans did as the minority party, accusing them of obstruction. "We want to legislate. We’re not for stalling," he told reporters Thursday.
  • Begich concedes Alaska U.S. Senate race to Sullivan

    11/17/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 25 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 17, 2014 | Casey Grove
    ANCHORAGE — First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has conceded his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska natural resources commissioner who has led in his first run at elected office since Election Day on Nov. 4. According to a Division of Elections update Monday afternoon, Begich trailed Sullivan by more than 6,200 votes, about 2.2 percent. Spokespersons for the Begich campaign had said repeatedly since Election Day that every vote deserved to be counted and hinted that uncounted votes from rural Alaska might put Begich ahead. The Associated Press called the election for Sullivan on Nov. 11. Nearly...
  • Cruz fires back at Franken on net neutrality

    11/17/2014 5:14:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ashley Killough and Sara Fischer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to net neutrality. Cruz used a video that he uploaded to YouTube and social media that shows the senator explaining what net neutrality is and how it works.
  • Pro-abortion “firewall” gone in the Senate?

    11/17/2014 4:33:10 PM PST · by Morgana
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    NARAL has posted this interesting graphic: IMAGE ON LINK NARAL is referring to the abortion lobby’s ability to block pro-life bills and amendments by Senate filibusters (i.e., by requiring pro-life proponents to muster 60 votes to “invoke cloture”). Word to the wise: NARAL enjoys torturing numbers for its own devices. When discussing public opinion, NARAL counts everybody as “pro-choice” except those who want abortion to be flat-out illegal, and thus NARAL claims to speak for 70% of the population. Yet when NARAL is counting lawmakers for purposes of whipping up donations, it counts as “pro-choice” only those legislators who unblinkingly...
  • Ted Cruz Coloring Book Flying Off The Shelves

    11/17/2014 3:47:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bob Price
    A coloring book featuring U.S. Senator Ted Cruz saving America while riding on a giant bald eagle and carrying a rifle in his hand is flying off the shelves of booksellers around the country.
  • Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 6:38:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/2014 | JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. Obama is considering acting on his own, as early as this week, to possibly shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants now living...
  • EPA’s Next Regulatory Tsunami

    11/15/2014 8:07:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its tsunami of regulations is having on the livelihoods, living standards, health and welfare of millions of American families. Virtually every EPA announcement of new regulations asserts that they will improve human health. Draconian carbon dioxide standards, for example, won’t just prevent climate change, even if rapidly developing countries continue emitting vast volumes of this plant-fertilizing gas. The rules will somehow reduce the spread of ticks and Lyme disease, and protect “our most vulnerable citizens.” It’s hogwash. But Americans...
  • TURN BACK THE CLOCK: How Mary Landrieu Won 'The Big Sleazy' Senate Runoff of 1996

    11/15/2014 5:43:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Revive America ^ | 11-15-14 | Bob Adams
    Do you remember the Louisiana Senate runoff election of December 1996? Conservative Woody Jenkins sure does. He was the Republican Senate candidate who got mugged out of a Senate seat by Mary Landrieu. Flashback to 18 years ago — reporting in the December 23, 1996, and February 10, 1997, issues of National Review — Rich Lowry tells the story of how Mary Landrieu won ‘The Big Sleazy’ Senate runoff election of 1996. Now just 2 1/2 weeks away from the the 2014 Louisiana Senate runoff, Lowry’s investigative reports from nearly two decades ago are a sober reminder of what can...
  • Landrieu Faces Lopsided Air War in Louisiana

    11/14/2014 1:04:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 14, 2014 | By MELINDA DESLATTE
    Republican Senate contender Bill Cassidy and his conservative allies have outspent endangered Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by roughly a 180-to-1 margin on television since their campaign went into overtime. It was a reverse from earlier in the campaign, when Landrieu blanketed the airwaves and conservatives held onto their cash. No outside groups so far have come to Landrieu's aid, while GOP groups have ramped up their support of Cassidy.
  • Jim Inhofe: I Think Senate Can Override a Keystone Veto

    11/14/2014 12:36:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 14, 2014 | By Joel Himelfarb
    According to Sen. Jim Inhofe, there may be enough Democratic votes to override President Barack Obama’s expected veto of legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Oklahoma Republican said that Democrats who survived their party's big defeat in the midterm elections want to keep their distance from the president — so much so that many of them would vote to override a possible veto on the pipeline. "After the beating the Democrats took, keep in mind we have another election coming up in 2016," Inhofe told WMAL Radio on Thursday, The Washington Free Beacon reported. "There are...
  • Cory Gardner: Gov’t shutdown not the “mature” option for majority

    11/14/2014 10:07:31 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    HotAir ^ | 11/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How many times can Cory Gardner explain that his answer to a government shutdown is “absolutely not”? We may not know the actual ceiling on that, but not for lack of effort from the Morning Joe crew. The newly-elected Senator from Colorado explains that “a mature governing body” should not have that on its radar at all, and instead emphasizes that Republicans took control of the Senate in order to expedite solutions, not obstruct the process. Gardner suggests that obstruction will come from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Democrats tried hard to paint the GOP as the Party of...
  • Post Nuclear Option: RINO's Will Revert to Old Senate Rules..?

    11/13/2014 4:49:46 PM PST · by gaijin · 28 replies
    My Brain ^ | Nov 13, 2014 | me
    On Nov 21st of last year Harry Reid chose the "Nuclear Option", breaking 40 years of Senate tradition of according the minority party a generous say in the country's affairs: Reid's claim was that under the traditional rules "the Senate is broken" --under Reid's new rules, federal judicial nominees and executive-office appointments would "negotiate roadblocks" and advance to confirmation votes by a **simple majority** of senators, rather than the 60-vote supermajority that had been the requirement.Reid's new rules meant the Senate minority would suddenly have a smaller voice, a condition much less generous and much more typical of legislative bodies...
  • Insurrection: Claire McCaskill will not support Harry Reid for minority leader

    11/13/2014 1:36:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Despite losing at least eight seats, and probably nine before all the votes are counted by 2015, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has not faced much in the way of a public pushback from his fellow Democrats… until today. Purple state Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) revealed on Thursday that she will not back Reid in his role as minority leader in the next Congress.The revelation came as a surprise when she was asked by reporters if she would stand by Reid. “I will not,” McCaskill replied.“Yesterday, I met with Harry Reid and told him I would not...
  • Senate Democrats stick with Reid as their leader

    11/13/2014 10:25:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 13, 2014 1:14 PM EST
    Senate Democrats have re-elected Harry Reid of Nevada as their leader for the new Congress that convenes in January. But he will serve as the minority leader instead of majority leader, thanks to Republicans’ success in the Nov. 4 elections. …
  • Mitch McConnell unanimously reelected Senate Republican leader

    11/13/2014 7:52:24 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 118 replies
    HotAir ^ | 11/13/2014 | Adam Beam (AP)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has been unanimously re-elected as Republican leader, his staff says
  • McConnell unanimously elected Senate majority leader: reports

    11/13/2014 7:54:31 AM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 53 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 11/13/2014 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Sen. Mitch McConnell was elected majority leader for the next Senate, reports said Thursday. The selection of McConnell by his fellow Senate Republicans was unanimous. McConnell, of Kentucky, now serves as Senate minority leader. He will assume his new role when the next Congress convenes in January.
  • Sen. Landrieu Pushes For Keystone Pipeline on Senate Floor: "I Believe It Is Time To Act" [Video]

    11/12/2014 3:10:22 PM PST · by Third Person · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | November 12th, 2014 | Senator Mary Landrieu
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) took to the Senate floor this afternoon to push for the Keystone XL pipeline. "This has been a project that has lingered far too long," she said. "It is clearly supported by 60 or more members of this body. It is a piece of legislation that has been endorsed by the new Majority Leader, to-be Majority Leader, is a cosponsor and a leading cosponsor of the legislation." "I believe it is time to act," Landrieu said. "I believe that we should take the new Majority Leader at his word and stop blocking legislation that is broadly...
  • McConnell Meets With Incoming GOP Senators, Sounds Discouraged Note on Obama Moderation

    11/12/2014 1:53:05 PM PST · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/12/14 | c may
    Presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed new Senators-elect to his office Wednesday morning “We're here to make the place function again and begin to make progress for the American people,” McConnell told reporters while flanked by the incoming lawmakers. When asked if he expects to move to the middle as a means of working with Obama, McConnell explained that it is the president who appears to remain stuck on the opposite pole. “The problem is the president continues to send signals that he has no intention of moving toward the middle,” he said. McConnell referenced the White House’s new...
  • Mary Landrieu hasn’t received one donation from outside groups this past week for runoff election

    11/12/2014 12:30:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | November 12, 2014 | Joe Schoffstall
    Six days ago, it was reported the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wouldn’t be lending any more support to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) leading up to her December 6 runoff election against Republican opponent Bill Cassidy, as the DSCC has canceled its advertising reservations in the state. However, it appears that her problems extend well beyond them, as even more outside groups have appeared to jump ship — at least for the time being. FEC filings from the past week show that the sitting senator hasn’t received one independent donation from any outside group either in support of her re-election or...
  • [Live Thread] Federal Government Response to Ebola (Senate Appropriations)

    11/12/2014 11:56:26 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://www.c-span.org ^ | Nov 12, 2014 | c-span
    The Senate Appropriations Committee helda hearing on the federal government resources needed to combat the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and to better prepare U.S. medical facilities for future infections. Witnesses included Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell; Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Homeland Security Security Jeh Johnson.
  • WaPo: Senate Dems may pass Keystone XL approval — to rescue Mary Landrieu

    11/12/2014 8:21:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    How desperate are Democrats to salvage the one Senate seat they still haven’t quite lost in the midterm elections? Desperate enough to anger their environmental-progressive base and threaten their ability to compete in 2016? It may come down to that question in the lame-duck Senate over the last few days of the Democratic majority. The Washington Post reports that Harry Reid and his caucus may try rescuing Mary Landrieu by passing an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, a key policy goal for Republicans and a big economic issue in Louisiana: Senate Democrats are working on plans to...
  • GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

    11/12/2014 7:04:33 AM PST · by Din Maker · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 12, 2014
    <p>Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Sen. Mark Begich, the Democratic incumbent, in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday – a win that gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections.</p> <p>The Republican Party also is seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.</p>
  • GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

    11/12/2014 6:48:49 AM PST · by RC one · 55 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 12, 2014
    Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday. The win gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections. The party is also seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.
  • GOP adds another Senate seat as Sullivan wins Alaska

    11/12/2014 1:59:00 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 93 replies
    FOX ^ | NOV 12, 2014 | FOX
    <p>Republican candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday.</p> <p>The win gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections. The party is also seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.</p>
  • Republican Dan Sullivan defeats Mark Begich for Senate seat in Alaska

    11/12/2014 12:36:25 AM PST · by arista · 24 replies
    JUNEAU, Alaska — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska's U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes on Election Night last week, and when state officials counted absentee and questioned ballots Tuesday, the results indicated that Begich could not overcome Sullivan's lead.
  • Senate Democrats are weighing plan to approve Keystone — and save (still exempt) Mary Landrieu

    11/12/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/14 | Ed O'Keefe, Chris Mooney
    Senate Democrats are working on plans to hold a vote authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline -- approval that Democrats believe might bolster the chances of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who faces a tough runoff election next month. It was not immediately clear Tuesday night whether Republicans would consent to proceeding with such a vote during the lame-duck session that begins on Wednesday -- especially given the high stakes surrounding Landrieu's reelection race. Such a move would also draw howls from the environmental movement who had hoped that President Obama would resolve a years-long dispute over a long-awaited energy...
  • Bob Woodward: Democrats Tell Me Privately They Hate Obama Too

    11/11/2014 9:20:51 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2014 | ALEX GRISWOLD
    Legendary Washington Post reporter and editor Bob Woodward said on a “Face the Nation” panel that when he speaks to Senate Democrats about Obama they are “on fire,” and just as loud in the criticism of the president as Republicans are publicly. HOST BOB SCHIEFFER: I’m wondering about the talk after this election, I think the president’s relations with the Democrats in the Senate may be as bad as his relations with the Republicans. WOODWARD: That’s absolutely true. You get the Democrats in private, and they are on fire! Because he won’t spend the time, because he won’t listen. Peggy...
  • Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

    11/11/2014 8:39:35 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Nov 2014 | S.V. Date
    Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.But that failed to happen....
  • Harry Reid's dilemma: Side with Republicans or Obama?

    11/11/2014 6:30:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | November 10, 2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Democrats are split over whether to ram through the White House's stalled nominees. Reid’s approach would keep the holiday season from ending in a series of bitter midnight sessions and could avoid antagonizing Republicans. But other Democrats argue Republicans may have little interest in approving the bulk of the president’s nominees regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, so it’s now or never to act on a slate of new judges, ambassadors and perhaps even the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. “Let’s clear the decks, unless we can get some agreement with Republicans,” said Sen....
  • Alaska media: Dan Sullivan likely to be the 53rd GOP senator next year

    11/11/2014 6:11:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/11/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    According to analyses conducted by Alaska-based media outlets, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) will retain his seat in the next Congress. At the end of the night on Tuesday, GOP candidate Dan Sullivan emerged with a more than an 8,000-vote lead over Begich, but it could not be projected whether Sullivan’s 3.6-point advantage over the incumbent would hold after al of Alaska’s 21,000 plus absentee ballots were counted. Increasingly, though, Alaskan media outlets are coming around to the view that Begich’s deficit is too great to make up in uncounted votes. Last week, an...
  • Loretta Lynch confirmation will have to wait for GOP-controlled Senate?

    11/11/2014 6:08:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Either this is the result of being too cute in timing the appointment, or a measure of Loretta Lynch’s first impression on the GOP caucus. Both Democratic and Republican aides tell The Hill that the Senate will not have the time to confirm Eric Holder’s replacement as Attorney General in the lame-duck session that will be the last gasp of Harry Reid’s eight-year control of the upper chamber: A packed schedule after the election is almost certain to push the vetting process for Loretta Lynch into January, when Republicans are set to take power in the upper chamber.“It seems...
  • Ted Cruz Wins: The Shutdown Worked

    11/11/2014 2:58:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 11, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    “There is no possibility of a government shutdown. Remember me? I’m the guy that gets us out of government shutdowns,”— Soon-to-be-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Time magazineThe lefties over at Think Progress were elated.It was September 30, 2013, and they thought they had the GOP right where they wanted it as Texas Senator Ted Cruz plowed ahead with the idea of defunding Obamacare—an action that caused Democrats to promptly shut down the government — and blame not just Cruz but the Republican Party. The whole event was giving prominent Republicans in and out of office the political willies. Think...
  • Washington braces for results of Senate investigation of CIA practices (violent protests?)

    11/09/2014 3:27:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/09/14 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — After six years and a $40-million investigation, the Democratic-led Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to release conclusions this month from its controversial probe of CIA detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects overseas during the George W. Bush administration. The partly redacted report is likely to renew the national debate over now-banned techniques that critics decried as torture and which supporters insist were necessary to stop further terrorist plots after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and other parts of the Islamic world have been told to prepare for the possibility...
  • Maine to hold recounts for three Senate races

    11/09/2014 2:30:47 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 9th 2014 | Associated Press
    Maine officials will conduct recounts in three races for the state Senate. In District 11, Democrat Jonathan Fulford challenged the outcome in his campaign against Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. Unofficial results show Thibodeau winning by 115 votes. A recount will also be done for District 21, where unofficial results show Democrat Nathan Libby defeating Republican Patricia Gagne by 64 votes. The third race is in District 25, where Democrat Catherine Breen beat Republican Cathleen Manchester by seven votes. If the results remain the same, Republicans will control the Senate with 20 members, compared with 15 Democrats.
  • In Senate runoff attack on GOP challenger, (still exempt) Mary Landrieu shoots, misses

    11/09/2014 5:57:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/09/14 | Howard Portnoy
    **SNIP** When this hospital needed a champion to build and rebuild, literally out of the rubble of Katrina and Rita, ... where was Bill? In the video found here, Landrieu trumpets her own record, referring to herself in the third person, while damning Cassidy as “wishy-washy, unreliable, undependable, not sure who he is, not sure who he was, and not sure who he wants to be.” It would have made for great optics and might have helped her in a runoff pundits are predicting she will lose if Cassidy hadn't tweeted back an answer to her question: “Mary Landrieu wants...
  • Scoring the McLaughlin Group's US Senate picks

    11/09/2014 5:36:30 AM PST · by relictele · 17 replies
    Self | 09 Nov 2014 | Self
    Hadn't watched the McLaughlin Group in quite some time as they had lost or jettisoned some of the more interesting panelists (and no, Jay Carney wasn't one of them!). The lineup seems to have stabilized although these poor folks are looking O-L-D...perhaps because they are. Felt bad for McLaughlin who apparently was wearing someone else's suit, so baggy was it on his frame. I'm not condemning anyone for aging or illness but it was a bit alarming. In the days before cable news and the internet, the McLaughlin Group were one of the few doses of political candor and a...
  • NYT: GOP ESTABLISHMENT GEARS UP FOR CIVIL WAR AGAINST TEA PARTY

    11/08/2014 6:22:18 PM PST · by Viennacon · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/8/2014 | Breitbart News
    WASHINGTON — As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation. Despite Republicans’ ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the party’s activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama. They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders...
  • DSCC: On second thought, maybe we’ll work on Mary Landrieu’s runoff campaign

    11/08/2014 10:29:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/8/2014 | Ed Morrisey
    This week, the DSCC announced that it would pull the ad time in Louisiana that the organization had reserved for the Senate runoff, leaving incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to her own devices against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy. After coming under withering criticism from fellow Democrats, the DSCC has reversed course … a little. The ad time is still canceled, but DSCC chair Sen. Michael Bennet announced late yesterday that the committee would organize a “money bomb” event for Landrieu’s campaign: After getting criticism by Democrats for cancelling advertising reservations for the Dec. 6 Louisiana Senate runoff, the Democratic Senatorial...
  • Number of uncounted votes grows in Alaska U.S. Senate race

    11/08/2014 10:12:24 AM PST · by boycott · 49 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nathaniel Herz
    <p>Update (11-11-14): According to the Alaska Division of Elections Sullivan has picked up approximately 5,300 votes to 4,650 for the BigItch thus far.</p> <p>That’s 10,000 previously uncounted ballots, and the Sullivan gain has extended slightly. Dems were hoping for ridiculously lopsided BigItch votes for a comeback. So far so good. I thought you may want to refresh this thread in breaking since we have hard numbers to update.</p>
  • Rand Paul, Rob Maness among Republicans to rally for Bill Cassidy on Monday

    11/08/2014 9:30:31 AM PST · by abb · 21 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cole Avery
    Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is joining forces with Rep. Bill Cassidy in an effort to seal a win for Republicans over Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Maness will formally endorse Cassidy during a star-studded Republican rally in Baton Rouge on Monday that will feature presumed presidential candidates Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Gov. Bobby Jindal. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, state Rep. Paul Hollis, 6th Congressional District candidate Garret Graves, former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, and LAGOP chairman Roger Villere will also attend the "Unity Rally." Maness finished third behind Landrieu and Cassidy in Tuesday's primary. He...
  • Obama urging Senate to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch quickly

    11/08/2014 8:44:08 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 106 replies
    President Obama chose Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., as his nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Friday. Obama plans to announce Lynch’s nomination Saturday at a White House event. If confirmed, Lynch will become the first African-American woman in the job, succeeding Holder, who was the first African-American head of the Justice Department.
  • Live, From The Left Wing…It’s Saturday Night!

    11/08/2014 7:19:07 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-8-2014 | MOTUS
    “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election." – Barack Obama, October 2013 Butt when you win, don’t expect to get your way. That right is reserved for the Left:“The election’s over John, I won.” Barack Obama, February 2010So - we posed for the press,Whoops! That looks a little too, ah, authentic. Take 2:broke bread with the enemy,and doubled down on our plan to fundamentally transform America.“So here’s what you’re gonna’ do.”Butt don’t worry: as long as the Republicans do things the way Barry wants...
  • Here’s How The GOP Victory Could Cause Obama To Leave The Constitution In A Pile Of Ashes

    11/07/2014 7:26:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 6, 2014 | L. Todd Wood
    Obama doesn’t like it.He’s been repudiated by the voters, and he doesn’t like it. He’s supposed to be loved by the masses, but they have turned on him. He’s supposed to be the Democratic savior, but the Democratic candidates for the most part didn’t even want to be seen with him.The man who uttered the words “Don’t worry, you have me” has no one. The emperor has lost his clothes.Where do we go from here?President Obama is going to get defensive. He’s going to get mean. He’s going to do whatever he wants, the Constitution be damned.He’s not just a...