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  • Are Republicans Trying to Make Sure Hillary Wins?

    04/25/2015 5:28:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/24/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Voting to confirm an attorney general who won’t uphold the Constitution isn’t a way to inspire confidence among conservatives. Hillary Clinton didn’t have such a bad week after all. Sure, she’s reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank. But they’re only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation. They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congress’s Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Department’s Benghazi investigation. Yet it may not have been as bad...
  • Consolation Following Lynch Confirmation

    04/24/2015 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/15 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The answer to this disappointing outcome? Keep fighting, keep demanding the right votes, the proper vision, the full respect for the Constitution. A New Media has arisen to ensure just that. Yes, the Republican US Senate majority just confirmed the racist, gun-grabbing Loretta Lynch. Yes, Ted Cruz voted against cloture, then departed from the US Senate to attend another fundraiser. Once again, a little perspective in the face of this setback. More Republicans are voting against the leadership and paying attention to the will of the voters. Forty-three senators voted against Lynch. Half that number had rejected Holder six years...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    04/24/2015 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/24/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) Dingy Harry Strikes Again Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid’s disdain for his Republican colleagues is on full display as he aims to force a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General. In fact, the former Majority Leader is threatening to hijack the Senate. Given the weakness of the Republican majority, why not! “I know parliamentary procedure around here and we’re going to put up with this for a little while longer, but not much,” Reid said in an interview on MSNBC. “Absolutely we can force votes. If we don’t get something done soon, I will...
  • Ted Cruz Obliterates AG Nominee Loretta Lynch And Republican Senate Majority [VIDEO]

    04/24/2015 6:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Early Thursday morning, ahead of the Senate’s vote on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ranted about current Attorney General Eric Holder, the likelihood of having Lynch as his successor, and the Republican Senate majority. He argued that as bad as Eric Holder has been as the attorney general, Lynch would be just as bad, if not worse. Cruz, who is running for president, posed a tough question to the Senate: what difference would it make whether Republicans or Democrats dominate the Senate, if someone arguably promising to be just like Holder is...
  • Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies ...

    04/24/2015 1:49:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies Have No Right to Life A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself. Neither of these votes would have taken place had not...
  • GOP Senatorial Committee (NRSC) using donations to prop up McCain, Ayotte, Kirk & RINOS

    04/23/2015 4:06:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    David Vitter, the only conservative up in 2016 is running for Governor in 2015. Grassley is good for his state's leanings and he needs no help to win big. Harry Reid's seat is going to be contested by 1 of the pro-amnesty or pro-driver-card Nevada Republicans Sandoval, Heck, Amodei, Cresent or Hutchison. Portman is a conservative because Ben Carson endorsed him apparently. John McCain (R) Johnny Isakson (R) Mark Kirk (R) Chuck Grassley (R) Roy Blunt (R) (Harry Reid) (D) Kelly Ayotte (R) Richard Burr (R) Rob Portman (R) Pat Toomey (R) Ron Johnson (R)
  • Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as next U.S. Attorney General

    04/23/2015 11:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 308 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/23/2015 | TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    Loretta Lynch, after being kept waiting in the wings by the Senate for five and a half months, was confirmed Thursday as the first African American woman to serve as Attorney General. Lynch was approved 56-43, one of the narrowest margins in history for an attorney general nominee. The vote ended an unusually partisan episode in modern Senate confirmation history, in which a largely uncontroversial nominee to one of the top cabinet posts was kept out of office for a lengthy period over issues extraneous to her job.
  • Ted Cruz SLAMS Republican majority in the Senate for allowing Lynch nomination

    04/23/2015 9:03:51 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 65 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4-23-2015 | The Right Scoop
    On the Senate floor a few moments ago, Ted Cruz SLAMMED the new Senate Republican majority for refusing to block Loretta Lynch’s nomination to Attorney General. He said that the Republican majority could continue to block the nomination if they wanted to and it’s something he’s urged them to do do because of her admissions to run the DOJ in a lawless fashion just like Eric Holder. He pointed out that more than a few voters are asking what is the difference between a Republican and Democratic Senate majority when someone promising the exact same lawlessness as Holder will be...
  • Why is Iran deal classified, locked in Senate office?

    04/21/2015 3:35:34 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | By Fred Fleitz
    A Senate staff member told me yesterday there is a classified version of the nuclear framework with Iran that members of the Senate are having difficulty assessing because it has been classified secret and is locked up in the Senate security office. I was told that few Senate staffers are being allowed to read this classified version of the framework. This revelation raises several serious questions about President Obama’s desperate effort to get a nuclear deal with Iran. First, this classified version of the framework agreement must be different from the fact sheet on the framework released by the State...
  • AG Nominee Defending Partial-Birth Abortion: 'The Phrase "Living Fetus"' is 'Hopelessly Vague'

    04/21/2015 11:43:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 21, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch joined a group of former U.S. attorneys in signing an amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court in 2006 in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart that argued that the federal ban on partial-birth abortion was unconstitutional because its language was too vague. In their brief, for example, Lynch and the other former U.S. attorneys argued that the term “living fetus” was too vague to be understood by those responsible for following and enforcing the law. Congress enacted the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in 2003 with broad bipartisan support. Senators Joe Biden of Delaware, Harry...
  • Breaking: Deal on stalled Senate human-trafficking bill clears way for Loretta Lynch vote

    04/21/2015 7:45:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/21/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Surprised? Don’t be, as the confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch was never going to be stalled forever. Under pressure themselves, Democrats finally cut a deal on the human-trafficking bill to get the Lynch nomination completed: “I’m glad we can say there is a bipartisan proposal that will allow us to complete action on this legislation so we can provide help to the victims who desperately need it,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on the Senate floor.“As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for...
  • Minnesota Senate keeps rule forbidding eye contact

    04/18/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-15-15 | Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Minnesota Senate will keep its rule forbidding members from looking at one another during floor debate and will continue to ban everyone from having drinks on the Senate floor. The issues arose Monday during the passage of the rules to govern the Senate. On a 15-44 vote, the Senate decided to keep its current requirement that all speakers must gaze at the Senate president. "I find this particular rule of the Senate, dare I say, antiquated," said Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, disagreed. When you can look at the senator speaking, he...
  • Don't be Deceived: The Corker Bill Isn’t a Victory — It’s a Constitutional Perversion

    04/18/2015 6:22:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As the Framers knew, we are unlikely to outgrow human nature. So what happens when we decide we’ve outgrown a Constitution designed to protect us from human nature’s foibles? The question arises, yet again, thanks to Senator Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republican, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is author — along with Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) — of a ballyhooed bipartisan bill that is being touted as the derailment of President Obama’s plan to trample congressional prerogatives en route to a calamitous “deal” that will facilitate jihadist Iran’s nuclear-weapons ambitions. (I use scare-quotes because...
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Iran Bill

    04/15/2015 3:48:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/4/15 | Elad Benari
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved, 19 to 0, legislation granting Congress a voice in negotiations on the Iran nuclear accord, The New York Times reported. The legislation will now go to the full Senate, after President Barack Obama earlier withdrew his opposition rather than face a bipartisan rebuke. Republican opponents of the nuclear agreement on the committee sided with Obama’s strongest Democratic supporters in demanding a congressional role as international negotiators work to turn this month’s nuclear framework into a final deal by June 30. The bill would mandate that the administration send the text of...
  • Full - Mark Levin EXPOSES how US Senate just GUTTED constitutional treaty power and GAVE IT TO OBAMA

    04/15/2015 6:41:30 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | April 15 2015 | Terresa Monroe Hamilton
    Mark Levin exposes the treachery in the US Senate today, who he says just capitulated completely to Obama by gutting their own constitutional duty to approve treaties, giving it solely to Obama. So in short, Obama can make a treaty with the Islamo-Nazis in Iran without submitting it to the Senate and the Senate can only stop it if they can get enough nays to vote against it.
  • Conservative HQ: Republican Senator Bob Corker Is A Traitor

    04/15/2015 5:41:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 72 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/15/2015 | George Rasley
    Traitor is strong language, but in the aftermath of Tuesday’s vote on a bill that was supposed to reaffirm the Senate’s constitutional power to consent to President Obama’s as yet still undefined and undisclosed nuclear treaty with Iran there is no other way to describe the actions of Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations The bill Corker rammed through the Foreign Relations Committee is worse than no bill at all. What Corker’s bill does is, in its post-markup form, require the president to submit for congressional review the final nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the...
  • White House agrees to give Congress a say on an Iran deal

    04/14/2015 3:21:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2015 6:05 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann and Laurie Kellman
    Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering Congress to reject the emerging nuclear pact with Iran. The rare and reluctant agreement between the president and the Republican-led Congress came after the White House maintained for weeks that congressional interference could jeopardize sensitive negotiations with Tehran. But lawmakers refused to back down from their insistence that Congress have a formal role in what could be a historic nuclear weapons deal. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved the compromise bill shortly after White House spokesman Josh Earnest conveyed the...
  • Obama and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

    04/14/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by keat · 93 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/14/15 | staff
    The US Congress will have a say on a nuclear deal with Iran, under a new agreement reached with the White House. President Barack Obama withdrew his opposition to a bipartisan bill that was unanimously passed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The bill means the administration must immediately send text of a final deal to Congress. An outline agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear programme was reached after marathon talks in April. The US, Iran, and four other nations have set a deadline of 30 June to finalise a deal which would ease western sanctions in exchange...
  • Conservative Groups Cheer as Rep. Ron DeSantis Announces Interest in Florida Senate Run

    04/14/2015 12:44:01 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2015 | Andrea Drusch
    National conservative groups may get one of their first-choice recruits this year in Florida's open Senate race, if Rep. Ron DeSantis follows through on his initial interest in replacing 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio. DeSantis, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement Tuesday that he will consider running to replace Rubio next year. "As it became clear that Senator Rubio was likely to run for president, I received encouragement to consider running for the Senate," DeSantis said, adding that he and his wife "will use the next several weeks...
  • Without Senate Approval There Are No Treaties

    04/14/2015 11:06:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Hank Adler
    Today, the Obama Administration announced that it had finalized its nuclear agreement with Iran and had agreed to sell the Iranian government a wide range of nuclear weapons and specific delivery systems with a range of less than eight hundred miles. The administration hailed the agreement as the best possible result available and challenged Republicans to develop a better alternative. In turn, the Ayatollah delivered a speech in Tehran explaining that the American Administration's announcement misstated the agreement and that the delivery systems promised had a range of seven thousand miles. Both parties have indicated that Iran's word is its...
  • The Iran Deal: Will we have A veto-proof Bob Corker bill today?

    04/14/2015 6:59:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/14/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It may be as soon as today when the Iran Bill finishes its journey through the Senate and comes to a vote. If enacted, the bill will give Congress the right to review any agreement with Iran made by John Kerry and the White House and either approve or deny the lifting of any sanctions imposed on that country by Congress. (How it was ever a question as to how sanctions imposed by Congress wouldn’t be lifted by Congress is a question for another day.) From the sound of things, Bob Corker is hopeful that things may be wrapped...
  • Jabs at Pelosi latest sign of friction in Dem ranks

    04/09/2015 11:19:37 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mike Emanuel
    [ .... " Bayh, though, suggested the friction now could give way to better times soon for Democrats. “I do think with a new president, potentially new leaders, certainly for Democrats in the Senate --who knows about the House -- there may be a season for governing where people might actually find more common ground,starting all over with a blank sheet of paper,” Bayh said. “That would be a good thing for the country.”
  • What Have the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Done in the Senate? Let's look at their records.

    04/09/2015 4:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/09/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio has filed legislation to repeal gun control laws he considers too restrictive — not in his native Florida but specifically in Washington, D.C., despite overwhelming support for the statutes by residents of the nation’s capital. “In order to achieve the American dream, people need to be able to live in safe communities and be able to protect themselves, their families and their properties from danger,” Rubio said. “The lawful exercise of the Second Amendment is part of what makes this possible. For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights...
  • Analysts see 2 ‘hardcore' liberal Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Maryland

    04/07/2015 1:57:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    ABC2 News ^ | April 7, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian
    BALTIMORE - Democratic primary voters should find little difference in political ideology between the two candidates running to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, according to outside analysts. Both U.S. Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are ranked “hardcore liberals” by On The Issues, a political website that analyzes policy issues supported by federal, state and local politicians. Both Edwards and Van Hollen are considered reliable Democrats, who vote with their party 100% of the time, according to The Sunlight Foundation, a national, non-partisan organization that focuses on transparency and accountability in government and politics. Rep. Elijah Cummings, 7th, ranking...
  • If Priority #1 is Electing Ted Cruz, #2 Has GOT to Be Keeping Schumer's Evil Paws Off the Senate...

    04/07/2015 5:21:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Republican operatives were wringing their hands with concern re the 2016 Senate races  before 2014's congressional victory was even secured- Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map. They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states President Obama carried twice. Democrats won't have any red-state senators facing reelection and could be buoyed by a favorable presidential-year electorate. Republicans do have some margin for error after their sweeping 2014 win netted them nine seats for a 54-seat Senate majority. Democrats won't have it easy...
  • 51 votes: Republican Mark Kirk signals he’ll vote for Loretta Lynch as AG, ensuring confirmation

    04/02/2015 3:50:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Did anyone think one of the Senate’s most reliable RINOs, who’s up for reelection next year not just in a very blue state but in Barack Obama’s home state, and who supported the Schumer/Rubio Gang of Eight amnesty bill, was going to go to the mat to block Obama’s pick for AG to protest executive amnesty?Conservative Republicans won’t stick up for religious liberty even in red states for fear of being called bigots. The odds of a moderate Republican opposing the first black woman Attorney General of the United States in a Democratic stronghold were precisely zero. “I am...
  • Why the Senators’ Letter to Iran Was Both Appropriate and LEGALLY Necessary

    04/02/2015 7:31:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | March 16, 2015 | Rob Natelson
    Suppose you are in a general partnership with Smith. Smith handles day-to-day management, subject to your approval. But recently, he’s been acting somewhat high-handedly. Without consulting you, Smith is busy negotiating a contract with Macropus International Corp., a company notorious for unscrupulous practices. Smith has made it clear he plans to bind your firm whether you like it or not. You know that under the law of general partnerships, unless you speak up Smith will be able to lock you and your firm into a very bad deal. This is because, as a rule, any partner in a general partnership...
  • Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy (Teddy, not RFK or JFK!)

    03/30/2015 1:46:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    MSN / The Associated Press ^ | March 30, 2015 | Nedra Pickler and David Espo
    BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today's quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator's name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. "What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we were to follow his example a little bit harder?" the president asked a crowd of family, former aides and political dignitaries of both parties under a tent in raw weather just outside the doors of the Edward...
  • So What Really Did Happen to Harry Reid? [It looks like someone actually beat him up...]

    03/30/2015 7:31:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/29/2015 | Michael Walsh
    It’s pretty obvious from the photographs that somebody beat the bejesus out of the soon-to-be-former senator from Nevada. And yet the national media has uncritically swallowed the cover story that “exercise equipment” was to blame for the loss of sight in the former majority leader’s right eye. Baloney. As far as I can tell, the piece of equipment allegedly behind the beatdown of Sen. Pat Geary has not been identified, but I can tell you from experience if the senator was using, say, a Soloflex machine this would be impossible: the weight straps simply come apart without any snapping...
  • Brother of Sen. Harry Reid arrested, accused of punching Nevada state trooper

    03/30/2015 7:00:44 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The younger brother of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly driving under the influence and punching a Nevada state trooper during a traffic stop. Larry Reid, 73, was found sitting inside a Lexus SUV that had been driving in the median of Highway 95 near Searchlight, Nev. shortly after noon. According to KVVU, the arrest report for Reid said that the trooper asked him why he was driving in the median. Reid responded with what was described as "incoherent, slurred speech."
  • 'Schumerisms': How Harry Reid's likely successor will spar with Republicans

    03/30/2015 6:20:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/30/15 | Chuck McCutcheon
    Lovers of vivid political language will miss Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who announced his retirement last week. Senator Reid is infamous for his searing, pointed comments about conservatives – and his regular “walk-backs” of those outbursts. But the loquacious Senator Schumer, who is widely expected to succeed Reid as Democratic leader, has developed his own brand of bombast that relies less on Reid’s personal taunts and more on sweeping indictments of his opponents’ purported political sins.
  • Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader

    03/29/2015 4:36:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | March 29, 2015
    ... Warren is best where she is: a valuable and influential senator who pressures the party from the left. No, it doesn’t come with a title, but it isn’t a small thing. In his eight years in the Senate, South Carolina’s former Sen. Jim DeMint was hugely powerful as an ideological leader, using his base in the conservative movement—and later, the Tea Party—to pull Republicans to the right during the 2012 presidential election. He enforced ideological discipline, and it worked. Warren doesn’t have to lead the Democrats—or run for president—to make the party more liberal. She can build power from...
  • Widow: [Ted] Kennedy wanted to inspire future generations

    03/29/2015 10:23:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Timmothy Cama
    The widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is preparing for the upcoming opening of the institute named after her late husband. Vicki Kennedy invited “Fox News Sunday” to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston days before President Obama visits to formally open it to the public. “He loved public service,” Vicki Kennedy said. “He believed in making a difference. And he wanted to inspire new generations to feel the same way.”
  • Nevada's Popular GOP Gov. Sandoval Leads List to Replace Reid in Senate

    03/28/2015 5:36:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 03/28/2015
    LAS VEGAS — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him. As of Friday, the list of potential candidates came down to Gov. Brian Sandoval and everyone else. The political centrist who was easily re-elected last year is likely to face intense pressure from national Republicans and business interests to pick up where Reid leaves off on Capitol Hill. Sandoval didn't...
  • What are the chances Democrats keep Reid’s seat in 2016? Not great

    03/27/2015 7:13:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Well, theyÂ’re not horrible. But Democrats canÂ’t be too happy about their present chances of replacing outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with another Democrat in the U.S. Senate could certainly be better than they are right now. Reid was no lock to win reelection even if he decided to run again in 2016. He polls as poorly today as he did in 2010, when the Nevada electorate appeared ready to jettison the Silver StateÂ’s longtime senator, but a majority of voters just couldnÂ’t bring themselves to pull the lever for Sharron Angle. At the yearÂ’s open, veteran Nevada...
  • Mitch McConnell praises Harry Reid as 'son of Searchlight'

    03/27/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Mitch McConnell reacted to Harry Reid's impending retirement. The Senate majority leader had kind words for his Democratic counterpart, who announced Friday he would be retiring in 2016. "Nothing has ever come easily to this son of Searchlight. Underestimated often, his distinctive grit and determined focus nevertheless saw him through many challenges," McConnell said in a statement. "They continue to make him a formidable opponent today."
  • Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to lead Senate Democrats

    03/27/2015 11:55:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Harry Reid endorsed Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate minority leader after he retires in 2016. [Snip] Reid predicted Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in Senate leadership, would win the post without opposition. He also suggested any competition — specifically Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, with whom he spoke on the phone with Friday morning — should stand down. Reid called Schumer "extremely smart" in the interview, adding that he would bring a "different style" to Senate leadership compared with Reid's soft-spoken nature.
  • Good Riddance, Dirty Harry

    03/27/2015 11:43:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Harry Reid is retiring. Whatever happens to his Senate seat in 2016, this is good news for Republicans and it is good news for America. Good riddance, Harry. Good bloody riddance. Today we will hear a lot about Reid’s “service” to the Senate and to the American people. Ha! “Service” indeed. The truth of the matter is that Harry Reid is a stone-cold killer who has damaged Washington considerably, who has elevated his own political preferences above the institution he was elected to protect, and who has made worse the partisan rancor that our self-described enlightened class claims to abhor....
  • Senate Democrat Trolls Tom Cotton So Hard [Barf Alert!]

    03/26/2015 11:52:07 AM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Zach Carter
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) delivered a pitch-perfect trolling lesson to the Senate on Wednesday, filing an amendment calling to defund "the purchase of stationary [sic] or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States." In other words, Stabenow wants to defund Tom Cotton letters.
  • SD: Constitutional Carry Killed by Senate Committee

    03/25/2015 6:56:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On the first of February, 2015, I wrote about a gun law reform bill introduced in the South Dakota House.   The bill included a number of reforms, including removing the restriction on the legal carry of concealed firearms by people who could legally own firearms.  The bill passed the House 44 to 23 on the 10th of February, 2015.   The bill looked like a shoo in to pass the Senate, with Republicans in the majority in the South Dakota Senate, with 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats. But there have been a number of Republicans who are not interested in...
  • In the Senate, where Ted Cruz played rough, scarce praise for his presidential run

    03/24/2015 11:35:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/24/2015 | Mike DeBonis and Sean Sullivan
    For conservative activists, the first day of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign was a time to gush. On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh called Cruz’s kickoff speech Monday “masterful” and “flat-out amazing.” Grass-roots pioneer Richard Viguerie called him a “top-tier movement conservative.” And the Tea Party Patriots hailed his entry, saying Cruz had “yielded to no one” in championing its values. Meanwhile, for Cruz’s Republican colleagues in the Senate, it was a time to equivocate. “I’m just holding off until I see what the field looks like,” said Daniel Coats (R-Ind.). “I’m going to support the nominee of the party,”...
  • Gov. Rick Scott Eyeing Run for U.S. Senate

    03/18/2015 12:41:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Adam C. Smith
    But don't panic Jeff Atwater or Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Gov. Scott has told top fundraisers he's interested in running in 2018 - when Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson's third term ends - not 2016, when Scott will still be in the middle of his second term. As uncomfortable as Scott often seems in the political world, the U.S. Senate makes sense given that Scott initially seemed far more interested in federal issues than Florida issues. He started his political career with a committee attacking the Affordable Care Act and by the time he turned his attention to running for office in Florida...
  • The Tom Cotton Letter’s Inconvenient Truth: Not even the Left is disputing its contents

    03/18/2015 6:49:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of “Death to America!” In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner. Alas, we do not live in such a world. But there’s more evidence. Iran, according to our State Department, has been the chief exporter of terrorism for the last three decades. It has worked closely with al-Qaeda, facilitating its attacks on America and our allies. Most of the September 11 hijackers traveled through Iran with the help of the Iranian government....
  • Former White House Advisor: Obama Was ’Angry’ After Senate Killed Gun Control

    03/17/2015 10:06:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/16/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Senior White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer admits that one of President Obama’s angriest moments in the White House was after the Senate blocked his push for gun control. “I think one of the most angry I’ve seen him was after the Senate failed to pass background checks in 2013,” Pfeiffer explained in an interview with broadcaster Charlie Rose.
  • Mitch McConnell: No Loretta Lynch confirmation until human-trafficking bill passes

    03/16/2015 7:15:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    After two months in the majority, has Mitch McConnell finally hit a red line with Harry Reid? The confirmation of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General has stalled for the last few weeks, and McConnell threatened to stall it indefinitely after Democrats blocked a human-trafficking bill. The Senate Majority Leader wants an end to Democratic obstructionism:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), has been stalled after Democrats accused Republicans of sneaking anti-abortion language into the bill. McConnell noted that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee...
  • Senate Dems threaten to oppose deal on Medicare doc fees

    03/15/2015 1:08:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2015 3:44 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments if it doesn’t finance a children’s health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday. […] According to lobbyists and congressional aides, bargainers have discussed including money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two more years, costing around $5 billion. Its money is due to expire Oct. 1. […] The overall agreement—eliminating the Medicare reimbursement formula, slightly boosting those payments and adding money for children’s health—would cost roughly $200 billion over 10 years, aides and lobbyists say. …
  • Jon Voight supports Netanyahu in new ad, says Obama abandoning Israel - can buddy up to her ENEMIES

    03/15/2015 6:21:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Mar 15, 2015
    Jon Voight supports Netanyahu in new ad, says Obama abandoning Israel so he can buddy up to her ENEMIES VIDEO Posted by The Right Scoop on Mar 15, 2015 in Foreign Policy By The Right Scoop Legendary actor Jon Voight has created a new ad with an urgent message to Israel, explaining that Obama wants Bibi Netanyahu to lose and is NO friend of Israel. He points out that Obama wants to control Israel because his agenda is to be friends with Israel’s enemies.
  • Source: Senate panel probing possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort

    03/14/2015 12:18:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 81 replies
    A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit’s funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama administration’s State Department gave the nonprofit taxpayer-funded grants, a source with knowledge of the panel's activities told FoxNews.com. The fact that both Democratic and Republican sides of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations have signed off on the probe could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama, who has had a well-documented adversarial relationship with the Israeli leader. The development comes as Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel Two television station this week...
  • YouGov: Plurality of Americans think Senate GOP’s letter to Iran was inappropriate

    03/13/2015 8:03:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/13/2015 | AllahPundit
    Ineffective, fine. Stupid? Maybe, yeah. But “inappropriate”?Never underestimate the Democratic messaging machine, my friends. Many Americans haven’t noticed the story yet, according to a new survey conducted by YouGov from 10-11 March. 41% said they had heard nothing at all about “a letter written by a group of Republican lawmakers warning the leaders of Iran that any agreement they make with President Obama will only be an ‘executive agreement’ that could be revoked unless it gets congressional approval.”Yet when asked whether writing such a letter was appropriate, 42% say it was not, compared to only 28% who say it...