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  • John McCain Challenger Alex Meluskey Blasts McCain for Funding ‘Planned Parenthood [100 char. limit]

    10/02/2015 12:09:52 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 29 replies
    The Politistick ^ | September 27, 2015 | Matthew K. Burke
    It’s campaign season again, and entrenched establishment RINO Senator John McCain, 79 . . . is trying to sound like a conservative again, even having the gall to attend the Values Voter Summit, attended by the type of conservatives McCain often refers to as “crazies” and “wacko birds,” in the nation’s capitol over the weekend. [snip] One of John McCain’s primary opponents, small businessman, radio host, and FAIRtax champion Alex Meluskey, a political newcomer who is running an insurgent grassroots campaign against the entrenched RINO, shot back at McCain’s unwillingness to fight to stop the “human trafficking racket” of Planned...
  • Senate in Colorado?

    10/01/2015 1:15:42 PM PDT · by Amish · 10 replies
    Preferred candidate George Brauchler will not seek his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate in Colorado..,
  • Ted Cruz Twice Refuses Opportunity To Call For McConnell To Step Down As Republican Leader

    10/01/2015 8:43:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Ted Cruz has called Mitch McConnell a liar and expressed outrage over what he sees as McConnell’s unprincipled leadership — but he’s not ready to call for the Senate majority leader to step down. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Wednesday, guest hosted by yours truly, the Texas senator and 2016 presidential contender twice rejected an opportunity to call for McConnell’s ousting as Senate majority leader. “We just saw John Boehner announce that he will be stepping down as Speaker in October. Do you think it’s time for Mitch McConnell to leave his role as leader of the Senate Republicans?”...
  • John Boehner’s Exit Will Cost Mitch McConnell a Kindred Spirit (awwwwwww!!))

    09/30/2015 3:22:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 9/29/15 | CARL HULSE and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — More than a year before a difficult election cycle when he will be challenged to hold on to his hard-won Republican majority, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky may have already suffered his most significant loss — the pending departure of Speaker John A. Boehner. Over the past six years, the two Republican leaders have developed a bond of the type that has not always existed between House and Senate leaders of the same party, figures who are often pulled in opposite directions. More important, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Boehner agreed that engaging in the kind of brinkmanship that...
  • Ditch Mitch, (Yessssssss)

    09/30/2015 1:32:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    Speaker of the House John Boehner is going, going, gone. Ben Shapiro fears that in his last month of power, Boehner will roll over and roll Barack Obama’s agenda all over his restless and restive caucus. Whether within the Beltway or the Bible Belt, conservatives are learning to accept that politics is an ongoing numbers game, one in which We the People have to do more than sit on the porch and complain about the state of affairs. We get to change them, if we are willing. The fight is rolling ahead, and already I have networked with fellow conservatives...
  • Cruz Fights Alone to Stop Senate from Funding Planned Parenthood and Iran Nuclear Deal

    09/29/2015 3:18:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/29/15 | Jerry A. Kane
    The whole world's people are becoming mass-produced, programmed, numbered, insensate things... Last night Ted Cruz couldn’t get his Republican Senate colleagues to back his proposed amendment to stop funding Planned Parenthood for one year and to prevent the Obama administration from using funds to implement the Iran nuclear deal until Congress can examine the additional agreements or “side deals” between the terrorist state and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “You know, Obama has negotiated a catastrophic nuclear deal with Iran. Republican leadership goes on television all the time and rightly says this is a catastrophic deal. I would suggest...
  • Senate Democrats Protect Abortion Profits – Instead of Babies and Women’s Health

    09/29/2015 6:35:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Speaker John Boehner ^ | September 28, 2015 | Matt Wolking
    Last week, Senate Democrats voted to block a bill that would keep the government open, provide more resources to women’s health centers around the country, and withhold funds from an abortion business under investigation for selling babies’ body parts. Why? [....] 2 comments helen754 • 17 hours ago while we are approaching 7,000,000,000 that is 7 billion people who are unable to find enough water, food or are killing each other over land that they claim in the name of some non existent god the Republicans want to support the continued population explosion. Abortion is safer for many women...
  • U.S. Senate Blocks Resolution to Defund Planned Parenthood

    09/29/2015 5:55:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | 2015-09-24 | Nathanael Bennett
    Today, by a vote of 47-52, 52 U.S. Senators blocked a vote on a resolution that would have fully funded the government while redirecting hundreds of millions of dollars away from Planned Parenthood and to community health centers. Unfortunately, the 52 Senators who voted ‘no’ prevented the Senate from invoking cloture and overcoming a filibuster. As a result, Planned Parenthood is continuing to receive taxpayer dollars, and a government shutdown continues to loom. Ironically, many of the same 52 Senators who are engaging in a filibuster today are loudly deriding the possibility of a government shutdown in less than a...
  • Baltimore lawmaker moving toward U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland

    09/28/2015 3:15:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rachel Weiner
    A Republican state delegate is working toward a bid for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, the first candidate with establishment support. Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents Baltimore County and serves as minority whip in the House of Delegates, is taking steps toward a campaign. “I’m seriously looking at getting into this race and gauging support, and it’s really been actually overwhelming,” Szeliga said. She said that among those Republicans reaching out to encourage her effort, first reported Sunday by the Baltimore Sun, are Rep. Andy Harris, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his wife, Kendel; former lieutenant governor Michael...
  • RNC vice chairman: McConnell must resign

    09/28/2015 1:37:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Not gonna happen. I think. “McConnell needs to resign!!” Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting…“Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,” Mr. Villere said in an interview with The Washington Times. “I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections.”“Mr. McConnell could have suspended consideration of confirmations for all presidential appointees, except for those who are essential to national security, until the president rescinded his unconstitutional executive action on amnesty,”...
  • Boehner: ‘False Prophets’ Like ‘Jackass’ Cruz ‘Whip People Into Frenzy’ Over Plans That Won’t Work

    09/28/2015 8:37:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/28/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on one Sunday show — CBS’ “Face the Nation” — after his Friday surprise announcement that he’d be resigning from Congress in about a month.And Boehner used the opportunity to make another firm announcement: There will be no government shutdown this week, despite the efforts of some conservatives to block Planned Parenthood funding. “The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution [this] week. The House will take up the Senate bill. We will also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we have seen from abortion clinics in several...
  • Now Show Mitch McConnell the Door

    09/28/2015 7:04:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/28/2015 | Christian Whiton
    Last week, House Speaker John Boehner decided to retire rather than chance being ousted by his own colleagues. Despite this lucky break, the congressional GOP has little chance of winning back disenchanted Republican voters unless it also shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the door. Continued Republican control of the Senate is on the line. A brand-new poll reveals that 72 percent of Republican primary voters are dissatisfied with McConnell and Boehner. Only 2 percent of those polled were “very satisfied” with the party’s two congressional leaders, who the majority believe have accomplished essentially nothing. The situation is actually...
  • Not only cowardice, but lack of imagination hurt GOP Congress

    09/27/2015 4:23:57 PM PDT · by LS · 9 replies
    self | 9/27/2015 | LS
    It's well understood that neither Mitch McConnell nor John Boehner really wanted to stop Obama from doing anything. There are several theories for this. Rush Limbaugh and many conservatives think that the GOPe's polling data has told them that a shutdown---or any perceived opposition to Obama---would harm them in elections. Another theory is that, well, they really don't disagree with the guy, and really only prefer to "manage" the decline better than him. Both could be true. What is NOT true is that there were never any other means of stopping Zero and his cronies except for either a government...
  • Senate bill that would defund Planned Parenthood fails badly, 47/52. Eight Republicans vote no

    09/24/2015 5:34:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/24/2015 | AllahPundit
    Two of those Republicans, Rand Paul and Tom Cotton, opposed the bill not because of its Planned Parenthood provisions but because it didn’t meet their priorities on other government spending. Paul voted no because it would lead to another $400 billion in debt; Cotton opposed it because spending on defense wasn’t high enough to suit him.I haven’t seen explanations from the other six but five of them are among the most centrist members of the caucus. (Ben Sasse is an exception.) Did they take issue with some element of spending too, or was this in fact a vote to...
  • Mitch McConnell Has Funded the Abortion Industry For Years

    09/23/2015 5:44:22 PM PDT · by GraceG · 23 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | Senate Conservatives Fund
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants you to think he opposes the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in the continuing resolution (CR) because it could cause a government shutdown. He also wants you to think it's because he doesn't have 60 votes in the Senate when in fact it only takes 41 votes to filibuster funding for the organization. But the real reason he won't fight is that he doesn't really care about stopping funding for Planned Parenthood, and he never has. Here are the facts that he doesn't want you to know: (1) In 1992, McConnell voted to...
  • Senate Fails to Pass 20-Week Abortion Ban

    09/23/2015 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when a fetus can feel pain. Known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill failed on Tuesday morning to receieve the necessary 60 votes to advance to a vote. "What I am asking every colleague is this: look in your hearts and help us stand up for the most innocent life," said Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in advance of the vote. Introduced in January by Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona in the House of Representatives as H.R....
  • Surprise: Democrats To Block Late Term Abortion Bill

    09/22/2015 7:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | September 22, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As we once again get down to the wire on a potential government shutdown, Senate Democrats are taking an extreme stance on abortion and plan to block legislation introduced by Republicans to ban abortions after five months of pregnancy.  Democrats seem certain to block Republican legislation banning most late-term abortions in a Senate showdown with plenty of political significance but little suspense. Though the GOP controls the Senate, Democrats appeared certain to prevent them from getting the 60 votes needed Tuesday to move ahead on the bill. It would be the second time since this summer's release of videos involving...
  • Invoking the 'Nuclear Option' Against the Iranian Nuke Deal

    09/18/2015 10:39:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/18/2015 | Richard M. Schum
    Last week, the Congress began debate on President Obama’s nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Many questions have been raised about the wisdom of the deal, including the lack of verifiability of the inspection regime, the release of over $150 billion that will help fund its ongoing terrorist activities, the secret codicils that the United States is not privy to, the lifting of sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the bellicose words of Iran’s supreme leader, who has continued to openly reject the terms of the deal as the president moves forward with its implementation. As expected,...
  • The American Refugee Resettlement Scam

    09/17/2015 4:23:41 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 4 replies ^ | Sept 15, 2015 | James Simpson
    President Obama and his rancid leftist allies have subjected America to a blizzard of lies. Nothing that leaves his mouth even remotely parrots the truth, but typically stands truth on its head. The propaganda infrastructure spanning media, Hollywood, non-profit institutions and the halls of academia then erects a virtually impenetrable wall of disinformation to advance the lie.
  • House GOP wants McConnell to go nuclear on Iran agreement

    09/16/2015 9:53:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/16/2015 | Julian Hattem
    Multiple House Republicans want Senate leaders to “go nuclear” over the Obama administration’s deal with Iran now that Democrats have stymied efforts to derail the accord by conventional means. A small but growing number of GOP lawmakers say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should invoke the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules and prevent a filibuster on a resolution to kill the deal. Their angst is intensified by their belief that Democrats will likely be able to block legislation withholding federal funds from Planned Parenthood, a standoff that increases the chances of a government shutdown. Less than two...
  • Will Senate Republicans play hardball to break Democrats’ Iran Deal filibuster?

    09/11/2015 2:06:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2015 | Guy Benson
    A senior Senate Republican leadership source reached out to discuss the case I laid out this morning (linked an excerpted by Allahpundit here) concerning a possible path to breaking Democrats’ Iran deal filibuster. He said Majority Leader McConnell will schedule another cloture vote early next week, likely on Tuesday. If and when that fails (assuming none of the 42 filibustering Democrats relent), GOP leadership is considering a number of options, including forcing votes on one or more highly-charged amendments related to the Iran deal. This maneuver would respond to Democrats’ politicized posturing in kind, contriving scenarios in which filibuster-sustaining...
  • To our Muslim enemies, September 11th is a day celebrating and our Senate is helping them

    09/11/2015 11:09:40 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 10 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On this September 11, 2015 our Senate has joined our enemies in making our enemies in Iran the most powerful terrorists on earth. Fourteen years ago, on September 11, 2001 we sustained the most devastating terrorist’s attacks in our history. We were caught completely by surprise and to the delight of our Muslim enemies, thousands of innocent American men women and children were murdered. They enjoyed every minute of it. In our national bewilderment some people thought the seventh century savages attacked us because the numeric value of September 11, is 9 -1-1 the national number to call our police....
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker – Cardin bill to facilitate President Obama’s nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA —including side agreements—prior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. There’s no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said “there’s no question that two of the...
  • Senate votes 58-42, failing to overcome Dem filibuster on Iran nuke deal. The deal will stand

    09/10/2015 1:24:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 10, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Senate votes 58-42, failing to overcome Dem filibuster on Iran nuke deal. The deal will stand
  • McConnell Rejects Iran Delay

    09/10/2015 6:37:09 AM PDT · by Calpublican · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dismissing a House Republican Hail-Mary attempt to kill the Iran nuclear deal by postponing a vote on a disapproval resolution. House conservatives want to delay the vote and argue that the 60-day congressional review period has not yet elapsed because the administration has yet to submit paperwork detailing “side deals” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ADVERTISEMENT Tea-Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the House GOP effort Wednesday by panning an upcoming Senate vote on the disapproval resolution as a “show vote” and putting pressure on McConnell to delay...
  • America's Descent Into Lawlessness

    09/10/2015 4:04:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 9, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do you remember Lewis "Scooter" Libby? In 2003, the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, unlawfully disclosed the covert status of CIA operative Valerie Plame. Yet Plame may not have been a covert undercover agent, based on the formal government definition of that role. And even if she were, it was widely known at the time that Secretary of State Colin Powell's subordinate, Richard Armitage, had most likely disclosed her status earlier. In other words, Libby was in an Orwellian position of being accused of a crime...
  • Democrats pin Senate hopes on Hillary

    09/08/2015 2:53:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/08/2015 | By Alexander Bolton
    The battle for control of the Senate rests on the outcome of the presidential race, strategists in both parties say. Since 1860, no party has been able to climb out of the minority to capture the Senate during a presidential election year without also winning the White House. Strategists say 2016 won’t be any different. If Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic front-runner, doesn’t win the White House, there’s little chance New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D) will become Senate majority leader in 2017. Democrats appear well-positioned to knock off two Republican incumbents, but whether they can stretch the number of...
  • AP: Obama has 41 aye votes in Senate for Iran deal

    09/08/2015 10:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    We already knew that Barack Obama won the fight over the Congressional disapproval of his deal with Iran. Last week, when Barbara Mikulski became the 34th vote in favor of the deal, that took the veto override off the table — even if that had been a long shot at best in the House already. In quick succession, seven more Democrats quickly followed suit, and now Obama has enough to filibuster a disapproval bill, according to the AP’s tally: Three undecided senators announced their support for the deal in quick succession — bringing supporters to 41 votes. That’s enough...
  • Democrats clinch critical 41 votes for Iran nuclear deal

    09/08/2015 9:48:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    AP ^ | September 8, 2015 | Erica Werner
    Democrats clinched the crucial Senate votes Tuesday to block passage of a disapproval resolution against the Iran nuclear accord, an outcome that would be a major victory for President Barack Obama against united Republican opposition. But amid fast-paced developments as lawmakers returned to Washington from their five-week summer recess, supporters of the deal stopped short of declaring victory. That was because it remained uncertain whether all 41 Democratic and independent senators now on record in favor of the deal would also support a filibuster to block a final vote on the disapproval resolution.
  • Obama picks up more support for Iran deal, needs one more senator to prevail

    09/02/2015 12:27:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-2-15 | Stephen Dinan
    Two more Democrats announced support Tuesday for President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, putting the White House a single senator away from assuring it can prevent Congress from scuttling the agreement and leaving GOP leaders hoping to avoid an even bigger embarrassment of losing to a filibuster. With about 10 Democrats still to decide, it’s a lock that at least one of them will back Mr. Obama, giving him the 34 votes needed to uphold his expected veto of a bill to halt the deal.
  • McConnell to conservatives: Look, we don’t have the numbers in Senate to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/01/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    We do have the numbers to force a shutdown, but McConnell’s already ruled that out. I’m going to look on the bright side here: At least this guy’s trying to spare us another dismal episode of GOP failure theater. If we had a majority in the Senate that was prepared to dig in and have this fight on principle, no matter what the polls say, it’d be worth considering a shutdown. Obama might blink if it lasted long enough. Because we have the majority we have, there’s really no point. It’ll play out just as lefty Bill Scher says...
  • Senate Will Vote a 2nd Time to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, Which Sells Aborted Babies

    09/01/2015 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt Sep 1, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell says the Senate will vote a second time to attempt to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business which has been caught in a series of videos selling aborted babies and their body parts. The news comes after reports that the House of Representatives is planning a vote on legislation in a couple weeks that would de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The two votes would follow one the Senate had weeks ago, which saw Senate Democrats filibuster and block legislation to revoke $550 million in taxpayer funding. While McConnell says the senate will hold another...
  • No veto? Senate Dems might get enough votes to filibuster GOP’s attempt to block Iran deal

    08/27/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    The consolation prize in the great Senate GOP sellout on the Iran deal was supposed to be the opportunity it created to embarrass Obama. The fear was that if Republicans insisted on two-thirds approval of the deal for ratification, as the Constitution’s Treaty Clause requires, King Barack would simply reassure the public that this wasn’t technically a treaty and proceed to implement the agreement under his own executive authority. Heads he wins, tails you lose. That’s life in post-republic America. (And if you like that model, wait until President Trump is sworn in.) So Bob Corker and McConnell decided...
  • Where is the Nuclear Option? 4 Obama vetoes. Really? (vanity)

    08/18/2015 6:05:49 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    8/18/2015 | freeAtlanta
    I heard on Bill Bennett this morning that we still have the medical device tax thanks to Democrat/Obama/MitchMcConnell Care. I thought that part of the beast had been ripped out, but apparently it was tabled like so many other conservative efforts thanks to McConnell not using Harry Reid's "nuclear option" to get the bill to the floor for a vote. Bills only takes 51 to pass the senate, but Reid's buddy Mitch won't let them come to the floor for a vote. What good is he for us?
  • Trump: Deport children of immigrants living illegally in US

    08/16/2015 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 189 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/16/2015 | Stephen Braun
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and toughen deportation, allowing in only "the good ones." Trump described his expanded vision of how to secure American borders during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," saying that he would push to end the constitutionally protected right of any family living illegally inside the U.S. ...
  • Rand Trying to Run Two Races at Once

    08/13/2015 2:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | August 13, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Aug. 22 will be judgment day for Rand Paul. That's the day the Kentucky GOP will decide whether or not to move their presidential nomination from a May primary to a March caucus. Should such a change occur, the Republican senator would be able to run for both his Senate seat and the presidency. Rand's campaign has lobbied the Kentucky Republican Party to make the switch. Now, his fate is in the hands of 334 committee members. The Kentucky GOP executive committee unanimously advanced the proposal in March, charging a special committee with developing a plan for how the change would actually be implemented....
  • How I Helped Todd Akin Win — So I Could Beat Him Later

    08/12/2015 6:04:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | August 11, 2015 | Sen. Claire McCaskill
    It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate. But first let me go back...
  • The day after the debate over Planned Parenthood funding: Some thoughts

    08/09/2015 5:02:16 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 2 replies
    National Right to Life News Today ^ | August 4, 2015 | Dave Andrusko
    The most important takeaway from yesterday’s vote on S. 1881 is not–repeat not–that the Democrats were able to block a bill that would end all federal funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. While unfortunate, the inability of pro-lifers in the Senate to get 60 votes to “invoke cloture” (move the bill forward) is a mere bump in the road. Here’s what really matters. #1. The vote was 53 to 46. But one pro-lifer was absent and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote to opposition only so that he would be eligible to enter a motion to reconsider....
  • Senate support grows for Iran deal

    08/05/2015 7:06:57 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | Aug 5 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    President Barack Obama’s Iran deal looks increasingly likely to survive a challenge from congressional Republicans after several swing Democrats said they would back the deal just as the Senate sped toward recess on Wednesday. Minutes after Senate leaders locked in an agreement to begin debating the nuclear deal on Sept. 8, Independent Maine Sen. Angus King came to the floor to announce his support for the agreement. King’s decision will make it hard for GOP opponents to block the lifting of legislative sanctions when the Senate votes no later than Sept. 17. Story Continued Below “This is the most difficult...
  • Here we go: Senate Dems falling into line to support Obama’s disastrous Iran deal

    08/04/2015 5:41:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/04/2015 | AllahPundit
    Honestly, I’d much prefer a pure party-line vote in which the GOP’s bid to block the deal goes down in flames rather than some excruciating Senate kabuki where they almost — but not quite — get enough Democratic votes to reach a two-thirds majority. If Chuck Schumer’s going to let his caucus force America to swallow this sh*t sandwich because it would be too embarrassing for poor Barack if they joined Republicans in stopping it, he should have the balls to vote with them. Instead we’re almost certainly going to be treated to a Democratic version of “failure theater,”...
  • Mitch McConnell Must Never Be Elected Again

    08/04/2015 7:02:21 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 43 replies ^ | 8/3/2015 | Bill S (Diary)
    The ringleader of GOP Failure Theater is accessory to mass infanticide and must be purged from office Let me prefix my next few sentences by pointing out: I am not the executive editor of Redstate and I cannot unilaterally set or change policy for this site. So what I write here is simply my own personal opinion and not necessarily that of this station or its leadership. After today’s latest episode of McConnell-sponsored GOP Failure Theater, there is only one conclusion to draw: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% must never be re-elected to office. I do not care if it’s...
  • Senate Roll Call Vote on S1881 To Defund Planned Parenthood - How Your Senator Voted

    08/04/2015 8:30:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 1881 ) Vote Number: 262 Vote Date: August 3, 2015, 05:36 PM Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Rejected Measure Number: S. 1881 Measure Title: A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Vote Counts: YEAs 53 NAYs 46 Not Voting 1 Alphabetical by Senator Name Alexander (R-TN), YeaAyotte (R-NH), YeaBaldwin (D-WI), NayBarrasso (R-WY), YeaBennet (D-CO), NayBlumenthal (D-CT), NayBlunt (R-MO), YeaBooker (D-NJ), NayBoozman (R-AR), YeaBoxer (D-CA), NayBrown (D-OH), NayBurr (R-NC), YeaCantwell (D-WA), NayCapito (R-WV), YeaCardin (D-MD), NayCarper (D-DE), NayCasey (D-PA), NayCassidy (R-LA), YeaCoats (R-IN), YeaCochran (R-MS), YeaCollins (R-ME), YeaCoons (D-DE), NayCorker (R-TN), YeaCornyn (R-TX), YeaCotton (R-AR), YeaCrapo...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Lose Heart Even Though the Planned Parenthood Defund Bill Failed

    08/04/2015 7:52:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2015 | Julie Roys
    Unfortunately, a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood died today on the Senate floor. A procedural vote to advance the bill failed to get the required 60 votes needed, so the anti-life lobby won — today. Despite this setback, Christians should not despair. We may have lost this battle, but the fight is far from over. And truth is, the pro-life cause is actually faring quite well. Here are five reasons to not lose heart even after this defeat. 1. GOP Senators are Vowing to Continue the Fight and So Should We. Even though today's bill to defund Planned Parenthood failed,...
  • ABORTION: Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Despite Bipartisan Majority’s Vote to Cut Tax Dollars BREAKING: The U.S. Senate has voted to continue the federal funding of Planned Parenthood despite the fact that they harvest and sell the body parts of aborted babies. Did your Senator vote to continue this barbarity? We have the list here. A pro-abortion extremist minority in the U.S. Senate has filibustered a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. A bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to close debate and vote to cut off the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding, falling short of the 60-vote threshold...
  • Planned Parenthood Survives Abortion in Senate

    08/03/2015 6:40:11 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/03/15 | Joel B. Pollak
    Planned Parenthood survived a procedural vote Monday in the U.S. Senate on a bill to defund the organization, after a series of undercover videos emerged to suggest that the organization may have been willing to sell fetal organs from late-term abortions to tissue companies. The vote for cloture was 53-46, meaning that it fell well shy of the 60 votes needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. The vote was largely along partisan lines, with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) 28% crossing over to vote with Democrats, and Sens. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) 7% and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting...
  • Growing signs Schumer will oppose Iran deal

    08/03/2015 7:20:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/03/2015 | By MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT
    Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. More than 10,000 phone calls have flooded his office line the past two weeks, organized by a group looking to kill the deal. Another group has dropped seven figures on TV in New York City to pressure Schumer and other lawmakers to vote against the plan. The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee has put its muscle behind an effort to lobby the New Yorker against it. And Dov Hikind, a state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting the deal outside Schumer’s office....
  • Obama signs short-term highway bill, faults Congress for inaction

    08/01/2015 8:16:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama signed a three-month highway bill Friday while chastising Congress for failing to approve long-term transportation funding and other legislative business before lawmakers’ summer vacation. “We can’t keep on funding transportation by the seat of our pants,” Mr. Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. “It’s a bad way for the U.S. government to do business. I guarantee you that’s not how China, Germany and other countries around the world handle their infrastructure.”
  • Grassroots Arizonan ‘Crazies’ Are ‘Interested in Issues’ over Politics

    08/01/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jul 2015 | Michelle Moons
    Entrenched U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 43% may be in for the fight of his life in his 2016 re-election bid, as he uses the term “crazies” to describe the approximately 15,000 border security-advocating Arizonans who showed up for Donald Trump’s July appearance in Phoenix. Breitbart News spoke exclusively with Maricopa County Republican Party (MCRP) Chair Tyler Bowyer regarding McCain’s comments and the makeup of the crowd for the Phoenix event. McCain’s “crazies” comment came in an interview with a New Yorker reporter in which the Senator said, “This performance with our friend (Trump) out in Phoenix is very hurtful...
  • With Republicans Like These

    07/31/2015 5:33:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 31, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The Export-Import Bank is the height of crony capitalism. The bank uses taxpayer subsidies to make it possible for some American companies to sell their manufactured wares overseas at a lower price. It leads to absurd results like Boeing being able to sell its planes to foreign airliners at a cheaper rate than American aviation companies can buy them. There have been indictments and charges of corruption galore related to the Export-Import Bank. It disrupts the free market, wastes taxpayer dollars and is overwhelmingly unpopular with Republicans and even some Democrats. But Washington lobbyists love it, and they have been...
  • Mitch McConnell employs Harry Reid’s hardball tactic

    07/30/2015 6:47:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | July 30, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Before he took over as majority leader, Mitch McConnell was a harsh critic of Harry Reid’s use of a parliamentary tactic to block amendments on the Senate floor. The Kentucky Republican said it was an abuse of the chamber’s rules that stifled debate in the famously deliberative body. But in his first seven months as Senate majority leader, McConnell has employed that same tactic to push through a highway bill, trade legislation and a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. McConnell has used the maneuver more often than past Senate majority leaders — Robert Byrd, George Mitchell and...