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  • Column: Tom Brady Should Challenge Elizabeth Warren for Senate Seat In 2018

    02/22/2017 10:23:52 AM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Dylan Gwinn
    After supporting friend Donald Trump in his quest to “Make America Great Again,” could the time soon come for President Trump to support his friend Tom Brady in a quest to “Make Massachusetts Great Again?” If Brady plays things out as laid out by political columnist Peter Lucas of the Lowell Sun, that time could be fast approaching. On the heels of recent polling which suggests that current Bay State Senator Elizabeth Warren’s popularity has taken a hit, Lucas makes the case for sending Mr. Brady to Washington.
  • Gorsuch’s charm offensive may be working

    02/22/2017 6:53:09 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 16 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/21/2017 | Seung Min Kim
    At a one-on-one sit-down with Sen. Ben Cardin last week, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch rattled off his favorite past justices. One was Robert Jackson, who dissented in a landmark case that allowed for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. “He obviously did his homework with me,” Cardin (D-Md.) said of Gorsuch afterward. “He knew I would be favorably inclined to that type of discussion.” “He did a very good job in the meeting with me,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who is being heavily courted by the pro-Gorsuch side, said in an interview. “He presents himself very well....
  • Schumer: Dems Can Block Gorsuch, Effort to Repeal Obamacare

    02/21/2017 7:24:53 PM PST · by Rockitz · 62 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Democrats in the Senate have enough power to block President Donald Trump nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Judge Neil Gorsuch and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Schumer said, “They need 60 votes. And I believe — if Gorsuch keeps it up he’ll have a rough road to hoe to get those 60 on votes.” When asked about the Democrats power, he added, “We have enough to block to Gorsuch … People ask, do the Democrats have power? Are we in charge? No which means we...
  • Congress Slashes Funding For NASA’s Global Warming Research

    02/21/2017 9:16:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/20/17 | Andrew Follett
    The U.S. Senate passed legislation recently cutting funding for NASA’s global warming research. The House is expected to pass the bill, and President Trump will likely sign it. Supporters say it “re-balances” NASA’s budget back toward space exploration and away from global warming and earth science research. Republicans plan to end the more than $2 billion NASA spends on its Earth Science Mission Directorate. “By rebalancing, I’d like for more funds to go into space exploration; we’re not going to zero out earth sciences,” Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, told...
  • Laura Ingraham, Carly Fiorina Poll Dead Even In Virgina Senate Race (GOPe vs Populist Primary)

    02/20/2017 12:11:03 PM PST · by drewh · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2.19.17 ast
    Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and national radio host Laura Ingraham are polling dead even in the Virginia Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday. The two would face off in a Republican Primary before challenging Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who recently concluded his bid for vice president under Hillary Clinton. Both Fiorina and Ingraham are polling at 36 percent in a head-to-head against Kaine. Kaine fared better over Fiorina, earning 57 percent compared to her 36 percent, one percent better than he fared against Ingraham. Kaine earned 56 percent against the conservative radio host. Neither woman was...
  • AIDE SAYS SENATORS WANT MATERIALS SAVED FOR RUSSIA PROBE

    02/19/2017 4:35:57 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 55 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org/ ^ | Feb. 19 2017 | DEB RIECHMANN AND EILEEN SULLIVAN
    The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to the committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, according to a congressional aide.
  • Senators Silent After Meeting With FBI Director Comey

    02/18/2017 7:53:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 222 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/17/17 | Niels Lesniewski/Bridget Bowman
    Not much can get between senators and a recess. Except, perhaps, FBI Director James B. Comey. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with ex-officio member and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, huddled for a total of more than two hours on Friday with Comey. The FBI director’s visit was not announced publicly, and it’s possible members of the Capitol Hill press corps only found out because he was spotted in the hallways and entered a secure room used for intelligence briefings. But leaving that secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center, senators declined to even confirm the presence of...
  • Mystery: What was Comey’s secret briefing yesterday to the Senate Intelligence Committee about?

    02/18/2017 5:07:32 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 136 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2017 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    ...It was also secretive even by traditional standards: Although Comey was photographed leaving the meeting, committee members wouldn’t admit that he’d been there. And it seemed as though the briefing was urgent, with senators delaying their departure during a weekend recess to hear what Comey had to say. The Senate Intel Committee considers all manner of intelligence matters so in theory the briefing could have been about anything. Most recently, though, the Committee’s been in the news because it’s leading the congressional investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential campaign. Three days ago, after Mike Flynn resigned, Mitch McConnell...
  • Senate votes on party lines to confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

    02/17/2017 10:29:04 AM PST · by rb22982 · 104 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/17/2017 | Tom DiChristopher
    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday in a mostly party line vote.
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • McConnell: 'Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed'

    02/16/2017 7:29:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/15/17 | Susan Ferrechio
    Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the Supreme Court even if Democrats do not provide the eight votes needed to break a filibuster, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday in an interview that seemed to hint at a possible change to Senate rules to approve President Trump's nominee over Democratic objections.
  • Kid Rock Eyed as Potential Senate Candidate

    02/15/2017 9:28:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | Nia Prater
    The rocker's name was reportedly dropped at a Michigan Republican party convention - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/kid-rock-eyed-as-potential-senate-candidate#sthash.BH4lUWoE.dpufA surprising name has been thrown out as a potential Republican contender for Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow’s Senate seat next year: Kid Rock. The rocker’s name came up as a possible candidate at a Michigan Republican Party convention last weekend. There have been no official decisions announced as of yet. Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, once said he tended to vote Republican but qualified himself as “more libertarian” to Rolling Stone in 2013. But he has supported several major Republican candidates....
  • Senate/House Resolutions Look up

    02/15/2017 8:52:51 AM PST · by RedFox101 · 3 replies
    Anyone have a good site suggestion to look up current Senate/House Resolutions in progress? Thanks!
  • Trump Has Fewest Cabinet Secretaries Confirmed Since George Washington

    02/14/2017 9:21:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2017 | Rob Bluey
    It took nearly a month, but President Donald Trump is finally operating with at least half of his Cabinet in place. Not since George Washington in 1789 has a newly elected president waited so long. [Snip] Why? Unprecedented delays and obstructionism on the part of Democrats have resulted in the most contentious confirmation process in U.S. history, according to a Washington Post analysis. No other president’s nominees have collectively faced similar opposition. And that’s just the 15 members of Trump’s Cabinet. Other top nominees, such as Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget and Scott Pruitt...
  • No, Elizabeth Warren Is Not a Feminist Icon

    02/14/2017 8:33:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2017 | Rachel Bovard
    Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was vaulted to high status among feminists.What did she do? Did she lay down in the street to protect the voting rights of women? Did she take a stand against sex trafficking and female exploitation?No. She knowingly and flagrantly broke a long-standing rule of the Senate. And for this, the left made her a hero.The rule that Warren broke was Section 2 of Rule 19, a century-old prohibition on senators from attributing conduct or motives “unworthy or unbecoming” to another senator.If applied, it requires the offending senator to “take his (or her) seat,” meaning...
  • Why Democrats can’t just obstruct their way back into power

    02/11/2017 3:40:47 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02-11-2017 | Aaron Blake
    The reason I say that is because polarization in this country favors Republicans more than Democrats, at least when it comes to Congress. Republicans have something of an inherent advantage in both the House and Senate, and polarization helps reinforce those advantages these days. Why? There are simply more red states and more red districts. Republicans took over the House and Senate in recent years largely because they knocked off some of the final hangers-on among Democrats in conservative-leaning places. It first happened in the South; then it spread to Appalachia and the Midwest. … The 2016 election is a...
  • Gorsuch was a Wise Choice for the Supreme Court

    02/10/2017 3:31:42 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/10/17 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    He has demonstrated that he understands the proper, limited scope of the judicial power, and of the federal government. When Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February of 2016, the Democrats were excited. They want to dominate the Supreme Court with judges who are willing to sacrifice the Constitution for their leftist narrative, and with the very conservative Scalia dying, and the very liberal Barack Obama in office, the path to Supreme Court domination seemed to be within their grasp. The Republican-controlled Congress, however, was not so quick to grant the Democrats their wish. Merrick Garland was Obama’s choice, and...
  • Democratic Party Bracing for a Clinton-Kennedy Face Off for NY Senate Seat (Chelsea vs. Caroline)

    02/10/2017 11:06:58 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2017 | Chandler Gill
    Democratic party supporters are already looking towards the 2020 election, hoping for a Senate "showdown" between the two former First Daughters Chelsea Clinton and Caroline Kennedy. "And we're told that it's more than just fantasy football for liberals who have nothing else to look forward to," the New York Daily News reported on Friday. Should Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) run for president in 2020, it's rumored that both Clinton and Kennedy would vie for the vacant Senate seat.
  • Republicans Should Make Elizabeth Warren The Voice Of Democrats

    02/09/2017 5:15:52 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/9/17 | David Harsanyi
    First of all, despite the martyr act, no one has the power to “silence” Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, the impulse to silence Warren is completely rational, and it has nothing to do with her gender, ancestry, or ideology. It has everything to do with her sanctimonious lecturing, habitual dishonesty, and disregard of “norms.” She’s been a bully her entire career.But when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled Rule 19, which prohibits all members from taking to the floor and “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to...
  • Trump tells senators he’s open to reviewing a Gang of Eight style comprehensive immigration b[fake]

    02/09/2017 3:37:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2017 | BY ALLAHPUNDIT
    The first hysterical report about this from Politico this afternoon set off an earthquake among media Twitter. The original tweet: !!!!! Trump told senators he is open to Gang of 8 immigration bill, per Manchin. Lamar brought it up during meeting and need for reform— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) February 9, 2017 “Open” sounds very bad indeed, enough so for Trump superfan Ann Coulter to quip, “I wish he’d go back to attacking Nordstrom.” Then came this clarification from the White House: White House says Manchin brought up Gang, Trump told him it was fine for them to get...
  • February 9: SENATOR Barak Obama On Immigration

    02/09/2017 8:57:15 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 11 replies
    KSFO.com ^ | 2/9/17 | KSFO Morning Blog
    [Video] The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws.
  • Warren seizes spotlight after GOP rebuke (Squaw on the warpath alert)

    02/09/2017 1:34:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 8, 2017 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) decision to rebuke the Senate's most prominent liberal woman has significantly raised the temperature in what was already a ­red-hot chamber of Congress. [Snip] Warren, who is viewed as a top-tier 2020 presidential candidate, is usually very selective about her media interviews and generally does not engage with reporters in the Senate hallways. But on Wednesday, she went on a media blitz, which included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, ABC's "The View" and The Hill.
  • Schumer: When Jeff Sessions Was Confirmed ‘It Turned My Stomach (LoonIe Alert)

    02/08/2017 11:33:17 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 100 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-8-2017 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddyke Show,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) elaborated on his party’s efforts to slow the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees, including Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed earlier in the day by the U.S. Senate. “When Jeff Sessions was passed, it turned my stomach,” Schumer said.
  • The Marco Rubio knockdown of Elizabeth Warren no liberal media outlet will cover

    02/08/2017 5:52:02 PM PST · by 198ml · 27 replies
    CR ^ | 2/8/17 | Chris Pandolfo
    In a speech you didn’t hear because it doesn’t make for good TV or push a liberal narrative, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (C, 74%) warned that tolerating Warren’s brand of slanderous rhetoric on the floor of the U.S. Senate undermines the institution and weakens our republic. “I want people to think about our politics here today in America,” Rubio exhorted his colleagues. “Because I’m telling you guys, I don’t know of a single nation in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in the country absolutely hate the other half of...
  • Here’s How Republicans Can Confirm Supreme Court Nominees Without The Nuclear Option

    02/08/2017 10:59:16 AM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2-7-17 | Sean Davis
    Proponents of the nuclear option say it is necessary to prevent Democrats from using the filibuster to permanently prevent a vote to confirm Gorsuch. Opponents of the nuclear option say it will not only fundamentally alter the nature of the Senate, it will also greatly empower Democrats when they retake the Senate and the White House. At its core, the debate over the nuclear option highlights the tension between the need for debate and the need for finality on judicial matters. Unfortunately, exercising the nuclear option is a zero-sum game. If it’s invoked, debate is dead. If it isn’t, proponents...
  • Curt Schilling Slams Liz Warren: Senator ‘Lieawatha’ Represents ‘Everything We Hate About Politics’

    02/08/2017 8:46:40 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Heat street ^ | February 7, 2017 | Andrew Stiles
    Former baseball star Curt Schilling is reportedly planning to run for Senate in Massachusetts against incumbent Elizabeth Warren, and he’s wasting no time attacking his would-be opponent. Warren, a favorite politician among the liberal activists, represents “everything we hate about politics,” the former Red Sox pitcher said during an radio interview on the Larry O’Connor show. Schilling thinks he could be successful against Warren because of the “disconnect” between the politics of average voters in Massachusetts and the senator’s left-wing beliefs. “As I talk about potentially running for Senate and running against ‘Lieawatha,’ I’ve talked about the fact that the...
  • Schumer: Stalling Nominees Works Because It Exposes Nominees

    02/07/2017 3:42:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 7, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that even though Democrats don't have the votes to stop President Trump's cabinet nominees, their strategy is working by being able to highlight how bad they are. "When you get millions of calls and demonstrations and a nominee is exposed for being who they are, it's going to have a profound and positive effect, even if she gains office," Schumer said on Capitol Hill today after the confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. "So we're very happy with the results and...
  • Senate Votes To Gag Elizabeth Warren After Anti-Sessions Outburst

    02/08/2017 12:28:59 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 131 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    ollowing a scathing speech against Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Senator Elizabeth Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama," violating the so-called 'Rule 19'. By a vote of 49-43, Senator Warren was then barred from speaking on the floor until Senator Sessions nomination debate is complete (likely tomorrow evening).... McConnell defended the decision, noting Warren had been warned. "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation," he said after the vote. "Nevertheless, she persisted."
  • US Senate Roll Call vote #58: Shall the Senator be allowed to proceed?

    02/07/2017 9:47:58 PM PST · by Oz8509338511 · 54 replies
    Shall the Senator be allowed to proceed?
  • GOP Cheers DeVos Confirmation After Pence Casts Rare Tie-Breaking Vote

    02/07/2017 4:41:10 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 3 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 02/07/2017 | Todd Beamon
    Republicans cheered Tuesday's historic confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary — Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote — slamming Democrats as obstructionists and saying that President Donald Trump was entitled to his Cabinet picks. "President Trump has assembled a first-class team for his Cabinet, and obstructing all of these confirmation votes is only delaying the important work that needs to be done," Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said. "In my conversation with Betsy DeVos, I found her to have a deep appreciation for the value of public schools and a special concern for the needs of the...
  • GOP warns: We'll stay in session 24-7 to confirm Trump nominees

    02/07/2017 1:44:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 7, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    A top Senate Republican is warning that the Senate could work around the clock as they try to confirm three more of President Trump's nominees. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) stressed that how late the Senate is in session is up to Democrats. Absent a deal, he said lawmakers will stay in Washington through Saturday. "We can do it cooperatively so we can burn time when we're out of session or if they won't agree to that, we can stay in session 24 hours," he told The Hill, asked about the schedule for the rest of the week....
  • Senate narrowly confirms Betsy DeVos as education secretary

    02/07/2017 10:35:38 AM PST · by detective · 78 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 07, 2017 | Emma Brown
    The Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary on Tuesday, with Vice President Pence casting a historic tiebreaking vote after senators deadlocked over her fitness for the job. The entire Democratic caucus of 48 senators voted against DeVos, as did two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who said they did not think that DeVos was qualified for the job. The remaining 50 Republicans voted for DeVos, setting up a 50-50 tie that Pence broke with his vote at about 12:30 p.m. It marked the first time that a vice president’s tiebreaking vote was needed...
  • Chuck Schumer: Gorsuch will need to get 60 votes in Senate

    02/07/2017 7:16:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Readers will find no surprise, but also no sense of regret either from Chuck Schumer’s defense of minority prerogative in Politico today when it comes to Supreme Court nominations. Skipping entirely over the machinations he and Harry Reid employed to keep Senate Republicans in the minority from having a say in appellate court nominations, Schumer argues that his Democrats are the only bulwark standing between Donald Trump and an independent judiciary. For that altruistic reason, Neil Gorsuch will need to get at least 60 Senators to agree to proceed to a confirmation: Nominees to our nation’s highest court must...
  • Romney Could Run For Senate In 2018

    02/06/2017 1:37:33 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2017 | Phillip Stucky
    Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney could run for the United States Senate in 2018, according to a Friday interview with Deseret news. The former presidential candidate will not commit to a Senate run, but refuses to rule out the possibility. “I don’t have any predictions on what I might do. I’m not going to open a door and I’m not going to close a door. All doors are open,” Romney said after mentioning the 2018 Senate race.
  • Trump EPA pick Scott Pruitt appears to have made a false statement under oath to the Senate

    02/06/2017 12:47:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/06/2017 | Rafi Letzter
    Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, appears to have made a false statement under oath to the Senate. This was first reported Monday by Fusion's Daniel Rivero. Business Insider was later able to confirm the underlying facts of Rivero's article. Pruitt — the attorney general of Oklahoma known for 14 lawsuits designed to fight regulations and cleanup efforts by the agency he hopes to lead — made the apparent false statement when referring to an ongoing environmental lawsuit involving several poultry companies in Arkansas. Pruitt's predecessor, Drew Edmondson, brought the case against Tyson Foods,...
  • Senate Just Delivered Final Blow To Obama’s Legacy — Votes To Overturn THIS Obama Order!

    02/06/2017 9:31:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | 02/06/2017 | S. White
    The last 8 years of unconstitutional executive orders and forcing through illegal policies has weighed a heavy burden on the country and the taxpayer. No more so than the ultimate job killer, Obamacare. But now, the pendulum has swung to the other side, and everything is on the chopping block. Yesterday in the Senate, a vote of 54-45 was struck to abolish Obama’s order that had the adverse effect of almost completely wiping out the coal mining industry and thus taking 83,000 jobs off the job market. As you might have known, it was the government’s Stream Protection Act that...
  • As Elizabeth Warren eyes White House run, Her Senate race could pose hurdle

    02/06/2017 7:51:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/06/2017 | Fred Lucas
    Liberal icon Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the scourge of the Trump administration, grilling the president’s Cabinet nominees at every chance and coming out against Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch within minutes of his nomination. The moves are what one might expect from a presidential aspirant. But Warren, who is placed in the top tier of likely Democratic 2020 candidates in very-early polls, first has to keep her Massachusetts Senate seat. It’s not a sure thing. According to WBUR poll, just 44 percent of state voters think she deserves re-election, while a plurality – 46 percent – believes she doesn’t...
  • Healthcare Expert: GOP Senators’ Obamacare Replacement Plan Expands Taxpayer Funding of Abortions

    02/03/2017 9:41:17 AM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Feb 2017 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An experienced healthcare policy researcher observes that the Obamacare “replacement” plan put forward by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) not only would allow for taxpayer funding of abortion, but would actually expand its funding over that provided in the original Obamacare law. Writing at The Federalist, Christopher Jacobs, founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Juniper Research Group, says the Patient Freedom Act (PFA) sends a “strikingly different message” from that demonstrated in House Republicans’ recent approval of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017.
  • AG Strange, Sen. Marsh, US Rep. Aderholt, 3 others on short-list to replace Jeff Sessions

    02/03/2017 6:55:42 AM PST · by commish · 5 replies
    AL.COM ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Leada Gore
    Alabama Attorney Gen. Luther Strange, Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston and U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt are on the short-list to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions, Governor Robert Bentley's office announced today. In addition to Strange, Marsh and Aderholt, the list includes: Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. Hooper was co-chair of President Donald Trump's Alabama campaign. State Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper. Rowe represents Blount and Walker counties
  • Democrats proving powerless to stop Trump's Cabinet

    02/03/2017 6:27:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/17 4:00 AM | W. James Antle III
    Senate Democrats have thrown everything they have at Republicans to stall President Trump's nominees ahead of a bruising Supreme Court confirmation fight, but so far don't have much to show for it. Not one but two committees voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., for budget director to the Senate floor. Mulvaney looked beatable. He had failed to pay payroll taxes on a nanny, something that had sunk nominees before. President Bill Clinton withdrew his first two choices for attorney general over a similar issue.
  • Senate advances DeVos's nomination, setting her up for final vote (52-48)

    02/03/2017 4:41:01 AM PST · by abb · 86 replies
    thehill ^ | February 3, 2017 | Jordan Carney
    Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, overcame a key Senate hurdle early Friday morning, clearing the path for her expected confirmation. Senators voted 52-48 to advance DeVos’s nomination. No Democrats voted yes. The vote, which came during a rare Friday session, sets up lawmakers to take a final vote early next week. Vice President Pence is expected to have to break a 50-50 tie, the first time a vice president will cast the deciding vote on a Cabinet nomination. Senate rules require an extra 30 hours of debate before senators can confirm DeVos. If Democrats refuse...
  • Schumer And Leadership Team Refuse To Meet With Gorsuch

    02/02/2017 2:32:31 PM PST · by detective · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2017 | Kerry Picket
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democratic Senate leaders refused to meet with Judge Neil Gorsuch Thursday. The act appears to be an act of revenge against Republicans for holding the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia open and not holding a hearing for Obama Supreme Court appointee Merrick Garland. The White House requested that Gorsuch meet with Schumer, but aides said he declined in order to learn more about the nominee’s record, The Washington Post reported. “By refusing to meet with Judge Gorsuch, Senate Democratic leadership is taking Washington gridlock and obstruction to a new low and placing Senators McCaskill, Donnelly, Heitkamp,...
  • Trump Says ‘Go Nuclear’ as Democrats Brace for Gorsuch Fight

    02/01/2017 12:43:09 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb. 1, 2017 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER
    President Trump, seeming to relish a fight with Democrats over his nominee for the Supreme Court, on Wednesday encouraged the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, to invoke the so-called nuclear option and abandon the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees. “If we end up with that gridlock, I would say, ‘If you can, Mitch, go nuclear,’” the president said on Wednesday from the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “Because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was put up to that neglect. I would say it’s up to Mitch, but I...
  • Tillerson Confirmed by Senate (my title)

    02/01/2017 11:56:39 AM PST · by abb · 27 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | February 1, 2017 | Staff
    Vote ongoing. He has 54 votes as of this post, with 43 no.
  • Will Mitch McConnell grow a pair?

    02/01/2017 10:14:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/01/17 | David Hogberg
    If the Senate Majority Leader stays true to form, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is going nowhere When Senate Democrats confirmed yesterday that they will filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded, “What I would expect from our Democratic friends is that the nominee be handled similarly to Clinton’s and Obama’s first two nominees in their first terms.” Wow. If I were Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), I’d be peeing my pants.
  • Here is a simple rule of thumb for understanding Democrats opposition to Supreme Court Nominee

    01/31/2017 2:24:10 PM PST · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Here is a simple rule of thumb: you can judge the caliber of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by how angry the Democrats get. The smarter and more influential the nominee, in an important sense the more qualified they are, the angrier Democrats will get. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that he will fight “tooth and nail” against any nominee who isn't "mainstream." But Trump gave voters his list of potential nominees and election exit polls show that 21 percent of voters considered U.S. Supreme Court appointments to be the most important factor in casting their votes. Tracking federal...
  • Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes

    01/31/2017 9:34:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 102 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/31/17 | Tyler Durden
    Full out war between Democrats and the White House broke out today when Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department. Since at least one democrat must be on present for the vote to be held, the move will effectively delay and potentially prevent the confirmation votes on Mnuchin and Price. The duo is...
  • Use Senate rules to break Supreme Court filibuster

    01/31/2017 10:37:47 PM PST · by TBP · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2017 | James I. Wallner
    Fortunately, invoking the nuclear option isn’t the only way a Senate majority can confirm a Supreme Court justice in the face of minority obstruction. In a recent Heritage Foundation paper, Ed Corrigan and I detail how Senate rules empower a majority to overcome a filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee — without having to invoke cloture or using the nuclear option. Specifically, a majority may use Rule XIX (the two-speech rule) to shorten the amount of time members are able to filibuster. This rule prohibits any senator from giving more than two speeches on any one question during the same...
  • Feinstein: Two bills on the way to quash Trump's immigration ban

    01/30/2017 1:16:58 PM PST · by Cheerio · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/17 | Daniel Chaitin
    A Democratic senator says she is working on two bills to strike down President Trump's executive order that temporarily bars immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees. "Congress must take swift action in response to President Trump's discriminatory order," tweeted California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday. Feinstein, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, said she is drafting the legislation that she will introduce Monday.
  • Report: Senate Dems preparing to filibuster Trump’s SCOTUS nominee — no matter who it is

    01/30/2017 10:55:14 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 55 replies
    HotAir ^ | January 30, 2017 | Allahpundit
    What a silly thing to say on the eve of Trump making his announcement. Now he has no incentive to choose a seemingly more moderate nominee, like Tom Hardiman, over someone like William Pryor. If it’s true that the filibuster is coming no matter what, then McConnell’s going to have to deploy the nuclear option no matter what — in which case, why not nominate the most hardline judge you can find? With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that...