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  • US Giving up on Military Inspections of Iran Nuke Sites

    06/30/2015 9:50:04 AM PDT · by xzins · 54 replies
    The news from the Iranian nuclear program negotiations in Vienna just keeps getting worse. Now, it seems like the United States is going to give up on military inspections that could be anything close to effective. From the AFP: “We have worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs,” the administration official told reporters. “The entry point isn’t we must be able to get into every military site, because the United States of America wouldn’t allow anybody to get into every military site, so that’s not appropriate,” the official said.[...]“There are...
  • Ban on abortions after 20 weeks approved by Senate [Ohio]

    06/24/2015 9:28:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Emma Ockerman
    In what anti-abortion advocates called a monumental and groundbreaking move, Ohios Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would almost entirely ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a 23-9 vote. If the bill becomes law, the regulations would make Ohio one of the countrys strictest states for abortion access, abortion rights supporters say. This is the most important piece of legislation Ohio Right to Life has passed in quite a long time, the groups President Mike Gonidakis said, adding hed be stunned if the bill failed to pass the House. This is a strategic step into hopefully some day...
  • Senate advances fast-track trade bill for Obama

    06/23/2015 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/23/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obamas trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage on Wednesday. If the Senate approves fast-track or trade promotion authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obamas desk to become law. Fast-track authority would allow Obama to send trade deals to Congress for up-or-down votes. The White House wants the authority to conclude negotiations on a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal. Thirteen Democrats backed fast-track in Tuesdays vote, handing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a major legislative victory....
  • Sen. Sessions: Slow Fast-Track Now, Before Its Too Late

    06/21/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-21-2015 | Jeff Sessions
    Fast-Track, or Trade Promotion Authority, will receive a final cloture vote in the Senate on Tuesday morning. This is the bill that passed the House. If cloture is invoked, the bill will pass the Senate and go to the Presidents desk. More than four weeks have passed since the Senate first voted on whether to grant the Executive six years of fast-track authority. In that time, an enormous amount has been discovered about how the President plans to use this authority information that was either not known or understood when the vote was held. This includes the Administrations pledge...
  • Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy

    06/16/2015 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 78 to 21 to approve an amendment that bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army Field Manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S. The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee...
  • Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham Introduces 20-Week 'Pain-Capable' Abortion Ban in Senate

    06/12/2015 8:27:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/12/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reintroduced legislation in the Senate Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape and incest, a measure that passed the House of Representatives by a 242-184 vote last month. At a Capitol Hill news conference, Graham promised that the bill, titled the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would be debated and voted on this year. "This legislation is groundbreaking yet simple at the same time. What I love most about this piece of legislation is how simple it is," Graham said. "Do you believe that at 20...
  • California senate approves right to die legislation

    06/10/2015 9:42:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    jurist.org ^ | june 5 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The California Senate [official website] on Thursday voted 23-14 to approve a controversial right to die bill [SB 128 materials]. The bill would protect doctors who aide individuals with terminal conditions in dying. The bill's impact is limited to patients who pass a mental competency test are have less than six months to live. The patients would also be given the option to self administer. The California bill is modeled after Oregon's law, which more than 750 people have used to assist in death since it was passed. Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula stated he is worried that California will...
  • TSA hearing interrupted by bomb threat

    06/09/2015 12:59:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/09/15 02:32 PM EDT | Keith Laing
    A Senate hearing about the Transportation Security Administrations recent failure to identify prohibited weapons in security tests at airports across the country was interrupted on Tuesday by a bomb threat. Lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee were getting their first chance to question officials about the findings of the TSA report, documented a series of undercover sting operations in which agents tried to pass through security with prohibited items; much of its findings remain classified. The panels chairman interrupted testimony to announce the floor of the Senate Dirksen Office Building where the TSA hearing was being held in was...
  • Capitol Police probe bomb threat, floors evacuated

    06/09/2015 10:05:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 9,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    Several floors of a Senate office building on Capitol Hill were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon, following a report of a suspicious package that Capitol Police are calling a bomb threat.
  • The TPA Bill Passed By The Senate

    06/04/2015 9:26:43 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 27 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | May 22, 2015 | US Senate
    The Senate TPA Bill that was approved on May 22, 2015 has been available for public viewing for a few weeks now
  • Senate Will Introduce Pro-Life Bill Next Week Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    06/04/2015 2:54:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 93 replies
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | Jun 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The lead Senate sponsor of the pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth will introduce the legislation next week. Last month, the House of Representatives voted 242-184 for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is the lead sponsor of the pro-life measure in the Senate, has announced that he will introduce the measure next week. In a new letter to members of the Senate, released to LifeNews.com, the National Right to Life Committee is urging members of the Senate to sign on to...
  • California Senate approves increase in legal age to buy tobacco [from 18 to 21]

    06/03/2015 8:23:39 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 2, 2015 | Alexei Koseff
    With no debate and bipartisan support, the state Senate voted 26-8 on Tuesday to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in California from 18 to 21. --SNIP-- Even as tobacco companies are increasing their influence again at the Capitol, shedding a once-toxic reputation, SB 151 received unanimous support from Democrats, as well as yes votes from four Republican senators: Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte, Ted Gaines of Roseville, Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove and Jeff Stone of Temecula. If SB 151 is approved by the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown, California would be one of the first states in...
  • [Vanity] How many conservatives would it take to flip Vermont?

    06/03/2015 5:31:47 PM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 66 replies
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    I was pondering and found that Vermont has a population of only 626,000 with 17% more Ds than Rs. If conservatives were to move there from another state, how many would be needed to flip the state red?
  • Breaking: Legislation to resume, overhaul NSA surveillance clears key Senate hurdle

    06/02/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    A bill that would allow key government surveillance programs to resume for now after they were temporarily suspended Sunday cleared another hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday.
  • State Senate OKs health coverage for many immigrants here illegally

    06/02/2015 12:16:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    LA Times ^ | 06/02/15 | Patrick McGreevy
    The state Senate on Tuesday approved a hotly debated measure that would allow many immigrants in the country illegally to sign up for special healthcare programs that would offer the same benefits as Medi-Cal. We are talking about our friends. We are talking about our neighbors and our families who are denied basic healthcare in the richest state of this union, Lara told his colleagues.
  • SURVEILLANCE POWERS SET TO LAPSE WITH NO DEAL IN SENATE

    05/31/2015 5:26:15 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 63 replies
    A.P. ^ | May 31, 2015 | ERICA WERNER AND KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Security Agency will lose its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after an extraordinary Sunday Senate session failed to produce an 11th-hour deal to extend the fiercely contested program.
  • LIVE: Senate holds vote on Patriot Act (Senate Reconvenes For Last-Minute Attempt)

    05/31/2015 3:59:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 05/31/15
    The Senate convenes for a rare Sunday session to review key anti-terrorism programs under the Patriot Act, which are set to expire at midnight if the Senate fails to conduct a successful vote. Republican Senator Rand Paul has said he plans to derail the vote.
  • Condi Isn't Running: Get Over It

    05/28/2015 10:54:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    One of my ongoing political passions is the California US Senate race. For the greater part of my life, I have lived in a state languishing under two of the more liberal and/or worst US Senators in modern history. Dianne Feinstein, the senior senator by a few months, won her latest reelection by 30 points. She had deftly refused to debate her last opponent, arrogantly confiding to one reporter: Im running my own campaign. Feinstein is barely tolerable compared to her ultra-liberal, retiring counterpart. Junior US Senator Barbara Boxer, a progressive figurehead, claimed that a baby is a baby when...
  • Grayson's (RAT-FL) fiery comments put possible Senate campaign in spotlight

    05/25/2015 5:02:50 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 5/22/15 | Scott Powers
    In the past three weeks, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando has been on a verbal tear.. He has cussed out journalists for asking about his girlfriend's political ambitions and offshore investment funds, blasted the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as "out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room" and called his ex-wife a gold digger. Such firebrand comments have been typical of his career. Now they have opened the potential for a bloody U.S. Senate primary fight next year with moderate U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter, who has quickly wrapped up endorsements from almost all of the party's...
  • The Curious Myth of Hillary Clinton's Senate Effectiveness (Hussein was empty suit in 2008)

    05/23/2015 8:32:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/02/08 | Adam Hanft
    Frankly, I'm tired of listening to Senator Clinton portray herself as being in the solutions business -- as boasting a nice, fat resume of accomplishments -- while mocking Barack Obama for being a rhetorical empty suit. Is she truly a beacon of experience? Because I couldn't think of a single piece of legislation that has her name stuck proudly on the front of it, no equivalent of McCain-Feingold, for example, I headed straight for her campaign website to see what glorious aspects of her vaunted experience I was missing. Actually, I was missing nothing. There is not one single example...
  • Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

    05/22/2015 6:53:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 178 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/22/2015 | Paul Kane
    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senates approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to the House for a difficult fight as Obama faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obamas bid...
  • Dear GOP: Dont Work with Obama STOP HIM!

    05/22/2015 8:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2015 | Michael Walsh
    GOP hacks like the loathsome Mitch McConnell and Weepy John Boehner seem to think the GOP needs to show it can govern by which they mean push various pieces of crappy legislation through their respective chambers before voters will trust them with the keys to the White House. Meanwhile, the public keep screaming: STOP OBAMA! The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public including most Republicans. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last falls campaign, while 65% say they are not. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) say the...
  • Fast-track Trans-Pacific Trade legislation passes U.S. Senate hurdle in win for Obama

    05/21/2015 9:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance | 05/21/2015 | Richard Cowan
    President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision on the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority the president needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. TPP is seen as central to U.S. efforts to counter China's increasing economic muscle. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second Senate vote. Some supported moving ahead with fast track...
  • TX: Open Carry Passed out of Senate Committee, Amended

    05/18/2015 5:12:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Early reports from observers at the Senate State Affairs committee in Texas have written that HB 910, the licensed open carry bill, has been passed and sent to the whole Senate. From Texasguntalk.com: Texas Gun Legislation - 2015 84th Session Game on, they're back. Substitute approved. It appears that the Dutton Amendment, which would prohibit police from stopping open carriers without probable cause, has been stripped out They removed the cop stop amendment. That's why they called it HB 910 Substitute. The Senate might be able to pass an amendment returning HB 910 to the form passed by the...
  • Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold launches bid to regain seat

    05/14/2015 8:35:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 3-14-2015 | Tom McCartyhy
    Russ Feingold, the only US senator who voted against the 2001 Patriot Act, has announced he will launch a campaign to regain his seat in 2016. Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, lost a re-election bid in 2010 to Ron Johnson, a Tea Party Republican. Feingold had served three terms. In a video released on Thursday and first obtained by the Huffington Post, Feingold says that billionaires and big corporations are calling the shots and we need to get started fixing all this. Lets fight together for change, Feingold says. That means helping to bring back to the US Senate strong independence,...
  • TPP Vote 2015: Senate Reaches Agreement To Move Fast-Track Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Authority

    05/13/2015 7:29:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    IB Times ^ | May 13 2015 | Howard Koplowitz
    Senate Democrats reached a deal with Republicans Wednesday to move forward on U.S. President Barack Obamas fast-track trade agenda, one day after pro-trade Senators stalled the bill by blocking debate, according to Politico and Roll Call. In exchange for their support on a vote for the fast-track trade authority, Democrats will get separate votes on two related bills on currency manipulation and duty-free status to U.S. imports of goods from certain sub-Saharan African countries. We have to take some of these votes separately or we kill the underlying legislation, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., according to Politico. Its...
  • Obama trade bill revived after bipartisan deal sets new votes

    05/13/2015 1:07:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    The trade deal was back on track Wednesday afternoon, just a day after hitting the skids in a Democratic filibuster, after leaders struck a bipartisan agreement to move forward. Democratic senators lost their bid to have four trade-related bills combined into a single measure, but did secure the chance to have votes related to all four bills, giving them the platform they wanted.
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Senate Passes 90-0 Resolution Demanding Iran Release Americans

    05/11/2015 6:48:42 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-11-15 | Bridget Johnson
    The Senate lent strong support today to a simply worded resolution calling on Iran to let four Americans come home. The bipartisan resolution from Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) passed 90-0. It states that its the policy of the United States that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran should immediately release Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian, and cooperate with the United States Government to locate and return Robert Levinson; and the United States Government should undertake every effort using every diplomatic tool at its disposal to secure their immediate release. Washington Post bureau chief Rezaian, a California...
  • NEWS ALERT from GOA: Secret (Trade) Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans

    05/07/2015 8:23:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 49 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | May 7, 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a trade agreement. So click here to contact your Senators - whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun fast track bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters. This anti-gun wish list could be part of...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as First Last, another simply as Congress. To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • PPP Poll: John McCain in Big Trouble for GOP Primary

    05/06/2015 12:15:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    John McCain's troubles with conservatives have him in a whole lot of trouble for reelection next year. Even among Republican primary voters just 41% approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove. Only 37% of primary voters say they generally support him for renomination, compared to 51% who say they would prefer someone 'more conservative.' It's his struggles on the right that have McCain imperiled. He gets narrowly positive reviews from both 'somewhat conservative' (51/37) and moderate (50/44) Republicans. But among those who identify themselves as 'very conservative,' just 21% approve of the job McCain is doing to...
  • McConnell Will Move Iran Bill Forward Without Controversial Amendments From Senate Hawks

    05/05/2015 4:14:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Jessica Schulberg
    In a rebuke to the hawks of his party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated on Tuesday that he will move forward with a Senate bill on the Iran nuclear agreement by limiting votes on amendments that demand more conditions from the Iranians. Though no definitive schedule was announced, Republicans left their weekly luncheon suggesting that no further tinkering would be done to the bill. Speaking to reporters after that luncheon concluded, McConnell would not utter the word "cloture," saying only that he was trying to "move quickly" while considering other, less controversial amendments. In addition to the diminishing...
  • Senators Running for President Face a Delicate Balancing Act

    05/01/2015 3:30:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2015 | ASHLEY PARKER
    [SNIP] ".........While the joke goes that every senator looks in the mirror each morning and sees a potential occupant of the Oval Office, senators do have automatic fund-raising bases and little difficulty attracting the spotlight. Still, since 1960, only two John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Barack Obama of Illinois have risen directly to the White House.... [SNIP] ....For now, Republican Senate colleagues are optimistic about the presidential aspirants ability to make it back to Washington for crucial votes, and about the party leaderships willingness to try to work around their campaign schedules, when possible. Remember when Obama...
  • Can the Uniparty make it any clearer?

    04/30/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/30/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On Tuesday the Republican controlled Senate gave President Barack Obama the green light to sell out our security and place Israel in grave danger. Twelve quislings of the Republican wing of the Uniparty joined the anti-American Democrat wing in voting for an amendment offered by a Republican to insure that the Senate and the American people will have no say in whether Iran gets a nuclear weapons program or not. The Uniparty has again reminded us that the only difference between Mitch McConnell the current Senate Leader and Harry Reid the former Senate Leader is that Harry is the one...
  • The Marco Rubio Amendment That Could Kill the Iran Deal

    04/29/2015 7:45:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/29/2015 | Alex Rogers
    Sen. Marco Rubio has proposed a change to the Iran nuclear review bill that could unravel a carefully crafted compromise and kill the Obama Administrations negotiations. MORE Longtime Marco RubioJeb Bush Alliance Fades in GOP Contest How Barack Obamas Trade Deal Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind Fight to the Death: Supreme Court Hears Execution Case NBC News Here's a First-Hand Look at Mount Everest Base Camp NBC News New Misery for Nepal? Quake Sets Stage for Cholera NBC News At issue is a one-page amendment from the Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate that would certify as part of...
  • Rawlings-Blake says she's thinking 'long and hard' about whether to run for U.S. Senate

    04/28/2015 6:41:20 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | Yvonne Wenger
    Rawlings-Blake says she's thinking 'long and hard' about whether to run for U.S. Senate By Yvonne Wenger The Baltimore Sun As she weighs a decision to run for U.S. Senate, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday shes considering whether she can serve Baltimore better in her current job or in Congress. Rawlings-Blake, who is in her first full term, declined to say how soon she would decide whether to run for the seat that will be vacated by longtime Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Mikulski announced this week that she will retire at the end of her term after nearly half a...
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Dems push higher pay for Senate workers

    04/27/2015 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 27, 2015 5:03 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers led by the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, released a letter Monday urging the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees Senate services, to provide a preference to contractors that pay a living wage and fair health insurance and benefits. [] It followed reports in the Washington Post and CNN profiling Charles Gladden, a 63-year-old who makes about $360 a week in take-home pay doing janitorial work in the Senate cafeteria. He said he...
  • Exclusive Empirical Vote Data Shows Democrats Still Control US Senate...

    04/24/2015 1:52:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/23/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, election results last November aside, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows. In fact, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at leastusually more than93 percent of support from Democrats. While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by...
  • 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 wont uphold the Constitution isnt a way to inspire confidence among conservatives. Hillary Clinton didnt have such a bad week after all. Sure, shes reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank. But theyre only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation. They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congresss Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Departments 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 Reids 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 were 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 dont 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 Senates vote on President Obamas 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 Lynchs nomination to Attorney General. He said that the Republican majority could continue to block the nomination if they wanted to and its something hes 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 Obamas 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...