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  • Yeah, Democrats Don’t Want Wasserman Schultz To Run For Senate Either

    02/28/2015 11:32:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Vespa
    By now, you’ve probably heard about cannabis-gate. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz allegedly put a deal forward where she would switch positions on medicinal marijuana if a Democratic donor withdrew criticism of her for not backing a related statewide initiative last year; it was defeated by a narrow margin. John Morgan, the donor who slammed Schultz for not backing the measure, contributed heavily to the pro-medical marijuana campaign. Of course, Schultz has denied the consideration of any deal regarding this debacle. Yet, there’s more; Democrats don’t want Debbie to run either. She’s turned off many within Democratic circles, with...
  • LATINO LEADERS SEARCH FOR ANOTHER CANDIDATE TO CHALLENGE KAMALA HARRIS IN SENATE RACE

    02/27/2015 6:43:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2015 | William Bigelow
    Now that Antonio Villaraigosa has opted out of running against state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to replace Senator Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate, Latino leaders are looking for another Latino candidate who could challenge Harris for the seat. Concerned that the Latino community’s problems would not be addressed as well by Harris as they would be by a Latino, some Latino leaders with the Legislative Latino Caucus, which is meeting in Napa at a policy retreat, opined that there are other Latino candidates who could jump in the race.
  • ASUC Senate Passes Bill Condemning Anti-Semitism

    02/26/2015 11:31:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 2/26/15 | Peter Malcolm
    On Wednesday, the Senate of The Associated Students of the University of California, also known as ASUC, unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and called for the ASUC to do a better job protecting Jews. The ASUC, the association of students at the University of California, Berkeley, is “the largest and most autonomous student association in the nation,” according to the organization’s website. The bill, sponsored by Senator Ori Herschmann and co-sponsored by numerous campus leaders including ASUC President Pavan Upadhyayula, the Jewish Student Union, and fellow ASUC Senators condemned the campus anti-Semitism with a 20-0 vote. The bill, which...
  • BREAKING: Senate Committee Approves AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

    02/26/2015 3:00:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 2/26/15 | Katie Pavilich
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch. Her full confirmation vote is now headed to the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing earlier this month, Lynch expressed support for President Obama's executive amnesty. She also said she believes illegal immigrants have a right to work in the United States. "Senator, I think the right and obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here and certainly if someone is here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the work place...
  • Ted Cruz calls out GOP leadership after Senate gives in to Democrats’ demands on DHS funding bill

    02/26/2015 11:14:44 AM PST · by napscoordinator · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 24, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders were making a major error by agreeing to pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security bill that doesn’t defund President Barack Obama’s immigration plans.
  • Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG — thanks to three Republicans

    02/26/2015 10:53:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | AllahPundit
    Because the GOP has a majority in the Senate, it also has a majority on all Senate committees — 12 to 9 in the case of the Judiciary Committee. But since Lynch’s confirmation has become a referendum on executive amnesty and the GOP is riddled with amnesty shills, there was no doubt that a few would cross over and vote with Democrats today to send her through to a floor vote of the entire Senate.The three defectors: Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, both members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight on immigration, and Orrin Hatch, who sold himself as...
  • VILLARAIGOSA OUT OF SENATE RACE (CA)

    02/25/2015 12:48:40 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 24, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer after 2016. With strong support among Latino voters in California, Villaraigosa was seen as a major potential threat to Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), who was the first to declare for the seat With Villaraigosa out of the running, the path is cleared for Harris–unless Condoleezza Rice or another household name enters the Senate fray.
  • McConnell Unveils Anti-Executive Amnesty Bill That Isn’t Tied to DHS Funding

    02/24/2015 6:43:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) unveiled legislation targeting President Obama’s most recent executive orders on immigration that does not withhold funding for the programs, after Senate Democrats once again filibustered a motion to debate the House-passed Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. “Some Democrats give the impression they want Congress to address the overreach,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “But when they vote, they always seem to have an excuse for supporting actions they once criticized. So I’m going to begin proceedings on targeted legislation that would only address the most recent overreach from November. It isn’t...
  • GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

    02/23/2015 6:00:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 8:09 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • Dems' farm teams languish even with Senate in play

    02/18/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Kyle Cheney and Tarini Parti
    After Democrats were eviscerated in last year’s elections, the party took solace in the fact that 2016 seemed built for a comeback. The party runs better in presidential elections — and while the House of Representatives isn’t in play, seven GOP senators are up for reelection in states President Barack Obama won twice. But a sense of foreboding has crept into Democratic circles around the country. Interviews with dozens of strategists, party officials and Democratic luminaries reveal that in states Democrats are depending on to retake the Senate, top-level candidates are sparse, unwilling to run or more interested in seeking...
  • For Boxer’s California Senate Seat, the Fight Is Brown vs. Black

    02/18/2015 6:46:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 18, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    frican Americans know well the humiliation of being sent to the back of the bus. So it’s ironic that in a U.S. Senate race in California, at least one prominent African American wants to send a viable Latino candidate to the back of the line. They don’t call this the Golden State for nothing. The contest to fill the seat soon to be vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer could, according to political experts, be the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, with a price tag of more than $120 million for both the primary and general elections. Although in...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering 2016 Senate bid (for Rubio's seat)

    02/17/2015 11:49:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2015 | Marc Caputo
    Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair, is strongly considering a bid for U.S. Senate, calculating that having Hillary Clinton at the top of the 2016 ticket would help lift her candidacy in a year-of-the-woman campaign. Driving Wasserman Schultz’s interest: the increasing likelihood that Sen. Marco Rubio will run for the White House and that he ultimately won’t seek reelection in 2016, Democratic insiders familiar with her thinking say.
  • Sen. Graham Defends Military Pay Commission

    02/16/2015 9:57:58 PM PST · by DakotaGator · 6 replies
    Military.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Tom Philpott
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), new chairman of the Senate armed services’ subcommittee on military personnel, has signaled he will defend retirement reforms proposed for a new generation of service members by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
  • ACTION: Tell 10 New Mexico senators to support SB 192 and enforce election laws

    02/16/2015 6:59:35 AM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    netwmd.com, LLC ^ | 2/15/15 | netwmd.com, LLC
    This link allows you contact 10 legislators to support New Mexico Senate Bill 192 (SB 192) - SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR ELECTION VIOLATIONS with one mouse click. Your support will be expressed to all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (all their contact info is listed on the action page). Please consider calling each member to follow up. Please act as soon as possible as the Judiciary Committee is discussing the bill today (2/16/15).The people of New Mexico have been frustrated with the lack of compliance from local governments concerning election law compliance. Complaints filed are hitting road blocks because our...
  • Boehner on DHS Funding: 'It's Up to Senate Democrats to Get Their Act Together'

    02/15/2015 12:01:55 PM PST · by Carl Vehse · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2015 | FoxNews Insider
    "The Constitution makes it pretty clear that the House has to do its work and the Senate has to do their's," Boehner said. "The House has acted to fund the department and to stop the president's overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders." Wallace pointed out that Republicans, however, don't have the 60 votes to pass the bill through the Senate. Boehner replied that Senate Democrats are blocking the ability to even debate the bill. "The House has acted. We’ve done our job. Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. And it’s up...
  • The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution (1999-2014)

    02/13/2015 6:53:50 PM PST · by T Ruth · 25 replies
    New American ^ | based on key votes from 1999 through 2014. | New American staff
    "The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution" rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. The percentages below are cumulative scores based on key votes from 1999 through 2014. Click on a senator's or representative's name to get a detailed breakdown of his or her voting record.
  • Senate panel OKs bill barring most transfers from Guantanamo

    02/12/2015 4:01:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 6:47 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    A Republican-led Senate panel on Thursday narrowly approved legislation that would bar most transfers of terror suspects from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a major roadblock in President Barack Obama’s push to close the detention center. In a closed-door session, the Armed Services Committee voted 14-12 for the bill sponsored by Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and backed by the panel’s chairman, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Just as the panel was deliberating, the White House said Obama would veto the legislation if it reaches his desk. The president vowed as a 2008 candidate that he would...
  • Senate Armed Services Committee votes unanimously to approve Carter as secretary of defense

    02/10/2015 7:15:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    twitter ^ | 02/10/2015 | SASC Twitter
    Full Senate confirmation vote to come as early as tomorrow.
  • Senate Democratic campaign chairman: Majority or bust in 2016

    02/06/2015 2:36:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/05/15 | Cameron Joseph
    New Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Jon Tester (Mont.) has one goal for 2016: win back Senate control. “I can tell you that I will not be successful in this job unless we take the majority back,” Tester told The Hill in an interview in his new office at the DSCC’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “I'm not in this to pick up a seat. I'm in this to win the majority.” The garrulous Montana farmer has a much easier task than his predecessor. After a cycle in which Democrats lost nine seats and control of the Senate, the tables are now...
  • Senate Dems Block Homeland Security Funding Bill

    02/03/2015 5:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/3/15 | MICHAEL WARREN
    On Tuesday, Democrats took advantage of the Senate's filibuster rules to block a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the fiscal year. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month, would fund the department at current levels but block funding for implementing President Obama's December 2014 executive order on immigration. ABC News reports that just 51 senators voted to close debate on the bill, with every Democrat voting against cloture and effectively blocking the Senate's ability to hold a vote on the legislation:
  • Grayson eyes Florida Senate seat

    02/03/2015 4:49:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/03/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is talking like a man who will run for Senate in 2016. In an interview with The Hill on Tuesday, Grayson said he’s thinking about running. The often-controversial Democrat spoke at length about why he’d begin in a potential Senate race in position of strength, whether he’s going up against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or not. “We have some very substantial advantages,” Grayson said in an interview with The Hill on Tuesday. “I have over 100,000 individual contributors, no one else on the House Democratic side has anything like that. We have raised as much as...
  • Senate Democrats are $15M in debt

    01/31/2015 4:18:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/15 | Cameron Joseph
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee begins their quest to retake the Senate in 2016 with $15 million in operational debt and $1 million in the bank, according to new numbers through the end of December. That's down from the $16.3 million in debt the DSCC carried shortly after the 2014 elections, and is slightly lower than the $15.8 million it started out with after the 2012 elections, though it's still one of the largest burdens the party has carried in decades. That operational debt doesn't include a $5 million loan the organization took out to buy a house adjacent to...
  • Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges (MO)

    01/30/2015 3:35:40 PM PST · by Optimist · 5 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | RUDI KELLER
    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 Thursday to reject an 11.1 percent pay raise for lawmakers and a 16.6 percent raise for statewide elected officials after an opponent of the raises threatened to invoke a rarely used rule to force the vote. On Wednesday, lawmakers supporting the raises blocked the resolution sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, which would reject the raise recommended by the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. That seemed to put the matter to rest until Schaaf announced he was looking for four other members to sign a...
  • Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

    01/30/2015 1:51:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Republicans on Thursday asked President Obama to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax collection agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. The request, made in a letter obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee, and is addressed specifically to Mr. Obama, saying they want to see if his employees broke the law by acquiring or sharing private information.
  • Romney Now Calling Utah Home [Opering base for 'White Horse Prophecy' POTUS run? Or Senate run?]

    01/29/2015 8:03:02 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Race42016.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Mark B. Lowe
    According to the Washington Post, Mitt Romney’s primary residence is in Utah, and he has recently registered to vote there. HOLLADAY, Utah — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from defeat.Here in the Salt Lake Valley, first settled by his Mormon ancestors, residents look past Romney’s electoral shortcomings and revere him as a savior for rescuing the 2002 Olympics. Romney won his highest 2012 vote margin in Utah — 73...
  • Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham leaning towards confirming Loretta Lynch as AG (Also Flake and Grassley)

    01/29/2015 11:05:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Actually, Hatch isn’t leaning. He’s onboard. Just as he was in confirming Eric Holder, a few years before he ran for reelection in Utah as the Senate’s oldest, strongest conservative. Following this morning’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, Senator Hatch said: The Justice Department is in dire need of new leadership. For too long its decisions have been politicized and its leaders have facilitated executive abuses by this President rather than upholding the rule of law. Throughout her confirmation hearing, Ms. Lynch has demonstrated her qualifications and made specific commitments...
  • Senate begins grilling Obama attorney general nominee as Republicans warn of ´deeply politicized´

    01/28/2015 9:39:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 1/28/15 | David Martosko & Associated Press
    Loretta Lynch is promising a fresh relationship with law enforcement – and with Congress – as she appears before a Senate committee Wednesday in her bid to become the nation´s first female black attorney general. But she has serious hurdles in front of her as the Senate Judiciary Committee, now under Republican control, warns about ´a Department of Justice that is deeply politicized´ under the outgoing AG, Eric Holder. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee´s chairman, said in his opening statement that America´s next top law enforcer would need to worry about ´restoring respect for the co-equal branches of...
  • Feinstein slams report clearing CIA of spying on Senate

    01/27/2015 3:47:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Mario Trujillo
    A report clearing the CIA of wrongly breaking into computers operated by Senate staffers is incomplete and inaccurate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee again expressed disappointment that no official has been held accountable for breaking into Senate-operated computers, during a time when the committee was compiling a report on the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation program. “The report released by the CIA Accountability Board, which recommended no accountability for wrongdoing by CIA personnel, contains many mistakes and omissions,” Feinstein said in a statement that listed 15 specific inaccuracies. In January 2014, Feinstein...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Senate GOP plots plan B for ObamaCare

    01/27/2015 3:03:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing a legislative plan of action in case the Supreme Court strikes a major blow against ObamaCare and rules subsidies provided to people on the federal exchange are illegal. GOP senators are confident the justices will rule in their favor, and they want to be ready to act if millions of people lose their subsidies to buy insurance through the healthcare law. “If the Supreme Court were to say the law says what the law says, we would like to be ready with a response to that that makes practical sense for the 5 or 6 million...
  • Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges

    04/04/2007 8:38:15 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 04, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges By Fred Lucas April 04, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Breaking nearly a week of silence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office Tuesday called allegations of a conflict of interest "nonsense" and said the California Democrat played no role in awarding military contracts that benefited companies owned by her husband. It was reported last week that Feinstein no longer serves on a Senate subcommittee that oversaw military construction. Earlier this year, Metro Newspapers accused Feinstein of a conflict of interest because the subcommittee had oversight of military contracts that often went to defense contractors owned by her...
  • Reid Says He's 'Doing Fine,' But Has 'Not Been Able to Read'

    01/22/2015 6:32:47 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 22, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    In a press conference with reporters today on Capitol Hill, Harry Reid described what he's been up to since injuring his face and ribs in an exercising accident: "As some of you know, I'm an avid reader. Read lots and lots of books, even some good ones during the break. So because -- I have not been able to read. They have told me if you have an eye that's healing and you try to overwork your good eye, it puts too much pressure on it. So I haven't been reading. I'm now on rehab so last night for example...
  • In California, Latino Leaders See Room to Elect One of Their Own

    01/22/2015 8:13:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrea Drusch
    With only weeks gone but years left in California's Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris' candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner. But outside the Beltway, another group of Democratic power players and donors is coalescing behind the goal of electing California's first Latino senator, and they already have their candidate in mind: former Los Angeles Mayor...
  • Evidently The Senate Is Right Now Voting On Whether Climate Change Is A Hoax Or Not

    01/21/2015 6:34:10 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 29 replies
    Source: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/vote_menu_114_1.htm Vote (Tally) [1] Result Question: Description Issue Date 10 (98-1) Agreed to On the Amendment S.Amdt. 29: Whitehouse Amdt. No. 29; To express the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax. S. 1 1/21/2015 9 (54-45) Rejected On the Amendment S.Amdt. 41: Toomey Amdt. No. 41; To continue cleaning up fields and streams while protecting neighborhoods, generating affordable energy, and creating jobs. S. 1 1/21/2015 8 (41-58) Rejected On the Amendment S.Amdt. 69: Durbin Amdt. No. 69; To ensure that the storage and transportation of petroleum coke is regulated in a manner...
  • Senate emails down in 'network outage'

    01/21/2015 6:20:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/21/2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)The U.S. Senate is dealing with a "network outage," the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms confirmed on Wednesday night. The outage downed email addresses and some Senate websites on Wednesday and technicians are working to restore service. "The Senate is currently experiencing a network outage including email and mobility and technicians are now working the issue," Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank Larkin said through a spokeswoman.
  • Senate Votes 98-1 That Climate Change 'Is Not A Hoax'

    01/21/2015 2:17:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 193 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 21, 2015
    United States senators are now on the record on the question of whether climate change is "a hoax." The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure stating that "climate change is real and is not a hoax" by a margin of 98-1. The amendment was designed in part as a jab at GOP Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who has questioned the science of climate change. Inhofe voted for the measure, arguing that the true "hoax" is that climate change is the result of human activity. "Climate is changing, and climate has always changed, and always will, there's archeological evidence of...
  • Top Democratic Senator Harry Reid returns to US Capitol with eye bandages and bruises after exercise

    01/20/2015 12:27:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Martosko
    Complete Headline: Top Democratic Senator Harry Reid returns to US Capitol with eye bandages and bruises after exercise injury, but will skip State of the Union address Reid, 75, broke ribs and fractured bones in his face when an exercise machine broke and send him flying into cabinets at his new Nevada house He may lose sight in his right eye but is talking about running for a sixth term next year The Democrats' top senator will not attend the State of the Union address He has been taking meetings at his house in Washington, D.C. but hadn't been seen...
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • Obama’s donation, behind closed doors (Hussein's Jew problem)

    01/18/2015 5:13:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Power Line Blog ^ | 1/18/15 | Scott Johnson
    Recent developments involving the Islamic Republic of Iran can fairly be characterized as grave. Iran has announced that it has begun construction on two more nuclear plants, and the authorities have imprisoned a Washington Post journalist on mysterious charges. **SNIP** On behalf of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Matt Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition put out this statement: What exactly was President Obama suggesting when he said opposition to his Iran policy is due to “donors”? No one would say opposition to his Russia policy is due to ‘donors,’ or his Cuba policy is due to “donors,” or his general...
  • Feinstein's Folly

    12/15/2014 8:23:54 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    Furthermore, Ms. Feinstein seems to have no regard for thousands of American lives around the world she has put in jeopardy or the droves of new recruits ISIS will enlist because of her reckless actions. She has singlehandedly hogtied the CIA, who, by the way, vehemently disagree with this report (the methods were even defended – to a degree – by Obama’s CIA head, John Brennan), and was put together totally by Democrats, without even interviewing the persons who would have been able to refute their claim that the enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide information that foiled other attacks...
  • Virginia Senate Candidate Honors Hamas Associate

    10/26/2011 5:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 25, 2011 | Ryan Mauro
    On September 25, the 23rd Arab-American Candidates’ Night Dinner was held in Virginia, attended by 46 Democrats and Republicans seeking office, with former governor and current Democratic Senate candidate, Tim Kaine, as a major speaker. The dinner honored a top Muslim Brotherhood official affiliated with Hamas named Jamal Barzinji, an inconvenient and overlooked fact for Kaine’s campaign team. Tim Kaine was the governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010 and then was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was on the short-list to become President Obama’s running mate. He is now running for Senate and will likely face...
  • Here's how Democrats win back the Senate in 2016; and it's surprisingly simple

    01/17/2015 4:18:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2015
    In the 2016 cycle, Democrats are defending only 10 seats while Republicans have two dozen of their own seats to hold. 7 of those 24 Republican seats are in states that President Obama won twice: Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. To win the majority back, Democrats need to win five of those seven seats in November 2016. (If a Democrat, wins the White House in 2016, then Senate Democrats need to win only four of those seven. That's the exact path Republicans took to the Senate majority in 2014 when, needing a six-seat gain, they won...
  • CSPAN2 Now -- GOP hollering over Democrat intelligence committee memo

    11/05/2003 6:39:50 AM PST · by dep · 344 replies · 551+ views
    CSPAN | 11/05/03 | CSPAN
    Saxby Chambliss begins, saying, "There was a very clear and definite outline of undermining the President, the DoD, the intelligenct community; it would truly undermine the opposition in Iraq." Demands that Democrats disavow the memo and its contents.
  • White House Knew CIA Snooped On Senate, Report Says

    01/15/2015 2:18:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Ali Watkins
    Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-off computer drive being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to construct its investigation of the agency’s torture program, according to a recently released report by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General. The Inspector General’s report, which was completed in July but only released by the agency on Wednesday, reveals that Brennan spoke with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough before ordering CIA employees to “use whatever means necessary” to determine how certain sensitive internal documents had wound up in...
  • Harry Reid Likely To Return To Senate Next Week: Democratic Aide

    01/15/2015 11:19:43 PM PST · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Huffpo ^ | 1-15-15 | Andrew Taylor
    A Senate Democratic aide says Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is likely to return to the Senate next week after missing the first two weeks of business due to injuries sustained in a fall at his new home in Nevada. Reid is suffering from broken facial bones and ribs after slamming into a counter when a piece of exercise equipment broke. He also sustained a concussion. The aide said Reid won't return without the permission of his doctors. The 75-year-old Democrat said in a radio interview this week that the injuries won't prevent him from running for a sixth term...
  • House votes to overturn Obama immigration actions, bill heads to Senate

    01/14/2015 9:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/14/2015
    House Republicans voted Wednesday to overturn President Obama's immigration actions from last November -- and to unravel a directive from 2012 affecting immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children -- sending the bill to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. The House voted 236-191 to approve the legislation, which funds the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the budget year to the tune of $40 billion. But as part of that bill, Republicans added provisions to gut the president's immigration directives. Despite deep Democratic opposition, the House voted 237-190 on an amendment to undo executive...
  • How Hard Will Senate GOP Fight on Immigration? (GOPe White Flag)

    01/14/2015 8:07:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 13, 2015 | Fawn Johnson and Rachel Roubein
    Senate Republicans are willing to use a vital spending bill to fight President Obama on immigration. But not as hard as their House colleagues would like. The House will vote Wednesday to stop funding for Obama's executive action deferring deportations for 5 million undocumented immigrants as part of a measure to fund the Homeland Security Department. Then it will be the Senate's turn, and some House Republicans are already worried about what that chamber will do. "You rarely see this kind of unity from our conference on anything," Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona told National Journal, "and you're seeing incredible...
  • Senate to vote on whether climate change is happening

    01/13/2015 3:42:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/15 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet. At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said "nobody is blocking any amendments" to legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP leader had promised to allow an open amendment process on the Keystone bill. But a measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had raised questions about whether he would stick to that commitment. The Sanders measure asks whether lawmakers agree with the overwhelming consensus of scientists...
  • McConnell threatens midnight session over Keystone XL pipeline

    01/13/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-13-15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is threatening to keep senators working until after midnight Tuesday to break Democratic opposition to moving ahead with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. ADVERTISEMENT McConnell warned he would keep the Senate in session until the early morning if that’s what is necessary to begin consideration of amendments to the Keystone bill as soon as possible. “Some of our colleagues on the other side continue to filibuster the motion to proceed to this bill. All senators should know that we will get on this bill today and begin the amendment process — either this...
  • Can a rebrand make Republicans raise the gas tax?

    01/13/2015 2:11:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    PRI.org ^ | January 12, 2015 | PRI
    Gas prices are the lowest they've been in five years — a welcome relief for many drivers. But now that fuel prices are falling, some lawmakers are talking in a serious way about raising the gas tax — Republican lawmakers. The debate is at an early stage, and it’s fair to say House conservatives will hate the idea. But a few powerful GOP senators are signaling they're open to the idea. Even House Speaker John Boehner, who personally opposes raising the gas tax, hasn't ruled it out. “Some Republicans in the Senate are speaking up,” says Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's...