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  • Dem blockade frustrating Trump team; 'beachhead' units ready to go

    01/19/2017 12:45:59 PM PST · by Cheerio · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/19/17 | Byron York
    Republicans, both in the incoming Trump administration and on Capitol Hill, are growing increasingly angry with Senate Democrats' efforts to slow the confirmation of Trump nominees. GOP lawmakers and staff often point out that the Senate confirmed seven Obama nominees — secretaries of agriculture, education, energy, homeland security, interior, veterans affairs and a budget director — on Inauguration Day 2009. Now, Democrats are saying they might — might — allow the confirmation of two Trump nominees on Friday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is accusing Republicans of trying "to jam through Cabinet nominees in a way that hides their views...
  • My story is an American story, says Nikki Haley at confirmation hearing

    01/19/2017 8:14:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Agencies
    If confirmed by the US Senate, Haley, 44, would be the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any presidential administration. "My story is an American story", Indian American Nikki Haley said as she shared her experience of growing up in the United States and challenges faced by her family over the years, during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. "I was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of immigrants from Punjab, India. My parents had comfortable lives in India, but they chose to give up those comforts...
  • Lindsey Graham gets passed over for Russian hacking panel

    01/18/2017 5:01:06 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    POLITICO ^ | January 17, 2017 | Martin Matishak
    Lindsey Graham, one of the Senate GOP's leading proponents of a select committee to investigate Russian meddling in the election, won't be taking over a new cybersecurity panel to investigate the issue. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed on Tuesday that Graham — his good friend — would not be heading the new subcommittee devoted entirely to cyber issues, contrary to earlier statements McCain had made.
  • Entrenched GOPe Show Their Cards –

    01/18/2017 4:37:33 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 14 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Sundance
    Anyone who believes Democrats own exclusive opposition to Donald Trump are completely ignoring the deliberate construct of the 2015/2016 republican primary. There are just as many -if not more- natural enemies within the Republican apparatus as there are within the Democrat group. “America-First” is antithetical to the UniParty. Again, prior to Donald Trump there was one party in Washington DC, “The UniParty”. President Donald Trump represented a second party, an independent approach toward legislative and economic priority. He was not a third choice, he was the second option.
  • Laura Ingraham confirms she's considering Senate bid to unseat Tim Kaine

    01/17/2017 8:04:14 AM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 17, 2017 | Al Weaver
    Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham confirmed Tuesday that she is considering a Senate bid against Sen. Tim Kaine in Virginia in 2018. Ingraham confirmed the Washington Examiner's report that she is open to a campaign, saying that she is "considering" launching a bid against Kaine and that she hasn't made a decision yet. She pointed to her past service in the judicial and executive branches, adding that it "might be something I'm interested in."
  • Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Defund UN Over Anti-Israel Resolution

    01/13/2017 7:18:51 AM PST · by Cheerio · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    On Thursday, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation that would defund the United Nations over the Security Council’s passage of UN Resolution 2334, which calls Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem “illegal.” The “Safeguard Israel Act” states that the U.S. government will be prohibited from giving any money to the UN, or any of its affiliates, until President Barack Obama confirms the UN resolution has been repealed and can certify that he has done so. America provides the UN with 22 percent of its budget, contributing $8 billion to the largely anti-Israel...
  • U.S. senator fires one-word comeback after Twitter user calls him a ‘house n----’

    01/12/2017 5:29:59 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | JANUARY 11, 2017 | GREG HADLEY ghadley@mcclatchy.com
    Tim Scott is the first black Republican U.S. senator from the South since Reconstruction and the only black Republican in the Senate at the moment. He also has announced he will vote for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to become the next attorney general.
  • McCain, Graham Push Bipartisan Bill to Increase Russia Sanctions

    01/12/2017 12:03:36 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 10, 2017
    John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are set to release a bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on Russia over the country's interference in the U.S. presidential election. The Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017, whose chief sponsor is Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, will depute at an afternoon press conference, Politico reports. The bill is intended as a message that the GOP wishes to repudiate Russia for its hostile actions despite Republican president-elect Donald Trump has publicly questioned the country's involvement in the hack of the Democratic National Committee.
  • Vote-a-Rama Ends with Senate Passing Obamacare Repeal

    01/12/2017 11:04:00 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 111 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 12, 2017 | by NEIL W. MCCABE
    The Senate is already rolling back President Barack Obama’s legacy. It passed the continuing resolution, S. Con.Res. 3, that tears away the fees, taxes and subsidies from the 201o Patient Protection and Affordable Cart Act, Obamacare, shortly after 1:25 Thursday morning, 51-to-48. All Republicans, except for Sen. Rand Paul (R.-KY), voted for the resolution. Paul criticized the budget resolution for not addressing the federal debt and for not having a companion replacement bill. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-CA), who is recovering from a scheduled medical procedure was absent from the chamber. As senators waited for their names to be called by...
  • The Real Reason for the Left’s All-Out Assault on Jeff Sessions

    01/12/2017 7:31:18 AM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 11, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    Observers of this week’s confirmation hearings for the post of U.S. attorney general might think it odd to see Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., rewind the clock to a single voter fraud case from the 1980s. Under persistent questioning, Sessions has had to defend his decision to prosecute a case of brazen voter fraud—something that was his job to do. The repeated references to this case by some senators represent just how far the civil rights industry has swerved from its honorable roots to derail a confirmation. Character assassination, false testimony, performance protests aimed at securing retweets instead of reconciliation, and...
  • Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare With 51-48 Vote

    01/12/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | January 12, 2017
    Early on Thursday morning, in a 51-48 vote, the Senate took the first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, when it voted to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing Barack Obama's signature health insurance program. Republicans needed a simple majority to clear the repeal rules, instructing committees to begin drafting repeal legislation, through the upper chamber, with the vote falling largely along party lines. Rand Paul was the lone Republican to vote against the budget resolution because it didn’t balance. Paul said in a statement after the vote that while he supports nixing ObamaCare "putting nearly $10 trillion more in...
  • Smearing Sessions

    01/11/2017 7:27:17 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    Frontpage ^ | Lloyd Billingsley | January 11, 2017
    After Donald Trump’s surprise victory last November, many observers assumed that former New York major Rudolph Giuliani, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters, would be the pick for Attorney General. It turned out to be Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a favorite target of the left.   The 70-year-old grandfather is a person of no color, which in the politically correct ethos counts as a strike against him. Sessions is also from southern Alabama, and as he noted in the January 10 hearings, his accent betrays him. Critics had been making that a...
  • African-American Religious Leaders Slam Sharpton, Endorse Sessions for Attorney General

    01/10/2017 7:05:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 10, 2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – A group of African-American religious leaders endorsed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as the next U.S. attorney general and pushed back against Rev. Al Sharpton’s criticism of Sessions’ nomination. “Now allegations have been made that Senator Sessions is a racist; however, an examination of his record proves otherwise. As a U.S. attorney for the state of Alabama, he prosecuted Klansman Henry Francis Hays, as has been mentioned earlier. Henry Francis Hays was the son of Bennie Hays, who was one of the leading members of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan,” Rev. Ralph Chittams of the Forestville New Redeemer Baptist...
  • Double Standard? Obama '09 Cabinet picks slid through; Trump's face hold-up

    01/09/2017 2:05:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 9, 2017 | Fox News
    Donald Trump’s team has a message for Senate Democrats threatening to slow-walk their nominees: Give the president-elect’s Cabinet picks the same treatment extended to President Obama’s. Top transition officials, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are citing a potential double standard as some Democratic lawmakers seek a delay in advance of a packed schedule of confirmation hearings. Eight years ago, the Senate confirmed seven Cabinet-level nominees the day of Obama’s inauguration, including top picks like Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security secretary. Hillary Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state the following day.
  • Schumer: We Will Only Work With Trump If He 'Abandons Republicans' (In Your Dreams, Chuckie)

    01/09/2017 11:35:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Last week was a bit interesting from the Senate Democrat side. The olive branch that was offered by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the new Senate Minority Leader, was blunt and straightforward to the incoming Trump White House. WeÂ’ll only work with you if you abandon the Republicans and adhere to 100 percent of what we want to do (via Real Clear Politics/CNN): CHUCK SCHUMER: I said, Mr. President-elect, you went after both the Democratic and Republican establishments when you ran. You were an anti-establishment change candidate. But by your cabinet picks and your early pronouncements, you seem to be embracing...
  • Warren: No confirmation hearings until ethics concerns addressed

    01/08/2017 4:08:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for the Senate to not hold confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks until after the completion of an ethics screening. "Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. [Snip] "This is ridiculous," Warren tweeted, "[Trump's nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock."
  • McCain, Graham call for greater sanctions against Russia

    01/08/2017 11:53:00 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 121 replies
    MSN ^ | January 8, 2017 | Erin Kelly
    WASHINGTON — Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham pushed Sunday for greater sanctions against Russia for trying to influence the U.S. election and said President-elect Donald Trump is in danger of being in conflict with congressional Republicans if he doesn't get tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two senators, in a joint interview on Meet the Press, also said the U.S. intelligence community's evidence of Russian interference during the American presidential campaign is overwhelming, and that Trump should accept those findings. "You can't go on with your life as a democracy when a foreign entity is trying to...
  • Chuck Schumer’s Supreme Court bluster

    01/08/2017 9:54:28 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 | New York Post Editorial Board
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer played the tough guy last week, vowing to leave a vacancy on the nation’s highest court unless President-elect Donald Trump taps a judge he and his fellow Democrats like. But trash-talk is easy. “If [Trump and his staff] don’t appoint someone who’s really good,” Schumer huffed, “we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.”
  • Critics say Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing too short, too few witnesses

    01/08/2017 1:04:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Al.com ^ | January 7, 2017 | Howard Koplowitz
    The rules set by Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, schedule Sessions' hearings for two days, with one day mostly devoted to testimony from Sessions and the second day featuring testimony from nine witnesses -- five called by Republicans and four called by Democrats. The witness lists are still being finalized; a Judiciary Committee spokeswoman told AL.com that the names should be made public on Monday, a day before the hearing. After the two days of testimony, the 16-member committee will then vote whether to send Sessions' nomination to the full Senate, where...
  • Ethics Office Warns Confirmations For Trump Nominees Are Moving Too Fast

    01/07/2017 12:47:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jessica Taylor
    The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials...
  • Senate rejects effort to force 60 votes for Obamacare repeal

    01/06/2017 7:29:12 AM PST · by GonzoII · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/5/17 | Robert King
    The Senate narrowly rejected Democrats' attempts to force Republicans to get 60 votes to repeal Obamacare rather than a simple majority. The Senate voted 52-48 along party lines to reject an amendment by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and other Democrats to a budget resolution bill that is the first step toward repealing Obamacare.
  • Chuck Schumer threatens Trump over SCOTUS nominee - endless filibuster for any nominee?

    01/04/2017 11:12:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/17 | Robert Laurie
    Dems digging the hole deeper Democrats don’t understand what happened in the 2016 election. They don’t know why they lost and they have no concept of how badly they were beaten. I’ve made this point a hundred times. We see their denial in their post-election defiance, their doubling-down on people like Pelosi, and the bitter name-calling aimed at anyone who didn’t support Hillary Clinton. They cling to popular vote totals, buoyed by left-wing superstates New York and California, so they can whistle past their electoral graveyard and their brutal 2018 map.
  • Schumer: Trump better pick a mainstream Supreme Court nominee, or else

    01/04/2017 11:43:26 AM PST · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 201 | Ed Morrissey
    Or else what? Chuck Schumer’s leverage to obstruct the next nominee to the Supreme Court was almost as incoherent as his demand for a “mainstream” nominee. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night, Schumer followed that demand up with an acknowledgment that Democrats wouldn’t consider any nominee mainstream if he or she had full Republican support. That leaves us with … what, exactly? Knee-jerk obstructionism:
  • The widow's mite a Pence to you[Charismatic Caucus]

    01/05/2017 9:19:06 AM PST · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, bible ^ | 1-5-17 | Jedediah,Holy Spirit
    The widows mite a Pence to you, But soon shall rise from where now it is viewed, Humility about to rise, Where wisdom lives and no demise, So watch My choice begin to show, When "others" preach a Trump to grow, Truly this Pence shall be my choice , A man of God that speaks only My voice, Luke 21:1-4Tree of Life Version Teaching in the Temple 21 Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box. 2 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins. [a] 3 And He...
  • The GOP needs to send Harry Reid a thank you note

    01/05/2017 7:10:16 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | Jan, 4th, 2017 | DrJohn
    As the new Congress convenes, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demonstrates that for some reason being a democrat leader in Congress has the unfortunate prerequisite of being an idiot. A volcano of bombast picking up right where Harry Reid left, Schumer spit out his vision of the unending obstructionism he plans forr the GP and Donald Trump. He promised to block any Trump nominee for the Supreme Court. “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support,” Schumer said in an interview Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel...
  • Trump’s criticism of intelligence on Russia is dividing Hill GOP

    01/04/2017 10:48:54 PM PST · by Innovative · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 4, 2017 | Karoun Demirjian and Greg Miller
    President-elect Donald Trump’s broadside against the intelligence community is dividing Capitol Hill Republicans, with some ready to pounce on Trump’s skepticism that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections and others urging a more cautious approach. The resulting schism could widen as Congress begins probing the CIA’s charges that Russia intervened in the November elections in an attempt to help Trump, potentially becoming one of the first significant intraparty breaches of the Trump presidency. U.S. critics of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, such as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), want to go full-bore on holding Russia to account...
  • ALL OVER? WE'RE ONLY JUST BEGINNING.

    01/04/2017 4:51:09 PM PST · by windhover · 12 replies
    1/4/17 | windhover
    The GOP Congress and Senate needs to be made to understand in the most unmistakable ways we can, that their feet are going to be held to the fire, through our unceasing scrutiny and reaction to any show of weakness or intimidation on their part.
  • Schumer: ‘Only Way’ We’ll Work With Trump Is If He ‘Abandons His Republican Colleagues’

    01/03/2017 4:21:07 PM PST · by Rockitz · 112 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3 January 2017 | Ian Hanchett
    During an interview aired on Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated of President-Elect Donald Trump, “The only way we’re going to work with him is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.” Schumer said, “The only way we’re going to work with him is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues...."
  • Can the Democrats Win Back Trump Voters?

    01/03/2017 11:00:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 3, 2017 | Neil Buchanan
    As we face the new year and the realities of politics in a post-Obama world, the Democrats understandably feel the need to act as if some things are still normal. That is, even if they suspect that Donald Trump and the Republicans will soon turn the U.S. into a one-party state in all but name, the Democrats need to avoid admitting as much—to themselves or anyone else—to prevent their fears from become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This means that, in the hope of being able to win elections in the future, Democrats are trying to think through the various reasons that...
  • Senate Republicans just introduced an Obamacare repeal plan Democrats can’t stop

    01/03/2017 9:15:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Vox ^ | January 3, 2017 | Dylan Matthews
    The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare. Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes "reconciliation instructions" that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care...
  • Cruz, DeSantis push for congressional term limits

    01/03/2017 8:34:35 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 3, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington. "The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people," Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.” Under an amendment the two GOP lawmakers filed on Tuesday, House members would be allowed...
  • EXCELLENT: GOP Senators Offer Up Legislation For Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

    01/03/2017 2:20:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/03/2016 | Susan Wright
    I am not upset by this, and I applaud the move.“If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” – Psalm 137:5-6 NIVIn the wake of President Obama’s breathtaking betrayal of Israel, in refusing to veto a U.N. resolution, aimed at making Israel’s settlements along the West Bank and in east Jerusalem illegal, this is a positive move in the right direction.GOP Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Ted Cruz (Texas), and Dean Heller...
  • Trump and Senate Move Quickly to Repeal Affordable Care Act

    01/03/2017 1:26:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 3, 2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, CHARLIE SAVAGE and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    That didn’t take long. Before the new members could even be sworn in, Senate Republicans revealed the parliamentary language that congressional Republicans will use to dismantle Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act, without fear of a filibuster by Democrats in the coming months.
  • Democrats' Trump Nightmare Could Get Significantly Worse in 2018 — One Look at This Map Shows Why

    01/03/2017 12:52:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Inddependent Journal Review ^ | January 3, 2017 | Jason Howerton
    If Democrats were hoping for an epic rebound in 2018, similar to the stunning tea party wave of 2010, they could end up being very, very disappointed. There are 33 Senate seats up for reelection in 2018 — and just eight are held by Republicans....
  • Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

    01/03/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 03, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from resolving a handful of cases because of a 4-4 split and probably discouraged the justices from accepting other cases because of the possibility of a...
  • Trump beats Obama engagement with Congress, say friend and foe

    01/02/2017 9:29:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/2/17 | Susan Crabtree
    President-elect Trump is taking a far more hands-on approach to working with Congress than his senator-turned-president predecessor. President Obama spent four years in the upper chamber, working closely with many colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but when voters sent him to the White House, he notoriously gave Capitol Hill the cold shoulder. Former congressional colleagues, even some of his biggest supporters, often described him as distant and aloof, a no-drama leadership style that eschewed President George W. Bush's chummy nicknaming of lawmakers who he cultivated with regular White House lunch and dinner invitations.
  • Democrats plan to target eight Trump Cabinet nominees

    01/01/2017 7:39:12 PM PST · by usafa92 · 117 replies
    Chicago Trbune ^ | 1/1/2017 | Ed O'Keefe
    Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March - an unprecedented break with Senate tradition. Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding hearings and confirming most of Trump's top picks on Inauguration Day. But Democrats, hamstrung by their minority status, are determined to slow-walk Trump's picks unless they start disclosing reams of personal financial data they've withheld so far, according to senior aides. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that...
  • It's Time to Rein in Regulators

    12/31/2016 8:43:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2016 | Phil Kerpen
    I've written a book chapter and a lot of columns over the years on the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act ---- a profoundly simple, powerful bill that would require regulators and bureaucrats to get their most expensive rules approved by Congress before they could take effect ---- and we've never been closer to seeing it signed into law. The House is planning to take it up as one of the first orders of business in the new 115th Congress, and it is expected to pass, as it has in the House each of the last...
  • Schumer worried Kerry 'has emboldened extremists'

    12/28/2016 7:00:27 PM PST · by kevcol · 82 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 28, 2016 | Daniel Chaitin
    "While Secretary Kerry mentioned Gaza in his speech, he seems to have forgotten the history of the settlements in Gaza, where the Israeli government forced settlers to withdraw from all settlements and the Palestinians responded by sending rockets from Gaza into Israel," Schumer said in a statement. "This is something that people of all political stripes in Israel vividly remember.
  • Graham: Entire Senate disagrees with Trump on Russia hacking

    12/28/2016 4:42:20 AM PST · by kevcol · 175 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 27, 2016 | Al Weaver
    "There are 100 United States senators. Amy Klobuchar is on this trip with us. She's a Democrat from Minnesota. I would say that 99 of us believe the Russians did this and we're going to do something about it," said Graham, who is planning a hearing with McCain on Russia's interference with US elections. "We're going to put sanctions together that hit Putin as an individual and his inner circle for interfering in our election
  • Oops! Harry Reid’s NUCLEAR OPTION BACKFIRES Means Trump Will Appoint 100 Judges Immediately

    12/27/2016 12:38:27 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Dec. 27, 2026 | Aleister
    The Democrats keep losing! Remember in 2013 when Harry Reid used the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm judges? Harry Reid’s new rule was that no filibusters could be used to stop judges below the Supreme Court. All it took was a simple majority to confirm them. Harry Reid changed a long-standing tradition in service of Democrat partisanship. Fast forward to 2017. Republicans will have a simple majority in the Senate. And there are over 100 empty judge spots below the Supreme Court.
  • After 24 years working together, Feinstein and Boxer say goodbye to their partnership

    12/26/2016 2:19:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 25,2016 | Sarah D. Wire
    Complete Headline: After 24 years working together, Feinstein and Boxer say goodbye to their 'Thelma and Louise' partnership In 1992, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer pitched themselves to California voters as the dynamic duo, as "Thelma and Louise," as "Cagney and Lacey." They were trying to convince voters to do something no state had ever done: Elect two women to represent them in the U.S. Senate. [Snip] Their different personalities - and governing styles - could have posed a problem. Instead, their contrasts, in many cases, became a strength. [Snip] "They are fire and ice," USC political scientist Dan Schnur...
  • The Stolen Supreme Court Seat

    12/25/2016 5:37:35 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 260 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    Soon after his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate someone to the Supreme Court, which has been hamstrung by a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. There will be public debates about the nominee’s credentials, past record, judicial philosophy and temperament. There will be Senate hearings and a vote. No matter how it plays out, Americans must remember one thing above all: The person who gets confirmed will sit in a stolen seat. It was stolen from Barack Obama, a twice-elected president who fulfilled his constitutional duty more than nine months ago by nominating...
  • McConnell: ‘I didn’t think President Trump had a chance of winning’ (interesting admissions)

    12/20/2016 12:06:11 PM PST · by xzins · 161 replies
    McClatchy ^ | 20 Dec 16 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was surprised on election night: He didn’t see President-elect Donald Trump winning or the Senate staying in Republican hands. “I honestly thought we wouldn’t hold the U.S. Senate,” the Kentucky Republican told Kentucky Educational Television’s ... “I thought we’d come up short, and I didn’t think President Trump had a chance of winning.” The Senate victories were “really something,” McConnell said, “but it never occurred to me he (Trump) might be able to win as well.” ... “It was a lot of feeling among just ordinary people...that the current administration didn’t care about them,” he...
  • Planned Parenthood Referred for Criminal Prosecution to Department of Justice...

    12/19/2016 2:55:46 PM PST · by amorphous · 8 replies
    Center for Medical Progress ^ | 17 December, 2016 | David Daleiden
    The Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter today to the FBI and the Department of Justice formally referring for criminal prosecution four of the biggest Planned Parenthood affiliates, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and three of their closest business partners in the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s report confirms that Planned Parenthood and companies like StemExpress partnered in a years-long criminal conspiracy to sell the body parts of aborted children for profit. When Planned Parenthood national became aware that their affiliates were operating their baby body part programs in violation of Planned Parenthood’s...
  • Democrats are planning to use hearings on Trump's billionaire cabinet picks to win working class

    12/16/2016 7:06:17 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 37 replies
    Business Insider via AP ^ | December 16, 2016 | Mary Clare Jalonic
    Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he's not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican's picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight. To highlight what they say is the hypocrisy of Trump's campaign promise to be a champion for the economically struggling little guy, they'll focus on the nominees' wealth, ties to Wall Street and willingness to privatize Medicare, among other...
  • DONALD CONKEY: Electoral College versus popular vote

    12/15/2016 7:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News ^ | December 14, 2016 | Donald Conkey
    Because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College, there are now voices clamoring for America to abandon the Electoral College and become a pure democracy with the winner of the presidential election by popular vote. Not a good idea. In fact it is a very bad idea. Americans should remember that the United States is not a democracy — it is a federated form of government where the role of the federal government is limited to delegated powers by the Founders. This action was then solidified by the 10th Amendment that declares “The powers not delegated...
  • Trump's flirtation with Bolton for Deputy Secretary of State sends shivers through Senate

    12/14/2016 12:58:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2016 | By NAHAL TOOSI and MADELINE CONWAY
    Donald Trump’s selection of ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as secretary of state threatens to touch off a confirmation fight, but the man in the running to be Tillerson’s deputy could spark an all-out war in the Senate. John Bolton, the mustache-sporting, Iraq War-cheering former United Nations ambassador, is possibly one of the least diplomatic diplomats ever to serve in the U.S. government. He has argued the U.S. should bomb Iran to stop its nuclear program, dismissed the idea of a Palestinian state and called the United Nations a "twilight zone." Trump has shown a contrarian streak in his appointments so...
  • Republican Leaders to Oppose Trump Tax Cuts

    12/12/2016 6:07:17 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 119 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 12, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    You just knew this was coming… Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned today he will not pass Donald Trump’s tax cuts. Senate Majority Leader McConnell has a different plan. Bloomberg.com reported: President-elect Donald Trump’s race to enact the biggest tax cuts since the 1980s went under a caution flag Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned he considers current levels of U.S. debt “dangerous” and said he wants any tax overhaul to avoid adding to the deficit. “I think this level of national debt is dangerous and unacceptable,” McConnell said, adding he hopes Congress doesn’t lose sight of that when...
  • A $2M check, Harry Reid and one frustrated prosecutor

    12/11/2016 1:33:09 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 25 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/11/2016 | TOM HARVEY AND JENNIFER DOBNER
    The $2 million cashier's check was drawn at a St. George bank Nov. 5, 2010. From there, it was sent by FedEx to a Los Angeles attorney who represented Ireland-based Full Tilt Poker. Made out to "Mail Media LTD" — a Full Tilt-owned entity used to launder online-gambling funds — the millions then were deposited at Basler Kantonalbank in Switzerland, where Mail Media had an account. And from there, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is investigating whether it went into a Marshall Islands account in the name of Searchlight Holding Inc. to benefit, or even bribe, Harry Reid, the once-powerful...