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  • Some of Trump's Picks Have Troubling Links to Globalism, CFR

    02/25/2017 5:41:58 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 56 replies
    The New American ^ | 25 February 2017 | Alex Newman
    After crushing the establishment and delivering a series of blows to globalism, President Donald Trump's winning spree against the powerful forces that opposed him appears to be slowing down. In fact, with his recent selection of Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser and Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court — both of whom have been listed as members of the establishment globalist swamp known as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) — concerns are growing even among Trump supporters and grassroots conservative activists. There were already several CFR-linked officials before the latest additions — the very same forces...
  • Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives [Levin]

    02/22/2017 4:58:33 PM PST · by conservative98 · 51 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mark Levin
  • CPAC-ACU: Trump's Cabinet the most conservative, surpassing Reagan

    02/23/2017 9:55:00 AM PST · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/9/17 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump has succeeded in picking the most conservative Cabinet of the modern era, and possibly ever, even besting the team put together by former President Reagan, according to a scorecard from the American Conservative Union, host of the annual CPAC convention. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp told Secrets that Trump's team, made up in part with House and Senate lawmakers graded by the group over the years, has a 91.52 percent conservative rating, significantly surpassing Reagan's by 28 points.
  • Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Named Trump’s Top Security Adviser (good backstory)

    02/21/2017 6:37:24 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle
    In a July 14, 2014, interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia, where Fort Benning is located, McMaster, then the base commander, said: "Some people have a misunderstanding about the Army. "Some people think, hey, you’re in the military and everything is super-hierarchical and you’re in an environment that is intolerable of criticism and people don’t want frank assessments. "I think the opposite is the case. … And the commanders that I’ve worked for, they want frank assessments, they want criticism and feedback." That attitude was not always shared by his superiors, and it led to his being passed...
  • Breaking: H.R. McMaster is Director of National Security Council

    02/20/2017 11:59:35 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 157 replies
    Twitter ^ | 02/20/2017 | Sean Spicer
    @potus has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as the Director of the National Security Council, Lt Gen Keith Kellogg remains NSC CoS
  • New National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is the Neil Gorsuch of generals

    02/20/2017 3:49:40 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | David French
    Donald Trump has made his choice to replace Michael Flynn, and it’s hard to think of a better man. Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will be the new national security adviser: General McMaster is a former commander of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, my old unit. I served in Iraq with a host of guys who’d served under McMaster in the Battle of Tal Afar in 2005, and almost to a man they loved him. I never served under him (I came along for the next deployment), but many of the people I respect the most were with him during one...
  • Donald Trump’s Top 10 Accomplishments in His First Month in Office

    02/18/2017 5:04:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | February 18, 2017 | John Hawkins
    Despite all the hysteria you’re seeing from the Left, the mainstream media and from some Republicans who still at this late date can’t get over the fact that he won the primaries, Trump has actually had a dynamite first month in office. Trump may not fare so well if you judge him on his tweeting habits or his willingness to play nice with the media, but the agenda he’s pursued has been a conservative dream. While I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of stories based on anonymous leaks and wild speculation, how many people have taken stock of what Trump’s...
  • Senate votes on party lines to confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

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

    02/16/2017 5:25:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 17, 2017 | Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tea party wing of the GOP gained a voice in President Donald Trump's Cabinet on Thursday when Mick Mulvaney was sworn in as director of the White House budget office.Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office hours after the Senate confirmed the South Carolina Republican's nomination on a narrow 51-49 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate.Pence praised Mulvaney's "extraordinary record" and said he "couldn't be more enthusiastic" about Trump's decision to choose him.Not all Republicans shared Pence's sentiments.Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is emerging as perhaps the most vocal GOP critic of the Trump administration,...
  • Trump to Announce Alexander Acosta as New Labor Secretary Pick

    02/16/2017 9:11:07 AM PST · by Truth29 · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 16, 2017 | Ali Vitali
    President Donald Trump is set to announce Alexander Acosta as his new pick to head the Department of Labor, less than a day after his first choice for the job, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration. Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the president in August 2003. Acosta was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Most recently, he was the dean of Florida International University College of Law. If confirmed, Acosta would be...
  • GOP Sen. Collins to vote against Trump’s EPA pick

    02/15/2017 2:46:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    © Greg Nash Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will vote against confirming President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Collins is the only Senate Republican to come out against Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA 14 times during former President Obama’s administration. “I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” Collins told Maine Public Radio on...
  • Fox News: Andy Puzder to withdraw his nomination for Labor Secretary

    02/15/2017 11:24:25 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 103 replies
    Just saw this on Fox News. No details yet.
  • Trump offers national security adviser post to Vice Admiral Harward: sources

    02/15/2017 10:21:36 AM PST · by amorphous · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Feb 2017
    The Trump administration has offered the job of White House national security adviser, vacated by former U.S. intelligence official Michael Flynn, to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, said two U.S. officials familiar with the matter on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Harward, a former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who has Navy SEAL combat experience, had accepted the offer, according to sources. A White House spokesperson had no immediate comment.
  • Trump Has Fewest Cabinet Secretaries Confirmed Since George Washington

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

    02/13/2017 6:20:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    © Getty Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is teeing up votes on six additional Trump nominees as Republicans try to end a Democratic slow walk of the president's picks. McConnell filed cloture on Monday night for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Wilbur Ross to head the Commerce Department, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be the Interior secretary, Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Energy secretary. The move sets up initial...
  • Price confirmed as head of HHS; to be point person in dismantling of Obamacare

    02/10/2017 12:06:28 AM PST · by pnz1 · 46 replies
    The Senate early Friday morning confirmed President Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Al Franken triples down on stupid

    02/10/2017 8:55:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/10/17 | Paul Mirengoff
    I’m not enough of an elitist to believe that only Senators with legal training should serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, the ability to engage competently in legal reasoning ought to be a prerequisite.In his work on the Judiciary Committee, Al Franken has failed to display this ability. Indeed, he shows a lack of competence in basic logic that, in a better world, would disqualify him from the Senate.In this post, I discussed Franken’s laughable attempt, when questioning Jeff Sessions, to show that the then-Senator misrepresented his involvement in prosecuting several civil rights cases while he served as a...
  • President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In of the Attorney General,Jeff Sessions

    02/09/2017 10:32:39 AM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 9, 2017 | The White House
    President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In of the Attorney General,Jeff Sessions
  • Sessions sworn in as attorney general

    02/09/2017 9:01:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 9, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    After a bitter confirmation battle, Jeff Sessions was sworn in Thursday as attorney general at an Oval Office ceremony attended by President Trump. The president said that Mr. Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and Alabama attorney general who resigned form the U.S. Senate to become the country’s top law enforcement officer, had “devoted his life to the cause of justice and believes deeply that all people are equals in the eyes of the law.” The swearing-in capped a brutal confirmation in which Senate Democrats and liberal activists accused Mr. Sessions of being a racist, sexist and homophobic.
  • Sessions on track for confirmation over Democratic criticism

    02/08/2017 9:23:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2017 11:29 AM EST | Andrew Taylor
    The Republican-led Senate worked nonstop Wednesday toward a confirmation vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, who faced a firestorm of Democratic criticism over his record on civil rights and other issues. Democrats contended Sessions is too close to Trump, too harsh on immigrants, and weak on civil rights. They asserted he wouldn’t do enough to protect voting rights of minorities, protections for gay people, the right of women to procure abortions, and immigrants in the country illegally to receive due process. Still, the Alabama Republican was expected to prevail on a near party-line evening...
  • Breaking: Betsy DeVos wins confirmation on Mike Pence’s vote

    02/07/2017 10:09:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    For the first time in US history, a sitting vice president cast the deciding vote on a Cabinet official’s confirmation. Just a few moments ago, Mike Pence cast his vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, breaking the expected 50-50 tie.Pence made sure he arrived in plenty of time to cast the vote for DeVos, and CBS News was on scene to catch the moment: MOMENTS AGO: VP Pence arrives on Capitol Hill ahead of Betsy DeVos nomination vote, where he may cast tie-breaking ballot— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 7, 2017 It’s hardly the first time...
  • Jeff Sessions: uproar as Republicans exploit procedure to silence Elizabeth Warren

    02/08/2017 3:38:36 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 63 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/7/2017 | David Smith
    (Watch videos at link) Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday night to silence Elizabeth Warren for reading out a letter from the widow of Martin Luther King during a debate over Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general, eliciting furious response from Democrats. Speaking on the Senate floor, Warren quoted from 30-year-old correspondence from Coretta Scott King relating to Sessions’ failed judicial nomination in the 1980s. It was part of a barnstorming speech by the Massachusetts Senator against Sessions’ suitability for the post and attacking his record on civil rights. Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, objected that Warren had broken...
  • Reading of Coretta Scott King’s letter forbidden by U.S. Senate

    02/08/2017 6:54:21 AM PST · by madprof98 · 44 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/7/17 | Jim GallowayTamar Hallerman
    In the midst of a Democratic protest this evening against the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as the next attorney general, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., began reading the contents of a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain civil rights leader, protesting his nomination as a U.S. District judge. (That nomination was unsuccessful.) But 31 years later, Warren was sanctioned by her Senate colleagues for reading the letter on the chamber floor, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said impugned the character of her fellow senator.
  • Schumer: Stalling Nominees Works Because It Exposes Nominees

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

    02/07/2017 5:39:22 PM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!
  • Vice President Pence holds a swearing-in ceremony for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

    02/07/2017 2:23:13 PM PST · by mdittmar · 46 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/7/2017 | The White House
    Vice President Pence holds a swearing-in ceremony for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  • Betsy Devos Seated As Education Secretary

    02/07/2017 9:36:42 AM PST · by Boomer · 14 replies
    Heard on FNC ^ | 2.7.17 | Self
    Winning and historic with VP Pence casting tie breaking vote. Now let's get that public school swamp cleaned up and stop the brain washing and indoctrination of the kids.
  • Senate confirms DeVos with tie-breaking vote by Pence

    02/07/2017 9:34:30 AM PST · by conservativepoet · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/7/2017 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education by the slimmest of margins, capping off a rocky, high-stakes fight for President Trump's pick.
  • Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie

    02/07/2017 9:36:54 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 100 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 2-7-2017 | EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy philanthropist from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools.
  • DeVos set for noon vote as Democrats lose hope

    02/07/2017 8:22:40 AM PST · by GonzoII · 161 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/7/17 | Al Weaver
    The Senate is set for a showdown at noon Tuesday that will likely see Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary, confirmed by the slimmest of margins with the help of Vice President Mike Pence, who is expected to cast a tie-breaking vote. DeVos, who has been uniformly opposed by Senate Democrats, is perhaps the most reviled pick among Trump's Cabinet and administration selections. A staunch supporter of school choice, DeVos faced contentious confirmation hearings and even saw two Republicans break ranks and oppose her nomination.
  • Hundreds of former feds protest Trump's EPA pick

    02/06/2017 6:10:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/6/17 | John Siciliano
    Hundreds of former Environmental Protection Agency employees began protesting the nomination of President Trump's pick to lead the agency on Monday by urging the Republican leadership to vote against the nominee's confirmation. Nearly 450 former staff members sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday expressing deep reservations over approving the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt becoming EPA administrator. They said, if confirmed, Pruitt would shirk his duties to protect Americans' public health, which they said has not been the case with either a Democratic or Republican EPA administrator in the past. "The American...
  • Senate Democrats to hold floor over DeVos nomination vote

    Senate Democrats said they plan to hold the floor of the chamber for the next 24 hours, leading up to the vote to confirm President Donald Trump's choice to be education secretary, in hopes of drawing enough attention to the issue to derail Betsy DeVos' nomination. While the Democrats decision to work overnight adds publicity to the topic, the party does not have the numbers to block a final confirmation vote and DeVos is still expected to be voted on for final confirmation Tuesday. "Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do...
  • Virtually all Democrats poised to vote against remaining Trump Cabinet picks

    02/06/2017 1:16:51 PM PST · by mdittmar · 103 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 6,2017 | Ed O'Keefe
    Virtually all Democratic senators are expected to vote against President Trump’s picks to lead the departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury and his top budget nominee — a historic rebuke of a first-term president’s top Cabinet nominees.
  • Trump EPA pick Scott Pruitt appears to have made a false statement under oath to the Senate

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

    02/06/2017 12:51:03 PM PST · by libstripper · 32 replies ^ | Jan. 31, 2016 | Staff
    Both South Carolina senators have announced support for President Trump's pick for the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
  • Democrats plan all-night protest ahead of DeVos vote

    02/06/2017 10:02:44 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 52 replies
    Senate Democrats are planning a rare all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos's nomination for Education secretary ahead of an expected vote on Tuesday."Democrats will hold the floor for the next 24 hours, until the final vote, to do everything we can to persuade just one more Republican to join us," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said from the Senate floor Monday.
  • Pence: Education pick DeVos will be confirmed with his vote

    02/06/2017 5:51:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2017 1:28 PM EST
    Vice President Mike Pence says he fully expects billionaire GOP donor Betsy DeVos will be confirmed as education secretary with his tie-breaking vote. […] Last week, two Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said they would vote against DeVos’ nomination, citing concerns from parents and teachers. …
  • No more 'B.S.!' Look who Trump picks for EU ambassador (Ted Malloch)

    02/05/2017 3:25:39 PM PST · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 2-5-17 | WND
    The next U.S. ambassador to the European Union is warning that his boss, President Donald Trump, won’t take any “bull—-” from Brussels. How’s that for start to diplomacy? Ted Malloch, Trump’s pick for the post, shocked BBC presenters Sunday morning with his bluntness, predicting the impending collapse of the EU as President Trump continues to lay down the law. During an interview with Pienaar’s Politics, the economist, WND author and contributor said the time is over for “baby talk and political correctness” of EU elites such as Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker and Guy Verhofstadt. The early Brexit backer said Trump...
  • Sens. Murkowski and Collins: We will remind your constituents how you voted on Betsy DeVos

    02/05/2017 10:11:38 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/05/17 | Herman Cain
    And we have looooooong memories I hear that Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, both Republicans who have decided to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, take a lot of money from teacher unions. That’s unusual for Republicans, but they’re unusual Republicans. They’re by no means conservative on many issues, and whenever an effort is underway to pass an important conservative legislative priority, these two are usually among the most nervous and hard-to-persuade Republican senators.
  • DeVos moves closer to confirmation as education secretary

    02/03/2017 6:04:59 PM PST · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    yahoo ^ | February 3, 2017 | MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Betsy DeVos moved closer toward confirmation as education secretary Friday after clearing a major hurdle in the Senate, even as Democrats and labor unions fervently sought another Republican vote against her.Tensions flew on the Senate floor during an early-morning session, with a senior Republican saying DeVos will make an "excellent" secretary and a top Democrat calling her "one of the worst nominees." Republicans overpowered Democrats, voting 52-48 to cut off debate on the nomination, setting the stage for a final vote Tuesday.DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has faced fierce criticism from labor unions for her promotion of...
  • Huffington Post: 2 Trump Nominees Who Misled Congress Are On The Verge Of Being Confirmed

    02/03/2017 2:41:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/03/2017 | Michael McAuliff and Laura Barron-Lopez
    WASHINGTON ― The possibility of someone lying to Congress used to be frowned upon by Republicans. How can anyone forget the chairmen of two committees referring perjury charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the FBI over her clashing email explanations? But that was before Donald Trump won the presidency, and before the alt-fact era. Now two of Trump’s nominees who arguably lied to Congress are not facing perjury referrals but are on the verge of being confirmed to lead the nation’s departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services. To recap: Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin told...
  • GOP suspends rules to push through EPA pick despite Dem boycott

    02/02/2017 10:34:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 53 replies ^ | 2/2/17 | Devin Henry and Timothy Cama
    Republicans on a Senate committee on Thursday suspended panel rules to force a vote on President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nominee over a Democratic protest. Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), changed the rules governing a quorum so that only the panel’s Republicans needed to be in attendance to approve Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA. The committee’s full roster of Republicans — including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), whose nomination to be attorney general is awaiting consideration on the Senate floor — attended Thursday’s hearing and approved Pruitt on an...
  • Collins, Murkowski to vote no on education secretary nominee

    02/01/2017 8:06:35 PM PST · by mdittmar · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2017 | CNN
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both said Wednesday they would not vote to support Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary. The two women are the first sitting Republican senators to publicly say they wouldn't back one of Trump's Cabinet nominees.The stunning decision from a pair of veteran Republican lawmakers puts DeVos in a tenuous position as her final vote before the Senate nears, but top Republican aides are confident she will be confirmed.
  • Murray Votes No on Advancing Betsy DeVos Nomination

    02/01/2017 4:59:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 31, 2017 | Senator Patty Murray
    Murray Votes No on Advancing Betsy DeVos Nomination
  • Rex Tillerson Is Confirmed as Secretary of State

    02/01/2017 11:55:17 AM PST · by DOC44 · 93 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2017
    Tillerson Confirmed Secretary of State
  • GOP suspends Senate rule, muscles Trump picks through panel

    02/01/2017 8:35:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 1, 2017 | News services
    Republicans muscled through committee approval of President Donald Trump's nominees for Treasury and Health on Wednesday, suspending a key Senate rule in the latest escalation of partisan tensions in Congress. Democrats boycotted a Finance Committee meeting and Republicans responded by temporarily scuttling a rule requiring at least one Democrat to be present for votes. The committee then approved Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to become Health secretary and financier Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary by a pair of 14-0 votes. Democrats had been demanding time to ask more questions about both nominees. Democrats say there were unresolved questions about both...
  • GOP changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott

    02/01/2017 8:10:41 AM PST · by conservativepoet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/2017 | Peter Schroeder
    Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump’s nominees with only Republican members present — Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • GOP changes rules to push through nominees after Dem boycott

    02/01/2017 7:35:22 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 52 replies
    Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott. The Senate Finance Committee advanced a pair of Trump’s nominees with only Republican members present — Steven Mnuchin to head the Treasury Department, and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • About 900 State Department officials sign protest memo: source

    02/01/2017 6:39:40 AM PST · by Red Badger · 139 replies ^ | 01-31-2017 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo protesting a travel ban by U.S. President Donald Trump on refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday, in a rebellion against the new president's policies. A senior State Department official confirmed the memorandum had been submitted to acting Secretary of State Tom Shannon through the department's "dissent channel," a process in which officials can express unhappiness over policy ( White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats...
  • Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations

    02/01/2017 7:16:15 AM PST · by Truth29 · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 1, 2017 | MJ Lee, Phil Mattingly and Manu Raju
    Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step Wednesday to move forward with two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet nominees after confronting a boycott from Democrats across the aisle. Republican lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee -- the panel that oversees the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services -- gathered for the second day in a row with Democrats on the committee refusing to show up. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, pointing to the "extraordinary circumstances" of the meeting, allowed the Republicans...