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  • The ‘Cornerstone’ Of Interior Dept’s Climate Strategy May Waste Millions On Duplicative Research

    03/22/2017 7:07:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/21/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    Science centers that were supposed to be the “cornerstone” of the Department of the Interior’s “climate change response strategy” don’t have the proper controls in place to prevent wasteful spending, according to an internal audit. The inspector general’s office found Interior Department’s climate science centers (CSC) and landscape conservation cooperatives (LCC) could be wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on duplicative research grants. “We found that CSCs and LCCs had no formal process to coordinate the prevention of duplication in research grants, which could limit accessibility of information by Federal, State, local, and private-sector decisionmakers and place DOI at increased risk...
  • Can Trump Drain the Foggy Bottom Swamp?

    03/20/2017 6:38:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | March 20, 2017 | Bruce Thornton
    Entrenched State Department interests will be tough to defeatPresident Trump has proposed a 31 percent cut in the State Department’s budget, and the denizens of Foggy Bottom are howling. All the usual delusions about diplomacy, foreign aid, “soft power,” and “engagement” are being trotted out to rationalize the $47 billions of taxpayer money State spends. What we don’t hear about are examples of diplomatic successes that would justify maintaining an overfunded bureaucracy mired in internationalist received wisdom. In fact, many of the defenses of “soft power” are positively surreal in their disconnect from reality. Here’s Stephen J. Hadley, national security...
  • House Democrats say DHS is dismissing their deportation complaints

    03/17/2017 11:46:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/17/17 | Nicole Duran
    Latino Democrats in the House complained about Homeland Security Secretary Mike Kelly on Friday for being insensitive and unresponsive to their complaints about the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency's pursuit of illegal aliens. "He was not familiar with some areas of the law that we had questions about," said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., after Kelly met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. "He reacted poorly to some of the questions that were asked of him. He did attempt to answer certain questions in a very thoughtful way, but still, many, many questions remain. "And we need to know if ICE agents...
  • Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

    03/17/2017 11:25:58 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 03/17/2017 | Robert Faturechi
    Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person familiar with the office. Tom Price, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, came under scrutiny during his confirmation hearings for investments he made while serving in Congress. The Georgia lawmaker traded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shares in health-related companies, even as he voted on and sponsored legislation affecting the industry. Price testified at the time that his trades were lawful...
  • Bilal Askaryar, accused of assaulting SecEd Betsy DeVos, rejects plea deal

    03/17/2017 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SSS Two · 27 replies
    AUSA Hankey was present for the Government. The Defense requested a trial date which was set by the Court. The Defense indicated it had rejected a plea offer. Event Scheduled Event: Non-Jury Trial Date: 05/30/2017 Time: 9:30 am Judge: SALERNO, ROBERT A Location: Courtroom 210
  • The Colossally Dishonest Swamp Attack On Dr. Sebastian Gorka's First-Rate Scholarship

    03/17/2017 8:47:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 17, 2017 | Barry Scott Zellen
    I read with increasing alarm what appears to be a coordinated smear campaign by former members of the Obama administration and their ivory tower proxies, taking aim in the now-partisan press (including the New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR) to undermine the reputation of strategic theorist Dr. Sebastian Gorka. Gorka has risen to prominence over this very same period after his appointment to serve as deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. Without a drop of evidence, these critics have unfairly ridiculed Gorka’s fine scholarship and academic background, ignoring his many contributions to the literature of warfare over many years....
  • BREAKING: ...(TN)State Senator Mark Green Under Consideration for Secretary of the Army

    03/15/2017 11:42:56 AM PDT · by molewhacka · 22 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | 03/15/2017 | Tennessee Star Staff
    The New York Times is reporting that State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is under consideration by President Trump to be named Secretary of the Army. Senior admin official confirms Mark Green is being considered for secretary of the Army. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 15, 2017 Several sources have independently confirmed this report to The Tennessee Star. Green is considered a front runner in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. Should he not run, there will no longer be a strongly conservative candidate in the race to challenge Randy Boyd and potential candidate Rep....
  • Defense Secretary Mattis withdraws Patterson as choice for undersecretary for policy

    03/14/2017 12:42:38 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14 at 12:03 PM | Karen DeYoung
    <p>Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn retired senior diplomat Anne W. Patterson as his choice for undersecretary for policy after the White House indicated unwillingness to fight what it said would be a battle for Senate confirmation.</p> <p>U.S. officials said that two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), were strongly opposed to Patterson’s nomination because she served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2011 to 2013, a time when the Obama administration supported an elected government with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood that was ultimately overthrown by the Egyptian military.</p>
  • Trump Mulls Even Deeper Cuts To EPA’s Budget

    03/14/2017 10:17:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Trump administration is contemplating even deeper cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget than what’s already been reported by news outlets. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal called for cutting EPA’s budget 25 percent, or $2 billion, and reducing the agency’s workforce 20 percent, or 3,000 employees. EPA global warming programs, grants to environmental groups and state grants are reportedly on the chopping block. But now the White House is mulling even deeper cuts, a source familiar with budget talks told Axios. The source told Axios “[s]enior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration’s plans...
  • President Trump Meets With His Cabinet

    03/13/2017 4:07:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 13, 2017 | The White House
    President Trump Meets With His Cabinet
  • Smart Move – Trump Takes Key Cabinet Team To Secure Location….

    03/11/2017 3:49:06 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 62 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 11, 2017 | Sundance
    Last night President Trump had a lengthy dinner and conversation with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in advance of several upcoming foreign emissary visits to the White House, and T-Rex’s strategic trip to Asia. Today President Trump took Secretary Kelly (DHS), Secretary Ross (Commerce), Secretary Mnuchin (Treasury), Secretary Shulkin (VA), together with their spouses to Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. Accompanying the cabinet group was key staff: Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. However, word of President Trump going to his National Golf Club in Virginia immediately sent The Hill into...
  • Jeff Sessions Asks All Remaining Obama-Appointed U.S. Attorneys To Resign

    03/10/2017 12:43:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 233 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 10, 2017
    In a move that will likely provoke further media, and pundit, fury, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked all remaining Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys for their resignation. Sarah Isgur Flores, Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice, released the following statement: "As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States Attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice. The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. Attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition. Until the new U.S. Attorneys are confirmed, the dedicated...
  • Indian-American Seema Verma moves closer to confirmation

    03/09/2017 9:53:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, March 10, 2017 | PTI
    Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (AP Photo/File) Washington -- Indian-American Seema Verma moved a step closer to being confirmed as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a bitterly divided US Senate voted 54-44, mostly on party lines, to end a debate on her nomination. The final confirmation vote on her nomination has been scheduled for Monday evening (March 13). The Senate vote to end the debate came moments after the White House blamed the opposition Democratic lawmakers for blocking the nomination of for the...
  • Note To Ben Carson Bashers: When Obama Called Slaves 'Immigrants,' You Showered Him With Praise

    03/08/2017 8:40:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/8/2017 | John Merline
    In an unscripted talk to employees, newly minted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as immigrants, and the outrage was fast and furious. Two sample tweets: OK!! Ben Carson …. I can't! Immigrants? In the bottom of SLAVE SHIPS??!! MUTHAF(….)A PLEASE!!!#dickheadedtom — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) March 6, 2017 This can't be real. Slaves were not & are not immigrants. 2017. — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) March 6, 2017 Whoopi Goldberg, the NAACP and a multitude of others expressed their outrage in similar terms. Huffington Post's Jason Linkins said Carson's remark "makes one wonder how far the...
  • Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation

    03/07/2017 11:05:41 AM PST · by akalinin · 18 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | Jan. 10, 2017 | DEREK DRAPLIN
    A new report suggests that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm would have been a top candidate for secretary of education in Hillary Clinton’s cabinet had the Democratic nominee won the presidential election. Mike Allen of the recently launched news site Axios reported on Tuesday that Clinton had prepared her “ghost cabinet” list before Election Day. Granholm also was listed as the second choice for attorney general if sitting Attorney General Loretta Lynch were not retained by a Clinton administration. John Sexton, former president of New York University and former board member of the Federal Reserve, was listed second as...
  • Thiel’s Chief of Staff Tapped as White House Deputy CTO

    03/04/2017 8:00:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 3/3 | Kate Conger
    Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump’s side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives. Now Thiel has secured a place for one of his top aides in Trump’s White House — Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital, will step into the role of deputy chief technology officer. The appointment, first reported by Politico Pro and confirmed by TechCrunch, seems like a natural progression of Kratsios’ work alongside Thiel on the transition team. Prior to his work at Thiel Capital, Kratsios was the...
  • Schumer Says Sessions Should Resign, Calls for Special Prosecutor

    03/02/2017 8:29:03 AM PST · by bryan999 · 92 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign in the wake of a report that he had contact with the Russian ambassador last year and did not disclose it to senators during the confirmation process. Schumer said it's "better for the country if he resigns," but that the most important thing is that a real investigation takes place. "Has it already been compromised?" Schumer asked.
  • It’s official: Ben Carson confirmed as HUD secretary

    03/02/2017 7:40:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Housing Wire ^ | 03/02/2017 | Brena Swanson
    Ben Carson is now officially confirmed as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, following the Senate vote Thursday morning. The approval locks in one of the few remaining cabinet members left to be approved. The Senate floor voted the day before on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Carson, passing the vote 62-37. The significant majority vote gave Carson a likely green light to be confirmed on Thursday. Despite a controversial start to his nomination, it turned out to be all bark and no bite as his hearing went fairly smooth. The former neurosurgeon...
  • Attacks on Top Trump Adviser Gorka a Product of Obama Admin Holdovers, Targeted Leaks

    02/28/2017 10:45:49 AM PST · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 27, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Support for Gorka not waning in Trump White House in light of media attacks Obama administration holdovers and loyalists are waging a leak-driven media campaign against a senior counter-terrorism adviser hand-picked by President Donald Trump, with the aim of undermining the Trump administration's national security apparatus, according to multiple senior White House officials and sources close to the administration. Sebastian Gorka, a longtime national security expert profiled by senior editor Bill Gertz in today's Free Beacon, has been the subject of multiple leaks and negative stories portraying him as a bigot as part of a campaign similar to the one...
  • Wilbur Ross confirmed as Commerce secretary

    02/27/2017 5:02:48 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce in President Trump's Cabinet. Ross was approved by a vote of 72-27, with 20 Democrats and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joining 51 Republicans to vote "aye." Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., did not vote due to his ongoing recovery from back surgery. The Senate later voted 67-31 to move forward on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to lead the Interior Department. A final vote on Zinke's confirmation could occur on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ross is the 14th member of Trump's Cabinet to be cofirmed, with...
  • The bizarre campaign against Trump aide Seb Gorka

    02/27/2017 9:05:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Michael Rubin
    On Friday, The Forward published an article by Lili Bayer arguing that Sebastian "Seb" Gorka, the deputy assistant to President Trump and a frequent presence on television and radio, was linked to anti-Semitic right-wing extremists in Hungary. Using the logic of six degrees of separation, Bayer argued that Gorka was anti-Semitic, never mind that the 3,000-word report did not cite a single instance of Gorka's alleged anti-Semitism. The whole piece smacks of a political hatchet job. Eli Clifton, a blogger fired by the Center for American Progress — the think tank at the heart of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and...
  • Navy secretary nominee withdraws from consideration

    02/26/2017 4:47:41 PM PST · by Drago · 47 replies
    KCTV ^ | 2/26/2017 | Nick Sloan
    "President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Bilden said in a statement he informed Defense Secretary James Mattis of his decision."...
  • 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
    freebeacon.com/reuters ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 · 29 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 pic.twitter.com/aG5QHvYpwS— 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.