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  • ‘Whistleblower’ Attorney Devised Scheme for Mueller to Disclose Classified Info

    10/12/2019 3:12:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Oct 2019 | Aaron Klein
    Mark S. Zaid, the activist attorney representing the so-called whistleblower at the center of the impeachment movement targeting President Donald Trump, advocated for Robert S. Mueller III to become an anti-Trump whistleblower. On April 25, 2018, while Mueller’s Office of the Special Counsel was investigating ultimately collapsed claims of collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, Zaid co-authored an oped in the New York Times calling for Mueller and his staff to become “lawful whistle-blowers.” The scheme outlined by Zaid was an option to be implemented if Trump had moved to fire Mueller and dismantle the Special Counsel’s office. Zaid...
  • Only 50/60 Votes needed to INVOKE cloture - 1 more step toward GOV Shutdown

    09/27/2021 3:42:44 PM PDT · by FRinCanada2 · 73 replies
    Cloture NOT invoked
  • FBI had doubts about Russia informant's allegation that helped prompt Mike Flynn probe

    03/23/2021 6:41:09 PM PDT · by bitt · 22 replies ^ | 3/23/2021 | john Solomon
    Stefan Halper's story of Flynn trip with Russian woman deemed 'not plausible … not accurate.' Five days before the FBI formally opened the Michael Flynn probe in summer 2016, a confidential informant alleged to agents that Donald Trump's national security adviser had left a 2014 foreign meeting alone with a Russian woman. Agents ultimately deemed the account "not plausible" and "not accurate" but proceeded to investigate Flynn anyway, newly declassified documents show. FBI confidential human source (CHS) reports show Stefan Halper, an academic who long worked for the bureau as a trusted informant, was the original source of a story...
  • ‘More help is on the way’: Congress seals agreement on $900 billion virus relief bill

    12/21/2020 9:13:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 21, 2020 | Andrew Taylor (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. “More help is on the way,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in announcing the agreement for a relief bill that would total almost $900 billion. “Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and House finalized an agreement for another major rescue package for the American people.”
  • The FBI documents that put Barack Obama in the ‘Obamagate’ narrative

    05/26/2020 6:54:18 PM PDT · by bitt · 7 replies ^ | 5/26/2020 | john Solomon
    Agents fretted sharing Flynn intel with departing Obama White House would become fodder for ‘partisan axes to grind.’ Just 17 days before President Trump took office in January 2017, then-FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok texted bureau lawyer Lisa Page, his mistress, to express concern about sharing sensitive Russia probe evidence with the departing Obama White House. Strzok had just engaged in a conversation with his boss, then-FBI Assistant Director William Priestap, about evidence from the investigation of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, codenamed Crossfire Razor, or “CR” for short. The evidence in question were so-called "tech cuts" from intercepted...
  • Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown

    12/05/2019 11:59:23 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5 Dec 19 | BY JORDAIN CARNEY AND NIV ELIS
    Congress is racing the clock as they rush to prevent another shutdown poised to start in two weeks. Though lawmakers have until Dec. 20 to get a funding bill to President Trump’s desk, negotiators say they really have just a matter of days to reach a deal on the fiscal 2020 bills to prevent having to approve another stopgap measure, formally known as a continuing resolution (CR). Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer warned Republicans that a wall was a “non-starter for Democrats” and that drawing red lines on the border could result in “another Trump shutdown.” “We had hoped the...
  • Senate passes bill to halt government shutdown risk

    09/26/2019 1:29:10 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 26 Sep 2019 | Sommer Brokaw
    The Senate passed a short-term funding bill Thursday amid dispute over border wall funding that delays the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21. The Senate voted 82-15 in favor of the continuing resolution after the House already passed it, and it will go to President Donald Trump next for his signature.
  • The Bigger Issue - The Budget

    02/12/2019 10:06:58 AM PST · by pgyanke · 2 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/12/2019 | pgyanke
    Shut down the government in favor of border security? Absolutely. It's a Constitutional mandate to protect the citizenry from invasion. The bigger picture for this current political climate is the cycle of continuing resolutions. We haven't had a real federal budget since Obama was elected. It's time to stop the brinkmanship that comes with each round of continuing resolutions (with the waste hidden in pages of legislation no one reads) and get back to fiscal sanity... and following the Constitution. Build the border wall, yes. More importantly... fix the process that spends the people's money. People are tired of crisis...
  • Did the President cave on the Continuing Resolution?

    01/26/2019 12:03:52 PM PST · by ImpBill · 73 replies | 1/26/2019 | ImpBill
    I could use a little help here from some of our Constitutional Scholars. When President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution yesterday for another 21 days for budgeting the entire Federal Government, did he do so willingly or was his decision forced upon him? I believe the President has the can return the Bill to Congress, with comments as to why he won't sign it. (VETO) Has to happen within 10 days excluding Sundays. To sustain his VETO it takes a 2/3's vote from both houses (Representatives and Senate). Otherwise the VETO is over-ridden and the bill becomes law. Here comes...
  • Live: Senate votes on government funding bill with $5B for border wall

    12/21/2018 10:48:16 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 155 replies
    LIVE on the Senate floor: Senators debate the short-term funding bill passed by the House last night. If the bill fails, it will trigger a government shutdown just before the Christmas holiday.
  • Mitch McConnell Rejects Trump Call for ‘Nuclear Option’ to Fund the Wall

    12/21/2018 10:07:28 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 161 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Dec 2018 | by Sean Moran
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rejected President Donald Trump’s call to partially fund the border wall with a simple majority vote on Friday, suggesting not enough Senate Republicans support the measure. President Trump called on McConnell to use the “nuclear option,” or switch to a simple majority vote in the Senate, to pass the continuing resolution (CR) that would partially fund the border wall...
  • The Schumck Schumer Shutdown

    01/19/2018 3:51:36 PM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-19-18 | DrJohn
    This is what it come down to- democrats are siding with illegal aliens over American soldiers. They would starve the US military for those who do not belong in this country. democrats, led by Schmuck Schumer, are willing to shut down the government and halt pay for the Armed Forces if Republicans do not agree to amnesty for illegal aliens (read that as "future voters"). The House passed a short term spending bill but democrats are blocking it in the Senate, holding fast for non-Americans. ( I think it was Bob Grant who coined the phrase "Schmuck Schumer") The Trump...
  • Republican leaders offer one-month spending bill

    01/16/2018 9:56:31 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | By Erica Werner and Mike DeBonis January 17
    House Republican leaders presented their rank and file with a one-month spending bill Tuesday aimed at keeping the government open ahead of a Friday night deadline, as hopes for a deal on young undocumented immigrants faded. The bill would extend existing spending levels through Feb. 16 and include an extension of a popular children’s health insurance program — aimed at winning Democratic votes — and a new sweetener for conservatives and Democrats alike in delaying several taxes included in the Affordable Care Act. Few lawmakers were enthusiastic about the legislation, but several described it as a necessary evil to avoid...
  • House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

    05/04/2017 12:20:48 PM PDT · by blueyon · 64 replies ^ | 5/04/17 | Steven Ertelt
    House Republicans voted today to approve a bill that would defund to Planned Parenthood abortion business. This was the second attempt to get enough votes on the reconciliation bill that would not only defund the nation’s biggest abortion corporation but also repeal major portions of Obamacare. The first attempt to pass the bill saw liberal Republicans oppose the repealing Obamacare portion and conservative Republicans not happy as well because it did not repeal Obamacare fully. Republican leaders reworked the legislation, called the American Health Care Act, and Republicans passed the measure today despite Democrat objections. The House voted 217-212 for...
  • 5/2/17: White House Press Briefing (Good watch!)

    05/02/2017 1:10:20 PM PDT · by dynoman · 43 replies
    White House youtube channel ^ | 5-2-17 | White House
    The point at the end is good, this is the last action with the 2017 budget, the discussion about the 2018 budget starts today.
  • Mulvaney: There are several hundred millions of dollars in the budget, for up-building border wall

    05/02/2017 11:24:48 AM PDT · by cba123 · 109 replies
    Live press briefing | 5/2/2017
    Mick Mulvaney, the budget director, is currently having a press conference. I was watching it, and learned for the first time, that there is several hundreds of millions of dollars in the budget, for ramping up fencing on the border (now) upgrading to a 20-foot structurally sound, actual border. This is the first I had heard of that. It seems the President is looking at playing much harder ball in September. It seems the 2017 budget was closed, as of the budget agreement. I am much, much happier than I was a couple of days ago. Good discussion Mr. Mulvaney,...
  • Charlie Brown Republicans

    05/02/2017 2:37:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I cast my first vote in 1972. I was four months into my eighteenth year, and pulled those levers with pride. Unlike republican Rome, America doesn’t have a formal coming of age ceremony in which teenagers leave adolescence, don a toga, and are recognized as men worthy of self-government. When I voted for Richard Nixon, I felt the rush of being a citizen, of one burdened yet privileged to partake in the civil society and having a say in local, state, and national affairs. Since then, I never missed a congressional election . . . until 2016. While I voted...
  • Negotiators reach $1-trillion deal to fund govt. but provide little for Trump's priorities

    04/30/2017 10:35:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2017 | Lisa Mascaro
    Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan deal late Sunday to fund the federal government through September, easing the threat of a shutdown but denying President Trump several key priorities — including money for his promised border wall with Mexico. The estimated $1-trillion omnibus package would provide $12.5 billion in increased military funding, about half the amount Trump requested from Congress. Another $2.5 billion for defense is available if the administration submits a counter-terrorism strategy to fight Islamic State. But the final deal failed to include the big cuts to domestic non-defense accounts that Trump was seeking, and thus emerged as something...
  • In New Spending Bill, McConnell Sides With Liberals, Ignores Conservative Priorities

    09/24/2016 5:16:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2016 | Rachel Bovard
    After voting to proceed to a bill that didn’t exist earlier this week, the Senate has finally produced text of the continuing resolution, a short-term government spending bill. The bill, written behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was brought to the floor late Thursday afternoon, and for the majority of Senate Republicans, represented their first opportunity to see the text. According to McConnell, senators will have four days (two of them on a weekend) to review the bill before having to cast their votes next week. As far as conservative priorities go, the bill is a failure....
  • Washington at Its Worst: Senate Passes Nonexistent Bill

    09/22/2016 9:02:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2016 | Rachel Bovard
    On Tuesday night, the Senate voted to proceed to the continuing resolution, a bill that will allegedly fund the government until Dec. 9. The only problem is that there isn’t actually a bill yet. There is no text. There is no agreement between Democrats and Republicans on what the bill will fund—Planned Parenthood, the Export-Import Bank, control of the internet—all of it remains a mystery. Yet the Senate voted 89-7 to proceed to this nonexistent bill. The Senate operates under complex parliamentary rules that require a series of votes in order to “proceed to” or “get onto” a bill. The...