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  • We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

    12/11/2018 10:58:49 AM PST · by Baynative · 134 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/10/18 | 44 reprobates
    We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again. "During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else."
  • Congress in no rush to hold themselves accountable for sexual harassment payments

    12/09/2018 5:11:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | December 9, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Do you recall, back during the initial rush of the #MeToo moment, when we discovered that legislators in the House and Senate had slush funds available to pay for the silence of sexual harassment accusers? There was a general uproar over that and we were assured that the members were going to get right to work on cleaning up their act. Good times, my friends. But what happened to that project?As it turns out, not much. There were proposals written, and the House actually passed a bill, but when it hit the Senate, nobody could ever seem to agree on...
  • Senate panel delays Trump’s judicial picks amid Mueller standoff

    12/06/2018 3:57:54 PM PST · by detective · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/18 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is postponing votes on nearly two dozen judiciary nominees for the second time in as many weeks. The decision to punt the business meeting again comes as Republicans are locked in a stalemate with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) over legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller. Flake is voting against all judicial nominees until he gets a vote on the bill, which would let Mueller, or any special counsel, challenge the firing and be reinstated if a court determined it wasn’t for “good cause.” With Republicans holding an 11-10 majority on the Judiciary Committee, Flake’s "no" vote...
  • Trump’s Energy Regulator Pick Wins Confirmation By Razor-Thin Margin

    12/06/2018 12:59:31 PM PST · by Jaysin · 13 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 12-6-2018 | Jason Hopkins
    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission survived his confirmation vote Thursday, returning a GOP majority to the powerful federal agency. Bernard McNamee — Trump’s pick to become a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — won confirmation by a 50-49 vote. The razor-thin margin fell along party lines, with Democrats sharply opposed to his nomination. The vote brings an end to what became a contentious candidacy for McNamee. Democrats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee initially took umbrage with his past work in the Department of Energy, where he led an unsuccessful effort...
  • Sessions says he has no plans to return to Senate

    12/05/2018 1:43:04 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/18 | Tal Axelrod
    Former Attorney General and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions hinted to Politico that he is done with politics after his ouster from the Department of Justice despite rumors he was considering running for his old Senate seat in 2020. "I've been clearing my brain. I think that's a fair statement,” told Politico Wednesday. “I’ll go to Alabama, do some things and then that will clarify things a little more before I worry about making a statement.” “No. I mean, no,” he added when asked if he misses the Senate. “I could go back and spend time in the woods. I’ve got...
  • Grassley: Fusion GPS Founder CEO Glenn Simpson Lied In Senate Testimony

    12/05/2018 8:38:39 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 4, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee staff about whether his infamous firm continued to investigate Donald Trump after the 2016 election.In a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), Grassley stated that Simpson told committee staff in 2017 that he stopped probing now-President Trump and his associates’ connections to Russian officials after the 2016 presidential election because he “had no client after the election.”Here’s what committee staff asked Simpson and what the Fusion GPS founder had to say in return last August: When the Committee staff interviewed Glenn Simpson...
  • The Longest-Serving Congressman In History Wants To Abolish The Senate

    12/05/2018 6:51:26 AM PST · by mkleesma · 77 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 12/5/18 | Andy Campbell
    A man who served Congress for more than 59 years says he could fix its broken systems by completely abolishing the Senate. John D. Dingell, who represented Michigan from 1955 to 2015 ― the longest anyone has ever served in Congress in America ― said in The Atlantic that he can’t stand watching good bills pass a “hyper-partisan House” and then be stymied by the Senate, which is disproportionately weighted by congresspeople in small states. “With my own eyes, I’ve watched in horror and increasing anger as that imbalance in power has become the primary cause of our national legislative...
  • Report: NRCC Emails Hacked During Midterm Election

    12/04/2018 11:43:16 AM PST · by bitt · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/4/2018 | Joshua Caplan
    The email accounts of leading National Republican Congressional Committee officials were hacked during the 2018 midterm election, according to a report. The email accounts of four senior aides at the National Republican Congressional Committee were surveilled for several months, party officials said. The intrusion was detected in April by an NRCC vendor, who alerted the committee and its cybersecurity contractor. An internal investigation was initiated and the FBI was alerted to the attack, said the officials, who requested anonymity to discuss the incident. Politico, citing unnamed party officials, reports the culprit surveilled the emails accounts of four top NRCC aides...
  • John Dingell calls for Senate to be abolished

    12/04/2018 7:50:34 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/18 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) penned an op-ed Tuesday calling for the Senate to be abolished and for elections to be publicly funded. Dingell, who represented Michigan in the House for over 59 years, wrote for the Atlantic a series of suggestions to address the "unprecedented cynicism about the nobility of public service itself." The former lawmaker noted that in 1958 a survey from the University of Michigan found that 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government “to do the right thing almost always or most of the time.” In 2017, the same study conducted by the Pew Research...
  • Senator Mark Warner: The SSCI is “Working Closely” With Robert Mueller

    12/03/2018 3:17:42 PM PST · by detective · 46 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 2, 2018 | Sundance
    It’s not confirmational bias – IT’S CONFIRMATION !! Today on Face The Nation Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Vice-Chairman Mark Warner describes how his committee is working with Robert Mueller; including: (a) several criminal referrals (Cohen was one); and (b) the sharing of congressional transcripts so Mueller (the team, not the person) can cross reference statements given to him with testimony given to the SSCI. Tell me again how letting SSCI Security Director, James Wolfe, off the hook for leaking classified intelligence to the media, including the Carter Page FISA application, was not to cover for SSCI members instructing...
  • Senate Intel Committee has made criminal referrals to Mueller, Chairman says.

    11/30/2018 12:13:58 PM PST · by lodi90 · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2018 | Chuck Ross
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has made criminal referrals to the special counsel’s office, including regarding former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, the chairman of the panel revealed Friday. “We have made referrals to the special prosecutor,” North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr said at a forum held at the University of Texas in Austin. “One instance just highlighted of late, is that the special prosecutor is using the transcripts of interviews that we have used in our committee to indict somebody for lying to Congress.”
  • Senate Republicans unload on Flake

    11/30/2018 7:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2018 | Borgess Everett and Elana Schor
    Jeff Flake is finally taking a stand on the need to protect Robert Mueller — and it’s infuriating his fellow Republicans. The retiring Arizona senator is undermining the Senate GOP’s efforts to approve as many lifetime-appointed federal judges as possible in the lame duck. His vow to oppose all judges until he gets a vote shielding the special counsel from presidential interference has already frozen 21 judicial picks in committee and on Thursday helped derail a nominee on the Senate floor.
  • Trump judicial nominees stall on Hill, as Flake digs in over Mueller plan

    11/29/2018 11:19:15 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2018 (3 hours ago) | Alex Pappas
    Confirmation proceedings for President Trump’s judicial nominees have partially stalled on Capitol Hill, as outgoing Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake is standing firm in his vow to oppose all Trump nominations until the Senate votes on legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Flake, a frequent Trump critic who opted against running for re-election this year, followed through on his threat Wednesday afternoon and joined Democrats in opposing a bid to advance Thomas Farr’s nomination to serve on the federal bench for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Vice President Pence was then forced to break a tie on...
  • Sen. Jeff Flake's Nauseating Obstructionism Over Protect Mueller Bill

    11/29/2018 5:05:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MI) won her runoff election last night over Democrat Mike Espy in Mississippi, so Republicans have a solid 53-47 majority. No longer will we have to deal with the Murkowski-Collins question when it come sot tight votes of judicial and Supreme Court nominations. We can run the table on paper, but we have a Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) problem. Yeah, Mr. Flake, the perpetual pain in the rear end of the Senate GOP, isn’t budging from his position of blocking Trump’s judicial nominees until a vote on a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the...
  • Senate defies Trump and votes to punish Saudis for Khashoggi slaying

    11/28/2018 9:47:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    LATimes ^ | Nov. 28,l 2018 | AP
    Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 63 to 37 to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but to the Trump administration, which has been clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia over the killing.
  • Senate panel cancels votes on Trump court picks amid Flake standoff

    11/28/2018 4:47:53 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/18 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced Wednesday that he is canceling votes on nearly two dozen of President Trump’s judicial nominees that were expected to come up in the Judiciary Committee this week. The cancellation of the committee’s Thursday business meeting comes as Senate Republicans are in a standoff with outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has vowed to oppose all court picks until he gets a vote on legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller. The notification from the Judiciary Committee didn’t specify when, or if, the committee votes on the nominations would be rescheduled. Six circuit court nominees had been...
  • Sen. Rand Paul holding up US aid to Israel

    11/28/2018 4:06:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 55 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11-28-18
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul blocking codification of Obama-era military deal with Israel. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is blocking U.S. military aid to Israel. Paul, who has previously called to cut defense assistance to Israel, recently put a hold on the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which codifies into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration. A hold is a parliamentary procedure that allows senators to prevent a motion from reaching a floor vote. The Senate passed the act in early...
  • Mueller protection bill blocked in Senate

    11/28/2018 9:38:46 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/18 | Jordain Carney
    Legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller was blocked on Wednesday for a second time during the past month. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), joined by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), tried to get consent to schedule the long-stalled legislation for a vote. But GOP Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) objected. Under Senate rules senators can go to the floor to request a vote or passage of any bill or nomination. But any one senator can block their requests. The floor drama comes after Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said they are measuring support for the bill to try resolve a...
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith has won the election, according to A.P.

    11/27/2018 7:36:09 PM PST · by kyneocon · 66 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2018-11-27 | Kyneocon
    Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican who was appointed to the Senate this year, faces Mike Espy, a Democrat and former congressman, in a special election runoff on Tuesday after neither candidate won a majority on Election Day. The election was held to fill the seat of Senator Thad Cochran, who retired earlier this year for health reasons.
  • Ford speaks out in rare statement since Kavanaugh hearings (scores $650k)

    11/27/2018 6:03:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    CBS News via MSN ^ | 11/27/18 | Danielle Garrand
    Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her testimony against then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in September dominated the news cycle, with her every word scrutinized by both sides of the political aisle and the media. Since the hearings, Ford has been mostly silent. Ford released a statement on a GoFundMe page collecting donations for her last week. The page was created on Sept. 18 with an initial goal of $150,000. It has raised nearly $650,000 on her behalf. "Words are not adequate to thank all of you who supported me since I came forward to tell the Senate that I...