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  • McCain rips Trump for ‘disappointing’ behavior at NATO summit

    07/12/2018 12:32:00 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 144 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 12, 2018 | Mark Moore
    GOP Sen. John McCain blasted President Trump for his “disappointing” behavior at the NATO summit but assured the alliance that despite the president’s blistering comments, the United States stands solidly behind its longtime allies. “President Trump’s performance at the NATO summit in Brussels was disappointing, yet ultimately unsurprising. There is little use in parsing the president’s misstatements and bluster, except to say that they are the words of one man,” McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Thursday. “Americans, and their Congress, still believe in the transatlantic alliance … and it is clear that our...
  • Senate confirms Justice Department nominee who represented Russian bank

    07/12/2018 8:58:17 AM PDT · by Jaysin · 6 replies
    AOL ^ | 7-11-2018 | AOL staff
    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Brian Benczkowski as the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. According to the Washington Post, the Senate voted 51 to 48, despite “the objection of Democrats who worried about his representation of a Russian bank and lack of prosecutorial experience.” Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote for Benczkowki's confirmation. “Benczkowski acknowledged briefly performing legal work for Alfa Bank, which has ties to Russian government officials, in 2017,” reports NPR, which also noted Benczkowski helped manage the daily affairs of the Justice Department late in the...
  • Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs

    07/12/2018 12:17:43 AM PDT · by granada · 24 replies
    the Hill ^ | 11/07/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    The Senate on Wednesday took a symbolic shot at President Trump’s trade policy amid anxiety on Capitol Hill over his tariff strategy. Senators voted 88-11 to instruct lawmakers hashing out a deal on a government funding bill to include language “providing a role for Congress” on tariffs implemented for national security reasons, known as Section 232 of the trade laws. The vote is nonbinding, meaning lawmakers don’t have to add trade language into the funding bill. But the vote margin, with more senators supporting it than the amount needed to override a veto, underscores the depth of concern on Capitol...
  • What’s Behind This Axios Poll Telling Democrats They Can’t Win the Senate?

    07/11/2018 8:59:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | July 10, 2018 | Rush Limbagh
    RUSH: Okay, back to this Axios poll. It’s a poll they took with SurveyMonkey, which is a credible bunch. They have a bar, Monkey Bar in New York, SurveyMonkey, same people. You knew that, right? “Brutal poll.” No, I’m making it up. People may not know when I’m kidding. I have to admit when I’m kidding more than ever today. “Democrats’ Senate Dream Slips Away.” They never had a realistic opportunity of taking the Senate. You know, this is another illustration. Ever since election night 2016 when Trump won, the whole mantra has been illegitimate, people don’t really mean this,...
  • Big Blue Bellyflop: Polls Show Democrats Losing Bid to Capture U.S. Senate

    07/11/2018 5:59:05 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 58 replies
    brietbart ^ | 07/10/2018 | John Nolte
    The latest batch of Axios/Survey Monkey polls shows that Democrats are in real danger of losing three U.S. Senate seats, which means they have no chance of capturing that chamber in 2018. In order to take control of the Senate, Democrats must hold on to all 10 seats currently up for grabs in states President Trump won in 2016. On top of that, they must snatch two seats from incumbent Republicans. According to these polls, Democrat incumbents in Florida, North Dakota, and Indiana are losing to their Republican challengers by three, five, and two points, respectively. Another endangered Democrat incumbent,...
  • John McCain could resign to push Kavanaugh confirmation

    07/10/2018 12:21:54 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 81 replies
    KTAR ^ | July 10, 2018 | KTAR.com
    PHOENIX — Ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed, a national political analyst said Tuesday. ABC News analyst Alex Castellanos told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News, “There’s some word that if McCain is not able to vote and his vote is needed, he might resign and let someone appoint a senator who would support this judge.”
  • Democrats demand access to potentially millions of files on Kavanaugh as Schumer vows to use 'every

    07/10/2018 11:34:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 91 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/10/18 | Emily Goodin
    Full title.......................Democrats demand access to potentially millions of files on Kavanaugh as Schumer vows to use 'everything I've got' to stop nomination............ Brett Kavanaugh's work record includes nearly 300 written opinions, a multitude of scholarly articles, and paperwork from the Bush White House and Starr probe Democrats could delay a confirmation hearing past the Senate's August recess if they demand every page of the millions of records Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to use all the weapons in his arsenal to stop Kavanaugh The White House said they expect Democrats 'to look for any reason that they can poke...
  • Puerto Ricans in Florida play key role in Senate race

    07/10/2018 3:46:34 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/10/18 | Lisa Hagen
    Puerto Ricans in Florida are poised to play a crucial role in the marquee Senate race there, as both candidates scramble to woo one of the state’s fastest-growing Hispanic groups. Tens of thousands of people, who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September, have resettled in Florida. That’s expected to have implications in the high-profile clash between Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) this fall. The influx of Puerto Ricans — who can register to vote as soon as they arrive since they’re U.S. citizens — are likely to give Democrats a boost,...
  • WaPo: Brett Kavanaugh could drastically shift the court to the right. The Senate should take care.

    07/09/2018 7:26:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/09/2018 | Editorial Board
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court comes at a tense moment. It could drastically shift the court’s tenuous ideological balance, and it comes not long after Senate Republicans disgracefully blocked President Barack Obama from making a court pick in his final year. More than ever, the court is in danger of becoming viewed as an instrument of politics rather than an independent, nonpartisan branch of government. That is why senators must be even more exacting than usual when they evaluate Mr. Kavanaugh. They should insist on a justice who would rule...
  • The Latest: Pence to escort Kavanaugh to Senate on Tuesday

    07/09/2018 7:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | July 9, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Vice President Mike Pence plans to escort Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate on Tuesday morning to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The White House says Pence is also planning to attend the weekly Senate policy luncheon with Republican senators to discuss Trump's nominee. Pence was expected to sell the merits of the nominee in media interviews on local television and radio states in certain states that Trump won in 2016 that have Democratic senators....
  • Trump tells Sen. Mike Lee he is not the pick for Supreme Court

    07/09/2018 5:16:12 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 35 replies
    Deseret News ^ | July 9, 2018 2:52 pm Updated: 6 minutes ago | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee received a phone call Monday from President Donald Trump telling him he would not be his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Deseret News has learned. Lee, R-Utah, wouldn't discuss details of the conversation other than to confirm he wasn't Trump's choice but that he would attend the president's prime-time announcement of his pick.
  • The McConnell Rule is law and Senate Democrats should sue to enforce it

    07/08/2018 7:13:17 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-8-18 | Ken Levy
    This week, President Trump will announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to schedule the nominee’s confirmation hearings for this fall, before the midterm elections. If and when McConnell carries through on this promise, Senate Democrats should immediately file a federal lawsuit against him for violating the so-called “McConnell Rule.”.....
  • Red-State Democrats Face ‘Terrible’ Bind on Supreme Court Pick

    07/07/2018 11:15:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | July 7,2016 | Carl Hulse, New York Times
    WASHINGTON — Democratic senators running for re-election in red states where President Donald Trump remains popular face an agonizing choice over his coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats — and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019. The actions of a handful of Senate Democrats struggling to hold their seats in those states — notably Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — will have broad implications...
  • Numerous conservative leaders back Mike Lee for Supreme Court

    07/06/2018 2:35:50 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 73 replies
    WE ^ | Melissa Quinn
    Twenty-seven conservative leaders signed a statement in support of Lee, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, Conservative Partnership Institute Chairman Jim DeMint, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. “Sen. Lee has a proven record of standing up for principle, for doing the right thing for the right reasons, even in the face of withering criticism,” the letter states. “And that’s what this nominee is in for.” The statement warns the confirmation battle to replace Kennedy is likely to be the “roughest fight Washington has seen in decades,” and notes that a Supreme Court with a conservative majority will...
  • Mike Lee's chances as SCOTUS pick

    07/06/2018 12:25:34 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    Deseret News ^ | July 6, 2018 9:13 am | Herb Scribner
    Robert Costa, a Washington Post political reporter and NBC News political analyst, tweeted Thursday: "When I asked a prominent Trump ally about Sen. Lee/ SCOTUS, they said this article is floating around the WH, as evidence that he's a long shot." Costa included a link to an Associated Press story about Lee casting a "protest" vote in the 2016 presidential election for independent candidate Evan McMullin.
  • If country is first, why won’t McCain show up for SCOTUS vote . . . or resign so someone else can?

    07/05/2018 10:07:17 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 45 replies
    Herman Cain ^ | July 5, 2018 | Dan Calabrese
    I am deeply sorry that John McCain is gravely ill. I have prayed for him. I will continue to do so. But I have a question. McCain has claimed throughout his political career, especially in recent years, that “country first” is his guiding principle. It was even his campaign slogan when he was the Republican nominee in 2008. At the time the emphasis in using the slogan was that he would do what was best for the country rather than what was best for this or that political party, and there is nothing wrong with that providing that what you...
  • Guess It's Fake NEWS McCain to RETIRE July 4

    07/04/2018 9:40:11 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 48 replies
    4 July 18 | hapnHAL
    Is this NEWS or Fake News Guess it's FAKE NEWS (previously reported FR 1 July) John McCain To Resign Senate Seat on the 4th of July, Says Aide. Cindy McCain Offered his Seat Former Republican Nominee for President wants to avoid a defeat for Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Cindy McCain has been offered her husband’s Senate seat
  • Will John McCain's selfishness torpedo Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

    07/03/2018 1:58:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 7/3/18 | Ed Straker
    Republicans theoretically have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but in practice, it has been 50-49, since John McCain has left the Senate due to his brain cancer and shows no signs of returning. This makes it difficult for the Senate to pass legislation, of course, but since the Senate needs 60 votes for most matters, McCain's absence is not critical. ...except for judicial nominees. Under current rules, only a majority of senators is needed to approve judicial nominees. That's why every senator counts. With McCain's absence, if one Republican senator defects, and no Democrats support Trump's Supreme Court nominee,...
  • Report: Senate Intel Still Wants To Interview Christopher Steele But Is Having ‘Cooperation’ Issues

    07/02/2018 3:24:18 PM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/02/2018 | Chuck Ross
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been in weekly contact with lawyers for Christopher Steele but has been unable to secure an interview with the former British spy, who is the author of the infamous dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. “We’re still in conversation weekly,” North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence panel, told BuzzFeed News. “I know that we are in communications and we obviously would like to get that hearing,” Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the committee, told the news outlet.
  • Sen. Warren: Replace ICE with 'something that reflects our morality'

    07/02/2018 2:35:10 AM PDT · by Libloather · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/30/18 | Veronica Stracqualursi
    Washington (CNN) - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be replaced with an agency that reflects America's morality and "that works," joining the growing chorus of Democrats who have called for the agency to be scrapped. "The President's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious -- we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works," Warren said at an immigration protest against family separations in Boston, Massachusetts, which was among hundreds of marches, protests and rallies taking...