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  • Tammy Duckworth wants to bring her newborn to the Senate floor

    04/18/2018 2:42:30 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    Chicago Business Journal ^ | 04/18/18 | Anne Stych
    Senator Tammy Duckworth, the mother of a newborn daughter, is calling for a rule change that would allow children under the age of one to be brought onto the Senate floor during votes. The Illinois Democrat, 50, became the first sitting senator to give birth while in office when she and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, welcomed Maile Pearl Bowlsbey April 9. Current rules prohibit family members, including children, from the Senate floor, but Duckworth argued that the ban doesn’t support working parents who can’t be away from an infant for long periods of time in their first three months. Duckworth...
  • Dem lawmaker calls on Fox News to fire Hannity

    04/16/2018 3:43:43 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 16 Apr 2018 | BRETT SAMUELS
    Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said Monday that Fox News should fire Sean Hannity following the revelation that he is a client of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Hannity has frequently covered stories about Cohen — including the FBI raids on the New York lawyer's home, hotel room and office last week — without revealing his own connection. “I think he is so into this like a pig in the mud he can’t get out of it. And I think he deserves to be fired. His word can never again be trusted,” Connolly said on CNN. Connolly said Hannity’s involvement...
  • GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

    04/17/2018 9:30:58 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 41 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 04/17/2018 | Mike Debonis and David Weigel
    Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.), a frequent critic of President Trump and a leader of the GOP’s moderate bloc in the House, said Tuesday that he will resign from Congress within weeks. His decision could set up a costly special election if the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania orders one. Dent had already announced his retirement from Congress in September, citing personal reasons for the decision while also lamenting the marginalization of the “governing wing” of the Republican Party as the GOP has moved further to the right. He said in a statement released Tuesday morning that he will leave “in the...
  • John McCain undergoes surgery for intestinal infection

    04/16/2018 5:30:44 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2018 | Ted Barrett
    (CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who has has been undergoing treatment for a brain cancer diagnosis in his home state since late last year, is hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery for an intestinal infection, his office said Monday. In a statement, his office said, "On Sunday, Senator McCain was admitted to Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and underwent surgery to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis."
  • WaPo: Dems’ Midterm Lead Still Slipping Away

    04/16/2018 7:43:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 16 Apr 2018 | Ed Morrissey
    Will Democrats ride a blue wave in November, or … just get the blues? Assumptions have run high that Nancy Pelosi & Co will have both history and an unpopular president on their side, generating enough momentum to swamp out Republicans and reclaim control of the House. Paul Ryan’s retirement, and more than two dozen others in the House Republican caucus, seems to indicate an acknowledgment of a coming Democratic tsunami. Don’t tell American voters that, however. A new poll from ABC and the Washington Post puts the two parties close to a virtual dead head in the generic congressional...
  • Vanity - Paul Ryan is gone, thank God,....Mitch McConnell must go now, also!!!

    04/16/2018 6:00:13 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 38 replies
    As plain as the nose on your face....Paul Ryan is out and now is the time for the Republican Senate Caucus to send Majority Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell packing, heading into a retirement where he will never be heard from again.
  • AZ CD8 early vote: Lesko crushing D

    04/13/2018 11:04:57 AM PDT · by LS · 42 replies
    Arizona Votes Home Page ^ | 4/13/2018 | LS
    This is the special election for Trent Franks' seat, with Debbie Lesko the R. Some 6k early/absentee votes came in today, bringing the total to 128,000: R 65,520 (48.7%) D 35,392 (29.6%) I 29,772 (23.2%) Hearing that the lead is slightly widening. See
  • Ryan going home spells hope for the GOP

    04/13/2018 10:01:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/18 | A. Dru Kristenev
    The retiring of 43 representatives assists the conservative goal of replenishing, refurbishing and renewing this nation The RNC response to Paul Ryan deciding to leave the House and return to Wisconsin is upside-down. RNC Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, appearing on Fox Business April 12, 2018, noted that with Ryan’s departure another aisle straddler should take the speakership if republicans retain the majority in the House. She got it wrong.
  • GOP lawmaker says he has enough support to force immigration votes

    04/10/2018 6:35:22 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/10/18 | Scott Wong and Rafael Bernal
    A Republican congressman said Tuesday he’s rounded up enough GOP co-sponsors to force multiple immigration votes on the House floor. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) told The Hill that he has secured support from more than 40 House Republicans on a resolution that would allow debate and votes on four separate immigration proposals. Etc...
  • GOP congressman: 'Most of the public' doubts Assad used chemical gas

    04/13/2018 7:05:43 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 144 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2018
    Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., says he believes a majority of the public doubts the official U.S. government contention that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical gas against the final rebel-held town near Damascus. “Anybody who has tried to explain to me why Assad would do this sounds like a conspiracy theorist,” said Massie, a libertarian Republican from Kentucky. “It requires really contorted thinking to think Assad did this. You have to come up with very complicated reasons.” “I cannot think of a reason he would,” Massie said.
  • Please: Not Another Speaker Pelosi (Are you prepared for a re-run?)

    04/13/2018 7:25:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/13/2018 | Bruce Walker
    Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment to Congress, and most members of Congress are an embarrassment to America. When Pelosi was speaker of the House, she famously stated that Congress needed to pass Obamacare to see what was in the bill.  She also pondered openly whether the Democrat leadership of the House of Representatives ought to "deem" the Senate version of the bill to have passed the House to avoid having members of the House voting on the bill. Pelosi six years ago opined that unemployment liberated Americans to become photographers or writers or musicians – unemployment was an opportunity for those lucky enough to lose...
  • Donald Trump Walks Back Eagerness to Rejoin TPP

    04/13/2018 5:16:02 AM PDT · by arthurus · 20 replies ^ | 13 Apr 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump clarified his desire to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after telling members of Congress from agricultural states that he would do it. “Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Members of Congress and governors from agriculture states met with the president for over an hour at the White House, leaving feeling confident that he wanted to re-enter the trade agreement. “He looked right at Larry Kudlow and said, ‘Larry go get it done,’” Senator Ben Sasse told reporters after the meeting.
  • ‘Good riddance’: Trumpian right celebrates retirement of ‘globalist’ Paul Ryan

    04/12/2018 9:30:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2018 | Kyle Swenson
    The glee was palpable in the right-wing corners of the Internet and media at the news that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R) was leaving at the end of the year. There, Ryan’s departure was greeted not with hand-wringing but celebration, as if it were a Super Bowl victory. “We WILL NOT miss Paul Ryan,” one Twitter user with more than 20,000 followers bellowed this week. “President Trump is the one who truly loves this country, who loves the people of this country, and we give ZERO flying flips what you think.” “GOOD RIDDANCE,” Trump loyalist and Fox News commentator...
  • Editorial: Paul Ryan wielded gavel wisely

    04/12/2018 7:18:29 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 77 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-12-18 | Herald Staff
    Paul Ryan had all-star talent as a legislator and fundraiser, and the realization of his career-long goal of tax reform is a monumental legacy. He has been an adept policy wonk, and his work as the pre-eminent Obamacare critic on Capitol Hill was nothing short of inspirational, most notably in 2010 as the ranking member of the House Budget Committee. That year at the bipartisan White House Summit on Health Care, Ryan put on a savant-level clinic on sound economic policy and on the harmful ramifications the Democratic health care bill would have. He spoke with analytical flourish but kept...
  • Paul Ryan Is Responsible For Republicans’ Obamacare Failure

    04/12/2018 9:04:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/12/2018 | Christopher Jacobs
    On the last day of 2016, I sent the editing team at The Federalist a draft article that predicted events in the coming Congress. If those events came to pass, then it could publish, along with a notation indicating that I had written it months (or years) previously.The piece described a scenario in which cross-pressures over repealing-and-replacing Obamacare led Paul Ryan to resign his speakership. Even then, before the 115th Congress officially convened, I envisioned conflicts between the “repeal” wing of the Republican Party and the “replace” wing, making success on health care unlikely and Ryan the likeliest “fall...
  • GOP senator wants Trump to explain 'endgame' on tariffs

    04/11/2018 8:01:38 PM PDT · by socialism_stinX · 112 replies ^ | 4/8/2018 | Kailani Koenig
    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Mike Rounds on Sunday said President Donald Trump needs to explain his "endgame" to the American people when it comes to imposing tariffs on goods from foreign countries and said the U.S. should "quit fighting with Mexico and Canada."
  • Paul Ryan May Be Forced To Leave By Summer

    04/12/2018 9:10:31 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 41 replies ^ | April 12, 2018
    Paul Ryan said he plans to remain as speaker and not call an early leadership election, but well-wired Republicans tell Jonathan Swan and me that Ryan may be forced out sooner. What we're hearing: One source close to leadership told us: "Scuttlebutt is that Paul will have to step down from speakership soon. Members won’t follow a lame duck, he’ll have no leverage to cut deals, and the last thing they need in this environment is 6 months of palace intrigue and everyone stabbing everyone else in the back." A senior GOP House member predicted this about Ryan’s future: “He...
  • Mick Mulvaney confronted by Democrat over frosted glass on office windows

    04/11/2018 12:09:51 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Acting consumer protection chief Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday defended the decision to put frosted glass on his office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against accusations that it sent the wrong message about transparency. Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, confronted Mr. Mulvaney, a former member of Congress who is now the White House budget chief and the acting consumer chief, about the office during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Mr. Ellison displayed a photo of the office with the frosted glass. “You are the champion of transparency, right?” he said. “And yet you have obscured yourself, physically. And I find...
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan won't seek re-election: 'I like to think I've done my part'

    04/11/2018 11:17:17 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | April 11, 2018 | Phil Mattingly, Maegan Vazquez and Lauren Fox,
    House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year, the Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday. "You realize something when you take this job," Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill "You realize you hold the office for just a small part of our history. So you better make the most of it." Ryan also said he has no "regrets." "I like to think I've done my part, my little part in history to set us on a better course," Ryan said. Ryan's departure is a blow to GOP members who saw the Wisconsin Republican as...
  • Senator Rand Paul Confirms Peter Strzok and Lisa Page Retain FBI Top Secret Security Clearances

    04/11/2018 12:24:07 PM PDT · by detective · 72 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 11, 2018 | Sundance
    uring an interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner today U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) discussed a response letter he received from FBI Director Christopher Wray. Senator Paul inquired with the FBI Director about whether reassigned FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Attorney Lisa Page still retained their Top Secret FBI clearances. According to Senator Paul, the FBI director would not respond to specific agent inquiry, however, Wray did affirm that all existing FBI officials retain Top Secret clearances. In essence, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, despite being removed from investigative authority over their role in the political efforts to...