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  • NBC: McCain moving to head off filibuster change

    07/15/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 7/15/13 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2005, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist threatened to end the filibuster for judicial appointments by forcing a mid-session rule change on a majority vote, an act that would have ended two centuries of precedent. Before he could act, though, the Gang of 14 arose, led by Republican John McCain, to preserve the senatorial tradition, brokering a deal that left conservatives fuming by depriving Frist of his partisan majority. Eight years later, with Harry Reid threatening to take the same action on executive-branch appointments, where is that Old Gang of Ours? According to NBC, at least McCain might be riding...
  • Bill Frist Goes Liberal

    09/26/2012 2:24:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Citizens Council on Health Freedom ^ | 9-26-12 | twila brase
    Current GOP members of Congress are not impressed. A week ago, former U.S. Senator and former Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) told POLITICO, "I am supportive of exchanges and 'Obamacare' generally." In a commentary in The Week, he asserts, "As a doctor, I strongly believe that people without health insurance die sooner...State exchanges are the solution. They represent the federalist ideal of states as 'laboratories for democracy.'...I love the diversity and the innovation." Frist is talking the talk of the Left. Lack of insurance kills no one. And like many of his former colleagues, Frist must not have read the...
  • Former Senate Majority Leader: Obesity 'Threatens Our Security as a Nation'

    12/01/2011 10:08:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies ^ | November 29, 2011 | Christopher Goins
    ( – Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) says obesity threatens America’s “national security” because many people who join the armed forces cannot pass the required physical tests because they are overweight. Frist also cited a 2010 study on the problem entitled “Too Fat To Fight." “Childhood obesity is something much larger than something that just hurts and pulls back and restrains our economic strength. It threatens our security, our national security as a nation,” Frist said on Tuesday at the "Building for a Healthier Future" summit held in Washington, D.C. “Between 1995 and 2008, over 140,000 potential military...
  • GOP vows retaliation after Reid uses nuclear option in Senate

    10/08/2011 2:12:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans vow they will retaliate for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to unilaterally change the Senate’s rules Thursday without prior warning or negotiation. Republican aides say their bosses will now be even more reluctant to allow the Senate to conduct routine business by unanimous consent, forcing Reid to gather 60 votes for even the most mundane matters. “Reid fired a major salvo and it’s hard to imagine a return shot won’t be fired. Maybe over the weekend they’ll come up with something and try to make it less worse than it already is,” said a Senate...
  • FBI to Search House After Finding Ricin [extremely deadly nerve toxin]

    06/04/2006 2:32:30 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 7 replies · 586+ views
    Wilmington Star ^ | June 2, 2006 | Beth RUcker
    FBI hazardous material experts searched a home where police found pipe bombs and a jar containing the potentially deadly poison ricin, federal agents said Friday. The ricin was found in a baby food jar in a shed of the home owned by a man who went to jail last week for violating protection orders taken out by his estranged wife, according to local and federal officials. The jar was sealed, and officials don't believe the middle-class neighborhood in east Nashville was threatened, although the one-story brick house and part of the street remained cordoned off. Investigators found three blasting caps...
  • Frist: Don't repeal health care bill (Put a lid on it has-been RINOs)

    01/18/2011 3:39:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 54 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/18/2011 | Ed Hornick
    A top Republican has come out against efforts by his party to repeal President Obama's health care reform bill currently underway in the House. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, said at a press conference Tuesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center - an organization he chairs with former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, among others - that the law should stand, according to The Huffington Post. "It is not the bill that [Republicans] would have written," he said. "It is not the bill that I would have drafted. But it is the law of the land and it...
  • Let’s ask and do tell…IS OBAMA GAY?

    05/28/2010 5:18:45 PM PDT · by this is my country · 146 replies · 5,733+ views
    The Jag Hunter ^ | May 27, 2010 | Wayne Madsen
    May 24, 2010 – SPECIAL REPORT from WAYNE MADSEN. Obama and Emanuel: Members of same gay bath house in Chicago President Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of the same gay bath house in uptown Chicago, according to informed sources in Chicago’s gay community, as well as veteran political sources in the city. The bath house, Man’s Country, caters to older white men and it has been in business for some 30 years and is known as one of uptown Chicago’s “grand old bathhouses.” WMR was told by sources who are familiar with the bath...
  • A Historic and Dangerous Senate Mistake (by Bill Frist)

    02/25/2010 5:09:14 PM PST · by SmartInsight · 14 replies · 904+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 25, 2010 | Bill Frist
    Americans want bipartisan solutions for major social and economic issues; they don't want legislative gimmicks that force unpopular legislation through the Senate. Thomas Jefferson once referred to the Senate as "the cooling saucer" of the legislative process. Using budget reconciliation in this way would dramatically alter the founders' intent for the Senate, and transform it from cooling saucer to a boiling teapot of partisanship. Mr. Reid was right to rule out this option when this saga began last year. He would be wise to abandon it today.
  • Frist Says Healthcare Overhaul Will Pass By Christmas, With Flaws ( Calls it very good ) BARF

    11/28/2009 3:40:01 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 52 replies · 1,961+ views
    WPLN ^ | November 23rd | Daniel Potter
    Former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist says Congress will pass a healthcare overhaul bill by Christmas. But he says it will push costs onto the states that will crimp funds for education. ... Frist also says the bill fails to tackle tort or malpractice issues. But he calls the insurance reform in the bill “very good,” saying people who have lost jobs or don’t make much money will be able to get insurance, as will those with preexisting conditions.
  • Bill Frist on Health Bill: I'd Vote For It - (Barf)

    10/02/2009 2:09:32 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 26 replies · 777+ views
    Time ^ | October 2, 2009 | Karen Tumulty
    Or so the former Senate Republican Leader, a surgeon who has written a new book on health care, told me a few minutes ago in an interview. Were he still in the Senate, "I would end up voting for it," he said. "As leader, I would take heat for it. ... That's what leadership is all about." This is not to say that Frist is entirely happy with everything that is in the bill. For one thing, he doesn't think it does nearly enough to bring costs under control. In his view, it does not fundamentally change the incentives that...
  • Commentary: Bush saved 10 million lives

    01/16/2009 7:29:17 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 921+ views
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2009 | Bill Frist
    Editor's note: Bill Frist, a physician, is former Republican majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a professor of medicine and business at Vanderbilt University. (CNN) -- A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world. His critics ignore it, but name another president about whom one can say that with such certainty. It is what historians will say a decade from now looking back. Not bad for a president who leaves office with the lowest approval rating in recent memory. The bottom line is: George Bush is a healer. First,...
  • Thompson Announces Tennessee Leadership Team

    11/07/2007 8:23:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Earned Media ^ | November 7, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- Senator Fred Thompson announced his extensive Tennessee political leadership team today. Senator Howard Baker will serve as the honorary chairman of the Tennessee delegation, joined by 13 honorary co-chairs and 61 honorary state chairs, reflecting the depth of support for Senator Thompson in Tennessee. This leadership team includes two former United States Senate majority leaders, current and former members of Congress, former governors, and every Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature. "I am grateful for the wide support I'm receiving from my home state of Tennessee," said Senator Fred Thompson. "This group...
  • Frist: Reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq (West Point Releases Al Qaeda Letter: Chastises Zarqawi)

    10/05/2006 6:20:36 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies · 501+ views
    Bill Frist, M.D. (VOLPAC) ^ | 10/5/2006 7:36:24 PM | Written by Bill Frist, M.D.
    As you may know, I’ve spent the week traveling to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan meeting with government officials, commanders on the ground, medical doctors, and our heroic men and women in uniform. I visited a small town named Qalat south of Kabul and saw American personnel assisted by Romanian and Afghan allies working hard to build electrical and medical infrastructure in an effort to win the hearts and minds of ordinary Afghan farmers. I met with Iraqi doctors in Baghdad who’re struggling to do their jobs in an environment made extremely difficult by terrorism and crime. I witnessed...
  • Jill Stanek: Blame Frist if parental notification bill fails

    09/27/2006 4:16:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 474+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 9/27/06 | Jill Stanek
    Is it possible during the tenure of a Republican-controlled Congress and presidency that pro-life legislation with an 80 percent public approval rating won't pass? Yes. And if that happens, the responsibility will rest solely with one man. The measure in question would make it a federal crime for non-parental adults to traffic minor girls for abortions across state lines without notifying her parents. This closes a loophole currently enabling molesters and incest perpetrators not only to kill the evidence of their crime but repeat it. The bottleneck on this bill is the U. S. Senate, where Republican Bill Frist is...
  • Perhaps I’m Less Angry About Immigration

    08/05/2006 6:57:44 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 196+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/05/06 | Purple Mountains
    One of the key issues in this fall’s Congressional election will be centered on what has been done to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the US. As things stand now, there is tremendous frustration over the lack of any meaningful progress on this issue and over the seeming lack of concern on the part of most Democrats, RINO Republican senators and President Bush. Perhaps, though, President Bush has somewhat gotten the message and responded to it (something no Democrat president would do).
  • Billions for Mexico border fence

    08/02/2006 6:07:41 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 44 replies · 5,578+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3 August 2006
    THE US Senate has approved $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) in emergency spending for the construction of a fence along the US southwest border with Mexico. The funds were approved as an amendment to a $US435 billion defence spending bill being debated this week. "The Senate acted today to fund a border fence, fulfilling its commitment made in the comprehensive immigration reform bill that authorised the funding," Senate Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist said. Senator Frist described the vote as "another step forward in securing our borders". "With the current National Guard deployment dramatically driving down illegal border crossings by 45...
  • President Bush vs. Dr. Frist vs. the Nuremburg Code

    07/15/2006 1:01:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 492+ views ^ | 7/12/06 | Terence Jeffrey
    "We were all an embryo at one point, and we ought to as a society be very careful about being callous about the wanton destruction of embryos, of life," White House aide Karl Rove told the Denver Post this week. He was explaining why President Bush is committed to casting his first-ever veto against a bill -- which may pass the Senate as early as next week -- that would give tax dollars to researchers who deliberately kill human embryos to extract their stem cells. "The president is emphatic about this," Rove said. This veto threat is necessary because of...
  • Fix Healthcare? Define “Fix”

    07/15/2006 5:33:03 AM PDT · by joebergeron · 39 replies · 1,286+ views ^ | July 14, 2006 | Jack McEnany
    Fix Healthcare? Define “Fix” A couple years ago, the WaPo OpEd page carried an odd piece of bi-partisan puffery from Sens Bill Frist (R-TN) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) – now both potential 2008 presidential candidates. As experts on healthcare – Dr. Frist’s daddy founded HCA, which made him filthy rich, while Clinton was appointed in 1993 by her hubby to put her estimable cattle futures investing skills to work revamping America’s broken, overpriced, and heartless healthcare system. The following quote isn’t news to those of us who aren’t privileged enough to have private healthcare coverage paid for by the federal...
  • Senators Agree To Open Waters To Oil Exploration

    07/13/2006 2:35:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 604+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 13, 2006 | Maya Jackson Randal
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and other senators yesterday announced an agreement on legislation to open more federal waters to oil and natural-gas exploration. With lawmakers under pressure to help ease fuel prices, the agreement was presented as a breakthrough on stalled energy legislation. It would allow drilling in an area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico that is rich in natural gas, and open the way for coastal states to share in royalty revenue that otherwise would go to the federal government. Addressing Florida lawmakers' concerns, the agreement includes a ban on energy development within 125 miles...
  • Frist: Europe Missile-Defense Site Needed

    07/05/2006 12:17:40 PM PDT · by foxy_maiden · 24 replies · 493+ views
    Voter's Domain ^ | June 30, 2006
    In a letter to the president, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) urged Bush on Friday to intensify efforts to put interceptor missiles at a Europe site. ...