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  • Mike Pence promises GOP will replace Obamacare by end of summer, pass 'tax cuts' this year

    06/20/2017 10:25:35 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 18 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | June 20, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    Vice President Mike Pence promised Tuesday that Republicans will pass an Obamacare replacement plan by the end of summer and "tax cuts" this year. Those pledges form the foundation of a platform that President Donald Trump says will boost American economic growth and job creation. But the GOP-controlled Congress faces a packed legislative calendar this year and will have to overcome potential disagreements over what form its health-care and tax bills should take. At the National Association of Manufacturers summit, Pence said he wanted to "assure" the audience that Trump and Congress will approve an Obamacare replacement plan "before this...
  • A Texas Republican called ICE on protesters. Then lawmakers started to scuffle

    <p>Lawmakers scuffled on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on Monday after a Dallas-area Republican told Democrats that he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on protesters in the House gallery.</p> <p>“We were just on the floor talking about the SB4 protests, and [state Rep.] Matt Rinaldi came up to us and made it a point to say, ‘I called (ICE) on all of them,’ ” state Rep. Philip Cortez (D) said. “And this is completely unacceptable. We will not be intimidated. We will not be disrespected.”</p>
  • REPORT: Leakers Found Inside White House, Trump Will Be Firing

    05/23/2017 9:00:57 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 58 replies
    Breitbart.Com ^ | May 22, 2017 | Ian Mason
    Trey Yingst, chief White House correspondent for the One America News Network, is reporting Monday that three sources of the leaks liberally flowing from President Donald TrumpĀ’s White House have been found. Trey Yingstā€¸ļ€²Verified accountļ‚™ @TreyYingst Follow More SCOOP: Three White House staffers have been identified for leaking classified info. POTUS will fire 'multiple people' when he returns to DC. According to Yingst, three staffers have been identified and referred to the Office of Government Ethics for their role in leaking information from within the White House. Leaks to the mainstream press have constantly plagued the Trump administration in its...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Judge dismisses 'clock boy' lawsuit...

    05/19/2017 8:50:49 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    Dailymail.Com ^ | 05/19/2017 | Kaileen Gaul For Dailymail.com
    A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Ahmed Mohamed's father, saying the family will not get a payout from the city of Irving, Texas or the school district for the 'clock boy' scandal, DailyMail.com has learned. On September 14, 2015, 14-year-old Ahmed gained national attention when his high school teacher suspected he brought a bomb to school. Ahmed was surprised and showed the teacher it was actually a homemade alarm clock. She told the Muslim teen she would keep it behind her desk for the rest of the day. Later that day, the teacher called the police who arrested...
  • BREAKING: White House announces President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey

    05/09/2017 2:48:16 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 792 replies
    White House announces President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey
  • On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer predicts America will have single-payer health care within 7 years

    05/05/2017 5:25:49 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 129 replies
    This Week ^ | May 5, 2017
    Conservative columnist and Fox News regular Charles Krauthammer is not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, but after House Republicans voted to partially repeal and replace it on Thursday, he said he thinks, ironically, ObamaCare won the day. "I think what conservatives and Republicans are beginning to understand is how the fundamental view of health care among the American people has changed," he told Tucker Carlson Thursday night. "ObamaCare is a disaster on the ground," he said, "and politically it ruined the Democrats. However, there's an irony and a hidden victory here: Over these past seven years, people's expectations...
  • North Korea Warns Of War As US Bombers Send Kim Jong Un A Message (B1 Lancers)

    05/02/2017 10:48:41 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 2, 2017 | Ryan Pickrell
    U.S. bombers, escorted by South Korean fighters, flew near the Korean Peninsula Monday, according to American military officials. Two B-1B Lancers flew out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The bombers conducted “bilateral training missions with their counterparts from the Republic of Korea and Japanese air forces,” Lt. Col. Lori Hodge, Pacific Air Forces public affairs deputy director, told reporters, according to DOD Buzz. It is unclear how close the bombers were to the demilitarized zone, the divide between North and South Korea, or whether they were armed. In recent weeks, the U.S. military has been moving high-level strategic...
  • Trump open to higher gas tax for highway funding

    05/01/2017 10:36:35 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 38 replies
    Marketwatch.Com ^ | May 1, 2017 | JEFFRY BARTASH
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - President Donald Trump said he's open to raising the federal tax on gasoline if the money raised is directed "toward the highways," he said in an interview with Bloomberg. Republicans in Congress have generally resisted a higher gas tax, but funding for highways has been hurt in part by the use of more energy efficient vehicles.
  • Dems winning fight over wall

    04/13/2017 9:54:52 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/09/17 10:00 AM EDT | Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis
    Democrats are winning the war over the wall. Despite President Trump’s request for more than $1 billion to fund the Mexican border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the choice is pragmatic and the money will come later. (Where have we heard that before) But the issue has become a political thorn in the side of GOP leaders who are facing pushback from Republicans voicing concerns over the diplomatic fallout, the disruption to local communities and...
  • Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Gorsuch nomination, setting up 'nuclear' decision

    04/03/2017 10:30:47 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 40 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | April 3, 2017 | Jacob Pramuck
    Senate Democrats have garnered enough votes to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, forcing Republicans to consider whether to change Senate rules to confirm President Donald Trump's choice.
  • ICE Raids Target Austin, Texas

    03/30/2017 8:18:46 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 37 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 30, 2017 | Chris Riotta
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deliberately targeted Austin, Texas after talks between the agency’s officials and local authorities went awry, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin said during a public court session Tuesday. Immigration officials reported at least 50 people were arrested in Austin – typically described as a sanctuary city for its welcoming stance on immigration – early last month after a federal crackdown began following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The raids began after Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez met with an ICE field office director to discuss the federal government’s new immigration guidelines under Trump. Instead of working with...
  • It may sound crazy, but the GOP really wants its healthcare plan to fail

    03/10/2017 1:40:33 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 51 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | March 10, 2017 | Ezra Klein
    There is a line worth noting in David Brooks's column today: "The Republican plan will fuel cynicism. It's being pushed through in an elitist, anti-democratic, middle of the night rush. It seems purposely designed to fail." Quietly, the idea that the House bill is designed to fail is percolating around Washington. I've heard it from a half-dozen people now. The law's construction is shoddy. The outreach has been nonexistent. The hypocritical, hyper-accelerated process is baffling. Nothing about it makes sense. But if you flip the intention — if you assume Republican leaders want to see a repeal-and-replace bill die in...
  • Schumer's plan to stop the wall

    03/05/2017 3:34:59 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 66 replies
    Axios.Com ^ | March 5, 2017 | Jonathan Swan
    Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year. Keep reading 342 words Trump needs 60 Senate votes to fund construction of his "great wall" along the Southern border. Unlike healthcare or tax reform, Republicans can't use the budget process to ram the wall funding through Congress using only Republican votes. Schumer's thinking: There's nothing the Republicans would be willing to offer that could get Trump the eight Democratic Senators he needs to fund the wall. Mitch McConnell's only other option would be to...
  • Food stamps 'SNAP' back into debate about spending

    03/04/2017 3:48:18 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published March 03, 2017 | Dan Springer
    The cost of Food Stamps, or SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), has ballooned the past two decades. It went from having a price tag of $17 billion in 2000 to costing $71 billion last year. That’s why President Trump said he wants to clamp down on government-subsidy programs. Trump brought up the controversial issue during his speech to Congress on Tuesday, when he said “over 43 million people are now living in poverty. And over 43 million Americans are on food stamps.” Trump has long been a proponent of scaling back welfare programs. In his 2011 book, “Time to...
  • Trump: 'The time is right for an immigration bill'

    02/28/2017 4:18:00 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2017 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump may urge lawmakers to pass a compromise immigration reform bill during his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.. Trump told a group of television anchors he believes a major immigration bill is necessary but would require Republicans and Democrats to make significant trade-offs. "The time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides," Trump said, according to CNN's Jake Tapper. Trump envisions a proposal that would allow some undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, but would stop short of offering them...
  • GOP senator: Trump budget 'dead on arrival' (Lindsey Graham)

    02/28/2017 10:38:54 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/28/17 12:43 PM EST | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that President Trump’s first budget was “dead on arrival” and wouldn’t make it through Congress. “It's not going to happen,” said Graham, according to NBC News. “It would be a disaster." Graham, a frequent Trump critic, expressed concerns with Trump’s proposed cuts to the State Department budget, especially the targeting of foreign aid. Trump will propose $54 billion in cuts to fund an equivalent boost in defense spending, White House officials said Monday. The administration will make massive cuts from the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department, even though both of their budgets combined...
  • Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

    02/23/2017 11:57:00 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2017 | DAN JOLING
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point. The field of white, he said, was all you could see each winter on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, implying that such a barren landscape would not be harmed by oil rigs. Sixteen years later, Murkowski's daughter is trying again. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring legislation to open the refuge that takes up Alaska's northeast corner...
  • Among Republicans, Trump is more popular than congressional leaders

    02/22/2017 1:56:49 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2017 | David Lauter
    Amid strain between the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, the White House holds the high ground, a new survey indicates. Among Republicans, President Trump has greater popularity than the party's congressional leaders. Asked specifically who they would trust if the two sides disagreed, most Republicans chose Trump over their party's leadership. The findings, from a new survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center underscore Trump's continued sway with the Republican congressional majority. Although the president has historically low job approval ratings among the public at large, he remains highly popular among Republican partisans and in Republican districts. As for...
  • Mexico says will 'not accept' unilateral U.S. immigration policies

    02/22/2017 10:06:10 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 129 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 22, 2017
    Mexico will not accept new "unilateral" U.S. immigration proposals, and will not hesitate in approaching the United Nations to defend immigrants, the country's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with senior U.S. officials.
  • Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

    02/22/2017 5:46:07 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 22, 2017
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country. Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" — Other Than Mexicans — got flown back to their homelands. Now, under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have...