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  • Senate Dems plan all-night protest over Trump's EPA pick

    02/16/2017 1:14:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Democrats are planning an all-night talkathon Thursday over President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Asked whether Democrats are planning to hold the floor all night, a spokeswoman for Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) — the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee — confirmed that "that's the plan." A spokesman for Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) directed questions to Carper's office but noted that Democrats aren't planning to yield back debate time. The late-night floor drama comes after senators voted to move forward with Scott Pruitt's nomination earlier Thursday in a 54-46 vote....
  • Mulvaney Narrowly Confirmed by Senate as OMB Director

    02/16/2017 11:17:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 02/16/2017 | By Gabrielle Levy
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget under President Donald Trump, placing the South Carolina Republican in a key White House role that holds significant sway over the administration's spending priorities. Mulvaney is one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, the hard-line group of some 40 congressmen who have yanked the GOP conference in the chamber to the right and were instrumental in forcing out former House Speaker John Boehner in 2015. The Senate approved Mulvaney's nomination mostly along party lines, 51 to 49, with Majority Leader Mitch...
  • Dems blast McConnell for not delaying vote on EPA nominee

    02/16/2017 11:05:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Democrats on Thursday slammed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not delaying a vote on President Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and some colleagues have repeatedly asked McConnell to delay the vote to confirm Scott Pruitt, currently Oklahoma’s attorney general, while Democrats and a liberal group wait for a public records requested more than two years ago. McConnell declined, Carper said, and the Senate voted 54-46 on Thursday — with all Republicans and two Democrats supporting — to move forward on Pruitt and line up a vote for Friday. “In my...
  • GOP Sen. Collins to vote against Trump’s EPA pick

    02/15/2017 2:46:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    © Greg Nash Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will vote against confirming President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Collins is the only Senate Republican to come out against Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA 14 times during former President Obama’s administration. “I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has actively opposed and sued the EPA on numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” Collins told Maine Public Radio on...
  • Trump Has Fewest Cabinet Secretaries Confirmed Since George Washington

    02/14/2017 9:21:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2017 | Rob Bluey
    It took nearly a month, but President Donald Trump is finally operating with at least half of his Cabinet in place. Not since George Washington in 1789 has a newly elected president waited so long. [Snip] Why? Unprecedented delays and obstructionism on the part of Democrats have resulted in the most contentious confirmation process in U.S. history, according to a Washington Post analysis. No other president’s nominees have collectively faced similar opposition. And that’s just the 15 members of Trump’s Cabinet. Other top nominees, such as Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget and Scott Pruitt...
  • Price confirmed as head of HHS; to be point person in dismantling of Obamacare

    02/10/2017 12:06:28 AM PST · by pnz1 · 46 replies
    The Senate early Friday morning confirmed President Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Dem Who Lied About Vietnam Service Calls for Extreme Vetting of Gorsuch

    02/08/2017 1:20:10 PM PST · by ProudDeplorable · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Bill McMorris
    A Democratic senator who lied about his military service for decades is now calling on his colleagues to thoroughly vet the background of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), a member of the Senate committee that handles legal confirmation hearings, said that Appellate Court Judge Neil Gorsuch will face tough questions about his background. He said the Colorado-based judge will have "every aspect of his background" investigated by Democratic committee members before his nomination to the nation's highest court moves forward.
  • Sessions on track for confirmation over Democratic criticism

    02/08/2017 9:23:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2017 11:29 AM EST | Andrew Taylor
    The Republican-led Senate worked nonstop Wednesday toward a confirmation vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, who faced a firestorm of Democratic criticism over his record on civil rights and other issues. Democrats contended Sessions is too close to Trump, too harsh on immigrants, and weak on civil rights. They asserted he wouldn’t do enough to protect voting rights of minorities, protections for gay people, the right of women to procure abortions, and immigrants in the country illegally to receive due process. Still, the Alabama Republican was expected to prevail on a near party-line evening...
  • Senate Votes To Gag Elizabeth Warren After Anti-Sessions Outburst

    02/08/2017 12:28:59 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 131 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb 7, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    ollowing a scathing speech against Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Senator Elizabeth Warren had "impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama," violating the so-called 'Rule 19'. By a vote of 49-43, Senator Warren was then barred from speaking on the floor until Senator Sessions nomination debate is complete (likely tomorrow evening).... McConnell defended the decision, noting Warren had been warned. "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation," he said after the vote. "Nevertheless, she persisted."
  • Sens. Graham and Scott announce support for Betsy DeVos

    02/06/2017 12:51:03 PM PST · by libstripper · 32 replies
    GoUpstat.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2016 | Staff
    Both South Carolina senators have announced support for President Trump's pick for the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
  • Sessions clears first floor vote, poised for confirmation next week

    02/02/2017 2:41:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2017 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Jeff Sessions survived his first test floor vote Thursday, putting him on the path to win confirmation as the next attorney general.
  • Pelosi says Gorsuch is 'well outside the mainstream.' Democrats in 2006 confirmed him

    02/01/2017 10:10:56 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/01/17 | Judi McLeod
    We're here to help, Nancy We’ve already talked a bit about the Nancy Pelosi Town Hall that aired last night on CNN. In case you missed it, her very, very, VERY disturbing remarks on immigration can be seen here. However, lecturing a grieving mother wasn’t the only incoherent moment during the proceedings. Pelosi delivered a rambling, semi-lucid, answer when asked about Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations

    02/01/2017 7:16:15 AM PST · by Truth29 · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 1, 2017 | MJ Lee, Phil Mattingly and Manu Raju
    Senate Republicans took an extraordinary step Wednesday to move forward with two of President Donald Trump's top Cabinet nominees after confronting a boycott from Democrats across the aisle. Republican lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee -- the panel that oversees the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services -- gathered for the second day in a row with Democrats on the committee refusing to show up. Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, pointing to the "extraordinary circumstances" of the meeting, allowed the Republicans...
  • Milk Carton Democrats – Washington Democrats in 2017 Deploy Wisconsin Senate Democrat 2011 Strategy…

    01/31/2017 1:42:50 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 16 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan. 31, 2017 | Sundance
    History repeats. Many people will remember what happened in Wisconsin in 2011 when control of the state legislature flipped from Democrat control to Republican control and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker began initiating a series of state budget reforms.
  • Senators debate Sessions amid storm over firing of acting attorney general

    01/31/2017 12:38:28 PM PST · by libstripper · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 31, 2017 | Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotski
    Senate Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday sparred over whether Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) can operate independently of the president if confirmed as attorney general — a debate that took on new importance after President Trump’s late-night firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his immigration order. . . . The committee scheduled a vote on Sessions’s nomination for Wednesday morning. A vote by the full Senate is expected later in the week. (My emphasis.)
  • LIVE STREAM: Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Jeff Sessions...

    01/31/2017 7:07:31 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 100 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 31, 2017 | Entertainment News Gaming
    Started streaming 49 minutes ago LIVE STREAM: Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Jeff Sessions nomination to be Attorney General The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is expected to approve President Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to become attorney general, sending the matter to the full Senate. But the morning hearing is likely to last hours as Democratic senators speak out against Sessions and criticize the president’s executive actions on immigration!
  • FBN just reports Mike Pompeo confirmed for CIA chief

    01/23/2017 4:22:39 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 97 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 1/23/2017 | FBN
    Lou Dobbs just broke in with the report that Mike Pompeo now has 56 votes for confirmation, and has been confirmed by the Senate.
  • Rex Tillerson approved by Senate panel as secretary of state

    01/23/2017 5:38:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/23/2017 | Karoun Demirjian and Sean Sullivan
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee split along party lines Monday to endorse Rex Tillerson as the country’s next secretary of state, setting up a confirmation vote in the full Senate that is all but guaranteed to succeed. Republicans unanimously backed Tillerson in the 11-to-10 vote, after key Republicans who had voiced criticism of Tillerson opted to support his nomination. Chief among them was Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a committee member who announced Monday morning that he would support Tillerson despite concerns about how Tillerson would approach Russia and other countries Rubio counts as human rights violators, resolving the final major...
  • Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA director

    01/23/2017 5:35:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/23/2017 | Greg Miller
    Mike Pompeo was confirmed as CIA director by the Senate on Monday, putting the conservative Kansas congressman in charge of an agency that is bracing for its most contentious relationship with the White House in decades. As CIA director, Pompeo will be responsible for managing a global spying network at a time of escalating security problems, including renewed aggression from Russia, the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and the splintering terror threat posed by the Islamic State. But, at least initially, Pompeo’s most vexing task may involve finding a way to establish a functional relationship between the CIA and President...
  • My story is an American story, says Nikki Haley at confirmation hearing

    01/19/2017 8:14:05 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2017 | Agencies
    If confirmed by the US Senate, Haley, 44, would be the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any presidential administration. "My story is an American story", Indian American Nikki Haley said as she shared her experience of growing up in the United States and challenges faced by her family over the years, during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations. "I was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, the daughter of immigrants from Punjab, India. My parents had comfortable lives in India, but they chose to give up those comforts...
  • Trump's Pentagon pick cruises toward likely confirmation

    01/12/2017 9:22:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2017 4:54 PM EST | Robert Burns
    Retired Gen. James Mattis on Thursday cruised toward likely confirmation as Donald Trump’s defense secretary, easily prevailing in a Senate vote granting him an exemption to run the Pentagon as a recently retired officer. At his confirmation hearing, he called Russia the nation’s No. 1 security threat, accusing its leader of trying to “break” NATO. The Senate voted 81-17 to approve legislation overriding a prohibition against former U.S. service members who have been out of uniform less than seven years from holding the Defense Department’s top job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. The House...
  • LIVE: Confirmation Hearing of James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's Pick for Secretary of Defense

    01/12/2017 7:43:11 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 12, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tojLETR_leM
  • Ted Cruz just took the Dems' Jeff Sessions hearing hypocrisy and killed it with FIRE

    01/10/2017 2:31:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 270 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 01/10/2017 | By: Maria Jeffrey
    During Senator Jeff Sessions’, R-Ala. (C,78%) Attorney General confirmation hearing today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Tex. (A, 97%) pointed out numerous Democratic hypocrisies that have been manifested in the past few years and during the hearing. Democrats on the committee, especially Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (F, 0%) had been grilling Sessions on whether he would uphold abortion laws in the United States if he becomes Attorney General. Senator Patrick Leahy, D, Vt. (F, 6%) interrogated Sessions on LGBT rights, questioning whether Sessions would uphold civil rights laws as Attorney General. But did the Democrats...
  • Warren takes aim at Trump's pick for education secretary (fake Indian on the warpath alert)

    01/09/2017 4:23:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 9, 2017 | Annie Linskey
    Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says Besty DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Education, has a "radical political philosophy" and a thin resume for the job. "There is no precedent for an Education Department Secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education," Warren wrote in a lengthy letter sent to DeVos on Monday morning. DeVos hasn't held top policy-making positions in the past, unlike other picks for the position by past presidents. Warren said that DeVos has "virtually no experience" in handling student debt, developing standards for school accountability, or improving schools - the...
  • Yes, Trump pick Monica Crowley has a plagiarism problem

    01/08/2017 2:53:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 8, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Monica Crowley was recently tapped as Donald Trump’s selection to be the Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the National Security Council. Unfortunately for her, former Buzzfeed researcher (now with CNN) Andrew Kaczynski has been digging into her 2012 best seller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened and has turned up multiple instances of obvious plagiarism. Crowley is a long time Fox News host and conservative columnist, so she was no neophyte when it comes to the rules of the road for journalists and authors. Trump is calling this essentially a political hit job, but it’s definitely a problem. (CNN) Conservative...
  • Warren: No confirmation hearings until ethics concerns addressed

    01/08/2017 4:08:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for the Senate to not hold confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks until after the completion of an ethics screening. "Cabinet officials must put our country's interests before their own. No [confirmation] hearings should be held until we’re certain that’s the case," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. [Snip] "This is ridiculous," Warren tweeted, "[Trump's nominees] can’t drag their feet on ethics paperwork while their Senate friends try to run out the clock."
  • Critics say Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing too short, too few witnesses

    01/08/2017 1:04:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Al.com ^ | January 7, 2017 | Howard Koplowitz
    The rules set by Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, schedule Sessions' hearings for two days, with one day mostly devoted to testimony from Sessions and the second day featuring testimony from nine witnesses -- five called by Republicans and four called by Democrats. The witness lists are still being finalized; a Judiciary Committee spokeswoman told AL.com that the names should be made public on Monday, a day before the hearing. After the two days of testimony, the 16-member committee will then vote whether to send Sessions' nomination to the full Senate, where...
  • POLL: Will Democrats succeed in blocking Trump's cabinet confirmations?

    01/03/2017 10:51:22 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 21 replies
    Headline of the Day Poll Will Democrats succeed in blocking Trump's cabinet confirmations? Yes. Senator Schumer will peel off enough RINO's to reject them No. Trump will keep Republicans in line
  • WaPo: Senate Dems planning “unprecedented” obstruction of Cabinet nominees

    01/02/2017 6:39:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 2, 2017 | ED MORRISEY
    Remember when Democrats insisted that incoming presidents had to get immediate confirmation of Cabinet appointments for the good of the nation? What a difference an (R) makes ... The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports on a plan by Senate Democrats to “slow walk” confirmation of Donald Trump’s appointments, including an insistence on nor more than two confirmations a week: Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding...
  • Schumer: Dems will slow Trump Cabinet confirmation hearings

    01/01/2017 2:09:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 1, 2017 | Mallory Shellbourne
    Incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says his party will target eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks in an attempt to draw out the confirmation process, according to the Washington Post . Schumer told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that Democrats will target Trump’s picks to head the State, Justice and Education departments, as well as the Office of Management and Budget. “Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist," Schumer...
  • Dems to use hearings on Trump picks to court working class

    12/16/2016 10:56:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2016 12:46 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he’s not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican’s picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight. To highlight what they say is the hypocrisy of Trump’s campaign promise to be a champion for the economically struggling little guy, they’ll focus on the nominees’ wealth, ties to Wall Street and willingness to privatize Medicare, among other...
  • 3 Major Problems With ‘Confirmation,’ HBO’s Anita Hill History Rewrite

    04/18/2016 1:43:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/18/2016 | Mollie Hemingway
    Some of us are old enough to remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation battle. We were shocked when reports first surfaced that Thomas, a well-regarded former chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was being accused of sexual harassment. But then we heard his accuser’s ever-changing and uncorroborated testimony, and we compared it with the testimony of a dozen close female colleagues who effusively praised Thomas as a boss known for how well he treated the women around him. We learned that his accuser Anita Hill’s testimony was contradicted by data and evidence. Thomas won his confirmation battle....
  • Sowell: Supreme Hypocrisy

    03/28/2016 11:08:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 29, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats complain, and the media echo their complaint, that it is the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on the President's appointment of various federal officials. Therefore, according to this claim, the Senate is neglecting its Constitutional duty by refusing even to hold hearings to determine...
  • How Obama Denied Conservative Judges a Vote

    02/18/2016 11:08:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    On a hot day in June, the grandson of a bank president took to the floor of the Senate to denounce the daughter of sharecroppers. "I feel compelled to rise on this issue to express, in the strongest terms, my opposition to the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit," Senator Obama said. Born in segregated Alabama, Janice Rogers Brown had been a leftist like Obama before becoming conservative. When Obama rose to denounce the respected African-American jurist for her political views it had been almost a full two years since President Bush had nominated her in the...
  • THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW!

    02/17/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by windhover · 29 replies
    2/17/2016 | windhover
    Ok, we knew it would happen and it is happening. The first cracks in that alleged Republican wall of invincibility in the Senate are beginning to run. Charles Grassley R-Iowa and CHAIRMAN of the Judiciary Committee is now publicly saying that he has not excluded the possibility of calling a vote on an Obama Supreme Court appointment. Grassley is also RUNNING FOR RE ELECTION; as is David Vitter R-Louisiana, another Judiciary Committee member. We have to BURY both these Senators in phone calls, e-mail, snail mail, and personal visits to their office closest to you with like minded voters. They...
  • Republicans Are Handling The Supreme Court Vacancy All Wrong. Here's Why.

    02/15/2016 11:05:37 AM PST · by Sparticus · 24 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 2/15/2016 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans have set upon a strategy for preventing a politically-driven justice from replacing Scalia and turning the Court’s conservative-leftist split into a permanent leftist majority. Their strategy: stating that they will not approve anyone nominated by President Obama. Virtually all the Republican presidential candidates have called on Obama not to nominate anyone to fill Scalia’s vacancy, explaining that he’s in the last year of his tenure and that it would be irregular to try to cram through a lifetime appointment before leaving office. “The American people should have a voice...
  • Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks

    07/06/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. The standoff, if it continues through the 2016 elections as expected, could diminish the stamp that President Barack Obama leaves on the judiciary — a less conspicuous but critical part of his legacy. Practically, the makeup of lower-level courts could directly affect a number of Obama’s policies expected to face legal challenges from conservatives. Republicans appear willing to absorb criticism that they’re interfering with the prerogative of a president to...
  • Why Lowering the Age of Confirmation Makes Sense

    06/03/2015 3:26:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 3, 2015 | JARED M. SILVEY
    This past Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the age for the reception of Confirmation would be lowered to seven. In addition, the archbishop said that he would restore the sacrament’s former place in between Baptism and First Communion. In his pastoral letter “Saints Among Us,” he explains his reasons for making the change, especially from the standpoint of theology. The archbishop quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who in Sacramentum Caritatis writes that “It must never be forgotten that our reception of Baptism and Confirmation is ordered to the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist, then, brings Christian...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    CONFIRMATIONConfirmation was instituted by Christ Our redeemer . This Sacrament was then practiced by His Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church. "But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me...and even to the uttermost part of the earth." The Acts 1:8 Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is usually administered by a Bishop, in accordance with the traditions of the Church. For it is the Bishops who have the fullness of Gifts from the Holy Spirit, the same and equal Gifts...
  • Obama IRS Should Face Justice (Weekly Update)

    01/31/2015 11:09:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter? Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News about a year ago, President Obama said that President Richard Nixon was actually more liberal in his policies than Obama is. But, while comparing their policies, Obama conveniently left out one chilling similarity: Both presidents used the virtually unbridled power and authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target their political opponents. In fact, in many respects Obama’s IRS abuses actually have been much worse than Nixon’s. As...
  • Sessions: Why Confirm an AG Who’s Going to Execute an Unconstitutional Policy?

    01/29/2015 2:22:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    Video - 4:33 minutes at link. (CNSNews.com) – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s executive action plan for illegal immigrants was unconstitutional and therefore Congress must not confirm Obama’s attorney general nominee who is committed to executing that “illegal and unconstitutional” policy. “So, why would we want to confirm someone who's going to continue to execute an unlawful, unconstitutional policy?” Sessions told CNSNews.com. At the Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Sessions if “illegal aliens have a right work in the U.S.,” he said, he said, “the law says they don’t, and it explicitly says an employer...
  • Questions For Loretta Lynch

    11/10/2014 4:10:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Cabinet: After Eric Holder, who put politics over the rule of law, the president's next attorney general deserves extra scrutiny. Hustling the nominee through the lame-duck session would be a bad first step after the election. Voters sent a resounding message to the White House that it doesn't like the direction it's taking the nation. Specifically, they said in exit polls they don't like the souring of race relations that's occurred under Holder's polarizing tenure. Obama's nod, U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch, should be thoroughly vetted by the new Senate that voters elected to power. Confirmation hearings should wait until the...
  • Cruz, Lee want to hold off on AG confirmation

    11/08/2014 12:27:36 PM PST · by jazusamo · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    A pair of Republican senators reiterated their call for President Obama's new nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to be taken up in the next Congress, rather than the lame-duck session. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have previously said they will oppose non-emergency business taken up when lawmakers return following Tuesday's election. "President Obama’s Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the...
  • Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source

    08/20/2014 11:25:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    EXCLUSIVE: Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com. “The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.” According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown...
  • Another Obama nominee faces confirmation struggle: Another Democratic Rebellion in Less than 2 weeks

    03/18/2014 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Another stupid Democrat trick threatens to blow up in the face of Harry Reid like Wylie Coyote lighting an exploding cigar given to him by the Roadrunner.In theory, Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” change to simple majority Senate confirmation ought to have ushered in easy confirmation for even the wackiest left wing nominees to high posts in the federal government. But those pesky voters are going to speak in November, and thanks to ObamaCare a growing list of Senate Democrats up for re-election fear accountability. So all of a sudden, confirmation is no sure thing: Burgess Everett and Josh Gerstein report...
  • Pope Francis (to confirmands): Remain steadfast in the journey of faith

    04/28/2013 5:28:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | April 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) It was truly a day to remember for 44 people who had come to St Peter’s Square to be confirmed by the Pope. The special Mass on Sunday was organized as part of the Year of Faith and those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation had come from all over the world to be in the Square. During his homily Pope Francis offered the thousands of people gathered and in particular those being confirmed three short reflections. The Holy Father began by recalling the second reading in Sunday’s liturgy which describes the vision of St John. Pope Francis...
  • Easter Rebirth [at the Easter Vigil]

    03/30/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    JPSimkin.wordpress.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | Joyce P. Simkin
    Easter Rebirth March 28, 2013 by Joyce P. Simkin Each year when the crocuses bloom I think back to my full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1997. All adults preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church — converts from other Christian faiths; non-Christian converts; and those who, like me, were baptized Catholic but never had their First Communion nor had been confirmed — must attend R.C.I.A. classes in order to learn about Catholic beliefs and traditions and hopefully, in the process, strengthen their faith and grow close to God.R.C.I.A. stands for Rite of Christian Initiation...
  • Hagel 2005: OK To Hold Up Confirmation If 'Serious Allegations' Not Answered

    02/17/2013 9:43:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/13 | staff
    "On Bolton: You know that we had a committee meeting to vote him out [i.e. to the full Senate]. You know that we decided to take three additional weeks to investigate the new allegations and charges that have come in. I said, at the time, on the record, in the committee, and many times publicly: these are very serious allegations, and they deserve serious attention. And we should not move forward until we address these allegations....I have always taken the approach, and I think in the nine years I have been in the Senate I have only voted against one...
  • Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary

    02/13/2013 5:29:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed. The committee debated the Hagel nomination in anticipation of a Tuesday afternoon vote that is expected to fall along party lines, with all committee Republicans voting against the nomination. After the committee acts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to call for a final floor vote on Thursday, just before the Senate goes on vacation. Several GOP...