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  • Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil

    04/15/2017 1:15:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/ ^ | April 10, 2017 | USCCB.org staff
    Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil April 10, 2017 WASHINGTON—A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, April 15, in parishes across the United States. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full...
  • Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court

    04/07/2017 8:56:36 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 189 replies
    The Senate has cast enough votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal judge who could help cement a conservative majority on the bench for decades, to the Supreme Court, according to a CNN count of the vote.
  • Senate Republicans deploy ‘nuclear option’ after Gorsuch filibuster

    04/06/2017 9:16:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 109 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4-6-2017 | Judson Berger
    Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday afternoon in a bid to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, moving to overcome a Democratic filibuster just minutes earlier. The Senate initially voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch, with four Democrats breaking ranks; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote triggered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go “nuclear.” This means he is trying to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final roll call with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60....
  • Elizabeth Warren: Trump 'has shown contempt for our Constitution'

    04/05/2017 8:57:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 4, 2017
    Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, delivered the following speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday about Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court:[Snip] I'll be honest - I think it's crazy that we are considering confirming a lifetime Trump nominee to the Supreme Court at a moment when the President's campaign is under the cloud of an active, ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation that could result in indictments and appeals that will go all the way to the Supreme Court - so that Trump’s nominee could be the deciding vote on whether Trump or his supporters...
  • Scalia Confirmation Hearing Day 1

    04/02/2017 9:51:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    c-span ^ | AUGUST 5, 1986 | staff
    Antonin Scalia responded to questions from committee members about his views regarding such topics as federal-state relationships, the Constitution, death penalty, abortion, national security versus individual rights, original intent, independent agencies versus executive branch agencies, court disciplinary structure, legislative veto, bill history, economic deregulation, affirmative action, committee reports, and executive privilege.
  • Dems land few punches on Gorsuch

    03/21/2017 6:25:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 21, 2017 | Alexander Bolton, Lydia Wheeler
    © Greg Nash Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch maintained a polite demeanor during Tuesday’s marathon questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, sprinkling his responses with “golly” and “goodness” but refusing to answer questions on how he might rule from the bench. Democrats repeatedly sought to get under Gorsuch’s skin, but President Trump’s nominee rarely appeared ruffled during his first day of questioning, and even seemed to charm senior Democrats at times. He told ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that he wished he could answer her questions more fully, and marveled at Sen. Patrick Leahy ’s (D-Vt.) creativity in framing...
  • Dianne Feinstein accuses Gorsuch of not being 'for the little guy' . . . immediately regrets it

    03/21/2017 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/21/17 | Robert Laurie
    Step on the rake, Dianne Earlier today, Senator Dianne Feinstein thought she’d play a little game of “gotcha” with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This is a terrible idea. Gorsuch’s performance has, so far, been absolutely stellar. Anyone who thinks they’re going to score a cheap political point during his confirmation hearing is in for a rude awakening. Feinstein decided that a weak cheap-shot could make the idea that Gorsuch isn’t “for the little guy” stick. She was badly mistaken. Gorsuch began to rattle off cases that destroyed her premise, before summing things up thusly:
  • Senate Committee approves Friedman, Trump’s ambassador to Israel

    03/10/2017 6:30:30 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of recommending the nomination of President Donald Trump’s choice for US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, by a tally of 12-9. The vote was almost completely divided along party lines. The only Democrat who broke ranks to join all Republican members of the committee to vote yes, was New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Chairman of the committee, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee explained his decision and that of his Republican colleagues in the committee to recommend Trump’s nominee. “Mr. Friedman is an impassioned advocate for America and for strengthening the mutually beneficial...
  • Editorial: Elizabeth Warren takes a dive

    03/06/2017 4:16:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 5, 2017
    Massachusetts' very own profile in courage - U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Thursday voted against the only African-American nominee to Donald Trump's Cabinet, Ben Carson, who was confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The funny thing is that Warren was pretty much OK with voting in favor of the former neurosurgeon back when his nomination was being considered by the Senate Banking Committee - a mere five weeks ago. In fact, at the time Warren wrote an extensive Facebook post, defending her support for Carson even though "he is not the nominee I wanted." "But 'the nominee I...
  • Wilbur Ross confirmed as Commerce secretary

    02/27/2017 5:02:48 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce in President Trump's Cabinet. Ross was approved by a vote of 72-27, with 20 Democrats and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joining 51 Republicans to vote "aye." Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., did not vote due to his ongoing recovery from back surgery. The Senate later voted 67-31 to move forward on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to lead the Interior Department. A final vote on Zinke's confirmation could occur on Tuesday or Wednesday. Ross is the 14th member of Trump's Cabinet to be cofirmed, with...
  • 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.