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  • Romney campaign veterans turn on Trump and GOP, back Biden

    06/30/2020 5:19:28 PM PDT · by libh8er · 104 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6.30.2020 | Stephen Dinan
    Veterans of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign are eyeing an alliance with Joseph R. Biden, looking to make a splash in announcing they have turned their backs on the GOP this year and will support the presumptive Democratic nominee instead. Micah Spangler, who was a staffer in southern Florida for the Republican Party during the race, told fellow campaign vets in emails Friday and over the weekend that he is working with the Biden team “to cultivate a network of Romney alums that want to help elect Joe in November.” In a separate email to The Washington Times, he said...
  • Senate committee adopts amendment requiring renaming of military bases

    06/11/2020 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 123 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 11, 2020 | Melissa Quinn
    Washington — The Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the annual military spending bill that would require the Defense Department to change the names of military bases and assets named for Confederate leaders. A source familiar with the proceedings confirmed to CBS News that the GOP-led panel on Wednesday approved the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts via voice vote. According to a summary of the NDAA released by the committee Thursday, the measure requires the Defense Department to rename posts and assets — streets, aircraft, ships, and...
  • ‘It’s time for new leadership in this country’: Bush and Romney among Republicans who say they won’t back Trump [Link Only]

    06/07/2020 7:43:20 PM PDT · by libh8er · 94 replies
    UK Independent | 6.7.2020 | Jonathan Martin
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-presidential-us-election-republicans-george-w-bush-mitt-romney-a9553111.html
  • Grassley halts Trump nominees, demands answers on inspector general firings

    06/06/2020 10:09:20 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 6, 2020 | 10:02am | Jon Levine
    Sen. Chuck Grassley has moved to halt consideration on two Trump administration nominees until the White House offers more information about why it fired two inspectors general. The hold from Grassley will indefinitely block confirmation of Christopher Miller as National Counterterrorism Center director and Marshall Billingslea as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. “Congress has made it clear that should the president find reason to fire an inspector general, there ought to be a good reason for it,” said the Iowa Republican, who added that it was important Americans not “be left speculating whether political or self-interests...
  • Grassley places hold on two Trump nominees in push for explanation of watchdog firings

    06/04/2020 1:41:40 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 4, 2020 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that he is placing a hold on two of President Trump's nominees, saying the administration provided an "inadequate response" to his questions about the firing of two inspectors general. Grassley is placing a hold on Christopher Miller's nomination to be the director of the National Counterterrorism Center over the firing of intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. He is also placing a hold on Marshall Billingslea's nomination to be the undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department for the ousting of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick. Grassley said...
  • Never Trump counter-convention to target congressional Republicans

    05/23/2020 4:45:45 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2020 | David M. Drucker
    Never Trump Republicans planning to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August, at the same moment as President Trump’s renomination celebration there are taking aim at congressional Republicans. The “Convention on Founding Principles” is scheduled to coincide with the Republican presidential nominating convention, which is set for Aug. 24–27 at the Spectrum Center arena. . . . “Even if Trump weren’t in the picture, the party would still need some reforming,” said Evan McMullin, a Never Trump Republican and one of the organizers of the event. McMullin mounted a failed, eleventh-hour third-party bid against Trump in 2016 and later co-founded...
  • George W. Bush: Maintaining a free society 'depends on the character of its citizens'

    05/19/2020 12:23:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 19, 2020 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former President George W. Bush penned an essay Tuesday stressing the importance of unity during the coronavirus pandemic, writing that maintaining a free society is dependent on the “character” of its citizens. “We were not meant to live apart from each other, especially in times of challenge,” the Republican wrote in a piece published in the George W. Bush Institute’s quarterly journal The Catalyst. “Our tools of compassion — a hug, gathering as people of faith or in friendship, caring for our family when they are ill — bring the opposite of the love we intend.
  • AS A LIFELONG REPUBLICAN, I DEMAND TRUMP LET FAUCI TESTIFY BEFORE THE HOUSE

    05/07/2020 4:04:58 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 113 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/7/20 AT 3:59 PM EDT | CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN ON
    President Donald Trump's decision to block Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, from appearing before the House of Representatives is ludicrous. [cut] If he wants to be a good leader in this time, Trump should promote free and open access to data about the virus and welcome input on how the U.S. can improve its response to the pandemic. Regardless of the political climate, the president should permit Congress to continue with its role in managing this crisis, which means that access to scientific testimony must come before politics. In the same way, Democrats and Republicans in...
  • Steve Hilton goes off on 'establishment Republicans' criticizing Trump

    01/12/2020 11:04:57 PM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12 2020 | Yael Halon
    Steve Hilton offered strong praise for President Trump Sunday and took aim at his Republican critics after Iran’s apparent stand-down in the latest confrontation between Washington and Tehran. "I don't think there has been proper recognition of the substance of what this president is doing. It’s completely different than what we’ve seen before. It doesn't fit into the establishment traditional ideological boxes," Hilton said Sunday on "The Next Revolution." "That's why they waste our time with pointless political games with impeachment," Hilton continued. "We saw the new approach clearly with Iran. The Democrats, never-Trumpers and their lackeys branded him a...
  • Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Claims Pelosi's Got All the Cards on Impeachment

    12/20/2019 11:18:00 AM PST · by rktman · 76 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 12/20/2019 | Alex Christie
    Former RNC chairman Michael Steele is the kind of Republican that MSNBC loves. He is more than willing to repeat the latest liberal talking points about President Trump. He continued that tradition on Thursday's MSNBC Live when he endorsed the latest scheme by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe to refrain from delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate until Senator Mitch McConnell gives into their demands for witnesses. Steele completely ignored the language of the Constitution, which plainly states “The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments.” They don’t need to negotiate...
  • Liberal Policy Failures Are the Reason for Socialism’s New Appeal

    11/07/2019 4:09:12 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 7, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail. Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos. Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, and Venezuela are unfree, poor, and failed states. Baathism—a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism—ruined the postwar Middle East. The soft-socialist European Union countries are stagnant and mostly dependent on the U.S. military for their protection. In contrast, current American deregulation, tax cuts, and incentives, and record energy production have given the United States the strongest economy in the world. So why, then,...
  • Why Are So Many House Republicans Retiring?

    09/05/2019 7:09:34 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | Sep 4, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Look, you’ll tell you something else is happening out there, folks. I saw… Have you noted all the Republican members of Congress that are again retiring? I think one of the reasons we lost the House in 2018 is that there were a huge number of Republicans who retired. Now, we were told the reason was, “Well, they’re being term limited out of their committee chairmanships, Mr. Limbaugh, and they don’t want to go back to just being regular members of the House. What’s in it for them? Once you become a committee chairman, you can’t go back to...
  • Former Cruz Spokesman: The Republican Party Is "Dead And Buried"

    08/31/2019 9:08:33 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 112 replies
    RCP ^ | On Date August 28, 2019 | Tim Hains
    JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: And Rick Tyler, here we go with the Republican Party again, here in the state of Alabama, a state I know well and love, but you can go around the country and see the Trump effect on one Republican Party after another, and it is truly distressing all in support of a president who says he's going to seize private lands and told his aides to do it illegally and he would pardon them. From a president who ordering private companies to move out of other countries, a guy who's running up the biggest debt ever, some...
  • Romney Says He's No Longer 'Part of The Republican Establishment'

    08/20/2019 9:25:29 PM PDT · by libh8er · 136 replies
    KUER ^ | 8.19.2019 | Nicole Nixon
    Seven years after running for president as the GOP standard bearer, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday described himself as a “renegade Republican” and said that he is “not part of the Republican establishment these days.” In a wide-ranging speech at the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah’s junior senator argued against “socialist” proposals being discussed on the Democratic presidential debate stage such as “Medicare for All” and free college tuition. He also lamented that “neither party is interested in talking about the debt and the deficit.” “I guess I should consider myself a renegade...
  • Trump trashes 'lame duck failure' Paul Ryan in response to new criticisms

    07/11/2019 10:57:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11 2019 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    President Trump unleashed on Paul Ryan in a late-night tweetstorm in response to criticisms the former speaker made in an upcoming book. In the book, "American Carnage," Ryan recalled his difficult working relationship with the president. He told Politico's Tim Alberta that Trump "didn't know anything about the government" and that he and others "helped to stop him from making bad decisions." “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time," Ryan reportedly said in the book. “Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad...
  • Bad Lindsey Graham Has Made a Comeback

    06/07/2019 4:20:49 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 20 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) Bad Lindsey Graham has re-taken the body. – In case you hadn’t noticed, Bad Lindsey Graham has made a comeback this year. Good Lindsey Graham came increasingly to the fore last year as John McCain’s absence due to illness and subsequent death released Graham from his daily duties of following McCain around like a puppy on a leash. Unleashed Lindsey turned out to be a pretty consistently conservative guy and loyal supporter of his country’s best interests and of a President from his own party, quite the direct contrast to Senator From...
  • Senate Republicans Warn White House Against Mexico Tariffs

    06/04/2019 1:52:31 PM PDT · by semimojo · 205 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/4/2019 | Catie Edmondson and Maggie Haberman
    Republican senators sent the White House a sharp message on Tuesday, warning that they were opposed to President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, just hours after the president said lawmakers would be “foolish” to try to stop him....“I want you to take a message back” to the White House, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, told the attorneys, according to people familiar with the meeting. “You didn’t hear a single yes” from the Republican conference. He called the proposed tariffs a $30 billion tax hike on Texans.
  • Buttigieg: Trump’s Presidency a ‘Hostile Takeover’ of the GOP

    05/20/2019 10:14:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/19/2019 | Trent Baker
    During a town hall in Claremont, NH, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg referred to President Donald Trump’s presidency a “hostile takeover of the Republican Party” as he discussed the idea of a generational shift. “I believe we’re living through one of those transitions between moments in American history as consequential as the one that brought us the new deal, or the dawn of the Reagan era — which I would argue is actually a 40-year period that is only now come crashing to a halt with the hostile takeover of the Republican Party by the current president,” he told...
  • Republican Senators Souring On Trump’s Federal Reserve Pick Stephen Moore

    04/30/2019 3:52:33 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 33 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 4/30/19 | Lydia O'Connor
    Republican senators on Tuesday began vocalizing their opposition to Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, amid widespread criticism that the economic commentator is unfit for the job. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both told reporters that they’re not confident in Moore, whom many economists have called out as a partisan pick more known for promoting conservative fiscal policy than for having any economic expertise. Ernst, the first Republican to speak out, told CNN it was “very unlikely” that she’d support Moore’s nomination and that she didn’t believe he would be...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan hits Trump over Mueller report as he mulls 2020 challenge

    04/23/2019 1:12:30 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | April 23, 2019 | Donald Judd
    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan harshly criticized President Donald Trump over the findings released in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, telling reporters Tuesday that "it certainly did not completely exonerate the President as he said." "There was some very disturbing stuff found in the report and just because aides did not follow his orders," the Republican governor said Tuesday in New Hampshire. "That's the only reason we don't have obstruction of justice."