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  • John McCain in New Hampshire: ‘Lindsey Graham, he’s my man!’

    08/01/2015 8:27:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 74 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1 AUG 2015 | Jose A. DelReal
    LITTLETON, N.H. — Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was in his element Saturday — giving hugs, posing for pictures and shaking hands beside an oversized picnic pavilion at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here in Littleton. He was asking Granite Staters for their votes in the first-in-the-nation primary. But this time, not for himself. “Lindsey Graham, he’s my man!” McCain declared with a chuckle,...
  • Rubio: US has 'long' and 'painful' history of discrimination

    07/31/2015 7:37:08 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 65 replies
    AP ^ | July 27 2015 | Bill Barrow
    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The United States must acknowledge a "painful, complicated" history of racial discrimination that still affects many minorities, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said Monday between campaign speeches in South Carolina. Rubio told reporters that "decades and decades of discriminatory practices" have yielded a lack of economic opportunity for many minorities and sour relationships between law enforcement and minority communities, particularly African-Americans. "It's important for us to confront these issues because we can't fulfill our promise as a nation if we have a significant percentage of the population feeling as if the American dream is out of...
  • With Republicans Like These

    07/31/2015 5:33:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The Export-Import Bank is the height of crony capitalism. The bank uses taxpayer subsidies to make it possible for some American companies to sell their manufactured wares overseas at a lower price. It leads to absurd results like Boeing being able to sell its planes to foreign airliners at a cheaper rate than American aviation companies can buy them. There have been indictments and charges of corruption galore related to the Export-Import Bank. It disrupts the free market, wastes taxpayer dollars and is overwhelmingly unpopular with Republicans and even some Democrats. But Washington lobbyists love it, and they have been...
  • GOP Leader: ‘This Is 2nd Most Effective Republican-Majority Congress in Modern History” (McCarthy)

    07/29/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “As we finish up the first seven months of this New American Congress, the statistics are in: This Congress is more accountable, more open, more productive and more effective,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told a news conference on Wednesday. He called it the “second most effective Republican-majority Congress in modern history,” and he used numbers to make his point. McCarthy said he judges accountability by the work that’s been done in committee: “The 30-year average is 7.4 percent of the bills get out of committee; this Congress is at 10.1,” he said. …
  • [SecTreas] Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures

    07/29/2015 2:40:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 5:29 PM EDT | Martin Crutsinger
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Wednesday that he will extend for another three months the authority he is using to take emergency measures to keep from breaching the nation’s borrowing limit. In a letter to congressional leaders, Lew said he will extend the current debt-suspension period, which was set to expire Friday, through Oct. 30. He said he believes the emergency measures he is using may be sufficient to keep the government operating for a brief period after Oct. 30. Since March 16, Lew has been employing a variety of bookkeeping maneuvers such as removing investments from government...
  • Jeb Bush suggests GOP primary voters hate compromise

    07/28/2015 8:15:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/28/15 | Greg Sargent
    The Jeb Bush experiment continues to be fascinating to watch. As you may recall, Bush said not long ago that a GOP presidential candidate needs to be prepared to lose the primary in order to win the general election — implicitly suggesting that he will not fall victim to the dynamic that claimed Mitt Romney. Here’s the latest example of Jeb Bush employing that strategy: He audaciously suggested that as a general matter, GOP primary voters are hostile to compromise. The New York Times reports on a Bush appearance in Orlando, Florida: “We need men and women of good will...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m a joyful tortoise’ in long, acrimonious race

    07/27/2015 8:01:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/27/15 | Adam C Smith
    Repeat after Jeb Bush: He is not angry. Not even a tiny bit. Florida’s Republican former governor is happy — joyful even. And campaigning throughout Orlando Monday the merriest of presidential candidates reminded supporters over and over again that he is nothing like some of his churlish counterparts in the GOP primary. “Here’s the deal: I don’t have anger in my heart,” he told about 200 people at a community center in Maitland Monday evening. “We shouldn’t be scolding people. We shouldn’t be saying outrageous things that turns people off to the conservative message.” “I’m not a grievance candidate,” he...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Ted Cruz Guilty of Committing ‘Act of Rather Amazing Hypocrisy’ (Guess?)

    07/27/2015 6:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Conservative political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) is guilty of “rather amazing hypocrisy” for blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but failing to go after fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The syndicated-columnist contended that because Cruz hopes to gain Trump supporters when the real-estate mogul drops out of the race, he won’t criticize him. Krauthammer said that left him guilty of hypocrisy....
  • GOP Senators Lead Push to Allow States to Impose Internet Sales Tax

    07/26/2015 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    Republicans in the Senate are leading efforts to pass legislation that would allow the states to impose a sales tax on online transactions. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has proposed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to "collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales.” The bill includes an exemption for companies whose gross remote sales are less than $1 million per year. The legislation enjoys support particularly among legislators in rural states who believe that online retailers are encroaching on sales made out of traditional storefronts. […] This is not the first time...
  • RNC: Knock off the name calling

    07/26/2015 1:01:31 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 143 replies
    WMUR.com ^ | 07/26/2015 | Brian Stelter CNN
    (CNN) —The Republican National Committee has a message for candidates like Donald Trump: No more name-calling. That's what the party's chief strategist and communications director Sean Spicer said on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday. "I understand it's going to be the nature of any primary for folks to discuss the differences between themselves on policy issues, and I think that's fine," Spicer said. "The name calling, however, needs to stop." Spicer added: "We have got to remember what Ronald Reagan taught us, his 11th commandment, 'Thou shall not speak ill of another Republican.'" Spicer didn't point his comments directly at...
  • Debating The Donald: GOP rivals preparing with caution

    07/24/2015 11:46:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 12:50 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Considered the ultimate wildcard, Donald Trump is complicating debate strategy for Republican presidential candidates now scrambling to prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on national television. The billionaire businessman, who has dominated the 2016 Republican race in recent weeks, threatens to do the same when the top 10 GOP candidates—as determined by national polls—face off in less than two weeks. It’s a high-risk, high-reward event for candidates eager to stand out yet wary to fall victim to one of Trump’s notorious bombastic political attacks. “It’s the No. 1 unavoidability,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a 2012 GOP candidate who...
  • Bush calls on GOP to embrace Latinos, African-Americans

    07/23/2015 3:41:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 5:23 PM EDT | Kathleen Ronayne
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Republicans won’t win the White House if candidates don’t campaign in “every nook and cranny” of the country, especially in Latino and African-American communities. The Republican presidential contender made his comments Thursday during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. They come as businessman Donald Trump’s hardline rhetoric on immigration continues to dominate the GOP primary race. …
  • Republicans Insist They’re Tackling ‘The People’s Priorities,’ But Illegal Immigration Is Not…

    07/22/2015 11:23:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 12:06 PM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Here in the House, the people’s priorities continue to be our priorities,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a news conference on Wednesday—one day after the father of Kate Steinle, a murdered San Francisco woman, urged Congress to pass legisation that would take felonious illegal aliens off America's streets for good. “We feel if Kate’s Law saves one daughter, one son, a mother, a father, Kate’s death won’t be in vain,” Jim Stienle told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. But on Wednesay, Boehner listed “the people’s priorities” as entitlement reform; human trafficking; veterans’ health care; free trade, EPA regulations;...
  • Senate GOP adds Dodd-Frank rewrite to $21B funding bill

    07/22/2015 10:27:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2015 12:24 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Senate Republicans are trying to use a must-do spending bill to advance legislation significantly rewriting landmark 2010 legislation that tightened regulation of the financial services industry. The measure would ease requirements on smaller banks and give lenders greater freedom from mortgage lending rules. The legislation is opposed by Democrats who argue that the 2010 Dodd-Frank law strengthened protections for consumers and reduced the odds for a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. …
  • Rubio: Trump's McCain attack a 'disqualifier'

    07/19/2015 11:19:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/19/15 | Eric Bradner
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump's comment that Sen. John McCain is not a war hero should disqualify him from the 2016 presidential race. "It's not just absurd, it's offensive. It's ridiculous. And I do think it's a disqualifier as commander-in-chief," Rubio said in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." The Florida senator was the latest Republican White House contender to hit Trump after the real estate mogul said Saturday that McCain "is not a war hero" because he was captured and held prisoner in Vietnam. "He is a war hero because he...
  • Export-Import Bank could be revived via highway funding bill

    07/18/2015 5:06:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    LA TImes ^ | 7-17-15 | Jim Puzzanghera
    ouse Republican leaders succeeded last month in their quest to shut down a federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their goods overseas, but a majority in Congress may soon have the last word.. A path to reviving the Export-Import Bank has emerged in Congress, and the agency, which has the strong backing of business groups, could be providing assistance again within weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would allow bank advocates to include a five-year reauthorization of the agency on a highway funding bill that must pass by the end of the month. And there's enough...
  • Forget Obama...Republicans made the Iran nukes deal possible(bypassed Constitution)

    07/15/2015 5:25:02 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 33 replies
    am thinker ^ | 7/15/15 | newsmachete
    Mark Levin has been shouting until he is blue in the face that this truly awful nuclear deal with Iran has been made possible only with the help of Senate Republicans, who passed a bill (99-1, with Tom Cotton of Arkansas the only sane dissenter) making it nearly impossible to stop Obama's agreement with the ayatollahs: Normally, here's how treaties work: the President negotiates a treaty with another country, like the deal he is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons development. Once the treaty is negotiated, it's submitted to the Senate. Two thirds of the Senate has to vote...
  • Nikki Haley Lectures Donald Trump: “It’s Not Ok” To Speak About Illegal Immigration Like You Do

    07/12/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 122 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 07/12/2015 | Spit Stixx
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  • Lindsey Graham: Trump is a GOP "wrecking ball"

    07/12/2015 5:29:33 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | July 12, 2015, 5:36 PM | REENA FLORES
    Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham wants the GOP to "push back" against Donald Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants -- otherwise, he says, there's little hope in winning the White House come 2016. "I think he's hijacked the debate," Graham said Sunday in an interview with CNN. "I think he's a wrecking ball for the future of the Republican Party with the Hispanic community. And we need to push back." "At the end of the day, for us to win a national election, we have to do better with Hispanics," Graham added. "And for us to have...
  • Don't skewer Jeb Bush over half of a sentence

    07/10/2015 9:49:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | 7/10/15 | Paul Waldman
    Te 2016 gaffe wars have finally begun. Oh, there have been gaffes before now in this presidential race, but the one Jeb Bush uttered on Wednesday — that in order to get our economy moving, "people need to work longer hours" — may be the first of this campaign's gaffes that is being accepted by both his political opponents and the media as terribly consequential ("Jeb Bush's 'Longer Hours' Remark Will Haunt Him," reads a headline at Time magazine). I may not have a lot of love for Jeb, but even this liberal is willing to say that on this...
  • Bush: People Should Work More Hours To Grow Economy

    07/08/2015 6:08:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Blake Neff
    Jeb Bush may have made his first notable gaffe of the 2016 presidential campaign, declaring in an interview that Americans need to “work longer hours” for substantial economic growth to return. The Republican presidential candidate was conducting a recorded interview with New Hampshire’s The Union-Leader and was answering a question about his tax plan, which he used as an opportunity to state his goals for economic growth. “My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see,” Bush said. “Which means we have to be a lot...
  • Huckabee Says He Would Deny Federal Funding To Sanctuary Cities As President

    07/08/2015 2:52:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Alex Pappas
    If elected to the White House, Mike Huckabee says he would use “all powers of the presidency to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities,” among other executive orders to stop illegal immigration. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor running for president, said he would “use my pen and my phone to follow the Constitution” and sign executive orders. That includes:
  • Republicans look to deliver blow against ObamaCare tax

    07/04/2015 9:27:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare subsidies, opponents of the law remain poised to strike a key blow against another component of the health care overhaul in a matter of months. Republicans, with help from Democrats, have gained momentum in their long-running effort to repeal the law's controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The House voted 280-140 to nix the tax, which went into effect in 2013, in June; the debate heads next to the Senate. While Republicans have tried dozens of times to unravel all or parts of the law through repeal legislation, this bill...
  • McConnell:Gay Marriage Is 'Law of the Land' for Congress, Too'says there's not much Congress can do'

    07/01/2015 10:09:32 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 131 replies
    newsmax ^ | 7/1/15 | c coren
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says there's not much Congress can do in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. In an interview Tuesday night on Kentucky television station WDRB, McConnell restated that he still holds to the traditional view of marriage. "I’ve always felt that marriage is between one man and one woman and the Supreme Court has held otherwise. That’s the law of the land," the Kentucky Republican said. When he was asked if there is anything Congress can do, he answered: "I don’t think so. I think the courts have pretty well...
  • Jeb Bush Says Confederate Flag a 'Racist' Symbol

    06/29/2015 1:22:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/29/15 | ANDREW RAFFERTY
    Jeb Bush said Monday that the Confederate flag has become a "racist" symbol and applauded efforts to remove the flag outside the South Carolina State Capitol after a racially motivated church shooting. In his first campaign stop in South Carolina since the deadly shooting that killed nine at AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, Bush recalled how he "decided to do something politically incorrect" and removed the flags outside the Florida state house when he was governor in 2001. "The symbols were racist," the Republican presidential candidate said during a campaign stop at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.
  • John Boehner Is Not a Man to Be Crossed (vindictive oligarch!!)

    06/23/2015 1:44:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 6/21/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Voting against the speaker’s reelection may have cost one Iowa Republican his seat. John Boehner has found ways to punish the fractious conservatives who have formed into a thorn in his side since attempting a coup at the beginning of the year. Through means both petty and significant, Boehner has made his displeasure felt while trying to lead the broader conference in a series of high-profile legislative fights. A number of rebel backbenchers have had their overseas travel curtailed and their committee posts threatened or even taken away. But the treatment of one lawmaker in particular stands out: Colleagues worry...
  • McConnell asks senators to cast pro-trade vote once more

    06/23/2015 12:52:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2015 3:26 AM EDT | Charles Babington
    Backers of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda are imploring key senators to stand by their previous votes when they revisit the issue in a showdown set for Tuesday. Opponents meanwhile are mounting an equally emotional push to keep Obama from obtaining “fast track” authority to negotiate trade agreements with Pacific Rim countries and others. At least 60 of the Senate’s 100 members must back the measure for it to clear a procedural hurdle Tuesday and complete a near-miraculous resurrection of the White House priority. In a May 21 vote, 62 senators backed fast track, but they didn’t expect it to...
  • Hack the vote: Cyber experts say ballot machines easy targets

    06/11/2015 3:19:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    The recent cyber theft of millions of personnel records from the federal government was sophisticated and potentially crippling, but hackers with just rudimentary skills could easily do even more damage by targeting voting machines, according to security experts. In many cases, even the electronic ballots could be manipulated remotely, according to a new report. The report found that the AVS WINVote machines Virginia has used since 2002 have such flimsy security that an amateur hacker could change votes from outside a polling location. “This means anyone could have broken into the machines from the parking lot,” said Cris Thomas, a...
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Florida’s former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. “Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.” Romney’s praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • Wall Street is getting tired of funding socially conservative Republicans running for president

    06/13/2015 8:50:27 AM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 77 replies
    Business Insider / Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2015 | Linette Lopez
    For years, when it came to presidential candidates, Wall Street made huge compromises in order to support the Republican Party. The money men in New York City set aside their socially liberal views in order to support fiscally conservative candidates because that was the only way to get on the same page as the GOP base. The result has been a series of candidates Wall Street's big donors didn't really want. It seems those donors are getting tired of that outcome.
  • Christie faults GOP for sounding unwelcoming to Latinos

    06/10/2015 7:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Luis Alonso Lugo and Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faulted his party Wednesday for its unwelcoming tone at times to minority voters. In a speech to a Latino Coalition small business conference, the potential Republican presidential contender also boasted about getting 51 percent of the Hispanic vote in his re-election as governor. Christie portrays himself as the kind of Republican who can attract females, blacks, Hispanics and other voters who are normally drawn to Democrats. …
  • Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015, Poll Analysis Finds

    06/07/2015 2:40:50 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 6/7/15 | Janet Hook
    There are signs that liberals are making a comeback — and not just because a socialist is running for president, gay marriage is spreading like wildfire and pot legalization is gaining acceptance. A new analysis of Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll data finds a marked increase in the share of registered voters identifying themselves as liberals, and an even bigger drop in the share saying they are conservatives. In three national polls conducted so far in 2015, the analysis found that 26% of registered voters identified themselves as liberals — up from 23% in 2014. At the same time, the...
  • Nevada GOP governor secures unlikely win with tax increase

    06/02/2015 7:39:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2015 4:06 AM EDT | Michelle Rindels
    Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, secured an unlikely victory when the conservative state Legislature approved a huge tax increase at his urging as part of a plan to boost education spending. The $1.1 billion package raises taxes on businesses and cigarettes, and it makes permanent a $500 million bundle of temporary payroll and sales taxes. Sandoval’s win on Monday came on the last day of the legislative session, and the proposal’s fate had been in doubt until late Sunday when several skeptical Republicans in the state Assembly pledged support. The plan had faced vocal resistance for months, led by anti-tax...
  • Clinton: GOP threatening small-business jobs

    05/22/2015 11:13:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 1:36 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday. Clinton said during a round-table discussion at Smuttynose Brewery that Congress should renew financing for the Export-Import Bank. She argued the GOP is risking up to 164,000 jobs supported by the bank. The Democratic front-runner said Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign would rather threaten those jobs rather than “stand up to the tea party and talk radio.” …
  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Conservatives Blame GOP Leaders For Not Stopping ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’

    05/19/2015 1:03:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 18, 2015 | 5:05 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Republicans are not keeping the campaign promise they made to voters in 2014 to halt President Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America,” conservative and Tea Party leaders charged in an open letter to Congress on Monday. On April 28, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cited fast-track trade legislation and a bill requiring congressional review of the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran as the major accomplishments of the GOP-led 114th Congress so far. Earlier that month, Obama praised what he called “some outbreaks of bipartisanship and common sense in Congress” over Iran and trade. The president also said he was holding...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Visit to Germany: Gov. Walker says world will be better with trade agreement

    05/14/2015 9:03:37 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Fox6Now.com ^ | April 14, 2015
    MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells a German audience that young people around the world will be stronger if a new trade agreement between the United States and the European Union can be reached.Walker made his comments Tuesday at the Hannover Messe trade show.A recording of his comments provided to The Associated Press shows the likely Republican presidential candidate voiced his support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Negotiations between the U.S. and EU began on it in 2013 but many Europeans remain skeptical over concerns about environmental protections, labor security and other issues.Walker referenced...
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this week’s tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • GOP expected to buck conservatives on Iran (Bill could pass Thursday)

    05/12/2015 10:56:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 6:10 PM EDT | Jake Sherman and Lauren French
    House Republican leaders are unlikely to allow amendments to the Senate-passed Iran bill, bucking a clutch of conservatives who wanted to change the language, according to multiple sources familiar with internal planning. The move all but assures passage of the legislation when it comes up for a House vote, probably on Thursday. It was approved by the Senate last week, 98-1. GOP leadership expects to discuss its plans at a closed-door party meeting Wednesday. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), are pushing for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority...
  • Jeb Bush: Opposing In-state Tuition For Illegals 'Over The Line'

    05/12/2015 6:32:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Breitbart News
    Opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is going “over the line,” according to former Florida Governor and likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In an interview that aired Monday on Fox News, Bush, who supported granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants when he was governor, noted that Florida’s version of the DREAM Act was recently passed by a “conservative Republican legislature led by a very courageous Speaker of the House” and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott. “I supported that,” he said. “If you’ve been here for an extended period of time, you have no nexus to the...
  • Gaffney on Iran Deal: ‘We’re Dealing With National Security Fraud on the Part of the Obama…’

    05/09/2015 7:16:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran approaches and the passage of a U.S. Senate bill that does not require the deal to be viewed as a treaty by Congress, the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) President Frank Gaffney warned of the consequences of this scenario. “We are dealing with national security fraud on the part of the Obama administration and its apologists or champions with regard to this agreement,” Gaffney said at a panel discussion hosted by the CSP on Friday in Washington, D.C. “It will not prevent Iran from getting...
  • Lindsey Graham: As president, ‘I would veto any bill’ without path to citizenship

    05/09/2015 6:48:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/8/15 | Jessica Chasmar
    Likely Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Thursday that the GOP will lose the 2016 presidential election unless they win over Hispanic voters by supporting a “long, hard path to citizenship.” “If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” the South Carolina Republican told USA Today. “You would have a long, hard path to citizenship … but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help....
  • Cory Gardner, my Senator going RINO...vanity

    05/09/2015 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Trteamer · 37 replies
    5-9-15 | Trteamer
    Colorado elected Cory Gardner as our GOP Senator, and what a disappointment he is turning out to be....
  • Karl Rove surrenders to ObamaCare

    05/08/2015 7:19:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2015 | By Brent Budowsky
    It is with great pleasure that I rise in praise of Karl Rove, who now largely agrees with me that Republicans should place into the dustbin their bogus proposal to repeal ObamaCare. In my recent column in The Hill, "The 'Clinton Cash' con," I suggested that the new book by Peter Schweizer proves absolutely nothing on the matter of whether Hillary Clinton committed any wrongdoing, and it is a con to suggest or imply otherwise. I add today a discussion of another con game by Republicans, the suggestion that they will repeal ObamaCare, which they know they will not do,...
  • Chris Christie in New Hampshire: ‘Global warming is real’

    05/08/2015 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 7, 2015 | By Aliyah Frumin
    KEENE, New Hampshire – At a country club here in the southern part of this crucial, early voting state, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke from some of his potential 2016 Republican presidential rivals, saying he believes in climate change and that humans have something to do with it. “I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it,” said Christie. He added, however, that there needs to be more discussion about the degree to which humans play a role.
  • Mark Levin: Rand Paul has some explaining to do

    05/07/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/7/15 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin believes blackmail or something may be going behind the scenes in the Senate. Here’s why: NATIONAL REVIEW – The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business...
  • Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank risks thousands of jobs

    04/30/2015 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:15 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Thousands of jobs would “disappear pretty quickly” if the Export-Import Bank were to expire abruptly when its charter runs out at the end of June, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday. The Ohio Republican has asked Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to come up with a plan to overhaul or wind down the operations of the bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. products such as jetliners and wind turbines. […] Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping...
  • Corker Predicts No More Amendments to Iran Bill (Updated) (Video)

    04/30/2015 10:55:21 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1:19 p.m | By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:19 p.m. on April 30, 2015 Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Tom Cotton is insisting on simple majority votes on contentious amendments to legislation to provide congressional review of any final nuclear deal with Iran, apparently stymieing the possibility of moving forward, at least for now. The Arkansas Republican sought to line up a pair of amendments that supportive Democratic senators have said could cause them to remove support for the bill. One of those, sponsored by Cotton, would require Iran to allow inspectors full access to suspicious sites. The other, led by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, would require Tehran to recognize Israel’s right to exist. “I think some of...
  • McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a ‘depressing new low’

    04/20/2015 4:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Devin Henry
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Monday described an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader equating those opposed to climate protections to slaveholders as a “depressing new low.” In an editorial last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote that McConnell and others opposed to stricter environmental rules “will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery.” “How could economic interests bind them to the immortality of their position?” the paper asked then. The editorial said McConnell should listen to public opinion and drop his opposition to President Obama's greenhouse gas reduction plans. “The...