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  • Iran rules out friendship with Washington, nuclear deal or not

    12/23/2014 10:10:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/24/2014 02:35 | Michael Wilner
    Congress will be so disappointed: A comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the West will not lead to a larger rapprochement between Tehran and Washington, according to one senior Iranian official. Iran and the US “can behave in a way that they do not use their energy against each other,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, told the Financial Times on Monday in his first interview with international press. “Everything will depend on the honesty of the Americans in the nuclear talks,” he said. “We will not die if there is no agreement, and we will not...
  • MITCH MCCONNELL: BEING PARTY OF YES MORE IMPORTANT THAN DEFUNDING EXEC AMNESTY

    12/24/2014 5:48:31 AM PST · by Bratch · 119 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    To incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is more important for Republicans to be the party of yes than go all-out to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.According to the New York Times, McConnell “acknowledges that changing the mind-set of opposition” in the next Congress “will be crucial to advancing legislation that will attract Democratic support and force” Obama “into difficult choices over whether to sign measures pushed by his adversaries.” The Times notes “that is why his focus will be lawmakers he thinks he can meld into a governing coalition.”“All of us from time to time make a point,” Mr. McConnell told the...
  • Man Charged With Setting Woman’s Home Ablaze For Not Accepting Facebook Friend Request [Kentucky]

    12/24/2014 4:16:01 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | December 23, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    According to police in Frankfort, Ky., 37-year-old James Graham is facing charges of arson and burglary after breaking into the home of a single mother who rejected his social media advances. FPD Maj. Robert Warfel called the crime “disturbing,” confirming that his department’s investigation has shown the victim’s refusal to accept Graham’s Facebook friend invitation was the only apparent catalyst behind the destructive act. ... Yount’s sister, Samantha Beagle, affirmed that the victim had no relationship whatsoever with the suspect. “She doesn’t want a relationship,” Beagle said. “She just wants people to leave her alone
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What “Isolationism” Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • Cruz: Don't Listen to Consultant 'Cabal' and Pick Another Romney in 2016

    12/21/2014 7:21:06 AM PST · by kingattax · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Dec 2014
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that the GOP should not listen to the “cabal” of consultants in the 2016 presidential race and should also not nominate another Bob Dole, John McCain, or Mitt Romney on Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Rand Paul: Rubio’s Cuba remarks ‘rude'

    12/21/2014 3:36:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The war of words between two likely 2016 contenders over President Obama’s sweeping changes to Cuba policy heated up further on Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) repeatedly blasting remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as “rude.” “I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight,” Paul told Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File on Friday.” “You know, I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate.” In an interview on the same show one night prior, Rubio said that Paul — who supports President Obama’s move to roll back trade and travel restrictions and...
  • Warren County goes 'right to work'; Louisville passes minimum wage increase

    12/19/2014 8:52:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/19/2014 | Nick Storm
    Local governments in Kentucky took major steps by enacting legislation at the county and metro level which has divided state lawmakers for years. In Bowling Green Friday the Warren County Fiscal Court became the first county in the nation to enact a right to work law with a 6-1 vote, and on Thursday night Louisville Metro government became the first city in the south to increase the minimum wage. Both actions from local government officials will likely land the governments in court defending their actions, Attorney General Jack Conway The Warren County Fiscal Court took the first step towards “right...
  • Kentucky county passes ordinance that hits at power of unions

    12/19/2014 4:20:25 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Steve Bittenbender
    (Reuters) - Warren County, Kentucky passed a right-to-work ordinance on Friday, making the fifth most-populous county the first in the state to pass legislation prohibiting unions from requiring members to pay dues in exchange for representation. The ordinance, which lawmakers passed by a 6-1 vote, will face a legal challenge by unions, whose leaders said the law is designed to undercut their ability to bargain effectively for workers. "What we're against is people benefiting from the union and not having to pay the cost," said Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.
  • Rand Paul Rand-splains Cuba to Marco Rubio [Sides with Obama over Rubio]

    12/19/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Libertarian icon Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarrassed himself on Friday when he took to Twitter to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) who recently insisted that the junior senator from Kentucky “has no idea what he’s talking about” with regards to his support for lifting restrictions on bilateral relations with the Cuban government. By attempting to defend himself, Paul ably proved the Florida senator correct. Paul began… Hey @marcorubio if the embargo doesn't hurt Cuba, why do you want to keep it?— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 19, 2014 And this one got the libertarian supporters cheering in the...
  • Arizona senators disagree on Cuba. McCain against, Flake for

    12/19/2014 10:01:20 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Carol Broder
    FORT HUACHUCA — They may be both Republicans and represent Arizona in the upper chamber of Congress but they don’t agree on the recent decision of the Obama Administration of the reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after six decades. After about 90 minutes on Fort Huachuca Thursday, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake discussed the announcement with the Herald/Review during a quick walking interview to a plane waiting to take them to Yuma.
  • Rep. Blackburn: Nothing Fair or Legal About Executive Amnesty (Blackburn for Speaker!)

    12/19/2014 8:37:49 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 12/18/14 | Melissa Clyne
    There is nothing “fair” about President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said Thursday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.” Blackburn offered a couple of examples of how the executive order is hurting some of her constituents, including a woman who legally emigrated from Kurdistan who has been waiting to get her permanent resident’s card. When the thousands of people being hired under Obama begin to process the wave of immigrants legalized by his order, the Kurdish woman will be behind those who entered the U.S. illegally. “They left unlawful rule in Iraq and came...
  • Poll: Jewish New Yorkers Like Christie, Prefer Cruz & Rubio For President

    12/19/2014 8:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Jewish Political News & Updates ^ | December 19, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Potential Democratic presidential candidates and the Hawkish Republican hopeful were fare better among the Jewish electorate in the State of New York, then the sort of moderate Republicans, according to new poll conducted by the Siena Research. While in general, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side, and Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush on the Republican side, are seen as the best choices for President, among Jewish voters, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the most preferred candidates for president. According to the poll, if the elections were to be held today, 51 percent of registered...
  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro Condemns ‘Primitive’ Accusations of Russia’s Role in Boeing Crash

    08/05/2014 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ria.ru ^ | August 5, 2014
    BUENOS AIRES, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dismissed Tuesday accusations of Moscow’s alleged role in the deadly Malaysian passenger plane crash as “primitive.” “Accusing the Russian Federation of destroying the Malaysian Boeing during the flight is horrifying primitivism,” Castro wrote in an article published in Cuba’s Granma newspaper. “Neither President Vladimir Putin, nor Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov nor other Russian leaders could have ever done such a stupid thing,” Castro stressed. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board,...
  • Egypt jails 40 Morsi backers for church fires

    12/19/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said. Followers of Morsi have been the target of a relentless crackdown by the authorities since he was deposed in July 2013 by ex-army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The criminal court in Assiut in southern Egypt sentenced two defendants to 15 years each, while the others were given jail terms ranging from one year to 10, the source said. They were accused of taking part in acts of violence...
  • First cougar seen in Kentucky since the Civil War is promptly shot dead

    12/19/2014 5:41:58 AM PST · by Scoutmaster · 134 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A Fish and Wildlife official near Paris, Kentucky responded to the call about a young male mountain lion in a tree and though it best to 'dispatch it.' Once native to the state, cougars have not been spotted there since before the Civil War. An agency spokesman said, 'it seemed to be in very healthy condition' and that shooting it was the proper course of action An examination of a mountain lion killed by a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife official has found that it was a 125-pound male that appeared to be young and healthy.[CLIP]
  • Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)

    02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 124 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation. "I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees." "There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry...
  • Rand Paul: Republicans Can’t Win without Black Vote

    10/18/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/18/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Rand Paul won his Senate seat without winning any notable amount of the black vote. In a match up with Hillary Clinton, he’s currently set to take 15% of the black vote. That’s much better than Mitt Romney, but he’s up against Hillary Clinton. Not Barack Obama. And his MSNBC comments about letting businesses discriminate against black people haven’t been in autoplay for eight months, which they would be if he ever won the primaries. After that, he would be lucky to get 1 percent no matter how many trips he makes to Ferguson.So his constant chatter about winning minority...
  • Black People The Media Hate (And Rand Paul Isn't Wild About)

    12/03/2014 4:00:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 3, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Now that the Ferguson grand jury documents have been made public, even MSNBC has had to quietly drop its fantasy of Michael Brown being gunned down like a dog in the street by Officer Darren Wilson. Instead, MSNBC is defending the looters. On Monday night, MSNBC's Chris Hayes objected to anyone referring to the people who "set fires or looted as 'thugs.'" His guest, former Seattle chief of police Norm Stamper, said, "I could not agree more." (Stamper did such a bang-up job dealing with the World Trade Organization riots in 1999 that he was forced to resign -- which...
  • Paul: Trade With Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'

    12/18/2014 9:19:23 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DEC 18, 2014, 11:54 A.M. E.S.T.
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and that the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul became the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to try to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The president's surprise announcement on Wednesday was slammed by several potential GOP candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who said it amounted to appeasing the Castro regime. Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...
  • Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba

    12/18/2014 6:21:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 76 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 18, 2014
    Rand Paul Breaks With Rubio and Bush Over Cuba Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on policy changes to Cuba and the libertarian leaning Republican's position splits from other Republicans who are also considering a presidential run. Paul told Tom Roten of News Talk 800 in West Virginia that the 50-year embargo "just hasn't worked" and normalizing relations with the island nation is "probably a good idea." "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working and probably it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime...
  • Kentucky: Alison Lundergan Grimes is back, and she’s taking aim at Rand Paul

    12/18/2014 12:59:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Once hailed in the press as the Democratic candidate in 2014’s “marquee race,” which could see the Republican Senate minority leader unceremoniously defenestrated by Kentucky’s voters. Grimes’ loss to Mitch McConnell was among the first heartbreak of election night for liberal Democrats when her race was among the earliest to be called for the Republican candidate. When all the votes were counted, Grimes lost by just over 15 points. It wasn’t even close. If you missed Kentucky’s secretary of state, she was not gone for long. Having failed in her mission to oust McConnell, the former Democratic U.S. Senate...
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes: Rand Paul can’t run for president and Senate

    12/17/2014 9:46:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 17, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Defeated Democrat declines to address her political future.Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of State, is threatening to take Rand Paul to court to block him from running both for president and reelection to the Senate in 2016. In her first television interview since Sen. Mitch McConnell routed her by 15 points last month, the Democratic Senate nominee declared that she will not be “bullied” by Paul, who is a heavy favorite to win a second Senate term if he’s allowed to stay on the ballot. “The law is clear,” Grimes told WHAS-TV in Louisville. “You can’t be on the ballot...
  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadership’s plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obama’s nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obama’s executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.“Even though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Three Obama nominees who may now be confirmed, thanks to Ted Cruz (Harry Reid using nuclear option)

    12/15/2014 6:01:36 AM PST · by Dave346 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 15, 2014, 5:31 AM | Rebecca Kaplan
    On Friday evening, the Senate's leaders, Mitch McConnell and and Harry Reid thought they had an agreement from their members to let the clock run over the weekend without actually being in session, and vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government up and running. But Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah objected to the spending bill. This meant their colleagues in the Senate would have to hold a rare Saturday session to keep the spending bill moving. It also had the unintended benefit of helping the Democrats move forward with...
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Ahmadinejad Calls 9/11 Attacks "Suspicious"

    01/14/2010 7:47:41 AM PST · by Strategy · 26 replies · 1,591+ views
    WashingtonTV ^ | January 14, 2010
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday described the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States as a "suspicious" event.
  • Ron Paul: Know Who’s Really Behind Islamic Terrorism? The Jews.

    12/30/2011 12:24:19 PM PST · by mnehring · 86 replies
    One of the more insane claims in Ron Paul’s newsletters was that the Israelis were behind the WTC bombings in 1993: Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little. This claim is of course so ridiculous and absurd that even Paul has to protect himself by claiming that “a Jewish friend” told him about it. What a handy rhetorical device! If only Paul had had the foresight to couch all his racist remarks in the newsletters...
  • Rand Paul: America Partly To Blame For Pearl Harbor, World War II

    03/31/2014 8:24:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 129 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/31/2014 | Caleb Howe
    At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin this weekend highlighted a video of Rand Paul speaking in 2012 about sanctions on Iran. In it, Paul disparages the notion of use of force, and for some reason claims the United States was partly to blame for World War II! “There are times when sanctions have made it worse. I mean, there are times .. leading up to World War II we cut off trade with Japan. That probably caused Japan to react angrily. We also had a blockade on Germany after World War I, which may have encouraged them … some of...
  • Ron Paul: If MH17 Missile Was Russian, So What? ISIS Has U.S. Weapons

    07/18/2014 7:27:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 104 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Andrew Kirell
    While both the Ukrainian and Russian governments continue to point fingers at one another for the MH17 crash, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) urged caution Friday against jumping to any conclusions about where blame lies. Some American pundits accuse Vladimir Putin of having “blood on his hands” since the missile that took down the Malaysia Airlines flight may have been a Russian weapon given to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Speaking with Newsmax TV’s John Bachman earlier today, Paul said “Putin is a little bit smarter than that. I don’t think he would ever come close to participating in an act...
  • RON PAUL LOSING ME, AGAIN

    12/20/2011 7:47:27 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 26 replies
    Special Guests inc. ^ | 12/19/2011 | Staff
    Joseph opened by saying, "I was just beginning to soften up to Ron Paul, largely because of his boldness in wanting to cut $1 trillion out of the federal government's budget immediately. Then came his insulting and untrue statement on "The Tonight Show" about Michele Bachmann, who is in my opinion the very best candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "She doesn't like Muslims," Ron Paul said. "She hates Muslims." It's also just simply a naďve statement for Paul to make. She simply has a realistic view of Islam that holds women, Jews and Christians to something significantly less than...
  • Laura Ingraham: Elizabeth Warren sounds more conservative than Paul Ryan

    12/13/2014 3:31:41 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    On Republicans working with Obama to pass a $1.1 trillion Omnibus spending bill written by and for the Chamber of Amnesty… I don’t know how you go into 2016…and you say: ‘Okay, I want you to support the GOP because…we didn’t stop immigration-amnesty, we’re gonna bring in a lot more guest workers, and we think it’s good to do these big omnibus bills…oh, and by the way, we’re probably gonna fight a couple more wars. Vote for us.’ … What position would you rather be in? Warren’s position or, like, Paul Ryan– Mister Budget Hawk? Oh boy, that Paul Ryan...
  • Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

    12/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-2014 | Ted Barrett and Faith Karimi
    After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday. Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday. In a surprise development, the...
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • Senate Hopes For Quick Wrap-Up Dashed {Omnibus could be rejected by liberals?)

    12/12/2014 4:32:20 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY SARAH MIMMS AND RACHEL ROUBEIN
    Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. But that feeling of optimism was quickly squashed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been negotiating with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday afternoon to bring up a vote on the omnibus bill later in the evening, keeping the government's doors open and allowing senators to take the weekend off. Many members on both sides of the aisle were hopeful that...
  • Grover Norquist, then and now on "washed up" Jeb Bush

    12/12/2014 1:39:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | Adam Smith
    The Wall Street Journal's Beth Reinhard chatted with Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist about Jeb Bush's refusal to sign Norquiest's pledge never to raise taxes and his comments a few years ago that he could support a deficit reduction deal that entailed $1 in tax increases to every $10 in spending cuts: ....Mr. Norquist said the 2012 hearing came at a time when “Republicans were all holding out on not raising taxes, and he was a guy from Florida, a former, washed-up politician from Florida not involved in that fight…and he jumps in says, ‘I’d raise taxes.’ You’re either...
  • Mitt Romney: Republicans Should 'Swallow Hard,' Pass 'Permanent' Amnesty Bill

    11/27/2014 6:42:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 422 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes Republicans should "swallow hard" and pass a permanent amnesty bill in the wake of President Barack Obama's executive amnesty that even Romney conceded would encourage more illegal immigrants to enter the country.
  • Rand Paul: Officer involved in chokehold death shouldn't be a policeman

    12/09/2014 6:50:59 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 138 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 9:28 AM EST, Tue December 9, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    Washington (CNN) -- The New York officer involved in the death of Eric Garner should no longer be on the police force, Sen. Rand Paul argued Monday. The Kentucky Republican said Daniel Pantaleo lacked "discretion" when he placed Garner in a chokehold for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.
  • Mitch McConnell promises forceful immigration response

    11/20/2014 8:58:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised on Thursday morning that Congress will respond forcefully in 2015 to President Barack Obama’s imminent executive action that will defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. In a blistering speech that quoted Obama’s past statements about his limited unilateral powers on the subject of immigration, the GOP leader did not specify what action that his Republican Senate will take next year
  • McConnell: ‘Our Goal Is to Fund the Government’

    11/20/2014 4:50:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 87 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 19, 2014 - 9:50 AM | Susan Jones
    Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Tuesday, “Our goal is to fund the government.” […] In response to another question, McConnell said, “It’s always appropriate” for Congress to “use the power of the purse.“ But he also noted that the president “has an important trump card—it’s called the veto pen. “So, there will be ongoing negotiations in the various efforts to fund the government, both this year and next year, about priorities. This is not unusual. And we do have different priorities. And somehow we’re going to have to work out things and make progress for...
  • Beshear named to DNC "Democratic Victory Task Force" after dreadful 2014 election cycle

    12/08/2014 7:55:40 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/4/2014 | Nick Storm
    Gov. Steve Beshear was named Thursday to the Democratic National Committee’s “Democratic Victory Task Force” to assess the party’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of future elections. Beshear was selected by DNC Chair and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Florida, alongside nine other appointees. “We are proud to announce the members of the Democratic Victory Task Force, and are eager to work with them to build on what we’ve done that works, identify and prioritize challenges and ultimately improve our party’s performance in future elections,” Wasserman Schultz said in a press release. “This diverse group of Democratic Party officials, strategists and...
  • Shrinking reimbursement from insurance threatening outlook for rural hospitals

    12/08/2014 7:30:20 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 22 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 12/8/2014 | Don Weber
    LEXINGTON — Rural hospitals in Kentucky are facing some of the biggest challenges in their histories and some may be forced to close their doors state auditor Adam Edelen told the Kentucky Chamber on Monday. Edelen, who will be releasing an audit on the plight on the states rural hospitals in January, told members of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce who were attending their annual legislative preview conference, that the difficult economy and managed care are the primary drivers of the difficulty in rural health care. Generally, Medicare reimburses hospitals around 90 percent of cost while Medicaid reimbursement is around...
  • Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

    12/06/2014 10:24:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News Singapore / The Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2014 | Allen G. Breed
    HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. The sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over. Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in Harlan County. He knows he'll probably be the last. For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always...
  • Senator Rand Paul To Headline Mississippi Republican Party Victory Event

    12/06/2014 1:57:52 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Senator Rand Paul To Headline Mississippi Republican Party Victory Event ON:5 December 2014 BY:Admin IN: Media Advisory WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will join Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Republican Party in Jackson, Mississippi on Monday, December 8 for a fundraising event benefiting the state party. MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014 WHAT: Mississippi Republican Party Victory Lunch TIME: 11:30 am (CST) WHO: Senator Rand Paul & Governor Phil Bryant WHERE: The Old Capitol Inn 226 North State Street, Jackson MS 39201
  • Ingraham Calls For Rep. Hal Rogers To Be Primaried And Thrown Out of Office

    12/04/2014 2:59:50 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
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  • Rand: "No Excuse" For Someone To Die Over A Cigarette Tax

    12/04/2014 6:02:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Breitbart TV, Ian Hanchett
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to a grand jury's decision to not indict a New York City Police Officer in the death of Eric Garner by saying he was "horrified" by the video and blasting politicians for passing "bad laws" that "put our police in a difficult situation" in an interview broadcast on Wednesday's "Hardball" on MSNBC.
  • Rand Paul Shows Weakness in announcing re-election bid for his US Senate race

    12/04/2014 3:46:36 AM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/4/2014 | Craig Robinson
    On Monday, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced his intention to run for a second term in the United States Senate. Paul was elected to the Senate in 2010, but his meteoric rise to national prominence turned the first term Senator into a prospective 2016 presidential candidate as soon as Mitt Romney lost to President Obama in 2012. There is just one slight problem for Paul – Kentucky law does not allow for one person to be on the ballot twice, meaning that he would have to pick between running for President in 2016 or running for a second term...