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  • McConnell sets up votes on worst of Trump nominees, gives the finger to Jeff Flake over his threats

    11/17/2018 5:09:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 11/16/18 | John McCarter
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has apparently decided to give a middle finger to Sen. Jeff Flake, the retiring Arizona Republican who says he'll vote against judicial nominees in committee and on the floor until McConnell allows a floor vote on his legislation to protect the Mueller investigation. At the end of the day Thursday, McConnell filed cloture on two of the very worst of Trump's nominees: district court nominee Thomas Farr of North Carolina and 8th Circuit nominee Jonathan Kobes. The votes will happen when the Senate returns after Thanksgiving. Farr has been waiting for a vote since the...
  • McConnell rejects Mueller protection bill

    11/14/2018 3:07:29 PM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly rejected the need to approve legislation protecting the special counsel’s probe into the 2016 election, saying Wednesday there’s no evidence the investigation needs protection. Mr. McConnell laid out Republicans’ goals for the lame-duck session of Congress, saying preventing a government shutdown is tops on the list, along with passing new rules to stop sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and approving a farm bill. He flatly ruled out the chance of a partial government shutdown over border wall money and other spending fights.
  • Senate will confirm Trump judicial picks, working through Christmas New Years Eve: Cotton

    11/14/2018 8:24:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 14, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, said Wednesday GOP senators will work through New Years Eve to confirm all of President Trump’s pending judicial nominees before the end of the year if Democrats try to obstruct the confirmation votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, has made it a priority to remake the federal bench with a conservative bent, and has more than 40 judicial nominees awaiting floor votes. Before leaving Capitol Hill prior to the midterms, Republicans vowed to get them all confirmed once they returned during the lame duck session before the incoming Congress begins in January. “I...
  • With Senate majority intact, Trump will keep loading federal courts with conservative judges

    11/07/2018 6:02:03 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 7, 2018 | Tucker Higgins
    In his first two years in office, President Donald Trump has moved to appoint dozens of conservative judges to the federal bench, moving faster than any president since at least Ronald Reagan. On top of two Supreme Court justices, Trump has appointed 29 judges to U.S. appeals courts across the country, according to a Reuters tally. The appointments, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has said, are his "top priority." Now, unleashed by a decisive Republican victory in the Senate in Tuesday's midterm elections, the president's ability to shape the ideological makeup of the federal judiciary has only increased. To be...
  • President Trump Immediate Lame Duck Actions To Protect The United States From Catastrophe

    11/07/2018 4:04:00 AM PST · by yefragetuwrabrumuy · 66 replies
    vanity ^ | 11/7/2018 | yefragetuwrabrumuy
    President Trump only has a brief, lame duck congress ability to protect the nation from a Democrat-caused catastrophe. Here are suggestions for what he might do.
  • Newt Gingrich: My midterm predictions – Trump Revolution is safe even if Dems take the House

    11/01/2018 2:59:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 1, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    There is one clear certainty about Tuesday’s midterm elections. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York will not become the Senate majority leader. I have looked at every Senate race this year, and I do not see any way the Democrats can win majority control of the chamber when voters cast ballots just a few days from now. The supposed blue wave broke before making it to shore. This is a much bigger breakthrough in national government than you might have expected. If the Democrats acquire a majority in the Senate they could block every person President Trump nominates for...
  • Ben Stein: Mitch McConnell restaurant hecklers 'exactly how the Nazis started out'

    10/22/2018 9:01:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 22, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    Video at link. Actor and conservative commentator Ben Stein said Saturday that the protesters who berated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a Louisville restaurant the night before are “becoming like the brownshirts in the early days of the Nazi Party.” Mr. McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, were confronted at the Havana Rumba restaurant by at least two hecklers who reportedly stole the couple’s leftover food off their table and threw it outside. It was one of many similar incidents involving Republican politicians being heckled in public in recent months. Mr. McConnell was recently heckled by...
  • McConnell and wife confronted by customers at restaurant (Video)

    10/20/2018 1:04:28 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/18 | ARIS FOLLEY
    <p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was reportedly confronted by a small group of diners at a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday night.</p> <p>In footage obtained by TMZ, at least one diner at the Havana Rumba restaurant can be seen berating the Kentucky Republican for his politics.</p>
  • Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant, get told to ‘leave him alone’ by others

    10/20/2018 10:01:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 20, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao -- to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. “Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the...
  • 2017: CNN reporter mocks Mitch McConnell for needing help with stairs, not realizing he survived pol

    10/19/2018 8:24:25 PM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 17, 2017 | Brian Flood
    CNN political reporter Daniella Diaz sent a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell locked hands while walking up stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden press conference. Diaz seemed to be mocking the Republican duo – but while followers quickly pointed out that the Kentucky senator is a polio survivor, the tweet remains on her feed nearly 24 hours later. “That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though,” Diaz wrote with video of the incident.
  • Mitch McConnell vows action on Trump nominees: 'We are not going to leave any judges behind'

    10/12/2018 8:12:34 AM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 18 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insists he’ll move to confirm all President Trump’s judicial nominees by the end of the year to eliminate a backlog caused by Democratic delay tactics. “We are not going to leave any judges behind at the end of the year, when we get through this Congress,” McConnell told the Washington Examiner Thursday. Senate Democrats and GOP lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to confirm a slate of 15 judges on Thursday, which McConnell sees as a down payment for work later this year. Thursday's action left 34 nominees still waiting to be confirmed after getting...
  • Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

    10/11/2018 7:04:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2018 8:33 PM EDT | Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram
    The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday, all but wrapping up its pre-election work on a top Republican priority days after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative judges. Once final action was finished later Thursday evening, senators were not expected back to session full-time until after the November election. While many of the judges were approved with bipartisan support, almost half were confirmed on mostly party-line votes. Democratic opponents and their allies swiftly objected...
  • Progressives furious about Senate judicial nominee deal

    10/11/2018 4:52:16 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    The Hlll ^ | 10/11/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Progressive outside groups immediately panned a deal Thursday on President Trump's judicial nominations, which is paving the way for the Senate to leave town until after the November election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a deal on 15 nominations—marking one of the Senate's final items on its to-do list before a weeks-long recess. But progressives immediately argued the agreement was too soon after Democrats lost their uphill bid to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Chris Kang, the counsel for Demand Justice, blasted Democrats as "passive" and warned that progressives were "not going to tolerate this kind of...
  • GOP, home to Trump and tea party, decries Dems’ ‘mob rule’

    10/11/2018 4:55:11 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2018 | Alan Fram
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are forecasting nightmarish Democratic “mob rule” to amp up GOP voters for next month’s critical midterm elections, flipping the script from complaints that it’s Trump and the tea party movement who’ve boosted rowdy and divisive tactics to dangerous levels. Less than a month from voting in which GOP control of Congress is dangling precariously, Republicans are linking comments and actions by Democratic politicians, raucous protesters opposing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and even a gunman who shot targeted GOP lawmakers. The message to Republican voters: Democrats are employing radical tactics that...
  • Sen. Hirono Condemns McConnell Calling Leftist Protestors a 'Mob', Says It 'Dangerously Under...

    10/11/2018 1:44:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 113 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Full title: Sen. Hirono Condemns McConnell Calling Leftist Protestors a 'Mob', Says It 'Dangerously Underestimates' Them Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Thursday for using the word “mob” in reference to left-wing protestors that have been targeting GOP lawmakers over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “It is the richest of ironies that the majority leader has taken to calling those opposed to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh a mob when several nights a month the president whips his supporters into a frenzy to attack his target of choice,” she said in a...
  • The Latest: McConnell says difficult to unseat Trump in 2020

    10/10/2018 9:21:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KUSI-TV News ^ | October 10, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans considering challenging President Donald Trump in 2020 that it would be “a waste of time.” The Kentucky Republican told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that that it would be “very, very difficult to unseat the president in the primary.” Republicans, such as retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, are considering challenging Trump in 2020. McConnell said that “would be a waste of time frankly. But the people who would be likely to challenge the president would not be coming to me for advice.”(continued)
  • McConnell: ‘Nobody’s going to beat’ Murkowski

    10/10/2018 8:25:24 AM PDT · by Signalman · 54 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 10/10/2018 | Julie Pace, Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman, AP
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that “nobody’s going to beat” Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump’s prediction that Alaskans “will never forgive” Murkowski and that she’ll “never recover” politically after bucking her party on Kavanaugh. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh’s nomination and “present” on the final vote. “She’s certainly going to recover,” McConnell said. He pointed out that Murkowski won re-election as a write-in vote in 2010. “She’s about as strong as you can possibly...
  • Pat Buchanan: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

    10/09/2018 9:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Union Leader ^ | October 9, 2018 | Pat Buchanan
    AFTER A 50-YEAR siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in last Saturday, and the sight of that bawling mob clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court as the new justice took his oath, confirm it. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high...
  • McConnell ready for another Supreme Court vacancy

    10/08/2018 1:52:20 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 144 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is signaling that he is ready and prepared to move another Supreme Court nominee from President Trump through Senate confirmation – including during the the 2020 presidential election season, if another seat were to become available then. “We’ll see if there is a vacancy in 2020,” McConnell said in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." McConnell famously blocked a Senate vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination Merrick Garland two years ago, on the grounds that it was a presidential election year. When asked Sunday whether moving a Trump nominee in...
  • Show How You Feel, Kavanaugh Was Told, and a Nomination Was Saved

    10/07/2018 9:03:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 122 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2018 | Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos
    WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sat in the anteroom of Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building, a sterile, living-room-like space with a couch and a couple of armchairs and a large television on the wall. His chances of joining the Supreme Court seemed to be vanishing. “Disaster,” read the text message from one Republican. Christine Blasey Ford had just finished testifying that he had tried to force himself on her as a teenager, and nearly everyone in both camps found her credible, sincere and sympathetic. President Trump called Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, and they agreed...