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  • Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Jennings says

    05/25/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/23/2015 | Nick Storm
    Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come 2015 with Bevin as the likely GOP nominee, Jennings is promising his support. “I’m going to vote for Matt Bevin; I’m going to vote for the entire Republican ticket,” Jennings said in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday. Even though Bevin opted to not endorse McConnell in the 2014 general election, Jennings said he expects McConnell will endorse Bevin in the 2015 race. The outcome of the GOP gubernatorial primary is still up for...
  • Senators sing blues over impasse; GOP hopefuls stuck in DC (RINOs for TPP, PATRIOT Act ad nauseam)

    05/22/2015 6:07:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Laurie Kellman
    Two senators have a plane to catch to Cuba, others were hoping to impress Republican presidential primary voters and then there’s Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of “Ol’ Man River” on the banks of the Mississippi. The Senate’s slow-motion amble toward Memorial Day break threatened all that. “It’s not the weather, it’s the Senate that’s the problem,” said Alexander, the Tennessee Republican and former governor, as he waited out the impasse in his office Friday. On a borrowed Senate piano, he tapped out “The Memphis Blues,” with a wink, eager to head home...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • McConnell, Stephanopoulos Reach Across The Aisle To Help Push Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade

    05/17/2015 1:02:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    An embattled Republican, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined an embattled Democrat, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, in a rare showing of bipartisan support for the Hillary Clinton-backed Obamatrade deal on Sunday morning. With Stephanopoulos on the ropes over his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation — a fact he didn’t bother to disclose before interviewing Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer about his book Clinton Cash — there are serious questions being raised about McConnell’s decision to attempt to help the former Bill Clinton staffer. “McConnell is now taking his ‘non-partisan’ governing agenda to the media,”...
  • 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...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 124 replies
    conservativehq.com ^ | 4/24/15 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

    01/22/2015 9:44:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kate Nocera
    For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret that he’ll support his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, should Paul run for president in 2016. And Paul has also made no secret that he very, very likely will do just that. But there’s a lot of time between now and the...
  • Rand Paul Bails on Bringing Change to Washington

    02/18/2014 1:21:10 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    RedState ^ | February 17th, 2014 at 06:16 PM | Leon H. Wolf
    Rand Paul enjoys talking a big game about being a fundamental change agent in Washington. He likes to line up for publicity stunts like filing a lawsuit against the NSA which will almost certainly be dismissed (and send out handy list-building emails based on these publicity stunts), or staging an almost completely pointless filibuster on drones, but  when it comes to actual accomplishments that have changed the way things are done in Washington or even within the Senate GOP caucus, Paul’s cabinet is pretty empty. One area where Rand Paul might actually do some real good would be to help...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

    05/08/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Aaron Blanke
    Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year. These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two. And boy do they. Here is top McConnell aide Josh Holmes on Bevin in a new Lousiville Courier-Journal story: Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and...
  • Mitch McConnell Giddy Like a Schoolgirl at Submitting to Obama's Rule

    05/06/2015 11:40:38 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 24 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/6/15 | Steve Berman
    With the first enhanced majority—as Newt Gingrich called it—in the House and Senate, we in the rank-and-file GOP are being treated to a the skilled governing of our leadership team, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner. Gingrich waxes poetic about Boehner’s ability to govern. The process of governing itself isn’t enough, however.  Liberals governed for decades, but the result was high taxes, bloated spending and the dramatic expansion of government.  What matters is governing by conservative principles and this is the second great contrast this week’s budget vote will highlight. Given, the president will sign the first real budget produced...
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • Conservative senators sandbag McConnell, jeopardizing Iran bill

    04/30/2015 4:05:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney
    Two junior conservatives blindsided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Thursday by attempting to force a vote on an amendment that could derail the bipartisan Iran nuclear review bill. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is running for president, surprised McConnell by leapfrogging ahead of colleagues waiting for chances to get votes on their amendments. They used a procedural maneuver to force McConnell to schedule a vote on an amendment requiring Iran to recognize Israel’s right to exist as part of any nuclear deal. McConnell’s only way of avoiding the controversial amendment would be to file a...
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • The GOP is scared of you?

    04/25/2015 12:29:19 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 38 replies
    www.glennbeck.com ^ | Apr 24. 2015 | Shannon
    This morning on radio, Glenn gave some hints from an important phone call he received before going on the air. While Glenn was unable to release any of the details about who called or exactly what it was about, he did share a snippet of content concerning the GOP. Courtesy of Glenn, we do know that there were “big names involved” and Glenn was “encouraged by who it came from.”Glenn did provide some of the message from the mystery caller, saying“Just please tell Glenn to continue to put the heat on. Because the party is split. And half of...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by kingattax · 111 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/24/2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Key Pro-Lynch Republicans Reject Reid's Maneuver

    04/17/2015 12:57:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 17, 2015 | Sarah Mimms
    After weeks of waiting for Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote, Harry Reid is tired of waiting. With five Republicans already supporting her, the Democratic leader is planning to bypass Mitch McConnell next week and use a series of procedural measures to force their hands. But already two of the Republicans supporting Lynch say they're not having it. Although Sens. Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham plan to vote for Lynch to be the next attorney general, they say they have no interested in delivering a slap-in-the-face to their majority leader, McConnell, who has said he plans to bring up the nomination later...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Why would Rand Paul say that?

    04/08/2015 6:04:24 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 104 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I really want to like Rand Paul, but he keeps saying things that give me pause. I like that he wants to fight the GOP establishment. I like that he wants to roll back big government. And I like that he wants to expand the base to include more young people and minorities. (There are some very worrisome things he’s said about foreign policy, but we’ll put that aside, as those views seem to be “evolving.”) I didn’t listen to his Louisville campaign announcement speech yesterday, but Paul Mirengoff of Powerline did, and he noticed something that has really got...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Boehner Delegation Meets With Saudi Leaders on ISIL & Iranian-Backed Violence

    03/31/2015 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior committee leaders were in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Tuesday to continue a series of visits with key allies in the Middle East. In meetings with Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Naif and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, lawmakers expressed appreciation for the historic partnership between the two countries. Talks focused on our efforts to address the threats posed by ISIL and Iran’s rising influence in the region. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Arab states in a campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen....
  • Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is Racist

    03/31/2015 4:02:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is RacistPosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 31, 2015 @ 1:03 am In The Point | No Comments “Something something racist.” A Democratic argument from 2008 to 2016.Juan Williams is back and he wants you to know that Boehner’s trip to Israel is racist. Also all trips are racist. And all planes. Especially white planes. The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject.The...
  • ISIL & Iranian Influence Are Focus of Boehner Delegation Visit to Iraq (now in Kuwait)

    03/31/2015 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – During a visit to Iraq on Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and senior lawmakers met with the country’s leaders and our ambassador and commanders on the ground to assess efforts to defeat ISIL and combat Iran’s rising influence. In Baghdad, the delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Lt. General James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Similar to the delegation’s visit to Jordan, discussions in Baghdad focused on Iran’s rising...
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    03/30/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Japan Today / Thomson Reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) announced last week that he was running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an “imagine” theme, asking the young audience to “imagine a president” who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation: “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with...
  • Boehner makes stop in Baghdad (on way to Israel)

    03/30/2015 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/15 12:12 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) traveled to Baghdad on Monday, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation there, according to the prime minister's office. In another meeting with Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Boehner affirmed support for Iraq's democratic system and discussed the shared U.S. determination to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a parliamentary statement provided to The Hill by a local journalist. The Speaker's visit with a congressional delegation comes as local forces, including Iranian-backed Shiite militias, work to retake the city of Tikrit, about 100 miles northwest...
  • King receives US senators’ delegation (McConnell in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Petra ^ | March 30, 2015
    Amman - His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Monday, received a delegation of US senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The meeting reviewed ways to strengthen Jordan-US relations in various fields, and the latest regional and international developments. His Majesty the King expressed his appreciation for the United States' efforts to support Jordan in dealing with various challenges facing the region, and the aid that the US provided to the Kingdom, which helps Jordan implement its comprehensive and development plans and programs. The meeting tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly endeavors to combat the threat...
  • King, U.S lawmakers discuss Mideast, ties (Boehner delegation in Jordan)

    03/30/2015 9:18:15 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    AMMONNEWS ^ | 3/29/2015 6:02:57 PM
    His Majesty King Abdullah II received on Sunday, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, and his accompanying delegation to discuss Middle East issues. The meeting, which was attended by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein, dealt with Jordanian-US ties and ways to enhance these, especially in political and economic fields, in addition to regional and international developments, top of which are efforts to combat terrorism and extremist ideology and achieve peace in the region. The King said efforts should be ramped up to fend off the threat of...
  • McConnell in Jerusalem: We Will Vote on Legislation to Review Any Iran Deal

    03/30/2015 8:13:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Secretary of State John Kerry and his P5+1 counterparts sought to finalize the political outlines of a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday stood alongside the talks’ most vocal critic, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and reiterated that Congress must approve any deal.
  • PM Netanyahu Meets Senator McConnell (video at link)

    03/29/2015 9:19:46 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2 hours ago | IsraeliPM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
  • PM Netanyahu at Cabinet: I just met US Senate Republican leader McConnell.

    03/29/2015 4:16:30 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    twitter.com/IsraeliPM/ ^ | 47 minutes ago | Benjamin Netanyahu
    PM Netanyahu at Cabinet: I just met US Senate Republican leader McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic leader Reid. » I heard from both of them about strong and continuing bipartisan support for Israel and of course this is very important. » I expressed our concern over the agreement formulated with Iran in the nuclear talks, which appears to confirm all of our concerns and more» Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran's proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country, » and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb...
  • Rubio, Paul and 75% Of Congress On Obamacare (Uh-oh)

    03/28/2015 5:34:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | March 28, 2015 | James Williams
    It might be fun to poke fun at Texas Senator and GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz for signing up for Obamacare but he is far from alone. As a matter of fact some other top GOP candidates for the 2016 Republican nomination are right there with Cruz. In fact almost every member of the House and the Senate who have voted over 50 times to repeal Obamacare are enrolled in the plan. It is important to be clear there is no such thing as being “on Obamacare.” It’s not an insurance plan, or a single program like Medicare or Social...
  • McConnell: ‘The Choice Is Between This Deal and Tougher Sanctions’ (Iran; barf)

    03/16/2015 11:50:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2015 - 8:01 AM | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is “on the cusp of entering into a very bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world that would allow them to continue to have their nuclear infrastructure,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash on Sunday. But McConnell disagreed with those, including President Obama, who say the failure to reach a deal with Iran could lead to military action later: “That’s not the choice. The choice is between this deal and tougher sanctions,” McConnell said. …
  • Why Mitch McConnell really matters

    03/20/2014 5:27:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 47 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | 3/20/14 | Tony Newmyer
    Let's get this out of the way now: As far as big deals coming out of Washington, this year is already junked. With the midterm elections in view for jittery lawmakers, chances for a breakthrough on an immigration overhaul, a rewrite of the tax code, or a major jobs package have all but vanished. (Take a bow, partisans.) But we could wake up Nov. 5 with a very different political order. President Obama, at that point, would still have two years in the Oval Office to seal his legacy. Certainly the President himself will help shape that future. Beyond that,...
  • Mitch McConnell: No Loretta Lynch confirmation until human-trafficking bill passes

    03/16/2015 7:15:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    After two months in the majority, has Mitch McConnell finally hit a red line with Harry Reid? The confirmation of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General has stalled for the last few weeks, and McConnell threatened to stall it indefinitely after Democrats blocked a human-trafficking bill. The Senate Majority Leader wants an end to Democratic obstructionism:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), has been stalled after Democrats accused Republicans of sneaking anti-abortion language into the bill. McConnell noted that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee...
  • Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by Iran

    03/13/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Iran Deal Secrets Revealed – by IranPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On March 13, 2015 @ 12:46 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment Much is being made of the letter signed by 45 U.S. Senators, all of them Republican, aimed at schooling Iranian leaders in the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.Secretary Kerry said his reaction was “utter disbelief” that the Senators would “go behind” the back of the administration during a delicate international negotiation. Some on the American Left called it “treason,” conveniently forgetting that some of their own (including Kerry, as a junior Senator) have met with enemy...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Knock Off The Loser Talk. This Fight Hasn’t Even Begun

    03/09/2015 5:04:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Oh my goodness, the 2014 election victories didn’t end the war! You mean the progressives are still out there dreaming of a future full of hugs and goosestepping? You mean the GOP Establishment hasn’t just given up its power and knelt before us, begging to be forgiven for its craven crony corporatism? You mean the fight’s not over? No, the fight’s not over. So stop whining that you can’t go back to sitting on your rear end – we have a long campaign ahead. I know you’re tired. I know you’re frustrated. And I don’t care. Some people want to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 March 2015

    03/08/2015 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 90 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 March 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 8th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. ; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Lewis.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.; Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson.THIS WEEK (ABC): Mayor James Knowles of Ferguson, Missouri;...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • Mitch McConnell postpones Iran vote (Rats threatened again to filibuster their own bill)

    03/05/2015 1:00:38 PM PST · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/5/15 2:57 PM EST | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    Mitch McConnell is postponing a vote on the Senate’s Iran legislation in the face of an expected Democratic filibuster. The Senate majority leader has decided to delay a Tuesday vote on legislation that would allow Congress to approve or reject any nuclear agreement that global powers reach to scale back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He informed the Senate Republican Conference of the decision on Thursday afternoon following Senate Democrats’ decision to vote against advancing the bill before March 24. “It is clear that Senate Democrats will filibuster their own bill—a bill they rushed to introduce before the White House cut a...
  • McConnell Backs Off Clash With Democrats On Iran [Republican Surrender Monkeys?]

    03/05/2015 8:23:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 05, 2015 | Olivier Knox
    McConnell Backs Off Clash With Democrats On Iran By Olivier Knox Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday backed off plans to fast-track a vote on legislation, opposed by the White House, that calls for lawmakers to be able to reject or approve a future nuclear deal with Iran. The decision came in the face of stiff opposition from Senate Democrats who signed on to the bill but said they would oppose it if it came up before a late-March deadline for the United States and five world powers to reach an agreement with Tehran. Their stance ensured that...
  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

    03/04/2015 10:16:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 4, 2015 11:55 AM EST | Dina Cappiello
    The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. The rule, expected to be final this summer, would require states to submit plans as soon as 2016, or risk being forced to comply with a federal substitute. …
  • [Flashback] McConnell accidentally calls Reid majority leader

    02/25/2015 9:21:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Cristina Marcos
    A month into the new Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may still be getting used to life in the majority. Upon welcoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back on the Senate floor after a January exercising accident, McConnell reverted to an old habit of referring to his Democratic counterpart as the "majority leader." "Let me say first, I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He's had a challenging month, and we're happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it's coming along...
  • McConnell ready to move ‘clean’ bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown

    02/24/2015 11:58:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    By Alexander Bolton - 02/24/15 02:34 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the Senate may vote “very quickly” on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.Days before a shutdown of the critical agency, McConnell said he would “be happy" to pass a clean DHS funding bill before the Senate considers a narrow measure overturning President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. ADVERTISEMENT His plan, if accepted by Senate Democrats and House Republicans, would prevent Homeland Security from shutting down on Saturday.McConnell noted the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on legislation he introduced this...
  • GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

    02/23/2015 6:00:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 8:09 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • Will McConnell make a deal?

    02/18/2015 3:50:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 18, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Don’t count on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to play dealmaker in the fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. The Kentucky Republican is under intense pressure from conservatives to hold the line against President Obama’s immigration actions, and he shows no signs of backing down. McConnell on Tuesday used a judge’s injunction against Obama’s immigration order to increase the pressure on Democrats, saying the onus is on them to stop filibustering legislation that would fund the DHS and stop an illegal power grab by the White House. “Senate Democrats — especially those who’ve voiced opposition to the President’s executive...
  • McConnell: Court ruling on immigration bolsters GOP bill to defund executive actions

    02/17/2015 9:24:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 2/17/15 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday a federal court injunction against President Obama’s executive action on immigration should send a signal to Democrats to stop blocking legislation that would curb it. "This ruling underscores what the President has already acknowledged publicly 22 times,” McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement. “He doesn’t have the authority to take the kinds of actions he once referred to as 'ignoring the law' and 'unwise and unfair.' Senate Democrats, especially those who've voiced opposition to the President’s executive overreach, should end their partisan filibuster of Department of Homeland Security funding." A bill to fund...
  • Top Lawmakers Launch Counterattack on Obama Anti-Israel Campaign

    02/14/2015 7:29:08 AM PST · by kindred · 6 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Republicans voice support for Netanyahu congressional speech Top Republican leaders took to public and private channels Thursday to expose a coordinated campaign by the Obama administration to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his acceptance of an invitation to speak before Congress, according to conversations with multiple lawmakers and leading pro-Israel insiders. The statements, many of which were obtained by the Washington Free Beacon in conversations with leaders in Congress, come in the aftermath of a widely cited New York Times report in which Obama administration officials accused Netanyahu of breaking diplomatic protocol by agreeing to speak before receiving...
  • Egypt poised for Libya evacuations as Isis hostage photos emerge (21 Christians in orange jumpsuits)

    02/14/2015 6:46:50 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 13, 2015 | Chris Stephen and Jared Malsin in Cairo
    Egypt has offered to evacuate thousands of its citizens from Libya after Islamic State (Isis) released pictures showing 21 kidnapped Egyptian Christians paraded in orange jumpsuits. Egypt said it had no choice but take urgent measures on Friday with Isis expanding fast across Libya, its war-stricken neighbour. “We are helping them,” Cairo’s foreign ministry spokesman, Badr Abdelatty, said. “If they would like to come back from Libya, we are facilitating their return to their home country.” The Coptic Christian guest workers were kidnapped in Sirte, on Libya’s coast, by Isis units based there in two operations in December and January....