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  • Rubio, Paul and 75% Of Congress On Obamacare (Uh-oh)

    03/28/2015 5:34:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 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....
  • The Case For Killing The Filibuster

    02/14/2015 4:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    Senate Democrats are using the filibuster to try and embarrass the GOP into backing down on the House's version of a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, a version which would roll back the president's unconstitutional unilateralism on immigration reform. Congressional Republicans are trying to put on a show of unity, but the fissures are already evident. The demands from conservative activist leadership and the grassroots' legions for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke "the Reid Rule" and smash what's left of the Senate filibuster using the same procedural maneuver that Harry Reid used to kill the...
  • House Republicans resist call to change course on DHS funding

    02/11/2015 11:12:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/2015 | Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    A pair of GOP senators implored House Republicans Thursday to soften their stance in the intra-party dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who both formerly served in the lower chamber, stressed to the House GOP conference behind closed doors that the Senate can’t get the 60 votes it needs to advance the House-passed DHS funding bill that includes language to reverse President Obama's executive actions on immigration. "They lamented the frustration they're having getting up to 60 votes. But apparently that is the strategy now with the Democrat minority...
  • Rand Paul endorses Mitch McConnell in 2014 Senate race, won’t back tea party challenge

    03/28/2013 3:15:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/28/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader. “Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse Benton, McConnell’s 2014 campaign manager, told The Daily Caller. Benton, who has worked for both Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is credited by insiders with brokering Paul’s support for McConnell. The move quashes a determined effort by Kentucky Republican Liberty Caucus chairman David Adams, who launched Paul’s Senate bid and served as Paul’s campaign...
  • Ted Cruz scalded by sick Mitch McConnell burn

    02/02/2015 11:29:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 67 replies
    salon.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Luke Brinker
    Say what you will about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but the man can deliver a joke. Speaking at Washington’s tony Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night, the Republican spared few targets, the New York Times reports. McConnell poked fun at himself, new inductee Mitt Romney, and fellow members of the U.S. Senate, including a particularly incendiary Tea Party Republican from Texas. McConnell noted that Cruz — the anti-Obamacare crusader who spearheaded the 2013 government shutdown, thereby earning the enmity of many fellow Republicans — had once proclaimed that he would throw himself in front of a moving train, if...
  • Keystone debate ends with Democrats' ire

    01/23/2015 1:01:55 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Senators worked till midnight on Thursday moving through a series of amendments to a bill that would green-light construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but Senate Democrats wanted to stay longer. At least, they were frustrated with what they said was a double standard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who moved to end debate on the bill and set up a final vote next week after tabling a number of Democratic amendments. The Senate had already voted on 15 amendments, 10 of which were offered by Democrats and another five from Republicans. But Democrats cried foul at...
  • Petty: President Refuses to Meet with Netanyahu During US Visit (Just like in September 2012)

    01/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | January 22, 2015 12:25 pm
    <p>President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans' invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.</p>
  • Samantha Power urges GOP Congress not to pursue Iran sanctions (endless appeasement continues)

    01/12/2015 12:52:18 PM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/12/15 10:00 AM EST | Burgess Everett
    The Obama administration is stepping up its push to stave off a bipartisan congressional effort to enact new economic sanctions on Iran as the United States tries to secure a permanent deal to wind down the country’s nuclear program. At a University of Louisville event alongside new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose chamber is expected to pursue new sanctions in the coming weeks, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power argued that new congressional sanctions will upset ongoing negotiations with Iran and turn off a multilateral international coalition that has worked together to isolate Iran politically and...
  • Cornyn: ‘We Learned the Hard Way’ (they learned to go along with the media narrative)

    01/12/2015 10:21:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    At the start of the last Congress, John Cornyn wrote an editorial titled “Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity.” He’s singing a different tune today. “I’ve evolved,” the Texas Republican and newly minted Senate majority whip said in an interview last week with CQ Roll Call. For starters, the memory of the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare instigated by his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz, remains fresh. “Part of wisdom is to learn from your experiences, and I think we learned the hard way that shutdowns are not well received by the American people,” Cornyn said. “And...
  • Now out of office, Eric Cantor feels free to be himself; this’ll make you glad he’s gone

    01/12/2015 9:01:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/12/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last June in the run up to a primary he was so sure he would win, former Obama water boy Eric Cantor didn’t bother to campaign. He had told his liars about being a warrior against illegal aliens polluting America and decided to merely wait in Washington for word of his victory. That didn’t happen. He was crushed by a TEA party candidate. When he got his head handed to him Cantor was shocked and acted contrite. That was his act then; but now free to be his real self he is taking some very different positions. As a Wall...
  • Democrats launch first filibuster of the year on Keystone

    01/08/2015 2:59:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Democrats launched the first filibuster of the new Congress on Thursday, objecting to the GOP’s effort to try to bring the Keystone XL pipeline bill to the floor early next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to schedule action early next week on the bill, and promised an open process, including allowing both sides to offer amendments to the bill — an attempt to break with the previous few years, when Democrats controlled the floor and kept a tight lid on amendments. But Democrats objected to Mr. McConnell’s request, forcing him to begin the procedure for breaking a filibuster.
  • HOUSE APPROVES KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

    01/09/2015 10:59:09 AM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-9-15 | Cristina Marcos/ Laura Barron-Lopez
    The House on Friday passed a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline hours after a Nebraska court ruled in favor of the proposed route. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approves. The White House has warned President Obama would veto the legislation. Passage fell largely along party lines, 266-153, with 28 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in favor. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) voted "present." That is short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. The vote marked the 10th time the House has voted to authorize the...
  • Mitch McConnell: It's Funny How The Economy Improved When The GOP Took Over Congress

    01/08/2015 11:46:00 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 1/8 | Igor Bobic
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to be touting the accomplishments of the new GOP-controlled Congress even before its members have gotten the chance to hammer out any legislation. In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, the newly elected majority leader suggested that the growing signs of an economic recovery -- 5 percent GDP growth, 320,000 additional jobs in November, all-time highs in the markets on Wall Street and plunging gas prices, to name a few -- just might have something to do with the election of a Republican Congress. "After so many years of sluggish growth,...
  • A new (odd) year means out with the old Congress and in with the new.

    01/06/2015 11:59:35 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 1-6-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm not a huge fan of McConnell or the current GOP leadership, but I'll take it over what we had.If nothing else gets done until 2017 at least we have this...
  • Revolution: Only 16% of GOP Voters Support Boehner and McConnell for Leadership of New Congress

    01/04/2015 5:59:29 PM PST · by kristinn · 41 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Sunday, January 4, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    A second round of poll results from a survey of Republican voters taken Christmas week was released on Sunday. The poll shows that a revolution is at hand with a stunning majority of 2014 GOP voters who gave their party control of both houses of Congress ready to throw out the Republican leaders of both houses in favor of new leadership. Only sixteen percent of voters surveyed want both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to serve as leaders of the House and Senate respectively when the 114th Congress convenes this week. Boehner’s support on his own for Speaker of the...
  • Senator: Obama Not Popular in Israel ‘for Good Reason’ (Mitch McConnell)

    12/27/2014 8:21:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2014, 5:50 AM | Ben Ariel
    Future Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is not popular in Israel “and for good reason”. Speaking to the Israel Hayom newspaper, McConnell, who has become one of the most powerful and influential people in Washington since November’s midterm election, said, “It is no secret that president Obama isn’t popular in Israel, and for good reason.” “In my view, he has tilted on numerous occasions in a direction that would lead Israelis to believe that he is not as solemn an ally as past presidents have been,” added McConnell, a senator from Kentucky. …
  • Beware of Republican Unipartyists bearing Cuban straw men

    12/22/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Of course Barack Obama’s latest treachery – normalizing relations with the Castro Brothers prison state – is a terrible thing. It is as fraudulent as Obama is and it will further crush any hopes the average Cuban might have of ever being free. By infusing cash to prop up a torture regime Obama has all but guaranteed the Cuban people’s nightmare will continue after the Castros have died. They need only look to Venezuela to see their own desolate future. Yet, as sad as this is for the Cuban people, it is fraught with dangers for us as well. The...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • McConnell: If Rand Paul runs for president, 'he'll be able to count on me'

    11/07/2014 10:28:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | November 7, 2013 | Sam Youngman
    LOUISVILLE — There were only two things Mitch McConnell didn't want to talk about Thursday — whether he will run for re-election in 2020 and his eventual legacy. In his first one-on-one interview since his landslide re-election to a sixth term and his expected ascendance to U.S. Senate majority leader, McConnell talked at length with the Herald-Leader about how he wants to use his new role to help Kentucky, a possible run for president by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the conventional wisdom that McConnell is unpopular. McConnell, relaxed and in a great mood in his Louisville home, wouldn't say...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...
  • Are Mitch McConnell, John Bohner, and other Prominent RINOs "compromised"? ~ Vanity

    12/10/2014 7:33:23 PM PST · by GraceG · 55 replies
    They really really act like it, don't they? What could possibly explain their very whimpering like a abused dog all the time capitulation to both the DNC and the US Chamber or other cronies while blatantly and outright declaring war on a majority of their constituents. I bring this up because over the years I have heard a number of "innuendo remarks" and "open secret among DC Circles" comments concerning Mitch McConnell's personal relationship status and/or personal preferences so to speak. Then there is John Bohner, whose open secret seems to be his propensity to imbibing alcohol in liberal, pardon...
  • Rand Paul Ready To Hire Controversial Ex-McConnell Campaign Manager

    12/09/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 9, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will be part of Paul's campaign team in 2016. Benton, served as McConnell's campaign manager for much of the 2014 cycle until he resigned amid questions about the role he allegedly played in a 2012 Iowa pay-for-votes bribery scandal. Paul, in an interview with WHAS11, said that he thinks "Jesse is honest, he's good at politics and I don't think he's done anything wrong." It wasn't clear from Paul's comments if he was referring to his Senate re-election campaign or the...
  • Can Mitch McConnell handle Ted Cruz? Just maybe, he can.

    11/06/2014 6:08:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | November 6, 2014 | Francine Kiefer
    Sen. Ted Cruz has already flexed his influence in the House with last year's government shutdown. Now, he'll be part of the Senate majority and presumed majority leader Mitch McConnell might have his hands full.His dry humor on display, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell began his victory press conference on Wednesday with insider playfulness that had outsized import. The presumed soon-to-be leader of a GOP-controlled Senate started by briefly reviewing his takeaways from the election, including unhappiness with dysfunction in Washington. He then named some of the people who had called him that day: President Obama, Senate majority leader Harry Reid,...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Source: Senate GOP Refuses to Strategize Against Obama

    12/02/2014 3:45:21 PM PST · by mojito · 73 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/2/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Republicans had no appetite for discussing how to thwart President Obama’s executive orders on immigration during the conference’s weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator David Vitter (R., La.) tried to broach the topic, but were ignored. “At different times, Lee and Vitter stood up and tried to begin a discussion about what the plan was and asked leadership about what their strategy was to deal with the spending bill and respond to Obama executive amnesty, and the reply was always an effort to try to change the subject...