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  • Immigration officials shielded accused San Bernardino conspirator from ICE agents

    03/15/2016 8:41:38 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 23 replies
    wash times ^ | 3/15/16 | s dinan
    Federal immigration officers refused to let an armed team of agents into their office to detain the accused conspirator in December’s San Bernardino terrorist attack, government officials acknowledged Tuesday, exposing an embarrassing lack of communication within the Department of Homeland Security. Those who ran the legal immigration benefits office in San Bernardino refused to let a team from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement enter to detain and hold Enrique Marquez so the FBI could interview him later, Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said. It turned out Mr. Marquez didn’t show for the meeting at the...
  • Reid: Oh, You Bet We'll Filibuster That Bipartisan Syrian Refugees Bill

    11/20/2015 5:00:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | Guy Benson
    For those keeping score, over the last few months, Senate Democrats have used the filibuster -- which they railed against and eroded while in the majority -- to block a bill to pay our troops, to prevent any vote on President Obama's reckless Iran deal, to hold up funding for the VA, and to obstruct legislation helping victims of human trafficking because it didn't spend taxpayer dollars on abortions. (One can only hope the NRSC is keeping track of these votes for future attack ads).  Harry's crew is angling to add another notch in their obstructionist belt, with Reid vowing to filibuster a post-Paris bill designed to beef up...
  • Tom Rice | International Drive another badly needed project delayed [by environMENTALists]

    07/21/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Rice
    I was interested to read the article from The Sun News on Thursday about the last-minute delay of the permit to pave International Drive. This project will take thousands of cars off of the gridlock of Highway 501, and relieve congestion in Carolina Forest. On the day before we were to receive the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Conservation League filed an appeal. It seems they want the road to be redesigned to include multiple bear crossings, at a cost of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Horry County. That’s millions of scarce taxpayer dollars...
  • Obstructionism Is Patriotic

    06/27/2014 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 27, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Three cheers for right-wing obstructionism. Can we have more, please, and louder? This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a rebuke against arrogant White House power-grabbers who thought they could act with absolute impunity and interminable immunity. Second, the ruling is a reproach of all the establishment pushovers on Capitol Hill who put comity above constitutional principle. In a nutshell: The high court determined that Obama lawlessly exceeded his executive authority when he foisted three members onto the National Labor Relations Board in 2012, during what Democrats declared was...
  • Biden: We 'Created 200,000 Brand New Good Paying Jobs’ Despite ‘Republican Obstructionism’

    08/21/2012 8:23:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/21/12 | Melanie Hunter
    Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday credited the Obama administration with the creation of “200,000 brand new good paying jobs.” Biden blamed “Republican obstructionism” for “slowing down” the Obama administration’s economic progress and said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his allies “sound like squealing pigs” when they object to Democratic efforts to pass “the toughest Wall Street regulations in history.” “In spite of that, in spite of Governor Romney’s insistence to let Detroit go bankrupt, we rescued the automobile industry, saved a million
  • Operation Fast & Furious Hearing: WATCH LIVE

    06/13/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 30 replies
    Operation Fast & Furious Hearing:Obama Justice Dept. Obstructing Justice/Contempt They are Swearing In: Shown on C-Span 3 NOW. WATCH LIVE
  • Harry Reid's one-man roadblock

    01/08/2011 3:57:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 08, 2011 | Joseph Smith
    The Democrats are poised to become "The New Party of No," as Kimberly Strassel details in the Wall Street Journal. The "Party of No" label never stuck to Republicans because Americans support their unified votes against the Obama agenda. As Ms. Strassel quotes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, "it depends on what you are saying ‘no' to." Now that the Tea Party cavalry has arrived in the Capitol, bills to stop ObamaCare, cut spending and derail the Obama regulatory agenda will find Harry Reid manning the barricades to prevent GOP reform bills from reaching Obama's veto desk. With 23 Senate...
  • Dems' 2010 Strategy: GOP Will "Repeal" Obamacare

    12/25/2009 2:50:43 AM PST · by Scanian · 54 replies · 2,114+ views
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | December 24, 2009 | John McCormack
    TPM reports: "With Democratic senators united on the health care bill today, their campaign arm has settled on an attack plan for 2010: Republicans would "repeal" it if they win control. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, aggressively challenging incumbent GOP senators and vying for open seats, will paint the Republicans as only interested in obstructing." So, the Democrats' attack plan is to tell voters that the GOP will repeal the budget-busting, tax-hiking, Medicare-cutting, abortion-funding, big insurance and big pharma giveaway that only has the support of 35% of voters. Brilliant! Conservatives have been saying that if Obamacare passes Republicans should...
  • The GOP Health Plan: Ways to make care cost less

    12/05/2009 3:35:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 414+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 5, 2009 | MATT PATTERSON
    Democrats have done a good job portraying Repub licans as health-care-reform obstructionists. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) gave the party line, for example, when he told Talk Radio News service, "There is no Republican health-care plan out there." In fact, the GOP has offered several health-reform bills. And on Nov. 3, the party's leaders in the House unveiled a comprehensive reform plan, introduced as a substitute amendment by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) -- which Democrats defeated 258 to 176 on Nov 7. The bill, says Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), represents Republicans uniting behind "eight or 10" core principles. One...
  • The FEC Can't Handle Obama's Not-So-Transparent Fundraising

    05/26/2008 6:23:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 154+ views ^ | 5-26-08 | Rob Port
    The FEC Can't Handle Obama's Not-So-Transparent Fundraising by Rob Port May 26, 2008 01:48 PM EDT views: 37 | rating: 10/10 (2 votes) | comments: 1 Not because of the amount, but rather because of the sheer number of individual transactions.  It creates a database of rows and columns too large for FEC bureaucrats to open on their computers.  Because they apparently don’t have Microsoft Excel 2007 or something.Anyway, that’s interesting news in light of earlier stories about small-money contributions to the Obama campaign ruining transparency in political contributions.  See, any contributor giving less than $200 doesn’t have to report...
  • Tied In Knots (Oliver North)

    03/22/2007 8:54:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 991+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 23, 2007 | Oliver North
    February 23, 2007 "If the new majority in Congress wants to tie the Bush administration in knots with investigations and a flurry of subpoenas, they can surely do so." That's what I wrote in this column on Nov. 10, 2006, just days after Democrats captured control of both houses of Congress. It wasn't prophecy -- just experience. As a staff member for President Ronald Reagan's National Security Council, I recall what it was like when congressional liberals decided to do all in their power to bring down a Republican president. Their goal wasn't "legislative oversight" or "Congressional inquiry" but to...
  • 4 Nominees To (Federal) Appeals Courts Are Dropped

    01/09/2007 7:00:32 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 872+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2007 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    Bush administration officially withdrew four of its most controversial nominations to the federal appellate bench yesterday, bowing to the political reality of a Senate Judiciary Committee under the control of Democrats who show no inclination to confirm them. Signaling at the same time that President Bush is committed to placing more conservatives on the bench, the White House renominated 32 other federal judicial candidates that the previous Senate did not confirm. Bush also nominated a previous candidate for a federal district court to fill one of the four appellate positions. Those withdrawn yesterday included Defense Department general counsel William J....
  • True Character of Democrats Emerges in Senate/House Debates

    09/29/2006 11:04:58 AM PDT · by 60Gunner · 14 replies · 1,461+ views
    Comcast News ^ | 9/29/06 | 60Gunner
    Wiretap Bill Sets Up Election-Year Issue By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 29, 3:20 AM WASHINGTON - The House approved a bill Thursday that would grant legal status to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program with new restrictions. Republicans called it a test before the election of whether Democrats want to fight or coddle terrorists. "The Democrats' irrational opposition to strong national security policies that help keep our nation secure should be of great concern to the American people," Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement after the bill passed 232-191. "To always have reasons why you...
  • Judge says DeLay 'withdrew': Statement may spell trouble for GOP

    06/28/2006 3:49:28 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 45 replies · 1,638+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2006 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN - A federal judge hearing a ballot dispute Monday involving former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay said he thinks that DeLay withdrew from the November election, indicating potential trouble for Republicans who want to name a replacement candidate. "He is not going to participate in the election and he withdrew," said U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, who did not issue an official ruling after a daylong trial regarding DeLay's status as the GOP nominee for the 22nd Congressional District. Jim Bopp, a lawyer for the Republican Party of Texas, disagreed, telling Sparks "there's been no withdrawal." Bopp said that instead,...
  • Indiana Is Open for Business

    04/05/2006 9:02:13 AM PDT · by cicero's_son · 44 replies · 694+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/28/06 | Bret Swanson
    Indiana Is Open for Business Mitch “the Blade” Daniels is putting the state on the free-market cutting edge. By Bret Swanson There’s about to be a building boom in Indiana, which is desperate good news for a state that has been severely challenged by the global manufacturing shift and years of ambivalent leadership. The chief architect of the boom is the state’s decisive Governor Mitch Daniels, President Bush’s former budget director. In Washington, Daniels drew scorn from congressional big spenders, acquiring the nickname “the blade” for his cost-cutting and privatizing ways. (The moniker could just as easily apply to his...
  • Vanity: Ted Kennedy Speaking re Filibuster

    01/30/2006 1:13:23 PM PST · by RepublicanCentury · 10 replies · 1,073+ views
    Listening to Fat Ted on C-Span. Retreading his Bork speech. Almost makes me ashamed to be an American.
  • Democrats May Delay Alito Nomination Vote

    01/13/2006 5:35:09 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 50 replies · 1,474+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 13, 2006 | Laurie Kellerman
    Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy. Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., said in the waning minutes of Alito's confirmation hearing that unnamed Democrats will "exercise their rights" to put off next week's scheduled Alito vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Bauer: 'Witch Hunt' Beginning on Supreme Court Nominee Roberts

    07/31/2005 6:50:09 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 804+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 1 August 2005 | Jody Brown and Rusty Pugh
    (AgapePress) - It was in the late 1940s that alleged communists in Hollywood were called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Now, almost 60 years later, a similar tactic apparently is being considered to undermine the nomination of John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court. According to conservative activist Gary Bauer of American Values, the "radical Left" in the nation's capital is pulling out all the stops in their quest to find something worthy of attack during the confirmation hearings for Roberts, which are scheduled to begin right after the Labor Day weekend. One of those tactics, he says...
  • Advise, Consent or Dissent... But Don’t Obstruct! - (SCOTUS never meant for partisan pols!)

    07/25/2005 6:52:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 413+ views
    Even Democrats are beginning to sense that the American people have had about enough of their mindless obstructionist tactics. Most of us know what the Constitution says. The President has the sole right to appoint Supreme Court nominees and the Senate has the obligation to offer advice, then their consent or dissent as the case may be. We understand that the Democrats power is limited to underhanded character assassination leading up to another abuse of the filibuster. Who do you think removed them from all other forms of power in Washington? But despite the recent “damn the torpedoes elitists” mindset...
  • Save the Frog

    06/28/2005 5:01:32 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 17 replies · 728+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/28/05 | Herman Cain
    There’s an old tale which says that if you take a frog and throw him in a pot of hot, boiling water the frog will jump out. But if you take the frog and put him in a pot of cold water, and gradually turn up the heat, little by little over a long period of time, the frog’s body will adjust to the incremental increases of heat and eventually boil to death. The U.S. economy is like a frog in a pot of boiling water and he can’t jump out to save himself. One of his legs is the...
  • Democratic Head-Fake - (...."it's the only move they have" says Herman Cain! Excellent piece!)

    06/25/2005 10:33:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 1,104+ views
    In basketball, the head-fake move is used to temporarily distract your opponent. The head-faker, the player with the ball, first gets his opponent to commit to one direction on the court. When his opponent falls for the fake, the head-faker can dribble right around him to score. Congressional Democrats have attempted more head-fakes in recent weeks than Michael Jordan ever did in an entire season. Their Republican counterparts would be wise not to fall for these calculated issue deceptions. The head-fakes began with Democratic Party Committee Chairman Howard Dean calling Republicans the “white Christian Party” and stating that they have...
  • Krauthammer: A Party Without Ideas

    06/23/2005 9:37:00 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 61 replies · 1,744+ views
    WP ^ | June 24, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    What has happened to the Democrats over the past few decades is best captured by the phrase (coined by Kevin Phillips) "reactionary liberalism." Spent of new ideas, they have but one remaining idea: to hang on to the status quo at all costs. This is true across the board. On Social Security, which is facing an impending demographic and fiscal crisis, they have put absolutely nothing on the table. On presidential appointments -- first, judges and now ambassador to the United Nations -- they resort to the classic weapon of southern obstructionism: the filibuster. And on foreign policy, they have...

    06/21/2005 2:19:31 AM PDT · by W04Man · 69 replies · 1,585+ views
    Senator George Allen ^ | 06/20/05 | Senator George Allen
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2005 Contact: John Reid Director of Communications (202) 224-4746 ALLEN DISAPPOINTED WITH DEMOCRATS CONTINUED FILIBUSTER OF JOHN BOLTON WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on the filibustered nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Republicans and, indeed, America need to wake up to the fact that Senate Democrats have no intention of moving forward with votes on President Bush's key nominees. If they don't like John Bolton, that is their right, but they ought to...
  • A United Playbook for the US - (exactly right on dangers within Democrats' obstructionism!)

    06/20/2005 12:29:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 401+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | JUNE 20, 2005 | LT. COL. ROBERT LANZOTTI, (Ret)
    Ever wonder what makes Democrats so relentless in their quest to demean Republicans? Could it be that they learned their incessant doggedness from their heroes of the Watergate era, Woodward, Bernstein, and Deep Throat, now self-revealed as Mark Felt, a former illicit FBI informant? After all, this triumphant Rat Pack was credited with championing the downfall of a Republican administration. And, by so doing, it was the genesis of the Democratic Party’s political playbook and game plan that still exists today. Watergate represented a consummate dismantling of a Republican administration where the Democrats’ deftness of investigational and inquisitorial skills were...
  • Note to Bill Frist: You Suck

    05/23/2005 9:40:18 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 54 replies · 2,443+ views
    Shot In The Dark ^ | May 23, 2005 | Mitch Berg
    To: Bill Frist, US Senate. From: Mitch Berg, Schmuck Citizen and pissed-off former GOP contributor Re: Your Infinite Cretinism Senator Frist, Mitch Berg here. You probably don't know who I am; I'm a typical schmuck. I write a blog, and I try to pitch in on GOP activities around Minnesota. And on behalf of the entire GOP, I'm having a hard time walking right now - because you just boned your party up the a**. No, not just the party; not just the assembly of suits and climbers and hangers-on that no doubt surrounds you at work every day. No,...
  • GOP Files Cloture Motion to End Debate

    05/20/2005 3:22:31 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 115 replies · 2,922+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 20, 2005 | William Branigin
    The Senate's Republican majority today began a countdown to a vote that has been dubbed the "nuclear option," a decision on whether to end the ability of the chamber's minority to use filibusters to block the appointment of federal judges. After a third day of debate on one of President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) filed a cloture motion to end the debate and put the nomination to a vote. The cloture vote, scheduled for Tuesday, would trigger a series of steps leading to the "nuclear option" -- unless a bipartisan group of moderate senators succeeds...
  • WHEN DEMOCRATS OVERREACH - (Reid's threat to shut down business isn't going to fly with voters)

    05/19/2005 10:11:45 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 958+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 19, 2005 | Gary J. Andres
    Sometimes things are not as they appear peering through the legislative looking glass. Congress increasingly has an "Alice in Wonderland" feel to it, where statements by lawmakers and activists create a strange dissonance and legislative reality that is out of sync with political rhetoric. Yet because their press releases represent the authorized voice of the opposition, Democratic Party leaders' idiom has an aura of validity — however phony. There is a method to the madness. Democrats are laying political sod, preparing the ground for the 2006 congressional elections. Call it "project overreach"; like many aspects of the Democratic Party these...
  • In the Senate, 'DefCon 1' Nears

    05/17/2005 6:29:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,005+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/17/05 | Vincent Fiore
    In the Senate this week, what promises to be a contentious culmination to what Republican Senator Trent Lott originally coined the "nuclear option" will almost certainly take place. Majority Leader Bill Frist will call for a vote on Texas Nominee Priscilla Owens, first nominated by President Bush to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2001. At that point, the Senate chamber will have gone to what might be described as DefCon 1. The term "DefCon," short for Defense Condition, is the chief operating procedure of NORAD, or North American Air Defense, located in the Cheyenne Mountains of Colorado....
  • What They Are Saying: Democrat Judicial Obstructionism

    05/17/2005 3:35:02 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 350+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Danny Diaz 202-863-8614 [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat-Gazettes’ Bradley Gitz: “[The Filibuster] Has Never Been Used To Prevent An Up-Or-Down Vote On Appellate Court Nominees Who Have Been Approved By The Senate Judiciary Committee ... What The Democrats Are Doing In The Senate Is, Therefore, A Departure From The Senate ‘Tradition’ They Claim Republicans Are Recklessly Jeopardizing.” (Bradley Gitz, “Protecting Judicial Activism,” [Little Rock] Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/5/05) “For Democrats, The Word ‘Extremist’ Applies Only To Judges Who Feel Bound By The Constitution And The Intentions Of Those Who Crafted It, Never To Those Who Treat It As...
  • Reid Says Showdown Imminent in Senate

    05/16/2005 3:33:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 58 replies · 1,610+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2005 | DAVID ESPO
    Democratic Leader Harry Reid declared an end Monday to compromise talks with Republican leaders over President Bush's controversial judicial nominees, saying their fate along with the future of long-standing filibuster rules will be settled in a showdown on the Senate floor. "I've tried to compromise and they want all or nothing, and I can't do that," Reid told reporters after a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. "The leader's door remains open to Senator Reid," Frist's spokeswoman, Amy Call, said in reply. With Democrats threatening to block confirmation votes on several of Bush's appeals court nominees, Frist...
  • GOP Confident of Bolton's Chances

    05/15/2005 5:10:23 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 12 replies · 695+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2005 | Associated Press
    The White House and Republicans expressed confidence Sunday that John R. Bolton would win Senate approval as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations after a bruising confirmation battle in committee. "The president continues to have confidence in John. He believes he's the right person for the job," national security adviser Stephen Hadley said on "Fox News Sunday." "And we're confident, we're pleased he's going to get a vote and we're confident that the Senate at the end of the day will agree with the president and John Bolton will be confirmed." The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-8 on Thursday...
  • RNC: Statement On Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Hypocritical And Obstructionist Comments Today

    05/15/2005 2:29:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 27 replies · 1,958+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tracey Schmitt 202-863-8614WASHINGTON – RNC Communications Director Brian Jones today issued the following statement on Sen. Ted Kennedy’s obstructionist comments today on Face the Nation: “Sen. Ted Kennedy’s hypocritical and obstructionist comments this morning are more evidence Democrats would rather launch partisan political attacks than confront the issues facing our nation. Sen. Kennedy's statements contradict his previous support for abolishing the filibuster altogether and solidified his status as a leader of the ‘Party of No.’ False attacks and hypocritical statements will do nothing to ensure highly qualified judicial nominees receive the up or down vote they...
  • Bolton Probe Continues on Eve of Vote [Filibuster a 'Real Possibility']

    05/11/2005 7:24:05 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 857+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | Associated Press
    The Senate on Wednesday kept up an investigation of John R. Bolton on the eve of a showdown vote on the troubled nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats who claim Bolton is too hotheaded or unbending say they could try to hold up a final vote in the full Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held private interviews with two State Department officials who worked with Bolton in his current job as the department's arms control chief. The Democrat who is leading the opposition to Bolton said he is asking the nominee directly for additional information....
  • RNC Releases New Web Video Highlighting Democrat Obstruction: The “Party Of No”

    05/10/2005 3:18:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 778+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tracey Schmitt 202-863-8614 WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee today unveiled a new web video highlighting the Democrat obstruction in the U.S. House and Senate.  The video will be emailed out tomorrow to 7.5 million Republican grassroots supporters.  To Watch The Video "Party of No" [Voice Over and Text on screen] Wanna "no" something? Just ask a Democrat and see how well they "no" the presidents agenda. [Cuts of Democrats saying "No"] "Sad to say, the Democrats are becoming the party of no." (Gloria Borger, Op-Ed, U.S. News & World Report, 2/28/05) "So far this year the...
  • Biden Scolds Rice Over Bolton Info

    05/07/2005 8:01:50 PM PDT · by Cyclopean Squid · 32 replies · 1,413+ views
    WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the Senate committee considering the nomination of John R. Bolton as United Nations ambassador scolded Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (search) on Saturday for ignoring Democratic requests for additional information about the embattled nominee. In a curt letter to Rice, Sen. Joseph Biden (search), D-Del., reiterated his requests for State Department documents related to charges that Bolton tried to bend or ignore government intelligence findings that did not suit his hard-right ideology. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee (search) is scheduled to vote on Bolton's nomination on Thursday. Biden repeated a warning to Rice that...
  • Frist Hegins to Squeeze the Trigger

    05/04/2005 12:39:28 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 37 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2005 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) chief of staff has told conservative activist leaders and business-community representatives that Frist will soon trigger the so-called “nuclear option” to end threatened Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees this month. The chief of staff, Eric Ueland, said the event will take place in “less than a month,” according to several people who attended a closed-door meeting late last week. But social conservatives are anticipating from conversations with Frist’s staff that the controversial move will take place next week and are predicting a conservative backlash if Senate Republicans delay any longer. A conservative...
  • A Party in the 'no'

    05/03/2005 7:55:19 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 4 replies · 670+ views
    townhall ^ | 5/3/05 | Bill Murchison
    A sure way to inspire correspondence from one of my dedicated readers -- we'll call her Jane -- is to intimate by phrase or nuance that anything is amiss with the Democratic Party. Pending word of her abduction by space aliens, I anticipate an explosion from the general direction of Jane's domicile. Washington, D.C., Democrats are demonstrating what Jane might call heroic indomitability. I suggest a likelier phrase: mulish intractability. We are at one of those phases in our national affairs where, if George W. Bush sauntered outside and commented on the blueness of the sky, Nancy Pelosi and Harry...
  • Poll: 57% of Americans want Senate rules changed (Want judges voted on!)

    04/29/2005 5:41:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 1,054+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/29/05 | WorldNetDaily
    As the battle continues in Washington over President Bush's selections for federal judges, a new poll indicates 57 percent of Americans want Senate rules to be changed so a vote must be taken on every person the president nominates to become a judge. The survey by Rasmussen Reports finds only 26 percent disagree. If the Senate rules are changed, most Americans – 51 percent – say Democrats should not follow through on their threat to use other rules to effectively shut down the Senate. Just 26 percent believe Democrats should retaliate in such a manner. According to the survey, Democrats...
  • A Plan, A Plan, Their Kingdom for a Plan -(Dems' strategy;oppose, denigrate, obstruct and malign.)

    04/28/2005 9:44:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 334+ views
    As some of the more critical issues facing our nation finally start coming before those we elected to examine, debate and resolve them, one thing has become tragically apparent. The majority of those on the left side of the aisle have arrived ill-prepared to do the business of the 109th Congress, and unwilling to do the business of government. It is incomprehensible that leaders of a major political party would put party politics and special interests ahead of the needs of the American people. That is exactly what the leaders of the Democratic Party are doing as the much anticipated...
  • Bolton and The Constitutional Option: Republicans Have Forgotten How To Lead

    04/25/2005 1:29:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 486+ views
    Conservative disappointment with Republican leaders is growing and the reason is straightforward and easy to comprehend. They are not doing the jobs that we elected them to do. Despite the Republicans holding the majority in both Congressional branches, the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) have joined the minority Dems who are making a strong push toward running Congress. John Bolton’s nomination is in jeopardy, due largely to the RINO faction (illustrative are statements made by Senators John McCain and Arlen Specter) again wimping out and “expressing concern” at his nomination to the UN Ambassadorship; because Bolton might be “too tough”...
  • Up Or Down Vote (Democrats' Double Standard)

    04/25/2005 1:21:58 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 762+ views
    Clockwise: Priscilla R. Owen, William G. Myers III, Terrence W. Boyle, Richard Allen Griffin, William H. Pryor, Jr., Brett M. Kavanaugh and Janice Rogers Brown. Click on the photos above to see the resumes of these qualified judges. Democrats' Double Standardhyp·o·crite -- n. One who pretends to be what he is not or to have principles or beliefs that he does not haveThe Democrats' efforts to block President Bush's qualified judicial nominees are not only hypocritical but are examples of partisan politicking at its worst. Republicans in the Senate are working to ensure that all of President Bush's judicial...
  • Bolton has Common Sense - That's why the Democrats hate Him

    04/22/2005 5:40:23 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 17 replies · 797+ views
    townhall,com ^ | 4/22/05 | Mona Charen
    In the late 1990s, John Bolton published an article titled "The Creation, Rise and Fall of the United Nations." If you had read this essay and not witnessed one minute of his confirmation hearings, you would already know that Democrats were going to despise him. Here is Bolton's take on the post of U.N. secretary-general: "... One should not invest excessive hope in any secretary-general. The U.N. Charter describes the secretary-general as the U.N.'s 'chief administrative officer.' He is not the president of the world. He is not a diplomat for all seasons. He is not Mr. Friend of the...
  • Dennis Hastert: Democrats blocking road to cheaper fuel

    04/20/2005 5:14:24 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 648+ views
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | April 20, 2005 | Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert
    With Americans facing increasingly higher prices at the gas pump, it is more crucial than ever that we take steps to diversify our energy sources and curb our dependence on foreign oil. The House of Representatives this week will take up an energy bill that will go a long way toward giving our nation the sound, comprehensive energy policy that our citizens need and deserve. Unfortunately, opponents are doing their best to obstruct America's prosperity. The House has passed energy legislation three times. Each time it has been blocked for political sportsmanship. Meanwhile, Americans are finding it more and more...
  • NYT: Delay Is Sought in Vote on U.N. Nominee

    04/19/2005 12:45:12 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 3 replies · 680+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 19, 2005 | DOUGLAS JEHL and STEVEN R. WEISMAN
    The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will ask the panel's Republican majority to delay a vote scheduled for Tuesday on the nomination of John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, according to Democratic Senate officials. The Democrat, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, will urge Republicans to allow the panel more time to review allegations that Mr. Bolton has acted abusively toward subordinates and others, the Democratic officials said. However, the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, plans to urge the panel to vote in favor of Mr. Bolton. "I do...
  • Democrats Perfect the Art of the Double Standard

    04/18/2005 3:32:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 1,048+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/18/05 | Wes Vernon
    Amnesia and an abundance of hot air are the order of the day in the Senate. Liberals are screaming bloody murder because Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is seeking a way to derail unprecedented judicial filibusters by Democrats. But when Democrats were nominating the judges, they sang a different tune. Senator Frist is seriously considering a measure to allow confirmation of judges on an up-or-down vote by a simple majority. The Democrats, prodded by far-left-wing groups, are resisting. Currently it takes 60 votes (three fifths of the Senate) to break any filibuster. But for over 200 years, judicial filibusters were...
  • Majority Vote Should Trump Minority Rule (Santorum Op-Ed)

    04/17/2005 2:00:58 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 45 replies · 991+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, April 17, 2005 | Rick Santorum
    It has been almost four years since President Bush nominated Texas Supreme Court Judge Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Since then the Senate has held two hearings, conducted many days of floor debate, analyzed Owen's judicial opinions down to the last comma and attempted four times to invoke cloture so that debate could finally be concluded and the Senate could take an up-or-down vote on her nomination. Not only has Owen withstood this intensive examination, she has shown time and again that the American Bar Association got it right when it unanimously awarded...
  • Our feckless opposition party at work

    04/14/2005 8:39:54 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Powerline blog ^ | April 14, 2005 | powerline blog
    The John Bolton confirmation hearings are a perfect illustration of the failure of the Democrats as an opposition party. Bolton's views on the United Nations should have prompted serious debate on the role of the UN from Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations who surely disagree fundamentally with his views. However, the Dems understand that Bolton's views, and his in-your-face attitude, are popular these days. So instead of engaging in a sustained discussion of substance, like a responsible and principled oppositon party would, they argued that Bolton's a bad guy who kisses up to his superiors and mistreats his subordinates....
  • GOP Senators Are Beyond Point Of No Return - (fighting liberals' Senate rules change)

    03/23/2005 5:45:14 PM PST · by freeholland · 84 replies · 2,183+ views
    A grave and as yet unrecognized danger presently looms for Senate Republicans with respect to the upcoming battle over the President’s judicial nominees. Democrat reaction to the possibility of a Senate rules change has been nearly hysterical, which might seem to offer Republican political strategists reason to rejoice. Yet if they are not careful, the situation can be suddenly turned on them. Despite Democrat caterwauling to the contrary, this situation is not, in their minds, about preserving the Constitution, and it is not about finding some mythical “common ground” between the liberal view of constitutional law and a conservative effort...
  • The Roll of the Judiciary-(beware of black-robed phantom driving steamrollers!)

    03/22/2005 9:41:01 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 295+ views
    It is obvious that the final frontier for liberals–the last best hope to forward their agenda, is in the judiciary. When we look at how this country has become so inundated with the mind set and the trappings of liberalism, it is painfully obvious that little of this change has happened legislatively, but through the pounding of the gavel in both our superior and lower court system. This explains why the Democratic party has ardently filibustered some of the president’s judicial appointments. While Republican’s in the Senate appear to have enough votes to change the parliamentary procedures that would require...
  • Calling all FReepers, Lurkers, Chapters, FR Allies and Conservative Groups Re: March for Justice!

    03/21/2005 11:09:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 226 replies · 6,546+ views
    March for Justice Thread I ^ | March 21, 2005 | Jim Robinson
    <p>Judicial tyranny must end! The filibuster must be broken! The full Senate must have an up or down vote on the president's judicial nominees! We must not allow the Democrat obstructionists the privilege of controlling the confirmation process!</p> <p>No more liberal activists on the bench!</p> <p>Enough is enough!!</p>