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  • Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:46:54 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 68 replies
    WJLA ABC7 ^ | December 29, 2014 - 06:22 am | Associated Press (AP)
    HONOLULU (AP) - Warning from President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans: I have a veto pen and, come January, I won't be afraid to use it. Continue reading Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a barrage of bills he doesn't like: the Senate. "I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office," Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. "Now, I suspect, there are going to...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reid’s Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • It's Frustrating, but it Beats the Alternative

    10/03/2013 2:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 3, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance. Having the government shut down, well, it's inconvenient for many of us -- no museums, zoos or national parks. For others, who either work in nonessential government jobs (and who are not working and not getting paid) it's more than an inconvenience. Just imagine if you were suddenly told that you should not go to work and you would not get paid. Then there are those who do not work directly for the government, but provide...
  • Americans Angry at Senate Sycophants

    12/22/2011 5:44:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 22, 2011 | Michael Reagan
    For the past three years the United States Senate, under the leadership of Obama toady Harry Reid, has been an embarrassment for the United States. Now the so-called "Upper Body" has merely kicked the can down the road for two months on an extension of the payroll tax cut, and the House has rightly rejected the Senate's maneuver. Americans need to kick the Harry Reid Senate down the road not for a period of months, but for a lifetime. We have a clear message for Harry Reid and his utter failure to lead the Senate: The nation is angry and...
  • "Put the brakes" on nuclear power plants: Lieberman

    03/13/2011 10:32:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 97 replies
    REUTERS ^ | March 13, 2011 | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - The United States should "put the brakes on" new nuclear power plants until fully understanding what happened to the earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's homeland security panel said on Sunday.
  • Pelosi blocks offshore drilling vote GOP wants

    08/01/2008 7:48:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 58 replies · 152+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/1/8 | Zachary Coile
    For weeks, pressure has been mounting in Congress to approve more domestic oil drilling, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held the line, using her power to block a vote on offshore drilling. President Bush has made almost daily calls for Democratic leaders to take action. House GOP leaders, citing a new poll showing that a slim majority of Californians now favor offshore drilling, issued a release Thursday saying "even (Pelosi's) own California neighbors oppose her efforts to block new drilling far off American coasts." GOP lawmakers are so disgruntled they're urging Bush to deny Congress its August break by...
  • Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan (GOP measure, defeated Tuesday by a vote of 56-42)

    05/13/2008 8:57:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 308 replies · 1,301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate has rejected a Republican energy plan that calls for opening an Alaska wildlife refuge and some offshore waters to oil development. Supporters of the measure couldn't get the needed 60 votes to overcome a Democratic-led filibuster threat. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said more domestic oil production is needed to keep prices in check and to reduce U.S. dependence on oil imports. Opponents said areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and coastal waters that have been off limits to drilling for 25 years ought to remain that out of bounds to oil companies....
  • Tom Daschle Would Consider VP Invite

    02/27/2007 11:09:02 AM PST · by seanmerc · 45 replies · 649+ views ^ | 27 Feb 2007 | staff
    Tom Daschle, who endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, said he would consider being Obama's running mate if asked. The Democrat and former South Dakota senator said he had not been contacted by any of the Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination, and that his endorsement of the Illinois senator doesn't mean he's looking for a spot on the Democratic ticket. "Theres not been any talk about it at all," he said Friday. "I have to say thats not something you can campaign for and its not something that you can plan or expect." Daschle, who explored...
  • "Young In Spirit" (yeah, right) Robert Byrd Seeks Nineth Term In WV

    09/27/2005 4:25:34 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies · 903+ views
    Roll Call ^ | September 27, 2005 | Mark Preston
    Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) plans to announce today that he will seek a ninth term, ending months of speculation the 87-year-old lawmaker was considering retiring next year to avoid a grueling re-election campaign.
  • Cicero's 42 BC comments on Dick Durbin

    06/16/2005 12:48:22 PM PDT · by milbuf · 50 replies · 1,918+ views
    vanity | 42 BC | Marcus Tullius Cicero
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. "For the traitor appears not a traitor – he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots...
  • 7 GOP Senators Key in Filibuster Fight

    05/14/2005 1:57:34 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 111 replies · 2,593+ views
    WASHINGTON - Seven Republican senators will determine the outcome of a showdown this week between the president and Congress — and a minority within it — over who is going to shape the federal courts. Barring any unforeseen developments, these are the lawmakers in the make-or-break position when it comes to deciding whether to allow a Senate minority to block a president's nominees for the federal bench. The senators are Susan Collins of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, John Warner of Virginia, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John Sununu of New Hampshire....
  • STOP THE FILIBUSTERING - (Republicans must act NOW!)

    05/10/2005 5:40:17 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 505+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 10, 2005 | Tod Lindberg
    I have been wracking my brain for a while now for a good reason for Republicans in the Senate not to get rid of the filibuster in the case of judicial nominees. You know, something about the higher need for comity, respect for the traditions of the "world's greatest deliberative body," the need for majorities to act with restraint so that minorities do not feel oppressed, etc. I give up. There are no principles at stake here. The prerequisite for a Senate rule that requires 60 votes for cloture is sufficient institutional comity to ensure that the filibuster is not...
  • Runaway Bride May Face Charges in Georgia

    05/01/2005 11:28:04 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 321 replies · 9,233+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1 May 05 | KRISTEN WYATT
    DULUTH, Ga. - A prosecutor said Sunday that he wants to review whether the runaway bride-to-be who admitted she made up a kidnapping story should be charged for making false statements to the police. Jennifer Wilbanks returned to this tight-knit town on Saturday after a cross-country bus trip took her through Las Vegas, Nev., to Albuquerque, N.M., as hundreds of volunteers searched for her. She initially told authorities she had been abducted while jogging, but eventually admitted her kidnapping story was fabricated and she had run away because she had cold feet for her wedding, which was planned for Saturday....
  • Hillary Clinton gets it

    03/18/2005 11:44:21 AM PST · by yoe · 78 replies · 2,774+ views
    Intern. Herald Tribune/The New York Times ^ | March 17, 2005 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    NEW YORK If the Democratic Party wants to figure out how to win national elections again, it has an unexpected guide: Hillary Rodham Clinton. . . [snip]The first lesson Clinton is demonstrating is the need to talk much more openly about God and prayer. That resonates in a country where a Pew poll found that 60 percent of Americans pray at least once a day. . [snip]"I've always been a praying person," Clinton declared recently. . [snip]Democrats are usually more comfortable talking about sex than God. But that doesn't work in a country where 70 percent say that "presidents should...
  • Inadmissible Evidence - (Dems won't discuss personal accounts in Soc. Sec. debate)

    03/16/2005 5:05:31 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 468+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | MARCH 16, 2005 | GREG LEWIS
    One of the tactics frequently employed by left-leaning politicos and activists (including Teddy Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, and Harry Reid, who represent the phalanx of the left wing of the Democrat Party in the U.S. Congress) is to introduce into the public debate a "MacGuffin," to use film director Alfred Hitchcock's term for a plot device that diverts viewers' attention from the real issues at hand. Under Hitchcock's not infrequently perverse direction, the MacGuffin became a means of manipulating the audience away from discovering in advance the ultimate resolution of a film's conflict. The Democrat Party has most recently employed this...
  • They've... Stopped... Thinking About Tomorrow

    02/11/2005 9:24:02 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 4 replies · 707+ views
    The Rant ^ | February 11, 2005 | Frank Salvato
    If you ever needed proof that the Democrats were playing obstructionist partisan politics you need look no further then their leadership, both past and present. While Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi extol the evils of personalizing Social Security some troubling words have been found in the history books and the news files that should paint their faces a pristine shade of crimson, and it’s not because they just got back from Alabama. Recently, Reid, the Senate Minority Leader, made a statement that rang ominously through the halls of Capitol Hill. When asked about the president’s suggestion that those...
  • Democrats Float Idea of Gonzales Filibuster

    02/02/2005 3:08:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 984+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 2, 2005 | Steve Roeder
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- As a vote draws near for the confirmation of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft, Democrats in the Senate floated the idea of mounting a filibuster to the nomination. Talk of a possible filibuster drew quick rebuke from Gonzales supporters. RNC Deputy Communications Director Danny Diaz commented on a potential Democrat filibuster of Judge Alberto Gonzales' nomination. Gonzales would succeed Attorney General John Ashcroft. "Democrats should understand that filibustering America's first Hispanic nominee for attorney general is neither good policy nor good politics." Diaz said. "Numerous Senators on both sides of...
  • Bush Retirement Accounts Plan Dead: Top Democrat(Harry Reid)

    02/02/2005 2:28:12 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 68 replies · 1,615+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 1, 2005 | Donna Smith
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday predicted that President Bush's plan to revamp social security by diverting taxes into private investment accounts would fail to pass Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was speaking as Bush prepared to use his State of the Union address on Wednesday to argue for his proposals and then follow up with a five-state tour to campaign for the new investment accounts. "President Bush should forget about privatizing Social Security," the Nevada Democrat said. "It will not happen. The sooner he comes to that realization, the better off we are."...
  • The New Democrat Dynamic Duo of Obstructionism

    02/01/2005 3:44:12 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 659+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Jones 202-863-8614 “Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid’s obstructionist remarks today were full of pessimism and personal attacks but lacked any vision for winning the War on Terror or preserving Social Security for future generations. While President Bush is looking to work with Democrats in confronting the challenges facing our nation, the Democrat leaders’ attacks on a speech that has not even been delivered are a sad reminder of their determination to score partisan political points even at the cost of accomplishing the business of the American people.”  -Brian Jones, RNC Communications Director   Pelosi’s Record: Obstruction,...
  • Caption Biden

    01/26/2005 4:51:25 PM PST · by End_Clintonism_Now · 80 replies · 3,371+ views
    Yahoo! News / AP Photo ^ | 1/26/05 | AP Photo/Dennis Cook
  • Specter in New Trouble (freepers report for duty!)

    01/22/2005 12:03:07 PM PST · by Mikmur · 115 replies · 2,235+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/21/05 | R. Emmit Tyrrell, Jr.
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter went back on his word to Republican caucus members and conservative groups alike when he recently hired Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer, who until recently was the NAACP's assistant general counsel. Specter hired Kemerer against the wishes of his senior Judiciary Committee staff. "We warned him this was going to cause trouble, but Specter said it was his committee, we are his staff, and he's going to do what he believes is right," says a Judiciary Committee staffer. Kemerer was a protégé of Elaine Jones, who three years ago, as head of the NAACP...
  • Mineta, Bureaucrats Stall Effort to Arm Pilots

    12/17/2004 4:14:47 PM PST · by 45Auto · 18 replies · 637+ views
    Human Events ^ | 17 December 2004 | Robert B. Bluey
    Members of Congress are becoming frustrated with bureaucrats who have put roadblocks in the way of a program to arm airline pilots that Congress first authorized months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Three years later, only an estimated 4,000 of the more than 95,000 commercial pilots have participated in the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program. But this lack of participation does not indicate a lack of pilot interest, proponents say. They claim the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has intentionally stymied the program. A soon-to-be-released poll from the pro-gun Airline Pilots Security Alliance indicates upwards of 50,000 commercial...
  • "Ditto, Tom" CARTOON featuring Tom Daschle

    12/15/2004 3:32:24 PM PST · by IPWGOP · 14 replies · 1,492+ views ^ | 12/15/2004 | IPWGOP
    Ditto, Tom...Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle says goodbye.     This is an email-able, copyright-ready graphic you can use in emails, on blogs, in flyers, on posters... anything that's noncommercial.
  • Dems Intend to Filibuster Bush's Judicial Nominees ... Again

    12/01/2004 6:40:51 PM PST · by kattracks · 39 replies · 2,390+ views ^ | 12/01/04 | Paul Weyrich
    The other day I was interviewed by a magazine which very closely follows what is happening in the Congress. The reporter wanted to get my views on whether the President would nominate the same kind of judges he did during his first term. I said that I believe that the President firmly believes in the sort of judges he has put forth and I saw no reason why he would change in his second term. The reporter, with whom I speak frequently, told me he had just interviewed Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Minority Leader for the 109th Congress,...
  • 9/11 Families Say Lieberman Is the 'Obstructionist'

    12/01/2004 8:21:50 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 24 replies · 739+ views
    CNSNews ^ | Dec 1, 2004 | Susan Jones
    A group representing more than 300 families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terror attacks says Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) is the "true obstructionist" blocking passage of an intelligence overhaul bill. The group "911 Families for a Secure America" held a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday -- "to set the record straight," they said. They said Sen. Lieberman's insistence that no "immigration safeguards" be included in the final bill is blocking its passage. But Democrats and other supporters of the intelligence bill say two House Republicans are the ones obstructing passage of the bill. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman...
  • A New Weapon in the Judges' War (Senate Republicans ponder ways to deal with the filibuster)

    11/29/2004 7:17:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,691+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 6, 2004 | Duncan Currie
    THE SENATE'S COLD WAR over judicial nominations is at a crossroads. With a newly minted chamber taking office January 4, and a new minority leader already designated, the time seems ripe for a fresh start. The Republican majority wants an end to all active Democratic filibusters of appellate court nominees and the cession of such tactics in the future. Will the opposition comply?The answer hinges on two unknowns: first, what lessons Senate Democrats draw from the 2004 election; second, the tone set by their new leader, Nevada senator Harry Reid. Retiring senator Bob Graham has predicted "less willingness" among Democrats...
  • Senate GOP set to go 'nuclear' over judges

    11/28/2004 2:36:14 PM PST · by NeoCaveman · 128 replies · 6,258+ views
    Cox news service via the Times Argus ^ | 11/28/04 | Chuck Lindell
    Senate Republicans, boldly confident after their Nov. 2 electoral success, are preparing to end months of frustrating delays over President Bush's judicial picks by hitting Democrats with Republican's ultimate legislative weapon. But the Republican threat to neuter long-cherished filibuster rules by steamrolling Democrats is risky — so potentially destructive that Capitol Hill calls it the "nuclear option." Democratic retaliation would be swift and long-lasting, raising the prospect of escalating clashes in a body that prides itself on gentility and cool judgment. Even so, Republican leaders are signaling their intent to go nuclear in word and deed. "We're going to use...

    11/20/2004 11:59:01 AM PST · by forest · 10 replies · 618+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #326 ^ | 11-21-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Never one to mess up a good story by sticking with the facts, the liberal media in Washington refuse to tell us much about the inner-workings of the Senate. Oh sure, they are quick to carp about anything they think may be a misstep by a Republican member. But that is about as deep as their news reports usually go. No one ever reports that few senators fully understand, or even read, any of the bills before voting. Nor are we often informed that an inordinate amount of each senator's time is spent seeing lobbyists and other campaign contributors, rather...

    11/13/2004 10:22:17 AM PST · by forest · 53 replies · 3,760+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #325 ^ | 11-14-04 | Doug Fiedor
    If nothing else, we have to admit that the dorks on the left are certainly fun to watch. The so called unbiased "media elite" came to work dressed in black after the election. Most of what we hear coming from the left these post-election days is a perpetual whine. There have been no real specifics about what they are whining about. Other than the fact that their socialist candidate lost, they just seem to want to be difficult. Yeah, it's very interesting to hear the constant vitriol coming from the very same liberals who gave us perpetual sensitivity training. Their...

    11/10/2004 7:04:08 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 511+ views
    With Election Day come and gone, President George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee have got to be feeling fairly good. Values voters have made Republicans the majority party. Increased margins in the U.S. House and Senate give Republicans a solid majority, albeit vulnerable to filibuster. With U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) ceding his seat to former U.S. Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.), the so-called obstructionist-in-chief will be forced to watch from the sidelines. Poor Daschle. From last summer, I vividly remember seeing him enter the Senate dining room while I ate lunch with U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.). The...
  • Life After Daschle: Will a 55-seat majority be enough to end ...

    11/05/2004 6:00:51 AM PST · by Zechariah11 · 75 replies · 2,076+ views
    WSJ: Opinion Journal ^ | November 5, 2004 | Kimberly A. Strassel
    Life After Daschle Will a 55-seat majority be enough to end Senate obstructionism? BY KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Friday, November 5, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST The pressure builds on those red-state Senators up for election in 2006. Is New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman going to vote down a Miguel Estrada nomination, with a state home to the largest proportion of Hispanics in the country? Look too for Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Kent Conrad of North Dakota to be heeding the Ghost of Daschle's Past. The GOP's best shot for leveraging this fear of home state voters is...
  • Party rocked by Daschle's defeat

    11/04/2004 6:12:44 PM PST · by NewMediaFan · 168 replies · 4,898+ views
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | November 04, 2004
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - For months, Tom Daschle traveled this prairie state asking voters to send him back to Washington, his speeches invoking the hopeful image of a sunrise. But in the wee hours of yesterday morning, the sun set on the 26-year political career of Daschle, the Senate Democratic leader. In a historic upset that left Republicans rejoicing and sent already dispirited Democrats reeling, John Thune, a popular former congressman and close ally of President Bush, defeated Daschle by 4,534 votes, garnering 51 percent of the ballots to the minority leader's 49 percent. Not for half a century had...
  • All About Tom -- South Dakota's Senate race is a referendum on filibuster politics

    10/16/2004 12:45:41 AM PDT · by smonk · 11 replies · 786+ views ^ | October 15, 2004 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--About the only thing you need to know about the Senate race here is that it's really about one guy. True, South Dakotans have been watching two men debate, viewing two sets of political commercials and preparing to choose between two names on the November ballot. But in the end, this race is all about Tom. Daschle, that is--though right now the Senate minority leader is probably wishing he wasn't getting quite so much attention. Mr. Daschle is used to the spotlight, having spent 26 years working his way up House and Senate ranks, tutoring at the knees...
  • All About Tom (Daschle)

    10/15/2004 11:23:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,178+ views (WSJ) ^ | October 15, 2004 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    South Dakota's Senate race is a referendum on filibuster politics. SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--About the only thing you need to know about the Senate race here is that it's really about one guy. True, South Dakotans have been watching two men debate, viewing two sets of political commercials and preparing to choose between two names on the November ballot. But in the end, this race is all about Tom. Daschle, that is--though right now the Senate minority leader is probably wishing he wasn't getting quite so much attention. Mr. Daschle is used to the spotlight, having spent 26 years working his...
  • New Poll Shows Daschle Leading Thune

    09/28/2004 4:44:42 PM PDT · by LaurenInAtl · 35 replies · 1,940+ views
    I don't understand how such clearly conservative people can even consider returning this obstructionist to his seat.
  • It's the Forgery Terry!

    09/17/2004 10:48:26 AM PDT · by HawaiianGecko · 563+ views
    Townhall ^ | 16-Sep-2004 | Kay Daly
    To adequately follow along, I suggest several sheets of paper (for the flow charts) and a heavy dose of Tylenol (so your head won’t explode). Go back with me in time – just to last summer – those idyllic days when the stench of political tomfoolery had not yet overwhelmed our senses and triggered our gag reflexes. Then the so-called “intelligence memos” appeared on the radio talk show scene. A memorandum written by a Democrat Senate Intelligence Committee staffer detailed a strategy to painstakingly undermine the President’s policies in Iraq and the War on Terror. National security be damned, so...
  • CORE To Edwards: Stop Blocking Black Judges

    08/24/2004 2:22:38 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 10 replies · 439+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | August 24, 2004
    The Congress on Racial Equality plans to run advertising in John Edwards' home state of North Carolina challenging him to stop blocking the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the federal appellate bench:California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown is among a half dozen of Bush's nominees to the appeals court who've been blocked in the Senate by Democrats. The Senate confirms all judicial appointments. Her nomination is opposed by groups including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But the more conservative Congress of Racial Equality says Brown is a role model who...
  • Pelosi Critical of Goss Nomination, Despite Earlier Support

    08/11/2004 4:28:18 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 534+ views ^ | 8/10/04 | Melanie Hunter
    ( - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi stands opposed to the nomination of Rep. Peter Goss (R-Fla.), an eight-term congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to head the CIA, but just two months ago, Pelosi pledged to support Goss for the position. On Tuesday, Pelosi suggested Goss is too "political" to be named director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "But I will say what I said before is that there shouldn't - a person should not be the director of central intelligence who's acted in a very political way when we're dealing with the safety of the American...
  • "Masters of Obstruction"

    08/04/2004 2:50:36 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 21 replies · 1,687+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | Seadog Bytes
    I received this email today... -----Original Message----- From: [] Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 13:23 Subject: Donation Confirmation Thank you for your contribution to my campaign for the United States Senate. Please consider this email a confirmation that we have received your generous donation. We appreciate your willingness to make a real difference in the future of South Dakota and the Nation by supporting our agenda. With the help and commitment of good people like you, we will win this race. Sincerely, John Thune----------------------------------------------------- MASTERS OF OBSTRUCTION The Daschle-Democrats in the United States Senate have become notorious for preventing...
  • NARAL's Kate Michelman's new job: Head Democratic Program Against Bush Judges

    07/27/2004 8:31:12 AM PDT · by victim soul · 6 replies · 426+ views ^ | 6.26.04 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Advocate to Head Democratic Program Against Bush Judges Washington, DC ( -- Just days after a coalition of groups announced an ad campaign designed to blast President Bush for selecting pro-life judges to federal courts, a leading abortion advocate will head up a new campaign for the Democratic Party to attack the president. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe unveiled a new campaign last week that will be headed up by former NARAL president Kate Michelman. The DNC's Campaign to Save the Court will “highlight the critically important issue of how the 2004 Presidential election will affect the...
  • Daschle's Dead Zone

    07/22/2004 6:01:22 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,011+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2004 | Editorial
    <p>It was said of Willie Mays that his glove was the place where triples went to die. The U.S. Senate has earned a similar reputation of late, but one that is hardly a compliment: It's the place where good ideas go to die.</p>
  • Cheney Blasts Blocking of Bush Nominees

    07/26/2004 6:50:04 PM PDT · by tomball · 14 replies · 1,888+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11 minutes ago | SHANNON DININNY
    KENNEWICK, Wash. - Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) on Monday accused Senate Democrats — including John Kerry (news - web sites) and John Edwards (news - web sites) — of "outrageous" behavior for blocking President Bush (news - web sites)'s judicial nominees. Cheney's jab at the Democratic presidential ticket came in an otherwise low-key appearance at a fund-raising luncheon for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, a former state senator. For the most part, Cheney used his half-hour appearance before the GOP crowd to laud the Bush administration's record, especially on the economy and the war on...
  • Senate Democrats block vote on Michigan judge (Defeat Lenin and Stabmenow)

    07/22/2004 9:20:12 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 10 replies · 567+ views
    AP ^ | 7-22-04 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Senate Democrats block vote on Michigan judge By DEE-ANN DURBIN The Associated Press 7/22/2004, 11:45 a.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats successfully blocked the nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Henry Saad to a federal appeals court. The Senate voted 52-46 Thursday to proceed with a vote on Saad's nomination, but the motion required 60 votes to pass. It was the eighth time Senate Democrats have blocked one of President Bush's judicial nominees. Bush nominated Saad to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001. Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow opposed his nomination because Senate...
  • Democrats block 6th judge pick

    07/21/2004 12:48:19 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 9 replies · 362+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2004 | By Charles Hurt
    Democrats lodged a filibuster yesterday against a nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, accusing him of being an "anti-environment activist." A cloture vote fell seven short of the 60 votes needed to force a final confirmation decision on William G. Myers III, who became the sixth judicial nominee of President Bush's to be filibustered by a minority group of Democrats.
  • NOW Petitions Daschle to Continue Obstruction

    07/14/2004 12:00:44 PM PDT · by FlyLow · 6 replies · 503+ views
    Talon News ^ | 7-14-04 | Jeff Gannon
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- A recent fund-raising letter from the National Organization for Women is requesting money for what it calls an "emergency campaign to preserve abortion rights." The solicitation also asks for a signature on a petition that will be sent to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). The petition urges Daschle to continue his obstruction of pro-life federal judges nominated by President George W. Bush. NOW asks the Democratic leader to "use the filibuster whenever it is needed." The Senate minority leader is currently blocking nearly a dozen judges, some for over two years. Republicans have promised more...
  • Justice obstructed in the U.S. Senate

    07/08/2004 2:09:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 719+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/08/04 | Boston Herald editorial staff
    It's a clear case of obstructing justice, and it ought to be a crime. Problem is, the obstruction is going on in the U.S. Senate. And though he's just a freshman, John Edwards [related, bio] has already become a master of the game.       Yesterday President Bush [related, bio] attempted to blow the whistle - again - on the cynical games being played by Democratic members of the Senate who have held up the nominations of dozens of members of the federal judiciary.      Yesterday Bush visited North Carolina and Michigan where a total of nine vacancies exist on the federal...
  • Bush Blames Edwards For Blocking Judicial Nominations

    07/07/2004 7:14:52 PM PDT · by NCjim · 6 replies · 562+ views
    WRAL-TV ^ | July 7, 2004
    Former N.C. Sen. Morgan Calls It Political Tug Of War President George W. Bush tried to steal a bit of John Edwards' thunder Wednesday. He was in Raleigh to talk about judicial nominees and raise money for the Republicans. The president blamed Edwards and other Senate Democrats for blocking his judicial nominees. "There's an issue in North Carolina that needs to be solved, and the only ones who can solve it are North Carolina senators," Bush said. "Sen. Edwards will not even allow two of the nominees . . . to get to committee for a hearing." The nomination of...
  • Bush meets judicial nominees

    07/07/2004 1:40:50 PM PDT · by demlosers · 6 replies · 375+ views
    upi ^ | 7/7/2004 3:47 PM | Richard Tomkins
    UPI White House Correspondent WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush slammed Democratic sidelining of his judicial nominees Wednesday, saying Senate Democrats were ignoring a federal judicial crisis and using issue litmus tests on those selected to sit on a federal bench. "These judges deserve better treatment in the United States Senate," he said. "A minority of senators apparently don't want judges who strictly interpret and apply the law. Evidently, they want activist judges who will rewrite the law from the bench." Bush made the comment in Raleigh, N.C., where he met with three of his picks whose...
  • (California) Democrats Block Independence Day Celebration

    07/02/2004 2:26:37 PM PDT · by mkj6080 · 119 replies · 1,411+ views
    Sacramento Union ^ | 7/2/2004 | John Campbell (CA Assemblyman)
    In each of the 4 years that I have been a member of the state Assembly, we have had many "celebrations" on the Assembly floor. These "celebrations" are orchestrated by the Democrats who control the House and often involve singing and dancing. Every one of my 4 years have seen substantial celebrations of Cinco de Mayo (Commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla), St. Patrick's Day (for the patron Saint of Ireland) and Chinese New Year's Day, among others. But never once have we celebrated America's Independence Day, the 4th of July. So, this year,...
  • Kennedy Seeks Ruling Against Pryor Judgeship

    06/09/2004 3:34:03 PM PDT · by hardhead · 23 replies · 218+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 9, 2004 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Edward Kennedy is trying to file a "friend of the court," or amicus, brief that argues that the recess appointment of Judge William Pryor Jr. was unconstitutional, according to a new court document. The request was sent Wednesday to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Adefemi v. Ashcroft, which challenges a Board of Immigration Appeals (search) decision that the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service had enough evidence to deport Adefemi, a citizen of Nigeria, on a firearms offense. The case is set for arguments in front of the full court, or "en banc,"...