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  • Rubio: Trump pardoning Manafort would be a 'terrible mistake'

    12/09/2018 11:40:19 AM PST · by conservative98 · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 9 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Sen. Marco Rubio warned President Trump on Sunday that it would be a bad idea to pardon Paul Manafort. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Rubio, R-Fla., said it would be a mistake for Trump to issue a pardon for his former campaign chairman after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Manafort of lying about his contacts with administration officials in 2018 and at least four other details related to the investigation into Russian election meddling during the 2016 campaign. “I haven’t heard that the White House is thinking about doing it,” Rubio said. “I advise strongly against it. It...
  • Lindsey Graham: ‘I Will Do Everything in My Power’ to Confirm William Barr as Attorney General

    12/07/2018 11:06:54 AM PST · by conservative98 · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 7 2018 | Sean Moran
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who will likely become the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, praised President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, on Friday, saying he is “highly capable, highly respected and will provide new and much-needed leadership for the Department of Justice.” President Trump confirmed that on Friday, he will nominate as his next attorney general the man who served as attorney general from 1991-1993 during the George H.W. Bush administration. “He was my first choice since day one,” Trump said on Friday morning. Sen. Graham, who will likely replace the outgoing Judiciary chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA),...
  • Fox’s Napolitano walks back claim that Trump Jr. thinks he’ll be indicted by Mueller

    12/06/2018 1:38:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | Justin Wise
    Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Thursday walked back a previous statement in which he said Donald Trump Jr. expects to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. "You know I did say that, and I basically was repeating what had already been out there," Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends." "I since have heard from [him], and he says he never said it. And it was an inaccurate statement." "I take him at his word," he added. The comment comes just a day after Napolitano said on the Sirius XM radio show of ABC News chief legal analyst...
  • Goodlatte: House Leadership Blocked Trump-Backed Immigration Reform

    12/05/2018 7:57:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Dec. 5, 2018 | Neil Munro
    The House GOP leadership is responsible for blocking a pro-American immigration reform package which was backed by President Donald Trump, a top House chairman said Tuesday. The GOP leadership let the House immigration reform die in June by allowing a critical bloc of GOP legislators to split their votes between two rival reform bills, said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the retiring chairman of the House committee on the judiciary. “The strategy of having two options really let people have an off-ramp — they could vote for the more conservative bill and against the other, or vote for the second bill and...
  • Michael Flynn tops the list of Trump’s worries

    12/05/2018 12:41:34 PM PST · by detective · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/5/2018 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Post reports: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday recommended that former national security adviser Michael Flynn serve no prison time, citing his “substantial assistance” with several ongoing investigations, according to a new court filing. Tuesday’s filing is heavily redacted, continuing to shroud in secrecy the details of what Flynn told Mueller’s team about his interactions with [President] Trump and other top officials. But the document noted that Flynn has assisted the special counsel with its “investigation concerning links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.” You don’t have to be a...
  • Kasich seconds French president on nationalism: 'Macron is right'

    11/13/2018 7:53:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 12, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Monday seconded French President Emmanuel Macron's sentiments against nationalism, tweeting, "Macron is right" on what he said on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Macron heavily criticized "nationalism" in an apparent jab at President Trump during his Armistice Day remarks in Paris on Sunday.
  • Senate Republicans unload on Flake

    11/30/2018 7:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 96 replies
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2018 | Borgess Everett and Elana Schor
    Jeff Flake is finally taking a stand on the need to protect Robert Mueller — and it’s infuriating his fellow Republicans. The retiring Arizona senator is undermining the Senate GOP’s efforts to approve as many lifetime-appointed federal judges as possible in the lame duck. His vow to oppose all judges until he gets a vote shielding the special counsel from presidential interference has already frozen 21 judicial picks in committee and on Thursday helped derail a nominee on the Senate floor.
  • Senate defies Trump and votes to punish Saudis for Khashoggi slaying

    11/28/2018 9:47:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    LATimes ^ | Nov. 28,l 2018 | AP
    Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 63 to 37 to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but to the Trump administration, which has been clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia over the killing.
  • GOP Rep. Mia Love rips Trump, Republicans in concession speech

    11/26/2018 2:47:35 PM PST · by dennisw · 90 replies
    nypost ^ | November 26, 2018 | Bob Fredericks
    Just-defeated GOP Rep. Mia Love — who was mocked by President Trump after Election Day for supposedly not showing him sufficient loyalty — fired back at the commander-in-chief Monday. “The president’s behavior towards me made me wonder: What did he have to gain by saying such a thing about a fellow Republican,” the Utah lawmaker said in Salt Lake City. “It was not really about asking him to do more, was it? Or was it something else? Well Mr. President, we’ll have to chat about that,” she continued during her concession speech after a tight race with Democratic Rep.-elect Ben...
  • GOP senator: We would prefer to keep border open

    11/25/2018 11:39:24 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/18 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Sunday she would rather not see the U.S.-Mexico border close despite threats by President Trump to prevent certain groups of migrants from crossing into the U.S. "We would prefer that we keep it open, so let's work really hard to make sure that we're addressing the asylum seekers before they actually come over the border," Ernst said on CNN's "State of the Union."The Iowa Republican was responding to Trump's suggestion that he may close the southern border if Mexico does not agree to hold migrants while the U.S. processes their asylum claims. "I think the...
  • Kasich 'very seriously' considering 2020 run: I have conversations 'virtually every day'

    11/25/2018 8:43:01 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/18 | Michael Burke
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Sunday that he is "very seriously considering" another bid at the presidency in 2020 and raised the possibility of running on a bipartisan ticket. "These are earnest conversations that go on virtually every day with some of my friends, with my family. We need different leadership. There isn’t any question about it," he said on ABC's "This Week." Kasich said that "all options are on the table" for his potential bid, including running on a bipartisan ticket. The Ohio governor, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2016, raised the possibility that President...
  • Romney blasts Trump, Pompeo response to Saudis: 'Inconsistent' with 'American greatness'

    11/21/2018 12:56:19 PM PST · by detective · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/21/18 | John Bowden
    Sen.-elect Mitt Romney(R-Utah) (R-Utah) on Wednesday condemned President Trump's and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest comments about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, calling them "inconsistent" with the U.S. national interest. "The President's and Secretary of State's Khashoggi statements to date are inconsistent with an enduring foreign policy, with our national interest, with basic human rights, and with American greatness," Romney said in a statement. "Sanctions do not necessarily require ending the alliance; they do demand real and painful consequence," he added.
  • For What Should We Be Thankful?

    11/22/2018 2:31:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2018 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government's true goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and by bureaucrats and central bankers behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which political party controls either house of Congress? What if the frequent public displays of adversity between the Republicans and the Democrats are just a facade and a charade? What if both major political parties agree on the transcendental issues of our day? What if the leadership of both major political parties believes that...
  • An Alternative to the Status Quo

    11/22/2018 12:51:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2018 | Erick Erickson
    Had John C. Fremont not run as a Republican in 1856, there would probably would have been no Lincoln in 1860. The Republican Party formed in the 1850s with the collapse of the Whig Party. The central unifying issue Republicans shared was abolition of slavery. It unified people across political parties, bringing them together into something new. In the early 1990s, fueled by a single billionaire's calls for reform, the Reform Party sprang up under H. Ross Perot. He won 18.9 percent of the popular vote. The Reform Party, unlike the Republicans in the 1800s, was one man's party,...
  • Kasich: We're in danger of seeing our moral standing in the world eroded

    11/20/2018 10:36:45 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 64 replies
    WCMH ^ | November 20, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Ohio Governor John Kasich said Tuesday that we’re in danger of seeing our moral standing in the world eroded, thanks in part to the news that the U.S. would move forward with an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. “I just want to tell you that we're in danger of seeing our moral standing in the world eroded,” said Kasich during an interview Tuesday. “I happened to meet a tremendous prisoner of conscience a man by the name of Anatoly Sharansky who sat in the Soviet gulag for many years and was defiant about his seeking freedom and not caving to...
  • Kasich Still Opposed To 'Stand Your Ground' And 'Hearbeat Bill'

    11/20/2018 9:11:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    WOSU ^ | November 20, 2018 | Karen Kasler
    Gov. John Kasich still has almost two more months on the job, but the GOP-led legislature is using its lame-duck session to push against his agenda. Kasich said his opposition hasn’t changed to the so-called “Stand Your Ground” gun bill and the six-week abortion ban that just passed the Ohio House. He already vetoed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” in 2016, and has indicated he would also veto the gun law.
  • Republican Governor says Trump makes people into victims and will never heal or unite

    11/20/2018 1:56:56 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 67 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 17, 2018 | Alexandra Hutzler
    Ohio Governor John Kasich, a possible 2020 candidate, slammed Donald Trump for dividing the country by playing the “blame game.” “What I have resented and disliked about the president is instead of being a unifier and someone who can dig deep into people’s problems and say ‘yes those are problems, but together we can fix them,’ he has played a blame game," Kasich commented during a speech in New Hampshire at the Loeb School’s First Amendment Gala on Thursday. "He has allowed people to consider themselves victims," Kasich said, and fostered the idea in them that if good things failed...
  • How Mitt Romney could take down Trump: Become the Republican Ralph Nader

    11/19/2018 9:43:28 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 74 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 15, 2018 | Nestor Ramos
    No, even though the votes from last week aren’t even all counted yet, it is, of course, time to move on to the next election. And while the discussion so far has focused on which Democrats are running and who among them is best positioned to defeat President Trump, I’ve got the perfect candidate to dethrone the Donald. It’s Mitt Romney. Or maybe Jeff Flake. Ben Sasse? Sure, whatever. Any of them will do. Because I’m not suggesting that any of these vocal Trump critics from within the president’s own party — including Massachusetts’ re-gift to Utah — run as...
  • Romney signals anti-warming push

    11/17/2018 4:31:50 PM PST · by House Atreides · 107 replies
    Ev&bE News ^ | Hannah Northey and Geof Koss
    Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney signaled he may focus on climate change when he's sworn in in January. In a brief interview with E&E News yesterday, the former Republican presidential nominee said he sees climate change as a "critical area." ....snip Last year, Romney told college students in St. Louis that he was "concerned about the anti-scientific attitude" expressed by some of his Republican colleagues and that he was convinced humanity has played a part in global warming (Climatewire, Oct. 3). "I happen to believe that there is climate change, and I think humans contribute to it in a substantial way,...
  • Donald Trump Hits a Congressional Wall on Border Wall Funding

    11/16/2018 9:26:36 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/15/2018 | NEIL MUNRO
    GOP senators are nudging President Donald Trump to give up hopes for a $5 billion down-payment on a border wall in 2019. “My goal is to get the [budget] bills passed” in December, said Sen. Richard Shelby, the GOP chairman of the Senate’s appropriations committee, said Nov. 15 after meeting Trump for a budget discussion. His committee has penciled in $1.6 billion for the wall in 2019, compared to the $5 billion in the draft House bill. “If it’s ‘Wall or nothing!’ they’re going to get nothing,” the top Democrat on the Senate’s appropriations bill, Sen. Patrick Leahy, said November...