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  • Never Trump counter-convention to target congressional Republicans

    05/23/2020 4:45:45 AM PDT · by kevcol · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2020 | David M. Drucker
    Never Trump Republicans planning to gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August, at the same moment as President Trump’s renomination celebration there are taking aim at congressional Republicans. The “Convention on Founding Principles” is scheduled to coincide with the Republican presidential nominating convention, which is set for Aug. 24–27 at the Spectrum Center arena. . . . “Even if Trump weren’t in the picture, the party would still need some reforming,” said Evan McMullin, a Never Trump Republican and one of the organizers of the event. McMullin mounted a failed, eleventh-hour third-party bid against Trump in 2016 and later co-founded...
  • Mitt Romney calls Trump's IG firings 'a threat to accountable democracy'

    05/16/2020 6:52:25 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 162 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 16 May 2020 | Kelly Mena
    Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Saturday denounced President Donald Trump's firings of internal government oversight officials, calling it a "threat to accountable democracy." Romney's comments came in response to Trump's Friday firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick -- the latest in a series of dismissals of independent government watchdogs that have come in the wake of the President's acquittal on two articles of impeachment earlier this year. "The firings of multiple Inspectors General is unprecedented; doing so without good cause chills the independence essential to their purpose. It is a threat to accountable democracy and a fissure in...
  • Gaetz shames Gowdy over 'failure of our Republican leadership'

    05/09/2020 9:47:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 46 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | May 9 | Daniel Payne
    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz shamed a "failure of our Republican leadership" When Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and I wanted subpoena power it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn't give us that subpoena power. Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas. "When Paul Ryan had control and could have run this to ground in 2017, we didn't send out one single subpoena, not one… a failure of our Republican leadership."
  • Barr urges Trump administration to back off call to fully strike down Obamacare

    05/05/2020 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Skywise · 94 replies
    Wishtv.com ^ | May 5, 2020 | Kaitlan Collins, Joan Biskupic, Evan Perez and Tami Luhby, CNN
    Attorney General William Barr made a last-minute push Monday to persuade the administration to modify its position in the Obamacare dispute that will be heard at the Supreme Court this fall, arguing that the administration should pull back from its insistence that the entire law be struck down. ... Barr and other top advisers have argued against the hard-line position for some time, warning it could have major political implications if the comprehensive health care law appears in jeopardy as voters head to the polls in November. According to four sources familiar with the meeting, Barr argued for modifying the...
  • Virus, stalled economy raise Democratic hopes to take Senate [barf alert]

    04/28/2020 10:45:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 28, 2020 | Alan Fram and Matt Volz
    Steve Bullock was the lame-duck governor of solidly red Montana, fresh off a failed Democratic presidential bid, when he pivoted and announced he’d challenge Republican Sen. Steve Daines for his seat. Days after announcing his candidacy last month, the first coronavirus cases appeared in Montana. That shifted the spotlight onto Bullock as he leads the state’s pandemic response, leaving Daines in the unusual position of a sitting senator competing for attention. “I look forward to when I can spend more time thinking about the campaign and doing that work,” Bullock said last week. Right now he’s making sure “lives are...
  • House Republican dubs Mitch McConnell the 'Marie Antoinette of the Senate'

    04/24/2020 3:58:28 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24,200 | By Sam Dorman
    Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., had some harsh words for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after the latter suggested that state governments should be able to declare bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. ".@senatemajldr McConnell’s dismissive remark that States devastated by Coronavirus should go bankrupt rather than get the federal assistance they need and deserve is shameful and indefensible," King tweeted Wednesday. "To say that it is 'free money' to provide funds for [...] cops, firefighters and healthcare workers makes McConnell the Marie Antoinette of the Senate," he added.
  • Mitt Romney demands Trump explain firing of intelligence inspector general

    04/12/2020 7:43:10 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 155 replies
    KSL ^ | April 9, 2020 | Dennis Romboy
    Sen. Mitt Romney is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers demanding that President Donald Trump explain why he fired the intelligence community inspector general. The eight senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, say the explanation Trump gave for removing Michael Atkinson was insufficient and does not comply with the law. The president cited a lack of confidence in the intelligence community’s top watchdog. “Congressional intent is clear that an expression of lost confidence, without further explanation, is not sufficient to fulfill the requirements of the statute,” the senators wrote in a letter Thursday. “This is in large part because...
  • James Carville says Republicans 'will kill people to stay in power, literally'

    04/09/2020 10:49:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/09/2020 | Sam Dorman
    Longtime Democratic strategist James Carville claimed Wednesday that Republicans were so intent on maintaining power that they would literally “kill people” in order to do so. “My kind of mission in the short-term is to sound the alarm to say [that] Mitch McConnell and the Supreme Court — they’re going to do everything they can to hold onto power,” Carville said duing an appearance on MSNBC. “This thing in Wisconsin was one of the most awful things I’ve ever seen in my life,” Carville added, referring to the controversy over whether to postpone the Badger State’s primary elections due to...
  • Fed Policymakers Say Recession Is Here (Yay! Democrats Win!)

    04/04/2020 3:25:23 PM PDT · by Hostage · 57 replies
    NewsMax Finance ^ | April 4, 2020 | Democrats
    The U.S. recession is here. How long it will last will depend on the course of a viral pandemic that could still kill hundreds of thousands of Americans, and has most of the country under lockdowns aimed at slowing the infection's spread. But how quickly the world's biggest economy will recover will depend on how much aid the government gives it, and how effectively it can be used to stem what are already millions of job losses, Fed officials said on Thursday. "One thing we know from 2008, when you had millions and millions and millions of Americans losing their...
  • Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics

    03/14/2020 10:39:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2020 | Bruce Schreiner
    Facing a potentially historic vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Republican lawmaker John Schickel is conflicted. A retired law enforcement officer, Schickel once steadfastly opposed medical cannabis, but his stance has softened. Now he says he’s approaching the question with an open mind. […] Schickel’s dilemma stands as yet another sign that views about marijuana are changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics. While medical cannabis is legal now in 33 states, including Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida, other Southern states remain among the holdouts. Whether wavering resistance...
  • Top Republican slams Trump's plan to use Pentagon funds for border wall as unconstitutional

    02/15/2020 10:32:01 PM PST · by rintintin · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 14 2020 | Zachary Cohen and Ryan Browne
    The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee issued a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump Thursday, slamming the administration's plan to divert $3.83 billion in Pentagon funding to border wall construction as unconstitutional and pledging to take action after lawmakers were notified of the move by the Department of Defense. Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican who is the ranking member of the House committee and has announced he will not run for reelection this year, did not mention Trump by name but voiced strong opposition to the diverting of money from various Pentagon accounts for border wall...
  • ‘Never Trump’ Republicans backing Joe Biden in NH primary, emails show (Kasich crew)

    02/12/2020 2:24:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/10/20 | Ebony Bowden, Bruce Golding
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Embittered “Never Trump” Republicans tied to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich have secretly schemed to assist Joe Biden’s campaign - because they think he’s the only Democrat who can beat the president and help them get “revenge,” The Post has learned. Emails obtained by The Post show that two top staffers from Kasich’s failed, 2016 primary campaign and Ohio’s former GOP chairman, a Kasich ally, were among those involved in efforts to boost support for the former vice president in last week’s botched Iowa caucus and Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Funding for the plan came largely from...
  • Mike Lee: Republicans in Utah 'very upset' over Mitt Romney voting to convict Trump

    02/06/2020 1:17:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 6, 2020 | Joshua Nelson
    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Thursday that Republicans in Utah are not pleased with the state's other Republican senator, Mitt Romney, after he voted to convict President Trump for abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial. “There will be some people who might be happy with it, and they might be called Democrats, for the most part. I think Republicans are very upset about it. And I, for one, disagree with it and disagree with it strongly,” Lee told Shannon Bream on “Fox News at Night.” ~snip~ Lee pushed back on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., for praising Romney’s...
  • Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts

    02/06/2020 9:10:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 6, 2020 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, reducing access to health care for low-income Americans. The arcane fiscal accountability rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, would tighten federal oversight and approval over complex financing strategies states have long used to help pay for their share of the $600 billion program. Also targeted are certain payments to hospitals that treat many low-income patients. Public comments closed last week amid a chorus of criticism from hospitals, nursing homes,...
  • Romney fosters 2024 speculation with criticism of Trump during impeachment

    01/31/2020 4:51:20 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 189 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01-31-2020 | David M. Drucker
    Mitt Romney is stoking suspicions that he is eyeing a third White House bid in 2024 after the Utah Republican broke with his party and insisted on witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. A second Republican strategist neither affiliated with nor opposed to Trump agreed that Romney’s maneuvering during the four-month impeachment process was calculated. This veteran operative predicted the senator would be active after the November elections, trying to restore the internationalist, “Chamber of Commerce” Republicanism that dominated the GOP before the elevation of Trump, a populist and a nationalist. “He is cynically betting on an...
  • Mike Lee on Romney: Utah and the Senate are lucky to have him.

    01/31/2020 4:40:01 PM PST · by conservative98 · 104 replies
    Mike Lee on Twitter ^ | 1/31/20 44 mins ago | Mike Lee
    Mitt Romney is a good friend and an excellent Senator. We have disagreed about a lot in this trial. But he has my respect for the thoughtfulness, integrity, and guts he has shown throughout this process. Utah and the Senate are lucky to have him.— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) January 31, 2020
  • Romney, Collins say Bolton revelations strengthen case for witnesses

    01/27/2020 11:01:13 AM PST · by rintintin · 81 replies
    NBC ^ | Jan 27 2020 | Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian
    A pair of moderate Republican senators said Monday that the major revelations from a soon-to-be released book by John Bolton strengthen the case for calling witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial — and even a top ally of the president said Bolton would be a "relevant" witness. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said it's "increasingly likely" there will be enough Republican senators to vote in favor of calling witnesses in the president's ongoing trial. "I think, with the story (about Bolton's book) that came out yesterday, it's increasingly apparent that it would be important to hear from John Bolton," Romney...
  • Romney says 'increasingly likely' GOP senators will back witnesses at Trump trial after Bolton revelations

    01/27/2020 7:59:35 AM PST · by maggief · 101 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 27, 2020 | Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian
    Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday it's "increasingly likely" there will be enough Republican senators to vote in favor of calling witnesses in President Donald Trump's Senate trial to compel their testimony after major revelations from a soon-to-be released book from former national security adviser John Bolton. "I think, with the story that came out yesterday, it's increasingly apparent that it would be important to hear from John Bolton," the Republican senator from Utah told reporters in brief comments. He said he hasn't fully made up his mind on calling witnesses, but what Bolton has to say is "relevant" and "therefore...
  • The 4th anniversary of National Review's suicide

    01/26/2020 2:45:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Don Surber Blog ^ | 01/25/2020 | Din Surber
    It may be difficult to believe in this enlightened age but there was a time not so long ago when the National Review was the intellectual heart of America's conservative movement. Its writers were sharp, gifted and irreverent. Their appearances on Fox News and other TV outlets made them rock stars. All that ended on January 22, 2016, when the magazine posted online its "Against Trump" issue. Once again, the editors proudly chose to stand athwart history rather than make it. They chose to lose with what they consider honor rather than win. 22 writers signed on, each penning...
  • Whoa! GOP does not have 51 votes to dismiss?

    01/14/2020 7:21:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2020 | Patricia McCarthy
    How imbecilic are those Republicans trying to make a name for themselves by supporting the unconstitutional Schiff/Pelosi articles of impeachment? Beyond polite description. Susan Collins, Rob Portman, probably the self-serving Mitt Romney, are each trying to be the biggest monkey wrenches in an already ridiculous endeavor to remove President Trump from office. Each of them should just admit they are Democrats at heart and switch parties. How else to explain their betrayal of their own party? Poor judgment is one thing, like Matt Gaetz voting for Pelosi's meaningless resolution to limit Trump's ability to counteract Iran. That was just dumb,...