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  • No. 2 House Republican: Gov’t shutdown ‘stupid’, may happen [McCarthy]

    12/13/2018 6:50:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 13, 2018 | Matthew Daly
    A looming, partial government shutdown would be “stupid” but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday. Even if Republicans assemble enough votes to approve the wall in the House, the plan probably will fail in the Senate, said Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. The House majority leader noted that Senate Democrats have pledged to block the bill from receiving the necessary 60 votes. McCarthy said on the House floor that he thinks “going into a shutdown is stupid,” but he offered no immediate plan...
  • We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

    12/11/2018 10:58:49 AM PST · by Baynative · 134 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/10/18 | 44 reprobates
    We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again. "During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else."
  • Rep. Jim Jordan on Comey's cagey closed-door testimony

    12/08/2018 7:57:23 PM PST · by Paladin2 · 56 replies
    Fox ^ | Today | Judge Jeaninne
    "Lawmakers release transcript of testimony from former FBI Director James Comey; reaction from Rep. Jim Jordan, Republican member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees." The Judge reams out Jordan and totally DUMPS on PRyno.
  • Farm Bill Deal Eliminates SNAP Work Requirements

    12/06/2018 8:09:45 AM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 29, 2018
    Lawmakers say they have reached a deal on the massive farm bill, which has been hung up for weeks over demands by President Trump and House Republicans for new work requirements for food stamp recipients. Negotiators have agreed to jettison those requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which were included in the House version of the bill but not the Senate version. However, the White House has not yet signed off on the agreement and House conservatives may not support a bill that lacks work requirements.
  • 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...
  • Fate of The Weekly Standard is uncertain, editor tells staff

    12/04/2018 4:36:22 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | December 4th 2018 | Oliver Darcy
    The fate of The Weekly Standard, the conservative magazine that has staked out a position as a publication on the right still critical of President Donald Trump, is uncertain, Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hayes told staff in a series of phone calls Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter. The magazine's precarious position comes after its leadership spent months searching for a buyer, the people told CNN. The people explained that The Weekly Standard's leadership had butted heads with MediaDC, the current publisher of the magazine, and that the two parties had agreed to allow Hayes to search for a...
  • Fate of The Weekly Standard is uncertain, editor tells staff

    12/04/2018 2:33:43 PM PST · by Mariner · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | December 4th, 2018 | By Oliver Darcy
    New York (CNN Business)The fate of The Weekly Standard, the conservative magazine that has staked out a position as a publication on the right still critical of President Donald Trump, is uncertain, Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hayes told staff in a series of phone calls Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter. The magazine's precarious position comes after its leadership spent months searching for a buyer, the people told CNN. The people explained that The Weekly Standard's leadership had butted heads with MediaDC, the current parent company of the magazine, and that the two parties had agreed to allow Hayes...
  • 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 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...
  • The Plan To Charge Treason Against Top Tier FBI Officials Has New Ally

    11/22/2018 5:30:02 PM PST · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    Red Right Videos ^ | Tori McNabb
    Rep Paul Gosar has said that he plans to seek charges of treason against four FBI officials for treason in trying to topple a legally elected president. He claims that their actions were not only illegal but constituted an attempted coup of a sitting US president using false dossier information that they knew was really opposition research (lies) paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. He is seeking charges against former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Gosar said:
  • Have Republicans Been Hypnotized By “Red State-Blue State” Maps?

    11/21/2018 4:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2018 | Bob Barr
    In recent years, “Blue State/Red State” maps have become a ubiquitous, shorthand way to describe our political landscape. Unfortunately, and much like how a carnival hypnotist employs a soothing and repetitive motion to transfix his victims into behaving absurdly, many Republican pundits appear to have become so mesmerized by seeing “Red States” as “Republican,” that they have failed to recognize -- much less understand -- the significant demographic and political changes that have taken hold within those state; changes that have rendered traditional notions of political analysis largely ineffective. You do not have to be a high-paid political consultant to...
  • Canada’s Trudeau is trying to slip the LGBT agenda into the trade deal

    11/19/2018 4:34:21 PM PST · by conservative98 · 27 replies
    CR ^ | · November 19, 2018 | Nate Madden
    There’s a language fight brewing with the LGBT lobby over the new trilateral agreement, and — what a surprise — it looks like far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is behind it. The Hill reports that a group of 38 GOP lawmakers has sent a letter to President Trump over proposed trade deal language meant to prevent sex discrimination. The problem is that the language equates “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) with sex. “A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” congressmen explained in a the letter dated November 16. “It is especially inappropriate and...
  • Jersey Republicans remain split over the 'divisive' Donald Trump

    11/17/2018 8:38:03 PM PST · by Coleus · 34 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 11.08.18 | Paul Mulshine
    The election is over. Let the infighting begin.  For me it began Wednesday morning just after I awoke. I had spent the prior evening covering Republican senatorial candidate Bob Hugin's loss to Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez and didn't get to sleep until 2 a.m.After fortifying myself with some strong coffee, I checked my phone. There was a voicemail from the most prominent conservative Republican in the state Senate, Mike Doherty of Warren County.  Doherty was upset at the comments in my election-night column from the most prominent moderate Republican in the Assembly, minority leader Jon Bramnick.Bramnick had pinned the blame...
  • GOP prepares to subpoena Comey, Lynch before losing power

    11/16/2018 1:36:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Mary Clare Jalonick
    House Republicans who have spent the last two years arguing that there was bias in President Barack Obama’s Justice Department are preparing to subpoena two key witnesses in the final weeks of their majority — former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., has notified colleagues that he will subpoena Comey for a closed-door deposition Nov. 29 and Lynch for Dec. 5, according to a person familiar with the subpoenas. The person declined to be identified because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The subpoenas...
  • 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...
  • Dana Rohrabacher Loses, Eroding Republican Foothold in California

    11/11/2018 9:31:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2018 | Adam Nagourney
    Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican fixture in California who represented Orange County for 15 terms, has lost his bid for re-election. His defeat underlines the party’s setbacks in a part of the state that was long a symbol of its political dominance. The Associated Press called the race on Saturday, with Harley Rouda receiving 52 percent of the vote to Mr. Rohrabacher’s 48 percent. Mr. Rouda, 56, is a former Republican turned Democrat who became a symbol of the Democratic efforts to win back Congress this year. Mr. Rohrabacher, 71, was viewed as particularly vulnerable because he defended Russia in...
  • What Can the Pro-Life Movement do about Planned Parenthood’s $1 Rent in Austin, Texas?

    11/08/2018 5:32:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Texas Right to Life ^ | November 7, 2018 | Jackson Milton
    Austin City Council has given the pro-abortion movement another gift paid for by taxpayer dollars. On Thursday, Austin City Council voted to renew an unethical arrangement with Planned Parenthood, in which the abortion business is only required to pay $1 a year to rent downtown property owned by Austin. The fair market value of the property is $111,000, indicating Austin is forfeiting large sums of money even though the city is bedeviled by financial problems. Fortunately, the Texas Legislature is planning to address this type of corruption and abuse of power through priority Pro-Life legislation. The dollar-a-year rental agreement between...
  • Vanity. How many subpoenas from the new stalinists under peelosi will happen?

    11/07/2018 8:24:32 AM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11-7-18 | dynachrome
    When peelosi and her scum issue subpoenas to all the supporters of President Trump in the House and the Senate, how should they react?
  • Did Beto Blow It?: Texas Republicans believe Ted Cruz was beatable [tr]

    11/05/2018 7:54:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | November 4, 2018 | Tim Alberta
    In March 2017, a little-known Democratic congressman named Beto O’Rourke proposed something unusual to Will Hurd, a Republican colleague from a neighboring district: that they rent a car and embark on a 24-hour, 1,600-mile road trip from San Antonio to Washington. Their live-streamed odyssey wound up attracting blushing news coverage and evoking the bipartisan companionship of a bygone era. For Hurd, a pragmatic, swing-district moderate with numerous Democrats employed on his staff, the cross-aisle kumbaya was routine; few lawmakers hug the middle so tightly. For O’Rourke, the demonstration was less likely; he had done little to distinguish himself in the...
  • Republicans [Luntz, Norquist] fear they've blown economic message that could have secured victory

    11/04/2018 10:17:39 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 4, 2018
    For all the media fixation on the "lies" President Trump tells, sometimes he has an uncanny knack of telling the unvarnished truth. So it was on Friday night when Trump told those gathered at a West Virginia rally: "Sometimes it’s not as exciting to talk about the economy because we have a lot of other things to talk about." That unscripted line left some Republican strategists nodding in agreement and wondering about what might have been. Republicans are bracing for the loss of the House of Representatives with operatives citing the lack of a coherent economic message and unnecessary distractions...