U.S. Senate (GOP Club)

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  • Mitch McConnell Might Keep the Senate Around Through the Weekend to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

    09/25/2018 8:41:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | September 25, 2018 | Jim Newell
    A new fear swept through the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon as Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination sat in a holding pattern ahead of Thursday’s hearing: The fear of weekend work. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, according to several senators, told Republicans at a Tuesday luncheon to prepare to work through the weekend to process Kavanaugh’s confirmation. They want to wrap it up as soon as possible for several reasons: Because they’re already irritated that it’s taken this long, they want Kavanaugh on the bench as close as possible to the start of the new SCOTUS term on Monday, and...
  • Hirono: Kavanaugh Will Always Have An Asterisk Over His Name (So they've given up?)

    09/25/2018 6:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 25, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said Tuesday that the upcoming hearing with a sexual assault accuser will determine "whether or not Judge Kavanaugh has the credibility and character to serve on the Supreme Court." Hirono also warned that there will always be an "asterisk" by Kavanaugh's name in an interview Tuesday morning on CNN. ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN HOST: Senator, are there plans to hear from Debbie Ramirez on Thursday? SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI): I don't know, but what I really want to hear from this administration, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is, there will be an FBI investigation. That is what we...
  • Red-state Democrats refuse to come out against Kavanaugh

    09/25/2018 6:24:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 25, 2018 | Burgess Everett and Elana Schor
    Democratic leaders need a unified caucus to put maximum pressure on a handful of holdout Republicans. Democrats have all the cover they need to vote in lockstep against Brett Kavanaugh. But a half-dozen of them have refused to go there, even after the pair of sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Democratic insiders are feeling more bullish than ever that the party’s 49 caucus members ultimately will oppose Kavanaugh. Yet the undeclared bloc of Democratic senators could be a problem for Democratic leaders, who want to put the weight of the nomination entirely on a handful of holdout...
  • The Democratic Dream: Defeat Kavanaugh, Win the Senate and Stop Trump Supreme Court Picks

    09/25/2018 5:22:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2018 | Peter Baker
    As President Trump fights for confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the stakes go beyond the fate of this particular conservative nominee. At risk for Mr. Trump is his ability to install any more conservatives on the court at all. If Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination falls apart in the face of sexual misconduct accusations, Mr. Trump faces the very real possibility that he could lose his chance to put even his second choice in this seat, which holds the balance between conservative and liberal wings on the nation’s most important court. Democrats need to pick up only...
  • Blumenthal: Kavanaugh Responsible To Prove He Is Innocent

    09/25/2018 3:43:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 24, 2018 | Ian Schwartz
    MORNING JOE: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) discusses NYT reporting on Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein as well as the latest details involving misconduct allegations against President Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. SENATOR BLUMENTHAL (D-CT): We're talking about a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court that will make a real difference in real people's lives for generations, literally generations to come with this appointment. And so we have a constitutional duty to get to the bottom of these allegations. They are serious, and credible, and now the person with the most knowledge about them, namely Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a...
  • Kavanaugh accuser wants to talk to Senate; terms up in air

    09/23/2018 2:27:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | September 23, 2018 | The Associated Press
    The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week but Christine Blasey Ford wants to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance, her lawyers said Saturday. It was not immediately clear whether the Republican-run Senate Judiciary Committee would agree to more talks with Ford's team. Also unclear was when she might come to Capitol Hill and she was offering to speak in a public session or a private one. The committee wanted her to appear Wednesday, but she prefers her earlier request...
  • 'That was collusion in action': Beto O'Rourke calls up Trump's Russia summit to rebuke Ted Cruz

    09/22/2018 2:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 22, 2018 | David Choi
    Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas took a verbal swing at his Republican rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, and his ties with President Donald Trump, during a debate on Friday, in the final weeks of a heated and closely watched midterm election in the state. Speaking at an auditorium at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, O'Rourke contrasted Cruz's recent conciliatory statements about Trump, and the harsh criticism Cruz had for Trump when they were both candidates in the 2016 Republican primary....
  • Susan Collins 'appalled' by Trump's tweet about Christine Blasey Ford

    09/21/2018 11:29:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CNBC Politics ^ | September 21, 2018 | Clare Foran and Jim Acosta
    Sen. Susan Collins said she is "appalled" by a tweet from President Donald Trump disparaging the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The Maine Republican called the statement from the President "inappropriate and wrong." "I was appalled by the President's tweet," Collins said Friday, according to audio obtained by CNN of an event where she spoke with local reporters. RELATED: Senate Judiciary Committee likely proposing Wednesday hearing with Ford testifying first The senator, who is a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, was responding to a question on what she thought of a tweet...
  • Trump, Cruz mend fences and try to save each other

    09/20/2018 1:23:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 20, 2018 | Betsy Klein
    Donald Trump questioned his Christianity, insulted his wife's appearance, suggested his father was involved with President John F. Kennedy's assassination and nicknamed him Lyin' Ted. Ted Cruz called Trump a "sniveling coward," a "pathological liar" and "utterly amoral." It's all water under the bridge now, as Cruz fights to hold his Senate seat in deep-red Texas and the President struggles to keep a Republican majority in the Senate. Trump has volunteered himself, as well as two of his most high-profile surrogates -- his children, Don Jr. and Ivanka -- to appear alongside the Texas senator as his re-election race tightens....
  • What to Look For in Friday’s First Debate Between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke

    09/20/2018 12:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | September 20, 2018 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    Two politicians not known for brevity will face off at 6 p.m on statewide television. When Republican incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, face off in their first debate Friday, watch as two long-winded politicians struggle for brevity. This past weekend, a reporter asked Cruz a simple question about Hurricane Harvey. His answer lasted 3 minutes, 57 seconds—which is forever on television. O’Rourke recently used 3 minutes, 38 seconds to give his defense of National Football League players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence against blacks. The abridged version of...
  • Dem calls for House uprising if Kavanaugh confirmed without hearing from Ford

    09/19/2018 6:05:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 19, 2018 | Naomi Lim
    A House Democrat called on his colleagues Wednesday to "rise up" if Republican senators push forward with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation without hearing from his sexual assault accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. "For the men and women of the House of Representatives, we must rise up in disgust and anger and make certain that our voice is clear," Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said during an interview with CNN. "Get the facts out. Give this woman the benefit of the doubt. Don't treat her as so many women have been treated time after time in courtroom after courtroom." Only the...
  • Warren attacks Kavanaugh for saying, 'What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep'

    09/19/2018 8:33:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 19, 2018 | Naomi Lim, The Washington Examiner
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questioned embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's attitude toward his behavior in high school on Tuesday after a clip of him addressing his time at Georgetown Preparatory School circulated on social media. "I can't imagine any parent accepting this view," Warren tweeted. "Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?" During a 2015 speech at Columbus Law School at the Catholic University of America, Kavanaugh joked about his high school experience, saying, “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.” In the snippet, first unearthed by MSNBC, Kavanaugh was referring to...
  • Hirono: Kavanaugh Is Fudging the Truth (Democratic Senator from Hawaii)

    09/18/2018 12:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | September 18, 2018 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Senator Mazie Hirono thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not telling the truth about the sexual assault he allegedly committed as a teenager. She thinks he wasn’t telling the truth to the Judiciary Committee when he claimed not to remember any sexual misconduct by a judge he clerked for who was forced to resign last year after allegations from more than a dozen women. And the Hawaii Democrat says that if she gets to question Kavanaugh in another hearing, she’s going to tell him that the revelations over the weekend—when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of...
  • Dianne Feinstein, What in the Hell Were You Thinking?

    09/15/2018 9:14:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 14, 2018 | Michael Tomasky
    Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexually assaulting a high school classmate. And Feinstein seems to have concluded that the public didn’t need to know this. First of all, what in blazes was Dianne Feinstein thinking? It was late July when she got that letter from a female constituent alleging that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. And only this week did she bother to share it with her Democratic Judiciary Committee colleagues? And not only that. According to Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer’s explosive New Yorker piece posted Friday morning, those colleagues got wind of...
  • Save the Democrats! Vote Republican

    09/15/2018 8:10:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2018 | Heather Wilhelm
    The arguments for doing the converse are getting a little silly. If you’re a long-time Republican voter, you’ve likely by now heard the growing and insistent and highly concerned media refrain: Republicans who truly care about America will vote for Democrats this fall. In RealClearPolitics last month, columnist Froma Harrop addressed the woes of Republicans in the age of Trump, offering her take on the only honorable options for this fall: “You can follow the lead of GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, conservative columnist George Will and others who have fled the party. Or you can stay in and help a...
  • CBC Members Firmly Opposed to Trump SCOTUS Pick

    09/15/2018 3:18:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Black Press USA ^ | September 14, 2018 | Stacy Brown
    The Senate Judiciary Committee completed four days of hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of D.C. Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a vote reportedly will come in about two weeks. The hearings were marred with protests and demonstrations against Kavanaugh as more than 227 demonstrators were arrested between the Sept. 4 start of the proceedings and the end of testimony Friday, according to Capitol authorities. On Day 2, California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris grilled Kavanaugh on whether he had discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election with anyone at the law firm of Kasowitz Benson...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposes Trump impeachment — and wants to protect Mueller

    09/14/2018 2:41:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNBC Politics ^ | September 14, 2018 | Jacob Pramuk
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be one of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics. But she does not want to boot him out of office, yet. Ahead of November's critical midterm elections, billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer has piled more than $20 million into his campaign to impeach the president. Asked Thursday evening if she agreed with the mega-donor's effort, Warren answered, "Nope." The Massachusetts Democrat said she wanted to see special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation come to a close before she draws a conclusion. The former FBI director is looking into Russian efforts to influence the 2016...
  • Senator Admits to Creating Fake News

    09/13/2018 8:29:26 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/13/2018 | The Still Report
    Dem Senator Jeff Merkley from OR goes on Maddow show, says Trump diverted 10M dollars in emergency funds from FEMA to go TO ICE in order to build detention camps. Maddow claims Homeland Security "confirmed" this story. Problem: It's not true. Homeland Security was contacted and said its BS. FEMA contacted Merkley's office who told them, "It's a TV hit. You take it when you can". Short video.
  • Bredesen Jabs at Blackburn, Unnerves Some With Trump Talk (Democrats now lining up behind Trump)

    09/13/2018 8:26:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | September 13, 2018 | Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen has taken some soft jabs at Republican opponent Marsha Blackburn for refusing to debate him in Memphis, Tennessee. He also unnerved some supporters when he said he could back policies made by President Donald Trump — as long as they help Tennessee. Bredesen, a Democrat, answered questions at a forum at Rhodes College in Memphis on Thursday. More than 400 people attended the session scheduled on the same day Bredesen wanted to debate Blackburn, who has represented a Middle Tennessee district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2002....
  • Heller predicts Kavanaugh confirmation to court by October

    09/13/2018 4:55:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Nevada Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller said Wednesday he's willing to bet $100 that the Senate will confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by the end of the month. But if there's any delay, he's confident the nominee will be confirmed before November's midterm elections. Heller made the comments on "Nevada Newsmakers ," and is in a tough re-election battle this year and is the only Republican senator running for another term in a state that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The senator has portrayed himself to conservatives as the only thing standing in the way of Democrats taking...