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U.S. Senate (GOP Club)

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  • O'Rourke calls for Trump's impeachment over Putin summit (Ted Cruz's 2018 opponent)

    07/17/2018 4:30:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2018 | Max Greenwood
    Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said on Tuesday that President Trump's performance at a controversial news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin warrants impeachment – and that he would vote to do so. "Standing on stage in another country with the leader of another country who wants to and has sought to undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States - if I were asked to vote on this I would vote to impeach the president," O'Rourke said, according to The Dallas Morning-News. "Impeachment, much like an indictment, shows that there is enough there for the case...
  • Rand Paul breaks with Republicans as he doubts Trump supreme court pick

    07/15/2018 8:12:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 15, 2018 | Edward Helmore, The Manchester Guardian
    Breaking with many Republican colleagues, the Kentucky senator Rand Paul has revealed his concern over Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the supreme court. Paul told Fox and Friends on Sunday he was worried Kavanaugh, a judge on the DC circuit court of appeals, could cancel out supreme court justice Neil Gorsuch’s vote on fourth-amendment cases and allow the federal government to collect the phone records of millions of Americans. Kavanaugh’s confirmation rests on a knife edge. Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate. They need a simple majority or a tie broken by...
  • Resisting Trump’s Supreme Court pick isn’t worth Democratic Senate seats

    07/14/2018 4:36:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2018 | Willie Brown
    Democratic senators in swing states have a tough choice ahead of them on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Their base may not forgive them for voting “yes,” but there may not be enough of that base to offset the backlash from voting “no.” My advice is the same I gave to Assembly members when I was speaker and a vote like this came up: Go with whatever will get you re-elected. No one vote — not even for a Supreme Court justice — is worth costing your party a Senate seat for six years. Especially when the...
  • McCain: Trump's meeting with Putin 'should not move forward'

    07/13/2018 10:41:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 13, 2018 | Daniella Diaz
    Sen. John McCain praised the Department of Justice's announcement of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 presidential election, adding President Donald Trump shouldn't meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin unless he holds him accountable. "President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world," the Arizona senator said in a statement Friday. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should...
  • Ivanka Trump champions paid family leave policy—and calls for bipartisan support

    07/11/2018 3:45:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Motherly ^ | July 11, 2018 | Heather Marcoux
    When it comes to supporting families, paid parental leave is a solution to a number of problems. Studies show that paid leave can reduce infant mortality, increase breastfeeding rates, can improve maternal mental health and strengthen the connection between fathers and babies. There are a ton of benefits to parental leave, ones that American families should be seeing, but aren't. While some employers have been modernizing parental leave policies, federal policy lags behind. The last major policy change came in 1993, when the Family and Medical Leave Act passed with bipartisan support, guarantees more than half of American workers 12...
  • Brett Kavanaugh critics: Nomination a Trump scheme to combat Mueller investigation

    07/09/2018 8:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Critics of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, connected Kavanaugh’s selection to the ongoing Russia investigation, citing an article Kavanaugh wrote that claimed presidents should not be tied up in lawsuits and probes and warning that the commander in chief might be looking for a way to protect himself in a legal challenge. In a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh claimed that presidents should not be caught up in “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations. He argued that they “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.” “In choosing Brett...
  • Flake: 'Concern' about what Trump might promise Putin

    07/08/2018 1:20:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 8, 2018 | Eli Watkins, CNN
    Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said he is concerned about what Trump might promise Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two meet this month. "It does concern me," the Arizona senator told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday. "I'm glad that the President is talking to Vladimir Putin. I'm glad that he's talking to North Korea as well. But I am concerned, and I know there is concern across Europe, about what might be promised." The two leaders are due to meet on July 16 in Finland, and CNN previously reported...
  • Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?

    07/06/2018 9:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 6, 2018 | Jane C. Timm
    President Donald Trump escalated a familiar attack on Sen. Elizabeth Warren Thursday night, mocking the Massachusetts Democrat and leading potential 2020 rival for her claim of Native American heritage. He revived his nickname for her — "the fake Pocahontas" — and told the crowd at his Montana campaign rally that should the two find themselves on a debate stage, he would challenge her to submit to genetic testing to prove that she has Native American ancestors. "I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're...
  • Michael Moore: I'll ‘Surround U.S. Capitol’ With ‘a Million People’ to Stop SCOTUS Confirmation

    07/01/2018 9:20:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 29, 2018 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    Michael Moore appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and urged fellow liberals not to give up hope on the inevitable confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Bill Maher began by asking Moore about the “Hail Mary” plan he supposedly had to prevent the replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. “Listen, the Senate right now is 50-49. Sadly, McCain will not be able to vote, so it’s a 50-49 vote,” Moore declared. “C’mon! We’ve got to push it off til after November.” “And I don’t trust every Democrat,” Maher told Moore. “We’ve got to hold the Democratic seats we...
  • Blumenthal says Trump's Supreme Court pick "ought to recuse" themselves from Russia decisions

    07/01/2018 3:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 1, 2018 | Emily Tillett
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, suggested that President Trump's pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court should recuse themselves from any potential court decisions that relate to the special prosecutor's ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. "The president should not be permitted to appoint a justice who will decide whether or not he complies with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury or pardons himself," Blumenthal said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "I believe that whoever is appointed ought to recuse himself and commit to recusing himself from those kinds of decisions that affect...
  • Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

    07/01/2018 3:17:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 1, 2018 | Tom McCarthy
    As battle lines are drawn for the coming fight over Donald Trump’s second supreme court nominee, a senator who could help to decide the fate of the nomination warned on Sunday that a justice who would seek to reverse federal abortion rights protections “would not be acceptable”. “A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” Republican senator Susan Collins told ABC’s This Week, referring to the 1973 court decision protecting abortion rights. Trump, however,...
  • Begala: Democrats are about to fight like crazy

    06/30/2018 10:30:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    KMIZ-TV ^ | June 30, 2018 | Paul Begala
    In these hyperbolic times, it's easy to fall into overstatement. Somehow, the farm-to-table dining preferences of Sarah Huckabee Sanders or the subliminal, sartorial messages of the first lady have become the subject of breathless debate. Cotton-candy controversies swirl for a moment and then disappear. The replacement of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is not like that. It is, to paraphrase former Vice President Joe Biden, a big doggone deal. So big that Biden's old boss, former President Barack Obama, has descended from his Olympian remove to fire up the troops Thursday. He urged Democrats to quit moping, avoid complacency...
  • Hassan Defends F-Bomb Intern, Attacks President Trump

    06/30/2018 3:15:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | June 27, 2018 | Michael Graham
    Despite mounting pressure from Granite State political leaders, Sen. Maggie Hassan is defending her decision to keep intern Caitlin Marriott on the job and instead used the intern’s profane attack on the president as an opportunity to attack Donald Trump. Calls for Marriott’s firing began as soon as news broke that the person who shouted “Mr. President, F— you!” at the Commander-in-Chief as he walked through the Capitol building was an intern in Hassan’s DC office. Instead, Hassan has suspended the intern for a week and had her ID badge revoked, and she defended her decision by pointing to the...
  • Mitch McConnell Loved His ‘Tough Wife’ Elaine Chao Standing Up to Protesters

    06/29/2018 4:27:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 29, 2018 | Greg Price
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showered his wife, Elaine Chao, with praise Thursday night, over her confrontation with protesters who wanted the Kentucky Republican to answer for immigrant children being separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border. Chao, who serves as transportation secretary, told the demonstrators to “leave my husband alone” as the couple departed an event at Georgetown University on Wednesday evening. McConnell explained he told his wife to hop into the waiting car, but Chao leapt into action....
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn't looking to become the next Supreme Court pick

    06/29/2018 10:48:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2018
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz(R) has no interest in becoming President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee. “I revere the institution and what it has meant for our country, for the constitution, for the rule of law … the short answer is no,” the Republican told Hill.tv’s Buck Sexton. Cruz says he prefers to instead stay in politics. “I don’t want to stay out of political and policy fights. I want to be right in the middle of them. The Senate is the battleground for just about every big policy fight right now,” he said. The senator is running for reelection against...
  • On immigration, Democrats again give Trump the upper hand

    06/28/2018 9:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Journal Star ^ | June 28, 2018 | Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
    Democrats just can’t help themselves. They were winning the battle over family separations at the southern border. Americans of all political persuasions were horrified by the images of children in cages separated from their parents. Despite President Trump’s efforts to blame Democrats for the catastrophe, polls showed that a plurality of Americans placed the blame squarely on the president’s shoulders. Evangelical Christian leaders — who stood with Trump through Stormy Daniels and the “Access Hollywood” tape — began to publicly criticize the family separations. The Rev. Franklin Graham called family separations “disgraceful,” and the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution...
  • Georgetown Protesters Harass Mitch McConnell — Elaine Chao Fights Back

    06/26/2018 7:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 26, 2018 | Amber Athey
    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao told a group of protesters at Georgetown University to back off when they began harassing her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell and Chao were leaving an event at Georgetown University on Monday night when they were confronted by a group of protesters who repeatedly asked McConnell why he was separating families and played audio of children crying at the border. WATCH: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The protesters swarmed the SUV set to take McConnell and Chao off campus, and Chao immediately jumped into defense mode. WATCH: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Chao repeatedly screamed at the protesters, “leave my husband...
  • Rick Scott vs Bill Nelson for Senate

    06/23/2018 12:18:12 AM PDT · by Doreener · 24 replies
    Rick Scott is the current Republican Governor of Florida. He was first elected governor in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Governor Scott has led the charge to get Florida back to work over the past eight years. Scott was ranked as the 20th most conservative of the country's 30 Republican governors in an April 2013 analysis by Nate Silver of the New York Times. Prevented by term limits from running for governor again, Scott is seeking election to the U.S. Senate as a FL US senate republican candidate. Gov. Scott entered the race on April 9, 2018, posing the...
  • Trump punches back at Schumer over North Korea

    06/17/2018 9:30:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 17, 2018 | Brent D. Griffiths
    President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday, saying the New York Democrat was wrong when he criticized the president's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "all hat and no cattle." "Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites," the president wrote on Twitter. "Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!" Schumer, in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, questioned just what the U.S. gained from the summit. “The summit...
  • Why Can’t Democrats Give Trump Credit on North Korea? (From the Left)

    06/15/2018 3:50:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 15, 2018 | Peter Beinart
    The Singapore summit actually made the world a safer place. The president’s critics won’t admit it. For congressional Democrats, it’s payback time. Ever since 2015, when Barack Obama struck a nuclear deal with Iran, prominent Republicans—including Donald Trump and his top foreign policy advisers—have accused Obama and his Democratic supporters of, in Mike Pompeo’s words, “surrender.” They’ve accused Obama of signing a deal that doesn’t meaningfully restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and, by seeking a warmer relationship with its regime, of betraying Iran’s long-suffering people. The irony, therefore, is nearly irresistible. In his nuclear summit this week in Singapore, Trump gave...