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U.S. Senate (GOP Club)

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  • Democrats cling to the impossible: Winning the Senate in 2018

    09/15/2017 10:44:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 15, 2017 | Kevin Robillard and Gabriel Debenedetti
    Senate Democrats are three seats shy of a majority and almost entirely on defense in the 2018 elections, making it all but impossible for them to retake the chamber next year. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen are privately refusing to rule out an improbable midterm victory, even though they must first defend 10 incumbents in states President Donald Trump won. Their insistence is primarily to keep donors invested and excited about next year’s Senate races, said a handful of top party operatives. But Democrats also want to be prepared to...
  • John McCain is co-sponsoring a new bill to block Trump transgender military ban

    09/15/2017 12:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has signed on to a new bill to be introduced Friday by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to block President Trump's order to ban transgender military service, according to two congressional aides. The stand-alone bill, which is also co-sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the top Armed Services Democrat, has the same language as an amendment proposed by Gillibrand and Collins this week for the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the military from barring service based on gender. That amendment never received a floor vote due to a dispute between Republicans...
  • Trump says immigration deal with Democrats close, with border security

    09/14/2017 10:00:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | September 14, 2017 | Ayesha Rascoe and Richard Cowan, Reuters
    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was close to a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, a development that alarmed some of his conservative supporters. Trump, who met with the top Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Wednesday evening, said any final agreement must include significant measures to protect border security. The Republican president added that funding for his planned wall along the U.S.-Mexican border - a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign - would "come...
  • Gowdy: Democrats May Worry That Trump Dossier is 'Fiction'

    09/11/2017 2:12:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 11, 2017 | Jow Crowe
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Democrats might be resisting Republican efforts to get information about a dossier on President Donald Trump because they are worried it might contain falsehoods. Democrats have claimed that Gowdy and other Republicans want to help the president by discrediting the dossier, according to Gowdy in an interview with The Daily Caller. "I don't know why anyone — from (California Democratic Rep.) Adam Schiff, to Vanity Fair, to Rachel Maddow — would not be curious whether or not the world's premier law enforcement agency relied upon a dossier in connection with an investigation without vetting it,"...
  • Source: Bannon and allies preparing primary challenges against GOP senators

    09/10/2017 7:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    WJET-TV ^ | September 10, 2017 | Jake Tapper and Daniella Diaz, CNN
    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his allies are preparing primary challenges against Republican senators, a source close to Bannon confirmed to CNN. The target list includes Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the source said. Flake, a strong critic of Trump, has not backed down from the President in the wake of Trump's public attacks against him. Politico first reported the developments. The news comes as Bannon claimed "the Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election" in an interview that...
  • McCain Says He ‘Can’t Divine’ Why Some GOPers Deny Climate Change

    09/10/2017 5:05:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 10, 2017 | Esme Cribb
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday said he can’t guess why some fellow Republicans deny the scientific consensus that climate change exists and is affected by human activity. “I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is things happening with the climate in the world that is unprecedented,” he added. “We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take commonsense measures which will not harm the American people.” McCain also said an agreement President Donald Trump came to with Democrats for a short-term increase in...
  • Black Lawmakers Want Colin Kaepernick To Attend Their Annual Conference

    09/09/2017 10:26:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | September 9, 2017 | Darren Sands
    The quarterback’s future has become a political cause over the last year. When the top black lawmakers and operatives in America meet later this month at an annual, days-long conference in Washington, they want Colin Kaepernick there, too. The chatter in the lead up to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference in two weeks is that there's a plan in place for Kaepernick to be involved somehow, a half-dozen independent sources told BuzzFeed News. Both Kaepernick and the CBC find themselves in an entirely different position than just a year ago: The now former NFL quarterback has become...
  • Why GOP leaders should be scared (Trump has 98% approval with Republicans who voted for him)

    09/08/2017 6:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Only one poll number to remember this week: WSJ/NBC finds that Trump has 98% approval with Republicans who voted for him in both the primary and the general. Be smart: Don't underestimate Trump's power to do whatever the hell he wants and still keep his base voters. If they stayed with him through Charlottesville and "Access Hollywood," they're not going anywhere over a Beltway deal. Trump has an almost magical hold on his voters. He makes regular deposits in the Bank of Base, and has a nice balance.
  • #2020Vision: Dems' two 'Medicare for all' choices; Biden's quiet moves; Franken blocks Trump pick

    09/08/2017 2:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 8, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Next week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce his long-awaited single-payer health care bill with a cadre of the Democratic 2020 prospects expected to sign on as co-sponsors. Not long afterward, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, another potential 2020 candidate, will propose an alternative: Allowing individuals and businesses to buy into Medicare. Both ideas have, at times, been labeled "Medicare for all." But their differences also offer a glimpse at what's likely to be a defining debate within the Democratic Party in its next nominating contest: A full shift to a government health insurance system versus a partial step away from...
  • Some Democrats Warn Against Working With Trump: "You Don't Dance With The Devil"

    09/07/2017 3:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | September 7, 2017 | Tarini Parti, Alexis Levinson and Lissandra Villa
    Democrats have been bashing President Trump's every move since long before he stepped into the Oval Office. But this week something strange happened: Democratic leadership cut a sweeping deal with the president, spoke openly about their phone conversations with him, and made multiple visits to the White House. Although most Democrats in Washington are still celebrating that Trump sided with their leadership Wednesday on a deal to fund the government, provide hurricane relief funds, and raise the debt ceiling, the new — and seemingly sudden — productive relationship with the president is making some Democratic lawmakers and activists uncomfortable. Some...
  • Should Democrats Trade DACA for Border Wall Funding?

    09/04/2017 9:45:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | September 4, 2017 | Kevin Drum
    DACA, the “mini-DREAM Act” enacted by executive order under President Obama, is about to be killed by President Trump. Politico reports: President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Senior White House aides huddled Sunday afternoon to discuss the rollout of a decision likely to ignite a political firestorm — and fulfill one of the president’s core campaign promises. The administration’s deliberations on the issue have been fluid and fast moving, and the president has faced...
  • Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory

    09/03/2017 9:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2017 | Michael Starr Hopkins
    As Democrats survey the political landscape and focus on rebuilding the party after the disastrous 2016 election, there’s no denying that a change in leadership is desperately needed. One of the primary complaints leveled by Democratic supporters during and after the 2016 election was the lack of diverse faces in leadership positions. A party once led by Barack Obama and his picturesque first family is now scrambling to find candidates that can excite millennials and invigorate the base. It should come as no surprise to anyone well versed in Washington politics that managing to do both is no easy task....
  • Flake Argues ‘Nobody Ought To Support’ The Wall

    09/03/2017 11:26:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 3, 2017 | Jack Crowe
    Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona disparaged President Donald Trump’s promise to erect a physical border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing “nobody ought to support” the idea. “Obviously all of us believe in border security. It depends what he means by the wall and we still really haven’t seen what he means by the wall,” Flake said on CNN’s State of the Union. “If that’s a metaphor for border security we can support that but if he’s talking about a solitary, brick and mortar two thousand mile edifice on the border, then no, nobody ought to support that.” Immigration has...
  • Impeach Trump or Else: Top Democrat Pays Price for Urging ‘Patience’ With the President

    09/02/2017 2:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 2, 2017 | Jason Le Miere
    For many Democrats, when it comes to the most divisive and unpopular president in modern history, there is only one word they want to see uttered in the context of Donald Trump's future, and as California Senator Dianne Feinstein has found out in recent days, painfully, that word is “impeachment” and certainly not “patience.” “Look, this man is going to be president, most likely for the rest of this term,” Feinstein said at an event at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco earlier this week. “I think we have to have some patience—it’s eight months into the tenure...
  • McCain: Trump 'poorly informed,' Congress 'not his subordinates'

    09/02/2017 2:17:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 2, 2017 | Miranda Green
    Sen. John McCain issued a plea for bipartisan cooperation as Congress returns from its extended summer recess, saying pragmatism, compromise and mutual respect are more critical than ever given what he considers the lack of experience emanating from the White House. "That has never been truer than today, when Congress must govern with a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct," McCain wrote Thursday in a Washington Post op-ed. "We must respect his authority and constitutional responsibilities," the Arizona Republican said of President Donald Trump. "We...
  • White House Not Pushing Congress for Border Wall Funding, Won’t Shut Down Government

    09/02/2017 6:44:40 AM PDT · by The Numbers · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Sep 2017 | Adam Shaw
    The White House has reportedly told Republican lawmakers that it won’t shut down the government if the wall on the southern border is not funded in the upcoming short-term budget deal — a position seemingly at odds with the promise President Trump made last month to supporters in Arizona. Congress is set to run out of money at the end of September, setting up a now not-uncommon scenario where the lawmakers must come up with a short-term deal or shut down the government. At an August 22 rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Trump pushed a hard line on funding for the...
  • Senator Kid Rock? Singer drops new hint as he tweets about a coming 2018 'political revolution'

    09/01/2017 3:50:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 1, 2017 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    Kid Rock teased a potential U.S. Senate run on Thursday, tweeting that '[t]he 2018 Political Revolution is nearing.' The musician, who was born Robert Ritchie and lives in suburban Detroit, has already said on social media that a website touting his Senate candidacy against Democrat Debbie Stabenow is real. He said in July that he would make a 'major announcement in the near future.' Ritchie wrote on a Kid Rock for US Senate website that '[t]he democrats are "shattin’ in their pantaloons" right now…and rightfully so!' 'We will be scheduling a press conference in the next 6 weeks or so...
  • As White House Backs Off Alabama Race, Desperate Luther Strange Lies in Attacks on Judge Roy Moore

    09/01/2017 6:05:04 AM PDT · by The Numbers · 21 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Aug 30 | Matthew Boyle
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — As the White House is backing off ardent support for Luther Strange in next month’s U.S. Senate primary runoff, Strange has resorted to falsified direct attacks on his surging opponent, former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Judge Roy Moore. On Twitter Thursday afternoon, the flailing Strange tweeted out a snippet of Moore’s Thursday morning interview with nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham falsely claiming that Moore attacked President Donald J. Trump. In his tweet, Strange called for Moore to apologize to Trump. The only problem with Strange’s latest phony attack? The interview, and Moore’s comments, were anything...
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein booed at San Francisco event after saying she hopes Trump can change

    08/30/2017 11:45:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | August 30, 2017 | Casey Tolan
    SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was booed by some constituents Tuesday night when she said President Donald Trump could be a good president if he changed his approach to the job and brought the nation together. “I just hope he has the ability to learn and change — and if he can he can be a good president,” she said at a Commonwealth Club forum at the historic Herbst Theater, surprising San Franciscans used to hearing their politicians decry Trump. “Oh, come on!” a few people shouted. “No, no!” screamed others. While Feinstein was welcomed with a standing...
  • Durbin: Even outside White House Gorka should be investigated for neo-Nazi ties

    08/26/2017 3:16:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 26, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) is stepping up his call for an investigation into President Trump's former special assistant Sebastian Gorka's alleged ties to a neo-Nazis. "Sebastian Gorka should never have been an advisor to POTUS. He should still be investigated for concealing neo-nazi ties," Durbin said in a tweet on Saturday, just one day after Gorka left his White House post....