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  • First job for new Republican Senate is Keystone XL: McConnell

    12/17/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/2014 | Staff
    The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu. "It'll be open for amendment," McConnell said. "I will hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments but there'll be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process." Landrieu pushed for a Keystone vote in November in a last-ditch effort to...
  • POLITICO: Ted Cruz apologizes to colleagues over antics

    12/16/2014 1:29:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/2014 | MANU RAJU
    Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend. According to five senators who attended Tuesdayís caucus lunch, Cruz offered the apology in unsolicited remarks, saying that he regretted if any of his colleaguesí schedules were ruined by his maneuvering. He didnít say whether he would do something similar again, senators said. And unlike a contentious lunch last year after GOP senators pointedly blamed Cruz for prompting the government shutdown, no sharp words were directed at the Texas freshman at Tuesdayís lunch,...
  • Senate's spending votes seen as candidate litmus test

    12/15/2014 6:23:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Hunter and Jonathan Allen
    WASHINGTON ó Two late-night votes in the Senate last weekend provide fodder for party activists already drawing up plans to reward loyalists and punish adversaries as the 2016 U.S. election cycle starts. The litmus-test votes: passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that Democrats criticized for being too kind to big banks and campaign donors, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's failed constitutional objection to President Barack Obama's immigration policy. Pressure from the bases of both parties was strong enough that 40 senators -- 22 Democrats and 18 Republicans -- voted against the bill even though it included provisions to...
  • Senate battles fuel Cruz coalition

    12/15/2014 5:50:09 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 114 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - Stepping into an elevator on his way out of the U.S. Capitol Friday night, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell - the next Senate Majority Leader - bid reporters farewell. "See you Monday," he said. By agreement with Democrats, a budget showdown risking a potential government shutdown had been pushed back a couple of days, creating breathing room for senators in both parties while they made plans for a pre-holiday weekend. Sen. Ted Cruz had other ideas. In a maneuver that would put the junior Republican senator from Texas at the center of another high-stakes political drama, Cruz pressed a...
  • Harry Reid threatens weekend work to finish nominations

    12/15/2014 10:00:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/15/14 12:34 PM EST | Burgess Everett
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid pulled out one of his most familiar threats during perhaps his last week as majority leader, pledging to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get 23 of President Barack Obamaís nominations confirmed and pass bills extending billions in tax breaks and providing terrorism risk insurance to commercial buildings. The Senate already worked one Saturday this month, so why not another? While the Nevada Democrat is not yet warning senators that the chamber could work on Christmas, his remarks on Monday morning were clearly aimed at getting Republicans to relent on procedurally fighting...
  • Senate Republicans need to decide who their real leader is

    12/15/2014 9:46:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    For all of their foresight on other matters, America's founders were somewhat taken aback by the natural development of political parties. It happened anyway, even during George Washington's presidency. And although party ideology has fallen along different lines at various points in American history, it has long governed the allegiance of a majority of American voters in elections. In legislative matters, party ideology takes the form of the modern party caucus system. In order to achieve their goals, partisan lawmakers collaborate, choose leaders, and agree on strategies in advance. On Saturday, lawmakers demonstrated why this system evolved and is necessary....
  • The Senate Is Done Investigating Torture. Will Drone Killings Be Next?

    12/15/2014 7:21:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/15/2014 | Lauren Fox
    In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report focused on Bush-era techniques, the Obama administration's own counterterrorism practices are coming under increased scrutiny. Gruesome details of forced rectal feedings without medical necessity, waterboarding, and sleep deprivation were chronicled in the report's executive summary, dredging up harsh practices employed during the George W. Bush administration. But on Capitol Hill, Republicans charge that the Central Intelligence Agency's approach to counterterrorism has not grown more humaneóit's merely shifted. "Obviously, we don't interrogate prisoners anymore," says Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who chaired the Intelligence Committee during the Bush administration....
  • Who Harry Reid Caved to in His Final Major Act as Majority Leader Will Blow Your Mind

    12/14/2014 9:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | December 14, 2014 | Mike Miller
    Other than the Koch brothers, there is arguably no one outgoing-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid disdains more than the Tea Party. And no one represents the Tea Party in the Senate more than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Yet, after hours of tedious wrangling, Reid on Friday agreed to allow a vote on a measure from Cruz questioning the constitutionality of President Obamaís executive order on Deferred Action, which does, in effect, grant de facto amnesty to upwards of 5 million illegal aliens. Cruz told Breitbart News that a Senate vote on Obamaís executive action was important for two reasons: ďFirst,...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus?

    12/14/2014 10:49:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    Itís a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the ďcromnibusĒ late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators ó a dangerously high number for McConnell ó or as few as a handful. Letís break down the three votes ó on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruzís point of order aimed at targeting the presidentís immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Senate passes $1.1T funding bill 56-40 [Ted Cruz fails in last-ditch effort to stop it]

    12/14/2014 7:32:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/2014 | By Rebecca Shabad and Alexander Bolton
    The Senate voted 56-40 late Saturday evening to pass a $1.1 trillion spending package that funds most of the government through next September. The vote culminates a week of acrimonious sniping and sends the spending bill to President Obamaís desk for a signature. The debate exposed divisions within the Democratic and Republican caucuses on both sides of the Capitol and sets the stage for what could be a year of internecine squabbling in 2015. Twenty-one Senate Democrats voted against the bill while 24 Republicans voted for it, including every member of the Senate GOP leadership. Democratic opponents included several senators...
  • Senate Spending Bill Thwarted by Late-Night Cruz Challeng

    12/13/2014 2:22:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 32 replies
    Bloomberg | December 13, 2014 | By Heidi Przybyla and Kathleen Hunter
    Bloomberg is title and link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-13/senate-push-on-final-spending-bill-thwarted-by-disputes.html
  • Struggles Continue as Senate Attempts to Pass Funding Bill

    12/13/2014 2:16:28 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 13, 2014 | BY ANDREW RAFFERTY AND FRANK THORP V
    Congress gave itself until Wednesday to pass a government funding bill after the two Republican senators whose efforts led to a government shutdown in 2013 disrupted legislation that would avert a shutdown. Unable to pass a massive spending bill that would keep the government funded for a year, the Senate on Saturday approved a stopgap measure to prevent a shutdown at midnight. The maneuver came during a rare Saturday session after GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee demanded a vote Friday to defund President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, thwarting Senate leadership's hopes to pass a $1.1 trillion...
  • Senate Averts Shutdown Fears [until Wednesday]; Fights Over Nominees

    12/13/2014 2:03:46 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 13, 2014 | AP
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. Lawmakers took a break in their intrigue long enough to send Obama legislation that provides funds for the government to remain open until Wednesday at midnight, easing concerns of a shutdown. A separate, $1.1 trillion long-term funding bill remained in limbo. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, a potential presidential candidate in 2016....
  • Growing divide among Senate Republicans on spending bill?

    12/13/2014 10:27:19 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON Ė Republican arenít mincing words about some in their own party as the political divide grows and the deadline to pass a spending bill nears. Heading into a rare Saturday session, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News he was surprised that GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah went over his head Friday night and help up a vote on the $1.1 trillion spending bill. A senior GOP source lashed out at Cruz and Lee, calling the move ďhamfistedĒ and ďamateurish.Ē Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters that he was surprised by...
  • Cruz center of Senate meltdown

    12/13/2014 6:41:39 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 103 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/14 08:44 AM EST | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the firebrand conservative freshman from Texas, has blown up the Senate leadershipís plans to have a peaceful weekend by forcing round-the-clock votes on President Obamaís nominees and the $1.1 trillion omnibus.Cruz took to the floor late Friday to castigate congressional leaders for trying to pass the 1,600-page spending bill after only a few hours of debate and questioned the resolve of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to fight Obamaís executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation.ďEven though millions of voters rose up just one month ago to protest how...
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu says 'Oh my Lord, no' when asked if she'll run for elected office again

    12/13/2014 7:41:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Times-Picayune ^ | December 11, 2014 | Bruce Alpert
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., says she probably won't run for office again. "Oh Lord, no," Landrieu, 59, told reporters when asked if another campaign, perhaps for governor in 2015 or the Senate in 2016, was in her future. "Well, let me say, I'm not going to say a definite 'no' about any of those two," Landrieu said. "I've been trained to never say no. But it is highly, highly unlikely." [Snip] Matthew Lehner, her communications director, said he expects her farewell address later Thursday to be upbeat, and reflect on some of the contributions - such as oil and gas...
  • Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

    12/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-2014 | Ted Barrett and Faith Karimi
    After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday. Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday. In a surprise development, the...
  • Senate Hopes For Quick Wrap-Up Dashed {Omnibus could be rejected by liberals?)

    12/12/2014 4:32:20 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY SARAH MIMMS AND RACHEL ROUBEIN
    Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. But that feeling of optimism was quickly squashed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had been negotiating with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday afternoon to bring up a vote on the omnibus bill later in the evening, keeping the government's doors open and allowing senators to take the weekend off. Many members on both sides of the aisle were hopeful that...
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • The confrontation you'd love to see btwn a CIA interrogator and Sen Feinstein ó told by Vince Flynn

    12/12/2014 6:45:42 AM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-12 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Rapp felt his anger stir a bit. ¬ďSenator, I have been shot on three separate occasions in the service of this country. I received this nice little scar at the ripe old age of twenty-Ô¨Āve.¬Ē Rapp showed her the left side of his face and craned his neck to show her fellow committee members the white mark that ran nearly four inches along his jaw-bone. ¬ďIt was delivered by the man who was behind the terrorist attack on Pan Am Ô¨āight one-oh-three. One hundred seventy-nine Americans were on that Ô¨āight. Thirty-Ô¨Āve of my classmates from Syracuse University perished, including a...
  • House narrowly passes spending bill, averts government shutdown

    12/12/2014 4:34:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:53am EST | David Lawder and Richard Cowan
    In the 219-206 vote, 67 Republicans rejected the spending bill, largely because it failed to take action to stop Obama's executive immigration order. But that was offset by 57 Democrats who voted in favor. Shortly after passage, both the House and Senate passed a 48-hour extension to allow the Senate more time to consider the measure. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said it would be debated on Friday.
  • Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt running

    12/12/2014 4:11:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 hour ago | ANDREW TAYLOR / AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. ďI just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way,Ē said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBCís ďMorning Joe.Ē ď[Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....
  • Senator Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

    12/12/2014 12:36:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/11/14
    As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency's interrogation program for terror suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein's staff repeatedly used the hashtag #ReadTheReport on the senator's Twitter feed during Brennan's rare press conference broadcast live from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Brennan said it was "unknowable" whether key information from suspects subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which critics have equated to torture, could have been obtained through other methods. But Feinstein's staff responded: "Study shows it IS knowable: CIA...
  • House narrowly approves spending bill, legislation heads to Senate

    12/11/2014 7:17:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2014
    The House narrowly approved a vital spending bill Thursday night despite deep misgivings among liberals and conservatives alike, sending the measure to the Senate as a funding deadline looms. The bill passed on a 219-206 vote, following an intense lobbying effort by House Republican leaders and the White House. Current government funding technically runs out at midnight Thursday, and lawmakers still are expected to move a stopgap measure to buy time as the Senate considers the main $1.1 trillion spending package. That debate could last through the weekend and potentially into Monday. Passage in the House followed hours of urgent...
  • Sen. Harry Reid eviscerates GOP leaders in NYT exit interview

    12/11/2014 12:48:17 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage "a new battle" with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6. ďIs there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I donít think so. Big banks? I donít think so,Ē Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. ďThatís where the new battle is going to be.Ē The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat said Republicans are at odds with Americans when it comes to environmental protection laws. ďThey want to eviscerate Clean Air, Clean...
  • Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview

    12/10/2014 6:27:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview Asked whether any of his Republican counterparts could become president, outgoing Senate majority leader replies, 'Of what?' By Dylan Stableford Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage "a new battle" with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6. ďIs there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I donít think so. Big banks? I donít think so,Ē Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. ďThatís where...
  • Senate torture report is propaganda bonanza for Islamic jihadists

    12/10/2014 5:49:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12/10/14 | Robert Spencer
    Of course. And those responsible for releasing it must have foreseen this, and allowing their desire for political gain to overwhelm any residual sense of responsibility they might still have felt to protect American citizens. ďSenate Torture Report Is Propaganda Bonanza for Islamic Militants, Feds Say,Ē by Mike Levine, ABC News, December 9, 2014: The Senateís newly-released report on alleged torture of terror detainees after the 9/11 attacks is ďunlikelyĒ to inspire near-term attacks inside the U.S. homeland, but it is ďvery likelyĒ to be used by terrorist groups for their future propaganda, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: 'Torture is Wrong. Unambiguously. Period. The End.'

    12/10/2014 5:03:48 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 357 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 10, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is reminding Americans that no civilized nation should ever torture prisoners. ďTorture is wrong, unambiguously. Period. The end. Civilized nations do not engage in torture and Congress has rightly acted to make absolutely clear that the United States will not engage in torture,Ē Cruz said during the Q-and-A portion of a speech at the Heritage Foundation.
  • First the Verdict, Then the Investigation

    12/10/2014 4:47:41 PM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-10-14 | Wordsmith
    "I don't know that the report that was released yesterday is that historically accurate. It reads like a prosecutorial screed rather than a historical document."- Michael Hayden, Former CIA Director from May 30, 2006- Feb 12, 2009 For the most part, the narrative that the CIA tortured, that methods were "brutal", that the program wasn't effective in obtaining intelligence, that it played no role in the finding and killing of OBL, that those involved are war criminals- all of that is pretty much cemented in the minds of a number of Americans who are only reading the headlines and buying...
  • Donít you worry about Mary Landrieu. Sheíll be just fine [Hot commodity on K-street]

    12/10/2014 7:26:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Starting next month, Mary Landrieu is going to have a lot more time on her hands. That can be a great thing if you’re really looking forward to finally catching up on the Grand Theft Auto online game series, but such pursuits don’t really do much to pay the bills. The soon to be former Senator probably won’t have to worry about that too much, though. She’s reportedly a very hot topic on K Street . Mary Landrieu may have lost her Senate seat, but the Louisiana Democrat is a hot commodity on K Street. Several headhunters, veteran lobbyists...
  • Senate finds CIA brutalized terror suspects for little intelligence gain

    12/09/2014 11:18:36 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | Dec 9 , 2014 | Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor
    The CIAís use of torture failed to gain any intelligence on imminent terrorist threats, didnít lead to any high-level terrorists Ė including Osama bin Laden Ė produced fabricated information and was far more brutal than the agency has portrayed to policymakers and the public, according to a long-awaited Senate report released Tuesday.
  • Sen. Feinstein begins "Project Sore Looser - Scorched Earh" live on C-SPAN

    12/09/2014 8:28:36 AM PST · by SecondAmendment · 40 replies
    C-Span ^ | 09-Dec-2014 | The (Occupied) U.S. Senate
    December 9, 2014 Senate Session - LIVE
  • Republicans clash on reversing nuclear option in Senate

    12/09/2014 5:24:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 9, 2014 | By Alexander Bolton
    Republicans are split over whether to change the Senateís rules to allow filibusters on executive and judicial nominations. As they head into a conference meeting on Tuesday, some Republicans say itís time to undo a wrong committed by Democratic Leader Harry Reid and go back to rules that require 60 votes to clear most nominees. ďI think itís rank hypocrisy if we donít,Ē Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said when asked about reversing the rule change. ďIf we donít, then disregard every bit of complaint that we made, not only after they did it but also during the campaign,Ē he added....
  • McConnell: Weíll Make 'Every Effort' to Repeal Obamacare ó But Its Namesake is Still in Office

    12/08/2014 1:54:09 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 20:47 GMT | David Sherfinski
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, says he has every intention of voting to repeal Obamacare with a new GOP majority in January, but also said people should be realistic about what to expect in the way of repeal with President Obama still in the White House. ďWe certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. Ö It was a very large issue in the campaign,Ē Mr. McConnell told Roll Call. ďWeíre certainly gonna keep our commitment to the American people to make every effort we can to repeal it. ďIt is a...
  • Half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate

    12/08/2014 10:38:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12-6-14 | Philip Klein
    On Dec. 24, 2009, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed President Obamaís healthcare law with a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, triggering a massive backlash that propelled Republicans to control of the House the following year. On the Senate side, going into this year's midterm elections, 25 senators who voted for Obamacare were already out or not going be part of the new Senate being sworn in next month. After Democratic losses on Nov. 4 and Saturday's defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the number has risen to 30. In other words, half of the Senators who voted for Obamacare will not be part...
  • California quake: Up-and-comers are already jockeying ahead of Sen. Boxer's possible retirement.

    12/08/2014 10:29:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/08/2014 | By ALEX ISENSTADT
    A parade of ambitious California public figures, whoíve spent years itching for a shot at the stateís top political offices, are anticipating a shake-up of the stateís political hierarchy that could begin in a matter of weeks with the possible retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. And some big names ó including the mayor of Los Angeles ó are already sizing up possible bids to succeed her. Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of...
  • Reid faces challenges as Senate Dems transition to minority (Exempt backbencher's bathroom office)

    12/07/2014 6:50:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid faces a tough task as his conference transitions to the Senate minority next year. The Nevada Democrat is leading a divided party smarting from a midterm election that saw Senate Democrats lose eight seats. It includes a number of centrists who could be eager to cut deals with the new GOP majority, particularly after watching several centrist incumbents fall in the 2014 midterms. But Reid must also lead liberals hoping to give Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who many Democrats viewed as an obstructionist over the last several years, a taste of his own...
  • Landrieu loses reelection bid

    12/06/2014 9:31:36 PM PST · by 867V309 · 78 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 07, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost her reelection bid Saturday in a runoff race with Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, despite a relentless, against-long-odds effort.
  • Five reasons Mary Landrieu lost

    12/07/2014 3:10:26 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 90 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6 Dec 14 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Mary Landrieuís (D-La.) luck ran out Saturday night. The Democratís colleagues talk about her as a fighter who has won tough runoff elections in red Louisiana before, even if she was the underdog against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). But in 2014, a host of factors conspired to keep her from ultimately falling short for a fourth term. Collapse among white voters Landrieuís support among black voters in Louisiana is nearly universal, but strategists in the state wondered if there were enough of them to counteract Cassidyís huge lead among white voters. There were not. Landrieuís percentage of the...
  • Bill Cassidy defeats Mary Landrieu in Louisiana runoff

    12/06/2014 7:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/06/2014 | Melinda Deslatte and Bill Barrow
    BATON ROUGE, La. | Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy handily defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOPís domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Obamaís tenure. With Mr. Cassidyís victory, the GOP will hold 54 seats when the Senate convenes in January, nine more than they have now. Republican victories in two Louisiana House districts Saturday ó including the seat Cassidy now holds ó ensure at least 246 seats, compared to 188 for Democrats, the largest GOP advantage since the...
  • John McCain's political comeback

    12/06/2014 5:49:59 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | December 1, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    (CNN) -- Just about six years after his career seemed to come to a crashing halt, when Barack Obama defeated him in the presidential election of 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain is poised to re-emerge as a major player in the next two years. As the new chairman of the influential Armed Services Committee, McCain will be able to use this perch of power to loudly challenge the President's foreign policy agenda. Call it McCain's revenge. For several years, it seemed as if McCain was finished. The 2008 election delivered a huge blow to his political standing. Once considered the...
  • In Louisiana Runoff Election, Senator Landrieu Tries to Revive Her Base

    12/05/2014 8:17:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 4, 2014 | Richard Fausset
    he has been rebuffed by her liberal colleagues in Washington and pilloried at home for voting with the president, and has watched helplessly while her Democratic base has eroded like a cheap levee. These are hard times for Mary L. Landrieu, the last Deep South Democrat in the United States Senate. But on the cusp of a Saturday runoff election that feels as much like a race against history as against a Republican opponent, Ms. Landrieu has been barnstorming around her home state on what she called her ďLouisiana First Victory Tour,Ē hugging, kissing and cajoling voters with an argument...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasnít until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • Cassidy crushing Landrieu by 24 points

    12/04/2014 6:25:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 4, 2014 | David M. Drucker
    Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is poised for a landslide victory over Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a Saturday runoff election in Louisiana, according to a GOP poll shared with the Washington Examiner. Cassidy led Landrieu 57 percent to 33 percent in the survey conducted Nov. 24-25 by WPA Opinion Research for Independent Womenís Voice. His victory would bring the number of Republican Senate seats captured in this yearís midterm elections to nine, topping off the new GOP majority at 54 seats. The poll of 500 likely voters had an error margin of 4.4 percentage points.
  • Senate Confirms Producer of Soap Opera as New Ambassador to Hungary

    12/03/2014 4:56:54 PM PST · by rightistight · 28 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/3/14 | Aurelius
    Yesterday, the Senate confirmed in a vote of 52-42 to make a producer of ďThe Bold and The BeautifulĒ the United Statesí new ambassador to Hungary. Colleen Bell also contributed almost one million dollars to the Presidentís reelection campaign, a fact that Senator John McCain repeatedly brought up in a fiery speech on the Senate floor denouncing the Presidentís nominee. ďWeíre about to vote on a totally unqualified individual to be ambassador to a nation which is very important to our national security interest,Ē he said. ďHer qualifications are as a producer of the television soap opera ĎThe Bold and...
  • Conservatives Get Snubbed On Committees

    12/03/2014 6:19:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/1/14 | Gaston Mooney
    Squeezing out conservatives on committee assignments is a tried and true strategy of the establishment. Boehner has threatened and successfully kicked conservative ďtroublemakersĒ off of committees for standing up for their principles. In the Senate McConnell even had to recruit Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) for the Senate Finance Committee to jam then Senator DeMint. Even recently, conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was pushed out of the chair at House Oversight because he wanted to aggressively go after the Obama administration. "Given the fact that Senator Sessions has done a superb job serving as the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget...
  • Sessions could wield Budget gavel as a populist cudgel (but go-along Enzi wants it!)

    12/03/2014 6:25:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/3/14 | Timothy P. Carney
    Conservative Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama could be chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, injecting a much needed shot of populism into the GOP policymaking apparatus. Sessions would join other conservative chairmen with populist leanings, including the two men whose committees oversee Wall Street. But Sen. Mike Enzi ó a Wyoming conservative who is closer to the party Establishment and the business lobby ó could take the gavel instead. Hereís the background on the race for Budget chairman: Technically, the entire Senate Republican Conference ó all 53 or 54 GOP senators ó choose the committee chairman. But as a...
  • How immigration killed the tax deal [Tax Filing in March?]

    11/27/2014 5:46:45 AM PST · by SES1066 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/26/14 | BRIAN FALER and RACHAEL BADE
    How could a major tax deal brokered by the top Senate Democrat die so quickly at the hands of a Democratic president?SnipUntil late last week, Senate Finance, Ways and Means and leadership met regularly and were making progress on the package of tax breaks known as tax extenders. The group of some 55-plus tax breaks have expired, and many lawmakers in both parties want to renew by the end of the year, amid warnings from the IRS that failing to act would disrupt the upcoming tax filing season. They include everything from a major business research credit to one for...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls On Republicans To Restore Senate Filibuster Rules

    11/20/2014 8:31:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 95 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | November 18, 2014 | Amanda Terkel
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants Republicans to reverse the Democrats' filibuster reforms in the new year, arguing that doing so will make it tougher for President Barack Obama to get his nominees approved. The new system requires just 51 votes to advance executive branch nominees and judges nominated for all courts except the Supreme Court, instead of the 60 votes that were previously required. Democrats approved the reforms after Republicans were refusing to let many of Obama's nominees go through. Half the nominees filibustered in the country's history, for example, were blocked by Republicans during the Obama administration.