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  • Pelosi shifts reasoning on State of Union speech delay

    01/17/2019 9:48:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call to postpone the State of the Union address but changed her reasons Thursday, saying her worry isn’t that the Secret Service can’t do its job but rather that they shouldn’t be asked to do it while they’re not getting paid. She also chided President Trump for his lack of a response to her suggestion that the Jan. 29 speech be put off. “Very silent,” she said. Mrs. Pelosi signaled she hasn’t decided what she will do if Mr. Trump refused her suggestion to delay the speech.
  • Former Secret Service Agent Bongino Demands Apology From Pelosi For Lying About...

    01/17/2019 9:41:31 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 2 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/16/2019 | Benny Johnson
    Pelosi wrote: The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs. Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress...
  • Endless wars will eventually come to ‘glorious’ end, tweets Trump

    01/17/2019 9:35:25 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/7/19 | Edmund de Marche
    President Trump late Monday tweeted that the U.S. would stop getting tangled in "endless wars" and that the military's role in these conflicts will "eventually come to a glorious end." Trump's tweet comes on the heels of recent news reports that indicate that the U.S. is not as close to withdrawing troops from Syria as the president indicated last month. "Endless Wars, especially those which are fought out of judgement mistakes that were made many years ago, & those where we are getting little financial or military help from the rich countries that so greatly benefit from what we are...
  • Ashen and Conflicted – Senator Schumer Discusses Private Meeting With AG Nominee William Barr…

    01/17/2019 9:15:50 AM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan. 16, 2019 | Sundance
    Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer met privately with AG nominee William Barr earlier today. At the conclusion of the meeting Senator Schumer addresses the media. Schumer appears conflicted and confused as to how to describe his own highly political desires with the answers he received from Mr. Barr. It does not appear Schumer was pleased with his overall inability to leverage control over the nominee; and that comes out in the early part of his statement. That’s a good sign. Watch:
  • Republicans finally getting it right.

    01/17/2019 9:07:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17,2019 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Republicans had two years of total control of Congress in which to pass provisions to tighten the border, in line with President Donald Trump’s agenda and campaign promises. They didn’t. They failed. They punted and pretended they didn’t have the power or platform to push a border wall or even fence through the Senate. So why bother? — they in essence said. Now? They’re finally coming together on this shutdown and standing strong. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for the second time, blocked legislation to reopen the government and partially fund key departments. It seems as if Republicans have been...
  • Sen. Kamala Harris to vote 'no' on AG nominee Barr

    01/17/2019 9:00:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2019 | Jeff Mordock
    Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, said Thursday she will not vote for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Ms. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the first prominent Democrat to officially announce her intent to vote against Mr. Barr.
  • Barr Refuses To Bend When Kamala Harris Presses Him on Mueller Investigation Recusal

    01/17/2019 8:42:01 AM PST · by libstripper · 14 replies
    Western Journal ^ | Jan. 16, 2019 | Randyb DeSoto
    President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr refused to commit to recusing himself from the Mueller investigation when pressed by Sen. Kamala Harris on the matter. During Tuesday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Harris followed up on a line of questioning by her Democratic colleague Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont whether Barr would follow the advice DOJ ethics officials regarding recusal. “I will seek the advice of the career ethics personnel, but under the regulations, I make the decision as the head of the agency as to my own recusal,” Barr told Leahy, according to The Washington...
  • Coalition of Groups Puts Pressure on Schumer, Pelosi to Fund Border Wall

    01/17/2019 8:30:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | January 17, 2019 | By Holly Kellum
    WASHINGTON—On a cold January morning outside the Capitol, a coalition of groups that support Trump had an even colder message for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over their refusal to fund a border wall. “Which one of your children would you be willing to sacrifice?” Amy Kremer, the co-founder of Women for Trump, rhetorically asked Pelosi. “This is not just a manufactured crisis … This is very real.” With her were more than 20 other Trump supporters, many of them Angel Families who have lost a loved one at the hands of an...
  • Only One House Republican Represents the Borderland, and He Opposes a Wall

    01/17/2019 8:10:41 AM PST · by Blue House Sue · 39 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/17/19 | Emily Cochrane
    WASHINGTON — Along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, which sprawls across four states and nine House districts, a single seat is held by a Republican: Representative Will Hurd of Texas. And Mr. Hurd, a former undercover C.I.A. officer who barely won re-election in Texas’ 23rd District, the largest of the nine, has emerged as perhaps the most persistent critic in his party of President Trump’s wall. Drawing upon his years undercover and his work in the private sector, Mr. Hurd has a starkly different vision for the southwestern border: fiber optic cables, sensors, radar, drones, increased staffing — but not...
  • Trump's Re-Election Chances May Be Better Than You Think

    01/17/2019 8:06:51 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17,2019 | Victor Davis Hanson
    What is the significance of these rebound stories for Trump, who had a better first midterm result than either Clinton or Obama and similarly low approval ratings? People, not polls, elect presidents. Presidents run for re-election against real opponents, not public perceptions. For all the media hype, voters often pick the lesser of two evils, not their ideals of a perfect candidate. Whether or not they like Trump, millions of voters still think the president is all that stands between them and socialism, radical cultural transformation and social chaos. Many would prefer Trump's sometimes-over-the-top tweets and hard bark to the...
  • Wall Street Journal: Michael Cohen paid thousands to rig polls in Trump's favor

    01/17/2019 8:06:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/17/2019 | Devan Cole
    Washington (CNN): President Donald Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen paid the head of a small technology company thousands in 2015 to rig online polls and elevate Cohen's character to benefit Trump's presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. According to the paper, Cohen paid John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, between $12,000 and $13,000 for activities related to Trump's campaign, including "trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Mr. Trump's favor" and creating a Twitter account called "@WomenForCohen" that "praised (Cohen's) looks and character, and promoted his appearances and statements boosting" Trump's candidacy. In making the...
  • Watch: MSNBC Host Suggests Trump Must Know 'Something Extreme' About Lindsey Graham

    01/17/2019 8:05:33 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies ^ | January 17, 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Short videos at link. You may have noticed that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has had a change of heart about President Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Graham was one of Trump's loudest critics. He called him out as an "opportunist" and said he was "not fit" to be president. Slowly he arrived on more friendly terms with Trump, to the point where he was one of his strongest supporters last year. His new persona even earned him a new endearment from conservatives, "Lindsey Graham 2.0." MSNBC's Stephanie Rule, however, suggested on her show this week that there's something nefarious...
  • In latest reversal, Gillibrand now supports letting illegal immigrants get driver's licenses

    01/17/2019 8:01:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 17, 2019 | by Louis Casiano
    After initially opposing the idea of her home state granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has had a change of heart. “I think we have to make it possible for people to provide for their families,” the New York Democrat said Wednesday, as she was leaving to attend her 2020 presidential campaign kickoff event. Gillibrand's new stand on the issue is in contrast from the position she took during her days in the House, when she opposed then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s controversial 2007 plan to allow illegal immigrants living in New York to obtain driver licenses.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Defends 2012 Tweet Accusing Israel of "Evil Doings" And "Hypnotising The World"

    01/17/2019 7:54:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17, 2019 | Tim Hains
    CNN's Christiane Amanpour asks newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar about a tweet she sent in 2012 that reads: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." "I remember when that was happening," Omar said. "Watching TV and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war, and that really, those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment." "What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by...
  • Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Dem Favorite for President, Joe Biden

    01/17/2019 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/17/2019 | Jim Geraghty
    Praise for Bork and Thurmond, partial-birth-abortion-ban support, death-penalty enthusiasm, and more 1. As a young man, JoeBiden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War — which just happens to be the same number of deferments received by former vice president Dick Cheney. Biden later was disqualified from service because of the asthma that he suffered as a teenager. Oddly, the asthma was not severe enough to stop Biden from playing on his high-school football team or playing halfback for the University of Delaware Blue Hens. 2. In the earliest moments of his Senate career, Biden was a proponent...
  • Teach kids about climate change? A legislative proposal in Connecticut would require it

    01/17/2019 7:31:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | January 16, 2019 | By MICHAEL MELIA
    A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country's first to write such a requirement into law. "A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don't believe it should be an elective," said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. "I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be...
  • Jackson Lee's Former Staffer: I Was Retaliated Against For Suing the Congressional Black Caucus...

    01/17/2019 7:22:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | Posted: Jan 16, 2019 10:06 PM | Beth Baumann
    Full Title: Jackson Lee's Former Staffer: I Was Retaliated Against For Suing the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Over My Rape ============================================================== One of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's former employees has filed a lawsuit against the representative's office and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation over an alleged rape that took place back in October 15. According to the woman, who's going by "Jane Doe" in the case, she was allegedly raped when she was an intern for the CBCF by the foundation's intern coordinator at the time, Damien Jones, BuzzFeed News reported. She was assigned to Rep. Terri Sewell's office. Here's...
  • 250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a 'conservative estimate,' research says

    01/17/2019 7:19:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2019 | by Jen Christensen
    Climate change could "halt and reverse" progress made in human health over the last century. The grim analysis comes from one of the authors of a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests rising global temperatures could lead to many more deaths than the 250,000 a year the World Health Organization predicted just five years ago. An editorial accompanying the report urges medical professionals to take this report seriously. Its co-author, Dr. Caren Solomon, suggests doctors have a "special responsibility to safeguard health and alleviate suffering," and that mission should include working quickly to curtail greenhouse...
  • NBC: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez All In On Attacking Moderate Dem Incumbents

    01/17/2019 7:15:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Ah, purity campaigns — the projects from which neither party ever learns any lasting lessons. The group Justice Democrats recruited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run against Joe Crowley in a ridiculously safe Democratic seat as a way to shake up the status quo and gain a little political traction. Crowley, who had been part of the House Democrats’ leadership clique, fell asleep at the switch and lost his primary, leading to Ocasio-Cortez’ easy layup in November.Now, NBC reports, AOC has joined up with Justice Democrats again for a new recruiting drive aimed at generating primary challenges against her new colleagues...
  • Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

    01/17/2019 7:02:55 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 1/16/2019 | MICHAEL MELIA
    A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country’s first to write such a requirement into law. “A lot of schools make the study of climate change an elective, and I don’t believe it should be an elective,” said state Rep. Christine Palm, a Democrat from Chester who proposed the bill. “I think it should be mandatory, and I think it should be...