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  • With one tweet, Trump turns spending bill into purity test in GOP primaries

    03/24/2018 6:08:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies ^ | 3/23/18 | Eric Bradner
    President Donald Trump's Friday tweet threatening to veto the $1.3 trillion spending bill has intensified a battle already being waged in key Republican Senate primaries over the measure. In three states -- Arizona, West Virginia and Indiana -- right-wing candidates had already staked out their opposition to the bill. But Trump's tweet has given them a new opening to cast their opponents -- all House members who voted for the bill -- as being on the wrong side of the Trump agenda. In West Virginia, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who along with former coal baron Don Blankenship is running against...
  • No Judges Confirmed This Week (or for the next two weeks)

    03/24/2018 2:45:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    This will be a weekly post. Count remains at 29. No judicial confirmations since March 6th.
  • Let’s really open the roads in Montgomery County

    03/23/2018 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2017 | Jason Neuringer
    They say there are two constants in life: death and taxes. However, if you live in Montgomery County, there’s a third: traffic congestion . Unfortunately, some Montgomery County politicians seem almost to scoff at any real solution to that last constant. Take Montgomery County Council candidate Ben Shnider’s recent critique of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) proposal for Interstate 270. Shnider, a Democrat, is correct to point out that Hogan’s proposal does not go far enough. But Shnider argues for policies that would, ironically, make traffic only worse. Meanwhile, his Democratic primary opponent, incumbent council member Sidney Katz (Gaithersburg-Rockville), has shown...
  • George W. Bush did not veto a single thing until the democrats took the Congress in 2006

    03/23/2018 7:59:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    As a result, EVERY congressman and senator knew that they just had to get their particular thing into the bill and it would become law. And spending was increased exponentially! If Trump vetoes the spending bill, it would put an end to the game. Veto the bill, Mr. President! The Congress doesn't need a two-week recess for Easter!
  • Spending Bill Passed, Congress Can Now Recess Through Easter. No Judges Confirmed Since March 6th!

    03/23/2018 4:16:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    Do you think Mitch got any concessions from democrats on moving appointments more quickly?? Nope. Because he didn't want any. It's 2006 all over again and the republicans are in a losing mentality. They PLAN to turn the legislative branch over to the democrats next January. They are INTENTIONALLY working to demoralize us. We must THWART their plans by ELECTING and RE-ELECTING republicans across the country. A slew of Boehner boys are retiring. We can create a far more conservative House majority - in direct spite of the moderate-liberal leadership!
  • Should Democrats Embrace the Center or Abandon It?

    03/22/2018 5:15:39 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    Over the next six months, Democratic voters will be asked again and again whether their party’s candidates should hew to the center or move to the left. How voters answer that question will help shape the strategic plans of the dozen or more Democrats jockeying to beat President Trump in 2020. The intraparty tension has been simmering for months. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, goaded party centrists last May when he declared abortion a Democratic litmus test: “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her...
  • Why Reports of a Coming Republican Bloodbath in November 2018 Are Premature

    03/21/2018 7:05:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/21/2018 | William Sullivan
    A curious thing happens when you look beyond the media elation over Democrat Conor Lamb's victory in House district PA-18, which was framed as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency. Trump won the district by 20 points in the 2016 election, and Trump lent his support to Lamb's opponent, Rick Saccone. But Saccone was not a good candidate by many measures. Even before the election, it was public knowledge that he had been admonished by Republicans for a "sluggish campaign" and for failing to mobilize "any donor infrastructure." He was "panned as a deeply underwhelming candidate who leaned on the...
  • Pro-Life Democrat Dan Lipinski Pulls Off Narrow Win in Illinois Primary

    03/21/2018 6:59:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/21/2018 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Associated Press has just called the primary race in Illinois’ third congressional district for pro-life Democratic congressman Dan Lipinski, who narrowly defeated his progressive challenger Marie Newman. Lipinski has represented the district in the U.S. House for over a decade, but this year’s primary threat from Newman — which was a nail-biter even as the last votes trickled in — gained traction as the result of his moderate stances on a handful of political issues, most notably abortion. His win tonight was likely aided by his high name recognition in the district — Lipinski’s father, Bill, represented the same...
  • Governor Rauner Defeats Conservative Challenger Ives in a Close Illinois Primary

    03/21/2018 6:57:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/21/2018 | Alexandra Desanctis
    The Associated Press has called the Republican gubernatorial primary race for current Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, who defeated his conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in a tight contest tonight. Ives conceded to Rauner around 11:30 p.m., saying, “We fell just a bit short.” In spite of the close loss, the Ives campaign put together a remarkable effort in the primary, challenging Rauner to a difficult campaign season despite his massive spending advantage. When the race was called, Ives lagged behind the sitting governor by a little over three percentage points. Meanwhile, Erika Harold defeated Gary Grasso tonight for the GOP attorney-general...
  • Former Democrat (McConnell's guy) slips to third place in West Virginia race to challenge Manchin

    03/20/2018 3:08:27 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Ben Wolfgang
    As his opponents hammer away at his history as a Democrat, Rep. Evan H. Jenkins has fallen to third place in West Virginia’s Republican Senate primary election, as the three leading Republicans engage in an increasingly ugly contest for the right to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin III. A survey conducted by Osage Research and commissioned by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s Senate campaign shows Mr. Morrisey in front at 24.1 percent. Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who spent a year in federal prison in connection with the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in 2010, came in second at...
  • 5 things to watch for in the Illinois primary

    03/20/2018 5:15:13 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 7 replies
    In one of ABC News’ “18 for '18” races, the fight for the identity of the Democratic Party between its progressive and establishment wings has spilled into Illinois 3rd Congressional District where Blue Dog Democrat Dan Lipinski is facing a challenge from activist Marie Newman, who has the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders, EMILY's List and a handful of labor groups. Money has dominated the high-profile gubernatorial primaries in the state — $100 million has been spent already on the Republican and Democratic sides. Gov. Bruce Rauner, likely the most vulnerable GOP incumbent governor in the nation, has been dogged...
  • Organization Tied To David Brock Used Taxpayer Money From Illicit Israeli Political Intervention...

    03/05/2017 12:46:47 AM PST · by Fedora · 11 replies
    ZeroHedge via Disobedient Media ^ | 03/02/2017 | William Craddick
    [Full title: "Organization Tied To David Brock Used Taxpayer Money From Illicit Israeli Political Intervention To Fund Clinton Campaign"]A case of US governmental meddling in the political affairs of a foreign ally previously investigated by Congress appears to have also been part of a scheme to launder taxpayer money and use it to fund the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, a crowdsourced investigation online has revealed. The effort has revealed that organizations tied to high ranking members of Shareblue and its holding company conspired with John Kerry’s Department of State to use taxpayer funds in an effort to unseat Benjamin...
  • McDaniel Switcheroo Shifts Hot Seat to Bryant (who now has to choose someone to beat McDaniel)

    03/19/2018 2:06:13 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Bill Crawford
    All that, of course, hinges on McDaniel beating the Republican that Gov. Phil Bryant will soon name to fill Cochran's seat until the special election. Who can beat McDaniel is the overriding concern facing the governor along with other state GOP leaders. Bryant might be toughest for McDaniel to beat. Many have encouraged him to go for it, including President Donald Trump. But Bryant told the Clarion-Ledger last week, "I'm never going to run for office again." Another strong candidate would be former Gov. Haley Barbour. While unlikely, a Barbour vs. McDaniel contest would resemble the extraordinary race four years...
  • Supreme Court upholds new Pa. congressional district map, rejecting Republican challenge

    03/19/2018 1:07:07 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 97 replies
    Philadelphia Daily Inquirer ^ | 19 March 2018 | by Jonathan Lai & Liz Navratil
    The new congressional map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be used in the 2018 elections, after courts rejected two challenges Monday. First, a panel of federal judges Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new map imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, saying the Republican lawmakers who brought the challenge did not have standing — “We hold that the federal Elections Clause violations that the Plaintiffs allege are not the Plaintiffs’ to assert” — and that the case is not appropriate for the court to take up at this time. “In short, the Plaintiffs invite us to opine on...
  • Fmr Clinton Pollster Mark Penn: Conor Lamb Came Out Against Nancy Pelosi and Won

    03/19/2018 7:15:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn weighed in on Pennsylvania’s 16th congressional district special election result, crediting Rep.-elect Conor Lamb’s (D-PA) victory to the candidate going against the far left like Nancy Pelosi. “[A]fter so much talk that the party was moving to Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders [the special Pennsylvania congressional election] really reaffirms the power of a centrist Democrat,” Penn told New York AM 970 radio’s “The Cats Roundtable” host John Catsimatidis. “I mean, Conor Lamb really took a lot of centrist positions. He backed a lot of what President Trump was saying. And he came out explicitly against...
  • Jim Bridenstine's NASA nomination remains in serious jeopardy (payback for opposing Boehner!)

    03/19/2018 4:37:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 3/12/18 | Justin Wingerter
    U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine's nomination to lead NASA remains in serious jeopardy and his colleagues are suggesting President Donald Trump should soon nominate someone else. Bridenstine, a Tulsa Republican who was twice nominated to head the nation's space agency, has continued to draw the opposition of all Senate Democrats, independents and one Republican. A fellow Tulsa Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe, has tried unsuccessfully to persuade that Republican senator to back Bridenstine. “I have talked to Marco — Senator Marco Rubio — and he doesn't like Jim Bridenstine,” Inhofe said of the junior senator from Florida. Florida's senators have effectively blocked...
  • Democrats hold double-digit lead for 2018 midterm elections

    03/18/2018 2:12:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 171 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 18, 2018 | Mark Murray
    Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage over Republicans in congressional preference for the 2018 midterm elections, even as President Donald Trump's job approval rating has ticked up, the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.
  • Putin Wins Another Six-Year Term in the Kremlin

    03/18/2018 12:48:05 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 90 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | Reuters
    Putin's thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards. None of the seven candidates who ran against him posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running. Critics alleged that officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that voter boredom at the one-sided contest did not lead...
  • Donald Trump: Man of Steel

    03/18/2018 5:25:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Pedro Gonzalez
    If the American Dream was flat-lining, the Trump administration may be acting as a defibrillator. Against furious opposition from within and without, President Trump is taking a step in line with the Republicans who made the GOP America’s Party. Snip Establishment Republicans present a cheap simulacrum of their former glory and are America’s Party no more, they are Wall Street’s party, wittingly or otherwise. The GOP is largely disconnected from the hearts and minds of Middle America, a consequence of a Republican establishment that has enshrined free trade—pro aris et focis be damned—as the singular sacred cow of our republic....
  • McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

    03/18/2018 5:08:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    The ^ | 3/16/18 | Adam Serwer
    Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises troubling questions about the independence of both the Justice Department and the FBI.