Rules: You have to laugh at the Democrats´ current plight. They have almost no leverage to block anyone Donald Trump decides to select for judgeships or cabinet posts. They can´t stop Republicans from repealing most of ObamaCare. And they only have themselves to blame. On CNN this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was lamenting the fact that Democrats wouldn´t be able to use the filibuster to stop Trump´s nominees. There should, he said, be "60 votes because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship." And who, exactly, is to blame for this? Schumer´s predecessor in the Senate´s leadership
#1, if Mitch McConnell would reverse this rule that Harry put in place, Trump would eat him alive. Trump already munched on this idiot Paul Ryan to put him back in his place. Notice that McCain and Ms. Graham are quite about Russia. This is just the beginning.
I think the McConnell, Graham, McCain type RINOs found the rule very useful because Democrats could pass whatever and Republicans could feign opposition, not vote for it, have it still pass and reap money. Reid didn´t worry about ever being out of the majority because there are so many RINOs to plug any holes if a Democrat isn´t there.
I think the RINOs are very scared they´ll be required to vote against their self-interest and for America´s interest again. Jeb, Marco or Ted as President would have complemented them on their bipartisanship. Trump will call them out bluntly on Twitter in 140 characters that millions read in an instant. It could get interesting.
I have to LOL!! Grandpa was right. What goes around comes around. The Democrats really believed Hillary would be the next President. Their smug hubris did them in this time. Laugh at Pres. Trump at your peril, Dimwits.
The genius in Reid´s move is he and everyone outside the REbublican Senators, knows the Rebublicans will never figure out how to use this power. They just don´t have the spine to advance decisive policies for fear of offending some bizarre group (like liberals). If the Rebublicans had all 100 senate seats, they would be like the French and still find away to lose.
Do not rub your hands together in too much glee right now. The Republicans are still infested deeply with hidden snakes called "RINOs" whoa re really Democrats, like John McCain with a fake "R" behind their name.
It´s going to take a lot more than jsut decent diplomacy and compromise to get things done. Trump can do it. But, we have that dirt bag Ryan re-elected to be Speaker and that snaky chinless wonder, McConnell running the Senate.
Let us hope President Trump has some goodies in his pocket he can use on these filthy rats.
The demonrats drank the kool-ade that James Carville was serving up in 2009 - that they would be in total control for at least the next 40 years and possibly forever. Carville should be persona non grata, but the idiots on the left will continue to listen to him.
#4 has it right. In the past the GOPe could hide behind "nothing we could do to stop it"...and now that there is political momentum behind repeal...well, what excuse will they find? I suspect the brake will be waiting for Trump´s proposal followed by interminable dissection and debate.
One expert last night predicted at least a four year delay on "repeal and replacement" so as not to rush into another legislative disaster. That´s two more years for Republicans to hammer as a political issue, and two more years to run out the Trump Administration.
And the whining by the Slimes and Chuckie as to how unfair it all is, WOW! Especially when Hairy Reed allowed this to happen 3 years ago and when he retired said he didn´t regret it.
This is classic liberal think. They have no fixed ethical stance so when something works in their favor, it´s good. When it works against them, it´s bad. Most people instinctively recoil against this type of thinking because you can never know where you stand ethically. It depends on which way the wind is blowing. Effectively it is NO ethics at all.
Which accurately describes dems. Their attitude about this issue is typical and not surprising.
Republicans need to repeat loudly and often it was the dems who set aside the filibuster and the media was OK with it when they did it.
What holds Venezuela together these days? According to the New York Times, this state is held together only by an encircling ring of death-squad gangs, who serve as its enforcers. These are the community organizers known as ´colectivos´ who ride and circle around menacingly on motorcycles, and shoot randomly into crowds to generate terror. I saw them myself in Caracas in late 2005, and they were scary. Now, they are engorged with drug cash and legitimized by the state. Who could have imagined that this tontons macoute situation would be the logical conclusion of Chavista socialism?
What could possibly motivate Maxine Waters to claim twice that she never called for Donald Trump´s impeachment when the video evidence is so compelling? It is one thing for conservative websites to call her out, but even MSNBC, the broadcast leader in Trump-hatred, is taking notice of the absolute falsity of her claim. Yesterday, in an on-air discussion among Hallie Jackson, Craig Melvin, and Mark Murray, the California congresswoman was explicitly called out for her denial of reality: JACKSON: "... pretty strong words from somebody else on the other side of the aisle. Maxine Waters, right? The congresswoman [indecipherable] during that interview
Two days ago, the death toll in Venezuela´s gargantuan protests stood at three. Now it´s jumped to 20. In absolute numbers, it´s appalling. But to some, it may not seem like much, given that Venezuela has one of the world´s highest murder rates, or that millions and millions of people marched against the socialist regime, which has systematically shut down democracy and closed off all legitimate avenues for change by stripping the opposition-controlled legislature of power, corrupting the courts, and ruling by decree as poverty and narco-crime engulf the country.
Immigration: President Trump´s executive order to limit American companies´ use of foreign high-tech professionals sounds great. But it won´t lead to a hiring boom for American computer workers. And it may do more economic harm than good. It´s true that if you limit the flow of tech workers coming into the U.S. under the H-1B visa program, you will likely see more native-born Americans being hired in the short run. But it won´t last. And long-term, limiting the flow of highly productive, highly trained workers will hurt our economy — not help it. We´re not open-border types by a long shot. But
Environmentalism: This Earth Day, protests around the country will focus on "science." What they won´t focus on is facts, because the facts show that the U.S. has made huge strides in cleaning up the environment. Given the trends in air quality, water quality, toxics and, yes, even CO2 emissions, you´d think Earth Day would be a grand celebration of a monumental achievement that has allowed this country to produce vastly more goods and services for millions more people while sharply cutting pollution. The fact is that by any important measure, the environment is cleaner and healthier today than it was 60 years
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Organizers promised that hundreds of thousands would participate in an April 22 March for Science planned for hundreds of cities worldwide and an April 29 People´s Climate March in Washington, DC. These events have no more to do with science or climate change than do UN programs or the Paris climate treaty. Their own leaders make that perfectly clear. A climate website asserts that marchers intend to mark President Trump´s 100th day in office "with a massive demonstration that shows our resistance is not going to wane." They intend to "block Trump´s entire fossil fuel agenda," with Berkeley-style tantrums and riots, most
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Police deployed tear gas against crowds of illegal immigrants who attempted to storm a town hall in a Paris suburb, demanding a meeting with local authorities over the rights of foreigners, French media said. At least 14 migrants were reportedly injured during the scuffles. The incident took place on Tuesday morning in the Alfortville commune in the Paris suburbs, some 4km from the French capital. Crowds of undocumented migrants from several communes, including the neighboring Vitry, Montreuil, and Courbevoie, headed to the town hall, Le Parisien reported.
The socialist failures of Chavista Venezuela are well worth noting, given their hugeness and their totality. But there´s something deeply disturbing about the small, individual, personal horrors that cannot but draw one´s attention, because they shock the conscience. At the Mother of all Marches, held in 12 or 13 cities across Venezuela, the Chavistas did what they always do: They sent in some motorcycle goons to casually fire a weapon at the crowd, killing one or two members, in a calculated move to scare the others off. Nobody ever gets punished for these state-sponsored murders. The Chavistas attribute them to random street
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Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job. The guards contend in a lawsuit filed this week that the subcontractor who employs them does not appropriately accommodate their faith and retaliates against those who speak out. The Service Employees International Union and the guards allege that Amazon grants high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, but they do not provide the same accommodation for contracted security officers
A Chicago artist has finished his mural of Michelle Obama in a colorful image that features the former first lady as an Egyptian queen. The painting by artist Chris Devins was completed Friday on the southeast corner of Chappel Avenue and 74th Street in South Shore. That´s two blocks from the former first lady´s childhood home at 7436 S. Euclid Ave. and across the street from Bouchet Elementary, which she attended when it was known as Bryn Mawr School. "I wanted to present her as what I think she is, so she´s clothed as an Egyptian queen. I thought that was appropriate,"
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American Airlines suspended a flight attendant after an altercation on Friday in which the attendant took a stroller from a woman traveling with two young children and then argued with other passengers. The episode was captured, in part, on video. The encounter, at San Francisco International Airport, occurred while the woman was boarding a Texas-bound flight. The attendant, whose name was not released by the airline, grabbed the stroller from the woman, who was carrying 15-month-old twins, a passenger who was nearby said.
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