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.
Justice: FBI Director James Comey told Congress that his agency is investigating President Trump´s campaign for evidence it colluded with Russia to influence November´s election. The only problem is he has no evidence at all that it has taken place. In his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign´s possible coordination with Russia´s government as part of a "counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and last for months." These are serious allegations. But both Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, who also testified, agreed that
Health Reform: President Trump´s visit to Capitol Hill might have been enough to ensure that the House ObamaCare "repeal and replace" bill will get enough votes to pass. If it fails, it will be a disaster for Trump and the GOP. If it passes, it will hardly be a victory. Trump met with House Republicans in a closed-door session to warn them that failure to pass this bill is not an option. According to some lawmakers, he told anyone thinking of voting no that "I´m going to come after you, but I know I won´t have to because I know you´ll
State Waste: The Golden State´s vaunted bullet-train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it´s probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown´s pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state´s voters in
Budget: Let´s start with a basic fact. Contrary to news reports last week, President Trump is not eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels. He´s not even cutting it. How do we know this? Meals on Wheels says so. A statement issued by Meals on Wheels America on Thursday notes that 35% of the revenues at the 5,000 or so local Meals on Wheels programs come via the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program. Trump´s budget outline says nothing about this program whatsoever. What Trump´s budget does propose is cutting is the corruption-prone Community Development Block Grant program, run out of Housing and Urban Development.
Education: President Obama had a great idea back in 2010: nationalize the student loan program, and its problems would soon go away. It didn´t happen. Instead, more people are refusing to pay their student loans than ever before. In a study released last week, the Consumer Federation of America found that millions of people were in arrears on $137 billion in federal student loans in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 14% from 2015. All told, the federal government´s portfolio of student loans now stands at a whopping $1.3 trillion. As the Washington Post notes, "What´s striking about the
Health Reform: Critics of the Republican´s ObamaCare replacement plan — and many moderate Republicans as well — complain that it will result in millions losing insurance. What nobody asks is whether we have too much insurance today. Insurance, after all, is supposed to make health care more affordable. But what if it´s making it less so? University of Michigan economist Mark Perry recently compared inflation rates for health care with price increases for cosmetic surgery. What he discovered was illuminating. From 1998 to 2016, the overall inflation rate was 47.2%. But for medical care services, prices went up 100%. And for hospital services,
Turkish President Recep Erdogan has urged all Turks living in Europe to have at least five children, saying they are the future of the continent and that it would be the best response to the “injustices” imposed on expatriates there. “Go live in better neighborhoods. Drive the best cars. Live in the best houses. Make not three, but five children. Because you are the future of Europe. That will be the best response to the injustices against you,” Erdogan said in the city of Eskisehir on Friday, according to AP. The comments were made while the Turkish president was campaigning for a
After a flood of gushing media coverage touting his deep family devotion as reason for his decision to stay in Washington after his term ended, President Obama turns out not to be quite the devoted family man he was portrayed as after all. He´s just jetted off to Tahiti, alone, without family, in what must be his fourth vacay to yet another exotic private pleasure resort in the wake of leaving office. It´s the life of the jet-set, the idle rich, the rich wastrel, the luxury mooch...the Hollywood elite after they´ve made it big in pictures, or the new-money shady-business magnate
As night follows day, defenders of big government trotted out "Sesame Street´s" Big Bird as the poster child of President Trump´s terrible spending cuts. The Daily Beast story on Trump´s budget proposal to cut taxpayer funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting features an ax-wielding man about to chop Big Bird´s head off. Politico has a story titled "Can Big Bird Survive Trump?" In a "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" segment mocking Trump´s budget, Donald Trump fires Big Bird. These folks would do well to find a new mascot. Big Bird is big business, and doesn´t need taxpayer money to survive. First, let´s take a
Fiscal Policy: President Trump has clearly brought his business acumen to bear when crafting his first budget proposal, producing the most gimmick-free, strategic, focused — and deeply conservative — spending plan we´ve ever seen. The White House had already revealed the basic outline of Trump´s budget plan: He intended to cut domestic program by $54 billion so he could fund a much-needed boost in military spending. The "skinny budget" he released on Thursday provides details as to where those spending cuts will come from. Every agency except Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs is targeted for reductions that range up to 31%. These
Health Care: Once again, a California politician has put forward what he believes is a great idea: A single-payer health care plan for all Californians. Sorry, but such plans don´t work — and never have. It must be something in the water. Since California´s drought ended early this winter, its loopy politicians seem to have gone ga-ga over imposing a single-payer health care plan on the state. The idea has a history. During the former GOP Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger´s terms in office, he vetoed not one but two single-payer bills that crossed his desk, in 2006 and 2008. For a while, the notion
President Obama made a big deal about the resumption of U.S. carrier travel to Cuba. JetBlue in particular got Obama´s accolades. After all, when the president of the United States sets the example for Cuba tourist travel, showing how it´s all tropical music, classic cars, Cuban cigars, mojitos, and dancing like Beyoncé out on the Malecón, who could resist? Today, JetBlue has cut back its flights "to better match demand." And in the last few days, it has been joined by two other airliners, Silver and Frontier, fleeing for their lives like Marielitos. They all said demand isn´t what they expected.
Fox News has indefinitely removed contributor Andrew Napolitano from its programming, following an unsubstantiated claim he made on air last week and that was refuted by U.S. intelligence officials, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Napolitano has not made any appearances on Fox since last Thursday. Citing an anonymous source, the paper said Napolitano "is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future." The Washington Examiner has asked a Fox spokesperson for confirmation of the report. Napolitano last week tried to bolster President Trump´s own previous and unfounded claim
California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said that she´s ready to impeach President Trump on his 61st day in office. "Get ready for impeachment," Waters tweeted. (Tweet) It´s unknown if Waters was referring to a specific reason to impeach Trump or was just making a general statement. The tweet comes a day after FBI Director James Comey revealed the bureau is looking into any possible contacts between Trump´s campaign and the Russian influence campaign on the presidential campaign. The intelligence community has reported in the past The Kremlin worked against Hillary Clinton´s election and developed a preference for Trump.
Last week, the British intelligence agency GCHQ took the rare step of debunking as “utterly ridiculous” the Trump administration’s insinuation that Britain spied on Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey testified plainly that “I have no information that supports” President Trump’s accusations that his predecessor ordered the “wires tapped” at Trump Tower. These false statements from the White House are part of a disturbing pattern of behavior that poses real and potentially profound dangers to U.S. national security. The foundation of the United States’ unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military
Chelsea Clinton and a select group of women will be honored next month in New York as Variety’s Lifetime Impact Honorees for humanitarian work. Variety magazine and the Lifetime television network will pay tribute on April 21 to Mrs. Clinton and five other women for their philanthropic endeavors. The 37-year-old will attend the Power of Women: New York luncheon with fellow honorees Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Blake Lively, Audra McDonald, and Shari Redstone. “At the heart of New York City is a vibrant community of strong women in entertainment, media, and politics whose commitment to philanthropy is inspirational,” said Michelle Sobrino Stearns,
Armed Police have opened fire and shot an intruder inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament amid reports a car drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. Several shots were fired at around 2.35pm moments after a loud bang was heard near the grounds of Parliament. Three bodies were visible on the floor outside Parliament and the Palace was placed on an immediate lock down. Others were seen lying in the road on Westminster Bridge, where reports suggest around six people were knocked down by a car. Prime Minister Theresa May is said to have been bundled into a car by a plain-clothes police
Laurel Hubbard, a 39 year-old transgender who was born male, won her first international women’s weightlifting title in Australia breaking four national records in the process. (Photo) Hubbard beat the competition by 19 kilograms. Transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard wins Gold at Australasian Championships. https://t.co/FeitrqVh8C pic.twitter.com/6Tm9bRHKfw — FloElite (@Flo_Elite) March 20, 2017 -The New Zealand Herald reported: Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has dominated her first major competition, taking out the Australian International in Melbourne on a night she made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand. Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Melbourne event,
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. on Tuesday said he and his estranged wife Sandi Jackson are $1.8 million in debt thanks to legal bills from their federal criminal prosecution and mounting fees from an acrimonious divorce playing out in courtrooms in two cities. Jackson Jr. talked to reporters during an at-times rambling question-and-answer session following a brief hearing in his divorce case at the Daley Center, opining on the state of Washington politics and the best way to settle the couple’s bills. Neither Jackson nor his wife, former alderman Sandi Jackson, has worked since their release from prison after serving sentences
The family of Seth Rich, a staffer for the Democratic National Committee who was murdered last July in Washington, D.C., has launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for investigating the unsolved case. Aaron Rich, the brother of the victim, created the GoFundMe page on Sunday to draw attention to the unsolved crime that took place July 10 in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest D.C. and raise $200,000. "One thing that no one tells you, and something we weren´t prepared to hear when we lost Seth, is that if a case isn´t solved immediately, it could take months or years before
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday questioned Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about what it would take to impeach President Trump. (Snip) "In case President Trump is watching, which he may very well be, one you did a good job picking Judge Gorsuch," Graham said to laughs, "and number two—here´s the bad part—if you start waterboarding people, you may get impeached. Is that a fair summary?" "Senator, the impeachment power belongs to this body," Gorsuch answered.
As Republicans hail Judge Neil Gorsuch as an "outstanding" Supreme Court nominee, Democrats are lining up against him for partisan reasons. "My view is very simple," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told a news conference on Tuesday. "And that is, there is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that´s happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems unseemly, and there ought to be delay." (Video) (Earlier Tuesday, in remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer said it would be "unseemly" to move forward so fast with confirming Gorsuch while the "gray
Representative Elise M. Stefanik is a young, freshman republican congresswoman from the Albany New York area. And using a probative questioning timeline, she single-handily pulled the mask from FBI Director James Comey, yet no-one seemed to notice. Obviously Ms. Stefanik has not been in the swamp long enough to lose her common sense. (Photos) In the segment of the questioning below Rep. Stefanik begins by asking director Comey what are the typical protocols, broad standards and procedures for notifying the Director of National Intelligence, the White House and senior congressional leadership (aka the intelligence Gang of Eight), when the FBI
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a delay of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation on Tuesday given the ongoing FBI investigation into potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. “You can bet, if the shoe were on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI, the Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances,” Schumer said on the floor. Schumer’s demand is highly unlikely to gain traction with Senate GOP leaders, who are planning a vote on Gorsuch early next month. But the move