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.
Swampgate: President Trump may have come to Washington to "drain the swamp," but now he´s finding out that it´s full of nasty swamp creatures. And, as he´s also discovered, they bite. The debacle over national security advisor Michael Flynn´s sudden departure over his ill-advised contacts with Russian government officials shows that the Democrats in Congress and the bureaucrats that work with them mean to take as many scalps and do as much damage possible to Trump´s barely 3-weeks-old presidency. If they can fatally damage him early in his first term, all the better. And they have help. The media have been slobbering at
Twitter was ablaze this morning with screechings from Venezuela´s Chavista regime, infuriated at the powerful show of force against their brutal, discredited regime coming from President Trump. Taking an in-your-face approach just three weeks into his presidency, President Trump met with Liliana Tintori, the wife of imprisoned dissident leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was thrown into a dank Chavista dungeon without trial on absolutely phony charges of starting a riot a few years ago. What a hell of a change from the mealy-mouthed, don´t-upset-them approach seen from the Obama and, to some extent, even George Bush White Houses. Trump not only
Economy: The U.S. currently ranks a dispiriting 17th on the Heritage Foundation´s Index of Economic Freedom. That´s down from 6th when Obama took office in 2009. The question isn´t whether President Trump can turn this dismal trend around, it´s whether Democrats will let him. The Heritage Foundation has been publishing this index since 1995. It measures things like property rights, fiscal health, business freedom, tax burden, government spending, rule of law and other indicators of economic freedom in 186 countries. Based on these, each country gets an overall freedom index score, which then can be ranked against other countries. As Heritage points
Corruption: Is it a coincidence that the two Trump Cabinet picks Democrats mounted their fiercest campaigns against happen to be the two that labor unions most wanted to go down in flames? Hardly. Senate Democrats were so determined to do the bidding of the teachers unions and block Betsy DeVos as Education secretary that they held an all-night session in which they railed against her, in the hopes that this would convince one more Republican to oppose her nomination. Having failed to achieve that goal, Democrats immediately turned their ire to the other Big Union target, President Trump´s pick to head the
Besides the Department of Justice, the Central Intelligence Agency, and perhaps former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn himself, the latest name to emerge in the spreading swamp of connivers who did Flynn in this week is none other than the Obama administration´s former National Security Council Deputy Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes. According to a report in the Washington Free Beacon, Flynn´s resignation: ..."is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump´s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of
Monetary Policy: We applaud Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who on Tuesday hinted that two to three interest rate hikes were on the way this year and warned that "waiting too long (to hike rates) ... is unwise." We agree. But the same thing could have been said five years ago. Yellen fretted that by waiting too long the Fed might get behind the curve and have to jack up rates quickly, forcing the U.S. into a recession or creating a financial panic. "At our upcoming meetings, the committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line
Immigration: What a difference an election makes. When President Obama was in the White House, Democrats were crowing about the historic number of illegal immigrants he was deporting each year. Now, every arrest of an illegal immigrant is a cause for protests. When President Trump´s Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced on Monday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had arrested 680 illegals — 75% of whom are convicted criminals — the left had another emotional breakdown. The enforcement actions were called "sweeping" and part of an "immigration crackdown" under Trump. Pro-immigration groups said the "level of intimidation seems new." Senate Minority Leader
The political backbiting behind the sudden ouster of retired General Michael T. Flynn from the National Security Council is worth watching. But so is the reaction from Russia. Kicking Flynn out as a security risk -- complete with unsubstantiated claims of his supposed vulnerability to Russian blackmail -- seems to be a calculated move to trash President Trump´s effort to improve relations with Russia to fight terrorists. It has a look of the Cold War status quo reasserting itself. For Russia, which is tired of constant conflict with the West, it´s a huge disappointment. The initial response has been to lash out.
Ideology: A whimsical definition of a gaffe is "when a politician accidentally speaks the truth." By that measure, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb committed a gaffe of huge proportions over the weekend. On "Meet the Press", Webb admitted that the Democratic Party has no ideas to offer, that it´s determined to destroy the Trump administration and — here´s the gaffe — that "the Democratic Party over the past five or six years has moved very far to the left." To which we say, welcome to the party, pal. For many years now, while the pundit class has been busy painting Republicans as radical,
Politics: Leaders in the Democratic Party probably should have thought twice before deciding to mount a scorched-earth campaign against President Trump. So far, they´ve failed to stop any of Trump´s picks, or gain public support for their cause. They have, however, succeeded in making themselves look unhinged. As we write this, not a single Trump Cabinet pick has withdrawn or failed to secure confirmation, which puts him well ahead of President Obama, who was forced to withdraw several of his initial appointments due to scandals. That included Tom Daschle, Obama´s pick for Health and Human Services, who´d failed to pay taxes,
One of the most vexing economic issues today is the minimum wage. For many, the failure to raise the minimum wage to $15 or higher is a sign of our nation´s stinginess and an essential part of the fight for income equality. However, the truth, sad to say, is quite different, as a new study shows. The study by the American Action Forum, a nonpartisan think tank led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, looked at minimum-wage hikes scheduled to take effect in the coming years in 14 states and the nation´s capital and found they will "cost millions
Politics: In the month since Republicans took control of the House, Senate and White House, they´ve been talking a lot about taxes. Unfortunately, the talk is about adding two entirely new taxes to the code. Earlier in the year, House Republicans spent several days talking up the idea of a new 20% border tax, the folly of which we discussed in this space recently. This week, a group of old-guard Republicans and business leaders — including Reagan administration officials, former Wal-Mart chairman Rob Walton, and venture capitalist Thomas Stephenson — were in the White House pitching a new carbon tax to fight
The scandal involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia could become a new Watergate. That’s what veteran newsman Dan Rather wrote in a viral Facebook post Tuesday. “On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour,” Rather writes. “When we look back at Watergate, we remember the end of the Nixon Presidency. It came with an avalanche, but for most of the time my fellow reporters
In a tweet sent during President Donald Trump‘s Thursday press conference, MSNBC host Chuck Todd indicated he didn’t find the bizarre hour-long back-and-forth with reporters all that humorous. The Meet the Press host live tweeted the spectacle, at times sending tweets that indicated he didn’t believe the president was telling the truth, and that the rambling press conference would damage his relationship with Congress.
A huge well of molten carbon that would spell disaster for the planet if released has been found under the US. Scientists using the world´s largest array of seismic sensors have mapped a deep-Earth area, covering 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km). This is around the size of Mexico, and researchers say it has the potential to cause untold environmental damage. The discovery could change our understanding of how much carbon the Earth contains, suggesting it is much more than we previously believed.
Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe revealed a tidbit that many may not know about the way Kellyanne Conway gets herself booked onto so many shows on behalf of the administration: the Trump campaign manager turned Senior Counselor often times texts directly to schedule an interview hit. But after what Brzezinski calls a never-ending cascade of “fake news, [and] information that is not true,” the MSNBC anchor is saying no more. “I know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show; I won’t do it,” Brzezinski said Wednesday morning. “Every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s
William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is “absolutely” monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump. Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001 after spending more than 30 years with the agency. Asked whether he believes the NSA is tapping Trump, Binney replied: “Absolutely. How did they get the phone call between the president and the president of Australia? Or the one that he made with Mexico? Those are not targeted
Immigrants across the country are staying home from school, skipping work and putting off shopping trips today to show how vital they are to the US economy and way of life. ´A Day Without Immigrants´ protests are planned in major cities including Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Houston, Chicago and New York. The movement gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth. It comes in response to President Donald Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump campaigned on building a wall along the US-Mexico border, and blamed high unemployment on
They pick the crops. Staff the restaurants. Mend the roofs. Mow the lawns. They work late at hospitals and airports. If you live in New Jersey, they probably pump your gas. What happens if they disappear? Unnerved by the high-profile arrests of 600 undocumented immigrants across six states last week -- not including Pennsylvania and New Jersey -- some Philadelphia-area businesses and restaurants that employ foreign-born staff, in the United States legally or not, are expected to take part Thursday in a “Day Without Immigrants” protest.
Washington — The organizers of the Women´s March on Washington have set the date for their general strike, dubbed "A Day Without A Woman," for March 8, which is International Women´s Day. The group previously announced their plan for a general strike but didn´t give the date until Tuesday. "In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer ´A Day Without A Woman,´" the organizers said in an Instagram post. The organizers of that strike, Strike4Democracy, say on their website that the group will "coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond,
The editor of the Washington Post, which staffed up its White House team to cover the new administration, said the paper would have covered a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency with the same intensity as it has President Trump. Cheered by journalists at a media roundtable in California late Tuesday, Marty Baron also said that despite some criticism, the Post is doing its job, not acting as the opposition. (Video) "I just look at it as a new administration that we should be covering as aggressively, as energetically as possible. If Hillary Clinton were in the White House, we would be
A solemn President Trump turned his Thursday afternoon announcement of a new labor secretary nominee into a screed against the media and large-scale defense of his first four weeks as president. It was remarkable. Trump hit all the usual points: The polls, the electoral college, the media, etc. He even said that he inherited a "mess" four separate times. There were grievances galore. Below is the transcript, which we´ll update as it comes in, along with our analysis and annotations. TRUMP: Thank you very much. I just wanted to begin by mentioning that the nominee for secretary of the Department of Labor will be
Sen. Lindsey Graham responds to a report from the New York Times that President Donald Trump’s campaign aides communicated with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 campaign. LINDSEY GRAHAM: What is new and what disturbs me the most is accusations from a newspaper, which could be flat wrong so I’m not going to base my decision on a newspaper report, that there was collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials. Now, was this outside the norm? Was this something damaging to the country? I don’t know, but if there were contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign operatives
Oakland schools partnered with the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) to fight global warming by making student lunches climate-friendly. FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes. “This is a