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#101 LFC

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 12:31 PM

All Sen. Mike Lee (R-UTmost Partisan Hack) wanted to ask about was guns, guns, and more guns.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) used the bulk of his question time to grill Garland on gun rights and gun control bills. He asked Garland about a specific vote that Garland made as a judge to rehear a D.C. gun control bill case. Other committee members so far have not dug deep into Garland’s judicial record.

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 01:45 PM

More on the sudden worry by GOP Senators about politicizing the DOJ with whining about how bad it was under Obama while studiously avoiding the most politicized DOJ in our lifetime under Trump. is in on it because of course he is.

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A number of Republican senators who blithely supported former Attorney General Bill Barr using his post to act as former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer are suddenly expressing serious concern that Merrick Garland promise to be apolitical in the same role.

“My soul criterion for voting for your confirmation is your pledge to make sure that politics does not affect your job as attorney general,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said Monday at Garland’s Senate Judiciary hearing.

Cornyn, who voted to confirm Barr, later was a point Republican scrambling to smooth over strained relations between Trump and Barr last winter, loathe to let a reliable ally be fired going into the election.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the argument a step further, blaming the “Obama-Biden Justice Department” for being “politicized and weaponized” in an unprecedented way.

“It is very much my hope, if you are confirmed as attorney general, that you will bring that reputation for integrity to the Department of Justice and demonstrate a willingness to stand up to what will be inevitable political pressure to once again politicize the Department of Justice and use it as a tool to attack the political opponents of the current administration,” he said.

He did not mention the Trump-era DOJ in his line of questioning.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) adopted Cruz’s framing too, citing the “Obama-Biden administration” as the exemplar of a corrupt DOJ.

“If you are confirmed, will you resist the calls and efforts by political groups to politicize the Department of Justice, to use political targeting, will you adhere to the statute down the middle and enforce the law fairly and equally?” he asked.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 01:57 PM

Per 538 Biden is sitting around 55% approval and 38% disapproval. That puts his net approval at over 20 points above Trump in his first month. Suck it, Donald. You're losing the ratings game again.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 02:01 PM

View PostLFC, on 22 February 2021 - 01:45 PM, said:

More on the sudden worry by GOP Senators about politicizing the DOJ with whining about how bad it was under Obama while studiously avoiding the most politicized DOJ in our lifetime under Trump. is in on it because of course he is.

I remain dumbfounded that these Senators just out and out lie about anything and everything. There is no decency or sense of honor in these people; nothing but gang ethos. How will we recover from this? Can we?

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 02:23 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 22 February 2021 - 02:01 PM, said:

I remain dumbfounded that these Senators just out and out lie about anything and everything. There is no decency or sense of honor in these people; nothing but gang ethos. How will we recover from this? Can we?

You have to grasp that while "decency and honor" disappeared from a few of them it's much more of a case where the party and its supporters punished these traits in those serving. That attracted a host of scam artists who have never had either. Cruz? Hawley? Graham? McConnell? All are steaming piles of pure, unbridled ambition. You can't expect them to exhibit characteristics that they never had. Unfortunately they and their ilk have won the Republican civil war and I don't see the party recovering anywhere remotely near the end of my lifetime. The question is whether or not enough of the younger population will see them for who they are and drive them into semi-permanent minority status.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 03:50 PM

The list of Dem and GOP witnesses for Tuesday was released. The inclusion by Republicans of the utterly partisan, corrupt, and contemptible Ken Starr speaks volumes. They're whining about potential politicization of the DOJ and then drag in judicial politicization personified.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 05:56 PM

 LFC, on 22 February 2021 - 03:50 PM, said:

The list of Dem and GOP witnesses for Tuesday was released. The inclusion by Republicans of the utterly partisan, corrupt, and contemptible Ken Starr speaks volumes. They're whining about potential politicization of the DOJ and then drag in judicial politicization personified.

Projection. They fully expected the Mueller Investigation to like a Starr one. And when it wasn't they still behaved that way. Mueller gave them a great gift with the writing of the report and his performance at the hearing and they still behaved as if this was a Starr "investigation."

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 07:28 AM

Cornyn indicates he will not be a douche nozzle this time. It will be interesting what the hard-core members of the Treason Caucus do. It will take a lot of cynicism for the likes of Hawley and Cruz to vote against him but I believe they may well be up down to the task.

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Cornyn indicated after the hearing Monday that he’ll vote for Garland, cementing a likely easy and bipartisan confirmation.

“That’s my intention,” he said when asked about voting to confirm him. “I think he’s had an incredible career. And I think he’s seems like a fundamentally decent human being.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 02:44 PM

Biden really wants Tanden one way or the other.

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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Wednesday night that Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s embattled pick for director of the Office of Budget Management (OMB), will be offered another role in the administration if the Senate refuses to confirm her.

Klain told MSNBC that “we’re fighting our guts out” for Tanden, whose confirmation is being stonewalled by outraged GOP senators and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) over her incendiary tweets about Republican lawmakers-the kind of social media activity that GOP senators did not find disqualifying when President Donald Trump attacked his political enemies on Twitter.

Klain signaled on Wednesday that the White House is still holding out hope that they’ll find the Republican support they need to get Tanden confirmed.

“We had [Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)] announce tonight that he’s open minded on Neera’s confirmation. We have other Republican senators we’re talking to,” he said.

However, Klain suggested that there would be other opportunities for Tanden in the administration if she does not prevail in her OMB nomination.

“We will find some other place for her to serve in the administration that doesn’t require Senate confirmation,” the White House official said.

“But we’re going to get her confirmed,” he added. “That’s what we’re working for.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:30 PM

Republicans are smearing Biden's nominee for associate AG. They are calling her anti-police. A number of people including police are having none of it.

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Unlikely bedfellows congregated on Zoom Tuesday to sing the praises of Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for associate attorney general, amid a right-wing campaign to paint her as radical.

They included leaders of civil rights groups like the NAACP, sheriffs and police chiefs, and even a former executive at Koch Industries.

Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, formerly led the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department during the Obama administration. Her confirmation hearing is scheduled for March 9.

She’s come under fire from such hard-right groups as the Judicial Crisis Network, mostly centered on accusations that she is anti-law enforcement with attempts to tie her to “defunding the police.” Some Republican lawmakers have been amplifying those attacks.

Many of her most heated defenders on the call were police officers themselves. Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo in particular expressed his “frustration” at the attacks.

“We shouldn’t be having to have this conference call to respond to a hit and character assassination of a woman that is eminently qualified, who possesses the honesty and integrity, the intellect and the experience and relationships to do a very effective job for the American people,” he said.

“Senator Coons, your colleagues that are using law enforcement and her positions on law enforcement as an excuse to cast aspersions and stop her nomination — I can just say we are beyond offended,” he added, addressing the lawmaker who was also on the call to support Gupta.

Police groups have sent letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging her confirmation, and an organization of anti-Trump Republicans called Defending Democracy Together has launched an ad campaign to highlight her work with Republicans and law enforcement agencies.


And a pattern does seem to be emerging.

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Some Gupta supporters on the call pointed out the pattern emerging in the snags to get Biden’s nominees confirmed, that women of color in particular have been subject to scrutiny and pushback that their white male peers have not.

“It’s not lost on those of us in the civil rights community whose qualifications and credibility are being questioned most in this confirmation process,” said Janet Murguía, president of Latino advocacy group UnidosUS. “There appears to be a very clear double standard for certain nominees of color.”

The comment comes after the possible collapse of the nomination of Neera Tanden to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, whom Republicans and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) decided has tweeted too aggressively to deserve the post.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 04:44 PM

Neera Tanden, Vanita Gupta...looks like unAmerican names and they're female to boot!

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 05:52 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 02 March 2021 - 04:44 PM, said:

Neera Tanden, Vanita Gupta...looks like unAmerican names and they're female to boot!

So they should do the Nikki Haley thing and go by Nelly and Vanna? And if possible, marry someone with a Murrican family name which they can take on?
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Posted 02 March 2021 - 06:11 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 02 March 2021 - 05:52 PM, said:

So they should do the Nikki Haley thing and go by Nelly and Vanna? And if possible, marry someone with a Murrican family name which they can take on?

I don't think they should. I point it out because it makes them easy targets for those who otherwise wouldn't know or care who is the head of the OMB or in the DOJ somewhere.

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 08:48 AM

Neera Tanden withdraws from her nomination. Manchin's refusal to support her due to mean tweets about Republicans killed it.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 05:13 PM

WTF? Have any of you ever heard of this maneuver before? I can't believe the Republicans didn't use it in 2017 to wipe out Obama's agenda if this is legit. Unless, of course, they were just so disorganized they couldn't pull it together or they wanted Trump to take any heat.

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A little-known legislative power would enable Democrats to completely nullify former President Donald Trump's deregulation in one fell swoop, but if they want to do it they'll have to work fast.

While president, Trump and his team worked to get rid of regulations on chemicals in the environment, safety standards, housing guidelines, transparency rules, the Endangered Species Act, energy conservation and more (see Brookings). Using the Congressional Review Act, the House and Senate can repeal some of those rules.

Public Citizen explained that the law allows a majority vote in both chambers, with little debate, no possibility of a filibuster and the president's signature, to strike down any rules from the last White House. The challenge is that it has to be introduced by April 4, 2021.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 07:24 PM

Holy Fuck! Well, the stimulus is on its way, so on to the next....
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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:30 PM

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Biden is getting less than half the media attention and search interest Trump did. But he's 10 points higher in the polls, pursuing a far more ambitious agenda, and the Rescue Act is even more popular than he is. I suspect Biden’s quieter approach to political communication is opening space for bolder bills. His theory seems to be that if you can dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy. There's long been political science research suggesting this might work, but presidents usually don't try it, because they're convinced of their own political talents. But Biden is trying it, and so far, it's working. Call it the "Speak Softly, and Pass a Big Agenda" strategy.

Biden Is the Anti-Trump, and It’s Working. If you can dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy.

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American politics feels quieter with Joe Biden in the White House. The president’s Twitter feed hasn’t gone dark, but it’s gone dull. Biden doesn’t pick needless fights or insert himself into cultural conflicts. It’s easy to go days without hearing anything the president has said, unless you go looking.

But the relative quiet is deceptive: Policy is moving at a breakneck pace. The first weeks of the Biden administration were consumed by a flurry of far-reaching executive orders that reopened America to refugees, rejoined the Paris climate accords and killed the Keystone XL oil pipeline, to name just a few. Now the House has passed, and the Senate is considering, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a truly sweeping piece of legislation that includes more than a half-dozen policies — like a child tax credit expansion that could cut child poverty by 50 percent — that would be presidency-defining accomplishments on their own.

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 10:16 AM

View PostAnBr, on 04 March 2021 - 09:30 PM, said:

Biden Is the Anti-Trump, and It’s Working. If you can dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy.

But, but, but ... Biden is senile and in severe mental decline! Whose agenda is this? Is George Soros pulling the strings with Harris's help?

Welcome to the world of functional adults.

Meanwhile Republicans continue to prove they've got nothin'. If the 10 Republicans who said they wanted to discuss the package presented something realistic they might have proven themselves. Instead they came bearing the same old low-ball "Look! We did something!" package they've been talking about for months. And if I had to bet I'd put my money on a big chunk of that cash going to businesses again.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 10:54 AM

View PostLFC, on 05 March 2021 - 10:16 AM, said:

But, but, but ... Biden is senile and in severe mental decline! Whose agenda is this? Is George Soros pulling the strings with Harris's help?

Welcome to the world of functional adults.

Meanwhile Republicans continue to prove they've got nothin'. If the 10 Republicans who said they wanted to discuss the package presented something realistic they might have proven themselves. Instead they came bearing the same old low-ball "Look! We did something!" package they've been talking about for months. And if I had to bet I'd put my money on a big chunk of that cash going to businesses again.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 01:54 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 05 March 2021 - 10:54 AM, said:

Republican rule number 1: No government money should go to anyone other than Republican donors or voters.

With at least a 70:30 donor:voter split.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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