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Posted 14 March 2019 - 04:33 PM

Traveler was just giddy at the idea that any Republicans voted contrary to what Trump wanted.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 01:32 PM

Siding with the President over the nation isn't necessarily a political advantage.

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The editorial board for the Denver Post rescinded its 2014 endorsement of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) Thursday after the senator sided with President Donald Trump on the national emergency declaration.

“Gardner has been too busy walking a political tightrope to be a leader,” the board writes. “He has become precisely what we said in our endorsement he would not be: ‘a political time-server interested only in professional security.’”

“These are extraordinary times,” it continues. “This is a bogus emergency that takes executive overreach to an extreme not seen even under President Barack Obama. Trump’s declaration is an abuse of his power, a direct overturning of Congress’ deliberate decision to pass a federal budget without funding for a wall. Put simply this is a constitutional crisis and one of Colorado’s two senators has failed the test.”

The editorial ends on a stinging note.

“Gardner was a never-Trumper in the primary who in recent months endorsed the president’s re-election campaign even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to unveil the worst of this administrations web of lies and deceit. Tuesday’s vote was the last straw,” the board concludes. “We no longer know what principles guide the senator and regret giving him our support in a close race against Mark Udall.”

Gardner narrowly beat former Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) in 2014. He is widely considered one of the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in 2020.

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:33 PM

Trump vetoes the Constitution.

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President Donald Trump signed a veto, his first, on the bill to curtail his national emergency declaration Friday, telling assembled reporters that the legislation is “dangerous,” “reckless” and “against reality.”

“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” he said, calling it a “Democrat-sponsored resolution.”

“I’m very proud to veto it,” he added.

He praised the Republicans who voted against the bill as “strong, wonderful people.”

" '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 March 2019 - 04:35 PM

How come every person I've ever heard about in politics with the name "Sununu" is an idiot? Here's NH Governor Chris Sununu whining about losing $200M for the Portsmouth shipyard but refusing to blame Trump who took it for his wall.

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New Hampshire’s Republican governor slammed Congress — after President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall took money allocated for the Granite State.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could potentially lose $200 million in money that Congress allocated, the Concord Monitor reported Thursday.

“The latest leader to weigh in is Gov. Chris Sununu, who criticized Congress – and not the president – for not doing their job when it comes to securing funding,” the newspaper noted.

In fact, Congress did appropriate money for the projects, it was just taken by Sununu’s fellow Republican.

“While we were happy to see that neither National Guard nor Military Reserve programs within New Hampshire would be affected, it was unfortunate to learn the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard may still see a reduction in their projects,” he said.

“At the end of the day, Congress should have done their job and secured the funding so that these projects should have never been in jeopardy,” Sununu argued.

" '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 26 March 2019 - 03:32 PM

Be prepared for a national emergency declaration from the next Democratic President, perhaps on gun deaths.

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The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, handing him a victory in his effort to spend billions more for constructing barriers along the Southwest border than Congress has approved.

Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, mostly along party lines, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.

The outcome, not a surprise, enabled Trump to move forward on an issue that was a hallmark of his 2016 presidential campaign and of his presidency. Yet the vote also gave Democrats a way to focus on policy differences with Trump, days after Attorney General William Barr gave the president a political boost by saying special counsel Robert Mueller had concluded that Trump had not colluded with Russia to influence his election.

Congress sent Trump a resolution this month annulling the national emergency that Trump had declared at the US-Mexico border. That included passage by the Republican-led Senate, in which 12 GOP senators — nearly 1 of every 4 — voted with Democrats to block him.

Trump vetoed that measure almost immediately.

Trump had declared the border emergency under a law that lets him shift budget funds to address dire situations. His plan is to shift an additional $3.6 billion from military construction projects to work on border barriers. Congress voted this year to limit spending on such barriers to less than $1.4 billion, and Democrats called his declaration a gambit for ignoring lawmakers’ constitutional control over spending.

“We take an oath that we must honor” to protect the Constitution,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “The choice is simple, between partisanship and patriotism. Between honoring our sacred oath or hypocritically, inconsistently breaking this oath.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, called Trump’s declaration “constitutional vandalism.”

Republicans said Trump was merely acting under a law that gives presidents emergency powers, and was trying to head off Democrats with little concern about border security.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said Trump was acting against the “radical left in this House that would dissolve our borders entirely if given the chance” — a stance that no Democrat has taken.

Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., called the veto override effort “a partisan whack job” because of its certain defeat.

In a symbolic move by Democrats, presiding over the debate and vote was freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, representing a district surrounding El Paso along the Mexican border.

Tuesday’s vote was the legislative finale of a showdown that’s been building for months.

Even with his veto remaining intact, Trump may not be able to spend the money for barriers quickly because of lawsuits that might take years to resolve.

Democrats were hoping to use the border emergency battle in upcoming campaigns, both to symbolize Trump’s harsh immigration stance and claim he was hurting congressional districts around the country.

" '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

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

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 04:06 PM

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Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said Trump was acting against the “radical left in this House that would dissolve our borders entirely if given the chance” — a stance that no Democrat has taken.

I would so love to have the House Democrats, one by one, call a point of privilege to Rep. McClintock, asking whether they, personally, are the ones he is claiming to hold that position. "Yes or no, Representative, are you saying that I, personally, have advocated or in any way stated that I would, quote, 'dissolve our borders entirely'?"

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 10:58 AM

It's comin' around again. Since the GOP has made shutdown threats a standard part of their political approach we can't hold out much hope that they'll actually negotiate a compromise. And even if they do what are the odds that their Dear Leader won't torpedo it because he doesn't think it looks like he "won"?

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The four congressional leaders are meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, acting OMB Director Ross Vought and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Tuesday morning at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office to talk budget.

The task on the table? Agree on spending caps and lift the debt limit, per Politico. If the two sides can’t play ball, punishing spending cuts known as a “sequester” kick in during early 2020.

As usual, Republicans want to beef up military spending while Democrats want parity between military and domestic funding.

If they can’t come to an agreement, they can kick the can down the road until December. And based on the utter lack of cooperation over smaller legislation this session, like the disaster relief bill, the odds don’t look great.

" '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

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





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