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Sherrod Brown on Gorsuch Nomination

“The people of Ohio deserve Supreme Court Justices who will defend the rights of working families over Wall Street and corporate special interests – and Judge Gorsuch’s record doesn’t pass that test.” That’s Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), whose statement tonight gives us some other information about Judge Gorsuch: “Senator Brown thoroughly reviewed Judge Gorsuch’s record […]

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GOP Senators Decry Obstructionism – With Straight Faces

The Senate Republican leadership is holding a news conference right now whining about what went down in committees today and railing against — gasp! — obstructionism in the U.S. Senate. And I have to admit, it was an interesting bit of gamesmanship by the Democrats today. I should have guessed something was up when Democratic […]

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Cardin Calls Trump The “Demagogue President”

While debating the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) this afternoon questioned if Tillerson has the “moral compass” for the job and referred to Donald Trump as the “demagogue president.” “It remains to be seen whether Mr. Tillerson has the moral compass necessary to counsel the […]

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Senate’s “Two-Hour Rule” Explained

You’re all about to start hearing about something called the “two-hour rule” in the U.S. Senate, which I’m delighted to tell you Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) just used to stall a vote in the Judiciary Committee on Jeff Sessions’ Attorney General nomination. Back in the day, Senate committees were not allowed to meet while […]

Senate Confirms Chao for Transportation

The Senate just confirmed Elaine Chao as Donald Trump’s Transportation Secretary by a vote of 93-6. Voting no on Chao’s confirmation were Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

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Trump Makes Durbin Long for Bush’s “Wisdom”

I was writing about the Senate for a good part of the George W. Bush administration and I watched many times as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) kicked the hell out of Bush from the Senate floor. There was no love lost there. Which is what made it even more meaningful to me yesterday when Durbin […]

Schumer: Yates Firing “Monday Night Massacre”

A few minutes ago, during a late-night Senate session, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) discussed Donald Trump’s firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates, calling it the “Monday Night Massacre”. Yates was fired earlier today after refusing to enforce Trump’s ban on certain Muslim citizens entering the U.S. and expressing the opinion that the executive […]

Debate Ended on Tillerson Nomination

Rex Tillerson’s nomination for Secretary of State moved another step closer to confirmation when the Senate voted today to invoke cloture (end debate) and move to an up-or-down vote, probably on Wednesday. The vote was 56-43 and, with the 2013 filibuster rule change, 60 votes are no longer needed for cloture on cabinet nominees. No […]

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Mattis Out of Loop on Immigration Executive Order

I think newly-minted Defense Secretary James Mattis is starting to see already that he may have made a mistake signing on with Team Trump as the only truly qualified cabinet member. It looks like bringing Mattis into the loop on the rollout of his disastrous Muslim ban was an afterthought for Trump — and I […]

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McCain, Graham Reject Trump Muslim Ban

Donald Trump has been in office a little more than a week and there are already signs that the Republican wall is cracking. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement today slamming Trump for his anti-Muslim executive order on immigration. This came after an appearance on ‘Face The Nation’ in […]

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