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    Alex Henderson September 29, 2020 11:40AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Under President Donald Trump's leadership, the United States has the highest COVID-19 death count in the world — and states with Republican governors, including Florida and Texas, had some of the worst coronavirus surges over the summer. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to defend the GOP response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a Monday, September 28 appearance on ABC's "The View" — and it didn't go well for the GOP senator. Grilling Cruz forcefully, liberal co-host Joy Behar noted that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis "recently lifted all restrictions on businesses, allowing bars and restaurants to operate at full capacity without a mask mandate. He...
    Between President Trump setting low expectations for Joe Biden’s debate performance and historical precedent of incumbent presidents not performing well in the first presidential debate, Democrats are optimistic that the first encounter between the major-party candidates will be Biden’s to lose. The challenge, though, is that Trump could ignite the Democratic presidential nominee’s short temper with criticisms of his family or on matters of personal pride. What the Biden campaign doesn’t want is a debate-stage version of when Biden told a Michigan autoworker that challenged him on guns that he is “full of s---,” or when he said that an Iowa voter who questioned his mental fitness and son Hunter Biden’s connections to a Ukrainian gas company was...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. At the end of the second hour, Carmichael weighed in on institutional constraints and the Democratic Party’s party disdain for constraints. He added that here in Nashville, ‘Mayor Cooper and his and his ilk are trying to thwart the will of the voters and thwart the institutional constraints that the that our Charter provides.’ (Amy Coney Barrett clip plays) Leahy: And that is Amy Coney Barrett Saturday after the president nominated...
    There’s tremendous demand for another phase of coronavirus relief. Assistance for schools. Money for testing. Extra help for those furloughed. Food for the needy. An expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program. Small business aid. President Trump is now endorsing another round of direct payments. Sure. There are some Republicans who are reluctant to do anything else. But the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all Congressional Democrats, and, the vast majority of Congressional Republicans, all believe there should be another coronavirus bill. House Democrats are poised to consider a revamped, tailored measure later this week. Pelosi’s been talking with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. But it’s unclear if it’s possible to get...
    Democrats and their media allies are warning that putting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court would doom the Affordable Care Act. They predict that tens of millions would be thrown off Medicaid and the sick would lose their “pre-existing-conditions” protections. This is fear mongering. Here’s a rundown of the false claims, with the facts that disprove them. Whopper No. 1: Joe Biden warns that Barrett’s nomination is “an opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act.” There’s little chance of that. Barrett is a true conservative who believes judges are called to apply the law, not legislate from the bench. “The harm inflicted by the Supreme Court’s erroneous interference in the democratic process,” she wrote in 2017, “is harder to...
    Monday, Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano weighed in on how the Democrats will treat President Donald Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett after their handling of then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh in his confirmation hearings. Napolitano said on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company” that “nastiness simply won’t work with Judge Barrett,” adding he would be “shocked” if Democrats “are foolish enough to go there again.” Instead, Napolitano said he thinks Democrats will treat Barrett with “a lot of deference and respect.” “I don’t think the Democrats have decided how they’re going to conduct themselves during this hearing because the nastiness simply won’t work with Judge Barrett,” Napolitano emphasized. “Unless there’s some Kavanaugh-like late disclosure of something, which is...
    The putrid heap of orange-tinted lard in the White House will do everything in his power to stay there after Jan. 20, 2021. That includes installing a Supreme Court justice with experience in stealing presidential elections. While the Senate Democrats are still grappling with that particular issue, House Democrats are working on how they're respond to various scenarios, including the scariest: a for-real, legitimate tied electoral vote should that happen. This is about being prepared for the worst, so don't panic or anything because Trump's polling is still very, very bad for him. But with minority rule being the norm in American governance, it's not impossible that we end up with a tied electoral college. That's what led House Speaker Nancy...
    Democratic House lawmakers on Monday unveiled a $2.2 trillion package of coronavirus relief funds intended to "avert catastrophe for schools, small businesses, restaurants, performance spaces, airline workers and others." "It has been more than four months since House Democrats sent the GOP Senate $3.4 trillion in desperately needed coronavirus relief grounded in science and data, and Leader McConnell hit the pause button," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "In our negotiations with the White House since then, Democrats offered to come down a trillion dollars if Republicans would come up a trillion dollars.  Then, we offered to come down $200 billion more, even as the health and economic crisis has worsened and the needs have only grown." This...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's path to reelection runs right through Ohio, but with polling showing a tight race ahead of November, some Ohio Democrats think the state is ripe to flip and are urging Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign to invest more resources there.A memo obtained by CNN makes the case that Ohio -- which falls behind other top battleground targets for Democrats, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- is "winnable if someone decides to go for it." Written by Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, it advises the campaign to deploy additional financial resources in the state in the final stretch."Ohio is within the margin of error despite minimal relative investment by the Biden campaign versus the Trump campaign...
    A CNN anchor threatened to end an on-air interview and defended New York Times journalists when a White House spokesman said a recent report on President Trump’s taxes was "coordinated" with Democrats. “We know that he donates his salary to the government even when he doesn’t have to,” White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “That’s a million and a half dollars in taxes he didn’t even have to pay, but this is a story that is another version of it from four years ago on the eve of the debate. Coordinated with the Democrats as a political hit.” Listen to CNN's Poppy Harlow lose it when WH Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern dares to...
    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will begin meeting with senators on Tuesday, beginning with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, announced he’ll receive a visit from Barrett at 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol. Graham plans to start Barrett’s confirmation hearing Oct. 12 and will hold a panel vote on Oct. 22 to advance her nomination to the Senate floor. President Trump announced Barrett’s nomination on Saturday to a cascade of praise from Republicans but near-universal opposition from Democrats. Republicans appear to have enough votes to confirm Barrett in the GOP-led Senate. Supreme Court nominees traditionally make the rounds to offices of both Republican and Democratic senators in the days before a confirmation hearing...
    Igor Derysh September 28, 2020 4:14PM (UTC) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned Democrats that the House of Representatives may have to decide the election winner if neither candidate wins an outright majority in the Electoral College. The chances that neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win at least 270 electoral votes are slim, according to election forecaster FiveThirtyEight, but Pelosi sent a letter to Democratic colleagues on Sunday preparing lawmakers for the possibility that the election may be deadlocked. : If neither candidate wins 270 electoral votes, each state's House delegation would get one vote apiece, meaning that Democrats would not hold an advantage despite holding a 34-seat majority. Republicans currently control 26 delegations...
    There is substantial evidence that Democrats are significantly more likely to vote by mail than Republicans.
    Steven reviews the latest Biden slip-ups and turns to expose the many problems with the Democrats' mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in 2020. He also reviews Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, and fact checks John Oliver's recent segment on the SCOTUS nomination. Steven reviews the latest Biden slip-ups and turns to expose the many problems with the Democrats’ mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in 2020. He also revi... Use promo code LWC to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV. Want more from Steven Crowder?To enjoy more of Steven's uncensored late-night comedy that's actually funny, join Mug Club — the only place for all of Crowder uncensored and on demand.
    (CNN)President Donald Trump's repeated claims that the presidential election will be rigged and his refusal to commit to a peaceful transition have ratcheted up Democratic fears Trump will mobilize the federal government to help him win in November, sparking furious preparations for a post-election counterattack.Democrats are bracing for a wide range of seemingly improbable scenarios, covering everything from Trump trying to deploy federal law enforcement officials to the polls, to Republican state legislatures overruling a state's popular vote, to Trump declaring victory on election night when millions of mail-in ballots still have to be counted.Democratic sources tell CNN the party's legal apparatus is preparing to respond to any potential scenario that arises, whether it's fighting disputed state counts in court,...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has officially informed her Democratic Party caucus that the House of Representatives could decide the presidential election — and has urged them to focus on winning races that could decide the outcome. The House could decide the election if no candidate achieves a majority in the Electoral College. As Breitbart News explained three weeks ago, in “How Pelosi’s House of Representatives Could Re-elect Trump“: It seems almost certain that neither party will accept a close result in the presidential election on November 3. And given the likely delays due to vote-by-mail, recounts, and legal challenges, it is possible neither President Donald Trump nor former Vice President Joe Biden will have an Electoral College...
    The second-ranking Democrat in the Senate has admitted that they are powerless to stop the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, unless Republicans change their mind and side with them. Dick Durbin, who has been on the Senate Judiciary Committee since 1997, told ABC News on Sunday morning that Barrett's confirmation was all-but guaranteed. 'We can slow it down perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at the most,' he told George Stephanopoulos on This Week.  'But we can't stop the outcome.'  Dick Durbin appeared on ABC's This Week on Sunday morning to discuss the Supreme Court Durbin admitted the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett, pictured Saturday, was hard to stop Barrett, 48, was nominated by...
    Donald Trump called a press briefing Sunday to staunchly defend his Supreme Court Justice pick Amy Coney Barrett after Democrats launched a series of attacks on her alleged inability to be an impartial judge due to her Catholic faith. 'We have noticed some comments made in the media about my incredibly qualified nominee Amy. The New York Times said her religion is not consistent with American values – she's Catholic. That covers a lot of people. That's a very disgraceful thing to say,' Trump told reporters gathered at the White House Sunday evening just a day after he announced his selection.  'I thought, though, on the religious situation with Amy – I thought we settled this 60 years ago with...
    Bradley Cortright September 27, 2020 0 Comments As Congressional Republicans move ahead with their push to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court, some Democrats say they should expand the number of justices on the court if they take back the Senate. But, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) says that push is just not one he can get behind. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, he was asked if he would support expanding the court. Manchin began by noting that the Founding Fathers’ vision that the Senate would be the “cooling sauce” and the “most deliberate body” that would let “things calm down” to make “sensible, reasonable decisions.” “Now, with that, I’m not going to...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden declined to answer Sunday morning whether he agreed with Democrats’ threats to pack the Supreme Court if they win the election. Democrats are threatening to pass legislation adding seats to the Supreme Court justices, then filling those seats with liberals. Though Democrats are speaking more openly now about their plans, threatening to move ahead if Republicans confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many liberals have been pushing the idea ever since the Senate confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. The idea is to turn the nominal 5-4 conservative majority on the Court into a 6-5 liberal majority (or 7-6, if necessary). As Henry Olsen pointed out recently in...
    California Republican Darrell Issa. Donald Trump is continuing to harm his party downballot, which is why Daily Kos Elections is moving three more contests in the direction of the Democrats. You can find all of our Senate, gubernatorial, and House ratings at each link. • CA-50 (Safe R to Likely R): Republican Darrell Issa looked like a sure bet to return to the House after he narrowly prevailed in the March top-two primary for California's 50th Congressional District, but two polls taken over the summer have shown him locked in a surprisingly tight race with Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar. A late July Campa-Najjar internal from Strategies 360 had Issa ahead 47-43, while an early September SurveyUSA poll showed the Republican up just 46-45. And while Campa-Najjar's team did not disclose the presidential...
    Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Sunday that he and the other Senate Republicans couldn’t stop Democrats from allowing protesters to disrupt Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Kennedy joined Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who was filling in for regular host Chris Wallace, on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and the likely fight  in the Senate for her confirmation. (RELATED: ‘They Will Beat The Crap Out Of America’: John Kennedy Says Pelosi, Other Elites ‘Can Strut Sitting Down’) WATCH: Hume began by addressing accusations of hypocrisy from both sides, asking whether there was a “serious case on both sides of this issue of ‘shoe on the other foot disease’?” Kennedy agreed, saying,...
    On this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) urged his Democrat colleagues to allow for a “respectful process” for the confirmation of Supreme Court associate justice appointee Amy Coney Barrett. Kennedy argued the process should proceed, given election “have consequences.” “[To] Debbie [Stabenow] and my colleagues in the Senate,” he said. “I hope they let us have a respectful process. We don’t need another freak show. I mean, I hope they won’t get into the foothills of KiKi and bring back Michael Avenatti and all that other stuff. Let us focus on the nominee. Now to answer your question, I’m rather fond of the Constitution. I have read it. Its provisions about filling a Supreme Court...
    Civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell said that he “escaped” the Democratic Party “asylum” during a discussion Saturday about Catholic Democrats opposing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I had to get away from the asylum and guess what? I escaped and I am not going back,” he said. “It’s just that [the Democrats] hate: when they don’t have an argument they’ll just make up an argument,” Terrell told Fox News’ “Justice with Jeanine.” (RELATED: Leo Terrell: ‘Embarrassed To Be A Democrat After DNC Plays ‘Race Card’ On Mount Rushmore) Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen.Kamala Harris has suggested that Catholics may be unfit to serve in public office and Democratic lawmakers have attacked Barrett’s faith. Several media...
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week” that Democrats were willing to end the filibuster if they take the Senate majority in November’s election. Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked, “If Democrats are successful in November, and you increase your numbers in the Senate, your colleague Ed Markey has suggested if Republicans confirm Judge Barrett, end the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court, is that on the table?” Durbin said, “Well, can tell you the future about the Senate rules is on the table and I’m part of it. The reason is this, we have seen under Mitch McConnell the destruction, denigration of the United States Senate. George, last year in the Senate, 2019, we had 22...
    Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump taps Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, setting up confirmation sprint Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink MORE (D-W.V.) said Sunday he would not support adding justices to the Supreme Court or doing away with the filibuster if Democrats win a Senate majority and the White House. Manchin, who represents a state easily won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE in 2016, argued that the Senate must continue to work in a bipartisan...
    President Donald Trump has said that he expects the Senate to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the election on November 3, urging Democrats to be 'respectful and dignified' in the process. 'I think it's going to go quick - I hope,' Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday, shortly after officially announcing Barrett's nomination to fill the high court seat vacated upon the death of liberal Justice Ruth Ginsburg.  'It's going to go fast. We're looking to do it before the election. So it's going to go very fast,' Trump said.  Asked if he expects partisan fireworks during Barrett's confirmation, Trump said it would be 'very, very hard' for Democrats to...
    Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has already faced numerous attacks from Democratic lawmakers and media. Democrats have previously suggested that Barrett’s Catholicism made her unfit to serve as a judge — and media has attempted to spin comments Barrett made on filling Supreme Court vacancies. Barrett’s Catholic faith has also been called “extreme,” and media has attempted to link a Catholic group associated with Barrett to the fictional dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett may face an ominous confirmation process, but she has already faced numerous attacks from Democratic lawmakers and media. The president considered nominating Barrett to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018 but ultimately chose Supreme Court...
    (CNN)Democrats on Saturday night launched their case against federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, saying support for her confirmation was equivalent to a vote to end the Affordable Care Act.In a rush of statements following Barrett's Rose Garden introduction, top Democrats put the fate of the law -- and its popular protections for patients with pre-existing conditions -- front and center. They also made frequent reference to the coronavirus pandemic, and the chaos that could arise from stripping health insurance options from millions of Americans in its midst.From the Democratic presidential ticket on down, criticism of Barrett repeatedly circled back to what has been a political winner for the party: health care -- and the...
    President Trump's announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court adds to furious debate, with the Republican Party vowing to seat a new justice quickly as Dems call them hypocrites. Congressional Democrats urged the GOP to wait until after the general election, now just 38 days away, to allow the American public to decide who should nominate the next Supreme Court justice – a sentiment that Ginsburg reportedly expressed. CONSERVATIVE AD USES RBG'S WORDS TO ARGUE FOR REPLACING HER QUICKLYDemocrats have hinted at their strategy to fight back against what will be Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the...
    It's a given that only jurists of high achievement are chosen for a seat on the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett, the federal appellate judge President Donald Trump has picked to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is no exception, with a law career marked by superlatives. In college she was a Phi Beta Kappan, graduated with honors, was the school's top English major and wrote a senior thesis that was selected best in class. At Notre Dame Law School, which she attended on a full academic scholarship, Barrett graduated magna cum laude and won awards for her superior exam scores. She clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who reportedly considered Barrett his all-time favorite, and when...
    DONALD Trump has officially nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Brader Ginsburg on Supreme Court before the election. The president named his nominee at a White House press briefing on Saturday afternoon. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 4Trump has officially nominated Amy Coney BarrettCredit: Reuters An ideological heir to the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett will fill the seat vacated after the September 18 death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in what would be the sharpest ideological swing since Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall nearly three decades ago. She will be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president,...
    FORMER NFL star Herschel Walker has denounced Democrats for giving token statements condemning violence and rioting in cities across America. THe former Heisman winner, who is a longtime pal of Donald Trump, said the Dems "don't mean it" and need to "start doing their job" to help the country.  9Herschel Walker accuses Democrats of denouncing violence 'yet you don't really mean it'Credit: AP:Associated Press 9The former footballing legend was speaking as Black Lives Matter violence continued Credit: MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND 9BLM supporters took to the streets of Louisville for the third night running Credit: MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND Walker told Fox News' that the Democrats often "denounce" violence but "really don't mean it". The sporting legend was responding to the third night of...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter. A few days ago I suggested that Republicans were already so energized by Supreme Court choices that a new vacancy could hardly energize them even more. Democrats, on the other hand, had never given the court as much attention, which meant the new vacancy could potentially energize them a lot. A new Washington Post poll confirms this: There are a couple of caveats here. First, don’t take this to mean that Republicans aren’t energized. They are. They just aren’t a lot more energized than they’ve always been. Second, the same poll asks which issues are most important. The Supreme Court landed...
    Bill Maher has called Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett a 'f***ing nut' and 'speaking in tongues' Catholic and has slammed the Democrats for bringing 'arrows to a gun fight' over the nomination battle for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat.  The comedian and political commentator took aim at Barrett during the opening monologue of his HBO show 'Real Time With Bill Maher' Friday night, where he claimed she 'doesn't believe in condoms' which he said 'we learned from Stormy Daniels' that Trump agrees with her on.   Maher also hit out at the president who this week refused to commit to leaving the White House peacefully if he loses the election, blasting that 'nothing says democracy like a president who's a squatter.'...
    President Donald Trump is preparing to unleash vicious lines of attack in the first debate with Joe Biden, according to a new report, leaving some Democrats fearful that their nominee will be unprepared to counter. The first of three presidential debates is scheduled to take place at 9pm ET in Cleveland, and promises to be a wild night of spirited arguments, and likely personal attacks. While Biden has been in seclusion diligently preparing for the debate, Trump has largely eschewed traditional prep, instead pulling advisors aside on the fly to test out different lines of attack, according to a detailed report on Friday from the Washington Post.  Because Biden has largely avoided hostile settings in recent months, and reportedly plans...
    For many progressive opinion-makers, the only way to save the Supreme Court is to destroy it. They believe the best response to the Republican-held Senate confirming a Trump nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court is to pack the court if Democrats win in November. Holding out the court-packing threat, they argue, also might give Republicans second thoughts about filling the vacancy. As a medium-term strategy, court-packing is a woefully misconceived fantasy, and as a tactic in the fight over filling RBG’s seat, it is already an abject failure. It is a lesson in what happens when you let your outrage do your thinking for you. For the Democrats, court-packing would be a murder-suicide. It would...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his campaign are spreading disinformation about an incident in Pennsylvania where nine ballots were improperly discarded, and are falsely claiming it proves widespread "voter fraud" and that Democrats are "trying to steal the election."According to federal and local authorities, an election worker improperly threw out nine military ballots in Luzerne County, and seven of the ballots were marked for Trump. Election experts said the incident raised legitimate questions about election procedures, but also condemned the Justice Department for politicizing the situation by highlighting that the votes were for Trump.Team Trump has gone much farther than the established facts, and have capitalized on the chaos to make incendiary and baseless allegations against Trump's political opponents. "They...
    Democratic Party members in Florida are grumbling over restrictions on door-to-door canvassing that have been instituted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that Republican efforts are closing the gap in the key swing state. Disgruntled Democrats told Politico that they're losing the battle because of the Biden campaign's insistence on restricting personal interactions. "It's late in the game now," said state Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democrat from Miami. "There's been no pushback from us, meaning that for every 100 doors that Republicans have proverbially knocked on, it's not like they pissed people off to the point where they've run to the Democratic Party because they're pissed at the GOP," he explained. "It's...
    The Steve Deace Show released the latest installment of Democrats Say. This week, Deace compiled a collection of video clips featuring reaction from leftists receiving news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. Also included, members of the mainstream media had questions for Democrats about the Supreme Court's future. And so much more. Brace yourself and watch the video. Catch full episodes here. This week in "---- Democrats Say." Use promo code Deace to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV. Want more from Steve Deace?To enjoy more of Steve's take on national politics, Christian worldview and principled conservatism with a snarky twist, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who...
    President Donald Trump made his pitch to black Americans at a campaign event in Georgia, saying Democrats have betrayed them and they should give Republicans a shot. Trump argued Democratic leaders and the liberal establishment have talked about helping the black community without actually making their lives better. Trump made the comments at a Black Voices for Trump event, which he also used to announce a $500 billion plan for assisting black Americans. (RELATED: Trump Met With Loud Boos At Supreme Court While Paying Respects To Ruth Bader Ginsburg) TRUMP: “The big progressive corporations donating to BLM should instead be spending their money helping black families rebuild from these horrible leftwing riots.” — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 25, 2020 ...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHundreds of lawyers from nation's oldest African American sorority join effort to fight voter suppression Biden picks up endorsement from progressive climate group 350 Action 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters Friday that late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgTrump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE “absolutely” cleared the path for her legal career.  Ginsburg...
    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Democratic political operative Rahm Emanuel famously said. The former Chicago mayor’s point was that a crisis gives political players the opportunity to bend, and maybe even break, the normal rules. Today, the country is facing a Covid-19 crisis, as well as a crisis of rioting in the streets and a spiking crime rate, and now even a vacancy on the Supreme Court. But as far as Democrats are concerned, the real crisis is Donald Trump, and these other crises provide an opportunity to defeat him. With less than 40 days until Election Day—and with early voting starting even sooner—Democrats and their media allies (or the “Democrat-Media Complex,” as Andrew Breitbart liked to call them) are not wasting...
    Some Democrats in critical battlegrounds worry that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not campaigning vigorously enough in their states. While Biden has taken a low-key approach to campaign across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Democratic figures in Texas and North Carolina remarked that his method may not be enough to get him 270 electoral votes. Gilberto Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party, called Biden’s limited campaigning due to the pandemic a “pretty lame excuse,” the Associated Press reported, arguing that campaigning in Hispanic-heavy states like Texas and Arizona could increase his chances of victory in November. (RELATED: Poll Shows Tight Races In Texas, Iowa, Georgia) “I thought he had his own plane. He doesn’t have to...
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    The top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee say they have successfully “reset” the conversation about climate change on Capitol Hill, promoting private sector innovation as an alternative to Democratic ideas favoring regulation, taxes, or mandates. But Greg Walden of Oregon, the panel’s ranking Republican, and John Shimkus of Illinois, the No. 2 GOP member, won’t be around in Congress to realize whether voters perceive their party as finally taking the issue seriously after neglecting it for years. “We have made real progress,” said Walden, 63, who is retiring along with Shimkus, 62, in January. “We have made clear that Republicans have innovation at the head of our agenda. We frankly have shook up the Democrats and gotten...
    President Trump has never been known to back away from a political fight, and choosing to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg immediately was in character. Now he probably ends his term with the most consequential fight yet. The result could be an enduring 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court or an embarrassing political defeat just as voters head to the polls to decide if he merits a second term. It could also trigger a successful Democratic court-packing effort, ushering in a new era of liberal dominance as early as next year. That last possibility is a sign both of the escalating "legitimacy war" between the two major parties and of the stakes of the final battle...
    Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse predicted that Democrats will try and “throw crap at the wall” and “see what sticks” in order to discredit any forthcoming Supreme Court nominee. President Donald Trump is set to unveil his nominee Saturday to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, and Republican senators led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appear to have enough votes, and time, to confirm that nominee before the election. However, despite the fact that Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has acknowledged the lack of a “triple secret procedural trick device” to stop a confirmation, Democrats are unlikely to go down without a fight. Should Trump nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Sasse predicted that...
    In case you didn’t notice, our country is completely falling apart. There are so many problems that they are hard to list out at this point, but the biggest, by far, is the increasing animosity between Americans of different political persuasions. People think those on the other side are evil and need to be destroyed. There have always been views like that on the fringes, but the fringes have made huge advances and are now dominating our discourse. And it’s not just discourse. We are seeing actual political violence on a scale not seen since the late 1960s. Most Americans my age have never imagined our country in a state of civil war, but can you honestly say that idea...
    The mainstream media is "fueling the flames" of potential post-Election Day rioting by left-wing activists while ignoring underhanded and ethically questionable tactics by Democrats in order to entrap President Trump in a situation where he is seen as a "dictator," syndicated radio host Mark Levin argued Thursday. "Who is it that's changing election laws in the battleground states? Democrats," the "Life, Liberty & Levin" host said, accusing governors of doing so by "executive fiat" and by "cherry-picking" judges and politically friendly court jurisdictions to get favorable rulings. Addressing the uproar over President Trump declining to commit to a "peaceful transition of power" when asked by Playboy reporter Brian Karem at a White House briefing Wednesday, Levin accused the journalist of "implicitly" foreshadowing post-Election Day...
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is reintroducing a privileged resolution that would have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) essentially remove “any item that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy, from any area within the House wing of the Capitol or any House,” which, in effect, includes the Democrat Party itself. “While Democrats continue to denounce our country ad nauseam over ‘systemic racism,’ they somehow always fail to take responsibility for their own party’s abhorrent historical views and policies which promulgated racism in our nation for decades,” Gohmert said in a statement, emphasizing that Democrat Party policies have “caused a great deal of destruction to the...
    Democrats have been loudly clamoring for an end to the Electoral College for the last two decades. Their demands began in earnest when Republican George W. Bush defeated Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 election. That was the first time since 1888 that the winner of the Electoral College lost the popular vote. Since then, the cries to abolish the Electoral College have grown only more shrill — especially following President Donald Trump's win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton, despite losing the popular vote. For example, just this week, CNN's Don Lemon was caught saying we need to "blow up the entire system" should the Senate confirm Trump's forthcoming nomination to the...
    A congressional special election has been called in Minnesota, increasing House Republicans' chances of dominating state delegations in the event of a tied Electoral College after Nov. 3. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon has scheduled a special election on Feb. 9 for the 2nd Congressional District after the death this week of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. Simon's announcement Thursday follows state law, which stipulates that a special election be called if a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day. The November contest is less than six weeks away. The suburban-to-rural swing district, which covers south of the Twin Cities, is represented by first-term Democratic Rep. Angie Craig. She's ahead of her well-funded Republican...
    The White House confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump will accept the results of a free and fair election, but questioned why Democrats were raising doubts about the outcome. “The president will accept the results of a free and fair election,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at the press briefing. “But I think that your question is more fitting to be asked of Democrats who have already been on the record saying that they won’t accept the results of an election.” McEnany pointed out a quote from Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) arguing in August that Trump was “not going to win fairly” and comments from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) who said the only way Trump could win the...
    Cowboy boot-wearing Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock could end the 2020 election cycle with two unsuccessful campaigns for different offices under his belt. Bullock, 54, is challenging Republican incumbent Steve Daines, 58, to represent Montana in the Senate after suspending his six-month Democratic presidential nomination bid. The popular term-limited governor's senatorial efforts started strong, reflecting his leadership of Montana's coronavirus pandemic response. But polling has tightened between the pair, sometimes with a single percentage point separating them, as Daines wins over previously undecided voters in conservative-leaning Montana and the candidates and outside groups inject more than $50 million into the state. Despite Montana's tradition of localizing politics and standing against big government and corporations, President Trump has become an outsized...
    'Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.' Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck...
    The Republican report aimed at raising questions about the dealings of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine appears to have accidentally implicated former Energy Secretary Rick Perry in an energy scheme in the foreign nation, according to the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. Republicans led by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., released their much-hyped report on Hunter Biden’s role at the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma on Wednesday. However, it found no evidence of actual wrongdoing and relied largely on debunked claims, old statements and narratives pushed as part of a Russian disinformation campaign. But the report did find new evidence related to Perry’s actions in Ukraine while he served in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Amos Hochstein, a member of the supervisory board at the...
    Kansas Democrat Barbara Bollier (at left) Donald Trump is about to ransack the Supreme Court because—he's admitted—he wants a pliant bench that will comfortably rule in his favor on any disputes that follow November's election. And if he gets his way, it'll be because the lapdog Republican Senate has abandoned all pretense of being an independent body of government, content instead to serve Trump's every authoritarian whim. The stakes this year were already as high as they come. Now they're even higher. That's why Daily Kos is redoubling our efforts to retake the Senate and adding an excellent new candidate to our slate of endorsements: state Sen. Barbara Bollier, who's running for an open seat in Kansas—yes, Kansas—that...
    (CNN)In the wake of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's threat that "everything is on the table" if Democrats retake the majority this fall, there's been considerable focus on both what they might consider and whether they will have the votes to do it.Among the many proposals -- add seats to the Supreme Court, grant statehood to DC and Puerto Rico -- floated as ways to pay back Republicans for their decision to push a Supreme Court confirmation fight this close to the election, the one that seems the most achievable is the elimination of the filibuster.The filibuster -- essentially the ability of one senator to block a floor vote at any time, a la "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" --...
    We have a president who “seems to have an anti-democratic — small d — streak in him,” former Sen. Al Franken said Wednesday, in various ways, during a Zoom interview with the University of Minnesota Center for the Study of Politics and Government and its leader, political scientist Larry Jacobs. Donald Trump is “laying a lot of groundwork” for contesting the outcome of this election, Franken said, which makes the former U.S. senator from Minnesota “particularly nervous.” Under Jacobs’ questioning, Franken agreed that Trump would be in “much better shape” if he had handled the COVID pandemic competently. And, said Franken: “A malignant narcissist of even medium intelligence would have understood that handling [the pandemic] well would have led to his...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to comment Wednesday on whether he approves of trying to add seats to the U.S. Supreme Court. “What I’m not going to do, and I hope you’ll understand, is play the president’s game,” Biden told Charlotte, North Carolina, NBC affiliate WRAL. “He wants to change the subject: instead of about violating constitutional principles by moving forward in the middle of an election — elections have already started — he wants us talking about whether or not we’re going to expand the court, or going to have the court packed,” said Biden. “I’m not going to get into that.” (RELATED: Democrats Threaten To Pack The Court If Republicans Nominate A Replacement For Ginsburg This...
    Texas state House candidate Brandy Chambers The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● State Legislatures: With the nation's primary elections finally concluding last week, we're pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the Daily Kos Elections State Legislative Open Seat Tracker is now complete. Overall, Democrats are contesting more seats at the legislative level than Republicans, and fewer of the party's incumbents have opted to retire, suggesting continued optimism about Team Blue's chances across the country. This year, 5,876 seats are on the ballot across 86...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden continued to dodge questions about “packing” the Supreme Court again Wednesday, insisting that the question is a distraction — even though liberals are clamoring to expand the court to add left-wing justices. Democrats and liberal activist groups have been talking openly since 2019 about expanding the Court as the only feasible way to reverse its nominal 5-4 conservative majority in the near term. Pete Buttigieg, a former presidential candidate and a member of Biden’s prospective transition team, has proposed similar ideas; other Democrats have backed proposals to pack the Court if President Donald Trump dares to nominate a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Biden opposed the idea in 2019, but...
    If he loses the election in November, Donald Trump will not promise to hand over power peacefully to Joe Biden, instead saying election officials should “get rid” of any illegal ballots. “We need to see what’s going on. You know I’ve been complaining so hard about the ballot. The ballot is a disaster,” Mr Trump told a news conference on Wednesday. States have evolved. The reporter who asked the initial question pressed Mr. Trump.read more“Do you promise to ensure a peaceful transfer of power?” The reporter asked. “We want to get rid of the ballot, you have to be very quiet – there will be no exchange, frankly, there will be a continuum,” Mr Trump replied. “It simply came to...
    Donald Trump has been a busy bee when it comes to appointing federal judges. Nevertheless, the federal judiciary is split about evenly between the parties, with 51 percent of active judges appointed by Democrats and 49 percent appointed by Republicans: There’s a bigger difference at the top of the judiciary. Among circuit court judges, which in practice are the final arbiters of most case law, Republicans have appointed 55 percent of all active judges and Democrats only 45 percent. However, the DC circuit—often considered a “farm team” for the Supreme Court because it deals largely with key cases involving federal agencies—is safely in Democratic hands despite strenuous efforts of Republicans to keep this from happening. At the highest level,...
    Alex Thomas September 23, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump believes the 2020 election “will end up before the Supreme Court” and that he feels it’s best to have nine justices sitting on the Court before the election. During a roundtable on Wednesday, Trump was asked repeatedly about the Supreme Court, which has eight justices after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump told reporters, “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.” He added, “I think the system’s going to go very quickly.” The president said that he will be announcing his nomination for the seat on Saturday afternoon. He told reporters, “We...
    (CNN)Nearly six in 10 Americans say that the president elected in November should be the one to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. That finding comes as a plurality of the public says that President Donald Trump's choices for the court have changed it for the worse (38% say so) and most disapprove (at 54%) of the Senate's rules changes that have allowed Supreme Court nominees to move forward to a vote with the support from a simple majority rather than the traditional 60 votes. All told, 59% say the winner of the upcoming presidential election should choose the person to fill Ginsburg's seat,...
    (CNN)Congress is readying to leave Washington this week until after the election without passing a coronavirus economic stimulus bill that members of both parties, businesses and hard-hit Americans all agree is desperately needed.South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the second-ranking GOP leader, and Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the Republican who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday they are trying to complete action on a House-passed government funding bill this week.That should allow lawmakers to leave town for much of the month of October and members up for reelection to hit the campaign trail, though they are expected to return to cast their votes to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.The funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, is being shopped...
    If Democrats implement the radical strategy of packing the Supreme Court, it “will undermine the credibility of the court,” Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano warned on Wednesday. He went on to slam Democrats for the potential move telling “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday that he is “appalled at any effort to turn the Supreme Court into a super-legislature.” Just hours after learning of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed that a Trump nominee to the Supreme Court “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” The president has also urged Senate Republicans to move forward in confirming his eventual nominee “without delay” and told Fox News during an exclusive interview Monday...
    CANDACE Owens called for black people to leave the Democratic Party and back President Donald Trump in his re-election. The commentator alleged to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday that “Democrats have no issues lying while minority communities suffer.” 5Candace Owens has repeatedly encouraged black people to leave the Democratic PartyCredit: Fox News 5Owens is seen here with President Donald Trump at the White House in fall 2019Credit: Getty Images - Getty Owens’ remarks came in response to Democratic California Representative John Garamendi reportedly claiming that there wasn’t a surge in crime in Democrat-run cities in the US. “It is unfathomable that he can stand in the face and pretend that minority communities are not suffering from a 200...
    A Black Liberation Army member convicted of killing two New York City police officers will be released from jail next month. “We are furious with the cowards and lunatics who claim to lead this state. Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo and the state legislature have spent years torturing crime victims, especially the hero families of fallen police officers,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said. "They knew that changing the parole guidelines would unleash more vicious killers like Anthony Bottom back onto our streets. They have chosen to stand with the murderers, coldblooded assassins, and radicals bent on overthrowing our society." “We have now seen 16 cop-killers released in less than three years. We will continue to see more unless New...
    Republicans are in such a desperate, fearful race to confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that they literally can’t wait for her to be buried before they get things rolling. Ginsburg’s casket arrived at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning, where she will lie in repose. Meanwhile, Republicans were working out a timeline to get a right-wing extremist confirmed in the next 40 days or so. This Friday, Ginsburg will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. On Saturday, Donald Trump plans to announce his pick for her seat, likely Amy Coney Barrett. Election Day is Nov. 3. The Senate vote could be Oct. 29, the Thursday before.  The last nominee to be confirmed as quickly as Republicans are planning was Justice Sandra...
    During an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reacted to threats from Democrats to drastically change parts of the American system of government, including packing the courts and eliminating the Electoral College. According to the Ohio Republican lawmaker, those efforts could be traced to the inability of Democrats to win elections, especially as a fight over a vacancy on the Supreme Court is unfolding on Capitol Hill. “It’s great to know that we got the votes in the Senate,” Jordan said. “I think Amy Coney Barrett would be a tremendous selection and a tremendous asset to the Supreme Court. One who is going to follow the Constitution, one who’s going to respect the First...
    DON Lemon appeared to walk back comments he made about "blowing up the entire system," insisting that his critics took his words out of context. During his nightly handoff to colleague Chris Cuomo on Monday, the CNN anchor proposed a solution for voters who are disenfranchised by both Democrats and Republicans. 5Don Lemon appeared to backtrack comments he made on Monday night about 'blowing up the system'Credit: CNN 5The CNN anchor on Tuesday slammed his critics, who he claimed took his comments out of contextCredit: CNN "We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon said. "I don't know about that," responded Cuomo, who argued that Americans simply have to get out and vote. Lemon continued: "You...
    (CBSNewYork) — In recent weeks, hope of relief for the unemployed and struggling workers had grown increasingly faint. The first stimulus package is now a distant memory. President Trump’s Lost Wages Assistance program is running out of money. And the economy continues to struggle through its worst crisis in generations. But last week brought renewed sense that a divided Congress could put together some sort of plan. That optimism came in the form of the “March to Common Ground” COVID Stimulus framework, issued by 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans calling themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus. The package seeks to tackle key areas of need, ranging from unemployment assistance to direct assistance for individuals and families. (Translation: additional jobless payments and...
    In the power grab to fill the Supreme Court seat announced the same evening as the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mitch McConnell didn’t do anything new. The GOP has a long history of playing hardball power politics. In the late 19th century, Republicans added four states (Nevada, Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota) purely to gain eight new Republican senators, a trick Democrats could duplicate today by bringing statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico (and maybe even Guam). And in 1877, Republicans installed their presidential candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes, into the White House after he had lost both the popular vote and the Electoral College vote to Democrat Samuel Tilden, a case Trump may have been referring to in a press conference on September 16, saying, “at a...
    CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN's Lemon: 'We're going to have to blow up the entire system' if Democrats win back White House, Senate Scaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers Cohen: Trump is serious when he mentions staying for more than two terms MORE attempted to clarify his remarks about "blowing up the entire system" as it pertains to the Electoral College, with the host saying Tuesday night he was taken out of context. "I woke up and I saw all of these headlines, 'Don Lemon is calling for the abolishing of the Electoral College!' But I was responding to you when you said we need people with integrity!" Lemon exclaimed during a hand-off with host Chris...
    Mitch McConnell may have the votes now. But he may not be able to stop the avalanche to come. Ron Brownstein/CNN: Fight over Ginsburg succession poses stark question: Can majority rule survive in US? But if Democrats can build a sustainable political majority from the growing groups that now lean toward them -- younger generations, people of color and college-educated Whites, all of them centered in major metropolitan areas -- it seems unlikely those groups will quiescently accept existing rules that allow a preponderantly White, Christian and non-urban minority to block their agenda. If Democrats win unified control of government in November, the pressure to reconsider those rules would likely begin immediately with demands to end the Senate filibuster, which empowers...
    I’m not a particularly religious Jew, but I found myself very much looking forward to Rosh Hashana this year. It wasn’t because I was going to be celebrating with family or, frankly, celebrating at all. I just needed 2020 to end and if moving to the Jewish calendar was going to make that happen then I was all in on 5781. Then Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and suddenly 5781 was just as bad as 2020. I have since learned that according to Jewish tradition, a person who dies on Rosh Hashana is known as a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness. VideoThere is no better descriptor for Ginsburg and in reading the touching tributes to her these past few days,...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump has warned of economic and financial Armageddon if Joe Biden and the Democrats retake the White House next year. But history paints a very different story. Both the stock market and the real economy tend to do better when Democrats, not Republicans, are in charge. Since 1945, the S&P 500 has averaged an annual gain of 11.2% during years when Democrats controlled the White House, according to CFRA Research. That's well ahead of the 6.9% average gain under Republicans."The market does do better under Democratic presidential control," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research.The divide is even more pronounced in the earliest days of a new administration: During the first year of...
    Joe Biden would really rather not talk about the fight over the open Supreme Court seat. The former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee made obligatory statements addressing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death but is leaning away from the focus of the election that is shifting to a process that he is powerless to stop: President Trump’s move to push through a replacement for Ginsburg as soon as possible, dramatically changing the ideological bend of the Supreme Court. But that’s not what Biden focused on in a Monday speech from Wisconsin, during which he talked about the United States passing 200,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths. In fact, he did not mention the passing of Ginsburg or the Supreme Court...
    The looming battle over President Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee will be colored by lingering bad blood over past confirmation fights, as both Democrats and Republicans have been radicalized by perceived slights to previous nominees. Republicans and conservative activists are incensed by the treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who they believe was falsely smeared as a rapist and dealt with unfairly by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who currently chairs the panel, has specifically invoked the Kavanaugh hearings in explaining why he has abandoned his reluctance to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during an election year. “Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,” Graham...
    Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy raised $1.4 million during the first 18 months of his long shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. In the three days since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, Espy raised $1 million. Fundraising for Democratic Senate candidates has exploded since Ginsburg, a beloved liberal icon, died on Friday. That evening through Tuesday afternoon, online donation platform ActBlue processed $170 million in contributions overall to Democratic candidates and groups. Some of that cash is flowing to Democratic challengers running in red states whose path to victory is virtually nonexistent regardless of how much money they rake in. Espy is one. Amy McGrath is another. The Kentucky Democrat is raising tens of millions...
    President Trump on Tuesday said he expected Democrats to heap ‘abuse’ at the woman he intends to nominate to the Supreme Court in place of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. ‘Watch the abuse she will take, whoever it’s going to be,’ Trump told his supporters at a rally outside Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The president said he would announce his choice at the White House on Saturday at 5pm. This past Saturday, the president said he plans to name a woman to fill the seat that is now vacant after Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Friday.  Judge Amy Coney Barrett is reported to be at the top of his short list with Judge Barbara Lagoa in second. Trump has vowed...
    Joshua Holland September 23, 2020 6:21AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Joe Biden is an instinctive institutionalist. In the past, he has opposed killing the filibuster and expanding the Court in response to the theft of what should be Merrick Garland's seat. But he has left himself some room to maneuver on the filibuster, at least, telling The New York Times last year that "it's going to depend on how obstreperous [Senate Republicans] become." According to The Times, he "noted that he has historically supported the filibuster and was optimistic he could find common ground with Republicans. 'But I think you're going to just have to take a look at it.'" Nobody has ever gone broke betting on the GOP's obstreperousness. : Now, if...
    Democrats Talk Tough Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Democrat of Massachusetts, got right to the point when he tweeted on September 19, “If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021. It’s that simple.” Kennedy was saying that if Donald Trump nominates a candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg this year, then next year the Democrats will expand the court and pack it with liberals and progressives—if, of course, they get back in charge.  “Packing the court” is a loaded phrase, reaching back to a failed Democratic effort to expand the court in the 1930s. Indeed, that experience nine decades ago was so disastrous for the Democrats that, if...
    CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared to be backtracking remarks he made about "blowing up the entire system," insisting his critics had taken him out of context. On Monday night, during his nightly handoff with primetime colleague Chris Cuomo, Lemon floated a solution for the masses who are disenfranchised by both parties. "We're going to have to blow up the entire system," Lemon said. "I don't know about that," Cuomo reacted, who argued that Americans just have to vote. "You know what we're going to have to do?... You're going to have to get rid of the electoral college," Lemon continued. "Because the minority in this country get to decide who our judges are and who our president is. Is that fair?"...
    Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was interrupted by at least two hecklers as he gave an outdoor press conference Tuesday. Schumer was speaking on the topic of Republicans’ intent to fill the seat left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democrats point to the fact that Senate Majority Leader withheld a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland in 2016 as evidence of hypocrisy, while Republicans cite the Constitutional right to fill the seat as well as the White House and Senate party split that existed. “Senate Republicans in this administration have demonstrated they can’t be trusted to protect the American people,” Schumer said. “That’s why Senator Murray and I introduced the stop act to establish essential oversight of...
    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who were strongly in favor of voting for Judge Merrick Garland have voiced their disapproval for voting on the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s potential replacement. President Barack Obama nominated Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in February 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia died, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t consider the nomination since it was an election year, The Washington Post reported at the time. Ginsburg spoke out against McConnell’s decision to halt a vote to confirm Garland saying it was the Senate’s job to vote. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year,” Ginsburg...
    Savannah Rychcik September 22, 2020 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is predicting Democrats will retaliate if President Donald Trump attempts to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. During her press briefing on Tuesday, a reporter noted Democrats are threatening to add justices to the Supreme Court and asked McEnany if that is a concern. “It’s, unfortunately, another example of trying to blow up the system, if you don’t get your way. Democrats will blow up the system. They will change the system. They will trample on the Constitution,” McEnany said. She added, “I would point them to the words of Justice Ginsburg, who called court-packing a bad idea. She called it partisan. She said nine...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded to CNN host Don Lemon’s call to “blow up the entire system” in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, calling it “the difference between Republicans and Democrats.” "That's the difference between Republicans and Democrats,” McEnany said Tuesday, referencing Lemon’s comment about “blowing up the system” Monday night. “We fight to protect the Constitution when Democrats say outright we're going to blow up the entire system because we do not get our way." .@PressSec: "That's the difference between Republicans and Democrats... We fight to protect the Constitution when Democrats say outright we're going to blow up the entire system because we do not get our way." pic.twitter.com/Y7jJ3Y9CHq— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer)...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted Democrats who want to delay the Supreme Court nomination until after the inauguration – saying that they are showing a “blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution.” “Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have shown blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution,” the press secretary told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday. "Apparently it’s now a high crime and misdemeanor for a lawfully elected president of the United States to exercise his constitutional duty,” she added, pointing to Article II Section 2 of the Constitution, which states the president shall nominate justices for the Supreme Court when a vacancy occurs. “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being the president in an election year,” she...
    (CNN)The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weeks before the presidential election has turned Democratic nightmares into a crushing reality.Impervious to cries of hypocrisy and pleas to adhere to a standard they set in 2016, Republicans are bulling forward with plans to fast-track her replacement. Liberal hopes that enough GOP senators might stand in the way have been all but dashed with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney's announcement Tuesday that he supports a vote on President Donald Trump's eventual nominee. The confirmation of a new justice appointed by Trump would establish a hard conservative majority on the high court, shifting its balance of power while immediately endangering the Affordable Care Act. The court could also emerge as a reliable...
    Senate Democrats are telling the American people they are ready to go all in on packing the Supreme Court if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election in November. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is the latest in a growing chorus of Democrats vowing to expand the court, calling the extreme legislation "long overdue court reform." "This is long overdue court reform as far as I'm concerned, and I have been thinking about court reform and what we can do regarding the Supreme Court to make it so much more objective," Hirono said on CNN Tuesday. Sen Hirono Insists Court Packing “Long Overdue," To Be Discussed “If The Dems Take Back The Senate" www.youtube.com ...