Dobbs – Trump First 100 Days Exceptional Despite Paul Ryan And Dems Obstructionism

Lou Dobbs has a few thoughts “as President Trump approaches the 100 day mark of his Presidency. Since President Trump took the oath of office, 99 days ago, he’s met with more than 170 business leaders, he’s held meetings with 16 foreign leaders, he’s held 9 press conferences, 21 of his 22 cabinet members have finally been confirmed.”

Dobbs points out, “But the Dems have created capricious, frustrating obstacles for the President’s nominees, and in an unprecedented commitment to frustrate the legitimate prerogatives and authorities of the White House, they’ve slowed the process beyond any reasonable level of tolerance.  The President’s Trade Representative nominee, Robert Lighthizer, has been moved out of committee now, but he’s yet to be confirmed by the full Senate.”

“President Trump’s successes, however,” says Dobbs, “are unmatched in recent presidential history. The President’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, took his place on the high court on day 81. The first justice to take his seat on the high court in a president’s first 100 days since 1881, 136 years ago. President Trump has signed 30 executive orders, the most since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as 28 presidential memoranda.”

Dobbs continues with the list of accomplishments, saying, “President Trump has also signed 28 bills into law, 13 of which rolled back Obama-era regulations. The President, however, has been denied a significant legislative accomplishment on the big issues, because of, not the opposition of the Dems, but rather because of a Speaker of the House, of the same Republican Party, who has been woefully inadequate to the responsibilities and demands of his office. “

“Speaker Ryan, working against the President and his agenda at every turn,” says Dobbs, “frustrating the entire GOP conference and indeed the American people. President Trump has been gracious, he’s been generous, even, with the inept Ryan, but the President today, acknowledging that he is disappointed.”

Dobbs says, “I believe the first 100 days of this President’s term have exceeded the first 100 of most modern presidents in nearly every respect and his record compares favorably to that of FDR, now that is accomplishment.”

He notes that “Congress has not had such an artificial calendar on their work, their successes in a 100 day period. They do not compare remotely to Mr. Trump, his energy, his ambition, his success and his capacity to turn the nation’s mood and direction.”

Dobbs observes, “If Speaker Ryan and the Republican leaders in Congress were for whatever reason to throw their full support behind this President’s agenda, the next 100 days of his term would be even more remarkable than his first 100.

 

Justice Gorsuch: Senate Confirms Trump’s First SCOTUS Pick

By Ian Mason

The Senate voted just before noon Friday to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Nation’s highest bench.

The vote, originally set for Friday evening, was moved up to the morning after Democrats agreed to waive part of the final debate period. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace conservative anchor of the Court, Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by a vote of 54-45, with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) joining a unanimous Republican Caucus.

Judge Gorsuch’s nomination process was among the most contentious in American history. After assembling the pledges of 41 Senate Democrats to iniate the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sought to prevent a vote of the full Senate. This set up a showdown over Senate cloture rules that resulted Thursday in Republicans invoking the “constitutional option” and abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

The partisan animosity of the nomination continued into the vote. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), representing Gorsuch’s home state, voted against his fellow Coloradan. He had previously sought to chart a middle path, voting at least to allow a vote of the full Senate before the constitutional option was used.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) took to the floor immediately after confirmation to thank his staff for their work throughout the momentous proceedings.

The Senate moved on to invoke cloture on President Trump’s pick for Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

Gorsuch is now expected to be formally sworn in on Monday and will join his eight fellow justices in an investiture ceremony to be held later this month.

REPUBLICANS PUSH BUTTON

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By Laura Litvan

Senate Republicans ignited the “nuclear option” to allow confirmation of President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee and bar Democrats from blocking future picks, a dramatic rule change that could deepen partisan divisions and put more ideologically extreme justices on the court.

The 52-48 vote called for by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday will let the Senate confirm Neil Gorsuch on Friday to take a court seat that Republicans refused to let President Barack Obama fill during his last year in office.

The rule change means Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote and will no longer face a 60-vote hurdle in the chamber now controlled by Republicans 52-48.

McConnell said Democrats’ move to filibuster Gorsuch is part of a “much larger story” in which the left is trying to politicize the courts and confirmations.

“It’s a fight they have waged for decades with a singular aim, securing raw power no matter the cost to the country or the institution,” McConnell of Kentucky said on the Senate floor. “It underlies why this threatened filibuster cannot be allowed to succeed.”

QuickTake: Why the Senate is Ready to Chip Away at Filibuster

Democrats said the power grab was made by the Republicans when they denied a hearing to Obama’s nominee last year. In addition, Gorsuch didn’t show himself to be a mainstream judge during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

“Far from being the kind of mainstream candidate for the Supreme Court that could earn 60 votes, he may very well turn out to be one of the most conservative justices on the bench,” said Schumer of New York.

“The nuclear option means the end of a long history of consensus” on high court nominees, he said. The 60-vote requirement acts as a “guardrail” against judicial extremism, Schumer said.

Unanimous Support

Gorsuch, 49, has a decade of federal appeals court experience and unanimous support among Senate Republicans who say his qualifications will make him a strong addition to the court for decades to come.

Democratic critics say putting him on the court will produce more decisions favoring corporations over working-class Americans. Many remain embittered about the GOP’s refusal last year to consider Obama’s choice of Judge Merrick Garland for the vacancy created by the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republicans insisted they were forced to make the change because Democrats were ignoring a tradition against using a filibuster to block high court nominees. McConnell and other Republicans noted that both justices confirmed under Obama, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, had bipartisan support and went straight to a final vote.

Forty-four Democrats voted Thursday to block Gorsuch’s nomination by denying the 60 votes needed to move it forward. Four Democrats voted with the GOP to advance the nomination — Michael Bennet of Colorado, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Simple Majority

Republicans responded with the “nuclear option” that allows Senate rules to be revised with a simple majority vote, rather than the 67 typically required. McConnell did this by asserting to the presiding officer that only a majority should be needed to confirm Supreme Court nominees.

Republicans then voted to overturn the 60-vote requirement for Supreme Court nominees.

Republican Senator John McCain had tried to forge a bipartisan deal to avert the rule change but gave up early this week after Democrats said they had enough votes to block Gorsuch.

In 2013, a Democratic-led Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid voted to end filibusters of executive-branch and lower-court nominees following Republican obstruction of Obama’s choices. That eased approval of Trump’s cabinet this year, with key posts including the secretaries of Treasury, Education, Health and Human Services and the attorney general winning confirmation with 53 or fewer votes.

Some lawmakers have said they fear Republicans will later change the rules to eliminate minority-party filibusters of legislation — a longstanding rule intended to force Republicans and Democrats to compromise — although McConnell said this week he won’t do that.

Even Republicans who back the new rule warn that easing hurdles for Supreme Court nominees will cause the court and Congress to become more partisan. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say presidents could choose nominees with more extreme views because they wouldn’t need bipartisan support for confirmation.

“Now that we are entering into an era where a simple majority decides all judicial nominations, we will see more and more nominees from the extremes of both the left and the right,” McCain said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “I do not see how that will ensure a fair and impartial judiciary. In fact, I think the opposite will be true and Americans will no longer be confident of equal protection under the law.”

THE MCCONNELL MELTDOWN

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by DAVID BOSSIE

During the primary season of 2012, Senator

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 50%

was expecting millions in establishment cash to propel Texas’ Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to the United States Senate. Dewhurst, in McConnell’s mind, would be another political asset for him, in his decades-long dream to become Senate Majority Leader. Dewhurst looked and acted the part. McConnell envisioned Dewhurst would become part of the establishment in the U.S. Senate and most importantly, someone who would never stand up to McConnell or confront the failed status quo.

But on July 31, 2012, conservative grassroots voters in Texas had a different idea. Those Texans were truly ahead of the curve; they already knew what millions now know so well – that Washington is broken and that Americans are being lied to by career politicians like Mitch McConnell. Those courageous voters listened to

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96%

Cruz’s message of speaking truth to power and sent him to the United States Senate. This was certainly a historic election for anti-establishment forces. However, no one could have foreseen just how critically important it would turn out to be.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2015. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has made good on his core promise to be the voice that would hold the Washington cartel accountable. Cruz has become the one elected official in Washington who will reliably call out the establishment every time it breaks a promise or kicks our nation’s biggest problems down the road for another day. And Mitch McConnell is tired of it. In fact, McConnell is so tired of Cruz’s courage and honesty, he appears determined to use every parliamentary tactic available to deny Ted Cruz time on the Senate floor to debate the important issues facing our country.

McConnell’s personal vendetta against Cruz has taken center stage once again this week, and it’s clear that McConnell has abandoned standing up for conservative Republican values or fighting Obama’s leftwing agenda in order to destroy Ted Cruz.  The Republican Leader in the Senate should make President Obama defend those atrocious Planned Parenthood videos and force him to veto the defunding of Planned Parenthood. But Mitch McConnell thinks it’s a better idea to attack Ted Cruz. The Republican Congress should not pass any legislation that busts the budget caps. But Mitch McConnell will come up with a reason to bust the caps and attack Ted Cruz for standing on principle. The Republican Congress should make President Obama veto the repeal of Obamacare, border security, and countless other conservative policies the American people expect this Congress to deal with. Instead, Mitch McConnell and his leadership team appear poised to enact every letter of President Obama’s agenda just to spite Ted Cruz. Mitch McConnell is melting down.

McConnell has grown completely out of touch with the American people during his three decades in Washington. Even in the face of conservative grassroots activists driving House Speaker

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) 35%

from power for losing touch with voters, McConnell’s cynical instincts tell him to dig in and reject the very ideals that made him majority leader.

Ted Cruz is running for President with a very clear message. He wants to be the President who will finally take on the Washington cartel that Mitch McConnell presides over. Cruz is well-positioned to go the distance in his bid for the Republican nomination. But, if Senator Cruz doesn’t find himself at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he will be returning to the Senate as the most powerful conservative in America. Either way, Mitch McConnell is on notice – the days of honoring himself and his power will soon come to an end.

McConnell Surrenders Without A Fight – AGAIN

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BY RUSS HEPLER

Senate Majority Leader – “Twitchy Mitchy” McConnell – is not known for standing up for what he believes in.  He is a consummate Washington politician who is as slippery and slimy as they come.

Even though the American people gave McConnell and his friends control of Congress via the last two elections specifically to halt the Obama agenda, McConnell has done little more than roll over constantly to Obama’s will.

And, he usually does so without even a fight.

Now, he has once again signaled his intentions to surrender to the Obama Administration; once again without fighting for what is right.

The Hill has the story:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017.

“The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” McConnell said Monday on the Kentucky station WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.”

Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a leading cause among some Republicans in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood, while apologizing for the tone, denies any wrongdoing, saying officials are discussing legal compensation for expenses and pointing to an analysis that the videos are heavily edited.

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McConnell said that the Senate would vote again on defunding Planned Parenthood after a failed Senate vote last month, but he said that the votes are not there.

“We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” he said. “Again, the president has the pen to sign it. If he doesn’t sign it, it doesn’t happen. But, yeah, we voted on that already in the Senate, we’ll vote on it again, but I would remind all of your viewers the way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it and the president has to sign it.”

Once again, McConnell is playing “fast and loose” with the truth.  He destroyed the best chance the Senate had to kill funding for Planned Parenthood in July by refusing to attach defunding to the Highway Bill.

This would have been the best opportunity the Republicans had to make sure the bill passed given that the President was very unlikely to veto the “must-pass” highway bill.

He later allowed a “stand alone” vote on defunding which he knew would come up short of the 60 votes needed.

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But, McConnell is not finished with his surrender at this point as The Hill explains:

However, McConnell will be under pressure from members, like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and other presidential candidates not to include any Planned Parenthood funding in the larger government spending bill this fall. If President Obama then vetoed that bill, as expected, there would be a government shutdown.

McConnell vowed last month that the government will not shut down over the issue, noting the failure of previous Republican efforts and saying, “We’ve been down this path before.”

Still, even some establishment Republicans have said they would have trouble voting for a spending bill that included Planned Parenthood funds.

Since McConnell is more afraid of the Washington press than he is the American people, he refuses to fight with all the weapons in his Constitutional arsenal.

By refusing to force Obama to shut down the government if the President vetoes the defunding aspect of a larger bill, for fear he would be blamed by Obama’s sycophantic media lap dogs, McConnell has bowed to the will of the Obama Administration once again.

At this point it’s hard to tell which Republican leader in Congress – McConnell in the Senate, or Boehner in the House – has been worse.

Both are abject failures for the American people.

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President Obama and his radical leftists are laughing at both of them, and the rest of us, while they push ahead with their plans to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist wasteland.

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The real losers in McConnell’s gross cowardice are all the babies that will be murdered and their bodies chopped up and sold by Planned Parenthood in their dead baby organ trafficking operation.