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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Chuck Schumer

#EndorseThis: Colbert Celebrates Pot Reform By Helping Cheech & Chong Find New Jobs

Looking for a true miracle in the world today? How about marijuana law reform in the age of Trump? The past few months have brought good news for the cause of pot decriminalization, including a ringing endorsement from Chuck Schumer and a shocking directive from the White House for law enforcement to respect states’ rights. […]

April 24, 2018
partisan

Top Democrats Urge GOP Speaker To End ‘Dangerous’ Partisan Attacks On Law Enforcement

 Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. The two highest-ranking Democratic officials in America are calling on Speaker Paul Ryan to rein in his party’s out-of-control smear campaign and attacks on law enforcement. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent letters to Ryan, asking him to remove Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) from his position […]

February 1, 2018
shutdown

Who Blinked In The Shutdown Game? It Doesn’t Matter

By Groundhog Day, the government shutdown will have been largely forgotten. That’s a guarantee. As memory of that long weekend fades, the matter of whether Democrats won, lost or tied in the deal to reopen the federal government will be of little consequence — at least to those of us who have lives. But the […]

January 25, 2018
Schumer

Schumer Didn’t ‘Sell Out’ — He Folded A Bad Hand To Play Again

If the recent brief government shutdown accomplished nothing else, it sent Donald Trump into hiding for three days, no small blessing.  Somebody convinced him that golfing in Florida would look bad, and his minders didn’t trust him to do any actual negotiating, so the president holed up in the White House watching TV and yakking […]

January 23, 2018
shutdown

Democrats End Trump Shutdown After Republicans Commit To DREAM Act Vote

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue. After Donald Trump and the Republicans spent three days failing to get their act together, Democrats helped end the Trump shutdown in exchange for a promise that DREAMers will finally get a vote within the next two weeks, according to a senior Democratic aide. “We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA […]

January 22, 2018
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. (Flickr)

Schumer, McConnell Reach Pact On Shutdown And DACA Vote

Negotiating a path Senator Chuck Schumer calls “neutral and fair to all sides,” Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill reached a deal to re-open the government on Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators promised Democrats that the chamber would take up an immigration bill to protect 800,000 Dreamers from deportation. Schumer […]

January 22, 2018
shutdown

Poll: Voters Reject Republican Spin On Government Shutdown

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.  For any Republicans still in denial about how the looming government shutdown might play politically, a new poll confirms their worst fears. “A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds substantially greater Republican risk in a government shutdown, with Americans by a 20-point margin saying they’re more likely to blame Donald Trump and […]

January 19, 2018
Gorsuch filibuster

Senate Democrats Amass Support For Gorsuch Filibuster

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Monday amassed enough support to block a U.S. Senate confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vowed to change the Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to send Gorsuch’s […]

April 3, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Confirmed: Pence’s Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote Gives DeVos The Edge

President Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the Senate, but only after Vice President Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president’s Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
Gorsuch, Trump

Democrats Question Independence Of Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Democrats have expressed worry that Gorsuch could act as a rubber stamp for the Republican president’s policies on a nine-seat Supreme Court poised to revert to a conservative majority. With four liberals and four conservatives now on the court, Gorsuch’s confirmation would restore the conservative majority that had existed for decades until the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.

February 7, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Can The Democrats Be As Stubborn As Mitch McConnell?

Can Democrats, who are more philosophically invested in showing that government can function, really bring themselves to replicate McConnell’s obstructionist methods? If Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrats choose a path of obstructing President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

February 3, 2017
Congressional

The Senate Must Light The Way

Our light, illuminating a separate branch of government, is not yet extinguished. Under the Dome, Congress is scurrying to find its place in the presidential matrix. As disempowered as minority Democrats are, Republicans are wandering the wilderness, too. The establishment lost the election. In politics, which operates on a thousand personal bonds, Donald Trump is an unknown.

February 3, 2017
Samantha Bee slices up Trump travel ban

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Slices Up Trump’s Muslim Ban

Hearing cable news anchors and even House Speaker Paul Ryan describe the travel policy’s rollout as “confusing,” Samantha Bee was not mollified. “Confusing?” she smirked.”This was the healthcare.gov of Islamophobia!” Nor was Bee thrilled to hear Trump himself claim that the ban is “working out very nicely.” And she wasn’t impressed by Kellyanne Conway’s attempt to claim that Obama had done the same thing to Iraqi refugees (a three-Pinocchio lie).

February 2, 2017
Trump's supreme court pick

Democrats Gearing Up To Fight Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats remain furious over Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal last year to allow the Senate to consider Democratic President Barack Obama’s nomination of appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat, an action with little precedent in U.S. history.

January 30, 2017
Supreme Court

Nasty Fight Looms Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Democrats are still seething over the Republican-led Senate’s decision last year to refuse to consider outgoing President Barack Obama’s nomination of appeals court judge Merrick Garland for a lifetime post on the court. The action had little precedent in U.S. history and prompted some Democrats to accuse Republicans of stealing a Supreme Court seat.

January 18, 2017
Tom Price was under investigation by fired US Attorney Preet Bharara

Schumer Warns HHS Nominee Price May Have Violated Stock Act

CNN reported on Sunday that Rep. Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company, CNN said.

January 17, 2017
Russia

Top Senate Democrat Says Trump’s Nominees Need ‘Thorough’ Vetting

Schumer said Trump’s nominees, many of whom have extensive business backgrounds at companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Goldman Sachs, should be carefully scrutinized to be sure they avoid conflicts of interest. He also confirmed that some of Trump’s nominees have not completed a review process conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

January 9, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump On Down

If Trump wasn’t so scary, he’d be ridiculous, but he is ridiculous as well as being really really scary. Those are the two realities we all need to hold simultaneously in our heads. And it hurts.

January 8, 2017
Democratic Leadership, Chuck Schumer, Trump

Democratic Leader Fires First Salvo At Trump

The most powerful Democrat in Washington issued a stern warning to President-elect Donald Trump as Congress returned to work on Tuesday. Senator Chuck Schumer’s combative remarks on the Senate floor, his inaugural speech as minority leader, signal there will be little in the way of bipartisan cooperation under President Trump.

January 4, 2017
Newt, Republican, Trump

Why Donald Trump’s Favorite Targets Are His Republican Comrades

Donald Trump has inspired so much fear among his Republican comrades that he no longer has to issue harsh tweets when they misbehave. They do it themselves.

December 26, 2016
McConnell, Russian Hacking

McConnell Finally Backs Russian Hacking Investigation

McConnell said it “defies belief” that Republicans would be reluctant to investigate activity reportedly intended to help Trump. “The Russians are not our friends,” McConnell said.

December 12, 2016
Amy Schumer’s QVC Gun Show

Endorse This: Amy Schumer’s QVC Gun Show

“If You’re Mentally Ill, You’d Be Mentally Ill Not to Give Us a Call!”

April 29, 2016

Democrats Hope Presidential Coattails Lead To Retaking Senate

If Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to fulfill his dream of running the U.S. Senate, he will likely have to rely on the performance of sometime-rival, sometime-friend and fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton.

January 13, 2016

Amy Schumer Promotes Gun Check Legislation With Cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer

Amy Schumer: ‘Two lives were tragically lost, and others injured. And I’ve thought about these victims each day since the tragedy.’

August 3, 2015

Late Night Roundup: The ’90s Rapper Of Presidential Candidates

Larry Wilmore and Mike Yard took another look at Donald Trump’s potential appeal to minority voters — as a 1990s rapper getting into fights with everyone.

July 23, 2015