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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
Congress, Trump, Obamacare

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
Schumer, Trump Nominees, Ethics, Vetting

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
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

Rebranding The Democratic Party In The Era Of Trump

Reorienting the Democratic Party toward its millennial base is a long-term process, however, one that will require not only elevating younger voices but also rebuilding the Democrats’ thin bench, decimated by years of losses at the state level.

December 19, 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
Chuck Schumer and the Democrats need to rebrand their economic message

Democrats Need To Rebrand Their Economic Message

It’s widely agreed that the party was unable to find a vigorous, meaningful way of telling working-class voters it understood their concerns. Now the Democrats face a daunting challenge of crafting, let alone communicating, an economic message.

November 29, 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

Senate Democrats’ Unity Strategy Will Face Tough Tests

Democrats are still getting used to being a minority in the Senate.

February 10, 2015

Democrats Block DHS Bill Over Immigration Provisions

Republicans are struggling to find a way forward on immigration.

February 3, 2015

Democrats Could Uphold Obama Veto Of Pipeline Legislation, Schumer Says

Senate Democrats aren’t budging on Keystone XL.

January 5, 2015
US congressional negotiators have finalized a huge spending bill that funds most federal operations through next September, concluding weeks of haggling to avoid a looming government shutdown (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

8 Lawmakers To Watch In The 114th Congress

These men and women will play key roles in the 2015 congressional battles.

January 2, 2015

Chuck Schumer And The Democrats’ Identity Crisis: Economic Policy Vs. Rhetoric

A populist message can’t save the Democratic Party if its leaders continue to serve Wall Street.

December 22, 2014