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WATCH LIVE: Day 3 of Neil Gorsuch Senate Confirmation Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:30am 3/22/2017 at 9:30am
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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day starting at 9:30 AM EDT.

Today should be the last day of Gorsuch’s testimony. Hearings will continue after today but will feature witnesses both in favor and opposed to Gorsuch’s nomination.

Yesterday, Senate Democrats

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Recap: Day 2, Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing, Afternoon Session

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:40pm 3/21/2017 at 7:40pm
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If you are looking for a run down on the morning sessions, Mary covered that here. The most entertaining moment, courtesy of Senator Durbin, who quickly found himself outmatched and outfacted.

Hearings went late into the evening.

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Gorsuch Makes Minced Meat of Dick Durbin’s Gotcha Attempt

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30pm 3/21/2017 at 6:30pm
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Today was Day Two in confirmation hearings for Trump Supreme Court Justice nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee took turns spending thirty minutes grilling Gorsuch.

When it was Sen. Durbin’s (D-IL) turn to bat, he flamed out. Gloriously.

“Do you believe that there are ever situations where the cost...

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WATCH: Day 2 Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings, Morning Session

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 9:30am 3/21/2017 at 9:30am
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Yesterday, we heard opening statements from the Senate Judiciary Committee and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Today, Gorsuch will face questions from the senators in 30-minute intervals. The hearing should last 12 hours.

Will Democrats soften their stance on Gorsuch? As CBS pointed out, the Democrats “stressed that Gorsuch has impeccable credentials”...

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Dem Senators want to take Gorsuch down to satisfy base, but unlikely to succeed

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 3/19/2017 at 6:00pm
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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is set to begin four days of confirmation hearings on Monday.

The hearings will be led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for the majority, and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) for the minority. In other words, Republicans are in control of the process and there is little Democrats can...

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Rand Paul: McCain ‘past his prime,’ may be ‘unhinged’

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:13am 3/16/2017 at 9:13am

Payback is a . . . Rand Paul. After John McCain, speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin,” Paul had a crushing comeback on today’s Morning Joe.

Said Paul of McCain, “he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past...

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McConnell, White House Battle Over Tax Reform Timeline

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 10, 2017 at 5:30pm 3/10/2017 at 5:30pm
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Tax reform has been at the forefront of GOP policy issues in Washington. Under the Trump administration, tax reform includes a proposed border adjustment tax or tariff. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the White House want tax reform legislation in the works by August, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said an...

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Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta Files Proper Paperwork for Confirmation

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:30pm 3/10/2017 at 4:30pm

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has filed his financial disclosure and ethics paperwork a week before his confirmation hearing. The paperwork has shown “an uncomplicated financial situation for the law school dean” and “very few financial entanglements.” The Wall Street Journal continued:

His only apparent encumbrance is tied...

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General Wants More Troops in Afghanistan to Break Stalemate

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00pm 3/9/2017 at 1:00pm
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Gen. Joseph Votel, the general in charge of the U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he needs more troops in Afghanistan to break a stalemate:

“We are developing a strategy, and we are in discussions with the secretary and the department right now,” Gen. Joseph Votel told the...

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Senate Confirms Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:30pm 3/2/2017 at 1:30pm

The Senate has confirmed former presidential candidate Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, 58-41 on Thursday morning.

Carson received yes votes from the following Democrats and Independent: Joe Manchin (WV), Mark warner (VA), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Sherrod Brown (OH), Jon Tester (MT), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Angus King (ME).

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Trump Presents Agenda to Congress With Presidential Tone

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:30pm 2/28/2017 at 8:30pm

President Donald Trump presented his agenda in front of Congress on Tuesday night. For the first time since he announced his candidacy, Trump sounded presidential and smooth. Kemberlee reported he will speak about these topics:

  • Tax and regulatory reform
  • Making the workplace better for working parents
  • Obamacare reform
  • Education
  • Rebuilding the military
  • Taking care...
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GOP’s Border Adjustment Tax Reform Plan On Life Support

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00pm 2/18/2017 at 2:00pm

House Republicans desperately want to reform taxes, but so far the only plan they have developed has gained no leverage. That’s because border adjustment makes up a majority of the plan, which few, including top retailers, want anything to do with.

The border adjustment is a tariff. It adds a tax on...

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Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:45pm 2/17/2017 at 12:45pm

The Senate has confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA with 52 yes votes and 46 no votes.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was the only Republican to vote no. Pruitt received two Democrat yes votes: Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota and Joe Manchin from West Virginia.

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Four GOP Senators Deny CNN Report They Decided to Vote Against Puzder for Labor

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00am 2/14/2017 at 7:00am

I came across this CNN article that Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder faced many hurdles before his Thursday confirmation hearing because four GOP senators decided to withhold their support. The fast food executive will face the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

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Senate Confirms Mnuchin for Treasury

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00pm 2/13/2017 at 7:00pm

The Senate has confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary for President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

As expected, all Republicans voted for Mnuchin. It was expected to go down party lines, but West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voted yes as well. The vote ended 53-47.

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Senate Confirms Tom Price as HHS Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00am 2/10/2017 at 10:00am

Voting along party lines, the Senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Democrats once again held the Senate to a 30 hour debate to change minds of the Republicans, but failed once again.

This is a huge first step for Republicans in...

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Alabama AG Luther Strange Appointed to Sessions’s Senate Seat

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:00pm 2/9/2017 at 3:00pm

On Wednesday evening, the Senate confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next attorney general. Alabama GOP Governor Robert Bentley handed the seat to the state’s Attorney General Luther Strange.

Strange’s swearing in will occur on Thursday.

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