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Senate Issues Two Subpoenas to Flynn’s Businesses

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm 5/24/2017 at 5:30pm

On Monday, former national security adviser Michael Flynn refused to honor a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee for documents connected to the investigation into its Russian probe. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right.

The committee has tried another way to receive the documents by issuing two subpoenas for two of Flynn’s...

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Rand Paul’s REINS Act Heads to Senate Floor

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:00pm 5/19/2017 at 1:00pm

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has passed Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which means it will finally proceed to the Senate floor.

This is a major victory for us who despise too much regulation. From Reason:

Sponsored by Sen. Ran Paul...

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Democrats Grind Senate’s Work to a Halt Over Comey’s Firing

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:30pm 5/11/2017 at 5:30pm
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Democrats have gone from demanding former FBI Director James’ Comey’s resignation or dismissal to being puffed up with such outrage that the president has fired Comey they have decided to grind Senate work to a halt by cancelling or postponing meetings  . . . for a whole day.  This is their...

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Rice Declines Senate Request To Testify On Russian Election Interference

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00pm 5/4/2017 at 7:00pm
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Following revelations that Susan Rice sought the unmasking of Americans purportedly caught up in incidental surveillance, Rice is on Congress’ short list of persons to testify on Russian hacking.  She has, through her attorney, declined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’s request to do so.

CNN reports:

Obama’s former national security adviser, on Wednesday declined...

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GOP Senators Shoot Down Trump’s Demand to End the Filibuster

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8:45pm 5/2/2017 at 8:45pm

President Donald Trump wants to push through his agenda no matter what it takes. On Tuesday, he proved that when he tweeted out that the Senate change the rules to eliminate the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster when it comes to a spending bill.

The GOP in the Senate have...

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Trump Will Host Entire Senate at White House for North Korea Briefing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:30am 4/25/2017 at 11:30am

President Donald Trump will host the entire U.S. Senate on Wednesday for a briefing on the situation with North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will join the senators along with Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

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VIDEO: The History of Democrat Deceit on Judicial Filibusters

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:00pm 4/6/2017 at 5:00pm

Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, April 7, 2017, on a straight up or down vote.

That up or down vote will happen after Democrats filibustered the nomination by getting 45 Democrats to vote against closing debate.

Republicans then exercised what usually is referred to as the...

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Senate Republican’s exercise Nuclear Option on Gorsuch Nomination

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:45am 4/6/2017 at 10:45am

The Senate Republicans used the “nuclear option” to end the filibuster on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate now has 30 hours to debate before the confirmation vote, which should take place on Friday at 7PM EST.

The Senate voted 55-45 to end the debate with three Democrats...

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Pence Casts Tie-Breaking Senate Procedure Vote For Defunding Abortion

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:00pm 3/31/2017 at 12:00pm

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking procedural vote to stop federal funding for abortions. The bill will now head to President Donald Trump’s desk. From The Hill:

Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined all Democrats in voting against ending debate on the bill.

Sen. Johnny Isakson...

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Senate Russia Hearing: Hackers Targeted Rubio, Tried to Foment Angst Against Paul Ryan

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:45pm 3/30/2017 at 6:45pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee held its first hearing on possible Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election and its “information warfare.”

It was revealed that hackers targeted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during his presidential campaign:

“Former members of my presidential campaign team who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign were...

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GOP Senators Ask Treasury to End ‘Too Big to Fail’

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:30am 3/30/2017 at 7:30am
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The Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee have asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to end the “too big to fail” policy for non-banks. From The Hill:

Ten of the Banking panel’s 12 Republicans wrote to Mnuchin, asking him to freeze the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (FSOC) ability to classify as “systemically important...

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Funding Trump’s Border Wall May Complicate the Looming Budget Showdown

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4:15pm 3/28/2017 at 4:15pm

On the heels of the failed GOP health care bill, Republicans on the Hill have two new battles: tax reform and avoiding a government shutdown. I detailed the tax reform fight Sunday.

Funding for Trump’s border wall could complicate the looming budget showdown. Among the options for avoiding yet another government shutdown...

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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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