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Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin Grilled Over Banks, Taxes

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 1/19/2017 at 6:00pm

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin faced the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing, answering questions about the dollar and his own investments.

Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before he “became an investor at ESL Investments and then with his own fund Dune Capital Management.” He rescued...

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WATCH LIVE: Energy Nominee Rick Perry Senate Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:00am 1/19/2017 at 10:00am

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Energy Department, will face the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at 10AM EST.

During the 2012 primary, Perry said he would abolish the Department of Energy if he became president. He also famously forgot the name of the...

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Tom Price, Nikki Haley, Wilbur Ross Faced Senate Hearings for Cabinet

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:30pm 1/18/2017 at 8:30pm

I live blogged Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s senate hearing for the EPA, but three other cabinet choices had their own senate hearings today. That included Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services, Wilbur Ross for Commerce, and Nikki Haley for UN.

Obamacare took control of Price’s hear...

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WATCH LIVE: Betsy DeVos Hearing for Education Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00pm 1/17/2017 at 5:00pm

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has her confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions at 5PM ET. The Democrats picked her as one of the eight nominees they want to grill the most.

DeVos has remained an advocate for school choice...

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Manchin: I’ll Help Republicans “Repair” ObamaCare

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 5:00pm 1/14/2017 at 5:00pm
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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has stated that he’s supportive of “repairing” the horrendous ObamaCare  monstrosity rather than repealing it.

Politico reports:

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that he has contacted Republican leaders offering to help bring fellow Democrats on board for fixes to Obamacare that he portrayed as “repair” of the...

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Trump Wants Cabinet Nominees to ‘Express Their Own Thoughts’

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1:00pm 1/13/2017 at 1:00pm
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The media has gone ballistic during the first week of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees since the most of them have different views than Trump.

Trump has shown thin skin with those who disagree with him so of course the press has attempted to stir the pot even more,...

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Senate Passes Waiver to Confirm Mattis as Secretary of Defense

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00pm 1/12/2017 at 7:00pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a waiver by a vote of 24-3 allowing Gen. James Mattis to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense. Becuase he retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, he needed the waiver to bypass a rule stating an individual must be out of the...

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WATCH LIVE: Ben Carson Senate Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00am 1/12/2017 at 10:00am

Former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Housing and Urban Development Secretary, will have his confirmation hearing today at 10AM ET in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Carson turned down Trump’s request to leads the Human and Health Services, but...

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Rubio Tears Into Rex Tillerson During Confirmation Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:30am 1/12/2017 at 8:30am

Meow. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came out with the claws during the hearing for former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state.

Rubio started by asking Tillerson if he considers Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal. Tillerson, who ran a company that had many deals with...

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DHS Nominee John Kelly Pleases Both Sides of the Aisle

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00am 1/11/2017 at 7:00am

General John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, had his Senate confirmation hearing, which went off without a hitch. In fact, Kelly received massive praise from both sides of the aisle

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) considers Kelly a “good choice for Secretary of Homeland Security.”

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Sessions Pledges to Uphold the Law, Objects to Muslim Registry

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:44pm 1/10/2017 at 8:44pm

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) faced an all day confirmation hearing for attorney general in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The senators had a blast asking Sessions the same questions over and over. Some asked valid questions while others asked obscure questions that made you scratch your head.

But overall, Sessions promised he...

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Democrats Frustrated With Cabinet Confirmation Hearings

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 6, 2017 at 11:30am 1/6/2017 at 11:30am
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The Senate Republicans have ticked off the Senate Democrats because they scheduled six Cabinet confirmation hearings next Wednesday.

Oh, and President-elect Donald Trump will also hold his first press conference next Wednesday. Plus, the confirmation schedule includes the nominees the Democrats planned to target the most: attorney general, secretary of state, CIA director,...

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Democrats Have Lost 1,030 Seats Across the Board During Obama’s Presidency

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00pm 12/26/2016 at 12:00pm

In 2007, I could have sworn President Barack Obama was supposed to be the savior of the Democrat Party. The smooth talking, suave Illinois senator had everything to bring the party together and end any GOP dominance.

Well, it turns out, the Democrats have lost 1,030 seats across the board since Obama...

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CIA Not Providing Congress With Info on Russian Hacking

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 12:30pm 12/17/2016 at 12:30pm

The House and Senate have become agitated with the CIA as the agency has continued to deny both sectors with briefings or information on claims that Russia hacked into America’s election, but passed information to the mainstream media.

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) told a radio station in his home...

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Senate Finds IRS Employees Lived in Luxury While Traveling

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 4:00pm 12/15/2016 at 4:00pm

The Senate Finance Committee has discovered that 27 IRS employees in fiscal 2015 spent over $1.4 million on travel expenses to use “high-end car services and luxury apartment and hotel stays.” One member of the committee said the report hows that the agency has not done anything to reduce waste.

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Republican John Kennedy Wins Louisiana Runoff Election for US Senate

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 12:30pm 12/11/2016 at 12:30pm
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Republican John Kennedy has won the Louisiana runoff race for Senate, and the GOP now holds a 52-48 majority in the Senate.  Louisiana also elected two GOP House members, giving Republicans a 241-194 majority in the House.

Fox News reports:

Louisiana voters chose Saturday to send Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy to the...

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Senate Democrats Regret Reid’s Nuclear Option Power Play

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm 12/10/2016 at 4:00pm

While retiring Harry Reid has no such compunction, Senate Democrats who will actually be in the next Congress are very much regretting Reid’s nuclear option play.

CNN reports:

Senate Democrats are eager to make Donald Trump pay a political price...

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