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More Democrats Vote for Trump Than Against Him in Impeachment Vote

Posted by Raw Editor on December 8, 2017 in politics |

The impeachment process against Donald J. Trump began in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, when it became clear that the Republican standard bearer had carried the state of Pennsylvania and therefore the Electoral College. The first avenue for impeachment was collusion with the Russians. Maxine Waters suggested that coming up with the nickname “Crooked Hillary” was enough to get him impeached. However, none of them had the brilliant strategy that Rep. Al Green of Texas cooked up: why actually require a

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Tom Brokaw Laments ‘Rush’ to Judgment on Al Franken

Posted by Raw Editor on December 8, 2017 in politics |

Veteran liberal journalists Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell on Thursday lamented the “rush to judgment” that forced Al Franken from the Senate. Despite the fact that eight women have now accused the Democrat of inappropriate or unwanted touching, Tom Brokaw mourned, “… There was on the part of the Democratic Party a determination and kind of a rush, if you will, to have the Senator resign so they didn’t have the burden of trying to defend him.” Instead of sounding like a supporter of women’s rights, Mit

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CBS Mourns Franken Resignation: ‘The End to a Potentially Storied Career’

Posted by Raw Editor on December 8, 2017 in politics |

Following Minnesota Senator Al Franken announcing his resignation on Thursday amid a series of sexual harassment allegations, CBS News special coverage of the lawmaker’s departure lamented what a “big blow” it was for the Democratic Party to lose someone with such a “nationwide progressive profile.” Anchor Bianna Golodryga even grieved “the end to a potentially storied career.” Noting that it was “quite an emotional speech from the Senator,” Golodryga turned to Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cor

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Supreme Court deals a blow to activist judges, hands Trump a victory on ‘travel ban’

Posted by Raw Editor on December 8, 2017 in politics |

The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the temporary stays on President Donald Trump’s latest version of his travel ban Monday. But was there more to the Supreme Court’s decision than a simple reversal of two lower courts’ orders? Kevin Daley, the Supreme Court reporter for the Daily Caller, thinks so. In a piece on Wednesday, Daley argued that the Supreme Court’s travel ban order was a strong rebuke to the 4th and 9th Circuit’s politically motivated anti-Trump rulings. Travel ban back in play The U.S. Suprem

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Trump tax plan: How your take-home pay could change – Business Insider

Posted by Raw Editor on November 5, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

President Donald Trump’s tax plan is being billed by the White House and Republicans as a boon for the middle class.The 429-page GOP tax plan, called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was revealed on Thursday. Under the new plan, tax brackets would be reduced from seven to four, and the standard deduction would be increased.Exactly how much individuals save will depend on many factors, and as Business Insider’s Josh Barro pointed out, tax cuts for average Americans aren’t likely to be as sweeping as Republicans make it sound.Wealthy Americans, including Trump himself, stand to benefit handsomely from the tax proposal, thanks to provisions eliminating the estate tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), among others.

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In Ruling That May Impact ‘Redskins’ Controversy, SCOTUS Won’t Ban Offensive Trademark

Posted by Raw Editor on June 19, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Trademarks cannot be banned purely because they are offensive, the Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling that could impact one of the National Football League’s biggest controversies.Banning an offensive trademark “offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous court. BREAKING: #SCOTUS says law that barred the Washington Redskins from registering their name as a trademark is unconstitutional. pic.twitter.com/Gpe8Wgnj5u — Jimmy Hoover (@JimmyHooverDC) June 19, 2017

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Special Counsel Investigating Trump Stocks Staff with Democrat Donors – Liberty Headlines

Posted by Raw Editor on June 13, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sparked a mini-meltdown in the media Monday with a tweet challenging the fairness of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Special Counsel Stocks Staff with Democrat DonorsIMAGE: YouTubeGingrich, who also on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” pointed to the early hires that special counsel Robert Mueller has made.“Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair,” he tweeted. “Look who he is hiring.check fec [sic] reports. Time to rethink.”He’s not wrong about the donations. Four top lawyers hired by Mueller have contributed tens of thousands of dollars over the years to the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates, including former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.One of the hires, Jeannie Rhee, also worked at a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation and helped persuade a federal judge to block a conservative activist’s attempts to force Bill and Hillary Clinton to answer questions under oath about the operations of the family-run charity.Campaign finance reports show that Rhee gave Clinton the maximum contributions of $2,700 in 2015 and again last year to support her presidential campaign. She also donated $2,300 to Obama in 2008 and $2,500 in 2011. While still at the Justice Department, she gave $250 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp.Rhee also has contributed to a trio of Democratic senators, Mark Udall of New Mexico; Chris Van Hollen of Maryland; and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.James Quarles, who worked on the Watergate investigation has a young prosecutor, has an even longer history of supporting Democratic politicians. He gave $1,300 to Obama in 2007 and $2,300 in 2008. He also gave $2,700 to Clinton last year.

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7 Unexpected Takeaways From James Comey’s Testimony

Posted by Raw Editor on June 9, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

Former FBI Director James Comey didn’t let every cat out of the bag in his prepared opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the day before his testimony. “I understood that I could be fired for any reason and for no reason at all,” James Comey says.The initial words under oath Thursday morning from Comey, who President Donald Trump fired May 9, barely resembled that earlier statement. And during questions and answers, he offered some surprises.“Lordy, I hope there were tapes,” Comey exclaimed at one point to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., referring to a one-on-one dinner conversation with Trump in which his loyalty was a topic.He talked mostly about Trump, but also about the president’s vanquished opponent Hillary Clinton and political pressure from Loretta Lynch, former President Barack Obama’s second attorney general.The ousted FBI director also reaffirmed several times that Trump never was personally under investigation. The hearing before the Senate committee, which lasted nearly three hours, also contained a few awkward exchanges.Here are seven key points from Thursday’s much-talked-about event:1. Neither Trump Nor His Administration Asked Comey to Back Off Russia Probe.

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Supreme Court Sets Date For Court Filings For Trump Travel Ban

Posted by Raw Editor on June 5, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it has set June 12 as the deadline for the challengers of President Donald Trump’s travel ban to file their responses.On Thursday night, the Trump administration appealed a ruling of the 4th Circuit Court blocking implementation of the temporary travel ban as likely unconstitutional on the grounds of religious discrimination.The 4th Circuit ruled Trump’s executive order contained “vague words of national security” but that its context “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

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Email from Congress.org

Posted by Raw Editor on May 1, 2017 in politics with Comments closed |

May 1, 2017In this MegaVote for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Perdue Nomination
  • Senate: Acosta Nomination
  • House: Register of Copyrights
  • House: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • Senate: Clayton Nomination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Workers Comp Time

Recent Senate Votes
Perdue Nomination – Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Patrick Toomey voted YES
Sen. Bob Casey voted YES


Acosta Nomination – Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor.

Sen. Patrick Toomey voted Not Voting
Sen. Bob Casey voted NO


Recent House Votes
Register of Copyrights – Vote Passed (378-48, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require the U.S. Copyright Office’s Register of Copyrights be recommended by a select panel, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. It would limit a Register of Copyrights’ term to 10 years.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight – Vote Passed (425-0, 5 Not Voting)

The bill that would require that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with the agency requirements of the Freedom of Information Act while they are under the conservatorship of the federal government.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (382-30, 18 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would extend continuing appropriations for federal government operations through May 5, 2017. It also would provide for an extension, through May 5, of health care benefits for retired coal miners.

Rep. Lou Barletta voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – HR244

The Senate will consider legislation to continue funding the government through September 30, 2017. The bill would appropriate more than $1 trillion for various federal departments and agencies.


Clayton Nomination – PN47

The Senate will debate the nomination of Jay Clayton to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – HR244

The House will consider legislation to continue funding the government through September 30, 2017. The bill would appropriate more than $1 trillion for various federal departments and agencies.


Workers Comp Time – HR1180

The bill would allow private sector employees to opt to receive comp time instead of overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

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