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Senate Back From Brink

Deal made to confirm presidential nominee and save filibusters

July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, confirming one of President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominees, agreeing to quick action on others and finessing ......

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Jul-17-13 6:31 AM

Remember that Dingy Harry and the Democrats in the Senate delayed and up or down vote on more than THIRTY Bush nominees-many for several years.

Harry Reid is a complete douchebag. I only hope that he and Chuck Schumer go jogging near the Capitol and suffer the same fate as the "dog walking" liberal Supreme Court justice.

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Jul-17-13 7:15 AM

Hairy Weed will be lucky to be the Senate MINORITY leader after 2014 election.

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Jul-17-13 7:55 AM

McCain is a moderate Republican who would have been a great President, as his views are meant to deal with problems and is no slave to ideology. Unless the GOP tells right wing fanatics to go lay down we will be doomed to a never ending parade of left wing fanatics who believe the right thing to do is abolish all personal freedoms and let the state manage your life. As bad as the Dem Party is, the GOP offers no answer by allowing the right wing to even speak. On the left we have total gov, on the right we have no government and the vast majority of us live in the middle and pay for all of this. Until Americans stop letting political television shape their lives, we will repeat the folly over and over. Obama is as much a product of the lunatic right as it the goofballs who do not hold him accountable for any of his actions. Wars over yet? Nope, got more. Unemployment over yet? Nope got more. McCain is exactly the type of person we need in the White House, someone who listens.

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Jul-17-13 12:22 PM

"Hairy Weed will be lucky to be the Senate MINORITY leader after 2014 election," dah.

The oracle has spoken. Remember his prognostications for the last election?

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Jul-17-13 5:03 PM

Wonder what happened to the bias article that appeared this morning "Filibusters a Vital Senate Safeguard", which basically tried to convince readers the poor right wing minority needed the filibuster to protect their rights. Horse@#$(! The abuse of the filabuster is to obstruct a legally elected President from doing what he was elected to do.

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Jul-17-13 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democrats not only got much of what they wanted in Tuesday's deal to move some of President Barack Obama's nominees through the Senate, they also got what they see as an important bonus -- casting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an unflattering light.

The unfortunate moment culminated Tuesday morning, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) marched onto the Senate floor not with the leader from Kentucky opposite him to announce a deal to pass the stalled nominees, but with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

McCain was there, according to several sources who spoke about private, behind-the-scenes talks on the condition of anonymity, because he and and several other Republicans grew fed up with their own side's stalling tactics and went around McConnell (R-Ky.) to cut the deal with Reid and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), avoiding a "nuclear option" rules change to pass the nominees.

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Jul-17-13 5:05 PM

"Since 2007, the Senate Historical Office has shown, Democrats have had to end Republican filibusters more than 360 times."

"That's more than ALL the filibusters in Senate history prior to 2007.The bipartisan agreement, reached after days of talks and jockeying for political position, will allow Obama to fill out his second-term team with top administrators overseeing efforts to protect workers, consumers and the environment."

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Jul-17-13 5:25 PM

Filibuster's were never meant to be. Simple majority is the rule of the land.

Since 1992, Democrats 352 and Republicans 591. Neither party gets a pass! The logical reason for the R's having more filibusters is the fact that the D's introduced (since 1992) 1,000's of more pieces of legislation and appointments....

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Jul-17-13 10:00 PM

Ive called BS on McConnell many times. Now the right wing extremists are calling BS on McConnell themselves.

"A meeting of Senate Republicans reportedly took a contentious turn on Wednesday when Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) disagreed with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) characterization of the deal made with Democrats on President Barack Obama's nominations, calling McConnell's claims "********."

According to a Roll Call report, McConnell told his caucus that he believed he could have negotiated a deal more beneficial to his party than the one brokered primarily between Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)."

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Jul-18-13 6:44 AM

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admitted that he and his party were "wrong" to block a vote on Richard Cordray's confirmation to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an act of protest, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Graham and fellow party members filibustered for a full year to express their disapproval of the Dodd–Frank Act, under which the bureau was created.

“Cordray was being filibustered because we don’t like the law," Graham told the New York Times.

He continued, "That's not a reason to deny someone their appointment. We were wrong.""

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