West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he had a very productive and informative meeting with President-elect Trump at Trump Towers and is humbled by the job offer but he will not take a position in President-elect Trump’s administration and will instead stay in the U.S. Senate.
The grandson and great-grandson of immigrants, Manchin — taken from the Italian “Mancini” — calls his delicate walk between his party and his own identity a journey of “balance” and “common sense.” And he attributes his success to his small-town upbringing and experience as a state legislator, secretary of state and governor dating back to 1982.Read More
The global chemical weapons watchdog has scheduled a meeting to approve a U.S.-Russian brokered plan to rapidly verify, secure and then destroy Syria’s arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents. The 41-nation executive council of the OPCW is meeting late Friday to sign off on the plan that has been hammered out in nearly two weeks of behind-closed doors negotiations. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)Read More
He has taken the initiative from Obama, who played the principal role in the 2011 debt-limit talks and New Year’s fiscal cliff deal. Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are relieved by the switch.
The majority leader has brought a more pugnacious style to the debate, bashing House conservatives as “anarchists” and mocking the “Banana Republican mindset.” This is a welcome change for Democrats who thought Obama was too accommodating to Republicans during previous crises.Read More
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, emerging as a leading voice of Capitol Hill conservatives, said Monday that it is “incomprehensible” that the Senate is close to passing a bill that would require booming Internet retailers to collect state sales taxes, warning that the move will kill jobs and hurt the economy.
Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, called the Internet a “thriving ecosystem” that has allowed new businesses to “compete in the national marketplace in ways that would have been impossible 15 years ago, and it empowers consumer choice.Read More
Much of the criticism centers on the bill’s requirements to subject online merchants to the nearly 9,600 separate tax jurisdictions across the country.Read More
Jim DeMint kicked off his first day as President of the Heritage Foundation with a letter celebrating the American spirit and lamenting the damage done to our national character by the Left’s limitless welfare state: “Liberal policies have destroyed families and communities and created dependence on government. Putting our society back together will require work.”
Not surprisingly, DeMint’s message failed to resonate with The Huffington Post. Author Ryan Grim published a short piece in which he criticizes DeMint and points out that “government assistance has led to a dramatic decline in poverty since the days when poor people were left to their own devices.”Read More