Jan
4

John McCain’s Progressive Hand Is Behind The Purge Of Tea Party Detractors From The Arizona GOP
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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John McCain the man who called the Tea Party HobbitsAP Photo/Jim Cole

If McCain had put in as much effort into running for president as he did in fighting conservatives, he would have been in the White House. One of John McCains big donor for remaking the Arizona GOP is out of state. Greg Maffei is from Colorado and while he is a steadier Republican donor (though he also donated to Democrats like Maria Cantwell, Salazar and Jay Rockerfeller) and he’s also a pal of Colorado gun control governor Hickenlooper.

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Jun
3

NJ Sen. Lautenberg Dies; Christie to Appoint Successor

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My Approved PortraitsU.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran serving there, has died at age 89.

His office said that the millionaire New Jersey Democrat died shortly after 4 a.m. EDT on Monday at a New York hospital after suffering complications from viral pneumonia.

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Apr
22

Tragedy or Farce?

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150942_415196535223437_1544882029_nOn Friday I was one of only two witnesses (the other being Douglas Holtz-Eakin) to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the comprehensive immigration-reform bill. My comments here are not about the substance of my testimony, but about process.

The proposed measure is poised to profoundly reorder our society, both economically and sociologically, and the Gang of Eight drops a bewilderingly complex 844-page bill with innumerable moving parts — a bill drafted behind closed doors on the rest of the Senate only 48 hours before the hearing. There was hardly time to absorb more than the title and preamble before the hearing, at a time when most of the nation and Congress were rightly occupied with the hunt for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber (indeed, the only other witness scheduled to testify was DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, who had to cancel due to the developments involving the imminent capture of the suspect).

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Mar
9

Rand Paul Speaks as Parties Change Places on Executive Power

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Rand PaulKentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has finally stopped talking, but the conversation about presidential war powers and extrajudicial killings sparked by his filibuster continues.

On Thursday morning, pro-Paul hashtags like #StandWithRand remain among the top trending topics on Twitter. Nearly ever major news outlet has covered Paul’s filibuster, which delayed the confirmation of President Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan.

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Mar
9

Senators Hush-Hush Crafting Immigration Bill

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John McCainWASHINGTON (AP) — The eight senators meet in private several times a week, alternating between Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Charles Schumer’s offices. They sit in arm chairs arranged in a circle and sip water or soft drinks as they debate temporary workers and border security. In a capital riven by partisanship and gridlock, they are determined to be the exception and actually get something done.

This is immigration reform’s “Gang of Eight.” With them lies the best hope in years for overhauling the nation’s byzantine immigration laws — and they know it. That’s partly why they are, by all accounts, working amazingly well together as a self-imposed deadline approaches for their sweeping legislation to be released. The progress is happening even though the group includes some of the Senate’s most outsized personalities, failed and prospective presidential candidates, one lawmaker dogged by scandal and another facing a potential re-election challenge that could be complicated by his stance on immigration.

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Mar
8

Filibusted: Outreach Supper with Graham & McCain Leads to $600 Billion Tax Hike Proposal

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McCain and GrahamThe price of Senators McCain and Graham attending an ‘outreach dinner‘ with the president may wind up costing taxpayers $600 billion more in taxes. And you thought the only price paid would be to their image.

While Rand Paul was working the Senate chamber in a 13 hour-long filibuster to ensure the American homeland would not be treated like a permanent battlefield, the two GOP Senators were noshing on some mega-caloric meal with President Obama. Bad optics isn’t just the vision you get when you spend as much time in government as these two senators.

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