Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Senate

Anti-gun Petraeus Forces Trump to Expand List of Sec’y of State Candidates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 6, 2016:

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Overlooked by many journalists studying the background of General David Petraeus (shown) — on Donald Trump’s “short list” for secretary of state — is Petraeus’ impassioned anti-gun position, evidenced by his support of the new Veterans Coalition for Common Sense sponsored by notorious anti-gun advocates Mark Kelly and his wife, Gabby Giffords.

Kelly and Giffords founded Americans for Responsible Solutions in January 2013 following an assassination attempt on her in 2011. In announcing the formation of the new anti-gun group in June, Kelly said:

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Trump: TPP RIP; Put “America First”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 23, 2016:  

On Tuesday, November 8, the election of Donald Trump foretold the death-knell of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — assuming of course he meant what he said when he made opposition to the jobs- and sovereignty-destroying TPP a signature part of his campaign. On Monday, November 21, President-elect Trump posted a short video message on Facebook (available on YouTube) citing several executive actions he would take on “day one” as president. First mentioned: “I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country.”

In the same video, Trump also said:

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Is Donald Trump “The Godfather”?

This article was published by  The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 21, 2016: 

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The Godfather, Part II

In a scene from The Godfather, Part II that resonates even today, Michael Corleone says: “My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me; ‘keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.’”

Is that what The Donald is doing in romancing the Senator Minority Leader to be, Senator Chuck Schumer? On Friday Schumer told the press that he has already received two or three phone calls from Trump: “He’s called. He’s friendly. The word is that he thinks he can work with me, but we’ll see. The jury’s [still] out.”

On Sunday Schumer said that the jury has returned with a verdict:

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The Potomac Two-Step: How McCain Has Stayed in Office for 34 Years

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 31, 2016:  

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It was Tom Clancy who first brought the term “the old Potomac two-step” to the public’s attention in 1990 with the publication of Clear and Present Danger. The book was turned into a movie four years later. The relevant dialogue is:

The President: “You’ll take the blame. Cutter and Ritter will take some too, but it won’t amount to much, they’ll get a slap on the wrist. Then $20,000 an hour on the lecture circuit. The rest of the blame will fall on Greer. Oh yeah, you’ll take him down with you. You’ll destroy his reputation. But that’s as far as it will go. The old Potomac two-step, Jack.”

 

Jack Ryan: “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I don’t dance.”

John McCain, who began his political career in 1982 in Arizona after moving there following his retirement from the Navy, does dance. So well does he dance, in fact, that

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McCain’s Political Two-Step vs. Ward in Primary, Kirkpatrick in November

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 30, 2016:  

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

In Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary race in Arizona, incumbent John McCain is projected to crush his opponent, Kelli Ward. And he leads his likely Democrat opponent in the general election by double digits. Lesson: It’s helpful to learn the political two-step in order to stay in office for 34 years.

In July, Ward ran an old Romney attack ad against McCain which claimed that

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Brazil’s President Takes Stand in Her Impeachment Trial

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 29, 2016:

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Brazil’s upper house will hear testimonies on Monday from eight of President Dilma Rousseff character witnesses in her last-ditch stand to stave off what appears to be inevitable: a senate vote impeaching her and removing her from office.

After the character witnesses speak, Rousseff will then follow with a 30-minute speech, touting her past successes, her experience, and her ties to the once-popular President Lula da Silva, who preceded her in office. She will also repeat her claims that

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Koch Brothers Not Funding Trump May Work to Trump’s Advantage

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 1, 2016:  

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The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, site of the Koch’s shindig

Some 400 wealthy Republican donors, including 100 new ones, attended the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce biannual meeting at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs over the weekend. One of those who could have attended, but wasn’t invited, was Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump was in Colorado Springs on Friday for a campaign stop in the afternoon and a presentation in Denver that night. He could have dropped in, but he wasn’t on the agenda. Instead the donors were treated to presentations and policy discussions from three Republican governors, four Republican senators, and four members of the House, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

In Trump’s absence, Charles Koch made clear the network’s new direction: focusing on keeping and perhaps strengthening the present Republican Party’s slim advantage in the Senate. Koch stated, “We have an uphill battle … the majority of Americans are focused on … an increasingly stagnant, two-tiered society, with the rich and politically-connected doing well and most everybody else stuck down below. People have lost their optimism … they’re frustrated and disillusioned … they’re looking for answers.”

Koch made it clear that neither Trump nor Clinton would be ones to provide them:

Unfortunately [people are] looking in the wrong places. They’re looking to politicians. To me, the answers they’re getting are frightening because these answers will make matters worse … some of these solutions … would not just make them a little worse, but much worse…. The good news is that we have built this network for just such a condition. That puts us in a position to make progress in spite of the current political situation where, in some cases, we don’t really have good options.

He then clarified the purpose of the Freedom Network: Only about a third of the funds raised by the network would go to direct political action, with the balance put toward education on immigration policy and government regulation.

Each of the donors was invited based upon their ability, and their promise, to give at least $100,000 to the network. Last year it was estimated that the network would raise about $900 million, with most of it to be focused on the upcoming presidential election. However, that number has been reduced to $750 million, with only about $250 to $280 million of it going into political advertising. Network chairman Mark Holden, general counsel and senior vice president of Koch Industries, told reporters on Saturday that the network has “no intention to go after Donald Trump” and would run ads critical of Clinton only if strategists decided they would help Republican senatorial candidates in critical states with close races.

The network has already contracted to spend $40 million in five of those key states: Nevada, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio — and possibly Florida as well, where Senator Marco Rubio has just a four-point polling advantage over his Democrat rival. In Pennsylvania, Senator Pat Toomey holds a miniscule 0.3 percent polling advantage over his Democrat rival. In each of the other states Republicans hold slim polling advantages over their Democrat rivals.

At this writing, RealClearPolitics (RCP) shows the Democrats picking up two seats from the Republicans in November (Illinois and Wisconsin), while the Republicans would garner one seat now held by a Democrat in Nevada, for a net gain of one for the Democrats — narrowing the Republican advantage to 53-47 if RCP’s results hold through the election.

On Saturday Donald Trump tweeted: “I turned down a meeting with Charles and David Koch. Much better for them to meet with the puppets of politics, they will do much better.”

Trump polished his “puppet-free” political position over the weekend by announcing a campaign wherein he would match dollar-for-dollar every contribution made to his campaign: “Our fundraising department can barely keep up. I am going to personally match your donation today, and every day you donate up to midnight [July 31], up to $2 million.”

There could well be a “coattail” effect if the Kochs’ network is able to keep and even expand the Republican majority in the Senate. Ads tying Democrat senatorial candidates to Clinton could help Trump’s campaign whether intended to or not.

In addition, Trump’s independence from those “puppets of politics” keeps Clinton from claiming that The Donald is just a mouthpiece for the Koch Brothers.

Retiring Senator Harry Reid Turns on His Former Supporter, the NRA

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 24, 2016:

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Following the failure of any of the four gun bills presented earlier this week in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (shown) told the Senate how he really feels about the National Rifle Association:

Here is a little secret for my Republican colleagues: the NRA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care about your constituents. It doesn’t care about the constitutional rights of its followers. The NRA and its leadership care about two things: making money for gun manufacturers and making money for the NRA.

The decades-long love affair that has benefited both the NRA and Harry Reid is now officially over. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker confirmed it:

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Cruz Tosses Second “Hail Mary” Pass, Names Carly Fiorina as His VP

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 28, 2016:  

When he announced Carly Fiorina (shown) as his running mate, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on Tuesday, “It’s unusual to make the announcement as early as we’re doing so. But this race, if anything, is unusual.”

Others viewed his decision to name former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina as his vice-presidential running mate in different terms.

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Article I Project Aims to Restore Balance Between Congress, White House

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 5, 2016:  

Following the three-day National Lawyers Convention in Washington in November sponsored by the Federalist Society, the Article I Project was announced. Designed to restore the balance of powers provided for by the Founders in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, the project was picked up quickly by Representatives Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

The project is necessary, according to the Federalist Society, because

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“Audacious Executive Actions” Coming, Promises Obama’s Chief of Staff

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 13, 2016:  

Missing from the president’s State of the Union message last night was any reiteration of his promise to “go it alone” if Congress wouldn’t pass legislation friendly to his radical agenda. Some thought that in so doing he might be acknowledging his impotence during his last year in office.

On Wednesday Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, disabused any suggestion that he was backing away from imposing unilateral executive action. Speaking to reporters, McDonough imperially announced:

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U.S. Attorney for New York is Swimming in a Sea of Opportunity

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 2, 2015:  

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English: New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holding a press conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Preet Bharara’s resume is impressive. Born in India and raised in Eatontown, New Jersey, he graduated from Ranney School, an independent, highly-regarded college preparatory school, in 1986 as valedictorian of his class. From there he went to Harvard College, graduating magna com laude (with great honor) four years later. He received his J.D. (juris doctor) in 1993 from Columbia Law School where he served on the Columbia Law Review.

After a stint as Sen. Chuck Schumer’s chief counsel, he served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan for five years, successfully prosecuting bosses of the Gambino and Columbo crime families.

When he was nominated for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York by President Obama in 2009, he breezed through Senate confirmation with no dissents.

Since that time he has scored impressive victories, prosecuting successfully more than

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Democrat Strategy to Take Back the Senate: Attack the Koch Brothers

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, November 20, 2015:  

Upon learning that the Koch brothers, Charles (shown) and David, and their network of conservative donors, were planning on spending upwards of $750 million over the next two election cycles, Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader and harsh critic of the Kochs, enlisted the help of two hard-left political strategists to respond. David Brock, the founder of Media Matters in 2004 and the super-PAC American Bridge in 2010, joined with Geoff Garin, president of Hart Research Associates, to build a plan for Democrats to take back the Senate in 2016.

Brock investigates strategy via focus groups while Garin

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How the Establishment Does Business in Washington

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 28, 2015: 

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Just a visit between old friends

In Washington, it is said that laws are like sausages: no one wants to know exactly how they are made. Washington, controlled as it has been by the Establishment for decades, makes laws like sausages, keeping everyone in the dark and happy, except the taxpayer.

Just who is this ephemeral, invisible, ever-present establishment? In three minutes, a caller to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on September 15, nailed it:

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“He Who Lives in a Glass House, Shouldn’t”

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

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George Nethercutt

 

According to his own Wikipedia page, George Nethercutt touts himself as a “conservative.” After all, in the 1994 Republican landslide that gave the Republican Party control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Nethercutt replaced Speaker of the House Tom Foley. It was close: just 4,000 votes out of more than 215,000 cast. But that was enough.

In truth that meant that Nethercutt won by 2,000 votes, as that was the number of votes to be changed to allow Foley to keep his seat. Nethercutt’s promise that he would leave after three terms likely made the difference. After all, Foley had been representing Washington for 30 years as a hard left liberal Democrat, and voters had finally had a bellyful of him.

Unfortunately Nethercutt was in Washington, DC, long enough to drink the Kool-Aid of excessive hubris and self-importance, and when it came time for him to honor his promise,

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Int’l Tests Show U.S. Students Poor in Math, Civics, Literacy

The recent flurry of test results on how American students are faring in school has resulted in much commentary decrying their dismal performance compared to their international peers.

The PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics compared the performance of 15-year-old students among 65 countries, including all 34 member countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and confirmed what was already widely known: U.S. students are nowhere near the top in math, science, or literacy. Twenty-nine educational systems turn out better students than does the United States in mathematics, while students in 22 systems were more capable in science than were U.S. students. In reading literacy 19 educational systems turned out more skilled students than the U.S. public school system.

Eighth-graders participating in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test given under the auspices of the Department of Education showed no significant improvement over their dismal performance recorded four years ago. Just 18 percent of them scored at or above the Proficient level in U.S. history, while 27 percent scored Proficient in geography, and 23 percent reached or exceeded that level in civics.

The latest from Pew Research — “What the Public Knows” — showed that

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New Jersey Senator Menendez’ Indictment Is Rocking Washington

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 6, 2015:

On Wednesday, April 1, following the Justice Department’s indictment of New Jersey’s senior Senator Bob Menendez on bribery charges, he declared himself innocent of all eight charges: “[Today’s charges] contradict my public service career and my entire life. This is not how my career is going to end!”

A closer look at the 68-page indictment, however, reveals more serious and more extensive charges than observers were expecting. The Justice Department has for more than two years been investigating Menendez and his relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy liberal Florida eye surgeon who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Menendez for his 2012 reelection campaign and trips on the doctor’s private jet in exchange for favors including massive intervention in rules changes at Medicare that benefited Melgen, one of the country’s largest Medicare billers. Menendez also arranged for temporary travel visas for some of Melgen’s “girlfriends” from the Dominican Republic to entertain him at his Florida estate.

But the big surprise was the DOJ’s decision,

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Boston University Economist Calls Out Congress on Enormous Fiscal Gap

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, March 12, 2015:

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Logo of the United States Government Accountability Office

During his annual trek to Washington, D.C., to lecture Congress on its spendthrift habits, Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff took the gloves off this year. He dressed down Senator Mike Enzi, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, along with the committee’s members:

Let me get right to the point. Our country is broke. It’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years.

 

It’s broke today.

 

Indeed, it may well be in worse fiscal shape than any development country, including Greece.

It isn’t just Enzi, or his committee, or the present Congress, that’s responsible for a fiscal gap that’s vastly larger than that projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). It’s the idea that the country can borrow without limit because

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ATF Backs Away from Ammo Ban, for the Moment

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The capitulation was stunning, even if it is only temporary. After bearing the brunt of a targeted campaign by pro-gun groups like the NRA, Gun Owners of America, and the Second Amendment Foundation that resulted in nearly uniformly bad press, letters of opposition from majorities in the House and the Senate, and more than 80,000 individual responses to its proposal to ban a popular rifle cartridge, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), posted on its website Tuesday afternoon the terms of its temporary surrender:

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Questions Senators Won’t Be Asking Loretta Lynch, Obama’s Attorney General Nominee

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

Today and tomorrow, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, Loretta Lynch (shown), will face questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s highly unlikely that any of those questions will focus on how her office handled the case of Felix Sater while she was U.S. district attorney in New York (details on the Sater case further down). Without that information being obtained, however, her confirmation hearings will miss a vital part of understanding just how Lynch is likely to handle the job as attorney general.

Instead, she is more likely to be asked about Obama’s policies using executive privilege not only to impose delays on deporting illegal immigrants, but also to mark up ObamaCare according to his own views, and to launch a war in Libya.

She may well waffle when

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.