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Fresh update on "mcconnell" discussed on Living on Earth
"From NPR news. I'm Nora Rahm. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he'll bring up a sweeping election overhaul bill for a vote on Tuesday. NPR's Susan Davis has more. The bill is a top priority for Democrats End. A similar measure has already passed the house, but it's unlikely to clear unnecessary 60 vote procedural hurdle in the Senate to bring it up for consideration. The legislation would significantly change federal requirements for how elections are run how states draw their congressional district lines as well as implement new campaign finance and disclosure laws. Democrats say the legislation would combat a wave of new state passed laws supported by Republicans that in many cases impose stricter requirements to cast a ballot. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledge that not a single Republican senator would support the Democrats built Susan Davis. NPR News the capital More than 200, families from both sides of the US Mexico border, reunited at an event called hugs, not walls. From member station K T P In El Paso, Angelika Cherica reports about 1000 relatives reunited in the Rio Grande for a three minute embrace during hugs, not walls. Families don't have documents to cross.
Voting Bill Showdown Looms as GOP Rejects Joe Manchin Plan
"The U. S. Senate will vote early next week on a sweeping rewrite of voting and election laws designed to respond to states that have been passing new voter restrictions Democrats appear to be rallying around a new proposal which has been slimmed down to win the support of West Virginia senator Joe Manchin whose vote would be needed to reach a simple majority but because the bill is not filibuster proof it could be doomed to by GOP opposition if US solution in search of a problem Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell says there's no need for federal legislation despite changes made in several GOP led states after last November's election I've taken a look at all these new state laws none of them are designed to suppress the vote the Democrats bill would soften new state laws which add Polding restrictions like less mail in balloting and photo ID's Jackie Quinn Washington
Fresh update on "mcconnell" discussed on Tom Moore
"But as soon as Biden gets sent office now it's going to but plus bust the budget. Now the economists tell me say, quite frankly, that this economy can, in fact, Absorb this, Uh, whether whether it's the $4 Trillion. I don't know. They can certainly absorb some of this. This, uh, stimulus is a very slippery word. What's that? Some is a very slippery absolutely no question about it. No question about it. But again, the Let's Let's say, well, the other side of it. Your good friend Mitch McConnell. No new taxes on rich no new taxes from corporations. But he is all in favour of, uh, paying for it by number one taking money out of the covid thing, and and by the way, raising the gas tax, who does that affect most? Respects the low income people. That's that's the Mitch McConnell that you're supporting. You don't agree with that is any is any of that raw? Yeah, yeah. The UN limited spending of Mr Biden. And the unlimited immigration Half a million people coming across the border projected what? In six months they're going to have half a million people coming across the border. This is designed to accomplish one thing. And that's to destroy the United States as we know it. Well, no staff about it now, Actor Tariq. First of all coupling that they are doing everything and they that they can they are doing well. Say not everything there. Certainly working on trying to stem this tide of Of immigrants coming across the border. But let's trying to do anything. Yeah, they are actually, what about, you know, And quite frankly, you know, the coming across the border started under Trump. I mean, it's it's accelerated under Biden and I I think there's they needed to a whole lot more than they're doing. Absolutely absolutely. I do. But you know, you can't say. Say, listen, you know, keep them all Do what? What Trump did, which is separate families. They're still like 200 kids. I think that they haven't figured out who their parents he sends the child to the United States. The United States government is not separating the family, the family, no notary teenager on a transportation system to get him three countries to the United States, Tariq a couple of things that I suggest you do number one. The fact that matter is not that they're the unaccompanied minors are problem now, but under the by under the Trump administration families came across the border. They separated. The kids from their parents sent the parents back. Excuse me. How do you know the other parents that the Children have name tags? Yeah, they did another didn't you don't know. Come on somebody from Central American. I show up with a kid who's got dark hair. You don't know You're not performing a DNA test on me, so that's a new line that we don't know that that that that put out such a thing called Coyotes. The Coyotes are making more money than they ever made and there live. There is no question about that. But that's not that's cause. They're bringing Children across the board. Actually, the whole idea because they're bringing everybody across the border or trying to Alright, Tariq and Mr Biden is permitting it. No. Mr Biden is trying. You know the You know the Billy Joel song. We didn't start the fire, but we didn't ignite it. We're trying to fight it. That's what's going on with with the immigration. Are they doing as much as they can do? That's a debatable thing. Is it it something a long term something that has to be dealt with?.
McConnell: 'Good Chance' for Infrastructure Deal After Talks Unravel
"President Biden may not be involved anymore, but infrastructure talks continue foxes Jared Halpern live at the Capitol. The top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says lawmakers have not given up on striking a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure. The reiterates GOP opposition to raising tax rates to do so. But there are other ways to incredibly pay for a major infrastructure bill, and I think it's good chance we've got there. A group of five Senate Democrats, five Senate Republicans have opened talks on finding consensus. So too, is the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus. Those talks follow a breakdown in negotiations by Republican Senator Shelley Moore capital and President Biden after differences could not be solved over the size and scope of spending and how to pay
Fresh update on "mcconnell" discussed on Tom Moore
"I mean, the whole question is who has double standards? And I think the double standards quite frankly, Tariq There are more more question about standards in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party. Okay, so it's under Mr Trump's administration. The Democrats were pleading not to get rid Of the filibuster. And now they're demanding to get rid of. You know why? I want to explain that to me. Absolutely, because what we have in the Senate is a man named Mitch McConnell, who has basically said he will put oppose. Every single thing that the Democrats proposed and father, he said yes. Last week, one day last week if the Republicans get the Senate in 2022 Which is very likely. Quite frankly. Then he will block every Supreme Court nominee that that Biden puts up even if it means that that no new nominee for two years, so that means that he was just following the Democratic. No, No, no, I recall during four years of Mr Trump's administration. The Democrats. Blocked everything attempted certain no. As a matter of fact, they didn't as a matter of fact, if, in fact they did they do to the Supreme Court nominees. Well, let's say Let's let's deal with Supreme Court nominee Obama appointed one or nominated one I'm talking about the Trump Administration will follow me through here now. Obama appointed one or nominated one. And Mitch McConnell wouldn't even have hearings for it. End of discussion. Okay, then Trump came into point. Does that break a rule? Excuse me. Did that break them? No. You know what happened? Okay. What once when? Once the The Democrats once the Republicans got control of the Senate. Not only did he he'd block the Obama appointee, but as soon as they got control of the Senate, what they did is they change the filibuster Rule said No. The filibuster rule doesn't apply. You can't use the filibuster to block Supreme Court nominations your option. What's that? That the nuclear option was only relative to to, Uh, Supreme Court nomination And as soon as I got in, they said, Oh, yeah, You can't filibuster them. And so what happened? They put through two nominations they put through Gorsuch. And Kavanaugh. Alright. Did they break any rules? No, They didn't break any rules because they change the rules. And then and then let's just finish this off now And then, Uh Amy Barrett came up in the last Couple of months of the of the Trump administration. A Democrat fought against the woman. Absolutely. No, he fucked Yes. Moral bankruptcy, You know, Tariq. They wanted to apply the same rules for Barrett that Mitch Mitch McConnell had used against Obama and said, No, you can't do that. And so that's why Barrett in the last months of the Trump administration. Mitch McConnell pushed through that Amy Barrett nominee again double standards. So so you don't think it's fair to say if the Democrats didn't have double standards? They'd have no standards at all? No, I think the exact opposite. I think the Republicans are the ones that don't have. To have no standards at all. I mean, they are pure politics and the country to hack. And when was the last time you criticized Mr Biden criticized Mr Biden all the time all the time. Uh, his last name Trump. Perhaps not like criticizing. Mr Mr Biden is I think he's overreaching on a lot of things he's doing quite frankly. Not because but with relative to the budget relative to, for example, the the infrastructure. I think it's probably over. He's overreaching. I think the idea of the unemployment is the $300 over unemployment supplement or whatever it was called. I think that was too much, and I criticized him for that tonight. I try and if there's something that they're doing, I I believe in that, you know, Call a spade a spade professor. You are not going to have a currency within 12 months. Because Mr Biden is bankrupting the system. Well, you know the funny thing, Tariq. But you realize that that the the stimulus package that he put through which included $1400 everybody who propose that do you know? You know who did you just changed? I'm just saying, I am saying here that was that's a two trillion ache. That was a true $2 trillion stimulus package. That had been proposed by Trump and when the damn it when, when, When Trump was still in office, they were all fit in favor of..
Civil Rights Leaders Don’t Budge Key Senator on Voting Bill
"Vice president Kamilla Harris is the White House will continue pushing for legislation to help protect voters who states are imposing new restrictive laws we are weaker as a democracy we impede interfere with or suppress that right to vote with the key Senate democratic Nelson he won't support voting rights legislation vice president Pamela Harris as the White House will work harder and let people know Hey you may not have that drop box that you voted you that use last election may not be there speaking in Mexico she says president Biden will invoke executive orders where possible GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell says a federal bill isn't needed against the law to discriminate in voting on the basis of race already a group of black pastors is planning a trip to Washington next week to lobby members of Congress to pass the voting rights bill Jackie Quinn Washington
Fresh update on "mcconnell" discussed on Bob Zadek
"Mansion Hide Kip and Donnelly and Kavanaugh is confirmed. 50 48. With one Democratic vote, And then Barrett is confirmed 52 48 with zero democratic votes. So, um, now they have 50 votes in the Senate. So getting a Briar replacement or anybody else through the Senate right now is going to be difficult. So if they lose the Senate in 2022, even by even if it's 51 49 there Deeply worried what's going to happen? And then the overstatement follows Joy Reid being She's a friend of mine. I've been working with it for years, saying that Mitch McConnell is wickedness in high places and is evil and, you know, let's just overstate things just to touch. But what they don't deal with is that Harry Reid is the guy who changed the filibuster rule for judges generally. Tried to leave the Supreme Court exception, Mitch said, No, no no sauce for the goose on for the gander. We're not going to play by your rules and have you break it later when it's your nominee, which is what the read rule allows them to do. But the thing that was the key point of the interview, Byron is that the Supreme Court is dealing this year. We're waiting to hear about the Catholic Church in Philadelphia. We are waiting that they did not take the Harvard case yesterday. They waited. They asked for the opinion of the Department of Justice under Joe Biden, which was a great tactical move because now the by administration must explicitly state whether they're for or against discrimination on Asian American applicants. And then the justices can decide to take the case. And then next year it's abortion and guns. Why would Steven Breyer quit when his nomination is just as assured? In 2023, June July of 2023 that summer? And get himself off before the crucial year in a traditional career. Well, I think that first of all, there's zero reason.
Senate Confirms Biden’s 1st Judges to Federal Bench
"He went to morehouse. He got his law degree from emory. He went on to a distinguished legal career in the great state of new jersey that included him being county council top lawyer in the county government for the most populous county in new jersey. It became a judge in new jersey. Highly respected distinguished not a blemish anywhere on his record and at the beginning of twenty fifteen february. Two thousand fifteen president obama nominated him to the federal court. His name is julian xavier. Neal's and that judicial nomination for president obama was like basically a gimme right like i said distinguished record not a word against him sort of an ideal candidate for the job. Utterly noncontroversial They held his confirmation hearing in the united states. Senate in two thousand fifteen. After president obama nominated him and the confirmation hearing white great he sailed through no objections The judiciary committee is where they hold confirmation hearings in the senate. They decided on. Julian neal's is nomination by voice vote. They didn't even bother taking a roll. Call vote. They just did all in favor. Aye no objections passing through his floor. Vote in the senate and then he then he can become a federal judge that was in november. Twenty fifteen zero controversy about him. He passes out a committee with zero objections that sets up what is expected to be. What a normal circumstances would be a totally noncontroversial vote on him in the full senate to confirm him to the court. But that never happens. The committee has his hearing and passes through on a voice. Vote with no objections november. Two thousand fifteen. But there's no floor vote. Then december two thousand fifteen comes around. Nothing happens no floor vote. We roll into january two thousand sixteen. Nothing happening no floor vote. President obama of course is in the white house but in the senate that was controlled by mitch. Mcconnell and the republicans and what mitch mcconnell and the republicans did when they controlled. The senate is they. Just refuse to consider president obama's nominees to be
Fresh update on "mcconnell" discussed on Bob Zadek
"Policy, Senator Mitch McConnell discusses his 2016 decision to kill the vote on then judge and now attorney General Merrick Garland. But I do think the issue that you raise Is the single most consequential thing I've done in my time as as majority leader in the Senate. Democrats worry he could do it again if they lose the Senate in 2022, even by even if it's 51 49. They're deeply worried. What's going to happen President Biden's bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin this guy is really good at this. He's a KGB agent. He knows how to read people. He knows how to study people and later why are people still.
Biden Administration to Reimpose Sanctions on Belarus Over Diverted Flight
"Says it will impose further sanctions against Belarus after last Sunday's force diversion to Minsk of a commercial airliner. The incident resulted in the detention of an opposition journalist and his girlfriend. Ellie McConnell reports. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the events of last Sunday a direct affront to international norms, She said the events took place amid an escalating wave of repression by the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. In response, the United States will reimpose sanctions against nine Belarusian state and enterprises blocking US citizens from any transactions with, um it will also work with the European To draw up a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Lukashenka administration associated with human rights abuses and corruption, the falsification of the 2020 election on the events off last Sunday President
U.S. Drawing up Targeted Sanctions on Belarus Officials After Plane Incident
"Against Belarus after it forced to commercial aircraft to divert to Minsk and act which resulted in the detention of an opposition journalist and his girlfriend. Ellie McConnell reports the White House press secretary. In response, the United States will reimpose sanctions against nine Belarusian state and enterprises blocking US citizens from any transactions with, um it will also work with the European Union and other allies to draw up a list of targeted sanctions against key members of the Lukashenka administration. President Biden has announced his first annual
GOP Blocks Bipartisan Probe of Deadly Jan. 6 Riot at Capitol
"Senate Republicans have blocked to the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the capital right six Republicans voted with Democrats to move forward but that was six shy of the votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster democratic leader Chuck Schumer calls it a shameful show of loyalty to former president trump urged Republicans to kill an investigation into the insurrection by his backers this vote has made it official Donald trump's big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party Republican leader Mitch McConnell argued the probe would be partisan though the panel would have had five members from each party Sager mag ani Washington
Top Republicans Dig in Over January 6th Commission Bill
"Senate Republicans are set to block a bill that would create a commission on January's capital insurrection ten Republicans would need to join all Democrats in voting to authorize the commission but most are expected to follow Mitch McConnell's lead I think this is a purely political exercise that adds nothing some Republicans are trying to find a compromise as the party struggles with its response to the riots in general with many still loyal to former president trump top Democrat Chuck Schumer says they shouldn't be hard I shouldn't need to remind this chamber of the scene on January six we were all there reminding them the attack led to capitol police officer Brian sick Nick's death his mother says any lawmakers against the bill should visit her son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery Sager mag ani Washington
Mother of Cop Who Died After Jan. 6 Urges 1/6 Commission
"The mother of the U. S. capitol police officer who died after the January sixth insurrection is urging members of the Senate to vote in favor of a bipartisan commission this week with a procedural vote soon to take place in the Senate and expectations there won't be the needed ten Republican votes to pass the measure Gladys sick Nick made a plea for their support to investigate the truth of what happened at the capitol her son officer Brian sick Nick died a day after violent confrontations with rioters Mrs sick Nick said congressmen and senators who are against this bill should visit her son's grave at Arlington National Cemetery and think about what their quote hurtful decisions will do to those officers who will be there for them going forward Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has called on Republicans to block the measure accusing Democrats of wanting a commission to litigate Donald trump's involvement I'm Jackie Quinn
Cotton, McConnell Announce Bill to Combat Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes
"Senator Tom Cotton. Had not no knowledge of this. Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Today announced they're introducing the preventing anti Semitic hate crimes Act. Legislation to combat the dramatic rise of anti Semitic hate crimes in the United States, Cotton said. Anti Semitism is no place in the United States, the Department of Justice must take immediate, decisive action. To stop the shocking rise of hate crimes targeting the American Jewish community Anybody heard from the attorney general United States. Not a word. Nothing. Anybody heard from the civil rights division of the Department of Justice? Not a word. Nothing.
Biden Proposes $1.7 Trillion Infrastructure Counteroffer to GOP
"Say Major differences remain with the White House over President Biden's major infrastructure plan. Despite a compromise proposal, MPR's Windsor Johnson reports, the Biden administration has cut the overall price tag of its infrastructure package to $1.7 trillion White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the new numbers more closely aligned with Senate Republicans requests. This proposal exhibits a willingness to come down in size will also staying firm in areas that are most vital to rebuilding our infrastructure and industries of the future. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Republicans could support a package up to $800 billion He also says Biden's plan to roll back Trump era tax cuts is where Republicans draw the line. Windsor Johnston.
No Bridge in Sight for Biden Infrastructure Plan
"House has made concessions on its massive infrastructure plan. Though President Biden and Republican senators remain far apart. NPR's Windsor Johnson reports on the offer that produces money for roads, bridges and other projects. Biden administration has cut the overall price tag of its infrastructure package to $1.7 Trillion about $500 billion less than AWAS. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the new numbers more closely aligned with Senate Republicans requests. In our view, this is the art I should say of seeking common ground. Proposal exhibits a willingness to come down in size. We'll also staying firm in areas that are most vital to rebuilding our infrastructure and industries of the future. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Republicans could support a package up to $800 billion. He also says Biden's plan to roll back Trump era tax cuts is where Republicans draw the line.
35 Republicans Buck Trump, Back Study of Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
"Nearly three dozen Republicans bucked party leaders and former president trump in voting to create a bipartisan commission on the capital riot the GOP's John Katko negotiated the bill with Democrats and urge lawmakers from both sides to support it to put down their swords for once just for once just three Republicans spoke in favor of the bill including Peter Mayer who accuse fellow G. O. peers who criticize the attack of backing off but even more troubling there's been an active effort to whitewash and re write the shameful events of that day to avoid accountability but with Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell saying he's against the bill it faces an uncertain path Democrats need ten Republican backers for it to pass Sager mag ani Washington
House Backs Commission on Jan. 6 Riot Over GOP Objections
"The house has voted to form an independent commission on the capitol riots even as GOP leaders work to stop a probe opposed by former president trump the panel would be modeled after the nine eleven commission with five members from each party Republican John Katko helped negotiate it urging GOP members to defy party leaders and the ex president this is about facts it's not partisan politics but just thirty five Republicans voted in favor Marjorie Taylor green says the commission would amount to a witch hunt the media is going to use this to smear trump supporters and president trump the bill faces an uncertain path in the Senate where GOP chief Mitch McConnell is against it Democrat Tim Ryan blister GOP opposition calling it a slap in the face to police everywhere we need political parties in this country that are both living in reality and you any one of them Sager make ani Washington
House Votes to Create Panel to Probe Jan. 6 Insurrection
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting the house votes to create a panel to probe the January sixth insurrection at the US capitol on this vote the yeas are two hundred and fifty two the nays are one hundred and seventy five the bill is passed house speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the vote as the U. S. house of representatives approved the creation of an independent commission to investigate the January sixth insurrection at the US capitol during debate Democrats and Republicans voiced support for the commission we need to get to the bottom of this this is about facts it's not partisan politics not Republican Marjorie Taylor green came out against an investigation the media is going to use this to smear trump supporters in the Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday morning he will oppose the legislation Mike Rossio Washington
Republican leaders turn against bipartisan Jan. 6 commission
"Top Republicans are trying to block the formation of an independent commission to look into the capital right a day after house GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said he's against the legislation Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell joined him arguing the justice department and lawmakers are already investigating the riot the facts of come out and they'll continue to come out top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer is accusing them and other Republicans of caving to former president trump calls the commission a Democrat trap though its membership would be evenly split between the parties what the Republicans are doing the house Republicans is beyond crazy though the legislation is expected to pass the house McConnell's opposition makes it harder for Democrats to get the ten GOP votes needed in the Senate sabar mag ani Washington
Senate, Mitch Mcconnell And House discussed on AP News Radio
"The Senate's top Republican has dealt a blow to Democrats were seeking to create an independent commission on the capital riot Democrats say a bipartisan nine eleven style commission is needed to prevent another insurrection yesterday Mitch McConnell said he was open to the bill which the house is expected to pass today but this morning I made the decision to oppose the house Democrats slanted and on balance proposal house counterpart Kevin McCarthy's also against it Matt last night former president trump urged Republicans to avoid falling into what Democrat trap once again they
House to Vote on Independent Panel to Probe Jan. 6 Attack
"The house is set to vote on an independent panel to probe the capital attack a maid G. O. P. resistance the nine eleven style commission would be aimed at investigating the season and tried to prevent another house GOP leader Kevin McCarthy says he'll oppose it which speaker Nancy Pelosi describes as cowardice not price while the house is expected to approve the measure it'll likely be a tougher sell in the Senate Mitch McConnell says he's Republicans are undecided while reading the fine print leisurely early balance and not tilted while some Republicans say they think an independent probe is necessary many are still unwilling to upset former president trump warns against approving what he calls a Democrat trap Sager mag ani Washington
"mcconnell" Discussed on Dumb, Gay Politics
"Lie. Covert maybe actual small businesses entrepreneurs. We'll get the lungs just all of it here for all of it just like i feel like she'll work with elizabeth warren and people who are fighting the antitrust shit. I mean i blame mark zuckerberg for for. I don't care what entrepreneur. i don't even care if it's people doing magic spoon. It's mark mark's fall. I just. I just feel this feeling even though i have anger and rage and gross toxic feelings when i watched fox news. Listen to one. Republican open their mouth. But like i know we had it with obama so it could change and there could be another trump whatever but all of these people there are blazing the you know a reopening the trail for exactly how our government officials should be. I feel like biden made it clear from the very beginning that this was going to be his legacy from kiki. From harris on down right he was gonna put people in raise opportunities for people of color and women and just keep doing it and doing it and pushing the boundaries and the barriers and he has not stopped. And i just think it's historical and amazing and that's why the feeling is there and it really really truly feels like these people and everything that's going on or a direct response to everything that has just transpired so last but not least mouth secretary of education. The man hopefully has the plan is miguel cardoza again. We couldn't come up with a good nickname at all. We were doing cordova and it just wasn't happening so he's not the best public speaker and there's so many representatives on the news right now for schools teachers unions and cove and safety and student loan forgiveness and they all have different agendas Education is a state and local issue. So i don't really know how much power this position even carries other than. He's clearly going to be involved in distributing cove relief funds and deciding which schools and education centers need it most and that's a huge responsibility and clearly betsy devos wasn't doing shit. No and he also cares. He wasn't educator yet and he. He's has a feeling for kids. Who are underprivileged. Or or. I would say not privileged or like. He has a real true feeling of wanting to educate yeah rather than make money investing in public education chaves changes lives and it saves lives. I've seen it. And i've lived. And i know our challenges ahead are problems that we can overcome together as a sane in spanish goes in london youngest alaw webster in unity there is strength we gain strength from joining together and like our schools. We gain strength when we create a culture of community. That is why if confirmed. I look forward to sitting at the table. With the vast diverse community of people who have a stake in education students parents teachers caregivers advocates and state local and tribal leaders and the dedicated career staff at the department. Their voices matter. I can think of no higher calling than working to build a better more. Equal future for the next generation. Have the same dreams for all of the students in our country. As i do for my own alita and selene you want here. That's what you want. That's the person you want running education. That's you don't need somebody to be like. Everyone should be able to get a charter school if they want to. And you should be able to have the right and the choice to do what you want. That's just what everyone should have the right and the choice and betsy devos is a literal billionaire literal. She bought her job. Just god okay I know this is going long but we have to get into this bitch all right. This is the lady who isn't going to get enough votes to get confirmed and her name is tended. she's nira gonna get confirmed. Okay it's not your partner. Come on where you're from anyway. She's a face. You've seen a million times on the news. And joe biden picked her to lead the office of management and budget. That position is a white house job which involves dealing with the president and how he would want certain bills budgeted and it didn't even use need senate approval because it's really more of a senior adviser position but nixon and words and how all things and political and she gives you inside and other side of the aisle to whatever now that position requires a senate majority well. This bitch spent the last four years on twitter. Trashing trump and every single one of the star bug nuts in congress including but not limited to tweeting. That susan collins is the worst calling mitch mcconnell moscow mitch and voldemort tweeting that tom cotton is a fraud and tweeting that vampires have more heart than ted cruz. Oh my so sad. I mean nearer nearer nearer nearer nearer. You get confirmed god. Apparently she also tweeted a bunch of shit about bernie sanders as well during the two thousand sixteen election so during her confirmation hearing they were bringing up all the tweets and at one point. Senator john kennedy who you may remember as the redneck idiot. Who said on. Msnbc that he wanted to challenge chris matthews to a deal. he's a deniro. Tandon in the hearing. You call bernie sanders everything. But ignorant slut in hearing and bernie sanders is on the on the committee committee. So he's sitting there so he's sitting there with the big chip on his shoulder. All the people she nailed are sitting there like so pissed whether you like bernie sanders or not. She comes from establishment politics. She was the president of a pretty huge democratic think tank fundraising pack and. I'm sure they were throwing their money behind hillary. So that's where all that came from. I'm sure we didn't dig too deep as we don't wanna get too attached to nira but we are going to play you a clip from her hearing because again her life story is very compelling but alas she definitely is not going to get enough votes thirst hero susan collins and lame post post joe manchin have already released statements that they will not vote to confirm her and there's no easy majority in the stupid fucking senate without those two. I own my presence here to their love and support and to the grit and resilience of my mother an immigrant from india. Who was left to make it on her own in america with two young children after her divorce from my father back then she faced a harsh choice stay in the united states and rely on the social safety net. War return to india where she knew her children would face the stigma of divorce. She had faith in this country and made the decision. I believe the courageous decision to stay. We relied on food stamps to eat section eight vouchers to pay the rent at school. I remember being the only kid in the cafeteria line who used ten cent vouchers from the free and reduced lunch program. I remember using food stamps and the grocery store within just a few years..
"mcconnell" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
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"mcconnell" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"That's when mcconnell calls joe biden and says is there anyone that over there that can make deal and biden goes obama. And it's like mitch wants to deal. What do you think. Obama dispatches biden to the hill and then they basically mitch mcconnell very cleverly goes around read and gets a willing partner in joe biden. Now here read. Who had had this in his mind off gamed out is furious. And then joe biden ends up cutting a deal with a modest tax hike on people making over four fifty thousand dollars instead of two hundred fifty thousand dollars. He basically preserves tax cuts as mitch. Mcconnell told his caucus you could argue that we have now permanently enacted ninety nine percent of the bush tax cuts because there was expiration date. I think a lot of liberals look at this story and it gives them just the he. Gb's it sounds like biding played. Biden's argument in the white house is argument. You know this wasn't biden just going totally row like this also vomiting. Which is that did by get played. Perhaps but he also helps. The country avoided disaster. Even so here. It is so upset at the deal. It's he says. Like i'm not going to sell to my caucus. Joe has to come and do it himself. How did he sell it. I'm joe biden. And i'm your buddy so i mean dr chris coons about this and he is like it was tougher like everyone was their new year's eve. Everyone had to stay over the holidays. Everyone's spouses complaining about them. Not being able to go on their family vacations and then to come in and like biden swoops in and cut to deal with mcconnell and everyone thinks like they gave up their leverage. Chris coons told me at like it wasn't an easy sell and probably the only person in washington at that moment that could was joe biden because he did have political capital all stored up and jason furman. Who was on the obama economic team at the time knew. He framed it as listen every time. There's a deal you need somebody to absorb the brushback from your own side for the things they don't like and joe biden was willing to be that.
"mcconnell" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"What we have new norms now. So remember when we come back the other story that illustrates the biden mcconnell relationship it shows how to negotiate it also shows why those deal sessions. Make some democrats sweat. The second moment you focus in on happened in two thousand twelve. A series of tax cuts were about to expire. This was referred to as going over the fiscal cliff. And this is when joe biden and mitch. Mcconnell began negotiating directly. And it's sort of a funny story because mcconnell reached out to the white house like himself to basically be like hey negotiate with me about this. Can you explain why this moment was so important and what happened. yes so. And if two thousand twelve the democrats had just one obama won. Reelection democrats kept the senate narrowly and there was a series of deadlines that basically on december thirty first at midnight. We would go over the fiscal cliff which basically meant seven hundred billion dollars in combined tax hikes and spending cuts so that would have been like it could have sent the economy spiralling. The economy was fragile. And if you when the fragile if you just raise taxes on everybody and also cutback in spending. It's like a form of austerity. That could've ended up crippling the economy at a very sensitive moment. Just it's basically like you're pulling the emergency brake while you're while you're driving. That was sort of the fear. But the designed it that way that was on purpose because the senate was so broken the only way they could get both sides. The table was to design these series of deadlines that would force everyone to actually do something and this sounds very familiar now. Having washed all these kiruna virus packages expire and expire expire. It seems to be what congress does exactly obama campaign the entire time on raising taxes on people making over two hundred fifty thousand dollars a year. Here he read. Harry reid the majority leader when the democrats were in control under obama. Exactly know harry. Reid was intent on keeping that promise. And when mcconnell said like we're not gonna do that more raise taxes on people making over five hundred thousand dollars. Harry reid said no. And so you had this incredibly tense standoff between harry reid and mitch. Mcconnell and neither was blinking so now we're at december thirty s so steering over the precipice of the fiscal cliff. Exactly thirty six hours and mcconnell's people basically haven't heard from harry's people for twenty four hours and mccall's people begin to realize talked to people that were involved in this. They begin to realize here reads going to go over the cliff. And i've talked to harry reid's people in harry reid's people were like. Yeah we are ready to go over the class. Harry reed's play was to go over the cliff. Have all the tax heights go into play and then certain negotiating on which people's taxes to cut to reframe the debate as like now we're going to cut taxes instead of prevent tax hikes because the taxes were going to go up anyway. That was sort of his theory. Mcconnell people thought that a the level of chaos that that would create emaciated unpredictable like it probably was the smart political play like a very easily could have been read in the mcconnell's people like well. What can we do. They've figured that while the white house may not be as enthusiastic to like play with the global economy. This way and so..
"mcconnell" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"It sounds really really smart when you put it like that but you also say it's important to pay attention to this moment because it kind of changed the rules around what the senate does when it comes to supreme court nominees. How so in the decades before bork for the most part the way that the senate evaluated judges was only really based on. Are they competent. Are they like chris sufficiently credentialed and you know do they have any like personal scandals ideology they deferred to the president. Now what happened with bork. Is that they replace that old standard which was more about credentials and they replaced it with an ideological one that you saying that bork was objectionable because of his ideology was new and joe biden admits this in his memoir in fact know boasts about it saying that he had changed the senate by articulating this new standard now. Republicans who obviously want bark on the bench were furious and no one was more furious than a young freshman. Senator named mitch mcconnell ideological opposition to nominee joe. Mcconnell goes to the floor of the senate when it's clear that is being defeated. The result of such opposition will probably be to politicize the selection process not to shift the court either to the left or to the right but he says listen. The rules are changing. And i am nothing not pragmatic and so in the future when we're in charge if democratic president nominate somebody and we all like. We're just not going to vote for him. And we do for any reason we want in. Especially in retrospect now after what happened with merrick garland after what happened the last four years the trump court it's like chekhov's gun on the c. Span video channel and the senator from kentucky. We'll do that some relief. As i indicated earlier it was such a foreshadow of what was to come because after all it's not easy for us politicians to restrain ourselves all the seeds. What happened in the last five years from garland to gorsuch cavenaugh to replacing rb g after she died in the last two months before the election. All the seeds of those actions if you want understand why he was like so unapologetic and was disrupting. The norms is because he felt that the norm already been disrupted three go and he actually said out loud.
"mcconnell" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"Joe biden is proposing literally to add two trillion dollars in debt in his first hundred days. You know so it's like how do you avoid being called a flip flop over in that kind of situation. I mean i think you can call them a flopper. They are well. They're not that matters to voters like a different question. Joe biden has changes a bunch things. Mitch mcconnell's changes my on a lot of things that mean mitch. Mcconnell used to be pro campaign finance reform. now he's anti. He used to court labor support in kentucky. Now he's supporting a lot of like you. What would be considered anti union judges. The court used to court abortion rights groups now. he's pushed through. Amy comey barrington reform the entire supreme court in a way. That's probably the most hostile to abortion rights that we've had since roe v wade so they've both changed you call it and flip-flopping but i also think it speaks a little bit to their style of doing politics. In the reason they've had longevity. They are not fixed. they are not steal. They're not meddle near their rubber. They very much bend with the times which you call them friends. I would call them washington friends which little different very very different. Joe biden has actually flip flopped on this question which is like in two thousand eighteen. He was asked about mitch mcconnell and he was like me and mitch our friends and then a year later when he's wearing the democratic primary he's like mitch art friends and but they do respect each other in a way that is not always usual. Especially nowadays you focus on a couple of in particular that you think are really revealing of the mcconnell biden relationship. I don't want to start with robert bork. And the battle over him potentially joining the supreme court one thousand nine hundred seven and you said that this was a moment that kind of set the stage for what was to come from the start. There was all this liberal opposition to work and joe biden. who was chairing. The judiciary committee had to manage this so told me the story of what he did here. Two things are going on with joe biden at the time that will actually probably sound familiar. The left wing of the party wants to make the fight all about roe v wade and about like the civil rights act and saturday nation. I mean they were saying stuff. Like if bork is put in this position we're going to have segregated. Lunch counters again. That's right ted. Kennedy said that on the senate floor. Robert bork's america is a land of which women would be forced into back alley abortions. Blacks would sit at segregated. Lunch counters rogue police breakdown citizens doors and midnight raids and schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution and joe biden was like that rhetoric too hot if we want to actually defeat him now. Joe biden wanted to defeat bork but his strategy for doing so was. I'm going to focus on the issues that are going to matter to moderate republicans and moderate democrats. So he's he. Instead of talking about abortion rights he talks about contraception and married couples being able to buy birth control which was in griswold connecticut and was like an issue at the time in bork had written about it and sort of cast out on the decision and so that's where joe biden wanted to defeat fork and he did it by focusing on his ideology there so that will sound familiar to a left wing groups. They're just like why isn't joe biden. Say this and it's because joe biden's entire political approach is i need to focus on the moderate republicans in order to get to fifty one and.
"mcconnell" Discussed on The Young Turks
"And violence stop a specific preceding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like but we pressed on we stood together and cetera angry mob with not good veto power over the rule of law in our nation. Not even one night. We certified the people's choice for their forty six president tomorrow. President-elect biden and vice president harris will be sworn in now i would have liked some of that strong language condemning donald trump's behavior prior to the last day of his term. But what mitch. Mcconnell did there was name trump by name which i think is important but when he says by other powerful people i mean we all know what he who he's talking about he's talking about republican lawmakers who engaged in this and enable donald trump in provoking violent mob but trump's not planning on pardoning them the question is will democrats actually push forward and trying to hold these republican lawmakers accountable. And it was so interesting about that. That mcconnell speeches at it seems like he has he has finally decide that he has trump. And maybe the trump movement at a place where it's weak enough that if he's strikes at it now That and do it serious and irreparable harm because you know. Mcconnell has been in an interesting place where he He considers his number one enemies to be democrats and so if he can if he can appeal line with whatever movement exists that will empower him to you know to to go for what you what he wants. Which is basically tax cuts for the rich And expanding his own power and expanding republican power but as he was helping to empower l. That wing that trump is wing of the republican party. He've he knew very well that he was taking a gamble. You know that it's a same gamble that people have made all over world you know. Saudi arabia made it fifteen twenty years ago when they said well. We're having a problem with these kind of a- extremists within our border. Let's let's kind of fun them outside of saudi arabia and that should kind of extra kind of solve The problem but any and john bainer did the same thing with with the tea party like he saw. The energy of the tea party said well. Let's let's stoke this. Let's let's see if we can harness this and see where it goes and it's like you know whenever whenever you do that it it. It's like the sources apprentice. You know it it. It gets it gets out of hand and so it started to get out of hand for mcconnell but now maybe he's looking at this and thinking this is my chance to actually You know to get this animal back in the lab and to end to end to kill at once once and for all and so if he thinks that he can disqualify trump from running in the future and if he can teach a lesson to the republicans who went along with him then it might be in his political interest to do so the question though facing does he have the courage do that because if he goes for it and fails then he. He knows that he's gone. He's going to suffer blowback. Like like you like you've never seen before right. Yeah i mean. I think that's a good point but at the same time there seems to be. I mean when. I compare someone like mitch mcconnell to lindsey graham. I mean i. There seems to be this fearlessness with mitch mcconnell and i'm not saying that because i admire him in any way. Please don't misunderstand. But i mentioned it because you know he stands there gives the speech names donald trump by name and he's unwavering when he has critique for trump. He doesn't get intimidated by trump's base. The same way you see. Someone like senator lindsey graham get intimidated and i mean maybe for good reason. We saw that video of lindsay. Graham being hounded intimidated by trump supporters in person while he was at an airport. So i i mean. I'm sure that was a terrifying experience for him but mitch. Mcconnell has done a better job in kind of striking this balance in criticizing trump When things get pretty intense and extreme while avoiding some of the ir coming from trump supporters. I don't know what do you think about that. You're that's right and partly. I think that goes back to in two thousand fourteen mcconnell. got a kind of trump. No pro trump like Opponent in in the primary and and he crushed the guy and so that and bevan who then became governor was to absolutely terrible governor And was beaten by the democrat but sheer. Who's in office now. And but i think his his ability to take on that kind of tea party wing. Pro that pro-trump wing of the party in his own state and crush them and survive gave him a little bit of confidence now throughout the trump's presidency. He just sat h sat back. And just said do what you need to do. And just keep sending me judges. He was he was completely comfortable with making making that compromise. But he also kept trump at at arm's length. When there was that superspreader event which was the announcement of aiming coney barrett nomination for the supreme court that was almost like a perfect metaphor for his relationship to trump. He didn't show up for that event because he knows that the you know. He's somebody who actually wears masks and takes Takes covid seriously and knows that knows. That trump doesn't but he doesn't say much about that publicly all he wanted from. Trump was amy coney barrett. That's what he wanted. He doesn't need to actually be there. And be around trump and so that that kind of typifies what his relationship was and now that he has a chance that he might be able to finish off trump. It will be interesting to see if he actually takes. Because he has that opportunity if he votes to convict constitutional scholars who think you need to take two votes because there's kind of a comma in the constitution comma and disqualified. So people say you need to take a second boat. Ah disqualify him if he votes for that and impeachment conviction on impeachment than than. He's really he's really finishing them off. Because without social media and without the ability to run isn't have the oxygen for comeback. Yeah and honestly with the social media ban alone. I feel like trump related provocations and news has really died down a little bit and i i particularly enjoy that But one more point. I wanted to quickly make about this possibility of holding republican lawmakers accountable for an ebeling. Donald trump's lies about the election. We heard some strong language coming from mitch mcconnell however there is a democrat in the senate who does not wanna pursue any type of investigation into these republican lawmakers Eric watson tweets. That senator feinstein doesn't appear on board with punishing senator ted cruz or josh hawley for role in challenging electoral college. And then he shares a quote by senator feinstein. I think the senate is a place of freedom and people come here to speak their piece. I would really like her to resign time. I think it's time to go. This is not a helpful situation Having her serve as a senator right now and it puts all of us in really uncomfortable situations when when we have to even even talk about this because there has been reporting that his you know come out of her office from her. Close staffers that she's she has an and we. We all know people who have gone through Dementia and have aged. Who have good days. They have bad days and and an her bad days. They say that she'll get frustrated because You know she's not following along with a with a briefing chill ask for a briefing that she just had an hour before She you know she. She doesn't have she's not with it. In the way that she was for her entire career as as a as a politician and you know constitutionally she's entitled to continue to serve out her term but it makes conversations like these so so so difficult because we have to ask ourselves does she know what holly in crews did and if somebody said to her that they're suggesting expelling a member of the senate for something that they said on the senate floor well then of course you would say no. I oppose that..
"mcconnell" Discussed on Consider This from NPR
"So what does all this stuff that happened and biden and mcconnell's relationship during the eight years. That biden was vice president. Tell us about what might happen. When he's president. There's already been quite a bit of reporting on what a biden presidency and mcconnell senate will look like one thing that could be affected. Our biden's cabinet nominations. The senate has to approve those nominations. So we're already seeing progressive names that some observers say won't be on the list some say that actually could help biden stave off criticism from the progressive base of his party. Like mcconnell made me do it. I had no choice. I talked about that with jackie janet. So the big question hanging over all of this right is like how reasonable is. Are they going to be right. How beholden is each one to the base. that's further to the right or left than they are right. How is each one going to respond to the new reality. Like an and are they gonna go back to the time before right like the the the foggy old days of twenty ten twenty eleven twenty twelve. I think we know they're not gonna go back to the old days. There is no going back this really is terra incognita though especially with the senate mcconnell will be important and powerful no matter which side of the majority. He's on the best at this point. The best democrats can hope for is a fifty fifty tie. That's broken by vice president and this again let's just to make sure just for people who don't know. This is only if democrats win. Both the senate seats in georgia in the runoffs in january. That would mean. There's the senate is fifty fifty and that kamala harris democrat vice president would be the tiebreaking vote if the democrats have a fifty fifty tie broken by the vice president. They have control over what bills come to the floor. They have control over bringing up a nomination. They have the chairmanships of all of the committees. It it it really makes a huge difference in the functioning of the senate. When janet says we are now in terra incognita. She's talking about how mcconnell has some would say bent the rules and the norms of the senate to his political advantage namely not allowing a vote. On merrick garland president obama's pick for the supreme court during an election year but pushing through president. Trump's pick he conybeare it just before an election. Mcconnell says he was not breaking norms that the democrats had their own dirty tricks with supreme court nominations. Still i asked janet jackie if they think despite this good working relationship between mcconnell and biden that we've talked about with mcconnell block biden's judicial nominees. Their answer he will certainly try as far as what they might agree on. It's pretty well understood that some kind of covid relief package will happen. Not long after the inauguration After that infrastructure climate change. Jackie janet sake. Getting bipartisan agreement. Even stuff that scene is moderate could be far fetched. A third of the senate is up for reelection in two years. That could motivate senators to do something or to do nothing here at a good bit about how the left base of the party. The progressive wing of the party will push biden. And you know to do certain things i mean. Mcconnell has his own sort of right wing to deal with in the senate as well. I mean one of the things that makes the a different places you know. He has members. Now who are much less less likely to be compromisers also. Is that part of the issue to for him going forward. Yes for sure There are a lot of senators who never lived in the world that by a bipartisanship that biden and mcconnell can remember that they've never served in a senate where consensus was easy and and a regular part of the legislative process. So in one sense by will have to give a tutorial in how to approach bipartisanship a lot of people and that includes democrats as well right the other. The other dynamic on the republican side is that there are several republicans in the senate who might think that they will be running for president and finding themselves in terms of the parameter of how trump do i wanna be a. How do i make my mark and probably negotiating with. The democrats isn't a great way to get started on your campaign for president is not a thing you want in your report card right. Still even if trump innis matters to republican voters. I wondered if post trump world could actually be better for mitch mcconnell. Do you think he himself is a little bit. Is there a part of him. That's probably kinda glad that going to go back a little bit to the way things were. Oh absolutely i think. He's the happiest person in washington that trump lost really. At least mcconnell can say he got everything he could have hoped for and then some right out of trump in the fort four years. He confirmed more than two hundred conservative judges to the federal bench. Three supreme court. Justices and jackie says he no longer has to worry about coming to work at the senate and getting asked about a controversial presidential. Tweet i would put it more simply say that. If if mitch mcconnell's main goals are keeping the senate in republican hands and packing all of the country's courts federal courts with conservative judges. He could look back at election day and say my work is done..
"mcconnell" Discussed on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
"And I just want to emphasize that our claim that this is an illegitimate president is not sour grapes. It's not because we dislike we hate his it's national security because he yes because he violated national security because he is a Kremlin asset because he used illegal tactics in a legal aid to get into this position because he is backed by a fiesta kit these. Are All things that I have documented extensively, you can read my book hiding in plain sight with it's like thirty five pages of you know tiny little footnotes you could read Craig Unger spoke you could read David. Johnson's Book Malcolm Nancy's book. This information is all in the public domain and that's just how he got there. There are things about this election that have. Only recently been looked at in depth and we've talked about it on the show there's the book rigged by was a David Hammer who discussed how Electronic Voting Systems in the twenty sixteen election we're certainly infiltrated by Russia Kremlin aligned actors and votes were as Harry. Reid. Predicted quite possibly changed. It's quite possible. Trump did not win that election that. Is the point that we've been bringing home to you for the last couple years of this podcast Sometimes, we don't say it quite so bluntly, but that is something that I believe and I think the refusal to admit that that was even possible that this could happen even though there are so many warnings that it could happen is what has allowed him to remain. In power and then the longer this charade when on the longer this assault and our national security and it's overt display of the failure of our institutions in the failure of them to protect us when on the harder it became to reverse but that's the problem. That's why wouldn autocrat is trying to seize power you need to get rid of them immediately you. In, fact needs to make sure they don't get in because once they get in as we're seeing, it is very hard to get them out but we have just an endless array of appointments of unqualified individuals of criminal individuals. Many of these individuals have already left. Some have already been indicted. We also have a litany of crimes that have been committed by this administration the. Foremost one right now is what they have done in reaction to the corona virus, which is an impeachable offense. That's the kind of thing that the Democrats could have been working on is amy. Komi. Barrett was trying to get in as move on impeachment hearings related to corona virus, which has now killed over two hundred and twenty, five, thousand Americans we have what jared. Kushner did which is preventing states from getting necessary medical equipment, denying it to doctors saying outright that they were just going to let people die as a strategy. We see them on TV now Mark Meadows and other saying, yes this is our plan we're going to let people die. All of this is criminal. All of this meets the standards of Criminal Prosecution Glenn Kushner. Kushner I'm so sorry kind Kirschner. legal expert has spoken extensively about that. On top of that, you have abusive migrant, the border forced hysterectomies another subject suddenly dropped from the news that should have been investigated, abusive, powered, and power obstruction of justice being named individual one in a federal probe. These were all crimes that were committed within most of them within the first years of this administration that the House Democrats refused to pursue refuse to impeach on I. Think if they had impeached on all of those and put into the public light the full. Context of criminality at play the stuff that I spell out in my book, and that we talk about on the show all the time I think it would have been a different reaction from the American. Public the kind of panic you are seeing now the kind of dawning that our democracy is, yes, it is in our in its death throes and that this could have been prevented. That is something that people could have grasped a year ago. But because so many officials went on treating this as if it were. Normal others went on to treat it as if it were normal as well. They thought if this is really happening, surely Pelosi would do something surely, the Muller probe would reach a conclusion in which guilty parties were indicted or at least interviewed. Instead, we have just seen total and complete abject failure to deem this administration what it is, which is fundamentally illegitimate at every level. So yes, it is absolutely fair to start looking at the appointments that were made during this administration and demanding that they be removed from their. Position or at least that they be investigated as to their qualifications in as to how they got in those are all completely valid questions to ask when your country is hijacked by transnational crime and your country is hijacked by Mafia money. This is our country. This is our democracy. This is our representative democracy and they will try to tell you do not expect so much. They'll try to tell you this is idealistic. This aiming to high it is not this is a completely reasonable demand. Don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Yes. We have been in a constitutional crisis these last four years and the media has normalized it and a lot of our political leaders have normalized and try to work within a system that is rapidly Frang. So, advice to everybody play the long game play the long game do at the Kremlin. Does do what the Republicans. Do and play the long game fight like hell election cycle after election cycle and keep planting seeds that are going to grow grow grow over time. What you have to remember is that fascism is the American story. The hope we have is that America is moving away from Fascism after being founded in fascism. So keep this in mind like we had so many there's so many native Americans that were slaughtered that it changed the global climate. There centuries, centuries of the Holocaust of slavery. Those aren't footnotes. America has always been a fascist country. All Black and Brown progress has been met with the violence of white rage always when you have like the great migration North was was met with bloody race riots. So this has been a reliable pattern throughout our history. The first black American president was, of course, followed by a white supremacist. This is the American story. It's always been this way. If you're horrified by what is happening right now in America that means you're finally learning that America's history has always been whitewashed. America's history has always been fascism and that great moment of glory that we had when we defeated the Nazis in World War Two, who led that you're that great branding that America has we liberated Europe we punch Nazis. We're that story come from that great mythology that actually is rooted in truth that was led by a Democrat married to feminist that America has gotten its moments glory from good people doing the right thing against fascism so the. Best of us are the ones who punch Nazis the worst of us. Always been the Nazis you had the American aviator hero Charles Lindbergh writing and in Reader's digest in nineteen thirty, nine that we've gotta make America White again. Okay. So we've always always always had this massive strain of fascism our country was founded in it. So if you WANNA take any solace in the in this current Chapter America's fascism is this it's there's more of us than there are them now and they're terrified and so the fascist going inside Hitler's bunker and they're building their arm armaments and They're they're trying to block us from smoking them out of their whole. That's what Mitch McConnell the others are doing..
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"The court. Significantly, it will result in calls for what is called periodic referred to as quote court packing close quote any will have your name attached to it and the consequences. Ultimately, the ones that include the wiping out of any game that you imagine you'll achieve with his appointment but. The game having been wiped out, the cost won't be wiped out. The cost would be long lasting and they will be severe. Now, I'm not saying there aren't other arguments. The other way the will come into that discussion with the President I imagine they would but any White House counsel. If you're asking me that question, we certainly laid that out for the President Jack last question to you, which was really my first question to you would you didn't answer and that is what is your view of President Trump's decision to rush through a nominee in the closing weeks of this election and Mitch McConnell's decision announcement he is going to rush through the confirmation. What's your view of that? I did answer it and I'll and I'll say what I said again, this is the latest step in hard power or. Exercise of hard power by people in the confirmation process both explanation it's not. It doesn't tell us what your view is. I'm giving you my view I'm giving I'm giving you my view I'm giving my view. It it goes back to the bork confirmation hearings I. Believe it was Bob Bob successor said I don't want. To. Paraphrase either that she would have advised or the I think she said she would have advised President Obama I can't. Okay paraphrase by. Her allies president. She would have advised the course of McConnell took if they were in power. And it's not. So all I can say is, are you asking me do I like it or not? Is that what you want to know? Are you asking me do I think it's constitutional. Yes it's constitutional. Is it surprising? No, it's not surprising. It going to be difficult for the country. Yes. It's going to be difficult for the country. Is IT GONNA result in court packing and jurisdiction stripping perhaps? answered. Your Own Question I mean. I'm sorry. I don't I don't really have I actually I like conservative jurists. I've got one last question for Bob Illegal question, which is maybe now seems hypothetical but may not be a few weeks from now and you may be involved in it and this goes to the Supreme Court. If it is a very closely contested election if there is litigation if it goes to the Supreme Court if the Supreme Court has eight justices, not nine. What happens if the court is divided for four does it it depends on what happens when it comes up to the court when his four four so it's very hard to argue in the abstract of, but I understand what you're driving at, which is we can now add a four four court to the endless recitation of nightmare scenarios tackle this election and it doesn't seem like there's any end to the potential might mercenaries however, I will tell you this I'm. Speaking, just for myself over was you know I have some responsibilities for Biden campaign in this area. There's no reason given the experience of the last several years not to think about contingencies. Some of the darker ones I think some of what you hear in the public space on this subject a little bit a little bit fantastic, and for a while, for example, people really wondering could literally Donald Trump by emergency decree, alter the date of the election. I, think we have to separate some of the facts on the fiction here in detail.
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"And now the Spiel just in the interest of fairness and adherence to principles which don't shift based on who's being victimized and who is being valorize authorized. I say I object. I object to one argument. The Democrats are making so robustly pursuing your rights. Even your the right to fight a subpoena shouldn't be taken as proof of guilt now surely let's admit it. foot-dragging via subpoena is clearly the trump tactic. He has used this tactic in the courts. He's used delay tactics for his business. But still I don't think this is a fair argument for a prosecutor to make the as a career law enforcement officer. I have never seen anyone takes takes. Such extreme steps to hide. Evidence allegedly proving his innocence. There's Val demings of Florida data. That's the proposition that fighting subpoenas were trying to rigorously pursue your rights to try to fight I to subpoena and then see what courts say that. That is an indication that you have. Something to hide is in general improper. I think that's a principle that I had here too. Therefore adhere to that principle in this case too. And if there's any question that this is what's going on here was representative Jamie Raskin on Chris. He's a show two days ago. They seem very determined all of them to make sure John Bolton doesn't testify. What is your read on that? Well I think my read is what Tom Paine would say which everybody used their common sense. People who are innocent conduct was perfect and absolutely perfect would want all of the witnesses to come forward okay but having heard that remember the Democrats do not want Hunter Biden to come forward Charles. Schumer said sow served. You be open to say a witness trade for hundred. I think that's off the table. First of all the Republicans have the right to bring in any witness. They want they haven't wanted wanted to and that trade is is not on the table. Okay of course. There are legitimate reasons to oppose hunter. Biden's testimony the most legitimate being it's illegitimate it's e- relevant John Bolton relevant witness Hunter Biden. Irrelevant witness it ends there. But I'm just pursuing the narrower our point the legitimacy of the Democrats saying that failure to produce a witness is a sign of guilt. Maybe they shouldn't say that. So plainly so starkly when they have Jeff Hunter Biden who they don't wanNA produce and I don't think they should produce again you guys understaffed adhering to a principal. And now let me admit something. I believe what I just said I definitely do. I think it's important to hold both sides accountable. I'm allergic to that. One mode of journalism opinion journalism. That says okay. WHO's making the argument that I know that I get to weigh? In on the logic of the argument I hate it but I am a little bit of me I am trying. I am pressing to find something an interesting in this whole ordeal to latch onto. And I'm doing this for me and for you but mostly for me but maybe because and threw me a little bit for for you because almost all of the arguments raised by Republicans. I mean literally. I've heard maybe one thing that was slightly interesting or when I cast myself into the mind kind of person who is fair minded and has already decided maybe one or two things where you could say. Okay I could see where that would go. I could see where that might land. But other than and that it's all chicanery from the Republicans and what we've mostly been getting the arguments from the Democrats which are solid but known terribly terribly known very much in the record so we have the obvious versus the poppycock the petty forgery as they say sorry. I shouldn't have said pettifoggery that would get Thomas Jefferson mad and I want to make clear. I'm not complaining about the pizzazz looseness of the whole process. Going back to the hearings in front of the House. Those recalled pizzazz list but those were great. I strongly disagree with that description of PIZZAZZ looseness. They had new info that firsthand testimony. They had real tension attention. The news they had information. This has none at best. This has old clips of those good hearings. It lacks feature that I think is very important it to get us to really attend to. And that feature is it's not episodic it just spools out and goes on forever even if a news news event is long and boring and has boring speeches and boring parts and listen a lot of news. Events do a UN General Assembly Ancients Creek. Davos isn't going to do much business on pay per view but what happens with those news events. Is They have endpoints. And because they have an points and because they have distinct start and stops a talented journalists can go in see what happened in that distinct period imposed some structure and organization and put forth a digestible news item them and we the public who want to be informed can be informed and we're not dependent on that news item hitting a certain cycle the nightly news the morning papers. I understand the twenty four hour news cycle but this event runs a thwart the twenty four hour news cycle. It never stops there is no discernible endpoint yes between one fifty. Am and sometime around noon. There was less testimony. Then they're usually is but if I ever try to catch up on what happened and I'm always saying to myself wait. Is this the thing that just ended or the thing that's going on and it's further complicated by the fact that all they're doing is talking about things that what happened in the past via clips that happened in the past via arguments that they've made in the past this preceding the impeachment trial unlikely acquittal of Donald J trump bleeds leads into the next fourteen hour impeachment trial unlikely acquittal of Donald J trump. We have reached an impossible level of dullness. And I know how I know how we've gotten there. It's actually not a how to WHO. And who is a him and the him is. Mitch Astronaut Consent that pursuant to rule one of the rules and procedure and practice when sitting on impeachment trials the sucker the Senate inform the House of Representatives is it the Senate is ready to receive the managers appointed by the House for the purpose of exhibiting article. Mitch McConnell arranged this Mitch. McConnell orchestrated this. It's only it was a kind of orchestra that had. Maybe one long node held for hours and hours and hours by oboe. And then maybe a cello play the note for a couple couple minutes just to placate moderates within the Orchestra Caucus Mitch McConnell Superpower Supper if he knows how to bore when others wakeup copy boys down on the boring down he knows he works. Best under cover of darkness so he provides the darkness and we all fall asleep. It is him I blame him. It is intentional. He is beating me. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that needed some sleep sleep. Mitch you are that devil and that's it for today show the justice produced by Priscilla Alavi. Who has been near senior a glass of milk but not necessarily affiliated with said milk developing Daniel Shroeder produced? I do suggest he'd have gotten this job. Regardless of the nepotism involved the gist. We are not interested in trading witnesses and last one of the witnesses Zion Williamson on a rookie contracts that we're listening Perot and thanks for listening..
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"Good morning to you Brad. Off For one more day today it really gets going president. Trump's impeachment trial officially started last week as procedural stuff got taken care of like swearing in Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts. At this time I I will administer the oath to all senators in the chamber in conflict this week. The meat of it really begins the arguments. Each side will eventually begin laying out their case has has admitted to the wrongdoing is chief staff has confessed to the wrongdoing over the weekend. Both sides made their arguments in the public arena and in briefs that were filed. Trump's lawyers calling impeachment a quote brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the two thousand sixteen election adding several times. The president did nothing wrong and you would think at this point everything would beep. We've kind of figured out but there are still so many unknowns about how this whole thing will go this far along and the rules haven't even been set yet on how the trial will unfold just just before we came on the air tonight new reporting on what we can expect last night. Mitch McConnell the Senate Majority Leader put out proposed rules. It's been described as get ready for a food fight in the Senate Chamber. ABC's Trish Turner is all over this on Capitol Hill. She knows the INS and outs of it. Trish pretty amazing that were to this point. Everything's getting going. The the rules aren't even said yes. It's true Alex we're all pretty stunned. It's just an indication truly of how partisan the Chamber is at this point the the the partisan divides are deep and there really is no agreement like back in the Clinton trial when all one hundred senators. They weren't happy with the way on the rules. We're going to be laid out. But they were able to come to an agreement this time other than having this resolution now in our hands the kind of lays out some of the rules of the road like you said they're you're still going to be a food fight later today. Yeah it seems like there is really no agreement here in these proposed rules now by McConnell. What do they say? Where's the divide? Well it's really. The fight has come around this core issue of whether or not to call witnesses documents documentation witnesses basis tooth. That's what they're afraid of and you'll remember the speaker of the House. She held the articles of impeachment for a month. That's unprecedented in and of itself. If the Senate to size if Senator McConnell prevails and there are no witnesses it will be the first impeachment trial in history that goes to conclusion Asian without witnesses and so they really wanted to do. Democrats is try to secure in agreement with the Republicans in the Senate that they would agree to call witnesses. Witnesses witnesses that were called in the Clinton trial and there be an opportunity for the Senate vote for additional witnesses using the Clinton impeachment model. which yeah I think is the fairest way of dealing with good enough for President Clinton that ought to be good enough for president trump for all of this talk and praise of the president of the Clinton trial? The one thing that Republican leader has not said we are going to have witnesses. Well we'll be dealing with a witness issue at the appropriate time into the trial. What he said last night in this resolution and really this was as a result of moderate Republican senators pushing for this? He said. Look what I promise you is. You will get a vote. Upper down on whether or not to call witnesses and then if they get fifty one votes that's four Republicans joining all of the Democrats if they get fifty one votes then kind of go from there if you want to get this over sooner rather than later why not push to try and lender no sentiment and Republican conference offering for a motion to dismiss our members feel that we have an obligation to listen to the argument. There's not any stipulation that there could not be a vote on a motion to dismiss us. This is something that president trump is wanted. Republicans are trying not to have that and then the other real You Know Bugaboo for Democrats. They really don't like this. This issue in the resolution that deals with evidence this information is not extraneous. It's central to the charges against the president so so basically none of the new evidence that's come in from the Giuliani associate left. Parnasse harness says the two worked together to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and that the president knew about all of it. None of that new evidence is going to be able to be introduced in this trial and even the evidence that was reproduced. As part of the House it's record. That won't even be formally introduced until after opening arguments and the senators have asked questions but going into this. It seems like this could take them months to get through this hour. They going to do this today. They've got so much and Democrats have already said they've got a bunch of amendments that they're GONNA file and they're gonNA fight a lot of this. Is this really going to happen in the next day or two. We can only hope just for our own schedules right. Alex so I think today is really going to be dealt with all the procedural stuff tough. So yes you're right. The Democratic leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer. He's he is furious on something as important and serious as impeachment. Senator McConnell's resolution is a national disgrace. He wants to introduce multiple amendments having to do with witnesses. We think the balance balance of this day will be spent with just that fighting out witnesses and we will introduce a whole series of amendments for witnesses for documents and other ways to straighten out what McConnell has done and make it a real trial with evidence witnesses and in ways that the American people can hear it but at some point wait truly. The trial has to begin we think and And so we think from our sources that that really is. The opening arguments are really kick off in earnest on Wednesday. And that's when you'll see that wildly. Condensed schedule it just so different than Clinton trial instead of eight hours a day for about three days A. We're GONNA each side for arguments. We're GONNA see House managers for twenty four hours. Spread over two days. Pre have to present their arguments. That means of course Alex as we begin every day at one o'clock so we're not ending until at least one. Am Democrats say this is trying to bury this trial in the dead of night. Four Republican senators will be watched very closely. Here will they join Democrats and asking for witnesses. Lisa Murkowski as you just mentioned there of course Susan Collins of Maine as well Mitt Romney of Utah in the Mar Alexander of Tennessee Hennessy. But I would say what we have seen from some key. Republican senators who could really tipped that balance on votes with just a simple majority. They are on board with the McConnell resolutions. I really do think we're going to be looking at these twelve hour days at least through Saturday to get us through opening arguments and then it's anybody's guess it's what happens on witnesses. My head is spinning. They're still so many. What if in this whole thing? It's getting going but they still don't know exactly how it's GonNa go. ABC's Trish Turner on Capitol Hill as always. Thank you for boiling it down so we can understand sir. Thanks.
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The challenge John King is still with me and stepping up to the microphone is C. N. N. legal analyst and impeachment expert. Ross garber Ross. Always great to have you with us. Thanks for being here. It's great to be here. So what does an impeachment trial without witnesses. Have you ever. Have you ever experienced one of those. Well you know you you were talking about the Clinton trial Just a a little while ago. Oh you know. Let's look at the Clinton trial there. There were depositions closed-door depositions and excerpts of those depositions were played at the trial but there were no actual tool witnesses at the Senate on the Senate floor. I think this trial without witnesses is gonNA look awfully similar. What Clinton trial look like sort of with these deposition witnesses witnesses? I think what you're going to see our arguments by the lawyers. And then probably excerpts of testimony at the house and You know from from I'm from video so I I actually think this trial is going to look a lot like Clinton and what was your reaction when you saw. The John Bolton was yet again raising his hand and saying he had something to offer. Did you Do you see John Bolton as a figure that can add real new pertinent and important information into this case Kenny. Yes Willie I think almost certainly know and let me tell you. Why can't he you know he was the guy who called this a a drug deal He was the guy who referred to Rudy Giuliani as a hand grenade. He had strong feelings about this. He sent Fiona Hill to the lawyers players. We don't know though is what if anything he and trump talked about specifically did he say those kinds of things to trump did trump say. Hey wait a minute. No here's what's really going on. You know bulletin could add. I think a lot there You know think about what would happen if Bolton said yes I brought these issues to the president and the president said No. This is important for my re-election effort that would be huge I have no reason to believe that. That's what actually happened. But his testimony could be important will happen. No it's not gonNA happen I see no scenario where John Bolton is GonNa actually testify about any of this stuff in the Senate. Yeah I was GONNA ask you. Is there any play for the house. Here Bolton statement is very specific he says if subpoenaed by the Senate which he knows the Senate is controlled by Republicans He's is a lifelong Republican staffer. Is there a play here by the house. They've already passed the articles of impeachment. Can they reopened the case where they have to start a new case could they. It should they should they if you were the lawyer advising them just under some oversight capacity say he is publicly said he's willing to answer a subpoena. Is the house different from the Senate. Get your tail in here. She sometimes on some of this stuff if I feel like I'm analyzing professional wrestling because because so like in the real world Even even in the real the world is there for the real down. John Bolton isn't showing up at the House Nancy Pelosi and Adam shift no that subpoena no subpoena enforcement action. No enforcement action. John Bolton is not testifying the house they know that and so you know when you say. Is there a play. You the Bolton move with sort of interesting it's it's a good political move and you know he happens to also be getting ready to sell some books. I think it was a good move you. His He's projecting. Hey Look I've got information. I'm willing to present it in the appropriate forum which is now the United States Senate. He knows that the Senate is very unlikely because they're controlled by Republicans to call him. He also knows that even if even if he were called testified he would probably have to assert executive privilege and in the Senate Senate executive privilege issues are decided by either the chief justice or by the senators and so that's a much more favorable art form forum. He knows even if a word get there. And I don't think it's GonNa for those kinds of discussions and he also knows That that Pelosi and Shifa very unlikely to go and try to subpoena him now because they know it's going to be fruitless effort and all the all the fun stuff. I'll call it. You just talked about direct conversations with the president. The White House could assert privilege and try to block him from testifying correct saying that. That is private advice to the president states protected by privilege. Yes the IT. It would be the president's privilege to assert Could they block doc a willing witness if you if he came and said. Hey look. I'm GONNA testify a WANNA testify. I don't care about any privileges. Could they stop them from doing it. I think probably not but but it is the president's privileged to assert and gives him a reason to not testify most people when you know their executive privilege is asserted by the the president. They honor that privilege login. Don't testify but it would certainly prolong this right. Wouldn't that be litigated. In some way I the privilege issue it would prolong the trial. Well maybe and maybe not so the weight would work in the Senate is the first thing that happens is Let's say they subpoena him. Then he comes in and starts after questions. What's your name John? Bolton was your position about all that stuff all right tell me about conversations you have with the president. I've been instructed. His third executive privilege What would or would probably happen is an objection by the president's Vince Lawyers? Then on that objection. The decision would be made in the first instance by the chief justice to decide whether to make the decision himself or to give it to the Senate. If he makes the decision himself the Senate can still overrule him and so a my sense is even if we go down that far more problem. We're not gonna but even if we were or two it's very unlikely it would get to court because there are a bunch of firewalls before you even get there and were to get to court. You've probably already got a decision in by the chief justice of the majority of the Senate. RFID issue nothing would prevent Mitch McConnell from holding a final vote on impeachment articles even if it was being litigate. Yeah and when when one nerdy procedural issue is very likely wouldn't take jurisdiction over it because of a case called Nixon versus the United States said the Senate gets to set its own trial rules and impeachments another technical question for you everything. We're hearing as John mentioned in the last block is that these articles of impeachment are likely to be transmitted from the House to the Senate sometime this week But there had been conversation Lindsey Graham had suggested the Senate can go ahead and start the trial without them. Your read on that is is that true. Can the senators begin the trial without the articles. Coming over from the House yes. There's a way that they could have done procedurally. What was happening? Is I think Nancy. Nancy Pelosi was just trying to you know buy a little time. She had people coming up to her right after the impeachment. Vote saying. Hey look this is procedural move. That might be able to get some leverage and I think she was able to just say look let. Let's just get out of town. We'll deal with this when we come back. You know you noticed. You didn't see her making any big statements over the break saying. Here's what I'm trying to. I don't think she was trying to accomplish anything At the same time McConnell has been steady on this very steady and very firm that he's content to sit around and wait. But you know who wasn't that chill about it is the president. The president is not very chill about it and so I think chill about most things. But he he he. He didn't want to just relax like like Mitch. Mitch McConnell was I think suggesting he do so I think I think that's why you saw Lindsey Graham. Come out and say well you know we can. We can actually force the issue and Josh Harley came came out with his his his. You know his legislation to to try to do that. None of that is going to become necessary. I think most people were saying that Nancy Pelosi was going to transmit the articles in due time John. Ross raises a good point that I just want to get your take on the president's state of mind right now as he's heading into this impeachment trial what is it what is it. What is the White House From your understanding and reporting different in any way than it has been as he and a different mood or head space than he has been. He is still very worked up. Agitated agitated about this. You saw that in his tweets. When he was in Mar-a-lago you saw that when he was calling friends and allies asking them? Should I trust PAT. Simple only to be my lead attorney. Who else should I put in there? You saw that one to Ross's Ross's point about you know people who trying to dial back a little bit coming out publicly like Lindsey Graham trying to say things to calm the president down We have seen this movie. We don't know what this trial is. It's GonNa look like we don't know exactly what's going to happen but we know the president falls these things very closely and when he doesn't like something he'll let us know other call the Internet That will be unlike in the Clinton impeachment trial. Bill Clinton didn't have twitter on the Internet was still baby In those days and that adds to me a whole other political complication as this place out again to the point earlier if Republicans any any Republican senators short wavering. On this president they will know instantly what he thinks. I think IT A. We'll see as you said I don't know how to play but I think twitter and all all of the constant conversation about it probably means that public opinion isn't going to shift very dramatically on it would be my guess and therefore the scenario you painted out earlier is probably the most likely scenario where we don't see some folding of a few Republicans because it's hard to imagine how public opinions shifts at this point in a dramatic way number number. Keep an eye on Democrats you know. Look at look at mansion. Look at cinema. I think the Democrats are where the action is probably not the Republicans but he make of that. I think that's correct. I uh I do think the Republican senators on the ballot next year and Lamar Alexander. who started as a young aide to Howard Baker from the Clinton impeachment? Does he somehow go to Mitch. McConnell and say we should have witnesses. I don't see any of that happening right now. I just don't of but we live unpredictable time so I would watch them. I think Ross makes an interesting point. The president would be thrilled if a couple of Democrats two three four voted on his side because then he would spend this as a democratic failure. He still has forever the stain of impeachment. That's not going anywhere that's why he's agitated. He knows that John. Ross thank thank you so much for joining me on the daily. DC.
"mcconnell" Discussed on This is War
"Ryan's are we supposed to arm up or anything like this and they said no and then I got a report from the police department that a individual of Arabic descent had been asking Oren in November of two thousand four we departed I don't I don't know how that I think it's it flat come out to that they did not really have a mission for the battalion because got there with we were supposed to originally go to crit I don't know how that got changed but we ended up down an air of John and they were looking for work for us I think somebody finally were considered to be in a war zone where receiving all the benefits of being in a war zone and I'm sitting at a mayor sell watching our fuel trucks comeback for Brunswick there in the driver verse that Sunken Look in their eyes blackness it just exhaustion they were going through I felt like I had deployed for nothing you know I don't recall anything special about it was just nothing to it got the unit back out of there and hit it home I did a lot of people you know thanking me for my service and asking me what it was like to be in war and you're like I can't really tell you what it's like to be in war I'm near it but I'm not in it McConnell carried back with him a self imposed guilt he didn't shirk his responsibilities but he had wished he had had the opportunity to do something essential or at least just helpful in the war effort he was coming up on twenty years in the military with an eye on calling it a career and McConnell wanted just one more chance to see some action eventually he traded out his next assignment which included a move to Pennsylvania so he could take that opportunity I just gotten back from Kuwait my sons had been the sign me up I got back home two thousand four and two thousand five was on my way back and we actually went to Iraq this time jumped on the erred flew into L. S. Anaconda in the middle of the night which was completely disorienting again and we woke up in the morning they we were staying in some who teaches are Idiots going yeah you guys are obviously knew it's like there's one siren for the entire base and it was like a thirty five mile perimeter so does mortar changed once again they said well your shower laundry and clothing repair and we don't have that job here's what we want you to do is sit in the command post from fourteen hundred twenty two hundred nine if this phone rings answer it as you've gotta be shitting me McConnell lobbied hard for other duties he wasn't Reynolds Junkie but he knew he couldn't bear another completely safe combat tour he jockeyed for a different assignment anything to get out beyond the wire eventually he what kind of a compromise McConnell would head up a construction crew supervising local nationals and third country nationals it wasn't particularly dangerous work but it did give him a genuinely useful job shoring up the base against mortar and viva tax we'd go in the morning and there'd be a a list of base with believe it was three Ktar drivers and then the rest was my Iraqi crews six cranes they all operated the cranes eventually the military decided that Ktar drivers were too expensive so they started hiring The term was third country national so I had I ended up with a Filipino truckdriver and two Indian truck drivers so that meant that the truck driver pay went from something like seven thousand dollars a month down two thousand we got called up to the believe it was the North Entry Control Point we had a new unit come in and they wanted their twelve foot barriers replaced with fifteen footers that it was a useful practical part of the war effort McConnell was doing his part to protect military lives and to make things safer generally for everyone involved at least he thought the difficulty in working with local nationals though was that among the insurgency Iraqis were seen as traitors to the cause and dealt with accordingly.
"mcconnell" Discussed on Dumb, Gay Politics
"Now, it's time for so there's that. All right. So this is the part of the show where Juliet defined a so there's that moment that's happening because of our in spite of the nightmare called our government. She hates doing it because it's fucking impossible. And I don't blame her. But after learning what a dick fuck Mitch McConnell is we could all really us. So there's that right now. So man now, which come up with nine mean always. It seems a little. Okay. Well, what can you do? There's not really a so that I can tense episode that we've ever made. I'm sorry that my so there's that is like last night, I raped Mitch McConnell. I mean, we ask cancer anything anything anything lease God. Well, this is going to seem a little trite. But let's try and think of it in a gram scale. Okay. It does get harder and harder. And I I really even stopped writing it halfway through. I was just going to talk. But I did find this little story, and it really did warm the Daikos of my heart and as a. I haven Tate to say that I'm gender non conforming because I don't even feel that way anymore woman. And that's it. And the way I present myself as just the way present myself, but I do have to say that the freedom to decide what I wear is probably one of the greatest gifts. I have an order to find some semblance of physical comfort. I would die. If I was forced to wear a skirt or address, I would die. And I know that sounds who cares wearing address whatever Mitch McConnell needs to get raped. You know, but if you really just, you know, think about what you wear and how it makes you feel and just that little bit of freedom and that little bit of comfort, and even when you feel bad or you feel insecure. It's just you're at least choosing what you want someone forces you to be innovating suit. Right. And you get your job. Right. And you're like, no, I don't I can't be forced to do that. I just right. So exposed right? Exactly. Now women in the military and in other sex. Ters of American life are still forced to wear skirts or dresses as part of their uniforms while men are still given the freedom and courtesy of wearing pants now, I'm not against uniforms at all fits specific to the thing that needs a uniform. It's not a thing that turns me on. But as far as like things needing a uniform, they need a uniform, so fine. However, when you delineate women's wearing skirts and men wearing pants, you right there that is a form of sexual assault. And it's not wearing a skirt fucking uncomfortable. And you can't do the same things. A man can do in pants. You just cannot you're worried about your fucking underwear your legs or fucking hanging out. You can't do running because you probably have to wear stupid fucking heels. And it's just like a whole thing. It's not you can't kick ass in this car. You can't kick ass in a skirt. You're not going to go kick someone's ass in an alley a skirt. Or if you do you have to take your shoes off, and you're just like fuck it. I'm going to pull this thing up. Heater all bleeding, or whatever the foreign can do it in that one movie. Right. So I'm just saying, okay. I think removing now in in schools. There's also still uniforms in schools, Catholic, schools and religious, schools and other military schools. People have to wear these kids were uniforms now when it comes to schools actually, kind of like not that against it. Because I think removing the sigma fashioned from kids lives can be a good thing. Yes. You know, what I made it still be pants. Exactly if equalize is everyone economically and all the body shapes and identities are all on the same level. However, there are still many schools that in their uniform policy make girls where dresses or skirts and boys get to wear pants, and it drives me fucking crazy. And I know is watching this thing on the military where like trans people..
"mcconnell" Discussed on Dumb, Gay Politics
"Whoever thought who would have it's really strange nineteen Eighty-four really did like market turning point from for America. And it's funny that he's on that for me. It is it is because who would have thought that because we all think of nine hundred eighty four and we think of music. Yeah. Certainly movie Cobra just say, no, right? Mad aids all of it and Mitch McConnell. So just knowing that he's he's in Kentucky. And that there hasn't been there wasn't a Republican before him. And that he's he's elected every year. I feel strongly that the democratic committee. Should send a huge amount of budget. And I don't know why they haven't done this. I don't know if Democrats aren't strategic. I really don't know. Maybe they're just not power mongers. But I don't understand why you don't make a strategic move in a state that seems so ripe for the taking. They don't care about him. They don't give a fuck. They're not informed. Send somebody down take. Brittany jacks. Jackson girlfriend, right and have a run. And they'll all be like, we love Andrew pump. Brittany. I swear and they should care about Mitch McConnell. They know that he's the one obstructing everything damn ship Kentucky people don't know what I'm saying. So I think Democrats should be strategic, and and send all the budget. Make a bunch of commercials for Kentucky, whoever they want a democrat elected. So that we can get him out of there. Because after you hear this you're going to see it's important that the motherfucker. Okay. Early in his career. He was a pragmatist and a moderate, but he veered much farther to the right over time when gaining power and getting reelected became more important to him than his actual job of representing Kentucky as a Senator. So Alex McGillis biography of Mitch McConnell. He said that Mitch McConnell transformed quote from a moderate Republican who supported abortion rights and public employee unions to the embodiment embodiment of partisan obstructionism and conservative orthodoxy on Capitol Hill. The biographer argued that McConnell's transformation was here we go driven less by a shift in ideological convictions. Instead by a desire to win elections and stay in power at all costs..
"mcconnell" Discussed on WSJ What's News
"Are the president and mitch mcconnell collaborating will to whiz quickly one is is the push for judicial nominees this is a high priority for the president and for the senate majority leader leader they're trying to get as many judges installed at all levels of the courts federal courts as quickly as they can and on the political side we saw mike pence at a fundraiser in washington dc at the trump hotel for mitch mcconnell superpac this week which is the first time a trump administration official has helped raise money for a mitch mcconnell superpac so that was a big moment for both sides to so my clearly there are benefits to the republican party maintaining a united front especially heading into the midterms but do you think this alliance between the president and mitch mcconnell will last will it's hard to say in trump world what will last and for how long i think it's probably safer to predict that there will be a more ups and downs in this relationship that just sort of how how we've seen things play out with this administration over the last year and a half people never get are never in the inner circle for too long but then when they get cast out there not out for too long either so it's it's sort of a cyclical thing within this administration and it's good for right now and i know that people in both the white house and in the senate majority office are both just happy with the way things are for for the moment wall street journal reporter mike bender joining us from washington thank you so much mike thank you and that's what's news i'm anne marie for totally in new york for the wall street journal.