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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Donald Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday. And, if the president doesn't get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other priorities, Mulvaney said according to a source in the room during the tense talks with GOP members. ... There are currently 30 Republicans who say they will not vote for the Trump-backed legislation. Among the latest is Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington. "While I appreciate this week's effort by Speaker Ryan and his leadership team to better protect older Americans from health-care cost increases, the difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed," Herrera Beutler said in a statement Thursday.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump's first days in office said they would soon try to head north again - but this time to Canada.

As Trump seeks to crack down on undocumented immigrants in the United States, about half of whom are Mexican, there are some nascent signs that more Mexican migrants see a future in Canada, which in December eased travel for visitors from Mexico.

Canadian government data shows a tripling of Mexicans seeking to travel to Canada in the three months since the visa requirement was shelved.

It is not a firm indicator as many people could be genuine tourists. But tie it to a surge in calls and emails to immigration lawyers from recently arrived Mexicans looking for work permits, as well as the accounts of deportees like Rita and Mexicans already in Canada, and it suggests a new migration pattern may be emerging. read more


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Americans approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president and of the direction the country is headed, according to Morning Consult/POLITICO surveys conducted over the past six weeks.

The most recent poll, conducted March 9-13, found that 52 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, compared with a 49 percent approval rating shortly after Inauguration Day.

When asked about the direction of the country, 46 percent of Americans said they believe the country is on the right track, up 4 points since a late January poll and up 17 points since immediately after Election Day, when just 29 percent of voters felt the same way. read more


Sunday, March 12, 2017

As an Academy Award-winning producer and a political conservative, Gerald Molen has worked in the entertainment business long enough to remember when being openly Republican in Hollywood was no big deal. "In the '90s, it was never really an issue that I had to hide. I was always forthright," recalled the producer, whose credits include Schindler's List and two Jurassic Park movies. Those days are largely gone, he said. "The acrimony -- it's there. It's front and center." For the vast majority of conservatives who work in entertainment, going to set or the office each day has become a game of avoidance and secrecy. The political closet is now a necessity for many in an industry that is among the most liberal in the country. read more


Friday, March 10, 2017

The American Bar Association declared Judge Neil Gorsuch "well-qualified" to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump's pick to succeed the late Antonin Scalia the group's highest rating.

The bar association's standing committee on the federal judiciary reached its decision unanimously, according to Nancy Scott Degan, the group's chair. read more


Comments

As if Americans shouldn't have the right to hear real answers to real questions to someone being appointed to a lifetime appointment on the SC?

So you think that Sotomayor should have answered questions as well?:

Nominees frequently do not respond to questions that they deem inappropriate. However, the propriety of not answering is controversial. The more queries address issues that nominees, if approved, may decide while on the bench, the less probable is a response. This line has been drawn because nominees must resolve cases on their specific law and facts, and might have to recuse themselves as Justices, were the answers they gave during their confirmation hearings to suggest prejudging of the issues.

When Judge Sotomayor testified on three days last week, she followed approaches that all Supreme Court nominees since Judge Robert Bork have employed. Judge Sotomayor basically appeared to say only so much as was necessary to be confirmed, probably realizing that there was minimal advantage to be had in stating more or in being very direct, and substantial downside risk in doing so.

When Republican senators asked the jurist her views on abortion, she explained her general understanding of the Casey opinion, the most relevant case on abortion, but only minimally elaborated. For example, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked: "Should viability, should technology, at any time be considered as we discuss these very delicate issues that have such an impact on so many people" – but followed up, before the judge could respond, "And your answer is, that you can't answer it." The jurist then replied: "I can't because that's not a question the court reaches out to answer."

This formulation, or variations on it, were constant refrains throughout the three days. Judge Sotomayor's patented answers were not reserved for Republicans. For instance, when Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) asked whether the jurist believed that "Congress has the constitutional authority to regulate financial markets," she responded, "I can't answer that question." When Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) concomitantly asked whether Justice Clarence Thomas correctly determined that the Fifteenth Amendment did not authorize the Voting Rights Act preclearance provision, Judge Sotomayor began a protracted soliloquy about a "question that courts are going to be addressing." In response, Franken, like Coburn, interrupted her, saying "so that means you're not going to tell us."

Save your faux outrage for when your TDS is really flaring up...

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