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The Democrats’ naked power grab
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank

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“Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789. If Congress wasn’t broken before, it certainly is now. What Reid (Nev.) and his fellow Democrats effectively did was take the chamber of Congress that still functioned at a modest level and turn it into a clone of the other chamber, which functions not at all. They turned the Senate into the House. Democrats were fully justified in stripping Republicans of their right to filibuster President Obama’s nominees — yet they will


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 11/21/2013 11:18:39 PM     (No. 9624708)

This is now two Washington Compost articles that say the Dimocrits were "justified," but that it´s still wrong. In other words, if it wasn´t for those damned Republicans not turning us in to a dictatorial democracy, then we would have to do this.

We are so close to joining Rome in the category of Once Great Republics, I don´t even know if I´ll be dead before it happens.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Penney, 11/21/2013 11:34:36 PM     (No. 9624715)

The current beltway´s statist dem pols were already way out on their socialist power-grab limb, which TODAY they may have just sawed off, eh?

dem pols have no shame, no respect, no honor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bighambone, 11/22/2013 12:02:48 AM     (No. 9624730)

What the Democrats did is abandon over 200 years of bi-partisan US Senate advise and consent on judicial nominees that gave the federal court judges credibility to just partisan Democrat consent for Obama´s judicial nominees that will result in the appointment of radical political judges.

Look for the Democrats to reverse this rule change the moment they realize that they have lost control of the Senate on a last minute vote before they give up control.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 11/22/2013 12:15:34 AM     (No. 9624735)

Congress is not broken, Mr. Reid, the SENATE is broken! And it has been ever since YOU have been the majority leader. You, sir, are the problem and as long as you are still running the Senate, there is no hope for the American people.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Japanorama, 11/22/2013 12:43:16 AM     (No. 9624741)

What part of "by any means necessary" do the American people not understand?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Gruntled, 11/22/2013 1:13:43 AM     (No. 9624745)

#4: does not matter. Since the D´s have now trashed the rule, the R´s will simply reverse it on the very first day. Once the horse is out of the barn that is the end of it. History will eventually call Senator Pussbag (D-Nev) the worst Senate Majority Leader in history.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nimby, 11/22/2013 1:39:09 AM     (No. 9624750)

The way Republicans need to repay in 2014 is not by reversing this stupidity, but by giving the dRats a taste of their own medicine

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Reply 8 - Posted by: steveW, 11/22/2013 6:45:59 AM     (No. 9624865)

One day, in the one-party Progressive States of America permanently rules by the Democrat Politburo, those knuckle-draggers who resisted Progress will be made to regret they ever did.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Rmagnus, 11/22/2013 7:07:38 AM     (No. 9624891)

I trust Thomas Jefferson´s judgment over the corrupt, lying, worm Harry Reid´s any day.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/22/2013 7:20:44 AM     (No. 9624903)

What we are seeing is a President and his political party willing destroy this country in order to remake into their vision. There has never been such naked push for political power in this country. Nothing will stop them. If they, especially at this time when they are seemingly failing, make a move like this, it is because they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goal. They have this one opportunity to bring down this country and they mean to take it. Now. This is just the beginning. The real work of destruction is coming. They will not be deterred. I believe Republicans do not have the grit to fight the reality that they are facing with the Obama regime. Either they don´t believe them or they can´t believe this could happen in this country. Either way, we have no army on the field of battle.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 11/22/2013 7:31:41 AM     (No. 9624919)

Now the most left-wing radical communists will be appointed as judges all over the country and there´s not a thing to stop this. Expect gun-rights to be a major target of these commies.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Joe vann, 11/22/2013 7:48:38 AM     (No. 9624945)

I have been proud of the Republicans for having filibustered so many of the anti-Constitutional appointees made by Obe and his regime.

I consider Obe, all of his people and 90% of the democratic legeslators enemies of our Nation.

It wouldn´t surprise me that before this nightmare is over, that some of us will be receiving a in the middle of the night visit..."please come with us...no you won´t need your suitcase."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: paral04, 11/22/2013 8:23:24 AM     (No. 9624996)

What comes around goes around. When the Republicans gain the Senate ion 2014 it will be very interesting.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: saucy, 11/22/2013 8:32:56 AM     (No. 9625005)

I heard it said that the rule is canceled when the dem´s sentate/power expires.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/22/2013 8:43:39 AM     (No. 9625029)

Live it to Marxist democrats to say something that is wrong, is justified.

They are pleading temporary insanity as a defense.

All for one purpose only.

To pack the courts and agencies with as many fellow Marxist communists as possible. The courts with lifetime Marxist communists over ruling our constitutional limits put on government, destruction from within just as always was predicted by their fellow communists around the world.

Don´t look to the republican leadership for any resistance as they are in lockstep with the same goal as they are fellow Marxists communist themselves tearing into all true republicans who are conservatives as trouble makers who want to upset the real political agenda which is slavery to government pasted off as ´We care for you, your needs and wants and al your need do is fall in line and not fight the ruling class people.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/22/2013 8:55:25 AM     (No. 9625056)


I believe ´willing to do whatever it takes´ includes elimination of all opponents one way or another.

People they are declaring war on the people who will not fall in line with their agenda.

Look at what they are doing, the whole picture, it is tyrannical rule of the simple majority who just happen to be Marxist communists who have no problem with your elimination and will do so unless you unite against them. Look into all their supporters who are openly stating they need to eliminate conservatives of all races for the good of the Marxist communist community.

Be prepared

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/22/2013 8:59:23 AM     (No. 9625066)

I´m going to look on the bright side. The Republicans don´t have to vote any more just let the communist own all the Waterheaded baby schemes and live with them. Sit back and let your enemy beat itself. Move out of the way but I don´t think McCain can do that.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Namma, 11/22/2013 9:18:39 AM     (No. 9625095)

dirty harry has just helped obamma transform this country. our most imperial Leader cAn place his own"kind" into power to control Americans..can you think of sharia law being implemented into our court system.
either these democrats are so dang stupid as to give total control of this country, or someone somewhere in Chicago has some dirt on dirty harry. the dems must not realize that they will alos have to live under the rulings of obamamas judges..

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/22/2013 9:46:55 AM     (No. 9625146)

Let´s ask ourselves, why now? Why are they so adamant about putting Obamacare rubber stamps on the DC court? Could it be that they anticipate numerous legal challenges? How better to gum up the works than an Obama lackey hearing the case.

Right now the judges are split evenly 4 to 4 among Democrat and Republican appointees. They will now appoint 3 more Obama´ites which will change the shape of the court. Was it worth upending 250 years of tradition? To a neo-Democrat radical, yes.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: TxEngr1, 11/22/2013 10:00:54 AM     (No. 9625176)

Just like with ObamaCare, this rule can´t be reversed until Dems´ own faces are mashed hard into what the horse dropped as it left the barn.

Let Harry Reid return the rule to its former status. So what? The next Repub majority simply votes it back to its current state.* Then Repubs pass something that used to require cloture but now only requires 51 votes. Then the back room negotiations start and quietly the rule is reinstated as it was.

* Note: I don´t believe there are near enough Repubs with the oysters to do this, so this is wishful thinking on my part.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/22/2013 10:28:47 AM     (No. 9625236)

The good news is: they´re not ALL communists.
As the Reids get more and more desperate, more totalitarian dictator like, the few, non communist to the death democrats will break out of their nazi like party.
Their own constituents are beginning to question them right now. Imagine a long term socialist like Waxman, quietly undermining individualism for so many uninterrupted years, nobody bothering him. and now, lots of non communist, well meaning so called liberals, are seeing people controlling, freedom smashing things
they don´t like and they´re asking Waxman objectionable questions like never before. This would be a great time for Breitbart to go to Nevada and get some "on the street" interviews about Reid gone crazy, power mad Reid betraying his own voters. These signs of total desperation mean that they are losing, they a have gone too far, they are falling apart.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: thefield, 11/22/2013 11:32:03 AM     (No. 9625362)

Ldotters, and lookylous it will not do us any good to use the rules against the Demos in 2014 not with Barack in charge until 2016.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: zuker5, 11/22/2013 11:57:21 AM     (No. 9625401)

Rules that are so easily passed, are also easily undone. Reid and 0bama will reverse this rule before Reid gives control of the senate back to the Republicans, then the media will cry about a Republican power grab when the Repubs try to change it back. One thing it does show is the desperation of Prince Harry and Jehoba. They know that they´re getting ready to lose control of the Senate, and are going to ram through everything that they can before they do.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Marzon, 11/22/2013 12:54:44 PM     (No. 9625503)

They now they are going to get trounced because of Zippycare in the next election, so they need to pack the courts with fellow marxists now before they lose power. Then they will use the courts to further their anti-american goals.

It also has the added advantage of bumping the Zippycare disaster stories off the front page.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/22/2013 1:42:42 PM     (No. 9625588)

I´m still here calling for another revolution. It´s actions like this that cause me to do so. In my 68yrs, I´ve never seen such openness to change this country into something it was not intended to be. And how illegal they do it without anyone pushing back. So, I call for citizens to rise up, lock and load you personal weapons, help organize or join a group of like minded citizens, find yourself a competent leader, and start cleaning out the DC swamp. IHMO, that is the only thing that is going to return this country back to it´s initial state. That and making some needed changes to the Constitution. Together we can do it. Alone, we can´t.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: little guy, 11/22/2013 3:21:53 PM     (No. 9625694)

Yes, this is a bloodless coup d´etat a putsch, if you will. The Dems have just run roughshod over the American voter and violated Federalist Paper #10 --- the majority must respect the minority. And, of course, in typical fashion they couldn´t care less.

But what Harry Reid has unwittingly done is that he has forced ALL the Dems to stick together from now on. Even those up for re-election next year. To fight back, the Republicans in the Senate should refuse --- as a matter of principle --- to vote for anything until this filibuster is restored! (I know, fat chance of that, but WE should still demand they do it). This will force the Dems to vote in lock-step and everything becomes theirs. See if old Harry can hold on to his majority now! NO VOTES FROM REPUBLICANS ON ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATION!!

I´d personally love to see all the Republicans just meet outside on the steps until this is changed back to what it was historically but that won´t happen either.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/22/2013 3:48:24 PM     (No. 9625727)

#4, the Senate has been broken ever since the 17th amendment changed the election of Senators to a popular vote (1913). Prior to that, state legislatures elected Senators. Senators represented their state´s interests to Congress.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: donkeyhotay, 11/22/2013 6:23:27 PM     (No. 9625903)

“Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789. If Congress wasn’t broken before, it certainly is now.

Since before the ´08 election, I have claimed that our government is irreparably broken and we are past de for Ctrl+Alt+Del.

IMO, the ONL way to fix a system that s as badly broken, as dysfunctional and corrupt as our has become, is to send everyone home and start over with an ironclad rule that the Constitution is the law of the lad and is to be observed at all times!!

Anyone who doesn´t understand that gets sent home.

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Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/10/2014 6:08:54 PM     Post Reply
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Roughly 29pc of electricity capacity added in America last year came from solar, rising to 100pc even in Massachusetts and Vermont.[Snip] The technology is improving so fast--helped by the US military--that it has achieved a virtous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’
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Politico, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 12:53:18 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. — Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.” This time the potential 2016 candidate put it differently. “To be young and

Media-Suppressed Nevada Case History
Shines Truth on Government Ranch invaders

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Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 4/11/2014 12:08:32 PM     Post Reply
Coming clearly through the throbbing of helicopters and the roar of the SUVS of the feds harassing the Cliven Bundy Ranch, patriots there for Bundy should “tell it to the judge”. There is mainstream media-suppressed case history in Nevada the feds are desperately trying to keep under wraps. Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada smacked down high-handed, abusive feds, sending the pretend cowboys riding roughshod over Western ranchers and property owners back to their cobweb-laced offices in 2013. In spite of their 200 armed snipers with boy toys in tow, those Stetson-wearing feds hunkering down on Cliven

White House Denies ’09 Fort Hood Victim´s
Request for Meeting With Obama

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ABC News, by Lee Ferran    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/11/2014 6:08:03 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama spoke of old "wounds” at Fort Hood this week, the White House declined a request from a survivor of the 2009 massacre there to meet with Obama for a few minutes so the veteran could explain face-to-face how he believes the government has mistreated and disrespected the victims of that attack. Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford (ret.) was shot seven times in November 2009 when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Despite Hasan’s admission that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Taliban and revelations that he had been

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