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January 9: Washington Free Beacon:
Pentagon: Military logistics system is not ready for a war with China/Russia:
The strategic American military system for moving troops, weapons, and supplies over long distances has decayed significantly and needs rapid upgrading to be ready for any future war with China or Russia, according to a report by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board.  A special task force on survivable logistics evaluated the military's current airlift, sealift, and prepositioned equipment and supplies and found major problems with supporting forces during a "high-end" conflict.

January 9: ABC News: Rosenstein to depart DOJ when new Attorney General is confirmed:
There have been reports that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has communicated to the President Donald and White House officials his plan to depart the administration around the time William Barr, Trump's nominee for attorney general, would take office following a Senate confirmation.  There is no indication that he is being forced out. 

January 9:
CNS News Republican House increased national debt by $7.9 Trillion in eight years
The recently deposed Republican majority increased the federal debt by $7.9 trillion in the eight years it controlled the House of Representatives.  That works out to approximately $989,401,125,420 per year, or $2,710,688,015 per day.  Some Republicans may claim they should not be blamed for the massive increase in the federal debt during the eight years they controlled the House. They may say: "For four of those eight years, the Democrats controlled the Senate." Or: "For six of those eight years, Barack Obama was president."  But the Constitution says, "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law."  And no law may be enacted unless it passes the House.

January 9: Fox News
NY Post Columnist: Refusal to budge on border barrier shows Dems are still hung up on 2016
If only things were as simple as they appear. In fact, the Democrats’ refusal even to consider any kind of border barrier and other serious measures illustrates that the dispute is merely a proxy for the real issue dividing the nation: 2016.  Like generals fighting the last war, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are fixated on the last presidential election. Their refusal to let it go and get on with governing in a divided Congress is a shameful sign of how radical their party has become since Trump’s election.

January 8: Fox News: Trump and Dems address the nation in prime time
President Trump laid out the case for border security in a primetime address to the nation stating that the request for a border fence (or wall) is based upon the requests from the border patrol agents with boots on the ground.  He said the only reason for the partial government shutdown is the unwillingness of Democrats to fund a border security barrier.  (See related)  Meanwhile Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi retorted that Trump is manufacturing a crisis, calling upon the President to end the partial government shutdown and then they would work with him to try to solve the border security issue.  The unfortunate truth is that the only leverage the President has to get the Democrats to act is the shutdown.  If it goes as long as March it will have a direct impact on food stamp recipients; many of whom are Democrat supporters.

January 8: Breitbart News:
Fact Checking Trump’s speech to the nation:
Trump claimed Democrats once supported fences and barriers on the US-Mexico border.   He is correct.  The Congressional Record show 26 Democrat senators and 64 House Democrats  supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006 which authorized 700 miles of the same kind of barrier Trump is requesting.   [These included Schumer (D-NY), Clinton (D-NY), Obama (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Biden (D-DE), and Boxer (D-CA)].  All 54 Senate Democrats, in 2013, voted again to commit funding to secure 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act — which was authored and introduced by Schumer.

January 8:
Fox News: Kellyanne eats CNN’s Acosta’s lunch at press event
Kellyanne Conway embarrassed CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a press gaggle on Tuesday, referring to him as a "smarta--" unliked by other reporters.  Acosta asked Conway if she could promise that President Trump would tell the truth when addressing the nation on Tuesday night.  "Yes, Jim," Conway shot back, "Can you promise that you will? The whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? Am I allowed to mention 'God' to you?"

January 7:
MediaiteTrump to address the nation during prime time on Tuesday
After initial reports that networks were skittish about giving primetime air to the president, all networks have announced they intend to broadcast the speech live at 9 p.m. EST: that’s CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, FOX, NBC and ABC. 

January 7:
The Daily Caller:  Pence: Democrats are still refusing to negotiate over shut down and the wall:
Democratic lawmakers are refusing to negotiate with the White House over funding for a proposed wall along the U.S. southern border unless the government is reopened, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Monday in a briefing at his ceremonial office.  “It’s time for the Democrats to start negotiating,” the vice president repeatedly declared.  Pence told reporters he met with the Democratic congressional leaders’ senior staffers throughout the weekend and was told simply that they would not have a negotiation if the government remained partially closed.

January 7: Associated Press:
Ginsberg misses oral arguments for the first time in 25 years:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.  Ginsburg was not on the bench as the court met Monday to hear arguments. It was not clear when she would return to the court, which will hear more cases Tuesday and Wednesday, and again next week.  Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

January 7: The UK Sun:
China scrambles ships and aircraft as US destroyer sails through the South China Sea:
The South China Sea has become a flashpoint that experts have warned could spark a conflict.  hina lays claim to vast swathes of ocean and many islands - but some parts are also claimed by the likes of Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.  America's military presence and exercises in the area are a direct challenge to China's claim, which Beijing has used to justify setting up military bases and even runways on the disputed islands.

January 6:
CNN: Trump inclined to declare a national emergency if border wall/shutdown talks fail to break an impasse
According to a White House official, President Donald Trump could declare a national emergency to secure military funding for his long-promised southern border wall if talks between administration and top Democrat lawmakers continue to stall.  While this is not the administration's preferred plan, the use of emergency powers to fund the wall could "provides a way out" amid a series of contentious meetings that have stalled the process.
Meanwhile, CBS News reports that failure to reach an agreement by February could result in many food stamp recipients not being able to get them in March.  The food stamp program is authorized but without appropriated funds, the pipeline will run dry toward the end of February.

January 6: Reuters Iran and Russia scheduled to conduct joint military exercises
Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, including rescue and anti-piracy drills, the commander of the Iranian navy was quoted on Sunday as saying.   “Tactical, rescue and anti-piracy war games between Iranian and Russian naval forces are being planned and will be implemented in the near future,” the semi-official news agency Mehr quoted Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi as saying. Iran and Russia have held several naval drills in the Caspian Sea, including in 2015 and 2017. Iran and Russia have close ties, including in Syria where they both back President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s civil war.

January 6: Fox News:
Joseph diGenova, former US Attorney for DC claims Comey is the man who destroyed the FBI
The treachery revealed by Comey, Clapper, and Brennan requires accountability. That can only happen through a federal grand jury investigation headed by John W. Huber, the U.S. Attorney in Utah who has been appointed to investigate the FISA criminality by the Obama FBI and DOJ.  The evidence of illegal and unconstitutional abuse of law enforcement and intelligence community power and authority is clear.

diGenova says grand jury subpoenas need to be issued. These individuals have stolen more than fifteen months of a new president’s tenure. They have thrown the country needlessly into spasms of doubt about the bona fides of an election. Comey should get the first grand jury subpoena.

January 5: Fox News Go Get Them Ted!  Bill introduced to enforce term limits on House and Senate members:
Two Republican lawmakers recently introduced a Constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on members of Congress. The bill, proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (Fla.), calls for a maximum of three two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in the Senate. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Rubio (R-FL), Lee (R-UT) and Perdue (R-GA.).  Rooney appeared on "Fox & Friends" Saturday and said that the proposal would help avoid "entrenched politicians" who are aligned with special interests.

January 5: Breitbart News: From day one House Democrat looks to destroy the Electoral College
Desperate to bring the Tyranny of the Majority to our representative democracy, on the first day Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) submitted a bill to kill the electoral college.  Because of the careful way it was set up, the electoral college helps to protect that most important right of all — the right of the minority.  By “minority,” I mean those states with minority populations. To cobble together the 270 electoral votes required to win the presidency, candidates are forced to appeal to a broad coalition of states, including states with small populations (Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Iowa, Nevada, etc.).

January 4: The UK Daily Mail: Trump says he’ll allow the partial shutdown to continue
for a year if that’s what it takes
Donald Trump told Congressional leaders Friday that he will shut down the government for 'months or even years' if he does not get money for his border wall with Mexico — and said he was 'proud' to do it because it's the right thing.   Trump said “I did. I did. I did say that. Absolutely, I said that. I don’t think it will, but I am prepared,' Trump said at the beginning of a lengthy news conference.

January 4: Fox News:  
China should think twice before threatening to attack Americans
China is betraying a level of strategic anxiety not yet seen as the impact of trade tariffs looms and its return to its historical power role in the Asia seems to have stalled.  China’s leaders assumed after the 2008 global financial crisis that the Communist, centrally controlled economic state’s time had come giving it an opportunity to regain its historic role in the region.  But Xi and his followers have watched their diplomatic, economic and military initiatives come up short rather than causing other nations in the region to realign with China  as they had expected.  Now the Trump administration’s trade tariffs threaten to destabilize the Chinese economy, resulting in a cascade failure of Xi Jinping’s broader strategy and threatening to undermine the legitimacy of the Communist Party

January 4: Associated Press:
US employers went on hiring spree in December
U.S. employers went on a hiring spree in December, adding a surprising 312,000 jobs and providing a dose of reassurance about the economy after a turbulent few months on Wall Street.  The job gains reported Friday by the Labor Department came despite a trade war with China, a global slowdown and a partial government shutdown now entering its third week.  The nation’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent last month, but that, too, was considered a positive sign, reflecting an increase in Americans beginning to look for work. And average hourly pay improved 3.2 percent from a year ago.

January 3: Bloomberg:
Venezuela has lessons for U.S. socialists
It’s hard to overstate how disastrous the reign of Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro has been for Venezuela.  Reports depict the hellish, never-ending struggle for survival in Caracas, the country’s capital. Hungry children roam the streets, people fleeing the country, nonexistent healthcare, endemic violence and even water is scarce. Chavez’s peaceful revolution transformed a peaceful country into  a nightmare that puts the ruinous Soviet Union of the 1980s to shame.

It’s important for other countries not to ignore Venezuela’s example, but to use it as a cautionary tale. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-NH) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have embraced socialism, as have many young Americans. But before going the way of Venezuela they should consider the end result. 

January 2: Breitbart News: Border mob turned back; Then they tried to push minors over the barbed wire:
The migrants gathered at the San Diego sector of the United States border with Mexico on New Year’s Eve tried to force their way over the barrier. When turned back by Customs and Border Patrol agents, some in the group started throwing rocks and attempted to push children over the barbed wire atop the barrier.  “Once again we have had a violent mob of migrants attempt to enter the United States illegally by attacking our agents with projectiles,” Katie Waldman, Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said. “The agents involved should be applauded for handling the situation with no reported injuries to the attackers.”

January 2: The Daily Caller: Dems refuse to even listen to boarder security briefing at the White House:
Democratic lawmakers brought a border security briefing at the White House to a screeching halt Wednesday, refusing to even listen to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a White House official tells The Daily Caller.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying, “Once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn’t want to hear it.”

January 2: Fox News: Pelosi’s Daughter:  She will cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding 
Nancy Pelosi’s daughter did not mince words Wednesday when she was asked about her mother’s leadership style.  “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding,” Alexandra Pelosi bluntly told CNN in an interview Wednesday morning. “That’s all you need to know about her.”

January 1, 2019: The Washington Times:
“Real Justice Department” veteran emerges as Mueller’s top courtroom adversary
Eric Dubelier is a litigator for the Reed Smith law firm who knows international law and the D.C. playing field. He served eight years prosecuting cases as a  DOJ assistant U.S. attorney in Washington. He refers to his former employer as “the real Justice Department,” implying that Mueller’s team is something less. His biting remarks have come in months of court filings and oral arguments.  Dubelier has depicted Mueller as a rogue prosecutor willfully ignoring DOJ guidelines and has accused him of creating a “make-believe crime.”

January 1: WTOP Radio News
DC sees 40% increase in homicides in 2018 while having strict gun controls
In D.C., 160 people died by homicide in 2018, up from 116 in 2017 — a spike of about 40 percent.  In all, of the 534 people shot by another person in D.C. through mid-December, 23 percent ultimately died, according to statistics compiled by the Washington Post.  City officials say more gun violence has contributed to the rising number of murders, and D.C. saw one of the biggest increases in fatal shootings nationwide while most other major cities reported overall decreases.

December 31: Yahoo News:
  Brits deploy ships in channel to stem illegal immigration
Britain announced Monday it will deploy two border patrol ships in the Channel in response to a surge in migrants crossing from France in dinghies.  British interior minister Sajid Javid said the  ships will balance protecting human life with protecting Britain's borders.  In December, around 230 people tried to make the 21-mile journey from France to Britain.  The attempts were chiefly by Iranian nationals, who attempted to cross one of the world's busiest shipping lanes in dinghies and other small craft.

December 31: The Washington Examiner:
Trump issues fewest regulations ever
President Trump has made good and then some on his pledge to slash costly federal regulations, issuing the fewest new rules in recorded history in his first two years, according to a new analysis.  In fact, the efforts by the Administration to cut/reduce the flow of regulations this year have only ever been topped once: by the same Trump team last year.

December 30: The UK Daily Mail
Trump applauds Obama wall around their DC home; says the country should have a barrier as well!
President Trump argued former President and Michelle Obama have a wall around their Washington, D.C. home so the U.S. should have the same.  'President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound,' he tweeted.   He noted: 'The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version!'  The Obama home had a wall built around it before they moved in as part of security upgrades put in by the Secret Service

December 29: San Jose Mercury News:
Stanislaus County Sheriff blasts California immigration law for police officer’s death
A suspected drunken driver accused of killing a California police officer was captured Friday as he tried to flee back to Mexico, where he lived before illegally crossing into the U.S., authorities said.  The sheriff leading the investigation blamed California’s sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Gustavo Perez Arriaga to U.S. immigration officials for two previous drunken driving arrests. If he had been deported, the sheriff said, Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department would still be alive.  “We can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters, asking why the state was “providing sanctuary for criminals (and) gang members. It’s a conversation we need to have.”

December 28: The Daily Caller:
House GOP announces committee chairmanship appointments:
Incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Friday night the members who would serve as the conference’s ranking members in several more committees.  Six Texas Republicans were chosen for these leadership positions.

December 28: The Daily Caller
Graham to Pelosi:  No wall monty; No deal!
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic caucus on Friday that there would not be a deal on a funding bill unless it included appropriations to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.  “To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats,” Graham tweeted. “No Wall Money, No Deal.”  The House passed a stopgap funding bill on Dec. 20 that included $5.7 billion for a border wall, however, with a 51-seat majority in the Senate, Republicans fell short of the necessary 60 votes needed to send it to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.

December 27: Fox News: Suspect in CA cop shooting is an illegal alien
The suspect sought in connection with the murder of a California cop earlier this week is in the U.S. illegally, authorities revealed on Thursday.  The unidentified man alleged to be behind the slaying of Newman 33 year old police Cpl. Ronil Singh.  Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said during a news conference on Thursday afternoon, vowing that the manhunt would “relentlessly continue.” “This suspect … is in our country illegally. He doesn’t belong here. He is a criminal. We will find him, we will arrest him, we will bring him to justice,” Christianson said.

December 27: Breitbart News:
Armed customers stops two armed robbers
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office (NC) says a customer shot two armed suspects at a Reidsville Stop and Shop Convenience Store in the early hours of Christmas Day.  Reports say two masked men entered the store shortly after 2 a.m. and allegedly held a cashier and two customers at gunpoint.  One customer opened fire striking both suspects and causing them to flee in a getaway car driven by a third suspect.  One of the suspects has been arrested while a search for the others continues.  Neither the clerk nor the customers in the store were harmed during the incident.

December 27: The Daily Caller:
Ohio Legislature overrides Kasich’s gun-owner rights veto:
Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s veto opposing a bill for gun owners’ rights was overturned by the Republican-led state legislature Thursday.  The state House first voted to overturn Kasich’s veto on thebill, which makes it easier for off-duty police officers to access guns and also changes laws regarding self-defense cases. The state Senate then voted later, 21-11, turning down Kasich’s veto on the legislation,

December 27: The Wrap:
WSJ shreds Washington Post for Trump Coverage:
“Undermines the Credibility of the Press”
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page offered a feisty Boxing Day piece on Wednesday lashing into the Washington Post over coverage of President Trump’s Christmastime visit to the troops.  The Journal focused on this piece by the Post’s Philip Rucker and Paul Sonne, citing the opening two paragraphs and accusing it of needlessly working in unrelated Trump scandals into a piece that did not call for it.

December 26: The UK Daily Mail:

Trump and First Lady visit troops in Iraq
President Trump and first lady Melania made a surprise visit to Iraq onWednesday — their first visit to a war zone since the sitting president took office nearly two years ago.  They left from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland shortly after midnight with a small group of journalists and aides in tow. Trump was in the country for roughly three hours before the White House confirmed his whereabouts.    The president delivered a speech to the rank and file at Al Asad Airbase, took selfies with the troops and met with military leaders in Iraq.  'I want to come and pay my respects most importantly to the great soldiers,' he said of the visit. 'Great troopers we have here.'

One soldier told the President “I came back into the military because of you,” to which the President replied “I came here because of you!”

Merry Christmas from Galveston, Texas!

December 24: The Wall Street Journal: Trump: The only problem our economy has is the FED
President Trump criticized the Federal Reserve Monday, calling the central bank the “only problem our economy has” and likening its policies to a golfer who can’t putt.  Mr. Trump’s Christmas Eve tweet marked his latest expression of frustration with the Fed, which decided last week to raise short-term interest rates for a fourth time this year and signal more increases are likely in 2019.

December 24: The Guardian:  Socialism works:  Just ask those leaving Venezuela!
As Brazil threatens to quit the new UN migration pact, its border-town shelters are bursting at the seams, with hundreds more arriving each day.  A short distance from the Venezuelan border, new arrivals are surrounded by their possessions and waiting to hear if they’ll be given a bed at the nearby shelter – or spend their first night in  Brazil sleeping on the street.  “We had to leave  Venezuela. There is nothing to eat and children are dying of hunger,” says one refugee who had crossed the border into Brazil  after making the 18-hour journey from northern Puerto la Cruz.

December 23: The Daily Caller: Supreme Court Intervenes in Mueller secret case
Chief Justice John Roberts stayed a contempt order in a case that likely arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Sunday night. Roberts’ order could mark the first time that the Supreme Court has intervened in the Mueller inquiry.  The scant facts which are available about the case are these: a grand jury issued a subpoena to an unnamed company owned by a foreign government some time during the summer of 2018. That firm, referred to in court filings as “the corporation” has been fighting the subpoena in federal court since August. The company appealed that decision to the Supreme Court. The corporation faces a fine for every day that it fails to abide by the subpoena.  Roberts’ decision temporarily halts the non-compliance fines requiring the Department of Justice to submit a response to the foreign company’s application by Dec. 31.

December 23: The New York Post: How arrest exposes Chinese regime’s plot for world dominnation
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver on Dec. 6 led to immediate blowback.  Furious Chinese Communists have begun arresting innocent Canadians in retaliation.  Why such a reaction by the Chinese?  Meng is the heiress apparent of China’s largest and most advanced high-tech company, one which plays a key role in China’s grand strategy of global domination.  Huawei is much more than an innocent manufacturer of smart phones. The Chinese government now requires all companies -- whether they are private or owned by the state – to be part and parcel of the party’s massive overseas espionage campaign.

December 22:  LMTonline: Matter of distrust: Congress fails to act resulting in partial government shutdown
Most congressional leaders left the Capitol on Friday evening around 7 p.m. Hours later, the shutdown happened. Things didn't get any better Saturday. After minimal effort from both sides, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that the shutdown would last well into the week and shuttered the chamber for legislative business until Thursday evening. With so little trust between Trump and Congress, lawmakers headed home for the holidays without any idea about when many federal agencies would be able to open again.

December 21: Fox News: Court rejects Trump effort to crackdown on asylum enforcement
The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from immediately enforcing a strict new asylum policy, in a 5-4 decision that marks the second legal setback this week for efforts to tighten immigration rules.  The court, in a brief written order, denied a bid to begin enforcing an asylum ban for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The decision leaves in place lower-court rulings that blocked the administration from automatically denying asylum to people who do not go through official border crossings.  Chief Justice John Roberts provided the critical vote.

December 19: The UK Daily Mail:
Fed raises interest rates; markets lose ground
Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell said 'nothing' will deter independent central bankers from following their economic convictions – after an extraordinary pressure campaign by President Donald Trump failed to stave off a rate hike.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average immediately retreated from a 350-point gain in the minutes after the news. The broader S&P 500 shed its 1-percent morning gain. The tech-heavy NASDAQ also dropped.

December 19: The Hill:
NC passes Voter ID law over Governor’s  veto
North Carolina's Republican-led legislature enacted a new voter ID law on Wednesday, overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s (D) veto from last week. Under the new law, voters will be asked for photo identification when they go to the polls starting next year, local.   The bill says voters must show one of seven types of identification, including military or veteran's identification cards and student identification cards.

December 19: Fox News:
President orders withdrawal of troops from Syria
Trump’s order Wednesday to remove all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria should be seen and celebrated for what it is: a great victory over the ISIS terrorist group and the fulfillment of his pledge not to do nation-building.  Trump campaigned on a  pledge to crush ISIS.  He ordered the Pentagon to develop a plan to “demolish and destroy” ISIS. Then U.S. and allied forces did just that.  President Trump’s choice of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense was pivotal. Mattis freed U.S. forces who’d been fighting with one arm tied behind their backs, and contributed to major battlefield gains without a massive invasion. Of course, ISIS stragglers still exist  but so did Japanese holdouts after the surrender of WWII. But ISIS is kaput as an organized military and governing force in Syria and Iraq.

December 19: The Daily Caller:
Dems face no-win scenario on attorney general appoinntment
President Donald Trump’s selection of William Barr for attorney general has caught Democrats in the horns of a dilemma. Without a Senate majority, Democrats have little chance of stopping Barr’s confirmation, but with ordinary obstruction mechanisms, a month-long delay is conceivable — the question is whether Democrats ought to do so, and there’s no easy answer from their perspective.  On one hand, the acting AG Whitaker’s departure would be beneficial to Mueller, and  Barr, a former colleague of Mueller, is reputedly a person who respects the Department of Justice’s traditions and protocols. On the other hand, Barr is a talented, capable lawyer with a professed hostility to roving prosecutors.  What’s more, he is a dogmatic conservative.

December 19: The Hill: Senate GOP shelves resolution to join in defense of ObamaCare
Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a vote on a resolution that would have allowed the Senate to intervene in a federal lawsuit against ObamaCare.  Democrats asked for unanimous consent to authorize the Senate legal counsel to defend ObamaCare in court after a district judge in Texas declared the entire law unconstitutional last week. Senator Barrasso (R-WY) objected to a vote on the resolution and accused Democrats of playing politics. Only one senator needs to object to block a unanimous consent motion.


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