Outgoing Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid engineered the changes, dubbed the nuclear option because of the intensity they could add to partisanship, after Republicans blocked many of Obamas nominees. They abandoned Democrats as few, even seasoned, party operatives suspected they could, leading to victories in places like MI and Wisconsin that President Barack Obama won easily just four years ago. And despite Obama's current polling popularity, and despite his recent unprecedented endorsement of 150 state legislative candidates, Democrats got nowhere last week.
Republicans say they know their history. "We've got to make sure they know we do".
Republicans won the presidency.
The president is piling up the red tape just as fast as conservatives are plotting to cut it after he departs. As far as the federal government is concerned, that's the whole trifecta.
I generally oppose filibusters of Supreme Court nominees, but this case presents a singular exception. In the years that followed, the Senate confirmed nearly 100 federal judges nominated by Obama, bringing to 329 the number of judicial nominees confirmed during Obama's term in office. Though, Republicans have been reluctant to "go nuclear" in the past when the issue came up during the George W. Bush administration.
The Interior Department on Friday released its final five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan, blocking new drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
If you care about fair representation and effective collaboration between lawmakers in both parties, the consequences of either party getting free rein to draw the legislative maps are equally dismal. It was more about Scott telling voters: 'Trust me. It sets irresponsible mitigation standards.
Hillary stopped paying rent the moment she lost the election, and if she truly wants an America that "stands together", she needs to step up and make it so.
Also last week, the Interior Department issued a regulation meant to control emissions of methane from oil and natural gas wells on federal and Indian tribal lands. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican. But Mr. Crews said any rules not completed by January 20 will be frozen at the change of administrations.
Shannen Doherty Joins TV Land's 'Heathers' Reboot
If picked up for multiple seasons, the new anthology series is expected to feature a different group of Heathers in each outing. Described as a "pitch-black comedy" the pilot has been written by Jason Micallef and is directed by Leslye Headland .
As of the writing of this, the Dow is at 18,800 (up from about 7,500 eight years ago), the national debt is just over $19 trillion ($10 trillion-$12 trillion eight years ago), the unemployment rate is at about 4.5 percent (about the same), the number of Americans without medical insurance has fallen to about 10 percent (from about 17 percent), and between 20,000 and 31,500 (one one-thousandths of 1 percent) of the world's 2.1 billion Muslims are actually ISIS terrorists, as estimated by the Central Intelligence Agency.
But the new Senate minority leader on Sunday made clear his limitations about any bipartisan efforts with the next president - especially on ObamaCare or easing banking regulations. They have to recognize those problems, though, and they have to actively tackle them for the health of the Democratic Party, American democracy and the nation's unity.
We need to take our time.
The statements from leading Democrats follow Obama's press conference on Monday, when the outgoing president praised his "cordial" relationship with Trump and insisted that Americans must "reconcile themselves" to a Trump presidency. "They're the right thing to do".
If Republicans want to repeal some of them, he said, "that's their prerogative".
Some Democrats fume that the strategy worked. They're more anxious about the Muslim-immigrant registry being floated by one of Trump's advisers and the threat to deport millions of undocumented people.
Simcha Felder's decision means Republicans will control enough seats to maintain their last hold on power in NY government, so long as Republican Sen. "The Republicans look at the political arena 10 to 20 years out". Kentucky Rep. Sen. Rand Paul, an early Republican opponent of Trump's, took a public step last week in declaring opposition to both men because they supported the war in Iraq.
Democrats will still have the power to filibuster one nomination - whomever Trump chooses to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
"It goes without saying that as we fight to end all forms of discrimination, as we fight to bring more and more women into the political process, Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans".