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Prominent Alabama Democrat Susan Cobb gives Sen. Sessions stamp of approval

Democrat and Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Susan Bell Cobb in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) endorsed President-elect Donald Trump’s Attorney-General Nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The Montgomery Advertiser has the details: In her letter, Cobb references the 1994 election, when she was the Democratic candidate for the appellate court and Sessions was running for Alabama Attorney General. “We were then as we are now, members of different parties, but always willing to assist each other as we attempted to constantly do the right thing for the people of our beloved state,” ...

Former Cincinnati mayor: Sessions likely most ‘important’ Trump appointee

Former Cincinnati Mayory and Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union Kenneth Blackwell in a recent column comes out in support of President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – a man Blackwell says may be the most “important” person among President-elect Trump’s appointees and who “knows where the alligators sleep” and therefore qualified to help “drain the swamp.” The Stream has the commentary: Contrary to the expectations of many people, President-elect Donald Trump has been filling his cabinet with serious, no-nonsense conservatives. The Left will confront appointees who would ...

Policy expert: Issues at Veterans Affairs ‘not a money problem’

Policy expert: Issues at Veterans Affairs ‘not a money problem' The seemingly endless stream of scandals pouring out of President Obama’s Veterans Affairs department — a recent one being the secret quality rating system applied to the different VA medical facilities — isn’t a lack of financial resources but a personnel problem that needs to be addressed head-on by the new administration, policy expert Betsy McCaughey says in a recent column. The New York Post has the commentary: It’s not a money problem. Congress appropriated a record $163 billion to the VA in 2016, more than the department requested. The real problem is a lack ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Democrat stalling, blocking Trump cabinet picks hypocritical

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column points out that Democrat stalling confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees is unfair considering many of President Obama’s nominees were unanimously confirmed upon his inauguration. The Washington Times has the commentary: Senate Democrats, reports Politico, are planning to “give Trump Cabinet picks the [Merrick] Garland treatment,” including “a grinding confirmation process, weighing delay tactics that could eat up weeks of the Senate calendar and hamper [Trump’s] first 100 days in office.” Further, Politico elaborates, at least five ...

Sen. Cruz, Rep. DeSantis: ‘Citizen legislature’ integral to ‘our democratic republic’

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in a joint opinion piece announced their intentions to next month introduce a constitutional amendment that would impose limits on the time one is allowed to serve in congressional office to two and three terms in the Senate and House, respectively. The Washington Post has the commentary: The American people have offered Republicans an opportunity to enact meaningful change. They have rejected the status quo and put the Washington elites on notice that they will no longer accept the old way of doing business. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism that has transformed ...

Pearl Harbor Survivor gets in shape for 75th-anniversary memorial

Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez bulked up for his big day: the 75th anniversary of when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor – an act that unleashed a hornet’s nest and sparked U.S. entry into World War II. “I got very emotional that day. There were so many, many innocent people that were lost,” Chavez tells NBC News in a recent broadcast. The 104-year-old Navy veteran with help from a personal trainer gained 20 pounds of muscle in order to take the 6-hour flight from California to Hawaii. Asked if he’ll return for the 80th anniversary, Chavez says “If I can walk, I’ll go.” Tea Party Patriots today gives thanks today for the ...

Washington Free Beacon: More guns sold in 2016 than any other year

  Guns are flying off shelves in 2016 like milk and bread during snowstorms, as FBI authorities conducted more gun-related background checks this year than any other in history, according to a National Criminal Background Check System report. The Washington Free Beacon has the scoop: So far this year, the FBI has processed 24,767,514 checks through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as NICS, which puts 2016 more than 160,000 checks above the yearly record set in 2015. The record comes after November 2016 set its own monthly record with 2,561,281 checks, nearly 320,000 more than the previous record set last ...

All of America’s top Democrats voted for a wall in 2006

Democrats already rebelling against President-elect Donald Trump’s promised wall should look at recent history. In 2006, President George W. Bush signed a proposal into law that ordered the Department of Homeland Security to construct around 700 miles of fencing along the southern border. The Daily Caller reported: Two-thirds of the Republican-led House approved the bill, including 64 Democrats, and 80 of 100 senators approved the bill in the Senate. Then Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were among the 26 Democrats who approved the bill. Supporters also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is set to take over leadership of ...

Congressman: Obamacare ‘more than just another pile of broken promises’

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), in the wake of the Obama administration announcing so-called Affordable Care Act insurance premiums will rise dramatically, recently echoed the sentiment Obamacare needs to be repealed in light of its ballooning premium increases. The Washington Examiner has the details: "Twenty-two percent," he said. "That's how much more the average mid-level Obamacare plan will cost next year." Ratcliffe said if people try to switch their plans, it will mean finding a new doctor. But it might be too difficult to switch plans at this point… "As you can see, Obamacare is more than just another pile of broken promises," ...

Forbes: ‘Families struggling to pay their bills’ the ones who have the most to lose if we don’t tackle our national debt

The sheer magnitude of our national debt is mind boggling but something we have to address for the sake of our nation and for the sake of those most vulnerable in the event of a financial crisis. Forbes has the commentary: Since President Obama took office in 2009, the debt has grown by $9 trillion, or 85%. Today, it clocks in at over $19.6 trillion. In the last fiscal year alone, our national debt rose by $1.5 trillion. These numbers may seem difficult to comprehend for many families struggling to pay their bills, but it’s those individuals who could be hurt the most if we keep letting the debt spiral out of control. In 2030, by the time ...