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Impeach Mitch McConnell!

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    Just wait, it is not over till it is over, and that could be a long time. Trump and his cronies just won't allow, what you wrote. They will use every con man trick there is, I guarantee that. Mc Connell makes sure of that.

    Looking at the whole picture right now, it looks a bit like in 2016. How is it possible that such total crooks can get all these votes and the stupid media comes again with their "blue wave" craziness. Is n't time to listen to Mary Trump, dumb ass people? As I've said before that this country will go downhill in a hurry unless the "laws" get fixed in a hurry. If not this country will get even more divided and un-governable. The Dem's don't have an "backbone" which they have shown by allowing the election of the Supreme Court "bitch"; so I wonder in the coming "battles" if they are the weaklings as demonstrated in the past.

    Trump already claimed he "won"; so who tells him that this is another lie on top of the 20,000 lies.

    Indeed I've never seen an more stupid country in my life than this.

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    The fight for control of the U.S. Senate now is centered on Georgia, where the state’s close election has pushed at least one, and possibly two, of its Senate races to Jan. 5 runoffs.

    The outcome of those two races could shift the balance of power in the Senate, as Democrat Jon Ossoff tries to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue, and Democrat Raphael Warnock faces off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Messrs. Ossoff and Warnock have been critical of President Trump, while Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler have allied themselves with the president.

    Under Georgia law, if no candidate gets more than 50%, the two top vote getters, regardless of party, compete in a runoff to be held on Jan. 5.

    The Warnock-Loeffler race already is headed for a runoff, as the Associated Press projected Tuesday. Mr. Perdue’s share of the vote was at 49.88% as of late Thursday, with about 16,105 outstanding ballots still to be counted, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Mr. Ossoff was at 47.81%. Some provisional and military ballots are also yet to be counted.

    Republicans will control 48 seats next year, and they lead in two other states—North Carolina and Alaska. Democrats so far have locked down 48 seats, leaving the two Georgia races as their best hopes to reach 50.

    If the Republicans win North Carolina and Alaska, then the split would be 50/50 if both Democrats win in Georgia, with Kamala Harris being the tie breaker. If the Republican win 1 of the Georgia seats, then it's 51/49 in their favor, and the Dems would need to find 1 or 2 Republicans who could be persuaded.

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    Yes I saw all this B.S. Just listen to Mary trump she is an better predictor than the "media". Georgia is run by an Hitler type Governor so what do you expect? In the last election it was already clear that he's an champion in voter repression. This Perdue guy is an total crook who's in bed with Trump. Of course Mc Connell played his game such way that the Dem's would not win the Senate. Looking at all of this; then welcome to the rebirth of an "banana republic"
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    There is little to zero chance of this ever happening.

    For starters - a Senator can't be impeached. They can be expelled from office, but impeachment is held for officers of the Executive and Judicial branches because it requires actions by both houses of Congress while expulsion only requires the action of the house of Congress the individual serves in.

    Secondly, fifteen Senators have ever been expelled from office since the ratification of our Constitution and not one Senator has been expelled since the antebellum period. Other Senators have had expulsion proceedings, but every one of those proceedings either led to acquittal or resignation.

    All I'm trying to say is that McConnell will have to do a whole lot worse than refuse to hire a special prosecutor to investigate Donald if he were ever going to be expelled from the Senate.

    Jared is correct. Senators can't be impeached - but they can be removed from office, and Mitch McConnell is definitely one guy that should be removed from office.

    If you are wondering who a guy who is one of the least popular senators in the country keeps getting re-elected, the answer is simple:

    Voter fraud.

    Raw Story has the details:

    Here's a few key points:

    • McConnell racked up huge vote leads in traditionally Democratic strongholds, including counties that he had never before carried.
    • There were wide, unexplained discrepancies between the vote counts for presidential candidates and down-ballot candidates.
    • Significant anomalies exist in the state's voter records. Forty percent of the state's counties carry more voters on their rolls than voting-age citizens.
    • Kentucky and many other states using vote tabulation machines made by Election Systems & Software all reported down-ballot race results at significant odds with pre-election polls.

    In rural Breathitt County, for instance, there are 9,508 registered Democrats and just 1,599 registered Republicans. The county has a history of close contests, but Amy McGrath got only 1,652 votes versus 3,738 for McConnell, a 67% to 29% trouncing. McGrath's votes, if accurate, equaled only 17% of registered Democrats in Breathitt County.

    McConnell's results were even more out of whack in two other nearby Appalachian counties. In his six previous Senate elections, Elliott and Wolfe counties had never voted for McConnell. Even up to last year, Elliott County remained reliably Democratic in non-presidential races, voting for the party's entire Democratic slate in both the 2015 and 2019 statewide elections. Yet in 2020, McConnell won 64% of the votes in Wolfe County and 66% of the votes in Elliott County. McGrath only got 21% of registered Democrats in Wolfe and 20% in Elliott.

    Kentucky was one of only three states with a statewide active registration rate greater than 100% of the age-eligible citizen population

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    "Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.8 percent in October; jobless rate now at 7.4 percent. Kentucky's seasonally adjusted preliminary October 2020 unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet"

    And people continue to vote for turtleface.

    I guess they're not hurting enough yet?

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    He's about the worst criminal there is and an typical Hitler type; he made sure he stayed in power as Arizona clearly described. I only hope that the Georgia people use their brains and elect the Dem's who are running. It is time he gets removed; Mr "Obstruction". Thanks to our awful outdated laws and no proper vetting, then you get these types in the Government. Also the "Electoral College" should be banned, because that gives Kentucky too much power and gets the "richest" man of Kentucky the job as well idiots as Rand Paul. It seems right now that the "smallest" uneducated State of Kentucky runs the whole country .

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    The chief obstacle in Congress to getting anything accomplished is Mitch McConnell. You may remember that McConnell vowed to make Obama a one term president early in 2009. The first two years of Obama's presidency were productive, but things got harder after the 2010 mid-terms, when the Freedom Caucus, and Mitch McConnell, gummed up the works.

    If you re-read the articles in this thread from the beginning, it's obvious that Mitch McConnell has done everything that he can to thwart the opposing party. During Trump's tenure, McConnell ignored nearly 300 bipartisan House bills so that he could ram through conservative judges. His refusal to call a vote for Merrick Garland, and other judges nominated by Obama, is proof that he has been long abusing his power as Senate leader.

    The way to trim that power now, though, is to eliminate the filibuster, which is what he is not willing to do.

    People smarter than me have reached the conclusion that McConnell has cheated to continue to win re-election, but proving it is not easy.

    The advantage that the Democrats have now is that Biden served 36 years in the Senate, serving from 1973 to 2009. McConnell, ironically, has also served in the Senate for 36 years. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984, and started serving on January 3, 1985. McConnell obviously knows a lot of procedural tricks, but Biden probably does too.

    Interestingly, Biden is not in favor eliminating the filibuster.

    Meanwhile, the Senate still has not begun to organize since McConnell is insisting on a promise from Democrats that they will not end the filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says that proposal is unacceptable.

    Press Secretary Psaki reiterated today that Biden’s position on the filibuster hasn’t changed; he does not want to end it. But she tied that declaration to his desire to get a coronavirus relief package through Congress on a bipartisan basis. There is a carrot and a stick in that statement: the carrot is that Biden is offering to share the credit for such a package with Republicans; the stick is that if they block such a measure entirely, Biden will likely back whatever Schumer does to get a bill through.

    One area that McConnell and the Democrats may agree on is Trump's impeachment.

    As pro-Trump Republicans are defending the former president and downplaying the attempted coup, along with their own role in the discrediting of Biden’s victory (are you listening, Lindsey Graham?), other party members would very much like to see the party purged of the Trump element. With his speech condemning Trump for feeding lies to the rioters and provoking them, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seems to be trying to lead his party away from the Trump personality cult.

    The nail in the coffin of the Trump Republicans would be the expulsion of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley from the Senate, but Lindsey Graham may also be in hot water for his attempts to sway the Georgia elections.

    The House impeachment managers will be delivering articles of impeachment to the Senate this coming Monday. The Senate will begin hearing opening arguments in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the week starting 8 February, after majority leader Chuck Schumer reached an agreement late on Friday with top Republicans. That's two weeks from this coming Monday.

    Biden has said his main focus is getting quick coronavirus aid and top cabinet appointments into place, rather than prosecuting the president. Cabinet appointments only need a simple majority to get confirmed, but legislation requires at least 60 votes. Convicting Trump would require 67 votes, so the Democrats would need help from 17 Republicans to make that happen. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, it's possible that could actually happen.

    Stay tuned.

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    Yes an good summary; however I don't trust anything where McConnell is involved in, let alone the Trump party. Also shoving the "fake" trial under the "lead" of Mc Connell as was done last time, will give the same result. Let alone that any "penalties" will come forward out of this even if Trump is convicted. If the only penalty is that he can't run again is no punishment at all. Punishment should consist of : Paying for all the damage done to the Capitol, being charged for the death of 5 people, loosing his pension (as well for his whole family), no benefits such as but not limited to "protection" by secret service etc. Neither can get access to government property or get briefed about government affairs. He should be treated as any normal citizen. I only hope that the S.District of N.Y. starts its court case(s) soon.

    Just letting him of the hook for all his misdeeds etc. and giving him the treatment as any other ex-President is unacceptable and gives an incentive to any future President to do the same without penalties.

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    I do believe it's time for Joe & the democrats to wake up and smell the coffee, turtleface and most of the repugs are obstructionists, and the only way to deal with that is to do exactly what they've been doing to us, ram through legislation.

    Remember the Obamacare legislation? not one repuglican voted for it, not one.

    If Joe thinks repuglicans are going to work with him, he is in for a rude awakening, they're not.

    First on the democrat agenda should be end the filibuster, so some asshole repuglican can't get at the podium and recite green eggs and ham for 30 hours.

    Second on the agenda, pass any legislation or laws the democrats want to.

    Simple, isn't it??!!

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    'We had to destroy the village to save it'

    Attributed to many different people, including war correspondent Peter Arnett who supposedly attributed the quote to an unidentified Army officer. Used circa 1968, perhaps during the bloody Tet offensive. Some people believe the phrase applies to the massacre at My Lai , where approximately 500 unarmed villagers were murdered by rampaging US troops. Army Lt. William Calley was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment but served only three years before being pardoned by President Richard Nixon. Tim Larimer of Time magazine returned to My Lai 30 years later and said, ' My Lai 's place in American history is firmly entrenched, as a disturbing wake-up call that the US military could be as guilty of inhumane acts as any army.' A Vietnamese war veteran who returned to the village to find his entire family murdered and then hastily buried, remarked, 'There were many My Lais.' Recently the Toledo Blade corroborated his remark, uncovering other atrocities and war crimes in Vietnam . Lately the Israelis seem to have adopted the 'We had to destroy the village to save it' policy in Palestinian territory, and the likelihood is we will in Iraq , since we've asked the Israelis for advice.

    The phrase above came to mind as I read about the battle in the Senate over the filibuster.

    Senator Mitch McConnell on Monday dropped his demand that the new Democratic Senate majority promise to preserve the filibuster — which Republicans could use to obstruct President Biden’s agenda — ending an impasse that had prevented Democrats from assuming full power even after their election wins.

    In his negotiations with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the new majority leader, Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, had refused to agree to a plan for organizing the chamber without a pledge from Democrats to protect the filibuster, a condition that Mr. Schumer had rejected.

    Two centrist Democrats stated that they are opposed to eliminating the filibuster, which allowed things to move forward without a guarantee from Chuck Schumer.

    As I understand things, the Senate apparently will abide by a 2001 power-sharing rule, which came into play when the Senate was 50/50 - and it apparently still maintained the filibuster.

    By not demanding a pre-emptive surrender by the Democrats, McConnell's latest approach means than Senate committees are no longer frozen under Republican control, and new Democratic senators can now be seated on on committee panels.

    For now, the Democrats have not INSISTED that the filibuster be eliminated. However, they've also thrown down the gauntlet - if the Republicans abuse the filibuster, then it will be.

    In order to make sense of all this, I think that what happened is the McConnell lost, without losing, and Schumer won, without winning.

    Does that sound about right?

    If you are still confused, Jamelle Bouie's column from this morning may help. It references a battle that goes all the way back to 1960. Back then , the solution was the rules committee.

    The Rules Committee was where legislation went to live or die. It decided whether a bill moved to the floor for full consideration or if it was buried and forgotten. The 12-person committee was meant to act like a traffic cop, controlling the flow of legislation to the entire House. Under Republican Howard Smith, however, the committee used its broad powers to restrict the scope of activity altogether.

    Sam Rayburn solved the problem by making the committee bigger.

    The Rules Committee could be as small as five members or as large as 15. Smith could keep his coalition. With three additional members, two Democrats and one Republican, liberals and moderates would have an 8-7 majority. They could block legislation as needed but they could also let Kennedy’s bills through.

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    Sorry the whole thing is an big joke! The republicans will keep obstructing in an big way, because they are still the Trump Party.

    So I'm just waiting till Biden hits the big fat wall; as long as Mc Connell still grabs the power with every means. Also there won't be the votes to "impeach" in the Senate, neither to get an "package of 1.9 trillion approved, so I bet in no time Biden will also be knee capped by the same ugly bunch such as Cruz, Rand Paul, Graham and others. As long as this "group" of obstructionists stays forget any progress, regardless of the Democrats having the majority in the Senate by one vote.

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    Former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday made a slashing and lengthy attack on Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, calling him a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and arguing that the party would suffer losses in the future if he remained in charge.

    “If Republican senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Mr. Trump said.

    The 600-word statement, coming three days after the Senate acquitted him in his second impeachment trial, was trained solely on Mr. McConnell and sought to paint Mr. Trump as the best leader of the G.O.P. going forward.

    The statement did not include any sign of contrition from Mr. Trump for his remarks to a crowd of supporters who then attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. Nor did it include any acknowledgment of his role during the violent hours in which his own vice president and members of Congress were under threat from the mob of Trump supporters.

    In private, Mr. McConnell has said he believed the impeachment proceedings would make it easier for Republicans to eventually purge Mr. Trump from the party. And he expressed surprise, and mild bemusement, at the hatchet-burying mission made to Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., by Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader.