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Mitch McConnell’s War On America’s Future

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The Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, is doing everything he can to damage America’s security, both military and economic. McConnell has made his personal agenda clear: “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.”

As they say, “all’s fair in love and war,” and Senator McConnell has declared war on those who practice both.

Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans collectively signed a letter stating “tax and spending cuts must take priority over anything on the Democrats’ wish list, including allowing gays to serve in the military, ratifying a nuclear treaty, and extending jobless benefits.” They stated they would not allow any legislation to pass until the Bush tax cuts are extended for all Americans.

And now that it appears McConnell has succeeded in bankrupting our nation’s economic future by winning his tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires war, did we at least win even the promise of an up-or-down vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the DREAM Act, or even the START treaty?

Not even close!

We need to tell Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell: No “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote, no Senate Christmas recess! Sign the petition!

Chris Geidner at MetroWeekly writes that the GOP’s “unified front raised significant questions about the opportunity to pass other lame-duck priorities for Democrats, including the New START treaty, the National Defense Authorization Act that includes DADT repeal language and the DREAM Act.”

“Senior administration officials discussed the tax-cut framework with reporters this evening. Asked by Metro Weekly whether these other lame-duck legislative proposals possibly being considered were raised in the course of the negotiations on the tax-cut measure, a senior administration official said, “This was a deal simply to resolve the tax issue.”

“As such, it remains unclear whether Democrats will be able to get the necessary support from Republicans to proceed to debate the NDAA in the lame-duck session.”

Great. Especially when stopping the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is more important for McConnell than funding the United States military or giving our members of the armed forces (a measly) 1.4% pay raise. Tax cuts for 2% of the American people are more important than tax cuts for 98% of the American people. Borrowing $700 billion to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires is more important than funding the military’s $725 billion budget. And allowing Russia to continue its nuclear program without verification (Didn’t the GOP’s god-on-earth, Ronald Reagan, say, “Trust but verify?”) is more important than allowing President Obama to appear in control of foreign policy.

Despite his over-usage of his favorite phrase, “The American people want,” Mitch McConnell has no interest in doing what the American people want.

We know that 78% of the American people want “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealed. That also includes, the majority of Democrats, the majority of conservatives, the majority of Independents, and even the majority of weekly church-going Christians.

We know that 53% of the American people want the Bush tax cuts to expire for households above $250,000.

We know that 73% of the American people want the Senate to ratify the START treaty with Russia.

We also know that the majority of our men and women in the armed forces have said loud and clear they couldn’t care less if they served with an openly-gay service member.

When Mitch McConnell says, as he did over the weekend, “It’s pretty clear taxes are not going up on anyone in the middle of this recession,” we should also remind the GOP leader that we are no longer in a recession, nor have we been since June, 2009.

Now McConnell says, “I don’t see how we can possibly finish the defense authorization bill, a two-week bill, wholly aside from these controversial items that are in it … before the end of the year.” In other words, strip the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and we’ll see if we will pass it.

McConnell, it seems, doesn’t know how long it takes to debate the NDAA. In September, McConnell said, “The Defense authorization bill requires 4 or 5 weeks to debate.” Then, on Sunday he claimed it took two weeks.

Brian Beutler at TPM writes, “a senior Democratic aide went back 20 years and found that spending two weeks on the defense authorization bill is a rarity.”

“Since 1990, the Senate has never spent anywhere close to four or five weeks debating that bill. Four times it’s taken longer than seven days – thus approaching or exceeding the two week threshold.

“The Senate has spent five days (or fewer) debating the defense authorization bill nine times. And, once, back in the friendly days when Bill Clinton presided over majorities in the House and Senate, it took one day.”

Mitch McConnell has proven he will say anything to get what he wants, and what he wants is not what “The American people” want, but what Mitch McConnell wants.

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Highly-Anticipated J6 Committee Hearing Likely Postponed

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Wednesday’s highly-anticipated hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, the first one since July, and possibly the final publicly-televised event, will likely be postponed due to Hurricane Ian which is ravaging Florida.

The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey were the first to report the postponement. MSNBC has confirmed the likely postponement.

No new date has been scheduled yet.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.

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‘Yes’: GOP Nominee Mastriano Supports Charging Women With Murder if They Have an Abortion After a 6 Week Ban (Audio)

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Pennsylvania’s GOP nominee for governor, state Senator Doug Mastriano, in 2019 said women who violate a bill he sponsored that would ban abortion after six weeks should be charged with murder.

“OK, let’s go back to the basic question there,” Mastriano told Pennsylvania radio station WITF, as NBC News reports. “Is that a human being? Is that a little boy or girl? If it is, it deserves equal protection under the law.”

“Asked if he was saying yes, they should be charged with murder, Mastriano responded: ‘Yes, I am.'”

READ MORE: ‘Seize the Power’: Christian Nationalist Doug Mastriano Prayed MAGA Would ‘Rise Up’ Against the Gov’t on 1/6 (Video)

Mastriano is a conspiracy theorist, election denier, and white Christian nationalist with ties to Gab founder Andrew Torba, an antisemitic Christian nationalist and white supremacist.

Mastriano’s bill would have barred abortions once a so-called “fetal heartbeat” could be detected, NBC News adds, “usually around six weeks,” generally before most women even know they are pregnant.

Mastriano, when confronted, falsely attempted to downplay the ability of a governor to shape laws.

“My views are kind of irrelevant because I cannot rule by fiat or edict or executive order on the issue of life,” Mastriano told the conservative network Real America’s Voice, NBC adds. “It’s up to the people of Pennsylvania. So if Pennsylvanians want exceptions, if they want to limit the number of weeks, it’s going to have to come from your legislative body and then to my desk.”

READ MORE: Watch: Torba Warns GOP to Not ‘Disavow or Condemn Us’ Because ‘Christian Nationalists Are the Republican Party’

Mastriano, endorsed by Trump, is facing Democrat Josh Shapiro, who is leading in the polls.

The New York Times reports Mastriano’s campaign is “sputtering,” and says he “is being heavily outspent by his Democratic rival, has had no television ads on the air since May, has chosen not to interact with the state’s news media in ways that would push his agenda, and trails by double digits in reputable public polling and most private surveys.”

Earlier this month Rolling Stone just days before the January 6 insurrection Mastriano “was video taped leading a group in prayer, asking God that the MAGA movement would overthrow the federal government, praying they would ‘seize the power’ and ‘rise up’ on January 6.”

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Trump Mocked for ‘Sidelining’ His New $3 Million Attorney: ‘Must Have Given Him Actual Legal Advice’

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It’s no secret Donald Trump has been virtually unable to hire highly-respected attorneys to defend him in the many legal and civil cases he is facing for a variety of alleged crimes and misdeeds, including his actions surrounding fraudulent efforts to overturn a free and fair election and the January 6 insurrection, his retention and refusal to return hundreds of classified documents, and his alleged real estate and tax fraud cases, and more.

One of the rumored reasons Trump, a former President, has been unable to retain quality legal representation is he “has a long history of allegedly not paying his bills,” as Vanity Fair has noted.

Trump did manage to hire what many consider a qualified and respected attorney for his legal issues surrounding his classified documents case.

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Chris Kise, the former solicitor general for Florida, agreed to work for Trump but only if he was paid up front.

Thanks to Trump’s massive fundraising operation Kise is being paid millions, effectively by Trump supporters.

Kise is also no longer leading the case.

CNN reports Kise “has been sidelined from the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation less than a month after he was brought on to represent Trump in the matter, two sources familiar with the move tell CNN.”

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“Kise’s hiring came with an unusual price tag of $3 million, paid for by Trump’s outside spending arm. The retainer fee, paid upfront, raised eyebrows among other lawyers on Trump’s team, given the former President has a developed a reputation for not paying his legal fees.”

Legal experts are mocking Trump for sidelining his top attorney.

“Obviously this means the lawyer must have given Trump actual legal advice,” teased George Conway.

“Which is just RUDE,” replied attorney Ken White.

MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst and anchor Katie Phang asked, “So Kise is a $3 million dollar benchwarmer?”

“Trump is already throwing over Chris Kise after signing a $3M retainer and convincing him to leave Foley & Lardner? That seems … not smart,” says Liz Dye, who writes about law and politics. “Chaos monkey gonna chaos monkey, I guess.”

Dan Berman, CNN Politics managing editor for legal, immigration, and the Supreme Court serves up the perfect headline: “Trump’s 3 Million Dollar Man is sidelined already.”

LA Times columnist Harry Litman, a frequent guest on MSNBC and a former U.S. Attorney offered perhaps the most amusing response:

“The one credible lawyer that Trump has hired in years, Chris Kise, paying $3M up front, now has been demoted and is no longer leading the MAL defense. Must be Trump’s payback for the fix he’s now in w/ Judge Dearie. He thinks he’s Goldfinger/Dr.No but he’s really Austin Powers.”

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