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McConnell Reverses Course on Supreme Court Confirmation Rule to Favor His Party

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Mitch McConnell, Speaking on Fox News Sunday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reversed course on his own rules that prevented Merrick Garland from becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

IN 2016, during President Obama’s final year, McConnell declared, “the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”

The Senate, under McConnell held no hearings and even refused to meet with the nominee. They eventually confirmed Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s Supreme Court pick to replace Antonin Scalia.

In the wake of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell is singing another tune.

“We simply followed the tradition in America, which is that if you have a Senate of a different party than the President you don’t fill a vacancy created in a presidential (election) year,” said McConnell on Fox News Sunday.

This would allow a Republican Senate to approve a Supreme Court Justice in Trump’s final year in spite of their earlier choice under Obama.

Watch the interview below:

Image via screen capture from video source.

 

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Video Shows Trump In El Paso Hospital Bragging About Crowd Size and Demeaning Beto O’Rourke

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The White House refused to allow any members of the press to travel inside the hospitals President Donald Trump visited Wednesday in Dayton and El Paso, after mass shootings in those cities last weekend killed 31 people. But a just-released video taken by someone who was able to attend the president’s visit to an El Paso hospital reveals the president’s hypocrisy when he claimed he was going to provide “unity” as he chastised top Ohio Democrats for what he wrongly claimed was politicking during his Dayton visit.

Clearly, the President was not practicing what he preached.

In the video below Trump can be seen inside El Paso’s University Medical Center bragging about his crowd size when he held a rally in that city earlier this year. He can also be seen demeaning Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who until recently served as that city’s U.S. Congressman.

“I was here three months ago and we made a speech,” Trump told the hospital’s medical team, as Politico noted. “That place was packed.”

Related: El Paso Hospital Says None of the Hospitalized Victims Would Meet With Trump

“We had twice the number outside. And then you had this crazy Beto. Beto had 400 people in a parking lot.”

The Texas Tribune, meanwhile, reports “Donald Trump still owes $569,204 for his February rally.”

NCRM could find no proof of Trumps’ claim O’Rourke hosted “400 people in a parking lot.”

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Anti-Bullying Activist Melania Trump Hosts ‘Be Best’ Meeting After President’s Rage-Tweeting Weekend

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First Lady Melania Trump kicked off the week by hosting her first Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs as part of her “Be Best” campaign which she began officially last May. The Working Group was created under President George W. Bush.

The goal of Monday’s meeting appeared to be more PR than action.

“First lady Melania Trump will add another component to her Be Best program by showcasing how multiple government agencies interact with youth and working with the groups to improve youth programs,” CNN reports.

Monday morning the First Lady, flanked by HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Matt Dummermuth, a DOJ official in charge of billions in grants to local law enforcement agencies, opened the meeting.

“Thank you for coming,” she told attendees, saying the mission of Be Best is “to enhance the lives of children everywhere.” She added that the “three pillars” of her Be Best program are, “well-being, online safety, and opioid abuse” – presumably meaning combatting and preventing opioid abuse.

The First Lady’s comments and commitment to improving online safety, and her promises to work to prevent online bullying are in direct contrast to the President’s daily outbursts, and especially what for him was a “lost weekend” of rage-tweeting. While the President does not drink his actions show an apparent addiction to venting his anger via the social media platform.

As many in the media have noted, President Trump posted 50 tweets or retweets over the weekend, attacking a re-run of Saturday Night Live, along with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, CNN, the Mueller investigation, the late Sen. John McCain and his daughter, the United Auto Workers’ union, General Motors and its CEO Mary Barra, and Fox News anchors. He also urged support for Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, who reportedly was suspended after her Islamophobic remarks, and Tucker Carlson, who has been highly criticized for refusing to apologize for remarks he made supporting statutory rape and underage sex.

As the First Lady’s meeting was underway, President Trump, who has almost nothing on his public schedule today, continued his tweets of blind rage. He again went after GM and the UAW, unleashed attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden and the “The Fake News Media,” while praising his approval rating among the GOP.

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‘This President Loves His Family’: Watch a ‘Traditional Marriage’ Senator Defend Trump’s Hush Money Payments

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A sitting “family values” and “traditional marriage” Republican U.S. Senator is defending President Donald Trump‘s payments to a porn star and a playmate by insisting that the hush money comes out of the president’s love for his family.

“I honestly think this president loves his family, and I think it has as much to do w/trying not to have public discussions about something that for him is a private matter,” Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) told CNN Wednesday.

On his taxpayer-funded federal government website Senator Rounds has a section titled “Family Values.” It shows him in a photo with five children, and the caption: “Since my time working as governor and state senator, protecting and strengthening family values has been a priority of mine. I am pro-life and believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”

Reminded that the hush money payments were made “to influence the election,” Sen. Rounds replied he wouldn’t try to “litigate” what “legitimate campaign expenses” are.

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Despite his claims of being “pro-life” and pro-family, Senator Rounds in December came under fire for supporting legislation that would squeeze $25 billion out of programs like food stamps to build Trump’s wall.

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