Categories for Dems
CABINET/DEMS/GOP: “Today, I was honored to be joined by Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate, as well as members of my Cabinet – to discuss the urgent need to rebuild and restore America’s depleted infrastructure. https://t.co/8ByoQJsjTT https://t.co/BVBRDvHfcC”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 14, 2018 02:11pm
DEMS/GOP/VOTING: “Democrats picked off another Republican-held state legislative seat in a special election Tuesday [2-13-18] — this time a suburban, Sarasota-area district in Florida.
Margaret Good’s win over James Buchanan — the Republican whose father is US Rep. Vern Buchanan — is another worrying sign for national Republicans headed into next fall’s midterm elections. Good won by 7 percentage points in a district that President Donald Trump carried by 5 points in the 2016 election.
That swing in Democrats’ direction made the Florida contest the 36th GOP-held state legislative seat to change parties since Trump took office. And in a district where Republicans held a voter registration advantage of nearly 13,000, the Democratic Party sees it as evidence it can win in Republican strongholds.
It’s far short of the nearly 1,000 seats Republicans won during former President Barack Obama’s tenure, but Democrats see the wins as signs of an energized base that could deliver control of the House, and potentially the Senate, to the party in this year’s midterm elections. It was the third straight loss for Florida Republicans in contests seen as bellwethers for the midterms. Democrats won a Miami-area state Senate special election last September with Annette Taddeo, then won the St. Petersburg mayoral race in November.”
-Eric Bradner, “Democrats flip 36th GOP-held state legislative seat with Florida win,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 14, 2018 08:05am
DEMS/GOP/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration this week laid out an infrastructure plan designed to win support from both parties: Republicans, who would like its plan to speed up environmental reviews, and Democrats who endorse its new pool of money for public-works projects.
Congressional leaders, though, have other ideas, and may divide the package into several pieces to get some of it passed in a tough legislative year, according to lawmakers and aides. The development could signal trouble for what the Trump administration hoped would be a single, comprehensive piece of legislation revising how public works are funded and built.
The leaders’ strategy might allow some parts of the proposal that could win bipartisan support to become law on their own, even as the bulk of the package faces resistance from spending hawks in the Republican majority and Democrats who worry it would push spending obligations onto cities and states… The White House has framed the discussion of its package as a single omnibus legislative effort, a classic something-for-everyone approach that could help bring along broad support…
The infrastructure package had already faced a tough road in Congress, with midterm elections coming in November. Some lawmakers are concerned about cuts to certain areas of the budget to pay for the federal government’s $200 billion share of Mr. Trump’s infrastructure plan. The administration has declined to lay out specific cuts it seeks to pay for the package, saying Congress must decide.”
-Ted Mann and Natalie Andrews, “Lawmakers Consider Carving Up Trump’s Infrastructure Proposal,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 13, 2018 06:17pm
DEMS/DREAMERS/GOP: “Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 13, 2018 05:52am
DEMS/INFRASTRUCTURE/MILITARY: “Our infrastructure plan has been put forward and has received great reviews by everyone except, of course, the Democrats. After many years we have taken care of our Military, now we have to fix our roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and more. Bipartisan, make deal Dems?”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 13, 2018 05:43am
DEMS/DREAMERS/GOP/IMMIGRATION: “The Senate launched a rare and freewheeling immigration debate on Monday [2-12-18], with no bipartisan agreement in sight and no clarity as to whether any proposal will win enough support to pass.
Senators in both parties said members might need to see their favored ideas defeated before they can seriously consider a bipartisan solution. But it was still unclear how many proposals will be considered or what they will be.
The session began Monday with conservative Republicans voicing support for a package that includes President Donald Trump’s priorities but has no Democratic support. Democrats said they were considering putting forward the Dream Act—which would offer a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children—without any of the conservative enforcement priorities. Several Democrats said they were still actively hunting for a bipartisan deal.
Finding a compromise has been challenging for many years because it involves so many different areas, each with its own tradeoffs and politics.
The debate this week is expected to involve, at minimum, the fate of so-called Dreamers, border security, the legal rights of people apprehended, the ability of Americans to sponsor their family members for green cards and the future of the diversity lottery, which awards green cards to people from underrepresented countries.”
-Laura Meckler and Siobhan Hughes, “Senate Immigration Debate Begins With No Deal in Sight,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 12, 2018 07:50pm
DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House signaled Sunday [2-11-18] that a classified Democratic memo it blocked last week could see the light of day soon, after changes are made to address concerns raised by Justice Department officials.
The comments from a senior administration official came as Democrats said they were open to making changes to the document, which aims to rebut a Republican memo that alleges the Justice Department relied heavily on information paid for by Democrats to get a surveillance warrant on an onetime associate of President Donald Trump…
The White House had indicated it was inclined to release the memo, but top officials at the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week identified passages in the Democratic document that they said contained information about intelligence techniques or other sensitive material. The White House cited these findings on Friday in declining to release the memo but said it would review a revised document that addressed the concerns…
The White House’s Mr. Short said the administration asked House Democrats to revise and resubmit the memo, rather than making its own redactions, to avoid accusations that the White House was taking its editing pen to the document.”
-Yuka Hayashi, “White House Says Democratic Memo Likely to Be Released if Changes Made,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 11, 2018 05:39pm
DEMS/DREAMERS/GOP/IMMIGRATION: “Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do. The Dems had all three branches of government back in 2008-2011, and they decided not to do anything about DACA. They only want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 10, 2018 01:50pm
DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/POLITICS: “The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 10, 2018 09:20am
DEMS/FBI/GOP/INTELLIGENCE: “The White House is inclined to approve the release of a classified Democratic memo that rebuts Republican allegations of abuse by the FBI in its application to monitor a former Trump campaign aide, according to a person familiar with the matter.
John Kelly, White House chief of staff, said earlier this week that he told the lawyers reviewing the document to ‘get back to me’ by the end of Thursday with their recommendation on whether President Donald Trump should release the memo. Mr. Kelly suggested then that redactions could be necessary, saying the document was ‘not as clean’ as a Republican memo released the week before.
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Thursday that the review process was ‘ongoing.’
An administration official said a declassification decision by the president was expected on Friday.”
-Rebecca Ballhaus and Byron Tau, “White House Favors Releasing Democratic Memo,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 9, 2018 01:39pm
DEMS/GOP/MILITARY/POLITICS: “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 9, 2018 08:47am
DEMS/DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/POLITICAL FIGURES: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken over seven hours to oppose the spending deal to lift spending caps and avert a government shutdown — because the plan does not address immigration issues.
The House Historian’s office told CNN that Pelosi’s speech is the longest on record on the House floor, according to their records.
Pelosi started speaking shortly after 10 a.m. ET, and was still speaking as of 5:10 p.m. ET.
A source close to the California Democrat told CNN she thought of the idea overnight to speak for hours on the House floor. The source said she’s wearing four-inch-heels while delivering the speech and has only been sipping water.
The budget deal, which was proposed by Senate leaders on Wednesday [2-7-18], will require Democratic support to pass the House, so the House Democratic leader’s comments make the plan’s future unclear.
Pelosi said she opposed that the spending deal because it doesn’t include a permanent solution for undocumented immigrants affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Pelosi has been sharing statements from DACA recipients about themselves and their successes in the US.
House Democrats will likely spend the next 24 hours pushing to get a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan on floor consideration of DACA bills.”
-Daniella Diaz and Deirdre Walsh, “Pelosi sets record with 7-hour marathon speech on DACA,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 7, 2018 05:17pm
BUDGET/DEMS: “A bipartisan budget deal announced in the Senate Wednesday [2-7-18] afternoon is already facing an internal Democratic rebellion.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to the floor to announce a massive deal that would boost domestic and defense spending, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was entering her third hour on the House floor expressing opposition, to the delight of liberal activists and lawmakers.
Progressives are frustrated that Senate Democrats cut a budget deal while relief for the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers remains in limbo — and with nothing more than a commitment from McConnell to begin an open-ended immigration debate next week…
Centrists who wanted to avoid another shutdown fight over immigration also have a lot to like about the Senate’s deal. Among its specific victories for politically vulnerable Democrats, particularly those from red and purple states, are new opioids funding and a way forward on a pensions fix.”
-Elana Schor and Heather Caygle, “Left seethes as Senate clinches budget deal,” Politico, Feb. 7, 2018 04:24pm
DEMS/INTELLIGENCE/JOHN KELLY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House lawyers have until Thursday [2-8-18] to recommend whether President Donald Trump should release a classified Democratic memo rebutting Republican allegations of wrongdoing in the federal investigation of a former Trump campaign aide.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said Tuesday he told lawyers reviewing the document to ‘get back to me’ by the end of day Thursday. He suggested the Democratic memo could need redactions before it can be released to the public…
Mr. Kelly said the president’s decision on whether to allow the memo’s release and whether elements should be redacted would hinge on the recommendation of senior law-enforcement officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray. Mr. Trump met with Mr. Rosenstein on Tuesday to discuss the memo.
A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on whether attorneys are leaning toward redacting parts of the memo.”
-Rebecca Ballhaus, “Kelly Gives White House Lawyers Until Thursday to Issue Recommendations on Democratic Memo,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 7, 2018 12:52pm
DEMS/GOP/POLITICS/VOTING: “Democrats on Tuesday [2-6-18] picked up a state House seat in a Missouri legislative district that President Donald Trump won easily in 2016. The victory, coming on the heels of other Democratic state-level triumphs in deep-red territory in the past year, provides another indication of the engaged Democratic base that has Republicans worried about the 2018 midterm elections.
Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state’s office about the House District 97 race put Democrat Mike Revis 52-48 over Republican David Linton. The Jefferson County district, whose seat was held by a Republican who left for another position, went 61-33 for Trump in 2016. Republicans kept three seats up for grabs during Tuesday’s special elections, based on the preliminary results. The Missouri Democratic Party congratulated Revis on his win, calling it a “loud and clear message” to the local GOP establishment….
Revis’ win comes amid investigations into Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens following allegations of blackmail against a woman with whom he had an affair. Greitens has admitted to the affair but has denied blackmailing the woman.
Scott Dieckhaus, a Missouri Republican operative who previously ran the state House GOP campaign committee, chalked up Linton’s loss to the scandal surrounding Greitens.”
-Maegan Vazquez, “Dems win Missouri state House race in district where Trump won big,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 7, 2018 08:42am
DEMS/GOP/VOTING: “A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama intends to pour millions of dollars into an eclectic array of elections in a dozen states, in an effort to block Republicans from single-handedly drawing congressional maps after 2020, officials leading the group said.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, formed last year under the leadership of Eric H. Holder Jr., the former attorney general, has settled on a strategy to contest a combination of governorships, legislative seats and more obscure state offices to chip away at Republicans’ sweeping control of the redistricting process.
Mr. Holder said in an interview that the group was chiefly determined to deny Republicans so-called trifectas in state governments — places where a single party controls the governorship and an entire legislature, as Republicans do in Ohio and Florida, among other critical battlegrounds…
The tug of war over congressional maps has begun years before the 2020 census, which will collect the data used for reapportioning seats in Congress. Democrats have already sued to throw out congressional maps in several states and the United States Supreme Court is expected to consider a number of cases this year involving gerrymandered maps.”
-Alexander Burns, “Eric Holder’s Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering,” The New York Times online, Feb. 6, 2018
DEMS/POLITICAL FIGURES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who is a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, sharply criticized the President on the Senate floor Tuesday for his remarks he made where he called Democrats ‘treasonous.’
Trump had accused stone-faced Democrats of treason for not standing and applauding during his State of the Union address…
During a speech outside Cincinnati, Trump called Democrats who didn’t applaud for him ‘treasonous.’…
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the President was ‘clearly joking’ when he made the comment.
‘None of this behavior should ever be regarded as normal,’ Flake continued on the Senate floor. ‘We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. We will get through this period.’…
This isn’t the first time Flake has spoken out against the President on the Senate floor. In January, the Arizona Republican slammed the President for his repeated attacks on the truth as well as his colleagues for failing to be a check on Trump
Flake, who announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018, has said he will use his remaining time in the Senate to speak out against the President when he believes it is warranted.”
-Daniella Diaz, “Flake calls out Trump for saying non-clapping Democrats ‘treasonous’,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 6, 2018 04:41pm
DEMS/GOP/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump was set to be briefed later Tuesday [2-6-18] afternoon on a classified Democratic memo that rebuts GOP allegations of partisan motives in the federal investigation of his former campaign aide, as the president decides whether to authorize the document’s release.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters Tuesday that Mr. Trump hadn’t yet read the Democratic document. ‘He has it. It’s pretty lengthy,’ Mr. Kelly said of the 10-page memo. ‘We’ll get some people down to brief him on it.’
The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee on Monday voted unanimously to release the Democratic memo defending the federal investigation into Carter Page, a former foreign-policy adviser on the Trump campaign. Democrats drafted that document in response to a GOP-authored memo released last week that suggests wrongdoing in how the government got warrants from a federal judge to conduct surveillance on Mr. Page.
Democrats said the GOP memo was an attempt to discredit a wide-ranging Justice Department probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, an investigation that is also looking into potential obstruction of justice by the president and his aides.”
-Rebecca Ballhaus and Byron Tau, “Trump to Be Briefed on Democratic Surveillance Memo,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 6, 2018 03:53pm
DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump accused a top Democratic lawmaker on Monday [2-5-18] of being ‘one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington,’ calling Representative Adam Schiff of California ‘Little Adam Schiff’ and accusing him of illegally leaking confidential information from the House Intelligence Committee.
In an early-morning tweet, Mr. Trump ominously said that Mr. Schiff ‘must be stopped,’ though he did not elaborate.
The president’s insult came as Mr. Schiff is expected to call for a vote on Monday afternoon for the Intelligence Committee to release a Democratic rebuttal to the classified memo that the panel’s Republicans released on Friday, which accuses federal law enforcement officials of abusing their powers to spy on a former Trump campaign official.
The Republican memo, written by congressional aides, fell short of providing enough evidence to make that case and was released after Mr. Trump rejected pleas from national security officials to block it.
In a separate tweet later in the morning, Mr. Trump praised Representative Devin Nunes of California, who spearheaded the Republican memo as the Intelligence Committee chairman, calling him a ‘Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure.’
Democrats have denounced the document as a tactic to undermine the investigation and protect Mr. Trump.”
-Michael D. Shear, Mark Landler, and Nicholas Fandos, “Trump Mocks ‘Little Adam Schiff’ as House Democrats Seek to Counter G.O.P. Memo,” The New York Times online, Feb. 5, 2018
BUDGET/DEMS/GOP/POLITICS: “With government funding set to expire on Thursday [2-8-18], Congress careened toward another standoff on Monday as House Republicans moved ahead with a temporary spending measure that Senate Democrats have promised to block.
By late Monday night, lawmakers had barely 72 hours remaining to avert another government shutdown after last month’s three-day closure, and their precise path for keeping the government open remained unclear.
At the same time, congressional leaders appeared to be closing in on a deal to raise strict caps on military and domestic spending, a pact that would help pave the way for a long-term spending package.
That package, in turn, would end the need for the seemingly endless series of temporary spending measures that have left lawmakers exasperated while repeatedly raising the threat of a government shutdown.
House Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting on Monday night with a plan to pass a temporary spending measure that would fund the government through March 23. The measure would also include full-year funding for the Defense Department — boosting military spending, as President Trump and Republicans are determined to do — and it would include two years of funding for community health centers.”
-Thomas Kaplan, “House Pushes Another Stopgap Bill as Government Shutdown Looms,” The New York Times online, Feb. 5, 2018
DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump mocked Democrats Monday [2-5-18] for their stony reactions during his State of the Union speech last week, saying that it was even ‘treasonous.’…
‘Can we call that treason? Why not,’ he added. He made the remarks during a speech at a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati, Ohio…
Trump’s comments came less than a week after he delivered his State of the Union address in which he preached the virtue of bipartisanship.
The comments were the second time he criticized Democrats for not sufficiently applauding him during his State of the Union address.
And on Monday, Trump signaled that Democrats’ refusal to applaud portions of his speech — notably when he called attention to record-low unemployment among African-Americans and Hispanic Americans — will make it much more difficult for him to work with Democrats on bipartisan legislation.”
-Elizabeth Launders and Jeremy Diamond, “Trump labels some Democrats ‘treasonous’ for their State of the Union reaction,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, Feb. 5, 2018 03:47pm
2016 ELECTION/CATER PAGE/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE: “The House Intelligence Committee on Monday [2-5-18] voted unanimously to release a classified Democratic memo that defends the federal investigation into a Trump campaign associate, a move that gives the White House five days to allow or reject its disclosure.
Democrats wrote the 10-page memo as a response to a Republican document released last week that details how the federal government got a warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
That GOP document suggested possible partisan motives by investigators in targeting Mr. Page, who left the campaign a month before prosecutors applied for the warrant in October 2016. Democrats said the GOP memo was an attempt to discredit a wide-ranging Justice Department probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, an investigation that is also looking into potential obstruction of justice by the president and his aides… The White House approved the release of the GOP document on Friday, and will now review the Democrats’ document and decide whether it should be released, as well as identify any redactions.”
-Byron Tau and Rebecca Ballhaus, “House Panel Agrees to Release Democratic Memo on Surveillance of Trump Associate,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 5, 2018 11:11pm
DEMS/HEALTHCARE/UK: “The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!”
-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Feb. 5, 2018 07:11am
DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Intelligence Committee on Monday [2-5-18] is expected to consider whether to release a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP-authored document about surveillance of a onetime Trump campaign adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.
The four-page Republican document, released Friday, alleged political bias by federal law-enforcement officials in seeking surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page. Democrats have said the memo cherry-picked facts as a way to muddy the waters of the broader probe into ties between Trump associates and Russia, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. The buildup to the memo’s release late last week fueled tensions between President Donald Trump and his own Justice Department, with top law-enforcement officials saying they had ‘grave concerns’ about what they said were its factual omissions and accuracy.
The GOP-controlled committee has so far blocked the release of the Democrats’ memo, but it will meet Monday at 5 p.m. to consider ‘the public disclosure of executive session material…and other matters,’ according to the panel’s website.
Some Republicans on the Intelligence Committee have said they would vote to allow the Democratic document to become public once the full House of Representatives had a chance to review it. It was made available to all lawmakers last week.
If the committee votes to release the memo, Mr. Trump would have five days to object to its release. If he objects, the matter would return to the full House of Representatives for a vote. On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, urged Mr. Trump in a letter to approve the Democratic memo.”
-Michelle Hackman and Byron Tau, “House Panel to Consider Democrats’ Own Surveillance Memo,” The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 4, 2018 05:23pm
DEMS/FBI/GOP/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Top officials and investigators at the F.B.I. and Justice Department have ‘politicized the sacred investigative process,’ President Trump said on Friday [2-2-18], hours before the White House is expected to clear the way for Congress to release a controversial memo that is said to describe a bias among senior law enforcement officials.
The early-morning Twitter post reinforced reports that Mr. Trump, in allowing the Republican memo to be released, is seeking to clean house in the upper ranks of the F.B.I. and the Justice Department, even at the risk of losing his own F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray. Earlier this week, Mr. Wray made an unusual public plea not to release the document, which could reveal classified sources and methods.
Blaming senior government officials for favoring Democratics over Republicans is among the main themes in the memo, according to people who have seen it. The memo is said to accuse federal law enforcement officials of abusing their authorities when they sought permission to surveil former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.
Mr. Trump had an opportunity to block the memo, which his own top national security officials have requested because of national security concerns. But a senior administration official said that the president was expected to tell Congress on Friday that the memo could be released without redactions. The document was written by aides to Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been an avid supporter of Mr. Trump.”
-Eileen Sullivan, “Trump Says F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Have ‘Politicized’ Investigative Process,” The New York Times online, Feb. 2, 2018