WASHINGTON, DC- The press is not the enemy of the people. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution confirming just that Thursday morning. S Res 607 “reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves.” This comes after 350 publishers, including WPSD-TV, posted about the importance of the first amendment in response to President Trump and his administration's frequent attacks against news outlets and individual journalists.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed its 25th appellate court judge during President Trump's tenure, as Republicans continued reshaping the federal judiciary at a record clip. The Senate approved A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. by a vote of 62 to 28. He will join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The GOP-controlled Senate has been approving appellate court judges at a rapid pace, already setting a record for the most confirmed during a president's first two years in office. GOP leaders are installing jurists favored by conservatives who are likely to influence decisions on immigration, voting rights, abortion and the environment for decades. “When he was nominated to the federal bench last
How many senators can you name? If your answer is no more than a handful, you are typical of most Australians. And if the senators you can name are crossbenchers like me, there is nothing unusual about that either. Despite the government having 31 senators and Labor 26, there's a fair chance you've never heard of most of them. That's a problem, because it's leading to some pretty appalling assessments about the value of the Senate. It's also prompting some highly undemocratic suggestions as to what should be done about it. A recent example was an article by George Williams, Dean of Law at the University of NSW. He argued that the Senate is "a house of political parties" and therefore "the disloyalty
The Senate took a rhetorical shot on Thursday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE's attacks on the media, passing a resolution affirming that the press is "not the enemy of the people." The non-binding resolution, which cleared the chamber by unanimous consent, also touts the "indispensable role of the free press" and says an attack on the media meant to "systematically undermine the credibility of the press as a whole [is] an attack on our democratic institutions."
It's a blazing hot Tuesday in midtown Phoenix and Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader and Republicans' bogeyman, is rallying a room full of Democratic Party activists. If they were serious about retaking House seats across the country, and flipping Arizona's once reliably Republican U.S. Senate seat blue, the veteran Democratic leader from San Francisco told them they needed to “own the ground.” Every call. Every door-knock. Every conversation urging friends, family and neighbors to vote for Democrats, matters. With President Donald Trump in the White House and the intensity of today's tribal politics, good fortunes won't come easy, she said, as some sipped wine. Preparing for what Democrats
In Arizona's Republican Senate primary, front-runner Martha McSally is airing ads featuring a video clip of President Donald Trump calling her “the real deal.” Her main challenger, Kelli Ward, is circulating mailers featuring a photo of her smiling alongside the commander-in-chief. The third-place candidate, Joe Arpaio, carries the rare distinction of having received a criminal pardon from Trump: The ex-sheriff recently sent a video of the president praising him to potential donors. The president's decision so far to withhold his endorsement has led to a total muddle, prolonging the GOP slugfest in one of the most important Senate races in the country and allowing the presumed Democratic nominee, Kyrsten Sinema, to get a free pass.
The Senate has expressed concern over alleged discrepancies in the 2019 elections budget figures presented by President Muhammadu Buhari and chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu. The Senate Committee on INEC made the observations during its meeting with the commission at the National Assembly yesterday. While the INEC chairman presented a budget of N189,207,544,893.13 for the polls, Buhari had in July 17, 2018, tabled N143,512,529,455.00.Consequently, the committee led by Senator Suleiman Nazif declared it would hold a special meeting today to resolve the issue."It is important for us to note that there are some observations that were raised by distinguished
It may be time to start calling Vickie Nardello the Comeback Kid. The Prospect resident trailed in her District 16 state Senate primary race against Dagmara Scalise of Southington by as much as 20 percent late into Tuesday evening's vote counting. But with a strong showing in Waterbury, the veteran politician pulled out a 37-vote victory over Scalise, according to vote counts provided on the Secretary of the State's office. Scalise conceded via a Facebook post Wednesday. “I am really proud that as a first-time candidate I came so close to winning,” Saclise said in her post. “And that was only possible because I had an amazing network of old friends and new, family members, community leaders,
There's been a noticeable exception to President Donald Trump's otherwise successful effort to appoint young, conservative judges to the nation's appellate courts. The Senate has confirmed a record 24 new circuit court judges nationwide in 20 months – with two more nominees scheduled for votes this week. But Trump has made far less progress in the jurisdiction he criticizes the most: the liberal-leaning U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, including California and eight other Western states. Since Trump took office, the Senate has confirmed only one 9th Circuit judge – in Hawaii – leaving seven openings. A nominee in Oregon was abruptly withdrawn last month when it became clear he lacked the votes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday.