The Government Shutdown is All Mitch McConnell’s Fault.

It’s true that Chuck Schumer and the Democrats voted to shut down the government, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had the power to defeat the Democrat filibuster. He chose not to, and so this is his fault.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) listens to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (L) as they attend a press event on tax reform other congressional Republicans September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, Republican leaders proposed cutting tax rates for the middle class, wealthy and businesses. Key questions remain on how they plan to offset the trillions of dollars in lost tax revenue. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Anyone who’s read the Senate rules knows that Mitch McConnell has far more power to stop filibusters than he likes to pretend. Contrary to myth, there’s nothing in the Senate rules that requires 60 votes to pass a bill!

But what about cloture, you ask? Well, no. The Senate rules are written far more intelligently than that. The filibuster is intended as a delaying tactic. In the UK they strictly limit filibusters in the House of Commons by implementing rules on speeches: You can’t get repetitive, you have to stay on topic, you have to remain standing, and you can’t read your speech. The US Senate isn’t as strict but it does have one important limitation on filibusters.

The Senate puts a hard cap on filibusters with Rule XIX 1 (a):

No Senator shall interrupt another Senator in debate without his consent, and to obtain such consent he shall first address the Presiding Officer, and no Senator shall speak more than twice upon any one question in debate on the same legislative day without leave of the Senate, which shall be determined without debate.

(Emphasis added) If the majority actually wants to pass a bill, then all they have to do is wait it out. Mitch McConnell can tell the Democrats that a filibuster is futile by stating that the daily session of the Senate will remain open – the Senate will not adjourn for the day – until the debate is concluded and the vote happens. What does that mean? It means the Democrats could talk, one by one, until they’re done, and then a vote happens. The bill can pass with a tie even, as long as the Vice President is available to break the tie.

Why don’t McConnell and the Republicans do this? Two reasons. First, they’re lazy. If the Democrats are in the building coordinating their filibuster, rotating through speakers for hours on end, then the Republicans must remain available to vote in greater numbers. Otherwise at any time the Democrats could end the filibuster, vote, and defeat the question.

Second, and more importantly, Mitch McConnell doesn’t want to beat the Democrats very much. As we’ve seen with issues like amnesty, Republican and Democrat leaders don’t disagree on very much. They all want DACA amnesty. They all want CHIP. They all want Obamacare. But they want to go through the motions in a way that lets them look like they’re fighting, so their voters will continue to turn out for them.

Just as McConnell caved on Obamacare, he wants to cave to the Democrats on other issues. So, he lets the filibuster threat win out. Weak, weak, weak. And honest, hard-working government contractors suffer the consequences, as they no longer get paid. Unionized government employees will be fine, but the contractors lose out big time.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court Holds Democrat Lawsuit in North Carolina

Democrats have been in court for years trying to overturn the North Carolina Congressional map. The Supreme Court overwhelmingly put that on hold today.

North Carolina Democrats argue that the gerrymander in that state is illegal because it benefits Republicans too much.

The 2011 elections in North Carolina produced a 7-6 advantage for Democrats in the House of Representatives. After the Republicans concluded redistricting, the 2012 election turned that into a 9-4 advantage for Republicans, which became a 10-3 after David Rouzer won the 8th district in 2014.

Unfair, Democrats say. So they sued. The state supreme court ended that effort last year [Edit: two years ago!], and now the federal suit is going to the Supreme Court after a federal court ruled in favor of the Democrats.

Today, the Supreme Court by a 7-2 vote put a stay on that decision, presumably so that the Supreme Court can rule on a similar Wisconsin case and settle all family business, so to speak.

The 2018 elections in North Carolina will be held with the current map.

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This Senate Republican Sold Out to the Far Left on Internet Freedom

The FCC voted to Restore Internet Freedom from the unprecedented Obama decision to apply 1930s regulation online. Democrats want to reverse that vote, and they got a weak Republican on board.

What Ajit Pai and the FCC voted to do was very simple. He tore away ridiculous regulations that didn’t actually help anyone, but were simply present to implement complete government control of the Internet. When then-Chairman Tom Wheeler passed his power grab, even he admitted it was a power grab, but promised “forbearance” of the complete package of regulation.

Do you think it’s safe to have government looming over the Internet at all times, with just their non-binding promise not to make things worse? Neither do I, and neither did Ajit Pai, which is why the Restoring Internet Freedom vote was so important. Democrats, however, want to restore uncertainty and regulation to the Internet.

So in the Senate, Democrats are forcing a vote to end Internet freedom by using the Congressional Review Act. It has virtually no chance of passing the House, but Democrats have their first Republican patsy to join them: Susan Collins.

If Susan Collins is going to start actively joining Democrat efforts, are Republicans going to tolerate her?

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New Poll: Will Arizona Voters Pardon Arpaio?

The polls are starting to come in now for the Arizona Senate Primary. Who’s going to represent the Republican Party in the race to replace Senator Flake?

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waves from a T-6 WW2 airplane as she leaves for Phoenix, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz. McSally announced Friday that she is running for the Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Flake. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

We saw last week that Kelli Ward is in deep trouble in the first poll, and well…

She’s still getting clobbered. Joe Arpaio is eating her lunch, while Martha McSally is set to run away with the race. Arizona does not have a run off election for a primary, either, so if the division in the Trump wing of the party continues, then this race is over.

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DC’s Subway Derailed Today – Now They Want to Soak American Taxpayers

DC’s Subway system has a long history of financial and safety mismanagement. But after today’s derailment, they’re going to try to take it out of the American taxpayer. Here’s how.

Today’s Red Line derailment injured nobody, mostly because the train was nearly empty on this federal holiday. But the usual urban left wing activists are going to try to use this as proof that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) needs “dedicated funding.” That means greater subsidies from you, the American taxpayers.

WMATA is unlike most transportation operators in that it is the result of an interstate compact involving DC, Virginia, Maryland, and the US Government. All four governments have seats on the board, and all four pay into the system. So, if the compact is altered, then the federal government will be paying more money into this failing system.

Is it really that bad? Yes. WMATA is run as a jobs program, not a functioning transportation system. While other US Cities are expanding their rail programs, WMATA has cut hours and service drastically. Further, major scandals of waste, fraud, and abuse have been exposed:

  • WMATA employees were spying on the keyboard of the Inspector General.
  • Passenger Carol Glover died in an incident in 2015 caused by WMATA safety inspectors falsifying records. When one inspector was fired for that, the union (ATU Local 689) sued.
  • WMATA hired a contractor to put communications wiring in the tunnels for public safety. The contractor folded, the wiring wasn’t installed, and nobody knows where the money went.
  • One of Obama’s board members was taking kickbacks from a contractor. The conflict of interest, involving a large part time salary, was exposed, but nothing was done about it.
  • WMATA was mismanaging federal funds.

Until serious reforms of safety and accountability are enacted, WMATA should get no more money from the federal government.

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Democrats Force Vote for State-Run Internet

Al Franken may have left the Senate, but the rest of the Democrats are now seeking to push by any means necessary his extremist agenda of fondling the Internet.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., leaves the Capitol after speaking on the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ed Markey (D-Mass.) took up Franken’s position, circulating a petition to repeal the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Instead, they want to have a state-run Internet through a burdensome 80 year old regulatory scheme. We all know how well phone service works under that regulation. “We’re the phone company. We don’t care. We don’t have to.” And they want the Internet to work that way.

Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has become the 30th Senator to sign the petition, and therefore the Senate will be required to vote on it under the Congressional Review Act procedure. When that vote happens is not yet decided, but the vote is now guaranteed.

Of course, for the CRA bill to pass, it must also pass the House and the President. But with Donald “Government’s gonna pay for it” Trump, you never know.

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Twitter Asks: How Does Harvey Fit in Oprah’s Truth?

Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes has Democrats begging for her to run for President. But Twitter is asking: What was going in with Harvey, Oprah?

Director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein at The Los Angeles Premiere of ‘The Butler’ after party, on Monday, August 12, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo byAlexandra Wyman/Invision/AP Images)

Lori Ziganto, formerly of RedState, asked the key question:

Oprah has some stuff to answer for, it appears. How much did she know, and when did she know it?

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This May Be the End of “Legal” Cannabis

As various states have “legalized” cannabis sales, and refused to enforce federal law, many business have grown to sell the stuff. But the good times may be over for these drug dealers.

In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, Khalil Moutawakkil, co-founder and CEO of KindPeoples, poses for a portrait with some marijuana plants in his dispensary in Santa Cruz, Calif. Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The entire “legalized pot” industry has depended on the states refusing to enforce federal law (their right under federalism), but also on a lack of federal agents going after them directly. But according to the Associated Press, that’s going to change:

The move will leave it to U.S. attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law. The move likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where it’s legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it.

The decision comes days after California began selling recreational marijuana.

Federalism cuts both ways, and elections have consequences.

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Uh Oh: This is Going to Challenge Bitcoin’s Fundamental Value

Bitcoin has always been volatile, but these new market forces potentially threaten the fundamental value of the so-called cryptocurrency.

A man walks past the Bitcoin ATMs in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously. They are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are traded. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Larry Fink said “Bitcoin just shows you how much demand for money laundering there is in the world,” and there’s a lot of truth to that. Bitcoin’s price famously tanked after the original Silk Road was shut down, though replacements have allowed the value to continue to climb.

New cryptocurrencies are starting up, though, and those could take demand away from Bitcoin on a permanent basis. Not only is Monero doing pretty well (priced at about US$350), but it’s actually growing faster than Bitcoin, so it could cause speculative money to move as well.

But why would criminals love Monero? While Bitcoin has no anonymity, due to its use of an open ledger called a Blockchain, Monero seeks to hide people’s identities:

Started in 2014, monero is very different. It encrypts the recipient’s address on its blockchain and generates fake addresses to obscure the real sender. It also obscures the amount of the transaction.

If criminals flock to Monero, then Bitcoin loses a big market, and that could be it for the bubble!

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Israel Prepares Substantial Honor for Donald Trump

Israel is serious about Jerusalem’s present and historical status as the capital of the nation. As Donald Trump prepares to open the first embassy in Jerusalem in years, Israel prepares to honor him for that. Here’s how.

President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Israel government under Benjamin Netanyahu has precisely one concern when it comes to the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem: their own national interest. They don’t care about other issues or other politics, and so for Trump’s support for Israel, Israel is going to support him.

How will they do it? Well, Israel is already planning to extend the new high-speed railway connecting Tel-Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, and Jerusalem. The extension will connect the line to the main Jerusalem Malha station. One of two stations in that extension will be named Donald John Trump Station. Specifically, they will be naming for Donald Trump the station in the Jewish Quarter near the Western Wall.

Trump is connecting US policy in Jerusalem to the history of Israel, and so Israel is connecting Trump’s name with the history of Jerusalem.

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