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Sen. Rubio calls for civility in the US Senate…

Good Luck, Guy ….

There IS a political knife fight going on in Congress…

It’s easy, of course, to roll your eyes at Rubio. He, of course, is someone of considerable political ambition. And Rubio clearly believes it is in his long-term best interests to establish himself as a voice for civility and reasoned debate during his time in the Senate.

But simply because Rubio is a politician doesn’t mean that what he says should be dismissed out of hand. What Rubio is reacting to is something I hear time and time again when I talk to people about politics. When did “reasonable people can disagree” stop being something we believed in? Why can’t genuine debate not descend into name-calling? Why is confrontation the only way the two parties — and their leading politicians — seem to interact these days?

The answer, as I wrote earlier this week, is that confrontation is what energizes the bases of the two parties. And energizing those bases is what politicians spend most of their time focusing on these days. Unfortunately, the byproduct of all that confrontation is an increasing cynicism and disgust among the large swaths of people who aren’t part of either base.

The election of President Trump seems to have proven that those people don’t matter all that much, that the way to win is to relentlessly vilify the other side so that your people are mad enough at the other side to turn out to vote.

Rubio is positioning himself as the counterweight to that strategy, betting big on the idea that the Trump era won’t last forever. It’s a noble effort although one with a very uncertain future….

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Betsey DeVos confirmed as Education Sec on VP Pence tiebreaker Senate vote…

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, arrives for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Betsy DeVos

For the first time in American history, a vice president had to vote in the Senate to break a tie on a Cabinet nominee, and Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Donald Trump’s education secretary. DeVos has no experience as an educator, or even as a public school student or parent of public school students, but she sure does donate a lot of money to Republicans.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski could have stopped DeVos in committee, but instead they voted for her there, waited to ensure she would have enough votes, then took the opportunity to grandstand about how they couldn’t vote for her. Democrats were united against DeVos, and senators were flooded with calls opposing her nomination, but in the end, there weren’t three Republicans to vote against an unqualified, unpopular nominee. Republicans whose offices were getting so many calls against DeVos that voters couldn’t get through or even leave voicemails nonetheless voted for her.

Republicans own Betsy DeVos and all her works. They tried to hide her from the public, burying her speedy confirmation hearing in the evening. They blew off massive numbers of their constituents who let them know she was unacceptable. They brought Mike Pence in to cast a historic (not in a good way) vote to confirm her. She’s theirs.

Unfortunately, now she’s in a position to ruin American public education…..

image…Chip Smodevilla/Getty Images

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Senate Panel Votes to Confirm Perry, Zinke…Dem’s Will boycott Treasury and HHS Sec votes…

Senate Minority Leader Schumer, under pressure to stand up to Trump and the Republicans and embolden by protests against the ‘No Enter’ Ban  escalates action’s against Cabinet Secretaries confirmations….

The boycott of ALL Democratic Senator’s means the confirmation process for those secretaries targeted halts….

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee voted in favor of confirming Rick Perry as secretary of the Department of Energy and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) as secretary of the Department of the Interior on Tuesday.

Perry’s confirmation passed 16-7. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Republicans in voting in favor.

Zinke’s confirmation passed 16-6. Manchin, King, Cortez Masto, and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined Republicans in voting in favor of Zinke. No Republicans opposed either nominee.

A full Senate vote is not yet scheduled for either. Each nominee’s reception of four Democratic votes appears to give them both a relatively clear path to confirmation, considering Republicans’ 52-48 advantage in the Senate….

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Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to show up to committee confirmation votes on Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price.

Democrats led by Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden announced they would not participate in the session just as the panel was scheduled to vote.

Democrats suggested Mnuchin and Price misled senators in testimony to Congress and said they wanted more information.

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch slammed the Democrats, saying they were “idiots,” and adding that it was “one of the most alarming things” he had seen in his time Congress.

Hatch said the committee would reschedule the vote on the nominees….

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Majority Leader MCConnell may have to change committee confirmation rules to get votes on several remaining Trump cabinet secretaries…

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Trump Labor Choice getting cold feet?

Democrats ARE putting Trump choice thru tough questioning that many of the rich guys probabaly NEVER have be exposed to….

They will also have to give up their money for the time they serve….

Yea…Might give ya second thoughts …..

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be labor secretary has voiced second thoughts in recent days, because of a relentless barrage of criticism from Democrats, labor unions and other liberal groups, a business ally and GOP sources tell CNN.

Andy Puzder is the CEO of the company that owns the Hardees and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains.

“He may be bailing,” said a Republican source plugged into the Trump transition effort. “He is not into the pounding he is taking, and the paperwork.”

A Trump transition spokesperson declined to comment, but later pointed to a tweet made by Puzder after CNN’s report, which said: “I am looking forward to my hearing.”….

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Senate Republican’s schedule Confirmation hearing as Trump does his first presser in months…

They figure that a hungry Media will fall all over themselves to get a chance to actually ask Trump questions….

In doing so?

They will relegate any controversy arising about Trump’s Cabinet picks to the back pages….

It’s no coincidence that Republican committee chairmen scheduled hearings for some of the president-elect’s most controversial and polarizing nominees next Wednesday.

Trump, after putting it off repeatedly, will also finally have his first press conference since the election at the same time. And Mitch McConnell plans a budget vote-o-rama, including votes related to the repeal of Obamacare. This will further distract the press and the public.

The GOP leadership’s approach will minimize unflattering process stories and prevent Trump’s nominees from receiving the kind of full airing and scrutiny that they would otherwise.

It’s the political equivalent of running a no-huddle offense in the first quarter and throwing a lot of deep balls when you know the defense is outmatched. The other side’s best safety is still recovering from a pulled hamstring, and the defensive coordinator is distracted by the head coaching job he’s going to take next season. The odds are that Team Trump will score a bunch of touchdowns.

In fact, the conventional wisdom inside the Capitol right now is that all of Trump’s picks will get confirmed, no matter how many red flags several have in their backgrounds….

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The Democrats have themselves to blame for the predicament they are in in trying to stop Trump cabinet picks….

Used to be ya needed 60 votes for confirmation….

But with the Republicans having a majority in the Senate after the 2010 elections….Democrats watered things down to a simple majority….

There are 52 Republican Senator’s…..

Only 48 Democrats and Indie’s….

If the Republicans stick togetherin the Senate?

They will be able to approve ALL of Trump’s choices…

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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Jan. 4, 2017

The new list, as of 2:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday 4 January:

Department of State
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – Robert Lighthizer
Special Representative for International Negotiatons – Jason Greenblatt

Department of the Treasury
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

Department of the Interior
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture
??

Department of Commerce
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor
Secretary – Andy Puzder

Department of Health & Human Services
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) – ??
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

Department of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

Department of Transportation
Secretary – Elaine Chao

Department of Energy
Secretary – Rick Perry

Department of Education
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
??

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

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Office of the President
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Deputy Chief of Staff – Katie Walsh
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations – Joe Haglin
Legislative Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs & Cabinet Affairs – Rick Dearborn
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Presidential communications staff
Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communicatons – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller (withdrew)
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

National Security Council
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Senior Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
Special Assistant to the President – Thomas Bossert

Director of National Intelligence – (Dan Coats?)
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

Office of Management & Budget
Director – Mick Mulvaney

National Economic Council
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

Council of Economic Advisors
Chairman – ??

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

Small Business Administration
Administrator – Linda McMahon

Securities & Exchange Commission
Chairman – Jay Clayton

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Cabinet Secretaries and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD….

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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Jan. 3, 2017

List revised and updated to 8 p.m. Tuesday 3 January 2017:

Department of State 
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – Robert Lightizer
Special Representative for International Negotiatons – Jason Greenblatt

Department of the Treasury 
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

 Department of Defense 
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice 
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

 Department of the Interior 
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture 
??

 Department of Commerce 
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor 
Secretary – Andy Puzder

 Department of Health & Human Services 
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) – ??
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

 Department of Housing & Urban Development 
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

 Department of Transportation 
Secretary – Elaine Chao

 Department of Energy 
Secretary – Rick Perry

 Department of Education 
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 
??

 Department of Homeland Security 
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

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Office of the President 
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Presidential communications staff 
Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communicatons – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

 National Security Council 
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Senior Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

 Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor
Special Assistant to the President – Thomas Bossert

Director of National Intelligence 
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

 Office of Management & Budget 
Director – Mick Mulvaney

 National Economic Council 
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

 Council of Economic Advisors 
Chairman – ??

 Environmental Protection Agency 
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

 Small Business Administration 
Administrator – Linda McMahon

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Cabinet Secretaries and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD…..

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Trump Administration Updated picks as of Dec.23, 2016

List revised and updated to 1 a.m. Friday 23 December 2016:

Department of State
Secretary – Rex Tillerson
Ambassador to the United Nations – Nikki Haley
Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China – Terry Branstad
Ambassador to the State of Israel – David Friedman
Special Trade Representative – ??

Department of the Treasury
Secretary – Steven Mnuchin

Department of Defense
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of the Army – Vincent Viola
Secretary of the Navy – ??
Secretary of the Air Force – ??

Department of Justice
Attorney-General of the U.S. – Jeff Sessions
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fixed-term) – James Comey
Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration – ??

Department of the Interior
Secretary – Ryan Zinke
National Park Service – ??
Bureau of Indian Affairs – ??
Bureau of Land Management – ??

Department of Agriculture
??

Department of Commerce
Secretary – Wilbur Ross
Deputy Secretary – Todd Ricketts

Department of Labor
Secretary – Andy Puzder

Department of Health & Human Services
Secretary – Tom Price
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – Seema Verma
Commissioner of Food and Drugs (FDA) –
Surgeon-General of the U.S. – ??

Department of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary – Dr Ben Carson

Department of Transportation
Secretary – Elaine Chao

Department of Energy
Secretary – Rick Perry

Department of Education
Secretary – Betsy DeVos

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
??

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary – Gen. James Kelley
Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – ??

Office of the President
Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus
Chief Strategist – Steve Bannon
Counsel to the President – Donald F. McGahn II
Counselor to the President – Kellyanne Conway
Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform – Carl Icahn

Press Secretary – Sean Spicer
Director of Strategic Communications – Hope Hicks
Director of Communications – Jason Miller  
Director of Social Media – Dan Scavino

National Security Council
National Security Advisor – Gen. Michael Flynn
Deputy National Security Advisor – Kathleen T. McFarland
Chief of Staff – Lt Gen. Keith Kellogg
Sr Director of Strategic Communications – Monica Crowley

Director of National Intelligence
Director – ??
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Mike Pompeo

Office of Management & Budget
Director – Mick Mulvaney

National Economic Council
Chairman – Gary Cohn

National Trade Council (new)
Chairman – Peter Navarro

Council of Economic Advisors
Chairman – ??

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator – Scott Pruitt

Small Business Administration
Administrator – Linda McMahon

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Cabinet Secretaries  and some others will need US Senate confirmation …..

Courtesy of DSD…..

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Dem Senator Manchin WILL vote for Sessions for AG….

If there is one Trump appointment that Democarst SHOULD unite against?

It is Sen Jeff Sessions for Attorney General….

Past history and comments for the Alabama US Senator have reveiled a man who does NOT deserve to be the nations chief law eforcement office….

But Democrats in Red States are well aware of the Trump Electoral vote….and have their eye on the upcoming 2018 Senate Elections….

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is going to have tough time since the Democarst changed the conformation vote approval margin for 60 Senators’ to a simple majority of 51….

Other confirmation votes will be contested….

But none like Sessions….

Senate Democrats facing tough reelection races in states won overwhelmingly by Donald Trump are wrestling with how to vote on his Cabinet picks.

Democrats have directed heavy fire at several of the president-elect’s proposed nominees, criticizing the choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for health secretary and Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has pledged a “very thorough and tough vetting” of Sessions and claimed Tuesday that Price might not make it through the Senate because of his views on privatizing Medicare.
But to have any chance of blocking Trump’s nominees, Democratic leaders would need to keep their caucus unified — and there are early signs that some members won’t be willing to hold the line.

Red-state Democrats running in 2018 aren’t closing the door on supporting Trump’s picks. They’re avoiding critical statements that could box them in when the nominations come to the floor for votes next year.

“I’ve always been inclined to try to be receptive to anybody and everybody that the executive puts up as they put their team together,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D), who’s up for reelection in West Virginia, a state Trump carried with almost 69 percent of the vote.

Manchin has already announced his support for Sessions — whom other Democrats have balked at because of decades-old allegations that he made racist comments — and pledged to keep an open mind on other nominees.

“They’ll be coming to my office and I’ll ask the questions that are important to me, but I haven’t formed an opinion on them. I’ve been receptive,” Manchin said….

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Could Trump and the Republicans be trying to pick up another US Senate Seat?

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for the energy secretary job, according to three sources close to the discussions.

The conservative Democrat “is being considered to show the coal people how serious Trump is about coal,” one source said.

Manchin told POLITICO Thursday afternoon that he and his staff haven’t been contacted by Trump’s transition team and he didn’t have any trips to New York City on his calendar. But Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2018 in a state that has become increasingly more Republican over the past decade, also didn’t dismiss the notion of taking DOE’s top job in the Trump administration….

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