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PELOSI, SCHUMER MOCKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH ANGRY PARENTS MEMES AFTER THEIR PRIME TIME TRUMP REBUTTAL Sources tell Fox News that Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardnerremains worried about whether an extended shutdown and dysfunction in Washington could hurt the U.S.s credit rating, which is based on factors that include politics, monetary policy, economic indicators, and externalities. The county last lost its top-notch credit status in 2011 after Standard and Poors lowered it from AAA to AA +, amid a showdown over the debt ceiling. Gardner, a first-term senator, is up for re-election in 2020, and The Colorado Sun has said his seat is among the most vulnerable in Senate Minority. A poll conducted late last yearfound that Gardners favorability rating hovers near 43 percent. Hillary Clinton bested Trump by five percentage points during the 2016 presidential race in Colorado. Another Republican senator facing a tough re-election bid in 2020 in a state that went for Clinton in 2016, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, said Wednesday that Susan Collins had asked Trump at lunch to consider a compromise to end the shutdown. IN FIRST-EVER PRIME TIME OVAL OFFICE ADDRESS, TRUMP OFFERS COMPROMISE, LAMENTS BORDER CRISIS I suggested that we take a look at the package that we put together last February and brought to the floor as a possible compromise.
Yet let me hasten to add I am very distressed to learn that she herself has been a victim of one of these pipe bombs. I just think everybody needs to step back and reassess their rhetoric and urge people to remember that we are all Americans, that we should be working together, and that there is no excuse for such rhetoric, i believe all of us in public life need to model better behavior.
Too often nowadays people tune into networks that just reinforce what they already think rather than broadening their exposure to alternative viewpoints, we seem to have lost not only a sense of comity but also community in this country, which is very troubling, and we somehow have to restore civil debate.
I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that Susan Collins believes what Susan Collins testified to, but we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said,' I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen,' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury. So then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation.
Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important, i am thinking in particular not of the allegations raised by Professor Blasey Ford, but of the allegation that, when Blasey Ford was Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape.
It will be very difficult for anyone to argue that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s not qualified for the job. Judge Brett Kavanaugh clearly is qualified for the job, but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and Judge Brett Kavanaugh... judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision.
Clearly, the administration needs to take stock of its operations and the President needs to do a far better job of understanding the differences among the three branches of government -- what's appropriate, what isn't appropriate, he needs to ask for advice from his advisers and he needs to listen to that advice. We're four months into this new administration, little over that, and he needs to right the ship. We cannot have this constant chaos and serious questions being raised virtually every single day. It is distracting from the ability to work on certain issues like health care reform, and the administration needs to get its house in order.
He needs to ask for advice from his advisers and he needs to listen to that advice. We're four months into this new administration, little over that, and he needs to right the ship. We cannot have this constant chaos and serious questions being raised virtually every single day. It is distracting from the ability to work on certain issues like health care reform, and the administration needs to get its house in order.
I'm troubled by it, it seems to me that if a child is brought here by his parents that that child really didn't have any say in the decision to come here. I don't support illegal immigration. But that isn't the child's fault. And as I understand the details of yesterday's deportation, this individual who's in his 20s now, was brought here when he was 9 years old. And it is his parents who were at fault, not him.
It certainly shows a breakdown in communications that is troubling because the president is commander in chief and (Defense) Secretary (James) Mattis apparently, according to press reports — I haven't an official briefing on it yet — told him that this carrier and the destroyers were headed towards North Korea as a show of force when in fact they were headed in the completely opposite direction to Australia, and it's troubling if we don't know where our assets are. It's also so surprising. Every time I have seen that map that shows where our naval assets are, believe me, the Pentagon knows exactly where they are. So I suspect there was some sort of just terrible miscommunication but it should not have occurred.
For my part, it's clear that the president can send up a nominee -- regardless of where he is before he leaves office, it is the duty of the Senate, under the Constitution, to give our advice and give our consent or withhold our consent. I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate.
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