Is the US Senate “rigged”?
It may be, at least according to one Democrat whose words of candor were picked up by a hot microphone on the Senate floor, the audio of which was broadcast live by C-Span 2 on Tuesday afternoon.
“Because — because … It’s all rigged,” Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) said, speaking to a female colleague as fellow Senators voted.
“I mean, the whole conversation is rigged,” he went on. “The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck, is just rigged. This stuff’s rigged.”
The Senator appears to have been commenting on how Democrats formulated their lame duck agenda, not the nature of the Senate itself.
“Michael was telling the same truths on the senate floor that he tells folks here in Colorado,” explained Alexandra Obregon, Bennet’s deputy press secretary, in an email exchange with Raw Story.
“For almost two years, he has talked about needing to fix a broken Washington,” she wrote. “We can’t move forward on major issues facing our country because of a broken system that is rigged to prevent progress.”
Bennet was appointed to the US Senate by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter when President Obama selected former Senator Ken Salazar for Secretary of the Interior. Bennet was reelected in November, defeating Republican Ken Buck.
This video was broadcast by C-Span 2 on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, as snipped by TheDC.com.
Jeanine Pirro pushes conspiracy theory 2016 election interference ‘apparently’ started in Ukraine
The United States intelligence community is united in the conclusion that it was Russia that interred in America's 2016 presidential election.
But Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro said that 2016 election interference "apparently" started in Ukraine.
The conspiracy theory underlying the false claim resulted in President Donald Trump seeking foreign election interference from Ukraine, the scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
Pirro also said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Geoge Kent is a "bozo."
Video of Pirro's opening was posted on Twitter by President Donald Trump:
WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.
The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.
"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.
Turkey launches ‘massive attacks’ on the Kurds — US military are ‘sickened’ by Trump’s betrayal: report
Turkey launched a new offensive against the Kurds in Northern Syria, NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reported Saturday evening.
Engel hashtagged his update with #AmericanBetrayal.
"Massive attacks underway against the kurds in northern syria. No ceasefire. Total nonsenses there is," Engel reported.
President Donald Trump reportedly greenlighted the operation against the Kurds during a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.
"US military officials tell me they are ashamed, 'sickened.' It’s cold now outside. What about the families, and kids, out of their homes?" he wondered.