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‘What goes around comes around’: Senate Dems plan to stall Trump’s ‘radical’ Cabinet picks

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Democratic senators intend to hold up the nominations of some Donald Trump Cabinet picks, but there’s not much they can do to stop them thanks to rules they recently implemented.

Several Democratic lawmakers told Politico that they could force up to 30 hours of debate and procedural votes on each nominee, which could take weeks off the Senate calendar and sap the momentum of Trump’s first 100 days.

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“They’ve been rewarded for stealing a Supreme Court justice,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). “We’re going to help them confirm their nominees, many of whom are disqualified? It’s not obstruction, it’s not partisan, it’s just a duty to find out what they’d do in these jobs.”

Democrats weakened their own ability to block Trump picks who are “outside the mainstream” when they changed Senate rules in 2013 to end the 60-vote requirement on all nominations except the Supreme Court and then approved dozens of lifetime judicial appointments over the objections of GOP senators.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the incoming Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member, agreed with other Democrats that their GOP colleagues should be punished for their treatment of Merrick Garland, who President Barack Obama nominated to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Past is present, and what goes around comes around,” she said. “Now, those are pretty hackneyed sayings, but those are really true around here.”

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Democrats who spoke to the website said Trump should be able to assemble a Cabinet in a timely fashion, but they don’t plan to rubber-stamp all of his picks.

“I’m not going to vote for radical nominees, and I’m not going to vote for totally unprepared nominees,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). “But if a nominee is more to the mainstream of the Republican Party and has experience in the field they’re undertaking to oversee, there will be Democratic votes.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) seems likely to face the most opposition as Trump’s nominee for attorney general.

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Brown pointed out that his Republican colleague was “dissed by the Senate once for his racism” 30 years ago by a Senate committee when then-President Ronald Reagan nominated him for a federal judgeship.

Betsy DeVos, Tom Price, James Mattis and Steven Mnuchin also seem likely to face additional pushback from Senate Democrats — although not all lawmakers are on board.

“That’s just bullsh*t,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of five Democratic senators facing re-election in 2018 in states that strongly supported Trump. “My God, I think we should have an attorney general in place on Jan. 20. I sure do believe that.”

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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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Internet cracks up at possible fake Mitt Romney Twitter account — and wants him to ‘run against Trump as Pierre Delecto’

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UPDATE: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has confessed to the account being his. When an Atlantic reporter called to ask for comment and ask if he was the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi."

Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg wrote that she may have discovered a secret Mitt Romney Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto.

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