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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.”

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.

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“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.

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.

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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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Confederate battle flag banned — Marine Corps declares it a ‘threat to our core values’

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The United States Marine Corps banned the public display of the Confederate battle flag on Friday.

"Depictions of the Confederate battle flag are unauthorized in public and work spaces aboard an installation," the Marine Corps wrote in guidance to the troops.

The ban applies to bumper stickers, clothing and flags among other items.

"The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our Corps," the Marines explained.

"Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society," the continued. "The presents a threat to our core values, unit cohesion, security, and good order and discipline."

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BUSTED: Police arrest Anthony Brennan III on assault charges after viral video of attack on teenage protesters

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On Friday, The Washington Post reported that authorities have arrested Anthony B. Brennan III, a man suspected of being the attacker caught on camera in Maryland attacking teenagers putting up posters protesting the death of George Floyd, and charged him with second-degree assault.

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Trump is ‘a soulless man with a broken mind’: George Conway calls out his wife’s boss in scathing op-ed

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George Conway, the prominent Republican attorney married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, blasted his wife's boss in a new Washington Post op-ed published online on Friday evening.

"Until three brief months ago, President Trump never faced a serious crisis, at least one not of his own making. But now he has faced two, and is failing two, in short order: the covid-19 pandemic, with its concomitant economic devastation; and now social unrest, and rioting, stemming from the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody," Conway wrote. "Lacking in humanity, Trump has had no idea how to handle either one."

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