Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) takes great pride in being the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper” of legislation — including legislation that has historically commanded strong bipartisan support, such as election security. Even in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing the sheer scope of the Russians’ operations to undermine the 2016 presidential election, McConnell has killed multiple bills to safeguard the integrity of elections.
On MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) resoundingly condemned the Republican leader’s disinterest in protecting democracy.
“[Former Secretary of State] Rex Tillerson was with your House counterparts yesterday,” said host Chris Hayes. “Some of the reporting indicates he was telling them about the president’s reluctance to take any measures to punish Russia for its interference and sabotage in the last election. And there are election security bills in the Senate that Mitch McConnell will not call for a vote. What’s going on?”
“There’s the opportunity to come together here,” said Murphy. “And we’ve done it in the past — we passed a $300 million election security measure a few years ago. It actually did help make our elections more secure in 2018. But Republicans, for whatever reason, are not willing to do a seconds round of that funding.”
“And given what we know has happened in Florida, given what we know the Russians are trying to do other places, we badly need this money in order to make sure that they don’t play games again in 2020,” said Murphy. “I can’t explain why Republicans were for election security before they were against it. I don’t want to believe the worst. But our job at securing elections is not done yet.”
GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms
According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.
The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."
Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’
President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.
Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."
Trump’s first term: hits and misses
"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?
Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.
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The economy will be Trump's major selling point.
GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.
Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.
Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.