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The Sessions Gambit: White House floats rumor of plan to replace Roy Moore

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The Sessions Gambit White House floats rumor of plan to replace Roy Moore

The strange circumstances surrounding Roy Moore – three allegations of inappropriate behavior and two allegations of sexual assault – have pushed the GOP into a strange predicament. On one hand, they do not want to lose the Senate seat when they barely hold a majority. On the other hand, some wouldn’t want Moore in office even if he wins his election. There’s a third option.

If Moore wins next month and assumes office, he can then be expelled by a two-thirds vote from the Senate. Under such a circumstance, the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, would select the replacement. Then Ivey would select a date for a special election and would most likely opt to coincide with the 2018 general election. Her predecessor, Robert Bentley, had originally scheduled the special election for this time after appointing Luther Strange to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat, but Ivey moved it up year.

In that scenario, the GOP would likely hold the seat until the special election and then we start all over again.

Adding fuel to this scenario is the White House who seems to already be planning out this gambit. According to the NY Times, two White House sources have floated the idea of replacing Moore with Jeff Sessions. It would kill two birds with one stone for the White House. First, the President has expressed varying degrees of unhappiness with his Attorney General, so moving him back where he came from could end the President’s problem without causing a stir. Second, such a scenario of replacing Moore would be viewed negatively by many who voted for him, particularly if either Luther Strange or Mo Brooks, Moore’s main competitors in the primary, was appointed. Sessions is extremely popular in Alabama, so if he’s the replacement, the repercussions from voters would be minimized.

Republicans who are concerned about Moore could have their cake and eat it, too. They could get rid of Moore and still hold the seat until the special election, which Sessions would almost certainly win. Otherwise, they’re stuck with losing the seat to Doug Jones until 2021.

Further Reading

NYT: White House officials floated replacing Moore with Sessions | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360144-nyt-white-house-officials-float-idea-of-replacing-moore-with-sessionsThe White House officials said Sessions could then be appointed to his old Senate seat “when it becomes vacant,” according to the Times.

It is unclear how, if Moore is elected, the seat would become vacant.

The report comes as Moore faces growing pressure from Republicans to step aside in the Alabama Senate race after allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenager.

Former liberal who recently realized I've been a #Federalist the whole time. GOP fooled me into hating what I thought was conservatism. Now I see the light.

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Is Black Friday racist? ESPN’s Stephen Smith hinted that it is.

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In the political and social climate that we find ourselves in today, everything seems to be racist. In a recent tweet by Stephen A Smith, a sports commentary, but increasingly social justice warrior commentary on the former sports channel known as ESPN tweeted.

Here is the problem, does everything that has black in the title inherently connotate racism. Does, the term black-tie event, which refers to men wearing a traditional black tuxedo and women wearing elegant black evening gowns signify an inherent racist connotation towards people of color?  How about a white party? That seems to be full of white pride and racist rhetoric. Or does it means a party in which all the guests wear white? Or is Bing Crosby’s “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” secret code for white dominance and white supremacy.

Now, has the word black been associated with terrible things? Yes, but it has nothing to do with black people. The Black Death which killed an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia during the middle ages had nothing to do with racism or black people. Neither did Black Monday or Black Tuesday.

Stephen Smith is right to believe that racism is evil and disgusting. Racism in this country is a stain on our history, but that does not mean that systemic racism still exists. Does racism still exist? Yes, but we no longer have a systemic government orchestrated policy like Jim Crow Laws which were used to oppress black people and other minorities.

In my opinion, the major problem with comments like Smith’s and others is that we seek to find racism where racism doesn’t exist. When you do this, you turn people away because if everything is racism, then nothing is racist. If actual racism exists in a policy or practice, then please let us now Stephen. I will be there right beside you fighting these injustices.  But when you try turning something that has no racist overtures into something more that than it is; it just divides and distracts from confronting real racism that still exists.

If you want to see actual racism confronted and defeated, I recommend you do what Daryl Davis has done. A black man that has befriended Ku Klux Klan members for the past 30 years, and has convinced 200 Klansmen to give up their robes, hate, and racist beliefs. Or how former neo-Nazi Michael Kent removed his swastika tattoo after his black parole officer Tiffany Whittier cared for and became a positive influence in his life and helped transform a neo-Nazi into a man that has loving friendships and relationships with people of all colors.

Stephen, your intentions might be noble, but noble intentions improperly directed can sometimes lead to counterproductive results.

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So much to be thankful for…

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So much to be thankful for

I think many Americans don’t understand how truly good we have it here. I’ve travelled a good bit of the world. Some of it was nearly as good of it as our country. Much of it was far, far worse. Nowhere have I ever been does every person, regardless of sex or race, have the opportunity to make their lives better like we do here. We have things some are unhappy about. Some of those things are legitimate, some are just whining about bad decisions they’ve made. One of the greatest things about America is we can keep trying to do better. In other countries “doing better” means finding enough food for your family next week because this week it didn’t happen.

As many of you know, a year and a half ago I was broke, homeless, and living in my truck. All that has changed thanks to regular Americans willing to give me a chance. I now have a great job (two of them, in fact, one of which you’re reading now) and a great place to live. I’m most thankful for my two boys, Andrew and Tommy. I’m spending today with Tommy and later taking him to a movie with a friend and her daughter, AFTER I manage to cook this turkey better than I cooked the cinnamon rolls this morning (epic fail).

Here is what some other great Americans were thankful for today (by their Twitter handles):

I am thankful for 1, waking up this morning 2 my beautiful wife that takes care of me and the rest of my family, 3 that I live in this Country that even with our flaws is the greatest country on earth.

– @rogerthatone


I’m thankful that through all the challenging obstacles and painful scars, God has blessed me with wonderful children. To spend Thanksgiving with my boys is a blessing more valuable than anything else I can imagine. If it were my last day on earth, I’m fulfilled.

– @PoliticallyRYT


Yes I am thankful that I was born exactly 56 years ago this very day on Thanksgiving. I am also thankful that I am the son of a war hero that earned a Silver Star during the Korean War. Most of all I am thankful that my family is one of the 25% of intact black families headed by a working father.

– @WarriorRN61 (Happy birthday to my friend and fellow Army Medical Department Veteran, Jeff Clark)


I am thankful for the support and contributions so many give my @MisfitsPolitics project, the opportunity to share various voices through the site, and being blessed to be a part of so many wonderful groups here where I have made real and lasting friendships. Twitter may be awful sometimes, but there are many smart, funny, & kind people here I have the pleasure to learn from and know. ❤️

– @JHolmsted


I am extremely thankful for Laura, the girl I met this year and the love of my life, out first holidays together.

– @MadFiest


The beauty of adoption. My oldest daughter is adopted. We’ve had the blessing of her being in our life for 11 yrs. She’s 27 now. She’s a beautiful woman and I’m so proud of her. And now we have an amazing grandson from her.

– @tduncan1972


Friends, family, my health, a sound mind and a steady hand (work).

– @KB020911


I’m very grateful to have lived in, loved, and served our messy, difficult, and at times infuriating country. It is still the best hope on Earth for the freedom of all mankind.

– @four4thefire


And from some of my fellow writer’s a team NOQReport, who are some of my favorite great Americans:

Thankful for my wife, daughter and soon-to-be-born baby.

– @FrankelJeremy


Thankful for my family and our wonderful life.

– @terresamonroe


I’m thankful for the many ways my Heavenly Father has blessed my life: my family, my husband, my job, my country.

– @PaintingPastor


Happy Thanksgiving to all from the entire team at NOQReport!!

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Murkowski opposition to Obamacare penalty reeks of irony

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Murkowski opposition to Obamacare penalty reeks of irony

Mitch McConnell gets a much deserved bad reputation, but by all means, he is far from the worst Republican Senator. The worst is John McCain, easily. Number two arguably is split between Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins. Lisa Murkowski sports a 22% Liberty Score. The low rank is partially attributable to her lack of support for repealing Obamacare. Murkowski wasn’t even supportive of “Skinny Repeal.” So when Murkowski announced her opposition to the Obamacare individual mandate, I couldn’t help but read that with a certain sense of disgust. In her article published in a local newspaper, Murkowski begins by saying:

have always supported the freedom to choose. I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy in order to avoid being taxed. That is the fundamental reason why I opposed the Affordable Care Act from its inception and also why I cosponsored a bill to repeal the individual mandate tax penalty starting as early as 2013. And that is why I support the repeal of that tax today.

If this is true where was she when Conservatives were trying to repeal? It is absolutely disgusting when Senators say they oppose something they voted to keep in place. She does address that in the next paragraph.

Over the course of this year, the Senate has considered bills that would have repealed Medicaid expansion, completely transformed the base Medicaid program, converted the individual exchanges into a block grant program, cut Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid reimbursement for a year, and other measures. All of those bills went far beyond the fundamental problems presented by the ACA and would have unnecessarily taken away access to care from those who need it most.

So basically, she opposes conservative healthcare reform. I’m not Trumpcare was a conservative solution, but we can certainly count her out voting yes on the free market solution. But in this paragraph she shows her pro-abortion colors in a support for Planned Parenthood receiving taxpayer dollars to kill babies and fund democrats. Nevermind that Planned Parenthood is an easily replaceable part in actual women’s health. Murkowski then delves into both a defense and critique of Obamacare. She states that the ACA has helped so many Alaskans and Alaskans pay the highest premiums. She tops it off by saying:

Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose. Nothing else about the structure of the ACA would be changed. If you currently get tax credits to help pay for your insurance, you could still receive those credits if you choose to buy an exchange plan. If you are enrolled on Medicaid or received coverage under Medicaid expansion, you could still be enrolled if you choose to be. The only difference would be is if you choose to not buy health insurance, the government would not levy a tax on you.

Let’s for a second, recall that it was the Supreme Court that rewrote the ACA to make the individual mandate a tax. It was clearly a fine, even Obama said it wasn’t a tax. The fine was hardly the worst thing about Obamacare. In fact, the fine is the only possible way Obamacare could work, which is why it was written into law in the first place. Obamacare is a halfway step to a government healthcare system. Without the mandate, rising premiums will further incentivizing people to not buy health insurance causing more rising premiums. It’s a spiral.

Murkowski does delve deeper into healthcare reform touting a bipartisan bill supported by fellow RINO Lamar Alexander, Liberty Score 17%.

Protecting the gains we’ve made with provisions of the ACA while providing greater control to states and options for individuals is why I have been working for bipartisan solutions to the health care challenges we face. Instead of taxing people for not being able to afford coverage, we should be working to reduce costs and provide options. That is precisely what the bipartisan legislation introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, which I have cosponsored, achieves.

While I support repealing the individual mandate, I strongly support enacting the bipartisan compromise Alexander/Murray legislation into law as fast as possible to stabilize our markets, provide more control to states and more choices to individuals.

Murkowski goes on full betrayal of her promise to her constituents. Instead of opposing Obamacare, she is actively sponsoring it’s “rescue” sponsoring the Murray/Alexander plan. Sometimes there’s beauty in compromise. This is not one of those times. Murkowski went back on what she promised to do. Even now, she states no opposition to Obamacare, merely it’s core mandate. To hear her oppose the penalty is seething with irony. So while Republicans may have her vote on their latest tax reform bill, any Obamacare repeal efforts will need her replacement in 2022.

Further Reading

Alexander-Murray Health Care Deal Shouldn’t Go Through

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452885/no-alexander-murrayIn other words, the Alexander-Murray deal is a solution to an overblown problem. The deal is being sold as a short-term fix, appropriating funds through 2019. But in all likelihood it would wind up being permanent, like most government spending, with Congress simply renewing it when its time runs out.

In exchange for appropriating the Obamacare funds, Republicans would get . . . nothing much. No Hyde Amendment–type protections are included on the CSR subsidies, for instance, meaning the funds could go to insurance plans that cover abortions.

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