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Yes, Props to the Alliance For Justice for their invaluable assistance in getting this done, fresh!

As for the Cruzter... he's in the dog house but "disputes" it, OF COURSE!

Republicans Are Mad At Ted Cruz For Doing Democrats A Big Favor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season — a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections.

Cruz, a tea party favorite and potential 2016 presidential contender, disputed the claim through his spokesman on Monday.

But there was no dissent that Democrats, who must turn over power to Republicans in January, were in position to confirm not only the judges, but 11 other appointees before the Senate wraps up work for the year.

Among them are nominees that Republicans have sought to block for two relatively high-profile posts. They are Vivek Murthy, confirmed late in the day as surgeon general, and Sarah Saldana to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that will oversee the new administration policy on immigration that Cruz wants to defund.

snip// Oh Snap.. need to hear from Orrin..

"You should have an end goal in sight if you're going to do these types of things, and I don't see an end goal other than irritating a lot of people," Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said then.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/15/republicans-ted-cruz_n_6330588.html

Of course cruz "disputed".. he denied 'causing the government ShutDown in 2013 too.. blamed it on Pres Obama.. will he blame this on Obama too? ROFL

I know, Recursion.. it's Mind-Blowing!! I'm thanking Ted Cruz but it's really hard to

wrap my head around it!

Can you fathom how mad the gop and even the baggers are at one ted cruz?!

Republicans Are Mad At Ted Cruz For Doing Democrats A Big Favor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season — a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments, not long after the voters had delivered the Democrats a lump of coal in midterm elections.

Cruz, a tea party favorite and potential 2016 presidential contender, disputed the claim through his spokesman on Monday.

But there was no dissent that Democrats, who must turn over power to Republicans in January, were in position to confirm not only the judges, but 11 other appointees before the Senate wraps up work for the year.

Among them are nominees that Republicans have sought to block for two relatively high-profile posts. They are Vivek Murthy, confirmed late in the day as surgeon general, and Sarah Saldana to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that will oversee the new administration policy on immigration that Cruz wants to defund.

snip// Oh Snap.. need to hear from Orrin..

"You should have an end goal in sight if you're going to do these types of things, and I don't see an end goal other than irritating a lot of people," Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said then.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/15/republicans-ted-cruz_n_6330588.html

Of course cruz "disputed".. he denied 'causing the government ShutDown in 2013 too.. blamed it on Pres Obama.. will he blame this on Obama too? ROFL

You need this on your thread, TP

Yes, I knew that pic looked familiar.. it's in my journal.. it's so beautiful.. thank you, fresh!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=902911

Mahalo President Obama for protecting Bristol Bay in Alaska~



It sucked.. I know the President didn't like parts of it.. but, some didn't suck as much.. like..

Did cromnibus kill Wall Street reform? (updated)

Now...if all you care about is sticking it to Wall Street, the current battle among Democrats over this bill might be worth having. But - if you also care about enforcing the critical aspects of Wall Street reform, Obamacare, the President's actions on immigration, early childhood education, climate change, job growth, and national security - all this hysteria is simply a distraction.

snip//

UPDATE: I just learned that the "push-out" rule that is eliminated in the cromnibus was the brainchild of former Senator Blanche Lincoln. So excuse me if I'm a little skeptical about how important it is. Apparently it doesn't affect all derivative swaps - not even most of them.

In brief, the Pushout required federally insured banks to move-“push out”-some swaps dealing activities to separate subsidiaries that do not have access to federal deposit insurance. This does not apply to all swaps, mind you. Not even to the bulk of them (interest rate swaps, many CDS). But just to commodity derivatives (other than gold), equity derivatives, and un-cleared CDS.

MOre..
http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/12/did-cromnibus-kill-wall-street-reform.html

Confirmed!

Mahalo for that, A.. It sounded like BS when I saw it upthread..



http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025886611

Protesting Ferguson PD in Portland, Ore..

Obama Surgeon General Nominee Prevails Over NRA And Right-Wing Media Smear Campaign

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Dr. Vivek Murthy overcame a longstanding right-wing media and National Rifle Association smear campaign to gain Senate confirmation as Surgeon General on Monday by a vote of 51-43.

Conservative media had worked to cast Murthy as a radical for his uncontroversial stance that gun violence is a public health issue and criticized his supposed lack of qualifications.

The conservative media attacks against Murthy began in early March. Coverage of his nomination focused on his past acknowledgement that gun violence affects public health, which conservative media spun as evidence Murthy is obsessed with gun regulations. (Murthy has actually said his focus as Surgeon General will not be on gun violence, but rather obesity.)

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In fact, Murthy's stance on firearms is common within the medical community. The American Medical Association (AMA) agrees that gun violence "has reached epidemic proportions" and has argued that the medical profession carries an obligation to combat gun violence. The Institute of Medicine has also advocated for a "public health approach" to fight gun violence. Furthermore, Murthy's credentials were endorsed by a broad array of health care groups including the American Public Health Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Trust for America's Health.

Murthy's confirmation marks a significant loss for the NRA, which began its campaign against the nominee even before conservative media joined the crusade. In a February 26 letter to U.S. Senate leaders, the NRA's top lobbyist warned that confirming Murthy would be "a prescription for disaster for America's gun owners." The letter kicked off an extensive lobbying and grassroots effort as well as the mobilization of the NRA's media arm in a failed attempt to block Murthy's nomination.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/12/15/obama-surgeon-general-nominee-prevails-over-nra/201887

Oh yeah, and Joe Manchin disingenuous reasoning for voting NO.


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.@Sen_JoeManchin opposed Vivek Murthy for SG because of Murthy's "political beliefs" - ie he favors sensible gun laws
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What a poignant day for Vivek Murthy to be confirmed in the Senate as yesterday was the two year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre.


For the victims and loved ones of the Sandy Hook Kids




They have their whole families joining in the Protests.. :( this war against our Black Brothers &

Sisters from the American PD May these babies grow up to not be subjected to the Fear their parents and the kids today face on a daily basis, she

"the man who ended the use of torture once he was POTUS, and has now released the report on torture

"..the man who ended the use of torture once he was POTUS, and has now released the report on torture for all to see, would call torturers "patriots" not only in front of the nation, but in front of the entire world."

Precisely nailed it. Thanks Nance.
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