Murkowski Tells Trump to Stop Campaigning: ‘Every Day Shouldn’t Be About Winning Elections’

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gestures before a public television debate on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. She faces three challengers in Tuesday’s general election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Wednesday on MSNBC, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet criticizing her vote to not open debate on the Republican health care bill. Murkowski said, “I am in a position where I’m not looking to a re-election until 2022. It’s a long time away. And quite honestly, I don’t think it’s wise to be operating on a daily basis thinking about what a statement or a response that causes you to be fearful of your electoral prospects. We’re here to govern. We’re here to legislate and represent the people that sent us here. And so, every day shouldn’t be about campaigning. Every day shouldn’t be about winning elections. How about doing a little governing around here. That’s what I’m here for.” Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Lindsey Graham: Trump Demonstrating ‘Weakness’ Through His Attacks on AG Sessions


Wednesday on CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said President Donald Trump was demonstrating “weakness” in how he is handling his displeasure with the recusal on the Russia investigations by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Partial transcript as follows: GRAHAM: The weakness is that the president is trying to not use his power, he is trying to get Sessions to quit. And I hope Sessions doesn’t quit. If the president wants to fire him, fire him. REPORTER: You think the president is demonstrating weakness by his handling of sessions? GRAHAM: Absolutely. I think anybody who is strong would use the power they have and be confident in their decision. So strong people say, ‘I’ve decided that this man or woman can’t serve me well and I’m going to act accordingly and take the consequence.’ To me, weakness is when you play around the edges and you don’t use the power you have. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Trump: More Progress Against ISIS in Last 4-5 Months than Obama Made in 8 Years


Tuesday at a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri, President Donald Trump said the U.S. military has been beating back ISIS adding, they’ve made more progress “in the last four or five months” than “the previous administration made in eight years.” Trump said,  “Well, we are helping. One of the things that we have made tremendous strides at is getting rid of ISIS. We have generals that don’t like to talk. They like to do. We were with general Mattis last night. The success they’ve had against ISIS extraordinary. We’ve made more progress in the last four or five months than previous — I can say the previous administration made in eight years. Then we have to see what we have to see. I will tell you, ISIS in Syria, ISIS in Iraq, ISIS in other locations, we’ve made tremendous strides.” “Our military is an incredible fighting force,” he continued. “As you know, I let the commanders on the ground do what they had to do. Before, they used to have to yeah in this beautiful house and speak to people that didn’t know what was happening. Where they were, what locations, practically probably never heard of the
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McCain: ‘Stop Listening to the Bombastic Loudmouths on the Radio, Television and the Internet’ — ‘To Hell With Them’

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., attends a news conference in the Capitol introducing a bipartisan bill to increase sanctions on Russia for it's role in U.S. computer hacking, January 10, 2017.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Tuesday on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave a speech upon returning from Arizona after having an emergency craniotomy to remove a blood clot and a subsequent diagnosis of cancer. McCain cast the deciding vote to begin the health care debate and chided both sides for not being bipartisan over the last several years, saying, “I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for this bill as it is today.” McCain said, “I  hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other, to learn how to trust each other again, and by so doing, better serve the people who elected us. Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet. To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.” He continued, “Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We have been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed
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GOP Sen Collins Blasts Rep Farenthold: ‘He’s So Unattractive, It’s Unbelievable’


Tuesday after a Senate Committee of Appropriations meeting, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was caught on a hot mic calling Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) “unattractive.” Collins was responding to Farenthold saying “female senators from the Northeast” are responsible for blocking the Senate’s attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act adding, “If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.” Collins said, “Did you see the one that challenged me to a duel?” Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) responded, “I know. Trust me, do you know why he challenged you to a duel? Because you could beat the shit out of him.” Collins laughed and said, “He’s huge, I don’t mean to be unkind, but he is so unattractive, it’s unbelievable. Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this bunny, Playboy bunny?” Collins was believed to be referring to this photo: This is the photo Sen. Susan Collins was referring to when she commented on Rep. Blake Farenthold wearing pajamas in 2010. pic.twitter.com/jZYCPC4FYW — Beatrice-Elizabeth (@MissBeaE) July 25, 2017 Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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‘View’ Co-host Bila on Trump Boy Scout Speech: ‘I’m Embarrassed,’ ‘This Behavior Is Insane’


Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s Monday night speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, co-host Jedediah Bila said she was “embarrassed” by the partisanship in the president’s speech, calling his behavior “insane.” Bila said, “Forget about people who voted for him. I didn’t vote for him, and I’m embarrassed. I feel like I wake up every day and have to apologize for this guy because I’m proud of my country, but this behavior is insane. The Boy Scouts—it’s crazy, crazy.” “The Boy Scouts released a statement and said the Boy Scouts of America is wholly nonpartisan and does not promote one product, political candidate or philosophy,” she continued. “The fact that they had to come out and say that after a president of the United States came there—he should be humiliated. This is not a campaign rally, and he does know the difference and he doesn’t care.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Boehner Predicts Republicans Will Never Repeal and Replace Obamacare


In a video given to The Washington Post from a person who requested anonymity, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) predicted Republicans would not repeal the Affordable Care Act. The video was taken on July 21 at trade show hosted by Good Neighbor Pharmacy at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Boehner said, “Here we are, seven months into this year, and yet they’ve not passed this bill. Now, they’re never — they’re not going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it. Governors have gotten accustomed to this Medicaid expansion, and so trying to pull it back is really not going to work.” He added, “When it’s all said and done here is what is going to happen, you’re not going to have an employer mandate anymore, you’re not going to have the individual mandate. The Medicaid expansion will be there. The governors will have more control over their Medicaid populations and how to get them care, and a lot of Obamacare taxes will probably go.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Schweizer: Majority of Dems Not Requiring Security Codes that Stop Fraudulent Donations


Monday on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio show, “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer discussed a Government Accountability Institute report that claims fewer than 10 percent of Democrats require a three-digit security code called the CVV number for online donations. According to Schweizer, it could mean “fraudulent hidden donations, even foreign donations” are “flowing into our campaigns.” Schweizer said, “So a lot of people, when you buy things online, go to Amazon or other places, you have to put in that CVV code, which is designed to make sure that your not using a fraudulent card for a transaction. And that is to prevent fraudulent transactions. Now the campaign scenario—this issue came up in 2008. The Washington Post—actual reporting on the fact that there were thousands of donations to the Obama campaign made with cash cards, meaning they could not be traced. And so a lot of people argued you need to have the security code on there to make sure that people are not making a hidden donation to campaigns.” He continued, “Before, Democrats and Republicans have generally been equal in requiring the CVV security on their website for donations. In the last five years, it’s gone down 63 percent. So you
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CNN’s Jim Sciutto: Trump’s ‘Creating His Own Reality’ on Russia


Monday on CNN’s “Wolf,” network chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said President Donald Trump was “creating his own reality” regarding the investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2106 presidential election. Sciutto said, “Listen the president is creating his own reality here and defending his own reality and is clearly still able to hire aides who are willing to defend that same reality that contradicts what the intelligence community has assessed here.” He continued, “Keep in mind one of the arguments that some in his camp have used, is those were Obama administration appointees, the Clappers of the world, who were in charge when the judgment was made. We saw Dan Coats there, President Trump selection for Director of National Intelligence, the senior most intelligence official in the country who said there is no dissent.” He added, “We just don’t know inside his head. Why he continues to stick to that at the expense of the credibility, really, of his own intelligence agencies.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Paul Ryan Defends Robert Mueller: ‘Anything But’ a ‘Biased Partisan’


Monday on WISN’s “The Jay Weber Show,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian election interference by saying Mueller was “anything but” a “biased partisan.” A listener asked Ryan a question about why Republicans in Congress are not doing more to defend Trump against “what is becoming an obvious witch-hunt.” Ryan replied, “Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican, who was appointed by a Republican, who served in the Republican administration, and crossed over — I mean and stayed on until his term ended.” He continued, “I don’t think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a person who is a biased partisan. He’s really, sort of, anything but.” He added, “The point is, we have an investigation in the House, an investigation in the Senate, and a special counsel, which sort of de-politicizes this stuff and gets it out of the political theater, and that is, I think, better to get this off to the side. I think the facts will vindicate themselves, and then let’s just go do our jobs.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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