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https://plus.google.com/115752421376097072955 Sandra Gene Brashears :  AND YES CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON, I HAVE  VOTED ON STATE HOUSE BILLS, AND LATER WORKED WITH GRASSROOTS...
 AND YES CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON, I HAVE  VOTED ON STATE HOUSE BILLS, AND LATER WORKED WITH GRASSROOTS AND WORK IN INDIANA WITH SENATE/HOUSE BILLS.
AND I SECURED MY ENTIRE BIRTH RECORD TO WHAT THESE THIEVES DID TO ME BEHIND MY BACK IN FELONY FRAUD USING MY OLD STOLEN BIRTH AND VITAL RECORDS PRIOR TO 1980 INVALID/VOID.
YES I WROTE SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR A LETTER ALSO.
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https://plus.google.com/108609031221581881497 Ken Webster : Health ($) Care  (Where is The Ebola Money?) August 4, 2014 / Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis _________...
Health ($) Care  (Where is The Ebola Money?)
August 4, 2014 / Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis
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My Opinion: Any time there is a major public panic... they are always better understood by looking at who has to profit the most.
Find the Players and Follow The Money!
This is a lengthy but seemingly well researched and very informative article with a look behind the scenes at "Ebola Money" and other Health Scare Plays:
Enjoy,
Ken
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Article Excerpt:

In April of 2005, Then Senator Barack Obama introduced the first comprehensive bill to deal with the contagion threats, The Avian act. According to reports, Obama made significant investments in biotech companies involved in the development of flu vaccines.

One of the companies AVI Bio-Pharma was a biotech concern that was starting to develop a drug to treat avian flu. In March 2005, two weeks after buying about $5,000 of its shares, Mr. Obama took the lead in a legislative push for more federal spending to battle the disease.

His first step came on March 4, 2005, when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved his request for $25 million to help contain the disease in Asia; the full Senate later approved that measure. And in April 2005, he introduced a bill calling for more research on avian flu drugs and urging the government to increase its stockpiles of antiviral medicines.

Obama repeated this call in a letter to Michael Levitt, the health and human services secretary. And in September 2005, Obama and Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, succeeded in amending another bill to provide $3.8 billion for battling the flu and other contagious diseases.

In a 2005 New York times Article called “Grounding a Pandemic” Barack Obama and Richard Lugar were already pitching Pandemic as a threat for national security. In the column Barack Obama had already pitched the idea of a medical surveillance program that would monitor and electronically file any and all medical records that indicate flu or any other contagion.

Read More at "Ground Zero", You may be Shocked:
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HEALTH ($) CARE Over the weekend we heard of the 33-year old doctor, who has been brought to Atlanta, Georgia, to be treated for Ebola. He is "patient zero" at this time and why he has been brought...
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https://plus.google.com/113921591175886055340 The Journal Gazette : The Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue was dedicated this morning. The shelter...
The Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue was dedicated this morning. The shelter has been used “far more than we ever imagined” since opening last winter, according to William Raihl. Here is the story: http://buff.ly/1o9zZMS
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https://plus.google.com/115752421376097072955 Sandra Gene Brashears : I HAVE MY OWN CORRECT AND TRUE BIRTH RECORD AND IS AND 1980 AND MY 1980 BIRTH/VITAL RECORDS AND MY 1980...
I HAVE MY OWN CORRECT AND TRUE BIRTH RECORD AND IS AND 1980 AND MY 1980 BIRTH/VITAL RECORDS AND MY 1980 ISSUED/ASSIGNED SSA/SSN#305 NUMBER AND RECORD, THESE THIEVES HAD TO USE TO BEGIN DONG FELONY FRAUD TO ME, FURTHERMORE I ALSO WROTE AND SIGNED AN AFFIDAVIT IN 1994-95 THAT IRS HAS, AND AFTER MY DIVORCE FROM WATKINS, ON AN EXACT NATURE OF A SITUATION THESE THIEVES WITHOUT MY KNOWING CAUSED ME YEARS LATER.
I ALSO WROTE AND MY COMPLAINTS IN INDY AN ANONOMOUS LETTER TO SENATOR RICHARD LUGAR, AND IRS AND SSA WITH MY COMPLAINTS WHEN I BEGAN SEEING ISSUES ARRISE IN MY DIVORCE WITH WATKINS THAT WAS FRAUDULENT BY WATKINS. THIS WAS IN 1999-2000. AND MY LETTERS OF COMPLAINT ENDUED AFTER THIS PERIOD OF TIME. IN INDY 2003.
YES, PERSUE GIVEN THROUGH COURT AND YES MY DUCUS TECUM SUPOENA'S AS I WAS STILL WORKING IN THE LAW FIRM, AND AFTER ON MY DIVORCE CASE WITH WATKINS.
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https://plus.google.com/109118005500650299914 David Angel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109118005500650299914 David Angel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109473101394670805963 Adrian Clavijo : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/109899551968514431381 EnriqueMaria Hernandez : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/102281446779365971883 Melvin Williams : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/117287523098373414196 Amy Gabriel : #teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican...
#teaparty   #ericcantor   #GOP   #elections  

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th congressional district to tea party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will re-write the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.

With all but a few of the precincts reporting, Brat, an economics professor, was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote. The Associated Press and CNN projected Brat as the winner.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country, I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

Politico says that Brat tapped into "strong anti-incumbent fever that has taken over Cantor's Richmond-area district."

The Washington Post, in an article earlier today said Cantor was expected to prevail, but acknowledged that Brat had "exposed discontent with Cantor in the solidly Republican, suburban Richmond 7th Congressional District by attacking the lawmaker on his votes to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, as well as his support for some immigration reforms."

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had argued that Cantor was not conservative enough "and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending , the national debt and immigration," Reuters says.

Brat raised just over $200,000 for his campaign, according to his most recent campaign finance reports, according to Reuters.

The Associated Press says:

"[Cantor's] loss to Dave Brat, a political novice with little money marks a huge victory for the tea party movement, which supported Cantor just a few years ago."
"Brat had been a thorn in Cantor's side on the campaign ... Last month, a feisty crowd of Brat supporters booed Cantor in front of his family at a local party convention."
The Hill calls Cantor's defeat "perhaps the most significant jolt to the Republican establishment since the emergence of the Tea Party in 2009."

"While conservative activists have ousted veteran Republicans like Sens. Bob Bennett (Utah) and Richard Lugar (Ind.), a sitting majority leader has never been defeated in a primary election."
"As recently as Friday, Cantor and his team in Virginia projected confidence."
"'I'm just not worried,' Cantor's Richmond-based political adviser, Ray Allen, told The Hill. Cantor's own polling showed him with a comfortable lead."
"Brat told The Hill he was 'peaking at exactly the right time.'"
Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary
The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.
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https://plus.google.com/110711413007727023392 Golars Environmental Engineering : Senator Richard Lugar's visit to the office
Senator Richard Lugar's visit to the office
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https://plus.google.com/113819675338360483519 University of Indianapolis : Indianapolis’ historic Unigov consolidation and Richard Lugar’s political rise are the subjects of two...
Indianapolis’ historic Unigov consolidation and Richard Lugar’s political rise are the subjects of two new online feature collections from the University of Indianapolis Mayoral Archives.

Read more here: http://news.uindy.edu/2014/05/08/online-histories-explore-unigov-lugars-rise/
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https://plus.google.com/107025195356729879811 Terry Floyd : Georgia Public Broadcasting to Air Nunn, Lugar Panel on Reducing Threats from WMD Tune in to Georgia...
Georgia Public Broadcasting to Air Nunn, Lugar Panel on Reducing Threats from WMD

Tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) for an historic conversation between Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar as they discuss their bipartisan approach to reducing threats from weapons of mass destruction globally. Moderated by National Public Radio's Steve Inskeep, the former senators describe how they came together to create the Nunn-Lugar program, which President George W. Bush called "an act of foresight and statesmanship" and President Obama described as "one of the country's smartest and most successful national security programs." 

 

Indiana journalist Brian Howey called the panel discussion an opportunity "to witness and sense the depth of their legislative achievement... arguably one of the greatest legislative achievements ever.  The lessons raised… by Nunn and Lugar paint a collage of leaders who studied the world around them, reached out to forge relationships from the U.S. Capitol to the enemies of America, [and] convinced enough people on both sides to change the course of history."

 

The program will air on GPB's Knowledge Channel on May 11 at 4:00 p.m., May 15 at 6:00 p.m. and May 16 at 9:00 p.m.
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https://plus.google.com/108869188360022079839 Rob Cypher : As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme...
As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and three of those senators — Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe — are no longer in the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, there is a very real possibility that no one President Obama nominates to a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter what their record or qualifications, could be confirmed to the Court.

We made a similar point in 2012, when Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock defeated Lugar in a Republican Senate primary after he attacked Lugar for his support of Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. As we wrote then, “[i]n light of this incident, it is unlikely that any of the few remaining Republicans who backed an Obama Supreme Court appointee will be willing to risk their careers by doing the same again.”
Indeed, under the Senate’s current rules, Republicans could block a Supreme Court appointment right now, if they chose to, even though Democrats effectively control 55 percent of the Senate. Last November, when Senate Democrats voted to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and end the GOP’s ability to require a supermajority to vote to confirm most nominees, they left in place the 60 supermajority requirement for Supreme Court confirmations. As a result, unless at least five Republicans oppose a GOP filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, the current rules allow the GOP to keep that nominee from being confirmed.

Of course, if the vacancy were to arise right now, when Democrats control a solid majority of the Senate’s seats, it would be a simple matter to invoke the “nuclear option” again — a procedure that allows the Senate’s rules to be changed by a simple majority vote. But that assumes that a majority of the Senate is willing to support such a rules change.

Although Republicans have not, to say the least, been particularly cooperative when it comes to confirming President Obama’s judges, the truth is that there are some GOP senators who have been less obstructionist than others. Earlier this month, for example, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with Democrats on Michelle Friedland’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Friedland, by virtue of the fact that she once clerked on the Supreme Court and that she is a relatively young 41 years-old, is a plausible Supreme Court nominee in a Democratic administration.

The nightmare scenario for Democrats under the current Senate rules arises if Republicans take over the Senate but Collins and Murkowski break with their party to support President Obama’s future Supreme Court nominee. This November, Democrats must defend their gains from the 2008 wave election year where they won seats in states like Alaska and Arkansas where Democrats typically do not fare particularly well. It is easy to imagine Republicans emerging with a slight majority — maybe 51 seats — once all the votes are counted.
Under that scenario, an Obama nominee is still likely to be supported by all 49 of the remaining members of the Democratic caucus, and that nominee could be supported by a handful of Republicans as well.

Nevertheless, it is unlikely that any Republican would vote at that particular moment to change the Senate’s rules in order to allow a Supreme Court nominee to clear the Senate by a simple majority vote. To do so would likely be political suicide.

The Senate Democrats’ decision to cut Supreme Court nominees out of the nuclear option last November, in other words, could prove deadly for any nomination President Obama sends to the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, we may need to get used to seeing an empty seat on the Supreme Court for a very long time.
There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires
The Senate Democrats' decision to cut Supreme Court nominees out of the nuclear option could prove deadly for any Supreme Court nomination Obama sends to the Senate.
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https://plus.google.com/112058144523288007893 Thomas Yoing : This column reminds me of how the Tea Party (and its precursors) have utterly destroyed the moral and...
This column reminds me of how the Tea Party (and its precursors) have utterly destroyed the moral and intellectual fiber (to the extent that it existed) of the Republican Party. When I (PPKFP) was growing up there were lots of moderate Republicans. They are all gone. I remember when Richard Lugar was first elected from Indiana, he was considered a right-wing hawk. In 2012 he was forced to retire or else get demolished by the Tea Party loon who confidently proclaimed that if a rape happens, then Gawd must have wanted it to happen. 

As a result we have a party led by total ignoramuses (Rand Paul), liars (Paul Ryan) or lyin ignoramuses (Ted Cruz).

As Professor Krugman mentions in his article below, this has led to a complete denial of the facts on the ground regarding ObamaRomneyCare:

"Something like this is going on with Obamacare. Not a day goes by without some prominent Republican politician or pundit insisting that the enrollment numbers are phony, that more people are losing insurance than gaining it, etc.. I know that’s what the base believes, because it’s what they hear from Rush and Fox. But you would think that important people would have someone around who has a clue, who knows that enrollment data and multiple surveys are all telling the same story of unexpected success."

Why has Obamacare been successful? Because it sucks to be uninsured (http://goo.gl/4Yu836).

The party of Lyin Ryan, Cruz, Paul and Cantor can continue to ignore reality and stick their head in the ground like they do with respect to Global Warming, Evolution, Healthcare, Diversity, and the Economy. The World will move forward without them.
Obamacare Versus The Wusses
What ever happened to being tough-minded?
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This column reminds me of how the Tea Party (and its precursors) have utterly destroyed the moral and intellectual fiber (to the extent that it existed) of the Republican Party. When I (PPKFP) was growing up there were lots of moderate Republicans. They are all gone. I remember when Richard Lugar was first elected from Indiana, he was considered a right-wing hawk. In 2012 he was forced to retire or else get demolished by the Tea Party loon who confidently proclaimed that if a rape happens, then Gawd must have wanted it to happen. 

As a result we have a party led by total ignoramuses (Rand Paul), liars (Paul Ryan) or lyin ignoramuses (Ted Cruz).

As Professor Krugman mentions in his article below, this has led to a complete denial of the facts on the ground regarding ObamaRomneyCare:

"Something like this is going on with Obamacare. Not a day goes by without some prominent Republican politician or pundit insisting that the enrollment numbers are phony, that more people are losing insurance than gaining it, etc.. I know that’s what the base believes, because it’s what they hear from Rush and Fox. But you would think that important people would have someone around who has a clue, who knows that enrollment data and multiple surveys are all telling the same story of unexpected success."

Why has Obamacare been successful? Because it sucks to be uninsured (http://goo.gl/4Yu836).

The party of Lyin Ryan, Cruz, Paul and Cantor can continue to ignore reality and stick their head in the ground like they do with respect to Global Warming, Evolution, Healthcare, Diversity, and the Economy. The World will move forward without them.
Obamacare Versus The Wusses
What ever happened to being tough-minded?
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As the crisis in Ukraine heats up, one former US senator's longstanding warnings about reliance on Russia for energy supplies are gaining ground. European ambassadors recently met in Washington with Richard Lugar, one of America's foremost experts on Russia and Eastern Europe, to hear his insights on the region's current predicament.

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Richard Lugar, one of America's foremost experts on Russia and Eastern Europe, discusses his insights on the region's current predicament.
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MIND CONTROLLED: "Losing the Media War"
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for example, made no attempt in its reporting to analyze what Clinton
and the US senators were discussing. For instance, when Senator Richard
Lugar, a known war hawk and military expansionist, said th...
MIND CONTROLLED: "Losing the Media War"

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