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  • Newt Gingrich: America is losing to radical Islamic terrorism under Obama
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told his former colleagues on Tuesday that America and its allies are losing both the military and the cultural war against radical Islam, in large part because the Obama administration has refused to identify the enemy, and has purposefully tried to downplay the movement’s growing strength.

    “It is the case that after 35 years of conflict, dating back to the Iranian siege of the American embassy in Tehran and the ensuring hostage crisis, the United States and its allies are losing the long global war with radical Islamists,” Gingrich told the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday.

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said America is losing the war against radical Islamic terrorism, and blamed President Barack Obama for failing to identify the enemy. Image: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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  • This golden retriever is the absolute worst at catching human food. His owner had no choice but to record slow-motion footage.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 10:22 am by Zach Noble

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    Meet Fritz.

    Fritz the dog. (Image via YouTube)

    Fritz the dog. (Image via YouTube)

    Fritz cannot catch human food.

    He wants to.

    He just can’t.

    This is Fritz trying to catch a donut.

    Images via YouTube

    Images via YouTube

    Fritz’s owner recorded a video montage showing all the different types of food Fritz cannot catch and uploaded it to YouTube Sunday. As of Tuesday morning, Fritz’s failure had been viewed nearly half a million times.

    Is there any food Fritz can catch? Watch below to find out:

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  • Is the Obama administration protecting criminal aliens from deportation? Republicans demand answers.
    Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Republicans in the House and Senate are demanding more details about the more than 2,000 criminal aliens that were arrested earlier this month, including how many of them have asked the Obama administration for — and how many might still receive — protection from deportation.

    GOP members are asking more questions after it was reported last week that of the 2,059 criminal aliens who were arrested as part of a nation-wide sweep called Operation Cross Check, at least 23 of them had benefitted from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That 2012 program, also called DACA, lets younger illegal immigrants stay and work in the United States.

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    Republicans are asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson if he is overseeing the protection of criminal aliens from deportation. Image: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

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  • Conservative GOP members: Balance the budget in six years
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Republican Study Committee on Monday released their own aggressive plan to balance the federal budget in six years, by cutting more than $7 trillion in planned spending over the next decade.

    The RSC budget, which reflects the views of the most conservative House members, would demand a balanced budget three years faster than the one put forward by Republican leaders, and it gets there by cutting more $2 trillion more in planned spending. Both GOP budgets repeal Obamacare, but the RSC plan goes further by putting a tougher limit on how much the government can spend.

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    The Republican Study Committee has a plan to balance the budget in six years, unlike the budget plan from President Barack Obama, which never balances. Image: RSC

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  • After Obama-Netanyahu dustup, no changes so far in U.S. support for Israel at the United Nations
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The U.S. and Israel on Monday did something at the United Nations that many thought would not happen after several weeks of tension between the two countries — work together.

    The U.S. and Israel agreed to sit in silence the U.N. Human Rights Council when it came time to talk about human rights violations that Israel allegedly committed against Palestinians, just as the two countries have boycotted this part of the meeting in past years.

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    Delegates speak prior to the opening of a session of the Human Right Council on the Palestinian territories situation on March 23, 2015 in Geneva. The U.S. and Israel boycotted the meeting. Image: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

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  • It’s not your daddy’s Democratic Party, it belongs to Obama now
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm by Chris Salcedo

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    Americans awaken to a United States and a Democratic Party positioned to support Iran, the world’s No. 1 state sponsor-of-terror, and condemn the region’s lone democracy and U.S. ally, Israel. Resident Obama has brought us to this terrifying and unthinkable state. His party seems all too willing to empower Obama’s destructive efforts.

    Trevor Loudon dropped into The Chris Salcedo Show this weekend. Loudon, who hails from New Zealand, is here in the U.S. to promote the election of a conservative president in an effort to save civilization. His new book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” identifies those who are extremist left-wing promoters of anti-American policies in the U.S. Congress.

    “Most Democrat voters are loyal Americans who love their country and the Constitution. But they still think they’re voting for Harry Truman or JFK. They do not understand that Marxists now run the Democratic Party,” Loudon said.

    To hear the thought-provoking interview, click and cue to 21:10:

  • Report: Hillary Clinton’s underlings were also using personal email at the State Department
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The New York Times reported Monday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one using her personal email for work, and that some of her top aides were also doing the same thing.

    The revelation is the latest twist in the ongoing effort to figure out exactly what emails Clinton and her team may have withheld from the State Department when the left office in 2013, and whether any of those emails shed any light on the administration’s reaction to the 2012 Benghazi attack.

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    Hillary Clinton reportedly received work emails from State Department officials who used their own personal emails, raising new questions about how difficult it might be to collect potentially missing email information about Benghazi. Image: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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  • You’ve been peeling your oranges the wrong way
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Liz Klimas

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    And so have I.

    If you’re like me, you’re glad citrus fruit season is coming to a close, soon to be replaced by fresh strawberries and blueberries.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like how oranges taste and applaud all the vitamin C they provide, but I hate peeling them with a passion. You can never get all that bitter white stuff — also known as pith — off the wedges and you’re lucky if you manage to pick the peel off in large chunks rather than bit by unsatisfying bit. To add insult to injury, after you’ve finally accomplished getting the rind off, you’re left with a sticky residue all over your hands.

    All this is why I look forward to the fruits that come in the spring and summer that only requiring a simple wash before you can take a bite or pop them into your mouth.

    That is, until I saw this video showing me how I should be peeling oranges without any of the aforementioned hassle.

    Just watch:

    Seeing this trick led me hunt down other citrus fruit peeling hacks.

    Here’s another for an orange that’s a little more complicated but still tidy and lets you prep your fruit for eating on the go:

    If grapefruit is your thing, check out how Sunkist suggests hacking it:

  • On the fifth anniversary of Obamacare, GOP moves again to repeal it
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate on Monday voted to start work on a budget resolution for fiscal year 2016 that includes a plan to repeal Obamacare, five years to the day that the controversial health care law was signed by President Barack Obama.

    The Senate voted unanimously to proceed to the Republican budget, a plan that would cut more than $5 trillion in planned spending over the next decade, and would also call on Congress to pass legislation to repeal the law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) praised the budget as perfectly timed to repeal a law that has only led to higher health insurance premiums and the elimination of health plans for millions of Americans.

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    Obamacare is facing both legislative and judicial challenges this year. The Senate moved Monday to take up a budget plan that would repeal Obamacare, and the Supreme Court will make a key ruling on the law this summer. Image: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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  • The one word Ted Cruz used more than 25 times in his speech
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Ted Cruz’s speech announcing his 2016 presidential run featured one word more than 25 times.

    The word was “imagine.”

    Mediaite noticed it and published the entire list.

    WMAL’s Chris Plante picked up on it too, and created a montage using clips from Cruz’s speech with John Lennon’s “Imagine” playing underneath it.

    Check it out:

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  • The GOP’s six-point plan to protect you from the IRS
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 10:17 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Republicans this week will advance several bills to protect taxpayers from IRS abuses, including by passing legislation to cement in the law a “bill of rights” that would officially give people certain rights when dealing with the tax collection agency.

    The House Ways & Means Committee will meet Wednesday to vote these bills out of committee, a move that will set up their consideration on the House floor in the weeks ahead.

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    House Republicans are looking to protect you from the stuff that goes on in this building. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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  • Lawmaker sees a major security threat with Obama’s evacuation of Yemen
    Posted March 23, 2015 at 9:15 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration’s weekend decision to evacuate all personnel from Yemen means the U.S. now has no way to effectively gather intelligence about possible terrorist threats against the United States, according to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).

    As a result, McCaul said his biggest fear is that plots against the U.S. will be able to develop in Yemen without any way for the administration to stop them or act against them.

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  • Photo: USDA lets its workers play like little kids during the day
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture its letting its workers play child-like games during the day in an effort to ensure they get enough physical activity, and wants companies to follow suit by giving their own workers time for “activity breaks.”

    “Take activity breaks or schedule walking meetings with your colleagues,” USDA advised on Thursday. “Healthy choices like these will keep you energized and able to put your best foot forward.”

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    Image source: USDA

    USDA posted a picture of an unnamed federal worker rolling a basketball in a big room — USDA said it was a “relay activity.” Around the worker are a bunch of brightly colored signs talking about popcorn and healthy eating, the kind you might see in an elementary school classroom.

    The department said companies can learn about how to start their own worksite activity programs by going to the National Healthy Worksite Program. That site has several links companies can use to set up their own plans to let people exercise during the workday.

    As might be expected, USDA also calls on workers to eat healthy food all day long.

    “Whether you pack your lunch or grab takeout, make half your plate fruits and vegetables and choose whole-grain when available,” USDA wrote. “Keep healthy snacks on hand, such as low-fat yogurt, a trail mix of dried fruit and unsalted nuts, or hummus dip and veggies, to help you resist the office candy bowl when hunger strikes.”

  • Ted Cruz’s proposal for Iran: End the talks, impose new sanctions
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) are hoping to slam the door on the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran, and replace that effort with tough new sanctions that would be mandated by a new bill and could only be lifted if Iran abandons its nuclear program and renounces terrorism.

    Their legislation is a rebuke to the administration’s effort, and a signal that Obama’s opponents will continue to call for a much tougher stance with Iran — one that essentially calls for treating Iran like an enemy nation instead of a possible negotiating partner.

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a new bill that would end the Iran nuclear talks and impose new sanctions until Iran agrees to give up its nuclear program and stop supporting terrorism. Image: AP Photo/Caledonian-Record,Paul Hayes

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  • Ouch! Popular rapper’s one-line zinger aimed Jeb Bush during meeting at Georgia state capital
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Two very different worlds collided in Georgia Thursday as a member of rap royalty met a member of a powerful American political family.

    Not-yet-2016-presidential-candidate Jeb Bush was at the Georgia State House to talk about how his policies would be helpful to children.

    Just prior to Bush speaking, rapper Chris Bridges (aka “Ludacris”) was honored by the assembly for his charitable work. For more than a decade, the Ludacris Foundation has been supporting the children of the state with over $1.5 million in funding and thousands of hours of charitable work.

    There was an eventual meeting and photo opportunity in the hall.

    Jeb tweeted about it.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein covered the events of the day and caught a bit of a personal burn delivered by Ludacris and posted it on his Twitter account.

    The rapper’s clever insult should not have surprised anyone. In 2008, Ludacris released “Politics,” a song that was critical of politicians on both sides of the aisle that called Jeb’s brother, then-president George W. Bush, “the worst of all 43 presidents” and “mentally challenged.”

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  • ATF director who oversaw the proposed ammo ban will step down this month
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireworks and Explosives director who said he wants to “rationally” find a way to expand a ban on certain ammunition will step down at the end of the month.

    B. Todd Jones, who became the first ATF director to be confirmed by the Senate in 2013, announced Friday that he will look for work in the private sector, and will resign as of March 31.

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    ATF Director B. Todd Jones (left) will leave his post at the end of the month. Jones oversaw a failed rollout of a proposed ammunition ban. Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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  • Factcheck: Did you catch the thoroughly debunked statement Obama made in his Persian New Year address to Iran?
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 11:49 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    President Obama recently delivered an address to the Iranian people in celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, imploring its citizens to get behind a nuclear deal. While you may have heard about the address, if you did not watch closely, you may have missed the president repeating a critical statement about Iran’s nuclear program that has been thoroughly debunked.

    Obama stated: “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons.”

    A fatwa is a ruling by an Islamic religious authority.

    The problem is that no such ruling exists.

    Several days ago, former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy penned a post on just this topic in response to similar comments from Secretary of State Kerry, and before him Secretary of State Clinton. McCarthy wrote: (more…)

  • Report: FBI investigating disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 11:18 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), the disgraced Republican who resigned this week amid a growing ethics scandal, is the subject of a possible criminal investigation by federal authorities for misuse of campaign and taxpayer money, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

    According to that paper, the FBI has issued subpoenas to several witnesses, and is expected to hear testimony at a grand jury hearing next month in Springfield, Illinois.

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    Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) is the subject of an investigation by the FBI, according to a Chicago press report. Schock said he would resign from Congress at the end of March. Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

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  • Boehner to visit Netanyahu in Israel later this month
    Posted March 20, 2015 at 10:37 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to visit Israel by the end of March, just a few weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial speech to a joint session of Congress at Boehner’s invitation.

    According to press reports, Boehner’s visit was planned before Netanyahu’s successful election this week, and he’s expected to be in the country to congratulate Netanyahu personally on March 31.

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel by the end of March. Image: AP Photo/Molly Riley

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  • Senate bucks Obama, sets vote on bill requiring Congress to approve Iran nuke deal
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Thursday night that their committee would vote April 14 on legislation to require any Iran nuclear deal to be reviewed by Congress.

    The announcement is a direct affront to the Obama administration, which has implored Congress not to take any legislative steps at all related to Iran while negotiations are ongoing to scale back Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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    Secretary of State John Kerry is negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran that some say needs to be reviewed by Congress before it can take effect. Image: AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool

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  • ‘The Root: Armies of Armageddon’ live chat
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    While you watch “The Root: Armies of Armageddon” on TheBlaze TV, join the conversation about the dangers America faces abroad and how the Islamic State grew into the force it is now:

  • ‘There was no crash’: Secret Service says video shows a minor White House incident the night of March 4
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 3:24 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Thursday that he now believes that agents were not involved in a car crash at the White House the night of March 4, as has been widely reported.

    Press reports said two agents who were driving under the influence of alcohol were involved in a crash through a White House barricade that night. That event led to a scathing congressional hearing on Tuesday, when Clancy had to admit he did not learn of the event until five days later.

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    Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Thursday that he now believes there was not a dramatic car crash at the White House involving two drunk agents. Image: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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  • Nancy Pelosi: It’s a ‘mistake’ for GOP to investigate Hillary Clinton
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued Thursday that Republicans are making a “mistake” by seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, and said that investigation is only about tarnishing the Democratic brand for political reasons.

    “I have a concern that this isn’t really about emails,” Pelosi told reporters. “It’s about a partisan investigation by a select committee that has spent millions of dollars and produced nothing.”

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Republicans are making a ‘mistake’ by investigating Hillary Clinton, and that it’s all political. Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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  • Dems block human trafficking bill for fifth time
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Democrats on Thursday once again block legislation aimed at helping victims of trafficking to protest anti-abortion language in the bill — Democrats have now blocked the bill in five separate votes this week.

    Democrats continue to oppose language that would prevent certain money in the bill from being used to provide abortion services for victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse. Republicans say the language mirrors standard language found in appropriations bills for the last several decades, and that Democrats are making a political issue out of a bill that should have already passed by now.

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    Senate Democrats have now blocked a human trafficking bill five times to protest anti-abortion language in the bill. Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

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  • Watch: Democrat won’t apologize for ‘back of the bus’ comment implying Republicans are racist
    Posted March 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A top Senate Democrat refused to apologize on Thursday for saying Republicans are making the first black female nominee to be the nation’s attorney general “sit in the back of the bus” by delaying her confirmation vote.

    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made the racially charged comment on Wednesday on the Senate floor to protest the delays that Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch has faced.

    “Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar,” Durbin said. “That is unfair. It’s unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate.”

    His comment seemed to imply that Republicans are opposed to Lynch because she is black. What’s more, the comment seemed to have approval from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who gave a staffer a knowing nudge just after Durbin delivered the line.

    Thursday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went to the Senate floor to demand an apology.

    “What is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate … is for him to come to this floor and use that imagery, and suggest that racist tactics are being employed to delay Ms. Lynch’s confirmation vote,” McCain said.

    McCain said that Durbin himself has voted against black women nominated by Republicans, but that he would never accuse Durbin of voting this way because of the nominee’s race. “He should extend that same courtesy to me and my colleagues,” McCain said.

    “It was offensive and unnecessary, and I think he owes this body, Ms. Lynch and all Americans an apology,” McCain concluded.

    But Durbin, who spoke immediately afterwards, refused to apologize and ignored McCain’s central complaint. Instead, he reiterated his argument that Lynch is qualified and that there is no good reason not to give her a vote.

    “I’m not going use any pejorative terms, other than to say I believe it’s insensitive for the Senate to hold her up for such a lengthy period of time,” he said.

    Republicans have said Democrats agreed to delay Lynch’s confirmation vote to this year, and that it took time to organize the new Senate Judiciary Committee, one that’s now under GOP control. Several snow days canceled some work days, and some Republicans wanted more time to ask her questions about how Lynch would serve as attorney general.

    Republicans have also used Lynch’s nomination in an effort to force Democrats to approve a human trafficking bill that has some anti-abortion language in it. Democrats have refused to allow any bill to advance this year in the Senate until they agree with it, and many conservatives say the GOP needs to use President Barack Obama’s nominees as leverage in the ongoing legislative fight.

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