It’s budget week in America: an insanely busy week of political, unlikely-to-pass votes. Here’s your preview of 2016’s TV ads.
One of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s longtime advisers was the editor-in-chief of a neo-Confederate magazine — a magazine Graham gave an interview to in 1999. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, the adviser disavows his former views.
“I don’t know what that makes me,” Graham said on Meet the Press.
“Our ethic is that we don’t leave soldiers behind in the hands of our opponents. We get them back,” Sen. Jack Reed told BuzzFeed News.
For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said.
“I anticipate we’re going to have a very interesting couple of years discussing how you’re going to get an ambassador nominated and how you’ll get an embassy funded,” Rubio says.
Garbled messages from the right as everyone figures out their position on working with Iran.
Graham defeated six challengers Tuesday night in South Carolina’s Republican party primary, surpassing the 50% vote threshold to avoid a runoff.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine tells BuzzFeed some lawmakers are meeting informally over altering the AUMF.
“I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial,” says a Republican congressman.
Two Republican members of Congress provided their guest tickets to Willie and Korie Robertson.
“I certainly will work really hard for Tim Scott,” Scott said. When asked by CNN’s Van Jones multiple times if he would endorse fellow South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham for re-election, the appointed senator talked instead about his own bid for Senate.
The unusual coalition includes neo-cons, libertarians, and anti-war Democrats.
The senators traveled to Egypt Monday to meet with leaders and discuss ways to restore order to the country. “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck,” McCain said when asked to define the word “coup.”
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy has compromised more than most to get immigration reform through the Senate. “I think he understands what the market can bear,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Bipartisan Senate majority may want to move towards final passage, but House Republicans aren’t in any mood to take up massive immigration bill.
A new breed of conservatives join liberal Democrats in opposition to NSA surveillance programs. “We’re not tied to the Bush administrations policies, which were also wrong,” said Rep. Justin Amash.
“Maybe now that Fox is involved, more [Republicans] will pay attention,” Graham said.
Group tied to white nationalism enters immigration fray. Not what reform opponents needed after Heritage flap.
Imagine Jon Stewart doing his version of a Brooklyn gangster and you’re halfway there.
“I don’t want to live in a police state, no one does. [But] I want to live in a place that can defend itself,” says Graham.
“He went over to Russia, but apparently when he got on the airplane, they misspelled his name, so it never went into the system that he actually went to Russia.”
“I think it’s very probable that when he was in the region … he could have probably been trained,” Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul says.
4.8 million Americans have access to classified information, and thousands of them are getting pay cuts. Is the sequester making us vulnerable to spies?
Despite criticism from Republicans, DHS has “gotten what I believe to be very, very goods results from a security and a law enforcement perspective,” Napolitano says.
The gay conservative is considering taking on the senior South Carolina senator in 2014. He also is taking on gay progressives — and defending DOMA.
“A wolf can hide in sheep’s clothing for only so long,” says Mace.
A filibuster, plus friendly relationships with key Senate elders, has made Paul newly popular in Congress, where his father spent lonely decades as Dr. No. “
Even Lindsey Graham doesn’t sound that enthusiastic.
He picked it up on cable news, his office says.