Capitol Bell – Judiciary chairman says Obama has received more confirmations than Bush at this point in his presidency

Capitol Bell – Judiciary chairman says Obama has received more confirmations than Bush at this point in his presidency

The Daily Signal
May 12, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the facts show the process for confirming judges isn’t broken, despite Republican opposition to considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Leah Jessen reports. The truth about the hard-liners running Iran is coming out, despite the White House’s cynical spin about “moderates,” Bridget Mudd writes. And Jason Snead thinks voters made a mistake the other day in forcing Uber to exit their city.

Yes, Iran is still hostile to the U.S. The Obama legacy is already unraveling. Last week, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, revealed that the nuclear deal with Iran was based on a giant lie he sold to the American public. Rhodes admitted to concocting a narrative about the U.S.-Iranian negotiations in order to create the impression that the U.S. was dealing with “moderates” in Tehran, not hard-liners who continue to call for “Death to America,” and that the nuclear deal would help to strengthen the “moderates.”
Judiciary chairman says Obama has received more confirmations than Bush at this point in his presidency. Sen. Chuck Grassley is pushing back against the idea that the judicial nomination process is broken after being criticized for not holding a hearing to confirm President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. The Senate Judiciary Committee, tasked with checking the president’s power to appoint federal judges, has held hearings for 38 of Obama’s judicial nominations and has confirmed 324 of his judicial nominees during this session of Congress, a committee progress report released Wednesday says, reports The Daily Signal’s Leah Jessen.
The government’s obsession with regulation just drove Uber out of Austin. On May 9, residents of Austin, Texas, accomplished what many New York City regulators and legislators have tried in vain to achieve: they forced Uber and Lyft out of their city. Over the weekend, a mere 17 percent of the voters went to the polls and a majority voted in favor of retaining restrictive and burdensome taxi-like regulations that city officials imposed on ridesharing companies in December, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Jason Snead.
What we’re reading: “Don’t judge a treaty by its title, no matter how bureaucratically mundane it may sound. Exhibit A: The Protocol Amending the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The U.S. Treasury Department is marketing the agreement as just another tax treaty, because such treaties are usually positive or benign. But this is no ordinary tax treaty. If ratified by the Senate, it will lead to substantially more transnational identity theft, crime, industrial espionage and financial fraud. Moreover, it will enable authoritarian and corrupt governments to suppress political opponents and religious or ethnic minorities,” writes The Heritage Foundation’s David Burton in The Hill.

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