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.@SpeakerBoehner on #Iran talks: "all an extension does is leave open the possibility this administration will make additional concessions"Current GOP 2016 Big Board. Leaning Christie over Rubio again - we need Rubio in the Senate. http://t.co/aY8TEkyRY5
Retweeted by David M. DruckerMitch McConnell plans to get the Senate working on Fridays again. That's a surprisingly big promise. http://t.co/KIFeIhpOvQ
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRT @jbview: 26 (!) Republicans are running for president? Here's how I sort 'em. http://t.co/YjesfgBZVzRT @timkmak: Inside the Hagel Meltdown http://t.co/3zsVDfP5mc via @shaneharris, @timkmak“@jameshohmann: DNC finalist cities are Columbus, New York, and Philadelphia.”Killing mid-level Taliban leader in Afghanistan requires 40-slide briefing a week ahead & approval from 12 commanders http://t.co/tifkAL2pfv
Retweeted by David M. DruckerThe new Congress should impose new sanctions in January, as sanctions seem to be the only thing that #Iran actually responds to.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerPoll: Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Obama’s Immigration Actions http://t.co/kqXocPMWNQ http://t.co/ouCWw1Jski
Retweeted by David M. DruckerReason #1 Jack Reed doesn't want to be SecDef: his US Senate seat is so safe he could easily hold it into the 2030s http://t.co/ZNmEoNOD0a
Retweeted by David M. DruckerKerry on Hagel: "I know him and love him as a friend. I’m totally beyond – I’m very very sorry he has made the decision to leave.”
Retweeted by David M. DruckerMcConnell on 11/2: "..if we can’t get an acceptable agreement with the Iranians, is tighten the sanctions.” http://t.co/rO4fkbZzRtSaying he hoped GOP Senate majority cld influence Obama FP, McConnell called 4 tougher #Iran sanctions: http://t.co/rO4fkbZzRt@nielslesniewski Yep, and we have a member of the foreign press to thank for asking MM a question that led to the remarks.Statement from Sen. McConnell says it's "imperative" for next DefSec to be able to work with Congress http://t.co/q2HLYeQeev
Retweeted by David M. Drucker@ChasFlemming @batchelorshow @PeterBeinart She'll never get confirmed.What Obama told Hagel when they hugged: Fredo – you're nothing to me now.McConnell said during campaign he favored Senate vote on #Iran sanctions if GOP won majority. W/ talks extended, that wld appear relevant.RT @AliABCNews: Kerry: "Today, we are closer to a deal that would make the entire world... safer and more secure."Incoming Senate Majority Leader McConnell: "...It is imperative that the next Secretary of Defense possess a sharp grasp of strategy…"Perpetually extending talks RT @BarakRavid: .@JohnKerry: we want a framework agreement in 4 monthsSen Reid calls on Senate Republicans to "give swift and fair consideration to President Obama’s next nominee" for DefSec.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRT @PeterBeinart: source close to WH told me one potential sec def name that hasn't surfaced is Stephen HadleyNew #SecDef isn’t enough. http://t.co/YGLCWfoLXk This must be part of a larger re-thinking our strategy to destroy #ISIL & threats we face.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRT @SenatorReid: Chuck Hagel is my friend, and I thank him for his service to our country. http://t.co/hlVS52oVjVRT @joshrogin: I'm surprised more people aren't talking about Carl Levin as Hagel's replacement. He's about to be unemployed.RT @SpeakerBoehner: Thanks to Chuck Hagel for his service to this country. http://t.co/mBoO7rlZCNWorse thing that can happen to you in Washington: Your boss says nice things about you in public.Emotional Chuck Hagel steps down though will stay as Defense Sec'y until replacement is named and confirmed
Retweeted by David M. DruckerSomething painful in the DC ritual in which someone is pushed out and then has to stand with the pusher and pretend there was no pushing.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRT @perrybaconjr: Doesn't sound like Jack Reed wants to Defense Secretary. http://t.co/mulJl73ndCAre you watching the Obama/Hagel presser? This is how people get fired in Washington.Irony: Hagel was jettisoned because he had so little influence. The real architects of Obama policy remain. My take: http://t.co/sCnx6VKirR
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRyan is bringing three Ryan-world insiders to serve as his top hands as Rs talk about tax reform, trade deals. http://t.co/eEgiSFG0OL
Retweeted by David M. DruckerBuck flacked 4 his VP bid RT @sahilkapur: Whoa. @BrendanBuck returns to the hill work for Paul Ryan at Ways & Means. http://t.co/bVtFSwzHJnArmed Services chair-to-be @SenJohnMcCain on PHX radio on next Def sec: "One thing we'll be demanding is a strategy in order to combat ISIS"
Retweeted by David M. DruckerScooplet: US Sen-elect Joni Ernst hires Cam Sutton, retired insurance exec and behind-the-scenes player in Iowa politics, as state director.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerObamaland, con't: "Mr. Hagel struggled to fit in with Mr. Obama’s close circle and was viewed as never gaining traction in the admin"
Retweeted by David M. DruckerAssociate of Hagel's tells @jeffzeleny "he took job to end war, not start another one." Knew wasn't right man to contend with #ISIS threat
Retweeted by David M. DruckerOf course RT @JoshBlockDC: Al Jazeera Commentary Hails “Symbolic Importance” of Synagogue Terror Attack http://t.co/OLhjXvmqRl@charlescou @cdorobek @CBSNews If she was at the DOD yes, but she's not and spine or lack thereof has nothing to do w/ it.My bet is that Hagel doesn't write an excoriating book about Obama. Only the defense secretaries that Obama treats well do that.
Retweeted by David M. Drucker"I like to fire people." RT @Phil_Mattingly: Pres. Obama to make "personnel announcement" at 11:10a.m., per White HouseThe Republican Senate majority now gets to run confirmation of Obama's new AG & Sec Def.Hagel on Wednesday was asked by @charlierose if Obama still had confidence in him: “You’d have to ask him that” http://t.co/eG3PbOdrEH
Retweeted by David M. DruckerObama has had 3 defense secretaries and the relationship ended badly with each one of them http://t.co/DFL19aanZI
Retweeted by David M. DruckerSec. Eric Shinseki and Sec. Chuck Hagel were both appointed for criticizing Bush during Iraq war - both forced to resign
Retweeted by David M. DruckerWhat's ironic in how WH apparently going after Hagel is they're justifying resistance to his confirmation by Senate Rs.I can't think of a precedent for how White House is handling this Hagel announcement. Have they ever nuked someone like this as he departs?
Retweeted by David M. Drucker@charlescou @cdorobek @CBSNews She'll never be confirmed. No way.MT @NBCNightlyNews: Defense Sect'y Hagel forced to resign; "He wasn't up to the job," senior official tells NBC News http://t.co/AbJaO6zOLB
Retweeted by David M. DruckerRT @JGreenDC: Here's an op-ed Ted Cruz wrote about Hagel back in 2013. http://t.co/lCTNoPxEgORT @CBSNews: Hagel has told others he was fed up with micromanagement by the White House, David Martin reports. http://t.co/PacdkWOnjE
Retweeted by David M. DruckerWH threw Hagel under bus to NYT: "The threat from ISIS would require a different kind of skills than those Hagel was brought on to employ."
Retweeted by David M. DruckerFrom @JamesRosenFNC Knowledgeable source says short list for Hagel’s successor as SecDef includes Michele Flournoy, Ash Carter & Jack Reed
Retweeted by David M. DruckerHagel didn't even last long enough to write a tell-all.@aramosjr I suppose could do it if they could jam it through but it would also probably mean they couldn't use reconciliation to gut ACA@aramosjr A policy rider would be subject to a point of order because it doesn't involve taxes/spending.W/ #Hagel out, wonder if Senate Repubs feel satisfaction after criticism that deemed them unreasonably hard on CH during confirmation.“@StevenTDennis: NYT: Hagel is out. Sen. Jack Reed, Fluornoy, Ashton Carter floated as replacements http://t.co/5HvS8XHn97Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning, it seems, because ISIS. http://t.co/kFW5hF6EEa
Retweeted by David M. Drucker.@hughhewitt urges new Senate GOP majority not to resurrect judicial filibuster undone by #NukeOption: http://t.co/g428LvCfVDRT @APDiploWriter: VIENNA (AP) - Diplomat: Talks on #Iran nuclear program expected to be extended by 7 months. #IranTalksViennaIn politics, fear "inconceivable" MT @aseitzwald: 'Inconceivable she cld have any serious challenger' http://t.co/HLW6E1RSSa Via @llererUnder Obama's legal theory, he could give work permits to all 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. http://t.co/qJ6exX3qry
Retweeted by David M. DruckerGood story from @mkraju on Sen McConnell's early moves to bolster GOP Senate campaigns in 2016: http://t.co/PFCV1lGTLi@E__Strobel @BarackObama @mattklewis The reason is that these services are not subject to annual Congress-approved appropriations@E__Strobel @BarackObama @mattklewis In this case you have to attach a policy rider. You can not just take funds away - per statute.RT @ThomasErdbrink: Iran's state TV Al Alam station is announcing that the nuclear talks are.... extended. No further details.RT @BarakRavid: Netanyahu tells BBC that now when there is no nuclear deal sanctions against Iran need to be ramped upBREAKING: PM Netanyahu tells BBC: Current result of an extension of talks with Iran is preferable. I hope pressure on Iran will continue
Retweeted by David M. Drucker“We’ve got to fight him on this…[But] we’re trying to figure out what we have the ability to do.” http://t.co/TO7Q8YOkf5The problem w/ using the "power of the purse" to confront @BarackObama's executive legalization: http://t.co/TO7Q8YOkf5If Iran and the Western powers can't reach a deal in a year, why would four extra negotiating months help? The issues remain the same.
Retweeted by David M. DruckerDecision time in Vienna. 6 FMs representing permanent members of the Security Council, Germany, currently meeting with @JZarif.
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Yep RT @RosieGray: State says they're done for the day. Tomorrow is deadline day... (Extension day I guess)Feinstein’s sweeping water bill collapses at 11th hour . Great @carolynlochhead story. http://t.co/U0TgFobANa via @SFGate
Retweeted by David M. Drucker@MarkP21 We disagree but appreciate your thoughtfulness…I like your previous comment: Sloppy wording. Didn't mean what he said, I assume.Does any1 think U.S./P5+1 will walk? RT @ZekeJMiller: RT @JohnKerry: We're continuing to chip away in Vienna. P5+1 united. #IranTalksVienna@MarkP21 Key quote: "“I’m not sure that argues in favor" - in response to 'But GHWB acted after Congress passed a law.'@MarkP21 I will send link in a bit. It was sloppy - and of course issue w/ immigration is there is no law.@MarkP21 Both statements can't both be right. It's either one or other. That's my whole point, I'm not saying ACA exec actions were illegal.@MarkP21 Yes on ACA, he's always defended exec action by saying he's only fulfilling obvious intent of law as passed by congress...@MarkP21 Obama said had congress acted on immigration, following it w/ exec action would be shaky cuz Congress outlined intent in law@MarkP21 …That runs counter to how most look at it, that if a law is passed, exec orders to fulfill intent of law are valid.@MarkP21 It's about what POTUS said. He said exec immigration order that come after a law are more suspect since Congress has spoken...@mcbridetd Enjoyed the back and forth. Happy Sunday.@mcbridetd The prez is on valid legal ground re ACA. But what he *said* to justify immigration undermines ACA actions. That's my point.@mcbridetd I think we're getting our signals crossed. I wasn't saying anything to contrary. I was saying that the president said that...@mcbridetd …after a law was enacted & Obama acted absent law. That was my whole point.@mcbridetd …via executive order. Was in response to question asking how he compares his immigration moves to HW Bush since HWB acted...@mcbridetd I wasn't arguing that point. What Obama said was, if Congress passes bill, a prez has less justification to add to it ...@mcbridetd ...I was making a point about justification for immigration offered by prez. It undermines his case for exec action on ACA.@mcbridetd I didn't agree that it was misleading. Also I didn't say exec actions were the same…@mcbridetd You are correct on both counts, I just don't find it odd.How far is Calif ahead of country on immigration? So far that Obama's immigration order was nearly anti-climactic. http://t.co/M3alEaoTda
Retweeted by David M. Drucker@mcbridetd I stand by it. If you watched the intvw, the interpretation is valid.In defending legality of exec action on #immigration, Obama appears to undermine exec action taken on #Obamacare: http://t.co/qBk3OloCAART @washingtonpost: Plans being finalized for D.C.-wide Marion Barry tribute http://t.co/6HytZJ9FWvObama on 2016: "The American people..want a new car smell..want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
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