More Than Two Dozen Democratic Senators Call on Franken to Resign

From Politico:

More than a dozen Democratic senators, including the top Senate Democrat, on Wednesday called on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first of Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats to take that step and was quickly followed by more than two dozen others. The first batch of resignation calls came from female senators, followed by a slew of male Democrats and eventually the majority of the 48-member caucus.

Franken plans to make an unspecified announcement on Thursday, according to his office. The state director for his Minnesota colleague, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, said in a statement that Klobuchar spoke with Franken directly early Wednesday and offered no further comment beyond pointing to Franken’s planned announcement.

Update:
Al Franken is expected to resign tomorrow. So the Democrats are ousting their known sexual assaulters and the GOP is fully supporting theirs.

A Democratic official who has spoken to Al Franken and key aides says Franken will resign his Minnesota Senate seat on Thursday, the official tells MPR News.

The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.

I Guess It’s Not the Lowest Moment in American Politics But

In light of the news of John McCain’s cancer, people have been sharing this video as evidence of his decency and integrity:

Good grief! Our political discourse is at such a low point that a video of a Republican correcting one of his dumb-ass racist voters shouting out a conspiracy theory is considered praiseworthy. It’s also a bit cringeworthy when he corrects her assertion that Obama is an Arab by saying, “no no, he’s a decent guy.”

But considering that we basically elected the orange version of that woman to the Presidency maybe I should give him a pass on that.

I’m not a fan of McCain’s politics but I wish him a speedy recovery with the help of our healthcare system so that he may return to the Senate where he can continue to fight alongside the rest of the GOP to take healthcare away from everybody else.

Confronted By Voters, Dem Sen. Explains Support Of Some Trump Nominees

From Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) fielded hours of questions Sunday from constituents angry at his supposed cooperation with the Trump administration, even moving to the open air when the middle school auditorium he had booked for a community dinner reached capacity.

Hours after speaking at a rally against President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order, Whitehouse was confronted by many of the same demonstrators at a planned event at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence, according to the Providence Journal.

Whitehouse’s constituents pressured him on his support of some Cabinet-level appointees to Trump’s administration. The senator has voted to allow Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense; for Gen. John Kelly for secretary of of homeland security; for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and for Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) as CIA director.

It was Whitehouse’s vote for Pompeo, who refused to rule out waterboarding in a Senate Intelligence Committee questionnaire, that received the harshest words from constituents.

“I will concede right off the bat that I may have been wrong,” Whitehouse said, according to the Providence Journal. “This is not one of those areas where I think it’s black-and-white.”

Still, he defended his support of Mattis, saying he felt “that it was important to get people into position to form basically a cordon of maturity of people who had experience in these areas around the White House in this very dangerous opening period.”

After pressure from the assembled crowd (the Providence Journal reported he answered questions for two-and-a-half hours), Whitehouse listed the Trump nominees he would oppose, to cheers.

GOP and Trump put deficit on back burner

Anybody else shocked? Yeah, I didn’t think so:

A serious case of fiscal amnesia may soon be sweeping the GOP.

For eight years, Republicans hammered President Barack Obama for exploding the national debt. But now a GOP-led spending spree is coming, with Donald Trump riding to the White House on trillion-dollar promises and a Republican Congress that looks likely to do his bidding. It’s a potential echo of the last time Republicans ran Washington, when then-Vice President Dick Cheney memorably remarked, “Deficits don’t matter.”

Trump campaigned heartily on a spending splurge and nothing he’s said since his shocking election suggests he will reverse course. Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, are papering over divisions with the man who frequently tossed party orthodoxy aside on the trail.

“There is now a real risk that we will see an onslaught of deficit-financed goodies — tax cuts, infrastructure spending, more on defense — all in the name of stimulus, but which in reality will massively balloon the debt,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

The non-partisan group estimated Trump’s campaign proposals would increase the national debt by a whopping $5.3 trillion over the next decade. That would make the debt as a share of the economy rise from nearly 77 percent to 105 percent, a potentially dangerous level for the government.

Guiliani the Favorite to be Appointed Secretary of State

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From the AP:

Rudy Giuliani is the favorite to be secretary of state in Donald Trump’s administration.

That’s according to a senior Trump official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source isn’t authorized to speak on the record.

The official says there’s no real competition for the job and that it’s the former New York mayor’s if he wants it.

Also, Sarah Palin’s name is being thrown around as the Secretary of the Interior and Laura Ingraham as Press Secretary.

America’s Part Time President

One of the points that kept on being brought up during the campaign was that Trump wanted to win, but not actually be President. Campaigning is fun but actually doing work is hard. There are a few reports that Trump was running for president because he knew he had no shot of winning but the publicity could help renegotiate his deal for The Apprentice. There was that report that Trump offered Kasich the VP slot where Kasich would handle everything foreign and domestic (which would leave Trump to only have to deal with things happening in space?).

How much veracity these reports have is anybody’s guess. It certainly doesn’t seem too far out there. And especially when you start reading things like this:

Now, as he prepares to assume the presidency, an open question remains about the capital he repeatedly spurned: Just how much is he willing to become a part of it?

Mr. Trump, a homebody who often flew several hours late at night during the campaign so he could wake up in his own bed in Trump Tower, is talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House. He has told them he would like to do what he is used to, which is spending time in New York when he can.

Also from the article:

Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.

“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.”