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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be a major thorn in Mitch McConnell’s side after it was announced that he has been promoted to the position of ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee.

The promotion is big for Sen. Sanders, and it also means that he is going to have a high profile seat from which to launch his 2016 challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

In a statement, Sanders made it clear that he is going to be battling the Koch billionaires, Wall Street, and bringing attention to the growing problem of income inequality, “I want to thank Sen. Reid and the Democratic caucus for the opportunity to serve as the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee. At a time when the middle class is disappearing and the gap between the rich and everybody else is growing wider, we need a budget which reflects the needs of working families and not Wall Street and the top 1 percent. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans on the committee to craft a budget that is fair to all Americans, not just the powerful special interests.”

Republican Nightmares Come True As Bernie Sanders Gets A Big Promotion In The Senate

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ““I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by international conventions the U.S. not only joined, but for the most part authored.”

 

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Jon Stewart ” I don’t know if you happened to be near a television set today, although clearly you’re at one right now, but you might have heard the big news out of the Senate.”

Reporter (CNN) “Harry Reid is poised to launch the nuclear option.”

Stewart “Nooooooo!!!!! No Harry, don’t, there’s still good in this world. Don’t kill us all. What is the nuclear option, by the way?”

Reporter “The nuclear option means that it would only take 51 votes, a simple majority, to get, overcome this filibuster threat.”

Stewart “Ooooooh! So, deciding to allow majority rules, to incrementally increase governmental efficiency in Presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme it’s the nuclear option? It’s just like Hiroshima, of voting.”

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-21-2013/dem-nukem

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Bill Maher “A lot of news today, and the people of Boston finally heard the words they’ve been waiting for all week, the bars are open again…..

The guy who sent the ricin, did you read about this guy, Paul Kevin Curtis is his name.  He believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market, and the government was in on it.  Well, he’s been apprehended, he’s facing jail time, and he’s leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for President in 2016……

But, after a very difficult week that we have had, it’s good to know that bad guys don’t get away with it.  We caught the ricin guy.  We caught the bombers.  This is a powerful message from our government.  We will not be intimidated by bombs.  We will not be intimidated by poison.  This is America.  If you’re a violent paranoid lunatic, you must use a gun.  That’s the other depressing news from this week.  The Senate failed to pass the world’s weakest gun control bill.  That’s right, even though 90% of the people in this country supported background checks, nope, the Senate stood up to the vast majority of Americans and said no.  When a man is buying a machine gun from another mans trunk, and the first man has to ask, are you crazy, freedom dies.  90% of people support background checks.  That means even people who can’t pass a background check, support background checks.”

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Gabrielle Giffords “Some of the senators who voted against the background-check amendments have met with grieving parents whose children were murdered at Sandy Hook, in Newtown. Some of the senators who voted no have also looked into my eyes as I talked about my experience being shot in the head at point-blank range in suburban Tucson two years ago, and expressed sympathy for the 18 other people shot besides me, 6 of whom died. These senators have heard from their constituents — who polls show overwhelmingly favored expanding background checks. And still these senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them.”