Politics


ON OUR RADAR


Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions

Federalist Society and Conservatives’ Wishlist for Attorney General

The Federalist Society’s national convention is the foremost gathering of conservative legal minds in America, and this year it was abuzz with the names of several giants from whom this critical part of President Donald Trump’s base hopes he will choose his next attorney general.

Obama Pelosi Obamacare AP

Obama Praises Pelosi: ‘One of the Most Effective Legislative Leaders’ Ever

Former President Barack Obama praised House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday as an “extraordinary partner” who will be remembered as “one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen.”

During a live taping of David Axelrod’s “The Axe Files” podcast at the University of Chicago, Obama praised Pelosi’s three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust approach to politics and legislating, saying Pelosi cares less about “performance art” and more about the “nuts and bolts” and “the blocking and tackling involved in actually getting things across the finish line.”

“I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen,” Obama added.

Pelosi helped Obama ram through Obamacare with her legislative savvy, and Obama made his remarks as Pelosi is trying to regain her Speakership while fending off the anti-Pelosi faction within her own party.

Obama, though he said he did not want to “wade into” House politics, said in his experience, Pelosi knows how to pass legislation even though she may not give the fanciest speeches or make the hippest YouTube videos.

“Nancy is not always the best on a cable show or with a quick soundbite or what have you,” Obama said. “But her skill, tenacity, toughness, vision, is remarkable. Her stamina, her ability to see around corners, her ability to stand her ground and do hard things and to suffer unpopularity to get the right thing done, I think, stands up against any person that I’ve observed or worked directly with in Washington during my lifetime.”

Young immigrants and supporters gather for a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. A decision is expected in coming days on whether US President Trump will end the program by his predecessor, former President Obama, on DACA which …

Koch Brothers: Congress Must ‘Seize’ Lame-Duck Session, Pass DACA Amnesty

The GOP megadonor billionaire Koch brothers are asking the Republican-controlled Congress to “seize” upon the lame-duck session to pass amnesty for more than a million illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.