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Elizabeth Warren: Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence (VIDEO)

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Elizabeth Warren  2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.

It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.

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Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.

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They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?

We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.

This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."

I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!

Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.

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The Party of No Strikes Again

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Senate Republicans today blocked a vote on the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

If the Republicans couldn't slip much lower, they found a way. They have voted to block the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt. His background is impeccable. He's been dealing with the housing market for over 20 years. He introduced the prohibit preditory lender act before the housing crash. Had it been adopted it could have prevented the housing/financial crisis. He's worked against risky mortgage loaning.

The Senate voted 56 to 42 to proceed to a vote on Watt's nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.

The delaying tactic was the latest episode in a contentious series of battles over President Obama's nominees and could pave the way for a renewed effort by Democrats to change the chamber's rules. They have the votes to do that. It's the so-called nuclear option.

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Watt's a guy who is independent and will continue to work hard for us.

So what's the reason the Republicans have stopped his nomination?

The reason is he's a victim of obstruction for obstruction sake.

Despite being knowledgeable and capable, he's failed the standard GOP litmus test. Is he Republican? No. Is he a good ol' boy? No. Is he white? No. Three strikes and you're out.

Senator Elizabeth Warren backed him vociferously as you'll see below.  Perhaps that, as much as his being Black and a Democrat killed his nomination. The most influential woman on Capitol Hill is Hillary Clinton. The most feared is Elizabeth Warren.

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Cartoons of the Day- Congress' Summer Plans

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Cartoons of the Day- Still the Party of No

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Cartoons of the Day- Party of No

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Obama "needs to take a Valium before he comes in & talks to Republicans. He's pretty thin-skinned."

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President Obama met with Senate Republicans today, for over an hour. A fat lot of good it did him.

Actually, the outcome is pretty much what one would expect, given the political climate these days. And by these days, I mean since President Obama was elected by a wide margin and the Party of No filled with panic and resentment:

"He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans," Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) told reporters. "He's pretty thin-skinned."

Good attitude, Pat. Way to talk about the commander in chief. Let's think back to 2001-2008 for a minute, shall we? What if the Dems had treated the worst president ever the same way? Would you have uttered similar disrespectful words about him? Even after he invaded a sovereign country illegally? Even after he tortured detainees? Even after he illegally spied on U.S. citizens? Even after he lied us into a fraudulent war? Even after he lost the trust of the whole wide world?

But back to the meeting.  What was the takeaway?

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.): Testy."

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.):  A "lively discussion."

And by lively, he meant testy.

The president: "We had a good, frank discussion on a whole range of issues."

And by frank, he meant testy.

Robert Gibbs:

"Obviously, there were continued differences on some of these issues. But the president believes that direct dialogue is better than posturing, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to share views with the conference."

And by continued differences he meant testy.

Brownback said Obama explained and explained that he was "under pressure from his left".

And President Obama asked for bipartisanship.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn. questioned "the audacity" of Obama's asking for Republican help Tuesday after bipartisan talks on financial reform broke down and his landmark health-care bill passed solely on Democratic votes.

"My question is again: How can you reconcile that duplicity? You say that, but then the big issues have been constructed in such a way to absolutely be partisan," Corker said. "How can you come in on a Tuesday after [the financial bill vote]? . . . It was odd to me."

What's odd to a lot of us is how one party, the GOP, can allow obstructionism to trump democracy, even after the president continues to reach out over and over again. That's what's odd to us.

It also makes some of us a little... testy.

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