GOP leaders’ lies have boxed them in

Erick Erickson, RedState

Republicans leaders have no choice but to fight now to defund Planned Parenthood. Discretionary spending cuts will not be enough. The pro-life movement will not compromise with evil and more videos are coming to show just how evil Planned Parenthood is.

Schlafly: We Must Defund This Horror Now

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly has issued a clarion call to Capitol Hill Republicans in the wake of the latest horror video about Planned Parenthood's trafficking in the tissue and organs of the children it kills. Planned Parenthood is the national shame of our country. Congress must defund this monstrous organization immediately.

GOP Senate fails to cut Planned Parenthood

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Congressional Republicans lost the first battle in the war over federal funding for Planned Parenthood on Monday as Democrats successfully filibustered to keep money flowing to the organization in the wake of videos seemingly showing its employees negotiating the sale of fetal body parts.

Ted Cruz Issues Manifesto For Conservative Populism

Friday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The establishment media made a big deal out of Cruz calling-out Mitch McConnell as a liar, but the real history-making aspect of Cruz's speech was the manifesto for conservative populism buried in the truth-telling about Mitch McConnell's duplicity.

Senate GOP Clear Path For Possible Obama SCOTUS Pick

Sean Lengell, Washington Examiner

A GOP proposal to abolish filibusters on Supreme Court nominees is gaining steam in the Senate, a move that would make it much easier for the WH to fill high court vacancies just as Obama appears likely to get another appointment.

Raul Labrador Rips Senate GOP on Immigration

Scott Wong, The Hill

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) criticized Mitch McConnell Weds., arguing he needed to stand up to Obama on immigration. “It’s uncanny to me that our leadership is sending the message that we’ve already lost this battle,” Labrador said at a conservative lawmakers event.

Senate Won't Defund O's Amnesty

Matt Fuller, Roll Call

Conservatives, determined not to cave in on calls for a “clean” funding measure, are insisting on a bill like the 1 the House passed Weds., complete with riders that block or defund Obama’s exec.

To Reconcile Obamacare

Erick Erickson, Red State

Reconciliation is a potent weapon in the Senate arsenal because it only requires 51 votes to succeed. So why are certain Senate Republicans talking about using it for tax reform, instead of repealing Obamacare?

Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP Must Keep Promises or Risk Getting ‘Walloped’ in Future Elections

In remarks to Heritage Action, Ted Cruz said that Republicans should take this opportunity to lead with "a big, bold agenda that focuses on jobs, on liberty and on security.”

The Evolution of Senator John Cornyn of Texas

After reading Senator John Cornyn's recent interview with CQ Roll Call conservatives might fairly ask Senator Cornyn “evolved into what?”

McConnell Claims to Change Senate; Ingraham Blasts Kowtowing to D's

Sean Lengell, Washington Examiner

"The president is the only one who can bring his party on board," McConnell said. "We're calling on the president to ignore the voices of reaction and to join us." Laura Ingraham blasted MM on Twitter for wanting to mend fences with Dems but not conservatives.

Cruz, McConnell Vie for Influence With Freshmen

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Mitch McConnell & Ted Cruz are competing for influence among the Senate’s 12 GOP freshmen. Cruz has reached out to freshman R's, whom he helped in last year’s elections, in hopes they will join his effort to pressure GOP leaders to pursue a “bold agenda.”

McConnell Finds His Go-To Dems

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate R's are reaching out to about 9 Dems they see as crucial swing votes in the new Congress. With his 54-seat majority, Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell is 6 votes short of overcoming Dem. filibusters, making bipartisan support a necessity for getting most legislation to Obama’s desk.

Media Hoping for Estab.–Tea Party Civil War

Jim Geraghty, National Review Online

It's no surprise when most GOP incumbents survive their primaries; incumbency provides big advantages. Any cycle where R's elect Ben Sasse, Joni Ernst, & Cory Gardner to the Senate, & manage to knock off the House maj. leader, is a great year for the Tea Party agenda.

New ICE Chief: Some Illegals Have Right to Citizenship

Tony Lee, Breitbart

The Senate confirmed Sarah Saldana, who has said she would implement Obama's exec. amnesty & believes that illegal immigrants who qualify for it have a "right" to citizenship, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Reid Could Ram Up to 88 Fed. Judges Through

PJ Tatler, PJ Media

Although the estab. talking points blame Ted Cruz & Mike Lee for Reid’s “opportunity” to get these nominations approved, it was always Reid’s plan to get as many through the system before control of the Sen. is turned over to the R's.

Cruz Refuses to Stand Down

Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

Cruz defended his efforts to delay the vote on the CRomnibus. “Leadership was angry. They didn't want to fight this fight now. Mike Lee & I thought it was important to get a vote now, to get the D's on record, & we hoped every Repub. on record against exec. amnesty."

Senate Confirms Surgeon Gen. Despite Objection of NRA

Sarah Ferris, The Hill

Dr. Vivek Murthy was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor despite opposition from the GOP for his support of gun control & ObamaCare. Three Dems voted against him, while Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was the only Repub. to vote in favor.

GOP Senate Should Put Brakes on Obama Judges

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner

Obama has already made his mark upon the fed. judiciary. Ted Cruz wants a complete embargo on all Obama nominees, save those critical to nat'l security, because of the O's unconstitutional exec. amnesty. This full embargo would include judicial nominees. 

Senate to Debate $1.1T CRomnibus Fri

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Reid asked all to pass the spending bill by Sat. The Sen. voted on a 2-day stop-gap funding measure. He wants to pass a defense bill, tax extenders, a terrorism insurance bill & confirm some nominees.