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Graham, McCain Back Tillerson at SecState

Meanwhile, McConnell says Cabinet picks will go through; Schumer is in no hurry

(Newser) - Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain will support Rex Tillerson as secretary of state in a move that all but clinches his nomination, reports Politico . Graham confirmed his position on CBS' Face the Nation and in a joint statement with McCain; Marco Rubio still hasn't decided, but McCain... More »

McConnell on Ethics Tiff: Dems Need to 'Grow Up'

Says opposition to unvetted Cabinet nominees is just 'little procedural complaints'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to "grow up" and "get past" the election. The Kentucky Republican is objecting to concerns raised by Democrats that Congress this week will hold hearings to consider nominees for the incoming administration who haven't completed ethics reviews . The director... More »

Graham Wants to Defund UN Over Anti-Israeli Resolution

Meanwhile, Israel is punishing the countries that sponsored the resolution

(Newser) - The US' surprising decision to allow a resolution condemning Israeli settlements to be passed by the UN Security Council on Friday continues to have immediate ramifications. CNN reports Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll propose a measure to cut off US funding to the UN unless the resolution is repealed.... More »

Senate Bigwigs: Russia Hack 'Should Alarm Every American'

Bipartisan group demands investigation, says CIA report 'cannot become a partisan issue'

(Newser) - Two prominent Republicans and two prominent Democrats wasted little time in demanding a bipartisan investigation into the CIA's claim that Russian hackers worked to throw the 2016 election Donald Trump's way, reports Politico . "Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress,... More »

GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling

(Newser) - Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post . The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election... More »

Rubio, Graham Aren't Exactly Endorsing Cruz, But...

Both offer support to senator in his battle against Trump

(Newser) - Politicians are getting behind Ted Cruz ... sort of:
  • In a conference call to Minnesota supporters Wednesday that was mostly focused on explaining why he dropped out of the presidential race, Marco Rubio said that he hopes one of the GOP candidates still in the race will keep Donald Trump from
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Lindsey Graham: 'My Party Has Gone Bats--- Crazy'

He really let loose at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham spoke at the Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner Thursday night, and he really did not hold back. Gawker points out some tweets quoting Graham, including "My party has gone batshit crazy" and "If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial... More »

Lindsey Graham Endorses Bush

At least one political analyst is flummoxed

(Newser) - No longer in the race himself, Lindsey Graham has revealed who he's endorsing for the GOP nominee: Jeb Bush. He made the announcement at a Friday press conference alongside a smiling Bush, per CNN . "His endorsement is very meaningful and along with it come a lot of... More »

Lindsey Graham Suspends His Campaign

He faced a key deadline in his home state

(Newser) - One of the mainstays of the undercard GOP debates is out: Lindsey Graham tells CNN that he's suspending his campaign for president. "I've hit a wall here," says the conservative South Carolina senator. Graham has been consistently polling near the bottom of the pack and hasn'... More »

Trump-less Undercard Debate Is Still All About Trump

'There’s no escaping Donald Trump'

(Newser) - You'd have been forgiven for thinking Donald Trump somehow snuck himself onto the GOP undercard debate stage with the amount of time the four lowest-polling candidates spent talking about him. As Politico put it: "There’s no escaping Donald Trump—even when he’s not on the stage.... More »

CNN's GOP Debate Lineup: Good News for 2 Candidates

Christie returns as Paul saves himself

(Newser) - CNN has released the lineup for its debate Tuesday night in Sin City, and it's good news for two Republicans aspiring to sit in the Oval Office. Chris Christie, who failed to qualify for the main stage at Fox Business' debate last month, will make a return to... More »

Lindsey Graham Gets Quippy in GOP Undercard Debate

He's got jokes and jokes and jokes

(Newser) - Wednesday's GOP undercard debate may not have as many viewers as the main event, but Lindsey Graham brought his A material anyway, launching quips at China, Bernie Sanders, and even himself. CNN reports some of his one-liners inspired only tepid laughter in the Colorado audience. And Maggie Haberman at... More »

Graham's Lament: 'How Am I Losing to These People?'

SC senator uses 'SNL' line to show how he feels about Carson, Trump

(Newser) - Ben Carson has admitted he used to "go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers" and that he almost stabbed someone when he was a teen. Donald Trump is … well, Donald Trump . And Lindsey Graham is completely baffled how he's not making inroads... More »

Lindsey Graham Had Some of the Best Lines in Early Debate

'In my world, Hispanics are Americans,' he tells Santorum

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham is winning praise for mixing policy with what the Washington Post describes as his "corny comedy" during the first debate. A collection of some his more memorable lines, from the Post and Politico .
  • “Hispanics are Americans. In my world, Hispanics are Americans.” In a relatively
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'Clock Kid' Surfaces as Topic in First Debate

But discussion leads to another about Kim Davis and religious freedom

(Newser) - The Muslim boy who was arrested today because teachers thought his homemade clock was a bomb surfaced as a subject in today's early debate on CNN among the four lower-tiered candidates. Asked about striking a balance between vigilance and discrimination, Bobby Jindal first emphasized that Muslim leaders must denounce... More »

Carly Fiorina Seen as Winner of First Debate

She and 6 others did their best to stand out

(Newser) - Their better-polling rivals get to debate in prime time , but seven Republicans tried to make the most of it in the first Fox News debate today. Based on the early reviews, it seems that one clearly did: Carly Fiorina. She "nailed it," observes the Washington Post . The former... More »

Lindsey Graham Annihilates His Phone

He slams 'train wreck' Donald Trump

(Newser) - No swapping out SIM cards for Sen. Lindsey Graham: After fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump gave out his personal phone number , the Republican candidate released a video on IJ Review in which he destroys his old flip phone—or multiple phones like it—with executions via brick, golf club, fire,... More »

Trump Gives Out Number of 'Idiot' Lindsey Graham

And it was, in fact, his real phone number

(Newser) - He may be a "feckless blowhard," but Donald Trump sure knows how to generate headlines. Today, Trump went after fellow candidate Lindsey Graham in the senator's home state of South Carolina, accusing him in a speech of being an "idiot" and then rattling off Graham's... More »

Nikki Haley: Time to Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol

South Carolina's senators join her in the call

(Newser) - In the wake of the South Carolina church massacre, the state's governor, Nikki Haley, and its two senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, all Republicans, today called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state Capitol. "On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history.... More »

Senator Sorry About 'Bro With No Ho' Joke

Mark Kirk was talking about pal Lindsey Graham

(Newser) - The latest adventure in hot mics involves Sen. Mark Kirk, who got caught joking to a colleague that fellow Republican senator Lindsey Graham is a "bro with no ho," reports the Huffington Post . "That's what we'd say on the South Side," said the Illinois... More »

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