Even after Harry Reid changed the Senate’s filibuster rules, they still couldn’t muster the simple majority needed to confirm him.
Via Roll Call:
Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Adegbile’s nomination needed a simple majority to cut off debate but the chamber voted 47-52 against him.
Democrats Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chris Coons of Delaware, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and John Walsh of Montana all voted no. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also voted no in order to preserve his right to reconsider the vote. If Adegbile had mustered just two more votes plus Reid, Vice President Joseph Biden was on hand to cast a possible tie-breaking vote.
Update: He can blame the Senate Democrats who defected.
by Wayne Allyn Root
IRS official Lois Lerner is finally testifying in front of Congress Wednesday.
Still, the media and Republicans in Congress are missing the larger picture. They keep thinking this scandal involves nameless, faceless Tea Party groups. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. That’s what Obama hopes we all think. This “IRS targeted the Tea Party” is the distraction to make us miss the real scandal. Congress needs to expand this investigation.
The real scandal is that this was a widespread criminal conspiracy by the Obama White House to use the IRS to target, persecute, intimidate and silence Obama’s critics and political opposition.
And I believe I personally have the smoking gun to tie the Obama White House to this scandal.
Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner listens during testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The largest European refinery caught on fire today. The refinery happens to be in Russia.
It will take months to get production back up. Jalopnik reported:
Amazingly, no one was injured when Europe’s largest oil refinery, like, totally burned with the force of a thousand suns yesterday. And obviously it’s in Russia.P
The refinery is OJSC TANECO, formerly known as the Nizhnekamsk refinery, in Tartarstan. If you get into your Lada and drive due East from Moscow, you’ll get there in about 14 hours.P
Reuters reports that the fire was put out the same evening it started and there were no injuries. It will take a few months to get production back up.P
It churns out 140,000 barrels of gas and diesel a day, and that production all goes to Russia.P
This picture (and the above video) turned up on English Russia and gives you a sense of scale of the blaze.
Did Instapundit call it?
We wrote here, here, and here about the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. John put it best:
Adegbile is a race hustler who is best known as the mouthpiece for guilty-as-hell cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The “free Mumia” movement is one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of modern leftism, and Debo Adegbile was not just a participant in, but a ringleader of that that contemptible cause.
Now, we’re on the verge of the Senate vote on Adegbile’s nomination. As a result of brand new Senate rules imposed by the Democrats, Adegbile cannot be blocked by Republican votes alone. Unless half a dozen or so Democrats vote no, the race hustler will be confirmed.