Required Reading – November 19

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Dinan: Flake to halt judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill passed

“Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday that he will not vote to advance any new judicial nominees through the Judiciary Committee, nor will he vote to confirm picks on the Senate floor, until he gets his way on unrelated legislation to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Flakemade the announcement on the Senate floor minutes after his bid to pass the bill failed. His threat could block the committee from approving any more judges this year, since the GOP only holds a one-seat majority on the panel. […] “I don’t think any legislation’s necessary,” Mr. McConnell had told reporters hours earlier. He said he agrees the Mueller probe should be allowed to finish, but said he has not seen any evidence that Mr. Trump will sink the investigation.”

Read more at the Washington Times.

Moran: Kevin McCarthy Elected House Minority Leader

“McCarthy received 159 votes from House Republicans, while 43 Republicans voted for House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan (R-OH) for House Minority Leader. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) became the House GOP conference chair. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) became House minority whip by acclamation and ran unopposed.”

Read more at Breitbart.

Mikelionis: Sinema hit for not objecting to Schumer’s re-election as minority leader

“Newly-elected Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema didn’t object to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s bid to continue leading the party, despite previously saying she wouldn’t support him if elected. Sinema is facing criticism of breaking her campaign promise just days after she claimed victory against Republican Martha McSally in a tightly-contested race in Arizona. ‘I am not going to vote for him,’ Sinema told Politico in June, referring to the New York Democrat, casting herself as a moderate Democrat.”

Read more at Fox News.

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