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Democrats try to seize on jump in gasoline prices

  • 4:06 pm Saturday, May 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the Trump Administration has hailed economic and job gains over the past year and a half, the price of gasoline has jumped by over 50 cents on average in the last six months, adding to the cost of everything from a daily commute, to a summer vacation, and the amount of money companies pay to ship their products around the country.

And that increase is starting to be used by Democrats on Capitol Hill to take aim at the White House.

“Gas prices have risen more than 25% since Trump took office,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

“Overall world crude oil prices [More]

Trump Administration searches for way forward on North Korea

  • 4:01 pm Friday, May 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump scrapped a planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, the President, White House, and State Department made clear that U.S. officials continue to be open to further contacts with their North Korean counterparts, seeing if there is a way to get talks back on track to rein in the nuclear weapons program of the Pyongyang regime.

“We always knew there would be twists and turns leading up to this meeting on June 12,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

“We never expected it to be easy, so none of this comes as a surprise [More]

Senate approves new reforms on Capitol Hill harassment

  • 10:28 pm Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Under growing pressure from the House to change how lawmakers deal with workplace harassment claims and damage awards, the Senate on Thursday approved a package of reforms that would not allow members to use taxpayer funds to pay any legal settlements, and change the process for Congressional employees to bring complaints against lawmakers.

“This is an incredibly important moment,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who joined with Senators in both parties to forge a compromise that was approved on a voice vote.

“We are completely overhauling the sexual harassment policies of the Congress,” Klobuchar said on the Senate floor.

“These reforms [More]

“Situation normal” as Trump cancels summit with Kim Jong Un

  • 2:58 pm Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After days of increasingly bellicose statements from Pyongyang, President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled the plug on a scheduled June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but left the door open to future negotiations over efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

“If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” the President said at the White House.

“The ball is in North Korea’s court right now,” said a senior White House official.

Mr. Trump’s remarks came several hours after he publicly released a letter to Kim Jong Un, calling off their [More]

President Trump scraps summit meeting with Kim Jong Un

  • 9:54 am Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After days of uncertainty about a planned June 12 summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump on Thursday told Kim in a letter that because of hostile statements from the Pyongyang regime in recent days, the summit in Singapore would not take place.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is in appropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” the President wrote in his letter to Kim.

The decision came as North Korean officials seemed to back away from public assurances that they would [More]

Trump renews attacks on Russia probe as lawmakers see documents

  • 6:58 am Thursday, May 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on how investigators dealt with allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any links to his campaign, as he again charged that top officials at the FBI had committed misconduct, led by former FBI Director James Comey.

“The FBI is a fantastic institution but some of the people at the top were rotten apples,” the President said. “James Comey was one of them.”

“How is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country?” the President said in [More]

Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

  • 5:17 pm Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Still searching for answers on how best to help veterans frustrated by their options within the VA health system, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill on Wednesday which allow vets more options to use private medical care if they face lengthy delays or a lack of certain medical services at VA health centers around the nation.

“The Senate passage of the VA MISSION Act is a major victory for our nation’s veterans who will benefit from more choice and fewer barriers to care,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who chairs the Senate Veterans Committee.

It’s not the first time that [More]

Bridenstine makes calm debut as NASA chief on Capitol Hill

  • 3:53 pm Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After a lengthy Senate confirmation battle that turned heated at times, former Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine testified for the first time before lawmakers as the head of NASA on Wednesday – with almost no hint of any of the controversy that led to an extended delay in the Senate’s approval of his nomination by President Donald Trump.

“It’s an honor, I’m thrilled to be here,” Bridenstine said at a hearing of a Senate spending panel which has jurisdiction over the NASA budget.

In his testimony, Bridenstine reiterated his support for Trump Administration plans to send astronauts back to the surface of the [More]

Trump still not sure about summit with Kim Jong Un

  • 1:05 pm Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after meeting with the leader of South Korea, President Donald Trump told reporters that a final decision should be made next week about a scheduled June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a meeting which has suddenly been surrounded by questions about what the Pyongyang regime will give up on its nuclear weapons program.

“It could happen,” the President said. “Some day a date could happen, it could very well be June 12th.”

“We will know next week,” Mr. Trump added, as preparations for the summit continue, without any clear indication of what concessions the North [More]

In flurry of legislative action, Congress delivers pair of bipartisan bills to Trump

  • 10:35 pm Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the support of a few dozen Democrats, Congressional Republicans notched a pair of legislative victories for President Donald Trump on Tuesday in the U.S. House, giving final approval to a plan to roll back certain regulations on smaller banking institutions, as well as voting out a bill to help terminally-ill Americans seek new medicines and treatments.

Known as the “Right to Try” legislation, that measure would open new avenues to experimental drugs for those people who have found no cure for a life threatening disease or medical condition.

“As President Trump said in his State of the Union Address this year, [More]

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