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Scott Pruitt faces flak from Democrats at EPA nomination hearing

  • 11:48 am Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Democratic Senators repeatedly pressed Oklahoma Attorney Scott Pruitt at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, accusing him of favoring the oil and gas industry over environmental interests, as they argued Pruitt was the wrong choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency under President-Elect Donald Trump.

Pruitt never seemed ruffled by their attacks.

“The EPA has not acted within the framework that Congress has established,” said Pruitt, who defended his legal action against the EPA in recent years.

“The efforts that I took as Attorney General were representing the interests of the state of Oklahoma,” said Pruitt, who was interrupted over and over again by [More]

Republicans step up criticism over growing inaugural boycott by Democrats

  • 10:40 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Led by President-Elect Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress have become more outspoken in recent days over the growing number of Democrats in Congress who have said they won’t show up at Friday’s swearing-in of Donald Trump, now totaling over fifty members.

“I’m disappointed that all these Democrats are going to stay home,” said Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI).

“That’s bad for the country,” Duffy argued in an interview on CNN, saying an inaugural should not be for just the party that won the White House.

The President-Elect wasn’t dropping the issue either, as on Tuesday he used both Twitter and an interview with Fox [More]

CBO report on Obamacare repeal stirs health care battle in Congress

  • 12:48 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The battle over health reform turned up a few more notches on Tuesday, with the release of a new Congressional Budget Office report on a past GOP plan to repeal parts of the Obama health law, as Republicans argued that it didn’t take into account any of their ideas to replace Obamacare, while Democrats said the report showed that millions would lose their health coverage.

“This projection is meaningless,” said Ashlee Strong, a spokesperson for Speaker Paul Ryan, as she argued the CBO report “takes into account no measures to replace the law nor actions that the incoming administration [More]

Trump Cabinet choices face second week of Senate hearings

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The Senate on Tuesday begins a second round of confirmation hearings on President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration, as Democrats will again try to knock one of those nominees off stride, just days before Mr. Trump takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States.

If you are looking for one nominee who might attract the most attention this week from Senate Democrats, that could be Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the President-Elect’s choice for health secretary.

Price has been under fire over reports that he traded in health stocks at about the same time that he was introducing bills in [More]

Republican Presidents more often the target of big Inauguration protests

  • 10:10 am Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As opponents of President-Elect Donald Trump get ready to rally opposite his swearing-in on Friday, a look back at inaugural protests shows there have been a number of major demonstrations in the last forty years – with the larger protests all targeting Republicans entering the White House.

Historically, inaugurals were celebratory affairs that had little in the way of demonstrators; some cite the 1853 swearing-in of Franklin Pierce as the first to draw an official protest, by a group of unemployed workers.

But beginning during the Vietnam War – especially for Republicans – January 20 has become a gathering time for an [More]

Republican Presidents more often the target of big Inauguration protests

  • 10:10 am Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As opponents of President-Elect Donald Trump get ready to rally opposite his swearing-in on Friday, a look back at inaugural protests shows there have been a number of major demonstrations in the last forty years – with the larger protests all targeting Republicans entering the White House.

Historically, inaugurals were celebratory affairs that had little in the way of demonstrators; some cite the 1853 swearing-in of Franklin Pierce as the first to draw an official protest, by a group of unemployed workers.

But beginning during the Vietnam War – especially for Republicans – January 20 has become a gathering time for an [More]

Now for the details – Republicans move to forge Obamacare replacement

  • 5:16 pm Sunday, January 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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With quick action by the House and Senate in the first two weeks of this year to approve a budget outline allowing for expedited action on plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, now comes the much more difficult part for Republicans, forging legislation that will not only get to President Trump’s desk – but also work for the American people.

“This resolution gives us the tools we need for a step-by-step approach to fix these problems and put Americans back in control of their health care,” said Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday as the House gave final approval [More]

President-Elect Trump hits Rep. John Lewis over inaugural snub

  • 8:50 am Saturday, January 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Hours after Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) announced that he would boycott the January 20 swearing-in of President-Elect Donald Trump, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to denounce the veteran Democratic lawmaker and civil rights leader, telling him to deal with his “crime infested” district in Atlanta.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump wrote in pair of Saturday morning tweets.


Coming just two days before the federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Trump’s tweets set off a stir on social media.

In an interview with [More]

Washington, D.C. preps for Donald Trump’s Inauguration

  • 8:00 pm Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With less than a week to go, workers are busy putting the final touches on the Inaugural platform, the viewing stands and thousands of seats on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, as this city prepares for the transfer of power on January 20 to President-Elect Donald Trump.

Where the Capitol Christmas Tree stood just a few weeks ago is now a sea of folding chairs, as work continues on the VIP viewing areas for members of Congress and important guests.

This is what it looks like from the offices of Speaker Paul Ryan:

This is what the tickets look like for [More]

House gives final approval to first GOP step to repeal Obamacare

  • 4:06 pm Friday, January 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Amid a hailstorm of verbal broadsides, Republicans in the House joined the Senate in approving a plan that lays the ground work for future GOP efforts to repeal the Obama health law, as Democrats accused the GOP trying to take away health care insurance coverage from millions of Americans.

The 227-198 vote was mainly along party lines, as nine Republicans voted against the budget outline; no Democrats joined with the GOP to vote for it.

This measure does not need the approval of the President; it merely sets in motion a variety of budget procedures, one of which will give Republicans the [More]

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