- 2:40 pm Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Under a federal court order, the State Department on Friday posted online another release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, with everything from mundane schedule information to concern about how the press was treating her first months on the job.
“Travel safely in Africa,” read one email from Wendy Sherman, a Clinton campaign adviser in 2008, and later a top State Department aide in the Obama Administration.
“Your trip is important since that continent will loom large into the future,” Sherman wrote.
Some aides sent along stories that were very flattering to Clinton; others were not.
There were email examples [More]
- 7:37 pm Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
As July comes to a close, the Congress has little to show in terms of progress on the budget for next year, as instead of Republican plans for a busy month of legislative floor action on spending bills, the entire process ground to a halt in a dispute over the Confederate Flag in the House and filibusters by Democrats in the Senate.
“Yes, it is our intention to get back to the appropriations process as soon as possible,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) earlier this month, after a flap over the Confederate Flag had derailed a budget bill that [More]
- 4:15 pm Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday downplayed a rare effort to push him from his powerful post, giving reporters no hint that he is worried about his future in the Congress, even as Republican lawmakers demanding new leadership in the Republican Party huddled on their options.
“This is one member, alright?” Boehner said of the challenge from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who last night submitted a resolution to declare the post of Speaker vacant in the U.S. House.
“I’ve got broad support amongst my colleagues,” Boehner told reporters.
Some of that support was evident in interviews off the floor of the House, as [More]
- 7:53 am Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Now that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has filed a resolution which could ultimately lead to the ouster of Speaker John Boehner, it’s not clear just how swiftly the issue will be dealt with – or whether there will ever be a vote on it in the U.S. House.
A number of different scenarios are possible for the Meadows resolution:
1. Meadows could go right to the House floor
Since the “motion to vacate the chair” is highly privileged, Meadows could seek recognition on the House floor immediately and force the issue.
The last time the House voted on such a motion was [More]
- 7:55 pm Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Marking his 56th birthday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) roiled the waters of House Republicans late on Tuesday by filing a resolution in the U.S. House to force Speaker John Boehner out of his position, something more conservative lawmakers and activists have been loudly demanding for the past two years.
Known as a “motion to vacate the chair,” it is the first time that a GOP opponent of Boehner has taken such a step to try to oust the Speaker, who has faced calls for a more aggressive Republican legislative brand.
Here is the text of the resolution submitted by Meadows:
Whereas the Speaker [More]
- 2:57 pm Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A week after announcing what some said was a long shot bid for the Republican nomination, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is suddenly very much part of the conversation in the polls in New Hampshire, where supporters have been running television ads on his behalf.
On Monday, Kasich suddenly appeared in fourth place in a New Hampshire poll taken by Marist College and NBC News; he was in third place in a Tuesday poll released by Monmouth University – both polls had him at 7 percent.
In a fundraising email, Kasich strategist John Weaver told backers, “there is real momentum here,” as [More]
- 11:50 pm Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Conservative Republican Senators abandoned an effort Monday night to force an arcane rules battle over the repeal of the Obama health law, as a high stakes Senate floor showdown fizzled, with GOP leaders pushing back against the tactics of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The maneuvering came as the Senate easily approved an amendment that would re-authorize the work of the Export-Import Bank; the vote was not close, 64-29 in favor of the bank.
The only vote against the Bank that was not a Republican came from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The Export-Import Bank had become a rallying cry [More]
- 5:26 pm Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The internal Republican Party fissures laid bare by the recent surge of Donald Trump in the race for President took over the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and his allies battled publicly with Senate GOP leaders, fighting over the Senate’s rules and over the underlying direction of the GOP.
Senior Republicans took the opportunity to verbally rebuke Cruz, who on Friday had launched an extraordinarily direct attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of lying about a possible vote on the re-authorization of the Export Import Bank.
“There was no misrepresentation made by [More]
- 10:40 am Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The internal struggle among Republicans in the Congress – and in the GOP race for President – burst onto the Senate floor on Friday, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a speech to savage his own party’s leadership, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of being a liar.
In an extraordinary scene on the floor of the Senate, Cruz gave what was basically a modified version of his campaign speech for President to argue that GOP leaders in the Congress are worthless.
“We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for six months; what has that majority done?” Cruz [More]
- 8:00 pm Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The daily drumbeat of work was interrupted for a few minutes on Thursday evening at the U.S. Capitol, as reporters gathered in the U.S. Senate Press Gallery to pay tribute to David Espo, who is retiring after working for 40 years for the Associated Press on Capitol Hill.
For my money, Espo has always been one the top reporters to watch in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol, as he has helped to lead political coverage for the AP from Congress for many years.
Speaker Boehner dropped by as the gathering began, and spoke for a few minutes to salute Espo’s work, [More]