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In televised White House meeting, Trump veers away from GOP as he tries to broker deal in Congress on guns

  • 4:08 pm Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Searching for answers with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday afternoon at the White House, President Donald Trump jumbled the debate over guns by embracing plans from Democrats on gun control, as he urged members of both parties to press ahead with efforts in Congress to bolster school security in the wake of a mass school shooting in Florida, saying it’s time for a ‘comprehensive’ response to deter future attacks, and putting himself at odds with the GOP on several matters.

“I think it’s time that a President stepped up,” Mr. Trump said.

In a fast-moving meeting, the President alternately encouraged [More]

Florida students quietly lobby lawmakers in Congress on gun control, school safety

  • 8:31 pm Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School quickly became household names, appearing on radio and television, demanding votes on gun control measures in the Congress, as they earned strong support – as well as stern criticism – over their call for action.

But when a group of students from the school arrived on Capitol Hill this week, they stayed far below the radar, shunning the spotlight, choosing to stay away from television cameras and reporters, as they took their message of change to members of [More]

NSA: US response has not stopped Russia from trying for 2016 election interference repeat in 2018

  • 2:06 pm Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The head of the National Security Agency told Congress on Tuesday that while the United States is closely watching Russian efforts to meddle in this year’s U.S. elections, no specific order has been given by President Donald Trump to more aggressively go after possible Russian interference, as Democrats complained that a mild response by the Trump White House has only emboldened the Russians to do more in 2018.

“I believe that President Putin has come to the conclusion that there is little price to pay here,” said Admiral Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, when asked about efforts [More]

Florida students hit Capitol Hill, press Congress for action on gun violence

  • 7:42 pm Monday, February 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As lawmakers in Congress returned to Capitol Hill on Monday, they were greeted by surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed seventeen people earlier this month, as Democrats in the House and Senate called for votes on a variety of gun control measures, arguing the time for action is long overdue.

With some of the students in the galleries above the House floor, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) read the names of the 17 people killed at the school, saying they “were killed in yet another senseless act of gun violence.”

Flanked by fellow members [More]

Trump tells Governors it’s time for action on guns, says officers in Florida shooting “choked” in school shooting response

  • 1:01 pm Monday, February 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a White House meeting with the nation’s Governors, President Donald Trump on Monday reiterated his call for legislative action by the Congress on matters related to gun violence, saying he had told leaders of the National Rifle Association that “we need to do something,” as he pressed Congress and the states to do their part to prevent future school shootings.

“We’ve got to do background checks,” the President said, once more emphasizing closer checks dealing with mental illness. “If we see a sicko, I don’t want him having a gun.”

Mr. Trump said he had already been lobbying leaders of [More]

Digging into the details of the Democratic memo on Russia probe

  • 7:12 am Sunday, February 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump lobbed verbal barbs at his critics in Congress on Saturday night, blasting a rebuttal intelligence memo issued by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats said the new details showed the FBI had done nothing wrong in its probe of Russian influence that had tentacles reaching to people in Mr. Trump’s orbit.

“FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states.

Republicans had the exact [More]

House Democrats release rebuttal intelligence memo on Russia probe

  • 5:38 pm Saturday, February 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their redacted response to a Republican memo on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats charged that the GOP omitted numerous details about the FBI’s probe during the campaign for the White House.

“FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states.

“The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates,” Democrats said in a press [More]

Outlook unclear at best in Congress as Trump pushes for actions to deter school shootings

  • 9:11 am Saturday, February 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump on Saturday signaled again that he wants changes in background checks for those people who are buying firearms, as he emphasized his call for Congress to make a series of reforms to gun-related laws, also urging state and local officials to do more to toughen security at their schools.

“Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!,” the President tweeted.

White House officials said Mr. Trump would again press his call for action on issues of school safety in [More]

Third Trump Campaign official pleads guilty in Russia investigation

  • 2:55 pm Friday, February 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Former Trump Campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal court on Friday to a pair of charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, becoming the third person from the President’s 2016 campaign to accept a plea bargain with investigators, who are probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

For weeks, news reports had said that Gates was under pressure to agree to cooperate with prosecutors, as he was the one-time right hand man to former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort. The feds say both men engaged in extensive efforts to avoid reporting millions of dollars in [More]

Trump calls again for security changes in wake of Florida school shooting

  • 11:19 am Friday, February 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a speech to a large gathering of conservative political activists outside Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump on Friday said he is committed to forcing security changes in America’s schools, which he says will cut down on the threat of mass school shootings, like the one last week in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.

“We will act, we will do something,” the President said in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We will act.”

Mr. Trump on Friday again repeated his support for his call to allow certain teachers and administrators to carry a concealed weapon in school, all [More]