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TRADE WAR: Mexico retaliates, Canada vows to match new Trump tariffs

  • 5:17 pm Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Mexico, Canada, and Europe wasted little time in vowing to take retaliatory actions for new tariffs levied by President Donald Trump on steel and aluminum products imported into the U.S., as the Canadian Prime Minister promised to impose “dollar for dollar” tariffs on American products sent to Canada, while Mexico targeted U.S. farm products, and European leaders vowed to challenge the new tariffs before the World Trade Organization.

“Let me be clear, these tariffs are totally unacceptable,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“These tariffs are an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States, and in particular, [More]

Trade war fears grow as Trump levies tariffs on imported steel, aluminum

  • 11:20 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Following through on his vow to aggressively confront other nations on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum imported from Europe, Mexico and Canada would go into effect tonight, drawing immediate retaliation from Mexico, trade threats from Europe, and expressions of disgust from Republicans in the Congress.

“Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are a tax hike on Americans and will have damaging consequences for consumers, manufacturers and workers,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

“These tariffs are hitting the wrong target,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). “When it comes to [More]

Trump to pardon Dinesh D’Souza for making illegal campaign contributions

  • 9:34 am Thursday, May 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he was granting a pardon to conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, who plead guilty in 2014 to a scheme where he reimbursed people for donating to a U.S. Senate campaign, which is illegal under federal campaign law.

“I never met him, I called him last night first time I’ve ever spoken to him,” the President told reporters on Air Force One. “I said I’m pardoning you. Nobody asked me to do it.”

Mr. Trump also told reporters that he was considering other pardons as well, for Martha Stewart, and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who [More]

White House downplays Gowdy assessment of no FBI misconduct in Russia probe

  • 7:45 pm Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump publicly lashed out again at his own Attorney General on Wednesday over the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, a key Republican in Congress said for a second day that a top secret briefing provided to a handful of lawmakers last week showed no evidence of FBI misconduct, as agents were simply trying to figure out what Russia was doing with respect to the Trump Campaign and the 2016 elections.

“I think if the FBI were at the table this morning, they would tell you that Russia was the target, and Russia’s intentions toward the [More]

Top Republican sees no FBI misconduct in probe of Trump-Russia connections

  • 9:06 pm Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday was again denouncing the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible ties to his campaign, a key Republican who saw documents last week about the probe said the review showed no misconduct by the FBI, and that investigators were doing exactly what they should have been doing – trying to figure out what Russia was doing to meddle with the American elections.

“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do, when they got the information they got, and that it [More]

Supreme Court: Police need warrant to search vehicle in your driveway

  • 11:16 am Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In an 8-to-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police in Virginia violated the Fourth Amendment by walking onto the driveway of home in order to peek under a tarp that was covering a stolen motorcycle, as the Justices decided the officer had run afoul of the Constitution by engaging in a warrantless search.

The court’s majority said “a parking patio or carport into which an officer can see from the street is no less entitled to protection from trespass and a warrantless search than a fully enclosed garage.”


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Trump eagerly dives into 2018 mid-term elections in Congress

  • 10:14 pm Monday, May 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Democrats talking about their hopes for a “Blue Wave” in mid-term elections this November, President Donald Trump has shown no reluctance to plunge head first into the 2018 battle for the U.S. House and Senate, more than ready to stress the argument that if Democrats take over the Congress, they’ll move first to get rid of Mr. Trump’s signature tax cut law.

“If Democrats gain power, they will try to reverse these incredible gains. These are historic gains,” Mr. Trump said in a speech last week, as he used a speech to appeal to pro-life voters to back the [More]

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]