- 9:37 pm Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Cracking down on accounts which were stirring political debate in the U.S. on issues that crossed party lines, the social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it had found evidence of “coordinated inauthentic” political behavior, raising questions about new efforts – possibly by Russia – to tamper with the 2018 election climate in the U.S.
“We’re sharing what we know today because of the connection between these bad actors and an event planned in Washington next week,” said Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook in a call with reporters, who added that the investigation was still in an early stage.
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- 1:55 pm Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
For the seventh time in less than a year, the Congress has sent President Donald Trump a short-term extension of the federal flood insurance program, as lawmakers continue to search for a bipartisan legislative fix to a program that is already in over $20 billion in the red.
“Congress has got to start doing things differently,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). “The current program is unsustainable, and taxpayers deserve better.”
The Senate voted 86-12 on Tuesday for a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, as the White House has urged Congress to agree on major financial reforms.
“As currently structured, [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort goes on trial Tuesday in a federal court in Virginia on charges of tax and bank fraud, the specter of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections – and any ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign – won’t be the main issue on the docket, but it will certainly be in the background as the trial gets underway.
Manafort faces a variety of charges – subscribing to false individual income tax returns, failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts, bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.
In all, Manafort faces 18 [More]
- 2:53 pm Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Two months before a funding deadline for the U.S. Government, President Donald Trump on Monday signaled that he would favor using the threat of a government shutdown to force action on tougher immigration legislation, arguing once more that the Congress needs to vote on major changes to current U.S. immigration laws, which Mr. Trump says are not tough enough.
“I would certainly be willing to consider a shutdown if we don’t get proper border security,” the President said, amplifying a tweet from earlier in the day in which he again called for action by the Congress.
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- 8:51 pm Sunday, July 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump on Sunday vented his frustration with both the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any possible ties to the Trump Campaign, and also again blasted the the press, as he accused the news media of never-ending negative coverage of ‘the tremendously positive results we are achieving.’
“I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” the President said in a flurry of salvos at the news media on Sunday, in which he took specific aim at the New York Times and Washington Post.
Tweeting from his [More]
- 4:00 am Saturday, July 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As the U.S. House left Thursday on an extended summer break which will last until Labor Day, Republican leaders in Congress signaled that 2018 won’t be much different from the past twenty-plus years on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers once more will not get their spending work done on time by the end of September, requiring the approval of a temporary funding plan to avoid a government shutdown on October 1.
“There will be some bills that won’t pass or won’t be ready by then,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan of the fiscal deadline, acknowledging at a Thursday news conference what everyone [More]
- 9:58 am Friday, July 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Trump declared Friday that his economic policies were clearly triggering increased growth in the United States, celebrating release of new figures which showed the economy grew at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018, up from a revised rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of the year.
“We’ve accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions,” the President said, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence outside the White House.
“We’re on track to hit the highest average overall growth rate in over thirteen years,” Mr. Trump added.
- 6:19 pm Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after agreeing to wide-ranging negotiations on trade with leaders of the European Union, President Donald Trump took credit for a resurgence in heavy industry jobs in the steel industry, arguing that his tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada, and Mexico were bolstering American security and economic growth.
“We love our steel workers, and our steel workers are going back to work,” the President said at a U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, which has added on shifts since Mr. Trump’s tariffs were put in place.
“We are once again pouring new American steel into the spine [More]
- 1:10 pm Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Breaking with a group of more conservative GOP lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he did not support an effort unveiled last night to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as Ryan argued that despite concerns over cooperation from the Justice Department, the dispute did not merit such a constitutional showdown.
“Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein? No, I do not,” Ryan said at a news conference, just before House members went home for an extended summer break which will run until after Labor Day.
“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process, or with this [More]
- 8:32 pm Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A small group of Republicans in the House on Wednesday evening filed an impeachment resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that the top Justice Department official had repeatedly not cooperated and refused to share documents with Congressional investigators, as the more conservative GOP lawmakers argued it was time to ‘hold him accountable.’
“The stonewalling over this last year has been just as bad or worse than under the Obama administration,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who filed the impeachment articles on the House floor.
“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough,” said Rep. Jim Jordan [More]