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Capitol Hill ready to honor Sen. John McCain one final time

  • 4:00 am Friday, August 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Congress on Friday will give the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a rare tribute, as his remains will lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, with leaders of the House and Senate, along with Vice President Mike Pence, oaying tribute to the Arizona Republican who found ways to vex both political parties during his almost 35 years of service in the Congress.

“When he said something, you had to listen, you had to take notice,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). “You had to listen to John McCain.”

Like many Senators – new and old – Johnson [More]

Trump cancels scheduled 2019 pay raise for federal civilian workers

  • 1:34 pm Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a surprise move, President Donald Trump told Congressional leaders on Thursday that he was canceling a scheduled 2.1 percent pay increase for civilian federal workers in 2019, saying the move is needed to deal with rising federal deficits.

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course,” the President wrote in a letter to the House and Senate. “I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.”

Mr. Trump is not only canceling a scheduled increase in pay, but also what’s known as ‘locality pay increases,’ which go to federal workers who live in [More]

Trump complains about fake news, then makes baseless charge against NBC

  • 8:14 am Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a series of tweets on Thursday morning expressing his frustration with press coverage of his administration, President Donald Trump again accused the media of using anonymous sources to develop stories which he charged are “pure fiction” – as the President then appeared to make up a story about an NBC News interview he gave just after firing FBI Director James Comey.

In a tweet attacking NBC, the President said, “When Lester Holt got caught fudging my tape on Russia, they were hurt badly!”

No evidence has ever been put forward by the White House or any media watchdog that NBC edited [More]

Trump defends North Korea diplomacy, blames China for lack of progress

  • 8:47 pm Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With little evidence that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making concessions to abandon his country’s nuclear weapons program, President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his administration’s diplomatic work with the Pyongyang regime, in part saying that trade troubles with China slowed progress since his summit with Kim in June.

“I think we’re doing well with North Korea,” the President said, just a few days after he scrapped a planned trip to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as the North Korean government publicly criticized, the U.S. over efforts at denuclearization.

“I have a fantastic relationship with Chairman Kim as [More]

Trump takes aim at Democratic nominee for Governor in Florida

  • 8:53 am Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after his upset win in Florida’s Democratic Party race for Governor, Andrew Gillum was greeted on Twitter by someone who may become a familiar voice in that campaign, as President Donald Trump blasted Gillum’s record, and labeling him “a failed Socialist Mayor.”

“This is not what Florida wants or needs!” the President said in tweets about primary races in Florida and Arizona on Tuesday night – sandwiched around Twitter jabs at Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama’s Administration.

“On to November!” the President wrote as the votes came in on Tuesday night, as Mr. Trump has made clear he will do [More]

Death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico set at almost 3,000

  • 10:00 pm Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Initially set at 64 people, the official death toll on the U.S. island of Puerto Rico from last year’s strike by Hurricane Maria was raised to almost three thousand on Tuesday, instantly making that storm into one of the most deadly natural disasters in the history of the United States.

The report, done by a research arm of George Washington University, and released jointly with the Governor of Puerto Rico, went through an extensive mortality study from the storm, in order to figure out a more accurate assessment of the damage from the storm.

The 2,975 deaths on Puerto Rico [More]

Pentagon: US to continue major military exercises with South Korea

  • 11:41 am Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With negotiations between the United States and North Korea seemingly stalled on efforts to get Kim Jong Un to abandon his country’s nuclear weapons program, top Pentagon officials said Tuesday that while President Donald Trump has postponed large U.S. military exercises in the past as a goodwill gesture to the North, no other large scale military cancellations are planned at this point.

“We have no plans at this time to suspend any more exercises,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters in a briefing at the Pentagon. “There is no discussion about further suspensions.”

“Are you suggesting that North Korea is acting in [More]

Trump on Jacksonville shooting: “How it happens, nobody really knows”

  • 10:45 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

More than 24 hours after a shooting killed two people and wounded ten at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, President Donald Trump on Monday evening offered his condolences to the victims of the attack, as Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on their calls for something to be done by the Congress on gun violence.

“I want to extend our prayers and condolences to the victims of the tragic shooting in Jacksonville,” the President told an audience at a White House dinner for evangelical leaders.

“That was a terrible thing indeed. And how it happens, nobody really knows,” [More]

Under pressure, President Trump moves to honor Sen. McCain

  • 4:26 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As fellow lawmakers in Congress praised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died Saturday from brain cancer, the White House on Monday afternoon bent to mounting criticism from both parties over the President’s reaction to McCain’s death, as the flag was lowered to half-staff over the White House, and President Donald Trump finally issued a public statement about the veteran Arizona Republican.

“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” [More]

US, Mexico gain ‘preliminary’ trade deal as Trump presses Canada on pact

  • 3:03 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump pushed ahead Monday with efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as the President announced a tentative trade deal with Mexico, and put public pressure on the Canadian government to join in talks on a new agreement, or face fresh U.S. tariffs on autos sent from Canada to the United States.

“It’s a big day for trade, a big day for our country,” the President joyfully declared in the Oval Office, as he spoke with the Mexican President by telephone in front of reporters.

“It’s an incredible deal, it’s an incredible [More]