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Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

  • 11:10 pm Sunday, September 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the future of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court remains in question, President Donald Trump will spend parts of four of the next six days on the campaign trail, imploring voters to help him maintain a crucial Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, making stops for GOP candidates this week in Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas.

“We are just five weeks away from one of the most important congressional elections in our lifetimes,” the President said on Saturday night at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he plugged Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination remains in limbo in the [More]

The Kavanaugh saga – as a story from our youth

  • 11:04 am Saturday, September 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the saga of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has erupted into a major story around the country for many Americans, the battle has a slightly different ring to it for those of us who grew up in the same area as Kavanaugh, just outside of Washington, D.C., and that was very apparent as I met up with a group of my high school friends this weekend.

For almost the last twenty years, eight of us have gathered in various places around the country to tell the same stories, play a little golf, drink a few beers, play some cards, and [More]

Kavanaugh faces new hurdle even as Senate panel okays nomination

  • 2:09 pm Friday, September 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced a brand new hurdle from a Republican Senator on Friday, even as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate, as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) forced GOP leaders to delay floor action on the President’s nominee until the FBI could question some possible witnesses related to allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation,” read a statement issued by the panel on Friday afternoon, making it clear [More]

GOP pushes ahead after wrenching day of Ford, Kavanaugh testimony

  • 8:04 am Friday, September 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Republicans in the Senate moved a step closer to confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh early next week, many on Capitol Hill – and in the nation – were still digesting the riveting testimony of both Judge Kavanaugh, and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a party in the summer of 1982, a charge Kavanaugh sternly denied.

In the wake of the hearing, it was quickly obvious that few minds were changed in the Senate after the testimony, as Republicans said there was no need for further delay on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“We [More]

LIVE UPDATES from inside the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing room

  • 9:19 am Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The future of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is on the line in a historic Senate hearing on this Thursday, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct at a high school party back in 1982. Kavanaugh will then defend himself later in the day.

The hearing is reminiscent in many ways of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in 1981, where Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment; after several extra days of hearings, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court on a vote of 52-48.

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House okays spending measure that averts government shutdown

  • 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the public backing of President Donald Trump, the House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a funding package for the military, health research, education, and labor programs of the federal government, as well as extending a temporary budget for certain agencies to avoid a funding lapse when the fiscal year ends on September 30. The vote was 361-61, following a 93-7 vote in the Senate last week.

“We’re going to keep the government open,” the President said at the United Nations in New York, turning aside the possibility that he might reject the bill, which would have lead [More]

Kavanaugh says new charges are from “the Twilight Zone”

  • 1:26 pm Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

On the eve of a showdown hearing with a woman who accuses him of sexual misconduct at a party in 1982, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sternly denied the accusations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify before Senators on Thursday, and rejected the sworn statement of another woman who said she knew Kavanaugh from his high school days.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” Kavanaugh said of the new accusations leveled by Julie Swetnick, a woman represented by controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

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Senate GOP tries to push Kavanaugh over the finish line

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With President Donald Trump leading the charge, Republicans and the White House went on the offensive on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of using flimsy allegations of sexual misconduct in a last-ditch bid to stop the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as GOP leaders vowed a Senate vote as early as next Tuesday.

“We’re going to be moving forward – I’m confident we’re going to win,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters just off the Senate floor, as top Republicans formed a solid political wedge in public, making the argument that ‘vague, uncorroborated allegations’ should not be [More]

Trump blasts Democrats, judge’s accuser, as GOP rallies behind Kavanaugh

  • 2:42 pm Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the midst of his visit to the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Democrats and some of the allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh, as the President accused Democrats of playing a ‘very dangerous game’ in their opposition to the judge’s nomination.

“This is a con game being played by the Democrats,” the President said during a photo op with the President of Colombia, urging the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

“This is a high quality person, and it would be a horrible insult to our country if this doesn’t happen,” Mr. [More]

Kavanaugh won’t withdraw as judge heads for Thursday showdown hearing

  • 9:00 pm Monday, September 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Defiantly denouncing new allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him as a political ‘smear,’ Judge Brett Kavanaugh went on a media offensive on Monday to tell Senators and the nation that he will not withdraw from consideration for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh heads for a historic hearing on Thursday, which draws obvious parallels to the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Supreme Court sexual harassment showdown in 1991.

“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” Kavanaugh wrote in a Monday letter, as he said the latest charges against him “are smears, pure and simple.”

“There is now a frenzy to [More]