- 4:00 am Friday, November 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With time running out on the GOP majority in the U.S. House, former FBI Director James Comey has asked a federal court in Washington to scuttle a subpoena from Republicans on a pair of House committees for his testimony next Monday, arguing he is willing to answer any questions from the Congress, but wants to do it in public, and not behind closed doors.
Republicans on the Judiciary and Oversight committees want to ask Comey questions about both the Russia investigation, and the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State.
Comey is scheduled for testimony on Monday; [More]
- 4:11 pm Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As the North Carolina Board of Elections meets on Friday on matters surrounding the recent close election in the 9th Congressional District, where the GOP leads by just 905 votes, more evidence has started to surface of possible absentee voter fraud in one county, which may have generated an abnormally large number of votes for the Republican candidate for Congress.
The focus is Bladen County, located in a triangle in between Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Lumberton, in the southern part of the Tar Heel State – which has been the subject of election questions before in 2016.
A review of absentee ballots in [More]
- 11:16 am Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump admitted in a federal court in New York on Monday that he lied to both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about efforts to secure a Trump Tower deal in Moscow, as Michael Cohen acknowledged those discussions continued through at least August of 2017, and had not stopped early on in the President’s 2016 campaign.
In documents released by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Cohen said he misled lawmakers in order to “give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended before ‘the Iowa caucus and … the very [More]
- 8:02 am Thursday, November 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After staying quiet about the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller through much of the final two months of the 2018 mid-term campaign, President Donald Trump this week unleashed his wrath on the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his own presidential bid, again repeatedly complaining about the lack of investigations against Hillary Clinton.
“The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace,” the President tweeted on Tuesday, as he labeled the former FBI Director a ‘conflicted prosecutor gone rogue.’
Mr. Trump has also returned to a favorite theme – his complaint that the feds never properly [More]
- 5:10 pm Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Angered by the Trump Administration’s reaction to the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as well as the official U.S. response to the involvement of Saudi leader Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud in that killing, the Senate on Wednesday ignored requests from the White House and voted 63-37 to start debate on a plan which would stop U.S. military aid going to the Saudis in support of that nation’s war in Yemen.
The move came just a few hours after top Trump Administration officials had come to Capitol Hill and asked Senators not to proceed on the measure, as Secretary of [More]
- 2:31 pm Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Brushing aside a revolt spurred by a small group of newly elected lawmakers, House Democrats voted Wednesday afternoon to elevate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the position of Speaker in the 116th Congress, as Pelosi locked up extra support by agreeing to a series of rules changes in the House, making it easier for bipartisan legislation to the reach the floor of the House. The full House will vote on her nomination in January.
“It was so inspiring to hear my colleagues place my name in nomination,” said Pelosi, as she was flanked by other top Democrats following [More]
- 4:00 am Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With less than a month before Christmas – and ten days until funding runs out for a chunk of the federal government – Congressional leaders are racing to cut deals on everything from general spending to farm policy, reforms to the criminal justice system, a package of temporary tax breaks, and a showdown over the high profile issue of how much to spend on security along the southern border.
“We’re trying to get the President the money he would like for the wall, that’s part of the year-end spending discussion,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, as reporters pressed [More]
- 10:26 pm Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After three weeks of depressing results from close races in the U.S. House, Republicans on Tuesday got a dose of good news as Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a special Senate runoff election, defeating ex-Rep. Mike Espy (R-MS), and giving Republicans a three seat majority in the 116th Congress which begins in January.
Hyde-Smith’s victory came a day after both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence went to Mississippi to make last minute campaign appearances, a state where one recent poll showed the President’s approval rating almost 20 points above his national average.
“Donald Trump has a 56% approval [More]
- 2:21 pm Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after expressing his disappointment with an announcement by General Motors to shutter automobile production plants in Ohio and Michigan, President Donald Trump and a top White House economic official on Tuesday publicly threatened to strip the automaker of any government subsidies.
“We’re going to be looking at certain subsidies regarding electric cars and others,” said White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, as he complained that GM was planning to build electric cars in China, rather than in the United States.
“Obviously there is a lot of disappointment and even anger,” Kudlow said of the GM layoffs, though he downplayed the [More]
- 9:10 pm Monday, November 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The 2018 mid-term Congressional election catastrophe for Republicans in the state of California may not be over, as three weeks after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) has seen his re-election lead evaporate, with the latest vote counts showing a narrow edge for his Democratic challenger T.J. Cox, giving Democrats the chance to gain 40 seats in the U.S. House.
In new figures released by Kern County on Monday, Cox erased what had been a 447 vote lead for Valadao as of last week, turning that into an advantage of 436 votes for the Democrats in California’s 21st Congressional district.
If that [More]