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Trump lashes out at Mueller, Comey, McCabe, over Russia probe

  • 8:44 am Sunday, March 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Continuing to attack the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and any links to his campaign, President Donald Trump on Sunday went on Twitter to directly question the veracity of former top officials of the FBI, accusing them of lying, and making up information to use against him in the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation.

As he attacked former FBI Director James Comey, and recently fired top FBI official Andrew McCabe, Mr. Trump appeared to be watching television on Sunday morning, citing one of his favorite Fox News programs, Fox and Friends.

“Wow, watch Comey lie under oath,” the President tweeted [More]

With retirement of acting chief, NASA finds itself in leadership limbo

  • 5:00 am Saturday, March 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After operating for more than a year with a temporary chief, NASA faces an unprecedented leadership bind as its acting Administrator announced this week that he would retire at the end of April, with no hint that the Senate will vote by then on President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the space agency.

“It has been a long process but we are optimistic that the vote will come soon,” said Sheryl Kaufman, the Communications Director for Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

“We hope that happens soon,” said Rep. Bruce Babin (R-TX), as House Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence pressed the Senate for [More]

After new round of Russia sanctions, Congress presses Trump for more

  • 2:51 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While praising the Trump Administration’s move on Thursday to impose sanctions on 19 Russians who have been accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections, lawmakers in both parties said President Donald Trump needs to do even more to punish Moscow for election meddling, mainly to send a message that no type of repeat in the 2018 mid-term elections will be tolerated by the United States.

“We need to do more,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Interference in our elections and active measures to sow divisions and chaos inside our country must be met with swift and severe consequences.

The [More]

Democrats say House GOP leaving much work unfinished in Russia probe

  • 4:00 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced this week that they would wrap up the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Democrats on that panel now say they will also be issuing their own report, releasing a 21 page document detailing what they contend are holes in the GOP investigation, “especially with respect to the issues of collusion and obstruction of justice.”

“The decision to shut down the investigation before key witnesses could be interviewed and vital documentary evidence obtained will prevent us from fully discharging our duty to the House and to the American people,” [More]

Five lessons from Pennsylvania as Democrat holds narrow lead in US House race

  • 11:43 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the election version of March Madness, a closely watched special election for the U.S. House went into overtime on Tuesday night in Pennsylvania, as with almost all of the votes counted in the race, Democrat Conor Lamb held a less than 700 vote lead over GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone, with absentee ballots being counted after midnight and later on Wednesday.

“GOP voters either stayed home or flipped to Lamb. It’s as simple as that,” said political analyst Stu Rothenberg, explaining why the district could be so tight after a 20 point win for President Donald Trump in 2016.

The numbers [More]

Trump says policy differences led him to fire Tillerson as Secretary of State

  • 2:40 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump surprised his allies and critics on Tuesday by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that while the two men worked well together, they did not see eye-to-eye on critical foreign policy questions facing the United States, such as the Iran nuclear deal.

“We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” the President told reporters this morning, specifically noting their differences on how to handle the Iran nuclear deal from the Obama Administration.

“So, we were not really thinking the same,” the President added, saying that he has a “very similar thought process” to that of [More]

Five takeaways from House GOP report clearing Trump on Russia collusion

  • 3:00 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are handing over to Democrats a draft report on the probe into Russian interference in the last election for President, as the GOP found no evidence of any type of coordination or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign, ending what has been a protracted partisan battle on the panel about the Russia investigation.

For President Donald Trump, it was exactly that outcome that he had long been calling for, repeatedly charging that this was nothing but a ‘witch hunt,’ claiming it was sour grapes for Democrats looking to figure out why Hillary Clinton had [More]

House GOP report to find no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

  • 6:39 pm Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee will issue a report in coming weeks that will find no evidence of coordination between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russia in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Democrats denounced the conclusion, accusing the GOP of running an investigation that was incomplete at best.

“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the House GOP stated in a one page release.

In a written statement issued Monday evening, the head of the Russia probe, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) said, “we [More]

Trump to wait on NRA lawsuit over raising gun purchase age

  • 10:18 am Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after the White House announced that a special commission would study the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 years old as a way to stem mass shootings, President Donald Trump said Monday that he would first wait to see how the matter is dealt with in the courts, as the plan is already being challenged in the state of Florida by the National Rifle Association.

“On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting. States are making this decision,” the President tweeted, as he discussed his administration’s [More]

Trump school safety plan won’t include raising minimum age to purchase a firearm

  • 9:44 pm Sunday, March 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Sunday night officially set out the details of what policy changes President Donald Trump would support in the aftermath of a February 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, as the President will back ideas like training for certain teachers and school personnel to carry concealed weapons, and funneling more mental health information into the background check system for gun buyers, but Mr. Trump will not propose more controversial measures such as raising the minimum age for gun purchases.

The idea of raising the gun purchase age from 18 to 21 years – signed into law [More]