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Echoes of Thomas-Hill as Senate sets hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser

  • 8:21 pm Monday, September 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Nearly 27 years after the nation watched Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas testify in a special hearing about sexual misconduct allegations which endangered a U.S. Supreme Court nomination, the U.S. Senate will hold another politically explosive showdown, as Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify next Monday in public before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), as Ford stepped forward over the weekend to accuse Kavanaugh of a drunken sexual assault during a party, [More]

Trump stands by Kavanaugh, chides Democrats over last minute allegations

  • 4:02 pm Monday, September 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Senators in both parties called for additional hearings into questions about possible sexual misconduct involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Monday expressed his strong support for the federal appeals court judge, chiding Democrats for springing allegations of sexual misconduct at the eleventh hour.

“This is something that should have been brought up long before this,” the President told reporters during a White House photo op.

While Mr. Trump did not comment directly on the charge made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh had committed a sexual assault on her during a party when they were teenagers [More]

White House opens door to new hearings with Kavanaugh, accuser

  • 8:57 am Monday, September 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A top aide to President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of further Senate hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, as Democrats demanded that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford be allowed to tell her story, in which she accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a party in the early 1980’s, a charge he vehemently denied in a new statement issued on Monday morning.

“This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored,” Conway said this morning on the Fox News program Fox and Friends, and then repeated the same to a gaggle of reporters [More]

GOP Senators defend Kavanaugh, but open to hearing from accuser

  • 8:06 pm Sunday, September 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While standing behind federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, some Republican Senators said Sunday that they were open to the idea of hearing from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during a party when they were teenagers in the 1980’s.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he “would gladly listen” to Ford, as some Democrats called for a Thursday vote of that panel on Kavanaugh’s nomination to be delayed.

“If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford it should be done immediately [More]

What the Manafort guilty plea might mean for the Mueller probe

  • 3:00 am Saturday, September 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Special Counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller took a big step forward on Friday, as former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort plead guilty to two criminal charges, and more importantly agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced as a ‘witch hunt.’

Manafort had already been convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud in an earlier federal trial in Virginia; his trial in Washington, D.C. was to begin next week, focused on allegations that he failed to disclose his foreign lobbying work, money laundering, and false statements to government agencies.

Now [More]

Manafort pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with Mueller probe

  • 11:58 am Friday, September 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a major step forward for the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort plead guilty to two charges in a federal court Friday, as prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Manafort had agreed to cooperate with the investigation, and had already started providing information to investigators.

“I plead guilty,” Manafort said to federal judge Amy Berman Jackson.

In a cooperation agreement with the Special Counsel’s office, Manafort is required to testify about any subject that the Special Counsel’s office is reviewing.

“Your client shall cooperate fully, truthfully, and forthrightly with the [More]

Federal deficit jumps by $214 billion in August

  • 3:59 pm Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal deficit increased by $214 billion in the month of August, pushing the yearly deficit for Uncle Sam to $898 billion, as with one month left in the fiscal year, this could be the largest yearly amount of red ink for the feds since 2012.

August was the fourth straight month that total federal revenues coming in to Uncle Sam were down from a year ago, as the federal government brought in $219 billion in receipts, but sent out almost twice that in August, a total of $433 billion in spending.

The deficit for all [More]

As trio of spending bills advance, Congress still faces shutdown threat

  • 7:13 pm Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With funding for the federal government running out at the end of September, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved a three bill package of spending measures for 2019, as key lawmakers acknowledged that the Congress would again fail to approve all twelve funding bills by an October 1 deadline, which will force action later this month on a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown.

“We have a long way to go but we’re getting there,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as Senators in both parties voiced their support for extra work done [More]

As Florence looms, Trump gives himself ‘A-pluses’ on hurricane response

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Hurricane Florence poised to slam into the Carolinas in the next two days, President Donald Trump said said again on Wednesday that his administration had done an A-plus job in responding to hurricanes that ravaged Texas and Florida in 2017, as he again defended how the feds dealt with extensive damage to the U.S. island of Puerto Rico.

“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida,” the President said in an early morning tweet, adding that his administration “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico.”

“I think, in a certain way, the best job we [More]

Hurricane Florence forces President Trump off the campaign trail

  • 12:38 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump’s plans to hold campaign rallies in two states this week have been put on hold, as the White House and the federal government move to marshal resources to deal with the threat from Hurricane Florence.

The President was scheduled to headline a rally on Friday night in Jackson, Mississippi, but that was scratched on Monday – now a second rally in Missouri which was set for Thursday night has also been postponed.

In a statement, the campaign of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) said she understood the President’s decision to cancel.

“Mississippi residents understand what it’s like to prepare for, endure [More]