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Senate sets votes Thursday on rival plans to end partial shutdown

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With no evidence that President Donald Trump’s weekend speech on immigration and a border wall had changed the dynamic in Congress related to a partial government shutdown, Senate leaders set a pair of votes on competing plans from Democrats and Republicans for Thursday afternoon, the first time Senate Republicans have allowed votes to end the shutdown since before Christmas.

“The President’s made a comprehensive and bipartisan offer,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It’s a strong proposal, it’s the only thing on the table.”

“It was not a good faith proposal. It was not intended to end the shutdown,” said [More]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider possible appeal in mystery grand jury case

  • 9:49 am Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to allow an unknown foreign company – owned by an unknown foreign government – to ask the justices to hear a legal challenge to a still-secret federal grand jury subpoena, which could be related to the Special Counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as the High Court released new information about the case and its appeal, indicating the unidentified country is a ‘witness’ in this mystery investigation.

In two simple orders issued by the Justices this morning, the Supreme Court allowed the mystery foreign company to submit documents which would not [More]

GOP unveils 1,301 page plan to end partial government shutdown

  • 9:59 pm Monday, January 21st, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

Two days after President Donald Trump unveiled his compromise plans to provide funding for his border wall in exchange for halting deportations for about 1 million people in the U.S. illegally under a pair of immigration programs, Senate Republicans on Monday night fleshed out the details as they released a 1,301 page bill which would also fully fund the government and end a partial government shutdown which has stretched for a month.

“For the good of the country, I encourage my Democratic colleagues to either join us in passing this legislation or come to the negotiating table with constructive [More]

In escalating shutdown fight, Trump cancels plane for Pelosi overseas trip

  • 2:31 pm Thursday, January 17th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Donald Trump delay his State of the Union Address because of unresolved issues surrounding a partial government shutdown, the President retaliated by scrapping plans by the Speaker to use a military jet to take a group of lawmakers on an overseas trip to NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and then to see U.S. troops Afghanistan, as Mr. Trump said it would be better for Pelosi to stay in the U.S. and negotiate a deal on a border wall.

“In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure [More]

Democrats offer plan to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

  • 3:00 am Thursday, January 17th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree

With the federal minimum wage of $7.25 cents an hour unchanged for ten years, Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan in Congress to more than double that pay rate over a six year period, arguing it’s past time for lawmakers to make it easier for working Americans to earn enough money to support their families.

“President Trump isn’t going to stick up for American workers – we Democrats will,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said to cheers at a U.S. Capitol news conference.

“No person working full-time in America should be living in poverty,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who will lead [More]

Parent company of National Enquirer paid off woman for Trump

  • 4:00 am Thursday, December 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge, prosecutors in New York revealed that the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, American Media Inc., had admitted paying $150,000 to a former Playboy model, in order to insure that her story of an affair with Mr. Trump would not become public before the 2016 election.

“AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential [More]

Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to force a partial government shutdown before Christmas if he doesn’t get $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, Congressional leaders were trying to clear the decks in the House and Senate for a final surge of legislative work in the 115th Congress, in hopes of getting lawmakers out of town before the holidays.

“With maximum cooperation, magic things happen at Christmas,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as he threatened to keep the Senate in session between Christmas and New Year’s in order to finish work for the year.

Hanging over [More]

Before Congress, Google CEO denies partisan bias in search results

  • 11:44 am Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Taking flak from both parties in his first testimony on Capitol Hill, the head of Google denied charges from Republican lawmakers that his company produces politically biased search results, and tussled with other lawmakers worried about the amount of location data taken in by Google from consumers when using the company’s apps and search engine.

GOP lawmakers said too often a simple search about a Republican legislative initiative brings back nothing which would be considered non-partisan.

“Article after article opposing the Republican tax cut,” complained Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), as he joined a series of GOP lawmakers in saying that Google was [More]

Washington pays a final tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

  • 12:30 pm Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The nation’s capital saluted the 41st President of the United States for one final time on Wednesday, with America’s leaders past and present gathering to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94, as Mr. Bush was praised as a family man with a big heart, who will be remembered for much more than what he did in his four years in the White House.

Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, delivered an emotional eulogy, calling his father a patriot for leaving school to go into military service in World War II.

“The horizons [More]

Congress heaps praise on the late President George H.W. Bush

  • 8:57 am Saturday, December 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers in both parties on Saturday mourned the news that former President George H.W. Bush had died at the age of 94, showering the former President in bipartisan praise for a political career which did not embrace some of the raw political battles so often a feature of American political discourse in recent years.

“George H.W. Bush may have been the only person ever elected President of the United States primarily by being nice,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who served as Secretary of Education under the 41st President.

“I learned so much from George H.W. Bush,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), [More]