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No direct answer from White House on future of VA chief

  • 8:08 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Thursday refused to directly say if Veterans Secretary David Shulkin will stay in his post, as the VA chief tried to reassure lawmakers that he remains the right person to carry out Trump Administration plans to improve the quality of care at the VA.

“I’ve pubilcly acknowledged that the distraction that has happened is something I deeply regret,” Shulkin told a House panel on Thursday, as the first question at a budget hearing was about persistent news reports of palace intrigue at the VA.

“I do feel that I have to acknowledge the proverbial elephant in the room,” [More]

Top FBI official says agency “clearly should have done more” on Parkland shooter

  • 12:42 pm Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As students demonstrated around the nation Wednesday over gun violence, a top FBI official acknowledged to Congress that serious mistakes were made in not acting on tips about the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school a month ago, as Congress prepared to take some of the first legislative steps in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We made mistakes here, no question about that,” said FBI Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich, when asked about why tips to an FBI hotline didn’t spark action.

“That said, even had we done everything right, I’m [More]

Tillerson out – Trump will name CIA chief as Secretary of State

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After months of sometimes public disagreements, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, engineering a major shakeup in his own Cabinet, as the President said he and Tillerson simply disagreed on a series of major issues.

In a tweet just before leaving on a trip to California, the President thanked Tillerson for his work, and broke the news of his decision put Pompeo in that top diplomatic post.

The move to get rid of Tillerson came a day after the Secretary of State had pointedly told reporters that Russia [More]

Trump backs arming “highly trained teachers” over school guards to deter future school shootings

  • 8:00 am Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after an emotional meeting with parents and family members to discuss the threat of school shootings in the United States, President Donald Trump on Thursday signaled his strong support for the idea of allowing some teachers and administrators to carry a firearm at schools, in order to form a first line of defense.

“Highly trained, gun adept, teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly, before police arrive,” the President tweeted.

“Far more assets at much less cost than guards,” the President tweeted, as he said undefended schools are a “magnet for bad people.”

“ATTACKS WOULD END!” the President added. “GREAT DETERRENT!”

In a [More]

President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

  • 8:33 pm Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A week after giving the green light to a memo written by Republicans in Congress which raised questions about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump on Friday refused to release a rebuttal memo from Democrats, raising questions about details in the document.

“Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” wrote White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

“The hypocrisy is on full display,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “What does the President [More]

House passes sweeping GOP tax reform bill as focus shifts to Senate

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a major legislative victory for Republicans and President Trump, the House on Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, sending the plan to an uncertain future in the Senate, which will try to vote on its own version of tax changes after Thanksgiving.

In an afternoon tweet, the President called it a ‘big step toward fulfilling our promise” on tax cuts, and that was echoed by GOP lawmakers in the House.

“A historic day,” said Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), as cheering broke out on the House floor as the vote count went over a majority for the bill, [More]

Looking back at Princess Diana’s funeral – 20 years later

  • 2:00 am Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Twenty years later, it still seems hard to believe that I was in London to cover the funeral of Princess Diana. And thinking back about those days after her death, I am still struck by one thing in the streets of London – the silence. Walking alongside Diana’s funeral procession, through the crowds that gathered outside of Buckingham Palace, in the throngs that ringed Westminster Abbey, the silence was broken mainly only in one way – by the sound of people crying, overcome with the emotion of the moment.

“All along the funeral route, there was silence, even though [More]

Republican tax reform plan may be limited by GOP budget

  • 6:00 am Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be ‘budget neutral,’ which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain Congressional approval.

Deep in the fine print of the budget resolution for next year, the Republican plan allows for a tax reform bill under budget reconciliation, “if such measure would not increase the deficit for the total of fiscal [More]

Attorney General Sessions testimony – as it happens

  • 2:26 pm Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Amid questions about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on Capitol Hill before the Senate Intelligence Committee, getting a chance to tell his side of the story in a public session, as Sessions told his former colleagues in no uncertain terms that he did not collude with Russia or have knowledge of any Russian election meddling.

Here is a rundown of today’s hearing:

5:06 pm – Chairman Burr asks Sessions to go back and see if he can work with the White House to allow [More]

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

  • 5:51 pm Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, stemming from what the Justice Department labeled as his mishandling of the investigation into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Comey’s termination came as he was leading a probe into possible collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia, centering on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Just yesterday in a tweet, the President had called the probe a “total hoax.”

“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning [More]