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Trump tweet creates storm over 2017 hurricane response in Puerto Rico

  • 10:57 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Hurricane Florence took aim at the Carolinas on Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll on the island of Puerto Rico in a political bid to embarrass him, casting it as nothing more than an effort to question Trump Administration relief efforts to that U.S. territory.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” the President said in a tweet, saying the numbers were inflated for a specific reason.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible,” the President tweeted.

On [More]

Illegal crossings of southern border surge in August

  • 3:49 pm Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration reported new figures Wednesday which showed a new surge in the number of illegal immigrants detained by U.S. border authorities, highlighted by a sharp increase in the number of families trying to illegally enter the United States.

Figures released by the Customs and Border Patrol agency showed 46,560 people were apprehended in August – up 17 percent from July, and up more than 50 percent from August of 2017.

The number of families stopped at the border was almost 16,000 – and according to federal officials – that was one of the highest figures ever recorded.

Initially, border crossings [More]

Trump cancels scheduled 2019 pay raise for federal civilian workers

  • 1:34 pm Thursday, August 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a surprise move, President Donald Trump told Congressional leaders on Thursday that he was canceling a scheduled 2.1 percent pay increase for civilian federal workers in 2019, saying the move is needed to deal with rising federal deficits.

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course,” the President wrote in a letter to the House and Senate. “I view the increases that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.”

Mr. Trump is not only canceling a scheduled increase in pay, but also what’s known as ‘locality pay increases,’ which go to federal workers who live in [More]

Five lawmakers facing legal or ethical questions in November

  • 8:31 am Saturday, August 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With just over ten weeks until the 2018 elections, a series of legal and ethical questions are dogging a small group of lawmakers in both parties in the Congress, ranging from outright criminal indictments to accusations of domestic abuse, past legal troubles, and some election dirty tricks that may have crossed the line into illegal election activity.

Here’s a look at some of the lawmakers who are dealing with more than just the regular question of whether they can get their supporters out to vote in November:

1. Rep. Chris Collins R-NY. Indicted in early August on charges of [More]

Speaker Ryan opposes GOP bid to impeach Rosenstein

  • 1:10 pm Thursday, July 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Breaking with a group of more conservative GOP lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that he did not support an effort unveiled last night to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as Ryan argued that despite concerns over cooperation from the Justice Department, the dispute did not merit such a constitutional showdown.

“Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein? No, I do not,” Ryan said at a news conference, just before House members went home for an extended summer break which will run until after Labor Day.

“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process, or with this [More]

House conservatives unveil impeachment resolution against Rosenstein

  • 8:32 pm Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A small group of Republicans in the House on Wednesday evening filed an impeachment resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charging that the top Justice Department official had repeatedly not cooperated and refused to share documents with Congressional investigators, as the more conservative GOP lawmakers argued it was time to ‘hold him accountable.’

“The stonewalling over this last year has been just as bad or worse than under the Obama administration,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who filed the impeachment articles on the House floor.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough,” said Rep. Jim Jordan [More]

FBI releases declassified Carter Page FISA applications

  • 7:02 pm Saturday, July 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday released a highly redacted copy of the application made by the bureau to a special intelligence court, asking to establish surveillance in the fall of 2016 on Carter Page, a one-time foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, showing officials feared that Page was working with Russia to undermine the Presidential election.

“The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian Government,” the document states – interrupted by redactions – but then continues, “undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election in violation of criminal [More]

With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

  • 12:36 pm Monday, July 16th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After several hours of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Donald Trump on Monday called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections a ‘disaster,’ as he seemingly rejected the findings of his own intelligence organizations, accepting the word of Putin that Russia did not meddle in the last campaign for President, and making the case that the investigation had undermined relations between the two countries.

“President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a joint news conference. “I will say this – I don’t see any reason why it would [More]

Trump sets July 9 date to announce Supreme Court pick

  • 8:49 pm Friday, June 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he plans to make his announcement of a choice for U.S. Supreme Court on the Monday after July Fourth, a move which should set in motion Senate confirmation hearings in August, followed by a full Senate debate and vote after Labor Day, getting a new Justice installed before the Court’s new term begins on the First Monday in October.

“Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it,” the President said aboard Air Force One, on the [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]