- 5:30 pm Friday, October 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Along with dozens of photos and tweets of encouragement to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc also sent out threatening messages on Twitter to some of those he allegedly targeted with suspected explosive devices in recent days, embracing conspiracy theories about the Parkland school shooting, as well as directly threatening members of the news media.
One of the Twitter accounts used by Sayoc – @hardrock2016 – had a name of Cesar Altieri – the FBI criminal affidavit filed against Sayoc says that was his middle name.
A second Twitter account – @hardrockintlent – utilized [More]
- 4:01 pm Saturday, October 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, capping an intense political battle which touched on everything from simple political differences over the role of the judiciary, to explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge.
The outcome was a huge political victory for President Trump, who has now put two Justices on the Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh will join Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate in April 2017.
Republicans said the confirmation of [More]
- 11:06 am Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With the final outcome still unclear, the Senate on Friday morning narrowly voted to force an end to debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, clearing the way for a final vote as soon as Saturday, as both parties continued to trade verbal barbs over the controversial nomination process for President Donald Trump’s pick to take a seat on the high court.
“It’s time to vote,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said bluntly, as he spent more time in his final remarks before the cloture vote slamming the actions of Democrats during the confirmation process, rather than talking [More]
- 8:54 pm Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
His nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court hanging by a thread in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday night that his testimony a week ago before Senators had been overly emotional at points, admitting, “I said a few things I should not have said.”
“The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution,” Kavanaugh wrote in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
In his op-ed – a rare move for a Supreme Court nominee, just like his interview with Fox News a week earlier – Kavanaugh did not explicitly [More]
- 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Even as Senators traded increasingly acidic charges over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both parties joined together on Wednesday afternoon to easily approve a sweeping bill designed to address the opioid epidemic, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.
“This legislation is a turning point,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “It is a glimmer of hope.”
In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Portman described going to a funeral in recent days for the son of a friend who had overdosed on opioids, as lawmakers in both parties struggle for answers to deal with the [More]
- 10:00 pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by Democrats to sink the Kavanaugh nomination.
“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec.
The White House also released a statement from Kavanaugh, [More]
- 7:19 am Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Even as lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee over the terms of her possible testimony later this week, a series of possible corroborating witnesses did not back up Ford’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a party in the 1980’s, raising questions about her explosive claims which have delayed consideration of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
“Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary [More]
- 9:12 am Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With confidence growing among Republicans in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh is back on Capitol Hill for a third day of hearings on his nomination by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court, as GOP Senators argue that Kavanaugh is a properly tempered jurist to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, while Democrats contend Kavanaugh will tip the balance of the court too far to the conservative side.
The first day of questions for Kavanaugh stretched for over twelve hours, finally ending after 10 pm on Wednesday night. This second day of Q&A will be shorter, as Senators [More]
- 8:00 am Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The fireworks began immediately as Senate Confirmation hearings got underway today for President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democrats protested how documents had been withheld, and denounced a Labor Day dump of some 42,000 pages of Kavanaugh materials last night.
The hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee had barely started when Democrats repeatedly interrupted the Chairman of the panel, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), as demonstrators erupted in the audience, with Capitol Police hauling out multiple people as they yelled and shouted at Senators.
Stick with us today as we try to [More]