- 4:19 pm Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
After just over two years in office, President Donald Trump’s White House has clearly decided that the televised White House briefing – a regular staple since Bill Clinton came into office – is no longer needed, as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has not formally taken questions from reporters at the podium in the Brady Briefing Room in over a month.
“I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!” President Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Before the briefings became a daily televised event in the Clinton Administration, White House briefings were mainly what’s known as ‘pen and pad’ gatherings – [More]
- 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]
- 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.
- 9:08 pm Monday, January 21st, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With no evidence that a quick resolution is in sight for a partial government shutdown spurred by a dispute over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall, federal agencies have started helping their workers apply for unemployment benefits in a bid to ease the financial pain of the shutdown, as more than 800,000 federal workers face the prospect of missing a second paycheck at the end of this week, with little evidence that Congress will forge a bipartisan solution to end this increasingly bitter political brawl.
“Take this form with you if you go to file a claim,” states a document [More]
- 5:03 pm Monday, January 21st, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With no end in sight to the partial government shutdown, and the possibility that 800,000 federal workers will miss another paycheck at the end of this week, the Trump Administration reported Monday that ‘unscheduled absences’ by TSA airport screeners hit 10 percent on Sunday, with that number jumping over the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, as security screeners continue to work without pay because of a battle between the President and Democrats in Congress over funding for a border wall.
“TSA experienced a national rate of 10 percent of unscheduled absences compared to a 3.1 percent rate one year [More]
- 4:45 pm Sunday, January 20th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
A day after offering Democrats a compromise designed to break an almost month-long impasse over border security funding, which has idled hundreds of thousands of federal government workers as a result of a partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that his plans amounted to ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants, as he pressed Democrats to accept the deal.
“Amnesty is not a part of my offer,” the President wrote in one of a series of Sunday posts on Twitter about his Saturday afternoon speech, which basically offered temporary protection from deportation for about 1 million illegal immigrants, in exchange for [More]
- 4:35 pm Saturday, January 19th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
With a partial government shutdown extending into a fifth week, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered a deal to Democrats on immigration, setting out a plan which provides $5.7 billion for border security measures which he wants – with some of that money going to build a border wall – in exchange for temporary protection for two different classes of immigrants in the United States, an exchange which was quickly labeled a non-starter by top Democrats in Congress.
“I am here today to break the logjam,” Mr. Trump said in his speech, as he said his new plan would be voted [More]
- 6:53 pm Friday, January 18th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
After yet another day which featured no hints of progress in ending a funding fight that has to a partial government shutdown taking paychecks away from over 800,000 federal workers, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he would make a ‘major announcement’ on Saturday about his push to get money to build a wall along the Mexican border, which has led to an ongoing standoff with Democrats in Congress.
“I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown,” the President wrote on Twitter, giving no details about what he might [More]
- 7:44 am Friday, January 18th, 2019 by Jamie Dupree
Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate went home for a federal holiday weekend with no hints of any deal in a continuing dispute over President Donald Trump’s demand for money to build his border wall, as Democrats in the House vowed more votes on bills to end a funding lapse which started before Christmas, while Senate Republicans continued to refuse to hold any votes before there’s a deal on border funding with the President.
“I feel like this has been a wasted week,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), a key Senate ally of President Trump, who like other lawmakers saw [More]
- 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]