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Fight over LGBT rights derails House budget work

  • 12:37 pm Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. House on Thursday defeated a spending bill dealing with domestic energy and water programs, as GOP conservatives rebelled against a provision added by Democrats that would bar discrimination by federal contractors against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.

The vote was 305-112 against the underlying $37 billion spending measure, raising questions as to whether Congress will again fail to pass the dozen yearly spending bills to fund the operations of the federal government.

“It’s unfortunate, because this is a very good bill,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, as he blamed Democrats for playing politics.

“What we just learned today is that Democrats [More]

AP declares Trump the GOP winner

  • 10:43 am Thursday, May 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The Associated Press on Thursday officially declared Donald Trump the winner of the Republican race for President, reporting that Trump has now secured the support of enough delegates to gain more than a majority at the GOP convention in Cleveland.

The bulletin for news organizations came two days after Trump had won at least 41 delegates in a primary in Washington State.

How did the AP get to this figure?

What they did was combine the number of pledged delegates that Trump has already won – that is over 1,100 – and added to it other unbound delegates who had told the AP [More]

Watchdog: Clinton refused to answer email questions

  • 1:31 pm Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

A new report from the internal watchdog at the State Department says that Hillary Clinton refused a request to be interviewed about her controversial email setup while she was Secretary of State, and that seven of her top aides from that time period also spurned an official request to answer questions.

“Through her counsel, Secretary Clinton declined OIG’s request for an interview,” the State Department’s Office of Inspector General reported.

But a footnote in the report showed seven other State Department employees who worked in high level positions under Clinton also refused to talk:

Republicans jumped on the fact that she refused to [More]

GOP moves to temper House attacks on Trump

  • 7:03 pm Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Using a rule governing decorum in debate that was originally put in place by Democrats during the 1992 election to stave off Republican attacks on Bill Clinton, Republicans in Congress moved on Tuesday to temper Democratic speeches on the House floor that featured attacks on Donald Trump.

“Mr. Trump, you’re supposed to be rooting for the American people, not rooting against them,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), as Ryan and other House Democrats jumped on statements that Trump had made ten years ago about the U.S. housing crisis, quotes which now were starring in a Hillary Clinton advertisement.

The audio of Trump [More]

Sanders asks for Kentucky primary vote review

  • 1:23 pm Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

With the May 17 Democratic Primary in Kentucky still not official, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has asked election officials in the Bluegrass State to do a basic review of the vote totals from that night, to see if Hillary Clinton’s narrow lead stands up to scrutiny.

This is not a request for a full recount – but rather what is known as a “recanvass” – as Kentucky officials will now review the vote totals from the 120 counties in the Bluegrass State to make sure all the numbers add up properly.

Here was the announcement from the Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Grimes.

Grimes [More]

Trump heads back on the road

  • 9:17 pm Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Three weeks after a convincing win in Indiana that knocked his last two rivals out of the GOP race, Donald Trump gets back in campaign mode on Tuesday, kicking off a four day, three state trip that will take him to some of the final states in the 2016 primary race.

Trump will start his trip in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wednesday he holds a rally in Anaheim, California, then goes to Billings, Montana on Thursday, before returning to California for a rally in San Diego on Friday.

The Washington Post reported on Monday evening that Trump’s stop in Albuquerque would also include [More]

Sanders pushes Clinton like it’s 2008

  • 9:10 pm Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After enjoying the months and months of battles among the many Republicans running for President, Democrats have now watched how the end of the GOP race has instead turned the focus more on the electoral battle in their own party, as Bernie Sanders shows no signs of giving in anytime soon to Hillary Clinton.

“There are six states remaining, and I hope by the end of this nominating process we will win at least half or more of the states in our country,” Sanders told a cheering crowd in Vallejo, California, as he argued his campaign would do the best against [More]

House votes to limit Confederate flags in VA cemeteries

  • 12:05 pm Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The House on Thursday voted to block most displays of the Confederate battle flag at cemeteries run by the Veterans Administration, as 84 Republicans joined with all but one Democrat to push through a plan that had derailed federal budget work a year ago in the Congress.

“Why in the year 2016 are we still condoning displays of this hateful symbol on our sacred national cemeteries?” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), who stood on the floor after midnight on Wednesday night to offer his amendment.

“Symbols like the Confederate battle flag have meaning,” Huffman argued.

The plan still lets small flags be placed [More]

Feds: Mickelson used insider stock tip to pay off gambling debts

  • 11:06 am Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The name of acclaimed pro golfer Phil Mickelson surfaced in an insider trading case filed Thursday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, as the feds accused Mickelson of using a insider stock tip from a bookie to make almost a million dollars, then using the money to pay off his gambling debts.

Mickelson was named as a “relief defendant” in the case, which means he was not formally charged with any wrongdoing – though the details seem certain to raise questions about his gambling habits and more.

Soon after the charges were announced, Mickelson agreed to repay the money that he had [More]

House, Senate take different paths on Zika

  • 6:23 am Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Not only are Democrats and Republicans on different pages about legislation dealing with the Zika virus, but the House and Senate are approving much different measures this week, raising the possibility that nothing may be approved by lawmakers before they leave town later this month for a Memorial Day break.

The House on Wednesday night – over stern opposition from Democrats – approved a $622 million Zika plan drawn up by Republicans, as the GOP ignored a veto threat leveled by the White House.

Democrats and President Obama have requested $1.9 billion – this House GOP plan would provide about a third [More]

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