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LIVE UPDATES: On verge of big victory, GOP unveils final tax reform details

  • 5:43 pm Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on Friday evening unveiled the details of a final tax reform compromise, as the drive for approval of a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms gained new momentum, with two key Senators announcing their support for the plan, as party leaders planned final votes in the House and Senate for next week, on the verge of a major political victory.

First, here are the links to the important documents:

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6:20 pm – That deal on state and local taxes is not enough for some Republicans who voted against the original plan, as their districts are home to many people paying [More]

Trump slams FBI, DOJ on Clinton, Russia probes, declares “there is absolutely no collusion”

  • 11:19 am Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Before making remarks for a graduation ceremony at the FBI National Academy, President Donald Trump on Friday denounced the probe of ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign, declaring confidently that there was “absolutely no collusion,” as he again charged that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails was ‘rigged’ in her favor, as he raised questions about institutional bias against him.

“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” the President told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

“But we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Mr. Trump added.

In his five minute [More]

Hammering out the details, GOP tries to corral final votes for tax reform

  • 4:00 am Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans in Congress on Thursday moved to put the finishing touches on a sweeping reform of the federal tax code, though the effort was endangered as a pair of GOP Senators signaled their opposition to a final child tax credit deal, while the health problems of two other GOP Senators also clouded plans for a final vote next week.

“There is no done deal yet from my perspective,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) about the final tax reform bill. “It is not over.”

GOP aides had made clear to reporters on Wednesday that a tentative deal had been reached – even [More]

Embroiled in sexual misconduct probe, Rep. Blake Farenthold R-TX to retire

  • 12:21 pm Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The tide of controversy associated with allegations of sexual harassment that has swept the nation and Capitol Hill, forced another lawmaker in the U.S. House to leave his job, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) announced on Thursday that he would not run for re-election in 2018, acknowledging that his staff management had been “decidedly unprofessional.”

“I had no idea how to run a Congressional office,” Farenthold said in a Facebook video.

“I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional,” the Texas Republican added.

While Farenthold said he had allowed ‘destructive gossip, off-hand comments, [More]

Rosenstein defends Mueller probe, as Republicans express outrage over FBI texts

  • 8:56 pm Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Under fire from Republicans, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, warding off repeated questions from GOP lawmakers who charge that Mueller has assembled a group of senior officials who were pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump.

“Have you seen ‘good cause’ to fire Special Counsel Mueller?” Rosenstein was asked early in a lengthy hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

“No,” Rosenstein answered, as he stuck to that observation throughout the hearing, leaving GOP lawmakers aggravated.

“This is unbelievable,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who chastised Rosenstein just like the Ohio Republican demanded more information last week from [More]

Doug Jones spins upset over Roy Moore in US Senate race in Alabama

  • 11:00 pm Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Democrats in Alabama and Washington, D.C. celebrated an upset on Tuesday night, as Doug Jones won a narrow victory for U.S. Senate over controversial Republican nominee Roy Moore, giving Democrats their first big election victory since Donald Trump became President, and cutting the GOP majority in the Senate to a narrow one seat advantage.

“Congratulations Senator-elect Doug Jones!” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter. “I look forward to working with you.”

A big turnout by African-American voters seemed to be one key to the Jones victory in the Yellowhammer State, along with a lower than expected turnout in [More]

Democratic women in Congress take aim at Trump over misconduct allegations

  • 1:17 pm Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Trading barbs with President Donald Trump via Twitter on Tuesday, women Democrats demanded that Congress investigate past claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the President during the 2016 campaign, as several lawmakers took the extra step of asking for Mr. Trump’s resignation.

“President Trump should resign. But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has emerged as the leader of efforts to pressure the President on the issue of past allegations.

Mr. Trump lobbed a Twitter barb directly at the New York Democrat on Tuesday morning, labeling her a “lightweight” and “total flunky.”

Gillibrand answered back, saying [More]

Capitol Hill waits to see if Roy Moore wins in Alabama

  • 7:04 am Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama.

As Senators arrived for their first vote of the week on Monday evening, Republicans ran a gauntlet of reporters asking a simple question – will Roy Moore soon be in the U.S. Senate?

“I don’t know,” said Sen. Richard [More]

White House spars with reporters over Trump accusers, fake news

  • 3:23 pm Monday, December 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a spirited series of exchanges in the White House Briefing Room, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders batted away questions about women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the past, as Sanders ripped the news media for misleading stories on other subjects.

“The President has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations,” Sanders said in the first of a number of questions about the subject.

Three of the women who have alleged sexual misconduct urged Congress on Monday to investigate the claims against the President. The White House basically countered that it was old [More]

Five things to watch for in Congress this week

  • 3:00 am Monday, December 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With two weeks until Christmas, the to-do list is a long one for the Congress, as GOP lawmakers try to finish work on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, fund the government into 2018, and look to deal with a number of other contentious issues that have eluded lawmakers and the White House, but it’s not clear how much the House and Senate will be able to accomplish before going home for the holidays

“If things don’t get done, we are going to have quite a catastrophe,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), one of many GOP lawmakers who remain [More]

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