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Clock ticks on VP choices

  • 9:39 pm Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Imagine that you are a top adviser to Donald Trump and/or Hillary Clinton. The Republican National Convention begins in less than three weeks. The Democratic National Convention is the next week. When do you roll out your choice for VP?

Looking at the calendar, one would think that doing something before the July Fourth weekend might not be the best idea – lots of people simply unplug from the news and spend more time by the pool or the barbeque.

Over the years, we’ve seen some candidates pick their VP just before a convention starts, like Bob Dole picking [More]

CIA mission in Benghazi remains a mystery

  • 11:13 pm Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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The final House Republican report on the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans does not flesh out one unknown part of this story – what exactly was the CIA up to in Benghazi, and why did they have security personnel already on the ground in that Libyan city on the night of the attack.

One of the theories has been that the CIA was running some type of covert arms operation, maybe funneling arms to allies in Syria, as the Obama Administration tried to gain traction inside Libya and elsewhere in the Islamic world.

The report released on Tuesday refers only [More]

Benghazi report does not focus on Clinton

  • 11:31 am Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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As Republicans on a special committee in the U.S. House rolled out their long awaited report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, GOP lawmakers mainly took aim at security missteps by the Obama Administration, and for the most part avoided Hillary Clinton, setting out no new allegations against the former Secretary of State.

A press release detailing some of the “many new revelations” in the Benghazi investigation only mentioned Clinton’s name one time:

Asked by several reporters what the bottom line is on Clinton from the Benghazi probe, panel chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) refused to [More]

Trump still faces some grumbling – in Kansas

  • 10:11 pm Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Wichita, Kansas –

It might seem ridiculous that a Red State like Kansas could be in play in the 2016 race for President, but after spending the last week in the Sunflower State, it wasn’t hard to find parallels with the current state of the Republican Party and how some party officials and GOP voters still aren’t fully embracing Donald Trump.

This was a state that went easily to Ted Cruz in an early March caucus, as Trump was trounced across Kansas, and lost by a wide margin here in this state’s biggest city.

Even with that, Trump should be [More]

Senate hits gridlock on guns

  • 6:51 pm Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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As expected, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening hit gridlock on competing plans from Democrats and Republicans to respond to the nightclub attack in Orlando that killed 49 people, as Senators voted mainly along party lines as each side blocked a pair of plans put forward by the other.

“We can’t continue to do nothing,” complained Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who put forward a plan to stop those on the no-fly list from buying a gun, but watched it fall short of the 60 votes needed for action in the Senate.

“My Republican friends do nothing – that’s the cold, hard truth,” [More]

Trump campaign manager out

  • 10:23 am Monday, June 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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After weeks of internal battles over who would call the shots in Donald Trump’s campaign for President, Trump today announced that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was out, a surprise shakeup just four weeks before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

In a statement to news organizations, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks offered few details on why Lewandowski was being let go, saying only that “Lewandowski will no longer be working with the campaign.”

Hicks added that Trump was also grateful for his “hard work and dedication.”

Lewandowski had been a controversial figure for months, after physically restraining a female [More]

Senate may gridlock on guns

  • 10:43 pm Sunday, June 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The deadlock in Congress over guns may be on full display Monday evening on Capitol Hill, as four different plans – two from each party – could run aground, both sides basically staying in their partisan corners on the legislative response to mass shootings and terrorism in the aftermath of the attack on a nightclub in Orlando.

For Democrats, while they know they are short on votes to push forward with gun control measures in the House and Senate, they feel like their effort is one that will win them votes for November.

For now, just a handful of Republicans have joined [More]

Trump tries to keep lid on deposition video

  • 8:46 pm Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Lawyers for Donald Trump have told a federal court in California that a videotaped deposition of the real estate mogul in a lawsuit about Trump University should not be made public, arguing the release of the video would create a ‘media frenzy.’

“The need to prevent such “sensationalism” is particularly acute here because of Mr. Trump’s unique circumstances in running for President of the United States,” Trump’s legal team argued earlier this week.

“Undoubtedly, these videos will also will be used by the media and others in connection with the presidential campaign,” Trump’s lawyers said.

Among the news media outlets looking to get [More]

GOP continues awkward embrace of Trump

  • 1:20 pm Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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The shotgun marriage between many GOP lawmakers in the Congress and Donald Trump was on full display again today, as Speaker Paul Ryan alternately kept his distance and continued to stick with Trump, even as the Speaker once again frankly admitted he’s not on the same page as his party’s presumptive nominee on a number of issues.

Asked at his weekly news conference if he was thinking about backing off his endorsement of Trump, Ryan wouldn’t close the door on that possibility, saying only, “That’s not my plan, I don’t have a plan to do that.”

“Look, we’re going to agree to [More]

CIA sees expanded Islamic State threat

  • 10:05 am Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Just days after the nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people, the Director of the CIA told Congress that despite gains on the ground against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, that group has been able to successfully extend its terror reach around the world and presents a major threat to U.S. and Western interests.

“Our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged, testifying at a rare public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“The numbers of ISIL fighters now far exceeds what Al Qaeda had at its height,” Brennan [More]

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