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12 weeks to Election Day as four more states hold primaries for Congress

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after November.

Primaries take place on Tuesday in four states: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

No sitting incumbents in the Congress are on upset alert at this point – though there could always be some out-of-the-blue defeat that no one [More]

Indicted GOP Congressman suspends campaign for re-election

  • 10:35 am Saturday, August 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Three days after being charged by federal prosecutors with insider trading and lying to the FBI, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) announced on Saturday that he would end his campaign for another term in the Congress, but because of complicated election laws in the state of New York, it’s possible that his name could remain on the ballot in November.

“After extensive discussions with my family and my friends over the last few days, I have decided that it is in the best interest of my constituents of NY-27, the Republican Party and President Trump’s agenda for me to suspend my campaign [More]

Federal deficit jumps in July by another $77 billion

  • 2:35 pm Friday, August 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

There was more bad budget news from the federal government on Friday, as the Treasury Department reported that the federal government ran a deficit of $76.9 billion in the month of July, with federal revenues down from a year ago, while government spending was up, keeping Fiscal Year 2017 headed in the direction of the largest yearly budget deficit since 2012.

Adding up all the red ink accumulated so far this year, the federal yearly deficit for 2017 stands at $683 billion, already ahead of the total for all of 2016, when it reached $665.8 billion.

For the first ten months of [More]

Review now finished of evidence seized in Michael Cohen raid

  • 7:19 pm Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A Special Master who waded through evidence seized in an April 9 raid on the ex-personal lawyer of President Donald Trump said Thursday that she had finished reviewing documents and other materials that had been the subject of attorney-client privilege claims, keeping some items private, but delivering the vast majority to federal prosecutors for their review.

In a document submitted to a federal judge on Thursday, retired federal judge Barbara Jones said simply, “the Special Master has concluded her review.”

Indicating that all evidence legally available to prosecutors has been handed over, she said one final release of 2,558 items ‘designated “not [More]

In Trump push for Space Force, Congress not yet convinced

  • 1:05 pm Thursday, August 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience on Thursday that a new branch of the military known as the “Space Force” should be set up by 2020, the Congress has yet to approve the creation of such a plan, shrugging off repeated calls by President Donald Trump for a new part of the armed forces.

“Establishing a Space Force is an idea whose time has come,” the Vice President said in a speech.

“What was once peaceful and uncontested, is now crowded and adversarial,” the Vice President added, making the case for a sixth branch of the military to deal [More]

Democrats press ‘culture of corruption’ argument against GOP, Trump

  • 8:33 pm Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As a Republican Congressman from New York was indicted Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI, Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on a throwback political argument which helped them win control of the Congress in 2006, again pressing the case that voters should toss Republicans out of office, arguing the ‘swamp’ is filled by GOP lawmakers and Republican officials who are corrupt.

“The American people deserve better than the GOP’s corruption, cronyism, and incompetence,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, as securities fraud and insider trading charges were unveiled on Wednesday against Rep. Chris Collins [More]

GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to FBI

  • 11:03 am Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In an investigation into investments in an Australian biotech firm, federal prosecutors have charged Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), his son, and his son’s father-in-law with conspiracy and securities fraud, alleging that they used inside information to shield themselves from major financial losses.

Collins, one of the staunchest allies of President Donald Trump in the Congress, was also charged with lying to the FBI during an April 2018 interview, as prosecutors charge that he relayed information about a failed drug trial by the company, Innate Immunotherapuetics.

“While his guilt or innocence is a question for the courts to settle, the allegations [More]

Republicans struggle to hold Ohio GOP seat in Congress

  • 11:43 pm Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a district that President Donald Trump won by 11 points in 2016, Republicans used a late television ad blitz along with help from the President and Vice President, to squeak out an apparent special election victory in a Congressional district in central Ohio on Tuesday, leaving unanswered questions about whether Republicans can keep control of the House and Senate in November.

With 100 of precincts reporting, GOP State Sen. Troy Balderson led by 1,700 votes over Democrat Danny O’Connor; as of late Tuesday night, it still wasn’t clear whether provisional and uncounted absentee ballots could trigger a mandatory recount, if [More]

U.S. to slap 25 percent tariff on $16 billion in Chinese imports

  • 6:23 pm Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Trump Administration on Tuesday took another step forward in a growing trade battle with China, releasing a final list of almost $16 billion in imports which will be hit with 25 percent import tariffs, carrying out President Donald Trump’s pledge to confront China over unfair trade practices, as the President has threatened such tariffs on over $200 billion in Chinese products.

“Customs and Border Protection will begin to collect the additional duties on the Chinese imports on August 23,” the office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced.

The list of 279 different import items is extensive in nature, covering [More]

With 13 weeks to Election Day, Ohio special is big focus today

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As voters go to the polls on this Tuesday for Congressional primaries in four states, the main story line tonight will be a special election for a U.S. House seat in the state of Ohio, as Republicans struggle to hold on to a seat which has been easily in the GOP column for years, as a defeat will be seen as a clear rebuke of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party writ large in a key mid-term election year.

“He’s really tough. He’s really smart. He never stops working,” President Donald Trump said at a Saturday night rally [More]

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