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Governors gather amid uncertainty on future of Obama health law

  • 8:23 am Saturday, February 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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As the nation’s Governors assemble in Washington, D.C. this weekend for their annual winter meeting, not all Republicans are united behind a big drive in the Congress to repeal the Obama health law, as some in the GOP are worried about what would change with Medicaid and the coverage provided to millions of low income Americans.

“I’m very optimistic that the President heard my concerns about the Affordable Care Act,” said Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), who went a day early to D.C. to meet with President Trump at the White House and raise issues about efforts to repeal and replace the [More]

Trump, White House stir Friday feud with news media

  • 2:50 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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President Donald Trump drew loud cheers as he denounced the news media at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday outside Washington, as the White House scrapped with reporters over a stories related to Russia in the morning, and then barred certain news organizations from an afternoon briefing with the Press Secretary.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the “enemy of the people,” and they are, they are the enemy of the people,” the President said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m against the people that make up stories make up sources,” as Mr. Trump said that reporters [More]

Trump at CPAC: “The era of empty talk is over”

  • 11:12 am Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, declaring that his 2016 win was a “victory was a victory and a win for conservative values,” and taking a fresh round of shots at the news media.

“The era of empty talk is over,” the President said, in a line that could well be part of a speech to a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday night, February 28.

In today’s address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr. Trump [More]

In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

  • 6:58 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana use.

“I think there’s a big difference between that (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

“I think when you see something like the opiod addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” as Spicer [More]

Trump vows to increase deportations, starting with “bad dudes”

  • 1:56 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Two days after rolling out brand new guidelines for deporting people who are illegally in the United States, President Trump vowed on Thursday to follow through on his promise to more strictly enforce existing immigration laws, starting with those immigrants who have committed crimes in the U.S., though a top Trump Cabinet member denied there would be any “mass deportations.”

“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, at a rate that nobody has ever seen before,” Mr. Trump told a group of manufacturing CEO’s at the White House.

“And they’re the bad ones,” the President added.

Mr. Trump referred to the [More]

White House delays issuing new travel order until next week

  • 8:57 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The Trump Administration has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries, as the White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original order in court, even while releasing a new one.

A White House official told reporters on Wednesday that the new order would come out ‘sometime next week’ – twice already this month, President Trump has made that same assurance to reporters, but nothing has yet been issued.

The White House gave no [More]

Military officials blame Trump hiring freeze for cuts in child care services

  • 1:30 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government as a way to save taxpayer dollars, that move was being directly blamed by some military officials for a reduction in child care services at two Army bases, but a Pentagon spokesman said those service cuts may have been mistaken and unnecessary.

“This closure is a result of staff shortage due to the Federal Hiring Freeze,” read a notice sent to military families at the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany, where officials scrapped part-day child care programs for kids, because of [More]

Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor will need Senate confirmation

  • 10:02 am Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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While President Donald Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor has drawn praise from both political parties, the Trump Administration will have to jump over one more hurdle to put McMaster in that job on a permanent basis, because as a high-ranking military officer, he actually needs the Senate to sign off on his job change.

Normally, the position of National Security Advisor – more technically known as “Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs” – does not require Senate confirmation.

But, because President Trump picked an active duty officer who is a three or [More]

What’s next on the new Trump Administration enforcement plans on illegal immigration

  • 7:22 pm Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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While the Trump Administration has now set in motion new guidelines to be used by border and immigration agents in dealing with the detention and removal of people who are in the United States illegally, there could still be hurdles for the President’s plan to more thoroughly enforce existing U.S. immigration laws – not only politically, but also in Congress, and in the courts.

Let’s take a look at some of those issues:

1. Getting extra money from Congress might not be a snap. The Trump plan envisions 5,000 new border patrol agents and 10,000 new immigration agents. While those agencies [More]

Trump Administration issues new guidelines on tougher enforcement of immigration laws

  • 10:44 am Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The Trump Administration on Tuesday issued two new memos from the Department of Homeland Security, outlining the basic guidelines for stepped-up enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, ending the policy known as “catch and release,” and pledging to hire hundreds of new border and immigration agents, but it does not reverse some of President Obama’s controversial executive actions on younger immigrant “Dreamers.”

“The President is consistent with his priority of making sure that those people who pose a threat to this country are the first ones to go,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who strongly defended the idea of enforcing [More]

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