- 2:26 am Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
When you take a deep dive into the giant, year-end measure approved by Congress last Friday that will fund the operations of the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year, the details of that “Omnibus” bill reveal hundreds of spending restrictions that will be slapped on the Executive Branch in terms of how your tax dollars are spent.
“None of the funds,” is the phrase to look for in these bills, where the Congress can spell out how money cannot be spent by the federal government – the “Power of the Purse.”
The spending restrictions start on page 28 of [More]
- 11:33 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Steering around verbal challenges from two fellow Democrats on stage, Hillary Clinton spent a good deal of time framing her message like she was already her party’s nominee for President, tweaking Donald Trump and arguing that a Republican win next year would bring a series of negative changes by the GOP.
“This is a watershed election,” Clinton said at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in a debate sponsored by ABC.
“I know how important it is to have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House,” Clinton added.
This third debate was much like the two other Democratic Party gatherings, [More]
- 6:16 pm Friday, December 18th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In a year-end news conference at the White House, President Obama said he was optimistic about what he might be able to achieve in 2016, his last full year in office, as he vowed not to let his lame duck status block action on a variety of legislative goals.
“Since taking this office, I’ve never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now,” the President told reporters in the White House Briefing Room.
“And in 2016, I’m going to leave it out all on the field,” Mr. Obama added.
One issue where the [More]
- 7:20 pm Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After getting under the skin of Donald Trump at this week’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush and his political allies seem ready to keep jabbing at the leader in the GOP race for President, as an outside political group allied with the former Florida Governor has issued a new ad aimed at Trump.
“One candidate tough enough to take on the bully,” the ad begins, showing what may have been Bush’s best debate moment yet, when he seemed to annoy and aggravate Trump on the stage in Las Vegas.
“Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the Presidency,” [More]
- 3:10 pm Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Moving to wrap up work for the year, the House on Thursday afternoon easily approved an over $600 billion tax bill, as lawmakers set up votes on Friday on a mammoth spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government.
“This is a good bill,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) of the tax extenders legislation. “This is an amazing bill.”
The plan would renew – and in some cases make permanent – a series of tax breaks for individuals and businesses, which have long been known as the ‘tax extenders.’
Congress has never moved to make them permanent, instead voting every [More]
- 11:47 pm Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Las Vegas, Nevada
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were trying to boost their fortunes at this week’s Republican debate, their political organizations were again falling short in the work to submit full delegate slates for GOP primary contests in 2016, this time in a state that is often key to the election for President.
“Chris Christie fails to file full delegate slate in Ohio,” read the headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, as Christie was able to qualify for no more than 35 of a possible 48 delegates in the Buckeye State.
Rand Paul’s delegate [More]
- 11:07 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Las Vegas, Nevada
Nine Republicans on the main CNN debate stage in Las Vegas sparred for two hours on Tuesday night over an array of issues, differing over how best to defend the United States from terrorist attacks and which GOP hopeful would be the best to take up that mantle as President.
Here’s a quick look at what went on in the debate on the Las Vegas Strip:
Donald Trump – As he had predicted, Trump found himself under fire from all sides of the debate, but maybe most surprising was that the bulk of those attacks came from Jeb Bush. [More]
- 2:01 am Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Las Vegas, Nevada
On the eve of the fifth Republican debate, Donald Trump drew loud cheers from several thousand supporters at a Vegas rally, as the GOP frontrunner predicted that he would again be the target of his opponents.
“They’re all coming after me,” Trump said at a raucous rally that took place in the same room where Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali in 1978.
But Trump said there would be no upset in this debate.
“So far, everyone who has attacked me has gone down the tubes,” Trump said.
While Trump had started to zero in on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in recent [More]
- 8:57 pm Sunday, December 13th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
With two new polls over the weekend showing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leading the Republican race in Iowa, Donald Trump for the first time moved to rebuff his GOP rival, labeling him a “little bit of a maniac” and raising questions about whether Cruz should even be Commander-in-Chief, as the Texas Senator becomes a major threat to Trump’s drive for the Republican nomination.
“I don’t think he’s qualified to be President,” Trump said on Fox News Sunday.
“I don’t think he has the right temperament,” Trump added, raising questions about how Cruz had conducted himself in the U.S. Senate.
“You look [More]
- 8:52 am Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A day after remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that were mildly critical of Donald Trump were leaked from a private New York fundraiser, the GOP frontrunner fired a verbal shot across the bow of his rising GOP challenger, possibly signaling a new chapter in the Republican race for President.
With Cruz rising in the polls – and even leading in one from Iowa this week – Trump made clear that if Cruz starts attacking, “he will fall like all others” who have tried to disloged the GOP leader.
For Republicans, the warning shot on Twitter was a familiar tactic from Trump, [More]