As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
Fresh of the third Republican debate, Republican Ben Carson urged his fellow GOP candidates to demand changes in how their party’s debates are run, expressing frustration both about the CNBC moderators and the time allotted to candidates to answer questions.
“What it’s turned into is a ‘gotcha,'” Carson said to reporters at Colorado Christian University.
“Debates are supposed to be established to help the people get to know the candidates,” Carson added, as he told a news conference that he would have his staff contact other campaigns to see about possible rule changes.
Carson said his cool and calm demeanor does not help during one of these debates, where some candidates seem to be rewarded for demanding the attention of the moderators.
“I am not a buttinsky,” Carson said to chuckles from reporters.
Carson parried a series of questions from reporters about his cool and calm demeanor, knocking the thought that he would be easy prey for Hillary Clinton or any other Democrats if he was to be nominated for President by the GOP.
“It’s not about me and gotcha questions, it’s about the American people and whether they have the right to hear what we actually think said Carson.”
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.