- 10:32 pm Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Unable to break through in the race for the Republican nomination for President, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana gave up on his bid for the White House on Tuesday, as the winnowing of the GOP field continued, with two and half months until the Iowa Caucus.
“I cannot tell you what an honor it has been to run for President of the United States of America,” Jindal said in a statement that he posted on Facebook.
Jindal found himself mired way down in the national polls, as he was on the pre-debate stage in each of the four Republican debates held in [More]
- 9:55 pm Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Despite strong Republican opposition, both in Congress and from various Governors, the White House on Tuesday publicly reiterated that it plans to allow in up to 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, as officials vowed to closely review those refugees for any terrorist links.
“We’ll make every effort to vet every refugee coming into this country,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told lawmakers in a House hearing.
But those assurances fell flat with Republicans, who argued even one mistake could lead to terrorist attacks, and American deaths.
“What we need to do is secure the border,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). “We [More]
- 3:00 pm Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Labeling the terrorist attacks on Paris last week a sophisticated operation, CIA Director John Brennan said on Monday that he fears the Islamic State is readying more terror strikes outside of the its base in Syria and Iraq.
“I would anticipate that this is not the only operation that ISIL has in the pipeline,” Brennan said.
“This was not something that was done in a matter of days,” Brennan said. “This was something that was deliberately and carefully planned.”
In remarks to a global security conference in Washington, D.C., Brennan left no doubt about his fears over the group’s plans.
“ISIL has developed [More]
- 11:29 am Sunday, November 15th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After dominating the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday night found herself under almost constant attack from her two main rivals, as Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley repeatedly criticized her on a variety of issues.
The debate began amid the echoes of the terrorist attacks in Paris, as Sanders and O’Malley took Clinton to task over her foreign policy stances as President Obama’s Secretary of State, and her vote in favor of the Iraq War during the Bush Administration.
“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region [More]
- 7:17 am Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In a lengthy speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Thursday night, Donald Trump bitterly attacked his main Republican rival Ben Carson, ridiculing Carson’s life story and taking a few swings not only at others in the GOP race, but the voters in Iowa as well.
“How stupid are the people of Iowa?” Trump asked during a rally. “How stupid are the people of this country to believe this crap?”
The headlines today in Iowa captured the event:
“Trump to Iowans: Don’t fall for Carson’s ‘crap’ – Des Moines Register
“Trump questions Carson’s ‘pathological temper’, faith” – Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa
Here’s a small video [More]
- 10:14 pm Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
With Democrats getting ready for their second debate in Iowa this weekend, one of my sons got a quizzical look on his face as he asked me what story I was batting out on the computer Thursday night.
“You’re writing about football?” he asked, peering over my shoulder at my laptop.
“Yes, I am,” I said.
The reason I am writing about college football and politics, is that on Saturday, Democrats will hold their final debate in Iowa before the February 1, 2016 caucus.
And at the same time, the Iowa Hawkeyes will be on the field at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, with [More]
- 5:54 pm Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The primary debates for President are about a lot more than just the two hours of the debate, not only for the candidates and the organizers of the event, but for the reporters as well. So, let’s pull back the curtain a little to see what the day is like when you cover one of these political gatherings.
All times are Eastern, even though I’m in Milwaukee – Rule #1 for this reporter is don’t change your watch, because it just makes it more difficult to figure out what time you are supposed to go on the air, or [More]
- 11:21 pm Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Even with a smaller number of Republicans on hand, it was still a spirited fourth debate for the GOP, as this debate featured more detailed discussions of policy and less of the battling between the candidates and the moderators.
Here is a quick review of what I saw in this debate:
Donald Trump – This was another debate in which Trump did not shine but he didn’t drive into a ditch either. Trump gave the back of the hand to John Kasich, and the GOP front runner was also the recipient of an easy softball question about illegal immigration. [More]
- 8:46 am Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
After a federal appeals court on Monday night refused to lift an injunction against the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, this legal showdown may soon be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, possibly setting up a ruling right in the middle of next year’s campaign for President.
“The district court did not err and mos assuredly did not abuse its discretion,” wrote the judges who voted two-to-one to keep the President’s plans on hold.
The decision won the immediate praise of Republicans in Congress.
“Today’s decision from the federal appeals court is a victory for the Constitution and the American [More]
- 9:23 pm Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The sight of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker standing with Jeb Bush at an education event on Monday outside Milwaukee was a fresh reminder of just how much the Republican race for President has changed, and hnow much it may still change before voters in Iowa starting making their 2016 choice on February 1.
When I was here just a few months ago, Walker and Bush were the frontrunners – now, Walker is out of the race and Bush is struggling to stay in contention, looking for a better debate performance.
“I’m looking forward to it, absolutely,” Bush told reporters after [More]