- 12:20 pm Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Brushing aside a former GOP Speaker of the House who said President-Elect Trump was done with the saying, “Drain the Swamp,” Mr. Trump made clear on Thursday afternoon that he was not giving up on his effort to clean things up in Washington.
“Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase “DRAIN THE SWAMP” was no longer being used by me,” Trump tweeted, as he vowed to keep saying it.
That “someone” was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who swiftly admitted that he had made a “big boo-boo.”
In his video, Gingrich said he had been on the phone with the President-Elect today.
“He reminded me, [More]
- 7:27 am Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Ending weeks of speculation on her role in the Trump Administration, Kellyanne Conway, who managed Donald Trump’s winning campaign for President, will stay on as a top aide to the real estate mogul, serving as his Counselor in the White House.
“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement issued on Thursday morning.
“She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message,” the President-Elect added, saying that she would work “to effectively [More]
- 9:51 pm Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Two weeks after criticizing the cost of a plan to build a new Air Force One, President-Elect Donald Trump won an assurance from the head of Boeing that the plane would be built for less than the original estimates of $4 billion.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that,” said said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, “and we’re committed to working together to make sure that happens.
After the meeting, the Boeing chief told reporters his sit down with Trump “went great,” as Muilenurg labeled the meeting at Trump’s Florida retreat “very productive.”
“This is a business that’s important to us,” [More]
- 7:23 pm Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Even as Republicans plot their legislative plans to first repeal and then replace the Obama health law, federal officials say more Americans have signed up for coverage this year, as Democrats joined with the Obama Administration to again argue against GOP plans to attack Obamacare.
“Americans are once again proving that Marketplace coverage is vital to them and their families,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, as she reported that 6.4 million people had already signed up for coverage in 2017.
Officials say that’s an increase of 400,000 signups from this time in 2015.
Democrats in Congress – knowing full well [More]
- 2:29 pm Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
In his first comments since a terror attack this week at a Christmas market in Germany which killed a dozen people, President-Elect Donald Trump told reporters it demonstrates the need to restrict Muslim immigration into the U.S. from certain areas of the world.
“You know my plans all along, I’ve been proven to be right, 100 percent correct,” Mr. Trump said in between meetings at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat in Palm Beach.
“What’s happening is disgraceful,” he told reporters.
“It’s an attack on humanity, that’s what it is. It’s an attack on humanity. And it’s got to be stopped,” the [More]
- 7:34 pm Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
As President Obama on Tuesday moved to prevent offshore oil and gas exploration in a large swath of waters off Alaska and in the Atlantic Ocean, a dispute quickly broke out about how lasting that drilling ban would actually be, as GOP lawmakers said President-Elect Trump could just reverse the declaration when he takes office in January.
Mr. Obama used a 1953 law known as the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, to block new drilling leases, “for a time period without specific expiration.”
“This withdrawal prevents consideration of this area for any future mineral leasing for purposes of exploration, development, or production,” [More]
- 1:18 pm Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
A federal judge has made public a redacted copy of an FBI search warrant that roiled the 2016 campaign for President, showing that agents believed there was “probable cause” to believe that classified information might have been on a laptop that belonged to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).
In the search warrant from late October, the FBI said that a cursory review of emails on that laptop made agents believe that it could have contained “classified information which was produced by and is owned by the U.S. Government.”
The affidavit for the laptop [More]
- 7:00 am Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
Now that the vote of the Electoral College is out of the way, a quick glance at the calendar shows that January 20, 2017 is just a month away, as the pace of work is quickening at the U.S. Capitol for the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.
I hustled out in the chilly weather of the last week to get some photographs on the West Front of the Capitol – there is still a lot of work to be done to get things ready.
It’s a big operation – building the stand where the new President will take the oath of office, [More]
- 5:34 pm Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
While demonstrators made their voices heard at Electoral College gatherings all across the country, their plea to individual electors to rebel and drop Donald Trump went absolutely nowhere, as Hillary Clinton was actually the candidate who had more electors refuse to vote for her, with the final outcome moving President-Elect Trump one step closer to the White House.
The biggest group of rogue electors was in Washington State, where three of them cast votes for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one voted for a native American environmental activist named Faith Spotted Eagle, instead of Clinton.
Washington State also cast four [More]
- 1:08 pm Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
In ceremonies in fifty state capitals and the District of Columbia, the states convened their electors to elect the next President of the United States, in a mix of symbolism, history, demonstrators and a bit of raw political feelings as well.
“I want to congratulate all of you on your role on this historic day,” said Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.
“The actions you take today are historic,” the Governor added.
Social media allows us to see what’s going on all around the nation – here are just a few of those snapshots on this historic day.
In some states, the event is held [More]