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Feds: NC gunman tried to recruit others for raid on “evil pizza joint”

  • 3:02 pm Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Federal investigators say a North Carolina man spurred by an internet conspiracy theory tried to recruit others to join him in a violent confrontation at a Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant, where he believed a child sex trafficking ring was operating.

28 year-old Edgar Maddison Welch has been held in jail since he was arrested after firing shots from an assault rifle inside the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in D.C. on December 4.

In charging documents released today, the FBI indicated Welch had been spurred to drive several hundred miles to Washington by a YouTube video about “Pizzagate,” the conspiracy theory that [More]

After recount victory, Trump goes back on the road for “Thank You” tour

  • 1:18 pm Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

With his supporters celebrating a recount that confirmed his victory, President-Elect Donald Trump goes back out on the road this evening in Wisconsin, kicking off a series of campaign-style rallies in four states over the next five days, as he continues his post-election “Thank You Tour.”

Scheduled to be on hand with Trump outside Milwaukee this evening will be House Speaker Paul Ryan – it was not so long ago that the Speaker disinvited Trump from a joint election event in his home state because of controversy over Trump’s own words about women – but Trump overcame that to become the [More]

GOP reaction is cautious to Trump’s pick for Secretary of State

  • 8:57 am Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As President-Elect Donald Trump selected Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson for the job of Secretary of State, the choice quickly faced questions from Republicans within the Senate, as some in Congress openly voiced worries about Tillerson’s past ties to Russia.

“While Rex Tillerson is a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who pointedly said the next Secretary of State must be “free of potential conflicts of interest.”

For the President-Elect, Tillerson’s experience as an oil chief is a definite plus.

“The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at [More]

Trump ready to choose Exxon Mobil CEO as Secretary of State

  • 11:03 pm Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Ending what has been an extended selection process, President-Elect Donald Trump announced early on Tuesday that he will choose Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, for the post of Secretary of State in a Trump Administration.

“I have chosen one of the truly great business leaders of the world, Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to be Secretary of State,” Trump tweeted before sunrise.

“Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement.

“Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of ExxonMobil, one [More]

White House pushes back on Trump criticism of U.S. Intelligence

  • 3:52 pm Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After watching President-Elect Donald Trump reject the conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Community on the involvement of Russia in cyber attacks related to the 2016 elections, the White House on Monday publicly pushed back against Mr. Trump, telling reporters there is “undisputed” evidence of Russian involvement that Congress must continue to investigate.

Just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had done earlier in the day, White House spokesman Josh Earnest stood by an October assessment from U.S. Intelligence, which pointed the finger at Russia for email hacks of Democratic Party figures.

“They’ve concluded and reported to the American public that Russia was [More]

Top Senate Republican: “The Russians are not our friends”

  • 10:28 am Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The top Republican in the U.S. Senate staked out a tough response to any Russian interference in the 2016 elections, standing by an Intelligence Community assessment that accused Russia of directing email hacks of Democratic Party officials, and bluntly saying that the “Russians are not our friends.”

“Let me just speak for myself – the Russians are not our friends,” McConnell said in a morning news conference at the U.S. Capitol. “The Russians do not wish us well.”

“I have the highest confidence in the intelligence community,” the Senate Majority Leader added.

McConnell said he fully expected Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and [More]

Trump picks Kelly for Homeland Security; several key cabinet decisions still to come

  • 7:28 am Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump began his week by picking retired Gen. John Kelly for the job of Homeland Security Secretary, as Mr. Trump still has some big decisions to make on his Cabinet, along with the more tedious process of filling hundreds of lower-level government positions.

“Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside our borders makes him the ideal choice to serve as our Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,” Mr. Trump said in a morning new release.

“The American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at [More]

Trump stiff-arms claims of Russian interference in 2016 elections

  • 5:09 pm Sunday, December 11th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

President-Elect Donald Trump made clear on Sunday that he does not believe charges of Russian involvement in the 2016 race for President, telling Fox News Sunday that Democrats are behind such talk, arguing they are still aggravated by of Hillary Clinton’s election defeat.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump told Fox News Sunday.

“I think it’s just another excuse. I don’t believe it.”

Asked about the CIA investigation, Trump again took a jab at the U.S. Intelligence Community.

“They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody else,” said Mr. Trump.

“It could be somebody sitting in a bed some [More]

Republicans sweep final races for Congress in 2016

  • 10:02 pm Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The voters of Louisiana did not take any sort of detour in their final runoff elections for Congress on Saturday, as they overwhelmingly voted to keep a U.S. Senate seat in Republican hands, and elected a candidate to Congress who seemed to channel Donald Trump, known as the “Cajun John Wayne.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate was Republican state treasurer John Kennedy; his win gives the GOP a 52-48 seat advantage when the Senate convenes in January.

That means Democrats gained two seats in the November elections, defeating GOP incumbents in Illinois and New Hampshire, but fell short of taking back control [More]

Favorite for Secretary of State likely to draw scrutiny over ties to Russia

  • 4:36 pm Saturday, December 10th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Amid a dustup between the Trump Transition and the U.S. Intelligence Community over Russia, some Republican Senators signaled their concern Saturday over the expected choice of the Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, worried by his ties to the Russian government, as Democrats demanded public hearings in Congress about Russia’s involvement in possible election interference.

“I don’t know what Mr. Tillerson’s relationship with Vladimir Putin was, but I’ll tell you it is a matter of concern to me,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said in an interview with Fox News.

“Vladimir Putin is a thug and a bully and a [More]