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Doug Jones spins upset over Roy Moore in US Senate race in Alabama

  • 11:00 pm Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Democrats in Alabama and Washington, D.C. celebrated an upset on Tuesday night, as Doug Jones won a narrow victory for U.S. Senate over controversial Republican nominee Roy Moore, giving Democrats their first big election victory since Donald Trump became President, and cutting the GOP majority in the Senate to a narrow one seat advantage.

“Congratulations Senator-elect Doug Jones!” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) on Twitter. “I look forward to working with you.”

A big turnout by African-American voters seemed to be one key to the Jones victory in the Yellowhammer State, along with a lower than expected turnout in [More]

Democratic women in Congress take aim at Trump over misconduct allegations

  • 1:17 pm Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Trading barbs with President Donald Trump via Twitter on Tuesday, women Democrats demanded that Congress investigate past claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the President during the 2016 campaign, as several lawmakers took the extra step of asking for Mr. Trump’s resignation.

“President Trump should resign. But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has emerged as the leader of efforts to pressure the President on the issue of past allegations.

Mr. Trump lobbed a Twitter barb directly at the New York Democrat on Tuesday morning, labeling her a “lightweight” and “total flunky.”

Gillibrand answered back, saying [More]

Capitol Hill waits to see if Roy Moore wins in Alabama

  • 7:04 am Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama.

As Senators arrived for their first vote of the week on Monday evening, Republicans ran a gauntlet of reporters asking a simple question – will Roy Moore soon be in the U.S. Senate?

“I don’t know,” said Sen. Richard [More]

White House spars with reporters over Trump accusers, fake news

  • 3:23 pm Monday, December 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a spirited series of exchanges in the White House Briefing Room, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders batted away questions about women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the past, as Sanders ripped the news media for misleading stories on other subjects.

“The President has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations,” Sanders said in the first of a number of questions about the subject.

Three of the women who have alleged sexual misconduct urged Congress on Monday to investigate the claims against the President. The White House basically countered that it was old [More]

Five things to watch for in Congress this week

  • 3:00 am Monday, December 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With two weeks until Christmas, the to-do list is a long one for the Congress, as GOP lawmakers try to finish work on a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, fund the government into 2018, and look to deal with a number of other contentious issues that have eluded lawmakers and the White House, but it’s not clear how much the House and Senate will be able to accomplish before going home for the holidays

“If things don’t get done, we are going to have quite a catastrophe,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), one of many GOP lawmakers who remain [More]

Republicans step up attacks on FBI officials over handling of Clinton, Trump probes

  • 9:29 am Sunday, December 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, Republicans in the Congress have joined Mr. Trump in stepping up attacks on the FBI, raising questions about political bias inside the top ranks of that agency, an effort that could well form the basis for partisan opposition to the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Those sentiments were on full display last Thursday at the first Congressional oversight hearing for the new FBI Director, as Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee repeatedly pressed Christopher Wray [More]

President Trump gives boost to Roy Moore at Florida rally

  • 9:20 pm Friday, December 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Just fifteen miles from the Alabama border, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night to make the case for controversial GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, telling cheering supporters that his administration needs to keep that Senate seat in GOP hands, to insure that Mr. Trump’s agenda can move through the Congress.

“We can’t afford to have a liberal Democrat, who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer,” the President said of the special election on Tuesday for U.S. Senate in Alabama.

“Responding to someone in the crowd who was chanting Moore’s name, the President [More]

Sexual misconduct claims force two in Congress to resign, another into ethics probe

  • 8:03 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a head shaking series of events, a tide of sexual misconduct allegations continued to sweep across Capitol Hill on Thursday, as one Senate Democrat and one House Republican announced their resignations, while another House GOP lawmaker became the subject of an ethics review over a sexual harassment case that has already resulted in a taxpayer funded settlment.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) began the highly unusual day on Capitol Hill, taking the Senate floor just before lunch to announce his resignation ‘in coming weeks,’ but denying any wrongdoing.

Hours later, the House floor suddenly was in the spotlight, as Rep. [More]

Sen. Al Franken D-MN says he will resign over sexual misconduct allegations

  • 12:02 pm Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Accused by multiple women of unwanted sexual advances both before and after he was elected to Congress, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday that he would resign his seat ‘in the coming weeks,’ even as he denied the veracity of the various charges leveled against him.

“Some of the allegations against me are simply not true,” Franken said. “Others I remember very differently.”

“I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator – nothing – has brought dishonor on this institution,” Franken added in a short speech, in which he [More]

Democratic women in Senate lead call for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign

  • 11:51 am Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With more stories of sexual misconduct surfacing against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), a group of female Democratic Party Senators on Wednesday publicly called for Franken’s resignation, as they were swiftly joined by other Democrats on Capitol Hill, and the head of the national party, making it clear there was no place in elected office for the embattled Minnesota Democrat. Franken was said to be scheduling an announcement on Thursday.

“It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women, and he should resign,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

“Sexual harassment and misconduct should [More]