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With retirement of acting chief, NASA finds itself in leadership limbo

  • 5:00 am Saturday, March 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After operating for more than a year with a temporary chief, NASA faces an unprecedented leadership bind as its acting Administrator announced this week that he would retire at the end of April, with no hint that the Senate will vote by then on President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the space agency.

“It has been a long process but we are optimistic that the vote will come soon,” said Sheryl Kaufman, the Communications Director for Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

“We hope that happens soon,” said Rep. Bruce Babin (R-TX), as House Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence pressed the Senate for [More]

No direct answer from White House on future of VA chief

  • 8:08 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Thursday refused to directly say if Veterans Secretary David Shulkin will stay in his post, as the VA chief tried to reassure lawmakers that he remains the right person to carry out Trump Administration plans to improve the quality of care at the VA.

“I’ve pubilcly acknowledged that the distraction that has happened is something I deeply regret,” Shulkin told a House panel on Thursday, as the first question at a budget hearing was about persistent news reports of palace intrigue at the VA.

“I do feel that I have to acknowledge the proverbial elephant in the room,” [More]

After new round of Russia sanctions, Congress presses Trump for more

  • 2:51 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While praising the Trump Administration’s move on Thursday to impose sanctions on 19 Russians who have been accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections, lawmakers in both parties said President Donald Trump needs to do even more to punish Moscow for election meddling, mainly to send a message that no type of repeat in the 2018 mid-term elections will be tolerated by the United States.

“We need to do more,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Interference in our elections and active measures to sow divisions and chaos inside our country must be met with swift and severe consequences.

The [More]

Democrats say House GOP leaving much work unfinished in Russia probe

  • 4:00 am Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced this week that they would wrap up the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Democrats on that panel now say they will also be issuing their own report, releasing a 21 page document detailing what they contend are holes in the GOP investigation, “especially with respect to the issues of collusion and obstruction of justice.”

“The decision to shut down the investigation before key witnesses could be interviewed and vital documentary evidence obtained will prevent us from fully discharging our duty to the House and to the American people,” [More]

Top FBI official says agency “clearly should have done more” on Parkland shooter

  • 12:42 pm Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As students demonstrated around the nation Wednesday over gun violence, a top FBI official acknowledged to Congress that serious mistakes were made in not acting on tips about the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school a month ago, as Congress prepared to take some of the first legislative steps in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We made mistakes here, no question about that,” said FBI Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich, when asked about why tips to an FBI hotline didn’t spark action.

“That said, even had we done everything right, I’m [More]

Five lessons from Pennsylvania as Democrat holds narrow lead in US House race

  • 11:43 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the election version of March Madness, a closely watched special election for the U.S. House went into overtime on Tuesday night in Pennsylvania, as with almost all of the votes counted in the race, Democrat Conor Lamb held a less than 700 vote lead over GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone, with absentee ballots being counted after midnight and later on Wednesday.

“GOP voters either stayed home or flipped to Lamb. It’s as simple as that,” said political analyst Stu Rothenberg, explaining why the district could be so tight after a 20 point win for President Donald Trump in 2016.

The numbers [More]

Trump says policy differences led him to fire Tillerson as Secretary of State

  • 2:40 pm Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump surprised his allies and critics on Tuesday by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that while the two men worked well together, they did not see eye-to-eye on critical foreign policy questions facing the United States, such as the Iran nuclear deal.

“We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things,” the President told reporters this morning, specifically noting their differences on how to handle the Iran nuclear deal from the Obama Administration.

“So, we were not really thinking the same,” the President added, saying that he has a “very similar thought process” to that of [More]

Tillerson out – Trump will name CIA chief as Secretary of State

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After months of sometimes public disagreements, President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, engineering a major shakeup in his own Cabinet, as the President said he and Tillerson simply disagreed on a series of major issues.

In a tweet just before leaving on a trip to California, the President thanked Tillerson for his work, and broke the news of his decision put Pompeo in that top diplomatic post.

The move to get rid of Tillerson came a day after the Secretary of State had pointedly told reporters that Russia [More]

Five takeaways from House GOP report clearing Trump on Russia collusion

  • 3:00 am Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are handing over to Democrats a draft report on the probe into Russian interference in the last election for President, as the GOP found no evidence of any type of coordination or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump Campaign, ending what has been a protracted partisan battle on the panel about the Russia investigation.

For President Donald Trump, it was exactly that outcome that he had long been calling for, repeatedly charging that this was nothing but a ‘witch hunt,’ claiming it was sour grapes for Democrats looking to figure out why Hillary Clinton had [More]

House GOP report to find no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

  • 6:39 pm Monday, March 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee will issue a report in coming weeks that will find no evidence of coordination between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russia in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Democrats denounced the conclusion, accusing the GOP of running an investigation that was incomplete at best.

“We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” the House GOP stated in a one page release.

In a written statement issued Monday evening, the head of the Russia probe, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) said, “we [More]