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Trump issues fresh warning to North Korea, says U.S. military is “locked and loaded”

  • 3:04 pm Friday, August 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Friday again warned North Korea not to attack American interests or allies, as Mr. Trump tweeted out photos of U.S. military forces on the Pacific island of Guam, aiming his remarks directly at the leader of the Pyongyang regime, Kim Jong Un, again saying that any military action by North Korea will meet with a swift and serious U.S. response.

“If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that is an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and regret it fast,” the President said in a Friday afternoon [More]

What if Trump pushed out McConnell? It might not change anything

  • 10:56 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump raised a lot of eyebrows on Capitol Hill this week by repeatedly going after Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, demanding that the top Republican do more to push ahead with plans to overhaul the Obama health law, and also to spur action on other top Trump priorities, like bills on tax reform, and new money for roads and bridges.

Let’s imagine for a moment that President Trump could wave a magic wand and get rid of McConnell – would anything really change in the Senate?

1. If McConnell disappears, the music stays the same. Sure, get rid of McConnell. For [More]

Trump renews warning to Pyongyang, tells North Korea to ‘get their act together’

  • 3:23 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Not backing off one bit from his threat earlier this week to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, President Donald Trump on Thursday again warned the Pyongyang regime against any direct threats to American interests or allies, saying the U.S. will not stand for any North Korean aggression.

“North Korea better get their act together, or they’re going to be in trouble, like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world,” the President told reporters outside of his New Jersey golf retreat.

“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event [More]

Trump again jabs at McConnell over failure of GOP health care bill

  • 12:43 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

For a second straight day, President Donald Trump expressed his public frustration with the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, chiding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the failure to get a bill approved that would overhaul the Obama health law, as the White House reinforced Mr. Trump’s displeasure.

“I’m very disappointed in Mitch,” Mr. Trump said.

“All I hear is ‘repeal and replace,’” the President said of the GOP push to do away with Obamacare, as he blasted his own party’s leadership in the Senate for failing to get a bill over the finish line in late July.

“I said, Mitch get [More]

Top officials offer conflicting message on Trump ‘fire and fury remarks’

  • 7:41 pm Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

There were conflicting explanations offered Wednesday to news organizations by the Trump Administration on why President Donald Trump had threatened a vigorous military attack against North Korea, when he vowed Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on the Pyongyang regime of Kim Jong Un.

In a series of leaks to major news organizations, top White House officials portrayed the statement as one that was off the cuff by the President.

Politico quoted one White House official who called the Trump remarks, “impromptu,” while the New York Times said the warning “was [More]

Trump says U.S. nuclear arsenal “far stronger” than ever before

  • 8:43 am Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day after threatening to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” on North Korea for that nation’s threats to attack U.S. targets, President Donald Trump kept up the public pressure on the Pyongyang Regime on Wednesday, expressing confidence in the power and capability of the U.S. military’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal,” the President said on Twitter.

“It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” Mr. Trump added, seemingly sending a message for a second straight day to the North Korean leader Kim Jong [More]

Lawmakers urge caution as Trump threatens North Korea with “fire and fury”

  • 10:04 pm Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Spread around the country during a summer legislative recess, lawmakers in Congress mainly urged caution after President Donald Trump on Tuesday publicly threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” in response to growing threats by the Pyongyang regime to possibly attack the United States.

“We need to be firm and deliberate with North Korea, but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

“Bluster and saber-rattling will only exacerbate an already difficult situation,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI).

“The situation on the Korean peninsula is already volatile enough,” [More]

Trump vows to meet threats from North Korea with “fire and fury”

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

With new reports that North Korea has figured out how to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a missile, President Donald Trump warned the Pyongyang regime on Tuesday that any effort to threaten or attack the United States would be met with a decisive U.S. military response.

“As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power – the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a photo op at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.

“He has been very threatening,” the President said of North Korean leader Kim Jong [More]

Documents show ex-Attorney General Lynch used “Elizabeth Carlisle” as email alias

  • 4:35 pm Monday, August 7th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Buried deep in a Freedom of Information Act document release last week to a conservative group were a series of emails that pertained to how the Justice Department handled questions from reporters about a 2016 airport tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch – the emails included a recipient named, “Elizabeth Carlisle,” which reports now indicate was the email alias for President Obama’s Attorney General.

“The ACLJ has unmasked former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s alias email account,” the American Center for Law and Justice announced on its website, showing off details of how the [More]

With health care bill in limbo, GOP shifts into push for major tax reform

  • 9:56 pm Sunday, August 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As a GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law foundered in the U.S. Senate earlier this month, Republicans in Congress quickly shifted their focus in recent days to a new goal, getting a major tax reform bill to the President’s desk, though many on Capitol Hill believe the undertaking could be more complicated – and includes even more political pitfalls – than the derailed debate on a plan to get rid of Obamacare.

“We want a tax code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive,” said Speaker Paul Ryan. “And we want to get this done in 2017.”

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