- 10:12 am Monday, January 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump on Monday once again charged that Democrats in Congress were trying to force a government shutdown later this week by refusing to negotiate an acceptable budget deal for the military, and by not budging on what to do with hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants in the U.S. under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, as that issue continued to be a flash point for the two parties.
“Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal,” the President tweeted on Monday.
“They talk about DACA, but they don’t want to help.”
Government funding runs out Friday night [More]
- 8:49 am Sunday, January 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
With a federal court order from last week temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the immigration agency in charge of that effort announced that it would again accept applications to renew DACA requests, as President Trump chided Democrats on Sunday over the political impasse on the issue.
“Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Saturday.
“Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA [More]
- 2:11 pm Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The state of Hawaii was jolted Saturday morning by a warning of an imminent incoming missile attack, which was sent to cell phones, and local television and radio stations, as it took almost 40 minutes for officials to confirm that it was a false alarm.
“What happened today was totally inexcusable,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) “The whole state was terrified.”
On television stations in Hawaii, the warning said the “U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat,” and people were urged to take immediate shelter.
Governor David Ige of Hawaii told reporters that it was a mistake during a shift change for [More]
- 5:00 am Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans denounced four consecutive yearly deficits of over $1 trillion during the Obama Administration, but now that the GOP is fully in charge of the White House and Congress, it’s possible the deficit may be heading back into the territory of that very large figure.
The federal deficit in 2017 was $666 billion; the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will be $699 billion in 2018, and after the first three months of the fiscal year, the deficit is running higher than a year ago at this time.
Let’s look at some of the reasons why the [More]
- 3:30 pm Friday, January 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after lawmakers said President Donald Trump had used vulgar language during a White House meeting to question why the United States accepted immigrants from Africa and the island of Haiti, Democrats in Congress denounced what they said was hateful rhetoric by the President, while two GOP Senators who were at the meeting said they couldn’t recall exactly what was said by Mr. Trump.
One of those who was present, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), told reporters that the President “said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist.”
“To no one’s surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying he used those [More]
- 7:22 am Friday, January 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Throwing cold water on a bipartisan immigration agreement hatched by a group of six Senators, President Donald Trump on Friday again said that any immigration deal aimed at helping illegal immigrant “Dreamers” must do more to stop people from trying to illegally enter the United States in the future.
“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators was a big step backwards,” the President tweeted early on Friday.
Mr. Trump again made clear that he wants a plan which has substantial resources to build a wall along the Mexican border, ends what is known as [More]
- 4:59 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Even as a group of six Senators said they had their own agreement, and key lawmakers in both parties in Congress expressed hope for a bipartisan plan to shield illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from deportation, there was still no deal on Thursday which had won the final support of President Donald Trump, as the White House said he wasn’t backing down from his call for a bill that deals with the DACA program and immigration enforcement.
“There’s no agreement with the President, the President is the one who has to sign it into law, so there’s no deal yet,” said Sen. David [More]
- 11:36 am Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Hours after President Donald Trump roiled the waters on Capitol Hill by criticizing a surveillance tool used by U.S. Intelligence, lawmakers in the House joined in a bipartisan vote to reauthorize part of the law which lets spy agencies gather information on overseas foreign intelligence targets.
The final vote was 256-164. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The trouble began for the plan after a morning salvo on Twitter, where the President said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign.”
- 10:55 pm Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As bipartisan negotiations continued on Capitol Hill on a possible legislative deal to shield hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from deportation, Republicans on Wednesday rolled out their own bill, chock full of changes to federal immigration law, including tougher rules for businesses which hire workers who are not legally in the United States.
“This bill funds the border wall,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “Our bill ends chain migration and the visa lottery program.”
“It cracks down on sanctuary cities, increases criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return, and makes the E-Verify [More]
- 4:02 pm Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump said again on Wednesday that the investigation into links between his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections is nothing more than a witch hunt, as the President tried repeatedly to turn the attention of reporters to his election opponent Hillary Clinton, as Mr. Trump raised the possibility that there was no need for him to speak with investigators – because he did nothing wrong.
“There is collusion,” the President said at a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Norway. “But it’s really with the Democrats and Russia.”
“The witch hunt continues,” Mr. Trump [More]