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As Florence looms, Trump gives himself ‘A-pluses’ on hurricane response

  • 8:57 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Hurricane Florence poised to slam into the Carolinas in the next two days, President Donald Trump said said again on Wednesday that his administration had done an A-plus job in responding to hurricanes that ravaged Texas and Florida in 2017, as he again defended how the feds dealt with extensive damage to the U.S. island of Puerto Rico.

“We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida,” the President said in an early morning tweet, adding that his administration “did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico.”

“I think, in a certain way, the best job we [More]

Hurricane Florence forces President Trump off the campaign trail

  • 12:38 pm Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump’s plans to hold campaign rallies in two states this week have been put on hold, as the White House and the federal government move to marshal resources to deal with the threat from Hurricane Florence.

The President was scheduled to headline a rally on Friday night in Jackson, Mississippi, but that was scratched on Monday – now a second rally in Missouri which was set for Thursday night has also been postponed.

In a statement, the campaign of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) said she understood the President’s decision to cancel.

“Mississippi residents understand what it’s like to prepare for, endure [More]

House Republicans unveil plans to make GOP tax cuts permanent

  • 8:54 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Eight weeks before the November mid-term elections, Republicans in the House have rolled out plans to permanently write a series of individual tax cuts into law, trying to change a sweeping tax cut approved in 2017 which allowed those tax cuts for individuals to expire in eight years, as GOP leaders labeled the effort, ‘Tax Reform 2.0.’

“We are providing certainty,” argued Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who helped shepherd the GOP tax cut plan through the House in 2017, as he unveiled three different Republican measures dealing with making the 2017 tax cuts permanent, helping people save more for retirement, and [More]

White House: Trump was “inflection” point for economic growth

  • 4:48 pm Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Facing criticism from former President Barack Obama and Democrats, the White House Monday said the recent surge in economic growth is clearly a result of Trump Administration policies, even as new polling suggested that the President is not getting seeing benefit of that economic success from voters.

“It’s not a sugar high at all,” said White House chief economic adviser Kevin Hassett, who told reporters at a briefing that President Donald Trump’s plans to ease regulations, cut taxes, and push pro-growth policies had obviously shifted the trajectory of the economy.

“There was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump,” Hassett said [More]

Republicans, Trump, press economic message for November

  • 7:35 pm Sunday, September 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

If there is one message that Republicans in Congress – and President Donald Trump – can agree on in the campaign for the 2018 mid-term elections, it is to remind voters at every opportunity about economic gains made under the Trump Administration, paired with talk about the big GOP tax cut approved at the end of 2017.

“The hope and the optimism has returned,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who faces a tougher than expected challenge in November, as she and other GOP leaders have spent much of the year touting economic gains for regular working Americans.

“They are seeing some [More]

Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos gets 2 weeks in jail

  • 4:43 pm Friday, September 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A federal judge on Friday sentenced one-time foreign policy campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to 14 days in prison for lying to FBI agents about contacts he had with Russian intermediaries, as lawyers for Papadopoulos publicly criticized President Donald Trump’s attacks on the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of up to six months in jail for Papadopoulos; another person who plead guilty to lying to investigators in the Russia probe had received a 30 day sentence.

In the court hearing, Papadopoulos apologized for misleading the FBI, as his lawyer cast the blame on President [More]

U.S. economy grows in August, as businesses add 201,000 jobs

  • 9:00 am Friday, September 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The U.S. economy in August continued to show signs of strength, as the Labor Department reported Friday that 201,000 jobs were added by businesses last month, as the nation’s unemployment rate stayed at the historically low level of 3.9 percent.

Even with revisions reducing the number of jobs created in both June and July, the economy is producing new jobs at a higher pace than the same eight month period a year ago, averaging almost 207,000 jobs a month in 2018 compared to 189,000 a month in 2017.

The June report was revised down from 248,000 jobs created to 208,000 – July [More]

Two indicted GOP lawmakers now face House ethics investigations

  • 7:57 pm Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Their seats already in danger in the 2018 mid-term elections, two GOP lawmakers face additional election year pressure after the House Ethics Committee on Thursday voted to establish official investigative panels to review the federal charges leveled against both Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY).

While the Ethics Committee set up special investigations for the two members, all actions on the two cases were put on hold, after a request by the Department of Justice, so as not to interfere with the work of federal prosecutors, and their upcoming trials.

Democrats still pounced on the news.

“No one is above [More]

LIVE UPDATES: Day 3 of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings

  • 9:12 am Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With confidence growing among Republicans in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh is back on Capitol Hill for a third day of hearings on his nomination by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court, as GOP Senators argue that Kavanaugh is a properly tempered jurist to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, while Democrats contend Kavanaugh will tip the balance of the court too far to the conservative side.

The first day of questions for Kavanaugh stretched for over twelve hours, finally ending after 10 pm on Wednesday night. This second day of Q&A will be shorter, as Senators [More]

President Trump defends record, rebukes author of anonymous op-ed

  • 5:52 pm Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump sternly defended the work of his administration on Wednesday, rebuking the anonymous author of a piece in the New York Times which bluntly said that top officials were doing all they could to keep the President from making major errors in judgment.

“Can you believe it? Anonymous. Meaning gutless – a gutless editorial,” the President said to reporters gathered for an event involving Mr. Trump and a group of sheriffs at the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders labeled the author a ‘coward,’ saying the person who wrote the piece, “should do the [More]