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As Trump takes summer break, Russia probe does not

  • 10:25 am Monday, August 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While President Donald Trump spends this week at his New Jersey golf retreat, legal action continues to churn on a variety of fronts related to the question of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, actions taken by the Trump Campaign, and activities of one of Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyers, as the President on Monday again denounced the direction of the investigation, arguing that Democrats were just as guilty of collusion with the Russians during the last election.

After issuing as series of tweets on Sunday in which he denied wrongdoing by his son, Donald Trump Jr., and denied knowing about [More]

Trump confirms original explanation for Trump Tower meeting was not accurate

  • 12:30 pm Sunday, August 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a flurry of tweets on Sunday morning where he again lashed out at the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign, President Donald Trump acknowledged that his son had met with a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 in order to get ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton, making clear that previous explanations saying it was a meeting about U.S.-Russian adoption policies were not true.

“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere,” said Mr. Trump in a tweet, [More]

FBI releases heavily redacted documents on Steele contacts

  • 3:29 pm Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday released 71 pages of material documenting contacts with ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, confirming that he had been used as a “Confidential Human Source,” and that the FBI terminated its relationship with him after Steele leaked information to the press about his dossier on President Donald Trump.

“CHS (Confidential Human Source) was used as a source for an online article,” the FBI “Source Closing Communication” document states, then describing that the bureau would no longer work with Steele, because of the leaks.

“On November 1, 2016, CHS confirmed all of this to the handling agent,” [More]

2.0 is nice, but I’m still searching for my real voice

  • 7:45 pm Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As a battery of top officials were addressing reporters in the White House briefing room on Thursday afternoon about the question of possible foreign interference in the 2018 elections, instead of quickly filing stories about how the Trump Administration is trying to prevent a repeat of Russian actions from the 2016 campaign, I was hundreds of miles away to again see a top neurological expert in hopes of recovering my voice.

My voice struggles of the past two years have been diagnosed as “Tongue Protrusion Dystonia,” a rare neurological condition where my tongue misbehaves, not allowing me to properly form words [More]

Trump Administration opens door to less comprehensive health insurance plans

  • 10:02 pm Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Moving to make changes in the Obama health law, the Trump Administration issued a new rule on Wednesday which will permit consumers to buy limited health insurance plans that don’t meet all the coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act, but might be more attractive to individuals who would like the opportunity to pay lower premiums for a policy that offers less comprehensive health care coverage.

“President Trump is bringing more affordable insurance options back to the market,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, as the White House flexed its administrative muscles to continue to grind away [More]

With Manafort on trial, Trump erupts over Russia probe

  • 12:30 pm Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With his former campaign manager on trial across the Potomac River for tax and bank fraud, President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Attorney General to end the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, taking to Twitter to again denounce the investigation into any possible links between Moscow and his campaign.

“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,” the President said in a series of posts on Twitter.

Tweeting from the White House, Mr. Trump compared the legal situation of [More]

In echoes of 2016, Facebook deactivates fake political accounts

  • 9:37 pm Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Cracking down on accounts which were stirring political debate in the U.S. on issues that crossed party lines, the social media giant Facebook announced Tuesday that it had found evidence of “coordinated inauthentic” political behavior, raising questions about new efforts – possibly by Russia – to tamper with the 2018 election climate in the U.S.

“We’re sharing what we know today because of the connection between these bad actors and an event planned in Washington next week,” said Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook in a call with reporters, who added that the investigation was still in an early stage.

“This kind [More]

Kick the can – Congress okays seventh short term flood insurance plan

  • 1:55 pm Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the seventh time in less than a year, the Congress has sent President Donald Trump a short-term extension of the federal flood insurance program, as lawmakers continue to search for a bipartisan legislative fix to a program that is already in over $20 billion in the red.

“Congress has got to start doing things differently,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). “The current program is unsustainable, and taxpayers deserve better.”

The Senate voted 86-12 on Tuesday for a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, as the White House has urged Congress to agree on major financial reforms.

“As currently structured, [More]

Five things to know about the Paul Manafort trial

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort goes on trial Tuesday in a federal court in Virginia on charges of tax and bank fraud, the specter of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections – and any ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign – won’t be the main issue on the docket, but it will certainly be in the background as the trial gets underway.

Manafort faces a variety of charges – subscribing to false individual income tax returns, failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts, bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy.

In all, Manafort faces 18 [More]

President Trump again threatens government shutdown over immigration

  • 2:53 pm Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Two months before a funding deadline for the U.S. Government, President Donald Trump on Monday signaled that he would favor using the threat of a government shutdown to force action on tougher immigration legislation, arguing once more that the Congress needs to vote on major changes to current U.S. immigration laws, which Mr. Trump says are not tough enough.

“I would certainly be willing to consider a shutdown if we don’t get proper border security,” the President said, amplifying a tweet from earlier in the day in which he again called for action by the Congress.

In a joint news conference with [More]