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Congress in dark as Trump again touts mystery tax cut plan

  • 7:50 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would soon have the Congress press ahead on a new 10 percent tax cut for the middle class, though his declaration both about the unknown plan – and the schedule for action surrounding it – continued to leave fellow Republicans in the Congress confused over what the President was doing, and the tax details of what he was talking about.

As he left the White House on Monday afternoon for a campaign rally in Texas, the President was asked about his surprise Saturday statement in [More]

Feds unveil new rules to let states get waivers from the Obama health law

  • 2:03 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With sharp debate between the two parties over how best to deal with health insurance coverage for those with pre-existing medical conditions, the Trump Administration unveiled new rules on Monday which would make it easier for states to apply for waivers from the Obama health law, allowing companies to offer insurance which is less expensive, but also which has less coverage for consumers.

“States know much better than the federal government how their markets work,” said Seema Verma, the head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Releasing new rules for plans to give states more flexibility on what [More]

Trump puzzles D.C. with talk of tax cut action before elections

  • 4:00 am Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As he wrapped up a three day, three state campaign swing in Nevada this weekend, President Donald Trump told reporters he was expecting that the Republican Congress would roll out out a new GOP tax cutting plan before the November elections, what he described as ‘a major tax cut for middle income people,’ which the President said could be finished as early as the ‘first of November.’

But it wasn’t immediately apparent what the President was talking about, as the House and Senate are not on Capitol Hill to vote on any legislation until November 13, a week after the elections, [More]

In campaign twist, Democrats embrace health care in 2018

  • 8:57 am Sunday, October 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term election backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they

In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials.

The Wesleyan Media Project said back in [More]

45 years ago today – Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 20th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

This Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the infamous ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when an embattled President Richard Nixon fired the special Watergate prosecutor, but only after both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General refused to carry out the President’s orders, and resigned from their positions.

The move by President Nixon came during an ongoing legal dispute over the release of the Watergate tapes – recordings made in the Oval Office by a secret taping system that the President had installed – which ultimately contained evidence that forced Nixon from office.

Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox wanted all the tapes for his [More]

New York man arrested for threatening Senators over Kavanaugh

  • 1:26 pm Friday, October 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Federal prosecutors in New York announced the arrest on Friday of a man who allegedly threatened to murder and assault a pair of U.S. Senators for their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as police say the suspect placed a series of threatening telephone calls in which the man threatened to shoot the Senators if they supported the Kavanaugh nomination.

In court documents unsealed on Friday, a special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police detailed a number of voice mails left by the suspect, identified as Ronald DeRisi of Smithtown, on Long Island in New York.

The expletive-filled messages [More]

Trump praises GOP Congressman who assaulted reporter

  • 11:17 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Kicking off a three state western campaign swing on Thursday night, President Donald Trump used a stop in Missoula, Montana to praise a GOP Congressman who assaulted a reporter during a 2017 special election campaign, as the President drew cheers at a campaign rally by calling Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) “my guy.”

“Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy,” Mr. Trump said at an airport rally, using his arms to mimic someone throwing another person to the ground.

The President recounted how he been in Rome when he heard that Gianforte had body slammed a reporter in May [More]

Attorney General Sessions hails “aggressive campaign against leaks”

  • 6:24 pm Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As a former FBI agent was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday in Minnesota for disclosing classified information to the news media, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the latest court moves against leakers in the federal government, saying the Trump Administration is waging what may be ‘the most aggressive campaign against leaks’ in the history of the Department of Justice.

“Today’s sentence should be a warning to every would-be leaker in the federal government that if they disclose classified information, they will pay a high price,” Sessions said in a statement, making clear that government leakers will be ‘prosecuted [More]

Trump urges immigration focus as he starts latest campaign swing

  • 9:30 am Thursday, October 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Expressing confidence in recent days about the impact of his work for GOP candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections for Congress, President Donald Trump starts a swing out west on Thursday to help Republican efforts to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, as he tries to make the issue of illegal immigration more central to the final days of the 2018 campaign, as the President threatened to use U.S. military forces to closed down the southern border with Mexico.

“Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!” the President tweeted on [More]

In a surprise, Trump to ask for 2020 cuts in defense, domestic spending

  • 7:51 pm Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After two years of added spending for the Pentagon, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a budget plan for 2020 which reduces spending for the military by just over two percent, while asking all other agencies to cut their budgets by a minimum of five percent.

“It will probably be $700 billion,” the President said of the military budget, which Congress raised to $700 billion for this year, and $716 billion for 2019.

Bringing the Pentagon back to $700 billion for 2020 would be a cut of $16 billion – just over two percent; other agencies would [More]