- 1:50 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Unable to bridge their differences on a range of politically explosive issues linked to illegal immigration, Republicans failed for the second time in a week to get an immigration reform bill through the House, as 112 GOP lawmakers joined with all Democrats in voting to torpedo a plan that was seen by some Republicans as too moderate to vote for, showcasing GOP legislative struggles to deliver on the President’s campaign pledge for tougher immigration laws.
- 10:53 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In a surprise defeat, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was soundly defeated in his primary Tuesday night by a 28 year-old progressive activist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representing the first overt signs of a broader struggle over the future direction of the Democratic Party.
Crowley, the head of the House Democratic Caucus, had been talked about in recent months as a possible candidate for Speaker of the House, as younger Democrats have chafed at the idea of returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to that post, if their party takes control of the House in November.
Instead, Crowley [More]
- 6:10 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After expressing concerns earlier this year about the indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges, a federal judge in Virginia ruled on Tuesday that the case – seemingly unrelated to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections – could still be brought by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though the judge raised questions about the probe.
“In sum, dismissal of the Superseding Indictment on the grounds urged by defendant is not warranted here,” Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled, in a 31 page decision issued late [More]
- 1:15 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Declaring a major personal and political victory, President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the ruling of a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court, which said the President was well within his executive powers to block the entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals, as he called it a ‘tremendous victory for the American people.’
“This is a great victory for our Constitution,” the President said to reporters, as he met with lawmakers at the White House.
“The ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians are wrong, and they turned out to be very wrong,” [More]
- 10:41 am Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In the biggest ruling of the Supreme Court’s term, the court’s conservative majority upheld President Donald Trump’s travel order, saying there was no question that Mr. Trump had the power to act to restrict the entry of foreign nationals into the United States.
“The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA,” the majority opinion noted, referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“The entry suspension is an act that is well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other President,” the court’s opinion stated.
“Under these circumstances, the Government has set forth a [More]
- 4:00 am Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to criticize motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, as the iconic American company announced it would shift production jobs out of the United States, because of the fallout from Mr. Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Mexico, Canada and Europe, as stocks had their biggest drop since April amid fears of a growing trade war.
“Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,” the President tweeted, after news arrived that the U.S. motorcycle company was moving production jobs overseas, in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs on [More]
- 5:14 pm Monday, June 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after saying that illegal immigrants deserved no day in court, President Donald Trump on Monday once more called for Congress to act on immigration reform legislation, decrying the lengthy amount of time it can take to deal with immigration cases in the U.S. legal system.
“We want a system where when people come in illegally, they have to go out,” the President said, during an Oval Office photo op with the King of Jordan.
“We have people for four, five years, and they never leave,” Mr. Trump added, with a note of frustration in his voice, as he called [More]
- 8:48 pm Sunday, June 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As Republicans struggled again to gather a majority in the House this week for an immigration reform bill, President Donald Trump on Sunday seemed to hint that the effort might be a waste of time, blaming Democrats for their opposition to GOP plans, and demanding major changes in how the U.S. legal system deals with those illegally entering the United States.
“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” the President tweeted on Sunday, making the argument that illegal immigrants deserve no legal standing in court, no due process [More]
- 5:00 am Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump this week threatened $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports, and then warned Europe that he would slap a 20 percent tariff on imported automobiles, members of both parties in Congress accused the administration of starting a trade war which could cause collateral economic damage across the United States.
The differences were on display at a hearing Wednesday with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who took a bipartisan tongue lashing on a recent round of tariffs levied on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe.
“We’re picking winners and losers,” argued Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who [More]
- 1:23 pm Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In a fresh reminder that political cooperation is not dead on Capitol Hill, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a sweeping package of over fifty bipartisan bills to address the misuse of prescription opioid pain medicine, as lawmakers voted to expand a variety of services under Medicare and Medicaid to deal with the drug scourge.
“We can do things when we put partisan politics aside and work together,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), one of a number of lawmakers who touted various provisions in the sweeping opioids measure.
“This particular bill, H.R. 6, is the crown jewel of all that [More]