- 8:29 am Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after the U.S. listed hundreds of products from China that could be hit with new import tariffs, the Chinese government slapped new import duties on American soybeans and other products, fueling fears of a trade war, though President Donald Trump says that’s not what is happening.
“We are not in a trade war with China,” the President tweeted early on Wednesday morning, “that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S.”
“When you’re already $500 billion down, you can’t lose!” the President said on Twitter, using his figure for the trade deficit [More]
- 7:31 pm Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he would work with the Pentagon to deploy military forces along the border with Mexico to help stem the tide of illegal immigration, Mr. Trump said the help was needed as he presses Congress to fully fund his central campaign pledge in 2016.
“Until we can have a wall with proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military,” the President told reporters.
“We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,” Mr. Trump added at a joint news conference with Baltic leaders.
The President’s [More]
- 11:49 am Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
In the first legal punishment handed out in the investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, a federal judge sentenced a Dutch lawyer on Tuesday to thirty days in jail, for lying to investigators and destroying evidence related to questions about work done in Ukraine by Paul Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager.
In a federal court in Washington, D.C., Alex van der Zwaan, admitted his guilt.
“What I did was wrong,” the 33 year-old lawyer said to Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Four years before the 2016 campaign, van der Zwaan had worked with Manafort for [More]
- 4:02 pm Monday, April 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After a flurry of public complaints in recent days by President Donald Trump about the threat of a surge in illegal immigration from Central America, senior White House and Trump Administration officials argued on Monday that inaction by Congress on DACA and other immigration matters has prevented the feds from cracking down on those trying to illegally enter the United States.
“The large increase in Central American would-be-illegal-immigrants is being driven by the fact that there are serious deficiencies in our current laws that we spent the last year asking the Congress to close,’ said a senior White House official.
“This flow [More]
- 10:21 pm Sunday, April 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Following a long Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida, President Donald Trump returned to the White House on Sunday evening as news arrived that China was slapping new import duties on some U.S. goods, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, as agricultural groups worried about a wider trade war.
Meanwhile, new questions were being raised about the President’s EPA chief, as Scott Pruitt faced new calls for his ouster amid questions about a very inexpensive deal he received to stay in a Capitol Hill townhouse for $50/night while in Washington, D.C.
Here’s some of what the [More]
- 8:34 pm Sunday, March 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Even with supporters of gun control finding inspiration in weekend marches around the nation on gun violence, there is little to indicate that the Congress is poised to change course and enact new firearm restrictions, as Democrats called for votes this year on Capitol Hill, along with change at the ballot box in November.
“It’s time for Congress to act in response to overwhelming public support for stronger gun laws,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL).
“The march may be over, but this movement is not,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
But while Democrats talk up change, the reality is that a gun-rights majority [More]
- 4:00 am Saturday, March 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
After watching lawmakers agree to two bills this week dealing with guns and school safety in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats say the gun violence marches around the nation on Saturday have the chance to change the political dynamic on gun control in the Congress.
“Their hope gives me hope,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and others who have joined in calling for action on gun violence.
“Their determination gives me determination,” Nelson said at a U.S. Capitol news conference, even as he and other Democrats again acknowledged that [More]
- 1:43 pm Friday, March 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Creating a bit of legislative drama, President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to veto a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, and then after a few hours of leaving Congress in limbo and raising the specter of a government shutdown at midnight, Mr. Trump backed off and signed the bill into law, expressing his frustration over limited funding for his campaign vow to build a wall along the border with Mexico.
“I was thinking about doing the veto, but because of the incredible gains that we’ve been able to make for the military, that overrode any of our thinking,” the President said, [More]
- 9:17 am Friday, March 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after top White House budget officials said the President supported a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by the Congress, President Donald Trump threw Capitol Hill into turmoil on Friday morning, saying he was thinking about issuing a veto against the plan, because it did not include enough money for his campaign pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and no deal on what to do with hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”
Unable to reach an agreement in the past two months on DACA, the President again blamed that on Democrats, expressing frustration with [More]
- 12:40 am Friday, March 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Just over 24 hours after GOP leaders unveiled the details of massive plan to fund the federal government, the House and Senate gave easy bipartisan approval to the $1.3 trillion spending measure, even as members in both parties grumbled about the actions of their leaders, the process, the size of the bill, the amount of money involved, and the specifics.
The final Senate vote – which took place soon after midnight – was 65 to 32 in favor of the over 2,000 page bill, which no lawmaker claimed to have read from start to finish.
“Washington has reached a new [More]