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Senate advances Kavanaugh past procedural hurdle in 51-49 vote

  • 11:06 am Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the final outcome still unclear, the Senate on Friday morning narrowly voted to force an end to debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, clearing the way for a final vote as soon as Saturday, as both parties continued to trade verbal barbs over the controversial nomination process for President Donald Trump’s pick to take a seat on the high court.

“It’s time to vote,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said bluntly, as he spent more time in his final remarks before the cloture vote slamming the actions of Democrats during the confirmation process, rather than talking [More]

Kavanaugh defends himself as ‘independent, impartial judge’

  • 8:54 pm Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

His nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court hanging by a thread in the U.S. Senate, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday night that his testimony a week ago before Senators had been overly emotional at points, admitting, “I said a few things I should not have said.”

“The Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution,” Kavanaugh wrote in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal.

In his op-ed – a rare move for a Supreme Court nominee, just like his interview with Fox News a week earlier – Kavanaugh did not explicitly [More]

White House confident as Senators split over Kavanaugh FBI review

  • 1:33 pm Thursday, October 4th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House and GOP leaders on Thursday expressed increasing confidence about the confirmation chances for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Senators broke along party lines over an extra FBI review of allegations concerning Kavanaugh, with Republicans calling for confirmation of the judge this weekend and Democrats arguing the FBI review fell short of what was needed.

“The fact is that these allegations have not been corroborated,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor, again strongly denouncing attacks on Judge Kavanaugh, and pressing the GOP case that Democrats have relied allegations based on flimsy evidence.

For Democrats, their [More]

Flashbacks to John Tower as Senators review Kavanaugh FBI file

  • 8:58 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The subject was a high profile nominee of a Republican President. What seemed to be a contested, yet expected confirmation, suddenly changed amid questions of personal behavior. The FBI began gathering more evidence. In the media, and on the Senate floor, the debate between the parties turned bitter and caustic. It involved tales of alcohol abuse, tinged with allegations of sexual misconduct. And it left the Senate bitterly divided.

It was early 1989. President George H.W. Bush was assembling his Cabinet, and his nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Sen. John Tower (R-TX) suddenly found [More]

Senate sends President Trump bipartisan opioids bill

  • 3:53 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as Senators traded increasingly acidic charges over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both parties joined together on Wednesday afternoon to easily approve a sweeping bill designed to address the opioid epidemic, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

“This legislation is a turning point,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “It is a glimmer of hope.”

In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Portman described going to a funeral in recent days for the son of a friend who had overdosed on opioids, as lawmakers in both parties struggle for answers to deal with the [More]

What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court has soaked up most of the news oxygen in recent days in Washington, D.C., there is still action on Capitol Hill on a variety of other issues, though that work has been certainly overshadowed by the political firestorm raging on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“How much is this fiasco costing and is any real work getting done?” one of my listeners asked me on Tuesday, prompting me to think about what Congress was doing, other than the Senate fight over Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court.

Here are five [More]

Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

  • 3:39 pm Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Senate leaders in both parties turned up their verbal attacks on each other Tuesday, as Republicans vowed to hold a vote by the end of the week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Democrats urged a full review by the FBI, calling for Senators to receive a special briefing on extra interviews being conducted by federal agents related to allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.

“We need to be briefed by the FBI,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer told reporters after a closed door lunch meeting of his party’s Senators, as Democrats said they were concerned the GOP might push ahead with [More]

5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Republicans playing defense in a number of races in Congress, President Donald Trump on Monday sounded a note of optimism about GOP chances to hold control of the U.S. House and Senate, saying he believes his party’s candidates will be rewarded at the ballot box for an improving national economy.

“I think we’re going to do well, although history is not on our side,” the President told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, referring to losses which normally hit the party of the President in a mid-term election, with 1994 and 2010 prime examples of those major swings in [More]

McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

  • 4:05 pm Monday, October 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as the FBI reviewed sexual misconduct allegations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump said he was open to a ‘comprehensive’ review of any issues involving the judge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote in coming days on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“We’ll be voting this week,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Monday afternoon, as he blasted Democrats, accusing them of moving the goalposts on a regular basis on Kavanaugh.

“They’re committed to delaying, obstructing and resisting this nomination with everything they’ve got,” McConnell said. “They just want to delay this matter [More]

Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

  • 11:10 pm Sunday, September 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the future of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court remains in question, President Donald Trump will spend parts of four of the next six days on the campaign trail, imploring voters to help him maintain a crucial Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, making stops for GOP candidates this week in Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas.

“We are just five weeks away from one of the most important congressional elections in our lifetimes,” the President said on Saturday night at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he plugged Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination remains in limbo in the [More]