- 10:45 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
More than 24 hours after a shooting killed two people and wounded ten at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, President Donald Trump on Monday evening offered his condolences to the victims of the attack, as Democrats in Congress turned up the volume on their calls for something to be done by the Congress on gun violence.
“I want to extend our prayers and condolences to the victims of the tragic shooting in Jacksonville,” the President told an audience at a White House dinner for evangelical leaders.
“That was a terrible thing indeed. And how it happens, nobody really knows,” [More]
- 4:26 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As fellow lawmakers in Congress praised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died Saturday from brain cancer, the White House on Monday afternoon bent to mounting criticism from both parties over the President’s reaction to McCain’s death, as the flag was lowered to half-staff over the White House, and President Donald Trump finally issued a public statement about the veteran Arizona Republican.
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” [More]
- 3:03 pm Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump pushed ahead Monday with efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as the President announced a tentative trade deal with Mexico, and put public pressure on the Canadian government to join in talks on a new agreement, or face fresh U.S. tariffs on autos sent from Canada to the United States.
“It’s a big day for trade, a big day for our country,” the President joyfully declared in the Oval Office, as he spoke with the Mexican President by telephone in front of reporters.
“It’s an incredible deal, it’s an incredible [More]
- 11:00 am Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Two days after the death of veteran Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), flags were back at full-staff at the White House following a weekend tribute to the Arizona Senator, but other government buildings and museums in the nation’s capital were treating things differently on Monday morning, with some still flying flags at half-staff in McCain’s honor.
The federal flag code is clear on such honors, that unless there is a special declaration from the President of the United States, the flags are flown at half-staff ‘on the day and day after the death’ of a U.S. Senator or House member.
McCain died on [More]
- 10:18 pm Sunday, August 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Congressional leaders announced Sunday that they would give one of the highest honors possible to the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died Saturday of brain cancer, as McCain’s body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, honoring his over 35 years of service in the U.S. House and Senate.
“The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The honors for McCain will begin Wednesday at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix; after a church service on [More]
- 8:55 pm Saturday, August 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
As news arrived Saturday evening that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had died from an aggressive form of brain cancer, it ended the career of a ‘maverick’ Senator who managed to frustrate both major politcal parties at times during his almost 36 years of service in the U.S. Congress.
“John’s voice will be missed in the Senate and around the world,” said former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who admitted “I had my differences with John,” but like many other colleagues, they saw a Senator who cut a unique path through the Congress.
“I traveled the world with John, particularly to Iraq and Afghanistan, [More]
- 10:10 am Friday, August 24th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
For a second day, President Donald Trump jabbed at his own Attorney General, all but taunting Jeff Sessions in a series of tweets, in which the President complained about a lack of focus by federal investigators on actions by Hillary Clinton and Democrats, along with certain current and former officials at the Department of Justice and FBI, complaining that the Russia probe was too one-sided against Mr. Trump and Republicans.
“Come on Jeff, you can do it, the country is waiting,” the President wrote to the Attorney General in one of his tweets, complaining there was a “Double Standard” about the [More]
- 8:19 pm Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
The latest public broadsides by President Donald Trump at his Attorney General sparked divisions among Republicans in the Senate on Thursday, as one openly predicted Jeff Sessions could be gone from his job in coming months, while others warned the President against taking any step to replace their former Senate colleague.
“I find it really difficult to envision any circumstance where I would vote to confirm a successor to Jeff Sessions if he is fired because he’s executing his job, rather than choosing to act as a partisan hack,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
In a speech on the Senate floor, [More]
- 1:43 pm Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
Two days after a federal grand jury returned a 60-count indictment, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and his wife pleaded not guilty to charges that they illegally used over $250,000 in campaign contributions for personal expenditures, as the California Republican echoed President Donald Trump’s assertion that he was being unfairly targeted by Democrats in the Department of Justice.
Federal prosecutors say the Hunters not only used campaign funds for vacations, school tuition for their children, concerts and other personal items, but also falsified records in 13 separate reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, to cover their tracks.
Arriving at a [More]
- 10:40 pm Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree
A day after President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud, and Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen plead guilty to charges that included illegal campaign contributions allegedly orchestrated by Mr. Trump, there was no rush to the exits by Republicans in the Congress, and no expectation on Capitol Hill that GOP lawmakers were ready to abandon the President.
“We’ll have to see where this goes, we just don’t know where it goes from here,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), as GOP Senators gave no hints of any rush away from [More]