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House passes sweeping GOP tax reform bill as focus shifts to Senate

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

In a major legislative victory for Republicans and President Trump, the House on Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, sending the plan to an uncertain future in the Senate, which will try to vote on its own version of tax changes after Thanksgiving.

In an afternoon tweet, the President called it a ‘big step toward fulfilling our promise” on tax cuts, and that was echoed by GOP lawmakers in the House.

“A historic day,” said Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), as cheering broke out on the House floor as the vote count went over a majority for the bill, [More]

Looking back at Princess Diana’s funeral – 20 years later

  • 2:00 am Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Twenty years later, it still seems hard to believe that I was in London to cover the funeral of Princess Diana. And thinking back about those days after her death, I am still struck by one thing in the streets of London – the silence. Walking alongside Diana’s funeral procession, through the crowds that gathered outside of Buckingham Palace, in the throngs that ringed Westminster Abbey, the silence was broken mainly only in one way – by the sound of people crying, overcome with the emotion of the moment.

“All along the funeral route, there was silence, even though [More]

Republican tax reform plan may be limited by GOP budget

  • 6:00 am Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be ‘budget neutral,’ which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain Congressional approval.

Deep in the fine print of the budget resolution for next year, the Republican plan allows for a tax reform bill under budget reconciliation, “if such measure would not increase the deficit for the total of fiscal [More]

Attorney General Sessions testimony – as it happens

  • 2:26 pm Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Amid questions about the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on Capitol Hill before the Senate Intelligence Committee, getting a chance to tell his side of the story in a public session, as Sessions told his former colleagues in no uncertain terms that he did not collude with Russia or have knowledge of any Russian election meddling.

Here is a rundown of today’s hearing:

5:06 pm – Chairman Burr asks Sessions to go back and see if he can work with the White House to allow [More]

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

  • 5:51 pm Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, stemming from what the Justice Department labeled as his mishandling of the investigation into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Comey’s termination came as he was leading a probe into possible collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia, centering on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Just yesterday in a tweet, the President had called the probe a “total hoax.”

“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning [More]

Congress sends President Obama major medical innovation bill

  • 2:48 pm Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Proving once again that lawmakers are capable of bipartisan agreement, the Senate voted 94-5 on Wednesday to send President Obama a $6.3 billion plan that authorizes new government work on medical innovation, extra efforts on mental health, and helps states battle opiod drug addiction problems across the U.S.

“The Senate just passed the most important bill of the year,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

“This will make a real difference for patients and families across the country, now and years into the future,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

The plan would direct an extra $4.8 billion in medical research money to the National [More]

Trump celebrates deal to preserve Carrier jobs in Indiana

  • 3:47 pm Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

In his first campaign-style trip since winning the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a visit to a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to celebrate a financial deal worked out with the air conditioner giant, declaring it was just his first effort to keep American jobs from being shifted to Mexico and other countries.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore, without consequences” Mr. Trump triumphantly declared.

At Mr. Trump’s side during his stop in Indianapolis was Vice President-Elect Mike Pence – Indiana’s Governor – as Mr. Pence had a broad smile on his face as he announced the [More]

No shortage of enthusiasm for Trump in PA

  • 11:22 pm Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Youngstown, Pennsylvania –

Just a couple of good golf shots from Arnold Palmer’s famed Latrobe County Club, horns honk, there are shouts of encouragement, and hundreds of people stop each day to get their picture taken outside a home painted with the stars and stripes, a house which has become almost a campaign shrine to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“I never realized it was going to go this viral,” Leslie Rossi said with a big smile, as people pulled in and out of the driveway around the house she owns on Pennsylvania state road 982.

“I didn’t set out to do [More]

Trump makes major push in Ohio

  • 4:20 pm Saturday, March 12th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Cleveland, Ohio –

In a bid to grab hold of the Republican nomination, Donald Trump used two rallies in Ohio on Saturday to take dead aim at this state’s Governor, urging thousands of voters to rebuke John Kasich at the polls on Tuesday in the Buckeye State.

“I have to still get rid of this Kasich guy,” Trump said at the International Exposition Center, just next to the Cleveland airport.

“He said he’s going to win Ohio,” Trump said of Kasich. “I don’t think so. I really don’t think so,” Trump said to cheers.

There was no hint of any security [More]

“Top Secret” Clinton emails withheld days before Iowa Caucus

  • 6:00 pm Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

From Davenport, Iowa –

As Hillary Clinton arrived in this Mississippi River town for a Friday evening rally with her husband, the former President, a new controversy had erupted over the release of emails she wrote while Secretary of State, as the State Department said almost two dozen emails would never be released because they contained “Top Secret” information.

The news, first reported by the Associated Press, seemed likely to spur fresh interest in the email story, just days before the Iowa Caucus.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign frowned on the news from the State Department, saying federal officials had wrongly [More]