- 3:45 pm Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The House Intelligence Committee held the first public hearing on questions involving actions taken by Russia to interfere with the 2016 elections in the United States, as both parties used starkly different strategies as they asked questions of the heads of the FBI and National Security Agency about that probe.
Here are some of the highlights:
1. FBI confirms Trump-Russia investigation for the first time. Many had long assumed that the FBI was investigating meddling by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections, but today was the first time that it had been publicly announced by the FBI Director. “Our practice is [More]
- 10:44 am Monday, March 20th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
In the start of Congressional hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed for the first time that a formal counter intelligence investigation is underway into any Russian actions, and that the probe is also looking at possible links to associates of President Donald Trump and his campaign. The President responded by again pointing the finger at his predecessor.
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian Government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” [More]
- 11:53 am Sunday, March 19th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The House Intelligence Committee on Monday holds the first open hearing in its investigation into interference by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections, with lawmakers first getting testimony from the heads of the FBI and the National Security Agency, as a number of questions remain unanswered both about Russian actions and any possible ties to associates of President Donald Trump.
Let’s take a look at where things stand:
1. Will the FBI Director say anything of note? FBI Director James Comey will get the most attention in this rare public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday morning, but will he [More]
- 8:30 am Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
When you talk to GOP lawmakers in the Congress about an overhaul of the Obama health law, one of the most mentioned items by Republicans is making it possible for insurance companies to sell health coverage policies across state lines, as the Trump Administration argues that will help promote competition, and bring down prices for consumers.
“There’s no question about it,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday, “if one plan can sell that was in Maryland – into Virginia – where they could seek additional customers, that competition alone invariably brings down costs.”
“Once you allow competition, [More]
- 3:03 pm Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
With President Donald Trump leading the last minute lobbying and deal making with conservative GOP lawmakers, Republican leaders are planning for a showdown vote next Thursday on the House floor, arguing now is the time to move forward with plans to overhaul the Obama health law.
“I want everybody to know that I’m a hundred percent behind this,” President Trump said to reporters as he met with a group of conservative lawmakers who were seeking changes to the health bill.
Mr. Trump made clear that he had successfully twisted some arms in an effort to get to the 216 votes that will [More]
- 8:35 am Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
A day after President Donald Trump’s top spokesman repeated accusations from a Fox News analyst that British Intelligence had helped with Obama Administration surveillance of Trump Tower in 2016, the White House was forced to backpedal, as the British Government asked the Trump Administration on Friday not to repeat that charge in public again.
“We’ve received assurances that these allegations won’t be repeated,” was the message from 10 Downing Street, as British Intelligence officials labeled the allegation “ridiculous.”
The dustup stemmed from Thursday’s press briefing at the White House, where Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeated an accusation that the GCHQ – Britain’s [More]
- 8:14 pm Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Almost two weeks after President Donald Trump accused ex-President Barack Obama of doing surveillance on the Trump campaign, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly jousted with reporters at a briefing, accusing the press of ignoring stories that favored Mr. Trump, while again sidestepping questions of what prompted the President to say he was wiretapped in 2016.
“Where was your passion, and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russia?” Spicer said at one point. “Crickets from you guys.”
Several reporters tried to get Spicer to react to a statement issued by Senate Intelligence Committee [More]
- 12:22 pm Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Despite simmering differences among Republicans, a key Congressional committee on Thursday gave narrow approval to a GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, sending it one step closer to a showdown vote on the floor of the U.S. House.
“We made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Speaker Paul Ryan said soon after the House Budget Committee voted 19-17 to approve the Republican health plan.
“We’re going to keep our promise to the people that elected us,” Ryan told reporters, as his office sent out a news release with a headline of “One Step Closer.”
But for the first time, internal [More]
- 7:47 am Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump released his budget outline for 2018 today, following through on his vow to increase defense spending, while cutting an equal amount from non-defense programs in the budget, as his plans would target a number of popular spending items for elimination, but not get the country any closer to a balanced budget overall.
The budget blueprint released today on covers “discretionary” spending – the $1.1 trillion portion of the budget that does not deal with major entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
“The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver [More]
- 11:24 pm Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Hours before it was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugee admissions to the United States, as Mr. Trump denounced the ruling, saying it makes the U.S. look “weak.”
“We’re going to fight this terrible ruling,” the President said during a speech in Nashville, Tennessee, as he vowed to pursue an appeal.
“We’re going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Trump added.
“We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the President [More]