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Trump heads to Capitol for lunch meeting with GOP Senators

  • 3:30 am Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, ready to press GOP Senators to act on his plans to fund his wall along the border with Mexico, and encouraging Republican leaders to put more pressure on Democrats to confirm various judicial and executive nominees moving slowly through the Senate.

“He will be discussing the administration’s agenda,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah, who told reporters on Monday that he also expected Mr. Trump to plug his choice for CIA Director.

“I think a focus of that will be on appointees and getting the President’s team in place, particularly Gina [More]

Today’s Supreme Court decision is about much more than sports gambling

  • 1:43 pm Monday, May 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While many of the headlines from Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling will rightly focus on how it impacts the future of sports gambling in America, the decision may ultimately trigger a broader showdown over other issues which states might pursue, under the broad tent of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.

“The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” the court’s majority wrote in an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, leaving those moves to the individual states, which may look at legalized betting as a convenient source of revenue.

“Supporters [More]

Trump presses for action as House GOP struggles over immigration

  • 8:42 pm Sunday, May 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With his own party struggling to reach an agreement on immigration legislation, President Trump this weekend reiterated his call for action in the Congress on money for his border wall and changes in laws dealing with illegal immigration, as a group of Republicans are edging closer to forcing a showdown on the House floor over the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”

At issue is a “discharge petition” in the House, which if it gets signatures from a majority of lawmakers, would bring legislation directly to the House floor dealing with immigration and DACA.

So far, 18 House Republicans have signed on – [More]

ROAD CLOSED: White House says infrastructure bill unlikely in 2018

  • 7:50 am Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House acknowledged on Wednesday that one of President Donald Trump’s prime domestic legislative goals – a massive $1 trillion package to fund the construction of new roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects – probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

“I don’t know that there will be one by the end of this year,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged when asked about one of Mr. Trump’s signature issues, which he has been touting since the early days of his 2016 campaign for the White House.

“We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve the nation’s [More]

White House has little to say about payments to Cohen

  • 5:03 pm Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The White House on Wednesday shed little light on why major companies like AT&T and Novartis decided to hire the President’s private lawyer, Michael Cohen, early in the Trump Administration, shrugging off assertions that it was an indication of influence peddling by someone close to Mr. Trump.

“I haven’t heard the President express any specific concerns,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as she was asked at Wednesday’s briefing why major companies like AT&T and Novartis had hired the President’s private lawyer.

“I’m not going to get into somebody else’s qualifications,” Sanders added. “That’s a determination the individual companies [More]

Voters boot first Congressional incumbent in 2018 mid-terms

  • 11:06 pm Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Congress already looking at a substantial amount of change next year, voters added to that on Tuesday night, as Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) was defeated in his quest for a fourth term in office, the first sitting member of Congress to lose a re-election bid in the 2018 mid-term elections. Meanwhile, the Senate Majority Leader was all smiles, as a GOP candidate who had targeted his own party’s leader failed to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in West Virginia.

Voters went to the polls in four states on Tuesday – North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, and Ohio, [More]

Trump moves to start U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

  • 2:34 pm Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States would begin the process of ending its participation in the Iran nuclear agreement worked out by the Obama Administration, saying the deal is “rotten to the core,” and needs to be renegotiated to insure that the Tehran regime is not getting nuclear weapons.

“If I allowed this deal to stand there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East,” the President said from the White House, as he charged the agreement was filled with loopholes and weak enforcement mechanisms to keep Tehran in check.

“This will make America much [More]

Trump in the mix as four states hold primaries on Tuesday

  • 3:00 am Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

His name may not be on the ballot, but President Donald Trump is figuring prominently in a number of primary races on Tuesday, as voters go to the polls to pick candidates for Congress in Ohio, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Indiana, kicking off primaries for the U.S. House and Senate in 30 states over the next six weeks.

For Republicans, the outcome of primaries in three of the states voting today could be an important sign as to their party’s chances to keep control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections, as Republicans target seats held by Democrats [More]

Trump sending $15 billion budget savings plan to Congress

  • 6:44 pm Monday, May 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Under pressure from Republicans in the Congress to hold down on federal spending, President Donald Trump is asking Congress to officially block a series of federal agencies from spending $15 billion in money which has been approved by the Congress in the past, but never spent by the feds.

“This is just money that is sitting out there,” said a senior administration official in a call with reporters. “This is something that we have designed to go after funding, and pots of money that have been on the books for many, many years.”

The Trump rescissions package would come under an existing [More]

Trump to announce decision Tuesday on Iran nuclear deal

  • 3:12 pm Monday, May 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Monday said that he will announce his decision on the future of U.S. participation in the Iran-nuclear deal reached by the Obama Administration, an agreement he and other Republicans have long criticized, arguing it won’t do enough to stop the Tehran regime from getting nuclear weapons.

“I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00pm,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

Just moments before the President’s tweet, the White House had nothing to offer reporters on when Mr. Trump would make his decision known.

“The President will make an announcement on what [More]

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