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Republicans scrap with Rosenstein, Wray over Russia probe

  • 3:15 pm Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The long running partisan battle over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections boiled over in a U.S. House hearing on Thursday, as Republicans accused top Trump Administration officials of intentionally withholding evidence in a bid to cover up what some GOP lawmakers say is an investigation that is biased against the President.

After months of behind-the-scenes skirmishing over documents that Republicans want from the FBI and the Department of Justice, the tone of the hearing was set early, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in his opening statement that, “today is not a happy occasion.”

That was proven [More]

Political fight swiftly accelerates over Supreme Court vacancy

  • 7:48 am Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision on Wednesday of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire quickly set off a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, as Republicans vowed quick hearings and a vote by fall, and Democratic groups raised ominous questions about President Donald Trump’s list of 25 judges under consideration for the spot on the Court.

“The Senate should not consider ANY Supreme Court nominee until after the midterm elections,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Thursday morning, as Democrats still burn with anger over Republicans blocking the final nominee of President Barack Obama before the 2016 elections.

While Democrats grit their teeth, for GOP [More]

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire

  • 2:24 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a pivotal vote on a host of controversial political issues, announced Wednesday that he would retire from the High Court, providing President Donald Trump with the chance to nominate a second Justice to the bench, further cementing the court’s conservative majority.

“For a member of the legal professions it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court,” Kennedy said in a letter to President Trump.

The decision is certain to spur a heated confirmation hearing this summer in the Senate; the Supreme Court is now in recess until the beginning of the new term, [More]

Even with Trump backing, House defeats second GOP immigration reform bill

  • 1:50 pm Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Unable to bridge their differences on a range of politically explosive issues linked to illegal immigration, Republicans failed for the second time in a week to get an immigration reform bill through the House, as 112 GOP lawmakers joined with all Democrats in voting to torpedo a plan that was seen by some Republicans as too moderate to vote for, showcasing GOP legislative struggles to deliver on the President’s campaign pledge for tougher immigration laws.

The vote wasn’t even close, as House Republicans were able to muster only 121 votes in favor of the plan; the bill was defeated [More]

Top House Democrat bounced from Congress in primary

  • 10:53 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a surprise defeat, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, was soundly defeated in his primary Tuesday night by a 28 year-old progressive activist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, representing the first overt signs of a broader struggle over the future direction of the Democratic Party.

Crowley, the head of the House Democratic Caucus, had been talked about in recent months as a possible candidate for Speaker of the House, as younger Democrats have chafed at the idea of returning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to that post, if their party takes control of the House in November.

Instead, Crowley [More]

Federal judge refuses to dismiss Manafort indictment in Russia probe

  • 6:10 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After expressing concerns earlier this year about the indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges, a federal judge in Virginia ruled on Tuesday that the case – seemingly unrelated to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections – could still be brought by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though the judge raised questions about the probe.

“In sum, dismissal of the Superseding Indictment on the grounds urged by defendant is not warranted here,” Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled, in a 31 page decision issued late [More]

President Trump hails Supreme Court victory on travel order

  • 1:15 pm Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Declaring a major personal and political victory, President Donald Trump on Tuesday celebrated the ruling of a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court, which said the President was well within his executive powers to block the entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals, as he called it a ‘tremendous victory for the American people.’

“This is a great victory for our Constitution,” the President said to reporters, as he met with lawmakers at the White House.

“The ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians are wrong, and they turned out to be very wrong,” [More]

U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s travel order

  • 10:41 am Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In the biggest ruling of the Supreme Court’s term, the court’s conservative majority upheld President Donald Trump’s travel order, saying there was no question that Mr. Trump had the power to act to restrict the entry of foreign nationals into the United States.

“The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority under the INA,” the majority opinion noted, referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act.

“The entry suspension is an act that is well within executive authority and could have been taken by any other President,” the court’s opinion stated.

“Under these circumstances, the Government has set forth a [More]

Stocks drop, jobs shift in response to Trump tariffs, trade war fears

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to criticize motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson, as the iconic American company announced it would shift production jobs out of the United States, because of the fallout from Mr. Trump’s decision to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Mexico, Canada and Europe, as stocks had their biggest drop since April amid fears of a growing trade war.

“Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag,” the President tweeted, after news arrived that the U.S. motorcycle company was moving production jobs overseas, in order to avoid retaliatory tariffs on [More]

Trump presses call for swifter legal action on illegal immigration

  • 5:14 pm Monday, June 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after saying that illegal immigrants deserved no day in court, President Donald Trump on Monday once more called for Congress to act on immigration reform legislation, decrying the lengthy amount of time it can take to deal with immigration cases in the U.S. legal system.

“We want a system where when people come in illegally, they have to go out,” the President said, during an Oval Office photo op with the King of Jordan.

“We have people for four, five years, and they never leave,” Mr. Trump added, with a note of frustration in his voice, as he called [More]

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