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Senate blocks Democratic bid to overturn Trump health care rule

  • 3:57 pm Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

On a tie vote, Senate Republicans on Wednesday stopped an effort by Democrats to overturn a Trump Administration rule which allows the sale of certain short-term health insurance plans, preserving the option for consumers to buy less-expensive, reduced coverage policies which do not follow the full requirements under the Obama health law.

The vote was 50-50, as Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) joined all 49 Democrats in voting to overturn the new rule, which has been heralded by the White House and Congressional Republicans as a way to make more affordable insurance available to consumers.

Democrats argued in vain that the less comprehensive [More]

Trump says feds are ready as Michael aims at Gulf Coast, Southeast

  • 7:45 am Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump joined with government officials in Florida and other southern states in warning those in the path of Hurricane Michael to take appropriate safety measures to deal with what may turn out to be the most powerful hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle.

The President was scheduled to meet late Wednesday morning with the head of FEMA and the Secretary of Homeland Security, as he expressed confidence that federal emergency officials would be up to the task.

“We’re very well prepared; FEMA’s ready, we’re all ready,” the President told reporters on Tuesday, as he said his administration’s record of dealing [More]

Senate doxing suspect pleads not guilty, remains jailed

  • 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a 27 year-old former Democratic Congressional employee to remain in jail, as Jackson Cosko pleaded not guilty to charges that he published the addresses and phone numbers of a Republican Senator during the recent debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In an appearance before a federal magistrate judge, Cosko pleaded not guilty to seven different counts, including making public the personal information of Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

The indictment also spelled out other charges against Cosko, alleging that he illegally accessed a computer in the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – where [More]

Four weeks out, Trump, Pence try to save GOP majority in Congress

  • 2:49 pm Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Apart from targeting a handful of U.S. Senate seats held by Democrats, top Republicans mainly find themselves playing defense in the final weeks of the 2018 mid-term election campaign, working furiously to protect the seats of GOP lawmakers in the House, as President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence criss-cross the country in a bid to keep both the House and Senate in GOP hands next year.

Four weeks from Election Day, President Trump was holding a campaign rally in Iowa – not for his 2020 re-election bid – but instead trying to bolster the chances of Rep. David Young [More]

Ex-staffer accused of doxing Senators due in court on Tuesday

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The former Democratic Congressional staffer accused by police of publishing home addresses and phone numbers of Republican Senators during the nomination fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh will go before a federal magistrate judge Tuesday afternoon in a Washington, D.C. federal court.

27 year-old Jackson Cosko has been held without bond since his arrest last Wednesday, with possible criminal charges related to unauthorized access to a government computer, identity theft, unlawful entry, second degree burglary, witness tampering, threats in interstate communications, and making public restrict personal information.

Cosko was fired last week by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX); he had been working in [More]

VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

  • 8:06 pm Monday, October 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday evening, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said he would not let the caustic Senate confirmation process prevent him from being impartial to all who appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a host of other supporters who gathered in the White House East Room.

“I take this office with gratitude, and no bitterness,” Justice Kavanaugh said in his remarks, not ignoring the contentious Senate confirmation battle which threatened his nomination by President Trump.

“I was not appointed to serve one party [More]

As Kavanaugh joins Court, Trump, GOP try to seize election momentum

  • 4:00 am Sunday, October 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Hours after the U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday, President Donald Trump implored his supporters to turn out in large numbers for the November mid-term elections, both to punish Democrats for their opposition to Kavanaugh, and to ensure that Republicans keep control of both the U.S. House and Senate.

“We’ll have a chance in just four weeks to render your verdict on the Democrats’ conduct at the ballot box,” the President said to loud cheers at a campaign rally in Topeka, Kansas.

“On November 6, you will have the chance to stop the radical Democrats, and [More]

Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

  • 4:01 pm Saturday, October 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With thousands of protesters demonstrating outside the Capitol, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, capping an intense political battle which touched on everything from simple political differences over the role of the judiciary, to explosive allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge.

The outcome was a huge political victory for President Trump, who has now put two Justices on the Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh will join Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate in April 2017.

Republicans said the confirmation of [More]

Trump poised for Senate victory on Kavanaugh nomination

  • 4:00 am Saturday, October 6th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After weeks of wrenching debate, President Donald Trump stands on the edge of a major political victory, as the Senate on Saturday is expected to give narrow approval to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, elevating the federal appeals court judge following an acrimonious debate over his judicial philosophy, past political work, and allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Judge Kavanaugh is a nominee of the highest caliber,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “a brilliant legal mind and an accomplished jurist with a proven devotion to the rule of law.”

For McConnell, the final vote on Saturday afternoon comes after a brutal stretch of [More]

Kavanaugh seemingly headed for Saturday confirmation in Senate

  • 3:50 pm Friday, October 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won a narrow victory in a first test vote in the Senate on Friday, as a pair of key Senators announced they would support President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, all but guaranteeing that Kavanaugh will be approved by the full Senate on Saturday, capping weeks of a highly charged political confirmation fight on Capitol Hill.

Several hours after the Senate voted 51 to 49 to force an end to debate on the Kavanaugh nomination, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) went to the floor to announce she would support Kavanaugh in Saturday’s [More]

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