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With U.S. strikes, Trump continues hard line with Russia over Syrian chemical attacks

  • 8:04 am Saturday, April 14th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump announced military action on Friday night by the U.S., France, and Britain to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons, Mr. Trump directly criticized Russian leader Vladimir Putin for not doing more to rein in Syria’s use of chemical weapons, once more calling on the Russian government to change course on the Assad regime.

“In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,” Mr. Trump said in a nationwide address to announce the attacks by U.S., British and French forces.

“Assad’s recent attack, and today’s [More]

US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

  • 10:33 pm Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The decision by President Donald Trump to authorize military action along with France and Britain to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons drew strong bipartisan support as well as opposition from Democrats and Republicans in the Congress, though members of both parties also called for votes in the House and Senate to specifically authorize such action.

“I support the attack because Assad must be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

“It is time for action. Assad must know his inhumane actions WILL NOT be tolerated,” tweeted Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).

“We must make it [More]

Trump exults as Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

  • 4:07 pm Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A new report from internal investigators at the Justice Department says former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe wrongly leaked information just before the 2016 election to the Wall Street Journal, and then told different stories to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey when pressed for answers.

The investigation found that McCabe – who was fired from his post just over a day before he would have qualified for early retirement – told “starkly different” stories in different interviews with officials, trying to find out who leaked information to the Wall Street Journal in late October 2016 about FBI reviews of [More]

With new book out, President Trump calls Comey a “slime ball”

  • 8:27 am Friday, April 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With a new tell-all book out from former FBI Director James Comey painting an unflattering picture of the Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Comey as an “untruthful slime ball,” arguing that Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

“It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Trump declared in a pair of breakfast-time tweets. “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR.”

The first reports on Comey’s book began to filter out on Thursday evening, in which he depicts the President as someone who plays fast and loose with the truth, and in Comey’s mind, is more [More]

After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

  • 10:48 pm Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Days after charging – some said inaccurately – that the U.S. Postal Service was losing money delivering packages for online retail shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump on Thursday night ordered the establishment of a new task force to figure out how to end years of operating losses at the Postal Service, which have stretched into the billions of dollars.

“The USPS is on an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout,” the President said in an executive order issued by the White House.

“It shall be the policy of my Administration that the United States postal [More]

Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

  • 11:55 am Thursday, April 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after using Twitter to tell Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missile attacks on Syria, President Donald Trump on Thursday softened his tone on Thursday morning, raising the possibility that despite his tough warnings from earlier this week, there might be no U.S. military response over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, as Pentagon leaders readied options for Mr. Trump.

“We’re looking very, very seriously, very closely at that whole situation,” the President said to reporters. “We’ll see what happens.”

Earlier in the day on Twitter, the President seemed to hedge on his vow a day earlier to [More]

As deficit soars, House to vote on GOP balanced budget amendment

  • 10:02 pm Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after new numbers from the Trump Administration showed a sharp increase in the budget deficit for the current fiscal year, and two days after fresh predictions that yearly federal deficits will top $1 trillion in two years, the House will vote Thursday on a Republican plan for an amendment to the Constitution that would require a balanced budget.

The plan has little chance of success, and seems to have only exacerbated tensions inside the GOP over budget discipline.

“This upcoming balanced budget amendment shouldn’t be called a BBA; it should be called a CYA,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), [More]

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election in 2018

  • 10:26 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2018, adding his name to a lengthy list of GOP lawmakers who have decided to leave the Congress, facing a mid-term election playing field which seems tilted in favor of the Democrats.

“I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” the Speaker said, telling reporters he had “no regrets” about his time in the post.

“I am announcing that this year will be my last,” Ryan told reporters, after informing his fellow GOP lawmakers in a regular closed door meeting of House Republicans.

Ryan [More]

President Trump warns Russia on possible U.S. military strikes in Syria

  • 7:15 am Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Again breaking with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria, President Donald Trump on Wednesday taunted Moscow via Twitter, scoffing at talk by Russian lawmakers that their nation would stop any U.S. missiles which might be aimed at Syrian facilities in the wake of chemical attacks in that country by the Assad Regime.

“Get ready Russia,” the President wrote on Twitter just before 7 am ET.

“You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” the President added, as he said U.S. ties to Russia were deteriorating.

It was almost exactly a year ago [More]

White House argues Trump can fire Mueller, as Facebook CEO says his company is cooperating with Russia probe

  • 4:40 pm Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after President Donald Trump and his inner circle were stunned by an FBI raid in New York which targeted the President’s personal attorney, the White House stood by Mr. Trump’s concerns about the Russia investigation, publicly making the case that the President has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The President has been clear that this has gone too far,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which has drawn repeated criticism from the President.

Asked directly if Mr. Trump believes he has the power to fire Mueller, a [More]

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