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What’s happening in Congress – other than the Kavanaugh fight

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the Senate battle over President Donald Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court has soaked up most of the news oxygen in recent days in Washington, D.C., there is still action on Capitol Hill on a variety of other issues, though that work has been certainly overshadowed by the political firestorm raging on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

“How much is this fiasco costing and is any real work getting done?” one of my listeners asked me on Tuesday, prompting me to think about what Congress was doing, other than the Senate fight over Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court.

Here are five [More]

Lots of finger pointing, but no vote set yet on Kavanaugh

  • 3:39 pm Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Senate leaders in both parties turned up their verbal attacks on each other Tuesday, as Republicans vowed to hold a vote by the end of the week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Democrats urged a full review by the FBI, calling for Senators to receive a special briefing on extra interviews being conducted by federal agents related to allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.

“We need to be briefed by the FBI,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer told reporters after a closed door lunch meeting of his party’s Senators, as Democrats said they were concerned the GOP might push ahead with [More]

5 weeks out, Trump optimistic about GOP election chances

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With Republicans playing defense in a number of races in Congress, President Donald Trump on Monday sounded a note of optimism about GOP chances to hold control of the U.S. House and Senate, saying he believes his party’s candidates will be rewarded at the ballot box for an improving national economy.

“I think we’re going to do well, although history is not on our side,” the President told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, referring to losses which normally hit the party of the President in a mid-term election, with 1994 and 2010 prime examples of those major swings in [More]

McConnell vows Senate vote ‘this week’ as Trump defends Kavanaugh

  • 4:05 pm Monday, October 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as the FBI reviewed sexual misconduct allegations involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and President Donald Trump said he was open to a ‘comprehensive’ review of any issues involving the judge, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote in coming days on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“We’ll be voting this week,” McConnell said in a floor speech on Monday afternoon, as he blasted Democrats, accusing them of moving the goalposts on a regular basis on Kavanaugh.

“They’re committed to delaying, obstructing and resisting this nomination with everything they’ve got,” McConnell said. “They just want to delay this matter [More]

Amid Kavanaugh fight, President Trump turns up campaign pace

  • 11:10 pm Sunday, September 30th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the future of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court remains in question, President Donald Trump will spend parts of four of the next six days on the campaign trail, imploring voters to help him maintain a crucial Republican majority in the U.S. Congress, making stops for GOP candidates this week in Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota and Kansas.

“We are just five weeks away from one of the most important congressional elections in our lifetimes,” the President said on Saturday night at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he plugged Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination remains in limbo in the [More]

The Kavanaugh saga – as a story from our youth

  • 11:04 am Saturday, September 29th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

While the saga of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has erupted into a major story around the country for many Americans, the battle has a slightly different ring to it for those of us who grew up in the same area as Kavanaugh, just outside of Washington, D.C., and that was very apparent as I met up with a group of my high school friends this weekend.

For almost the last twenty years, eight of us have gathered in various places around the country to tell the same stories, play a little golf, drink a few beers, play some cards, and [More]

Kavanaugh faces new hurdle even as Senate panel okays nomination

  • 2:09 pm Friday, September 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh faced a brand new hurdle from a Republican Senator on Friday, even as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate, as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) forced GOP leaders to delay floor action on the President’s nominee until the FBI could question some possible witnesses related to allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental FBI background investigation,” read a statement issued by the panel on Friday afternoon, making it clear [More]

GOP pushes ahead after wrenching day of Ford, Kavanaugh testimony

  • 8:04 am Friday, September 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Republicans in the Senate moved a step closer to confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh early next week, many on Capitol Hill – and in the nation – were still digesting the riveting testimony of both Judge Kavanaugh, and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a party in the summer of 1982, a charge Kavanaugh sternly denied.

In the wake of the hearing, it was quickly obvious that few minds were changed in the Senate after the testimony, as Republicans said there was no need for further delay on the Kavanaugh nomination.

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LIVE UPDATES from inside the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing room

  • 9:19 am Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The future of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is on the line in a historic Senate hearing on this Thursday, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct at a high school party back in 1982. Kavanaugh will then defend himself later in the day.

The hearing is reminiscent in many ways of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in 1981, where Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment; after several extra days of hearings, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court on a vote of 52-48.

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House okays spending measure that averts government shutdown

  • 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With the public backing of President Donald Trump, the House on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a funding package for the military, health research, education, and labor programs of the federal government, as well as extending a temporary budget for certain agencies to avoid a funding lapse when the fiscal year ends on September 30. The vote was 361-61, following a 93-7 vote in the Senate last week.

“We’re going to keep the government open,” the President said at the United Nations in New York, turning aside the possibility that he might reject the bill, which would have lead [More]

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