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Amid Trump shutdown threat, Congress tries to wrap up work for 2018

  • 4:00 am Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to force a partial government shutdown before Christmas if he doesn’t get $5 billion for a wall along the Mexican border, Congressional leaders were trying to clear the decks in the House and Senate for a final surge of legislative work in the 115th Congress, in hopes of getting lawmakers out of town before the holidays.

“With maximum cooperation, magic things happen at Christmas,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as he threatened to keep the Senate in session between Christmas and New Year’s in order to finish work for the year.

Hanging over [More]

VIDEO: Trump and top Democrats spar in Oval Office showdown

  • 12:55 pm Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Demanding that Democrats accept his call for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the border with Mexico, President Donald Trump sparred with top Democrats in Congress in an extraordinary scene played out before television cameras in the Oval Office on Tuesday, as the President said he would be happy to see a partial government funding lapse later this month unless gets his way on money for to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

“I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck,” the President said in what quickly escalated into a bitter back and [More]

Before Congress, Google CEO denies partisan bias in search results

  • 11:44 am Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Taking flak from both parties in his first testimony on Capitol Hill, the head of Google denied charges from Republican lawmakers that his company produces politically biased search results, and tussled with other lawmakers worried about the amount of location data taken in by Google from consumers when using the company’s apps and search engine.

GOP lawmakers said too often a simple search about a Republican legislative initiative brings back nothing which would be considered non-partisan.

“Article after article opposing the Republican tax cut,” complained Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), as he joined a series of GOP lawmakers in saying that Google was [More]

Top Democrats to meet with President on border wall funding dispute

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Facing a December 21 funding deadline, the top two Democrats in Congress go to the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, with little in the way of obvious answers on how they will find middle ground on the President’s demand for $5 billion in a year-end funding deal to build the President’s wall along the border with Mexico.

“When President Trump proposed this as a candidate, he said, ‘Mark my words, I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall,’” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said in recent days, making it clear his party wants no part of funding [More]

As Trump denies wrongdoing, pace of Russia probe quickens

  • 5:09 pm Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as President Donald Trump again denounced the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign as a ‘witch hunt,’ federal prosecutors on Monday reached a plea bargain agreement with a Russian woman accused of illegal political activity in the U.S., and the Special Counsel’s office prepared to reveal details of alleged lies by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The federal judge overseeing Manafort’s case suddenly scheduled a status hearing for Tuesday afternoon, as Robert Mueller’s office is expected to publicly file a redacted version of a report on what lies the government claims [More]

Denouncing Cohen, Trump disputes campaign link to payoff of women

  • 7:57 am Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Three days after federal prosecutors in New York said the President directed his former personal lawyer to pay off two women in an effort to keep them quiet before the 2016 election, President Donald Trump rejected the assertion that the thousands of dollars funneled through Michael Cohen could be construed in any way as a violation of federal campaign election laws, a matter which some experts believe could put the President in legal jeopardy.

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun,” the President tweeted before sunrise on Monday. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it [More]

Top Pence aide won’t fill post as Trump’s Chief of Staff

  • 5:02 pm Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

A day after announcing that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would be leaving his post, President Donald Trump’s plan to shift the Vice President’s Chief of Staff into the job collapsed on Sunday, as a White House official told reporters that the President had been unable to reach a deal with Pence aide Nick Ayers, leaving Mr. Trump to look for another choice.

Ayers had been talked about for weeks as Kelly’s replacement, as the President’s relationship with his Chief of Staff worsened in recent months; but White House official told reporters Sunday that Ayers only wanted to serve [More]

Tidbits from the closed door questioning of James Comey

  • 11:18 pm Saturday, December 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

House Republicans on Saturday released a transcript of their private interview on Friday with former FBI Director James Comey, detailing a lengthy closed door skirmish between Comey and GOP lawmakers over the origin of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, and how Comey dealt with the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State.

It was the first of two private sessions, as Comey is scheduled to return to Congress on December 17.

Because there were no television cameras, the transcript is the only way to get a bead on what was said [More]

Feds: Manafort lied to prosecutors, Cohen should get jail time

  • 7:38 pm Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a trio of documents submitted to judges on Friday evening in New York and Washington, federal prosecutors accused President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying repeatedly to investigators even after agreeing to cooperate in the Russia investigation, and suggested a four year prison term for the President’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, while acknowledging his extensive help in the Russia probe by the Special Counsel’s office.

“Manafort told multiple discernible lies,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a judge, “these were not instances of memory lapses.”

In a 10 page document, the Special Counsel also detailed how Manafort [More]

Trump chooses new Attorney General, ridicules former Secretary of State

  • 4:23 pm Friday, December 7th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Amid reports that his White House Chief of Staff might be on his way out, President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to serve in that post again, as the President also publicly insulted his former Secretary of State, hours after Rex Tillerson offered a less than flattering review of his time working in the Trump Cabinet.

“A terrific person, a terrific man,” the President said of Barr, who served as Attorney General for the first President Bush.

“He was my first choice from day one,” the President said. “Respected by Republicans and [More]

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