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VA reform laws are rare legislative bright spot in 2017 for Trump, Congress

  • 4:00 am Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed another bill into law that was designed to make internal reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it was a fresh reminder that one of the few areas of legislative success for Congress and the Trump Administration in 2017 has come on a subject that has drawn strong bipartisan cooperation, with the simple goal of ensuring better treatment for the nation’s veterans.

“To fulfill our great patriotic duties, we must take care of our great veterans,” the President said in a speech to the American Legion in Reno, Nevada, where he later signed into [More]

Before American Legion, Trump urges unity to conquer American political divisions

  • 3:09 pm Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A day after a scorching attack on the news media and Republicans in the Senate, President Trump used a speech to an American Legion convention to call for unity in America, arguing there is “no division too deep for us to heal,” as the President signed into law the latest bipartisan bill from Congress to reform work at the VA.

“We are not defined by the color of our skin, the figure on our paycheck, or the party of our politics,” Mr. Trump said in Reno, Nevada.

Unlike his raucous campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, the President struck a much [More]

Trump threatens possible government shutdown if Congress won’t fund border wall

  • 11:52 pm Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

At a raucous campaign rally in Arizona, President Donald Trump demanded that Congress fund his request for money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, saying that if lawmakers won’t go along with his plan, then it could mean a federal government shutdown showdown with Congress this fall, as Mr. Trump argued that it’s imperative for lawmakers to further tighten border controls.

“Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down the government, we’re building that wall,” Mr. Trump said to loud cheers in a Phoenix rally.

No direct [More]

WATCH: President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan

  • 10:35 pm Monday, August 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Going against his own gut feeling that he should pull military forces out of Afghanistan, President Donald Trump on Monday night vowed to intensify American actions against terrorists based in the region, though he gave few details on how U.S. policy would change or on how many more soldiers would be sent in, as the American presence in Afghanistan seems likely to continue, almost 16 years since the September 11 attacks that led to a lengthy U.S. intervention.

“My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts, but all of my life I heard that decisions [More]

How times have changed – Reagan vs Trump on major tax reform

  • 5:00 am Monday, August 21st, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As Republicans talk about the need to act on major tax reform, the preparation for that mammoth undertaking pales in comparison to the last effort during the Reagan Administration, an exercise that took time to first develop legislative proposals, and then to wind their way through the House and Senate, as the bill went through several near-death experiences before finally achieving victory in the fall of 1986.

Here are some thoughts on the differences between 1986 and 2017.

1. Reagan vs Trump – 489 pages vs 1. The White House efforts on tax reform were much different when you look at President [More]

Trump issues fresh warning to North Korea, says U.S. military is “locked and loaded”

  • 3:04 pm Friday, August 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump on Friday again warned North Korea not to attack American interests or allies, as Mr. Trump tweeted out photos of U.S. military forces on the Pacific island of Guam, aiming his remarks directly at the leader of the Pyongyang regime, Kim Jong Un, again saying that any military action by North Korea will meet with a swift and serious U.S. response.

“If he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that is an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and regret it fast,” the President said in a Friday afternoon [More]

What if Trump pushed out McConnell? It might not change anything

  • 10:56 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

President Donald Trump raised a lot of eyebrows on Capitol Hill this week by repeatedly going after Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, demanding that the top Republican do more to push ahead with plans to overhaul the Obama health law, and also to spur action on other top Trump priorities, like bills on tax reform, and new money for roads and bridges.

Let’s imagine for a moment that President Trump could wave a magic wand and get rid of McConnell – would anything really change in the Senate?

1. If McConnell disappears, the music stays the same. Sure, get rid of McConnell. For [More]

Trump renews warning to Pyongyang, tells North Korea to ‘get their act together’

  • 3:23 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Not backing off one bit from his threat earlier this week to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea, President Donald Trump on Thursday again warned the Pyongyang regime against any direct threats to American interests or allies, saying the U.S. will not stand for any North Korean aggression.

“North Korea better get their act together, or they’re going to be in trouble, like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world,” the President told reporters outside of his New Jersey golf retreat.

“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event [More]

Trump again jabs at McConnell over failure of GOP health care bill

  • 12:43 pm Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

For a second straight day, President Donald Trump expressed his public frustration with the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, chiding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the failure to get a bill approved that would overhaul the Obama health law, as the White House reinforced Mr. Trump’s displeasure.

“I’m very disappointed in Mitch,” Mr. Trump said.

“All I hear is ‘repeal and replace,’” the President said of the GOP push to do away with Obamacare, as he blasted his own party’s leadership in the Senate for failing to get a bill over the finish line in late July.

“I said, Mitch get [More]

Top officials offer conflicting message on Trump ‘fire and fury remarks’

  • 7:41 pm Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

There were conflicting explanations offered Wednesday to news organizations by the Trump Administration on why President Donald Trump had threatened a vigorous military attack against North Korea, when he vowed Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on the Pyongyang regime of Kim Jong Un.

In a series of leaks to major news organizations, top White House officials portrayed the statement as one that was off the cuff by the President.

Politico quoted one White House official who called the Trump remarks, “impromptu,” while the New York Times said the warning “was [More]

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