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GOP Congress returns with big blanks to fill on health care

  • 3:30 am Monday, February 27th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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After talking for the past six years about why they would repeal and then replace the Obama health law, Republicans lawmakers in the Congress return to Washington this week with many in both parties still waiting to see exactly what choices the GOP will make on changes to the nation’s health care system.

“Republican Senators are leading the charge to repeal Obamacare,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) on Sunday.

Just before the Congress left town for a ten day break, Speaker Paul Ryan said he would be ready as early as this week to roll out the fine print of the GOP [More]

Trump pick for Navy Secretary withdraws nomination

  • 7:32 pm Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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For the second time in recent weeks, a choice for a top Pentagon leadership job by President Donald Trump has withdrawn, as Philip Bilden on Sunday evening gave up his nomination for Secretary of the Navy, unable to get around financial ethics restrictions related to his own personal investments.

“This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests,” said Defense Secretary James Mattis in a statement issued by the Pentagon.

Bilden’s decision to drop out mirrored that of Mr. Trump’s original choice for Army Secretary, Vincent Viola, who gave up [More]

Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

  • 7:43 am Sunday, February 26th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law.

“The theme of the address will be the renewal of the American Spirit,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who told reporters that Mr. Trump will emphasize a series of issues.

“The address will particularly focus on public safety, including defense, [More]

Governors gather amid uncertainty on future of Obama health law

  • 8:23 am Saturday, February 25th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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As the nation’s Governors assemble in Washington, D.C. this weekend for their annual winter meeting, not all Republicans are united behind a big drive in the Congress to repeal the Obama health law, as some in the GOP are worried about what would change with Medicaid and the coverage provided to millions of low income Americans.

“I’m very optimistic that the President heard my concerns about the Affordable Care Act,” said Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), who went a day early to D.C. to meet with President Trump at the White House and raise issues about efforts to repeal and replace the [More]

Trump, White House stir Friday feud with news media

  • 2:50 pm Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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President Donald Trump drew loud cheers as he denounced the news media at a gathering of conservative activists on Friday outside Washington, as the White House scrapped with reporters over a stories related to Russia in the morning, and then barred certain news organizations from an afternoon briefing with the Press Secretary.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the “enemy of the people,” and they are, they are the enemy of the people,” the President said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m against the people that make up stories make up sources,” as Mr. Trump said that reporters [More]

Trump at CPAC: “The era of empty talk is over”

  • 11:12 am Friday, February 24th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, declaring that his 2016 win was a “victory was a victory and a win for conservative values,” and taking a fresh round of shots at the news media.

“The era of empty talk is over,” the President said, in a line that could well be part of a speech to a Joint Session of Congress next Tuesday night, February 28.

In today’s address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr. Trump [More]

In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

  • 6:58 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana use.

“I think there’s a big difference between that (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

“I think when you see something like the opiod addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” as Spicer [More]

Trump vows to increase deportations, starting with “bad dudes”

  • 1:56 pm Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Two days after rolling out brand new guidelines for deporting people who are illegally in the United States, President Trump vowed on Thursday to follow through on his promise to more strictly enforce existing immigration laws, starting with those immigrants who have committed crimes in the U.S., though a top Trump Cabinet member denied there would be any “mass deportations.”

“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, at a rate that nobody has ever seen before,” Mr. Trump told a group of manufacturing CEO’s at the White House.

“And they’re the bad ones,” the President added.

Mr. Trump referred to the [More]

White House delays issuing new travel order until next week

  • 8:57 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The Trump Administration has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries, as the White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original order in court, even while releasing a new one.

A White House official told reporters on Wednesday that the new order would come out ‘sometime next week’ – twice already this month, President Trump has made that same assurance to reporters, but nothing has yet been issued.

The White House gave no [More]

Military officials blame Trump hiring freeze for cuts in child care services

  • 1:30 pm Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government as a way to save taxpayer dollars, that move was being directly blamed by some military officials for a reduction in child care services at two Army bases, but a Pentagon spokesman said those service cuts may have been mistaken and unnecessary.

“This closure is a result of staff shortage due to the Federal Hiring Freeze,” read a notice sent to military families at the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany, where officials scrapped part-day child care programs for kids, because of [More]

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