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President-Elect says he wants to scrap new Air Force One

  • 11:01 am Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Just as the Congress is about to authorize $351 million for work on a new Air Force One, President-Elect Donald Trump threw a curve ball on those carefully laid plans, as he declared on Monday that a Boeing program to build a new plane for future presidents is too expensive, and should be canceled, labeling it “totally out of control.”

“Cancel order!” Trump tweeted.

Mr. Trump reinforced that later in the morning, as he told reporters gathered at Trump Tower that he thinks the cost is “ridiculous.”

“I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number,” the President-Elect said. [More]

Congress ready to use Obamacare savings for medical innovation bill

  • 7:48 am Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Even as Republicans try to figure out how best to repeal and replace the health law changes made by President Obama, lawmakers in Congress are on the verge of approving a bill that would funnel almost $4 billion dollars from the controversial health law into government programs for medical innovation.

Tucked away in the almost one thousand pages of the plan known as the “21st Century Cures Act” are two provisions that shift the contents of two pots of money funded through Obamacare, a move that has drawn some fire from outside health groups.

With the backing of many Democrats in the [More]

Trump heads to North Carolina for next stop on “Thank You” tour

  • 3:00 am Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

Starting a three state tour this week, President-Elect Donald Trump takes his “Thank You Tour” to North Carolina on Tuesday evening, ready to formally announce his choice for Defense Secretary, and more than ready again to take his message straight to supporters as he puts together his Cabinet for a Trump Administration.

“He’s really excited to be in North Carolina tomorrow,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters at Trump Tower on Monday.

It was obvious in stops last week in Indiana and Ohio that Mr. Trump clearly enjoyed being back on the road; it seemed to energize him and bring back [More]

White House laments “corrosive” impact of conspiracy theory stories

  • 3:04 pm Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

A day after an armed man from North Carolina entered a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor, spurred on by a conspiracy theory stoked in the weeks before the November elections by the release of hacked emails from Wikileaks, the White House said fake stories circulated on the internet about the Hillary Clinton campaign had almost produced a terrible outcome.

“It’s deeply troubling that some of those false reports could lead to violence,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, as Earnest praised the work of D.C. police to deal with Edgar Maddison Welch, who was arrested without incident.

“I think there’s no denying [More]

After weeks of battling over votes, North Carolina Governor concedes defeat

  • 12:20 pm Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After weeks of legal drama involving vote recounts and charges of possibly illegal voting, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Monday that he was giving up his bid to win re-election, paving the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be the next Governor of North Carolina.

“I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken,” McCroy said.

“Thank you for the honor to serve the great state of North Carolina,” the Governor said in a surprise video release.

Cooper’s lead had stabilized – even increased a little – after some contentious recount efforts, settling around a 10,000 vote advantage over the incumbent [More]

Trump chooses Ben Carson as housing secretary

  • 7:24 am Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

The Cabinet of President-Elect Donald Trump continued to take shape on Monday, as former GOP rival Ben Carson was selected by Mr. Trump to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development starting next year.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” the President-Elect said in a written statement issued early on Monday morning.

“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities,” Mr. Trump added.

Carson said he was honored by the choice.

“I feel that I can make [More]

Election conspiracy theory hits home at a local DC pizza joint

  • 8:04 pm Sunday, December 4th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

One of the more outlandish, but widely shared conspiracy theories that emerged from the Wikileaks release of emails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton, surrounded pizza, what some claimed was a child sex trafficking operation that was linked to the Democratic nominee and her allies, based out of a Washington, D.C. neighborhood pizza restaurant.

On Sunday afternoon, a man walked into that restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, armed with a gun – in a neighborhood that sees very little in the way of violence.

It set off concerns about those conspiracy theory stories.

Luckily, no one was injured. But it quickly brought [More]

Jill Stein drops bid for statewide recount in Pennsylvania

  • 10:41 pm Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

After being ordered by a court to post a $1 million payment to start recount efforts in Pennsylvania, Green Party candidate Jill Stein abruptly dropped that legal bid on Saturday night, as she denounced the demand that her supporters put up money to pay for a recount, while President-Elect Trump dismissed it as a fundraising scam.

“It’s really pretty mind boggling,” Stein said in a Facebook video chat, hours after her lawyers said her supporters “were of ordinary means,” and would not pay that fee.

“This is astounding,” Stein argued, as she labeled the court requirement for a $1 million payment, “unbelievable,” [More]

Trump pick for Defense Secretary will need special law to take post

  • 4:05 am Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

As President-Elect Donald Trump has made clear that he will choose former Marine General James Mattis for the job of Secretary of Defense, Mr. Trump will need the Congress to specifically waive a federal law that requires officers to wait seven years between active duty and taking the job as the Pentagon chief.

At issue here is 10 U.S. Code §113, which sets out the legal parameters for the Secretary of Defense – it includes that seven year waiting period – Mattis has only been retired since early 2013.

Congress would need to waive that provision – which has been done this [More]

Republicans push ahead on plans for Obamacare repeal in 2017

  • 12:20 pm Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jamie Dupree

With just over a month until the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017, House Republicans met behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol on Friday morning to go over emerging plans to repeal and replace President Obama’s health reform law, as GOP lawmakers vowed to get that job done next year, no matter the legislative hurdles.

“This health care law is spiraling down,” said Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), as he forecast a quick GOP move in January to repeal the health law, using a special budget process known as “reconciliation,” which cannot be filibustered by Democrats in the Senate.

“We have [More]

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