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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.

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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]

Washington pays a final tribute to former President George H.W. Bush

  • 12:30 pm Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

The nation’s capital saluted the 41st President of the United States for one final time on Wednesday, with America’s leaders past and present gathering to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94, as Mr. Bush was praised as a family man with a big heart, who will be remembered for much more than what he did in his four years in the White House.

Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, delivered an emotional eulogy, calling his father a patriot for leaving school to go into military service in World War II.

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Congress heaps praise on the late President George H.W. Bush

  • 8:57 am Saturday, December 1st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Lawmakers in both parties on Saturday mourned the news that former President George H.W. Bush had died at the age of 94, showering the former President in bipartisan praise for a political career which did not embrace some of the raw political battles so often a feature of American political discourse in recent years.

“George H.W. Bush may have been the only person ever elected President of the United States primarily by being nice,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who served as Secretary of Education under the 41st President.

“I learned so much from George H.W. Bush,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), [More]

Unopposed, Pelosi wins Democratic race to be next House Speaker

  • 2:31 pm Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Brushing aside a revolt spurred by a small group of newly elected lawmakers, House Democrats voted Wednesday afternoon to elevate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the position of Speaker in the 116th Congress, as Pelosi locked up extra support by agreeing to a series of rules changes in the House, making it easier for bipartisan legislation to the reach the floor of the House. The full House will vote on her nomination in January.

“It was so inspiring to hear my colleagues place my name in nomination,” said Pelosi, as she was flanked by other top Democrats following [More]

After intercepting packages for Biden, USPS finds no new devices

  • 4:59 pm Thursday, October 25th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

With FBI officials warning that more possible explosive devices could still be mailed by an unknown suspect, postal officials told reporters Thursday afternoon that a detailed check of their facilities nationwide has shown no evidence of any new packages like the ten already found in various locations around the country.

“I will say in the postal network, we have found nothing in the last eight hours,” said Philip Bartlett, the head of the New York division for the Postal Inspection Service.

At a news conference with FBI and New York city police officials, Bartlett said the army of postal workers around the [More]

Congress in dark as Trump again touts mystery tax cut plan

  • 7:50 pm Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would soon have the Congress press ahead on a new 10 percent tax cut for the middle class, though his declaration both about the unknown plan – and the schedule for action surrounding it – continued to leave fellow Republicans in the Congress confused over what the President was doing, and the tax details of what he was talking about.

As he left the White House on Monday afternoon for a campaign rally in Texas, the President was asked about his surprise Saturday statement in [More]

VIDEO: At White House ceremony, Kavanaugh vows to be impartial

  • 8:06 pm Monday, October 8th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday evening, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said he would not let the caustic Senate confirmation process prevent him from being impartial to all who appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh thanked President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a host of other supporters who gathered in the White House East Room.

“I take this office with gratitude, and no bitterness,” Justice Kavanaugh said in his remarks, not ignoring the contentious Senate confirmation battle which threatened his nomination by President Trump.

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President Trump roils Kavanaugh debate with remarks on accuser

  • 10:47 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Stepping up his criticism of Democrats – and one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – President Trump on Wednesday again denounced critics of the judge, as both sides claimed the other was acting in a ‘despicable’ manner on the Kavanaugh nomination.

“VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH!” the President tweeted in all capital letters, the morning after he ridiculed the testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

After staying quiet for the most part about Ford and her accusations, the President has stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh [More]

Trump tweet creates storm over 2017 hurricane response in Puerto Rico

  • 10:57 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Hurricane Florence took aim at the Carolinas on Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Democrats of inflating the death toll on the island of Puerto Rico in a political bid to embarrass him, casting it as nothing more than an effort to question Trump Administration relief efforts to that U.S. territory.

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” the President said in a tweet, saying the numbers were inflated for a specific reason.

“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible,” the President tweeted.

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